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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

Jikoni’s Carbon Neutral Celebration

Jikoni

By 30 June, Jikoni will become the first independent restaurant in the UK to be carbon neutral. Founders Nadeem Lalani Nanjuwany and Ravinder Bhogal are celebrating with a one-off dinner featuring a panel of leading female founders – all of whom share a passion for sustainability. Diners will enjoy a five-course menu as they listen to a discussion on key environmental issues. 27 June, 6pm. jikonilondon.com

BRAT X Noble Rot Intergalactic Vineyard Lunch

Brat restaurant

In celebration of the Noble Rot book, Wine from Another Galaxy, Brat at Climpson’s Arch is hosting a special lunch. The event will see chefs Tomos Parry, Mark Andrew and Dan Keeling coming together to create a special menu, with paired wines from the Noble Rot team. Barbecue dishes cooked over vine smoke will take centre stage, inspired by many of the vineyards featured in the book – think grilled lobster, sea trout poached in champagne and wood roasted duck with cherries. 27 June, 12 – 6pm. Book by emailing [email protected]

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

Champagne & Soufflé

Champagne and Souffle menu, Raymond Blanc

We might not be able to celebrate Wimbledon in the typical way this year, but who says we can’t enjoy its traditions? Head to one of Raymond Blanc’s restaurants or pubs to enjoy a glass of champagne alongside a Centre Court-inspired strawberry soufflé, served with macerated strawberries, vanilla ice cream and a strawberry coulis. £15, available from 28 June Monday – Saturday. whitebrasserie.com

High Tea and Jazz

Fortnum & Mason Diamond Jubilee Salon

Two iconic names, Fortnum & Mason and Ronnie Scott’s, are joining forces for a special evening at the Diamond Jubilee Salon this July. Don your glad rags to enjoy luxurious dishes – think lobster omelette with truffle, baked Cornish brill with champagne sauce and scones with clotted cream – alongside jazz from world-famous musicians. £80pp, 1 July. eventbrite.com

Jitin Joshi at Carousel

Jitin Joshi

Ex-Gymkhana chef Jitin Joshi will be cooking up a storm at Carousel this summer, focusing on artfully spiced Indian flavours. Jitin brings with him over 25 years of experience working in kitchens across London – and his pop-up dinners will be a sneak peek of what’s to come in his first solo venture. You’ll be dining on dishes like curry leaf mackerel with Guntur chilli, Lasooni chicken with wild nettle saag and Gulabjamun brioche pudding. 22 June – 3 July. carousel-london.com

Morena and The Açaí Girls

Morena x Acai Girls

Founded during lockdown, food delivery service The Açaí Girls is all about proving healthy food can be exciting. They’ll be showcasing their flavoursome, nourishing dishes at Latin-inspired restaurant Morena for one night this June, offering a three-course menu alongside sides and sharing plates. Begin with guacamole, plantain chips and seabass ceviche before getting stuck into the mains: chicken or vegan tacos with cassava fries and Mexican salad. For dessert, it’s either a signature acai bowl or a vegan tres leches cake, washed down with a spicy margarita. £50pp, 24 June. resy.com

Rick Stein at The Goring

The Goring Hotel

Can’t find a free hotel room in Cornwall? You can enjoy a taste of its seaside fare at The Goring, where Rick Stein is setting up camp for a week this June. Nab a seat on the hotel’s sunny veranda and feast on fresh fish dishes like whole dover sole meunière, sea bass ceviche with red chilli and crispy smoked mackerel with a green mango salad. The Cornish pop-up is available exclusively alongside an overnight stay, and your package will include a guaranteed upgrade. The Goring’s Rick Stein Overnight Stay is priced from £690 per night including dinner for two. thegoring.com

Oli Marlow at Rondo

Oli Marlow at Rondo

Following his success on the 2021 series of the BBC’s Great British Menu, chef Oli Marlow will be cooking his winning menu during a guest residency at The Hoxton’s recently opened restaurant Rondo. Diners will have the chance to experience his four-course chart-topping menu – which landed Oli the highest score in the programme’s history – for three days this June. That includes guinea fowl breast with stuffed chicken wings, lobster with black garlic and Oli’s unique dessert, ‘Happy As Can Be’, which brings together condensed milk cake, toffee apple and chamomile cream. All this will be paired with a series of wines selected by sommelier Valentin Mouillard. 24, 25 and 26 June. £95pp, £45 optional wine flight. opentable.co.uk

The Secret Garden at South Place Hotel

South Place Hotel

South Place Hotel is famous for its pretty floral installations, and its new Secret Garden pop-up lives up to expectation. The bar has partnered with Chambord to create a new cocktail menu, with a hanging display full of pink and purple flowers. This summer, work from artist Sarah Pope will also be on display. southplacehotel.com

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

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

Yayoi Kusama

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. selfridges.com

JOY

JOY

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

Andrew Clarke x The Fisheries

Hugo Warner, founder of Hackney co-working space The Fisheries, is teaming up with chef Andrew Clarke to host a one-off dinner in aid of Pilot Light, an initiative supporting mental health within the hospitality sector. Diners will enjoy Clarke’s home cooking through a five-course, family-style feast with a subtle nod to south west France, served in The Green Room at The Fisheries. 15 July, £54.59. eventbrite.co.uk

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