From hot new hotel openings bringing the city new exciting eateries to Michelin-star Scandinavian delights, read on to find out the best restaurant openings this September.
Contemporary Indian restaurant, BiBi, will be opening its doors on 9th September with Chet Sharma (previously Moor Hall, Mugaritz and L’Enclume) heading the kitchen. The chef will bring their South Asian roots and passion for Indian cultures to the table, through a relaxed, playful menu.
Highlights will include Gondharaj scallop with scallop roe chaat masala; Chalk stream trout jhal muri; and Dagad phool lamb rump.
It’s always hugely exciting when a giant venue opens up its doors for the first time. Yet despite how difficult the last 18 months have been for the hospitality industry, we’ve already welcomed the likes of Eataly and Chameleon, two huge new venues, to the capital city. And there’s another jumbo opening headed for Covent Garden this September that we couldn’t be more exhilarated about welcoming.
Enter 3 Henrietta Street, a restored five floor building in the hub of Covent Garden. Set to be September’s biggest and brightest opening, the townhouse is studded with celebrated chefs, houses three restaurants and finally, will welcome tourists and locals alike back to the city once more.
The townhouse will house three restaurants from celebrated chefs Mark Greenaway, Luis Pous and Kimbley Lin. Alongside the restos, expect to find a new coffee house from The Gentlemen Baristas, perfect for those looking for a new joint to get their caffeine fix. Full write up here.
Opening 1st September, Pan Pacific London is an exciting new hotel that’s opening just moments from Liverpool Street station.
Nuzzled inside the hotel, designed by Yabu Pushelberg, lies three exciting restaurant and bar offerings. First up is the Straits Kitchen, their signature restaurant specialising in Singaporean-style dining. The formal dining room will serve up dishes such as Singaporean chilli soft shell crab mini sliders; Har Cheong Kai (crispy spring chicken, shrimp pasta, house-made spice and Chinese rose wine); and Native lobster nonya laksa.
There’ll also be a cocktail bar, named Ginger Lily, serving up cocktails including Palermo, a blend of light rum, pineapple juice, Sauvignon Blanc and sugar syrup. For the afternoon tea lovers, look to The Orchid Lounge serving up a beautiful Singaporean twist on your typical afternoon favourite.
If you love oodles of noodles, you’ll want to try out Koya’ latest venture – Koya Ko. Opening up on Broadway Market later this month, the new restaurant, co-founded by John Devitt and Shuko Oda, is already being dubbed Koya’s ‘little sister’ to its Soho and City sites.
Following in its siblings predecessors footsteps, the East London venture will continue to specialise in udon noodles, and will be inspired by the fast-paced dining of the train station noodle bars in Japan. The site will hold a small amount of space for indoor dining, with alfresco space spilling out onto Broadway Market.
Opening Date: Mid-September 2021
Where: 12 Broadway Market Mews, E8 4TS
Popular restaurant duo, Amy Corbin and Patrick Williams, will be opening up their fourth site, Kudu Grill, this month. The team behind the Peckham-based restaurant group Kudu Collective, their latest venture will be a 50-cover restaurant on Nunhead Lane.
Centring around the braai – a South African grill using only wood and charcoal – the resto draws on chef Patrick’s South African roots. He’ll be adding a more contemporary twist to traditional food found and loved from the country. Dishes include Duck terrine with biltong scratchings; and Dry-aged t-bone with beer pickled onions and onion treacle bordelaise.
This September sees chef Rohit Ghai (of Kutir in Chelsea) return to Mayfair, bringing with him a new must-try Indian destination. Located on Maddox Street, Manthan will bring to life flavours and tastes influenced by his culinary experience, both professionally and personally.
The menu will be made up of dishes that champion his home-style cooking and honed techniques. Expect dishes such as Goat shami kebab in bone marrow sauce; Aloo paratha; Curry leaf pepper fish; and Andra jackfruit dosai.
Opening Date: Early September 2021
Where: 49 Maddox Street, Mayfair, W1S 2PQ
Scandinavian food doesn’t get enough praise. But here to right that wrong is Michelin-starred chef Niklas Ekstedt who is set to open up his first restaurant outside of Stockholm this September.
Making a beeline for Westminster, Ekstedt at The Yard will be the latest culinary adventure for the historic Great Scotland Yard Hotel. The flagship restaurant will champion Niklas’ signature style – wood fired ‘old Nordic’ cooking. Ingredients will be British seasonal, all while focusing on traditional Scandinavian cooking techniques.
The Westin London City is set to open its doors this month, bringing with it three new exciting food and drink destinations.
Alongside providing the city with a new hotel, perfect for tourists, long-haul travellers and those wanting to enjoy a holiday experience closer to home, there are also three foodie offerings to look forward to. Including Mosaic, an all-day dining experience championing worldwide flavours and healthy alternatives; Hithe + Seek, a wine bar with views over the River Thames; and Westin Fresh by The Juicery, a juice bar that brings The Westin’s wellness focus to centre focus.
Ahead of their opening, and aligning with their passion for wellness, they are launching a Rise and Run programme. The hotel, in partnership with Charlie Watson (aka The Runner Beans), is inviting runners of all abilities to take take part in a run on Thursday 2nd September – sign up here.
Opening Date: 28th September
Where: 60 Upper Thames Street, EC4V 3AD
Here to make a noise at Leicester Square is the highly anticipated, The Londoner. Opening later this month, the hotel will make way for 350 rooms, 16 storeys (!!), six concept eateries, a members club-style private area, event space, a cinema and an entire floor dedicated to wellness.
Let’s talk about food. The Londoner’s signature restaurant is Whitcomb’s, which will offer Mediterranean delights perfect for all-day dining on small plates and mains. There’ll be influences of French cooking and Mediterranean cuisines. There’s also The Stage, a foodie venture dedicated to sophistication and Champagne.
Joshua’s Tavern will offer a wide range of gins, while over on the rooftop, 8 at The Londoner, will present Japanese cuisine and innovative mixology.
Opening Date: September 2021
Where: 38 Leicester Square, WC2H 7DX
Brought to you from the masterminds that created popular Indian establishment, Kricket, comes their debut bar SOMA. Opening 2nd September, the bar will serve up drinks influenced by the Indian subcontinent way into the wee hours.
Cocktails on offer include the Gooseberry Chaat Margarita, a swirling mix of tequila, triple sec, homemade gooseberry cordial and a touch of chaat masala; and the Pickled Mooli Martini with vodka, dry vermouth, lightly pickled mooli and fennel oil.
Opening Date: 2nd September
Where: 12-14 Denman Street, W1D 7HL