Food and drink pop-ups are all over London in the winter months, opening on every heated 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…
In partnership with Schmaltz and SWITCH, two of London’s hottest food joints, The Hideaway Supper Club will be a series of dinners at The Hideaway, Exchange Square’s cosy private dining area, nestled in the heart of The Winter Forest at Broadgate. Kicking off on 28 November with SWITCH, guests will enjoy freshly shucked oysters and black truffle toast then try 30-day rare breed dexter tomahawk (côte de boeuf with short rib), served with whipped bone marrow, bearnaise mousse and morel and bordelaise sauce and all the trimmings. The following day Schmaltz will then take over with a set menu featuring consommé with caviar and morel ravioli; label rouge corn-fed chicken stuffed with truffle and sage, served with luxurious whole poached lobster. Every Tuesday & Wednesday until 13 December. Tickets for the three-course meal and two drinks are £50 and can be bought here.20% of the ticket price goes to Centrepoint. The Winter Forest, Broadgate.
The final pop-up of the year on John Lewis’ gastronomic rooftop comes straight from the West Country. The Ethicurean is a widely-acclaimed Somerset restaurant which prides itself on cooking stunning British food, using fresh, seasonal ingredients, and with a bit of a twist. Expect dishes such as a limited-edition Christmas venison pie and Welsh rabbit with Chinese kimchi, followed by a secret sticky toffee apple cake and some lovely, warming autumn cocktails and drinks. The place to be this winter – and great for firework spotting on Bonfire Night! 300 Oxford Street, London W1C 1DX
This autumn, Mayfair hotspot Hush is transforming its charming courtyard into an Italian forest. Full of autumnal leaves and atmospheric fairy lights, diners will get the full feeling of being a world away whilst eating the specially curated menu of dishes such as Truffle Cacio e Pepe, Truffle & Porcini Mushrooms with Parmesan Polenta and Truffle Scrambled Eggs with Toasted Brioche. Guests will also be able to enjoy the Amaro Montenegro truffle-infused cocktails made by Hush’s award-winning bar team, Aviator, to end the perfect ‘evening in Italy’. Until 19 November. No.8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London W1S 1EY.
A truly unique dining experience, Le Petit Chef is a feast for all the senses. Ever heard of a multi-sensorial projector-based dinner show? Us neither, but doesn’t it sound exciting? Taking inspiration from the Silk Road for the menu, guests will be treated to a 3D animated show taking place over their individual place setting, immersing them completely in the six-course meal and taking them on a culinary journey with fire-breathing dragons and a little muttering French Chef. This concept comes to London for a limited time only, having enjoyed huge success in Dubai and elsewhere. If you’re intrigued, find out more about it here. Due to popular demand, the run has been extended to the new year, and the 10th December event will be discounted to £80 (to book, email [email protected]).
The famous revolving creative hub Carousel in Marylebone hosts an incredibly varied mix of chefs this season to ensure your taste buds never get bored. Numerous internationally-renowned guest chefs have been confirmed, alongside new and exciting exhibitions and experiences. Up next? Massimiliano Musso, the Michelin-starred Italian chef in town from Asti, Piemonte (5-9 December). Romy Gill returns in January for the third year running to bring vibrant Indian flavours to central London (4-13 January), followed by young and highly talented Angelo Sato who specialises in ‘progressive Japanese with a European accent’ (16-20 January).
Check out the full line-up here to ensure you don’t miss a single one! 71 Blandford Street, London W1U 8AB
‘Italian Takeover’ at Brown’s Hotel
As of 13 November Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair will be celebrating their love for the Italian dolce vita by staging a six-week takeover in their hotel restaurant and neighbouring Donovan Bar. Renowned chef of three Michelin stars Heinz Beck will be taking residency in the hotel’s restaurant to create Ora: an Italian inspired pop-up that will be open daily for lunch and dinner. Alongside this, ‘master of Italy’ and drinks maestro Salvatore Calabrese will be celebrating the art of the aperitivo with a carefully curated Martini and Negroni menu, while designer Ashley Hicks will be taking over the dining room for the festive period. Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BP.
‘Pure Filth’ at the Tate Modern
A fresh new food concept delivering nutritiously decadent cuisine will be arriving at the Tate Modern for three weekends this autumn, in celebration of the upcoming Modigliani exhibition. The brainchild of nutritionist Rosemary Ferguson and chef Gizzi Erskine, ‘Pure Filth’ will be serving healthy limited-edition ‘lunch boxes’ created by Jake Chapman – the ‘Unhappy Meal’. Described as “healthy food for hedonists”, make sure you pop in to try it for yourself. 10am-9pm, 2-3 December, 9-10 December.
The London EDITION’s pop-up Apres Ski Lodge is certainly worth attending. Seasonally themed, two exclusive wine tasting sessions with Loire Valley Wines are complemented by specially paired canapés. Look out for the 2014 Saumur Champigny from Tuffe, Chateau de Hureau, served alongside the Peppered Beef Carpaccio with avocado purée, to give you the ultimate tasting experience. £30 per person, tickets available here. 9th and 16th December. BASEMENT, The London EDITION, Berners Street, London W1T 3NP.
Skylon’s Southbank restaurant has transformed into a stunning magical Night Sky in partnership with Ciroc. Impeccably handcrafted cocktails are all inspired by the solar system, with eight drinks derived from eight of the planets. A multi-sensory experience, cocktails are served on a cloud of mist – you can even choose and name your own star in the sky. What more could you want? An out of this world experience indeed. Until January 31st. Skylon, Royal Festive Hall, London, SE1 8XX
London’s first dedicated hot-tail bar has finally opened at Selfridges’ rooftop winter terrace. It’s launched by multi-award-winning bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana (aka Mr Lyan), the expert mixologist creating deliciously creative warming cocktails to combat the winter chill. With seven drinks inspired by Italian classics and using festive flavours such as clove and cinnamon, there are a few surprises in store – including live fire. We’ll leave it to you to find out. Until January. Il Tetto, Selfridges Oxford Street, London W1
35 floors above London is the iconic Sky Garden which has undergone a festive makeover thanks to Moët & Chandon. With faux furs, skis and all things alpine, the Sky Pod has been transformed into a sky-high après-ski winter terrace. Surrounded by mini Christmas trees and with stunning views over the city, guests will also receive a custom Moët bauble with every glass of bubbly – reason enough to head down this winter. Until February 2018. 1 Sky Garden Walk, London EC3
Boisdale Buena Vista Cuban Christmas
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the legendary Buena Vista Social Club album, Boisdale of Belgravia will be hosting its very own ‘Cuban Christmas’ complete with plenty of Chan Chan, Dos Gardenias and Carretero. Head to the lively Scottish restaurant this December to enjoy the sweet sounds of Cuban music performed by The Cuban All Stars, accompanied by classic cocktails courtesy of Havana Club. Get into the spirit by enjoying a Cuban cigar on the terrace, too. From 1 – 30 December, Monday to Saturday.
Bubble Bros Ben Broad and Joe Bruce are taking their prosecco van off road this Christmas to host a three-day pop-up on Columbia Road. Guests will be given the chance to be their own barman and enjoy the free-flowing unlimited prosecco bubbles. As well as this, guests will also be able to try their hand at mixology by learning to shake and stir from the experts. Christmas pizza will also be served to keep all appetites firmly at bay. 12-16 December, Columbia Road.
Glenfiddich, the world’s most awarded single malt Scotch, is launching its Join The Experimentalists campaign at The View from The Shard until 21 December. Guests will be guided through a series of stimulating questions before being presented their determined personality and a paired Glenfiddich cocktail, whilst making the most of the unparalleled views of the city. Each serve has been exclusively created for The View from The Shard and is available to purchase from the bar, and the experience is included in the price of a standard ticket. 27 November – 21 December, £15.95.
Starting this month, the bar and restaurant at the Baglioni Hotel in Kensington will be offering cocktail-making masterclasses, which can be purchased as a gift or as a fun activity with friends. Not only will you learn how to make the cocktails, but drink them too! On arrival, you’ll be given a glass of bubbly and there will be more to drink throughout the evening – and to make sure you’re not walking home on slightly less stable legs, in true Italian style there will be aperitivo nibbles too. baglionihotels.com
Fighting your way through throngs of Christmas shoppers on Oxford Street, you’ve surely thought how great it would be if you could stop for a breather somewhere to get away from it all? Well, now you can! John Lewis’ rooftop is open for the winter, a unique space in central London offering delicious food and drinks way up above the crowds. The Gardening Society is a quintessentially British summer garden atop the department store, currently housing a food pop-up (see above) and The Gardener’s Arms, one of Britain’s smallest pubs measuring just 6ft by 8ft. There are also private ‘cottages’ which you can book for events, each with its own front garden and white picket fence. It really is as idyllic as it sounds, and the view over London’s not bad either. The Rooftop, 300 Oxford Street, London W1C 1DX.
Graphic’s Pop-Up at Ask For Janice
Legendary Graphic Bar in Soho has headed eastwards for a three-month residency, taking over the downstairs at Farringdon’s Ask For Janice. Surprising even the most knowledgeable gin-lover, their impressive menu of gin cocktails will include all the usuals plus many lesser-known gin cocktail incarnations. The residency is open from Wednesday – Friday from 5pm-12.30am, and there will also be a calendar of free workshops and fun one-off events. Ask For Janice, 50-52 Long Lane, London EC1A 9EJ.