Dandy Fox: Bars, restaurants and wines coming to London this autumn

Michelin-starred Japanese food in Liverpool Street, New York steaks for women in Covent Garden and a Sipsmith Gin Palace. The hottest openings this autumn

A woman eating steak

STK London opens mid-October

Emyr Thomas is the founder of Bon Vivant, a lifestyle management and concierge service with an emphasis on providing great personal service. Follow @BonVivantLiving

While Londoners fled the capital over the summer, restaurateurs were hard at it with new openings towering ahead, including the launch of Sushisamba and Duck & Waffle on the top floors of The Heron Tower in the City.

Autumn sees us returning to ground level but with no respite in London’s ever expanding restaurant scene. Here are my picks of where you should be over the next few months.

Nathan Outlaw at the Capital Hotel – 2 October 2012

Bentley’s Sea Grill at Harrods – 12 September 2012

Chrysan – 12 September 2012

Wabi London – early November 2012

STK London – mid October 2012

Sipsmith Gin Palace – 13 September 2012

Something fishy going on in Knightsbridge

Bentley’s Sea Grill will launch in the Harrods Food Hall on 12 September. The Sea Grill is the third London opening in Richard Corrigan’s London restaurant portfolio, which also includes Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill and Corrigan’s Mayfair.

Bentley’s Sea Grill will offer a selection of seafood, fish and oysters, including a dedicated seafood cocktail section and simply prepared fish from the grill. Harrods have been bolstering their restaurant offerings with the Galvin brothers also opening up earlier in the year. Lunching between shopping for handbags has never been so good.

Knightsbridge will continue with the seafood theme with two Michelin starred chef Nathan Outlaw due to open at The Capital Hotel, dividing his time between here and his eponymous restaurant based in Cornwall.

The Capital Hotel, which previously held two Michelin stars under head chef Eric Chavot, looks set to make a return to the top of London’s dining scene, with a menu offering fish and seafood from across the UK.

The City’s on a roll

While Sushisamba and Duck & Waffle have barely settled in as new City favourites, the Hakkasan Group will add Chrysan to the mix, a Japanese restaurant in partnership with Japan’s Michelin-starred chef, Yoshihiro Murata.

Chrysan will be the first of two restaurants opened by the Hakkasan Group close to Liverpool Street station this year. Chef Murata is the third generation chef patron of Kikunoi, a traditional Ryotei restaurant in Kyoto, which holds three Michelin stars. There will also be a bar named NeNe with seating for up to 30 people, offering a cocktail list and a menu of lighter dishes.

Nobu spin-off to hit Holborn

Former Nobu head chef Scott Hallsworth has announced the autumn launch of Japanese restaurant Wabi London in Lincoln’s Inn Fields, near Holborn and Aldwych. Australian-born Scott spent six years at Nobu in London before launching Nobu Melbourne in 2007. The restaurant will serve a seasonal menu of Japanese cuisine with a contemporary European twist.


New York based The ONE Group will launch the first international outpost of STK Restaurant in the new ME Hotel on The Strand in Covent Garden. STK London aims to offer ‘a modern twist on the traditional steakhouse’ with nightly DJs and a more feminine, sleek design.

STK continues the theme of more feminine steak restaurants opening in London – Gillray’s near County Hall has a separate ‘Ladies Cut Fillet’ on the menu. Clearly not one for the feminists.

Gin O’clock at the Langham London

The Langham hotel launches the Sipsmith Gin Palace on 13 September in collaboration with Sipsmith gin. The Gin Palace will be open from 7pm until midnight in the hotel’s Palm Court on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

If you want to know what these new openings are like before you visit, follow me @BonVivantLiving as I make my way around London’s hottest new openings

Emyr Thomas is the founder of Bon Vivant, a lifestyle management and concierge service with an emphasis on providing great personal service. They specialise in every travel, leisure and lifestyle need that you don’t have the time, inclination or expertise to do yourself so you can maximise your free time. Based in London with global coverage. 

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