Expect larger al fresco dining spaces, new menus, takeaway options and increased safety measures
24 June 2020
Tart London summer pop-up restaurant and bar, Belgravia
Wild By Tart in Eccleston Yards is reopening on the 4 July with a new outdoor pop-up restaurant and menu, serving dishes cooked using open grills and wood-fired ovens. There will be grilled fish, barbecue options, fresh pizzas and summer vegetables, with a focus on local British produce. Reservations can be made for groups of up to six people, and dogs are both welcome and encouraged.
Location: 3-4 Eccleston Yards, Belgravia, London SW1W 9AZ
Opening Hours: Thursday – Saturday 12pm – 4pm; 5pm – 10.30pm; Sunday 12pm – 5pm
The Garden at The Berkeley, Knightsbridge
To coincide with the hotel's reopening, The Berkeley in Knightsbridge has unveiled a smart new al fresco terrace. The Garden at The Berkeley will serve family-style feasting plates, including sizzling platters of charred octopus, giant prawns, T-bone steak and roasted cauliflower, all cooked outside on open barbecues. The tranquil space is framed by fragrant olive trees and fresh lavender, while candles and hanging lanterns create an enchanting evening setting.
Location:Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 6pm – 10pm, Sunday 12pm – 10pm
To book: email call 020 7107 8833 or email [email protected]
Jurema Terrace at Yopo, The Mandrake, Fitzrovia
Positioned beneath a canopy of draping greenery, Yopo restaurant's Jurema Terrace is a biophilic haven, scented by hanging jasmine and passionflower. Set within The Mandrake hotel, the urban oasis is reopening in July with a South American menu of sizzling summer dishes, accompanied by zesty cocktails and Argentinian wines.
Location: 20-21 Newman Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1PG
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 12pm– 11pm, Sundays 12pm – 10pm
The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea
The Ivy Chelsea Garden comes into its own in the summer months, with its enchanting alfresco garden area and terrace. Opening from 4 July, the restaurant will serve food morning until night to include breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, light bites, dinner and weekend brunch. In addition, the restaurant has fitted thermal cameras for temperature checks and air filtration units that are effective in removing up to 99% of the MRSA and H1N1 viruses to keep guests at ease (alongside the 11 bespoke cocktail creations, unique to The Ivy Chelsea Garden).
Also within the Caprice Holdings group and opening 4 July: Scott's, Sexy Fish, Daphne's, The Ivy Asia, St. Paul’s and Brasserie of Light.
Location: 195 -197 King's Road, London SW3 5EQ
Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 12.30am Sunday & bank holidays: 11:30am – 12.30am
One of London’s most popular roof terraces, Pergola Paddington will reopen 4 July (along with Incipio group’s other venues: Lost In Brixton and beer garden-focused pub The Prince in West Brompton). Returning with food offerings from both new and past vendors (like Patty & Bun) book a space in advance as queues will no doubt be large with the current Mediterranean climes.
Location:5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, W2 6PY
Opening hours: Thursday – Saturday 12pm – 11pm, Sunday 12pm – 10.30
Hicce, King's Cross
Nestled in Coal Drops Yard, Hicce - pronounced ee-chay - is the first solo venture from chef Pip Lacey. During the coronavirus pandemic, the restaurant launched an open market concept beneath the main restaurant, within the Wolf & Badger boutique. This will continue during July, serving gourmet sandwiches, antipasti and cocktails, to take away or eat on the Coal Drops Yard courtyard. From 4 July, the main restaurant will also reopen with its signature menu of wood-fired dishes, as well as a delicious assortment of rye bread, cheese, fermented vegetables, cured fish and an impressive list of biodynamic and organic wine.
Location: Unit 102, Hicce x Wolf & Badger, Stable Street, London N1C 4DQ
Opening hours: Tuesday and Wednesday 4pm – 11pm, Thursday 12pm – 11.30
The Grand Duchess, Paddington
The London Shell Co may not be floating down Regents Canal until 10 July, but you can still dine aboard its sister restaurant, The Grand Duchess, which is permanently moored at Paddington Canal. From 4 July, it will be operating as a special oyster bar, as well as offering a fish and chips takeaway menu. The main restaurant will then fully reopen from 7 July, serving gourmet sandwiches and to-go dishes until 4pm, followed by an evening menu of sustainably sourced, fresh seafood from Cornwall, including halibut, whole brown crab, lobster and John Dory. While the number of indoor tables has been halved, there is a new al fresco dining area, shielded beneath a canopy of pretty parasols.
Location: Sheldon Square, London W2 6DL
Opening hours: Lunch 11.30am – 4pm; dinner 5.30 – 9.30pm
As much of a Chelsea institution as La Famiglia nearby, Bluebird is finally reopening its doors to the public on 4 July. Originally launched in 1997 by Sir Terence Conran, the restaurant is known for tables conducive to people-watching and its popular grill menu (Whole lobster with chips, herb salad, garlic parsley butter - £42). Alternatively, the restaurant are now open to home deliveries on Deliveroo – we highly recommend the whole rotisserie Lancashire chicken.
Location: 350 King's Road, London SW3 5UU
Opening Hours: Cafe and courtyard: Monday – Sunday 9am – 9pm; Restaurant: Thursday – Saturday 5.30pm – 10.30pm, Saturday & Sunday brunch: 11.30am – 3.30pm
Clapham’s favourite neighbourhood Italian restaurant is back. Chef Robin Gill spent years working on the Amalfi coast and has channelled what he learnt there into a small, traditional, ingredient-led menu that centers around cicchetti, antipasti, primi, secondi and dolci. Many ingredients are sourced from Gill’s own farm. The restaurant will be open for dinner between Wednesday and Saturday, and for lunch from Thursday through to Sunday.
Location: 148 Clapham Manor Street, Clapham Town, London SW4 6BX
Opening hours: Wednesday to Saturday 12pm – 7pm, Sunday 12pm – 4pm
Darby’s, Nine Elms
Also part of Robin Gill's restaurant portfolio, Darby’s is now taking bookings for the first time since lockdown. The NYC-inspired, all-day neighbourhood restaurant (and oyster bar and bakery and grill) is located behind the all-new Embassy Gardens development in Nine Elms. Open throughout the week for lunch and dinner, guests can enjoy a new menu of seasonal dishes, as well as takeaway pizzas on Thursdays and Fridays.
Location: 3 Viaduct Gardens, Nine Elms, London SW11 7AY
Opening hours: Wednesday – Sunday for lunch; Wednesday –Saturday for dinner
Green Park’s HIDE will reopen with head chef Ollie Dabbous having devised a special summer menu comprising seasonal produce. To thank its guests for their support through the last few months, HIDE has amended its wine pricing policy. For the rest of summer 2020, wines shall now be priced at Hedonism Wines shelf price, plus £10 per 75cl bottle. This pricing policy makes HIDE’s wines around 50 per cent cheaper than other restaurants. One final bonus: guests will be able to choose from the most comprehensive wine list of any restaurant in Europe – at almost 7,000 lines.
Location: 85 Piccadilly, Mayfair, London, W1J 7NB
Shoreditch’s Smokestak is going strictly old-school from 4 July. There’ll be no grill, no stove, no oven, just a back-to-basics barbecue. A simple, stripped-back menu will focus on meat that has been gently wood-smoked overnight, sold by the 100g, and then sliced and diced to order. As well as 30-day dry aged beef, guests can take their pick from a choice of chilli and fennel sausage, native-breed pulled pork, dry-rubbed pork belly and point-end beef brisket. Elsewhere on the menu, there’ll be frozen margaritas and blue-corn tortillas with a choice of smoked cod’s roe, seabass ceviche, charred corn salsa or smoked ox cheek. If you can’t wait until 4 July, Smokestak is offering London-wide delivery from one day earlier.
Location: 35 Sclater Street, Shoreditch, London, E1 6LB
Opening Hours: Wednesday to Friday 5pm – 10.30pm, Saturday 12pm – 11pm, Sunday 12pm – 9.30pm
Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury
The highly Instagrammable Dalloway Terrace, adjoined to The Bloomsbury hotel, is reopening 4 July. The picturesque space has been transformed by McQueens Flowers to resemble a flower-strewn greenhouse, creating a leafy urban oasis in the heart of Bloomsbury. Outdoor heaters and a retractable roof allow for al fresco dining no matter the weather, and there is also an afternoon tea option from 3-5pm daily.
Location: 16-22 Great Russell Street, Fitzrovia, London WC1B 3NN
Opening Hours: 12 – 9pm daily
D&D London, various
Restaurant chain D&D London has spent the last three months embarking on a series of volunteering initiatives for the NHS. It has now announced that 17 of its restaurants will reopen on the 4 July, 13 of which are based in London. Along with Bluebird Chelsea, Coq d'Argent, Fiume, German Gymnasium, Madison, Orrery, Paternoster Chophouse, Radici, Skylon and 14 Hills, the three restaurants D&D operates at Tower Bridge – Butler’s Wharf Chop House, Cantina del Ponte and Le Pont de la Tour – will all reopen.
“We’ve been busy remodelling our venues to comply with the requirements of the new world we find ourselves in,” says CEO and co-founder Des Gunewardena. “We have no illusions about how challenging it’s going to be, but we are also excited about finally reopening. Many of the restaurants we are opening in the first phase have outdoor terraces so we are also praying for the glorious lockdown weather to continue long into summer."
If lockdown has you longing for some hearty Italian, good news – you can now get your pizza fix courtesy of crust-specialist Homeslice. Four of the brand's outposts are reopening from 4 July: Marylebone, Shoreditch, White City and The City. Order the restaurant's famed 20" wood-fired pizzas, with crispy bases and a smorgasbord of creative toppings. Homeslice has continued to receive deliveries of its prime ingredients from Italy, including Fior di Latte mozzarella from Naples and ventricina salami from the Abruzzo region. If you’re looking for something really special, Homeslice does an air-dried wagyu beef pizza that comes with truffle crème fraiche and Cipollini. Its artisan gelato tubs, made by Snowflake, are also still available.
Location: 50 James St, Marylebone, London W1U 1HB / 374-378 Old Street, Hackney, London EC1V 9LT
Opening hours: varies per restaurant. See website for details.
Upscale Argentinian steakhouse chain Gaucho is now taking bookings for a selection of its restaurants. The monochrome meat-mecca has announced the following restaurants are to open from 4 July: Sloane Avenue, Hampstead, Richmond, Canary Wharf, Piccadilly and Tower Bridge, with Broadgate set to resume service on 6 July. Takeaway is also available from Gaucho’s Hampstead and Richmond branches through Deliveroo. Alternatively, you can call and collect from Richmond.