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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

Passa Passa at TOLAPassa Passa at TOLA

Where: Peckham -  56 Peckham High Street SE15 5DP

When: Ongoing

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. 

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Four CornersFour Corners at Rondo La Cave

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.

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studio paradisoStudio Paradiso by The Jellied Eel

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.

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veuve clicquot tram at selfridgesLe Tram @ Selfridges

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.

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Belly at The Compton Arms  Belly at The Compton Arms

Where: Islington -  4 Compton Ave, London N1 2XD

When: Ongoing

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. 

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Nomad Bros at The Gypsy Queen  Nomad Bros at The Gipsy Queen

Where: Kentish Town - 166 Malden Road, London, NW5 4BS.

When: Ongoing

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.

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Bovine Burger at Homeboy  Bovine Burger at Homeboy

Where: Islington - 108 Essex Rd, London N1 8LX

When: Ongoing

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.  

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Chase Lovecky at P Franco  Chase Lovecky at P Franco

Where: Clapton - 107 Lower Clapton Rd, London E5 0NP

When: Ongoing

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. 

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Hot 4 U  Hot 4 U

Where: Prince Arthur, London Fields

When: Ongoing

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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Tigre Tacos  Tigre Tacos

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

When: Ongoing

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.

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Alter at Leman LockeAlter at Leman Locke

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

When: Ongoing

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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TendrilTendril

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

When: Ongoing

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 

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: Dalston - 99 Dalston Lane, London E8 1NH

When: Ongoing

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 

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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Events 

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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