New Restaurant Openings and News

December 2016

A new taqueria from The Hart Brothers, Shake Shack opens in Leicester Square, another Ivy Brasserie (this time in Soho) and a new wine delivery app from 10 Cases.

A new taqueria from The Hart Brothers, Shake Shack opens in Leicester Square, another Ivy Brasserie (this time in Soho) and a new wine delivery app from 10 Cases.

Read our guide to the restaurant openings and news to have on your radar for the month ahead.

Bonnie Gull Soho

Maintaining the same principles as its sister restaurant, with a new focus on small sharing plates, Bonnie Gull’s Executive Chef has created a seasonal menu that will be daily-changing based on catch.

Bonnie Gull Soho

Sample plates at Bonnie Gull Soho include Squid Toast with Ink Aioli; Wild Hayle mussels cooked over embers with parsley Hollandaise; and Charcoal grilled monkfish cheek & duck heart skewer with nduja mayo.


Tony Conigliaro, the man behind some of our favourite London cocktail bars, 69 Colebrooke Row and Bar Termini, will open Untitled in Hackney.

Untitled will ‘showcase creativity through its cocktails, food, art and design, with evolving installations and artistic collaborations’.

Shake Shack

Shake Shack Leicester Square will open its doors on 8 December.

Shake Shack Leicester Square

Located on the corner of Wardour and Coventry Street, it will serve 100% Angus beef burgers, griddled flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard and crispy crinkle cut fries.

The Ivy Soho Brasserie

The Ivy Soho Brasserie is set to open on Broadwick Street this month.

It will feature a café lounge area, dining bar, main restaurant and private dining room. The restaurant will be open 7 days a week and will be serve breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, cocktails and dinner.

El Pastór 

The Hart brothers, from Barrafina and Quo Vadis, will launch taqueria El Pastór in Borough Market.

The menu will be focused on tacos –  a ‘trompo’ (upright grill) will take centre stage and be used to make the Mexico City staple ‘al pastor’ taco, from which the restaurant’s name is inspired.


The team behind 10 Cases Covent Garden has launched a bespoke wine delivery app, Drop, delivering fine wines by electric bicycle across zones 1 & 2.

Alongside the hand picked selection of bottles, users can enjoy cheeses, charcuterie, smoked salmon and bread as part of the delivery service.


Ceru, the contemporary Levantine restaurant from Barry and Patricia Hilton, will open at 7-9 Bute Street, SW7 on Thursday 8 December.

Inspired by the Hiltons’ travels in the Levant – the coastal area encompassing Turkey, Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan – Ceru will serve a varied all-day menu, ‘bringing the fresh, colourful, naturally-healthy cuisine of the Eastern Mediterranean to South Kensington’.


Jonathan Cowley, who has recently worked with Chick ‘n’ Sours, Street Feast and Bleecker St Burger, is opening a drinking and dining den, Hopscotch, in Brick Lane.

Hopscotch will offer small sharing plates and street food style buns with a host of cocktails available until 1am.

New Chef at Whatley Manor

Niall Keating has been appointment Executive Chef at Whatley Manor, following the recent departure of Martin Burge.

Niall has previously held positions at Sat Bains Restaurant (two Michelin stars), Benu in San Francisco (three Michelin stars) and Restaurant Kong Hans Kaelder (one Michelin star) in Copehagen.

Casa Cruz

Casa Cruz in Notting Hill is launching a weekend lunch menu with ‘European feasting specials’.

Casa Cruz

Dishes will include Octopus Carpaccio with Lime, Chili and Olive Oil; Vitello Tonnato; Pastas and Gnocchi; and an extensive Pescados and Carnes list.

A Night of Enchantment with D&D

On Thursday 15th December, D&D London is to celebrate its Fairytales in the City Christmas campaign with A Night of Enchantment, a five-course Champagne dinner to be hosted at a secret central London location.

Created by the restaurant group’s catering company, Alexander & Björck, in partnership with Champagne Laurent-Perrier, the festive banquet will feature one course each from five of D&D’s top chefs.

Tickets are priced at £100 per person including five-courses, each paired with a matching Champagne Laurent-Perrier.

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