New Restaurant Openings and News

March 2017

Claude Bosi at Bibendum, Soho’s Blacklock opens in The City and a new Taiwanese restaurant from the team behind BAO.

Claude Bosi at Bibendum, Soho’s Blacklock opens in The City and a new Taiwanese restaurant from the team behind BAO.

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

Claude Bosi at Bibendum

Claude Bosi (formerly of Hibiscus in Mayfair) opens his South Kensington restaurant at the end of this month at Bibendum in the Michelin building.

Claude Bosi at Bibendum

The restaurant will have a seafood and oyster bar on the ground floor and a restaurant on the first floor.

Claude Bosi at Bibendum will be ‘unashamedly fine dining’ but with Bosi’s ‘contemporary and light-hearted flair’.

Blacklock City

Blacklock, the chops specialists based in Soho (pictured below) will open a sister restaurant in the City, currently scheduled to open on 20 March.

Blacklock City

Expect the usual meat and cocktails with an extended list of starters and further cuts of meat on offer. The restaurant will seat 100 and will offer reservations for both lunch and dinner.


Andi Oliver will open a restaurant later this month in Stoke Newington.

Andi’s will offer brunch throughout the day, before transforming into a more formal, but intimate, brasserie in the evening. House specials will include a French Toast Bacon Sandwich with maple syrup.


The team behind the BAO restaurants in Soho and Fitzrovia will open XU on Rupert Street in Soho. XU will be set across two floors and offer a cocktail bar, Taiwanese tea bar and private dining space, and a 76-cover restaurant.

XU will aim to ‘immerse diners into the world of Taiwanese cuisine’ and showcase the island’s unique cultural diversity, as well as taking influence from the team’s travels across mainland China.


Chef Monica Galetti will open Mere in Fitzrovia on Monday March 6, alongside her sommelier husband, David Galetti.

Monica was previously senior sous chef at Le Gavroche and is known to the public as a judge on MasterChef – The Professionals.

The restaurant is located on Charlotte Street with a ground floor bar for 20 and a basement restaurant for 60 more. The menu will be ‘an eclectic mix of a lighter take on classics’ and the restaurant will have a strong focus on wine.

The Game Bird at The Stafford

The Stafford Hotel in St James’s will relaunch its restaurant under the helm of Executive Chef, James Durrant.

The Game Bird at The Stafford

The Game Bird aims to ‘celebrate the very best of British cooking, but with innovative, modern touches, in a relaxed atmosphere with exceptional service’.

The Bon Vivant Journal

You may like reading some of our recent guides including the best restaurants in The City, a review of Clerkenwell restaurant Luca or read about a visit to Bruern Cottages in The Cotswolds.