And while that’s great and all, we couldn’t help but notice that with all the effort that takes, you’re left with very little time to stay completely on top of London’s latest openings.
Which is why we’ve taken the time to assemble this list of only the very best openings of the last few months, so you can continue crushing it. Whatever it is.
Dickie’s Bar | Mayfair
Dead rabbits. They’re what happens when you let your hare down. And Richard Corrigan is going to do exactly that when he busses in Gregory Buda – one of the mixologists responsible for making NYC’s Dead Rabbit the best bar in the world (World 50 Best Bars No.1, Best Bar at Tales of the Cocktail, etc.) – to run his new drinkery. READ MORE
Opened: 20th June
Nine Lives | Borough
Finally putting us on level-pegging with the domestic cat, we, the drinking public, now have Nine Lives – a subterranean drinking den on Holyrood Street. It comes to us from the cocktailing maestros behind Sweet&Chill (a specialist drinks agency), and it has a no-waste ethos… READ MORE
Opened: 16th June
Sibarita | Covent Garden
In Spanish, it means a lover of luxury, an epicure, a gourmand.
And in English, it means clear your diary.
Because the eponymous restaurant from Victor Garvey (the chef behind Bravas Tapas and Encant) has just opened in the atmospheric backstreets of Covent Garden, serving up artisanal Spanish cheese, tapas and wines… READ MORE.
Opened: 9th June
Made of Dough | Peckham
Setting up a permanent restaurant is tough these days, unless you’re made of dough. And these guys literally are. And now they’re settling into their first permanent home, after two years of pop ups and serving up in a Pop Brixton shipping container… READ MORE
Opened: 9th June
Calcutta Street | Brixton
Presenting: a new Indian restaurant that’s going to be right up your street.
Particularly if you happen to live in Brixton, because Calcutta Street, the Fitzrovia restaurant from Shrimoyee Chakraborty, has come down south, with a livelier vibe to reflect its Brixton home. The food here sticks to the successful recipe of home-spun Bengali dishes, with street food style side plates and traditional shorbots… READ MORE
Opened: June 8th
Soft launch? 20% off food until 30th June
Bite Me Burger Co. | Holborn
It’s the kind of restaurant which requires you to invite your friends with some very careful wording.
But invite you shall: for this is the first pop up incarnation from the Bite Me Burger Co., ahead of opening a permanent joint next year. And wisely, they’ve placed it in the very capable hands of Adam Rawson… READ MORE.
Opened: 8th June
Soft launch? 50% off food until 17th June, register online HERE
The Chin Chin Club | Soho
Chin, chin good fellow/fellowess. We have some good news. The devilishly clever folks at Chin Chin Labs in Camden (who for those of you in need of a refresher, use liquid nitrogen to make delicious, smooth, crystal-free ice cream before your very eyes) are going to open up an entire ice cream emporium in Soho. They’re calling it The Chin Chin Club. READ MORE
Opened: June 8th
The Ivy City Garden | The City
The Ivy is growing again. And in its first foray into East London, The Ivy City Garden has put down roots by St. Botolph’s Church, behind Liverpool Street Station…READ MORE
Opened: 7th June
XU | Soho
XU comes to us courtesy of the talented trio behind BAO. There, they proved that they could consistently deliver on top-notch Taiwanese cuisine. So this time, they’re going to be serving up more top-notch, Taiwanese cuisine – only here, there’s a more grown-up, old school glamour kind of feel to it. READ MORE
Señor Ceviche | Fitzrovia
Hey, who’s that guy opening up a second Peruvian-Nikkei restaurant with an underground pisco cocktail bar on Fitzrovia’s Charlotte Street? Why, that’s Señor Ceviche. And he didn’t get that name by being bad at making ceviche…READ MORE.
Neo Bistro | Mayfair
Restaurant critics, it seems, are Anglo-philes. That is to say, they love Anglo, the debut restaurant from chef Mark Jarvis. Well, for his follow-up, he’s made sure there’ll be no sophomore slump by enlisting the help of Alex Harper, formerly of the Michelin-starred Harwood Arms… READ MORE
Flat Iron | Portobello
These guys have flattened the competition. And their fifth outpost is about to open on Golborne Road at the end of Portobello market, where they’ll be serving up yet more of their signature cuts and a couple of fancy new drinks thanks to a collaboration with local distillery, Portobello Gin… READ MORE.
Opened: 28th May
Red Rooster | Shoreditch
Harlem’s Red Rooster is worth crowing about. It comes to us from chef Marcus Samuelsson, who was born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and has become the youngest ever to receive a three-star restaurant review from The New York Times. His restaurant has understandably become quite legendary. And now it’s coming to London. READ MORE
Henrietta | Covent Garden
As the saying goes, “when one door closes, another one opens”. Unless you’re Ollie Dabbous, in which case when one door closes, another one gets built from scratch and placed in his new restaurant. That new restaurant is Henrietta; a collaboration between Dabbous and the group behind the Experimental Cocktail Club, and La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels. READ MORE
Foxlow Soho | Soho
Foxlow fans, rejoice. For a fourth branch of the Hawksmoor sibling has arrived in central London, with a spot in Golden Square. The resto is spread over two floors, decked out with reclaimed tiling and light fixtures. Seating ranges from intimate booths to counter seats around the U-shaped ground-floor bar, set underneath a retro cinema canopy. READ MORE.
Pique Nique | Bermondsey
Those of you who are familiar with Bermondsey French resto Casse-Croute will be cocking your berets to the side in intrigue as you learn that it now has a sister restaurant, right across the street. Pique-Nique has been built in a formerly unused building, and specialises in rotisserie chicken. READ MORE.
Tratra | Shoreditch
Boundary have added a new restaurant. Within their existing boundaries, of course. Instead of adding any new space, they’ve simply re-dressed their current basement space, and installing Tratra, with esteemed French chef Stéphane Reynaud at the helm. READ MORE
The Tapas Room | Tooting
It’s a good thing tapas is made up of small plates. Because after the success of their street food van and cosy tapas bar in Pop Brixton, Donostia Social Club have launched The Tapas Room in another miniature but intimate South London nook, in Tooting Broadway Market… READ MORE.
Westerns Laundry | Lower Holloway
In what seems like a modern-day test of knight-like mettle, the second restaurant from the Primeur team is situated behind a fence with a code-locked door. But should you succeed on finding a way in, you’ll be rewarded with fresh seasonal fare on a daily changing menu, a range of gins and vermouths and a handwritten black book of fine wines… READ MORE
Madame D’s | Spitalfields
Himalayan food is good. In fact, all other cuisines are beneath it. And soon, opening in the lofty heights of the second floor above a Spitalfields pub, Madame D’s will prove it. It comes to us courtesy of the husband/wife team behind Gunpowder and will echo the ramshackle back-rooms that once littered the Commercial Street rag route… READ MORE.
Curveballers | Balham
A couple or Balham restauranteurs want to put their balls in your mouth. Because, in an idea that surely, definitely, absolutely started over a few beers, they’re serving only food that’s spherical. Oh, and cocktails. READ MORE.
Pizza Pilgrims West India Quay | Canary Wharf
Good pizza places are like good pizzas. They can be very hard to top. But the folks at Pizza Pilgrims seem to be doing their damnedest to accomplish both by opening up their seventh branch at West India Quay with it’s very own pizza playground… READ MORE.
Lupins | Bermondsey
The most quintessentially British food …is the kind that steals the best bits from other nations’ own cuisine. So proudly British restaurant Lupins – soon to open in Flat Iron Square – has absolutely no intention of stopping the tradition. Set in one of the beautiful brick railway arches between London Bridge and Southwark, it’ll feature old-fashioned British food with a globally inspired twist. READ MORE.
Plaquemine Lock | Islington
Would you like to abbreviate New Orleans? NO? Well, Jacob Kenedy (the famed chef behind Bocca Di Lupo) is going to try, by stuffing the whole of the bayou city’s famed culinary dictionary into his new Islington-based pub…READ MORE
Duck and Waffle Local | Piccadilly
Finally, you can get your fix of Duck and Waffle down at your local …if you happen to live in one of the grand 19th century townhouses in Piccadilly, that is. Because the second outpost of the highly-acclaimed (and highly-positioned on the top of the Heron Tower) restaurant is opening in the new St. James restaurant development, under the moniker of Duck and Waffle Local. READ MORE
Monty’s Deli | Hoxton
Salt beef is tasty, no matter which way you slice it. Something that the people at Monty’s Deli are keenly aware of, given that they’ve been serving the stuff to ravenous market-goers down at Maltby Street from their semi-permanent stall for the last few years now. READ MORE.
The Ned | The City
There are now enough Soho Houses to make a small, phenomenally wealthy village. And by the looks of things, their latest venture – The Ned – might just be bigger than the entire thing. Taking over the old Midland Bank location in The City, it’s a whopping 320,000 sq ft, including nine (yes, nine) restaurants, two swimming pools (on the roof and indoors), a gym, a Cowshed spa, and over 250 plush bedrooms. READ MORE
Main image: Sibarita
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