Flash in the pan: April’s most exciting pop-ups

From aspiring chefs to the biggest names in the game, everyone recognises the power of the pop-up restaurant, temporary eateries offering a new way to dine.


Charlie Stocker – does the name sound familiar? He was the baby-faced one on Masterchef: The Professionals 2012. Barely out of his teens, he looked too young to be a professional anything.Following a series of sell-out pop-ups along the Essex coastline, Stocker is bringing his passion for food and prodigious talent to the capital. His first London pop up is called Charlie Stocker's Fine Dining. It's being held in the Old Sessions House, a 19th century former court room in Clerkenwell Green. He's designed a fine dining tasting menu suitable for vegetarians as well as meat eaters. Come and sample the food before he rockets to fame.

Tickets cost £55. To book visit charliestocker.com. Old Sessions House, 22 Clerkenwell Green, EC1R 0NA.


Starting Saturday, Picnic's pop-up kitchen will take over Archway's The Hideaway every weekend in April. The pop-up begins on Saturday night and goes right through to Sunday evening with dinner, brunch and supper, this is more a pop-up party than a restaurant. Picnic likes to use classic British flavours in its food and Saturday night’s dinner menu features “British tapas”. For Sunday brunch a range of pancakes (fillings include grilled Somerset brie, caramelised red onion and crispy bacon and strawberries, sugar and clotted cream) are on offer. Not to be missed if you like wholesome, hearty British food.

To book, call 020 7561 0779. The Hideaway, 114 Junction Rd, N19 5LB.


From 11 to 14 April, American chef Dante Gonzales takes up residency at Dalston's Death By Burrito. Gonzales has built up quite a reputation over the years. The son of an eccentric creole chef, he left home at 13 and started as a chef at 16. He worked his way from dodgy hotels in the deep south to some of North America's most celebrated restaurants. He started Dante's Fried Chicken over ten years ago in New York and has since relocated to LA where he launched Ride or Fry, an award winning gourmet food truck. He's just released his first cookbook. Don't miss your chance to sample some proper fried chicken when he comes to London next week.

Visit dantefriedchicken.com to book. 22 Kingsland Road, E2 8DA.


On 18 April the Alain Ducasse restaurant at The Dorchester will play host to a one-off wine experience pop up. The restaurant will delve deep into its suppliers’ secret collection of wines, giving guests the opportunity to sample nine exceptional vintages, many of which will be presented in the UK for the first time. Head chef Jocelyn Herland has created a one-of-a-kind bespoke five-course menu including Sauté gourmand of lobster with truffled chicken quenelles, homemade pasta, purple artichokes and rotie d’abattis.

Five courses with accompanying wine costs £290 per person. For reservations call 020 7629 8866. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, 53 Park Lane, W1K 1QA.


Founded by Stuart Lanley, The Disappearing Dinner Club has long been at the heart of London’s pop-up restaurant scene. The company’s regular pop-up Dinner Dance is going to The Hoxton Pig on Saturday 13 April. Guests can expect canapés like white bean truffle soup, curried Dorset crab and chicken liver parfait with apple chutney along with hearty mains like slow roast pork belly and beetroot and grey goose vodka cured mackerel. If you want to keep the party going long after you’ve finished eating, DJs Scott Martin, Chris Coco and Pete Gooding will playing music into the early hours.

The five-course meal costs £55 per person. For tickets, visit wetickets.com. The address is available on enquiry.


David Ahern is the fifth and final chef to take a two-month residency (ending 27 April) in popular Islington spot, House of Wolf. Ahern is the man behind KaiWeCare, a dining experience bringing together 50 Michelin stared chefs to create a nine-course meal to raise money for charity. For House of Wolf he has created two interesting menus: one for the restaurant and another for the bar. Diners enjoying the restaurant menu can expect dishes like Quails Nest made from a warm deviled egg rested in a confit of quails leg meat and wild herbs.

The five-course meal costs £42.50 per person. To book, call 020 7288 1470. House of Wolf, 181 Upper Street, N1 1RQ.