The best London supper clubs to book now

London’s new-generation supper clubs offer immersive experiences served up in intimate settings. Here we pinpoint the names and addresses that are shaking up the city’s dining scene

Last updated: June 6, 2024
A selection of flavour-packed plates and juices at Akub in Notting Hill
Modern Palestinian plates at Akub, Notting Hill

Supper clubs first burst onto London’s dining scene in the 1930s as a neighbourly way to socialise over multi-course meals. Fast forward to now and a new wave of supper clubs has emerged. Following a collective period of pandemic-enforced isolation, chefs have been reconnecting communities with fresh ideas and new flavours, bringing with them a heady sense of creativity and unpredictability. Supper clubs historically gained popularity through word of mouth, but social media has firmly stitched the trend into the fabric of the city’s dining scene, with star-studded series often selling out faster than the menu release.

In 2024, London’s chefs are digging deeper than their signature dishes by building bold concepts that go beyond the plate. Be it a roving zero-waste pop-up hosted in a glorious garden setting or a large-scale charity event with a comedy line-up as famous as its guest chefs, one thing that is guaranteed at these sharing-style feasts is the community vibe, where guests gather around communal tables and hear first-hand how the dishes were developed directly from the chef.

From authentic Shanghainese cooking at a neighbourhood pub in Marylebone to a seasonally inspired menu at Shoreditch’s newest members’ club, here are the ten best London supper clubs to have on your radar.

Fresh bread is dipped into a plate of homemade hummus at Akub in Notting Hill
Small plates at Akub, Notting Hill

#CookforPalestine at Akub, Notting Hill

Location: 27 Uxbridge St, London W8 7TQ
Best for: Modern Palestinian plates and seriously good martinis

Franco-Palestinian chef Fadi Kattan made waves on London’s food scene in 2023 with the launch of modern Palestinian restaurant Akub in a converted three-storey Notting Hill townhouse dotted with handcrafted ceramics, earthy tableware and dried plants. Akub recently launched #CookforPalestine in collaboration with its Palestinian suppliers, a series of biweekly supper clubs donating 30 per cent of funds to charities such as Anera, Medical Aid Palestine and Amos Trust to support those suffering in the devastating humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Menu favourites, including the zaatar bread with homemade green shatta, shish barak with beetroot and freekeh risotto might appear on the table. For those impressed by what they’ve sampled, Kattan’s cookbook, Bethlehem: A Celebration of Palestinian Food is out now.

A group of people gathered around a table lined with wines and fresh food
A snapshot of a Dinner Ladies supper club

Dinner Ladies

Location: Various locations
Best for: Sharing-style suppers with a zero-waste ethos

Friends Lily Cai and Emily Plunket first met at university in China before bonding over a shared love of flavour and later founding London-based Dinner Ladies in 2015. Striving to make sustainable eating playful and creative through themed supper clubs with an Asian flex, this August sees the return of their popular Wasted Supper – a concept that turns unloved leftovers into delicious creations while educating diners on minimising food waste. Guests are invited to bring forgotten items from their fridge or pantry, which chefs will then transform into a sharing-style feast. Previous suppers saw vegetable tempura fritters, stale-bread gnocchi and cauliflower kale dal whipped up. Dinner Ladies also caters for large-scale events for big-hitting names like Nikon, Aesop and Dezeen, so expect an immaculate floral-strewn tabletop.

A chef carries freshly plated food over to a table at Alexander Does Supper Club
Alexander Does Supper, Dulwich Art Group and School

Alexander Does Supper, Dulwich

Location: 4A Champion Hill, London, SE5 8AH
Best for: Seasonal eating in an artist studio 

Inspired by the spice-packed dishes of his childhood, Alexander Dunstan created his community-first supper club with the ambition of bringing the joy of sharing to the table. Taking place at Dulwich Art Group and School, the immersive experience starts with a life-drawing session accompanied by a fine selection of natural wines, before a seasonally led four-course dinner – which is typically soundtracked by live performances from rising artists. The ever-changing menu takes guests all across the world, with past highlights including smoked salmon with creamed horseradish and a nut roast with buttery potatoes and fresh greens. Dessert wise, a mouth-wateringly good chocolate honeycomb cheesecake and a hot cherry pie often come out to play.

Platters of food, beer, wines, and candles line the table at a Bridge Club dinner
A low-lit table setting at The Bridge Club

The Bridge Club

Location: Various London-based locations
Best for: Surprise menus and seasonal cocktails 

London’s culinarily curious will no doubt recognise Jack Ponting as the head baker and pastry chef of Caravan restaurant group, but he’s also the brains behind hit supper series The Bridge Club. Originally born to bring chefs of all different backgrounds to eat at one table, the themed events have since opened to all with the intention of creating a bridge (hence the name) between the kitchen and table. Seasonally focused menus remain a surprise until the first sitting – think the finest selection of British meets European cuisine. Upcoming events include a fried-chicken takeover at The Jolly Gardeners pub in Vauxhall and a collaboration with chef Matthew Burgess at Palm 2 Deli on Hackney’s Lower Clapton Road, plus a summer special is in the pipeline for August, too.

A chef adds the final touches to a dish at Shoreditch Arts Club
Plating up at Shoreditch Arts Club. | Photo by Edward Howell

Shoreditch Arts Club

Location: 6 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DD
Best for: Farm-to-table eating at east London’s top members’ club

Successfully flipping the stuffy reputation of a private members’ club on its head, Shoreditch Arts Club has become an east London institution with its 24-seat cinema, rotating artwork and super-swish bar and restaurant. Upstairs, chefs Mattia Luminelli and Davide Morganti work their magic with small plates like spicy prawn rolls and cured beef with wild garlic and capers. It’s also here that their seasonally inspired monthly supper club takes plating up a five-course set menu and fiery cocktails paired with live music from a collaboration of DJs and musicians. Last month’s instalment welcomed the arrival of summer with a seafood celebration – the charred Cornish mackerel on a bed of celeriac puree topped with handpicked butterfly sorrel was a standout. Note that bookings require a minimum of two guests.

A traditional Gujarati dish at Punam Vaja's Khao Suppers
A dish from Punam Vaja's Kaho Suppers

Khao Suppers

Location: Various London-based locations
Best for: Homegrown recipes and elevated vegetarian cooking

This humble supper club first started life as a low-key affair in Punam Vaja’s east London home, where friends gathered to taste bold-flavoured plates inspired by her childhood – a delicious blend of Indian and East African cuisine with a British twist. These dinners evolved into Khao Suppers, a monthly celebration of soul-nourishing food built around a four-course menu of classic Gujarati dishes such as flatbreads with tangy chutney, chilli-drenched potatoes and chickpea chaat. Previous events have seen pop-ups at Spitalfields favourite Potter and Reid and Camden hotspot Kentish Town Stores. The upcoming June event is one to note as it marks Khao’s seventh birthday. Khao Suppers Brunch Club is ideal for those with a sweet tooth.

Colourful plates and glasses of red wine at a Mam Sham pop-up at Peckham Cellars
Mam Sham at Peckham Cellars

Mam Sham

Location: Various London-based locations
Best for: Memorable meals and a side serving of comedy 

The hottest name in London’s supper club scene right now is Mam Sham, the high-octane comedy-meets-culinary concept by Maria Georgiou and Rhiannon Butler. Their three-course menus are inspired by the three comedy acts of the night and they seat up to 200 guests along room-length tables in large-scale venues. One recent supper club in collaboration with the charity Choose Love saw some of London’s top chefs put on a spread, from Abby Lee, Jenny Phung, Luke Findlay and Lee Tiernan. Meanwhile, Ed Gamble, Rose Matafeo and the trio behind Crybabies brought the entertainment. Donating all proceeds to charity, ticketed events are announced via the website – keep your eyes peeled for their next supper club.

A tofu skin roll stuffed with shiitake mushroom, bamboo shoots and carrots
Lillian Luk's tofu skin roll stuffed with shiitake mushroom, bamboo shoots and carrots, Shanghai Supper Club

Shanghai Supper Club, Marylebone 

Location: 74-76 York St, London W1H 1QN
Best for: Authentic Shanghainese cooking in an intimate setting 

Nanjing-style salted duck, Dragon Well green tea prawns, and fluffy pork bao are among the highlights at Shanghai Supper Club – and that’s just the starters menu. Lillian Luk’s monthly pop-ups appear at old-school neighbourhood pub The Royal Oak in Marylebone. Here, she shares authentic Shanghainese cooking crafted from generations-old family recipes and traditional dianxin (a light street-food-style snack or refreshment). Inspired by the ingredients of the season, supper themes are a nod to Luk’s heritage with past events celebrating Qingming Festival, Chinese New Year and Mooncake Festival (mooncakes are available to order throughout the month of September as a nod to the festival). Food is served family-style on a communal table – we recommend bagging a seat as close to the rice dumplings as possible.

Red wine, olives and an illustrated menu decorates a table at The Rebellious Wine Club
The Rebellious Wine Club at Bourne & Hollingsworth, Clerkenwell

The Rebellious Wine Club, Clerkenwell 

Location: 42 Northampton Rd, London, EC1R 0HU
Best for: Expert bottle lists and playful small plates

Bourne & Hollingsworth has welcomed some of the most exciting female talent in the UK wine industry to Clerkenwell since the rollout of its wine club in September 2023. Hosting intimate and informative tastings in a private plant-filled room, sommeliers Hannah Crosbie, Alexandra Price, Ruth Spivey and Erika Haigh have been among the first to grace The Rebellious Wine Club’s line-up. Each session presents a bottle list carefully curated by the guest sommelier, spanning their favourite whites, reds, oranges, ambers, and a fair few sparkling options, all paired with delicious small plates courtesy of head chef Matthew Harris, including Sicillian olives, padron peppers, cured meats and the sort of bread you’d queue at the bakery for. Details of the summer series are set to be announced shortly – corkscrews at the ready.

A chef plates up in a garden setting
Chef Ashok Sharma of Kanishka, Mayfair

Sunday Supper Club at Kanishka, Mayfair

Location: 17-19 Maddox St, London, W1S 2QH
Best for: Michelin-starred takeovers at Mayfair’s finest Indian address 

Just a short stroll from its Michelin-starred sibling restaurant Tamarind, Kanishka in Mayfair is Atul Kochhar’s third successful Indian restaurant opening in London, which draws crowds for its modern Indian cooking, alongside an impressive roster of events. Interiors are defined by hand-painted artworks, blue banquettes, wall-length mirrors and vibrant cushions, while low-lit spotlights set the vibe. We recommend saving your visit for its Sunday Supper Club, when acclaimed chefs such as Romy Gill and Crystelle Pereira step into Kochhar’s kitchen to whip up a one-off meal.In July, Ruth Hanson, who is behind Yorkshire’s Hansom Restaurant and Wine Bar, will host a seasonal special, while culinary powerhouse Sabrina Gidda is set to showcase her comforting South Asian dishes in late September.