As summer fades, there’s a sudden surge of new openings, pop-ups and events to help Londoners beat the back-to-work blues. We’ve rounded up 15 ways to eat well this September, from hot new restaurants to street food blow-outs, so dig out your diary and get your tickets and tables sorted.
1. If you’ve been mourning the loss of Lucky Chip at SliderBar, swing by The Player to check out the new menu from Breddos Tacos. Expect short rib Dexter tacos, Chillibacks, and sliders like ‘The Breddo’ made from aged beef topped with Swiss cheese, chipotle mayo and pastrami.
2. As part of the Thames Festival (6-15th Sept), riverside restaurants Butler’s Wharf Chop House, Le Pont de La Tour, Cantina del Ponte and Blueprint Café will be ‘blacking out’ electricity from 8.30pm each evening and serving dinner by candlelight. This is a rare chance to see the River Thames completely unspoiled by light pollution - perfect for a romantic dinner for two.
3. Karam Sethi (chef-patron of Trishna) opens a new restaurant inspired by India's Colonial gymkhana clubs on September 10th. Situated on Mayfair’s Albemarle Street, Gymkhana will serve nashtas (Indian snack fare), tandoori kebabs and sigri grills, and seasonal curries and biryanis.
4. Book now for Masterchef winner Dhruv Baker’s Mexican pop-up at The Jam Tree (Clapham) on September 10th and 11th. It’s a four-course £35 bargain that’s guaranteed to sell out fast.
5. Boom Burger will be slinging their Caribbean-inspired burgers at The Dolls House on Hoxton Square from 18th to 21st September. Chef Josh de Lisser grew up in Jamaica, so expect a feisty jerk chicken burger with papaya and mango sauce, house mayo spiked with Scotch Bonnets, and a signature Boom Burger made with organic beef and pimped with bacon jam.
6. FEAST returns to Guy’s Hospital (London Bridge) to celebrate their first birthday with a weekend of fantastic food. From 13th-15th September, you can sample first class food from street food vendors like Big Apple Hot Dogs, Pizza Pilgrims, and Anna Mae’s and restaurants like Paesan,
Clockjack Oven, Patty & Bun and Albion. Tickets sell fast so book yours now.
8. Take your pampered pooch to the Ciao Chow Canine Bakery which pops up in Soho this September. From 11-20thSeptember, the Frith Street store will sell treats designed to freshen their
breath, keep their coats shiny and generally make them feel spoiled. After your bakery visit, use Doggity to find dog-friendly restaurants nearby that you can both enjoy.
9. Gordon Ramsay will finally open his long-awaited Union Street Café in Southwark on September 16th. His team will use fresh, seasonal produce from nearby Borough Market to create a daily-changing Mediterranean menu in the impressive open kitchen. Book a table.
10. Missing lazy summer evenings at Red Market? There are still great traders at lunchtime but if you need a post-work street food fix, head for Urban Food Fest on Shoreditch High Street. Every Saturday they host some of London’s finest street food vendors, including Burger Bear, Fish Dogs, Mei Mei Street Cart and Horn OK Please. This Saturday, Galbi Bros are debuting their take on the
current NYC hype-snack of choice, the Ramen Burger.
11. Kurt Zdesar (the founder of Ping Pong) opens Chotto Matte, a Japanese-Peruvian restaurant, in Soho on September 18th. The Frith Street site will feature a sushi bar, lounge and robata grill.
12. From Sept 24th until Oct 6th, Exmouth Market tapas bar Morito will be offering a specially created seafood tasting menu with matching sherries. Try some of their most popular dishes, including scallops a la plancha and deep-fried baby squid, as well as new dishes inspired by the owner’s recent trip to Barcelona.
13. If you missed the excellent Real Street Food Festival last month, head to Southbank for the Real Food Harvest Festival from 27th-29th September. The riverside market will showcase some of the UK’s finest small producers, alongside street food vendors, top chefs and live music.
14. At the end of the month, all-day Italian restaurant Vivo opens on Upper Street, complete with an on-site bakery and a roof terrace that’s perfect for aperitivo hour. Locals can look forward to freshly baked pizza al taglio, hearty Tuscan bean soup, antipasti boards and Italian classics like truffle and spelt arancini, lamb and pecorino meatballs, and pork ossobucco.
15. Skip the supermarkets this month and support some of London’s excellent local food markets. Use the London Farmers’ Markets website and our twitter list to find one near you. This summer, we’ve bought wonderful seasonal veg from Chapel Market in Islington, sampled wine at busy Borough Market, and spent many lazy Sundays eating street food and listening to live music at Harringay Market. It’s a great way to meet your neighbours and support local producers.