The one-stop shop for all of London’s latest pop ups and residencies, regularly updated, for your reading pleasure. Read on for a Thames-side barbecue pit, a new Pergola on the Roof and flower-power cocktails.
Yo! at Boxpark, Croydon (above) NEW
Pop up: Yo! Sushi is popping up in Croydon ‒ minus the conveyor belts. Yo! Boxpark specialises in street food reinventions of classic Japanese food, including a pork-stuffed ramen-in-a-roll, and crispy panko chicken-thigh sandwiches. There’s something for the sweet-toothed too, in the form of a hirata doughnut: soft-serve ice cream with doughnut pieces, soy bean powder, pistachio and miso caramel.
Where: 99 George Street, CR0 1LD
How much: Dishes range from £2.50 to £8.50
Shochu at Roka, Fitzrovia (above) NEW
When: Until 7 June
Residency: If you’re looking for an Instagram-friendly bar, Roka is the place to be this spring. To celebrate the season, the Japanese restaurant’s basement bar will be adorned with cherry blossom and guests will be able to take in the scenery while sipping on limited-edition cocktails from Suntory Japanese Whisky, including the Sakura Sour: whisky, kumquat and peach.
Where: 37 Charlotte Street, W1T 1RR
How much: £11.90
Selfridges Roof Deck, Oxford Street (above) NEW
When: Until the end of summer
Pop up: The seventh rooftop pop up between Selfridges and restaurateur Des McDonald brings the West Coast of America to the West End of London. There’s a menu of small plates, including tuna ceviche, almond and nigella seed hummus, and black kale with scorched feta and honey mustard dressing, alongside frozen cocktails and wines.
Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
How much: Dishes range from £5 to £26
Jimmy’s BBQ Club, South Bank (above) NEW
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
The Secret Spice Garden at The Cinnamon Club, Westminster (above) NEW
When: Monday 22 May until Sunday 28 May
Residency: To celebrate the Chelsea Flower Show, Vivek Singh’s flagship will transform its mezzanine gallery dining room into a garden filled with orchids, palm leaves and wild flowers. There will also be a floral-inspired five-course tasting menu, and a range of flowery cocktails, including For Bee’s Sake: pisco, lemon, honey, camomile, turmeric and apple.
Where: The Old Westminster Library, 30-32 Great Smith Street, SW1P 3BU
How much: Tasting menu £48
Pergola Paddington Central, Paddington (above) NEW
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
Summer on the Square, City (above) NEW
When: Tues-Fri 5.30-10.30pm, throughout May and June
Pop up: Just in time for the sunshine, this Finsbury Square restaurant’s offering an exciting selection of affordable, British small plates, including pig’s head with black pudding croquettes, and smoked eel with artichoke (above). Need another reason to visit? It’s also BYOB.
Where: Finsbury Square, EC2A 1AH
How much: Mains £6
Eat Grub at Farang, Highbury NEW
When: Sunday 28 May, 25 June, 30 July, 27 August and 24 September
Residency: Thai restaurant Farang will play host to edible insect peddlers Eat Grub throughout the summer. From an adventurous five-course tasting menu, diners can expect dishes such as Insect Miang: cricket and worms with coconut, ginger, chili and betel leaves.
Where: 72 Highbury Park, N5 2XE
How much: £33 for the tasting menu
White Men Can’t Jerk at The Duke of Edinburgh, Brixton (above)
When: Until the end of summer
Residency: Street foodsters White Men Can’t Jerk are bringing their Caribbean food with a twist to Brixton’s Duke of Edinburgh pub. They’re sticking to what they know best, with a menu of Red Stripe fried wings, jerk chicken burgers, and curried mutton shepherd’s pie.
Where: 204 Ferndale Road, SW9 8AG
How much: From £8
Division 194 at The King & Co, Clapham (above)
When: Until 4 June
Residency: The latest street food outfit to lend a culinary hand to The King & Co is New Orleans-inspired Division 194. They’ll be serving up traditional po boy baguettes, stuffed with the likes of beef shin with bone marrow gravy, and NOLA-style shrimp.
Where: 100 Clapham Park Road, SW4 7BZ
How much: From £7
The Art of Dining presents Operation Red Rocket, Haggerston (above)
When: Until 13 May
Pop up: The Art of Dining is back with a retro-futuristic dining experience. Confused? The storyline behind this immersive concept is that diners have been chosen to form the first colony on Mars in 1965. The experience will culminate in a five-course international feast, featuring the likes of cumin pork ribs with soft-boiled tea eggs.
Where: The Rose Lipman Building, 43 De Beauvoir Road, N1 5SQ
How much: £55 per person
Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen at The Sun and 13 Cantons, Soho (above)
When: Until 31 May
Residency: Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen may now have a permanent site in Pop Brixton, but that doesn’t mean its residencies are over. It’s taking over the kitchen at Soho’s The Sun and 13 Cantons, to serve up Ghanaian cuisine like jollof rice with fried chicken, and grilled lamb cutlets with spiced peanut sauce.
Where: 21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG
How much: From £7
Brünch at Soho Radio, Soho (above)
When: 8am-5pm Monday-Friday, until mid-May
Residency: If you fall into that brunch niche which demands Berlin or nothing, then you’re in luck. Rocking up at Soho Radio, founder Noemi Dulischewski’s passion is for serving up homemade granola with quark and left-field lattes, including black sesame and red bean flavours.
Where: Soho Radio, Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LD
How much: Meals from £6
Olive Grove at Union Street Café, South Bank (above)
When: From 16 March until further notice
Residency: This Italian-leaning Gordon Ramsay site has sprouted an olive grove in its basement bar. Decorated with vines and featuring olive oil-based cocktails (yes, really) and Italian bar snacks, you’ll feel like you’ve taken a trip to a slightly overcast Tuscany. Maybe.
Where: 47-51 Great Suffolk Street, SE1 0BS
How much: Bar snacks from £4
Other Side Fried at Dirty Harry’s, Soho (above)
When: Until the end of May
Residency: Soho’s latest late-night drinking den is already playing host to a kitchen residency, from Other Side Fried. The street-food team will be serving up fried-chicken burgers, including one topped with smoked-honey butter and bacon (hello food baby). Expect plenty of sides too, including fried-chicken strips with cocoa and chilli salt.
Where: 203 Wardour Street, W1F 8ZH
How much: Dishes from £7
Yamagoya at Shuang Shuang, Soho (above)
When: Lunch from noon until 3pm, dinner from 5.30pm until 11pm (10.30pm on Sundays), every day until June
Residency: Ramen fans listen up, because Yamagoya has brought its traditional Japanese ramen to the UK for the first time. This six-month residency in Chinatown offers up the signature Yamagoya ramen, which means handmade noodles in a smoky, tonkotsu broth, garnished with Japanese chashu pork belly, marinated bamboo shoot, Kikurage mushrooms, nori and marinated Burford Brown egg.
Where: 64 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6LU
How much: Ramen bowls from £10.50
This article was updated 1 March 2017