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Take 5 Spring Openings

Nothing quite compares to the giddiness of the first days of Spring. London, despite its mild; albeit damp, winters, seems like a city reborn and with that rebirth comes a whole swathe of new restaurants. We’ve selected five of the most tantalising new arrivals for you to paw over as you ponder on the best way to break your lent. 

Bó Drake, 6 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DE. Here we have the restaurant equivalent of a D’angelo album. You wait and you wait and you wait some more, the anticipation builds to levels which no product could possibly live up to and you resign yourself to disappointment. Then it arrives and it’s everything you ever hoped and more.

Bone Daddies Shackfuyu,  Given that London has been inundated with Ramen restaurants ever since the success of Bone Daddies in 2012, it is miraculous that no-one has laid a glove on the original. This year-long pop-up sees the Bone Daddies team shine a light on another side of Japanese cuisine.

Bistro By Shot28 Parsons Green Lane, Parsons Green, SW6 4HS. SW6 does not get a whole lot of le cool love. But if there was a reason to make the pilgrimage to Parsons Green, Bistro By Shot is it. Keep an eye out for a full write up in the coming weeks; we’ll save the superlatives for then.

Bel Air54 Paul Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4LN. “First class, yo this is bad/ Drinking orange juice out of a champagne glass. /Is this what the people of Bel-Air living like?/ Hmmmmm this might be alright.” That’s all you really need to know. If it can win a young Will Smith over, Bel Air life must be worth importing.

The Richmond Hackney316 Queensbridge Road, Hackney, E8 3NH. This just looks wonderful. Brett Redman from Elliot’s in Borough is branching out into the raw food world. In the space formerly occupied by the bizarre LMNT, The Richmond features London’s first raw food bar.