This summer, the capital is playing host to a roster of exciting new supper clubs and guest chef events held at some of London’s top restaurants. From Silo’s Invasive Species dinner series with Skye Gyngell to the welcome return of Tom Aikens’ Muse Masters, things are heating up inside the kitchen as well as outdoors. Here, we’ve rounded up the foodie events to have on your radar this season.
Guest Chef Events in London
Silo’s Invasive Species Dinner Series
Various dates in July and September
One of the most exciting and innovative guest chef events in London this summer has to be the supper club hosted by the world’s first zero waste restaurant, Silo. Founder Douglas McMaster will be joining forces with some of the world’s most respected sustainable chefs for the series, serving up dishes made using invasive and overpopulated edible species.
In July, Skye Gyngell will be highlighting American signal crayfish, the delicious yet dangerous species that’s been devastating life in UK waterways since the mid 1970s. Meanwhile, in September, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will be taking to the kitchen to concoct a menu featuring Himalayan Balsam, which is abundant along the waterways at his River Cottage HQ.
Unit 7 Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN
Muse Masters by Tom Aikens
From 26 September
To round off the summer, Tom Aikens will be bringing back his hugely popular Muse Masters chef series, where he’ll be joined by a selection of leading chefs for a succession of one-off dinners. Each evening will celebrate chefs who have previously worked in kitchens under Tom’s mentorship before carving out their own successful careers, and will kick off with Restaurant Story’s Tom Sellers on Tuesday 26 September, followed by Michelin-starred chef Lee Westcott on Tuesday 17 October.
Other guest chefs to look out for include Bjorn Frantzén of Restaurant Frantzén, the Clove Club’s Isaac McHale and Alberto Landgraf of two-Michelin-starred Oteque. Held in Aikens’ intimate Belgravia restaurant, Muse, they’re bound to be nights to remember.
38 Groom Place, Belgravia, London SW1X 7BA
The New Punjab Club and Ho Lee Fook at Carousel
17 July – 5 August
Two of Hong Kong’s most popular restaurants are set to pop-up in London this summer, with residencies at Fitzrovia’s foodie hot spot Carousel. Black Sheep Restaurants’ The New Punjab Club and Ho Lee Fook will be heading to the UK for two weeks only, where they’ll be creating a series of exclusive menus using produce from the British Isles.
The New Punjab Club is known for being the world’s first Punjabi restaurant to be awarded a Michelin star, thanks to its flavoursome hot clay tandoor dishes. Ho Lee Fook, meanwhile, has gained a cult following in Hong Kong for its vibrant Cantonese cuisine. The residencies come ahead of Black Sheep’s hotly anticipated London opening in spring 2024, which will be their first ever international restaurant.
19 – 23 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1RW
Adejoké Bakare at the Globe Tavern
Until 29 July
Ahead of the reopening of Chishuru – which is relocating from Brixton to Fitzrovia later this year – West African chef-owner Adejoké Bakare will be taking over the upstairs space at the Globe Tavern in Borough Market until the end of July.
There she’ll be joined by some of her favourite industry friends, including Jay Morjaria of Tiger and Rabbit and Guan Chua of Nyonya Supper Club, for an extension of her popular Joké & Friends supper club series. Expect one-off menus that showcase a fusion of flavours complementing Joké’s signature West African style together with that of her guest chefs.
8 Bedale Street, Southwark, London SE1 9AL
Quo Vadis & Friends: Keshia Sakarah
Wednesday 19 July
Now in its seventh year, Jeremy Lee’s popular Quo Vadis & Friends is back with a bang this month, teaming up with Keshia Sakarah on a menu of dishes inspired by her Caribbean heritage. The self-taught chef has been named as one of the 100 most influential women in food by Code Hospitality, thanks to the runaway success of her London pop-ups Caribe and Baruru.
Held in Quo Vadis’ private dining room in association with Journey’s End wines, the guest chef supper club offers a brilliant opportunity to try some bold new dishes in one of London’s most beloved dining institutions.
26 – 29 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 3LL
The Prince Akatoki Supper Club Series
From 16 July
Luxury Marylebone hotel The Prince Akatoki is launching its first ever super club later this summer, hosted at their elevated Japanese restaurant TOKii. The carefully curated menu has been designed to take diners on an authentic journey through Japanese cuisine, with the evening kicking off with a traditional sake barrel experience led by the hotel’s sake sommelier.
The six-course meal will showcase the very best of the highly skilled chefs in the kitchen, with highlights including beef fillet tataki with red onion salsa, ponzu and garlic crisps, Grade A5 Japanese Wagyu with spicy ponzu and dark chocolate fondant with matcha ice cream.
50 Great Cumberland Street, Marylebone, London W1H 7FD
Chelsea Physic Garden Supper Clubs
20 July - 30 August
There are few places more magical than the Chelsea Physic Garden, a secluded idyll hidden away in the heart of Chelsea. And this is doubly true when they happen to be hosting their series of supper clubs, where their chef Felipe de Jesus curates a roster of special menus served under the stars.
The series will be kicking off on Thursday 20 July with a seafood supper club, while other highlights include a tribute to the iconic River Café on Wednesday 16 August, where you can expect vitello tonato and roasted quail, and a jazz night on Thursday 17 August, where your al fresco feast will be accompanied by live music.
Chelsea Physic Garden, 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS