Kitchen Party pops up

Kitchen Party, Clerkenwell

Kitchen Party, Clerkenwell

Occasionally things just come together.  In a number of ways.  But I reckon it’s all about the timing.  It might be the arrival of a paycheck coinciding with a hefty household bill.  A huge downpour to clean a fly-morgue windowscreen.  Or a casserole lacking a crucial ingredient yet tasting even better.  I think you catch my drift.

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pop-up party

pop-up party door

Anyway, last night was a brilliant example of a ‘coming together’.  On the eve of His birthday, we were invited to experience the first night of London’s latest pop-ups, Kitchen Party, a collaboration of temporary dining experiences.  All under one roof.

Housed in a not-quite-derelict three-floored building just off Exmouth Market, this blank canvas will be the backdrop for chefs, culinary entrepreneurs and gastronomic fanatics to show off their talent – for the next 4 months.

Bourne & Hollingsworth cocktails

Bourne & Hollingsworth cocktails

Skipping off to Clerkenwell with excitement, I found Him sipping an Old Fashioned in an eccentric 1920s living-room-cum-cocktail-bar.  Known as The Fourth Wall, this is a roaming bar concept from the team at Bourne & Hollingsworth.  And after a couple, we moved in a spirit-haze into the critically acclaimed Blanch & Shock for some food design. It was the right option for a birthday/date night but, glancing over my shoulder at Rack & Ruin, the communal open grill, and The Robin Collective, holding a garnishing workshop, they both looked like an awful lot of fun.

Rack & Ruin at Kitchen Party

Rack & Ruin at Kitchen Party

The Robin Collective, Kitchen Party, Clerkenwell

The Robin Collective, Kitchen Party, Clerkenwell

legendary, homemade bread and butter at Blanch &  Shock

legendary, homemade bread and butter at Blanch & Shock

Four courses of art-on-plates rolled out in front of us.  Curious combinations, googled ingredients and the freshest homemade bread and butter I think I have ever tasted.  And the best bit is that you’re not really in a restaurant at all.  Who would want to eat in a boring, old restaurant?

art on a plate:  cornish crab, celery, sorrel, egg yoke

art on a plate: cornish crab, celery, sorrel, egg yoke

So – a thoroughly entertaining evening – all curated by the tall, ginger man behind Bourne & Hollingsworth.  But it’s not just an installation.  It’s a genius demonstration of what they (the foodies) call ‘fully immersive drinking and dining’.   And it’s about the timing too.  The London food scene needs a shot of energy and creative juice at the moment.  And this, my lovies, is it.

Kitchen Party  42 Northampton Road, EC1 020 3174 1156


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