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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 - Liu Xiaomian’s Chinese Bowls, Linnets Kitchen, & Choc On Choc
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Coming Soon - RA Lates at the Royal Academy in Piccadilly - Sat 30th
Shop of the Week - Penguin Classics’ Pop-up Book Shop in E2




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


What’s on this week

Brand New - 
Liu Xiaomian's Chinese Residency at The Jackalope in Marylebone - Tues-Fri
Linnets Kitchen's Two Month Residency at Unwined in Waterloo - Tues-Sat
Aidan Brooks' 'Chef's Table' Supper Club in Hackney - Thursdays and Fridays
Midnight Apothecary's 'Down The Shaft' Film Club in Rotherhithe - Thurs 21st
Choc On Choc's Pop-up Chocolate 'Vegetable Patch' in Selfridge's Food Hall - Daily
Citizens of Everywhere Brewing Collaboration Launch in Hackney & Crystal Palace - Fri 22nd
Sakurao Gin's Cherry Blossom Pop-up at Hush in Mayfair - Daily
Dining With BPR's Dinner at the London Cooking Project in Battersea - Sat 23rd
London Kitchen Social Live presents #WatercressChallenge in EC3 - Mon 25th
Princess of Persia's Kitchen Takeover at Isla Ray in Deptford - Weds 27th

Thursday 21st March

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

Liu Xiaomian's Chinese Residency at The Jackalope in Marylebone - Tues-Fri
Liu Xiaomian is a Chinese street food trader, who has been at The Jackalope since the start of 2019, initially on Wednesdays to Fridays, and now extended to Tuesdays to Fridays, lunch and dinner.  The Jackalope is just a few minutes north of Oxford Circus tube, down a small and picturesque mews street.  It's only open Mondays to Fridays, as it depends mostly on office workers for custom.
Both Linda and her co-founder are from Chongqing in southwestern China, and quit careers at the end of last year to launch the business, initially in markets, but now 4 days a week in the pub. The food is great, and it seems to be attracting a loyal fanbase from local workers. (But you'll be fed - the pub is pretty big, with seating on two floors)
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BvCAh1ylMlc/

Linnets Kitchen's Two Month Residency at Unwined in Waterloo - Tues-Sat
Linnets Kitchen is now serving a mix of modern British dishes - insluding a Cornonation Chicken Slider, Pan Fried Whiting, and even a Native Breed Butcher's Steak - at the new Unwined in Waterloo wine bar, on Tuesdays to Saturdays until the end of April 2019.
The Bar is the second branch of the popular Tooting Market bar, this time in a series of shipping containers under the Stow Away apartment hotel.  The chefs change every two months, and each time wines are specially selected to pair with the dishes (& there are some very good wines on tap too!).

Aidan Brooks' 'Chef's Table' Supper Club in Hackney - Thursdays and Fridays
"The Chef's Table is Eleven98's flagship social fine dining experience, where up to 12 guests can enjoy a truly intimate and immersive experience of Eleven98 from closer than ever before! From your seat at The Chef's Table you'll be able to smell the enticing aromas of Hackney-sourced produce as dinner gets under way - and being so close to the action means you'll have even greater interaction with Chef Aidan Brooks throughout the course of the evening. With only 12 seats at The Chef's Table, this really is the most exclusive way to experience Hackney's favourite dining concept!"

Midnight Apothecary's 'Down The Shaft' Film Club in Rotherhithe - Thurs 21st
"We can reveal our seriously exciting news for more Midnight Apothecary 'down the shaft' fun. We are thrilled to introduce to you  ‘Down the Shaft Film Club’.
We are combining cosy campfire and wild cocktails in the candle-lit garden above ground with a series of amazing wild films underground.  The films will be screened in one of London's newest and most exciting underground performance spaces, the Victorian underground Grand Entrance Hall to Brunel's Thames Tunnel at the Brunel Museum, directly beneath our roof garden."

Kitchen.F.M's French Residency at Great Guns near Borough - Tues-Sat
Kitchen.F.M is a collaboration between two chefs, Fabien & Max, who met when they both worked at Pollen St Social.  They popped up last year in Hackney, and now they are back with a one month residency at Great Guns Social in Southwark Bridge Road, SE1, near to Borough station.  The menu is inspired by the South of France and the Mediterranean, and it will be serving from Tuesday to Friday lunch and dinner, and dinner on Saturdays.  Don't miss it!

W12 Studios in White City - With Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen & Cheeky Burger - Mon-Sat
A food hall and bar has just opened in White City Place, W12, with regularly changing street food chefs serving up their best dishes.  Open Mondays to Fridays (with Saturdays coming) from 12 noon, W12 Studios features traders curated by Feast It, each in situ for a couple of months or so. 
The two traders for March and April are Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen & Cheeky Burger.

Craving Coffee's July 2017 #TottenhamSocial Streetfood Nights in N15 - The Ugly Dumplings - Thurs-Sat

Friday 22nd March
Choc On Choc's Pop-up Chocolate 'Vegetable Patch' in Selfridge's Food Hall - Daily
"The @choconchoc chocolate fruit & veg patch has launched exclusively in #SelfridgesLondon ! Fill your own punnet with five chocolate fruit or veg of your choice, available until 23rd March"

Citizens of Everywhere Brewing Collaboration Launch in Hackney & Crystal Palace - Fri 22nd
"On Friday we launch @ThirstyCoE at our taproom, the @PemburyTavern! In the spirit of collaboration, we'll have our buddies @GipsyHillBrew co-hosting with us, and also throwing a South London celebration at their taproom, @the_douglasfir."

Sakurao Gin's Cherry Blossom Pop-up at Hush in Mayfair - Daily
"Join us this season as we are partner with Sakurao Gin and Franklin & Sons to create this new Spring spectacular. Sakurao pays homage to the wonders of the Japanese countryside, containing botanicals collected from Hiroshima Prefecture, whilst Franklin & Sons is an award-winning range of tonics and mixers using only natural flavours and colours. The two go together like, well, the perfect gin and tonic.
Our courtyard will be in full blossom from 11th March as Sakura – meaning cherry blossom in Japanese – will transform our iconic cobbles into a Japanese paradise of pink florals, delicate cherry blossoms and a show stopping archway sure to transport you to the gardens of Tokyo."

'The Viewing' Immersive Adventure Game at Ninth Life in Catford - Fri & Sat in March
The Viewing is a pop-up theatre show and immersive adventure game within nine rooms of the new Ninth Life pub in Catford (formerly The Goose).  Created by Buck Buck Games, it starts when some 'Estate Agents' take you for a viewing of a flat above the pub, and then strange things start to happen...  It takes place on Friday and Saturday nights in March, costs £25, and lasts an hour, with 'performances' starting every half hour from 7pm to 9pm.  Sounds brilliant!

Lucky Chip's Burgers at the Sir Colin Campbell pub in Kilburn - Daily
"We are so excited to announce our latest long term food residency at Sir Colin, the wonderful Lucky Chip and their incredible burgers!
Regularly touted as the best burgers in London by Time Out, Evening Standard and Eater London, from March 7th you can get your fix here with us!"

Hanoi Ca Phe's March Residency at Deeneys in Leyton - Thurs-Sat from Fri 1st
Hanoi Ca Phe, the Vietnamese street food chefs, are popping up for a month at Deeney's Cafe in Leyton, taking over on Thursday to Saturday nights from March 1st.  Expect Traditional Vietnamese plates and snacks served alongside some serious cocktails, great wines and delicious pints.

Truffle's Three Month Residency at The King & Co in Clapham - Mon-Sat
Truffle, led by chef Tom Bickers, has taken over the kitchen at The King & Co in Clapham, serving a menu pertly based on their regular street food stand at Broadway Market.  As you'd expect, truffles play a part in most of the dishes, and the menu at The King & Co will include such delights as a Truffle Scotch Egg, and a burger with truffle mayo (& raclette!), plus bigger dishes like steaks.  They are serving Mondays to Saturdays until the end of March (& as ever the pub does their own roasts on Sundays).
& it looks a bit like… https://www.instagram.com/p/BvKb-6nFtzB/

(Plus lots of the Thursday things)

Saturday 23rd March
Dining With BPR's Dinner at the London Cooking Project in Battersea - Sat 23rd
Dining With BPR - a collaboration between chef friends Balaz, Pierre & Ray - is hosting a BYO dinner at The London Cooking Project in SW11 on Saturday 23rd March 2019.  Tickets are just £49 and that gets you a four course tasting menu plus a drink when you arrive.

Peppeckish's Italian Pop-up at The Hill Station in SE14 - Weds & Sat from 6pm
Peppeckish is an Italian pop-up run by Giuseppe Cimmino, currently serving at The Hill Station cafe in Telegraph Hill, SE14, pretty much equidistant between Nunhead, New Cross and Brockley.  It's serving on Wednesday and Saturday evenings, with menus changing each week (based on what is good in the markets, judging by their Instagram!).
& the pasta looks a bit like… https://www.instagram.com/p/BuwnEcFF_hl/

Sunday 24th March
Le Bun Shack at Ely's Yard in Shoreditch - Weds-Sun
Le Bun, one of the most active pop-ups from a few years ago, is back after an 18 month break,with a one month street food residency in Ely's Yard in the Old Truman's Brewery (the yard with the 'Obey' & 'Invader' street art).  Le Bun Shack will be open from Tuesday 12th March at 6pm, and then Weds-Sun from noon, until 9th April 2019.  Go to have their much missed burgers, including Le Truffle Double Double, and more!

Lagom at the Hackney Church Brew Co - Tues-Sun
This one isn't a pop-up, but I need to tell you about it because it's so good.  Elliot Cunningham, ex of Smokestak is in the kitchen at the brewery taproom, cooking up meats and more over coals, and in a smoker.  The food is sensational (& the beer's great too!).  Serving Tues-Sun - and the Sunday Roasts are off the scale (click to link to see my pic)

Disco Kitchen's Burgers, CBD Snacks and Roasts at The Horn of Plenty in Stepney - Tues-Sun
Disco Kitchen has taken over the reins at The Horn of Plenty pub in Stepney, serving up its awesome burgers and more from Tuesday to Saturday, with Sunday Roasts on the Sunday.  Expect some pretty spectacular burgers, inc vegan options, plus a range of CBD-infused snacks for when you have the munchies, all in this lovely pub, just a couple of minutes from Stepney Green station.
& the roast looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BurZGndlfqQ/
(But with a great big Yorkshire pudding too!)

The Avocado Show Pop-up at Bluebird in the King's Road - Daily til 24th
"From 11th-24th March, we are very excited to be hosting very special guests all the way from Amsterdam – The Avocado Show, is the world’s first all-avocado concept. They will be setting up an exclusive pop-up at our Cafe to share some of their yummiest & healthiest dishes. Everyone praise the humble avocado.
Legendary chef, Jaimie van Heije has created a menu of mouthwatering and yummy delights, enjoying the avocado in many shapes and forms. The menu at Bluebird will include The Avo Garden, an avocado cut in half and covered with sesame seeds, cumin, smoked paprika and chilli with hummus piped into each half finished with Ghoa and Daikon cress and edible flowers to create a garden, served with a toasted bagel; The Bun Burger, grill sauce, wagyu burger pattie, bacon, red onion, tomato and rocket in the middle of an avocado bun and finally The Benny Boy of two half avocados with crispy bacon, poached egg, homemade Hollandaise on each half served with a toasted English muffin."

Monday 25th March
London Kitchen Social Live presents #WatercressChallenge in EC3 - Mon 25th
"Top chefs join forces with interactive dining event London Kitchen Social LIVE to promote the wonders of watercress in London this March.
The event held at Grace Hall, Central London on Monday 25th March will see six acclaimed chefs create an 8-course dinner for guests starting with a stunning canapé reception with welcome cocktail and finishing with bespoke chocolates by chocolatier David Frear.
Chefs Louisa Ellis, Daniel Britten, Robbie Lorraine, Hari Ghotra, Chris Wheeler and Eddie Kilty will be showcasing the great flavour and versatility of watercress, with this nutritious leafy vegetable being the critical ingredient in every course."

Whole Beast at Louie Louie in Walworth Road SE17 - Mon-Sat
"2019 EVENING CHEF IN RESIDENCE # 2 > tonight, we welcome ex Peckham @coalrooms chefs Sam & Alicja aka WHOLE BEAST to our kitchen! FROM > 6pm BOOK > http://bit.ly/LL_res  OR JUST SHOW UP > SE17 2AL"

Gizzi Erskine's 'Filth' 3 Month Vegan Burger Pop-up in Shoreditch - Daily
Filth is a 3 month vegan burger pop-up from Gizzi Erskine, now open at 13 Bethnal Green Road (opposite Boxpark), in the site of a former Dirty Burger restaurant.  It's open daily until the end or March (or so), and features a choice of two burgers (the Pure Filth, and the Seoul), plus a choice of sites and drinks, again all vegan.
& it looks a bit like… https://www.instagram.com/p/BsfNnpdlETH/

Tuesday 26th March
The Piadina Project's Fried Chicken & Italian Flatbreads at The Rose & Crown in NW5 - Tues-Sun
The Piadina Project is now in the kitchen at The Rose & Crown in Torriano Avenue, Kentish Town, serving up fried chicken with Italian flatbreads - a killer combo, as anyone who has tried their food at street food markets like the Victoria Park Market will confirm.  They'll be at the Rose & Crown for 3 months, serving Tuesdays to Sundays. 
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/Btjd-mal7Dh/ 

Slaw's Vegan Pop-up Restaurant on Upper Street, N1 - Tues-Sun
Slaw has opened a pop-up - with a view to becoming permanent - at 149 Upper Street, Islington, close to the Ottolenghi restaurant, and pretty much opposite the fire station.  They are open Tuesdays to Sundays for lunch and dinner.  I went in to see them today and I was really impressed by the team and the space.  I tried a couple of things, but I will be going back to eat properly in the next couple of weeks. 
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt9KczEl9U3/ 

Wednesday 27th March
Princess of Persia's Kitchen Takeover at Isla Ray in Deptford - Weds 27th
"We are called Princess of Persia, two friends doing Persian pop-up dinners in and around Peckham. We’re offering modern inspired Persian food and drinks in a young, hip & low-key environment. For us it’s not about eating on the run but eating with others around the table and sharing dishes.
Join us for a kitchen takeover at Isla Ray in Deptford!"

Sarap Filipino BBQ & Lechon's 3 Month Residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho - Tues-Sat
Sarap is bringing Filipino food to The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho for the first three months of 2019, with a Tuesday - Saturday pop-up.  Serving lunchtmes and evenings on Tuesday to Friday, and from 2pm - 9pm on Saturday, expect some amazing dishes, including lechon - BBQ pork belly - and small plates to share.  Such a treat for people who work in Soho!

Bruno's Bakes & Coffee - A Pop-up French Bakery on Brick Lane - Weds-Sun
Bruno's Bakes & Coffee is a pop-up independent bakery & coffee shop at 202 Brick Lane (the Bethnal Green Road end, near to Bacon St).  It was created by award winning pastry chef Bruno Breillet, and has previously been open in Rochester, Kent, but has now moved to London with this pop-up, provisionally open until the end of May.  Expect lots of freshly baked French patisserie both sweet and savoury.  Sounds wonderful!

Thursday 28th March
KityCow's 3 Month Nepalese Residency at Hush in Mayfair - Tues-Sat
KityCow, who appeared on the BBC TV show My Million Pound Menu as XXVI, will be popping up at Hush in Mayfair, serving their Nepalese cuisine for three months from 1st February 2019.  Chefs Joe Allen and Aaron Thomas impressed the 'Dragons' with their cooking, and are being mentored for this pop-up by Michelin star chef Atul Kochhar who was part of the programme.  They will be serving Tuesdays to Saturdays - let's see what this pop-up can lead to!



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

Made in Brunel: Responsible Futures - Hoxton - 29th & 30th
"We proudly invite you to Responsible Futures - this year's pop-up exhibition for final year Design students at Brunel University London.
The annual pop-up acts as an interim show for our year group but is also a platform to present our individual brand to both industry and the public. From Sketch Café (2016) and Ideas Factory (2018) encouraging creativity, to A Private View (2017) at the brand-new Design Museum venue, the pop-up is our chance to show the world who we are ahead of the final graduate showcase in June.
This year our Level 3 students are looking ahead to how we can effect positive change through our work as designers. Our undergraduates are in a position to influence lifestyles as well as perceptions; we are no longer prepared to accept business-as-usual."

RA Lates at the Royal Academy in Piccadilly - Sat 30th
"Join us for a special RA Late inspired by the human themes captured in our exhibitions Bill Viola / Michelangelo: Life Death Rebirth and The Renaissance Nude – think (re)birth, gender, mortality, eroticism and the relationship between the body, mind and soul.
With an eclectic line-up of DJs, sensory activities, immersive parties and dance, this one-off event celebrates universal human experiences through sound art, drag performances, life drawing and much more."
+ Cocktails from Christabel's


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

Tom Kilgallon's Pop-up Shop in Hampstead - selling Zeha-Berlin shoes - Daily for March
"Zeha-Berlin, the modern classic. Now available in the U.K. in my North London store or from my online shop.
The oldest sports shoe manufacturer in the world steps into the 21st Century with the Carl Hässner range of football boot and sports shoe inspired streetwear."

Penguin Classics' Happy Reading Pop-up Book Shop in Shoreditch - Opens Mon 25th
Penguin Classics is opening a pop-up shop & event space called Happy Reading at 133 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, from Monday 25th - Sunday 31st March 2019.   It will sell and display all 1,237 books in the Penguin Classics range, and also host lots of events in the store, including a book club, and a candle-making workshop for Mother's Day on Sunday 31st.


Elsewhere on the site

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