The LaLee At The Cadogan, A Belmond Hotel
The Cadogan hotel in Chelsea opens its new restaurant today. Headed up by exec chef Chris Hill (formerly of Whatley Manor and The Ritz) the new all-day menu showcases European dishes made with sustainably sourced ingredients from the UK. Served in the glamourous dining room, dishes include lobster bisque, pomegranate and lobster cocktail, croque monsieur, burrata with pumpkin, filet steak with fries and aubergine parmigiana, and a classic wiener schnitzel. For dessert, diners can choose from soufflé, rum baba or café gourmand tiramisu. There are also 15 cocktails to choose from, each inspired by a European city, including a floral Mimosa al Garibaldi paying homage to Milan and a ‘Cobalt & Tonic’ inspired by Amsterdam. For a special occasion, treat yourself to a glass of ‘Reserved for The Cadogan’ – a bespoke sparkling wine created for the hotel by Rathfinny Wine Estate.
75 Sloane Street, Chelsea, SW1X 9SG
Below Stone Nest
Brothers Frank and Jackson Boxer – the duo behind Brunswick House in Vauxhall – have launched Below Stone Nest, a late-night drinking den in Soho. Located in the basement of Stone Nest, a former chapel turned arts hub, the bar is dark and atmospheric with exposed walls and dark interiors, where guests can sip cocktails by candlelight. There’s a small drinks menu to choose from, including a few classic cocktails like negronis and margaritas, plus low-intervention wine, and champagne. In the coming months, there will also be a rotating selection of ‘special’ white and red wine from Brunswick House’s cellar and on selected nights, guests can look enjoy live music organised by Stone Nest – upcoming performers include Mustafa the Poet, Gabriels and Goya Gumbani. The best part? Below Stone Nest is walk-in only.
Wednesday to Saturday from 6pm-2am; 136 Shaftesbury Avenue, Soho W1D 5EZ
Room2 Chiswick is the world’s first net zero hotel. Set to open on Wednesday 1st December, the hotel will use 89% less energy than typical hotels, offsetting its carbon footprint with a range of sustainable measures, including renewable energy, ultra-low flow pressure showers which use less water, efficient lighting and an impressive ‘blue roof’ which converts rainwater into energy. There are 86 individually designed bedrooms, filled with plush furniture and soft furnishings from local artisans, from handcrafted mirrors to bespoke wallpaper. Each room has its own kitchenette – ideal for longer stays – while the ground floor has a gym with Peloton equipment, and a restaurant which serves brunch by day and cocktails at night. An affordable but stylish way to explore southwest London, rooms start from £129 per night – and guests can enjoy a 25% discount on reservations until February 2022.
10 Windmill Road, Chiswick, W4 1SD
Warehouse At The Conduit
Members’ club The Conduit has opened a new site in Covent Garden, which includes its first public-facing restaurant next door, Warehouse. Inside, the restaurant is decorated in a striking cobalt blue with wicker lampshades that look like something from a Mykonos beach club. Led by head chef Brendan Eades, who previously headed up zero-waste restaurant Silo, Warehouse follows a sustainable ethos, using seasonal produce from local suppliers. The current menu includes small plates like cured seabass crudo with cucumber and horseradish; venison tartare with cured egg yolk, watercress and capers; and larger dishes like whole trout with capers and dried tomatoes; pork chop with browned anchovy butter; and fish of the day served with a clementine reduction and red Russian kale. Desserts include a white chocolate, pear and oolong tea dome; rice pudding with yogurt sorbet; and a decadent chocolate brownie served with quince and white wine sorbet. Don’t forget to ask the in-house mixologist to recommend his seasonal cocktail of the day.
6 Langley Street, Covent Garden, WC2H 9JA
Set to open on Thursday 9th December, Nikita will be Mayfair’s new members’ club. Design studio Victoria Vogel is behind the interiors, inspired by Paris’ upmarket neighbourhoods. The décor features heavy patterned fabrics, comfortable booths upholstered in velvet and designer furniture and art by Harif Guzman. Members can enjoy curated playlists and DJ sets in the main lounge, while enjoying food from SL favourite Comptoir Robuchon – think caviar with champagne, individual patisserie treats and a selection of classic French dishes.
Open Tuesday to Thursday from 6pm-1am and Friday to Sunday from 5pm to 2am; 22 Davies Street, Mayfair, W1K 3DE
Adesse At Selfridges
Selfridges will open new vegan restaurant Adesse on Wednesday 1st December. Created by plant-based chef Matthew Kenney, diners can look forward to elegant plates served in the stylish restaurant on the second floor. The menu will focus on seasonal, locally sourced ingredients. Next month, expect dishes like jackfruit ‘crab cake’ with smoked red pepper remoulade; beetroot carpaccio with yuzu kosho and poppy seeds; kimchi dumplings with foamed ginger; kelp noodle cacio e pepe with sugar snap peas, pea shoots and dehydrated black olives; and lime parfait with avocado and spiced macadamia. There will also be an extensive selection of sustainable, vegan wines, too.
400 Oxford Street, Soho, W1A 1AB
Carousel has opened a new site on Charlotte Street after seven years in Marylebone. Created by brothers Ollie and Ed Templeton, the restaurant operates a rotating chef concept where different chefs take over the kitchen for a week- or two-week residency to create new dishes and drinks. Set over three townhouses, the new space also features Carousel’s first wine bar on the ground floor with over 80 low-intervention wines to choose from, plus a spacious private dining room for up to 30 guests. In terms of food, the all-day bar menu includes small plates like beef tartare toast, tempura maitake with mushroom broth, confit pumpkin and burrata, and chocolate mousse with caramel and olive oil. Behind the wine bar, there’s a more formal dining space for chef residencies – Indian restaurant Goila is currently serving its signature butter chicken alongside butter paneer, fried chicken burgers and spiced dal, while Stockholm’s Sushi Sho will take over the kitchen for a week on Tuesday 30th November.
19-23 Charlotte Street, Covent Garden, W1T 1RL
The Gantry is the new east London opening to have on your radar. Located in Stratford, there are 291 rooms to choose from, ranging from deluxe rooms to spacious suites with views over the Olympic Park. Located on the first floor, Union Social is the hotel’s main dining destination. Diners can order drinks from the slick cocktail bar or enjoy an all-day relaxed menu at the restaurant which has floor-to-ceiling windows and a wrap-around terrace for al fresco dining. Dishes include focaccia with cured meats and cheese, prawn croquettes with aioli, tarragon risotto with roasted autumnal vegetables, and sesame glazed sea trout with white miso-infused ginger broth. Further down the line, the hotel will also open an artisanal food market and cafe from The Stratford Grocer & Co. on the ground floor, and a rooftop bar.
40 Celebration Avenue, Stratford, E20 1DB
Winner of MasterChef the Professionals Hanson Britt has opened his debut restaurant at Embassy Gardens in Nine Elms. Oxeye is a small 16-cover restaurant that showcases that best of British fare, made with produce picked, foraged and reared at Park Farm in Derbyshire. Offering diners an eight- to ten-course tasting menu (£99pp), dishes change weekly to reflect seasonal highlights. This month’s dishes include red prawn with brown butter and black truffle; chargrilled swede consommé, scallops with girolles and cauliflower; turbot with sea kale and mushroom sauce; and ‘baron bigod’ made with wild plums and almond milk. Oxeye’s adjacent wine bar, Rex, showcases Sevm’s causal cooking – expect small plates, and cheese and charcuterie boards alongside wine, cocktails and champagne.
14 New Union Square, Nine Elms, SW11 7AX
Booking Office 1869
Booking Office 1869 at St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel opened last week. The restaurant and bar from Harry Handelsman, the hotelier behind Chiltern Firehouse and The Stratford, has been designed by French architect Hugo Toro to transport diners into a Victorian winter garden – the seriously slick interiors feature oak wood throughout, tiered chandeliers and indoor plants. Diners can choose from an all-day à la carte menu featuring dishes like fried chicken with yogurt and lime; steak tartare with salsa verde and beef dripping toast; fried fish sandwiches with spicy tartar sauce; baked gnocchi with a bitter leaf salad; and spiced roast lamb. Bar manager Jack Porter (formerly of The Ned) has created a Victorian-inspired cocktail menu including a house martini featuring Hepple Gin, vermouth, and black olives; and a ‘clear margarita’ with Ilegal Joven, Tapatio hot sauce, and salt. Those with a sweet tooth can also enjoy desserts like brioche donuts with caramelised apple and burnt cinnamon cream, and a blackberry trifle.
Open until 12am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays and 1am on Thursday to Saturday; 1869 Euston Road, Camden, NW1 2AR