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July Hot Restaurant Openings and News

Things are hotting up on the restaurant scene this month. There's no end of events and ideas to get your teeth stuck into. Try these new London restaurant openings or pop any of these foodie events in the diary for July.



Engel and Jang

Dry-aged Steak - Jang - Credit Eleonora Boscarelli

London’s Royal Exchange welcomes a new bar and restaurant concept this month. Gaze up to the mezzanine to find Engel – an art deco cocktail bar modelled on 1920s Berlin. The bar will be home to creative cocktails and live cabaret. In contrast, venture over to the south mezzanine to dine at Jang – an opulent take on 1920s Asia featuring combining Korean and Japanese flavours. Sounds groovy!

Both sites open 8 July


A new Parisian-inspired restaurant from Experimental Group and chef Jackson Boxer (Brunswick House, Orasay) opens on the ground floor of the Henrietta Experimental hotel in Covent Garden this month. Henri is the second Jackson X Experimental collaboration following Jackson taking up the role of chef consultant at Cowley Manor Experimental in the Cotswolds which opened in summer 2023.

Boxer says: “Covent Garden deserves a beautifully intimate restaurant with ambition which is just what we envisage for Henri. I admire the Parisian tone, temperament and jouissance that we see across Experimental and it sits so perfectly alongside the food I have planned for the restaurant - playfully rooted in tradition and the wonderfully classical French culinary canon. Parisians do hospitality so very differently - it never fails to delight.”

Now open


Wing Fest

Wing Fest chicken wing festival is back for its 10th year at the London Stadium in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 45 different traders will compete for accolades including Best Buffalo Wing, Best Wild Wing, and Best BBQ Wing, judged by an expert panel of judges.

Awards asside, this is a great big get-together for chicken wing enthusiasts. Try Thunderbird, Black Bear Burger, Wingmans, Bone Daddies, Poor Boys, Mexican Seoul, and Jack Blumenthal’s Ginger Wings and more, and make up your own mind on who's the finger-licking best in show.

Friday 26th, Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July

Emilia’s Pasta Festival

Nearby at Canary Wharf, save the date for Emilia’s pasta festival taking place at their flagship restaurant in Wood Wharf. Emilia’s outdoor terrace and riverside bank will be filled with steaming bowls of pappardelle, gnocchi, rigatoni and more at this street-food style festival filled with live Italian music. There are kids and adults pasta-themed masterclasses too if you want to polish your pasta-making skills but make sure you pre-book to bag a space.

Sunday 21st July, from 12pm to 7pm

Arcade X

A new riverside street food spot is opening at the Coaling Jetty, Battersea Power Station.

ArcadeX will deliver its usual street food greats. Take your pick from BAO serving up Burnt Chilli Daikon BAO with soy-pickled chilli, Taiwanese Fried Chicken with BAO hot sauce, and house-made Bubble Tea. Manna will provide smash burgers and waffle fries or try Solis for empanadas filled with minced beef Picadillo and Sushi Kamon will provide Japanese grilled eel roll, and ginger and prawn tempura udon with wakame seaweed. The jetty has a fully retractable roof so guests can enjoy ArcadeX whatever the weather.

5th July - until the end of September


Cocktails in the City

May the sun shine for this epic annual cocktail gathering in Bloomsbury’s Bedford Square Gardens. Top London bars gather to showcase their best concoctions while drinks lovers get to try their faves in this blooming lovely al fresco setting. Healthy competition will include bars battling it out to scoop Best Bar Team, Best Cocktail and Best Bar Experience. Some of London’s newest bars will be joining including The Royal Cocktail Exchange, Gaia Mayfair, Nancy Spains and Rhum Tavern. Plus sip on classic from old greats like Café Pacifico and brush up with a cocktail class from TT London.


11 - 13 of July

Tickets: £22



This one sounds right up our street! The team behind Stoke Newington cocktail bar Victory Mansion have opened another Stokey site TA-KO. Featuring an unusual fusion of Mexican street food and taquerias with Asian influence, you can try inventive tacos like Blackened river trout with smoked aubergine nahm prik and lime labneh, sugar-glazed beef short rib topped with pickled kohlrabi with blackberry Sriracha mayo, and crispy cauliflower layered on black bean & tamarind ragu with avocado. Co-owner and mixologist Stuart Binks has created an incentive cocktail menu to match. Try Apple Cinnamon Scotch – artist blend scotch, apple and cinnamon syrup, topped with a dash of Peychaud's bitters and Apricot & Smoke – encantando mezcal, apricot brandy, Campari and fresh lemon.


Now open

Taro Brentford and Catford

The Taro empire is expanding! The Japanese restaurant group has opened its 7th site in Brentwood and its 8th site in Catford this summer, serving their much-loved, authentic Japanese food. ‘Taro’ is a ‘TaishuShokudo’ 大衆食堂 in Japanese meaning ‘an everyday dining room in Japan’.

The group was founded by Mr. Taro who visited London for the first time in 1979 and dreamt of making Japanese food popular in London. He opened the first Taro restaurant on Brewer in 1999.

Both sites now open

2 Catford Broadway, London, SE6 4SP

37 High Street, Brentwood, Essex, CM14 4RH



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