Wild Honey St James
Chef Anthony Demetre has opened Wild Honey St James on the former Balcon site at the Sofitel London St James hotel, serving modern European cooking combining classic French techniques with British seasonal produce.
The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily and has a comprehensive wine list of about 100 bins, covering both New and Old World selections.
The adjacent St James Bar has also undergone a transformation and now has a marble bar top, dark blue velvet banquettes and offers classic and signature cocktails.
The full redesign of the space has been undertaken by Jim Hamilton Design.
Opened 7 June
Head chef Simon Woodrow
General manager Julien Davain
Bar manager Enzo Sigaut
Design Jim Hamilton Design
Typical dishes Pig’s head, endive and pickles, ‘nduja mayonnaise; Welsh lamb, sweetbreads with peas, pearl barley and mint; and Cornish cod, artichokes and borlotti beans
Arros QD, from three-Michelin-starred chef Quique Dacosta, has opened in London’s Fitzrovia, with a focus on paella. The site features an open kitchen and an eight-metre grill on which the rice is cooked.
Head chef Richard De La Cruz
Design Lázaro Rosa-Violán
Typical dishes Paella Valenciana; pigeon breast with wild mushrooms, rosemary and porcini aïoli
Kitchen at Holmes
Kitchen at Holmes has opened in London’s Marylebone, within the newly refurbished Holmes Hotel London, offering seasonal produce and dishes with international influences.
Head chef Stefano Motta
Design Digital Space
Typical dishes Scottish scallop tartare with yuzu, basil and green chilli; and courgette spaghetti with pistachio, basil and smoked ricotta
A pair of first-time restaurateurs have opened Tuscan restaurant Maremma in London’s Brixton on the former Montego Inn site. The menu focuses on Maremma’s coastal region in southern Tuscany, famed for its salami, seafood, olive groves and vineyards.
Founders Alice Staple and Dickie Bielenberg
Head chef Dominique Goltinger
Typical dishes Spinach and ricotta tortelli and wild boar prosciutto; and la bistecca alla Fiorentina
The Cocktail Trading Company has opened Murder Inc cocktail bar in London’s Fitzrovia, inspired by industrial New York and mid-century glamour. Cocktails include the ‘Adonis’, with Lillet Blanc, hibiscus vermouth, wild strawberry and bitters, and the ‘cannonball Collins’, with Flor de Cana 7, Hennessy VS, triple sec and clarified sweet pineapple soda.
Owners Andy Mil, Olly Brading and Elliot Ball
Spelzini has opened in London’s Shoreditch, serving sandwiches, pizzas and cicchetti-style sharing plates, alongside wine and vermouth cocktails. The site has been named after founder Jim Fisher’s great-grandfather Luigi Spelzini, who moved to London in the 1890s from Italy. The drinks list has been curated
by Fin Spiteri.
Typical dishes Harissa aubergine; croque monsieur; breaded fish, tartare sauce and grapefruit
The founders of Mazi in London’s Notting Hill have opened a second Greek-inspired bistro and cocktail bar a few doors down, Suzi Tros, serving northern Greek cuisine. Named after the character from the 1960s Greek film
I Pariziana, Suzi Tros means ‘Suzi, you eat’.
Founders Adrien Carre and Christina Mouratoglou
Head chef John Skotidas
Typical dishes Chicken thigh gyro tacos; grilled calamari; metsovone croquettes with bacon jam