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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.


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This week we have -

Thursday - Thursday - Frank’s Rooftop Cafe, Gravlax, and a Punk Pop-up shop
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Coming Soon - The London Pizza Festival at Borough Market
Shop of the Week - The Punk Pop-up Shop at The British Library




Follow LondonPopUps on Instagram - pics from pop-ups, plus upcoming events


What’s on this week

Brand New - 
Frank's Cafe - Peckham's Rooftop Pop-up - Open Tues - Sun
The House of Peroni at Proud East in Haggerston - Weds - Sun
The Gravlax 4 Day Pop-up Restaurant in Kingsland Road, E2 - Ends Sat 21st
KERB Does Alchemy - Streetfood on the Southbank - Daily
Zurich Meets London - Dada Gala Dinners in Borough Market - Thurs & Fri
Nina Parker's 4 course Saturday Brunch at Habitat in King's Road - Sat
Sho Food Doh's 5 Night A Week Japanese Street Food in Clapton - Tues - Sat
Little Nan's Pop-up Rio Bar at The Rio Cinema in Dalston - Weds - Sat
Yelp's London Food Festival of the Future - Sunday
'Pergola on The Roof' Rooftop Pop-up with 4 Restaurants in Shepherds Bush - Opens 26th
Beavertown Brewery's one month Pop-up Pub in Holloway Road - Opens 26th
Brixton Beach Boulevard Rooftop Bars and Diners for Summer 2016 - Opens 26th
'The Last Days of Shoreditch' Streetfood Market at Red Market in Shoreditch - Opens 26th

Last Chance - 
Krispy Kreme's Pop-up 'Donut ATM' with Nutella Doughnuts in Holborn - Til sun 21st
Baileys Pop-up Book Cocktail Bar at Waterstones in Tottenham Court Road - Til Sun 22nd

Thursday 19th May
(Lots of things are open all week or weekend - see what’s closest to you on the map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l )

The first night of 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.  Take the lift for the 10th floor, and walk up from there, past Bold Tendencies' art, til you get to the rooftop.  There you'll find the bar and restaurant open Tuesday-Sunday until the end of Sept, and serving seasonal food, freshly cooked.  Plus, the views are stunning!

The first night of The House of Peroni at Proud East in Haggerston - Weds - Sun
The House of Peroni, Peroni's celebration of Italian food, drink and culture, returns to London on Thursday 19th May for a six week run, this time at Proud East (formerly The Proud Archivist), on the Regent's Canal near to Haggerston.  Expect lots of interesting things to see, plus great food, great beers and cocktails, and lot of (bookable) classes to improve your mind.

The Gravlax 4 Day Pop-up Restaurant in Kingsland Road, E2 - Ends Sat 21st
Gravlax is a Scandinavian-inspired pop-up restaurant, taking place at The King's Head in Kingsland Road, E2, from Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st May 2016.  As the name suggests, the focus of the meal is gravlax - cured salmon - with the choice of 3 from a list of cures - Gin, Vodka, Tequila, Whisky and Rum - plus two other courses,. and an amuse bouche.  The chef is Charlie Wethered, who appeared on Masterchef in 2012, and it's also helping support Raise Your Hands, a community that supports small charities concerned with children.  Sounds like a great pop-up!

The first day of KERB Does Alchemy - Streetfood on the Southbank - Daily til 30th
"We're back at Southbank Centre for Alchemy Festival. This year we are ramping up on the heat factor by adding an extra day bring you 12 days of flavour that'll twist you every which way.
KERB will cluster together street food traders, out of town mavericks and friends of KERB to make our spiciest one yet even spicier!
FOOD: 30 brilliant street food businesses cooking their hearts out with dishes from India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan (Come hungry)."

Zurich Meets London - Dada Gala Dinners in Borough Market - Thurs & Fri
"Zürich meets London celebrates the 100th anniversary of the Dada art movement with special Dada Gala Dinners. Dada was born in Zurich. The movement delighted in unusual, witty or even absurd combinations of words, sounds and images. To this palette, the Dada Gala Dinners add the elements of taste and flavour. The 5-course menu taking its cue from the Dada philosophy of “anything goes” will be prepared by Fabian Spiquel, head chef at the Michelin starred Maison Manesse in Zurich."

Le Bao's May Residency at The Lido Cafe in Herne Hill - Thurs & Fri for May
Le Bao takes over the kitchen at The Lido Cafe in May 2016, serving up their modern take on Taiwanese  Gua Bao - fluffy soft steamed bun filled with braised meat - with dishes including The Original (spicy pork confit, boldly spiced Mary Had A Little Bao (Moroccan merguez patty, harissa mayo, cress, pomegranate seeds) and the veggie-friendly Say Cheese (grilled goat cheese, crispy shallots, rocket, caramelised onion chutney).  The are serving every Thursday and Friday night for May - booking recommended!

Squid Kitchen's Three Month Residency at The Rose and Crown in NW5 - Tues, + Thurs-Sun
Squid Kitchen, street food stars who serve up Madrid-style dishes, are taking over the kitchen at The Rose & Crown in Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, for Tuesdays, and Thursdays - Sundays this May, June and July.  Go to feast on their amazing dishes, including squid, peppers and more.

Slow Down Food's El Barrio Mexican Residency at The Shop in NW10 - Tues-Sun
Slow Down Food is taking over the kitchen at the bar The Shop NW10 in Kensal Rise from Tuesday 3rd May for a 3 month residency with 'El Barrio', Mexican street food.   They are serving their main menu from Tuesday to Saturday 5-10pm and then Brunch on Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 3pm.

Le Bun's 'Le Bun Vivant' 5 Week Pop-up at Leicester House in Chinatown - Weds - Sun
Le Bun, street food favourites who serve up French and American-inspired flavours, often in buns, are taking over the restaurant and bar at Leicester House, the boutique hotel at 1 Leicester Street, Chinatown, for 5 weeks serving Wednesday - Sunday from 21st April.  Called Le Bun Vivant, it'll include new dishes like Shrimp & Scallop Po Bun, inspired by New Orleans, and Suckling Pig Bun, inspired by Lyon.  This one is walk-ins only, so pick a good time - I'd particularly recommend an early weekend brunch.

#TottenhamSocial Thursday & Friday Street Food Residencies at Craving Coffee in N15 - Thurs & Fri - Teo Chew Kitchen - Singaporean
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 20th May
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.  Films are shown on a big screen, and the audience is given wireless headphones for the sound.  It runs until September, and more films will be added - Note that films sell out fast!

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, and lots of other great traders with flavours from all over the world, plus bars and all sorts of other things going on.  It's always great - can't wait to see what they've got in store for us this year!

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.  It's free to get in before 7pm, and £3 after that.  The bars at Model Market all take cards, but don’t forget to bring cash for the food.  so looking forward to this one!

(Plus lots of the Thursday things)

Saturday 21st May
Nina Parker's 4 course Saturday Brunch at Habitat in King's Road - Sat 21st
"A morning filled with delicious food and 50/60's music. The menu is mix of influences from my upcoming Capri cookbook with some tasty brunch classics of fresh juices, matcha lattes and smoked salmon, rocket and roast almond pesto."

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.

Little Nan's Pop-up Rio Bar at The Rio Cinema in Dalston - Weds - Sat
Little Nan's Bar, the fun pop-up cocktail bar, is taking over the basement of the Rio Cinema in Kingsland High Street from Weds - Sat until 14th August 2016.  It's a fun club night, with cocktails served from tea pots, 90s music and themes, a photo booth with lots of props, and a dance floor.  Booking isn't essential, but recommended if you want to have a celebration (to guarantee a table etc) or if you want their bottomless cocktails!

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!

Fraise Sauvage and Eat 17 Team up for "Pop Upstairs" in E9 - Fridays & Saturdays
Dessert specialist Terri Mercieca aka Fraise Sauvage, famous for her 'Happy Endings' dessert-only supper clubs, is back for a series of dinners in collaboration with Eat17 in Brooksby's Walk, E9, on Friday and Saturdays.  Starting on Friday 18th, these will run every Friday & Saturday evening until the re-launch of the Castle Cinema, hopefully later this year.

Sambal Shiok's 3 Month Laksa Residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho
Malaysian street-food trader Sambal Shiok is popping up for 3 months 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.  It's open from 29th March, for lunch from Tuesday to Saturday, and for dinner on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.  This is one that you really, really need to go to!

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 22nd May
Yelp's London Food Festival of the Future
"London is home to some of the best food, drinks and technology in the world and we'd like to invite you to join us as we head to the future. This will be a day of not just food and technology but upcoming food trends (speciality cafes, organic eateries, unique delivery apps) and the miraculous marvels of the modern day world like virtual reality, robots and drones!"

The final day for Krispy Kreme's Pop-up 'Donut ATM' with Nutella Doughnuts in Holborn
On Monday 9th May 2016 Krispy Kreme is opening a 'Doughnut ATM' pop-up - essentially a vending machine for doughnuts - at their store at 229 high Holborn, very close to Holborn station.  It's to launch their new Nutella-filled Donuts, and will be open from 8am-8pm every day until 21st May.  It costs £2 per donut with proceeds to The Teenage Cancer Trust, and you have to pay with a contactless card.  Go!

The final day Baileys Pop-up Book Cocktail Bar at Waterstiones in Tottenham Court Road - Til Sun 22nd
Baileys is opening a pop-up bar to celebrate their sponsorship of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.  It's going to be at the new Waterstones store at the bottom end of Tottenham Court Road, from Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd May, and there are lots of evening events planned for that week - full list here.  In addition, if you buy one of the six shortlisted books, you'll get a free Baileys cocktails to enjoy in the bar.  Nice one!

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 23rd May
Yolk's 6 Month Residency at The Duke of Wellington in Dalston - Daily
Yolk, which has been popping up around London for the last couple of years, has a new 6 month residency at The Duke of Wellington, on Balls Pond Road, near to Dalston.
While Yolk started off doing brunches, largely based on eggs (hence the name), the menu for The Duke includes snacks like pig cheeks goujons, beetroot-cured salmon, and buttermilk waffles, mains like ex cheek ragu, the famous confit duck bun, and butternut & mascapone gnocchi.

Stephen Fries’ 6 Month Burger Residency at The 3 Compasses in Dalston
Stephen Fries is now in residence at the kitchen of the Three Compasses in Dalston Lane, E8, serving up famously great burgers and more.  The burgers have names like Debbie Does Dalston, Dragged Through The Garden Backwards, and Meat is Murder, a vegetarian option made from chickpeas.  Stephen Fries will serve Monday-Saturday, with Papa Dez's Sunday Roast on the Sunday.

Tuesday 24th May
BBQ Dreamz' Philippines-inspired Street Food at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily for May
BBQ Dreamz - BBQ streetfood inspired by the Philippines, with dishes like pork belly and salmon, is in residency in the kitchen at The Duke's Head in Highgate in May 2016.  Expect small lates and mains, cooked to order, and perfect with the Duke's many,many beers on tap.  Go!

Slow Richies Tuesday Takeover at Four Quarters in Peckham
Great burgers every Tuesday from 6pm
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BDRCVV9poeF/

Wednesday 25th May
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!

Allihopa's Scandinavian-inspired Residency at The King & Co in Clapham - Daily for May & June
The King & Co in Clapham is certainly keeping their customers' taste buds entertained with their regular kitchen residencies.  May 2016 sees the arrival of Allihopa, Scandinavian-inspired smoked fish artisans, who will be serving daily in the pub, with dishes like a smoked haddock scotch egg and Janssons Temptation tartiflette with anchovies; tempting big plates like Pyttipanna hash with mushrooms, parsnips and onions, plus, if you want meat, Swedish meatballs with mash, pickled cucumber and lingonbelly jam.  Yum!
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BE_v7GBJoSu/

Oh My Dog's Hotdog & Burger Residency at The Horatia, N7 - Daily
Oh My Dog are now serving their excellent hotdogs daily at The Horatia in Holloway Road, N7, just a few minutes walk from Highbury & Islington station.   Definitely one to try!
& it looks a bit like… https://www.instagram.com/p/BC3AncIJoYz/
& the dessert looks like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BC3FGIYJoVq/

Thursday 26th May
'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 it's opening with a new concept - 4 restaurants, Patty & Bun, Salt Yard, Rabbit and Le Coq, all serving a besoke summer menu, plus two bars, boules, bookable daybeds for ten, and even a retractable roof in case of rain.  It's open from 26th May to 29th August, Wednesday to Sunday.  This is going to be so popular!

The first day of Beavertown Brewery's one month Pop-up Pub in Holloway Road - Daily
Great news - Having done tap takevovers for several years, and run their own amazingly popular tap room in N17, Beavertown Brewery is taking over an entire pub for a month, from 26th of May.  It's the Beer Kat at 203 Hollowar Road, N7 - Formerly the 12 Bar Club, and before that Phibbers - can't wait to see what Beavertown are going to do with it.  More info as I find it.

The first night of 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'll be open from Thursdays to Sundays, starting 27th May, 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.  This looks like a great addition to the summer 2016 rooftops!

The first night of '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.  It's potentially the last summer in the site, on the corner of Old Street and Great Eastern Street, hence the name, and if so we need to give it a good send-off.  It's open Thursdays to Saturdays from 25th May to 28th August, with free entry on Thursdays.  Go!



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

Mauritian BYOB Supperclub and Prize Bingo - Sat 28th
Four Courses of Mauritian Home-cooked Delights, Bingo & BYOB!
Vien Gouté (come and taste) authentic and delicious Mauritian food! A welcoming rum cocktail will set the scene for a Four-Course menu of Mauritian home-cooked delights to get you ready for summer.
Mauritians love a good get together, and it's traditional to have a good old game of bingo! So to share this tradition at our supperclub we will be hosting bingo games between courses with each winner guaranteed a prize! No charge to play and prizes include a bottle of wine.
With Mauritian cuisine being a unique blend of Creole, European and Asian flavours you are guaranteed flavours to excite the taste buds!"

The London Pizza Festival at Borough Market - Sun 5th June
"The London Pizza Festival returns to Borough Market June 5th to celebrate the publication of Where to Eat Pizza: The Experts’ Guide to the Best Pizza Places in the World. All 5 of the festival’s participating pizzerias are featured in my global guide.
The £28.50 FULL ADMISSION TICKET to the main afternoon session includes admission to the festival, 1 glass of Skinner’s Lushingtons Sunshine Pale Ale or San Pellegrino sparkling fruit beverage and 5 quarter-pizzas (all different varieties) – one from each of the competitors:
The Hearth
Pizza Pilgrims
Yard Sale Pizza"

Colombian Street Kitchen's 6 Month Residency at Green Rooms Hotel in Wood Green - Starts w/c 13th June
Green Rooms, a new hotel in Wood Green, N22, is helping to incubate food businesses by hosting them as pop-ups.  First up, for a 6 month residency from w/c 13th June, is Colombian Street Kitchen, whose authentic Colombian food is also gluten free (and absolutely delicious).  Esteban Arboleda will be serving his food in the hotel restaurant daily for lunch and dinner.  Please give your taste buds a treat, and support this great initiative.


Shop of the Week

The Punk Pop-up Shop at The British Library
The British Library, near St Pancras, is holding an exhibition on Punk 1976-78 - the key two years - and to go with it they're opening a pop-up shop to sell items inspired by the period.  Open daily, the shop will be open at the same times as the Library itself.  Inside the shops there are lots of punk records - CD and vinyl - plus books, jewellery, T-shirts, badges, cushions and more.

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


8 Questions with… 

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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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