Food and drink pop-ups are all over London in the warmer months, opening on every terrace, rooftop and garden in the city. Enjoy them while you still can, and look ahead to what’s on offer in the autumn months. 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…
An exciting dinner series will be held in the coming weeks to celebrate the legendary Spanish director Pedro Almódovar. The chic Aqua Nueva in Oxford Circus will be putting on private screenings of some of his most notable films, for diners to enjoy whilst they feast on the likes of gazpacho and Iberian meat croquettas concocted by talented Head Chef Yahir Gonzalez. 16, 30 October and 6 November. Tickets £30.
Peckham Levels x Spike + Earl
Over the course of six weeks, the former multi-storey car park will be showcasing the best of South London’s street food vendors every weekend, accompanied by craft beers, wine and cocktails provided bySpike + Earl. This is just a teaser for what visitors can expect, as later in the year the traders will be taking up a permanent residence within Peckham Levels. Thursday-Saturday, 7pm-10pm. Canard 12 Oct, Nadine 21 Oct, West 26 Oct, PickyWops 2 Nov.
Masterchef finalists Billy and Jack bring their love of American soul food to Christopher’s, where for three nights only they’ll work alongside head chef Francis Agyepong to create an all-American culinary experience with a twist. After a cocktail on arrival, guests will be treated to a five-course meal consisting of dishes such as chicken n’ truffle waffle, spiced venison doughnuts and Peanut butter parfait. What’s not to love? 18-20 October. Tickets £65.
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’. From 18 September – 19 November. No.8 Lancashire Court, Brook Street, London W1S 1EY.
Starting from October 23, for four consecutive Mondays Carluccio’s flagship in Covent Garden is going green. To kick off their A/W menu, in association with Anna Barnett, they are opening a vegetable centre pop-up. The entire bottom floor will be dedicated to vegetarian and vegan dishes such as roasted butternut squash, vegetables and pine nuts, which can be ordered with or without goats cheese. The first of its kind in the UK and definitely worth a visit – book online to avoid disappointment. From 22 October
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. From 20 October, £95.
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?
TĀ TĀ EATERY, 10-14 October: Ana Gonçalves and Zijin Meng will be bringing their wildly popular Chinese-Portuguese cross over food to the Carousel for Chinese style tapas with a distinct element of Portugal.
Tom Brown, 17-21 October: Head chef at ‘Outlaw’s at The Capital’, Tom’s menu will be centred around his skill and knowledge of seafood and fish including dishes such as, ‘Smoked Haddock, Leek and Rarebit Tart’.
Au Passage, 7-18 November: One of Paris’s most popular bistros, head chef Dave Harrison will be producing a seasonal tasting menu which will differ everyday, most likely including some of his favourites, nose-to-tail meat and raw fish.
Check out the full line-up here to ensure you don’t miss a single one! 71 Blandford Street, London W1U 8AB
Starting at the beginning of October, London hotspot Zuma will launch 11 exciting tasting dishes to mark its 15th birthday. The menu will be curated by Zuma co-founder and creator, Rainer Becker, which means it will feature all the big hitters since it opened in 2002 – including everything from Suzuki No Sashimi (thinly sliced seabass with yuzu, truffle oil and salmon roe) to Gyuhire Sumibiyaki Karami Zuke (spicy beef tenderloin with sesame, red chilli and sweet soy). Prices will start from £124 per person, with the option to add a wine and sake pairing for an extra £62. A sushi lover’s heaven! 5 Raphael Street, London SW7 1DL
The Camberwell charcuterie bar Nape will be bringing some of their great plates of British cured meats, natural wines and craft beers to London this winter. The food will centre around their famous meats such as Monmouthshire Veal and Norfolk Blood Pudding, accompanied by some seasonal toasties and a selection of wines. There will also be the chance to take part in a cheese tasting with Paxton & Whitfield, as well as sampling some delicious Oysters every Thursday night at the Rocks Oyster Grill. 1 November – 16 December.
TT Liquor x Bam Boo
TT Liquor and Bam Boo are teaming up to bring you the perfect boozy brunch this month. You’ll be treated to Bam Boo’s famous Asian fusion dishes such as poached egg on toasted bao, with asparagus, grilled prawns, smoked bacon, Yuzu Hollandaise, spring onion and chilli salt. Dessert will be just as delicious, with Matcha crepes accompanied by clotted cream ice-cream. All of these will, of course, be paired with a generous amount of drinks from TT Liquor. 22 October, £48.
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 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 summer, 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 and The Gardener’s Arms, one of Britain’s smallest pubs measuring just 6ft by 8ft. There are also private Summerhouses 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.