Every now and again you come across a restaurant, bar or café in London that is just so goddamn irresistibly instagramable you can’t help but save a whole insta-collection devoted to it so you can work out the exact snap you want to get before you go.
Down in the basement of Wright Brothers in South Kensington you'll find polished wood, intimate dark leather booths and a lone neon mermaid sitting in a cocktail glass. While mermaids are typically associated with perilous events such as floods, storms and shipwrecks, here, The Mermaid is a hidden speakeasy specialising in an abundance of fresh oysters and an enticing collection of cocktails.
Meat-free, gluten-free, diary-free, sugar-free, plant-based, green and clean. For the first time, so it seems, Londoners are taking an avid interest in making healthy lifestyle choices, and Ethos fits right into this movement. Located a stone-throw from Oxford Street, this all-day restaurant offers beautifully presented buffet-style hot and cold plates, in a urban forest setting.
Eneko at One Aldwych is the newest venture from Eneko Atxa, a three Michelin-starred chef whose restaurant Azurmendi in Spain is number 16 in The World’s 50 Best, and the first to be awarded three stars in Bilbao.
In the early 20th century, Vienna was considered to be the focal point of European Modernism with some of the most influential composers, painters, authors and dramatists creating in this glamorous era. Sending us back to this romantic era, Fischer’s comes to London mimicking the cafés and konditerei of the bustling squares of Vienna.
With 5 star reviews aplenty and the broadsheets oozing with yummy words that are comparatively orgasmic, Portland is a little slice of heaven situated in Fitzrovia, on you guessed it Great Portland Street.
Finding inspiration in Melbourne, the brunch capital of the world, and produce in the bustle of Borough Market on its doorstep,London Grind marks the Grind & Co’s (Shoreditch, Soho & Holborn Grind) first foray into a full menu.
Blixen is housed in a gorgeous old bank; a grand room with high ceilings flooded with light, modern brass finishing, vibrant blue-leather booths with wicker detailing under a plant-covered pergola. You'll also find bar seats along a steel-clad counter with stellar views into the open kitchen. Très chic.
Situated an old (disinfected) brothel in Soho (where else do restaurants take over sex shops!), Blacklock is all about chops cooked over charcoal with a little help from an old iron. So listen to this, Blacklock’s offer is simple; Lamb, beef, veal and pork chops, seasonal vegies, wine and £5 cocktails on a roaming trolley like they used to display desserts on.
After smoking their way around the capital with residencies at Street Feast’s Dalston Yard, Hawker House and Battersea Power Station, as well as pop-ups at Wireless and Field Day festivals, Barbecue street food smokers HotBox have nested in their permanent home in Spitafields.
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