If you LOVE food but are looking for something a bit special, look no further...the 22 best pop-up food events London give you a guide to the finest offerings in the fair capital for September. Perfect for a date with a difference, a fun night out with friends (I couldn't think of anything better than food and dancing) or a weekend of stuffing yourself silly... we present!
22 Best pop-up food events London... yuuuummmyyyy
We know, we know, the name sounds a little dodgy, but give us a chance to explain! Swinger’s is the coolest new pop-up in East London, and you can certainly leave your car keys at home. The team behind Winterwell Festival have transformed a 7000 sq ft warehouse in Shoreditch into an immersive 9-hole crazy golf course, classic 1920s clubhouse bar with dancefloor, AND a mini streetfood market!
The 9-hole course should take around 45 minutes to complete, and includes plenty of classic crazy golf course elements like water features. There is also a 10th hole, offering you the chance to win a £100 bar tab in the clubhouse, while food will be served by street food favourites Patty & Bun, Pizza Pilgrims, Hix Fishdogs, with Mac Met Cheese and Butchies on a rotating basis.
The pop-up opens on September 25th for 3 months, but bookings are already filling up fast. A round of golf costs £10 per person (golf shoes provided), but you can also buy a ground pass for £3 if you just want to soak up the atmosphere.Dates: September 25th until DecemberPrice: £10 per personAddress: Factory 7 Warehouse, 13 Hearn Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3LS
Former fashion stylist and owner of North London’s most stylish bakery Bunny Little’s, Katy Taylor has brought her two favourite things together to create a ‘Designer Afternoon Tea’ at The Gilbert Scott restaurant in St Pancras, just in time for London Fashion Week.
On the menu is a variety of fashionable treats, including strawberry and basil meringues to channel the ballet trend, classic British poached salmon, cucumber and dill sandwiches to honour the Brit girls on the runway, and a light and fluffy parmesan and thyme popcorn, for those who are watching their waistlines! They’ve also created an exclusive ‘Fashion Bunny’ cocktail, combining earl grey infused vodka, lemon, pink grapefruit juice and peach syrup. Drools.Dates: 12-21st SeptemberAddress: The Gilbert Scott, St Pancras Hotel
This supper club takes secrecy to a whole new level – not only is social media completely banned from the event, but guests don’t even find out the menu or venue until one hour before! This time, Gingerline are venturing somewhere in Zones 1-2 of the Jubilee line for a four course feast, welcome drink and an evening full of unforgettable entertainment.
Follow their twitter and facebook pages for information on ticket releases – this supper club sells out faster than you can say ‘Can I really not Instagram any of it?!’.Find out more at www.gingerline.co.uk.
London’s favourite street food collective may have finished their summer residency at Southbank, but don’t worry, you can still catch them at various locations all over the capital this autumn! With incredible food from the likes of Bill or Beak, Tongue ‘n’ Cheek, The Grilling Greek, Bloody Oyster, Hanoi Kitchen and many, many more, there is no tastier place to pick up lunch in the capital.
Thursdays will find them outside the Gherkin, while every Tuesday-Friday from 12pm until 2pm they’ll be taking over Granary Square by King’s Cross. There are also plans to hold markets in the Main Quad at UCLU once term starts again, so keep checking their twitter page for more info.
Fancy taking a trip down the rabbit hole? HOTHOT Magazine are hosting an Alice in Wonderland themed pop-up restaurant in East London for just two nights only at the beginning of October. Join the Mad Hatter for a four-course feast (and unlimited drinks), followed by entertainment, games, and maybe even a spot of croquet. Children are welcome, so this is a great one for all the family to get involved with.Dates: 3-4th October, 6.30pm until 11pmPrice: £75 per person
Cheese lovers rejoice – specialty cheese brand Castello have created an entire pop-up emporium dedicated to our favourite dairy treat. Located on Commercial Street in Shoreditch, the shop promises to be an ‘immersive 360° cheese experience’. Over 30 different varieties are available to try and buy, along with wines, chutneys, biscuits and a variety of cheesy accessories like domes and knives.
The store is offering lunchtime tastings for £5, and the opportunity to make up a Christmas hamper full of treats for a loved one (or yourself...). The in-store bar is open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings too, so you can pair the perfect tipple with your cheese of choice.Dates: 9th of September – 24th October, 12pm until 9pmAddress: 132 Commercial Street, London, E1 6NQ
Finally, the duo behind the delicious Donostia Social Club are going to park their van for a little while and stay in one place - they've got a three-month residency at the new King & Co restaurant in Clapham. Their usual selection of Basque-inspired pinxos and tapas will be on offer, including braised Iberico pork cheek, seared scallops, lamb cutlets and prawns a la plancha, along with some new treats. A great selection of beers and wines will also be served, so you can make an evening of it.Dates: 12th September – 30th NovemberAddress: The King & Co, 100 Clapham Park Road, SW4 7BZ
Serious food-lovers have been eagerly awaiting this week all year, and now it's finally here - it's London Restaurant Festival! That means three weeks of the capital going food crazy with everything from tapas tours to Michelin-starred meals. Among the festivities are:
- A Laurent-Perrier Champagne Gourmet Odessy
- A culinary tour of Chinatown
- Dinners hosted by acclaimed chefs such as Jason Atherton, Theo Randall, Angela Harnett and Russell Norman
- A film-and-food event with Rankin
Celebrated sushi spot of the stars Nobu is re-launching its exclusive Nobu Unplugged evenings this month, giving diners the chance to stave off the Sunday night blues with snazzy sushi bento boxes, special cocktails and some great live music from up-and-coming singers and bands. The first session will be held on Sunday 28th September, with music from Alx, Fabienne and Ala.ni.Date: Sunday 28th September, then monthly.Price: £60 per personAddress: Nobu Berkley Street, 15 Berkeley St, London W1J 8DY
For the big spenders out there, Michelin-starred Chef Tom Sellers (the man behind Restaurant Story) is hosting an incredible pop-up dinner on a plush vintage train. Harking back to the days of glamorous travel (before soggy sandwiches and endless delays), guests will enjoy a tasting menu of seven courses accompanied by some deluxe wines. However, all this luxury comes at a price – an eye-watering £495 per person! Make sure you take any leftovers home...Dates: 10th-11th OctoberPrice: £495 per person
A car park may not seem like the most obviously place to hold a gastronomical food festival, but trust us on this one. Filled with cars by day, come 5pm the area transforms into a buzzing courtyard filled with food trucks and hungry Londoners. The line-up varies, but you're guaranteed to get an amazing mix of authentic food from all around the world, along with artisanal drinks and enough seating for all your friends. Food, drinks and good company? There's no better way to spend a Saturday evening.Dates: Every Saturday night, 5pm until midnightAddress: Euro Car Parks, 162-167 Shoreditch High Street, London, 6HU
Seven days, 200 bars, and a whole lot of cocktail combinations pretty much sums up London Cocktail Week. Celebrating the best bars and bartenders in the capital, the week gives Londoners a chance to try out drinks they might never have experienced before, and learn something in the process. The action is centred around Seven Dials in Covent Garden, where pop-up bars, tastings, parties and tours will all be on offer throughout the week.Dates: 6th - 12th October
Fancy learning how to spice up your sponge or moisten your meringues? Well you're in luck - the Cake and Bake Show is coming to town! For three days, celebrity bakers such as Rachel Khoo and the Fabulous Baker Brothers will be holding talks, demonstrations, workshops and much more at the Earl's Court Exhibition Centre. Come along, hone your skills, and it could be you on the Great British Bake Off next year!Dates: 3rd - 5th OctoberPrice: £14.50 for adults, £7 for childrenAddress: Earl's Court Exhibition Centre, Warwick Road, London SW5 9TA
Not content with just opening a pop-up cheese emporium this Autumn, Castello are also offering cheese and wine pairing courses at central London cookery school L’Atelier des Chefs. Three different classes are on offer, to teach you how to make a cheddar soufflé, tortellini with blue cheese sauce, and a delicious picnic tart, as well as how to put together the ultimate cheeseboard-and-wine pairing. Sounds brie-lliant to us.Dates: 20th September – 11th OctoberPrice: £27 - 40 per person Address: L'Atelier des Chefs, 19 Wigmore St, London W1U 1PH OR L'Atelier des Chefs, 10 Foster Ln, London EC2V 6HR (check website).
Want to get to know the food of East London, aside from ‘apples and pears’? Take an East End Food Tour with Eating London, and you’ll never underestimate the gastronomy of the area again.Over 3.5 hours, you’ll have the chance to try 8 tastings from a wide variety of venues, from markets and shops to pubs and bakeries.
Highlights include fish and chips from the lovely Poppies, London’s best bacon sandwich from St John’s Bread and Wine, and even a spot of curry from Brick Lane. Along the way, you’ll also learn about the fascinating history of the East End, from Roman burial grounds to modern street art. Just make sure you bring an empty stomach!Date: Monday- Saturday, 10am and 10.45 am departures.
Price: £65 for adults, £40-50 for children
No, you didn’t hallucinate that sentence – the world’s largest chocolate show is coming to London for three days. The best brands and chocolatiers from all over the globe will be there to showcase their products, along with demonstrations, tastings, talks, interactive workshops and much more chocolately goodness. There’s even a chocolate fashion show!Dates: 17th – 19th OctoberPrice: £12.50 per personAddress: Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX
Italian drinks brand Peroni Nastro Azzurro know how to throw a party, and fortunately for London, they’ve started doing this every six months with their ‘House of Peroni’ pop-ups. The latest one is said to be inspired by the glory days of Rome, and will offer four floors transporting you into Roman life, along with three unique bars and a top-floor restaurant serving gourmet food from Bottega Wapping.Dates: 3rd October until early November.Address: 64 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3JX
French bakery and restaurant Le Pain Quotidienne are finally revealing the secret to their flaky pastries and lovely tarts in a series of baking classes at their Borough Branch. Under the watchful eye of Head Pastry Chef Didier, you’ll learn how to make dishes such as chocolate tart, organic brioche, traditional scones and savarin cake. The classes last two hours, and along with enjoying the fruits of your labour, they’re also throwing in two drinks and a tartine platter. Bon appétit!Dates: October 1st – December 10thPrice: £27 per personAddress: Le Pain Quotidien, 15 Winchester Walk, London, SE1 9AG
Do you know your cronut from your doreo? How would you fare in a blind taste test of dukkah and dosa pasta? If you fancy your chances in the ultimate gastronomical test, this is the place for you. Competitive foodies in particular will love the monthly Food Quiz at Clerkenwell’s Bird of Smithfield, where the winner receives a dinner for four at their top-rated restaurant. Read up on all the culinary news and give it a go!Dates: Tuesday 30th September; Tuesday 28th OctoberPrice: £5 per personAddress: Bird of Smithfield, 26 Smithfield St, London EC1A 9LB
The ultimate combination of food and history is occurring very soon at the Geffreye Museum, with a one-off Food Through the Ages event. Visitors will be treated to a historically accurate three-course meal in the museum, with foods from different periods (although with modern health and safety standards, thankfully!), and a welcome cocktail. It’s BYOB so you can bring the tipple of your choice, and Food Historian Kate Cualcohoun will also be giving a talk on the night.Date: 16th OctoberPrice: £50 per personAddress: Geffrye Museum, 136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA
Hackney’s most homely cafe, Nana just got even more like Grandma’s house with their Kids Food Factory events every Wednesday. Run by a group of local older ladies, the Kids Food Factory gives parents a chance to bring their children along for a morning of making recipes from scratch, completely free (including the ingredients and eating the food!).Dates: Every Wednesday, 10am – 11.30am.Address: Nana Cafe, The Convenience, Brooksby’s Walk, London, E9 6DA
It may be a classic drink, but this is an entirely new way to try it - experience brand Vinopolis are offering a unique Whisky Tasting that takes place ON the London Eye. Visitors can enjoy five different types of Scotland's finest whisky, while soaking up the views over London from a London Eye pod. Two trips round the wheel are permitted, to make sure you don't miss anything, and a selection of savoury nibbles will also be provided. Cheers to that!Dates: October 4th and 18th, November 1st, 15th and 29th. Begins at 5.30pmPrice: £48 per personAddress: Riverside Bldg, County Hall, Westminster Bridge Rd, London SE1 7PB