Lilly’s, London EC1
Wapping has a new local from the man behind the Caf‚ Med chain, Simon Binder. He says his philosophy for the new business is simply to provide a good neighbourhood restaurant. There’s also a separate wine bar. Interiors are designed in a New York brasserie style with walls in plum and cream and an eclectic mix of light fittings, including chandeliers.
Opened: 18 October
Owner: Simon Binder (formerly chief executive of Groupe Chez G‚rard)
General manager: Katie Kuuskler
Food: Meals for different moods. From the grill try the whole fish of the day (£11.75), steaks (from £13.50) or lamb with gravy (£12.95). Otherwise, there are dishes for two, such as roast beef with mash or chips, roasted roots and gravy, or whole roast sea bass. Starters include onion soup with Cheddar toast (£4.75) and chicken liver parfait with cornichons (£5.25).
Average spend: £25 for two courses with wine
Address: 75 Wapping High Street, London EC1
Tel: 020 7702 2040
Industry, Shoreditch, London
This is the second bar from the man behind Dust in Clerkenwell. Expect the usual industrial-style interior this area seems to breed, with exposed bricks and sandblasted beams. More originally, the walls are decorated with oversized images illustrating the area and the building’s industrial past. Different areas of the bar offer different moods, with comfy sofas, DJs and a dining room.
Opened: 4 November
Owners: Jonathan Ross and operations director Nick Halliday
Head barman: Shane Gavin
Drinks: cocktails from £5.50
Food: sharing platters £7/£10
Address: 1 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3JX
Tel: 020 7422 0958
Jurys Inn, Heathrow
Irish hotel chain Jurys has just opened its new hotel at Britain’s largest airport. With a total investment of £24m, it’s the fourth new hotel from the group this year after openings in Leeds, London’s Chelsea and Parnell Street, Dublin. Jurys Doyle Hotels now operates 34 properties across Ireland, the UK and the USA.
Opened: 5 November
Owners: Jurys Doyle Hotels
General manager: Padhraic Flavin
Room rate: g86 (£59) special opening rate until March, then g129 (£88)
Rating: three stars
Facilities: As well as all the usual mod cons, there’s the Inntro bar, Innfusion restaurant and Il Barista coffee bar.
Address: Eastern Perimeter Road, Hatton Cross, Hounslow, Heathrow TW6 2SR
Tel: 020 8266 4664
Osteria dell’Arancio, King’s Road, London
Harry and Rachel Hampson were so taken by Michele Alesiani’s Michelin-listed restaurant in Italy’s Marche region they invited him to export the concept – and much of his team – to the King’s Road. A fixed-price menu is served, but diners will be treated to ad hoc samples and tasters from the kitchen. The focus on relaxed, traditional Italian hospitality is most evident in the mismatched, reclaimed furniture of the more casual restaurant (with salami and cheese bar) downstairs, while the works of Italian artist and cartoonist Vittoria Facchini adorn the walls of the upstairs restaurant.
Opens: 23 November
Owners: Harry and Rachel Hampson
Head chef: Missimo Garofoli (three-Michelin-star experience)
Seats: 35 downstairs, 40 upstairs
Food: Kick off with an antipasta dish of rabbit, celery and potato salad with black truffle, followed by a first course of ravioli of purple sprouting broccoli, mussels and Navelli saffron. Then tuck in to a main course of lamb roasted with potatoes and artichokes, and finish with a hot chocolate mousse with nougat semifreddo and Strega sauce.
Average spend: £30 for five courses
Address: 383 King’s Road, London SW10 0LP
Tel: 020 7349 8111
Lilly’s, London EC1