We’re finally emerging out of winter and heading towards spring, and as we do there are a whole host of pop-ups and supper clubs this month to welcome us out of hibernation. You’ll find alcoholic sweets, code-breaking cocktails, Caribbean brunches, revolts at the Tower of London and 25 bars in one venue…
Start the month off at The Dock’s Cookbook Club. Gill Meller, River Cottage chef and food-writer will be cooking up recipes from his new book Gather. You’ll find the likes of potato cake with gutweed bacon with cuttlefish, lemon, tomato and bay; slow roast mutton shoulder with garden herbs and cobnut prune and chocolate tart.
Wednesday 1st March
Soul Food Sisters
We might be feeling the effects of Storm Doris and Ewan at the moment, but sunnier days are coming to The King & Co with the arrival of the Soul Food Sisters and their five -week residency. Serving up dishes from their supperclub, you’ll find the likes of curry goat, rice and peas and ginger and poppy seed slaw. On Saturdays you’ll find scotch bonnet menemen and sweetcorn fritters with poached eggs, avocado and bacon for brunch, or head over on Sunday to finish the week with jerk roast chicken and chocolate and rum cake.
Now until Sunday 2nd April
Experimental Cocktails and Sweets
Sure, you can have normal cocktails and sweets, but why have normal when you can have cocktail pastilles, alcoholic bubbles, alcoholic dib dabs and cocktail-infused vapours? It’s like a real world Willy Wonka factory, except it’s The Flavour Rooms, Carnaby – the latest pop-up from Smith & Sinclair. Set over two floors, upstairs you’ll find the cocktail creations and downstairs the they’ve teamed up with Tanqueray London Dry Gin to create the Tanqueray Experimental Garnish Bar – said to be a cocktail bar like no other.
Friday 3rd March – Sunday 2nd April
Take Part in a Historic Revolt
The Tower of London is opening its doors for The People’s Revolt. Immersive and interactive, the experience is a collaborative operation by theatre company differencEngine and Historic Royal Palaces. Guests will see what it’s like to be part of a revolt, with digital storytelling blurring the lines between history and reality as events mirror those of the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381. Wrap up warm and bring your phone – the event takes place mainly outside.
Launches Monday 6th March, see website for exact dates
Where: The Tower Of London, London, EC3N 4AB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tower Hill (0.2 miles)
One-Off Collaborative Dining Experience
Chef Peter Gordon of Marylebone restaurant The Providores and Tapa Room is teaming up with friend and chef José Pizarro to showcase their unique approaches to tapas and small plates. For one night only the pair will prepare a unique sharing menu to guests at communal tables at Peter’s restaurant. On the menu is jamon Iberico, mixed tapas platters like confit duck leg croquettes and red wine torrija with bitter orange ice cream. To book, email email@example.com.
Wednesday 8th March
All-Female Line Up of Chefs
Balls & Company are celebrating International Women’s Day with an exclusive 5-course dinner created by a line up of all female chefs. Balls & Company’s founder, Bonny Porter, is behind the event, welcoming Margot Henderson (Rochelle Canteen), Olia Hercules (author of Mamushka), Sandia Chang (bubbledogs), Freddie Janssen (F.A.T pickles author), Emily Hobbs (Weligama), Tania Steytler (Snaps + Rye) and Roz Bado (baker for GAIL’s) into her kitchen to each create a dish inspired by a woman who has inspired her – mother, grandmother, colleague, you name it. Tickets include a welcome drink. To book, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday 8th March
Craft London are launching a new project: Thursday FEASTS. Each month they are going to be teaming up with top chefs and British suppliers to create a one-off menu with wine pairings, cocktails that used homemade ingredients and new cheeses from Neal’s Yard. March’s offering will see them join forces with Shaun Hill, the head chef at Michelin-starred restaurant, The Walnut Tree in Wales. He’s also recently launched his latest cookbook SALT. Salt, as you can imagine is in an integral part of curing, preserving and fermenting that takes place at Craft London and you’ll be able to try some of the dishes from the book – the likes of rump of lamb cooked over a wood fire and Janssen’s temptation and warm rock oysters with spring onion butter, champ and salmon eggs.
Thursday 9th March
Where: Craft London, Peninsula Square, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: North Greenwich (0.1 miles)
Beer and Seafood
As part of London Beer Week, Outlaw’s at The Capital has joined forces with Sharp’s Brewery for a beer meets Michelin-starred seafood dinner party. Hosted by Head Chef, Tom Brown and Ed Hughes, Sharp’s Brewery’s Beer Sommelier, the five course menu will include the likes of beer cured salmon paired with Chalky’s Bite and cod and ox cheek stew paired with Doom Bar.
Tuesday 14th March
Where: 22-24 Basil Street, Knightsbridge, London, SW3 1AT, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Knightsbridge (0.2 miles)
Experience Art in Virtual Reality
The House of Peroni is back. Italian lager meets art and technology in the immersive 4-day event which will see guests experience virtual reality art – climb into a piece of art and practice your skills with Google’s Tilt Brush. Upstairs, antipasto will be served, created by top chef Francesco Mazzei to compliment Peroni Nastro Azzurro. More adventurous drinkers will enjoy cocktails by award-winning mixologist Simone Caporale, including a Peroni Negroni and the crisp peachy Peroni Peony. Bar is free to enter but tickets must be bought for the art experience.
Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18th March
Immersive Olive Grove
Transport yourself to the Mediterranean from an olive grove in Southwark… An immersive olive grove is popping up at Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Cafe from mid-March to mid-June. Expect unique olive oil-inspired cocktails and rustic Italian dishes, with the underground sunlit canopy of olive trees enough to transport you to an Italian summers day. Live music nights and interactive masterclasses with Martini will be held throughout the pop-up. Closed Sundays, ends mid-June.
Launches Thursday 16th March
If you haven’t heard of The Bletchley then where have you been? With details sporadic, we’ve been gradually learning more and more about the Bletchley Park-inspired pop-up bar that is coming to Chelsea in March and the waiting list grew to more than 7,000 at one point. Guests have to unlock a code to buy their ticket and once there, your personality and taste preferences will be sent to mixologists via cipher machine. They’ll make you a completely unique drink based on the results.
Friday 17th March – 31st March
Harry Potter-Inspired Inn
Hogwarts is coming to Stoke Newington. The Old Stoke Newington church is being transformed into The Wizard Inn for one night only – a real life version of The Great Hall will see bottomless cauldrons of cocktails, finger food and butter beer pong.
Friday 24th March
25 Bars, 1 Venue
London has a lot of bars and there just aren’t enough weekends in a year to try them all. Sure, you might visit one or two a night, but we’re asking you to up your game and go to 25 in a night. How? By going to Cocktails in the City, one venue and 25 of London’s finest bars pitching up to celebrate London’s cocktail culture. Bars include Disrepute, Reverend JW Simpson, Gaucho and The Walrus Room. It’s like five Fridays in one.
Thursday 30th March – Saturday 1st April