From secret dinners in undisclosed locations, to a Scottish knees up in a warehouse, here are this summer’s best pop-up restaurants in London
The Jam Tree is hosting an Andalusian Supper Club with Masterchef Winner Dhruv Baker on 16th and 17th July. Guests will be treated to four courses in the Bookcase Bar with likes of Andalusian shrimp and spring onion fritters, breaded aubergine and truffle honey, braised Iberico pork with cumin and lemon, and Seville orange and almond syrup cake on the menu. Tickets cost £35 per person and are limited, email or call 020 3397 4422 to book.
3 – 19 Old Town, Clapham, London, SW4 0JT; thejamtree.com
Tongue ‘n Cheek, a foodie pop-up that puts a modern Italian touch to street food favourites, is setting up shop at the Joker of Penton Street until September. Choose from Philly cheesesteak or pork belly buns and no lobster rolls, while on Sundays there’s a roast with a twist, instead of roast beef and Yorkshire puddings, tuck into brisket with polenta.
58 Penton Street, Angel, London, N1 9PZ; tonguencheek.info
Herford and York pop-up restaurant at Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Foodmarket is run by a trio of cooks who love traditional British food, namely the Sunday Roast. Until August it will be showcasing the Yorkshire pudding as you’ve never seen it before, wrapped around a delicious filling and eaten as a sandwich. Succulent rare roast beef and Yorkshire puddings will be served with watercress, caramelised onions and horseradish from 10am to 6pm, and there’s salmon and sausage options too, all from £6.50.
Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor Foodmarket, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ; herefordandyork.co.uk
Street Feast is bringing its night-time street food party to an abandoned 1950s covered market in Lewisham, where the likes of Breddos Tacos, Yum Bun, Mama’s Jerk and SmokeStak will be serving their much-Instagramed food to South East Londoners until 26th September. There will be cocktails, a rum bar and craft beers too.
196 Lewisham High Street, SE13 6LS; streetfeastlondon.com
As part of a series of rotating street food vendors, The Old Nun’s Head will see Soul Concina serving some serious dude food every Wednesday and Sunday, with roasts, ribs and pulled pork featuring highly. On Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays Burger Bear will be serving burgers (you’ll be surprised to hear) and the rest of the week will see surprise street food guests.
15 Nunhead Green, London SE15 3QQ; 020 7639 4007; theoldnunshead.co.uk
A pop-up bar has opened on Old Street’s treacherous Silicon roundabout. The bar will be showing all this summer’s sporting events, including the World Cup and Tour de France, as well as hosting the Beersham Festival this weekend (11th-13th July 2014), which will bring together craft beer, cider and Champagne makers.
Old Street Station, London, EC1V 1BE; facebook.com/OldStTerrace
During the Southbank’s two month Festival of Love, performances, poetry, talks, indoor and outdoor installations and artworks, will sit alongside a plethora of pop up stalls. SNOG will be dolloping out scoops of low-fat Fro-Yo, there will be lobster rolls and Prosecco on tap BOB’s Lobster, while cycle cafe Look Mum No Hands will get people in the spirit of the Tour de France, offering Square Mile Coffee, London-brewed beers, snacks and a cycle doctor. And Bloody Oyster, will be serving oysters and Bloody Marys to loved-up Londoners on a bus. Or for great cocktails, check out the Department of Good Cheer, located in Festival Village under Queen Elizabeth Hall.
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk
Seasoned pop-up Forze Win will be taking up residence at ‘The Dispensa’, an old cash and carry bar in Peckham, which is being transformed into a Spiedini and Spritz Bar for three days a week for brunch until September. For £75 guests will sit down to a big Italian family-style feast of fresh pastas, woodfired spiedini made with meat from the Ginger Pig, salads and dessert. Drinks wise, there will be a vending machine full of beer – nice touch – and an Italian cocktail bar, plus natural wine list.
Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Road, London, SE15 3SN; forzawin.com
Chateau Marmot, a travelling supperclub which aims to bring fine dining to unusual and unexpected locations will be coming to the Waterloo Quarter Food Festival on 18th and 19th July. Floral-themed eight-course dinners, cooked and hosted by Duck & Waffle‘s Dan Doherty will be served to just sixteen diners at a time, who will experience Doherty’s take on seasonal British herbs and flowers, along with matched wines and spirits. Dinners take place on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 July, with 6.30pm and 9pm sittings each day. Tickets cost £95 including drinks.
Frank’s rooftop bar has become an institution, not just for Peckhamites but also the rest of London. Catch it while it’s here for the summer on it’s regular spot on top of a multi-storey car park on Rye Lane. Peckham pastrami with grilled rye bread and house slaw, jerk chicken thighs with sweetcorn salsa and potato salad, and kimchee rice paper rolls with peanut sauce are all on the menu (although it changes constantly), alongside Negronis, spritz and other Campari-based drinks, Meantime beers and a short selection of wines. Frank’s is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 5pm-11pm on weekdays and 11am-11pm on weekends.
95A Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST; 07528 600924; frankscafe.org.uk
Following the success of Backdoor Salon last year, Backdoor Kitchen is popping-up in Brixton Village’s Cornercopia on alternate weekends throughout July. Running from Thursday to Saturday, there’ll be Negronis from 5.30pm, followed by a four-course dinner from 7.30pm, or you could just opt for drinks and cicchetti. Pulled Iberico pork cheeks marinated in Mediterranean herbs, octopus bruschetta, and a broad bean salad with chorizo, morcilla, lardo, mussels and clams cooked in Fino sherry, garlic and thyme are among the tasty Italian fare on offer. Backdoor Kitchen will run from 10-12 July and 24-26 July. Tickets for the four-course dinners are £25.
65 Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour lane, London, SW9 8PS; backdoor-kitchen.com
Camden Lock festival returns for its second year with a line-up of performances and live music. The one-day free festival will see street performers, dance workshops, cocktails, fashion stalls and food come together in an extravaganza of fun. The Global Kitchen will have Feed Me Primal, Smoke ‘n’ Roll, Mama’s Jerk, Cowboy Cottage and Dutch Pancakes, along with Honest Burgers, Ruby Dock, Yumchaa, Café Chula and Big Apple Hot Dogs feeding the crowds. BrewDog will be serving drinks from the BrewDog bar on the canal, while Wray & Nephew Overproof rum will be keeping the vibes chilled at The Reggae Roast Tent.
Camden Lock Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AF; camdenlockmarket.com
Dram and Smoke is doing nothing to dispell the rumour that Scottish food is all neeps, haggis and fried Mars Bars, but what it is doing is showing that all of the above can be seriously tasty. The Scottish pop-up will be serving unusual combinations such as haggis bon bons with chilli jam, Scottish charcuterie, potted smoked mackerel, smoking venison haunch with warm pearl barley salad and bramble dressing, and a deep fried Mars Bar with shortbread ice cream and Irn Bru to follow. Dram and Smoke is in a steelyard in Vauxhall every Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon, the six-course tasting menu is served at communal tables, along with cocktails and whiskies.
Anchor Yard, 4 Durham Street, London, SE11 5JA; dramandsmoke.com
Following last summer’s sell out success, Jimmy’s Pop-Up will be at the Cellar of DVine Wines in Clapham North this summer. Open Thursday to Sunday, the 25-seat pop-up will serve responsibly sourced and foraged ingredients. On Thursdays it will be Burgers and Bordeaux Night (£30), where you’ll be served half a bottle of Bordeaux wine, wild mushroom and truffle smoked mac and cheese and a choice from a selection of duck, lobster or beef burgers with sides, followed by homemade ice cream and toppings. On Sundays, it’s a friendly feast of sharing platters and canapés, while Fridays and Saturdays it’s a five-course ethically-sourced meal. Jimmy’s also hosts pop-ups in Brixton.
The Good Egg brunch pop-up will be hosting a Las Vegas-style boozy brunch buffet to Embassy Gardens by Ballymore. Diners will eat at a long table and have two hours to visit and re-visit six brunch stations, while waiters serve Bloody Marys, Bellinis and Mimosas. Tickets cost £35 and the event is running on 9th , 10th, 16th and 17th August.
Embassy Gardens by Ballymore, Nine Elms Lane, London SW8 5BL; thegoodeggco.com
From 6th July to the end of October, this outdoor pop-up brunch club, will see a different chef cook up a street food brunch every Sunday. On 13th July diners will be treated to a Bajan experience, with Caribbean flavours, rum punch and reggae from 10am, while the following Sunday, 20th July, the brunch club moves on to Brazil. Tickets cost £15 per person.
Giffin Square, Giffin Street, Deptford SE8 4RJ; grubclub.com/the-deptford-brunch-club
Mexican pop-up Death by Burrito has moved from its usual spot in Shoreditch to south of the river to take up residency in Battersea’s Candlemaker pub. Expect the same big bites, tacos and eponymous ‘deadly’ burritos, as well as Sunday specials the likes of flat iron chicken and chipotle baby back ribs.
136 Battersea High St, London SW11 3JR; deathbyburrito.com