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The Best London Food Pop-Ups to Look Out for this Autumn

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Updated: 11 September 2017

The London pop-up scene is always full of interesting and inventive concepts and this autumn is no different. With a residency celebrating regional Chinese cuisine, a wallpaper-inspired restaurant and a Hello Kitty themed café, here are just some cool London food pop-ups this Autumn.

Lucky & Joy

Ellen Parr, co-founder of supper club specialists The Art of Dining, and Background Bars’ Pete Kelly are the duo behind Lucky & Joy, which celebrates regional Chinese cooking. It’s popped up around town before and now the residency has taken over a railway arch by Cambridge Heath station. The menu, inspired by the pair’s travels around the country, features dishes like Yunan BBQ pork ribs, cumin lamb burgers and Uyghur pilaf, with similar spices and herbs also cropping up in the short cocktail list.

Lucky & Joy, 298-299 Railway Arches, Cambridge Heath Road, London, UK

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Off the Wall & Onto the Plate

The House of Wallpaper, which is being opened by wallpaper company Graham & Brown as part of London Design Festival, will host chef Pedro Passinhas’ pop-up restaurant Off the Wall & Onto the Plate. All the dishes on the seven-course menu, from an edible napkin to slow cooked pork with a scallop “sheet”, are inspired by wallpaper in some way and they are sure to look beautiful as well as taste great.

House of Wallpaper, 19 Greek Street, London, UK

John Lewis Gardening Society

John Lewis has already welcomed the likes of Morty & Bob’s and Foley’s to the rooftop above their Oxford Street store, which has been decked out like a traditional English garden. Michelin-starred Elephant from Torquay is there until the pop-up closes towards the end of September, serving up a range of their most popular dishes like Paignton crab with bantam egg, toast and salsa verde and lemon verbena panna cotta with English raspberries. The rooftop is also home to the tiny 6×8 foot Gardener’s Arms so you can also enjoy a drink from one of the country’s smallest pubs.

John Lewis Gardening Society, 300 Oxford St, London, UK, +44 20 7629 7711

The Great Nordic Feast

As you might guess from the name, this Southbank pop-up is all about celebrating Nordic food and the Nordic way of life. For three days in October, high profile Nordic chefs and bakers, including Niklas Ekstedt, Helena Puolakka and Lena Flaten, as well as British cooks like Selin Kiazim, Sam Clark and Kim Woodward will pool their talents to produce artisan breakfasts and dishes based on Nordic ingredients, with much of the food being cooked over fire.

Breakfast | © Tina Stafrén/Courtesy of Great Nordic Feast

Breakfast | © Tina Stafrén/Courtesy of Great Nordic Feast


Kurobuta founder Scott Hallsworth has moved eastwards with his new 40 cover pop-up Freakscene. Japanese plates are present at this new venture, including the tuna sashimi pizza made popular at Kurobuta, but he’s also incorporated pan-Asian flavours into the menu with dishes like honey hoisin grilled pork belly, Thai meatballs and beef rendang curry. Freakscene currently does have a time limit on it but it’s highly possible that this could develop into something more permanent.

Freakscene, 91 Cowcross St, Clerkenwell, London, UK, +44 7561 394497

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Naked Dough

Old Street station has been home to some innovative food pop-ups and Naked Dough is no different. Extended to the end of 2017, Naked Dough specialises in everyone’s favourite sleepover treat; cookie dough. Made just like you would at home, the raw (but very much safe to eat) dough comes in a tub, a cone or in a milkshake and you can top it with everything from marshmallows and sprinkles to salted caramel and honeycomb.

Naked Dough, 6 St Agnes Well, London, UK

Hello Kitty Café  

After popping up at Cutter and Squidge in 2016, the Hello Kitty Café has returned to London, this time at Fitzrovia’s Tombo. The special menu includes poke bowls, curry rice, ice cream sundaes and bespoke yuzu infused matcha tea as well as plenty of Hello Kitty merchandise should you want a keepsake to take home.

Hello Kitty Café, 4 Windmill St, Fitzrovia, London, UK, +44 20 3205 0001