When we’re not busy creating innovative menus for special events, the London Kitchen team love to get acquainted with the incredibly diverse London dining scene. One of our favourite foodie phenomenons has got to be the pop-up restaurant – we can’t get enough of the unusual menus, weird and wacky themes and innovative settings these temporary restaurants offer. And don’t even get us started on the names – some of them can only be described as utter brilliance.
Here are 10 of our favourites for April:
Darjeeling Express at The Sun & 13 Cantons, Soho
7 Days a Week
Tuck into Calcutta inspired fine Indian cuisine in the heart of Soho this month. Asma Khan’s pop-up is open for lunch and dinner; if you’re just heading out for drinks you can check out his brilliant bar snacks.
The Peters & Co. Gin Palace, Broadway Market
Thursday – Saturday
Anything involving the words ‘gin’ and ‘palace’ sounds good to us. This refined gin bar is setting up home at F. Cooke’s Pie and Mash Shop in Broadway Market, from 7pm until late. And if you’re peckish there’s plenty of food, from local cheeses to British charcuterie.
Christabel’s Pop-Up Cafe, Camden
7 Days a Week
If you’re starting to think about getting in shape for summer don’t fear, you can still enjoy this London pop-ups. Christabel’s special detox cafe will be serving up fresh smoothies, great teas and superfoods in Camden.
Brazilian Pop-Up Diner, Covent Garden
Dates throughout April-June, check website for full details
The World Cup’s on its way, no expect no shortage of Brazilian themed events over the coming months. This series of pop-up restaurants takes place at various locations near Covent Garden, with each event taking diners on a culinary journey through Brazil’s cities.
Smoke n’ Roll, The Black Heart, Camden
Monday – Friday
Regulars at Camden Market, Smoke n’ Roll just love to smoke food! Their dishes include meat, fish and veggies – all accompanied by a full-bodied aroma that comes from a mix of Hickory, Alder, Cherry, Apple and Mesquite.
A Grape Night In, Brixton
Dates throughout April, check website for full details
A wine tasting course with a difference, A Grape Night In’s ‘Sundays Skool’ will include 8-10 wines to taste, as well as dinner from Seven at Brixton, where the lessons take place.
Flavours of Spain Supper Club, London Fields
Get involved in the Spanish tradition of Calçotada this month, with a London Fields pop-up showcasing the best of Spanish flavours. Founders Ana Gomez and Teresa Holmes will also be on hand to talk through each dish and their specialist ingredients.
Sipsmith’s 100 Martini Bar, Kettners, Soho
For the next three weeks
We’ve long been fans of Sipsmith’s spirits, so we couldn’t wait to share the news about their latest venture, ‘sipping sessions’ at the lovely Kettners, Soho. No less than 100 timeless variations of this old classic will be on offer. Booking is recommended.
The Burger Bear, The Old Nun Head, Nunhead
Saturdays and Tuesdays
If you haven’t tried The Burger Bear’s totally brilliant burgers what are you waiting for? The Burger Bear is a regular at R3D Market and KERB, and is now resident at The Old Nun Head on Saturdays and Tuesdays. Follow the paw.
BOB & Co’s Pop-Up, The Rising Sun, St Paul’s
Monday – Friday
Another residency making waves is BOB & Co’s, the lobster kings who wowed the crowds of Borough Market throughout the summer of 2013. Catch them at The Rising Sun until the start of this summer – there’s lots of seafood, not just lobster!
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