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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

Charlie Bigham’s Virtual Charity Banquet

Vivek Singh

The virtual charity banquet run by Charlie Bigham’s is returning for its second year running, aiming once again to raise money for charity Chefs in Schools. Charlie Bigham himself plus Sunday Times wine writer Will Lyons will co-host a four-course virtual dinner alongside four top chefs: Thomasina Miers, Vivek Singh, Theo Randall and Ping Coombes. Guests will cook up a menu of bean bruschetta with ricotta, spice-crusted sea bream, chicken breast with marsala-braised portobello mushrooms and a Malaysian twist on the classic Eton Mess. 9 October, £95 for two people. bighams.com

FIELD by Fortnum’s

Fortnum & Mason FIELD

A new eco-friendly pop-up restaurant is launching this October within Fortnum & Mason’s Piccadilly home. Based on the ground floor, it will offer seasonal dishes featuring British grown ingredients, with meat, dairy and vegetables sourced from small-scale regenerative farms. Launching 5 October. fortnumandmason.com

Civilised Sundays at Jikoni


Jikoni’s Ravinder Bhogal is launching a third series of her much-loved Civilised Sundays series, which sees guest speakers come to the restaurant for an evening of conversation and good food. The line-up includes broadcaster Anita Rani on 19 September, followed by food writer Claudia Roden and activist Anoushka Shankar. £65pp, jikonilondon.com

Wild by Tart’s Guest Chef Series

Wild by Tart

Skye McAlpine, Thomasina Miers and Merlin Labron-Johnson are just some of the names taking part in a new guest chef series from Belgravia restaurant Wild by Tart. All chefs involved share the same culinary ethos as founders Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones, focused on seasonality, locality and quality. First up on 26 September: Andrew Clarke and Daniel Watkins of live fire concept Acme Fire Cult, who will showcase some of their bold, innovative dishes, with a menu that promises a theatrical element. Tickets from £60, 26 September – 5 December 2021. wildbytart.com

Burlington Arcade 007 Installation

Burlington Arcade James Bond Installation Launch

Burlington Arcade has a suave new look this autumn thanks to its 007 takeover in celebration of the much-awaited Bond new film No Time to Die. Make like everybody’s favourite British agent, and order your drinks shaken not stirred at the Bollinger 007 Bar. That’s if you get any time to pause between checking out the new OMEGA store (also an official Bond partner – and a newcomer to Burlington Arcade), with its own private members’ bar and exclusive display of behind-the-scenes shots, original props and artefacts. burlingtonarcade.com

Telmont Champagne & Oysters

Telmont Champagne x Oysters at The Churchill Bar

Champagne and oysters – is there a better pairing? Enjoy this luxurious combination at The Churchill Bar in Marylebone, which is offering a bottle of fizz and eight British oysters for £100. Soak up the last of the summer on the outdoor terrace, or embrace the start of cosy season indoors. thechurchillbar.co.uk

Santosh Shah x Cinnamon City Kitchen Pop-Up Series

Santosh Shah x Cinnamon City Kitchen Pop-Up Series

Santosh Shah, former Head Chef at Cinnamon Kitchen City, is hosting a modern Nepalese pop-up series this autumn, inspired by his time on MasterChef: The Professionals 2020. Dishes pay tribute to Santosh’s birth town Siraha in regional Nepal, offering a new take on the traditional cuisine of southern Asia. Each dinner will see 15 guests enjoying a 15-course tasting menu, featuring the likes of timur-spiced pigeon breast, chargrilled octopus and a chocolate, chilli and cinnamon yomari for dessert. £75pp, Wednesday to Saturday evenings from 20 September – 30 October 2021. eventbrite.co.uk

Moulin Rouge Immersive Experience at M Restaurants

Moulin Rouge Immersive Experience at M Restaurants

Looking for an excuse to get dressed up? Head to M Restaurants this September for a Moulin Rouge-themed extravaganza that transports diners to Paris with performers, live music and a theatrical four-course menu. You’ll be greeted with a glass of Veuve Yellow Label Champagne plus a special themed cocktail, followed by a selection of dishes such as king fish sashimi with grapefruit juice, venison chateaubriand and brown butter cake. £125pp, 25 September. mrestaurants.co.uk

Whiskey Six Wednesdays

NC'NEAN The Culpeper Pop-Up

From 1 September, independent Scottish whisky distillery Nc’nean will be teaming up with eco-conscious London pubs The Culpeper and The Duke of Cambridge to launch a pop-up: Whisky Six Wednesdays. For one hour each Wednesday, Nc’nean’s signature Whisky Six serve will be available free of charge for anyone who can make a pledge for what they’re going to do differently in life via Nc’nean’s website. The aim is to start a chain of positive change, and can be anything from putting down your phone in the evenings and going temporarily vegan to cycling to work and going zero waste for a month. Make sure to grab a glass of Whisky Six before the golden hour ends. mcnean.com

Norma’s Supper Club Series


This September Ben Tish’s restaurant Norma will launch a monthly supper club series, designed to celebrate the best Italian ingredients. Kicking things off on 7 September is a seafood feast featuring a mix of raw and cooked fish – think native oysters and charcoal grilled monkfish with aioli. October’s event, meanwhile, will focus on Sicilian fortified wine, paired with a four-course menu of dishes like grilled beef rib and cannoli with bitter chocolate ganache. Other events on the cards include a celebration of truffle in the winter and an evening inspired by Ben’s latest cookbook next January. 7 September, 5 October, 2 November, 1 December 2021. normalondon.com

Pasta Evangelists’ Pasta & Drag Pop-Ups

Pasta Evangelists x Pride

In honour of Pride, fresh pasta specialist Pasta Evangelists is running a series of masterclasses, co-hosted by the Queen of Pasta Roberta d’Elia alongside a selection of London’s most fabulous drag artists. Guests will enjoy an aperitivo and antipasti spread ahead of the main event, which will involve making rainbow-coloured pasta from scratch. Drag performances will take place throughout, alongside plentiful prosecco. From £50pp, 9, 10 and 11 September 2021. pastaevangelists.com

Oyster Masterclasses with Wiltons and Nyetimber


One of London’s oldest restaurants renowned for its seafood offering, Wiltons is hosting a series of oyster masterclasses designed for novices and aficionados alike. Running in partnership with Nyetimber, the informal workshops will teach guests about the different types of oysters from across the British Isles, plus all the great health benefits they offer. You’ll enjoy a dozen oysters paired with three glasses of sommelier-selected Nyetimber English sparkling wine. £85pp, every Monday throughout September beginning on 13 September. sevenrooms.com

Kricket’s Chef Series


Michael Roux Jr., James Cochran and Andrew Clarke are just some of the names taking part in Kricket’s annual chef series, which returns to the White City branch this September. Running in aid of Kricket’s long term charity partner, Apne Aap Women’s Collective, the events see each chef bringing their unique twist to Kricket’s modern Indian offering with a three-course sharing menu. 7, 14, 21, 28 September, £55pp. kricket.co.uk

Hakkasan’s Twentieth Anniversary Celebrations


Hakkasan, the much-loved and Michelin-starred restaurant boasting a plethora of delicious Chinese dishes, is celebrating its twentieth anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the restaurant is launching a limited edition set menu comprising of its most popular dishes since 2001. Featuring Hakkasan’s Dim Sum Trio, Supreme Stock Braised Lobster, and the classic Hakkatini cocktail, the new menu promises the decadent luxury we’ve all been craving over the past year. £110 per person. hakkasan.com

The Garden Pavilion at Chiswick House and Gardens

The Garden Pavilion at Chiswick House and Gardens

Dine in a floral-adorned marquee amid the grounds of the Grade-I listed Chiswick House and Gardens, where a pop-up restaurant has launched for the summer. Championing a farm-to-fork ethos, the menu features modern re-interpretations of classics, with produce coming straight from Chiswick House’s on-site kitchen garden. A typical menu could include passionfruit cured organic salmon, Cornish seabass with risotto primavera and an ‘Edible Flowerpot’ dessert made with carrot cake, cream cheese frosting and coffee crumble, washed down with a glass of English sparkling wine. 29 May – 30 September 2021. gardenpavilion.co.uk

Yayoi Kusama-Inspired Menu at Tate Modern

Yayoi Kusama menu at Tate Modern

Katie Wilson

Round off your trip to see the mesmerising new Yayoi Kusama exhibition with a Japanese lunch at Tate Modern’s Level 6 Restaurant. Dishes include mackerel tataki, Yakitori venison and a special afternoon tea menu, all to be washed down with a ‘Shimmer’ tea or tea-cocktail, infused with sparkling edible glitter. 17 May 2021 – 12 June 2022. tate.org.uk

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