It’s no secret that January is a month we all need dragging out of hibernation. This month’s best pop ups are suitably comforting; there’s everything from a sausage roll competition to a pie pop-up and on Blue Monday (16th January), when things get really dire, a House of Happiness is popping up below Piccadilly so leave your bags at the door, slide on your slippers and enjoy a free massage. There’s things for Baking Bad fans and wannabe Scots (and actual Scots) too. See, January isn’t that bad after all.
What: Breaking Bad Immersive Experience
Why: Breaking Bad fans rejoice! The immersive bar experience is back by popular demand, fresh from a stint in Paris. Jump aboard the ‘crystal ship’ to cook up cocktails in a pretty identical version of Walt and Jesse’s RV and with the guidance of mixologists/actors/chemists (whatever you want to call them) – you’ll never see grinding, sieving and whisking in the same way again. It’s immersive, fun and much more interesting than your standard bar. If only science was this fun at school.
ABQ Breaking Bad pop-up, Hackney is taking bookings until the end of February with sessions between 5.30-10pm.
Where: 455 Hackney Road, Hackney, E2 9DY
What: The Highlands in the City
Why: Scottish game, seafood and whisky champs, Mac & Wild, are nearing the end of their winter pop-up in the City. The heated terrace and indoor restaurant serves their award-winning Veni-moo burgers and venison chateaubriand as well as new dishes such as suckling pig, rare breed hogget and buckets of Scottish langoustine. Scottish bar snacks are served downstairs until 2am and if you’re feeling really Scottish you can take part in a haggis making masterclass or head into the gun room for a simulated shoot in the Highlands.
Until the end of January
Where: 9A Devonshire Square, City of London, EC2M 4YN
What: The Great Sausage Roll Off
Why: The humble sausage roll: so much more than a hangover cure. The Red Lion in Barnes is returning on the 25th January with The 5th Great Sausage Roll Off, aka a celebration of our favourite pastry. Welcoming chefs to prepare their ultimate version of the sausage roll, witness them battle it out for the title and that glorious gold sausage roll trophy. Serious business.
Wednesday 25th January
Where: 2 Castelnau, Barnes, SW13 9RU
What: KERB Does Burns
Why: Celebrate Burns Night the London way with a big old street food party. Live music from the Monster Ceilidh Band, Highland themed games (yes that includes sheep shearing) and drinks from Monkey Shoulder all compliment the main event which includes haggis mac n cheese, slow-cooked venison tacos and DIY whiskey sundaes.
Friday 27th and Saturday 28th January, 5.30pm-midnight
Where: The Biscuit Factory, 100 Clements Road, Southwark, SE16 4DG
What: Burgers and Beats
Why: Party season is over for some but at Patty & Bun it’s only just beginning. Launching on the 5th January, the speakeasy drinking den in the basement of the Redchurch St site will welcome a series of DJs from 9pm every weekend so start your night with a burger and finish with some funk.
Where: 36 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DP
What: MYPIE Bringing the Pies
Why: If there was ever a time for pie then it is January. It’s cold outside, it’s still dark and there are no twinkling Christmas lights to brighten up the evenings. So, remedy it with a helping of British chicken, smoked ham hock and tarragon pie at The King & Co as they welcome streetfood trader MYPIE for a two- month residency. Served with mash or chips and plenty of gravy, the pies will change weekly and will include roasted mushrooms, spinach and truffle oil and steak, chilli and cheese. Snacks include pork and black pudding Scotch eggs and pork, caramelized onion and mustard sausage rolls, whilst for pudding there are double chocolate and peanut butter brownies. On Saturdays, there’ll be their take on brunch which you can make bottomless with unlimited Bloody Marys. Cava and cask ale and a first for The King & Co the new kitchen residency will also do Sunday roast lunches.
Now until the end of February 2017
Where: 100 Clapham Park Road, Clapham, SW4 7BZ
What: House of Happiness
Why: Blue Monday, really the most miserable day of the year or just a self-fulfilling prophecy? We can’t tell you, we’re not scientists. What we can tell you though is the that Finch’s at Finsbury Square, Moorgate will be turning into the House of Happiness for one afternoon only on the 16th January so you can have afternoon of feeling calm and cosy. As soon as you step in your bags will be taken away and in their place you’ll be given eye masks and slippers. Snuggle up under a blanket and read your book, get a massage, have your beard groomed, decorate a cake, write a letter or listen to a happiness talk – there’s a whole host of hygge activities. The best part? It’s free and you get a goody bag – huzzah. Although give them a call to reserve a space…
Where: 12A Finsbury Square, Moorgate, EC2A 1AN
What: Debauchery and Decadence
Why: It’s time to leave 2017 London behind (yep already) and step into a world of old-school glamour, debauchery and decadence as The Black Cat Cabaret are launching a series of supper clubs. Taking place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the supper club (which takes place under Piccadilly) harks back to the 1930s and will start with cocktails created by Chris Edwardes (Groucho Club, Jazz Café) before an evening of incredible acrobatics, fire-breathing burlesque goddess, show girls, musicians and comics. Alex Foley (Mercer & Co and Chapel Bar) has created a pan-European menu of dishes such as butternut gnocchi with a sage butter, Andalusian chicken and beef carpaccio.
From the 26th January
Where: Rah Rah Room, 217 Piccadilly, W1J 9HN
What: Napoli Regional Dinner
Why: The last Tuesday of every month Rotorino host regional dinners and for their first one of the year, they’re heading to Napoli with a four- course dinner. The menu will feature the likes of Panzerotti con ricotta and Pizzette rustiche to share, seafood risotto, lasagne and for pudding the likes of rum baba with whipped cream and prunes. They also have table which can sit up to 24, if your birthday is coming up…
Where: 434 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E8 4AA
What: Cookbook Club
Why: Launching last year, Cookbook Club are supper club feasts at Dock Kitchen where guests get a chance to meet food writers and watch them create their own recipes. This month it’s the turn of Allegra McEvedy the author of Quick Quick Slow – as the name suggests it’s full of slow recipes that you can leave to do their own thing and quick recipes to whip up minutes before serving. Expect delicious twists and turns and wines paired by Dock Kitchen.
Where: 342–344 Ladbroke Grove, London
What: Bar Boulud at Harrods
Why: As one door closes another one opens… or in this case as Bar Boulud undergoes a renovation, a pop-up version will appear just down the road in Harrods. Running from the 9th – 29th January, the Bar Boulud pop-up in the Food Hall will be serving the restaurant’s signature mains such as Dover sole, moules à la crème and grilled beef burgers for mains, followed by freshly baked madeleines and an assortment of macarons as ‘petits sucrés’. To drink will be White Cosmopolitans, Venezuelan Old Fashioneds and an extensive wine list from France. Visit on the 18th or 19th and Chef Daniel Boulud will be cooking!
9th -29th January 2017
Where: 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW3 1BW
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Written by: Fran Hazell