From the new Instagrammable cherry blossom brimming restaurant to Nightjar’s second speakeasy opening, there are some really exciting openings landing this month. Prepare yourself for innovative cocktails, sustainable cooking and a members’ club renovation…
Read on to find out more.
The Princess Royal
Returning to its former glory, The Princess Royal opens its doors after a major renovation. The pub, from the Cubitt House group, features a stunning restaurant and bars, as well as two private feasting rooms and four bedrooms.
The restaurant, spearheaded by chef director Ben Tish, is influenced by the flavours of the Mediterranean, offering a wide selection of sharing plates designed with feasting in mind. Tuck into the likes of whipped n’duja with fennel biscuits; three cheese pizzette fritta with spring truffle; red prawn crudo with rosemary and orange; and larger plates of Dorset coast monkfish with borlotti beans, chilli and salsa verde.
The interiors too are beautiful. Designed by director Georgie Pearman, they encompass the pub’s Victorian heritage, home to Victorian doors and stained glass panels.
Opening Date: Open now!
Where: 47 Hereford Road, W2 5AH
The National Gallery welcomes a new restaurant opening this month… Introducing Ochre, the new restaurant that champions seasonality and English produce through a contemporary European menu.
Executive chef Alex Drayton has created a menu that’s centred around local to the UK ingredients. Expect dishes such as saddleback pork and Westcombe cheddar croquette with wild nettle pesto and aged parmesan; beetroot and macadamia ‘ricotta’ with horseradish, macadamia, sorrel and red amaranth flowers; saffron fettuccine with Indian spiced ricotta, mint pesto, pickled shallow, aged parmesan and crispy chilli; and a moreish beer battered hake fillet sandwich on farmhouse loaf with tartare sauce and garden peas.
There’ll also be brunch and dinner options too, plus afternoon tea that’s launching in May!
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Opening Date: 04.02.2022
Where: National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
Moody atmospheric lighting and stunning traditional Chinese dishes presented immaculately… Could you get anymore Instagrammable? That’s what you can expect from London’s hottest new restaurant opening, Tattu.
Tattu London will open its doors at Outnernet’s The Now Building, located in the heart of the city on Denmark Street, and will bring the traditional Chinese flavours and ingredients that the restaurant group has become famed for. As well as its stunning interiors.
Executive chef Andrew Lasseter has devised a brand new menu, featuring dishes such as dim sum of pearly king crab dumpling; small plates of seven spiced seared tuna; and larger plates of XO scallops; Szechuan red pork belly; Chilean sea bass; and desserts of bubble tea and cotton cheesecake.
Opening Date: 08.04.2022
Where: The Now Building, Outernet, WC2H 0LA
Championing sustainability, Apricity is the new opening from multi-award winning chef, Chantelle Nicholson. Opening this month, the restaurant will be a veg-forward restaurant, centred around hyper-seasonal, sustainable produce from local growers and foraged ingredients.
The restaurant has been designed by Object Space Place, and will boast floor to ceiling windows overlooking Duke Street and a small terrace that spills out into the street. A chef’s table will also be available for small groups to get the real kitchen experience.
On the menu, expect dishes such as Cornish mackerel and Shetland mussels with sambal butter and pickled pear; roasted Kuri squash with fermented fire flame chilies, miso aioli, squash seed crumb and Thai basil; venison with elderberry and walnut butter; and crispy brussels sprouts with spent beer vinegar and rosemary.
Following a three year restoration and redevelopment, this month sees the iconic KOKO reopen its doors. Once home to the 19th century theatre, the space has been transformed into a 50,000 square foot music and arts venue, complete with the beautifully restored Victorian theatre, new ‘Fly Tower’ experience and a new day-to-night Cafe KOKO.
On the restaurant front, Cafe KOKO is a brand new bar and pizzeria opening on 27th April. The restaurant, headed by executive chef Andreas Engberg, will serve up breakfast through to dinner, offering a selection of New York style pizzas with an Italian twist and signature cheesecake. By night it’ll be a late-night tap bar serving up American classic cocktails, Italian leaning wine list and local craft beers.
Opening Date: 27.04.2022
Where: 1A Camden High Street, NW1 7JE
Cellar at Kindred
Hammersmith’s independent members’ club, Kindred is built around community and connection, providing Londoners with a space to come together and connect in a beautiful setting. This month sees them relaunch their on-site restaurant Cellar on 11th April.
Led by acclaimed chef Andrew Clarke, the ground floor restaurant is open to the public and will boast a menu that’s inspired by Clarke’s travels around the world.
Showcased through a selection of small and larger plates, enjoy dishes such as home-cured sea trout with radish, kohlrabi and dill; Korean spiced tartare of Dexter beef served with straw chips; mutton merguez flatbread with pink onion, herb labneh and salsa verde; and celeriac schnitzel with cavolo nero, wild mushrooms and wild garlic butter.
Acme Fire Cult
A brand new concept from chefs Andrew Clarke and Daniel Watkins, Acme Fire Cult hopes to revolutionise the BBQ. They are moving away from the traditional meaty association with barbecue and are letting vegetables take centre stage.
Located in the indoor and outdoor space at Dalston’s 40FT Brewery, the permanent restaurant will feature a menu of grilled leeks and pistachio romesco; beetroots with a sweet and sour dill dressing, beetroot puree, pickled blueberries and sorrel; coal roasted celeriac with mushroom-kelp XO, cocoa bean miso and salsa verde; and Dorset crab with bone marrow, jalapeno verde and salted cabbage.
Opening Date: 01.04.2022
Where: 40Ft Brewery, Abbot Street Car Park, E8 3DP
Dance shoes at the ready… New to Notting Hill, The Act is a brand new bar that’s ready to shake up London’s cocktail scene. Serving up an all-singing, all-dancing programme of live entertainment, cocktails and dining, expect a raucous night to remember. There’ll be regular pop-up performances from casts from the West End, as well as live vocals from top chanteurs.
The cocktail menu has been designed by Benji Purslow and includes the likes of Elphaba, made with Bombay Gin, Agwa coca leaf liqueur, apple, cucumber and mint, and Elder Price,a fun twist on the Espresso Martini.
Opening Date: Open Now
Where: 126-128 Notting Hill Gate, W11 3QG
When I think of London’s speakeasy-style cocktail bars, Nightjar always springs to mind. It’s become a London institute when it comes to innovative cocktails and the perfect intimate date night destination. This month sees it spread its wings and expand with a new opening in Carnaby.
Opening on 20th April, the bar will be bringings its old-school glamour, cocktails and live music to central London. The interiors will evoke the roaring twenties, bringing soft rose gold and mirror details to centrefold. While the menu will honour three distinct historical eras of 20th century cocktail-making – pro-prohibition, prohibition and post-war.
Sip on cocktails such as Aztec Tapache , a savoury tipple of Herradura, Chinotta & camomilla liquor, pineapple huacatay & purple corn tepacher, fino sherry and freshly squeezed lime juice; and the Toronto, a rich, smoky old-fashioned style cocktail of Woodford Reserve Bourbon whiskey, orange blossom smoke, coffee & roasted pecan maple syrup, Fernet Branca and candyfloss. Or go for a signature Nightjar creation with their London Mule or Name of the Samurai.
Opening Date: 20.04.2022
Where: Unit G15, Kingly Court, Fifty Carnaby Street, W1F 9PY
From Andrew Fishwick, Tristram Hillier and Romain Pottier, Revolve is the new brasserie to look out for. The draws inspiration from the brasseries celebrated and loved in Paris and New York, and will feature an all-day menu centred around brasserie classics made with British provenance.
Alongside the everyday menu, Revolve will be launching a guest chef series, featuring an exciting roster of culinary superstar chefs and up-and-coming talent. Names already confirmed include Lee Westcott (formerly Michelin-starred Pensons and The Typing Room), Josh Eggleton (Michelin-starred Pony Restaurant Group, and Anna Hansen (Formerly The Modern Pantry).
Opening Date: 04.2022
Where: Unit G02 Broadgate, 100 Liverpool Street, EC2M 2PP
Fried chicken never looked so good...
London’s favourite buttermilk fried chicken sandwich joint is expanding! This month sees them open up shop in Ealing, serving up their signature fried chicken sandwiches and donating meals to local homeless charity, Ealing Soup Kitchen.
Their signature baps include The Original with house pickles and Butchies’ ‘OG’ sauce; Cheesy Rider served with cheese dripping, house pickles and Butchies’ Sriracha chilli sauce; and the Jenny from the Block with guacamole, chipotle mayo and smoked streaky bacon.
Opening Date: 02.04.2022
Where: 14 Bond Street, Ealing, W5 5AA
Arcade Food Hall
Arcade Food Hall lands this month with a wealth of exciting foodie offerings from the JKS Restaurants team. Taking over the giant space on New Oxford Street, there’ll be street food favourites and hero dishes you won’t want to miss.
Expect southern Thai restaurant Plaza Khao Gaeng; Hero Indian Fast Food offering North Indian street food classics; American diner-style dishes from Manna; and day-to-night deli provisions from Arcade Provisions.
Opening Date: 22.04.2022
Where: 103-105 New Oxford Street, WC2H 8LH