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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 - Dram & Smoke, Club Mexicana & Yolk
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Coming Soon - The Nordic Yulefest
Shop of the Week - The Renegade Craft Fair at Truman’s Brewery
8 Questions with - Alex & Jimmy from Le Caquelon




What’s on this week

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

Thursday 20th November
(Lots of things are open all week or weekend - see what’s closest to you on the map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l )
Club Mexicana's Vegan Fine Dining Tasting Menu in Clapton - Sat, then Thurs-Sat until 14th Dec
Club Mexicana is back - having popped up various places this year, served street food at KERB, and generally spread the word about how good vegan Mexican food can be, they've now announced a pre-Christmas series of supper clubs at 119 Cafe in Lower Clapton Road with a seven course tasting menu.

Dram & Smoke's Winter Scottish Pop-up Restaurant near London Bridge - Weds - Sat
Dram and Smoke, who popped up in Vauxhall this summer, are back for the winter to wow us again with their Scottish flavours and general flumgummerie.  Open from Weds - Sat for 5 weeks from 19th November to 20th December, it features a five course tasting menu, including Haggis Bonbons and Venison Wellington, whisky cocktails from Monkey Shoulder

The Pop-Eye Pop-up Cafe and Gift Shop in Shoreditch - Tues - Sun until 21st Dec
The Pop-Eye Pop-up - a raw Cafe and Gift Shop will open at Butcher's hairdressing salon every Tuesday to Sunday from 18th November - 21st December 2014.  Expect breakfast snacks, and takeaway winter warmers, plus lots of handcrafted gifts.

The Tasting Room Pop-up Bar & Smokehouse at Broadgate Ice Rink - Daily
This winter Smokestak is bringing its smoker to Broadgate Ice Rink in a 3 month pop-up called The Tasting Room, with meat and veg from Sourced Market, and a very impressive craft beer collection from Peppermint Bars. 7.30am - 11pm right through until February.

Selin Kiazim's Three Week Pop-up at Carousel London in Marylebone - ends Sat 22nd
Selin, who made her name as head chef at Kopapa, and has since popped up in various places, will at Carousel cooking dinner, featuring items like hand-chopped venison

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.

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 more.  Warning - it’s very popular!

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

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 + some special cocktails

Friday 21st November
The Italian Supper Club's 'The Japanese Job' Dinner in Hackney
"After a few trips to Japan and most evenings spent going out looking for the best sushi in London, we decided to pay homage to one of the greatest gastronomic empires. Four courses in a JapanItaly style and an intriguing cocktail to start the night!"

Night Tales' Street Food Market 2014 in Old Street - Fri - Sat
Night Tales, one the most popular events last year on this site, is back for winter 2014.  Expect street food (inc Patty & Bun, and Morty & Bob's), bars, cocktails, DJs, and more.

Chateau Marmot's Beehive Place Kitchen & Bar in Brixton - Fri & Sat until 6th December
Chateau Marmot, who have popped up around London and beyond for the past couple of years, have a new project, Beehive Place, a new kitchen and bar in Brixton, SW9.  Dinner will be served on Friday and Saturday nights

The 'Skandilicious' Six Week Pop-up Swedish Christmas Restaurant & Bar in Farringdon Road - Daily until 21st Dec
Skandilicious is a six week pop-up restaurant & bar in the old Guardian building at 119 Farringdon Road, EC1R.  From 14th November - 21st December they will be serving an all you can eat traditional Swedish Christmas Smörgåsbord

Saigon Streat's Friday Night Pop-up at No 178 in New Cross
For six Friday nights in November and December, starting 7th November, the Vietnamese Saigon Streat will be popping up at 178 Cafe at 178 New Cross Road.

(Plus lots of the Thursday things)

Saturday 22nd November
Yolk’s new weekend brunch residency at Proud Archivist - Sat & Sun
Yolk, an eggs-based brunch team, has started a weekend residency at The Proud Archivist, on the Regent's Canal just off Kingsland Road.  Go for eggy treats like Eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, or their Scotch egg.  Every Saturday & Sunday until 4pm.

Fork & Flame's ‘Le Caquelon’ Fondue Supper Clubs in NW6
Fondues seem to be all the rage this winter!   Fork & Flame, who are Alex & Jimmy, two university friends, are organising a series of fondue supper clubs at Nineteen in Lonsdale Road NW6, named after the Le Caquelon - the traditional communal fondue pot.

Pao Wow's Pop-up at Kitchenette's Restaurant near Kensal Green - Thurs - Sat
Pao Wow serves light modern Indian fare: from London-based Bombayite Anshu Ahuja.  Its open for lunch on Monday - Friday, and dinner from Thursday - Saturday

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
Every Saturday Night From 16 August To 25 October 2014

Beavertown Brewery's Tap Room in Tottenham Hale
Every Saturday from, 12 noon until 8pm,

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

Sunday 23rd November
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...

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.  You get 3 courses + an aperitivo for £15, plus you can BYOB.

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.

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

Monday 24th November
Jason Howard's Taste The British Caribbean Dinners in Piccadilly - Final night
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.

The Social Meat Club's Residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho - Mon-Sat
Serving lunch from Monday - Friday and dinner from Monday - Saturday.  Chef Matt Young will be creating a very meaty sharing menu

Tuesday 25th November
The opening night of Mama Brown's Christmas Pop-up Experience 2014 on the King's Road - Daily
Mama Brown's Pop-up Experience, a combination of pop-up shops, cafes and more, returns to 232 King's Road on Tuesday 25th November for a run until 10th December.  Go to shop, to eat, to drink, and get Christmassy!

The 'Deluxe' One Month Pop-up Restaurant in Spitalfields - Daily until 14th Dec
For one month only Deluxe will open at Ely's Yard in E1, just round the corner from the Old Truman Brewery.  Chef Kevin Love will cook an a la carte British and European menu, with new dishes appearing each week, as voted for on their social media channels.

Wednesday 26th November
We Eat's Autumn Dinner with Paired Beers in Stoke Newington - Weds & Thurs
We Eat has teamed up with The Cellar for two nights of autumn feasting at Total Refreshment Studios in Foulden Road, just off Stoke Newington Road, on Weds 26th and Thurs 27th November 2014.  It's 4 seasonal courses, paired with 5 local beers from breweries like Beavertown and Pressure Drop.

The first night of Press Play's Screenings of Cool Runnings at Queensway Ice Rink - until Fri
Pop-up cinema specialists Press Play are back in late November for a three day stint in West London - showing everyone's farourite Jamaican Bob-sleigh film Cool at Queens ice & Bowl, the Queensway aIce Rink.  Screenings are from Weds 26th - Fri 28th

Skylounge's Rooftop Valhalla Vodka Bar near Tower Hill
Skylounge in EC3 will be hosting the Valhalla VodkacBar on its outdoor rooftop terrace, with outdoor heaters, sheepskin throws, mulled wine, and of course vodka to keep you warm.   Open from 4.30pm, West - Sunday

Thursday 27th November
United Ramen's Thanksgiving Turkey Ramen Dinner in Islington
United Ramen, who started off doing pop-ups, and now have their own permanent restaurant at 105-106 Upper Street N1, is holding a special, ticketed Thanksgiving dinner this year at the restaurant.

The King of Gnocchi's 'Roman in Clapton' Supper Clubs
"Italian chef Adalberto Battaglia or Adha, for short, (aka ‘The King of Gnocchi’, according to those who have been lucky enough to sample his cooking at his food stalls in Brick Lane), is back!!! This time gathering round the communal tables in the open kitchen above Palm 2, overlooking Clapton Pond"



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

The Nordic Yulefest in Shoreditch - Sats & Suns from 6th Dec
This December go to a Nordic Yulefest at the Old Shoredith Station for six days of brunch, dinner, and 'late night frolics'.  Taking place every Saturday & Sunday from 6th - 21st December, brunch and dinner includes a four course feast, games and treats, and music and dancing,


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

The Renegade Craft Fair in London 2014 at The Old Truman Brewery in Spitalfields - Sat & Sun
A long-running series of events originating in the US, it came last year, and was a huge success, with lots of American designer-makers and artists coming across to take part.  Perfect for finding unusual gifts!


8 Questions with…  Alex & Jimmy from Le Caquelon 
Le Caquelon - pop-up fondue nights showcasing exquisite Comté cheese and artisan produce from Eastern France, run by two traders and best friends from Borough Market - Alex & Jimmy. No chintz, just great food. Next Dates - 22nd Nov, 5th & 19th Dec

You haven't lived until you've tasted... Stichelton - raw milk Stilton made the traditional way by Joe Schneider in Nottinghamshire - lip-smackingly, spine-tinglingly delicious.

5 years ago we were... Working in the City and as a police officer respectively.

The last music I downloaded was... Royal Blood's debut album.

My favourite local pub is...  The Old Dairy in Stroud Green

My favourite local restaurant is... Pappagone's - also in Stroud Green! The best pizzas in London and a brilliant atmosphere every night of the week.

I always get inspired when I visit...  My allotment.

I've only just discovered that...  They key to good parenting is coffee in the morning, wine in the evening.

Tell me a secret:  Bald men are the silverbacks of the human species.

Next time - Mama Brown

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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