New Restaurant Openings and News

February 2017

A new bar from Ralph Lauren in Mayfair, a 3 Michelin-starred chef from France opening at the new Four Seasons Hotel, a new addition to the Hawksmoor Group and another Ivy Brasserie, this time in Soho.

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


Jules is a new independent brasserie in Putney serving an eclectic all-day menu.

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 9am until late, the brasserie will offer the flexibility to enjoy anything from a quick solo breakfast to a leisurely lunch or a long evening meal with friends.

Jules restaurant putney

The menu, devised by chef Alvaro San Millan, is based around tapas-style dishes alongside stone-baked gourmet pizzas, charcuterie and cheeses and a ‘Dish of the Day’.

La Dame de Pic

La Dame de Pic, from acclaimed three Michelin-starred French chef, Anne-Sophie Pic, has just opened in the new Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square.

La Dame de Pic

The menu will feature some of Anne-Sophie’s classics, including the chef’s signature dish of ‘Berlingots’.

Alongside the a la carte menu, a three course lunch menu priced and £39 per person and a five course tasting menu will also be available for £95 per person.

HKK London

The Michelin-starred Chinese restaurant HKK is celebrating imperial dining for Chinese New Year with an interpretation of the ancient and extravagant emperor’s feasts.

Chinese imperial feasts often lasted for several days, consisting of hundreds of dishes using the most exotic and luxurious ingredients.

HKK London

HKK has created The Emperor’s Feast, an elaborate eight course banquet inspired by these traditional feasts in addition to showcasing customs and traditions that took place at these ceremonies.

The imperial menu includes Chinese ingredients such as sea cucumber, abalone and yu fungus.

HKK Restaurant London

The stand out dishes for us during our visit included the beautifully prepared and delicate trio of dim sum with lobster and pickle Chinese leaves, king crab and sea bass and shrimp ; the melt-in-your-mouth Royal aubergine and tofu, beancurd noodle, pumpkin; the peking duck with perfectly crisped skin ceremoniously carved in front of us; and the flight of inventive non-alcoholic cocktails that accompanied each course (wine pairing is also available).

Hawksmoor Borough

Will Beckett and Huw Gott are opening their sixth Hawksmoor in London near Borough Market.

Hawksmoor Borough, a 140-cover restaurant spread over two floors is due to open this month. The restaurant will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week.


Stevie Parle has launch his fifth restaurant, Palatino, in Clerkenwell.

Palatino London

The all-day venue is ‘a celebration of the food of Rome’, with an open kitchen designed around three core elements: a fresh pasta machine, a wood burning grill and a stone oven for fresh pizza bianco and pastries.

The dishes will range from creations based on ancient Roman recipes through to more contemporary offerings.

Hoxton Grill

Hoxton Grill in Shoreditch has reopened after a short closure for refurbishment work.

Hoxton Grill Shoreditch

The classic American grill, bar and lounge is open from morning until late at night – the menu includes classic grill dishes such as New York strip steak, rib eye, lobster with Garlic butter and Mac & Cheese.

The design open kitchen, leather banquettes and a large lounge area for pre-dinner cocktails.

Alpha Beta Bar

The Modern Pantry has launched the Alpha Beta Bar at its Finsbury Square restaurant, partnering with award-winning mixologist, Ryan Chetiyawardana.

Alpha Beta Bar

The drinks menu includes cocktails such as, ‘Firecracker Fizz; Compass Box Artist’s Blend Whisky, Lemon, Apricot and Chilli Sherbet fluffed with soda’(£9.50), ‘Sgroppino G&T; Distilled Cream Gin, Strawberry & Cardamom Sorbet blitzed with grapefruit & tonic’ (£8.50), and ‘Dominican Daquiri; Matusalem Rum, raspberry pastis, Pineau de Charentes and yuzu (£9.50).

The Alpha Beta bar has a small menu of excellent snacks from chef Anna Hansen.


Bel-Air, which has offered healthy fast food in Shoreditch for almost 2 years, has opened a sister venue on 12 New Fetter Lane. Bel-Air offers a Californian inspired all-day menu, with some excellent salads.

Bel Air Fetter Lane

Breakfast is available from 7am, with new additions including the Egg Sidecar; two organic eggs, poached or scrambled with a choice of eight sides, from Sesame Labneh with spring onion or zingy Lobster Ceviche.

For lunch, fantastic salads are available and a small selection of hot dishes. Bel-Air also serve up a selection of homemade juices on tap and healthy shakes.

Lorne Restaurant

Lorne Restaurant is the first restaurant from sommelier Katie Exton (River Cafe, Chez Bruce, The Square) and chef Peter Hall (Brawn, Benu, The Square) and it opens this month in Victoria.

A collaboration between front-of-house and kitchen, the menu at Lorne will be Modern British, with a big focus on seasonality and produce and with flavour at the core of every dish.

Ralph’s Coffee & Bar

Ralph Lauren’s first dining destination in London has just opened adjacent to the Polo Ralph Lauren on Regent Street.

Ralph’s Coffee & Bar

Inspired by the warm and sophisticated style of The Polo Bar in Manhattan and the success of Ralph’s Coffee, Ralph’s Coffee & Bar will be a new concept for London, adding to the iconic designer’s celebrated hospitality portfolio that also includes Paris and Chicago.

Restaurant Story

Chefs Tom Sellers and Tom Aikens will co-host two special dinners at Restaurant Story on 15 and 16 February 2017. ‘Kitchen Stories’ will showcase the individual cooking styles of both chefs, and the menu will feature many of their creative signature dishes.

Restaurant Story in London

Tickets will be £150 per person (an additional £80 for drinks pairings), including a glass of Nyetimber Classic Cuvée on arrival.

The tasting menu will include six snacks and eight further dishes (each chef will prepare three snacks and four dishes).

The Ivy Soho Brasserie

February will see the opening of The Ivy Collection’s latest venue, The Ivy Soho Brasserie, situated on Broadwick Street, Soho.

The Ivy Soho Brasserie will serve contemporary British menus for breakfast, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, cocktails and dinner.

The restaurant will feature a private dining room (seating up to 30 guests), with a bespoke art deco glass screen separating the space from the main restaurant.

Hai Cenato

Hai Cenato is Jason and Irha Atherton’s New York-Italian restaurant and bar in London’s Victoria.

Launching this month, Hai Cenato is the second collaboration between Jason and Chef Patron Paul Hood, who also heads up Social Eating House.

Inspired by many a research trip to NYC, Jason and Paul’s New York-Italian menu is about ‘high-quality ingredients served in a casual, buzzy setting’.

The first floor of the restaurant will also offer a bar, The Drunken Oyster, which will feature a selection of cocktails inspired by Italian classics paired with British ingredients.

Som Saa Lates

Som Saa is starting 2017 with a series of monthly late night sessions.

Inspired by the after-service nightlife available in cities like Bangkok and New York, owners Tom George, Andy Oliver and Mark Dobbie are launching monthly ‘som saa lates’ – bringing together a late night food offering, rotating DJ’s and a bar that’s open until the early hours.

The first session is on 4th February.

Exmouth Market Grind

Grind is to open a new site in Exmouth Market, with the introduction of a refreshed food offering across the group, under the guidance of Kyle Boyce, former Executive Chef of Soho House Group’s public restaurants.

The new all-day offering includes dishes such as an 8-hour lamb shank with spiced sweet potato, coriander raita and almonds; butchers steak with calcots and red pepper; and heritage beetroot with burrata, pistachio and ciabatta.

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