Five of the Best: New London Restaurants

Kirsty Hathaway of Just Opened London checks out the hottest openings in town

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Berners Tavern

Opened: 13th September 2013

Jason Atherton is our restaurateur of the year. Not only has he added to his already outstanding Michelin-starred restaurant, Pollen Street Social, with the opening of Little Social and The Social Eating House this year, he now opens his latest venture, Berners Tavern at The London Edition Hotel. Again dedicated to the modern British fare he is so well known, Berners Tavern’s menu will have every food- lover salivating at the thought. Elegantly and tastefully designed, Atherton has another winner.

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10 Berners Street, London, W1T 3NP, 020 7908 7979, edition-hotels.marriott.com

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Hoxley & Porter

Opened 12th September 2013

Islington welcomes one of the most exciting new bars to open in London this year. Oozing 1920’s chic, the Hoxley & Porter is as close as you may get to drinking cocktails on the Orient Express in the heart of London. Dining spaces are fashioned from glamorous dining cars, vintage suitcases adorn the walls and the bar is dressed with art deco mirrors. If you’re after a recommendation, try the cocktail ‘Whatever Doesn’t Kill You’, on top of its threatening name, it changes colour and is topped off with an absinthe coated scorpion. Really.

153 Upper Street, London, N1 1RA, 020 7226 1375, hoxleyandporter.co.uk

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Boulestin

Opened 5th September 2013

Wolseley, step aside, there’s a new fashion- breakfast destination in town. Clad in racing green leather chairs from the 1930’s, antique mirrors and Jean-Emile Laboureur prints, Boulestin delivers that elegance that the fashion crowd crave. French brassiere in style, eggs can be found every which way alongside croque monsieur and madame, and Moules Marinières come lunch. As expected, a fully-fledged and well thought through French wine list shall ice the cake of any meal at Boulestin.

St James's Street, London, SW1A 1EF, 020 7839 1102, boulestin.com

Gin Joint

9th September 2013

Opening up just off Gin Lane, in the Barbican Centre, Gin Joint pays homage to the fact that Londoners drink no less than 11 million gallons of gin a year, Gin Joint is bringing gin back with a menu of no fewer than 40 varieties. There is gin on tap and a rather enticing happy hour, and in the kitchen, Head Chef Oliver Tobias presents a menu of eclectic modern British cuisine, with, of course, a few gin influences.

Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS, 020 7588 3008, searcys.co.uk

Chotto Matte

Opens: 18th September 2013

Japanese food has long been on-trend in London and now Peruvian food is having a moment. Chotto Matte takes this one clever step further by offering the best of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine in this Nikkei restaurant. With a bar with retractable glass walls -perfect for warm autumn nights - serving Pisco, Sochu and Sake cocktails, an a-la-carte restaurant, a raw bar, a Robara grill, a sushi bar and a 100-cover dining room, Chotto Matte opens just at the close of London Fashion Week.

11 Frith Street, London, W1D 4RB, 020 7042 7171, chotto-matte.com

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