Love them or hate them, you still want to know about them. We thought people were bored of this trend, but apparently not, they are still popping up here, there and everywhere.
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Cooking with Rowley @ Le Café Anglais (Various dates)
A bit like inviting your most talented mates around to help cook supper, Rowley Leigh has invited some of Britain’s most prominent chefs and food writes to Café Anglais for a series of one-off, collaborative dinners. Tickets are £50 per person that will include dinner, wine and service. Check the big names below and book in. Rose Prince (food write, author and columnist for the Daily Telegraph) – 23rd Jan Skye Gyngell (Culinary Director at Heckfield Place) – 20th March Allegra McEvedy (Chef, broadcaster and food writer) – 14th May Thomasina Miers (Founder of Wahaca and cookery writer) – (tbc) Rick Stein (Chef, restaurateur and food writer) – (tbc)
8 Porchester Gardens London W2 4DB
El Rey tacos at the Riley of Clapton (Friday evenings)
Mexi-mix your night up with some real good tacos at the Riley in Clapton. They pride themselves on their grand selection of microbrewery beers from the US of A. Just don’t go thinking you’re going to find Tex-Mex on your plate, this place is the real deal.
Riley of Clapton, 159 Lower Clapton Road, E5 8EQ
The Great British Fair at The Old Queen’s Head (Various dates starting 26th May)
In need of some Bank Holiday fun? The Queen’s head in Islington is celebrating everything British and traditional starting on the 26thMay. The ground floor is turning into a Fairground, yep this’ll take you right back to your sunny youth with a coconut shy, hook and duck, head in hole (always game for that one), strength test and candy floss to get your sugar high on. The first floor is Big Top themed with a bunch of live music, a unicyclist and bearded lady, plus you can swing by to have your palm/tarot cards read by the fairground psychic.
Like the above? They’ll be following it up with a couple more below:
June 23rd will be The Great British Summer
July 27th and 28th will be The Great British Festival
August will be The Great British Sports Day on Islington Green Gardens followed by the Queens Head.
Dine Mile High (various dates)
Check in to London’s latest Supper Club..
Brought to you by the Templeton fam (cousins yo) is a series of “city break” style foodie and creative experiences, but we can tell you now, leave your passport at home, you ain’t even leaving London honey. For their first event there will be Campari “check in” cocktails and DJs in the Departure Lounge and the four course Lebanese storm will be cooked by ex Moro chef Oliver Templeton.
- Destination Beirut
- 1st-4th May and 8th-11th May
- Destination: Sicily
- 12th-15th June and 19th-22nd June
- Destination: Mozambique
- 18th-21st September and 25th-28th September
Return Ticket £65
Departure Lounge ticket £15
Secret West London Location
Big Apple Hot Dogs at Apartment 58 (From 25th February)
Kicking off the stream of pop ups at Apartments 58 is Big Apple Hot Dogs who’ll be bringing their NYC hot dog cart to the ground floor restaurant. They’ve got the usual menu going on, we say go for The Big Dog or the Pimp Steak and make sure you book in a nap after, this is no light lunch.
101 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1DB
The Vestal Voyages (from early April)
One of our favourite booze creators in the business is back with yet another fabulous pop up. Having previously been with their Vestal Vaults pop up in Covent Garden they’re taking you out onto the water with their Vestal Voyage. It’s all aboard for a cocktail-fuelled boat ride along the Regents canal in their 50ft classic, Polish cruiser! Starting off in Kings Cross you’ll take a 1 ½ hour long trip through the longest tunnel on the canal network and out the other side into exuberant Islington. Get a group of mates and kick back with some of their expertly created concoctions and if you’re lucky (or ask nice) they might even slip you some of their sexy juice- it’s like love in a bottle.
Granary Square, London Borough of Camden, London N1C, UK // Cost £25 = two cocktails // Cocktails will be £8.00 with a mixture of all spirits // 10-12 pax
Weekends at The Midnight Apothecary Rooftop Cocktail bar (From 20th April)
The words rooftop, pop up and cocktail is all we needed to hear to get us down to Rotherhide. Back for the second year running, these guys are being joined by The Foragers (of Dead Dolls Club fame) so that their creative concoctions can be accompanied by some foraged grub. It’s a match made in heaven as their cocktails are made from infused, distilled and collected ingredients found in the garden and out in the wild.
Saturday – 5.30pm – 11pm (Cocktails) // Sunday – 12.30pm – 5pm (Cocktails & Food)
Brunel Museum, Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF
Propstore at Southbank (throughout summer)
When the sun’s out you want to get you’re ass down to Southbank for some summer vibes. The bar is built from sets and scenery from National Theatre productions. They’re big on it’s British brands – Meantime, Sipsmith and English wines are served and they’ll also have live bands so get on down.
Mon – Thurs: 12pm -11pm, Fri & Sat: 12pm – 2am, Sun: 12pm – 9:30pm, Bank holidays are open as usual
Kitchen Party (Thurs – Sun between May and June)
The guys from Bourne and Hollingsworth are bringing one helluva-house-of-fun to a location just by Exmouth Market. It’s three floors of creativeness with a rotation of visiting chefs (Blanch and Shock, Rack & Ruin, Robin Collective) so you can go more than once and still be surprised. There will also be a a wandering bar from 4thWall, edible installations, culinary performances, communal tables and a basement for dressing up, drinking, dancing and ferocious feasting.
42 Northampton Road, London, EC1R 0HU
Thursday – 6pm – 12.30am, Friday and Saturday, 6pm – 2am
Sñr. Ceviche at The Imperial Arms (May 3rd/9th/16th/23rd)
The Don of Ceviche is back and he’s taking things to the Imperial Arms for a month long takeover. Once a week there’ll be an abundance of Peruvian cuisine and some punchy Pisco cocktails. See you their Senor.
4 courses £25/ Cocktails £7 // from 6pm – midnight
577 King’s Rd London, Greater London SW6 2EH
Wu’s Cruise (Thurs – Sun between 16th May and 20th Sept)
The cats behind Ridley Road Market Bar a.k.a Wu’s are taking things to the water for a summer pop up on their canal boat. They’ll be serving up Ginger Mojitos, ice cold cans of Red Stripe, plates of food from Picco Salumi and specially brewed ice tea and coffee. Sadly this time it’s not a piss up on a boat and it’s all to take away, but don’t let that deter you – the locations along the Regents canal are cleverly close to lots of green spaces to catch some rays on whilst you get your drink on. Nice.
Locations: Broadway Market, Victoria Park, Camden Lock, Haggerston, Granary Square, Kings Cross Angel and Islington
The Sunday Papers Live (First Edition May 26th 2013)
We normally shout about a simple Bloody Mary or brunch making up the perfect Sunday, but this pop up really rocks anything like that straight outta the boat. The Secret Garden crew alongside the Wilderness gang have come together to bring the Sunday Papers to life. With your £22 ticket you’ll be able to mingle with the very headline-makers and commentators that you normally read about. Not only this but there’ll be roasts, walks, newspapers and you’ll be hanging with commentators, musicians, actors and poets. In short the kind that make you feel useless about life whilst inspiring to move your ass a bit quicker. Check out the speaker line up here www.sundaypaperslive.com. The first one will be held in the glorious Cecil Sharp House, think Chesterfields, rugs, prosecco and a shed load to chat about.
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Cecil Sharp House – Home of the English Folk Dance & Song Society, 2 Regents Park Road, London // 11am – 11pm