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8 Days a Week from London Pop-ups

Welcome to the newsletter.  The aim is to give you notice of the best of the pop-up & short term things that are happening in London, with a focus on food.

This week we have -

Thursday - Thursday - LodgeBalham, Forza Winter, & Halloween
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Coming Soon - Papi’s Pickles Sri Lankan Short Eats
Shop of the Week - iZettle’s 6 day pop-up in Mayfair
8 Questions with - Matt from Flambée




What’s on this week

New - See all the food-related pop-ups on a map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l

Thursday 30th October
(Lots of things are open all week or weekend - see what’s closest to you on the map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l )

The Lodge Balham - Jimmy Garcia's Winter Pop-up with Fondues and More - Tues - Sun until January
The Lodge is themed like a ski lodge, and inside Jimmy and his team will be serving up fondues,  hot cocktails and a selection of signature dishes, featuring pigeon, wild mushrooms, scallops and venison and more...  Warning - it’s very popular!

Forza Win(ter)'s Fonduta Nights in Peckham - Thurs - Sat
"Each night guests will sit down to five courses of Italian classics, created using all British ingredients. Think Porcini Arancini, Polpette, Raddichio, squashes, hams, and all sorts of other warming wintery joy. A communal pot of Fonduta will bubble away in the centre of the table, waiting to be poured onto each course, dipped in, or drunk straight from the bowl.”

The Little Yellow Door Pop-up Bar in Notting Hill - Thurs - Sat for the winter
A new cocktail bar called The Little Yellow Door has opened at 68 Notting Hill Gate.  Themed around a fictional flatshare, it's open from Thursday to Saturday, including a dinner party on Friday night, from the 'Wandering Chef' team.  Some very nice touches - 'regular visitors will receive a key to the door so they can come and leave as they wish

Som Saa's North Thai Residency at Climpson's Arch in London Fields - Thurs - Sun
Just opened at Climpson's Arch near London Fields is Som Saa, a new residency serving little known dishes from Northern and North Eastern Thailand, like Gaeng hung lay - Northern style pork curry with pickled garlic and ginger - together with some special cocktails

Ben Spalding's 'Stripped Back' & 'No Rules' Residency in Kingsland Road, Haggerston
Chef Ben Spalding, who has been organising pop-ups of various forms for the past few years, has taken over a space in Haggerston for a series of events, including 'Stripped Back' - fine dining without pretensions - and 'No Rules' - dinners cooked in front of you

The 2014 Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival
The 2014 Wandsworth Common Halloween Beer Festival takes place from Weds 29th October to Sat 1st November. Fom Thurs - Sat you pay £5 on the door.  It's always a good festival, and with over 100 cask ales, and 25 ciders you can't really go wrong.

The King of Gnocchi's 'Roman in Clapton' Supper Clubs
Adalberto Battaglia, aka The King of Gnocchi, is hosting a series of Thursday dinners at Palm2 in Clapton, E5, to show off his love of Italian food.  Running every other Thursday from now until Chirstmas.  Go and see why he's called The King of Gnocchi!

Friday 31st October
A Grape Night In's 'Hallowi'ne' Wine Tasting in Clapham
This Halloween, A Grape Night In are taking over D'Vine Cellars in Clapham North for two wine tasting sessions, from 7pm and 9pm.  Cheese will also be provided - should be a fun and atmospheric night!

House of Wolf's Day of The Dead Party in Islington
Celebrate Halloween this year at House of Wolf as they hold their special Day of The Dead party in Islington.  It'll be a full on Mexican night, with tequila, margaritas, a Mariachi band, and everything you need for a Dios del a Muerte...  Start getting your fancy dress ready!

The first night of WigWamBam's 'Woodlandia' 2014 Rooftop Bar above The Queen of Hoxton in EC2 - Mon - Sat
WigWamBam, the heated tent on the roof of The Queen of Hoxton pub in Curtain Road, is back for 2014 with a new theme - Woodlandia.  Inspired by the UK's wintery woodlands, the bar will serve all sorts of warming treats including Hot Buttered Rum, hot toddies, and food from the BBQ

The Raw Dining Club's Dinner in Dulwich
"A new monthly dining club for people interested in raw food, vegan food, healthy eating... or just curious to try something different."

(Plus lots of the Thursday things)

Saturday 1st November
Feed Me Films' Halloween Screening of Cabin In The Woods in Hoxton
Celebrate Halloween this year on Saturday 1st November with Feed Me Films' screening of Cabin in The Woods, with food from The Frenchie and So Mallow, plus beer from Brooklyn Brewery, and lots of popcorn.  Fancy dress strongly encouraged!

Pao Wow's Two Night Modern Indian Pop-up at 119 Cafe in Clapton
Go on Saturday to experience a 5 course Indian tasting menu from these rising stars, who wowwed at Street Feast and KERB this summer!

Busan BBQ at The 'Bread Street Sessions' near St Paul's
Busan BBQ is serving up its amazing bulgogi burgers, pork belly buns, gochujang ribs and more.  A new weekend highlight!

Le Bun's Weekend Brunch at The Old Bengal Bar near Liverpool Street - Sat & Sun
Serving signature dishes like Le Bisque Mac, Le Benedict and Le Duck Frites - think French flavours with an American twist..

The Urban Food Fest in Shoreditch

Beavertown Brewery's Tap Room in Tottenham Hale
Every Saturday from, 12 noon until 6pm,

Plus - lots of Thursday & Friday things continue...

Sunday 2nd November
Le Chalet Pop-up Winter Restaurant on Selfridge's Rooftop - Daily
Selfridges is following their very successful Q on the Roof summer pop-up with a winter rooftop pop-up restaurant on the roof of the store at 400 Oxford Street. This time expect more warmng dishes and drinks, including hot chocolate cocktails, and Buttermilk crispy chicken with blue cheese fondue.  Plus there will be a log cabin.  Booking recommended!

Swingers Crazy Golf Course in Shoreditch with Top Street Food Vendors - Daily
Swingers will also feature a 1920s style clubhouse, perfect for relaxing in, with a cocktail bar, plus food from famous names like When Mac Met Cheese, Patty & Bun, and Pizza Pilgrims.

Dirty Tommi's Sunday Residency at Dirty Bones in Kensington
Dirty Tommi's is an interesting collaboration between Dirty Bones and Tommi's Burger, running every Sunday at Dirty Bones in Kensington Church Street, Try Tommi's Burger Dog...

Papi's Pickles' Indian Sunday Brunch Series at Brixton Cornercopia - Final week!
The incredibly popular Papi's Pickles Indian Brunch is coming back to Brixton Cornercopia, in Brixton Village, for a series of Sundays, between 14th September and 2nd November.

LovenPresents' Weekly Pizza Party by the River Lea, N16
Love(n) this - LovenPresents is a weekly pizza party happening outside a gallery space on the River Lea, near South Tottenham, N16.   It's an alfresco meal in the yard of an art studio, with its own pizza oven; you get 3 courses + an aperitivo for £15, plus you can BYOB.

Wapping Market - every Sunday
The weekly Sunday fine food market of East London

Monday 3rd November
En Brochette's 3 month Residency at The Star of Kings in King's Cross - Mon - Sat until 2015
En Brochette serves delicious skewers of food (see above) and has just started a residency at Star of Kings in King's Cross, to run into January 2015.  Expect combinations like French inspired slow cooked pork with truffled apple sauce, barely cooked salmon provincial, lemon rubbed artichoke and sweet potato, plus regular specials.

The Bowler's Street Food Residency at The Horse and Groom in Shoreditch - Mon - Sat
The Bowler aka Jez Felwick, one of London's most established street food traders, has started his first pub residency, at The Horse and Groom in Curtain Road, Shoreditch

Tuesday 4th November
France & Noonan's Rotli Crew Indian Dinner in Hackney
Warm yourself up in early November with France & Noonan's Rotli Crew Indian Dinner at the new (ish) Stage 3 venue at Hackney Empire.  Happening for just one night on Tuesday 4th November, over two sittings, tickets are just £25.

Wednesday 5th November
Flambée's French Pizza Residency at Catch Bar in Shoreditch - Weds - Sun
Flambée, who make delicious French Pizzas, have started their new residency at Catch bar on Kingsland Road (Shoreditch end).  It will run every week from Weds to Fri, from 6pm on weekdays and 4pm on Saturday & Sunday.

Doodle Pong at The Doodle Bar near Battersea Park, with food from Belpassi Bros Meatballs
This autumn The Doodle Bar in Battersea SW11 starts its Ping Pong league every Wednesday night, with food provided by Belpassi Bros and their amazing (& amazingly appropriate) meatballs.  Go play some prize ping pong, and eat some amazing balls.

Thursday 6th November
The first night of The Underground Film Club's Screenings at The Vaults in Waterloo
The clever folks at Rooftop Film Club are going underground this winter, with a new venue at The Vaults, underneath Waterloo Station.  There's a long list of screenings already planned, inc some firm favourites like Frozen (singalong version) and The Big Lebowski.



See everything on one of my new maps:

All the maps on one page

Food-related things - restaurants, bars, streetfood in pubs & more

Pop-ups Shops

Supper Clubs (approximate locations)


There are always lots of Supper Clubs happening too - Find a Supper Club here


Coming Soon - Listings to make you hungry (& thirsty)
See them all here

Night Tales' Street Food Market 2014 in Old Street - Thurs - Sat from 7th Nov
Night Tales, one the most popular events last year on this site, is back for winter 2014 from 7th November for seven weeks, in the RED Market site on Old Street.  Expect street food (inc Patty & Bun, and Morty & Bob's), bars, cocktails, DJs, fire pits and more.

Papi's Pickles South Indian & Sri Lankan Short Eats in Hackney - 8th Nov
Papi's Pickles, who have popped up regularly in 2014 with their amazing South Indian food, are taking over Well Street Kitchen in E9 for two nights of South Indian & Sri Lankan short eats on Saturday 8th Nov, and Saturday 6th Dec 2014.

Jason Howard's Taste The British Caribbean Dinners in Piccadilly - 11th, 18th & 24th Nov
This November frequent popper-upper Jason Howard is teaming up with fellow chef Michael Dutnall for three nights of British Caribbean dining at Le Meridien in Piccadilly.  Both chefs are classically trained, and both work at top London hotels.  I've eaten Jason's food before - I could eat his dishes - esp the curries - every day of the week (& twice on Saturday), so this should be an amazing series.  Go!


Shop (s) of the Week
See all the pop-up shops in London on my handy map

iZettle's 6 Day '12 Hour Shop' in Mayfair, with Six Different Businesses - Ends Sat 1st
iZettle, a technology which lets you take card payments on your smartphone or tablet, is opening a pop-up shop for 6 days from Monday 27th October.  Each day a different company will trade for 12 hours, from 9am - 9pm, taking payments from iZettle


8 Questions with…  Matt from Flambée
Flambée is currently serving French style pizzas Wednesdady - Sunday at Catch bar in Kingsland Road

You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted... kimchi. I am absolutely obsessed with Korean cuisine. In fact, I am currently working on a Flambée recipe with a Korean twist.

You haven’t lived until you’ve seen... the sun set on Uluru/Ayers Rock. There's simply nothing like it!

I can’t live without my... bike. I'm allergic to public transports. No joke!

5 years ago I was... in Malapascua. A tiny but stunning island in the Philippines where the prime activity is to relax and chill with the locals.

My favourite local pub is... Jan's in Stoke Newington. They only sell Belgian beers but the choice is very  large. The place is very cosy and perfect for a first date ;)

My favourite local restaurant is Gallipoli on Upper St. They make the best mezze I ever tried outside of Turkey.

My favourite local shop. Vlisco on Wentworth St. They sell traditional African Wax fabric. So bright and colourful. Love it! .

My favourite London website is the Nudge. They're always up-to-date with the latest things happening in London. Check it out!

Next Time - Da-Hae West from Busan BBQ

Note - I’ve now put all the London food tips from the previous interviews onto this handy map - http://goo.gl/1cekZO - None of them are pop-ups; they’re all good local pubs, bars, cafes & restaurants)


Elsewhere on the site

See all this week’s listings here

What’s on near me - Search by the first 3 letters of your postcode - e.g. SW2


Do it yourself - Find out how to organise your own pop-ups here


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