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What's New in London 2014

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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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Tommi's Burger Joint Chelsea

Opened January 2014

Where:
Tommi's Burger Joint Chelsea, 342 Kings Road, London London, SW3 5UR
Category:

Tommi's Burger Joint Chelsea, 342 Kings Road, London, SW3 5UR

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 
Sunday hangover cure, burger of the month and icelandic Viking beer are top of the list of Sunday achievements list on a lazy Sunday on the King's Road, courtesy of Tommi's Burger Joint, the burger outlet by restaurateur Tomas 'Tommi' Tomasson. Tommi's has already built up a loyal following with its restaurant on Marylebone Lane so it's great news they're opening a second outlet in Chelsea. The informal, vintage feel to the interior mirrors the decor of the original London site on Thayer Street. The menu reflects a consciously back-to-basics vibe, with just a few burgers, sodas and shakes available. Patties are made with top quality chunky mince, served in a soft bun with red onion and salad while fries are skinny, crunchy and salty. The King's Road restaurant adds a special Icelandic beer, Viking, to the drinks menu alongside a selection of wine and regular beers, and home-made milkshakes created with Icelandic ice-cream.
 
 
 

The House of Ho

Opened 6th January 2014

Where:
The House of Ho, 55-59 Old Compton Street, London London, W1D 6HW
Category: South East Asian Cuisine

The House of Ho, 55-59 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 6HW

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

 
 
Bobby Chinn, a New Zealand-born chef who already has two successful restaurants in Vietnam - Restaurant Bobby Chinn in Saigon and Hanoi - opened his first London restaurant, The House of Ho in Soho on 6th January 2014. Described as a restaurant with "real potential" by Tom Parker Bowles, who highlighted a "magnificent wodge of apple-smoked pork belly" for special praise, this "resolutely Vietnamese" venue offers a menu of traditional dishes from Vietnam where Bobby has lived since 1996, but given his own twist developed from his travels around the world. Born in New Zealand to a Chinese father and Egyptian mother, Bobby was educated in England and lived in the States for several years so he certainly has plenty of international experience to draw on when it comes to culinary invention. The atmosphere at this 90-seat restaurant on Old Compton Street will be "fun" and "informal" with moderate prices.
 
 
 

La Giaconda

Opened 9th January 2014

Where:
La Giaconda, 9 Denmark Street, London London, WC2H 8LS
Category: French Cuisine

La Giaconda, 9 Denmark Street, London, WC2H 8LS

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

 
 
Back in the sixties the Giaconda Cafe at 9 Denmark Street was where David Bowie met his first backing group, The Lower 3rd. Famous as the hangout of music legends Bowie, Boland & The Kinks, La Giaconda next to Tin Pan Alley, was relaunched in January 2014 by Australian chef Paul Merrony and his wife Tracey Petersen, who have also been involved in Flat White and Milk Bar for years. The old Giaconda style remains - serving honest food with a 'French-ish' flavour - but the restaurant is now housed in a smaller, 'secret' room behind the more casual cafe. An elegant dining space with a high ceiling made cosy with rugs and textiles, the restaurant serves a meat-heavy menu with choices including roast chicken, ham hock hash or grilled rack of lamb alongside more adventurous cuts like grilled calves liver or tripe braised with chorizo, smoked paprika and butter beans. In the cafe, with its red tiled bar, wooden floors and tables, things are more informal. Open for breakfast, lunch - when Paul's plat du jour is served along with favourites such as a Caesar salad and a croque monsieur - and supper, whatever is on the menu is cooked simply with good ingredients but without any pomp.
 
 
 

Dirty Bones

Opened 14th January 2014

Where:
Dirty Bones, 20 Kensington Church Street, London London, W8 4BN
Category:

Dirty Bones, 20 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4BN

Tube: Notting Hill Gate Station

 
 
Hot dogs, loud music and retro styling give Dirty Bones a buzzing atmosphere. The menu, created by Ross Clarke (previously at the Fat Duck Experimental Kitchen), features a selection of playful takes on the classic American snack, using high quality British sausage meat. The hotdogs include: The Brit, served with treacle bacon, mature beer cheddar and English mustard; The Asian, served with kimchi relish, crispy seaweed and wasabi mayo; The Classic Yankee, served with yellow mustard, red ketchup and spring onions; and The Burger Dog. Other meaty options include fried chicken in a spicy glaze which comes in both 1/2 stack and a whole stack, succulent Boston ribeye steak on the bone with the signature Dirty Bones glaze. Beef up mains with side dishes of triple fried fries, charred padron peppers, mac and cheese, and tomato and chorizo. Desserts, which include The Milk & Cookies and Coffee & Doughnut, are a nod to traditional diner classics while drinks include quirky cocktails like the Dirty Bones Martini (olive oil washed Tanqueray, Lillet Blanc, Halidikili olives) and the Mutt's Nuts (Woodford Reserve, cinnamon and vanilla infused maple syrup, Angostura bitters, lemon and apple juices). Fun.
 
 
 

Brooklyn Bowl

Opened 16th January 2014

Where:
Brooklyn Bowl, O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London London, SE10 0DX
Category:

Brooklyn Bowl, O2 Arena, Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 
 
Five years after the original Brooklyn Bowl launched, the well known New York bowling alley comes to London's O2. The London venue is the first Brooklyn Bowl to open outside the US and includes 12 lanes of bowling, a 800-capacity concert venue alongside American style food and beers brewed locally by the Meantime Brewing Company. Well known for its live music as well as the bowling lanes, the original has been hailed by Rolling Stone as "one of the most incredible places on earth," and Adele, Kanye West and Elvis Costello have all played at the NYC venue. Food is by Bromberg Bros. Blue Ribbon Restaurants which brings its signature menu including oyster po' bos, Cajun catfish, French bread pizzas, egg shooters, and their famous fried chicken to UK shores.
 
 
 

Lanes of London

Opened 16th January 2014

Where:
Lanes of London, Marriott Hotel, 140 Park Lane, London London, W1K 7AA
Category:

Lanes of London, Marriott Hotel, 140 Park Lane, London, W1K 7AA

Tube: Marble Arch Station

 
 
Not what you'd expect of a restaurant within the Marriott hotel on Park Lane, Lanes of London takes street food and confines it within four walls of a Mayfair hotel. So the menu is divided into areas of London and the type of cuisine typical of that locale. So under Brick Lane you get Indian food, Kingsland Road stands for Vietnamese, Edgware Road represents food from the Middle East and Portobello Road stands for burgers and fried chicken. The bar creates the first impression as you enter the restaurant with bevelled mirrors and clear and colured glass creating a warm welcome as you arrive. The restaurant itself has leather banquettes and is divided by screens for privacy while large bay windows give elevated views onto Speaker's Corner and Marble Arch. Reviewing Lanes of London for the Guardian, Jay Rayner found it to be a poor substitute for the real thing but concedes that the sliders "are glorious and make me hum happily to myself" and the desserts which include "jammy dodgers served in their own cutesy tin" almost make up for the "bizarre inconsistencies".
 
 
 

Oslo

Opened 17th January 2014

Where:
Oslo, 1A-1C Amhurst Road, London London, E8 1LL
Category:

Oslo, 1A-1C Amhurst Road, London, E8 1LL

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 
 
Situated next to Hackney Central Station on Amhurst Road, Oslo is a Nordic inspired music and dining destination with capacity of up to 600 over two floors. The venue has been designed as both a daytime hub to meet and eat - it's a burger and some brews sort of place - and a night time destination for clubbing. Its weekly club night 'Valhalla' kicks off upstairs at 10pm while in the first few weeks of opening there were gigs from Dry the River, Chrome Hoof and Indiana. Downstairs the extensive bar includes handpicked ales from local breweries such as Redemption, Five Point's and Sambrook's, alongside top quality wine and spirits, while the menu has been designed by Oslo head chef Dave Ahern, formerly of House of Wolf.
 
 
 

Souli

Opened 20th January 2014

Where:
Souli, 17 George Street, London London, W1U 3QL
Category: Cafes and Delis

Souli, 17 George Street, London, W1U 3QL

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 
Owner Hella Souli set up cafe-come-takeaway Souli on George Street in Marylebone to deliver fresh, fabulous, fast food. Imagine you're in Italy as you sip on Sant'Eustachio coffee from Rome - it's the only place in London you'll find it - and choose from a selection of gourmet sandwiches. Choices include home-made porchetta with wild rocket and fig chutney or crisp and fresh endive, walnut and poached pear salad with Roquefort dressing. Stop here for coffee to take-away, a quick breakfast before work, or a more leisurely lunch with friends.
 
 
 

Brindisa Food Rooms

Opened February 2014

Where:
Brindisa Food Rooms, 41-43 Atlantic Road, London London, SW9 8JL
Category: Spanish Cuisine

Brindisa Food Rooms, 41-43 Atlantic Road, London, SW9 8JL

Tube: Brixton Station

 
 
Part-shop, part-bar, Brindisa Food Rooms is the Brixton sister venue to the original Brindisa at Borough Market, Monika Linton's famous import business which has made its name bringing Spanish delicacies to these shores for these past 25 years. Set under two railway arches, the Brixton Brindisa offers a simple but extended menu inspired by the Catalan Llesqueries; a very accessible way of eating that Monika Linton enjoyed when she lived in Barcelona in the mid-1980s. Specialities include grilled chorizo, a llesca - sliced toasted country bread rubbed with sweet tomato, covered with generous slices of cured ham - Basque salt cod and cuts of fresh Iberico meat from Extremadura. Shop here for fresh fruit and veg direct from Barcelona, home-marinated olives, and a small range of affordable wines to accompany the food, available to buy by the bottle.
 
 
 

Holborn Dining Room

Opened February 2014

Where:
Holborn Dining Room, 252 High Holborn, London London, WC1V 7EN
Category: British Cuisine

Holborn Dining Room, 252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN

Tube: Holborn Station, Chancery Lane Station

 
 
The launch of the luxury Rosewood London on High Holborn was one of the new hotel highlights of 2013, and from February 2014 the hotel's in-house restaurant, the Martin Brudnizki-designed Holborn Dining Room, welcomes its first diners. Rosewood is renowned for designing its hotels according to location and the Holborn Dining Room's nod to Britain comes in the form of mini milk bottles as vases and custard vessels, banquettes made to look like park benches, and seat covers in London bus red. The menu, overseen by Executive Chef Lee Bull, includes traditional British dishes such as lamb chops, corned beef hash and hock & coq pudding, all made from the finest locally sourced ingredients. And with former Ivy Head Chef Des McDonald, whose first restaurant was The Fish & Chip Shop in Islington, at the realm, the fish and chips served with mushy peas is one of the obvious menu highlights. High tea is also available, with a selection of sandwiches, Welsh rarebit, cream tea and a daily changing cake menu.

 
 
 

La Patisserie des Reves

Opened February 2014

Where:
La Patisserie des Reves, 43 Marylebone High Street, London London, W1U 5HR
Category: Delicatessens

La Patisserie des Reves, 43 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HR

Tube: Baker Street Station

 
 
Renowned pastry chef Philippe Conticini brings his pastry perfection from Paris to London with La Patisserie des Reves in Marylebone. French patisseries are beautifully presented under glass belljar covers containing signature pastries like traditional mille-feuille cakes, Saint Honore (choux pastry, cream and caramel topping) and Paris-Brest - choux pastry with praline cream and praline sauce. A close replica of the decor in the five existing French shops, the design is modern with clean white surfaces and flashes of bright colour. Founded in 2009 by Conticini and entrepreneur and hotelier Thierry Teyssier, La Patisserie des Reves has expanded to include five stores in Paris and two in Japan, and now one in London.
 
 
 

London House

Opened 4th February 2014

Where:
London House, 7-9 Battersea Square, London London, SW11 3RA
Category: Modern European Cuisine

London House, 7-9 Battersea Square, London, SW11 3RA

Tube: Fulham Broadway Station

 
 
In Battersea, in a former coal warehouse on a riverside spot, London House is one of two Gordon Ramsay restaurants to launch in close succession. Opened in February 2014, London House followed the September 2013 opening of the Union Street Cafe in Borough Market. Ramsay's head chef at London House is Anna Kelly, who has previously worked at leading restaurants in Paris. Her husband Colin runs the critically acclaimed Picture restaurant in central London. Baked haddock with squid ink, venison on a bed of braised puy lentils, and chicken with sweet potato and fried polenta are typical dishes at London House which is more of a fine dining concept than Union Street Cafe with interiors by top interior designer Russell Sage who has already designed Ramsay restaurants Petrus and Bread Street Kitchen.
 
 
 

Quattro Passi

Opened 6th February 2014

Where:
Quattro Passi, 34 Dover Street, London London, W1S 4NG
Category: Italian Cuisine

Quattro Passi, 34 Dover Street, London, W1S 4NG

Tube: Green Park Station

 
 
Italian chef Antonio Mellino, who has earned two Michelin stars with his Quattro Passi restaurant on the Amalfi Coast, is moving his family to London to bring "real Italian fine dining" to London. Working alongside his family - which includes sons Raffaele and Fabrizio - Quattro Passi in London replicates the success of the Italian original to offer authentic dishes from the Calabrian coast of Southern Italy. The menu includes pearls of shrimp in chickpea sauce, scialatielli pasta with cuttlefish, prawns and mint, and Madame Piemontese golden fried veal chop served with oven roasted potatoes and lemon perfumed mayonnaise. Antonio plans to import all his ingredients fresh from Italy every day, almost exclusively using his long standing Amalfi coast suppliers. Cristiano Pellizzari, formerly of the Four Seasons, is general manager at this glamorous 100 cover restaurant on Dover Street so you can expect a very high standard of service and presentation. For Mayfair's more discerning clientele, a private members club on the lower level of the restaurant gives members access to a luxurious bar with 60 covers, a club menu, and live music.
 
 
 

Whisky Mist

Opened 9th February 2014

Where:
Whisky Mist, London Hilton Hotel, 35 Hertford Street, London London, W1J 7SD
Category: Nightclubs

Whisky Mist, Hilton Hotel, 35 Hertford Street, London, W1J 7SD

Tube: Green Park Station, Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 
London's renowned celebrity hotspot - a favourite haunt for every class of celeb from footballers to royals - returns in 2014 after an extensive two-month refurbishment. The new Whisky Mist has been overseen by nightclub owner Nick House (who is also co-owner of Mahiki and Bodo's Schloss) and a team from top clubs in Europe to reveal "a darkly glamorous new spin on its Scottish heritage". Clubbers can dance till dawn in rooms decorated with suits of armour, coats of arms, crested wallpaper, whisky barrels and the majestic stag after which the club is named. The "gothic chapel" look is completed by stained glass windows, a reclaimed church organ and pews. Cocktails are served in pewter and steel, and leather and horn cups. Opt for the signature Whisky Mist cocktail and you'll get a potent alcoholic drink infused with amber and honey. With the return of Whisky Mist comes its new sister club, Rusty Nail, an intimate, exclusive late-night hangout with a carefully curated line-up of DJs which is, presumably, for VVIPs and is also available for private hire.
 
 
 

Polpetto

Opened 10th February 2014

Where:
Polpetto, 11 Berwick Street, London London, W1F 0PL
Category: Italian Cuisine

Polpetto, 11 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0PL

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

 
 
Two years after the closure of Polpetto's first incarnation above The French House, Russell Norman and Richard Beatty's hugely popular Italian restaurant has re-opened in a new larger location but still within Soho, at 11 Berwick Street, with Florence Knight in charge of the kitchen once again. The 70-cover dining room is substantially larger than the 23-cover restaurant originally established above the iconic French House pub in Dean Street, and includes an open kitchen and aperitivo bar. The larger premises is a welcome improvement for those who failed to get into the previous Polpetto restaurant which couldn't cater for groups larger than four. The menu features cicheti, small plates of classic Venetian osteria dishes such as mussels, cannellini beans and three-cornered garlic; beetroot, gorgonzola and poppy seeds; and scallops, cauliflower and lardo; but there are also British combinations like bacon chop, pear and walnut; game faggot and bloater with fennel giving Polpetto a slightly different flavour to the rest of the Polpo group. Sister restaurants co-owned by BBC's 'The Restaurant Man', Russell Norman, dubbed the "king of Soho restaurants" by The Times, include Polpo restaurants in Covent Garden, Soho and Smithfield as well as Mishkin's and Spuntino. The wine list promotes northern Italian wines from small producers, while desserts include maple tart, fried pecorino and honey, chocolate flan with creme fraiche, and milk pudding flavoured with rhubarb and rose.
 
 
 

The Fable

Opened 12th February 2014

Where:
The Fable, 52 Holborn Viaduct, London London, EC1A 2FD
Category: British Cuisine

The Fable, 52 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FD

Tube: Farringdon Station, St. Paul's Station

 
 
Inspired by Aesop's tales, The Fable is a Farringdon bar and restaurant based around story telling; everything from the decor - the vintage typewriter, the library lined with leather bound story books - to the cocktails tells a story. Created by Drake & Morgan, responsible for sister venues such as The Folly, the parlour, The Anthologist and, most recently, the happenstance, The Fable has floor-to-ceiling windows and seats 426 across its three floors. The site on Holborn Viaduct was once a dwelling house dating back to the 15th century. As well as the bar and restaurant there's a wine room, a florist's - featuring a roll-top bath overflowing with blooms - and a deli stocked with Borough Market delights.
 
 
 

Franco Manca

Opened 17th February 2014

Where:
Franco Manca, 52 Broadway Market, London London, E8 4QJ
Category: Italian Cuisine

Franco Manca, 52 Broadway Market, London, E8 4QJ

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 
 
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Credited with sparking "a food revolution in South London" by the Telegraph, Franco Manco has a distinct brand of slow-rise sourdough pizzas that people can't get enough of. Expanding from the original outlet in Brixton Market to their latest restaurant in Broadway Market, celebrated pizzeria Franco Manca has become a chain of pizza restaurants with restaurants in Chiswick - the only Franco Manca to take reservations - Northcote Road, Balham, Westfield Stratford, and Tottenham Court Road. Sourdough pizza topped 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 give Franco Manca pizzas the edge. An on-site wood-burning brick oven ensures pizzas are cooked at 500C, sealing the flavours and the moisture of the crust. Wash down with wine by Ottavio Rube, one of the initiators of organic agriculture in Italy. If you think that all this attention to detail is going to cost you, think again. The prices are low enough to eat here everyday.
 
 
 

Roka Mayfair

Opened 17th February 2014

Where:
Roka Mayfair, 30 North Audley Street, London London, W1K 6HP
Category: Japanese Cuisine

Roka Mayfair, 30 North Audley Street, London, W1K 6HP

Tube: Bond Street Station, Marble Arch Station

 
 
Roka, Rainer Becker's contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurants, will open two new London locations in 2014. Roka Mayfair will open on North Audley Street on 17th February followed by Roka Aldwych - which promises "a new dynamic altogether" - in the summer. Ten years after setting up the original Roka and Shochu Lounge on Charlotte Street in 2004, Roka Mayfair opens following the successful formula of the original restaurant with the charcoal robata grill at the heart of the restaurant. Excellent ingredients and expertly crafted sushi and sashimi compliment the food from the robata grill and dishes like rice hot pot with lobster from a menu overseen by the group's executive chef, Hamish Brown. Relaxed yet elegant dining is the feel of the Mayfair restaurant where glimpses of crimson complement the contemporary design and a plush upholstered wall features hand-painted Japanese prints. The main dining room seats 80 guests, you can eat at the robata counter, or dine outside on terrace where there's seating for 12. Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney, who first appeared on the London restaurant scene in 2002 with Zuma, will have four Roka branches in London by the end of 2014, with the two new openings following hot on the heels of their 2013 launch of Oblix on the 32nd floor of The Shard.
 
 
 

Chiltern Firehouse

Opened 21st February 2014

Where:
Chiltern Firehouse, Chiltern Street, London London, W1U 7PU
Category: New Hotels

Chiltern Firehouse, Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7PU

Tube: Baker Street Station

 
 
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Legendary American hotelier Andre Balazs has turned the vacant former fire station in Marylebone's Chiltern Street into the Chiltern Firehouse, a luxury hotel with 26 boutique suites. New York-based real-estate developer Andre Balazs has already enjoyed huge success and notoriety with designer hotels like The Mercer, Chateau Marmont, and The Standard Hollywood in the US. Now he has opened his first hotel in London, transforming the Grade II-listed Victorian building into a classy hotel set to be the hangout of choice for the style set. Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes departed his Michelin-starred Viajante restaurant at Bethnal Green's Town Hall Hotel to head up the kitchen, serving dishes with an American slant - taking inspiration from the 16 years Nuno spent training and working in the States with chefs such as Wolfgang Puck who is behind CUT at 45 Park Lane and the thrice Michelin starred Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
 
 
 

8 Hoxton Square

Opened 27th February 2014

Where:
8 Hoxton Square, 8 Hoxton Square, London London, N1 6NU
Category: British Cuisine

8 Hoxton Square, 8 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NU

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 
Australian-born chef Cameron Emirali, previously in the kitchen of the Wapping Project, and Luke Wilson, the duo behind 10 Greek Street, have gone to a second venture with 8 Hoxton Square, a 50-60 cover restaurant in east London. Loved by the critics - Marina O'Loughlin described 10 Greek Street as part of "a culinary revolution in Soho" - this friendly neighbourhood restaurant serving a daily changing menu made with seasonal ingredients is sure to become a popular place to eat. Starters of cauliflower soup and truffle oil can be followed by mains like whole grilled sea bream, and poussin served with white beans, bacon and spinach. Apple and raisin turnover, pear tart and almond praline ice cream, and chestnut honey semifreddo with blood orange and pistachio give diners something sweet to finish with. Take a seat at the bar, in the courtyard garden, or at the kitchen table which seats eight (bookable Monday to Sunday). When asked why Hoxton Square? Luke replied, "it's full of great, like-minded places: The Clove Club, Sager + Wilde, Merchant's Tavern and Happiness Forgets which is right next door so we hope we will fit in well." They certainly do.
 
 
 

The Werkstatt

Opened 28th February 2014

Where:
The Werkstatt, 7-9 Woodbridge Street, London London, EC1R 0LL
Category: Art Galleries

The Werkstatt, 7-9 Woodbridge Street, London, EC1R 0LL

Tube: Farringdon Station

 
 
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The Werkstatt - meaning workshop in German - is a workshop for international designers and architects to meet, be inspired, play and create. A showcase for the Sto Group, the global construction and design company, the renovated factory in Clerkenwell aims to become a cultural hub through a programme of exhibitions, talks, workshops and consultations. Opening with the inaugural exhibition 'Building Images', the exhibition gives a taste of things to come - inspiring visitors with great architectural photography shortlisted for The Arcaid Images Architectural Photography Award.
 
 
 

Q Grill

Opened Spring 2014

Where:
Q Grill, 29-33 Chalk Farm Road, London London, NW1 8AJ
Category:

Q Grill, 29-33 Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AJ

Tube: Chalk Farm Station

 
 
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Memphis, Tennessee meets 'farm to grill', meets Camden Town is how Q Grill on Chalk Farm Road describes itself. Q Grill comes to Camden courtesy of Des McDonald, the man behind Islington's The Fish & Chip Shop who has brought in Phil Eagle, previously head chef at Hix, to head up the kitchen while the menu is overseen by Lee Bull who is also behind the menu at The Fish & Chip Shop. At the 150-seat Q, burgers, pecan wood-roasted chicken and grilled rib eye steak make up the meaty offerings alongside fish dishes like battered shrimp Q fritters, and queen scallop ceviche from the raw bar. Supplement with sides including seasoned fries, Q baked beans, and fried onion rings. Finish with American afters like banoffee cheesecake, salted caramel and peanut butter puddings, and Louisville lemonade jello, and wash down with wine, beer, American bourbon, or a cocktail. Another 2014 opening from owner Des McDonald, former CEO of Caprice Holdings, is the Rosewood hotel's Holborn Dining Room, expected to be a highlight of the new crop of restaurants opening in London in 2014.
 
 
 

Bravas Tapas

Opened March 2014

Where:
Bravas Tapas, St Katharine Docks, London London, E1W 1AT
Category: Spanish Cuisine

Bravas Tapas, St Katharine Docks, London, E1W 1AT

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 
 
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Serving superior Spanish food and with an outdoor terrace overlooking the marina, Bravas Tapas is a welcome new addition to St Katharine Dock. Brought to you by restaurateur Bal Thind - who invested in successful London restaurants Hakkasan, Yauatcha and Busaba - Victor Garvey is the chef. Garvey has worked at some of the best restaurants in the Basque country, including Mugaritz and Akelarre, and had his own restaurant, Acacia, on the beach of Puerto Banus, Marbella. All the dishes on the menu at the London restaurant are tapas dishes like tapas croquetas, chipirones (tiny squid) and patatas bravas. To drink, George Matzaridis, previously at Hakkasan, has created Spanish-themed cocktails and there are Spanish wines, sangrias, sherry and craft beers.
 
 
 

Jamaica Patty Co

Opened March 2014

Where:
Jamaica Patty Co, 26 New Row, London London, WC2N 4LA
Category: Caribbean Cuisine

Jamaica Patty Co, 26 New Row, London, WC2N 4LA

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

 
 
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JPC, or Jamaica Patty Co. to give this Covent Garden restaurant its full name, is the brainchild of Jamaica-born Theresa Roberts. Promising to transform preconceptions about Caribbean cuisine, JPC has a "contemporary but authentic" approach to cooking. Patties are, naturally, centre stage, freshly baked in store every day and filled with deliciously spicy fillings. Options include jerk chicken, prawn, curried goat and Jamaica's national dish of Ackee and Salt Fish. The kitchen is run by multi-award winning Jamaican chef Collin Brown, three times voted Caribbean Chef of the Year, who cooks up mouthwatering speciality soups like punchy pumpkin with a spicy kick, chicken and dumpling and gungo pea - perfect for a healthy lunch on the go. Other dining options include Jamaican porridge and a shot of Blue Mountain coffee in the morning, patties and Plantain crisps, as well as Tortuga rum cake, banana bread, or Devon House Ice Cream for something sweet. Wash down with fresh coconut water or soursop juice, the tropical drink renowned for its health benefits.
 
 
 

Rawduck

Opened March 2014

Where:
Rawduck, 197 Richmond Road, London London, E8 3NJ
Category: Cafes and Delis

Rawduck, 197 Richmond Road, London, E8 3NJ

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 
 
After being forces to close as its original location, 5 Amhurst Road, Rawduck reopens in Hackney, at 97 Richmond Road near London Fields. This wine shop, cafe, bar and restaurant is from the team behind Soho restaurant Ducksoup, aka chef Julian Biggs, Clare Lattin and Rory McCoy. At Rawduck they've replicated the features that make their Soho original so popular - the record player where you can be DJ, and the natural and bio-dynamic wines to drink in or take away. On the blackboard menu there's prosciutto and ricotta Hackney Bun, salmon and curd toast, boiled hen's egg with buttered sourdough soldiers in the morning. Lunchtime sandwiches include the Reuben with pastrami, saurkraut, melted Swiss cheese and wasabi mayo, or the Dirty Bird with chilli roast chicken, iceberg lettuce and jalapeno mayo. From 5pm choices include raw chopped beef, shaved radish, sriacha and parmesan or bottarga and mozzarella, creme fraiche and San Danielle and garlic sourdough crumbs.
 
 
 

Sunborn London

Opened March 2014

Where:
Sunborn London, ExCeL Royal Victoria Dock, London London, E16 1SL
Category: New Hotels

Sunborn London, ExCeL Royal Victoria Dock, London, E16 1SL

Tube: Canning Town Station

 
 
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Moored at Royal Victoria docks, next to the ExCeL Centre, Sunborn London offers travellers luxury accommodation with a difference - on a glamourous 142-metre yacht. Originally the Sunborn Princess at the Naantali Spa in Finland, the floating hotel has undergone a complete refurbishment both on the outside and within to include 138 spacious rooms and suites over five floors, increasing the number of hotel rooms on-site at ExCeL London to over 1,600. The 120-metre Sunborn London includes entertaining space, a fine dining restaurant, bar, auditorium and conference rooms, state of the art gym and vast outside decks and private terraces. The hotel is primarily expected to attract corporate clients, with its close proximity to ExCeL, London City Airport and Canary Wharf but is also conveniently located for visitors holidaying in the area and visiting local attractions like the O2, Greenwich and the Emirates Airline.
 
 
 

Walkie Talkie / 20 Fenchurch Street

Opened March 2014

Where:
Walkie Talkie / 20 Fenchurch Street, 20 Fenchurch Street, London London, EC3M 3BY
Category: Sights

Walkie Talkie / 20 Fenchurch Street, 20 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 3BY

Tube: Monument Station, Bank Station, Cannon Street Station

 
 
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Designed by world-renowned architect Rafael Vinoly, 20 Fenchurch Street, nicknamed the 'Walkie Talkie' made headlines before it even opened when it 'melted' cars parked underneath it during the peak of the summer heat in 2013. With measures put in place to prevent further melting mishaps, the Walkie Talkie promises to be one of the most hotly anticipated buildings to open in London in 2014 with its 'garden in the sky'. The distincitve top heavy design allows for a top floor Sky Garden which span three floors and offers uninterrupted views across the City. Served by two express lifts, visitors arrive to a beautiful landscaped garden at level 35, a bar and viewing area at level 36 and, to top it all, a public terrace, restaurant and cafe at level 37. The Sky Garden will be a truly unique space and has been designed to create an open and vibrant place of leisure offering visitors a rare chance to experience London from a different viewpoint. The 37 storey, 525ft (160 metre) high, £500 million building also offers 690,000 square feet of office space and contains over 28,000m3 of concrete, 13,000 tonnes of structural and reinforcing steel and approximately 33,000 metres squared of glass - equivalent to more than 4.5 football pitches.
 
 
 

Workshop Holborn Viaduct

Opened March 2014

Where:
Workshop Holborn Viaduct, 60a Holborn Viaduct, London London, EC1A 2FD
Category: Cafes and Delis

Workshop Holborn Viaduct, 60a Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FD

Tube: Farringdon Station, St. Paul's Station

 
 
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Workshop Holborn Viaduct, the third coffee shop by Workshop Coffee Co., occupies a 1,200 square foot space on the ground floor of Amazon's London HQ in Holborn. Workshop Coffee Co. was set up by James Dickson with the idea of treating coffee as an artisan product so here you'll find twin La Marzocco Linea PB espresso machines and high quality filter coffee, either brewed to order using the Aeropress, or batch brewed. The space is dominated by a horseshoe-shaped bar clad in sixteen square metres of Calacatta marble. A sliding, lattice-work wall can be drawn through the centre of the bar dividing the space into stand up coffeebar and a seated area, so companies and groups can hire the space complete with their own bar and baristas. Since the first Workshop Coffee Co., set up in an old Victorian textile factory in Clerkenwell in April 2011, the company has expanded to include a coffee bar in Marylebone, opened just a few months later, and a further two cafes in 2014 - March 2014 saw the opening of Workshop Holborn Viaduct and summer 2014 the Fitzrovia Coffebar.
 
 
 

Duck & Rice

Opened Early 2014

Where:
Duck & Rice, 90 Berwick Street, London 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.
 
 
 

Farina

Opened Early 2014

Where:
Farina, 186 Bermondsey Street, London London, SE1 3TQ
Category:

Farina, 186 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3TQ

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 
Zucca, Sam Harris's hugely popular Italian restaurant in Bermondsey, expands to include Farina, a pizza restaurant and ice cream parlour at no. 186 next door. Having cut his teeth at The River Cafe chef-proprieter Sam Harris has firmly established Zucca as the Bermondsey equivalent - minus the prohibitive prices. With the original restauant full to over flowing, diners will be pleased to see this extension offering authentic Italian fare and genuine gelato. From the name - Italian for "flour"- we wouldn't be suprised to see dishes like gelato di polenta (polenta ice cream) on the menu. More details to follow...
 
 
 

Aquatics Centre

Opened 1st March 2014

Where:
Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London London, E20 2ST
Category: London Olympics Venues

Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Stratford Station

 
 
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The iconic wave-shaped Aquatics Centre designed by Iraq-born architect Zaha Hadid for the London 2012 Olympics reopens in 2014 for public use as a leisure faculty for local and elite swimmers, complete with creche, family-friendly changing facilities, a cafe and a new public plaza. The Centre's most striking feature is its state-of-the-art sweeping 160m long roof, which is made from steel and glass on the outside and 37,000 individual strips of treated hardwood within, and has a longer single span than the roof at Heathrow's Terminal 5. Underneath this staggering edifice are a 50m competition pool, 25m competition diving pool and a 50m warm-up pool. Former world record-holding swimmer Mark Foster laid the first of 180,000 pool tiles in September 2010 - two years after work started - while British diver Tom Daley opened the pool in July 2011. Labelled the unofficial "gateway" to the 2012 Games due to its position in the south east of the Park, above the River Lea and Olympic Stadium, the Centre has a 2,500-seat permanent faculty. An interesting final fact: more than 160,000 tonnes of soil, much of it contaminated, were dug out to build the Aquatics Centre in an operation that uncovered several Iron Age skeletons as well an assortment of rusting relics from the area's former uses.
 
 
 

Assado

Opened 1st March 2014

Where:
Assado, 157 Waterloo Road, London London, SE1 8XA
Category: Indian/South Asian Cuisine

Assado, 157 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8XA

Tube: Lambeth North Station, Southwark Station, Waterloo Station

 
 
Portuguese influenced food with an Indian/Goan twist is the flavour at Assado at 157 Waterloo Road, the latest restaurant from chef Cyrus Todiwala, one half of the duo featured in BBC TV series The Incredible Spice Men who is also behind celebrated Indian restaurant Cafe Spice Namaste. At Assado - a Portuguese word meaning 'roast' - Cyrus has developed a natural correlation between Portuguese, Goan and Brazilian cuisine, combined with that of his Indian homeland. The result is a menu of specials cooked on woks, wood-burning ovens, and the Kamado grill in the open plan kitchen as well as the signature dish of pulled pork Assado. Mains include traditional Goan style Pork Vindaloo, and Caldeen de Frango com Arroz, a milder curry developed in Goa for the Portuguese palate. Diners can eat in or get good quality food to go - the restaurant space includes a deli counter serving a wide choice of delicatessen specialities and meals for people to pick up and take away.
 
 
 

Lee Valley VeloPark

Opened 4th March 2014

Where:
Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London London, E20 3EL
Category:

Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3EL

Tube: Leyton Station

 
 
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Four cycling venues in one, the Lee Valley VeloPark within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park includes the Olympic Velodrome track, the re-modelled Olympic BMX Track, one mile of floodlit road circuit, and five miles of mountain biking trails. From March 2014, members of the public, no matter what their ability, can use the 2012 Olympic venues and follow in the tracks of the medal winning Olympic athletes. The 250 metre indoor velodrome track is the fastest in the world, used for bikes with no gears or brakes with fixed wheels. The BMX track has been remodelled, and new mountain biking trails have been designed by one of Britain's top trail builders and graded into three levels. So, whatever your level of experience, you can book in for an hour long taster session, a skills sessions or a drop in session.
 
 
 

London Olympics BMX Track

Opened 4th March 2014

Where:
London Olympics BMX Track, Olympic Park, London London, E20 2ST
Category: London Olympics Venues

London Olympics BMX Track, Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 
 
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The adapted Olympic BMX Track, the home of the BMX Cycling competition in the 2012 London Olympics, reopens to the public on 4th March 2014, a year and eight months after the Games. The floodlit undulating 400 metre track at the former Olympic Park in Stratford has been adapted so that members of the public - from beginners to more advanced riders - can use it. The toughest challenges of London 2012 course remain so experienced riders can get a taste of the Olympic course. The track is floodlit so you can ride from early in the morning to late evening and coaching for all levels of ability is available. The BMX track is part of the Lee Valley VeloPark which combines four cycling disciplines in one venue and includes eight kilometres of mountain bike trails, a one mile road racing circuit, a cafe, cycle hire and workshop facilities, and the 6,000 seater Olympics Velodrome, all opening on 4th March 2014.
 
 
 

London Olympics Velodrome

Opened 4th March 2014

Where:
London Olympics Velodrome, Olympic Park, Stratford, London London, E20 2ST
Category: London Olympics Venues

London Olympics Velodrome, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Leyton Station

 
 
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The iconic Pringle-shaped Velodrome in the north of the Olympic Park at Stratford, a state of the art stadium built for the London 2012 Olympics, re-opens for public use on 4th March 2014. The centerpiece of the 2012 cycling competition, the 6,000 seat velodrome returns centre stage as the most striking element of the Lee Valley VeloPark which combines four cycling disciplines in one venue. Cyclists of all abilities can ride the 250 metre track where Great Britain won seven gold medals from ten events in the London 2012 Games. The award winning stadium has been designed for the very highest level of international cycling competition but is also available to beginners and novices who can sign up for taster courses. The new VeloPark includes the neighbouring redeveloped BMX Track and is owned, funded and run by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.
 
 
 

Made in the Shade

Opened 5th March 2014

Where:
Made in the Shade, 177 Hoxton Street, London London, N1 6PJ
Category: Caribbean Cuisine

Made in the Shade, 177 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6PJ

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 
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Made in the Shade, not just the 1975 compilation album by The Rolling Stones but also slang for 'success' back in the '50s, is also a Hoxton bar serving Carribean food that's the brainchild of three cocktail creators, Jeremy Thompson Jewitt, Jim Wrigley, and Peter Lewis, with food by BBC celebrity chef @caribbeancook Patrick William. Food is locally sourced and the tapas style soul food menu - good for sharing with friends - is made with seasonal ingredients. But the drinks are the crowd pulling factor here. Internationally-acclaimed drinksmith Jim Wrigley has been given free rein to create whatever he liked. The results are the refreshing 'Shady Maid Lemonade' with Hendrick's Gin; the long and luscious Buffalo Trace bourbon-based 'Jonson's Reprieve' (with freshly juiced carrot and turmeric); and the 'Thyme is on my side', vodka with fresh squeezed blood orange juice and thyme-infused agave. Special attention is paid to keeping your cocktails cool with "purpose-crafted, millimetre-perfect hand-sawn ice" to keep your drink colder for longer.
 
 
 

Karl Lagerfeld

Opened 14th March 2014

Where:
Karl Lagerfeld, 145-147 Regent Street, London London, W1B 4JD
Category:

Karl Lagerfeld, 145-147 Regent Street, London, W1B 4JD

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Oxford Circus Station

 
 
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The biggest European Karl Lagerfeld store occupies a prime Regent Street spot, giving shoppers an insight into the world of Karl with Lagerfeld's cutting edge designs for the home, men and women displayed in a state of the art store. Karl Lagerfeld the store is filled with men's and women's ready-to-wear, perfume, accessories, including handbags, leather goods, watches, eyewear, scarves, footwear as well as just about everything you could possibly want. Alongside the mainline collections is a specific UK Capsule collection which includes a range of Union Jack-motif pieces like Karl's signature fingerless leather gloves and, K/Kreepers, the K/Kuilted backpack, and his collectible tokidoki figure, 'Mr UK'. Throughout the 250 metres square store, mirrors and walls of light illuminate and enhance the collections on display. Digital gadgets are an integral part of the shop with photobooths in the changing rooms, and iPad minis on display racks where visitors can explore the entire collection online. Videos show the latest collections and Karl news, shoppers can surf Karl.com, take photos of their favourite items, and leave a message for the designer. The store was launched on Thursday 13th March 2014 with an A-list private cocktail party where a fleet of Karl Lagerfeld branded London taxis drove in convoy on Regent Street throughout the evening. Special guests included Princess Beatrice, Lady Amanda Harlech, Arizona Muse, Amber Le Bon, Haim, John Newman and David Gandy, and Karl Lagerfeld himself.
 
 
 

Big Easy Covent Garden

Opened 17th March 2014

Where:
Big Easy Covent Garden, 12 Maiden Lane, London London, WC2E 7NA
Category: American Cuisine

Big Easy Covent Garden, 12 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7NA

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

 
 
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Located in a former electricity power station, set over three floors and occupying 10,000 square feet, the famous American Big Easy restaurant comes to Covent Garden setting up a BBQ and crabshack on the site the Gatti Brothers first used to light their own restaurant back in 1883. The interior - all copper conduits, brickwork, steel and concrete girders, and industrial lighting - pays homage to the building's industrial past. The menu includes BBQ beef cuts, rare-breed British steaks, fresh local seafood and lobster. The imposing nine-metre 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. Running the show as executive bartender for Corrett restaurants is award winning Lee Potter Cavanagh, formerly group bars manager of HIX restaurants, and 2013 Young Bartender of the year Nathan Merriman as bar manager (previously at The Club at The Ivy and prior to that The Savoy). Live music seven nights a week makes for a lively atmosphere, fuelled by X-rated shakes (creamy cocktail milkshakes) and Pickle backs - a shot of whisky followed by a shot of cucumber or pickle juice.
 
 
 

Barnyard

Opened 18th March 2014

Where:
Barnyard, 18 Charlotte Street, London London, W1T 2LZ
Category: British Cuisine

Barnyard, 18 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 2LZ

Tube: Goodge Street Station, Tottenham Court Road Station

 
 
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Tipped to be one of the hottest openings of 2014, Barnyard is the latest venture by Ollie Dabbous and Oskar Kinberg, the pair behind the excellent and always fully-booked Dabbous. Run by general manager Charlie Bolton, a key member of the opening team at Dabbous before he went on to manage the bar at Burger and Lobster in Mayfair, chef Joseph Woodland who trained at The Square before moving to Launceston Place heads up the kitchen. Barnyard dishes include homemade sausage rolls with piccalilli, roast beef on toast with warm horseradish buttermilk, and sweets such as apple and cloudberry crumble with clotted cream, and bananas and custard. Barnyard tipples include Hedgerow Shandy (sloe gin, cider, pink grapefruit & tonic), boilermakers, homemade lemonade and unusual milkshakes, such as popcorn and lavender, all served either virgin or alcoholic. Barnyard's rustic theme is felt through its interior fitted out with reclaimed timber and corrugated tin while indie folk, country and blues are predominantly on the playlist. And if you've ever had to wait months for a table at Dabbous - and "getting a table at Dabbous will prove tougher than getting through to a real human being on the TalkTalk helpline" (Jay Rayner, The Guardian) - the good news is that Barnyard is walk-ins only.
 
 
 

L'Appetit Fou

Opened 24th March 2014

Where:
L'Appetit Fou, 4 Turnham Green Terrace, London London, W4 1QP
Category: Food and Drink Shops

L'Appetit Fou, 4 Turnham Green Terrace, London, W4 1QP

Tube: Turnham Green Station

 
 
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For beautifully presented luxury Belgian chocolates, made to centuries-old family recipes, head to the perfectly chilled L'appetit fou chocolate shop on Turnham Green Terrace - kept to a cool 18 degrees centigrade to prevent the chocolates melting. Owned by Edward Cloet, who grew up in Belgium but now lives in London, L'appetit fou specialises in decadent chocolates sold by the slab, bar and bite, in a shop decorated with overhanging bowler hats and a Magritte pipe. You can choose your own box of pralines from the neatly regimented lines of chocolates - available in unusual flavours like rhubarb, citron and speculoos (almond praline with spiced biscuit pieces). Belgians will be pleased to find their favouite sweet, the cone-shaped Cuberdon candies, which have a long history dating back to the late 19th century. The sweets - known as the "Ghent nose" after the Belgian city where they were invented - have a firm crust on the outside and are gooey and fruity in the middle. Originally available in raspberry, they come now in over 20 flavours. A wonderful addition to the independent shops on Turnham Green Terrace.
 
 
 

One Kensington

Opened 24th March 2014

Where:
One Kensington, 1 High Street Kensington, London London, W8 5NP
Category:

One Kensington, 1 High Street Kensington, London, W8 5NP

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 
 
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Tamarind, the restaurant group behind the Michelin starred Tamarind restaurant and the more casual Imli, specialising in street food, takes a new direction with One Kensington Place, with a focus on international rather than Indian cuisine. As well as good quality food, the restaurant offers views overlooking Kensington Palace Gardens and is housed in a Grade II listed, late Gothic revival Victorian building built in 1885 for the London and County Bank to designs by architect Alfred Williams. With original features like the high carved vaulted ceilings, double height windows and expansive wood panelling, the restaurant has the atmosphere of a private members' club but without the need for membership. Available for all day dining, for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, or a romantic dinner, One Kensington is also a great place to enjoy views over Kensington Palace Gardens with a glass of champagne at the elevated champagne table.
 
 
 

Trapeze Bar

Opened 27th March 2014

Where:
Trapeze Bar, 89 Great Eastern Street, London London, EC2A 3HX
Category:

Trapeze Bar, 89 Great Eastern Street, London, EC2A 3HX

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 
Set over two levels at 89 Great Eastern Street, Trapeze Bar occupies the space that was previously home to East Village for over five years and comes with the backing of East Village programmers Stuart Patterson and Barry Eaton. Combining a bar and club with the kind of extravagence you'd usually associate with the circus, Trapeze offers cocktails, simple but tasty food and a spectacular party. The ground floor is open 5 days a week and on weekends the whole venue is opened up with real house and deep disco from some of London's finest DJs and promoters in the basement club. Launch night on Thursday 27th March 2014 kicks off with Hawaiian Bop, beginning a regularly Thursday night residency featuring rockabilly and rock n roll. Friday sees Picture Disc in the lounge and basement while Saturday Giles Smith from Secretsundaze is joined by Stuart Patterson for a night of wicked house, just one of the much loved events from East Village - including Sancho Panza - returning.
 
 
 

Bloc Gatwick

Opened 1st April 2014

Where:
Bloc Gatwick, Norfolk House, Gatwick South Terminal, London London, RH6 0NN
Category: New Hotels

Bloc Gatwick, Norfolk House, Gatwick South Terminal, London, RH6 0NN

Tube: Morden Station

 
 
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A 244-room hotel located within the converted Norfolk House office building at Gatwick Airport's South Terminal, Bloc Gatwick is conveniently located next to the terminal's departures hall and security area. The BLOC concept is based on the idea of making everything as cost-effective as possible, and passing those savings onto their guests. That philosophy starts with the build of the hotel - which takes less than half the time of a traditionally built hotel - and filters down to the rooms which are offered at very good prices. Bloc caters for guests who want a short stay and who, in all likelihood, won't even fully unpack their bags, so there's no need for spacious storage cupboards and a desk. With so many restaurants and bars so close by the hotel doesn't have its own. Instead, the focus is on comforable beds with pocket-sprung mattresses, well designed rooms and wet rooms complete with power drench showers. There's high tech comfort in features like keyless entry, climate control system, fast Wi-Fi, HD LED TVs and ambient lighting. Reviews of Bloc's first hotel, opened in Birmingham in 2011, praised the "Missoni-designed carpets, Armani bathrooms and Artemide lighting" (Monocle), "not furnishings you would expect from a budget hotel". With the Gatwick hotel set to follow the same blueprint, London will welcome this affordable hotel with compact rooms and king-size beds.
 
 
 

Dindin Kitchen

Opened 2nd April 2014

Where:
Dindin Kitchen, 52 Gray's Inn Road, London London, WC1X 8LT
Category: Middle Eastern Cuisine

Dindin Kitchen, 52 Gray's Inn Road, London, WC1X 8LT

Tube: Chancery Lane Station, Farringdon Station

 
 
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Packaging the flavours of Persia into a bright, vibrant 30-cover cafe, Dindin Kitchen is a welcome addition to the busy Gray's Inn Road in Holborn. Something of a first for London, Dindin offers fast Persian food to eat in or take away, perfect for the lunchtime crowd. Using key Persian ingredients - mint, parsley, tarragon and coriander, cinnamon and saffron which add flavour rice, meat and fish dishes - the menu focuses on a select few options: grills, soups, savoury souffles, rice dishes, fresh salads and healthy sides. Grills are served as finished-to-order flatbread wraps with salad and a selection of sauces. All dishes are seasonal, made with fresh ingredients and have been adapted to suit Western tastes. Open from 7.30am for the breakfast brunch - catered for with baked eggs, breakfast wraps and hot drinks to go - the cafe also has a small selection of fresh pastries, ice-cream and sorbets including a Persian Granita topped with morello cherries, citrus juice and rose water.
 
 
 

ArcelorMittal Orbit

Opened 5th April 2014

Where:
ArcelorMittal Orbit, Olympic Park, Stratford, London London, E20 2ST
Category: Sights

ArcelorMittal Orbit, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Stratford Station

 
 
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Presiding over the former Olympic Park the Anish Kapoor-designed ArcelorMittal Orbit observation tower, was described by Mayor Boris Johnson as that "something extra" needed to "distinguish the east London skyline" and "arouse the curiosity and wonder of Londoners and visitors". The 115m-high steel sculpture resembles a "continuously looping lattice" (The Independent) and is the largest example of public art in the UK. The project cost around £20m, with most of the funding coming from the involvement of Britain's richest man, the Indian-born steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal, chairman of the ArcelorMittal steel company. Painted red and located between the Olympic Stadium and the Aquatics Centre, the Orbit is "an icon to match the Eiffel Tower" according to Boris - which is perhaps a bit antagonistic towards the French capital city of Paris, which famously lost the 2012 Olympic bid to London. Co-designed by Cecil Balmond, Kapoor's Orbit offers two-storey dining and a viewing gallery - accessible by a spiralling staircase or a lift - over the whole of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and beyond. The sculpture is a permanent structure and, post Games, forms part of the lasting legacy of the area as it continues to attract visitors to east London.
 
 
 

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Opened 5th April 2014

Where:
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London London, E20 2ST
Category: Parks and Gardens

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Olympic Park, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 
 
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A year after the 2012 London Olympic Games, the former Olympic Park re-opened as the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park - a site of over 250 acres of beautifully landscaped open space and 6.5 km of waterways. The opening of the north park on Saturday 27th July 2013 was the first phase of transforming the Olympic Park while the rest of the 560 acre park opens in spring 2014. The multi-use arena, known as the Copper Box during the 2012 Games, also reopened in summer 2013 creating the third largest arena in London for concerts, sports and community projects as well as cultural and business events. Made up of two distinct areas, the south of the park around the Stadium, the Aquatics Centre and the ArcelorMittal Orbit, is an urban entertainment plaza where a programme of events is run. The north of the park features a river valley, centred around waterways, parkland and green space - offering outdoor activities including play areas and cycle paths. Cyclists can also be able to use parts of the cycling venues used in the Olympics including the Velodrome, BMX course, outdoor road circuits and off-road mountain bike trails at the VeloPark. Both the VeloPark and neighbouring Eton Manor sports complex will be open to the public, managed by the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority. New family homes, artists' workshops, pop-up restaurants, micro-breweries and street markets are also part of the Olympic legacy, as is the transformation of the Press Centre into five floors of office space. If you can't wait for the official opening of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park you can book in for Tickets for the Park In Progress Tour where you'll get an overview of the park as it evolves from sporting arena to the 'people's park'.
 
 
 

New Tom's

Opened 10th April 2014

Where:
New Tom's, 226 Westbourne Grove, London London, W11 2RH
Category: Brasseries

New Tom's, 226 Westbourne Grove, London, W11 2RH

Tube: Notting Hill Gate Station

 
 
Popping up for twelve months on the site of his Tom's Diner, New Tom's is Tom Conran's latest restaurant serving avant-garde cuisine in a relaxed bistro style setting. Much of the food on a menu which includes white onion soup, Israeli cous cous, and lemon sole goujons is sourced from head chef Tom Straker's family farm in Herefordshire and they even smoke their own salmon. Good quality ingredients are used in the raw and cooked beetroot salad, goats cheese and black olive crumble, there are retro strawberry laces to go with your coffee and fresh juices called 'wake up little Susie' and 'green giant' - a healthy mix of spinach, kale, apple, cucumber, lettuce, lemon and spirulina. Open from 8am, breakfast options include poached hens eggs, avocado, sweet onions and sourdough toast, and slow cooked duck egg mushroom duxelle. Original art works by Hockney, Paolozzi and Caulfield have been lent by Tom's father Sir Terence, there's a series of 1930s Parisian metro booth seats and a Renaissance style mural on the ceiling as well as a lovely decked garden out back. No wonder it's one of Kinvara Balfour's most favourite hangouts.
 
 
 

Verdi

Opened 15th April 2014

Where:
Verdi, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London London, SW7 2AP
Category: Italian Cuisine

Verdi, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 
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Verdi is the appropritately named restaurant at the Royal Albert Hall which replaces the former Cafe Consort, following a £1 million refurbishment unveiled on Tuesday 15th April 2014. Operated by 'rhubarb', a group founded in 1996 by Lucy Gemmell which caters for over 400 events per year and is also behind the Sky Garden restaurants and Gallery Mess, the menu features authentic Italian dishes alongside a strictly Italian wine list served in a contemporary dining room with 224 covers. Food options include sea bream and olive gnocchi with spinach, tomato and caper dressing; stone-baked pizza with tiger prawns, asparagus, button mushrooms, mozzarella and tomato; and rigatoni arrabbiata with garlic, tomatoes and red chilli peppers all sourced from the finest Italian food suppliers. Verdi also plays host to the 'More at the Hall' series with live music showcasing the most promising young talent in London played every Friday from 8pm, lunchtime on Saturdays and as part of a brunch package on Sundays.
 
 
 

The Sindercombe Social

Opened 18th April 2014

Where:
The Sindercombe Social, 2 Goldhawk Road, London London, W12 8QD
Category: Pubs

The Sindercombe Social, 2 Goldhawk Road, London, W12 8QD

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

 
 
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Taking over the site of O'Neills on a prominent corner spot overlooking Shepherds Bush Green, The Sindercombe Social is a pub decked out like a US style bar with American style burgers from foodie pop-up masters Ruby Jean's, for the first three months at least. The menu of mac 'n' cheese, fried chicken soaked in milk overnight and marinaded in spice, veggie shroomalloumi, and burgers in a number of different guises is the perfect soakage for pub staples like London Pale Ale and Camden Hells, available on tap. Inside, decor wise, there are traditional bar stools and plenty of open space to stand, pint in hand and perhaps raise a glass to Miles Sindercombe. Who on earth is he? You may well ask. Mr Sindercombe, after whom the pub is named, was a renegade Leveller and associate of Edward Sexby who made three attempts to assassinate Oliver Cromwell, one from right here in the pub's basement.
 
 
 

Bonnie Gull Seafood Cafe

Opened 22nd April 2014

Where:
Bonnie Gull Seafood Cafe, 55-57 Exmouth Market, London London, EC1R 4QL
Category: Fish and Seafood

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

Tube: Farringdon Station

 
 
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Pack your bucket and spade and head to Exmouth Market this April where Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack is setting up its second, larger site. Following the success of the original Fitzrovia restaurant co-founders Alex Hunter and Danny Clancy bring us Bonnie Gull Seafood Cafe offering "something slightly different". Not only bigger, the new restaurant will also have "a more informal 1960s British seaside cafe feel". As with the original, the menu changes with the seasons and the day's catch. Eat in or take-away menu options include a selection of 'shells' - including oysters, cockles, smoked mussels, langoustines served on newspaper - and 'rolls', think fish finger sandwich, lobster and crab rolls. Alongside these are a range of starters and mains based around fresh, sustainable British seafood. Other dishes include Mum's pilchards on sourdough toast and smash your own 1kg cock crab with flame grilled brown meat. Finish with homemade 'Mr Whippy' ice cream and whet your whistle on a cocktail or two.
 
 
 

Fernandez and Wells

Opened 25th April 2014

Where:
Fernandez and Wells, 55 Duke Street, London London, W1K 5BL
Category: Cafes and Delis

Fernandez and Wells, 55 Duke Street, London, W1K 5BL

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 
Journalist Rick Wells and ex-Monmouth manager Jorge Fernandez clearly enjoy the simple things in life and that's what you'll get when you go to their Fernandez and Wells shops where the coffee is high quality, the deli produce delicious and sandwiches simple but perfectly done. Their coffee shop chain began with their Beak Street in 2007 with a takeaway / deli in Lexington Street around the corner. Then came the cafe in the East Wing of Somerset House, swiftly followed by a branch on Exhibition Road in South Kensington. Two cafes opened in 2014, firstly this one in Mayfair's Duke Street which is part of a shopping 'emporium' along with shops like Jigsaw and The Shop at Bluebird. Following hot on its heels another new venture arrives at 1-3 Denmark Street, London's Tin Pan Alley, on 6th May 2014. All branches offer high quality Spanish produce, Monmouth coffee, and a menu which changes from sandwiches and cups of coffee to raclette, tapas and wine by the glass.
 
 
 

Granger & Co Clerkenwell

Opened 28th April 2014

Where:
Granger & Co Clerkenwell, The Buckley Building, 49 Clerkenwell Green, London London, EC1R 0ST
Category: Pan-Asian Cuisine

Granger & Co Clerkenwell, The Buckley Building, 49 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0ST

Tube: Farringdon Station

 
 
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"It feels very much an east London concept in a west London setting," commented Jasmine Gardner in the Evening Standard when Granger & Co first opened at 175 Westbourne Grove in 2011. Fast forward three years and that's exactly where Australian chef Bill Granger has set up his second London restaurant. Set within The Buckley Building, a former 1930s factory facing onto Clerkenwell Green, the restaurant is expected to offer the same menu as the original Granger & Co in west London, including choices of yellow fish curry, courgette fritters, and parmesan crumbed free range chicken schnitzel for mains, sandwiches and burgers as well as quinoa, coconut chicken, and salmon salads. Bills classics include comfort food favourites scrambled eggs with sourdough toast, sweet corn fritters with roast tomato, spinach and bacon, and a full Aussie breakfast which comes with scrambled eggs, sourdough toast, bacon, roast tomato, chipolatas and mushrooms earning Bill the title of "egg master of Sydney".
 
 
 

Bird

Opened 30th April 2014

Where:
Bird, 42-44 Kingsland Road, London London, E2 8DA
Category: American Cuisine

Bird, 42-44 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DA

Tube: Old Street Station

 
 
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Run by Paul Hemings and Cara Ceppetelli, who both grew up in North America, Bird in Shoreditch aims to provide Londoners with a new style of fried chicken. Rather than the fast food found at countless chicken shops throughout the capital, Bird offers quality, free range fried chicken that's made with meat sourced from British farms. After touring restaurants throughout Brooklyn, Chicago, Philadelphia and parts of Asia for inspiration, Paul and Cara have created a tempting menu of fried chicken and accompaniments. Diners can choose between white, dark or mixed meat, wings and a selection of glazes. While accompaniments such as mu shu pancakes, Korean cucumber salad and corn pudding with cheese & jalapeno provide ways of making a more unique fried chicken experience. Or, for those wanting to go all out, the mammoth fried chicken and waffle burger sees a piece of fried chicken sandwiched between a cheddar waffle served with griddle bacon and Canadian maple syrup. Desserts come in the form of freshly made yeast-risen doughnuts, rolled and hand cut each morning.
 
 
 

The Rosebery

Opened Spring 2014

Where:
The Rosebery, Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London London, SW1X 7LA
Category: Afternoon Tea

The Rosebery, Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA

Tube: Knightsbridge Station, Hyde Park Corner Station

 
 
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The Rosebery within the Mandarin Oriental, named after Lord Rosebery, was once a stylish tea room in the early 1920s and has made a welcome return to its roots providing the ideal backdrop for a decadent afternoon tea or Champagne cocktails. The interior design, created by G&A Designs (also behind The Northall at The Corinthia and the Booking Office Bar at St Pancras), makes the most of the room's Victorian origins but has been brought up to date with some contemporary touches and specially commissioned one-of-a kind art works. A beautiful fireplace is a central feature and the design also makes full use of the expansive space and height of the room and its abundance of natural light. Afternoon tea blends created especially for The Rosebery by the East India Trading Company are served on Rosebery china created by William Edwards, accompanied by beautifully presented fresh pastries, scones, sandwiches and seasonal jams. Come evening, the room turns into a Champagne bar where cocktails are presented in glassware by John Jenkins. The Rosebery is one of three dining areas within the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park where the two Michelin starred Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Bar Boulud, the buzzing French-style brasserie and wine bar, can both be found.
 
 
 

City Social

Opened May 2014

Where:
City Social, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London London, EC2N 1HT
Category: British Cuisine

City Social, Tower 42, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HT

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Bank Station, Moorgate Station

 
 
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Jason Atherton's City Social takes over the Tower 42 spot vacated by Gary Rhodes. Situated high up on the 24th floor of the famous tower, the restaurant offers fanatastic views of the Gherkin, the Cheesgrater and across the city. Head chef Paul Walsh (previously sous chef at Gordon Ramsay's Royal Hospital Road) has worked closely with Atherton to design the City Social menu showcasing the best of British ingredients. Interiors have a contemporary art deco look courtesy of Russell Sage Studios - all rosewood panelled boards, chrome and smoked glass, brass and mirror accents - centered around an open kitchen. The art deco theme is also felt in prohibition era cocktails served at the 85-seat bar and made with Scotch, gin and cognac to a menu by award winning mixologist Gareth Evans, and live jazz plays in the bar every Saturday afternoon from 12noon till 4pm. Jason Atherton is behind some of London's best restaurants with the Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social, Little Social across the street, Social Eating House in Soho, and Berner's Tavern at The London Edition, Ian Schrager's stylish Fitzrovia hotel. With City Social the chef, the first British cook to complete a stage at Spain's famous elBulli restaurant, proves there's still room for him to go up in the world.
 
 
 

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre

Opened May 2014

Where:
Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London London, E20 2ST
Category: London Olympics Venues

Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre, Olympic Park, Stratford, London, E20 2ST

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 
 
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From May 2014, London 2012's Hockey Centre becomes the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre. The first rate facilities include two hockey pitches within a 3,000-seat hockey stadium which can increase capacity to 15,000 for major events. There are four indoor tennis courts and six outdoor courts, available to the public throughout the day and evening, all year round, and a £30 million clubhouse with changing rooms, bar and seating areas. Having hosted the Wheelchair Tennis at the 2012 Games, Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre continues to promote and serve the sport, providing coaching and facilities for local and national players, as well as hosting the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Masters from 2014-16 and the 2015 EuroHockey Championships. But the Lee Valley Hockey and Tennis Centre isn't just for the best athletes, it's also there to encourage local players and beginners and provides an inspiring environment to learn and improve.
 
 
 

Soho Grind

Opened May 2014

Where:
Soho Grind, 19 Beak Street, London London, W1F 9RP
Category: Cafes and Delis

Soho Grind, 19 Beak Street, London, W1F 9RP

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Oxford Circus Station

 
 
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Sister to Shoreditch Grind, an east London landmark often named best flat white in London, Soho Grind is an all day and late night espresso bar with its own custom blend of coffee, developed especially for Soho. Like the original Shoreditch cafe, launched in 2011 by DJ and musician Kaz James and entrepreneur David Abrahamovitch, Soho Grind specialises in the kind of punchy but smooth espresso coffee you get in Melbourne. But Soho Grind goes one step further with a hidden speak-easy in the basement, revealed by a sliding wall, where cocktails include the now-famous Grind Espresso Martini and Hot Flat White Russian, offered in addition to cocktails created especially for Soho. Alongside coffee and cocktails, Soho Grind has an all-day food offering from pastries, muesli and fruit in the mornings to seasonal and fresh Italian inspired food at lunch, followed by an evening menu of aperitivo and small sharing plates.
 
 
 

The Noodle House

Opened May 2014

Where:
The Noodle House, 117 Shaftesbury Avenue, Leicester Square, London London, WC2H 8AD
Category: South East Asian Cuisine

The Noodle House, 117 Shaftesbury Avenue, Leicester Square, London, WC2H 8AD

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

 
 
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Sharing is encouraged at The Noodle House where they serve South East Asian flavours and seven different types of noodle in a simple dining room at bare teak booths and tables. Small plates of wasabi prawns and steamed duck dumplings are followed by larger plates of noodles whipped up by the chefs in the open kitchen. Choose from creamy or light noodle soups, crisp zesty salads, spicy Singapore style, umami rich gorengs and curries, classic pad Thai, and beef or vegetable char kway teow. They also have an impressive choice of teas made with hand-picked, single estate leaves, but if you want something stronger there are cool cocktails - for the signature mix, Moonshadow, you poor jasmine and vodka poured over frozen iced tea which slowly sweetens the drink as it melts. Located on Shaftesbury Avenue in the heart of theatre land, The Noodle House is perfect for a working lunch (USB ports provided) or your pre or post theatre meal.
 
 
 

John Lewis Roof Garden

Opened 3rd May 2014

Where:
John Lewis Roof Garden, 278-306 Oxford Street, London London, W1A 1EX
Category: Parks and Gardens

John Lewis Roof Garden, 278-306 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1EX

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Goodge Street Station

 
 
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Celebrating its 150th anniversary, John Lewis has created a Roof Garden on its flagship Oxford Street store for the summer of 2014, open from Saturday 3rd May until 31st August. On the roof of the retailer's Oxford Street shop, where the John Lewis story began on 2nd May 1864, is a temporary tranquil space where you can enjoy a bite to eat and a fresh juice from Joe and the Juice. The Roof Garden has been designed by RHS Young Garden Designer of the Year 2013 Tony Woods using nectar-rich plants like roses and lavender alongside textural grasses, peppered with wild flowers, and living wall schemes to encourage biodiversity. Access is through the Oxford Street shop where you can also see an exhibition on the 3rd floor charting the past 150 years, until 31st August.
 
 
 

Beast

Opened 6th May 2014

Where:
Beast, 3 Chapel Place, Oxford Circus, London London, W1G 0BG
Category: Fish and Seafood

Beast, 3 Chapel Place, Oxford Circus, London, W1G 0BG

Tube: Bond Street Station, Oxford Circus Station

 
 
Norwegian red king crab and hand selected Angus beef are the mainstay of the menu at this steak and crab restaurant in Marylebone from the group behind the Goodman steak restaurants and Burger and Lobster. Beast serves a three-course set menu with a surf 'n' turf main course consisting of King crab from the Arctic Circle, and American beef steaks. It costs a steep £75 a head (without booze) and there are no substitutions or 'off menu' ordering. But once you've digested and accepted that rather hefty price tag you'll soon get in the spirt of things. According to GQ magazine, "within half an hour you'll be wearing a special bib, spattered in crab juice and won't be able to hear each other above the roar."
 
 
 

Fera at Claridge's

Opened 6th May 2014

Where:
Fera at Claridge's, Brook Street, London London, W1K 4HR
Category:

Fera at Claridge's, Brook Street, London, W1K 4HR

Tube: Bond Street Station

 
 
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Simon Rogan, the celebrated chef behind Roganic, a famous and successful pop-up in Marylebone which ran from 2011 to 2013, is the chef behind Fera at Claridge's, heading up the restaurant previously run by Gordon Ramsay for 12 years. The name Fera, which means 'wild' in Latin, reflects the seasonal ingredients used in Rogan's style of modern British cooking, a style inspired by his love of homegrown produce and fresh ingredients sourced from his own farm in Cumbria - "a defining factor" at his London restaurant at Claridge's. Dishes change depending on the season so in spring/summer choices might include mackerel with seawater cream and caviar tucked into squid ink bread, stewed rabbit with lovage, and grilled salad with truffle custard - the winning dish that Simon created on the Great British menu. Staying close to nature - and the art deco characteristic of Claridge's - interior designer Guy Oliver has given the dining room a complete redesign. Paying homage to the hotel's iconic 1920s design, Oliver has installed natural walnut tables - without tablecloths - marble walls, bronze lights, and warm green wool curtains, and presents the open kitchen as theatre, visible through double doors surrounded by a large-scale painting with stools provided so guests can watch the chefs at work.
 
 
 

Fernandez and Wells

Opened 6th May 2014

Where:
Fernandez and Wells, 1-3 Denmark Street, London London, WC2H 8LP
Category: Cafes and Delis

Fernandez and Wells, 1-3 Denmark Street, London, WC2H 8LP

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

 
 
Journalist Rick Wells and ex-Monmouth manager Jorge Fernandez clearly enjoy the simple things in life and that's what you'll get when you go to their Fernandez and Wells shops where the coffee is high quality, the deli produce delicious and sandwiches simple but perfectly done. Their coffee shop chain began with their Beak Street in 2007 with a takeaway / deli in Lexington Street around the corner. Then came the cafe in the East Wing of Somerset House, swiftly followed by a branch on Exhibition Road in South Kensington. Two cafes opened in 2014, firstly in Mayfair's Duke Street as part of a shopping 'emporium' along with shops like Jigsaw and The Shop at Bluebird. Secondly, this branch at 1-3 Denmark Street, London's Tin Pan Alley, an area which has been associated with the music industry since the sixties. All branches offer high quality Spanish produce, Monmouth coffee, and a menu which changes from sandwiches and cups of coffee to raclette, tapas and wine by the glass.
 
 
 

Lang

Opened 6th May 2014

Where:
Lang, Shangri-La, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London London, SE1 9QU
Category: French Cuisine

Lang, Shangri-La, The Shard, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 9QU

Tube: Amersham Station

 
 
Lang, the patisserie and artisan deli on the ground floor of the Shangri-La, which will showcase a selection of cakes and savouries for eat-in or take-away should prove popular with passing commuters in this part of London Bridge. Homemade chocolates and pastries are also something of a speciality - look out for Chocolate Temptation, "a rich chocolate sponge, red fruit tea-infused Ghanaian chocolate ganache, raspberry compote, topped with a soft chocolate cream". They'll also offer afternoon tea and fresh sandwiches to eat in or take away when it opens on the same day as the much-anticipated hotel, 6th May 2014.
 
 
 

Shangri-La Hotel London

Opened 6th May 2014

Where:
Shangri-La Hotel London, 32 London Bridge Street, London London, SE1 9SY
Category: New Hotels

Shangri-La Hotel London, 32 Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SY

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 
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The first ever luxury Shangri-La Hotel in London has the unique selling point of occupying the upper floors of one of the tallest buildings in Europe. Standing at 306 metres The Shard towers over London Bridge, Borough Market and beyond. Taking up 18 floors - from floor 34 to 52 - of The Shard the Shangri-La has 202 guestrooms and suites, each with a view of the city (and into your neighbour's room, if you're lucky) through ceiling-to-floor windows. Rooms feature abstract Chinese art, a soothing colour scheme, mood lighting, marble-clad bathrooms with under floor heating, Acqua di Parma amenities and a pair of binoculars. And, with room sizes averaging more than 42 square metres, they are among the largest in London. Lang is the hotel's artisan deli and cafe on the ground floor while right at the top, on level 52, there's an indoor infinity swimming pool which shares a floor with Gong, the highest bar in London. Even if you're not staying at the hotel you can enjoy those far-reaching views by visiting Ting the restaurant and lounge on level 35 (128 metres above ground level), an alternative to the viewing platform, The View From The Shard, on floors 68 to 72.
 
 
 

Ting

Opened 6th May 2014

Where:
Ting, 32 London Bridge Street, London London, SE1 9RL
Category: Modern European Cuisine

Ting, 32 Bridge Street, London, SE1 9RL

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 
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Modern European food with a hint of Asian flavouring is on the menu at Ting, the signature restaurant and lounge of the Shangri-La, the five star hotel occupying the middle floors of Renzo Piano's 72-storey Shard. From the hotel's sky lobby on level 34 it's a short but spectacular walk up the sweeping staircase to the restaurant on level 35 which gets its name from the Chinese word for 'living room'. Signature dishes include hand-dived scallops from the north-west Highland coast cooked a la plancha and served with carrot, ginger and a light yuzu and grape seed oil dressing and organic Welsh lamb from Rhug Estate, glazed with mirin, sake and soy sauce, served with root vegetables and Kentish apples. The more casual lounge has an a la carte menu of Asian specialties including curry laksa, 'Hainan' chicken rice and char koay teow. Afternoon tea is also something of a speciality with two options on offer - a classically English experience, and an Asian-inspired alternative - both with 30 teas to choose from. One of three restaurants and bars within the Shangri-La, Ting is two floors beneath the hotel's bar, Gong, while artisan deli Lang can be found on the ground floor.
 
 
 

The New Angel

Opened 7th May 2014

Where:
The New Angel, 39 Chepstow Place, London London, W2 4TS
Category: Modern European Cuisine

The New Angel, 39 Chepstow Place, London, W2 4TS

Tube: Notting Hill Gate Station, Bayswater Underground Station

 
 
Michelin-starred chef, restaurateur and author, John Burton-Race, has returned to London after 12 years, opening The New Angel in Notting Hill which takes the same name as his famous New Angel restaurant in Dartmouth, closed down while he was in the jungle on I'm a Celebrity... The elegant 54-cover restaurant is set in a converted Victorian pub in Chepstow Place and offers John's unique style of contemporary European food with a French influence. Alongside John, Stephen Humphries, formerly of Sanctum On The Green and Le Gavroche, takes the helm as head chef. Signature dishes include The New Angel steak tartar; fillet of Dutch veal with cepes, sprouting broccoli, goats curd and truffle tortellini and wild mushroom cream; and trio of raspberry souffle, white chocolate mousse and raspberry sorbet. While dishes are made with "beautiful British ingredients", the cheese trolley is most definitely French featuring, among others, Pouligny Saint Pierre, camembert with calvados, comte and reblochon, and the predominately French wine list is supplemented by a good selection of English wines including Bacchus Reserve New Hall and Nyetimber sparkling wine.
 
 
 

Rivea London

Opened 12th May 2014

Where:
Rivea London, Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, London London, SW7 1DW
Category: Italian Cuisine

Rivea London, Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, London, SW7 1DW

Tube: Knightsbridge Station

 
 
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Damien Leroux, the talented protege of internationally renowned chef Alain Ducasse is at the helm of Rivea, a mediterranean restaurant inspired by the food markets of Italy and Provence. Leroux returns to London after supervising the kitchens of La Trattoria in Monaco since 2012 and previously worked in London when the Alain Ducasse restaurant opened at the Dorchester as well as with Gordon Ramsay. Offering French and Italian cuisine in a "chic, convivial and relaxed setting", Rivea replaces the blingy Il Ristorante in the basement of the luxury Bulgari hotel in Knightsbridge.
 
 
 

The Lamb

Opened 16th May 2014

Where:
The Lamb, 9 Barley Mow Passage, London London, W4 4PH
Category: Gastropub

The Lamb, 9 Barley Mow Passage, London, W4 4PH

Tube: Chiswick Park Station

 
 
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Originally established in the 19th century The Lamb has played a major role in Chiswick's rich brewery heritage. Evidence of the original The Lamb Brewery can still be seen as the brick tower off Church Street is the former Lamb Brewery site, still proudly displaying the brewery name. Refurbished in 2014 The Lamb offers a warm welcome, a refreshing pint, quirky decor and plenty of nooks and crannies where you can enjoy your pint in peace. The menu is filled with variations on classic pub grub, sharing boards and veggie options accompanied by a range of wines, spirits and regularly rotating real ales. When the weather permits, there's a decent sized beer garden where burgers and bangers are served straight from the BBQ.
 
 
 

Typing Room

Opened 16th May 2014

Where:
Typing Room, Town Hall Hotel, Patriots Square, London London, E2 9NF
Category: Modern European Cuisine

Typing Room, Town Hall Hotel, Patriots Square, London, E2 9NF

Tube: Bethnal Green Station

 
 
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Chef Lee Westcott takes on his first solo venture with the Typing Room, the 40-cover restaurant at the Town Hall Hotel on the former site of Nuno Mendes' Viajante. The chef has refined his trade working with top chefs Jason Atherton, and Tom Aikens, at Per Se and under Gordon Ramsay. Now flying solo, Lee offers a simplified menu offers five snacks, five starters and five mains including dishes like mackerel, passion fruit, burnt cucumber & dill; pigeon smoked in pine, salt baked celeriac, lovage & hazelnut; and green tea, yoghurt and sesame. Six-course and eight-course tastings menus are available if you want to sample the full experience, accompanied by wines from smaller producers and English vineyards. In terms of decor, natural materials including oak, marble and ceramic are combined with touches of brushed brass to provide warmth. The open kitchen has been designed as a focal point, and the artwork nods to the restaurant's East London setting and hotel history - the Typing Room was where the mayor's letters used to be written up. As well as being responsible for the main restaurant Lee oversees the menu in Corner Room brasserie and the Peg + Patriot bar run by Matt Whiley, co-founder of the Fluid Movement, and London bars Purl, Whistling Shop and Dach & Sons.
 
 
 

Gong

Opened 19th May 2014

Where:
Gong, 31 St Thomas Street, London London, SE1 90U
Category: Bars

Gong, 31 St Thomas Street, London, SE1 90U

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 
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On level 52 of The Shard Gong is London's highest bar. Part of the Shangri-La Hotel, the tallest hotel in Western Europe, Gong takes its name from 'dougong', an ancient Chinese structural element of interlocking wooden brackets that will be a component of the bar's interior. One of three wining and dining options within the Shangri-La, Gong is two floors above Ting, the hotel's signature restaurant and lounge on level 35, linked to the hotel's reception area on level 34 by a spectacular grand staircase sweeping across double length floor-to-ceiling windows. Added to these is Lang, an artisan deli on the ground floor which gets its name from the Chinese word for 'pathway'. Gong on level 52 is on the same floor as a 24-hour gym and London's highest infinity pool.
 
 
 

Jenius Social

Opened 21st May 2014

Where:
Jenius Social, Unit 8 The Islington Studios, 6 Hornsey Road, London London, N7 8EQ
Category: Cookery Courses

Jenius Social, Unit 8 The Islington Studios, 6 Hornsey Road, London, N7 8EQ

Tube: Holloway Road Station

 
 
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Islington cafe-cum-deli Jenius Social isn't just a place to enjoy fine food and carefully sourced balsamic vinegar, artisan chocolates and cured meats. It's also a purpose-built cookery school and a venue for supper clubs which aims to get people talking, learning and connecting through food. Set up by Jennifer Yong with Malcolm Emmanueil - who spent a two-year stint under Angela Hartnett at the Connaught - offering tutilage as head chef, Jenius Social hosts daily food adventures from cocktail dating to team bonding and includes special events with industry experts and top food producers. The purpose-built space includes six ovens and hobs in a flexible, versatile space ideal for groups to learn and cook together, ending the course by sharing the food they produce at communal tables. Turn up between 6pm and closing time and you can enjoy wines from the deli at retail prices with tasty tapas provided gratis.
 
 
 

On the Roof with Q

Opened 24th May 2014

Where:
On the Roof with Q, Selfridges Roof Top, 400 Oxford Street, London London, W1H 5HB
Category:

On the Roof with Q, Selfridges Roof Top, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1H 5HB

Tube: Edgware Road Station

 
 
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Summer 2014 brings a temporary restaurant from the team behind Des McDonald's Q Grill in Camden to the roof of Selfridges. Inspired by grand Victorian greenhouses, the lush rooftop garden overlooking Oxford Street has been designed by Alexander Waterworth Interiors and includes a retractable roof so food will be served regardless of the great British weather. As at Q Grill the menu is largely BBQ based with succulent meats cooked over a charcoal grill. Lighter super-food salads and fresh seafood have been added to cater for reduced appetites during the warmer summer months, and foodie events are also being held at the venue including talks by influential chefs and innovators in the food industry. Open for late breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner, when a garden path leads to the candlelit dining area on the terrace, On the Roof with Q is a wonderful addition to London's al fresco dining experiences.
 
 
 

The City Barge

Opened 24th May 2014

Where:
The City Barge, 27 Strand on the Green, London London, W4 3PH
Category: Pubs

The City Barge, 27 Strand on the Green, London, W4 3PH

Tube: Gunnersbury Station

 
 
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Following an extensive refurbishment in late May 2014, this historic 14th century Thames-side pub in Chiswick re-opened as The City Barge, a welcoming bar with a large open kitchen, dining room, and enviable outside space, right by the river. Though it attracts a fair few tourists and walkers, it retains the atmosphere of a genuine local's pub - probably because it's the last of three popular pubs on the Strand-on-the-Green path if you're walking down from Kew Bridge station. Inside original period features include Victorian panelling and three open fires, and a reclaimed bar is coupled with quirky touches - a stuffed bird here, a metre-long Thames barge there. Drinks vary from regularly changed hand-pulled local ales and ciders, to wines by the glass and carafe as well as Prosecco on tap. Food is a cut above your average pub grub thanks to head chef, Pat Lynch (who has come from Bentley's, and Scotts), who oversees a menu based on seasonal British ingredients including fresh British seafood, brought in daily from Billingsgate Market. Dishes include Oxtail cottage pie and summer greens, and seafood burgers made from whole soft shell 'crabacado' burger with den miso mayonnaise. But the best bit is the location - the restaurant overlooks the river and has a wonderful fifty cover outside space which extends down to the Thames towpath; the perfect place to sit out on a deck chair with a Pimm's or a pint, or cosy up with a hot toddy by the wood-burning stove.
 
 
 

Pavilion

Opened 30th May 2014

Where:
Pavilion, 96 Kensington High Street, London London, W8 4SG
Category: British Cuisine

Pavilion, 96 Kensington High Street, London, W8 4SG

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 
 
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Acclaimed chef Adam Simmonds, previously of Michelin starred Adam Simmonds Restaurant at Danesfield House, oversees the 60-seat Pavilion restaurant on Kensington High Street where quality local British produce is paramount. Just about everything, down to the jams, chutneys and pastries, is created in-house and all ingredients have been painstakingly sourced by Adam to ensure they are top quality. Adam describes his food as 'modern with intensity of flavours that work perfectly on the plate without being over-complicated', evident in dishes like confit mackerel, smoked sturgeon, oyster, pickled cucumber and Granny Smith and slow cooked loin of lamb with belly, burnt aubergine, goats curd and anchovy gremolata. The interiors of the restaurant and 22-seat bar have been designed by designLSM, from the florist's at the entrance to the champagne bar at the centre of the restaurant.

 
 
 

Franco Manca

Opened Summer 2014

Where:
Franco Manca, 21 Lordship Lane, London London, SE22 8EW
Category: Italian Cuisine

Franco Manca, 21 Lordship Lane, London, SE22 8EW

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 
 
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Franco Manca, the slow-rise sourdough pizza specialists who many claim make 'the best pizzas in London', have expanded from their original cult status Brixton Market site to set up a chain of pizza restaurants across town. Serving rustic sourdough pizzas with fresh, simple but dynamic toppings, all Franco Manca restaurants feature a wood burning brick oven. The seasonal menu includes six varieties of pizza, including the classic capers/olives/anchovy offering. There are often specials on the menu, such as an intriguing calzone/pizza hybrid with wild boar, ricotta and salami on one side and tomato, mozzarella and rocket on the other. In addition to the original Brixton Market branch there are sites in Chiswick - the only restaurant to take reservations - Northcote Road, Westfield Stratford, Tottenham Court Road, and Balham. The Lordship Lane restaurant, on the site of the Draft House, is one of two restaurants launching in 2014: Broadway Market in Hackney opened in February 2014 while the East Dulwich Franco Manca is due to open in summer 2014.
 
 
 

Villiers Coffee Company and Dining Room

Opened May 2014

Where:
Villiers Coffee Company and Dining Room, 31a Villiers Street, London London, WC2N 6ND
Category: British Cuisine

Villiers Coffee Company and Dining Room, 31a Villiers Street, London, WC2N 6ND

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

 
 
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The family behind the famous Gordon's Wine Bar, a wonderfully atmospheric subterranean bar where Samuel Pepys once lived, have branched out to open Villiers Coffee Company and Dining Room in the same street as the original bar. Set up by the granddaughters of the current owners of Gordon's, Sophie Gordon is in charge of the menus and the kitchen while her sister Rose looks after the wine list and front of house. It's a real family affair - "Being a Gordon, food and drink has always been in our DNA," Sophie, who sold cakes to fund her Fine Art degree, told the Evening Standard - and their father, illustrator Tom Gordon, has designed the menus and decor. Villers is open all day offering coffee and breakfast in the morning and from mid-day there will be an informal, all-day menu of seasonal dishes. Salads, pastries and cakes are available to take away. The bar at the front serves as a cafe by day and a bar for eating and dining in the evening.
 
 
 

Piccadilly Grind

Opened June 2014

Where:
Piccadilly Grind, Unit 4, Piccadilly Circus Underground Station, London London, W1J 9HP
Category: Cafes and Delis

Piccadilly Grind, Unit 4, Piccadilly Circus Underground Station, London, W1J 9HP

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 
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Following in the successful footsteps of well respected coffee shops Shoreditch Grind and Soho Grind, Piccadilly Grind delivers quality coffee to commuters on the tube. Raising the bar on the quality of food and drink offerings on the underground - not best known for their quality - Piccadilly Grind challenges the notion of what customers should expect from food outlets within London's tube stations, serving just some of the 40 million passengers passing through the art deco Grade II listed Piccadilly Circus Tube Station each year swiftly and with a smile.
 
 
 

StreetXo

Opened June 2014

Where:
StreetXo, 15 Old Burlington Street, London London, W1X 1RL
Category: Spanish Cuisine

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

Tube: Oxford Circus Station, Green Park Station

 
 
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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 June 2014, 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.
 
 
 

Ham Yard Hotel

Opened 1st June 2014

Where:
Ham Yard Hotel, Ham Yard, London London, W1D 7LT
Category: New Hotels

Ham Yard Hotel, Ham Yard, London, W1D 7LT

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 
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Tim and Kit Kemp, owners of Firmdale Hotels, are turning a large three quarter acre site at Ham Yard in Soho, a bombsite since the Blitz, into a luxury boutique hotel worth £90 million. The building, situated between Great Windmill Street and Denman Street, will have 90 bedrooms and suites, 25 apartments, 12 retail stores, bar, restaurant, gym and spa when it opens on Sunday 1st June 2014. Plush private cinemas are a feature of other Firmdale hotels - which include Charlotte Street Hotel and the Crosby Street Hotel in New York - but Ham Yard will have the biggest yet with a 176 seat state-of-the art theatre. And that's not the only quirky, cool feature. It will also have an original 1950s four lane bowling alley imported from Texas, complete with bar and lounge which can also be used as a night club. To top it all, hotel guests will have access to a charming rooftop garden with sweeping views across London. Firmdale is working with the architects Woods Bagot to turn this central London site, deserted for 40 years, into a luxury hotel with individually designed rooms - something Kit Kemp is a dab hand at.
 
 
 

Yard Sale Pizza

Opened 3rd June 2014

Where:
Yard Sale Pizza, 105 Lower Clapton Road, London London, E5 0NP
Category: Italian Cuisine

Yard Sale Pizza, 105 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0NP

Tube: Hackney Wick Overground Station

 
 
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With Yard Sale Pizza Clapton has really great pizza - with no need to travel to Franco Manca in Hackney to get it. Huge pizzas cooked in a hot gas-powered pizza oven come out with the mozzarella melting and the cornicione puffed up and airy. Of the five pizzas on offer the pick of the bunch is the 'Holy Pepperoni', pepperoni, served with 'Nduja fiery pork paste. The raw tuna pizza with salty anchovy flavours flooding through it is pretty good too. The restaurant and takeaway opened in summer 2014 with a special appearance from Macauley Culkin who played the launch party with his band the Pizza Underground performing pizza puntastic versions of Lou Reed classics.
 
 
 

Fischer's

Opened 4th June 2014

Where:
Fischer's, 50 Marylebone High Street, London London, W1U 5HN
Category:

Fischer's, 50 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HN

Tube: Baker Street Station

 
 
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Evocative of Vienna in the early twentieth century, Fischer's is an informal, neighbourhood cafe and konditorei with a classic Viennese cafe menu. On a prominent site at the top of Marylebone High Street, the cafe is noteworthy for its pedigree - it comes from Chris Corbin and Jeremy King who also own The Wolseley, The Delaunay, Brasserie Zedel, Colbert, and The Beaumont hotel. Open early for breakfast and serving food and drinks throughout the day until late into the evening, the menu includes an extensive choice of cured fish, salads, schnitzels, sausages, brotchen and sandwiches, strudels, biscuits, ice-cream coupes, hot chocolates and coffees with traditional tortes mit schlag. There's porridge and crispy bacon rolls on the breakfast menu, wiener schnitzels and wurstchen sausages and sauerkraut on the lunch and dinner menu. The wine list is largely mittel-European, with Austrian, German, French Alsatian and Hungarian wines predominating, and the majority are available by the glass.
 
 
 

Heathrow Terminal 2 | The Queen's Terminal

Opened 4th June 2014

Where:
Heathrow Terminal 2 | The Queen's Terminal, London Heathrow Airport, Hounslow, London London, TW6 1EW
Category:

Heathrow Terminal 2 | The Queen's Terminal, Heathrow Airport, Hounslow, London, TW6 1EW

Tube: Heathrow Terminals 123 Station

 
 
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Passengers aboard a United Airlines flight from Chicago, due to land at 05.55 on 4th June 2014, will be among the first to experience the new Heathrow Terminal 2, known as Terminal 2 | The Queen's Terminal, in honour of Her Majesty The Queen. The new £2.5bn terminal with its distinctive triple-wave by internationally renowned Luis Vidal + Architects will serve 20 million passengers a year, and will be home to STAR Alliance, Aer Lingus and Virgin Atlantic's domestic flights. Replacing the old terminal which opened in 1955, Terminal 2 houses an ultra-modern facility behind its environmentally considerate glazed facades - less need for electric lighting. Within the ripple-like structure is a two-level departure lounge, ten-metre tall viewing windows, and 63 carefully selected shops and restaurants. John Lewis opens its first airport store at Heathrow Terminal 2, and if any restaurant could take the pain out of a prolonged stay in the departure lounge, Heston Blumenthal's The Perfectionist Cafe must surely be it. Look up in the central courtyard and you'll see Richard Wilson's Slipstream sculpture, an ambitious artwork inspired by the world of aviation, which at 76 metres is longer than the world's largest passenger airliner.
 
 
 

The Perfectionists' Cafe

Opened 4th June 2014

Where:
The Perfectionists' Cafe, Heathrow Terminal 2, London London, TW6 1EW
Category: British Cuisine

The Perfectionists' Cafe, Heathrow Terminal 2, London, TW6 1EW

Tube: Heathrow Terminals 123 Station

 
 
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He may be best known for his Michelin-starred cuisine-as-laboratory cooking but Heston Blumenthal has done his best to transform the plates of ordinary people with his televised experiment at roadside restaurant group Little Chef. Now Heston brings his innovative style of cooking to the masses once again with The Perfectionists' Cafe at Heathrow's Terminal 2 - The Queen's Terminal which opens on 4th June 2014. Named after and inspired by Heston's 'In Search of Perfection' TV series, the menu celebrates some of Britain's favourite dishes, harking back to the heyday of 1960's passenger flights. Only with better food. Burgers, for example, are made by grinding all the meat grains in the same direction to maximise the juiciness of the meat. There's traditional fish and chips in crunchy batter, and pizzas cooked in the wood burning oven - the first in an airport. A futuristic style ice cream parlour at the entrance to the restaurant uses Heston's favourite liquid nitrogen to create the smoothest ice cream. Look for the clockwork knife and you'll find the restaurant, a fast, friendly and informal place for diners who are fed up with junk, but who want exceptional food quickly. And with Heston's name behind it, you can bet every detail - from the aromas of the kitchen to the propellor-shaped benches - has been meticulously thought out.
 
 
 

Frank's Cafe

Opened 6th June 2014

2014-06-062014-10-01 Where:
Peckham Rye Multistory Car Park, 95a Rye Lane, London London, SE15 4ST
Category: Exhibitions

Peckham Rye Multistory Car Park, 95a Rye Lane, London, SE15 4ST

Tube: Denmark Hill Station

 

Dates: 6th June to 1st October 2014

 
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On the 10th floor of the disused Peckham Multi-Story Car Park this summer you'll find parked cars replaced with drinkers enjoying cocktails and crab on toast at Frank's Cafe and Campari Bar. This temporary rooftop bar is back following years of success - it first opened in 2008 with over 30,000 people visiting in the three months it was open. Frank's is a winning combination of drinking, eating, art and one of the best views in London. It's part of the Bold Tendencies Sculpture Project initiated and run by Hannah Barry Gallery. Frank Boxer - the 'Frank' after whom the cafe is named - has worked at the Anchor and Hope and set up the Italo Deli in Vauxhall. The structure of the makeshift cafe has been designed by architecture students Lettice Drake and Palmoa Gormley (daughter of Antony Gormley). Frank's is a total transformation of a previously unlovely concrete car park - just add Campari cocktails.
 
 
 

Porky's BBQ

Opened 6th June 2014

Where:
Porky's BBQ, 18 New Globe Walk, London London, SE1 9DR
Category:

Porky's BBQ, 18 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DR

Tube: Cannon Street Station, London Bridge Station

 
 
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Memphis meaty ribs, gently smoked over hickory wood, and served with Americana-inspired cocktails are the order of the day at Porky's BBQ, the Bankside restaurant set up by husband and wife team Joy and Simon Brigg following inspirational road trips to America. Barbecue is at the heart of Porky's, which has already seen success with Porky's in Camden. Memphis does it best, it seems, and Porky's aims to recreate the rich flavours of Memphis BBQ. That means pulled pork that's been cooked low and slow (for over 16 hours) in the smokers they have imported from Oklahoma. Burgers - 6oz homemade 100 per cent British beef pattie with lettuce, tomato and onion in a sesame bun - can be pimped to become a porky burger when they're topped with pulled pork, crispy bacon and jack cheese. Meaty ribs and rib tips, homemade BBQ sauce, juicy burgers, whole smoked chickens are also on offer. Best washed down with a 'tex-mex smash' cocktail, cold American, local craft beer, or a shot of pickleback (bourbon chased with hommade pickle juice) while listening to classic Tennessee tunes.
 
 
 

Stax Carnaby

Opened 7th June 2014

Where:
Stax Carnaby, 1.7 Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London London, W1B 5PW
Category: American Cuisine

Stax Carnaby, 1.7 Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London, W1B 5PW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 
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Bea Vo (formerly of celebrated cupcake shop Bea's of Bloomsbury) has been running a successful weekend diner at Maltby Street and from summer 2014 that concept becomes a permanent restaurant, Stax, located on the first floor of Carnaby's Kingly Court. The all day diner takes its name from Memphis based 1960s record label Stax Records and offers all the things that were a hit at Bea's Diner - starting with a breakfast menu that includes buttermilk pancakes, custardy French toasts, homemade granola, bagels and poached eggs on muffin with hollandaise. For lunch and dinner, American style burgers, deep fried chicken sandwiches with apple and poppyseed slaw and triple cooked fries and Bea's signature 'Onion Blossom' - a large onion which is cut to resemble a flower, battered in special spices and deep-fried - are on the menu. At the restaurant's launch Bea explained, "I really want Stax to be a great place to drop in at any time, from breakfast, to a post club meal and anything in between."
 
 
 

Foyles - Charing Cross Road

Opened 11th June 2014

Where:
Foyles - Charing Cross Road, 107 Charing Cross Road, London London, WC2H 0DU
Category: Books

Foyles - Charing Cross Road, 107 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DU

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

 
 
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Great British bookshop Foyles has been trading since 1903 and in 2014 it moves out of its home for more than 80 years at 113-119 Charing Cross Road and into the former Central St Martins College of Art and Design building at number 107, just a few yards down the road. While Charing Cross Road has pretty much always been home to Foyles, this is the fourth time the shop has changed location. The new 1930s era, art-deco building has high ceilings and an atrium which gives sweeping views of a vast choice of books. The former ballroom floor houses the fiction department, the old assembly hall - where the Sex Pistols once played - is home to the children's department with art and design at the front of the shop - in homage to the building's previous use. The mezzanine floor houses cookery, travel and other lifestyle books and there's an entire floor dedicated to music and film including vinyl for sale in Ray's Jazz. The light filled cafe and exhibition space at the top of the shop is the place to go for Foyles' wide and exciting programme of events and book signings. Bookmark this one.
 
 
 

Arabica Bar and Kitchen

Opened 23rd June 2014

Where:
Arabica Bar and Kitchen, 3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London London, SE1 9AF
Category: Mediterranean Cuisine

Arabica Bar and Kitchen, 3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London, SE1 9AF

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 
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Arabica Food & Spice Company founder James Walters, who started out selling mezze from a trestle table at Borough Market over 14 years ago, trades in his market stall for bricks and mortar to launch an 80 cover bar and restaurant within the market where Arabica was born. For Arabica Bar and Kitchen, a restaurant specialising in East Mediterranean and Levantine cuisine, James has brought in the talents of Bunmi (formerly Dinner, Lima and Lockheart) overseeing service, Geoff Robinson of the Experimental Cocktail Club, and Bitten and Written's Zeren Wilson for the wine list. Keeping in touch with its market roots, Arabica Bar and Kitchen has a range of mezze, pastries and ingredients from a street cart and will continue serving falafel & Label Anglais chicken shawarma wraps outside on market days. Dishes to look out for include: Dexter beef and bone marrow kofta, sauteed chicken liver with pomegranate molasses, courgette, feta & dill borek, and long-leaf spinach kibeh, and Istanbul-style mussel rolls. Candied Anatolian mandarin, buffalo ricotta with crushed pistachios, and walnut baklawa with Chios mastica ice cream offer something sweet to savour. Opening June 2014 initially six days a week for lunch and dinner Monday to Saturday and then for Saturday brunch and family style Sundays in late summer/autumn after the opening dust settles.
 
 
 

Z Piccadilly

Opened 23rd June 2014

Where:
Z Piccadilly, 2 Orange Street, London London, WC2H 7DF
Category: New Hotels

Z Piccadilly, 2 Orange Street, London, WC2H 7DF

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station

 
 
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A former office building in the West End has been turned into Z Piccadilly, part of the pocket friendly Z Hotels chain, a stylish, central place to stay at out-of-town prices. An absence of room service, uniformed porters and overly large rooms means prices are low for this part of town and this level of style and comfort. Just a short walk from Piccadilly Circus, the 112 room hotel in Orange Street is midway between St James's Square and Covent Garden, within easy strolling distance of Leicester Square, Trafalgar Square, Whitehall and the West End. A seven storey building arranged over lower ground, ground and five upper floors, the Z Piccadilly deal includes complimentary toiletries, free Wi-Fi, en suite wet room, crisp bed linen, 48 inch TV with Sky movies - everything you need for a short, affordable stay in town.
 
 
 

Dorsett Hotel, Shepherds Bush

Opened June 2014

Where:
Dorsett Hotel, Shepherds Bush, 58 Shepherd's Bush Green, London London, W12 8QE
Category: New Hotels

Dorsett Hotel, Shepherds Bush, 58 Shepherd's Bush Green, London, W12 8QE

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

 
 
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The Dorsett Regency, Shepherd's Bush is a four star hotel within a Grade II-listed red brick landmark building which opened as the Pavilion Cinema in 1923. Unoccupied since 2001, the building has undergone a complete rebuild - just the facade of the original building remains - with a stunning blue tinted glass exterior attached to the brick facade. Located next to what used to be a rather noisy (now closed) Walkabout pub, the hotel has 317 rooms, two restaurants and a spa and occupies a prominent site on Shepherds Bush Green, neighbouring the Shepherds Bush Empire music venue. Run by Asian group Dorsett Hospitality International, the hotel is expected to become part of its mid-priced Dorsett Regency brand when it opens in 2014. Hilary Cross transfers from the nearby K West Hotel & Spa to become General Manager at the Dorsett Shepherds Bush.
 
 
 

T.E.D (Think.Eat.Drink) Restaurant

Opened June 2014

Where:
T.E.D (Think.Eat.Drink) Restaurant, 47-51 Caledonian Road, London London, N1 9BU
Category:

T.E.D (Think.Eat.Drink) Restaurant, 47-51 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9BU

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 
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T.E.D (Think.Eat.Drink) restaurant puts the 'green' into gourmet with quality ingredients cooked in a way that makes the most of their nutritional benefits. So whether you want a power smoothie or a feast of seasonal vegetables T.E.D can satisfy your healthy hunger pangs with homemade salads, cured meats and well sourced fresh fish. In the evening, dishes are larger and more structured so you get choices like pan fried fillet of sea bream with soft fennel and fresh herb dressing, herb marinated Scottish beef fillet with roasted red pepper, salsa verde, broccoli or pearl barley risotto with porcini and truffled herb mascarpone. Biodynamic, carbon-neutral and traditional wines are among the choices on offer and the bar has organic spirits and mixers as well as cocktails made from fresh ingredients. Housed over two floors, the eco-sensitive interior makes use of reclaimed tiles, up-cycled tables and chairs, a lava top bar and re-used stained glass windows. An open-plan kitchen reveal the chefs at work whilst a counter displays an array of salads and tempting homemade breads and pastries. The man behind T.E.D, Jamie Grainger-Smith, was previously at The River Cafe, he helped Jamie Oliver to set up Fifteen Restaurants and co-founded Arthur Potts Dawson's multi award-winning Acorn House (now closed) in Kings Cross before launching the T.E.D consultancy which offers advice and support to the food and drink industry on sustainability.
 
 
 

Workshop Coffee Co. Fitzrovia Coffeebar

Opened End of June 2014

Where:
Workshop Coffee Co. Fitzrovia Coffeebar, 80a Mortimer Street, London London, W1W 7FE
Category: Cafes and Delis

Workshop Coffee Co. Fitzrovia Coffeebar, 80a Mortimer Street, London, W1W 7FE

Tube: Amersham Station

 
 
Located just off Regent Street, this 20-seat outlet of the Workshop Coffee Co. serves delicious traceable coffee, in surroundings that take their inspiration from the literary heritage of the local area - once the haunt of Dylan Thomas, Virginia Woolf and Pygmalion playwright George Bernard Shaw. In homage to these artists and writers, the Fitzrovia Coffeebar has a traditional look and feel and the bar itself is made from Madagascan granite, polished to a pearl blue finish. The coffee, roasted on site at Workshop's flagship Clerkenwell store, is prepared and served by highly trained baristas from a La Marzocco Linea PB espresso machine and the ever faithful collection of Mazzer grinders. And a separate area in the basement is where home brewing masterclasses are run. The summer 2014 opening of this Fitzrovia Coffeebar brings the total number of Workshop Coffee Co. branches in London to four, alongside the original Workshop Coffee Co. in Clerkenwell, the Marylebone Coffeebar, and the Workshop Holborn Viaduct - a sizeable space on the ground floor of Amazon's London HQ in Holborn.
 
 
 

Barrafina Adelaide Street

Opened 7th July 2014

Where:
Barrafina Adelaide Street, 10 Adelaide Street, London London, WC2N 4HZ
Category: Spanish Cuisine

Barrafina Adelaide Street, 10 Adelaide Street, London, WC2N 4HZ

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

 
 
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After a five year wait, restaurateurs Sam and Eddie Hart open the second branch of Barrafina, this time occupying a corner site on Adelaide Street in Covent Garden. Much like the original and hugely popular Barrafina on Frith Street in Soho, the menu here will be made up of classic and contemporary tapas, using meticulously sourced and seasonal ingredients from Spain and the British Isles, but with the addition of some new dishes which take inspiration from recent trips to Spain. The restaurant includes a long marble top bar, with 29 stools and an open kitchen, and there's a lower ground floor space for private dining and events which has an open kitchen with its very own plancha. Nieves Barragan Mohacho, who has worked with the Hart Brothers for over ten years oversees the running of the kitchen as Executive Head Chef, and the fabulous Jose Etura heads up the front of house operations. Just as at the original, it's first come, first served - form an orderly queue, tapas lovers, it's worth it.
 
 
 

Scarpetta

Opened 7th July 2014

Where:
Scarpetta, 110 Cannon Street, London London, EC4 N6EU
Category: Italian Cuisine

Scarpetta, 110 Cannon Street, London, EC4 N6EU

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

 
 
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Canon Street Italian Scarpetta offers fresh pastas from the regions of Southern Italy via a menu created by chef Pierluigi Sandonnini who trained under three Michelin-starred chef, Gualtiero Marchesi. Pasta here is made with semolina flour making them lighter and healthier, created by Michele Fiore who has 25 years' experience and three generations of knowledge. Customers and diners can watch him in action making pasta from scratch at a special workbench while they enjoy the results of his labours. It's an all-Italian team at Scarpetta which has been set up by founders and great friends, Uberto Jasson D'Oria who grew up on his family's farm and restaurant in Puglia and Patrick Philion, who grew up in Parma, an Italian culinary hub. Feel free to enjoy every last drop of your pasta dish, taking a piece of bread and wiping your plate clean with it - that's the very meaning of the word 'Scarpetta'.
 
 
 

The Strand Dining Rooms

Opened 7th July 2014

Where:
The Strand Dining Rooms, 1-3 Strand, Grand Buildings, London London, WC2N 5EJ
Category: British Cuisine

The Strand Dining Rooms, 1-3 Strand, Grand Buildings, London, WC2N 5EJ

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

 
 
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Looking for somewhere to enjoy all-day dining close to Trafalgar Square? The Strand Dining Rooms, a 180 cover British restaurant from Mark Harris, may just fit the bill. Harris has previously held positions at The Capital Hotel, Simon Parker Bowles' Green's Restaurant & Oyster Bar, and Searcy's at The Gherkin. For this venture, part of the redevelopment of the grand looking 1-3 Grand Buildings, he has teamed up with Russell Sage Studios interiors who have created an interior based on a traditional Pullman Coach with rich polished wood finishes and beautiful detailing. Promising exceptional service and value for money - "very much at the core of everything I believe in", according to Harris - wine will also play an important part at this quintessentially British restaurant, with wines from specialist suppliers like Bibendum, Corney & Barrow, Flint Wines and Decorum Vintners. In the words of Russell Sage, this is "sure to be one of the stand out restaurant openings of 2014".
 
 
 

Silk and Grain

Opened 9th July 2014

Where:
Silk and Grain, 33 Cornhill, London London, EC3V 3ND
Category: British Cuisine

Silk and Grain, 33 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3ND

Tube: Bank Station, Monument Station, Cannon Street Station

 
 
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Combining a ground floor cocktail bar and first floor restaurant with steak featuring prominently on the British-inspired menu, Silk & Grain is a laid back, contemporary place to enjoy a Moscow mule pick-me-up or a slow roasted pork belly lunch in the City. Highlights on the grazing menu include Clonakilty black pudding scotched quail's eggs, crispy pig's ears, and British cheeses and charcuterie. Upstairs in the main restaurant more substantial mains make the most of the steaks cooked on the Josper grill but there are also lighter options like a tomato, mint and quinoa salad with goats' cheese and beetroot pickled eggs.
 
 
 

Le Restaurant de Paul

Opened 15th July 2014

Where:
Le Restaurant de Paul, 29 Bedford Street, London London, WC2E 9ED
Category: French Cuisine

Le Restaurant de Paul, 29 Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9ED

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

 
 
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Popular French bakery chain Paul has branched out with its very first all-day dining brasserie and they've made the leap on the site of their flagship bakery and patisserie shop in Covent Garden. Le Restaurant de Paul is open from breakfast until diner, serving up plentiful portions of traditional French favourites alongside the brand's already popular soups, salads, cakes and pastries. For a hearty feast try tender, succulent Coq au Vin, delicately prepared Confit de Canard aux Olives and delicious Entrecote a la Bordelaise - 'steak et frites' - just a few of the new 'plats du jour' on the menu.

Le Restaurant de Paul is open from 7am to 11pm Monday to Friday; 8am to 11pm Saturday and from 8am to 10.30pm on Sunday. The original PAUL bakery remains in the entrance and closes at 9pm daily.
 
 
 

Peyton and Byrne Greenwich

Opened 15th July 2014

Where:
Peyton and Byrne Greenwich, 20-22 Greenwich Church Street, London London, SE10 9BJ
Category: Cafes and Delis

Peyton and Byrne Greenwich, 20-22 Greenwich Church Street, London, SE10 9BJ

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

 
 
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Oven fresh, home-made artisan bread, cakes, and pastries are baked daily at Peyton and Byrne, the cafe chain set up by restaurateur and Great British Menu judge Oliver Peyton. As well as sandwiches using bread baked that day they offer hot baked pies and tarts from sausage rolls to individual goat's cheese tarts. Start the day with a blueberry and yoghurt muffin for breakfast and indulge in sweet goodies like West Country apple cake and the chocolate, caramel explosion cake come tea time. They also sell over 40 exclusive blends of teas and coffee ground on-site as well as beautifully packaged grocery items like pear, date and ale chutney and a particularly spicy, tangy and crunchy piccalilli.
 
 
 

IWM London (Imperial War Museums)

Opened 19th July 2014

Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, London London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums

IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ

Tube: Lambeth North Station

 
 
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The IWM London, the flagship Imperial War Museum which offers a thoughtful look at what day-to-day life is like for both citizens and soldiers in times of conflict, re-opens on 19th July 2014 with a dramatic new atrium space by Fosters + Partners, and new permanent First World War Galleries, a highlight of which is a trench complete with periscopes, sounds and projections recreating what life was like behind the front line on the Western Front. Entering the museum, visitors see 'Witnesses to War', nine iconic objects including a Harrier, Spitfire and V2 rocket suspended from the ceiling. Level 1 of the transformed space presents 'Turning Points: 1934-1945' with key stories from the Second World War. 'Peace and Security' on level 2 explores contemporary conflicts from 1945 through to present day while 'Curiosities of War' on level 3 presents some of the more obscure objects in the museum's collections including a bar where the dambusters crew used to drink, and a sofa which troops in Afghanistan made out of hesco fencing. The museum also has three shops, a museum cafe run by Peyton and Byrne which opens out onto the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, as well as new and improved visitor facilities.

IWM London is currently undergoing work for a major redevelopment project and as a result is closed until 19th July 2014. In summer 2014, after a year of continued transformation and development, the museum will fully re-open with the launch of brand new First World War Galleries to mark the 100 year anniversary of the start of the First World War, alongside a new atrium, shops and a park-side cafe.

While IWM London is closed, IWM's other London branches, Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast, will remain open as normal.


For more information visit iwm.org.uk
 
 
 

Pancras Square Leisure

Opened 19th July 2014

Where:
Pancras Square Leisure, 5 Pancras Square, London London, N1C 4AG
Category:

Pancras Square Leisure, 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 
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Located in the heart of Kings Cross, Pancras Square Leisure centre offers a 25 metre swimming pool, smaller teaching pool, two exercise studios with over 25 classes per week and a 90 station gym and fitness facility. Opened in July 2014, the leisure centre sits as part of the 14-storey 5 Pancras Square building, designed by leading architectural practice Bennetts Associates, which incorporates a library, customer access centre, cafe and Camden Council offices. The triple-height lobby of the street-level public entrance on Pancras Road provides direct access to the leisure facilities which are spread across the lower two floors - on the lower ground and basement - As well as the swimming pool and gym in the basement there's also a fantastic sauna and steam room for you to relax in after your workout.
 
 
 

Pancras Square Library

Opened 19th July 2014

Where:
Pancras Square Library, 5 Pancras Square, London London, N1C 4AG
Category: Libraries

Pancras Square Library, 5 Pancras Square, London, N1C 4AG

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 
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In July 2014 St Pancras Library closed in its former location, Argyle Street, and relocated to shiny new premises at 5 Pancras Square, a new-build 14-storey building in the heart of Kings Cross which provides a modern and welcoming space in which to borrow books and use the computers and enjoy classes like baby bounce and rhyme time. Pancras Square Library offers a wide selection of books, CDs and DVDs to borrow, newspapers and magazines to read on site, and computers with free internet access. Added extras include a youth zone and a children's library located next to the cafe.
 
 
 

Lima Floral

Opened 23rd July 2014

Where:
Lima Floral, 14 Garrick Street, London London, WC2E 9BJ
Category: South American Cuisine

Lima Floral, 14 Garrick Street, London, WC2E 9BJ

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

 
 
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Virgilio Martinez's Lima, the first Peruvian restaurant to win a Michelin star, expands to a second site on Covent Garden's Garrick Street in mid July 2014. In the new Lima Floral restaurant by Peruvian chef Virgilio Martinez and his partners, Gabriel and Jose Luis Gonzalez there are two spaces: the main restaurant and a 'piqueos bar', a bar serving tapas dishes. The menu, overseen by Martinez and head chef Robert Ortiz, features some of Lima's most popular dishes as well as new dishes. Highlights include scallops with chia ceviche, Amazonian fish with warm causa and kholrabi and quinoa tiradito. New tastes and experiences include innovative use of rare native Peruivan ingredients from the Amazon and the Andes. The bar menu, ideal for sharing, includes small piqueo dishes like grouper with rocoto tiger's milk ceviche and tuna and seared aubergine tiradito. B3 designers, also responsible for Gymkhana, Bubbledogs and Roka, have transformed the historic building, originally built as a monastery, making use of large arched windows to create a bright and airy dining room on the ground floor. In the comfortable drinking den in the basement cocktails are variations on the classic Pisco Sour - Pisco, lime juice, egg white, sugar syrup and bitters - are shaken with ice to a frothy finish.
 
 
 

Munki

Opened 26th July 2014

Where:
Munki, 12 Putney High Street, London London, SW15 1SL
Category: Bars

Munki, 12 Putney High Street, London, SW15 1SL

Tube: Putney Bridge Station

 
 
Cocktails for cheeky monkeys are served at Munki, a late night bar offering sophisticated drinks at a 100-cover venue split over three floors and overlooking Putney Bridge. Monkeys will feel at home swinging through the trees etched onto the windows of the glass fronted ground floor bar, and there's sure to be a bit of monkeying around once a few of the gin based martinis have been imbibed. But there's no need to go over the top - a bar menu supplied by the Putney Pantry opposite is perfect for nibbling on while selecting which cocktail to have next. Different areas mean Munki can cater for everything from an intimate date to a group of friends, whether in the speakeasy bar, the library room, or the walled garden at the back, and there are lovely river views from the mezzanine level.
 
 
 

Pizza Pilgrims Pizzeria & Frigittoria

Opened Late July 2014

Where:
Pizza Pilgrims Pizzeria & Frigittoria, 11 Kingly Court, London London, W1B 5PW
Category: Italian Cuisine

Pizza Pilgrims Pizzeria & Frigittoria, 11 Kingly Court, London, W1B 5PW

Tube: Oxford Circus Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 
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The second restaurant from Pizza Pilgrims James and Thom Elliot is in Kingly Court just off Carnaby Street, serving not only their popular pizzas but also offering monthly specials inspired by the street food scene in Naples. The 'friggitoria' part of the name, Pizza Pilgrims Pizzeria & Frigittoria, refers to a traditional frying section so you'll find dishes like arancini with slow-cooked ragu and mozzarella, plus Pizza Fritta calzones, with sundried tomato, salami, mozzarella, parmesan cheese, ricotta and basil. The menu also offers crispy potato and mortadella croquettes, courgette flowers and melanzane and zucchini fritti (aubergine and courgette in batter). Desserts focus around Bocca di Lupo's Gelupo gelati, served by cone or cup, as well as Pizza Pilgrims' Nutella Pizza Ring. Hackney's Terrone Coffee Co supply the coffee, and an authentic Italian feel is brought about by table football, 1990s songs, and arcade games. An outdoor seating area and an outdoor gelati kiosk in Kingly Court is ideal for al fresco summer dining.
 
 
 

Hixter Bankside

Opened July 2014

Where:
Hixter Bankside, Metal Box Factory, Great Guildford Street, London London, SE1 9EP
Category: British Cuisine

Hixter Bankside, Metal Box Factory, Great Guildford Street, London, SE1 9EP

Tube: Borough Station

 
 
First Mark Hix brought us Tramshed in Shoreditch then Hixter came to the City. Both restaurants - where the choice is chicken or steak, to share - have proved so popular that a second Hixter has been brought to the Metal Box Factory, Bankside, round the corner from Tate Modern. Meat is good quality, marbled Himalayan salt dry-aged steak comes from hand-selected cows and chicken is barn-reared at Swainson House Farm in Lancashire. Mains can be top and tailed by starters and puddings which change with the seasons. The large 7,000 square foot Hixter Bankside also includes a Mark's Bar, similar to the original and award-winning Mark's Bar in Soho. Located in the basement, the bar space gives a nod to the building's past with a sunken bar circling the old metal cooling pool, adorned with salvaged cinema-style seating and an art installation by Helen Chadwick that replicates a London underground tube carriage. Two private dining rooms for 8 to 50 guests are the perfect way to feast with friends from a range of private dining menus.
 
 
 

Duck & Dry

Opened 1st August 2014

Where:
Duck & Dry, 333-337 King's Road, London London, SW3 5ES
Category: Hair and Grooming

Duck & Dry, 333-337 King's Road, London, SW3 5ES

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 
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Duck & Dry is not your typical salon experience. Don't come here for a hair cut, instead it's the place to go for an updo or blow dry before a big night out. They have a menu of eight signature blow drys and eight updos offered in a fresh and stylish space at a fixed price, regardless of hair type or length. Open daily 7.30am until 7.30pm, the team caters for all lifestyles and occasions whether you want a pre-party or a post-work fix with nibbles and drinks on tap.
 
 
 

106 Baker St

Opened 11th August 2014

Where:
106 Baker St, 106 Baker Street, London London, W1U 6TW
Category: Cafes and Delis

106 Baker St, 106 Baker Street, London, W1U 6TW

Tube: Baker Street Station

 
 
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Open from breakfast until 7pm, and ideal for lingerig over a weekend brunch, 106 Baker St is a cute all day cafe serving fresh salads, great coffee and hot dishes with a Mediterranean influence. Ingredients are sourced locally from London markets and from Italy for dishes like ravioli filled with roasted veal and melt-in-the-mouth cepes mushrooms. As well as good quality coffee there are freshly pressed juices in unusual flavours like cantaloupe and watermelon. And there are sweet treats like cacao-beetroot cake, chocolate biscotti and butter shortbreads to have with your flat white. Sit at small tables for two while borrowing one of the newspapers hung on poles, and take in the old fashioned floor tiles and fire place. Head to the terrace/garden outside and you can enjoy your cuppa while overlooked by a white bicycle hanging on the wall.
 
 
 

Skypool at the Shangri-La Hotel

Opened 18th August 2014

Where:
Skypool at the Shangri-La Hotel, Floor 52, Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London London, SE1 9SY
Category:

Skypool at the Shangri-La Hotel, Floor 52, Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, London, SE1 9SY

Tube: London Bridge Station

 
 
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High up on the 52nd floor of the highest hotel in Western Europe sits the highest pool in Western Europe. The 11 by 4 metre heated Skypool offers a tranquil escape for guests of the Shangri-La Hotel (staying at the luxury hotel for a dizzying £450 per night). At night the separation screens are drawn back as the sun sets and the pool becomes part of Gong, the hotel's hip bar and the highest place to sip cocktails in London. The pool is overshadowed by an oversized 'paint scroll' which appears to float overhead as swimmers do their lengths while looking west across the City, taking in views of St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye and Westminster. If you really want to push the boat out, the 30-cover poolside area can also be hired for the most spectacular sky-high party.
 
 
 

Tom's Kitchen

Opened 18th August 2014

Where:
Tom's Kitchen, 1 Commodity Quay, St Katharine Docks, London London, E1W 1AZ
Category: Brasseries

Tom's Kitchen, 1 Commodity Quay, St Katharine Docks, London, E1W 1AZ

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 
 
Set in newly developed Commodity Quay, the 130-seater Tom's Kitchen restaurant overlooks the luxury yachts in St Katharine Docks, Central London's only marina. Dishes include spicy crab cake, seven hour confit lamb and truffled macaroni cheese, familiar to fans of Tom's Kitchens which have already established a name for chef Tom Aikens with branches in Chelsea, at Somerset House and Canary Wharf. Alongside these are changing, seasonal dishes such as spatchcock baby chicken with BBQ sauce, cucumber salsa and haddock with sweet corn fritter, parsley and girolles. Puddings include the famed baked alaska to share and milk chocolate mousse profiteroles. Adjacent to the main restaurant is Tom's Kitchen Deli which offers an array of homemade seasonal sandwiches, soups, hotpots and salads to go. For something sweet to go with your coffee there's jam-filled doughnuts and flourless chocolate fudge cake, enjoy while taking in the waterfront which can be seen through the restaurant's glass facade.
 
 
 

Carousel

Opened 20th August 2014

Where:
Carousel, Blandford Street, London London, W1U 8AB
Category:

Carousel, Blandford Street, London, W1U 8AB

Tube: Marble Arch Station

 
 
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Three stylish floors playing host to world-renowned chefs, innovative pop-ups and extraordinary events, right in the heart of Marylebone, Carousel is the brainchild of Shuttlecock Inc, award-winning purveyors of London's most irreverent pop-ups, parties and events. Using flavour, design, performance and music to create unforgettable experiences, Carousel is behind some of the more unusual events you'll encounter in London. With this permanent venue in Marylebone's Blandford Street, the company is expected to be here for the next five years, hiring out the venue to other like-minded event planners while also hosting one-off food events downstairs.
 
 
 

Eelbrook

Opened September 2014

Where:
Eelbrook, Eel Brook Common, New King's Road, London London, SW6 4SE
Category: British Cuisine

Eelbrook, Eel Brook Common, New King's Road, London, SW6 4SE

Tube: Fulham Broadway Station

 
 
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Set in what was originally the common's groundsman building, Eelbrook opens up onto Eel Brook Common offering scenic seating for up to 22 people on its covered and heated terrace outside. Inside, where there's seating for up to 50, the dining room has been designed using natural blonde wood finishes to link the interior with the trees outside - the work of Haruo Morishima (Wagamama, Hakkasan, Yauatcha) and architectural designer Kok Loong Wong. The Eelbrook menu promises an eclectic mix of dishes made from the best of British ingredients with influences from throughout the Mediterranean - with flavours from Spain, Italy, Greece and the Eastern Mediterranean (Turkey, Lebanon and thereabouts) and North Africa. This promise translates into sandwiches like lobster roll, cucumber, chive mayonnaise for lunch, and appetisers of Lindisfarne rock oysters and courgette flowers on the a la carte menu. Mains are a mix of fish and meat with choices like grilled wild bream, cod confit, and roasted poussin served with Middle Eastern influences of allspice rub and fattoush. One note of warning: don't get Eelbrook confused with the nearby The Eel Brook pub, previously the Southern Cross, which also faces the common and is located on New Kings Road.
 
 
 

Zetter Townhouse Marylebone

Opened September 2014

Where:
Zetter Townhouse Marylebone, 28-30 Seymour Street, London London, W1H 7JB
Category: New Hotels

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

Tube: Marble Arch Station

 
 
Mark Sainsbury and Michael Benyon's Zetter Group - which owns the Zetter and Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell - opens a new hotel on Seymour Street, Marylebone, in September 2014. The 6 storey townhouse hotel will have interiors by Russell Sage Studios, a spectacular suite on the top floor and a cool cocktail bar on the ground floor. The project entailed the demolition of a Grade II listed building in poor structural condition and a brand new building which includes 24 bedrooms and a roof terrace. 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. We can't wait to meet him.
 
 
 

Roka Aldwych

Opened Late summer 2014

Where:
Roka Aldwych, 150 Aldersgate Street, London London, EC1A 4AB
Category: Japanese Cuisine

Roka Aldwych, 150 Aldersgate Street, London, EC1A 4AB

Tube: Barbican Station, St. Paul's Station

 
 
One of two new Roka resturants to open in 2014, Roka Aldwych, at 150 Aldersgate Street, promises "a new dynamic altogether" when it opens late in the summer. The Aldwych opening follows the launch of Roka Mayfair in February 2014 and brings 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. 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.
 
 
 

Basement Sate

Opened 4th September 2014

Where:
Basement Sate, 8 Broadwick Street, London London, W1F 8HN
Category: Bars

Basement Sate, 8 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 8HN

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 
What a sweet idea. London's first bar serving only cocktails and desserts, Basement Sate combines inventive cocktails made with unusual ingredients like seaweed and salted caramel, with a choice of six seductive sweets. But these are not your typical after dinner treats. The dessert menu has been created by Dorian Picard, a French pastry chef who has worked for the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Pascal Aussignac. It's all served up in a basement bar in Soho, complete with exposed brick work, copper topped tables and intimate lighting.
 
 
 

The Victoria

Opened 4th September 2014

Where:
The Victoria, 110 Grove Road, Bow, London London, E3 5TH
Category: Pubs

The Victoria, 110 Grove Road, Bow, London, E3 5TH

Tube: Mile End Station

 
 
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The award-winning Yummy Pub Co has expanded recently with their latest London venture of transforming The Victoria in Mile End into a trendy gastropub. Formerly a typical east London boozer with a bland façade and chabby chic interior, the pub has now been given a new lease of life and will be a welcome addition for locals - especially with the recent closure of seven pubs in the area. Following the same format as the company's King's Cross venue, the Somerstown Coffee House, The Victoria now boasts three distinctive themes across its three floors. On the ground floor guests are welcomed into a stylish gastropub that serves a range of beers, cask ales and food, including a tempting range of British tapas dishes such as scotch eggs and breaded brie. This floor is also home to a newly created artisan coffee bar, open early every day and accessible from both inside and out. Venturing onto the first floor, diners will find the Ssshh Supper Club, a trio of themed rooms including The Kitchen Room, where you can watch the chefs at work; The Board Room, ideal for parties and small gatherings with its hidden stash of aged and oaked scotch; and the Lodge Room, a kiddie free area that's perfect for a quiet Sunday Lunch or romantic date. Meanwhile, the basement houses the hidden Magri's Cocktail Bar - the entrance to which we are keeping firmly under wraps! On top of all that, Yummy also plan on taking advantage of the building's flat roofs by using the space to grow their own fruit and vegetables, and keep chickens to lay fresh eggs, while the generous sized beer garden is home to a cocktail caravan and ingenious sheltered booths to ensure the garden is inviting all year round. We know where we're going to be at the weekend from now on.
 
 
 

Artist Residence London

Opened 12th September 2014

Where:
Artist Residence London, 52 Cambridge Street, London London, SW1V 4QQ
Category: New Hotels

Artist Residence London, 52 Cambridge Street, London, SW1V 4QQ

Tube: Victoria Station

 
 
Artist Residence London is a ten bedroom hotel with a restaurant and cocktail lounge overlooking a lovely garden in the London neighbourhood of Pimlico, just a 5 minute walk from Victoria Station. The hotel has eight individually designed bedrooms and two suites, ranging from Small to Grand Suite with the Loft on the third floor which includes a seating area for two. The young owners already have two successful hotels in Brighton and Penzance, and, like them, Artist Residence London is furnished in a relaxed style using exposed brick set off by pieces sourced from antique shops and original artwork.
 
 
 

NOW Gallery

Opens 19th September 2014

Where:
NOW Gallery, 1 Green Place, Greenwich Peninsula, London London, SE10 0PE
Category: Art Galleries

NOW Gallery, 1 Green Place, Greenwich Peninsula, London, SE10 0PE

Tube: North Greenwich Station

 
 
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Designed by London Eye artchitects Marks Barfield, NOW Gallery is a gallery in the Greenwich Peninsula created as a free public space for contemporary art and design. Intended as a space for a series of commissions, each lasting for three months, the gallery lends itself to immersive installations and site-specific works. "The space is a unique canvas for artists, sculptors, fashion designers, graphic artists and creatives to conjure up exhibits that are playful, inspiring and that bring alive our unconventional gallery space" said NOW Gallery curator Jemima Burrill before the gallery opened in September 2014.
 
 
 

Hoxton Holborn

Opens 25th September 2014

Where:
Hoxton Holborn, 199-206 High Holborn, London London, WC1V 7BD
Category: New Hotels

Hoxton Holborn, 199-206 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7BD

Tube: Holborn Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

Hoxton Holborn opens on 25th September 2014.

Eight years after it first opened its doors the hip Hoxton Hotel in Shoreditch replicates itself and sets up the east London favorite in Holborn. Just like the mothership, the 174-bed Hoxton Holborn has quirky design touches and rooms which are "cleverly designed to maximise comfort, space and style". Rooms are divided into four categories - Shoebox, Snug, Cosy, and Roomy - and while each differs in size all share the same design and features, like a leather armchair and wood-and-leather headboard. Shoeboxes, on the top floor of the hotel, may be small but they have far-reaching views over the city and offer very affordable accommodation for this location, while Cosy rooms are a great size for London. All rooms have 300-thread count sheets, rain showers, free WiFi, and come with complimentary breakfast bags. The hotel has two restaurants run in partnership with the Soho House Group: Hubbard & Bell restaurant set in an airy conservatory, and a Chicken Shop serving rotisserie chicken. There's the Holborn Grind run by the people behind Shoreditch Grind, and the Cheeky beauty salon if you want a bit of pampering.
 
 
 

Tredwell's

Opens 25th September 2014

Where:
Tredwell's, 4a Upper St Martins Lane, London London, WC2H 9NY
Category: British Cuisine

Tredwell's, 4a Upper St Martins Lane, London, WC2H 9NY

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

 
 
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Tredwell's opens on 25th September 2014

Marcus Wareing, the chef behind Michelin-starred London restaurant MARCUS at The Berkeley Hotel, turns restaurateur with Tredwell's, a casual British restaurant open seven days a week in Seven Dials. His restaurant company's first standalone venue that's not in a hotel, Tredwell's is a 130-seat restaurant on three floors with a bar in the basement. The informal interior design is by Robert Angell who has used racing green leather banquettes and booth seating and allowed in lots of natural light via large windows and a skylight. The cocktail list comes from Dav Eames, Bar Manager at The Gilbert Scott, and the food is British with worldly influences. While this restaurant is under the Marcus Wareing Restaurants banner he is not in the kitchen, that's where head chef Andrew Ward resides. He has created a menu which will include dishes such as crayfish and quinoa salad with black rice, salmon with spirulina, cauliflower, chilli and soy, and lamb chops with minted bean chutney.
 
 
 

Locanda Locatelli

Opens 28th September 2014

Where:
Locanda Locatelli, Hyatt Regency Hotel The Churchill, 8 Seymour Street, London London, W1H 7JZ
Category: Italian Cuisine

Locanda Locatelli, Hyatt Regency Hotel The Churchill, 8 Seymour Street, London, W1H 7JZ

Tube: Marble Arch Station

 
 
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Locanda Locatelli is closed for refurbishment from 27th July and is due to re-open on 28th September 2014.

This superb restaurant within the Hyatt Regency Hotel The Churchill opened in 2002 as the first solo venture of Giorgio Locatelli (formerly Head Chef at Zafferano) and has since won praise from virtually every visitor and the Michelin men who first awarded it a star in 2003. The decor is reminiscent of the more stylish side of the New Romantic era, all tasteful drapes and elegant retro fittings, and the service is bright and friendly. The menu includes Italian classics and a few innovative twists, but the strength of this menu comes from the total commitment to ingredients. All the food is sourced from Italy and all pastas, marinades and the likes are freshly made on the premises. Such attention to detail gives the ideal foundation for classic Italian cooking. Every menu item here is cooked in a simple but loving style, and the well-balanced dishes allow the flavours to shine through. Competing for the title of "best Italian kitchen in London", you'll have to book early but it's well worth it for a meal that will stay with you for years to come. First class.

Notes:
Book early.
 
 
 

Mondrian London

Opens 30th September 2014

Where:
Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, London London, SE1 9PF
Category: New Hotels

Mondrian London, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PF

Tube: Bermondsey Station

 
 
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Mondrian London opens on 30th September 2014.

Intended to be a luxury hotel when it was first designed in the 1970s, Sea Containers House fulfills its original purpose when it opens as a Tom Dixon designed hotel in late summer 2014. The building, situated between the OXO Tower and Blackfriars Bridge, will become the Mondrian London, a luxury hotel from the Morgans Hotel Group - the New York based boutique hotel group who brought us swanky hotels the Sanderson and St Martin's Lane. Tom Dixon's Design Research Studio, responsible for the design, is planning a transatlantic theme; "the copper-clad lobby gives a nod to the convex shape of a ship's hull" according to Vogue magazine which predicts the Dandelyan bar will be "the hip port of call" with its views across the river to St Paul's, its green marble bar, and the trio of bar masters who have come from the White Lyan bar in Hoxton. Most of the hotel's 359 guest rooms and suites have spectacular river and city and the hotel also houses a riverside bar and brasserie with outdoor seating, and an exclusive rooftop lounge and terrace. As with all Morgans hotels, the spa will be a luxury affair, branded to fit in with the signature Agua style with six treatment suites, relaxation space and a manicure and pedicure room. Spaces for hire include the 56-seat private screening room, break out and meeting rooms.
 
 
 

National Theatre: Dorfman Theatre

Opens 30th September 2014

Where:
National Theatre: Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, London London, SE1 9PX
Category: Theatres

National Theatre: Dorfman Theatre, National Theatre, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX

Tube: Temple Station, Waterloo Station

 
 
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The National Theatre's Dorfman Theatre opens on 30th September 2014.

Replacing the National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre, which closed on 23rd February 2013, the Dorfman Theatre will see the site redeveloped, with a greater capacity, more comfortable seats, better sight-lines and enlarged foyer spaces. The National Theatre's smallest space will be renamed after philanthropist Lloyd Dorfman, founder and chairman of Travelex, who provided a large donation towards the National's £70m future development programme. Improvements including additional and more comfortable seating will mean that an extra 27,000 people each year can gain access to what are often sold-out performances. Further refurbishments include balconies with improved sightlines, equipping the auditorium for daytime education use, much needed new foyer space, improved acoustics, lighting and signage and a lift, making the Dorfman fully accessible for the first time. In the meantime, during the Cottesloe's closure, a temporary performance space called The Shed has been set up at the front of the South Bank building.
 
 
 

Ethos

Opens September 2014

Where:
Ethos, 48 Eastcastle Street, London London, W1W 8DX
Category: Vegetarian Cuisine

Ethos, 48 Eastcastle Street, London, W1W 8DX

Tube: Oxford Circus Station

 
 

Ethos opens in September 2014.

Ethos serves a global menu including unique, homemade BBQ 'ribs' and Hyderabadi Scotch eggs that should appeal to all, even the meat eaters among you. Open all day, they serve everything from your morning coffee to seasonal salads for lunch, through to spicy curries, hearty Tuscan stews and creative cocktails for post-work dinner and drinks. Other dishes include Thai corn fritters, Colombian crema de Aguacata soup, and Lebanese green bean and tomato salad, loubieh - see, we told you it was a global menu. If you've still got room for pudding, try indulgent cake balls, a lemon and raspberry posset or gevulde speculaas biscuits - a Dutch-inspired dessert. On the drinks menu are juices, cocktails and wines, coffees and speciality teas. Contemporary interiors are decked out in silver birch trees and neutral whites and blues with gold accents, airily lit through floor-to-ceiling windows.
 
 
 

Galadari

Opens September 2014

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

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

Tube: Blackfriars Station

 
 
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Galadari opens on 8th floor of Crowne Plaza - The City in September 2014.

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.
 
 
 

Spring

Opens September 2014

Where:
Spring, Somerset House, London London, WC2R 1LA
Category: British Cuisine

Spring, Somerset House, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 
 
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Spring opens in September 2014.

Australian chef Skye Gyngell, who famously left Petersham Nurseries in Richmond in 2012, shortly after the restaurant was awarded a Michelin star, sets up Spring as her first solo venture in a wing of Somerset House that housed the Inland Revenue for the past 150 years. "There will be 18 chefs," according to the Evening Standard, "and everything from breads, cheeses and even vermouths will be made on-site." The kitchen is to be adjacent to the grand dining room and covered garden atrium that makes up the 100-cover restaurant. Well known for her culinary style, and her highly creative and delicious use of fruits and vegetables, the menu is expected to make use of in-season ingredients. After becoming culinary director at Heckfield Place in Hampshire, Skye says she is craving city life and with this new restaurant she's certainly back in the spotlight as far as London's dining cognoscenti is concerned.
 
 
 

Spiaggia

Opens End of September 2014

Where:
Spiaggia, 461-465 North End Road, London London, SW6 1NZ
Category: Italian Cuisine

Spiaggia, 461-465 North End Road, London, SW6 1NZ

Tube: Fulham Broadway Station

 
 

Spiaggia opens at the end of September or early October 2014.

Spiagga brings the Italian Riviera to Fulham (the name means 'beach' in Italian) through a sunny Mediterranean palette of warm yellows and cool aquas, sunloungers, and a menu of piadinas - thin Italian flatbreads - and piattini, Italian tapas. Restaurant owner Mish Haddad took inspiration from living and working in Italy to bring diners salami napoli, mozzarella and San Marzano tomatoes and Provolone cheese and roasted peppers with borlotti bean and chilli mash piadinas, salads, authentic pasta dishes and spiedini - skewers from the robata grill. Those with a sweet tooth will love the Bella Donna piadinas made with Nutella, banana and Baileys. It's all served up in a chilled out way with the 50-seat restaurant decorated in painted tongue-and-groove timber, vintage arcade games, and retro neon signs saying 'dive in' and 'relax' - in Italian, of course.
 
 
 

The Fish & Chip Shop City

Opens 2nd October 2014

Where:
The Fish & Chip Shop City, Dashwood House, 69 Broad Street, London London, EC2M 1QS
Category: Fish and Seafood

The Fish & Chip Shop City, Dashwood House, 69 Broad Street, London, EC2M 1QS

Tube: Liverpool Street Station, Moorgate Station

 
 
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The Fish and Chip Shop City: soft launch 8th and 9th October | Officially opens Friday 10th October 2014.

Following the hugely successful launch in 2013 of The Fish & Chip Shop on Upper Street Islington, a second Fish & Chip Shop has come to The City. Owned by former CEO of Caprice Holdings, Des McDonald, The Fish & Chip Shop City offers much the same as the Islington site - "a proper bloody fish restaurant" (Giles Coren) - but with some new dishes as well as seating for 16 outside. Fresh, responsibly sourced fish is the key ingredient here whether you're opting for 'posh fish and chips', or for seafood from the raw bar. The kitchen is headed up by Steve Wilson, formerly of Scott's and Daphne's, whose food can be washed down with a choice of wine, Champagne and sparkling wine, bottle and draft beer, or seaside themed cocktails - try the Dirty 'Fish' Martini and you'll get a concoction of vodka, anchovy brine and anchovies. Interiors of the 60 cover restaurant, designed by Box 9 Design, pay homage to the traditional British cafe with accents of salvaged timber, antique Georgian glass, duck egg blue panelling and burgundy-glazed tiles. Want to takeaway? There's a dedicated window for those who want to fish and fly.
 
 
 

The Beaumont

Opens 9th October 2014

Where:
The Beaumont, 8 Balderton Street, London London, W1K 6TF
Category: New Hotels

The Beaumont, 8 Balderton Street, London, W1K 6TF

Tube: Bond Street Station, Marble Arch Station

 
 
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The Beaumont opens in late September, bookings are being taken for Thursday 9th October 2014 onwards.

Restaurateurs Jeremy King and Chris Corbin are to open a boutique hotel overlooking Brown Hart Gardens at 8 Balderton Street in the former Avis building, a 1920's Art Deco structure originally used as a garage. The Beaumont, a 75-room hotel in Mayfair, will feature an inhabitable sculpture of a crouching man, called Habitat, by 'Angel of the North' artist Anthony Gormley which is predicted to become a landmark for the area. King and Corbin, who have made their name with top notch eateries like The Wolseley, The Ivy and Le Caprice have developed the £40 million in partnership with property firm Grosvenor to a design by ReardonSmith architects who have previously worked on the Four Seasons on Park Lane, The Savoy, and Claridge's. The boutique hotel at 8 Balderton Street will comprise a royal suite, restaurant, a small private private dining room, lobby bar/salon, spa and leisure facilities as well as the 75 guest rooms.
 
 
 

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company

Opens October 2014

Where:
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Trocadero, 7-14 Coventry Street, London London, W1D 7DH
Category: Fish and Seafood

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, Trocadero, 7-14 Coventry Street, London, W1D 7DH

Tube: Piccadilly Circus Station, Leicester Square Station

 
 

Bubba Gump London opens in October 2014.

Bubba Gump Shrimp Company, the seafood restaurant chain inspired by the 1994 film Forrest Gump, comes to London opening at the Trocadero site once occupied by Planet Hollywood which has since moved to Haymarket. The menu at this famous chain of seafood restaurants features shrimp, as the name suggests, including Shrimp Shack Mac & Cheese, Dumb Luck Coconut Shrimp, and Shrimper's Heaven. But it has also won awards for its dixie style baby back ribs and its drink menu which includes margaritas hand-shaken at your table. If you've still got room indulge in all-American puds like Chocolate Chip Cookie Sundae. This will be the first Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurant in England but the company has many locations in the States including the original on Cannery Row in Monterey, California, which opened in 1996 and one at Universal Studios Florida.
 
 
 

Quaglino's

Opens October 2014

Where:
Quaglino's, 16 Bury Street, London London, SW1Y 6AJ
Category: Modern European Cuisine

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

Tube: Green Park Station, Piccadilly Circus Station

 
 
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Quaglino's re-opens in October 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. The stars have moved on and its mad post-modern decor (not what one expects from Conran) has dated rather badly, but the sense of fun remains and it attracts a boisterous crowd of bright young things who enjoy the sensibly-priced set menus and sheer scale of the cavernous dining room. The food is simple Brasserie fare, with lots of shellfish, and though it doesn't aspire to the gastronomic heights of D & D London's (formerly Conran Restaurants) other eateries, the prices are sensible, the portions sizeable and the venue thoroughly entertaining.
 
 
 

10 Trinity Square

Opens End 2014

Where:
10 Trinity Square, , London London, EC3P 3AX
Category: New Hotels

10 Trinity Square, , London, EC3P 3AX

Tube: Chancery Lane Station

 
 
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10 Trinity Square hotel is due to open Q4 2014.

One of the most iconic buildings in the City of London, 10 Trinity Square, is to be sympathetically transformed into a luxury hotel, due to open in 2014. The landmark building, originally the headquarters of the Port of London Authority, opened in 1922 to a design by well known architect Sir Edwin Cooper. Architects Woods Bagot have worked with English Heritage to preserve as much of the building's existing fabric as possible. Plans include the restoration of the glazed central rotunda which was bombed during the Second World War - the proposed new central glass canopy has earned it the nickname 'the whirlpool'. And an unsightly 1970s office block will be removed. Occupying a prominent location overlooking the Tower Of London and with views of the River Thames, the development of the hotel - which will also see the enhancement of Seething Lane Garden - is one of the most exciting building projects in the City.
 
 
 

Bone Daddies Whole Foods Market

Opens 1st November 2014

Where:
Bone Daddies Whole Foods Market, 63-97 Kensington High Street, The Barkers Building, London 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

 
 
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Bone Daddies opens in 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.
 
 
 

Dishoom King's Cross

Opens November 2014

Where:
Dishoom King's Cross, Stable Street, London London, N1C 4AA
Category: Indian/South Asian Cuisine

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

Tube: King's Cross Station

 
 
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Dishoom King's Cross opens in 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.
 
 
 

Sky Garden

Opens 1st December 2014

Where:
Sky Garden, 20 Fenchurch Street, London London, EC3M 3BY
Category: British Cuisine

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

Tube: Monument Station, Bank Station, Cannon Street Station

 
 
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The Sky Garden will open in early December 2014.

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 and a bar serving champagne and canapes, a chic brasserie and viewing area 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.
 
 
 

Z Shoreditch

Opens January 2015

Where:
Z Shoreditch, 136-144 City Road, London London, EC1V 2RL
Category: New Hotels

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

Tube: Chancery Lane Station

 
 

Z Shoreditch opens in 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.
 
 
 

Hyatt Place London Heathrow Hayes

Opens 1st May 2015

Where:
Hyatt Place London Heathrow Hayes, Hayes Gate House, 27 Uxbridge Road, London London, UB4 0JN
Category: New Hotels

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

Tube: Northolt Station

 
 
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Hyatt Place London Heathrow/Hayes is due to open in spring 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.
 
 
 

Hilton London Bankside

Opens 1st June 2015

Where:
Hilton London Bankside, Great Suffolk Street, London London, SE1 0UG
Category: New Hotels

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

Tube: Southwark Station

 
 
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Hilton London Bankside opens in summer 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 summer 2015 opening.
 
 
 

Park Plaza Park Royal

Opens 1st December 2015

Where:
Park Plaza Park Royal, 628 Western Avenue, London 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.
 
 
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Sophie Wallace

19th September 2014

 

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