The one-stop shop for all of London’s latest pop ups and residencies, regularly updated, for your reading pleasure. Read on for a bottomless halloumi brunch, a cocktail and tattoo parlour, and the return of dine-in snow globes.
Words: Eamonn Crowe
Lady A’s Bulleit Tattoo and Cocktail Parlour at Lady Abercorn’s, City
When: Until the end of November
Residency: This East London boozer has partnered with tattoo artist Sophie Mo and Bulleit Frontier Whiskey to create a whiskey-infused experience. Guests can book to attend free events including whiskey masterclasses and tattoo consultancy, while cocktails to try include the IScream (pictured) – a shot of Bulleit Bourbon served with an ice-cream sandwich.
Where: 40 Liverpool Street, EC2M 7QN
How much: All events are free
Limin’, Old Spitalfields Market
When: Until 31 December
Pop up: Trinidadian chef Sham Mahabir has teamed up with House of Angostura to launch this island food restaurant, where you can find dishes such as Pelau (a one-pot dish mixing chicken, rice and veg), and roti stuffed with savoury fillings. Wash it down with the Queen’s Park Swizzle, a sip which blends Angostura 7-year rum with lime, mint and syrup.
Where: 107B Commercial Street, Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6BG
How much: £TBC
XX/VI at Picture, Marylebone
When: 19 November
Pop up: Young chef pals Aaron Thomas and Joe Allen are hosting a one-off dinner at Picture Marylebone as part of their budding dining concept XX/VI. The menu will showcase a blend of Indian- and Nepali-influenced cuisine, with dishes including grilled mackerel with coconut and caviar, and Keralan-fried cauliflower mushroom served with daal, bread and pickles.
Where: 19 New Cavendish Street, W1G 9TZ
How much: £40 per person
Bottomless halloumi brunch at Las Banderas, Soho
When: Until 18 November
Residency: A cheese-lover’s dream, this halloumi-heavy brunch is available at Spanish restaurant Las Banderas until mid-November. Expect the likes of a halloumi finger hash sandwich, and halloumi served with scrambled eggs, smoked salmon, and sourdough. It also comes with bottomless Prosecco, as if you needed more reason to visit.
Where: 68-70 Wardour Street, W1F 0TB
How much: £32 for 90 minutes
The Lodge on the River, South Bank
When: From 9 November
Pop up: Pop-up pro Jimmy Garcia is back with this Alpine foodie retreat. The space features a first-floor restaurant and private dining ‘snow globes’. You can look forward to the likes of smoked Scottish venison tartare with toasted brioche, fondue with mixed charcuterie, and dark chocolate tart for dessert.
Where: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX
How much: Set menu, £45 per person
TÚ, Earl’s Court
When: 9-10 and 15-16 November
Pop up: Chef Martin Milesi, who previously founded the pop-up project Una, is the man behind this Latin American themed pop up, which serves up a sharing menu of deceptively simple dishes. You can expect to find the likes of a sea bream ceviche, alongside Argentine beef with homemade mustard, on Milesi’s menu.
Where: 51 Philbeach Gardens, SW5 9EB
How much: £50 per person
Donnelly’s at The Sun & 13 Cantons, Soho
When: Until the end of 2018
Residency: Chef James Donnelly, who is eventually planning to open his own restaurant, has for now set up camp at The Sun & 13 Cantons. Head here to try plates of ‘proper British’ fayre, including roast rabbit leg with garlic and parsley butter, bacon and mustard, followed by puddings such as a salted chocolate tart with cherry compote and whipped cream.
Where: 21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG
How much: Mains from £7
Last Nights of Havana, Wapping
When: Throughout winter
Pop up: Summer may be over, but Tobacco Dock is still bringing the heat with this Cuban pop up bar, which sees a riotous nightly mix of rum, jazz and dance. Expect Mojitos, Daiquiris and Cuban cigars, while those looking to brush up on their rum knowledge can partake in the rum-tasting masterclasses, which run every Saturday afternoon.
Where: Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF
How much: Rum masterclass, £60
Black Cod & Wagyu at Zelman Meats, Soho
When: Until the end of 2018
Residency: Taking over the bar area of Zelman Meats in St Anne’s Court, this pop up helps to democratise high-end Wagyu steaks and miso black cod, serving them up for just £20. While warming up for the main event, you can pick from a choice of five starters, with plates including tiger prawn tempura, while your steak can be accompanied by lobster fried rice.
Where: 2 St Anne's Court, W1F 0AZ
How much: Wagyu steak, £20
Oxalis at The Shrub & Shutter, Brixton
When: Until the end of the year
Residency: Following a successful five-month residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho, Oxalis has moved on to Brixton’s The Shrub & Shutter. This time around the menu will feature the likes of a squid ink cracker with brown crab and lardo, and broad bean tortellini with cured egg, rabbit and beef tartar.
Where: 336 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8QH
How much: Four-course set menu, £30
When: From October 18th
Pop up: Pergola Paddington is back for the winter with a tempting restaurant line-up, two huge bars, and plenty of room for getting cosy and staying warm. 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
This article was updated 2 November 2018