Pop-ups are still a thing. Here are London’s hottest temporary fixtures. Hit it or miss it, you decide.
Say goodbye to freezing outside eating, Street Feast is taking your indoors! With the finest selection of traders like Bleecker St Burger, Hanoi Kitchen, Yum, Bun, Bob’s Lobster, Dogtown, Rola Wala and Busan BBQ you won’t leave hungry. They’ve also got six bars serving up craft beers, hot cocktails and even on with a whisky roulette where you could win a dram worth £40! This is bound to be ten weeks of great food, banging booze and partying.
260 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DG // 5pm – 12am every Fri & Sat from 30th January until 4th April, £4 entry after 7pm
Focusing on high quality, locally sourced food, the five course tasting menu at Beehive changes every weekend and is served alongside a cocktail, craft beer and wine bar. They’ve got disco, hip hop and funk DJ’s on from 10pm too so you’ll never want to leave…
Beehive Place, Brixton, London SW9 // Every Fri & Sat until March
Fancy fine dining without the fuss? Over at Palm 2, Perilla have got the fine food, booze and music down. As well as their perfectly designed 3 course menu, they’ve got a bar focusing on sublime gin-based cocktails.
152 – 156 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0Qj // From Thurs 5th – Sun 7th February
Some Italian maschio called Marco is about to blow Mamma’s meatballs outta the kitchen. Think 1980s Mafia hangout chic – that’s totally a thing – all red chequered tablecloths, black and white prints and low lighting, but most importantly, the authentic taste of Sicily’s tastiest meatballs all served up around Waterloo.
The Vaults, Waterloo, SE1 7AD // From Weds 28th January – Sun 8th March
An eccentric concept that’s based around a houseshare between five totally different housemates – all fictional, obv – they’ve got handwritten menus on the back of magazines, regulars who’ve got their hands on their very own key and cocktails based on the flatmates’ favourite telly. Be sure to pop over find yourself with The Wandering Chef and the ultimate dinner party.
The Little Yellow Door, 68 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3HT // Fridays 6pm – 1am
In their newly refurbished lush Library Bar, Brown’s will be hosting a pretty epic display of 40 whiskies. A total heaven on Scotch-y earth for whisky lovers, go get your dram on…
Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, Mayfair, LondonW1S 4BP // From Thurs 22nd January – 8th February
If you’ve been lucky enough to get your hands on some of The Bell & Brisket’s salt beef at Kerb or Street Feast, then you’ll know what it’s all about. Out of this world delicious, get your chance to grab a taste, as well as getting dessert from Toastess who’s whipping up kindsa tasty indulgent French toast, before it’s gone!
The Grafton, Prince of Wales Road, NW5 3LG // Daily from 21st January for four weeks, 12pm – 10pm
Just “three bros making Korean Fried Chicken” at The Star by Hackney Downs, expect seriously next level wings, chicken and even something for the veggies.
The Star by Hackney Downs, 35 Queensdown Road, E5 8NN // Mon – Fri 6pm – 10pm, Sat 12pm – 10pm
Hit it a little too hard over the Christmas period or just giving Dry January a crack? Don’t panic because Redemption is here. In partnership with the Cancer Research UK Dryathlon Campaign, you can get your hands on mocktails & raw food aplenty to ease the guilt of 2014.
Fairly Square, 51 Red Lion Street, Holborn, WC1R 4PF // Daily until 31st January then Sundays and Mondays thereafter, 12pm – 11pm
Just because it’s goddamn freezing outside doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to the al fresco rooftops. Valhalla Vodka Bar’s chocked full of heaters, sheepskin throws as well as the all-important mulled wine and vodka to warm those cockles. Overlooking Tower Bridge, The Shard and The Gherkin, it’s the perfect place to grab that awesome view whilst keeping cosy and boozy.
Skylounge, 7 Pepys Street, EC3N 4AF // Weds – Sun until February
Nothing makes those first few weeks of the new year go quicker than cocktails so CÎROC Vodka’s Winter Pop Up Bar is perfect for some cosy boozy indulgence. Think furs and blankets under outdoor heaters, drinking exclusive vodka cocktails and staring up at the stars.
The Parlour, The Park Pavillion, Canary Wharf, 40 Canada Square, E14 5FW // Weds – Fri 4pm – 8pm, until the end of February
The perfect wintry retreat above the rooftops of Oxford Street, Le Chalet’s cosy log cabin, hot chocolate cocktail bar and amazing Alpine-inspired BBQ grub will help you fend off the chill. The vibe is intimate and relaxed, focusing on great food, booze and a laidback atmos. Cosy up in their log cabin and wait for Spring to call… FYI, these things get busy so consider booking ahead.
Selfridges Rooftop, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB // Daily until late February, Mon – Tues 11am – 9pm, Weds – Sat 11am – 11pm, Sun 12pm – 6pm
Brought to you by seasonal specialists Sourced Market, Peppermint Bars and Smokestak, you can expect authentic street food like pulled pork buns and beef brisket and doughnuts for dessert. On the booze side, they’ve got craft beers, winter cocktails, bourbon and signature wines, and all of this is alongside London’s longest running outdoor ice rink. Such winter chic!
Broadgate Ice Rink, Exchange SquareEC2A 2BQ // Until 26th February
BarChick came across The Black Heart pub only last year and oh what a find it was…. You want craft beers, slush puppies and live music? They’ve got it. They also have rotating chefs in the kitchen and this time they’ve got in the guys from Smoke’n’Roll who do a LOT of smokin’. Meat, fish, veg, you name it and they smoke it with hickory, alder, cherry, apple and mesquite wood. Grab a lunch to go or settle in and check out their awesome beer selection while you’re at it!
The Black Heart, 2-3 Greenland Place, NW1 0AP // 7 days a week, Friday from 3pm – Sat & Sun from 12 noon