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London’s Best New Restaurants & Bars: July 2018

From London’s first French vegan patisserie to Latin American food in Kensington and Haggerston’s beefiest new bites, there are plenty of great new restaurants opening their doors in the capital this July…

Lead image: Zuaya, Kensington 

1 BOTTLES, Old Spitalfields Market
Opens 6 July
BOTTLES is a new wine bar and restaurant combining Italian warmth with London edge. Located at Old Spitalfields Market, the venture comes from the co-founders of Mercato Metropolitano’s Bottles & Battles and pop-up restaurant concept SOOD Family. The focus at BOTTLES will be on the wine, but each dish on the menu has been designed to match specific wines, combining authentic Italian ingredients in an unconventional for either a concise lunch or a lingering evening meal. Choose from the likes of burrata in tomato elixir, beef carpaccio with cucumber, crispy fennel, tropea onion and nasturtium leafs, or octopus tortelloni. The venue is spread over two floors and has an outdoor terrace leading out onto the market.
Old Spitalfields Market, 67 Brushfield Street E1 6AA; bottleswine.bar 

2 The Belrose, Haverstock Hill
Opening soon
The Belrose, due to open this month, is a modern take on a British pub with Italian-inspired dishes and an on-site microbrewery. Located between Belsize Park and Chalk Farm on Haverstock Hill, just a short stroll from Primrose Hill, the pub will serve an all-day menu of rustic Italian dishes focused on locally-sourced produce, with an impressive clay oven to create pizzas topped with authentic ingredients like Tuscan sausage with Stichelton, and prosciutto with pecorino, tomato and rocket. The south-facing beer garden will serve seasonal drinks from a dedicated outdoor bar and, in the colder months, the space will be made over into a winter wonderland.
94 Haverstock Hill
 NW3 2BD; thebelrose.co.uk

3 Café Forty One, Hyde Park
Opens 9 July
London’s first French vegan patisserie is opening this month at La Suite West in Hyde Park. Head Chef Clarisse Flon, a specialty vegan chef, aims to create exceptional vegan cuisine with passion, rather than just hopping on board the trend for plant-based foods with a couple of halfhearted dishes. Flon will introduce vegan breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and all-day dessert and menus, offering a contemporary alternative to traditional French patisserie favourites. Her hope is to make Cafe Forty One a restaurant that appeals equally to vegans and non-vegans with full-flavoured, visually stimulating dishes.
41-51 Inverness Terrace W2 3JN; lasuitewest.com

4 Isla Ray, Deptford
Opens 3 July
Isla Ray, by south London born Rachael Dalton-Loveland, will serve up raw creativity from some of the world’s hippest cities. Having lived in Melbourne for a few years, Dalton-Loveland discovered her love for hospitality and the Australian way of working, and has reinterpreted that vibe in south London with ‘open house’ retro, tropical vibes and bright, plant-filled interiors. Opening at 9am, the cafe-bar will deliver a simple brunch-to-lunch menu, featuring creamy overnight oats and open sandwiches, plus evening sharing platters with Mediterranean flatbread, dips and olives in the evenings. Drinks range from coffee to cocktails and local beers.
37 Deptford High Street SE8 4AD; islaray.co.uk

5 Soane’s Kitchen, Ealing
Opening soon
Soane’s Kitchen is set to open this July inside the original walled kitchen garden at Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery in Ealing. Alex Head, founder of Social Pantry, is behind the launch of this new restaurant and cafe, which will serve an all-day menu of light, comforting seasonal dishes that reflect Social Pantry’s signature style. Highlights include burrata with broad beans and radish, as well as bavette steak with carrot-top pesto, and seabass with confit tomatoes. Oh, and a bottomless brunch on Sundays! Pitzhanger Manor, constructed in the early 1800s by British architect Sir John Soane – hence the restaurant’s name – is undergoing extensive restoration to restore this iconic London landmark to its former glory.
Walpole Park, Mattock Lane W5 5EQ; socialpantry.co.uk

6 Gazelle, Mayfair
Opens 9 July
Chef Rob Roy Cameron and drinks specialist Tony Conigliaro have combined forces to open this new spot in Mayfair. Gazelle will be a stylish, two-floor dining and cocktail destination accessed by a private lift. Both Cameron and Conigliaro have impressive tracks records: Conigliaro is the mastermind behind bars like Bar Termini and 69 Colebrooke Row, while Cameron has worked under Ferran and Albert Adria at el Bulli in Roses, before opening 41 Degrees in Barcelona. At Gazelle, the duo have created a modern, create approach to European cuisine.
48 Albemarle Street, Mayfair W1S 4DH; gazelle-mayfair.com

7 Maple, Westfield London
Opens 16 July
Maple restaurant and bar, the latest offering from ETM, the group behind The Botanist in Sloane Square and Greenwood in Victoria, opens as part of Westfield London’s £600 million expansion this month. A great spot for anything from a quick coffee to after-work drinks or dinner, the botanical-themed venue will feature an open-plan theatre kitchen serving modern European dishes such as ceviche, seasonal salads, prime meat cuts and fish. The large, central bar will keep craft beers and rotating guest ales on tap, alongside botanical cocktails and carefully curated wines. There will also be a spacious alfresco terrace, decked with overhanging planters and heaters. Get 50% off food during the soft launch, running 16-18 July, by pre-booking your table at info@maplewestfield.com.
Maple Westfield, Aerial Way W12 7GF; maplewestfield.com

8 Beef & Brew, Haggerston
Opens 23 July
Coming soon to the former Duke’s Brew & Cue site in east London is Kentish Town favourite Beef & Brew. Appetisers take their cues from the building’s long history as the old Duke of York pub, with the likes of a half pint of fried oysters with yuzu dressing, or brisket on toast with pickles and gravy. The star of the show is, of course, the beef, coming in a range of cuts from a host of renowned suppliers and dipped in beef dripping before being quickly chargrilled. Sirloin is sourced from retired dairy cows in Galicia, and fillet cuts from Swaledale Foods’ native-breed cattle in North Yorkshire. There’s a great selection of specialist beer flights and craft pours to accompany each dish, as well as wines on tap.  
33 Downham Road, Hackney N1 5AA; beef-and-brew.co.uk

9 Laki Kane, Angel
Opens 5 July
For an authentic tropical escape in the heart of London, head for Laki Kane in Angel, the collaborative creation of Islington locals Steve Kyprianou and Sam Robson, alongside ex-Mahiki bar manager Georgi Radev – an expert in all things tiki. The cocktail menu has been created using the finest rums, sugar cane syrups and a hand-picked selection of rare and exotic ingredients. The signature Laki Kane cocktail offers the rich indulgence of Bacardi Cuatro Dark Rum and Mozart Dry Chocolate Vodka, shaken with Soursop Tea, Cupuacu, Guanabana and Sugar Cane Juice. A food menu designed by renowned chef Michael Moore, will feature tropical-inspired dishes such as charred papaya & lime salad, fresh seafood dishes like fruits de mer and exciting rum-based deserts.
144-145 Upper Street N1 1QY; lakikane.com

10 Zuaya, Kensington
Opens 6 July
Zuaya is a new modern Latin American restaurant and bar from Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi. Head Chef Francisco Lafee has worked at a number of Michelin-starred restaurants in South America and London, including Barrafina, El Celler de Can Roca and Martin Berasategui. Lafee has created an avant-garde menu of sharing dishes that draw on extraordinary flavour combinations from Argentina, Mexico and Peru, from fresh, zingy ceviche to purple tacos with 18-hour slow cooked lamb neck and robata octopus. The restaurant will officially open on 20 July with a soft opening offer of 50% off food from 6-18 July (to book email reservations@zuaya.co)
35 High Street Kensington W8 5EB; zuaya.co.uk

11 Caravan, Fitzrovia
Opens 16 July
Caravan, which has a host of locations across London, will soon be opening in the West End. Located in the ex-BBC Radio 1 headquarters, the convenient Fitzrovia location, accessible via Great Portland Street and Oxford Circus Underground stations, will feature a Caravan-To-Go concept for those with places to be. They will also offer their normal coffee house and restaurant options, from IPA coffee cream croissants to big breakfasts and all-day dishes such as crispy chilli-salt tofu or broken lamb meatballs.
152 Great Portland Street W1W 6AJ; caravanrestaurants.co.uk

12 Chakra Riverside, Kingston-upon-Thames
Opens 9 July

Chakra, already with a flagship site in Kensington, is set to open a new location right on the riverside, compleete with a lovely alfresco terrace. Chakra Riverside will bring their combination of bold Indian flavours and authentic cooking techniques to Kingston-upon-Thames, including staple dishes such as their famed Lamb Rogan Josh, vegan-friendly Chakra Channa, and popular Kerala style seabream fish simmered in a smooth coconut milk gravy. The new location will serve lunch, dinner and brunch, which will be available from 11am-3pm on the weekends.
1 Riverside Walk, Bishops Palace House, Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 1QN; chakra.restaurant

13 Stokey Bears, Haggerston
Opens 2 July
Stokey Bears, the Stoke Newington burger joint from street food veteran Burger Bear, launches its second site this month, this time in Haggerston. The new location will feature the classic Stokey Bears line up of burgers, beats, and booze, but will also see the launch of a new vegan menu, exclusive to Haggerstona. But don’t fret, Stokey Bears will still serve all of their classic burgers like the Grizzly Bear or the Burger Bear, as well as a weekend brunch menu, cereal milkshakes and vegan shakes made with Hell Yum ice cream. As much a drinking den as a dining destination, you’ll find a big selection of local beers, cocktails, hard shakes and cocktails on tap from London Cocktail Club. Oh, and there’s a beer garden, too.
480 Kingsland Road E8 4AE; stokeybears.com

14 Petroupoli by The Athenian, Tooting Market
Opens 19 July
The Athenian is launching a new site in Tooting Market. Following its hugely successful pop-ups and venues across London and Bristol, founders Neo and Tim are now bringing their authentic street food, souvlaki, Gyros and modern twists on specialities such as feta and courgette fritters to south London. To celebrate the launch, The Athenian will be offering their signature Souvlaki for free throughout the day on Thursday 19 July. Continuing its tradition for naming each site after a vibrant Athens neighbourhood, the new Tooting site will be called Petroupoli, with a distinctive design inspired by a typical Greek urban market stall. It’ll be the perfect place for a pita stop, quick lunch or light snack with a Hellenic craft beer.
21-23 Tooting High Street SW17 0SN; theathenian.co.uk


NEW MENUS & POP-UPS

Daphne’s, Chelsea
Chelsea’s much-loved Italian restaurant Daphne’s is a must-visit destination for spritzes a-plenty, flowing rosé and the freshest summer produce. The new summer menu features dishes such as watermelon and beetroot salad with ricotta and mint, octopus carpaccio with caper and chilli dressing, and provola tortelloni with datterini and basil. The doors have been flung open as the restaurant prepares itself for Wimbledon, so order a Gin & Deuce (Beefeater, lime juice, pistachio, egg white and Fever-Tree tonic) to get yourself in the mood. Dishes from the just-published Missoni Family Cookbook also continue to delight and with the summer sales just around the corner (Harrods is a 5 minute walk away), Daphne’s is the perfect haven for long luxurious lunches when the throngs of bargain hunters get too much.
112 Draycott Avenue, Chelsea SW3 3AE; daphnes-restaurant.co.uk

45 Jermyn St.’s, St James’s
To coincide with the opening of their new terrace, 45 Jermyn St.’s new menu is bursting with vibrant new drinks and raw dishes to celebrate the glorious sunshine. The new raw menu features delicious, fragrant dishes such as stone bass, yuzu ponzu and trout roe, and seasonal gazpacho with parsley mayonnaise and watermelon. Nostalgic puddings are revamped with an alcoholic twist with a selection of floats, such as The Prince’s Arcade (Sweet Vermouth, Mondino Amaro and champagne topped with blood orange sorbet). All of 45 Jermyn St.’s signature soda-based Rickies drinks can be made alcohol-free and feature syrups made from interesting seasonal ingredients. The No.19 features a cucumber and basil cordial syrup and can be served with Crème De Menthe.
Corner of Jermyn Street and Duke Street SW1 6DN; 45jermynst.com

Amalfi Weekends at Fucina, Marylebone
A small taste of the Amalfi Coast is coming to Fucina in Marylebone this July. Every weekend you will have an authentic taste of Italy’s finest coastal inspired dishes and sip on endless Disaronno summer spritzes. The Amalfi food menu is launching 14 July and drinks are bottomless for only £20 for two hours on the weekends. The menu is made up of new contemporary Italian dishes including Carabinero prawns, Amalfi lemon risotto, scialatielli seafood pasta and more.
26 Paddington Street, Marylebone W1U 5QY; fucina.co.uk

Fette Sau x Mare Street Market Brooklyn BBQ
New York BBQ legends Fette Sau and beer pioneers Brooklyn Brewery are joining forces at Hackney’s modern market place, Mare Street Market, to launch the Brooklyn BBQ, a weekend of meat-feasting and beer drinking running from 13-15 July. Fette Sau founder Joe Carroll and Mare Street Market’s Creative Food Director Gizzi Erskine have teamed up to create an exclusive 9-piece menu featuring the likes of smoked meat-flavoured burnt end baked beans and pork sausage links with chilli and apricot BBQ sauce. Brooklyn Brewery have the perfect pairings with their Brooklyn Lager, Summer Ale, Scorcher IPA and Sorachi Ace. From 6pm.  Free entry. First come, first served.
Mare Street Market, 117 Mare Street E8 4RU; facebook.com/events



 

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