l One of the capital's newest luxury hotels, One Aldwych, has just launched its own ultra-modern restaurant, Axis (0171 300 0300). Leather floors, a gallery bar and one of London's largest murals are just some of its alternative features. And the food isn't bad either, with globe-trotting chef Mark Gregory (once New Zealand's Cultural Ambassador) offering an eclectic menu from around the world.
l If you're up North and you've ever wondered what it would be like to eat in the middle of a tropical rainforest - complete with swinging monkeys, trumpeting elephants and cascading waterfalls - then look no further than Manchester. Europe's second Rain-forest Cafe (0161 864 4220) opened on Thursday in the Trafford Centre.
l If there's any hint of an Indian summer this month, head for Edenbridge in Kent. Honours Mill (01732 866757) - the restaurant owned by swimming champion Duncan Goodhew and his brothers - has just added a huge balcony to allow for al fresco dining. This picturesque establishment, in a converted water mill by a pond, offers top-quality Modern European food.Reuse content