Based in Marylebone, Carousel has earned a reputation as one of London’s best pop-up concepts. As its name implies, the concept is based on a revolving roster of guest chefs who take over the kitchen for a week or so at a time. With the incredibly pretty herb and foliage garden now open for al-fresco dining, you’d be bonkers not to book a trip in the next few months.
Overseeing it all is head chef Ollie Templeton, a former YBFs finalist whose food you can try at the restaurant’s lunch service, served Tuesday – Saturday. The seasonal menu changes weekly, but you can expect dishes such as Ibérico tomatoes served with sheep’s milk ricotta and black garlic, braised fennel tortellini with pine nuts, sultanas and lemon oil, and irresistible puddings including churros with Dulce de Leche, whipped cream and raspberry. Mmmmhmmm.
They’ve just dropped their line-up of chef residencies, experiences and art exhibitions for the next three months, and it’s looking pretty damn good. Here’s what’s on.
4th – 8th April – Chinese Laundry
11th – 22nd April – Francois Roche
25th – 29th April – Diego Rossi, Trippa
2nd – 13th May – Karl Holl
16th – 27th May – Gezellig (preview)
30th May – 10th June – Daniel Morgan, SALT
13th – 24th June – Shuli Wimmer
WORKSHOPS AND EXPERIENCES
1st April, 13th May, 17th June – Urban Yogi Club with Rikke Brodin
8th April – Barre Burn Class with Third Space
10th April, 8th May – Tinyjohn Workshop with London Terrariums
17th April – Screen Printing with Nicole Line
22nd April – Pop-Up Pottery with Finola Maynard
24th April, 15th May – Leather Craft Workshop with Charlie Borrow
29th April – Life Drawing with Dan Whiteson
6th May – Calligraphy Workshop with Alice Gabb
22nd May – Wood Engraving Workshop with Nicole Line
24th June – Perfume Making with Experimental Perfume Club
23 April – ‘THE DOSE MAKES THE POISON’- Carousel Upstairs: Present
Curated by Margaux Bonopera, this exhibition explores the ancient theory that ‘the dose makes the poison’, demonstrating through a variety of art forms how anything, be it oxygen, water or even love, has the potential to become a form of poison when the dose is too high. Featuring works by young artists including Ramona Güntert, Erasmo Wong and Joshua Leon.
27 April – ‘ARAMINTA BLUE’ – Carousel: Next Door: Present
A graduate of the Ruskin School of art, Araminta Blue produces bold and bewitching paintings that border the classical and the contemporary. Inspired by her travels in Sri Lanka, Morocco and Japan, her work places domestic images in uncanny scenarios, pairing the familiar with the unfamiliar as a trigger for symbolic narrative. It is the act of painting in its purest sense that gives her joy.