Masterpiece London 2019
What we know: For the 10th edition of Masterpiece London the unmissable summer art fair, over 150 international exhibitors will gather to offer exceptional works of art, design, furniture and jewellery for sale, from antiquity to present day.
Masterpiece Presents allows innovative, immersive works of art at the entrance, this year one of Britain’s leading female contemporary artists, Phyllida Barlow, who is notorious for using found materials like plaster, cardboard and cement, which turn the conventions of traditional sculpture on their head. Refreshments by The Ivy Chelsea Brasserie, Le Caprice, Scott’s Seafood and Champagne Bar, Sloane Street Deli and Perrier-Jouët Champagne Terrace which are all pretty tempting spots to take a break from perusing all the art.
Tickets for the preview on Wednesday 26th June are available to buy on the website as well as regular tickets for 27th June – 3rd July.
Where: South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4LW
When: June 26th
Kitchen at Holmes
What we know: Offering a diverse range of cuisines to Londoners, local and tourists alike, Kitchen at Holmes, will be a seasonally inspired restaurant adding a new buzz to the local area. Serving up breakfast, lunch and dinner, Head chef, Stefano Motta, has created a delicious menu including Scottish scallop tartare with yuzu basil and green chilli; and courgette spaghetti with pistachio, basil and smoke ricotta. Lovers of a Sunday roast can rest easy knowing there’s a new roast to try out in town.
Where: Baker Street
When: June 12th
What we know: Specialist cake company, Konditor, will be opening the doors of their sixth branch in Bank this June. Known for spreading joy and smiles through cakes, they’ll continue to serve up treats to city goers, including their famous curly whirly cake and devilish salted caramel brownies. Having recently launched its ‘corporate cake club’, allowing companies to organise personalised cakes for their employees on their birthdays, and the new store is located in the busy hub of office sky rises.
Where: 9 Bow Lane, EC4M 9BJ
When: June 20th
What we know: Opening its doors in the heart of Trafalgar Square this May, Rockwell takes its inspiration from the 17th and 18th century, an era which brought exotic fauna and travelling menageries to the very streets we walk on today in the city. With herbaceous plants and vivid artwork capturing everything from the strange and unfamiliar, guests will be transported to a new sensory dream world. Both the cocktails and food will draw on spices and ingredients from around the world, with the cocktails and low ABV cocktails using produce sourced from 33 metres below the streets of Clapham, from Growing Underground.
Where: Rockwell, 2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, SW1A 2TS
When: May 24th
What we know: Just a short walk from Victoria Station, The Soak’s concept is centred around the latest foodie trend of fermenting, soaking, steeping and brining techniques. Music will be an integral part of the bar and dining experience with DJ sets and acoustic performances so there is no need to cut the night short with their late license on Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 2am. The menu will focus on the seasonal changes using fresh and quality ingredients designed by Head Chef Chris Zachwieja.
Where: Terminus Place, London, SW1W 0RP
What we know: Following an extension and refurbishment which was funded by a kickstarter event late last year, Begging Bowl is an Thai restaurant locked in the heard of Peckham. Opening with a brand new cocktail bar, offering bar seating and authentic Thai light bites to devour. Since opening in 2012, customers have always enjoyed soaking in the authentic vibe but this stylish rebrand will definitely leave a queue outside the door. For the first time, they also offer a take-away service via Deliveroo.
Where: 168 Bellenden Road, Peckham
‘O ver St James
What we know: Neapolitan Street Food restaurant and creators of London’s first Pure Sea Water Pizza ‘O ver will be launching a sister restaurant, ‘O ver St James’s, opening 1st May.
Where: St James's
When: May 1st
Bread Ahead Wembley Park
What we know: Bread Ahead is set to open its largest site to date in Wembley Park. The venue will include a restaurant, deli, bakery, baking school, and wholesale bakery. The new location will be providing guests of the national stadium with delicious and fresh baked goods and produce. They have already begun hosting masterclasses to celebrate the arrival of the new venue, where participants can get the renowned Bread Ahead experience, while also getting a glimpse of what is in store for the Wembley location.
What we know: The newest project from Le Bab, Kebab Queen, is opening in Covent Garden. The project has been three years in the making and will bring kebabs into the fine dining world. The venue will retain the casual and fun ambiance of a classical kebab shop but will work with the flavor combinations of the middle-eastern dish to create various reinterpretations.
Where: 4 Mercer Walk, Covent Garden, WC2H 9FA
When: April 11th
What we know: Sam’s Riverside will sit in a prime site adjacent to the newly re-developed Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, with a terrace overlooking the river. “We’ll be a big, all-day brasserie with flair and our own ideas. We’ll be serving dishes inspired by what Rowley and I love – classic, modern European food. There’ll be plenty of seafood and shellfish.” said Sam Harrison. “We want it to be glamorous but informal. I’ve wanted a big west London space for a long time. They’re hard to come by, but this is perfect.”
What we know: Serata Hall is coming to Old Street and will be bringing an eclectic menu that will service residents all-day. The venue will feature a bar, in-house bakery, and dining space, which will include their famed pizzas, pastries, gin-bar, and much more! The unique space is fit to accommodate any and all of the wishes of its patrons.
Where: 207 Old St, EC1V 9EY
When: April 3rd
Thunderbird Fried Chicken
What we know: ‘Fried gold’ chicken now has its own location in South London with the opening of Thunderbird Fried Chicken. The restaurant is the project of Matt Harris, who has recently conquered the street food world at Dinerama and Giant Robot. His newest location will feature highlights from his other locations, such as Habanero Wings and Buttermilk Caraway Slaw.
Where: Market Row, Brixton, SW9 8LB
The Gate St. John’s Wood
What we know: Celebrating thirty-years since opening, The Gate is launching its fourth location in St. John’s Wood. The vegetarian and vegan-friendly, plant-based menu will be open for late morning meals, lunch, and dinner.
Where: 87 Allitsen Road, NW8 7AS
The Halal Guys
What we know:Foodies will finally get to choose between a sandwich or platter in four equally tasty versions – chicken, beef, chicken & beef or vegan-friendly falafel – served with a selection of toppings and, of course, the iconic, secret recipe white and hot sauces.
Where: Leicester Square
When: March 30th
The Gentlemen Baristas
What we know: The new coffee bar will provide visitors to the Borough-based foodie hub with a superlative caffeine fix, along with a simple offering of pastries, cakes, and snacks. Additionally, tea lovers will be able to enjoy an extensive selection from Chash Fine Tea co and seasonal specials will include turmeric and coconut matcha lattes, hot chocolates, and cold brews.
When: March 6th
BFI & Radio Times Television Festival
What we know: Over the course of three days the festival will showcase the very best British television. Across 30+ events and screenings you’ll be able to hear from the stars and creators of some of your favourite TV shows.
Where: BFI Southbank, Belvedere Road, London, United Kingdom
When: April 14th
The Chortle Comedy Awards 2019
What we know: Annual awards celebrating the best in stand-up comedy, Arthur Smith hosts.
Where: FEST Camden, THE HORSE HOSPITAL, Chalk Farm Road, London, UK
When: March 18th
What we know:The elegant, North African and Mediterranean brasserie will also offer a downstairs refined 19th Century styled cocktail bar “Kweint” by award-winning bartender Erik Lorincz.
What we know: The annual four month winter closure, has gifted Valentino and his kitchen brigade the time to travel, research, develop and refine dishes, working together to create a menu that heralds and celebrates the beginning of spring.
Where: Viale Ammiraglio Morin 67 55042 Forte dei Marmi (Lucca), Italy
Adam Handling Chelsea
What we know: The Adam Handling Chelsea is opening as the flagship restaurant within the Belmond Cadogan Hotel. The restaurant is the project of 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.