Pop-ups, residencies and one-night-only events are all the rage in the capital at the moment. And what’s not to love about that once-in-a-lifetime feeling you get when you bag yourself a ticket or reservation at one of them!? More often than not, these events offer an exciting, superstar chef collaboration or the opportunity to try a new kid on the block, who’s testing the water before taking the leap and opening their own place. Either way, they’re all in good fun, so we thought we’d round up out pick of the best this Autumn:
3 month pop-up bar in Peckham
Venture down to the basement of The Golden Anchor in Peckham on a Friday or Saturday night before Christmas and you’ll find Little Nan’s Bar – a bar dedicated to the lusty love affair of Eastender’s own Pat Butcher and Patrick Trueman no less! Expect cocktails served in teapots, Caribbean cuisine and the glitzy décor of Del Boy Trotter from 6pm ‘til midnight.
This pop-up is only around for five days, so make sure you get ahead of the queue to see the Fabulous Baker Brothers and AB inBev at the Beer Bakery from 27th October. They’ll be serving delicious bread inspired by some of the world’s most popular beers, created with the very same ingredients found in beverages including Stella Artois, Leffe and Corona (Some of The Handbook’s favourite on a hot summers day!). Each bread will be served alongside its beer partner, so you can enjoy the same natural ingredients in both solid and liquid form.
A winter pop-up with a difference
Taking place at the Vaults at Waterloo, this is the second ‘pop-down’ from private dining company Cuisson. Launching on 20 October and running until 16 January, you’ll be treated to delicious lunches, experimental dinners and creative cocktails, plated or poured by the chefs and then garnished and customized by you to create a bespoke final dish. The Handbook likes the sound of the Carrot cake with coconut custard and brown butter brittle – not sure what else we would add to that to make it any better!
Children’s cookery classes
For two nights only, Big Eater presents Oktober Feast at Canada Water. Celebrating the incredible beers from England, Germany and the USA, the pop-up will feature over 40 brilliant brews from Brooklyn to Bermondsey, Munich to Maryland. Alongside, you can tuck into ‘beer food’ from some of the capital’s favourite street traders – think Bavaria burgers from Bleecker Street and whole pork knuckled from The Handbook’s favourite, Smokestak. And to top it off, the main man of meat, Neil Rankin, will be co-hosting American Beefsteak, an exclusive steak diner. On Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October.
Italian artisan chefs Franco Pepe and Simone Padoan are popping up at Harrods for five days only this October. Taking the helm of The Pizzeria and Canti Prosecco bar (is there a better paired drink for pizza? The Handbook thinks not!) in the iconic London store, they’ll be serving up half a dozen gourmand creations, including the From Land to Sea pizza: Mazara del Vallo fresh red shrimps and Mediterranean vegetables, inspired by Padoan’s culinary roots.
Roast potato pop-up
It’s a roast potato pop-up. Need we say more? The Handbook’s favourite Sunday roast accompaniment (Yorkies come in a close second…) are having a moment, presented in various guises including roast potato kebabs and roast dinner ice cream ‘Sundays’. Hosted by McCain’s (of oven chips fame) and brilliant foodie creative The Robin Collective, the pop-up opens on 23 October, complete with gravy fountain.
Award-winning Indian supper club
Cooking alongside The 3 Crowns’ head chef Lee Urch, award-winning spice company founder, Arun Kapil, will create a five-course tasting menu inspired by his fresh, vibrant spices. Alongside interesting dishes that marry unexpected flavors – think Spiced butternut squash and Autumn leaf salad with slow-cooked Burford Brown egg and shaved raw chestnut – a specially created digestif of baby fennel seeds and sugar crystals will be served as well as a unique selection of biodynamic and organic orange, red and white wines as recommended by Restaurant Manager Rohit Patkar.