Pop-ups and residencies in London are getting more interesting by the week. Now you'll see some excellent food popping up everywhere from disused restaurant spaces to residencies in pubs across town. We're rounding up some of the best below.
Residencies and pop-ups
Where: Chelsea Barracks, Garrison Square, London SW1W 8BG
When: 9 September 2019 - TBC
What: Ollie Dabbous is back at Chelsea Barracks (a fancy new housing development) with another pop-up. This time it's a cafe called Hideaway. This time the pop-up is "inspired by the outdoor world" so expect a rustic look to the cafe and plenty of foliage.
Where: 5A Berners St, London W1T 3LF
When: 17 September to 13 October 2019
What: If you missed the last time MasterChef finalist Dr Nawamin Pinpathomrat popped up in London with Crab Anatomy - then another chance is here. The crab-centric pop-up is back for another month, this time coming to Fitzrovia.
Where: 97 Buckingham Palace Rd, Victoria, London SW1W 0RP
When: From 5 September 2019 into 2020.
What: Fans of Cutter and Squidge - best known for their biskies (a cake/cookie sandwich concoction) - can rejoice as they've got a new location - this time as a pop-up in Victoria. The new shop will have a special biskie for the occasion - The Royal Biskie.
Where: 41 Mortimer St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3JH
When: 6 September - 6 October 2019 - every Friday and Saturday night and Sunday lunchtime.
What: As well as starring on the BBC series, Luke was previously head chef at Ollie Dabbous’ Hide, which he left earlier this year to pursue his own projects. He's joined by his two brothers and they'll be serving up a fine dining menu.
Where: Borough - 96 Southwark Bridge Rd, London SE1 0EF
When: 3-28 September 2019
What: Sam Bryant and Alicja Specjalna (who come from the Coal Rooms) are specialising in nose-to-tail dining, making big use of flame, smoke, ember and ash.
Where: 133 High Street, Stratford, E15 2RB.
When: From 12 August 2019 until early 2020
What: Flank is all about nose-to-tail eating and cooking over fire and Flank OG, which will be in Stratford, expands their offering to more of a small plates game. From a quick look at what's on their launch menu, it definitely sounds worth checking out.
Where: The Hive, 286-290 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9DA
When: Every Thursday - Saturday from 5pm, until end 2019
What: At Flat Earth, a residency at The Hive natural wine bar in East London - it's all about using local, fermented and foraged ingredients. Even the bases are special - they're made with heritage grains created using E5 Bakehouse and Gilchester’s organic flour.
Where: 10 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BX
When: Until October 2019 (may extend)
What: David Carter from Smokestake and Chris Leach of Petersham Nurseries have opened a modern Italian in the heart of Piccadilly, taking over the site that once held Magpie.
Where: 55 Dalston Ln, Dalston, London E8 2NG, UK
When: Various dates from 26 July to 27 September 2019
What: This year, Allpress Espresso is 30 years old and they're teaming up with some impressive restaurants and chefs to celebrate. They're launching Allpress Lates at their Dalston roastery with chef and restaurant takeovers all through summer, with the garden opening into the evening for the first time.
Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
When: 11 July 2019 – 5 January 2020
What: Accompanying the Tate exhibition, this is a takeover of the Tate Terrace bar. They're transforming the look of the bar, so you'll be surrounded by artworks and lamps designed by Eliasson and you'll eat family-style at tables similar to those at the studio - the idea is to get is as close to that experience as possible.
Where: Under the Hungerford Bridge, South Bank, London
When: Until 15 September 2019
What: Applebee's have been serving up seafood dishes in Borough and now they've arrived on the South Bank for the Summer. Expect an oyster and Champagne bar as well as fish & chips and chip butties to go.
Where: Upstairs at The Tommy Tucker Pub, 22 Waterford Road, Fulham, London SW62DR
When: Every Friday in summer from 14 June 2019
What: This Friday pop-up turns the upstairs of the Tommy Tucker pub in fulham into a cocktails and small plates bar. With cocktails that include a "Irish Dark Chocolate Espresso Martini" and food that includes curried wings, pomegranate, coconut, mint riata, and poppadum crumb it looks very inviting.
Where: Hackney - Sebright Arms, 34 Coate St, London E2 9AG
When: 21 May - end of summer
What: Le Bun are serving up their French-America truffle burgers at the Sebright Arms, including their famous truffle burger.
Where: Brockley - 10 Coulgate Street, Brockley, SE4 2RW
When: 9 May - February 2020 (Thursday - Sunday)
What: Chinese Laundry's latest pop-up is trying something different. They're still serving the Chinese food inspired by their childhoods that they're known for, but this time in a regularly changing set menu too.
Where: Homerton - The Gun, 235 Well Street, London E9 6RG
What: Anju - which already has a residency at Blend in Green Lanes - sounds like the perfect match, given that its name means 'food eaten with alcohol'. As you might have guessed, that means Korean Fried Chicken, Bibimbap and Korean BBQ dishes, among others.
Where: Marylebone - The Jackalope, 43 Weymouth Mews, London W1G 7EG
When: 23 January 2019 - TBC
What: This was originally a street food stall was started by Charlene Liu and her flatmate Liu Qian, serving up a Sichuan menu based on Chongqing food. Expect a variety of Chongqing noodles, daily chefs specials and more.
Every week we round up some of the best food and drink events in London...
3 September - 1 October - Kricket will be hosting a guest chef series, and they've got some great chefs lined up. They include Anglo Thai's John Chantarasak, Pierre Koffmann, Flank's Tom Griffiths, Perilla's Ben Marks and Valentine Warner, all cooking dishes that will only be available on the night. To join them - book online.
4 September - out in Esher, Neil Rankin is heading to José Pizarro's new pub, The Swan Inn for a Big Green Egg feast.
5 September - Le Cordon Bleu London will host a one off Masterclass in Sparkling Wines led by Master Sommelier, Matthieu Longuere. Tickets are £75 for the eight wines tasting.
6 September - Ladies & Gentleman bar in Camden are having a hemp rum masterclass in collaboration with Dead Man’s Fingers Hemp Rum. For just a tenner you'll get a tutored tasting, and tips on how to make hemp rum cocktails.
6-7 September - Papa John's are popping up with their Swedish bakery for two days in Notting Hill to launch their new cinnamon scrolls. They'll be handing out thousands of them for free to Londoners between 10am and 4pm at Pappa Johan’s their Nordic popup at 95 Golborne Road, London W10.
7 September - Head to Hackney where two of the UK's top 100 restaurants will come together, as The Laughing Heart welcomes award-winning Timberyard from Edinburgh. It will be a £49 set food menu featuring food inspired by Timberyard but cooked by Laughing Heart's chef Tom Anglesea.
7 September - Camden Town Brewery’s Tank Party has them going for a pasta theme with Lina Stores, Pastifico al Dente, Pasta e Basta and The Cheese Bar all serving up special dishes, there'll also be ‘Fresh Workshops’ kicked off by Giles Coren and Pasta Evangelists, plus there'll be cocktail masterclasses from East London Liquor Company. Tickets are £10 for entry, three beers or three soft drinks, plus entry to the afterparty at FEST.
8 September - the Hackney Carnival parade goes past The Duke of Richmond this weekend and they're doing a special Sunday menu of Caribbean Carnival Classics for it, including Curry Goat, Jerk chicken, Shrimp roti tacos, Okra stew & pounded yams and Rum punch by the jug.
11 September - Auction Against Hunger is back but now it's called Love Food StreatFest and will take place at Flat Iron Square by London Bridge. Earlybird tickets are £30 and the first named chef taking part this year is Sabor's Nieves Barragan.
13 September - Vinery is popping up for a night in Spitalfields. It's an honesty wine bar where you pay what you think you should.
14 September - Gigi's Hoxton is having an end of summer aperitivo party where your £20 ticket include a welcome spritz on arrival and bottomless aperitivo-style snacks from 2pm - 6pm along with live entertainment.
17 September - The Drop wine bar in King's Cross is having a Spanish Drop-In with Barrafina where the group's Executive Chef Angel Zapata Martin, and Head Chef of Dean Street, Fernando Moraga, will join The Drop’s Karan Ghosh for a one night only menu, with plenty of interesting Spanish wines on offer by the glass and as flights.
19 September - fodder and Kanpai's British Izakaya sees them transforming Kanpai's Peckham brewery into a British Izakaya. There'll be a tasting menu of dishes and a flight of Kanpai's small-batch sakes to match. Tickets are £40 for 10 small plates and drinks pairings.
Until 23 September - fancy dinner and do-gooding at the same time? Bloomberg account manager Maximilian Bruckner has teamed up with L'Escargot in Soho for an Ebay auction to get dinner for two at the Michelin-starred restaurant. There are five tables in total up for grabs and all the money raised goes to support the work of CentrePoint.
24 September - 34 Mayfair wellness series kicks off with Alice B-B interviewing the founders of CaliFlow, and Varley. Tickets are £100 and include the talk, brunch, a goodie bag as well as five complimentary classes at CaliFlow (usually £22 each) and a 15% off discount code at Varley.
1 October - it's the final for this year's Croqueta Challenge. As well as coming along to the final at Ember Yard, you can head along to qualifying events too. Find out all about them here.
1-30 October - it's the month of Goatober and there are lots of events planned with top chefs. Find out about them here.
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