It’s a bumper week for London restaurant openings, with a new concept for Cecconi’s and second sites for chefs Selin Kiazin and Tom Oldroyd among the seven launches opening their doors. Read on to get all the details on opening dates and more.
Bucket, Notting Hill (above)
When: Opens 21 May
What: This new eatery does exactly what is says on the tin, serving up seafood by the bucketload. Choose from buckets of prawns, whitebait and calamari; otherwise, plump for mussels served with one of four sauces, or a crayfish burger and seafood spaghetti. The look is rustic beach club, with seating at the bar as well as at a few high tables overlooking the open kitchen.
Where: 107 Westbourne Grove, W2 4UW
When: Opens 21 May with 50% off food until 27 May
What: Following its South Ken debut, this is the second London site for Levantine restaurant Ceru. Yellow walls and brightly coloured Moroccan ceramics make for a spritely, vibrant interior, and the menu of small plates has a light edge too, being wholly gluten- and dairy-free (many of the options are also vegan). Drinks are equally varied, including vegan, gluten-free beers.
Where: 11 D’Arblay Street, W1F 8DS
Bob’s Lobster, London Bridge
When: Opens 22 May
What: Bob’s is the latest street food outfit to graduate to permanent status, in this case a bricks-and-mortar site in the revamped arches at London Bridge Station. Expect the team’s famous lobster rolls alongside ox-cheek dripping toast, Dorset crab tortellini and fried chicken with caviar aioli, plus bar snacks of ahi tuna tacos and lobster mac ‘n’ cheese.
Where: Unit Su 59, London Bridge Station, SE1 3QX
When: Opens 22 May with 50% off food until 24 May. Fully open 25 May
What: Restaurateur team Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie have won legions of fans at their debut restaurant Oklava in Shoreditch and hope to repeat the success at this Turkish follow-up near Warren Street tube. Kitchen specialities include beef cured on site, Turkish dumplings and egg noodles, while Christie’s drinks list focuses on small producers from Turkey and the Middle East.
Where: 64 Grafton Way, W1T 5DN
The Bluecoats Pub, Tottenham
When: Opens 24 May
What: Formerly The Pride of Tottenham, this old-school boozer has been given a new lease of life by pals Tom Gibson, Jamie Rule and Louis Hyams. Antique lights and vintage fixtures and fittings pay homage to the building’s history, drinks are served from a large mahogany bar, while food comes courtesy of street food burger operation Lucky Chip – including Sunday roasts.
Where: 614 High Road, N17 9TA
Cecconi’s Pizza Bar, Soho
When: Opens 24 May
What: This latest opening from hospitality juggernaut Soho House takes the place of its former Soho Kitchen & Bar site. A ‘lite’ version of high-end international Italian group Cecconi’s, the pizza bar serves up cicchetti, pizza and cocktails. The restaurant boasts a pizza oven, while you can also expect to see the Cecconi’s signature marble striped floor.
Where: 19-21 Old Compton Street, W1D 5JJ
The Duke of Richmond, Hackney
When: Opens 24 May with 30% off food until 26 May (in the dining room only). Fully open 27 May
What: This sequel to chef Tom Oldroyd’s eponymous Islington restaurant turns out a menu of French-accented food, with dishes including the likes of lamb sweetbread and asparagus vol-au-vent, and lamb en croute with green beans and garlic butter. Sundays are a big focus here too, with an all-day roast and rotisserie menu available, and there’s a terrace for when the sun shines.
Where: 316 Queensbridge Road, E8 3NH