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London’s Top 5 Openings in July 2018

July was a busy month for London’s ever-diverse food and drink scene. This is our round-up of the most significant openings…

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5. Night Tales Bohemia Place

London’s celebrated pop-up Night Tales found a permanent home in Hackney’s Bohemia Place. They’ve transformed two railway arches into a music destination with a massive sun-drenched garden, a cocktail bar specializing in Mezcals, a beer and prosecco shack, and last but not least, a food court. As you drink and dance the night away, you can tuck into Japanese bites by newcomer Fat Baby or enjoy a long-time favourite: Sons of Slice’s New York-style pizza.

Everything you need to know: Night Tales Bohemia Place

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4. Ichiba

Shepherd’s Bush is now home to Europe’s largest Japanese food hall, Ichiba, complete with street food stations, sake-tasting spots and kitchens for cooking demonstrations. But Ichiba is more than just a food hall; you’ll find a diverse selection of Japanese staples such as beauty products, books and ceramics, and kitchen essentials. Yes, you could easily spend all day here…

Everything you need to know: Ichiba

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3. Soane’s Kitchen

The founder of catering company Social Pantry launched a new restaurant and café, Soane’s Kitchen. It’s located in Walpole Park’s iconic Pitzhanger Manor House, which is reason enough to visit this newcomer, but the menu is just as impressive. Focusing on seasonality, current options include grilled baby carrots with ricotta, bavette steak with carrot top pesto, and sweet potato pancakes for brunch.

Everything you need to know: Soane’s Kitchen

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2. Helix and Iris

The top of the Gherkin opened its doors to the public for the first time, giving you 360-degree views of the city with London-inspired tipples. Iris is definitely worth meeting, but so is Helix, located one floor below, which showcases British cooking with seasonal ingredients. Think Rhug Estate Welsh lamb, English asparagus with Dorset crab, and lemon tart for dessert.

Everything you need to know: Helix and Iris

Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals-cocktail

1. Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals

The newest addition to the Mr Fogg’s Family – Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals – is arguably one of the hottest bar openings of the summer. With Inception Group behind the venture (the award-winning team behind some of London’s most popular bars), expect no less than top-notch experimental cocktails and a magical experience. I mean, the space is jam-packed with luscious greens, colourful flowers and the tallest trees. Yes, you read that right.

Everything you need to know: Mr Fogg’s House of Botanicals