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IKEA's Pop-up Cafe and Store in Shoreditch - Ends Sun 25th

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 - IKEA’s pop-up cafe, A Chilli Festival, and #BoozyWeekendRamen
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Coming Soon - Madrid Market Dining in E5
Shop of the Week - Alfie Douglas' 'Back To Zero' Pop-up Shop in E1




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


What’s on this week

Brand New - 
IKEA's Pop-up Cafe and Store in Shoreditch - Ends Sun 25th
Tiberi's Barcelona Streetfood Residency off Tottenham Court Road - Mon-Fri
Diner En Bleu with Le Cordon Bleu and Grub Club in Bloomsbury - Thurs
The Tootopia Festival in Tooting - Fri - Sun
Clerkenwell Boy & Bone Daddies' #BoozyWeekendRamen in Old Street - Sat & Sun
The Plot Twist's Season 2 Opening Night in Bethnal Green - Sat
Brockley Market’s 5th Birthday Party in SE4 - Sat
The Merge Festival on Bankside - 24th Sept - 7th Oct
The 'Festival of Heat' Chilli Festival at the Red Market in Shoreditch - Sun
Jason's Little Kitchen's September West African Supperclub in Clerkenwell - Sun
The Brewery Kitchen's September Beer Pairing Supperclub in Battersea - Weds 28th

Last Chance - 
Dalston Yard - Street Food Night Market & Bars in E8 - Fri & Sat

Thursday 22nd September
(Lots of things are open all week or weekend - see what’s closest to you on the map http://goo.gl/ACvi0l )

Tiberi's Barcelona Streetfood Residency at The Jeremy Bentham, off Tottenham Court Road - Mon-Fri
Tiberi, the Barcelona streetfood traders, are now in residence in the kitchen at The Jeremy Bentham pub in University Street, just off Tottenham Court Road at the Warren Street end.  They're serving Monday to Friday from 12 noon, with weekend brunches coming soon, we hope.  The flavours are great, and the menu has a focus on sandwiches, like the steak sandwich (above) and sides like the mussels and beetroot escabetx (below).

IKEA's Pop-up Cafe and Store in Shoreditch - Ends Sun 25th
This September IKEA has opened a pop-up restaurant and shop at 3-10 Shoreditch High Street (near to the Crown & Shuttle).  You can apply to host a dinner party there for friends - apply here - but also you can visit it without booking to enjoy food from 10am to 10pm (with a bar in the evening) and also shop at the pop-up store.  It's open until Sunday 25th September - pay them a visit!

Diner En Bleu with Le Cordon Bleu and Grub Club in Bloomsbury
"A night of exquisite international cuisine brought to you by the talented alumni of the world leading culinary arts, wine and management school, Le Cordon Bleu London.
For one night only, Le Cordon Bleu London is inviting you to join them for the ultimate dining experience at their state-of-the-art premises on Bloomsbury Square. Internationally famous for their culinary expertise, Le Cordon Bleu have handpicked eight of their talented alumni who will prepare a spectacular three-course meal with paired wine all for your pleasure."

Walkers' Pop-up Crisp Sarnie Cafe near London Bridge - Thurs - Sat for September
Walkers has cottoned onto how much people love making sandwiches out of their crisps, to to help launch a series of new flavours, they're launching a pop-up Crisp Sarnie cafe in Tooley Street, near to London Bridge.  It works a bit like a speakeasy - the cafe is hidden behind a rack of crisps in Chris Peter’s Newsagent at 112/114 Tooley Street - once the secret door opens you can go through to enjoy the crisp sandwiches.  It's open from Thursday to Saturday, 8th - 24th September 2016, and is for over 18s only.  You need a £3 ticket - + 50 booking fee - available here from Friday 2nd September - but there will be limited availability for walk-ins ('Walkers Walk-ins'?).  Anyway, this one's going to be HUGE!
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BKJKJOhj3ol/

Lion City Kitchen's Thursday Night Sinaporean Pop-up at The Waverley Arms in SE15
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 Lion City Kitchen, headed by Dulwich-based Singaporean, Sofia.  They'll be serving every Thursday evening in September and October 2016.

Soul Food Sisters' September Caribbean / European Residency at The Duke's Head in Highgate - Daily
This September Soul Food Sisters - two sisters who love to cook - will be taking over the kitchen at The Duke's Head in Highgate.  Expect a Caribbean / European fusion, with lots of punch, vibrant flavours.  Go!
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BJ75rJYgjt3/

JUMA Kitchen's Iraqi Residency at The Cuckoo in N1 - Thurs - Sat for September
JUMA Kitchen, a supperclub which serves Iraqi dishes, will be in residency at The Cuckoo in Hemmingford Road, N1 from 8th September to 1st October 2016, open Thursday to Saturday, with two Iraqi Sunday brunches on 11th and 18th.  I've not yet tasted their food - but I plan to on the soft launch night on Thursday 1st - look out for pics!

Bah Bah's Persian Residency at Unwined in Tooting - Thurs - Sun
Great dishes from Persia, Serving Thursday - Sunday for September

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.

'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.

#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.

Friday 23rd September
The Tootopia Festival in Tooting - Fri - Sun
"This September, the end-of-summer extravaganza returns to salute all that is great about the historic and vibrant Tooting, SW17.
Discover local landmarks, exquisite eateries, and secret watering holes or get stuck into a plethora of exciting activities, workshops and outdoor parties curated by local businesses and venues integral to Tooting life."

Backyard Cinema's 'Lost World' Pop-up Screenings at Mercato Metropolitao in SE1
This September Backyard Cinema will be popping up at the new Mercato Metropolitao street food & farmers' market in Elephant and Castle, with an immersive experience called The Lost World.  You go in through a secret entrance of temple ruins, to see films like The Incedibles, Apocalypse Now, The Lion King, and even Rambo, will a bar and more to get you all you need to enjoy the experience.  It opens on 16th, and then runs pretty much daily til the start of October.  Do it!

Abel & Cole's Three Week Pop-up Restaurant at The Brick House in Brick Lane - Daily for 3 weeks
Love this!  'Organic Veg Box' pioneers Abel and Cole are opening a pop-up restaurant at The Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, serving up their own organic food.  Open daily from 9th September to 1st October, it will feature food from head chef Leon Aarts, and partnering with local initiative, Weavers Adventure Playground.  There will also be special events over the course of the three weeks with Abel and Cole's own farmers.  Wonderful!
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BKlmtTOgblS/

Urban Orchard's Cider Taproom in E7 - Fridays & Saturdays
"We didn’t expect to change the face of cider in London and the UK without opening our doors so can come and experience what cider is all about. Our tap room is located in a part of East London undergoing huge regeneration and sells not only our cider but some of the best craft ciders and beers from around the UK and the world.
If that wasn’t enough we offer fresh baked artisan pizza produced on site from our friends @luppolopizza"

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/

Dalston Yard - Street Food Night Market & Bars in E8 - Final Weekend
Dalston Yard, is Street Feast’s north London home of street food and vibes.  This year the lineup includes Breddos Tacos, Kimchinary's burritos, SteakHAUS, Bleecker Burger, B.O.B.'s Lobster, Club Mexicana, Patare,

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 24th September
Clerkenwell Boy & Bone Daddies' #BoozyWeekendRamen in Old Street - Sat & Sun
Instagram superstar Clerkenwell Boy has collaborated with Bone Daddies to create a specially formulated photogenic boozy breakfast, including a bowl of ramen - #boozyweekendramen and a DIY Belvedere Vodka Bloody Mary on the side.  It's available for four weekends, from 24th September to 16th October, at Bone Daddies now restaurant at The Bower in Old Street, and only for the first fifty customers each day (just to ramp up the #FOMO...).  Don't miss it!

The Plot Twist's Season 2 Opening Night in Bethnal Green
"Ladies and Gents, after a very much craved summer break… The Plot Twist is finally back! Refreshed and full of exciting new things, we can’t wait to show you all what we have been plotting for the second season of our pop-up series!
What to expect: A collective art exhibition by Nadia Ugobuono and Nina Mankin; a brand new street food collaboration featuring fried pizza, pasta and fritto misto; live music performace by Nadia Ugobuono and Gary Holder, a ticketed beer tasting by Brewave"

Brockley Market’s 5th Birthday Party in SE4
“With an award-winning line-up of over 40 independent street food stalls and local producers, foodie mecca Brockley Market in South East London will turn five this month and welcome its 500,000th visitor. The occasion will be marked with sizzling specials and birthday surprises between 10am and 2pm on Saturday 24th September.”

The first day of Merge Festival on Bankside - 24th Sept - 7th Oct
“Merge is Bankside's annual arts, music and performance festival where artists draw upon the rich heritage and contemporary culture of Bankside, London SE1.”
Inc a special installation from Bompas and Parr!

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 25th September
The 'Festival of Heat' Chilli Festival at the Red Market in Shoreditch
Some like it Hot!  These are the people that The Festival of Heat, London's Chilli festival, which is on Sunday 25th September at The Red Market in Old Street.  Open from 11am - 6pm, it features traders like White Men Can't Jerk, and Ayam Happy (Indonesian), Purbeck Ice Cream (yes, chilli ice cream) and more, with lots of sauce sellers, bars and more to ensure you have a great (& hot) day.

Jason's Little Kitchen's September West African Supperclub in Clerkenwell
Jason's Little Kitchen, the popular West African supper club, is back for September at The Clerkenwell Kitchen in EC1 on Sunsay 25th, with a four course dinner for just £36, featuring Suya Cod with, Brown Onions & Bagano Sauce.  Go along to try some authentic West African cooking!

Delish Thai's Sunday Pop-up in Greenwich
Delish Thai are running regular pop-ups in Greenwich SE10. 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. 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/

Monday 26th September
Tem Ban Thai's August and September Residency at The King & Co in Clapham - Daily
The very popular Thai cuisine of Tem Ban Thai is taking over the kitchen at The King & Co in Clapham for August and September 2016.  Founded by Craig Broadhurst, ex pf The Begging Bowl and the Thai Grill at Bar Story, Tem Ban has been popping up around the capital for a few months, getting rave reviews - and stunning photos - along the way.  It'll be at The King and Co daily so there is no excuse not to indulge.  Yum!
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BIniE8JAcvn/

Tuesday 27th September
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 28th September
The Brewery Kitchen's September Beer Pairing Supperclub in Battersea
On Wednesday 28th September The Brewery Kitchen, is hosting their September supperclub at Out Of Office bar in Battersea.  Founded by head chef Jamie Halsall, The Brewery Kitchen will be cooking a three course meal, each paired with a wonderful craft beer; this month the menu includes Drunken Grouse (grouse cooked in scotch ale, pearl barely, chestnut mushroom, elderberry sauce)!  Tickets cost just £44 including the matching (£35 without), and you really should go!

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.

Thursday 29th September
Soul Kitchen's Thursday Night Dinners off Brick Lane
Soul Kitchen, who organised a Day of The Dead dinner last year, is back for a series of 4 dinners at The Canvas Cafe, off Brick Lane, E1.  Each costs just £30, and will take place on alternate Thursday evenings starting 15th September.

'POPdown by Cuisson' Pop-up Restaurant and Bar near Borough Market - Tues-Sat
Last year Cuisson held a series of POPdown suppers at The Vaults near to Waterloo; this year they're popping up with another POPdown at Borough Market, with a three storey restaurant and bar at Cathedral Street, open Tuesday to Saturday until November 2016.  Go for their tasting menu, to drink in the bar, or watch out for special events.

Cucina Rustica's Italian Residency at The Rose and Crown in Kentish Town - Tues-Sun
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!



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

Acoustic Sunday in N1 with fish finger sandwiches from Eat2Fingers
“Street-food sensation, 2 Fingers ‘London’s original fish finger bad boys’ are back in residence at one of London’s finest live music community events Acoustic Sunday, 2nd October at The Crypt, De Beauvoir, Hackney with a new extended retro-menu to keep your taste buds happy!
Following on from the phenomenal success at Acoustic Sundays Summer Sessions, 2 Fingers will will be reinstated inside The Crypt with newbies on the menu including Soft Shell Crab Burger and Cod n’ Bacon Fishcakes, as well as the much-loved ‘B.A. Baracus ‘Bean Buster Burger’ and the ever popular ‘Po$h’ and ‘Old Skool’ sandwiches staying firmly put.”

Squid Kitchen's 'Madrid Market Eating' Nights at 119 Cafe in Clapton - Starts 6th Oct
Squid Kitchen, the Madrid street food specialist has done a number of residencies and street food events around the capital, and this October and November will be holding their first ticketed supper club nights, and also serving a full tapas menu for walk in customers.  Happening every Thursday to Saturday, at the 119 Lower Clapton Road cafe in #E5, the set supperclub menu will include gin gazpacho, pintxos selection, a choice of 3 small plates & a dessert per person.  Tickets for the set menu are just £30 - and there are 7pm and 9pm sittings.


Shops of the Week

Alfie Douglas' 'Back To Zero' Pop-up Shop at The Old Truman Brewery in E1 - Ends Sun 25th
Alfie Douglas, the British accessories brand who first held a pop-up shop in 2014 are going 'Back To Zero' by launching their new collection at the same space in the Old Truman Brewery, off Brick Lane, from Tuesday 20th to Sunday 25th September 2016.  Events over the six days will include live demos, a launch party and more, and of course lots of opportunities to buy.

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


8 Questions with… 

Back at some point!

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)


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


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