No. Fifty Cheyne
What we know: No. Fifty Cheyne is set to open in 2019, sitting on Chelsea Embankment. The new space will play 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 will boast a British cuisine, brought together by Head Chef Iain Smith, who’s focus is on flavoursome seasonal ingredients. The latest hot-spot will overlook the River Thames and Cheyne Gardens, and sits just a stone’s throw from the Kings Road and Albert Bridge.
Where: 50 Cheyne Walk, SW3 5LR
When: February 2019
Wild Rice & Mamasan Restaurants Launch
What we know:Two thai food restaurants have launched in the streets of Soho: Wild Rice and Mamasan. Ground floor restaurant, Wild Rice will focus on small plates to share, showcasing traditional, bold and vibrant Thai flavours, paired with seasonal British ingredients. Mamasan, in the underground basement, will offer street food dishes such as Thai fried chicken and bubble tea alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails. Both restaurants are opening with a soft launch offer for the first two weeks with 20% off the food bill.
When: December 2016
Wild Food Cafe
What we know: Wild Food Cafe will open up in Islington from duo Joel and Aiste, the faces behind the vegan and wellness eatery. The large site will offer a new vegan brunch and pizza menu and seasonal dishes including a Christmas Tree Smoothie.
Where: Wild Food Café 269 - 270 Upper Street N1 2UQ
When: December 14th
Vintry & Mercer
What we know: Coming in February, new hotel Vintry & Mercer is a 92-bedroom venue inspired by the historic past of its site. There will be three dining and drinking experiences where guests can choose from asian small plates, feast on a British menu and sample decadent cocktails.
Where: Vintry & Mercer, 19-20 Garlick Hill, EC4V 2AU
When: February 4th 2019
What we know: Soho’s iconic Roundhouse has undergone a full restoration and will reopen as Soho Residence, the premier bar, club and lounge space in London’s West End.
With a capacity of 350 and spread across three floors, the magnificent Soho Residence will be one of the most exciting and anticipated new venues in Soho. Soho Residence will continue the rich tradition of the Roundhouse by offering the ultimate night out experience in a venue of unrivaled elegance and grace.
When: November 28th
What we know: 40 zero is an all-day café, which come evening, transitions into a buzzing bar with regular live music nights.
Previously occupied by squatters and used as a refuse dumping ground, the 40 zero team has breathed new life into the site, transforming it into a stripped back bar whilst retaining the best bits of its previous squat life.
Where: 40 Parkway, Camden, NW1 7AH
When: November 23rd
Bao & Bing
What we know: Bao & Bing is an intimate new Taiwanese street food-inspired dining concept, based on London’s Paddington Street in Marylebone, founded by Paul Sarlas. With the feel, fun and energy of Taipei’s famous night markets, Bao & Bing serves authentic and popular Taiwanese dishes made in the traditional method with superior ingredients.
What we know: After the opening of Clifford’s restaurant earlier this year, chef and owner Gemma Ellis has announced the opening of Clifford’s Bar. The addition will be a late-night venue featuring a list of kitchen-focused cocktails and seasonal bar snacks, with a strong focus on British Isles ingredients.
Where: 140 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1BT
When: November 28th
What we know: The Alchemist is opening a second site in Covent Garden this month. Known as a premium bar and restaurant, The Alchemist create cocktails using a vintage-modern bar and boast a truly eclectic menu.
Where: 6 Bevis Marks, London EC3A 7BA
When: November 16th
What we know: Still under construction and yet to open in Summer of 2019, Magazine London is a new event space that hopes to act as a blank canvas for culture and commerce, boasting 3,205 sq m of versatile interior space for up to 3,000 people.
Where: Magazine London, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0QE
When: July 2019
Buns & Buns Covent Garden
What we know: On 15th November, Buns & Buns, the restaurant putting breads and buns back at the centre of the table, is opening its new home in the heart of London’s Covent Garden Market. Having first debuted Buns & Buns in Miami, founder Alexandre Zibi is bringing his take on the world’s best breads, from fluffy Taiwanese bao to pala romana, a crunchy Roman-style pizza bread, to the market’s North Hall. Once seated, bun-lovers can take their pick from Buns & Buns’ roving dim sum trolley as it is wheeled around the tables, or opt for dishes from the menu including the brioche lobster roll with skinny fries, clams and mussels in white wine with sourdough. To celebrate their arrival in the neighbourhood, the team will be dishing up 100 brioche lobster rolls on the house for the first 100 dinner guests on opening day.
Where: Buns & Buns, 5 North Hall, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RA
When: November 15th
What we know: This December, Yamagoya, the masters of traditional Japanese ramen, are opening the doors to a new home in London’s Soho. Founder Masatoshi Ogatahas has created brand new dishes for the opening, where guests can opt to sit in for a bowl of warming broth, or order at the counter to grab and go. Classic Japanese small bites including, fried pork gyoza, chicken kara-age with a yuzu mayo, and a wakame seaweed salad with edamame, will start the menu. For the main event, the kitchen ladles out steaming bowls of ramen, made to a meticulous recipe that Ogata has been perfecting for almost 50 years. The pared-back space, lined with pale slatted oak and hung with paper lanterns, takes inspiration from Tokyo’s ramen-yashops – visitors can perch on stools up at the window or at the kitchen counter to watch the chefs at work.
Where: Yamagoya, 64 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6LU
When: December 15th