There’s no doubt that this summer has been the season of the pop-up, from campari bars in car parks to beach shacks on the South Bank and the good news is that it ain’t over yet.
The Botanist in Chelsea will be popping up for one weekend only, between 16-18 September, with a glamorous oyster and crustacea bar, bang slap in the middle of Sloane Square. Complete with daily performances from a solo saxophonist and copious quantities of Chapel Down (excellent sparkling wine from Kent) this has to be one of London’s most sophisticated pop-ups.
Whether or not you believe the myth that native oysters should only be eaten when there’s an ‘r’ in the month, September is widely heralded as the official start of the season and The Botanist’s oyster and crustacea bar will be serving a wide range of oysters including West Mersea pearls, Brown Sea Island Dorset rocks and Duchy natives.
Individually priced at £2 each, you can enjoy a quick shopping pit stop with an oyster and glass of fizz or indulge in a leisurely lunch with half a dozen or a dozen priced at £9.50 and £18 respectively.
If oysters leave you cold, there’s a selection of seafood available, fresh from Billingsgate Market. Choices include poached Isle of Benbecula (western Scottish Isles) langoustines served with lemon and mayonnaise, whole dressed Dorset crab and a classic Atlantic prawn cocktail with avocado.
For those who need or want to keep a clear head, sip on a refreshing ‘Pomona Fizz’ cocktail made with pomegranate, pear, honey, fresh lime and tonic for just £3, or push the boat out with some award-winning Chapel Down Vintage Reserve Brut, available by the glass (£6) or the bottle (£30).
The Botanist’s Oyster and Chapel Down Pop-Up Bar will open as follows:
Friday 16th September 11am – 7.30pm
Saturday 17th September 12pm – 7.30pm
Sunday 18th September 12pm – 5pm
The Botanist, 7 Sloane Square, London SW1 8EE