Mc & Sons Launch Party
What we know: The family-owned Windmill Taverns company are opening a new site in south east London this Autumn, with the launch of Mc & Sons. Mc & Sons will be the first family opening in ten years, and will be bringing all the comfort of the traditional Irish pub to the heart of Southwark – as well as authentic Thai food. The Mc Elhinney’s are bringing the past into the present with their family-feel venue, with reclaimed furniture and recycled classic pub pieces, and a cosy hideaway snug that was historically the favoured spot of Welsh Poet Dylan Thomas. The Thai food will be in keeping with the family-run theme, with Head Chef Lailar, and wife of a Mc Elhinney son designing the menu.
Where: Union Street, London, London Borough of Southwark, United Kingdom
When: October 19th
What we know: Following five years in Shoreditch and the successful launch of Boxpark Croydon in 2016, Boxpark is launching Boxpark Wembley, opening in late 2018 in Wembley Park. The pop-up mall will have a new and bespoke building design, and will be a unique cultural and dining destination with 29 units held by established and independent food operators. Boxpark Wembley will also be a cultural hub, offering a programme of over 200 events throughout the year.
When: January 2018
New Grab-And-Go Sushi at Inigo
What we know: Soho is being treated to Inigo this Autumn, a brand new sushi hand roll concept. Inigo is set to open in October on Soho’s Great Windmill Street, bringing a range of Japanese-inspired sushi hand rolls combining the traditions of sushi with the portability of the sandwich. The menu will include a sustainably sourced Spicy Tuna Roll, ponzu-marinated tuna, baby gem lettuce, spicy mayo and crushed wasabi peas, as well veggie and vegan options such as the Miso Broccoli – tenderstem broccoli, cucumber, pickled daikon, miso puree and chives. Already a popular food concept in Australia, the sushi hand roll is set to take London by storm, and Inigo’s new venue promises to be beautifully crafted with a strong Japanese aesthetic, featuring a carefully crafted marble counter, where the hand rolls will be perfected.
What we know: A more grown-up “all-day” version of Mahiki opens in Kensington (to replace Bodo’s Schloss) with a restaurant, cocktail bar and even quiet private dining rooms. The sister venue to the original Mayfair Mahiki will also have a Polynesian-themed restaurant inside called Pufferfish.
Where: 2A Kensington High St, Kensington W8 4PT
When: November 3rd
The Watch House Opens New Holborn Venue
What we know: The Watch House will be adding a third venue to its repertoire with the launch of its brand new Holborn location on Fetter Road. With coffee shops already open on Bermondsey Street and Tower Bridge, The Watch House’s new site will also offer an all-day eatery and after-work cocktail bar, serving up a delicious host of modern European tapas-style dishes. Opening ready for breakfast, diners can grab-and-go or hang around to enjoy the beautifully designed interior and enjoy The Watch House’s signature eggs benedict made using orange marmalade marinade – plus, from five o’clock the venue will transform into a cosy wine and cocktail bar serving tapas dishes.
Where: Fetter Lane, City of London, London, United Kingdom
When: September 25th
What we know: Australian entrepreneur Jeremy Bliss and Charlie Hall of CODE Hospitality are bringing Inigo, a Japanese-inspired sushi grab and go kiosk, to the streets of Soho. Inigo hand rolls combine traditions of sushi with the portability of the sandwich to deliver a delicious, fresh sushi experience. The menu will include traditional Japanese flavours, such as the ‘Spicy Tuna’ hand roll (ponzu-marinated tuna, baby gem lettuce, spicy mayo and crushed wasabi peas), as well as unique takes on the hand roll with the ‘Poke Salmon’ (miso-cured salmon, avocado, macadamia nuts and pickled daikon). Vegetarian and vegan tastes are catered to with hand rolls such as the ‘Miso Broccoli’ (tenderstem broccoli, cucumber, pickled daikon, miso puree and chives). Consisting of six staple hand rolls plus rotating specials, Inigo will also offer breakfast, salads and daily soup specials.
Where: Inigo, Unit 1 Ham Yard, 33 Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7LR
When: October 11th
What we know: Breddos of Clerkenwell have spread their wings and blessed us with a second venue – this time in Carnaby, Soho. With an official opening planned for 7th October, the new Breddos will be twice the size of the original taqueria, with a basement Mescal and Margarita bar so you can extend your visit from dinner time ’till late, seven days a week. Breddos fans can still expect all the favourites of the Clerkenwell venue – may the sea bass ceviche tostadas and masa fried chicken tacos continue – but with a new extended menu of dishes inspired by a recent trip through Yucatan, Oaxaca and Mexico City, including wood-grilled whole octopus with mole amarillo, and crispy pig’s head with burnt habanero.
Where: Kingly Street, Carnaby, London, United Kingdom
When: October 7th
Mister Lasagna Victoria
What we know: Mister Lasagna’s fourth London restaurant opening will see their signature meals served daily with twenty four lasagne prepared fresh as well as Truffle lasagna, Chicken & Chorizo lasagna, Pumpkin & Blue Cheese lasagna, Asparagus lasagna, Nutella lasagna and much more.
Where: 326 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London
When: September 21st
What we know: Sustainable seafood company Claw is opening a permanent restaurant in Soho, having popped up around London over the past years. Crab and other seafood will be the focus, with options like the bacon and scallop muffin and crab mac & cheese on the menu.
Where: 21 Kingly St, Soho, London W1B 5QA, United Kingdom
What we know: Following on from the success of their original Chelsea steak restaurant, Sophie Bathgate and Rupert Power are bringing Sophie’s to Soho. Premium steak will again be the focus of the menu, but this time fish and vegetable options will feature as well, including Cornish turbot and scallops with garlic butter. Sophie’s will be made up of a restaurant and bar, a covered terrace, a steakhouse and a kiosk for meals to be taken away.
Where: 42-44 Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7NB, United Kingdom
When: November 1st
What we know: Australian doughnut company Doughnut Time is bringing its decadent treats to the UK, with its first store in London. The ever popular brand will be offering the likes of the Donutella Versace and the Melon Degeneres.
Where: 96 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5EB, United Kingdom
Mr White’s English Chophouse
What we know: New Road Hotel, set to open in October, will feature Marco Pierre White’s first Chophouse in London. The renowned chef will be offering traditional British cuisine with French influences, focusing on premium quality cuts of meat.
Where: 103-107 New Road, Whitechapel, London E1 1HJ, United Kingdom