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: 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: Holborn - 199-206 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
When: Until the end of February 2022
The latest residency at the basement pop-up space at the Hoxton Holborn is all about deep-pan Detroit-style square pizzas by Four Corners and pizza chef Anthony Falco. Expect pizzas like the "Vodka Meatball" - that's cheddar, mozzarella, vodka sauce, meatballs, basil oil, parmigiano and pecorino.
Where: Leyton - Patchworks, 258 Church Road, Leyton, London E10 7JQ
When: 25 November 2021 to 30 January 2022
Think Studio 54 and 70s Manhattan vibes at this Leyton winter popup. An immersive experience, the ticket includes fondue made with champagne and a cocktail menu featuring winter negronis and hot buttered rums. There'll be live performances with tickets starting at £34.
Where: Mayfair - 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB
When: Until the end of January 2022
If you're looking for a supremely Instagrammable pitstop when Christmas shopping then the Veuve Clicquot tram at Selfridges is the place for you. The 10-seater bar will serve a menu of Champagne and you can buy bottles of Veuve as presents personalised with mixtape labels.
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: Kentish Town - 166 Malden Road, London, NW5 4BS.
Turkish Street food purveyors Nomad Bros are taking over the food at this Kentish Town pub for six months. The food includes Turkish fries (with various sauces), falafel, kebabs, shawarma, meze plates, borek and finishes up with their own baklava.
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: Clapton - 107 Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 0NP
While his own restaurant Two Lights was a victim of lockdowns, Chase Lovecky is now in place as the latest chef manning the hobs at P Franco. A veteran of Momofoku Ko, Clove Club and more, look out for brand new dishes from him with the occasional touch of new-wave Americana.
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: Railway Tavern, 2 St Jude St, Mildmay Ward, London N16 8JT
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.
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.
15 January and 13 February - Japanese restaurant Sachi – located on the lower ground floor of Pantechnicon – is hosting a five-course vegan Japanese lunch by chef, author and MasterChef winner Tim Anderson. It's £60, or £95 with a curated wine and sake pairing.
20 January - Kricket White City is holding a one off vegetarian supper club showcasing some of the best veggies dishes from the Indian subcontinent. Expect dishes like Jerusalem artichoke & beetroot chaat, salsify & leek pakora and whipped paneer. Tickets are £45 per person and include a welcome drink.
23 January - London Bridge bar, Nine Lives is playing host to American sports bar and taqueria, Bad Sports, to kick off the 2022 NFL playoff season. There'll be El Tequileño cocktails as well as music by DJs and food from Tigre Tacos.
And if you're heading out of town...
23 January - Kicking off the Country Creatures guest chef series, Richard Corrigan is serving up a five course menu at The Double Red Duke in the Cotswolds. Tickets are £60 per person.
26 January - Gillies and Friends is a new series of events at Bank House, the Chislehurst wine bar and restaurant in Chislehurst. Owner Chef Stuart Gillies is joined in the kitchen by Michelin-starred chef Alyn Williams for a dinner of French and British influences including suckling pig with faggot, Tokyo turnip and burnt apple puree. Dinner is £55 per person.
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