London: Best restaurant openings and launches in July 2021

Brand new restaurants and pubs have just opened in London and they look delicious

The London food scene just got tastier (Image: Metro.co.uk)

Are you enjoying everything London has to offer now that we can really celebrate?

While you’ll likely go to your old favorites first, there are some really exciting new kids on the dining scene.

So we did you a favor and found out that the brand new restaurants need to be added to your foodie hit list.

From ethical burgers to African fusion, the capital’s food scene just got better.

There are also some great drink deals on offer if you are quick …

Camden Beer Hall, NW5

Camden Beer Hall, NW5

Like beer This is the place for you (Image: John Phillips / Getty Images for Camden Town Brewery)

Fancy a place that combines beer, Italian food and the opportunity to refresh your brewing knowledge?

Step into the new Camden Beer Hall, whose bar has a mighty 24 different taps that serve Camden fanatics’ favorites as well as some limited-edition beer creations you won’t find anywhere else.

Renowned British chef Theo Randall is responsible for the menu, combining traditional beer hall cuisine with classic Italian cuisine (think thick plates of alcohol-soaked foccacia, hearty papardelle al ragu and more).

And sign up for the Beer School, which includes a brewery tour, a meeting with the expert brewing team, and a tasting. What more do you want?

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Tigre Tacos at The Gunmakers, EC1

Tigre Tacos at The Gunmakers, EC1

Go tacos!

The Mexican chef Ramon Ramos has brought his delicious tacos to the stylish gastropub The Gunmakers, from the food truck in Bermondsey to a permanent residence in Clerkenwell.

There is a Pescetarian focus, with Baja fish with catch of the day baked in beer and camarones with grilled prawns, habanero and roasted pineapple salsa, but vegetables are also provided.

Other dishes include real, good guac, quesadillos, and ceviche, and for the brave – or really hungry – you can order a whole roasted octopus to share. Stop by on a Tuesday when tacos are only £ 3.

In terms of drinks, there is a tequila and tonic menu, many mezcals and Mexican beers.

Find out more here

Pergola on the quay, E14

Pergola on the quay, E14

Classic in Canary Wharf

Following the success of its sister site in Paddington, this new, airy space on the top floor of one of Canary Wharf’s less skyscraper-like locations still offers great views over the water.

The menu is full of classic crowd pullers like crispy squid, truffle and pecorino popcorn, blackened chicken, a bearnaise burger, and rump steak.

The innovative cocktail menu is divided into Land, Earth and Sea and offers drinks from cracked mojito to duppy spiced rum, charred pineapple, chilli and fever tree ginger beer to salted cucumber spritz, with Ketel One Botanicals cucumbera and mint, cucumber, apple , Sea salt, lemon and mint.

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GROUND at The Spurstowe Arms, E8

GROUND at The Spurstowe Arms, E8

Beef tastes better when it’s ethical

Ethically produced meat is becoming increasingly important, and the founders of the aptly named Ethical Butcher, Farshad Kazemian, and Lily Bovey have produced GROUND, a new climate-positive burger brand that shows that burgers don’t have to be bad on the planet.

Their network of UK farmers uses all methods of regenerative farming, resulting in a burger that is not only tasty but also good for your conscience.

They are served at the Spurstowe Arms in Hackney; Try the Trailblazer, a full patty with pasture cheese, green chillies, baconnaise and seasonal cucumber, or the Omground with confit onion jam, lettuce and onion mayonnaise.

Don’t miss out on side dishes and snacks like the Cumberland Scotch Egg, cheesy chips or charred cabbage quarters.

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Tandoor Chop House, WC2

Tandoor Chop House, WC2

We can’t say naan for a good cause

There is still time to witness the collaboration between Chop House’s Chef and Naan Master Kundan Singh and resident Chef Tom Cenci (formerly of Duck and Waffle).

Tom goes to the tandoor until the end of August to produce a special, delicious naan with confit duck leg, served with spring onions, chives and green cold, rounded off with peanut brittle, pink peppercorns and miso caramel.

£ 1 of every copy sold will be donated to Tom’s selected charity, Beder, which works to promote mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

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Papa L’s kitchen, SW1

Papa L's kitchen, SW1

Chef de cuisine and founder of Papa L’s, Lawrence Gomez (of Sexy Fish and Scott’s) brings his African fusion cuisine to Jermyn Street.

The menu includes king prawns grilled according to a secret recipe, Ma’s Benachin rice – dedicated to Gomez’s mother – and one of her traditional recipes is a national dish from Gambia, Tempura Kanja.

Other dishes include Dover sole fillet and Papa Lova – a Pavlova take on Eton dishes with its own raspberry coulis.

The restaurant will be a rich celebration of African countries and the diaspora through art, ambience, music, vibe, energy – expect good vibes as well as good food.

Find out more here

Pharmacy, EC2

Pharmacy, EC2

Pub food, Japanese style (Image: Brian Dandridge)

Apothecary is a new izakaya (Japanese pub) in Shoreditch dedicated to drinking, music and small plates. Robata grill dishes and kitchen dishes include grilled skewers, sushi, and steamed buns, but drinks take center stage here.

The cocktail menu was curated by beverage specialist Hamish Denny (from Spiritland and Hawksmooer) and combines classics with Asian influences. Highlights include the Highball whiskey (made from Toki whiskey, soda, and Genmaicha tea); the sweet pea (made from tequila, lemon, sweet pea, soda and absinthe) and the rhubarb sbagliato (contains gin, rhubarb, rose, fizz and umami).

Sakes (both hot and cold) are also offered in small “taster sizes” to encourage the less familiar to sample the delights of this Japanese rice wine, along with a selection of local and Japanese beers and an extensive wine list.

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Hackney Coterie, E8

Hackney Coterie, E8

Ambitious chefs bring great flavors to London

This lager brasserie and wine bar is the project of several very talented people including Anthony Lyon (of Lyons Seafood & Wine Bar), the well-respected sommelier and Kikisake-Shi Master of Sake, Kelvin McCabe and musician Pete Denton (co-curated by the music and the artwork).

Chef Dominic Auger used to work at HIDE in Mayfair. All of this adds up to a number of very impressive references, and the menu is no less sophisticated: the food is seasonal with minimal waste and is not tied to any particular cuisine.

Instead, aromas reign supreme, with pickling, curing and smoking playing an important role.

Dishes include salmon tartare with jasmine soy and peanuts; cured pork belly with pickled kisaichi watermelon and smoked tofu; and roasted apple filo tart with hazelnut and koji crumble.

You will also find a wide range of biodynamic and organic wines and sake.

Find out more here

Picnic in Elephant Park, SE17

Picnic in Elephant Park, SE17

Picnic in the park

You have until the end of the month – National Picnic Month, in case you didn’t already know – to drive to Elephant Park, one of the most exciting new restaurants and bars in London.

Basically, you’re packing a tote bag with a selection of goodies from a number of their street food stalls, each offering a dish at a discounted price.

Try Sugos Arancini Balls or Focaccia, Tasty Jerks Salb Fish Fritters, Koi Ramens Gyoza or a delicious cinnamon roll and a coffee from Hej Coffee. Then retire to the nearest picnic blanket and enjoy!

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Cointreau and SUPPER London, by delivery

Cointreau and SUPPER London, by delivery

Salulti! (Image: Nic Crilly-Hargrave)

Saturday July 24th is National Tequila Day and to celebrate, Cointreau has partnered with premium restaurant delivery service SUPPER London for a gift on Free Cointreau Margarita for everyone who orders a meal a day via the SUPPER London app.

Help Londoners get into the celebratory mood as you watch out for a fleet of Cointreau branded bicycles circulating around the capital, bringing the energy and vibrancy of Acapulco to life by delivering refreshing Cointreau margaritas to thirsty households!

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