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16 Of The Best New Bars And Restaurants To Try In London This August

Julie Freeman Julie Freeman - Staff Writer

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Here’s your monthly guide to the best new bars and restaurants in London.

It’s no secret that London is home to some of the best bars and restaurants in the world. Our city’s award-winning drinking and dining scene is wonderfully diverse and ever-expanding, with new bars and restaurants arriving nearly every week. So whether you’re looking for a cool dive bar to check out or a high-end restaurant to add to your foodie bucket list, there’s always something new to discover. From experimental cocktails to fine dining and fast food, we’ve rounded up some of the best new openings in London this month:

New bars and restaurants in London: July

1. Ave Mario, Covent Garden

Photo: Jérôme Galland

Ave Mario is Covent Garden’s newest temple to pizza, cocktails, and good times. The latest opening from the Big Mamma UK team – who’ve already brought the obscenely fun Gloria and Circolo Popolare to town – is the group’s biggest venue yet, with 7000 square feet of space filled with joyful Italian food.

Make sure to try: The glorious 60cm tall stracciatella ice cream cake, marbled with waves of chocolate spread.
Location: 15 Henrietta St, Covent Garden, WC2E 8QG. Nearest stations are Covent Garden, Charing Cross, and Leicester Square.
More info: on their website.

2. Marugame Udon, Spitalfields

A bowl of udon noodles at Marugame Udon

Marugame Udon, one of Japan’s biggest and most loved noodle houses, has just opened their first European branch in Spitalfields. Expect big, steaming bowls of thick, chewy udon and crispy, hot tempura dishes. Once you’ve tried it, you’ll get the hype.

Make sure to try: A traditional curry udon, plus a pumpkin korokke on the side.
Location: 1-3 Widegate Street, Spitalfields, E1 7ES. Nearest station is Liverpool Street.
More info: on their website.

3. Sunday in Brooklyn, Notting Hill

You can put this brand new hot spot on your brunch bucket list, because one of NYC’s favourite local restaurants has just opened in London. Sunday in Brooklyn serves some seriously fabulous brunch in Notting Hill, but it’s also a great spot for dinner.

Make sure to try: Their famous malted pancakes with hazelnut praline and brown butter.
Location: 98 Westbourne Grove, W2 5RU. Nearest stations are Royal Oak and Bayswater.
More info: on their website.

4. Magenta, King’s Cross

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This restaurant and bar takes ‘aesthetic’ to another level: Living up to its name, Magenta wows diners with enchanting pink décor, a Northern Italian-inspired menu, elegant cocktails, and an extensive wine list. Dine under a thousand fluttering butterflies while listening to a cinematic soundtrack at this King’s Cross hot spot that’s destined to be an Instagram hit.

Make sure to try: The ‘Pink Pantera’ cocktail made with rose wine, select liqueur, raspberry, vanilla, and tonic.
Location: 23 Euston Road, King’s Cross, St Pancras, NW1 2SD. Nearest station is King’s Cross St Pancras.
More info: on their website.

5. BAO Noodle Shop, Shoreditch

After a bit of a delay, BAO’s brand new Shoreditch restaurant has finally opened to the public. But unlike some of the cult brand’s other eateries, the newest opening won’t be focusing solely on their famed buns — BAO Noodle Shop serves steaming bowls of beef noodle soup, and yes, a selection of buns and desserts as well.

Make sure to try: The slowcooked beef cheek & shortrib noodle in a rich Taipei-style beef broth with spiced beef butter.
Location: 1 Redchurch St, E2 7DJ. Nearest station is Shoreditch High Street.
More info: on their website.

6. Neighbourhood | Portobello, Ladbroke Grove

Neighbourhood | Portobello, a new bar and restaurant in west London, serves handcrafted cocktails and South American-inspired sharing plates. Settle with a spicy margarita and a taco on their gorgeous, leafy outdoor terrace, or enjoy lunch in their spacious interior.

Make sure to try: Their soft shell crab tacos and a strawberry & jalapeño margarita to go with it.
Location: 225 Ladbroke Grove, W10 6HQ. Nearest station is Ladbroke Grove.
More info: on their website.

7. Sucre London, Soho

Sucre London combines modern dishes with traditional Latin American open-fire cooking. Expect charcoal fire and wood oven-grilled meat and seafood with small plates and lighter sides. Abajo London, a new bar opening at the same location, takes inspiration from an 80s underground Buenos Aires.

Make sure to try: Any of the grilled mains and some small plates, like the burrata with summer peas and mint, and the burnt aubergine with lemon and herb salad.
Location: 47B Great Marlborough St, W1F 7JP. Nearest stations are Oxford Circus and Tottenham Court Road.
More info: on their website.

8. Korean Dinner Party, Kingly Court

Inspired by LA’s Koreatown, Korean Dinner Party brings some East-meets-West vibes to London. Expect a mix of hearty dishes and street food, plus kitsch cocktails, craft sake, and Korean hip hop playing until 11pm.

Make sure to try: The KDP corn dog, and a selection of Korean tacos.
Location: Top Floor, Kingly Court, Kingly St, Carnaby, W1B 5PW. Nearest stations are Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Circus.
More info: on their website.

New bars and restaurants in London: August

9. Benjamin’s, Knightsbridge (August 2)

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Located inside Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge you’ll find a luxurious new whisky and cocktail bar. Benjamin’s boasts over 100 whiskies by the dram or bottle, and an impressive cocktail menu focused on innovative modern mixology techniques. It’s a great spot for a tipple during your shopping spree.

Make sure to try: The Balvenie 25 year old Rare Marriages series.
Location: Lower Ground Floor 109 – 125, Harvey Nichols Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ. Nearest station is Knightsbridge.
More info: on their Instagram.

10. The Engine Rooms, Highgate (August 4)

The Engine Rooms is a Mediterranean-inspired all-day restaurant with a penchant for classic cars. Guests can enjoy the restaurant’s car-themed modern art collection with a glass from their wine list during luch or dinner.

Make sure to try: The robata grilled octopus with cauliflower puree, heritage cauliflower tabouleh, and romesco sauce.
Location: Hexagon Classics, 82-92 Great N Rd, N2 0NL. Nearest station is East Finchley.
More info: on their website.

11. Bocca Bocca, Leytonstone (August 6)

Bocca Bocca is Leytonstone’s newest destination for handcrafted pizzas. Their dough is made from a custom blend of two types of Caputo flour from Naples, giving the pies a signature light texture with the perfect amount of chew. Guests can currently sign up to get 50% off food during the restaurant’s soft launch.

Make sure to try: The ‘Lagotto Funghi’ pizza with buffalo mozzerella, parmesan, British chestnut mushrooms, truffle oil, and fresh basil.
Location: 781 Leytonstone High Street, E11 4QS. Nearest station is Leytonstone.
More info: on their website.

12. Park Row, Soho (August 10)

The first of its kind in the world, Park Row has been created in partnership with Warner Bros. Themed Entertainment and DC. Inspired by the stories of all of your favourite superheroes, you can expect to see the spirit of Gotham City come to life in the dramatic interiors and creative dishes at this new haunt.

Make sure to try: Any of the incredible themed dishes, like the ‘Taste of Gotham City Harbor’ caviar or the ‘Kiss From A Rose’ dessert.
Location: 77 Brewer St, W1F 9ZN. Nearest stations are Piccadilly Circus and Leicester Square.
More info: on their website.

13. The Top Hat, Bloomsbury (August 14)

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A restaurant and cocktail bar dedicated to the London version of Monopoly will open in August, promising a playful dining and drinking experience. The Top Hat will serve ‘quintessentially British’ cuisine and an array of creative cocktails that’ll excite fans of Monopoly and our wonderful city.

Make sure to try: The ‘Old Kent Road’ cocktail, a Salted Caramel White Russian inspired by the painted Soviet tank facing Old Kent Road, mixed with Belka and Strelka Vodka, Kahlua, Cream, Moulden Sea Salt, and Caramel.
Location: The Court, 213 – 215 Tottenham Court Road, W1T 7PS. Nearest stations are Goodge Street and Tottenham Court Road.
More info: on their website.

14. Skylight Peckham (August 16)

Skylight Peckham

The team behind Wapping hotspot Skylight have announced a new rooftop bar coming to London this summer: Skylight Peckham promises amazing skyline views and even better food, with light dishes, fab brunches, dreamy cocktails, and excellent wine on the menu.

Make sure to try: The ‘Cinco Picante’ cocktail made with Volcán De Mi Tierra Blanco Tequila and Cointreau, shaken with a homemade chilli liqueur & peach syrup, served with a spiced rim.
Location: 120 Peckham Hill Street, SE15 5JT. Nearest station is Peckham Rye.
More info: on their website.

15. The Seafood Bar, Soho (August 20)

The Seafood Bar, a modern, sustainable seafood restaurant from the Netherlands, will be opening its first UK location in Soho this month. As the name suggests, you can expect to find an array of the freshest fish and seafood, plus some really great wines.

Make sure to try: Some fresh oysters or a half boiled lobster, if you want to go all out.
Location: 77 Dean St, W1D 3SH. Nearest stations are Tottenham Court Road and Leicester Square.
More info: on their website.

16. SLICE by Pizza Pilgrims, Finsbury Park (August 25)

Pizza Pilgrim’s popular Southbank pop-up Slice has now secured a permanent site in Finsbury Park. The pizza joint will offer giant NYC-style slices of fresh Neapolitan pizza with dipping sauces, while on-site diners can play classic 80s arcade games inside. Two days ahead of the opening, Slice Finsbury Park will be giving away 1000 free slices of pizza, which you can sign up for here.

Make sure to try: The penne alla vodka slice: penne pasta tossed with vodka spiked tomato sauce, baked onto their pizza with mozzarella and basil.
Location: 266 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park, N4 2HY. Nearest station is Finsbury Park.
More info: on their website.

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