What we know: The latest addition to PRINCIPAL – a collection of exceptionally located hotels based in landmark buildings – will open in London in early 2018. The unveiling of the 334-room Principal London will transform the former Hotel Russell: a Grade II* listed building which occupies the eastern flank of Russell Square in Bloomsbury; restoring a glamorous, grande dame to its original glory and administering a shot of adrenaline to the heart of London’s most literary neighbourhood.
Where: Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia
Vintry and Mercer
What we know: A independent hotel in the heart of The City, Vintry & Mercer is set to cause a stir when it opens its doors in March 2018. Designed to connect its guests to London’s historic trading past and the best of the modern day capital, Vintry & Mercer’s 92 bedrooms range from intimate doubles to suites with glass-panelled balconies that overlook London’s Southbank skyline.
Where: 19 – 20 Garlick Hill, London EC4V 2AU
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.
There will be fresh tortillas being made on the premises everyday and these will be available to take away, along with freshly made El Pastor salsas, fresh tomatillos, serranos, jalapenos and other fresh chillies, Mexican style cheeses from Gringa Dairy, tortilla presses, mezcal, Mexican beers; all the essentials for preparing Mexican food at home.
The Tortilleria will be opening in late March 2018.
Where: 106 Druid Street, London SE1 2HH, UK
Sixth Darwin & Wallace Site
What we know: Independent neighbourhood bar group Darwin & Wallace are opening a sixth location in Spring 2018, adjacent to the tube and rail station in Wimbledon. With a contemporary style with both local and global influences, the site will celebrate its locality and residential neighbourhood with a terrace to be enjoyed all year round. The bar and restaurant will offer an all-day casual bar dining experience with a menu of delectable cocktails and drinks, plus locally sourced sustainable hearty and virtuous food for any time of day. From organic eggs benedict to fillet of sea bass, the menus run throughout Darwin & Wallace’s locations. Free range meat is sourced from the UK, jam is sourced locally in London and at No 32 The Old Town, Darwin & Wallace has its very own bee farm.
EKTE Nordic Kitchen
What we know: Danish-born restaurateur Soren Jessen, of 1 Lombard Street, is launching EKTE Nordic Kitchen at Bloomberg Arcade, serving informal Nordic inspired cooking to the City. ETKE, meaning genuine or real in Norwegian, will serve a varied Nordic menu with typical dishes including snaps-cured dill salmon with pickled radishes, onion and beet; mustard marinated herring with caramelised apple; new potato salad with smoked mayo, fried onion and toasted rye crumbs; seared pepper venison with preserved plums, apple pistachio and almonds; and Danish apple cake with cinnamon ice cream. Smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches on rye bread) will feature smoked trout, curried herring, Greenland shrimp, goat’s cheese with burnt beetroot, and roast beef with burnt
onion, light pickled cucumber and horseradish cream. There will also be breakfast offerings like Danish pastries, charcuterie, Gravad lax and eggs, all in an elegant, simple interior with weathered oak, tanned leather, polished concrete, charred timber and pale stone.
Where: City of London
Ruya Comes To Mayfair
What we know: Ruya will feature sophisticated, contemporary dishes from the various Anatolian regions. Inspired by second generation restaurateur Umut Özkanca’s Istanbul heritage, the restaurant will be designed by Conran and Partners. Chef Patron will be Colin Clague, formerly of Zuma and Caprice Holdings. Opening in May 2018
Where: 30 Upper Grosvenor Street, W1K 7PH
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
When: January 2019