For those not familiar with their African geography, Ikoyi is also a small, affluent community in Lagos, Nigeria—Africa’s largest city. The neighbourhood is about to become a lot better known thanks to the opening of a restaurant by the same name in St James’s Market. A joint venture between Iré Hassan-Odukale, who was born in Ikoyi, and his school friend Jeremy Chan, who earned his stripes at Dinner and Noma, the restaurant will serve contemporary West African cuisine in a traditional three-course format. In a space designed by the highly regarded Studio Ashby, Chan will serve up high-quality ingredients with West African seasoning. Think Octopus Pepper Soup with Coastal Herbs and Wild Nigerian Tiger Prawn, with Banga Bisque and Corn Grits. The menu will also include Chan’s take on the region’s most popular export, Jollof rice (look out for Smoked Bone Marrow and Groundnut Miso), while cocktails have been cleverly created by brothers Max and Noel Venning, co-owners of the East London bar Three Sheets, to complement the spices on offer.

Ikoyi1 St. James’s Market, London SW1Y 4AH (020 3583 4660); @ikoyi_london

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