POP-UPS

From winter wonderlands to one-day only immersive experiences and the coolest restaurants, never miss one of these one-off wonders ever again. This is our up-to-the-minute guide to the best London pop ups to check out.

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HAUSMATE AT KERB COUNTER

Until 28th May 2022
1 Bath Pl, London EC2A 3DA, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 12:00 AM
  • Saturday: 12:00 PM – 12:00 AM
  • Sunday: Closed

KERB Counter is a new bar and test kitchen from the street food market maestros and it’s playing host to collabs, pop-ups and residencies from a range of emerging food businesses. HAUSmate, a spin-off from KERB regular steakHAUS, is currently in residence (Weds – Sat), with founder Lily Lettuce showcasing her skills beyond steak and championing indie suppliers like Common Sanity Hot Sauce and Dr Sting’s Hot Honey. The menu is packed with bangers like wild garlic tempura crisps with lemon mayo, Maldon oysters with Hackney hot sauce & bacon dust, crispy lamb ribs with hot honey & mint, steak tartare with Marmite buttered toast, and cheesecake cones with gingernut crumb & raspberry. You won’t go thirsty either with the likes of Gipsy Hill Brewing Co and East London Liquor Co stocked behind the bar.

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TACOS PADRE SUMMER EVENING POP-UP

5th May - autumn 2022
The Borough Market Kitchen Padre, Winchester Walk, Jubilee, London SE1 9AG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 3:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 4:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Nick Fitzgerald is bringing the summer evening pop-up back to Tacos Padre for its third season this year. 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 oysters divorciados, crab tostada with guajillo & tamarind, roasted sweet potato flauta, Baja-style fish tacos, Iberico al pastor with pickled pineapple, gilt head bream with shiso ceviche, confit pork chop cochinita with charred x-ni-pec, smoked celeriac with orange habanero glaze & macadamia sikil pak, chocolate & mezcal and black sesame & ginger soft serve, and bueñuelos with morita cajeta. As well as classic and frozen margs, Padre will also be pouring aji limon and Alphonso mango & morita chile cocktails, natty wines and beers from Mexico and London.

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BLOOM & WILD POP-UP SHOP

26th - 29th May 2022
Dray Walk Gallery, Brick Lane, London, UK

Bloom & Wild are going IRL for the first time with a pop-up shop where people can browse and buy a range of plants, dried flowers, vases and pots in person, and with prices starting from just £2, there are some bargains to be had. You’ll also be able to get a sneak peek of their upcoming fornightly flower subscription service, and anyone who shops at the pop-up will be in with a chance of winning flowers for a year.

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EAST MEETS EAST

10th May - 11th October 2022
££
510b Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AB, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: Closed
  • Wednesday: 5:00 PM – 12:45 AM
  • Thursday: 5:00 PM – 12:45 AM
  • Friday: 5:00 PM – 12:45 AM
  • Saturday: 5:00 PM – 12:45 AM
  • Sunday: 5:00 PM – 12:45 AM

Korea is coming to Dalston as chef Joo Won of Cálong London and Jinro soju take over Three Sheets this summer. East Meets East will be running for six months, with a monthly changing menu of Korean cocktails and paired bar snacks, with drinks including a Blossom Martini (Jinro Chamisul Fresh, Sakura Vermouth, Geranium), an ‘Old Fashioned’ (Jinro Chamisul Original, Coconut, Oak, Benzoin) and a Shiso + Plum (Jinro Plum, Shiso, Anise, Gin, Soda), with a monthly secret off-menu shot. The festival is kicking off on 10th May with spesh six-course dinner from Joo Won, featuring dishes like Jinro fried chicken & chilli sauce, Iberico pork belly bulgogi & vermicelli japchae and chocolate cremeux with yuzu compote & hoji tea cream, and there’ll also be a closing party to wrap things up in October.

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VIN-YARD

6th May - 25th June 2022
184 Hackney Road London, E2 7QL

What do you get when you cross a cult pizza joint with a cult wine bar? Vin-Yard is the answer. Yard Sale Pizza and Top Cuvée are teaming up for the pop-up, running Thurs – Sat through May and June in the basement of Yard Sale’s Hackney Road restaurant. Naturally pizza is on the menu, including YSP faves like the Holy Pepperoni, TSB, and Cheese & Marmite Garlic Bread, with Happy Endings ice cream sandwiches to finish. The Top Cuvée crew are providing the drinks, including their house wine on tap, fresh whites, juicy orange wines, chillable reds, and classic cocktails like the Picante and Old Fashioned. Walk-in or book, just be there.

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PERGOLA PARAÍSO

28th April - mid-September 2022
££
4 Kingdom St, London W2 6PY, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 10:30 PM

Dreaming of chilling at a beach club cocktail in hand? Now you don’t even need to leave the city to make it a reality as a Tulum-inspired beach club is pitching up at Pergola Paddington. Pergola Paraíso will be decked out with palm trees, wicker chairs and sofas, hammocks, and cabana day beds, plus a dancefloor for the very first time, with DJs, dancers, fire performers and live percussionists all performing across the summer. Crudo Cevicheria and Dos Mas Tacos will be serving up Mexican grub and there’ll be plenty of Corona on draught too.

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12 PICCADILLY ARCADE

Until December 2022
12 Piccadilly Arcade, London SW1Y 6NH, UK

Westminster City Council has taken over unit 12 in Piccadilly Arcade and turned it into a pop-up boutique, where a range of emerging and indie brands across sustainable fashion and homeware are able to take up residence, using it as a shop, working studio and living lab. You’ll be able to check out the likes of Lone Design Club, Angie Power, CQ Studio, L Saha, TSAU and Supernaturae, with more brands still to be announced.

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ROOF EAST

14th April – end of September 2022
££
7 & 8 Stratford Multi Storey Car Park, Great Eastern Rd, London E15 1XE, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Thursday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Friday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 11:00 PM

Fancy playing a round of crazy golf, belting out some karaoke, hitting some bullseyes or stretching out with some yoga? Well you can do it all at Roof East. Yes the Stratford rooftop is jam-packed with street food, bevvies and activities, including batting cages, jenga, and ping-pong not to mention the mega views over the Olympic Park.

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SUPPERCLUB.TUBE

Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, South Access Road, London E17 8AX, UK

Ever fancied dining on a disused Victoria line train? Rest assured, this retired TFL carriage is not the pollution filled, chewing gum laden sweatbox you’re used to on the commute home from work. Oh no, it’s a 1967 refurbished carriage which has been promoted to fine dining status with tables, linens, fine silverware, a curated playlist and dimmed lights to create an intimate atmosphere. Onboard you’ll be greeted with a welcome drink then seated for a 6-course meal from Colombian head chef Beatriz Maldonado Carreño. Expect dishes like sweetcorn dumplings with smoky corn salad and queso fresco; ceviche Ecuatoriano, that’s hake and prawns cured in lime and chilli; and an asado of beef and roasted corn fed chicken with chimichurri, and cassava chips.

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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.

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BELLY AT THE COMPTON ARMS

4 Compton Ave, London N1 2XD, UK

Reece Moore, who was formerly cooking with Satsu when it was in residence at The Gun on Well Street (and who has also worked at the likes of Texture, Dabbous and Bao), has gone out on his own with his own project Belly. He’s taken over the kitchen at the Compton Arms in Islington, with a daily changing menu featuring seasonal British produce, dayboat fish and native rare breed meat. We’re talking dishes like pork jowl with asparagus & pickled turnips, mussels with gooseberry & cider cream, beef dripping hispi cabbage with hot mustard, whole plaice with a caper butter sauce, and creme caramel with sea salt.

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