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: 72 Old Compton St. Soho, London W1D 4UN
When: Until end August 2020
What: While Arcade Food Theatre is closed, TOU have taken themselves down the road to a pop-up in Soho. There you'll be able to grab yourself what is often billed as one of the best sandwiches in London - the mighty Iberian Katsu Sando.
Where: Newcomer Wines, 5 Dalston Ln, Dalston, London E8 3DF
When: Until 4 October 2020
What: AngloThai are John and Desiree Chantarasak, who cook Thai-inspired dishes made with British produce and backed up with a well-chosen selection of wines. They've landed at Dalston's Newcomer Wines for their residency - and look out for the special guest chef appearances too.
Where: Portobello Dock, 344 Ladbroke Grove, London W10 5BU
When: Wednesday to Sunday, until the end of summer
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: Clapton Country Club, 38-40 Upper Clapton Road, London E5 8BQ
When: 20 August 2020 for a month
What: They made a great team when they co-presented from Marrakech in the BBC show Remarkable Places to Eat. Now Fred Siriex and Andy Oliver are joining forces for a one month pop-up in East London.
Where: 50 Abbeville Rd, London SW4 9NF
When: 7-31 August 2020
What: A new vegan pop-up is on the way for August. it's a team-up between By Chloe (vegan fast food) and Club Cultured who are all about fermentation and tempeh - a traditional Indonesian plant-based protein made from fermented soybeans.
Where: Passo, 80 City Rd, Old Street, London EC1Y 2BJ
When: 17 July - end August 2020
What: During the lockdown, Gizzi Erskine and Professor Green had been teaming up for "‘Giz & Green’s Monday Night Fakeaway" where they recreated their favourite takeaways from McDonald's to Wagamama. Now they're teaming up in real life, kicking off a pop-up at Passo.
Where: Arch 374 Helmsley Place Hackney E8 3SB
When: Until the end of summer
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 summer long and alongside some Brat signatures (we're assuming the Turbot and their smoked potatoes will be making an appearance)
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
When: Ongoing (end date TBC)
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.
6,13 and 20 August 2020 - Cuban supperclub Cuca is getting ready for a series of supperclubs every Thursday in August. Set up by Luís Gonzalez-Castro, it's named after his grandmother in Miami and the menu is filled with dishes from his childhood and his grandmother's recipes. Read more
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