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…
Calçotada Festival at Brindisa
Pop into Brindisa Shoreditch or Rupert Street throughout February and March to take part in the peculiar Catalan festival celebrating the humble onion. It’s a messy and theatrical affair – you’ll wear long bibs as you drink from porrons of red wine and eat the romesco sauce-dipped onions which are dramatically lowered into your mouth as much hilarity ensues. Executive Chef Josep Carbonell has created a special menu to showcase the Catalan tradition, including vegan options so everyone can take part. Weekends throughout February and March. brindisakitchens.com
Spitalfields nose-to-tail market restaurant Flank is hosting an exciting new supper club series. Launching with chef Tom Brown (ex Nathan Outlaw), the series will celebrate the skill of some of the best chefs in London – so a must for the foodies. The menu will consist mainly of fish and will serve 20 guests over two sittings, serving as a preview of Brown’s first restaurant opening in Hackney this year. Other confirmed participants include Duncan Ray, Gill Meller and Elizabeth Allen, with more to be announced. The first series will take place on 15 February, more information here.
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
Jason Atherton X Moët Valentine’s Dining
For the ultimate romantic evening, Jason Atherton, Moët’s UK Brand Ambassador, is putting on a charming celebration of Valentine’s Day. There will be a bespoke Valentine’s menu, with Rose Grand Vintages 2009, 2004 and 1990, each paired to the tasting menu. Evenings will be available at City Social, Pollen Street Social and Social Eating House. From 10 February – 18 March.
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 Scott Smith’s ‘Norn’ (13-24 March), Esra Muslu’s return from Istanbul (27-30 March) and The Ethicurean by brothers Iain and Matthew Pennington (3-7 April) and Chef Prateek Sadhu who will be bringing a taste of Mumbai to London from 17 April. 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, as well as in collaboration with other top chefs. The next part of the series is on 21 March and will see a collaboration with Henry Harris (former head chef at Racine), and Alex Jackson cook up “A Celebration of Paul Bocuse”. Other collaborations include Diana Henry (author of How to Eat a Peach), Anna Tobias (current head chef at Rochelle Canteen), and many more. The next event will take place on 21 March, more information here.
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 chef. Be prepared to taste some delicious bespoke cocktails from Coastal-Plymouth Gin to accompany the fine dining. The line up includes Mark Sargeant from Rocksalt, Kent (17 April) and Bruce Rennie from The Shore, Cornwall (22 May). j-sheekey.co.uk
A new handmade pasta restaurant is opening at the renowned Italian cocktail and coffee bar Bar Termini Centrale on Bond Street. The menu will feature recipes from chef James French, inspired by his recent travels around Italy, as well as traditional dishes he learnt during his apprenticeship at Michelin-starred l’Erba del Re in Modena. 5 March to end of April, bar-termini-centrale.com
Vegans, rejoice! Popular food joint Dirty Bones is having a plant-based makeover in March. The New York-inspired hotspot will be featuring a vegan version of their much-loved Buffalo Hot Wings, served with almond yoghurt-based ranch dressing, as well as a Mac and Cheese made with cashew and almond milk! To wash down the delicious food will be a vegan spin on their popular Dirty Bones’ cocktail The Fab, as well as a Dirty Viña Colada. 5 and 12 March, dirtyveganlondon.com.
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 March. 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
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. Kickstarting the event with their Easter Extravaganza on the 27th March, prepare to celebrate the start of spring whilst sipping on a ‘Mad as a Hatter’ cocktail and enjoying a four-course menu of Easter favourites. 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. Easter Extravaganza (27 March), Citrus Summer (22 May), World Gin Day: Celebrating the Martini (12 June) A British Picnic (26 June), Tickets on sale here.
The Wild Turkey Lodge is held at Ten Bells (the East London pub) and uniquely resembles a traditional American hunting lodge. Situated on the first floor of the pub, you will feel as if you have walked into a different world. A special bourbon menu will be on offer, along with the Classic Wild Turkey 101 Old Fashioned cocktail – a favourite for many. Don’t miss out on the fun. Until May, find out more here.
In partnership with Beefeater London Dry Gin, the Rivington Greenwich terrace has been transformed into a beautiful botanical gin garden, covered with a fruit tree canopy and hanging vines. Exciting gin cocktails will be served, with ingredients sourced right from the garden. Guests are also given the opportunity to choose six of their very own botanical perfumes and then select a cocktail. Cool, right? The terrace will be open from 12 January until the end of April, more information here.
Tap Takeovers at The Understudy
Beer lovers, rejoice! Head down to South Bank this February to experience a whole new world of beer at The Understudy, a riverside craft beer pub. Taking place until mid-June, the event will feature different emerging UK brewers and offers the chance for you to explore your beer preferences. Bristol-based Wiper & True are kick-starting the events with beers which include unique ingredients such as chillies, blackberries and home-made malts. St. Patrick’s Day will see Boundary celebrate all things Irish whilst offering a hoppy range of beers including their classic, G.O.A.T and American Pale Ale. Finishing the series in June will be Zilla Nights – take a sip of a delicious craft beer whilst gazing at London’s skyline and dancing the night away to afrobeat, highlife and other genres. Feel free to also try some of The Understudy’s range of limited edition beers, all based on current plays at The National Theatre, including a Peter Pan beer, Tink’s Tiny Batch. Until 9 June, nationaltheatre.org.uk.
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
London’s favourite Manhattan-inspired rooftop terrace restaurant is holding a series of masterclasses for you to sharpen up your bartending skills this year. Wave goodbye to the average cocktails you normally whip up for your friends on a Saturday night and say hello to the three new cocktail techniques you will learn using Absolut Elyx. Grab your lab coat and prepare to experiment and put a molecular twist on any three cocktails you like using carbonation, infusion and foam. Afterwards, sit back, relax and enjoy your masterpieces in the comfort of the elegant bar in St Paul’s. Until end of March, Madison can accommodate groups of eight to 12 people, £30 a head, Tickets on sale here.
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