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The Best Food & Drink Pop-Ups in London

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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.

Food & Drink Pop-Ups in London

Stephane Delourme

Stephane Delourme

The lovely Sam’s Riverside in Hammersmith will welcome Stephane Delourme, group head chef of Rick Stein restaurants, into its kitchen next month. Stephane has been friends with Sam’s Riverside founder Sam Harrison for over 20 years, having worked together in the 90s at The Seafood Restaurant in Padstow. He’ll be working with head chef Ashley Tinoco to bring a taste of Cornwall to West London with a four-course seafood-led menu. £80pp, +£30 optional wine pairing. Book by calling 02082371020 or emailing [email protected]

Bluebird Chelsea Café x Bread & Truffle

Bluebird Chelsea Bread & Truffle

Truffle season is upon us, and Bluebird Chelsea is celebrating with a three-week pop-up from Italian street food favourites Bread & Truffle, known for its delicious focaccia bread. The team will be serving up a range of gourmet filled focaccia sandwiches, including the Bluebird and Bread & Truffle Special: Truffle Treasure, complete with truffle and parmesan cream, beef carpaccio, rocket salad and shaved truffle. bluebird-restaurant.co.uk

A Moment of Hope & Optimism with La Grande Dame x Yayoi Kusama

Aiming to start the year on a hopeful note, Veuve Clicquot has teamed up with Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama to launch a multi-sensory retail experience at Selfridges Corner Shop. Guests will have the chance to see incredible art while enjoying Veuve Clicquot’s new vintage, La Grande Dame 2012 prestige cuvée. Kusama’s tribute to La Grande Dame – a limited-edition case and bottle – will also be on show, featuring her signature polka dot pattern rearranged as champagne bubbles, with an additional flower motif reminiscent of her ‘My Heart That Blooms in the Darkness of The Night’ series. Early spring 2021, pictured above, selfridges.com

Muse Masters

Tom Aikens

Thomas Alexander

Watch Tom Aikens and fellow top chefs live in action at Muse Masters, the new guest chef series launching at Tom’s Belgravia restaurant. Robin Gill of former Clapham institution The Dairy kicked off the series earlier this month, followed by Alex Dilling of The Greenhouse in Mayfair on 25 November. The evenings will include six courses plus snacks and champagne, with 10 per cent of profits going to Only a Pavement Away, a charity which places vulnerable and homeless people in jobs within hospitality. £125pp, musebytomaikens.co.uk

The Warhol Menu at Tate Modern

Andy Warhol menu

Robert Billington

Celebrate the final few weeks of Tate Modern’s Andy Warhol exhibition with a selection of themed dishes at the gallery’s restaurant. The set menu includes ‘Andy’s tomato soup’ – developed to mimic the theme of Andy’s most celebrated piece of art, Campbells Soup Cans – and ‘Tuna Fish Disaster’, inspired by the artwork of the same name. Andy was famed for his sweet tooth, so it’s only right that the meal finishes with an indulgent and unique smoky-bacon ice cream – a nod to the artist’s work ethic of wanting to bring home the bacon. tate.org.uk

Stoney Street by Night x Tom Cenci

Stoney Street

Having transformed Stoney Street into a wine bar in the evenings, founder Alex Hely-Hutchinson is now opening her kitchen doors to chefs who have been affected by the pandemic. First up is Tom Cenci with an all-British menu focused around sustainability and reducing food waste. Highlights include cornmeal pancakes with charred corn, cocoa-seared grass-fed beef with hispi cabbage and miso butter, and a banoffee cheesecake. 26grains.com

Bombay Bustle’s Tandoor Takeover

The tandoor has been a mainstay of Indian cooking for centuries. Its rich heritage is now being explored in a new chef series at Bombay Bustle, which sees collaborators putting their own spin on dishes cooked in the restaurant’s tandoor oven. Chefs participating include Josh Katz of Berber & Q, Ivan Tisdall-Downes of Native, Z He from Wun’s, Surender from Bombay Bustle and Nicholas Balfe of Brixton’s Salon. 5 October – 5 November, bombaybustle.com

Wagyu & Wine Wednesdays

Wagyu beef


Revel in the winning combination of steak and wine at Adam Handling Chelsea, which has launched Wagyu & Wine Wednesdays. Dine on a 250g wagyu ribeye steak from the Highlands of Scotland for £55 alongside specially selected wines from the restaurant’s cellar, including Pinot Noir Résonance Vineyard, Résonance Winery and Oregon 2015. adamhandlingchelsea.co.uk

Brunches at Gaucho


Famed steakhouse chain Gaucho has launched a new line-up of themed brunches, ranging from a Studio 54-inspired bonanza to a Halloween special. The series begins with The Wellbeing Brunch, which will feature mini beauty treatments, CBD cocktails and chilled Ibiza-style music. Diners can also try their hand at being a popstar at the Hip-Hop Karaoke Brunch, or whip out their best fancy dress for the Haunted House Halloween Brunch – expect entertainers, live music and lots of spooky paraphernalia.  26 September – 28 November, gauchorestaurants.com



Recently launched at Portobello Dock is JOY: a temporary hub of food and flowers from chef Stevie Parle and designer Tom Dixon. There’s an outdoor restaurant, FLORA, a fresh produce shop selling meats, fish and vegetables, a natural wine bottle shop, a honey store and a bee-friendly garden filled with dahlias. FLORA serves a daily changing menu of seasonal dishes, such as grilled sea bass with romesco sauce, vegan ‘meatballs’, and chicken cooked over wood stuffed with ricotta. joyatportobello.co.uk

La Pilarica

Chefs Federico Perez Diaz and Michael Kutziola met while running Marco Pierre White’s Frankie’s Bar and Grill in 2010. The pair have been working in restaurants together ever since, and now they’re launching their first pop-up as a duo, La Pilarica. Launching on 23 July at Loafing Café, Well Street Hackney, the residency’s prime focus is slow cooked sous vide meats, which are cooked for 24 hours in La Pilarica spices to enhance flavour and tenderness. Enjoy in burritos, burgers and salads, alongside a range of Mexican sides. Wednesdays-Sundays, 5-11pm. lapilarica.co.uk

Giz & Green at Passo Shoreditch

Gizzi Erskine

Chef Gizzi Erskine and musician Professor Green have joined forces to launch a pop-up concept at Old Street’s Italian-inspired restaurant Passo. This follows their weekly lockdown Instagram mini-series, in which Professor Green was taught how to make his favourite takeaways by Erskine. Highlights from the menu include the classic Hawaiian, pepperoni and veggie stuffed crust pizzas, all made using white rye sourdough from local bakery heroes Breadstation. passorestaurant.com


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