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New restaurants and bars are opening in London all the time. This is our choice of the best of the latest.

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BARNYARD
18 Charlotte Street, W1T 2LZ T: 020 7580 3842
The second restaurant from Dabbous mastermind Ollie Dabbous and mixologist Oskar Kinberg, Barnyard is all about home-cooking, done well. As the name suggests its interior design is a nod to the agricultural, featuring corrugated tin, enamelled plates and reclaimed timber. Dishes include homemade sausage rolls with piccalilli; roast beef on toast with warm horseradish buttermilk, and apple and cloudberry crumble with clotted cream. The drinks menu features cocktails such as Hedgerow Shandy, boilermakers and homemade lemonade as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic milkshakes with flavours including popcorn and lavender. 

LOCKHART
22-24 Seymour Place, W1H 7NL T: 020 3011 5400
A Southern US restaurant, Mississippi born chef Brad MacDonald is at the helm serving dishes with a refined spin on Southern American cooking. Think catfish gumbo, shrimp and grits, smoked pork belly and (of course) Southern fried chicken.  The drinks list champions American wines and a carefully picked selection of Bourbon, Tequila and Mezcal. The interior design is fresh and classic with furniture from vintage antique markets including old railway benches and antique sideboards.




 

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BRASSERIE ZÉDEL
20 Sherwood Street, W1F 7ED: 020 7734 4888
Located at the former site of the Atlantic Bar & Grill, this is the latest brainchild of Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, the duo behind the phenomenally successful Wolseley. The grand Parisian-style brasserie offers a traditional French menu featuring classics such as boeuf bourguignon and Choucroute, which are not only exquisitely executed but also exceptionally good value. The stunning art deco location also features a decadent cocktail bar and an intimate cabaret venue.

COMPAGNIE DES VINS SURNATURELS
8-10 Neal's Yard, WC2H 9DP T: 020 7734 7737
Located in the heart of Covent Garden, this is the first wine bar from the team behind the renowned Experimental Cocktail Clubs in London and New York. The extensive wine list highlights more than 500 labels from small producers in lesser-known locations, with a particular focus on organic and natural wines. There is also a small menu offering classic French charcuterie and cheese plates. The interiors are reminiscent of an elegant drawing room, from the fabric covered walls to the sumptuous armchairs and sofas.   

JACKSON & RYE
56 Wardour Street, W1D 4JD T: 020 7437 8338
This Brooklyn inspired speakeasy restaurant and bar is the latest venture from restaurateur extraordinaire Richard Caring. The all-day menu pays homage to classic American heritage cuisine, with dishes such as truffled mac and cheese, and buttermilk chicken with creamed corn grits. The interior design draws inspiration from the classic New York aesthetic with olive leather banquette seating, vintage swivel stools and tiled flooring.

CAFÉ MURANO
33 St James's Street, SW1A 1HD T: 020 3371 5559
Angela Hartnett has just opened her second solo project on the former site of Petrus, in the heart of Mayfair. The menu has a strong northern Italian focus with dishes such as fettuccine with wild boar and gnocchi with sautéed ceps, which are complimented by an exclusively Italian wine list and extensive selection of classic Italian cocktails. The light and airy interiors are dominated by a pale oak and white marble bar running the entire length of the restaurant.

THE APE AND BIRD
142 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2N 4HS T: 020 7836 3119
This is the latest culinary venture from Russell Norman and Richard Beatty of Polpo fame. Located in Soho and housed in a former Victorian public house, The Ape and Bird features four bars over three floors with an all-day dining menu of British classics such as black-pudding hash, and devilled kidneys on toast. The quirky interiors feature elements such as brutalist iron chandeliers inspired by Balham underground station, immense copper bars and murals by local artist Neil Fox.

GYMKHANA
42 Albemarle Street, W1S 4JH T: 020 3011 5900
Located in the heart of Mayfair this is the latest culinary venture from Karam Sethi, the chef behind the Michelin-starred Trishna. Inspired by the concept of colonial gymkhana clubs, the menu is a celebration of modern Indian food, combined with British ingredients, with a focus on the tandoor oven and sigri charcoal grill. The gymkhana theme also extends to the interior design, think marble tables, dark wood booths, and oxblood leather panels.

DAMSON & CO
21 Brewer Street, W1F 0RL T: 020 3697 2499
This chic independent coffee shop boasts an impressive menu of British charcuterie, cheeses and fresh seafood, alongside classic brunch dishes. Coffee is sourced from Ozone in Shoreditch and there is a well curated list of bottled beers and wine by the glass, although it is the seriously impressive gin selection which makes Damson & Co an ideal supper location in Soho.

PICTURE
110 Great Portland Street, W1W 6PQ T: 020 7637 7892
Located in Fitzrovia, this chic and informal European restaurant is the first independent project from Alan Christie and Colin Kelly, who headed up the Michelin-starred Arbutus and Wild Honey respectively. The menu is defined by seasonal ingredients and humble cuts, with dishes such as grilled bavette with summer vegetables and nut crumble. The interiors are refreshingly simple, with light flooding in from the floor to ceiling French windows.


THE PIZZA PILGRIMS PIZZERIA
11-12 Dean Street, W1D 3RP T: 077 8066 7258
This is the first permanent venture from the darlings of London street food, most recently seen catering the historic Rolling Stones concert in Hyde Park. The menu will focus on traditional Neapolitan pizza and panzanella, including their renowned take on the traditional salsiccia e friarielli pizza bianca. Located in the heart of Soho, the split-level pizzeria has a relaxed atmosphere which is reflected in the simple décor.  


SOCIAL EATING HOUSE
58-59 Poland Street, W1F 7NR T: 020 7993 3251
Located in the heart of Soho, this is the latest venture from the hugely accomplished chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton. The menu offers a playful take on classic British cuisine with dishes such as lamb's neck with garlic potatoes and the CLT, a salad of crab, lettuce and tomato. The interior design incorporates the cosy brasserie-style du jour with exposed walls, rich wooden tones and rustic mirrors peppered with hand-scrawled daily specials.

STORY
201 Tooley Street, SE1 2UE T: 020 7183 2117
One of the most eagerly anticipated restaurants of the year headed up by talented young chef Tom Sellers, formerly of Tom Aikens and Noma. The menu draws inspiration from historical British dishes with an emphasis on locally sourced, humble ingredients, highlights include razor clams with cigar oil and horseradish and beef cheek with stout and cauliflower yeast. The restaurant's interiors reflect the industrial heritage of its south London location with Delft tiles, blown glass and leather detailing.

BALTHAZAR
4 - 6 Russell Street, WC2B 5HZ T: 020 3301 1155
Restaurateur extraordinaire Keith McNally's first London venture is undoubtedly the most hotly anticipated opening of the year. The French brasserie-inspired menu features an abundance of fruits de mer as well as a wide selection of classic bistro dishes such as steak au poivre and salade niçoise. The interior design is an almost perfect reflection of its namesake in New York, expect gleaming brass rails, cosy red leather banquettes, and intricate mosaic flooring.

GAIL'S KITCHEN
11 - 13 Bayley Street, WC1B 3HD T: 020 7323 9694
Located in the heart of Bloomsbury, this is the first restaurant from the team behind Gail's artisan bakeries. Somewhat unsurprisingly bread plays a central role on the menu of small plates, which features dishes such as mackerel rillettes with toasted rye, or steak sandwiches with comté cheese. The interiors are bright and airy with salvaged wood tables and white wire-frame chairs punctuating the space.

THE MONOCLE CAFÉ
18 Chiltern Street, W1U 7QA T: 020 7725 4388
Following on from the success of the Monocle café in Tokyo, the international magazine's founder Tyler Brûlé has established the first British outlet in the heart of stylish Marylebone. In terms of cuisine, one can expect Swiss-inspired bircher muesli, toasties and a Midori salad together with macarons, green-tea-roll-cake and strawberry gateau from Lanka, Masayuki Hara's shop. The aesthetic mirrors that of its sister property in Japan, with clean lines, neutral tones and simple furnishings.

HAWKSMOOR AIR STREET
5A Air Street, W1J 0AD T: 020 7406 3980
Huw Gott and Will Beckett have furthered their gastronomic foray into the West with their latest venture, arguably their most ambitious to date. Far and away the largest of their projects, Hawksmoor Air Street nonetheless retains the intimate charm of its sister restaurants, with polished wood veneer, sumptuous art deco accents and atmospheric low lighting. Although the menu places a heavy emphasis on their now legendary steaks, there is a refreshing new addition of seafood, supplied by award-winning fishmonger Mitch Tonks.

BO LONDON
4 Mill Street, W1S 2AX T: 020 7493 3886
Following on from the success of his Michelin-starred restaurant in Hong Kong, Alvin Leung has returned to Mayfair to showcase his self-styled 'X-treme Chinese cuisine'. The menu features the likes of cod with saffron miso, and Sauternes and seaweed, alongside new specialties inspired by regional British produce. However, Leung's pièce de la résistance is undoubtedly his already infamous signature dish, 'Sex on the Beach'.

BONE DADDIES
31 Peter Street, W1F 0AR T: 020 7287 8581
Leading the pack of the ramen invasion is Ross Shonhan's intimate Soho bar. Formerly of Nobu and Zuma, Shonhan has created his own unique brand of rock'n'roll ramen eatery, complete with stripped-back interiors, studded with portraits of Japanese rockabillies. The key to good ramen lies in its stock, and Bone Daddies does not disappoint with its rich and warming take on the Japanese culinary staple.

COYA
118 Piccadilly, W1J 7NW T: 020 7042 7118
Following on from the overwhelming success of Lima and Ceviche, this is London's newest proponent of South American cuisine. It is the brainchild of Arjun Waney, the restaurateur extraordinaire behind Zuma, La Petite Maison and The Arts Club, and the kitchen is headed up by chef Sanjay Dwivedi, previously of Zaika. The menu showcases a wealth of authentic Peruvian dishes, from ceviches and tiraditos to fiery anticuchos skewers. The interior design is defined by rustic overtones, Incan colours and artfully distressed murals.

DUCK & WAFFLE
Heron Tower, 110 Bishopsgate, EC2N 4AY T: 020 3640 7310
This is the latest edition to the thriving gastronomic scene in the City of London. Perched atop Heron Tower, the recently opened 183 metre high brainchild of renowned architects Kohn Pederson Fox, Duck & Waffle offers an innovative menu of unique sharing plates, including its eponymous namesake, and artisanal cocktails. The décor is rustic and understated so as to provide no distraction from the main event; the floor to ceiling glass windows offering unrivalled panoramic views over London's skyline.

BUBBLEDOGS
70 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QG T: 020 7637 7770
The capital's craze for conceptual dining shows no sign of abetting and this understated diner does nothing to buck the trend. The gastronomic concept here is beautifully simple, with a menu consisting solely of gourmet pork, beef and vegetarian hotdogs accompanied by champagne. James Knappett and Sandia Chang, the husband and wife team behind Bubbledogs, have a combined CV that takes in the likes of Noma, Marcus Waering, and Roganics, meaning that this humble hotdog joint is not to be underestimated.

COLBERT
50-52 Sloane Square, SW1W 8AX T: 020 7730 2804
Fresh from the overwhelming success of Brasserie Zédel, Jeremy King and Chris Corbin have unveiled their latest gastronomic creation in the form of this remarkably authentic Gallic café. The menu features such classics as moules marinière and cassoulet de canard, together with a veritable compendium of croque dishes. The interiors, liberally bedecked with handcrafted glass chandeliers, vintage photographs and classic bentwood chairs, cannot help but convey a Parisian charm.

LIMA
31 Rathbone Place, W1T 1JH: 020 3002 2640
This is the latest edition to the thriving Peruvian gastronomic scene in London. Owned by the renowned South American chef Virgilio Martinez and named after his native city, Lima offers a fresh interpretation of traditional Peruvian cuisine. The innovative menu is peppered with exotic ingredients such as amazon tree tomato and tiger's milk. The open kitchen and vibrant interiors, complete with Inca-inspired detailing, ensure a thoroughly authentic dining experience.

POLPO SMITHFIELD
2-3 Cowcross Street, EC1M 6DR: 020 7250 0034
Russell Norman has moved east with his latest venture. The self-styled bàcaro retains the New York vibe of the Soho original, whilst introducing the welcome addition of a subterranean Negroni bar and vast outdoor terrace. The menu showcases a wealth of Venetian tapas such as cured pork shoulder pizzetta and rabbit & chicory tonnata salad. Unlike many new restaurants in London, Polpo Smithfield takes reservations for both lunch and dinner.

TRAMSHED
32 Rivington Street, EC2A 3LX: 020 7749 0478
Mark Hix's new restaurant is named after the grade-2 listed Tramway System facility in which it is housed. The menu is refreshingly simple, comprising of three sharing starters; whole Woolley Park Farm free-range chicken or Mighty-marbled sirloin steak by the 250g. A specially commissioned sculpture by Damian Hirst, a cow and cockerel preserved in a steel and glass tank of formaldehyde aptly titled 'Cock and Bull', is suspended 4 meters above the diners. Mini-Marks bar offers cocktails and bar snacks all day.

SHRIMPY'S
King's Cross Filling Station, Goods Way, London N1C 4UR T: 020 8880 6111
Housed in a former petrol station, Shrimpy's is a casual, Californian inspired restaurant with a nod to Mexican cuisine from the owners of famed Bistrotheque. Head Chef Tom Collins has put together a menu that includes dishes such as soft shell crab burger, ceviche, salt cod croquettes and lomo with chimichurri. It's open all day long and there's a counter for walk-in diners. The cocktails are particularly notable and hearken back to hot and breezy days in Palm Springs and LA.

VINOTECA SOHO

53-55 Beak Street, London W1F 9SH T: 020 3544 7411
This is the third outpost from the owners of Vinoteca and houses a wine bar, dining room and wine shop all in one. It's located on trendy Beak Street, a hot spot for culinary gems. The menu changes frequently but can include dishes such as grilled mackerel with rhubarb chilli and lovage, and marinated grilled bavette steak with chips. However, it's the wine list that really flies the flag for Vinoteca, 300 strong with 25 wines available by the glass. Unlike many new restaurants in Soho, Vinoteca takes reservations for both lunch and dinner.

THE POTTING SHED

Dorset Square Hotel, 39-41 Dorset Square, London NW1 6QN T: 020 7723 7874
Firmdale's latest opening, the Dorset Square Hotel is also home to The Potting Shed Bar & Restaurant. It is open throughout the day serving breakfast, lunch, dinner along with coffee, afternoon tea and cocktails. The menu is classic British comfort food with a nod to the Mediterranean and the wine list is well considered and available by the glass. The restaurant, designed by Kit Kemp, is a light and airy space with skylights stretching the length of the room.

DABBOUS

39 Whitfield Street, W1T 2SF T: 020 7323 1544
This is the restaurant of the moment. It has brought together Japanese methods, San Sebastian inspired flavours and a little bit of the Nordic trend, all within an urban designed restaurant. There are concrete floors, wooden beams and distressed metal screens. Ollie Dabbous formerly at Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons and Texture has set up on his own and is wowing the critics. The food is simple and small and very beautiful to look at. Meat dishes are often slow cooked to perfection and garnishes are infused with contrasting herbs and flavours. This is a place for the serious foodie who can see past the stark interior.

LA BODEGA NEGRA
9 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JF T: 020 7758 4100
The owners of the legendary La Esquina in New York have finally crossed the pond to bring London the coolest New York spot in town. The offering is Mexican-American inspired and has a good selection of tostaditas, tacos and ceviche on the menu as well as more American "hot" dishes. The dual purpose site, restaurant and café & ceviche bar is entered on one side through the façade of an adult-entertainment store which adds to the exclusive nature of this very a-list restaurant.

BURGER & LOBSTER
29 Clarges Street, London W1J 7EF T: 020 7409 1699
The name says it all. This Mayfair establishment serves up some of the best lobsters and hamburgers in town but it is one of the shortest menus in the capital. Whether you order lobster or a burger they charge the same and it is excellent quality produce at a very reasonable price. The burgers are assembled using top cuts of beef and the lobster is served either steamed, steamed then grilled with lemon and butter or in a brioche bun with wasabi mayo. Unsurprisingly the brioche is freshly baked each morning, the accompanying salad is crisp and the chips are cooked to perfection. Unfortunately there are no reservations, but the queue moves quickly.

THE DELAUNAY

55 Aldwych, London WC2 T: 020 7499 8558
Recently opened by the creators of The Wolseley and previous owners of The Ivy, The Delaunay is an elegant restaurant, kitted out in the style of one of the Grand Cafes of Europe. Upon arrival diners are greeted by a top-hatted doorman before entering into a timeless dining room equipped with glass-topped cake trolley and marble flooring. The menu is classic European and divided into sections: soups, starters, eggs, crustacea, dish of the day, fish, main courses, cakes and ice creams. It is open all day and already very popular.

MEAT LIQUOR
74 Welbeck Street, London W1G T: 020 7224 4293
Tucked behind Selfridges in the Marylebone area Meat Liquor is often recognised because of the queue of diners that extends along the quiet back street, but don't be put off, it moves quickly and it's worth the wait. Famed for its variety of hamburgers, the Dead Hippie is the one to go for. Don't expect an elegant restaurant, the interior is dark, meat-pit grime-esque but it all adds to the atmosphere and diners can see each other due to the neon lit signs.

MISHKIN'S
25 Catherine Street, London WC2B T: 020 7240 2078
Latest sister restaurant to Polpo, Polpetto, Da Polpo and Spuntino, Mishkin's is loosely based on a New York Jewish deli. The menu is eclectic: salt beef, pastrami, chopped liver, lox and bagels. It's small and informal and there's a bar for counter top dining. For very intimate dining there's a telephone booth at the back with red leather banquettes, you might even be able to telephone your order through

COPITA
26 D'Arblay Street, London W1F 8E T: 020 7287 7797
This brand new tapas style joint in deepest, darkest Soho is simple and casual. There aren't any smart tables and chairs or orderly service, and the cellar-like space is filled with loose seating in the form of high stools and scattered table tops that rest around ceramic pillars. It's earthy and real and the food is too. There are traditional Spanish plates but all of them have an original angle, pigeon with date and beetroot, cod throat with clams and parsley, and baked figs with goat's curd ice cream. Everything can be shared and there are no reservations.

BREAD STREET KITCHEN
20 Bread Street, London EC4M 9AB T: 020 3030 4050
This highly anticipated restaurant is the latest opening from Gordon Ramsay. During the daytime it could be described as a casual canteen but as the sun sets it transforms into much more of a destination restaurant with dimmed lights and soft candles. The menu is British but eclectic, there's a sophisticated version of a prawn cocktail, a classic mutton pie, a hamburger and a raw bar serving up various uncooked dishes such as a ceviche. It's New York in style, loud at times but is reasonably priced and Ramsay at his best.

DUCK SOUP
41 Dean Street, London W1D 4PY T: 020 7287 4599
This new Soho opening on bustling Dean Street claims to have "an easy European approach to wine and food". The menu is scribbled onto little pieces of yellow paper and the background music comes from a record player in the corner of this white tiled place. The menu is mainly influenced by French, Italian and Scandinavian cooking and there are dishes such as oysters, ceps with lardo, cheese and sourdough, and quail with saffron mayonnaise and caramelised lemon. It's another casual restaurant with no reservations but it's worth the wait.

PIZZA EAST PORTOBELLO
310 Portobello Road, London W10 T: 020 7969 4500
The popular Soho House restaurant in Shoreditch, Pizza East has opened a West London outpost on hip Portobello Road. Formerly an old pub, the space is rustic and boasts a wood burning pizza oven. There's also exposed brick, reclaimed chairs and a great menu to boot. It's casual and there are no reservations.

GALOUPET
13 Beauchamp Place, London SW3 1NQ T: 020 7036 3600
This new restaurant, bar and wine merchant is named after the owner's prestigious Provencal wine estate, Chateau du Galoupet. The principles of the restaurant are guided by the principles of their winemaking and they work with small artisnal suppliers. Fantastic French food paired with glorious wines, a great spot if in the Knightsbridge area.

CASA BATAVIA
135 Kensington Church Street, London W8 7LP T: 020 7221 7348
This is the first UK restaurant from Michelin starred Italian chef Nicola Batavia. Although slightly clinical in its appearance and very industrial-Turin in style the Northern Italian flavours served up here are outstanding. Dishes include rabbit salad, linguine with baby squid and wild fennel and chocolate and amaretto soufflé.

DA POLPO
6 Maiden Lane, London WC2E T: 020 7836 8448
This new Italian/American casual osteria is the younger sister to the ever popular Polpo and Polpetto. It offers comfort food in bright and airy surroundings and much of its design is made up of reclaimed materials such as a tin ceiling from New York, church pews and Dutch school chairs. Reservations are not taken in the evenings and you might have to queue, but it will be worth it.

CAY TRE
42-43 Dean Street, London W1D T: 020 7317 9118
This new opening is bound to be popular as the original restaurant in trendy Shoreditch has a following that would trek from near and far to taste the Vietnamese flavours on offer. Favourite dishes are the Chef's Vinh beef, skewered five spice rib beef with soy dipping sauce, grilled octopus with lemongrass, coriander and chilli and Cha La Lot, spicy ground pork wrapped in wild betel leaves and served with peanuts and nuoc cham. It is fresh, easy going and great value.

ROGANIC
19 Blandford Street, London W1U T: 020 7486 0380
Set to be a long term pop up restaurant in London's smart Marylebone area, Roganic is the creation of owner Simon Rogan. It is small but comfortable and there is a culinary flair for combining innovation with outstanding ingredients. There's a strict tasting menu but its packed full of less known herbs and exciting vegetables. The food looks fantastic and everything is fresh and honest.

POLLEN STREET SOCIAL
8 Pollen Street, London W1 T: 020 7290 7600
The proprietor of this new restaurant, on the site of a former Mayfair pub is Gordon Ramsay protégé, Jason Atherton. It is a fine dining destination that serves creative food but with a more flexible, British laid back approach. There's a Josper grill cooking the daily specials and two separate bars, the first serving tapas and the second, desserts. The restaurant design is slick, with two kitchens and areas of cleverly linked space.

RIDING HOUSE CAFÉ
43-51 Great Titchfield Street, London W1 T: 020 7927 0840
This is an all-day bar-brasserie in the leafy area of Fitzrovia where diners are encouraged to use it as a meeting spot. The menu is American inspired, serving small plates and main courses such as slow roasted lamb shoulder with caponata, sea bass ceviche, sweet potato & chickpea cake and chocolate praline semi freddo. There is an interesting cocktail list too.

SPUNTINO
61 Rupert Street, London WC2 No telephone number
This is a highly awaited smaller version of its successful big sister restaurants, Polpo and Polpetto. The design is similar to a speakeasy come Italian diner, there are no reservations and the queue might be out the door as there are only 30 seats - but it is worth the wait. The menu has trendy classics such as sliders, mac & cheese and truffled egg toast and these are all slid across the bar. This restaurant is fun but remember, there is only filter coffee and it's poured from a glass jug.

NOPI
21 Warwick Street, W1 T: 020 7494 9584
This is Yotam Ottolenghi's first foray into proper sit down all day dining service. It has a refined look; brass tabletops and quirky light fittings. The food still harps back to the Mediterranean and Middle East with a touch of Asian seasoning. With bold flavours in the heart of Soho, you can't go wrong with a trip to Nopi.

CHABROT BISTROT D'AMIS
9 Knightsbridge Green, SW1 T: 020 7225 2238
A charming French bistro in fashionable Knightsbridge that is tucked away in a secluded side street and reasonably priced. The menu is loaded with rich, hearty dishes from southern France with an abundance of poultry and meat and an extensive wine list and a great set lunch menu too.

NORTH ROAD
69-73 St John Street, EC1 T: 020 3217 0033
This Scandinavian restaurant is headed up by Christoffer Hruskova who trained under Rene Redzepi of Noma fame. It serves a modern European menu with Danish influences, dishes include cured salmon with buttermilk vinaigrette and sheep's milk yoghurt with fir pine and muesli. The restaurant itself is all about clean lines and blonde wood with soft lighting.

HAKKASAN
17 Bruton Street, W1 T: 020 7907 1888
The original Hakkasan opened nearly a decade ago, masterminded by Alan Yau with his refreshing interpretation of Chinese cuisine and fine dining mixed together into one sexy package. Yau is no longer associated Hakkasan but this second London branch Mayfair is a carbon copy of the original, and filled with the same romance, glamour and fine food.

HAWKSMOOR SEVEN DIALS
11 Langley Street, WC2 T: 020 7856 2154
This London steak house serves British beef sourced from the Ginger pig, and it has opened to good acclaim. The interiors are done well and are evocative of old New York with its speakeasy feel and old brickwork. Order the Hawksmoor's kimchi burger, the latest must-order to hit London's dining scene - it's a multi-culti delicacy combining ground beef with cheese and home-made kimchi - the Korean pickle made with fermented cabbage.

BRAWN
49 Columbia Road, E2 T: 020 7729 5692
Brawn comes from the same stable as the much lauded Terroirs in Charing Cross - a relaxed venue that presents the very now French tapas sharing-plate. It has been noted that food of this quality at this price is rare indeed.