Londoners are never spoilt for choice but it can get tough staying on top of the hottest new spots. With new dining and drinking locations opening all over the capital, here are our picks this week:
The Ivy Soho Brasserie
If you’re after a little traditional British hospitality, it really can’t get much better than The Ivy. This institution’s latest acquisition is The Ivy Soho Brasserie, an exciting addition to the vibrant neighbourhood of Soho where every night is a social event. The beautiful new venue boasts a restaurant, bar, private dining room and terrace with Parisian-style seating. The iconic restaurants are a frequent haunt of numerous celebrities. With diners from Bradley Cooper to Dame Judi Dench you’ll be supping with the stars. The British menu is available from dawn till dusk, making it the perfect drop in spot during your lunch break or after a day’s shopping.
26-28 Broadwick Street, London W1F 8JB
Panetteria by Fucina
Panetteria is the italian word for bakery, and this latest offering from the guys behind Fucina brings us a new layer of authentic Italian fare. Think artisanal and organic goodness, and the irresistible aromas of baked pastries and breads. Start your day the Italian way; stand at the counter and order an espresso, make a pastry selection and exchange some gossip with a friend. Panetteria also offers three different coffee blends, cold-pressed juices and breakfast pizzas. As if the promise of pizza for breakfast wasn’t enough, you can also purchase artisanal Italian grocery items for preparing meals at home. Pick up some authentic top quality meats, cheeses, dried pastas, canned goods, oils and vinegars, and take a little bit of Italy back to your abode.
22 Paddington Street, London W1U 5QY
Bunga Bunga Covent Garden
If you’re after a full service night on the town, you’re going to want to check out Bunga Bunga in Covent Garden. This new hotspot expanded on everything we loved about the first venue in Battersea. With an extensive bar, a hideaway Italian restaurant and an explosive variety show, there are no good reasons to leave. Bunga Bunga’s supperclub offers a theatrical journey from the moment guests arrive, the entrance being accessed by a large industrial meat locker, inspired by Don Corleone himself. Bunga Bunga Covent Garden promises to be a night to remember and boy does it deliver. Whether it’s a date or a group of friends, you’re sure to make an impression.
167B Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PG