Gymkhana

February will see Mayfair-based Michelin-starred Indian restaurant and bar Gymkhana reopen its doors following a period of closure for refurbishment. Inspired by the elite clubs of India where members of high society socialise, eat and drink and play sport, the restaurant has been synonymous with classic and contemporary, boldly spiced chatpatta Indian food since it …

Manahatta York

Arc Inspirations has opened a new Manahatta site in York following a major £400,000 investment, taking the bar brand’s portfolio up to six. Located in the heart of the historic city, the venue has been transformed into a “glamorous” and “contemporary” New York-inspired cocktail bar, featuring neon signs and booths. The cocktail and drinks menu …

The Retiring Room

A new bar inspired by the retiring rooms of India’s train stations is opening its doors underneath Mayfair restaurant Bombay Bustle. The subterranean venue, named The Retiring Room, comes from Samyukta Nair, entrepreneur and co-founder of restaurant brand Jamavar. Designed by Fabled Studio, the interiors take influence from the faded glamour of the retiring rooms …

The Lost Alhambra

The Adventure Bar Group, the team behind Tonight Josephine, Bar Elba and Blame Gloria, have opened The Lost Alhambra bar in Leicester Square. Described as the operator’s most Instagram-worthy venue yet, the new late-night bar is situated on the original site of the notorious Alhambra Theatre, which opened its doors in 1854. Once described as …

The Alchemist Canary Wharf

Bar and restaurant group The Alchemist is to open its biggest site to date, located in Canary Wharf, London. The 6,200 sq ft space will include two outdoor terraces, a 100-cover restaurant and three bar areas, with an all-day dining menu and new ‘grab and go’ bagel offering available alongside The Alchemist’s signature theatrical cocktails. …

Bill's Spinningfields

Bill’s Restaurant & Bar has relocated from its former Manchester city centre location on John Dalton Street to its new Spinningfields home at 3 Hardman Square. The 177 sq mt dining space accommodates up to 96 covers, featuring booths, sociable sharing tables, co-working space and a bespoke bar area. There is also external seating for …

Belushi's

Edinburgh sports bar Belushi’s has moved to a neighbouring building across the road as part of an £2.3 million investment. The popular city centre venue screens the biggest football and rugby matches, as well as more niche sports such as NFL and AFL, offering “impressive food and drink deals combined with a party atmosphere”. The …

The Malt Lounge

The recently launched Prince Akatoki London hotel in Marylebone has opened the doors to its intimate lounge bar. The Malt Lounge and Bar hopes to bring a “sophisticated destination offering” to area, providing Japanese-inspired afternoon tea during the day and rare Japanese whiskies, sake and signature cocktails at night. Seating 30, the warm, modern décor …

Cockatiel Club from Darling & Edge

Hackney Wick-based immersive set design studio Darling & Edge has opened a new drinking and dining destination in London. The basement cocktail bar, named Cockatiel Club, launched to the public on November 15. Situated in a hidden spot below Hello Darling, Darling & Edge’s playful restaurant, and Darling House, an experimental house party style bar, …

Cahoots

Soho’s underground train station-themed speakeasy Cahoots has launched its new sister venue: a 1940s cocktail bar set in an overground railway station. Unlike the original Cahoots, which opened in 2015 and is solely subterranean, the new venue, located on Kingly Street in Carnaby, Soho spans two-storeys and has been converted into two distinct spaces. The …