Looking for fun foodie events across the capital? From the most exclusive banquets to cool new supper clubs, these are the best food and drink pop-ups in London…
This December, Holborn’s Bloomsbury House will be transformed into the Tanqueray Townhouse: a ten-day residency filled with immersive experiences and plenty of gin cocktails. Artists will travel around the Townhouse each evening performing illusions – think playing cards magically appearing in gin bottles and cocktail shakers disappearing before your eyes. A selection of lucky guests will be invited by a ringing telephone to take part in a special event in the venue’s hidden bar, which involves using brainwave technology to eat personalised drinks. Elsewhere: a towering botanical showcase, a room filled with gifts for gin lovers and a lounge bar. Tickets are £12pp. 6-15 December. eventbrite.com
Mexico is one of the world’s largest producers of gold, and the precious metal is woven into the country’s rich history. Chef Martha Ortiz celebrates this in her new six-course menu, Into the Gold, launching at Ella Canta this December. The selection of artfully presented dishes includes a sea bass ceviche with kumquat, guinea fowl with white mole, and a pineapple and mango sorbet laced with gold. This is to be enjoyed alongside tipples from the special cocktail menu, designed to showcase the sweet and aromatic notes of the Mexican cocktail scene. £70pp. 12-21 December. ellacanta.com
All aboard floating restaurant The Grand Duchess for an evening of wild game with Kiwi chef Cameron Emirali. For one night only he’ll be bringing his Mediterranean flair to Paddington, rustling up an impressive five-course menu showcasing the best of British game. Guests will dine on dishes including pheasant and duck parfait, a Middle Eastern spiced hare dish, and a Welsh grouse served with garlic and tarragon bread pudding – all while soaking up the views of Regent’s Canal. £50pp, wine pairing an additional £60. 10 December. For bookings email [email protected]
Lavish Mayfair restaurant Sexy Fish is celebrating its 4th birthday with a series of wild and wonderful events, running in partnership with The House of Suntory. Guests will dine surrounded by an array of acrobats, dancers and vocal artists, with House of Pyramid performers outfitted in elaborate Under The Sea-themed costumes. The series kicked off with a Day of The Dead party earlier this month, with events culminating in a New Year’s Eve bash on 31 December. Reserve tables here
67 Pall Mall, the wine-focused members club in historic St James’s, is hosting a series of wine sessions, open to non-members and members alike. Hosted by Julian Grounds, the chief winemaker of New Zealand’s iconic Craggy Range winery, these are a fantastic opportunity to get clued up on different wines – whether you’re a novice or a wine aficionado. Following the tasting, guests can enjoy full access to the club for the evening. Selected dates until mid-December. Classes start from £40, visit 67pallmall.co.uk for the full line up of events.
Embark on an educational journey through Scotland’s most iconic spirit at Rosewood London’s ever-glamorous Scarfes Bar. Whether you’re a beginner or an aficionado, Scarfes Bar is the perfect place to learn about whisky, being home to one of the most impressive whisky collections in the capital. Hosted by resident Scot and whisky fanatic Craig Petrie, each masterclass will begin with an invitation to explore the towering Whisky Wall which greets visitors as they enter the bar, housing over 500 whiskies. This will be followed by a full induction into the world of Scotch whisky, alongside an open discussion about how the geography of distilleries can change the taste of the liquids. Plenty of tastings too, naturally. £75pp. Masterclasses are available to book from 2-3.30pm every Saturday.
Learn the secrets behind paella making at Arros QD, which recently became the second restaurant outside of Spain to win Wikipaella’s Cullera de Fusta, an award given to the best paella restaurants round the world. Guests will learn the tricks of the trade from Head Chef Richard De La Cruz, before sitting down to a sumptuous tasting menu paired with Spanish wines – all to the sound of a live guitarist. £80pp. Book here
Following its reopening earlier this year, Fitzrovia bar bubbledogs is launching a new series in which a programme of guest sommeliers put their stamp on bubbledogs’ celebrated Champagne list. Some of the capital’s most popular wine bars will be making an appearance, including P. Franco, Newcomers Wines and Sager + Wilde, each presenting an exclusive fizz menu alongside a selection of small plates. Visit sevenrooms.com for more information.
In January 2020, Simon Rogan’s Michelin-starred restaurant Roganic will introduce its new guest chef series. Running throughout the first half of the year, the series will see Simon and his team welcoming a line-up of top chefs from Europe’s culinary mecca of Scandinavia to his Marylebone restaurant. Each will cook up a unique eight-course feast alongside the Roganic team, available at the restaurant for one day only. Kicking off the series is Christian F. Puglisi on 18 January, who opened Michelin-starred Relæ in Copenhagen in 2010, before launching the smaller and much-loved eatery across the street, Manfreds. Next up on 21 March is Magnus Ek, chef owner of Stockholm’s two Michelin-starred Oaxen Krog, as well as more informal concept Oaxen Slip. Tickets are prices at £135 per head (excluding discretionary service charge), include an arrival drink, snacks and eight-course dinner. Email [email protected] purchase tickets.