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The best food and restaurant pop-ups and events in London right now

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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

Phillipe Sonou at Naughty Piglets

Where: Brixton - 28 Brixton Water Ln, London SW2 1PE

When: Until 17 August 2024

The latest chef to pop up at Brixton's Naughty Piglets is Phillipe Sonou (who took part in MasterChef The Professionals in 2023). The menu has a West African influence, with dishes like akoko-fried plantains, sirloin chachenga and jollof rice with roasted cabbage all on the menu. 

 

Rake at The Gun

Where: Homerton - 235 Well St, Homerton London E9 6RG

When: Ongoing

This residency at The Gun comes from three chefs, Jay Claus, Peter Ward and Syrus Pickhaver, who have worked at top restaurants like Quo Vadis, BRAT and Acme Fire Cult. The focus here is on both whole beast butchery and sustainable Cornish fish as well as their own takes on English and French classics. Dishes include beer-battered cockles + clams,  "Chicken-Fried-Dory" (buttermilk-fried fish) and a garibaldi millefeuille. The Gun's main dining room has also been given a light refurb with this latest residency.

 

Najma Lebanon at InterContinental London Park LaneNajma Lebanon at InterContinental London Park Lane

Where: Mayfair - One Hamilton Place, Park Ln, London W1J 7QY

When: Until the end of October 2024

After popping up here in 2023, Najma is back for another residency. On the menu, expect Middle East-influenced dishes that are ideal for sharing. Dishes on the menu here include a Shish Tawouk of marinated chicken thighs with beetroot hummus, Minted Lamb chops with za’atar-spiced chips and there's even a baklava table for dessert where you can head over to to take your pick of homemade bites.

 

Mamapen at Sun & 13 CantonsMamapen at Sun & 13 Cantons

Where: Soho - 21 Great Pulteney St, London W1F 9NG

When: Ongoing, until June 2025

Mamapen is billed as London's only Cambodian restaurant, led by chef Kaneda who left an advertising career to become a chef, and has worked at Aqua Kyoto, Flank and From the Ashes before this. His goal with Mamapen is to champion Khmer food in London with dishes including Khmer fried chicken bun, panko pork toast and sour pineapple curry. Chefs with pop-ups here have gone onto big things so this is definitely one to watch.  

 

Joseph Denison Carey at BoundaryJoseph Denison Carey at Boundary

Where: Shoreditch - 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, London E2 7DD

When: 5 July - September 2024, Tuesday - Saturday evenings only

Joseph Denison Carey has time at The Water House Project, Pidgin, and Caravel under his belt, as well as his own supperclub The Bread + Butter Supperclub. At Boundary, he has a menu of small and large sharing plates that includes leek Tart served with Béchamel Sauce and more. 

 

Cavita at Seed Library

Where: Shoreditch - 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ

When: 29 May - 1 September 2024

Chef Adriana Cavita's restaurant in Marylebone is one of the best Mexican restaurants in the capital. Now, she's taking the restaurant to Shoreditch where Cavita is in charge of the food at Ryan Chetiyawardana's Seed Library bar, with tacos, tostadas and more on the menu. 

 

Hearth & Tine at Bottle + Rye

Where: Brixton - 404-406 Market Row, London SW9 8LD

When: Throughout summer

Next up at Bottle & Rye is Lawrence Barrow, previously at Elodie. His menu is billed as "traditional Irish fare with a modern flair" with dishes like smoked cod's roe and potato bread alongside confit chalk stream trout with clams, smoked eel broth and watercress.  

 

Bubbledogs at 45 Park Lane

Where: Mayfair - 45 Park Ln, London W1K 1PN

When: 10 May - 29 September 2024

Sandia Chang and James Knappett's Bubbledogs is back for an extended residency, hitting up the 45 Park Lane terrace for a summer-long take over. Expect new hot dogs, as well as Cut restaurants's mac & cheese and Bubbledogs' buffalo chicken wings.

 

Carter's at The Crooked WellCarter's at The Crooked Well

Where: Camberwell - 16 Grove Ln, London SE5 8SY

When: Ongoing

Carter's is a new residency set up by Ballymalloe-trained Franc Carter who's brought a menu of Modern British food to the pub. The menu adapts throughout the week, featuring dishes like Wookey Hole panisse wirh asparagus, aioli, salsa verde and parmesan alongside pork schnitzel, gnocchi with oyster mushrooms and ginger cake for dessert. Plus they do some absolutely great-looking pies. 

 

Daccappo pizza at The Smuggler's TavernDaccappo pizza at The Smuggler's Tavern

Where:  Fitzrovia - 28 Warren St, London W1T 5ND

When: Ongoing

The latest pizza residency at this pub features Neapolitan pizzas with a Roman twist and you can order square pizzas by the slice her too. Look out for non-pizza specials like their fried cacio e pepe balls as well as their "slice and stuff" pizza style sandwiches. 

 

Fowl

Where: St James - Norris St, St. James's Market, SW1Y 4RJ

When: Ongoing

Opposite their restaurant, Fallow have launched a long-term pop-up called Fowl. Described as a "chicken shop like no other" there's chicken in pretty much everything, from the butter to the salads, pies and more. They'll also be collaborating with top chefs for limited-edition dishes. 

 

Ruben's ReubensRuben's Reubens

Where: Peckham Arches - Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QN

When: Throughout summer 2024 (Friday - Sunday)

After a successful residency in Brixton, Ruben Dawnay's next appearance is at Peckham Arches where he'll be throughout the summer months. Expect lots of smoked meats and sausages. 

 

Jackson Boxer at The Corner Restaurant

Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB

When: Ongoing

Jackson Boxer (Brunswick House and Orasay) has taken over the corner restaurant, which has in the past seen residencies from Adesse and NYC chef Grant Clark. Under Boxer, the restaurant will be serving an "exclusive experimental, seasonal menu". 

 

Haveli at The Gipsy QueenHaveli at The Gipsy Queen

Where: Kentish Town - 166 Malden Road, London, NW5 4BS.

When: Until late 2024

The latest residency at The Gypsy Queen is all about Indian street food with dishes like chilli paneer, Indian fried chicken, butter chicken, South Indian prawn curry and more on the menu. 

 

William Fisher and Jin Park at The Hawke

Where: Hackney - 235 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7HD, United Kingdom

When: Ongoing

Formerly at the Compton Arms with Belly, chefs William Fisher and Jin Park are now in charge of the menu at The Hawke in Victoria Park. Expect a menu led by seasonal ingredients and recent dishes have included cod with fuet, nahm Jim and sorrel as well as crispy lamb with carrot, mint, cucumber and chickweed.

 

Tiella at The Compton ArmsTiella at The Compton Arms

Where: Islington - 4 Compton Ave, London N1 2XD

When: Ongoing

Taking over the kitchens at The Compton Arms will be Tiella, run by chef Dara Klein. She was last seen at Sager + Wilde as sous chef, with experience at Trullo and Brawn under her belt. The brand-new residency will be all about traditional, rustic Italian food.

 

Angelo Sato at ArtesianAngelo Sato at Artesian

Where: The Langham, 1C Portland Pl, London W1B 1JA

When: Ongoing

Humble Chicken's Angelo Sato is in charge of the menu at Artesian and it's one that Sato says "is inspired by my Japanese heritage, incorporating the likes of shiso, miso, katsu curry and nori."

 

Mondo Sando at The White HorseMondo Sando at the Grove House Tavern

Where: Camberwell - 26 Camberwell Grove, London SE5 8RE

When: Ongoing

Sandwich slingers Mondo Sando serves up a roster of sarnies that include the Mondo Frango (chargrilled peri-peri chicken thigh, pea salsa verde, peri mayo, potato matchsticks, shrettuce) alongside burgers and sides. 

 

Tigre Tacos  Tigre Tacos

Where: Holborn - Gunmakers, 13 Eyre St Hill, London EC1R 5ET

When: Ongoing

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.

 

Filthy Buns at the Three CompassesFilthy Buns at the Three Compasses

Where: Dalston - 99 Dalston Lane, London E8 1NH

When: Ongoing

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. 

 

LiuxiaomianLiu Xiaomian at the Jackalope

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

When: Ongoing 

This was originally a street food stall, 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. 

 

 

Events  

17 July (Brockley) - To celebrate its 30th birthday Babur is having a special dinner with a 5-course tasting menu spanning the length and breadth of Maharashtra. It's £75 per person or £100 with wine pairings.

19 July - Chef Gizzi Erskine is having a supperclub at Fortnum & Mason's Food & Drink Studio serving up a French menu featuring different ages of Comté. Tickets are £80.

21 July (Canary Wharf) - the London Pasta Festival, hosted by Emilia’s Crafted Pasta, is back at Canary Wharf. Entry is free with street food, live music and spritz bars along with a range of pasta-themed masterclasses.

22-27 JulyPophams is celebrating the 5th Anniversary of its London Fields place with a 'Greatest Hits’ evening menu serving up their favourite dishes from across the years including Stuffed courgette flowers with ricotta and Amalfi chilli; Taleggio Capelletti with red wine macerated grapes and hazelnuts.

30 July - Enjoy a dinner cooked by some of the chefs on hospitality site Code's 30 Under 30 list at Llama Inn featuring courses by Florence Mae Maglanoc (Donia), Ella Williams (ex Mountain, now Crispin at Studio Voltaire) and Hector Henderson (Rochelle Canteen). Tickets are £55 which includes a welcome drink.

29 August - 1 September (Tobacco Dock) - Meatopia is back and, as ever, the festival is mainly all about live-fire cooking, alongside a big focus on sustainability. 

16 September - Who's Cooking Dinner is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The charity event at The Dorchester raises funds for Leukaemia UK and includes chefs Clare Smyth, Tom Kerridge, Francesco Mazzei, Jeremy Lee. Tickets start at £1,750 for a pair or £8,500 for a table of 10.

25 September (St James) - Caviar House are having a caviar masterclass and tasting experience. Tickets are £265 and include everything from the caviar to the Champagne, vodka and canapes served alongside it.

 

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