The Merchants Tavern

The latest project from Michelin star chef Angela Hartnett in collaboration with Canteen founders Dominic Lake and Patrick Cayton-Malone to bring east London residents European style cuisine and British themed drinks, all housed in a revamped Victorian warehouse – very Shoreditch style indeed.

The menu promises delicious offerings, including: Roast Quail, Hazelnut Pesto, Remoulade and Foie Gras (£9.00); Salt Cod Cream, Pickled Fennel and Toast (£8.00); Roast Turbot, Coco Beans, Anchovies & Bread Sauce (£18.00); Mallard, Braised Endive & Sarladaise Potatoes (£21.00) and London Honey Tart, Malt Whisky Cream and Crème Fraîche (£7.00) and Rum Baba, Caramelised Apples & Raisins (£6.00).

35-42Charlotte Road,Shoreditch,LondonEC2A 3PE

opened:8 October 2013

Hoi Polloi at Ace Hotel

Housed within the latest outpost of Ace Hotels in Shoreditch, Hoi Polloi is set to be everything its trendy sister is in New York whose kitchen is currently inhabited by chef April Bloomfield – most famous for holding a Michelin star at two restaurants, The River Café and Bibendum.

Hoi Polloi is an all-day restaurant with 100 seats (which can all be booked) and a menu which serves simple, seasonal British dishes, such as Pork cheeks, spiced apple, pickled carrot, priced at a reasonable £15.50, and for ‘afters’, as the desserts are rather quaintly referred to on the menu, a Pressed whisky pear, milk ice cream, priced at £6.

Responsible for its design are Pablo Flack and David Waddington as well as Universal studios, who were also behind One Leicester Square which opened in Soho earlier this year.

100 Shoreditch High St, London, E1 6JQ,020 8880 6100

opened:3 October

Anthony Demetre pop up

Chef Anthony Demetre will be offering guests signature dishes from the menu at his Michelin starred restaurant Arbutus on London’s Frith Street at this temporary pop-up in Tower 42.

Dishes include: squid-and-mackerel burger ; crisp pig’s head with potato purée and pickled turnip; rabbit saddle and shoulder with roast carrots and autumn greens; slow-poached egg with warm potato velouté and pink-grapefruit relish; and sheep’s ricotta gnudi with Muscat grapes, autumn squash and olive ‘crumble’.

‘Popping up’ for only 12 weeks from 1 October until 20 December, now is the time to head down, lest you miss out on the opportunity to try Anthony’s award winning cuisine in an intimate surrounding.

AD12 atT42, Tower 42, Level 24, 25 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ,020 7877 7703

open:1 October – 20 December

One Canada Square

One Canada Square’s prime location at the foot of Canary Wharf’s landmark building (yep, you guessed it, One Canada Square) is the main reason why this made it onto our list of hot new restaurant launches taking place in London this month. That and the fact that the kitchen is being headed up by chef Jamie Dobbin, who, prior to landing a job at this expectedly exquisite joint worked in the kitchen at The Ivy since it opened in 2008, The Ivy restaurant, Connaught, Savoy and Berkeley.

With all that already giving One Canada Square a gleaming reputation, even before it opens its doors, there’s only one thing left to praise it for and that’s its well-renowned designer – David Collins studio (think Brasserie Zedel, Bob Bob Ricard and The Wolseley) – and its well curated menu which offers breakfast, Saturday brunch, lunch, dinner, fine wines and a cocktail trolley!

Canary Wharf Group plc, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB


Rosewood Hotel

The latest hatchling in London’s broody nest of luxury hotels Rosewood Hotel will be opening later on this month, with the addition of its two main fine-dining restaurants, The Mirror Room and Holborn Dining Room – both of which will be headed up by former chef at London’s The Greenhouse, Swedish-born Bjorn van der Horst.

While at The Greenhouse, Bjorn earned the restaurant 1 Michelin star. He thenbecame chef/patron of Gordon Ramsay’s La Noisette, in Chelsea, a position he left to open his own restaurant Eastside Inn in Farringdon.

Now defunct, Bjorn closed Eastside Inn to begin a new adventure in the Maldives as the executive chef at luxury resort Soneva Fushi by Six Senses.

Now overseeing the kitchen at Rosewood, Bjorn is “thrilled” with his new position and has vowed to make the restaurants at the hotel the most exciting places to eat and drink in the capital. Intrigued as to whether he’ll keep his promise? Well, there’s only one way to find out…

252 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EN, United Kingdom T: +44 20 7781 8888

opens:15 October 2013

Pied Nu

David Moore has his work cut out for the foreseeable future, filling the shoes of one of Britain’s favourite two Michelin starred chefs, Simon Rogan. He’s the man behind London’s latest pop-up restaurant Pied Nu which is taking over the site where Simon’s Roganic was located earlier this year.

The pop up plans to be long term and serve “simple, straightforward food to share” which is set to be much more informal than Moore’s fine-dining restaurant concept Pied a Terre (1 Michelin star as of 2012 when it lost 1 star) but closer in character to his second Michelin restaurant L’Autre Pied which serves contemporary, fine-dining cuisine but in a relaxed environment. In keeping with the general theme of things, we’ll be sure to ‘pop’ in and give Pied Nu a try…


10 Berners Street,W1


Set to be headed up by Scott Hallsworth, former head chef of Nobu and most recently Wabi London, Kurobuta promises to bring izakaya or traditional Japanese style pub fare to Marble Arch this Autumn.

For Asian-cuisine enthusiasts the menu is simply sublime, offering up bento boxes (priced between £8.50-£13.50) for lunch and a dinner menu including dishes such as warm salmon with yuzu truffle miso and puffed rice, sweetcorn kakiage with a sweet and sour ponzu sauce and beef fillet tataki with onin ponzu and garlic crisps.

17-20 Kendal Street, London, W2 2AW

opening:late October