Read on for mulled sloe gin in Clerkenwell, carol singing and street food in King’s Cross, and whisky bread and butter pudding in a London Bridge hideaway. 

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Ceru Winter Pop Up, Bank (above)

When: Until 4 January 2016
What:
This Levantine lot are on a mission to eternalise that summer holiday feelin’ through food and drink. Come lunch or dinner you’ll get a Middle Eastern feast (think slow-roasted lamb, pomegranate and mint salad and plenty of dips), or pop along for a brekkie of pancakes with yoghurt, raisins and dates. We’re sure the craft beers and Levantine wines will help along the way too…
Where: 135 Cannon Street, EC4N 5BP
How much:
Mains from £6

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Christmas under the Canopy, King’s Cross (above)  NEW

When: 3-13 December, Mon-Fri  12N-9pm, Sat-Sun 10am-9pm
What: Not content with its impending opening, those at The Lighterman are creating a winter wonderland of seasonal street food (including those doughnuts from St. John), carol singing and their very own fir tree forest – all in aid of Farms for City Children 
Where:
West Handyside Canopy, N1C 4AA
How much: Free entry

Gherkin Snow Globe Christmas pop up event December 2015

Christmas Snow Globe at The Gherkin, City  NEW

When: Until 1 January 2016
What:
Gain entry into The Gherkin’s private members’ club at level 40, which has been transformed into a magical Christmas snow globe for the festive season. With drinks including the Truffle and Chocolate Espresso Martini, The Egg Nog (with smoked raisin-infused rum) and Christmas Tea, the dizzying heights won't be the only thing to make your head spin…
Where:
30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP
How much:
Cocktails from £12

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CLAW at The Three Compasses, Dalston (above)  NEW

When: Until 31 January 2016
What: Devon meets Dalston for a crustacean celebration: expect crab burgers, sides such as mac‘n’crab and a pinch, punch brunch of lobster BLTs and grilled crab cheese toasties at the weekend
Where:
99 Dalston Lane, E8 1NH
How much: Burgers from £9.50 

Darjeeling Express Residency at The Sun & 13 Cantons, Soho (below)

When: Ongoing for lunch, dinner on Saturday only, July 2015 until March 2016
What: Mughlai supper-clubber Asman Khan brings family recipes from the royal kitchens of India to Soho for this pub residency, with dishes including chicken chaap Calcutta korma, paneer samosas and venison kofta
Where: 21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG
How much: Mains £12.50

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Dram & Smoke’s Winter Highland Hideaway, London Bridge (below)  NEW

When: 27 November until 19 December
What:
The sell-out Scottish pop up is back, this time channelling a house party vibe in a massive candlelit space just off Bermondsey Street. They’ll be dishing out whisky cocktails from The Naked Grouse and Harviestoun beers, alongside a tongue-in-cheek menu of duck doughnuts with Irn Bru chilli jam, carve-at-the-table pork and sharing trays of whisky bread and butter pud
Where: 2-3 Black Swan Yard, SE1 3XW
How much: £40 (includes cocktail and five-course menu)

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The Fat Bear at Rising Sun, Bank

When: Ongoing
What:
Indulgent southern American fare. Tuck into Maryland crab cakes, southern fried chicken and New Yorker hot dogs, followed by strawberry shortcake cheesecake
Where:
61 Carter Lane, EC4V 5DY
How much:
Hot dogs from £10.50

Forza Winter, Peckham

When: 5 November until 19 December, Thurs-Sat, 7.30-11pm
What:
The pop up which always sells out now has a perma-site in Peckham, which plays host to their ever-popular Forza Winter for eight weeks only. This year they’re dishing up six courses cooked across a wood-fired grill, then served up family-style in the middle of two huge tables. The main even is a Valdostana-style fonduta: it’s a cheese and egg fondue (yep, really) from Italy. #rollusouttathere
Where: Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Road, SE15 3SN
How much:
£35

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Hawker House, Canada Water (above)

When: Every Friday and Saturday until 12 December, 5pm-12M
What:
The toasty indoor night market from Street Feast returns, promising to be the ‘biggest and best yet’ with no less than eight bars (including one with 30 American craft beers by the can), 14 food traders (such as Yum Bun, Smokestak and Prawnography [pictured]) and plenty of music too
Where:
Canada Street, SE16 2XU
How much: Free before 7pm, £3 after

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Hendrick’s Victorian Circus at The Gun, Docklands (above)  NEW

When: 10 November until February 2016
What: The masterminds behind the cucumber and gin combo have transformed this gastropub’s riverside marquee into a big top, and packed it with carnival games, taxidermy animals, candy floss, popcorn machines and finger food. Of course, there’ll also be plenty of Hendrick’s cocktails (Hot Elderflower Toddy anyone?) to ensure you feel like the ringmaster
Where: 27 Coldharbour, E14 9NS
How much:
Depends how much you drink, dance and be merry 

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House of Crab
, Mayfair
(above)

When: Until January 2016
What:
The clue’s in the name: Salcombe crab in brioche rolls, including the Clawpedo with house aioli, radish and apple. James Chase and Dominic Jacobs (the team behind Mayfair pub The Running Horse) are behind this almighty crab cull
Where:
81 Grosvenor Street, W1K 3JY
How much:
Rolls start at £8.50 or you can get a roll and a pot of bisque, chips, coleslaw and macaroni cheese for £20

Kurobuta at Harvey Nichols, Knightsbridge

When: Ongoing
What:
You don’t already know what Kurobuta is? Psssh. Scott Hallsworth brings his Square Meal Award-winning Japanese izakaya menu of BBQ pork belly in steamed buns, softshell crab tempura maki with kimchee mayo and out-of-this-world ‘Junk Food Japan’ flavours to Harvey Nic’s. We. Can’t. Wait.
Where: 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
How much: Average main £11

The Lodge Jimmy Garcia pop up

Jimmy Garcia’s The Lodge, Clapham (above)

When: Tues-Sun from 8 October until March 2016
What: If you’re too skint to ski this winter, Jimmy has the answer. Pay a visit to his Lodge for après in SW9, where cosy alpine decor, fondue, charcuterie and winter warmer cocktails will have believing you’re in the Alps. With a waiting list of two months last year, this is deception done well…
Where: 409 Clapham Road, SW9 9BT
How much:
Mains from £13

Laska Nights with Sambal Shiok and Bitten & Written, Fitzrovia

 

When: Every Saturday, 14 November until 19 December
What: If curry + wine = happy bunny, this one’s for you. Legendary Malaysian street foodies Sambal and Shiok team up with Zeren Wilson (of Bitten & Written) for prawn curry laska and Riesling. Best. Combo. Ever. 
Where: Newman Arms, 23 Rathbone Street, W1T 1NG

How much: £10

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Le Bun
at Le Zetter, Clerkenwell
(above)

 

When: 12 November until 20 December
What: French ingredients are given the American diner treatment by these popular street foodies, with the likes of Philly cheese steak, truffles ‘n’ waffles and duck ‘frites’ poutine, washed down with a Pinot New York Sour cocktail. Whether you go for the fasting all day in preparation option, or instead try stretching your stomach with a big meal tactic (stretch carefully everyone), make sure you arrive with plenty of room
Where: 49-50 St John's Square, EC1V 4JJ
How much: From £7.50

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Little Feast Scandinavian Winter Wonderland, Shepherd’s Bush (above)

When: 5 November until 23 December, Wed-Sun
What:
Style it like a seasoned Skandi this Christmas with a trip to Shepherd’s Bush Yard, where you’ll find a Norwegian woodland, dotted with sheds serving festive snacks and warming cocktails. You can buy your very own Danish Christmas tree here and groove to live music at the weekends, while adults are invited to visit ‘dirty Santa’s Grotto’. Oo-er
Where:
Shepherd’s Bush Road, W6 7PJ
How much: Cocktails from £6

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Lodge d’Argent, Bank (above)

When: 18 November until 29 February 2016
What:
There’s not a gaudy bauble in sight at Coq d’Argent’s winter wonderland, where frosted ferns, a tasteful white and gold colour scheme and luxurious blankets do the festive job instead. Munch on alpine dishes such as tartiflette, raclette gratin and chestnut macarons, all wrapped up in what must be the capital’s chicest Christmas soirée
Where:
1 Poultry, EC2R 8EJ
How much:
Mains from £20 

London Shell Co & Wright Brothers Present: Basque (below)

When: 3-4 and 10-11 December
What:
A fishy four-course tasting menu paired with wine (by Harry Lobek, previously sommelier at Pollen Street Social) aboard the My Fair Lady of Walker’s Quay. Cruise from Camden Lock to Little Venice but remember: it’s always a sell-out, so get yourself booked in now if you fancy bobbing along with a bit of Basque à la Wright Brothers
Where:
Walker’s Quay, 250 Camden High Street, NW1 8QS
How much:
£60

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Lucky Chip at Birthdays, Dalston and The Old Queen’s Head, Essex Road

When: Ongoing
What:
Burgers, burgers and more burgers, all after celebs such as Kevin Bacon and John Belushi
Where:
33-35 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BJ and 44 Essex Road, N1 8LN
How much:
Burgers from £7.95

The Magic Roundabout, Old Street (below)

When:
Ongoing
What:
A 500-capacity space offering up the freshest food, beats ‘n’ bevs in east Landaan. Eat your fill with street food from Burger Bear or Prawnography, then knock back a cocktail (or three) and get down to music from the biggest names in disco, house and techno, amidst urban design installations
Where: Old Street Roundabout, EC1Y 1BE
How much: Bring a full wallet so you can stay all day

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The Manhattans Project at POND, Dalston (below)

When: 4 September until 4 December
What: The concept is simple: classic cocktails done right. Get down to east London’s coolest Hawaiian bar for a Pacific fusion menu and snazzy takes on retro drinks, including Sex on the Beach and Screaming Orgasm. We’re getting flustered at the thought…
Where: Unit G2, Stamford Works, 3 Gillett Street, N16 8JH
How much:
Cocktails from £8

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Motherclucker at The Old Truman Brewery, Shoreditch and The Cat & Mutton, Hackney

When:
Ongoing
What:
Motherclucker continue to spread the love across London, taking their tea brined, buttermilk soaked, twice battered fried chicken to east London
Where:
91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL and 76 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ
How much:
 Chicken strips £5

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Nutkin & Co
at Curio Cabal, Haggerston
(above)  NEW

When: 20 November until 19 December, evenings Tues-Sun
What: Wine importer Red Squirrel’s first wine bar promises ‘a massive amount of fun’, and with tastings, offers and supper clubs involving over a hundred wines from 30-plus producers, we don’t doubt it. Award-winning Cornish foodie Emily Scott is up first with a wine-paired tasting menu
Where: 258 Kingsland Road, E8 4DG
How much:
Glass of wine from £4.50

Nutrition Rocks Pop-Up Café, Soho

When: Ongoing
What: Breakfasts, lunches, juices and smoothies from celebrity nutrition guru Hala El-Shafie which promise to nourish both body and brain, while supporting Action Against Hunger and Fare Share. Could it get any more virtuous?
Where: ARTFIX, 27 Peter Street, W1F 0AJ
How much: It’s for charity so don’t be thrifty!

Perilla London pop up restaurant event Square Meal

Perilla, East Dulwich (above)

When: 10 November until 10 March
What:
A team comprising people from NOMA, The Square and Polpetto launches this four-month residency in the wake of six sell-out supper clubs. Aiming to make good food accessible, a European-influenced menu of British food boasts knock-out, seasonal dishes such as pot-roast cauliflower coated in lardo with juiced walnuts; Russell Norman (Polpo don extraordinaire) described that one as ‘the best dish I have had this year’ and you can’t argue with ol’ Russ
Where: Platform 1, 71 Lordship Lane, SE22 8EP
How much: Mains from £11

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Pizza Locadeli, Islington (above)

When: Every day from 15 September until 23 December
What: When Michelin-starred Italian restaurateurs start spinning out big pizza pies, that’s amore (Sorry. That’s how that song goes, right?). Giorgio and Plaxy Locatelli are heading north of Mayfair for a three-month takeover on Islington’s Upper Street, serving wood-fired pizzas topped with classic Italian flavours, as well as dishes including burrata with pumpkin and swordfish carpaccio
Where: 117 Upper Street, N1 1QN
How much: Pizzas hover around the £10 mark

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PopDown at The Vaults, Waterloo (above)

When: 20 October until 16 January 2016
What:
Experimental foodies Cuisson are back and more interactive than ever, inviting diners to get down ‘n’ dirty with immersive fine dining. No dish is as it seems: expect the unexpected. You have been warned.
Where: Leake Street, SE1 7NN
How much:
£39 for four courses

Forest restaurant pop up Selfridge's London Oxford Street

Forest restaurant & bar on the roof at Selfridges, Bond Street (above)

When: Ongoing
What: Des McDonald (of Vintage Salt fame) brings a woodland and starry sky to the roof of Selfridges with a cabin bar and restaurant serving autumnal hotpots, grilled meat and seasonal veg, alongside mulled wine and cider and naughty Choctails (alcohol-filled versions of hot chocolate)
Where:
400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
How much: Mains from £15

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Sipsmith Ski Lodge at The Well, Clerkenwell (above)  NEW

When:
19 November until February 2016
What: Go down The Well and enter a subterranean ski lair of fur rugs, cosy armchairs and an alpine backdrop ‘worthy of a Julie Andrews-style frolicking’. Oo-er. And to get you in the mood for said frolicking, Sipsmith are on hand with Mulled Sloe Gin and Dainty Damsel cocktails – we recommend tucking into seasonal bowl food to ensure that frolicking stays strictly PG
Where:
180 St John Street, EC1V 4JY
How much: That depends, will you drink the well dry?

Solomons’ Yard, Camden

When: 6 November until 19 December, Thurs-Sat, 6-11.30pm (Fri-Sat -12M)
What:
Dust off your flapper dress and dancing shoes, then jitterbug over to this 1920s-inspired soirée to sip cocktails beneath the lockside willow trees, before stocking up with street food and shimmying along to DJs late into the night
Where:
Middle Yard, Camden Market, NW1 8AB
How much:
Free on Thurs, Fri-Sat £5

South Pole Cocktail London pop up event Square Meal

The South Pole Saloon, Brixton (above)

When: 20 November until 23 December, Thurs-Sat
What: Legend has it that deep in the snow drifts of the South Pole lies a saloon, where Father Christmas and his helpers come out to play. Well, legend has become a reality in south London with this 500-capacity rooftop venue, which celebrates the dark side of Christmas. Expect DJs, killer cocktails, and street food. FYI, this massive party is being thrown by The Sugar Plum Fairy, The Snowman and The Rebel Elves, who are celebrating having escaped a life of slavery under Mr Claus. Blimey
Where: Valentia Place, SW9 8EU
How much: £3 entry 

St Mortiz Ski BAt at The Goring London pop up event Square Meal

St Moritz Ski Bar at The Goring, Belgravia (above)

When: 9 November until 29 February, 6-9pm
What: Bringing the old-school glamour of the Alps to SW1 with wooden sleds for tables, vintage ski jumpers, sheepskin blankets, cashmere rugs and twinkling lanterns is this ski bar on The Goring’s outdoor terrace, where you can indulge in cocktails and canapes galore. They’ve even perfumed the air with the scent of pine; who needs a ski break?
Where:
Beeston Place, SW1W 0JW

Tokyo Nights London Night Tales pop up street food festival

Tokyo Nights by Night Tales, Shoreditch (above)

When: 29 October until 19 December, Thurs-Sat
What: London’s most successful pop up brings the backstreets of Tokyo to Shoreditch, via street food, saké bars and night markets inspired by various districts of the city. Neon signs, rusty balconies, broken birdcages and tangled antennae set the scene for ryokans (Japanese houses) and the seedy Love Hotel, based on Asia’s ‘pleasure hotels’ (and available for private hire, you filthy lot). Don’t miss the traditional Japanese garden in ‘Old Town’, complete with cherry blossom and wisteria, nor the super-hip DJs who’ll be getting you so warmed up, you’ll definitely be attending the after-party
Where: Red Market, 288 Old Street, EC1V 9DP
How much:
Free before 7pm, £3 after on Thurs, £5 after Fri-Sat

Tom Kerridge at Harrods London pop up event restaurant Square Meal

Tom’s Table at Harrods, Knightsbridge (above)

When: 1 October until 5 January 2016
What: Tom Kerridge (the chef behind two-Michelin-starred gastropub The Hand & Flowers, which came no. 1 in our UK Top 100 Restaurants this year, FYI) is the latest guest at Harrods Food Halls, as part of its Chef of the Season campaign. He’s doing a pop-up restaurant from 2-8 November, but will also be serving dishes-to-go and a Christmas menu throughout the festive season
Where:
Harrods Food Hall, 87-135 Brompton Road, SW1X 7XL
How much:
Tickets for pop up £59, or £89 with matching wine

Tottenham Social: Bites & Brews, South Tottenham (below, image by Amanda Stockley)

When: Ongoing every Friday
What: The friendly folk at Craving Coffee are inviting their multiple street foodie friends (from Rotli Crew to Mother Clucker and Squid Kitchen) to set up shop in their north London café, so you can sample the delights of London’s finest epicurean traders
Where:
Craving Coffee, Gaunson House, Markfield Road, N15 4QQ
How much:
Various prices

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Winterville, Victoria Park

When: 26 November until 23 December
What:
East London’s edgier version of Winter Wonderland has: an ice rink, a circus (with stars from The Moscow State Circus), a Santa’s Grotto, artisan markets, festive street food, a Snow White panto, cabaret, a kids’ quarter, Backyard Cinema’s The Winter Night Garden, a dollop of crazy golf, a 'Bar Humbug' pub, a Spiegeltent with alternative entertainment…AND MORE. Quite the stocking filler this one
Where:
Grove Road, E3 5TB
How much:
Free entry


This article was published 1 December 2015