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JOO WON AT BUN HOUSE

5th August - 4th October 2021
£
26-27 Lisle St, London WC2H 7BA, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 7:00 PM

Chef Joo Won (ex-Galvin at Windows) is popping up at Chinatown’s Bun House for two months. Joo, along with his wife and pastry chef Sujin, will be taking over the top floor of the restaurant with a menu of South Korean and European-inspired sharing plates. You can expect the likes of lightly cured grey mullet in a sesame, chilli & plum soy sauce; kimchi & cheddar risotto with poached egg & seaweed crisp; Joo’s fried chicken with a gochujang, ginger, honey & apple sauce; flat iron beel bulgogi with chicory & pickled mooli; slow cooked lamb breast in a pear & soy sauce with steamed veggies & rice; raspberry, cream & peach pavlova; and dark chocolate cremeaux with yuzu marmalade, hoji tea & toasted grain cream.

#MYBODYISMINE POP-UP TATTOO STUDIO

13th August - 2nd September 2021
5 Newburgh Street, Carnaby, London W1F 7RG, UK

International charity ActionAid has teamed up with female tattoo artists Grace Neutral, Jade Chanel and Rizza Boo to open the #MyBodyIsMine pop-up tattoo studio in Carnaby. You’ll be able to buy limited edition temporary tattoos, prints, notebooks and t-shirts, with face painting and House of Henna at the pop-up on weekends. As well as providing a space for people to join the conversation around #MyBodyIsMine, the pop-up will be raising money to support ActionAid’s work ending violence against women and girls, so it’s all for a great cause.

GAIA'S GARDEN

Until September 2021
61 Holborn Viaduct, London, UK

A new community-built garden has popped up in the City. As well as providing a green space for Londoners to kick back in, Gaia’s Garden, conceptualised by five female creatives and built by a team of young people from across the capital, is running free workshops and events on sustainability run by organisations like Climate in Colour, UK Student Climate Network, Sound Advice and Boy Blue

POLO LOUNGE AT THE DORCHESTER ROOFTOP

1st July - 31st August 2021
53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Open 24 hours
  • Tuesday: Open 24 hours
  • Wednesday: Open 24 hours
  • Thursday: Open 24 hours
  • Friday: Open 24 hours
  • Saturday: Open 24 hours
  • Sunday: Open 24 hours

Iconic LA spot the Polo Lounge at The Beverly Hills Hotel is crossing the pond and coming to London, popping up on The Dorchester Rooftop this summer. The space will be totally transformed with the Polo Lounge’s signature sign, candy-striped decor and pink bougainvillea flowers, with a live band and DJ providing the soundtrack. The menu will feature the restaurant’s classic dishes, including the famous McCarthy Salad (named after polo player Neil McCarthy who was a regular at the Beverly Hills Hotel in the 60s), and cocktails like the Prickly Paloma. Who needs to fly to California when you’ve got it in Central London?

STORIES BEHIND THINGS POP-UP

28th - 30th August 2021
19 South Molton Street, London W1K 5QX, UK

Stories Behind Things, the platform founded by Jemma Finch that promotes sustainable living and conscious consumption, is popping up on South Molton Street across the August Bank Holiday weekend with a shop packed full of sustainable fashion, homeware, accessories and lifestyle brands. The pop-up will also host The Big Clothes Switch, where you can donate and exchange pieces, industry expert panels, workshops and yoga sessions.

  

NEHMANN

21st July - 27th August 2021
31 Peckham Rd, London SE5 8UH, UK

Chef Drew Snaith is popping up at Corner Store in Camberwell with his new restaurant concept Nehmann, featuring hyper-seasonal and foraged produce. Dishes will constantly be evolving but you could be getting wild nettle & roast garlic babka with cheese & onion fondue, lamb tongue nuggets with marjoram mayo, courgette baked in embers with ajo blanco & fresh peas, sausage-stuffed Norfolk quail with IPA gravy & cherry mostarda, Chalkstream trout with braised beans & dill yoghurt, lemon verbena & strawberry ice cream sandwich, and miso fudge sachertorte with Hook & Sons cream.

TACOS PADRE SUMMER EVENING POP-UP

15th April - summer 2021
Borough Market Kitchen, Winchester Walk, London, UK

After a successful evening pop-up series last summer, Nick Fitzgerald is bringing it back to Tacos Padre for 2021. Running Thursdays – Saturdays on the fully covered terrace outside the Borough Market stall, the pop-up sees Nick cook up a full dinner menu, featuring dishes like crab tostada with guajillo & tamarind, sweet potato flauta, Baja-style fish tacos, Iberico presa al pastor with burnt habanero pickled pineapple, grilled lamb with pasilla mixe, and churros with cascabel cajeta alongside frozen and mezcal margs, natural wines and beers from Mexico and London.


WHOLE BEAST AT KANPAI

Unit 2A, 2 133 Copeland Rd, Peckham, SE15 3SN

The team at sake brewery Kanpai has expanded their taproom by turning the hut opposite the brewery into a kitchen space and Whole Beast, the live fire nose-to-tail concept run by Sam Bryant and Alicja Specjalna has taken up residency. The pair have created a umami-led menu designed to pair well with sake, with dishes like crispy fried rice with green chilli hot sauce; smoked chicken wings with coronation kewpie; BBQ mushrooms with pearl barley, sake & miso; smoked lamb curry with peshwari naan; massaman potatoes with crispy onions & geeen sauce; and Clwb Tropicana soft serve with burnt pineapple caramel & Bounty. Whole Beast is cooking Wednesdays – Sundays and you don’t need to book, so just rock up and grab a table.

ELLIOT'S ELL FRESCO POP-UP

12th April - summer 2021
12 Stoney Street, London SE1 9AD, UK

Elliot’s is bringing back its pop-up terrace opposite the Borough Market restaurant, where can feast on the likes of Cantabrian anchovy toast; Isle of Mull cheese puffs; potato flatbread with Irish trout roe and sour cream chive butter; tuna crudo; langoustines with ginger and white pepper; and pizzas like taleggio, sage and brown butter and epic mortadella, olive, and pistachio.

SHO FOO DOH AT FILLY BROOK

392 Grove Green Road, London, UK

You may have seen Sho Foo Doh, the Japanese street food brand run by Fumio Tanga, pop-up at markets and pubs across town and now it’s taken over the kitchen (Weds-Sun) at bar and arts space Filly Brook in Leytonstone. Sho Foo Doh specialises in Hiroshima-style okonomiyaki, with pork belly, kimchi & cheddar and squid & prawns among the varieties, and the residency menu also includes dishes like sesame panko-crusted cauliflower with mirin & soy, charred hispi with miso butter, baked katsu curried rice with bechamel & cheddar, gochujang tuna & avo tacos, and chilli miso aubergine rice. It’s izakaya food so it’s perfect to be eaten with a few bevs.

GORDOS PIZZERIA AT DALSTON ROOF PARK

Summer 2021
Dalston Roof Park, Ashwin Street, London, UK

You can get high in Dalston this summer as Dalston Roof Park is open for the season. The bars are pouring natty wines and 40FT beers, and local pizzeria Gordos is taking care of the food with Neapolitan style pies – after climbing all those stairs to get to the top, you defo deserve a slice or three. And remember it’s walk-ins only.

Photo credit: Root + Bone

SKYLIGHT CANALSIDE FEATURING KERB

1st May - 7th August 2021
Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, London E1W 2SF, UK

Skylight is known for its epic rooftop space but this spring and summer it’s teaming up with KERB and taking over the quayside area at Tobacco Dock too. There’ll be picnic tables and parasols along the canal and two new food trucks will park up on Saturdays every month, kicking off with Fundi Pizza and Tongue ‘n Cheek and as well as the food you’ll also be able to enjoy Skylight’s lawn games.

MACALLAN MANOR HOUSE

April - October 2021
252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN, UK

A bit of the Scottish Highlands is coming to Holborn as Rosewood London opens The Macallan Manor House in the courtyard. Inspired by a riverside boathouse, the ceiling will be filled with flowers with fishing nets and foliage throughout the rest of the space and wildlfowers and heathers outside. As well as Macallan whisky cocktails you’ll be able to tuck into dishes like griddled prawns with garlic butter, lamb rump with Jersey Royals & spring vegetables, and Paris-Brest with salted caramel & praline from the Holborn Dining Room team.

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