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
Espresso Martini Society (coming soon)
Where: 48 Poland Street, Soho, London W1F 7ND
When: Fridays and Saturdays from 19 July - 10 August 2019
What: Guaranteed to keep you awake through summer, the Espresso Martini Society is back. As well as getting your hands on all the espresso martinis you could ever want, there's a summer theme to the latest pop-up.
The Clean Vic (coming soon)
Where: The Old Crown Public House, 33 New Oxford Street, Holborn, London WC1A 1BH
When: 24-25 July 2019
What: Sainsbury's is getting into the pop-up business - but they're doing it with a difference. For two days, they're taking over The Old Crown Public House in Holborn and turning it into a low/no alcohol pub.
Nando's Yard (coming soon)
Where: The Yard, 891 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BF
When: 1-18 August 2019
What: This Nando's pop -up in Shoreditch will offer Londoners something they can't get elsewhere in town - the Nando's brunch. Plus there will be exclusive wraps, special events and more.
Where: La Despensa, Second Home, 68 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL
When: Every Thursday in July 2019
What: If you missed Lucky and Joy on any of their recent residencies, then July is a time to make up for that. Led by Pete Kelly and chef Ellen Parr, they'll be back serving up regional Chinese food at La Despensa in Second Home Spitalfields. Their favourites will be on the menu as well as new dishes inspired by recent trips to China.
Where: Mortimer House, Fitzrovia
When: 5-27 July 2019
What: The latest residency at Mortimer House's upstairs guest series is Oli Brown of Pop Brixton's Duck Duck Goose. It's a mix of Chinese and European traditions, with produce sourced from some of the best in London.
Where: 36e Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE
When: Until 31 August 2019
What: This shack is just inside the restaurant's entrance where, for the duration of the summer months it'll be keeping things simple serving up just two things - Colchester rock oysters and English sparkling wine.
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: Angel Central, First Floor, 23 Parkfield Street, London, N1 0PS
When: 14 May - 3 August 2019. Tuesdays to Saturday nights.
What: If you prefer dessert over any other course - then a pop-up coming to Islington will be right up your street. The Whisk Dessert Bar features a three-course dessert tasting menu, swapping out all the savoury dishes for sweet.
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 - 4 August 2019 (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: 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.
Where: Dalston - The Tuk Tuk bar, 12-14 Kingsland Road, London E2 8DA
When: 10 May - 27 July 2019
What: Canadian Rick Matharu is back with his Secret Samosa Club featuring the cheeseburger samosa and - for this pop-up - he's converted the British institution bangers 'n mash into a samosa. All that and naanwiches too.
Every week we round up some of the best food and drink events in London...
13 July - barbeque and live-fire cooking expert Genevieve Taylor will be out in the Courtyard of The Stafford London cooking alongside the hotel’s Culinary Director, Ben Tish.
13-14 July - Hyper Japan at the Olympia allows Londoners to try all the latest Japanese food and drink trends. There'll also be street food from PEKO PEKO, sake tasting and more. Tickets start at £17.
13-14 July - Big Screen On The Green returns to Fulham Palace Private Gardens and Morden Hall Park with summery cocktails, a Champagne lounge, gourmet food whilst watching the Wimbledon Finals, highlights of the Cricket World Cup Final and F1 British Grand Prix.
14 July - Michelin-starred chef Pascal Aussignac from Club Gascon is joining the folk at Sardine for a Bastille Day Sunday lunch to celebrate Bastille Day. The four course sharing feast will span the South and Southwest of France in equal measure. It should be about £35 per person.
16 July - The Zetter Townhouse is holding a Wild & Foraged supper club celebrating the best ingredients that the season has to offer. It's five courses, for £45 a head.
16-18 & 23-25 July - LINO chef, Richard Falk is putting on a five-course supperclub series at Whyte & Brown in Kingly Court featuring dishes created from surplus and unwanted ingredients. A donation from each ticket sold will go to support male suicide prevention charity, CALM. Tickets are £37 for five courses.
18-20 July - To celebrate the launch of his 5th cookbook, Saffron in the Souks, John Gregory-Smith will be cooking a Lebanese feast at Great Guns Social in Southwark. Tickets cost £40 for a set meze menu and welcome cocktail and you can add an extra course for £10 to include shish barak (Lebanese tortellini).
21 July - Over in Bermondsey, writer Sudi Piggott is putting on a workshop on food writing. The £125 fee includes "a bloody good lunch, wine and a reading list of food books you cannot live without" along with practical writing exercises. The workshop is limited to 8 people. Email email@example.com to book.
28 July - (but tickets going on sale today at 11am) - Breddos' latest Tac-over sees chef Nud Dudhia joined by chefs from som saa, Ottolenghi, Bright, Sambal Shiok, Rita’s and Manteca. The 7 course menu will be £40 with just 35 places available.
29 July - Jamavar Women’s Club is back and the first dinner sees journalist Kirsty Walk as guest speaker. The £55 ticket includes welcome champagne and canapes followed by a three course dinner.
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