What we know: Bringing the exotic vibes of the Caribbean to South London in true tiki style, Cottons Vauxhall has taken over an enviable riverside location on the south bank, with an indoor restaurant and rum shack bar, and additional seating on the sunny river-facing outside terrace.
Spreading the contagious spirit of the Caribbean – Cottons Vauxhall’s food, drink and trademark colourful interiors are all totally tropical, centred around an innovative Caribbean menu inspired by islands from Jamaica to Margarita.
Where: St Georges Wharf, Shad Thames, London, United Kingdom
When: September 20th
What we know: New Korean barbecue-themed restaurant Olle is set to launch its debut site in Chinatown later this month. The brainchild of Charles Seo, founder of Japanese restaurant Kyoto Soho, the restaurant will feature long, communal style tables, with in-built barbecue grills and pits for guests to cook their own meat.
Where: 86-88 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, United Kingdom
When: September 20th
Gilly’s Fry Bar Opening
What we know: Fish & chips and Japanese tempura? Such is the creative fusion behind restaurateur Neil Gill’s latest project. Having launched his critically acclaimed restaurant, Season Kitchen, in 2010, Gill is to open a second site in Finsbury Park, this time adding an Asian twist to the Fish & Chip shops of his native Sunderland. Gilly’s Fry Bar will focus not only on chippy classics like battered cod with scraps, but also on the art of tempura cooking, since working with Wagamama founder Alan Yau had him pondering Britain’s and Japan’s joint love of fried food.
Where: 4A Clifton Terrace, London N4 3JP, United Kingdom
When: September 21st
Bateman & Co. at Boxpark Croydon
What we know: Bateman & Co. is set to bring its classic British fare to Boxpark. Inspired by Jack Bateman, who founded World War II ‘Factory Canteens’ in Croydon to ensure all factory workers were fed during the war efforts, Bateman & Co. will serve up traditional British flavours in a bid to bring back a piece of Croydon’s history. Hero items to look out for include the bubble and squeak with poached egg for brunch, pie, mash and crushed peas for lunch or dinner and their blend of Rainforest Alliance coffee. What’s more, to celebrate its opening week, the company is offering a free regular sized hot beverage with any purchase between 7am-9am from 4 – 8 September, and 40% off all food after 9am from 4 – 10 September. Bateman & Co. will be open 7 days a week from 7am-7pm (9am-5pm Sundays).
Where: Boxpark Croydon, George Street, London, United Kingdom
When: September 4th
No. 1 Carnaby by Sweaty Betty
What we know: In the heart of London’s Soho, No.1 Carnaby Street is a three-storey concept store that will offer fashion, fitness, food and beauty all under one roof. Located on the first floor, Farm Girl will provide the best breaky and lunch bowls in town, for a post workout or shopping refuel.
Where: 1 Carnaby Street, London, United Kingdom
When: September 6th
What we know: Barcelona’s premier beachfront venue, Mamarosa, is to make its UK debut at a new Shoreditch Village location in 2018. The Shoreditch Village complex, currently still in construction, has signed Mamarosa as part of the project. The new two-storey restaurant will be positioned adjacent to the luxury citizenM boutique hotel, also due for completion in 2018. It is only Mamarosa’s second location worldwide, and promises to be an exclusive venue, with its Barcelona restaurant already a favourite among celebrities such as Lewis Hamilton, Eva Mendes, Hugh Grant, and Shakira. Serving Italian and Mediterranean fusion cuisine, its menu will feature some of its Spanish sister’s signature dishes such as tuna tartare with avocado cream and passion fruit, and milanesa of chicken with arugula, as well as a selection of pizzas, fine wines, cocktails and live music. Only minutes from Liverpool Street station and situated in London’s most fashionable neighbourhood, Mamarosa promises to be one of the most exciting additions to the east’s restaurant scene.
When: January 2018
What we know: Japanese-Peruvian delight, Waka, is opening a new restaurant in the City of London this September! Waka, famed for its Japanese-Peruvian fusion cuisine, ‘Nikkei’, plans to open an affordable new venue with grab-and-go options as well as sit-in dining. Situated in an exciting new Square Mile location, dishes will be prepared fresh daily and include delicacies such as sea bass ceviche with wasabi, hot chicken teriyaki rice bowl with Peruvian purple potato, and salmon tiradito with apple & passionfruit sauce, alongside Waka’s handmade sushi and gyoza.
Where: 39a Eastcheap, London EC3M 1DE, United Kingdom
When: September 7th
What we know: Essence Cuisine, a fully plant-based and free-from food concept, is to open on Leonard Street in Shoreditch, on Monday September 4. Founded by Bart Roman, a Belgian music-festival entrepreneur, the menu is 100% meat, dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free and has been developed with the renowned US celebrity chef Matthew Kenney, who has gained cult status in the world of vegan dining.
Where: 94 Leonard Street, Shoreditch EC2A 4RH
When: September 4th
What we know: Stevie Parle, the chef and restaurateur behind Dock Kitchen, Rotorino, Palatino, Craft London and partner at Sardine, has announced that he will open Pastaio, a new pasta-centric restaurant on Ganton Street, Carnaby, London this October. Pastaio will serve high-quality, fresh pasta made daily by hand in a dining space designed by Tom Dixon’s Design Research Studio.
Where: 19 Ganton Street, Carnaby, WIF 9BN
Frog by Adam Handling
What we know: Chef and restaurateur Adam Handling will be opening the doors to his third and flagship restaurant: Frog by Adam Handling. Nestled into Covent Garden, it’ll combine technical savvy with the best possible produce.
Where: Covent Garden
When: September 8th
What we know: Cub will offer new and luxury drinks-led dining experiences for guests. The venue will blur the boundaries of food and drink by approaching them as a united entity and will bring people together through an exciting, high-end offering while reducing waste.
When: September 7th
What we know: Award-winning restauranteur Simon Rogan will be opening Aulis London, an intimate eight-seated chefs table this Autumn. With no menu to choose from guests can prepare for a food and wine menu selected by the chefs that day.
Where: Central London