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Read our guide to the best new pop-ups of the moment to make sure you’re up to date with the hottest food and drink spots around. From the most exclusive banquets to the best drinks spot with a view, we’ll see you there…

Gymkhana x Elephant Family

To mark the 10-year anniversary of JKS Restaurants, one of its lovely eateries, the Michelin-starred Indian Gymkhana, will host a month-long pop-up menu supporting Elephant Family. In the hopes of raising awareness of the work the charity does to protect Asian elephants and their natural habitat, the restaurant will offer an elegant vegetarian lunch menu for £35, paired with an ‘elephant negroni cocktail’. Guests will be welcomed into the restaurant by bejewelled elephants made by The Elephant Family, and a discretionary £1 will be added to each bill during the month of November, all in support of this worthy cause. Throughout November. Book your table via  +44 (0)207 3011 5900 or [email protected] gymkhanalondon.com

Wellbourne Brasserie

Wellbourne Brasserie

Reunited and it feels (and tastes) so good: on November 1st, ex Dabbous Head Chef, Ross Gibbens, and Senior Sous Chef, Michael Kennedy will reunite with their former boss Ollie Dabbous to create a pop-up supper in their White City restaurant, Wellbourne Brasserie. The evening will commence with champagne and vol-au-vents, followed by the six-course tasting menu which will include dishes such as barbecued octopus with chicory, and cornish mackerel tartare and iced eucalyptus. Friendship has never tasted so good. Cost for the dinner £65pp with optional wine flight at £50. For more information visit wellbourne.restaurant

DIRT. at Berber & Q Shawarma Bar

DIRT. at Berber & Q Shawarma Bar

Back for a second year, DIRT. at Berber & Q Shawarma Bar has the first three Sundays of November covered. Creating a new, fun and ‘accessible way to learn about wine’, Berber & Q’s co-founder Mattia Bianchi will collaborate with two leading sommeliers in the hunt for the best bottles from their soil of choice, Salt (Wines of the sea), Magma (Volcanic wines) or Peak (Mountain wines). Learn about obscure and up and coming UK wines and watch the excitement of two guest sommeliers going head to head. The line up boasts some of Europe’s most talented sommeliers including Stefano Colombo of Bar Brutal in Barcelona. Join in with this unique opportunity to learn about and drink obscure wines at prices that won’t break the bank! November 4, tickets £21.08, eventbrite.co.uk

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

Championing African food since 2010, Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen is taking over The Institute of Light in London Fields to bring you on a journey of West African flavours this year. The brand new menu will have a particular focus on vegetarian and vegan food and will include the likes of Crunchy Gari Coated Yam Balls, Oto Cakes with Soft Boiled Duck Egg and many more delicious surprises. During her residency, founder of Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, Zoe Adjonyoh will be hosting several events, supper clubs and collaborations. zoesghanakitchen.co.uk.

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Truffle Hut at Le Pont de la Tour

Le Pont De La Tour

French restaurant Le Pont de la Tour is getting into the festive spirit with a bespoke Truffle Hut, launching on 5 November. Nestled on the restaurant’s terrace next to the River Thames, the hut will be an intimate dining space for two, complete with a four-course menu and a bottle of Moët. Guests will be treated to their own private waiter for the evening as they dine on truffle-themed dishes and sip on champagne. Butlers Wharf Buildings, 36 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE. The experience is priced at £145 for two people. Book tickets here

Supper Clubs at Radici


Chef and model Isaac Carew is joining Calabrian chef Francesco Mazzei at his Islington trattoria Radici for a series of supper clubs this autumn. Guests will be given an exclusive preview of dishes from Isaac’s debut cookbook The Dirty Dishes, which draws on food inspired from his extensive travels. The supper clubs launched on 9 October, and there are two more organised across the next few months in early 2019. Dishes will include ‘Burrata and Beetroot Carpaccio’ and ‘Dirty Lasagne’ from Isaac’s side as well as classics from Francesco such as ‘Chicken Calabrese’ and ‘Marsala Tiramisu’. Dates for early 2019 will be announced in due course. Tickets to the supper clubs are priced at £35 including a drink on arrival and a three-course meal cooked by Isaac and Francesco. Tickets can be purchased from danddlondon.com 

Mark Sargeant Dinner at The Game Bird

Mark Sargeant

On 23 November, chef Mark Sargeant is hosting an exclusive dinner The Stafford London’s restaurant The Game Bird as part of their ongoing chef guest series. Mark, best known for his restaurants in Kent including Rocksalt and The Smokehouse in Folkestone, recently launched Sargeant’s Mess at the iconic Tower of London. His dinner at The Game Bird will include British dishes such as pheasant ravioli in a game and truffle broth, venison wellington and a pear tart tatin with cinnamon ice cream. On arrival, guests will be treated to canapés and a glass of champagne before sitting down to Mark’s five-course feast. 23 November. For more information visit thestaffordlondon.com and to book call 020 7518 1234 or email [email protected] 

Bar Takeover at Rotunda, Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square

Rotunda Four Seasons Hotel

Bartenders from around the world will be coming to London’s Rotunda at the Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square this November to host a series of mixology masterclasses. Harry Nikolaou, head bartender of Rotunda, will be welcoming Cedric Mendoze of Singapore’s famed Manhattan Bar, Giacomo Gianniotti of Paradiso in Barcelona and Chi-Ho Ta of Rotterdam’s infamous Dr. Rotterdam. All three will join Harry at the bar for a five-night residency, kicking off with a one-off masterclass to showcase two exclusive concoctions. Selected dates from 20 November – 9 December. Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, London, EC3N 4AJ. Visit four seasons.com

Sexy Fish x Krug Brunch

Sexy Fish

Every year globally-renowed Champagne house Krug picks an ingredient to pair with their champagne, and this year it’s fish – hence their new collaboration with Mayfair hotspot Sexy Fish. Diners can now enjoy bubbly with their brunch in the Sexy Fish x Krug Brunch, a unique pairing menu created by Sexy Fish chef director Bjoern Weissgerber. Dishes include oyster and chilli, steamed bun with smoked salmon and caviar, sweet shrimp tiradito, tamago nigiri & crab meat and tuna tataki with grilled onions, all of which perfectly complement Krug champagne. The menu is priced at £125 per person, including the full menu and half a bottle of Krug per person. To book a table at Sexy Fish, please call 020 3764 2000 or visit sexyfish.com

Sweet Liberty Takeover at Balthazar


Get a taste of Miami Beach at London’s Balthazar this November. For three nights only, bar manager Massimiliano Favaretto will be welcoming Christopher Norton of Miami’s Sweet Liberty bar to Covent Garden brasserie Balthazar to create some unique cocktail concoctions. Highlights from the menu include ‘Calle Ocho’, which features Havana Club rum, espresso, chocolate bitters and cinnamon, and the ‘Pastelitos Old Fashioned’: a whisky-based cocktail made with pink guava and Havana bitters. If you get peckish, a selection of nibbles are available too. 26-28 November. Visit balthazarlondon.com

Truffle & Champagne Lunch at Salt Yard

Salt Yard

Tis’ the season…for truffle, so kick off the festive season with a celebratory lunch at Spanish-Italian tapas bar Salt Yard. Head Chef Joe Howley has created a luxurious five-course truffle-laced menu – dishes include white truffle risotto, beef sirloin with truffled parmesan polenta, and white chocolate mousse with truffle ice cream. Courses are carefully paired with matching champagnes for the perfect indulgent meal. 25 November, £120pp. Visit saltyardgroup.co.uk

Pierre Koffmann x bubbledogs

Hotdog fan? This one’s for you. Three Michelin star chef Pierre Koffman has teamed up with bubbedogs, a gourmet Champagne and hotdog bar in Fitzrovia, to create a special hotdog. Available throughout November, the ‘Wagdog’ will be topped with Waggu pancetta, crispy shallots and finished with a ketchup, soya and dijon mayonnaise. Try one while you can!

M Victoria’s Taste of Korea pop up

Raw M Victoria

Gut-friendly foods are all the rage at the moment, and award winning steakhouse M Victoria is getting on board with their new Taste of Korea pop-up. Until January, their Raw space will be transformed into a wellness foodie heaven, complete with its very own Kombucha bar. Guests can enjoy a five-course Korean inspired menu featuring dishes like steak tartare, korean dumplings and kimchi pancakes, washed down with a kombucha cocktail. Give your gut some TLC before the season of indulgence gets fully underway. Click here to book or call 020 3327 7776

Whisky Pairing Dinner at Iron Stag

Iron Stag

This St Andrew’s Day, head to Scotch whisky bar Iron Stag in Hoxton for a special whisky pairing dinner. Enjoy a selection of scotch whiskies alongside a six-course Scottish-inspired meal curated by chef Adam Handling. Highlights include The Wolfburn Northland Single Malt, which will be paired with a chicken butter and bread dish; Compass Box Hedonism paired with a celariac, yolk, apple, dates and Italian truffle dish; and a Balvenie Carribean Cask paired with a Scottish staple and Adam Handling classic: the Battered Mars Bar, with honeycomb ice-cream and salted peanut. Bar manager Jason Glynn will guide guests through each whisky throughout the evening. November 30, 6.30-9.30pm, £100pp. Book tickets here

Henri Leconte at Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s Rib Room

Henri Leconte

On 4 December, tennis player Henri Leconte will re-create his Masterchef experience with an exclusive evening at Jumeirah Carlton Tower’s Rib Room Bar & Restaurant. Guests will be treated to a four course menu à la Henri, each of which will be paired with an individual wine. With opportunities for questions and live cooking demonstrations, the evening is designed to be an entertaining experience. Funds will go towards StreetGames, a charity that supports sports participation for disadvantaged communities. £195pp, book tickets by calling 020 7858 7250

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