Get camping (indoors) at Bethnal Green pop-up

You'll need your rucksack for a night at Gone Camping

You'll need your rucksack for a night at Gone Camping - Credit: Archant

Camping in London in January?

You’d be forgiven for giving the latest Bethnal Green pop-up a wide berth, albeit only at first glance.

Because don’t worry, you won’t need your thermals, cagoule, wellington boots and a hefty dose of British stiff upper lip to enjoy this (indoor) foodie extravaganza.

If you’re feeling even slightly nostalgic for long, summer evenings and your footloose and fancy-free youth, you won’t want to miss out on Gone Camping.

For the Art of Dining has totally transformed The Pickle Factory into a scene from a campsite in the English countryside, complete with tents and campfires in the outdoors courtyard.

In fact only the drizzle and the mud are missing from set designer Alice Hodge’s incredibly detailed campsite, with not even a seagull’s cry forgotten.

While your culinary memories of family camping holidays might not be altogether positive (burnt beans, anyone?), this is a chance to see what campsite cooking could actually be like - and it turns out that it’s rather good.

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Moro trained chef Ellen Parr has selected a five course menu designed to emulate a whole weekend of outdoors eating. Think a “posh” Pot Noodle - a version of Vietnamese pho - a Thai twist on the campfire barbeque and a Moroccan breakfast dish with eggs and flat bread.

Need a new sleeping bag? Then you’ll want to barter in the well stocked camping shop. And of course there will be plenty of marshmallows to enjoy around the roaring fire.

You can also expect ghost stories and rousing campfire songs, so be on standby for a bit of Kumbaya.

You’re in safe hands as Art of Dining’s previous sell-out pop-ups have included the astounding The Colour Palate, where the food, drink, room, music, table, cutlery and mood changed colour with each course.

While you might not be getting away from the London air, Gone Camping is still the perfect antidote to the dark cold nights in the East End of the city.

Grab yourself some tickets while you still can.

Gone Camping runs nightly from 7.30pm to 11.30pm for the rest of this week and Tuesday to Thursday next week (at the same times). Tickets cost £55 which includes a five course meal and a welcome drink. Visit