If you like avocados, salt beef, pizza, afternoon tea or wine then you’re going to love the pop-ups happening this month. Take a date to Venice, spend evenings in a French wine garden, travel back to the 60s to attend an East End wedding party and celebrate Thai new year – it’s set to be a good April!
Elegant vintage afternoon tea
Greta Garbo famously declared “life would be so wonderful if we only knew what to do with it” – well now we do: afternoon tea at Hotel Cafe Royal. Garbo’s Travelling Tearoom is a vintage-inspired afternoon tea is the suitably elegant surrounds of The Club room at Cafe Royal, decked out with old gramophones, black and white photos and a gentle soundtrack of Josephine Baker, Al Bowly and Carlos Gardel. The tea is a one-off event on Saturday 16th April so don’t miss out!
Dinner from former River Cottage Head Chef
Ever wanted to recreate food from a magazine that actually ends up looking like the photograph? Now’s your chance as Country Life has teamed up with Tim Maddams, former Head Chef at River Cottage, for an exclusive dinner taking place on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th April. Tickets include a gin and tonic on arrival, wine pairings with dinner and four courses of seasonal, local and wild ingredients; nettle gnocchi and slow-cooked rhubarb crumble contribute to the line-up. The venue is suitably quirky – an interiors shop near Old Street.
Immersive Thai experience
If you’re jealous of those organised friends who arranged a holiday for this time of year, stop right there. Thailand is being brought to you with an immersive dining experience at Carousel to celebrate Thai New Year (14th-15th April). Ticket holders will experience an authentic recreation of a Chiang Mai street complete with bars, shops and street stalls and get to enjoy 3 dishes and 2 Singha beers (included in ticket price) with extra food and cocktails available for purchase.
Middle Eastern cuisine and cocktails
A real success story, Origins Of started out with friends Abdulla Amin and Hugo Toland’s humble love of cooking for family and friends. Fast forward a few years and they are taking over their first kitchen from Thursday 7th April; Blessing’s in Spitalfields. The three-storey Victorian townhouse will come alive with flavours of the Middle East; chicken, falafel and cauliflower flatbreads , baskets and platters as well as a huge range of homemade sauces. Flatbreads are from a secret London supplier (mysterious) and veg is from New Covent Garden Market. Their trademark cocktails are making an appearance, too – try the Origins Of Sour, whose ginger and cardamon infused syrup compliments the food perfectly.
Pizza for the win
Forza Win (the guys who make good food and good places to be) isn’t forgetting its roots when they launch their latest pop-up residency with Pizza Pilgrims throughout April. For one final hurrah before opening their second restaurant later in the year, they are returning to the Shoreditch rooftop where it all began back in 2012 for the best of both worlds – pizza, puddings and antipasto galore.
So you have a date. Go you. But where to go? You’re out to impress and don’t just want to go to a bar, you want something a little different. And we have just the ticket. It’s Columbia Terrace’s new Venetian Terrazza pop-up launching at the end of this month and running throughout summer. Arrive by boat, already they’re thinking you’re a keeper and then pull up a pew in the Gondola style seating at the edge of the river. This is turning out to be a great date already, you pass them a Prosecco cocktail or two, perhaps enjoy an arancini ball, feast on bruschetta and finish with Prosecco pizza topped with buffalo mozzarella – it’s a winner. Alternatively if you don’t have a date you could just drop by with friends and soak up the cocktails and the summer rays.
From the 28th April to September
Provençal garden-inspired pop up
As soon as the sun is shining you know that London’s pavements are going to be filled with people trying to take in a year’s worth of Vitamin D, so we say ditch the pavement and channel your inner French chic with a drink at La Petite Provence at The Folly. The Provençal garden-inspired pop up has everything the pavement doesn’t – created to look like a garden pergola, the garden is abloom with lavender and rosemary leaves, terracotta pots filled with fragrant herbs and shabby chic French furniture. Throughout its fourth month run there’ll be food and wine pairings, chances to meet the makers, be part of tutored tasting sessions led by French wine specialists from Château Riotor and of course plenty of Provence’s finest wine.
From the 18th April
If you’re like us then avocado is pretty much one of the essential elements, earth, air, wind, fire and avocado. It makes your hair super shiny, it’s tastes great and you know your Instagram feed still loves it. So how are we going to celebrate this love? By attending a brunch dedicated to the fruit – five courses and cocktails all made from the green goddess. Think avocado margaritas, avocado gazpacho, salsa and even avocado macarons! Afterwards a DJ will keep the party going with a set and everyone leaves with a grow your own avocado set. You avo-lutely have to go.
Salt Beef Bagels
Normally you’ll find The Bell & Brisket on Curtain Road but for the next five weeks if you happen to be in the Clapham area then take your date, make a detour or cancel your plans to make sure you visit The King & Co, as the street food traders are going to be serving up their salt beef bagels at the pub. Fresh bagels stuffed with salty beef, crunchy pickles, melting cheese and spicy sauces will join ale-braised brisket croquettes, hot smoked mackerel and filthy fries and sliders. Come the weekend they’ll be serving The Full Irish – Colcannon with salt beef, parsley sauce and caramelised shallots and a Hash It Up creations. Sign us up.
Dust Off Your Winklepickers
Join the wide boys, bow belles, wheeler-dealers, cockneys, gangsters and gossiping bridesmaids in a right royal knees up as they celebrate the ‘appy couple, landlady Ange’s nephew Micky and his wife Nicky, down in the East End boozer The Cobbler’s Awls (aka Carousel in Marylebone). Across four evenings you can join in the 60’s wedding party at The Awls, toast with a port and lemon, tuck into the buffet and join in the sing-song. Of course they’ll probably be a scandal or two and most like a scuffle but that’s all part of the party isn’t it?
26th -29th April