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8 Days a Week from London Pop-ups

Cucina Rustica

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.


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This week we have -

Thursday - Thursday - Cucina Rustica, a takeover at Breddos, and KERB’s Birthday Party
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Coming Soon - Lots of ideas for Halloween
Shops of the week - Metallica’s Pop-up Shop in Shoreditch




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What’s on this week

Brand New - 
Cucina Rustica's Sicilian Residency at The House of Hammerton in N7 - Tues-Sun
Marlon's Kitchen's Colombian Supper Club in SW11 - Thurs
Brooklyn Brewery's Tap Takeover at Tate Modern in SE1 - Thurs
Pilgrim's 5 Night Pop-up in Dalston - Thurs & Sat
Peperami presents 'Beefsy: A Study in Sausage' in Soho - Fri & Sat
Norman Musa's 3 Night Malaysian Pop-up at The Grocery in E2 - Fri
Three Hills Brewing's Tap Takeover at WaterIntoBeer in SE4 - Fri
HARA's Weekend Vegetarian Brunch in London Fields - Sat & Sun
Breddos X TABASCO TacOver Series: Ray Garcia from LA's 2 Day Pop-up in EC1 - Sat & Sun
Searcys & Laurent-Perrier's Champagne Afternoon Tea in Knightsbridge - Sat & Sun
KERB's 5th Birthday Party - w Street Food 'KERBlaborations' in King's Cross - Sat
The Dessert Deli's Sunday Roast in Battersea - Sun
LOSTACOS and Doodle Bars Day of the Dead Celebration - SE1 - Sun

Last Chance - 
Oded Oren's Six Night Residency at Brewery Below in Essex Road, N1 - Ends Sat 21st

Thursday 19th October

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

Cucina Rustica's Sicilian Residency at The House of Hammerton in Holloway Road
Cucina Rustica, the Sicilian pop-up, has taken over the kitchen The House of Hammerton, Hammerton Brewery's excellent new bar at 99 Holloway Road, N7.  Gio will be serving Tuesdays to Sundays until 12th November 2017, with a menu that includes bruschetta, arancini balls and lots more - make sure you save some room for the amazing Doughnut Gnocchi - deep fried gnocchi balls filled with Nutella, with cooling mascarpone cream - to die for!

Marlon's Kitchen's Colombian Supper Club at the London Cooking Project in SW11
Marlon's Kitchen is holding a Colombian supper club at The London Cooking Project in Battersea on Thursday 19th October 2017.  It's just £35 per head - and it's BYOB - and you will get an amazing menu including Roasted Hump of Zebu Beef - and all the food is gluten free (vegetarian & vegan options also available.)  Go!

Brooklyn Brewery's Tap Takeover at Tate Modern in SE1
"The beers on tap will be:
• Lager - 5.2% Vienna-style lager
• Scorcher IPA -  4.5% IPA with a floral, piney aroma
• Post Road Pumpkin Ale  A 5% malty orange amber beer brewed with fresh pumpkin and a hint of nutmeg
• Brown Ale - A 5.6% brown ale with a complex malt flavor, smooth and rich, with a caramel, chocolate and coffee background.
• Sorachi Ace - 7.2% farmhouse-style saison showcasing the Sorachi Ace hoe, with notes of lemon, lemongrass, and dill."

Pilgrim's 5 Night Pop-up in Dalston - Also Saturday
For hundreds of years, people from all over the world have walked the Camino de Santiago to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia. Routes start from multiple locations like France, Portugal and Eastern Spain. Pilgrim is a showcase of the flavours that inspired us along the Camino de Santiago to Galicia.
This is the first of a series of pop-ups that will lead up to the opening of our restaurant and sherry bar in early 2018. Tickets are for a 6-course tasting menu, each course named after a town or city along the Camino de Santiago and represent the regional style of cooking and produce of its namesake.

Oded Oren's Six Night Residency at Brewery Below in Essex Road, N1 - Ends Sat
Oded Oren, the israeli chef well known for hosting pop-ups around the capital, is doing a short residency at the Brewery Below space under Borough Wines & Beers in Essex Road N1.  It's a 5 course menu including such treats as grilled​ ​squid​ ​pita​ ​with​ ​warm​ ​chickpeas​ ​and​ ​tahini, with tickets from £42.  The residency runs from Thursday 12th to Saturday 21st October, Thursday to Saturday only, and the first Friday has sold out already - go book your tickets!

Street Food Pop-ups at Spike + Earl in SE5 To Promote Peckham Levels - Thurs-Sat
Peckham Levels, a new space using the bottom 7 floors of a disused multi-storey car park at 95A Rye Lane, Peckham, is opening 'soon'.  To give us a preview, some of the street food traders are holding pop-ups at Spike + Earl in Camberwell over Thursday to Saturday evenings until 4th November 2017.  All are new to me, including Hao Hao Chi, Canard, and PickyWops - go and try them out.

Tem Ban’s Thai Residency at The King & Co in Clapham - Weds-Sun
This September and October two food traders will be sharing the kitchen at The King & Co in Clapham - Taco Rebels on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Tem Ban (Thai) on Wednesdays to Sundays.  Tem Ban has been at The King and Co before, and was a big hit.  Taco Rebels are comparatively new, having done a few supper clubs; I'm looking forward to trying both again!
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BZHHs8EHsfI/

Craving Coffee's July 2017 #TottenhamSocial Streetfood Nights in N15 - Teochew Kitchen - Singaporean - Thurs-Sat

Friday 20th October
Peperami presents 'Beefsy: A Study in Sausage' in Soho - Fri & Sat
"Shut your Warhol and listen up! Peperami is hosting its first ever art exhibition for people who like their culture a little meatier.
Unlike the pretentious rubbish peddled by so-called “modern artists”, BEEFSY: A Study in Sausage will get straight to the point with creations that actually mean something, at least to die-hard meat-lovers.
With free entry and bags of free samples, this is one show you can’t afford to miss (unless you’re vegetarian, in which case, please stay home and cuddle your kale)."

Norman Musa's 3 Night Malaysian Pop-up at The Grocery in E2
Malaysian chef Norman Musa is making a rare appearance in London with a 3 night pop-up at The Grocery in Kingsland Road from Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th October 2017.  Tickets are just £35, and the menu will include specials like Chicken Satay, Rendang and Wok fried noodles Char Kuey Teow.  Get involved!

Three Hills Brewing's Tap Takeover at WaterIntoBeer in SE4
"First up on tap 1 will be the third installment of the flower-infused Saison Series: Marigold (6% ABV). This crisp sasion is hopped with sorachi ace and infused with peppery marigolds, adding a deep yellow hue and a complex variety of flavours including hay, spice and extra bitterness."
(Plus two more beers)

The Three Month Budapest Bar & Kitchen Pop-up in Bethnal Green - Thurs-Sat til Christmas
The Budapest Bar & Kitchen is a new 3 month pop-up from the Italian & Hungarian team behind Pasta 'n' Goulash, opening on Wednesday 4th October 2017, and then open every Tuesday to Saturday til 22nd December, and on New Year's Eve.  Expect lots of Italian and Hungarian dishes, plus some exclusively sourced beers and wines.  Perfect food for when it starts to get a bit colder!

The 'Chicken of the Woods' Seasonal British Pop-up in Muswell Hill - Fridays
Chicken of the Woods, the North London pop-up specialising in seasonal, rustic British is back for a new series of pop-ups, this time at Flesh & Flour in Muswell Hill. It's taking place every Friday night, and the food will be accompanied by wine from small independent producers.  I went to one of these last year and it was fantastic - highly recommended!

Frankly Peru's Peruvian Residency at Two Spoons in Honor Oak SE23 - Fri & Sat

Adam Simmonds' The Test Kitchen Pop-up Restaurant on Frith Street, Soho - Mon-Sat til 2018

(Plus lots of the Thursday things)

Saturday 21st October
HARA's Weekend Vegetarian Brunch at The Institute of Light in London Fields
HARA, a new vegetarian catering company founded by Kiara and Tess, is now serving a healthy, filling, delicious vegetarian brunch every Saturday and Sunday at The Institute of Light in Helmsley Place, E8, from 10am - 3pm.  Really great food - and good for you too.  Make sure you have one of the sweet options too - I had the beetroot, chocolate & spelt loaf - see below - and it was amazing!
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BaOrPTxncRW/
& also like… https://www.instagram.com/p/BaPMHb4HJtq/

Breddos X TABASCO TacOver Series: Ray Garcia from LA's 2 Day Pop-up in Clerkenwell - Sat & Sun
For two days guest chef Ray Garcia - one of LA's most celebrated practitioners of Mexican cooking - is guesting at Breddos Tacos in Clerkenwell.  Saturday evening is a ticketed 5 course meal - tickets selling fast - and Sunday will be a taco & mescal party; no tickets, just rock up.  This event is part of the Breddos x TABASCO TacOver series - look out for more guest chefs soon!

Searcys & Laurent-Perrier's Champagne Afternoon Tea in Knightsbridge - Sat & Sun
For one weekend only - Saturday 21st & Sudnay 22nd October 2017 - Searcys & Laurent-Perrier Champagne are offering a champagne pairing afternoon tea at Searcys Knightsbridge in Pavillion Road.  Held from 1pm to 3pm and 4pm to 6pm on both days, it's £75 per head, for this sumptouous experience.

KERB's 5th Birthday Party - w Street Food 'KERBlaborations' in King's Cross - (Friday is sold out already)
Street food specialist KERB is now 5 years old - that's 5 years of lunchtime markets and special events, and 5 years of giving a start to some of London's biggest street food names, like Club Mexicana, Oh My Dog, and Capish.  To celebrate they're holding a 5th Birthday party in King's Cross, on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October, with special 'KERBlaboration' dishes prices at just a fiver.  I've listed them all below; my picks would be Bleecker x Bao, The Ribman x Oh My Dog, and Club Mexicana x Dosa Deli.  It's a ticketed event - tickets are a fiver + fees - and it will sell out, so make sure you get your tickets!

Tacu Tacu's 6 Month Latin American Pop-up in Mare Street, E8 - Weds - Sun
Tacu Tacu,  who serve great Latin American-inspired dishes, has opened a 6 month pop-up at 175 Mare Street, London Fields, formerly the site of Rita's. It's open Wednesdays to Sundays, and you can expect lots of tacos, plus the legendary Pulpo Al Olivo, MexiClam Fries (clams simmered in a creamy wine sauce over sweet potato fries), cocktails and lots more.  See you there!

Little Nan's Bar's Royal Parlour Cocktail Pop-up in Forest Hill SE23 - Fri & Sat til Christmas
Little Nan's Bar started off as a pop-up cocktail bar back in 2014, before getting permanent sites in Catford & Deptford.  Now they're popping up again with a Royal-themed bar in Forest Hill, SE23, every Friday & Saturday in the run up to Christmas 2017.  Themed around Little Nan's sister, who was an ardent royalist, expect all sorts of memorabilia - I'm hoping for lots of plates on the wall - when you visit the basement space to drink some cocktails.

Sunday 22nd October
The Dessert Deli's Sunday Roast in Battersea
"Our ‘Pop Up’ roasts were so popular before, I am bringing them back for the Winter! (I believe you can’t beat a good hearty Sunday Roast)
On Sunday 22nd October I will putting on another Roast Feast. I will cook a feast of 2 meats to choose from, plus loads of roast potatoes, veggies, Yorkshires and gravy. It will be served on platters for you to help yourself until it either runs out or you are fit to burst :).
If you still have room for more, tuck into what we are most known for – our ‘Absolutely Amazing’ desserts!             
Soft drinks will be provided, or BYO alcohol."

LOSTACOS and Doodle Bars Day of the Dead Celebration - SE1 - 2pm - Also Sun 29th
"This October, LOSTACOS and Doodle Bar will spike Halloween hunger with a dangerously delicious Day of the Dead inspired pop-up in Bermondsey. LOSTACOS is teaming up with Doodle Bar and Pensador Mezcal for an immersive feast to fire and frighten the senses, incorporating film, music, and even glow in the dark tacos, culminating in a wild, mezcal-fuelled fiesta."

Malt + Pepper's Residency at The Bear in Camberwell - Daily
Malt + Pepper, who specialise in cooking with beer, have taken over the kitchen at The Bear in Camberwell, serving daily until the end of 2017.   The menu includes burgers, steaks, ribs, the amazing-sounding  Stout Braised Pork Belly, plus vegetarian options, and lots more.  Can't wait to try it!
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BYObFRTjpIW/
A Sunday’s roast menu - https://twitter.com/TheBearSE5/status/906846654749450241

Monday 23rd October
Taco Rebels’ Residency at The King & Co in Clapham - Weds-Sun
This September and October two food traders will be sharing the kitchen at The King & Co in Clapham - Taco Rebels on Mondays and Tuesdays, and Tem Ban (Thai) on Wednesdays to Sundays.  Tem Ban has been at The King and Co before, and was a big hit.  Taco Rebels are comparatively new, having done a few supper clubs; I'm looking forward to trying both again!
& it looks a bit like https://www.instagram.com/p/BZMXAYIHB8z/

Tuesday 24th October
Il Tetto - The Selfridges Rooftop Pop-up Restaurant for Autumn & Winter 2017 - Daily
Selfridges rooftop restaurant for Autumn and Winter 2017 will be Il Tetto, a new modern Italian pop-up from Des McDonald.  Open daily, it is inspired by traditional Italian trattorias, bringing a taste of the mediterranean to London.  I loved The Deck, their summer pop-up - looks like this one will be just as good!

Wednesday 25th October
Scott Hallsworth's Freakscene Pop-up in Farringdon - Tues-Sat
Freakscene is a new pop-up from Scott Hallsworth, the Australian chef who was formerly head chef at Nobu, and set up Kurobuta (which also started as a pop-up).  The new pop-up is now open daily at 91 Cowcross Street, just round the corner from Smithfield Market.  Expect dishes like Miso-grilled Black Cod Taco, and Tuna Sashimi Pizza. 
& it looks a bit like… https://www.instagram.com/p/BYeDADgHO4t/

Thursday 26th October
da ja chicken's October Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily
da ja chicken, who proudly claim to be the best fried chicken in the UK - and they may be right - are taking over the kitchen at The Duke's Head in Highgate for October 2017.  Serving daily from noon, expect wings, buns and more - with perfectly fried, ethically sourced chicken and Asian flavours.  I last had da ja in about February - looking forward to another bite!
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ_UyNCHlMo/



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)


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

Halloween Events 

27th - Museums at Night - A mystery Experience in Tower Bridge

27th & 28th - Halloween at Dead Dolls

27th - 29th - Budweiser's Haunted Halloween Shop at Old Street Station

28th - Halloween Party at The Magic Roundabout

28th - Halloween Party at Pop Brixton

31st - Halloween at Bubbledogs


Vinery's October Pop-up 'Honesty' Wine Bar in Soho - Fri 27th
Vinery London, the pop-up Berlin-style 'Honesty' wine bar returns on Friday 27th October, with another visit to The Soho Collective just off Old Compton Street, and this time with a slight Halloween theme!  Buy a ticket in advance for £4, then drink as much of the wine as you'd like, and pay what you want (within reason) as you leave.  Guests are expected to pay between £20 and £30.  Top tip: go early - it opens at 8pm - as some of the most popular wines run out.

Jimmy Garcia's The Lodge Fondue Pop-up on The South Bank - With Glass Igloos - Opens 10th Nov
Jimmy Garcia first created his winter fondue pop-up in 2014, first in Balham, then in Clapham, and now in 2017 he's bringing the concept to the South Bank using a shipping container to create The Refuge, a 30 seat alpine lodge, and a collection of private dining 'show globes' to create a wholly magical winter experience.  The menu will include the fondue, plus charcuterie, mulled wine and more, with a 'grab and go' hatch selling raclette burgers and dogs, crocque monsieur and more.  This is going to be amazing - Jimmy has smashed it again!


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

The Metallica Pop-up shop in Shoreditch - Until Tues 24th
"Stop by the London pop-up shop, open October 18 – October 24. The shop will be open from noon to 8 PM every day except for the 24th, when it will be open from noon to 6 PM.
45 Charlotte Road
London EC2A 3PD
Available exclusively at the Metallica London Pop-Up Store, this limited edition screen print designed by artist Richey Beckett will be on sale starting mid-day tomorrow - limited to only 50 copies per day - throughout the store's residency."

West Eleven's Autumn Pop-up Shop in Belgravia - Daily
"Welcome to West Eleven Collective
Our doors open on Wednesday 4th October and we will be at our beautiful Belgravia home until 26th November.
Opening Times: Monday - Saturday 9.30am - 5.30pm, Sunday 10am - 5pm
Find us at 77 Elizabeth Street, London SW1W 9PJ."

The Kingsman x Mr Porter 2017 Pop-up Shop in Piccadilly - Mon-Sat
Kingsman, Mathew Vaughn's Secret Agent frilm franchise, has opened a pop-up shop with Mr Porter at 4 St James Street, so that fans can step into (& buy) the films' world of curated British luxury.  The shop is open until Christmas 2017 and features classic British and international menswear and luxury brands, like Turnbull and Asser, TAG Heuer, Drake, Smythson, and many more.  Don't expect anything at 'pocket money prices' - this is a luxury boutique.


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