Yes, a lot of stuff popped up in London this year. Some good, some bad …
There’s no way this ‘I’m a Celebrity’ style food pop-up would have passed a pest inspection because there were bugs and pigeons everywhere! In celebration of over 85 years of pest control, Rentokil served up sweet chilli pigeon burgers, salt and vinegar crickets, Mexican spice mealworms, roasted locusts, scorpion lollipops, and chocolate-covered mixed bugs at its weird pop-up restaurant.
The Art of Dining
Though held on Blandford Street this palatable pop-up was anything but bland. Chef Ellen Parr and set designer Alice Hodge changed the colour and vibe of food and music with each course.
As part of the Talking Peace Festival, celebrating the power of words to resolve conflicts, Conflict Kitchen served up meals and meaty discussions from countries that have experienced violence. Chefs from Burma, the Middle East and Peru cooked up culinary delights from their home countries over a three-week period.
Village-East-Sliders Magic Feast
At this one-off dinner in a school canteen, foodies such as Meat Liquor and Bermondsey restaurant The Garrison served up some of their best grub with all profits from the tickets going to kids’ charity Magic Breakfast.
Death Row Dinners
This immersive restaurant experience was based around the most common last meals of death row prisoners. Promotion material used real photographs of inmates on death row and the whole idea caused such a huge uproar on Twitter and social media that it was cancelled before it even opened.
Urban Food Fest
This revolving cast of food stalls and trucks in Shoreditch never failed to deliver at its many pop-up events throughout the year. There were special events for Octoberfest, Pancake Day and Christmas. The choice of global cuisine is huge and has grown very popular.
London in the Sky dining
Winning the award for the meal with the best view was ‘London in the Sky’, a fancy open-air restaurant suspended above Canary Wharf. This one definitely wasn’t for anyone with a fear of heights, as the event involved getting strapped in and dining at a large glass table 100 feet above the ground.
Surrealist dinner party
Lemonade and Laughing Gas recreated the infamous dinner party thrown by Baronness Marie-Hélène Rothschild in 1972 back in August this year. The immersive ‘Diner de Têtes Surrealiste’ attendees included Salvador Dali, Audrey Hepburn and Richard Burton and the event was a secretive mix of art installation and experimental dining.
Black Vanilla Gelato’s Pop-Up
Boutique gelateria Black Vanilla’s summery pop-up parlour at Harvey Nichols won us over with a range of Wimbledon-themed ice creams including gin and tonic, cream tea, and grass flavours.
Take a look at all of these great events happening in January.