Santo Remedio Cantina & Comedor
What we know: When Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes opened their first Santo Remedio in Shoreditch, it was considered by many to be one of the most exciting and authentic Mexican openings to hit London. Since its closing in September 2016, they have been working on the launch of their new larger site in London Bridge. The ground floor will focus on Tequila and Mezcal cocktails and upstairs will serve regional Mexican specialities.
Where: London Bridge
What we know: Caravan City will be an all day dining restaurant, coffee/cocktail bar and flexible working and events space. The menus at Caravan City will combine signature favourites with new additions, combing flavours from around the world.
When: October 2nd
BRICK & LIQUOR Clapham
What we know: Following the successful launch of their first site in Tooting Broadway in October 2016, hospitality entrepreneur David Layton is opening a second site in Clapham South on August 19th. BRICK & LIQUOR offers a bustling neighbourhood cocktail bar concept, serving creative cocktail creations alongside their ‘Social Eats’ menu of sharing plates. The 100 capacity Clapham bar will be larger than the team’s first Tooting site, whilst still retaining an intimate atmosphere and table service throughout.
When: August 19th
Ahi Poké Bloomberg Arcade
What we know: Amongst the new restaurants at Bloomberg Arcade will be Ahi Poké. The third Ahi Poké will serve their signature bowls which are made from sustainably sourced fish and locally sourced vegetables. The menu includes the Hawaiian ‘Oahu’, made with with Ahi tuna, red onion, radish, carrot, fried onion and coriander on brown rice with sesame shoyu; the ‘Venice’, made with kale, quinoa, shrimp, confit ginger, pineapple, edamame, radish and Leche de Tigre; and there is also opportunity to create your own unique poké bowl using the various ingredients on offer such as sweet potato, kimchee cucumber and red cabbage.
What we know: Apex Hotel City of London is set to gain a restaurant this autumn. The all-day dining spot will serve up authentic British cuisine made from locally sourced produce. It takes its name from Samuel Pepys, a former resident of Seething Lane, who lived through the plague and Great Fire of London, and kept a diary of what he ate. One of his favourites was The Lampery pye, so the restaurant too will be serving an updated version of the dish, made with slow braised beef cheek and prunes. Another dish on the menu will be the London Particular, a thick pea and ham soup inspired by the ‘peasouper’ fogs that used to engulf London.
What we know: Dishoom is heading west, opening up a restaurant in Kensington. The menu will feature favourites such as chilli cheese toast, Dishoom calamari, chole bhatura and chicken berry Britannia.
What we know: With 11 restaurants in Hong Kong, Duddell’s, a Michelin starred Cantonese and dim sum restaurant, is leaping across the pond and opening up in London. Daren Liew, ex Executive Sous Chef with the Hakkasan Group, will be heading up the kitchen, while the bar will be serving up wines and craft cocktails with an oriental twist.
Where: London Bridge
The Frog WC2
What we know: Adam Handling is taking The Frog westward and opening up a restaurant in Covent Garden. The new restaurant will be similar to the original but there’ll be more of a formal approach. There will also be new dishes on the menu, exclusive to Covent Garden.
Where: Covent Garden
What we know: The American style bakery that opened up (temporarily) in Old Street Station is taking up a more permanent residence in Shepherd’s Bush. Along with cupcakes, there’ll be layer cakes, pies, cobblers, brownies and marshmallows. There’ll also be opportunity to book for an afternoon tea at the weekend. The online store is already open.
Where: Shepherd's Bush
What we know: Tom Hill, Clare Lattin and Rory McCoy of Ducksoup and Rawduck are opening up a new fermentation kitchen, shop and restaurant/bar. A range of fermented goods will be available for purchase, including kimchis, kombuchas and drinking vinegars. Of course, pickles and fermented foods will dominate the dishes served up, as well as the cocktails.
What we know: Italian chef Francesco Mazzei, who opened up L’anima and more recently worked at D&D restaurant Sartoria, will be opening up a new Italian restaurant, Fiume, at Battersea Power Station. The restaurant will be situated right by the river and there’ll be opportunity to dine al fresco.
What we know: The guys behind Turkish restaurant Yosma are opening up a second restaurant in the newly developed part of Chinatown. There’ll be a focus on Greek and Turkish food, with many seafood and grilled dishes.
Where: Leicester Square