The one-stop shop for all of London’s latest pop ups and residencies, regularly updated, for your reading pleasure. Read on for unlimited Prosecco, fermented bar snacks, multi-sensory chocolate tastings and the ultimate Christmas burger.
Words: Eamonn Crowe and Ben McCormack
Mookrata, Soho (above) NEW
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
Belvedere Espresso Martini Lounge, City (above) NEW
When: Until 31 December
Pop up: Need a Christmas caffeine fix to get you through all the festive partying? Head on down to Gaucho Broadgate where Belvedere is showcasing its Espresso Martini made with its vodka and Mr Black Coffee Liqueur. Not a coffee drinker? Try the Dark Chocolate Martini or Chestnut Martini.
Where: 5 Finsbury Avenue, EC2M 2PG
How much: Cocktails £12.50
Ferroro Rocher: Behind the Layers, Shepherd’s Bush (above) NEW
Leaving the cosy confines of the ambassador’s residence, Ferroro Rocher is really spoiling us with this pop-up in Westfield Shepherd’s Bush. Take a break from Christmas shopping with a 45-minute multi-sensory tasting experience, in which five desserts inspired by the five layers of Ferrero Rocher are made alongside light projections, music and motion. And yes: you get to eat them.
Westfield London, Ariel Way, W12 7DS
£25, including a glass of Prosecco
The Bubble Bros Christmas Spritz Bar, Bethnal Green (above) NEW
When: 12-16 December
Pop up: Bubble Bros Ben and Joe have parked their van for three days to open a pop-up with Prosecco on tap – and you’re in charge of the flow. Guests can take part in afternoon mixology lessons before enjoying unlimited bubbly. Come the evening, the Prosecco bar is open to all, with stomach lining courtesy of a wood-fired oven from Pizza Pilgrims.
Where: 1st Floor, 134 Columbia Road, E2 7RG
How much: Cocktail classes from £32 per person
MeatUp’s Burger Kitchen, Chelsea (above) NEW
When: Until 22 December
Pop up: MeatUp’s Chrimbo pop-up allows you to make your own bespoke burger, topping your patty with the likes of mac and cheese, duck pastrami, lime-and-chilli prawns or Kinder egg, and sandwiching it between milk, charcoal or beetroot buns. But we bet you won’t come up with anything more bonkers than the in-house Christmas creation topped with roast turkey, bacon, pigs in blankets, stuffing, Brussels sprouts and Brie, all held together with a candy cane. Christmas has come early.
Where: 351 Fulham Road, SW10 9TW
How much: £16, including an appetiser, burger, fries and a slaw
The Bhendi Bazaar at Cinnamon Bazaar, Covent Garden (above) NEW
Until 31 December
Inspired by the hidden Bhendi Bazaar in Bombay, the Coven Garden equivalent is on the top floor of Cinnamon Bazaar and furnished with day beds, drapes and low tables, with room for just 12 diners. £30 buys you an eight-course meat or veg thali feast including the likes of Alleppey shrimp curry and simmered black dal Makhani. To drink, there are cocktails made with East India Gin Company, and Franklin & Sons mixers.
28 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7JS
Laurent-Perrier Pop Up at Sanderson, Fitzrovia (above) NEW
Until 2 January 2018
Pop up: Alice in Wonderland
comes to the Sanderson this December thanks to Champagne Laurent-Perrier. The hotel’s Purple Bar has been transformed with over-sized bird cages, mini chairs, mirrors and low lighting. Drink Me potions come courtesy of cocktails with a Laurent-Perrier twist, promising to ‘challenge perceptions of flavour and taste’.
Where: 50 Berners Street, W1T 3NG
How much: Cocktails from £20
Kultured Bar, Soho (above) NEW
Until 28 February 2018
Jono Hope first hit the headlines when he launched eating-in-the-nude restaurant, The Bunyardi; now he’s teamed up with Alix Caiger to offer naturally carbonated tonics and kombuchas, made with ingredients foraged from around East London to create the likes of the signature G&T, the Turbo Gin and Tonic, involving espresso and black-pepper tonic. To eat, there’s a sharing plates menu of fermented food.
21 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LB
Turbo Gin and Tonic, £8
The Ethicurean at the John Lewis Rooftop, Mayfair (above)
When: Throughout winter
Residency: Bristol restaurant The Ethicurean is taking over John Lewis’ rooftop garden on Oxford Street for winter. Dishes on the comfort-food heavy menu include truffle and porcini mushroom pork sausage with mashed potato and cider sauce, Welsh rarebit, and almond milk sorbet with honeycomb and sour cherry.
Where: 300 Oxford Street W1C 1DX
How much: Average main £14
Pure Filth at Tate Modern, South Bank (above)
When: 25 November to 10 December
Pop up: Chef Gizzi Erskine and nutritionist Rosemary Ferguson have teamed up for this ‘healthy food for hedonists’ pop up at Tate Modern. On the menu, you’ll find healthy versions of comfort food dishes, including black bean patty in a beetroot bun, dairy-free milkshakes and raw bounty chocolate bars for dessert.
Where: Bankside SE1 9TG
How much: Happy Meal (burger, fries, salad, pudding ) £20
La Pergola at Browns Hotel, Mayfair (above)
When: Six weeks from 13 November
Residency: Three Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck at Rome’s La Pergola is taking over the kitchen at Browns for six weeks, serving classics from the restaurant including John Dory with curry and red beetroots on a light pesto sauce.
Where: Brown's Hotel, 34 Albemarle Street, W1S 4BP
How much: Prices TBC
Winter House, West End (above)
When: 23 November to 23 December
Pop up: Bourne & Hollingsworth is inviting Londoners to discover The Winter House for some festive feasting. Set in a Grade-II listed chapel in the heart of the West End, this limited-edition restaurant, bar and club serves a menu with a modern take on classic British festive fare.
Where: 79-87 Charing Cross Road, W1D 5EZ
How much: Average three-course meal £55
Woody Bear, Oxford Street (above)
When: Until the end of December
Pop up: The latest rooftop pop up on Oxford Street, Woody Bear offers a wintry haven via a dedicated Cheese Melt-Shack, eggnog and hot gin punch on tap. Croque-monsieur street food vendors Madame & Monsieur are offering a line of grilled-cheese sandwiches, while signature serves include a Salty Susan with vodka, rosemary-salted maple syrup and grapefruit juice.
Where: 535 Oxford St W1C 1LY
How much: Croque monsieurs from £6
Il Tetto at Selfridges, Oxford Street (above)
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 pumpkin hand-filled pasta parcels with robiola fondue and crispy sage, and chargrilled salmon with braised cannellini beans and tomatoes.
Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
How much: Pasta from £10
Oxalis at The Sun & 13 Cantons, Soho (above)
When: Until March 2018
Residency: Oxalis is bringing its fusion of British cooking with classic French technique to Soho for a six-month residency. Dishes on offer include beef crumpet with bone marrow and parsley aioli, beef-dripping toast, and chicken and duck liver parfait.
Where: 21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG
How much: Mains from £8
Pergola Paddington Central, Paddington (above)
When: From 25 October to 23 December
Pop up: Pergola Paddington Central is back for winter, fully weather-proof with heating and blankets on hand. This time around, the likes of Made of Dough, Tonkotsu and Little Ghost Bagels are joining in on the fun – you’re not likely to go hungry.
Where: 5 Kingdom Street, W2 6PY
How much: Dishes all £12 or under
Carousel, Marylebone (above)
Residency: Carousel is continuing its run of guest chefs this autumn with some pretty impressive names. Sam Booth of Anglo and Tom Brown (who recently left Outlaws at the Capital) are both due to take over the kitchen, while other events include a dumpling-making masterclass.
Where: 71 Blandford Street, W1B 8AB
How much: Set menu £39.50 per person
The Lodge on the River, South Bank (above)
When: 10 November-31 December
Pop up: Pop-up pro Jimmy Garcia is back with this alpine foodie retreat. The space features a first-floor restaurant where every dish is under £10, and private dining ‘snow globes’ like the ones seen as Coppa Club last year. Expect to find game terrine on brioche toast and fondue served with a selection of charcuterie. This one doesn’t open until November, but we expect tickets will sell out fast.
Where: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
How much? All food under £10
The Strangers Dining Room at The Houses of Parliament, Westminster
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
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