The best new bar and restaurant opening in London in July 2019, from a chic new roof terrace on the banks of Little Venice to a new bar from Jason Atherton, champagne pop-ups and exciting new hotel offerings…
Lead image: Skylark Roof Garden
1 Skylark Roof Garden, Little Venice
Skylark Roof Garden is a timely arrival for summer, opening 10 floors up on the banks of Little Venice on 6 July. The new rooftop drinking and dining destination is set to be the city’s premier sun trap, with an enviable vista over Notting Hill and the west London skyline and ample space for 180 people. The menu features light, flavour-packed dishes full of the best seasonal ingredients, such as starters of chili Cornish crab salad and main courses like sauté of mussels, clams and tiger prawns and fresh burratina di puglia with heritage tomatoes and basil and hazelnut pesto. Drinks include Ruinart Champagne, Don Julio 1942 tequila, quality wines, frozen cocktails and more. You can even hire a lavish day beds for sunny weekends, with orchestral lilts as the sun sets and guest DJs playing late into the evening. Opening for lunch and dinner every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-11pm.
10th Floor, 4 Kingdom Street W2 6BD; skylarkroofgarden.co.uk
2 Jason Atherton’s Pavlova Bar at Victoria Palace Theatre
Jason Atherton and The Social Company will launch Pavlova Bar at the Victoria Palace Theatre on 21 June. The 20-cover bar, created in partnership with the theatre’s owner, Sir Cameron Mackintosh, will be the first theatre bar by Atherton. Named after the legendary Russian ballerina, whose statue stands on top of the theatre, Pavlova’s will be the perfect hub for theatregoers and locals. The drinks list, curated by group Bar Manager Jay Doy, will showcase the creative flair seen across all Atherton’s bars, with a strong gin focus. The signature cocktail, The Dying Swan (gin, elderflower, citrus, cucumber and herbs), has been named after Anna Pavlova’s fabled dance and features a music box that opens to reveal a rotating ballerina. The bar will also be open throughout the day for light bites, from croissants and coffees in the morning to speciality paninis, charcuterie and cheeses for lunch and dinner.
Victoria Street, Westminster SW1E 5EA; pavlovaslondon.com
3 Flor, Borough Market
Following the success of Lyle’s, one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, James Lowe and John Ogier are heading to Borough Market to open Flor, a new wine bar, bakery and restaurant inspired by the buvettes of Paris and the pintxos bars in San Sebastián. Launching on 11 July, Flor will be open all day, with a focus on sourdough bread, viennoiserie and provenance-led cooking. Housed in a 19th century building, the informal dining space features floor-to-ceiling Crittall windows, relaxed counter dining, banquette seating, accents of marble and stone and an original black cast-iron spiral staircase. The restaurant will be open from 8am throughout the week for pastries, during the daytime for a working lunch or a more languid afternoon, and into the evening, when the kitchen will dish up simple plates like burrata with grilled bread, lamb ribs, and whole Dover sole with capers and wild marjoram. On Saturdays, Flor will be open for brunch from 10am serving coddled eggs with trout roe and za’atar, purple sprouting broccoli with cured egg and kipper butter, and eggy bread with maple and black pudding.
1 Bedale Street, Borough Market SE1 9AL; florlondon.com
4 Isla & Double Standard at The Standard London, King’s Cross
Standard International launches its first hotel outside the US this July with The Standard in Kings Cross. All-day restaurant Isla and bar Double Standard by Executive Chef Adam Rawson will open on 11 July. Integrated with the lobby and library, Isla gently spills out to the garden terrace nestled in a residential area of King’s Cross, offering laid-back coastal cuisine, light proteins and seasonal British produce, accompanied by a selection of natural wines. Double Standard will be an introduction to the Standard’s signature mischievousness, forming the ground floor’s most boisterous space. With a menu inspired by traditional pub classics and NYC dive bar food, the stand-alone bar will serve craft beers, wine and classic cocktails alongside Adam’s menu running late into the night. Heavy-set wooden doors, textured glass and TfL-inspired upholstery will encapsulate the cosy feeling of a British local. The second phase of this hotel opening will take place in the late summer where a stand-alone bar, and a restaurant and bar from acclaimed Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias will launch on the 10th floor.
10 Argyle Street WC1H 8EG; standardhotels.com
5 Heritage, Soho
From rich fondue with truffle, molten raclette and crispy rösti through to chateaubriand charbonnade on tabletop charcoal grills, the newly opened Heritage on Rupert Street re-imagines Swiss food, blending traditional cooking with the refined techniques of Head Chef Aarik Persaud. The menu, designed for sharing, showcases the finest British produce and is peppered with indulgent ingredients such as wagyu beef, lobster and black truffle. As well as the signature fondue of Gruyère and raclette cheese, served with the most divine Dedham Vale 30-day aged beef fillet and Cobble Lane charcuterie, Heritage also serves raclette dishes of silky melted cheese draped over charcuterie and sausage or Jersey Royals and pickles. Add to this creative cocktails like the Heritage Gtini and Yuzu Collins, as well as fine Alpine wines, and you’ve got yourself a new must-visit Soho hotspot.
18-20 Rupert Street W1D 6DE; heritagerestaurant.co.uk
6 Radio Alice, Canary Wharf
Radio Alice, the Bologna-born pizzeria founded by brothers Matteo and Salvatore Aloe, is moving into Canary Wharf this July. In 2010, Calabrian-born Matteo and Salvatore Aloe opened their first pizzeria, Berberè in Bologna. The brothers believe that great pizza requires the best ingredients, sourced from small-scale producers, and were among the first in Italy to champion organic sourdough pizzas made using organic stoneground flour, fermented for 24 hours. Six years on, the Aloes met Emma King, co-founder of GAIL’s bakery, and devised a plan to bring their pizzas to London. Radio Alice opened in Hoxton Square in 2016, followed by Clapham the following year. The pizzas are topped with regularly changing seasonal ingredients from organic farms across ‘the Boot’, before being sliced to share. Toppings include ‘nduja with fiordilatte mozzarella, tomato and parsley, anchovies with tomato, capers, red onion, lemon zest and oregano, and prosciutto di Parma with burrata and orange-infused oil.
Unit 24, Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf E14 5NY; radioalicepizzeria.co.uk
7 24 Mayfair, Park Lane
24 Mayfair, an intimate new private members’ club located in one of the most elegant spaces off Park Lane, launches in July 2019. Open 24 hours a day, the space will offer a haven for members and their guests to enjoy a light daytime menu or innovative drinks in the cocktail bar as evening descends. The first-floor restaurant offers a contemporary Japanese menu complete with an eight-seater glass-encased Teppanyaki bar, and dishes including fresh dived king scallops with vanilla miso and pickled plums, scorched salmon and buffalo mozzarella makimono, and seared foie gras with enoki mushroom and pomegranate molasses. A second menu showcases some of the greatest dishes from the world’s leading cuisines, catering for those visiting several times in one week. The interiors are inspired by retro Hollywood glamour, and an intelligent event programme will create a rich community for members and their guests.
24 Hertford Street, Mayfair W1J 7SA; thecolonyclub.co.uk
8 Chris Leach and David Carter at 10 Heddon Street, Regent Street
Chris Leach, formerly of Kitty Fisher’s, Pitt Cue and Petersham Nurseries, and David Carter of BBQ sensation Smokestak, are to launch a four-month restaurant residency at 10 Heddon Street on 18 July. Taking over from Magpie, which occupied the site for just short of two years, the new restaurant will focus on hand-made pastas and in-house butchery and charcuterie, the residency is part of a new partnership initiative from The Crown Estate and Montana Fogg. The daily changing menu begins with snacks of focaccia and a selection of house-made salumi, including mortadella, coppa di testa and fennel salami. To follow, there will be a changing line up of smaller dishes including gazpacho, Cornish crab, pea and summer vegetable ragu, grilled peach salad with smoked almond and ricotta salata, and a section dedicated to hand-rolled egg pasta. Desserts include cannolo filled with whipped sheeps milk ricotta, candied orange peel and salted caramelised hazelnuts.
10 Heddon Street, off Regent’s Street W1B 4BX; 10heddonst.co.uk
9 Arcade Food Theatre, Centre Point
Launching on 18 July on the ground floor of London’s iconic Centre Point building, Arcade Food Theatre is a new all-day food and drink concept bringing together an exciting collection of innovative restaurant brands including Chotto by Chotto Matte and Tōu by Tā Tā Eatery. The 12,500 sq ft Grade II-listed space features six independent ground-floor kitchens, a coffee and bakery counter, three bars showcasing a broad menu of bespoke cocktails, craft beer and wine, an outdoor terrace and The Loft, a mezzanine kitchen space showcasing emerging culinary concepts. The restaurant line-up features Islington institution Pophams, an artisan bakery and coffee shop, Tōu by Tā Tā Eatery, famous for its katso sando, Pastorcito, the latest project from the group behind Quo Vadis, Barrafina and El Pastor, Turkish food by Oklava, the new Flat Iron Workshop from the team behind Flat Iron steak restaurants, Casita do Frango from the team behind London Bridge Algarvian restaurant Casa do Frango, and Chotto by Chotto Matte, offering accessible Nikkei cuisine.
101-103 New Oxford Street WC1A 1DD; arcade-london.com
10 Searcys at The Gherkin’s Sky High Botanical Glasshouse, the City
Searcys at The Gherkin is also hosting a sparkling pop-up this summer, this time transforming into a luscious botanical glasshouse in partnership with Perrier-Jouët Champagne. Launching on 15 July and running till 1 September, the botanical glasshouse will see the entire Iris bar on level 40 become an oasis of greenery. Enjoy champagne pairings by Perrier-Jouët, a botanical gin cocktail menu, a seasonal menu celebrating the best of British produce, exclusive private dining experiences and live entertainment – all while enjoying panoramic views and glorious sunsets from one of London’s most iconic skyscrapers. Perrier-Jouët vintages and Champagne Masterclass tasting flights (from £40pp) will be available all summer, Iris Bar mixologists have designed a menu of botanical gin-based cocktails, and Searcys’ Shaun Rowlands is showcasing the flavour and versatility of British seasonal produce with a summer menu featuring the likes of Colchester rock oysters and dressed Portland crab. The Gherkin’s five private dining rooms on level 38 will also be transformed into a pocket version of the Glasshouse.
30 St Mary Axe EC3A 8EP; searcysatthegherkin.co.uk
11 Hard Rock Cafe, Piccadilly
Hard Rock International has opened the doors to its newest flagship cafe and Rock Shop in Piccadilly Circus, just up the road from the original Hard Rock Cafe London. The huge venue spans more than 1,900 sq m over two floors, with a brand new design style, the world’s largest Rock Shop, contemporary memorabilia, and a new menu. The state-of-the-art cafe – complete with a digital ceiling cascading over the staircase between the Rock Shop and restaurant showing videos shot and edited by Hard Rock solely for the new cafe – pays tribute to the Criterion Building’s prestigious heritage and West End location, with Victorian glazed tiling, fabrics and colours of the London Underground and tube station-shaped dining booths. The restaurant seats 320, features an open kitchen concept, has a stone pizza oven and milkshake station, and a stage in the main dining room for ‘epic’ group entertainment experiences. Menu highlights include the Tomahawk Steak, Cedar Plank Salmon and BBQ Chicken.
Criterion Building, 225-229 Piccadilly W1J 9HR; hardrockcafe.com
12 The Hansom, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel
The Hansom, now open at the iconic St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, is a beautiful lounge bar serving expertly crafted cocktails in a magnificent neo-gothic setting with high vaulted ceilings, Barlow Blue ironwork and Victorian lampposts. The centralised marble-crafted bar offers up cocktails nodding to the building’s heritage as the original Hansom Cab drop-off for St Pancras Station passengers in the 1800s. Try The V&A Gold Fashioned which, inspired by the Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s love of a wee dram, mixes three exceptional whiskies with calvados and celery bitters to create an aromatic tipple. The breakfast menu features a Bacon Yorkie (smoked back bacon wrapped inside a Yorkshire pudding), while small plates include Scotch Eggs and sharing meat, fish and cheese platters. A twist on the traditional British afternoon tea is also served daily.
St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, Euston Road, Kings Cross NW1 2AR; thehansom.co.uk
13 The Art of Travel by Searcys Summer Pop-Up at St Pancras
St Pancras by Searcys’ summer pop-up this year takes inspiration from The Art of Travel, transforming Europe’s longest Champagne Bar into a stylish pre-holiday destination. Launching on 15 July, the summer lounge bar pays homage to some of our most-loved holiday spots, with 12 private booths transformed into a different European city destination. Each booth will be decorated in pastel colours displaying their correspondent city map, with a Press for Champagne button for an exclusive Veuve Clicquot Champagne tasting experience (£27). An Art of Travel afternoon tea (£26) will also be served, featuring delicacies like the classic French Opera gâteau and Belgian white chocolate mousse, alongside Burford Brown’s egg mayonnaise bun, smoked salmon warm crumpet and homemade scones, all served in a stylish travel suitcase. The Art of Travel by Searcys runs until 9 September in partnership with Veuve Clicquot, Globe-Trotter and Sipsmith Gin.
Grand Terrace, Upper Concourse, St Pancras International Station N1C 4QL; stpancrasbysearcys.co.uk
14 Wun’s Tea Room, Soho
Wun’s Tea Room, a restaurant and bar capturing the spirit of 1960s late night Hong Kong, opened in July. Launched by husband and wife team Z He and Alex Peffly, the duo behind Soho’s Cantonese steamed bun specialists Bun House, and the Jian Bing trading stall Pleasant Lady, the two-storey lends itself to daytime drop-ins on the ground floor, while the basement more resembles an opulent drinking den. Designed by Z – in fact Wun’s is her name in Cantonese – the upstairs has double-folding windows that open onto the streets of Soho, reflecting Hong Kong’s open air street cafes (dai pai dong), while downstairs has a neon-lit bar, velvet seating and an eclectic soundtrack of psychedelic and go-go style music. The menu features nostalgic Cantonese dishes from Z’s childhood, including an indulgent XO bone marrow with fried mantau, and clay pot rice dishes of house soy braised aubergine rice and Iberico char siu rice. Sweets will include Hong Kong egg tarts, Osmanthus goji ice cream and Childhood fried milk. The drinks reflects more unusual Chinese spirits and ingredients with cocktails including the herbaceous Green Bamboo & Quince,and the more floral Chrysantheum & Haw with Tou Mei Chrysanthemum wine.
23 Greek Street, Soho W1D 4DZ; tearoom.bar
15 Hélène Darroze at The Connaught Closes for Refurbishment, Mayfair
Not an opening this time, but a closure, as Hélène Darroze at The Connaught prepares to begin a new chapter. The two Michelin starred restaurant at The Connaught will close its doors for a two-month, full refurbishment and modernisation this month, with final service on Sunday 14 July. The multi award-winning restaurant, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, will get a fresh new look courtesy of acclaimed French design house, Pierre Yovanovitch Architecture d’Intérieur – experts in bold re-imaginings of historic spaces – as well as a new Chef’s Table and dedicated Armagnac Room for pre and post dinner drinks and private events. The re-opening, scheduled for mid-September 2019, will showcase a new menu, rooted in Hélène’s culinary style, with a larger focus on British producers and suppliers.
Carlos PIace, Mayfair W1K 2AL; the-connaught.co.uk
16 Yuu Kitchen Mayfair at ICEBAR London
Yuu Kitchen, the East London foodie sensation serving up food from South East Asia & the Pacific Rim, has taken up residency at ICEBAR London in Mayfair. Bringing more than a little heat to the coolest spot in town, Yuu Kitchen’s menu –created by Head Chef Jon de Villa (previously of Nobu, Zafferano and Bone Daddies) – combines authentic Japanese, South East Asian and Filipino flavours, such as soft pillowy Taiwanese bao buns, Japanese sweet and sticky miso eggplant or crispy rice and Salmon, and Filipino flavours with Lechon Kawali 12-hour braised pork belly, or crispy pig’s ears with honey soy glaze. The lower-ground restaurant, seating 110, features a striking original artwork by Hong Kong based pop-culture artist Lunatic. And did you know that ICEBAR London also has an alfresco terrace? Well, given the venue has just celebrated its 15th anniversary, and is currently running a mystical Norse themed ice sculpture installation, we’d say now is a good time to go and check it out. Reservations for Yuu Kitchen are available separately or as part of your ICEBAR experience.
31-33 Heddon Street, Mayfair W1B 4BN; icebarlondon.com
17 The Fancy Fork at Farmer J, Monument
Shuli Wimer joined Farmer J to open The Fancy Fork on King William Street in late July. Bringing together her five years of experience at world-renowned The River Café and the flavours of her Israeli upbringing, Shuli has created a menu inspired by Middle Eastern and Mediterranean flavours. Growing up in Galilee, known as the ‘Land of Milk and Honey’, Shuli was surrounded by almond and pomegranate orchards, olive groves and vineyards before moving to Tel Aviv to run her first kitchen. Her knowledge of seasonal Israeli ingredients then led to a six-month residency at L28 in Tel Aviv. Now in London, as the lights go down at Farmer J’s Monument site, Shuli will take over the kitchen as The Fancy Fork comes to life. The menu is made for sharing, with smaller dishes of padron peppers with a za’atar and oregano crumb, tahini tuna tartare and zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta, basil and olive paste. Larger plates include a freekeh risotto topped with grilled bone marrow, aubergine and parsley, and grilled whole fish with smashed roasted potatoes, sage and rosemary. Open from 5.30pm until late.
24-32 King William Street EC4R 9AT; farmerj.com