3 of the Best: Pop-Ups You Need to Visit in London This SummerBy Alicia Grimshaw
With summer in full swing, London has once again seen an influx of pop-ups. From a kitchen take-over to an exciting residency, we’ve hand picked the best London has to offer.
The Lowdown: Ex Le Manoir and Brunswick House chef, Drew Snaith, is launching his convivial and creative restaurant concept Nehmann as a pop-up in Camberwell this summer.
Eat and Drink: Opening for the first time at the Corner Store on 21st July, Nehmann (meaning neighbour in olde English), will serve plates of imaginative food, using the pop-up as an opportunity to develop impressive, experimental dishes using Drew’s skills from his time at some of the UK’s most exciting kitchens, with many ingredients grown to order by his dad in Northampton. The à la carte menu will continuously evolve, aside from some signature dishes, such as the savoury babka, that will adapt with the seasons. They will also offer a Have A Punt chef’s selection (£45) featuring dishes in development using unusual ingredients and pairings. The pop-up will run Wednesday to Friday evenings from 21st July to 27th August.
Where: 31 Peckham Rd, London SE5 8UH
Photo Credit: James Moyle
The Lowdown: Turkish street food legends Nomad Bros have taken over the kitchen at The Gipsy Queen – one of London’s last remaining independently-run pubs situated in Kentish Town – for a 6 month stint.
Eat and Drink: The brothers from Istanbul combine the finest traditional tastes of old school Mediterranean cuisine and Istanbul street food with contemporary twists. Dishes include Turkish chimichangas, popcorn halloumi, Istanbul hot dog, sheesh kebabs and their famous ‘Shwarmageddon’ wrap.
Where: 166 Malden Rd, London NW5 4BS
The Lowdown: Chocolatier Pierre Marcolini has launched ‘The Citrus Garden’ luxury ice cream pop-up for a touch of the Mediterranean in the heart of London.
Eat and Drink: The premise is simple – select a luxury ice lolly flavour such as Dulche de Leche, Coconut, Vanilla, Dark Chocolate, refreshing Mango or Raspberry sorbets, which is then dipped in chocolate for a luxury coating (choose from Pierre’s famous Maison dark, milk or white chocolate) and finished off with a crispy nut topping of cracked roasted hazelnuts, almonds or pistachios. The counter also offers high-quality ice cream and sorbet ‘Frisson’ tubs using regionally sourced milk, a touch of sugar and a dash of cream.
Where: 37 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, London W1U 4EQ
The Lowdown: Fresh from a recent sell-out residency at Carousel, Bun House will welcome chef Joo Won for a 2 month pop–up, opening in August. Joo will be accompanied in the kitchen by his wife Sujin, herself a renowned pastry chef with experience at The Wolseley and The Delaunay.
Eat and Drink: The pair will be knocking out a selection of sharing dishes including thinly sliced, lightly cured grey mullet served in a sesame, chilli and plum soy sauce and their take on an Italian classic; a kimchi and cheddar risotto topped with poached egg and seaweed crisp. Joo’s signature “JFC” – Joo’s Fried Chicken – will also make an appearance on the menu with succulent chicken thighs, deep fried in a secret batter, accompanied with a gochujang, ginger, honey and apple and topped with creamy cashews and coriander.
Where: 26 – 27 Lisle Street, London, WC2H 7BA