Best New Pubs, Restaurants & Bars to Try in London This June
June sees a host of venues launch across London. Here's our pick of the best new restaurants, pubs and bars tor try in the capital this month...
Lead photo: Mr Fogg's Apothcary
1. Acme Fire Cult, Dalston
A collaboration perfect for summer, Acme Fire Cult is the new venture between chefs Andrew Clarke (Cellar, ex-Brunswick House, ex-St Leonards and ex-London Fields Courtyard) and Daniel Watkins (ex-St Leonards), and Steve Ryan of 40FT Brewery. The pair of chefs bring their signature smoky flame grilled style to a kind of dude food menu in which vegetables sing. Although fear not meat eaters, there's fish and meat plates too. Think flavour-laden dishes with heft smothered in herbaceous and zingy sauces; the grilled leek with pistachio romesco and the coal roast celeriac with mushroom kelp XO and white bean miso are stand outs. Wash these down with a margarita or two and don't forget to try the beers.
Address: Abbot Street, Dalston E8 3DP
2. The Ivy Asia, Mayfair
Adding a touch of The Ivy's much-loved extra-ness to Mayfair, The Ivy Asia has opened up a new location in Mayfair, bring with it the brand's much loved extra-ness and over-the-top fair. Expect a maximalist interior scheme with a bold gold bar and luminous green agate flooring. Think equally dazzling drinks and food menus featuring the likes of aromatic half crispy duck with steamed pancakes, and slow-roasted spice beef with butter lettuce wraps, as well as 10 new, theatrical cocktails exclusive to The Ivy Asia, Mayfair.
Address: North Audley Street, Mayfair
3. Palazzo, Crystal Palace
The Made of Dough team have combined their knowledge, experience and a love of music to create Palazzo - an all-day Italian bar and diner in Crystal Palace in London's south. Open seven days a week for brunch, lunch, dinner and drinks, expect a relaxed setting by day and lively bar by night. With a real focus on creating a community hangout, Palazzo is a neighbourhood spot for a quick drink, bite to eat or full-blown feast with friends.
Address: 3-6 Church Road, Crystal Palace SE19 2TF
4. Amethyst, Mayfair
A cosy venue with the colour of amethyst (the birth stone of Chef Patron Carlo Scotto) pulling together the design concept, this restaurant is one for an intimate evening. Amethyst's chef's table dining experience comes with a 12-course menu (vegetarian option available) that pulls in French, Arabic, Nordic and Japanese twists. Expect dishes such as Burnt Hay Black Cod with Caramelised Miso and Beef with Ras el Hanout and Medjool Dates.
Address: 6 Sackville Street, Mayfair W1S 3DD
5. Mr Fogg's Apothecary, Mayfair
The newest edition to Mr Fogg's collection of venues, the Apothecary will showcase the vast array of potions and elixirs that Jules Verne’s most well-loved fictional character, Phileas Fogg collected whilst on his epic 80 day voyage around the world. Made from plants, powders, saps and antivenoms from all ends of the Earth, these are tonics and remedies Fogg swears by for every ailment imaginable. Found on Brook Street directly opposite Claridge’s Hotel, the elegant venue will transport guests into Phileas’ wonderfully eccentric world that offers an array of wonderous cocktails and libations.
Address: Basement, 34 Brook Street W1K 5DH
6. Riding House Bloomsbury
Riding House Bloomsbury sees globally inspired menus combined with welcoming interiors and a members-club like atmosphere to create a buzzing retreat in the heart of central London. The second iteration of Fitzrovia's Riding House Cafe, Riding House Bloomsbury continues on with the contemporary all-day menus of its sister venue. Healthy signatures and new menu additions include coconut and cardamom dhal with aubergine pickle, or black quinoa and mango with corn, black beans and cashews which can be paired with skewers of Beef flank suya with yaji spice mayo, or octopus with ‘nduja lime yoghurt.
Address: 1 Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury WC1N 1AF
7. LalaLand, Shoreditch
A new street food market has opened up in Shoreditch, and it looks really good. With its panoply of lush foliage, fire pits and a fast-flowing waterfall, it also looks very Shoreditch. Previously home to Dinerama, the huge 25,000 square foot site has been re-imagined, by the Soho Restaurant Group to offer a mix of 15 unique food booths, four bars, a myriad of luxurious lounges and a host of live music events.
Website: 19 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3EJ
8. Compton, Clerkenwell
Just opened, Compton offers diners an accessible yet refined neighbourhood spot from breakfast through to dinner. Executive Chef Michael Shaw and Head Chef Sam Monastyrskyj work with a number of small-scale, British suppliers to create a menu inspired by the simple yet flavourful dishes of the Mediterranean with quality produce at its core. Choose from a selection of small plates such as the courgette salad with smoked almond gazpacho, or large plates - ideal for sharing - such as hand rolled pappardelle with asparagus, broad bean, fresh peas and ricotta. You can also order a classic-style cocktail such as Hemingway daiquiris, negronis and palomas, served table side on a vintage drinks trolley.
Address: 47 St. John’s Square, Clerkenwell EC1V 4JJ
9. 28°-50° Wine Workshop & Kitchen, Oxford Circus
Wine bar and jazz and blues haunt, 28°-50° have opened a new venue on Market Place, complete with an al fresco terrace, joining sister venues in Marylebone, Chelsea and South Kensington. It offers an inimitable wine selection curated by Group Head Sommelier Jules Bensacq, which complements the modern European a la carte menu including moules marinière and octopus ceviche.
Address: Market Place, 4 Great Portland Street, W1W 8QJ