Pop up London: the best temporary restaurants, bars and events in the capital

Where to find the coolest London food and drink pop ups this month

Updated on 06 December 2021

Pop up London: the best temporary restaurants, bars and events in the capital

“When a man [ahem, or woman] is tired of London, he is tired of life.” It was the celebrated author Samuel Johnson who said this, and to be honest, we reckon he was on to something. Sure, we have all spent weekends on the couch in our pyjamas WhatsApping our mates about how bored we are and that we’ve got nothing to do, but let’s be real, we’re lying and just being lazy.


That’s because in fact, there is always something new to do or try out in London. One of the most exciting (and sometimes baffling) things about our fair city is the continuous supply of pop up restaurants, bars and events that grace her streets. What exactly is a pop up we hear the uninitiated cry? Well, it’s best described as a new space that offers something a little different to the norm, and is only around for a limited time. London is chock-full of pop ups that are just waiting to be discovered, whether it be something as simple as a preview of a hot new restaurant, or something as bizarre as a drinking den themed around being in prison (yes Alcotraz, we’re looking at you).

The only difficult thing with London pop ups is that there’s an awful lot of them, and it can be tough to work out which ones are actually legit and which were conceived on the back of a Wetherspoons napkin. There’s no need to worry though, as here at SquareMeal, we’ve made it our mission to pound the pavements of the capital looking for the latest and greatest pop ups in town. We regularly update this page with all of the latest London pop up launches, so you know which ones are actually worth your time. So, all that's left for you to do is get out there and enjoy them.

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Pop up London restaurants

Some of London’s most successful restaurants started out life as pop ups. Want to know what the next big thing on the capital’s dining scene will be before it sets up shop permanently? Stay ahead of the curve by visiting one of these pop up restaurants.

Veuve Champagne Bar (from Aldi)

When: 9-12 December 2021
Residency: A new pop-up has opened up on St Christopher's Place, just moments away from Claridges, serving Champagne for £2.33 a glass. It looks pretty swish on the outside, so you might be surprised to hear that Aldi are behind the trendy but cheap Champage bar. Serving Aldi's own Champagne - Veuve Monsigny, not Clicquot - the brand have brought 'the UK’s cheapest Champagne bar [to] one of the UK’s most expensive postcodes'. Guests can also purchase Aldi's own Veuve Monsigny Rosé, non-alcoholic Zerosecco and a selection of Champagne cocktails. Open until 11pm on 12 December. 
Where: 14 Gees Court, St Christopher’s Place, London W1U 1JW

Brussels Sprouts Restaurant

When: 7-9 December 2021
Residency: They've been dividing festive dinner guests for years, but whether you love 'em or hate 'em, there's a restaurant dedicated entirely to brussels sprouts popping up for a three-day residency in London. Diners can feast on three-courses in which sprouts are the star of the show: sip on sprout bellinis before tucking into the likes of sprout arancini, shredded brussels tabbouleh and sprout risotto. We're sure that it's enough to make many go green at the thought... But we're all for it! Plus, all proceeds go towards food charity Fareshare. 
Where: 15 Micawber Street, London, N1 7TB

Free vegan sandwiches at Heura

When: 9-14 December 2021
Residency: Set your alarms, because at 11am everyday between 9-14 December, plant-based restaurant Heura are popping up on Charing Cross Road to give away 5,000 FREE vegan sandwiches. The festive sandwich in question has epic written all over it, and is filled with rosemary and thyme 'turkey', vegan mayo, herby potatoes, pickled red cabbage, crispy onions, vegan sausage and mushroom gravy. Be warned - there will be a limited number of sarnies available each day so you'll need to act fast.
Where: 58 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0BB 

Vivek Singh at Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea

When: 4-5 February 2022
Residency: 2022 can't come quickly enough because Executive Chef and Founder of The Cinnamon Collection, Vivek Singh, is reuniting with 2020 MasterChef: The Professionals final four for an exclusive 10-course supper club at Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea. The two-day pop-up will see each chef share a signature small and main plate and will fuse myriad influences from the chefs varied culinary heritages. Think grilled scallop with sea buckthorn and Chalk Stream trout with parsnip, parsley, mussels and caviar sauce. Tickets cost £120 per person and includes a glass of champagne on arrival.
WhereArch 758, Railway Arches, Battersea Power Station, Battersea, London, SW8 5BN 

Sabrina Ghayour's Supperclubs at Barboun

When: 23 November and 24 December
Residency: Cookbook author Sabrina Ghayour will be hosting two supperclubs before the year is out at Barboun in Shoreditch. For £85 a head, the Persian and Middle Eastern chef will be cooking up 10 never-seen-before dishes, including a welcome cocktail, and diners will also be offered a selection of gifts to take home. Tickets are expected to sell out fast, so get in their quick! 
Where: 61-67 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3HU

Santosh Shah at Cinnamon Kitchen City 

When: Wednesday-Saturday, 10 November 24 December 
ResidencySantosh Shah’s sell-out pop up at Vivek Singh’s restaurant Cinnamon Kitchen City has been so successful that he’s extending his residency for another five weeks throughout November and December. Shah will continue to showcase modern Nepalese food, hosting a maximum of 16 people per sitting. Look out for Nepali spiced chargrilled octopus with bhang ko chutney, duck breast salad and steamed Nepalese dumplings. The fifteen-course menu is priced at £85 per person.
Where: 9 Devonshire Square, Liverpool Street, London, EC2M 4YL 

Alice in Winterland at Queen of Hoxton

When: From 5 November 2021
Residency: Queen Of Hoxton’s annual rooftop is heading down the rabbit hole once again with its Alice In Winterland Winter Rooftop. Step into Winterland where guests will be met with teacups, a spiralling staircase and everyone's favourite Cheshire cat. There's also an exclusive food and drink menu featuring an Always Late After 8 cocktail, Alice’s Always Awake Potion (a twist on an espresso martini) and the Wonderland and Queen Of Hearts Katsu Burger.
Where: 1 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3JX


When: From Friday 29 October, Wednesday-Saturday (for seven weeks) 
ResidencyJKS restaurants have brought us many fabulous places to eat in the capital, Gymkhana, Hoppers and Bibi to name a few, with this Vietnamese pop-up set to be the latest jewel in its empire. The residency just around the corner from Piccadilly Circus will offer street food classics found in the coffee shops and beer stations of Hanoi’s old quarter, including Bánh Mì, Bò Né and Cha Cá Lã Vong. The real focus here, though, is on Bánh Mì with a new special every week (the pop-up runs for seven weeks) including the likes of crispy fish cake, a banh mi doner and a festive turkey offering. Diners can also get their fix of Vietnamese coffee (sweetened with condensed milk) and, in true Vietnamese style, VIETPopulaire will stay open into the late hours of the night.  
Where30 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DL  

Joe and Seph's at Harvey Nichols

When: 6 November – 23 December 2021
Residency: Joe & Seph's popcorn is some serious stuff. With flavours including toffee apple and cinnamon, white chocolate and caramel and salted caramel and camembert cheese, its offerings are guaranteed to delight and possibly divide its audience. For lovers of the popped snack, head over to Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge to check out its pop-up store on the fifth floor, where you can fill two sizes of compostable tubs to the brim with your favourite flavour. For anyone in need of some gift ideas, there’s also the option to ‘build your own tin’ with up to three different flavours.
Where: 109 - 125 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RJ

Rogues London at Hackney Coffee Company

When: Until further notice
Residency: In a beautiful backroom, which serves as a coffee shop during the day, Zak Whittle and Fred Sheen (both ex Galvin La Chapelle) are showing they have a firm command of classical French cooking and how best to extract flavours from unimpeachable ingredients. We marvelled at a pistachio choux bun which oozed with a wickedly rich duck liver parfait and muscat vinegar, and was married with an ‘Indian Summer’ cocktail from the bar made with the Gerwuztraminer-based Belsazar White mixed with bitter orange gin, Manzanilla and saffron, and carbonated before being served in a Champagne flute. Warming, expressive and refreshing, it has a mulish kick. Another highlight was wild duck with beetroot and blackberry, and a soft, unctuous jus. This was paired with an Elderberry-infused Belsazar Rosé mixed with hibiscus and pink grapefruit, the melt-in-the-mouth meat worked a treat with the fruit and dark chocolate notes of the drink. Relaxed, fun and well worth the trip.
Where: 503 Hackney Road, E2 9ED

New Kids on the Stove, Hoxton Southwark

When: Tuesday 16 November, TBC December
Residency: The Hoxton Hotel in Southwark is launching a series of three, one night only guest chef pop-ups featuring unpasteurised beers from Camden Town Brewery. The focus is on fresh, London-based, creatives which is why Mystic Borek, Ixta Belfrage, and Whyte Rushen. The dishes are largely inspired by beer, beer is often a main ingredient, and all the dishes are inventive.
Where: 40 Blackfriars Road, SE1 8NY

Lady Lane Kitchen X The Canvas Café 

When: From 6 October, Wednesday-Saturday 6-10pm, until further notice  
ResidencyThis do-good pop-up sees Lady Lane Kitchen take residence at The Canvas Cafe near Spitalfields Market. Need some context? Lady Lane Catering Company was set up by a group of women during the pandemic who came together through a love of food, a fierce drive to succeed, and a vision to bring their family and heritage recipes to more people. Each are hosting their own supper club in order to teach guests about the culture behind the cuisines, as well as the skills and flavours that go into the dishes. Discover Leila’s Caribbean menu, Woin’s ethiopian kitchen and Dadu’s Bangladeshi feast.  
Where42 Hanbury St, London, E1 5JL 

Tigre Tacos at The Gunmakers

When: Until further notice
Residency: Originally a food truck pop up at Nine Lives Alley in London Bridge, Tigre Tacos has now taken up residency at The Gunmakers in Clerkenwell. Chef Ramon oversees a menu of Mexi-Cali cuisine which is inspired by the street-food taquerias and trucks of 70’s Southern California. Top orders include the lobster tail taco and the Baja ‘no fish’ taco for vegan diners.
Where: 13 Eyre Street Hill, EC1R 5E

Tendril at The Sun & 13 Cantons

When: From September onwards
Residency: This mostly vegan residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons is the brainchild of chef Rishim Sachdeva (The Dairy, Chiltern Firehouse, The Fat Duck). The menu champions seasonal ingredients and you can expect to find plates such as chipotle grilled oyster mushroom with smoked leek and peanut sauce or ratatouille with basil puree, ras el hanout and herb crumb.
Where: 21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG

Sam’s Riverside Autumn Pop Ups

When: 16, 17, 18 November
Residency: Stephane Delourme is making the trip up from Cornwall to Sam’s Riverside to collaborate with Sam and Ashley Tinoco for three ticketed dinner events. Making the most of their understanding of each other from previous work and the fine ingredients from Carlingford Oysters and Riverside’s Phoenix Farm, amongst others. There will be four courses, with contributions from each chef, expect scallops, razor clams, and turbot, paired with homegrown ingredients and finely sourced hams, breads, and of course, wines.
Where: 1 Crisp Walk, Hammersmith, W6 9DN

Shuk team up with Belazu to launch supper club series at Mortimer House

When: 14 October and 11 November
Residency: Mark Jankel, founder and director of Shuk, is joining forces with a three-chef team to put on a series of one-off supper clubs on the fifth floor of Maslow’s Mortimer House, all in partnership with Middle Eastern ingredient supplier, Belazu. Each chef will be charged with a course, with Jankel on the main course, in which you can expect josper grilled bread, confit garlic tahini and burnt tomato salsa, tahini, burnt leeks and plenty more skillfully prepared ingredients.
Where: 37-41, Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 3JH

Norma Supper Club

When: 7 September to 11 January
Residency: As if the regular restaurant offering of authentic Italian cuisine wasn’t enough, Norma have announced a new series of supper clubs once a month. The series promises authentic Italian ingredients of a fine quality, paired with traditional Sicilian hospitality. Starting 7 September with Sicilian Seafood and Crudo night, moving on to Marsala Night (5 October), Donnafugata Winery (2 November), Truffle Season (1 December), and Ben Tish’s ‘Sicilia’ (11 January) as a showcase.
Where: 8 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2LS

Cook To Care Persian Inspired Supper Club, Lambeth

When: 29 October, 26 November, and 17 December
Residency: This autumn and winter supper club is launching at the Remakery in Loughborough Junction, set up by Cook To Care in order to raise awareness of the Brixton community. For every two tickets bought, a member of the local community will be invited as a guest of honour in order to share their experiences. The menu will be plant based, inspired by Persian and Greek food, all for a relatively cheap price that includes drinks and BYOB – but please remember to donate too.
Where: 51 Lilford Road, Vassal, SE5 9HY

Wild by Tart Launch New Guest Chef Series

When: 26 September, 12 October, 2 November, 5 December
Residency: Sharing an ethos of locality, seasonality, and quality in their cooking, these five chefs have been organised to create a series of four supper clubs at Wild by Tart that differ in their cuisines but are united in a positive impact, with a charitable 10% donation per ticket. It kicks off 26 September with Daniel Watkins and Andrew Clarke of Acme Fire Cult, then Thomasina Miers with her Mexican cuisine with British ingredients, afterwards it’s Dorset’s Merlin Labron-Johnson, closing the series is legendary dinner party host Skye McAlpine fusing British and Italian cookery.
Where: 3-4 Ecclestone Yards, SW1W 9AZ

Madhu’s at The Dilly, Mayfair

When: Six months from 29 June
Residency: Making itself at home in the Grade II listed Oak Room of The Dilly Hotel is fine-dining Indian restaurant Madhu’s. Expect a menu underpinned by Punjabi dishes with a few Kenyan twists, resulting in dishes such as ‘Machuzi Shank’: spring lamb shank slow cooked using a secret sauce and blend of dry roasted spices. There are signature cocktails too, served at the 40-seat bar, while home delivery is an option too if you don’t want to get changed out of your pyjamas.
Where: 21 Piccadilly, W1J 0BH

Papa L’s Kitchen, St James’s

When: From 1 July
Pop up: Chef Lawrence Gomez (The Ivy, Sexy Fish, Scott’s) has brought his travelling kitchen to Jermyn Street, where he will be serving an African fusion menu. At Papa L’s Kitchen, you can expect to tuck into dishes such as grilled king tiger prawns and kanja (a vegetable from Gambia) cooked tempura style. Dishes are often finished off with top secret marinades and sauces, the ingredients for which are held close to Gomez’s chest, so expect plenty of heat and spice too.
Where: 16-17 Jermyn Street, SW1Y 6LT

Royale at East London Liquor Co, Bow Wharf

When: Friday-Sunday until further notice
Residency: The team from Michelin-starred Leroy are behind this new rotisserie pop up at East London Liquor Co. Expect a simple menu of rotisserie chicken accompanied by appropriate sides such as roasted potatoes or seasonal veg. You can pair your meal with a selection of wines, spirits or cocktails from the bar team at ELLCo, while Royale’s juicy chicken is also available for delivery if you’d rather enjoy it from the comfort of your sofa.
Where: Unit GF1, 221 Grove Road, E3 5SN

Pop up London bars

We often wake up the morning after a night out cursing the bar that served up such irresistible cocktails. The good news about London pop up bars? They won’t be around for long! Get sipping while you still can and worry about the consequences later.

Cantina Valentina at La Cave

When: 29 September - 29 November 2021
Residency: Located underneath The Hoxton is La Cave, a new wine bar, pop-up space, incubator kitchen and store that will see various chefs and restaurants take over the space. First up is a two-month residency from Adam Rawson, named Cantina Valenta, who will serve Peruvian dishes inspired by his travels in Peru and his experience at Pachamama. Expect a series of excellent wines along with dishes including lime bean hummus, octopus with purple potatoes and duck confit with special fried rice. 
Where: The Hoxton, 199-206 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD

For more dining inspiration, visit our Best Lists page, which features curated lists of restaurants categorised by cuisine, occasion, price and more.