Here are the new London bars, restaurants and pubs we think you should try in May…
Photo: Le Pont De La Tour Bistrot
1 The Tower Bridge Bistro, Shade Thames
The fine dining restaurant on the Thames, Le Pont de la Tour, has opened as a bistro, 30 years after the opening of the original. Le Pont de la Tour Bistrot offers French regional cuisine at affordable prices, and will offer you all the tradition and finesse of its eponymous restaurant. Tony Fleming (ex-Angler) has concocted a menu of duck confit, mussel and saffron soup and pig’s head terrine, to be enjoyed in the small brasserie-style dining room or on the terrace. Live jazz evenings are also planned.
Address: 36D Shad Thames, SE1 2YE
2 Turn, Broadgate
Bringing modern brasserie cuisine to the City, Revolve is an all-day dining venue inspired by Parisian and New York institutions. There’s a chic alfresco Parisian terrace overlooking Broadgate Circle which will also be extended in the warmer months, making it a great spot for after-work drinks. Head chef Arran Smith (ex-Scott’s of Mayfair and the Michelin-starred Swan) has created a European menu of French brasserie classics with a modern twist, including a three-course lunch menu. Dishes include beef tartare with marmite egg and Worcester sauce; Dorset snails with roaster marrow, garlic parsley butter and toasted sourdough; Veal chop with rose des lacs, brown butter with capers and parsley as well as dishes of the day.
Address: 100 Liverpool Street in Broadgate
Turn, Broadgate. Photo: turn
Carnaby nightjar. Photo: Nightjar
3 Cellar, Blacksmith
Award-winning chef and smoky grill master Andrew Clarke has opened an all-day dining restaurant on the ground floor of the private Kindred Club in the beautiful Grade II listed Bradmore House. Open to the public, Cellar offers a menu of seasonal dishes prepared with premium local produce. Dishes include fried cod cheeks with harissa mayonnaise and lemon; homemade pickled sea trout with radish, kohlrabi and dill; and Dexter beef tartare with Korean spices served with straw chips. There are also plenty of good things for plate eaters to try, the celeriac cutlet with cavolo nero, wild mushrooms and wild garlic butter for example.
Address: Cellar at Kindred, Bradmore House, Queen Caroline Street, W6 9BW
4 Baoziinn, Canary Wharf
Baozilnn Cantonese Dumpling Kitchen has opened a new location at Canary Wharf’s Cargo. The menu offers quick bites – ideal for a lunchtime meal, as well as dim sum platters with all the usual juicy bits of chicken, prawns, pork and vegetables. Rice and noodle dishes are also offered, such as sour eggplant with rice or the chef’s special braised beef brisket, as well as cocktails, beer and wine.
Address: Market Halls Canary wharf at Cargo, 25 North Colonnade E14 5HS
Baozin, Canary Wharf. Photo: Baozin
Cellar, Hammersmith. Photo: Cellar
5 Apricity, Mayfair
Chantelle Nicholson, the New Zealand chef behind pop-up Hackney All’s Well, has opened a restaurant that champions vegetarian and greener eating. At street level, the restaurant flooded with natural light overlooks the happenings of Duke Street, while in the basement, a chef’s table is set overlooking all the kitchen drama. The menu is hyper-seasonal and features local ingredients. Dishes include yellow oyster mushrooms and black pearls, an ‘XO’ sauce, an emulsion of Flanders wheat and wild garlic; Shio koji-dried pollock, Shetland mussels, sambal butter and sprouting purple broccoli; and miso-dried spring cabbage, smoked hemp cream, and black garlic ketchup.
Address: 68 Duke Street, Mayfair W1K 6JU
6 Carnaby Nightjar, West End
Shoreditch speakeasy has opened a second venue in Kingly Court, filled with signature cocktails, old-school glamor and live music, and stays true to the subdued vibe and style of the Old Street original. The decor evokes the Roaring Twenties with art deco interiors, dark nooks, and intimate seating perfect for a romantic evening, and the drinks are creative, inventive, and somewhat different from your usual espresso martini. Cocktails, such as the Aztec Tapache, Toronto, and Barrel Aged Zombie are grouped into Pre-Prohibition, Prohibition, and Post-War, and there are also cocktails to try.
Address: Unit G15, Kingly Court, Fifty Carnaby, 49-51 Carnaby Street, W1F 9PY
Tower Bridge Bistro, Shad Thames. Photo: LPDLTB
Carnaby nightjar. Photo: Nightjar
7 The Princess Royal, Notting Hill
A new pub for Notting Hill, The Princess Royal features a large dining room and bar, walled garden, private dining rooms and four bedrooms should you wish to stay. The menu offers elegant riffs on Mediterranean cuisine, with dishes such as red shrimp crudo, rosemary and orange; English burrata, blood orange, radicchio, coriander seeds and fennel; and Old Spot Pork Chop with Salt Roasted Beets, New Season Carrots, Walnut Picada. There’s also a dedicated raw menu, offering tastes of oysters, wild sea bream crudo and aged beef pie.
Address: 47 Hereford Road, W2 5AH