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…
Chef Endo Kazutoshi is a third-generation sushi master and one of the original pioneers behind the legendary London hotspot Zuma – and always adding to his grand achievements, this summer he launched an innovative pop-up sushi restaurant in a specially-designed space at The Berkeley hotel. Guests can savour the theatre of Endo’s sushi mastery and discuss the intricacies of his preparation in a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the world’s finest sushi masters himself. The bespoke 15-course omakase menu showcases the very best of Chef Endo’s craft and skill, featuring the finest ingredients from Japan and the UK. Until 31 August, two sittings each night priced at £150 per guest. Find out more at the-berkeley.co.uk
Acclaimed vodka distillers, Our/London have launched a summertime collaboration with some of the most prominent chefs in the country. Dinner at Ours is a celebration of everything we hold sacred, unique aromatic vodka and dishes inspired by its flavours. Olia Hercules (Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 June), Lee Westcott (Thursday 19 and Friday 20 July), Jeremy Chan (Friday 3 and Saturday 4 August) and Alex Jackson (Thursday 6 and Friday 7 September) have been tasked with creating a menu that is infused with their own style yet complimentary to the vodka. Each chef will host two dinners spread across the summer months, serving at least four courses. Each specially crafted dish is paired with an exclusive Our/London cocktail. Simply divine! Tickets from £50, available here.
Coming up at revolving creative hub Carousel London next week is Brazilian chef Rafael Cagali who has just left Simon Rogan’s Aulis London and is embarking on a solo career. With previous experience at three Michelin Starred The Fat Duck, Martin Berasategui and Quique Dacosta, expect a creative and playful menu with dishes such as ‘Chlorophyll Tortellini, Deer, Nettles’ and ‘Charred Cabbage, Mussels, Stout Beer’. Rafael will be taking over the Carousel kitchens from 21 to 25 August. Tickets available at carousel-london.com. Check out the full line-up here to ensure you don’t miss a single one! 71 Blandford Street, London W1U 8AB.
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 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.
Taking over the Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe, this magical afternoon tea is (almost) too pretty to eat. The Balcony Room has been transformed into an enchanted midsummer’s garden as guests take a seat amidst the flowers, trees, toadstools and butterflies. Instagrammable yet still tasty, the pop-up is complete with everything from tumbling wisteria to trailing ivy and overflowing florals, all mixed with a gin emporium to indulge in afterwards. Beautiful riverside views frame the room as guests are served all things sweet and savoury from a wild mushroom and leek quiche to buttermilk poached chicken, elderflower jelly and also mulberry scones with midsummer berry jam. The best part? They’ve created a special Prosecco and gin-based cocktail which turns from white to purple when a drop of ‘love potion’ is added to it. Pure magic! Selected dates from 27 July- 2 September, swanlondon.co.uk
Ever wondered how to make the perfect Bloody Mary? How professional bar staff manage to create the ideal balance of zing, spice and flavour? Well wonder no more, as from now until the end of September, Ketel One Vodka is collaborating with World of Zing to host a series of pop-ups in King’s Cross to teach the public, finally, how to create the ultimate Bloody Mary. Flavour expert Pritesh Mody will bring his expertise along with the finest herbs, spices, sauces and salts to combine with Ketel One’s Vodka. Their aim? To lift the great staple cocktail out of Worcester sauce and Tabasco’s old-fashioned grip and give it a little zing. Plus, once you’re happy with your creation, you can buy all the necessary ingredients to take home with you and carry on your love affair with your new original Bloody Mary recipe. No tickets necessary, simply pop down to Canopy Market King‘s Cross on July 27th-29th, August 10th-12th, August 24th-26th and September 7th-9th.
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…
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.
An indoor and outdoor food, drink and music residency will be arriving at Hackney Wick, just in time for the Summer. 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.
From 25 – 28 September, The Clumsies will be bringing their expertise to the heart of Covent Garden, mixing away behind Blind Spot’s boutique tea counter façade and secret golden hand. Guests will be able to sample a selection of award-winning serves from the bar ranked 6th in ‘The World’s 50 Best Bars in 2017’. The Blind Spot team, with their own ‘Spin the Globe’ menu of international cocktails, are delighted to be welcoming a taste of Athens through their hidden door this September. From Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 September, free booking at morganshotelgroup.com.
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.
The Dead Rabbit Taproom Takeover at The Sun Tavern
As part of London Cocktail Week 2018 (1st – 7th October), The Dead Rabbit Taproom Takeover will take place for one night only and sees the serial ‘World’s Best Bar’ winning team serving up three new cocktails showcasing The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey, in addition to The Sun’s own creations. The Dead Rabbit Taproom Takeover kicks off from 6pm till 1am with special guest DJ’s spinning New York inspired sets all night long. Beyond the Taproom Takeover, one of their specially created cocktails, The Lone Oak will be available throughout London Cocktail Week. Additionally, as part of The Sun Tavern’s popular ‘Whiskey Wednesdays’ series, all three of The Dead Rabbit Irish Whiskey cocktails will also be on offer, every Wednesday throughout October. From 6pm, Tuesday 2nd October, thesuntavern.co.uk.
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