Looking for the hottest new foodie pop ups and restaurant residencies in London? This is your one-stop, regularly updated guide, which has all the details on the pop ups you need to know about.
Baked Bean Museum, Covent Garden
When: 30 August-1 September
Pop up: Bean lovers rejoice, as Heinz is launching a ‘Beanz Museum’ in Covent Garden. The three-day long pop up has been created to celebrate the brand’s 150th anniversary, as well as marking 100 years since Heinz was first introduced to Londoners, where it was originally sold at legendary Piccadilly department store, Fortnum & Mason’s – who’d have thought it? At the pop up guests will be able to enjoy a series of immersive experiences, including a giant walk-through toaster (um…sure?) and a beans slide (sounds messy). The best part? Entry to the museum is free.
Where: 5 Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB
How much: Free entry
Covent Garden Cool Down, Covent Garden
When: 22-26 August
Pop up: Taking place across the piazza, the Covent Garden Cool Down will see several of the area’s restaurants and bars serve up unique takes on ice cream to help Londoners cool down this summer. Head to Avobar to try its limited-edition avocado softserve, while those in search of boozy ice cream can head to ice cream parlour Morelli’s to try Aperol Spritz flavoured ice cream or Dirty Martini to sip on frosé and frozen Passionfruit Daiquiris.
Where: The piazza, Covent Garden
How much: Various prices, check with individual traders
The Blind Tiger at DUM Biryani, Soho
When: Every Friday and Saturday from 15 August until late September
Residency: Found at DUM Biryani, this speakeasy-style space is the place to go if you’re looking for a late-night snack after having a few drinks in Soho, proving that drunk food doesn't just have to mean a trip to Maccie D's. The menu consists of cocktails which use Indian-inspired ingredients (think vodka with cardamom and saffron-infused whiskey), alongside a range of small plates and snacks – tuck into pumpkin papdi chaat, or try the hot and sour Kodi Vepudu wings.
Where: 187B Wardour Street, W1F 8ZB
How much: Cocktails from £8
Crisp sandwich pop up at Beer Merchant’s Tap, Hackney Wick
When: 8-11 August
Residency: Crisp sandwiches are one of those food combos that simultaneously brings you boundless joy and makes you wonder what your life has come to. Thankfully though, Beer Merchant’s tap has given them a gourmet makeover, which should make eating crisp sarnies in public a little more acceptable. Forget white bread and Walkers, as here you’ll find the boujis likes of pickled onion Space Raiders on sourdough, topped with cheddar and mustard, plus a slightly disconcerting dessert option. Sandwiches also come with suggested beer pairings, and there's a tasting menu too, in case you want six rounds of the good stuff.
Where: 99 Wallis Road, E9 5LN
How much: Prices TBC
Good Times Roll, London Bridge
When: Until the 1st September
Residency: Jäger ice cream is the flavour we've been missing all these years it turns out, so it's fortuitous that street food brand Good Times Roll have introduced it to their line up this summer. Their presentation of this unusual choice is made with Jäger and Red Bull, and served with a shot on the side, naturally. With a pop up on the river near London Bridge Good Times Roll will be serving tubs of rolled ice cream until September, which will include their signature boozy combinations (they also do a Piña colada option). There are other flavours on offer too - like caramel chocolate brownie and lemon and ginger snap biscuit - in case the thought of Jäger causes you PTS.
Where: Summer by the River Festival, 203 Tooley Street, SE1 2JX
How much: Various prices
Campo Viejo Rosé Fountain, South Bank
When: 15 August
Residency: For one day only, a giant rosé fountain is coming to London. Found on South Bank, the installation has been created to celebrate the new rosé in the Campo Viejo wine range, and will sit alongside Spanish tapas from pop-up king Jimmy Garcia and a funky soundtrack. Disclaimer: the fountain is actually spraying pink-tinged water, but your one hour experience will include two glasses of wine and plenty of Insta opportunities.
Where: South Bank
How much: Free! It’s encouraged to book your tickets in advance, which include two glasses of rosé per person
When: 4 and 18 August
Residency: If long, lazy summer lunches are your thing then you might be interested to know that popular London restaurant Sardine is doing two outdoor garden events this summer. Set outside on the terrace of Parasol unit or Victoria Miro art gallery you will dine on a four-course seasonal menu that will include Head Chef Alex Jackson’s signature lamb a la ficelle, which sees the meat hung by a string and cooked over an open fire.
Where: Parasol unit or Victoria Miro art gallery
How much: Set menu, £42
Searcys at The Gherkin, The City
When: From 15 July - 1 September
Residency: Searcys at The Gherkin have partnered with Perrier-Jouët Champagne this summer to transform their Iris bar into a botanical-themed glasshouse. The partnership will also see a Champagne masterclasses offered to groups, allowing guests to taste a flight of three different cuvées while enjoying stunning views across the capital. If you're more about the eating than the drinking (or enjoy both) then it's good news, too - there's the option to book a private dining space on another floor that has been given a similar floral makeover. Here Searcys' signature, seasonal British menu will be paired with Perrier-Jouët Champagnes.
Where: 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP
How much: Perrier-Jouët Masterclass at the Glasshouse from £40 per person, and private dining prices vary
Plaquemine Lock, Islington
When: Until the end of August
Residency: Jacob Kenedy’s Plaquemine Lock is welcoming chef Tory McPhail (of the much-loved Commander’s Place restaurant in New Orleans) to cook up a storm. McPhail will serve eight dishes inspired by Louisiana, including a crawfish boil beignet with remoulade sauce, red bean and rice with calas with smoked mushrooms, sweetcorn and rice, and seafood gumbo with shrimp, pollack and okra.
Where: 139 Graham Street, N1 8LB
How much: Crawfish boil beignet, £7 for two
Coca Cola X Stranger Things Arcade, Shoreditch
When: 11 July until further notice
Pop up: Coca Cola has teamed up with Netflix sensation Stranger Things to celebrate the launch of the show’s third season. Appropriately launching on the Eleven(th) of July, the soft drinks giant will present a Stranger Things inspired arcade in Shoreditch, which will feature nostalgic games and refreshments. What’s more, the first 800 visitors to the pop up will receive a limited-edition ‘upside down’ Coca Cola Can (pictured above) to take home with them.
Where: Shop 4, Brick Lane, Spitalfields, E1 6QR
How much: Free entry
Flynn McGarry at Carousel, Marylebone
When: 30 July to 10 August
Residency: Carousel, the Marylebone restaurant with an ever-changing line up of chef residencies, has just announced its summer line up and whizz kid chef Flynn McGarry has top billing. The 20 year old New Yorker launched his own restaurant on his eighteenth birthday and is set to serve up the likes of barbecue lamb ribs with cracked coriander seed and XO sauce when he makes his way to London.
Where: 71 Blandford Street, W1B 8AB
How much: Set menu, £49.50
Fendi Caffe at Harrods, Knightsbridge
When: Until the end of August
Pop up: Luxury fashion brand Fendi has launched a pop up café at legendary department store Harrods. Found on the fifth floor, the café boasts a stylish black and white colour scheme and serves up cakes and coffees which have been emblazoned with the brand’s signature double F logo. Guests can also customise their Fendi Peekaboo bags by choosing from a range of available colours, handles and bag straps.
Where: 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
How much: Coffee from £4.75
Festok at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge
When: Until 31 August
Pop up: The ice cream at this pop up parlour comes from Lebanon and has a softer and chewier texture than traditional ice cream. Festok (which translates from Lebanese as ‘pistachio’) is also known for its unique flavour combinations, which include the likes of vegan Meghli made with rice milk covered in desiccated coconut and flaked almonds. The ice cream pros have also made a limited edition marshmallow flavour just for Harvey Nicks, so grab it while you can.
Where: 109-125 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, SW1X 7RJ
How much: Prices TBC
When: Throughout 2019
Residency: Once you’re done freezing your unmentionables off at the only bar in London which is made entirely from ice, you can head to Yuu Kitchen’s new pop up kitchen to fill your stomach. The menu features the likes of sweet and sticky miso aubergine and 12-hour braised pork belly, while if you haven’t had enough ice for the day, you can finish up with an ice cream bao stuffed with unique flavours such as coconut bread cake and avocado and yuzu.
Where: 31-33 Heddon Street, W1B 4BN
How much: Bao buns from £6
Summer terrace at Pomona’s, Notting Hill
When: Throughout summer
Pop up: Just in time for the summer sunshine, Pomona’s has launched a range of seasonal cocktails which are served in its summer garden. The garden is bursting with greenery and cocktails to try include The Blueberry – a blend of St Germain elderflower liqueur and homemade blueberry syrup infused with a shot of Miller’s Classic gin. Enjoy your sip while tucking into brunch dishes such as buttermilk pancakes topped with bacon.
Where: 47 Hereford Road, W2 5AH
How much: Cocktails from £10
Applebee’s Fish, South Bank
When: Throughout summer
Pop up: Borough Market favourite Applebee’s Fish has set up shop on the South Bank for the summer, serving up its famous fish & chips, alongside Negronis on tap and oysters. When visiting, you can expect to find a dedicated Champagne and oyster bar, live music from buskers and an adult-sized sandpit featuring beach games. As well as the signature fish & chips, you can tuck into the likes of seabass ceviche, tuna tartare and of course, a chip butty!
Where: 30 The Queen's Walk, Lambeth, SE1 8XX
How much: Fish & chips, £15.75
Rum Shack at York & Albany, Camden
When: Throughout the summer
Pop up: Very little beats a beach getaway, but if you don’t have one of those on the cards this year, bring the beach to you. York & Albany’s Rum Shack is bringing some Caribbean sunshine to Camden, with its rum punches and Caribbean-inspired sharing plates. The space is kitted out with bamboo, palm trees and floral prints too, to really get you in the summer mood. The Rum Shack is available now to book for groups, and is sticking around all through summer.
Where: 127-129 Parkway, NW1 7PS
How much: Menus start from £29
BBQ Dreamz at the John Lewis Rooftop, Marylebone
When: Until 29 September
Residency: Following pop ups around the capital, Filipino street food outfit BBQ Dreamz are taking over the John Lewis Roof Garden above the company’s Oxford Street site. Dishes you can expect to find on the menu include the likes of lechon pork belly, and an aubergine satay curry. The residency is party of Roof Fest London, and while enjoying your food, you can enjoy live music, comedians and more.
Where: 300 Oxford Street, Marylebone, W1C 1DX
How much: All large plates, £11
Little Moons, Shepherds Bush
When: Until October
Pop up: Touted as the next big thing in desserts, mochi balls are a bite-size Japanese sweetstuff which consist of artisan gelato ice-cream wrapped in a natural gluten-free rice flour dough mochi shell. Popping up in Shepherd's Bush, Little Moons will be serving up mochi balls to sweet-toothed Londoners, with flavours to choose from including Alphonso Mango, Uji Matcha Green Tea and vegan Belgian chocolate. The best part? Every ball is under 100 calories.
Where: Ariel Way, Shepherd's Bush, W12 7GF
How much: From £1.50 per ball
Donnelly’s at Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen, Bermondsey
When: Until further notice
Residency: Chef James Donnelly (previously head chef at The Palmerston) has gone solo at this new residency, serving up best-of-British dishes. Dine on the likes of red wine braised ox cheek with parsnips and thyme, as well as slow-roasted pork belly with sour cabbage and apple. There’s weekend brunch and a Wednesday steak night too.
Where: 40 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UD
How much: Mains from £7
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