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


Sushisamba and jaw dropping views. Champagne, hotdogs and a Caravan in King’s Cross? Read our guide and bring yourself up to speed

Sushisamba - the view from The Terrace

The view from the Sushisamba terrace opening this summer

Brasserie Zedel – noon on 25 June

The Potted Shed at the Dorset Square Hotel – 18 June

Sushisamba – July

Caravan King’s Cross – July

Polpo Smithfield – 30 July

Champagne and Hot Dogs – July

The Angler and 3 South Place – July, in time for the Olympics

The Dandy Fox is Emyr Thomas, the founder of Bon Vivant, a lifestyle management and concierge service with an emphasis on providing great personal service

While the weather may not be doing us any favours, London’s restaurant scene is certainly warming up as we enter summer with the City being a particular hot spot at the moment. Read on to find out where you’ll be eating out over the next couple of months.

Another sister restaurant for The Wolseley

Following the success of The Delaunay, which opened at end of 2011, Chris Corbin and Jeremy King will launch Brasserie Zedel in Soho in late June as “a large, bustling Parisian brasserie transported to the heart of London”.

The restaurant has been designed by David Collins Studio in the art deco tradition, and will feature a ‘Bar Américain’ and ‘The Crazy Coqs’, a live music and cabaret venue. While the room is grand and impressive, this will be no Wolseley as the food is more casual and very reasonably priced – just as a brasserie should be.

Firmdale Hotels to re-open Dorset Square Hotel

In 1985 Tim and Kit Kemp opened the Dorset Square Hotel and introduced the Firmdale Hotels concept to the London hotel market.

The hotel was later sold in 2002 before being reacquired last year and opened as part of the Firmdale collection on 18 June – adding to their other luxury boutique hotels including the Covent Garden Hotel, Charlotte Street Hotel, Haymarket Hotel and Soho Hotel.

The Regency townhouse has 38 bedrooms and The Potting Shed bar and restaurant will open all day, serving English brasserie style cuisine using locally sourced and seasonal produce.

Sushisamba to open in the City

Sushisamba will open its first European restaurant in London in July, on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower on Bishopsgate. Expect a mix of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, and with two outdoor terraces, it will surely also have a rather impressive view.

It will have a late licence too, opening until 3am on Fridays, making a perfect for late night client entertainment (as if you needed an excuse).

Caravan rolls into King’s Cross

Caravan Restaurant on Exmouth Market is due to open a second site in King’s Cross this July, in the Grade II-listed Granary Building between King’s Cross Station and St Pancras International.

The interiors will “reflect the area’s Victorian industrial heritage”, with a coffee roastery and large open kitchen with outside seating for 40 people.

The restaurant will have 80 covers and will serve a menu of “food well-travelled” – hopefully in concept only and not the actual ingredients!

Polpo moves east

Polpo Smithfield is due to open near Smithfield Market on 30 July, seating 70 in the main dining room with space for 20 on the terrace outside. This is the latest restaurant from Russell Norman, and is offshoot of his Soho restaurant, Polpo.

The new restaurant will feature the same core menu as the original Polpo along with daily specials and a new express lunch menu. There will be a basement Negroni bar. While reservations can be made for lunch, dinner will operate a no booking policy, so come early or prepare to queue.

Champagne and… hotdogs?

Bubbledogs will open in July on Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia, serving hot dogs and grower Champagne. Yes, that’s right, Champagne. And hot dogs. There will be a menu of 10 hot dogs served on traditional steamed buns.

The restaurant will also feature a separate “Kitchen Table”, which will seat a maximum of 19 guests for lunch and dinner.

First hotel for D&D Restaurant Group

Restaurant group D&D London will launch its first hotel, the South Place Hotel, in September 2012, located between Moorgate and Liverpool Street.

South Place will aim to be ‘more meet than sleep’ drawing on D&D’s focus on restaurants, with interiors designed by Conran and specially commissioned work by contemporary London artists throughout the hotel.

South Place Hotel will have 80 bedrooms, two restaurants and three bars, including a rooftop terrace and a ‘secret’ garden. While the hotel will launch in September, the restaurants will open in July in time for the Olympics.

The Angler restaurant on the seventh floor with views of London’s skyline will be a British seafood restaurant and on the ground floor, 3 South Place, will be a relaxed, informal, all-day restaurant with a bar next door with a 24-hour licence.

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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