The Handbook
The Handbook

Somehow we are already half way through the year – 2016 where are you going? As we say goodbye to June and everything it’s brought with it (mainly rain) we’re looking back at some of the top restaurants and bars that have opened in our fine city this month. 

100 Islington Road

The second restaurant from the team who opened 100 Hoxton, the menu features Middle Eastern and Asian flavours with dishes including courgette and haloumi fritter with lemon yoghurt and  chargrilled lamb belly, aubergine, burnt goats cheese, pine nuts, green tahini and harissa.

Ahi Poke

Jeremy Coste, Gabriel Cohen-Elia and David Belliache are the team who brought you Chez Chow and NAC and now they’re back with Ahi Poke serving up the Hawaiian raw dish in a chilled -out LA and Hawaiian, beach shack inspired restaurant.

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The Frog

Adam Handling’s new restaurant, has an industrial but homely feel to it and is all about upcoming and talent. From the young food producers providing the ingredients to the works of emerging artists on the walls.

 Balans Soho Society

The connoisseurs of having a good time, drinking one too many cocktails and not worrying about the next day, Balans Soho Society have opened in Seven Dials with their morale boosting drinks and infamous burger.


Galvin at The Athenaeum

The Athenaeum has reopened after a multi-million pound refurbishment with the Galvin Brothers, Chris and Jeff opening a new restaurant and bar in the former Garden Room.


CURIO + TĀ TĀ is the bringing together of Curio Cabal café and street food team TĀ TĀ. Opening in Haggerston they’re serving up a menu which revolves around rice dishes. 


Zia Lucia

For your next pizza fix head to Zia Lucia on the Holloway Road, as they’re serving up pizzas with bases made from 48-hour slow fermented doughs including a vegetable charcoal black base.


The second Ostuni restaurant, this time they’re bringing Puglian cooking to Highgate Village in Hampstead. Dishes include beef braciole, meatball, carcioricotta, salt crusted bream, octopus and black chickpea stew, T-bone steaks and devilled baby chicken.

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 The Dog House

The Dog House is the new bar to open under Bernardis in Marylebone – focusing on Italian cocktails you’ll find the likes of Amante (Stellacello, Villa Zarri brandy, and fresh grapefruit) and a whole section dedicated to Negronis.

The Bloomsbury Club Bar

Housed within The Bloomsbury hotel, this new bar looks to the hedonistic Bloomsbury Set for inspiration, mixing up forgotten classics and new innovative creations.

Blandford Comptoir

Xavier Rousset (28-50) is behind this new Marylebone offering has over 250 wines and 50 different Champagnes. Accompanying is a menu made of small sharing plates and larger plates and make sure you check out the weekly Saturday wine tastings.

Mason & Company

Mason & Company is the latest restaurant to open in the Here East development in Hackney Wick, it brings together Ed Mason (founder of Hackney’s Five Points Brewing Company) and Rachel Jones (founder of street food Capish?) this new offering will be all about the craft beer and Italian – American fare.

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Switch House

The Switch House, the new addition to the Tate Modern is home to a bar, member’s room and fine-dining restaurant.


Rawligion is plant-based, raw restaurant making it easier for Londoners to eat more healthily. There is everything for chocolate peppermint thins and gRAWnola to hemp milk and London’s first  Oji Cold Drip Coffee Tower.

Strut & Cluck

Following a successful Shoreditch residency, husband and wife team, Limo and Amir have opened Strut & Cluck which champions turkey (rather than chicken) in Eastern Mediterranean dishes.

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Yard Sale Pizza

The second Yard Sale Pizza opened on Blackstock Road in Finsbury Park and is serving up five staple pizzas alongside a specials menu which includes the likes of The Holy Pepperoni and Cheesus Walks.

The Ivy Café Wimbledon

The next Ivy Café opened in Wimbledon this month, offering breakfast through to supper with every meal in between. Signature dishes include the likes of shepherd’s pie: slow-braised lamb shoulder with beef and Keen’s Cheddar potato mash and chicken liver parfait with caramelised hazelnut and toasted ciabatta.

Old St. Records

Old St. Records follows Venn St. Records and Northcote Records, live music 6 nights a week is the order of the day as well as cocktails and Italian pizza.


If you want to see what opened last month then check it out here

Chocolate, Blackcurrant, Caramel - Credit G&G Goodfellows & Duncan Davis