Read our guide to the best new food & drink pop-ups of the moment to make sure you’re up to date with the hottest spots around. From the most exclusive banquets to cool new supper clubs, these are the best food and drink pop-ups in London…
Hutong at The Shard have created a special menu in celebration of the annual Dragon Boat Festival in China, traditionally held on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese lunar year in honour of the great poet Qu Yuan. As legend goes, he drowned in the Milou River following exile from his state – despite attempts from local admirers to save him. Dishes on the menu include spiced roast lamb, prawn dumplings and slow cooked pork in Duanm Wu Chinese rice, a dish steeped in tradition as, according to Chinese folklore, locals threw cooked rice in the river to prevent fish reaching the poet in order to save him. Menu available 3-30th June. £55pp.
Michelin-starred pub The Harwood Arms are serving a bespoke lunch menu to mark this year’s Queen’s Club Championships. Guests will enjoy chilled tomato soup with crayfish and basil followed by Sutton Hoo chicken with Jersey Royals, watercress and bacon, with a strawberry and elderflower shortcake to finish. Being located in Fulham, it’s perfectly placed to wander round to the Queen’s Club in West Kensington afterwards to catch the action. 17-23 June. £40pp.
On 29 June, MasterChef‘s Gregg Wallace will be hosting a supper club at Michael Roux Jr’s renowned Westminster restaurant Roux at Parliament Square. Head Chef Steve Grove will cook up a seasonal British feast for guests, to be enjoyed on communal tables along with Wallace, with an informal Q&A taking place over dinner. 29 June. £75pp.
Enjoy cocktails and cigars on the terrace of renowned Peruvian restaurant COYA Angel Court. Your evening will begin with a glass of Perrier-Jouet Grand Brut before the premium cigar of the evening is presented, which you can pair with a selection of cocktails. £30pp, book here
On 9 July, Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens will be joining forces with DUKES LONDON head chef Nigel Mendham to create a special six-course tasting menu inspired by their shared Norfolk heritage. Dishes include Norfolk asparagus with black garlic puree and cured egg yolk, Cromer crab with burnt celeriac, samphire and horseradish, and a 57-degree lamb neck fillet. A donation from each ticket will go towards charity Hospitality Action, and select dishes will be available throughout the summer if you miss out on the night. £125pp, book by calling 020 7491 4840 or emailing [email protected]
Flesh & Buns Fitzrovia will be launching a series of ‘Smoker Takeover’ collaboration dinners, the first taking place on 1 July with East London wood-smoking joint Smokestak. The restaurant’s giant Texas smoker will be put to good use with Smokestak’s twists on signature ‘flesh and buns’ dishes. Bookings available 5-10pm on 1 July.
Maslow’s Mortimer House has launched a new guest chef series, kicking off with a two-month residency from Elizabeth Haigh of Kaizen House fame. Dishes will be inspired by Elizabeth’s British and Singaporean heritage – think barbecue aged beef, truffled roti with curried lamb sweetbreads and udon vongole with pickled wild garlic. Until beginning of July. Available Thursday-Saturday. To book email [email protected] or call 020 7139 4499
In response to the ever-growing food waste crisis, Clos19 have launched a new supper club series with Refettorio Felix, a dining space in St Cuthbert’s Centre. Guests will sit down to a delicious 3-course meal made from surplus food, with a different chef taking the lead each evening. All proceeds will go towards Refettorio Felix, which was launched in 2017 by Chef Massimo Bottura’s non-profit organisation Food For Soul, with the aim of promoting social awareness about food wastage and hunger. Skye Gyngell and Spring head chef Rose Ashby will be guest chefs at the next event, taking place on 2 July. Tickets cost £90pp. Book through Clos19.com
Pizza, good wine, and art – enjoy three of life’s greatest pleasures at Clapham restaurant Manifesto’s recently launched life drawing series. Begin with a glass of vino to get the creative juices flowing before taking part in a life drawing class coached by artist Ru Knox, with a pizza break half way through. £25. Email [email protected] to book.
Renowned for serving some of the freshest seafood in London, Islington’s Prawn on the Lawn has launched an evening cocktail and oyster bar pop-up in the next-door Sawyer & Gray café. Here guests can tuck into a selection of all-new bar snacks, small plates, featuring both the seafood they are known for and some new vegetarian and meat plates. Open from 6pm Thursday-Saturday.
‘Omasake’ in Japanese means to ‘entrust’ or ‘protect’, which translates in the restaurant world to ‘putting yourself in the chef’s hands.’ Give it a go at one of Dinings SW3’s new monthly omasake dinners. Hosted by Executive Chef Masaki Sugisaki, each dinner will see 12 guests dining around the central sushi counter, where they’ll be treated to a unique Japanese menu paired with a selection of Sakes. Dishes will include completely new creations from Chef Masaki alongside some of the restaurant’s signature sushi. Tickets cost £285 or £228 without Sake pairing. Dinners take place on the last Tuesday of every month. Book via eventbrite
Head to trendy Brick Lane for a combination of two of life’s best pleasures: chocolate and cocktails. The pop-up has proved so popular organisers have decided to extend its lifespan until late August. Guests an enjoy chocolate twists on classic cocktails including their signature Chocotini, as well as chocolate beer and chocolate wine. Prepare for a serious sugar rush! Until 31 August, Wednesdays-Sundays. 202 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SA £10pp thechocolatecocktailclub.co.uk
Every year globally-renowed Champagne house Krug picks an ingredient to pair with their champagne, and this year it’s fish – hence their collaboration with Mayfair hotspot Sexy Fish. Diners can now enjoy bubbly with their brunch in the Sexy Fish x Krug Brunch, a unique pairing menu created by Sexy Fish chef director Bjoern Weissgerber. Dishes include oyster and chilli, steamed bun with smoked salmon and caviar, sweet shrimp tiradito, tamago nigiri & crab meat and tuna tataki with grilled onions, all of which perfectly complement Krug champagne. The menu is priced at £125 per person, including the full menu and half a bottle of Krug per person. To book a table at Sexy Fish, please call 020 3764 2000 or visit sexyfish.com