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There’s no end to the diversity of London’s restaurants and these recent openings are no exception – you can enjoy everything from traditional British fish and chips to Taiwanese steamed buns at these exciting new eateries.
Albion Neo Bankside
Following the success of Albion in Shoreditch, Terence Conran has opened a new British cafe near Tate Modern. Albion Neo Bankside serves British comfort dishes such as sausage and mash, fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and Irish stew. There’s a choice of shared or individual tables overlooking the open-plan kitchen, plus a further 45 seats outside on the heated terrace. There’s also a small shop and food market selling British produce.
Jones & Sons
More British fare is on offer at Jones & Sons, a new cafe and restaurant in an old Victorian textile factory in Dalston, which used to be home to the Arcola Theatre. The new East London venue serves Monmouth coffee, meat from the local Well Street butchers and a selection of London beers. Pop in for breakfast from 9am, grab lunch from the deli counter or visit in the evening for dinner.
Fields Bar & Kitchen
Benugo, which runs the V&A Cafe, has teamed up with Sir John Soane’s Museum to launch a new restaurant, cafe and al fresco dining space at Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Fields Bar & Kitchen serves pizzas from a wood-fired oven as well as a range of other main courses, breakfasts, cakes and takeaway sandwiches and salads. Open during the park’s seasonal opening hours, the new restaurant has a 72-seat summer terrace.
Unity Kitchen Cafe
Unity Kitchen Cafe is the first cafe to open at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Based in the new Timber Lodge building, the cafe has one of the UK’s best new playgrounds on its doorstep, along with the beautiful trees, meadows and parklands that proved popular with visitors to the London 2012 Games. Run by the Camden Society charity, Unity Kitchen is a small chain of restaurants that offer training to people with learning disabilities.
Flesh & Buns
New from the team behind Bone Daddies, Flesh & Buns opens on 8 August in Seven Dials, Covent Garden. The restaurant will be the first in London to specialise in Taiwanese hirata buns (do-it-yourself filled, steamed buns). The name translates as “tiger eating pork” due to the appearance of the folded buns with pork inside. Other fillings include Korean lamb, chicken with yuzu koshu and sea bass with coriander miso.
Tommi’s Burger Joint
Icelandic burger joint Tommi’s will open its first permanent restaurant in the UK on 6 August. The chain, which has six American-style diners in Iceland, opened a pop-up restaurant in Marylebone Street in August 2012. The new restaurant, in nearby Thayer Street, will have an informal, vintage feel and serve burgers made from British meat, as well as veggie burgers, fries and milkshakes.