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WIGWAMBAM! - East London

This heated rooftop wigwam at the Queen of Hoxton (above) is a regular winter pop-up offering a cosy setting for some outdoor BBQ action.

Fairylights and a fire pit will warm your cockles as you order up a feast of red meat, from whole lamb, hog roast and haunches of venison to wild boar sausages and burgers, all served with gravy and stuffing.

Even better, you can wash it all down with a toasty tipple, namely their hot buttered rum. What are you waiting for? Get freaky in the tipi.

£5+ Mon-Sat, 5pm-10pm, 
Until March 31 
1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX 
Tube | Liverpool Street


The Artist Dining Room - Bethnal Green

This rather high- brow dining club invites you to “engage with the ideas of a well-known artist through food”.

The menu is designed bearing the “fundamental, social and intellectual content of the artist’s work” in mind, and the three-course meal is accompanied by a talk about the artist’s work. Er, eek. 

£30, Next dinner April 4, 
7pm 1 Andrews Road, E8 4QL 
Tube | Bethnal Green


Mile High

These immersive dining events promise to whisk you away on a ‘city break’, welcoming you first to a ‘departure lounge’ with cocktails and canapes, before you’re taken to a themed dining room and a four-course meal.

The first ‘break’ is Gothenburg, serving Scandinavian delights (think char-grilled elk) in a Swedish-inspired setting.  

£65, March 13-16 & 20-23,
7pm Secret location TBC


Spit and Roast

This awesome street food outfit is popping up in The Princess Alice pub until March.

Best known for their tear-inducing buttermilk fried chicken, they also do a devastating line in pork belly and rotisserie chicken. 

£7, Thur-Sun, 6pm-11pm.
Until March 
40 Commercial Street, E1 6LP 
Tube | Aldgate East


Pop Up Tuesday - Westminster 

 Bag a cheap feed as hospitality students at Kingsway College create three different pop-up restaurants to feed the paying public. Menus range from ‘traditional’ to ‘technicolour’. 

£25, March 5, 12 & 19, 6pm  
76 Vincent Square, SW12 2PD 
Tube | Victoria


Backdoor Kitchen

A ‘secret foodie extravaganza’, this perennially popular supperclub, run by ‘the chef and the slave’, offers five courses, a ‘secret dessert’ and good company in a cosy southeast London flat. Sign up to receive updates.  

£30, Next date TBC Provided upon booking 
Tube | Bermondsey 


Burger Monday -  Bayswater

For one night only, this oyster bar will transform into a burger bar,  only the burgers will contain – well, oysters.

The price includes three courses and a glass of red, and sittings are limited to 90 minutes.

£36.50, March 25, from 6.30pm 
8 Porchester Gardens, W2 4DB 
Tube | Bayswater


Backyard Cinema - Shoreditch

This temporary secret cinema in the attic of Beach Blanket Babylon offers a limited number of deluxe meal tickets, bagging you a two-course meal and wine or beer before the screening at 8pm.

The next three events are sold out, but you can join the mailing list to get updated on the next lot.    

£10+, Future screenings TBC 19-23
Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA 
Station | Shoreditch High Street

Portside Parlour - East London

Last but not least, we’ve selected a pop-up that, while it doesn’t include food, is simply too cool to exclude. Patrons enter this temporary rum club via, um, a toilet (above).

Pull the dunny chain and a super-sexy speakeasy will be revealed, with red leather sofas, candlelight, oil lamps and an inevitably achingly trendy clientele all crammed in.

Angostura rum is the drink of choice (well, it’s not really a choice, cos it’s the only drink available). Slated to stay until May.  

Mon-Fri, 5pm til late;
Sat-Sun, 4pm til late 63-65
Broadway Market, E8 4PH 
Tube | Haggerston


Photos: Emli Bendixen; Sophia Schorr-kon; Oleg Tolstoy; Organic Sounds; Dan Spinney; Addie Chinn


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