The foodie events, culinary celebrations and restaurant openings we’re most excited about for the month ahead.
All month: School holidays, various locations
Why we’re excited: The summer holidays are in full swing, which means it’s prime family time. Eateries that will please children as much as adults are few and far between but we’ve found 10 places that offer more than burgers and pizza. We also have a fuller list here (including burgers and pizza), or, if you want to combine eating with a spot of education, here’s our pick of London’s best art gallery restaurants. It will be back-to-school time before you know it.
Until 31 August: Endo at The Berkeley, Knightsbridge
Why we’re excited: Chef and sushi master Endo Kazutoshi has taken up residency at The Berkeley this summer to offer guests an omakase (chef’s choice) menu. Alongside Japanese-inspired cocktails, guests will experience a 15-course feast, including the likes of Wagyu beef agemono, for £150 a head.
1 August: The Belrose, Chalk Farm
Why we’re excited: This new pub blends quintessentially British touches of Ercol-inspired seating and tartan and pinstripe prints with a menu inspired by Italy. Expect pizzas from a clay oven, small and large Italian plates, weekend brunch and Sunday roasts. There’s also an on-site microbrewery and a beer garden – the perfect place to sample the bar’s range of cocktails.
1 August: Camillo Benso, Mayfair
Why we’re excited: This gastronomic export from Milan is big on fine dining, so should find a natural home in Mayfair. The elegant space incorporates a sleek cocktail bar and a dining room where the menu majors in Italian classics, from signature pasta dishes to meat-based secondi. Live music sessions give contemporary twists to classic Italian beats.
7 August: Borealis, London Bridge
Why we’re excited: Following the launch of Ekte Nordic Kitchen at the Bloomberg Arcade in early 2018, restaurateur Soren Jessen of 1 Lombard Street fame has now focused his efforts on this new site in Borough. Expect classic Nordic fare (veal and pork meatballs with mashed potato), Scandi-themed cocktails or something from the 50-bin wine list.
12 August: The Glorious Twelfth, various locations
Why we’re excited: The Glorious Twelfth marks the start of the British game season and competition will be fierce among London’s chefs to see who can get the first grouse down from the moors of northern England and on to a plate for dinner service on the same day. We’ll be covering all of the special grouse dishes closer to the time but for now, any of the more traditional places on our list of London’s best British restaurants would be a good place to start.
15 August: Gunpowder, Tower Bridge
Why we’re excited: Gunpowder in Spitalfields was one of our favourite launches of 2015; this follow-up in the new One Tower Bridge development goes one better by adding Custard, an all-day bakery. Favourite dishes from the original (venison and vermicelli ‘doughnut’) will be joined by new additions such as Madras-style chicken lollipops.
25-26 August: South West Four, Clapham
Why we’re excited: Dance music is hungry work and if you’re heading to Clapham Common to boogie to the likes of Dizzee Rascal and Armand van Helden, we suggest you fill up first. Check out our list of the best restaurants in Clapham and you may be surprised to learn there’s more to eating out in SW4 than Adam Byatt and Robin Gill.
26-27 August: Notting Hill Carnival, Notting Hill
Why we’re excited: Europe’s biggest street festival is a love-it-or-hate-it calendar fixture and while you’re unlikely to find the likes of Core or The Ledbury opening their doors to revellers over the bank holiday weekend, some of the area’s bars and pubs will be putting on parties. Stay tuned for our guide to who’s doing what and, in the meantime, remind yourself of some of the finest places to eat in west London with our list of the best restaurants in Notting Hill.
For the inside track on what’s opening in July 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.