Most restaurants turnover more in revenue-terms in November and December than any other period, it’s a crucial lifeline to an industry that’s been through more than its fair share of turbulence over the last two years. But it’s also a smart time to open a new restaurant.
If you’re looking for something new, some place to try and organise the work Christmas dinner because you totally forgot to do it and now your boss is asking how it’s coming along and literally everywhere is booked up, or if you’re just fond of broadening your London restaurant experiences, then here are some suggestions for you; restaurants that opened or will open in November…
Hithe + Seek
With views across to some of London’s most iconic sights (the Thames, Shakespeare’s Globe and the Tate Modern) and a name that sounds like a speech impediment, Hithe + Seek sits within the brand new riverside hotel, The Westin London City.
Views across to some of London’s most iconic sights…
The restaurant combines new and old world recipes and a focus on wine (there are over 80 types on the menu) and food that pairs well with wine (there’s even a monthly wine club!)
The wine menu is split into Hithe (familiar favourites) and Seek (‘undiscovered gems’).
Perfectly located for The City but close enough to the rest of town, it’ll be interesting to watch Hithe + Seek’s fortunes.
Coppa Club are the king of igloos, the originators of the craze for dining pods and so any new opening from the group had to be well in time for the Christmas igloo-y rush. And so welcome to Coppa Club Putney.
In time for the Christmas igloo-y rush…
The new opening sits in that run of restaurants and cafes just by Putney Bridge on the river-front and yes, of course it includes the famous igloos.
The interiors are designed to nod to Putney’s boaty heritage (it’s a couple hundred yards from the start of the annual University Boat Race), not that anyone’s going to want to be inside when there’s igloos beckoning…
If you’ve ever thought to yourself that there really isn’t very much Filipino food around in London, then you’ll want this on your radar.
As Fallow step out of the restaurant incubator that 10 Heddon Street has become, Sarah Filipino Bistro step in. The restaurant is the creation of Ferdinand ‘Budgie’ Montoya, and is an evolution of his Brixton sister site.
The sleek and industrial surroundings will play host to a unique format, with a signature dish of Lechon Suckling Pig, a slow-roasted suckling pig, served whole and stuffed with lemongrass aromatics and truffled abodo pork rice, taking centre-stage.
Yep, Fallow and Mallow both opening in the same month! But while Mallow may focus on quality butchery and is noted for its brilliant meats selection, Mallow couldn’t be further away in all but rhyming terms.
Mallow is a 100% plant-based restaurant, arriving in Borough Market this November. The restaurant is a spin-off of vegan Mecca Mildred’s, but unlike the four existing Mildreds-es, it flies under it’s own Mallow flag, and planting it in the centre of Borough.
Masterminding the new opening, is Sarah Wasserman, who has spent the last 26 years cheffing and developing plant-based recipes. Teamed up with Mildred’s know-how, the opening has a high chance of success!
The Maine, a mega Mayfair mansion opens this month, blending old-world British elegance and New England extravagance (their tagline, not ours) in this Grade II listed townhouse.
The 17th century property behind Hanover Square from Canadian restauranteur Joey Ghazal is sprawled across five rooms and three floors, with a year-round terrace out back in the old stables (dubbed Medici Courtyard).
Blending old-world British elegance and New England extravagance…
The Brasserie will serve steaks, oysters and shrimp and classic North Eastern USA fodder in a WASPy environment that will wow Brits and make Brooks Brothers wearing Americans feel very much at home.