We may have waved goodbye to summer but London’s pop-up scene this month is reminding us why we love calling this city our home. From Rowley Leigh’s new kitchen residency at Laylow to central London’s coolest new food festival, we’ve taken a look at the best pop-ups worth visiting this September.
September’s Best Pop-Ups From Chef Rowley Leigh’s Residency To Motown Nights
A brand new food festival is arriving in the capital this month and we couldn’t be more excited. Taking place across Regent Street and St James’s, Future of Food is a week-long festival celebrating the diversity of the culinary scene in central London.
Rooted in sustainability, innovation and creativity, it’s set to bring together 17 exciting events from 23 restaurants and chefs, Regent Street’s very first Urban Farm and a whole lot of fun.
Spread across the week, expect everything from one-off ticketed dining events headlined by big-name chefs and on-street feasts to retail offers, special menu cocktails and dishes. The festival will also see Regent Street unveil its first-ever Urban Farm, with daily drop-in sessions and ticketed events running throughout, allowing visitors the chance to learn more about sustainable urban practices. The Urban Farm is open all of September and free to visit for all.
Don’t miss your chance to visit the colourful pop-up that’s landed at Selfridges London this month. The world’s most awarded cognac house, Maison Courvoisier and British Nigerian artist, Yinka Ilori have teamed up to create a brand new limited-edition Courvoisier VSOP bottle, alongside an eye-catching pop-up at The Wonder Room, Selfridges London.
The space has been transformed to bring the bottle’s design to life. Expect ombre shades inspired by the joy of a summer’s day in Jarnac, France, the home of Courvoisier, as well as a bar serving up cocktails paired with a creation from gourmet confectionist The Marshmallowist.
Head down to shop the limited-edition bottle and sip cocktails with friends, including our favourite serve, the French 125, a mix of cognac, lemon juice, sparkling wine and spiced vanilla syrup.
Outcrop & Marshmallow Laser Feast ‘Lost Giants’ Series
Outcrop, the restaurant, bar and arts space at 180 The Strand and Marshmallow Laser Feast have joined forces for a new dinner series. The series will see them partnering with huge culinary names including John Chantarasak (AngloThai) and Brad Carter (Carters of Moseley), Chantelle Nicholson (Apricity) and Skye Gyngell (Spring).
Inspired by Marshmallow Laser Feast’s latest video installation ‘Sanctuary of the Unseen Forest’, each dinner will pay homage to one of the UK’s ancient trees. The series hopes to raise awareness and need for the regeneration of the UK’s ecosystems, with a line-up of expert guests speaking on the topic during each of the dinners.
Chantarasak and Carter’s menu will focus on the Ankerwycke Yew, a tree located in Berkshire; Nicholson’s experience is inspired by the Great Yew of Kingley Vale on the South Downs, Sussex; and Gyngell’s will be paying homage to the Escley Oak, an ancient oak tree located next to Fern Varrow, Hertfordshire.
BAO Borough x Eric Sze
Celebrating the Mid-Autumn Festival – AKA the Moon Festival – will be BAO Borough which will be hosting a special one-off activation.
Partnering with chef Eric Sze (behind New York-based Taiwanese restaurants 886 and Wenwen), you can expect a series of traditional Taiwanese dishes on offer. From mini BAO and skewers straight from the grill to roasted ssharing plates and, of course, a Mood BBG (BAO Bakery Goods) for dessert.
Where: 13 Stoney Street, SE1 9AD
Chez Rowley at Laylow
Rowley Leigh, the chef and author behind London institutes including Le Café Anglais and Kensington Place, is heading back to West London this autumn for a three-month residency at Laylow.
Opening this month, ‘Chez Rowley’ is a brand-new pop-up bistro specialising in nostalgic dishes and classic techniques. Boasting an Italian-leaning menu, Rowley Leigh will be paying homage to memories from family holidays across Europe.
Enjoyed family-style, expect dishes such as raw bavette, cep toast and gribiche dressing; cuttlefish and clams on toast; and the showstopping poulet antiboise, a whole chicken roasted with anchovies, black olives, garlic, onion, thyme and white wine served with hispi cabbage and pangrattato.
Bombay Sapphire x Shaquille-Aaron Keith at Silverleaf
Pan Pacific London’s speakeasy bar, Silverleaf, has collaborated with Bombay Sapphire UK and multi-disciplinary artist, Shaquille-Aaron Keith to create an immersive bar art installation.
Titled ‘Violets are Blue’, you’re invited to connect with your own senses and see the beauty and creativity that exists naturally around us. Alongside the art installation, Silverleaf’s team has curated three bespoke cocktails made using Bombay Sapphire Gin.
And that’s not all Silverleaf has up its sleeve this month… On 13th September, the bar will be hosting an intimate evening with Parisian mixologist Nico de Soto and drinks brand Pierre Ferrand. Expect a selection of cocktails to be on offer, each with distinct and unique flavour combinations.
The Silent Pool Gin Garden at Barnett Hill
We may be inching closer to autumnal weather but that isn’t stopping Barnett Hill from making the most of the last remaining flecks of sun. The hotel’s popular Silent Pool Gin Garden will still be serving up afternoon teas paired with Silent Pool Gin drinks and cocktails until the end of September.
Located in the enchanting grounds at Barnett Hill, with views out over the Surrey Hills, the garden pop-up is best enjoyed with a gin and tonic in hand. Sip into the afternoon on cocktails including the Silent Pool Rose Expression Gin with Fever-Tree Elderflower Tonic and garnished with a slice of pear, and plenty of bite-sized afternoon tea treats.
When: Until 30.09.2023
Where: Barnett Hill, Blackheath Lane, Guildford, GU5 0RF
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‘Be Human’ Immersive Pop-Up
As part of the ‘Carnaby in Colour’ campaign, Carnaby Street has teamed up with artist Kris Andrew Small for a new immersive art experience.
Running until 27th September, the space has been transformed with floor-to-ceiling wrap-around artwork, limited-edition prints and apparel for sale. Throughout the month there’ll be a host of workshops, from screen printing with People of Print to live painting with Kris and a panel discussion.
When: Until 27.09.2023
Where: 57 Carnaby Street, Carnaby, W1F 9QF
Kricket Guest Chef Series
Back by popular demand, Kricket has just announced its annual charity Guest Chef Series takeover.
Set to take place across dates in September and October, the Indian-inspired restaurant’s White City venue will welcome four top UK chefs. Each serving their own bespoke menus alongside chef patron Will Bowlby. Headlining chefs include David Carter of SMOKESTAK (5th September); Adam Handling of Michelin-starred The Frog (26th September); Grég Marchand of Frenchie (4th October); and Patrick Williams of The Kudu Collective (31st October).
All proceeds from evening will be donated to Kricket’s charity partner, Apne Aap, the female anti-trafficking organisation based in Mumbai.
Motown Monday Music Nights at Sky Garden
Helping you add some sparkle to your Monday evenings is Sky Garden and its new Motown Monday Music Nights.
Launching on 11th September, every Monday night is set to be filled with soul anthems performed by famed five-piece band Detroit. Expect all of the classic tunes to be pumped out from Marvin Gaye to The Supremes, followed by music from Sky Garden’s resident DJs.
A special Motown-inspired cocktail menu has been curated especially for the occasion.
When: Every Monday from 11.09.2023 until 23.10.2023
Where: Sky Garden, 1 Sky Garden Walk, EC3M 8AF
Sea Containers Restaurant x Café Riggs
A special menu takeover has landed at Sea Containers Restaurant this month, stretching all the way from Washington DC.
Chef Wolfgang from Sea Containers’ sister property Riggs in Washington DC has teamed up with the restaurant’s head chef to recreate the Café Riggs experience here in London.
Menu highlights include king salmon burgers; prawn risotto; as well as brunch options including buttermilk fried chicken with waffles, bacon and maple syrup; and wagyu beef tartare with capers, farm egg and sourdough.
On 18th September, Sea Containers London will also be returning with its Book Club Series in partnership with The Orion Publishing Group. Writer, presenter, actor and ‘Say your Mind’ podcast host, Kelechi Okafor will be introducing her new book followed by a Q&A.
Eataly Terrazza Summer Send Off
Wave goodbye to summer the proper way with Eataly’s end-of-summer bash. Powered by Aperol Spritz, the Italian superhouse will be throwing a party to remember, complete with a three-course menu, one-off pairing from Campari and a whole lot of fun, all on the outdoor Terrazza.
Eataly’s chefs will be cooking up a host of Terrazza classics, from Neopolitan pizzas to homemade tiramisu. While Campari Ambassadors will be on hand serving up pairings and pourings, including Aperol Spritz and Negroni Sabagliato.
Where: 135 Bishopsgate, EC2M 3YD
Whispering Angel x The Roof Terrace at The Sloane Club
Taking over The Sloane Club’s Roof Terrace this summer is the iconic rosé brand Whispering Angel. Running until the end of September, the terrace will offer a selection of crisp rosés accompanied by a special menu by The Club’s chefs.
Delight in a range of light and fresh dishes celebrating British summer flavours, from the lemongrass chicken burger with garlic aioli, pineapple salsa and spicy Asian slaw to the seafood and basil risotto with native lobster, Devon crab, tiger prawns and squid. All paired alongside a refreshing glass of rosé of course.
The Kensington Hotel x Maison Mirabeau
The Kensington has teamed up with Yolke and Maison Mirabeau for a season celebrating florals. Guests are invited to escape the chaos of city life and lose themselves in a very special floral sensory experience.
Amongst the alcove of florals, look forward to exciting new cocktails created using Maison Mirabeau and signature brunch classics available Thursday through to Sunday.
When: Until the end of September
Where: 109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, SW7 5LP