If you’re anything like us, then you’ll find it hard to keep track of which pop-ups are new, which ones are old, and which ones are just delicious hallucinations you created in your mind. Good thing it’s our job to remember. Here, we’ve separated the wheat from the chaff and put together the best pop-ups, long-term residencies, one-off specials, and whatever else that you should be checking out (and more importantly eating) before they’re gone.
A PUB RESIDENCY FT. ST. JOHN ALUMNI
HOT 4 U x The Prince Arthur
Hot 4 U @ The Prince Arthur, E8 3BH / Indefinitely
Hot 4 U are two chefs formerly of parishes such as St. John, Cub, and Silo and now the duo are taking up residence at the Prince Arthur in London Fields. Expect things like their smoked ox tongue reuben bun, a psychedelic burrata (!) and more. And if you can’t get a spot there then, FYI, they’re also over at The Plough in Homerton.
THESE FRESHLY MADE TACOS IN A TAPROOM
Old Street Brewery & Taproom
The Scoundrels @ Old Street Brewery, E2 OEJ / Indefinitely
If you’re after a setting with equal parts drinks and delightful food to pair them with, then The Scoundrels Mexican BBQ set up will do the trick. They’re over at Old Street Brewery in Hackney Wick making fresh tortillas daily topped with carnitas, ox cheek, and more. Don’t skip the gooey quesadillas either.
ONE MASSIVE BRISKET-FILLED BBQ SET-UP
Cue Point @ The Chiswick Pavilion, W4 2SP / Indefinitely
If the idea of a drive-thru BBQ sounds immensely appealing and also extremely messy, then head over to The Chiswick Pavilion. The enormous beer garden in west has got Cue Point in the kitchen making their British-Afghan naan-taco hybrids, smoked brisket bun, and lots more.
SOME SEDUCTIVE SHARING PLATES IN HACKNEY
Satsu @ The Gun, E9 6RG / Weds - Sun / Indefinitely
With experience from the Four Legs kitchen, another pop-up in Ling Ling’s and a Haggerston cocktail bar, Satsu have got every base covered. They’re cooking food and making drinks at The Gun with a changing menu of small plates that have influences from all over. Expect a very familiar and very good cheeseburger, as well as things like sea bream ceviche or middle white pork schnitzel.
PAIR CHONGQING NOODLES WITH A PINT
Liu Xiaomian @ The Jackalope, W1G 7EQ / Tues - Fri / Indefinitely
A long-ish term fixture that nobody should take for granted, Liu Xiaomian is Charlene Liu and Liu Qian, a duo from Chongqking who started making noodles and dishing them out at markets a few years back. The menu features three xiaomian noodles - one vegan, one pork, one pork and chickpea - all packing a Sichuan peppercorn punch, and there are a daily specials plus glass noodles as well.
DM TO BOOK THIS SUNDAY-ONLY SPECIAL
Newgate Studio @ Meletius Coffee, N1 8BW / Sundays / Indefinitely
Newgate Studio first appeared on Instagram over lockdown, making gentle waves with a set menu for takeaway. Things like cured duck leg broth with vermicelli noodles topped with monkfish cheeks or guinea fowl broth rice with ox tongue had the people-who-know-about-food bit of the internet keeling over. Now, as well as takeaway, they’re over at Meletius Coffee on Sundays only.