Where to eat in June: New London restaurants you should check out

With the arrival of June, the weather is definitely getting warmer and the chances of sun is looking pretty good right now.

And if you’re one of those people who love a bit of al fresco dining, you’re in luck as a number of new openings in London have great outdoor spaces.

As it happens, it’s also a good month if you like pasta or grilled meat with several new or recent openings dishing up the goods.

So ahead of the Bank Holiday weekend, here are a few places to try and to look out for in the coming months.

– June 1

Chelsea is getting a new all-day restaurant just off Sloane Square with a big focus on brunch.

If you’re not into your avo on toast or eggs Benedict, you can always join them for lunch or dinner, where the menu is more classic and filled with British produce.

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And as a nod for Sir Hans Sloane, the man who brought hot chocolate to Britain, there will be hot chocolate drinks and chocolate desserts to choose from.

– June 1

US-based chef Laurent Tourondel is opening a new restaurant at Soho’s Hotel Cafe Royal – his first in Europe.

It’s actually a return for him as he had once trained in its very kitchens during the early days of his career.

The menu is peppered with inspiration from around the world, featuring dishes like scallop salad with fava beans as well as fish and meat off the grill.

– June 6

Brigadiers in the City is channeling the army messes of India with its mix of Indian barbecue, two bars and line-up of social events.

The new restaurant, which is part of Bloomberg Arcade, will be serving up bites such as sikandari kid goat shoulder with lacha parathas.

And in its bars, there will be whisky vending machines, champagne fountains and cocktails on tap.

– June 8

Anatolian restaurant brand Ruya is opening its first restaurant in Europe in the heart of Mayfair.

There’s a focus on Turkish heritage but inspiration will be taken from the Mediterranean and the Black Sea too.

On the menu are dishes like 24 hour slow-cooked short rib with Turkish chili BBQ glaze and spiced Konya chickpea puree and you can wash it all down with a selection of raki, the Turkish anise-flavoured spirit.

– June 22

Covent Garden’s Bancone is all about small plate Italian food with a focus on fresh, hand-made pasta.

Pick from dishes like slow-cooked 10 hour oxtail ragu with pappardelle or nibble on bites like the daily-changing arancini.

Go ahead of the crowd – there is 50% off food between June 18 and 22.

– June 23

The team behind Kitty Fisher’s are hard at work creating their second venue, Cora Pearl.

The Covent Garden restaurant is inspired by a Parisian courtesan this time, who, as it happens, was originally from Covent Garden.

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Both French and British influences go into the menu, which will feature dishes like leek heart with smoked eel and confit pork belly with smoked quince.

Recent openings to check out:

Head to ’s new Belgravia outpost from May 29 if you love a good steak.

Their meat comes from The Ginger Pig’s Yorkshire stock and is cooked on the Josper grills.

And even better – they have a huge courtyard area where you can dine al fresco in the summer months.

If you and your friends can never agree on what to eat, head to the brilliant new .

It’s the first of several market halls in London and houses vendors from across London.

You can tuck into lentil fritters from Calcutta Canteen, grab a slice (or three) from Yard Sale Pizza and finish with a candy floss-topped ice cream from Soft Serve.

The team behind Zuma have brought a new Japanese concept to Soho – the robatayaki.

It’s essentially a type of barbeque, and at , this is central to the restaurant.

You won’t regret ordering the meats grilled on the robata but you’ll be equally impressed by their tofu.

The team behind east London’s P Franco and Noble Fine Liquor have launched their first restaurant in London Fields.

has chefs William Gleave and Giuseppe Belvedere at the helm, both of whom have previously cooked at P Franco.

It’s a great one for wine lovers as the food, like at P Franco, is designed with wine in mind.

Chinese street food lovers will want to flock to the new  in Soho, which takes inspiration from cuisines around China.

Although the baozi of its namesake is central to the menu, there is also a big selection of dim sum to choose from.

And as it’s brought to you by the people behind Barshu, the Sichuanese restaurant in Chinatown, you will find plenty of bites from Sichuan too.

If you love food from the Levant, give the new  in Soho a try.


Many of the dishes are from Lebanon but you will find inspiration from Turkey and beyond.

Its wine selection is similarly focused on the region, with options from the likes of Lebanon and Macedonia.

Clerkenwell is getting a new Jewish restaurant in the shape of .

The dishes are mainly Israeli, and you can order things like crispy cauliflower with amba or Hawayej roast lamb shoulder shakshuka.

And on Saturdays, you can tuck into a Shabbat brunch.

Southern fried chicken aficionados now have their first permanent site – in Clerkenwell’s Exmouth Market,

Obviously you have those fried chicken strips but there are now New Orleans inspired cocktails and cold beers to boot.

They’ll still be trading as a street food vendor around the city though, just in case you wanted to go back to the pared back experience.

Summer might not be the most obvious time for raclette but has now officially opened in Brixton.

They’ve got a traditional machine that melts the cheese so the staff can scrape the oozy goodness right in front of you.

And because it’s an alpine kind of set up, there are to be had too.

For vegans who love fine dining, there’s a new Saturday night hang out – , founded by siblings Keeley and Kirk Haworth.

Having trained under their father, Michelin-starred chef , the pair are now throwing open their Hoxton food studio once a week to present their innovative plant-based dishes.

There’s a set five-course menu that changes each week, so expect the unexpected.

If you like your food simple, in Tower Bridge has the answers.

Mark Sargeant’s new all-day dining venue is a restaurant and cafe combined where you can pick up food to take away from the deli or sit down for a proper meal in the restaurant.


You can order anything from roast chicken to toad in the hole and there are frozen cocktails and beer slushies for the summer.

If you like your seafood by the bucket load, you will probably love Notting Hill’s (yeah, I went there).

The seafood restaurant will be selling everything from prawns and white bait to fritto misto and mussles by the bucket.

And if you haven’t had enough, they also do takeaways.




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