Infused with the flavors, aromas and traditions of the world over, London is undoubtedly a food lover’s delight. With everything from exotic street food to British pub grub, there is something for everyone, and in true London style, the culinary scene is constantly changing and reinventing itself.
For more information on these upcoming launches, check out the official restaurant websites. Alternatively, if you’re more of a chef than a consumer, perhaps you too have considered joining the bustling gastro culture of London. If you’re not quite ready to go into the restaurant business full-time, pop-up residencies are a great way to get a taste of the scene without making an all-out commitment. Find out about available pop-up space here and promote your residency with an online presence; you can easily set up a website and buy a .restaurant domain name from companies like this one. With such an eclectic blend of both local and international flavors, London is undoubtedly the ideal spot for food lovers and would-be restaurateurs alike.
In celebration of London’s truly dynamic gastro culture, here are some of the most exciting eateries due to open up in early 2016.
Set to open its doors in May this year, Farmer J aims to bring a new culinary concept to the capital in the form of nutritious yet delicious fast food. Health-conscious foodies can expect an abundance of wholegrains and seasonal goodness, with ingredients sourced from British farms. Diners will have the choice to either take away or eat in at the venue in East London, which will be open Monday-Friday from 7.30am onwards. Their motto is “forkin’ good food,” and if their Twitter and Instagram feeds are anything to go by, that’s exactly what they’ll be serving up.
When: May 2016
Where: 107 Leadenhall Street, EC3A 4AA
For those seeking a more far-flung flavor, Banh Banh is an opening not to be missed. A family-run business through and through, the Peckham-based joint is promising “delicious Vietnamese food just like Granny used to make.” Indeed, established by five siblings and inspired by recipes from their grandmother who worked as a chef in Saigon in the 1940s, it doesn’t get much more authentic than this. Due to welcome the public from April onwards, diners can anticipate a weekly changing menu, sharing platters at dinnertime and even some vegan options. In celebration of their launch, guests can also take advantage of opening week offers by signing up to the Banh Banh newsletter.
When: April 2016
Where: 46 Peckham Rye, SE15 4JR
No. 197 Chiswick Fire Station
As the name suggests, this West London bar and eatery will invite diners into what used to be Chiswick fire station, serving up Antipodean-inspired cuisine in an industrial yet homely setting. Another venture of the Darwin & Wallace restaurant group, No. 197 Chiswick Fire Station is scheduled to open at the end of April, marketing itself as “a neighbourhood bar, more home than high street.” With extensive courtyard space at the back, this addition to London’s gastro scene will no doubt serve as a welcome alfresco hotspot in the lead-up to summer. Diners can enjoy 50% off all food until 1st May, but a reservation is a must.
When: April 2016
Where: 197-199 Chiswick High Street, W4 2DR