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.
Where: Mayfair - 10 Heddon St, London W1B 4BX
When: 13 November 2019 for four months.
What: Presland is getting ready to open his first London restaurant Pacific next year (with a location still to be found). He's been a big name in Australia and is known for being a top-class sushi chef. The London pop-up will be a contemporary Japanese affair, so quite a change from the previous residency.
Where: 107 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0NP
When: 21 November 2019 until TBC
What: It's time for another change at P Franco, the tiny Clapton wine bar that manages to keep well ahead of London trends with only a few induction hobs to its name. This time it's the turn of Seb Myers - who has worked in London at Viajante, Chiltern Firehouse and was one of the original people behind Snackbar. He says: "Style-wise I guess I’m taking inspiration from cave a manger places in a Paris and leaning into the colder weather with a little comfort food too"
Where: Fitzrovia - 28 Warren St, London W1T 5ND
When: Now (end date TBC)
What: Le Bun will have their usual menu of burgers with a little bit of French influence - but there are also two newcomers to the menu which do sound pretty great. First, there's Le Reuben, pictured above. That's house salt beef brisket, swiss cheese, bone marrow Russian dressing, sauerkraut, pickles all in their signature potato brioche. And in a "why hasn't anyone done this before" move, they're also adding a Cheeseburger scotch egg.
Where: 36-40 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DW
When: Weekdays 1-30 November 2019
What: For just one month, Hovarda in Soho is bringing Istanbul's best burger to London as Akali Burger take over the lunch menu. In Istanbul, the restaurant started as a fusion diner and a boutique bakery but slowly became known for serving some of the city's finest burgers.
Where: Shrub & Shutter, 336 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8QH
When: 9 October 2019 (for six months)
What: Chef Michael Thompson (formerly of Grosvenor House, Pollen Street Social, Claridge’s Fera and Lyan Cub) is bringing in sustainability-focused Fodder to Shrub and Shutter. "It’ll be a sharing plate vibe, with bits, sticks and plates."
Where: 26 Curtain Rd, Hackney, London EC2A 3JX
When: 10 October 2019 (for six months)
What: This is run by Damian Clisby ex Restaurant Director of Petersham Nurseries, and Nick Gibson, landlord of the Drapers Arms. They're setting out their stall as "simple, seasonal cooking with exceptional wines to match".
Where: 99 Dalston Lane, London E8 1NH
When: From 26 September 2019 (until Sept 2020)
What: 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: Chelsea Barracks, Garrison Square, London SW1W 8BG
When: 4 October 2019, until Christmas
What: It caused something of a stir when it opened originally in Brick Lane, but the prison-themed Alcotraz must be doing something right - as they're running this Covent Garden pop-up.
Where: Chelsea Barracks, Garrison Square, London SW1W 8BG
When: 9 September 2019 - TBC
What: Ollie Dabbous is back at Chelsea Barracks (a fancy new housing development) with another pop-up. This time it's a cafe called Hideaway. This time the pop-up is "inspired by the outdoor world" so expect a rustic look to the cafe and plenty of foliage.
Where: 97 Buckingham Palace Rd, Victoria, London SW1W 0RP
When: From 5 September 2019 into 2020.
What: Fans of Cutter and Squidge - best known for their biskies (a cake/cookie sandwich concoction) - can rejoice as they've got a new location - this time as a pop-up in Victoria. The new shop will have a special biskie for the occasion - The Royal Biskie.
Where: 133 High Street, Stratford, E15 2RB.
When: From 12 August 2019 until early 2020
What: Flank is all about nose-to-tail eating and cooking over fire and Flank OG, which will be in Stratford, expands their offering to more of a small plates game. From a quick look at what's on their launch menu, it definitely sounds worth checking out.
Where: The Hive, 286-290 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9DA
When: Every Thursday - Saturday from 5pm, until end 2019
What: At Flat Earth, a residency at The Hive natural wine bar in East London - it's all about using local, fermented and foraged ingredients. Even the bases are special - they're made with heritage grains created using E5 Bakehouse and Gilchester’s organic flour.
Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
When: 11 July 2019 – 5 January 2020
What: Accompanying the Tate exhibition, this is a takeover of the Tate Terrace bar. They're transforming the look of the bar, so you'll be surrounded by artworks and lamps designed by Eliasson and you'll eat family-style at tables similar to those at the studio - the idea is to get is as close to that experience as possible.
Where: Arch 10 Munster Rd, Fulham, London SW6 4RY,
When: From 22 November until Christmas
What: This pop-up turns Pilango Cider 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: Brockley - 10 Coulgate Street, Brockley, SE4 2RW
When: 9 May - February 2020 (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: Homerton - The Gun, 235 Well Street, London E9 6RG
What: Anju - which already has a residency at Blend in Green Lanes - sounds like the perfect match, given that its name means 'food eaten with alcohol'. As you might have guessed, that means Korean Fried Chicken, Bibimbap and Korean BBQ dishes, among others.
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.
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Busaba are celebrating their 20th birthday this week. Between 9pm and 10.30 pm on Wednesday 13 November the whole menu at their original branch on Wardour Street will be at 1999 prices. There'll be classics and new specials, such as Black Pepper Beef, Pad Thai, their famous Calamari, and Jungle Curries. Vegans will also be very well catered for. It's first come, first served - so just turn up on the night and keep up with their news on Instagram @busabaeathai
5-15 November: Maria Elia's Smashing Plates residency, which draws on her Anglo Greek heritage - returns to the Great Guns Social in Borough. Book by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
11-17 November - VQ Chelsea celebrates its birthday with a menu of VQ classics at 1995 prices.
12-22 November - while Parliament is closed, you can dine like a lord in the Peers' Dining Room.
14 November - The UK Iberico Ham Carving Awards at the Hop Exchange in London Bridge sees five finalists duking it out for the title. Tickets are £35 and include tastings of Ibérico ham, tapas and drinks.
12 - 24 November - it's time for the Taste of London Festive edition, and here's a preview of the dishes.
19 - November - 11 December - If you want to know what your MP's lunch is like, you can book a table at the Members' Dining Room while the recess is on.
23 November - Beyond Food Supper Club's next guest chef will be Chris King, Executive Chef at The Langham, London. The Roux protégé will bring his contemporary take on classic French cooking to the bustling social enterprise restaurant at Brigade with a four-course meal for £45.
23 November - The World AeroPress Championship is coming to London with 65 of the world’s best coffee brewers travelling to Bethnal Green. At the end of each round, competitors will make their way to the Competitor Brew Bar where they’ll brew their recipes for the audience. Tickets are £17.
25 November - This year’s Hospitality Action Christmas dinner sees chefs James Cochran (Restaurant 12:51), Frédéric Don (sketch), Phil Howard (Elystan Street) and Ben Tish (Norma) cooking up a 4-course dinner at Park Plaza London Riverbank. Tickets are £130 per person or £1,200 for a table of ten and include a champagne and canapé reception followed by dinner including wine, coffee and petit fours.
14 December - learn how to make the ultimate Yule log from the team at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester who are holding a one-off masterclass with Executive Chef Jean-Philippe Blondet and Pastry Chef Thibault Hauchard. The morning class is £250. Email them to book.
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