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The best food and restaurant pop-ups and events in London right now

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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

josh dalloway at brunoJosh Dalloway at Bruno

Where: Victoria Park - 211a Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7JN

When: From 4 April 2024 for a month, Friday to Monday.

Chef Joshua Dalloway is the first to step into a kitchen residency at Bruno wine bar in Victoria Park Village. The roving chef (he's been at Silver Lining and has popped up at Sager + Wilde too) has a very enticing menu on offer, including dishes like Broad bean and Tunworth tartine and Cornish crab with grapefruit and dulse cookie.

 

Lee Westcott at Bottle + Rye

Where: Brixton - 404-406 Market Row, London SW9 8LD

When: From 5 April 2024 for six weeks

Ex Typing Room (and briefly Birch) chef Lee Westcott is back in London for the first in a series of residencies. At Robin Gill's Bottle + Rye he'll be putting together a French-inspired menu featuring dishes like aged sirloin steak tartare alongside his own pâté de Campagne.

 

Ixta Belfrage at The StandardIxta Belfrage at The Standard

Where: King's Cross - The Standard, 10 Argyle Street, London WC1H 8EG

When: 22 March - 22 May 2024

Having worked for five years with Yotam Ottolenghi in his Test Kitchen and also a runner-up for best debut cookbook at the Fortum & Mason Awards, Ixta will draw on inspiration from various places including Italy, Brazil and Mexico for her menu. One dish in particular to look out for, and a favourite from her book, is the king prawn lasagne with habanero oil.

 

Wilde's at The Rose and CrownWilde's at The Rose and Crown

Where: Kentish Town - 71-73 Torriano Ave, London NW5 2SG

When: Until end April 2024

Wilde's call themselves a Jew(ish) deli and they've taken over The Rose and Crown with a menu of sandwiches (including salt beef and Reuben), platters (turkey, salt beef and gravy), bagels, fried pickles and special latkes. 

 

oriole2Prelude by Oriole

Where: Covent Garden - 23 Slingsby Place, London WC2E 9AB

When: 13 March 2024 (for three months)

Oriole is back with a pop-up before the full bar and restaurant opens later in 2024. The pop-up is called Prelude by Oriole and it's living up to its name, showcasing some of the changes that are coming to the proper Oriole 2.0. Food will be a much bigger deal than before, with the menu taking a Pan-Latin American approach.

 

Jules St-Cyr at 107 Wine Bar and Shop

Where: 107 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0NP

When: Until 14 April

The latest chef at the wine bar formerly known as P Franco is Jules St-Cyr, previously at Ernst in Berlin. He'll be opening his own restaurant in Paris later this year, so this will be a chance to preview his cooking. 

 

Daccappo pizza at The Smuggler's TavernDaccappo pizza at The Smuggler's Tavern

Where:  Fitzrovia - 28 Warren St, London W1T 5ND

When: Ongoing

The latest pizza residency at this pub features Neapolitan pizzas with a Roman twist and you can order square pizzas by the slice her too. Look out for non-pizza specials like their fried cacio e pepe balls as well as their "slice and stuff" pizza style sandwiches. 

 

Fowl

Where: St James - Norris St, St. James's Market, SW1Y 4RJ

When: Ongoing

Opposite their restaurant, Fallow have launched a pop-up called Fowl. Described as a "chicken shop like no other" there's chicken in pretty much everything, from the butter to the salads, pies and more. They'll also be collaborating with top chefs for limited-edition dishes. 

 

Ruben's Reubens

Where: Brixton Village - 10 Market Row, Brixton, London SW9 8LD

When: Until April 2024

Joining forces with Robin Gill, Ruben Dawnay's pop-up brings back his fantastic rueben sandwiches and lots more for an extended residency. Expect lots of smoked meats and sausages, and there should be some guest chef appearances too. 

 

Jackson Boxer at The Corner Restaurant

Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB

When: Ongoing

Jackson Boxer (Brunswick House and Orasay) has taken over the corner restaurant, which has in the past seen residencies from Adesse and NYC chef Grant Clark. Under Boxer, the restaurant will be serving an "exclusive experimental, seasonal menu". 

 

The Good Front Room at The Langham

Where: Marylebone - The Langham London, 1C Portland Pl, London W1B 1JA

When: Until 30 April 2024

Dom Taylor, fresh from winning Five Star Kitchen: Britain’s Next Great Chef is popping up at The Langham as his prize with a Caribbean-inspired restaurant pop-up. Here, he brings a meld of influences from his Caribbean heritage (a Jamaican mother and Saint-Lucian father) and South London upbringing. 

 

Konbini Kids at The Gipsy Queen

Where: Kentish Town - 166 Malden Road, London, NW5 4BS.

When: Until early/mid 2024

The latest residency at The Gypsy Queen is the Konbini Kits, a Japanese "food and culture club" based on a  “Konbini” cornershop experience. Expect sandos, rice bowls, kaki-age vegetables, Tokyo fries and more.

 

William Fisher and Jin Park at The Hawke

Where: Hackney - 235 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7HD, United Kingdom

When: Ongoing

Formerly at the Compton Arms with Belly, chefs William Fisher and Jin Park are now in charge of the menu at The Hawke in Victoria Park. Expect a menu led by seasonal ingredients and recent dishes have included cod with fuet, nahm Jim and sorrel as well as crispy lamb with carrot, mint, cucumber and chickweed.

 

Tiella at The Compton ArmsTiella at The Compton Arms

Where: Islington - 4 Compton Ave, London N1 2XD

When: Ongoing

Taking over the kitchens at The Compton Arms will be Tiella, run by chef Dara Klein. She was last seen at Sager + Wilde as sous chef, with experience at Trullo and Brawn under her belt. The brand-new residency will be all about traditional, rustic Italian food.

 

Angelo Sato at ArtesianAngelo Sato at Artesian

Where: The Langham, 1C Portland Pl, London W1B 1JA

When: Ongoing

Humble Chicken's Angelo Sato is in charge of the menu at Artesian and it's one that Sato says "is inspired by my Japanese heritage, incorporating the likes of shiso, miso, katsu curry and nori."

 

Mondo Sando at The White HorseMondo Sando at the Grove House Tavern

Where: Camberwell - 26 Camberwell Grove, London SE5 8RE

When: Ongoing

Sandwich slingers Mondo Sando serves up a roster of sarnies that include the Mondo Frango (chargrilled peri-peri chicken thigh, pea salsa verde, peri mayo, potato matchsticks, shrettuce) alongside burgers and sides. 

 

Ling Ling's at The GunLing Ling's at The Gun

Where: Homerton - 235 Well St, Homerton London E9 6RG

When: Ongoing

This Homerton residency is run by Jenny Phung and features a menu of Modern Chinese and Vietnamese dishes. That includes dishes like crab katsu rice, Taiwanese chicken lettuce leaf, poached wontons and more. Look out for the odd pop-up collab events. 

 

Tigre Tacos  Tigre Tacos

Where: Holborn - Gunmakers, 13 Eyre St Hill, London EC1R 5ET

When: Ongoing

Up until now, Tigre Tacos have been popping up with their food truck at the alfresco Nine Lives Alley. This is their permanent residency at Gunmakers in Clerkenwell. There'll be baja fish and camarones tacos among the dishes on the Mexican menu.

 

Filthy Buns at the Three CompassesFilthy Buns at the Three Compasses

Where: Dalston - 99 Dalston Lane, London E8 1NH

When: Ongoing

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. 

 

LiuxiaomianLiu Xiaomian at the Jackalope

Where: Marylebone - The Jackalope, 43 Weymouth Mews, London W1G 7EG

When: Ongoing 

This was originally a street food stall, 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. 

 

 

Events 

10-11 April - For two nights only, Mauro Colagreco is bringing his three-Michelin-starred and World's 50 Best restaurant Mirazur to London. Taking over his restaurant at The OWO, there will be a 7-course menu consisting of dishes from Mirazur’s acclaimed Universe Menu. Tickets are £225.

10 April - Mitsehl Ibrahim’s Forno bakery is teaming up with old-school pizza joint Vincenzo's featuring the best of both places, including Margherita, lasagna pie, mussel pie and spicy vodka rigatoni. Tickets are £40.

11 April - Counter 71's Joe Laker is teaming up with Umai Caviar for a special fried chicken and caviar experience in their bar Lowcountry where you can pair a 20g tin of caviar with popcorn chicken, stuffed wing and a chicken burger. Tickets are £65.

18 April - For one night only, food writer and cook Melissa Thompson is popping up at Bleecker Bloomberg for a special menu which includes scallion and scotchie fries and more dishes to be revealed.

18 April - Dinner Ladies are hosting a Malaysian supper club inspired by Head Chef Nikika Marino Parlanti’s Malaysian heritage. Expect a spread served on banana leaves, and lots of punchy Southeast Asian flavours such as beef rendang, chilli crab, satay and kaya. Tickets are £55.

23 April - The Walmer Castle in Notting Hill is having a pop-up dinner with chef Andrew Pern of the Michelin-starred Star Inn at Harome. Dinner is £90 with dishes including Risotto of white ‘Bianchetto’ truffles with wild garlic.

23 April - It must be spring, because the annual Franco's rosé party is here. They'll have 50 different wines on offer this year and canapés alongside them too. Tickets are £60.

23 April - Jose Pizarro is teaming up with  Bodegas Rey Fernando de Castilla, a highly regarded small independent sherry house in Jerez, for a six-course menu at Pizarro, each paired with a different wine. The meal is £85.

24 April - Speedboat Bar is teamuing up with renowned, Michelin-starred Bangkok restaurant, Samrub Samrub Thai. They'll be serving up a 10-course menu in Soho that's inspired by the energy of Bangkok's Chinatown. Tickets cost £65 - sign up to their newsletter to get priority booking.

26 April - Cord by Le Cordon Bleu is teaming up with chef Cherish Finden for a four-hands chocolate-centric dinner in collaboration with Valrhona Chocolate, with each of the six courses featuring different chocolates. Tickets are £96.

11 May & 8 June - Bar Douro are once again teaming up with Talho do Mar (Sea Butchers), which is all about raising awareness about sustainable ways to eat from our oceans. There will be two seafood supperclubs, with Rodrigo Alves (Chiltern Firehouse) joining them for seven course feasts. Tickets are £80.

 

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