Gigi's Hoxton

A new all-day restaurant, bar and late night music venue called Gigi’s Hoxton has arrived at Hoxton Square in Shoreditch. Taking over the former site of Zigfrid von Underbelly, Gigi’s Hoxton is the brainchild of Giovanna Hussain, the name behind popular east London venues such The Corner Shop, The Rocksteady and The Grapevine. Located in …

Kurabu

Contemporary Japanese restaurant Dinings SW3 has launched Kurabu, the latest addition to Chelsea’s bar and dining scene. Located above the restaurant in a newly designed lounge space, Kurabu sets out to bring a contemporary new take on Dinings’ Izakaya offering, serving a new menu of “elevated” Japanese-inspired street food and cocktails. The food menu, developed …

Kwãnt bar

Acclaimed bartender Erik Lorincz has partnered with pioneering restauranteur Mourad Mazouz to open a new London cocktail bar called Kwānt. The 19th century-style bar and lounge is located beneath Mourad’s North African/Mediterranean gastro brasserie in the heart of Mayfair on Heddon Street. Kwānt, the phonetic spelling of ‘quaint’, is the first solo venture from Erik, …

24 Mayfair

24 Mayfair, a new retro Hollywood-inspired private members club, is opening just off Park Lane in London later this summer. Trading for 24 hours a day, the venue will boast a plush interior inspired by retro Hollywood, complete with violet velvet covered armchairs against a warm, patinated gold backdrop. Housing an intimate bar on the …

Murder Inc Frozen Banana Ramos

Murder Inc, a new cocktail bar from the team behind The Cocktail Trading Company (CTC), is launching in London’s West End next month. Hidden away on Hanway Street, located between Fitzrovia and Soho, the new neighbourhood bar takes inspiration from the gangster noir of the 1940s and 50s. The décor and style of the sixty-capacity …

Fugitive Motel, Bethnal Green

A new fifties-inspired craft bar and kitchen serving speciality beers is opening in the heart of east London’s Bethnal Green in June. Created by co-founders and best friends David Burgess and Liam Tolan, Fugitive Motel is set to become a “playful oasis” in which Londoners can take refuge from the busy city. Overlooking Bethnal Green …

Rockwell bar

Rockwell, a new bar inspired by the exotic fauna of the 17th-18th centuries, is opening at Trafalgar St James hotel in London this month. The venue has been designed to evoke a sensory dream world, with herbaceous plants and vivid artwork capturing the strange and unfamiliar, taking guests on a transportive journey into the revelry …

Camera cocktail

Restaurateur Trisha McCrae has opened a new basement bar called Camera in Newington, Edinburgh. Located under the restaurant at 74-78 Clerk Street, the bar has its own private access door, fitted with its own doorbell which visitors must ring for entry. The venue boasts a “quirky” interior design with a “homely but minimal feel”. Trishna’s …

Top of the Pop bar

South London is set to welcome a new cocktail bar this month when Top of the Pop opens in Tooting Market. Located upstairs at Poptata, the aptly named sister bar Top Of The Pop will serve “playful” cocktails, craft beers and wines to accompany Poptata’s signature premium street fries. The creative selection of drinks will …

Vintry & Mercer's Do Not Disturb bar

Zoe Fryday steps back in time to the Prohibition era at Vintry & Mercer’s Do Not Disturb bar. Photography by Amy Murrell Tucked away on the cobbled streets of Garlick Hill, London sits Vintry & Mercer, a new luxury boutique hotel with 92 bespoke rooms and suites, two restaurants, a roof terrace and a underground …