The Best New Restaurants,Pubs & Bars to Try This March

From Japanese-Italian fusion concepts, to quintessential British pub experiences, here are the best new pubs, restaurants and bars to try in London this month…

Photo: Itaku/Justin De Souza

1 Lahpet, Covent Garden
Burmese cuisine may be something new to you, but it is well worth getting to know. Think vibrant, flavour-rich dishes with all the fragrance and punch of Thai cuisine coupled with the richness of a south Asian curry. With one restaurant already in Shoreditch, Lahpet has opened a West End venue, bringing with it a stack of dishes that come with crunch, heat and layers of flavours and textures. Try the tofu nway, a bowl of laska-esque tofu soup that is custard thick and smothering a bowl of noodles, pickles and crunchy things. There’s also shan rice with bream, which is a kedgeree of sorts, and a selection of crunchy, nutty salads and sides.
Address: 21 Slingsby Place, WC2E 9AB

2 Goddard & Gibbs, Shoreditch
Housed in the former Ace Hotel’s Hoi Polloi, seafood restaurant Goddard & Gibbs champions British suppliers, a sustainable ethos and affordable prices. This all day restaurant comes with a wine bar and takeaway as well.
Address: 100 Shoreditch High Street E1 6HU

3 Richoux, Piccadilly 
Richoux, the 100 year-old British institution has once again open its doors on London’s iconic Piccadilly by Jamie Butler and Lewis Spencer (ex-three Michelin starred L’enclume and Eleven Madison Park in New York). Staying true to its heritage of modern brasserie dishes and exceptional patisserie, the menu pays homage to the grand brasseries of Paris and their paired back classic dishes, whilst focusing on well-sourced produce.
Address: 172 Piccadilly, St James’ W1J 9EJ

4 Restaurant 1890 by Gordon Ramsay at The Savoy, The Strand
Gordon Ramsay pays homage to French chef Georges Auguste Escoffier, who in 1890 joined The Savoy. Offering contemporary fine dining, Restaurant 1890 is open only for dinner and seats 26 guests, who can dine on modern French dishes with European influences. The tasting menu is £110 per person with the option to have bespoke wine pairings as well.
Address: The Savoy, Strand WC2R 0EU

5 Bow Bar, Paddington
Bringing a little bit of east London spirit to the west side, Bow Bar is a spot to grab a coffee or a light bite during the day, and a decadent and dramatic cocktail at night. The bar also has its own gin blend.
Address: Hilton London Metropole hotel, 225 Edgware Road, Paddington W2 1JU
Website: bowbarldn

This new social enterprise serves up coffee from Redemption Roasters and freshly made food, while creating opportunities for refugees to get into the workforce and utilise their skills. Found in the quaint Camden Passage, dishes come from team members themselves, who draw on their culinary traditions and know-how to create a menu that offers treats from around the world – Iraqi inspired date syrup yoghurt bowl, Ethiopian lentil soup and Colombian pan de bono- cheese dough balls.
Address: 27 Camden Passage N1 8EA

7 Sweeties, King’s Cross
Sweeties is the newest addition to The Standard London’s bar and restaurant offering. The 10th floor cocktail bar injects a bit of glamour into the wee hours with velvet sofas, mirrored tables, ruched leather banquettas, as well as colourful cocktails and a revolving roster of DJs.
Address: The Standard London, 10 Argyle Street, London, WC1H 8EG
Opening Hours: Wednesday 5pm-11pm; Thursday to Saturday 5pm-late

8 Mildreds, Covent Garden
Plant-based restaurant Mildreds has opened up its latest location in Covent Garden, bringing with it, it’s creative and vibrant menu. Opening for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Mildreds will continue to serve up the likes of Haldi Gobi, marsala cauliflower, coriander yoghurt, crispy boondi; Kiri Hodi made with coconut curry leaf sauce, sweet potato, green beans, pea basmati, tomato sambal, coconut cashews and its much loved Korean Friend Chick’n Burger.
Address: 79 St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden WC2N 4AA
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 8.30am-11pm; Saturday 9am-11pm; Sunday 9am-10pm

9 Upstairs at the George, Fitzrovia
Featuring a dining room, private dining area and an English sparkling wine bar, Upstairs at the George is led by James Knappett (ex-two Michelin-starred Kitchen Table). In a dining room featuring large regency windows and Victorian features, the restaurant plates up refined pub classics such as devilled veal kidneys and whole Cornish lemon sole. The ground floor at The George reopened last year as a traditional British pub.
Address: 55 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia W1W 7LQ 

10 Itaku, Fitzrovia
Combining Italian heritage with Japanese influences, Itaku is the colourful new restaurant by Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini and chef Ivan Simeoli (ex-Michelin starred Osteria Francescana). The menu features Italian cuisine created by utilising Japanese flavours an techniques. Think fusion dishes such as cappelletti (stuffed pasta) in dashi miso broth, wakame and Japanese mushrooms; and salt baked carrot tartare with candied capers, pickled ginger and seaweed cured eggs. There’s also a set lunch menu and a cocktail list keeping with the Japanese-Italian theme.
Address: 110 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia W1W 6PQ
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 12pm-3.30pm; 5.30pm-10.30pm

11 Walter’s, Dulwich
From the team behind Covent Garden’s much-loved seafood bar and kitchen, The Oysterman, comes this neighbourhood restaurant and bar. Named after Walter Hathaway, a local master milliner and costumier, the bar and restaurant offers a menu of British-inspired classics and a selection of wines and cocktails.
Address: 84 Park Hall Road, Dulwich SE21 8SWc
Hours: Wednesday to Sunday 12pm-11pm

12 The Cinnamon Club’s underground cocktail bar, Westminster
The Cinnamon Club’s cocktail bar has been transformed to reflect the warmth and vibrancy of an Indian bazaar and takes cues from both British and Indian culture, drawing inspiration from the rich colours of the spices found across India, and complete with intimate alcoves, plush velvet seating, satin brass trims, and a standout Inopera terrazzo bar.
Address: The Old Westminster Library, Great Smith Street SW1P 3BU
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday 12pm-3pm; 5.30pm-11pm


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