Pop-Up London

21 May 2014
3 min read
As the sun is shining down, fine-dining pop-ups are springing up all around the Big Smoke. We give you a pick of those you really should get down to…
John Lewis Roof-top Garden

Helping venerable British department store John Lewis celebrate its 150th birthday is the AEG fine-dining pop-up restaurant situated on the rooftop of the its grand Oxford Street store. The whole expanse has been transformed into a sultry summer destination for food-loving Londoners who snapped up tickets to the now sold-out event to be wined and dined by some of Britain’s top chefs, including Daniel Clifford (2 Michelin *), Sat Bains (2 Michelin *), Simon Hulstone (1 Michelin star) and Atul Kochhar (1 Michelin *), who will be presenting their menus to just 20 lucky guests on individual days throughout May and June. Disappointed that tickets are all gone? Keep checking on the eventpage on John Lewis’ website for any cancellations and for a chance to get involved with this seriously coveted culinary event of the summer…

When?May – June

Where?Atop the wonderful John Lewis Oxford Street

How?£130 fromJohnlewis.com

Gin Imaginarium

Already in full-swigis the Bombay Sapphire Imaginarium pop-up, held at Callooh Callay in London’s super-hip eastern district, Shoreditch.

Doors opened on Monday 19 May to a throng of gin-loving party-goers who arrived to take full advantage of the pop-up’s array of exciting events and, not to mention, tipples. Hosted by Rich Woods, head of Spirit and Cocktail Development at London’s Duck & Waffle and most recently ‘Winner’ of the UK stage of Bombay Sapphire’s 2014’s World’s Most Imaginative Bartender Competition, which featured the likes of Michelin-starred chef Simon Rogan, the pop-up imaginarium will feature a menu of innovative cocktails inspired by the ultimate Bombay Sapphire G&T, like the ‘Mind Your Peas & Q’, a fragrant summer drink with notes of pea and mint. Like the way that sounds? The recipe is on us (pictured)! Don’t say we don’t spoil you…

Mind Your Peas & Q


100g fresh mint

200g fresh garden peas

700ml Bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin for infusion (50ml per serving)

50ml of premium tonic water


balloon glass or a large red wine glass


Good quality cubed ice


A sprig of fresh mint


Forthe infusion

Carefully pour a bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin(700 ml) into a one litre Kilner jar, then add 200g of fresh garden peas and 100g of freshly picked mint. Allow the mixture to infuse for approximately 48 hours. Pour the infusion through a muslin cloth to remove any fine particles from the mix. Finally, decant the infused liquid back into the empty bottle of Bombay Sapphire gin, ready to pour.

For the drink

Take a Bombay Sapphire balloon glass (or large red wine glass) and fully fill with good quality cubed ice. Stir the ice around the glass to chill the vessel and strain any excess water to prevent dilution. Pour in 50ml of the pea and mint infused Bombay Sapphire gin. Next add 50ml of premium tonic water and stir briefly to combine. Lastly, garnish with a spring of fresh mint. Enjoy!

Taste The Caribbean

This month, Chef Jason Howard bringsthe Caribbean to Hoxton. Held at the Open Kitchen in Shoreditch, it follows Chef Howard’s first pop-up, which was a redeemingsuccess and wasgiven5 stars across its 7 course menu. Taste The Caribbean fuses traditional French techniques, with Caribbean flavours tohighlight the cuisineasmore than just hot and spicy, but complex,sophisticated andelegant.

When? 29 – 30May, 7.30pm – 10.30pm

Where?Open Kitchen & Bar, 40 Hoxton Street, N1 6LR

How?£55 from grubclub.com

Brazil Pop Up Diner

Showcasing the Latin American countryin all its might, Brazil Pop Up Diner is gracing the famousOXO Tower Wharf this month tooffer dinersa culinary journey through Brazil. Showcasing the country’s varying cuisines, the pop up will give Londoners the opportunity to sample a diverse and colourful array of Brazilian food and drinks from the 20 -23May.Complete with a lounge bar hosted by Leblon Cachaca, they will showcase Brazilian cocktails, music and five course meals at lunch and dinner.

When?20 -23May,6pm – 9.30pm

Where?OXO2 /2ndFloor, OXO Tower Wharf Bargehouse Street SE1 9PH

How? £35 fromdesignmynight.com