Whether you’re searching for an immersive art performance, a trendy beard trim, Kenyan roses or a cuddly caf and a free chocolate biscuit, this month’s tip-top pop-ups have got it covered.
What do you get when you cross a food designer, a choreographer, a production designer, a costume designer, a sommelier, a sound designer and an artist? The Waldorf Project: Chapter Two, of course. This immersive art performance and food event will unite the senses through food, fine wine, scent, sound, movement and setting. Feb 5-11, 7.30pm, Oval Space, E2 9DT. £160 (Previews £90, £50, £20).
For those of you attempting to prolong your new year health kick, banish February thoughts of chocolate pastries and milky coffee and opt for a yoga brunch instead. This pop-up event is held in Brixton East Gallery and includes a detoxifying yoga session followed by a healthy but hearty brunch. Last month’s event sold out pretty quickly so get your tickets asap. Feb 22, 1-4pm, Brixton East Gallery. £30.
The Rhythm Parlour combines a quirky barber shop with resident DJs and foodie fun. The idea is to pop your name on the waiting list when you arrive and grab a drink, some Vietnamese street food, and enjoy mooching through some records while you wait. The prices are rather good too. Feb 7, 1pm-9pm. Peckham, SE15. Cash only! Haircuts £20, beard trims £10.
Yes this one is a massive advert for McVities, but we’re cold and hungry and they’re giving out free tea and choccie biscuits. This pop-up ‘cuddle café’ in Fitzrovia provides snuggly seating to cosy up on with your hot tea and biccy. All this in exchange for a simple hug *instinctively recoils*. February 10 and 11, 8pm–10pm.
This week-long New Orleans inspired supperclub offers soul food and live ‘foot stompin’ music – so wear your dancing shoes. Expect a three–course feast, lively tunes and cocktails at Hackney Empire’s Stage 3 venue. Amen! Feb 11-14, 8pm-10.30pm. Hackney Empire, E8 1EJ. £27.50.
As we’re nearing Valentines Day, peacebuilding charity International Alert has organised an emotive photo exhibition and pop-up Kenyan flower shop to inspire a bit of peace and love. Visitors can explore and comment on the links between water, conflict and peace in Kenya, as well as picking up a Kenyan rose for a loved one (which can be yourself, nobody’s judging). Feb 10-15, Hoxton Gallery, E2 8AA.
Popping up on the banks of Regent’s Canal, Where The Pancakes Are will be serving out an array of flippin’ great sounding pancake dishes. Expect offerings such as a stack of pancakes with poached kumquats and blood-orange cointreau cream or a savoury brunch classic of smoked salmon, asparagus, hollandaise, chives and red amaranth. Drool. Feb 14-22, Wed 11am-6pm, Thu-Sat 11am-9.30pm, Sun 11am-4pm.
A culinary journey transporting your taste buds from the seaside town of Point Pedro in Sri Lanka to the vibrant city of Tamil Nadu’s Pondicherry. Expect offerings such as fresh mango rice with snake-gourd raitha cooked in ginger and yoghurt, traditional peanut kuzambu sauce, and badham kheer. Feb 20–21, 7pm–10.30pm. Maida Hill Place W9 3ET. £28.
Educate yourself about Levantine cuisine at Ceru’s Middle-Eastern supperclub including a talk from founder Barry Hilton, wine and a cocktail and, of course, a feast of some of the restaurant’s best dishes. Fitzrovia, February 25, 7pm-9pm. 29 Rathbone Place, W1T 1JG. £25.
When it gets to lunchtime and your stomach is grumbling wildly we often forget about our healthy intentions and crave a moist, gooey salted caramel brownie. Here to sway us from our February fasting is Retox vs Detox by Sourced Market, the pop-up food stall with half of its offerings wonderfully guilt-free, and the other half fabulously sinful. Products are colour coded green (healthy) and red (naughty) so you really don’t have an excuse when you pass over the five-a-day soup for a sugary doughnut. Hey, just because you’re on a diet doesn’t mean it has to be a healthy one, right? Throughout February, Old Street Station, EC1Y 1EB.
See you later dry January! Hello, slightly hungover fuzzy February. The team behind the much loved London Craft Beer Festival are launching a boozy six-week pop-up beer and whisky bar. Each week The Stevedores invites a couple of breweries to serve up their tastiest tipples. Expect the likes of Pressure Drop, Kernel and Magic Rock. There will also be live music and smoked meats to soak up the booze. Throughout February, The Pickle Factory, E2 9DT.
By Laura Sagar