The one-stop shop for all of London’s latest pop ups and residencies, regularly updated, for your reading pleasure. Read on for wallpaper-inspired meals, New Orleans takeovers and the chance to dine in Parliament.
Words: Eamonn Crowe
New Orleans at Bosidale of Canary Wharf (above) NEW
When: 25 September to 1 October
Residency: Boisdale is extending the summer with a limited residency from New Orleans chef Dickie Brennan, who will be bringing the likes of shrimp and grits, and savoury crabmeat cheesecake to Canary Wharf. To really get things going, there will also be NOLA-style music from live bands throughout the residency – book Boisdale now
Where: Cabot Place West, E14 4QT
How much: Dinner and music ticket, £29.50
Off the Wall and onto the Plate at The House of Wallpaper, Soho (above) NEW
When: 22 September to 4 October
Pop up: To celebrate London Design Festival, this pop up will serve up a menu inspired by wallpaper. Chef Pedro Passinhas will turn out a seven-course tasting menu for guests and dishes will include ‘sheet scallop’ served with slow-cooked pork neck, metallic paper made from fresh oysters, and an edible wallpaper napkin amuse-bouche.
Where: 19 Greek Street, W1D 4DT
How much: Set menu £60
Taco Rebels at The King & Co, Clapham (above) NEW
When: 4 September until 29 October
Residency: The King & Co hosts a steady stream of pop ups throughout the year and the latest to move in is Taco Rebels, who will be serving up exciting combinations including the Pan-Asian Piggy (pork belly with pineapple and ginger salsa) and Rib Mac Meal; smoked beef short-rib with aged cheddar.
Where: 100 Clapham Park Road, SW4 7BZ
How much: £4.50 each or three for £12
Nuno Mendes cookbook takeovers at Taberna do Mercado, Spitalfields (above) NEW
When: Thursdays and Fridays throughout September
Residency: To celebrate the launch of his new cookbook Lisboeta, Nuno Mendes will man the stoves at his restaurant Taberna do Mercado, showcasing dishes from the book. Diners can expect the likes of slow-baked lamb chanfana, and fluffy custard-stuffed doughnuts.
Where: Old Spitalfields Market, 107b Commercial Street, E1 6BG
How much: £45 set menu
The Strangers Dining Room at The Houses of Parliament, Westminster (above) NEW
When: Various dates, October to December
Residency: Although this experience doesn’t start until October, we expect it to sell out fast, so thought we’d give you a heads up. The Houses of Parliament are offering the chance for guests to dine in its restaurant Strangers, via a menu of British classics. Bookings are taken up to 90 days in advance, book here.
Where: Westminster, SW1A 0AA
How much: £75 set menu
Cloister by Club Gascon, Smithfield (above) NEW
When: 13 September to 6 October
Pop up: While the restaurant is closed for refurbishment, Club Gascon is hosting a pop up at St Bartholomew The Great church. Guests can enjoy a four-course tasting menu featuring favourites such as king scallop with spicy berries and frosted watermelon, and peppered braised beef rib with tapioca and samphire.
Where: Cloth Fair, EC1A 7JQ
How much: £80 set menu
Galatoire’s at The Colony Grill at The Beaumont, Mayfair (above) NEW
When: 27-30 September
Residency: To mark the NFL season in London, New Orleans restaurant Galatoire’s is taking over The Colony Grill Room at The Beaumont. Visiting diners can expect dishes including crabmeat maison and shrimp roulade, with the option to enjoy a wine-paired menu also available.
Where: The Beaumont, 8 Balderton Street, W1K 6TF
How much: wine-matched menu £112.50
A Taste of Cornwall at The Goring, Belgravia (above)
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)
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
Freak Scene, Clerkenwell (above)
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
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
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 6 September 2017