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As the summer slowly comes to a close, we’ve rounded up eight of our favourite foodie pop-ups to visit before we wave goodbye to the sun, long summer nights and alfresco dining. 

From our favourite outdoor dining spots to a plant-based drive thru, here are eight foodie pop-ups to try before the summer ceases.

JOY by Stevie Parle and Tom Dixon

Here in the UK we’re only greeted with approximately a three month period where it’s acceptable to dine alfresco style thanks to the pesky weather so if you’re looking to get your fix this side of the summer head to Stevie Parle and Tom Dixon’s new summer pop-up drinking and dining spot, JOY. 

Open Wednesday to Sunday, JOY is a brand new outdoor summer restaurant dedicated to showcasing and serving up incredible, seasonal British produce. The space is home to Parle’s own honey Store, The Good Shed farm shop, a stand-alone bar, as well as a summer alfresco pop-up restaurant, FLORA. 

The 70-seat restaurant offers a daily changing menu featuring fresh, seasonal produce. Expect dishes such as: clams cooked with butter and fresh peas; Fosse Meadows chicken cooked over wood stuffed with ricotta and ‘nduja; and simple desserts from a humble peach to egg yolk and chocolate cookies.

Running throughout the summer
Portobello Dock, 344 Ladbroke Grove W10 5BU
www.joyatportobello.co.uk

If you’re in need of any more convincing, check out our review of the new summer themed pop-up, here.

Elliot’s Ell Fresco Summer Pop-Up

This year Borough Market restaurant, Elliot’s has switched up their usual serving style to coincide with COVID-19 regulations, by opening up an alfresco pop-up across the road to their restaurant. 

Hoping to bring the holiday vibes to you, the Summer Ell Fresco pop-up boasts a selection of delicious small plates and slow fermented sourdough pizzas whipped out straight from their wood fired oven. To go alongside their delicious small dish menu is their ever expanding aperitivo and all natural wine list. 

The menu changes daily, but all of the ingredients are sourced daily from their local suppliers, many within Borough Market. Their Isle of Mull cheese puffs with shaved Australian black truffle are a table must-order – these have been on their menu since opening all those years ago. Think four cheeses, bread and fried into a melty puff of cheese goodness. 

Running throughout August and September
12 STONEY STREET, BOROUGH MARKET SE1 9AD
www.elliots.london

Kricket Guest Chef series

Kricket’s guest chef series returns and this September sees three talented chefs taking over the kitchen for three incredible nights of fine food, in aid of the Ape Aap Women’s Collective. 

Working alongside Head Chef Will Bowlby, each chef will take over the kitchen for a night, collaboratively working together to mix both Kricket’s signature Indian flavours with the guest chefs unique cooking styles. 

Andrew Wong will take over on the 15th September, bringing his Michelin-star culinary skills and Chinese influences to create a menu that beautifully showcases Kricket’s philosophy of Indian food, while combining Wong’s knowledge of Chinese cooking. 

On 22nd September, Vivek Singh will bring his experience of modernising Indian food for the British taste through the menu, while on 29th September Nuno Mendes will  be adding a Portuguese twist, to create an exclusively curated Goan-Portuguese menu.

Andrew Wong – 15th September | Vivek Singh – 22nd September | Nuno Mendes – 29th September
2 Television Centre,101 Wood Lane W12 7FR
www.kricket.co.uk

StreetEat on the South Bank

Over the last two months StreetEat has taken over the city, bringing with it three locations serving up exceptional street food and free live entertainment. If you’re yet to try the foodie festival out, head on over to their SouthBank pop-up for a day filled with vibrant food from vendors, including: Hola Guacamole, Lukumade Doughnut Tales, The London Grilled Fish Company, and Coco Labelle. 

The Victoria Park location will remain open until 31st August too, just in time for one last Bank Holiday trip down to try out the food, drinks and fun. 

Running 7 days a week, 12-9pm, until 10th October
www.underbellyfestival.com

Skye Gyngell’s Spring Into Summer

Pink exteriors? Check. Ice Cream? Check. Millennials queuing to get a photo? Triple check.

Skye Gynell’s brand new Spring Into Summer pop-up outside Somerset House has been flooding our Insta feed thanks to its candy floss coloured exteriors, bright pink ice creams and mouth wateringly delicious granitas. If you’re in need of a cool down refreshment on your city travels this weekend, head on over to get your creamy fix. 

There’s also some salivating-worthy savoury options too, including sourdough toasted sandwiches stuffed with prosciutto cotto, wholegrain mustard and Montgomery cheese. It’s the perfect place for a quick summer lunch treat.

Thursday to Sunday, 12-6pm, until the end of September
SOMERSET HOUSE, STRAND, LONDON WC2R 1LA
www.springrestaurant.co.uk

Wild by Tart summer pop-up

Another alfresco dining spot to add to your summer wish list should be Wild by Tart. 

Located inside Belgravia’s Eccleston Yards, the team at Wild by Tart have brought their culinary skills outside for a summer filled with seasonal dishes cooked on their charcoal grill and wood oven. 

The menu changes regularly but boasts a selection of super trendy small and large plates, with optional extra sauces. Dishes may include: blistered runner beans, ajika, toasted walnuts and whey sauce; braised borlotti beans, sweet charred peppers and chervil; chalkstream trout, horseradish cream and gooseberry; and pizzetti with smoked leeks, swiss charm, toum, Old Winchester and pickled red chilli. 

Expect colourful plates and big, fresh flavours.

Running throughout the summer
3-4 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia SW1W 9AZ
www.wildbytart.com

Giz & Green Pop-Up

Lockdown brought about a lot of fun, quirky Instagram accounts to help entertain and pass the time during the incredibly turbulent few months. One account was that of rapper Professor Green, who did a weekly lockdown series called ‘Giz & Green’s Monday Night Fakeaway’, in which chef Gizzi Erskine would help Green recreate some of his favourite takeaways while restaurants and takeaway spots up and down the country were closed. The account grew in popularity, with fans recreating their creations too. 

Try some of these creations at their summer pop-up at rustic Italian restaurant Passo. Taking inspiration from Passo, the menu will revive everything you knew about the humble pizza. Menu highlights include the classic (and controversial) Hawaiian, pepperoni, plus a veggie ‘stuffed crust’. Giz & Green have also teamed up with TABASCO to bring some tempting spicy pizzas on the menu too.

Running until the end of September
80 City Road, Shoreditch EC1Y 2BJ
www.passorestaurant.com

M*** F*** Drive Thru

This Thursday is extra special. Not only is it the day before payday but it’s also National Burger Day here in the UK! Rather than indulging in your usual cheese burger from a certain fast-food chain, celebrate with a plant-based number instead.

This week to celebrate National Burger Day, Meatless Farm is set to take over London’s famous American Car Wash and will be replacing it with the M*** F*** Drive Thru. Running Wednesday through until Bank Holiday Monday, drivers, cyclists and walkers will be able to stop off to get their burger fix. On offer will be three options: The Mother Flippers x Meatless Farm cheeseburger; The Greta; and The McBluffin, a fun take on your go-to sausage muffin.

All of the burgers are veggie as standard but vegan options are also available.

Running Wednesday 26th – Monday 31st August, 11am-3pm
35 Great Eastern Street, Hackney EC2A 3ER
www.meatlessfarm.com