London never ceases to amaze. Every year it just gets better and better and 2016 is poised for some of the world’s finest new restaurant, hotel and cultural openings. Ditch the New Year diet, get Uber on speed dial and make sure you have your next trip to London booked, pronto. These are the new addresses you need to know...
The hunger game will soon be over, as the eagerly awaited Nobu Hotel Shoreditch is set to open in the first quarter of 2016. Sushi lovers will soon be able to devour chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s wondrous sushi masterpieces before retiring to very stylish bed just metres away, and do so under a super cool, Ron Arad designed roof. Alternatively, for a dose of seriously chic Parisian lounge style, Hotel Côstes is also opening this year in Sloane Square.
As well as slick new sleeps, London is the place to give your knife and fork some Michelin-worthy action this year. British Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton is opening a Japanese “Izakaya” (a social Japanese dining concept) restaurant Sosharu, serving teppanyaki, robatayaki and sashimi in Clerkenwell’s Turnmill building in March, while fellow British chef Shaun Rankin (of Michelin starred Ormer) is taking a starring role as Executive Chef at the £14m revamped Flemings Hotel in Mayfair.
Four Seasons, Ten Trinity Square
The Europeans are feeling the allure of our capital too, with acclaimed Spanish chef Eneko Atxa of three-Michelin-starred Azurmendi near Bilbao opening Eneko, a Basque restaurant at One Aldwych this summer, delivering his unique modern interpretation of rustic Basque cuisine. The new Four Seasons hotel, Ten Trinity Square’s French restaurant will also be under the direction of a Michelin-starred chef when it opens this year, and French chef Grégory Marchand (ex Gramercy Tavern and Fifteen) and his wife will open a second branch of their Parisian restaurant Frenchie in Covent Garden.Frenchie Covent Garden
Ex-bar Boulud Maître d’ Paulo de Tarso and La Petite Maison’s Nicolas Jaouën are teaming up to open Italian restaurant Margot this May from while Hotel Café Royal will be celebrating their 150th anniversary by teaming up with Spanish chef Albert Adria, the brother of El Bulli’s Ferran. 50 Days by Albert Adria, a pop-up gastronomic delight will be held at their Domino Restaurant from February 12th – April 9th.
Polpo at Harvey Nichols
Italian favourite Polpo will be popping the prosecco when it opens an outpost at Harvey Nichols in February, and popping back on the scene after nearly two decades is Damien Hirst’s iconic 90s restaurant Pharmacy, named Pharmacy 2, which is set to return to his Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall this year.
Off the culinary circuit and on the road to wellness, is Hotpod Yoga Set for 16 for 16, and their heated pop-up yoga pod which will be touring the city, hooking up with 16 health institutes including The Detox Kitchen, English National Ballet and Danceworks Mayfair for one-off yoga classes.
South Kensington Club
The newly opened hub of health and wellness, private member’s club, South Kensington Club, has welcomed The Bathhouse for 2016, featuring a saltwater Watsu pool and offering Russian banya treatments and Turkish Hammams. Time to sweat and get wet.