From bars that have murder on the menu – not literally, you silly thing – to Jimmy Garcia’s Dangleway Dinging that’ll see you whizzing over London in the air – not advised for those with vertigo – there are, as always, a whole coveted conglomerate of new restaurant openings this month. Hungry? Then feast on, dear friend…
Starting with high standards, like literally, Jimmy Garcia’s Sky High Dining is a new restaurant, pop-up kinda thing that looks totally awesome and has opened on the Emirates Air Line. Really putting the UP in pop-up, it launches the dinner every Wednesday and Thursday evening from until mid-September. As you trundle from Greenwich to Stratford admire the industrial bit of the Thames as you sip on Champagne and tuck into a meal from the celebrated pop-upist.
If you’re a fan of the new craze that is express lunches then you’re going to love SOW, a place filled with vegan and vegetarian dishes that’ll simply bowl you over…
The eatery prides itself on convenience and delivers breakfast and lunchtime bowls ideal for a food-on-the-go fandango. If you’ve simply got to get to that 50% sale in Zara then grab your bowl and off you go! Behind the concept are Frederick Forster, a former National Chef of the Year and Roux Scholar. Suffice to say these chaps know the key to our hearts are often bursts of flavour and nutrition to boot. Highlights include coconut milk pancakes, Thai green curry and a quinoa salad with chargrilled broccoli – yum! You can wash it all down with a cup of Joe – no literally, Joe’s Tea Co will be providing the tea and you’ll also find a range of juices and soft drinks, Kombucha included.
SOW opened on the 17th of June
OK, so not a restaurant per say but there’s tonnes of food involved so we thought we’d throw it into the mix! Solomons’ Yard, set against the backdrop of Camden Market, is a total paradise of events, eateries and cheers-ers! The market popped up on the 22nd and promises to keep us entertained for 10 consecutive weekends throughout summer – yippee!
You can expect DJs such as Supa Dupa Fly and Simon Dunmore (Glitterbox), and a tonne of gorgeous market food from ginger beer battered fried chicken to Indian inspired burgers. The deal is that Londoners will be thrown back to pre-market days when all were deafened by vendors hawking their wares. Plus, Middle Yard was home to Peaky Blinders’ main character Alfie Solomons so if you’re a fan then grab yourself a can and lap up the summer at Solomons’ Yard.
Say hello to The Grand Duchess! No, we don’t mean Kate or Meghan but in fact a second site from London Shell Co, who pride themselves on delivering only the freshest fish! So, if you’re ready to have your hake and eat it then dine at this wondrous restaurant that exists as a charming restaurant barge moored safely on the Grand Union Canal.
Fish is sourced from Cornwall primarily and the menu booms British with its offering of beer battered lobster, monkfish and wild garlic kiev and way more where that came from! Wash it all down with hand-picked wine or one of the 50 different sparkling wines. Don’t scale back at this fantastic new plaice… Ok, we’ll quit the fish jokes now, we promise!
The Grand Duchess opened on the 10th of June
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 opened Tayer + Elementary this month 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! Plus, the Old Street location makes it a total must.
Tayer + Elementary opened on the 1st of June
Although we’re scared of the bar’s name, we’re definitely not scared of what can be found inside even. This treacherous little treasure trove, is a new cocktail bar from the team behind The Cocktail Trading Company. It’s called Murder Inc. and it reaps inspo from the gangster noir of the 1940s & 50s. For a night with stir, shake and twist head here and enjoy cocktails such as the Rusty Nail in the Coffin with Ardbeg, Drambuie, barbequed marmalade and vermouth, and the Frozen Banana Ramos with Jagermeister, banana milk, coconut cream, egg white, citrus and stout.
P.s. There’ll be a wickedly fun ‘happy hour’ until 7pm with live music to boot!
Ooo Maremma! This Brixton-based beauty is a Tuscan restaurant that champions hearty Italian fare. Think salumi, seafood, olive groves and vineyards but, well, in Brixton! The menu has been curated around owner Alice’s love of Italian fare and we can’t blame her – the creators of pizza and pasta definitely need some raving about. Expect a wholesome menu divided into Antipasti, Primi, Secondi and Dolci, and a classic Italian cocktail Wednesday to Saturday to toast aperitivo hour, from 5.30pm. Today is definitely your Dolmio day!
Maremma opened on the 14th of June
Sometimes all we want is the best of British and, recognising this, is Spelzini; the charming new restaurant that reaps inspo from the culture of social eating and drinking. Dishes are served thick and fast, with gastronomic sandwiches to gluten-free chickpea flour flat bread pizzas, pastas and salads popped onto your plates. Plus, from 4.00pm – 7.00pm, Monday to Saturday, why not dip into a Milanese style Aperitivo with FREE rotating bite-sized British Cicchetti-style plates? Simply partner it with a lip-smacking drink – easy peasy – of wine, aperitifs and vermouth cocktails.
Popping up on bustling Baker Street, Kitchen at Holmes attracts all shopping bag swingers into its seasonally produced arms. The new restaurant, which opened on the 1st of June, offers an open kitchen so you can pick up tips as you much, and a delightful menu created by Head Chef Stefano Motta which features highlights of Scottish scallop tartare with yuzu basil and green chilli and a wholesome Sunday roast for those lazy gatherings with pals or family.
Obviously, with ‘bao’ at the start of its name Baozilnn Borough was going to catch our attention! The brand new three floor restaurant and bar is set to open at the end of this month with all-day Cantonese dim sum left, right and centre. If you’re down for a dumpling, or maybe you’re a sucker for a skewer then it’s the place for you. The restaurant comes as a result of the huge success of Baozilnn Soho, followed by its packed out second site at Market Halls Victoria.
Opening at the end of the month
Whether you’re drinking tea with Hugh Grant, telling someone you’re “just a girl, standing in front of boy, asking him to love her,” or styling it out at Europe’s biggest street festival, there’s always something going on down in little ol’ Notting Hill. As well as movies being filmed and parties being had there are also various eateries asking for you to dine in them.
One of which is Gold – the new restaurant that takes home first place as the best new opening to hit Notting Hill for a while! Popping up on Portobello Road, the restaurant booms bohemian spirit and a serves vibrant menu from ex-River Café chef Theo Hill and drinks from Scout’s Matt Whiley and Rich Woods. Scrumptious signatures include chickpea flat bread, wood roasted sea bream and braised rabbit leg tortellini.
Gold opened at the start of June
Have you guys ever heard of cheese tea, or ‘Cheezo’? Nope, we hadn’t either. And, whilst it doesn’t sound all that appealing, it’s actually a huge hit and now you can get get your hands on some too… it better be gouda! Originating in Guangdong China, cheese tea is essential like bubble tea except there’s a ‘Cheezo’ foam which gives a quirky contrast between savoury and sweet and reduces the bitterness of the leaves. So, if you fancy giving it a whirl then try it out at the newly opened Kova Patisserie in Chinatown! Brie-lliant!
Big news! The Chelsea Courtyard Bistro and Bar has had a wow-worthy refurb and we urging you to go down and check it out. Ready for warmer climes the snug oasis caters for sun baskers and shade hiders with its huge seating areas and flora and fauna, and, sitting snug just off the King’s Road, why not grab a cocktail post-shop and while away the afternoon? Infused with a barrage of botanical ingredients, the cocktails have been inspired by The Chelsea Gardener and include The Zesty Barbie with flamed lemon zest infused rum, red Vermouth and lime and orange liqueurs, and The Courtyard Punch with gin, Aperol, fresh pink grapefruit juice and elderflower liqueur.
Ooo Mama! We’re so excited about this opening – Big Mamma is set to open Circolo in Fitzrovia and it’s set to be a whopper of a resto. If you’re familiar with Gloria, the epic restaurant that infiltrates Insta feeds, then you’ll be familiar with the Big Mamma family. Their last child/restaurant will feature 20,000 bottles of spirits lining the walls – sounds like our Friday nights – and 280 covers, 60 of which will be snug on the outdoor terrace. The menu boasts a slightly ‘over the top’ nature, made comprising small cicchetti as well as larger platters. Our tummies are positively rumbling…
Opening this Friday!
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