What's New in London 2015

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Le Restaurant de PAUL Tower 42
Poco
The Red Crate
Safestay Holland Park
Chi Kitchen
Hilton London Bankside
Brasserie Blanc Threadneedle Street
Kanada-Ya
Bone Daddies, The Bower
Brasserie Blanc Threadneedle Street
Hilton London Bankside
The Distillery
Poco
Chi Kitchen
 

 

London is a hotbed of new openings from destination restaurants to designer hotels, from quirky cafes to stylish shops. Find out about the hottest openings in town - if it's new and newsworthy, it's here.

 
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Safestay Holland Park

Opens August 2015

Safestay Holland Park Opens August 2015 Safestay Holland Park opens in August 2015. Safestay, the hotel group which rejuvenated the London hostel concept and the former Labour Party HQ in Elephant and Castle, has worked the same magic on this Holland Park hostel. Located in beautiful leafy Holland Park - where Opera Holland Park is staged each summer - and housed (partly) in a Grade I-listed Jacobean building with a 1950s extension for the other part, Safestay Holland Park is ideal for budget conscious travellers. Mixing the old with the new, the building's history is brought up to date with quirky design touches - the ceiling of the lobby in the listed East Wing is embellished with used paint pots hanging upside down and clusters of light bulbs hang over the communal wooden tables of the ground floor bar where breakfast is served. Head to the 1950s extension and you'll find retro '50s era furniture, graphic wallpaper and advertising posters. If you can find somewhere more stylish on this budget in such close proximity to both High Street Kensington and Notting Hill, we want to know about it. As for the gorgeous Holland Park location - it can't be bettered. 2015/08/31 Where:
Safestay Holland Park, Holland Walk London, W8 7QU
Category: New Hotels

Safestay Holland Park, Holland Walk, London, W8 7QU

Tube: Holland Park Station

 
 

Safestay Holland Park opens in August 2015.

Safestay, the hotel group which rejuvenated the London hostel concept and the former Labour Party HQ in Elephant and Castle, has worked the same magic on this Holland Park hostel. Located in beautiful leafy Holland Park - where Opera Holland Park is staged each summer - and housed (partly) in a Grade I-listed Jacobean building with a 1950s extension for the other part, Safestay Holland Park is ideal for budget conscious travellers. Mixing the old with the new, the building's history is brought up to date with quirky design touches - the ceiling of the lobby in the listed East Wing is embellished with used paint pots hanging upside down and clusters of light bulbs hang over the communal wooden tables of the ground floor bar where breakfast is served. Head to the 1950s extension and you'll find retro '50s era furniture, graphic wallpaper and advertising posters. If you can find somewhere more stylish on this budget in such close proximity to both High Street Kensington and Notting Hill, we want to know about it. As for the gorgeous Holland Park location - it can't be bettered.
 
 
 

The Laslett

Opens August 2015

The Laslett Opens August 2015 The Laslett opens in August 2015. Taking its name from Rhaune Laslett, organiser of the original Notting Hill Festival, now the renowned Carnival, The Laslett occupies five Victorian stucco townhouses on Pembridge Gardens. With surprisingly few boutique hotels in Notting Hill, The Laslett fills that gap with a library filled with art and design books, curated art works and a shop. Refuel at The Henderson Bar where Workshop coffee is served and Sally Clarke, well known chef/owner of Clarke's on nearby Kensington Church Street, does the food. The 51 bedrooms - designed to look like a "stylish friend's townhouse" - are equally stylish, featuring modern furniture, proper blankets, locally-sourced antiques, original artwork and Neal's Yard Remedies toiletries. With model Laura Bailey and designer Alice Temperley at a preview evening, The Lastlett is a local boutique hotel befitting its Notting Hill location - it's got style in spades. 2015/08/31 Where:
The Laslett, 8 Pembridge Gardens London, W2 4DU
Category: New Hotels

The Laslett, 8 Pembridge Gardens, London, W2 4DU

Tube: Notting Hill Gate Station

 
 

The Laslett opens in August 2015.

Taking its name from Rhaune Laslett, organiser of the original Notting Hill Festival, now the renowned Carnival, The Laslett occupies five Victorian stucco townhouses on Pembridge Gardens. With surprisingly few boutique hotels in Notting Hill, The Laslett fills that gap with a library filled with art and design books, curated art works and a shop. Refuel at The Henderson Bar where Workshop coffee is served and Sally Clarke, well known chef/owner of Clarke's on nearby Kensington Church Street, does the food. The 51 bedrooms - designed to look like a "stylish friend's townhouse" - are equally stylish, featuring modern furniture, proper blankets, locally-sourced antiques, original artwork and Neal's Yard Remedies toiletries. With model Laura Bailey and designer Alice Temperley at a preview evening, The Lastlett is a local boutique hotel befitting its Notting Hill location - it's got style in spades.
 
 
 

Vico

Opens 1st September 2015

Vico Opens 1st September 2015 Vico opens on 1st September 2015. In late 2008 Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo opened their first restaurant, the award-winning Bocca di Lupo which quickly became a go-to for a gastronomic tour of Italy via a series of small plates. Gelupo , a traditional gelateria and delicatessen directly across the street, followed in June 2010 and in 2015 Vico , an "inexpensive and intensely casual" Italian makes a very welcome addition to the stable. Located at One Cambridge Circus, Seven Dials, Vico offers affordable Italian street food and Gelupo gelato in a large ground floor space with the convivial atmosphere of an Italian piazza. Chef and co-owner Jacob oversees the menus at the 'piazza-eria' where the focus is on dishes you'd eat walking along a street. Pizza by the slice, polpette and arancini, fried Mediterranean seafood, tranches of torte salate are among the choices, all cooked in small quantities and served freshly cooked. There's no menu - chefs go by what's in season - and house wine served by the carafe, spritz, and beer mean the drinks list is just as breezy and casual as the food menu. At the front of the building a large Gelupo counter - for iced desserts, served along with cakes and fried desserts - mirrors that at Bocca di Lupo. More casual than its Soho sibling - Vico is the kind of place where cutlery is frowned upon - there's minimal seating and playful design putting the fun into Italian. 2015/09/01 Where:
Vico, One Cambridge Circus London, WC2H 8PA
Category: Italian Cuisine

Vico, One Cambridge Circus, London, WC2H 8PA

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 

Vico opens on 1st September 2015.

In late 2008 Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo opened their first restaurant, the award-winning Bocca di Lupo which quickly became a go-to for a gastronomic tour of Italy via a series of small plates. Gelupo , a traditional gelateria and delicatessen directly across the street, followed in June 2010 and in 2015 Vico , an "inexpensive and intensely casual" Italian makes a very welcome addition to the stable. Located at One Cambridge Circus, Seven Dials, Vico offers affordable Italian street food and Gelupo gelato in a large ground floor space with the convivial atmosphere of an Italian piazza. Chef and co-owner Jacob oversees the menus at the 'piazza-eria' where the focus is on dishes you'd eat walking along a street. Pizza by the slice, polpette and arancini, fried Mediterranean seafood, tranches of torte salate are among the choices, all cooked in small quantities and served freshly cooked. There's no menu - chefs go by what's in season - and house wine served by the carafe, spritz, and beer mean the drinks list is just as breezy and casual as the food menu. At the front of the building a large Gelupo counter - for iced desserts, served along with cakes and fried desserts - mirrors that at Bocca di Lupo. More casual than its Soho sibling - Vico is the kind of place where cutlery is frowned upon - there's minimal seating and playful design putting the fun into Italian.
 
 
 

Wright Brothers, South Kensington

Opens 1st September 2015

Wright Brothers, South Kensington Opens 1st September 2015 The Wright Brothers South Kensington opens on 1st September 2015. Seafood specialists the Wright Brothers opened their fifth restaurant in 2015, occupying the former site of La Bouchee in South Kensington. With the interior designed by Brady Williams, this branch takes inspiration from the classic seafood bistros of Paris and will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and a fireplace. Head chef Philip Coulter, who comes with six years of experience at the helm of Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House in Borough Market, serves up a seasonal British menu with a subtle French influence. The Wright Brothers' iconic platters will be available, featuring seafood from Scotland, Dorset, Cornwall, Portugal and Boulogne, as well as dressed oysters and a selection of fish dishes, such as herring roes on toast and grilled lobster with garlic and parsley butter. The restaurant also features independent cocktail and oyster bar, The Mermaid. With its own dedicated entrance, it serves cocktails and wine alongside a bar menu and 'pound a pop' oysters during happy hour. 2015/09/01 Where:
Wright Brothers, South Kensington, 56 Old Brompton Road London, SW7 3DY
Category: Fish and Seafood

Wright Brothers, South Kensington, 56 Old Brompton Road, London, SW7 3DY

Tube: South Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Station

 
 

The Wright Brothers South Kensington opens on 1st September 2015.

Seafood specialists the Wright Brothers opened their fifth restaurant in 2015, occupying the former site of La Bouchee in South Kensington. With the interior designed by Brady Williams, this branch takes inspiration from the classic seafood bistros of Paris and will feature floor-to-ceiling windows and a fireplace. Head chef Philip Coulter, who comes with six years of experience at the helm of Wright Brothers Oyster & Porter House in Borough Market, serves up a seasonal British menu with a subtle French influence. The Wright Brothers' iconic platters will be available, featuring seafood from Scotland, Dorset, Cornwall, Portugal and Boulogne, as well as dressed oysters and a selection of fish dishes, such as herring roes on toast and grilled lobster with garlic and parsley butter. The restaurant also features independent cocktail and oyster bar, The Mermaid. With its own dedicated entrance, it serves cocktails and wine alongside a bar menu and 'pound a pop' oysters during happy hour.

 
 
 

Brasserie Blanc Threadneedle Street

Opens 3rd September 2015

Brasserie Blanc Threadneedle Street Opens 3rd September 2015 Brasserie Blanc Threadneedle Street re-opens on Thursday 3rd September 2015. TV chef Raymond Blanc brings his French accent to British dining with Brasserie Blanc, a chain of restaurants with branches in several UK cities including Bristol, Leeds, Chichester and Cheltenham. In the capital, Raymond's Threadneedle Street restaurant is located in the heart of the City in what used to be the Stock Exchange - not the original one which burned down a while back so don't go expecting a piece of Olde England. But the new building was redesigned in 2015 to include an oak-weathered table next to the bar, olive leather seating, vintage French mirrors, patterned fabrics and wallpaper panels which complement the rustic oak timber tables. Serving simple, hearty French dishes, the a la carte menu changes at the start of each season four times a year. Under 'Les Classiques' you'll find cheese soufflé and beef bourguignon, available all year round. When asked what a Brasserie Blanc is, Raymond replied, "if the Manoir is a delicate waltz then the Brasseries are the Can Can". The cooking is certainly not of a standard you'd enjoy at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, his Michelin starred Oxfordshire country house hotel, but at these prices you wouldn't expect it to be. 2015/09/03 Where:
Brasserie Blanc Threadneedle Street, 60 Threadneedle Street London, EC2R 8HP
Category: Brasseries

Brasserie Blanc Threadneedle Street, 60 Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8HP

Tube: Bank Station, Monument Station, Cannon Street Station, Liverpool Street Station, Moorgate Station

 
 

Brasserie Blanc Threadneedle Street re-opens on Thursday 3rd September 2015.

TV chef Raymond Blanc brings his French accent to British dining with Brasserie Blanc, a chain of restaurants with branches in several UK cities including Bristol, Leeds, Chichester and Cheltenham. In the capital, Raymond's Threadneedle Street restaurant is located in the heart of the City in what used to be the Stock Exchange - not the original one which burned down a while back so don't go expecting a piece of Olde England. But the new building was redesigned in 2015 to include an oak-weathered table next to the bar, olive leather seating, vintage French mirrors, patterned fabrics and wallpaper panels which complement the rustic oak timber tables. Serving simple, hearty French dishes, the a la carte menu changes at the start of each season four times a year. Under 'Les Classiques' you'll find cheese soufflé and beef bourguignon, available all year round. When asked what a Brasserie Blanc is, Raymond replied, "if the Manoir is a delicate waltz then the Brasseries are the Can Can". The cooking is certainly not of a standard you'd enjoy at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, his Michelin starred Oxfordshire country house hotel, but at these prices you wouldn't expect it to be.
 
 
 

DF Mexico

Opens Early September 2015

DF Mexico Opens Early September 2015 DF Mexico opens early September 2015. Brought to you by the team behind Wahaca, DF Mexico is a modern Mexican diner with tacos and frozen margaritas, served diner-fast. Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby's Tottenham Court Road restaurant is the second branch, launched a year after the original DF Mexico began as an experiment at The Old Truman Brewery. Inspired by a road trip to Mexico City and the States, the menu offers 'NYC Torta', a Mexican sandwich served New York style in a toasted brioche bun with smashed avocado, and Mexican-American steak tacos made with grilled steak, crispy cheese, chipotle salsa and tomatillo guacamole, served in soft corn tortillas. There are dishes unique to W1 including carne con chile crinkle cut fries, or 'next level nachos' as the DF team call them, best washed down with a Lupulo Pale Ale (brewed for DF Mexico by Brixton Brewery). On the walls are 30 graphic prints by Mexican artists which tie in with the contemporary urban Mexican look of the 130-cover fast food joint. 2015/09/04 Where:
DF Mexico, 28-29 Tottenham Court Road London, W1T 1BU
Category: Mexican Cuisine

DF Mexico, 28-29 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 1BU

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Goodge Street Station

 
 

DF Mexico opens early September 2015.

Brought to you by the team behind Wahaca, DF Mexico is a modern Mexican diner with tacos and frozen margaritas, served diner-fast. Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby's Tottenham Court Road restaurant is the second branch, launched a year after the original DF Mexico began as an experiment at The Old Truman Brewery. Inspired by a road trip to Mexico City and the States, the menu offers 'NYC Torta', a Mexican sandwich served New York style in a toasted brioche bun with smashed avocado, and Mexican-American steak tacos made with grilled steak, crispy cheese, chipotle salsa and tomatillo guacamole, served in soft corn tortillas. There are dishes unique to W1 including carne con chile crinkle cut fries, or 'next level nachos' as the DF team call them, best washed down with a Lupulo Pale Ale (brewed for DF Mexico by Brixton Brewery). On the walls are 30 graphic prints by Mexican artists which tie in with the contemporary urban Mexican look of the 130-cover fast food joint.
 
 
 

Poco

Opens 7th September 2015

Poco Opens 7th September 2015 Poco opens on Broadway Market on Monday 7th September 2015. The menu at Poco, brought to Broadway Market by author of 'The Natural Cook', Tom Hunt, presents plates of seasonal tapas inspired by Tom's travels, in Spain, Morocco and Latin America. Using organic and seasonal British produce, the provenance of the ingredients is at the heart of Poco, sourced locally from small producers like Dagenham Community Farm, Kappacasein Dairy and Organiclea, a worker's co-operative in Lea Valley. Dishes like courgette fritters with soured raw cream, deep fried oyster with kelp aioli, and Saltmarsh lamb scrag, marjoram, samphire and lavender have been created with help from Henry Russel, former head chef of Moro's sister restaurant Morito. For breakfast there's eggs 'how you like them' on sourdough with homemade harissa or home smoked trout. Cocktails come with homemade tinctures and cordials from foraged ingredients and there's saison beer made from elderflower and Archer hops. It's not just the menu that's ethically sourced, the interior - with its communal tables and al fresco dining area - has been designed using reclaimed timbers, English hardwoods and clay based paints. 2015/09/07 Where:
Poco, 129A Prichards Road London, E2 9AP
Category: Spanish Cuisine

Poco, 129A Prichards Road, London, E2 9AP

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil White

Poco opens on Broadway Market on Monday 7th September 2015.

The menu at Poco, brought to Broadway Market by author of 'The Natural Cook', Tom Hunt, presents plates of seasonal tapas inspired by Tom's travels, in Spain, Morocco and Latin America. Using organic and seasonal British produce, the provenance of the ingredients is at the heart of Poco, sourced locally from small producers like Dagenham Community Farm, Kappacasein Dairy and Organiclea, a worker's co-operative in Lea Valley. Dishes like courgette fritters with soured raw cream, deep fried oyster with kelp aioli, and Saltmarsh lamb scrag, marjoram, samphire and lavender have been created with help from Henry Russel, former head chef of Moro's sister restaurant Morito. For breakfast there's eggs 'how you like them' on sourdough with homemade harissa or home smoked trout. Cocktails come with homemade tinctures and cordials from foraged ingredients and there's saison beer made from elderflower and Archer hops. It's not just the menu that's ethically sourced, the interior - with its communal tables and al fresco dining area - has been designed using reclaimed timbers, English hardwoods and clay based paints.
 
 
 

Le Restaurant de PAUL Tower 42

Opens 11th September 2015

Le Restaurant de PAUL Tower 42 Opens 11th September 2015 Le Restaurant de PAUL Tower 42 opens on Friday 11th September 2015. French bakery and patisserie, PAUL, has progressed from cafes to restaurant with Le Restaurant de PAUL on the ground floor of Tower 42, the former NatWest tower where City Social sits up on the 24th floor. The second such Le Restaurant de Paul, this branch opened just over a year after the first Le Restaurant de PAUL launched in Covent Garden . Bigger than the first, the s pacious 93-cover City restaurant, with outside seating for 40, includes its own a wine bar. The restaurant plays to its strengths - serving patisserie, viennoiserie and artisan breads from the famous PAUL in-house bakery - but adds freshly blended fruit and vegetable smoothies to the usual selection of cakes, salads and sandwiches available to grab and go. In the sit-down part of the restaurant, French cheeses and meat from the Queen's butcher, Donald Russell, feature on the all-day menu where hearty French favourites cotelettes d'agneau and aiglefin fume au pistou are joined by new additions of French gourmet burgers. 2015/09/11 Where:
Le Restaurant de PAUL Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, Ground Floor London, EC2N 1HQ
Category: French Cuisine

Le Restaurant de PAUL Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, Ground Floor, London, EC2N 1HQ

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Bank Station, Moorgate Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil White

Le Restaurant de PAUL Tower 42 opens on Friday 11th September 2015.

French bakery and patisserie, PAUL, has progressed from cafes to restaurant with Le Restaurant de PAUL on the ground floor of Tower 42, the former NatWest tower where City Social sits up on the 24th floor. The second such Le Restaurant de Paul, this branch opened just over a year after the first Le Restaurant de PAUL launched in Covent Garden . Bigger than the first, the s pacious 93-cover City restaurant, with outside seating for 40, includes its own a wine bar. The restaurant plays to its strengths - serving patisserie, viennoiserie and artisan breads from the famous PAUL in-house bakery - but adds freshly blended fruit and vegetable smoothies to the usual selection of cakes, salads and sandwiches available to grab and go. In the sit-down part of the restaurant, French cheeses and meat from the Queen's butcher, Donald Russell, feature on the all-day menu where hearty French favourites cotelettes d'agneau and aiglefin fume au pistou are joined by new additions of French gourmet burgers.
 
 
 

Beef & Brew

Opens September 2015

Beef & Brew Opens September 2015 Beef and Brew opens in September 2015. Beef & Brew, the brainchild of Jessica Simmons and Daniel Nathan, gives the traditional steak house a modern makeover. Drawing on Jess' experience - first as a chef at Angela Hartnett's Murano and Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, then setting up the kitchen at London Fields Brewery - the Kentish Town restaurant combines just two things: affordable, quality steaks, and beer. Focussing on provenance, but using better value cuts, the menu shies away from loins, ribs and fillets, instead embracing rumps, flat irons and onglets. The beer focussed drinks list offers craft ales from local brewers with Fourpure Pils and a house beer available on draft. As well as salads with meat roasted and pickled carrots there's salt brisket served with leeks and mustard cream. For those not in the mood for beef there's crispy fried chicken and vegetarian fare. Sides and small plates include duck hearts with devilled mayo, lemonade soaked aubergine chips and gnocchi 'n' cheese with jalepenos - a spin on the classic mac 'n' cheese. In short, what you have here is a classically trained chef dedicating herself to something everyone can afford. 2015/09/15 Where:
Beef & Brew, 323 Kentish Town Road London, NW5 2AA
Category: American Cuisine

Beef & Brew, 323 Kentish Town Road, London, NW5 2AA

Tube: Kentish Town Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil White

Beef and Brew opens in September 2015.

Beef & Brew, the brainchild of Jessica Simmons and Daniel Nathan, gives the traditional steak house a modern makeover. Drawing on Jess' experience - first as a chef at Angela Hartnett's Murano and Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room, then setting up the kitchen at London Fields Brewery - the Kentish Town restaurant combines just two things: affordable, quality steaks, and beer. Focussing on provenance, but using better value cuts, the menu shies away from loins, ribs and fillets, instead embracing rumps, flat irons and onglets. The beer focussed drinks list offers craft ales from local brewers with Fourpure Pils and a house beer available on draft. As well as salads with meat roasted and pickled carrots there's salt brisket served with leeks and mustard cream. For those not in the mood for beef there's crispy fried chicken and vegetarian fare. Sides and small plates include duck hearts with devilled mayo, lemonade soaked aubergine chips and gnocchi 'n' cheese with jalepenos - a spin on the classic mac 'n' cheese. In short, what you have here is a classically trained chef dedicating herself to something everyone can afford.
 
 
 

Music House For Children at St Johns

Opens 15th September 2015

Music House For Children at St Johns Opens 15th September 2015 Lessons begin on 15th September 2015 and take place every Tuesday. A longstanding and much loved institution for local parents in Shepherds Bush, the Music House for Children has given hundreds of west London children their first taste of music over the last 20 years. In 2015 the nurturing music house adds a second school, The Music House for Children at St Johns in Notting Hill to bring early years music training to even more children. The unique bit about the lessons here is the way they are taught: through observation, participation, celebration and debate. Classes, concerts, shows and workshops led by trained music educators help support children from babies to teenagers to develop as independent thinking, artistic and musical beings. 2015/09/15 Where:
Music House For Children at St Johns, Lansdowne Crescent London, W11 2NT
Category: Attractions for Kids

Music House For Children at St Johns, Lansdowne Crescent, London, W11 2NT

Tube: Holland Park Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil White

Lessons begin on 15th September 2015 and take place every Tuesday.

A longstanding and much loved institution for local parents in Shepherds Bush, the Music House for Children has given hundreds of west London children their first taste of music over the last 20 years. In 2015 the nurturing music house adds a second school, The Music House for Children at St Johns in Notting Hill to bring early years music training to even more children. The unique bit about the lessons here is the way they are taught: through observation, participation, celebration and debate. Classes, concerts, shows and workshops led by trained music educators help support children from babies to teenagers to develop as independent thinking, artistic and musical beings.
 
 
 

OXBO Bankside

Opens September 2015

OXBO Bankside Opens September 2015 OXBO Bankside opens in September 2015. Using British produce from nearby Borough Market, Paul Bates (formerly of The Beaumont and Intercontinental Park Lane hotels, executive chef of OXBO Bankside has put together an all-day menu which includes Cox apple, cider marinated salmon, Cornish monkfish cheeks, pea shoots and radish. This stylish restaurant on the ground floor of the Hilton London Bankside hotel, the first Hilton in central London since 2006, also offers meaty mains like sirloin of Gloucestershire beef with sauce Bearnaise and New Haven Hake with squid, mussel and shrimp stew. The open kitchen adds to the theatre of the restaurant which is decorated with exposed metal screens, bare brick work, reprocessed tube station tiles and bespoke joinery. Rich fabrics, inspired by William Morris, feature greens, mustard yellows and browns which match the seltzer bottles decorating the adjoining The Distillery bar. 2015/09/15 Where:
OXBO Bankside, Hilton London Bankside, 2-8 Great Suffolk Street London, SE1 0UG
Category: British Cuisine

OXBO Bankside, Hilton Bankside, 2-8 Great Suffolk Street, London, SE1 0UG

Tube: Southwark Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil White

OXBO Bankside opens in September 2015.

Using British produce from nearby Borough Market, Paul Bates (formerly of The Beaumont and Intercontinental Park Lane hotels, executive chef of OXBO Bankside has put together an all-day menu which includes Cox apple, cider marinated salmon, Cornish monkfish cheeks, pea shoots and radish. This stylish restaurant on the ground floor of the Hilton London Bankside hotel, the first Hilton in central London since 2006, also offers meaty mains like sirloin of Gloucestershire beef with sauce Bearnaise and New Haven Hake with squid, mussel and shrimp stew. The open kitchen adds to the theatre of the restaurant which is decorated with exposed metal screens, bare brick work, reprocessed tube station tiles and bespoke joinery. Rich fabrics, inspired by William Morris, feature greens, mustard yellows and browns which match the seltzer bottles decorating the adjoining The Distillery bar.
 
 
 

Restaurant Sauterelle

Opens September 2015

Restaurant Sauterelle Opens September 2015 Restaurant Sauterelle re-opens in September 2015. September 2015 sees a major refurbishment of D&D London's dining spaces within the historic Royal Exchange building by Bank revealed plush interiors by design agency Russell Sage Studio - responsible for the remodelling of Quaglino's and Avenue. All three spaces - the Threadneedle Bar, an all-day dining Gallery and Restaurant Sauterelle - which overlook the existing Grand Cafe and boutiques on the ground floor are brought together with one unified look. At Sauterelle the modern Mediterranean menu is inspired by Provence and Liguiria and includes native oyster carpaccio and buffalo mozzarella served with Oscietra caviar and balsamic pearls. There's more in the way of marinated Loch Var salmon, sea leaves and fish broth and tortelli di Zucca Gialla, while meat-lovers can opt for organic Aberdeen angus beef fillet with roasted shallots, blue creamed potatoes and barolo jus, as well as Gloucester old spot pork, pancetta, espelette chilli and pequillo pepper. For after dinner cocktails, head to the Threadneedle Bar for expertly mixed concoctions which draw on the early days of mixology. 2015/09/15 Where:
Restaurant Sauterelle, Royal Exchange, Bank London, EC3V 3LR
Category: Mediterranean Cuisine

Restaurant Sauterelle, Royal Exchange, Bank, London, EC3V 3LR

Tube: Bank Station, Monument Station, Cannon Street Station, Mansion House Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil White

Restaurant Sauterelle re-opens in September 2015.

September 2015 sees a major refurbishment of D&D London's dining spaces within the historic Royal Exchange building by Bank revealed plush interiors by design agency Russell Sage Studio - responsible for the remodelling of Quaglino's and Avenue. All three spaces - the Threadneedle Bar, an all-day dining Gallery and Restaurant Sauterelle - which overlook the existing Grand Cafe and boutiques on the ground floor are brought together with one unified look. At Sauterelle the modern Mediterranean menu is inspired by Provence and Liguiria and includes native oyster carpaccio and buffalo mozzarella served with Oscietra caviar and balsamic pearls. There's more in the way of marinated Loch Var salmon, sea leaves and fish broth and tortelli di Zucca Gialla, while meat-lovers can opt for organic Aberdeen angus beef fillet with roasted shallots, blue creamed potatoes and barolo jus, as well as Gloucester old spot pork, pancetta, espelette chilli and pequillo pepper. For after dinner cocktails, head to the Threadneedle Bar for expertly mixed concoctions which draw on the early days of mixology.
 
 
 

The Distillery

Opens September 2015

The Distillery Opens September 2015 The Distillery opens in September 2015. Cocktails incorporating homemade aromatics hark back to the heritage of the site of The Distillery , the bar within the Hilton London Bankside hotel, which used to be a renowned essence factory in 1800s. Located on the spot where Stevenson & Howell's Standard Works previously stood, The Distillery honours their fragrant work with cocktails made with infusions and bitters. Gins and local craft beers are also served at the Bankside bar, a buzzy meeting point for locals and residents where sharing platters and bar snacks are prepared by the Hilton's OXBO Bankside restaurant. Light bites include chick pea and tahini hummus with warm garlic khobez bread and five spice dusted crisp fried pork belly with chilli, lime and soy dressing. The colour scheme - all greens, mustard yellows and browns - matches the seltzer bottles decorating the bar and the large, modern copper sheet sculpture on the stairs to the ballroom. Special guests can make their own contribution by adding their pennies to the Penny Wall in the entrance of the bar - made with coins dating back to the 1860s. 2015/09/15 Where:
The Distillery, Hilton London Bankside, 2-8 Great Suffolk Street London, SE1 0UG
Category: Bars

The Distillery, Hilton Bankside, 2-8 Great Suffolk Street, London, SE1 0UG

Tube: Southwark Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associates

The Distillery opens in September 2015.

Cocktails incorporating homemade aromatics hark back to the heritage of the site of The Distillery , the bar within the Hilton London Bankside hotel, which used to be a renowned essence factory in 1800s. Located on the spot where Stevenson & Howell's Standard Works previously stood, The Distillery honours their fragrant work with cocktails made with infusions and bitters. Gins and local craft beers are also served at the Bankside bar, a buzzy meeting point for locals and residents where sharing platters and bar snacks are prepared by the Hilton's OXBO Bankside restaurant. Light bites include chick pea and tahini hummus with warm garlic khobez bread and five spice dusted crisp fried pork belly with chilli, lime and soy dressing. The colour scheme - all greens, mustard yellows and browns - matches the seltzer bottles decorating the bar and the large, modern copper sheet sculpture on the stairs to the ballroom. Special guests can make their own contribution by adding their pennies to the Penny Wall in the entrance of the bar - made with coins dating back to the 1860s.
 
 
 

Threadneedle Bar

Opens September 2015

Threadneedle Bar Opens September 2015 Threadneedle Bar opens in September 2015. For after dinner cocktails or drinks in a sophisticated City setting, the Threadneedle Bar within the historic Royal Exchange serves a regularly changing cocktail menu inspired by Jerry Thomas' 1982 'Bartenders Guide'. If you like your whisky with a tint of citrus try the John Haig's Crusta - a mix of Haig Club with Mandarine Imperial, lemon juice, gomme syrup and orange blossom essence shaken and served in a whisky sour glass for a refreshing kick. The Mexican Couperee - a twist on the West India Couperee - is made with vanilla liqueur foam, Patron Anejo, Citronge, lime juice and homemade Falernum. With a bar food menu of sharing plates, the Threadneedle Bar is one of three D&D London spaces - along with an all-day dining Gallery and Restaurant Sauterelle - all on the mezzanine level of the Royal Exchange, overlooking the Grand Cafe and shops below. 2015/09/15 Where:
Threadneedle Bar, Royal Exchange London, EC3V 3LR
Category:

Threadneedle Bar, Royal Exchange, London, EC3V 3LR

Tube: Bank Station, Monument Station, Cannon Street Station, Mansion House Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associates

Threadneedle Bar opens in September 2015.

For after dinner cocktails or drinks in a sophisticated City setting, the Threadneedle Bar within the historic Royal Exchange serves a regularly changing cocktail menu inspired by Jerry Thomas' 1982 'Bartenders Guide'. If you like your whisky with a tint of citrus try the John Haig's Crusta - a mix of Haig Club with Mandarine Imperial, lemon juice, gomme syrup and orange blossom essence shaken and served in a whisky sour glass for a refreshing kick. The Mexican Couperee - a twist on the West India Couperee - is made with vanilla liqueur foam, Patron Anejo, Citronge, lime juice and homemade Falernum. With a bar food menu of sharing plates, the Threadneedle Bar is one of three D&D London spaces - along with an all-day dining Gallery and Restaurant Sauterelle - all on the mezzanine level of the Royal Exchange, overlooking the Grand Cafe and shops below.
 
 
 

Hilton London Bankside

Opens September 2015

Hilton London Bankside Opens September 2015 Hilton London Bankside opens in September 2015. The Hilton London Bankside is a purpose built height restricted hotel with a four-storey glass atrium, 292 rooms and fitness centre, complete with swimming pool, and an opulent ballroom with capacity for 700 guests. This is the closest five star hotel to the Tate Modern so visitors who are interested in art can enjoy the short stroll to the gallery - while easy access to Southwark underground station offers easy access to the tube network. This space, adjacent to the NEO Bankside development of luxury apartments, was originally going to be a dual purpose build under the Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites brands. However the plans changed and the much larger Hilton Southbank hotel was the result with its 31 suites, executive lounge, plus a restaurant, bar and cafe and more than 1,000 square metres of meeting space. The building has been designed by Dexter Moren Architects and features a split level design with one half of the building lower than the other to give two adjoining forms, linked by a glazed entrance and inner lightwell. The facade combines brick, metal and glass with retail outlets located along the hotel's frontage at street level. Work started on the project in 2010 and a 'topping out' ceremony was held on the roof of the hotel in June 2014 ahead of an anticipated September 2015 opening. 2015/09/16 Where:
Hilton London Bankside, Great Suffolk Street London, SE1 0UG
Category: New Hotels

Hilton London Bankside, Great Suffolk Street, London, SE1 0UG

Tube: Southwark Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren Associates

Hilton London Bankside opens in September 2015.

The Hilton London Bankside is a purpose built height restricted hotel with a four-storey glass atrium, 292 rooms and fitness centre, complete with swimming pool, and an opulent ballroom with capacity for 700 guests. This is the closest five star hotel to the Tate Modern so visitors who are interested in art can enjoy the short stroll to the gallery - while easy access to Southwark underground station offers easy access to the tube network. This space, adjacent to the NEO Bankside development of luxury apartments, was originally going to be a dual purpose build under the Holiday Inn and Staybridge Suites brands. However the plans changed and the much larger Hilton Southbank hotel was the result with its 31 suites, executive lounge, plus a restaurant, bar and cafe and more than 1,000 square metres of meeting space. The building has been designed by Dexter Moren Architects and features a split level design with one half of the building lower than the other to give two adjoining forms, linked by a glazed entrance and inner lightwell. The facade combines brick, metal and glass with retail outlets located along the hotel's frontage at street level. Work started on the project in 2010 and a 'topping out' ceremony was held on the roof of the hotel in June 2014 ahead of an anticipated September 2015 opening.
 
 
 

Les 110 de Taillevent London

Opens 16th September 2015

Les 110 de Taillevent London Opens 16th September 2015 Les 110 de Taillevent London opens on 16th September 2015. Les 110 de Taillevent is the more relaxed incarnation of the famous two Michelin-starred restaurant near the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Like its Parisian sibling, the London de Taillevent restaurant offers simple but high end classical French food with a focus on wine. The 110 in its name refers to the number of wines - and not only French wines - which are available by the glass, and every dish is paired with four wine choices in four different price ranges. There's an a-la-carte menu, a prix fixe and the menus are similar to Paris, so expect whole turbot, roasted quail, ribs of beef in a Bearnaise sauce and comforting 'childhood memory' desserts of chocolate mousse and rice pudding. Interior architect Pierre-Yves Rochon, who created the decor at the Paris restaurant, and who was responsible for the Four Seasons and the redesign of the Savoy in London, has designed 110 de Taillevent London, converting a listed building that used to be a branch of Coutts & Co on Cavendish Square into a bottle-lined brasserie with room for 70 or 80 diners and a small terrace outside. 2015/09/16 Where:
Les 110 de Taillevent London, 16 Cavendish Square London, W1G 9DD
Category: French Cuisine

Les 110 de Taillevent London, 16 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 9DD

Tube: Oxford Circus Station, Bond Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren Associates

Les 110 de Taillevent London opens on 16th September 2015.

Les 110 de Taillevent is the more relaxed incarnation of the famous two Michelin-starred restaurant near the Champs-Elysees in Paris. Like its Parisian sibling, the London de Taillevent restaurant offers simple but high end classical French food with a focus on wine. The 110 in its name refers to the number of wines - and not only French wines - which are available by the glass, and every dish is paired with four wine choices in four different price ranges. There's an a-la-carte menu, a prix fixe and the menus are similar to Paris, so expect whole turbot, roasted quail, ribs of beef in a Bearnaise sauce and comforting 'childhood memory' desserts of chocolate mousse and rice pudding. Interior architect Pierre-Yves Rochon, who created the decor at the Paris restaurant, and who was responsible for the Four Seasons and the redesign of the Savoy in London, has designed 110 de Taillevent London, converting a listed building that used to be a branch of Coutts & Co on Cavendish Square into a bottle-lined brasserie with room for 70 or 80 diners and a small terrace outside.
 
 
 

German Gymnasium

Opens Autumn 2015

German Gymnasium Opens Autumn 2015 The German Gymnasium opens in autumn 2015. The historic German Gymnasium in King's Cross, the first purpose-built gymnasium of its type in England, is being transformed into a complex of dining destinations by D&D London, who also own Pont de la Tour, Quaglino's and South Place Hotel. Originally designed by Edward Gruning, the spectacular Grade II listed building was used as a venue for the first National Olympic Games a year after it was first built in 1865 for the German Gymnastics Society. Now the building, which has since been used as offices, storage and an arts and exhibition space, becomes an all-day cafe-come-restaurant inspired by the grand cafes of Europe with two cocktail bars split across two levels, with Conran and Partners working on the design to ensure the grand and elegant German Gymnasium is sensitively converted. The building occupies a prominent location at the southern gateway to the 67 acre King's Cross development, where companies like Central St Martins, Google and Louis Vuitton have moved in, helping with the transformation of the once notoriously seedy area. 2015/09/23 Where:
German Gymnasium, 26 Pancras Road London, NW1 2TB
Category: British Cuisine

German Gymnasium, 26 Pancras Road, London, NW1 2TB

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren Associates

The German Gymnasium opens in autumn 2015.

The historic German Gymnasium in King's Cross, the first purpose-built gymnasium of its type in England, is being transformed into a complex of dining destinations by D&D London, who also own Pont de la Tour, Quaglino's and South Place Hotel. Originally designed by Edward Gruning, the spectacular Grade II listed building was used as a venue for the first National Olympic Games a year after it was first built in 1865 for the German Gymnastics Society. Now the building, which has since been used as offices, storage and an arts and exhibition space, becomes an all-day cafe-come-restaurant inspired by the grand cafes of Europe with two cocktail bars split across two levels, with Conran and Partners working on the design to ensure the grand and elegant German Gymnasium is sensitively converted. The building occupies a prominent location at the southern gateway to the 67 acre King's Cross development, where companies like Central St Martins, Google and Louis Vuitton have moved in, helping with the transformation of the once notoriously seedy area.
 
 
 

Dirty Bones

Opens September 2015

Dirty Bones Opens September 2015 Dirty Bones Kingly Court opens in September 2015. From Kensington to Carnaby Street, Dirty Bones Soho replicates the success of the Church Street original in a central London location. Doing a fine line in American comfort food classics, the menu includes such the daddy of them all, The Mac Daddy Burger, a 6oz house burger topped with pulled beef short rib, mac 'n' cheese, Dirty Bones barbecue sauce and Dirty Bones pickles. BBQ fried chicken is a combination of free range crispy fried chicken thighs and drumsticks in Dirty Bones bourbon and marshmallow barbecue sauce. But if it's barbecue pulled pork and crispy bacon you want, order The Dirty Dog which combines them with jalapeno cheese sauce and crispy shallots. On weekends, brunch brings the Benedict Burger - burger, topped with poached egg and black treacle bacon, smothered in Dirty Bones hollandaise sauce - steak and eggs, and cheesy scrambled egg with smoked guacamole, slow roast tomato waffle, wild garlic creme fraiche. Cocktails and craft beer are served in the bar area, and as in Kensington, the interior is retro in style, with a pinball machine and a playlist of classic hip hop and old skool tracks. 2015/09/30 Where:
Dirty Bones, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street London, W1B 5PW
Category: American Cuisine

Dirty Bones, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London, W1B 5PW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren Associates

Dirty Bones Kingly Court opens in September 2015.

From Kensington to Carnaby Street, Dirty Bones Soho replicates the success of the Church Street original in a central London location. Doing a fine line in American comfort food classics, the menu includes such the daddy of them all, The Mac Daddy Burger, a 6oz house burger topped with pulled beef short rib, mac 'n' cheese, Dirty Bones barbecue sauce and Dirty Bones pickles. BBQ fried chicken is a combination of free range crispy fried chicken thighs and drumsticks in Dirty Bones bourbon and marshmallow barbecue sauce. But if it's barbecue pulled pork and crispy bacon you want, order The Dirty Dog which combines them with jalapeno cheese sauce and crispy shallots. On weekends, brunch brings the Benedict Burger - burger, topped with poached egg and black treacle bacon, smothered in Dirty Bones hollandaise sauce - steak and eggs, and cheesy scrambled egg with smoked guacamole, slow roast tomato waffle, wild garlic creme fraiche. Cocktails and craft beer are served in the bar area, and as in Kensington, the interior is retro in style, with a pinball machine and a playlist of classic hip hop and old skool tracks.
 
 
 

Le Pont de la Tour

Opens late September 2015

Le Pont de la Tour Opens late September 2015 Le Pont de la Tour closes on 2nd August for a major refurbishment and reopens in late September 2015. First opened in 1991 and relaunched in September 2015, Le Pont de la Tour is a legendary restaurant with a fantastic riverside location next to Tower Bridge. With head chef and former Roux scholarship winner Frederick Forster at the helm, the menu draws inspiration from classic French cuisine using British produce simply cooked to keep the flavours clean. Orkney scallops are off-set in colour and bitterness by violet artichokes while a golden beetroot, turnip and wild wood sorrel starter is cut through with sweet pears and cobnuts. Poached turbot is among the mains, served with leeks, cauliflower and a silky crab sauce. France, Italy and California feature prominently on the high quality wine. Head to the less formal bar for live music, Thursday to Saturday, and a menu of hors d'oeuvres and sharing plates including roasted quail with spring onion, chilli and lime, and Pan-Bagnat - a speciality sandwich from Nice. Inspired by the art deco French cruise liner SS Normandie, interiors by Russell Sage Studio are darker, sleeker and more vivid than before and include an opulent gold patterned ceiling. The revamped terrace, with a perfect view of Tower Bridge, is split into two areas: a chill out lounge bar and an outdoor dining space for the restaurant, both are heated and open all year round. 2015/09/30 Where:
Le Pont de la Tour, 36d Shad Thames, The Butlers Wharf Building London, SE1 2YE
Category: Modern European Cuisine

Le Pont de la Tour, 36d Shad Thames, The Butlers Wharf Building, London, SE1 2YE

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren Associates

Le Pont de la Tour closes on 2nd August for a major refurbishment and reopens in late September 2015.

First opened in 1991 and relaunched in September 2015, Le Pont de la Tour is a legendary restaurant with a fantastic riverside location next to Tower Bridge. With head chef and former Roux scholarship winner Frederick Forster at the helm, the menu draws inspiration from classic French cuisine using British produce simply cooked to keep the flavours clean. Orkney scallops are off-set in colour and bitterness by violet artichokes while a golden beetroot, turnip and wild wood sorrel starter is cut through with sweet pears and cobnuts. Poached turbot is among the mains, served with leeks, cauliflower and a silky crab sauce. France, Italy and California feature prominently on the high quality wine. Head to the less formal bar for live music, Thursday to Saturday, and a menu of hors d'oeuvres and sharing plates including roasted quail with spring onion, chilli and lime, and Pan-Bagnat - a speciality sandwich from Nice. Inspired by the art deco French cruise liner SS Normandie, interiors by Russell Sage Studio are darker, sleeker and more vivid than before and include an opulent gold patterned ceiling. The revamped terrace, with a perfect view of Tower Bridge, is split into two areas: a chill out lounge bar and an outdoor dining space for the restaurant, both are heated and open all year round.
 
 
 

Bone Daddies, The Bower

Opens autumn 2015

Bone Daddies, The Bower Opens autumn 2015 Bone Daddies at The Bower opens in autumn 2015. Following on from the Soho and Kensington locations, Bone Daddies has now launched at The Bower in east London. Steering away from sushi, this restaurant gives Londoners a new take on Japanese food with hearty, delicious and terribly naughty bowls of slurp worthy soup. Ramen is a traditional Japanese dish that consists of noodles, meat, egg and its star ingredient, stock. The Bone Daddies menu boasts a number of varieties including Tonkotsu Ramen, made up of 20 hour pork bone broth, spring onion and chashu pork; Tantanmen Ramen, chicken bone broth, sesame, chilli, pork mince and bok choy; and Curry Ramen, with fried chicken, padron peppers and cabbage. With its stripped back interior, classic rock soundtrack and Japanese rockabilly portraits, this is certainly a Japanese restaurant with a twist. 2015/10/01 Where:
Bone Daddies, The Bower, 207-211 Old Street London, EC1V 9NR
Category: Japanese Cuisine

Bone Daddies, The Bower, 207-211 Old Street, London, EC1V 9NR

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsu

Bone Daddies at The Bower opens in autumn 2015.

Following on from the Soho and Kensington locations, Bone Daddies has now launched at The Bower in east London. Steering away from sushi, this restaurant gives Londoners a new take on Japanese food with hearty, delicious and terribly naughty bowls of slurp worthy soup. Ramen is a traditional Japanese dish that consists of noodles, meat, egg and its star ingredient, stock. The Bone Daddies menu boasts a number of varieties including Tonkotsu Ramen, made up of 20 hour pork bone broth, spring onion and chashu pork; Tantanmen Ramen, chicken bone broth, sesame, chilli, pork mince and bok choy; and Curry Ramen, with fried chicken, padron peppers and cabbage. With its stripped back interior, classic rock soundtrack and Japanese rockabilly portraits, this is certainly a Japanese restaurant with a twist.
 
 
 

Dana Library and Research Centre

Opens 3rd October 2015

Dana Library and Research Centre Opens 3rd October 2015 The Dana Library and Research Centre opens in autumn 2015. Open in late 2015, the Dana Library and Research Centre provides a world-class environment for academic research within the Science Museum, bringing together the museum's Research and Public History Department and access to its library and archive collections. With the aim of increasing the use and understanding of the Science Museum's outstanding collections, by academics and the public alike, it's a welcoming environment that provides visitors with access to a curated core collection of heavily-used academic and popular books and journals for the history, biography and social aspects of physical science, technology and medicine. 2015/10/3 Where:
Dana Library and Research Centre, Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category:

Dana Library and Research Centre, Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

The Dana Library and Research Centre opens in autumn 2015.

Open in late 2015, the Dana Library and Research Centre provides a world-class environment for academic research within the Science Museum, bringing together the museum's Research and Public History Department and access to its library and archive collections. With the aim of increasing the use and understanding of the Science Museum's outstanding collections, by academics and the public alike, it's a welcoming environment that provides visitors with access to a curated core collection of heavily-used academic and popular books and journals for the history, biography and social aspects of physical science, technology and medicine.
 
 
 

Flora Indica

Opens October 2015

Flora Indica Opens October 2015 Flora Indica opens in October 2015 | for 50 per cent off during the soft launch register your details at www.flora-­indica.com. With a menu put together by head chef Suresh Pillai, a veteran of leading Indian restaurants Veeraswamy and Gymkhana, and interiors resembling an old distillery, Flora Indica presents an unusual take on Indian dining. The eccentric Old Brompton Road venue combines a restaurant and lounge with a pair of cocktail bars alongside the spacious dining area. The ground floor is given over to a 30-seat cocktail, gin and whisky lounge with a tiffin box menu of snacks and sharing dishes, while the lower-ground floor dining room seats 70 and offers an a la carte and tasting menu. Dishes include Isle of Mull hand-dived scallops pan-seared and poached in juniper-coconut milk, Cornish mussels with ginger and tamarind broth and a coriander naan and Tamworth pork vindaloo with purple garlic and palm vinegar. On the extensive drinks menu are craft beers by the Portobello Brewery, malt whiskies and small-batch gin and punch bar. With its Victorian plaster roses, Harris tweed upholstery and exposed metal pipes, the interior design combines a Kensington residence with 19th century brewing and distilling industry chic. 2015/10/15 Where:
Flora Indica, 242 Old Brompton Road London, SW2 5DU
Category: Indian/South Asian Cuisine

Flora Indica, 242 Old Brompton Road, London, SW2 5DU

Tube: Clapham North Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsu

Flora Indica opens in October 2015 | for 50 per cent off during the soft launch register your details at www.flora-­indica.com.

With a menu put together by head chef Suresh Pillai, a veteran of leading Indian restaurants Veeraswamy and Gymkhana, and interiors resembling an old distillery, Flora Indica presents an unusual take on Indian dining. The eccentric Old Brompton Road venue combines a restaurant and lounge with a pair of cocktail bars alongside the spacious dining area. The ground floor is given over to a 30-seat cocktail, gin and whisky lounge with a tiffin box menu of snacks and sharing dishes, while the lower-ground floor dining room seats 70 and offers an a la carte and tasting menu. Dishes include Isle of Mull hand-dived scallops pan-seared and poached in juniper-coconut milk, Cornish mussels with ginger and tamarind broth and a coriander naan and Tamworth pork vindaloo with purple garlic and palm vinegar. On the extensive drinks menu are craft beers by the Portobello Brewery, malt whiskies and small-batch gin and punch bar. With its Victorian plaster roses, Harris tweed upholstery and exposed metal pipes, the interior design combines a Kensington residence with 19th century brewing and distilling industry chic.
 
 
 

The Blues Kitchen - Brixton

Opens October 2015

The Blues Kitchen - Brixton Opens October 2015 The Blues Kitchen opens in Brixton in October 2015. Texan BBQ, vintage bourbon and live blues seven nights a week make the good times roll at The Blues Kitchen in Brixton, one of three such Blues Kitchens in London alongside Camden and Shoreditch. Southern style cooking is centre stage with USDA beef flown in direct from Texas. Classic 12 hour smoked brisket is served alongside burnt ends and fall-off-the-bone 16 hour beef short ribs. Other highlights include succulent buttermilk fried chicken, tender St Louis pork ribs, buffalo wings and the popular 'Burger of the Month' - with specials inspired by the Caribbean food culture of Brixton. Split over two floors, with a tiled bar on the ground floor, a club upstairs and live stages on both, the restaurant decor is a mix of artwork from New Orleans, stained glass, Tiffany lights and leather clad booth seating. Music is a big deal at The Blues Kitchen - Seasick Steve, Gary Clark Jnr and Norman Jay have all played in the past - and the intimate stage on the ground floor has blues, swing, gospel and bluegrass shows while upstairs on the first floor there's Mississippi bluesmen and Louisiana-style brass bands. Plus resident musicians and DJs play until 2am every Friday and Saturday night. 2015/10/15 Where:
The Blues Kitchen - Brixton, 40 Acre Lane London, SW2 5SP
Category: South American Cuisine

The Blues Kitchen - Brixton, 40 Acre Lane, London, SW2 5SP

Tube: Brixton Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsu

The Blues Kitchen opens in Brixton in October 2015.

Texan BBQ, vintage bourbon and live blues seven nights a week make the good times roll at The Blues Kitchen in Brixton, one of three such Blues Kitchens in London alongside Camden and Shoreditch. Southern style cooking is centre stage with USDA beef flown in direct from Texas. Classic 12 hour smoked brisket is served alongside burnt ends and fall-off-the-bone 16 hour beef short ribs. Other highlights include succulent buttermilk fried chicken, tender St Louis pork ribs, buffalo wings and the popular 'Burger of the Month' - with specials inspired by the Caribbean food culture of Brixton. Split over two floors, with a tiled bar on the ground floor, a club upstairs and live stages on both, the restaurant decor is a mix of artwork from New Orleans, stained glass, Tiffany lights and leather clad booth seating. Music is a big deal at The Blues Kitchen - Seasick Steve, Gary Clark Jnr and Norman Jay have all played in the past - and the intimate stage on the ground floor has blues, swing, gospel and bluegrass shows while upstairs on the first floor there's Mississippi bluesmen and Louisiana-style brass bands. Plus resident musicians and DJs play until 2am every Friday and Saturday night.
 
 
 

Hoppers

Opens October 2015

Hoppers Opens October 2015 Hoppers opens in October 2015. The third London-based Indian restaurant for the Sethi brothers - Karam, Jyotin and Sunaina Sethi, the siblings behind Michelin-starred Gymkhana and Trishna who also back Bubbledogs, Kitchen Table, Lyle's and Taiwanese steamed-bun specialists Bao - Hoppers takes inspiration from the roadside shacks of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. The hopper - a thin, bowl shaped pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk - and dosa are at the heart of the menu with the fermented ground rice and lentils batter served with a choice of meat, seafood or vegetable kari. The menu also lists 'rice and roast' dishes including a Buffalo shank biryani or Tamil spit chicken, and bar snacks, ('short eats' in Sri Lanka), including Oxtail Veechu Roti and mint sambol. A short list of cocktails focuses on Genever and Arrack, with Sri Lankan Lion lager and stout also available as well as ginger beer and buttermilk chaas made in-house. The design, by Katy Manolescue of Article Design Studio, references the hopper and dosa shacks of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu and the whole thing promises to be "fast paced and bold on flavour". 2015/11/1 Where:
Hoppers, 49 Frith Street London, W1D 4SG
Category: Indian/South Asian Cuisine

Hoppers, 49 Frith Street, London, W1D 4SG

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina Sethi

Hoppers opens in October 2015.

The third London-based Indian restaurant for the Sethi brothers - Karam, Jyotin and Sunaina Sethi, the siblings behind Michelin-starred Gymkhana and Trishna who also back Bubbledogs, Kitchen Table, Lyle's and Taiwanese steamed-bun specialists Bao - Hoppers takes inspiration from the roadside shacks of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. The hopper - a thin, bowl shaped pancake made with fermented rice batter and coconut milk - and dosa are at the heart of the menu with the fermented ground rice and lentils batter served with a choice of meat, seafood or vegetable kari. The menu also lists 'rice and roast' dishes including a Buffalo shank biryani or Tamil spit chicken, and bar snacks, ('short eats' in Sri Lanka), including Oxtail Veechu Roti and mint sambol. A short list of cocktails focuses on Genever and Arrack, with Sri Lankan Lion lager and stout also available as well as ginger beer and buttermilk chaas made in-house. The design, by Katy Manolescue of Article Design Studio, references the hopper and dosa shacks of Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu and the whole thing promises to be "fast paced and bold on flavour".
 
 
 

Kanada-Ya

Opens September 2015

Kanada-Ya Opens September 2015 Kanada-Ya is due to open in September 2015. Specialising in authentic Tonkotsu ramen, Kanada-Ya adds a second outlet to the original restaurant on St Giles High Street. This Panton Street restaurant is larger - thankfully; the original is a small space - seating up to 56 covers over 2 floors (ground and basement) and more sleek in its interior design. The brand was founded by Kanada Kazuhiro in Yukuhashi, Japan, back in 2009, and all noodles are made on site with a special machine, imported from Japan. Whilst extremely time-consuming this process results in a rich clarity of taste and a delicious, creamy appearance that sets Kanada-Ya's ramen apart. And customers can request how firm they like their noodles, which are then cooked accordingly. The Soho restaurant offers the same selection of ramen as the St Giles original but with some new additions such as fried chicken, gyoza and korokke alongside. On the extended drinks menu are bottled cocktails, rare Japanese beers and a wider wine selection. 2015/11/1 Where:
Kanada-Ya, 3 Panton Street London, SW1Y 4DL
Category: Japanese Cuisine

Kanada-Ya, 3 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DL

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina Sethi

Kanada-Ya is due to open in September 2015.

Specialising in authentic Tonkotsu ramen, Kanada-Ya adds a second outlet to the original restaurant on St Giles High Street. This Panton Street restaurant is larger - thankfully; the original is a small space - seating up to 56 covers over 2 floors (ground and basement) and more sleek in its interior design. The brand was founded by Kanada Kazuhiro in Yukuhashi, Japan, back in 2009, and all noodles are made on site with a special machine, imported from Japan. Whilst extremely time-consuming this process results in a rich clarity of taste and a delicious, creamy appearance that sets Kanada-Ya's ramen apart. And customers can request how firm they like their noodles, which are then cooked accordingly. The Soho restaurant offers the same selection of ramen as the St Giles original but with some new additions such as fried chicken, gyoza and korokke alongside. On the extended drinks menu are bottled cocktails, rare Japanese beers and a wider wine selection.
 
 
 

The Nadler Victoria

Opens Late autumn 2015

The Nadler Victoria Opens Late autumn 2015 The Nadler Victoria opens in late autumn 2015. Located off Palace Street overlooking Buckingham Palace Road and the Royal Mews, The Nadler Victoria offers 73 comfortable rooms fitted-out to a four-star standard which the hotel group - see its hotels in Soho, Kensington and Liverpool - has proved it can do with style. Sharing the building at 17-19 Buckingham Palace Road with the HQ for Girlguiding, the hotel occupies the rear wing and spans from the lower ground to fifth floor level. Externally, the existing facades of the historic property are being refurbished with replacement windows and doors while internally the hotel is fitted out with all mod cons. Construction is by contractor Blenheim House who also worked on Nadler hotels in Soho and Liverpool and Nadler Hotels CEO Robert Nadler promises, "the same high standards of service and unique design as our Soho, Kensington and Liverpool hotels" with a focus on sustainability as well as "bringing something fresh to this rapidly evolving neighbourhood." 2015/11/15 Where:
The Nadler Victoria, Palace Street London, SW1W 0PT
Category: New Hotels

The Nadler Victoria, Palace Street, London, SW1W 0PT

Tube: Victoria Station

 
 

The Nadler Victoria opens in late autumn 2015.

Located off Palace Street overlooking Buckingham Palace Road and the Royal Mews, The Nadler Victoria offers 73 comfortable rooms fitted-out to a four-star standard which the hotel group - see its hotels in Soho, Kensington and Liverpool - has proved it can do with style. Sharing the building at 17-19 Buckingham Palace Road with the HQ for Girlguiding, the hotel occupies the rear wing and spans from the lower ground to fifth floor level. Externally, the existing facades of the historic property are being refurbished with replacement windows and doors while internally the hotel is fitted out with all mod cons. Construction is by contractor Blenheim House who also worked on Nadler hotels in Soho and Liverpool and Nadler Hotels CEO Robert Nadler promises, "the same high standards of service and unique design as our Soho, Kensington and Liverpool hotels" with a focus on sustainability as well as "bringing something fresh to this rapidly evolving neighbourhood."
 
 
 

Chi Kitchen

Opens autumn 2015

Chi Kitchen Opens autumn 2015 Chi Kitchen opens in autumn 2015. On the ground floor of Debenhams' flagship Oxford Street store, Chi Kitchen is a pan-Asian restaurant owned by Mango Tree restaurateur Eddie Lim, with a menu by Ian Pengelley, the group's executive chef. Taking inspiration from the whole of South East Asia, breakfast brings choices of Korean seafood omelette, Singaporean Kaya Toast, and Chinese bubble waffle with fresh berries. For lunch and dinner there are small plates of pumpkin korroke, avocado wedges and various spring rolls. Salads include seaweed salad and pomelo, prawn and micro salad, and there's a selection of dim sum. Larger dishes include Korean steak cooked on the open-plan robata grill, noodle and curry dishes: duck ramen, Vietnamese pho, and Nyonya chicken curry. Interiors make use of slate, concrete, copper, oak and leather, and there are deep upholstered window booths, a dining counter which doubles as a sushi bar, and timber tables and chairs. Summed up as "exotic, colourful and incredibly tasty" by Eddie Lim, the full menu is available to take away, from the 'grab and go' counter. 2015/11/30 Where:
Chi Kitchen, 334-348 Oxford Street, Debenhams London, W1C 1JG
Category: Pan-Asian Cuisine

Chi Kitchen, 334-348 Oxford Street, Debenhams, London, W1C 1JG

Tube: Bond Street Station, Oxford Circus Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina Sethi

Chi Kitchen opens in autumn 2015.

On the ground floor of Debenhams' flagship Oxford Street store, Chi Kitchen is a pan-Asian restaurant owned by Mango Tree restaurateur Eddie Lim, with a menu by Ian Pengelley, the group's executive chef. Taking inspiration from the whole of South East Asia, breakfast brings choices of Korean seafood omelette, Singaporean Kaya Toast, and Chinese bubble waffle with fresh berries. For lunch and dinner there are small plates of pumpkin korroke, avocado wedges and various spring rolls. Salads include seaweed salad and pomelo, prawn and micro salad, and there's a selection of dim sum. Larger dishes include Korean steak cooked on the open-plan robata grill, noodle and curry dishes: duck ramen, Vietnamese pho, and Nyonya chicken curry. Interiors make use of slate, concrete, copper, oak and leather, and there are deep upholstered window booths, a dining counter which doubles as a sushi bar, and timber tables and chairs. Summed up as "exotic, colourful and incredibly tasty" by Eddie Lim, the full menu is available to take away, from the 'grab and go' counter.
 
 
 

Barbecoa Piccadilly

Opens Late 2015

Barbecoa Piccadilly Opens Late 2015 Barbecoa Piccadilly opens in late 2015. Set within a new space at the historic Prince's House on 194-196 Piccadilly, Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa comes to Piccadilly following the success of the original upmarket Barbecoa barbecue restaurant by St Paul's Cathedral. Bigger than the original, the second restaurant is a 9,000 square foot space which can cater for more than 300 guests over the ground and basement floors. Barbecoa's menu focuses on flames and fire­-based cooking methods - there's "an arsenal of fancy barbecue equipment" (The Independent) - creating wonderful smoke-­filled flavours. Quality cuts of meat, all hand selected by in-house butchers, are cooked on a Japanese robata grill, a Texan smoker or in a Tandoori oven so mains are a carnivore feast of rump, fillet and strip steak and burger, lamb skewers and leg steak, pork belly, spatchcock chicken and sticky, smokey ribs. "Stick to the chargrilled meat," says Zoe Williams reviewing the original restaurant in the Telegraph, "and you can't go wrong". Her lamb skewers were "stunning" and the rump steak "a very macho statement of total competence". 2015/12/1 Where:
Barbecoa Piccadilly, 194-196 Piccadilly London, W1J 9EX
Category:

Barbecoa Piccadilly, 194-196 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9EX

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Green Park Station

 
 

Barbecoa Piccadilly opens in late 2015.

Set within a new space at the historic Prince's House on 194-196 Piccadilly, Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa comes to Piccadilly following the success of the original upmarket Barbecoa barbecue restaurant by St Paul's Cathedral. Bigger than the original, the second restaurant is a 9,000 square foot space which can cater for more than 300 guests over the ground and basement floors. Barbecoa's menu focuses on flames and fire­-based cooking methods - there's "an arsenal of fancy barbecue equipment" (The Independent) - creating wonderful smoke-­filled flavours. Quality cuts of meat, all hand selected by in-house butchers, are cooked on a Japanese robata grill, a Texan smoker or in a Tandoori oven so mains are a carnivore feast of rump, fillet and strip steak and burger, lamb skewers and leg steak, pork belly, spatchcock chicken and sticky, smokey ribs. "Stick to the chargrilled meat," says Zoe Williams reviewing the original restaurant in the Telegraph, "and you can't go wrong". Her lamb skewers were "stunning" and the rump steak "a very macho statement of total competence".
 
 
 

Biblioteka

Opens Late 2015

Biblioteka Opens Late 2015 Biblioteka opens in late 2015. Restaurateur Leonid Shutov, founder of Bob Bob Ricard, is turning the former Lloyds Bank flagship branch in St James's Street into a 250-seat restaurant, Biblioteka, serving "English classics and Russian delicacies". At 20,000 square feet it's one of the largest restaurants in central London, almost twice as big again as Quaglino's and roughly the same size as Brasserie Zedel, and £9 million has been set aside for the interiors. The restaurant's name - Biblioteka is Russian for library - hints at how the interiors have been designed: the walls of the restaurant display the impressive wine collection like books. This includes "over 100 vintages of Chateau d'Yquem, Krug Champagne going back to 1915; and top Bordeaux including Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Cheval Blanc extending back to 1937", according to a report in the Evening Standard. With Michelin aspirations, the restaurant is "the last word in luxury" (Telegraph) with simple food expertly presented in "London's most talked about dining room interior". 2015/12/1 Where:
Biblioteka, 12 St James's Street London, SW1A 1ER
Category:

Biblioteka, 12 St James's Street, London, SW1A 1ER

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 

Biblioteka opens in late 2015.

Restaurateur Leonid Shutov, founder of Bob Bob Ricard, is turning the former Lloyds Bank flagship branch in St James's Street into a 250-seat restaurant, Biblioteka, serving "English classics and Russian delicacies". At 20,000 square feet it's one of the largest restaurants in central London, almost twice as big again as Quaglino's and roughly the same size as Brasserie Zedel, and £9 million has been set aside for the interiors. The restaurant's name - Biblioteka is Russian for library - hints at how the interiors have been designed: the walls of the restaurant display the impressive wine collection like books. This includes "over 100 vintages of Chateau d'Yquem, Krug Champagne going back to 1915; and top Bordeaux including Chateau Haut-Brion, Chateau Margaux and Chateau Cheval Blanc extending back to 1937", according to a report in the Evening Standard. With Michelin aspirations, the restaurant is "the last word in luxury" (Telegraph) with simple food expertly presented in "London's most talked about dining room interior".
 
 
 

King's Cross Pavilion

Opens 1st December 2015

King's Cross Pavilion Opens 1st December 2015 King's Cross Pavilion is due to be completed in 2015. Designed by Stirling Prize winning architects Stanton Williams, the firm behind the nearby Granary Complex which includes Central Saint Martin's, King's Cross Pavilion occupies an enviable spot overlooking Regent's Canal. The imposing 9,200 square foot pavilion which opens out onto Granary Square is a three storey building conceived as a single sculptural form. Once complete, it will house a restaurant and bar with a viewing terrace, outdoor dining area on the canal side and full-height windows making use of its waterside position. It adds to the already burgeoning restuarant scene, joining neighbouring rated restaurants including Bruno Loubet's Grain Store, Caravan King's Cross, Dishoom and stalls from street food collective KERB. 2015/12/1 Where:
King's Cross Pavilion, Granary Square London, N1C 4AA
Category: Sights

King's Cross Pavilion, Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton Williams

King's Cross Pavilion is due to be completed in 2015.

Designed by Stirling Prize winning architects Stanton Williams, the firm behind the nearby Granary Complex which includes Central Saint Martin's, King's Cross Pavilion occupies an enviable spot overlooking Regent's Canal. The imposing 9,200 square foot pavilion which opens out onto Granary Square is a three storey building conceived as a single sculptural form. Once complete, it will house a restaurant and bar with a viewing terrace, outdoor dining area on the canal side and full-height windows making use of its waterside position. It adds to the already burgeoning restuarant scene, joining neighbouring rated restaurants including Bruno Loubet's Grain Store, Caravan King's Cross, Dishoom and stalls from street food collective KERB.
 
 
 

Park Plaza Park Royal

Opens 1st December 2015

Park Plaza Park Royal Opens 1st December 2015 Park Plaza at Park Royal is expected to open in 2015. The 15 million pound Park Plaza Hotel on Western Avenue, Park Royal, in west London, the conversion of a former office building into a 168-room hotel is expected to open in 2015. Occupying a two-acre site opposite Park Royal underground station, the 6,750 square metre hotel offers four star accommodation over six storeys. On the ground floor there's a bar, restaurant, gym and conference facilities while rooms above have been designed and built off site before being stacked together to form the building. The scheme also includes a four storey office building and a 5,000 square metre data centre. Park Plaza Hotels currently have five hotels in London and this new hotel, added to another two under development - including the group's first UK art'otel in Hoxton, scheduled to open in 2017 - will bring the total to eight. 2015/12/1 Where:
Park Plaza Park Royal, 628 Western Avenue London, W3 0TA
Category: New Hotels

Park Plaza Park Royal, 628 Western Avenue, London, W3 0TA

Tube: Park Royal Station

 
 

Park Plaza at Park Royal is expected to open in 2015.

The 15 million pound Park Plaza Hotel on Western Avenue, Park Royal, in west London, the conversion of a former office building into a 168-room hotel is expected to open in 2015. Occupying a two-acre site opposite Park Royal underground station, the 6,750 square metre hotel offers four star accommodation over six storeys. On the ground floor there's a bar, restaurant, gym and conference facilities while rooms above have been designed and built off site before being stacked together to form the building. The scheme also includes a four storey office building and a 5,000 square metre data centre. Park Plaza Hotels currently have five hotels in London and this new hotel, added to another two under development - including the group's first UK art'otel in Hoxton, scheduled to open in 2017 - will bring the total to eight.
 
 
 

The Red Crate

Opens 2015/2016 2015

The Red Crate Opens 2015/2016 2015 The Red Crate is planned to open in 2015/2016. A striking 220-seat eco-theatre similar to sister building, the National Theatre's temporary Shed theatre, The Red Crate, will be a game-changer for Theatre Royal Stratford East, increasing the number of performances by 92 per cent per year if it opens as planned in 2015-16. Like The Shed, the building has been designed by award-winning architects Haworth Tompkins, but this one will be situated in Stratford's Cultural Quarter alongside Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford Circus and Picturehouse cinema. The new building is set to adjoin a new cafe / bar in the adjacent empty catering unit to create a vibrant destination for the local community which will be in place for 10 years if all goes ahead as planned. 2015/12/1 Where:
The Red Crate, Theatre Square London, E15 1BN
Category: Theatres

The Red Crate, Theatre Square, London, E15 1BN

Tube: Stratford Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth Tompkins

The Red Crate is planned to open in 2015/2016.

A striking 220-seat eco-theatre similar to sister building, the National Theatre's temporary Shed theatre, The Red Crate, will be a game-changer for Theatre Royal Stratford East, increasing the number of performances by 92 per cent per year if it opens as planned in 2015-16. Like The Shed, the building has been designed by award-winning architects Haworth Tompkins, but this one will be situated in Stratford's Cultural Quarter alongside Theatre Royal Stratford East, Stratford Circus and Picturehouse cinema. The new building is set to adjoin a new cafe / bar in the adjacent empty catering unit to create a vibrant destination for the local community which will be in place for 10 years if all goes ahead as planned.
 
 
 

Shake Shack New Oxford Street

Opens 31st December 2015

Shake Shack New Oxford Street Opens 31st December 2015 Shake Shack New Oxford Street opens late 2015/early 2016. Shake Shack, the American burger joint which first arrived in London from New York City in 2013, adds a third outlet in the city with Shake Shack New Oxford Street. On the ground floor of 80 New Oxford Street, part of the Crossrail development and a short walk from Tottenham Court Road tube station, the restaurant serves the same all-natural Angus beef burgers, griddled-crisp flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard and crinkle cut fries that have proved so popular both Stateside and in London at the Covent Garden and Westfield Stratford City branches. 2015/12/31 Where:
Shake Shack New Oxford Street, 80 New Oxford Street London, WC1A 1HB
Category:

Shake Shack New Oxford Street, 80 New Oxford Street, London, WC1A 1HB

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth Tompkins

Shake Shack New Oxford Street opens late 2015/early 2016.

Shake Shack, the American burger joint which first arrived in London from New York City in 2013, adds a third outlet in the city with Shake Shack New Oxford Street. On the ground floor of 80 New Oxford Street, part of the Crossrail development and a short walk from Tottenham Court Road tube station, the restaurant serves the same all-natural Angus beef burgers, griddled-crisp flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard and crinkle cut fries that have proved so popular both Stateside and in London at the Covent Garden and Westfield Stratford City branches.
 
 
 

Zetter Townhouse Marylebone

Opened 14th August 2015

Zetter Townhouse Marylebone Opened 14th August 2015 Mark Sainsbury and Michael Benyon's Zetter Group - which owns the Zetter and Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell, famous for their eccentric interiors and cool cocktails - adds to the 'townhouse' brand with the Zetter Townhouse Marylebone on Seymour Street in Marylebone. The 6 storey 24 bedroom Georgian townhouse hotel has interiors by Russell Sage Studios, a spectacular suite on the top floor and a destination cocktail bar. The ground floor Georgian drawing room, called Seymour's Parlour, is open for breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails concocted by Tony Conigliaro with menus by celebrated French chef Bruno Loubet. The brand new building houses 21 bedrooms, 2 studio suites, and a spectacular rooftop apartment, complete with private staircase and a large roof terrace with an alfresco roll top bath. While the original Zetter was home to fictional hostess Wilhelmina, who travelled the world collecting art and curios for her London home, the latest addition to the Zetter family is the home of wicked uncle Seymour giving the hotel an individual and eccentric personality. 2015/08/14 Where:
Zetter Townhouse Marylebone, 28-30 Seymour Street London, W1H 7JB
Category: New Hotels

Zetter Townhouse Marylebone, 28-30 Seymour Street, London, W1H 7JB

Tube: Marble Arch Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth Tompkins
Mark Sainsbury and Michael Benyon's Zetter Group - which owns the Zetter and Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell, famous for their eccentric interiors and cool cocktails - adds to the 'townhouse' brand with the Zetter Townhouse Marylebone on Seymour Street in Marylebone. The 6 storey 24 bedroom Georgian townhouse hotel has interiors by Russell Sage Studios, a spectacular suite on the top floor and a destination cocktail bar. The ground floor Georgian drawing room, called Seymour's Parlour, is open for breakfast, afternoon tea and cocktails concocted by Tony Conigliaro with menus by celebrated French chef Bruno Loubet. The brand new building houses 21 bedrooms, 2 studio suites, and a spectacular rooftop apartment, complete with private staircase and a large roof terrace with an alfresco roll top bath. While the original Zetter was home to fictional hostess Wilhelmina, who travelled the world collecting art and curios for her London home, the latest addition to the Zetter family is the home of wicked uncle Seymour giving the hotel an individual and eccentric personality.
 
 
 

Lundenwic

Opened 6th August 2015

Lundenwic Opened 6th August 2015 Oli Hiam and Dom Hamdy, the pair behind gourmet scotch eggs pop-up Scotchtails extend beyond the meat-wrapped egg snack to fresh salads, sandwiches and toasties with Lundenwic, an all-day cafe and coffee shop on Aldwych, Covent Garden. Named after a 5th century Anglo-Saxon settlement in the city, Lundenwic was inspired by a trip to Copenhagen and everything from the menu to the decor is reminiscent of the Nordic cafes found there. It's open from breakfast when choices include pastries and freshly made porridge served with marmalade, cocoa nibs, hazelnut and honey on top. The menu of mix and match freshly made gluten free salads, sandwiches and toasties comes courtesy of young chef Matt Shea who has worked at B.O.B's Lobster and Salon Brixton. Crunchy, fresh salads combine courgette, asparagus, kohlrabi, peas, curd and red chilli; roast butternut squash with chickpeas, fennel and pomegranate; and pickled peach, green beans, feta and hazelnut. Sandwiches on sourdough are filled with porchetta, salsa verde and mint as well as vegetarian friendly options like butternut squash, chickpeas with lemons and chermoula. Coffee - overseen by head of coffee, Stan Przemek, from Flat White, Milk Bar and TAP Coffee - is by Workshop and there's an exclusive selection of bottled nut milks including 'Peanut milk'. 2015/08/06 Where:
Lundenwic, 45 Aldwych London, WC2B 4DW
Category: Cafes and Delis

Lundenwic, 45 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4DW

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of Lundenwic
Oli Hiam and Dom Hamdy, the pair behind gourmet scotch eggs pop-up Scotchtails extend beyond the meat-wrapped egg snack to fresh salads, sandwiches and toasties with Lundenwic, an all-day cafe and coffee shop on Aldwych, Covent Garden. Named after a 5th century Anglo-Saxon settlement in the city, Lundenwic was inspired by a trip to Copenhagen and everything from the menu to the decor is reminiscent of the Nordic cafes found there. It's open from breakfast when choices include pastries and freshly made porridge served with marmalade, cocoa nibs, hazelnut and honey on top. The menu of mix and match freshly made gluten free salads, sandwiches and toasties comes courtesy of young chef Matt Shea who has worked at B.O.B's Lobster and Salon Brixton. Crunchy, fresh salads combine courgette, asparagus, kohlrabi, peas, curd and red chilli; roast butternut squash with chickpeas, fennel and pomegranate; and pickled peach, green beans, feta and hazelnut. Sandwiches on sourdough are filled with porchetta, salsa verde and mint as well as vegetarian friendly options like butternut squash, chickpeas with lemons and chermoula. Coffee - overseen by head of coffee, Stan Przemek, from Flat White, Milk Bar and TAP Coffee - is by Workshop and there's an exclusive selection of bottled nut milks including 'Peanut milk'.
 
 
 

Bonfire

Opened 5th August 2015

Bonfire Opened 5th August 2015 Only quality ingredients are used at Bonfire, the burger bar on the first floor of the brilliant multi-purpose Barbican Centre arts hub. Burgers at Bonfire - including the 'Smokie' which comes topped with smoked cheese, smoked bacon, tomato, lettuce and BBQ sauce - are made with beef from the Lake District and chicken dishes, like the spit-roast, use free-range chicken from Kent. Meat not your thing? Try the Squeaky Cheese One: grilled halloumi, flat mushroom and smoked aioli. Shakes are a speciality too, with home made creations like the PBJ (peanut butter ice-cream with strawberries) and salted caramel. Desserts come in the form of pecan pie, sweet cherry pie and white chocolate cheesecake - sugary enough to satisfy the sweetest of tooths, and for those looking for something a bit more 'grown up' there's craft beers, cocktails and wines. 2015/08/05 Where:
Bonfire, 1st floor Barbican Centre London, EC2Y 8DS
Category:

Bonfire, 1st floor Barbican Centre, London, EC2Y 8DS

Tube: Barbican Station, Moorgate Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of Lundenwic
Only quality ingredients are used at Bonfire, the burger bar on the first floor of the brilliant multi-purpose Barbican Centre arts hub. Burgers at Bonfire - including the 'Smokie' which comes topped with smoked cheese, smoked bacon, tomato, lettuce and BBQ sauce - are made with beef from the Lake District and chicken dishes, like the spit-roast, use free-range chicken from Kent. Meat not your thing? Try the Squeaky Cheese One: grilled halloumi, flat mushroom and smoked aioli. Shakes are a speciality too, with home made creations like the PBJ (peanut butter ice-cream with strawberries) and salted caramel. Desserts come in the form of pecan pie, sweet cherry pie and white chocolate cheesecake - sugary enough to satisfy the sweetest of tooths, and for those looking for something a bit more 'grown up' there's craft beers, cocktails and wines.
 
 
 

Jurassic Falls Adventure Golf

Opened 25th July 2015

Jurassic Falls Adventure Golf Opened 25th July 2015 At this dinosaur themed adventure golf course in east London you can pitch and putt your way around 18 holes alongside near life size animatronic dinosaurs. The Florida style Jurassic Falls Adventure Golf course also has a four metre high waterfall so you'll see lumbering herbivores Stegosaurus and Triceratops feasting on the fresh ferns while you're on your golf safari. But remember this is dinosaur territory so you may well encounter a bloodthirsty T-Rex or ferocious Spinosaurus. Who said golf was a gentle sport, best left for the retirement years? 2015/07/25 Where:
Jurassic Falls Adventure Golf, Southend Road (A406), Chingford London, E4 8TA
Category: Golf

Jurassic Falls Adventure Golf, Southend Road (A406), Chingford, London, E4 8TA

Tube: Blackhorse Road Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of Lundenwic
At this dinosaur themed adventure golf course in east London you can pitch and putt your way around 18 holes alongside near life size animatronic dinosaurs. The Florida style Jurassic Falls Adventure Golf course also has a four metre high waterfall so you'll see lumbering herbivores Stegosaurus and Triceratops feasting on the fresh ferns while you're on your golf safari. But remember this is dinosaur territory so you may well encounter a bloodthirsty T-Rex or ferocious Spinosaurus. Who said golf was a gentle sport, best left for the retirement years?
 
 
 

Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park Acton

Opened 20th July 2015

Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park Acton Opened 20th July 2015 Trampolines aren't just for kids. With 150 interconnected trampolines - that's big enough to fit 132 people - the Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park in Acton has space and activities for everyone, from Little O for under 5s and weekend family bounce sessions to teenage takeovers and fitness classes. You can even sign up for freerunning at Freejumping. Sebastien Foucan, star of Channel 4 documentary 'Jump London', who appeared in the opening scene in James Bond's Casino Royale, has partnered with Oxygen Freejumping to give children and adults the chance to learn his 'Foucan' style of freerunning. 2015/7/20 Where:
Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park Acton, Vision Industrial Park, Kendal Avenue London, W3 0AF
Category: Attractions for Kids

Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park Acton, Vision Industrial Park, Kendal Avenue, London, W3 0AF

Tube: West Acton Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of Lundenwic
Trampolines aren't just for kids. With 150 interconnected trampolines - that's big enough to fit 132 people - the Oxygen Freejumping Trampoline Park in Acton has space and activities for everyone, from Little O for under 5s and weekend family bounce sessions to teenage takeovers and fitness classes. You can even sign up for freerunning at Freejumping. Sebastien Foucan, star of Channel 4 documentary 'Jump London', who appeared in the opening scene in James Bond's Casino Royale, has partnered with Oxygen Freejumping to give children and adults the chance to learn his 'Foucan' style of freerunning.
 
 
 

PizzaBuzz

Opened 20th July 2015

PizzaBuzz Opened 20th July 2015 Forget pepperoni and Hawaiian, PizzaBuzz offers diners intriguing pizza toppings diners - bacon jam with balsamic, anyone? - and a choice between five different bases, including gluten-free. Located in the Alphabeta office development, the restaurant provides workers in the area a choice between options such as wild rock shrimp marinated in garlic, Applewood-smoked bacon, white figs and rucola. Bases are made in-house with a unique blend of flours while a statement curved service bar also has breakfast specials, fresh salads and burrata. Dessert options include ice cream made from almond milk, goat milk and cow milk and chilled Prosecco is on tap to wash it all down. 2015/7/20 Where:
PizzaBuzz, 2 Worship Street London, EC2A 2AH
Category: Italian Cuisine

PizzaBuzz, 2 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2AH

Tube: Old Street Station, Moorgate Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea
Forget pepperoni and Hawaiian, PizzaBuzz offers diners intriguing pizza toppings diners - bacon jam with balsamic, anyone? - and a choice between five different bases, including gluten-free. Located in the Alphabeta office development, the restaurant provides workers in the area a choice between options such as wild rock shrimp marinated in garlic, Applewood-smoked bacon, white figs and rucola. Bases are made in-house with a unique blend of flours while a statement curved service bar also has breakfast specials, fresh salads and burrata. Dessert options include ice cream made from almond milk, goat milk and cow milk and chilled Prosecco is on tap to wash it all down.
 
 
 

Franco Manca, Covent Garden

Opened 17th July 2015

Franco Manca, Covent Garden Opened 17th July 2015 Fast becoming London's favourite pizza restaurant, new branches of Franco Manca are popping up all over the place and this Covent Garden branch is their prettiest location yet with two levels and exposed brickwork inside and beautiful arches and hanging baskets on the exterior. Found on Maiden Lane, which is also home to Polpo and the Big Easy, the branch serves the distinct brand of pizzas that are renowned for their delicious slow-rise sourdough crusts and even more appealing prices. The simple menu consists of six pizzas made with ingredients like fresh mozzarella, made daily on Lloyd Green's organic farm in Somerset; tomatoes from small co-op of organic producers in Italy; and ham and sausages made in partnership with David Tomlin from the Rare Bread Survival Trust. The drinks menu is equally simple with the choice between one lager, one ale, organic wines, traditional prosecco and a range of soft drinks. Here it's all about quality and we'd be hard pushed to stray anywhere else for our pizza fix. 2015/07/17 Where:
Franco Manca, Covent Garden, 39 Maiden Lane London, WC2E 7LJ
Category: Italian Cuisine

Franco Manca, Covent Garden, 39 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7LJ

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani
Fast becoming London's favourite pizza restaurant, new branches of Franco Manca are popping up all over the place and this Covent Garden branch is their prettiest location yet with two levels and exposed brickwork inside and beautiful arches and hanging baskets on the exterior. Found on Maiden Lane, which is also home to Polpo and the Big Easy, the branch serves the distinct brand of pizzas that are renowned for their delicious slow-rise sourdough crusts and even more appealing prices. The simple menu consists of six pizzas made with ingredients like fresh mozzarella, made daily on Lloyd Green's organic farm in Somerset; tomatoes from small co-op of organic producers in Italy; and ham and sausages made in partnership with David Tomlin from the Rare Bread Survival Trust. The drinks menu is equally simple with the choice between one lager, one ale, organic wines, traditional prosecco and a range of soft drinks. Here it's all about quality and we'd be hard pushed to stray anywhere else for our pizza fix.
 
 
 

Sackville's

Opened 16th July 2015

Sackville's Opened 16th July 2015 Black truffles and posh burgers are primarily what Sackville's is all about. The Mayfair grill and bar is run by chef Wayne Dixon, former senior sous chef of Gordon Ramsay's Maze Grill, and gives diners five gourmet burgers to choose from. George's Black Burger, a Wagyu patty on a dark truffle brioche bun, buttered with foie gras mousse and served with a truffle mayonnaise sounds particularly rich and delicious. But there are also non-burger dishes like poussin baked with truffle oil, and spaghetti with ox tongue, boar shavings and truffle dust. Sides include truffle mac and cheese, truffle mash and wilted kale with butter dressing. Expert mixologist Monica Berg, formerly at Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social is responsible for the signature cocktails and spirits served in the basement bar, its interior inspired by its previous tailor-shop occupants. 2015/7/16 Where:
Sackville's, 8a Sackville Street London, W1S 3DF
Category: American Cuisine

Sackville's, 8a Sackville Street, London, W1S 3DF

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 
Black truffles and posh burgers are primarily what Sackville's is all about. The Mayfair grill and bar is run by chef Wayne Dixon, former senior sous chef of Gordon Ramsay's Maze Grill, and gives diners five gourmet burgers to choose from. George's Black Burger, a Wagyu patty on a dark truffle brioche bun, buttered with foie gras mousse and served with a truffle mayonnaise sounds particularly rich and delicious. But there are also non-burger dishes like poussin baked with truffle oil, and spaghetti with ox tongue, boar shavings and truffle dust. Sides include truffle mac and cheese, truffle mash and wilted kale with butter dressing. Expert mixologist Monica Berg, formerly at Jason Atherton's Pollen Street Social is responsible for the signature cocktails and spirits served in the basement bar, its interior inspired by its previous tailor-shop occupants.
 
 
 

Celeste Restaurant

Opened 15th July 2015

Celeste Restaurant Opened 15th July 2015 The chef in charge at The Lanesborough, Eric Frechon - who has three Michelin stars at his Paris restaurant - has brought his protege, Florian Favario, who has five years' experience at Le Bristol in Paris, to London. So here in Knightsbridge we have the very best French cuisine in a Venetian-style dining room, the interior being part of an extensive refurbishment of the whole hotel, one of the best in London, overseen by French designer Alberto Pinto. The restaurant includes one private dining room, seating up to 14, and two wine-tasting rooms while the main dining room, naturally lit by a domed glass roof and spectacular hanging chandeliers, is wonderfully opulent with bas-relief friezes and fluted columns. 2015/7/15 Where:
Celeste Restaurant, The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner London, SW1X 7TA
Category: French Cuisine

Celeste Restaurant, The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, London, SW1X 7TA

Tube: Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 
The chef in charge at The Lanesborough, Eric Frechon - who has three Michelin stars at his Paris restaurant - has brought his protege, Florian Favario, who has five years' experience at Le Bristol in Paris, to London. So here in Knightsbridge we have the very best French cuisine in a Venetian-style dining room, the interior being part of an extensive refurbishment of the whole hotel, one of the best in London, overseen by French designer Alberto Pinto. The restaurant includes one private dining room, seating up to 14, and two wine-tasting rooms while the main dining room, naturally lit by a domed glass roof and spectacular hanging chandeliers, is wonderfully opulent with bas-relief friezes and fluted columns.
 
 
 

The Lanesborough

Opened 15th July 2015

The Lanesborough Opened 15th July 2015 The Lanesborough offers 93 beautiful rooms and suites in a prestigious location on the borders of Knightsbridge and Belgravia and on Hyde Park corner. In summer 2015 the results of The Lanesborough's year and a half long closure were revealed. The upgrade was led by the late interior designer Alberto Pinto who passed away before the project's completion - his contemporary update of the opulent landmark remains as his legacy. Bedrooms and dining rooms have been restored to their original Georgian splendour, there's a refurbished spa, fine French dining in a Venetian-style dining room in the restaurant, Celeste, afternoon tea, cigars and cognacs in The Garden Room, and all mod cons with in-room digital services putting the latest technology to (very discrete) use. 2015/7/15 Where:
The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner London, SW1X 7TA
Category: New Hotels

The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, London, SW1X 7TA

Tube: Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest room
The Lanesborough offers 93 beautiful rooms and suites in a prestigious location on the borders of Knightsbridge and Belgravia and on Hyde Park corner. In summer 2015 the results of The Lanesborough's year and a half long closure were revealed. The upgrade was led by the late interior designer Alberto Pinto who passed away before the project's completion - his contemporary update of the opulent landmark remains as his legacy. Bedrooms and dining rooms have been restored to their original Georgian splendour, there's a refurbished spa, fine French dining in a Venetian-style dining room in the restaurant, Celeste, afternoon tea, cigars and cognacs in The Garden Room, and all mod cons with in-room digital services putting the latest technology to (very discrete) use.
 
 
 

The Lanesborough Afternoon Tea

Opened 15th July 2015

The Lanesborough Afternoon Tea Opened 15th July 2015 Earning the Award of Excellence more times than it would be polite to mention in recent years, an afternoon brew at The Lanesborough is a bit of a treat. The stylish early 19th century hotel sits right on Hyde Park Corner and tea is served in its recently reopened restaurant, Celeste, with its beautiful glass roof. The formal ceremony of afternoon tea here takes on an indisputable air of sophistication with the steaming tea served from silver pots - a Russian samovar if you need to know - and poured into fine bone china cups, a stack of crustless finger sandwiches to accompany it. They don't mess around here, employing a dedicated 'tea sommelier' who takes the job of tea buying very seriously - most are purchased at auction. Green, black and white teas are all on the menu, from Gunpowder to Jasmine Pearls - it's a bewildering choice so don't be afraid to ask for advice. There are several different types of afternoon tea price packages to choose from, all of which come with a freshly baked scones, thick clotted cream and home made fruit preserves. 2015/7/15 Where:
The Lanesborough Afternoon Tea, Hyde Park Corner London, SW1X 7TA
Category: Afternoon Tea

The Lanesborough Afternoon Tea, Hyde Park Corner, London, SW1X 7TA

Tube: Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest room
Earning the Award of Excellence more times than it would be polite to mention in recent years, an afternoon brew at The Lanesborough is a bit of a treat. The stylish early 19th century hotel sits right on Hyde Park Corner and tea is served in its recently reopened restaurant, Celeste, with its beautiful glass roof. The formal ceremony of afternoon tea here takes on an indisputable air of sophistication with the steaming tea served from silver pots - a Russian samovar if you need to know - and poured into fine bone china cups, a stack of crustless finger sandwiches to accompany it. They don't mess around here, employing a dedicated 'tea sommelier' who takes the job of tea buying very seriously - most are purchased at auction. Green, black and white teas are all on the menu, from Gunpowder to Jasmine Pearls - it's a bewildering choice so don't be afraid to ask for advice. There are several different types of afternoon tea price packages to choose from, all of which come with a freshly baked scones, thick clotted cream and home made fruit preserves.
 
 
 

Cafe Mish

Opened 12th July 2015

Cafe Mish Opened 12th July 2015 Salt Beef gourmet sandwiches are the star of the show at Cafe Mish, a Mayfair sandwich shop offering a beefed up lunch that's a cut above your average two slices, to eat-in or take-away. Putting the gourmet into the sandwich experience, they use quality, locally-sourced and seasonal British produce including slow braised salted beef from Hensons, sweet pickle ghekins, dijonnaise on a thick slice of Caraway bread. The menu also features Roast Lamb - Porchetta style slow roast lamb saddle with red onion confit, mint and wild rocket among six other luxurious fillings that include Mish Pastrami, Roast Rib of Beef and Burratta. Each sandwich is available in small, medium and large and there are freshly made cakes, snacks and coffee available too. The space at 1a Shepherd Street sits just six but take-away and delivery services are also available for those in the local area. 2015/7/12 Where:
Cafe Mish, 1a Shepherd Street London, W1J 7HJ
Category: Cafes and Delis

Cafe Mish, 1a Shepherd Street, London, W1J 7HJ

Tube: Green Park Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest room
Salt Beef gourmet sandwiches are the star of the show at Cafe Mish, a Mayfair sandwich shop offering a beefed up lunch that's a cut above your average two slices, to eat-in or take-away. Putting the gourmet into the sandwich experience, they use quality, locally-sourced and seasonal British produce including slow braised salted beef from Hensons, sweet pickle ghekins, dijonnaise on a thick slice of Caraway bread. The menu also features Roast Lamb - Porchetta style slow roast lamb saddle with red onion confit, mint and wild rocket among six other luxurious fillings that include Mish Pastrami, Roast Rib of Beef and Burratta. Each sandwich is available in small, medium and large and there are freshly made cakes, snacks and coffee available too. The space at 1a Shepherd Street sits just six but take-away and delivery services are also available for those in the local area.
 
 
 

Oldroyd

Opened 9th July 2015

Oldroyd Opened 9th July 2015 After five years as chef director at Russell Norman's Polpo restaurant group, Tom Oldroyd presents his first solo venture, Oldroyd, a small neighbourhood restaurant on Upper Street in Islington. As a self-taught chef Tom, originally from Guildford in Surrey, has worked in some of London's top restaurants including the renowned Alastair Little's in Soho and a short stint at Bocca di Luppo. Drawing on his 15 years' experience within the restaurant industry, Oldroyd, a 40-cover neighbourhood restaurant split across two floors, offers a daily-changing menu of small European dishes. Examples include confit mustard duck wings and pea and pork jowl croquettes with summer truffle mayo and larger plates including Cornish chorizo, prawn and broad bean paella with cockles and aioli. The menu also features seasonal salads including grilled peach, Dorset coppa and perroche, alongside a selection of meaty sandwiches such as Porchetta roll with stuffing, crackling and pickled fennel. Additional brunch dishes served at the weekend - bacon and egg pappardelle and waffle iron rosti with smoked salmon washed down with a Bloody Mary - offer the perfect hangover cure. 2015/7/9 Where:
Oldroyd, 344 Upper Street London, N1 0PD
Category: Modern European Cuisine

Oldroyd, 344 Upper Street, London, N1 0PD

Tube: Angel Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest room
After five years as chef director at Russell Norman's Polpo restaurant group, Tom Oldroyd presents his first solo venture, Oldroyd, a small neighbourhood restaurant on Upper Street in Islington. As a self-taught chef Tom, originally from Guildford in Surrey, has worked in some of London's top restaurants including the renowned Alastair Little's in Soho and a short stint at Bocca di Luppo. Drawing on his 15 years' experience within the restaurant industry, Oldroyd, a 40-cover neighbourhood restaurant split across two floors, offers a daily-changing menu of small European dishes. Examples include confit mustard duck wings and pea and pork jowl croquettes with summer truffle mayo and larger plates including Cornish chorizo, prawn and broad bean paella with cockles and aioli. The menu also features seasonal salads including grilled peach, Dorset coppa and perroche, alongside a selection of meaty sandwiches such as Porchetta roll with stuffing, crackling and pickled fennel. Additional brunch dishes served at the weekend - bacon and egg pappardelle and waffle iron rosti with smoked salmon washed down with a Bloody Mary - offer the perfect hangover cure.
 
 
 

Casa Cruz

Opened 7th July 2015

Casa Cruz Opened 7th July 2015 Casa Cruz, the first London restaurant from respected South American restaurateur and designer, Juan Santa Cruz, serves predominantly European food, with Argentine influences, reflecting the owner's well-travelled background and time spent Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, New York and Switzerland. The 80 cover restaurant is set over two floors in a converted Victorian building, previously The Clarendon pub. Copper and clubby in feel, the dining room has an oval copper bar in the centre for a pre or post-dinner drink. Large banquettes are on the left, smaller mahogany and tanganika tables on the right. Head past the glass wine cellar to the curved mirrored staircase to the first floor where a lighter dining room with large windows and mirrored walls leads to a heated roof terrace. Argentine steaks - a highlight here - British fish and game, and French poultry are served with vegetables cooked over charcoal. Desserts such as Dulche de leche flan, and lemon polenta cake, house made ice creams and sorbets finish the meal with something sweet. With three successful restaurants, Casa Cruz, Isabel and Aldo's, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juan has his sights set on Notting Hill and the top end of the dining market. 2015/7/7 Where:
Casa Cruz, 123 Clarendon Road London, W11 4JG
Category: Modern European Cuisine

Casa Cruz, 123 Clarendon Road, London, W11 4JG

Tube: Latimer Road Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest room
Casa Cruz, the first London restaurant from respected South American restaurateur and designer, Juan Santa Cruz, serves predominantly European food, with Argentine influences, reflecting the owner's well-travelled background and time spent Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay, New York and Switzerland. The 80 cover restaurant is set over two floors in a converted Victorian building, previously The Clarendon pub. Copper and clubby in feel, the dining room has an oval copper bar in the centre for a pre or post-dinner drink. Large banquettes are on the left, smaller mahogany and tanganika tables on the right. Head past the glass wine cellar to the curved mirrored staircase to the first floor where a lighter dining room with large windows and mirrored walls leads to a heated roof terrace. Argentine steaks - a highlight here - British fish and game, and French poultry are served with vegetables cooked over charcoal. Desserts such as Dulche de leche flan, and lemon polenta cake, house made ice creams and sorbets finish the meal with something sweet. With three successful restaurants, Casa Cruz, Isabel and Aldo's, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Juan has his sights set on Notting Hill and the top end of the dining market.
 
 
 

Red's True Barbecue

Opened 3rd July 2015

Red's True Barbecue Opened 3rd July 2015 Having created a fan base in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham, Red's True Barbecue now brings its slow smoked meats to The Big Smoke. Opened in Shoreditch in mid-2015, it continues London's love affair with barbecue food and serves gluttonous dishes such as ox cheek bone luge, a donut burger, a binful of ribs and, of course, pulled pork aplenty. Desserts are equally gut-busting with toasted marshmallow sweet potato pie and pecan and salted caramel peach cobbler among the options. Spread across two floors, the restaurant has been designed by Russell Sage studios - the team behind Grain Store, Dishoom and Quaglino's - to give it a unique style to the chain's other branches. 2015/7/3 Where:
Red's True Barbecue, 52-54 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A 3EP
Category: American Cuisine

Red's True Barbecue, 52-54 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3EP

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest room
Having created a fan base in Leeds, Manchester and Birmingham, Red's True Barbecue now brings its slow smoked meats to The Big Smoke. Opened in Shoreditch in mid-2015, it continues London's love affair with barbecue food and serves gluttonous dishes such as ox cheek bone luge, a donut burger, a binful of ribs and, of course, pulled pork aplenty. Desserts are equally gut-busting with toasted marshmallow sweet potato pie and pecan and salted caramel peach cobbler among the options. Spread across two floors, the restaurant has been designed by Russell Sage studios - the team behind Grain Store, Dishoom and Quaglino's - to give it a unique style to the chain's other branches.
 
 
 

Balls & Company

Opened 1st July 2015

Balls & Company Opened 1st July 2015 First we had lobster, then we had hot dogs, now meatballs are getting their moment. Long associated with bad school dinners and visits to Ikea, the balls are getting a makeover with Balls & Company, set up by Australian chef and owner Bonny Porter to elevate the humble meatball from average to excellent. Don't be put off if meat (and balls of it) aren't your thing. The concise meatball menu offers 'Confit salmon' and a vegetarian option of 'Quinoa, beetroot and feta' as well as 'Wagyu beef', each served in portions of four. Diners can choose a sauce to accompany their balls, from the classic tomato sauce to romesco with red pepper, almonds, hazelnuts and garlic. Meat sliders, served as a trio in soft mini brioche buns, beef up the menu which offers seasonal sides like mac and cheese or fennel and fontina arancini. A short but sweet dessert menu lists 'Persian fairy floss topped brownie' and 'Choux balls' served with Purbeck ice-cream. Split across two floors, the ground floor (seating up to 30 guests) is exclusively for dining while downstairs - where there's a more edgy underground vibe - wine is served by the glass, carafe and bottle, there's craft beers, cocktails and sangria, and dining space for up to 20. 2015/7/1 Where:
Balls & Company, 58 Greek Street London, W1D 3DY
Category:

Balls & Company, 58 Greek Street, London, W1D 3DY

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest room
First we had lobster, then we had hot dogs, now meatballs are getting their moment. Long associated with bad school dinners and visits to Ikea, the balls are getting a makeover with Balls & Company, set up by Australian chef and owner Bonny Porter to elevate the humble meatball from average to excellent. Don't be put off if meat (and balls of it) aren't your thing. The concise meatball menu offers 'Confit salmon' and a vegetarian option of 'Quinoa, beetroot and feta' as well as 'Wagyu beef', each served in portions of four. Diners can choose a sauce to accompany their balls, from the classic tomato sauce to romesco with red pepper, almonds, hazelnuts and garlic. Meat sliders, served as a trio in soft mini brioche buns, beef up the menu which offers seasonal sides like mac and cheese or fennel and fontina arancini. A short but sweet dessert menu lists 'Persian fairy floss topped brownie' and 'Choux balls' served with Purbeck ice-cream. Split across two floors, the ground floor (seating up to 30 guests) is exclusively for dining while downstairs - where there's a more edgy underground vibe - wine is served by the glass, carafe and bottle, there's craft beers, cocktails and sangria, and dining space for up to 20.
 
 
 

Barrafina Drury Lane

Opened 1st July 2015

Barrafina Drury Lane Opened 1st July 2015 The third outlet for Michelin-starred Barrafina has the same signature look and feel of the other restaurants with red leather high stools and a long marble-topped bar. The a la carte menu combines classic Barrafina favourites with new contemporary dishes inspired by the team's recent trips to Galicia, San Sebastien and Mallorca. In the kitchen executive Head Chef Nieves Barragan Mohacho, who was awarded Best Chef at the GQ Food & Drink Awards 2015, oversees the operation working with Head Chef Diego Garcia-Fernandez, who previously worked at Fino. The menu shares a small selection of dishes with the Adelaide Street and Frith Street restaurants, but the rest is unique to Barrafina Drury Lane. A section of the menu focuses on Tortillas y Huevos, a mix of traditional and modern Spanish egg dishes, award-winning Spanish tapas that the restaurants have become famous for. As with the first two restaurants, Barrafina Drury Lane takes no reservations and operates on a first come, first served basis but there are reservations for groups of 8 or more in the lower ground floor private dining room. 2015/7/1 Where:
Barrafina Drury Lane, 43 Drury Lane London, WC2B 5AJ
Category: Spanish Cuisine

Barrafina Drury Lane, 43 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5AJ

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest room
The third outlet for Michelin-starred Barrafina has the same signature look and feel of the other restaurants with red leather high stools and a long marble-topped bar. The a la carte menu combines classic Barrafina favourites with new contemporary dishes inspired by the team's recent trips to Galicia, San Sebastien and Mallorca. In the kitchen executive Head Chef Nieves Barragan Mohacho, who was awarded Best Chef at the GQ Food & Drink Awards 2015, oversees the operation working with Head Chef Diego Garcia-Fernandez, who previously worked at Fino. The menu shares a small selection of dishes with the Adelaide Street and Frith Street restaurants, but the rest is unique to Barrafina Drury Lane. A section of the menu focuses on Tortillas y Huevos, a mix of traditional and modern Spanish egg dishes, award-winning Spanish tapas that the restaurants have become famous for. As with the first two restaurants, Barrafina Drury Lane takes no reservations and operates on a first come, first served basis but there are reservations for groups of 8 or more in the lower ground floor private dining room.
 
 
 

Big Easy Canary Wharf

Opened Summer 2015 2015

Big Easy Canary Wharf Opened Summer 2015 2015 First there was one beloved Big Easy on the Kings Road, then lucky Londoners got a second installment in Covent Garden. But Big Easy Canary Wharf is the largest and most exciting to date, set in the Norman Foster designed Canary Wharf Crossrail Station terminal at park level with a huge roof terrace, an oyster bar and private dining rooms. Serves Big Easy's signature dishes - including the St. Louis style dry-rubbed ribs, cooked for over six hours in a pit to ensure that smoky goodness - the menu includes BBQ beef cuts, rare-breed British steaks, fresh local seafood and lobster. The bar specialises in brown liquor of all types - whisky, tequila, Caribbean rum, and French and Spanish brandy. Frozen slushies - dispensed from imported, purpose built cocktail machines - are also a speciality. At night there's country and blues music and the place gets pretty rowdy, but if you're after good times and great, honest American food, there are few better places. 2015/7/1 Where:
Big Easy Canary Wharf, Upper Level 1 Crossrail Place London, E14 5AR
Category: American Cuisine

Big Easy Canary Wharf, Upper Level 1 Crossrail Place, London, E14 5AR

Tube: Canary Wharf Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest room
First there was one beloved Big Easy on the Kings Road, then lucky Londoners got a second installment in Covent Garden. But Big Easy Canary Wharf is the largest and most exciting to date, set in the Norman Foster designed Canary Wharf Crossrail Station terminal at park level with a huge roof terrace, an oyster bar and private dining rooms. Serves Big Easy's signature dishes - including the St. Louis style dry-rubbed ribs, cooked for over six hours in a pit to ensure that smoky goodness - the menu includes BBQ beef cuts, rare-breed British steaks, fresh local seafood and lobster. The bar specialises in brown liquor of all types - whisky, tequila, Caribbean rum, and French and Spanish brandy. Frozen slushies - dispensed from imported, purpose built cocktail machines - are also a speciality. At night there's country and blues music and the place gets pretty rowdy, but if you're after good times and great, honest American food, there are few better places.
 
 
 

Crab Tavern

Opened 1st July 2015

Crab Tavern Opened 1st July 2015 Sidle up to the Crab Tavern, the all-day New York style seafood restaurant and bar in Broadgate Circle, for sweet and savoury king crab brioche doughnuts, crab mash and West coast 'bucket boil' - a steamy mix of crab claws, mussels, lobster, ratte potatoes, Merguez sausage and sweetcorn. Seating 150, Crab Tavern offers some all-American fun with diner booths, high top counter spots, a bar and terrace where you can enjoy US-style sandwiches and salads - Philly steak, shrimp mac 'n' cheese and Caesar sub feature alongside more refined dishes from the grill. Dessert is an indulgent affair with homemade fruit pies and organic blueberry ice cream or pecan, chilli and maple tart with lime tequila sorbet. Baked cheesecake, sundae selector and a brownie stack add to the sweet treats on offer. Open all day, you can start with a breakfast of crab hashbrowns served with poached egg and spinach, Elvis French toast, and Smokey Beans with slow roasted pork. Post-work, city workers can unwind with boozy root beer 'Tennessee' and 'Missouri' floats, shakes and refashioned cocktails including the specialty Tavern Iced Teas - three different spins on the well-known Long Island iced tea. 2015/7/1 Where:
Crab Tavern, Broadgate Circle, Unit 7 London, EC2M 2QS
Category: Fish and Seafood

Crab Tavern, Broadgate Circle, Unit 7, London, EC2M 2QS

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Moorgate Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest room
Sidle up to the Crab Tavern, the all-day New York style seafood restaurant and bar in Broadgate Circle, for sweet and savoury king crab brioche doughnuts, crab mash and West coast 'bucket boil' - a steamy mix of crab claws, mussels, lobster, ratte potatoes, Merguez sausage and sweetcorn. Seating 150, Crab Tavern offers some all-American fun with diner booths, high top counter spots, a bar and terrace where you can enjoy US-style sandwiches and salads - Philly steak, shrimp mac 'n' cheese and Caesar sub feature alongside more refined dishes from the grill. Dessert is an indulgent affair with homemade fruit pies and organic blueberry ice cream or pecan, chilli and maple tart with lime tequila sorbet. Baked cheesecake, sundae selector and a brownie stack add to the sweet treats on offer. Open all day, you can start with a breakfast of crab hashbrowns served with poached egg and spinach, Elvis French toast, and Smokey Beans with slow roasted pork. Post-work, city workers can unwind with boozy root beer 'Tennessee' and 'Missouri' floats, shakes and refashioned cocktails including the specialty Tavern Iced Teas - three different spins on the well-known Long Island iced tea.
 
 
 

Egg Break

Opened June 2015

Egg Break Opened June 2015 As the name suggests, every dish on the menu at Egg Break features the oval shaped shell with a yolk at its centre, in some shape or form. More than a few eggs were broken in the creation of this 80-seat restaurant, a co-venture between private members' club group Soho House and Ennismore, the team behind The Hoxton hotel. Launched in Notting Hill in June 2015, in the space formerly occupied by Thai Break restaurant, Egg Break offers an egg-focused menu comprised of five 'dirty' baps and five healthy dishes. The line-up is expected to include an egg, pork belly, sausage meat and sriracha mayo bap, and an egg, bacon and kale bap, avocado and eggs on toast and eggs with fried chicken. 2015/7/1 Where:
Egg Break, 30 Uxbridge Street London, W8 7TA
Category: British Cuisine

Egg Break, 30 Uxbridge Street, London, W8 7TA

Tube: Notting Hill Gate Station

 
 
As the name suggests, every dish on the menu at Egg Break features the oval shaped shell with a yolk at its centre, in some shape or form. More than a few eggs were broken in the creation of this 80-seat restaurant, a co-venture between private members' club group Soho House and Ennismore, the team behind The Hoxton hotel. Launched in Notting Hill in June 2015, in the space formerly occupied by Thai Break restaurant, Egg Break offers an egg-focused menu comprised of five 'dirty' baps and five healthy dishes. The line-up is expected to include an egg, pork belly, sausage meat and sriracha mayo bap, and an egg, bacon and kale bap, avocado and eggs on toast and eggs with fried chicken.
 
 
 

Greenwich Peninsula Driving Range

Opened 1st July 2015

Greenwich Peninsula Driving Range Opened 1st July 2015 If you hook a shot at the state of the art Greenwich Peninsula Driving Range it'll head towards Canary Wharf and if you slice it you will be going towards The O2. The 300 metre, double height 60-bay golf driving range on Greenwich Peninsula "is the biggest thing to happen in golf in London for thirty years," according to PGA Professional Declan Malone and founder of N1 Golf who run the driving range. More than just a place to "whack some balls", it's a golf academy staffed by eight full time PGA Professionals, retail space, a wine school and the centre includes a restaurant, Vinothec Compass, where you can eat on the terrace with a Thames view and sample vintage wines. 2015/7/1 Where:
Greenwich Peninsula Driving Range, Greenwich Peninsula London, SE10 0SQ
Category: Golf

Greenwich Peninsula Driving Range, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0SQ

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest room
If you hook a shot at the state of the art Greenwich Peninsula Driving Range it'll head towards Canary Wharf and if you slice it you will be going towards The O2. The 300 metre, double height 60-bay golf driving range on Greenwich Peninsula "is the biggest thing to happen in golf in London for thirty years," according to PGA Professional Declan Malone and founder of N1 Golf who run the driving range. More than just a place to "whack some balls", it's a golf academy staffed by eight full time PGA Professionals, retail space, a wine school and the centre includes a restaurant, Vinothec Compass, where you can eat on the terrace with a Thames view and sample vintage wines.
 
 
 

MOMMI

Opened 1st July 2015

MOMMI Opened 1st July 2015 Combining the flavours of Japan with the upbeat rhythm of South American this 85-seater restaurant comes from the team behind Camden's KOKO, who already have a foot in Clapham with their Bison & Bird. The menu at MOMMI, a mixture of raw and robata grill dishes, offers ceviche, chirashi sushi and hot dishes from the grill including sea bass with sweet potato, pork belly, and shrimp and mushroom salad with spicy lemon dressing and Japanese purple potato salad. Brunch at the weekends brings a Peruvian breakfast of crispy pork, potato pancakes and aji amirillo beans, served alongside Bloody Piscos. Speaking of drinks, there's a South American wine list and Japanese craft beers. Photographer Ben Watts, brother of actress Naomi Watts, exhibits his work for the first time in the UK and Melbourne-based street artist RONE is behind the mural giving the interior an urban street style. Latin tunes come courtesy of a playlist curated by co-founder of music festival Lovebox, Ross Clarke. 2015/7/1 Where:
MOMMI, 44 Clapham High Street London, SW4 7UR
Category: Japanese Cuisine

MOMMI, 44 Clapham High Street, London, SW4 7UR

Tube: Clapham North Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest room
Combining the flavours of Japan with the upbeat rhythm of South American this 85-seater restaurant comes from the team behind Camden's KOKO, who already have a foot in Clapham with their Bison & Bird. The menu at MOMMI, a mixture of raw and robata grill dishes, offers ceviche, chirashi sushi and hot dishes from the grill including sea bass with sweet potato, pork belly, and shrimp and mushroom salad with spicy lemon dressing and Japanese purple potato salad. Brunch at the weekends brings a Peruvian breakfast of crispy pork, potato pancakes and aji amirillo beans, served alongside Bloody Piscos. Speaking of drinks, there's a South American wine list and Japanese craft beers. Photographer Ben Watts, brother of actress Naomi Watts, exhibits his work for the first time in the UK and Melbourne-based street artist RONE is behind the mural giving the interior an urban street style. Latin tunes come courtesy of a playlist curated by co-founder of music festival Lovebox, Ross Clarke.
 
 
 

Potbelly

Opened Summer 2015

Potbelly Opened Summer 2015 Aiming to take on Pret and Subway in the sandwich stakes, Potbelly specialises in deep-filled hot, toasted sandwiches, live music and shakes. The sandwich shop on The Street at Westfield, Stratford City, is the first European Potbelly, building on a brand already well established in the US where it has 400 outlets and counts Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves among its celebrity fans. Potbelly's Chicago sandwiches include the legendary 'A Wreck' - a meaty extravaganza of salami, Angus roast beef, turkey, ham and Swiss cheese. There's the Meatball, with marinara sauce and provolone cheese, and the Mediterranean mix of hummus, feta, artichoke and red peppers for vegetarians as well as salads and soups. Become a regular and you can ask for off-­menu specials, only available to those in the know. Cookies, freshly baked in store each day, and a 'hand-­dipped' milkshake satisfy a sweet tooth and live music - a big part of the Potbelly appeal - adds some soul to your sandwich stop. Founded in the Windy City back in 1977, what began as an antiques store selling Potbelly stoves, is now a huge success story with plans for 10 stores in the next five years in the capital. 2015/7/1 Where:
Potbelly, The Street, Westfield Stratford City London, SE18 5PH
Category:

Potbelly, The Street, Westfield Stratford City, London, SE18 5PH

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest room
Aiming to take on Pret and Subway in the sandwich stakes, Potbelly specialises in deep-filled hot, toasted sandwiches, live music and shakes. The sandwich shop on The Street at Westfield, Stratford City, is the first European Potbelly, building on a brand already well established in the US where it has 400 outlets and counts Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves among its celebrity fans. Potbelly's Chicago sandwiches include the legendary 'A Wreck' - a meaty extravaganza of salami, Angus roast beef, turkey, ham and Swiss cheese. There's the Meatball, with marinara sauce and provolone cheese, and the Mediterranean mix of hummus, feta, artichoke and red peppers for vegetarians as well as salads and soups. Become a regular and you can ask for off-­menu specials, only available to those in the know. Cookies, freshly baked in store each day, and a 'hand-­dipped' milkshake satisfy a sweet tooth and live music - a big part of the Potbelly appeal - adds some soul to your sandwich stop. Founded in the Windy City back in 1977, what began as an antiques store selling Potbelly stoves, is now a huge success story with plans for 10 stores in the next five years in the capital.
 
 
 

Social Wine & Tapas

Opened June 2015

Social Wine & Tapas Opened June 2015 Social Wine & Tapas, the sixth London site for top chef Jason Atherton, stands out from the rest of his restaurants for its focus on wines. The wine shop and tapas bar on the ground floor is staffed by trained sommeliers who can offer tastings and useful tips on rare and fine wines. Set on two levels, the 70 cover bar and restaurant also offers tapas and snacks created by head chef Frankie Van Loo (formerly at Social Eating House). Interiors, with walls adorned with copper artwork and an industrial chandelier at the entrance, are by the award winning Russell Sage Studios. In the basement wine bar, where leather chairs are upholstered in red, there's a second tasting area, a corner bar and a preparation kitchen counter. 2015/7/1 Where:
Social Wine & Tapas, 39 James Street London, W1U 1EB
Category: Spanish Cuisine

Social Wine & Tapas, 39 James Street, London, W1U 1EB

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure Patry
Social Wine & Tapas, the sixth London site for top chef Jason Atherton, stands out from the rest of his restaurants for its focus on wines. The wine shop and tapas bar on the ground floor is staffed by trained sommeliers who can offer tastings and useful tips on rare and fine wines. Set on two levels, the 70 cover bar and restaurant also offers tapas and snacks created by head chef Frankie Van Loo (formerly at Social Eating House). Interiors, with walls adorned with copper artwork and an industrial chandelier at the entrance, are by the award winning Russell Sage Studios. In the basement wine bar, where leather chairs are upholstered in red, there's a second tasting area, a corner bar and a preparation kitchen counter.
 
 
 

The Dolls House Peckham

Opened June 2015

The Dolls House Peckham Opened June 2015 Having started out as an 18-month pop-up in Hoxton, The Dolls House found a permanent home on Upper Street in Islington in February 2015 and set up a second Dolls House in Peckham just four months later. Adam Towner and Katy Rosewarne, the duo behind the Dolls House, like to draw on the decor with permanent marker pen, creating a playful environment in which to enjoy food - think 45 day aged Dexter sirloin with horseradish creme fraiche - and cocktails which add a twist on traditional concoctions like Amaretto, Whisky or Pisco Sour, Negroni and Old Fashioneds. Grilled guinea fowl supreme with anchovy Aioli and dehydrated tomato, black bream with Cornish crab and ravigote potatoes and deconstructed lemon and lime meringue pie are also typical of the dishes you'll find on the menu. The space, a new take on the old Clayton Arms, is split between The Parlour, a public bar, and The Ballroom, a restaurant which becomes a private members' area after 11pm. The Peckham Dolls House will also have some al fresco seating and, as with previous ventures, the price of membership is a bottle of high-end booze. 2015/7/1 Where:
The Dolls House Peckham, 1 Clayton Road London, SE15 5JA
Category:

The Dolls House Peckham, 1 Clayton Road, London, SE15 5JA

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House Islington
Having started out as an 18-month pop-up in Hoxton, The Dolls House found a permanent home on Upper Street in Islington in February 2015 and set up a second Dolls House in Peckham just four months later. Adam Towner and Katy Rosewarne, the duo behind the Dolls House, like to draw on the decor with permanent marker pen, creating a playful environment in which to enjoy food - think 45 day aged Dexter sirloin with horseradish creme fraiche - and cocktails which add a twist on traditional concoctions like Amaretto, Whisky or Pisco Sour, Negroni and Old Fashioneds. Grilled guinea fowl supreme with anchovy Aioli and dehydrated tomato, black bream with Cornish crab and ravigote potatoes and deconstructed lemon and lime meringue pie are also typical of the dishes you'll find on the menu. The space, a new take on the old Clayton Arms, is split between The Parlour, a public bar, and The Ballroom, a restaurant which becomes a private members' area after 11pm. The Peckham Dolls House will also have some al fresco seating and, as with previous ventures, the price of membership is a bottle of high-end booze.
 
 
 

Cafe Murano Covent Garden

Opened 29th June 2015

Cafe Murano Covent Garden Opened 29th June 2015 The second branch of Angela Hartnett's Cafe Murano, her highly successful yet more casual sibling to Murano, is an inexpensive trattoria that has proved to be a huge hit with diners in St James's since opening in 2013. With room for 140 diners, the Covent Garden restaurant specialises in northern Italian food with a menu much like the first Cafe Murano in St James's, but whereas at the original restaurant there was a focus on the recipes found in inland regions - Tuscan, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardia - the Covent Garden menu looks to the coastal areas of Venezia and Liguria. Apart from having its own menu and wine list, Cafe Murano Tavistock Street also includes a shop next door, selling fresh pasta and sauces, as well as Italian wines. 2015/6/29 Where:
Cafe Murano Covent Garden, 34-36 Tavistock Street London, WC2E 7PB
Category: Italian Cuisine

Cafe Murano Covent Garden, 34-36 Tavistock Street, London, WC2E 7PB

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Temple Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John Carey
The second branch of Angela Hartnett's Cafe Murano, her highly successful yet more casual sibling to Murano, is an inexpensive trattoria that has proved to be a huge hit with diners in St James's since opening in 2013. With room for 140 diners, the Covent Garden restaurant specialises in northern Italian food with a menu much like the first Cafe Murano in St James's, but whereas at the original restaurant there was a focus on the recipes found in inland regions - Tuscan, Emilia-Romagna, Lombardia - the Covent Garden menu looks to the coastal areas of Venezia and Liguria. Apart from having its own menu and wine list, Cafe Murano Tavistock Street also includes a shop next door, selling fresh pasta and sauces, as well as Italian wines.
 
 
 

Champagne + Fromage Greenwich

Opened 25th June 2015

Champagne + Fromage Greenwich Opened 25th June 2015 Champagne + Fromage, the French artisan bistro and deli set up by the husband and wife team behind French Bubbles, Stefano and Maud, together with cheese expert Franck Le Blais, can be found on Church Street within the historic Greenwich Market. This third outlet of the fromagerie and shop follows the original pop-up-turned-permanent space in Covent Garden and a second branch in Brixton Market. With its own secret cellar, Champagne + Fromage has a selection of 25 bottles of bubbly from French Bubbles available to enjoy in the bistro or takeaway. The food offering covers more than 50 soft and hard French cheeses - all sourced from Une Normande à Londres - along with a selection of fresh tartines as well as terrine, rillettes, cassoulets, confits, soups and jams, saucisses and more. 2015/6/25 Where:
Champagne + Fromage Greenwich, 34 Church Street London, SE10 9BL
Category: French Cuisine

Champagne + Fromage Greenwich, 34 Church Street, London, SE10 9BL

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John Carey
Champagne + Fromage, the French artisan bistro and deli set up by the husband and wife team behind French Bubbles, Stefano and Maud, together with cheese expert Franck Le Blais, can be found on Church Street within the historic Greenwich Market. This third outlet of the fromagerie and shop follows the original pop-up-turned-permanent space in Covent Garden and a second branch in Brixton Market. With its own secret cellar, Champagne + Fromage has a selection of 25 bottles of bubbly from French Bubbles available to enjoy in the bistro or takeaway. The food offering covers more than 50 soft and hard French cheeses - all sourced from Une Normande à Londres - along with a selection of fresh tartines as well as terrine, rillettes, cassoulets, confits, soups and jams, saucisses and more.
 
 
 

KidZania London

Opened 25th June 2015

KidZania London Opened 25th June 2015 A £20 million city in miniature, located next to the Marks & Spencer in west London's Westfield shopping mall, KidZania gives children aged four to 14 a real-life introduction to the world of work, where they can play, explore and learn about the adult world. Whether they want to see what it's like to be a pilot or a TV presenter, a dentist or a fire fighter, children can try out over 60 different activities based on real-world situations. The fusilage of a British Airways A319 gives young visitors the chance to act out life at the airport terminal - from checking-in to pretending to fly the plane. Other workplaces include the operating theatre, radio station, the bank and the Dorsett Hotel where children can be managers, front-desk staff or housekeepers, each role play taking about 25 minutes. For their efforts, children are paid in 'KidZos', which they can put in the bank, they can then get money out of the machine and spend it on food, gifts or go-karting. As its opening, KidZania London director Ollie Vigors, said "it's all about empowering children, this is where they get to make decisions for themselves." With the emphasis on learning through doing, KidZania takes role play to another level. 2015/6/25 Where:
KidZania London, Westfield London, Ariel Way London, W12 7GA
Category: Attractions for Kids

KidZania London, Westfield , Ariel Way, London, W12 7GA

Tube: Wood Lane Station, Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line), Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John Carey
A £20 million city in miniature, located next to the Marks & Spencer in west London's Westfield shopping mall, KidZania gives children aged four to 14 a real-life introduction to the world of work, where they can play, explore and learn about the adult world. Whether they want to see what it's like to be a pilot or a TV presenter, a dentist or a fire fighter, children can try out over 60 different activities based on real-world situations. The fusilage of a British Airways A319 gives young visitors the chance to act out life at the airport terminal - from checking-in to pretending to fly the plane. Other workplaces include the operating theatre, radio station, the bank and the Dorsett Hotel where children can be managers, front-desk staff or housekeepers, each role play taking about 25 minutes. For their efforts, children are paid in 'KidZos', which they can put in the bank, they can then get money out of the machine and spend it on food, gifts or go-karting. As its opening, KidZania London director Ollie Vigors, said "it's all about empowering children, this is where they get to make decisions for themselves." With the emphasis on learning through doing, KidZania takes role play to another level.
 
 
 

Le Chabanais

Opened 25th June 2015

Le Chabanais Opened 25th June 2015 The first overseas outpost for the well-known Paris bistro Le Chateaubriand, Le Chabanais, on Mayfair's Mount Street is a cause for celebration for London's luxury restaurant scene. Serving "an accessibly priced a la carte menu that highlights local produce", according to Zagat, the informal dining room seats roughly 90 people on the ground floor, with a downstairs bar offering a different menu. Self-trained Basque chef Inaki Aizpitarte, "one of the most feted chefs in France" (Bloomberg), has put Le Chateaubriand's head chef, Paul Boudier, in charge of the kitchen and Kevin Lansdown, former general manager of Scott's in Mayfair will oversee the restaurant. Style-wise, the informal space - no tablecloths or carpets - is designed by Clement Blanchet who put together, along with Rem Koolhaas, Le Dauphinhis, the white marble wine bar next to Aizpitarte's Paris restaurant. 2015/6/25 Where:
Le Chabanais, 8 Mount Street London, W1K 3NF
Category: French Cuisine

Le Chabanais, 8 Mount Street, London, W1K 3NF

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John Carey
The first overseas outpost for the well-known Paris bistro Le Chateaubriand, Le Chabanais, on Mayfair's Mount Street is a cause for celebration for London's luxury restaurant scene. Serving "an accessibly priced a la carte menu that highlights local produce", according to Zagat, the informal dining room seats roughly 90 people on the ground floor, with a downstairs bar offering a different menu. Self-trained Basque chef Inaki Aizpitarte, "one of the most feted chefs in France" (Bloomberg), has put Le Chateaubriand's head chef, Paul Boudier, in charge of the kitchen and Kevin Lansdown, former general manager of Scott's in Mayfair will oversee the restaurant. Style-wise, the informal space - no tablecloths or carpets - is designed by Clement Blanchet who put together, along with Rem Koolhaas, Le Dauphinhis, the white marble wine bar next to Aizpitarte's Paris restaurant.
 
 
 

Reserve Bar Stock Exchange

Opened 25th June 2015

Reserve Bar Stock Exchange Opened 25th June 2015 Reserve Bar Stock Exchange in the City uses the stock market model to price its drinks - prices change in line with their popularity on the night. Watch the prices of your favourite drinks rise and fall, buy low, play the markets and when there's a gigantic market crash everyone wins. See how the market is moving on a board at the heart of the space or using the app and order your cocktails from the comfort of your own seat - no need to stand and queue at the bar - and you even have drinks made at your table. It may sound like a gimmick but this is a bar in the City with a Shoreditch vibe and great credentials. It has been created by Alan Grant who has previously opened hotspots like Notting Hill Arts Club and Cherry Jam. The bar has three floors of music, food and dance and it's open late - until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays. 2015/6/25 Where:
Reserve Bar Stock Exchange, 46 Gresham Street London, EC2V 7AY
Category: Bars

Reserve Bar Stock Exchange, 46 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7AY

Tube: Bank Station, Mansion House Station, St. Paul's Station, Moorgate Station, Cannon Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John Carey
Reserve Bar Stock Exchange in the City uses the stock market model to price its drinks - prices change in line with their popularity on the night. Watch the prices of your favourite drinks rise and fall, buy low, play the markets and when there's a gigantic market crash everyone wins. See how the market is moving on a board at the heart of the space or using the app and order your cocktails from the comfort of your own seat - no need to stand and queue at the bar - and you even have drinks made at your table. It may sound like a gimmick but this is a bar in the City with a Shoreditch vibe and great credentials. It has been created by Alan Grant who has previously opened hotspots like Notting Hill Arts Club and Cherry Jam. The bar has three floors of music, food and dance and it's open late - until 3am on Fridays and Saturdays.
 
 
 

Heal's, The Queens Building

Opened 22nd June 2015

Heal's, The Queens Building Opened 22nd June 2015 Funny to think that Heal's a furniture brand that's synonymous with quality and cutting edge design, first started out as bed-makers in 1810. The respected brand has been at the forefront of British design for over two centuries and in 2015 opened this beautiful showroom on the ground floor of The Queens Building. The local landmark, an eye-catching art deco building on Wesbourne Grove, was formerly a cinema and that design heritage has been upheld through the designs displayed via multi-media screens at the fully-digital store. The showroom houses an extensive lighting collection, soft furnishings to swoon over, effortlessly cool kitchen designs and fabulous furniture by well known designers. Stand out items include the Vitra Eames chair, Tom Dixon melt chrome pendant light and the Orson desk by Matthew Hilton. The opening of the showroom in 2015 coincided with the launch of a bespoke design service where customers can order made-to-measure bookshelves, wardrobes, kitchens, and fittings. 2015/06/22 Where:
Heal's, The Queens Building, Westbourne Grove London, W2 5AA
Category: House and Garden

Heal's, The Queens Building, Westbourne Grove, London, W2 5AA

Tube: Royal Oak Station, Bayswater Underground Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John Carey
Funny to think that Heal's a furniture brand that's synonymous with quality and cutting edge design, first started out as bed-makers in 1810. The respected brand has been at the forefront of British design for over two centuries and in 2015 opened this beautiful showroom on the ground floor of The Queens Building. The local landmark, an eye-catching art deco building on Wesbourne Grove, was formerly a cinema and that design heritage has been upheld through the designs displayed via multi-media screens at the fully-digital store. The showroom houses an extensive lighting collection, soft furnishings to swoon over, effortlessly cool kitchen designs and fabulous furniture by well known designers. Stand out items include the Vitra Eames chair, Tom Dixon melt chrome pendant light and the Orson desk by Matthew Hilton. The opening of the showroom in 2015 coincided with the launch of a bespoke design service where customers can order made-to-measure bookshelves, wardrobes, kitchens, and fittings.
 
 
 

Picturehouse Central

Opened 19th June 2015

Picturehouse Central Opened 19th June 2015 A vast and much needed improvement on the old Cineworld cinema in the Trocodero, Picturehouse Central opened in June 2015 and was treated to a full spread in design bible Wallpaper magazine, no less. The seven screen cinema which has its own cafe, bar and private members bar, is a design triumph, from the grand staircase you first walk up to the roof terrace looking down on Haymarket. There's art here too. Illustrations from renowned artist Patrick Vale document the history of cinema and friezes take you back in time as you move up to the second floor. Each screen has a name, not just a number, and screen 1 is the jewel in the crown, hosting film premieres and big-name Q & As. Screen 2 has wall-to-wall floating screen is the biggest possible size for the room which will make for immersive viewing. As with all of the auditoria, both have state-of-the-art screens, luxurious seats and bespoke wall paneling. Picturehouse Members have access to the members bar and regular strands, including Discover Tuesdays and Vintage Sundays, with discounted tickets for Central Members. Also expect film festivals galore with London Film Festival and Sundance London already confirmed. 2015/6/19 Where:
Picturehouse Central, Great Windmill Street London, W1D 7DH
Category: Cinemas

Picturehouse Central, Great Windmill Street, London, W1D 7DH

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 
A vast and much needed improvement on the old Cineworld cinema in the Trocodero, Picturehouse Central opened in June 2015 and was treated to a full spread in design bible Wallpaper magazine, no less. The seven screen cinema which has its own cafe, bar and private members bar, is a design triumph, from the grand staircase you first walk up to the roof terrace looking down on Haymarket. There's art here too. Illustrations from renowned artist Patrick Vale document the history of cinema and friezes take you back in time as you move up to the second floor. Each screen has a name, not just a number, and screen 1 is the jewel in the crown, hosting film premieres and big-name Q & As. Screen 2 has wall-to-wall floating screen is the biggest possible size for the room which will make for immersive viewing. As with all of the auditoria, both have state-of-the-art screens, luxurious seats and bespoke wall paneling. Picturehouse Members have access to the members bar and regular strands, including Discover Tuesdays and Vintage Sundays, with discounted tickets for Central Members. Also expect film festivals galore with London Film Festival and Sundance London already confirmed.
 
 
 

Smith & Wollensky

Opened 17th June 2015

Smith & Wollensky Opened 17th June 2015 The Popular American steakhouse Smith & Wollensky has come to London, bringing its USDA Prime beef steaks and signature seafood dishes to a 15,000 square foot space in the Adelphi building on John Adam Street off The Strand. The massive two-storey restaurant has two dining bars, two main dining areas and several private dining rooms, plus a full butcher shop and dry-ageing room. With nine locations across North America, this London location is the first international Smith & Wollensky to open outside the US. Imported dry-aged steaks, premium seafood and award-winning wines are all signature features of Smith & Wollensky and the London restaurant mirrors both this and the classic green and white colours of the brand. Design and construction are being led by London's acclaimed Martin Brudinzki Design Studio (responsible for refits at The Ivy, Hix, Scott's, Le Caprice, and both Scarfes Bar and Holborn Dining Room at the Rosewood) using classic decor in keeping with the unique style of the building - a grade II listed Art Deco structure which dates back to 1938. 2015/6/17 Where:
Smith & Wollensky, 1 John Adam Street London, WC2N 6HT
Category: American Cuisine

Smith & Wollensky, 1 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6HT

Tube: Embankment Underground Station, Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John Carey
The Popular American steakhouse Smith & Wollensky has come to London, bringing its USDA Prime beef steaks and signature seafood dishes to a 15,000 square foot space in the Adelphi building on John Adam Street off The Strand. The massive two-storey restaurant has two dining bars, two main dining areas and several private dining rooms, plus a full butcher shop and dry-ageing room. With nine locations across North America, this London location is the first international Smith & Wollensky to open outside the US. Imported dry-aged steaks, premium seafood and award-winning wines are all signature features of Smith & Wollensky and the London restaurant mirrors both this and the classic green and white colours of the brand. Design and construction are being led by London's acclaimed Martin Brudinzki Design Studio (responsible for refits at The Ivy, Hix, Scott's, Le Caprice, and both Scarfes Bar and Holborn Dining Room at the Rosewood) using classic decor in keeping with the unique style of the building - a grade II listed Art Deco structure which dates back to 1938.
 
 
 

Pizza Union

Opened 16th June 2015

Pizza Union Opened 16th June 2015 After two successful years serving their signature superfast Roman-style thin and crispy pizza to the Spitalfields crown, Pizza Union comes to King's Cross, with their second Pizza Bar. Popular with a young crowd, who come for the fast service, trendy surrounds, and vibing soundtrack, the pizza is made fresh and fire-baked in 3 minutes in a huge traditional domed stone pizza oven, which claims to be "the largest in the UK". The 100 cover King's Cross site replicates the popular all-day format of the first Pizza Bar, where diners enjoy their pizzas along with a choice of salads, dolce, gelato, wines, prosecco, beers, soft drinks and coffee. The interior design, with its trendy urban industrial feel, long communal tables and exposed original brickwork and tiles, appeals to a young crowd who serve themselves - there are no waiters here; you simply pay for your pizza and pick it up when your bright red flashing buzzer lets you know your food is ready. 2015/6/16 Where:
Pizza Union, 246-­250 Pentonville Road London, N1 9JY
Category: Italian Cuisine

Pizza Union, 246-­250 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JY

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfields
After two successful years serving their signature superfast Roman-style thin and crispy pizza to the Spitalfields crown, Pizza Union comes to King's Cross, with their second Pizza Bar. Popular with a young crowd, who come for the fast service, trendy surrounds, and vibing soundtrack, the pizza is made fresh and fire-baked in 3 minutes in a huge traditional domed stone pizza oven, which claims to be "the largest in the UK". The 100 cover King's Cross site replicates the popular all-day format of the first Pizza Bar, where diners enjoy their pizzas along with a choice of salads, dolce, gelato, wines, prosecco, beers, soft drinks and coffee. The interior design, with its trendy urban industrial feel, long communal tables and exposed original brickwork and tiles, appeals to a young crowd who serve themselves - there are no waiters here; you simply pay for your pizza and pick it up when your bright red flashing buzzer lets you know your food is ready.
 
 
 

Granger & Co Kings Cross

Opened 15th June 2015

Granger & Co Kings Cross Opened 15th June 2015 Sydney-based TV chef Bill Granger, dubbed the Australian Jamie Oliver, launched his first Granger & Co in Notting Hill in 2011 and, due to its popularity, a larger site in Clerkenwell opened in spring 2014. Not content to stop there, summer of 2015 brings this sizeable third outpost in King's Cross on the ground floor of the Stanley building, originally built in 1864-5 to provide a higher standard of accommodation for King's Cross workers. Best known for its sunny breakfasts and brunches, the Granger & Co menu is a mix of almond milk chia seed pots with berries, pomegranate and coconut yoghurt for breakfast and zingy salads like raw tuna and avocado poke with brown rice, cherry tomatoes, samphire and sesame; or beef shin mole, cauliflower rice, avocado, coriander & tomatillo salsa for lunch. At dinner expect a shrimp burger, jalapeno mayo, shaved radish salad, sesame gochujang as well as sticky chilli pork belly with roast peanuts, lime and coconut dressing. 2015/6/15 Where:
Granger & Co Kings Cross, 7 Pancras Square London, N1C 4AG
Category:

Granger & Co Kings Cross, 7 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 
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Sydney-based TV chef Bill Granger, dubbed the Australian Jamie Oliver, launched his first Granger & Co in Notting Hill in 2011 and, due to its popularity, a larger site in Clerkenwell opened in spring 2014. Not content to stop there, summer of 2015 brings this sizeable third outpost in King's Cross on the ground floor of the Stanley building, originally built in 1864-5 to provide a higher standard of accommodation for King's Cross workers. Best known for its sunny breakfasts and brunches, the Granger & Co menu is a mix of almond milk chia seed pots with berries, pomegranate and coconut yoghurt for breakfast and zingy salads like raw tuna and avocado poke with brown rice, cherry tomatoes, samphire and sesame; or beef shin mole, cauliflower rice, avocado, coriander & tomatillo salsa for lunch. At dinner expect a shrimp burger, jalapeno mayo, shaved radish salad, sesame gochujang as well as sticky chilli pork belly with roast peanuts, lime and coconut dressing.
 
 
 

Lobos Meat & Tapas

Opened 15th June 2015

Lobos Meat & Tapas Opened 15th June 2015 Creating competition for Tapas Brindisa, their former employer, Roberto Castro, Ruben Maza and Joel Placeres have teamed up to open Lobos Meat & Tapas next to Borough Market. Sourcing ingredients from the neighbouring market, Lobos - 'wolves' in Spanish - has a strong focus on meat, with a menu of slow roasted leg of Castillan milk-fed lamb, Iberico pork selection, braised pork cheeks with mash and horseradish, and herb crusted lamb rack with parsley, mint, thyme and rosemary. Smaller dishes include ham, chorizo and smoked bacon croquetas; potato, onion and pepper tortilla; and potato salad with aioli. The dessert menu may be short but they're not to be missed, with double chocolate and pistachio cake, dulce de leche cheesecake, and lemon panna cotta with amaretto strawberries proving tempting options. Situated under the railway arches, the dark and cavernous space is ideal for enjoying sharing plates and lashings of wine. 2015/6/15 Where:
Lobos Meat & Tapas, 14 Borough High Street London, SE1 9QG
Category: Spanish Cuisine

Lobos Meat & Tapas, 14 Borough High Street, London, SE1 9QG

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfields
Creating competition for Tapas Brindisa, their former employer, Roberto Castro, Ruben Maza and Joel Placeres have teamed up to open Lobos Meat & Tapas next to Borough Market. Sourcing ingredients from the neighbouring market, Lobos - 'wolves' in Spanish - has a strong focus on meat, with a menu of slow roasted leg of Castillan milk-fed lamb, Iberico pork selection, braised pork cheeks with mash and horseradish, and herb crusted lamb rack with parsley, mint, thyme and rosemary. Smaller dishes include ham, chorizo and smoked bacon croquetas; potato, onion and pepper tortilla; and potato salad with aioli. The dessert menu may be short but they're not to be missed, with double chocolate and pistachio cake, dulce de leche cheesecake, and lemon panna cotta with amaretto strawberries proving tempting options. Situated under the railway arches, the dark and cavernous space is ideal for enjoying sharing plates and lashings of wine.
 
 
 

Megan's

Opened 15th June 2015

Megan's Opened 15th June 2015 Megan's is a cafe, deli and restaurant serving breakfast classics such as Eggs Benedict, avocado on toast, fresh juices, coffees and fresh baked pastries. Chef made salads are perfect for a light lunch and the lava coal grill (yep, coals from the volcano, it grills better) fires up in the evening for fresh fish and grass fed steaks from Aubrey Allen, served with hand cut double cooked fries. There has been a Megan's on the King's Road since 2002, and in 2015 they opened up this second outlet on St Johns Wood High Street. Here you can visit the Orchid Room, filled with cherry blossoms and fairy lights and the bar opens in the evening for antipasti and charcuterie sharing boards and a glass of something from Becky's winelist, previously sommelier at Salt Yard. 2015/06/15 Where:
Megan's, 120 St John's Wood High Street London, NW8 7SG
Category:

Megan's, 120 St John's Wood High Street, London, NW8 7SG

Tube: St John's Wood Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfields
Megan's is a cafe, deli and restaurant serving breakfast classics such as Eggs Benedict, avocado on toast, fresh juices, coffees and fresh baked pastries. Chef made salads are perfect for a light lunch and the lava coal grill (yep, coals from the volcano, it grills better) fires up in the evening for fresh fish and grass fed steaks from Aubrey Allen, served with hand cut double cooked fries. There has been a Megan's on the King's Road since 2002, and in 2015 they opened up this second outlet on St Johns Wood High Street. Here you can visit the Orchid Room, filled with cherry blossoms and fairy lights and the bar opens in the evening for antipasti and charcuterie sharing boards and a glass of something from Becky's winelist, previously sommelier at Salt Yard.
 
 
 

Morden & Lea

Opened 15th June 2015

Morden & Lea Opened 15th June 2015 Two names and two restaurants combine at Morden & Lea, Mark Sargeant's Soho solo venture: there's a dual-offering of a brasserie-style British menu served in the upstairs restaurant and a more-relaxed casual sharing menu served downstairs. The Wardour Street restaurant - which gets its name from the 17th century London cartographers, Robert Morden and Philip Lea, who were responsible for mapping out the area now known as Soho - is a 148-cover space split across two floors. The 62-cover ground floor restaurant offers small plates of mackerel with red onion, capers and parsley, soused herring, potato and sour cream, and crab sausage roll along with a selection of open tartines. Upstairs, there's an affordable fixed priced brasserie-style set menu with roast Goosnargh duck and grilled Cornish mullet with spelt, mussels and bok choy among the mains. Mark Sargeant has a career that spans more than 20 years, including 13 with Gordon Ramsay, seven as head chef at Claridge's, two successful solo restaurants in his home county of Kent, but this is his first solo central London restaurant. And with Dan Mertl (Chez Bruce, The Savoy, Le Gavroche) as head chef it has all the right credentials to be a hit. 2015/6/15 Where:
Morden & Lea, 17 Wardour Street London, W1D 6PJ
Category: British Cuisine

Morden & Lea, 17 Wardour Street, London, W1D 6PJ

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfields
Two names and two restaurants combine at Morden & Lea, Mark Sargeant's Soho solo venture: there's a dual-offering of a brasserie-style British menu served in the upstairs restaurant and a more-relaxed casual sharing menu served downstairs. The Wardour Street restaurant - which gets its name from the 17th century London cartographers, Robert Morden and Philip Lea, who were responsible for mapping out the area now known as Soho - is a 148-cover space split across two floors. The 62-cover ground floor restaurant offers small plates of mackerel with red onion, capers and parsley, soused herring, potato and sour cream, and crab sausage roll along with a selection of open tartines. Upstairs, there's an affordable fixed priced brasserie-style set menu with roast Goosnargh duck and grilled Cornish mullet with spelt, mussels and bok choy among the mains. Mark Sargeant has a career that spans more than 20 years, including 13 with Gordon Ramsay, seven as head chef at Claridge's, two successful solo restaurants in his home county of Kent, but this is his first solo central London restaurant. And with Dan Mertl (Chez Bruce, The Savoy, Le Gavroche) as head chef it has all the right credentials to be a hit.
 
 
 

Thomas's

Opened 12th June 2015

Thomas's Opened 12th June 2015 Burberry have expanded their already impressive Regent Street flagship store by opening their first ever in-store restaurant. Opened in June 2015, Thomas's is a glamorous all-day café that, in keeping with the Britishness of the brand, will serve an entirely British menu. Dishes are all made from the finest seasonal produce from small farmers and artisan suppliers across the UK, with the menu including lobster and chips, lamb rump with courgette fritters, salmon and scrambled eggs, oysters, and a range of rolls and toasties. Afternoon tea will also be served daily, with scones from the aga, hot buttered crumpets, toasted tea cakes, bakewell tart, eccles cake and many more traditional British treats. The interior continues the British theme, with Art Deco touches such as lantern chandeliers, large windows, and black and white marble floors, while a gifting area houses seasonal gifts that can be wrapped and personalised for your loved ones. It's ingenuity like this that will lure shoppers from their smart phones back into the stores. 2015/06/12 Where:
Thomas's, Burberry, 121 Regent Street London, W1B 4TB
Category: British Cuisine

Thomas's, Burberry, 121 Regent Street, London, W1B 4TB

Tube: Chesham Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfields
Burberry have expanded their already impressive Regent Street flagship store by opening their first ever in-store restaurant. Opened in June 2015, Thomas's is a glamorous all-day café that, in keeping with the Britishness of the brand, will serve an entirely British menu. Dishes are all made from the finest seasonal produce from small farmers and artisan suppliers across the UK, with the menu including lobster and chips, lamb rump with courgette fritters, salmon and scrambled eggs, oysters, and a range of rolls and toasties. Afternoon tea will also be served daily, with scones from the aga, hot buttered crumpets, toasted tea cakes, bakewell tart, eccles cake and many more traditional British treats. The interior continues the British theme, with Art Deco touches such as lantern chandeliers, large windows, and black and white marble floors, while a gifting area houses seasonal gifts that can be wrapped and personalised for your loved ones. It's ingenuity like this that will lure shoppers from their smart phones back into the stores.
 
 
 

Camino Bankside

Opened 10th June 2015

Camino Bankside Opened 10th June 2015 Camino tapas bar in the Blue Fin Building on Bankside - serving jamon, tapas, and brunch on weekends - comes from a small stable of Spanish restaurants founded by owner Richard Biggs in 2007. Designed by London based designers Blacksheep, this Bankside branch has an open kitchen, prominent bar and jamon counter, where hand-carved acorn-fed Iberico black pig ham from Extremadura is professionally carved by a 'cortador de jamon'. Upstairs, accessed by a feature staircase which slices through the bar, is a balcony space which overlooks the lower floor. In warmer months, the tapas bar opens onto a large south-facing outdoor terrace. The menu, created by executive chef Nacho Del Campo, lists tapas dishes like pulpo - pan-roasted whole octopus tentacle, purple potatoes, paprika and olive oil; morcilla de Burgos - pan-fried black pudding and spicy alegria peppers; arroz negro - black rice, cuttlefish, squid ink and alioli; charcuterie and artisan cheeses including Idiazabal, Manchego, Ibores; and a whole roasted Segovian style suckling pig. Spanish craft beers are served in 2/3 pint glasses, just as you'd find in the local tapas bars of Spain. 2015/6/10 Where:
Camino Bankside, 5 Canvey Street, The Blue Fin Building London, SE1 9NA
Category: Spanish Cuisine

Camino Bankside, 5 Canvey Street, The Blue Fin Building, London, SE1 9NA

Tube: Southwark Station, Waterloo Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfields
Camino tapas bar in the Blue Fin Building on Bankside - serving jamon, tapas, and brunch on weekends - comes from a small stable of Spanish restaurants founded by owner Richard Biggs in 2007. Designed by London based designers Blacksheep, this Bankside branch has an open kitchen, prominent bar and jamon counter, where hand-carved acorn-fed Iberico black pig ham from Extremadura is professionally carved by a 'cortador de jamon'. Upstairs, accessed by a feature staircase which slices through the bar, is a balcony space which overlooks the lower floor. In warmer months, the tapas bar opens onto a large south-facing outdoor terrace. The menu, created by executive chef Nacho Del Campo, lists tapas dishes like pulpo - pan-roasted whole octopus tentacle, purple potatoes, paprika and olive oil; morcilla de Burgos - pan-fried black pudding and spicy alegria peppers; arroz negro - black rice, cuttlefish, squid ink and alioli; charcuterie and artisan cheeses including Idiazabal, Manchego, Ibores; and a whole roasted Segovian style suckling pig. Spanish craft beers are served in 2/3 pint glasses, just as you'd find in the local tapas bars of Spain.
 
 
 

The Truscott Cellar

Opened 5th June 2015

The Truscott Cellar Opened 5th June 2015 Opened in June 2015, The Truscott Cellar is the second London venture from Andrew and Mary Jane Fishwick, who are also responsible for award-winning gastropub the Truscott Arms in Maida Vale. Set over two floors, the sixty-cover wine bar has no shortage of choice, with around 300 wines on offer and more than 50 by the glass. Small British plates are also on the menu, inspired by the bar menu at the Truscott Arms and created by former head chef at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Aidan McGee. Dishes such as mushroom Welsh rarebit and slow braised beef cheek with smoke mash are among the options, as well as British charcuterie, British cheeses and a Billingsgate fish board. With a dark wood and marble theme, it's an intimate and 'sexy' spot to enjoy casual dining and good wine. 2015/6/5 Where:
The Truscott Cellar, 240 Haverstock Hill London, NW3 2AE
Category: British Cuisine

The Truscott Cellar, 240 Haverstock Hill, London, NW3 2AE

Tube: Belsize Park Station

 
 
Opened in June 2015, The Truscott Cellar is the second London venture from Andrew and Mary Jane Fishwick, who are also responsible for award-winning gastropub the Truscott Arms in Maida Vale. Set over two floors, the sixty-cover wine bar has no shortage of choice, with around 300 wines on offer and more than 50 by the glass. Small British plates are also on the menu, inspired by the bar menu at the Truscott Arms and created by former head chef at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Aidan McGee. Dishes such as mushroom Welsh rarebit and slow braised beef cheek with smoke mash are among the options, as well as British charcuterie, British cheeses and a Billingsgate fish board. With a dark wood and marble theme, it's an intimate and 'sexy' spot to enjoy casual dining and good wine.
 
 
 

The Electric Carousel

Opened 4th June 2015

The Electric Carousel Opened 4th June 2015 The team behind Madame Jojo's (RIP) return (hurrah!) with The Electric Carousel on the site where the legendary Pigalle Supper Club used to be, at 215-217 Piccadilly. When JoJo's closed down there was an outcry and fears of the sanitisation of Soho so it's great to see them bouncing back and at one of London's most historic venues. With their return comes Lost & Found, a club night which packed-out Madame Jojo's for nine years. Kitsch Cabaret also returns to the West End for a weekly residency. With a large stage and room for 300 party goers plus a 100-capacity dress circle with its own bar overlooking the whole thing, The Electric Carousel is a party venue without peer in the very heart of London. Each night you can expect foot-stomping live music, cabaret and club nights. There are also one-off live gigs and album launches, after-parties and no end of fun and frolics. 2015/6/4 Where:
The Electric Carousel, 215-217 Piccadilly London, W1J 9HN
Category:

The Electric Carousel, 215-217 Piccadilly, London, W1J 9HN

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfields
The team behind Madame Jojo's (RIP) return (hurrah!) with The Electric Carousel on the site where the legendary Pigalle Supper Club used to be, at 215-217 Piccadilly. When JoJo's closed down there was an outcry and fears of the sanitisation of Soho so it's great to see them bouncing back and at one of London's most historic venues. With their return comes Lost & Found, a club night which packed-out Madame Jojo's for nine years. Kitsch Cabaret also returns to the West End for a weekly residency. With a large stage and room for 300 party goers plus a 100-capacity dress circle with its own bar overlooking the whole thing, The Electric Carousel is a party venue without peer in the very heart of London. Each night you can expect foot-stomping live music, cabaret and club nights. There are also one-off live gigs and album launches, after-parties and no end of fun and frolics.
 
 
 

Daylesford Organic Marylebone

Opened Mid May 2015

Daylesford Organic Marylebone Opened Mid May 2015 Located on the ground and basement levels of a Blandford Street building in the heart of Marylebone, Daylesford Organic farmshop and cafe brings together all the elements the upmarket food shop is famous for - with fruit and produce from their organic farm in Gloucestershire at its heart. There are daily deliveries of fresh breads and pastries from their own bakery to the 3,600 square feet store, fruit and veg comes from their own market garden, and milk, cheese, yoghurt and butter from their creamery. Synonymous with organic food, the in-store butcher's shop stocks beef, lamb, venison and poultry reared on Dayelsford farm. And if you want food-to-go, there are takeaway salads, sandwiches and hot drinks to take away, or eat in at the cafe - a good place to go for brunch on the weekends - for excellent quality seasonal organic dishes in a serene all-white setting. 2015/6/1 Where:
Daylesford Organic Marylebone, 6-8 Blandford Street London, W1U 4AU
Category: Food and Drink Shops

Daylesford Organic Marylebone, 6-8 Blandford Street, London, W1U 4AU

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 
Located on the ground and basement levels of a Blandford Street building in the heart of Marylebone, Daylesford Organic farmshop and cafe brings together all the elements the upmarket food shop is famous for - with fruit and produce from their organic farm in Gloucestershire at its heart. There are daily deliveries of fresh breads and pastries from their own bakery to the 3,600 square feet store, fruit and veg comes from their own market garden, and milk, cheese, yoghurt and butter from their creamery. Synonymous with organic food, the in-store butcher's shop stocks beef, lamb, venison and poultry reared on Dayelsford farm. And if you want food-to-go, there are takeaway salads, sandwiches and hot drinks to take away, or eat in at the cafe - a good place to go for brunch on the weekends - for excellent quality seasonal organic dishes in a serene all-white setting.
 
 
 

Galadari

Opened Spring 2015

Galadari Opened Spring 2015 A penthouse-inspired restaurant and bar with a stunning 88 metre rooftop terrace Galadari offers diners Japanese food and show-stopping views of St Paul's, No. 1 Blackfriars, The Shard and Tate Modern. Perched high up on the eighth floor of Crowne Plaza London - The City hotel at 19 New Bridge Street, with its own private entrance, Galadari is a Japanese kushiyaki grill with modern tapas, barbecued meats, steak and seafood on the menu. You can even choose the flavour of smoke you want for your steak whether that's oak, cedar or olive. If you're after something lighter for lunch there are izakaya-style small plates including sushi, sticks and skewers for the midday meal. Cocktails, sake, and cigars are a speciality with hand-rolled cigars laid out in the walk-in humidor, best enjoyed on the outdoor terrace next to the sculptured fire-pit and under an all-weather canopy. 2015/6/1 Where:
Galadari, Crowne Plaza London - The City Hotel, 19 New Bridge Street London, EC4V 6DB
Category: Bars

Galadari, Crowne Plaza - The City Hotel, 19 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6DB

Tube: Blackfriars Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfields
A penthouse-inspired restaurant and bar with a stunning 88 metre rooftop terrace Galadari offers diners Japanese food and show-stopping views of St Paul's, No. 1 Blackfriars, The Shard and Tate Modern. Perched high up on the eighth floor of Crowne Plaza London - The City hotel at 19 New Bridge Street, with its own private entrance, Galadari is a Japanese kushiyaki grill with modern tapas, barbecued meats, steak and seafood on the menu. You can even choose the flavour of smoke you want for your steak whether that's oak, cedar or olive. If you're after something lighter for lunch there are izakaya-style small plates including sushi, sticks and skewers for the midday meal. Cocktails, sake, and cigars are a speciality with hand-rolled cigars laid out in the walk-in humidor, best enjoyed on the outdoor terrace next to the sculptured fire-pit and under an all-weather canopy.
 
 
 

Newport Street Gallery

Opened May/June 2015

Newport Street Gallery Opened May/June 2015 Damien Hirst's Newport Street Gallery has been built to bring his collection of over 2,000 artworks out of storage and on display to the public. Taking up the whole length of the Vauxhall street, the gallery - a combination of three listed buildings flanked by new buildings at either end - was designed by Caruso St John, the archtects behind the £45m masterplan for Tate Britain's 2013 facelift. It's really six spaces in one which can used in different combinations to show Hirst's private collection - which includes pieces by Francis Bacon, Jeff Koons and British artists Sarah Lucas and Banksy - in small or very large exhibitions. "It's my Saatchi gallery, basically," he told the Observer in a 2012 interview. "It's a place to show my collection of contemporary art. It feels bad having it all in crates." 2015/6/1 Where:
Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street London, SE11 6AY
Category: Art Galleries

Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, London, SE11 6AY

Tube: Lambeth North Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St John
Damien Hirst's Newport Street Gallery has been built to bring his collection of over 2,000 artworks out of storage and on display to the public. Taking up the whole length of the Vauxhall street, the gallery - a combination of three listed buildings flanked by new buildings at either end - was designed by Caruso St John, the archtects behind the £45m masterplan for Tate Britain's 2013 facelift. It's really six spaces in one which can used in different combinations to show Hirst's private collection - which includes pieces by Francis Bacon, Jeff Koons and British artists Sarah Lucas and Banksy - in small or very large exhibitions. "It's my Saatchi gallery, basically," he told the Observer in a 2012 interview. "It's a place to show my collection of contemporary art. It feels bad having it all in crates."
 
 
 

Old Street Courthouse Hotel

Opened Mid 2015

Old Street Courthouse Hotel Opened Mid 2015 The Old Magistrates Court and Police Station, one of the finest Edwardian civic buildings in London, located in the heart of Shoreditch opposite the old Shoreditch Town Hall becomes a 4 star boutique hotel with a rooftop bar. The Old Street Courthouse Hotel has 128 guest rooms, a mix of new rooms and restoration of existing spaces, suites and function areas. A new build block adjacent to the original building includes a variety of bedrooms and a basement area with a gym, swimming pool, bowling alley and a cinema room as well as space available for functions. The property, originally housing two court rooms was run as a live courthouse for almost a century from 1903 until 1996. The development, undertaken by McAleer and Rushe and Architects Goddard Manton, is described by the company as a "boutique hotel that will be styled to fit with the new modern art and media image" while ensuring the special heritage of the landmark Baroque-style Grade II listed property is preserved. 2015/6/1 Where:
Old Street Courthouse Hotel, 335-337 Old Street London, EC1V 3UD
Category: New Hotels

Old Street Courthouse Hotel, 335-337 Old Street, London, EC1V 3UD

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St John
The Old Magistrates Court and Police Station, one of the finest Edwardian civic buildings in London, located in the heart of Shoreditch opposite the old Shoreditch Town Hall becomes a 4 star boutique hotel with a rooftop bar. The Old Street Courthouse Hotel has 128 guest rooms, a mix of new rooms and restoration of existing spaces, suites and function areas. A new build block adjacent to the original building includes a variety of bedrooms and a basement area with a gym, swimming pool, bowling alley and a cinema room as well as space available for functions. The property, originally housing two court rooms was run as a live courthouse for almost a century from 1903 until 1996. The development, undertaken by McAleer and Rushe and Architects Goddard Manton, is described by the company as a "boutique hotel that will be styled to fit with the new modern art and media image" while ensuring the special heritage of the landmark Baroque-style Grade II listed property is preserved.
 
 
 

StreetXo

Opened 1st June 2015

StreetXo Opened 1st June 2015 Young Madrid-born chef David Munoz, who's behind that city's three Michelin starred DiverXo, brings his street-food inspired StreetXo to London in 2015, creating his first restaurant outside Spain and returning to the city where it all started - Munoz trained at top London restaurants including Nobu and Hakkasan before setting up his own restaurant in Madrid. His StreetXo restaurant is influenced by Spain, naturally enough, but also takes in many other elements of his travels - which have taken him across Europe to South East Asia and everywhere in between. The focal point of the restaurant will be the central open kitchen with chefs front and centre, cooking and serving up food and fun - Munoz's is an upbeat approach to cooking. The menu will change often and features just 12 to 14 dishes, but also look out for the trolley laden with one-off creations circulating the room. Open and airy, StreetXo will also have a large bar with cool cocktails and Munoz and his crew will be throwing in extra surprises along the way. 2015/6/1 Where:
StreetXo, 15 Old Burlington Street London, W1X 1RL
Category: Spanish Cuisine

StreetXo, 15 Old Burlington Street, London, W1X 1RL

Tube: Oxford Circus Station, Green Park Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid Munoz
Young Madrid-born chef David Munoz, who's behind that city's three Michelin starred DiverXo, brings his street-food inspired StreetXo to London in 2015, creating his first restaurant outside Spain and returning to the city where it all started - Munoz trained at top London restaurants including Nobu and Hakkasan before setting up his own restaurant in Madrid. His StreetXo restaurant is influenced by Spain, naturally enough, but also takes in many other elements of his travels - which have taken him across Europe to South East Asia and everywhere in between. The focal point of the restaurant will be the central open kitchen with chefs front and centre, cooking and serving up food and fun - Munoz's is an upbeat approach to cooking. The menu will change often and features just 12 to 14 dishes, but also look out for the trolley laden with one-off creations circulating the room. Open and airy, StreetXo will also have a large bar with cool cocktails and Munoz and his crew will be throwing in extra surprises along the way.
 
 
 

The House of Elemis

Opened 1st June 2015

The House of Elemis Opened 1st June 2015 Following a major redesign, the Elemis flagship spa in Mayfair re-launched as the House of Elemis in 2015. More than just a spa, it's 'a couture beauty house' that brings together science and beauty, offering a wide range of hi-tech treatments that promise results. Guests are invited into a calming space that combines natural tones, textural lighting, artisanal glass and ceramic work, reflecting the brand's ethos of the best that nature and science have to offer. An exclusive piece of artwork by Valeria Nascimento and porcelain flowers scattered throughout the House also add to the beautiful space. Co-founder and creator of Elemis, Noella Gabriel, has worked with a team of experts, including nutritional therapist Amelia Freer, fitness expert Steve Mellor and make-up artist Kelly Cornwell, to create a menu that's full of action-packed yet relaxing treatments. Options include a range of BIOTEC anti-ageing and skin solution treatments, energy boosting and musclease massages, and beautiful bride makeovers. There's also the choice between The Speed Spa, offering a range of fast but results-driven treatments, or the luxurious Penthouse, where the spa concierge will arrange anything from cars to dinner reservations to theatre tickets. 2015/6/1 Where:
The House of Elemis, 2 Lancashire Court London, W1S 1EX
Category: Health and Beauty

The House of Elemis, 2 Lancashire Court, London, W1S 1EX

Tube: Bond Street Station, Oxford Circus Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid Munoz
Following a major redesign, the Elemis flagship spa in Mayfair re-launched as the House of Elemis in 2015. More than just a spa, it's 'a couture beauty house' that brings together science and beauty, offering a wide range of hi-tech treatments that promise results. Guests are invited into a calming space that combines natural tones, textural lighting, artisanal glass and ceramic work, reflecting the brand's ethos of the best that nature and science have to offer. An exclusive piece of artwork by Valeria Nascimento and porcelain flowers scattered throughout the House also add to the beautiful space. Co-founder and creator of Elemis, Noella Gabriel, has worked with a team of experts, including nutritional therapist Amelia Freer, fitness expert Steve Mellor and make-up artist Kelly Cornwell, to create a menu that's full of action-packed yet relaxing treatments. Options include a range of BIOTEC anti-ageing and skin solution treatments, energy boosting and musclease massages, and beautiful bride makeovers. There's also the choice between The Speed Spa, offering a range of fast but results-driven treatments, or the luxurious Penthouse, where the spa concierge will arrange anything from cars to dinner reservations to theatre tickets.
 
 
 

The Ivy

Opened 1st June 2015

The Ivy Opened 1st June 2015 The Ivy emerges from an extensive refurbishment in 2015 with more natural day light, a dining bar for twenty, and the features that made it famous - the wood panelling, the harlequin stained glass windows and works by British artists - added to with striking new pieces by Maggi Hambling, Damien Hirst and Ian Davenport which dominate the rear of the dining room. Where the bar once stood, the restaurant now opens up, and there are curved banquettes, four-seat booths and more corner tables than before. Executive chef Gary Lee has come up with a menu that incorporates many of The Ivy's classic dishes - the legendary Shepherd's pie and The Ivy hamburger remain - but there are lighter dishes and a section dedicated entirely to potatoes. There's raw and pickled vegetable salad with chia and citrus vinaigrette, corn-fed chicken breast with pumkin pistou and mojo verde, and tossed salad of barbecued squid with chorizo and toasted quinoa. Asian influences come in the form of Yellowtail tuna sashimi, pickled ginger, wasabi cucumber pearls, and Togarashi popcorn rock shrimp with kewpie mayonnaise. For desserts, an old-school Knickerbocker Glory reveals a fun side, whilst more serious desserts like Amalfi lemon panna cotta with raspberry granita or Gooseberry and elderflower pie adapt with the seasons. With this refurb the legendary restaurant - one of the most famous in the world - a stalwart of the London scene since 1917 looks set to stay in fashion for another 100 years. Dress code: Ties are not required. Gentlemen are requested not to wear shorts. Best to put your best frock on - the paparazzi regularly camp outside to get a snapshot of the A-listers who dine here. 2015/6/1 Where:
The Ivy, 1-5 West Street London, WC2H 9NQ
Category: Modern European Cuisine

The Ivy, 1-5 West Street, London, WC2H 9NQ

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid Munoz
The Ivy emerges from an extensive refurbishment in 2015 with more natural day light, a dining bar for twenty, and the features that made it famous - the wood panelling, the harlequin stained glass windows and works by British artists - added to with striking new pieces by Maggi Hambling, Damien Hirst and Ian Davenport which dominate the rear of the dining room. Where the bar once stood, the restaurant now opens up, and there are curved banquettes, four-seat booths and more corner tables than before. Executive chef Gary Lee has come up with a menu that incorporates many of The Ivy's classic dishes - the legendary Shepherd's pie and The Ivy hamburger remain - but there are lighter dishes and a section dedicated entirely to potatoes. There's raw and pickled vegetable salad with chia and citrus vinaigrette, corn-fed chicken breast with pumkin pistou and mojo verde, and tossed salad of barbecued squid with chorizo and toasted quinoa. Asian influences come in the form of Yellowtail tuna sashimi, pickled ginger, wasabi cucumber pearls, and Togarashi popcorn rock shrimp with kewpie mayonnaise. For desserts, an old-school Knickerbocker Glory reveals a fun side, whilst more serious desserts like Amalfi lemon panna cotta with raspberry granita or Gooseberry and elderflower pie adapt with the seasons. With this refurb the legendary restaurant - one of the most famous in the world - a stalwart of the London scene since 1917 looks set to stay in fashion for another 100 years.

Dress code: Ties are not required. Gentlemen are requested not to wear shorts. Best to put your best frock on - the paparazzi regularly camp outside to get a snapshot of the A-listers who dine here.
 
 
 

The Trading House

Opened 1st June 2015

The Trading House Opened 1st June 2015 Located on the site of the former Bank of New Zealand, The Trading House invokes the spirit of the East India Trading Company with 'hanging kebabs', ales and cocktails served in the grade II listed Victorian space. Dominated by a striking central bar, the 96-cover restaurant also has a mezzanine area for drinks and live music every night. Cocktails offer intriguing twists on classics resulting in choices of lavender sazerac, cinnamon and ginger Manhattan, and cumin Bloody Mary while beers cover the world's craft breweries, including US Blue Moon Brewing Co, western Australia's Little Creatures, and Germany's Paulaner. You can even pair your cocktail with a beer and try a miniature cocktail mixed to complement a beer and served alongside it. The food menu is full of freshly cooked quality pub fare with rotisserie and barbeque sections listing burgers, steaks and whole roasted chickens. But the signature 'hanging kebabs' go the extra mile with choices of grilled meats, prawns or halloumi. 2015/6/1 Where:
The Trading House, 91 Gresham Street London, EC2V 7NQ
Category:

The Trading House, 91 Gresham Street, London, EC2V 7NQ

Tube: Bank Station, Mansion House Station, St. Paul's Station, Moorgate Station, Cannon Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon Crush
Located on the site of the former Bank of New Zealand, The Trading House invokes the spirit of the East India Trading Company with 'hanging kebabs', ales and cocktails served in the grade II listed Victorian space. Dominated by a striking central bar, the 96-cover restaurant also has a mezzanine area for drinks and live music every night. Cocktails offer intriguing twists on classics resulting in choices of lavender sazerac, cinnamon and ginger Manhattan, and cumin Bloody Mary while beers cover the world's craft breweries, including US Blue Moon Brewing Co, western Australia's Little Creatures, and Germany's Paulaner. You can even pair your cocktail with a beer and try a miniature cocktail mixed to complement a beer and served alongside it. The food menu is full of freshly cooked quality pub fare with rotisserie and barbeque sections listing burgers, steaks and whole roasted chickens. But the signature 'hanging kebabs' go the extra mile with choices of grilled meats, prawns or halloumi.
 
 
 

Nike Women's Store

Opened 23rd May 2015

Nike Women's Store Opened 23rd May 2015 Nike's first women's-only store in Europe, Nike King's Road offers sports fans bespoke services such as pant hemming, gait analysis and bra fitting. The third women's only store for the brand - Nike opened locations in Shanghai, China and Newport Beach, California six months before - the 207 square metre store displays the latest sportswear for women and also provides a fitness hub for the local community with free weekly Nike+ training classes and a Nike+ run club. Special dimmers in the changing rooms that show outfits in three different lights - morning, afternoon and evening. And a map of London featuring Nike heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been incorporated into the store's design. 2015/5/23 Where:
Nike Women's Store, 33 King's Road London, SW3 4LX
Category: Sporting Goods

Nike Women's Store, 33 King's Road, London, SW3 4LX

Tube: Sloane Square Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon Crush
Nike's first women's-only store in Europe, Nike King's Road offers sports fans bespoke services such as pant hemming, gait analysis and bra fitting. The third women's only store for the brand - Nike opened locations in Shanghai, China and Newport Beach, California six months before - the 207 square metre store displays the latest sportswear for women and also provides a fitness hub for the local community with free weekly Nike+ training classes and a Nike+ run club. Special dimmers in the changing rooms that show outfits in three different lights - morning, afternoon and evening. And a map of London featuring Nike heptathlete Katarina Johnson-Thompson has been incorporated into the store's design.
 
 
 

Yauatcha City

Opened 20th May 2015

Yauatcha City Opened 20th May 2015 Eleven years after the first Yauatcha opened in London, Hakkasan group opens a second branch of the stylish Chinese dim sum house in the revamped Broadgate Circle which welcomed 11 new restaurants to its City space in spring 2015. With authentic Cantonese dishes and a wide choice of steamed, baked, grilled and fried dim sum, Yauatcha City is one of the best places in London for scallop shui mai, prawn and beancurd cheung fun and Venison puffs - dishes which have earned its Soho sister a Michelin star. To complement the cuisine, the drinks menu includes 38 types of tea, as well as cocktails, wine and Champagne list. Although the Soho restaurant has a patisserie counter, Yauatcha City is the first with a standalone space for their excellent macarons, petits gateaux and chocolates - found on the level below the main restaurant. The design, led by French designers GBRH, of the 198 cover restaurant (which includes two bars and two terraces, each seating 50 guests), features aquariums, starlit ceilings, visible kitchens and the blue and pink palette that has become synonymous with the restaurant while staff go efficiently about their business in Diane von Furstenberg dresses. 2015/5/20 Where:
Yauatcha City, Broadgate Circle London, EC2M 2QS
Category: Chinese Cuisine

Yauatcha City, Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2QS

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Moorgate Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon Crush
Eleven years after the first Yauatcha opened in London, Hakkasan group opens a second branch of the stylish Chinese dim sum house in the revamped Broadgate Circle which welcomed 11 new restaurants to its City space in spring 2015. With authentic Cantonese dishes and a wide choice of steamed, baked, grilled and fried dim sum, Yauatcha City is one of the best places in London for scallop shui mai, prawn and beancurd cheung fun and Venison puffs - dishes which have earned its Soho sister a Michelin star. To complement the cuisine, the drinks menu includes 38 types of tea, as well as cocktails, wine and Champagne list. Although the Soho restaurant has a patisserie counter, Yauatcha City is the first with a standalone space for their excellent macarons, petits gateaux and chocolates - found on the level below the main restaurant. The design, led by French designers GBRH, of the 198 cover restaurant (which includes two bars and two terraces, each seating 50 guests), features aquariums, starlit ceilings, visible kitchens and the blue and pink palette that has become synonymous with the restaurant while staff go efficiently about their business in Diane von Furstenberg dresses.
 
 
 

The Lucky Pig Fulham

Opened 16th May 2015

The Lucky Pig Fulham Opened 16th May 2015 The Fulham outpost of the popular underground drinking den, The Lucky Pig in Fitzrovia, offers an all-day menu as well as hand-crafted cocktails and prosecco on tap. While the original prohibition art-deco style bar was an underground space, the Fulham sibling serves artfully concocted cocktails in a light-filled spacious bar while the wood panelled, marble floored private dining room is your own personal speakeasy. Cocktail choices include Noodle Juice (tea-infused Tanqueray gin, white vermouth and citrus) and Flappers Favorite (yellow Chartreuse, raspberry, honey and fizz), created using home-made syrups and home-infused spirits. There's live music from Monday to Wednesday when jazz players give a varied repertoire of swing, blues and gypsy jazz while a DJ spins the tunes on Friday and Saturday nights. 2015/5/16 Where:
The Lucky Pig Fulham, 374 North End Road London, SW6 1LY
Category: Bars

The Lucky Pig Fulham, 374 North End Road, London, SW6 1LY

Tube: Fulham Broadway Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon Crush
The Fulham outpost of the popular underground drinking den, The Lucky Pig in Fitzrovia, offers an all-day menu as well as hand-crafted cocktails and prosecco on tap. While the original prohibition art-deco style bar was an underground space, the Fulham sibling serves artfully concocted cocktails in a light-filled spacious bar while the wood panelled, marble floored private dining room is your own personal speakeasy. Cocktail choices include Noodle Juice (tea-infused Tanqueray gin, white vermouth and citrus) and Flappers Favorite (yellow Chartreuse, raspberry, honey and fizz), created using home-made syrups and home-infused spirits. There's live music from Monday to Wednesday when jazz players give a varied repertoire of swing, blues and gypsy jazz while a DJ spins the tunes on Friday and Saturday nights.
 
 
 

Everyman Canary Wharf

Opened 15th May 2015

Everyman Canary Wharf Opened 15th May 2015 The Everyman Cinema on level 2 of Crossrail Place - the brand's fifth cinema in the capital - sits within the six storey Canary Wharf Crossrail station. Launched in May 2015, with a showing of Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road, the cinema shows national releases as well as its own specially selected films across its three screens and boasts armchair seating as well as top-of-the-range Sony 4K digital technology and Dolby integrated sound. 2015/5/15 Where:
Everyman Canary Wharf, Crossrail Place Level 2 London, E14 5AR
Category: Cinemas

Everyman Canary Wharf, Crossrail Place Level 2, London, E14 5AR

Tube: Canary Wharf Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com
The Everyman Cinema on level 2 of Crossrail Place - the brand's fifth cinema in the capital - sits within the six storey Canary Wharf Crossrail station. Launched in May 2015, with a showing of Pitch Perfect 2 and Mad Max: Fury Road, the cinema shows national releases as well as its own specially selected films across its three screens and boasts armchair seating as well as top-of-the-range Sony 4K digital technology and Dolby integrated sound.
 
 
 

Sesame

Opened 15th May 2015

Sesame Opened 15th May 2015 Noam Bar, one of the founders of Ottolenghi, brings flavours from across the Mediterranean - from beach shacks in Istanbul to the alleys of Jerusalem - to Sesame, a restaurant serving street food to-go. Named "the poshest kebab shop in the world" by The Times, Sesame specialises in thick, fluffy pittas bursting with flavours, sumptuous salads and exotic desserts. Freshly grilled meats come wrapped in flat breads filled out with vegetable salad and spiced with tahini. Along with spicy paprika chicken and lamb and beef kebab are vegetarian choices like roasted aubergine and egg sandwich served with mango pickle in a pitta. With a name like Ottlenghi behind it - the chefs from that successful venture are behind the menu here - Sesame is "reinventing the great British kebab shop" (The Times). 2015/5/15 Where:
Sesame, 23 Garrick Street London, WC2E 9RY
Category: Mediterranean Cuisine

Sesame, 23 Garrick Street, London, WC2E 9RY

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station, Charing Cross Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com
Noam Bar, one of the founders of Ottolenghi, brings flavours from across the Mediterranean - from beach shacks in Istanbul to the alleys of Jerusalem - to Sesame, a restaurant serving street food to-go. Named "the poshest kebab shop in the world" by The Times, Sesame specialises in thick, fluffy pittas bursting with flavours, sumptuous salads and exotic desserts. Freshly grilled meats come wrapped in flat breads filled out with vegetable salad and spiced with tahini. Along with spicy paprika chicken and lamb and beef kebab are vegetarian choices like roasted aubergine and egg sandwich served with mango pickle in a pitta. With a name like Ottlenghi behind it - the chefs from that successful venture are behind the menu here - Sesame is "reinventing the great British kebab shop" (The Times).
 
 
 

Cereal Killer Cafe

Opened 14th May 2015

Cereal Killer Cafe Opened 14th May 2015 Following the success of their first Cereal Killer Cafe on Brick Lane in East London breakfast loving twins, Gary and Alan Keery, bring their winning wheat based breakfasts a larger location at Camden Stables. The Camden cafe sells over 120 different cereals which can be teamed with more than 30 different kinds of milk and 20 toppings. Decor includes cereal memorabilia - cereal boxes from Seinfeld, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Mr T - vintage arcade machines and bed seating and there's a menu of 'Cereal Cocktails' which have already proved popular at the Brick Lane cafe. The Cereal Killer Cafe boys may have come in for a lot of flack when they opened their first cafe but with their passion for the first meal of the day - and a book deal - it's clear they're having the last laugh. More than just a bowl of cereal, a visit here is about the nostalgia of the humble breakfast cereal you enjoyed as a child. 2015/5/14 Where:
Cereal Killer Cafe, Camden Stables London, NW1 8AH
Category: Cafes and Delis

Cereal Killer Cafe, Camden Stables, London, NW1 8AH

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com
Following the success of their first Cereal Killer Cafe on Brick Lane in East London breakfast loving twins, Gary and Alan Keery, bring their winning wheat based breakfasts a larger location at Camden Stables. The Camden cafe sells over 120 different cereals which can be teamed with more than 30 different kinds of milk and 20 toppings. Decor includes cereal memorabilia - cereal boxes from Seinfeld, Donkey Kong, Pac-Man and Mr T - vintage arcade machines and bed seating and there's a menu of 'Cereal Cocktails' which have already proved popular at the Brick Lane cafe. The Cereal Killer Cafe boys may have come in for a lot of flack when they opened their first cafe but with their passion for the first meal of the day - and a book deal - it's clear they're having the last laugh. More than just a bowl of cereal, a visit here is about the nostalgia of the humble breakfast cereal you enjoyed as a child.
 
 
 

Jose Pizarro Broadgate

Opened 13th May 2015

Jose Pizarro Broadgate Opened 13th May 2015 This is an all-day affair from Jose Pizarro, bringing Spanish breakfasts, big joints and wonderful Spanish wines to Broadgate Circle in the City. Branching out from Bermondsey, where the celebrated Spanish chef has two restaurants - the famous Pizarro restaurant and small but perfectly formed sherry and tapas bar, Jose - into Broadgate Circle, the Pizarro menu includes starters or sharing plates of home-cured cod with Seville oranges, black olive and fennel salad, pan fried duck livers with garlic, and Iberico pork meatballs in tomato and orange sauce. Large Plates, big enough for an individual main course, include turbot a la plancha, rack of Yorkshire lamb, and 35 day aged Irish sirloin. Solomillo and Presa make welcome appearances on the menu and a jamon sits on the countertop at all times. Sip on a glass of Spanish wine, cava or beer and enjoy a seat on the outside terrace when the sun shines. 2015/5/13 Where:
Jose Pizarro Broadgate, 36 Broadgate Circle London, EC2M 1QS
Category: Spanish Cuisine

Jose Pizarro Broadgate, 36 Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 1QS

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Moorgate Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com
This is an all-day affair from Jose Pizarro, bringing Spanish breakfasts, big joints and wonderful Spanish wines to Broadgate Circle in the City. Branching out from Bermondsey, where the celebrated Spanish chef has two restaurants - the famous Pizarro restaurant and small but perfectly formed sherry and tapas bar, Jose - into Broadgate Circle, the Pizarro menu includes starters or sharing plates of home-cured cod with Seville oranges, black olive and fennel salad, pan fried duck livers with garlic, and Iberico pork meatballs in tomato and orange sauce. Large Plates, big enough for an individual main course, include turbot a la plancha, rack of Yorkshire lamb, and 35 day aged Irish sirloin. Solomillo and Presa make welcome appearances on the menu and a jamon sits on the countertop at all times. Sip on a glass of Spanish wine, cava or beer and enjoy a seat on the outside terrace when the sun shines.
 
 
 

Franco Manca, Soho

Opened 8th May 2015

Franco Manca, Soho Opened 8th May 2015 Fast becoming London's favourite pizza restaurant, new branches of Franco Manca are popping up all over the place, with the Broadgate Circle and Belsize Park outlets both opening in April 2015 and this Soho branch following shortly after in May. With its distinct brand of slow-rise sourdough pizzas and very reasonable prices, the small chain deserves every bit of its outstanding reputation - you only need to look at the queues to realise its popularity. The simple menu consists of six pizzas made with ingredients like fresh mozzarella, made daily on Lloyd Green's organic farm in Somerset; tomatoes from small co-op of organic producers in Italy; and ham and sausages made in partnership with David Tomlin from the Rare Bread Survival Trust. The drinks menu is equally simple with the choice between one lager, one ale, organic wines, traditional prosecco and a range of soft drinks. Here it's all about quality and we'd be hard pushed to stray anywhere else for our pizza fix. 2015/5/8 Where:
Franco Manca, Soho, 51 Berwick Street London, W1F 8SJ
Category: Italian Cuisine

Franco Manca, Soho, 51 Berwick Street, London, W1F 8SJ

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Oxford Circus Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani
Fast becoming London's favourite pizza restaurant, new branches of Franco Manca are popping up all over the place, with the Broadgate Circle and Belsize Park outlets both opening in April 2015 and this Soho branch following shortly after in May. With its distinct brand of slow-rise sourdough pizzas and very reasonable prices, the small chain deserves every bit of its outstanding reputation - you only need to look at the queues to realise its popularity. The simple menu consists of six pizzas made with ingredients like fresh mozzarella, made daily on Lloyd Green's organic farm in Somerset; tomatoes from small co-op of organic producers in Italy; and ham and sausages made in partnership with David Tomlin from the Rare Bread Survival Trust. The drinks menu is equally simple with the choice between one lager, one ale, organic wines, traditional prosecco and a range of soft drinks. Here it's all about quality and we'd be hard pushed to stray anywhere else for our pizza fix.
 
 
 

Regent Street Cinema

Opened 6th May 2015

Regent Street Cinema Opened 6th May 2015 The historic Regent Street Cinema is where the first ever performance of moving images took place. Created by the Lumière brothers, the film was shown as part of a tour to a paying British audience in 1896, paving the way for a century of cinematographic innovation. In 1980, Regent Street Cinema was turned into a student lecture hall for the University of Westminster and hadn't been open to the public for 35 years until a three-year renovation re-opened its doors in May 2015. The only UK cinema to show all moving image media from 16mm and 35mm to Super 8 film, to the latest in 4K digital film, the West End cinema also offers masterclasses, film industry events, premieres, retrospectives, touring guest programmes and annual and biennial festivals. 2015/5/6 Where:
Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street London, W1B 2HW
Category: Cinemas

Regent Street Cinema, 309 Regent Street, London, W1B 2HW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani
The historic Regent Street Cinema is where the first ever performance of moving images took place. Created by the Lumière brothers, the film was shown as part of a tour to a paying British audience in 1896, paving the way for a century of cinematographic innovation. In 1980, Regent Street Cinema was turned into a student lecture hall for the University of Westminster and hadn't been open to the public for 35 years until a three-year renovation re-opened its doors in May 2015. The only UK cinema to show all moving image media from 16mm and 35mm to Super 8 film, to the latest in 4K digital film, the West End cinema also offers masterclasses, film industry events, premieres, retrospectives, touring guest programmes and annual and biennial festivals.
 
 
 

Crossrail Place Roof Garden

Opened 1st May 2015

Crossrail Place Roof Garden Opened 1st May 2015 With its semi open-air timber lattice roof the Crossrail Place Roof Garden on top of the Crossrail station in Canary Wharf provides a welcoming public space, a place of calm and tranquility between the residential neighbourhood of Poplar and the business district of Canary Wharf. Like the building below it, the gardens that top the seven-storey station have been designed by Foster + Partners. Referencing the area's maritime heritage, many of the plant species that feature in the garden are indigenous to countries that were explored during the 19th century by trading shops that used the docks in Canary Wharf. The roof garden is open to the public from dawn until dusk and unlike the Sky Garden in the City you don't have to book in advance to go there. For the first few months, from May to August 2015, a summer programme of performance and activity is laid on at the 50-seat Performance Space, overseen by local theatre company the Space Theatre based in nearby Isle of Dogs. 2015/5/1 Where:
Crossrail Place Roof Garden, West India Quay London, E14 5AB
Category: Parks and Gardens

Crossrail Place Roof Garden, West India Quay, London, E14 5AB

Tube: Canary Wharf Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and Partners
With its semi open-air timber lattice roof the Crossrail Place Roof Garden on top of the Crossrail station in Canary Wharf provides a welcoming public space, a place of calm and tranquility between the residential neighbourhood of Poplar and the business district of Canary Wharf. Like the building below it, the gardens that top the seven-storey station have been designed by Foster + Partners. Referencing the area's maritime heritage, many of the plant species that feature in the garden are indigenous to countries that were explored during the 19th century by trading shops that used the docks in Canary Wharf. The roof garden is open to the public from dawn until dusk and unlike the Sky Garden in the City you don't have to book in advance to go there. For the first few months, from May to August 2015, a summer programme of performance and activity is laid on at the 50-seat Performance Space, overseen by local theatre company the Space Theatre based in nearby Isle of Dogs.
 
 
 

Five Guys, Villiers Street

Opened 1st May 2015

Five Guys, Villiers Street Opened 1st May 2015 After opening at 1-3 Long Acre in Covent Garden in summer 2013, Five Guys have opened a number of branches across London, including this Villiers Street outlet just down the road from the Covent Garden flagship. The trendy US burger chain takes its name from the founding Murrell family's five brothers, only serves fresh ground beef and will fly ingredients over from the US if they have to. The chain doesn't offer meals but instead sells everything individually so you pick your own sides and toppings - options include burgers, hot dogs, breakfast rolls and grilled cheese sandwiches. Sides are fries and Cajun fries while drinks include an impressive number of Coca-Cola variations and milkshakes, including Oreo cookie, salted caramel, peanut butter and malted milk flavours alongside the more traditional chocolate, vanilla and strawberry. 2015/5/1 Where:
Five Guys, Villiers Street, 9/1 Villiers Street London, WC2N 6NA
Category: American Cuisine

Five Guys, Villiers Street, 9/1 Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6NA

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Embankment Underground Station, Leicester Square Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and Partners
After opening at 1-3 Long Acre in Covent Garden in summer 2013, Five Guys have opened a number of branches across London, including this Villiers Street outlet just down the road from the Covent Garden flagship. The trendy US burger chain takes its name from the founding Murrell family's five brothers, only serves fresh ground beef and will fly ingredients over from the US if they have to. The chain doesn't offer meals but instead sells everything individually so you pick your own sides and toppings - options include burgers, hot dogs, breakfast rolls and grilled cheese sandwiches. Sides are fries and Cajun fries while drinks include an impressive number of Coca-Cola variations and milkshakes, including Oreo cookie, salted caramel, peanut butter and malted milk flavours alongside the more traditional chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
 
 
 

Hyatt Place London Heathrow Hayes

Opened 1st May 2015

Hyatt Place London Heathrow Hayes Opened 1st May 2015 The UK's first Hyatt Place hotel, the 170-bedroom Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes, aims to "cater for the multitasking traveller with a 24/7 lifestyle" with an open food market offering made-to-order meals and snacks available around the clock, free Wi-Fi, and a well-equipped fitness centre. Located in Hayes, less than 15 minutes from London Heathrow Airport, the hotel is sure to attract travellers visiting London via this busy transport hub which welcomed more than 70 million passengers in 2012. In addition to the guestrooms, the hotel has 1,809 square feet (168 square meters) of meeting space and is conveniently located for businesses in and around Hayes and Hillingdon including Stockley Park Business Park and Brunel University. It may be the first Hyatt Place hotel in the UK but it's the fourth Hyatt-branded hotel in the region, alongside Andaz Liverpool Street London, Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill and Hyatt Regency Birmingham. 2015/5/1 Where:
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Hayes, Hayes Gate House, 27 Uxbridge Road London, UB4 0JN
Category: New Hotels

Hyatt Place London Heathrow Hayes, Hayes Gate House, 27 Uxbridge Road, London, UB4 0JN

Tube: Northolt Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architects
The UK's first Hyatt Place hotel, the 170-bedroom Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes, aims to "cater for the multitasking traveller with a 24/7 lifestyle" with an open food market offering made-to-order meals and snacks available around the clock, free Wi-Fi, and a well-equipped fitness centre. Located in Hayes, less than 15 minutes from London Heathrow Airport, the hotel is sure to attract travellers visiting London via this busy transport hub which welcomed more than 70 million passengers in 2012. In addition to the guestrooms, the hotel has 1,809 square feet (168 square meters) of meeting space and is conveniently located for businesses in and around Hayes and Hillingdon including Stockley Park Business Park and Brunel University. It may be the first Hyatt Place hotel in the UK but it's the fourth Hyatt-branded hotel in the region, alongside Andaz Liverpool Street London, Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill and Hyatt Regency Birmingham.
 
 
 

King's Cross Pond Club

Opened April 2015

King's Cross Pond Club Opened April 2015 Take a dip... in the middle of a construction site. The King's Cross Pond Club, a 40 metre long natural bathing pond, sits right in the middle of the King's Cross development site, giving swimmers an outdoor space that's entirely chemical free. The water is purified through a natural process using wetland and water plants to filter the water and keep it clear. The pond, which has room for over 100 bathers, is surrounded by wild flowers and grasses that change with the season. The project, 'Of Soil and Water' by architects Ooze and artist Marjetica Potrc, is a wonderful way to add a natural, enjoyable and beneficial feature to the undeveloped spaces and urban landscape of King's Cross. 2015/5/1 Where:
King's Cross Pond Club, Lewis Cubitt Park London, N1C
Category:

King's Cross Pond Club, Lewis Cubitt Park, London, N1C

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architects
Take a dip... in the middle of a construction site. The King's Cross Pond Club, a 40 metre long natural bathing pond, sits right in the middle of the King's Cross development site, giving swimmers an outdoor space that's entirely chemical free. The water is purified through a natural process using wetland and water plants to filter the water and keep it clear. The pond, which has room for over 100 bathers, is surrounded by wild flowers and grasses that change with the season. The project, 'Of Soil and Water' by architects Ooze and artist Marjetica Potrc, is a wonderful way to add a natural, enjoyable and beneficial feature to the undeveloped spaces and urban landscape of King's Cross.
 
 
 

Melt Room

Opened 1st May 2015

Melt Room Opened 1st May 2015 Hoping to do for melted cheese sandwiches what Bubbledogs and Meatliquor have done for burgers and hot dogs, Melt Room focuses on just one thing. Using bread from the Wapping Sourdough bakery and cheese from Kent they create pimped up melted cheese combinations of pulled pork shoulder with pommery mustard, real ale and apple chutney and sharp cheddar. Added to pastrami and BBQ chicken are vegetarian options like roast beetroot, portobello mushroom and the classic - cheese blend grilled on sour dough bread. When it opened in May 2015, Melt Room's Russian owner, Andrey Datsenko, who became addicted to the hearty grilled cheese sandwiches he had while studying hospitality management in New York told the Evening Standard: "It's not just a regular sandwich, it's more like a philosophy. It's about using quality ingredients." The shop opens from 7am for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with 10 seats if you want to eat in and enjoy your cheese with cheesy tunes. 2015/5/1 Where:
Melt Room, 26 Noel Street London, W1F 8GY
Category: Cafes and Delis

Melt Room, 26 Noel Street, London, W1F 8GY

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Oxford Circus Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay
Hoping to do for melted cheese sandwiches what Bubbledogs and Meatliquor have done for burgers and hot dogs, Melt Room focuses on just one thing. Using bread from the Wapping Sourdough bakery and cheese from Kent they create pimped up melted cheese combinations of pulled pork shoulder with pommery mustard, real ale and apple chutney and sharp cheddar. Added to pastrami and BBQ chicken are vegetarian options like roast beetroot, portobello mushroom and the classic - cheese blend grilled on sour dough bread. When it opened in May 2015, Melt Room's Russian owner, Andrey Datsenko, who became addicted to the hearty grilled cheese sandwiches he had while studying hospitality management in New York told the Evening Standard: "It's not just a regular sandwich, it's more like a philosophy. It's about using quality ingredients." The shop opens from 7am for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with 10 seats if you want to eat in and enjoy your cheese with cheesy tunes.
 
 
 

Notes - Crossrail Canary Wharf

Opened 1st May 2015

Notes - Crossrail Canary Wharf Opened 1st May 2015 Two of life's great pleasures, coffee and wine, are both equally well presented at Notes cafe in the Crossrail Station, Canary Wharf, one of several new shops and restaurants launching with the opening of the station in 2015. Notes' Crossrail store offers premium coffees and baked goods throughout the day as well as wine, craft beer, sharing plates and tapas at night. One of two new Notes to open in Canary Wharf in 2015, the high-end coffee-and-wine vendor also offers a grab-and-go service at their shop inside Canary Wharf Tube Station. The quality of the coffee is the main selling point at Notes who roast their own beans in central London, in King's Cross. 2015/5/1 Where:
Notes - Crossrail Canary Wharf, Canary Wharf Crossrail Station London, E14 5AB
Category: Cafes and Delis

Notes - Crossrail Canary Wharf, Canary Wharf Crossrail Station, London, E14 5AB

Tube: Canary Wharf Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay
Two of life's great pleasures, coffee and wine, are both equally well presented at Notes cafe in the Crossrail Station, Canary Wharf, one of several new shops and restaurants launching with the opening of the station in 2015. Notes' Crossrail store offers premium coffees and baked goods throughout the day as well as wine, craft beer, sharing plates and tapas at night. One of two new Notes to open in Canary Wharf in 2015, the high-end coffee-and-wine vendor also offers a grab-and-go service at their shop inside Canary Wharf Tube Station. The quality of the coffee is the main selling point at Notes who roast their own beans in central London, in King's Cross.
 
 
 

Shake Shack Westfield Stratford

Opened 1st May 2015

Shake Shack Westfield Stratford Opened 1st May 2015 The second London location for the American import which makes among the best burgers in town, Shake Shack in Westfield Stratford City shopping centre is no ordinary burger joint. Here superior quality meat is used to make the Smokeshack - a cheeseburger topped with bacon, chopped cherry peppers and shack sauce - and the shack-cago dog (Chicago style hot dogs) made with a German style beef sausage topped with relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, long green pepper, celery salt and mustard. Located on 'The Street', just steps from London Olympic Park and the ArcelorMittal, this Shake Shack gives weary shoppers and athletes alike all the Shack classics as well as a selection of location-specific menu items - like the East End pie oh my and a vanilla custard with Flour Power City Bakery Bramley apple pie - made with locally sourced ingredients. The interior is fashioned from recyclable and sustainable materials including table tops made from reclaimed bowling alleys in Brooklyn, and reclaimed wall panelling from water tanks that once topped buildings across the Big Apple's skyline. 2015/5/1 Where:
Shake Shack Westfield Stratford, Westfield Stratford, The Street, Straford Avenue London, E20 1EJ
Category:

Shake Shack Westfield Stratford, Westfield Stratford, The Street, Straford Avenue, London, E20 1EJ

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay
The second London location for the American import which makes among the best burgers in town, Shake Shack in Westfield Stratford City shopping centre is no ordinary burger joint. Here superior quality meat is used to make the Smokeshack - a cheeseburger topped with bacon, chopped cherry peppers and shack sauce - and the shack-cago dog (Chicago style hot dogs) made with a German style beef sausage topped with relish, onion, cucumber, pickle, tomato, long green pepper, celery salt and mustard. Located on 'The Street', just steps from London Olympic Park and the ArcelorMittal, this Shake Shack gives weary shoppers and athletes alike all the Shack classics as well as a selection of location-specific menu items - like the East End pie oh my and a vanilla custard with Flour Power City Bakery Bramley apple pie - made with locally sourced ingredients. The interior is fashioned from recyclable and sustainable materials including table tops made from reclaimed bowling alleys in Brooklyn, and reclaimed wall panelling from water tanks that once topped buildings across the Big Apple's skyline.
 
 
 

The Black Penny

Opened 1st May 2015

The Black Penny Opened 1st May 2015 Inspired by England's original coffee houses, The Black Penny isn't your average coffee shop. Spread across two floors, the coffee house serves seasonal salads, lunch dishes and coffee on the ground floor and downstairs, in The Seminar Pit, plays host to guest speakers to inspire, educate and entertain through a series of poetry nights, debates and live concerts. The twist honours the 17th Century Penny Universities, which would invite visitors to pay a penny in exchange for admission, a cup of coffee and the chance to partake in academic and political debates. Coffee is provided by leading roaster Alchemy while the food menu has been created by head chef George Notley (formerly of Tom's Deli). Diners can expect dishes such as stone bass ceviche with carrot, fennel and radish; a smoked chicken, bacon, brie, cranberry and spinach sandwich; and seared tuna with black sesame seeds and soy. 2015/05/1 Where:
The Black Penny, 34 Great Queen Street London, WC2B 5AA
Category: Cafes and Delis

The Black Penny, 34 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AA

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay
Inspired by England's original coffee houses, The Black Penny isn't your average coffee shop. Spread across two floors, the coffee house serves seasonal salads, lunch dishes and coffee on the ground floor and downstairs, in The Seminar Pit, plays host to guest speakers to inspire, educate and entertain through a series of poetry nights, debates and live concerts. The twist honours the 17th Century Penny Universities, which would invite visitors to pay a penny in exchange for admission, a cup of coffee and the chance to partake in academic and political debates. Coffee is provided by leading roaster Alchemy while the food menu has been created by head chef George Notley (formerly of Tom's Deli). Diners can expect dishes such as stone bass ceviche with carrot, fennel and radish; a smoked chicken, bacon, brie, cranberry and spinach sandwich; and seared tuna with black sesame seeds and soy.
 
 
 

Berber and Q

Opened 24th April 2015

Berber and Q Opened 24th April 2015 Inspiration for Berber and Q has not only come from Eastern influences but also the West with American BBQ flavours - a favourite with chef Josh Katz (Galvin Bistrot de Luxe and Ottolenghi) and Mattia Bianchi (Ottolenghi and Ben Spalding). For them, there are a lot of similarities between American BBQ and the barbecued food that comes from the grill houses of the Middle East and parts of North Africa. Dining here is about large mounds of simple but carefully executed food, hunks of meat, generous sides that are not overly fussy but still require attention to detail in the cooking. The Haggerston restaurant is a great place to come for informal eating - sitting around a large table with close family and friends. 2015/4/24 Where:
Berber and Q, Arch 338 Acton Mews London, E8 4EA
Category:

Berber and Q, Arch 338 Acton Mews, London, E8 4EA

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 
Inspiration for Berber and Q has not only come from Eastern influences but also the West with American BBQ flavours - a favourite with chef Josh Katz (Galvin Bistrot de Luxe and Ottolenghi) and Mattia Bianchi (Ottolenghi and Ben Spalding). For them, there are a lot of similarities between American BBQ and the barbecued food that comes from the grill houses of the Middle East and parts of North Africa. Dining here is about large mounds of simple but carefully executed food, hunks of meat, generous sides that are not overly fussy but still require attention to detail in the cooking. The Haggerston restaurant is a great place to come for informal eating - sitting around a large table with close family and friends.
 
 
 

M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City

Opened 21st April 2015

M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City Opened 21st April 2015 One of two new hotels from the Montcalm group to open in 2014/2015, the M by Montcalm at 151 City Road, close to Old Street roundabout and opposite the Moorfields Eye Hospital, is part of a cluster of towers beginning to form on City Road. The building housing the 269-room hotel has the ignominious honour of being nominated for the 2015 Carbuncle Cup as "one of the most aggressive buildings in London". Its acutely triangular shape and glass mirror-and-steel structure is certainly hard to ignore. And it's not just the outside of the building that's space age. Inside there's the latest gadgetry, including rain showers, Bose speakers and tablet-controlled thermostat and lighting. There's a conference floor, event space and two restaurants to choose from - Tonic & Remedy, the apothecary themed
ground floor restaurant and cocktail bar - and a soon to open restaurant
on the 17th floor. When you want to relax, head to the Versace tiled swimming pool and spa in the basement, chill out in the sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi or work up a sweat in the fitness centre. The Montcalm already operates The Montcalm at The Brewery London City with the London City Suites By Montcalm nearby, and The Montcalm London Marble Arch with The Marble Arch By Montcalm London just a stone's throw away. M by Montcalm Shoreditch joins a second new Montcalm hotel, The Royal London House By Montcalm in Finsbury Square.
2015/04/21 Where:
M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City, 151 City Road London, EC1V 1JH
Category: New Hotels

M by Montcalm Shoreditch London Tech City, 151 City Road, London, EC1V 1JH

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay
One of two new hotels from the Montcalm group to open in 2014/2015, the M by Montcalm at 151 City Road, close to Old Street roundabout and opposite the Moorfields Eye Hospital, is part of a cluster of towers beginning to form on City Road. The building housing the 269-room hotel has the ignominious honour of being nominated for the 2015 Carbuncle Cup as "one of the most aggressive buildings in London". Its acutely triangular shape and glass mirror-and-steel structure is certainly hard to ignore. And it's not just the outside of the building that's space age. Inside there's the latest gadgetry, including rain showers, Bose speakers and tablet-controlled thermostat and lighting. There's a conference floor, event space and two restaurants to choose from - Tonic & Remedy, the apothecary themed ground floor restaurant and cocktail bar - and a soon to open restaurant on the 17th floor. When you want to relax, head to the Versace tiled swimming pool and spa in the basement, chill out in the sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi or work up a sweat in the fitness centre. The Montcalm already operates The Montcalm at The Brewery London City with the London City Suites By Montcalm nearby, and The Montcalm London Marble Arch with The Marble Arch By Montcalm London just a stone's throw away. M by Montcalm Shoreditch joins a second new Montcalm hotel, The Royal London House By Montcalm in Finsbury Square.
 
 
 

Deal Real Legacy Pop Up Shop

Opened 18th April 2015

Deal Real Legacy Pop Up Shop Opened 18th April 2015 This April the legendary Deal Real record shop returns as a pop-up shop launching on Record Store Day, Saturday 18th April 2015, for a limited time only. Returning to Carnaby, where it stood as a bastion of hip hop from 2002 to 2007, Deal Real continues in its role of supporting new talent. With Deal Real Legacy, which pops up at 14 Newburgh Street for six weeks, a new generation of undiscovered talent including visual artists, musicians and fashion designers will be promoted. There'll be archived footage recreating some of the most memorable moments - when Example, Professor Green, Mr Hudson, Kanye West, and Will I Am performed in the shop - as well as a series of one-off in store events, performances, workshops, signings and installations reconnecting with notable alumni - Oritse Williams, Estelle, Tinchy Stryder, Doc Brown and Mr Hudson. 2015/4/18 Where:
Deal Real Legacy Pop Up Shop, 14 Newburgh Street London, W1F 7RT
Category:

Deal Real Legacy Pop Up Shop, 14 Newburgh Street, London, W1F 7RT

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 
 
This April the legendary Deal Real record shop returns as a pop-up shop launching on Record Store Day, Saturday 18th April 2015, for a limited time only. Returning to Carnaby, where it stood as a bastion of hip hop from 2002 to 2007, Deal Real continues in its role of supporting new talent. With Deal Real Legacy, which pops up at 14 Newburgh Street for six weeks, a new generation of undiscovered talent including visual artists, musicians and fashion designers will be promoted. There'll be archived footage recreating some of the most memorable moments - when Example, Professor Green, Mr Hudson, Kanye West, and Will I Am performed in the shop - as well as a series of one-off in store events, performances, workshops, signings and installations reconnecting with notable alumni - Oritse Williams, Estelle, Tinchy Stryder, Doc Brown and Mr Hudson.
 
 
 

Beany Green

Opened 16th April 2015

Beany Green Opened 16th April 2015 Artisan coffee and Aussie accents best sums up Beany Green, an independent coffee chain which concentrates on beans from Monmouth and The Roasting Party, and single herd milk from the Parish of Northiam. Coffee here is served with mountains of homemade banana bread. In addition to their home in Portman Village, they have three Beany Green locations - in Little Venice, Regent's Place, a converted shipping container on the Southbank and this one in Broadgate Circle. Pinky Green, their prized vintage van, is out of the road selling artisan coffee at festivals and foodie events like Taste of London. 2015/4/16 Where:
Beany Green, 41 Broadgate Circle London, EC2M 2QS
Category: Cafes and Delis

Beany Green, 41 Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2QS

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Moorgate Station

 
 
Artisan coffee and Aussie accents best sums up Beany Green, an independent coffee chain which concentrates on beans from Monmouth and The Roasting Party, and single herd milk from the Parish of Northiam. Coffee here is served with mountains of homemade banana bread. In addition to their home in Portman Village, they have three Beany Green locations - in Little Venice, Regent's Place, a converted shipping container on the Southbank and this one in Broadgate Circle. Pinky Green, their prized vintage van, is out of the road selling artisan coffee at festivals and foodie events like Taste of London.
 
 
 

Les Gourmet des Ternes

Opened 16th April 2015

Les Gourmet des Ternes Opened 16th April 2015 The original Les Gourmets des Ternes restaurant - a favourite with celebrities like Sharon Stone and Jack Nicholson - was opened in the 8th District of Paris in 1962 by Francis Marie. Now the restaurant is owned by Francis's son, acclaimed Paris restaurateur Jean-Francois Marie, and - keeping it in the Marie family - it's his son, entrepreneur Maximilien Marie, who has brought his family's unique gourmet history to London. Following on from the success of the original Les Gourmets des Ternes, in Formosa Street, Maida Vale, Maximilien is behind the second UK based Les Gourmets des Ternes, the flagship London restaurant in Knightsbridge. Boasting authentic Parisian food including thick, meaty pieces of boeuf, veal fillet Normande and tarte au citron, the restaurant also features a chic cocktail bar - Rendez Vous Knightsbridge - on the top floor, perfect for an aperitif before or after your meal. 2015/4/16 Where:
Les Gourmet des Ternes, 9 Knightsbridge Green London, SW1X 7QL
Category: French Cuisine

Les Gourmet des Ternes, 9 Knightsbridge Green, London, SW1X 7QL

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay
The original Les Gourmets des Ternes restaurant - a favourite with celebrities like Sharon Stone and Jack Nicholson - was opened in the 8th District of Paris in 1962 by Francis Marie. Now the restaurant is owned by Francis's son, acclaimed Paris restaurateur Jean-Francois Marie, and - keeping it in the Marie family - it's his son, entrepreneur Maximilien Marie, who has brought his family's unique gourmet history to London. Following on from the success of the original Les Gourmets des Ternes, in Formosa Street, Maida Vale, Maximilien is behind the second UK based Les Gourmets des Ternes, the flagship London restaurant in Knightsbridge. Boasting authentic Parisian food including thick, meaty pieces of boeuf, veal fillet Normande and tarte au citron, the restaurant also features a chic cocktail bar - Rendez Vous Knightsbridge - on the top floor, perfect for an aperitif before or after your meal.
 
 
 

The Botanist Broadgate

Opened 16th April 2015

The Botanist Broadgate Opened 16th April 2015 Cultivated from a cutting of Chelsea original, The Botanist blooms in Broadgate Circle taking full advantage of its al fresco terrace. Inside it's all oxidised copper, brass and gold, curiosity cabinets, Victorian-style bell jars and oddities like an alligator hovering above the large, central bar. Discerning drinkers can perch on the leather high stools surrounding it or descend the grand staircase into the Soda Room - Broadgate Circle's only late-night drinking den. Food starts with choices of herring roes on toast with chilli, tuna tartare, or lamb breast. Mains are a mix of seasonal salads and house specials including a changing pie-of-the-day while signature dishes include Iberico pork shoulder with almonds, crab linguine drizzled with chilli oil, and corn-fed chicken breast served with black truffle tagliatelle, broad beans and morels. Weekends at Broadgate bring a laid-back bottomless brunch featuring soft-shell crab, Wiener schnitzel, avocado and chilli on toast with smoked bacon, or burger with smoked Cheddar. Enjoy with unlimited prosecco, mimosas, bloody Marys and house wine for an extra £15. 2015/4/16 Where:
The Botanist Broadgate, Unit 5 Broadgate Circle London, EC2M 2QS
Category: British Cuisine

The Botanist Broadgate, Unit 5 Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2QS

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Moorgate Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay
Cultivated from a cutting of Chelsea original, The Botanist blooms in Broadgate Circle taking full advantage of its al fresco terrace. Inside it's all oxidised copper, brass and gold, curiosity cabinets, Victorian-style bell jars and oddities like an alligator hovering above the large, central bar. Discerning drinkers can perch on the leather high stools surrounding it or descend the grand staircase into the Soda Room - Broadgate Circle's only late-night drinking den. Food starts with choices of herring roes on toast with chilli, tuna tartare, or lamb breast. Mains are a mix of seasonal salads and house specials including a changing pie-of-the-day while signature dishes include Iberico pork shoulder with almonds, crab linguine drizzled with chilli oil, and corn-fed chicken breast served with black truffle tagliatelle, broad beans and morels. Weekends at Broadgate bring a laid-back bottomless brunch featuring soft-shell crab, Wiener schnitzel, avocado and chilli on toast with smoked bacon, or burger with smoked Cheddar. Enjoy with unlimited prosecco, mimosas, bloody Marys and house wine for an extra £15.
 
 
 

Franco Manca, Broadgate Circle

Opened 15th April 2015

Franco Manca, Broadgate Circle Opened 15th April 2015 Fast becoming London's favourite pizza restaurant, new branches of Franco Manca are popping up all over the place, with this Broadgate Circle branch and a Belsize Park outlet both opening in April 2015 to join the chain's eleven other locations. With its distinct brand of slow-rise sourdough pizzas and very reasonable prices, the small chain deserves every bit of its outstanding reputation - you only need to look at the queues to realise its popularity. The simple menu consists of six pizzas made with ingredients like fresh mozzarella, made daily on Lloyd Green's organic farm in Somerset; tomatoes from small co-op of organic producers in Italy; and ham and sausages made in partnership with David Tomlin from the Rare Bread Survival Trust. The drinks menu is equally simple with the choice between one lager, one ale, organic wines, traditional prosecco and a range of soft drinks. Here it's all about quality and we'd be hard pushed to stray anywhere else for our pizza fix. 2015/4/15 Where:
Franco Manca, Broadgate Circle, Unit T2, Broadgate Circle London, EC2M 2QS
Category: Italian Cuisine

Franco Manca, Broadgate Circle, Unit T2, Broadgate Circle, London, EC2M 2QS

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Moorgate Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani
Fast becoming London's favourite pizza restaurant, new branches of Franco Manca are popping up all over the place, with this Broadgate Circle branch and a Belsize Park outlet both opening in April 2015 to join the chain's eleven other locations. With its distinct brand of slow-rise sourdough pizzas and very reasonable prices, the small chain deserves every bit of its outstanding reputation - you only need to look at the queues to realise its popularity. The simple menu consists of six pizzas made with ingredients like fresh mozzarella, made daily on Lloyd Green's organic farm in Somerset; tomatoes from small co-op of organic producers in Italy; and ham and sausages made in partnership with David Tomlin from the Rare Bread Survival Trust. The drinks menu is equally simple with the choice between one lager, one ale, organic wines, traditional prosecco and a range of soft drinks. Here it's all about quality and we'd be hard pushed to stray anywhere else for our pizza fix.
 
 
 

Rootdown

Opened April 2015

Rootdown Opened April 2015 Cocktails come in interesting combinations - coriander, basil and chilli margarita, anyone? - at Rootdown, a Clapton restaurant and cocktail bar with music... and a social conscience. Very much part of the local community, the kitchen is available to fledgling food start-up businesses in Hackney. Self-taught head chef Ben Lourdjane draws on his North African heritage to give the modern European dishes on the menu - which change every three or four weeks, depending on what produce is in season - an edge. Typical dishes vary from polenta with girolle mushrooms and asparagus to pan fried pollock served with green beans, courgette and peas. Founded by Ben Scales, a former underground music promoter, Rootdown offers monthly music events paired with the food, so you can enjoy Balearic beats with a Spanish tapas menu and imagine you're in Ibiza. 2015/04/15 Where:
Rootdown, 237 Lower Clapton Road London, E5 8EG
Category: Bars

Rootdown, 237 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 8EG

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani
Cocktails come in interesting combinations - coriander, basil and chilli margarita, anyone? - at Rootdown, a Clapton restaurant and cocktail bar with music... and a social conscience. Very much part of the local community, the kitchen is available to fledgling food start-up businesses in Hackney. Self-taught head chef Ben Lourdjane draws on his North African heritage to give the modern European dishes on the menu - which change every three or four weeks, depending on what produce is in season - an edge. Typical dishes vary from polenta with girolle mushrooms and asparagus to pan fried pollock served with green beans, courgette and peas. Founded by Ben Scales, a former underground music promoter, Rootdown offers monthly music events paired with the food, so you can enjoy Balearic beats with a Spanish tapas menu and imagine you're in Ibiza.
 
 
 

Franco Manca, Belsize Park

Opened 9th April 2015

Franco Manca, Belsize Park Opened 9th April 2015 Fast becoming London's favourite pizza restaurant, new branches of Franco Manca are popping up all over the place, with this Belsize Park branch and a Broadgate Circle outlet both opening in April 2015 to join the chain's eleven other locations. With its distinct brand of slow-rise sourdough pizzas and very reasonable prices, the small chain deserves every bit of its outstanding reputation - you only need to look at the queues to realise its popularity. The simple menu consists of six pizzas made with ingredients like fresh mozzarella, made daily on Lloyd Green's organic farm in Somerset; tomatoes from small co-op of organic producers in Italy; and ham and sausages made in partnership with David Tomlin from the Rare Bread Survival Trust. The drinks menu is equally simple with the choice between one lager, one ale, organic wines, traditional prosecco and a range of soft drinks. Here it's all about quality and we'd be hard pushed to stray anywhere else for our pizza fix. 2015/4/9 Where:
Franco Manca, Belsize Park, 216 Haverstock Hill London, NW3 2AE
Category: Italian Cuisine

Franco Manca, Belsize Park, 216 Haverstock Hill, London, NW3 2AE

Tube: Belsize Park Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani
Fast becoming London's favourite pizza restaurant, new branches of Franco Manca are popping up all over the place, with this Belsize Park branch and a Broadgate Circle outlet both opening in April 2015 to join the chain's eleven other locations. With its distinct brand of slow-rise sourdough pizzas and very reasonable prices, the small chain deserves every bit of its outstanding reputation - you only need to look at the queues to realise its popularity. The simple menu consists of six pizzas made with ingredients like fresh mozzarella, made daily on Lloyd Green's organic farm in Somerset; tomatoes from small co-op of organic producers in Italy; and ham and sausages made in partnership with David Tomlin from the Rare Bread Survival Trust. The drinks menu is equally simple with the choice between one lager, one ale, organic wines, traditional prosecco and a range of soft drinks. Here it's all about quality and we'd be hard pushed to stray anywhere else for our pizza fix.
 
 
 

Whaam Banh Mi

Opened 8th April 2015

Whaam Banh Mi Opened 8th April 2015 Bringing Vietnam to Soho, with a pop art wall installation and Banh Mi sandwiches, this cafe offers street food sandwiches with hot fillings like Asian BBQ shredded pork, lemongrass chicken and ginger and chilli tofu. The basis for Whaam Banh Mi is the traditional Vietnamese sandwich which typically includes pate, sliced cucumber, pickled vegetables, chilli, coriander and a protein filling. Here they are quickly made up and served at the exposed banh mi counter. Whaam Banh Mi founder Tom Barlow started out with a street food stall and now his a bricks and motar shop on Great Windmill Street gives diners a choice of hot fillings such as meats, tofu, seafood and vegetables. While fillings will have a Western twist, the bread remains true to the Vietnamese tradition, with a thinner crust and a more airy center than its French counterpart. 2015/4/8 Where:
Whaam Banh Mi, 40 Great Windmill Street London, W1D 7LY
Category: South East Asian Cuisine

Whaam Banh Mi, 40 Great Windmill Street, London, W1D 7LY

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani
Bringing Vietnam to Soho, with a pop art wall installation and Banh Mi sandwiches, this cafe offers street food sandwiches with hot fillings like Asian BBQ shredded pork, lemongrass chicken and ginger and chilli tofu. The basis for Whaam Banh Mi is the traditional Vietnamese sandwich which typically includes pate, sliced cucumber, pickled vegetables, chilli, coriander and a protein filling. Here they are quickly made up and served at the exposed banh mi counter. Whaam Banh Mi founder Tom Barlow started out with a street food stall and now his a bricks and motar shop on Great Windmill Street gives diners a choice of hot fillings such as meats, tofu, seafood and vegetables. While fillings will have a Western twist, the bread remains true to the Vietnamese tradition, with a thinner crust and a more airy center than its French counterpart.
 
 
 

Chiswick Smokehouse

Opened 7th April 2015

Chiswick Smokehouse Opened 7th April 2015 The original Smokehouse in Islington has been a huge hit and in 2015 Neil Rankin - who learnt his trade at Barbecoa and Pitt Cue Co. - partnered with Noble Inns to bring the second installment to Chiswick. With all that smoking and barbeque-ing, they've built a dedicated smoking shed at Chiswick Smokehouse for an 'Ole Hickory Pit Smoker' and Robata grill where dishes like rock oysters with beef dripping, burnt leeks with slow cooked egg, and smoked lamb shoulder with polenta and raclette are cooked. Part pub, part restaurant, the dining room can seat up to 50 and walk in tables are available in the pub and garden. There's also a clubby whisky room with "dark, oak paneled walls adorned with antler and roe deer heads, leather wingback chairs and an open fire" where you can sample more than 100 varieties of whisky. Also on the drinks list are European wines focused on small growers and a large selection of craft beer - hell, you can even get your beer smoked; try a bottle Beavertown Smogrocket with your shortrib bourguignon, brewed right here in London town. 2015/4/7 Where:
Chiswick Smokehouse, 12 Sutton Lane North London, W4 4LD
Category:

Chiswick Smokehouse, 12 Sutton Lane North, London, W4 4LD

Tube: Gunnersbury Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani
The original Smokehouse in Islington has been a huge hit and in 2015 Neil Rankin - who learnt his trade at Barbecoa and Pitt Cue Co. - partnered with Noble Inns to bring the second installment to Chiswick. With all that smoking and barbeque-ing, they've built a dedicated smoking shed at Chiswick Smokehouse for an 'Ole Hickory Pit Smoker' and Robata grill where dishes like rock oysters with beef dripping, burnt leeks with slow cooked egg, and smoked lamb shoulder with polenta and raclette are cooked. Part pub, part restaurant, the dining room can seat up to 50 and walk in tables are available in the pub and garden. There's also a clubby whisky room with "dark, oak paneled walls adorned with antler and roe deer heads, leather wingback chairs and an open fire" where you can sample more than 100 varieties of whisky. Also on the drinks list are European wines focused on small growers and a large selection of craft beer - hell, you can even get your beer smoked; try a bottle Beavertown Smogrocket with your shortrib bourguignon, brewed right here in London town.
 
 
 

The Big Chill Bar

Opened 5th April 2015

The Big Chill Bar Opened 5th April 2015 The Big Chill Festival, held annually in August, is the spiritual home of the ageing raver, and the Big Chill Bar on Brick Lane attempts to recreate its laidback, chat-to-anyone attitude. It's a long low-ceilinged bar with relaxing, unfussy decor and some quirky touches - notably a massive silver buffalo-head next to the door - that distinguish it nicely from the everyday DJ bar. Although there's no dedicated dancefloor, there are plenty of people bouncing around where they stand to a fine mixture of tunes from across the dance music spectrum. Sprawling benches and a raucous atmosphere, lubricated by a decent selection of beers and cocktails, ensure that everyone mingles comfortably and you're practically certain to make a few new friends. 2015/04/05 Where:
The Big Chill Bar, Dray Walk, off Brick Lane London, E1 6QL
Category:

The Big Chill Bar, Dray Walk, off Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 
 
The Big Chill Festival, held annually in August, is the spiritual home of the ageing raver, and the Big Chill Bar on Brick Lane attempts to recreate its laidback, chat-to-anyone attitude. It's a long low-ceilinged bar with relaxing, unfussy decor and some quirky touches - notably a massive silver buffalo-head next to the door - that distinguish it nicely from the everyday DJ bar. Although there's no dedicated dancefloor, there are plenty of people bouncing around where they stand to a fine mixture of tunes from across the dance music spectrum. Sprawling benches and a raucous atmosphere, lubricated by a decent selection of beers and cocktails, ensure that everyone mingles comfortably and you're practically certain to make a few new friends.
 
 
 

Foxlow, Stoke Newington

Opened 1st April 2015

Foxlow, Stoke Newington Opened 1st April 2015 Following the success of the original Foxlow branch in Clerkenwell, Will Beckett and Huw Gott, the duo behind the Hawksmoor restaurants, opened a second outlet in Stoke Newington in April 2015. Designed by Macaulay Sinclair, the new Foxlow is a 100-cover restaurant and bar split over two levels with a terrace at the front. The menu features Foxlow's signature slow-smoked and charcoal-grilled dishes alongside a number of lighter, healthier options. The legendary brunch also makes a welcome appearance, with fried chicken and eggs with a croissant waffle; avocado, chilli and lime on toast; and Moroccan eggs with sobrasada toast on the menu. 2015/4/1 Where:
Foxlow, Stoke Newington, 71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street London, N16 0AS
Category: British Cuisine

Foxlow, Stoke Newington, 71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street, London, N16 0AS

Tube: Manor House Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani
Following the success of the original Foxlow branch in Clerkenwell, Will Beckett and Huw Gott, the duo behind the Hawksmoor restaurants, opened a second outlet in Stoke Newington in April 2015. Designed by Macaulay Sinclair, the new Foxlow is a 100-cover restaurant and bar split over two levels with a terrace at the front. The menu features Foxlow's signature slow-smoked and charcoal-grilled dishes alongside a number of lighter, healthier options. The legendary brunch also makes a welcome appearance, with fried chicken and eggs with a croissant waffle; avocado, chilli and lime on toast; and Moroccan eggs with sobrasada toast on the menu.
 
 
 

Ottolenghi

Opened Late March 2015

Ottolenghi Opened Late March 2015 Yotam Ottolenghi, famous for his mouth watering Mediterranean salads and chosen-specialised-subject of hummus, adds a fourth Ottolenghi outlet in London so City workers can enjoy his chilli and mint enhanced roasted aubergine. The Artillery Lane restaurant joins Ottolenghi's in Islington, Notting Hill, and Belgravia as well as Soho restaurant NOPI and as with the other venues, the cake and deli counter is what draws the eye when you first come in. The menu regularly but typical dishes include fruit salad, granola and Greek yoghurt for breakfast when you can also get scrambled eggs and Forman's cured smoked salmon on toasted focaccia with mixed leaf salad and creme fraiche. Lunch is a selection of salads and main dishes including roasted aubergine with hazelnut pesto, sauteed onion, chilli and mint, char-grilled broccoli with chilli and garlic, and roasted corn-fed chicken with honey, sage, saffron and lemon. Come for dinner, when the restaurant becomes a more formal space with candelabras and low lighting and you'll find grilled sea bass with green mango salad and spicy peanuts, char-grilled fillet of English beef with sweet coriander-mustard sauce, and barley and Swiss chard with pomegranate molasses, samphire, Rove des Garrigues and quail's eggs on the full a la carte menu. 2015/4/1 Where:
Ottolenghi, 50 Artillery Lane London, E1 7LS
Category: Mediterranean Cuisine

Ottolenghi, 50 Artillery Lane, London, E1 7LS

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Aldgate Station, Aldgate East Underground Station

 
 
Yotam Ottolenghi, famous for his mouth watering Mediterranean salads and chosen-specialised-subject of hummus, adds a fourth Ottolenghi outlet in London so City workers can enjoy his chilli and mint enhanced roasted aubergine. The Artillery Lane restaurant joins Ottolenghi's in Islington, Notting Hill, and Belgravia as well as Soho restaurant NOPI and as with the other venues, the cake and deli counter is what draws the eye when you first come in. The menu regularly but typical dishes include fruit salad, granola and Greek yoghurt for breakfast when you can also get scrambled eggs and Forman's cured smoked salmon on toasted focaccia with mixed leaf salad and creme fraiche. Lunch is a selection of salads and main dishes including roasted aubergine with hazelnut pesto, sauteed onion, chilli and mint, char-grilled broccoli with chilli and garlic, and roasted corn-fed chicken with honey, sage, saffron and lemon. Come for dinner, when the restaurant becomes a more formal space with candelabras and low lighting and you'll find grilled sea bass with green mango salad and spicy peanuts, char-grilled fillet of English beef with sweet coriander-mustard sauce, and barley and Swiss chard with pomegranate molasses, samphire, Rove des Garrigues and quail's eggs on the full a la carte menu.
 
 
 

Ceviche Old Street

Opened 30th March 2015

Ceviche Old Street Opened 30th March 2015 Martin Morales duplicates his successful Soho restaurant Ceviche with a second location launching Ceviche Old St within the historic Alexandra Trust Dining Rooms, built in 1898 by Sir Thomas Lipton, of Lipton's Tea as a place for East London's working class to socialise and dine affordably. Returning to its original function the modern day dining rooms specialise in Ceviche - the national dish of Peru - made from fresh raw fish cured in a combination of citrus juices, spices and chilli. Diners can see the chefs at work making ceviches in front of them when seated at the dedicated ceviche bar within the 70-cover dining room. Street food typical of Lima, barbequed meats and open grill dishes are also served along with 'Pollo a la brasa' - rotisserie chicken cooked in Ceviche's own-recipe marinade. At the separate 60-cover bar area you can also enjoy the full menu, bar snacks, Pisco cocktails and British and Latin American craft beer. Ceviche sparked a healthy appetite for Peruvian food when it first opened in Soho in 2012, followed by Shoreditch's Andina and this restaurant is a welcome addition to the stable. A takeaway menu and local delivery service is also available. 2015/3/30 Where:
Ceviche Old Street, 2 Baldwin Street London, EC1V 9NU
Category: South American Cuisine

Ceviche Old Street, 2 Baldwin Street, London, EC1V 9NU

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-Furness
Martin Morales duplicates his successful Soho restaurant Ceviche with a second location launching Ceviche Old St within the historic Alexandra Trust Dining Rooms, built in 1898 by Sir Thomas Lipton, of Lipton's Tea as a place for East London's working class to socialise and dine affordably. Returning to its original function the modern day dining rooms specialise in Ceviche - the national dish of Peru - made from fresh raw fish cured in a combination of citrus juices, spices and chilli. Diners can see the chefs at work making ceviches in front of them when seated at the dedicated ceviche bar within the 70-cover dining room. Street food typical of Lima, barbequed meats and open grill dishes are also served along with 'Pollo a la brasa' - rotisserie chicken cooked in Ceviche's own-recipe marinade. At the separate 60-cover bar area you can also enjoy the full menu, bar snacks, Pisco cocktails and British and Latin American craft beer. Ceviche sparked a healthy appetite for Peruvian food when it first opened in Soho in 2012, followed by Shoreditch's Andina and this restaurant is a welcome addition to the stable. A takeaway menu and local delivery service is also available.
 
 
 

Hummingbird Deli

Opened 30th March 2015

Hummingbird Deli Opened 30th March 2015 Opened in April 2015 as a 6 month pop up by Hummingbird Cafe owners, Hummingbird Deli offers healthy deli food to go for Shepherds Bush locals on the site of the old Gregg's Bakery at the Bush Green end of Uxbridge Road. At the deli, Hummingbird owners Lorraine (a Kiwi) and Brahim from Morocco sell baked goodies, beautiful salads and gourmet sandwiches, freshly made daily. Samples include Scandinavian cinnamon buns, ham, pepper and pesto savoury pinwheels and chipotle pulled pork and homemade slaw as the hot sarnie of the day. Coffee is also a speciality, supplied by Ozone Coffee Roasters in east London. The deli has a small space to eat in and also serves well as a place to grab a quick bite before going to the Bush Theatre - opposite - or one of the local music venues. Show your support - if the locals love it, the deli will be staying on. 2015/3/30 Where:
Hummingbird Deli, 200 Uxbridge Road London, W12 7JP
Category: Delicatessens

Hummingbird Deli, 200 Uxbridge Road, London, W12 7JP

Tube: Shepherd's Bush Market Station (Hammersmith and City Line), Goldhawk Road Station, Wood Lane Station, Shepherd's Bush Station (Central)

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-Furness
Opened in April 2015 as a 6 month pop up by Hummingbird Cafe owners, Hummingbird Deli offers healthy deli food to go for Shepherds Bush locals on the site of the old Gregg's Bakery at the Bush Green end of Uxbridge Road. At the deli, Hummingbird owners Lorraine (a Kiwi) and Brahim from Morocco sell baked goodies, beautiful salads and gourmet sandwiches, freshly made daily. Samples include Scandinavian cinnamon buns, ham, pepper and pesto savoury pinwheels and chipotle pulled pork and homemade slaw as the hot sarnie of the day. Coffee is also a speciality, supplied by Ozone Coffee Roasters in east London. The deli has a small space to eat in and also serves well as a place to grab a quick bite before going to the Bush Theatre - opposite - or one of the local music venues. Show your support - if the locals love it, the deli will be staying on.
 
 
 

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

Opened 30th March 2015

The Ivy Chelsea Garden Opened 30th March 2015 Spin-off of and 'little sister' to the famous Ivy, The Ivy Chelsea Garden is the second opening under the Ivy Market Grill banner which first launched with an all-day restaurant in Covent Garden in December 2014. The King's Road restaurant is made up of various areas, each with a distinctive character. These include a bar and bar lounge, café, restaurant, orangery, terrace and garden. The interiors, a combination of parquet floors, antique mirrors and bronzed wall lights, have been designed by Martin Brudnizki and his team who were also responsible for Caprice Holdings 34. The modern British menu includes international dishes like raw yellow fin tuna carpaccio with spiced avocado, lime zest, crème fraîche and coriander shoots and chopped lobster rigatoni bake with Amalfi lemon and zucchini. Vegetarians are catered for with poached hen's eggs with sliced avocado, weekend brunch includes 'light & healthy' options and there are seriously tempting desserts like melting chocolate bombe with milk foam, vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre with hot salted caramel sauce. But the secret surprise is at the back where the orangery, terrace and garden lie, with wisteria and climbing roses, stone clad fountains and leafy trellises making this a magical place to dine in the heart of Chelsea. 2015/3/30 Where:
The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 197 King's Road London, SW3 5ED
Category: British Cuisine

The Ivy Chelsea Garden, 197 King's Road, London, SW3 5ED

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-Furness
Spin-off of and 'little sister' to the famous Ivy, The Ivy Chelsea Garden is the second opening under the Ivy Market Grill banner which first launched with an all-day restaurant in Covent Garden in December 2014. The King's Road restaurant is made up of various areas, each with a distinctive character. These include a bar and bar lounge, café, restaurant, orangery, terrace and garden. The interiors, a combination of parquet floors, antique mirrors and bronzed wall lights, have been designed by Martin Brudnizki and his team who were also responsible for Caprice Holdings 34. The modern British menu includes international dishes like raw yellow fin tuna carpaccio with spiced avocado, lime zest, crème fraîche and coriander shoots and chopped lobster rigatoni bake with Amalfi lemon and zucchini. Vegetarians are catered for with poached hen's eggs with sliced avocado, weekend brunch includes 'light & healthy' options and there are seriously tempting desserts like melting chocolate bombe with milk foam, vanilla ice cream and honeycomb centre with hot salted caramel sauce. But the secret surprise is at the back where the orangery, terrace and garden lie, with wisteria and climbing roses, stone clad fountains and leafy trellises making this a magical place to dine in the heart of Chelsea.
 
 
 

Jar Kitchen

Opened 26th March 2015

Jar Kitchen Opened 26th March 2015 Opened in early 2015, seasonal British restaurant Jar Kitchen on Drury lane is a welcome addition to the Covent Garden area. The first venture from restaurateurs Lucy Brown and Jenny Quintero, it's a cosy spot with sharing and individual tables, stripped wooden floors, floral touches and, as a nod to the restaurant's name, jars used as both light fixtures and water glasses. The food is made using high quality, locally-sourced produce and with Dominik Moldenhauer - formerly of Heston Blumenthal's Dinner - as the head chef diners can be comfortable in the knowledge that they're in for a good meal. The restaurant serves breakfast (Thursday and Friday only), lunch and dinner and the menu features dishes such as pork belly with smoked grilled cabbage, turnips and hazelnut crumble; lemon sole with warm potato salad, preserved lemon, capers and walnuts; and sirloin steak with triple cooked chips. Desserts are equally pleasing, with options such as apple and pear crumble and mini cinnamon sugar doughnuts. A takeaway menu is also available, served in re-usable Kilner jars so diners can bring them back to be washed and refilled. 2015/3/26 Where:
Jar Kitchen, 176 Drury Lane London, WC2B 5QF
Category: British Cuisine

Jar Kitchen, 176 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5QF

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-Furness
Opened in early 2015, seasonal British restaurant Jar Kitchen on Drury lane is a welcome addition to the Covent Garden area. The first venture from restaurateurs Lucy Brown and Jenny Quintero, it's a cosy spot with sharing and individual tables, stripped wooden floors, floral touches and, as a nod to the restaurant's name, jars used as both light fixtures and water glasses. The food is made using high quality, locally-sourced produce and with Dominik Moldenhauer - formerly of Heston Blumenthal's Dinner - as the head chef diners can be comfortable in the knowledge that they're in for a good meal. The restaurant serves breakfast (Thursday and Friday only), lunch and dinner and the menu features dishes such as pork belly with smoked grilled cabbage, turnips and hazelnut crumble; lemon sole with warm potato salad, preserved lemon, capers and walnuts; and sirloin steak with triple cooked chips. Desserts are equally pleasing, with options such as apple and pear crumble and mini cinnamon sugar doughnuts. A takeaway menu is also available, served in re-usable Kilner jars so diners can bring them back to be washed and refilled.
 
 
 

Vinoteca King's Cross

Opened 19th March 2015

Vinoteca King's Cross Opened 19th March 2015 Ten years after Vinoteca founders Charlie Young and business partner Brett Woonton opened their first restaurant, wine bar and shop in Clerkenwell the pair bring their fifth and biggest branch to date to Pancras Square, a public space opened just a month before in King's Cross, an area undergoing huge change in 2015. The latest addition to the group features a 90-seat restaurant with outdoor terrace and - a first for Vinoteca - a dedicated wine shop and tasting space with an impressive range of over 250 wines to sample and wines to take away at retail prices. At Vinoteca "it's all about the wine". Sure, they serve food - Exmouth mussels and English veal are typical choices - but they suggest which wine you might like to have with it. "Might I suggest a Manzoni Bianco Vigneti delle Dolomiti with your ravioli and buffalo mozzarella?" the menu gently suggests. As well as the original wine bar in Farringdon you can also find branches of Vinoteca in Soho, Marylebone and Chiswick which opened in 2013. 2015/3/19 Where:
Vinoteca King's Cross, One Pancras Square London, N1C 4AG
Category: Wine Bars

Vinoteca King's Cross, One Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-Furness
Ten years after Vinoteca founders Charlie Young and business partner Brett Woonton opened their first restaurant, wine bar and shop in Clerkenwell the pair bring their fifth and biggest branch to date to Pancras Square, a public space opened just a month before in King's Cross, an area undergoing huge change in 2015. The latest addition to the group features a 90-seat restaurant with outdoor terrace and - a first for Vinoteca - a dedicated wine shop and tasting space with an impressive range of over 250 wines to sample and wines to take away at retail prices. At Vinoteca "it's all about the wine". Sure, they serve food - Exmouth mussels and English veal are typical choices - but they suggest which wine you might like to have with it. "Might I suggest a Manzoni Bianco Vigneti delle Dolomiti with your ravioli and buffalo mozzarella?" the menu gently suggests. As well as the original wine bar in Farringdon you can also find branches of Vinoteca in Soho, Marylebone and Chiswick which opened in 2013.
 
 
 

Lema

Opened 18th March 2015

Lema Opened 18th March 2015 Housed in an elegant townhouse with large windows overlooking Kings Road, the flagship Lema store designed by Piero Lissoni offers two floors of luxury furniture and designer fittings. On display are upholstered collections, the modular wardrobe and shelving systems - Lema's trademark products - alongside standalone furniture pieces. Shop here for high end home office furniture, made-to-measure wardrobes and walk-in closets. For professional architects and interior designers, there's a bespoke atelier in the basement where such clients like the London Bulgari Knightsbridge Hotel, Hilton and Kempinski come to furnish their luxury hotels. 2015/3/18 Where:
Lema, 183 Kings Road London, SW3 5ED
Category: House and Garden

Lema, 183 Kings Road, London, SW3 5ED

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-Furness
Housed in an elegant townhouse with large windows overlooking Kings Road, the flagship Lema store designed by Piero Lissoni offers two floors of luxury furniture and designer fittings. On display are upholstered collections, the modular wardrobe and shelving systems - Lema's trademark products - alongside standalone furniture pieces. Shop here for high end home office furniture, made-to-measure wardrobes and walk-in closets. For professional architects and interior designers, there's a bespoke atelier in the basement where such clients like the London Bulgari Knightsbridge Hotel, Hilton and Kempinski come to furnish their luxury hotels.
 
 
 

Marco Pierre White - Wheeler's of St. James's

Opened 16th March 2015

Marco Pierre White - Wheeler's of St. James's Opened 16th March 2015 Marco Pierre White has teamed up with Sir Rocco Forte to revive Wheeler's of St James's as a fish restaurant - a fitting purpose given this was Madame Prunier's highly fashionable fish eaterie in the 1930s. Pierre White has given the historical dining room within Threadneedles Hotel a "new lease of life" according to The Independent reviewer, Jasper Gerard, who praised the "impeccable" presentation and "massive helpings". On note of warning: the black and white photographs of naked women which can only be described as soft porn may not be to everyone's taste - and make Wheeler's a no-no for a first date. 2015/3/16 Where:
Marco Pierre White - Wheeler's of St. James's, 72-73 St James's Street London, SW1A 1PH
Category: Fish and Seafood

Marco Pierre White - Wheeler's of St. James's, 72-73 St James's Street, London, SW1A 1PH

Tube: Green Park Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-Furness
Marco Pierre White has teamed up with Sir Rocco Forte to revive Wheeler's of St James's as a fish restaurant - a fitting purpose given this was Madame Prunier's highly fashionable fish eaterie in the 1930s. Pierre White has given the historical dining room within Threadneedles Hotel a "new lease of life" according to The Independent reviewer, Jasper Gerard, who praised the "impeccable" presentation and "massive helpings". On note of warning: the black and white photographs of naked women which can only be described as soft porn may not be to everyone's taste - and make Wheeler's a no-no for a first date.
 
 
 

Big Fernand

Opened 10th March 2015

Big Fernand Opened 10th March 2015 Gourmet French burger brand Big Fernand opens its first London site in spring 2015. If it follows the French formula - and it should do, given the 'best burger in Paris' reviews - it will have a menu where you choose from six different burgers (two made with beef, one with chicken, one with veal, lamb if you're feeling adventurous and one vegetarian. There is an option for every taste. Homemade bread, awesome French cheese, bacon, and really good homemade fries to go with it, plus a drink and if you are really hungry even a dessert. Stop eating burgers, they say. Stuff yourselves with hamburges. 2015/3/10 Where:
Big Fernand, 19 Percy Street London, W1T 1DY
Category: French Cuisine

Big Fernand, 19 Percy Street, London, W1T 1DY

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Goodge Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-Furness
Gourmet French burger brand Big Fernand opens its first London site in spring 2015. If it follows the French formula - and it should do, given the 'best burger in Paris' reviews - it will have a menu where you choose from six different burgers (two made with beef, one with chicken, one with veal, lamb if you're feeling adventurous and one vegetarian. There is an option for every taste. Homemade bread, awesome French cheese, bacon, and really good homemade fries to go with it, plus a drink and if you are really hungry even a dessert. Stop eating burgers, they say. Stuff yourselves with hamburges.
 
 
 

Il Cudega

Opened March 2015

Il Cudega Opened March 2015 Il Cudega co-owners Luca and Giovanni, childhood friends from the small hamlet of Carimate near Lake Como, bring slow food from Lombardy to a railway arch on Westgate Street, in London Fields. Diners can discover lesser-known wine producing areas (like Oltrepo' Pavese e Valtellina) and new dishes like Raspadura (soft Grana Padano from Lodi), Slinzega (a special cut of Bresaola from Valtellina), goose prosciutto from Oltrepo' Pavese, and Risotto Giallo Saltato - saffron risotto fried into a thin layer. Alongside the restaurant is a greenhouse, parking spaces for bicycles, seating area with a veranda, outside mobile food unit selling Lombardy street food and risotto. Host to cultural events, music concerts, literature and theatre events, wine and food tastings and art exhibitions, Il Cudega also has an educational arm, providing classes for local children and young people on how to grow, taste and cook food. 2015/3/1 Where:
Il Cudega, Arch 358 Westgate Street London, E8 3RL
Category: Italian Cuisine

Il Cudega, Arch 358 Westgate Street, London, E8 3RL

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-Furness
Il Cudega co-owners Luca and Giovanni, childhood friends from the small hamlet of Carimate near Lake Como, bring slow food from Lombardy to a railway arch on Westgate Street, in London Fields. Diners can discover lesser-known wine producing areas (like Oltrepo' Pavese e Valtellina) and new dishes like Raspadura (soft Grana Padano from Lodi), Slinzega (a special cut of Bresaola from Valtellina), goose prosciutto from Oltrepo' Pavese, and Risotto Giallo Saltato - saffron risotto fried into a thin layer. Alongside the restaurant is a greenhouse, parking spaces for bicycles, seating area with a veranda, outside mobile food unit selling Lombardy street food and risotto. Host to cultural events, music concerts, literature and theatre events, wine and food tastings and art exhibitions, Il Cudega also has an educational arm, providing classes for local children and young people on how to grow, taste and cook food.
 
 
 

Woodstock Kushiyaki Bar

Opened Early March 2015

Woodstock Kushiyaki Bar Opened Early March 2015 Drop by the Woodstock Kushiyaki Bar for a 'pint and skewer', Japanese style, before heading home after work or a shopping spree on Oxford Street. As is tradition in the pubs and bars of Japan, skewers - and there are 20 different types to choose from here - are freshly cooked to order and available with meat, fish or vegetables skewered together and served with Japanese draft beer, whiskeys or green tea. The ground floor of this 60-seat izakaya bar and restaurant has a large slate fronted bar, exposed wooden walls and limited seating, and an open kitchen bringing an element of theatre to the space. Head downstairs for extra seating and an additional bar, all designed by London-based Japanese designers Total Planner Ltd. 2015/3/1 Where:
Woodstock Kushiyaki Bar, 11 Woodstock Street London, W1C 2AE
Category: Japanese Cuisine

Woodstock Kushiyaki Bar, 11 Woodstock Street, London, W1C 2AE

Tube: Bond Street Station, Oxford Circus Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-Furness
Drop by the Woodstock Kushiyaki Bar for a 'pint and skewer', Japanese style, before heading home after work or a shopping spree on Oxford Street. As is tradition in the pubs and bars of Japan, skewers - and there are 20 different types to choose from here - are freshly cooked to order and available with meat, fish or vegetables skewered together and served with Japanese draft beer, whiskeys or green tea. The ground floor of this 60-seat izakaya bar and restaurant has a large slate fronted bar, exposed wooden walls and limited seating, and an open kitchen bringing an element of theatre to the space. Head downstairs for extra seating and an additional bar, all designed by London-based Japanese designers Total Planner Ltd.
 
 
 

Bleecker Street Burger

Opened 26th February 2015

Bleecker Street Burger Opened 26th February 2015 The stylish Bleecker Street Burger matt black truck has moved around town a bit - it was part of KERB, it's been on the Southbank, in the shadow of the Gherkin and from Thursday 26th February 2015 it takes up a permanent pitch in the Old Spitalfields Market. One of London's best loved burger brands, Bleecker serves New York style cheeseburgers and their award-winning Bleecker Black - a double aged beef patties, American cheese, Clonakilty black pudding and special burger sauce. They use rarebreed, grass-fed beef from small farms in the UK from The Butchery in Bermondsey, where it is dry-aged for about forty to fifty days, giving it an intense, beefy flavour. The finishing touches: a sesame seed bun, scratch burger sauce and good old American cheese. 2015/2/26 Where:
Bleecker Street Burger, Unit B Pavilion Building Spitalfields Market London, E1 6EW
Category:

Bleecker Street Burger, Unit B Pavilion Building Spitalfields Market, London, E1 6EW

Tube: Aldgate East Station, Aldgate East Underground Station, Liverpool Street Station, Aldgate Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-Furness
The stylish Bleecker Street Burger matt black truck has moved around town a bit - it was part of KERB, it's been on the Southbank, in the shadow of the Gherkin and from Thursday 26th February 2015 it takes up a permanent pitch in the Old Spitalfields Market. One of London's best loved burger brands, Bleecker serves New York style cheeseburgers and their award-winning Bleecker Black - a double aged beef patties, American cheese, Clonakilty black pudding and special burger sauce. They use rarebreed, grass-fed beef from small farms in the UK from The Butchery in Bermondsey, where it is dry-aged for about forty to fifty days, giving it an intense, beefy flavour. The finishing touches: a sesame seed bun, scratch burger sauce and good old American cheese.
 
 
 

The Dolls House Islington

Opened 20th February 2015

The Dolls House Islington Opened 20th February 2015 Quentin Blake style drawings and trompe l'oeil wallpapers drawn on with monochrome marker pen set the tone at The Dolls House, the second such venture from Adam Towner and Katy Gray Rosewarne. A warren of rooms take you from the ground floor Parlour to the first floor Drawing Room and the Library complete with Espresso Martini Bar and up to the second floor Ballroom - all inspiring spaces to hire for private and corporate events. You don't have to be a member to dine here but membership - which gets you into the private members' lounge, licensed till 4am - is refreshingly affordable and simple. To become a member all you need is the online application and a bottle of posh liquor from their approved gift list when you come for the first time. Food comes from Daryl Wilson (The Salt House, Ampersand and pop up the Poachers Pocket Supper Club) who has created a menu of classic dishes created from locally sourced ingredients like 45-day aged Dexter Sirloin and duck fat chips. Cocktails continue that classic approach with subtle tongue-tingling twists on traditional tinctures such as the Amaretto, Whisky or Pisco Sour, Negroni or Old Fashioned - all of which blend rather nicely with the generally laid back and funky choice of music including live jazz and resident DJs Bex, Alex (Bear Grooves) and Jack in the ground floor Parlour. 2015/2/20 Where:
The Dolls House Islington, 181 Upper Street London, N1 1RQ
Category:

The Dolls House Islington, 181 Upper Street, London, N1 1RQ

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House Islington
Quentin Blake style drawings and trompe l'oeil wallpapers drawn on with monochrome marker pen set the tone at The Dolls House, the second such venture from Adam Towner and Katy Gray Rosewarne. A warren of rooms take you from the ground floor Parlour to the first floor Drawing Room and the Library complete with Espresso Martini Bar and up to the second floor Ballroom - all inspiring spaces to hire for private and corporate events. You don't have to be a member to dine here but membership - which gets you into the private members' lounge, licensed till 4am - is refreshingly affordable and simple. To become a member all you need is the online application and a bottle of posh liquor from their approved gift list when you come for the first time. Food comes from Daryl Wilson (The Salt House, Ampersand and pop up the Poachers Pocket Supper Club) who has created a menu of classic dishes created from locally sourced ingredients like 45-day aged Dexter Sirloin and duck fat chips. Cocktails continue that classic approach with subtle tongue-tingling twists on traditional tinctures such as the Amaretto, Whisky or Pisco Sour, Negroni or Old Fashioned - all of which blend rather nicely with the generally laid back and funky choice of music including live jazz and resident DJs Bex, Alex (Bear Grooves) and Jack in the ground floor Parlour.
 
 
 

Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Opened 19th February 2015

Bethlem Museum of the Mind Opened 19th February 2015 The Museum of the Mind sits at the heart of and tells the history of Bethlem Royal Hospital which was founded in 1247 and continues to provide care for the mentally ill. Bethlem's archives and museum, based in the original administration building at the heart of the Bethlem Royal Hospital site, houses gallery and learning spaces and the building's grand art-deco staircase provides a fitting showcase for the world renowned statues of 'Raving' and 'Melancholy Madness', which originally stood above the gates of 17th century Bedlam. The Museum of the Mind opened at this location on 19th February 2015 which an exhibition by Bryan Charnley on 'The Art of Schizophrenia' and items from the permanent collection which includes around 1,000 works, paintings, drawings, ceramics and textiles. 2015/2/19 Where:
Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham London, BR3 3BX
Category: Museums

Bethlem Museum of the Mind, Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, London, BR3 3BX

Tube: New Cross Gate Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 
 
The Museum of the Mind sits at the heart of and tells the history of Bethlem Royal Hospital which was founded in 1247 and continues to provide care for the mentally ill. Bethlem's archives and museum, based in the original administration building at the heart of the Bethlem Royal Hospital site, houses gallery and learning spaces and the building's grand art-deco staircase provides a fitting showcase for the world renowned statues of 'Raving' and 'Melancholy Madness', which originally stood above the gates of 17th century Bedlam. The Museum of the Mind opened at this location on 19th February 2015 which an exhibition by Bryan Charnley on 'The Art of Schizophrenia' and items from the permanent collection which includes around 1,000 works, paintings, drawings, ceramics and textiles.
 
 
 

Bistro by Shot

Opened 14th February 2015

Bistro by Shot Opened 14th February 2015 Seasonal dishes with a French-Italian leaning are made from ingredients sourced predominantly from independent local suppliers at Bistro by Shot, an all-day restaurant from the team behind local cafe and bar Shot Espresso, and pizza and ice cream joint Ice & Slice, both in Fulham. Headed up by talented Head Chef Fabrice Meier, formerly of Trinity, The Wild Game Company and One-O-One Knightsbridge, the menu changes according to the time of year but begins with eggs benedict, French toast and corn fritters for breakfast as well as some super healthy smoothies. Lunch brings a choice of mussels and guinea fowl while dinner could be a combination of cucumber cannelloni with Dorset crab followed by pork belly, pan-fried halibut or beef fillet with pomme puree. Keeping it local, the wine and spirits list has been put together with advice from Fulham wine shop, Vagabond, and the oak parquet floor interiors of the 40-cover venue are by Charlie Borthwick of local design company, Cue Design, who has put in a bar, bespoke tables, chairs, shelving and lanterns overhead all made from salvaged timbers. 2015/2/14 Where:
Bistro by Shot, 28 Parsons Green Lane London, SW6 4HS
Category:

Bistro by Shot, 28 Parsons Green Lane, London, SW6 4HS

Tube: Parsons Green Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House Islington
Seasonal dishes with a French-Italian leaning are made from ingredients sourced predominantly from independent local suppliers at Bistro by Shot, an all-day restaurant from the team behind local cafe and bar Shot Espresso, and pizza and ice cream joint Ice & Slice, both in Fulham. Headed up by talented Head Chef Fabrice Meier, formerly of Trinity, The Wild Game Company and One-O-One Knightsbridge, the menu changes according to the time of year but begins with eggs benedict, French toast and corn fritters for breakfast as well as some super healthy smoothies. Lunch brings a choice of mussels and guinea fowl while dinner could be a combination of cucumber cannelloni with Dorset crab followed by pork belly, pan-fried halibut or beef fillet with pomme puree. Keeping it local, the wine and spirits list has been put together with advice from Fulham wine shop, Vagabond, and the oak parquet floor interiors of the 40-cover venue are by Charlie Borthwick of local design company, Cue Design, who has put in a bar, bespoke tables, chairs, shelving and lanterns overhead all made from salvaged timbers.
 
 
 

IDDU

Opened 14th February 2015

IDDU Opened 14th February 2015 Operated by the team behind South Kensington Club, the private members' club adjacent to it, IDDU takes inspiration from founder Luca Del Bono's Sicilian family roots. But unlike the club next door, IDDU welcomes all comers, both SKC members and the general public, serving them breakfasts of home-made granola, salads and grilled panini for lunch and dinner and cocktails with nibbles on the house as an evening aperitivo. Foods to take away include Aeolian raw vegetable salad, involtini of aubergine parmigiana and caponata alla Siciliana and desserts include Sicilian delights such as cannoli and real granita - a typical Sicilian frozen 'sherbet' made with water and seasonal fruit. The well-chosen wine list consists mostly of wines grown in Sicily, many selected from Tasca d'Almerita, an estate with a long history of producing fine wine. 2015/2/14 Where:
IDDU, 44 Harrington Road London, SW7 3ND
Category: Italian Cuisine

IDDU, 44 Harrington Road, London, SW7 3ND

Tube: South Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House Islington
Operated by the team behind South Kensington Club, the private members' club adjacent to it, IDDU takes inspiration from founder Luca Del Bono's Sicilian family roots. But unlike the club next door, IDDU welcomes all comers, both SKC members and the general public, serving them breakfasts of home-made granola, salads and grilled panini for lunch and dinner and cocktails with nibbles on the house as an evening aperitivo. Foods to take away include Aeolian raw vegetable salad, involtini of aubergine parmigiana and caponata alla Siciliana and desserts include Sicilian delights such as cannoli and real granita - a typical Sicilian frozen 'sherbet' made with water and seasonal fruit. The well-chosen wine list consists mostly of wines grown in Sicily, many selected from Tasca d'Almerita, an estate with a long history of producing fine wine.
 
 
 

Mast Brothers

Opened 14th February 2015

Mast Brothers Opened 14th February 2015 Michael and Rick Mast, the brothers behind Mast Brothers Chocolate, bring their artisanal chocolates from Brooklyn to London's equivalent district, the original hipster hangout, Shoreditch. They started out in the New York district in 2006 making amazing stuff from cocoa beans and cane sugar and later added creative twists like Maine sea salt and serrano chile. Today, their bean-to-bar chocolate is found at well-curated markets worldwide and used in high-end restaurants like Per Se, the three Michelin-starred restaurant in New York. They even have their own book - Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook - but now British fans don't have to bake their own, they can go to the London shop on Redchurch Street for the full factory experience and indulge in intensely flavoured chocolate bars made only from cacao pods and cane sugar chocolate. 2015/2/14 Where:
Mast Brothers, 19-29 Redchurch Street London, E2 7DJ
Category: Food and Drink Shops

Mast Brothers, 19-29 Redchurch Street, London, E2 7DJ

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 
Michael and Rick Mast, the brothers behind Mast Brothers Chocolate, bring their artisanal chocolates from Brooklyn to London's equivalent district, the original hipster hangout, Shoreditch. They started out in the New York district in 2006 making amazing stuff from cocoa beans and cane sugar and later added creative twists like Maine sea salt and serrano chile. Today, their bean-to-bar chocolate is found at well-curated markets worldwide and used in high-end restaurants like Per Se, the three Michelin-starred restaurant in New York. They even have their own book - Mast Brothers Chocolate: A Family Cookbook - but now British fans don't have to bake their own, they can go to the London shop on Redchurch Street for the full factory experience and indulge in intensely flavoured chocolate bars made only from cacao pods and cane sugar chocolate.
 
 
 

Bo Drake

Opened 12th February 2015

Bo Drake Opened 12th February 2015 This casual-dining Korean restaurant is the brainchild of Jan Lee, alumni of the award-winning Roka, who grew up in his parent's restaurants along the Scottish borders. Bo Drake delivers the big flavours and smoky meats Jan found on his travels, through his Chinese heritage, British upbringing and through his wife Yoo Jay - who he met at the Royal College of Art - who introduced him to South Korean cuisine. Using British seasonal produce, the menu is East Asian BBQ with an emphasis on smoked cooking, and traditional South-East Asian sweet and pickled flavours. The 50-cover restaurant's signature meat dishes include smoked Bobo chicken, with sriracha, lime and herbs, Dan Dan smoked belly, with chanterelles, spring onions, peanut and noodles, and pork and eel dumpling, with Sichuan peppercorns & chilli oil. Seafood dishes of Loch Ryan oysters, with apple and kimchi mignonette, and fatty tuna bowl, with avocado, jalapeno remoulade & rice are served alongside vegetarian dishes - spicy buckwheat noodles with cucumber and Korean pear, grilled corn cob with cotija cheese, and Jan's kimchi and potato pancake are just some examples. 2015/2/12 Where:
Bo Drake, 6 Greek Street London, W1D 4DE
Category: Korean Cuisine

Bo Drake, 6 Greek Street, London, W1D 4DE

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House Islington
This casual-dining Korean restaurant is the brainchild of Jan Lee, alumni of the award-winning Roka, who grew up in his parent's restaurants along the Scottish borders. Bo Drake delivers the big flavours and smoky meats Jan found on his travels, through his Chinese heritage, British upbringing and through his wife Yoo Jay - who he met at the Royal College of Art - who introduced him to South Korean cuisine. Using British seasonal produce, the menu is East Asian BBQ with an emphasis on smoked cooking, and traditional South-East Asian sweet and pickled flavours. The 50-cover restaurant's signature meat dishes include smoked Bobo chicken, with sriracha, lime and herbs, Dan Dan smoked belly, with chanterelles, spring onions, peanut and noodles, and pork and eel dumpling, with Sichuan peppercorns & chilli oil. Seafood dishes of Loch Ryan oysters, with apple and kimchi mignonette, and fatty tuna bowl, with avocado, jalapeno remoulade & rice are served alongside vegetarian dishes - spicy buckwheat noodles with cucumber and Korean pear, grilled corn cob with cotija cheese, and Jan's kimchi and potato pancake are just some examples.
 
 
 

Blixen

Opened 9th February 2015

Blixen Opened 9th February 2015 An all-day brasserie found next to Old Spitalfields Market, Blixen is the fourth restaurant from Clive Watson - the man behind popular eateries The Garrison, Village East and The Riding House Café. The first of Watson's sites away from the Village London group, Blixen sees him partner up with Justin Gilbert. An informal yet stylish affair, the brasserie has an open kitchen, terrazzo-tiled flooring, mid-century furniture and enticing baby blue banquettes. Featuring options such as banana bread with whipped butter, almond milk porridge and American-style blueberry pancakes, the breakfast spread is just as appealing as Watson's other all-day brasserie, The Riding House Café - providing a great alternative to those dedicated individuals queueing for hours at the nearby Breakfast Club. Further menu options include crumbed ox tongue salad, monkfish tail with cauliflower and salsify, and rhubarb meringue roulade with pistachio ice cream. The former bank vault downstairs has also been transformed into an intimate underground cocktail bar, serving old hotel classics with an up-to-date twist, while the outside terrace has been filled with plants, cacti and flowers to create the perfect spot for some al fresco summer eating. 2015/2/9 Where:
Blixen, 65A Brushfield Street London, E1 6AA
Category: Brasseries

Blixen, 65A Brushfield Street, London, E1 6AA

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Aldgate East Station, Aldgate East Underground Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House Islington
An all-day brasserie found next to Old Spitalfields Market, Blixen is the fourth restaurant from Clive Watson - the man behind popular eateries The Garrison, Village East and The Riding House Café. The first of Watson's sites away from the Village London group, Blixen sees him partner up with Justin Gilbert. An informal yet stylish affair, the brasserie has an open kitchen, terrazzo-tiled flooring, mid-century furniture and enticing baby blue banquettes. Featuring options such as banana bread with whipped butter, almond milk porridge and American-style blueberry pancakes, the breakfast spread is just as appealing as Watson's other all-day brasserie, The Riding House Café - providing a great alternative to those dedicated individuals queueing for hours at the nearby Breakfast Club. Further menu options include crumbed ox tongue salad, monkfish tail with cauliflower and salsify, and rhubarb meringue roulade with pistachio ice cream. The former bank vault downstairs has also been transformed into an intimate underground cocktail bar, serving old hotel classics with an up-to-date twist, while the outside terrace has been filled with plants, cacti and flowers to create the perfect spot for some al fresco summer eating.
 
 
 

Notes - Kings Cross

Opened 9th February 2015

Notes - Kings Cross Opened 9th February 2015 Why choose between coffee and wine when you can have both? That's clearly what Notes co-owners Robert Robinson and Edward Halfon thought and they're not alone with three new Notes in 2015 bringing the total to five in London. Like successful sibling cafes near Trafalgar Square and at the bottom of the City Point office complex Notes in Pancras Square, King's Cross, serves organic porridge and pastries for breakfast, fresh handmade salads and sandwiches for lunch, light plates for supper with a glass of wine and coffee throughout the day. The King's Cross cafe is at the gateway to the 67 acre King's Cross development, and is one of three new Notes opening in 2015 along with two other new sites in Canary Wharf. Premium coffee is behind the success of the Notes story - they even have their own roastery to ensure quality control - with a carefully crafted wine list following close behind. 2015/2/9 Where:
Notes - Kings Cross, Pancras Square London, N1C 4AG
Category: Cafes and Delis

Notes - Kings Cross, Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House Islington
Why choose between coffee and wine when you can have both? That's clearly what Notes co-owners Robert Robinson and Edward Halfon thought and they're not alone with three new Notes in 2015 bringing the total to five in London. Like successful sibling cafes near Trafalgar Square and at the bottom of the City Point office complex Notes in Pancras Square, King's Cross, serves organic porridge and pastries for breakfast, fresh handmade salads and sandwiches for lunch, light plates for supper with a glass of wine and coffee throughout the day. The King's Cross cafe is at the gateway to the 67 acre King's Cross development, and is one of three new Notes opening in 2015 along with two other new sites in Canary Wharf. Premium coffee is behind the success of the Notes story - they even have their own roastery to ensure quality control - with a carefully crafted wine list following close behind.
 
 
 

Bone Daddies Shackfuyu

Opened 5th February 2015

Bone Daddies Shackfuyu Opened 5th February 2015 Following on from the successful Peter Street and High Street Kensington branches, Bone Daddies has opened a year-long pop-up just around the corner. Found on Old Compton Street, Shackfuyu opened in February 2015 and serves up playful takes on current food trends in Japan, with one regularly-changing main as the menu headline along with a number of sides and snacks. There's prawn toast masquerading as okonomiyaki (a form of Japanese savoury pancake), mentaiko mac and cheese with cock scratchings and Korean fried wings - a menu highlight at their sister restaurant Flesh and Buns. Another unique aspect is that the food will be cooked in a pizza oven left over from the site's former restaurant, Made in Italy. 2015/2/5 Where:
Bone Daddies Shackfuyu, 14a Old Compton Street London, W1D 4TJ
Category: Japanese Cuisine

Bone Daddies Shackfuyu, 14a Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4TJ

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House Islington
Following on from the successful Peter Street and High Street Kensington branches, Bone Daddies has opened a year-long pop-up just around the corner. Found on Old Compton Street, Shackfuyu opened in February 2015 and serves up playful takes on current food trends in Japan, with one regularly-changing main as the menu headline along with a number of sides and snacks. There's prawn toast masquerading as okonomiyaki (a form of Japanese savoury pancake), mentaiko mac and cheese with cock scratchings and Korean fried wings - a menu highlight at their sister restaurant Flesh and Buns. Another unique aspect is that the food will be cooked in a pizza oven left over from the site's former restaurant, Made in Italy.
 
 
 

Pho, Covent Garden

Opened 5th February 2015

Pho, Covent Garden Opened 5th February 2015 The popularity of Vietnamese restaurant Pho has rapidly increased and in early 2015 they opened their 14th branch. Located in Covent Garden, it continues the theme of previous outlets, with rapid service and a menu that consists of its signature Pho soup, a rich broth filled with meat, noodles and vegetables. Starters are mostly wraps and rolls while others mains include wok fried noodles and Vietnamese curry. There's a fun build-your-own element to both courses - the soups come with a sideplate of chillis, coriander, sweet basil and other flavourings that can be added as you go along, while you'll find yourself making your own wraps from lettuce leaves and sauces. This branch also offers takeaway, enabling customers to call ahead and pick up their order from a dedicated 'stable door'. With reasonable prices as well as healthy, hearty meals it's easy to see why Pho is so popular amongst Londoners. 2015/2/5 Where:
Pho, Covent Garden, 65A Long Acre London, WC2E 9JD
Category: South East Asian Cuisine

Pho, Covent Garden, 65A Long Acre, London, WC2E 9JD

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House Islington
The popularity of Vietnamese restaurant Pho has rapidly increased and in early 2015 they opened their 14th branch. Located in Covent Garden, it continues the theme of previous outlets, with rapid service and a menu that consists of its signature Pho soup, a rich broth filled with meat, noodles and vegetables. Starters are mostly wraps and rolls while others mains include wok fried noodles and Vietnamese curry. There's a fun build-your-own element to both courses - the soups come with a sideplate of chillis, coriander, sweet basil and other flavourings that can be added as you go along, while you'll find yourself making your own wraps from lettuce leaves and sauces. This branch also offers takeaway, enabling customers to call ahead and pick up their order from a dedicated 'stable door'. With reasonable prices as well as healthy, hearty meals it's easy to see why Pho is so popular amongst Londoners.
 
 
 

Bonnie Gull Seafood Bar

Opened 3rd February 2015

Bonnie Gull Seafood Bar Opened 3rd February 2015 After eight months at Exmouth Market the Bonnie Gull boys Alex Hunter and Danny Clancy have changed their fish restaurant from a cafe to a bar with an extended marble bar and a small plates menu so you can pop in for a quick drink and plate of seafood at the bar - as well as a sit-down lunch or dinner. Executive chef Luke Robinson continues to head up the kitchen working with Gavin Gordon who moves from their successful original restaurant Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack in Fitzrovia restaurant. Sharing plates and bar snack choices are divided into 'sea', 'shore' and 'land' so you can eat salt n' pepper squid and jellied eels or enjoy 'smash your own' Dorset crab. The menu changes with the seasons and the day's catch - so options might include John Dory to share and British oysters from the raw bar, either way you can be sure you're getting fresh, sustainable seafood. Finish with homemade 'Mr Whippy' ice cream or mille feuille with salt caramel and enjoy a cocktail or two while listening to some old sixties and ska tunes on the vintage jukebox. 2015/2/3 Where:
Bonnie Gull Seafood Bar, 55-57 Exmouth Market London, EC1R 4QL
Category: Fish and Seafood

Bonnie Gull Seafood Bar, 55-57 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QL

Tube: Farringdon Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House Islington
After eight months at Exmouth Market the Bonnie Gull boys Alex Hunter and Danny Clancy have changed their fish restaurant from a cafe to a bar with an extended marble bar and a small plates menu so you can pop in for a quick drink and plate of seafood at the bar - as well as a sit-down lunch or dinner. Executive chef Luke Robinson continues to head up the kitchen working with Gavin Gordon who moves from their successful original restaurant Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack in Fitzrovia restaurant. Sharing plates and bar snack choices are divided into 'sea', 'shore' and 'land' so you can eat salt n' pepper squid and jellied eels or enjoy 'smash your own' Dorset crab. The menu changes with the seasons and the day's catch - so options might include John Dory to share and British oysters from the raw bar, either way you can be sure you're getting fresh, sustainable seafood. Finish with homemade 'Mr Whippy' ice cream or mille feuille with salt caramel and enjoy a cocktail or two while listening to some old sixties and ska tunes on the vintage jukebox.
 
 
 

Duck & Rice

Opened End of January 2015

Duck & Rice Opened End of January 2015 Hakkasan and Wagamama founder Alan Yau opens 'Chinese gastropub' Duck & Rice on the Soho street famous for its fruit and veg market, silk shops and Flat White. The restaurant, on the site where The Endurance once stood, is just around the corner from Yauatcha, another Alan Yau success story. Details are scarce, but rumours are it's a casual restaurant serving Asian street food and Chinese-inspired cocktails. 2015/2/1 Where:
Duck & Rice, 90 Berwick Street London, W1F 0QB
Category: Chinese Cuisine

Duck & Rice, 90 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0QB

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 
Hakkasan and Wagamama founder Alan Yau opens 'Chinese gastropub' Duck & Rice on the Soho street famous for its fruit and veg market, silk shops and Flat White. The restaurant, on the site where The Endurance once stood, is just around the corner from Yauatcha, another Alan Yau success story. Details are scarce, but rumours are it's a casual restaurant serving Asian street food and Chinese-inspired cocktails.
 
 
 

Southerden Patisserie and Cafe

Opened February 2015

Southerden Patisserie and Cafe Opened February 2015 Named "the most fashionable bakery in Britain" by GQ when it first opened in February 2015, Southerden Patisserie and Cafe lives up to the label with interiors by design duo Eley Kishimoto who collaborated with Studio MacLean on the fashion-forward Bermondsey Street cafe. Previously a run-down hairdressers, the site opposite the Fashion Textile Museum has been transformed into a beautifully crafted patisserie store with Eley Kishimoto's eye-popping graphic wallpaper pasted floor to ceiling. They create the perfect backdrop for Melanie Southerden's bespoke delicacies, including delicious salted caramel doughnuts, baked daily and locally and served with Monmouth coffee, specialty teas and Matcha beverages. The cafe also trades from nearby from Spa Terminus market, SE16, on Saturdays. 2015/2/1 Where:
Southerden Patisserie and Cafe, 72 Bermondsey Street London, SE1 3UD
Category: French Cuisine

Southerden Patisserie and Cafe, 72 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3UD

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House Islington
Named "the most fashionable bakery in Britain" by GQ when it first opened in February 2015, Southerden Patisserie and Cafe lives up to the label with interiors by design duo Eley Kishimoto who collaborated with Studio MacLean on the fashion-forward Bermondsey Street cafe. Previously a run-down hairdressers, the site opposite the Fashion Textile Museum has been transformed into a beautifully crafted patisserie store with Eley Kishimoto's eye-popping graphic wallpaper pasted floor to ceiling. They create the perfect backdrop for Melanie Southerden's bespoke delicacies, including delicious salted caramel doughnuts, baked daily and locally and served with Monmouth coffee, specialty teas and Matcha beverages. The cafe also trades from nearby from Spa Terminus market, SE16, on Saturdays.
 
 
 

Tapas Revolution Shoreditch

Opened February 2015

Tapas Revolution Shoreditch Opened February 2015 Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy continues the expansion of his Spanish food empire which began with Tapas Revolution in Westfield Shepherd's Bush and Tapas Revolution in Bluewater with his third tapas bar, Tapas Revolution on Bethnal Green Road. Omar's take on the bustling tapas bars in his hometown of Madrid, this contemporary Spanish tapas bar is open for all-day dining with a menu divided into four sections; meat, fish, vegetables and egg dishes. Regional and seasonal sharing specials are displayed on a large board and there's 'Paella los Jueves' - paella served on Thursdays, as is the tradition in Spain. If you just want a quick drink, there's a selection of Spanish craft beers, soft drinks and wine from small Spanish producers served in a porron - a traditional wine glass pitcher with a long spout that's perfect for sharing. Interiors are by local Shoreditch based Alexander Waterworth Interiors and include the signature bar will be copper topped as found in all the Tapas Revolution tapas bars. 2015/2/1 Where:
Tapas Revolution Shoreditch, 32-42 Bethnal Green Road London, E1 6HZ
Category: Spanish Cuisine

Tapas Revolution Shoreditch, 32-42 Bethnal Green Road, London, E1 6HZ

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House Islington
Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy continues the expansion of his Spanish food empire which began with Tapas Revolution in Westfield Shepherd's Bush and Tapas Revolution in Bluewater with his third tapas bar, Tapas Revolution on Bethnal Green Road. Omar's take on the bustling tapas bars in his hometown of Madrid, this contemporary Spanish tapas bar is open for all-day dining with a menu divided into four sections; meat, fish, vegetables and egg dishes. Regional and seasonal sharing specials are displayed on a large board and there's 'Paella los Jueves' - paella served on Thursdays, as is the tradition in Spain. If you just want a quick drink, there's a selection of Spanish craft beers, soft drinks and wine from small Spanish producers served in a porron - a traditional wine glass pitcher with a long spout that's perfect for sharing. Interiors are by local Shoreditch based Alexander Waterworth Interiors and include the signature bar will be copper topped as found in all the Tapas Revolution tapas bars.
 
 
 

The Cocktail Trading Company Development Bar and Table

Opened Mid-January 2015

The Cocktail Trading Company Development Bar and Table Opened Mid-January 2015 Situated in the basement below Central & Co, on Great Marlborough Street, The Cocktail Trading Co Development Bar & Table, is the place to go for expertly made cocktails in a fun, laid-back environment. The brainchild of award-winning bartenders Andy Mil, Elliot Ball and Olly Brading, co-owners of The Cocktail Trading Co, the 50 capacity bar is an eclectic mix of classic Victoria 'gin palace' mixed with elements of vintage and industrial London. There's a carved wood and copper bar, classic green and oxblood tiles and cast iron and marble tables mixed in with exposed brickwork, classic pub fixtures and street art - the bar hosts exhibitions from young artists. Cocktail memorabilia and paraphernalia sits alongside vintage upholstered Chesterfields - sink in and sip on a cocktail from the constantly changing menu, served alongside dishes from the brasserie upstairs. 2015/2/1 Where:
The Cocktail Trading Company Development Bar and Table, 22 Great Marlborough High Street London, W1F 7HU
Category: Bars

The Cocktail Trading Company Development Bar and Table, 22 Great Marlborough High Street, London, W1F 7HU

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose Fizz
Situated in the basement below Central & Co, on Great Marlborough Street, The Cocktail Trading Co Development Bar & Table, is the place to go for expertly made cocktails in a fun, laid-back environment. The brainchild of award-winning bartenders Andy Mil, Elliot Ball and Olly Brading, co-owners of The Cocktail Trading Co, the 50 capacity bar is an eclectic mix of classic Victoria 'gin palace' mixed with elements of vintage and industrial London. There's a carved wood and copper bar, classic green and oxblood tiles and cast iron and marble tables mixed in with exposed brickwork, classic pub fixtures and street art - the bar hosts exhibitions from young artists. Cocktail memorabilia and paraphernalia sits alongside vintage upholstered Chesterfields - sink in and sip on a cocktail from the constantly changing menu, served alongside dishes from the brasserie upstairs.
 
 
 

Jinjuu

Opened 13th January 2015

Jinjuu Opened 13th January 2015 Described by the Evening Standard as one of the "best new London restaurants opening in 2015" before it even opened, Judy Joo's restaurant, Jinjuu, brings quality Korean cooking to Kingly Street in the centre of the city. A partnership between Iron Chef Judy Joo and Kia Joorabchian (founder of Babbo Group), Jinjuu provides Korean comfort foods and draws on the Korean's tradition of never drinking without food. Drinks and 'Anju' (Korean food consumed with alcohol) are served on the ground floor bar, where an illuminated back bar is decorated with beautiful bottles of the Korean spirit Soju - a key ingredient in the cocktail list. Downstairs in the restaurant proper, barbecued meats are cooked on the open grill and wrapped with lettuce, and a Ko-Mex dish of Korean carnitas fries (fries topped with braised pork and Kimchi) is on the menu. Take a seat on a comfortable banquette or at the counter if you want to watch the chefs at work. The Korean influence is also felt in the decor with a distinctive bamboo ceiling overhead, a crane bird pattern burnt into the exposed brick wall and Korean street graffiti hidden around the 85-set restaurant. 2015/1/13 Where:
Jinjuu, 15 Kingly Street London, W1B 5PS
Category: Korean Cuisine

Jinjuu, 15 Kingly Street, London, W1B 5PS

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried Chicken
Described by the Evening Standard as one of the "best new London restaurants opening in 2015" before it even opened, Judy Joo's restaurant, Jinjuu, brings quality Korean cooking to Kingly Street in the centre of the city. A partnership between Iron Chef Judy Joo and Kia Joorabchian (founder of Babbo Group), Jinjuu provides Korean comfort foods and draws on the Korean's tradition of never drinking without food. Drinks and 'Anju' (Korean food consumed with alcohol) are served on the ground floor bar, where an illuminated back bar is decorated with beautiful bottles of the Korean spirit Soju - a key ingredient in the cocktail list. Downstairs in the restaurant proper, barbecued meats are cooked on the open grill and wrapped with lettuce, and a Ko-Mex dish of Korean carnitas fries (fries topped with braised pork and Kimchi) is on the menu. Take a seat on a comfortable banquette or at the counter if you want to watch the chefs at work. The Korean influence is also felt in the decor with a distinctive bamboo ceiling overhead, a crane bird pattern burnt into the exposed brick wall and Korean street graffiti hidden around the 85-set restaurant.
 
 
 

Harringay Local Store

Opened 12th January 2015

Harringay Local Store Opened 12th January 2015 Harringay locals, couple Ebony and Paul Harding, are behind this supermarket with a difference. Harringay Local Store unites their two passions, stocking locally made products and fine wines, and houses a specialist music shop in the back - satisfying their love of vinyl and music. It's the place to go for organic fruit and veg supplied by British farms, free range and responsibly farmed meat, tea and coffee supplied by local companies, London-brewed beers, daily fresh breads and pastries (including brownies from Batch Bakery), and everyday food essentials like pies from Finest Fayre and Scotch eggs from Scotch Tails. Inside, the decor has a contemporary feel, with white walls, blackened metal shelving, and a stripped back resin coated concrete floor. Help with the design and fit-out of the store came from architectural and interior designers Kathryn Mazure and Meagan Roberts. 2015/1/12 Where:
Harringay Local Store, 581C Green Lanes London, N8 ORG
Category: Supermarkets

Harringay Local Store, 581C Green Lanes, London, N8 ORG

Tube: Turnpike Lane Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried Chicken
Harringay locals, couple Ebony and Paul Harding, are behind this supermarket with a difference. Harringay Local Store unites their two passions, stocking locally made products and fine wines, and houses a specialist music shop in the back - satisfying their love of vinyl and music. It's the place to go for organic fruit and veg supplied by British farms, free range and responsibly farmed meat, tea and coffee supplied by local companies, London-brewed beers, daily fresh breads and pastries (including brownies from Batch Bakery), and everyday food essentials like pies from Finest Fayre and Scotch eggs from Scotch Tails. Inside, the decor has a contemporary feel, with white walls, blackened metal shelving, and a stripped back resin coated concrete floor. Help with the design and fit-out of the store came from architectural and interior designers Kathryn Mazure and Meagan Roberts.
 
 
 

Little H

Opened 12th January 2015

Little H Opened 12th January 2015 Run by husband and wife team Anna Halliday and Philip Beatty, Little H is the sister venue to Hally's restaurant just down the road. Following a road trip in California, the husband-wife duo became aware of London's shortage of tasty, healthy eateries and set about bringing a taste of the Golden State to the UK. The deli-cum-café serves fresh juices and smoothies, healthy breakfasts and lunchtime treats, all available to eat in or take away. The breakfast menu features chia seed and almond milk pots, bircher muesli, homemade granola and a healthy take on a bacon butty, made with rye bread and gourmet maple-cured bacon. Lunch offerings change daily, with a selection of three gourmet sandwiches, three salads and a daily soup served with rye bread available. Plus, an extensive juice and smoothie menu means you'll never be short for choice - the spiced chai and cookies & cream superfood variations are sure to lure you away from your morning vanilla latte. And, with pretty pastel colours, floral wallpaper and wooden touches, you can even pretend you're sipping away on Venice Beach rather than in Parsons Green. 2015/01/12 Where:
Little H, 267 New Kings Road London, SW6 4RB
Category:

Little H, 267 New Kings Road, London, SW6 4RB

Tube: Parsons Green Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried Chicken
Run by husband and wife team Anna Halliday and Philip Beatty, Little H is the sister venue to Hally's restaurant just down the road. Following a road trip in California, the husband-wife duo became aware of London's shortage of tasty, healthy eateries and set about bringing a taste of the Golden State to the UK. The deli-cum-café serves fresh juices and smoothies, healthy breakfasts and lunchtime treats, all available to eat in or take away. The breakfast menu features chia seed and almond milk pots, bircher muesli, homemade granola and a healthy take on a bacon butty, made with rye bread and gourmet maple-cured bacon. Lunch offerings change daily, with a selection of three gourmet sandwiches, three salads and a daily soup served with rye bread available. Plus, an extensive juice and smoothie menu means you'll never be short for choice - the spiced chai and cookies & cream superfood variations are sure to lure you away from your morning vanilla latte. And, with pretty pastel colours, floral wallpaper and wooden touches, you can even pretend you're sipping away on Venice Beach rather than in Parsons Green.
 
 
 

Honest Burgers Clapham

Opened 10th January 2015

Honest Burgers Clapham Opened 10th January 2015 Gourmet burger chain Honest Burgers, launched in Brixton Market in 2011 by founders Tom Barton, Dorian Waite and Phil Eeles, has added a ninth restaurant to the group with this rustic wood-and-concrete cafe on Venn Street, near Clapham Common underground station. With all the classic burgers their fans expect to see, as well as their Indian inspired Special burger, they offer great quality ingredients from The Ginger Pig, well cooked and served with fresh orange juice and bottomless coffee locally roasted by Caravan Coffee. Setting you up for the day, the Honest Burgers weekend breakfast menu (previously only available in their Liverpool Street restaurant) includes the Honest Muffin, Breakfast Bun, the vegetarian Rosti Muffin and the Honest Full English. Honest, good, food. 2015/1/10 Where:
Honest Burgers Clapham, 75 Venn Street London, SW4 0BD
Category: American Cuisine

Honest Burgers Clapham, 75 Venn Street, London, SW4 0BD

Tube: Clapham Common Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried Chicken
Gourmet burger chain Honest Burgers, launched in Brixton Market in 2011 by founders Tom Barton, Dorian Waite and Phil Eeles, has added a ninth restaurant to the group with this rustic wood-and-concrete cafe on Venn Street, near Clapham Common underground station. With all the classic burgers their fans expect to see, as well as their Indian inspired Special burger, they offer great quality ingredients from The Ginger Pig, well cooked and served with fresh orange juice and bottomless coffee locally roasted by Caravan Coffee. Setting you up for the day, the Honest Burgers weekend breakfast menu (previously only available in their Liverpool Street restaurant) includes the Honest Muffin, Breakfast Bun, the vegetarian Rosti Muffin and the Honest Full English. Honest, good, food.
 
 
 

Darwin Brasserie

Opened 5th January 2015

Darwin Brasserie Opened 5th January 2015 An all-day brasserie inspired by nature, Darwin Brasserie is a modern, stylish restaurant on level 36 of 20 Fenchurch Street with wonderful views to enjoy while eating carpaccio of Scottish beef with truffled mascarpone rocket and parmesan. Overlooking the Thames, the restaurant has stunning a riverside panorama and serves classic European cuisine. Signature dishes include Cornish lamb cutlets and bubble and squeak with Cumberland jelly, and "rhubarb's" croissant-doughnut combination with passion fruit curd and coconut ice-cream. One floor above is the Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill which includes a private dining room with space for 18 guests and one floor below on level 35 is the Sky Pod bar, a contemporary space with all-day food including lunch time snacks and charcuterie in the evenings to accompany cocktails at sunset. 2015/1/5 Where:
Darwin Brasserie, 20 Fenchurch Street London, EC3M 3BY
Category: Brasseries

Darwin Brasserie, 20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BY

Tube: Monument Station, Bank Station, Cannon Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried Chicken
An all-day brasserie inspired by nature, Darwin Brasserie is a modern, stylish restaurant on level 36 of 20 Fenchurch Street with wonderful views to enjoy while eating carpaccio of Scottish beef with truffled mascarpone rocket and parmesan. Overlooking the Thames, the restaurant has stunning a riverside panorama and serves classic European cuisine. Signature dishes include Cornish lamb cutlets and bubble and squeak with Cumberland jelly, and "rhubarb's" croissant-doughnut combination with passion fruit curd and coconut ice-cream. One floor above is the Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill which includes a private dining room with space for 18 guests and one floor below on level 35 is the Sky Pod bar, a contemporary space with all-day food including lunch time snacks and charcuterie in the evenings to accompany cocktails at sunset.
 
 
 

Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill

Opened 5th January 2015

Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill Opened 5th January 2015 High up on level 37 of 20 Fenchurch Street (Rafael Vinoly's top heavy building also known as the Walkie Talkie) is the Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill, an all-day restaurant serving oysters, fish, lobster and crustaceans of all types. As well as seafood - roasted day boat cod with Judion beans and chorizo, and fillet steak on the bone with marrowbone shallot sauce will be signatures - there's seasonal game, meat and vegetarian dishes. The restaurant also includes a beautiful private dining room with space for 18 guests. The restaurant is part of the Sky Garden on top of the Walkie Talkie where 'rhubarb' operate two restuarants - Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill one floor above the Darwin Brasserie - four events spaces and the Sky Pod bar on level 35 serving food all day from breakfast to charcuterie and cocktails in the evenings. 2015/1/5 Where:
Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill, 20 Fenchurch Street London, EC3M 3BY
Category: Fish and Seafood

Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill, 20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BY

Tube: Monument Station, Bank Station, Cannon Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill
High up on level 37 of 20 Fenchurch Street (Rafael Vinoly's top heavy building also known as the Walkie Talkie) is the Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill, an all-day restaurant serving oysters, fish, lobster and crustaceans of all types. As well as seafood - roasted day boat cod with Judion beans and chorizo, and fillet steak on the bone with marrowbone shallot sauce will be signatures - there's seasonal game, meat and vegetarian dishes. The restaurant also includes a beautiful private dining room with space for 18 guests. The restaurant is part of the Sky Garden on top of the Walkie Talkie where 'rhubarb' operate two restuarants - Fenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill one floor above the Darwin Brasserie - four events spaces and the Sky Pod bar on level 35 serving food all day from breakfast to charcuterie and cocktails in the evenings.
 
 
 

Sky Garden

Opened 5th January 2015

Sky Garden Opened 5th January 2015 The free-to-access Sky Garden, occupying the top three floors of Rafael Vinoly's 37 storey, 525ft 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the Walkie Talkie), gives diners several different dining spaces and beautiful landscaped gardens at the top of one of London's landmark buildings. Visitors to the Sky Garden will arrive by express lift at a beautiful landscaped garden at level 35 designed by award-winning landscape architects Gillespies. A bar serving champagne and canapés, a chic brasserie and viewing area can be found at level 36, and a public terrace, seafood bar and grill restaurant and cafe at level 37. The food is by "rhubarb" who also run Gallery Mess at Saatchi Gallery, "rhubarb" at the Royal Albert Hall, and Bond & Brook by "rhubarb" at Fenwick. The company also works with Michelin starred chef Heston Blumenthal and will be offering events at 20 Fenchurch Street. Visitors have the option to visit the Sky Garden without dining but booking must be made online at least three days in advance. Be sure to read the terms and conditions too - security restrictions include only liquids of less than 100ml and no bags larger than 8 x 17 x 19 inches. 2015/1/5 Where:
Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street London, EC3M 3BY
Category: British Cuisine

Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BY

Tube: Monument Station, Bank Station, Cannon Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill
The free-to-access Sky Garden, occupying the top three floors of Rafael Vinoly's 37 storey, 525ft 20 Fenchurch Street (aka the Walkie Talkie), gives diners several different dining spaces and beautiful landscaped gardens at the top of one of London's landmark buildings. Visitors to the Sky Garden will arrive by express lift at a beautiful landscaped garden at level 35 designed by award-winning landscape architects Gillespies. A bar serving champagne and canapés, a chic brasserie and viewing area can be found at level 36, and a public terrace, seafood bar and grill restaurant and cafe at level 37. The food is by "rhubarb" who also run Gallery Mess at Saatchi Gallery, "rhubarb" at the Royal Albert Hall, and Bond & Brook by "rhubarb" at Fenwick. The company also works with Michelin starred chef Heston Blumenthal and will be offering events at 20 Fenchurch Street. Visitors have the option to visit the Sky Garden without dining but booking must be made online at least three days in advance. Be sure to read the terms and conditions too - security restrictions include only liquids of less than 100ml and no bags larger than 8 x 17 x 19 inches.
 
 
 

The Hospital Club - Bedrooms

Opened January 2015

The Hospital Club - Bedrooms Opened January 2015 The Hospital Club, the hip private members' club, exhibition gallery and popular hangout for creative industry types, also has 15 bedrooms - available to both members and non-members. Rooms ranging from small to suites are designed by Russell Sage Studios and curated by fifteen emerging contemporary artists giving each a unique character. All come with rainforest showers, REN toiletries, Roberts radios, original artwork and a cocktail trolley service. With small rooms offering an affordable place to crash if you've missed the last tube home and suites expanding into adjoining rooms via interconnecting doors, there's something to suite all requirements, from rock stars to press junkets. 2015/1/1 Where:
The Hospital Club - Bedrooms, 24 Endell Street London, WC2H 9HQ
Category: New Hotels

The Hospital Club - Bedrooms, 24 Endell Street, London, WC2H 9HQ

Tube: Covent Garden Station, Holborn Station, Tottenham Court Road Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and Grill
The Hospital Club, the hip private members' club, exhibition gallery and popular hangout for creative industry types, also has 15 bedrooms - available to both members and non-members. Rooms ranging from small to suites are designed by Russell Sage Studios and curated by fifteen emerging contemporary artists giving each a unique character. All come with rainforest showers, REN toiletries, Roberts radios, original artwork and a cocktail trolley service. With small rooms offering an affordable place to crash if you've missed the last tube home and suites expanding into adjoining rooms via interconnecting doors, there's something to suite all requirements, from rock stars to press junkets.
 
 
 

The Tommy Tucker

Opened January 2015

The Tommy Tucker Opened January 2015 Award-winning chef Claude Compton, together with Jim Morris and George McCabe - the team behind critically acclaimed neighbourhood restaurant Claude's Kitchen - have created their perfect local in The Tommy Tucker. The trio, who also own champagne bar, Amuse Bouche, bring a playful approach to the pub - 'Tommy Tucker', as any true Londoner knows, is cockney rhyming slang for 'supper'. And supper will be served, along with lunch and bar food, by Claude who left Michelin-­starred Petersham Nurseries to launch his award-winning street food van Green Goat before setting up his first restaurant, Claude's Kitchen, and all before he turned 30. The menu at the 80 cover site reflects the deliciously colourful dishes he is renowned for, bridging flavoursome street food with the quality and elegance of Claude's Michelin kitchen experience. An adventurous wine, beer and spirits list includes home-infused gins and bourbons and experimental takes on pub classics like the Bloody Mary. 2015/1/1 Where:
The Tommy Tucker, 22 Waterford Road London, SW6 2DR
Category: Pubs

The Tommy Tucker, 22 Waterford Road, London, SW6 2DR

Tube: Fulham Broadway Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude Compton
Award-winning chef Claude Compton, together with Jim Morris and George McCabe - the team behind critically acclaimed neighbourhood restaurant Claude's Kitchen - have created their perfect local in The Tommy Tucker. The trio, who also own champagne bar, Amuse Bouche, bring a playful approach to the pub - 'Tommy Tucker', as any true Londoner knows, is cockney rhyming slang for 'supper'. And supper will be served, along with lunch and bar food, by Claude who left Michelin-­starred Petersham Nurseries to launch his award-winning street food van Green Goat before setting up his first restaurant, Claude's Kitchen, and all before he turned 30. The menu at the 80 cover site reflects the deliciously colourful dishes he is renowned for, bridging flavoursome street food with the quality and elegance of Claude's Michelin kitchen experience. An adventurous wine, beer and spirits list includes home-infused gins and bourbons and experimental takes on pub classics like the Bloody Mary.
 
 
 

Z Shoreditch

Opened January 2015

Z Shoreditch Opened January 2015 Z Hotels, the boutique-budget hotel group which offers out-of-town prices in city central locations in London, Liverpool and Glasgow opens its sixth property in London's Shoreditch in 2015. It will be the fourth hotel for the group in London, adding to existing hotels Z Soho, Z Victoria and Z Piccadilly which launched in summer 2014. The 107-bedroom Z Shoreditch hotel is housed within a former office building in The Bower, a new mixed-use 320,000 square foot development in the Old Street area close to Shoreditch Grind and Silicon roundabout. The development includes a restaurant set within landscaped public spaces, Gymbox on Old Street, and retail units. As well as compact, pocket friendly rooms which are ideal for a night or two, the Z hotel offers creature comforts like free Wi-Fi, 40in LED high-definition TVs with Sky Sports and Sky Movies, power showers in en suite wet rooms, organic fibre beds from the Natural Mat company and lambs' wool duvets. 2015/1/1 Where:
Z Shoreditch, 136-144 City Road London, EC1V 2RL
Category: New Hotels

Z Shoreditch, 136-144 City Road, London, EC1V 2RL

Tube: Chancery Lane Station

 
 
Z Hotels, the boutique-budget hotel group which offers out-of-town prices in city central locations in London, Liverpool and Glasgow opens its sixth property in London's Shoreditch in 2015. It will be the fourth hotel for the group in London, adding to existing hotels Z Soho, Z Victoria and Z Piccadilly which launched in summer 2014. The 107-bedroom Z Shoreditch hotel is housed within a former office building in The Bower, a new mixed-use 320,000 square foot development in the Old Street area close to Shoreditch Grind and Silicon roundabout. The development includes a restaurant set within landscaped public spaces, Gymbox on Old Street, and retail units. As well as compact, pocket friendly rooms which are ideal for a night or two, the Z hotel offers creature comforts like free Wi-Fi, 40in LED high-definition TVs with Sky Sports and Sky Movies, power showers in en suite wet rooms, organic fibre beds from the Natural Mat company and lambs' wool duvets.
 
 
 

Bad Egg

Opened 15th December 2014

Bad Egg Opened 15th December 2014 Neil Rankin, who first came to prominence as head chef of Pitt Cue Co. in Soho, and his group of friends at Noble Inns, the award-winning operator of The Princess of Shoreditch, The Pig & Butcher and Smokehouse, both in Islington, are behind Bad Egg, an all day dinner inspired by the type you find in Chicago. What this means - as anyone who has dined at the restaurants mentioned above will know - is that they're good on the meats; ribs and burgers feature prominently on the menu. But - as the name suggests - eggs are a key ingredient, and there's not one bad yolk among them. The food is international diner fare: there's jhal muri and egg salad, a light Indian street food salad; ham and eggs; and veggie options including sambal telur, deep fried eggs in a Malaysian hot sauce. If you like your eggs sunny side up, over easy or creamy scambled and served with fried tacos on the side, there's nothing bad about Bad Egg. There are just two desserts - dulce de leche sandwich and Nutella ganache on a crunchy biscuit base - an interesting cocktail list, wines and a good selection of craft beers. 2014/12/15 Where:
Bad Egg, City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street London, EC2Y 9AW
Category: American Cuisine

Bad Egg, City Point, 1 Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9AW

Tube: Moorgate Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude Compton
Neil Rankin, who first came to prominence as head chef of Pitt Cue Co. in Soho, and his group of friends at Noble Inns, the award-winning operator of The Princess of Shoreditch, The Pig & Butcher and Smokehouse, both in Islington, are behind Bad Egg, an all day dinner inspired by the type you find in Chicago. What this means - as anyone who has dined at the restaurants mentioned above will know - is that they're good on the meats; ribs and burgers feature prominently on the menu. But - as the name suggests - eggs are a key ingredient, and there's not one bad yolk among them. The food is international diner fare: there's jhal muri and egg salad, a light Indian street food salad; ham and eggs; and veggie options including sambal telur, deep fried eggs in a Malaysian hot sauce. If you like your eggs sunny side up, over easy or creamy scambled and served with fried tacos on the side, there's nothing bad about Bad Egg. There are just two desserts - dulce de leche sandwich and Nutella ganache on a crunchy biscuit base - an interesting cocktail list, wines and a good selection of craft beers.
 
 
 

Cycle Republic

Opened 12th December 2014

Cycle Republic Opened 12th December 2014 A cycling-only specialist store from Halfords, Cycle Republic opened its first London site at this 4,000 square metre unit in Euston Square in December 2014. Cyclists in the market for a new bike can 'try before you buy' on a range of bikes picked especially for the city cyclist, from high end £7,000 Pinarello road bikes to the stylish vintage-look Victoria Pendleton bikes as well as Cinelli road bikes, Quella fixies, and the award-winning Boardman brand whose elite bikes sell for as much as £9,000. The Euston team provides bike servicing and repairs and offer courtesy bikes if your two wheeler needs more extensive repairs. The store has all the clothing, helmets and footwear you could want or need including well known brands like Lezyne, Giordana, Sealskinz and Hump. 2014/12/12 Where:
Cycle Republic, Unti 4 Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road London, NW1 3DP
Category: Bicycle Shops

Cycle Republic, Unti 4 Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London, NW1 3DP

Tube: Warren Street Station, Euston Square Station, Great Portland Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude Compton
A cycling-only specialist store from Halfords, Cycle Republic opened its first London site at this 4,000 square metre unit in Euston Square in December 2014. Cyclists in the market for a new bike can 'try before you buy' on a range of bikes picked especially for the city cyclist, from high end £7,000 Pinarello road bikes to the stylish vintage-look Victoria Pendleton bikes as well as Cinelli road bikes, Quella fixies, and the award-winning Boardman brand whose elite bikes sell for as much as £9,000. The Euston team provides bike servicing and repairs and offer courtesy bikes if your two wheeler needs more extensive repairs. The store has all the clothing, helmets and footwear you could want or need including well known brands like Lezyne, Giordana, Sealskinz and Hump.
 
 
 

Bar Termini

Opened 11th December 2014

Bar Termini Opened 11th December 2014 Authentic Italian pit stop Bar Termini does two things: coffee and cocktails. And does them well. Coffee is overseen by Marco Arrigo, head of quality for Illy, cocktails are supervised by Tony Conigliaro, who is credited with creating cool cocktails at 69 Colebrooke Row and Zetter Townhouse. It's a small space with room for just 25 people, and there's seated service only, unless you're having a quick, single shot espresso on the run. The coffee list has just four brews, ideal as a morning starter, while the cocktails - high up there among the best in London - are just the thing for a pre-dinner sharpener. Prices for coffee are higher than the norm but you do get a triple espresso shot. Cocktails, by contrast, are cheap for this quality and the Soho location. The alcohol list has three negronis, four 'aperitivi', three wines, and a bottled beer. Bar Termini does also offer food: baked goods from L'Anima in Shoreditch by day, charcuterie and cheese by night. 2014/12/11 Where:
Bar Termini, 7 Old Compton Street London, W1D 5JE
Category:

Bar Termini, 7 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 5JE

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Tottenham Court Road Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude Compton
Authentic Italian pit stop Bar Termini does two things: coffee and cocktails. And does them well. Coffee is overseen by Marco Arrigo, head of quality for Illy, cocktails are supervised by Tony Conigliaro, who is credited with creating cool cocktails at 69 Colebrooke Row and Zetter Townhouse. It's a small space with room for just 25 people, and there's seated service only, unless you're having a quick, single shot espresso on the run. The coffee list has just four brews, ideal as a morning starter, while the cocktails - high up there among the best in London - are just the thing for a pre-dinner sharpener. Prices for coffee are higher than the norm but you do get a triple espresso shot. Cocktails, by contrast, are cheap for this quality and the Soho location. The alcohol list has three negronis, four 'aperitivi', three wines, and a bottled beer. Bar Termini does also offer food: baked goods from L'Anima in Shoreditch by day, charcuterie and cheese by night.
 
 
 

Cereal Killer Cafe

Opened 10th December 2014

Cereal Killer Cafe Opened 10th December 2014 It's breakfast all day at the Cereal Killer Cafe where 100 cereals from all over the world can be customized with 13 different milks and 20 toppings. "Cereal has been kept in the confines of people's homes for too long," say the founders of Cereal Killer Cafe, identical twins Alan and Gary Keery, and they're doing something about it. Given the multi cultural nature of the city it's wise that the breakfast loving boys have sourced cereal from America, France, Australia, South Africa and South Korea so you can have your favourite Weet-Bix as well as your Cheerios and Coco Pops. They also serve 18 flavours of pop tarts, toast, and coffee from Allpress coffee on Redchruch Street. Not just a cafe, the two floor space also houses a huge collection of cereal memorabilia, made up of 80 vintage cereal boxes including, Pokemon, Bill and Ted, The Addams family, and Cabbage Patch Kids. Best of all, it's open until 8pm so you can enjoy your favourite bowl of cereal any time of day. 2014/12/10 Where:
Cereal Killer Cafe, 139 Brick Lane London, E1 6SB
Category: Cafes and Delis

Cereal Killer Cafe, 139 Brick Lane, London, E1 6SB

Tube: Whitechapel Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude Compton
It's breakfast all day at the Cereal Killer Cafe where 100 cereals from all over the world can be customized with 13 different milks and 20 toppings. "Cereal has been kept in the confines of people's homes for too long," say the founders of Cereal Killer Cafe, identical twins Alan and Gary Keery, and they're doing something about it. Given the multi cultural nature of the city it's wise that the breakfast loving boys have sourced cereal from America, France, Australia, South Africa and South Korea so you can have your favourite Weet-Bix as well as your Cheerios and Coco Pops. They also serve 18 flavours of pop tarts, toast, and coffee from Allpress coffee on Redchruch Street. Not just a cafe, the two floor space also houses a huge collection of cereal memorabilia, made up of 80 vintage cereal boxes including, Pokemon, Bill and Ted, The Addams family, and Cabbage Patch Kids. Best of all, it's open until 8pm so you can enjoy your favourite bowl of cereal any time of day.
 
 
 

The Queensbury Kitchen

Opened 10th December 2014

The Queensbury Kitchen Opened 10th December 2014 From the team behind The Queensbury gastropub and right around the corner from it, comes The Queensbury Kitchen, a moden Briitsh restaurant, bar and grill open for breakfast, coffee, lunch and dinner seven days a week (and brunch at weekends). The 50-seat restaurant includes long wooden tables for communal eating, leather seats at the bar, and steaks, burgers and chicken from the grill. Regular events like the Monday night supper club help to create a feeling of community in the restuarant where cocktails come in jam jar glasses and drinks include craft beers and Cotswold ciders. 2014/12/10 Where:
The Queensbury Kitchen, 68 Walm Lane London, NW2 4RA
Category: British Cuisine

The Queensbury Kitchen, 68 Walm Lane, London, NW2 4RA

Tube: Willesden Green Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude Compton
From the team behind The Queensbury gastropub and right around the corner from it, comes The Queensbury Kitchen, a moden Briitsh restaurant, bar and grill open for breakfast, coffee, lunch and dinner seven days a week (and brunch at weekends). The 50-seat restaurant includes long wooden tables for communal eating, leather seats at the bar, and steaks, burgers and chicken from the grill. Regular events like the Monday night supper club help to create a feeling of community in the restuarant where cocktails come in jam jar glasses and drinks include craft beers and Cotswold ciders.
 
 
 

Luxury Living

Opened 2nd December 2014

Luxury Living Opened 2nd December 2014 Luxury Living is just what you get at this Brompton Road store where furniture and home furnishings by Bentley and Trussardi are beautifully presented against a graphic botticino marble floor. Luxury Living Group's flagship 500 square metre Knightsbridge store showcases its range of high-end furniture brands Bentley Home, Trussardi Casa and its own Heritage Collection, art directed by Luxury Living founder and chairman Alberto Vignatelli. The first floor is dedicated to Bentley Home, a collection designed by celebrated architect Carlo Colombo and an expansion of the British motoring brand while the ground floor displays Trussardi Casa's collection. Shop here for sofas, armchairs and porcelain accessories fit for private villas, luxury yachts and 5 star hotel suites. 2014/12/2 Where:
Luxury Living, 20 Brompton Road London, SW1X 7QN
Category: House and Garden

Luxury Living, 20 Brompton Road, London, SW1X 7QN

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London Showroom
Luxury Living is just what you get at this Brompton Road store where furniture and home furnishings by Bentley and Trussardi are beautifully presented against a graphic botticino marble floor. Luxury Living Group's flagship 500 square metre Knightsbridge store showcases its range of high-end furniture brands Bentley Home, Trussardi Casa and its own Heritage Collection, art directed by Luxury Living founder and chairman Alberto Vignatelli. The first floor is dedicated to Bentley Home, a collection designed by celebrated architect Carlo Colombo and an expansion of the British motoring brand while the ground floor displays Trussardi Casa's collection. Shop here for sofas, armchairs and porcelain accessories fit for private villas, luxury yachts and 5 star hotel suites.
 
 
 

Babaji Pide

Opened December 2014

Babaji Pide Opened December 2014 Alan Yau, the restaurateur who created Wagamama, Busaba Eathai, Hakkasan, and Yauatcha, is behind this Turkish pizzeria on Shaftesbury Avenue. Babaji Pide specialises in pide (pronounced 'pee-day') and Lahmacun ('La-ma-joon') - the Turkish equivalent of pizza minus the cheese - cooked in the wood burning oven. 2014/12/1 Where:
Babaji Pide, 73 Shaftesbury Avenue London, W1D 6EX
Category: Italian Cuisine

Babaji Pide, 73 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6EX

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 
Alan Yau, the restaurateur who created Wagamama, Busaba Eathai, Hakkasan, and Yauatcha, is behind this Turkish pizzeria on Shaftesbury Avenue. Babaji Pide specialises in pide (pronounced 'pee-day') and Lahmacun ('La-ma-joon') - the Turkish equivalent of pizza minus the cheese - cooked in the wood burning oven.
 
 
 

Bocconcino Pizzeria

Opened 1st December 2014

Bocconcino Pizzeria Opened 1st December 2014 Authentic wood-fired pizzas and freshly made pasta dishes are the order of the day at Bocconcino Pizzeria, a high-end pizza place on Mayfair's Berkeley Street. Moscow restaurateur Mikhail Gokhner was inspired by the vibrant flavours experienced in Forte dei Marmi, a seaside town in Northern Tuscany, and opened the first Bocconcino restaurant on Moscow's Strastnoy Avenue in 2006. A celebration of the simple culinary culture of Italy - top quality ingredients, first class service and great Italian wine - wood-fired pizza come with classic marinara toppings, indulgent calzone four cheeses and more unusual combinations of gorgonzola and pear. Homemade pasta includes linguine with cuttlefish and squid ink or you can opt for oven-baked meat and fish dishes. The wine list is exclusively Italian, leaping across the country, from Lombardia to Puglia taking in well-known brands and small, artisan producers. Cocktails also celebrate Italian classics like the Bellini, Negroni and Aperol Spritz. To mark the launch, there's 30 per cent off food, available from 1st December 2014 until the end of January 2015, simply access a voucher by signing up at www.bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk. 2014/12/1 Where:
Bocconcino Pizzeria, 19 Berkeley Street London, W1J 8ED
Category: Italian Cuisine

Bocconcino Pizzeria, 19 Berkeley Street, London, W1J 8ED

Tube: Green Park Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London Showroom
Authentic wood-fired pizzas and freshly made pasta dishes are the order of the day at Bocconcino Pizzeria, a high-end pizza place on Mayfair's Berkeley Street. Moscow restaurateur Mikhail Gokhner was inspired by the vibrant flavours experienced in Forte dei Marmi, a seaside town in Northern Tuscany, and opened the first Bocconcino restaurant on Moscow's Strastnoy Avenue in 2006. A celebration of the simple culinary culture of Italy - top quality ingredients, first class service and great Italian wine - wood-fired pizza come with classic marinara toppings, indulgent calzone four cheeses and more unusual combinations of gorgonzola and pear. Homemade pasta includes linguine with cuttlefish and squid ink or you can opt for oven-baked meat and fish dishes. The wine list is exclusively Italian, leaping across the country, from Lombardia to Puglia taking in well-known brands and small, artisan producers. Cocktails also celebrate Italian classics like the Bellini, Negroni and Aperol Spritz. To mark the launch, there's 30 per cent off food, available from 1st December 2014 until the end of January 2015, simply access a voucher by signing up at www.bocconcinorestaurant.co.uk.
 
 
 

Jago Restaurant

Opened Early December 2014

Jago Restaurant Opened Early December 2014 Jago, the Shoreditch restaurant with Southern European, Middle Eastern and Ashkenazi influences, is the first solo form Louis Solley who was previously head chef at Ottolenghi in Notting Hill. He has joined up with Hugo Thurston, previously General Manager of Morito in Exmouth Market, to create this all day restaurant where dishes include grilled Challah bread with labneh and house compote; fresh figs, goat's curd, honey, toasted coriander; spiced baked beans and eggs; grilled cauliflower, endive, almonds and sultanas; and cured cucumbers, dill, anchovies, sour cream and sweet paprika. Pickles - including endive, scotch bonnet and naturally, cucumber - can be enjoyed with a glass of Vergano Chinati Bianco or an Alhambra Reserva beer. And at lunch, the pickled cucumbers are served atop gem lettuce and anchovies on toast. 2014/12/1 Where:
Jago Restaurant, 68-80 Hanbury Street London, E1 5JL
Category: Middle Eastern Cuisine

Jago Restaurant, 68-80 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5JL

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London Showroom
Jago, the Shoreditch restaurant with Southern European, Middle Eastern and Ashkenazi influences, is the first solo form Louis Solley who was previously head chef at Ottolenghi in Notting Hill. He has joined up with Hugo Thurston, previously General Manager of Morito in Exmouth Market, to create this all day restaurant where dishes include grilled Challah bread with labneh and house compote; fresh figs, goat's curd, honey, toasted coriander; spiced baked beans and eggs; grilled cauliflower, endive, almonds and sultanas; and cured cucumbers, dill, anchovies, sour cream and sweet paprika. Pickles - including endive, scotch bonnet and naturally, cucumber - can be enjoyed with a glass of Vergano Chinati Bianco or an Alhambra Reserva beer. And at lunch, the pickled cucumbers are served atop gem lettuce and anchovies on toast.
 
 
 

Kitty Fisher's

Opened 1st December 2014

Kitty Fisher's Opened 1st December 2014 At the heart of Mayfair's historic Shepherd Market, and named after the infamous 18th Century courtesan, Kitty Fisher's is a small, atmospheric bar and dining room, serving "proper drinks" and food from the wood grill cooked by Young British Foodie Chef of the Year 2014 Tomos Parry and former Pitt Cue Co sous-chef Chris Leach. A sample menu includes bread and burnt onion butter, taleggio on grilled bread, salt cod croquettes and buratta, salt baked beetroot and clementine. But it's the steak, lamb cutlets and even grilled potatoes that put this place on the map. Given four stars by Fay Maschler who says "don't miss" the steak tartare if it's on offer when you go, Kitty Fisher's is all about "louche dining", says the Financial Times, "with banquettes lit by candles burning in the old bread ovens" of this former bakery. 2014/12/1 Where:
Kitty Fisher's, 10 Shepherd Market London, W1J 7QF
Category:

Kitty Fisher's, 10 Shepherd Market, London, W1J 7QF

Tube: Green Park Station

 
 
At the heart of Mayfair's historic Shepherd Market, and named after the infamous 18th Century courtesan, Kitty Fisher's is a small, atmospheric bar and dining room, serving "proper drinks" and food from the wood grill cooked by Young British Foodie Chef of the Year 2014 Tomos Parry and former Pitt Cue Co sous-chef Chris Leach. A sample menu includes bread and burnt onion butter, taleggio on grilled bread, salt cod croquettes and buratta, salt baked beetroot and clementine. But it's the steak, lamb cutlets and even grilled potatoes that put this place on the map. Given four stars by Fay Maschler who says "don't miss" the steak tartare if it's on offer when you go, Kitty Fisher's is all about "louche dining", says the Financial Times, "with banquettes lit by candles burning in the old bread ovens" of this former bakery.
 
 
 

The Ealing Park Tavern

Opened Mid December 2014

The Ealing Park Tavern Opened Mid December 2014 One of Ealing's most historic pubs, the Ealing Park Tavern, re-opens in mid-December 2014 under new owners Tom and Ed Martin whose ETM Group is also responsible for the award-winning Gun in Docklands, the Jugged Hare in the City, The Botanist on Sloane Square and One Canada Square, Canary Wharf. The tavern, with a history that goes back to 1728 when it operated as the Lewis Furnell Brewhouse, returns to its brewing past - which took place on site until the mid 1800s - with an on-site microbrewery. Bitters, pale ales and special seasonal additions are available at the bar and for tastings, tutorials and beer and food matching dinners. Lunch, dinner, bar snack menus and Sunday lunches are made with well sourced British and European seasonal produce and there's an extensive list of over 100 accessible wines. Take a seat in the 60-cover restaurant, at the large bar or in the expansive walled garden and enjoy the charms of this historic Edwardian pub. 2014/12/1 Where:
The Ealing Park Tavern, 222 South Ealing Road London, W5 4RL
Category: Gastropub

The Ealing Park Tavern, 222 South Ealing Road, London, W5 4RL

Tube: South Ealing Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London Showroom
One of Ealing's most historic pubs, the Ealing Park Tavern, re-opens in mid-December 2014 under new owners Tom and Ed Martin whose ETM Group is also responsible for the award-winning Gun in Docklands, the Jugged Hare in the City, The Botanist on Sloane Square and One Canada Square, Canary Wharf. The tavern, with a history that goes back to 1728 when it operated as the Lewis Furnell Brewhouse, returns to its brewing past - which took place on site until the mid 1800s - with an on-site microbrewery. Bitters, pale ales and special seasonal additions are available at the bar and for tastings, tutorials and beer and food matching dinners. Lunch, dinner, bar snack menus and Sunday lunches are made with well sourced British and European seasonal produce and there's an extensive list of over 100 accessible wines. Take a seat in the 60-cover restaurant, at the large bar or in the expansive walled garden and enjoy the charms of this historic Edwardian pub.
 
 
 

Fields

Opened 30th November 2014

Fields Opened 30th November 2014 An all-day cafe on Clapham Common located next to the skate park on Rookery Road SW4, Fields is the brainchild of Julian Porter, who at the age of just 21 opened M1LK in Balham with his partner Lauren Johns. Three years on, Fields becomes a big sister to M1LK, a 30-cover cafe with a heated terrace area for a further 80 people which also has its own herb roof garden. Coffee is a specialty. Paying homage to Julian's Australian cafe culture upbringing (his mother owns a group of popular cafes in Melbourne), Fields serves specialty coffee from Workshop Coffee Co. and Koppi of Sweden. The menu is made up of coal-grilled sausage bao, kewpie, pickled shallot and iceberg, and peat-smoked mutton with beans, garden herb butter and sourdough, cooked on the cafe's in-house on-site smoker, using earthy elements of hay, peat and leaves during cooking. Sweet options include sticky rice pudding, apple, soured cream ice-cream and sake, and banana bread, Nesquik mascarpone and salted panela. Provenance and quality are very much at the heart of the menu, with emphasis on local produce and suppliers. 2014/11/30 Where:
Fields, 2 Rookery Road, Clapham Common London, SW4 9DD
Category: Cafes and Delis

Fields, 2 Rookery Road, Clapham Common, London, SW4 9DD

Tube: Clapham South Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren Johns
An all-day cafe on Clapham Common located next to the skate park on Rookery Road SW4, Fields is the brainchild of Julian Porter, who at the age of just 21 opened M1LK in Balham with his partner Lauren Johns. Three years on, Fields becomes a big sister to M1LK, a 30-cover cafe with a heated terrace area for a further 80 people which also has its own herb roof garden. Coffee is a specialty. Paying homage to Julian's Australian cafe culture upbringing (his mother owns a group of popular cafes in Melbourne), Fields serves specialty coffee from Workshop Coffee Co. and Koppi of Sweden. The menu is made up of coal-grilled sausage bao, kewpie, pickled shallot and iceberg, and peat-smoked mutton with beans, garden herb butter and sourdough, cooked on the cafe's in-house on-site smoker, using earthy elements of hay, peat and leaves during cooking. Sweet options include sticky rice pudding, apple, soured cream ice-cream and sake, and banana bread, Nesquik mascarpone and salted panela. Provenance and quality are very much at the heart of the menu, with emphasis on local produce and suppliers.
 
 
 

Snaps & Rye

Opened 30th November 2014

Snaps & Rye Opened 30th November 2014 Breakfast on homemade Danish pastries and enjoy traditional Danish rye bread for lunch at Snaps & Rye where meatballs and cured salmon are a speciality. The first culinary venture from Westbourne Grove locals Kell and Jacqueline Skott, this is a contemporary Danish restaurant and takeaway which takes its name from the main elements of the menu... 'Snaps' - a drink served traditionally with meals - and 'Rye' the base of their traditional Smorrebrod (or open sandwiches on rye bread). Chef Trine Vennerstrom Eriksen-Johnson is responsible for the menu which has a strong focus on classic Danish cuisine. Smorrebrod is served on homemade organic rye bread with classic toppings such as house-cured herring and 'Rullepolse' ('rolled sausage' in Danish). The national dish of meatballs is, of course, also on the menu, complemented by Akvavit cocktails, Tuborg beer and house-infused Akvavit snaps. 2014/11/30 Where:
Snaps & Rye, 93 Golborne Road London, W10 5NL
Category: Scandinavian Cuisine

Snaps & Rye, 93 Golborne Road, London, W10 5NL

Tube: Ladbroke Grove Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren Johns
Breakfast on homemade Danish pastries and enjoy traditional Danish rye bread for lunch at Snaps & Rye where meatballs and cured salmon are a speciality. The first culinary venture from Westbourne Grove locals Kell and Jacqueline Skott, this is a contemporary Danish restaurant and takeaway which takes its name from the main elements of the menu... 'Snaps' - a drink served traditionally with meals - and 'Rye' the base of their traditional Smorrebrod (or open sandwiches on rye bread). Chef Trine Vennerstrom Eriksen-Johnson is responsible for the menu which has a strong focus on classic Danish cuisine. Smorrebrod is served on homemade organic rye bread with classic toppings such as house-cured herring and 'Rullepolse' ('rolled sausage' in Danish). The national dish of meatballs is, of course, also on the menu, complemented by Akvavit cocktails, Tuborg beer and house-infused Akvavit snaps.
 
 
 

M restaurants

Opened 28th November 2014

M restaurants Opened 28th November 2014 The first solo project from Martin Williams, who left his role as Managing Director of Gaucho Restaurants after almost a decade, M is a vast and impressive venue with two restaurants, a wine tasting bar, a destination cocktail bar, private dining rooms, event spaces and a secret den. The two 100-cover restaurants are different in style but both are presided over by executive chef, Michael Reid who has teamed up with head chef Jarad McCarroll, formerly of Chiltern Firehouse. The Grill restaurant, with wing back chairs in Savile Row fabrics and cobalt blue leather, specialises in top quality steak - including Wagyu from both Japan and Australia - as well as exotic meats like crocodile and kangaroo. Raw is more of a casual dining concept with a tartare and tiradito bar, featuring brightly coloured seating, sharing tables and high stools. Interiors by award-winning expert, Rene Dekker Design Team, go from cool blues and ebony tones in the Grill restaurant to rich reds in the Raw bar while the mezzanine bar is done up in copper, charcoal and gold hues. Added to these are private dining spaces for parties of eight to fifty and a small 'secret' bar with personal bottle lockers, table football, a humidor and a 32-inch television screen which doubles as a mirror. 2014/11/28 Where:
M restaurants, 2-3 Threadneedle Walk London, EC2 8HP
Category:

M restaurants, 2-3 Threadneedle Walk, London, EC2 8HP

Tube: Bank Station, Monument Station, Liverpool Street Station, Cannon Street Station, Moorgate Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren Johns
The first solo project from Martin Williams, who left his role as Managing Director of Gaucho Restaurants after almost a decade, M is a vast and impressive venue with two restaurants, a wine tasting bar, a destination cocktail bar, private dining rooms, event spaces and a secret den. The two 100-cover restaurants are different in style but both are presided over by executive chef, Michael Reid who has teamed up with head chef Jarad McCarroll, formerly of Chiltern Firehouse. The Grill restaurant, with wing back chairs in Savile Row fabrics and cobalt blue leather, specialises in top quality steak - including Wagyu from both Japan and Australia - as well as exotic meats like crocodile and kangaroo. Raw is more of a casual dining concept with a tartare and tiradito bar, featuring brightly coloured seating, sharing tables and high stools. Interiors by award-winning expert, Rene Dekker Design Team, go from cool blues and ebony tones in the Grill restaurant to rich reds in the Raw bar while the mezzanine bar is done up in copper, charcoal and gold hues. Added to these are private dining spaces for parties of eight to fifty and a small 'secret' bar with personal bottle lockers, table football, a humidor and a 32-inch television screen which doubles as a mirror.
 
 
 

Pennethorne's Cafe Bar

Opened 28th November 2014

Pennethorne's Cafe Bar Opened 28th November 2014 Named after the 19th century English architect Sir James Pennethorne, the man who designed the Somerset House New Wing in which its based, Pennethorne's Cafe Bar offers all day dining, freshly baked breads and a menu inspired by Pennthorne's Grand Tour travels to France and Italy. The 85-cover cafe bar offers speciality breads - banana bread, orange brioche, walnut and raisin - all baked on site. Lunch is a delicious array of salads and sweets from the chef's deli table, roast beef, blue cheese, grilled red onions, maple syrup on rye, smoked Cornish mackerel and pickled white cabbage. Dinner brings small plates of beef, celeriac, crispy shallots; pickled Cornish mackerel, white cabbage and caraway seeds; and watercress, soft egg and pancetta - all served on toast. Desserts are traditionally comforting choices of French apple tart, Cambridge burnt cream, baked Pecorino with honey caramel and milk tart, and coffee cream. All in one of London's most iconic settings. 2014/11/28 Where:
Pennethorne's Cafe Bar, The New Wing Somerset House London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Cafes and Delis

Pennethorne's Cafe Bar, The New Wing Somerset House, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain bar
Named after the 19th century English architect Sir James Pennethorne, the man who designed the Somerset House New Wing in which its based, Pennethorne's Cafe Bar offers all day dining, freshly baked breads and a menu inspired by Pennthorne's Grand Tour travels to France and Italy. The 85-cover cafe bar offers speciality breads - banana bread, orange brioche, walnut and raisin - all baked on site. Lunch is a delicious array of salads and sweets from the chef's deli table, roast beef, blue cheese, grilled red onions, maple syrup on rye, smoked Cornish mackerel and pickled white cabbage. Dinner brings small plates of beef, celeriac, crispy shallots; pickled Cornish mackerel, white cabbage and caraway seeds; and watercress, soft egg and pancetta - all served on toast. Desserts are traditionally comforting choices of French apple tart, Cambridge burnt cream, baked Pecorino with honey caramel and milk tart, and coffee cream. All in one of London's most iconic settings.
 
 
 

Brew Putney

Opened 24th November 2014

Brew Putney Opened 24th November 2014 At 3,000 square feet Brew Putney on Lower Richmond Road is the fourth and largest Brew Cafe, offering not just top quality coffee and all-day dining but 'breakfast in bed'. Recline on a Bedouin inspired bed and lie out on the terrace under the shade of a 150 year old olive tree while enjoying poached Turkish eggs served with hung yoghurt and hot chilli butter. Run by Jason Wells, who began his career as a butcher in his native Australia, the menu at Brew Putney, like sister sites in Wandsworth, Battersea and Wimbledon, is inspired by his travels, with particular influence coming from Israel and New York. In a nod to Jason's first trade, there's a 'Butcher's Shop' complete with dry aging fridge where you can get cut-to-size and cook-to-order steaks. Wood-fired pizzas are another speciality, cooked in the handmade clay oven from where freshly baked breads emerge. Pastries and cakes are made in the patisserie by Jennie Svesson, available to eat in with a Allpress 'brew', freshly roasted in Shoreditch daily, or take away. On the weekend, unplugged music sessions play from the early afternoon into the evening. 2014/11/24 Where:
Brew Putney, 162-164 Lower Richmond Road London, SW15 1LY
Category: Cafes and Delis

Brew Putney, 162-164 Lower Richmond Road, London, SW15 1LY

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain bar
At 3,000 square feet Brew Putney on Lower Richmond Road is the fourth and largest Brew Cafe, offering not just top quality coffee and all-day dining but 'breakfast in bed'. Recline on a Bedouin inspired bed and lie out on the terrace under the shade of a 150 year old olive tree while enjoying poached Turkish eggs served with hung yoghurt and hot chilli butter. Run by Jason Wells, who began his career as a butcher in his native Australia, the menu at Brew Putney, like sister sites in Wandsworth, Battersea and Wimbledon, is inspired by his travels, with particular influence coming from Israel and New York. In a nod to Jason's first trade, there's a 'Butcher's Shop' complete with dry aging fridge where you can get cut-to-size and cook-to-order steaks. Wood-fired pizzas are another speciality, cooked in the handmade clay oven from where freshly baked breads emerge. Pastries and cakes are made in the patisserie by Jennie Svesson, available to eat in with a Allpress 'brew', freshly roasted in Shoreditch daily, or take away. On the weekend, unplugged music sessions play from the early afternoon into the evening.
 
 
 

Quaglino's

Opened 22nd November 2014

Quaglino's Opened 22nd November 2014 Quaglino's was the place to see and be seen in the mid-1990s, bringing in swarms of celebrities for late night dining, champagne breakfasts and arguments with Toby Young. Refreshed and re-opened following a full-scale, multi-million pound renovation in 2014, the restaurant has a contemporary European menu from executive chef Mickael Weiss and a programme of events and late-night live music. Russell Sage Studio has redesigned the Art deco interior restoring the sweeping staircase, balcony bar, main restaurant and mezzanine private dining rooms and adding a glamorous central cocktail bar as well as a stage. The 240-cover restaurant features a contemporary European menu of Cheltenham beetroot with goat's curd, winter leaves, walnuts and dried apricots, Seared hand-dived Kings scallop in the shell with tomato, samphire and Ligurian olive oil and Lobster raviolo, spinach, golden raisins, espelette chilli and lobster emulsion. Dishes to share include spiced Romney Marsh lamb shoulder, young spinach, apricot, almond, parsley and goat's curd. Quaglino's, always a place to see and be seen, continues to uphold its place as a London hotspot, opening its doors until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights, letting the party go on into the early hours. 2014/11/22 Where:
Quaglino's, 16 Bury Street London, SW1Y 6AJ
Category: Modern European Cuisine

Quaglino's, 16 Bury Street, London, SW1Y 6AJ

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain bar
Quaglino's was the place to see and be seen in the mid-1990s, bringing in swarms of celebrities for late night dining, champagne breakfasts and arguments with Toby Young. Refreshed and re-opened following a full-scale, multi-million pound renovation in 2014, the restaurant has a contemporary European menu from executive chef Mickael Weiss and a programme of events and late-night live music. Russell Sage Studio has redesigned the Art deco interior restoring the sweeping staircase, balcony bar, main restaurant and mezzanine private dining rooms and adding a glamorous central cocktail bar as well as a stage. The 240-cover restaurant features a contemporary European menu of Cheltenham beetroot with goat's curd, winter leaves, walnuts and dried apricots, Seared hand-dived Kings scallop in the shell with tomato, samphire and Ligurian olive oil and Lobster raviolo, spinach, golden raisins, espelette chilli and lobster emulsion. Dishes to share include spiced Romney Marsh lamb shoulder, young spinach, apricot, almond, parsley and goat's curd. Quaglino's, always a place to see and be seen, continues to uphold its place as a London hotspot, opening its doors until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights, letting the party go on into the early hours.
 
 
 

Pisco Embassy

Opened 21st November 2014

Pisco Embassy Opened 21st November 2014 The 12 cocktails on the menu at Pisco Embassy all offer a twist on classics like the pisco sour. Drinks are expertly served by head bartender Jose Francisco-Modonese, previously sommelier at SushiSamba, who uses the grape brandy pisco - his birth country's national spirit - as a base for all the drinks served here. Cocktails like Machu Picchu Nights (pisco infused with Shisho leaves, lemon juice, red basil syrup, mixed berry puree and pressed apple juice) are made using Jose's homemade infusions. And Jose visits the vineyards, Bodegas and specialised Pisco bars of Peru to find inspiration and exchange new ideas and concepts to bring back to London so you can be sure this is as authentic as it gets. 2014/11/21 Where:
Pisco Embassy, 176 Upper Street London, N1 1RG
Category: Bars

Pisco Embassy, 176 Upper Street, London, N1 1RG

Tube: Highbury & Islington Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain bar
The 12 cocktails on the menu at Pisco Embassy all offer a twist on classics like the pisco sour. Drinks are expertly served by head bartender Jose Francisco-Modonese, previously sommelier at SushiSamba, who uses the grape brandy pisco - his birth country's national spirit - as a base for all the drinks served here. Cocktails like Machu Picchu Nights (pisco infused with Shisho leaves, lemon juice, red basil syrup, mixed berry puree and pressed apple juice) are made using Jose's homemade infusions. And Jose visits the vineyards, Bodegas and specialised Pisco bars of Peru to find inspiration and exchange new ideas and concepts to bring back to London so you can be sure this is as authentic as it gets.
 
 
 

Dishoom King's Cross

Opened 20th November 2014

Dishoom King's Cross Opened 20th November 2014 The third restaurant from the team behind Dishoom, the Bombay cafes in Shoreditch and Covent Garden, is also their largest - and the largest restaurant opening at King's Cross. The 9,000 square foot space on Stable Street, by Granary Square, occupies a former stable block within the Western Transit Shed. Originally used to house horses to move goods and wagons around the Granary complex from 1850-1900, the restaurant has retained the vaulted brick arches and lofty trusses of the building's previous use. Speaking of this latest addition to the Dishoom family, founder Shamil Thakrar said: "We're so pleased to be joining this iconic development at King's Cross and our new restaurant will be as unique as the environment that we're moving into." Dishoom is one of nine new restaurants, bars and cafes due to open in King's Cross between summer 2014 and 2015 including a new gastropub from the operators of the Thomas Cubitt in Belgravia, openings by the founders of the Wasabi and The Real Greek, and restaurants from Jamie Oliver and D&D London, the operators of Le Pont de la Tour and Quaglino's who are turning the German Gymnasium into a restaurant, set to open in spring 2015. 2014/11/20 Where:
Dishoom King's Cross, Stable Street London, N1C 4AA
Category: Indian/South Asian Cuisine

Dishoom King's Cross, Stable Street, London, N1C 4AA

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain bar
The third restaurant from the team behind Dishoom, the Bombay cafes in Shoreditch and Covent Garden, is also their largest - and the largest restaurant opening at King's Cross. The 9,000 square foot space on Stable Street, by Granary Square, occupies a former stable block within the Western Transit Shed. Originally used to house horses to move goods and wagons around the Granary complex from 1850-1900, the restaurant has retained the vaulted brick arches and lofty trusses of the building's previous use. Speaking of this latest addition to the Dishoom family, founder Shamil Thakrar said: "We're so pleased to be joining this iconic development at King's Cross and our new restaurant will be as unique as the environment that we're moving into." Dishoom is one of nine new restaurants, bars and cafes due to open in King's Cross between summer 2014 and 2015 including a new gastropub from the operators of the Thomas Cubitt in Belgravia, openings by the founders of the Wasabi and The Real Greek, and restaurants from Jamie Oliver and D&D London, the operators of Le Pont de la Tour and Quaglino's who are turning the German Gymnasium into a restaurant, set to open in spring 2015.
 
 
 

Simmons Fitzrovia

Opened 20th November 2014

Simmons Fitzrovia Opened 20th November 2014 The folks that brought you Simmons King's Cross and Simmons Camden have now made their way to Fitzrovia with whimsical watering hole Simmons Fitzrovia. Serving up a variety of cocktails, craft beers and an eclectic programme of entertainment, the bar offers affordable drinks, bar snacks, friendly staff, a house party vibe and local DJ's pumping out old school tunes. Decked out in mismatching vintage lamps - a signature staple of Simmons Bars - the two storey bar has funky wallpaper, neon light signs and odd shaped clocks. Airy and bright with wooden floors and a sparkling mirrored skull discoball - another signature feature - the bar has seating at high tables or you can head to the downstairs drinking den. With space for up to 100 people, arched caves, a full bar and DJ station, this basement space is the perfect place for an office party, birthday or a fun night out with friends. If it gets too hot inside, converge at the seating area out front. With fire blazing heaters and canopys, it works whatever the weather. 2014/11/20 Where:
Simmons Fitzrovia, 28 Maple Street London, W1T 6HP
Category: Bars

Simmons Fitzrovia, 28 Maple Street, London, W1T 6HP

Tube: Warren Street Station, Goodge Street Station, Great Portland Street Station, Euston Square Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain bar
The folks that brought you Simmons King's Cross and Simmons Camden have now made their way to Fitzrovia with whimsical watering hole Simmons Fitzrovia. Serving up a variety of cocktails, craft beers and an eclectic programme of entertainment, the bar offers affordable drinks, bar snacks, friendly staff, a house party vibe and local DJ's pumping out old school tunes. Decked out in mismatching vintage lamps - a signature staple of Simmons Bars - the two storey bar has funky wallpaper, neon light signs and odd shaped clocks. Airy and bright with wooden floors and a sparkling mirrored skull discoball - another signature feature - the bar has seating at high tables or you can head to the downstairs drinking den. With space for up to 100 people, arched caves, a full bar and DJ station, this basement space is the perfect place for an office party, birthday or a fun night out with friends. If it gets too hot inside, converge at the seating area out front. With fire blazing heaters and canopys, it works whatever the weather.
 
 
 

Honest Burgers Liverpool Street

Opened 17th November 2014

Honest Burgers Liverpool Street Opened 17th November 2014 A firm favourite on London's ever-growing burger scene, Honest Burgers now has an outlet in Liverpool Street, open from late 2014. With other branches in Soho, Camden, King's Cross and Brixton - where the original was opened back in 2011 - the no-frills chain from Tom Barton and Phil Eles specialises in top quality hamburgers and chips made with all British produce and meat supplied by the Ginger Pig. The menu is simple but well executed, with a handful of beef burgers, a chicken burger and a veggie burger available, as well as regular specials and sides such as rosemary salted chips and onion rings. Plus, this location is branching out with a breakfast offering, serving a range of muffins, coffee and, for an indulgent start to the morning, rosti chips. Takeaway is available but there is no booking - expect to queue at peak times. 2014/11/17 Where:
Honest Burgers Liverpool Street, 12 Widegate Street London, E1 7HP
Category: American Cuisine

Honest Burgers Liverpool Street, 12 Widegate Street, London, E1 7HP

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Aldgate Station, Aldgate East Underground Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain bar
A firm favourite on London's ever-growing burger scene, Honest Burgers now has an outlet in Liverpool Street, open from late 2014. With other branches in Soho, Camden, King's Cross and Brixton - where the original was opened back in 2011 - the no-frills chain from Tom Barton and Phil Eles specialises in top quality hamburgers and chips made with all British produce and meat supplied by the Ginger Pig. The menu is simple but well executed, with a handful of beef burgers, a chicken burger and a veggie burger available, as well as regular specials and sides such as rosemary salted chips and onion rings. Plus, this location is branching out with a breakfast offering, serving a range of muffins, coffee and, for an indulgent start to the morning, rosti chips. Takeaway is available but there is no booking - expect to queue at peak times.
 
 
 

Deluxe

Opened 14th November 2014

Deluxe Opened 14th November 2014 Don't tell Rudolph! They're serving smoked reindeer with pickled blackberries, mascarpone and rocket at Deluxe, a temporary restaurant in Ely's Yard, near Spitalfields, open from Friday 14th November 2014 for a month. The menu, which includes tagliatelle with lobster and truffle oil and Panettone bread and butter pudding with white chocolate custard, has been designed so that guests can easily recreate it in their own homes when the restaurant shuts up shop - or when the pop-up pops off. New dishes appear on the menu every week, as voted by visitors across the restaurant's social media channels. Deluxe will also host regular Tuesday wine tastings showcasing a selection of the restaurant's quality wines. 2014/11/14 Where:
Deluxe, 2 Ely's Yard London, E1 6QR
Category: Modern European Cuisine

Deluxe, 2 Ely's Yard, London, E1 6QR

Tube: Aldgate East Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain bar
Don't tell Rudolph! They're serving smoked reindeer with pickled blackberries, mascarpone and rocket at Deluxe, a temporary restaurant in Ely's Yard, near Spitalfields, open from Friday 14th November 2014 for a month. The menu, which includes tagliatelle with lobster and truffle oil and Panettone bread and butter pudding with white chocolate custard, has been designed so that guests can easily recreate it in their own homes when the restaurant shuts up shop - or when the pop-up pops off. New dishes appear on the menu every week, as voted by visitors across the restaurant's social media channels. Deluxe will also host regular Tuesday wine tastings showcasing a selection of the restaurant's quality wines.

 
 
 

Medcalf Traiteur

Opened 14th November 2014

Medcalf Traiteur Opened 14th November 2014 Ten years after Exmouth Market favourite Medcalf opened - when it was praised for its "rollicking, cheery, relaxed approach to life" by Matthew Fort in The Guardian - Medcalf Traiteur launched at the tail end of 2014 in the small annex next door. Billed as "a bustling lunch time spot by day, and bijou old world wine bar by night", the Traiteur offers a simpler menu than its neighbour, as well as products including charcuterie, home made pickles and terrines to enjoy at home. Mains of slow cooked pork belly and grilled salmon are cooked on the Big Green Egg BBQ during the day and at night the emphasis is on the central dining table where food and carafes of old world wines are served by candlelight. An intimate space with comfortable burgundy banquets and delicious plates of salt beef and sauerkraut. 2014/11/14 Where:
Medcalf Traiteur, 38 Exmouth Market London, EC1R 4QE
Category: British Cuisine

Medcalf Traiteur, 38 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE

Tube: Farringdon Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain bar
Ten years after Exmouth Market favourite Medcalf opened - when it was praised for its "rollicking, cheery, relaxed approach to life" by Matthew Fort in The Guardian - Medcalf Traiteur launched at the tail end of 2014 in the small annex next door. Billed as "a bustling lunch time spot by day, and bijou old world wine bar by night", the Traiteur offers a simpler menu than its neighbour, as well as products including charcuterie, home made pickles and terrines to enjoy at home. Mains of slow cooked pork belly and grilled salmon are cooked on the Big Green Egg BBQ during the day and at night the emphasis is on the central dining table where food and carafes of old world wines are served by candlelight. An intimate space with comfortable burgundy banquets and delicious plates of salt beef and sauerkraut.
 
 
 

Radicals and Victuallers

Opened 14th November 2014

Radicals and Victuallers Opened 14th November 2014 Serving up an unusual selection of burgers - filled with fried egg and peanut butter, or Nik Naks and pastrami - as well as other US diner classics Radicals and Victuallers is a fun diner/bar on Islington's busy Upper Street. With a natty interior - think reclaimed wood and curved banquettes at the back - and a secret side garden, this place encourages customers to settle in and enjoy a bowl of chorizo mac 'n' cheese washed down with a beer, wine or whatever you fancy - they do a good line in homemade cocktail concoctions. A mixture of restaurant-style tables and high stools cater for everything from a post-work tipple to a full on feast, and the courtyard al fresco area, with its canopy of fairy lights, makes for a fun open air option - with heaters to ward off the frost on winter nights. 2014/11/14 Where:
Radicals and Victuallers, 59 Upper Street London, N1 0NY
Category: American Cuisine

Radicals and Victuallers, 59 Upper Street, London, N1 0NY

Tube: Angel Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain bar
Serving up an unusual selection of burgers - filled with fried egg and peanut butter, or Nik Naks and pastrami - as well as other US diner classics Radicals and Victuallers is a fun diner/bar on Islington's busy Upper Street. With a natty interior - think reclaimed wood and curved banquettes at the back - and a secret side garden, this place encourages customers to settle in and enjoy a bowl of chorizo mac 'n' cheese washed down with a beer, wine or whatever you fancy - they do a good line in homemade cocktail concoctions. A mixture of restaurant-style tables and high stools cater for everything from a post-work tipple to a full on feast, and the courtyard al fresco area, with its canopy of fairy lights, makes for a fun open air option - with heaters to ward off the frost on winter nights.
 
 
 

Heddon Street Kitchen

Opened 8th November 2014

Heddon Street Kitchen Opened 8th November 2014 Heddon Street Kitchen hit the headlines the day it opened, on Saturday 8th November 2014, as 100 diners failed to show up for their bookings prompting owner Gordon Ramsay to cry "sabotage!" Whether a genuine effort to ruin the business before it began or a cheap publicity trick, the restaurant is now taking bookings - and confirming them. At the helm is Head Chef Maria Tampakis - formerly of Bread Street Kitchen and the three-Michelin-starred Jean-Georges in NYC - who offers an all-day menu of blueberry buttermilk pancakes and avocado on pumpernickel toast with poached egg and mustard mayo for breakfast. Signature mains include stone bass with avocado puree, slow-roasted Dingley Dell pork belly with spiced apple sauce, and - the most expensive dish on the list - king crab thermidor with thick and golden. The two floor restaurant is a stylish mix of vintage and modern, with leathers, woods and shimmering steel, flashes of neon and specially curated artworks. Ideal for brisk breakfasts and post-shop pit-stops, working lunches, dinner dates and after-work cocktails. 2014/11/8 Where:
Heddon Street Kitchen, 3-9 Heddon Street London, W1B 4BE
Category: British Cuisine

Heddon Street Kitchen, 3-9 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BE

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Green Park Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain bar
Heddon Street Kitchen hit the headlines the day it opened, on Saturday 8th November 2014, as 100 diners failed to show up for their bookings prompting owner Gordon Ramsay to cry "sabotage!" Whether a genuine effort to ruin the business before it began or a cheap publicity trick, the restaurant is now taking bookings - and confirming them. At the helm is Head Chef Maria Tampakis - formerly of Bread Street Kitchen and the three-Michelin-starred Jean-Georges in NYC - who offers an all-day menu of blueberry buttermilk pancakes and avocado on pumpernickel toast with poached egg and mustard mayo for breakfast. Signature mains include stone bass with avocado puree, slow-roasted Dingley Dell pork belly with spiced apple sauce, and - the most expensive dish on the list - king crab thermidor with thick and golden. The two floor restaurant is a stylish mix of vintage and modern, with leathers, woods and shimmering steel, flashes of neon and specially curated artworks. Ideal for brisk breakfasts and post-shop pit-stops, working lunches, dinner dates and after-work cocktails.
 
 
 

108 Brasserie

Opened 7th November 2014

108 Brasserie Opened 7th November 2014 Located on Marylebone Lane, in The Marylebone Hotel on the corner of Bulstrode Street, the spacious and stylish 108 Brasserie offers an all-day modern British menu of octopus carpaccio, healthy salads and grilled meat and fish dishes. Starters of crispy pigs cheeks or smoked salmon on Guinness brown bread are followed by mains from the Jasper Grill including free range Suffolk pork and Tiger prawns. More in the way of mains are roasted monkfish with curried lentils, or confit breast of lamb, followed by a warm chocolate fondant for dessert. The brasserie is split into two distinct areas - the dining space, with its orange mohair furniture, and the bar where small plates of squid, crab, and cheese from La Fromagerie are served alongside cocktails and a wine list of more than 40 bins. The dark oak bar, parquet flooring and antique mirrors, all courtesy of Alexander Waterworth Interiors - who were behind a 2014 revamp of High Road House in Chiswick and won Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in 2013 and 2014 - create a modern, stylish place to dine for hotel guests and non-residents alike. 2014/11/7 Where:
108 Brasserie, The Marylebone Hotel London, W1U 2QE
Category: British Cuisine

108 Brasserie, The Marylebone Hotel, London, W1U 2QE

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain bar
Located on Marylebone Lane, in The Marylebone Hotel on the corner of Bulstrode Street, the spacious and stylish 108 Brasserie offers an all-day modern British menu of octopus carpaccio, healthy salads and grilled meat and fish dishes. Starters of crispy pigs cheeks or smoked salmon on Guinness brown bread are followed by mains from the Jasper Grill including free range Suffolk pork and Tiger prawns. More in the way of mains are roasted monkfish with curried lentils, or confit breast of lamb, followed by a warm chocolate fondant for dessert. The brasserie is split into two distinct areas - the dining space, with its orange mohair furniture, and the bar where small plates of squid, crab, and cheese from La Fromagerie are served alongside cocktails and a wine list of more than 40 bins. The dark oak bar, parquet flooring and antique mirrors, all courtesy of Alexander Waterworth Interiors - who were behind a 2014 revamp of High Road House in Chiswick and won Restaurant and Bar Design Awards in 2013 and 2014 - create a modern, stylish place to dine for hotel guests and non-residents alike.
 
 
 

The Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History

Opened 7th November 2014

The Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History Opened 7th November 2014 Viktor Wynd launched his Little Shop of Horrors in 2009 and in 2014 it re-opened as a museum of rare and priceless marvels of the natural and scientific worlds. Hovering halfway between theatre and sculpture, shop and museum, The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History is, like its founder, both an installation and a performance. Unusual and contrasting items include Dodo bones and McDonald's Happy Meal toys, Old Master etchings and mad women's doodles. Any attempt at categorization is bound to fail. The museum is divided into two parts: the Upper Galleries, with up to two art exhibitions a year, and the double-vaulted basement Wunderkabinett, displaying the permanent collection of Curiosities, Natural History and Fine Art, from old master etchings to tin toys and extinct birds in custom-built and salvaged museum cases. Also on the upper floors are a coral reef aquarium, a minute gift shop and a tiny macabre baroque cocktail bar and cafe. Added to these are talks on taxidermy and The Occult, lubricated with the finest cocktails, and for the more adventurous there's The Lion Room - tucked deep in the bowels of the lower galleries - available for private hire for dinners and intimate encounters for up to ten people. 2014/11/7 Where:
The Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History, 11 Mare Street London, E8 4RP
Category: Museums

The Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities, Fine Art and Natural History, 11 Mare Street, London, E8 4RP

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Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain barPop artist Peter Blake's portrait of a freak show performer
Viktor Wynd launched his Little Shop of Horrors in 2009 and in 2014 it re-opened as a museum of rare and priceless marvels of the natural and scientific worlds. Hovering halfway between theatre and sculpture, shop and museum, The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History is, like its founder, both an installation and a performance. Unusual and contrasting items include Dodo bones and McDonald's Happy Meal toys, Old Master etchings and mad women's doodles. Any attempt at categorization is bound to fail. The museum is divided into two parts: the Upper Galleries, with up to two art exhibitions a year, and the double-vaulted basement Wunderkabinett, displaying the permanent collection of Curiosities, Natural History and Fine Art, from old master etchings to tin toys and extinct birds in custom-built and salvaged museum cases. Also on the upper floors are a coral reef aquarium, a minute gift shop and a tiny macabre baroque cocktail bar and cafe. Added to these are talks on taxidermy and The Occult, lubricated with the finest cocktails, and for the more adventurous there's The Lion Room - tucked deep in the bowels of the lower galleries - available for private hire for dinners and intimate encounters for up to ten people.
 
 
 

Roka Aldwych

Opened 3rd November 2014

Roka Aldwych Opened 3rd November 2014 One of two new Roka restaurants to open in 2014, Roka Aldwych occupies a huge space with over 150 covers both at the bar and in the restaurant. Offering a unique style of contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine with the robata grill located in the heart of the restaurant, Roka has built up a reputation for excellent casual yet up-market dining, smooth service and a western-friendly take on Japanese food. Stand out dishes include sashimi platter served in a giant granite bowl filled with crushed ice, skewered scallops with wasabi cream, black cod marinated in Yuzu miso, crab and crayfish dumplings, Korean spiced lamb cutlets, and (for those with deep pockets) Wagyu beef. Deserts include the five inch high chocolate mousse with a Buddha face which comes accompanied by exotic fruits. Aldwych House, previously an office block, has been designed by Claudio Silvestrin, the man behind L'anima and Princi London. Roka Aldwych and Roka Mayfair both opened in 2014 bringing the total number of Rainer Becker's contemporary Japanese restaurants in London to four, along with the original Roka Charlotte Street and Roka Canary Wharf. 2014/11/3 Where:
Roka Aldwych, 71 Aldwych London, WC2B 4HN
Category: Japanese Cuisine

Roka Aldwych, 71 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4HN

Tube: Temple Station, Holborn Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain barPop artist Peter Blake's portrait of a freak show performer
One of two new Roka restaurants to open in 2014, Roka Aldwych occupies a huge space with over 150 covers both at the bar and in the restaurant. Offering a unique style of contemporary Japanese robatayaki cuisine with the robata grill located in the heart of the restaurant, Roka has built up a reputation for excellent casual yet up-market dining, smooth service and a western-friendly take on Japanese food. Stand out dishes include sashimi platter served in a giant granite bowl filled with crushed ice, skewered scallops with wasabi cream, black cod marinated in Yuzu miso, crab and crayfish dumplings, Korean spiced lamb cutlets, and (for those with deep pockets) Wagyu beef. Deserts include the five inch high chocolate mousse with a Buddha face which comes accompanied by exotic fruits. Aldwych House, previously an office block, has been designed by Claudio Silvestrin, the man behind L'anima and Princi London. Roka Aldwych and Roka Mayfair both opened in 2014 bringing the total number of Rainer Becker's contemporary Japanese restaurants in London to four, along with the original Roka Charlotte Street and Roka Canary Wharf.
 
 
 

Bone Daddies Whole Foods Market

Opened 1st November 2014

Bone Daddies Whole Foods Market Opened 1st November 2014 Two years on from the ramen boom of 2012, when Bone Daddies ramen bar arrived in Soho with a bang, Bone Daddies comes to Kensington with a concession within Whole Foods Market on Kensington High Street. For the first time, Ross Shonhan, chef proprietor of Bone Daddies and Flesh & Buns, gives us his signature ramen and buns on the same menu. Prior to launching the Bone Daddies family Ross Shonhan held head chef positions and top Japanese restaurants Nobu, Dallas and Zuma, London. But at Bone Daddies there's a far more casual approach. Here you're positively encouraged to slurp up hearty, delicious and terribly naughty bowls of thick noddle soup and enjoy great bowls full of curry ramen. There are also chashu pork, jalapeno and cheese croquettes to snack on as well as gyoza filled with chicken and prawn and pork and truffle. Buns appear on the menu as 'tiger eating...' - the literal translation of 'hirata' - with dishes like Tiger eating chilli chashu pork served assembled, as opposed to DIY style at Flesh & Buns. To finish, try soy caramel filled chocolate fondant served with green tea ice cream. 2014/11/1 Where:
Bone Daddies Whole Foods Market, 63-97 Kensington High Street, The Barkers Building London, W8 5SE
Category: Japanese Cuisine

Bone Daddies Whole Foods Market, 63-97 Kensington High Street, The Barkers Building, London, W8 5SE

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain barPop artist Peter Blake's portrait of a freak show performer
Two years on from the ramen boom of 2012, when Bone Daddies ramen bar arrived in Soho with a bang, Bone Daddies comes to Kensington with a concession within Whole Foods Market on Kensington High Street. For the first time, Ross Shonhan, chef proprietor of Bone Daddies and Flesh & Buns, gives us his signature ramen and buns on the same menu. Prior to launching the Bone Daddies family Ross Shonhan held head chef positions and top Japanese restaurants Nobu, Dallas and Zuma, London. But at Bone Daddies there's a far more casual approach. Here you're positively encouraged to slurp up hearty, delicious and terribly naughty bowls of thick noddle soup and enjoy great bowls full of curry ramen. There are also chashu pork, jalapeno and cheese croquettes to snack on as well as gyoza filled with chicken and prawn and pork and truffle. Buns appear on the menu as 'tiger eating...' - the literal translation of 'hirata' - with dishes like Tiger eating chilli chashu pork served assembled, as opposed to DIY style at Flesh & Buns. To finish, try soy caramel filled chocolate fondant served with green tea ice cream.
 
 
 

Hub by Premier Inn Covent Garden

Opened Novemer 2014 2014

Hub by Premier Inn Covent Garden Opened Novemer 2014 2014 Guests staying at the tech-savvy flagship hub by Premier Inn Covent Garden can use the hotel's app to check availability and book a room and then use the same app to control room settings during their stay. Everything from changing the TV channel to adjusting the room temperature can be done through the app which also gives guests a guide to the local area. Developed through four years of research and testing, hub by Premier Inn which revealed that what guests want is technology to make their everyday lives easier. As a result, each room comes with the latest technology, including a 40-inch smart TV with access to movies, games, the internet, and catch-up TV. And there's free, high-speed Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel. Rooms are 'compact' so they've had to be clever with space - pull-out desks and plenty of under-bed storage make the best use of the 11.4 metres square allocated to each room. The rooms may be small but there's enough room for a double bed fitted with pocket-sprung mattress while excellent soundproofing ensures a great night's sleep even in a busy city centre location. The flagship Covent Garden hotel, open in November 2014, is the first of 11 Hub hotels planned by 2018 in London and Edinburgh. These include nine London hub hotels in Covent Garden, Tottenham Court Road, Tower Hill, Spitalfields, Kings Cross, Shoreditch, Bank - City of London, Farringdon and Westminster. 2014/11/1 Where:
Hub by Premier Inn Covent Garden, 110 St Martin's Lane London, WC2N 4BA
Category: New Hotels

Hub by Premier Inn Covent Garden, 110 St Martin's Lane, London, WC2N 4BA

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Covent Garden Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station

 
 
Tom Hunt, The Natural Cook, photo Neil WhiteHilton London Bankside, The Distillery bar, Dexter Moren Associatesphoto Dexter Moren AssociatesTonkotsuKaram, Jyotin and Sunaina SethiKing's Cross Pavilion, images courtesy of Stanton WilliamsThe Red Crate, photo: Haworth TompkinsDominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam, owners of LundenwicHam and pea(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra SpairaniThe Lanesborough, guest roomLaure PatryThe Dolls House IslingtonPhoto John CareyPizza Union Spitalfieldscopyright Caruso St JohnDavid MunozPear and Cardamon CrushNunzio Prenna (c) www.69drops.com(c) Franco Manca & Alessandra Spairani(c)Foster and PartnersPhoto courtesy of Child Graddon Lewis architectsNutella and mascarpone. Photo: Charlie McKay (c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairani(c) Franco Manca and Alessandra Spairanicredit Paul Winch-FurnessThe Ivy Chelsea Garden. Photo by Paul Winch-FurnessThe Dolls House IslingtonBeetroot and Rose FizzKorean Fried ChickenFenchurch Seafood Bar and GrillClaude ComptonLuxury Living London ShowroomFields - Julian Porter and Lauren JohnsMain barPop artist Peter Blake's portrait of a freak show performer
Guests staying at the tech-savvy flagship hub by Premier Inn Covent Garden can use the hotel's app to check availability and book a room and then use the same app to control room settings during their stay. Everything from changing the TV channel to adjusting the room temperature can be done through the app which also gives guests a guide to the local area. Developed through four years of research and testing, hub by Premier Inn which revealed that what guests want is technology to make their everyday lives easier. As a result, each room comes with the latest technology, including a 40-inch smart TV with access to movies, games, the internet, and catch-up TV. And there's free, high-speed Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel. Rooms are 'compact' so they've had to be clever with space - pull-out desks and plenty of under-bed storage make the best use of the 11.4 metres square allocated to each room. The rooms may be small but there's enough room for a double bed fitted with pocket-sprung mattress while excellent soundproofing ensures a great night's sleep even in a busy city centre location.

The flagship Covent Garden hotel, open in November 2014, is the first of 11 Hub hotels planned by 2018 in London and Edinburgh. These include nine London hub hotels in Covent Garden, Tottenham Court Road, Tower Hill, Spitalfields, Kings Cross, Shoreditch, Bank - City of London, Farringdon and Westminster.
 
 
 

Jackson & Rye Richmond

Opened 27th October 2014

Jackson & Rye Richmond Opened 27th October 2014 Inspired by 1920s Brooklyn bars and Manhattan speakeasies, Jackson and Rye is the place to go for US classics like Mac and cheese, crispy crab cakes and rye cocktail concoctions. The interior of the Richmond branch has deep olive banquette seating and sage leather bar stools, gold hanging pendant lights and quirky desktop lamps, mirrors and dark wood paneling. A great place for a weekend brunch - choose from corn bread, yoghurt and granola, or eggs with bacon, and grilled toast - lunch or dinner, the menu includes American favourites like mac and cheese, crispy crab cakes and the toasted Reuben sandwich. The 'Steaks and Grill' section offers New York strip and spiced flat iron, whole lobster and grilled yellow fin tuna steak with roasted vine tomatoes and fries. Indulgent desserts include chocolate sundae with milk ice cream, chocolate brownie with butterscotch sauce, and toasted marshmallows served with Pecan Pie with rye whiskey ice cream. Which leads us neatly onto whiskey. Cocktails include Old Fashioneds and Manhattans, a fruity Breakfast Sour of Buffalo Trace and indulgent Black 'n' Rye with Rittenhouse, Kahlua, coffee and sugar. 2014/10/27 Where:
Jackson & Rye Richmond, Hotham House, 1 Heron Square London, TW9 1EJ
Category: American Cuisine

Jackson & Rye Richmond, Hotham House, 1 Heron Square, London, TW9 1EJ

Tube: Richmond Station