After a long hot summer of al fresco excitement, London’s latest restaurant openings are jostling for position in your autumn diary. With an overwhelming focus on casual, all-day dining and responsible sourcing – both beverage and food – a number of convention-challenging menus are bringing new life to every corner of London.
From West London’s creative nucleus Notting Hill, to Liverpool Street and the City, and even the leafy depths of South London, these are the new design-lovers’ favourites you need to try.
Following the success of Le Bab and Kebab Queen, Maison Bab is a celebration of casual eating, where the diversity and richness of the seasonal menu is reflected in its vibrant, tactile interiors designed by Angus Buchanan.
4 Mercer Street, London, WC2H 9FA
Entrepreneurs Dominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam enlisted the help of architects Sheppard Robson and designers Felix McCormack and Heather Scott to open new Spitalfields venture Crispin. A purpose-built geometric pavilion houses the London restaurant and juxtaposes neighbouring Georgian architecture while offering a reassuringly British all-day menu.
Pavilion, White’s Row, E1 7NF
New Sella Concept-designed bar and restaurant Piraña brings South-American inspired nightlife and food to Balham’s rapidly expanding food scene. It features a striking red curved bar and window facades, reeded glass door, retro blue walls and a mosaic tile exterior. See inside its is colourful corners.
76 Bedford Hill, London, SW12 9HD
Collaborating with Israeli restaurateur Assaf Granit, designer Tom Dixon has opened the Coal Office in a Victorian-era former coal yard by Granary Square. Visitors to the London restaurant can enjoy dishes such as ‘Grandma Lea’s Chiga’ and ‘Prawn Pappardelle’ while testing out Dixon’s prototype designs. Take a closer look.
2 Bagley Walk, Kings Cross, London N1C 4PQ
Casa do Frango
Adding to SE1’s reputation as a foodie destination, Casa do Frango serves traditional Portuguese chicken grill recipes within rustic interiors that highlight the enviable architecture of the Southwark Street location. The space, designed by A-nrd Studio, is even rumoured to feature a secret cocktail bar… See inside the leafy space.
32 Southwark Street, London, SE1 1TU
Describing itself as a ‘wine focused kitchen and larder’, Sapling Dalston was designed by Transit Studio and is defined by a peachy palette of pastel tiles, terrazzo and industrial features. A menu of cured meats and seasonal cheeses sits comfortably next to a high-brow drinks offering.
378 Kingsland Road, London, E8 4AA
Milk Beach Cafe
Tranquil Queen’s Park brunch spot Milk Beach Cafe was designed by Elliot Milne and Karen Morris and is decked out with whitewashed walls, raw finishes and vintage furniture. Coffee-loving founders Milne and Matthew Robley-Siemonsma proffer an Australian-inspired menu alongside an on-site roastery.
19 Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park, London, NW6 6RA
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