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.
Where: The Plough, 23-25 Homerton High St, Clapton, London E9 6JP
When: 31 January 2020 for at least six months
What: Rich Baker and Sarah Brading's Flat Earth is back with plant-based pizzas using sustainable ingredients. Last year they were first runner up in the 2019 Sustainable Lifestyle Awards best restaurant of the year - and now they're opening at The Plough in Homerton for a long-term residency.
Where: 14D Market Row, Brixton, London SW9 8LB
When: 24 January 2020 for six months
What: They've already had successful residencies across town and now Filipino restaurant Sarap in Brixton Village with its first standalone restaurant. A menu of large sharing plates is centred around their "Lechon Liempo" a take on the classic Cebu lechon dish.
Where: 37-41 Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH
When: 13 February - 7 March 2020
What: Ex-Masterchef Professional Luciana Berry (she reached the semi-final in 2014) is taking over the fifth floor for a month, she'll be serving a six-course tasting menu that's a contemporary take on Brazilian cuisine using traditional ingredients.
Where: Clapham - 16 The Pavement, London, SW4 0HY
When: 7 January - 28 March 2020
What: At Counter Culture, the small restaurant next to The Dairy, it's the turn of Alter, for an all-vegan takeover. Alter is founded by Andy Hogben, who has previously worked at Dabbous, Som Saa and Kym’s and offers vegan food with street-food influences.
Where: King's Cross - Unit S2, King's Cross Square, London N1C 4DE
When: 13 January 2020 for three months
What: Having roamed around the markets of East London since summer and with a residency at Netil House, this plant-based breakfast and lunch spot has now landed in King's Cross.
Where: 107 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0NP
What: It's time for another change at P Franco, the tiny Clapton wine bar that manages to keep well ahead of London trends with only a few induction hobs to its name. This time it's the turn of Seb Myers - who has worked in London at Viajante, Chiltern Firehouse and was one of the original people behind Snackbar. He says: "Style-wise I guess I’m taking inspiration from cave a manger places in a Paris and leaning into the colder weather with a little comfort food too"
Where: Mayfair - 10 Heddon St, London W1B 4BX
When: 13 November 2019 for four months.
What: Presland is getting ready to open his first London restaurant Pacific next year (with a location still to be found). He's been a big name in Australia and is known for being a top-class sushi chef. The London pop-up will be a contemporary Japanese affair, so quite a change from the previous residency.
Where: Fitzrovia - 28 Warren St, London W1T 5ND
What: Le Bun will have their usual menu of burgers with a little bit of French influence - but there are also two newcomers to the menu which do sound pretty great. First, there's Le Reuben, pictured above. That's house salt beef brisket, swiss cheese, bone marrow Russian dressing, sauerkraut, pickles all in their signature potato brioche. And in a "why hasn't anyone done this before" move, they're also adding a Cheeseburger scotch egg.
Where: Shrub & Shutter, 336 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8QH
When: Until April 2020
What: Chef Michael Thompson (formerly of Grosvenor House, Pollen Street Social, Claridge’s Fera and Lyan Cub) is bringing in sustainability-focused Fodder to Shrub and Shutter. "It’ll be a sharing plate vibe, with bits, sticks and plates."
Where: 26 Curtain Rd, Hackney, London EC2A 3JX
When: Until April 2020
What: This is run by Damian Clisby ex Restaurant Director of Petersham Nurseries, and Nick Gibson, landlord of the Drapers Arms. They're setting out their stall as "simple, seasonal cooking with exceptional wines to match".
Where: 99 Dalston Lane, London E8 1NH
When: Until Sept 2020
What: Filthy Buns, led by exec chef John Gladwell, will be settling down for a residency in the pub following their start on the street food scene. Expect plenty of beer cheese.
Where: Chelsea Barracks, Garrison Square, London SW1W 8BG
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: Brockley - 10 Coulgate Street, Brockley, SE4 2RW
When: Until 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
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.
Where: Islington - Compton Arms, 4 Compton Avenue, London N1 2XD
What: Four Legs are Jamie Allan (ex-Hill & Szrok) and Ed McIlroy (ex-Bao). Their menus at The Compton Arms change regularly, depending on what's in season - and what's good right now. And their burger is touted as being one of the very best in London.
17, 24 February - The Syndicate Kitchen is a family affair with Jon Cannon-Gierth (ex Story and L’enclume) and chef Michael Notman-Watt (ex 64 Degrees and The Dairy) teaming up with their wives (ex H2Vin and Hoppers) for a supperclub series, starting with an Anglo takeover. Tickets are £40 for eight dishes and snacks.
19 February - book now for Quo Vadis & Friends: The Fordwich Arms. Tickets are £70 including a welcome drink. Dinner by the restaurant team and Jeremy Lee will be a sharing feast held in their ‘Marx’ and ‘Leoni’ private dining rooms.
20 February - Mark’s Bar Bankside is hosting an evening with Wiltshire's Ramsbury Estates. The mini-dish menu will feature meat, game, honey and rapeseed oil, all produced on the estate and paired to four Ramsbury vodka and gin cocktails. Tickets are £45.
21-22 January - Street Feast presents Slice World, London’s biggest pizza party with ten of the UK’s biggest pizza superstars at Hawker House with £2 pizza slices, drinks, games, and more. Tickets start at £10.
24 February - J Sheekey's next 'In Conversation' evening features the legendary Judi Dench. For £150 you get a 3-course menu, a Plymouth Gin aperitif followed by a Q&A with Dame Judi. To book email email@example.com.
25 February - Siren at the Goring is having a cookbook dinner series hosted by Nathan Outlaw. Each dinner will showcase recipes from one of Outlaw’s five cookbooks. The first one sees him cooking from British Seafood. Tickets are £110 with a cocktail, five-course dinner, signed copy of the book and £5 donation to The Fisherman’s Mission.
26 February - Fiume in Battersea is having a wine dinner with Margaux Aubry of The Other Naughty Piglet – matching her pick of low intervention, organic Italian wines with each of Francesco Mazzei’s dishes. Tickets are £55.
1 March - London Shell Co. are hosting a one-off Pét Nat wine tasting cruise. The two-hour cruise is £25 for a welcome drink and dinner, with additional glasses of bubbles starting from £6.
26 March - The Unruly Pig (29 in the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub awards) will be joining The Gatehouse in Highgate for a special dinner. Guests dining will be treated to a menu with the very best from both restaurants alongside specially paired Estrella Damm beers. Tickets are £75.
27 February - The Eagle in Ladbroke Grove is hosting a ‘Vegan Fiesta’ accompanied by Maison SASSY. Tickets are £30 for six vegan tapas, paired with SASSY cider. There'll also be live music.
28 February - Volta do Mar is having their first winemakers dinner with legendary Portuguese winemaker Celso Pereira the man behind the country's finest sparkling wine. The six course matched wine dinner is £65.
18 March - Mark Hix’s Tales From The Kitchen Library series welcomes Richard Bertinet. Richard’s work on baking has brought many awards including BBC Food Champion of the Year. Enjoy a meal cooked by Mark and Richard in Mark’s Kitchen Library in Shoreditch. Tickets are £155.
29 March - Celebrate the clocks going forward with a daylight saving cruise on London Shell Co's The Prince Regent. The £30 ticket includes a welcome cocktail night of seasonal seafood and Loire Valley focused wines.
21-26 April - The Marylebone Food Festival is back, kicking off with a headline dinner hosted by Jay Rayner (and his band) with chefs from Jikoni, Lurra, Ooty, Caldesi in Marylebone, Orrery, La Fromagerie and A.O.K Kitchen.
25 April - The National Whisky Festival of Scotland is coming to London taking place at the Round Chapel. There'll be three sessions with unique whisky tastings, pop-up food, drink and craft stalls, and live music.
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