What do you know, we already in November, the penultimate month of the year (if you haven’t achieved your New Year’s resolution you better start now). Yes, we’re equally as surprised that it has come around already, Halloween is done and dusted and now it’s two months of comfort food, mulled cider, mince pies, hot chocolate and all things festive – here are 12 pop-ups opening this month which embrace all those things.
Social Pantry X Habitat
What: Step into the Wilderness Supper Club
Why: Social Pantry are inviting you to step into the wilderness through the medium of food (our favourite medium) with their autumnal feasting supper club and brunch. In the evening Habitat’s Platform Gallery will be transformed into a wonderland where a six course menu will be served which will include the likes of roasted pumpkin salad, pan seared bream, warm cinnamon doughnuts with toffee apple and a ‘toast your own’ rosewater marshmallows. The next day they will serve up a Saturday brunch set to a soundtrack of house, disco, funk and soul, with dishes including sweet potato pancakes and date syrup and slow roasted pulled pork and brioche slider with fried egg.
Where: Platform Habitat 1st Floor, 208 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5XP
Holborn (0.3 miles)
What: Cocktail and Perfume Pairing Masterclass
Why: The art of mixology meets the art of perfumery at The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar for an exclusive immersive masterclass. Azzi Glasser of The Perfumer’s Story and Sophie Neophitou, fashion icon and founder of Ten Magazine, are hosting the event in partnership with Tanqueray No. TEN where guests will get to create cocktails that replicate the fragrance of some of Aziz’s signature perfumes, along with the expert eye of The Savoy’s Head Bartender, Kyle Wilkinson. We like the sound of Fever 54 which is based on The Perfumer’s Story’s signature fragrance; Tanqueray No. TEN with lemon juice, sandle wood maraschino and banana and violet falenum.
Tuesday 8th November, 3pm – 4pm
Where: The Savoy, Strand, London
The Gardening Society
What: Winter Version of a Summer Favourite
Why: The Gardening Society on the rooftop of John Lewis Oxford Street was one of our favourite summer pop-ups, so we’re pleased to hear it is back for winter. Plant pots and watering cans have been replaced with a fir tree winter forest, thanks to former RHS National Young Garden Designer of the Year Tony Woods. Tartan blankets, fairy-lit hedgerows and board games make The Gardening Society somewhere you’ll want to snuggle up, warm spiced Negroni cocktail in hand whilst food from Mac & Wild (including the John Lewis Christmas burger) and drinks by Background Bars give you no reason to leave. Private Lodges come with their own sound system and are available to hire.
Launches 7th November
Where: John Lewis, 300 Oxford Street, W1C 1DX
The Waldorf Project
What: Sensory Supper Club
Why: Are you ready to reborn? Reborn through food that is. Staged under the Japanese emotional concept of AMAE which means ‘a temporary surrender in perfect safety’, The Waldorf Project will take you on a gastronomic journey like no other, courses have names like succumb and decontamination– they aren’t messing around here. Playing on your senses and feelings, bringing in design and choreography, the result will be a singular collected sensory reaction or sixth sense of emotion – we’re not quite sure what this means either, but it’s sure to be an experience.
Where: Here East, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, E20 3BS
Haché x Holborn
What: Burger Pop-Up
Why: It’s no secret that here at The Handbook we are a little bit obsessed about burgers. And pop-ups. So, a burger pop-up well you can guarantee we’ll be smitten. This month Haché are opening a two month pop-up in a Holborn speak-easy. The menu is going to be kept short and sweet with classics like the steak Canadian with smoked bacon and melted mature cheddar and the steak le fume – which has Instagram written all over it – it appears in a smoke-filled dome. #AllTheLikes
Where: 95-97 High Holborn, Holborn, WC1V 6LF
Oxford Circus (0.3 miles)
What: Magical Christmas Experience
Why: There’s far more to sketch than the pink dining room and pod loos. The Night Before Christmas is the latest in the ever-evolving series of art and design events and involves a series of magical installations created by different artists, designers and florists throughout the venue, coming together to narrate the classic Christmas tale. A ‘Hollow Way’ forestscape transforms the entrance, ‘The Faraway Tree’ will immerse guests enjoying afternoon tea in The Glade woodland bar and the pod loos are about to get a whole lot more Instagrammable as they get covered in snow. A Christmas tree has been designed by Tony Marklew to accompany guests dining in the Michelin-starred Lecture Room and Library, with live choirs and carollers performing every afternoon throughout the venue to complete the festive experience.
13th November-6th January 2017
Where: 9 Conduit Street, London, W1S 2XG
What: The Winter Night Garden
Why: As soon as Bonfire Night is over then it’s free-wheeling all the way to Christmas. Top of our list to get us in the festive mood will be watching Christmas classis like Love Actually, Home Alone and Elf. We won’t be watching them at home though, we’ll be heading to an enchanted woodland, because Backyard Cinema are back with their winter offering. It’s all very Narnia-esque, venture through the magical wardrobe and wander along the secret tree of tunnels before cosying up under blankets, mince pie in one hand and mulled wine in the other.
18th November-6th January 2017
Where: Mercato Metropolitano, 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR
The Richmond's Tarty Brunch Party
What: Tart London Kitchen Takeover
Why: Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones aka Tart London have cooked for the likes of Cara Delevingne, Eddie Redmayne, Louis Vuitton and British, US and Paris Vogue. Pretty impressive. Now, however, they are heading to The Richmond for two weekends in November to host brunch parties, and no you don’t have to be an A-lister to attend. It is however going to be full of Bloody Marys, sparkling wine and baked goods – because is a party really a party without those three things? No. It’s not.
19th-20th and 26th -27th November
Where: 316 Queensbridge Road, Dalston, E8 3NH
Sourced Market Marylebone
What: Wine and Chocolate Pairing Evening
Why: Wine and chocolate. That’s pretty much all we need to say but we will tell you a little bit more… Cocoa Runners is hosting a tasting evening at Sourced Market, pairing 5-6 wines and complimentary small batch single estate dark milk chocolate. Learn about bean-to-bar chocolate makers and the factors including soil and climate that all affect the taste of chocolate.
Tuesday 22nd November, 7-8.30pm
Where: Sourced Market, 68 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, W1U 2SD
Christmas in Harlem
What: An Alternative Christmas Party
Why: The Manhattan Club is kicking off a series of festive banquets with Christmas in Harlem – a speakeasy pop-up which recreates the illicit drinking and gambling dens of New York in the roaring 20s. A 5-course lunch and 6-course dinner menu has been created by chef Adam Rawson with help from Jonathan Krauss (formerly Sketch and The Chiltern Firehouse) and Mark Britton (The Manhattan Club) with entertainment in the form of a photo booth, roulette, 1920s dress up, net-swing soundtrack and an illusionist. Parties of 10 can be catered for as can larger events of up to 70 guests; the perfect alternative Christmas party.
November 23rd to December 24th
Where: Brunswick Studios, 26 Macroom Road, Kilburn, W9 3HY
What: One-Off Revival of a Much-Loved Restaurant
Why: We’ve all been there; one of our favourite restaurants has closed, leaving us lost and helpless when hunger strikes and only the certain dish at that certain restaurant will do. Racine was one such restaurant, closing its doors in 2015. Chef Henry Harris (of Racine, Bibendum, Harvey Nichols Fifth Floor) is bringing Racine back in the form of a pop-up at Stratford’s Darkhorse. Recreating some of Racine’s classic dishes, Henry will be in the kitchen on the night, preparing the 3-course menu of duck confit with gratin tarbais and a pudding of baked plum financier with armagnac creme Anglaise. Wines have been selected by Darkhorse co-founder, Ian Goodman.
Where: 16-19 Victory Parade, East Village, Stratford, E20 1FS
What: Little Feast's Winter Residency
Why: Little Feast are back in Shepherd’s Bush, for their winter residency and this year they have created a magical English winter garden. Huge Christmas trees will sparkle with thousands of fairy lights, there’ll be blankets to snuggle up under and of course plenty of mulled wine and cider. Food will come from street food favourites including La Bao, Cheeky Burger, Claw and Nanny Bills.
4th November – 23rd December
Where: Shepherd’s Bush Yard, Goldhawk Road, W12 8HA