The Handbook
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February pop-ups

London is fully awake again after January, so it’s time to start heading back out to supper clubs, time to start learning something new at a masterclass and joining the crowds at the best residencies.  From cocktails made with milk vodka to partying after dark and breaking codes, we’ve rounded up the best February pop ups.

Som Saa

Party After Dark

Som Saa are launching a series of monthly ‘late night sessions’. The restaurant will reopen after normal evening service has ended with DJs, Thai street food and whisky cocktail buckets to transform you to somewhere between Bangkok and New York’s Chinatown. Expect Thai funk and East African folk music with dishes such as Khao Pad Naem and Gai Yang and an all-round party atmosphere.
Launches Saturday 4th February, 11pm-late

Where: 43A Commercial Street, Shoreditch, E1 6BD

Fare Healthy

Food, Exercise and Wellbeing Festival

Fare Healthy, aka the UK’s first and foremost food, fitness and wellbeing festival returns on Saturday 4th-Sunday 5th February at The Old Truman Brewery, bringing with it big names in wellness like Deliciously Ella, Madeleine Shaw and Amelia Freer. Saturday night will see a ‘Root To Fruit Banquet’; a 4-course feast which will see chefs including Tess Ward and Tom Hunt cooking an entirely organic, vegetarian, agro-ecological and 100% British menu. Not only that but ingredients will be used in their entirety; from root to stalk.
Saturday 4th – Sunday 5th February

Where: The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL

Cafe Murano

Italian Supper Club

Angela Hartnett is launching a series of regional Italian supper clubs with co-founder of Italian wine supplier Passione Vino, Luca Dusi. Held in Cafe Murano’s private dining rooms, the suppers will showcase regional Italian cuisine, with a different region celebrated each time. The first will explore Abruzzo, with dishes including Maccheroni alla chitarra with lamb rage and chocolate cake with praline with wine pairings. Future dates areWednesday 1st March (La Marche), Tuesday 9th May (Veneto) and Tuesday 13th June (Sicily).
Monday 6th February

Where: 36 Tavistock Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7PB

Pizza Pilgrims

Free Pizza!

To coincide with the launch of Pizza Pilgrims Shoreditch (opening in early March) and National Pizza Day (9th February), Pizza Pilgrims will be giving out free pizza from their van in The Red Gallery on the corner of Rivington Street, Shoreditch from Thursday 9th-Saturday 11th February. To claim your free pizza, all you have to do is draw some #pizzaboxart on a Pizza Pilgrims pizza box. The best drawings will make it onto the wall of the new restaurant and the top 5 will win a meal for 2 at the new site.
Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th February

Where: The Red Gallery, 1-3 Rivington Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3DT

Brother Marcus

Eat Instagram

Favourite Balham brunch spot, Brother Marcus, have collaborated with Instagram sensations London Food Babes for a new supper club series. London Food Babes share snaps of their quest to find the best places to eat in London on Instagram and through gaining a huge following, now get to dine at some of the finest places the city has to offer. With Brother Marcus they’ve created a menu inspired by some of their favourite dishes they’ve tried, but if you can’t make it to this one they are hosting a handful more evenings throughout February.
London Food Babes: Thursday 9th – Saturday 11th February

Where: 9 Chestnut Grove, Balham, SW12 8JA

Don Luigi

Supper Club for Social Couples

Pop Brixton’s Don Luigi are hosting an intimate Valentine’s supper club with a screening of modern Italian classic, Cinema Paradiso. The extensive menu features the best bits of Italian cooking; expect rosemary and olive focaccia; scampi, cream and truffle pasta and fried calamari. Guests will be welcomed with a bottle of prosecco to share with their date as a DJ plays romantic Italian classics. The 6-course meal will then be served, with the film on in the background – beats a TV supper.
Tuesday 14th February, 7pm-11pm

Where: Pop Brixton, 49 Station Road, Brixton, SW9 8PQ

Restaurant Story

Exclusive Chef Collaboration

Two top London Toms are teaming up this February to prepare a very special Michelin-starred tasting menu. Hosted at Tom Sellers’ Restaurant Story, he will be welcoming Tom Aikens into his kitchen – Aikens taught Sellers the tricks of the trade when he was starting out more than a decade ago. Each chef will prepare 3 snacks and 4 dishes to result in a tasting menu of 6 snacks and 8 dishes, so bring your healthiest appetite. The restaurant’s resident Sommelier will pair drinks with Sellers’ dishes while Aikens’ long time associate and Master Sommelier Gearoid Devaney will be matching his dishes.
Wednesday 15th – Thursday 16th February

Where: 199 Tooley Street, Southwark, SE1 2JX

Christabel's Cocktail Masterclasses

DIY Cocktails

Need some Dutch courage on Valentine’s Day or want to toast to not being in a restaurant with all the other couples? Then we suggest Christabel’s Valentines Bejewelled Cocktail Masterclass. You’ll learn how to make two cocktails, the Flirt and Zinger before transforming them with edible glitter, sequins, rose petals and flamboyant stirrers. To go with the cocktails will be DIY canapes, so you’ll have the perfect pairing or as they like to call it the cockape… Or if you already have plans for Valentine’s Day then later in the month Christabel will be hosting a Madhatters Mar-tea-ni masterclass, starting with Earl Grey bubbles, you can have a go at making cocktails with the world’s only pure milk vodka, Black Cow.
Bejewelled Cocktail Masterclass 14th February
Madhatters Mar-tea-ni Masterclass: 25th February

Where: Secret Location in North London


South of France Feast

The last Monday of the month at Sardine is their La Grande Boueffe, a feast which celebrates a special ingredient, occasion or great dish. In the past they’ve include whole roasted duck and La Grande Aioli and tickets have sold like hot cakes. This month, Chef Alex Jackson will be presenting Aligot Géant. Not sure what that is? It’s cheesey mash topped with Toulouse sausages and a mega stew made from tripe, a south of France speciality. Start with charcuterie and finish with rhubarb galette, all for a rather nice £28. Book tickets now and choose who to take later.
Monday 27th February

Where: 15 Micawber Street, London N1 7TB, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Old Street (0.4 miles)

St Martins Lane

Professional Dior Makeup Masterclass

St Martins Lane is hosting an exclusive Dior makeup masterclass event in celebration of fashion month/London Fashion Week. Famed International makeup artist Jamie Coombes has worked with many Hollywood names including Sharon Stone, Isabella Rosselini and Marion Cotillard and now he will work with you, as he shares insider tips and performs live makeup demonstrations using Dior products.
Tuesday 28th February

Where: 45 St. Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4HX, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Leicester Square (0.2 miles)

Bocca di Lupo

Monthly Feasting Club

This month Bocca di Lupo are introducing a series of month-long regional takeovers delving deeper into the ingredients, dishes and techniques used in Italy. On Sundays throughout February, June and October, their private dining room will be turned into a feasting den with the region’s tasting menu and banquet style sharing tables. They’ll be kicking off with a Valtellina Ski menu, so think, rich, indulgent foods served on the Lombardy slopes. Salty beefy of Bresola Valtellinese will be served with caprino (fresh goats cheese) and oil to start, followed by Pizzoccheri (buckwheat flat noodles) with butter, bitto cheese, cabbage, sage and potato. There’ll be a hearty stew of dwarf deer marinated and stewed in red wine, spices and a touch of chocolate. To finish, a typically boozy dessert douses buckwheat, wild blueberry and ricotta layer cake in barrel- aged Muscat grappa. Happy Sunday guys.
Sundays in February

Where: 12 Archer Street, Soho, W1D 7BB

The Bletchley

Book Ahead: Code-Breaking Pop-Up Bar

If you want a cracking night out then you’ll want to head to The Bletchley when it pops up in a mystery London location this Spring. From the people behind the ABQ Breaking Bad pop-up, The Bletchley is inspired by the WW2 code-breakers of Bletchley Park, featured in The Imitation Game. Circumstances here are slightly less dark; simply complete a personality test and taste preferences and you’ll be given a completely unique cocktail, created by mixologists behind the scenes. Sign up to the waiting list now to receive information as and when…
Opens in Spring

Where: Secret location, TBC