Here we look ahead to the new openings and events to keep on your radar for May 2014. From a wild new opening at Claridge’s to new sky-high restaurants in The Shard and Tower 42 and another London opening, this time at the Bulgari hotel, for super-chef, Alain Ducasse.
Fera at Claridge’s
Simon Rogan’s hotly anticipated new restaurant, Fera, will open at Claridge’s on 6 May. Fera comes from the Latin for ‘wild’, which is reflected in the menu’s seasonal ingredients and the influence of nature in the dishes. The restaurant will have 90 covers and a private dining room seating 12.
Sakura at Sake No Hana, St James’s – until 19 May 2014
Celebrate spring at Sake No Hana’s pop-up cherry blossom garden, Sakura, until 19 May. In line with the Japanese tradition that rejoices in the fleeting cherry blossom season, you can feast on sushi and sake beneath the trees without the need for a long haul flight.
City Social, The City
Jason Atherton is making his foray into sky high dining with his latest venture opening this month on the 24th floor of Tower 42 affording impressive views of the Capital’s major landmarks.
The 90-cover City Social will have an Art Deco design and creative yet simple dishes that showcase the best of British produce, and the City Social bar will be serving prohibition-inspired cocktails.
Ting at The Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard
Tīng (Chinese for ‘living room’) is the name of the restaurant and lounge on level 35 of the Shangri-La Hotel at The Shard, adding to London’s ever-growing list of restaurants with a view.
The restaurant will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring a ‘modern European menu with a hint of Asian flavouring’.
The New Angel, Notting Hill
Michelin-starred chef John Burton-Race is returning to London after 12 years with his new restaurant The New Angel set to open in Notting Hill on 6 May. The restaurant will offer an ingredient-led and seasonal contemporary European menu and a small bar, serving lunch and dinner Tuesday to Saturday.
Pavilion, Kensington High Street
Pavilion is a restaurant, champagne bar and deli by acclaimed chef Adam Simmonds that will open on 30 May. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and take-away salads, sandwiches and snacks, Pavilion will serve modern dishes created from seasonal British produce in Kensington.
Opso is a celebration of traditional and modern Greek food, opening in Marylebone at the end of the month. Opso will serve freshly baked good for breakfast, an all-day menu including the likes of grilled grouper and squid ink buns and brunch on the weekends.
Toto’s, a ‘sophisticated Italian restaurant and bar’, is set to open this month in Knightsbridge. Serving simple yet refined Italian dishes, there will be an extensive wine list and Italian-inspired cocktails. There is an intimate hidden courtyard for al fresco dining as we head into the summer months.
Opening in the Bulgari Hotel and Residences, Rivea is brought to you by Alain Ducasse, whose protégé Damien Leroux will be heading up the kitchen.
Rivea will be serving small plates inspired by the flavours and vibrant colours of the Italian and Provençal markets visited by Ducasse over the years.
The Strand Dining Rooms, Trafalgar Square
Trafalgar square will welcome The Strand Dining Rooms restaurant this month (well, it looks like it will now open in June), an all-day dining restaurant that will service traditional and contemporary British food. Wine will be a focal point, with an extensive list devised by the in-house wine team and specialist suppliers.
With the interior based on that of a traditional Pullman coach, The Strand Dining rooms will bring an interesting twist to British dining.
The Judgement of St James at Avenue – 6 May 2014
Join the award winning Berry Bros. & Rudd wine merchants and Steven Spurrier, wine expert and organiser of the original Judgement of Paris, at Avenue for an evening of old world French wines and new world American wines.
Tickets cost £195 and include a four-course dinner where each course is paired with French and American wines. Guests will taste the wines blind and compare, contrast and vote for their favourite.
Plum + Spilt Milk
I had a lovely dinner at Plum + Spilt Milk a few weeks ago – a menu of classic British dishes created under the direction of Mark Sargeant at the Great Northern Hotel in King’s Cross (click here for the menu).
Mention Bon Vivant Concierge when booking to receive a complimentary glass of prosecco upon arrival at Plum + Spilt Milk, available for bookings of up to 6 people.
Edible Garden Afternoon Tea at the Intercontinental Westminster
In celebration of the Chelsea Flower Show the Intercontinental London Westminster is offering a special ‘edible garden’ afternoon tea.
For £44 guests will receive free flowing Laurent-Perrier champagne and a selection of garden-themed savouries and floral fancies. The pastries are artfully served in a greenhouse style glass cloche on edible soil with chocolate pebbles and delectable treats such as the lemon box hedge and champagne and white chocolate bubble.
Note: This post is meant to be informative and not a review of the featured venues and events. Nobody has paid to be featured – we have included a selection of new openings and events that we believe our readers would like to hear about.
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