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

Hot 4 U  Hot 4 U

Where: Prince Arthur, London Fields and The Plough, Homerton

When: Ongoing (takeaway until 17 May, then dine-in)

Hot 4 U, Eddy Tejada (ex-St John and Silo) and Matthew Scott (ex-Head Chef of Cub), were one of the big successes of the first lockdown and now they have two residencies in East London. Expect a regularly changing menu with a strong focus on zero-waste - and some amazing buns too. (Photo by Caitlin Isola)

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Rogues London  Newcomer Wines X SSAW Collective

Where: 5 Dalston Ln, Dalston, London E8 3DF

When: Ongoing (open for terrace dining now)

SSAW Collective (Spring Summer Autumn Winter) is a community of growers and makers focused on ethical and seasonal produce, while Newcomer itself focuses on an all organic, biodynamic and natural wine list. 

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Rogues London  Rogues London

Where: Hackney Coffee Co, 503 Hackney Rd, London E2 9ED

When: Ongoing (open for terrace dining now)

Rogues is made up of the pair Freddie Sheen and Zac Whittle, who first worked together at Galvin La Chapelle. The current Rogues menu has a focus on fire and BBQ with dishes including Highland Wagyu Skirt with XO Vinaigrette and BBQ Onions. 

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Tigre Tacos  Tigre Tacos

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

When: Ongoing (from 17 May 2021)

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

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All's Well with Chantelle NicholsonAll's Well with Chantelle Nicholson

Where: 171 Mare Street, London E8 3RH

When: Returns 19 May 2021

Chef-owner of Tredwells, Chantelle Nicholson is behind this Hackney pop-up. Hyper seasonal, sustainable plates will be at the heart of the menu which will celebrate produce from across the UK. Organic and biodynamic fruit and vegetables will be delivered bi-weekly from Kent and Sussex while pasture-fed, organic meat will be from Wiltshire and there are plans to work with more innovative producers. 

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Satsu at The GunSatsu at The Gun

Where: 235 Well St, Hackney, London E9 6RG

When: Ongoing (open for terrace dining now)

Called Satsu (that means ‘murder’ or ‘kill’ in Japanese - a play on The Gun's name), this is from Reece Moore (Four Legs, Dabbous, Texture and Bao), Jenny Phung (pop up Ling Ling’s) and James Shepherd (ran Haggerston cocktail bar, Shep’s). The menu is pitched as "Western dishes are subtly punctuated with an eastern influence".

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Tom CenciStoney Street by Night x Tom Cenci

Where: Stoney Street, 2-3 Stoney Street, London SE1 9AA

When: Runs Wednesday to Saturday nights (open for terrace dining now)

Tom Cenci (Loyal Tavern) is back behind the stoves again. This time he's running a residency at Stoney Street in Borough Market with beef at the heart of the menu. The restaurant had recently transformed itself into a wine bar in the evenings, and owner Alex Hely-Hutchinson decided to use the evening slots as a way to bring in and help out chefs affected by the pandemic.

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Alter at Leman LockeAlter at Leman Locke

Where: 15 Leman St, Whitechapel, London E1 8EN

When: Returns 19 May 2021

They already had a successful stint at Counter Culture in Clapham, but now Alter from Andy Hogben (previously Dabbous, Som Saa and Kym's) has a  residency in Aldgate's Leman Locke aparthotel. The vegan residency has set up there in the Shaman restaurant.

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Where: Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney St, Soho, London W1F 9NG

When: Reopens May 2021

This comes from Rishim Sachdeva, previously at Chiltern Firehouse, Almeida and The Dairy and who is now going it alone with Tendril, serving up a plant-based menu, based on British cuisine with a vegetarian/vegan twist.

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Flat Earth Pizza at The PloughFlat Earth Pizza

Where: Railway Tavern, 2 St Jude St, Mildmay Ward, London N16 8JT

When: Ongoing (terrace dining now open)

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. 

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Filthy Buns at the Three CompassesFilthy Buns at the Three Compasses

Where: 99 Dalston Lane, London E8 1NH

When: Ongoing (terrace dining now open)

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. 

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LiuxiaomianLiu Xiaomian at the Jackalope

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

When: Ongoing (terrace dining now open)

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. 

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Four Legs at the Compton ArmsFour Legs at the Compton Arms

Where: Islington - Compton Arms, 4 Compton Avenue, London N1 2XD

When: Ongoing (terrace dining now open)

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. 

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Cocktails in the City (17-19 June, 23-24 July, 20-21 August 2021) -. This year the event is coming back for three weekends, popping up in Bedford Square Gardens. It'll feature 50 bars, which include some of the very best in London (as well as a few previews)

Taste of London (7-18 July 2021) - The festival returns, this time over a two week period. Expect 30 restaurants to take part with more details revealed in the run-up to the event. 


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