What we know: Good news for lovers of a certain popular sugary treat – Doughnut Time is launching its first Doughnut Academy. The academy will be hosted in a custom-built academy above its flagship store, and will give budding bakers the ability to learn techniques and tricks to create artisan, hand-glazed doughnuts with the help of Head Baker, Lara.
Where: Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia
When: June 9th
City Lounge Launch Night
What we know: Press are invited to the exclusive City Lounge launch night, a newly relaunched meeting point in the heart of Blackfriars, opening next month at Crowne Plaza London – The City.
Where: Crowne Plaza London - The City, New Bridge Street, London, UK
When: July 5th
What we know: Former Hakkasan Mayfair Head Chef and Viet Group Founder, Jeff Tan, opens his new cocktail bar and counter. Viet Lounge will serve wickedly moreish Asian fusion cocktails alongside signature Vietnamese small plates
Where: Wardour Street, Soho, W1D 6QT
When: June 7th
The Duke of Richmond
What we know: Originally opened in 1841 and called ‘The Duke of Richmond’, Tom Oldroyd has restored the old Hackney pub to its namesake former glory as a good old-fashioned neighbourhood boozer and dining room and will serve a menu of classic pub dishes with a French slant. Dishes will include Cornish crab chip butties with brown crab rouille; crispy pigs ears and Swaledale lamb en croûte with green beans and truffle butter.
Where: 316 Queensbridge Road, Hackney, E8 3NH
When: May 24th
Rake’s Café Bar
What we know: Café Bar, Rake’s, is set to open next month. The venue will feature a cocktail menu of modern classics, alongside comforting food and coffee.
Where: 40 Liverpool Street, London EC2M 7QN, UK
When: June 1st
Hans’ Bar & Grill
What we know: New restaurant Hans’ Bar & Grill restaurant comes from the team behind Chewton Glen, Clivenden, Lygon Arms and 11 Cagodan Gardens.
The restaurant will be located just off Chelsea’s Sloane Square, featuring a seasonal menu of British produce by Head Chef Adam England.
Where: 164 Pavilion Road, London, UK
When: June 1st
La Mia Mamma
What we know: Italian restaurant La Mia Mamma is opening its doors in Chelsea. The restaurant, introduced by founders Peppe Corsaro, Corrado Mozzillo and Luca Maggiora will use traditional, childhood memory evoked flavours to create traditional pasta, meat and fish dishes.
The opening date is to be confirmed.
Where: 257 King's Road, London, UK
Calleija Press Day
What we know: Calleija, the Australian jeweller, creates the largest selection of Argyle Pink diamond jewellery in London. The brand will unveil its latest collections including coloured gemstones, bridal, pearl jewellery and bespoke collection.
Where: The Royal Arcade, Old Bond Street, W1S 4SW
When: June 7th
What we know: Home Grown is a private new members’ club inviting high growth entrepreneurs, investors, industry leaders and business innovators to join the community. Home Grown follows Home House, a club that opened 20 years ago and has since blended luxury with strong business aesthetic.
Home Grown will be located across four Grade II-listed five storey Georgian townhouses, and will open in January 2019.
Where: 44 Great Cumberland Place, London, UK
When: January 1st 2019
What we know: Founders of Turkish restaurant Oklava in Shoreditch have extended their cuisine, opening new site Kyseri. The restaurant will specialise in Middle Eastern wines and pastas, drawing influence from founder Selin Kiazim’s heritage Turkish Cypriot heritage.
Soft bookings will be take place on Tuesday, 22nd and Wednesday 23rd of May, before the restaurant formally opens on the 24th. The soft launch will see 50% off all food.
Where: 64 Grafton Way, London, UK
When: May 24th
What we know: French bar and bistro TraTra is celebrating its lunch opening with a limited soft launch offer of 50% off a la carte food dishes. Their new ‘Croque’ menu will offer a menu that strays away from the norm of a lunchtime sandwich with croque options chorizo, comté, truffle and spring onions, and cured ham, fourme d’Ambert and walnuts. The offer will run from May 22nd to June 1st between 12.00pm-3.00pm.
Where: 2-4 Boundary Street, Shoreditch, E2 7dd
When: May 22nd
What we know:
The trio behind Caravan restaurants are too tempting for their own good, with their fifth restaurant set to open in Fitzrovia in July. Undeniably one for the foodies, the restaurant will see an adorning of new dishes to their ‘food-well-travelled’ menu, inclusive of flavoursome dishes of purple kale with rye berries and lemon, and brunch favourites coconut chia pudding and maple oat granola.
For those ‘grab and go-ers’ amongst you, you’ll be delighted to learn that Caravan will additionally be expanding their takeout offerings with ‘Caravan-To-Go’. The team will add more of the existing all day and breakfast menus in ‘To-Go’ form, such as healthy, grain and plant led salads, breakfast and lunch bowls. Not one’s to shy away from the creative, the drinks list sees the introduction of charcoal lemonade, coffee kombucha and seasonal probiotic sodas.
The restaurant will be located in the space that once homed BBC Radio 1 and will see the creation of a basement ‘record room’.
Where: Fitzrovia, London, UK