The one-stop shop for all of London’s latest pop ups and residencies, regularly updated, for your reading pleasure. Read on for pasta at a cocktail bar, wrinkle-combatting sarnies, and an entirely vegan menu from chef Ravinder Bhogal.
Words: Eamonn Crowe and Ben McCormack
Carousel, Marylebone NEW
Residency: Carousel is continuing its run of guest chefs this spring with another impressive name. This time, it’s the turn of chef Scott Smith of Norn in Edinburgh, which is currently number 67 on our UK Top 100 Restaurants list. The food offering depends on local suppliers, but a March menu might include ingredients such as haddock and beef, and desserts making use of rhubarb and apple.
Where: 71 Blandford Street, W1U 8AB
How much: Set menu £39.50 per person
Fat Tony’s at Bar Termini Centrale, Marylebone NEW
When: Wed-Sat 12N-9pm until the end of April
Residency: Tony Conigliaro’s cocktail and coffee bar has added another Italian element to its offering with a residency from Fat Tony’s, which specialises in handmade pasta. On the menu, you’ll find starters of burrata with sea salt and olive oil, followed by pasta including pappardelle with longhorn shin ragu. Desserts meanwhile include grilled peaches with amaretto and crème fraiche – a taste of Italy without straying too far from Oxford Street.
Where: 31 Duke Street, W1U 1LG
How much: Pasta from £8
Glenmorangie presents ‘Spice & Rye’ Speakeasy, Fitzrovia NEW
When: 20-24 March
Pop up: Glenmorangie is celebrating the release of Glenmorangie Spìos (the ninth release in the Highland single malt’s explorative Private Edition range) with the opening of Spice & Rye, a speakeasy cocktail bar. The 1920s-style space features a secret entrance through a faux apothecary-style spice shop and a live jazz band. Whiskey cocktails will include High & Rye, made with Glenmorangie The Original, ginger, pineapple and topped off with rye beer, and Bloodstone: coffee-infused Glenmorangie The Quinta Ruban, mixed with Rubino and Cocchi Torino.
Where: 14 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1DR
How much: Cocktails £8-10
Ravinder Bhogal goes vegan at The Perception, Soho NEW
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
The Sandwich Spa, Piccadilly NEW
When: 14-16 March
Pop up: We’re not sure if anti-ageing sandwiches will stop the bags under our eyes, but the folk behind The Sandwich Spa seem to think so. Pairing beauty treatments with sarnies, the deli-come-spa serves up the likes of Roll Back The Clock: a multigrain wrap containing anti-oxidant sweet potatoes, and more. You’ll enjoy your wrap alongside a collagen-boosting facial, and will (hopefully) come out looking 10 years younger.
Where: La Galleria Pall Mall, SW1Y 4UY
How much: Free to visit
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
When: From 17 February-17 May
Pop-up: Diners with memories of the 20th century may recall Poon’s, the Michelin-starred Chinese eatery that stretched to five branches across London. Founder Bill Poon’s daughter Amy is bringing the brand back with a three-month pop-up, emphasising clean flavours, fresh ingredients (many gluten-free and vegan) as well as the wind-dried meats that made Poon’s famous first time around.
Where: 131-133 Central Street, EC1V 8AP
How much: Dishes from £3.95
Rosa’s Thai Veggie, Soho
When: Until April
Pop up: This branch of Rosa’s has gone entirely veggie for three months, tapping into the growing popularity of meat-free diets. On the menu, you can find the likes of tofu satay, Panang tofu, and tom kha mushroom soup. These new dishes sit alongside Rosa’s vegetarian regulars, including papaya salad and stir-fried aubergine.
Where: 48 Dean Street, W1D 5BF
How much: Small plates from £5.50
Punch Room at The London Edition, Fitzrovia
When: Throughout 2018
Residency: Punch Room is kicking off its Perfect Mix series with GQ editor-in-chief Dylan Jones. The series will see some of the venue’s favourite clientele pick a tipple of choice and an accompanying playlist. Jones has opted for a classic Negroni and a playlist of soft vocals including smooth soul tunes from Melba Moore.
Where: 10 Berners Street, W1T 3NP
How much: Negroni, £12
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
Il Tetto at Selfridges, Oxford Street
Residency: Restaurateur Des McDonald is bringing modern Italian cuisine to Selfridges’ rooftop for a whole year. Offering brunch, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, you can expect dishes such as baked tomato and mozzarella potato dumplings, and wild boar tortelli with spiced carrots and thyme butter.
Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
How much: Pasta from £10
Freak Scene, Clerkenwell
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
This article was updated 15 March 2018