London Food Festival
What we know: Celebrate the diverse world of food throughout the month of June in the heart of the capital. With over 4o0 events scheduled to take place, there will be something that will please the fussiest and adventurous of eaters. The 24 hour Night Market in Perks Field will be the place to be to try out classic and on trend dishes and drinks. The best chefs in the world such as David Thompson, Angela Hartnett and Fergus Henderson will also be attending to host exclusive masterclasses, cook London’s in hot spots and support food waste campaign Food for Soul. Tickets are on sale now.
Where: Central London
Wellbourne Brasserie White City Place
What we know: Acclaimed chefs Ross Gibbens and Michael Kennedy are set to open a new modern British brasserie in White City Place. Their latest venture, Wellbourne Brasserie, will feature a unique all-day dining menu that is simple, restrained and affordable yet aims to exceed expectations with the quality of ingredients and attention to detail Gibbens and Kennedy will bring.
Where: White City, London
When: April 16th
Tortilleria El Pastor Druid Street
What we know: Taco Factory is coming to Druid street, the Tortilleria will be brought to us by El Pastor the Mexican taqueria from Sam and James Hart and Crispin Somerville.
Where: 106 Druid Street, SE1 2HH
When: April 13th
Kanada-Ya Upper Street
What we know: Japanese ramen restaurant Kanada-Ya confirms the official opening date of its third site as 22nd March 2018. Kanada-Ya Upper Street will offer the same selection of ramen but will extend its menu with the addition of gyoza later in the year.
Where: 35 Upper Street, Islington N1 0PN
When: March 22nd
Ahi Poké Bloomberg Arcade
What we know: Having first discovered poké during their travels through California, the three childhood friends, Jeremy Coste, Gabriel Cohen-Elia and David Bellaiche have brought a fresh outlook on the traditional Hawiian fish dish, with flavours mapping Asia and the Middle East.
Where: Bloomberg Arcade, London, UK
When: March 7th
Abd el Wahab
What we know: The group behind the Middle East’s most acclaimed Lebanese restaurant, Abd el Wahab, has announced plans to open in London making it the first restaurant outside of the Arab region.
The 120-cover restaurant, located on Pont Street, Belgravia, will serve some of the most traditional and much loved dishes and wines from Lebanon and across the Middle East, at ‘Abd el Wahab Belgravia’.
Where: 2 Pont Street, Belgravia SW1X 9EL
When: March 2nd
What we know: Tomos Parry, formerly of Kitty Fisher’s, will open his debut restaurant, BRAT, on Redchurch Street. Originally a colloquial term for ‘turbot’, BRAT draws on Tomos’ Welsh heritage and influence from the Basque region of Northern Spain, with a menu favouring seasonal British produce, cooked on an open fire wood grill.
Where: Redchurch Street, Shoreditch E1 6JJ
When: March 17th
Yard Sale Pizza Leytonstone
What we know: Yard Sale Pizza opens its fourth shop in Leytonstone. To celebrate the opening there will be a £1000 dough giveaway. In true Willy Wonka style the tickets will be hidden away in random takeaway boxes.
Where: 622 High Road Leytonstone, London, UK
When: March 12th
What we know: An intimate kitchen bar serving modern European dishes. What was the former Beer cellar of the Blue Posts in Chinatown, has been transformed into a cosy dining experience seating up to eleven people, where plates are passed directly to the guests from the range.
When: January 22nd
What we know: 31 below is inspired by the bars of the Mediterranean, putting drinks and food on an equal footing. As well as being a relaxed, female-friendly spot for a casual evening, 31 below will be open for everything from pre- work coffee to lazy lunches and late-night drinks. The kitchen will serve from breakfast right through till late at night offering salads, sharing plates and plancha grills. The bar focuses on stand-out cocktails and great wine.
Where: 31 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 4PP
When: February 5th
Zia Lucia Hammersmith
What we know: Following on from the success of the first Zia Lucia in Islington, which opened in 2016, founders Claudio Vescovo brook band Gianluca D’Angelo are bringing their authentic Italian pizzeria to Brook Green, Hammersmith.
Zia Lucia will be offering 50% off food for the soft launch from Saturday 3rd – Thursday 8th February.
Where: 61 Blythe Road, Hammersmith W14 0HP
When: February 3rd
The Spread Eagle
What we know: The Spread Eagle vows to be the first fully-fledged vegan pub in London meaning the food on the menu is 100% vegan, beers and cocktails don’t use any animal by-products – even the leather is vegan-friendly.
Club Mexicana founder Meriel Armitage is behind the new pub which means there will be Mexican-tinged vegan grub on the pub’s menu including jackfruit tacos and ‘tofish’ burritos.
Where: 224 Homerton High Street, E9 6AS
When: January 19th