The London Tube restaurant you need to visit | Underground Supper Club

For me, the idea of dining on the London Underground has never conjured up the most desirable images, from hurried businessmen devouring an M&S sandwich while rushing around the city from one meeting to another, to drunken students tucking into a bag of McDonald’s on their way back from a night out in Roxys, stinking out the carriage for those of us whose night hadn’t been quite as exciting.

And drinking on the underground… don’t even get me started! I rarely go a weekend without seeing a group not-so-discretely smuggling their tins of beer on to the tube or swigging from badly-concealed bottles of wine on the way to a night out in Shoreditch (okay I’m not denying that I’ve been one of these people at one point in my youth).

But then I discovered Basement Galley’s Underground Supper Club, taking ‘underground dining’ to a whole new level with their pop-up restaurant in an old London underground carriage. Finally, a sophisticated (and legal) way to eat your dinner and enjoy a drink or two on the tube!

A London Tube Restaurant? Tell me more…

Located in a decommissioned 1967 Victoria Line tube carriage at Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, this secret London tube restaurant is home to regular supper clubs hosted by some amazing guest chefs. Certainly one of the most unique restaurants London has to offer!

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As well as one long group table, there are also a number of smaller tables throughout the underground train carriage which seat groups of 2 and 4. The carriage is well suited for everything from a cosy date night to a group dinner with friends. Or if you feel like making some new acquaintances you’re welcome to join one of the bigger tables… it is a supper club after all.

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Current Underground Supper Club (Spring 2019):

Underground Supper Club is currently being hosted by head chef Beatriz Maldonado Carreño (Bea) who originally hails from Bogotá Colombia and is bringing a taste of South America to the pop-up tube restaurant. Last week I headed to Walthamstow to check it out.

After starting the night with a Negroni (the first time I’ve ever drunk alcohol out of a glass while sitting on the tube – shhh don’t judge me!), Bea came out to welcome us and explain the menu for the night.

Despite the menu stating 4 courses, Bea filled the menu with little surprises which brought it up to a grand total of 6 tasty and filling courses.

Underground Supper Club Menu:

#1 – Ajiaco – potato and guasca soup with chicken and avocado.

#2 – Cigarros de Pipian – Andean potato and peanuts crispy rolls with tomato ají.

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#3 – Ceviche de Bacalao – cod marinated in yellow chilli and lime, red onion, green chilli, coriander.

#4 – Conchinita Pibil –  Confit leg of pork and roasted fillet of pork marinated in achiote and orange, broccoli puree, roasted cauliflower, pickled red onion.

#5 – Pre-desert lime and ginger granita.

#6 – Bananos en Tentación – Bananas in orange and cinnamon caramel, banana bread, coconut cream, granola, orange water ice.

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For vegetarians and vegans, there were also some delicious alternatives. Not being a big fish eater myself I requested to swap my cod dish for the vegetarian dish, which turned out to be one of my favourite courses of the evening (and extremely pretty too!).

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My Verdict:

Underground Supper Club is an absolute must for all Londoners (and for visitors too)! Getting to eat on a real decommissioned London underground carriage is such a fun and extremely unique experience. Other than the addition of the tables, the tube carriage has retained all of its original features, adding to the authenticity and novelty.

Often the problem with pop-ups or restaurants in quirky settings is that the food doesn’t always live up to the same standards as the environment. Well, I can certainly confirm that this is not the case at Underground Supper Club. Bea’s menu was very well-designed and every dish was thoughtfully prepared and full of exciting South American flavours. I thoroughly enjoyed every single course and couldn’t fault a thing.

The fact that Basement Galley runs a supper club rather than a traditional restaurant is another great selling point of the whole experience. The tube carriage holds just 30 people and the host is present throughout the evening to talk to guests about the food which adds a special intimacy to the whole evening. This is certainly one for real food lovers.

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Experience London’s Tube Restaurant:

The Underground Supper Club takes place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 7pm to 9:30pm.

Address: Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, 10 South Access Rd, Walthamstow, London E17 8AX.

Tickets are just £48 for food and a welcome drink (plus keep an eye out for special last minute deals on their social media channels).

Additional drinks can be purchased on board (bottles of wine as low as £18).

Visit the website here.

Book through eatwith here.


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Thanks to Underground Supper Club for hosting us and for Love Pop-Ups London for organising. All opinions are entirely my own!