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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.

This week we have -

Thursday - Thursday - The Porridge Cafe, A Persian Dinner & Pork Belly Pizza
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Coming Soon - Glenmorangie’s pop-up bar in Soho
Shop of the week - The Reclectic Furniture pop-up shop in Redchurch St
8 Questions with…   Steve from White Men Can't Jerk




What’s on this week

New - See all the food-related pop-ups on a map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l

Thursday 5th March
(Lots of things are open all week or weekend - see what’s closest to you on the map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l )

The Pop-up Porridge Cafe near Old Street - Daily for March
The Porridge Cafe is a pop-up that aims to both serve London's best porridge, but also change how we see the breakfast staple, by opening until 7pm and serving savoury versions.  Open from Monday 2nd March - I think this one's going to be very popular!
& it looks a bit like https://instagram.com/p/zvSc23JoZZ/

Christabel's Cocktails 'n' Crack Supperclub in Hoxton - Thurs 5th
Frequent pop-up chef and organiser Christabel is hosting a special 'Cocktails 'n' Crack' supper club night in Hoxton, N1, on Thursday 5th March, featuring 3 courses, plus suitably 'out there' cocktails to go wtih them.  Expect.., Fun!

Caiger & Co's Literary-Themed Dinners at The Bush Theatre in W12 - Thurs & Fri
For two night only Caiger & Co will be cooking a literary-themed menu at The Bush Theatre, in Uxbrige Road, Shepherd's Bush, taking inspiration from (apparently) Oscar Wilde & Noel Coward and.....Harry Potter!  Tickets are just £35, and there will be a well-stocked bar for drinks.

Earl's Hoxton Cheesesteaks at The Proud Archivist in N1 - Thurs - Sat
Earl's Hoxton Cheesesteak will be popping up at The Proud Archivist on the Canal in N1, from Thursday to Saturday for six days between 26th February and 7th March, for lunch and dinner.  It's a steak sandwich, but with provolone cheese and lots of other goodies.

Daniela Di Grazia's Two Week Residency at Carousel in Marylebone - Ends Sat
Carousel, the London restaurant which regularly hosts guest chefs, has a treat for us in February and March - ten days of dinners (& 6 of lunches) by Daniela di Grazia, from La Cruz in Italy, in collaboration with Carousel's own Ollie Templeton.

Dub Plates Kitchen's Thursdays at Bread Street Kitchen near St Paul's
Bread Street Sessions, which hosted Busan BBQ last year, is back for 2015 with Dub Plates Kitchen, serving up their amazing London/Caribbean fusion dishes in the bar of Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen.  Thursdays until the end of March
& it looks a bit like https://instagram.com/p/zmLxInJoVu/

Friday 6th March
Baz & Fred's Pizza's Friday & Saturday Takeover at New Tom's in Westbourne Grove
This spring Baz & Fred's a Gloucestershire based Pizza Company will be taking over the kitchen at New Tom's in Westbourne Grove, W11 for Friday and Satuday evenings.  Booking is possible - see below - or just rock up.  Full menu to be revealed each night, but they had me at 'Pork Belly Pizza'...

Little Nan's Bar's Weekend House Parties in Greenwich - Fri & Sat
Little Nan's Bar (earlier) is hosting a series of Friday and Saturday night house parties in Greenwich.  Entry is free, but pls bring a gift for the house...  Booking is essential - see details below.  also, they'll be hosting afternoon tea on Mothering Sunday (15th March).  Get involved!

 Club Mexicana's Streetfood Fridays at The Hornbeam Cafe in Walthamstow
Club Mexicana is back for another residency.  After their very popular fine dining pop-up in Clapton last year they're now moving north to Walthamstow to serve their vegan Mexican streetfood at The Hornbeam Cafe on Hoe Street on Friday nights, until 20th March

Hawker House Indoor Street Food Market 2015 in Haggerston E8 - Fri & Sat
Expect lots of London's best street food traders, including B.O.B's Lobster, Baba G, Bleecker Burger, Breddo;s Tacos, Busan BBQ, Sambal Shiok, Yum Bun, SE Cakery, and Smokestak, operating on a rotating basis
It's open from 5pm - midnight every Friday and Saturday for 10 weeks

(Plus lots of the Thursday things)

Saturday 7th March
The Golpar Supper Club's Khuzestan Dinner in Fitzrovia
The Golpar Supper Club, at Gitane Restaurant in Great Titchfield Street, holds regular Persian dinners, focussing on cuisine from different parts of the country.  On Saturday 7th March it will be Khuzestan which is located on the southwest of Iran, including the "Ghaliye-Mahi" or fish stew.  Plus, this dinner is BYOB

The Italian Dinner's March Dinner in London Fields
The Italian Dinner is a regular monthly pop-up / supper club, held at the cycling cafe Look Mum No Hands at 125-127 Mare St, London E8.  Run by Roberto & Andrea, the March dinner is on Saturday 7th, with a menu still to be decided.  Payment is by a donation of £35 (or more)

Square Root Soda & Tongue 'n' Cheek's Weekend Brunch in Hackney - Sat & Sun
Every Saturday & Sunday The Soda Works, Square Root Soda's cafe in Hackney E8, is opening up for brunch from 10am - 4pm, on the corner of Amhurst Road and Andre Street.  t's a good, relaxed and tasty brunch option, with coffee, sodas on tap from Square Root, brunch by Tongue 'n' Cheek, and you can even bring your old vinyl to play on their 1980s music centre.
& it looks a bit like https://instagram.com/p/zXdF9tpod5/

Texas Joe's Residency at The Horatia on the Holloway Road - Daily
Texas Joe's has popped up at The Horatia in Holloway Road (midway between Highbury & Islington, and Holloway) for his amazing brisket and much more, seven days a week.
& it looks a bit like https://instagram.com/p/zcjgCvpoe4/

(Plus lots of Thursday & Friday things)

Sunday 8th March
Som Saa's North Thai Residency at Climpson's Arch in London Fields - Thurs - Sun
Just opened at Climpson's Arch near London Fields is Som Saa, a new residency serving little known dishes from Northern and North Eastern Thailand + some special cocktails.  & you must try their weekend brunches!
& it looks a bit like https://instagram.com/p/zX7Y8_pody/

Yolk’s weekend brunch residency at Proud Archivist - Sat & Sun
Yolk, an eggs-based brunch team, has started a weekend residency at The Proud Archivist. Go for eggy treats like Eggs Benedict, scrambled eggs, or their Scotch egg.  Every Saturday until 4pm, and Sunday until 2pm.
& it looks a bit like https://instagram.com/p/zUPvZQJobq/

Best Sunday brunch recommendations from Twitter my followers - permanent places
Now with a map!

Monday 9th March
The first day of The Moveable Feast Pop-up Vegetarian Emporium & Cafe near The Shard - Mon-Sat
The Moveable Feast is a 6 month pop-up vegetarian food emporium and cafe & coffee shop, opening near The Shard from Monday - Saturday on 9th March 2015.  There will be several vegetarian start-ups selling, with the list changing every month or so.  Go for lunch, or to buy food to take home, or back to work.

Wingman's Chicken Wings Residency at the Star by Hackney Downs in E5 - Mon - Sat
Wingman is a new wings-based streetfood residency at The Star by Hackney Downs, starting January 3rd January 2015, serving Monday - Saturday.  Expect wings, but also chicken and veggie burgers.
Plus - Special offer - 16 wings & 2 x fries for £10 on Mondays

White Men Can't Jerk's 3 Month Residency at The Star of Bethnal Green - Mon - Sat
White Men Can't Jerk are now in residency at The Star of Bethnal Green, at 359 Bethnal Green Road, serving - you guessed it - Jerk Chicken (& more), from Monday to Saturday.

Tuesday 10th March
Zoe's Ghana Kitchen's One Night Pop-up at 409 in Clapham
Zoe's Ghana Kitchen, famous for its fine Ghanaian food (& it's use of the 'Ghana / going to' pun in the naming of events) will be popping up for one night only at 409 restaurant in Clapham North on Tuesday 10th March for a six course tasting menu, including roast mackerel and mutton palava.  It's Ghana be very, very tasty!

The start of The Drive In Film Club's Spring 2015 Season at Alexandra Palace - 10th - 27th
The Drive-in is back for 2015 with a new run from Experience Cinema (Rooftop Film Club) starting at Alexandra Palace on 10th March.  It's priced at £22 per car (good value!) and they have snacks and more to buy when you're there.  This year films include recent Oscar noms like Boyhood, Gone Girl & Grand Budapest Hotel, plus solid classics like Dirty Dancing, Grease and Big Lebowski.

Wednesday 11th March
The first day of The Art of Dining's 'Abigail's Party' Pop-up in Hackney - Weds - Sat until 4th April
The Art of Dining, who stage very imaginative pop-up events, returns in March for a five week pop-up (Weds - Sat) recreating the world of...  Abigail's Party.  They will play homage to Mike Leigh's classic 1970s play with food, theatrical happenings, and music (Demis Roussos is sure to be on the playlist).  Channel your inner Beverley, dress to impress, stick the Beaujolais in the fridge, and get your tickets

The Vegan Vortex's March Raw Food Supper Club in Dalston - 11th Mar
The Vegan Vortex supper club is holding a raw food dinner at The Vortex jazz club in Gillett Square, Dalston on Weds 11th March.  £18 gets you 3 courses, including Cauliflower rice Tabbouleh, and Sprouted buckwheat pizza slice, plus there will be lots of juices and smoothies to buy. There are two sittings, at 6.30pm and 8.30pm

Thursday 12th March
Synaesthesia by Kitchen Theory Tasting Menus at Maida Hill in W9 - Thurs - Sat on alternate weeks
Regular popper-upper Kitchen Theory is back for 2013 with a series of multi-sensory dinners and lunches under the banner 'Synaesthesia' with a tasting menu designed by their chefs, sho have experience working in Michelin-starred restaurants, taking place at Maida Hill Place in W9.  Prepare to be immersed in their world - your taste buds will thank you!

Mama's Jerk's 4 Week Residency at Market House in Brixton - Daily
Mama's Jerk has taken over the kitchen at Market House pub in Brixton until 13th March (not weekend of 7th/8th).  Expect all things Jerk, inc Clicken, pork, salt fish, and a special Jerk Sunday Roast.



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

Glenmorangie's One Week Pop-up Bar in Soho - 13th - 21st Mar
Scottish Malt Whisky Glanmorangie is opening its first ever London Pop-up bar on Friday 13th March to run until Saturday 21st March (closed Sun 15th).  Expect...  A whisky bar with cocktials, tastings, food pairings and experts to talk to.  Open from 5pm, Mon-Sat.

Messhead's #FryHard 'We Fry Anything' Easter Pop-up at Boxpark - Easter
Advance warning – you’re going to want to be in London over the Easter weekend,  as MessHead (Miss Cakehead and London Mess) are ‘frying tonight’ in their 'Fry Hard' pop-up at Boxpark.  They’ll be frying everything from Crème Eggs, Mars Bars, cheese strings, chocolate cake, crumpets…  (We'll have all been very abstemious over Lent, of course)  Bring your own, or get one from their selection, and they’re even asking for creative suggestions via Facebook.


Shop of the Week

The Reclectic Furniture pop-up shop in Redchurch St E2

"Don't miss these gorgeous hand-spraypainted ‪#‎vintage‬ cinema chairs at The Reclectic ‪#‎PopUpShop‬ starting this Thursday March 5th until March 15th at 67 Redchurch Street in ‪#‎Shoreditch‬ E27DJ"

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


8 Questions with…   Steve from White Men Can't Jerk
Currently in residency at The Star of Bethnal Green, Mon - Sat

I can’t live without my…
Turntables, a world with no music would be a horrible place to live.

The last music I downloaded was…
We’re strictly vinyl, downloads don’t smell and surfing iTunes is nowhere near as much fun as digging through crates. But the last record we bought was actually "We don’t need another hero” by Tina Turner from  the Mad Max soundtrack.

My nearest station is
Currently it’s Carshalton, I’m enjoying a little country life whilst Dave’s is Homerton.

My favourite local pub
It would be rude not to say The Star of Bethnal Green, we know Rob (the owner) is gonna read this.

Tell me a secret
I once went vegetarian for a girl (it lasted a year) and Dave took several tap dancing lessons last year, he still can’t dance.

How do you like your eggs?
Warm, runny and wrapped in sausage meat and bread crumbs! Can’t beat a fresh scotch egg, The Adam & Eve in Homerton does a killer one.

Who should be on TV
Our now absent third member Harry Paul should have his own chat show, Jeremy Kyle would run and hide.

Next Time - Alex Shebar, community manager at Yelp London

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)


Elsewhere on the site

See all this week’s listings here

What’s on near me - Search by the first 3 letters of your postcode - e.g. SW2


Do it yourself - Find out how to organise your own pop-ups here


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