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Is the year half-way over already? Blimey.

But that means that it's time for our first look back at the year so far, pulling out all the really great restaurants that have opened in London so far this year. And it's QUITE the list, we think, with a pretty diverse group of places opening over the period.

So if you're looking to be guided to the best new spots in town, here goes...


Opened in June 2017

Neo BistroNeo Bistro
11 Woodstock Street, Mayfair, W1C

In a nutshell: East London style seasonal food in the West End

From chefs Alex Harper (ex Harwood Arms) and Mark Jarvis (Anglo) this restaurant brings a little bit of East-End inventiveness into the heart of London, just off Oxford Street. Fay Maschler is a fan - "Rarely are there more than three items on a plate and they mingle compellingly." and City AM reviewer Melissa York thinks the "food so intriguing, you’ll be discussing it long after you’ve left."

Find out more about Neo Bistro

Read our Test Drive of Neo Bistro



Darjeeling ExpressDarjeeling Express
Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby, London W1B 5PW

In a nutshell: Indian supperclub gets a permanent spot

Asma Khan has gathered a hugely loyal following with her Darjeeling Express supperclubs over the years and this sees her taking up a permanent place in Carnaby's Kingly Court. It got high praise from Grace Dent, who said "she also makes fearsomely spiced croquettes using fen beetroot which are worth making your eyes water for".

Find out more about Darjeeling Express



7 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA

In a nutshell: Encant chef opens a cheese and wine bar down the road

Victor Garvey's Encant in Covent Garden is to get a follow up called Rambla later in 2017, but somehow he found the time to create and open a new restaurant beforehand. A few doors down from Encant, this is primarily a wine bar focusing on cheese, charcuterie, wine and tapas. And David Ellis in the Standard was mightily impressed - "I called it an oasis."

Find out more about Sibarita



Pique Nique Pique Nique
32 Tanner St, London SE1 3LD

In a nutshell: Casse Croute does French chicken

The new rotisserie chicken place from the folk behind Bermondsey's Casse Croute pleased Fay Maschler who found the chickens "helpfully sliced, drenched in jus and served with a frilly green salad". As for the chocolate Fondant, the Financial Times critic Tim Hayward says: "I really hope I live to well over a hundred because it’s the only way I’ll ever get even the faintest chance of eating a better dessert than this." Wow - high praise indeed.

Find out more about Pique Nique



30 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DL

In a nutshell: Bao does Taiwanese dining in Chinatown.

The third opening from the team behind the two Bao restaurants, Xu is "a couple of tweaks – and a pudding menu – away from being truly excellent" says Matthew Bayley in The Telegraph. He reserves particular praise for the cuttlefish toast - "Imagine the world’s greatest prawn toast." It gets 5 stars from Time Out where Tania Ballantine says "Everything I ate was terrific". This view was echoed by blogger The Picky Glutten who said: "There are very few other restaurants in London I’d rather eat at. It’s as simple as that."

Find out more about Xu 

Our Xu Test Drive



Opened in May 2017


The NedThe Ned
27 Poultry, London EC2R 8AJ

In a nutshell: Soho House's uber hotel in the City

It would appear that, from looking at The Ned, Soho House don't do things by halves. From the rooftop pool to the bar that's in a bank vault, it's one of London's most impressive openings in years. And that's before we get to the food, with nine new restaurants opening in the hotel. With everything from Cecconi's City to Jewish deli Zobler's, a grill room and more there's almost too much choice. It'll be hard for any new restaurant/hotel to make a bigger splash than this in 2017.

Find out more about The Ned

We spend 24 hours in The Ned



14-15 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8QH

In a nutshell: Ollie Dabbous meets the ECC

With Dabbous behind him (and more to come) the latest from Ollie Dabbous is in the shape of his team up with the Experiemental Group (who also run the Experimental Cocktail Club) in their new Henrietta Hotel. It; looks like being an instant hit right out of the gate with an early rave from Fay Maschler who says "The menu, under the control of Rob Tecwyn, formerly head chef at Dabbous, is, you could say, an ode to joy."

Find out more about Henrietta

Our Henrietta Test Drive




2-4 Boundary Street, London E2 7DD

In a nutshell: French food with a meaty focus in Shoreditch

French chef Stéphane Reynaud has taken over the basement restaurant at Shoreditch's Boundary hotel and given it something of a French makeover. And with his background in charcuterie, there's a big meat focus with some of the greatest terrines we've personally had in a London restaurant.

Find out more about Tratra

Our Tratra Test Drive



30 Almeida St, London N1 1AD

In a nutshell: Francesco Mazzei's Italian in Islington

Already popular from his Mayfair restaurant Sartoria, this restaurant sees top Italian chef Francesco Mazzei take over the spot that used to be Almeida. It's more keenly priced than the Mayfair restaurant and it's gained plaudits from Giles Coren and Jay Rayner. The latter says "If you do not order Mazzei’s zucchini fritti, exploding from their pot like some desert grass that’s bolted, you are an idiot."

Find out more about Radici

Our Radici Test Drive 



Western's LaundryWestern's Laundry
34 Drayton Park, London N5 1PB

In a nutshell: Follow-up Highbury spot from the people behind Primeur.

It's clear we loved Westerns Laundry, but what did everyone else think of this rather beautiful new restaurant tucked away off Holloway Road? Jay Rayner says "Westerns Laundry is a class act: a smart, skilled kitchen with some tables attached" while food blogger and wine expert Zeren Wilson said it "hums in the evening with the same energy, joie de vivre and candlelit charm of Primeur." 

Find out more about Westerns Laundry 

Our Westerns Laundry Test Drive



Madame D Madame D's
76 Commercial Street, London E1 6LY

In a nutshell: The people behind Gunpowder go Himalayan

This is the next restaurant from the people behind Gunpowder, a very popular City Indian spot. This sees them taking their inspiration from Himalayan cooking, and cranking up the heat a little too. It's a small spot, but you can wait with drinks in the bar downstairs until a table becomes free. Marina O'Loughlin is a fan who says "it’s not often I come out of a restaurant and immediately want to go back to eat the rest of the shortish menu."

Find out more about Madame D's

Our Madame D's Test Drive




Duck & Waffle LocalDuck & Waffle Local
52 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4RP

In a nutshell: Duck and Waffle comes down to earth

David Ellis in the Standard wasn't sure about the ordering lark, but decided that in comparison to the original "the food and drink has more character here. The service is friendlier." London on the Inside said "the duck jam donut with orange glaze is an absolute belter" and food writer Sabrina Ghayour said they "were doing great things" having tried the Duck Merguez wrap, Duck burger and carrot dishes."

Find out more about Duck and Waffle Local

Our Duck and Waffle Local Test Drive



Opened in April 2017


Dandy CafeDandy Cafe
20 Newington Green, London N16 9PU

In a nutshell: Modern cooking from two Aussies in Stoke Newington.

We reckon the cooking here is some of the best we've enjoyed in London this year and the reactions on Instagram at least seem to concur. "Some fascinating flavour combos at play," says food writer Ed Smith of Rocket and Squash while Instagrammer Felicity Spector loved the "insanely good Parmesan custard" that came with the asparagus.

Find out more about Dandy Cafe

Our Dandy Cafe Test Drive



Monty's DeliMonty's Deli
225 - 227 Hoxton Street, London N1

In a nutshell: Jewish deli and restaurant in Hoxton

Another street food king who have settled down with their own spot, Monty's Deli has let the team expand on the offering that they had on Maltby Street. Sure there's still their pastrami on rye, but a lot more besides, including a Shabbat dinner every night. As Grace Dent says "Monty’s Deli in Hoxton is now firmly on the list of places I love."

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Sir Colin Campbell, 264-266 Kilburn High Rd, London, NW6 2BY

In a nutshell: Seasonal food with an Irish touch in Kilburn

Ex St John Bread and Wine chef Ruairidh Summers has gone it alone with this restaurant that's taken over the top floor of the Sir Colin Campbell pub in Kilburn. He's explored his Irish heritage to bring together a menu that features Irish dishes with a modern touch, unlike anything else in town,

Find out more about Summers



176 Church Street, Stoke Newington, London N16 0JL

In a nutshell: Great British menu judge in Stokey

Great British menu judge Andi Oliver (previously known for Sugar Shack) has set up shop in Stoke Newington with this restaurant that does a particularly mean brunch.

Find out more about Andi's


Opened in March 2017


Claude Bosi at BibendumClaude Bosi at Bibendum
Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, London SW3 6RD

In a nutshell: Michelin Chef goes to South Ken

Having earned two Michelin stars in Mayfair's Hibiscus, It's fair to say there were high expectations of Bosi's move to South Kensington. He's taken over the ground floor too, but the main restaurant on the first floor is where the real Bosi action is. So far we've seen a lot of other chefs and industry folk praising it to the skies as well as critics. As Jay Rayner says "It is one I’ll recommend when emails arrive, announcing milestones that need a restaurant by which to mark them."

Find out more about Claude Bosi at Bibendum

Our Claude Bosi at Bibendum Test Drive



Blacklock CityBlacklock City
13 Philpot Lane, London EC3M 1DE

In a nutshell: Chops in the City

The original Blacklock in Soho was an instant hit with its mix of excellent chops and cocktails for a fiver. This sees them opening a second restaurant in the City with the same pricing and also maintaining that Soho feel. "There are few better places for steak & chips anywhere," tweeted blogger Chris Pople of his meal there.

Find out more about Blacklock City

Our Blacklock City Test Drive



Rick Stein BarnesRick Stein Barnes
Tideway Yard, 125 Mortlake High St, London SW14 8SN

In a nutshell: Rick Stein comes to London

It's early days on as far as Rick Stein's new and eagerly awaited London restaurant is concerned, but his new riverside spot in Barnes is already packed out. Expect some of the best seafood in town and chef and author Gizzi Erskine says she had "a TERRIFIC lunch en famiglia" there recently.

Find out more about Rick Stein Barnes 

Our Rick Stein Barnes Test Drive



74 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4QH

In a nutshell: Monica Galetti's Fitzrovian gaff

Monica Galetti has many a fan from both MasterChef and other BBC shows, and just as many from her time at Le Gavroche. This sees her setting up her own spot in Fitzrorvia together with her sommelier husband David Galetti who has a strong hand on the wine. And Nick Curtis in the Standard said "The rhubarb and crème fraîche dessert, which we watched with envy land on a neighbouring table, has already been touted on Twitter as London’s prettiest desert.".

Find out more about Mere

Our Mere Test Drive



The Game BirdThe Game Bird
The Stafford Hotel, 16-18 St James’s Place, London SW1A 1NJ

In a nutshell: Very British food in Mayfair

Exec chef James Durrant has created a menu at one of London's oldest hotels that really makes the most of its heritage - serving up a particularly British affair, with a strong focus on those game birds. An Ben McCormack in the Telegraph says, "he’s created a great British menu which is another winner."

Find out more about The Game Bird

Our Game Bird Test Drive



The Cheese BarThe Cheese Bar
Camden Stables Market, North Yard, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AH

In a nutshell: ALL the cheese in Camden

In their street food guise they're known as The Cheese Truck, but their first permanent restaurant sees them open a restaurant in Camden that's all counter and ALL cheese. That's really not overstating things and if you have a passing interest in the stuff you have to make a pilgramage here for everything from cheese toasties to cheese ice cream and everything in-between.

Find out more about The Cheese Bar


Opened in February 2017


72 Highbury Park, Highbury East, London N5 2XE

In a nutshell: Top Thai food in Highbury

Ex-Smoking Goat chef Seb Holmes has taken over his stepfather's old school trattoria in the heart of Highbury - and the juxtaposition of all those chequered tablecloths with such cutting edge Thai food is delighting the critics. Grace Dent has banned herself from the place after an outstanding bowl of coconut braised beef cheek while Giles Coren found it to be an "Old man's restaurant serving young man's food."

Find out more about Farang

Our Farang Test Drive



76 Wilton Road, London SW1V 1DE

In a nutshell: Wine and seasonal food in Victoria

Marina O'Loughlin's a fan of this new Victoria neighbourhood spot, reserving particular praise for their beef short rib which she describes as "the cure to whatever ails you, comfort and contentment on the plate." She also singles out front of house's Katie Exton as a "dream hostess". Harper's Bazaar recommend you "Come with a friend you've been meaning to catch up with to make the most of the leisurely, friendly atmosphere."

Find out more about Lorne



FerdiHai Cenato
85 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1W 0AJ

In a nutshell: Jason Atherton's Victoria Italian

Jason Atherton continues his impeccable record of opening good restaurants with this, his latest more informal spot in Victoria's Nova development. The Standard's Ben Norum thought, as we did, that the cracked potatoes were a "high-level pleasure, hovering somewhere between roastie and crispy potato wedge." while Giles Coren declared their pizza bianca "the best pizza I’ve ever had."

Find out more about Hai Cenato

Our Hai Cenato Test Drive



21 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8TR

In a nutshell: Charcuterie and wine in Camberwell

You may well have seen Cannon and Cannon popping up in markets across town, but this sees them settling down with their first permanent spot in Camberwell. Expect to spend your night working your way through some top British cured meats, cheese toasties and lots of wine on tap to wash it down. Hard to think of how you could spend an evening better.

Find out more about Nape



Bao FitzroviaL'Antica Pizzeria da Michele
125 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0UH

In a nutshell: Naples top pizza lands in Stoke Newington

Stoke Newington may not have been the first place you might expect one of Italy's top pizzerias to choose as their first outpost in the UK, but the locals must be VERY happy. About as authentic as a Neapolitan pizza it likely to get without you hopping on a plane to Italy. As Time Out says "This slice is definitely worth pulling a sickie for."

Find out more about L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele

Our Da Michele Test Drive



LucaThe Other Naughty Piglet
The Other Palace theatre, 12 Palace St, Westminster, London, SW1E 5JA

In a nutshell: Naughty Piglets goes to the theatre

The original Naughty Piglets in Brixton was one of those neighbourhood restaurants that punched significantly above its weight, winning plaudits far and wild. And it also attracted the attention of Andrew Lloyd Webber who has brought them to his new theatre in Victoria - The Other Place. Expect the usual excellent small plates and a particular focus on their wine list. As Fay Maschler's dining partner said "“One of the most agreeable and delicious joints you have taken me to in our 40 years of eating out.”"

Find out more about The Other Naughty Piglet



Temper Untitled
538 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4AH

In a nutshell: Tony Conigliaro's Dalston bar (with food).

A new bar from Tony Conigliaro (also behind 69 Colebrooke Row and Bar Termini) is always one to watch. And his latest in Dalston seems to be no exception to that rule from the early buzz we've heard. Expect cocktails that include all manner of ingredients from chalk to truffle - all served up in bespoke vessels - and the Asian food menu is one to watch too.

Find out more about Untitled 

Our Untitled Test Drive


Opened in January 2017


La Dame de Pic La Dame de Pic
Four Seasons Hotel, 10 Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ.

In a nutshell: Top French Michelin starred chef comes to town

The new Four Seasons hotel in the City has brought in one of France's top chefs to run the restaurant, and expectation was very high indeed. Anne-Sophie Pic has three Michelin stars in France and will be looking to get a few more in London. Expect classic fine dining and look out for that millefueille dessert.

Find out more about La Dame de Pic

Our Dame de Pic Test Drive



Padella Palatino
71 Central Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V 3AG

In a nutshell: Stevie Parle does Italian

Stevie Parle's latest London spot sees him opening an Italian restaurant deep in the heart of Clerkenwell, and it's already going down a treat. We're still waiting for reviews to come in but from our early meal, we think this deserves to be an instant hit.

Find out more about Palatino

Our Palatino Test Drive



12 Denman Street, Soho, London W1D 7HH

In a nutshell: Brixton Indian small plates goes central

The original Kricket (a tiny spot in Pop Brixton) has won itself a very devoted following since opening, gaining raves from punters and reviewers alike. Now they've gone central, landing a prime spot in Soho - with a bigger kitchen that lets them expand the menu. It's primarily a no-booking counter restaurant (expect a wait) but you will be able to book spots for four or more downstairs. Fans of the original will be very happy. Steve Dineen in City AM says "if we’re not talking about it as one of the restaurants of the year come December, I’ll be gob-smacked."

Find out more about Kricket

Our Kricket Test Drive


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