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.
22 May - Simon Shand, head chef of Shoreditch's Leroy is teaming up with Cave Cuvee in Bethnal Green for a one-night 'Pintxos' evening (walk-ins only).
24 May - Head to Ember Yard restaurant for the second heat of the 2022 Croquetas Challenge at 6pm. Tickets are £30 for two drinks and you get to try all eight of the restaurants' croqueta competing that night.
24 May - MasterChef Professionals 2021 Finalist and Gleneagles chef Liam Rogers is cooking with Soho's Hovarda for a menu that includes dishes like roasted squab pigeon, leg lollipop, caramelised onion puree, confit onion, offal toast, pigeon and thyme jus.
25 May - Sam's Riverside is holding a wine event at nearby urban Phoenix Farm. A Trip to Provence looks at wines from Provence with head chef Ashley on BBQ duty pairing the wine with a set menu. Tickets are £95. To book email firstname.lastname@example.org
26 May - The next Dinner with Friends at The Standard sees guest chefs Ivan Tisdall-Downes and Imogen Davis of Native take over the Isla Terrace with a three-course menu will use the very best of British heritage produce
30 May - 1 Jun - Well-Seasoned is a three day supperclub event as part of Brockwell Bounce. They've lined up three female chefs: Masterchef quarter-finalist Yui Miles, Dine with Dina (Dina Macki) and Safiya Robinson, founder of Sisterwoman Vegan. Each supper club is priced at £55 per person which includes a two-course menu and glass of wine. All proceeds go towards funding Brixton's People's Kitchen.
6 June - James Cochran is teaming up with Duvel for a special meal matched with beer at Islington's 12:51. The food includes brined buttermilk fried chicken, crispy onions, hop ice cream, and more. Tickets are £25.
17-19 June 2022 - Wingjam returns to the Vaults under Waterloo Station for a festival of chicken wings. The line up includes wings from across the country, including Chicken George, Wing Lab and the award-winning Dope Birdz. Tickets are £22 and all wings are only £1.
16 July - Outstanding in the Field are back with a Honey & Co chef and a single London date that you'll want to book asap.
Where: 300 Oxford St, London W1C 1DX
When: Until July 2022
This is Tinie Tempah's new fried chicken venture which is popping up on top of the main Oxford Street John Lewis. Expect buttermilk and jerk deep-fried chicken (as well as vegan alternatives) wings and more.
Where: London Bridge - 9a St Thomas St, London SE1 9RY
Brixton street food folk da ja are serving up amazing fried chicken and more at London's newest live music venue Amazing Grace at London Bridge. Other dishes on offer will be ‘Konnichiwage’ Dipping Chicken Burger and Sesame Halloumi Sticks along with a special brunch menu for the venue's bottomless weekend brunch sessions.
Where: Fitzrovia - Carousel, 23 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RL
When: Ongoing (length TBC)
As part of Carousel's relocation to Fitzrovia, they've creates a new pop-up space next to the main space. That will get a series of longer-term pop-ups and residencies and things kick off with Goila Butter Chicken from Mumbai-based celebrity chef Saransh Goila. Expect amazing butter chicken as well as sides that include sourdough naan and jeera rice.
Where: Kentish Town - 166 Malden Road, London, NW5 4BS.
The latest residency to take over this Kentish Town pub offer what they call "wafer-thin dry-aged patties with a lacy crust" in burgers that include a Luca (with apple chilli jam, halloumi and rocket) and The Jemz (with blueberry hot sauce, peanut butter herb mayo, halloumi and rocket). Lots of meat-free options are available too.
Where: Homerton - 235 Well St, Homerton London E9 6RG
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.
Where: Mayfair - 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB
When: Until June 2022
Teaming up with Moët Hennessy, Selfridges are opening Rosé Lumière - a space that's designed to be like a "traditional romantic French cinema house." Alongside all the rose are rosé-based cocktails (with cocktail masterclasses on offer) and they'll have pink popcorn to snack on.
Where: Peckham - 56 Peckham High Street SE15 5DP
Peckham's TOLA has brought in Zana Millen and her residency Passa Passa, which is all about Afro-Caribbean cuisine. Small plates on the menu include BBQ goat skewers, Caribbean curried chicken and Passa vegan spiced fried cauliflower with spiced agave.
Where: Islington - 4 Compton Ave, London N1 2XD
Replacing Four Legs, this comes from Reece Moore, previously head chef at Satsu at The Gun. There's a daily changing menu with a focus on British produce and recent dishes have included mutton skewers with pickled chill and pork jowl with courgettes, jersey royals, radish and dill. They also do a mean-looking creme caramel.
Where: Islington - 108 Essex Rd, London N1 8LX
Next up at Homeboy's original bar in Islington, it's the turn of Bovine Burger, with a menu of smashed burgers including the Black & Blue, with Clonakilty black pudding, Cashel Blue cheese and Ballymaloe relish. You'll also find honey fried chicken and Guinness ox cheese tacos.
Where: Prince Arthur, London Fields
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)
Where: Holborn - Gunmakers, 13 Eyre St Hill, London EC1R 5ET
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.
Where: Whitechapel - 15 Leman St, London E1 8EN
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.
Where: Soho - Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney St, London W1F 9NG
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.
Where: Dalston - 99 Dalston Lane, London E8 1NH
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: Marylebone - The Jackalope, 43 Weymouth Mews, London W1G 7EG
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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