Best Pop-Up Restaurants
*Pop-Up Bars follow below..
Seafood Suppers On A Boat
If ever a title gave away absolutely everything that there is to know about a pop up supper club – except for four key points – then it’s the one above.
Those points are as follows:
1) London Shell Co.’s wide beam Norfolk cruiser sounds bigger than it is, accommodating – as it does – just 12 brave souls.
2) It’ll be parked up somewhere on Regent’s Canal for multiple nights between now and the end of the year: to know when and where (and to buy tickets) visit their website HERE.
3) They describe their evenings as “an opportunity to meet new people, eat with your hands and sample new things”.
4) The Peagreen may be small, but it’s also the only boat on Regent’s Canal that has a retractable roof.
Stick that in your pipe, Abramovich.
Details: 2nd September – December | The Peagreen Boat, Somewhere On Regent’s Canal | £50 for 4 courses with paired wines.
An Unexpected Pairing
Sunaina Sethi, co-owner and wine buyer for Trishna and Gymkhana, and Fleur McCree, founder of Little Beauty Wines, have teamed up to deliver a four course, wine paired tasting menu at the Michelin starred Trishna, showcasing a selection of independent wines from the Waihopai Valley in New Zealand, and putting aside the myth that Indian food and wine don’t marry.
Details: 2nd September | Trishna, Marylebone, W1U 3DG | £95
NOTE: An Unexpected Pairing includes four wine paired courses at Trishna. To book, please email email@example.com or call 020 7935 5624.
Hong Kong’s infamous Little Bao are popping up for one week at Soho Kitchen and Bar, from 7th – 13th September. They’ll be serving their signature steamed buns as well as lamb tartare, short-rib pan fried dumplings and truffle fries.
Importantly, they’ll also be serving ice cream bao, meaning that you can:
1) Eat ice cream bao. And,
2) Pair it with Soho Kitchen and Diner’s hand-picked spirits, beers and sake list specifically created to marry with Little Bao’s menu.
Details: 7th – 13th September | Soho Kitchen & Bar, W1D 5JJ
We’ll make this quick.
Terms & Conditions: Conflict Café returns, this time round at House of VANS in Waterloo, where the event space will host a collection of pop up supper clubs every week from Syria, Nepal, Colombia, Turkey and Armenia.
Details: 9th September – 3rd October | House of Vans, Waterloo, SE1 8SW |
NOTE: Conflict Café is part of London’s annual Talking Peace Festival, a month-long series of events in the fields of art, food, photography, comedy, music and technology designed to spark conversations about peace through creativity.
ALSO NOTE: There is a small list of really worthwile supper clubs across London this month. Thankfully we’ve taken that list and shortened it once again to only the best of the best of the best. They include Goodbye Summer Hello Autumn; A Little Lusciousness; Cuisson’s Pop Down; Louisiana Crawfish Boil; the UNA – One Table Experience; Disappearing Dining Club’s Town House; and Back To Front At Pidgin.
Kettner’s Burlesque Afternoon Tea
With burlesque, cabaret and circus performances depicting the weird and wonderful history of London’s beloved pleasure district in one of Kettner’s private rooms with cake, finger sandwiches, scones, sweet treats, and – of course – tea.
Details: 13th September | Kettner’s Soho, W1D 5HP | £39.50
The Bayou Banquet
In a celebration of New Orleans, soul (the intangible stuff), supper clubs, live music, cocktails, beer, food, endless dancing, and everything –
May we present The Bayou Banquet: a two week residency in Waterloo’s underground vaults which involves Slap Ya Papa recreating a red-lit, New Orleans inspired festival of supper clubs, live live blues, jazz, funk and soul music, cocktails, interactive art exhibitions and auctions, Sunday brunches, and cabaret.
Details: 16th – 27th September | The Vaults, Waterloo, SE1 7AD | £20 – £40
London In The Sky
This regards a 22 person, 14 day pop-up restaurant suspended 25 meters above the ground at South Bank where eleven of London’s best chefs (including Martin Morales, Scott Hallsworth and Sophie Michell), sommeliers and waitstaff prepare breakfast, lunch, dinner and champagne flights overlooking Tower Bridge and the Thames to see out London’s last legs of summer.
Details: 17th – 30th September | South Bank | Breakfast: £50, Lunch: £125, Wine only: £75, Dinner: £200
RANDE’s Derelict Flat Dinner
A supper club in a derelict Fulham flat with murals depicting Aztecs and giant Octopi by street artists Amara Por Dios and Flesh 031, four courses of Mexican food, and what can be best described as ‘vehement socialising’.
Details: 19th September | A Secret Location in Fulham, SW6 | £35.75
Five courses of New Orleans.
A four month pop-up restaurant and bar in a secret Vauxhall steelyard with a Louisiana-inspired menu specialising in Jalapeños and crawfish, bourbon cocktails and a soundtrack of jazz, funk and soul.
Details: Weekends from June – 20th September | A Secret Vauxhall Location | £35
The Owls Are Not What They Seem
Lemonade and Laughing Gas (design-led, immersive, hyper-theatrical experience purveyors), Blanch & Shock (experimental food and drink designers) and you (attractive mirrors), have combined forces to create an immersive, three course supper club recreation of David Lynch’s surreal view of small-town America, as seen through through cult TV series, Twin Peaks.
It involves three courses, damn fine coffee and cherry pie, and a late night drinking den of theatre, ‘secret missions’ and bespoke cocktails.
Details: 27th August – 17th October | A Secret (central London) Location | £66.50 includes a welcome cocktail, 3 courses and themed bar entry, themed bar entry only is £5.
Vintage Salt | Selfridges Rooftop
Taking over from the Selfridges rooftop winter pop up, Le Chalet, Vintage Salt is comprised of a restaurant, a bar and an al fresco terrace – all of which is inspired by the seaside, based on a Cornish fishing village, and serves breakfast through to dinner with a menu specialising in seafood and salads as well as reds, whites, rosés, champagnes and a range of gin cocktails.
Details: 1st May – September | Selfridges Rooftop, 400 Oxford St, W1H 6HB
Grain Store Unleashed
There’s a time in life for self reflection.
There’s also a time for parsnip grilled calçot onions with sweet peppers and smoked cod roe.
That time is now, thanks to Bruno Loubet’s Grain Store Unleashed pop up, where the food is inventive, slightly experimental, and where as always, the humble vegetable is KING.
Details: 13th April – TBC | The Zetter Hotel, St John’s Square, Clerkenwell, EC1M 5RJ | £25.50 – £39
The Moveable Feast
Calling all vegetarians.
And people who just like food.
The Moveable Feast – a new pop up restaurant hosting a regularly rotating selection of four start up vegetarian and vegan food purveyors as well as an independent London coffee roaster – now officially exists.
Details: 9th March – September | The Moveable Feast, 21-27 St Thomas St, SE1 9RY
NOTE: If you’re vegetarian, vegan, or just like food, check out The Nudge’s list of the best vegetarian restaurants in London.
Apparently Forza Win are roasting whole octopus and peaches over a wood-fired spit before serving it up to everyone at the same time on two gigantic communal tables suspended from the ceiling of their Peckham warehouse on a winch, whilst simultaneously providing good music, natural wines and strong cocktails.
Apparently tickets are currently available, HERE.
Details: 12th June – 26th September | Forza Win, Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Road, Peckham, SE15 3SN | £35
Bone Daddies Shackfuyu
A Japanese pop up (that, um, is going to be around for a year…so kind of isn’t a pop up…but whatever) from the crack team behind Bone Daddies Ramen and Flesh & Buns, utilising the previous restaurant’s pizza oven to plate up a selection of regularly-changing, single ingredient led small plates and sides to a rock ’n’ roll soundtrack.
It’s called Shackfuyu.
Not sure why.
Details: March 2015 – February 2016 | 14a Old Compton St, Soho, W1D 4TJ
Som Saa, a traditional Thai food restaurant, have opened their doors ประตู at Climpsons Arch in East London. The kitchen will dish out lesser-known cuisine from the Northern and North-Eastern provinces of Thailand alongside punchy gin and chartreuse spiced cocktails.
Details: Throughout September | Climpson’s Arch, London Fields, E8 3SB
Best Pop-Up Bars
The basic premise of Hammershalagan is ridiculous amazing.
1) Head to The Dot in Stoke Newington.
2) Eat frankfurters and drink German beer.
3) Grab a hammer and compete against the bartender to smash nails into tree trunks. He or she who does so in the fewest thwacks wins.
Winners get discounted bar tabs.
If you lose, screw it.
Details: 1st September – 31st October (Tues – Sun) | The DOT Cafe & Bar, Stoke Newington, N16 8AD | Free entry, nails cost 50p
Chambord’s Chapter Eight Games
Lewis Carol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland turns 150 this year.
To celebrate, Chambord have erected a pop up bar complete with cocktails, French-American burgers from Le Bun and of course, rooftop flamingo croquet at an alfresco bar overlooking London Fields.
Details: 10th – 13th September | Proof, Field Works, London Fields, E8 3QW | £5 includes one cocktail.
NOTE: Proof also hosts one-off events and weekly film screenings from Cineaste. Playground runs every Saturday from 10am to 6pm, while Proof opens its doors every Thursday – Sunday. For more information see HERE.
Ladies & Gentlemen, a retro-inspired Kentish Town cocktail bar located – as it happens – in an abandoned underground toilet block at the bottom of Highgate Road, are now running gin making classes every Tuesday from September until December, where you’re invited to distill your very own bespoke gin whilst simultaneously sipping on theirs.
Details: Tuesdays from September – December | Ladies & Gentlemen, Kentish Town, NW5 1NR | £30
An immersive cocktail bar located in the Victorian basement of what was once a Borough Market banana store and ancient monk monastery, Alcoholic Architecture contains (along with a ‘regular’ bar) a large, walk-in cloud of humidified, breathable booze, where alcohol is capable of passively entering your bloodstream through the mucus membranes of both your lungs and, uh, your eyeballs.
Details: July 31st – November | Borough Market, SE1 9DE | £12.50
Dear West London,
About your pop up rooftop bar: it’s arrived.
And it’s on top of the former BBC Car Park at Television Centre, where, over 24,000 square feet, they’ve recruited a line up of rotating street food traders and cocktail makers for the remainder of summer.
There’s also a 360° panoramic view over the West.
And they do brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Apparently the coffee’s Nicaraguan.
Details: 31st July – October, Friday – Sunday | Multi Storey Car Park, Television Centre, W12 7RJ
The Boulangerie François Terrasse
From 4th June – 6th September, Grey Goose are hosting a pop up summer terrace on the fifth floor of Harvey Nichols, complete with a martini cocktail and food pairing menu; regular martini making masterclasses; and a distinct feeling one is being metaphorically transported to the French Riviera.
Details: 4th June – 6th September | Harvey Nichols, Fifth Floor Terrace, SW1X 7RJ
Campfire Cocktails In The City
Midnight Apothecary: a summery campfire cocktail bar on the rooftop of London’s Brunel Museum (overlooking the Thames) where, when possible, ingredients are picked from the very same garden you can sit in whilst toasting marshmallows over an intimate fire and listening to live music.
Complimentary extras: sunsets, giant flares, hurricane lamps and museum entry.
Details: Saturdays, May – September | Brunel Museum, SE16 4LF | £5
Nantucket Beach Club
Skylounge, the rooftop bar atop the DoubleTree Hilton in Tower Hill is spending summer as an island retreat. It has its own makeshift lighthouse; a swing bench; a miniature bowling alley and shuffleboard table; a seafood-heavy menu of lobster, crab and clam; beer, wine, cocktails; and – vitally – the setting summer sun.
Details: Tuesdays – Saturdays, 3pm – 10pm | Skylounge, 7 Pepys St, EC3N 4AF
With thanks to The Nudge