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Every article opening seems to hint towards the Coronavirus pandemic in some sort of way these days, and I’m sorry to say that this intro is about to fall into the same structure.

While the hospitality industry were forced to wave goodbye to their customers and barricade their doors for months on end, there are a few restaurants who were lined up to open their doors for the first time before the pandemic hit. And, while I’m sure we’re all eagerly waiting to venture down to our favourite restaurant for what will feel like the first time ever, we need to welcome the new restaurants that’ll be opening their doors for the first ever time with open arms.

It’s still a very much rocky road ahead for the hospitality industry, as they reopen in line with government guidelines, but we want to celebrate the few restaurants brave enough to open their doors for the first time ever this month. So here’s our selection of the best openings arriving this month…

Eggslut 

We’ve got some cracking news for you… The LA-based diner franchise Eggslut is set to open its second residency in London.

Defining themselves as a chef driven, gourmet food concept, Eggslut has been helping to redefine everything we knew and already loved about the humble egg and help transport the simple ingredient into the 21st century. The Percy Street menu will be bringing all of the Eggslut favourites, from ‘the slut’, a combination of coddled egg on top of smooth potato puree, that’s been poached in a glass jar and served with baguette slices, to the ‘Gaucho’, consisting of sear wagyu tri-tip steak, cage-free over medium egg, chimichurri, red onions and dressed arugula. 

Forget your half hearted sunny side up sandwiches at home and dive into one of their beloved eggy baps to cure your Sunday hangover.

Opening Date: TBC
Location: 17 PERCY STREET, FITZROVIA, W1T 1DT
Website: WWW.EGGSLUT.COM

Six by NICO London

If you’re a regular reader of our restaurant opening guides, you’ll have seen us write about the opening of Six by NICO London at the beginning of March, but then, you know, a pandemic broke out and closed the hospitality industry for months on end. Anyway, Nico Simeone’s first London  project is set to open on 20th July, making this venture his seventh opening in the UK. 

Every six weeks the six course tasting menu will be entirely reinvented, inspired by memories, ideas and places. The first tasting menu takes inspiration from the humble ‘chippie’, inspired by Simeone’s Scottish-Italian heritage. 

For a very reasonable price of £35 per head, the six course menu will bring to life the flavours, textures and favourite elements of the British fish and chip shop, elevating them to fine dining quality. Menu highlights include Scrabster monkfish cheek on a bed of wild garlic emulsion, gribiche, peas and beurre blanc; ‘steak pie’ with shredded Speyside beef shin, burnt onion ketchup, mushroom duxelle and ‘meaty salsa’; and the signature deep fried Mars bar with caramelia, chocolate mousse, blood orange sorbet and cocoa nib. 

Simeone’s Edinburgh restaurant usually has an eight week waiting list, so we’re certain Six by Nico London is set to live up to his epic reputation.

Opening Date: 20th July
Location: 33-41 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 1RR
Website: www.sixbynico.co.uk

Swift Bar

Despite the help given by award-winning bars across the city, we still never managed to perfect the art of cocktail making during lockdown. Now that restaurants, bars and cafes up and down the country have begun reopening, we can enjoy expertly curated cocktails once more (without having to attempt to shake them up ourselves). Our new favourite hideout is set to be Swift, an award-winning cocktail bar heading to Shoreditch. 

Swift’s new branch in Shoreditch will take interior inspiration from their sister bar in Soho, bringing with them elegant art deco touches, banquette style seating and high chairs lining the bar counter, perfect for a nightcap. The menu will have all-day dining options, from brunch classes to to-go breakfast items. 

Put down your cocktail shaker and leave the cocktail making to the experts at Swift.

Opening Date: TBC
Location: 93 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 3HZ
Website: www.barswift.com

The Oyster & Fish House

Following the sad news of HIX Oyster & Fish House filing for administration back in April, renowned celebrity chef, Mark Hix announced on Monday that he would be opening up a brand new restaurant on the same site as its restaurant ancestor. 

Hix’s new restaurant, The Oyster & Fish House, will be starting entirely “from scratch” and there really is little known about it… But if we know Hix and the restaurant name is anything to go by, expect a whole lot of seafood delights to be making their way to your table. 

Hix commented, “I’m looking forward to going back to how it all started. No backers, no business partners, just me, my loyal team and my own decisions.” 

Opening Date: 27th July
Location: 36-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross Street, Farringdon, EC1M 6BN
Website: Yet to be launched… Book over the phone at: 01297 446910.

The Garden at The Berkeley 

Of course The Berkeley has moulded itself into London’s leading hotel scene for years but we want to draw your attention to their brand new pop-up restaurant that’s made its way onto the al fresco scene this summer. 

The luxury Knightsbridge hotel has revamped their terrace, bringing with it a gorgeous lantern filled garden that draws inspiration from Mediterranean trattorias and courtyards. The grill will be serving up an all-day dining menu, featuring small plates and large plates to share and enjoy with your fellow diners. Menu highlights include charred giant prawns; asparagus, whipped ricotta and truffle honey; and grilled whole sea bass with aioli. 

It’s no doubt to be ‘the’ spot to be seen at this summer so book your spot now.

Opening Date: 4th July
Location: The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL
Website: www.the-berkeley.co.uk

The Tapas Room

Bringing an authentic taste of Spanish culture and cuisine to Brixton Village is The Tapas Room, the wine shop-cum-tapas bar and delicatessen. 

The Tapas Room’s new outpost will be their third, and will see them continue to blend the balance between the perfect glass of Spanish wine with rich, flavourful tapas. The menu is yet to be released but if their sister outposts are anything to go by we can expect great, great things. 

They also have a new outpost arriving in Battersea too later this year.

Opening Date: 16th July
Location: Unit 52-53, Coldharbour Lane, Brixton Village, SW9 8PS
Website: www.thetapasroom.co.uk

The Clarence Tavern

The Clarence Tavern is the latest venture from the team behind The Anchor and Hope, and champions the best of a local boozer. These guys have reopened after a short run before lockdown was imposed, but are now back with even more cheer and culinary excellence. 

The menu is summer and light, with the option for take-away for fresh focaccia sandwiches too. Menu highlights include ricotta-stuffed courgette, tomato and basil; slow cooked lamb shoulder, tomatoes, olives and lemon potatoes; and their peach and brown butter tart with creme fraiche is a must-try.

Location: 102 Stoke Newington Church Street, Stoke Newington N16 0LA
Website: www.clarencetavern.com

Kaké

Lockdown was an incredibly confusing and taunting time for many but Kaké is one of the many loveable stories that came out of the bizarreness. The sushi bar was born out of the chaos, bringing together an empty sushi bar and creative chefs together. The result? Amazing. This sushi spot is fresh and brings the simplicity of Japanese cooking to the forefront. We can’t wait to see what’s next in store.

Location: First Floor, 31 Beauchamp Place, SW3 1NU
Website: www.kakesw3.com

The Athenian London Bridge

If you haven’t gorged out on one of The Athenian’s succulent gyros wraps before, you’re missing out. These became an almost weekly staple for my partner and I during lockdown, we consumed more than we’d care to admit. 

The Athenian is known for its multiple restaurants scattered across the UK, and brings with them a slice of authentic Greek street food at affordable prices. 

I’d seriously recommend getting your chops around one of their tomato croquette wraps.

Since publishing The Athenian’s opening date has been changed and will now open on 26th August.

Opening Date: 26th August
Location: 59 St Thomas Street, London Bridge, SE1 3QX
Website: www.theathenian.co.uk