6 Pop-Ups to Try This February in North London
Written by: Claire Holly Davies
Ah the ‘pop-up’, a modern phenomenom that has become almost as common in London as tube strikes and coffee shops. So very many coffee shops. Sometimes pop-ups are so good they never pop-down again – a ‘popped-still’, if you will. Here is our round-up of some of the best pop-ups in North London this February. Hopefully some of them will turn into ‘popped-still’s’, fingers crossed!
1) EVERY TUESDAY TO SUNDAY – CROUCH END
Burgers@N8, Rose Place
A pop-up shipping container housing a burger bar? Somebody pass me a potted cactus, a pint of craft beer and a bearded man! This is probably the most hipster thing to happen to Crouch End in a while. Before you start throwing blocks of artisan cheese at me in disdain please let me say that this place is awesome! Set up by Ali Mehmet, who is a local resident, Burgers@N8 uses local produces and local suppliers as much as is humanly possible, working with the likes of Muddy Boots, Wildes Cheeses and Redemption Ales – all North London star players! Not only do their burger’s taste like slabs of locally made heaven, Burgers@N8 also give back to the community by working with Accumul8, a local charity that helps the homeless through creative projects. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, they also donate a minimum of 10% of their net profits to Accumul8. So what are you waiting for…go get your chops round a juicy piece of socially responsible burger! Burgers@N8 we salute you!
2) UNTIL THE 29 FEB – HIGHGATE
Pulled, The Duke’s Head
Pulled is taking over the kitchen at The Duke’s Head throughout February, which means you can devour your way through slow-cooked, pulled meats like a champion all month! Open from noon every day, the menu includes British free range meats, slow roasted to perfection and served in a golden brioche bun topped with seasonal, crunchy slaws and homemade sauces. Have you noticed that we REALLY like to eat things in buns yet? Mmm buns.
3) 8 – 14 FEB – ISLINGTON
Valentine Pop-up Boutique, Upper Street
Independent London Designers, including Eight Hour Studio and Loop London, have united to present a pop-up boutique in the lead-up to V-day. This is your chance to buy something for your loved one (or just for yourself, sod those loved ones) something a little different. There’s a complimentary gift with every purchase, because everybody loves a freebie.
4) 12 & 13 FEB – ISLINGTON
Hope and Harris present the Red Supper, Vagabonds
The colour red, to us, does not necessarily remind us of tasty food. We had a little think and came up with the following red foodstuff: raw meat, ketchup, watermelon, jam. Yummy. Hope and Harris’ Red Supper is a supper club dedicated to the colour red, but never fear! It’s unlikely they’ll be serving raw meat infused watermelon, with a side of ketchup and jam. Instead they’ll be serving four delicious courses, homemade bread and afters cooked by a Leith’s trained Chef, complete with a welcome drink – all whilst basking in an ambient setting of red hues and candlelight. Guests are encouraged to bring a bottle of red with them.
5) 20 FEB – TURNPIKE LANE
V-Curious Supper Club, Secret North London Apartment
One for all the Vegans out there (when I say ‘Vegan’ you say ‘that better not have egg in it!’) The V-Curious Supper Club has been running lovely supper clubs for over a year now, from their North London apartment. Their aim is to showcase plant-based dining at its very best, with dishes such as raw beetroot ravioli, chanterelle ceviche and whipped coconut cream tiramisu. Enough to turn even the most ardent of meat and cheese eaters, right? Of course, non vegan’s are actively encourage to join in – this is your chance to try out a new way of eating. Hosting only 10 guests at a time, these events are intimate, cosy and welcoming. Soft drinks are provided, alcohol is BYO and allergies can be catered for.
6) 26 FEB – CANONBURY
JRBlue Room, The Canonbury Tavern
The second monthly pop-up by the good people of The Canonbury Tavern will be taking place on the 26th February in their private dining Blue Room. Head Chef Nathan has curated a 6 course seasonal tasting menu that includes dishes such as ‘pigs cheeks with mustard jelly and apple broth’ and ‘warm coconut milkshake with mango marshmallow.’ This is the Tavern’s clever way of experimenting with new menu ideas, whilst allowing guests the opportunity to sample unusual ingredients prepared in quirky ways. We’ll gladly be your guinea pigs!
Photos: Top two images courtesy of Burgers@N8, third image courtesy of Pulled, fourth image courtesy of V-Curious Supper Club.
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