Oh the glorious summer months! It’s all about al-fresco dining, Aperol Spritz and tan lines in the most peculiar places. And, amongst the hubbub of excitement, there have been some darling restaurant openings across the city. From Skylark’s epic rooftop, that takes in views of London in its entirety, to chic spots like The Berkeley’s new bar and an oh-so-fashionable Fendi Caffe. Here are our top ten picks for this month…
When a restaurant has won awards for serving up the best steak in the city, it’s a bit of a shock to the system to find they’ve now opened up a 100% vegetarian and gluten-free restaurant. Well, M Restaurants have just done that! Sister to the award-winning M Grill, RAW restaurant hopes to give diners a fresh alternative to the steak heavy a la carte and wagyu tasting menus – and it sounds bloody tasty!
Tucked away within their M Victoria location, you’ll find RAW. The new nutritious menu champions the purity of natural ingredients and sustainability, through using organic produce, and in the process, eliminates any meat, fish and gluten.
Where: 74 Victoria Street, Victoria, SW1E 6SQ
New bar alert…
The seriously posh Residence at Four Seasons Ten Trinity Square, one of London’s smartest hotel suites, has just opened one of the capital’s most exclusive rooftop bars. And you’re invited.
So what can you expect from this luxury pop-up rooftop bar? Well the view’s a given, but so are cocktails, created by Harry Nikolaou, Head Bartender of the hotel’s Rotunda bar. The exclusive cocktails include The Daisy, a twist on the classic margarita, with flavours of mango, agave mixed with Strawberry & Ginger flavoured sparkling Voss Water and The Colada.
The drinks will be served alongside a selection of signature dishes from the hotels’ excellent Asian restaurant Mei Ume. Think Chinese and Japanese light bights and dim sum, the restaurant’s signature spicy tuna uramaki with truffle karashi and parmesan flakes plus a selection of Japanese inspired salads.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ, United Kingdom
Nearest station: Tower Hill (0.1 miles)
The Berkeley has been up to its old tricks again, this time with the launch of The Berkeley Bar and Terrace. You’ll be channelling your inner bougie wine connoisseur in no time, indulging in a fine selection of rare wines, Champagne and dark spirits.
From July 15th, they engulfed guests in the rich design story conceived by Irish interior designer Bryan O’Sullivan thanks to the opening of The Berkeley Bar and Terrace. It’s the second bar to open at this landmark five star hotel joining the notorious Blue Bar, which opened back in 2000.
There’s a really intimate feel to this new bar, with a sense of old world glamour and its own terrace for the warmer evenings overlooking St Paul’s Church. The space oozes 1970s vibes thanks to the decor and the central material is a stunning walnut wood, taken from a 300-year-old tree from the Fullback Estate, Lincolnshire. It’s coupled with a colour palette of soft corals, creams and pinks to offset its earthy richness. It’s so dreamy, and you simply must go!
Where: The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL
It is a truth universally acknowledged that an influencer in possession of a large following must be in want of a new, highly fashionable, coffee and cakes shop, ideally from a leading fashion house. And while there’s nothing like posting pics of an expensive Italian fashion brand to absolutely rake in the Insta likes, a Fendi bag will set you back three grand; which is where Fendi Caffe at Harrods comes in… a Machiato and cutesy bag biscuit will only set you back £4.75. Instant Insta fame on a budget.
The new Fendi Caffe is the next cataclysmic influencer magnet, if your feed isn’t already exploding full of pictures of Fendi branded coffee art, then maybe you’re one of the few people using the platform properly. For the rest of us, Fendi Caffe is joining the ranks of the Prada Café, Peggy Porschen and Biscuiteers. And, who knows, maybe amidst all the Insta people there maybe they’ll even entice in a real custumer.
Head down any time throughout August!
Where: 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7XL
For those who were itching to crack out the maxi-dresses, sandals and down a few cocktails without having the fear of a potential downpour at any moment, this pop-up was the perfect present! Brining a splash of fun to our British summer is the new botanical glasshouse that opened at Searcys at The Gherkin.
Decked out with exotic plants and flowers, The Glasshouse is an oasis of greenery – despite being at the top of one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers. Created in partnership with Perrier-Jouët Champagne, guests can enjoy Champagne pairings by Perrier-Jouët along with a floral gin cocktail menu and seasonal menu truly shining light on the best of British produce.
For the bougie champagne lovers, parties of all sizes can take part in a champagne masterclass and indulge in a tasting flight of three different cuvées. All the while staring out in awe of the panoramic views of the sun setting over the city.
Enjoy until the 1st September
Where: The Gherkin, 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP
This neat newbie is a gym-cum-foodie spot, positively oozing wellness. WE11 is the Great Portland Street venue that moulds together co-working with work-outs, all accessible simply by clicking! The space has been created to appease freelancers that keep their ear to the fitness ground, but struggle with the restrictive nature of some mainstream gyms. Expect chic spaces, designed by award-winning architects Bergman Interiors, that include The Lounge. This is a place to fuel up on lunch, protein shakes and the likes whilst you indulge in the fast, free Wi-Fi and cosy seats, before hitting the gym!
Where: 29-31 Great Portland Street, W1W 8QG
Opening to the applause of Londoners all round, Heritage veers away from tradition with its classic Swiss dishes and Swedish theme that captivates the restaurant space on Rupert Street. Located a short walk from the buzz of Soho, Chinatown and Piccadilly Circus, is the wafts of fondue, raclette, rösti, charbonnade and more, that can be found at the charming restaurant. Alongside this, wash down food with wine, cocktails and more amongst refreshing, rustic interiors.
Where: 18-20 Rupert Street, W1D 6DF
Oh, sultry Skylark, how we adore you! This roof garden is the kind that makes you plead for sunnier days to consume summer, especially as it makes for the most marvellous sun trap. Perched overlooking Notting Hill, you can people watch galore and gaze at the stomping ground that saw Hugh Grant finally see sense and ask Julia Roberts on a date! Opening for lunch, dinner or simply drinks every Saturday and Sunday, the coveted spot has Insta goals written all over, no filter needed.
Where: 10th Floor, 4 Kingdom Street, W2 6BD
Bonjour Monsieur! After a successful six-months, the famed pop-up restaurant Monsieur Le Duck has finally landed itself a site, in the heart of Clerkenwell in fact, and plans to push out its duck rillettes, confit duck wings and French-inspired cocktail list from the comfort of its brand spanking new residency. The famed eatery plans to open more like it so watch this space, and definitely try the duck burger upon visiting… you’d be quackers not to!
Where: 27 Clerkenwell Road, Farringdon, EC1M 5RN