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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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.

QUEEN THE GREATEST

28th September 2021 – January 2022
57 Carnaby Street, London W1F 7DX, UK

Carnaby Street is already home to a Rolling Stones shop and now another iconic rock band is getting in on the action. Queen is celebrating five decades in music with the Queen The Greatest pop-up, which is stocked with limited edition music releases, lifestyle products and fashion collabs with the likes of Champion, Wrangler and Johnny Hoxton jewellery. Each month will have a different theme with installations that reflect different periods in the band’s 50 year history, so Queen fans will go (radio) ga ga for this one.

Photo credit: Snowdon Copyright Queen Productions Ltd

BODA SKINS POP UP IN SHOREDITCH

29th September - 2nd October 2021
FREE
White Rabbit Studios, The Arches 471-473 Dereham Pl London EC2A 3HJ

The Manchester born biker and streetwear brand BODA SKINS are venturing down to the big smoke for a pop-up in Shoreditch. Their WKNDR event will be hosted at the White Rabbit Studios, a 10,000 square foot studio and event space in the converted Victorian archway. Guests will get the chance to shop BODA SKINS’ latest collection as one of every item in every size will be on display at the venue for purchase, think leathers, shearlings, variety, puffers, and jersey items. You’ll also be able to get your hands on their collaboration with Metallica. Even if the fashion isn’t your cup of tea you can soak up the vibe with complimentary food and drink and live music through to the evening.

ANYA'S FRUIT & VEG

Until 25th September 2021
11 Pont Street, London, UK

Anya Hindmarch has already created her own little village in Knightsbridge with a cafe, a plastic shop and a labelled shop, and now she’s opened a pop-up greengrocers there too. Anya’s Fruit & Veg is filled with actual produce but all with an Anya twist, like collectable stickers on the boxes, googly eyes on the veg, piercings on the lemons and knickers on the peaches. As well as picking up fruit hampers and produce boxes, you can shop from the Anya’s Fruit & Veg collection, which includes raffia bags, string totes, water bottles, tea towels, baseball caps and slogan tees.

WUNDERBAR PERGOLA PADDINGTON

18th September - 31st October 2021
££
4 Kingdom St, London W2 6PY, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 5:00 – 11:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 5:00 – 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

To celebrate Oktoberfest, Pergola Paddington is transforming into Wunderbar, a German beer hall complete with schnapps, German beers (plus an exclusive Camden Town Brewery collab lager), and a Bavarian oom-pah band. The space will also host food pop-up Wursthaus, serving up potato dumpling with beer butter dip, bratwurst baguettes, hot smoked salmon flammkuchen, stollen bites, and apple berliner doughnuts. Book tickets here.

JOO WON AT BUN HOUSE

5th August - 4th October 2021
£
26-27 Lisle St, London WC2H 7BA, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 12:00 – 7:45 PM
  • Wednesday: 12:00 – 7:45 PM
  • Thursday: 12:00 – 7:45 PM
  • Friday: 12:00 – 8:45 PM
  • Saturday: 12:00 – 8:45 PM
  • Sunday: 12:00 – 7:45 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.

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.

THE ETHICAL BUTCHER AT SPURSTOWE ARMS

68 Greenwood Rd, London E8 1AB, UK

The Ethical Butcher is taking up residence in the kitchen of East London pub the Spurstowe Arms. Founded by Glen Burrows and Farshad Kazemian, The Ethical Butcher prioritises the highest welfare standards in the meat they sell (their beef is only pasture fed and antibiotic and hormone free, and their chickens are 100% soy-free) and they work with regenerative farms to ensure they have a low impact on the environment. You can try their meat with dishes like The Ethical Butcher steak, The Ethical Blucher burger, sticky teriyaki wings, Persian chicken kebabs and Beakbuster fried chicken bun alongside sides like chips with seaweed salt and West Sussex tomato salad.

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.


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

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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