Sunday, 17 November 2019

Mei Mei's Street Cart's Residency at LP Bar in New Cross

Mei Mei's Street Cart was a regular part of the London food scene a few years ago.  They then went up north (they now have a restaurant in Liverpool) but have now returned to London, to a residency at LP Bar in New Cross Road, serving Tuesdays to Sundays.  Expect a full menu of Chinese and fusion dishes, including their famous jianbings (crepes), rice bowls, brunch bowls, wonton nachos, and Chinese tacos.  Can't wait to visit this one!

When - Tuesdays - Sundays
Sun-weds 10-4pm fri & sat 10am-4/6-10pm. Closed Mon

Where - LP Bar, 401 New Cross Rd, New Cross, SE14 6LA


Link - Mei Mei's Street Cart on Instagram

The Sin Gusano Pop-up Mezcal Bar at Milkbar in Soho

Sin Gusano is opening a pop-up mezcal bar at Milkbar in Bateman Street, Soho, from Friday 29th November to Saturday 21st December 2019.  Serving up a mix of drinks, the bar will offer flights, cocktails, and boiler makers (mezcal chasers to beers), in a collaboration with Anspach & Hobday brewery.  There will also be a a tasting room, in partnership with Pensador Mezcal, and a bottle shop so that you can buy some bottles for yourself or friends.  It will be open from Tuesdays to Saturdays from 6pm.

"Sin Gusano, the UK’s first dedicated mezcal bar continues its mission of agave spirit education with its third pop-up bar from Friday 29th November at Milkbar in Soho. Following on from last year’s residency in Haggerston, Sin Gusano moves central to Soho to collaborate with Pensador Mezcal on a mezcal tasting room, as well as an off-licence bottle shop in the run up to Christmas.
In typical Sin Gusano fashion, the signature mezcal flights remain the focus. The rotating flights bring together rare distillates from Sin Gusano’s huge range to help educate drinkers on the distinguishing factors of regional flavour profiles, plants varieties and production techniques.
As with all of Sin Gusano’s offerings, three mezcal cocktails will be available including (subject to change) the Gingerloma; a heady mix of Pensador mezcal, grapefruit, ginger juice, lime, agave syrup and soda. And the Sin Fashion blends Sin Gusano’s Tobaziche agave distillate with chocolate bitters and agave syrup stirred with ice and topped with burnt orange.
Mezcal boiler makers are a new addition to the tasting menu. Inspired by the Mexican way of drinking mezcal, Sin Gusano will collaborate with Anspach & Hobday brewery to offer three combinations of mezcal and beer chaser boiler makers. Pensador Mezcal pairs perfectly with Anspach & Hobday’s The Cream Ale while two Sin Gusano distillates make unexpected but mind-blowing partners to Anspach & Hobday’s The IPA and The Porter. 
Another new addition to Sin Gusano’s third pop-up will be the chance for customers to buy and take home distillates as Christmas presents (or for themselves!). Pensador’s mezcals, as well as Sin Gusano’s Tasting Sets and rare distillate bottles will all be available to try before you buy. There will also be the chance to pre-order Sin Gusano’s Mezcal Appreciation Society subscription available from January 2020. Each month members will be sent a 150ml agave spirit tasting bottle with tasting and production notes. The very rare, exceptional distillates (some with as little as five bottles produced and unavailable anywhere else!) will be reserved exclusively for members to buy in full size.
With a pure focus on the mezcal distillates, the food offering at Sin Gusano will be a simple but delicious bar snack of authentic Mexican tortilla chips and salsas."

When - Friday 29th November - Saturday 21st December 2019
Tuesdays-Saturdays 18.00-00.00

Where - Milkbar, 3 Bateman Street, Soho, W1D 4AG

Bookings highly recommended:


Link 1 - Sin Gusano on Instagram
Link 2 - Pensador Mezcal on Instagram

Shelter's Christmas 2019 Pop-up Shop in Neal St, Covent Garden

The Housing & Homelessness charity Shelter has opened a Christmas pop-up shop, selling vintage clothing, cards, gifts, and their unique 'Emergency Chocolate' bars, to raise money for their causes.  It's open daily until 21st December - please go and spend money there!

"Housing and homelessness charity Shelter have launched a unique festive pop-up shop in Seven Dials, London, to target the housing crisis this Christmas.  
And for the first time ever in the UK, supporters will be able to donate to Shelter using a unique ”tap to donate” point with each £3 donation triggering more than 650 giant stars to twinkle.  
The exciting interactive Christmas light installation, located on Earlham Street, will run until early January.  
And the store, at 72 Neal Street in Covent Garden, will run for six weeks. It offers a carefully curated mix of high-end bargains from fashion, seasonal gifts and cards, to jewellery and collectables.  
Shelter will also be selling its latest invention to battle the housing crisis: a new Emergency Chocolate Bar. There is a large size at £10, medium at £5 and a chocolate coin at £3."

When - Daily from 14th November - 21st Dcember 2019
10am-7pm Mon-Sat, Sun 11am-5pm 

Where - 72 Neal Street, WC2H 9PA


Link 1 - Shelter
Link 2 - Shelter Shops on Instagram

Friday, 15 November 2019

Pop-ups in London - 15th - 22nd November 2019

The Gun's Winter Wonderland in Spitalfields - with a Lifesized Gingerbread Chalet - Daily
This week's new listings in red

New & This Weekend Only - Fri 15th - Sun 17th

* The Gold Rush Continental Treats' Portuguese Pastries - Around London, and at One New Change every Friday

Pub & Bar Residencies - Often Open 6 or 7 Days a Week



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Monday, 11 November 2019

The Gun's Winter Wonderland in Spitalfields - with a Lifesized Gingerbread Chalet

This winter The Gun pub in Brushfield Street, next to Spitalfields Market, has built a giant gingerbread house, with edible bricks, within the bar, to serve as a dining room, plus lots of other festive touches, including a winter forest, and an edible advent calendar.  They have also re-worked the menu to include warming classics like deep fried brie, and brought in some special cocktails, though a collaboration with vermouth experts Belsazar.  Yum!

"This November, Spitalfields pub The Gun will be transformed into a winter wonderland including a lifesize Gingerbread Chalet installation and new seasonal food and drink menus designed especially with the festive period in mind.
From 12th November, the bar at The Gun will be transformed into a winter forest, decked out in an abundant display of snow-dusted trees and rich foliage, paving the way to the pub’s very own Gingerbread Chalet dining room. Brought to life by edible bricks and an edible advent calendar from 1st December, and adorned with twinkling fairy lights, glowing lanterns and warming throws, the Gingerbread Chalet at The Gun takes inspiration from the Black Forest and the Gingerbread Houses of the 16th Century, and will be the perfect cosy bolt hole for the winter months.
The unveiling of the Chalet will coincide with the launch of a deliciously festive cocktail menu, created in collaboration with vermouth experts Belsazar. The new selection of tipples will include the smoky ‘Two Smoking Barrels’ of Absolut Vodka, Lot 40 rye whisky, Belsazar Red vermouth, honey-infused orange peel and cinnamon, smoked with pine, and the fiery ‘Spiced Route Revolver’ which combines Havana Especial, rum, spiced syrup, star anise and cinnamon. The Gun will also offer warming mulled wine throughout the season for a taste of Christmas come early.
As for the food, The Gun will welcome a new menu of comforting classics by executive chef Ashley Door, including the restorative Braised beef short rib with creamy mashed potato, braised red cabbage, chestnut crumb and jus or the melting Deep-fried brie with cranberry dip and watercress garnish. For dessert, in-keeping with the woodland theme, guests can enjoy the indulgent Black Forest gateau with brandy cream and cherry sorbet."

When - 12th November - end of February 2019
Open daily

Where - The Gun, 54 Brushfield St, Spitalfields, London E1 6AG


Link - The Gun

Sunday, 10 November 2019

Tits London's Christmas Pop-up Shop with Women Designers

Tits London is opening a pop-up shop at 188 Shoreditch High Street from 16th - 30th November 2019, to showcase and sell work from their favourite women designers.  As with Tits' other events, 10% of the profits will go to CoppaFeel, so you will be helping a great cause as well as buying some excellent designs and gifts.

"It’s happening, we are back in just over 1 weeks time. We will be popping up on Shoreditch High St for 2 weeks only from the 16th - 30th November. We are still in the process of adding a few new artists to our website, but you can swipe to see some of amazing women selling with us this time round! 10% of all profits donated to CoppaFeel"

When - Saturday 16th - Saturday 30th November 2019

Where - 188 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6HU


Link - Tits London on Instagram

The Merchant's Tail - a Pop-up for Dog & Cat lovers from Fetch & Follow and Cheshire & Wain

The Merchant's Tail is a collaborative pop-ups shop from two online brands, Cheshire & Wain, who specialise in gifts for cats, and Fetch & Follow, who do the same for dogs.  It's now open Wednesdays to Sundays until 8th December at 270 Hackney Road, E2, and it's a treasure trove of items like collars, treats, toys, and even coats.  They will also be holding regular events through the run of the pop-up, including having a pet photographer in.  I visited yesterday, and ended up buying Christmas presents for Tiger, Lola and Pip.  A brilliant shop.

"Inspired by the loving tales their pet-owning customers share with them and a mutual appreciation for one another’s brand, pet labels Cheshire & Wain and Fetch & Follow have teamed up to curate The Merchant’s Tail – a Christmas pop up to delight cats, dogs and the people who love them. This co-hosted, lifestyle store is set to offer a friendly shopping experience, where pet owners can indulge their furry friends with the loveliest of Christmas gifts, enjoy a host of exciting events and engage with their animal-loving kinfolk.
Beyond the gorgeous goodies from Cheshire & Wain and Fetch & Follow that lay in-store, The Merchant’s Tail will play host to a series of walks and in-store workshops for pets and their people. Dates and full details will be announced soon at and but expect a festive pop-up photo studio with popular pet photographer Rachel Oates, a Lucky (Waving) Cat customisation workshop, a winter skincare Walk & Talk event with Malin + Goetz and a workshop focussed around caring for your pets during the winter months and Christmas with Vet in the City Dr Ciara."

When - Until Sunday 8th December 2019

Where - The Merchant's Tai, 270 Hackney Road, E2 7SJ

Link 1 - Cheshire & Wain on Instagram
Link 2 - Fetch & Follow on Instagram
Link 3 - Facebook event