The foodie events, culinary celebrations and restaurant openings we’re most excited about for the month ahead.
1 June: Hans’ Bar & Grill, Chelsea
Why we’re excited: This art deco-styled Chelsea all-dayer comes from the team behind luxury hotels Cliveden and Chewton Glen. Breakfast and brunch menus stick to the classics via the likes of eggs Benedict and steak tartare, while lunch and dinner offerings are inspired by what’s in season, with dishes including salmon with goats’ curd and cucumber. The drinks list is not to be sniffed at either, with almost 200 wines available.
1 June: National Fish & Chip Day, various locations
Why we’re excited: It seems like no day passes without it being declared a national celebration of something or other, but a day to celebrate one of Britain’s favourite meals is definitely one we can get on board with. If you’re looking to get battered, take a dive into our selection of the best restaurants for fish & chips in the capital, and don’t forget to add lashings of vinegar.
4 June: St Leonard’s, Shoreditch
Why we’re excited: Chefs Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke have teamed up once again to launch a new restaurant in Shoreditch. The pair, who also oversee Brunswick House in Vauxhall, will deliver a simple menu of vegetables, fish and crustacea from the raw bar, while larger plates will come from the log-fired hearth. There’s also a 50-seat bar which serves up snacks alongside a 200-bin wine list and classic cocktails.
5 June: The Frog E1’s second birthday party, Shoreditch
Why we’re excited: Adam Handling’s debut restaurant The Frog E1 is celebrating its second birthday with a five-course tasting menu, paired with a carefully-curated selection of beer pairings from Brixton brewery Kill The Cat. Featuring Frog favourites from menus old and new, the menu will include dishes such as tuna tartare with shallots, jalapeños and avocado, and celeriac with yolk, apple and dates. £80pp, book here.
8 June: DEBRA charity dinner at The Savoy, Strand
Why we’re excited: Chef legend Anton Edelmann is gathering five of his most celebrated protégés for one night only to host a charity dinner at The Savoy in aid of DEBRA, the national charity supporting people suffering from the potentially fatal skin condition, epidermolysis bullosa. The line-up includes Mark Hix, Giorgio Locatelli and Jeff Galvin, while there will also be live music and a Champagne reception. £225pp, book here.
8 June: Ruya, Mayfair
Why we’re excited: It wouldn’t be a push to suggest that Mayfair and Dubai share a similar well-heeled dining clientele. So it’s no surprise that this Dubai export, inspired by the Anatolian region of Turkey, has chosen Grosvenor House hotel for its second location. Restaurateur Umut Özkanca is behind the project and the menu will cover Turkey and beyond. Expect high glamour and an equally high bill.
9 June: World Gin Day, various locations
Why we’re excited: Once viewed as an old man’s drink, gin has made a fierce comeback in recent years and we couldn’t be happier about it. Make sure to look out for our upcoming feature on World Gin Day, which will tell you where to find the best gin cocktails in the capital. Until then, you can get a head start with our curated bar ‘best lists’, which tell you the best places to buy drinks in the likes of Covent Garden, Soho and beyond.
13-17 June: Taste of London, Regent’s Park
Why we’re excited: Back for another year, Taste of London is set to ensure that the capital’s foodies don’t go hungry with a stellar line-up of food stalls, demonstrations and masterclasses. You can expect to see London favourites including Barrafina and Kricket (pictured), as well as newer openings such as Bombay Bustle and Smoke & Salt. Alongside all the great food, you’ll find a string of cocktail bars powered by the likes of Laurent-Perrier.
17 June: Father’s Day, various locations
Why we’re excited: If you want to do more than just buy a ‘world’s best dad’ mug this Father’s Day, why not treat the old fella to a slap-up meal? Our full rundown on the best restaurants for Father’s Day will be published nearer to the time, but for now, you can pick from our selection of the best restaurants to take your parents to. You’ve got those brownie points in the bag.
18 June: Bancone, Covent Garden
Why we’re excited: Ex-Locanda Locatelli chef Louis Korovilas heads the kitchen at this new pasta joint. Crowd-pleasing pasta dishes will include pappardelle with kid goat and rosemary ragu or the likes of lamb-neck ravioli with spring vegetables. We’re also happy to see that despite its Covent Garden location, the food at Bancone will be easy on the wallet, with all dishes costing between £6 and £12.
18 June: Cora Pearl, Covent Garden
Why we’re excited: This second venture from the team behind Mayfair’s Kitty Fisher’s is part of a growing number of refreshingly independent restaurants setting up shop in Covent Garden. Set over two storeys of a townhouse and complete with vintage interiors, Cora Pearl will serve a modish selection of Anglo-French dishes. The wine list meanwhile will favour the Old World, and there will be cocktails too.
20-24 June: London Seafood Festival, Battersea
Why we’re excited: The London Seafood Festival launches at Battersea Power Station on 20 June, with a roster of restaurant takeovers, seafood masterclasses and special festival menus. On the agenda, you’ll find a crayfish boil at Wright Brothers, seafood masterclasses with Vivek Singh, and demonstrations from the likes of Anna Hansen (Modern Pantry) and Francesco Mazzei (Fiume).
30 June: Hotel 1729 by Ruinart, Primrose Hill
Why we’re excited: Luxury Champagne house Ruinart is opening a pop-up hotel in London’s celebrity village, Primrose Hill. Open from 30 June to 10 July, Hotel 1729 is available to guests for one-night-only stays, when they will experience a night to remember. Guests will enjoy a Ruinart tasting alongside paired dishes from a top chef. An overnight stay for two, including Ruinart Champagne, a dining experience and breakfast, is priced at £850.
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.