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Westerns Laundry
North London
34 Drayton Park, London N5 1PB
Critic reviews - total score 10 out of 10
The people behind the very successful Primeur have opened a second restaurant. British flavours and Devonshire seafood will be at the heart of this retreat just around the corner from Holloway Road.
La Dame de Pic
The City
Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square, 10 Trinity Square, London EC3N 4AJ
Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10
The main restaurant at the new Four Seasons has triple-Michelin-starred French chef Anne-Sophie Pic as the chef. Expect La Dame de Pic's menu to be similar to its Parisian counterparts.
Cabotte
The City
48 Gresham St, London EC2V 7AY
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Cabotte is the latest restaurant from Rousset, who has had great success with Blandford Comptoir. Here, expect a manu that pairs well with a solely Burgundy wine list.
Blanchette East
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
204 Brick Lane, London E1 6SA

Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
The original Blanchette was a big hit in Soho, serving up small plates of French cooking. This restaurant has a similar small plates approach as the original, but the menu has expanded to include more influences from South France and North Africa too.
Petit Pois
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
9 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
This is and all-day French bistro from the people behind bars Happiness Forgets and Original Sin, Alastair Burgess and Chris Smith. It's aiming to bring the feel of a "cosy French bistro" to Hoxton and to make it affordable too.
Les 110 De Taillevent
Marylebone
16 Cavendish Square, London W1G 9DD
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10
The people behind Parisian restaurant Taillevent are bringing its spin-off Les 110 de Taillevent to London - which focuses on food and wine pairings, named after the 110 wines available by the glass. Each of the 30 dishes is matched by one of four selected glasses.
Frenchie
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
16 Henrietta St, Covent Garden London WC2E 8QH
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Launched by the same folk who run the popular French neighbourhood restaurant Frenchie in Paris, their London restaurant has a French/British twist to many of the dishes - all with British sourced ingredients. Look out for excellent cocktails too.
Bellanger
North London
9 Islington Green, London N1 2XH
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Chris Corbin and Jeremy King have opened in Islington a neighbourhood restaurant with Alsace cuisine, taking over the prime position on Islington Green from Browns.
Les Deux Salons
Westminster, Strand, Victoria
40-42 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DD
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Previously launched by Anthony Demetre, this French brasserie is now part of the Prescott and Conran group. It still retains the Martin Brudnizki designed interior.
Leicester House
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
1 Leicester Street, London, WC2H 7BL
Critic reviews - total score 5.5 out of 10
This 50-cover restaurant will be open all day, starting with breakfast from 7am and - good news - they'll have a bar that's open till 2am with a 30 cover terrace. The food will be French-Vietnamese and there'll be shellfish dishes, steaks and ribs, cooked on the Robata charcoal grill.
Cafe Pistou
North London
8-10 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4QA
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
This all-day Provencal restaurant offers "coffees and brunch throughout the day as well as more of a restaurant and bar atmosphere in the evenings." Simon Conboy, the previous executive chef at The Ivy and Rivington Grill in Dubai is Exec chef and it comes from Charlie McLean who used to be at Cau and Gaucho.
Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
8-10 Neal’s Yard, London WC2H 9DP
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
This wine bar comes from the same people behind the hugely popular Experimental Cocktail Club and this bars sister site in Paris. Expect the wines to steer clear of the mainstream and the food to be a mix of seasonal British and French cuisine.
Primeur
North London
Barnes Motors, 116 Petherton Road, London N5 2RT
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
On the borders of Islington and Stoke Newington, Primeur will offer "honest cooking and carefully crafted, low intervention wines in a convivial setting". It's coming from David Gingell (who has worked for Jackson & Frank Boxer, Gabriel Pryce, Will Ricker, Keith McNally) and Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim (Wolseley, The Orrery, Gavin Bistrot Deluxe, L’Escargot, Wright Brothers, Bistrotheque & Shrimpy’s).
Brasserie Gustave
Chelsea, Kensington, Knightsbridge
4 Sydney Street, London SW3 6PP
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
This Chelsea brasserie has a lot of respected restaurant folk behind it who have worked at Brasserie St Jacques, The Greenhouse, Brown’s Hotel, The Ritz Hotel, Harry’s Bar and The Arch. Expect classic French brasserie dishes with a lot of trolley service too.
Blanchette Soho
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
9 D'Arblay St, London W1F 8DR
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
Blanchette is from three brothers Maxime, Yannis and Malik Alary who are launching a "French bistro serving simple, classic and inventive French food". Similar to Salt Yard, it's primarily based around sharing "French tapas" plates. Look out for its sister restaurant in Shoreditch too.
Otto's
The City
182 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8EW
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Rivea
Mayfair, Belgravia
Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10
With a three Michelin starred restaurant over at the Dorchester, this is Alain Ducasse's second London restaurant. It's an informal affair and based on Ducasse's existing restaurant of the same name at Hôtel Byblos in St Tropez with a mixture of French and Italian dishes inspired by Mediterranean cuisine.
Hibiscus
Mayfair, Belgravia
29 Maddox Street, London W1S 2PA
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Michelin star 2 Michelin stars
Roux at Parliament Square
Westminster, Strand, Victoria
RICS, Parliament Square, London SW1P 3AD
Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10
Just across the road from Westminster, Michel Roux Jnr’s new London restaurant in the Institute of Chartered Surveyors building has 2008 Roux Scholarship winner Dan Cox as head chef. There is a separate first-floor bar serving snacks and smaller dishes and the 56-cover restaurant features a French/Mediterranean-inspired menu. It's a beautiful building with a stunning view of Westminster and Big Ben.
Casse Croute
South London
109 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XB
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Casse-Croûte is a 20 seater French bistro and is the brainchild of Herve Durochat (GM at Pizarro) + Alexandre Bonnefoy (ex-Arts Cub). He brings in Sylvain Soulard - former head chef at Morgan M. Expect tete de veau, rillettes, boudin noir, macarons, tarte aux fraises and clafoutis.
Tartufo
Chelsea, Kensington, Knightsbridge
11 Cadogan Gardens, London, SW3 2RJ
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10
This modern European restaurant boasts a chef, Manuel Oliveri, who has worked at Gauthier as sous chef and management who have worked at Galvin at Windows, Le Gavroche and Rousillon among other places and promises and affordable menu for the area. All this is supported with its own on-site wine cellar.
Boulestin
Mayfair, Belgravia
5 St James's Street, London SW1A 1EF
Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10
This popular restaurant closed in 1994 (after opening in 1927) and is now being revived by Joel Kissin - who used to be Terence Conran's partner at Conran restaurants. It is a luxury French bistro with a separate cafe called Café Marcel, offering "lighter fare".
The Five Fields
Chelsea, Kensington, Knightsbridge
8-9 Blacklands Terrace, London SW3 2SP
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10
This fine dining restaurant in Chelsea is being run by a team with a very impressive background. The head chef is from Marcus Wareing, the pastry chef and sommelier were both at Tom Aikens and the chef patron/owner was at NYC's two Michelin starred Corton. Expect modern seasonal cooking which will pay "particular attention to Britain’s finest artisanal produce".
Bouchon Fourchette
East London
171 Mare Street, London E8 3RH
Critic reviews - total score 5.5 out of 10
Little Social
Mayfair, Belgravia
5 Pollen Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1ND
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
This is Jason Atherton's affordable French bistro, only just across the road from his flagship Pollen Street Social. Expect seasonal French bistro dishes with rotating specials and cocktails.
Social Eating House
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
58 Poland St, London W1F 7NR
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star
This restaurant is from Jason Atherton and, to date, his only one in Soho. Expect a very British menu, with plenty of starters in jars too. As with all of Atherton's places, the bar is just as important - so make time to head upstairs for a cocktail or three.
Seven Park Place
Mayfair, Belgravia
St. James's Hotel and Club, 7-8 Park Place, St. James's, SW1A 1LS London
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star
William Drabble moves from Aubergine to head up this 26-cover, self-styled 'intimate' restaurant at the St James's Hotel and Club. The menu may be 'modern-French' but the provenance of the food is all British. The dining room has also had a suitably impressive overhaul to suit its new chef.
Balthazar London
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
4-6 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HZ
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10
Keith McNally, an English ex-pat, has done particularly well to make his mark on the New York restaurant scene. Balthazar is a go-to place for most tourists and locals in the Village. McNally is now back in the UK with London branch of Balthazar which was one of the biggest openings of 2013. Expect brasserie style food in a spectacular room with great service and a master bartender on the cocktails too. Plus there's a takeaway bakery next door.
The Ten Room at the Cafe Royal
Mayfair, Belgravia
68 Regent Street, London W1B 4DY
Critic reviews - total score 3.5 out of 10
The Cafe Royal has completed a major revamp by the people behind the Conservatorium in Amsterdam. The Ten Room is the main brasserie style restaurant.
The Malt House
West London
17 Vanston Place, London SW6 1AY
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10
Claude Bosi and his brother already have a pub in Wimbledon (the Fox and Grapes) and now they've opened their second in Fulham. This time, they'll be aiming for "modern British pub food" but Fulhamites can expect a stamp of quality as Bosi has enlisted Marcus McGuinness, the former Head Chef of Hibiscus (Bosi's two Michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair), to take over the revamped pub.
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