October is already upon us and 2017 shows no suggestion of slowing down. If you want to take a breather from the dizzying speed of life, kick back and enjoy 22″ pizza, Japanese-Peruvian cuisine or pickle-inspired cocktails, praise be, this month has been one for you. Here’s our pick of the best 17 venues that opened in September, from regal English dining to rainbow coloured lattes.
New Luxury Dining
A new luxury dining experience, The English Grill has opened at Victoria overlooking the Royal Mews of Buckingham Palace this month – suitably, as it’s food fit for royalty. Embracing the best of British, The English Grill offers the finest seasonal flavours served up by tailcoated waiters, including the theatre of daily roast carved at your table. There is also the newly refurbished Cavalry Bar, perfect for enjoying pre-dinner cocktails or extending dinner with a digestif while you enjoy the nightly live music.
New to MNKY HSE
Mayfair restaurant, MNKY HSE launched MNKY LNGE a new exclusive lounge and events space. With its own separate entrance (although you can go through the restaurant) MNKY LNGE will be available for private hire with space for up to 100 guests and at the bar you’ll find rare and distinctive tequilas and mescals as well as their signature cocktails and MNKY Botanicals. Think of it as MNKY HSE’s living room, where you’ll start your evening drinking cocktails and catching up with friends and finish it dancing until the early hours.
Boxpark got a new addition this month, in the form of Bateman & Co. and their traditional British fare – Bubble and Squeak, Steak and Ale Pie n’ Mash, and homemade soup and sandwiches. The new venue comes with a little taste of Croydon’s history as well, with the new Bateman’s & Co. inspired by the original founder Jack Bateman, and his Croydon factory canteens that fed the British workforce through the war.
Frog By Adam Handling
The month kicked off in a big way as award-winning chef Adam Handling opened his new restaurant, The Frog. A new Covent Garden location for The Frog (with The Frog E1 already a Shoreditch favourite), Adam’s new venture is the flagship restaurant seating 70 for contemporary European dining, breakfast, lunch and dinner – all showcased in the spectacle of a large open kitchen.
New to Spitalfield
Spitalfield’s welcomed Ben Lusty and Can Turker’s new bar and restaurant, Pickled Fred, at the start of September. The flavours of pickles and ferments feature in the venue’s Asian-inspired food and drinks, with a commitment to delicious food for everyone – including many vegan, dairy and gluten-free choices. If you’re popping in don’t miss Fred’s Preserver – Aperol and peppercorn-infused vodka with strawberry and rose petal wine, an intoxicatingly good combo.
The Art of Fermentation
Clearly Asian inspired pickling is hot this month, as across town in Notting Hill the team behind Salvation in Noodles have opened MAM. Named after the art of fermentation, MAM brings the barbecue street food of Vietnam to West London, with taste sensations like homemade fermented dipping sauce with robata grilled skewers, colourful pickles and fish sauce chicken wings. Fermentation never tasted so good.
From the King of Cocktails
King of Cocktails Mr Lyan opened his fourth bar this month (you’ll have probably heard of Dandelyan as it was named the world’s BEST). The new venue, Cub, has a commitment to sustainability, and Mr Lyan has been working extensively with Doug McMaster of Brighton’s zero-waste restaurant, Silo. Cub offers a luxury drinks-led dining experience; creating intriguing dishes like Krug with water jelly and spiked herbs, and Japanese knotweed, raw sheep’s milk and ramson.
WAKA brought Japanese-Peruvian fusion to the City this month in their new Square Mile venue. WAKA offers freshly prepared delicacies for great prices, like the sea bass ceviche with wasabi, and hot chicken teriyaki rice bowl with Peruvian purple potato – as well as the classic favourites of handmade sushi and gyoza, making it a perfect new spot for dinner or grab-and-go lunch.
Voodoo Ray's Head South
Making the pilgrimage from north to south of the river, NYC-inspired pizza place Voodoo Ray’s blessed the residents of Peckham this month as it opened its brand new venue. Its biggest shop yet, Voodoo Ray’s Peckham is home not only to their legendary 22” pizza but an exciting new cocktail menu featuring a house Negroni for just £4.50! Plus, with the restaurant now serving brunch, you can feast on breakfast pizza without a shred of shame. Bliss.
Kensington Favourite Reopens
Dirty Bones reopened this Autumn, ready once again to keep Kensington well-supplied in NYC-inspired comfort food and cocktails. The menu includes Dr Pepper-marinated Slow n’ Low Pork Belly Ribs and Cheeseburger Dumplings, along with returning favourite The Mac Daddy, a brisket and dry aged steak burger topped with pulled beef short rib and mac & cheese. If you want to go a little lighter however, there’s also a brand new selection of healthier picks – try the Grilled Chicken and Kale Salad or Grilled Fish Tacos, for all the flavour of classic Dirty Bones, but a few less of the calories.
Where: 20 Kensington Church Street, London, W8 4EP, United Kingdom
Nearest station: High Street Kensington (0.2 miles)
Comfort Food and Bottomless Brunches
We got a mid-month lift this September with the opening of Wringer and Mangle’s brand new venue at London Spitalfields. Only a stones throw from Liverpool Street, you can now get Wringer and Mangle’s infamous bottomless brunch on Middlesex Street, as well as indulgent Sunday roasts and a deli counter to die for. Plus Friday nights will see W&M become Gloria’s house – home to wild drag queens, delicious cocktails and partying till late!
A Hoppers Where You Can Book
As one of the hottest restaurants of 2016, it’s about time Hoppers expanded – given the hour-long queues regularly seen snaking out the venue’s front door on Wigmore Street. You can thank the restaurant-gods, however, because this month Hoppers opened a brand new St Christopher’s Place location! With a beautiful two-storey venue, Hoppers St Christopher’s will now take reservations – so the same delicious Sri Lankan food, but with a lot less queuing. What more could you ask for!
Rose Lattes and Coconut BLTs
Coconut BLT’s, superfood cocktails and rose lattes arrived in Soho this month as Notting Hill’s famed cafe, Farm Girl, opened a flagship store at No.1 Carnaby Street. An Australian-import interested in all things health and holistic, Farm Girl is the hot spot for build-your-own breakfast bowls, the most instagrammable coffees in town, and – a new addition – Farm Girl’s first bar! Think quinoa vodka and ‘biodynamic’ wine – basically good for you, right?
Hot Desking and Cocktails in Brixton
The opening of Canova Hall at the end of this month brought Brixton’s residents a wealth of gifts; wood-fired pizza, bottomless brunches, and an on-site gin distillery – the venue has all the makings of a new South London weekend spot. Plus, if SW is your neighbourhood, you’re in luck – regulars will want to make use of Canova’s Hall’s ‘hot desk’; purchasing a weekly or monthly pass gives you access to high-speed wifi and bottomless coffee, so you can stay as long as you like.
Opening at M by Montcalm Hotel
M by Montcalm Hotel has welcomed more than one appetising arrival this September, in the form of its new restaurant and bar, PLATE, and its artisan bakery PLATE BAKE. Headed up by Chef Arnaud Stevens, previously chef director at Searcys, the food hopes to promote communal eating with fuss-free share plates, and an emphasis on full-bodied flavour. On top of this, the new bakery will offer up Shoreditch residents a selection of pastries, snacks, afternoon tea or a freshly brewed coffee – as well as Stevens’ famous marmite bread.
Dim Sum in Brixton
Dim Sum with a difference, this restaurant doubles up as a tea rooms and late-night cocktail bar, as well as offering up its authentic Chinese cuisine. The coolest element about this new opening is its commitment to female talent – the kitchen is not only headed up by Fengjuan Xue, one of few female Dim Sum chefs, but its wine list champions women producers, with every item on the list either produced or grown exclusively by women.
Following in the footsteps of Orée on the Fulham Road and Kings Road, the third Orée to open can also be found on the streets of South West London, opening up on High Street Kensington – lucky for some. They bake artisanal breads, viennoiserie, pastries and serve breakfasts, brunches, lunches and coffee. Your challenge: to not want to eat everything.