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.
Bluebird Chelsea and Tony’s Chocolonely afternoon tea
When: Until 14 October
Residency: Bluebird Chelsea have partnered with Tony's Chocolonely for a special Chocolate Week afternoon tea. It's good news for the sweet-toothed, as everything on the three-tiered stand will be made from chocolate. Treats include a choux bun filled with Tony's hazelnut milk chocolate and a salted caramel chocolate tart. Scones will of course be part of the spread, and there will be tea too. As well as being timed for chocolate week (one of our favourite weeks in the calendar), the afternoon tea is also placed to coincide with Anti-Slavery Day. For every afternoon tea eaten the team will donate £1 to The Chocolonely Foundation which aims to make the chocolate trade 100% slave free.
Where: 350 King's Road, SW3 5UU
How much: £29 per person
Quality Street Pick ‘n’ Mix at John Lewis, Marylebone
When: Until Christmas
Residency: Quality Street has brought back its pick ‘n’ mix pop up for a second year, but this time there’s an exclusive sweet in the fold. The milk chocolate crispy truffle bite with a praline and cereal centre is exclusively to John Lewis and covered in chic black and gold wrapping. It’s also the first year where you can fill an entire tin with just one flavour, and like before, you can personalise your tin with your name so that everyone else in the family knows to keep their paws off.
Where: 300 Oxford Street, W1C 1DX
How much: Personalised tin, £15
Filthy Buns at The Three Compasses, Dalston
When: From 26 September until further notice
Residency: There are few things we love more at SquareMeal than great puns and stacked burgers, so we’re pretty thrilled about Filthy Buns taking over the kitchen at Three Compasses. You can expect the likes of the Filthy Cow which is made with a 45-day dry-aged beef patty and slathered with beer cheese sauce, while veggies can try the Fun-Guy: slow-cooked barbecued mushrooms with red coleslaw and sour chillies.
Where: 99 Dalston Lane, E8 1NH
How much: Burgers from £8
Anne-Sophie Pic at The Fount Bar at Selfridges, Marylebone
When: 1-30 October
Residency: Michelin-starred French chef Anne-Sophie Pic (who oversees La Dame de Pic at the Four Seasons in the City) is bringing her oft-Instagrammed millefeuilles to The Fount Bar at Selfridges. The bar is the brainchild of Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr Lyan) and will serve Pic’s trio of millefeuilles alongside three paired cocktails. The dessert selection will feature a Yellow Millefeuille, the signature White Millefeuille, as well as a new Pink Millefeuille that is exclusive to Selfridges – the pink-hued dessert will see a beetroot and sherry vinegar jelly layered with Yellow Bourbon coffee cream.
Where: 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
How much: Three millefeuilles with paired cocktails, £35
Peers Dining Room at the House of Lords, Westminster
When: 23 September to 4 October
Pop up: UK politics might be a bit of a mess at the minute, but everything can be solved by a good meal, right? While Parliament’s out of action, members of the public are able to tuck in at the Peers Dining Room, which boasts ornate surrounds and a menu championing British produce. Dishes to try include Loch duart salmon with Colchester oyster and confit lemon egg yolk, while desserts see Shropshire raspberry madeleine with London honey ice cream.
Where: House of Lords, SW1A 0PW
How much: Three-course lunch, £49.95
Pampushka at Sun & 13 Cantons, Soho
When: From 19 September for six months
Residency: The Sun & 13 Cantons latest residency is overseen by Pampushka, who serve a menu of Ukrainian dishes with British twists. Pampushka is the brainchild of chef Maksym Shpachynskyi, his wife Elisha Shpachynska and their brother-in-law, chef Rob Neale and will be taking over the kitchen for six whole months. Dishes to try include traditional Ukrainian beetroot soup with pork, and pirozhki, which is stuffed bread filled with bacon jam.
Where: 21 Great Pulteney Street, W1F 9NG
How much: Mains from £11
Hideaway by Ollie Dabbous at Chelsea Barracks, Chelsea
When: 9 September until further notice
Pop up: Acclaimed chef Ollie Dabbous has opened a temporary coffee shop and café at Chelsea Barracks. Open daily from 9am until late, Hideaway serves artisan coffee alongside a few dishes that you may know from Dabbous’ Mayfair restaurant HIDE, including a croquet monsieur with an optional topping of black truffle, and a cherry blossom kougelhopf as a sweet treat. The coffee shop forms part of the new Chelsea Barracks luxury housing development, which will open to residents this autumn.
Where: Chelsea Barracks, Belgravia, SW1W 8PS
How much: Pastries from £3, savouries from £8
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
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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