London’s New Venues: Latest Launches

London never needs an excuse or reason to go out for dinner or indulge in cocktails at a hotel bar at the end of day, but with autumn just around the corner and the evenings drawing in, at least we can argue that the fading lights mean we have to be inside and if we just happen to be in the latest restaurant who can blame us? This September sees a whole bunch of brilliant restaurants and hotels launching, so here is a little selection of what will be opening up on our streets this month.

Ace Hotels, Shoreditch

Arguably one of the coolest hotel groups around, Ace Hotels are crossing the pond and landing in Shoreditch. Energetic, individualistic and most importantly creative Ace Hotels have designed a hotel that reflects its location and is unlike the other classic hotels over in West London. Young, fresh and a eclectic, like the name suggests it really is ace. Opens early September

Chotto Matte

Kurt Zdesar, the genius behind the dim sum chain Ping Pong will be opening the doors of his new restaurant, Chotto Matte (meaning ‘wait a minute’ in Japanese) in September. The menu has been especially designed by Hiroki Takemura, formerly of Zuma and Nobu; so expect nothing but the best fresh and high-quality Japanese cuisine. Opens September

Grill Shack

It’s that awkward feeling, you’re sat in a restaurant and your date has gone to order at the counter, suddenly you look like you’re sat at a table for two all alone, as if you’ve been stood up, you get your phone out, pretend you are deeply engrossed in texting and hope no one looks your way. Well those days are over, Grillshack opening in Soho let you order via a touch screen and an app so neither of you have to leave the table, perfect! The menu is simple, comfort food. Think cinnamon French toast for breakfast, hamburgers for lunch and ice cream cookie sandwiches for pudding. Opens early September


Karam Sethi the chef behind the brilliant Trishna, is set to open his next restaurant this month in Mayfair. Inspired by the dishes and grandeur of colonial gymkhana and sporting clubs, the menu at the aptly named, Gymkhana, will feature modern Indian cuisine which uses British ingredients. Drinks will come in the form of traditional East Indian punch tavern beverages with a modern twist. Opens September

Hoxley & Porter

Islington is getting another Victorian drinking den in the form of Hoxley & Porter. ‘Hoxley’ refers to the restaurant side of the establishment and ‘Porter’ to the bar and both are based on aspects of the colonial glamour of the era. The food will be typically British and the bravest amongst you can sample the cocktail ‘Whatever Doesn’t Kill You’, which comes garnished with an absinthe-coated scorpion that changes colour… Opens 13th September


The simply named Marianne is MasterChef finalist Marianne Lumb’s first restaurant in Notting Hill. Small but perfectly formed the restaurant will have just 14 covers set over five tables, taking intimate dining to a new level. With just a handful of tables to serve Marianne can focus on serving up dishes with wonderful flavour combinations, intricate detail and the perfect finishes, well they say the best things come in small packages. Opens September

Ruski’s Tavern

Back with their latest venture, Ruski’s Tavern, Diego Bivero-Volpe and Antoin Commane are taking decadence to a whole new level. Don’t be fooled by the name this is no ordinary tavern, inspired by the vodka dens of sixteenth century, Ruski’s Tavern will serve caviar, caviar and more caviar, all washed down with London’s biggest collection of vodka. Emulate the Russian royalty in the Tsar’s Table , a private room with a direct line to the kitchen and personal butler. Work your way through the caviar, Champagne and vodka on tap and then make use of the free taxi service home. Opens 26th September

The London Edition Hotel

When it was confirmed that The London Edition Hotel would be opening this autumn, we all got a little excited. Aiming to emulate the original Berners Hotel built in 1835 which was first a spectacular townhouse before it became a hotel. The decor is more sleek and luxurious then pomp, an understated glamour. The 173 wooden panelled rooms are reminiscent of the cabins in luxury yachts. We’re are looking forward to trying out The Punch Room, a cocktail bar with no bar, all drinks are served to you on a silver tray! Opens 12th September

The Shangri La at the Shard

This much anticipated launch of this opulent hotel at The Shard has been delayed until autumn…but the time has finally come. This hotel, located in one of Europe’s tallest buildings, exudes chic glamour. The 202 rooms will all feature a butler service on hand to tend to your every need 24/7. So put the date in your diary and head over to try out one of their three restaurants whilst soaking up the unparalleled views. Opens September