The Parlour, Poultry
If you’re looking for a jazz bar set in the basement of a grand building like a prohibition era speakeasy, The Parlour has got you covered. Open from Wednesday to Friday, it offers a wide range of cocktails and drinks alongside a brand-new menu inspired by Yakatori and featuring wagyu beef and shitake mushrooms, among much more. The food and drink alone are reason enough to visit but there’s also live music from five-piece bands and cabaret performances of musicals like High Society. The kind of venue you know will have a great atmosphere.
Where: 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ
Above at HIDE, Piccadilly
HIDE might be a name familiar to some of you as it had a meteoric rise to success in 2018, but was cut down in its prime by the pandemic, like so many other restaurants. Rather than sit on their hands and wait to re-open, they decided to totally re-brand their top floor as an entirely new dining space with its own menu, now called Above at HIDE – essentially turning the establishment into three separate restaurants: Above at HIDE, HIDE and Below at HIDE. Highlights include suckling pig, scallops and homegrown wasabi.
Where: 85 Piccadilly, W1J 7NB
Opening at the start of the month, Apothecary is a new tavern in Shoreditch that combines its London roots with an homage to Tokyo. The refined Japanese cuisine, which includes sashimi and a robata grill, will be accompanied by a live DJ set on Fridays and Saturdays. And if you’re wondering about the Apothecary’s ministrations, they have a wide selection of classic cocktails as well as a signature menu. If you’re looking for some late-night entertainment or a venue to get your night started to right way, this bar promises a good time.
Where: 36 Charlotte Road, EC2A 3PG
The Light Bar, Shoreditch
Not all restaurants are tucked away in secluded corners as The Light Bar proves, revived for 2021 under fresh management. The establishment is built across three floors of a former Victorian power station from 1893, making for an airy and impressive dining location. The menu is focused on seasonal, hearty food with a range of sustainable produce collected from the head chef, Johnnie Collins’ own kitchen garden in Warwickshire. Highlights include 28-day Hereford rump steak and a revamped drinks menu, returning The Light Bar to being one of the premier watering holes on a night out since its closure in 2014.
Where: 233 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ
Native at Browns, Mayfair
If you’re looking for sustainable, luxury fish fillets with seasonal produce and natural wine pairings, you want an equally refined setting. Where better than in the heart of one of Mayfair’s flagship boutique stores; Browns. The team behind the environmentally-savvy food at the specially designed venue in Browns is the same award-winning team behind Native, who are famed for running eateries across the capital, but now find a home in Mayfair.
Where: 39 Brook Street, W1K 4JE
Kudu Grill, Peckham
The South African restaurant Kudu Collective already has a couple of London restaurants to its name with Kudu Curiosity opening last month and another on the horizon. Each venue specialises in a different area of cultural food and gives a unique dining experience. Their newest endeavour is Kudu Grill, a braai restaurant opening on 31st July. Braai, for those unfamiliar, is a form of open fire cooking using a wood fire. Expect to find plenty of meat dishes. The tradition of braai is also a social one, which is something of a Kudu specialty as several of their venues serve as meeting places and can be hired for private functions.
Where: 57 Nunhead Lane, SE15 3TR
Dior at Alto, Oxford Street
We’ve already seen one restaurant inside an iconic store on this list and there’s room for another. This time we’re heading straight to Selfridges, which already has a number of dining spots within its walls, but now the rooftop Alto restaurant has re-opened for the summer in partnership with Dior. The menu is inspired by the French Riviera and features some of the personal favourite dishes of Monsieur Dior, while also paying homage to the brand’s heritage. The Dior takeover continues in the decoration taken from the summer Dioriviera collection, which includes clothes, accessories and even surf boards.
Where: 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB