While London restaurants remain shuttered, we’ve rounded up 10 new openings we’re looking forward to this year, from seafood sanctum Manzi’s to the Batman-themed Park Row.
London restaurateurs react to tier three ruling
After only two weeks of trading since the last lockdown, hospitality businesses across London have been forced to close yet again, with just over 24 hours’ notice. Eloise Feilden speaks to four restaurateurs in the UK capital to find out what being moved into tier three will mean for their businesses.
Padella and Trullo team may open restaurant in Shoreditch
A planning application submitted by the restaurateurs behind Italian restaurants Trullo and Padella suggests that there could be plans for a third restaurant in east London.
Unfiltered: Ryosuke Mashio, Umu
Head sommelier at Michelin-starred Japanese restaurant Umu, Ryosuke Mashio, tells WLC about his love of Champagne, why he’s proud to be a sommelier in London, and what he has learnt from judging saké at the International Wine Challenge.
Stevie Parle’s Rotorino to close
Rotorino, chef Stevie Parle’s Italian restaurant in London’s trendy Dalston district, is to close its doors after five years in business.
WLC Eats: Kerridge’s Bar & Grill
WLC’s resident foodie, Lucy Shaw, heads to Tom Kerridge’s debut London venture for ethereal fish and chips, heavenly white Bordeaux and a nostalgic treacle tart.
WLC Eats: Sushisamba Covent Garden
WLC’s resident sybarite, Lucy Shaw, heads to the new Sushisamba in Covent Garden for wagyu gyozas, poussin teriyaki, yuzu saké and an edible zen garden.
WLC Drinks: The Bar at China Tang
WLC’s resident hedonist, Lucy Shaw, heads to The Bar at China Tang at The Dorchester hotel for exotic cocktails, jaunty jazz and delectable dim sum.
Cristiano Ronaldo spends £27k on wine in 15 minute bar visit
Star footballer Cristiano Ronaldo spent £27,000 on two bottles of red wine on a 15 minute trip to a Mayfair restaurant this week, and reportedly didn’t finish the second bottle.
Bollinger cellar master: Champagne 2018 ‘best’ of my life
In sharp contrast to last year’s extremely challenging harvest, Bollinger cellar master, Gilles Descôtes described 2018 as the ‘best’ of his life.
Unfiltered: Fabrizio de Fenzo, Ristorante Frescobaldi
Fabrizio De Fenzo, head sommelier at Ristorante Frescobaldi in Mayfair, set out on his path to becoming a sommelier at the tender age of 16, working at L’Anima, Sartoria and Petrus before finding a home at Frescobaldi.
Hot new London bars: October
Our latest round up of drinking dens in the capital includes a canned cocktail bar in Fitzrovia, a vermouth café in King’s Cross, and a bistro championing women winemakers.