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Twenty best London food events - November 2014

31 October 2014 Cat Byers Read time: 6 min
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Cat Byers

The end of October is nigh, the clocks have gone back, and we've started wearing bed socks. It's time to admit it - we're officially in the throes of winter. We're not quite ready for full-on festive cheer yet though (please take note, supermarket radios), but need something to look forward to during a dark commute.

Fortunately the food & drink gods of London have come to our rescue with a stellar line up of pop-up food events this November. Get ready for hearty meals, alpine chalets and a whole lot of cheese...

1. Spiritland at Merchants Tavern


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Prefer your snacks with a soundtrack? Neil Borthwick's Merchant's Tavern in East London has launched a new pop-up to showcase the timeless combination of great music and brilliant food. Tunes from every genre will played from specially curated playlists by guest programmers including Pete Paphides. The three month residency is open until January 1st, and rumour has it a Spiritland restaurant will open in 2015...

Address: 36 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3PG
Phone: 020 7060 5335

2. Bread Sessions at Bread Street


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Selected East London food traders are taking over the bar menu for monthly residencies at Gordon Ramsay's Bread Street Kitchen, and they're cooking up a feast. First up is Busan in October with Korean-American diner classics like spicy chicken, pork belly and ribs with an Asian twist. November's guests are still under wraps, but head over on Saturday between 4pm and 9pm to find out.

Address: One New Change, 10 Bread Street, London EC4M 9AJ
Phone: 020 3030 4050

3. Night Tales


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London's most musical food & drink night market returns on the 7th of November for a seven-week stint in Shoreditch. Housed in a vast 10,000sq foot car park, expect cutting-edge DJs, plenty of cocktails and delicious dishes from street food favourites like Patty and Bun and Rum Kitchen. To keep visitors cosy, there'll also be log fires and warming winter drinks. Cheers to that!

Address: 288-299 Old St, Shoreditch, London, EC2A

4. Mary Poppins Pop-Up Restaurant


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Let's go fly a kite...to HOTHOT Magazine's Mary Poppins Pop-up! Join Mary and the Banks Family for this fully immersive 4 course dining experience at a secret location. Guests will be informed by email a week before the event, and while it's shrouded in secrecy, we believe some magic and a spoonful of sugar could be involved...

Address: TBC
Price: £60

5. The Lodge


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Who needs a trip to the slopes when you can get all the fun of apres-ski in Clapham? Pop-up legend Jimmy Garcia has done it again with this cosy alpine lodge full of Neals Yard Cheese fondues, mulled wine, and a game-heavy menu of pigeon and venison. For early risers, don't miss the Huntsman breakfast - although it's so homely you might get stuck here all day...

Address: 9 Hildreth Street, Balham, London, SW12 9RQ
Phone: 020 86759 889

6. Forza Winter


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The inspiring bunch behind Italian Banqueting pop-up Forza Win have decided to add a few letters to their name and embrace the season with a winter dining spot. A Peckham rooftop has been transformed with lights, tables and live folk music to welcome the lucky diners, while the Italian menu features porchetta from the Ginger Pig, minestrone soup, and 'the best fondue in London', according to the Evening Standard. Buon appetito!

Address: 133 Copeland Rd, London SE15 3SN

7. TinCan


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A pop-up restaurant that only serves tinned fish might sound more like a post-apocalyptic nightmare than a good night out, but give us a chance to explain. Conceived by a design agency, Tincan in Soho is a sleek and stylish spot that looks more like a gallery than a dining destination. High-end seafood like squid in ink and scallops are on the menu, and everything is served with salad, bread and condiments. It's healthy, creative and most definitely different.

Address: 7 Upper James St, London W1F 9DH
Phone: 020 7439 9960

8. Nattura


Inspired by the infamous Copenhagen restaurant Noma (home to two Michelin Stars and a year-long waiting list), Nattura is a Danish pop-up with the same amazing quality, but without the price tag. The six course 'foraged' menu includes innovative ingredients such as leek ash, dehydrated pickled and sea vegetables from Michelin-trained chefs. With lunch from just £32, book it now before it disappears!

Address: Maida Hill Place, 4 Fernhead Road, London, W9 3ET

9. Day of the Dead at the Oxo Tower


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To celebrate the rich cultural history of Mexico, tequila brand Jose Cuervo has teamed up with the Mexican Embassy and Arte Mexico for an immersive Day of the Dead celebration until November 2nd. Guests can expect an art exhibition, craft workshops, tequila masterclasses, margaritas, film screenings and more, so get your skull costume and prepare to party Mexico City-style!

Address: Bargehouse, OXO Tower Wharf, London, SE1 9PH


10. Yeah! Burger at The Star of Hackney Downs


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While another burger pop-up in London might seem like old news, Yeah! Burger is loved by famous film director Danny Boyle, which must count for something. Launched by the brains behind Death By Burrito, this pop-up at the Star of Hackney Downs is serving up American diner dishes until Christmas, with pop rocks chicken, knickerbocker glories and mouthwatering burgers all on the menu.

Address: 35 Queensdown Rd, London E5 8JQ
Phone: 020 7458 4481

11. Caravan Quarterly Sessions 


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While many of the details are still under wraps, it's been confirmed that Caravan Exmouth Market will be holding their third Quarterly Session of the year in November, named Stouts and Sprouts. Along with a four-course menu celebrating sprouted grains, vegetables and lovely produce, a collaboration between Caravan Coffee Roasters, Beavertown Brewery and Prairie Ales will also be announced. Keep your eyes peeled for more information coming soon!

Address: Granary Building, 1 Granary Square, London N1C 4AA
Phone: 020 7101 7661

12. Som Saa at Climpson’s Arch


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Fancy a little spice to warm up your winter? Pop-up Thai restaurant Som Saa just opened by London Fields to feed hungry Londoners between Thursdays and Sundays. The chef trained under David Thompson at the Michelin-starred Nahm, so you can expect high quality from these rural Thai dishes of sharing platters, pork curry and spicy snacks. Brunch is also available on weekends for those who are sick of scrambled eggs.

Address: Arch 374, Helmsley Pl, London E8 3SB
Phone: 020 7254 7199

13. Urban Food Fest


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Described by one notable reviewer as 'achingly cool', Urban Food Fest is back for the winter season every Saturday night until the end of December. Along with the usual brilliant gourmet food trucks, they're launching with a Halloween Ghosts and Ghouls Extravaganza on November 1st, so head down to feast on Witches Korean Pork Burgers and other devilish delights.

Address: Euro Car Parks 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6HU

14. Le Chalet at Selfridges


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Our second alpine-inspired venue can be found on the roof of Selfridges, Oxford Street. Clearly inspired by only the fanciest lodges, this romantic restaurant serves festive favourites of raclette, spit roasted pork and buttermilk chicken schnitzel while drinks are provided by the hot chocolate cocktail bar. There's even a terrace for catching a few rays of winter sun (wear ski goggles for a 'just back from Whistler' tan), and a healthy mini-menu for those watching their Christmas weight.

Address: 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB
Phone: 0113 369 8040

15. WigWamBam: Woodlandia at Queen of Hoxton


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Not one to be outdone, Queen of Hoxton have taken the Nordic theme to a new level by erecting a giant wigwam on the roof. Filled with fairy lights, candles and moss-covered tree stumps, the terrace suddenly feels a lot more like Lapland than bustling East London. Pork loin, lamb shoulder and posh baked potatoes are on the menu, washed down with egg nogg and various warming cocktails. For inquisitive minds they're also putting on a series of workshops, including origami and astronomy.

Address: 1-5 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3JX
Phone: 020 7422 0958

16. En Brochette at the Star of Kings


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For those who fear a complicated menu, this latest pop-up at the Star of Kings is surely for you. Skewers are the only thing on the menu here, although various options from slow cooked pork to salmon provincial are on offer. Situated right next to Granary Square, El Brochette are only at the Star of Kings for three months, but we've heard whispers of a future supper club.

Address: 126 York Way, London N1 0AX
Phone: 020 7278 9708

17. Little Yellow Door in Notting Hill


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Although it sounds a little like a parody pop-up to us, a 'flatshare-themed' temporary bar and restaurant has opened in Notting Hill, under the name Little Yellow Door. The 5 eclectic 'flatmates' will welcome you to their weekly dinner parties, where menus are handwritten on magazines, experimental cocktails are served in jars and teapots, and regular visitors will be gifted with a key. If this sounds like your kind of flat, you can book via messaging app Whatsapp.

Address: 68 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3HT
Phone: 07738 195 996

18. Disappearing Dining Club


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Housed in a beautiful Huguenot-style Spitalfields townhouse built in 1725, the Disappearing Dining Club takes the modern trend for supper clubs back to a more traditional time. Held on November 7th and November 28th, guests can enjoy four courses, a welcome cocktail and wine in historic surroundings. The dinner is held at a communal table, so you might even make some new friends too.

Address: 224 Brick Ln, London E1 6SA
Phone: 07507 754318
Price: £60

19. BBC Good Food Show


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The team behind BBC Good Food are back with their second show of the year, and it's a corker. Between the 14th and 16th of November Olympia London will be transformed into a foodie fantasy of tastings, shopping, inspiration and entertainment. Celebrity chefs including Paul Hollywood, Mary Berry, James Martin and Tom Kerridge will be on hand for live interview and demonstrations, while tasting options in the BBC Good Food Kitchen range from cheese to wine. Tickets start from £26.50.

Address: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London, W14 8UX
Phone: 020 7385 1200 

20. SkyLodge at Hackney Empire


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An enchanted forest has suddenly appeared in Hackey, and we're first in the queue to visit. Skylodge (not to be confused with Sky Lounge in Tower Hill!) is a folk and fairytale themed pop-up serving a variety of warming winter drinks and dinner dishes, including a 'Three Little Pigs' sausage stew and a 'Magic Beans' vegetable casserole. Just watch out for the giant at the top of the beanstalk...

Address: Hackney Empire, 291 Mare St, London, E8 1EJ
Phone:  020 8985 2424



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