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.
When: 17 October
In the first of an exclusive dining series in partnership with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, The Chesterfield Hotel will host an intimate evening in the heart of Mayfair.
Dine to the music of the orchestra’s talented string quartet in the richly beautiful setting of Butlers Restaurant. Executive Head Chef Nathan Hindmarsh has created a delicious seven-course tasting menu which features the finest seasonal ingredients, including hand-dived Orkney scallops with sea herbs, fillet of Japanese wagyu, Baron Bigod fondue, and Valrhona chocolate with cognac ice cream. Each course will be served alongside Champagne from partner Lanson and wine from the hotel collection’s sister vineyard Bouchard Finlayson.
Tickets are £215 per person. Book now
When: 1-31 October 2020
What: Choose from a mouth-watering selection of specially curated feasts from some of London’s top restaurants, each night from 1-31 October. Highlights include a Michelin-starred Indian spread of the ‘best of Gymkhana’, a one-off menu designed by Ollie Dabbous featuring dishes that never been created before at Hide and a very special Sri-Lankan shellfish feast by Hoppers.
All Feasts at Home are delivered by the ‘Michelin-quality’ delivery service Supper and include a bottle of wine from Bibendum and an exclusive video with the chef.
Every Thursday in October - Black Book is celebrating Black History Month with events every Tuesday focused on the food and drinks world in the UK. Get tickets here.
14 October - The Dairy's Robin Gill is teaming up with Tom Aikens for the first in a series called Muse Masters. The dinner will feature six courses of dishes from both of the chefs with 10% of profits going to Only a Pavement Away. Tickets are £125 inc a glass of Champagne.
15 and 22 October - Selfridges is teaming up with guest chef and author Anna Barnett for a series of supper clubs. The four-course menu, curated by Anna in collaboration with The Corner Restaurant's Head Chef, Grant Clark, features Mediterranean flavours and has been created with sustainability in mind. Tickets are £45.
17 October - Arabica and Clerkenwell Boy are hosting Bake For Beirut to raise funds for the people of Beirut. Borough Market’s traders, chefs and guests, including Honey & Co and Ed Kimber, will be holding a bake sale at Borough from 11am – 2pm, where 100% of proceeds will be donated to two organisations supporting the cause.
From 19 October (for five weeks)- Koya turns 10 years old and head chef and co-owner Shuko Oda is bringing back some of the favourites from its blackboard menu to celebrate. Dishes include English Breakfast Udon from 2011 and Grilled Onglet with Yuzu Kosho from 2017. There will be two dishes available every week for five weeks (and a special anniversary tote bag too).
20 October - Valentine Warner is heading to Fallow for a one-off dinner. The chefs’ menu will be an innovative showcase of Autumn’s ingredients, and each dish will be paired with a taster cocktail from the award-winning Hepple Spirits. Dishes include breasted grouse with creamed corn and fig and some of Fallow's greatest hits too. Tickets are £65/person and can be booked by emailing email@example.com.
25 October - Book the Hidden Supper Club at Hide where head chef James Goodyear serves a pop-up style 10-course menu with experimental dishes not found on the usual Hide menu. Tickets are £95 per person (with optional wine pairing for £55).
25 October - to celebrate 10 years in business, Lily Vanilli is teaming up with Shrimps to create a huge birthday cake. There will be 10 golden tickets hidden within, with prizes including a Shrimps bag, dinner at Smokestak and more. Slices of the cake will be available at the store.
12 November - Hugo Warner, founder of The Fisheries (Hackney co-working space) will team up with chef Andrew Clarke to host a one-off dinner in aid of Pilot Light, an initiative that aims to open up a dialogue around mental health within the hospitality sector. Tickets are £50 for 5 courses including a welcome drink.
Where: Stoney Street, 2-3 Stoney Street, London SE1 9AA
When: 8 October 2020 for three months. Runs Wednesday to Saturday nights.
What: Tom Cenci (Loyal Tavern) is back behind the stoves again. This time he's running a three-month 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: 15 Leman St, Whitechapel, London E1 8EN
When: End October 2020 for six months
What: They already had a successful stint at Counter Culture in Clapham, but now Alter from Andy Hogben (previously Dabbous, Som Saa and Kym's) is kicking off a new six-month residency in Aldgate's Leman Locke aparthotel. The vegan residency will be setting up there for six months in the Shaman restaurant.
Where: 4 Queen Elizabeth St, London SE1 2LL.
When: 25 September - 18 October 2020
What: You may know Jack Whitehall more from his standup or Netflix shows with his dad, but he also has a blog called Foodslut. That site specialises in "unapologetically decadent" food and now he's bringing that to life in Provisioners restaurant, near Tower Bridge.
Where: Sun & 13 Cantons, 21 Great Pulteney St, Soho, London W1F 9NG
When: Until November 2020
What: 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: Portobello Dock, 344 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5BU
When: Wednesday to Sunday, until end of November
What: This sees Stevie Parle returning to the site of the Dock Kitchen, with, a grocers and restaurant/bar pop-up JOY. Anyone who visited Dock Kitchen at the time knows of the impressive space there for alfresco dining - and that's what he's taking advantage of.
Where: Arch 374 Helmsley Place Hackney E8 3SB
When: Until 2021
What: Brat x Climpson’s Arch residency sees Tomos Parry going back to his roots as he had previously been in the kitchen there from 2013-2015. Brat will be there all year long and alongside some Brat signatures there will be plenty of new dishes.
Where: The Plough, 23-25 Homerton High St, Clapton, London E9 6JP
What: 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: Mayfair - 10 Heddon St, London W1B 4BX
What: Fallow are Jack Croft and Will Murray, who met while they were both working at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and they're very much followers of a "nose to tail" and "root to stem" cooking approach with a big focus on no/low waste.
Where: Fitzrovia - 28 Warren St, London W1T 5ND
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: 99 Dalston Lane, London E8 1NH
When: 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: 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: Reopens 21 July
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.
Where: Islington - Compton Arms, 4 Compton Avenue, London N1 2XD
What: Four Legs are Jamie Allan (ex-Hill & Szrok) and Ed McIlroy (ex-Bao). Their menus at The Compton Arms change regularly, depending on what's in season - and what's good right now. And their burger is touted as being one of the very best in London.
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