We continue our regular monthly feature where we summarise some of our highlights from the previous month and offer recommendations for where you should visit or have on your radar for the month ahead. Encompassing new London restaurants and old favourites, pop-up venues, events and everything in between, here is the inside track for those sharking for chips and drinks.

If we’ve missed any exciting new places off this list, please get in touch in the comments section. In case you missed it – check out what OPENED IN MAY in London.

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POP-Down Dining and Desserts, London menuPOP-Down Dining and Desserts

When? June 12, 2015

What is it? POP-Down is a brand new interactive dining concept, created by luxury gastronomy experts, Cuisson, which promises to deliver inventive, high-end dining at affordable prices with a menu that is full of surprises and sure to leave guests in awe.

Who’s behind it? The Cuisson team, who collectively trained in some of the world’s top restaurants (The Fat Duck, Galvin at windows, Le Gavroche, The Square, Maze and Adam Simmons).

Size? 38 covers

What’s on the Menu? the POP-Down menu fuses classic French cooking with modernist techniques. Cuisson has injected an element of playfulness into many of the dishes, to create a sense of wonder throughout the experience. The menu will change monthly ensuring POP-Down is constantly fresh, new and innovative.

Examples from the menu include:

  • Crispy tortilla | prawn chorizo
  • Chicken liver parfait | charred pineapple | candied walnuts
  • Salmon | fennel | cucumber |vanilla
  • White truffle and saffron crème brûlée| yogurt sugar |summer fruit

Bookings? Yes

Contact: POP-Down Dining and Desserts – 15 Charles II Street, London, SW1Y. Ph. 07503661757. WebsiteFacebookTwitter.

Trading Hours: 7.30pm-onwards

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POP-Down Dining and Desserts, London menu

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Social Wine & TapasSocial Wine & Tapas

When? June 9, 2015.

Who? Laure Patry, who has worked with Jason Atherton for over 10 years, heads up Social Wine & Tapas and has been an instrumental part of all the restaurants opened by The Social Company.

What is it? A bar and restaurant offering quality, rare and fine wines accessibly priced alongside a tapas and snacks menu, created by head chef Frankie Van Loo (formerly Social Eating House).

Size?  Set over two floors, the ground floor houses the wine shop and tapas bar, which has an open kitchen with a dining counter; banquet seating for up to 9 covers, and an elevated wine tasting table for 10. Down a narrow staircase leads to a basement wine bar, a second tasting area, a corner bar and a preparation kitchen counter.

What’s on the menu? Jason Atherton and head chef Frankie Van Loo have developed a menu of modern tapas style dishes, made with the best of British produce and reflecting London’s vibrant food and drink scene. Dishes on the menu include ‘jamon, Manchego and truffle toastie’, ‘heirloom tomato salad with burrata, basil and gazpacho dressing’, ‘seafood and rabbit Spanish rice’ and ‘crème Catalan with orange’. In addition to the tapas menu, a seasonally changing selection of cheeses and charcuterie are served via the basement kitchen counter.

Bookings? Yes.

Contact: Social Wine & Tapas – 39 James Street, London
W1U 1DL. Ph. 020 7993 3257. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: 12pm-10.30pm 7 days.

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Social Wine & Tapas

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Pizza Union King’s CrossPizza Union King’s CrossPizza Union King’s Cross

When? June 22, 2015

What is it? Pizza Bar selling fresh Roman pizzas all day. Thin, crispy bases combined with delicious, great value toppings all served in a modern, fun atmosphere.

Size? 100 covers

What’s on the Menu? 12” Roman pizzas topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella and a range of delicious toppings including cotto ham, n’duja sausage, fresh spinach and tonnes more!

Bookings? No, plenty of space for walk-ins

Contact: Pizza Union King’s Cross – 266 – 250 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9JY. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: 11am – 12am, 7 days.

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Pizza Union King’s Cross

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Masala Grill Main Restaurant 083Masala Grill 

When? May 6, 2015

 What is it? Masala Grill is a true community restaurant where authentic Indian craftsmanship meets modern design in an informal, yet eclectic setting. Drawing on the roots and soul of Indian cuisine, the menu has been curated from real home cooking, street food favourites and lively Grills.

Who’s behind it? MW Eat own and run three fine dining restaurants, Amaya, Chutney Mary and Veeraswamy, as well as Masala Grill, their latest restaurant concept, and several Masala Zone informal dining restaurants.

What’s on the Menu? Chicken Sixer, Crispy Squid, Green Peas Tikki Chaat, a selection of Grills – Tikkas, King Prawns, Lamb Chops, Sea Bass, and Lamb Shank. Poppy Seed and Mustard Chicken Korma, Kerala Green Chicken Curry, Palak Gosht, and unusual Indian Desserts.

£40 per head for a two course meal including wine & service. 12.5% discretionary service charge.

Bookings? Yes. Two private rooms – seating 30 and 28 respectively which can be used separately or together. The restaurant can also be made available for exclusive hire during weekdays all day and dinner, and weekend lunches

Contact: Masala Grill – 535 Kings Road, Chelsea, London SW10 0SZ (Corner of Lots Road). Ph. 020 7351 7788. Website. Facebook. Twitter.

Trading Hours: Monday – Friday: 6.30pm – 11.15pm; Saturday: 6.00pm to 11.15pm; Sunday: 12.30 -3.00pm and 6.30pm to 10.30pm

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Masala Grill Main Restaurant 083

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The Jacob’s Gourmet Snacktail BarThe Jacob’s Gourmet Snacktail Bar

When? Thursday 9th July (7:30pm-11pm) + Friday 10th July (5pm-11pm)

What is it? The UK’s first savoury cocktail bar

Who’s behind it? Savoury snack-makers, Jacob’s

What’s on the Menu? A range of gourmet cocktails, or‘Snacktails’, to perfectly accompany the flavours of Jacob’s new Cracker Crisps range – Chilli Con Carne, Plum Spring Rolls, and Fish and Chips

Bookings? Queue-free guest list for the first 100 people to sign up available here.

Contact: 19 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4DT. WebsiteTwitter.

Trading Hours: Thursday 9th July (7.30pm – 11pm), Friday 10th July (5pm – 11pm)

The UK’s first savoury cocktail bar

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Newly Open: PizzaBuzz - Worship Street, LondonNewly Open: PizzaBuzz - Worship Street, LondonPizzaBuzz

When? July 2015

What is it? Launching this July in the new Alphabeta development on Worship Street, EC2, PizzaBuzz will encourage pizza-lovers to work their way down the statement curved service bar, customising everything from the base to the deli meats and shellfish, tasty veg, and specialist cheeses to create their ultimate slice of pie.

Who’s behind it? Barnaby Meredith, owner and managing director of The Meredith Group with gastro-pubs such as The Portman, Marylebone and The Only Running Footman, Mayfair.

Size? 90 covers.

What’s on the Menu? Bacon Jam with Balsamic, Wild Rock Shrimp marinated in garlic, Rucola, White Figs, Aubergine, Fontina or Pecorino Romano topped pizzas. Signature pizzas include: Veal Meatballs (Crushed tomatoes, Mozzarella, Veal Meatballs, Caramelised Onions, Sage, Prosciutto); Popeye (No Sauce, Buffalo Mozzarella, Pecorino & Telagio Cheese, Fresh Baby Spinach); Senorita (No Sauce, Cream Cheese, Smoked Salmon, Capers, Red Onion)

Bookings? No

Contact: PizzaBuzz – 2 Worship Street, London, EC2A 2AH. Ph. 020 7723 8996. WebsiteTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Sunday – Thurs 7am – 11pm; Friday – Saturday 7am – midnight.

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Newly Open: PizzaBuzz - Worship Street, London

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