New Restaurant Openings and News

October 2016

A new Michelin-starred chef at The Square in Mayfair, Dickie’s bar opens at Corrigan’s, new Italian restaurants in Covent Garden and Marylebone and the inaugural Negroni championship.

A new Michelin-starred chef at The Square in Mayfair, Dickie’s bar opens at Corrigan’s, new Italian restaurants in Covent Garden and Marylebone and the inaugural Negroni championship.

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


Maître D’s and restaurateurs, Paulo de Tarso and Nicolas Jaouën are set to launch Margot this October.

Opening in Covent Garden, the Italian restaurant will ‘celebrate the glamour and charm of Italy through food, wine and design’.

Dickie’s Bar at Corrigan’s

Richard Corrigan is to open a new bar at Corrigan’s Mayfair. Dickie’s Bar will feature cocktails from The Dead Rabbit team in New York and will be separate to the 100-cover restaurant.

The entrance to the Upper Grosvenor Street restaurant will undergo a refurbishment and Dickie’s Bar is due to open in October.

The Square

The Square in Mayfair has a new Executive Chef – Yu Sugimoto – and a new menu.

Chef Yu, who was born in Japan, was head chef for four years at the three Michelin starred restaurant Le Meurice in Paris and more recently was executive chef of two Michelin starred restaurant L’Espérance in Saint-Père.


This October restaurateur Kurt Zdesar will open Fucina, an Italian restaurant on Chiltern Street in Marylebone, with chef Stefano Stecca.
Fucina restaurant in Marylebone

Although the menu is derived from traditional recipes inspired by Stefano’s childhood, Fucina will “represent a new wave of Italian cooking in London, elevating simple ingredients to umami-rich creations”.

The restaurant is centred around a large marble bar serving Italian cocktails along with a cichetti bar.

15th Anniversary Celebration for The Providores and Tapa Room

The Providores and Tapa Room and Indian restaurant, The Cinnamon Club, both turn 15 this year. To mark this achievement Peter Gordon will welcome The Cinnamon Club’s Executive Chef, Vivek Singh, into the kitchen for a celebratory event.

The Providores and Tapa Room in Marylebone

On Tuesday 18th October, both chefs will host an intimate dinner comprising introductory cocktails and canapés and 6 courses paired with premium New Zealand wines followed by a Q&A (£120 per person).

Guests will also enjoy a collaborative dish from the chefs mid-meal.

Rivea London launches a Chestnut Menu

A tribute to the French Riviera’s annual ‘Fete de la Chatagne’, Alain Ducasse’s Rivea London has created a special menu focusing on the chestnut.

Featuring new dishes for 2016, the four-course menu offers a delicate chestnut veloute with ricotta ravioli and a gravelax of Scottish salmon, tangy cream and chestnut blinis to start.

Rivea London at The Bulgari London

The main course features a choice of roasted sea scallops with pumpkin, chestnut and watercress or slow-cooked boar shoulder with chestnut and seasonal vegetables and to finish, a pear and chestnut vacherin.

Priced at £48 per person, the Chestnut Menu will be available between 1st October and 13th November 2016.

Butchies’ Hatch

The owners of Butchies, East London’s cult fried chicken sandwich spot, have announced they will launch their first permanent site in Camden Market.

Butchies’ Hatch will serve will offer four free-range chicken sandwiches, all served in soft butter-toasted buns, along with a selection of sides.

Panzo Pizza

PANZO, a contemporary Neapolitan pizza restaurant will be opening its doors in Exmouth Market in Clerkenwell this month.

PANZO pizzas will be individually sized, made with double cooked lighter dough and topped with quality produce, a concept inspired by the Neapolitan panuozzo sandwich, which will also feature on the menu.

Caravan Bankside

The team behind Caravan and Caravan Coffee Roasters has announced it will open a new restaurant in London’s Bankside.

Caravan Exmouth Market

Located near the Tate Modern extension, the new restaurant is housed on the ground floor of the old Metal Box Factory on Great Guildford Street and will offer a 140-cover dining area and standalone bar.

(Pictured is the original Caravan in Exmouth Market).

The Grill at McQueen

Shoreditch venue McQueen is launching a brand new steak restaurant, with a menu specially created by former Hawksmoor Head Chef, Richard Sandiford.

Along with an extensive selection of steaks, a variety of wines, bourbons and other whiskeys will also be available at The Grill at McQueen, with flights of each lining up alongside a list of cocktails.


Arlo’s, an informal restaurant specialising in steak, has opened in Balham. The first restaurant from former L’Atelier des Chefs managing director Tom McNeile, Arlo’s serves a simple menu of grass-fed British beef from native breeds alongside a selection of home-made sides, sauces and seasonal salads.

The primary cuts served are bavette and picanha with regular specials such as the 7-bone steak and deckle.

The Frontline Club and Restaurant

The Frontline Club and Restaurant in Paddington will re-open on 3 October 2016.

The new look now features a mezzanine level and a display of the most iconic photographs of the 20th century curated by picture editor, John Morris.

The menu is devised by Head Chef John Edwards (previously at Le Caprice and Soho House) and includes the best of British seasonal ingredients, much of which owners Vaughn and Pranvera provide from their own farm in Ellingham, Norfolk.

The Club has four main areas – an events space; a private members’ floor; The Annex which is across the street with 12 rooms for overnight accommodation available to members; and the recently refurbished restaurant which is fully open to the public.

Soho Negroni Championship

Quo Vadis and Pidgin have announced the inaugural Soho Negroni Championship which will take place on Wednesday 5th October at 7.30pm in the recently reopened Quo Vadis.

Bartenders from The Manor, Sardine, St. John, Clove Club, Polpo, Rules, the Ritz, Merchants Tavern, Bar Termini, Hix, Smoking Goat, Bernardi’s, and of course Quo Vadis and Pidgin will all be vying for the ultimate accolade of Negroni Champion.

Tickets are priced at £35 and include a mini Negroni made by each entrant plus treats from chef Jeremy Lee.


MNKY HSE opens this month and will serve high-quality, contemporary Latin American food and drink, alongside live music and DJ performances.


With an intimate bar / lounge area upstairs and a stylish restaurant downstairs, MNKY HSE hopes to bring a vibrant blend of London funk and Latin spirit to Mayfair.

Dom Pérignon partnership with Claridge’s

Dom Pérignon will partner with Claridge’s to offer guests a Dom Pérignon gastronomy experience.

The partnership will see Richard Geoffroy, Dom Pérignon’s Cellar Master and Simon Rogan, Chef Patron of Fera at Claridge’s, collaborate to produce exclusive Dom Pérignon P2 menus and tastings, hosted in a lavish Dom Pérignon Suite.

Ticket prices range from £120 tastings to £450 dinner and can be purchased here:

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