One good thing the recession brought to London was the love of all kinds of pop-ups, from retail stores to bars, clubs, and restaurants. These limited-time-only engagements started to spring up all over the city as the commercial property market faltered, and deals could be made to occupy a space for short amount of time. These temporary eateries are intriguing and often have an air of exclusivity as they are only around for a short while. It’s hard to guess which summer pop up will be the favorite for 2014, but all are worth visiting, if not for the food, then to meet locals and indulge in some people watching. One-night-only supper clubs are also becoming very popular in the city. They’re a great way to scratch the surface of London life, as they usually take place in a chef’s own kitchen. Here’s a look at the five best pop-up restaurants happening in 2014.
For five evenings, the Australian High Commission will play host to dinner guests for a three-course meal inspired by the country’s diverse ingredients. Star chefs from Down Under (Matt Stone; Rachel O’Sullivan) will take turns in the kitchen starting September 22, while wine aficionado Justin Knock introduces diners to unique Australian blends.
The namesake hair salon eight blocks away is famous for dramatic dip-dyes and electric highlights. Now, the founding stylists are bringing their colorful aesthetic to a pop-up bar, running until October 15. Set-designer David White was responsible for the interiors, (neon-lit Korean graffiti and ‘80’s grunge). Unconventional cocktails range from alcoholic slushies to the Ratmilk: almond milk, kahlua, and vodka.
Krug & Krustacean
Bringing luxury to the masses, well if they can afford it, this pop-up dining experience will be open to the public from September 3-7 on the South Bank of the Thames. Glasses of Krug Grand Cuvee will be served with Norwegian lobsters in specially designed wooden Krug pods based on champagne barrels.
London In The Sky
This open-air pop-up lets diners enjoy the creations of some of the London’s most celebrated chefs: all while suspended 100 feet over Canary Wharf. The floating platform features 22 seats, and each service lasts 45 minutes. Prior to “take-off,” guests enjoy Taittinger champagne, before indulging on meals prepared by culinary masters including Anne Hansen and Tony Fleming. The venue takes off on September 12.
With a residency at the Old Truman Brewery in the East End of London and a name that comes from the Distrito Federal in Mexico City, DF/Mexico will be serving modern Mexican cuisine for 90 covers at a time. The menu includes dirty tortas, four-hour chili beef, and skin-on fries paired with beers reflecting the setting, including an Amber Ale from Gipsy Hill Brewery.