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Marco’s Meatballs at Forza Win

Always extraordinarily successful with their pop-ups, the latest installment from the guys at Forza Win is Marco and his marvellous meatballs. Get yourself down to the Vaults Festival in Waterloo to sample these authentic Sicilian balls of love alongside your best pals. Tickets can be bought online.

Open now until 8th March

Pillow Cinema in Shoreditch Underground

After a sell-out month in January, Pillow Cinema have decided to pop up for the first two weeks of February, too. Yep, the thoughtful guys down at the old Shoreditch Underground Station will continue to deliver “the cosiest ‘night’ in out”, screening old favourites and new releases to you in the comfort of a fatboy beanbag. Films include The Matrix, Boyhood, When Harry Met Sally and The Grand Budapest Hotel; book early to avoid disappointment. You’re actively encouraged to bring your own pillow for that extra homely feel…

Until 14th February

Monty’s Deli at Old Bengal Bar

Maltby Street Market’s favourite food stall is heading to the Old Bengal Bar, armed with an exclusive selection of homemade pastrami, salt beef and new brunch-style dishes. Alternatively, tuck into some authentic Jewish delicacies, including Mensch fatty salt beef sandwich with homemade mustard or Monty’s French toast; home-baked challah bread with cinnamon, maple syrup and candied pastrami. Open every weekend throughout February, it’s the perfect alternative brunch spot.

7th February – 8th March 

Dub Plates Residency at Bread Street Kitchen

The brainchild of two Caribbean Londoners who were so inspired by memories of mamma’s goat with rice ‘n’ peas, fish ‘n’ chip Fridays and Brick Lane curries that they decided to start a foodie pop-up combining the lot. Dub Plates will be cooking up a Caribbean storm every Thursday throughout February at Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant as part of the Bread St. Sessions initiative. Expect 48 hour marinated chicken wings with sorrel sauce and curried goat sliders, washed down Red Stripe or Wray & Nephew cocktails, while DJs bring a taste of sunshine to the heart of the City.

Thursdays from 12th February

Pulled at The Horse & Groom

Pulled meat continues to pull in the punters, particularly the slow-cooking experts at Pulled, who will be popping into Shoreditch’s The Horse and Groom’s kitchen throughout February. Choose from pulled meat in buns, pulled meat on nachos and pulled meat in a doggie bag, if you ask nicely…

Mon-Sat throughout February

Dinner @ Beehive Place

Get down to Brixton for the best of all things British at Beehive Place. Chef Samuel Hodges (of Soho House and St. John fame) has constructed a five course menu using seasonal ingredients from independent suppliers up and down the country. Their devotion to ethical produce extends to their drinks list which boasts craft ales, British wines and locally-distilled spirits to get you in the mood for after dinner dancing. Tickets were snapped up sharpish last year so grab yours before they go.

6th February

Honey and Co. Takeover Ember Yard

For one night only, husband and wife duo of Honey and Co. are bringing a taste of the Middle East to Soho. The menu will feature Arabic delights combined with Ember Yard’s traditional charcoal grills, with dishes including lamb kebabs with tahini BBQ sauce and burnt aubergine with soft boiled egg and flatbread soldiers. And if you’ve still got room, tickle your taste buds with some Kataif cheese cake or Quince in embers with goat’s yoghurt.

9th February

CÎROC Vodka Winter Bar

Embrace the cold and head over to The Parlour for a wintry experience at CÎROC’s outdoor bar. With lots of heaters, furs and blankets and winter warming cocktails served in thermos mugs, you’ll be sure to get a warm fuzzy feeling…

Throughout February

The Bell & Brisket @ The Grafton

Ending two years of pop-ups at this authentic Kentish Town boozer are venerated meat maestros The Bell & Brisket. Serving up salt beef but not as you know it, they’ve played around with the classic dish by adding black rye buns, plenty of pickles, and hot smoked Mackerel. The B&B boys are pioneers of the street food movement, so this residency is not one to miss.

Open now until 14th February

Synaesthesia by Kitchen Theory

Synaesthesia (noun): the production of a sense impression relating to one sense or part of the body by stimulation of another sense or part of the body.

A new serious of educational and multi-sensory dining events in Maida Hill. This seven course ‘modernist meal’ will be cooked up by throughout February by Michelin-starred chefs who have somehow incorporated sensory audio-visual aids and academic research into this foodie extravaganza. Expect to be stimulated, informed, amused and delighted…

From 12th February

 Rotli Crew at The Duke’s Head

Head over to Highgate for some authentic Indian street food at The Duke’s Head. A nice change from all the smokehouse-style cuisine that seems to be taking over London at the moment, expect curries served on mini rotli flatbreads, homemade pickles and flatbreads and an excellent array of sweet treats ‘n’ snacks.

2nd – 28th February

Yeah! Burger at the Star of King’s Cross

The foodies at Yeah! Burger will be taking up residency at the King’s Cross branch of The Star pub. The menu is absolutely packed with mouth-watering options from classic The Yeah! beef burger to The Bay (quinoa encrusted catch of the day) and The Pilgrim (turkey, pastrami and Swiss cheese). With something for meat lovers, veggies and everything in between, we’re sure you’ll be saying “Hell yeah!”

Until 8th May

Street Feast at Hawker House

Street Feast are taking over an office block again this year, this time for an indoor market in Haggerston. Expect a rotating selection of food traders from the likes of Yum Bun, Rola Wala, Bob’s Lobster and Hanoi Kitchen, to name a few. Booze will be served up from no less than six bars, where you can also play whisky roulette. There’ll be DJs and, judging by the number of bars, lots of dancing too. 

Fri & Sat until April 4th

Food, Art and Performance at The Waldorf Project

A whacky evening which unites the senses through food, fine wine, scent, sound, movement and setting. The second instalment of the Waldorf Project is an immersive experience taking place on stage at Oval Space and will delve into colour beyond the visual, creating several monochromatic environments in which the character, emotion and absolute command of colour saturation will be explored. The climax of all this will be the realisation of a new taste. Sounds pretty weird; you probably shouldn’t miss it.

5-11th February