What we know: Opening its doors in the heart of Trafalgar Square this May, Rockwell takes its inspiration from the 17th and 18th century, an era which brought exotic fauna and travelling menageries to the very streets we walk on today in the city. With herbaceous plants and vivid artwork capturing everything from the strange and unfamiliar, guests will be transported to a new sensory dream world. Both the cocktails and food will draw on spices and ingredients from around the world, with the cocktails and low ABV cocktails using produce sourced from 33 metres below the streets of Clapham, from Growing Underground.
Where: Rockwell, 2 Spring Gardens, Trafalgar Square, SW1A 2TS
When: May 24th
What we know: Gordon Ramsey’s Restaurants is pleased to announce the opening of this highly anticipated restaurant- ‘Lucky Cat.’ This new restaurant is set to create an authentic Asian Eating House and late-night lounge, inspired by the drinking dens of the 1930’s Tokyo and the Far East. In keeping with the authenticity of the concept, the restaurant’s name takes inspiration from Asian culture where the ‘lucky cat’ is a talisman that is believed to attract good luck and fortune.
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
What we know: Sam’s Riverside will sit in a prime site adjacent to the newly re-developed Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, with a terrace overlooking the river. “We’ll be a big, all-day brasserie with flair and our own ideas. We’ll be serving dishes inspired by what Rowley and I love – classic, modern European food. There’ll be plenty of seafood and shellfish.” said Sam Harrison. “We want it to be glamorous but informal. I’ve wanted a big west London space for a long time. They’re hard to come by, but this is perfect.”
Bread Ahead Wembley Park
What we know: Bread Ahead is set to open its largest site to date in Wembley Park. The venue will include a restaurant, deli, bakery, baking school, and wholesale bakery. The new location will be providing guests of the national stadium with delicious and fresh baked goods and produce. They have already begun hosting masterclasses to celebrate the arrival of the new venue, where participants can get the renowned Bread Ahead experience, while also getting a glimpse of what is in store for the Wembley location.
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
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