Duck & Waffle, Bishopsgate

Duck & Waffle

The influence of the US, particularly New York, on London’s bar and restaurant scene is evident everywhere you look. From Dalston’s grungy dive bars, to Shoreditch’s speakeasy cocktail clubs and Soho’s diners, Americana has quietly and successfully seeped its way into our drinking and eating conscious. However a new, and perhaps surprising, influence is that flash upstart of the East – Hong Kong.

The Factory House, The City

The Factory House

The City’s appetite for new bars shows few signs of slowing down. The latest to set up shop is the Factory House in Lime Street, just next to Leadenhall Market. Capitalising on the worker chic movement as made fashionable by Danny Boyle at the Olympic opening ceremony, the Factory House aims to celebrate the age of the modern industrialists.

Match! Oxford Circus

Match Bar

Match Bar was one of the new wave of cocktail bars that swept London in the early noughties. Fuelled by the dotcom and property boom, Match Bar represented a more upmarket alternative to the edgier New York influenced bars that dominated out East.