Pre-pandemic, a new restaurant or bar opening in London was kind of exciting, but a standard part of city life.
With restrictions set to be lifted for the hospitality industry this weekend, we have rounded up a list of new places launching this month.
From a ramen supper club to the UK’s biggest beer garden, there is so much to explore.
Truman’s Social Club, Walthamstow
You know Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, Shoreditch?
Well, there’s a new Truman Brewery opening tomorrow (4 July) and it’s ideal for social distancing.
The venue, dubbed Truman’s Social Club is located in Walthamstow and has a gigantic beer garden of 35,000 sq feet, claimed to be the largest beer garden in the UK, where you can sit and enjoy your fresh pint.
But that’s not all; in coming weeks, the brewery will also launch a café, street food market and shop, as well as an events space, offering movie screenings and more.
Larry’s isn’t due to open its doors until 31 July – but’ll be worth the wait.
Except snacks, shared plates and all-day delights in the form of latkes (potato pancake), veal schnitzel, eggs and sourdough soldiers, meatball sandwiches, nduja focaccia, salt beef beignets, devilled crab, and much more.
As for the drinks, there will be a small drinks list of a few wines, one choice of beer and some cocktails.
Trinity Riverside Bar, Stratford
Fancy having a cocktail by the river?
Founder of Roof East are opening a brand new joint in Trinity Buoy Wharf tomorrow (4 July) with substantial outdoor space.
Trinity Riverside Bar will offers guests spectacular views of the river Thames and the O2 arena, along with art installations and the capital’s only lighthouse in the nearby area.
The space has been designed to keep punters as safe as possible, with social distancing marking across the venue.
As for the drinks and food (think nachos, salads, hot dogs and burgers) you simply place your order through an app and have it delivered to your table.
Lost Society, Putney
Technically, Lost Society’s second brand (the first is in Battersea) was actually open for a few weeks as it officially launched at the end of February – but it was so brief that we’re making an exception to our list.
It’s a pretty standard cocktail and grub joint (which isn’t a bad thing), with doors opening tomorrow (4 July).
Pop in for lunch, Sunday roast, brunch – oh, how we have missed brunching – or just drinks. Walk-ins are welcome but you will be asked to declare that you are Covid-19 symptom-free before being allowed inside.
It’s table service only, unless you want to order a tipple to take away.
Coppa Club, Tower Bridge
Earlier this year, we announced that the Coppa Club igloos would be returning to Tower Bridge with a surf shack theme.
Unfortunately, the pandemic put a temporary dent in those plans, but not anymore – the igloos open tomorrow (4 July) and are perfect for people who are anxious about socialising with strangers.
Here, you can quite literally sit in a bubble with your bubble, with a maximum six people allowed inside.
You need to book in advance, with two-hour slots from 11:30am Monday to Sunday.
But note that there is a minimum spend per igloo of £240, though you can put this towards your food and drink.
The award-winning bar Swift has become a cult spot for drinks in Soho, with its 250-strong whisky selection, blues and jazz music on the weekends and old school glamour vibes.
Later this month, exact date not confirmed, the founders will open a second venue in Shoreditch.
It will be slightly different to its sister site, with an all-day bar open from 8am on weekdays and 11am on weekends.
In addition to drinks, you can also enjoy brunch or just pop in for a fancy coffee.
Six By Nico, Fitzrovia
Curious about the name behind this restaurant? let us explain.
It is owned by a Scottish chef called Nico Simeone, who has venues in five cities in the UK so far – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Manchester and Liverpool, and now, he’s finally bringing his concept to London.
Not only is this site number six, but all of the restaurants serve a six-course menu that changes every six weeks and is inspired by a location or an idea.
First up in London is Chippie, with monkfish cheek, Shetland cod and pickled mussels on the menu, along with other treats.
Supa Ya Ramen, Hackney
Remember the joy of eating a meal you didn’t cook yourself or order from a food delivery app? We can taste it already.
Supa Ya Ramen, known for its – you guessed it – ramen, is opening a permanent site in Hackney on Wednesday 8 July.
It’s a very small venue, with only 16 seats, modelled after the company’s supper club theme, but at the moment it will only be accepting so-called ‘bubble bookings’ of six to eight people at any given time.
And it’s BYOB, with a corkage fee.
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