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…
Sustainability-focused restaurant concept Fallow will take over the pop-up site, 10 Heddon Street, for a four-month residency. Headed up by former Dinner by Heston chefs Jack Croft and Will Murray, the 40-cover site will offer a weekly changing menu of nose to tail, root to stem dishes alongside a selection of biodynamic wines. This follows a series of successful events hosted by the pair, including a sell-out residency at Carousel and a pop-up at Restaurant Adam Handling in Chelsea. Running for four months from 10 March.
Enjoy a vegetarian feast on the rooftop of Shoreditch’s Ace Hotel at their new supper club series, which will focus on sustainability in food. A collaboration with recently launched brand Knuckle, the series will welcome the likes of Henrietta Inman (head chef at Stoney Street by 26 Grains) and Clare Lattin (Ducksoup). Kicking things off on 18 March is an evening with renowned East London pub The Marksman, featuring four courses of meat-free goodness created with the planet in mind. Tickets for the first evening on 18 March cost £55pp. Book at eventbrite.com
Acclaimed Swedish chef Niklas Ekstedt will be bringing his culinary expertise to London Bridge this spring to host a special dinner at wild food restaurant Native. He’ll be joining Native founder Ivan Tisdall-Downes in the kitchen to create a menu which showcases a shared passion for seasonal, foraged produce, and back-to-basic techniques of smoking, pickling and cooking with fire. £75pp, with wine pairing available for £45pp extra. Book via nativerestaurant.co.uk
This March, a handful of top London chefs are coming together to raise money for the Australian bushfires. The evening will see Brett Graham (The Ledbury), Bill Grainger (Granger & Co), Shaun Presland (Pacific) and Hamish Pearce (Pidgin) collaborating on a special menu, with all funds going towards the communities and wildlife affected by the fires. £200pp. 26 March. Book at tickettailor.com
Celebrate two of life’s greatest pleasures, cheese and champagne, at Rail House Café’s upcoming event. The first in a new series of masterclasses, the evening will guide guests through three varieties of Taittinger Champagne, pairing them with distinctive French cheeses. 17 March, from 6.30pm. Tickets cost £48 each. designmynight.com
The UK market for game is increasing as a result of growing awareness surrounding its wild and natural lifestyle: antibiotic and hormone-free, it’s better for our bodies as well as the planet. This is being discussed at a panel event taking place at Adam Handling’s restaurant Ugly Butterfly, with panellists including game chef Jose Souto and co-owner of The Harwood Arms Mike Robinson. All those joining the event will be able to keep their table to enjoy dinner at Ugly Butterfly, which opened last year on the King’s Road. 18 March, 6.30pm. Free to attend, pre-book by emailing [email protected]
This month Francesco Mazzei will be inviting some of his South London neighbours to Battersea restaurant Fiume for a series of wine pairing dinners. Each evening a representative from a local bar or restaurant will be in residence to offer up their pick of pairing drinks, to be enjoyed alongside Francesco’s Italian menu. Next ups is Ben Gubbins of Vagabond in March followed by Humble Grape’s Desiree Russo in April. £55pp. 25 March and 29 April. fiume-restaurant.co.uk
Award-winning chef and food writer Gizzi Erskine is launching a Parisian-inspired pop-up in the former Asia de Cuba site on St Martins Lane. Springing up this February and running until April, The Nitery will offer a fun, modern take on French, American and British dishes. It’s inspired by early 20th century Parisian ‘niteries’: Bohemian restaurants that popped up around the city, frequented by the big artists and poets of the time. The pop-up will reflect this bon vivant spirit, offering new takes on nostalgic dishes using experimental ingredients. Small plates, for instance, include devilled eggs with roast chicken crackling; and bone marrow dripping on marmite toast, followed by main dishes such as flagoelet dauphinoise, goat cutlets and bisque. Come Sunday, diners can enjoy an indulgent roast here – there’ll be a carvery station serving beef, lamb or pork with all the trimmings, as well as vegetarian wellington. 13 February – 30 April 2020. For more information visit morganshotelgroup.com
The second guest chef dinner series at the popular East London restaurant will once again see The Frog’s head chef Jamie Park and his team collaborate with a starry line-up of exceptional cooks and culinary concepts. Hosted by emerging talent and industry celebrities alike, the one-off dinners promise to deliver an international range of flavours, inspired by places as diverse as the Philippines, Mexico and the Mediterranean coast. First in line on 7 April are gastronomic dream team Fabien Spagnolo and Max Truel, who worked together in Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social and Covent Garden’s much-loved Frenchie. £60pp; future dinners are 5 May, 19 May, 2 June, 7 July and 4 August. For more information on events and to book, visit eventbrite.co.uk
Simon Rogan’s Michelin-starred restaurant Roganic has introduced its 2020 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 in January was Christian F. Puglisi, 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 priced at £135pp (excluding discretionary service charge), include an arrival drink, snacks and eight-course dinner. Email [email protected] to buy tickets.
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.