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The Best Food & Drink Pop-Ups in London 2023

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Chef residencies, supper clubs and pop-up bars to book this month

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Looking for fun foodie events across the capital? There’s always plenty to get your teeth stuck into – and here, we’ll bring you our pick of the bunch. We regularly update this guide with news of the best food and drink pop-ups in London, from the most exclusive banquets to cool new supper clubs, chef residencies to one-off cocktail nights. Coming up over the next few weeks there’s a fried chicken challenge, a special menu dedicated to regenerative farming, a Californian-themed wine dinner and much more.

Food & Drink Pop-Ups in London 2023

Kricket’s Fried Chicken Challenge

Keralan fried chicken from Kricket

From Claridge’s to Black Bear Burger, London restaurants are battling it out this February to see who can make the ultimate fried chicken. Taking place at Indian hotspot Kricket, the annual competition sees a range of eateries take it in turns to cook their best take on everyone’s favourite snack, which will then be judged by a lucky panel of foodies including Jimi Famurewa and Flora Gill. It’s for a good cause too: the winning restaurant will receive a trophy alongside a £100 donation made in their name to The Childhood Trust, plus the children’s charity will receive a £5 donation from every ticket sale.

Price: £15pp

Date: 7 February 2023

BOOK: sevenrooms.com

Cubitt House Eats With… Skye McAlpine

Skye McAlpine

Notting Hill favourite The Princess Royal is bringing back its guest chef supper clubs, known as Cubitt House Eats With… which see Ben Tish hosting guest cookbook authors and friends of Cubitt House for a special dinner. The pop-up series is kicking off with cook and author Skye McAlpine, who will be whizzing up a three-course menu of warming winter dishes like cheese and marmite souffle, duck leg with citrus, and pistachio and white chocolate tortino. Your ticket will also include a signed version of McAlpine’s cookbook.

Price: £75pp

Date: 8 February 2023

BOOK: designmynight.com

NoMad London x Silver Oak

Wine at NoMad London

The first UK outpost from the American NoMad hotel group, NoMad London in Covent Garden, is throwing a series of wine-focused dinners. First up on 8 February is a partnership with cult US wine brand Silver Oak, which will give guests the opportunity to try special and rare wines that aren’t easily available in the UK. Hosted by Silver Oak’s Vivien Gay and NoMad’s esteemed Wine Director Bella Babbit, the evening will feature a variety of Californian wines paired with dishes from the special menu, put together by chef Ashley Abodeely. Highlights will include caviar potato rosti, and black truffle risotto with parmesan and mascarpone.

Price: £250pp

Date: 8 February 2023, 7pm

BOOK: resy.com

KOL Mezcaleria’s The Explorer Series

KOL

KOL by @charliemckay

On select Sunday nights between February and October, some of the world’s best agave bars will be taking up residence in Santiago Lastra’s Mexican restaurant KOL. For one night only, guests will be able to try a limited edition menu from names like Barro Negro, Athens’ first tequilaria, and Salmuera, the first mezcaleria to arrive in Amsterdam.

Price: Various

Date: From 26 February 2023, events will be every other month on Sunday nights from 5-11pm

BOOK: kolrestaurant.com

Angler Restaurant x Lalani & Co

Angler Roof Terrace

Giving Dry January a go? Here’s one for you: Angler, the Michelin-starred rooftop restaurant at the cool South Place Hotel, has teamed up with tea specialists Lalani & Co on a one-off tasting menu evening. Executive chef Gary Foulkes has curated the offering, with each dish paired to one of Lalani’s teas – and founder Jameel Lalani will be on hand to guide diners through each one. Kick things off with a matcha cocktail and canapes, before tucking into the likes of sea bass tartare with oyster cream and shisho, risotto with pumpkin and winter truffle, and steamed wild turbot with squid ink noodles. 

Price: £95pp

Date: 26 January 2023

BOOK: Email [email protected]

Toklas x Todolí Citrus Dinner

the bar at Toklas with art on the walls

Ingredient-led restaurant Toklas, located just off the Strand, is collaborating with the Todolí Citrus Fundacio on a pop-up this February, a non-profit organisation created for the study of citriculture. Together they will host a one-off dinner designed to celebrate the best fruits of the season, with a special menu created by head chef Yohei Furuhashi, designed around rare and lesser known citruses. Vincente, founder of the Todolí Citrus Fundacio, will also be on hand to offer tasting notes and introduce the foundation’s work of growing, harvesting and nourishing over 350 citrus varieties on their farm near Valencia. 

Price: TBC

Date: 9 February 2023

BOOK: Stay tuned for booking information at toklaslondon.com

Veganuary Special: Yard Sale Pizza x Romesh Ranganathan

Romesh Ranganathan with Yard Sale pizza

The latest guest pizza at cult favourite Yard Sale comes from comedian Romesh Ranganathan, designed especially for Veganuary. Titled The Romesh Spesh, the vegan creation will feature Yard Sale’s signature pillowy crust with a classic tomato base, topped with Sri Lankan curried aubergine, coconut sambol, curry leaf and chilli oil. Better still, all proceeds will go towards CALM, a charity providing support services and resources for people struggling with depression.

Price: From £13.50 for 12 inch

Date: Available until 31 January 2023

BOOK: yardsalepizza.com

Jacob Kenedy x Rachel Roddy at Bocca di Lupo

Jacob Kenedy x Rachel Roddy at Bocca di Lupo

There’s yet another reason to visit Soho trattoria Bocca di Lupo this month: a special menu from author and columnist Rachel Roddy, who bonded with chef Jacob Kenedy over a mutual love for Italy. Together, the pair chose five dishes, which spell out ‘An A to Z’ with their initials, and are cooking a dish from each one: Ancona, Alba, Trapani, Ostuni and Zafferana Etnea. Highlights will include fritto misto platters, beef tartare with truffle, Sicilian-inspired pasta, bombette (slices of pork collar dusted with paprika breadcrumbs), and a saffron-glazed cassata dessert. 

Price: Various different prices

Date: Available throughout January 2023

BOOK: boccadilupo.com

The Regenuary Menu at M Restaurants

Cauliflower steak from M Restaurants

Swap Veganuary for Regenuary this year, a movement urging us to eat food produced according to regenerative farming methods. Tapping into the initiative is M Restaurants with a new carbon neutral British beef menu, created in partnership with The Ethical Butcher and farmer Neil Harley. Visit for lunch from Monday to Friday to try the Regenuary Set Menu, which includes starters like the Crate To Plate salad ahead of the Ethical Butcher x Neil Harley rump steak, sourced from cattle that roam for up to 30 months and are 100 percent pasture fed. 

Price: £25 for two courses or £30 for three courses

Date: Throughout January and February 2023

BOOK: mrestaurants.co.uk

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