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
What we know: A new Lucky Voice location has been announced in Holborn; the first site in London to have opened in over a decade. The private karaoke company also have venues in Soho, Islington and Brighton, and the fourth site will open its door on Chancery Lane in early 2019. The venue will feature a VIP karaoke room suitable for over 25 people, and will hold a late license until 3am on week-days, and 4am on weekdays.
Where: 84 Chancery Lane
What we know: The Dixon, part of the Autograph Collection, will open as a boutique hotel in January 2019. The venue will combine the old and the new, with highlights including its heritage as Tower Bridge’s former Magistrate’s Court and police station, as well as showcasing modern art from local artists. The hotel will also open with the Provisioners restaurant by leading restaurateur Clive Watson.
Where: 211 Tooley Street, SE1 2JX
Robert de Niro’s The Wellington
What we know: Robert De Niro is opening his first London hotel: The Wellington in Covent Garden. Not much is known at this stag (it’s expected to open in 2019) but plans show 83 bedrooms, 2 restaurants, a members club, deli/cafe and spa and swimming pool.
Where: Covent Garden
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
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
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.
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.
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
Bob Bob Cité
What we know: The restaurant, in the landmark Leadenhall Building, informally known as the Cheesegrater, will be the City of London sibling to Soho’s iconic Bob Bob Ricard. Bob Bob Cité will accommodate 190 covers across two dining rooms. Three private dining suites, complete with a reception room, dining room and City views, will each seat eighteen guests.
Chef Eric Chavot’s menu will offer classic French country-style cooking using meticulously-sourced produce, mostly from Britain, but travelling further afield for authentic touches such as mineral water from a naturally-carbonated source in his native Arcachon.
Where: The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall Street, EC3V 4AB
When: March 25th
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
What we know: Still under construction and yet to open in Summer of 2019, Magazine London is a new event space that hopes to act as a blank canvas for culture and commerce, boasting 3,205 sq m of versatile interior space for up to 3,000 people.
Where: Magazine London, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0QE