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.
Enjoy a dinner cooked by three top Turkish chefs at Barboun in Shoreditch next week.
The charity feast on Tuesday 21 September, aims to raise both funds and awareness for the Turkey mozaik foundation (a group of optimists, passionate about giving back to Turkey to create positive social change).
Guests will enjoy food by Esra Muslu, whose Istanbul-influenced restaurant Zahter opens in Carnaby this autumn, alongside chef Kemal Demirasal who has just opened Foxy Potato at Market Halls Victoria and has another restaurant, Yek, opening in Marylebone next year. The final member of the trio is Barboun's owner and chef Hus Vedat.
17-18 September: Camden Inspire is a two day festival by the canal, closing roads to host live music stages and food traders including Lost Boys Pizza and Ma Petite Jamaica. More info here.
18 September: Fulham's Norman Park is the venue for the Feel Good Vegan Fest with 50 stalls, live music and food demos. Entrance is free.
20-26 September: The Buxton on Brick Lane is holding a Harvest Festival collection. If you bring in canned or dried foods, they'll give you a free half pint of beer in return. All donations will go their local East London food bank.
23 September: Young's are celebrating their 190th birthday with a party at The King's Arms in Wandsworth. There's beer from Two Tribes, food from burger shack and live entertainment.
25 September - The Milestone Hotel in Mayfair is holding a Casino Royale night in honour of the new Bond film release. There'll be a Champagne reception and roulette followed by a five course Bond theeed dinner. Tickets are £340.
26 September: Berenjak is hosting a one-off Meyhane feast. Priced at £80 per person, it includes all food and paired wines.
26 September: As part of a Guest Chef Series Wild by Tart are teaming up with Acme Fire Cult's Andrew Clarke and Daniel Watkins for a charity dinner with a focus on plant-based cooking. Tickets are from £60 per person with a welcome drink.
3 October, 7 November and 4 December: Mr Ji in Soho is holding monthly Asian-inspired Sunday roasts. Tickets are £67.50 for 2 people, including a welcome drink each.
13 October - The latest Quo Vadis & Friends dinner features The Sportsman's chef Stephen Harris. Tickets for the dinner are £65 and also include a welcome drink.
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: Cinder, 66 Belsize Lane, NW3 5BJ
When: 30 August, 13 September and 27 September
Cuca is chef Luis Gonzalez-Castro's culinary love letter to his grandmother. His supperclub recreates the recipes she took with her when the family fled Cuba 60 years ago. You'll find ropa vieja, a rich beef stew, on the menu along with a moros y cristianos rice dish and dessert is a must-try tres leches cake. It's popping up at Cinder in Belsize Village for three dates over the coming weeks.
Where: Soho - 26 - 27 Lisle Street, London, WC2H 7BA
When: Until 4 October 2021
Joo Won is a former head chef from Galvin at Windows and this residency showcases his unique take on Korean cuisine - influenced by his European training. Expect a range of sharing plates as well as his "JFC" - Joo’s Fried Chicken and a 3-day marinated flatiron beef bulgogi.
Where: Kentish Town - 166 Malden Road, London, NW5 4BS.
When: Until end 2021
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: Mayfair - 400 Oxford St, London W1C 1JS
When: Until 19 September 2021
Caribbean kitchen and shop Juici Jerk is taking over the Selfridges Pop Up Kitchen in the Food Hall with a menu that focuses on Caribbean flavours with a modern and contemporary twist, including their signature charcoal-grilled, 24-hour marinated Jerk Chicken.
Where: Islington - 108 Essex Rd, London N1 8LX
When: August 31 2021 (end date TBC)
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: 53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA
When: Until 31 August 2021
London's reputation as a staycation hotspot has just got an injection of pure West Coast glamour with the news that the Polo Lounge is popping up here this summer. The famous Los Angeles restaurant from The Beverly Hills Hotel will spend the whole of July and August on the rooftop of The Dorchester.
Where: The Market Porter, 9 Stoney St, London SE1 9AA
When: Until September 2021
Erev is the supperclub of Borough Market Kitchen resident Shuk. They're taking over Maria's Market Cafe in the evening for Middle Eastern sharing food inspired by family recipes, hand-picked produce from Borough Market and a produce-inspired cocktail menu
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: Stratford - 9 Endeavour Square, London E20 1JN
When: Until the end of summer
Over in Stratford the restaurant group D&D (think German Gymnasium, Bluebird, 14 Hills) has just opened a pop up outdoors restaurant. Set in Endeavour Square, the summery spot is hoping to bring the flavour of the Alps to East London.
Where: Prince Arthur, London Fields and The Plough, Homerton
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: Hackney Coffee Co, 503 Hackney Rd, London E2 9ED
Rogues is made up of the pair Freddie Sheen and Zac Whittle, who first worked together at Galvin La Chapelle. The current Rogues menu has a focus on fire and BBQ with dishes including Highland Wagyu Skirt with XO Vinaigrette and BBQ Onions.
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: Hackney - 171 Mare Street, London E8 3RH
When: Until 28 August 2021
Chef-owner of Tredwells, Chantelle Nicholson is behind this Hackney pop-up. Hyper seasonal, sustainable plates are at the heart of the menu which will celebrate produce from across the UK. Organic and biodynamic fruit and vegetables will be delivered bi-weekly from Kent and Sussex while pasture-fed, organic meat will be from Wiltshire and there are plans to work with more innovative producers.
Where: Borough - Stoney Street, 2-3 Stoney Street, London SE1 9AA
When: Runs Wednesday to Saturday nights
Tom Cenci (Loyal Tavern) is back behind the stoves again. This time he's running a residency at Stoney Street in Borough Market with beef at the heart of the menu. The restaurant had recently transformed itself into a wine bar in the evenings, and owner Alex Hely-Hutchinson decided to use the evening slots as a way to bring in and help out chefs affected by the pandemic.
Where: Whitechapel - 15 Leman St, London E1 8EN
When: Returns 19 May 2021
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.
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