The Best New Hotels Opening in 2024
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by Emyr Thomas
4M ago
The world’s best hotel brands are expanding even further over the next year with some stunning new hotels to experience. Here’s a sample of the new luxury and boutique hotels that will open during 2024. New London Hotels Opening in 2024 The Emery London The Maybourne Hotel Group (Claridge’s, The Connaught and The Berkeley), is launching a new addition to the group with the opening of The Emory, its fourth hotel in the capital. The Emory is designed by the late Richard Rogers and Ivan Harbour and will be located in Knightsbridge next to The Berkeley. The all-suite hotel will offer 60 suites se ..read more
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The Best New London Restaurants of 2023
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by Emyr Thomas
4M ago
We’re a bit late with this one, but read our guide to some of the best new restaurants that opened in London in 2023, including hotspots such as Mountain and The Devonshire. Mountain A personal favourite – Mountain is a new restaurant in Soho from Tomos Parry, the chef-owner of ‘Brat’ in Shoreditch that has taken London by storm. The menu is inspired by Spanish cuisine and the concept of ‘mar y montaña’ (sea and mountains), with a lot of the ingredients sourced from Wales and the rest of the UK.  Favourites on the menu include the fresh cheese and anchovies, spider crab omelette, Jersey ..read more
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New Restaurant Openings and News – October 2023
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by Emyr Thomas
8M ago
Brooklands Brooklands is the rooftop restaurant from Chef Director Claude Bosi, which opened on 4th October at The Peninsula London. Claude Bosi’s creative menu combines British produce with French techniques with glorious views of London. Il Gattopardo Il Gattopardo, a new Italian on Mayfair’s Albemarle Street, opened on Friday 6 October. The restaurant’s menu centres around Italian classics and modern interpretations of dishes from across Italy, created by Executive Chef Massimo Pasquarelli. There’s a dedicated Crudo Bar serving a selection of raw and marinated fish and shel ..read more
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New Restaurant Openings and News – September 2023
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by Emyr Thomas
10M ago
Forza Wine Peckham’s rooftop wine bar Forza Wine will open at the National Theatre on September 7, bringing natural wines and Italian snacks to an iconic London landmark. The space will have one of the best terraces in London with incredible views of the city. Llama Inn New York restaurant Llama Inn will open in London in September, bringing its modern Peruvian cuisine to the rooftop space at The Hoxton hotel in Shoreditch. Dishes will include pork shoulder bun with sweet potato, crispy squid with yuca and rocoto, and arroz con mariscos. L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon Celebrated French restaurant ..read more
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New Restaurant Openings and News – July 2023
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by Emyr Thomas
1y ago
A new restaurant at Claridge’s, Michelin starred Yannick Alleno opens at the Four Seasons Park Lane, Tom Sellars opens at the new 1 Hotel Mayfair and Tomos Parry comes to Soho with his new restaurant ‘Mountain’. Read our guide to the best restaurants that are opening in London this July. Claridge’s Restaurant Claridge’s Restaurant has opened its art deco doors with the stunning interiors pictured below. The classically inspired but contemporary British restaurant offers an all day à la carte menu overseen by chef Coalin Finn. Starters include buckwheat crumpets with soubise cream, truffl ..read more
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New Restaurant Openings and News – June 2023
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by Emyr Thomas
1y ago
South African restaurant Little Kudu opens in Peckham, Richard Corrigan opens at The National Portrait Gallery and Bellanger reopens after a full refurbishment. Read our guide to the best restaurants that are opening in London this June. Little Kudu Little Kudu is a South African inspired restaurant that opens this month in Peckham from the husband and wife team of Amy Corbin and Patrick Williams. Dishes will include the Little Kudu loaf with Cape Malay butter; chicken liver parfait tartlet with spiced pineapple; smoked peri peri mussels and ham hock terrine with grib ..read more
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New Restaurant Openings and News – May 2023
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by Emyr Thomas
1y ago
Read our guide to the best restaurants that are opening in London this May (and some from April as well). Cantinetta Antinori Cantinetta Antinori will open on May 1st 2023, the first UK restaurant from the renowned Antinori winemaking family. The restaurant will bring ‘the finest Tuscan hospitality and exquisite wines’ to London, just off Sloane Street. Harvest Chef and restaurateur Jesse Dunford Wood will open Harvest in Kensal Rise on Tuesday May 4th, adding to his portfolio that includes Parlour (also in Kensal Rise) and Six Portland Road. Harvest will be a “b ..read more
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New Restaurant Openings and News – March 2023
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by Emyr Thomas
1y ago
A new restaurant from the team behind Mortimer House opens in Soho, the floating restaurant London Shell Co. finds dry land with its first site in Hampstead Heath, The Ninth makes a welcome return following a temporary closure, and a new opening from chef Tom Sellars. Read our guide to the best restaurants that are opening in London this March (and some from earlier in the year). Nessa Nessa will open in Soho on 6th March, from the team behind Mortimer House, with chef Tom Cenci at the helm. Nessa will be a modern bistro serving a menu of classic dishes using produce from Britain and across th ..read more
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The Best Travel Apps
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by Emyr Thomas
1y ago
Kayak When you need to search for flight options quickly, especially when on the go, Kayak is a great app to use. Filter by price, number of stops, class of travel, flying time or overall travel time to find the best option. While it also enables you to book through the website, I would recommend contacting your travel advisor as we can get cheaper ‘net’ rates not available to the public. Tripit PRO This is probably my favourite travel app of all the ones listed here. Forward all your email confirmations to Tripit and they will all be collated and grouped under various itineraries enabling you ..read more
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The Most Romantic Restaurants in London
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by Emyr Thomas
1y ago
Read our guide to the most romantic restaurants in London… Bob Bob Ricard, Soho Whether it’s the intimate booths, the ‘Press for Champagne’ button, the gorgeous design or the food, a dinner at Bob Bob Ricard will set the mood perfectly with a loved one. Clos Maggiore, Covent Garden Often described as an oasis in the heart of Covent Garden, thought by many to be the most romantic restaurant in London, Clos Maggiore, with its muted lighting and open log fire, epitomises the ethos of a romantic restaurant. Andrew Edmunds, Soho Whether it’s the 18th century townhouse setting, the cosy (if somewh ..read more
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