Restrictions are easing, restaurants will soon be back up and running, and non-essential retailers will be swinging open their doors in less than two weeks. We’re finally on route to ‘normal’ and things are starting to pick up gradually again. Along with this, means that London’s pop-up scene is slowly gathering momentum and April is set to see a great return to this flourishing scene with eight incredible pop-ups springing up this month.
From the Portguese street food stand to try to The Montague Beach Bar, here are the best pop-ups to visit this month.
Disclaimer: As several restrictions are still in place, it’s best to double check that the pop-ups are operating before heading down and, of course, stick to social distancing and mask wearing regulations.
There’s something magical about how a rainbow can make you feel when you see one. The merging of colours act as a symbol of hope and we’ve all needed that over the last year. If you’re in need of a little colour burst, head down to the Greenwich Peninsula and catch the immersive art installation, Hundreds and Thousands, created by British artists Liz West.
Available to see for free until 31st May, the installation is essentially a 700m kaleidoscopic walkway, boasting a whole rainbow of colours to help symbolise the resilience that the UK has shown throughout the last year. When the sun catches the rainbow glass, magic happens and it truly is beautiful.
Helping you celebrate the end of lockdown with a delicious selection of cheesy goods is The Cheese Truck. They’ll be stationed in Paddington Central every Wednesday to Sunday from the 14th April until 16th May, serving up their famous sought-after cheese sandwiches with a pop-up terrace beside the canal.
Try one of their signature sandwiches, including the Quickes Cheddar, Montgomery’s Ogleshield and Onion; Cropwell Bishop Stilton, Swaledale Smoked Bacon and Spiced Pear Chutney; or the Rosary Goat’s Cheese with Honey, Walnut and Rosemary Butter.
It’s alfresco dining at its best.
When: 12-8pm every Wednesday – Sunday from April 14th – 16th May
Where: Sheldon Square, Paddington Central, W2 6HY
If your holiday abroad has just been cancelled, we’ve found the next best thing… Helping to bring the beach to you in The Montague Beach Bar which will return to the city on 16th April.
The space has been transformed into a beach haven, complete with real sand, a beach-hut style thatched roof and palm trees. No beach bar is complete without fruity cocktails and The Montague has plenty of options for you which are served in real coconuts. Alongside the cocktails, their chef will be firing up the barbecue with tasty meat, fish and vegetarian options.
Brought to you by the team behind Portuguese Bar, Douro, this new foodie pop-up is one you’re going to want to head to every single weekend.
Roulote can be found at the Bar Douro branch in London Bridge Street Food Market, Flat Iron Square, and boasts the biggest and best classic Portuguese sandwiches. Inspired by founder Max Graham’s love of street food in Porto, the menu boasts two delicious takeaway sandwich options.
First up is the Bifana, a traditional take on Portugal’s favourite street food snack made with pork shoulder poached in white wine and fermented pepper sauce, served in carcaças bread with savora mustard mayonnaise. And then there’s the Octopus Roll, a soft white roll that’s fully loaded with octopus, red peppers and caramelised onions, before being topped and finished with coriander, straw potato crisps and piri-piri mayo – yum.
When: Preview until 10th April
Where: BAR DOURO, ARCH 35B FLAT IRON SQUARE, 85B SOUTHWARK BRIDGE ROAD, SE1 0NQ
Springing up later this month will be another outdoor pop-up restaurant at Corinthia London and this time it’s the arrival of Kerridge’s Garden Grill.
Running from 12th April until 16th May, the 46-cover terrace will see head chef Nick Beardshaw cooking up seasonal dishes from an open synergy grill. Dishes include Grilled Whole Lobster with herb butter; Cornish Day Boat Turbot with seaweed tartare sauce; and a debut Beef Burger with Oglesheild cheese and pulled pork. All of the mains will be served up alongside triple-cooked chips, salad and Béarnaise sauce.
For a Mediterranean experience, head to The Garden where you’ll find the hotel’s executive chef André Garrett serving up a Med-inspired menu daily, from 12th April.
When: 12th April – 16th May
Where: 10 Northumberland Avenue, Westminster, WC2N 5AE
As if exploring Selfridges’ bountiful food court wasn’t exciting enough, we’ve recently seen the arrival of a new Venezuelan street food pop-up, from food brand Pabellón.
The Venezuelan street food pioneers will be taking over the space in a three month residency, offering classic dishes from Venezuela. On the menu expect, the Aprea, a traditional cornbread prepared by hand and filled with a choice of beef, chicken or beans, before being topped with cheese, salad, avocado and fried plantains and a Pabellon, a Venezuelan rice bowl served with meat or black beans, plantain, pico de gallo, avocado and half a arepa. They’ve also got some moreish sweet potato tempura you’ll want to try out too.
WHEN: RUNNING FOR THREE MONTHS FROM 12TH MARCH
WHERE: SELFRIDGES FOOD HALL
We love Carousel for all of its wild and wacky pop-ups, and this spring-summer instalment from chef Thomas Straker. RIGHT THEN will see Straker serving up contemporary dishes every weekend until the end of spring, as a precursor to opening his first restaurant, ACRE.
RIGHT THEN will see Straker create uncomplicated, indulgent dishes for all to enjoy.
Born out of his lockdown recipe videos he created on Instagram, RIGHT THEN will see Straker create uncomplicated, indulgent dishes for all to enjoy. With a weekly changing menu, previous sell-out menus have included Pici Cacio e Pepe; Fried Plaice Milk Bun with hispi cabbage and smoked sriracha; and Potato Gnocchi with beef and pork ragu.
When: every weekend from now until Summer, Saturday to Sunday, with allocated ticketed slots between 12-4pm
Where: Carousel, 71 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 8AB
There’s no denying that after a few too many quarantinis, we’re all in need of an easy, greasy and delicious hangover cure. Luckily for us, Eggs ‘n’ Stuff has the answer to your prayers.
The team have just secured a three month residency on Holloway Road serving up their signature baps to the hungry (and hungover) Londoners passing by on their daily walks. Choose from their tempting options, including our favourite: the Micky Mountain – think British sausage patty, crispy bacon, free range egg, homemade house sauce and American cheese served in a warm brioche bun and crispy fried hash brown.
Where: 102 HOLLOWAY ROAD, HIGHBURY EAST, N7 8JE
Keep up to date on their Instagram, @EGGSNSTUFFCO