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 - Chilli, Burritos & Caribbean Fine Dining
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Coming Soon - Surf & Turf in Nunhead
Shop of The Week - Oxfam & M&S’s Shwop Shop
8 Questions with - Emilie from Good & Proper Tea
What’s on this week
New - See all the food-related pop-ups on a map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l
Thursday 6th March
(Lots of things are open all week or weekend - see what’s closest to you on the map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l )
We Eat's Dinner at Brew for Two in Hackney with Beers from Pressure Drop Brewery
I love a good food and beer pairing night, and next Thursday 6th you should expect to get just that at the Pressure Drop supper club, a collaboration between Pressure Drop, We Eat, and Brew for Two in Morning Lane. It's just £30 for 5 courses, with beer to buy on the night, and brownies and donuts to finish with.
The Hoxton Chilli Club's One Night Pop-up in Hoxton Square
"There’s a new pop-up in town and it’s all about paying homage to one of the nations best-loved dishes, chilli. However, Hoxton Chilli Club is going to take chilli to the next level by offering an innovative four course menu which includes their take on the original."
The Grub' Pop-up Restaurant in Hoxton - Until Sat 8th
Grub is a four day pop-up restaurant in which you can eat... grubs! It's inspired by Thai street food, and a collaboration between edible insect importers Grub and Chang beer, and will be at Monkers in Hoxton Square from Wednesday 5th March.
Smoke'n'Roll's Pop-up at The Black Heart in Camden - 7 days a week
Smoke'n'Roll are taking over the kitchen at The Black Heart in Camden, as Danny from Kimchi Cult has relocated to Scotland. Smoke'n'Roll appear regularly at Camden Lock market, and other places around London, and - as the name suggests - run a smoker and a BBQ. Perfect pub food, I reckon…
Plus - Beef Short Ribs available every Thursday!
Platterform's Sea Adventures Pop-up Rooftop Restaurant in London Fields - Thurs - Sat
KERB is back at The Gherkin - Thurs 12pm - 2pm
The Winter BBQ at Climpson's Arch near London Fields - Open Thurs - Sun
The Peters & Co. Gin Palace in Broadway Market - Thurs - Sat
Friday 7th March
Death By Burrito's Residency at The Candlemaker in Battersea - 7 Days a Week
Death by Burrito, from The Rebel Dining Society, who previously popped up at Catch bar in Shoreditch, have a new seven-day-a-week home at The Candlemaker in Battersea. The Candlemaker is a great pub just 5 minutes walk from Clapham Junction, with good beer, a quiz every Monday, and lots more to recommend it.
Death by Burrito will be serving their burritos and tacos, plus bigger bites like burgers and hot dogs, wings, fries and more. Plus every Sunday they'll be doing a special menu including ribs, and flatiron chicken.
Kome's LA Street Food Pop-up at The Dead Dolls House in Hoxton - Fri & Sat
LA street food comes to Hoxton for 4 nights at the end of February and the start of March when Kome arrive with their Kimchi Quesadillas and Bulgogi Fries and other items from their menu. Each night has two sittings, 6.30pm and 9.30pm, and costs just £25.
Street Feast & Tweat Up's Hawker House near Cambridge Heath - Fri & Sat
Saturday 8th March
United Ramen's Indian Ramen Night in Tooting
“United Ramen are obsessed with the history of and cultural influences on Japan's soul food and boy, do they know their ramen! Their dishes have been created using traditions inspired by Japan and infused with different cultural flavours. On Saturday 8th March they are bringing their Curry Ramen to Tooting so don't miss out on this unique experience featuring their Lamb Belly Kare (Curry) Ramen and their first ever Bubble Tea Cocktail!
Pop Up Dining Club, as your hosts, will provide entertainment including live music and exciting prizes for the winners of a ramen-inspired quiz and a Chopsticks Master Challenge, so feel free to get some practice in before the night!”
The 'Flavour Expats' Supper Club Season at Palm2 in Clapton - Gastronhome – Yummy Choo Eats (France VS Mauritius)
This March and April a season of dinners is taking place pairing different sets of supper clubs hosts to create seven amazing nights. Created by Backdoor Kitchen and some of their friends, each night features two supper clubs with different backgrounds, origins and cuisines, cooking a selection of dishes. It'll be great for people who want to get a taste of the vibrant supper club scene, and also people who already have their own favourite hosts, but want to see them in a new setting
The Hangover Club's Saturday Brunch in Hackney Wick
The Good Egg's Weekend Brunch near Angel - Also Sunday
Plus - lots of Thursday & Friday things continue, including Hawker House, Super Hands, and the Gin Palace
Sunday 9th March
The Brazil Pop-up Diner, celebrating different cities, near Covent Garden - Manaus
"Brazil Pop Up Diner is a series of supper club style events taking diners on a culinary journey through the twelve Brazilian cities that will be hosting the 2014 Fifa World Cup. Between March and June, eleven Sunday events (lunch and dinner) will be hosted at The Bedford and Strand in central London. Each event will feature a three course meal inspired by one of the World Cup hosting cities with cocktails by Leblon Cachaça and music from the region. Brazil Pop Up Diner is launching on 9th March with a menu priced at £35 a head, including one Leblon caipirinha."
Rachel McCormack's Catalan Calçotades at Boqueria in Clapham North
"Rachel McCormack from Catalan Cooking will be preparing a Catalan Calçotada on Sunday, 23rd Feb, 9th March & 23rd March.
Book your table for between 1pm - 5pm and enjoy some seriously great food in the grand Catalan tradition.
The Village Green Sunday Market in Hackney Downs
From Sunday 2nd March there's going to be a new weekly market at Hackney Downs Studios in Amhurst Terrace, with Terrone Coffee Co, Cast Iron Kitchen, Mama's Jerk Station and more, plus The Signature Brew's craft beer bar. But it's not just food - there will also be clothing and craft stalls, and the bike shop The Hackney Peddler will be screening bicycle-related films.
Tongue 'n' Cheek's Italian Sunday Roast at The Joker of Penton Street in Angel
“On Sundays, we’re bringing back Italian Sunday Roast, first premiered at Pizza Pilgrims in Soho last November.”
Monday 10th March
Darjeeling Express' Indian Pop-up at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho - Mon - Fri
"I will be serving traditional Calcutta dishes like Bengali Prawn and Fish Curry in coconut milk. The traditional Mughlai dish- Chicken Chaap and paratha
The vegetarian lunch options are Puri and Aloo Dam (Bengali five spices with potatoes) and black chickpea curry. The price ranges from £8.50 to £6.50. The menu will be changed every week.
Early evening bookings for dinner are available from Monday to Wednesday. Bar snacks are available all evenings till 8pm. Masala fries with Chilli dressing, Spiced chicken drumstick Kabab, Aubergine and Spinach fritters and Street food Chaat on certain days"
Tuesday 11th March
Jason Howard's Caribbean Fine Dining at House of Wolf in Islington - 11th March
This March and April House of Wolf welcomes Jason Howard from the Connaught Hotel in Mayfair who is on a mission to educate you about Caribbean food. Over two Tuesday nights - 11th March and 8th April - he will serve up a rich and varied fine dining menu. Very tempting!
BOB's & Co's Six Month Pop-up at The Rising Sun near St Pauls - open Tues - Fri
Having wowed the summer crowds at Borough Market with BOB's Lobster, BOB is back with B.O.B.'s & Co, a winter restaurant above the Rising Sun pub in Carter Lane.
The Two Month 'FISHBone' Pop-up at Kensington Place - Tues - Sat for Feb & Mar
This February and March FISHBone is popping up at the Kensington Place restaurant in W8, near Notting Hill tube station, to serve a specially created menu featuring 'fast fish' dishes specially created by chef Dan Loftin, including a salmon 'doner' and a 'scallopdog'.
The Pieds Nus Pop-up Restaurant in Marylebone - Tues - Sat until March
The Burger Bear's Saturdays & Tuesdays at The Old Nun's Head in Nunhead
Wednesday 12th March
Kaiseki by Kitchen Theory at The House of Wolf in Islington - also Thursday
Kitchen Theory returns to House of Wolf in February and March for a series of Japanese evenings in which Japanese cuisine will be reinterpreted into an artistic experimental dining event. Chefs Helder Gila-Alonso & Jozef Youssef (both ex Fat Duck and other places) are using the techniques of molecular gastronomy to prepare the food
The 'Super Hands' Pop-up Bar in Clapton - Weds - Sun
Super Hands is the rather wonderfully named new pop-up bar in Clapton, open from Weds - Sun until the end of March. Drinks will cost between £3 and £7.50, and it's free to get into. It describes itself as 'The Danny De Vito of Clapton's nightlife - small, charismatic, and dark' which, in addition to the Peep Show inspired name suggests it'll be a lot of fun.
Thursday 13th March
Capish? at The Duke of Wellington in Dalston - Open Monday - Saturday until end of March
"Italian-American street-food company Capish are in residence at The Duke of Wellington in Ball's Pond Road, serving their meatballs, sliders and specials developed for the residency six days a week until the end of March. The pub has lots of great beer too - make sure you go along."
Tongue 'n' Cheek's Residency at The Joker of Penton Street in Angel - 7 days a week
"If you’ve been missing Tongue ‘n Cheek on the street for the past few weeks, we have a really good excuse. We’ve been working hard to get a special project spot on, and now we’re very excited to announce our residency at the newly-opened Joker of Penton St.
On opening night, we will present the new T&C Spring/Summer Collection 2014, including: a new member of the Heartbreaker burger family, the Cheesy Deluxe, featuring our homemade British melting cheese; a Club Sandwich you can be proud of; our take on fried chicken – marinated in fermented rice; and a “Healthy” Salad – more beef, less leaves.
See everything on one of my new maps:
All the maps on one page
Food-related things - restaurants, bars, streetfood in pubs & more
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
Amir & Szymon's Surf & Turf 6 Course Tasting Menu in Nunhead - 15th Mar
"Chefs Amir Pem (Hillstation head chef) and Chef Szymon Jelenski cordially invite you to their "Surf & Turf Fine Dining Experience" being held on the 15th march 2014
This is a one off experience as we will change our menu and concept every time we do a pop up experience.
Chef Amir, formerly Sir Paul McCartney's World Music Tour Chef and Chef Szymon, previously with the Mark Hix Group have combined their talents and passion for food to invite you to the Hill Station for an evening of sheer culinary delight as we wow you with our fine dining take on Surf & Turf."
TSL's Burger Fest in Hackney Downs - 15th Mar
TwentySomethingLondon have compiled a list of London's ten best burgers - see the list here - and to celebrate this they've arranged a party with five of the ten at Hackney Downs Studio on Saturday 15th March. For £35 you'll get a half burger from each of Wild Game Co., Honest Burger, Mother Flipper, Burger Craft, Street Kitchen, plus lots more
'Breakfast With Charles' Brunch at The Rooftop Cafe in London Bridge - 16th Mar
"We are very excited to invite you to the next instalment of Breakfast 'Bites' with Charles on Sunday 16 March. Following a run of successful events in 2013, we are returning to the Rooftop Cafe in London Bridge to bring you another innovative tasting brunch menu.
As before, the meal will consist of a welcome drink on arrival, breakfast canapés and a three course tasting brunch menu, including the best seasonal produce around."
Indie Ales' St Patrick's Day Stouts and Porters Tasting in Parson's Green - 17th Mar
"Is St Patrick's Day all about the Guinness? Probably, but t'befair the British invented the black stuff (porters and stouts) way before Mr Arthur Guinness started churning out barrel upon barrel of his highly marketed dry stout. Luckily we are seeing somewhat of a resurgence in stouts and porters being brewed across the UK now. Surely this is the real reason to be celebrating? Not convinced? Ok, well come down to taste some independently brewed stouts and have a good craic!"
Spring Up! Pop-up Restaurants by BTEC Students in Victoria - 17th & 18th Mar
I love this! Westminster Kingsway College run a BTEC Hospitality Supervision course, and as part of it they get the students to set up pop-up restaurants to see how things work in real life. Just like last year, this March they have 4 different pop-ups planned, covering Spanish, British, Caribbean and Indian food, on Monday and Tuesday evenings.
The Art of Dining's 'Say Cheese' Collaboration with Martin Parr in Hackney - 19th - 22nd & 26th - 29th March
Regular hosts The Art of Dining are back with maybe their most ambitious project yet - an eight day series of 5 course dinners themed around the work of photographer Martin Parr, within an exhibition of his work. It starts on Wednesday 19th March, and then runs from Wednesday - Saturday for two weeks. In addition to the dinners you can also buy a ticket just to attend the exhibition and drink in the bar. This one's going to be very memorable!
LA's Chef Laurent Quenioux - aka LQ - came to London late last year for a sell out series of events in East London. Now he's announced a return, but this time to West London, for a series of dinners in April, cooking for just £35 people each night. LQ helped create the idea of a pop-up restaurant in America, and the food last time was amazing. Don't miss this short return run!
Shop of the Week
See all the pop-up shops in London on my handy map
Kids Shwop Boutique Pop-up Shop at Marks & Spencer near Marble Arch
"Marks & Spencer (M&S) is set to open its first-ever childrenswear pop-up store when a three-day Kids Shwop Boutique opens to the public this March in aid of Oxfam’s Mother Appeal.
Open from Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th March at the retailer’s Marble Arch store, the one-off secondhand store will sell the best childrenswear items donated to M&S and Oxfam’s sustainable fashion initiative, Shwopping by the UK public and a host of celebrity donations.
All proceeds raised from the Kids Shwop Boutique will go towards Oxfam’s Mother Appeal campaign – which is being supported by M&S - that aims to raise £10 million for projects that help mothers around the world lift themselves and their families out of poverty for good.
Shwoppers will be able to pick up once loved childrenswear items from Britain’s top style icons and celebrity mums including Abbey Clancy, Peaches Geldof, Alex Gerrard, Zoe Ball, Rochelle Humes, Sarah Story, Mel Giedroyc and Shwopping ambassador Joanna Lumley. And, thanks to the UK government, every pound raised for the appeal will be doubled."
8 Questions with… Emile from God & Proper Tea
“At Good & Proper, we’re on a mission. To bring really, really good tea to the streets of London. We’ve spent the last year tasting teas from farms all over the world, always looking for a distinctive character that stands up on its own without any blending or additives.”
Currently popping up at tokyobike near Old Street, until 18th March
You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted... a Pork Belly bun from Bao at Netil Market
You haven’t lived until you’ve... been on the Thames Clipper on a sunny day, from the London Eye down towards Greenwich. Amazing views, secret pubs and a real wow-London feeling. There is no better way to travel around London.
I can’t live without my... bike. And google maps. I know London well, but am missing an inner compass!
My favourite local pub is… The Canton Arms, South Lambeth Road. Amazing toasted sandwiches and good cider on tap
My favourite local restaurant is... Jai Krishna on Stroud Green Road. Good value, vegetarian Indian, BYO. Good Tuesday night fodder when you don't feel like cooking..
I’ve only just discovered...how amazing Brick Lane bagels are. Can't believe how long I've been missing out.
I’d love to bring a place to get a proper cup of tea to London ; )
I always take visitors to...Brockley Market. Fresh produce & great street food - a genuine local market. It's not for tourists, it's the real thing for South Londoners doing their weekly shop.
Next Time - Rachel Jones from Capish?
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