London 2016: New Openings

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The New Tate Modern

© Hayes Davidson and Herzog de Meuron

Launching in 2016: Tate Modern opens a brand new gallery, Jason Atherton turns Turnmills into a Japanese restaurant and hip hop cocktail bar, Victoria becomes a new foodie destination and Damien Hirst's Pharmacy restaurant is reborn.

 
 

Art Galleries: Tate Modern

 
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The New Tate Modern

The New Tate Modern

Hailed as the most important new cultural building in the UK since the British Library in 1998, an iconic new Tate Modern building by architects Herzog & de Meuron will be added to the south of the existing gallery in June 2016. This major new development, based around derelict oil tanks and the former switch station - a reminder of the building's former role as a power station - creates 60 per cent more gallery space in a striking 10-storey extension. The project also builds two new public squares, space for performance and installation art, for learning - a key focus - and a public terrace on level 10 offering spectacular 360-degree views of the city.

 
 
 

Museums: Design & Science Museums

 
Design Museum, Kensington, open late 2016

Design Museum, Kensington, open late 2016

 

It is an exciting year for the Design Museum with the opening of its new home in Kensington in late 2016. Closing at its current site on Thursday 30th June the museum relocates to the former Commonwealth Institute building, reopening in a space three times the size. Around the same time, in December 2016, the Science Museum reveals a new Mathematics: The David and Claudia Harding Gallery, designed by the world-renowned Zaha Hadid Architects. The permanent new space on the second floor of the South Kensington museum has been imagined as a wind tunnel with a 1929 aircraft - the largest object in the gallery - suspended above. But before that, in October 2016, the Science Museum (already an obvious go-to for free edu-tainment for families in London) gets a new interactive gallery especially for children aged 8 to 14.

 
 
 

Science: The Francis Crick Institute

Ossulston Street, London, NW1 1HG

Tube: King's Cross Station, Euston Station

 
 
The Francis Crick Institute, open late 2016

The Francis Crick Institute, open late 2016

 

Science is at the heart of the massive 92,000 square metre Francis Crick Institute, housed in a brand new research facility next to King's Cross and St Pancras stations from late 2016. A centre of biomedical research and innovation, the Crick is what happens when six of the UK's most successful scientific and academic organisations come together. Combining the talents of the Medical Research Council, Cancer Research UK, the Wellcome Trust, University College London, Imperial College London and King's College London, the Crick is a centre for collaboration, for training scientists and developing ideas for public good. The institute doesn't open until the end of the year but in the meantime members of the public can see models of the building and talk to staff at the Visitor Centre which is open on Thursdays from 2pm to 6.30pm.

 
 
 

New Development: Nova Victoria

 
Nova Victoria

Nova Victoria

 

An architecturally striking development opposite Victoria mainline railway station, Nova Victoria, open from April 2016, aims to make this part of SW1 a new foodie destination. Jason Atherton, Jamie Oliver and Will Ricker are just three of the big names billed to open restaurants within the 897,000 square foot mixed use area flanked by Buckingham Palace Road and Bressenden Place. From autumn 2016, Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa, an Italian offering from Jason Atherton, Bone Daddies, D&D London, Ricker Restaurants, Franco Manca and a second Riding House Cafe, can all found within metres of each other. The development itself comprises five buildings linked by pedestrianised, landscaped public spaces including the stand-out Nova Building, designed by architects Gordon Benson and Alan Forsyth from their Islington studio, which offers residents stunning views into the Queen's gardens from the roof garden on the ninth floor. A hive of hot new openings, Victoria also gets a new M Victoria, due to open in January, and Rosa's Thai Café. The seventh branch of these popular Thai restaurants is set to launch on Wilton Street in early spring 2016.

 
 
 

Hotels: Nobu Shoreditch & Ten Trinity Square

 
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Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

Master sushi chef Nobu Matsuhisa opens his first European hotel, the Nobu Hotel in Shoreditch in 2016. The new 156 bedroom hotel, at 10-50 Willow Street, in this hip district of east London, is based on designs originally created by Ron Arad who has since left the project but his successor architect Ben Adams has retained much of the original design. From new build to historic restoration, one of the most iconic buildings in the City of London, Ten Trinity Square, is to be sympathetically transformed into a luxury Four Seasons hotel, due to open at the end of 2016. The landmark building, originally the headquarters of the Port of London Authority, architects Aukett Swanke have given the 1922 building a new lease of life as a luxury 100-room hotel, spa, restaurant and club with 41 residences on top.

 
 
 

Hotels: Gansevoort Hotel & Flemings Mayfair

 
Flemings Mayfair

Flemings Mayfair

 

Gansevoort Hotel Group's new 120-room luxury hotel at 45 Curtain Road in Shoreditch will have a rooftop pool, a spa and hammam when it opens in summer 2016. The hotel on the site where archaeologists unearthed the remains of the Tudor-era Curtain Theatre is from Michael Achenbaum whose first hotel, in Manhattan, sparked the rebirth of the Meatpacking District as a fashionable hub. He's hoping to repeat that success in Shoreditch with his new hotel. Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair continues with the second phase of its £14 million refurbishment project from 5th January until spring 2016. Remaining open while the work is being done, rooms are offered at a reduced price as the 150-year-old hotel gets a refresh and a brand new restaurant and bar from Michelin-starred Shaun Rankin, set to open in early summer.

 
 
 

Restaurants: The Lighterman & Shuang Shuang

 
The Lighterman

The Lighterman

 

The Lighterman, a new restaurant in a landmark building in Granary Square, Kings Cross, opens early in 2016. Bourne & Hollingsworth, the group behind Below & Hidden and Reverend JW Simpson, is launching B&H Kitchen, a brand new cookery school just off Exmouth Market, in January 2016. In the same month Inamo comes to Covent Garden and Shuang Shuang, London's first specialist Chinese hot pot restaurant, opens in Chinatown. As of January 2016, Le Gavroche closes to the general public on Mondays, making way for a series of unique pop-up events. Purveyors in 'medicinal' drinking, Behind This Wall open their new basement bar at 411 Mare Street on the cusp of Bethnal Green and Clapton on 15th January 2016.

 
 
 

Restaurants: Margot & Sosharu

 
Sosharu

Sosharu

 

The rise of the restaurant scene in Brixton continues apace in 2016 with the launch of Boom Burger and a brand new Barrio Brixton, the fourth addition to the popular Barrio family, in February. Early in the same month Polpo opens on the fifth floor of Harvey Nichols. Moving on to March, Jason Atherton opens Japanese restaurant Sosharu with a hip hop cocktail bar in the basement on the site of the old Turnmills club in Clerkenwell. It's one of two new openings in 2016 for the 'social' chef along with an Italian in Nova Victoria later in the year. After a successful pop-up at Shoreditch House, Strut & Cluck co-founders, Amir and Limor Chen, open an Eastern Mediterranean restaurant in Shoreditch in spring 2016 where turkey, a healthy alternative to other meats, is the hero ingredient. In May, one of London's best loved Maitre d's Paulo de Tarso is to leave his role at Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental to open the 100-cover restaurant, Margot, in Covent Garden.

 
 
 

Restaurants: Pharmacy & Eneko At One Aldwych

 

Damien Hirst's famous Pharmacy restaurant returns in 2016, the cafe-restaurant on the middle floor of his Newport Street Gallery will, just like the original, feature curated medical paraphernalia on the walls. Come summer, discerning diners can look forward to a new restaurant from three times Michelin-starred chef Eneko Atxa who is to open Eneko At One Aldwych an informal Basque restaurant and bar at One Aldwych Hotel in Covent Garden.

 
 
 
 
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