Food and drink pop-ups are all over London in the summer months, opening on every terrace, rooftop and garden in the city. Read our guide to the best new pop-ups of the moment to make sure you’re up to date with the hottest food and drink spots around. From the most exclusive banquets to the best drinks spot with a view, we’ll see you there…
The Lumière London light festival caught the attention of the masses, and was the inspiration behind an exclusive ‘Lumière Experience’ at The Dorchester, in partnership with William & Son. The experience will celebrate William & Son’s first bridal collection. On arrival, you will receive champagne and a five-course lunch or dinner, crafted by Alain Ducasse and cooked by The Dorchester’s Executive Chef, Jean Philippe Blondet. For a magical and romantic experience, book now! Until 28 July, more information here.
A line up of talented chefs will be cooking at the Marylebone restaurant, Carousel, over the next few months. The aim is to provide incredible food, friendly service and a relaxed environment. The line up consists of Cheek by Jowl (12-23 June), Nurdin Topham (26-30 June), Asta (3 July-7 July) and Palmiro Ocampo (10-21 July). Check out the full line-up here to ensure you don’t miss a single one! 71 Blandford Street, London W1U 8AB.
This Southern-French inspired restaurant will be hosting a series of feasting dinners this year entitled La Grande Bouffe. The dining experiences will feature dishes created by head chef Alex Jackson in collaboration with other top chefs. The next part of the series is on 19 June when Alex will be serving up the king of fish stews, his very own Bouillabaisse. Created using only the best fish from the seas of Cornwall, guests can expect to taste three seasonal French toasts to start, and then the Bouillabaisse in two ways. The next event will take place on 19 June, Tickets can be booked for £45 via their website.
London’s most renowned seafood restaurant is hosting a fascinating series of supper clubs this year, bringing chefs from around the country together to celebrate the Atlantic Bar’s 10 year anniversary. At each event, 50 guests will be presented with a one-off, three-course menu from an impressive line-up of chefs who will cook alongside the restaurant’s own executive head chef Andrew McLay. Be prepared to taste cuisine from some of the most celebrated food writers and chefs in the UK including The Sunday Times’ Food Editor, Lisa Markwell (3 July), Food Writer, Rose Prince (25 September) and TV Actress and Chef, Lisa Faulkner (30 October). jsheekeyatlanticbar.co.uk
Championing African food since 2010, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is taking over The Institute of Light in London Fields to bring you on a journey of West African flavours this year. The brand new menu will have a particular focus on vegetarian and vegan food and will include the likes of Crunchy Gari Coated Yam Balls, Oto Cakes with Soft Boiled Duck Egg and many more delicious surprises. During her residency, founder of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, Zoe Adjonyoh will be hosting several events, supper clubs and collaborations. zoesghanakitchen.co.uk.
Secret Garden Supperclub Series
Taking over several neighbourhood and community gardens in the city this summer, Cub restaurant is hosting a series of unique supperclub events throughout July and August. The partnership between award-winning duo Mr Lyan and Doug McMaster will showcase the best local produce grown within the capital’s most beautiful spaces. Blurring the boundary between food and drink, the set menus will ensure each food and drink pairing leads perfectly onto the next, with a strong focus on minimising waste. The completely secret supperclub will keep diners on their toes as the location of each event will be revealed to guests just one day before it starts… Mystery feasting at its finest. 1st and 30th July and 27th August, Tickets cost £60 per person including all food and drink and can be purchased from lyancub.com lyancub.com.
Seville Orange Grove with Tanqueray
The godfather of Spanish cooking has launched his very own gin pop up inside his Bermondsey restaurant, Pizarro. In collaboration with Tanqueray, the Seville Orange Grove pop up celebrates the new Tanqueray Flor de Sevilla which is set to be the drink of the summer. Containing flavours of bittersweet Seville oranges, the drink aims to transport diners to the sunny orange groves of Southern Spain. Paired perfectly with the gin, the brand new and flavourful Citrus Prawn Fritters dish can be ordered along with the Flor de Sevilla for a refreshing tipple and snack, especially for when the sun decides to make an appearance…
In collaboration with Gizzi Erskine and the stunning Dalloway Terrace, Tanqueray Gin are launching an exciting series of supper clubs over the next five months. Each month will see a different bespoke theme and menu, all pairing beautifully with the grapefruit botanicals in Tanqueray No. TEN. The next event will celebrate World Gin Day on 12 June. The signature dish at all events will be Gizzi’s bespoke desert, a grapefruit-inspired meringue pie which compliments the fruity and intricate flavours in the gin. World Gin Day: Celebrating the Martini (12 June), A British Picnic (26 June), Tickets on sale here.
Kensington’s Italian food scene just got a whole lot better as the brand new Italian restaurant Enoteca Rosso is hosting a unique series of wine tasting events. Each month, the event will explore several wines from different Italian regions ranging from Tuscany (22 March) to Abruzzo (26 April), Le Marche (24 May) and finally Lombardy (22 June). Each tasting will be served alongside fine cuisine, with a four-course menu devised to perfectly complement the wines. From February to June, enotecarosso.com.
In celebration of Sakura season, ROKA’s ceiling will be blooming with cherry blossom for guests to admire until June. Pale pink neon lighting has been installed throughout to enhance the ambience and three bespoke spring cocktails have been created by the bar team at Shochu. Try the ultimate sakura serve, Sakura Sour or a Morello Fizz which contains Roku gin and red vermouth, or the Cherry & Tonka Manhattan with tikka from the barrel whisky for those who like their drinks strong. The best place to experience the beautifully rose-tinted Sakura season in the UK. The Sakura tree will be at ROKA until 20 June,rokarestaurant.com.
The Fitzrovia Collective 2018
The Fitzrovia Collective is back for 2018 and it’s bigger than ever. Kick-starting the new series of dinners with five prominent local restaurants, one special dinner will be held monthly between May and October. Showcasing one course from each much-loved foodie destination, guest will experience cuisine from all five restaurants in one unique sitting. From Salt Yard and The Ninth to Noizé, Picture and Lima; diners can expect to taste Lamb Bites with Aioli, Caramelised Scallops in Seaweed Butter, Cherimoya & Passionfruit Mousse topped with Black Pepper Infused Strawberries and many more culinary delights. Starts 24 May at Noizé with an eclectic springtime menu, Tickets cost £50 with an optional wine pairing menu, Email [email protected] to book tickets.
World Gin Day at Granary Square Brasserie
A partnership between Fever-Tree and Granary Square Brasserie will see a terrace with a difference launch this summer in King’s Cross. Arriving just in time for G&T season, the terrace will serve a series of bespoke gin cocktails created by their expert apothecary team. A modern twist on the Botanics in the gin can be tasted in six new gin and tonics from Juniper & Lavender to Honey & Sage, Jasmine & Peppermint, Chamomile & Rose, Rhubarb & Ginger and Pea & Spearmint. Granary Square Brasserie and Fever Tree will also be hosting a series of House of Apothecary masterclasses throughout the Summer where you can learn to make your own gin creations. For an evening filled with gin cocktails in a beautiful garden, you know where to go. Opens 23 May.
A new partnership between Bombay Sapphire and the ‘World’s Best Cocktail Bar 2017’ will see a suite inside the Mondrian Hotel transformed into the ultimate tasting room. Guests are invited to discover a variety of cocktails to look at the chemistry, biology and history behind each drink. Featuring live plant walls, large luscious trees and a botanical terrace, each week will see a different menu and concept as four senior Dandelyan team members delve into their passions. Kick-starting the series with a talk about the disco era and how it has affected the world of mixology, Dandelyan’s senior bartender Will Meredith will be entertaining guests from the 4-10 June, followed by Enrico Gonzato who will explore what luxury means within the plant kingdom (11-17 June). Jack Banks will be channelling his expertise with processed ingredients from 18- 24 June and Alex Lawrence will be closing the series by creating a menu on what ‘Heaps Mad S4!T’ means to Dandelyan (25-30 June). Tickets priced at £55 per person and can be purchased through Eventbrite.
An indoor and outdoor food, drink and music residency will be arriving at Hackney Wick, just in time for bank holiday. The waterside terrace created by Brilliant Corners will be home to one of London’s largest alfresco spaces for four months. An impressive selection of natural wines, craft beer and cocktails will see guests through the summer evenings, as well as a delicious line-up of food, from Brilliant Corners’ Japanese dishes to Morito’s tapas and Brawn’s Mediterranean delights. A bespoke analogue sound system will play the soundtrack of the summer – and there will even be a few impromptu guest sets. 11am-11pm every weekend from 26 May- 23 September.
In celebration of the long-awaited British summer, The Coral Room is kick-starting the celebrations on their secret outdoor space with an English Sparkling Wine tasting. Set to be London’s best new cocktail bar and all-day dining space, The Coral Garden can be accessed via a hidden lift and was designed by Martin Brudnizki. Guests will sample six of the best sparkling wines selected by the bar’s award-winning Master of Wine Anne McHale, paired with platters of summer snacks. Available for 8-20 guests, £40 per person plus service charge, For more information visit The Coral Room.
Lisboa Jardim at The Terrace
Inspired by Lisbon’s exhilarating vibe and Portugal’s bold colours, come along to experience some of the finest local delicacies at this Portuguese pop-up launching in June. From carefully crafted cocktails served in tuna cans to tinned fish served with pickle pairings and even local sourdough bread with custard tarts; the West-London pop-up will be taking over The Terrace to host the closest thing to a Portuguese summer we can get this side of the Med. For those that are stopping by for ‘just one drink’, their signature blend of white port paired with vermouth is perfectly enjoyed at the terrace where you can see views stretching Portman Square Gardens. 7 June – End of September, The Terrace, 22 Portman Square W1H 7BG.
A brand new pop-up bar is swinging open its doors in Chelsea this month to transport Londoners from the streets of West London to those of the Wild West. Guests should arrive with their own liquor to be granted entry and a trip to the local tailor will ensure they immerse themselves into the dark world of moonshining. From card and dice games to personalised moonshine cocktails and a refreshment store, good times are guaranteed. Those who escape the beady eye of the local sheriff will be invited for a refreshment in the general store before leaving. 31 May until end of August, To book tickets visit Moonshine Saloon.
Bordeaux Butterfly Bar
Spread your wings this summer with a visit to the Bordeaux Butterfly Bar. With over 26 different wines to choose from, visitors can indulge in some of the best wines from the region; from fruity rosés to sparkling crémants, or aromatic whites and fruit-forward reds. Eight wines will be fixed for the three-week duration of the pop-up, and each week will see 6 guest wines arrive to give wine-lovers the perfect opportunity to discover more of Bordeaux. Local street vendors will be on board to add to your experience with glorious cuisine from Rainbo, Baba G’s, Yolk and Sub Cult. Délicieux! 4 June – 22 June, Open every day from 12pm-9pm.
Sassy Cidre Pop-Up Bar
Set to be London’s most exciting summer haunt, the Sassy Cidre pop-up cocktail bar will take over St Pancras Renaissance Hotel until August. Redefining the way we drink cider, a range of exquisite cocktails containing the French premium cider can be tasted. Complete with a floral installation, the bar will invite Londoners to taste different alcohol brands paired with the cider each month. From Suze & Lillet (Pernod Ricard) in June, to St. Germain in July and taking over in August, Belvedere. French Negronis and Summer Spritz galore… June- August, maison-sassy.com
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