Looking for somewhere new to try this autumn? We've rounded up some of the most interesting restaurants opening in London over the next few weeks. Get stuck in!
Augustine Kitchen – SW11 gets a new French bistro this month when former Mon Plaisir chef Franck Raymond opens a restaurant named after his grandmother on Battersea Bridge Road. With a focus on produce from the Evian region where Franck was born, Augustine Kitchen will serve classic dishes like duck rillettes, cassolette of snails with garlic and parsley butter, and sea bream bouillabaisse. In the bar, locals can snack on French small plates and a handpicked selection of French wines.
Hoi Polloi – The team behind Shrimpy’s and Bistrotheque are opening Hoi Polloi, a ‘modernist brasserie’, at the oh-so-cool Ace Hotel in Shoreditch on the 3rd. It’s open all day, from breakfast to late supper (after 11pm), plus leisurely NYC-style brunches at the weekends. The menu includes plaice with fennel and brown crab, pork cheeks with spiced apple and pickled carrot, and lunch plates like skirt steak with dripping chips and a signature Hoi Polloi hamburger.
Drakes Tabanco – Following the success of his West End tapas bars, Copita and Barrica, founder Tim Luther is opening a traditional sherry tavern near Goodge Street this month. Specialising in sherries straight from the barrel, Drakes Tabanco will also serve charcuterie, cured meats and a seafood board, as well as larger Spanish dishes like octopus stew and pork cheeks.
Merchants Tavern – Opening in Shoreditch on October 8th, Merchants Tavern is a collaboration between Angela Hartnett, chef Neil Borthwick, and Canteen founders Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton-Malone. It will serve a small, seasonal menu inspired by Italian, French and Spanish cooking, as well as natural wines, cocktails, and British lagers and ales.
Vivo – The latest addition to increasingly foodie Upper Street is an all-day Italian restaurant with a roof terrace, on-site bakery and after-work aperitivo hour. Islington locals can look forward to Italian meat and cheese boards, hearty Tuscan bean soup, truffled spelt arancini, pork ossobucco and authentic Roman pizza al taglio (by the slice).
Boopshi’s – This Fitzrovia newcomer will serve Prosecco on tap, signature spritzes, and schnitzels made with British rose veal, free-range chicken and rare breed pork.
Also opening this month: Tonkotsu East, Vinoteca (Chiswick), Champagne + Fromage (Brixton), On The Bab (Korean street food on Old Street), a Burger & Lobster at Harvey Nichols, One Canada
Square, 24-hour diner VQ in Bloomsbury, and a Spitalfields branch of The Diner.
Check out our Coming Soon list for restaurants opening later in the year.