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
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.
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.
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.
Where: 55 Dalston Ln, Dalston, London E8 2NG, UK
When: Various dates from 26 July to 27 September 2019
What: This year, Allpress Espresso is 30 years old and they're teaming up with some impressive restaurants and chefs to celebrate. They're launching Allpress Lates at their Dalston roastery with chef and restaurant takeovers all through summer, with the garden opening into the evening for the first time.
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.
Where: 48 Poland Street, Soho, London W1F 7ND
When: Fridays and Saturdays from 19 July - 10 August 2019
What: Guaranteed to keep you awake through summer, the Espresso Martini Society is back. As well as getting your hands on all the espresso martinis you could ever want, there's a summer theme to the latest pop-up.
Nando's Yard (coming soon)
Where: The Yard, 891 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2BF
When: 1-18 August 2019
What: This Nando's pop -up in Shoreditch will offer Londoners something they can't get elsewhere in town - the Nando's brunch. Plus there will be exclusive wraps, special events and more.
Where: 36e Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE
When: Until 31 August 2019
What: This shack is just inside the restaurant's entrance where, for the duration of the summer months, it'll be keeping things simple serving up just two things - Colchester rock oysters and English sparkling wine.
Where: Under the Hungerford Bridge, South Bank, London
When: Until 15 September 2019
What: Applebee's have been serving up seafood dishes in Borough and now they've arrived on the South Bank for the Summer. Expect an oyster and Champagne bar as well as fish & chips and chip butties to go.
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.
Where: Hackney - Sebright Arms, 34 Coate St, London E2 9AG
When: 21 May - end of summer
What: Le Bun are serving up their French-America truffle burgers at the Sebright Arms, including their famous truffle burger.
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.
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.
Every week we round up some of the best food and drink events in London...
12 August - Queen of Game, Sally Abé, and King of Pies, Calum Franklin, are teaming up for one night only in an exclusive event celebrating the Glorious Twelfth at Michelin-starred pub The Harwood Arms. The five-course menu is priced at £75pp. Tables are bookable from 6.30pm – 9.00pm and reservations for the evening can be made via telephone only on 020 7386 1847.
14 August - there's a Hennessy cognac and Hunters and Frankau cigar evening taking place at Holborn hotel L'oscar's Blue Tree Yard kicking off with a welcome drink in The Baptist Bar followed by tasting and smoking out on the terrace along with canapes by Chef Tony Fleming. Tickets are £50 - email email@example.com to book.
15-17 August - Fitz’s bar at Kimpton Fitzroy London is holding Fitz’s In Bloom, a pop-up bar in Russell Square serving up an exclusive menu of spritzes including many which are low or alcohol-free.
17-18 August -Truman Brewery on Brick Lane is where you'll find the London Dessert Festival - a two-day immersive experience with four zones - chocolate, patisserie, frozen treats and vegan. Tickets are £11.65 which includes one dessert
18 August - Sardine is having a garden lunch on the terrace of Parasol unit and Victoria Miro art galleries. The four-course meal is £42.
22 August - If you work in hospitality, book now for the Hopitali-Tee x Putt social in Esher. They're promising golf, music, BBQ and drinks along with talks on wellness. Tickets are £30.
22 August - The National Burger Day party is now called Bundance. Yes, there will be a LOT of burgers.
3 September - 1 October - Kricket will be hosting a guest chef series, and they've got some great chefs lined up. They include Anglo Thai's John Chantarasak, Pierre Koffmann, Flank's Tom Griffiths, Perilla's Ben Marks and Valentine Warner, all cooking dishes that will only be available on the night. To join them - book online.
11 September - Auction Against Hunger is back but now it's called Love Food StreatFest and will take place at Flat Iron Square by London Bridge. Earlybird tickets are £30 and the first named chef taking part this year is Sabor's Nieves Barragan.
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