47 Openings You Need On Your Restaurant Radar

By Lottie Hulme |
1st May 2019

Whatever your amuse-bouche may be on the restaurant front, here’s a round up of seriously slick new restaurants opening this year …

Bob Bob Cité

Bob Bob Cité

So Nice They Named It Twice

Russian restaurateur Leonid Shutov is at it again, creating miracles and sprinkling them across London. You may be familiar with Bob Bob Ricard the restaurant so nice they named it twice, with a press for Champagne button that takes a lot of trumping. March saw the opening of its little sister Bob Bob Cité, which was a little behind schedule, alas better late than never. The restaurant incoporates many of the same embellishments of the first, boasting excellence in interiors, with the main changing being the draft-in of Eric Chavot to man the kitchen, allowing the cuisine to change to Anglo-Russian from French.

Where: 122 Leadenhall Street, EC3V 4QT
Website: www.bobbobricard.com

Nutshell

Nutshell

Covent Garden's New Gem

In a nutshell… sorry, we just had to, when a restaurant is named Nutshell the puns follow, naturally. On a serious note, there’s a new resto gliding into Covent Garden by Leonardo Pereira, previously of Noma, championing Iranian food and British produce. Curious diners will experience goat leg with grilled onions, buttermilk and coriander; overnight coal-baked squash with barberries and saffron curds and much more where that came from.

Where: 30 St Martin's Lane, Charing Cross, WC2N 4ER
Website: www.nutshelllondon.co.uk

Davies and Brook

Davies and Brook

The Boujee Opening

As Fera at Claridge’s closed its doors towards the end of 2018, we’ve got our hearts and sights set on something else opening up to take its place. The heated discussions and rumours at the helm circulate around the team behind three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park in New York taking over. I guess it’s a case of watch this space!

Opening TBC

Where: Claridge’s, Brook St, Mayfair, W1K 4HR
Website: www.claridges.co.uk

No. Fifty Cheyne

No. Fifty Cheyne

Oh, So Swanky

No. Fifty Cheyne is the coveted restaurant that has just opened, sitting on Chelsea Embankment. The new space plays the part of a restaurant and swanky cocktail bar from the musical imagination of Sally Green, the Old Vic Theatre’s Founding Director and Proprietor of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club! The menu boasts a British cuisine, brought together by Head Chef Iain Smith, who’s focus is on flavoursome seasonal ingredients. The latest hot-spot overlooks the River Thames and Cheyne Gardens, and sits just a stone’s throw from the Kings Road and Albert Bridge.

Where: 50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, SW3 5LR
Website: www.fiftycheyne.com

Allegra

Allegra

With Spring comes blossoming flowers, Easter eggs and, it turns out, the opening of a brand spanking new restaurant named Allegra. Located in Stratford on the 7th floor of the new Manhattan Loft Gardens in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the restaurant will connect Britain with European flavours as Patrick Powell, former head chef of The Chiltern Firehouse, works his culinary magic. When choosing to sit outside, you’ll be surrounded by herbs and vegetables growing away, and the picture worthy London skyline.

Where: Olympic Park, 20-22 International Way, E20 1GQ
Website: www.manhattanloftgardens.com

Mercato Mayfair

Mercato Mayfair

A Food Market Inside A Church

There’s something eerily alluring about a restaurant opening in a church, but make sure you keep your dinner chat to a sensible level as those acoustics will be sure to reveal any deep, dark secret! This year, the trusty team behind Mercato Metropolitan are set to open up a new market, Mercato Mayfair, which will sit in the Grade I listed St Mark’s just off Oxford Street! There’ll be four floors to enjoy, featuring a restaurant, cocktail bar, brewery and flower shop, cheese and wine store, coffee and gelato bar and more… if that’s even possible? Either way, we can’t wait.

Opening TBC

Where: 42 Newington Causeway, SE1 6DR
Website: www.mercatometropolitano.co.uk

Fatt Pundit

Fatt Pundit

Restaurant names are getting more fun by the hour, especially this one which we don’t know whether to find funny or shout “oi, who you calling a fat pundit?” Fatt Pundit is the latest Indo Chinese offering residing on bustling Berwick Street that triumphs traditional Chinese cooking techniques and implements bursting spices. Basically if you love a spicy dumpling originating from Tibet then this is definitely your bag when it comes to restaurants. The menu is jam-packed full of Indian and Chinese flavours and the venue, we believe, is set to be a big rival to the other Thai offerings scattered across Soho.

Where: 77 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 8TH
Website: www.fattpundit.com

Stem + Glory

Stem + Glory

The Vegan Dream

This is a vegan opening we think is kind of a big dill, as it plants itself in the city! Puns aside, Stem + Glory (whose name we’re totally digging) is an award-winning restaurant in Cambridge that boasts breakfast dishes like scrambled tofu on toast and banana bread to Asian and Middle-Eastern influenced mains for lunch and dinner. Now, it has put down roots in Lonodn and we can’t wait to try it.

Where: 60 Bartholomew Close, Barbican, EC1A 7BF
Website: www.stemandglory.uk

Mercer Roof Terrace

Mercer Roof Terrace

There’s a new terrace in town, and if there’s something you’ll know about us here at The Handbook it’s that we love a terrace most probably more than the next person! Vintry & Mercer hotel will open on the 4th of February, lying between the architectural triumphs of Sir Christopher Wren and The Shard. The terrace, set to boast the best of modern British cooking, provides Instagrammable backdrops of the city skyline, the dome of St Paul’s and London’s staple, The Shard. You’ll enjoy some serious al-fresco dining without having to travel to hotter climes abroad and soak in an atmosphere positioned in floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Mercer Roof Terrace is an experience and not solely a place to sip a drink, and we suggest whacking it on the to-do list ASAP.

Where: The Vintry & Mercer Hotel, 19-20 Garlick Hill, EC4V 2AU
Website: www.vintryandmercer.com

Gloria

Gloria

Oh mamma, this French restaurant group is getting big! Extending their influence to Shoreditch, Big Mamma is opening a new location which is yet to be named. The two-tiered venue will house space for 150 diners with Italian-inspired interiors. Aside from that, we know little else so we’ll leave that up to your imagination!

Where: 54-56 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3QR, United-Kingdom
Website: www.bigmammagroup.com

Endo at the Rotunda

Endo at the Rotunda

Intimate Settings

Occupying the rotunda of the former BBC headquarters, Endo at the Rotunda sees Endo Kazutoshi extending his culinary prowess with a 15-seat restaurant that he hopes will gift him a Michelin. Despite Kazutoshi being the Director for Ichibuns, this new restaurant promises to offer something a far cry from it.

Where: 101 Wood Lane, White City, W12 7FR
Website: www.televisioncentre.com

Shola

Shola

It's All About White City

For Pakistani food head to Shola, the brainchild of Aida Khan. Khan has been serving up her Pakistani offerings in supperclubs for years, loved by many! Now, she’s decided to open her own restaurant in White City, positioned where the BBC used to be and will be using Karachi cooking to entice one and all.

Where: Unit 6 Media Works, Wood Lane, W12 7FP
Website: www.sholakitchen.com

Arros QD, Fitzrovia

Arros QD, Fitzrovia

For Your Slice Of Michelin

Rice, rice baby is what Arros QD will be serving up as Quique Dacosta, owner of many a Michelin-starred resto, opens up a new spot in London this year. Dacosta is known for his culinary prowess when it comes to paella and high-end Spanish gastronomy, which this new venue will be sure to reflect.

Opening in April 2019

Where: 64 Eastcastle Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 8NQ
Website: www.arrosqd.com

Soutine

Soutine

Corbin & King’s new St John’s Wood restaurant is set to open this year, named Soutine. Who’s excited? Well we certainly are, as the hotly-anticipated venue boasts a neighbourhood vibe, making it an apt “local” in the place of what use to be Carluccio’s. This will be the ninth restaurant from restaurant giants Christopher Corbin and Jeremy King, the latter of which received an outstanding achievement accolade at last year’s London Restaurant Awards. Suffice to say, we’re expecting great things!

Opening in Spring

Where: 60 St John's Wood High Street, NW8 7SH
Website: www.facebook.com/Soutine

H.O.M.E

H.O.M.E

There's No Place Like...

There’s no place like home, especially when it’s in the form of an intimate 16-seater resto by Jason Atherton. The venue will be located next door to Jason’s Michelin-starred flagship Pollen Street Social, however the news does come following that of the closures of Atherton’s Temple & Sons closing at Tower 42 and Clerkenwell Japanese venture Sosharu, which is said to be relocating. Either way it’s all happening for Atherton and it’s all very exciting!

Opening TBC

Where: 146 Upper Richmond Road, SW15 2SW
Website: www.homesw15.com

The Goring

The Goring

Staple hotel The Goring located in Belgravia is expanding its culinary offerings by launching a second restaurant that’ll have you seeing food and eating it! The new seafood restaurant will be quintessentially British much like The Dining Room, but with a Cornish focus that’ll see chef Nathan Outlaw creating simple seafood dishes of understated brilliance.

Opening Spring 2019

Where: 15 Beeston Place, Belgravia, SW1W 0JW
Website: www.thegoring.com

Orasay

Orasay

Sumptuous Seafood

Talking of seafood restaurants, Orasay is the new restaurant from Andrew Clarke and Jackson Boxer that’ll bring a taste of the highlands to our London mouths. The menu will boast an aquanautical theme, and comes after the duo successfully launched Shoreditch-based restaurant St Leonards.

Where: 31 Kensington Park Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2EU
Website: www.orasay.london

KoI

KoI

Mad For Mexican

KoI blimey! This new Mexican joint will have you saying ¡Ay, caramba! as it swings open its doors this year. Whilst further information is pretty thin on the ground, we do know that chef Santiago Lastra will be at the helm, a chef who worked at Rene Redzepi’s Noma Mexico pop-up in 2017. The menu is deliciously Mexican with the influence of British ingredients and we can’t wait! KoI will be his debut so watch this space!

Opening in September

Where: TBC

Tayer + Elementary

Tayer + Elementary

The winner of World’s Best Bar four years in a row is back with a bang and an all-day bar and restaurant. Alex Kratena is set to open Tayer + Elementary in Spring with a little help from friend, and top class mixologist might we add, Monica Berg. Shaking up the city, this venture will be bursting with seasonal cocktails and food, and we think you really ought to visit!

Opening in Spring

Where: 152 Old Street, EC1V 9BW
Website: www.tayer-elementary.com

Flor

Flor

Wine bar and bakery Flor is getting ready to throw open its doors as 2019 strikes, the product of Michelin-Starred resto Lyle’s extension into the culinary world. Flor will reside as that perfect place to pop to post-work, serving up an abundance of bread and pastries to grab-and-go.

Opening early this year

Where: 1 Bedale Street, SE1 9AL
Website: www.florlondon.com

The Dixon

The Dixon

The Dixon is the vibrant and vivacious new addition to the Autograph Collection as a boutique hotel that champions local culture, art and design. The quirky little bolthole is situated on Tooley St in SE1 and resides in a former police station and yes, you can find original jail cells in the Provisioners restaurant, making the hotel not only hospitable but historic… and meaning you should be on your best behaviour lest you wind up behind the bars! We’re only kidding, the cells are but a small feature compared to the artsy intricacies of the menu, and the drinks served up in The Courtroom Bar where you’ll find mugshots of criminals tried there from the early 20th Century. It’s a real eye opener, and we think you’re in for a treat!

Where: 211 Tooley St, Tower Bridge, SE1 2JX
Website: www.thedixon.co.uk

No. Fifty Cheyne

No. Fifty Cheyne

No. Fifty Cheyne opened this month and sits on Chelsea Embankment. The new space plays the part of a restaurant and swanky cocktail bar from the musical imagination of Sally Green, the Old Vic Theatre’s Founding Director and Proprietor of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club! The menu boasts a British cuisine, brought together by Head Chef Iain Smith, who’s focus is on flavoursome seasonal ingredients. The latest hot-spot overlooks the River Thames and Cheyne Gardens, and sits just a stone’s throw from the Kings Road and Albert Bridge.

Where: 50 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, SW3 5LR
Website: www.fiftycheyne.com

We Are Vegan Everything

We Are Vegan Everything

WAVE, which stands for We Are Vegan Everything, is the new… yep, you guessed it, vegan venue which literally is everything vegan! Living up to its namesake the must-visit location serves up alternative dishes including their brand new recipe for ‘vegan fried eggs’ which we’re dying to try! Subverting plant-based stereotypes, the location hopes to shower its visitors in inventive vegan food offerings and specialities such as instagram friendly vegan freakshakes, with flavours like strawberry cheesecake, salted caramel and chocolate brownie – it’s the veganning of something deeeelicious!

Where: 11 Dispensary Lane, Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1FT
Website: www.weareveganeverything.com

Redemption

Redemption

This new venue may well be called Redemption, but how does one redeem themselves after eating a whole bunch of wholefood vegan gluten-free dishes and a ton of booze-less cocktails, we ask?! Well very easily is the answer, because newly opened Redemption in Seven Dials could well be the world’s healthiest restaurant. Natural unrefined sugars, created by co-founder and executive chef Andrea Waters, make up the menu and, in keeping to Dry January all year round, you can try out many a booze-less cocktails. These include pina colada; lychee and yuzu martini; frozen pineapple margarita and the Redemption Royale. This is a no alcohol zone, but health is at the core. We love you Redemption!

Where: Various Locations
Website: www.sevendials.co.uk

Imperial Treasure

Imperial Treasure

There’s a new Chinese restaurant in town, and it’s a contender. Imperial Treasure, in St James’s Waterloo Place, just opened and brings a wealth of experience from Asia where the group have already amassed a haul of four Michelin stars. Signature dishes include caviar on egg white; soft shell crab with soya crumble; crispy Iberico barbecued pork belly; salt and pepper deep fried eel; and silver cod steamed with chillies. Perhaps it would be inauspicious to sample the chilled pig’s shank, though I’m assured it’s excellent.

Where: 9 Waterloo Place, St. James's, SW1Y 4BE
Website: www.imperialtreasure.com

Soderberg

Soderberg

It’s Swediesh, it’s got a cool name and we’re all about those all important cardamom buns. Söderberg has come to London for the first time with open-style sandwiches, smörrebröd and Kardemummabulle (buns) at the helm. The brand originated in our colder counterpart, Edinburgh, and has since smothered London in its hot coffee and tasty bun ways! The two-floor café is seeped in Scandi design and boasts Johan & Nyström coffee, roasted in Sweden. It’s one for the “never miss breakfast”-ers.

Where: 36 Berwick Street, Soho, W1F 8RR
Website: www.soderberg.uk

Flat Iron

Flat Iron

Tooley Street saw Charlie Carroll opening Flat Iron where meat is most definitely the order of the day. Designed by AVROKO, the restaurant takes on the form of a traditional pub tavern in the front room, with a draft beer range positioned on a zinc topped island bar at the back, pulling guests in. The dining room boasts a garden feel, where the Flat Iron menu of delicious steaks can be be gauged on and their signature Baked Alaska, of course! And for those who just can’t get enough, there’s a 12-seater private dining area downstairs for you to munch at until your hearts’ content.

Where: Various locations
Website: www.flatironsteak.co.uk

Homeslice Marylebone

Homeslice Marylebone

Six isn’t a crowd, especially when it’s a sixth Homeslice in Marylebone! The pizza restaurants are known best for their 20-inch wood-fired pizzas with seasonal toppings and creative combos donned on top. You can split your pizzas 50/50 so if someone wants pineapple on their pizza (yes, those people do exist), then you can have an alternative topping on your half of the bargain. The dough? Oh, well that’s aged for 24-hours in advance in true, organised style, and pizzas flip between classics such as the Margherita and the Salami, Rocket and Parmesan, to seasonally changing toppings including Pumpkin, Broccoli, Pecorino & Crispy Onions and their take on a Quattro Formaggi; Provisions’ Four Cheese, Jalapeño Salsa & Rye Crumb.

Where: 50 James Street, Marylebone, W1U 1HB
Website: www.homeslicepizza.co.uk

Farzi Cafe

Farzi Cafe

Farzi Café launched all the way back in 2014 in India and has since spread its influence with nine locations in the subcontinent and one in Dubai in its catalogue. The restaurant showcases Indian food, and prides itself on creating an allusion with its cuisine. Now in London, visitors can enjoy generous flavours and gastronomic illusion.

Where: 8 Haymarket, SW1Y 4BP
Website: www.farzilondon.com

Gloria

Gloria

Oh mamma, this French restaurant group is getting big! Extending their influence to Shoreditch, Big Mamma opened a new location recently and we’re excited. The two-tiered venue houses space for 150 diners with Italian-inspired interiors and the menu is littered with coveted ingredients such as black truffle and huge wheels of Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Where: 54-56 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3QR
Website: www.bigmammagroup.com

Rotate

Rotate

Rotate is a brand new venue that has got us dizzy with excitement! The venue has an all-day coffee shop, bar and event space and rustles up coffee in the daytime and stuff of a stronger temperament at night. The quirky concept sees the venue making use of a ‘rotating’ residency of food and drink takeovers, with Asian-fusion street food from Tiger Bites, as pictured, paving the way. Nestled in Shoreditch, Rotate is bursting with community with its large bar area, co-working space and DJ pumping the beats come the eve. So, spin down to Rotate and make it your new Shoreditch go-to.

Where: 1 Bath Place, Shoreditch, EC2A 3DA
Website: www.rotateshoreditch.com

The Nadler Covent Garden

The Nadler Covent Garden

As the fifth boutique property of the Nadler Hotels group, this brand spanking new venue is positioned to perfection for those wanting to catch more than just a glimpse of the goings-on of London. Sitting in Covent Garden, The Nadler sits in a restored Edwardian building and comes equipped with mini kitchens in rooms that are flourishing with clay greys and cherry red interiors. So, don the dressing gown and grab the champers before getting the glad rags on and heading off to one of your favourite surrounding theatres.

Where: 51 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2R 0PZ
Website: www.nadlerhotels.com

The Good Yard

Oli and George are two guys who, in a very Alan Sugar-esque way, began their business from a little stall in Camden Market. Now? They’re foodie giants and act as a lunch favourite for locals providing delicious cocktails to boot.  This month they opened a venue in  buzzy Shoreditch where you can get your caffeine fix, oh and music fix as the boys are renowned for their killer playlists. The dishes served are sourced from London’s historic produce markets and are cooked on the day before they end up in your lunch box making all your work pals jealous. Plus, they work ever so closely with coffee roasters Allpress producing incredibly tasty coffee that will keep you buzzing all day long. A real must try!

Where: 94 Leonard Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4RH
Website: www.thegoodyard.com

Adam Handling Chelsea

Adam Handling Chelsea

Perhaps the biggest February opening depending on your palette, The Adam Handling Chelsea has launched as the flagship restaurant within the Belmond Cadogan Hotel. The restaurant is the project of  renowned Chef Patron Adam Handling, who has been preparing the restaurant for the past year as an homage to Britain. The Menu is said to be a celebration of London cuisine and will bring signature dishes from across the British Isles.

Where: 75 Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1X 9SE
Website: www.adamhandlingchelsea.co.uk

The Oak SW11

The Oak SW11

Battersea babes, this one’s for you! The Oak SW11 is a former industrial space which has just swung open its doors to give us the gift of mediterranean small plates. The space sits snug on the south bank of the Thames and houses a bar, lounge, dining room, centrepiece dining table and a large mezzanine level which we will be frequenting for a G&T or two over the summer months. The SW11 venue is the little sister to Jasper Gorst’s The Oak W2, which to this day remains a stalwart part of Notting Hill.

Where: 87 Allitsen Road, NW8 7AS
Website: www.theoaksw11.com

Momo

Momo

Momo is a simply iconic, as a restaurant that has reigned true in London for 22 years. Currently, to maintain its stalwart title, the resto had a refurb that had us queuing outside for the big reveal – and to get our hands on its  North African and Mediterranean cuisine – and now, it’s finally open!

The brasserie now boasts a downstairs refined 19th Century styled cocktail bar “Kwānt.” It’s headed up by bartender Erik Lorincz, previously of the American Bar at The Savoy, so no biggie then?! Executive Head Chef Hervé Deville has a brand new menu for you to try that will highlight his culinary prowess with a focus on Mediterranean dishes and hints of North African flavour.

Where: 23 - 25 Heddon Street, Mayfair, W1B 4BH
Website: www.momoresto.com

The Gate

The Gate

It’s time for one of our favourite vegetarian restaurants to open it’s fourth, yes fourth, location! The Gate is an incredible plant-based venue that is swinging open its doors in St John’s Wood, following suit from current restaurants in Marylebone, Islington and Hammersmith.

On the menu, you’ll forage through meat-free dishes with highlights of butternut and ricotta rotolo, aubergine schnitzel and tiramisu, prune and apple crumble. The restaurant has been championed for its appeal to vegans, vegetarians and plant-based flexitarians alike, with an emphasis on using high quality and sustainable ingredients. This shines through in the wine too, where a 100% vegan wine list promotes styles such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and sparkling wines; proving you don’t need sacrifice your staples as a plant-based eater.

Of the fourth restaurant, founder Michael Daniel says: ”

Since opening The Gate in Hammersmith in 1989, London’s vegetarian dining scene has become ever more vibrant and dynamic. We have always cooked this way, demonstrating the variety and flavour that you can create with great fresh produce and creative talent.” We can’t wait!

It’s time for one of our favourite vegetarian restaurants to open it’s fourth, yes fourth, location! The Gate is an incredible plant-based venue that is swinging open its doors in St John’s Wood, following suit from current restaurants in Marylebone, Islington and Hammersmith.

On the menu, you’ll forage through meat-free dishes with highlights of butternut and ricotta rotolo, aubergine schnitzel and tiramisu, prune and apple crumble. The restaurant has been championed for its appeal to vegans, vegetarians and plant-based flexitarians alike, with an emphasis on using high quality and sustainable ingredients. This shines through in the wine too, where a 100% vegan wine list promotes styles such as Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and sparkling wines; proving you don’t need sacrifice your staples as a plant-based eater.

Of the fourth restaurant, founder Michael Daniel says: “Since opening The Gate in Hammersmith in 1989, London’s vegetarian dining scene has become ever more vibrant and dynamic. We have always cooked this way, demonstrating the variety and flavour that you can create with great fresh produce and creative talent.” We can’t wait!

Where: Various locations
Website: www.thegaterestaurants.com

YOPO at the Mandrake

YOPO at the Mandrake

Yopo? More like yippee! The new restaurant in The Mandrake has opened this month and it’s all jolly exciting. Yopo is actually a plant found in the jungles of Venezuela and the space plans to be just as outlandishly experimental as its shell, The Mandrake. Menu highlights will include charcoal grilled octopus with aji pancha and avocado and smoked aubergine with sea herbs & lemon Itakuja tart, all of which will adopt the sense of escapism that the restaurant holds so dear.

Where: 119 Kensington Church St, Kensington, London W8 7LN
Website: www.themandrake.com

Fatt Pundit

Fatt Pundit

Restaurant names are getting more fun by the hour, especially this one which we don’t know whether to find funny or shout “oi, who you calling a fat pundit?” Fatt Pundit is the latest Indo Chinese offering residing on bustling Berwick Street that triumphs traditional Chinese cooking techniques and implements bursting spices.

Basically if you love a spicy dumpling originating from Tibet then this is definitely your bag when it comes to restaurants. The menu is jam-packed full of Indian and Chinese flavours and the venue, we believe, is set to be a big rival to the other Thai offerings scattered across Soho.

You’ll be able to get your fill of their fab signature dishes of shredded chilli venison, smoked rabbit wontons and hakka paneer lettuce cups or opt for the hero dish Momos, which are spicy dumplings originating from Tibet.

Why do we have to write this round-ups after lunch? Now, we’re hungry again

Where: 77 Berwick Street Soho, W1F8TH
Website: Find More Info Here

The Gentlemen Baristas

The Gentlemen Baristas

The Gentlemen Baristas are being even more gentlemanly, giving us the gift of a brand new coffee bar at Flat Iron Square – yippee! The coffee giants already have locations in various nooks and crannies of the city, from Fitzrovia and Southwark to London Bridge and East India and we think you’re going to love the new one! The venue opened up on the 6th of March and provides customers with a superlative caffeine fix, using beans from The Gentlemen Baristas’ nearby Shadwell roastery. Alongside this there’s a delicious offering of pastries, cakes and snacks and for tea lovers there’s an extensive selection from Chash Fine Tea co and seasonal specials that include turmeric and coconut matcha lattes, hot chocolates and cold brews.

Where: The Gentlemen Baristas, Flat Iron Square, 64 Southwark Street, SE1 1RU
Website: www.thegentlemenbaristas.com

Xier

Xier

A new fine dining restaurant sashayed into the city in the form of Xier by Carlo Scotto. Located in Marylebone, the restaurant is the first solo project of the chef, offering two distinct spaces, a ten-course tasting menu featuring highlights of red prawn crudo, raspberry, red caviar and yuzu coupled with pared-down luxury flooding the space. Carlo draws inspo from his various travels through Europe and Asia, with cuisine taking on a global influence seeping primarily European flavour.

Where: 13-14 Thayer Street, Marylebone, W1U 3JR
Website: www.xierlondon.com

YOLO

YOLO

You might only live once but we really, like really, want to live two/ three times if possible to make our way through this delicious menu! YOLO (or You Only Live Once) for those who don’t fall into the millennial category, is a new Covent Garden eatery offering sweet treats all day long. Living that YOLO lifestyle you can enjoy freshly baked goods including the Crodough which is a croissant/doughnut hybrid, which features layers upon layers of buttery pastry, fried and finished with a range of toppings. There’s also a huge range of coffees, loose-leaf teas and YOLO shakes on offer, alongside classic cakes and plant-based treats, all of which can be enjoyed whilst vintage vinyl provides the tune to your chomp.

It’s the venue proving life’s too short, so eat dessert before dinner… and we think it’s oh so sweet.

Where: 1 Tower Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9NP
Website: www.yololondon.co.uk

Kindred

Kindred

With a mission to spark human connections and inspire bigger conversations, Kindred is the brand new members’ club sitting snug in Bradmore House that hopes to live up to its namesake. Housed in a three floor, Grade II listed building, it’s a remarkable members only spot that hopes to promote idea sharing and widen social circles. Exuding all the luxe you need and various goings-on including speaker supper club series and breakfast networking, to wellness classes and piano sing-a-longs, there’s an eclectic myriad of things to do.

Kindred has taken the knowledge that 9 million people in the UK maintaining they are always or often lonely and run with it, offering up a social network than can be enjoyed across the various rooms including an all-day café and bar on the ground floor, and beautiful spaces for co-working, events and dining on the first and top floors. Those familiar with TED will be pleased to know that TEDx collaborations, TEDsocial events, and regular screenings of TED Talks are available due to TED being one of Kindred’s main financial backers.

It’s without a doubt that this new members’ club subverts the norm and is in fact wholly forward thinking with its mission and vibe. We can’t wait to give it a go!

Where: Kindred, Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, W6 9BW
Website: www.kindred.com

Orasay

Orasay

Because we just love a seafood restaurant… Orasay is the new venture from Andrew Clarke and Jackson Boxer that’ll bring a taste of the highlands to our London mouths. The menu will boast an aquanautical theme, and comes after the duo successfully launched Shoreditch-based restaurant St Leonards.

Where: Notting Hill - 31 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU
Website: www.orasay.london

Terra Rossa

Terra Rossa

Everyone needs a bit of Italian charm now and again, and it looks like now’s the turn of Islington as Terra Rossa graces its boutique streets. Diners will travel on a flavour journey riding, allowing their taste buds to plunge into the sun-baked region of Puglia. On the menu you’ll find highlights of of broad bean purée and cured meats and cheeses with fig jam.

Owner François Fracella has spiralled back to his roots with this venue. Having grown up as the son of a farmer he appreciates the importance of home grown, fresh ingredients and so passers-by will wander past and watch the pasta being lovingly hand-rolled in the window – #foodenvy! The restaurant oozes Italian vibes, from the family on a Friday night feel to the fresh stone baked pizzas wafting past the tables. If you like the finer things in life, Terra Rossa is the one.

Where: 139 Upper Street, N1 1QP
Website: www.terrarossa-restaurant.co.uk

Balans Soho Society Dickens Yard

Balans Soho Society Dickens Yard

Balans Soho Society began as a sandwich shop on Old Compton Street in 1987 – can you believe it? Since, its grown as a result of popularity – and our insatiable appetites – spreading like wild fire across London. There are venues in Clapham, Seven Dials, Victoria, Kensington, Soho, Westfield, Shepherd’s Bush, Westfield Stratford City and now Dickens Yard! The new restaurant will keep its staple funky décor, high-quality cuisine and cocktails. Oh, and if you’re popping by be sure to try the high society lobster benedict, the three cheese quesadilla and the high society lobster benedict.

Website: www.balans.co.uk

A.O.K. Kitchen and Bakery

A.O.K. Kitchen and Bakery

Umm, since when did a kitchen and bakery look this darn good? We’re totally A.O.K about this new venture founded by Kelly Landesberg, which opened its doors this month in Marylebone. There will be a delightful seasonal menu on offer akin to the refreshing and airy interiors, and refined sugar is a complete no-no!

Highlights will include breakfast favourites of classic boiled eggs and fluffy blue- berry pancakes with organic maple syrup and fresh berries, alongside delectable dishes such as acai and coconut bowls. A wander downstairs will lead you to where the magic happens, as freshly made patisserie, viennoiserie and a variety of spe- cialty breads created by Sebastien Chiono are whipped up.

Designed to embody a sense of feel good fun and opulence, the new spot is wellness on a plate with Instagrammable settings to boot, and we highly recommend a visit!

Where: 52-55 Dorset Street, Marylebone, W1U 7NH
Website: www.aokkitchen.co.uk


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