The restaurant openings, food festivals and gourmet events we’re most excited about for the month ahead.
Words: Ben McCormack
6 June: Neo Bistro, Mayfair
Why we’re excited: Anglo was one of our favourite openings of 2017 and made our shortlist for Restaurant of the Year. So we’re very excited about this new Oxford Street project from Anglo’s co-owner Mark Jarvis and his fellow ex-Manoir alumnus, chef Alex Harper, with up-to-the-minute modern cooking served counter-style.
7 June: The Ivy City Garden, City
Why we’re excited: Any worries that The Ivy was diluting its brand have been swept away by the consistently high quality of its spin-offs. This City twin to The Ivy Chelsea Garden reproduces the best bit of the SW3 original: an alfresco terrace with space for 30 diners, here in the tranquil setting of Bishopsgate Gardens.
7-18 June: Night Market, Kensington
Why we’re excited: The Evening Standard’s new Food Month is running for the whole of June and the Night Market is its centrepiece, a two-week jamboree that will see 50 of London’s finest restaurants and street-food operators take up residence in Kensington Gardens alongside art installations and live music. You’re spoilt for choice for where to graze, so our top tips would be barbecue heroes Smokestak (above), Cinnamon Club spin-off Cinnamon Bazaar and wild British food specialists Native.
14-18 June: Taste of London, Regent’s Park
Why we’re excited: London’s annual restaurant extravaganza is back for its 14th year, promising cookery masterclasses, live demos and, best of all, the opportunity to try 40 of the capital’s biggest restaurant names all in one place. SquareMeal readers can get discounted tickets using the code SQUARE – click here to buy.
19 June: Coupette, Bethnal Green
Why we’re excited: We love The Beaufort Bar at The Savoy so we have high expectations for this first solo project from its former head bartender Chris Moore. It’s going to be a love-letter to France, from cocktails inspired by the country’s borders with its neighbours to an entirely French wine list and ooh-la-la bar food including super-indulgent twists on the classic croque monsieur.
27 June: Darjeeling Express, Soho
Why we’re excited: Supper-club queen Asma Khan has been cheffing around London for a while now and is finally setting up a permanent home in foodie hub Kingly Court. Expect family-style north Indian feasts cooked in an open kitchen and served at a central communal table.
For the inside track on what’s opening in June and beyond, check out our list of restaurants coming soon
And for more dates for your diary, cast your eye over our What’s On page, full of upcoming foodie experiences
This article was published 1 June 2017