London is seeing something of a surfeit of new eateries opening at the moment, but these are our top six, each worthy of adding to your long-list of restaurants to remember, for the food as well as the interiors inspiration
1 The Ivy This London institution is 100 this year and celebrating in style with a marvellous new outpost in central London’s Soho. Expect to see all the interior design references you’d expect from the mother ship — think stained glass windows, leather banquets and beautifully-framed graphic artworks — and if you needed more encouragement to visit in #EDkitchens month, then up until 27 April 2017 you can have the pre- or post-theatre menu for just £19.17 (referencing the year of its opening, 1917). The Ivy Soho Brasserie, 26-28 Broadwick Street, London W1; 0203 301 6611
2 Luca London’s cool Clerkenwell quarter adds to its culinary delights with the opening of the first sister restaurant to the Clove Club in neighbouring Shoreditch. The team behind the latter have brought the best of Britain and Italy together in both menu and design in their new space, with an interior by Alexander Waterworth Interiors, influenced by1950s Italy. We love the private dining room, which is in fact a functioning farmhouse-style pasta kitchen where fresh tortellini is hand-made everyday. Luca 88 St. John Street, London EC1; 020 3859 3000
3 Palatino Also in Clerkenwell, Stevie Parle, head chef of cutting-edge brasserie Craft at Greenwich Peninsla, has opened a pasta restaurant around the corner from Luca on Central Street. Chalky grey walls and dusty lemon leather seats make a simple but stylish environment for fresh gnocchi with brown butter and sage. Palatino 71 Central Street, London EC1; 020 3481 5300
4 Barbecoa A steakhouse on Piccadily is the latest venture to be overseen by our favourite Brit super chef, Jamie Oliver. A temple to grass-fed meat, it’s based in a historic 19th Century building replete with details like a grand sweeping marble staircase and wood-panelled bar. Barbecoa 194 Piccadilly, London, W1; 0203 005 9666
5 Westerns Laundry Following the success of the restaurant Primeur, tucked away in Canonbury, the team behind it is splashing out on a new spot, Westerns Laundry in Highbury & Islington. Expect seasonal British fare with a focus on seafood alongside a choice selection of funky wines and beautifully hand-crafted interiors designed by co-owner Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim. Westerns Laundry 34 Drayton Park, London, N5; Opens April 2017.
6. Temper. In our opinion the most beautiful of London’s many new taquerias, all gleaming steel and fir green leather bar stools and banquets. Essentially a modern barbecue joint, its unusual taco flavours include aubergine and chipotle miso, and crab and pickled onion pork skin. Temper 25 Broadwick Street, London W1; 020 3879 3834
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