New Openings: September

Kerridge’s Bar and Grill

Location: Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD
Key people: Tom Kerridge, of course, and Nick Beardshaw as head chef
Projected opening: 10 September 2018

What to expect: U.K. star chef Tom Kerridge is making his London debut. His London first London restaurant will sit in five-star The Corinthia hotel, near Trafalgar Square, where cleverly crafted modern British cooking will make use of a rotisserie, which is set to take centre stage. The meat will come from Kerridge’s butchers, The Butcher’s Tap in Marlow. Kerridge runs the U.K.’s only two-Michelin-starred pub, The Hand and Flowers, also in Marlow.


Chef Tom Kerridge and Nick Beardshaw, who will open Kerridge’s Bar and Grill at the Corinthia Hotel in September


Location: 20 Newington Green, N16 9PU
Key people: David Gingell, Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim, Andy Cato
Projected opening: 13 September 2018

What to expect: A bakery, restaurant, and natural wine bar from the team at Western’s Laundry and Primeur, focussed on ancient and heritage grains. Flours will be milled on site for breads and sweet and savoury pastries.




Location: 88 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UB
Key people: Chef Angelo Sato, formerly head chef at Story and founder of Mission Sato.
Projected opening: 17 September 2018

What to expect: Sato will follow up his bento box operation,Mission Statement, with another grab-and-go brand. Omoide is rooted in the tradition of chirashi sushi, derived from the rice course in Japanese kaiseki (multi-course) format of service.



Blacklock Shoreditch

Location: 28-30 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DZ
Key people: Gordon Kerr of Blacklock
Projected opening: 24 September 2018

What to expect: More of the competitively priced and conscientiously sourced barbecued meats, sides, and plentiful roasts that have made Blacklock’s Soho and City sites such a hit. It takes the site formerly occupied by The Rivington Bar and Grill, itself perhaps modern-day Shoreditch’s first properly ‘cool’ and ambitious modern British cocktail bar and brasserie-style restaurant.


Chops at Blacklock, which will open its third London restaurant in November, in Shoreditch


Location: Bloomberg Arcade, 3 Queen Street, EC4N 8BN
Key people: Andrew Wong
Projected opening: September 2018

What to expect: The name of Andrew Wong’s new restaurant has been revealed as Kym’s, which is named after his parent’s Pimlico restaurant where A.Wong is now located, will offer small dishes such as Yunnanese lemongrass salad, peanuts, lettuce, chilli, and lime; sharing platters of crispy duck and pancakes; and slow-poached soy chicken with ginger relish, and rice. Desserts will include ‘Chinatown’ pineapple bun with custard. Significantly, for a chef who has become synonymous with distinctive, distinguished dumplings, no dim sum. Some of the flavours will be instantly recognisable and even hark back to the nostalgia of the original Kym’s menus, with sweet and sour elements and more rice-based dishes. Like so much of Chinese gastronomy, it’ll be deceptively simple food with a big emphasis on the ancient craft of Chinese ‘roasting’ meats — and that includes poaching,” Wong said.



St. John Bakery

Location: 3 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP
Key people: Nose-to-tail pioneers, Fergus Henderson, Trevor Gulliver of the St John group
Projected opening: September 2018

What to expect: A permanent, stand-alone bakery site for St. John’s lauded doughnuts, Eccles cakes, madeleines, and breads. With Neal’s Yard dairy in attendance, the Eccles cake / Lancashire cheese pro move will be easier than ever.


St. John

Two Lights

Location: 28-30 Kingsland Rd, E2 8DA
Key people: Chase Lovecky, Johnny Smith, Isaac McHale, Daniel Willis
Projected opening: Soft opening has been confirmed for week commencing 3 October 2018

What to expect: A third restaurant from the team behind Michelin-starred  The Clove Club and Luca, headed up by chef Lovecky and taking the Shoreditch site formerly occupied by the Italian restaurant, Amici Mei. There will be a focus on “modern American cuisine” — dishes such as Hereford beef tartare with togarashi; grilled mackerel, cherries, and black olives; and lemon sole, charred tomatoes, and seaweed — aiming to be more of a neighbourhood restaurant than The Clove Club and Luca’s destination dining rooms.


Modern American Cuisine: Chef Chase Lovecky’s Hereford beef tartare and togarashi at Two Lights 


Location: Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4AB
Key people: Pip Lacey, Gordy McIntyre, Angela Hartnett
Projected opening: 26 October 2018

What to expect: Even more wood-fire cooking. Great British Menu winner and former head chef of Angela Hartnett’s Michelin-starred Murano, Lacey has been cooking around London in the run-up to Hicce’s launch; wood will be the fuel for the fire which will smoke and steam as well as grilling. Yakitori could be a star.


Chef Pip Lacey, who will open Hicce in Coal Drops Yard after winning Great British Menu 2017

Barrafina, Casa Pastor, The Drop

Location: Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4AB
Key people: The Hart Brothers and Crispin Somerville
Projected opening: 26 October 2018

What to expect: The holy triumvirate of the new Coal Drops Yard development — the brothers behind Barrafina, and their business partner from El Pastor, are opening three new venues there this year. A new Barrafina, plus Casa Pastor — a new “big sister” to Borough’s El Pastor — and The Drop, a wine bar featuring (largely) British plates and an oyster cart.



Location: 209 Westbourne Park Rd, W11 1EA
Key people: Emily Roux (yes, those Roux) and Diego Ferrari
Projected opening: October 2018

What to expect: A characterful interplay of classical French and Italian cookery from two chefs with extensive Michelin-approved experience. Roux’s partner Ferrari was formerly the head chef at Michelin-starred Le Gavroche, the Roux family’s famous Mayfair restaurant.



Location: 12-16 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL
Key people: Nicholas Balfe, Mark Gurney, and the team behind Salon Brixton
Projected opening: October 2018

What to expect: A bistronomy restaurant influenced by Paris, London, and Copenhagen, with the same low waste, low intervention, meat, fish, and vegetable-focused approach to cooking that defines Salon’s place in the current modern British school.


Cod crudo, at Levan in Peckham


Location: 27 Romilly Street, W1D 5AL
Key people: Chef Kian Samyani and JKS Restaurants
Projected opening: October 2018

What to expect: The food at Berenjak will depart somewhat from Brigadiers’ Indian mess hall dining, leaning into Persian tradition: kababs, khoresht, and sharing plates — called mazeh. Iranian chef Kian Samyani has cooked at both Bloomberg’s Brigadiers and Mayfair’s Gymkhana this is the first time the Sethis have backed a chef from their own restaurants in a solo venture.


Former Gymkhana and Brigadiers chef Kian Samyani, who will open Berenjak in Soho, London with JKS Restaurants