The Handbook
The Handbook

While we saw many of our favourite restaurants, hotels and venues across the city reopen for business back in July; for some, reopening wasn’t quite as simple as separating tables and adding sanitising stations.

For many, the prospect of reopening in July just wasn’t feasible, and these two extra months has seen some of London’s best venues strategically planning their big reopening, adding carefully thought out safety measurements and precautions to ensure the safety of both guests and staff.

From iconic London institutions to London’s prettiest pink afternoon tea, here are our favourite venues reopening this September. Welcome back – we’ve missed you!

The Dorchester 

This weekend saw The Dorchester, one of London’s most highly regarded hotels, welcome guests back to their five star rooms, sensational spa treatments and exceptional food offerings. 

The Mayfair favourite boasts plenty to enjoy, whether you’re looking for a relaxing spa treatment in your room or you’re eager to sample their delectable afternoon tea offering. 

The Grill, headed by Tom Booton, has also reopened, serving up his signature lobster thermidor tart and has extended their EOTHO scheme on Wednesdays throughout September. Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester will be reopening on the 10th of September, with his signature French classics too, so if you missed out on your holiday aboard this year you can soak up your French favourites here in London.

For the green fingered folks, head to The Florist at The Dorchester boutique for their new floral masterclasses, hosted on-site daily. Expect to be guided by one of the expert florists and go home with a glorious bouquet of posies. 

The Dorchester is now reopened; Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester will reopen on 10th September.

53 Park Lane, Mayfair W1K 1QA
www.dorchestercollection.com

Lyaness

At long last our favourite London bar, Lyanness reopened earlier this month, bringing with it its innovative cocktails, breathtaking views over the Thames and stylish interiors. 

Voted one of the World’s Top 50 Bars, Lyaness is the brainchild of the award-winning Mr Lyan so you can expect seriously great cocktails and interiors that look like they’ve been plucked from your favourite interiors Insta grids.

20 Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PD
www.lyaness.com

Rosewood London

For a grandeur experience, Rosewood London is a go-to spot for luxury, class and sleek interiors. 

The Holborn hideout is rich in history; from its Edwardian exteriors through to lavish interiors, both hinting at its heritage and history. 

The rooms are modernly furnished, with light, airy tones and floor to ceiling windows boasting views overlooking the city too. In terms of food and drink, there’s a wealth of options; from the Holborn Dining Room to The Pie Room, known for serving up the best pies in London. 

Settle in and fall in love with its classic Britishness.

252 High Holborn, Holborn WC1V 7EN
www.rosewoodhotels.com

Searcys at The Gherkin

From Monday 21st, you’ll be able to enjoy classy sky-high dining once again as Searcys at The Gherkin reopens for business. To celebrate their reopening, Searcys will be launching brand new menus, celebrating the best of seasonal produce and ingredients, Lanson Champagne and the launch of their first ever afternoon tea.

The Helix restaurant will boast a new menu, playing homage to London’s iconic food markets, including Billingsgate and Borough Market, featuring dishes with fresh, seasonal produce. For the fizz lovers, Searcys has partnered with Lanson Champagne, allowing you to enjoy a sparkling glass while looking out over London’s glorious skyline.

Those on the lookout for a new afternoon tea fix should book in to try Searcys Executive Chef Darren Deadman’s new offering, featuring all of the usual classics and more, including a passionfruit mousse, black forest gateaux and lemon macaroon. Delicious.

Helix is reopening from Monday 21st September

30 St Mary Axe, London EC3A 8EP
www.searcysatthegherkin.co.uk

The Perception

From hosting London’s pinkest brunch to killer cocktails, The Perception at W London has finally reopened and it’s bigger, bolder and better than ever. 

Nuzzled inside W London, The Perception is home to wild weekend parties under the world’s biggest dazzling disco ball. Every weekend, expect London’s hottest of-the-moment DJs to be taking to the decks, while you sit or boogie with one of their signature cocktails in tow. 

And, starting this weekend, The Perception’s legendary Frosé Royale Brunch returns with a wealth of Frosé topped-up with Veuve Clicquot Champagne and playful twists on your favourite brunch classics.

W London, 10 Wardour Street, Leicester Square W1D 6QF
www.theperceptionbar.com

The Northall, Corinthia London

From 9th September, The Northall at Corinthia London will reopen with a brand new seasonal menu.

Chef Andre Garrett has been busy over the last few months, testing and trying new ingredients and flavours to create a menu boasting modern European cuisine. If you’ve missed your Sunday lunch fix, you’ll want to book in for a traditional roast dinner.

The Bassoon Bar, the on-site New Orleans inspired bar, has also reopened this month, bringing with it stylish sounds and a perfect selection of nightcaps.

Corinthia, 10a Northumberland Avenue, Westminster WC2N 5AE
www.corinthia.com

The Lanesborough 

We’re hoping that the scheduled resumption of Céleste and the Peggy Porschen afternoon tea takeover for the 17th of this month will mean the re-arrival of the legendary Lanesborough hotel. 

Slated in for the 17th, Michelin-starred restaurant Céleste is set to reopen, boasting a fine assortment of innovative, modern food set within its gloriously interiored dining room.

If you’re as obsessed with Peggy Porschen’s notorious pink hues as we are, you’re going to want to book into The Lanesborough x Peggy Porschen afternoon tea. Served in the Michelin-starred Céleste, with all of the beautifully pink and floral aesthetics of the famed bakery. While you might not be able to sample some of the flavours this week, you can book in to try some of the prettiest pastries and delicate, hand decorated sweet treats for its reopening. 

Céleste & the Peggy Porschen afternoon tea will resume on 17th September.

Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
www.oetkercollection.com

South Place Hotel

Our favourite family friendly hotel South Place Hotel has reopened its door this month, bringing with it the return of their famed sensational Secret Garden, perfect for soaking up the last of the summer rays with a glass of Chateau Minuty. 

Angler is a must visit for any seafood lovers, or go all out with a visit to the South Place Chop House for a succulent steak.

3 SOUTH PLACE, FINSBURY EC2M 2AF
www.southplacehotel.com

Hotel Café Royal

For a truly royal staycation, head to the newly reopened Hotel Café Royal, set in the heart of Soho. 

Book in for one of their deluxe suites and prepare to embark on a dining journey through the plethora of luxury dining spots on site. Head to Cakes & Bubbles, from the three Michelin-starred chef Albert Adriá, for a picture-worthy sweet treat; before dining at Laurent at Café Royal for their legendary Grill & Sushi bar. Of course no visit is complete without a table at the Oscar Wilde Lounge where you’ll be able to sample their award-winning afternoon tea spectacular.

10 Air Street, Soho W1B 4DY
www.hotelcaferoyal.com

The Westbury Mayfair 

Last weekend saw The Westbury Mayfair reopen their glorious doors once more, arriving with tempting offers for all to enjoy. 

To celebrate their reopening, the Mayfair favourite is offering a complimentary room upgrade and £50 daily credit to spend at the Polo Bar, as part of their ‘Your Welcome Awaits’ offer. If the kiddies are in tow, their family escape treat offers 15% off London’s attractions and kids can stay free. Bonus.

© Matthew Shaw

If you fancy staying closer to home, The Westbury Mayfair has teamed up with local restaurants Novikov Italian and Bocconcino, offering guests an unforgettable overnight stay and a three-course lunch or dinner at either Novikov Italian or Bocconcino.

37 Conduit Street, Mayfair W1S 2YF
www.westburymayfair.com

Liv Belgravia

Belgravia favourite, Liv has reopened for business, offering a perfect spot for laidback lunches and casual dinners. 

Mark Jarvis has created an exceptional menu focusing on seasonal produce from top local suppliers. Menu highlights include: rosemary tart with ricotta and caramelised shallot; maple-glazed pigeon, black olive puree and braised endive; and sea bream, potato and fennel gratin, and tarragon sabayon.

Liv has reopened for business, offering a perfect spot for laidback lunches and casual dinners. 

18-22 Holbein Place, Belgravia SW1W8NL
www.livrestaurant.co.uk

The Library 

If you’ve missed your afternoon tea fix over the last few months, head to The Library at London County Hall for an experience to remember. 

Following their renovation in March, The Library is the perfect place to while away your weekend with bite size sandwiches, freshly baked scones and beautiful views overlooking Big Ben and Houses of Parliament.

The Library is now open from Friday to Sunday for afternoon tea only.

London County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7PB
www.thelibraryatcountyhall.com

Aqua Nueva 

Reopening on 3rd September, Aqua Nueva will be bringing northern Spanish flavours to the heart of London.

Just a stone’s throw away from Oxford circus, Aqua Nueva is the perfect spot to stop off for a light lunch and tapas. Choose from restaurant favourites, such as black seafood croquetas with aioli; beef short rib, potato gratin and chimichurri; and suckling pig tacos with grilled baby corn.

Dine before 30 September and receive a complimentary plate of hand-carved Iberian Jamón or a glass of bubbles as their way of thanking you for your continued support.

5TH FLOOR, 240 REGENT STREET (ENTRANCE 30 ARGYLL STREET), W1B 3BR
www.aquanueva.co.uk

Circus 

Not technically reopening this month, but too good not to include; Circus in Covent Garden is set to reopen on the 2nd of October, allowing Londoners the opportunity to enjoy live entertainment and Pan-Asian delights once more.

Reopening on Fridays and Saturdays from 2nd October, Circus has implemented various COVID-safe regulations, helping to ensure the safety of both their guests and staff, while also returning with stunning theatrics after several months closed. 

Circus reopens on 2nd October.

27-29 Endell Street, Covent Garden WC2H 9BA
www.circus-london.co.uk

Shoryu Ramen

Noodle specialists Shoryu Ramen has begun their reopening process, with their Liverpool Street branch relaunching last week, and their Covent Garden and Soho restaurants reopening later this month.

Satisfy your noodle cravings with Shoryu’s signature serves. If you’re looking to recreate their dishes at home, order in one of their DIY kits to your home.

Shoryu Ramen Liverpool Street and Shoryu Ramen Soho are now reopen; Shoryu Ramen Covent Garden reopens Tuesday 22nd September. 

Liverpool Street, Covent Garden, Soho
www.shoryuramen.com