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With a backdrop like the Langham – the beautifully grand, five-star hotel on Portland Place – Roux at the Landau was bound to be luxurious.

What was unexpected, however, was a restaurant that we found to be casual yet stylish, with consistently excellent cooking.

Having closed its doors for a spruce-up by David Collins Studio, Roux at the Landau reopened in April with stunning details that catch the eye – a central counter with a fresh seafood display and a cheese fridge on your way in.

Everything about the restaurant screams fine-dining, but the atmosphere is relaxed.

Although the restaurant namechecks Michel Roux Jr, the menu itself is a co-creation of both Roux and Head Chef Nicolas Pasquier, who delivers on the Roux legacy with a refreshing take on classic European dishes which is modern yet unfussy.

Start with snacks from the counter: a crafty Cornish crab salad and puffed-up brown crab crackers; Oysters, here Carlingford Lough, washed down with a glass of Perrier-Jouët Grand Brut.

For starters, a huge Orkney scallop with a dollop of oscietra caviar and bathing in a moreish beurre blanc was spot on – the scallop plump and juicy, the briny caviar a perfect match.

A slab of foie gras was seared and served with an unctuous rillette of rabbit and pigs’ trotters on toast, offset with delicate pickled vegetables.

From the mains section, a fillet of Buccleuch beef was served with a Sauce Provencal – rich with all the flavours of the South of France.

The winning dish of the night, a braised turbot fillet, was perfectly translucent, served with a sauce made from Chateau-Chalon Champagne and a delicate lobster raviolo.

The cheese selection is particularly noteable – a well thought out selection of English and French cheeses, from Neal’s Yard and Androuet respectively.

We let the waiter choose for us, and his selection, including a creamy English goat and a peppery ewe’s cheese, was wonderful.

We finish with a hazelnut soufflé to share, with a dollop of ice cream laced with Balvenie Doublewood, designed to melt in the souffle’s piping hot middle.

We could have stayed for hours, making our way through the seemingly never-ending list of 525 wines. The sommelier picked our wines for us to match each course, and each was a hit, matching every dish perfectly.

This in itself explains the expert service at the restaurant – the warmth and knowledge of the staff more than matches the food served.

The type of cooking at Roux at the Landau is the sort that you could eat time and time again. Every dish is well thought out; each component in its rightful place.

Just make sure to save room for the cheese.

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Chef Mark Sargeant opened The Wife of Bath, a Spanish restaurant, tapas bar and 6-room boutique hotel in the picturesque village of Wye in Kent in early 2017.

A cute Georgian townhouse opens on to a tapas bar that leads to the restaurant with its Northern Spanish-inspired menu.

The rooms are split between the main house above the restaurant and the garden cottages at the back of the building.

Wooden beams, bay windows and fireplaces keep the character of the original building intact, with Spanish-inspired pieces of art scattered around the hotel and in the bedrooms to hint at the Spanish influence without crossing over into kitsch.

Some of the bedrooms are snug but capture the essence of the building and its setting.

Rooms are stocked with a Nespresso machine and a welcome mini bottle of sherry – you also have access to a shared pantry with extra towels and toiletries and an honesty bar.

The restaurant design is simple, cute and pretty – light wooden tables with light grey linens and a flower on each table.

There is a garden terrace at the back with a few tables to enjoy the warm weather.

The food is where The Wife of Bath shines with is excellent Spanish fare.

A tapas selection to start included excellent quality Iberico ham, fried padron peppers and grilled sardines with salsa verde on toast.

A fantastic 12-year Galician steak to share comes with fried potatoes, salad and aioli. You can also share a large Iberico pork chop or a chicken, squid and chorizo paella.

Breakfast continues the theme with a ‘full Spanish’ with chorizo and a Spanish omelette with padron peppers and jamon.

The Wife of Bath offers excellent value with bedrooms on weekends starting at just over £100, including breakfast.

The Wife of Bath is a short walk from Wye station, which takes about an hour from London St Pancras. The Eurostar Terminal at Ashford International is a short drive or train ride away.

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Caravan opens in Fitzrovia, Hutong in The Shard celebrates its 5th birthday, Gazelle opens as a food/cocktail combo in Mayfair and a fantastic event in Borough Market for Action Against Hunger.

Read our guide to the restaurant openings and news in London this July.

Caravan Fitzrovia

The New Zealand trio behind Caravan Restaurants open a new restaurant in Fitzrovia, located in the former BBC Radio 1 recording headquarters.

The new site will bring Caravan’s signature all day dining and craft coffee to Fitzrovia and will be home to their new Caravan-To-Go, which will offer freshly made croissants, sandwiches and healthy salads to take-away.

The Belrose

The Belrose is a neighbourhood local with a modern take on the British pub with a menu of Italian-inspired dishes and an on-site microbrewery.

Located between Belsize Park and Chalk Farm on Haverstock Hill, The Belrose will serve food from noon until 10pm daily. Its south-facing garden seats 40 covers.


Chef Peter Joseph, formerly Head chef at Michelin-starred Tamarind, is opening his first restaurant this month.

Kahani is located in Chelsea and will be a ‘progressive Indian restaurant using seasonal British ingredients’. There will be two curries on the menu, with most dishes coming from the robata grill.

Read our guide to the best Indian restaurants in London.

Hutong’s 5th birthday

Hutong is celebrating its 5th birthday with a special menu of its best and most-loved dishes from the last five years.

Hutong is one of London’s leading Chinese restaurants, serving authentic Northern-Chinese dishes with particular influence from the Sichuan Province and Shandong.

Favourite dishes such as the red lantern crispy soft-shell crab with Sichuan dried chili appear on the menu.

Endo at Rotunda

Endo Kazutoshi, Master sushi chef and director of Ichibuns, the Japanese ramen and burger restaurant which launched in Soho last year, is opening his new restaurant in the former BBC TV Centre in White City.

A small, 15-cover sushi restaurant, Endo at the Rotunda is named after the space it will occupy, the rotunda of the former BBC headquarters.


Cocktail maestro Tony Conigliaro is teaming up with Rob Roy Cameron to open Gazelle in an Edwardian townhouse on Albermarle Street in Mayfair.

The large, 2,500 sqft space across two floors, will be open from breakfast through to late night bar snacks.

Auction Against Hunger

Auction Against Hunger is Action Against Hunger’s biggest and most exciting fundraiser, taking over Borough Market on 22nd July and offering some amazing food and drink and an excellent auction.

Hosted by Monica Galetti, and with food from James Lowe, Adam Handling, Anna Hansen, Nieves Barragan Mohacho, Hakkasan, Smokestak, Michael Reid, Chantelle Nicholson, Luca, The Begging Bowl and Breddos Tacos it’s not to be missed.

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Tomos Parry, most recently at Kitty Fisher’s in Mayfair, has opened his first solo restaurant in Shoreditch, and what a hit it is.

Brat, apparently named after an old colloquial word for turbot, specialises in Basque food with a nod to Tomos’s Welsh heritage.

The centre stage at Brat is the wood fire oven where all the action takes place in full view.

Wood-fire grilled bread drizzled with olive oil is as simple as it is delicious, but where the wood oven really comes through is with the main focus of the menu – a 1.2kg slow-cooked turbot to share.

The turbot arrives with a glistening char on the skin and is meaty yet wonderfully delicate to taste.

If turbot isn’t your thing, then you can opt for the Herdwick Lamb, roast duck, beef chop or John Dory, all cooked on the wood-fire oven.

Starters include an excellent beef tartare, cockles with liver sauce, and Spider Crab with cabbage and fennel.

The joy of the food here is that Tomos takes excellent quality ingredients and lets them shine on their own.

Everything seems so simple, but tastes anything but.

The space was once a pub (with pole dancing) and thankfully they have kept all the redeeming original features that gives the space such character.

The wood-floors and wood-panelled walls makes you think that Brat has been here for years.

Brat feels homely and welcoming – somewhere you would want to linger long into the evening – and it gets the simple formula of good food with good fine and warm service just right.

Brat features in our guide to the best restaurants in Shoreditch.

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Even in the golden times when the BBC had its headquarters here, London’s White City used to be a real backwater for wining and dining.

But what a difference a few years (ok, a decade or so…) can make!

An extended Westfield shopping mall is now the biggest in Europe and the Television Centre on the other side of the street is one of London’s hottest new developments with a price tag of £8 billion.

Even Bluebird, Chelsea’s iconic dining institution has branched out here from King’s Road with a first ever second location.

Bluebird Café White City opened this spring onto a piazza overlooking the Television Centre’s famous circular-shaped buildings and offers an all-day drinking and dining experience.

The 5000-square-foot space houses a café, bar and all-year-round terrace and serves a modern European cuisine.

The 1960s inspired interior is relaxed and cheerful with a variety shades of pink, blue and purple, green plants and some fabulous lighting above the bar that emits warmth and reminds me of macaroni…

We start our evening with a nice glass of Malbec feeling cosy in birdcage seats by the window and watch the world go by.

There’s quite a bit of a party atmosphere out on the terrace with people enjoying the sunshine and cocktails, created especially for this place: BBC Collins, TVC Sour, East to West, White City Fashioned.

We move to a table deeper into the café and tuck into Stone bass Ceviche, Salt & pepper squid and a lovely plate of Cornish chorizo nicely pared with pickles.

All three starters are delicious, fresh and full of flavours.

For the mains we choose the café’s signature dish – Calabrian ‘nduja crusted yellow fin tuna with grilled onion and green sauce and grilled sea bass with spring onions, ginger and greens.

As a dessert, we share a glorious and quite generous portion of Chocolate & raspberry pavlova, one of my favourite sweet treats in the world that’s definitely worth every calorie.

On a short taxi home, I have to close my eyes when we travel through Wood Lane and North Pole Road, as that part of town is still quite industrial and not very pretty, but – a sigh of relief – now White City has gems worth travelling to.

By Vilma Darling.

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Cora Pearl

The team behind Kitty Fisher’s in Mayfair will launch a second restaurant, Cora Pearl, in Covent Garden on June 18th.

Much like its sister restaurant, Cora Pearl is named after a celebrated British-born courtesan – the restaurant “will reflect the drama and excitement of her glamorous demi-monde life”.

The kitchen will be led by George Barson, head chef at Kitty Fisher’s for the past 15 months, who will continue to head up both sites as executive chef.

Henrietta Bistrot

Covent Garden hotel, The Henrietta Hotel, will relaunch its restaurant as Henrietta Bistrot.

Henrietta Bistrot will be a more informal restaurant with the former Head Chef of Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels in the kitchen, replacing Ollie Dabbous.

The menu is inspired by southwest France, the Basque country and Catalonia.

St Leonards

Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke from much-loved Brunswick House will open St Leonards in Shoreditch this month.

The 70-cover restaurant will feature an open fire where they’ll produce rustic dishes, from snacks to whole roast duck, with hints of the cooking style of south-west France.

Read our guide to the best restaurants in Shoreditch.

Laurent at The Cafe Royal

Occupying the old members’ club space on the first floor, the new restaurant at Hotel Café Royal is now open.

Laurent at The Cafe Royal comes to London in partnership French chef Laurent Tourondel (who’s big in the US). The 110-cover restaurant includes an open kitchen, grill and sushi bar.

Dishes include US Snake River ribeye, Wagyu beef short ribs and Dover Sole alongside gin cured salmon and Cornish crab nigiri.

The Duke of Richmond

Tom Oldroyd has opened The Duke of Richmond public house and dining room in Hackney, a 10 minute walk from Dalston Junction train station.

The 30-cover dining room will take bookings and have its own seasonal French a la carte menu, separate from the pub menu.

Sundays are a big focus and feature an all-day Sunday roast menu.


Yotam Ottolenghi’s new restaurant ROVI opens in Fitzrovia this month.  Vegetables remain the focus at ROVI which opens with former head chef at Grain Store, Neil Campbell.

ROVI will have a focus on fermenting food and cooking over fire when it opens towards the end of June.

Hans’ Bar & Grill

The team behind Chewton Glen, Lygon Arms, Cliveden and 11 Cadogan Gardens, will open a brand-new neighbourhood restaurant, Hans’ Bar & Grill on Pavilion Road in Chelsea.

Hans’ Bar & Grill will offer an all-day seasonal menu using British produce with dishes including a signature Duck Breast, Confit salmon, goats curd and cucumber, and a classic Veal Carpaccio.

A breakfast and brunch menu will be available every day from 7am until midday, featuring favourites such as eggs benedict and steak tartare alongside fresh-pressed juices and smoothies.

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London’s Best Alfresco Restaurants

From street-side terraces to river views and gorgeous gardens, read our guide to our favourite outdoor restaurants in London.

River Café, Hammersmith

Widely regarded as London’s best Italian restaurant with great pedigree in the kitchen that has produced many successful alumni and imitations.

The River Café, with its minimalist, sleek design and light colour scheme that blend effortlessly with the riverside setting, creates an unforgettable dining experience.

The large outdoor terrace makes the River Cafe an excellent alfresco dining option in West London.

The Ivy Chelsea Garden

The Ivy Chelsea Garden is an all-day British brasserie serving dishes inspired by The Ivy restaurant in Covent Garden.

While the restaurant interior oozes glamour, the exterior is equally pretty.

The beautiful, large garden at the back for alfresco dining complete with a terrace and orangery is a perfect setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner in Chelsea.

Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden

Petersham Nurseries opened on Floral street in Covent Garden in the spring of 2018 with two restaurants.

La Goccia is a more casual Italian restaurant with open kitchen and wood fire oven, while The Petersham is a more elegant, refined Italian restaurant focusing on seasonal ingredients.

Floral Court, in the central courtyard between both restaurants offers alfresco dining from La Goccia and The Petersham.

Cecconi’s, Mayfair

Serving fine Italian food from the morning until the early hours, Cecconi’s is a perfect spot for all day dining in the sun, with a few sought after tables lining the street on the corner of Saville Row and Burlington Gardens.

Cecconi’s is great for outdoor dining in London where you can watch the world pass you by.

The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell

Anna Hansen’s Clerkenwell restaurant The Modern Pantry has a large outdoor dining area on a beautiful square in Clerkenwell.

Tables are available on a first come, first served basis, but it’s worth the wait. The terrace at The Modern Pantry serves one of our favourite weekend brunches.

Dean Street Townhouse, Soho

Dean Street Townhouse serves classic British cuisine from first thing in the morning until the early hours.

Whilst the interiors are dark, cosy and seductive, the small but perfectly formed terrace is a delight in the warm weather, with the added benefit of being one of the best restaurants for outdoor dining in London right in the heart of Soho.

Antidote Wine Bar & Restaurant

If you’re looking for alfresco dining where you can book, try Antidote’s pavement dining option near Carnaby Street.

With an extensive list of organic and biodynamic wines, the restaurant offers small plates and a selection of cheese and charcuterie where the menu has been consulted on by Mikael Jonsson from Michelin-starred Hedone.

J Sheekey’s Terrace

One of our favourite Covent Garden restaurants, J Sheekey’s, has launched a terrace which runs along the outside of both the restaurant and the newly relaunched J Sheekey Atlantic Bar, serving 50 covers.

Open from midday onwards every day, the menu features a large shellfish platter and a range of seasonal fish, shellfish, meat and vegetarian dishes.

The Coach, Clerkenwell

The Coach has recently been restored by chef-restaurateur and former Racine chef, Henry Harris, who mixes French and British flavours and techniques.

Drinkable ales and draught lagers from craft breweries are available at the bar as well as a list of wines from familiar Old World names and some new and interesting producers.

The Coach gets the balance of proper pub and great food just right, and this can be enjoyed from the large terrace at the back of the pub.

Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch

Boundary’s Provençal-style rooftop serves a light and fresh all-day menu, alongside a carefully curated coastal wine list and range of specialist gin and tonic cups.

The Rooftop at The Boundary also features in our guide to the best rooftop bars in London.

Courtyard Terrace at the Holborn Dining Room

The Courtyard Terrace at the Rosewood London offers an oasis of calm and serenity.

Set in the courtyard of the Edwardian Grade II-listed building, the easygoing terrace of Holborn Dining Room can be enjoyed all year round.

Ideal for a cocktail or two during the warmer months or for a charcuterie board with a glass of wine and a blanket during the winter months.

Boulestin, St James’s

The Georgian courtyard at Boulestin is surrounded by 17th century buildings where you can enjoy light summery dishes in a peaceful, traffic-free area.

The Ledbury, Notting Hill

The Ledbury, with its Notting Hill location and neighbourhood restaurant feel, had been quietly making its mark on London’s dining scene until its second Michelin star catapulted it into the mainstream.

As expected, Brett Graham’s cooking is now in huge demand, but as the terrace does not accept reservations, it’s a great way to skip the long wait list and try one of London’s best restaurants whilst enjoying the sun.

The terrace makes The Ledbury one of the best restaurants for outdoor dining in London.

Scott’s, Mayfair

Scott’s is glamorous, exciting and makes a great night out, specialising in seafood and shellfish.

Scott’s is located on Mount Street, one of the most beautiful streets in London, and with a small selection of tables lining the street outside, it is easy to see why Scott’s is one of London’s most popular restaurants.

If you can’t get a table on the terrace or inside in the main restaurant, you may be lucky to get a seat at the oyster bar.

Keep reading for more suggestions of the best restaurants for outdoor dining in London…

Bentley’s Oyster Bar & Grill

Bentley’s terrace holds up to 24 people, surrounded by glass panels to allow views up and down Swallow Street.

Famous for its oysters, the terrace at Bentley’s is the ideal spot to enjoy seafood and shellfish in central London.

45 Jermyn St

45 Jermyn St is ideal if you’re looking for that buzz, grandeur and glamour that only St James’s or Mayfair can provide. The bar, in particular, is a great spot for a Martini.

Now you can enjoy dishes such as beef wellington and their famous dessert floats from the terrace on Jermyn Street.

The Ritz Restaurant Terrace, St James’s

The Ritz Restaurant is widely thought of as one of the most grand dining rooms in the world, but you may not know that the restaurant also has a secluded terrace with views on to Green Park.

Guests can combine the grandeur of The Ritz with a beautiful outdoor dining option in central London.

The Albion, Islington

The Albion is a traditional English country pub in Islington, with the main attraction being its garden.

The French windows in the restaurant area open onto a terrace of over 450 sq metres, which can seat over 120 people for dining and drinking surrounded by herb beds, fruit trees and an original Georgian walled garden.

The Garden Lounge at The Corinthia

The Corinthia Hotel has a central courtyard where guests can enjoy a light all day menu, afternoon tea or evening drinks.

The Courtyard has under floor heating and two fireplaces on either side, in case the weather turns a little chilly, as well as a bespoke humidor and terrarium style bar.

The Engineer, Primrose Hill

A Primrose Hill institution, The Engineer has a gorgeous terrace at the back of the restaurant.

Despite the ample dining space, the bar area is on the small side, but there is respite in the form of a back garden, which is an ideal spot for long summer lunches at one of the Best Alfresco Restaurants in London.

Le Pont de La Tour, Tower Bridge

Le Pont de la Tour has a beautiful riverside setting from which to enjoy its modern French menu, with a focus on seafood, and vast wine list.

The outside terrace is very popular in the summer as it has a superb view of Tower Bridge.

Bleeding Heart, Clerkenwell

With a rustic look to match its location and history, the Bleeding Heart offers traditional French fare in a welcoming and intimate setting, but the real attraction in the summer is the large terrace, which brings a bit of Paris to the streets of Farringdon.

Angler Restaurant

At the top of South Place Hotel in Moorgate, Angler offers a seasonally changing menu from Executive Chef Gary Foulkes, with dishes including Cornish mackerel tartare, oyster cream, apple, shiso.

There is a retractable roof and some heaters for the colder summer evenings.


Meraki is a new contemporary Greek restaurant in Fitzrovia from the Waney family who were also beyond London favourites Roka and Zuma.

The restaurant has a ground level restaurant and bar, counter-dining and two terraces.

Try the fantastic Santorini cherry tomato salad with capers and goats’ cheese and the Pastitsio (oxtail ragu, paccheri pasta, graviera cheese & truffle).


Located in the Battersea power station redevelopment Fiume has views over the Thames from the large terrace where guests can enjoy chef Francesco Mazzei’s Italian cooking.

The food focuses on the Mezzogiorno region of southern Italy.

Bluebird Café White City

The Chelsea stalwart has opened a sibling in the new White City development overlooking Television Centre.

The terrace is a great spot for evening drinks or to try dishes from the modern European menu. Bluebird Café has also launched a new brunch menu for the summer.

Sargeant’s Mess

Mark Sargeant’s latest venture, Sargeant’s Mess, has opened in the Tower of London.

As well as a full restaurant menu and separate cafe where you can grab a quick bite, the terrace will offer beer slushies and frozen cocktails with an unbeatable view of the Tower of London and the Thames.

Ivy Soho Brasserie

Occupying a central Soho spot on Broadwick Street, the Ivy Soho Brasserie offers the Ivy group’s classic British menu from breakfast until the early hours every day.

The large terrace is always buzzing with crowds enjoying being alfresco in a prime Soho location.

Campari Terrace at Bar Termini Centrale

Bar Termini Centrale has launched a Campari Terrace in time for the summer.

The menu features a Campari-based cocktail list including Campari Old Fashioned and Sbagliato, as well as a new £4 aperitif menu of shorter drinks, which is available daily 5pm – 7pm.

Guests can also enjoy fresh pasta from Fat Tony’s, the pasta pop up that has become a permanent fixture at Bar Termini Centrale.

Harry’s Dolce Vita

Harry’s Dolce Vita, a throwback to 1950s and 60s Italy, located next to Harrods in Knightsbridge offers a classy casual-ity often difficult to achieve.

Now you can enjoy dishes such as fried zucchini flowers, Harry’s Tagliolini – gratinated tagliolini pasta, served at the table from its own copper saucepan – and veal Milanese from the beautiful terrace.

Sea Containers at the Mondrian

The Sea Containers restaurant at the Mondrian London hotel has opened its Midsummer Terrace, in collaboration with Laurent-Perrier.

Visit the separate Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar before enjoying the restaurant’s food with views of the Thames and St Pauls.

German Gymnasium

This summer guests at Grade II listed restaurant, German Gymnasium, will offer dishes and a terrace transformed by flowers.

Featuring edible blooms throughout, the specially-designed menu offers fresh and floral dishes and a range of cocktails comprising edible flowers, fresh fruits and floral infusions.

Inn The Park, St James’s

Inn The Park is celebrated its 10th birthday in 2014, marking the occasion with a fresh new look and menu. With a stunning location in the middle of St James’s park, this might be the ultimate alfresco setting in London

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The Bon Vivant Journal by Victoria Smith - 2M ago

Gosh the negronis at Termini Centrale are good.

I mean, yes, you’d expect them to be, given that sister site Bar Termini in Soho is famous for theirs, but the teeny goblets of ruby-hued liquor (part gin, part vermouth, part campari in the most traditional form) are next-level.

They’re pre-mixed, which might sound less glamorous than watching a bartender flair, shake and muddle but actually, the reasoning – to age each version to create different depths of flavour – makes perfect sense.

It means that basically, indulging in several is actually a requirement, because there are eight on the list and trying just one would be, as we all know, short-sighted.

So, multiple negroni drinking justification out of the way, what else do you need to know about Termini Centrale?

Well, as I mentioned before, it’s the second site to the original on Old Compton Street, and while it may be a younger sibling, it’s a larger one.

The intimate dimensions of the first create an atmosphere that’s cosy and convivial, however none of that is lost at Centrale’s more spacious corner spot on Duke Street, opposite Selfridges.

In fact, the dim lighting, low-key decor and dapper waiters in black ties and smart white jackets conjure up that glamorous Italian air for which the original is known just perfectly.

What this site expands on, however, is the food offering, with a pop-up from pasta maestros Fat Tony’s currently in situ.

What that means is that you can match your little drinks with not-so-little plates of pasta, such as a light and delicate tagliarine with crab, chilli, garlic and parsley, or paparedelle with beef shin ragu, a particularly luscious dish featuring unctuous strands of beef intertwined with al dente and perfectly golden pasta.

Oh, and don’t miss the burrata, which is just the kind of oozy, creamy delightfulness that will whet your appetite for a shot of Termini’s home-made limoncello, the often much-maligned liquor that’s elevated to new sweet, citrusy highs by the magic touch of the expert bartenders.

The bar’s location off Oxford Street makes it a handy pit-stop if you’re in town and seeking somewhere calm to regroup, but more than that, it’s a stylish spot that encourages lingering for more than a couple of cocktails, so settle in and let team Termini take care of the rest.

Visit their website here.

By Vicky Smith

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A new sibling for Gymkhana in The City, Mark Jarvis adds another Mayfair base to his Modern British restaurant group, Kricket returns to brixton and the Principal Hotel opens at the end of the month.

Read our guide to the restaurant openings and news in London this May.


JKS Restaurants (Gymkhana, Trishna, Hoppers) will launch Brigadiers, an Indian barbecue restaurant and drinking tavern, at the Bloomberg Arcade in the City this month.

Inspired by the army mess bars of India where military regiments go to eat, drink and socialise, Brigadiers will accommodate 140 covers with another 34 on an outdoor terrace.

Live sport will be shown on demand in selected rooms, while pool and classic card games will also be available.

Highlights on the menu will include snacks such as ‘Cocktail Pig Cheek Samosa’, ‘Achari Masala Rump Steak Paratha Roll’, and ‘Goat Chapli & Smoked Bhuna Goat Bun Kebab’.

There will also be a selection of steak, ribs and chops including ‘Dry Masala Rib Eye Steak’ and ‘Smoked Nepali Bhutwa Lamb Ribs’.

JubJub Bar

Shoreditch cocktail bar Callooh Callay will re-launch its ‘secret’ upstairs bar – the JubJub – following a full refurbishment.

Members will be given a special JubJub key to unlock the door and give them access to the bar. The JubJub relaunch is part of a host of activities at Callooh Callay in the build up to the bar’s 10th Anniversary later this year.


Kricket will return to Brixton this month where it first began serving from a 20-seater shipping container back in 2015. Kricket’s new permanent site is under the railway arches on Atlantic Road and will accommodate 40 covers.

A continuation of the lively Indian cooking found in Soho, the menu will feature Indian-inspired street-food dishes and bar snacks to accompany a cocktail and drinks list. 

Ekte Nordic Kitchen

Danish-born restaurateur Soren Jessen, who has owned City stalwart 1 Lombard Street since 1998 has launched Ekte Nordic Kitchen in the Bloomberg Arcade.

Ekte, meaning genuine or real in Norwegian, will offer a varied Nordic menu, overseen by Swedish-born Head Chef Robin Freeman.

The Scandinavian-influenced restaurant and café/deli will be open daily throughout the day for eat-in or takeaway with changing menus from breakfast through lunch and dinner.

Wellbourne Brasserie

Chefs Ross Gibbens and Michael Kennedy, who have worked in some of the UK’s leading kitchens including, most recently, at Dabbous in London, open a new modern British brasserie in White City Place.

Wellbourne Brasserie features an all-day dining menu that aims to be simple, restrained and affordable.

The team have imported a specialist Mibrasa charcoal oven from Spain and there will be a variety of dishes cooked over hot coals such as a fifty-day salt-aged beef with green asparagus, sunflower seed praline and salted butter.

Neptune at The Principal

Brett Redman and Margaret Crow, the duo behind The Richmond in Hackney, will be opening their second restaurant Neptune on Thursday 24th May in the newly opened Principal London hotel in Bloomsbury.

The 102-cover restaurant and 30-seater bar will have a seafood-focused menu, based around an informal approach to the classic oyster bar as well as featuring Brett’s signature wood-fired cooking in the extensive a la carte menu.


Mark Jarvis is adding a third restaurant to the group that also includes Anglo and Neo Bistro by opening a new Mayfair restaurant – Stem – a modern British restaurant located on Princes Street.

Dishes will include smoked eel, celeriac and white chocolate; Pigeon, coconut and salted peanut; and Pineapple, olive oil, lime and salt.

Stem will have 35 covers as well as a six-seat private chef’s table on the lower ground floor.

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You get to walk through a wardrobe into a secret back room at Callooh Callay. Do you even need to know anything else?

It was a pretty enchanting start to my visit to this eccentric cocktail bar that’s inspired by the nonsensical Lewis Carroll poem Jabberwocky.

Sure, there are loads of cocktail bars in London nowadays, and yep, they all have a theme, or a pop-up theme, or eschew the concept of a theme altogether, thus becoming a non-theme theme-bar (yes, it’s exhausting, I know).

But to have been operating for a decade so successfully suggests that this Shoreditch spot and its wardrobe are getting it right.

Let’s, to steal a phrase from another of Carroll’s creations, ‘begin at the beginning’ – November 2008 to be precise, when Shoreditch was definitely a ‘thing’, but not really in the way it is today, and Rivington Street didn’t boast quite the high number of buzzing bars and restaurants it does now.

Enter: a new fantastical enclave of delight, with a mish-mash of decor inspired by the famous poem from which its name comes:

(“And hast thou slain the Jabberwock?/Come to my arms, my beamish boy!/O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!/ He chortled in his joy.” Since you were wondering).

Wardrobe aside, there are whimsical touches throughout, from a gilded, palm-tree shaped lamp and seating made from a bathtub to the private booth that sits against a swirling monochrome backdrop that you won’t want to spend too long looking at after a few drinks.

The choice of drinks is inventive and inspiring, with thoughtful tasting notes in case you can’t quite decide what Japanese spice mix tagarashi might actually taste like in a drink (spoiler: Very good).

As with all well-made cocktails, the alcohol content wasn’t the predominant taste in any of the concoctions we tried:

The Bristol Milk, despite a healthy dose of Ketel One vodka and Bristol Cream sherry, was a delicate thing, heady with the flavours of nectarine and orange flower, while the White Rose with its Bulleit bourbon, pedro ximenez sherry, marmalade and egg white was a frothy, velvety mix that stole the show.

I could go on, but I don’t want to ruin the surprise of the menu.

Just be assured that whatever you order, you can be sure you won’t have tasted anything quite like it before, which is exactly the point of the place – inventive, unusual and surprising world-class drinks in a fun-filled and fabulous setting.

Unlike its namesake poem, Callooh Callay makes absolutely perfect sense to me.

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By Vicky Smith

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