Whether you’re looking for the hottest new bar opening or excited about the arrival of the much-anticipated Raffles London at The OWO, we’ve rounded up a list of the 10 biggest restaurant and bar openings landing this September.
September Openings, From The OWO To Bocconcino Soho
The long-awaited arrival of Raffles London at The OWO finally comes to a close this month, with the 120-room hotel opening its doors on 29th September.
Home to 85 private residences, nine restaurants, three bars, Guerlain’s first London spa and wellness by Pillar Wellbeing, this is the year’s hottest opening. Taking over Whitehall Palace, Britain’s Old War Office has undergone a six-year transformation and the outcome beats our expectations.
On the food and drink front, there’s a whole host of options to choose from. Café Lapérouse is a Parisian-inspired space serving up beautiful interiors and signature dishes, while Langosteria is an Italian must-visit. Paper Moon will be bringing the timeless flavours of Italy to the table, Mauro Colagreco at The OWO will focus on hyper-local, hyper-seasonal ingredients and Saison will serve up an all-day Mediterranean menu. The three bars will each have their own distinct style, from The Spy Bar’s speakeasy vibes to The Guards Bar’s majestic views over the Horse Guards.
London’s favourite Peruvian restaurant Floral by LIMA is getting a massive makeover.
This September sees the Peruvian staple transform into LIMA CANTINA, a vibrant space filled with Latin American spirit and authentic dishes.
The new Covent Garden restaurant will be adding a touch of modernness to the traditional cuisine, filled with a sharing-style menu. The centrepiece of the menu will be the ‘Pollo a La Brasa’, a Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken made using a classic charcoal-rotisserie oven. Think rich smoky flavours and a crispy skin every time.
Opening Date: 15.09.2023
Where: 14 Garrick Street, WC2E 9BJ
Formerly known as Claridge’s Restaurant over 20 years ago, the art deco doors have gracefully opened up once again this September, embarking on a new era.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant pays homage to the hotel’s art deco design heritage. Designed by Bryan O’Sullivan’s studio, expect plenty of marble countertops, wooden furniture and gold accents.
The menu is classically inspired with modern flair, featuring dishes such as buckwheat crumpets with soubise cream, truffle puree and slices of truffle; artichoke agnolotti; and grilled native lobster with crushed Jersey royals and sauce Américaine.
Opening Date: 01.09.2023
Where: Claridge’s, Brook Street, W1K 4HR
Viajante87 is re-opening this September with Pietro Collina as the new Bar Director and Veronica Di Pietrantonio as Brand Manager joining Founder Markus Thesleff.
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Translating to “explorer” in Spanish, the bar sets out to take guests on a journey through Latin America. The late-night cocktail bar’s menu will be divided into five sections, featuring Latin American classics.
Expect to be sipping on the Glacier Martini, inspired by glacial fjords in Patagonia, which uses grapes and plums grown in the fertile area, with Apostoles Gin and Barsol Perfecto Amor; and the Ya Esta, a Latin twist on the Last Word cocktail, combining Tapatio 110 Tequila and the lesser-known Mexican Nocheluna sotol instead of the usual gin, lime, maraschino, and chartreuse.
Peppered with French notes and elegant classics, 65a is a brand-new brasserie-style restaurant near Spitalfields Market.
Home to high ceilings and large, arched windows, the 155-cover restaurant boasts fuss-free, stripped-back interiors and provides the perfect port-of-call for long lunches and laid-back dinners.
The kitchen is headed up by executive chef Maura Baxter, who has created a menu filled with classic French flare. Expect dishes such as French onion soup; hand-dived coquilles St Jacques; fillet steak with Café de Paris butter; and burger à l’Américaiane.
Opening Date: 12.09.2023
Where: 65a Brushfield Street, E1 6AA
Mayfair’s renowned Italian restaurant is set to bring a slice of La Dolce Vita to the heart of Soho.
The Mayfair establishment will be opening the doors of its second restaurant this month, bringing its authentic high-end Italian cuisine to Soho. Spread across two floors, the space takes inspiration from a traditional Italian trattoria and adds a modern twist. There will be an open kitchen complete with marble counter seating with front-row seats.
The menu has been created by head chef Simone Serafini and will feature Bocconcino favourites including tagliatelle with black truffle; pizza diavola; and a special tasting menu inspired by his upbringing in Florence and Turin.
Following the success of Adejoké Bakare’s summer pop-up, Chishuru is set to reopen in its new central location this autumn.
Taking over Great Titchfield Street, the restaurant will honour Adejoké’s West African heritage featuring open-fire cooking techniques and smoky flavours. Highlight dishes include Sinasir rice cake with white and brown crab; cod fillet with mbongo tchobi (spiced black sauce) with wilted greens; and Moringa soup, black sesame caramel and baobab meringue.
Expect a mix of cocktails featuring West African herbs and spices that are guaranteed to win you over, from the house-pickled okra martini to the eau de vie show with alligator pepper.
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Whether you want to visit the Amalfi Coast to a whistle-stop tour of Asia, Geode is the new restaurant transporting you across the globe.
Named after a crystal formation, Geode is Beauchamp Place’s new must-try eatery serving up a theatrical atmosphere, luxe interiors and a Mediterranean and Asian-influenced menu.
Spread across three floors of a Georgian townhouse, expect to be met with a geode design with colourful stones as soon as you step inside. The kitchen will be headed up by executive head chef Francesco Scala who will be drawing on Mediterranean influences, while Japanese chef Yuka Aoyama will be taking the lead in infusing the menu with Asian flavours.
Opening Date: 14.09.2023
Where: 14-15 Beauchamp Place, SW3 1NQ
Landing back in London this month is the Joël Robuchon International group’s relaunch of L’Atelier Robuchon.
Having boasted two Michelin stars, L’Atelier closed back in 2018, following the passing of acclaimed chef Joël Robuchon. His legacy lives on as the restaurant relaunches under the wing of executive chef Andrea Confini.
The relaunch will celebrate some of the legendary Robuchon classics, from the purée de pome de terre (often referred to as the best mashed potatoes in the world) to the sea bream carpaccio dressed simply in lemon and chive. The restaurant’s famed dessert trolley will also be making an exciting return, featuring everything from madeleines to patisserie classics.
Karapincha Canary Wharf
Bringing a taste of Sri Lanka to London is the next installment from twin sisters Vasanthini and Dharshini Perumal.
Street food specialists, Karapincha, will be opening its doors to its Canary Wharf locations this September, kicking off with an exciting soft launch. Guests can enjoy 50% off mains from Monday 11th – Wednesday 13th September for breakfast and lunch.
One of the best Sri Lankan spots in London, Karapincha’s new restaurant will serve up breakfast options including French toast; Ceylon tea; and ham and cheese stuffed roti; as well as lunch and dinner options including kothu roti; paratha; rice boxes and devilled chicken.
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The latest launch from the team behind Bob Bob Ricard everyone’s talking about.
Slotted on the corner of Golden Square, Bebé Bob is set to specialise in rotisserie chicken, with fine wines and Champagne to boot.
Designed to be shared, the chicken will be served whole to the table with jus and carved in view of guests. Guests are encouraged to pick elevated sides and sauces to accompany, from moreish truffle fries to sauteed kale and winter leaf salads.
Opening Date: September TBC
Where: 37 Golden Square, Soho, W1F 9LB