It’s an exciting time for London’s restaurant and bar scene. Here’s the lowdown on what’s launching in the capital this autumn
1. German Gymnasium, King’s Cross
D&D London, the restaurant and hotel group behind South Place Hotel, Quaglino’s and Avenue, is transforming a former Grade II listed gymnasium in King’s Cross into a new eating and drinking emporium. This autumn, England’s first purpose-built gym will become a 447-cover complex featuring a ground floor grand café, an outdoor terrace, a restaurant, bars and private dining spaces. Expect a German-inspired menu from executive chef, Bjoern Wassmuth, a wine list with an Eastern European focus from head sommelier Virgile Degrez and a multi-sensory cocktail experience from bar manager Fred Tartas. ‘Germany is well established for its wine yet its cuisine is often underrepresented in London,’ said David Loewi, managing director of D&D London. ‘We aim to help change this and Bjoern’s menus will feature some delicious dishes from Germany and its surrounding countries.’ King’s Cross is about to get even cooler.
German Gymnasium will open in November at 26 Pancras Rd, N1C 4TB. Find out more at germangymnasium.com
2. OXBO Bankside & The Distillery, South Bank
It’s been nine years since the Hilton group opened a hotel in London, but this September, the Hilton London Bankside will open its doors next to the Tate Modern. With it comes OXBO Bankside and The Distillery, a new restaurant and bar led by executive chef Paul Bates formerly of The Beaumont and Intercontinental Park Lane. The menu will focus on produce sourced locally from Borough market and will include British classics like cox apple cider marinated salmon and sirloin of Gloucestershire beef. Drinks on the cocktail menu have been inspired by the site’s essence factory heritage, with aromatic infusions on offer in The Distillery Bar. Thanks to its Bankside location, we predict this will quickly become a hot spot for tourists and Londoners alike.
OXBO Bankside & Distillery will open at 2-8 Great Suffolk Street, SE1 0UG. hilton.com/hilton-london-bankside
3. DF Mexico, Tottenham Court Road
Love Wahaca? The team behind the famous Mexican chain is opening a new 130-cover restaurant this autumn. After a trip to Mexico City and the US, founders Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby wanted to embrace cosmopolitan diner scene they experienced on their travels. Steak tacos, carne con chile crinkle cut fries and bottomless agua frescas are sure to go down well with fans of fast but delicious foodie treats.
DF Mexico will open at 28-29 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 1BU in early September. dfmexico.com
4. Chi Kitchen, Debenhams Oxford Street
When it comes to finding excellent pan-Asian restaurants, the ground-floor of a department store might not be the first place you’d think of. Yet Debenhams is about to change that, when Chi Kitchen opens at its flagship branch on Oxford Street. Eddie Lim, owner of the Mango in Belgravia is on board to lead this unique dining experience influenced by Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean cuisine. The breakfast options – Korean omelette with seafood and Chinese bubble waffle with fresh berries – sound particularly interesting.
Chi Kitchen will open at Debenhams, 334-348 Oxford St, this autumn.
5. Bernardi’s, Marylebone
After the launch of The Zetter Townhouse and Showdown at The Lockhart this August, there’s another new opening to know about in Marylebone. Brothers Gabriel and Marcello Bernardi will bring an Italian feast to the corner of Seymour Street and Seymour Place when Bernardi’s opens in September. The main menu follows the tradition format with starters (white peaches, burrata, almonds & basil), pastas (tarragon gnocchi) and secondi dishes (salted cod, white polenta, peperonata & sorrel) plus some very tempting bar snacks and pizettes available to share.
Bernadi’s will open at 62 Seymour Street, W1H 5BN on 8 September. bernardis.co.uk