Being the busy little bee that I am, I’ve been doing a bit of research on a few of the new places opening this year and these are the ones that I’m most excited about (for now!):
Cocochan Lounge Bar & Restaurant – 38-40 James Street, Marylebone
Opening in January 2011 and specialising in contemporary Pan-Asian cuisine, Cocochan is a stylish restaurant and bar which in my opinion, is exactly what’s needed for the area.
The 80 cover venue promises an extensive and creative dim sum menu as well as other starters, mains and sides stemming from Japan, Thailand and the rest of South East Asia whilst the lounge bar boasts a six metre long sofa, a terrace with seating for 20 and more intimate areas with the atmosphere being set by a selection of Dj’s.
W Hotel, Leicester Square
If you haven’t already heard about this one, I’m not sure where you’ve been! Opening at what was previously the site of the Swiss Centre, the W Hotel is due to open its doors on Valentines Day 2011 bringing a little bit of class to Leicester Square.
As well as providing 192 rooms of additional hotel accommodation, the W Hotel is also adding two new venues to the London Nightlife scene, namely the Wyld Bar and the Lounge at the W London.
Vapiano (Bankside), 90B Southwark Street, London Bridge.
Why we don’t have more of these in London beats me, but I am totally excited that Vapiano has finally decided to open a second branch.
For those who haven’t yet experienced what is essentially a niche fast food, self-service restaurant, I don’t want to give too much away (although a quick peek at the website’s ‘about’ page will give you all the information I’m trying to hide).
Anyhoo, whilst this is only the second London location, I’m hoping it will quickly catch on, as not only is it quirky, but the food is yummy, reasonable and overall is great for informal meetings! All hail Vapiano!