As we wave goodbye to summer, we welcome the change of season with so many new exciting openings, unique experiences and special edition collaborations. From a special blow dry and bubbles package at The Ivy Asia Chelsea to rooftop brunches set to make the most of the remaining sunshine, we’ve got you covered. Here’s the Luxe List September.
Rosa’s Thai – New Opening
From September 8th – 18th, the ever-popular Rosa’s Thai will be giving away free pad Thais to guests at their new Wimbledon restaurant! This latest branch offers the same relaxed dining environment with a changing specials menu alongside authentic Thai favourites. All dishes are made from scratch, including the curry pastes which are made by a husband-and-wife team in the Huai Yod district and a third-generation pad Thai noodle recipe! It’s the 30th restaurant (check out the others at London, Birmingham, Cardiff and more!) by the beloved group and to mark the soft launch, you can grab a 50% discount on food from September 6th – 7th. Don’t worry if you miss out because Rosa’s Thai Wimbledon will also be giving away a free signature bubble tea to its first 100 visitors. Bookings are limited so make sure you head to their website to secure your spot at the new Wimbledon Hill Road location.
The Rooftop at The Trafalgar X Champagne Laurent-Perrier Brunch
Summer is slipping away but there’s still time to enjoy the sunshine and what better way than with a rooftop brunch? Head up to The Rooftop at The Trafalgar for an exclusive brunch menu accompanied by much-loved Laurent-Perrier champagnes and unbeatable London skyline views. Alongside the bubbles, there’ll be European-inspired dishes such as the light and refreshing Watermelon sashimi with lime caviar and crumbled vegan feta. For that extra special something, you can upgrade to the iconic Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé or the exclusive Laurent-Perrier Blanc de Blancs Brut Nature at an extra cost. The summer brunch runs every Saturday until September 17th, with prices starting from £48 per person.
The Ivy Chelsea – The Ultimate Pamper Session
Chelsea restaurant, The Ivy Asia, has teamed up with salon Duck & Dry for a blow dry and lunch package in what can only be described as the ultimate pamper session! Located on London’s fashionable King’s Road, you’ll be treated to a luxurious wash and blow dry by one of the salon’s professionally-trained stylists. Then you can relax with a glass of Prosecco while browsing the lunch menu which features an array of mouth-watering savoury and sweet treats. Options include a mizuna and cucumber salad with sesame and yuzu dressing, hot and sour chicken with plum spring onion and soft serve ice cream with mango sauce and chocolate pearls. It’s available from 11:30 am on weekdays and costs £70 per person. But with a lunch package as luxurious as this, we wouldn’t recommend trying to squeeze this in during work hours!
Ochre Rocks Night
Located in London’s iconic National Gallery on Trafalgar Square, Ochre Rocks is where fine art meets fine dining. The relatively new restaurant is by Charlotte and Sam Miller, the husband-and-wife duo behind Muriel’s Kitchen in South Kensington. It features “seasonal British ingredients, blending international flavours and modern European cooking.” From September 8th, a Thursday night party will take place every week with live DJ sets, dancing, drinking and dining making it anything but a traditional gallery restaurant. Be tempted by Champagne as well New World and European wines and house-crafted cocktails – many of which are inspired by famous works in the National Gallery. Food-wise, there’s a sharing menu with dishes such as the Scottish scallops with baby turnip, chorizo, preserved lemon and Cime di Rapa and many more!
Bar Swift – New Opening in Borough
Borough’s about to get even better (is that even possible?) with Bar Swift set to open its third venue, serving up some of London’s best cocktails! Set over two floors of a narrow townhouse on Borough High Street, it will mirror the iconic art-deco aesthetic and layout of the original Swift Soho. Upstairs, there’s a light, bright walk-in-only space with a curated menu of classic-inspired cocktails and aperitivo drinks. Downstairs is dimly-lit with a more intimate, seated-only area and an original high-concept menu featuring seasonal produce from the stellar community of neighbouring market stallholders. If Swift Borough is anything like its sister venues at Soho and Shoreditch (regularly featured on the World’s 50 Best Bars list), it’s set to fill up and swiftly become one of the best new bars in town – we simply cannot wait to try!
Mayha – New Marylebone Opening
A new Japanese omakase restaurant will open its doors in Marylebone later this month! It comes all the way from Beirut, from the Nothing But Love group, which started in Lebanon and who now has a number of restaurants in the Middle East including Meat the Fish and The Backburner. The two-floor London site is an interior lover’s dream and sits among the gentlemen’s outfitters, florists and antique shops of Chiltern Street (just up the road from Chiltern Firehouse). The ground floor is the main omakase restaurant, set around an intimate, curved stone counter, where you can watch the chefs preparing the day’s tasting menu in front of you. Head downstairs via a wrought iron staircase and you’ll find a courtyard and the Japanese raw bar. The daily-changing tasting menu is decided by the chefs using the very best of what is available seasonally. Accompanying the menu will be a selection of exceptional sakes, rare spirits, fine wines and niche beers.
Wagtail Weekend Brunch
Situated atop a stunning 1920s building, Wagtail at King William Street in East London is the hottest new weekend brunch spot in the capital. It only opened in May but with 360-degree rooftop bar and restaurant views, it’s already drawing visitors from far and wide. Starting at £60 per person, the seasonal brunch, in partnership with Della Vite Prosecco, runs every Saturday and Sunday. The best of British produce is on offer, including a sharing board and a selection of starters and main courses, with the option to include half a bottle or free-flowing Della Vite Superiore DOCG or Rosé Prosecco. There are also vegan and plant-based options available on request. Brunch is on the 9th-floor dining room and East and West Terraces at Wagtail, with live entertainment and a backdrop of London’s most iconic landmarks including London Bridge, The Shard, Tower Bridge and, of course, Monument. Head to Wagtails website for bookings and for more information.
Annabel’s X The Lost Explorer Mezcal
You can now have a taste of the exclusive private members club Annabel’s as they’ve teamed up with the multi-award-winning The Lost Explorer Mezcal to bring you a special edition bottle. The Lost Explorer Mezcal is a handcrafted spirit made in Mexico, bottled and sealed with biodegradable products. It’s available to purchase at Selfridges, Hedonism Wines and The Whisky Shop from September 5th with the artisan bottle emulating Annabel’s exotic Amazon Rainforest inspired Façade. But it doesn’t just look great, it’s also doing great with the proceeds helping plant 35 trees in the Amazon. It’s a super limited edition bottle with only 1000 available, so you’ll have to be quick to get your hands on this!
W London Weekend Brunch
Located in Soho, W London offers luxury bedrooms, a stylish cocktail bar and starting in September, a weekend brunch with a citrus twist. From suit up to sun down, soak in trailblazing interiors, bar-raising cocktails and a mouth-watering brunch all overlooking the hustle and bustle of the streets of Soho below. Included are two courses for £34 per person, with Chandon Garden Spritz and Whispering Angel, added at £10 per glass. While you sip, you can savour new dishes including the Fried chicken burger with sriracha, ranch dressing, crispy onion and pickled red cabbage or the Atlantic Jumbo Prawn Cocktail. It kicks off at 1 pm every Saturday and Sunday, at The Perception Bar, so make sure you book online to secure your spot.
Chotto Matte – New Menu
Chotto Matte is a champion of Nikkei cuisine (a fusion of Japanese and Peruvian), with bold eye-catching natural colours and mouth-watering taste sensations. They’ve been delighting London revellers for the past nine years and have recently introduced a new Tokyo to Lima cocktail menu. ‘Aleteo’ is one of the star seasonal tipples, described as a “grown-up tiki drink with smoke.” Each of the creations pushes the boundaries by mixing premium spirits with signature ingredients from the kitchen. Internationally renowned Executive Chef, Jordan Sclare, has expertly paired the new drinks menu with star dishes such as the Yellowtail ‘Nikkei Sashimi’ with jalapeño, coriander and yuzu truffle soy and Black Cod Aji Miso with chilli miso marinade, yuzu and chives. This limited edition cocktail menu is available at both their Soho (recently refurbished) and Marylebone venues this September.
The Palm House – New Opening
Inspired by Cuba and Miami’s 1930s clubhouses, The Palm House, is a new drinking and dining destination in Victoria set to open later in the month. It will take over the huge space left by Aster’s in the Nova development and is set over two floors. On the ground, there’ll be a Miami clubhouse with swaying palm trees and glimmering lights and a colourful Cuban mezzanine complete with a daiquiri bar upstairs. The food and drinks menu is inspired by the vibrant Miami style and matched with the ingredients and flavours of Cuba. The menu is split into smaller and larger plates, as well as sides and desserts. There’ll also be weekend brunch parties and a Saturday night 5-course dinner and cocktail party with DJs, percussionists and other live entertainment to keep the party going. It’s the latest venture from Incipio, the group behind London’s most loved party venues including The Prince, Pergola Paddington and Lost in Brixton.
Temper Shoreditch – New Opening
The flaming hot open-fire barbeque restaurant Temper is opening its fourth restaurant in Shoreditch on 1st October. With outposts in The City, Covent Garden and Soho, Temper has built a reputation as a barbeque restaurant with a difference. On the menu are rare breeds and unusual cuts cooked over fire pits in an open kitchen, exceptional tacos and smoky mezcal cocktails. The chef butchers prepares the food in front of you, building on the traditional menu with the addition of more experimental plates, created just for Shoreditch. The new Great Eastern Street location will be split level with a cocktail bar on the ground floor and a basement restaurant with counter seating and tables. Their bottomless brunch (with beef skewers and flatbread) will be making an appearance too and they’ll have a Sunday roast which will include the option of a Three Beast Feast – smoked and pulled lamb shoulder, roast aged beef and roast pork.
Bill’s Bottomless Brunch
Famed for their fluffy pancakes and aesthetically pleasing dishes, Bill’s Restaurant has a bottomless brunch offering with every brunch or main dish ordered. The popular chain is located throughout the UK, with 11 restaurants in London alone! For an additional £18.50 per person (£16.50 pp outside of London), you can get a 90-minute unlimited supply of prosecco with seating from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm all weekend. The all-day brunch menu features indulgent favourites such as the syrup-covered bacon pancakes or healthier brunch classic avocado on toast – we’ll cheers to that!