London's restaurants are at the top of their game at the moment and they don’t seem to be slowing down any time soon. Here’s a list of seven of the best new London restaurants opening in 2015.
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Social Wine — Marylebone
Jason Atherton will launch Social Wine just off Oxford Street and close to Selfridge’s in April. Social Wine will be an exclusive wine shop and bar with counter- and table-served tapas. The concept is believed to be similar to his restaurant Esquina in Singapore.
Sky Garden — 20 Fenchurch Street
With the likes of Hutong and Aqua Shard at The Shard, and Sushisamba and Duck & Waffle at Heron Tower, sky-high dining has become quite a thing in London over the last few years. The latest to add to the mix is the Sky Garden at 20 Fenchurch Street, which will comprise of two restaurants: Fenchurch Seafood Bar & Grill on Level 37 specializing in seafood, and Darwin Brasserie on Level 36 which will be a more casual brasserie. Sky Pod bar on Level 35 will be an available venue for lunches and snacks and offers a number of impressive event spaces.
Le Chabanais — Mayfair
Inaki Aizpitarte, well-known in France for his Paris bistro Le Chateaubriand, will open Le Chabanais on Mount Street in Mayfair in the spring. Kevin Lansdown, former general manager of Scott’s will oversee the 90-seat restaurant, which will also have a downstairs bar. Le Chateaubriand’s head chef Paul Boudier, will be in charge of the kitchen.
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Les 110 de Taillevent — Mayfair
Les 110 de Taillevent, already a fixture on the Paris restaurant scene, and the more relaxed sister to the famous Michelin starred Taillevent in Paris, is due to open in on Cavendish Square in the summer. The menu will be simple but high end classical French food.
StreetXO — Mayfair
Another import from Europe, this time from Spain, StreetXO will open in the summer. StreetXO in Madrid is a street-food spin-off of Chef David Munoz’s three Michelin starred restaurant, DiverXO, thought by many to be the best restaurant in Madrid.
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Duck & Rice — Soho & Park Chinois — Mayfair
Hot on the heels of Babaji, his most recent opening at the end of 2014 with a casual Turkish menu, Alan Yau will open a Chinese gastropub in Soho called Duck & Rice in the former site of The Endurance in Soho. A few months later will see the opening of Park Chinois in Mayfair, on the former site of Automat on Dover Street. Park Chinois will be a throwback to Shanghai in the 1940s and ‘50s.
Sosharu — Clerkenwell
Adding to his ever-expanding restaurant empire, Jason Atherton will launch Sosharu in the old Turnmills building in Clerkenwell. Focusing on Japanese cuisine, the menu will feature teppanyaki, robatayaki, and sashimi, combined with an izakaya (bar food) menu.