The Month Ahead – New Openings and Events

July 2014

Welcome to our summary of the new openings and events to have on your radar for the month ahead.

From a new steakhouse in Knightsbridge from Hawksmoor to a fabulous dining, drinking and dancing Club Room from Bob Bob Ricard to a new Peruvian restaurant from Lima, read on for your July agenda.

Hawksmoor

Knightsbridge

The fifth site from the popular Hawksmoor group will open on 3 July in Knightsbridge. In keeping with the Hawksmoor tradition the menu will feature sumptuous steaks from ethically reared British cows and a range of new dishes and cocktails.

Inspired by their recent travels to Japan, Hong Kong, China and Singapore, the founders are introducing an oriental twist to their seafood and shellfish offering. Except the classic Hawksmoor formula, which always delivers.

Bob Bob Ricard’s Club Room

Soho

The Club Room at Bob Bob Ricard combines dining, drinking and dancing in a gorgeous setting in the basement of the restaurant in Soho.

The Club Room at Bob Bob Ricard

Expect the famous Bob Bob Ricard tiered booths around a small atrium, mahogany inlaid backgammon dance floor, decadent red and gold banquettes and burgundy marble tables, without forgetting the “Press for champagne” buttons.

The space is gorgeous and you will have an absolute blast! (I’m talking from experience!)

LIMA Floral

Covent Garden

The team behind LIMA are opening a second site on Garrick Street this month that will showcase an interesting new concept.

Lima Floral Street

Alongside traditional cooking techniques, LIMA Floral will utilise unique and edible plants from the Amazon basin and The Andes. In addition to the main restaurant there will be a Piqueos Bar serving traditional Peruvian tapas dishes.

Toro Gordo

Hammersmith

Miguel Caffareno, formerly of La Bodegra Negra in Soho, is opening a Spanish tapas restaurant and bar in West London, a stone’s throw from Hammersmith.

On 15 July Toro Gordo will open its doors, serving simple and authentic flavours, Spanish wines and fiery Latino and Asian-flavoured infusion cocktails.

Open for lunch and dinner and brunch on weekends, Toro Gordo will keep you guessing with an eclectic mix of music from morning until late.

Pizza Pilgrims

Kingly Court

Pizza Pilgrims will open a new branch this month in Kingly Court, Soho, offering a simple and tasty range of pizzas and something new in the form of a Frigittoria, serving delicious fried specialities.

Expect Arancini, Pizza Fritta – fried calzones – and deep-fried courgette flowers. Round the evening off with indulgent puddings: gelati from Bocca di Lupo’s Gelupo or their signature Nutella pizza ring.

Barrafina

Covent Garden

Opening on 7 July, Barrafina on Adelaide Street will be serving classic and contemporary tapas alongside several new dishes such as carpaccio of Mediterranean prawns with bonito and char grilled milk fed lamb’s kidneys.

There will be a walk-in only policy, apart from the lower ground floor space with a private kitchen and bar that can be privately hired.

Feast

Tobacco Dock, Wapping

Join Hutong, Aqua Shard, Chop Shop, Dirty Bones and more at Tobacco Dock, Wapping, from 31 July until 3 August in celebration of London’s restaurants, street food and bars.

At this London street food festival you can take part in masterclasses, enjoy a fragrance vs wine sensory experience, tea ceremonies and absinthe tastings.

The Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic Terrace

Rosewood London, Holborn

From 22 July until 29 August the Bombay Sapphire Ultimate Gin & Tonic Terrace is pitching up in the grand courtyard of the Rosewood London.

Enjoy a varied menu of cocktail twists based on the ultimate G&T or partake in a masterclass where you will learn about the intricacies of the spirit and its exotic botanicals. This alfresco pop-up is open daily from 12pm until late.

The Bar at Bellamy’s

Mayfair

The Bar at Bellamy’s opened last month adjacent to the existing restaurant, offering classic cocktails, an extensive wine list, oysters and shellfish cocktails. The Bar at Bellamy’s exudes ageless elegance with its vintage posters, wooden panelled booths and leather banquettes.

Silk & Grain

The City

Silk & Grain is a new destination cocktail bar and restaurant that will open this month in the City. Savour signature cocktails at the ground floor bar, conditioned in metal, glass and leather for extra complexity and depth, while snacking on bar bite such as black pudding “scotched” quails eggs and crispy pigs ears.

The first floor restaurant will have a British steak focussed menu cooked on a Josper grill with homemade sauces and infused butters.

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