New Italian restaurant in Shoreditch

Shoreditch is definitely becoming one of the trendiest areas for new restaurant openings in London, and perhaps the newest, which was due to open on 22nd February, is Gloria which styles itself as a 70’s Capri-style & all-day long Trattoria run by a what it terms as a crazy bunch of 85 young and passionate people from the Bel Paese and the sunny coast of Naples. It offers what it describes as an explosive menu mixing old Italian classics, with amazing products direct from 180 small producers in Italy – plus a few fun twists from Chef Filippo. From the 10-Level Lasagna, to the … [Read more...]

Innovative all-day-dining bar and canteen

Out of the Barbican from the North West Blake Tower exit, up Goswell Road past our precious City Hardware, turn right into Old Street and just over the road on the North side is the new Fare Bar/Restaurant which opened in November last year.  This is the latest creation from Michael Sager and Marcis Dzelzainis, who created the popular Bethnal Green Sager + Wilde, specialising in lesser known wines, and also revamped the Bassoon Bar at the Corinthia. The massive conservatory windows try and convince you that this is a small bar, but it also has a decent sized downstairs restaurant and that … [Read more...]

Vegan delights near the Barbican

Louise Palmer-Masterson is a crowd-funding winner, with her London branch of Stem + Glory, blossoming from the parent restaurant in Cambridge, which opened at the beginning of this year to coincide with Veganuary.  The funding round was achieved within 6 hours of opening the page to the public.  London Stem + Glory is perfectly placed, both morally and price-wise, and (as we reported in the December issue) a long-awaited prayer answered for our veggie and vegan loving residents. The second of our new restaurant openings in the Bart’s Square area, Stem + Glory is less … [Read more...]

Great New St. John Street wine bar

Le Cellar, St John Street’s newly opened wine bar is definitely worth frequenting. Antonin Charlier, co-owner/managing partner is a wine expert with impressive credentials, including former buyer and bar manager for Pascal Aussignac at the Michelin starred Club Gascon restaurant and sister bar in West Smithfield as well as Bulgari Hotel & Residences. Antonin and childhood friend and entrepreneur/TV producer/yoga teacher Simon Maniora have finally realised a long-held ambition to open their own wine bar/restaurant. Le Cellar interior Le Cellar is a relatively short walk from the … [Read more...]

All-Day Eating at LINO

On the newly redeveloped Bartholomew Close, by Barts Hospital and at the end of the road round the bend after the Neaman Practice, you will find LINO, a new all-day every day restaurant in the Barts Square zone.  The name of the restaurant was chosen because the building used to be an old linoleum and carpet warehouse.  The new interior has fondly kept the warehouse feel with original brown glazed tiles and 12-foot high double doors. The whole of this area, as you may know, has been gutted or rebuilt, so it is a credit to the designers that they have salvaged some of the décor for the … [Read more...]

New Duck Pop-Up in Spitalfields

Monsieur Le Duck is a new pop-up restaurant that brings the food and wine of South-West France to the heart of London. Inspired by the douceur de vivre of Gascony, it offers a simple but alluring menu, focusing on duck, chips, salad and wine. Fronted by Londoner Richard Humphreys, a frequent traveler to Gascony, Monsieur Le Duck provides a portal to a land of relaxed eating and drinking; a concept synonymous with South-West France. Hugely passionate about the simple, rich and delicious food of this part of France, Richard gave up his previous career in the City to follow his dream of … [Read more...]

Jazz Bar on Old Street

There seems to be a whole host of bars and restaurants springing up close to the Barbican and one of the newer ones is Bugie Bar at 100 Old Street, a few yards from the top end of Whitecross Street in the direction of Old Street Station. Technically Bugie Bar is a basement cocktail bar (below a sex shop) which offers Jazz music, with live jazz performances weekly on Fridays.  Cocktails are reasonably priced and the atmosphere is lively.  It describes itself as the area’s newest ‘secret’ bar with free-flowing cocktails and a great collection of vintage jazz music.  It is currently open from … [Read more...]

Secret Garden at South Place Hotel

‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ has hit cinemas and disco is the talk of the town this year. Channel your inner Grace Jones this festive season, and indulge in pure decadence and music of the era at the Studio 54-style Secret Garden at South Place Hotel. It’s a hedonistic playground where All That Glitters is Gold. The party starts on 27th November. The Secret Garden is London’s best kept secret in the heart of the city… but not for much longer. With a strict glamour-only dress code, make sure you dress for the spotlight for All that Glitters at the Secret Garden. There’ll be glittering disco balls … [Read more...]

The Grill at Smiths – Steaking a claim

Smiths’ bar + café (ground floor), cocktail bar (1st), grill (2nd) and restaurant and terrace (3rd) have a busy but spacious home in a recently refurbished Grade II listed warehouse sprawling from 67 to 77 Charterhouse Street opposite the main Smithfield meat market on the north side.  The long established restaurant complex was acquired by Youngs a year ago and has since undergone some extensive refurbishment and menu changes. This is a massive venue with huge open plan rooms (which makes it feel spacious) and each floor has a different flavour, whether you are meeting a friend for coffee, … [Read more...]

Bloomberg Arcade restaurants

The latest major restaurant destination in the City is the new Bloomberg Arcade, which joins the two sections of the brand new Bloomberg development near Bank.  It puzzles the editor where the clientele will come from given the huge number of new restaurant openings in the City area over the past two to three years.  Obviously prosperity and disposable incomes, or perhaps just the spending habits of millenials, are running higher than is generally credited. The following is a listing of Bloomberg arcade restaurants with brief descriptions of their cuisine offerings taken from the … [Read more...]