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.
Thursday - Thursday - Japanese Comfort Food, Pulled Meats and a Breaking Bad Cocktail Bar
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Coming Soon - Did someone say Valentine’s Day..?
8 Questions with… Hope from Hope & Harris
Follow LondonPopUps on Instagram - pics from pop-ups, plus upcoming events
Thursday 4th February
(Lots of things are open all week or weekend - see what’s closest to you on the map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l )
Fowl Mouths' Japanese Comfort Food Residency at The King & Co in Clapham
Great news - Fowl Mouths will be in residence in the kitchen of The King & Co in Clapham, serving up their Japanese comfort food every day from Monday 1st February to Sunday 6th March 2016. Dishes will include their twice-fried Kara-age Chicken, and Vegetable Goyza, with some desserts and weekend brunch treats too! Don't miss it!
Pulled's February Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily for Feb
Pulled is taking over the kitchen at The Duke's Head in Highgate in February 2016 - expect buns full of slow-cooked, pulled meats, plus sites and all the great beers you always get in the Duke's. The start to a great evening or even afternoon. Serving daily from 12 noon, 1st-29th Feb 2016.
Dinerama in Winter - The Heated Streetfood Market in Shoreditch
Dinerama, the amazing enclosed street food market in Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, is back for 2016, 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 from 14th January until early spring. Brilliant!
#TottenhamSocial Thursday & Friday Street Food Residencies at Craving Coffee in N15 - Thurs & Fri - Squid Kitchen (Spanish)
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.
The Tasting Room Pop-up next to the Ice Rink at Broadgate, Exchange Square - Daily
The Tasting Room, the pop-up diner next to the ice rink at Exchange Square, near to Liverpool Street, is back for its second year, with a new menu of food and drinks, with main plates or sharing dishes. It's open daily until 25th February 2016 with special nights throughout the week with different offers and events. Plus the ice skating, of course!
Friday 5th February
Street Feast's Hawker House in Canada Water for Winter 2015-6 - Fri & Sat til spring
Hawker House, Street Feast's winter indoor street food market, re-opens on Friday 29th January 2016 in Canada Water, just a 5 minute walk from the tube and overground station. Open on Fridays and Saturdays until early Spring, it's a massive space with six bars and 13 street food traders, inc B.O.B's Lobster, Prawnography, Club Mexicana, Kimchinary and many more, plus DJs and good times. Make sure you visit!
The Cadbury's Creme Egg Pop-up Cafe in Soho - Fri - Sun til early March
Cadbury is opening London's first Creme Egg Cafe in Soho as a seven week pop-up, Friday - Sunday. It has 3 floors of Creme Egg food to eat, including a Creme Egg Toastie, a Creme Egg Tray Bake and lots more. The ground floor will be 'grab & go' Creme Egg toasties, while on other floors there will be tables for more relaxed dining. It's at 26 Greek Street, where previous pop-ups included the Pudding Bar in 2014, and will be open 5pm-9pm on Fridays and 2pm-6pm at weekends. This one is going to be so good! (& very popular!)
(Sorry - earlier version said daily - my mistake)
The 'Laos Cafe by Saiphin' Pop-up in Victoria - Daily til end of Feb
Saiphin Moore, head chef of the Rosa's Thai Cafe group, has opened a pop-up restaurant in Victoria, serving food from Laos, the Southeast Asian country that borders Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar (Burma) and China. It's the only restaurant in London serving Laotian food, and is only open until the end of February.
& it looks like… https://www.instagram.com/p/BAmmzlyJoT4/
The 'House of GODO' 3 Month Pop-up Italian Restaurant in Mayfair - Daily
The Italian food brand GODO has opened a pop-up shop in Piccadilly, opposite Green Park, just a couple of minutes from Green Park station. Open until 1st March 2016 it's open every day from 11am - 11pm, and its menu items include Rigatoni with Zeri Lamb Ragù, and Penne Rigate with Lobster, with dishes starting at just £8. Go!
(Plus lots of the Thursday things)
Saturday 6th February
ABQ - The 'Breaking Bad' Cocktail Bar in an RV in Shoreditch - Thurs-Sat
ABQ, the Breaking Bad cocktail bar in an RV was a huge hit last year - tickets sold out so fast - and now it's back in Shoreditch, E2, for a semi permanent run, open Thursdays - Saturdays from 6pm to midnight, yo! You need to book - tix are £25 a head for a 2 hour session - and you need to bring your own base spirit - and once there you will be given all the other equipment and ingredients needed to cook up your own Breaking Bad style cocktails. Got to be done!
Mardi Gras at Pop Brixton
“For an all day all night FREE party Pop Brixton will be transformed into a mini New Orleans French Quarter with brass band parades, live art, live music, Louisiana food and drinks, street performers and more all day on Saturday 6th February.
Come on down for an exciting Cajun carnival Crescent City style in the heart of South London. Experience the N’Awlins vibe of ‘Fat Tuesday’: don your glad rags, grab some beads and let the good times roll (“Laissez les bon temps rouler”)! Immerse yourself in an explosion of heavy brass, big beats, tropical rhythms and Jazz harmonies.”
The final day of The Pact Coffee Pop-up at Old St Station - Daily til 6th Feb
"Over two weeks Pact will be showing coffee-lovers how to brew the perfect cup, teaching the art of making espresso martinis and even sharing pro tips for tasting coffee! Why not book a class today?"
Hackney Pantry's Yoga Brunch at The Proud Archivist in Haggerston
Like Yoga? Like Brunch? Then you'll love Hackney Pantry's Yoga Brunch on Saturday 6th February at The Proud Archivist on the Regent's Canal in Haggerston. £30 gets you 1 hour of Vinyassa Flow yoga with Holly Wilkinson, followed by a healthy brunch from Hackney Pantry.
CLAW's Weekend Brunch at Fish Market near Liverpool Street - Sat & Sun til end Feb
Street food favourites CLAW are popping up for weekend brunch from 23rd January to 28th February 2016, serving a special seafood weekend brunch at Fish Market in New Street, near to Liverpool Street. CLAW’s menu will feature the Crab Burger with handpicked Devonshire crab, samphire, claw sauce and Lobster BLT made with Padstow lobster, smoked pancetta, Isle of Wight tomatoes, citrus aioli, among others, and there will also be a special Bloody Mary menu designed by Fish Market.
& it looks like… https://www.instagram.com/p/BBKgZdgJoei/
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 looks a bit like… https://www.instagram.com/p/-WiMNzpoQF/
Sunday 7th February
2 Fingers’ Perfect Fish Finger Sandwiches at Accoustic Sunday in Hackney, N1
“No need for your spirits drop as the festive season ends, because Acoustic Sunday returns to the Crypt Cafe at St. Peter's Church, with more fantastic live music and friendliness, on Sunday 7th February, 2pm-7pm
Donation-only entry ensures that no-one is excluded, food and drinks are sensibly priced, the music is amazing, the audience listens, the musicians stay and chat and the atmosphere is relaxed and party-like.”
Italian Jack's Kitchen Residency at The Rosemary Branch in Islington - Tues - Sun
Italian Jack is a collaboration between Bel Shapiro of Bell & Brisket and and Italian chef Davide Grigolato, serving up British classics with Italian flair. Open from Tuesday - Sunday at The Rosemary Branch in N1 (next to the Regent's Canal), expect dishes like Sausage & Mash, and Steak & Chips, plus brunches on Saturday, and a choice of Sunday Roasts and Lobster on Sundays. It's a great pub, and it's great to see Bel and Davide be creative with the menus!
& the Surf ‘n’ Turf Sunday Roast looks like… https://www.instagram.com/p/BAXU_v_JoQG/
CoqFighter’s Residency at The Rose and Crown in Kentish Town - Thurs - Sun
CoqFighter - formerly called Wingman Chicken - have a residency at The Rose & Crown in Torriano Avenue, NW5, serving Thursday - Sunday until May 2016
& it looks a bit like… https://www.instagram.com/p/BBNwpc6JoUV/
Monday 8th February
Zoe's Ghana Kitchen's Monday Night Chef's Table Supper Clubs at Pop Brixton - Mondays
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.
Tuesday 9th February
Pancake Day at The Book Club in Shoreditch
Hurrah for Pancake Day! This year it's Tuesday 9th February, and The Book Club, at 100 Leonard St, Shoreditch, have got us covered with a special menu all day (8am-10pm) including the 5 beauties listed below, like Deep Fried Banoffee Pancakes. No booking, but I think this one is going to be popular!
Pancake Day at The Lodge in Clapham
“Bottomless pancakes desserts on Shrove Tuesday! £8 for as many as you can handle! Plus copious amounts of toppings!”
Decatur's Mardi Gras Party in Dalston
Time to Celebrate Fat Tuesday - New Orleans Style, with copious amounts of Fresh British Seafood, Rich and Hearty Bowls of Gumbo and the best Desserts New Orleans has to offer.
The Soundtrack will be Second Line Jazz, and our Cocktails STRONG and NOLA Influenced.
Sipsmith's Warm Cocktail Bar on the Roof of the Ham Yard Hotel in Piccadilly - Tues-Sun
Sipsmith is opening a pop-up cocktail bar on Ham Yard Hotel's rooftop, just 2 minutes from Piccadilly Circus. There will be blankets to wrap yourself in, and the cocktials are warm - including Hot G&Ts and Steaming Juleps. It's booking only (to control numbers) and your £14 ticket gets you the first drink for free. Open Tues-Sun for 3 weeks from 26th January.
Wednesday 10th February
Baz & Fred's February Pizza Pop-up at The Shop in NW10 - Tues-Sun til the end of Feb
Baz & Fred, who popped up at New Tom's last year, and have been at Street Feast's Model Market, will be serving their pizzas Tuesday-Sunday from 9th - 28th February at The Shop in Kensal Rise, NW10. Definitely worth a visit or two!
Top Hat Catering's Valentines Dinners in Battersea - Also Fri 12th
Top Hat Catering, based in Battersea, near the Heliport, are holding two Valentine's dinners on Weds 10th and Fri 12th February 2016. Tickets are just £45 and this gets you a four course tasting menu, with wine, beer and cocktails available to buy. The menu sounds great, and includes courses like Roasted Wood Pigeon, Pork Tenderloin, and Blood Orange Sorbet
Thursday 11th February
Pop Brixton's February Pop Feast Supper Club with 3 Chefs & 3 Cuisines - Thurs 11th
Pop Feast is a regular supper club run in the big Pop Box space at Pop Brixton, with courses from a varied mix of their brilliant food traders. The next takes place on Thursday 11th February with 6 courses of Basque tapas, fiery Mexican and delicate Japanese cuisine from Donostia Social Club, Maria Sabina and Kyonocha. Tickets are just £40 and there will also be an extensive bar, so it's going to be a great night!
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
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
Hope & Harris' Red Suppers in Highbury & Islington - Fri 12th & Sat 13th
On Friday 12th & Saturday 13th February Hope & Harris are hosting their Red Suppers - two supper clubs based around the colour red - at Vagabond in Holoway Road, N7. Tickets are just £35 for a 4 course meal plus welcome drink, and it's BYOB - so a bottle of red wine would be a good idea!
London Shell Co's Floating Lunches and Dinners near Camden - Starts Sat 13th
London Shell Co, the floating pop-up is back for a series of weekend lunches and dinners aboard their boat The My Fair Lady, going from Camden Lock to Little Venice and back. I went for a dinner before Christmas, and it was excellent - great food and a really fun way to spend a few hours. These have always booked up really quickly, so don't delay!
The Flaming Flamingo February and March Supper Clubs in E8 - Sat 13th
Kali Hamm's Flaming Flamingo supper club returns for 2016 with two dates - Saturday 13th February and Friday 11th March, both at the E5 Bakehouse in - um - E8, and both showcasing Kali's amazing Aisan / Mexican fusion cooking. Tickets are just £35, and it's BYOB - don't miss your place!
An Anti-Valentines Dinner in Waterloo - Sat 13th
In the midst of all the Valentines Day things, The Wall in SE1 is holding an Anti-Valentines Dinner on Saturday 13th February. It'll be friends, couples, groups, singles, and strangers, all celebrating their love for food, wth dishes from the relaible chefs at House of Vans. Oh - and there's a Boozy 'Bill Murray' Brunch the day after too...
Happy Ending's Valentine's Day Dessert-Only Pop-up at Manhattans Project in N16 - Sun 14th
This Valentines Day Fraise Sauvage, AKA Terri Mercieca, an Aussie pastry chef and chocolatier, is putting on a 5 course dessert only pop-up, with an optional drinks pairing from Felix at Manhattans Project. Hosted at Manhattans Project itself, in Gillett Square, N16, it has 2 sittings - 4pm-7pm and 8pm-11pm, and costs just £45 for the 5 courses, or £80 with the full cocktail pairing. Definiely the pick of the Valentines Day activities!
Shop of the Week
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8 Questions with… Hope from Hope & Harris
Their Red Supper dinners take place on 12th & 13th Feb
How do you like your eggs? We love eggs so this is a tough call but poached comes in at the top!
My favourite local pub is… The Roebuck in Borough - such a nice pub, great ales and also serve a smashing scotch egg at the bar (we love eggs)
I can’t live without my…. Bike! I love cycling around London, best way to find new places.
The last music I downloaded was…. David Bowie, Blackstar
My favourite biscuit is….. Has to be the classic chocolate digestive! Although we’ve found a Hobnob is better for tea dunking….
You haven’t lived until you’ve tasted…. An authentic laksa! Best one to date was in Indonesia where they cook it right in front of you
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