What we know: FAM is a cocktail hangout celebrating London’s drinks scene – now there’s a sentence everyone loves to hear! The venue is tucked behind Selfridges and has renowned Meg Miller shaking and stirring as a resident mixologist. Keeping it in the FAM, the term is short for family, and the bar will offer an eclectic range of food, cocktails and other yummy offerings.
Where: 31 Duke Street, W1U 1LG
What we know: Homeboy is a bar from Irish duo Aaron Wall and Ciarán Smith and hopes to inject a real Irish flair into the city of London. Situated in Islington, the boozer boasts laid back vibes, home comforts, and moreish food, all to a soundtrack of hip-hop and RnB. Highlights include loaded fries and poutine as well as comfort food using family recipes.
Where: 108 Essex Road, Islington, London N1 8LX
What we know: Islington is set to be hit by X-Upper, a concept centred around… the sausage, of all things! The restaurant will serve up Europe’s finest gourmet sausage offerings and pop them into quirky and memorable recipes. Intimately designed, the restaurant will boast 40 covers and 20 on the outside terrace, coming later on in 2019. Which drinks accompany high-class sausage you ask? Well, turns out its craft beers! X-Upper will offer a variety from FourPure brewery, alongside a selection of soft drinks.
Where: 88 Upper Street, N1 0NP
Big Chill Brick Lane Re-Launch Event
What we know: Guests are invited to celebrate the exclusive re-launch of Big Chill, Brick Lane. Expect the tastiest cocktails, best tunes and of course, the most moreish grub courtesy of new resident restaurant, Chuck Burger.
Where: Big Chill Brick Lane, Dray Walk, London, UK
When: February 7th
Angelina Restaurant & Bar Opening
What we know: Angelina Restaurant is a surreal exploration of Japanese and Italian cuisines, cultures, and influences. Fresh ingredients and traditional handed down techniques are reimagined by culinary craftsman to create a daily, eight-plate sharing menu.
When: February 20th
The Oak SW11
What we know: The Oak SW11, the fourth restaurant from the Oak Group, will be opening in Battersea. The restaurant will be serving its signature pizzas and will couple that with Italian and Mediterranean menu designed by Nuno Franco.
Where: 39 Parkgate Rd, London, UK
When: February 2nd
What we know: The newest endeavor from rhubarb (Sky Garden) is VIVI, an all-day restaurant that evokes the nostalgic sentiments of the 1960s and infuses it with contemporary updates. Seasonal menus will feature the best of British cuisine and have something for everyone. VIVI will be sectioned into 4 key spaces: The Dining Room, The Bar, The Gallery, and Liquid Lounge, which all bring their own nuanced environment. Located in the heart of the Theatre District, VIVI is the newest West End culinary destination.
Where: 11 St Giles Square, WC2H 8AP
When: February 25th
What we know: Dhruv Mittal, the founder of DUM Briyani, is opening the doors of Lucknow Social, an Indian restaurant specializing in Lucknowi cuisine. The North Indian style of cooking features fluffy biryanis, galauti kebabs, and various curious, which populate the center of the table. Lucknow Social will be providing the Indian roadside café experience seven days a week for lunch and dinner.
Where: 49 Maddox St, W1S 2PQ
When: March 4th
What we know: Known for house party vibes, booming music, flamboyant menus and cocktails galore, Lost Society is swinging open its doors again. The bar is the winner of renowned Time Out Magazine’s “Best Bar of the Year” award but the site closed in 2014 due to the the local council and community clamping down on late-night venues in the area. But, unwilling to say goodbye for good (to our delight) the bar is back for your partying pleasure.
Where: 339 Battersea Park Road, SW11 4LS
When: February 15th
What we know: Acai Berry, the Brazilian superfood brand, has launched its new store on Chelsea’s King’s Road. It’s the place that sees celebs a’plenty gathering for their açai, and the new location will operate a ‘pay what you like’ policy on the 2nd of February, with proceeds going to homelessness charity, Shelter.
Where: Acai Berry, 247 King’s Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EL
When: February 2nd
The Belmond Cadogan Hotel
What we know: Opening in Chelsea, the Belmond Cadogan Hotel will include over 400 pieces of original art, 54 bedrooms and interiors reflecting British modern teems, rich in history and telling stories Oscar Wilde and Lillie Langtry related. The restaurant and bar spaces have been designed by Russell Sage Studio and food will be overseen by Chef Patron Adam Handling.
Where: 75 Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1X 9SG
The Sea, The Sea
What we know: Bonnie Gull co-founder Alex Hunter, is set to open a chef-led contemporary fish shop, deli, and seafood bar. The Sea, The Sea will provide an authentic environment for customers, as they will experience fresh fish and seafood, while gaining the skills to cook a delicious meal at home.
Where: 174 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW1X 0AW
The Perky Nel
What we know: A perky blinder style pub is throwing its doors open in Clapham of all places with a late-night DJ bar Gigalum at the helm. The Perky Nel, set to be quite the perky place, will be a lively venue serving best of British where food and drink is concerned. What’s more, the pub will be located a stone’s throw from Clapham South so “I’ll just come for one” might turn into something way more rambunctious. For giant screens showing the latest pub games to seasonal parties, The Perky Nel is your newest neighbour boozer.
Where: The Perky Nel 7-8, Cavendish Parade, SW4 9DW
What we know: Inserting a dose of neighbourhood cooking into the city’s food landscape, Maremma is the new restaurant offering simple and regional dishes taking inspo from the coastal region in southern Tuscany. The restaurant will take up residency in the former Montego Inn rum bar on Brixton Water Lane with dishes including a spinach and ricotta tortelli, Acquacotta, a traditional Tuscan soup meaning ‘cooked water’ served with a poached egg and Fiorentina, and a t-bone steak. There will also be a hearty wine list on offer from around the region.
What we know: Tooley Street will see Charlie Carroll opening Flat Iron where meat is most definitely the order of the day. Designed by AVROKO, the restaurant takes on the form of a traditional pub tavern in the front room, with a draft beer range positioned on a zinc topped island bar at the back, pulling guests in. The dining room boasts a garden feel, where the Flat Iron menu can be be gauged on, with servings of botched underused cuts served up and their signature Baked Alaska, of course! And for those who just can’t get enough, there’s a 12-seater private dining area downstairs for you to munch at until your hearts’ content.
Where: 112-114 Tooley Street, SE1 2TH
When: January 21st
The Alchemist, Embassy Gardens
What we know: It’s going to be a busy year for premium bar operators The Alchemist, as they announce that they will be opening up a fourth venue at Bevis Marks, St Martin’s Lane. The space will host 78 covers, theatre and immersive experiences in keeping to the theme of The Alchemist and areas for drinking and dining.
Where: Covent Garden
Emilia’s Pasta Aldgate
What we know: Restaurateur Andrew Macleod, founder of critically acclaimed craft pasta restaurant, Emilia’s in St Katharine Docks is now adding to his pasta portfolio with a second location opening in Aldgate in February 2019. Emilia’s Aldgate offers a succinct selection of seven pasta dishes which have been fine-tuned to pay worthy homage to the original dishes from various regions in Italy, along with careful pairing of pasta shapes with sauces.
Where: Emilia's Pasta, 77 Alie Street, Aldgate
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
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 2018
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