The one-stop shop for all of London’s latest pop ups and residencies, regularly updated, for your reading pleasure. Read on for mini-burgers, inventive small plates and crab and Champagne combos.
Words: Eamonn Crowe
Ben Spalding at Last Days of Shoreditch, Shoreditch (above) NEW
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
Bite Me Burger Co at Cha Chaan Teng, Covent Garden (above) NEW
When: From 5 June
Residency: Clearly a chef that never tires, Adam Rawson has moved on to yet another pop up. This time he’s serving up a selection of mini-burgers, including the likes of Beef Encounter and the Duck Me; duck patty, truffle mayo, smoked hoisin and Swiss cheese.
Where: 36-38 Kingsway, WC2B 6EY
How much: Two for £9
Bonnie Gull at Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair (above) NEW
When: Until further notice
Pop up: Following permanent locations in Fitzrovia and Soho, Bonnie Gull is now popping up in Mayfair with this all-day offering. Tuck into smoked salmon with poached egg at breakfast, then octopus carpaccio, with soy, ginger, chilli and spring onion for dinner.
Where: 4 Brown Hart Gardens, W1K 6TD
How much: From £7
Botanical Gin Garden at Rotunda, King’s Cross (above) NEW
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
Champagne Crab Shack at 100 Wardour Street, Soho (above) NEW
When: 9-30 June
Residency: 100 Wardour St is hosting a ‘Champagne Crab Shack’ – with seafood pop up merchants Claw. Giant fishing nets will set the scene, while crab, lobster and crayfish rolls will be paired with sides of greens, chips and of course, glasses of Champagne.
Where: 100 Wardour Street, W1F 0TN
How much: From £8.50
Moët & Chandon Ice Imperial at The Hampshire Lounge Bar, Leicester Square (above) NEW
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
Spago at Cut at 45 Park Lane, Mayfair (above) NEW
When: 29 June-1 July
Residency: Wolfgang Puck is hosting a three-day residency of his flagship Californian restaurant Spago at his London site to celebrate Spago’s 35th anniversary. Dishes will include squid ink garganelli served with lobster, and veal tartare with mascarpone.
Where: 45 Park Lane, W1K 1PN
How much: Mains from £25
Yo! at Boxpark, Croydon (above)
When: Until further notice
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)
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)
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)
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
Summer on the Square, City (above)
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
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
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
This article was updated 2 June 2017