The Handbook
The Handbook

November is a peculiar month. Despite the fireworks that grace our skies on bonfire night, there is not a great deal to be excited about, especially after weeks of preparing for Halloween. This doesn’t mean that you have to sit at home and sulk though. Grab your sparklers and make sure you check out some of the capitals latest openings. From lobster at Fraq’s, to stuffed gyoza at the new Bone Daddies in Kensington, there a heap of new openings to add some fire into a rather dreary month. There is even the promise of breakfast in bed- and with an invitation like that how can we resist. Enjoy!

Jones & Sons

Set within the converted railways arches of Regents Canal, Jones&Sons will be moving into Trip Space Projects in Haggeston. The restaurant, which will have a laid back canteen feel will offer a menu of seasonal classics as well as a selection of luncheon dishes if you feel like a quick retreat from the office. Nodding to the success of their first restaurant in Dalston, this new eatery will combine two art foods: food and performance, helping to create a more social experience. While you are there make sure to catch a show at Trip Space, finishing the evening off with a cocktail (or two!) at their newly revamped bar.  Opening 2nd November 339-340 Acton Mews, Haggerston, E8 4EA

Heddon Street Kitchen

Gordon Ramsay is back and setting up camp just off Regents Street with his next venture Heddon Street Kitchen. Inspired by Bread Street Kitchen, the restaurant is split over two floors and features a relaxed modern interior and a private dining room. Head chef Maria Tampakis  will be serving up an all- day European menu, so stop by for breakfast, lunch, after work cocktails or you know all three. Opens 8th November

Old Tom and English

It seems as if the tide is turning against no reservation restaurants, yes in theory they’re a great idea, it means you can choose where to eat without having to call ahead but with winter approaching do we really want to be waiting in the cold? No we don’t, which is why the arrival of Old Tom and English, a reservations only restaurant in Soho is rather exciting to us! Named after the 18th century Old Tom gin recipe, the restaurant will be serving up unpretentious British food like battered fish and chips, Welsh rarebit and jam roly poly and vintage cocktails.  Inside it will channel the relaxed elegance of home entertaining in the 1960s – book us in now! Opens 14th November

The Grill at the Dorchester

Having shut in May for a complete refurbishment, The Grill at the Dorchester is reopening this month. On the menu you’ll find Grill favourites alongside signature dishes such as Lobster Chowder and London’s first extensive sweet soufflé menu.  Interior architect Bruno Moinard has created a vibrant, timeless setting (just as The Dorchester should be!) think zinc, copper, marble, leather and oak flooring. Whilst the defining feature is pivoting wall panels, creating a separate ambience from day to night.., fancy eh! Opens 14th November

Brew, Putney

Famous for their legendary breakfasts, the Brew is expanding their empire and landing in Putney. Like the innovative thinking that goes into their breakfast menu, this branch of Brew is no different with the announcement of their ‘Breakfast in Bed’ option on the terrace being particularly enticing. Dive into a Bedoin inspired bed with exotically coloured blankets and fabrics, whilst being served a delectable breakfast by your very own personal waiter. If that does not exude glamour, we don’t know what does.  Opening 17th November

Tulse Hill Hotel

With period dramas such as Downton Abbey very much in vogue at the moment, here at The Handbook we were delighted to hear about the opening of Tulse Hotel- a boutique hotel steeped in history. Situated in a beautiful early Victorian period building that dates back to the 1840s, the hotel which was originally the Tulse Hill Tavern will house nine bedrooms as well as a private dining room seating up to 14 guests. With an interior that retains many of the buildings original features it will be hard not to embrace your inner Lady Mary and we don’t blame you!  Opening 19th November

Fraq’s Lobster Shack

Whilst lobster has never really gone out of fashion, our crustacean friends are very much on trend this month, with the arrival of Fraq’s Lobster Shack on Goodge Street. The restaurant which will serve a menu of lobster and seafood dishes has been created by Andrea and Alberto Fraquelli, the family behind the Metropolitan Restaurant Group. Heralding lobster from Maine, the restaurant will channel the East Coast with a cool and relaxed atsmosphere, click your pinchers and try it out for yourself.  Opening mid- November,

Bocconcino London

If you are searching for an authentic Italian meal look no further than Bocconcino which will be taking residence in Mayfair this month. Serving up what the Italians do best, you will be treated to wood fired pizza, freshly made pasta and a number of classic Italian delicacies. Bringing a stamp of home to Berkeley Street, the restaurant will offer traditional meal in a sleek and stylish setting. Throw away your Dolmio and head there now.   Opens November,


This is a group venture from best friends Louis Solley (formerly head chef of Ottolengi), Hugo Thurston and entrepreneur Vinny Burke. Located in trendy Shoreditch, the relaxing restaurant takes it names from the area stretching between Shoreditch High Street and Spitafields, which in the 1860s was an underworld for thieves and vagabonds. Flash forward a couple hundred years and you will find a menu of South European and middle Eastern influences all housed in an eye-catching green house that extends beyond the façade of the building. Oh so Shoreditch. Opens mid- November

Bó Drake

Bó Drake, which is opening on Greek Street this month is an East Asian BBQ restaurant and Anju bar created by Jan Lee. The new eatery will draw on its location in Soho combining Asian cooking methods with western techniques, preparing an array of dishes from Bobo Chicken to Spicy buckwheat noodles.  Opens end of November

The Manor

The Dairy will be welcoming a sibling to their family this month with the opening of The Manor in Clapham. Headed up by Dean Parker, it will be a new modern bistro complete with a rustic bistro buzz. Speaking of buzz, situated so close to its counterpart, The Manor will make use of the beehives that can be found in the rooftop gardens of The Dairy . Whether it is a light snack from the long bar that you are looking for or a hearty meal, The Manor will certainly be making its mark in the Clapham scene in no time.  Opening 25th November 148 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6BX

Bone Daddies, Kensington

The third in the Bone Daddies family is arriving soon, ready to provide the people of Kensington with some much needed ramen noodles. Featuring some of our favourites from both Bone Daddies, Soho and Flesh and Buns there will also be a few surprises in order from head chef Ross Shonham. Spice things up by trying their gyoza which will be filled with a variety of fillings, or try one of Shonham’s signature dishes Opening end of November

Dishoom, Kings Cross

Whilst Kings Cross is often thought of a stop of a journey rather than the final destination, this looks set to change with the opening of Dishoom. Taking the space of an old, transit shed, the 9000 square feet restaurant will be transferred into a traditional Indian ‘GoDown’ which is an old Indian meaning for ‘warehouse.’ Serving Indian dishes from morning to night, the eatery will also feature a basement bar for the ‘dari-wallah’s’ (drink-person) of you offering a selection of cocktails.  Opens end of November

More opening this month:

Roka Aldwych:  Opens, 3rd November, 71–91 Aldwych House, Aldwych WC2B 4HN
Café Pistou:  Opens 3rd November 8 – 10 Exmouth Market EC1 4QA
Snaps and Rye:  Opens 4th November
Riverford at the Duke of Cambridge: Opens 7th November, 30 St Peter’s Street, Islington, N1
Frescobaldi: Opens 10th November
125 Church Street: Opens 18th November,