In hip and happening London, most days of the week see a new restaurant or bar opening, and the pace really picks up in the Autumn. There’s a real buzz that comes from a new place or a new menu launch – trendy locals really love to show they’ve got their fingers on the pulse. So let’s take a look at the latest and most unique restaurants worth visiting while you’re in the Big Smoke.
Casa Negra, Shoreditch
The new sister to Soho’s Latin success story La Bodega Negra, this eatery is in the heart of cool Shoreditch is more than just a restaurant. After dining hours, the downstairs bar becomes a party zone with a fantastic atmosphere and a 2am license. Go for dinner and stay the whole evening!
Food is Mexican through and through. Choose from rich salads, enchiladas, quesadillas, and traditional main courses. Our tip is to order several dishes to share and to team them up with a frozen margarita.
Joe’s Southern Bar & Kitchen, Covent Garden
Right in the heart of Covent Garden, this revamped restaurant in a perfect spot for pre-theatre nibbles or a meal before a big night out on the town. The menu is packed with all the classic Deep South dishes, from gumbo and ribs to beer can chicken and deep fried chicken wings. The result may not be healthy, but it is delicious. The pecan pie should win an award.
Every visitor to London should make time to head outside Zones 1 and 2 to explore more of what the capital is about. And going to Luciano’s for dinner is as good an excuse as any. Down in South East London, in Lee (you could stop by the Cutty Sark on the way there), this new Italian restaurant has been open less than a year and already books up at weekends. The cuisine is authentically Neapolitan, with delicious tuna carpaccio, lightly spiced meatballs and perfectly thin pizzas.
Hutong, The Shard
No London tourist should be missing a trip up the capital’s tallest building right now, and after spending some time on The Shard’s observation deck, why not stop by this new restaurant on the 33rd floor to try some Hong Kong cuisine?
The food served here is quite unique to London. The Northern Chinese delicacies on offer include soft shell crab, spiced razor clams, melt-in-the-mouth won-tons and lip-smackingly crispy lamb. And of course, the views are definitely something to write home about.
Stuart Leckie is Director of Sales & Marketing at St. Ermin’s Hotel.
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