Pop- up restaurants, supper clubs, secret restaurants, whatever you want to call them , there’s no doubt that they have become somewhat of a phenomenon in London over the last couple of years. There are plenty to choose from too, from intimate set ups in people’s homes to fine dining tasting menus created by some of London’s top chefs. Check out Best London Restaurants Top Five pop-up restaurants and discover a whole new dimension to eating out in London.
Denim N' Dine
Experience a gastronomic pop up like no other by sensational chef, Pedro Passinhas. Set in a handmade denim atelier in Blackhorse Lane, a space shared with artists, including leather workers, weavers and indigo dye makers, Pedro’s pop up is a work of creativity and craftsmanship. Always exploring fresh and novel tasting menu themes and cuisines, Denim N' Dine brings together exciting and surprising flavour combinations alongside technical brilliance, giving you a taste of Michelin style magic in this unique factory setting. Pedro’s purpose? To bring people together around the table to share meals and memories, and who could ask for a better venue than this exceptional collaborative and creative space.
Various dates from 1 December
114B Blackhorse Lane, London, E17 6AA
For only six dates in December, an Enchanted Nordic Yulefest is popping-up in the heart of Shoreditch featuring a birch tree lined fairyland with sheepskin laden nooks and marzipan pigs. Expect a Rolling Feast of pure abundance in the form of a festive course-upon-course banquet. The carefully crafted menu includes creative twists on traditional Christmas fare from the pop-up foodie partners, Fika. How does apple stuffed hams and glorious gravlax sound? Sandy Claws, Nutty Sours and Yule Smacks will be the cocktails of choice. Whilst Gluehwein will be drunk out of traditional boot shaped glasses and bars will be dedicated to hot chocolate cocktails. As guests are guided up the candlelit stairs by spritely hosts you enter a world bedecked with antlers and edible stars. The DJs will be crowned with evergreen headdresses and you will be invited to join in with the Dance of Candlelight for an evening of entertainment in the countdown to Christmas.
Various dates from 6th December
The Nordic Yulefest, 1 Kingsland Road E2 8AA
Dumpling Shack at Leicester House
Broadway Market faves, Dumpling Shack are leaving behind the wet and cold for 8 days to host their first ever solo pop up at Leicester House. Founder John Li and his team will be serving up a sharing menu of 11 dishes including their famous pan-fried soup dumplings filled with pork and prawn; sea bass in spring onion and ginger oil; and spicy cumin lamb chops. With two sittings per evening they will do their best to squeeze you in, but after their sell out collaboration with Shotgun, we wouldn’t hang around too long…
Fri 2nd – Sat 10th December 2016
Leicester House, 1 Leicester Street, London WC2H 7BL
Smoke and Salt, Islington
This is the creation of chef Aaron Webster (formerly of Dinner by Heston Bluementhal), who met up with Remi Williams while working at The Shed restaurant in Notting Hill. Their aim is simply to create seasonal fusion dishes using natural ingredients. The concept has already been road-tested at East Dulwich's Platform 1, a 'permanent pop-up' periodically taken over be different chefs; and has now taken over a year long residency at Islington's Chapel Bar. The five course tasting menus change each month, but you can expect earthy, tasty dishes such as cipollini (grape-hyacinth bulbs), BBQ spring onion and coddled egg and grilled lamb with green garlic and pickled okra. On Sunday, stop by for the all-day brunch, which will fill you up until dinner time - try the buttermilk fried chicken with mango and summer succotash: a classic American dish made with sweetcorn and beans.
Thursday until May 2017
The Chapel Bar, 29 Penton Street, London N1
Dram and Smoke Pop-Up - The Xmas Project
With Christmas fast approaching, the team at Dram & Smoke host yet another festive feast, showcasing all the bet drinks and hearty dishes that Scotland has to offer. A feast inspired by the spirit of Christmas and the best of Scottish produce will be served up alongside Naked Grouse whisky cocktails, Scottish gin, well-sourced wine, great beer and a solid playlist. Whilst fake snow and nativity scenes don’t feature, aromas of pine, cosy tartan blankets, flashes of mistletoe and nightly live music acts with a penchant for the odd Christmas cover ensure that a dose of festive cheer is firmly on the menu. The communal tables, theatre of an open-kitchen, and a private party atmosphere mean that sing-a-longs are most definitely encourage.
Various dates from 10th December 2016
2 - 3 Black Swan Yard, London SE1 3XW
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