What we know: Coupette is a new neighbourhood bar with a French influence, coming to Bethnal Green in June. Chris Moore, former Head Bartender of The Savoy’s Beaufort Bar is heading up the venture and will create signature cocktails including a Truffled White Negroni and Champagne Pina Colada. Head Chef James Allen Thompson has created the menu and will serve the likes of croquet monsieur, whole roasted lamb shoulder served with wild garlic and baby gem, and bar snacks like British charcuterie, salmon rillettes and beef tartare. Opening June, exact date TBC.
Where: 423 Bethnal Green Road, Bethnal Green, E2 0AN
Trafalgar St. James Hotel
What we know: The new hotel, Trafalgar St. James, will be opening this autumn. In the central location of Trafalgar Square, the new hotel will feature a new rooftop bar, an all-day restaurant, 131 new rooms and 14 suites.
Where: 2 Spring Gardens, St. James's, London SW1A 2TS
What we know: New restaurant, Gabeto Cantina, will be opening in Camden this summer. The head chef Lee Andrews, formerly at Chiltern Firehouse, will be providing the best of British brasserie dining complete with a terrace bar.
Where: The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Rd, London NW1 8AH
When: July 6th
What we know: The Oystermen’s permanent residency is coming to Covent Garden this summer after their huge success at The Sampler in South Kensington. They will be serving fresh oysters and seafood from all four corners of the British Isles to the heart of London.
Where: 32 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8NA, United Kingdom
Made in Italy, Northcote Road
What we know: Neighbourhood pizzeria, Made in Italy, is opening in Battersea. The restaurant already has sites in Notting Hill, Fulham and Wimbledon and the new site will serve a seasonal, ever-changing menu with a choice of 5 pizza dough bases: multigrain, bio-classic Neapolitan, a stone grounded Tipo 2, a gluten free & a daily changing special with toppings like burrata, homemade mozzarella and Nonna’s meatballs. Italian-inspired cocktails will also be served, with DJs and entertainment from 9pm. Soft launch, 22nd-25th May will see guests ‘pay what you want’.
Where: 59 Northcote Road, Battersea, SW11 1NP
When: May 25th
What we know: Opening in June, Jazzgir is a new Mediterranean restaurant to open in Canary Wharf. Open all day for food, it’ll feature two bars and daily live jazz performances. Head Chef Raffaele Biancarddeu has created a menu celebrating the best of Mediterranean cuisine, with dishes including tuna carpaccio served with pressed cucumber, white asparagus puree, pea shoots and a martini dressing.
Where: 15-16 Harbour Exchange Square, London E14 9GE, United Kingdom
What we know: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square will be opening Mei Ume, a Japanese and Chinese restaurant. Head Chef Tony Truong, formerly of Royal China, will lead the kitchen team, supported by Sushi Chef Mun Seok Choi, who previously worked at Sake no Hana, and Dim Sum Chef Liang Kian Cheng, who will be joining from Yauatcha. On the menu will be modern, authentic dishes from China and Japan as well as a dim sum and sushi section. Cocktails will be inspired by the four key elements of traditional Chinese astronomy, alongside an extensive selection of sake, shochu and Taiwanese and Japanese whiskey.
Where: Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, Trinity Square, Tower Hill, EC3N 4AJ
When: June 9th
What we know: Pamban is a new chai and coffee house coming to Camden Market. Masala house chai will be brewed in front of customers and served in traditional clay cups whilst an all-day food menu includes Pamban rolls – deep-fried rolled pancakes filled with lamb, chicken or vegetables – and Lamprais – spiced rice topped with slow-cooked curry. To open the second weekend of June.
Where: Camden Market, North Yard, Chalk Farm Road, Camden, NW1 8AH
Smoke & Salt
What we know: Pop-up specialists, Smoke & Salt are to open in Pop Brixton in the former shipping container occupied by Kricket. Two former chefs from The Shed will create a modern, seasonal menu, inspired by international flavours and showcasing techniques such as smoking, fermenting, brining and curing.
Where: Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ
Granger & Co
What we know: Australian restaurant Granger & Co. are opening their latest branch in the heart of Chelsea.
Where: Granger & Co, Chelsea Pavilion Road, London SW1X
What we know: Camm & Hooper will be unveiling its sixth event space this autumn, Grace Hall. The project aims to embrace the venue’s Art Deco heritage with a nod to its past as Grace and Co Bank. It comprises four event spaces able to accommodate up to 200 theatre style, 170 seated and up to 600 standing across the whole venue.
Where: Leadenhall Street, London, United Kingdom
Bar Termini Centrale
What we know: Internationally renowned drinks maestro, Tony Conigliaro, is opening a second outpost of his Soho bar, Bar Termini with business partner Marco Arrigo. Bar Termini Centrale is inspired by the old-school cafes found in Italian train stations and will serve coffee and cocktails, with a menu of Italian-inspired small plates and snacks. The site has room for 40-covers inside and a further 20 on the outdoor terrace. A takeaway breakfast hatch will be open from 8am.
Where: 31 Duke Street, Marylebone, W1U 1LG
When: May 15th