8X NEW QUIRKY HOTSPOTS IN LONDON YOU WANT TO VISIT
As the days get warmer and the restrictions are fully lifted, we have compiled a list of the latest, hottest new openings in London this Spring for you to check out!
From restaurants and events to hotels, this is your ultimate guide to the best and newest spots in London town!
Mano Mayfair is a hot new restaurant by day and club by night. Serving a fusion of Brazilian and Japanese cuisines, Mano Mayfair is not to be missed! The concept is sharing plates, so the more people you come with, the merrier! Every dish I had was divine, but if I had to choose, definitely try their Mandioca Frita and Pão de Queijo Raphael. There are many vegetarian options available. Head down on Thursday to Saturday evenings for a night filled with live music and quirky cocktails!
Situated on a calm residential street, Mezcalito is not what you would expect from the outside. As you enter the restaurant, music starts playing and before you are even seated, you’ll find a sombrero on your head, and lots more hanging down the ceiling! Their tacos and quesadillas are a must-try! Head down there on a Tuesday for unlimited tacos for just £25! There is also a covered outdoor terrace, where you can enjoy al fresco dining without having to worry about the weather.
Located across the road from White City tube station, Dear Grace is a beautiful bar and restaurant that does the most entertaining bottomless brunches on the weekend. Introducing House of Brunch, Dear Grace offers a three-course brunch menu every Saturday, with unlimited booze to celebrate your weekend. It is a party you’ll want to remember (but might not after all that alcohol!). What makes this brunch so special is their live entertainment throughout the sessions. You will find live DJs and performers to go with your pastry platter. You might even find yourself dancing by the bar after several glasses of mimosa! Make sure to come hungry, as you will leave with a food coma and a much lifted spirit!
Located perpendicular to Seven Dials Market in Covent Garden, the recently opened Cucumber Alley is your go-to destination for all things sweet! From Taiwanese Wheel Cake to Belgian Waffles, there is a greater variety of desserts than you can stomach. Even I, with a notorious sweet tooth, had to space out my cravings into several visits. If you are feeling adventurous, try Boolay Crêpes, a fusion of two French desserts. If you want to do it for the gram without compromising on the taste, Soft Serve Society has the most instagrammable desserts. Their Matcha ice cream is one of the best I’ve had!
Have you ever wondered what an adult playground would look like? How about a martini bar, a sushi restaurant and the most imaginative cocktail experience altogether? Sounds pretty ideal right? This heaven on earth for grown-ups can now be found in Shoreditch. Just a two-minute walk from the overground station and you will be transported into one of the most immersive bars in London. Get your detective hats on and ready to solve some crimes before you earn a personalised cocktail! Downstairs is the martini bar with just the right number of options to choose from without getting overwhelmed. Be the first to head down to their newest Japanese restaurant, Maikonia, which opens on 19th May.
Harry Potter Photographic Exhibition
If you are a Potterhead, you will not want to miss this! There is a brand new exhibition in the heart of Covent Garden showcasing hundreds of photographs, including some behind-the-scenes materials, of one of the most loved franchises in the world! Until the end of the year, you can experience Harry’s entire journey from when he first got into Hogwarts, to the final battle all in the heart of Covent Garden. Even better, you can grab a pint of Butterbeer with friends in London’s only Butterbeer bar! Don’t worry, it’s not alcoholic so even the kids can enjoy them.
One Hundred Shoreditch
Previously the Ace Hotel, One Hundred Shoreditch opened its doors earlier this year after much anticipation. The hotel has revamped everything of its predecessor. With six restaurants and bars and a rooftop bar and terrace, this is arguably the hottest hotel opening in East London this Spring. (Wander-lust insider tip: why head down to Seed Library for a drink! Don’t worry if you can’t see your drink of choice on the menu. You can entrust their mixologists to bring you the perfect cocktail personalised for you.)
The hotel is super accessible, situated within walking distance to three train stations: Shoreditch High Street Overground, Liverpool Street Station and Old Street Station. Prepare to immerse yourself into the most vibrant and happening neighbourhood of London! Or give yourself a break and repose in one of their tastefully decorated bedrooms. Each of them is filled adorned with contemporary art pieces. During the day, you also get plenty of natural light coming in from the windows, or the Juliette balcony if you are staying in one of their studio lofts, which we would definitely recommend. What’s more, One Hundred Shoreditch is both family and dog friendly. So no one will be left behind on your next staycation or visit to London!
Run by award winning Chef Chantelle Nicholson, Apricity has recently opened. Conscious cooking and joyful dining, whilst pioneering the principles of a circular economy. Located on Duke Street, Apricity has a sustainable produce and zero-waste approach. We’re exited about this one!
So after a rocky two years, London is back and thriving! Expect more exciting things happening this year in one of the world’s greatest cities. With all these amazing new openings in town, which one will you visit first?