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The London Pop-Ups To Know About Right Now

The places to go to before they’re gone.

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Updated September 15th, 2020

If restaurants are our bread and butter then pop-ups and residencies are our crisps and dry roasted peanuts. There’s something uniquely exciting about a pop-up - they’re fleeting, impermanent, and a final day visit offers an opportunity for unequalled smugness. Best of all is that they give restaurants and chefs an opportunity when rent support is non-existent and financial security is uncertain. Here are the ones that have caught our eye.



££££ 344 Ladbroke Grove

Until: End of summer

Popping up at Portobello Dock is JOY, the perhaps ironically named new spot from Stevie Parle of Pastaio. Described as an outdoor garden restaurant, it’s open until the end of September and will be serving a daily-changing menu full of things like ricotta and ’nduja stuffed roast chicken, or borlotti bean salad.

Kricket White City

££££ 101 Wood Lane

Until: Septemer 29th

Two good things about Kricket’s second annual guest series. The first is that it’s in aid of an anti-trafficking organisation that serves women and children in Mumbai. The second is that it features Andrew Wong, Vivek Singh, and Nuno Mendes - who are three of London’s most celebrated chefs.

Newcomer Wines

Wine Bar  in  Dalston
££££ 5 Dalston Lane

Until: October 4th

Following a successful pop-up with AngloThai, the Dalston wine bar has been inviting a load of different chefs to come in through August and into September and October to cook a guest menu. You may have missed Tom Brown of Cornerstone but Anaïs van Manen of Bao is coming up.

Jake Missing

Brat Summer Residency @ Climpson’s Arch

££££ 374 Helmsley Place

Until: January 2021

Newsflash! Brat has extended its London Fields residency, and that is most definitely a good thing. The flame-grilled goods remain as delicious as ever: from that anchovy bread, to John Dory, to a new luscious roast chicken rice. The space - a covered arch - has a nice indoor/outdoor thing going on, and it’s open for dinner every day of the week.

10 Heddon St.

££££ 10 Heddon St

Until: Indefinitely, Thursday to Saturday

The product of two chefs who met whilst working at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Fallow has taken up residency at 10 Heddon Street in Mayfair. There's a big focus on zero waste and the menu is an enticing mixture of everything from beef rib to cod's head with nduja butter.

The Winemakers Club Deptford

££££ 211 Deptford High Street

Until: Indefinitely, Thursday to Saturday

Klose & Soan are in Winemakers Deptford making a medley of small plates like chickpea panisse or Korean fried wings, as well as homemade pastas and larger plates. Friday is pasta night, where you can get a plate of pasta and a glass of wine for £12.

The Old Nun's Head

££££ 15 Nunhead Green

Until: Indefinitely, Wednesday to Friday

Nigerian KERB favourites The Flygerians have taken control of the kitchen at The Old Nun’s Head in Nunhead from Wednesday to Friday. There’s jollof, twice-cooked wings, and ewa riro: a stewed one-pot wonder that makes for an excellent weekend brunch with eggs


££££ 18 Phipp Street

Until: Indefinitely, Friday to Sunday

The team behind Leroy launched Royale, a rotisserie chicken shop, over lockdown and now it’s taken up a residency at the East London Liquor Company by the Bethnal Green end of Victoria Park. Expect juicy chicken, fat soaked crispy potatoes, dips, salad and focaccia.

Gipsy Queen

££££ 166 Malden Rd

Until: Indefinitely, Monday to Sunday

Sho Foo Doh are currently in the kitchen at The Gipsy Queen cooking a brilliant sounding Japanese menu. There’s yaki soba with aonori and bonito flakes, chicken kaarage, and Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki on the weekends. See you there.



Until: Indefinitely, Friday to Saturday

For the forseeable future, Shuk - the Israeli street food spot in Borough Market - is hosting Erev, an al-fresco dining pop-up on Friday and Saturday nights. There are sharing plates like wood grilled aubergine with tomato and labnes, silky hummus, and a whole lot to mop it up with.


££££ 538 Kingsland Rd

Until: Indefinitely, Thursday to Saturday

There’s Korean anju-inspired menu at Untitled Bar in Dalston. Anju is the term given to food eaten with booze, so expect small plates like cold noodles, pork lettuce wraps, and a chicken sandwich. It’s all being cooked by Restaurant Jae.

Sun & 13 Cantons

££££ 21 Gt Pulteney St

**Until: Indefinitely

Tendril Kitchen is a plant-based pop-up by Richim Sachdeva (formerly of the Chiltern Firehouse and The Dairy, amongst others) popping up at The Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho. Expect fermented, burnt, and lots of other things done with cabbage.



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