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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

Akali Burger at HovardaAkali Burger at Hovarda

Where: 36-40 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DW

When: Weekdays 1-30 November 2019

What: For just one month, Hovarda in Soho is bringing Istanbul's best burger to London as Akali Burger take over the lunch menu. In Istanbul, the restaurant started as a fusion diner and a boutique bakery but slowly became known for serving some of the city's finest burgers. 

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Zoe's Ghana Kitchen at Mortimer HouseZoe's Ghana Kitchen at Mortimer House

Where: 5th Floor, 41 Mortimer St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3JH

When: 18 October - 9 November 2019

What: This time it's the turn of Zoe Adjonyoh, who will be bringing Zoe's Ghana Kitchen to the fifth floor in Fitzrovia. If you've been to any of her previous residencies or pop-ups, you can expect the same inspired African food at Mortimer House.

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Fodder at Shrub and ShutterFodder at Shrub and Shutter

Where: Shrub & Shutter, 336 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8QH

When: 9 October 2019 (for six months)

What: Chef Michael Thompson (formerly of Grosvenor House, Pollen Street Social, Claridge’s Fera and Lyan Cub) is bringing in sustainability-focused Fodder to Shrub and Shutter.  "It’ll be a sharing plate vibe, with bits, sticks and plates."

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Where: 26 Curtain Rd, Hackney, London EC2A 3JX

When: 10 October 2019 (for six months)

What: This is run by Damian Clisby ex Restaurant Director of Petersham Nurseries, and Nick Gibson, landlord of the Drapers Arms. They're setting out their stall as "simple, seasonal cooking with exceptional wines to match". 

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Filthy Buns at the Three CompassesFilthy Buns at the Three Compasses

Where: 99 Dalston Lane, London E8 1NH

When: From 26 September 2019 (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. 

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HideawayAlcotraz Covent Garden

Where: Chelsea Barracks, Garrison Square, London SW1W 8BG

When: 4 October 2019, until Christmas

What: It caused something of a stir when it opened originally in Brick Lane, but the prison-themed Alcotraz must be doing something right - as they're running this Covent Garden pop-up.

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Where: Chelsea Barracks, Garrison Square, London SW1W 8BG

When: 9 September 2019 - TBC

What: Ollie Dabbous is back at Chelsea Barracks (a fancy new housing development) with another pop-up. This time it's a cafe called Hideaway.  This time the pop-up is "inspired by the outdoor world" so expect a rustic look to the cafe and plenty of foliage. 

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Cutter and SquidgeCutter and Squidge

Where: 97 Buckingham Palace Rd, Victoria, London SW1W 0RP

When: From 5 September 2019 into 2020.

What: Fans of Cutter and Squidge - best known for their biskies (a cake/cookie sandwich concoction) - can rejoice as they've got a new location - this time as a pop-up in Victoria. The new shop will have a special biskie for the occasion - The Royal Biskie.

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Flank OGFlank OG 

Where: 133 High Street, Stratford, E15 2RB.

When: From 12 August 2019 until early 2020

What: Flank is all about nose-to-tail eating and cooking over fire and Flank OG, which will be in Stratford, expands their offering to more of a small plates game. From a quick look at what's on their launch menu, it definitely sounds worth checking out.

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Flat Earth Pizza Flat Earth Pizza 

Where: The Hive, 286-290 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9DA

When: Every Thursday - Saturday from 5pm, until end 2019

What: At Flat Earth, a residency at The Hive natural wine bar in East London - it's all about using local, fermented and foraged ingredients. Even the bases are special - they're made with heritage grains created using E5 Bakehouse and Gilchester’s organic flour.

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Túbo Logier at P Franco Túbo Logier at P Franco 

Where: The Hive, 286-290 Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9DA

When: Now until TBC

What: The residencies at P Franco are always worth checking out - all of them are able to turn out outstanding dishes from the tiny induction hobs. There at the moment is ex-Luca chef Túbo Logier. The menu's hard to define - maybe European with Asian influences - but expect some groundbreaking stuff here.  

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10 Heddon Street 10 Heddon Street 

Where: 10 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BX

When: Until October 2019 (may extend)

What: David Carter from Smokestake and Chris Leach of Petersham Nurseries have opened a modern Italian in the heart of Piccadilly, taking over the site that once held Magpie. 

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Studio Olafur Eliasson Kitchen at the TateStudio Olafur Eliasson Kitchen at the Tate 

Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

When: 11 July 2019 – 5 January 2020

What: Accompanying the Tate exhibition, this is a takeover of the Tate Terrace bar. They're transforming the look of the bar, so you'll be surrounded by artworks and lamps designed by Eliasson and you'll eat family-style at tables similar to those at the studio - the idea is to get is as close to that experience as possible. 

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Tipple and Taste Tipple and Taste 

Where: Upstairs at The Tommy Tucker Pub, 22 Waterford Road, Fulham, London SW62DR ​

When: Every Friday in summer from 14 June 2019

What: This Friday pop-up turns the upstairs of the Tommy Tucker pub in fulham into a cocktails and small plates bar. With cocktails that include a "Irish Dark Chocolate Espresso Martini" and food that includes curried wings, pomegranate, coconut, mint riata, and poppadum crumb it looks very inviting. 

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Le Bun Sebright ArmsLe Bun at the Sebright

Where: Hackney - Sebright Arms, 34 Coate St, London E2 9AG

When: Now (end date TBC)

What: Le Bun are serving up their French-America truffle burgers at the Sebright Arms, including their famous truffle burger. 

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Chinese Laundry heads to Brockley for a 3-month pop-upChinese Laundry

Where: Brockley - 10 Coulgate Street, Brockley, SE4 2RW

When: 9 May - February 2020 (Thursday - Sunday)

What: Chinese Laundry's latest pop-up is trying something different. They're still serving the Chinese food inspired by their childhoods that they're known for, but this time in a regularly changing set menu too. 

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LiuxiaomianAnju at The Gun

Where: Homerton - The Gun, 235 Well Street, London E9 6RG

When: Ongoing

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.

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LiuxiaomianLiu Xiaomian at the Jackalope

Where: Marylebone - The Jackalope, 43 Weymouth Mews, London W1G 7EG

When: 23 January 2019 - TBC

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. 

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Every week we round up some of the best food and drink events in London...

arrosqdEsu Lee from CAM is the next Guest Series chef at Lyle's

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Where: 64 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8NQ

When: 29-30 October 2019

Mastercard: Priceless® Cities offers cardholders all kinds of inspirational opportunities. Their latest event in London sees top Parisian chef Esu Lee from CAM wine bar join forces with the folks at Lyle's for their Guest Series. Lee will be serving dishes that combine Asian flavours with traditional French cooking techniques for a multi-course presentation.

Mastercard cardholders have exclusive access to this event's pre-sale until 4pm on Friday.

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18 October - Orrery's Igor Tymchyshyn is inviting Francesco Mazzei over for a special truffle dinner for a French and Italian truffle-laden dinner including Roasted Cauliflower with celeriac purée and caramelised onions, topped with shavings of white truffle and Honey Pannacotta with truffle and roasted figs. Tickets are £125 per person and you can book by emailing

18 October - Fancy foraging for your funghi? Carluccio’s are hosting a Funghi Foraging Course in Essex with a guided mushroom hunt, a three-course mushroom feast for lunch, and a cooking class. Tickets from £85

19 October - This weekend sees the Peckham Levels Beer Festival take place as six local independent breweries set up their own stalls in the complex serving some of their favourite small batch beers at discounted prices.

22 October The Drop wine bar is putting on a wine version of Oktoberfest - German Wine, Bratwurst & Beer. There'll be pork and a vegetarian Bratwurst on the Green Egg, alongside sauerkraut, potatoes and a selection of German wines to try.

22 October - Head to Oscar Bar & Restaurant at the Charlotte Street Hotel where Australia's bestselling cookbook author Donna Hay is hosting a one off takeover serving a menu inspired by her new cookbook WeekLight. Tickets from £60 - email to book.

22 and 23 October and 29 and 30 October 2019 - it's time for Dominique Ansel Bakery's yearly pie night - and this year they've brought some top chefs in to help out. Find out who here

22-24 October - Santo Remedio is welcoming top Latin American chef, José Manuel Baños, whose restaurant Pitiona has ranked among Latin America’s 50 best, for a series of three tasting dinners. The five-course tasting menu is paired with award-winning Mezcals, Mexican wines and beer. Tickets are £85.

24 October - For Black Pudding Day The Burger Boy residency at The Street Food Union in Soho is putting on a special one day menu. There'll be a 30-day-dry beef patty fused with Clonakilty black pudding, topped with red onion and lettuce plus sides of deep-fried black pudding crisps with chipotle mayo or black pudding crumb sprinkled over your fries.

29 October - ROKA’s Head Sommelier and Wine Buyer will hold a Tatenokawa Sake Masterclass at ROKA Aldwych. Tickets are £40 for tastings of the ROKA 15 sake and a selection of the restaurant's signature dishes.

29 October - Celebrate the release of the 2010 vintage of Nyetimber 1086 Prestige Cuvee with a special Nyetimber canapé reception and four-course dinner dinner with paired wines at Claude Bosi at Bibendum. Tickets are £195. To book call 020 7581 5817.

6 November - The first of a three night series by Resy - The Women of Food London - kicks off with a dinner by Asma Khan with special guest Mandy Yin of Sambal Shiok at Asma's restaurant Darjeeling Express. Tickets are £85.

6 November - Carluccio’s at The Brunswick Centre is hosting an All Star Charity Dinner with four of the country’s most talented Italian chefs cooking a four-course dinner in aid of The Antonio Carluccio Foundation. In the kitchen will be Gennaro Contaldo; Giorgio Locatelli, Danilo Cortellini, head chef at London’s Italian Embassy; and Carluccio’s long-standing Executive Chef for over 20 years, Eric Chauvet. Tickets are £95.

10 November - Salt Yard are holding a five course truffle lunch paired with Veuve Cliquot which kicks off with a confit guinea fowl, girolles mushroom croquetta with shaved truffle and mushroom ketchup.Tickets are £120.

1-30 October - it's the month of Goatober and there are lots of events planned with top chefs. Find out about them here


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