The Month Ahead – New Openings and Events – May 2014

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

Sakura at Sake no Hana

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, Marylebone

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, Knightsbridge

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.

Rivea, Knightsbridge

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.

Edible 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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The Month Ahead – April’s New Openings and Events

Here we look ahead to the new openings and events to keep on your radar for April 2014. From The Hemingway Bar at The Ritz Paris popping-up at The Connaught to a few new openings in Clerkwenwell and a Krug Champagne event with London’s Philharmonia Orchestra.

Bonnie Gull Seafood Cafe, Exmouth Market

Take a step back to a 1960s British seaside scene with a visit to Bonnie Gull Seafood Cafe. Concentrating on sustainable British seafood, the café will offer a selection of shells, rolls, starters and mains.

Think oysters, cockles, lobster, crab, mussels; sure to be popular with seafood lovers, it will be open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.

Hemingway Bar at The Connaught, Mayfair

The celebrated Hemingway Bar from The Ritz Paris will be taking up residency in The Connaught Bar in Mayfair for one week only.

Hemingway Bar at The Connaught

From 7 to 13 April, two of the leading figures from the international cocktail scene combine to create a special menu, reflecting their respective styles: Colin Field of the Ritz, Paris and Agostino Perrone of The Connaught, London.

Iberica Farringdon, Clerkenwell

Ibérica Farringdon will open in Clerkenwell on 28th April 2014, serving Churros and hot chocolate from the deli, in addition to the a la carte Spanish menu.

Peg and Patriot, Bethnal Green

Peg and Patriot will open its doors this month in The Town Hall Hotel in Bethnal Green serving innovative cocktails created with house spirits produced on-site. Their creations are certainly for the adventurous; try unique concoctions such as the Marmite vodka martini.

Henri Matisse: The Cut Outs at Tate Modern

From 17th April until 7th September The Tate Modern will play host to the most comprehensive exhibition to date of the paper cut outs from one of the pioneering figures of modern art, Henri Matisse. The paper cut outs, dating between 1943 and 1954, mark the final chapter in his long and remarkable artistic career.

Curated by Nicholas Cullinan of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and Nicholas Serota of The Tate, this is a major exhibition not to be missed.

Krug Champagne and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra, 7th-11th April

For one week only, join the prestigious Champagne house and London’s Philharmonia Orchestra in their celebration of the annual recreation of Krug Grande Cuvée.

Krug Grand Cuvee with London Philharmonia Orchestra

The pop-up exhibition in Shoreditch will see the Philharmonia Orchestra performing Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring – guests will receive 2 glasses of the recreated Krug Grande Cuvée and the full musical experience.

The Future of Meat at Hawksmoor Guildhall, 5th April

Head over to Hawksmoor Guildhall on Saturday 5th April to learn about our consumer habits when it comes to meat, sustainability and what we’ll be eating in 100 years’ time.

The talk will feature Richard Turner of Hawksmoor, Tim Wilson of The Ginger Pig and Philip Lymberry, author of Farmageddon; tickets cost £40 and include brunch and a Bloody Mary. Click here to buy tickets.

Enoteca Super Tuscan, Spitalfields, 28th April-2nd May

Don’t miss Super Tuscan Wine Week at Enoteca wine bar this spring where founder Nick Grossi will be showcasing several super Tuscans.

The wines in question have been created by innovative vintners and will be paired with Tuscan delights such as fresh tagliatelle, kid goat ragu, duck ragu and Tuscan fennel seed sausages and lentils.

EASTER OFFER: Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross

Enjoy a city break this Easter with a stay at the Great Northern Hotel for just £199 (add £45 for your partner).

Great Northern Hotel

From Good Friday until Easter Monday guests are invited to savour the simple classics served at the Plum + Spilt Milk thanks to breakfast and dinner restaurant credits included in the offer, washed down with a chocolate martini at the GNH Bar.

ALREADY OPEN

One Kensington, Kensington

In an impressive Grade II listed Victorian building on Kensington High Street, One Kensington has just opened its doors with head chef Massimiliano Blasone at the helm serving international cuisine and light dishes.

One Kensington Restaurant

The space is elegant with modern glass chandeliers and sleek crescent leather booths creating a convivial atmosphere. Our highlight was the Tagliolini with pesto, almonds, crab and tarragon.

Barnyard, Fitzrovia

In the wake of the resounding success of Dabbous, you will be pleased to know that Ollie Dabbous and Oskar Kinberg launched Barnyard last month, a rustic walk-in only restaurant.

With a focus on wholesome and reasonably priced fare, you can expect sausage rolls with piccalilli, roast beef on toast with horseradish buttermilk and drinks such as the Hedgerow shandy, a sloe gin, cider, pink grapefruit and tonic concoction.

Bibendum, Chelsea

Pay a visit to Bibendum after April 15 to celebrate its menu relaunch in honour of head chef Matthew Harris’s 20th year at the helm.

Bibendum Restaurant in Chelsea

The new menu and daily changing prix fixe will showcase his classic French cooking, robust and unfussy, made from the finest seasonal British produce.

Big Easy Bar.B.Q. & Crabshack, Covent Garden

The Chelsea institution Big Easy recently opened its doors on Maiden Lane introducing the much-loved ‘crabshack’ to the West End.

Expect American fresh-smoked BBQ food, including pork and beef cuts and fresh lobsters sourced from Nova Scotia on display in an impressive fish tank that houses 2,000 of the tasty crustaceans.

Note: This post is meant to be informative and not a review of the featured items. 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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The Month Ahead – March’s New Openings and Events

Read on for a summary of the new openings to keep on your radar for the month ahead in London. From the rebirth of a 2 Michelin-starred restaurant in Knightsbridge to one of Soho’s best heading East, read on for March’s new openings.

MARCUS, Knightsbridge

Two Michelin-starred restaurant Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley closed in January for a full refurbishment. The restaurant will return on 24 March as MARCUS, with a more modern look to match the evolving cuisine over the last 10 years.

One Kensington, Kensington

Overlooking Kensington palace gardens, this venture from the Tamarind Collection will open in March, with Massimiliano Blasone, previously of Apsley’s, heading up the kitchen. One Kensington will be open for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, cocktails and late dining.

8 Hoxton Square, Shoreditch

From the team behind 10 Greek Street in Soho (which was one of our best new restaurants of 2012) comes 8 Hoxton Square in Shoreditch. Expect a very similar approach to the food and wine, but set in Hoxton.

Bravas, St Katharine Dock

Chef Victor Garvey is heading Bravas, a new contemporary Spanish tapas restaurant in St Katharine Dock. Expect a creative tapas menu that can be paired with Spanish wines, sangria or Spanish-inspired cocktails.

There is a spacious terrace so you can enjoy these Mediterranean delights basking in the sun (hopefully…) during the summer months.

Sherry and Tapas Masterclass at Ametsa

On Tuesday 18th March, Ametsa at The Halkin Hotel, will be hosting ‘Sherry Amor’, a Sherry masterclass led by their Head Sommelier Alvaro Prieto, exploring the history of sherry and its different varieties.

Ametsa at The Halkin

A total of five sherries will be provided for tasting during the session, matched with a light menu of five tapas dishes. The evening begins at 6.30pm and is priced at £30 per person.

Marani, Mayfair

Marani, a traditional Georgian restaurant will open on Mayfair’s Curzon Street on 3rd March.

Marani, a Georgian restaurant in Mayfair

The restaurant was paintained by hand by Georgian artist Tamara Kvesitadze, while chef Tekuna Gachechiladze will offer “supra” feasts and showcase a lighter, contemporary style of Georgian food.

Workshop Coffee Co., Holborn

Introducing the third edition of Workshop Coffee Co. located in Holborn, promoting sustainable and freshly roasted coffee, with a private coffee room for meetings and events with its own personal barista. Visit for some of London’s best coffee.

Stargazing and Cocktails at Coq d’Argent

Why not follow the likes of Galileo and become an astronomer (or near enough) for the evening? The SKYLINER-200P telescope has set up home on Coq d’Argent’s terrace until the end of March.

Coq D'Argent

Savour specially created stargazing cocktails whilst gazing at the moon and Jupiter. Try the Meteor Shower cocktail, it is out of this world…

Already Opened in February

The Fable Bar & Restaurant, Farringdon

Launched in February, The Fable Bar & Restaurant on Holborn Viaduct is the latest venture from the group behind The Folly and The Anthologist.

The Fable Bar

Like walking into an enchanted land, The Fable has fairytale-inspired decorative quirks wherever you look. Complete with a restaurant, bar, deli and florist, The Fable offers seasonal cuisine, cocktails and  masterclasses.

Roka Mayfair

Roka Mayfair, the latest of the Roka restaurants, opened its doors in February on North Audley Street serving contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine.

Roka Mayfair

With the Robata grill as the central design element, the extensive menu by executive chef Hamish Brown has signature dishes such as lamb cutlets with Korean spices alongside expertly prepared sushi and sashimi.

Polpetto, Soho

February saw the return of Polpetto, the much-loved restaurant previously located on Dean Street, with Florence Knight at the helm.

Polpetto Restaurant Soho

Now located on Berwick Street, Florence is set to impress once again with her cuisine’s signature seasonality and simplicity.

Skagen Watches, Spring Collection Launch

We recently attended the launch of a new store from Skagen, the luxury jewellery brand, which recently launched two standalone stores in Westfield Stratford and White City. Skagen’s spring collection embodies the simplicity and functionality associated with Scandinavia. Take a look at the slick Danish designs here.

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The London Guide: News, Updates and Launches

2010 was an impressive year for restaurants in London, ending with a flurry of new openings including Brawn, the new venture from the team behind Terroirs on Columbia Road in East London, which is already delighting bloggers and reviewers alike; The Savoy Grill, Gordon Ramsay’s grand reincarnation at The Savoy; and Roux at The Landau, a new venture for the Roux family at The Langham hotel.

Heston Blumenthal’s first foray into the London restaurant scene will be at the Mandarin Oriental from 31st January 2011 with ‘Dinner’ by Heston, which is certainly the most anticipated opening of this year. Marcus Wareing will open The Gilbert Scott, a British brasserie at the St Pancras Renaissance hotel in February, which will also feature a 52-seat bar. Another Michelin darling, Claude Bosi from Hibiscus in Mayfair, is opening the Fox & Grapes gastropub in Wimbledon on 1st February. The new pub, which also has three bedrooms attached, is a collaboration with brother Cedric and former sous-chef at Hibiscus, Patrick Leano.

The Soho restaurant and members’ club Quo Vadis launched a new bar at the start of the year. The QV Bar is located on the ground floor next to the restaurant with its own menu of British classics and cocktails from mixologist Paul Mant.

Nearby in Soho, Ottolenghi will open a restaurant in February, serving sharing-size portions of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine. NOPI (North of Piccadilly) will be on the site of the old Club Bar & Dining.

Leicester Square will shortly be home to two new hotels with the St John Hotel due to open in January, to be followed by the W Hotel, the first W Hotel in the UK, which should be open in time for Valentine’s Day. The W Hotel will feature ‘Spice Market’, a restaurant that is already a big hit in New York, from Jean-Georges Vongerichten, a culinary heavyweight in America.

Heading over to Covent Garden, the team behind tapas restaurants Salt Yard and Dehesa have just launched the Opera Tavern on the edge of the Covent Garden Piazza on 20 January, and over in Marylebone, Andrei Lesment, previously of Baltic, brings the flavours of Scandinavia to the West End with his 26 cover restaurant, Verru.

The Restaurant at the Royal Academy of Arts has had a touch-up with a new all-day dining restaurant from Oliver Peyton. The British menu will also feature a selection of tapas-style small plates and terrines, and over 20 wines will be available by the glass.

Another refurbishment sees the Waterloo Brasserie re-open as the Waterloo Bar and Grill opposite The Old Vic theatre in Waterloo, which also has a large bar area downstairs, ideal for private parties.

On the fringes of London, London Syon Park, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is set to open in early 2011, in the grounds of a 200-acre English country estate, Syon Park. The hotel will look out across the Thames to Kew Gardens, and it is ideally situated between London and Heathrow. Its restaurant, The Capability, will be run by chef Lee Streeton, formerly of The Ivy and Brown’s Hotel.

This article was written for the Hg2 blog, which can be seen here.

Travel Guide: New Hotel Openings

This year is set to be a bumper year for the London hotel scene with a plethora of luxury and boutique hotels due to open, which should also mean new, high quality restaurants. London’s hotel bar scene is already thriving, but with high expectations for the new arrivals, we could be in for a year of very stiff martinis.

Towards the end of last year, The Savoy hotel reopened after a long and expensive renovation, bringing with it Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill, which is already receiving stellar reviews, and the beautiful Beaufort Bar.

Another refurbished hotel will shortly follow suit with the reopening of the Four Seasons London scheduled for 31 January, along with Amaranto, its modern Italian restaurant from Executive Chef Adriano Cavagnini (previously at Hotel Eden, Rome), which will also have a lounge, a bar and a garden terrace. The rooftop spa has glorious views of London, including from the sauna.

Photo: The Four Seasons London

A short distance away, the Dorchester Collection’s 45 Park Lane will open in the summer where Wolfgang Puck will launch ‘Cut’, a restaurant he opened at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills in 2006. I visited the original restaurant shortly after it opened and can highly rate the steaks and the tuna tartare starter.

Leicester Square will shortly be home to two new properties with the St John Hotel due to open in January, to be followed by the W Hotel, the first W Hotel in the UK, which should be open in time for Valentine’s Day.

The St Pancras Renaissance is finally scheduled to open in February, which will be ideal for Eurostar travellers, where Marcus Wareing will open The Gilbert Scott, a British brasserie.

In Clerkenwell, The Zetter is due to open a sister property in May 2011 across the road from the original boutique hotel in a Georgian townhouse which will have the feel of a private residence with just 11 rooms, two suites and a lounge and cocktail bar, all designed by interior designer Russell Sage. Further East in Dalston, the Avo Hotel will open with only 6 rooms and a penthouse.

The Eccleston Square Hotel is also scheduled to open in May 2011 in Pimlico with 40 bedrooms all with £12,000 Hasten beds from Sweden and a large focus on the in-room technology.

The Corinthia near Whitehall will have a bar designed by David Collins when it opens in April and Thompson Hotels will open Belgraves in Belgravia later in the year.

On the fringes of London, London Syon Park, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, is set to open in early 2011, in the grounds of a 200-acre English country estate, Syon Park, home of the Duke of Northumberland. The hotel will look out across the Thames to Kew Gardens, and it is ideally situated between London and Heathrow.

Further properties are planned for 2012, including the ME hotel group’s first foray into the UK hotel market, and there are also plans to open London’s first 6 star hotel. Located just off Hyde Park in Knightsbridge the 36-bedroom townhouse hotel, The Wellesley, is currently undergoing a £36 million pound renovation, with plans to open in 2012. There are also rumours that Andre Balazs will open a hotel in a converted fire station in Marylebone.

Whilst not as active as London, Paris has also experienced notable additions, including the Shangri-La, which opened in December last year. With rooms around the EUR 800 mark, they’ll be directly competing with grande dames such as The Crillon and Plaza Athenee.

Other hotel groups will also be moving in to Paris, including the W Paris-Opera on Rue de la Chaussée d’Antin, near the Garnier Opera House, towards the end of the year and the Mandarin Oriental Paris will be located on rue Saint Honoré with a restaurant from Michelin starred chef, Thierry Marx.

Hotel O is due to open in the summer in the Les Halles district, near the Louvre, along with its sister hotel, Hotel Le Crayon, which describes itself as ‘a poetic, bucolic and artistic hotel that dares to play a game of audacious combinations’.

It has been rumoured that Paris will also be the destination for the next Armani Hotel, along with the current properties in Dubai and Milan.

In New York, 2010 saw the opening of the James Hotel in Soho, The Mark Hotel on the Upper East Side, with its excellent Jean-Georges restaurant, and The Chatwal in Midtown, with the trend set to continue during 2011, with openings including the Setai Fifth Avenue and the Morgans Hotel Group’s Mondrian Soho.

For further information on these hotels or to make a booking, please contact us.

London Restaurant News

Welcome to Bon Vivant’s latest article on the current news, openings and recommendations for London’s restaurant and bar scene. If you would like further information or to make a reservation, please contact us.

Hawksmoor Seven Dials

Hawksmoor Seven Dials will be opening on 1st November 2010 at 11 Langley Street in Covent Garden. The second outpost of the much celebrated Hawksmoor in Shoreditch will also be introducing The Bridging Hour cocktails – a selection of drinks created specifically for the time between lunch and the early evening cocktail hour.

Burgers and Beers at Corrigan’s Mayfair

A new burgers and beer menu is now available every evening from 6pm during September in the cocktail bar at Corrigan’s Mayfair. Burgers include hand-ground veal with smoked bone marrow, venison with duck egg and squid & mackerel with chorizo and rosemary. Each burger will be matched with artisan beers from around the world.

New Tapas Bar on Exmouth Market

The owners of Moro, the acclaimed Spanish restaurant on Clerkenwell’s Exmouth Market, have opened a small tapas bar, Morito, right next door to their main restaurant.

New West End Thai Restaurant

ORA Restaurant will launch in early November, ‘bringing authentic Thai food to London’s West End’.  ORA will be located on Little Portland Street and will feature a menu of traditional dishes presented with a contemporary style.

Callooh Callay Launches New Members’ Bar

Callooh Callay‘s Jub Jub bar has been re-launched as a members’ bar. To unlock the door, guests will need to have earned a key by demonstrating an appreciation for cocktails.

Another West End Mexican Restaurant

Following the recent trend for new Mexican restaurants in the West End, Lupita has opened, claiming to be the ‘first truly authentic restaurant in London’. You can read an early review from Marina in the Metro here.

Eight Over Eight To Re-Open

Eight Over Eight will re-open on Monday 20th September after being closed for many months because of fire damage.

Sanctum Soho launches The Gentlemen’s Afternoon Tea

Boutique hotel Sanctum Soho launches their new men’s afternoon tea from 1st October. Designed for men wanting to take some time out to relax and indulge, the tea includes a three course selection of hot and cold dishes, a silver tankard of Jack Daniels and, to finish, a cigar on the side to be smoked on the roof garden.

Jason Artheton to Open New Restaurant

Jason Artherton, ex-chef at Ramsay’s Maze, will open Pollen Street Social, located on Pollen Street, near Hanover Square, in January 2011.

The main restaurant will seat 60 customers and there will be space for another 45 guests in an adjacent bar area that will be open all day, serving a tapas style menu. The restaurant will also feature a dessert bar, where the pastry chef will prepare puddings in front of you after dinner.

The Savoy To Re-Open

Following a multi-million refurbishment, The Savoy hotel will finally re-open on 10 October. The Savoy Grill will be run by Gordon Ramsay Holdings.

London Restaurant News

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The Criterion Harvest Fayre

Head chef Matthew Foxon has created a menu showcasing fresh and seasonal ingredients for the autumn, with a focus on sustainably sourced ingredients, since The Criterion is now a member of the Sustainable Restaurant Association. Menus are £20 for two courses with a glass of champagne or £25 for three courses with a glass of champagne. Bon Vivant’s members will receive an additional glass of champagne as well.

New Restaurant Opening – Polpetto

Polpetto is the new venture from the team behind Polpo, the successful Venetian ‘bacaro’ with a New York vibe from ex-Caprice Holdings director Russell Norman. Polpetto is located on Dean Street, and like its sister restaurant, has a no reservation policy for dinner, so expect to queue, as this place will surely be as popular, or try to secure a much coveted lunch booking.

For further information visit www.polpetto.co.uk, or to make a reservation please contact us or call the restaurant directly on 020 7734 1969.

Claire Clarke Patisserie at Harvey Nichols

Claire Clark, ex pastry chef at French Laundry, is opening a patisserie pop up serving afternoon tea at Fifth Floor Harvey Nichols. The patisserie will open on 13th September in the Foodmarket and the afternoon tea will be served at the newly refurbished Fifth Floor Restaurant. Harvey Nichols Foodmarket will be continuing with a selection of Claire’s cakes after the patisserie pop up closes in November.

Hakkasan to Open Second London Restaurant in Mayfair

caterersearch.com reports that Hakkasan, the Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant, is set to open a second London site in Mayfair in November on Bruton Street. The restaurant will be spread over two floors including a 145-seat dining room in the basement with private dining facilities as well as a 75-seat ground floor lounge bar.

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal will open his London restaurant, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, at the Mandarin Oriental on December 1st with a three-course set lunch for £25 and a three-course a la carte dinner for £55 pounds. Reservations can be made from October 15th by calling 20 7201 3833.

Park Terrace Restaurant

To celebrate the start of Grouse Season, the Royal Garden Hotel is delighted to offer a Complimentary Glass of Wine with any Lunch or Dinner booking in the newly launched Park Terrace Restaurant, available until 30th September 2010. In addition, Executive Chef Steve Munkley is introducing two additional Grouse dishes to the dinner menu, the ‘Royal Garden Grouse Sausage Roll’ and the ‘Roasted Breast of Northumberland Grouse’.

Papillon Closes

French restaurant Papillon, which is owned by the Jessen group, who also own One Lombard Street, has closed down after being refused planning permission to extend the restaurant. The owners are looking for another site at which to open a more casual restaurant and are currently considering whether to sell the Papillon site or open another restaurant in its place.

Barts Bar Re-Opens

Self styled as Chelsea’s ‘worst kept secret’, Barts, the speakeasy bar on Sloane Avenue, has re-opened after a major refurbishment. For further details, visit http://www.barts-london.com.

London Restaurant News

Welcome to Bon Vivant’s latest article on the current news, openings and recommendations for London’s restaurant and bar scene.

‘Let Them Eat Caviar’

Bob Bob Ricard has launched a new caviar lunch menu, available every day in August until 5pm, for £19.75. The lunch menu includes:

  • 10g caviar with sour cream and blinis
  • Meat pelmeni or truffle and potato vareniki
  • A shot of Russian standard vodka

New Restaurant Opening – Tinello

Tinello, a new ‘casual Tuscan-infused restaurant’, has just opened in Pimlico by the Locatelli brothers with a chef who used to work at Locanda Locatelli. For further information, visit www.tinello.co.uk

Spritz at 2 Veneti

2 Veneti, on Wigmore Street, would like to offer a complementary Spritz to each guest dining with them until the end of September, to enjoy the rest of Summer in true Veneto style. 2 Veneti brings you authentic Venetian cuisine in understated elegance at reasonable prices. Available for dinner only and once per person. Pre-booking essential. To make a booking, please call 020 7637 0789 and quote ‘Spritz’.

Vintage Fine Wines at Galvin at Windows

Galvin at Windows will be offering some of their finest vintage wines by the glass at cost price from August 16th 2010. Each day, General Manager Fred Sirieix will select a bottle of wine from the restaurant’s cellar, to be opened at 8pm for customers to try on a first come, first served basis. The price per glass will be based on the cost price of each bottle and is expected to start from £20 a glass.

Red wines include Chateau Chasse-Spleen, (1986) and Cos d’Estournel, 2eme Cru Classe (1985); whites include Pessac-Leagnan, Chateau Pape Clement, Graves (2004) and Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, William Fevre (2007).

For reservations in the bar or restaurant call 0207 208 4021 and to find out the ‘wine of the day,’ follow Galvin at Windows on Twitter (@GalvinatWindows) or call them directly.

Summer Menu at Galvin at Windows

Galvin at Windows is also offering a new 5-course summer menu for early and late evening diners, available Monday to Friday from 6 to 7pm, 10pm to 10:30pm (Monday to Wednesday) and 10pm to 11pm (Thursday and Friday). The menu includes pachino melon soup, mackerel with pickled radish and wasabi, lasagne of chicken and foie gras and glazed pork belly. Menu available upon booking only.

Antonello Colonna at Brunello at The Baglioni

On Monday 27th September, the famous Italian restaurant, Antonello Colonna, takes over the stoves at Brunello Restaurant in the Baglioni Hotel. The menu will feature dishes such as salt cod cannolo with sour cream, caviar and candied lemon and crisp suckling pig, and smoked potatoes and fruit mustard, priced at £60 for four courses.

The Antonello Colonna experience will be the third guest chef appearance at Brunello, following the successful Enoteca Pinchiorri event in May. In November, Don Alfonso 1890 restaurant from Sorento will take over Brunello.

Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver to open Restaurants in The City

caterersearch.com has reported that Gordon Ramsay is set to open a restaurant based on his Plane Food concept in the One New Change development near St Paul’s, alongside Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa, a joint venture with US chef and barbeque enthusiast Adam Perry Lang.

Michael Roux Jnr at The Landau

The Chef Hermes Blog has reported that Michel Roux Jnr is to take over the running of the 100 seat Landau restaurant at the Langham Hotel.

Artisan du Chocolat – Cocktail Collaboration with Tony Conigliaro

Artisan du chocolat has launched a collaboration with Tony Conigliaro from 69 Colebrooke Row to create the Carretero – his take on a traditional Cuban mulato, made with Chocolate Spirit, homemade Havana Club liqueur and fresh lime, served as a granita, sprinkled with coca nibs on top. Carretero is priced at £4.50 and is available exclusively at Artisan du Chocolat Westbourne Grove shop and chocolateria.

BYO Wine at Corrigan’s Mayfair

Corrigan’s Mayfair is offering a no corkage charge on wines when dining on the a la carte menu throughout August. Please quote BYO when making your reservation.

Cox, Cookies and Cakes

Shoe designer Patrick Cox will open a bakery on Brewer Street in Soho in late August called Cox, Cookies and Cakes, in a collaboration with Eric Lanlard. For further information, visit www.coxcookiesandcake.com

London Restaurant News

This is the first of a new series of articles to keep you updated with the latest news, opening and recommendations for London’s restaurant and bar scene. If you would like further information or to make a reservation, please contact Bon Vivant on 0207 278 0642 or please visit http://www.bonvivant.co.uk

London Restaurant Festival

The London Restaurant Festival is a citywide celebration of eating out, designed to showcase London’s diverse and exciting range of restaurants. From 4 to 18 October, food lovers can explore some of the capital’s finest cooking, from its high-profile Michelin-starred restaurants to coveted neighbourhood gems.

This year’s event includes a ‘Gourmet Odyssey’, where in one lunchtime, food enthusiasts can eat at three influential restaurants, meeting chefs and fellow foodies along the way, transported on a Routemaster bus; The Big Debate, where speakers including AA Gill and Janet Street-Porter will argue ‘Is French Food a Spent Force?’; and there will be a chance to dine on the London Eye, where every night during the festival, one capsule of the London Eye will become a 10-seat pop-up restaurant, with a different chef cooking each evening. To purchase tickets, please visit their website here.

OXO Tower

The OXO Tower Brasserie has recently launched a new ‘Not Afternoon Tea’ menu served on the terrace during the summer, featuring a range of four tasting dessert plates, each paired with a matching cocktail. The Not Afternoon Tea menu will be available daily from 3:00pm to 5:30pm, priced at £19.50 per pairing. To book a table, please contact them on 020 7803 3888.

Koffmann’s

Pierre Koffman, who is known as a bit of a legend on the London restaurant scene has opened his eponymous restaurant, Koffmann’s, at the former Boxwood Café site at The Berkeley Hotel. Expect hearty, robust and seasonal food from the French master.

Tapas Revolution

Passionate Spanish chef, Omar Allibhoy, who trained with Ferran Adrià at El Bulli and currently Head Chef at El Pirata Detapas, is on a 550-mile culinary crusade to convert a cross-section of the country to the joys of cooking tapas.

Omar has plotted a giant ‘T’ for ‘Tapas’ on a map of England and is offering a free Spanish cooking masterclass and tapas feast for anyone who lives, works or just happens to find themselves standing or sitting on the ‘T’.

To join ‘The Revolution’ simply check your co-ordinates, find an appropriate location on the ‘T’ via the website www.tapasrevolution.com, then contact Omar on omar@tapasrevolution.com, 07776 294 355, or send him a tweet @TapasRevolution.

Take Away Dim Sum

Opening this week next to Liverpool Street Station, Now is a new take away concept from the Ping Pong team, serving South China-inspired street food.

Now is open throughout the day serving anything from breakfast pastries to soups, salad, rice pots and dumplings, with prices starting at £1.29 for a breakfast bun to £3.99 for six steamed dumplings. For further information, visit www.nowstreetfood.com

Bombay Café in London

Dishoom, which was created on the heritage and traditions of the old Bombay Cafés, has opened to great praise recently, with an all-day café menu that takes inspiration from the food of Bombay. It has a no reservations policy, which suits its touristy location in Covent Garden.

Shaka Zulu

After three years in the making and with a total cost of £5.5m, Shaka Zulu, a vast African-themed restaurant, bar and club spread over 27,000 sq ft, opens in Camden on August 4th. Based over two floors, with a seafood and oyster bar as well as an authentic South African Braai serving traditional dishes, Shaka Zulu is decorated with unique and hand made mosaics, tribal masks and cultural scenes from the Zulu nation and heritage.

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