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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.

This week we have -

Thursday - Thursday - Winterville, Thanksgiving, and Dram & Smoke
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Coming Soon - Hot Booze (a pop-up bar)
Shop of the week - Realm & Empire (menswear) in Seven Dials
8 Questions with…  Snigdha from Eat At Snigdha’s Table




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


What’s on this week

Thursday 26th November
(Lots of things are open all week or weekend - see what’s closest to you on the map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l )

Southern Comfort's Home Comfort Diner & Bar at Winterville 2015 in Victoria Park
Winterville, the 10 acre Christmas 'town' in Victoria Park opens from Thurs 26th November to Weds 23rd December 2015.  Attractions include Ice Skating and the Backyard Cinema - click for info - and this year the food options include Southern Comfort's Home Comfort diner with food from London BBQ specialists The Joint.  Food will include the Southern Leftovers Sarnie’; a sandwich made from crispy chicken leg with a Southern Comfort gravy, pork sage and onion stuffing patty - and of course there will be lots of cocktails made with Southern Comfort.  Winterville is open daily, and the Home Comfort diner will be open from Weds - Sun.

The Great British American Thanksgiving Chow Down in Waterloo
"Bigger is better, seated together, sipping on bourbon, chowing on Kentucky Fried Turkey & pimped up pumpkin pie!
Join us as we dig into an indulgent spread to celebrate Thanksgiving with the Americana experts at House of Vans."

Slap Ya Papa's New Orleans-Style Thanksgiving Dinners in N17 - Til Sat 28th
Celebrate Thanksgiving in London, New Orleans style!  Slap Ya Papa is hosting 4 dinners from Wednesday 25th - Saturday 28th November at Styx in Tottenham Hale, N17, complete with candied yams and deep-fried turkey, plus live music and a party atmosphere.  Tickets are just £35, except on Thursday 26th, where it's £45, with 50% going to a homelessness charity.

Papilles Pop-up Wine Bar in City Road near Old Street - Mon-Fri til Christmas
This November & December Papilles at The Brew cafe in City Road will be turning into a pop-up wine bar from 5pm - 11pm Mon-Fri.  There will be wine, cheese, charcuterie and more, with wines available by the glass or the bottle, to drink in, or to take away.

Dinerama in Winter - The Heated Streetfood Market in Shoreditch - Thurs-Sat til Christmas
Dinerama, the amazing enclosed street food market in Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, is back fro the winter, with a roof and heating - 'Domerama' if you want - and with lots of the same amazing street food traders, including Breddos Tacos, Smokestak, Baba G's, Duck'N'Roll, and You Doughnut.  It's open every Thursday - Saturday until 19th December.  Brilliant!

Mama's Jerk's Residency at The Star by Hackney Downs
Mama's Jerk, Caribbean jerk specialists, have taken over the kitchen at the Sat by Hackney Downs, E5, serving Monday - Saturday until early 2016.  BuzzFeed has listed them as one of 16 London street foods that will change your life, so you've really got to try them, and there's a special launch party on Thurs 12th November with some free sliders and free rum cocktails to give away.

Night Tales' 'Tokyo Nights' Winter 2015 Streetfood Market and Bars in Old Street - Thurs - Sat
Night Tales, the street food Night market in Old Street, is back for winter 2015 with a new concept - Tokyo Tales.  Taking inspiration from the Japanese capital, this translates to re-creations of restaurants and cocktail bars

The House of Peroni's Winter 2015 Vita all’Interno Pop-up in Brick Lane
The House of Peroni, a celebration of Italian culture, food, and of course beer, returns to Brick Lane on Thursday 29th October for a month.  Entitled ‘Vita all’Interno’ - meaning ‘a life lived inside’ -

The Queen of Hoxton's Rooftop Grimm's Fairy Tales Bar for 2015
For the winter of 2015-6 The Queen of Hoxton is turning its rooftop into a bar inspired by Grimms' Fairy Tales, with nods to Hansel & Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and Repunzel, with cocktials like Hot Gingerbread Apple Toddy, and Gardener's Grog, and food like Chicken Shnitzel, and Magic Bean Stew.

Friday 27th November
The first night of Dram & Smoke's Winter 2015 Scottish Pop-up Restaurant in London Bridge - Til mid December
Dram & Smoke, the excellent Scottish pop-up, is back for a winter 2015 season, in a building in Black Swan Yard, near to London Bridge.  The genius menu for the 5 course dinner includes items like Duck Donuts served with Irn Bru Chilli Jam, Roast Rack of Pork with Stornoway Black Pudding, and Whisky Bread & Butter Pudding with jugs of Malted Milk Custard.  Plus there will be cocktails, party vibes and more.  Starting on Friday 27th November, and then running for 4 weeks from Tuesday to Saturday, tickets cost just £40, and I expect will sell very, very quickly...

The Foodies Festival at the Old Truman's Brewery in Brick Lane - Fri - Sun
Top Chefs and Retro Recipes in the Chefs Theatre, an Artisan Christmas Market with Vegan and Gluten Free options, Champagne Ski Bar and a London Gin Theatre are just some of the festive features food-lovers can look forward to as Foodies Festival Christmas transforms Truman Brewery on Brick Lane into a culinary wonderland 27-29th November.
This November London's acclaimed chefs and celebrity cooks will swap their aprons for Santa hats in the Aga Rangemaster Chefs Theatre, sharing their favourite recipes and top tips to help you create the perfect Christmas feast for friends and family

Claw's Winter Kitchen Residency at The Three Compasses in Dalston - Daily
Crab burger specialists Claw will be popping up at The 3 Compasses at 99 Dlaston Lane, from November 2015 to January 2016. Claw has built up a great reputation from previous residencies around London and also lots of street food events.  Go and taste their amazing crab concoctions!

Skylounge's Winter 2015 'Tree House' Rooftop Pop-up Bar in The City - Weds-Sat for the winter
Skylounge, the rooftop bar in Pepys Street EC3, is opening a special heated rooftop winter bar, this year modelled on a 'mystical, enchanted woodland' creating a magical space to enjoy winter cocktails like their Hot & Cold Spiced Toddy and warming winter food like Truffle Mac & Cheese.  Opening on 16th November, it's open Weds - Sat from 5pm until late.  Go!

The Tick Tack Club Friday & Saturday 1920s Supper Club & Bar in Waterloo - Fri & Sat til Christmas
The Tick Tack Club is a new 'Peaky Blinders'-inspired eating and drinking experience hosted in a tunnel near Waterloo.  Starting on Friday 13th November it'll be on every Friday & Saturday until Christmas, re-creating the '20s with a 6 course tasting menu, cocktails, beers and more.  It costs just £35, and they encourage you to go dressed up...

The Burgers@N8 Pop-up Shipping Container Restaurant in Crouch End
Burgers@N8 is a new pop-up shipping container restaurant in Crouch End, open Tuesday - Sunday every week until spring 2016.  Set up by Ali Mehmet, a local, it prides it self on using local produce and suppliers wherever possible, and serving the best burgers to be had locally.  It's open from 12 noon Tues-Fri and from 10am at the weekends.
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/-WiMNzpoQF/

Street Feast's Hawker House in Canada Water for Winter 2015-6 - Fri & Sat til December
Hawker House, Street Feast's winter indoor street food market, opens on Friday 30th October 2015 in Canada Water, just a 5 minute walk from the tube and overground station.  Open on Fridays and Saturdays until mid December, then again from the end of January, itraders include B.O.B's Lobster, Bleecker Burger, Prawnography, Busan Burger and many more, plus DJs and good times.  Make sure you visit!

The Winter Chalet Bar & Restaurant at York & Albany near Regent's Park - Daily til Feb
From the end of October 2015 to the end of February 2016, York & Albany, Gordon Ramsay's restaurant near Regent's Park, will have a Winter Chalet in its courtyard, serving toasty tipples, raclette, baked Alaska and more - perfect food and drink to snuggle up with.  The space is open to walk-ins, but is also bookable

Little Nan's Weekend Cocktail Bar in Peckham
Little Nan's Bar, a cocktail bar that has popped up in different places around Peckham over the past two years, is back for a 3 month stint, opening every Friday & Saturday in the basement of The Golden Anchor in Evelina Road, Peckham / Nunhead.

'Tottenham Social' - Street Food Fridays at Craving Coffee in N15 - This Week - Smokin' Lotus
Every Friday night Craving Coffee, the coffee shop and bar in Markfield Road, N15, runs 'Tottenham Social' with a different street food trader each week.  Please note that it's cash only for the food - but the bar will accept cards or cash for drinks.

(Plus lots of the Thursday things)

Saturday 28th November
The Italian Dinner's November Supper Club at Planet of The Grapes in the City
The Italian Dinner is holding its second supper club at its new venue, the Planet of The Grapes restaurant in Bow Lane, EC4, on Saturday 28th November.  It's s 4 course Italian winter feast with Pizzocheri from Valtellina (flown in specially!) and a proper winter stew.  Tickets are by donation of £35 - a bargain!

London Brewers Market in Old Spitalfields Market
“The next London Brewers’ Market will be at Old Spitalfields Market on Saturday, the 28th of November! Come join us and 26 of London’s finest breweries for a brilliant day with beer you can enjoy at the market and take away. We will be alongside Independent Label Market who will be showcasing a fine array of independent record labels and their wares.”

The Southbank Centre Christmas Market - Til January
Lots to see and do, and eat and drink near the Royal Festival Hall, inc Rekordelig's Winter Cider Lodge, and lots of street food traders like Dough Bro Pizza.

Sambal Shiok and Bitten & Written's Saturday Laksa Nights at The Newman Arms in Fitzrovia - 6 Saturdays
This November and December Malaysian street food trader Sambal Shiok & wine expert Bitten & Written are taking over the dining room at The Newman Arms for six Saturday nights of Laksa and Riesling.  You need to book, but the laksa is just £10, and there are two sittings, at 5.30pm and 7.30pm.  Some space for walk-ins!
& it looks a lot like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/-FDa5epocz/

A Grape Night In's Unwined Wine Bar & Restaurant in Tooting
A Grape Night In, aka Laura & Kiki, have been running pop-up wine events in London since 2012.  Now, thanks to a Kickstarter campaign, they've got their first permanent space, a wine shop & bar in Tooting Market.

The Magic Roundabout on Old Street with Burger Bear
Burger Bear has launched a new burger restaurant on Old Street Roundabout (entrance through the one of the underpasses in the station).

Urban food Fest in Shoreditch High Street
Every Urban Food Fest market features 15 street food trucks & stalls that change each week. Global gourmet street food is served alongside a premium bar & cocktail bar

(Plus lots of Thursday & Friday things)

Sunday 29th November
Eat at Snigdha's Table's Residency at the WB Yeats in Finsbury Park - Weds-Sat til Christmas
Chef Snigdha Nigam has started a contemporary Indian residency at the WB Yeats pub in Fonthill Road, N4, serving her delicious and authentic Indian food on Wednesday - Saturday evenings.  I'm really excited for this because I first heard from her back in July, when she was thinking about trying this, so it's great to see it take shape.  Please support her!
& the Sunday roast looks like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/-Y_IOwJoYp/

Le Bun's Kitchen Residency at The Zetter in Clerkenwell - Daily
Le Bun, who make re-imagined French classics like Duck Fries Poutine & Le Benedict Bun,  have announced a new residency at The Zetter hotel in Clerkenwell.  Serving daily from Thursday 12th November it includes lunch, dinner, and brunch on Saturday and Sunday.  Go!

Wingman Chicken's Residency at The Rose and Crown in Kentish Town - Thurs - Sun for 3 months
Wingman Chicken - currently at The Star of Bethnal Green - have now started a second residency at The Rose & Crown in Torriano Avenue, NW5, serving Thursday - Sunday into 2016.

Rotli Crew's 2 Month Residency at The King & Co in Clapham
This October and November Rotli Crew will be taking over the kitchen at The King & Co in Clapham.  I love Rotli Crew's food - really tasty curries made from fantastic fresh ingredients, really well presented.  Starting on Monday 5th October,  it'll offer a full range of dishes from small plates to larger helpings - make sure you go!
& it looks like https://instagram.com/p/8gfCpzJobh/

Monday 30th November
Zoe's Ghana Kitchen's Monday Night Chef's Table Supper Clubs at Pop Brixton
Zoe's Ghana Kitchen has been one of the great pop-up successes from the past few years.  Starting as a supper club in Hackney Wick, it's done street food, pub residencies, and now has a permanent spot in the great Pop Brixton container compound in Brixton SW9.  Now Zoe is going back to her roots, with a series of Monday night Chef's Table £30 supper clubs in Pop Brixton.
& it looks a bit like… https://www.instagram.com/p/-KQ3yTJoYg/

The Bell & Brisket's Residency at The Barley Mow in Shoreditch - Daily
Salt beef & brisket specialist The Bell & Brisket has started a new residency at The Barley Mow in Curtain Road, Shoreditch.  Go for Bel's amazing salt beef bagels and buns and more, which have names like The Lord Rupert and The Duke.  Open daily for lunch and dinner (but only until 8pm on Sundays) it's a great new residency to try out!
& it looks like https://instagram.com/p/8TtctKJoaQ/

Ceru's 4 month Levantine Pop-up Restaurant in The City - Mon-Fri til January
Ceru, who popped up at London Riviera this summer, will be opening a winter pop-up from the end of September until January 2016.  Open Monday-Friday only at 135 Cannon Street, it's going to be serving food from the Levant, plus craft beers, cocktails and wine.

Tuesday 1st December
The Mac Factory's 3 Month Residency at Market House Brixton - Daily
The Mac Factory - mac & cheese and more - are taking over the kitchen at The Market House in Brixton for 3 months from Saturday 31st October 2015.  They'll be serving daily, including a special #brunch menu at the weekends.  So many reasons to go!

Le Bao Truck's November Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily
This November Le Bao Truck is in residence in the kitchen of The Duke's Head in Highgate, serving from noon daily.  Expect all sorts of things in bao buns - chorizo, burgers, and more, plus rice dishes, and brunch at weekends.

The Underground Film Club's Winter 2015 Screenings in Waterloo http://www.londonpopups.com/2015/10/the-underground-film-clubs-winter-2015.html
On Thursday 12th November the Underground Film Club returns to the Vaults underneath Waterloo for a mix of new and much loved movies, including Jurassic World, Mad Max: Fury Road, and special events Pixar day (Sunday 22nd November) and a screening of Benedict Cumberbatch's Hamlet.  It runs Tuesday to Sunday - make sure you catch at least one film.

Wednesday 2nd December
The Platform 1 'Permanent Pop-up' Restaurant in East Dulwich - Weds - Sun
Platform 1 (formerly called Pussey Liquor) is a new 'permanent pop-up' at 71 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, with chefs rotating every 4 months, so essentially a new pop-up 3 times a year.  Taking over the kitchen until 2016 is Perilla

Jimmy Garcia's The Lodge Clapham Winter Pop-up Restaurant - Tues - Sun for 6 months
Jimmy Garcia's Secret Garden supper pop-up in Clapham North is turning into The Lodge, a restaurant inspired by alpine ski lodges, for the winter of 2015 - 2016.  Serving warming food like fondue, cheese, meats (including game), plus a special weekend brunch menu.  It will be open every Tuesday - Sunday just seconds from Clapham North tube from Thursday 8th October - and I'm sure like last year's Lodge pop-up in Balham it'll be a huge hit.  Go!

Thursday 3rd December
Oded Oren's December Kitchen Takeover at The Common Cafe in Bethnal Green
Chef Oded Oren is back at The Common cafe in Old Bethnal Green Road for a night of his Mediterranean food on Thursday 3rd December.  I went last time, and the food was simple, and spectacularly tasty!  This time the theme is a winter menu; expect food like the Pork stuffed cabbage rolls with pine nuts, lemon zest and pancetta shown in the pic above.  This time there is also a booking page, so that you can make sure you can get in.  Go!

London Shell Co.'s Winter Basque Supperclubs on The Regent's Canal near Camden - Thurs & Fri
London Shell Co. is back for the winter with their supper clubs on a boat on the Regent's Canal - and due to the popularity of the previous nights, they've got a bigger boat, the My Fair Lady (Add your own Jaws joke here).  Working in partnership with Wright Brothers, this time they've serving up a Basque menu, celebrating the seafood of San Sebastian and the mysterious wines of the Pyrenees.  Tickets are just £60 - and selling fast.

Cuisson's POP_Down Winter Restaurant at The Vaults in Waterloo - Tues - Sat til Jan
Cuisson, who run private dining events, held a very successful pop-up this summer called PoP-Down, and are back for the winter for more, tis time at The Vaults, in Leake Street, Waterloo, from 20th October to 16th January.  Serving from Tuesday to Saturday, it will offer a four course dnner for £39, prepared in front of your by Cuisson's top chefs.



See everything on one of my new maps:

All the maps on one page

Food-related things - restaurants, bars, streetfood in pubs & more

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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 'Hot Booze' Pop-up Bar in Hoxton - Opens Fri 4th
Hot Booze - is there a finer two word combination to hear this winter?  Hot Booze is also a pop-up open from Tuesday - Sunday between 4th & 20th December 2015, at 93 Kingsland Road, E2.  Expect mulled wine, hot toddies, and lots of special concoctions like Chocolate Satly Booze, and Hot Mother's Ruin.  I think we've all got to go!

The Food Sauce's Saturday Breakfast at Mama Leah's in SE15 - Sat 5th
On Saturday 5th December The Food Sauce & BedNBreakfast are putting on a 3 course English / American breakfast at Mama Leah's at 660 Old Kent Road.  £15 gets you a 3 course breakfast, including a full English, plus pancakes for dessert.  Diners will also get a goodie bag, featuring products from the event's sponsors

The Berlin winterlich brünch at Palm2 in Clapton - Sat 5th & Sun 6th
The Berlin brünch, one of the most active pop-ups of 2015, is holding its final 2 brunches of the year on the weekend of 5th & 6th December, at the Palm2 space in Clapton, E5.  £25 gets you a mountain of food, including Selection of fine German cold meats and cheeses, and Topless Eggs with Remoulade, plus bottomless tea and coffee, with cocktails and other drinks available to buy for when you've fully woken up.  It runs from 11.30am - 2.30pm - do it!

The Christmas Snow Globe Pop-up at Searcys The Gherkin in The City - Opens Sun 6th
Searcys The Gherkin is transforming its Level 40 restaurant and bar into a snow globe this Christmas, with lots of special events, including afternoon tea, festive lunches, and even a glamourous New Year's Eve party.  There are also special cocktails to enjoy - I've got my eye on the Truffle & Chocolate Espresso Martini!  The Snow Globe will open on Sunday 6th December, and run through until early January 2016

The London Gap's Dinner in Bethnal Green featuring the beers of Redwell Brewery - Sun 6th
The London Gap, featuring two chefs from Angela Hartnett's Murano, is holding a dinner at The Pillbox in Bethnal Green on Sunday 6th December.  It's a pairing dinner, featuring 5 courses, each paired with a beer from Redwell Brewery, and tickets are just £50.  Sounds like a great night!


Shop of the Week

The Realm & Empire pop-up shop with the Imperial War Museum in Seven Dials - Daily
“Realm & Empire will present a carefully curated selection of its unique, garment and accessories collection, created each season from original narratives, designs  and details uncovered in IWM's extensive archives of photos, prints and garments.
The main focus in store will be on our AW15 Flyers Collection, with influences pulled from RAF Bomber Command, the Battle of Britain and the British airborne divisions, as well as US aircrew finery and even aircraft nose art. Highlight include a bespoke hand-painted A2 leather flying jacket, designs inspired by a vintage Second World War parachute bag and a fresh consignment of British-made knitwear.”

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


8 Questions with…  Snigdha from Eat at Snigdha’s Table 
Currently in residence at the WB Yeats in Finsbury Park, Weds-Sun

I can’t live without my... My warm wooly cuddly socks & also can't live without making fun of my little sister.

5 years ago I was... working as a recruitment manager in Financial services! Life has changed!!

My favourite local pub WB Yeats!!!

I always get inspired when I visit...charity shops! I love looking for cook books and little forgotten treasures there.   British Heart foundation one on Holloway road which is absolutely fabulous. They always have such interesting china, books and old ladies purses there

I’ve only just discovered that... anchovies are actually really delicious. I can now see what the fuss is all about.

How do you like your eggs? - I like them sunny side up with yolk intact.

My favourite biscuit is... Glucose biscuits that I grew up in India - Parle G

Who should be on TV - my grandma when she gets angry. She can put Gordon Ramsay to shame with her expletives!

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)


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