Pop-ups in London
Not living that vegan life? Get your protein fix at this boozy food fest where the emphasis is on ethically sourced meat cooked over open flames. Traders include Smoking Goat, Patty & Bun and Hawksmore plus a tonne of other chefs who know how to handle a carving knife. Look out for live music, talks and workshops spread across the weekend. Tickets don’t include food and the queues can be hefty, so make sure to arrive early with your ‘meatbuck’ tokens in hand. Find out more and book here.
Sip botanical cocktails, pile round campfires, toasting marshmallows, tuck into Greek street food and venture into the Brunel tunnel - a giant subterranean concert hall - at this quirky cocktail takeover at the Brunel Museum's rooftop garden. On Friday's you'll find Piccalilli from Surrey Docks Farm on the roof providing a feast of fine food and artisan bread. On Saturdays, the Great Greek Grill will be dishing up grub.
The draw here is pretty simple: "craft beer, dope tunes, street food". What more could you want from your Saturday? Oh and it’s free entry too. Plus it’s not often you get to sample the goods from 22 different breweries without multiple Tube trips. Five Points, Fourpure, Brixton Brewery, Yeasty Boys and others supply the booze while five food trucks are prepped to dish up a full day of flavour. Book in advance here.
The Deptford food scene has bubbled over in the past year. The arrival of Marcella – sister restaurant to Peckham’s acclaimed Artusi – and Winemakers Deptford (reopening September, yay!) brought a new touch of refinement with their elegant small plates and banging wine lists. The area’s railway arches also got in on the act with craft breweries and bars filling up Resolution Way. Then there’s the swish, newly redeveloped Deptford Market Yard, whose arches pack in all sorts of traders selling everything from cocktails to tandoori fried chicken. Now a new weekly food and craft market Deptford Bites, curated by the events collective Eat Me Drink Me, is about to call the Yard’s cobbles home. Every Saturday between 10am and 4pm, the courtyard will be filled with fresh farm produce, piping hot street food and crafts. Be sure to head to the launch day, where the Guardian’s restaurant critic Grace Dent will lead a series of talks tackling topics including regeneration and food porn for Deptford Bites Live. With live music and workshops also in the mix, it’ll be a debut worth crossing the river for. And if you’re lucky enough to live there, then stay put and order a dosa.
Not jumped on the vegan bandwagon? Then get ready for the meat feast that’s is about to hit London on August 23, when more than 300 restaurants are dishing out discounts to mark National Burger Day. Download your 20% off discount voucher from the Mr Hyde website then decide if you want the Butchie’s buttermilk chicken and blue cheese offering, a prawn and beef pairing from GBK or a burger served in a doughnut-shaped bun from Heliot Steakhouse –just some of the interesting takes on the traditional burger.
Saddle up and head on over to Kings Road where Moonshine Saloon, an immersive wild west cocktail experience is popping up for the summer. You and your best cowboys and gals can BYOL - that's Bring Your Own Liquor - into the undercover saloon. Inside you'll find a recreation of a dusty frontier town where you'll stop off at the tailor to get kitted out in Stetsons and cowboy gear. Next you'll pay a visit to the General Store to try your luck in a card and dice game and sip on some personalised Moonshine cocktails made with the spirit of your choice. Quit burning daylight and grab your tickets now.
If a trip to Hampton Court has been on your to-do list, why not time your visit to coincide with this foodie extravaganza? Your ticket gets you access to more than 100 speciality food stalls, cookery demos, talks and book signings from seasoned chefs. If you can tear yourself away from all the edible goodies, Hampton Court Palace is also open for exploring at no extra cost.
Finally! Street food aficionados KERB are extending opening hours, giving grub loving Londoners the chance to dine come night fall. Sunset sessions will feature big-name DJs on the decks while the likes of Oli Baba’s, Only Jerkin and The Cheese Wheel dish up their wares. Find the full list of foodies here.