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The pioneers of the temporary restaurant, Pablo Flack and David Waddington, have popped up again with Studio East Dining in London, a dramatic restaurant cum pavilion in the middle of a building site that was created by architects Carmody Groarke. Make your reservations now – the dinner party ends July 4.

Forget Scott’s, Nobu and the rest of Mayfair’s restaurants, the most fashionable dining room in London is – for the next week, at least – located in the midst of a building site in east London.

Studio East Dining is a temporary restaurant designed by young architects Carmody Groarke, who created a striking pavilion using materials borrowed from the existing construction site: 2000 scaffolding boards, 3500 scaffolding poles and reclaimed timber. With a series of flying roofs that form a ‘roofscape’ and panoramic views of the London skyline, it’s more than an accomplished response to the brief.

As interesting as Studio East’s structure is, it is the innovative restaurateurs who provided that brief who are the reason that London’s beau monde are flocking to this most unlikely part of London. The brainchild of Pablo Flack and David Waddington, the duo behind the Bistrotheque restaurant in Bethnal Green, Studio East Dining is their fourth temporary restaurant. Beginning in 2006 with The Reindeer, a one-month only Narnia-like extravaganza of food and entertainment, Flack and Waddington have pioneered the idea of the “pop up” restaurant. Surprising dining rooms, an electrified ambiance and excellent cuisine courtesy of chef Tom Collins are their hallmarks, all of which are in evidence at Studio East Dining. There are still some tables to be had by booking online. Reserve now – the dinner party ends July 4.

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