The one-stop shop for all of London’s latest pop ups and residencies, regularly updated, for your reading pleasure. Read on for pyscho cocktails, duck feasts and a jelly and ice cream festival.
Words: Eamonn Crowe
A Taste of Cornwall at The Goring, Belgravia (above) NEW
When: Until the end of summer
Residency: The Cornish Riviera has made its way to Belgravia. Served on the veranda, The Goring has transformed itself into a Cornish fish restaurant, with a menu created in part by Rick Stein. Dishes to dive into include grilled Padstow lobster with herbs and greens.
Where: The Goring, 15 Beeston Place, SW1W 0JW
How much: Mains from £26
Lucky & Joy, Hackney (above) NEW
When: From 3 August
Pop up: Food enthusiasts Ellen Parr and Pete Kelly have teamed up to launch Lucky & Joy under the railway arches on Cambridge Heath Road in East London. Serving up regional Chinese dishes, the menu includes cumin lamb ribs, and bang bang chicken salad.
Where: 298-299, Railway Arches, Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9HA
How much: Dishes from £6
The Elephant at John Lewis Rooftop, Oxford Street (above) NEW
When: Until September
Residency: Torquay-based restaurant The Elephant (which recently placed ninth in our UK Top 100 Restaurants) has arrived at John Lewis. Offering a daily-changing set lunch or pre-theatre menu, dishes you may find include crispy New Zealand lamb shoulder with stem broccoli and roast garlic pepper.
Where: The Rooftop, John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, W1C 1DX
How much: Two courses for £19, three for £24.50
Freak Scene, Clerkenwell (above) NEW
When: Until September
Pop up: Chef Scott Hallsworth (of Kurobuta fame) has launched a new pop up restaurant. Freak Scene serves a Pan-Asian menu, featuring the likes of short-rib redang, and tea-smoked lamb chops served in a spicy Korean miso sauce.
Where: 91 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6BH
How much: Average meal including food and drink, £38
The Dead Rabbit at Claridge’s Bar, Mayfair (above) NEW
When: 15-22 August
Residency: The world’s best bar is taking over Claridge’s this month for one week only. The Irish drinking tavern will serve the likes of Irish coffee and Psycho Killer cocktails, alongside snacks of lobster devilled eggs and Irish lamb shepherd’s pie. Nightly piano music too.
Where: Claridge's, Brook Street, W1K 4HR
How much: Cocktails, all £19
Quo Vadis x Bastien, Soho (above) NEW
When: 26 August
Residency: As part of the Quo Vadis and Friends series, chef Andrew Clarke will unveil his new restaurant concept Bastien via a duck feast. The quacking line-up includes duck liver and foie gras parfait, and raw duck with rose, harissa, pistachio and mustard leaf.
Where: 26-29 Dean Street, W1D 3LL
How much: Tickets, £64
Summer Tastefest, St Christopher’s Place (above) NEW
When: 15-17 August
Pop up: St Christopher’s Place is hosting a three-day long summer food festival. The dessert theme will see each day focus on either jelly, ice cream or cocktails, using rare ingredients from across the globe.
Where: St Christopher’s Place, Marylebone, W1U 1LT
How much: Free to attend
Avenue Goes to the Hamptons, St James’s (above)
When: 12 July-31 August
Pop up: The bar at D&D London’s American outpost is being transformed into a Hamptons-themed escape, complete with, er, pink flamingos for that East Coast USA vibe. Expect fresh seafood and seasonal cocktails: lobster rolls and a Frozen Watermelon Martini, say.
Where: 7-9 St James’s Street, SW1 1EE
How much: Frozen Watermelon Martini £9.50
Fiz at Lights of Soho, Soho (above)
When: Until 13 August
Pop up: The backstreet cava bars of Barcelona come to the mean streets of Soho with this pop up dedicated to sparkling wine in all its forms, hosted by neon art gallery Lights of Soho. As well as cava and Prosecco, you can sample Austrian sekt, English fizz and semi-sparkling Portuguese vinho verde.
Where: 35 Brewer Street, W1F 0RX
How much: Wine by the glass from £4.50
Rustica Kitchen at Unwined, Tooting (above)
When: Thurs-Sun until 6 August
Residency: Chef Giorgio has brought his Cucina Rustica to the kitchens of Tooting wine bar Unwined. Dishes on the three-course menu include tomato bruschetta, stuffed bell peppers and doughnut gnocchi, and there’s a bottomless lunch on Sunday.
Where: Unit 16A, Tooting Market, 21-23 Tooting High Street, SW17 0SN
How much: One course from £7
Ben Spalding at Last Days of Shoreditch, Shoreditch (above)
When: Until 26 August
Residency: Chef-to-watch Ben Spalding is taking over weekends at Last Days of Shoreditch with his Small Plate Sessions – expect the innovative likes of duck breast cooked in a chocolate salt crust, and chilli cheese chocolate fries (pictured).
Where: 288 Old St, EC1V 9LA
How much: Tasting menu £28
Botanical Gin Garden at Rotunda, King’s Cross (above)
When: Until September
Residency: Rotunda’s outdoor terrace has transformed into a gin garden, surrounded by fresh flowers and herbs. Guests can soak up the sunshine on a deckchair, before tucking into two-minute pizzas and gin-based cocktails, like Summer Dream (gin, vermouth, orange).
Where: Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG
How much: Pizzas from £6.50
Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial at The Hampshire Lounge Bar, Leicester Square (above)
When: 17 June- 16 September
Residency: Love Moët? Head to the Hampshire Lounge bar where you can try out a Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial afternoon tea. The Champagne won’t just bein the glasses though, it’s also infused in the food, including the likes of freshly baked chocolat and vanilla scones, and almond macarons with a Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial ganache.
Where: 31-36 Leicester Square, WC2H 7LH
How much: £65
Jimmy’s BBQ Club, South Bank (above)
When: 19 May until September
Pop up: Jimmy Garcia has popped up all over London in the last few years, and his latest project is a Thames-side barbecue pit. Serving a changing six-course tasting menu which is cooked table-side on a barbecue built into your table, dishes will include the belt-busting likes of lamb cutlets served with salsa verde, scallops with coal-baked cauliflower, and toasted marshmallows with lashings of chocolate sauce.
Where: Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
How much: BBQ Club tickets £45
Pergola Paddington Central, Paddington (above)
When: From 24 May to 1 October
Pop up: Pergola on the Roof is getting a sibling. This new Paddington spin-off seats up to 850 guests and offers no-charge reservations for groups of four or more. Set over two floors, the space features daybeds for lounging and DJs for dancing. Meanwhile, street food to sate diners’ hunger includes burger pros Patty & Bun, Mamalan, D/F Mexico and plant-based dishes from Raw Press.
Where: 5 Kingdom Street, W2 6PY
How much: Dishes all £12 or under
This article was updated 3 August 2017