A look at the latest restaurants, hotels, pubs and bars to open their doors
Merchant House of Fleet Street in London is the second bar from the Merchant House Group, created by Nate Brown and Lewis Hayes, co-founders of London Bar Consultants.
The menu, which offers 500 Scottish and Irish whiskies, aims to reflect the lighter, fruit-led notes of the spirit. For example, each Old Fashioned is tailored to guests' specific preferences, with a beer provided while they wait, in order that each cocktail is properly prepared with seven minutes of stirring.
Some of the more interesting whiskies include Midleton dair Ghaelach, a single post still whiskey aged between 18 and 24 years in virgin Irish oak; the 35-year-old Old Pulteney from the northern tip of mainland Scotland; and a 30-year-old Highland Park whisky from the Orkney Isles.
Merchant House Fleet Street's decor has a relaxed feel, with plants and bric-a-brac on the bar, marble-topped tables and velvet upholstered stools.
Founders Nate Brown and Lewis Hayes
Operator Merchant House Group
Typical drinks Emigré (pure pot still whiskey with apple, rhubarb and elderflower); King's County (Offaly whiskey, peach, basil and salt); and Tartan Pimpernel (peated whisky, aloe vera water, bee pollen and raspberry wine)
Hotelier Ian Schrager has opened Public in New York, a new luxury brand focusing on service, style, experience and value. Guest rooms are designed to be like ‘cabins', while the food outlets, Public Kitchen and Louis, reflect New York's different cultures. The hotel has three bars, landscaped gardens, workspaces and private event rooms.
Starting room rate $200 (£158)
Ego at the Fox Cub
James Horler, chief executive of Ego restaurants, has opened a 15th Ego in Little Hoole, Preston. The venue, which has reopened after a £500,000 investment, offers good-value Mediterranean food and cocktails.
Design Bernard Carroll
General manager Jon Mensforth
Covers 146 plus bar and outside seating
Typical dish Iberian pork belly with spinach, chorizo and black pudding
Nosh Garden Kitchen
Health food business Nosh Detox has launched Nosh Garden Kitchen at the Anouska Hempel-designed La Suite West hotel in London's Bayswater. Specialising in vegan and raw dishes, the kitchen offers a menu of fresh cuisine designed to optimise wellbeing with nutritious, flavourful dishes.
Founder Geeta Sidhu-Robb
Typical dishes Kale tacos; Caesar salad with tofu; black bean and mushroom burger with fries
Chef-restaurateur Victor Garvey has opened Sibarita in London's Covent Garden, a few doors away from his Spanish restaurant Encant. Sibarita, meaning sybarite or epicure in Spanish, offers cheese and charcuterie as well as tapas-style dishes and Spanish wines.
Head chef Krisztian Palinkas
Typical dishes Free-range chicken ‘Chilindron' with crispy Serrano ham salpicon
Two months after acquiring the 90-year-old Tally Ho pub from JD Wetherspoon, the Stonegate Pub Company, which is behind brands such as Slug & Lettuce, Walkabout and Yates's, has reopened the Finchley, north London property, after a £750,000 investment. The pub offers local ales, cask cider and craft beers.
Operator Stonegate Pub Company
General manager Paul Mulcrone
A second Señor Ceviche restaurant has opened in London's Fitzrovia, on the former site of Ollie Dabbous' Barnyard. The menu includes dishes with Japanese and Chinese influences and there is also an underground pisco bar.
Founder Harry Edmeades
Typical dishes Grilled scallops with pisco and Ají Amarillo butter; Nikkei ceviche with yellowfin tuna, sea bass, ponzu tiger's milk and yuzu tobiko