Here’s this month’s drop of the best new bars, restaurants and pubs in London to try this November…
1 The Fat Badger, Richmond
This new, farm to fork neighbourhood restaurant has been created with sustainability in mind and by the Gladwin brothers, the duo behind Notting Hill’s The Shed, Rabbit on the Kings Road, Nutbourne in Battersea and most recently Sussex in Soho. Expect to enjoy all the charm of a countryside pub blended with a distinctive take on traditional British dining, with ingredient sourced directly from the Gladwin’s family farm.
Open: Tuesday-Friday 12pm-2.45pm; 5.30pm-11pm; Saturday 12pm-3.45pm; 5.30pm-11pm
Address: 15-17 Hill Rise, Richmond, TW10 6UQ
2 Bardo St James’s
Inspired by the classic mid-century Italian glamour, Bardo St James’s is a high-end, immersive Italian restaurant by Luca Maggiora (Toy Room, The Cuckoo Club, Socialista and Luxx). Bardo St James’s offers classic fine-dining Italian dishes by Graziano Bonacina (ex-Sette at Bvlgari Hotel) – ricotta and mascarpone agnolotti, caramelised black cod and lobster tagliatelle. A resident six-piece band playing Dolce Vita-esque classics five nights a week and once a month, Bardo St James’s will be illuminated by candlelight and music performed by some of London’s top classical music stars.
Open: Tuesday 6pm-1.30am; Wednesday to Saturday 6pm-2.30pm
Address: 4 Suffolk Place SW1Y 4HX
3 Mathura, by Atul Kochhar, Westminster
Homed in the historic, Grade II listed Westminster Fire Station (which dates back to 1906 and retains many of its original features including original tiles and the fireman’s pole), fine-dining Mathura is the latest venture by Michelin-starred Indian chef Atul Kochhar (Tamarind and Benares). Celebrating the sub-continent’s melting pot cuisine, dishes incorporate flavours from China, Nepal and Sri Lanka. Expect your dinner served with a little bit of drama- dishes rolled out on service trollies and burning flambés. There’s also a private dining room for up to 22 people which has an exclusive 12 course tasting menu – an experience in its own right. For a drink in the bar, you can book table 1906 – commemorating the opening year of the Fire Station – which is next to the original fireman’s pole.
Open: Open daily 12pm-2.45pm; 5pm-12am
Address: Westminster Fire Station, 4 Greycoat Place, SW1P 1SB
4 Tapas Brindisa, Richmond
You’re probably already familiar with Brinidsa, with joints across London including Borough Market, Soho and Shoreditch. However fans of the Spanish tapas restaurant who live in Richmond soon won’t have to travel as far to get your fix of delicious Spanish fare such as jamon croquettes and grilled padron peppers. Dog-friendly and relaxed, the venue comes with a terrace and will serve up breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, as well as views of the Thames.
Open: Wednesday to Sunday 12pm-11pm
Address: Hotham House 1 Heron Square TW9 1EJ
5 Isola by San Carlo at St Christopher’s Place, Marylebone
All-day brasserie and bar, Isola is brought to you by the team behind Selfridge’s Alto terrace and its Dior pop-up. Inspired by Italy’s islands, its always summer here; interiors use breezy colour palates based on some of Sicily’s most famous exports – lemons, pistachios and prickly pears and the expansive terrace is reminiscent of a grand Sicilian home with greenery and florals. The menu uses Italian produce and ethically sourced seafood. Dishes include grilled swordfish, stuffed squid, Sicilian red prawns. There’s also freshly made pasta and meaty mains.
Address: 3 Barrett Street, W1U 1AY
6 The Barbary Next Door, Covent Garden
In the bustling Neal’s yard courtyard, this neighbourhood wine bar and restaurant is the little sister to The Barbary Next Door, also in Neal’s Yard. Open from the early morning until late at night, this relaxed joint serves a menu inspired by the fragrant spices and smokey flavours of Moorish Spain and North African cooking, and the wine list focuses on drops from Spain, France and Morocco. Catering for breakfast, lunch, dinner and the meals in between, try North African pastries, or pumpkin bread with clotted cream, a raw sea bass with a cherry and coriander salad, chicken pastilla and an array of tagines.
Open: From Saturday
Address: 16A Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP
7 The Broadcaster, White City
The new venture from the Open House team, this huge venue spans four floors, encompassing a pub, restaurant and rooftop bar. Set in a striking glass and steel-fronted building (which floods the venue with natural night) with multiple terraces, it’s the sister venue to King’s Cross’s The Lighterman and shares the same celebration of the good ol’ British pub. The ground floor has a 70-seat bar and dining area, set in soft timber arches with a large pewter bar, designed to evoke that classic pub feel while still being a contemporary design. Upstairs is the dining room and the rooftop terrace with open in early 2022. The menu offers modern riffs on pub classics including plant-based creations.
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 12pm-11:30pm
Address: 89 Wood Lane, W12 7FX
8 Langan’s Brasserie, Mayfair
Once a celebrity hang-out and joint venture between Micheal Caine and restauranteur Peter Langan, Langan’s closed down in 2020, a casualty of the pandemic and it’s golden age well and truly over. October, however, sees the venues doors open once more, following an extensive refurbishment that has restored the restaurant and bar to its 70s opulance. The three-storey venue draws on 20th century design, with hallowed doors, marble and a listed staircase. There’s a ground-floor bar and a main dining room which features a dedicated seafood bar. Upstairs, there’s an invite only late lounge and there is a private dining room for up to twenty guests in the basement. The menu offers 70s drenched fare – prawn cocktails, spinach souffle and steak Diane for example.
Open: Nonday to Friday 7am-1am; Saturday 11am-1am; Sunday 11am-10pm
Address: Stratton Street, Mayfair W1J 8LB
9 3 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden
In the heart of Covent Garden, this five-storey townhouse is the new home to three restaurants and the flagship coffee house for The Gentlemen Baristas. On the first floor is Pivot, a modern British restaurant from Mark Greenaway, which offers a four or six course tasting menu, and a rotation of seasonal cocktails. Cuban chef Luis Pous’ El Ta’Koy, a Hawaiian inspired street food restaurant already with locations in Miami, New York and Riyadh. Housed in the basement, Pous has created a drinking den ideal for London’s dark nights that serves a sharing menu and a Tiki-inspired cocktail list. Lilly’s is a cafe headed up by world-class pastry chef Kimberly Lin (ex-The Corinthia, Claridges and Dominique Ansel) which plates up clever riffs on traditional cakes and pastries. Lastly The Gentlemen Baristas serves freshly brewed coffee alongside breakfast, brunch and lunch treats, as well as snacks and pastries.
Open: Trading hours vary between venues
Address: 3 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8LU
10 Mallow, Borough Market
From the team behind plant-based Mildred’s comes this his relaxed, friendly and buzzy meat-free restaurant (which also happens to be the first plant-based joint to grace Borough Market’s ancient site). Chef Sarah Wasserman who co-wrote both Mildred’s cookbooks, has designed a menu that takes advantage of seasonal produce from the market and sustainable businesses which can be shared or not. Dishes reference Middle-Eastern, Asian and western influences – crunchy cauliflower chaat with coriander yoghurt; creamy dense beetroot ube borani with heirloom carrots; porcini truffle croquettes and a market thali offering a selection of curries, pickles and sauces. For desserts, the crème brûlée with pear, fig and brown sugar tuille is thick and creamy. There’s also chocolate hazelnut financier with white chocolate mousse and kumquat lemon meringue pie.
Open: Monday-Friday 8.30am–11pm; Saturday 9am–11pm and Sunday 9am–10pm, from November 8
Address: 1 Cathedral Street SE1 9DE
11 SpiceBox, Leytonestone
Walthamstow’s popular vegan Indian joint has opened a new restaurant in Leytonstone. SpiceBox’s menu is plant-based riff on curry house classics such as mushroom madras – portobello mushrooms in a creamy but spicy tomato sauce – or samosa chaat – smashed samosa, fresh kachumber served with date and tamarind chutney. The brunch menu has had a makeover for the new venue, and there’s coffee from Dark Arts Roastery, Borough wines on tap and cocktails from The Cocktail Society.
Open: Dinner: Wednesday to Sunday 5.30pm-9pm; Weekend brunch Saturday and Sunday: 10am-2pm (brunch walk-in only)
Address: 686 High Road, Leytonestone, E11 3AA