London’s Best New Bars With Great Food
There’s no shortage of places to grab a drink in London’s diverse drinking scene, from award-winning cocktail bars to casual pubs and fine wine destinations. But sometimes, you want your meticulously made drink with more than just a sad bowl of cheesy nachos or popcorn. Small, light dishes, made for sharing but so good you’d rather not, enough for you to make a night of it in the same spot.
The latest addition to Spitalfields, Crispin is a day and night destination with natural wines (chosen by expert Fernando Berry of Otros Vinos), classic cocktails and standout seasonal fare. The selection is small, but pretty much everything begs to be ordered: roast vitelotte potatoes tossed in mustard crème fraiche, pork belly with curried cauliflower, or burrata with peach and basil (a winning combination).
Crispin, White’s Row, E1 7NF
Mediterranean cuisine is one of London’s up-and-coming food trends, and Alphabet follows suit with a full spread of flatbreads, hummus and roasted meats. While award-winning bartender Chris Edwards might steal the show with panettone-infused Negronis to start, Moroccan-spiced chicken wings and turmeric lentils with lamb promise to be just as good.
Alphabet, 56 Upper Street, N1 0NY
Great things happen when leaders in the industry join their forces, like London’s acclaimed bartender Tony Conigliaro, with chef Rob Roy Cameron, whose CV includes many Michelin-starred restaurants. The result is Gazelle, where classic cocktails come with unexpected surprises such as liquorice, and fancy fine dining dishes such as strawberry oysters pack the tables. And with a private lift taking you into the two-story venue, the whole place feels like a members-only club, which is definitely an added bonus.
Gazelle, 48 Albemarle Street, W1S 4DH
Helix and Iris
Talking of members’ clubs, the Gherkin has now made its top floors accessible to anyone – though maybe not ideal for those scared of heights. Start with Iris (the bar, not one of your dates) for a London-inspired tipple, before heading to Helix for a decidedly British bite to eat. Why does English asparagus taste so much better with 360-degree views of the capital?
Helix and Iris, 30 St Mary Axe, EC3A 8EP
We haven’t forgotten about you wine connoisseurs – BOTTLES is dedicated to Italian wine and food pairing, enhancing the flavours in both. The wine menu is extensive, stretching from North to South Italy, highlighting both forgotten grapes and time-honoured favourites. The food is seasonal and ever-rotating, with current options including homemade spaghetti with crispy guanciale, Iberico pork with fermented cherries, and sea bass in spicy melon sauce. Oh, and there’s also a one-metre long board with cured meats and cheese (meant for eight people, sadly).
BOTTLES, 67 Brushfield Street, E1 6AA
Featured image: Gazelle