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8 Days a Week from London Pop-ups

Jay M

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 - Jay Morjaria, a Dessert-only Restaurant, & SicilyFEST
Crowdfunding - Help Chuku's open the world's first Nigerian Tapas restaurant
Maps - See everything on one of my handy maps
Coming Soon - The Soho Food Feast - 8th & 9th June
Shops - Harrods x NSPCC’s Fashion Re-Told Pop-up Shop on Marylebone High St




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


What’s on this week

Brand New - 
Jay Morjaria's Two Week Residency at Great Guns Social in Borough - Tues-Sat
Hakoniwa Obanzai's Japanese Tapas Pop-up at The Common E2 - Until Sat 18th
Fulham Beach 2019 - Street Food, Bars & Games by the Thames - Tues-Sun
The Whisk Dessert Bar 3 Month Pop-up in Angel N1 - Tues-Sat
Chef Nurdin Topham at Cub in Hoxton - Until Sat 18th
The Craft Chocolate Takeover at Canopy Market in King's Cross - Fri 17th - Sun 19th
Sicily Fest 2019 in Brick Lane - Fri 17th - Sun 19th
Taco Wars at Dinerama in Shoreditch - Tues 21st
The Cheese Bar's Raw Milk Cheese Night in Camden - Tues 21st

Thursday 16th May

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

Jay Morjaria's Two Week Residency at Great Guns Social in Borough - Tues-Sat
Chef Jay Morjaria, one of the winning chefs on the first series of BBC2's My Million Pound Menu, is doing a pop-up at Great Guns Social from Tuesday 14th - Saturday 25th May 2019 (Tuesdays to Saturdays only).  Jay's food is inspred by Korea and East Asia - really looking forward to finally trying this!

Hakoniwa Obanzai's Japanese Tapas Pop-up at The Common E2 - Until Sat 18th
Hakoniwa Obanzai is bringing 5 nights of Japanese Tapas to The Common E2 in Old Bethnal Green Road, from Tuesday 14th - Saturday 19th May 2019.  Sittings are at 6pm and 8.30pm, and the set menu costs £26 or £36, depending on which option you choose (the cheaper is a smaller, vegetarian seletion).

Fulham Beach 2019 - Street Food, Bars & Games by the Thames - Tues-Sun
Fulham Beach is open for summer 2019 on Wandsworth Bridge Road, SW6, on the north side of the Thames.  It's open Tuesday to Sunday for the summer, with beach huts, bars, games, bars, and food from Dough-Me (pizzas), and The Feast (BBQ).  This is its third year, and the theme is 'The Jungle' - expect a tropical beach vibe!

The Whisk Dessert Bar 3 Month Pop-up in Angel N1 - Tues-Sat
Whisk is a dessert-only restaurant, popping up at Angel Central shopping centre in N1 for 3 months from 14th May - 3rd August.  It's open Tuesdays to Saturdays, from 5pm - 11pm, and a 3 course meal (of only desserts!) costs £15 with extra for wine and teas.  Expect lots of ice cream, sorbet, banoffee and mousse from patisserie chef Simon Jenkins.  You can book for groups of 6 or more, and the rest of us will have to form an orderly queue!

Chef Nurdin Topham at Cub in Hoxton - Until Sat 18th
"We’re very excited to announce that renowned chef Nurdin Topham will be on the pans at Cub for a very special four-day takeover from Wednesday 15th May - Saturday 18th May, powered by our pals at Bruichladdich and The Botanist.
With a strong focus on the intersection of diet and deliciousness, Nur swiftly earned a star in HK at his namesake restaurant⁣. Previously personal Development Chef to Raymond Blanc and head of The Raymond Blanc Cookery School, Nur has since spent time at the Nordic Food Lab (NOMA), Copenhagen, exploring the tastiness of foods, with a focus on natural fermentation, and is soon to open a private kitchen in East London."

Overseas Chinese' 5 Week Residency at Brickfields Bar in Brockley - Tues-Thurs
Overseas Chinese, run by chef Melissa Chi Mae Wong, is holding a 5 week residency at Brickfields Bar in Brockley, from Tuesday 30th April - Thursday 31st May 2019, serving Tuesday to Thursday nights.  Expect dishes infuenced by both Chinese and South East Asian cuisine - as shown by the stunning pics on their Instagram.  Really looking forward to visiting!

Rajiv's Kitchen's Nepalese Residency at Unwined in Tooting - Thurs-Sun
"Introducing @rajivkc - Rajiv’s Kitchen, who will be with us for the next 8 weeks serving up tasty Nepalese cuisine! 😋
Kitchen open : Thurs-Sat 12-10pm & Sun 12-4pm!
Lunch specials Thurs-Sat 12-3pm"
& the Momos look at bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BxaerQKFWn-/

Indie & West's Caribbean Residency at Unwined in Waterloo - Tues-Sat
"Introducing Keisha @indieandwest - who will be with us for the next 8 weeks serving up authentic Caribbean Street food 🌴🍍🥥 .
Kitchen open : Tues-Sat 12-3pm & 6-10pm!
Lunch specials Tues-Sat 12-3pm"

Sugoi's 'Sushi Tacos' at Mother Kelly's in Bethnal Green - Thurs-Sun
"Like tacos? Like sushi? Then you'll love @sugoijpn's 'n
Noritacos' - now serving Thursdays to Sundays at @motherkellys_e2 just a short walk from Bethnal Green station! 😍😍
This is the Chingon, with tuna, salmon, pico e gallo, kimchi, rice and more, all in one of Sugoi's own tempura nori shells"

Whole Beast's Nose to Tail, Root to Fruit Dining at Louie Louie in SE17 - Mon-Sat
Whole Beast, as the name suggests, specialise in nose to tail (& root to fruit) eating, and have just taken over the kitchen at Louie Louie, serving Mondays to Saturday nights.  This pair have had fantastic reviews from critics and regulars, and will also be introducing a 'dumpling day' on Mondays in April, bringing authentic Polish dumplings to South London.  Go!

Craving Coffee's #TottenhamSocial Streetfood Nights in N15 - Phung Kay - Vegan Chinese - Thurs-Sat

Friday 17th May
The Craft Chocolate Takeover at Canopy Market in King's Cross - Fri 17th - Sun 19th
"This May, we are collaborating with Canopy Market, the weekly independent market at King’s Cross, to host a celebration of all things cocoa for a weekend of total sensory pleasure. From the 17th – 19th of May, Canopy will host a dedicated chocolate market packed with the best craft chocolatiers, tastings, talks and demonstrations, all under the market’s beautifully restored Victorian glass and steel roof."

Sicily Fest 2019 in Brick Lane - Fri 17th - Sun 19th
SicliyFEST is back in London from Friday 17th - Sunday 19th May 2019.  It will be at The Boiler House on Brick Lane, and be a 3 day celebration of Sicilian food and culture, with lots of food, wine and produce to try and buy.  Expect Arancini!

Chinese Laundry's 3 Month Residency at No 10 Coulgate in Brockley - Thurs-Sun
Chinese Laundry is opening a 3 month pop-up at No 10 Coulgate in Brockley, open Thursdays to Sunday evenings from 9th May - 4th August 2019.  They will be offering dinner at £35 per head, with bookings for tables of up to 4, and some room for walk ins (but it sounds like it's best to book!).  They will also make the space available for private hire for 16-20 people. Really looking forward to trying this!

Banquet of Hoshena Immersive Pop-up Dinner in Westfield White City - Daily
Banquet of Hoshena is an ambitions dining experience featuring storytelling, 3D visuals, and five courses of delicious food from chef Philip Juma, taking place at a space in Westfield in White City from 5th May - 7th August 2019.  Tickets are from £85 to £110 for the two hour experience, depending on drinks pairing options, and it will be on daily at 6pm, 8.30pm, and an additional matinee of 2pm every weekend

Truffle's Burgers 'Under The Bridge' on the South Bank - Daily
“Our NEW aged beef burger captured by @fryupinspector 🍔 Come and get yours today, we are open until 11pm tonight 📍LOCATION: Southbank, under the Hungerford Bridge and Golden Jubilee Bridges. Look out for the massive burger sign 😝”

The Secret Samosa Club's 3 Month Residency at Tuk Tuk in Shoreditch - Thurs-Sat
Secret Samosa Club is back for a three month residency in Shoreditch, after a very successful two week stint in Borough earlier this year.  I went, and it was great.  Lovely samosas, but also loaded fries, wings, and lots more from the transatlantic partnership of Joti and Rick.  SSC will be serving at Tuk Tuk in Kingsland Road (formerly Translate Bar), on Thursday to Saturday nights from 10th May to 10th August 2019.  This is going to blow people away!

Scripts for Supper's 'Wind In The Willows' at London City Farms - Fri-Sun
In May and June 2019 Scripts For Supper is bringing Wind in The Willows to three London city farms - Stepney, Spitalfields and Mudchute - in a combined theatre and dining experience.  Taking place from Friday 10th May to Sunday 2nd June, and then on 29th & 30th June, the 150 minute show will tell the adventures of Mole, Ratty, Toad and Badger as you eat dishes inspired by the tales.  It's intended for both adults and kids, with tickets at £45 for adults and £30 for kids (or £135 for a family of two adults and two kids).

Midnight Apothecary Cocktail Nights in Rotherhithe - Fri & Sat
"Campfire Cocktails in the city are back!  Join us for our eighth season of wild cocktails, campfire, culture and cuisine at the Brunel Museum. A perfect mates' night out or date for two.  We specialise in lovingly prepared seasonal botanical cocktails served around a firepit using ingredients grown in our rooftop garden or foraged close by.."

Model Market in Lewisham - Fri & Sat
Model Market, Street Feast's Lewisham Market is back - with 6 bars and 8 traders.
For the opening weekend it will be open Fridays and Saturdays.
New traders include Krapow (Northern Thai), Raastawala (stuffed naans), Tucka Burger, and Wandercrust (Pizzas).
& Krapow’s Thai Fried Chicken looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BxEzOlVFDzf/

(Plus lots of the Thursday things)

Saturday 18th May
Jerk Off BBQ at Little Faith’s Tap Room in Deptford - Fri & Sat
"We’re popping up for the next two weeks in Deptford! Find us at the freshly opened Little Faith taproom in Deptford’s historic creek each Friday and Saturday🍺
Friday 5pm-10pm
Saturday 2- 10pm"
& the wings look a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BxW0xarlQPi/

Ora Brewing's Taproom in Tottenham - Sat
Ora Brewing has now moved to Tottenham, and is opening a tap room every Saturday - it's in  Rosebery Industrial Park, London, London N17 9SR

Oli Baba's Middle Eastern Residency at Deeney's in Leyton - Thurs-Sat
"Delighted to reveal the infamous @oli_babas will joining us in May as part of our ‘Deeney’s Late-On’ monthly series. Oli Baba’s, famous for introducing the world to halloumi fries will be serving up a veritable feast of Middle Eastern delights! Launching May 2nd, then every Thurs, Fri, Sat in May."

Sunday 12th May
Cucina Rustica's Sicilian Residency at The Candlemaker in Battersea - Daily
Cucina Rustica has started a new residency at The Candlemaker pub in Battersea, serving Sicilian & Italian food daily.  Cucina Rustica has been popping up around London for the past few years, the authentic arancini, bruschetta, meatballs and more.  They are serving brunch on Saturdays, and an 'Italian Sunday Roast' on Sundays.  Can't wait to try the new dishes!
& the Sunday Roast looks a bit like… https://www.instagram.com/p/BxNooRvl-3Q/

Palm Greens' Salads & More at NT's Bar in Hackney - Daily til 4pm
Palm Greens has started a new plant-based residency at the NT's Bar in Netil House, serving delicious salads and more daily until 4pm.  I went in to see them yesterday, and can confirm that the salads taste every bit as delicious as they look - I had the Mexican-inspired Tostada salad, with quinoa, black beans, and lots more.  They also have a lovely roof terrace - perfect for summer lunches and brunches!
& the salads look a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwh_aLUl7Lz/

Monday 20th May
BBQ Dreamz's Bong Bong's Manila Kanteen on the John Lewis Rooftop on Oxford Street - Daily
Filipino street food stars BBQ Dreamz (as seen on the BBC's My Million Pound Menu), are the chefs for this summer's John Lewis Roof Garden pop-up, open above the Oxford Street store every day til 29th September 2019.  It's great news for them - giving their fantastic food much more exposure - and great news for us as diners.  Lots of great things on the menu, inc their Lechon Pork Belly, and an Aubergine Satay Curry.  See you there!
It's part of what they are calling Roof Fest London, which also features DJs, live music (diary here) plus comedians, fitness and lots more.  As before, it's possible to book a table to eat and also to book special huts and 'hideaways'.
& it looks a bit like… https://www.instagram.com/p/Bwy0VW4lW35/

Zoe's Ghana Kitchen's 2 Month Residency at The King & Co in Clapham - Mon-Sat
Zoe's Ghana Kitchen is holding a two month residency at The King & Co in Clapham, for April & May 2019, returning to the pub 4 years after her last residency.  In the meantime she's become famous for writing her own cook book, run a restaurant in Brixton, and had other residencies in North and East London.  Come for her new menu, including the slow-cooked Lamb Shank - which I'm told is stunning!
& it looks a bit like…  https://www.instagram.com/p/BwAbcD8lJPR/

Tuesday 21st May
Taco Wars at Dinerama in Shoreditch - Tues 21st
"Taco lovers of London, the wait is over – Street Feast is bringing back its legendary Taco Wars event after an absence of five years.
 Eight of London’s most influential restaurants and taquerias will compete for a £2,500 prize and the Corona Cup at Dinerama on Tuesday 21 May (5pm-midnight). Each trader has been asked to create one sensational taco worthy of being crowned “Britain’s Best Taco” and you could be one of the taco fans voting for the winner."

The Cheese Bar's Raw Milk Cheese Night in Camden - Tues 21st
"Raw milk, and the cheeses made from it, seem to be having a moment in the UK – for both good and bad reasons.
For this talk & tasting, we’re joined by Selina Cairns of Errington Cheese, and Luke Giddings of Fen Farm Dairy, who both make incredible raw milk cheeses, and have encountered some of the difficulties that this way of cheesemaking presents.
They’ll share their knowledge with our guests in the form of a discussion, led by The Cheese Bar’s Mathew Carver, exploring the benefits of using raw milk, as well as some of the more controversial aspects, and taking a look at the future of raw milk cheesemaking in the UK."

Wednesday 22nd May
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/

Thursday 23rd May
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/

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/ 



Help Chuku's open the world's first Nigerian Tapas restaurant
"Is London finally getting the world's first Nigerian tapas restaurant for good? Emeka and Ifeyinwa, the brother-sister duo behind Chuku’s are making it happen and giving those who want to go on a African culinary adventure an opportunity to join them on their journey. After three years of pop-ups, they’re now crowdfunding to open their first permanent restaurant home, so foodies can enjoy the authentic flavours of their motherland with their unique Nigerian tapas concept. Named as one of the top 20 Most Exciting Entrepreneurs in the UK, the sibling duo aim to raise £30k in 30 days and they’ve got just over 10 days left. And to say thank you for supporting the journey, they’re offering backers rewards like a Nigerian-inspired cocktail named after you or a Nigerian culinary masterclass. So, if you want to be part of this pop-up's big step up, check out their campaign: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/chukus "



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

The London Pizza Festival in Borough Market - Sun 2nd June
"6 London pizza greats compete for glory at the ultimate pizza bake off - 2nd June, Borough Market
You and 1000 other pizza-loving Londoners will be entrusted with a tremendous responsibility:
Consume and compare 6 slices cut from the wood-fired showcase pizzas of the featured pizza makers and then vote in the 2019 London Pizza Festival Champion."

The Soho Food Feast 2019 - Sat 8th & Sun 9th June
The Soho Food Feast is a unique event where many of Soho's best restaurants come together to raise money for the Soho Parish School.  It takes place this year on Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th June 2019, in St Anne's Church Garden on Wardour Street.  A selection of the area's best restaurants create special dishes for the event, and set up stalls to dish them out.  Customers buy £2 dinner tickets - a bit like at school - and one ticket gets you one dish.  So can eat food from such amazing chefs & restaurants as Calum Franklin at Holborn Dining Room, Xu, Ceviche, Blacklock, HIX, and Kricket for just £2.
It's a wonderful day out and costs just £15 to get in (or £30 for the weekend if you do both days - the restaurants are different on each day) and it's a fantastic cause. 

The Carcass Cartel's 7 Course Dinners in Hackney - Mon 10th & Tues 11th June
"Over two exclusive dates The Carcass Cartel will be taking influences and flavours from across Asia for a truly unique evening of whole animal eating and live fire cooking featuring some of London's most exciting chefs.
Ticket price of £75pp includes seven courses, hors d’oeuvres, petite four and welcome nose to tail cocktail."


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

Harrods x NSPCC’s Fashion Re-Told Pop-up Shop on Marylebone High St - Daily
"In 2018, the inaugural Fashion Re-Told in Sloane Street raised over £110,000 for the NSPCC and the company will be supporting that charity again this time.
The new shop opens on Thursday, May 2, at 51 Marylebone High Street and will be open until June 2.
The retailer said that “the ambition is to reimagine the parameters of a charity store by replicating the luxury shopping experience customers receive when they visit Harrods.”
The new pop-up space has been designed and created by the retailer and “is inspired by an English summer garden.” It features what we’re told is “a showstopping floral entrance” designed by high-end florist Flowerbx, and is scented by NSPCC supporter Jo Malone London.
It will be staffed by Harrods and NSPCC volunteers and will offer a curated edit of “new and pre-loved designer womenswear, menswear, childrenswear and accessories donated by brands such as Stella McCartney, Chloé, Self-portrait, Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren.”"


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