10 Best Supper Clubs in London
Supper clubs are a curious, yet well-established, food trend on the London scene. This eclectic combination between restaurant service and themed dinner party, often involving an unconventional venue, has seen renewed popularity in the past few years.
Whether you simply need a change from your local Italian or you’re obsessed with new experiences, we’ve got you covered. Here are our picks for the 10 best supper clubs in London.
1. Brother Marcus
The Clapham-based coffee place has some exciting collaborations lined up for the next few weeks.
Mother and daughter duo Eve George and Hannah Plimmer are taking over to present Chicory Kitchen – Persian Nights. The dates to remember are March 23-25 and April 20-22. Their mouth-watering Iranian menu features wine leaves with smoked aubergine, slow-cooked lamb with pomegranate, and prune puree and rose panacotta for only £28.
Between March 30 and April 1, Jason Hartley’s Northern Fellowship will be in place, presenting the “Daft Pudding” menu. Two savoury & one sweet Yorkshire puddings come with a £22 ticket. The drinks menu offers cocktails made of spirits distilled in the North of England.
From April 6-8, food genius Sam Stern will offer a five-course, sharing-based “Greatest Hits” menu with the most popular recipes from his seven cookbooks. Slow roasted lamb, triple chocolate tart and a Yorkshire pot of tea will be on the menu, among other delights, for a mere £32 per head.
2. Secret Sunday Lunch Club
This one is a must-try for those of you who actually manage to wake up and leave their bed on Sundays. Emily, a born-and-raised Londoner, hosts fabulous monthly Sunday Brunches at her lovely house in the heart of Notting Hill. The atmosphere is pretty relaxed and it is a nice way of mingling with other foodies. The next gathering is on March 26, and prices are usually around £40 per head. If you’re too lazy to go, you can still download her amazing recipes from her website.
3. Kino Vino
Launched in May 2015 by foodie and film curator Alissa Timoshkina, Kino Vino quickly gained credit as one of East London’s most innovative projects, combining film and food. Every dinner explores a different culture.
On March 31, Kino Vino focuses on Poland with a multi-course menu designed by chef Zuza Zak in partnership with Kinoteka Film Festival. The evening will take place at partner location Calvert22 in Shoreditch.
On April 20, Kino Vino celebrates Iranian nights at its original venue, Palm2, in Clapton. Guests will enjoy chef Yasmin Khan’s Persian specialities and a screening of Shirin Neshat’s award-winning drama, “Women Without Men.”
It’ll cost £50 per head, excluding wine.
4. Basement Galley
Originally founded by Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef Alex Cooper, Basement Galley offers fine dining with an ever-changing menu. It’s located in a decommissioned 1969 Victoria line tube carriage in Walthamstow. Shiann Stuive (of Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social in Soho and Plateau in Canary Wharf) took over as head chef in January 2017.
This spot features two experiences: the Underground Supper Club (six nights per month, from £59) and the Underground Brunch Club (three dates per month, from £39). Both of them offer refined dishes like the beet tartlet with honey and feta, the rib eye with truffle oil pappardelle, or the poached eggs and banana brioche.
With backgrounds in photography, design and catering, the Banquet team promotes creative eating around artistic themes. Previous ones included the Dante Inferno (a seven-course menu for the seven deadly sins) and the Duchamp project (a five-course surrealist menu inspired by the artist). They host monthly events in Fulham and have their own suppliers – the fish comes from the South Coast, the meat from the Kent/Sussex border, and fruits and vegetables from all over Europe. Tickets are around £40.
6. Winemaker Dinners 2017 at the Covent Garden Hotel
Firmdale Hotels are hosting a series of winemaker’s dinners in the Fortune Room of their elegant Covent Garden Hotel this spring. The concept is to create a seasonal three-course menu around a wine or champagne.
On March 27, the menu revolves around Champagne Pommery and its expert Barry Melton, who put together a refined menu to pair perfectly with the various champagnes of the brand. On May 8, it’s all about Burgundy wines from Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot (with 14,8 hectares covering over 22 appellations), run by Laurent and his son Adrien.
Expect to pay £55-65 per person.
Location: 10 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9HB.
Contact: 020 7806 1007; [email protected]
7. The Great Gatsby Supper Club Boat Party
A little party never killed nobody, so get ready for the Great Gatsby Supper Club Boat Party.
Love Bow Events are taking you back to the glamor of the roaring 20s, because we need some glitter and frivolity after a very long winter. For £35-55, guests will enjoy an arrival drink, a delicious three-course menu with a cocktail and a dessert shot.
The boat will move on each week to another location on Regent’s Canal, from King’s Cross to the Limehouse Marina.
8. UNA – St. Pancras Clock Tower
“One restaurant, one table, twelve guests” – that’s the spirit behind chef Martin Milesi’s new gastronomical dining experience. Born in Argentina, Milesi has worked in multiple countries in both South America and Europe. With UNA, he aims to promote the cultural diversity of Latin American cuisine. Location will vary, but he picked the intimate and exclusive setting of the St. Pancras Clock Tower to launch his latest project.
Your £95 ticket will get you a welcome cocktail, wine and six-course tasting menu, including Argentine beef, risotto, black truffle spaghetti, gazpacho, beetroot cake and more.
There are four dates between March 29th and April 5th.
9. The Disappearing Dining Club
Founded in 2011 by Stuart Langley and chef Fredrik Bolin, the Disappearing Dining Club is all about bringing people together to enjoy great food and drink in very unusual places. Over the past six years, those eccentric locations have gone from launderettes to street markets, beaches and rooftops.
Acclaimed on the London food scene, the DDC makes a point using quality, seasonal ingredients to create elegant yet simple dishes. This team was behind secret restaurant Back in 5 Minutes, a Brick Lane institution (2012-2016), and the bi-monthly Fournier Street Town House Dinners in Spitalfields (2014). The DDC has used their dinner parties to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust since 2013. Great food for a great cause – what more can I say?
For future events, keep an eye on their website.
Located in the heart of Marylebone, Carousel is much more than a simple restaurant.
Run by the Templeton cousins, the creative hub is split over three floors and offers numerous activities to their guests. Yoga brunches, perfume-making workshops and spoken word poetry are only a few picks.
Carousel’s special feature is to host short-term residencies for famous chefs from all over the world. Leonardo Pereira, Niklas Ekstedt and Selin Kazin are among previous guests.
Words by Victoire Vecchierini