Cultural Cafe Isla Ray Opening

What we know: Isla Ray introduces a taste of the modern day nomad to Deptford High Street, a cafe concept by Rachael-Dalton-Loveland that hopes to bring the raw creativity of hip cities, from Lisbon to Melbourne. The cultural cafe will open for full trading on 7th July.
Where: 37 Deptford High Street, London SE8 4AD, UK
When: July 7th
Website: www.islaray.co.uk

Caravan Fitzrovia Official Opening and Soft Launch

What we know: A highly anticipated central London restaurant, Caravan Fitzrovia will have it’s official launch on Monday, 16th July and will be offering a 50% off all food as a ‘soft launch’ from Monday to Wednesday. Caravan’s signature well-travelled, all day dining and craft coffee is brought to Fitzrovia, and will also be home their brand new takeout concept, Caravan-To-Go. Following the soft launch, Caravan Fitzrovia officially opens on 19th July. 152-156 Great Portland Street, London W1W 6QA
Where: Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia
When: July
Website: www.caravanrestaurants.co.uk

Beef & Brew Opening

What we know: Opening in the historic old Duke of York public house, Kentish Town favorite Beef & Brew will offer a half pint of fried oysters with yuzu dressing, brisket on toast, beef in a range of cuts and many more delicious options. There will also be several craft beers and wines from across the UK, with special flights and pairing menus available.
Where: 33 Downham Rd, Hackney, London N1 5AA
When: July 23rd
Website: www.beef-and-brew.co.uk

Camillo Benso Restaurant Opening

What we know: The famous Milanese restaurant Camillo Benso is coming to London! The menu will include classic Italian dishes with ingredients delivered daily from Italy, but at affordable prices. Enjoy Spaghetti con Vongole Veraci or Ravioli Capresi in a highly elegant setting. The spot will also have a trendy cocktail with Italian-style aperitivo and live music performances in the evenings.
Where: 8-10 Blenheim Street, W1S 1LJ, Mayfair, London
When: July 15th
Website: www.camillobenso.it

Stokey Bears Burgers

What we know: Stokey Bears is opening a new location! And it will not just have all the customer favorites from the Stoke Newington original location- there will be an entirely new vegan menu, as well. On top of the fan-favorite ‘Grizzly Bear’ burger and other usuals, the new spot will have killer veggie patties coming in the same ‘Angry,’ ‘Grizzly,’  or ‘Triple Threat’ options, a seitan ‘chicken’ burger and a bean burger. The new location also boasts a beer garden and milkshakes (with or without alcohol!) made from Hell Yum Ice Cream.
Where: 480 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AE
When: July 2nd
Website: www.stokeybears.com

Rovi

What we know: Ottolenghi’s new restaurant ROVI, is a little bit of NOPI and a little bit of Fitzrovia. The restaurant will serve a menu with vegetables at its heart but with a fresh focus on fermentation and cooking over fire. Think Jersey Royals smoked on top of hay; hand dived scallops with cucumber kombucha or peaches grilled over fire. ROVI will also have a vibrant bar with cocktails based on seasonal spices and a dynamic low-intervention wine list from small producers.
Where: 55 Wells Street, Fitzrovia, W1A 3AE
When: June 21st
Website: www.ottolenghi.co.uk

St John at Hackney Brewery

What we know: Launch party for St John at Hackney Brewery, there will be beer, music, and Cypriot culinary kebabs served by Éla.
Where: 16-17 Bohemia Place, London E8 1DU, UK
When: June 21st
Website: www.stjohnathackneybrewery.com

Photography Exhibition at Proud Galleries

What we know: Proud Galleries is presenting a private view for the opening launch of Jane Brown’s new exhibition of Black and White photography, displaying rare vintage and signed fine art prints. Highlighting a documentary of Britain and its representative figures, Bown has captured images ranging from women’s demonstrations, political strikes and poignant street photography to her more recognised portraits of cultural figures such as Queen Elizabeth II, The Beatles and Mick Jagger.
Where: 35 Strand, London WC2N, UK
When: June 27th
Website: www.proud.co.uk

Laki Kane Bar, Islington

What we know: If you’re not traveling this summer and have been feeling exhausted from the heat, you can still enjoy a taste of a tropical escape at the highly anticipated opening of a new bar located at the heart of N1, Islington. Laki Kane is seeking to push boundaries of the bar experience that will transport you to paradise and provide exquisite signature cocktails with an exotic food menu that will get you excited for this summer. Co-founded by award-winning mixologist Georgi Radev, who has over 16 years experience managing bars and is a leading tiki, rum and cocktail expert. This cocktail bar experiments with rums from across the globe using ingredients not found anywhere else in London, and can promise that it will be an experience like no other! Laki Kane will also have rum making masterclasses in its very own exclusive Spiced Dry Rum Club. It genuinely seems like the best place to unwind, basking in the afternoon sun, and relaxing with a rum cocktail in hand.
Where: Islington
When: July 6th
Website: www.lakikane.com

High Mood Food

What we know: The successful cafe promoting healthy, happy eating is launching a new site in Old Spitalfields Market. High Mood Food  is offering a 50% discount on all food this weekend from 11am to 5pm in celebration of the opening. It’s focus is on gut health, and by using fermented foods and live bacteria, High Mood Food promotes a passion for a tasteful vegetarian menu.
Where: Old Spitalfields Market, Brushfield Street, London, UK
When: June 15th
Website: www.highmoodfood.com

Farmer J

What we know: Farmer J is opening its second home and will be kicking off events with their signature fieldtrays, with influences from the Mediterranean and further afield. Guests will be able to wake up the fork with salt beef hash browns, charred flank steak and spicy shakshuka. The space will be urban, with lime-washed brick and polished concrete walls offset by greenery, with signage on the wall declaring Farmer J’s philosophy: ‘Do What Comes Natural’.    
Where: 24-32 King William Street
When: August
Website: www.farmerj.com

Gazelle Opens in Mayfair

What we know: Internationally acclaimed chef Rob Roy Cameron and drinks specialist Tony Conigliaro are set to open the doors to Gazelle. Gazelle will be a dining and cocktail destination that will see both Tony and Rob set out to create menus that play with convention.
Where: 48 Albemarle Street, London, UK
When: July 9th
Website: www.gazelle-mayfair.com