Here at Hot Dinners we mainly focus on the hottest restaurants in town, as well as new openings. But the London restaurant scene is ever-changing and that means some restaurants fall to the wayside. With that in mind, we're keeping track of the notable restaurants that London has lost over the past year.
Sake No Hana - Longstanding Japanese restaurant
Benihana - After 27 years, the famed teppanyaki restaurant shut the doors in Piccadilly (but they're looking to open in Covent Garden)
Tredwells - Chantelle Nicholson's Covent Garden restaurant closes (although she's opening a restaurant in Mayfair)
Adam Handling Chelsea - The Adam Handling restaurant at The Cadogan closes (replaced later by The LaLee)
Bar Boulud - Daniel Boulud's restaurant at The Mandarin Oriental closes (with a new restaurant to take its place)
Dandy - The latest version of the aussie-inspired restaurant is another pandemic victim.
Terroirs - The Covent Garden natural wine haven closed its doors after nearly a decade
Joy in Portobello - Stevie Parle's pop-up was a huge success but could not get the approval to become permanent
The Gilbert Scott - Marcus Wareing's St Pancras restaurant did not return post-pandemic as he let the lease expire.
Harry Morgan - iconic St John's Wood deli closes its doors.
Geales - Serving Notting Hill with fish and chips for decades, the restaurant is finally bowing out.
Blixen - The Spitalfields restaurant with the impressive terrace garden is to be replaced by an Irish chicken and burger restaurant
Zelman Meats (Soho) - The original will not reopen after lockdown but they continue at Harvey Nichols in Knightsbridge
Halal Guys (Leicester Square) - intended to be the flagship restaurant, this has now shut but they continue at Earl's Court.
The Modern Pantry - one of Clerkenwell's most popular, closed when its lease ran out.
Xier - the restaurant of two halves by Carlo Scotto didn't reopen after shutting for the lockdown.
Roganic - this makes it the second time that Simon Rogan's restaurant has closed in London
Roux at Parliament Square - The well respected Michel Roux Jr restaurant has shut.
Street XO - no more dumplings splatters with sauce as David Muñoz London outpost closes.
The Patate - French burgers in Kentish Town, hopefully popping up again in another form.
Two Lights - The American bistro from Chase Lovecky and the Clove Club team has shut for good.
Bong Bong's Manila Kanteen - the excellent Filipino restaurant in Hackney has closed, but they have plans to return soon
MEATliquor has closed its King's Cross restaurant (but might be following it with something new)
Tracks & Records - Usain Bolt's restaurant in the City
Kym's - Andrew Wong's City restaurant will not reopen (but A Wong in Victoria continues)
Ace Hotel - the Shoreditch hotel (including restaurant Hoi Polloi) did not reopen after the first lockdown and is staying shut
Tibits - primarily buffet style, this vegetarian restaurant closed both its locations.
Rochelle Canteen at the ICA - the spin-off of the original
Vanilla Black - pioneering vegetarian restaurant. Hoping to return in another form later.
Piebury Corner has closed both its Holloway Road and King's Cross Pie Delis - but they are planning a matchday return.
The Dairy Clapham and Counter Culture - Robin Gill's restaurants in Clapham - will not be opening.
Mountgrove Road Bothy in Highbury has closed its doors for good.
Oklava Bakery + Wine - has closed, but the Shoreditch Oklava is very much still open for business.
Dominique Ansel - both the original bakery and the newer Treehouse close at the end of August.
Jidori (Dalston) - the end of the excellent yakitori restaurant
Emilia (Mayfair) - the restaurant in Bonhams from the people behind Quality Chop House.
Lucknow 49 (Mayfair) and Dum Biryani (Soho) - Dhruv Mittal's restaurants boh closed
Rita's - the sandwich kings will not be coming back to King's Cross
Loyal Tavern - the Tom Cenci led restaurant will not reopen.
The Fat Bear - the popular American spot in the City has closed, but is looking for an alternative site.
The Shepherdess Cafe - after 37 years, the City Road institution has been forced to close.
Cereal Killer Cafe - the cafe closes, but their online business remains.
Moxon's Next Door - the restaurant next to the shop won't return, but the shop will expand.
Sardine - The much-loved Clerkenwell restaurant from Alex Jackson won't be reopening.
Indian Accent - the high end and highly rated Indian restaurant will not reopen
Le Caprice - after 38 years, the Richard Caring flagship closed. It may yet reopen elsewhere.
The Ledbury has made all staff redundant and seems unlikely to open again.
Wahlburgers - The Mark Wahlberg burger restaurant won't be returning
Siren at the Goring has closed, Nathan Outlaw will not return to the restaurant post-lockdown.
Texture - After over 10 years in Marylebone, the Agnar Sverrisson’s Michelin-starred restaurant won't be back.
All Hix restaurants - Mark Hix's restaurant group went into administration.
Oldroyd - Tom Oldroyd's Islington restaurant closed, but he's still at Dalston's The Duke of Richmond
The Frog Hoxton - Adam Handling announced that it would not be reopening post lockdown. The Covent Garden restaurant remains trading.
Nobu Berkeley Street - the high-end Japanese restaurant closed (but a new hotel is coming soon).
The Square - The Mayfair restaurant closed suddenly, right in the middle of service.
Linden Stores - The popular Highbury wine bar/restaurant finished up.
Brick House Bread bakery in Peckham closed, but it's to be replaced with Larry's (from the people behind Levan).
Lamberts, neighbourhood restaurant in Balham closed.
Moio in Stoke Newington closed, but they hope to be back in some form.
Gezellig - the Holborn restaurant called it a day
Hix Soho - Mark Hix's restaurant was 10 years old.
Kyseri closed in Fitzrovia - but it's being replaced by Oklava bakery and Wine from the same team.
Roe, seafood restaurant in Brixton shut up its container at Pop Brixton.
Yen - formerly serving up soba noodles (via Paris) closed just off The Strand
Duddell's served up the last of its goldfish-shaped dumplings in London Bridge.
Rambla in Soho closed - but it's transformed into SO LA, a Californian-inspired restaurant from the same chef, Victor Garvey.
Picture and Picture Marylebone - both restaurants in the group closed after six years of trading.
Breddos taco bar in Soho closed - it's been replaced by a Patty & Bun burger bar.
Claw closed its Soho restaurant, but they live on, serving up seafood in Seven Dials Market
Bellanger - the Corbin and King team closed its Islington Alsace restaurant.
Monty's Deli shut its Hoxton restaurant. You can still pick up their amazing reuben sandwiches and more at various Market Halls.
The Providores - the hugely influential restaurant from Peter Gordon closed the doos in Marylebone after 18 years.
Great Queen Street in Covent Garden closed. The same group's other pubs, The Anchor and Hope and the Canton Arms live on.
Pitt Cue - the restaurant (and truck) which kicked off the barbecue revolution in London closed its City restaurant.
Stem - Mark Jarvis (Anglo) closed his Mayfair restaurant.
The Palmerston - the hugely popular East Dulwich restaurant closed after its lease wasn't renewed.
Social Wine and Tapas - Jason Atherton shut his Marylebone restaurant.
Jamie Oliver's restaurant empire collapsed, taking with it 26 restaurants. Quite a few of them in London have since been replaced (Barbecoa is now The Ivy Asia).
Asia de Cuba closed in the St Martin's Lane hotel after 20 years. It's been replaced by The St Martin's Lane Kitchen.
Londrino - Leandro Carreira's Bermondsey restaurant closed. It's since been replaced by Trivet.
But - lots of restaurants have opened too...
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