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 AUGUST in London.

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10686678_770562099697857_3028622581171135458_n Four Hundred Rabbits

When? September 1, 2015

What is it? A brand new restaurant experience offering the highest quality sourdough pizza, craft beer, barrel aged negroni and Gelupo gelato

Who’s behind it? The team behind The Lido Café in Brockwell Park

Size? Approx. 30 covers

What’s on the Menu? Four Hundred Rabbits use sourdough to make their pizzas, giving the dough a deeper and more interesting flavour whilst keeping a lighter texture and crust. The toppings will be taken from the UK’s most amazing artisanal producers and will follow the food seasons closely, with fresh vegetables such as artichokes, corn and asparagus all set to feature. Fior di Latte Mozzarella and San Marzano Tomatoes are essential for a good pizza and create the perfect base for ingredients like British charcuterie and slow smoked rare breed brisket.

Bookings? No

Contact: Four Hundred Rabbits: 30-32 Westow Street, Gypsy Hill, London, SE19 3AH. Ph. 02087716249 WebsiteTwitterInstagram.

Newly Open: Four Hundred Rabbits - Gypsy Hill, London

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The Hour Glass - South KensingtonThe Hour Glass

When? Late September 2015

What is it? The Hour Glass is an intimate, neighborhood pub serving great pints and fantastic food with superb produce, secret garden café and friendly service.

Who’s behind it? In conjunction with landlords South Kensington Estates, Luke Mackay and David Turcan – the wildly successful duo behind Brompton Food Market – are behind The Hour Glass. Luke has been in the food and wine business for 17 years, latterly as Borough Market’s demo chef and in-house writer. He was responsible for taking over and turning around the failing Royal Oak in Wiltshire which is now rated as one of the best pubs in the country. David’s expertise lie in marketing, communications and business development allied with amazing, albeit amateur skills in the kitchen. Head Chef Tim Parsons has experience working with Michelin-starred chefs such as Bruno Loubet and in restaurants such as the Ebury. Tim has also worked in some of London’s best food pubs.

Size? 28 Covers. Designer Patrick Thomas reclaimed this tired old boozer and returned it to its former glories. Attention to detail is key to Patrick’s work and quirky hand-picked light fittings, walls covered in wood paneling from local churches and even a stunning, giant hour glass sculpture attest to countless hours spent poking around in flea markets.

What’s on the Menu? The menu will be born of the seasons: Sea Bream with Cauliflower, Burnt Leeks and Brown Shrimp, Flat Iron Steak with Dripping Chips and Bone Marrow Gravy and Chocolate Porter Cake with Milk Ice Cream and Honeycomb.

The Hour Glass will serve immaculately kept beer of which 50% of the draft options will be from London brewers, as well as cloudy, scrumpy IPAs and at least 3 guest ales. There will also be some stunning modern brews on offer sourced from friends in the neighborhood.

Bookings? Yes

Soft Opening? TBC

Contact: The Hour Glass – 279-283 Brompton Road, South Kensington, SW3 2DY. Website.

Trading Hours: Mon-Thurs 12-11pm, Fri-Sat 12-Midnight, Sunday 12-10.30pm. Food: Mon-Thurs 12pm-3pm, 5pm-9pm; Sat-Sun 12pm-9pm.

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Newly Open: Rudie's - Stoke NewingtonRudie’s

When? Early October 2015

What is it? An exciting and unique casual dining restaurant in Dalston that will provide customers with a truly authentic taste of the very best of Jamaican food and drinks.

Who’s behind it? The team behind Rudie’s are a group of friends who all share the love of Jamaican food, music and drinks.

Size? 60 Covers

What’s on the Menu? Rudie’s signature “real jerk”(including chicken and lamb varieties, amongst others) will be marinated for 24 hours in a secret blend of herbs and spices, smoked using pimento and sweet wood before being cooked over coals in traditional jerk drums. The Jamaican patties at Rudie’s are another signature dish which include a very special Lobster variety. The menu also includes a host of sharing style dishes and small plates such as Curry Goat Dumpling with Pepper Jelly, Bammy Bruschetta and a zingy shrimp salad with jalapeno.

Those with a sweet tooth will also enjoy Sticky Rum Cake with Rum Butter Sauce and Ice Cream or freshly made Banana Caramel Doughnuts. Rudie’s is also home to a central rum bar which hosts the UK’s largest selection of Jamaican rums as well as local craft beers and a focused wine selection.

Bookings? Yes

Soft Opening? TBC

Contact: Audie’s – 50 Stoke Newington Road N16 7XB. Ph. 0207 249 2288. WebsiteTwitter.

Newly Open: Rudie's - Stoke Newington

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Newly Open: Pasta Sereni - Air Street, LondonPasta Sereni

When? Late September 2015

What is it? Handmade, restaurant-quality pasta on the go.

Who’s behind it? Sandro Ferretti, Luciano Sereni and Fabio Beradiall: all of whom are united by their passion for authentic Italian food. Sandro spent a lot of his youth in a kitchen as his father was a top chef, Luciano has worked on a number of successful real estate projects and has had a lifelong passion for bringing joy to people through food and Fabio has a mission to show Londoners what “real” pasta is all about.

Size? 300sq. ft

What’s on the Menu? Flavour-packed pasta dishes using the highest quality ingredients. Dishes such as Fusilli Sereni are signature to Pasta Sereni, combining succulent tuna marinated in extra virgin olive oil, green olives, anchovies and tomatoes from Campania. Other signatures include: Rigatoni al Ragu and Trottole with pesto and cherry tomatoes. Pasta Sereni also serves traditional Italian soups, fresh salads and desserts, as well as some of the finest coffee in London and a selection of soft drinks.

Bookings? No

Soft Opening? TBC

Contact: Pasta Sereni – 5 Air Street London W1J 0AB. Twitter.

Trading Hours: 7am-11pm

Newly Open: Pasta Sereni - Air Street, London

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Halva logoHalva Bakery

When? September 7, 2015

What is it? Halva, an independent bakery and cafe, which offers a wide range of breads, pastries and cakes.

Who’s behind it? Halva is owned by Lila Sarhang Zadeh, who classically trained as a pastry chef in France, before deciding to realize her dream and launch her first venture in the capital.

Size? Capacity of 24

What’s on the Menu? A wide selection of tasty treats including French traditional baguettes made using French flour known as “tradition flour”, as well as other loaves using locally sourced rye and spelt flours. You will also find morning goods such as croissants, pain au chocolat, pistachio and chocolate swirls which come in various delicious flavours such as; custard and rum soaked raisins and lemon zest custard and blueberries.

Fresh scones are also on offer as well as apple turn overs, with half an apple from London’s famous Covent Garden Market at its heart, all hand made on the premises using French butter. For those with a sweet tooth, pastry items will include a French fusion pastry expertly made from scratch using high quality ingredients, seasonal fruits and also offer unusual combinations of flavours. Macarons, banana crème brulée Paris Brest, and the ever-popular lemon crunchy meringue tart are just a few of the pastries available.

Bookings? Halva provides a wide range of bespoke, stunning cakes, baked to order for all special occasions.

Contact: Halva Bakery: 771 Fulham Road London SW6 5HA. Ph. 02078342045. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 7:30am – 7pm; Saturday: 8am – 6pm; Sunday: 8am – 2pm.

Halva Chelsea

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Grain + GreenGrain + Green

When? Early November 2015

What is it? Breakast, brunch, lunch. Eat in or takeaway. 

Grain + Green serve fresh, bold and delicious dishes that are free from wheat, dairy and refined sugar but still mouth wateringly tasty.  Their focus is on celebrating good quality, seasonal, whole ingredients to create the comfort of a kitchen away from home. The new healthy eating hub will also house a fitness studio. They want to create a unique concept where you can dine, work out, socialise and leave feeling amazing.

Who’s behind it?  Lily Simpson, founder of The Detox Kitchen.

Size? 35 seats.

They have created delicious sharing dishes, perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch. 

Grab & Go. 

The perfect lunch if you’re in a hurry, choose from a wide selection of salads and juices in our grab + go fridge. 

Salad and juice bar. 

Choose from our seasonal, vibrant bowls of tasty salads and mains, as well as a selection of muffins, cakes and fresh pressed juices.  

Studio by Grain + Green 

Grain + Green’s fitness studio will curate some of London’s most in demand fitness instructors. The intimate studio will also be home to pop-ups of some of the biggest names in the industry including Move Your Frame, Julie Montagu, That Girl and Xtend Barre. Classes will include yoga, meditation, HIIT, barre and dance.

What’s on the Menu? 

They have created delicious sharing dishes, perfect for breakfast, brunch or lunch. 

Grab & Go. 

The perfect lunch if you’re in a hurry, choose from a wide selection of salads and juices in our grab + go fridge. 

Salad and juice bar. 

Choose from our seasonal, vibrant bowls of tasty salads and mains, as well as a selection of muffins, cakes and fresh pressed juices.  

Studio by Grain + Green 

Grain + Green’s fitness studio will curate some of London’s most in demand fitness instructors. The intimate studio will also be home to pop-ups of some of the biggest names in the industry including Move Your Frame, Julie Montagu, That Girl and Xtend Barre. Classes will include yoga, meditation, HIIT, barre and dance.

Bookings? Yes 

Soft Opening? November 11th 2015

Contact

Grain + Green: 10 Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 3JJ. WebsiteFacebookTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Mon – Friday 7am – 8pm; Saturday 9am -6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Studio by Grain + Green 

Fitness classes Monday – Friday 

AM 6.30am > 7.15am 

AM 7.30am > 8.15am 

PM 6.30pm > 7.30pm

Grain + Green

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Wazen LondonWazen

When? October 12, 2015

What is it? An authentic Japanese neighbourhood restaurant, serving beautifully presented, traditionally cooked, high quality cuisine at a price that will ensure regular visits from Japanese food lovers alike.

Who’s behind it? Head chef Toshimasa Tanahashi who has 30 years experience working in Japanese restaurants Matsuri in St James, Kyubi at the Arts Club in Mayfair and Kouzu in Belgravia. Front of house is headed by Kenichiro Urata who most recently led the team at cult central ramen restaurant, Kanada – Ya.

Size? Seats 40

What’s on the Menu? Extensive choice of Japanese starters, shasimi, tempura, sushi rolls and mains. Most notable dishes include Spicy tune tartare, Chicken kakinotane, stone bass with tomato ume and yuzu shio ponzu.

Bookings? Yes.

Contact: Wazen – 2 Acton Street, London, WC1X9NA. Ph. 020 7436 1408. WebsiteTwitterInstagram.

Trading Hours: Lunch: Monday – Friday. 12:00 – 15:30; Dinner: Monday – Saturday. 18:00 – 23:00.

Wazen London

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