The one-stop shop for all of London’s latest pop ups and residencies, regularly updated, for your reading pleasure. Read on for a world-class bar, three courses of dessert and a ‘wellbeing playground’ for adults.
Words: Eamonn Crowe
The Clumsies at Blind Spot, Covent Garden NEW
When: 25-28 September
Pop up: This month, Blind Spot will welcome Athens bar The Clumsies for a four-day residency. The bar ranked sixth place in The World’s 50 Best Bars 2017, so you can expect some truly innovative cocktails, including the likes of the Hippocampus Summer Edition: a medley of Barcardi, kiwi, mango and, um…sunscreen aroma.
Where: 45 St Martin's Lane, WC2N 4HX
How much: Cocktails, £13
‘Cucina Napoli’ at Café Brera Cabot Square, Canary Wharf NEW
When: 3-16 September
Residency: This month, Café Brera welcomes ex- Locanda Locatelli chef Andrea Cirino to serve up a menu which showcases his favourite Neapolitan dishes from Italy’s southern coast. Expect to tuck in to the likes of oven-baked seabass with lentils and steamed clams, and an Amalfi lemon sponge with limoncello cream for dessert.
Where: Unit 12 Cabot Place West Cabot Square, E14 4QT
How much: Three-course menu, £25
Paradise Now Wellbeing Playground, Belgravia NEW
When: 7-15 September
Pop up: This multi-sensory installation from cool kids Bompass & Parr bills itself as London’s first ‘wellbeing playground’. Found in the stylish Eccleston Yards, the space features an outdoor spa, an immersive meditation zone and a waterfall coloured with Baker-Miller pink mist (a shade which apparently reduces feelings of anxiety).
Where: Eccleston Yards, 21 Eccleston Place, Belgravia, SW1W 9NF
How much: Free
Sipsmith ‘The Spirit of Dining’ gin bar at Polpo, Notting Hill NEW
When: 3 September until 31 October
Residency: The nations’ obsession with gin is still going strong, and Polpo’s Notting Hill branch has decided to feed our addiction with its temporary Sipsmith gin bar. Features include a floral installation, delicious cocktails, and cicchetti bites such as a ‘nduja and mozzarella arancini. Now, where do we sign up?
Where: 126-128 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3QG
How much: Cocktails from £7.50
Whisk Dessert Bar at The Hive, Hackney NEW
When: 12-15 and 19-22 September
Pop up: Everyone knows that the best part of any meal is dessert, but Whisk Dessert Bar is taking things a step further, offering three whole courses of the stuff. The dessert ‘experience’ includes paired wines, while the intriguing menu features celery sorbet with blue cheese shavings, and a pineapple soft-serve topped with chilli confit.
Where: 286-290 Cambridge Heath Road Street, London, E2 9DA
How much: Dessert experience with wine pairings, £20
The Chocolate Cocktail Club, Covent Garden
When: 15 August to 9 September
Pop up: Chocaholics listen up, as an oh-so-sweet cocktail bar is coming to London. Open Wednesday to Sunday, guests at The Chocolate Cocktail Club will be able to sip on the likes of a Chocolate Martini in 90 minutes sessions, guaranteeing a sugar high all the way home.
Where: 68a Neal Street, London, WC2H 9PA
How much: £10
The Magnum Pleasure Store, Chelsea
When: Until 16 September
Pop up: Just in time for summer, Magnum’s Pleasure Store is back for its fifth year, this time taking up residency in Chelsea. Ice cream lovers can have a go at decorating their own Magnum with an array of sweet treats, as well as attending masterclasses and a chef’s table.
Where: 13 Duke of York Square, SW3 4LY
How much: Chef’s table ticket, £15
Holy Schnit at The Rose & Crown, Kentish Town
When: Until the end of September
Residency: The kitchen at this North London gastropub has been taken over by Holy Shcnit for a summer residency, where they will be serving up schnitzel buns, burgers, wings and fries. We like the sound of the Big Boy, featuring chicken, avo, bacon and kimchi mayo.
Where: 71-73 Torriano Avenue, NW5 2SG
How much: Burgers from £8
Jam Shed Supper Club, South Bank
When: Until 8 September
Residency: Australian wine brand Jam Shed is hosting an inaugural summer Jam Shed Supper Club at the Southbank Centre. Featuring former MasterChef contestants, the menus will incorporates the brand’s wines, with dishes such as Thai-spiced Jam Shed pork.
Where: Southbank Centre, Lambeth, SE1 8XX
How much: £45
Scoop: The Wonderful World of Ice Cream, King’s Cross
When: Until 30 September
Pop up: An ice cream museum may sound like a pre-teen daydream, but Bompass & Par have made it a reality. Featuring a vast collection of ice cream paraphernalia alongside demonstrations with real icebergs and glow-in-the-dark ice cream, this is not to be missed.
Where: Gasholder 11, 1 Lewis Cubitt Square, N1C 4BY
How much: £12
Burger & Lobster at The Little Blue Door, Fulham
When: From 18 July
Residency: Burger & Lobster is moving in to house-share-cum-restaurant The Little Blue Door to serve up surf ‘n’ turf all summer long. On the menu, you can expect to find lobster Benedict, egg-filled burgers and lobster salads, all served alongside Prosecco and punch.
Where: 871-873 Fulham Rd, Fulham, SW6 5HP
How much: TBC
Club 150 at Searcy’s, St Pancras
When: 15 July to 9 September
Residency: Searcys St Pancras has been transformed into a beach terrace bar thanks to Perrier-Jouët. Partygoers can expect live DJs on Saturdays as well as Perrier-Jouët cocktails and bar snacks including smoked salmon croque-monsieur and fries with aioli.
Where: Grand Terrace, Upper Concourse, St Pancras International Station, N1C 4QL
How much: Bar snacks from £4.50
Oxalis at The Shrub & Shutter, Brixton
When: Until the end of the year
Residency: Following a successful five-month residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho, Oxalis has moved on to Brixton’s The Shrub & Shutter. This time around the menu will feature the likes of a squid ink cracker with brown crab and lardo, and broad bean tortellini with cured egg, rabbit and beef tartar.
Where: 336 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8QH
How much: Four-course set menu, £30
Jimmy’s BBQ Club, South Bank
When: From 5 May
Pop up: Jimmy Garcia’s BBQ Club at London’s Southbank Centre is back for a second year. The space features a BBQ Bar showcasing dishes straight from the grill, while the rooftop restaurant serves a six-course tasting menu, including the likes of prawns with fresh langoustines, roast red pepper puree and black garlic. It’s going to be smokin’ hot.
Where: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
How much: The BBQ Club Menu, £45
When: Until October
Pop up: Pergola Paddington is back for the summer with a tempting restaurant line-up, two huge bars, and a handful of comfy day beds (alongside regular seating) where you can soak up the sun. The food line-up this time around sees the return of Patty & Bun, as well as new additions including shredded duck restaurant Canard and Vietnamese barbecue masters Mam.
Where: 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, W2 6PY
How much: Patty & Bun burgers from £8.50
This article was updated 5 September 2018