The best pop ups and residencies in London this month

Dirty Vegan veg and waffles

The one-stop shop for all of London’s latest pop ups and residencies, regularly updated, for your reading pleasure. Read on for a South Bank BBQ, a chocolate festival and Dirty Bones going vegan.

Words: Eamonn Crowe and Ben McCormack

Jamavar cheesecake with mango sauce

Alphonso Mango Festival at Jamavar, Mayfair NEW

When: Until 31 May
Residency:
Jamavar is marking Delhi’s annual mango festival by adding a whole host of mango-centric dishes to its menu. You can expect to find twists on several of its signature plates, including tender chicken with buttermilk, ginger and raw mango pachadi. Desserts meanwhile include mango cheesecake, and a mango and cardamom tart.
Where: 8 Mount Street, W1K 3NF
How much:
Mango dishes from £8

Rumpus Room burger

Burger & Beyond at Rumpus Room, South Bank NEW

When: Until the end of May
Residency:
As part of its Tuesday Takeovers series, Rumpus Room at Mondrian London is being taken over by Burger & Beyond, who will be serving their signatures buns throughout May. Visitors can expect to chow down on the likes of a cheeseburger topped with pancetta bacon, double American cheese, a demi brioche bun, smoky mayo and heaps of onions.
Where: Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, SE1 9PD
How much: 
Burgers from £8.50

Inamo blossom and plates outside

Cherry Blossom Garden at Inamo, Camden NEW

When: Until the end of summer
Residency:
Inamo is known for its man-made tech, but this summer the Camden site is letting nature take centre stage. The bar has been transformed into a blossoming Gin Garden, with a drinks list crafted by gin experts from Beefeater and Plymouth Gin. Sip on the likes of a Zakuro, which mixes pomegranate, lime juice and gin, and comes topped with lemonade.
Where: 265 Hampstead Road, NW1 7QX
How much: Gin cocktails from £8.50

Roka blossom bar interior pink

Cherry Blossom Installation at Shochu at Roka Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia NEW

When: Until 20 June
Residency:
Shochu at Roka Charlotte Street is also celebrating the arrival of spring with a cherry blossom installation. As well as enjoying Roka’s menu under a blanket of blossom, the bar team have created three cocktails that play on the flavours of spring, including the Sakura Sour: akashi-tai plum saké shaken with arbikie vodka, passion fruit and sakura paste.
Where:
37 Charlotte Street, W1T 1RR
How much:
Sakura Sour, £10

Chick 'n' Sours London restaurant chain Covent Garden

Chick ‘n’ Sours, Brixton NEW

When: 10 May until 10 June
Pop up: This fried chicken temple is popping up in Brixton for a month to test the waters for a potential permanent spot. On the old site of Calcutta Street Brixton, the team will be serving up their usual run of fried chicken sandwiches and salads, alongside a selection of sours to wash it all down with.
Where: 395 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ
How much: Sandwiches from £10

Chocolate stock image

Chocolate Festival at Canopy Market, King’s Cross NEW

When: 11-13 May
Pop up:
Chocolate lovers will be thrilled to learn that Canopy Market in Kings Cross is hosting a three-day long festival devoted to the stuff. It’s collaborating with Cocoa Runners to host a celebration of all things cocoa packed with chocolate fountains, tastings, chocolate and beer pairings, talks and demonstrations. We’d recommend having your dentist on speed dial…
Where:
Kings Cross, N1C 4LW
How much:
Free to attend

Dirty Vegan veg and waffles

Dirty Vegan, Shoreditch NEW

When: 8 May until 5 June
Residency:
Following a sell-out run a few months back, the plant-based version of Dirty Bones is back for more. Taking place at the Shoreditch site, Dirty Vegan will serve up a set three-course menu (designed to share), featuring the likes of cauliflower ‘chicken’ and buckwheat waffles, vegan mac ‘n’ cheese, and aubergine buffalo hot wings.
Where:
1 Club Row, E1 6JX
How much:
Three-course sharing menu, £25

Jimmy Garcia small plates

Jimmy’s BBQ Club, South Bank NEW

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

Sumosan Twiga singer

La Dolce Vita at Sumosan Twiga, Knightsbridge NEW

When: Every Tuesday and Wednesday until June
Residency:
Sumosan Twiga (which houses a basement nightclub) is bringing the party upstairs with live performances from Italian singer Alessandro Ristori & The Portofinos every Tuesday and Wednesday night (think Italian Elvis in vintage Gucci). On the menu, you can expect all the Sumosan signatures, including the salmon and furikake rice ‘pizza’. 
Where:
165 Sloane Street, SW1X 9QB
How much:
Salmon and furikake rice pizza, £12.50

Outlaws small raw fish plates

Outlaw’s Fish Kitchen, Knightsbridge NEW

When: 21 May
Residency:
Nathan Outlaw is bringing his Cornish Fish Kitchen to his London outpost, Outlaw’s at The Capital, for one night only. Outlaw will be serving up a sharing menu featuring the freshest of seafood, with dishes such as Port Isaac crab on toast, and Monkfish satay with leeks and seaweed butter. Tickets also include a signed Nathan Outlaw cookbook.
Where:
22-24 Basil Street, SW3 1AT
How much:
Sharing menu, £110

Pergola Paddington outdoor venue

Pergola, Paddington NEW

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

Tuk shop fried chicken

Tuk Shop, Soho NEW

When: Until further notice
Residency:
The team at health-conscious fast food brand Leon are trailing this new Thai fast food pop-up at its Shaftesbury Avenue site. On the menu, you can expect crispy chicken with a sweet chilli sauce, pad Thai with dried prawns, beansprouts and peanuts, and a range of curries including Thai green and massaman varieties.
Where:
62 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6LT
How much:
Thai green curry, £6.95

fodder pop up

Fodder, Southwark

When: Until June
Residency:
Fodder, a street-food outfit which celebrates foraged ingredients, has taken over the kitchen at Great Guns Social. Titled ‘fine dining gone wild’, the daily-changing menu could feature the likes of pork and smoked-eel pie with mash or cod poached in seaweed butter, while the bar uses homemade pickled syrups in its cocktails. The team will also host talks on sustainability and resourcefulness in the food industry throughout their residency.
Where:
96 Southwark Bridge Road, SE1 0EF
How much:
Six-course tasting menu, £50

rum shack at rotunda

Rotunda, King’s Cross

When: Until September
Pop up:
Rotunda Bar & Restaurant in King’s Cross has launched a 'Rum Garden by the water’, in partnership with Havana Club. Open until September 2018, Rotunda's summer terrace offers up a range of rum cocktails and Caribbean-style food. There’s also a bottomless rum brunch for those looking to keep the island vibes going all afternoon.
Where:
Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG
How much: Bar platters serving four guests, £55

Jikoni sweet doughnuts petals black plate

Ravinder Bhogal goes vegan at The Perception, Soho

When: Mon-Sun 6-11pm until the end of June
Residency: Chef Ravinder Bhogal, who oversees Jikoni in Marylebone, is taking over The Perception at W London to serve up an entirely plant-based menu. Inspired by her vegan niece, the menu includes the likes of Asian mushroom ragout with sweet potato gnocchi, and caramel tofu with garlic confit rice and chilli-smacked cucumbers. Sweet-toothed diners can also enjoy rose, coconut and cardamom doughnuts, and a refreshing lemongrass and lime sorbet.        
Where: W London Hotel, 1st floor, 10 Wardour Street, W1D 6QF
How much: Mains from £12

Petit chef virtual reality table show

Le Petit Chef, Shoreditch

When: Until 30 May, Wed, Fri and Sat evenings only
Pop up: The latest project from pop-up collective Dinner Time Story aims to take diners on a multi-sensory journey on the Silk Road from Marseille to the Middle East, India and over the Himalayas into China. Tricks include a personalised 3D show of a little chef projected in front of each diner, while a six-course tasting menu is matched to wine and cocktails.    
Where: TT Liquor, 17B Kingsland Road, E2 8AA
How much: Six-course tasting menu with paired cocktails and wine, £95

London pop up food drink event mookrat cooking at table veg meat

Mookrata, Soho

When: Until May 2018
Pop up: Shuang Shuang founder Fah Sundravorakul is adding another string to the restaurant’s bow with this DIY hot-pot pop up. Choose your own meat to grill on a tabletop Korean barbecue and add veg simmered in a hot-pot broth. Recipe cards are on hand if you’re not feeling creative.
Where: 64 Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6LU 
How much: Hot pot for two people, £30-35

This article was updated 2 May 2018