One thing we can all agree on is the fact that London’s food scene is well and truly popping, and boy, are we on board! Yes, you’ll usually find us honing in on London’s restaurant scene, but today, we’re taking a look at London’s pop-up food scene. From salad bars helping you keep on your January wellness kick, to wing shacks fulfilling any fast food cravings you’ve been curbing over the last month, here’s 10 of London’s best food pop-ups.
Those on that January health kick can rejoice knowing Palm Greens are back at it again with another refreshing salad bar, only this time opening in the heart of King’s Cross Square. What was once a petite stand at Broadway Vegan Market in July, has since transformed into something of real beauty with its first stand-alone site in King’s Cross! For the early risers among the group, you can enjoy hearty overnight oats and cocoa granola bowls, and by lunch, expect to be munching your way through salad selections. Oh, and it’s all 100% plant-based!
Running from 15th January for 3 months
Wings, wings and more wings. That’s the general gist at Wing Shack, but my goodness, do they know how to do ’em good! Their latest London endeavour boasts 30 covers with the same menu from their Loughton branch, so you can expect to be munching your way through Jarvis tangy buffalo wings and Southern boneless chicken fillets. All, of course, come complete with bespoke homemade dips too. Veggies fear not because these guys serve up killer veggie options too including the edgy veggie burg with charred halloumi.
Launching Friday 7th February (and they’re giving away free wings for the first 100 visitors!)
Expect oodles of noodles at Supa Ya Ramen’s pop-up at Mortimer House this February. Luke Findlay will be taking over the new guest chef residency in the Kitchen Table bringing with him powerful flavours, banging broths and endless noodles. Our personal favourite bowl is the roast chicken with buttered chilli corn – delicious.
Look out for other chef residencies coming to Morimer House too – they’re bound to be seriously swell.
Running Friday 31st January – Saturday 15th February
Locked in the beating heart of Brixton Village, you’ll find Sarap’s latest residency serving up authentic Filipino cuisine inspired by the lechon houses of the Philippines. The pop-up resto champions the Cebu traditional dish ‘Lechon Liempo’, a slow-roasted pork that’s been marinated and stuffed with fresh lemongrass, ginger, garlic and chilli, and Sarap executes it perfectly.
Launching Friday 31st January
Fodder, meaning sustenance, perfectly drives the pop-up restaurant’s message home. Born out of a love for produce, seasonality and coming together to eat, Fodder’s latest residency at The Shrub & Shutter brings light bites and sharing dishes to the quirky cocktail bar.
Currently doing a six month residency at The Shrub & Shutter
Drawn out of a love for locally sourced ingredients, international flavours and sustainable living, Flat Earth continually serve up stellar pizzas to hungry Londoners that incorporate all three values. And, lucky for you pizza fiends, Flat Earth will be serving up a feast for the eyes at their brand new residency at The Plough over in Clapton. For pizza toppings, expect to be biting through crunchy foraged seasonal and fermented veggies, stringy five cheese blends and spicy kimchi mayo.
Launching Friday 31st January
Venture over to Clapham Old Town and pull up a pew at Counter Culture before you dive into a feast specially curated by Alter. Drawing veganism away from ‘meat’ substitutes, Alter’s dishes champion the best of plant-based offerings, exploring its endless possibilities.
Currently residing at Counter Culture until Saturday 28th March
Fuelling Londoners with authentic Korean flavours, Anju has become renowned for its iconic Korean fried chicken slathered in either a spicy gochujang coating or honey butter glaze. Or, if you’re trying to continue on your veggie streak, veggies can tuck into a cauliflower alternative. Expect a sticky, sweet plate of goodness.
Ongoing residence at The Gun, Homerton
If repetitive flavours and unimaginative dishes bore you to death, you’ll certainly love Carousel, the space that’s drawing away from this by paving a new path for London’s bursting dining scene by opening up their kitchen to some of the world’s most talented chefs through kitchen takeovers and workshops.
This weeks line-up includes Akané Monavon who’ll be bringing to the floor a medley of international flavours, including razor clam and sunflower roots with horseradish labneh, yuzuponzu and kiwi; deer and satay gyoza with dashi, watercress, wild mushrooms and pickled mustard; and a stilton-stuffed puffed mochi rice cake with kizaminori and sesame. While Saransh Goila will be starting February with powerful flavours rocketing in from India.
Another venue shining light on innovative flavours and talented pop-up chefs is Great Gun Social. It’s here that you’ll find a flurry of changing food offerings and pop-up kitchens bringing with them innovative flavour combinations to the forefront of their cooking. This month Linda’s Journey has been filling the kitchen with fresh Goan cuisine from bacalahao bolhinos (salted cod, garlic, parsley and fritters), to rich sprouted mung bean curries.