The Nitery by Gizzi Erskine
Gizzi Erskine’s highly anticipated three-month pop-up launched this week. The Nitery is housed in the former Asia de Cuba site on St Martin’s Lane and takes inspiration from early 20th-century Parisian ‘niteries’ – hedonistic, bohemian restaurants that popped up all around the city. The menu encompasses French, American and English food, wine and cocktails: expect to sample dishes like devilled eggs with roast chicken crackling; steak tartare with bone marrow dripping on Marmite toast served with cured egg yolk; and flagolet dauphinoise with goat cutlets. Desserts are an exercise in nostalgia, including the likes of chocolate mousse with Horlicks cream and Gizzi’s take on a queen of puddings.
45 St Martin's Lane, Charing Cross, WC2N 4HX; until 30th April
Puff X Passo
Two top pastry chefs have launched Puff, a weekly pop-up bakery serving an array of desserts and pastries each Sunday. Ravneet Gill (St John, Lewellyn's, Black Axe Mangal, Wild By Tart) and Nicola Lamb (Ottolenghi, Dominique Ansel NYC, Little Bread Pedlar, Happy Endings) have partnered with Shoreditch restaurant Passo, to offer a weekly rotating menu that includes everything from vienoisserie and charred flatbreads, as well as frangipane tarts and hot rice pudding with rhubarb and custard. With only two weekends left, it’s time to get in while you can.
80 City Road, Shoreditch, EC1Y 2AS; 23rd February and 1st March
The Clumsies X St James Bar
St James Bar in the five-star Sofitel St James will soon be welcoming Athens bar The Clumsies – currently ranked number six in the World’s 50 Best Bars – for an exclusive pop-up. The upcoming pop-up will mark the beginning of a year of travelling for The Clumsies team, with a curated menu featuring five cocktails designed just for the occasion: ‘Tea Ceremony’ (blended malt whisky, shitake, ginger, honey and mango kombucha); ‘Synthesis’ (London dry gin, white beetroot vermouth and cocoa); ‘Shaker Boys’ (aged rum, milk water, nutmeg, vanilla and jasmine); ‘Clear Soup’ (Blanco tequila, coconut and pineapple sherry, lime and celery ash and hops); and a ‘Highball Gimlet’ (vodka, apple geranium, fennel seeds and London Essence grapefruit and rosemary tonic). Available for three days only, the drinks will be available in the evenings from 5pm–12am.
6 Waterloo Place, St James, SW1Y 4AN; 3rd-5rd March
Lyle's Guest Series
Lyle’s, one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, has announced its first chef of its 2020 guest series – Agata Felluga. The series offers diners a chance to experience some of the world’s best restaurants without the airplane fare, and has welcomed 31 chefs from 17 cities in 14 different countries through its doors since launching in 2015. Felluga worked her way up through some of the best kitchens in France, taking her through Le Chateaubriand under the tutelage of Iñaki Aizpitarte and three Michelin star L’Astrance with Pascal Barbot. The next guest chef will be Andre Patsias from Lima’s Statera restaurant, with further details to be released later in the year.
56 Shoreditch High Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JJ; 25th-26th February, with further dates and chefs to be announced.
Caravan’s 10th Birthday
Caravan, the all-day dining group and coffee roastery from New Zealand trio Miles Kirby, Laura Harper-Hinton and Chris Ammermann, is celebrating its tenth birthday this year. To mark the milestone, the team has announced ten months of celebrations with a line-up of collaborations, supperclubs, giveaways and special brews. The ten-year festivities will include one-off nights with top chefs Peter Gordon (The Providores), Margot Henderson (Rochelle Canteen) and her husband Fergus Henderson (St John), and Hamish Brown (Roka). Throughout the year there will be plenty of chances to celebrate with special events, prizes, summer terrace takeovers and cocktail collaborations.
1 Granary Square, King’s Cross, N1C 4AA; throughout 2020
Breakfast at Tiffany’s X Harrods
Harrods has launched a café experience themed around the famous Audrey Hepburn film. Guests can enjoy their flat whites from Tiffany-blue cups, surrounded by jewels, amazonite stone features and hand-painted motifs based on the designer store. Breakfast offers the likes of all-butter croissants with a choice of eggs, Cornish crab muffins and Faroe-Islands smoked salmon. Not a morning person? While away an afternoon with the ‘Tiffany Tea’, featuring dainty finger sandwiches and a beautiful selection of patisserie.
87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
The Cooks’ Room at Hawksmoor
Hawksmoor has announced the chef line-up for its guest series in the Cooks’ Room underneath its restaurant in Borough. Since it opened in 2017, the intimate, 18-cover space has been a creative hub and a place to work and exchange ideas with some of the most exciting names in the restaurant industry. This season, chefs including Lisa Allen, Tom Kerridge and Nathan Outlaw will be cooking in the open kitchen on the last Friday of every month, doing their own take on a Hawksmoor meal or creating a collaborative menu with Hawksmoor chefs Richard Turner and Matt Brown. The series kicks off on 28th February with Ben Tish's Sicilian take on Hawksmoor. This will be followed by Sean Searley of Quality Chop House in March and Kimberley Hernandez of Kym’s in April.
16 Winchester Walk, Borough, SE1 9AQ; last Friday of every month in 2020
House of Holi at Cinnamon Kitchen
Cinnamon Kitchen’s powder-paint throwing pop-up is returning to the City for its sixth residency to celebrate the Indian festival of colour, love and positivity. From 2nd-15th March, House of Holi will occupy Devonshire Square, bringing a dose of colour to the Square Mile as guests get stuck into 30 minutes of bright powdered paint pelting. After, Cinnamon Kitchen will be serving up a range of Holi-inspired street-food snacks from the pop-up Chaat Counter, including bar kachumber, spiced peanut and chickpea vermicelli with onion and chilli; and papdi chaat, crispy wheat, tangy tamarind, yoghurt and pomegranate.
9 Devonshire Square, City, EC2M 4YL; 2nd-15th March
International Women’s Day at Wander
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Alexis Noble’s Stoke Newington restaurant Wander will host a week-long series of events. Bringing together the extended Wander community under one roof, the week will feature events with Wander x Ceramics – the restaurant’s monthly ceramics market, Wander x Wine – Wander’s very own bottle shop that focuses on low-intervention wines predominately from female wine producers, and a series of dinners with influential women from the hospitality industry, including Mandy Yin of Sambal Shiok, Anaïs van Manen of Bao and Elizabeth Haigh of Mei Mei.
214 Stoke Newington High Street, Stoke Newington, N16 7HU; 1st-8th March
Nathan Outlaw has launched a cookbook dinner series at his London restaurant, Siren at The Goring. Hosted by the two Michelin-starred chef himself, each dinner will showcase recipes from one of Outlaw’s five cookbooks. The first event, on 25th February, will see Nathan cook from his classic book British Seafood, using dayboat fish from Cornish shores. Tickets include a cocktail, five courses, a signed copy of the book and £5 donation to The Fisherman’s Mission – a charity providing care for retired fishermen and their families. Dishes on the night will include pickled herrings with cucumber and dill; scallop tartare with pickled beetroot bacon and apple; and lobster risotto with orange and basil.
15 Beeston Place, Belgravia, SW1W 0JW; 25th February, plus further dates throughout the year
International Women’s Day at Angler
Angler, the Michelin-starred rooftop restaurant, has launched a flower-filled gin terrace in collaboration with Martin Miller gin. And to celebrate International Women’s Day on 7th March, the team will be hosting a cocktail masterclass. One of Martin Miller’s brand ambassadors will be on hand to tell guests all about their gin, how it’s made and – most importantly – how so shake, muddle and stir the perfect cocktail at home. Tickets are £20 and also include a cocktail of your choice from the exclusive Martin Miller’s gin menu.
3 South Place, Moorgate, EC2M 2AF; until 7th March
Four Legs X Mam Sham
Mam Sham will throw its next event on 13th March. Next month’s comedy and dinner line-up will be a collaboration with Four Legs (of ‘London’s best cheeseburger’ fame) with a menu inspired by the night’s comedy, and – in typical Mam Sham style – only revealed on the night. Acts taking to the stage include Russell Hicks, known for his razor-sharp wit and observations, musical duo Rósisín & Chiara, and Philéo Huff, who’ll bring his hilariously controversial approach to all manner of ‘taboo’ subjects. An after party will be hosted by Pay Your Shooter. All profits are will be donated to charity End Youth Homelessness, a national movement to end homelessness in the UK.
29-32 The Oval, Bethnal Green, E2 9DT; 13th March