A Fluid London pictorial of the 12 hottest new restaurants in London that look just as good as they taste (hopefully), as discovered by Christian Rose-Day.
Dining in London isn’t simply about a restaurant’s choice and quality of cuisine. The ambiance, the ingredients, the location, the lighting, the decor, the service, the price, the type of hand soap in the toilets and 10,000 other criteria all combine to provide London’s citizens a fair assessment of whether they love or loathe it.
And yet when deciding where to go and what to do in London, diners tend to make their first assumptions purely on the basis of looks. If it’s a sexy restaurant, we’re buying. If it looks like the offspring of a Little Chef, we’ll be taking our lust for 3 course meals and a bottle of red (3rd wine down from the top of the wine list) elsewhere.
Eyes at the ready, because here are 12 new London restaurants worth ogling.
The recent redevelopment of the Kings Cross area will see it soon challenging the likes of Shoreditch, Soho and Fitzrovia for the prize of most exciting district for drinking and dining in London. The arrival of Bruno Loubet’s new Grain Store restaurant (pictured below) has certainly reinforced this idea, especially as it boasts alfresco dining next to the canal, and an ‘exploded’ kitchen interior design.
As if Shoreditch and Hoxton needed to get any cooler; Beagle bar, restaurant and coffee shop (pictured below) has other ideas though. Set beneath three renovated railway arches, Beagle clearly plays up to its industrial provenance.
If you haven’t heard by now already, Peruvian cuisine is hot right now in London, and new Mayfair restaurant, Coya (pictured below), takes the spirit of Latin America (antique Peruvian furniture and traditional Josper oven) and plonks it right into the middle of London’s most affluent and luxurious suburb.
At the other end of the scale is the good old fashioned diner, nicked from our cousins across the pond and, in this instance, set up as Hot Pink (pictured below), the simple, straightforward, no messin’ style new restaurant in Wimbledon. The wood interior has a retro vibe thanks to some 20th century pop culture paraphernalia dotted throughout.
Hutong (pictured below), the new London restaurant near the river serving Northern Chinese cuisine, has a touch of Chinese authenticity in its use of intricate patterns and lattice work on wood. But the interior, on this occasion, is not the main reason to visit; and nor is the Chinese food. The fact that Hutong is 33 levels above London Bridge station in The Shard is its biggest draw.
Not content with just one restaurant on Mayfair’s Pollen Street, Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton is now attempting to take over the whole block with his new French bistro Little Social (pictured below) across the road from his Pollen Street Social restaurant.
We’ve all heard of The Savoy Hotel on the Strand, with its award-winning cocktail bars and Gordon Ramsay residency, and now we all need to learn about the new Kaspar’s Seafood Bar and Grill (pictured below), which boasts panoramic views of the River Thames and 1920s Art Deco splendour, with an oyster bar claiming centre stage.
For the indecisive diner or drinker (both?) comes the new restaurant concept Kitchen Party in Clerkenwell (pictured below), which provides four separate pop-ups under one roof, all on a constant rotation so you will never get bored. Fans of Fitzrovia’s Borne and Hollingsworth will want to take note.
Not to be outshone by its neighbour restaurant Hutong, Oblix restaurant (pictured below) has also taken up residence in London’s tallest man-made structure, The Shard, recently. At this new restaurant, Rainer Becker (he of Zuma, Roka and Shochu Lounge) is at the helm. Check out that view!
The new Panino Giusto Italian restaurant in Bank (pictured below) has an understated, bright, airy feel to its interior thanks to large windows and high ceilings. The traditional Milanese methods of cooking and Italian produce do most of the talking here.
Bringing a little slice of the New York bar and restaurant scene to west London, Crown Group Hospitality presents Red House in Chelsea (pictured below), its first UK venture (after succeeding with The Lion, Crown Bill's Food and Drink in NYC). Deep tufted banquettes, art filled walls and a skylight give this former pub a new twist.
And finally, going out for a local Chinese need no longer prove a tasteless affair, as long as you live in Wandsworth. Located next to Wandsworth Common, The Good Earth (pictured below) has hints of the right kinds of retro that we enjoy seeing in London these days.
If you’re still not satisfied, there are still more new restaurants in London to get excited about.