Principal London

What we know: The latest addition to PRINCIPAL – a collection of exceptionally located hotels based in landmark buildings – will open in London in early 2018. The unveiling of the 334-room Principal London will transform the former Hotel Russell: a Grade II* listed building which occupies the eastern flank of Russell Square in Bloomsbury; restoring a glamorous, grande dame to its original glory and administering a shot of adrenaline to the heart of London’s most literary neighbourhood.
Where: Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia
When: February

Kudu Restaurant

What we know: Peckham locals, Amy and Patrick, formerly of “Paradise George”, and “The Manor” have been busy setting up their new restaurant Kudu. With 46 six covers and a whole new seasonal menu the duo are ready and waiting your custom. The produce is all locally sourced and the dishes are inspired by Patrick’s South African roots.
Where: 119 Queens Road, Peckham, SE15 2EZ
When: November 12th 2017

Jack Solomon’s Soho Speakeasy

What we know: Jack Solomons; the new Soho speakeasy opens in the basement of 41 Great Windmill Street, bringing a dose of old school glamour to W1, and their specialty whiskey cocktails. Inspired by the legacy of Jack Solomons, an iconic Soho character whose boxing gym was located here throughout the 1940s and 50s; Jack Solomons Club will encapsulate the spirit of the colourful world he inhabited – if Jack Solomons had a bar, this would have been it.
Where: 41 Great Windmill Street, London, United Kingdom
When: December 1st 2017

Granary Square Brasserie Preview

What we know: Exclusive Breakfast Preview of the new Granary Square Brasserie, grab a first look at the new restaurant and sit down to a luxury three course meal prepared by the talented chefs. The restaurant will offer a delicious menu that brings together modern British fare alongside the nation’s favourite dishes from across the globe, redefining all-day dining for residents and visitors, seven days a week.
Where: Granary Square Brasserie, Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AB
When: November 29th 2017

Little Havana: New Cuban Bar In Camden

What we know: Rich in flavour and with the subtle soft spices of Cuban cuisine, diners can sample authentic Cuban food, at Little Havana. A list of Havana Club rum cocktails will accompany with frozen margaritas and frozen daiquiris the focus at the bar.
Where: 20 Inverness St, London NW1 7HJ, United Kingdom
When: November 22nd 2017

The Square

What we know: Celebrated Mayfair restaurant, The Square, will re-open its doors under the ownership of MARC (Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation). A major re-design coupled with the appointment of Clément Leroy to the role of executive chef marks an exciting new chapter in The Square’s story, following the departure of Phil Howard in 2016.
Where: 6 Bruton Street, Mayfair, W1J 6PU
When: November 20th 2017

EKTE Nordic Kitchen

What we know: Danish-born restaurateur Soren Jessen, of 1 Lombard Street, is launching EKTE Nordic Kitchen at Bloomberg Arcade, serving informal Nordic inspired cooking to the City. ETKE, meaning genuine or real in Norwegian, will serve a varied Nordic menu with typical dishes including snaps-cured dill salmon with pickled radishes, onion and beet; mustard marinated herring with caramelised apple; new potato salad with smoked mayo, fried onion and toasted rye crumbs; seared pepper venison with preserved plums, apple pistachio and almonds; and Danish apple cake with cinnamon ice cream. Smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches on rye bread) will feature smoked trout, curried herring, Greenland shrimp, goat’s cheese with burnt beetroot, and roast beef with burnt onion, light pickled cucumber and horseradish cream. There will also be breakfast offerings like Danish pastries, charcuterie, Gravad lax and eggs, all in an elegant, simple interior with weathered oak, tanned leather, polished concrete, charred timber and pale stone.
Where: City of London
When: April

Victory House, London Leicester Square, MGallery by Sofitel

What we know: The hotel will be filled with history in each of its 86 rooms and 9 suites with features such as silent movies projected on the walls of the lobby lifts and the vintage cinema décor in the rooms to evoke the feeling of a vintage cinema. Run by the founders of legendary Soho restaurant Randall & Aubin, Petit Bistro is set to open as the in-house restaurant, offering an exquisite destination for a French inspired dinner date under the square’s glistening Christmas lights. Guests will have access to an extensive wine collection to pair their meal with one of the many fine French wines. In addition to the restaurant, the hotel bar will offer locally-inspired cocktails as well as the mixologist’s latest creations.
Where: 14 Leicester Place, Leicester Square WC2H 7BZ
When: November 2017


What we know: This month will see the return of Roganic, the 2011 cult pop-up from Simon and Penny Rogan will open on a permanent site on Blandford Street. Roganic will run alongside Aulis London, his development kitchen and eight seat chef’s table which opened in Soho on 14th October.
Where: Blandford Street, Marylebone, W1U
When: January 9th

Sixth Darwin & Wallace Site

What we know: Independent neighbourhood bar group Darwin & Wallace are opening a sixth location in Spring 2018, adjacent to the tube and rail station in Wimbledon. With a contemporary style with both local and global influences, the site will celebrate its locality and residential neighbourhood with a terrace to be enjoyed all year round. The bar and restaurant will offer an all-day casual bar dining experience with a menu of delectable cocktails and drinks, plus locally sourced sustainable hearty and virtuous food for any time of day. From organic eggs benedict to fillet of sea bass, the menus run throughout Darwin & Wallace’s locations. Free range meat is sourced from the UK, jam is sourced locally in London and at No 32 The Old Town, Darwin & Wallace has its very own bee farm.
Where: Wimbledon
When: April

Granary Square Brasserie

What we know: The team behind the Ivy Collection will be opening its latest restaurant, Granary Square Brasserie, in the heart of King’s Cross this December. The restaurant will offer a delicious menu that brings together modern British fare alongside the nation’s favourite dishes from across the globe, redefining all-day dining for residents and visitors, seven days a week.
Where: Granary Square Brasserie, Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AB
When: December 6th 2017

Mortimer House Kitchen

What we know: Located within Mortimer House, the soon-to-open private workspace and wellbeing destination, Mortimer House Kitchen will focus on providing fresh, sustainable and organic produce with an eclectic menu created by Head Chef Luca Unali. Open from breakfast through to dinner, the all-day menu will offer unconventional Mediterranean dishes with hints of Middle Eastern flavour. Alongside classic breakfast dishes, guests can enjoy house-made breakfast bowls, energy balls and gluten-free cookies, with a range of nut milks and house pressed juices. The breakfast menu’s avocado section features the likes of baked avocado with poached eggs and smoked salmon, and grilled halloumi with avocado on flaxseed bread. Throughout the day and evening, familiar dishes are given an unusual twist, such as charcoal cauliflower with garlic aioli, courgette spaghetti with pistachio pesto and smoked ricotta, and charcoal-grilled pluma Ibérico with smoked aubergine, tahini and zaatar. There will be a signature cocktail list as well as a range of organic and biodynamic wines from Europe and the Middle East.
Where: Mortimer House Kitchen, Mortimer Street, London W1T 3JH
When: November 13th 2017

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