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The brilliant new pop-up restaurants in London to know about this summer

From the Berkeley’s must-visit summer terrace to Chatsworth’s residency at Sotheby’s, these are the foodie pop-ups to book now

The brilliant new pop-up restaurants in London to know about this summer

This summer sees some of the most exciting new pop-up restaurants and culinary residencies take over the capital, with something to cater to every tastebud. From the return of the Berkeley’s hotly anticipated summer terrace to Chatsworth Estate’s pop-up at Sotheby’s and MasterChef winner Alex Webb’s residency at the InterContinental, London is abuzz with gastronomic adventures this season. Here, we’ve rounded up the best new foodie pop-ups to book a table at now.

Il Giardino at the Berkeley
Until 15 September

The brilliant new pop-up restaurants in London to know about this summer

During the dark days of the first lockdown, there was one bright spot courtesy of the Berkeley, who opened a bustling culinary pop-up on an unassuming driveway called The Garden. Having proved insanely popular, the hotel decided to evolve the pop-up into a new form every season since. Now the garden is back for the summer, only this time it’s been transformed with a twist of la dolce vita into its latest iteration, Il Giardino.  

The intimate al fresco restaurant has conjured up a tranquil Mediterranean hideaway on Wilton Place, complete with lush olive trees and fragrant herb plants. The menu – led by native Italian chef Antonio Pavone – is filled with everything you’d want from a delicious Italian feast, from warm focaccia, arancini and burratina to cacio e pepe, roasted wild seabass and Fiorentina steak. To finish, there’s tiramisu and Amalfi lemon and peach gelato. It’s all served on lemon-adorned crockery crafted exclusively for the pop-up by Bettina Ceramica, while the romantic mood is set by twinkling yellow candles from Acqua di Parma. Bellissima

Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL; the-berkeley.co.uk

Chatsworth Estate at Sotheby’s Bond Street
Until 15 July

The brilliant new pop-up restaurants in London to know about this summer

As part of the celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, the renowned Chatsworth Estate – home to the Devonshire family – will be descending on London courtesy of a chic pop-up at Sotheby’s Bond Street. Celebrating British farm-to-table dining, the menu will feature the finest seasonal ingredients straight from the estate and the neighbouring Derbyshire Dales, including Chatsworth gin-cured salmon and Estate-reared lamb chops served with Monk’s Beard. The menu also includes a Bakewell Tart made to Chatsworth’s own special recipe, and a selection of cheeses produced at the Hartington Creamery, the only Derbyshire stilton creamery, originally established by the 8th Duke of Devonshire in the 1870s.

Alongside the tantalising dishes you’ll find a newly-created Chatsworth gin cocktail, made from the Estate’s own small batch London dry style gin, which uses a blend of botanicals sourced from around the Estate with the help of the Head Gardener, including the Cavendish banana leaf which is unique to Chatsworth. There’ll also be a pop-up shop on site where visitors can take home treats from the Estate’s award-winning farm shop, while artist Charlie Mackesy has transformed the coffee bar with his charming sketches to coincide with the residency. 

34-35 New Bond Street, Mayfair, London W1S 2RP; sothebys.com

A Taste of the Mediterranean at Como Metropolitan
Until 6 August

The brilliant new pop-up restaurants in London to know about this summer

This summer, Como Metropolitan’s Executive Chef Ruben Briones is launching his own culinary experience, inspired by his personal gastronomic journey, which saw him start out by cooking in his grandfather’s kitchen in Andalucía before moving to Paris and London to work for the likes of Alain Senderens and Jason Atherton. He will be hosting three pop-up restaurants over the year – A Taste of the Mediterranean, A Taste of the Ocean and A Taste of Le Bistro – kicking off with his favourite summer dishes from the Med. 

Taking inspiration from a range of diverse regions in Europe, from the strait of Gibraltar to the Golden Horn in Turkey, it’s the perfect menu for balmy summer nights, with dishes like white bean Masabacha hummus with crispy egg – a popular Israeli dish – and Greek-inspired marinated tuna loin gyros with pita, tzatziki and pickled salad. They’ll all be washed down with summery cocktails and wines hand-picked from the region.

19 Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1LB; comohotels.com

Alex Webb at Number One Park Lane
Until 28 July

The brilliant new pop-up restaurants in London to know about this summer

Essex-born MasterChef: The Professionals 2020 winner Alex Webb is hosting a three-month pop-up at the InterContinental Hotel terrace this summer, with a carefully-crafted menu that’s full of nostalgia. The focus is on British meat and seafood, with stand-out dishes including Lake District Farmers’ smoked beef tartare with caviar, salted egg and crispy rice paper and Scottish butter-poached lobster with sea herbs, burnt pickled onions and bisque.

Save room for dessert, where you can order the playful cotton candy floss with raspberries or Alex’s party piece: English strawberries served with popping candy and edible strawberry dust. Everything is served alongside the finest English wines from Hattingley Valley. The pop-up will also be supporting the Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, with all the proceeds from his Dad’s bread and whipped butter starter going to the charity, in honour of his late father.

1 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1J 7QY; parklane.intercontinental.com

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