Supper clubs have been around for donkeys’ years, so anyone who wants theirs to make a mark on Londoners’ consciousness these days has to have a pretty awesome USP. Luckily, the capital continues to provide a wild night out with a side order of delicious dishes and cocktails. Here are ten envelope-pushing London supper clubs with a difference, all offering a lot more than food.
London's coolest supper clubs
Disappearing Dining Club at Ropewalk, Bermondsey
The David Bowie of supperclubs – ever-evolving, constantly surprising
Loved ‘Town House’, DDC’s previous incarnation, which retired from the supperclub game in 2015? Then head over to their new hiding place, within Maltby Street’s Ropewalk cocktail bar, itself part of LASSCO’s salvage warehouse. Two private dining rooms – decorated with reclaimed fixtures and quirky antiques – act as supperclub spaces for private hire, serving the group’s elegant, flavoursome Modern European dishes. DDC also provide the bar’s snacks.
Evenings Thu–Sat; daytime Sat–Sun. Find out more about Disappearing Dining Club events.
Gingerline, various locations
The grand-daddy of immersive dining
After the conceptual gymnastics of 2015’s The Chambers of Flavour, Gingerline is going back to basics – and by ‘basic’, they of course mean anything but. Gingerline’s original events were top-secret nomadic dinners that began somewhere on the eastern stretch of the London Overground, and then led diners through submarine mess halls, puppet workshops and Siberian circus rings. Classic Gingerline will relaunch in 2016 – tickets sell out faster than Glasto, so sign up to their mailing list to get ahead of the pack.
Find out more about Gingerline events.
Gramounce, various locations
Meals with an artistic message
We’re always hearing about the lack of funding that goes towards the Arts, and for the last few years, the artists behind this supperclub have taken matters into their own hands, staging multi-course meals with conceptual themes to fund specific artistic or arts education projects. The first supperclub is themed around superstitions (think Modern European dishes with titles such as ‘Wish Bones’ and ‘Fortune Cookies’); three follow-ups are in the pipeline, riffing on modes of consumption, eroticism and health and safety. We can only imagine...
Superstition takes place on February 27 (£35). Find out more about Gramounce events.
Hope & Harris, Bethnal Green and Holloway
Serious about fun food
Proof that there are some people left in London who refuse to take food too seriously, Hope & Harris – two old friends, one a Leith’s-trained chef, the other a creative producer – are serving a side order of comedy with their latest dinners. They have form when it comes to quirkily themed supperclubs – other events have seen them cook meals based around the colour red. At Supp-Ha-Ha, you’ll enjoy stand-up, sketches or some other laugh-out-loud performance after each course.
Find out more about Hope & Harris events.
Film and fine-dining: no popcorn required
Another dine-and-do hybrid on the supperclub scene, KinoVino offers arthouse films followed by a feast of fine food and wines that’s inspired by the events on screen. The founder enlists top chefs and professional set designers to conjure up the right setting and ambience for each event; she also brings her cinematic knowledge to bear on the fine choices of flick.
The next event is KinoVino Greece (a Greek feast and a screening of ‘Shirley Valentine’), on March 5 (£40, including wines). Find out more about KinoVino events.
Smoke & Salt, Islington
Picture-perfect plates without the Michelin price tag
Smoke & Salt is a high-end supperclub collaboration between two chefs – one British, one American, both with a passion for smoking and curing. Courses on the menu at the Scandi-chic basement café they call home could include the likes of smoked trout with blood orange, sprouting broccoli and tapioca, or sticky chocolate and stout dessert with smoked grains. This is high-end dining that’s not just for the high rollers.
Find out more about Smoke & Salt events.
Supper in a Pear Tree, Battersea
Art on and off the plate
What meal doesn’t taste better after spending an hour or two staring at a naked stranger? Each month, Supper in a Pear Tree combines a life-drawing class with a gourmet meal, and it sells out pronto. Artist Charlotte Partridge leads the class; chef Annabel Partridge, who trained under Skye Gyngell at Petersham Nurseries Café, then brings out a series of dishes that could pass as artworks themselves – from totes Instagrammable lobster with ‘green goddess’ dressing, tomatoes and samphire, to cumin-seasoned pork belly with salsa verde.
The next available Supper in a Pear Tree events take place on February 25 and March 17. Find out more about Supper in a Pear Tree.
That Hungry Chef, Archway
Experimental flavours in an experienced pair of hands
We all know that most of what we taste is via our noses, not our mouths, and it’s for this reason that this supperclub experiments with haute dishes made from traditional perfume ingredients (think spiced bread, myrrh-scented beef, and neroli-infused white-chocolate truffles). It’s the brainchild of Pratap Chahal, a chef whose CV includes Claridge’s and Cinnamon Club. It should be incredible – after all, anyone who has the balls to divide his menu into ‘top notes’, ‘middle notes’ and ‘bottom notes’ sure isn’t going to risk any bum notes…
Perfume! An Edible Scent takes place on March 3, 10 and 17 (£40). Find out more about That Hungry Chef events.
Una, King's Cross
Dinner in a ding-dong location
Big-deal Argentine chef Martín Milesi based this supperclub proposition on some of the world’s best one-table restaurants, with the aim of showcasing his high-end take on South American cuisine in an intimate environment (his dinners serve just 12 people at a time). He’s taken the underground dining phenomenon way above its station with a seven-course tasting menu served high up in the St Pancras Hotel’s clock tower – a privately owned property with unique views of the capital.
The next Una event takes place March 1–23 (£95). Find out more about Una events.
Off-piste adventures in food and wine
This brilliant wine bar in a corner spot of Tooting Market (think Brixton Village Market about five years ago…) hosts month-long chef residencies as part of its bid to make quality wine the sociable, democratic drink it’s always wanted to be. Participants from the supperclub hall of fame include Back Door Kitchen, with their short menu of seasonal dishes, which include the likes of pancetta-wrapped rabbit with buttermilk slaw (yum). Anything you order can be matched with a wine from Unwined’s carefully curated list.
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