London sure does love a good pop-up these days. Whether you’re fired up to discuss conflict and peace, hungry for an Indian brunch, or eager to swing over to an old school dance, this week’s tip-top pop-ups have got it covered.
FEEL AT PEACE EATING BURMESE CUISINE
Food makes us happy – fact. So in celebration of International Day of Peace (September 21), International Alert has organised a three-week pop-up restaurant combining some top notch food with discussions about peace. Diners are invited to take a seat at a communal table to discuss the conflicts and possibilities of peace across the world. There will be a new chef each week of the pop-up, and first up is Burmese chef Debbie Riehl.
£35, Monikers Restaurant, Thursday September 11-Saturday September 27, 16 Hoxton Square, N1 6HT.
DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY, OLD-SCHOOL STYLE
Swing by Hackney this weekend for some jiving and jazz hands at Rhythm Junction London. This one-day festival is bringing back old school glamour, swing dancing, and features food wagons and local craft beer from Crate. Get your glad rags on and get over to the Round Chapel which for one day only will be transformed into a vintage dance hall.
£30, Saturday September 13, 2pm–10.30pm, The Round Chapel, Hackney, E5 0LY.
HAVE A NONSENSICAL DINNER
As part of photographer Dan Tobin Smith’s colourful exhibition’ The First Law of Kipple‘ (kipple = the useless detritus of everyday life), foodies Funthyme are hosting a five-course dinner looking at how the idea of kipple infiltrates the way we eat. We’re not quite sure what form it’ll all take but we do know that you’ll dine in the middle of the installation, there will be cocktails from 69 Colebrooke Row, wine pairing for each course and there’s lobster on the menu! It’s not cheap though.
£75, Saturday September 13, Dan Tobin Smith’s studio, 52 Whitmore Road, N1 5QG
TREAT YOURSELF TO A MICHELIN-STARRED FEAST
Okay, so this one isn’t going to be the cheapest of pop-ups, in fact it’s a world away from most other pop-up street food stalls. But don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Harrods is welcoming five of Italy’s best restaurants to pitch up tent in store. They each have a month to woo us in and tickle our tastebuds, and we reckon that with 13 Michelin stars between them, it should be magnifico! First up is chef Carlo Cracco, go and check him out.
September 2014–January 2015, 87-135 Brompton Road Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL.
GO FOR A SPICY BRUNCH
Forget the roast this Sunday and have an Indian feast instead in Brixton with Papi’s Pickles. Expect gluten-free coconut masala dosas, vegetarian thalis, lassis, traditional sweet treats, and seasonal pickles.
Various prices, Sundays from Sep 14–Nov 2, 10.30am–3.30pm, next to Cornercopia, 65 Brixton Village Market, Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PS.
By Laura Sagar