If you’re not a fan of loud noises, look away now (and perhaps don’t go outside until December). Everyone else, gather round: we’ve collected up an explosive collection of restaurants, all located near London’s best firework displays. It’s time to get booking – and be careful where you poke those sparklers, yeah?
Words: Eamonn Crowe
FRIDAY 3 NOVEMBER, 5PM ONWARDS, CORAM'S FIELDS
Hubbard & Bell, Holborn (above)
Impressively ambitious in its scope, this café, bar and grill aims to feed and water Holborn’s ever-changing population from early morning until late at night. The large space is suitably multifunctional and the full menu is equally wide ranging, running from small plates on toast, via burgers (lamb with cumin and feta) and salads, to roast rib of beef.
Legs of Ibérico ham hanging in the window and a meat slicer on the counter mark this boozer out as a great Spanish find in Fitzrovia. Expect a lengthy tapas menu and a sharp globetrotting wine list with plenty by the glass or carafe.
SATURDAY 5 NOVEMBER, 5.30PM ONWARDS, SOUTHWARK PARK
Tentazioni, Bermondsey (above)
Tempting Bermondsey since 1997, Tentazioni has gradually expanded its initial warehouse conversion to accommodate a nearby delicatessen, offering plenty of thoroughbred Italiano goodness throughout.
Hawker House, Canada Water
After big success in Haggerston, Street Feast’s Hawker House streetfood-a-thon has landed in this Canada Water warehouse. Expect a huge choice of food (burgers, Thai, Mexican, seafood, you name it) and several bars to keep you, um, hydrated.
SATURDAY 4 NOVEMBER, 6PM ONWARDS, BATTERSEA PARK (ticket-holders only)
Maze Grill Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea (above)
Gordon Ramsay’s third Maze Grill follows the successful formula established by Maze Grill Mayfair, serving up signature rare-breed steak alongside fish and poultry hot off the grill. Friendly staff are happy to make recommendations from a well-matched wine list, packed with decent bottles.
Cheyne Walk Brasserie, Chelsea
This “gleaming” high-ceilinged brasserie remains airy despite all the smoke and sizzle which emanates from the enormous charcoal grill at the heart of the dining room. Prices aren’t cheap and the food can seem rather “heavy”, but there’s no arguing with the discreet location right by the river.
SUNDAY 5 NOVEMBER, 7PM ONWARDS, VICTORIA PARK
The Empress, South Hackney (above)
Right next to Victoria Park, this regal Empress receives a number of important local dignitaries throughout the day: the fishmonger, the butcher, the baker… all pay their respects here. As a result, chef Elliott Lidstone’s menu is a celebration of the foodie scene flourishing on his doorstep – though his influences are more global.
Fish Island, just off Bream Street, makes a fitting address for the restaurant at H Forman & Sons’ smokery – although the venue is still “not the easiest place to find”. Nevertheless, it’s worth tracking down this useful little spot for dinner to sample the Forman family’s famous ‘London Cure’ smoked salmon.
This article was modified 3 November 2017