The Month Ahead – June 2014

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

From a new hotel in Soho from the Firmdale group to a new Marylebone hotspot from two of London’s most successful restaurateurs to Soho’s coolest restaurant group taking their Venetian concept to Notting Hill, read on for your June 2014 agenda.



From the family of some of our favourite restaurants (The Wolseley, The Delaunay, Zedel) comes Fischer’s in Marylebone with a menu of Viennese café classics designed to be ‘warmly evocative of Vienna in the early years of the twentieth century’.

Ham Yard Hotel


From some of London’s most successful hoteliers, Ham Yard Hotel is Firmdale Group’s latest hotel in Soho. The hotel revolves around a tree-filled garden with a specially commissioned bronze sculpture by Tony Cragg.

In addition to 91 bedrooms and suites there will be 24 residential apartments, 13 retail stores and an airy restaurant and bar with outdoor dining and drinking. There are also some fantastic spaces for events, including a bowling alley, huge cinema and a stunning rooftop terrace.



Having fed and watered Chelsea residents for 50 years, Daphne’s will re-open on 9 June after a refurbishment from celebrated designer Martin Brudnizki (who also designed one of our favourites, 34 in Mayfair).

The format of the menu has been adapted to offer diners more choice: expect Italian specialities such as saffron arancini, piselli with spicy salt and crab linguine alongside carefully crafted Italian-inspired cocktails.



Comensal is a modern Mexican bar and restaurant opening on Abbeville Road on 6 June that will offer enchiladas, ceviche, taquitos and homemade mole and guacamole, all fresh and prepared on-site.

The bar will be serve a selection of beers, wines, Margaritas and other cocktails like the Mexican Cloud above and 100% agave tequilas. Comensal will be open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner and for brunch on the weekend.

The Gorgeous Kitchen

Heathrow Terminal 2

The Gorgeous Kitchen is a new venture from four beautiful British female chefs, opening on June 4 in the Queen’s terminal, London Heathrow Terminal 2. This all-day dining venue will serve wholesome and seasonal global flavours with the likes of beef carpaccio, monkfish and tiger prawn coconut curry and butternut squash and ricotta ravioli on the menu. There will also be an express menu for the time-pressed.

Villiers Coffee Company & Dining Room

Charing Cross

From the family behind Gordon’s Wine Bar, also located on Villiers Street, Villiers Coffee Company & Dining Room will be open for breakfast and all-day dining Monday through Saturday from 9 June.

There will also be sandwiches, seasonal salads, pastries and cakes to takeaway and shelves stacked with Villiers coffee, Seville marmalade and rhubarb and raspberry jam.


Connaught Village

Named after the famous fruit and vegetable market in Buenos Aires, Abasto is an Argentine butcher and wine merchant that will open at the beginning of June.

Abasto will be a unique dining and retail boutique, including an intimate dining space offering a weekly changing menu, hampers to take to the nearby Hyde Park and master classes incorporating the very best of Argentine cuisine and techniques.

Bottomless Brunch at Flesh & Buns

On Sunday 1st June, Flesh & Buns in Covent Garden will launch a bottomless brunch menu, available every Sunday.

The Flesh & Buns brunch menu will offer unlimited Japanese food with drinks starting from just £29 per head.

Chinese Dragon Boat Festival at Hutong – until 2 June

To celebrate the Chinese ‘Double Fifth’ Boat Festival, Hutong is offering a special menu of 5 dishes from 5 different Chinese culinary traditions.

The Double Fifth menu is priced at £55 and will serve dishes such as spicy abalone from the Dongbei region and Sichuan Ma La chilli prawns. The menu will run until 2 June.

Highgrove and The Ritz Experience

Book before 6 June!

Hightail it to Highgrove is a classically British experience, which includes a 2 night stay at The Ritz London with an English breakfast each morning, champagne and canapés on the Sunday evening and dinner in the Ritz restaurant on the Monday.

The experience includes a private tour and lunch at Highgrove, the private residence of the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall. The experience costs £2,660 for two people, which begins on Sunday 3 August.

Fashion Cocktails at L’Anima

Liverpool Street

In celebration of the V&A exhibition ‘The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014’ L’Anima has created 3 cocktails that will be available until 27 July 2014.

The Fiore di Mandorla, Monte Napoleone, and Valentini will sit alongside classic cocktails such as the Negroni and Martini.

Polpo Notting Hill Opening

31 May 2014

This weekend Russell Norman and Richard Beatty are introducing their new Polpo restaurant to Notting Hill. The 120 cover restaurant and bar will be open from 31 May with a preview discount of 50% off all food this weekend (31 May/1 June).

Already Open

Yashin Ocean House

South Kensington

Yashin Ocean House in South Kensington opened last year but has just made it on our radar. It’s a fine dining Japanese restaurant based around fish and seafood; the head-to-tail menu serves every aspect of fish, from cod cheek to mackerel bone and fish skin.

We highly recommend the Omakase Sashimi, cured for 3 days creating a unique texture with a perfect balance between fresh and dried.

From the large dishes the duck with Étrille crab sauce was delicious, using two distinct flavours that complimented each other well. Expect innovation and creative combinations at this sleek restaurant, washed down with Sake or a Japanese cocktail.

The Tommyfield Hotel Rooms


Brought to you by Renaissance Pubs, The Tommyfield Hotel Rooms is a boutique hotel that opened last month in Kennington.

With exposed brickwork, oak floors and contemporary lighting The Tommyfield Hotel Rooms provide a luxurious city break whether for business or pleasure, a romantic weekend or a family holiday.

Dram & Smoke


Dram & Smoke, a Scottish pop-up that launched last month, will be open on weekends until 6 July serving the best of Scottish produce.

Located in a steelyard in Vauxhall and centring on a menu of venison and fresh fish from a custom whisky barrel smoker, Dram & Smoke will be serving a variety of gin cocktails, single malts and Innis & Gun beer. Tickets cost £40 for the six course tasting menu.

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