With a new year comes new parties and of course new venues in which to host them. This month has already seen some spectacular new openings. From Hotels, to restaurants, they have been popping up across the city. Here is our round up of the January’s best and brightest new venues.
What: Greyhound Cafe Lands in London
Why: Set over two floors, the Greyhound Café London will draw on the signature monochrome design with hand drawn, chalk designs and an eclectic Thai-meets-West interior.
Thai dishes are given a Greyhound twist and, as well as an extensive vegetarian menu.
Where: 37 Berners St, Fitzrovia, W1T 3LZ
What: Kazu: Sushi and Sake in Fitzrovia
Why: Kazu, a new contemporary Japanese restaurant. In the kitchen, you’ll find Executive Chef and partner, Dham Kodituwakku who has spent the last fifteen years working as head chef at Chisou in Mayfair. He’ll be serving up a menu of sushi and sashimi as well as dishes such as seared fatty tuna with pickled wasabi; wagyu beef steak; deep fried soft- shell crab sushi rolls and black cod with miso. Accompanying it will be sakes, spirits and an extensive wine list, so either say goodbye to Dry January or get ready to exercise, serious self-control.
Where: 64 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 4QD
Bread Ahead Soho
What: It’s Bread Ahead In Soho
Why: Founded in 2013 by Matthew Jones, Bread Ahead has rapidly expanded to a second site in Chelsea, a baking school and now their latest venture, a Soho cafe. Jones has teamed up with designer Lisa Helmanis to convert the former stable into a bright 60-seat eatery with beautiful wooden furniture and an abundance of turquoise. The centrepiece, a long pink marble-topped counter, is surrounded by high bentwood stools, or diners may prefer to choose the snug seating area at the back of the restaurant with its burnt gold velvet hues.
Where: 21 Beak Street, W1F 9RR
What: Simon Rogan’s Cult Pop-Up Becomes Permanent
Why: Roganic will bring elements of L’Enclume, Simon’s two Michelin star restaurant in the Lake District to London. Mirroring the original pop-up, Roganic will be all about informal dining and imaginative, innovative menu which uses the finest ingredients from around the country, including Simon’s ‘Our Farm’ in the Lake District. They’ll also be bringing back many of the original Roganic team to run the restaurant, with the kitchen run by Head Chef Oliver Marlow, who has worked his way up through Simon’s kitchen.
Where: 5-7 Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U 3DB
What: Soho House Reopens Kettner’s Townhouse
Why: Brought to life again by Soho House, Kettner’s Townhouse is a restaurant and Champagne bar with 33 bedrooms. The restaurant will use locally sourced ingredients to create a menu that is inspired by the history of the building whilst many of its original Grade II listed details, floral plasterwork and heritage mirrors have also been retained. The adjacent Champagne bar, has its original mosaic tiled floor, an early-deco 1920s design, French glass lights, walnut bar with marble top, sofas, armchairs and vintage photos.
Where: 29 Romilly Street, Soho, W1D 5HP
What: A Taste Of South Africa In Peckham
Why: The 46-cover restaurant is named after Kudu Bread, which is cooked in a copper pot and served with melted lardon or seafood butter. It will obviously be centre-stage, but will share the limelight with other South African classics including mussel potjie pots, which are served with seaweed gnocchi, pig’s head tortellini with hay bone broth and crispy onions and onion and beer tarte tatin.
Where: 119 Queens Road, Peckham, SE15 2EZ
The Principal London
What: The Grande Dame Of Bloomsbury
Why: Originally the Frederick Hotels Company, the Bloomsbury hotel opened in 1898 and the terracotta building dominates the eastern side of Russell Square. It lived up to the grande dame title throughout the twentieth century, the dining room was famously a near identical copy of the one on the Titanic (designed by the same architect, Charles Fitzroy Doll), the Bloomsbury group flitted around it and the Russell Group of universities are named after the hotel, which was previously called Hotel Russell. Principal have taken all this history, and added something special of their own with a total revamp returning the grande dame to it’s palatial glory.
Where: 1-8 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, WC1B 5BE
What: Paris Comes To The West End
Why: Bringing the quintessentially french concept of a bistro to our London streets. With a focus on simple, delicious food created from authentic and superb quality ingredients, beautifully presented in a warm and inviting setting. The restaurant seats 70 guests, 30 indoors and 40 on the terrace, serving a breakfast, lunch and dinner menu. Though the restaurant is attached to Victory House it is independently operated by the founders of legendary Soho and Manchester restaurant Randall & Aubin.
Where: 14 Leicester Place, WC2H 7BZ
What: A Little Taste Of Italy
Why: Freshly made seasonal pasta dishes at Enoteca Rosso. The menu features rare and unusual cheeses and charcuterie, coming from small batch producers throughout Italy. All dishes are served alongside one of the capital’s most unique and extensive Italian-only wine lists.
Where: 276-280 Kensington High St, Kensington, W8 6ND