Where To Dine: February

From the opening of exciting new bars and dynamic restaurants to the launch of mouth-watering menus, discover where to dine and drink this February.

Bon Vivant, Marchmont Street
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Bon Vivant on Bloomsbury’s Parchment Street is set to launch on 14th February – serving everything from croissants and coffee au matin to light lunches, intimate dinners and indulgent bottomless brunches.

To celebrate the launch, Bon Vivant will be offering diners 50% off food between 15th-23rd February. Feast on French classics, such as tartines, charcuterie plates and margret de canard, alongside a handpicked wine collection and ‘cheeky’ cocktail list – including their house serve Dirty Pink.

Where: 75-77 Marchmont St, London WC1N 1AP. To make a reservation, email info@bonvivantrestaurant.co.uk or click here.

Lorne, Victoria

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Launching in Victoria’s Wilton Road, Lorne is the first restaurant from sommelier Katie Exton and chef Peter HallA true collaboration between front-of-house and kitchen, Lorne Restaurant is born out of the desire by its dynamic and experienced co-founders to share their love of restaurants and create a fun, convivial space where food and wine sit as equals.

Featuring a modern British menu and a destination wine list, Lorne restaurant will be a true representation of Katie and Peter’s professional journeys and personal experiences.

Where: 76 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1DE. Click here for more.

Bala Baya, Bankside

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Bala Baya brings a day in the life of Tel Aviv to Bankside’s Union Street Arches. A sleek Bauhaus-inspired restaurant, this is the first stand alone project from Israeli-born Head Chef Eran Tibi, protégé of Sami Tamimi and formerly of Ottolenghi, Made in Camden and the critically acclaimed Zest@JW3.

Bala Baya’s innovative daytime menu is focused around a custom-made pitta oven, designed by Eran’s father – and will range from in-house made breakfast pastries, to original and contemporary takes on the classic pitta pockets at lunch.

Bala Baya’s evening menu will encapsulate sharing in its true form; this is a hands-on, hands-in approach to family-style dining focusing on the pure enjoyment of the best seasonal, organic ingredients. Visit for dishes such as salmon and tahini (salt baked blackened salmon with tahini, picked chilli, tomato pulp and herb oil) and aubergine and harissa date glaze (tea smoked aubergine with harissa and date glaze, spicy nut crumb, lime and goats curd). Desserts will include chocolate and hazelnut babka (babka with smeared chocolate and hazelnut spread, plums, pecan praline and crème anglaise).

Times: Monday – Friday at 8am – 11pm, Saturday from 9am – 11pm and Sunday 10am  5pm. Bookings: To make a reservation, click here.
Where: Arch 25, Old Union Yard Arches, 229 Union Street, SE1 0LR

Bone Daddies, James Street

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London’s favourite rock ‘n’ roll ramen bar, Bone Daddies, is set to open the doors to a brand new site in James Street, Marylebone. Bringing a dose of Japanese cool to the thriving St Christopher’s Place community, the menu will feature a selection of robata and wok dishes exclusive to the newsite, alongside much-loved Bone Daddies favourites.

Located a stone’s throw away from Oxford Street and set across two floors, the interiors of Bone Daddies James Street, overseen by B3 Designers, will take inspiration from Japanese street-style aesthetic.

The James Street menu will feature classic ramen and snacks from the likes of flavour-packed 20 hour pork bone broth Tonkotsu and Sweet Spicy Pig Bones to be found beside newcreations. Developed by Chef Proprietor, Ross Shonhan, and Group Executive Chef, Tom Moxon, especially for James Street, a new Kushiyaki section will feature skewers of different ingredients, including chicken, ox cheek, salmon, prawns and shiitake mushrooms marinated in the likes of kimchee butter and sweet chilli ponzu.

Where: 46-48 James Street, London. Find out more here.

Untitled, Hackney

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Tony Conigliaro, internationally renowned drinks innovator and founder of award-winning London cocktail bars 69 Colebrooke Row and Bar Termini, as well as the acclaimed Drink Factory, has confirmed he will open his new bar, Untitled, on Thursday 9th February at 538 Kingsland Road, Hackney.

Inspired by the ideology behind Andy Warhol’s iconic Silver Factory, the new space has been curated by Tony and his dedicated Drink Factory team – including Head of Research and partner in the new bar, Zoe Burgess, along with a group of talented friends and Hackney locals. Untitled will showcase creativity through its cocktails, food, art and design, with evolving installations and collaborations with like-minded souls.

Expect an entirely new line-up of cocktails from Tony and the team at Drink Factory – with a menu made up of twelve Untitled originals, each designed to taste like their namesake.  Drinks will include Snow – created to evoke the experience of drinking snow, as well as Violin and Waif.

Where: 538 Kingsland Road, Hackney, E8 4AH. Click here to find out more.

The Sheraton Grand London Park Lane’s 90th Birthday Bracer 

90th Birthday Bracer-2This month sees the 90th anniversary of Sheraton Grand London Park Lane, an iconic Mayfair hotel, which originally opened in 1927 at the height of the Roaring Twenties.

Guests can celebrate the hotel’s momentous birthday with a special 90th anniversary cocktail curated by in-house Drinks Historian Rebecca Seal. First discovered by renowned drinks writer Charles H Baker in the hotel’s founding year of 1927, the Carolina Plantation Bracer is a vigorous rum based cocktail created in Charleston, South Carolina. This re-creation is a mix of two rums, cognac and tawny port and is the perfect drink to ease one from the troubles of the day into the calm waters of the evening.

Price: £14. Available at the Palm Court in Sheraton Grand London Park Lane for 90 days from 27th January.
Where: Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 7BX

Royal Exchange partners with Lulu Guinness

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The Royal Exchange has teamed up with Lulu Guinness to bring a splash of chic style to the Grand Café and Threadneedle Bar. From 8 February to 10 March, guests can enjoy an exclusive range of cocktails and desserts inspired by the luxury British accessories designer, while the Grand Café will be adorned with decorations that exude Lulu’s striking and distinctive style.

Cocktails will include the Dark Kiss Fizz with plum sake, Staibano Lemon Cream Liqueur, Chambord, and chocolate bitters.Additionally, the Strawberry Lipstick will incorporate rum with strawberry, lemon, and Staibano Lemon Cream Liqueur – and Whisky on the Lip will see whisky mixed with cherry syrup, Staibano Lemon Cream Liqueur, chocolate bitters and lemon.

Inspired by the striking designs of Lulu Guinness’s handbags, Stefano Leone, Executive Head Chef of The Royal Exchange, has created the exclusive Stripes & Lips dessert – an irresistible combination of white chocolate and black sesame mousses, raspberry sorbet, orange and lavender compote, violas and chocolate lips.

PLUS: Guests who spend over £50 at The Royal Exchange will receive a £15 voucher for purchases over £100 at Lulu Guinness. Those spending over £75 at Lulu Guinness will receive one complimentary Lulu Guinness cocktail at The Royal Exchange, and those spending over £100 will receive two complimentary cocktails.

Where: Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR. Find out more here.

Brother Marcus launches residencies

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Balham’s Brother Marcus is putting on a series of Supper Clubs. From chefs and food bloggers to mother and daughter duos and street food vendors, the series looks set to put South West London on the foodie map.

Serving a variety of different cuisines including Persian, Mexican and hearty English, each residency will be working in collaboration with the Brother Marcus boys to create an exclusive menu based on their love of food and their favourite dishes.

From Chiory Kitchen’s Persian menu to The London Food Babes South American Affair and Sam Stern’s “greatest hits” menu, there’s plenty to try. The fun will kick off with Daft Puddin’ from Thursday 2nd of February – Saturday 4th of February. Not to be missed for any yorkshire pudding lovers, guests can fine on Yorkshire puddings filled with Moraccan shoulder of lamb, mac & cheese and even tea-infused clotted cream ice cream in a vanilla pudding with a chocolate glaze.

Where: 9 Chestnut Grove, London, SW12 8JA. Click here to make a reservation.

Rosa’s Thai Cafe, Brixton

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This February brings the highly anticipated opening of Rosa’s Thai Cafe in Brixton by the husband and wife team, Alex and Saiphin Moore.  The new venue will be located on Atlantic Road and sits comfortably with the energetic and foodie community in Brixton, echoing the restaurant’s origins as a street food operation on vibrant Brick Lane back in 2006.

The 74 cover restaurant will feature a host of new, seasonal dishes, influenced by co-founder Saiphin Moore’s family recipes.  Diners can expect to see Baked Seafood Red Curry (baked and served in a hollowed out Butternut) Stir Fried Mussels in a spicy and zingy mixed herb sauce; plus an Heirloom Tomato Salad with red onion, spring onion and coriander in a spicy salad sauce.

Where: 36 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8JW. Find out more here.

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