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Legs
East London
120-122 Morning Lane, London E9 6LH
Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10
This restaurant is from Magnus Reid, previously best known for the Rooftop Cafe near London Bridge. This is a wine bar and restaurant which features a seasonal menu and an ever-changing wine list from small producers.
Social Wine and Tapas
Marylebone
39 James Street, London W1U 1EB
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10
This is from Jason Atherton and sees him embracing one of London's trends, the return of the wine bar. Expect a wine bar where all the waiters are trained as somelliers as well as high end tapas dishes and a wine shop too.
Portland
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
113 Great Portland Street, London W1W 6QQ
Critic reviews - total score 8.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star
This restaurant is from Will Lander (Quality Chop House) and Daniel Morgenthau (formerly 10 Greek Street) who have teamed up for an all-day restaurant on Great Portland Street.
Spring
Westminster, Strand, Victoria
Somerset House, New Wing, Lancaster Place, London WC2R 1LA
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
Spring is Skye Gyngell's first solo venture, who had such a big success at Petersham Nurseries. She has set up shop in the "new" wing of Somerset House which hasn't been open to the public for 150 years and serving fair like Grilled langoustine with seaweed butter and Roasted turbot with porcini and bone marrow.
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.
Arabica Bar and Kitchen
South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey
3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London SE1 9AF
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10
Arabica started out at Borough Market, armed with little more than a cool box over 14 years ago and began selling a small range of mezze from an 8ft trestle table. The vibe they're going for at their Borough restaurant will be 1960’s Beirut meets 21st century London.
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).
Lyle's
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JJ
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star
James Lowe's restaurant at the Tea Building in Shoreditch proved that a restaurant in Shoreditch could gain a Michelin star. After previous success at the Ten Bells, this all-day restaurant showcases his food with a regularly changing menu. They also have lots of special guests popping in from time to time. And they aim to serve a damn fine coffee throughout the day too.
8 Hoxton Square
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
8-9 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
This is the second opening from Luke Wilson and Cameron Emirali who previously had such a big hit with 10 Greek Stret in Soho. Expect a very similar approach to the food and wine, but set in Hoxton.
Quality Chop House
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
92–94 Farringdon Road, London EC1R 3EA
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
The original Quality Chop House was one of London's much loved restaurants, so it was a shame when it closed down a few years ago. Now, it's returned under the new ownership of Will Lander & Josie Stead, who have previously worked for St John, Dinner by Heston and Sketch. As Will told us "we wanted to open somewhere focused on great service, simple produce-driven food and very good wine at reasonable prices."
The Clove Club
Shoreditch, Clerkenwell
Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star
One of the best restaurants in town and one of the few to make it into the World's 50 Best list, The Clove Club is fast becoming a London institution. Head into the main restaurant for a regularly changing set menu which is at the heart of things here - or to the bar for cocktails and nibbles.
Story
The City
201 Tooley Street, London SE1 2UE
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star
He's worked with the likes of Rene Redzepi at Noma, and previously with Tom Aikens, Adam Byatt and Thomas Keller. Now Tom Sellers is has launched his own restaurant in London called Story. Expect "humble ingredients but throws them together in a creative, inspired way" including beef dripping candles that you can eat.
Elliot's Cafe
South Bank, London Bridge, Bermondsey
12 Stoney St, Borough Market, London SE1 9AD
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
This restaurant is by Rob Green and Brett Redman, the blokes behind the super-popular Pavilion Cafe at Victoria Park. Its aim is to be 'showcasing the best of Borough Market and supporting craft and artisanal producers'.
Newman Street Tavern
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
48 Newman Street, London W1T 1QQ
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
This new opening in Fitzrovia is headed up by Peter Weeden, who previously worked at Paternoster Chop House and Boundary. There is a ground floor bar which will have a main feature of a two-metre long, salvaged and restored enamel trough that holds the Tavern's raw bar. Upstairs is a dining room which is bookable serving seasonal meat and fish dishes.
The Kitchen Table
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
70 Charlotte St, London W1T 4QG
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10
Michelin star 1 Michelin star
Kitchen Table is in many ways the main event of the two-part restaurant from James Knappett and Sandia Chang (also including Bubbledogs). Here you can expect a new meal almost every visit as the menu evolves depending on the chef's preferences and the seasons. And all this in a setting that sees you seated around the open kitchen watching and interacting with the chefs.
Bubbledogs
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
70 Charlotte St, London W1T 4QG
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
Ledbury chef James Knappett and his wife Sandia Chang, (sommelier at Roganic) have opened a restaurant of two halves. This is the hot-dog half at the front of the restaurant, serving up gourmet hot dogs alongside Grower champagne and other sparkling wines.
Donostia
Marylebone
10 Seymour Place, London W1H 5DB
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
omasz Baranski, the former head chef at Barrafina, is serving up Basque-style tapas and pintxos such as Pil-Pil cod and stuffed squid in ink, as well as more mainstream Spanish dishes like croquetas and tortilla. As for the wine, the list includes various Basque specialities such as txakoli a slightly sparkling, dry, low-alcohol white wine.
Vinoteca Soho
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
53-55 Beak St, London W1F 9SH
Critic reviews - total score 8 out of 10
It already has a branch north of Oxford Street in Marylebone, and now the popular wine bar has come into the heart of Soho. Expect a similar approach as their other two locations with a bar, dining room and wine shop across two levels.
The 10 Cases
Soho, Fitzrovia, Covent Garden
16 Endell Street, London WC2H 9BD
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
Just near Covent Garden, this bistro offers a "small but ever changing wine list" and a menu that changes every day to match the list.
Trullo
North London
300 - 302 St Paul's Road, London N1 2LH
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
Jordan Frieda, formerly front-of-house at The River Cafe has teamed up with chef Tim Siadatan - one of the original trainees at Fifteen who has since worked at both St John and Moro to open their own restaurant. 'The idea behind Trullo is to have an earthy, wholesome, neighbourhood trattoria that is true to the principles of the great places we've worked, while being super-affordable,' Jordan told Hot Dinners. 'Our wine list has a set mark up of £10 on all bottles, making some of the best Italian wines really accessible, and we'll look to concentrate on a small, seasonally-fluctuating menu based around a real charcoal grill, excellent pasta and risotto, good salumi and fresh, exciting antipasti and salads."
28-50
The City
140 Fetter Lane, London EC4 1BT
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
The owners of the Michelin-starred Texture restaurant have taken up this basement restaurant/ wine bar in Fetter Lane and have persuaded Paul Walsh from Restaurant Gordon Ramsay to be Head Chef.
Terroirs
Westminster, Strand, Victoria
5 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DW
Critic reviews - total score 7.5 out of 10
In an area of town more usually associated with after-office binge drinkers and faux American burger joints, the arrival of a new, cheerful Bistro offering great comfort food to the weary masses can only be a good thing.
Lutyens
The City
85 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1AE
Critic reviews - total score 7 out of 10
More French perfection from the Peter Prescott and Terence Conran partnership. There's a charcuterie counter, sushi bar, members club and private rooms. Head chef David Burke comes via Bibendum and Pont de la Tour. Oh, and Samuel Pepys was born here.
The Draper's Arms
North London
44 Barnsbury St, Islington, London N1 1ER
Critic reviews - total score 6 out of 10
Former award-winning gastro pub is taken over by Ben Maschler (son of critic Fay). Both pub and menu have had a make-over, the former has been painted an ill-advised hospital bluey-green, and the menu takes St John as its influence with plenty of offal on offer.
High Timber
The City
8 High Timber Street, London EC4V 3PA
Critic reviews - total score 6.5 out of 10
If location is all, then this river-facing restaurant has won the lottery. Making the most of its river frontage, High Timber is a high-end steak restaurant for city boys with a serious wine list, courtesy of owners Gary and Kathy Jordan who own the Jordan vineyard in Stellenbosch.
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