April is set to be a month of caviar, tequila, restaurant menu swaps, retro-futuristic immersive dining experiences and curry with the Lord Mayor… We’ve rounded up 13 of the best pop-ups and supper clubs taking place over the next month – it’s set to be a busy one so get booking.
Japanese Menu Preview
If one or two day pop-ups seem to constantly pass you by (us too) then you’ll be pleased to hear this one lasts all month long. Mayfair’s Avenue restaurant is welcoming former Sexy Fish and Zuma chef, Ben Orpwood, to the kitchen for a Japanese-inspired residency before he heads up new D&D restaurant, Issho, in Leeds in the spring. Preview dishes from Issho’s new menu, like roast diver scallop with pickled apple and jalapeño, and whole soy glazed baby chicken served with fries and slaw.
Friday 31st March – Sunday 30th April
Where: 7-9 St James's Street, London, SW1A 1EE, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Green Park (0.3 miles)
Charity Restaurant Collaboration
Two restaurants are better than one…or at least in this case they will be. Som Saa are joining forces with their Shoreditch neighbours Pitt Cue for the month of April. Each restaurant has come up with a dish to be served on the menu at the neighbouring site, with 50p from each dish going to a chosen charity – Crisis for som saa and Farms Not Factories for Pitt Cue. Visit som saa and experience a Pitt Cue twist on their Northern Thai sausage dish, using their own Cornish-reared pigs, house-made red curry paste and regional herbs and spices. At Pitt Cue you can sample a taste of Thailand, with som saa’s deep fried day boat fish with sour fruits, dried shrimp and sweet fish sauce.
Saturday 1st – Sunday 30th April
Ibizan Fine Dining in Soho
Ibiza season doesn’t officially kick off until the end of April, but get a taste of it (literally) early at L’Escargot this month. The Soho restaurant is welcoming chef Gome Gailily from Ibiza hotspot Lamuella, to takeover the kitchen for four nights, dishing up the likes of crab truffle with quails egg and crispy duck steamed buns. His food is like art – it will be stunning.
Monday 3rd – Thursday 6th April
Cultural Supper Clubs
Kings Cross’ Grain Store is launching a new monthly supper club. Kitchen Culture will celebrate diversity in the kitchen, with Chef Patron, Bruno Loubet behind the event, teaming up with a different member of the team each month to explore their culture through food. The themes will be secret but expect a Brazilian night, an Irish night and a Saudi Arabian night. BYOB, with no corkage fee!
Launching Monday 3rd April, first Monday of every month thereafter
Spring Wine Dinner
To celebrate the new spring menu at the Orangery at Blenheim Palace, Searcys will be hosting an exclusive wine tasting dinner. Wine specialist John Ferguson-Smith will be pairing a range of more unusual wines with each dish that Searcys’ Head Chef Billy Bush has created. Starting with a Champagne reception, the dinner will include three courses with a choice of two dishes per course and wine selected for each dish, guests will then be asked to vote for their favourite pairing. Dishes include the likes of Salmon with compressed watermelon and pickled cucumber paired with Sancerre Rose, Le Rabault, Joseph Mellot, Loire France.
Wednesday 5th April
Where: Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, OX20 1PP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Hanborough (1.7 miles)
Smoke on the Water
Indian restaurant, Chai Ki, are taking to the water for a one-off cruise aboard the lovingly restored canal boat Alfred Le Roy. Departing from CRATE brewery the boat will cruise down the Limehouse Cut all whilst serving chai ki street chaat, Indian spiced cocktails, playing modern Indian and House tunes and releasing coloured smoke and paint from canons – it’s going to be quite the spectacle!
Thursday 6th April
Lord Mayor’s Big Curry Lunch
Join The Duke of York and the Lord Mayor for a big old curry lunch. The annual event is back, raising money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, with a selection of curries to choose from created by Noon Foods as well as Cobra Beer, wine from Private Cellar and cocktails created by the Lord Mayor himself, served at rooftop bar Coq d’Argent. Take part in a silent auction and you could see yourself opening Tower Bridge or visiting the Championships at Wimbledon.
Thursday 6th April
Tequila and Mezcal
Fifty tequilas and twenty five mezcals will be available at hidden Shoreditch pop-up bar, El Bandito. A taste of Mexico out east, the residency will be shaking up frozen margaritas, homemade desperados and flights of tequila, and specialist spirit brands not available anywhere else in the UK.
Wednesday 5th April
Russian Vodka and Caviar
Easter falls late this year but celebrate a little bit early with a sophisticated pop-up Russian vodka and caviar bar at Quaglino’s. Ok, it may not sound very Easter-y but they’ve teamed up with Fabergé for two weeks of caviar, vodka cocktails and Russian dishes including foie gras and smoked garlic chicken kievs. A gold chocolate egg with Grand-Marnier and hot chocolate sauce sounds more familiar to us…
Friday 7th – Friday 21st April
Seven Deadly Sins
We are Dinner Ladies is creating a secret underworld under the Joker of Penton Street, for an afternoon of sinfully delicious food and fun, with each course representing one of the seven deadly sins. Alongside the dishes, which are being kept under wraps for now, there’ll be edible décor, elaborate performances and you’ll also have some tricky decisions to make, for example for ENVY you’ll be asked whether you want to pay an extra £10 for the course or not – will you be envious of those who choose to?…
Sunday 9th April
The second Thursday Feast at Craft London is all about the Mangaltisa pigs that have been grazing in Stevie’s garden in Kent. Using everything from the nose to the tail, dishes will include head, feet, chicories and orange, early asparagus with used coffee and back-fat margarine, five-house wood grilled shoulder and loin of pork with burnt apple, onion broth and sage, sweet ham tart “Faviken” and back fat fudge. Pork lovers rejoice.
Thursday 13th April
Where: Craft London, Peninsula Square, London, United Kingdom
Nearest station: North Greenwich (0.1 miles)
Hot Cross Bun BBQ
A Little Lusciousness is joining forces with Neil Rankin for a special Hot Cross BBQ on Good Friday. There’ll be a game-changing Indian BBQ with lamb from Daphne’s Original Welsh Lamb, plenty of cocktails and an auction with prizes such as dinner for two at Temper and tickets to the premiere of Alien Covenant with Michael Fassbender. All proceeds will be going to Trekstock, Young Adult Cancer Support and it’s a great way to start your Easter weekend…
Friday 14th April
Retro-Futuristic Dining Experience
What do you get when you mix a set designer and an ex-Moro chef? You get The Art of Dining; immersive foodie pop-ups hosted everywhere from warehouses to National Trust houses. They are back for April with Operation Red Rocket, inspired by the moon landing of 1965. Interactive set design will be complimented by a retro, internationally-inspired 5-course feast of Chinese cumin pork ribs with soft boiled tea eggs and Russian honey cake with sour cream ice cream. Tickets include a welcome drink, 5-course feast and entertainment.
From Wednesday 26th April – Saturday 13th May
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