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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 - Cocktails in the City, Foodstock, and the Dalston Beer Day
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Coming Soon - Wray’s Jerk Fest in Peckham
Shop of the Week - YouTube Vloggers The Narrative Creators' Pop-up Shop at Boxpark




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What’s on this week

Brand New - 
Cocktails in the City's Summer 2016 Festival in Bloomsbury - Fri-Sat
KERB's Reggae Roast in Kings Cross - Fri & Sat
Dalston Beer Day at the 40ft Brewery - Sat
Foodstock - Food, beer and music festival in Battersea Park - Sat & Sun
The Summer Sky Riviera Pop-up at Searcys The Gherkin in the City - Daily
YouTube Vloggers The Narrative Creators' Pop-up Shop in E1 - Ends Sun
Cucina Rustica's Italian Residency in Kentish Town - Starts Tues
La Grande Bouffe French Supperclub in N1 - Thurs 4th

Last Chance - 
Allihopa's July Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Ends Sun
Tiberi's Barcelona Dishes at The King & Co in Clapham - Ends Sun
The Rhone Touch Wine Pop-up near King's Cross - Ends Sun
The Laksa Kitchen's Pop-up in Kentish Town - Ends Sun

Thursday 28th July
(Lots of things are open all week or weekend - see what’s closest to you on the map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l )

The Summer Sky Riviera Pop-up at Searcys The Gherkin in the City - Daily
This summer Searcys The Gherkin is being transformed into a Summer Sky Riviera, with inspiration from the style and feel of the French Riviera of the 1950s.  There will be a special menu, special cocktails in collaboration with Tanqueray No. TEN gin, and of course the most amazing views over London.  Do it!

The Rhone Touch Wine Exhibition with Pop-up Bar & Restaurant near King's Cross - Ends Sun 31st
The final ten days of July 2016 sees a wine exhibition at Central St Martin's in Granary Square, King's Cross, complete with a pop-up restaurant and wine bar.  It's free to get into the exhibition - but you need a ticket (links below) and the lunches and dinners in the restaurant, cooked by chef Adam Rawson, cost up to £49, depending on wine choices etc.  See you there!

Eastern Bloc's Thursday Nights at The Waverley Arms in Peckham
The Waverley Arms in Ivydale Road, SE15 are keeping up their run of Thursday night takeovers with a new series from local street food traders Eastern Bloc, who serve, as the name suggests, food inspired by Eastern Europe.  Expect dishes like smoked paprika, okra and smoked pancetta potato salad (pictured) and pulled pigs cheek bun with pomegranate and red cabbage.  It'll be serving every Thursday evening from 7th July 2016.

Dinerama - The Street Food Market in Shoreditch - Summer 2016 - Thurs - Sun
Dinerama, the great streetfood market at 19 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, is now onto it's summer hours, which means it's open from noon, Thursday to Sunday.  It's then open until midnight, except Sundays where it shuts at 9pm.  Go for some of the best of London's street food traders, in a convenient central location, with rooftop areas and more.

'The Last Days of Shoreditch' Streetfood Market at Red Market in Shoreditch - Thurs - Sat
The Red Market in Old Street, a street food institution for the past 6 years, is opening up this summer as The Last Days of Shoreditch, featuring streetfood - inc, Crabbie Shack, Le Bao, The Joint and Yeah Burger - bars, Junkyark Crazy Golf, and art by Gavin Turk and others.

'Pergola on The Roof' Rooftop Pop-up with 4 Restaurants in Shepherds Bush - Weds - Sun
Pergola on The Roof is a new summer rooftop pop-up on the roof of the old TV Centre in Shepherd's Bush.  Last year this site was used by a pop-up called Storeys; this year there are  4 restaurants, Patty & Bun, Salt Yard, Rabbit and Le Coq

Brixton Beach Boulevard Rooftop Bars and Diners for Summer 2016 - Thurs - Sun
Brixton Beach Boulevard is a rooftop bar with 6 food options, opening from the end of May to the end of August 2016.  Situated on Valentia Place, between Coldharbour Lane and Brixton Station Road, it's open from Thursdays to Sundays, and is based on a 1980s Miami vibe.  The six restaurants are Miami Bass - high end, Lucky Pierre - 'Frites & Treats', The Other Side Fried - buns, La Chatica - Latin American, Nanny Bills - streetfood classics, and Mac To The Future - Mac & Cheese.

#TottenhamSocial Thursday & Friday Street Food Residencies at Craving Coffee in N15 - Thurs & Fri - Pink Cactus (Mexican)
Craving Coffee, the cafe in Markfield Road, N15 has been running streetfood residencies every Friday since June 2015, with different traders coming in every week.  In 2016 there will be two modifications to this successful formula - first, it will run every Thursday and Friday, and second, traders will change every month, rather than every week, so you'll get at least 8 nights of each one.

Friday 29th July
Cocktails in the City's Summer 2016 Festival in Bedford Square - Fri & Sat
Cocktails in the City's summer festival returns to the capital on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July 2016.  Taking place in the lovely Bedford Square Gardens, there will be over 25 bars serving up wonderful and imaginative cocktails, plus live music, street food, and interactive masterclasses so that you can hone your own skills.

KERB's Reggae Roast in Kings Cross - Fri & Sat
"We love reggae - so when we were thinking of what to follow Noshville with it came to us: A big fat searing, pulsating reggae roast. And who does it better than the creators of that sound but...Reggae Roast Soundsystem.
Bringing the heat with their state of the art sounds and live acts, this is going to be a party for everyone - and we'll drink ice cold beers, proper rum punch and get on the Wray & Nephews fling-it-backs. From there there's dominoes, Plonk crazy golf and a whole open air dance floor to flex, whine, bogle and shok-out (or else just do the two-step with your eyes closed, it's all good)."

The Laksa Kitchen's Pop-up at The Tolli Cafe in Kentish Town - Ends Sunday
Extended due to popular demand - get down there!
The Laksa looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BHrxt61AXaI/

Delish Thai's Friday Pop-up in Greenwich
Delish Thai are running two regular pop-ups in Greenwich SE10.  Friday nights are at The Ashburnham Arms in Ashburnham Grove, while Sunday nights are at The Plumtree Cafe in Greenwich High Road.  Expect great home-cooked Thai food from a Thai woman who learnt her craft helping her mum, with fresh authentic ingredients.  Go!

Portobello Road Gin's Summer Pop-up Bar in Covent Garden - Ends Sat
Portobello Road Gin has opened a pop-up gin bar in Covent Garden, at Unit 3 of the Market Bilding (formerly the Chanel Boutique).  It's open from Thursdays to Saturdays until 30th July, and you'll be able to create their own personalised G&T serve, choosing from an extensive array of summer flavours from from Portobello Road Gin’s traditional heritage market stalls, including pink grapefruit & juniper berries combination to watermelon, strawberries, basil and starfruit.  Wonderful!

The S.Pellegrino 'Live in Italian' Takeover of the Terrace at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge - Daily
Starting on 11th July, S.Pellegrino will be taking over the terrace at Havvey Nichols in Knightsbridge for a celebration of all things Italian, including a menu curated by The Italian Supper Club.  Weather permitting, the terrace will transport you to an Italian summer, complete with the most familiar tastes, in a very sociable setting.

Oded Oren's Summer 2016 Residency at The Terrace of Oval Space in E2 - Tues-Sun
Oded Oren, the highly talented Israel chef, is popping up this summer at The Terrace at Oval Space in E2, Bethnal Green.  Open from Tuesday to Sunday, he'll be serving up a selection of his Mediterranean specialities; expect dishes like  sea bream tartar with roasted tomatoes and avocado; grilled cauliflower steak with labneh and preserved lemons; beef prime rib with salsa verde.

The Chicken of The Woods Supper Club in Crouch End - Fri & Sat for the summer
Chicken of The Woods is a new weekly supperclub from an impressive team of chef Chris Slaughter and front of house James Galton, taking place on Fridays and Saturdays from 29th April 2016 at the 1930s Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End..  There are seats for just 20 each night, and it costs just £35 for a 5 course menu, or £60 with matching wines.
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BFFJMoQJoXU/

Rooftop Film Club's 2016 Summer Screenings in Peckham, Shoreditch, Stratford and Kensington
The Rooftop Film Club has announced its Summer 2016 programme of open air screenings, back on the rooftops that gave it its name.  As in 2015, there are four venues for the summer, The Queen of Hoxton in Shoreditch, The Bussey Building in Peckham, Roof East in Stratford, and Kensington Roof Gardens, wth food from Forza Win and RockaDollar Dogs, plus coffee from sponsors Nespresso.

Dalston Yard 2016 - Street Food Night Market & Bars in E8 - Fri & Sat til Oct
Dalston Yard, Street Feast's north London home of street food and vibes, opens for 2016 on Friday 29th April, and will open every Friday and Saturday until 1st October.  This year the lineup includes Breddos Tacos, Kimchinary's burritos, SteakHAUS, Bleecker Burger, B.O.B.'s Lobster, Club Mexicana, Patare,

The 2016 Model Market Night Market for Streetfood in Lewisham - Fri & Sat
Model Market, the streetfood nightmarket in Lewisham, SE13, is back for 25 weekends in the spring and summer of 2016.  It's open every Friday and Saturday from 5pm, with lots of great traders including Club Mexicana, Mother Flipper, Mama's Jerk, Sub Cult, SE Cakery, and You Doughnut, plus lots of bars and #vibes.

(Plus lots of the Thursday things)

Saturday 30th July
Dalston Beer Day at the 40ft Brewery - 2pm - 9pm
"Dalston Beer day is an all day beer festival to celebrate fantastic beer and the great brewing commuity in London and beyond."
More than 10 breweries, plus street food etc

Foodstock - Food, beer and music festival in Battersea Park - Sat & Sun
"Where better to spend your weekend than in the stunning Battersea Park, tickling your taste buds with delicious dishes, sipping on refreshing drinks, whilst listening to Summer-Folk music in the glorious sunshine (we have our fingers crossed already).
Expect an amazing selection of gourmet food, artisan stalls, farmers market, creative cocktails, workshops, cooking demonstrations, tasting sessions and book signings! Our beautiful bandstand will be jam packed with music put together by The Bedford, Balham."

John Lewis's 'The Gardening Society' Rooftop Pop-up on Oxford Street - Daily
John Lewis has opened up a roof garden on top of its Oxford Street store for summer 2016.  Open until September 4th, it's called The Gardening Society, and features a rotating set of pop-ups restaurants - including B.O.B.'s Lobster in July.  Plus there are bars, views and it's a nice place to chill out on a summer's afternoon or evening.

Magnum's 2016 'Design Your Own Magnum' Pop-up Shop near Bond Street
It's back - The Magnum  Pleasure Store where you can 'Make Your Own Magnum' will open as a pop-up shop at 56 South Molton Street, near Bond Street.  I haven't got the full press release yet, but if it's anything like last year you'll be able to make your own Magnum by choosing the different elements - ice cream, chocolate, sprinkles - and then eat it, pausing only to Instagram the heck out of it.  This has become a rather wonderful London summer tradition.
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BF88YfaJoVi/

Frank's Cafe - Peckham's Rooftop Pop-up - Open Tues - Sun
Franks Cafe, the rooftop restaurant & bar in Peckham, re-opens for 2016 on Thursday 19th May.  Perched on the top of a multi-storey car park, ten stories high, it's one of the original London pop-up restaurants - first opening for the summer in 2008 - and still one of the best.  The bar and restaurant is open Tuesday-Sunday until the end of Sept, and serving seasonal food, freshly cooked.  Plus, the views are stunning!

Dough Bro's 6 Month Pizza Residency at Wild Card Brewery in Walthamstow - Saturdays & Sundays for 6 months
Dough Bro will be in residency at The Wild Card Brewery, E17, for Saturdays & Sundays for 6 months.  Go for the pizza, plus Wild Card's excellent beers!
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BEBeatMJoZR/

Sunday 31st July
Delish Thai's Sunday Pop-up in Greenwich
Delish Thai are running two regular pop-ups in Greenwich SE10.  Friday nights are at The Ashburnham Arms in Ashburnham Grove, while Sunday nights are at The Plumtree Cafe in Greenwich High Road.  Expect great home-cooked Thai food from a Thai woman who learnt her craft helping her mum, with fresh authentic ingredients.  Go!

The Harry Potter 'House of MinaLima' Pop-up Shop in Soho - Daily
A Harry Potter pop-up shop is opening in London!  The House of MinaLima, at 26 Greek Street, Soho, will serve as an exhibition of graphic art and authentic film props from the Harry Potter films, plus items to buy including  limited edition prints from the Harry Potter films, postcard sets, prop replica notebooks and the brand new product, Hogwarts Acceptance Letter, as well as removable decals to decorate the home.  Spread out over 4 floors, It's open daily from Friday 3rd June to Saturday 4th February 2016, from 12 noon each day.  Go!
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BGGx_YQJoXu/

Birdies' Rooftop Crazy Golf Course in Stratford
Birdies Crazy Golf first appeared last year at The Vaults under Waterloo; now they're back for summer 2016 with a rooftop course on the top of a multistory carpark in Stratford, E15.  Expect crazy holes (one of which has a 5ft drop), great views, and streetfood from people like RockaDollar Dogs, plus cocktails and other drinks.  It's open six days a week - closed Mondays - and it's only £9 for a ticket to play.

Monday 1st August
Grub Club's Olympic Supper Club Series at Anise Bar near Liverpool Street - Mon-Weds til 17th Aug
The Rio Olympics starts soon, and to mark the event Grub Club has organised a series of supper clubs to celebrate the food of Europe, Asia, Latin American and Africa.  Taking place on Mondays to Wednesdays at Anise Bar at the Cinnamon Kitchen in Devonshire Square, near to Liverpool Street, the chefs are
Representing Asia - Papi’s Pickles - 1st - 3rd August
Representing South America - Luciana Berry - 8th - 10th August
Representing Africa - Adam Rawson - 15th - 17th August
Tickets cost £40 (£35 for Asia).

The Queen of Hoxton's Summer of Love Rooftop Bar for Summer 2016 - Mon-Sat
This summer the Queen of Hoxton's rooftop bar has taken a psychedlic 'summer of love' theme, complete with cool nots of San Francisco in the 1960s, flower power and more.  There's food, including Beatnik Burger, and Psychedelic Ice Cream Sandwich, not to mention Salmon and Garfunkel (from the BBQ), plus lots of cocktails with names like LSTea, The Limes They Are a Changin’, and even ice cream floats, called things like Drop Sorbet, Not Bombs.  (They clearly had fun naming things!)  It's open Monday to Saturday for the summer, nad there are lots of special events planned too.  Be There, or Be Square!

Tuesday 2nd August
The first night of Cucina Rustica's Italian Residency at The Rose and Crown in Kentish Town - Daily
Cucina Rustica, a hyperlocal Italian pop-up kitchen, is coming to The Rose and Crown in Torriano Avenue, NW5 for 3 months from 2nd August 2016.  Founded by Giorgio Fabian Honey, it builds on both is Sicilian heritage, and the idea of locally sourced food, to bring something special to Kentish Town.  It'll be serving daily in the pub, from 6pm during the week, and from 2pm at weekends.  Go!

The Battersea Canteen's Free Tuesday Dinners from Surplus Food
Too much food is thrown away by supermarkets, and now The Battersea Canteen at the London Cooking Project, together with the charity Be Enriched, is using this for good with a weekly free supper in SW11, cooked by volunteers with food donated by chefs, local shops and businesses, and Tesco.  It takes place every Tuesday evening from 6.30 - 8.30pm and there's no booking - just turn up!  Note that while it's free, you will be able to donate money to the cause while you are there.

Wednesday 3rd August
Sambal Shiok's Laksa Residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho
Malaysian street-food trader Sambal Shiok is popping up at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho, taking over from Darjeeling Express.  On the menu will be the world famous Laksa, which caused huge queues during the 2 week pop-up in Finsbury Park in January, plus the excellent fried chicken, nasi lemak, beef rendang and Hainan dumplings.

Sho Food Doh's 5 Night A Week Japanese Street Food at Pacific Social Club in Clapton
Great news - Sho Foo Doh, one of the original street food pop-ups from about 5 years ago, is now opening 5 evenings a week - Tues - Sat -  at Pacific Social Club in Clarence Road, Clapton.  Go along for Fumio's superb okonomiyaki, plus drinks, great tunes and more.

Thursday 4th July
La Grande Bouffe French Supperclub in N1
"The event highlights French cuisine and especially French traditional recipes with seasonal and local products.
A big feast like the ones we’ve been part of since our childhood. Discover the French home cooked food experience and feeling.
Generous, flavourful, great vibe, good music, tables covered with cast iron casserole dishes that people can share, along with great wines and cocktails…this is La Grande Bouffe."

Notch London Rooftop Bar for Cocktails & Food near Marble Arch - Daily
Notch is a new rooftop bar at 535 Oxford Street - almost opposite Marble Arch.  Last year there was a bar called Roofnic in this spot, but Notch is brand new for 2016 - you can watch them building it on their Facebook page.  Expect lots of cocktails, pls food from Mark Morrans (Kurobuta), and it's open from 10am - 10pm every day for the summer of 2016.  it's even got wifi to make instagramming easier (or pretending that you're actually at work...).  Got to be done!



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

Wray's Jerk Fest 2016 at The Bussey Building in Peckham - Sat 6th August
On Saturday 6th August 2016 Wray & Nephew is holding a Jerk Fest from 2pm - 11pm at The Bussey Building's rooftop bar in Peckham.  There will be 6 competitors all cooking jerk - Fish, Wings & Tings, Mama’s Jerk, Cottons Rhum Shack, White Men Can’t Jerk, Jerk Night and Rudie’s - which you can vote in by buying a portion from any of them - plus DJs and lots of drinks, including rum cocktails. Entry is free, and a portion of jerk, with voting slip, is £5.

Mr Hyde's National Burger Day at Hawker House, Canada Water - Thurs 25th Aug
"Imagine a huge sprawling Street Feast where everywhere you turn there’s a burger. Welcome to National Burger Day at Hawker House and The Land of Bamboo, Canada Water.
Thursday 25 August 2016 is Mr Hyde’s fourth National Burger Day and Street Feast is throwing another EPIC party to celebrate. You guessed it - this year it’s even bigger and better than before with 18 brilliant burgers, 10 great bars, two All-American burger desserts AND London's Best Chips™®©. PLUS Burger PiƱatas, a Pickle Eating Contest, and something so brilliant we haven’t even thought of it yet."

Terry & George's Feeding Friends Supperclub at Long White Cloud in E2 - 24th & 25th Aug


Shop of the Week

YouTube Vloggers The Narrative Creators' Pop-up Shop at Boxpark in E1 - ends 31st
2 vloggers - YouTube video bloggers - are opening a pop-up shop at Boxpark, Bethnal Green Road, for one week from 26th - 31st July 2016.  the two are Steve Booker, Ben Brown, and they'll be inviting friends down to hang out, including Adrian Bliss and Suli Breaks.  They'll also be selling merchandise like prints and accessories, plus holding live events, and of course making and posting films throughout the week.

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


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Note - I’ve now put some 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)


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