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.
Atomix at Lyle’s, Shoreditch
When: 30-31 July
Residency: Chef Junghyun Park will be joining the kitchen team at Lyle’s for two nights in July. Park operates New York restaurants Atoboy and Atomix, the latter of which recently gained a Michelin star. The menu that will be served will be revealed on the night, but you can expect it to take the form of a multi-course tasting menu, featuring Korean-inspired dishes with contemporary flourishes.
Where: 56 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6JJ
How much: Set menu, £69
The House of Ice Cream, Farringdon
When: 17-31 July
Pop up: From the team behind Fullers Pubs comes this quirky ice cream pop up, which serves up a truly unexpected menu. Here, your ice cream can come topped with the likes of fried chicken, chips and hot sauce. It’s not all about deep-fried treats though, as adventurous desserts lovers will also be able to indulge with boozy ice cream floats, with combinations ranging from pink gin paired with raspberry sorbet, to coca cola topped with vegan coconut ice cream.
Where: 1 Fleet Place, Farringdon, EC4M 7RA
How much: Ice cream floats, £8.50
Image: Hannah Miles
Mars Estate Agency, Soho
When: 12 July
Pop up: This pop up comes from Kensington’s Design Museum, but is actually taking place in Soho. For one day only, guests can discover what life on Mars would be like, including how houses would look and how we’d be able to grow food in the harsh environment. Once you’ve finished soaking up all of that knowledge, you can stop by the Mars Bar (geddit?) to chat to your fellow space farers and enjoy a drink inspired by the planet.
Where: 33 Great Windmill Street, W1D 7LR
How much: Free entry
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
Fido Dido House by 7UP Free, Covent Garden
When: 26-27 July
Pop up: To help Londoners relax more, 7UP Free (the brand’s no-sugar drink) is bringing back its Fido Dido character, whose motto is to ‘just chill out’. He’s hosting a super-chill weekend at his Covent Garden crib in July to encourage people to appreciate the little things in life. Stop by here to destress by lying in a hammock, doodling alongside artists, napping while listening to mellow 90s tunes, or even discovering a bar hidden behind Fido’s fridge.
Where: 6a Langley Street, WC2H 9JA
How much: Free entry
Ralph’s Coffee and Bar, Mayfair
When: Until 21 July
Pop up: Ralph Lauren has opened a pop up coffee shop and bar at its flagship site on Bond Street. The Instagram-friendly spot serves up an all-day selection of high-quality coffee, as well as teas, cold-pressed juices and lemonade. In keeping with the brand’s stylish persona, staff here are kitted out in white Ralph Lauren Oxford shirts and bottle green knit ties, while peckish visitors can snack on Ralph’s range of cookies, brownies and muffins.
Where: 1 New Bond Street, Mayfair, W1S 3LU
How much: Coffee from £3.50
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
Whisk Dessert Bar, Angel
When: Until 3 August
Pop up: Following a short pop up in Bethnal Green last year, dessert bar Whisk is back at a new, larger site in Angel. Offering a three-course dessert tasting menu, Whisk isn’t just about ice cream sundaes and Arctic rolls, instead serving up some seriously innovative dishes. Expect to tuck into the likes of roasted rhubarb and vanilla crumble, and an avocado and white chocolate mousse topped with torched sweetcorn and chai chilli dressing.
Where: Angel Central, First Floor, 23 Parkfield Street, N1 0PS
How much: Three courses, £15
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, Bond Street and Shepherds Bush
When: 8 May - 4 August (Bond Street), May to October (Shepherds Bush)
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 at two different locations, 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: Bond Street tube station; Ariel Way, Shepherd's Bush, W12 7GF
How much: From £1.50 per ball
Limin, Spitalfields Market
When: Throughout 2019
Pop up: Trinidadian chef Sham Mahabir has launched this island food restaurant at buzzing Spitalfields Market, where you can find a mixture of Creole, Indian and Chinese-inspired dishes. Kick things off with the likes of plantain balls and chicken wings, before moving on to plates such as fried flatbread topped with chickpeas, cucumber chutney and pepper sauce or Chinese-style chips.
Where: 107B Commercial Street, Old Spitalfields Market, E1 6BG
How much: Dishes from £4
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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