In a city where new hotels, restaurants and experiences emerge seemingly every day, it’s expected to feel overwhelmed when deciding where to dine. London consistently sees delicious and top-notch restaurants appear, but how can one possibly keep track of all the new and updated restaurants?
To make deciding easier, here are four new and updated eateries gracing this international city this year:
Opening this May, this intimate trattoria invites guests to indulge in Neapolitan and Sicilian classics with a retro, Italian-American twist. Situated within Marylebone Village, this Big Mamma establishment will include dishes like penne alla vodka with Cornish crab, lamb arrosticini skewers, tempura shrimp cocktail and rosé veal tartare. An extended whiskey list complements the dishes. The space features a 1980s-style, blue-velvet drinking den, complete with a ruby red terrace, as well as a long, skylit dining room and Venetian marble bar for pre-dinner cocktails.
Within one of London’s most beloved luxury hotels lies The Wigmore, a pub serving signature food and drinks. The Langham, London’s iconic pub now welcomes guests with a new cocktail menu in time for spring and summer. The new cocktail list, created by Bodhan Burkovetskyi, sees 11 new cocktails join an already stellar list of drinks. Highlights include the Earl Grey Negroni (Tanqueray Gin, Italicus Aperitivo, dry vermouth and bergamot aroma), Sassy Mango (tequila-based drink) and the Pineapple Express Martini. The new menu also sees five new gin and tonic concoctions, each offering a unique twist on the classic cocktail. Several new dishes join the food menu alongside the drinks list, with savory plates like pork rillette, baba ganoush and spiced duck pastilla ready to wow patrons.
Located on Jermyn Street is Franco’s Italian Restaurant, a popular dining institution drawing guests far and wide since 1945. Now, the restaurant presents its newly redecorated private dining room. The space, also used as part of the restaurant when not hired for a private event, accommodates up to 16 in one room, up to 32 at one long table or up to 50 at five tables of 10 guests. The redecorated space sees bespoke, 17th-century scenic wall coverings throughout, all depicting the Italian countryside. Mirrored antique paneling and Art Deco brass fixtures further enhance and lighten the space. One of the new features includes a walk-in wine storage room, an addition sure to be a hit with diners.
Another London hotel sees exciting changes on its culinary and drink side. The Standard, London’s ground floor and bar launches a brand-new Sunday Brunch menu with a D.I.Y. Bloody Mary station. Double Standard welcomes spring with the new addition, in which British brunch favorites are combined with hearty American classics. These dishes are paired with bottomless prosecco or a D.I.Y. Bloody Mary. Available every Sunday, 12–4 p.m., the new D.I.Y. Bloody Mary station allows guests to choose between a classic vodka, Red Snapper gin, Bloody Maria Mezcal or a Virgin Maria. Then, guests can add a mix of five garnishes, including classic gherkins; cherry tomatoes; bacon and celery; seafood like prawns, pickled anchovies and lobster claws; cheddar and stilton cheese; or an extra kick with a Double Standard hot sauce float.
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