We keep a running list of all the new London restaurants that have opened over the past year, handily broken down month-by-month so you can see just when they opened. All restaurants are alfresco until 17 May 2021.
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Opened in April 2021
In a nutshell: Italian worldwide phenomenon
Where is it? 135 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD
Why should you care? The Italian food and wine marketplace confirms their first London opening will be in the heart of the City at Broadgate.
In a nutshell: Soho yakitori 'comb to tail' joint
Where is it? 54 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4SL
Why should you care? Chef Angelo Sato brings a slice of Japan's yakitori style to the heart of Soho with a restaurant focused on using every part of the chicken.
In a nutshell: Greenhouses and Tel Aviv food
Where is it? 1 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 4AQ
Why should you care? This is features Israeli chef Elior Balbul and is billed as a "Tel Avivian gastro sharing style restaurant" in purpose-built greenhouses.
In a nutshell: Grill restaurant for Belsize Village
Where is it? 66 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BJ
Why should you care? This new neighbourhood restaurant by an ex-Ritz chef Jake Finn has a menu devoted to the grill and a lovely outside terrace too.
In a nutshell: Irish pub in Highgate
Where is it? 90 Highgate Hill, Highgate, London N19 5NQ
Why should you care? This Irish pub is taking over the prominent building that used to be The Tourian Lounge, and before that the Old Crown Inn. Their head chef Michael Spurgeon was previously at popular restaurant Nickel in Crouch End and Season Kitchen in Finsbury Park.
In a nutshell: Italian wine bar in Highgate
Where is it? 216 Archway Road, London N6 5AX
Why should you care? Top Italian sommelier Maurizio Titone joins forces with entrepreneur Marco Petrozzi for this boutique wine bar on Archway Road.
In a nutshell: Pentonville Road wine bar
Where is it? 258 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9JY
Why should you care? From the Cotswolds to King's Cross, a coffee and wine duo will be serving up minimal intervention wine at this new wine bar and cafe.
In a nutshell: Irish cocktail bar heads south
Where is it? 6 New Union Square, Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms, London SW11 7DN
Why should you care? Homeboy, the modern Irish cocktail bar run by Aaron Wall and Ciaran Smith in Islington, has expanded to Embassy Gardens (near Darby's and right next to the US Embassy at Nine Elms). Expect their top cocktails and an all-day food menu too, including toasties and curried chips.
In a nutshell: Native returns to town.
Where is it? 39 Brook Street, London W1K 4AH
Why should you care? Native closed in London in 2020 and moved out to the Osea on the Essex Coast but now they've returned to London, taking up a space in the luxury retailer Browns' new store in Mayfair.
In a nutshell: Megan's goes alfresco
Where is it? 10 Rookery Road, Clapham Common, London SW4 9DD
Why should you care? Megan's already have a successful restaurant in Clapham - but they've opened a second. This has one key difference, it's in the middle of Clapham Common and it's an alfresco restaurant.
In a nutshell: Everything breadcrumbed and fried
Where is it? 119 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0UD
Why should you care? Starting life as a delivery-only place during lockdown, this new venture is open as a bricks and mortar restaurant in Stoke Newington.
In a nutshell: Classic building returns in Shoreditch
Where is it? 233 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PJ
Why should you care? The Light Bar has taken over a listed building in Shoreditch that once held "The Light". Expect a modern British menu in this three-floored affair, with bar, restaurant and a large terrace too.
In a nutshell: Old school pie shop
Where is it? 45 Villiers St, London WC2N 6NE
Why should you care? Top Scottish chef Mark Greenaway has taken advantage of the various lockdowns to expand his empire south of Hadrian's Wall. He's opened a new takeaway pie and mash shop on Villiers Street, next door to Gordon's Wine Bar.
In a nutshell: Classic building reborn as pub in Greenwich
Where is it? 23 Telegraph Avenue, London SE10 0TH
Why should you care? This Young's pub has taken over a historical building, which has been closed to the public for years. Enderby House is a Grade II listed building on the riverfront that is pretty much all that remains of a wharf built back in the 1800s.
When can you try it for yourself? 12 April 2021
In a nutshell: Pizza faves go permanent
Where is it? 71-72 Granville Arcade, Brixton Village, SW9 8PS
Why should you care? The duo, who opened their first place in Flat Iron Square after years working the wedding and festival food circuit, are serving their Italian pizza, served whole or by the slice.
In a nutshell: Crazy pizzas in Knightsbridge
Where is it? 32-34 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, London SW1X
Why should you care? This is the second Crazy Pizza to hit London, coming from ex-Formula One boss, Flavio Briatore. Expect similar pizzas to the original, just around the corner from Harrods.
In a nutshell: Gordon does pizza
Where is it? 4 Arches Ln, Nine Elms, London SW11 8AB
Why should you care? This is the second Street Pizza from Gordon Ramsay (after St Paul's). It's all about bottomless pizza options here.
In a nutshell: London-style pizza for Peckham
Where is it? Unit 4.1 Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Rd, Peckham, London SE15 3SN
Why should you care? This new pizzeria in Peckham's Copeland Park is aiming to serving up what they say is London-style pizza - with no delicious topping taboo.
In a nutshell: Taiwanese fried chicken, innovative sides and strong cocktails
Where is it? 72 Old Compton St, Soho, London, W1D 4UN
Why should you care? Inspired by trips to Taipei, Mr Ji's founder has teamed up with the TĀ TĀ Eatery team to completely relaunch his Taiwanese fried chicken restaurant on Soho's Old Compton Street.
In a nutshell: British seasonal restaurant for Fulham
Where is it? 194 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, London SW6 2UF
Why should you care? The team behind popular Hackney spot Nest, have expanded to West London with this new seasonal British restaurant on Wandsworth Bridge Road.
In a nutshell: Grade II listed Camden pub and restaurant
Where is it? North Yard, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH
Why should you care? This new neighbourhood pub and restaurant has taken over a Grade II listed building in Camden and has both a big focus on natural wine as well as a very handy heated courtyard. They'll even be serving Sunday roasts that you can carve at your own table.
Opened in March 2021
In a nutshell: Crammed sandwiches.
Where is it? 22 Bevis Marks, London EC3A 7JB
Why should you care? Dom's Subs in Hackney have captured Londoners' hearts over A-grade sarnies, serving up improbably stuffed house-baked semolina rolls. Their second shop sees them coming to The City.
In a nutshell: Korean chicken and beer in Chinatown
Where is it? 47 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0AN
Why should you care? The latest Wing Wing, its flagship restaurant, is in a big new space on the edge of Chinatown - with Korean fried chicken alongside draft beer and eventually karaoke too.
In a nutshell: Hungarian food in North London
Where is it? 1 Turnpike Parade, London N15 3LA
Why should you care? Previously running as pop-ups and supperclubs, Turul Project has now gone permanent. Opening near Turnpike Lane and Green Lanes, the restaurant and wine bar (as well as deli and cafe) will be all about contemporary Hungarian dining.
Opened in February 2021
In a nutshell: Wine bar and shop
Where is it? 97 St Paul's Road, London N1 2NA
Why should you care? This is the Islington outpost of Yield which, like its Newington Green cousin, sells low-intervention wines, cheese, charcuterie and more deli items as well as being a neighbourhood wine bar.
In a nutshell: Butcher, small plates and booze
Where is it? 267 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2UQ
Why should you care? Butcher & Brew have been established in Streatham for a few years, and now they've also just opened on the opposite side of London on Islington's Upper Street. Beer and meat is the neme of the game here.
In a nutshell: Japanese ishiyaki and sushi restaurant
Where is it? 3 Windmill St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2HY
Why should you care? Exquisite sushi, top-level Kobe beef and ishiyaki cooking is here for Fitzrovia residents.
In a nutshell: Indian restaurant in Dulwich
Where is it? 101 Rosendale Road, London SE21 8EZ
Why should you care? Coming from an ex-Tamarind chef, Heritage aims to cook "nostalgic family-taught dishes and unusual foods from lesser-known Indian regions and communities".
In a nutshell: Plant-based burgers in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 43 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RS
Why should you care? Flower Burger originated in Milan five years ago where its oh-so-Instafriendly colourful vegan burgers were an instant hit. Since then, they've expanded across France and Italy and Fitzrovia is their first London opening.
In a nutshell: Mamasons does baking
Where is it? 87 Kentish Town Road, London NW1 8NY
Why should you care? Mamasons are best known for their Filipino “dirty" ice cream stores but now they've changed gear for their new place, a bakery in Kentish Town.
In a nutshell: Lagom does pizza
Where is it? 460 Hackney Rd, London E2 9EG
Why should you care? The people behind Lagom, the British/Swedish smoking kings, have opened a brand new pizza restaurant in London Fields. Expect pizzas with their own twist and more dishes like pork shoulder.
In a nutshell: Cincinnati-style chilli in Shoreditch.
Where is it? 26 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3JX
Why should you care? Tim Brice is bringing his own chilli recipe to Shoreditch and serving it in the middle of a brioche bun, before injecting chilli oil into it...
Opened in January 2020
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood Chinese spot in Balham
Where is it? 1 Ramsden Rd, Balham, London SW12 8QX
Why should you care? This Balham Chinese restaurant has a strong focus on sourcing along with celebrating the very best in Chinese cooking (with a view to training more chefs in the techniques too).
Opened in December 2020
In a nutshell: NYC bistro hits London
Where is it? 9 Blenheim Cres, Notting Hill, London W11 2EE
Why should you care? Hugely popular not only in its original West Village location, but also in Paris and Tokyo, hip New York bistro Buvette has landed in London.
In a nutshell: Italian in Marylebone
Where is it? 27B Devonshire Street, London W1G 6PW
Why should you care? The team behind Chiswick deli and pizzeria, The Italians, are preparing for a Marylebone opening this winter. The Italians' new home on Devonshire Street will be a wine bar and bistro.
In a nutshell: Endo Kazutoshi sushi bar
Where is it? 157 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RS
Why should you care? Endo Kazutoshi opened a new sushi restaurant. If the name sounds familiar, it's because he's the man behind Endo at Rotunda, the very well rated high-end sushi restaurant with a view in White City.
In a nutshell: Pizza Pilgrims do NY-style slices
Where is it? Southbank Centre, Unit 3 Festival Riverside, Royal Festival Hall, London SE1 8XX
Why should you care? As you can imagine from the name, this is all about New York-style pizzas, served as huge 12" slices - or as a whole metre of pizza if you're really hungry.
In a nutshell: Contemporary Indian food in Chiswick
Where is it? 301-303 Chiswick High Road, London W4 4HH
Why should you care? The restaurant comes from two Kricket alumni, chef Kuldeep Mattegunta and Mustaq Tappewale. The two have spent a decade in the restaurant industry and met at Kricket, where Mattegunta was head chef and Tappewale was GM. Repubic has been popping up around London from time to time, but this is its first permanent location.
In a nutshell: Elliot's V2
Where is it? 121-123 Mare Street, Hackney, London E8 3RH
Why should you care? They've become a favourite in Borough since opening there (with a popular alfresco opening too) and now Elliot's has launched a second venue in Hackney. They're starting as takeaway only before launching as a full restaurant.
In a nutshell: Noodle chain comes to the UK
Where is it? Unit 27B, The Circle St, Pancras Station London N1C 4QP
Why should you care? Another Japanese udon chain has set its sights on London. The noodle bar already has 500 stores across Japan, Hong King and the US. At St Pancras, the noodles are made fresh daily, with a strong focus on vegan dishes.
In a nutshell: Multi-pizza dough restaurant's next
Where is it? 356 Old York Road, London SW18 1SS
Why should you care? Since originally starting on Holloway Road, Zia Lucia has both won great reviews and many fans. At the heart of the menu is their 48-hour fermented dough - and they have several different bases.
In a nutshell: Wine and Charcuterie in a former loo
Where is it? Guilford Place, Holborn, WC1N 1EH
Why should you care? After success with their first loo-turned-wine-bar in Clapham, WC are at it again. This time they've renovated a Victorian loo in Bloomsbury to become their second wine bar.
In a nutshell: Beer and kebabs
Where is it? 130 Kingsland High St, Hackney Downs, London E8 2LQ
Why should you care? Aparthotel company Locke's fourth site is Kingsland Locke and, in addition to the apartments, it houses a microbrewery, gin distillery, coffee shop and a new restaurant from Le Bab. Altogether - that makes Kraft Dalston.
In a nutshell: Everyone's favourite bao spot ramps it up with an all-day spot in KX
Where is it? 4 Pancras Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4AG
Why should you care? For their fourth opening, in King's Cross, the folk at BAO have decided to switch things up with an all-day cafe serving breakfast for the first time and with its own bakery.
In a nutshell: Tapas in London Bridge
Where is it? 66 Weston St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3QJ
Why should you care? This new tapas bar in London Bridge comes from the people behind popular local pub The Rose - and is right opposite it too. Expect Basque-style pintxos along with tapas and larger plates alongside a selection of Spanish wines.
In a nutshell: Yorkshire steakhouse takes over Jamie Oliver's Fifteen
Where is it? 15 Westland Place, London N1 7LP
Why should you care? Taking over Jamie Oliver's first and best-known restaurant in Hoxton is Yorkshire steakhouse group Tomahawk with a straightforward offering of steak and cocktails.
In a nutshell: "Asian Grill and drinking house" in Bermondsey
Where is it? 171-173 Bermondsey St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3TQ
Why should you care? This takes over the space that until recently held Loyal Tavern, Inside is a new Asian grill - with a focus on skewers - as well as a tropical cocktail bar called Mala Madre.
In a nutshell: The bar from Angelina comes to Soho
Where is it? 16A D'Arblay Street, London W1F 8EA
Why should you care? The original Golden Gai was a six-seater bar in Angelina in Dalston. This Soho spin-off is a much larger affair but continues the mix of Italian and Japanese flavours in the food and drink.
In a nutshell: Fishmongers, seafood restaurant and cocktail bar
Where is it? 120-122 Brick Ln, Spitalfields, London E1 6RL
Why should you care? This new seafood spot on Brick Lane features a ground floor restaurant and fish shop as well as a secret cocktail bar.
In a nutshell: Mediterranean in Shoreditch
Where is it? 19-23 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA
Why should you care? This new restaurant in Shoreditch takes Mediterranean food (with an emphasis on Greece) as its starting point, headed up by an ex-Caravan chef.
In a nutshell: Steak empire expands
Where is it? 42 - 44 James Street, London W1U 1EU
Why should you care? One of London's huge success stories for their much-loved affordable steaks, Flat Iron, have opened a new restaurant that's only a few steps from Oxford Street. And they're adding wagyu burgers to the menu.
In a nutshell: Ollie Dabbous' cafe
Where is it? 100 Mount Street, London, W1K 2TG
Why should you care? This is the permanent space for Ollie Dabbous's spin off from Hide. Open all day and with seating inside and out it'll serve up coffees and pastries in the morning, progressing to oysters and Champagne, lobster rolls and salads later in the day.
In a nutshell: Fulham Italian hidden in a shop
Where is it? 461-465 North End Rd, Fulham, London SW6 1NZ
Why should you care? This is from Roberto Costa, who brought Macellaio RC to London. It opened first as a shop only, selling everything from cheeses and charcuterie to pasta and sauces. But now it's unveiled the new restaurant that's hidden behind an entrance inside the shop.
In a nutshell: A huge new Nobu for London
Where is it? 22 Portman Square, Marylebone, London W1H 7BG
Why should you care? Nobu Berkeley Street may have closed, but much of the team has moved onto this bigger endeavour. The second Nobu Hotel in London features a huge new restaurant, a bar with a terrace and its own sushi bar. And yes, there will be Black Cod Miso.
In a nutshell: Pretty self-explanatory...
Where is it? Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
Why should you care? Previously only in Las Vegas, Gordon Ramsay brings his burger restaurant back to London - launching in Harrods. Will he have what it takes to compete in London's burger scene?
In a nutshell: 80s makeovers
Where is it? 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ
Why should you care? The latest addition to Pop Brixton is something of a throwback, with a restaurant that's harking back to the 80s, both in food and name.
In a nutshell: Sally Abe reinvents hotel food
Where is it? Conrad St James, 22-28 Broadway, Westminster, London SW1H 0BH
Why should you care? Harwood Arms' Sally Abe is now Consultant Chef at the Conrad London St. James hotel in Westminster. She'll be looking after four new openings at the hotel. The first place to reopen will be their Blue Boar Pub which aims to open in December and along with food will boast a great wine list, plus loads of craft beers and local gins.
Opened in November 2020
In a nutshell: Valencian streetfood in Highbury
Where is it? 138 Blackstock Road London N4 2DX
Why should you care? The streetfood arm of the London Paella School has landed on Highbury's Blackstock Road where they'll be serving up ALL the paellas plus other great tapas.
In a nutshell: Ramen comes to Walthamstow
Where is it? Unit 4, 202 Hoe Street, E17 4BS
Why should you care? Good news for any Walthamstow foodies wanting to raise their spirits with a bowl of ramen this winter. The newest branch of Tonkotsu is opening up on Hoe Street, bringing bowls of broth, fried chicken and strong cocktails to the neighbourhood.
In a nutshell: Hot dogs, burgers & cocktails
Where is it? Unit 4, 202 Hoe Street, E17 4BS
Why should you care? You win some, you lose some. In the same month as they announced they were closing their King's Cross venue for good, MEATliquor revealed the site of their next new restaurant - Bloomsbury. They're opening in the Brunswick Centre, taking over the old Las Iguanas site.
In a nutshell: Celebrated Indian restaurant MK II
Where is it? 2a Garrick St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BH
Why should you care? After huge success with the original restaurant in Carnaby, Asma Khan has relocated Darjeeling Express to Covent Garden. As well as a bigger space, there is also a deli and a new incubator programme. (Initially delivery & takeaway only)
In a nutshell: Pizzas go south
Where is it? 39 Lordship Lane, London SE22 8EW
Why should you care? With six pizzerias around town Yard Sale are finally bringing their pizzas, made from 48-72 hour fermented dough south of the river. They've arrived in East Dulwich where all the favourites will be on offer - from TSB to the New Porker. (Initially delivery & takeaway only)
In a nutshell: Caribbean in Brixton
Where is it? Unit 10, Market Row, Brixton, London SW9 8LB
Why should you care? Rudie's have already built up a big following in both Shoreditch and Borough Market, but this is their first main restaurant. Jamaican jerk chicken will be at the centre of the menu. (Initially delivery & takeaway only)
In a nutshell: Anna Tobias + 40 Maltby Street
Where is it? 43 Store Street, London WC1E 7DB
Why should you care? Ex River Cafe/Rochelle Canteen chef Anna Tobias comes to Bloomsbury for her solo restaurant, which is backed by the team behind 40 Maltby Street. (Initially takeaway only)
In a nutshell: Japanese rooftop restaurant
Where is it? 8 St Martin's Place, London WC2N 4JH
Why should you care? With views over Trafalgar Square and two massive roof terraces, expect this new Japanese restaurant to be quite a draw. (Initially delivery & takeaway only)
Opened in October 2020
In a nutshell: Flagship canalside restaurant for the Daisy Green crowd
Where is it? 1-2 Canalside Walk, Paddington W2 1DG
Why should you care? This new canalside flagship restaurant at Paddington sees the Daisy Green group go up a notch featuring an in house bakery from one of the founders of Puff, rooftop dining and loads of plant-based dishes alongside trad Sunday roasts and brunches.
In a nutshell: Yakitori, board games and beer
Where is it? 139-145 Deptford High Street, London, SE8 3NU
Why should you care? This new pub on Deptford High Street is offering a yakitori and fried food menu to go alongside a large selection of beers and board games
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood dining in Chiswick
Where is it? 142 Chiswick High Road, London W4 1PU
Why should you care? This neighbourhood Chiswick restaurant is focusing on British cuisine in a menu led by Kimberley Hernandez, previously head chef at both Xu and Kym's.
In a nutshell: Behind the scenes in London Fields
Where is it? 20 Sidworth Street, London E8 3SD
Why should you care? Andy Beynon, former development chef for Jason Atherton, has opened his own restaurant in London Fields which is all centred around the workings of the kitchen.
In a nutshell: Canary Wharf gets a Cuban cocktail bar
Where is it? 2 Reuters Plaza, London E14 5AJ
Why should you care? Expect strong drinks and a bar food menu to match at this Havana style cocktail bar in Canary Wharf from the Caso do Frango team.
In a nutshell: Noma Mexico chef comes to London
Where is it? Middle Eight Hotel, 66 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5BX
Why should you care? He was the man behind the launch of Noma Mexico and now Santiago Lastra has opened his own restaurant in London called Kol. It features Mexican cuisine with UK ingredients.
In a nutshell: All day Italian with a destination bar
Where is it? 9 Seymour Street, London W1H 5BT
Why should you care? This new Covent Garden Italian sees top chef Paul Robinson inspired by Northern Italy, from the nduja pizzas for breakfast through to hand rolled pasta for dinner.
In a nutshell: Japan Centre does ramen
Where is it? 8 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BU
Why should you care? Next up from Japan centre is a new ramen restaurant, inspired by the Yokocho alleys of Japan and based in Heddon Street. They have a range of ramen from across Japan, in a restaurant with a 70s feel.
In a nutshell: Indian restaurant upstairs, illicit cocktail bar downstairs.
Where is it? 79-81 Mortimer Street, London W1W 7SJ
Why should you care? Taking over the site that once held classic Indian restaurant Gaylord is a pair of new openings. There's Pali Hill, serving up Indian seasonal dishes and Bandra Bhai, a basement cocktail bar that's inspired by a smuggling den.
In a nutshell: Tapas and learning
Where is it? 263-265 Battersea Park Rd, Battersea, London SW11 4NE
Why should you care? The latest Tapas Room is inside the new Battersea Spanish school. So there you'll be able to learn the language and then immediately put your studies to the test by trying to order something at the bar.
In a nutshell: Wine bar and kitchen for Islington
Where is it? 163 Upper Street, London N1 1US
Why should you care? The team behind The Wine Cellar on Highgate's Swain's Lane have opened this new wine bar and kitchen, serving up a wide selection of wines and food designed to go with them.
In a nutshell: Food and events space in Shoreditch
Where is it? 32 Rivington St, Hackney, London EC2A 3LX
Why should you care? Reinventing the (formerly Hix) Tramshed space, this is set up by Dominic Cools-Lartigue, founder of Street Feast (Hawker House, Dinerama) and who created A Plate For London during the lockdown. He has brought together an impressive roster of names for the kitchen.
Opened in September 2020
In a nutshell: West African flavours with British ingredients
Where is it? 21 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3LP
Why should you care? Akoko is the first project from last year’s Masterchef: The Professionals finalist William JM Chilila. He's opened this West-African influenced restaurant in Fitzrovia.
In a nutshell: Taka takes over Providores.
Where is it? Taka, 109 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4RX
Why should you care? This is a replacement for popular Marylebone restaurant The Providores. Japanese restaurant Taka has opened its second site there, with an expanded menu from the original.
In a nutshell: Dubai import by way of Turkey
Where is it? Queens House, 7-9 Leicester Square, West End, London WC2H 7NA
Why should you care? London gets the first UK outpost of this popular Dubai chain which promises an authentic Turkish experience.
In a nutshell: Bakery from Jolene
Where is it? 318-326, Hornsey Road, London, N7 7HE
Why should you care? There's a shop, a 60 cover restaurant open all day "serving all manner of baked goods" at this follow up to Jolene. Add to that a selection of excellent pizza slices and this is another winner from them.
In a nutshell: Five storeys of Japanese and Nordic dining and shopping in Belgravia
Where is it? 19 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8LB
Why should you care? London's first huge new opening post lockdown is in the heart of Belgravia. Pantechnicon offers five floors of dining and shopping on Motcomb Street, devoted to all things Nordic and Japanese.
In a nutshell: Popular nomadic supperclub finds a permanent spot in Tooting
Where is it? 115 Tooting High Street, London, SW17 0SY
Why should you care? Their food has been surprising and delighting Londoners for the past four years, but now roaming residency Smoke & Salt have to set down permanent roots taking on their first restaurant on Tooting High Street.
In a nutshell: Noble Rot takes over the Gay Hussar
Where is it? 2 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4NB
Why should you care? A truly iconic Soho restaurant is revived by the team behind Noble Rot who are promising to be custodians of its history but bring the menu fully into the 21st century.
In a nutshell: Xi’an in the City
Where is it? 9 Philpot Lane, London EC3M 8AA
Why should you care? This is the third Murger Han and as in its other incarnations, they'll have a menu of Xi’an dishes made to family recipes with the Biang Biang noodles and the murgers themselves (slow-cooked meat in flatbread) being the biggest draw.
In a nutshell: French brasserie in St James
Where is it? 36 Duke Street, St James's, St. James's, London SW1Y 6DF
Why should you care? Taking the former address of Greens, Maison Francois is a brasserie and wine bar, featuring a finalist of Masterchef: The Professionals as chef. Expect Gallic/European cuisine and excellent terrines.
In a nutshell: A new Dairy rises from the ashes.
Where is it? 153-157 Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 3LW
Why should you care? The replacement for The Dairy, less than a month after they closed in Clapham. They may have a new name forced on them, but it's still the excellent Dairy at heart.
In a nutshell: A new wine bar for Soho
Where is it? 23 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 4RR
Why should you care? It used to be known as TRADE, the members' bar for people in the hospitality business, but now it's been replaced by The Black Book, a new wine bar that's open to all of Soho, from Gearoid Devaney and Xavier Rousset.
In a nutshell: A US chef and a Parisian restaurateur are hoping to make London their new home
Where is it? 13-15 West St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NE
Why should you care? New Orleans chef Slade Rushing has moved to London to open Louie in the old L'atelier de Joel Robuchon site in Covent Garden, joining forces with Parisian powerhouse restaurant group Paris Society.
In a nutshell: Latin American restaurant meets vintage clothing store
Where is it? 36 Golborne Road, London W10 5PR
Why should you care? Latin American bar and restaurant Cha Cha, which has outlets in Maida Vale and Mayfair is now bringing its concept to Notting Hill, but with a twist. They’ve paired up with vintage clothing store Sister Jane to entice diners to a multi-level, multi-experiential retail concept on the corner of Golborne Road. Apart from the shopping and ground-floor dining, there’s also a rooftop cocktail bar as well as a secret garden.
In a nutshell: Med cafe comes to Notting Hill
Where is it? 103 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UW
Why should you care? They've already opened successful cafes in Crouch End and Highbury and next up for Beam is a move west to Notting Hill.
In a nutshell: West African in Brixton
Where is it? Unit 9, Market Row, Brixton, London SW9 8LB
Why should you care? After winning the Brixton Kitchen competition in 2019, Adejoké ‘Joké’ Bakare's supperclub Chishuru has become a restaurant in Brixton Village. Expect West African cuisine from a mix of African and British produce.
In a nutshell: The Hoxton Holborn gets an overhaul
Where is it? 199-206 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
Why should you care? Rondo is the new restaurant at the Hoxton Holborn, a collaboration between Will Lander (Quality Chip House, Portland) and Chris Gillard (EartH Kitchen, St John). Expect a seasonal menu and a lot of attention to the wine list.
In a nutshell: Vegan Mexican food
Where is it? Kingly Court, Kingly St, Soho, London W1B 5PW
Why should you care? After pop-ups and residencies across London, Club Mexicana have brought their vegan Mexican food to Kingly Court. And margaritas too, of course.
In a nutshell: Longstanding Milan restaurant opens its first European outpost in London
Where is it? 10 Blenheim St, Mayfair, London W1S 1LJ
Why should you care? Will Giannino Dal 1899 be the restaurant to succeed at this spot in Mayfair? They're hoping that the long lineage of the Milanese original will entice Londoners to try it.
In a nutshell: Beer + pizza
Where is it? 455 Hackney Road, London E2 9DY
Why should you care? This new pizza, beer and cocktail joint has taken over the space on Hackney Road where ABQ used to be. It's a large site - with room for 200 pizza lovers. And the fact that it also has a large courtyard won't hurt it at all in the current times.
Opened in August 2020
In a nutshell: Street trading burger upgrades to their first restaurant
Where is it? 22 Bateman St, Soho, London W1D 3AN
Why should you care? Truffle have appeared on the South Bank, at Seven Dials and as a burger kit. Now they're taking their very truffley burgers to Soho for their first permanent spot.
In a nutshell: French sharing plates in Chelsea
Where is it? 459 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW10 0LR
Why should you care? The people behind the Breaking Bad bar, ABQ, are getting ready to unveil their next restaurant. Called Jolie, it's in Chelsea Funhouse, on the same site as their pre-lockdown restaurant Journey and this time it's all about France. There's also a bottomless fondue.
In a nutshell: Korean meets European fine dining
Where is it? 8 Melior St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3QP
Why should you care? A Korean husband and wife chef team who met whilst training in London are opening their first restaurant in London Bridge.
In a nutshell: Bubble waffles in Covent Garden
Where is it? Unit 20B, Lower Ground Floor, The Market, The Piazza, Covent Garden WC2E 8RB
Why should you care? Instagram fave Bubblewrap are unveiling a new store, this time in the heart of Covent Garden. Expect all the popular flavours and some special exclusives for the new store too.
In a nutshell: MasterChef finalist in Hoxton
Where is it? 227-229 Hoxton Street, London N1 5LG
Why should you care? This is a new bar and kitchen (and events space) from Yann Florio, who was a finalist in MasterChef: The professionals last year (and previously a private chef). The menu is planned to be seasonal and regularly changing, with a focus on innovation.
In a nutshell: Fried chicken in Soho
Where is it? 29-31 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 5JS
Why should you care? Until now, they've had a restaurant in Kilburn and a hatch in Shoreditch but their new opening is a much bigger space in Soho (taking over the site that used to be Belgo). As for the menu, expect chicken wings with many flavours.
In a nutshell: Tandoor in Notting Hill
Where is it? 30 Uxbridge St, Kensington, London W8 7TA
Why should you care? Popular Covent Garden restaurant Tandoor Chop House is expanding, opening in Notting Hill. Starting with a dinner-only service, they'll be turning out their dishes "inspired by the communal eateries of Northern India and the classic British chop house.
In a nutshell: Chicken in Clapham
Where is it? 122 Clapham High Street, London SW4 7UH
Why should you care? One of London's best-fried chicken restaurants has gone south - launching a new restaurant in Clapham. They had started a delivery-only kitchen in Battersea during the lockdown, but now they've opened the real deal on Clapham High Street.
In a nutshell: Cafe in Mayfair
Where is it? 17 Queen Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5PH
Why should you care? Sibling duo Victoria and Grace Sheppard are behind new cafe/events space Queens of Mayfair. They're combining their experience in hospitality and interior design respectively for their artisan coffee shop.
In a nutshell: Deep-pan in Brixton
Where is it? 443 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8LN
Why should you care? Party Store Pizza at Market House on Coldharbour Lane is all about the "Detroit style" pizza. That means it's baked in bespoke deep rectangular steel pans so the dough has a focaccia-like chew and a very crispy crust.
Opened in July 2020
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood wine bar
Where is it? 220 St Paul's Rd, Highbury, London N1 2LL
Why should you care? The Nook has taken over the space that used to be Linden Stores, serving eat-in or takeaway contemporary European food with a Turkish twist. The owners have strong backgrounds, working in Olkava and The Mash Inn.
In a nutshell: Highbury's Da Mario moves next door
Where is it? 36 Highbury Park, London N5 2AA
Why should you care? This is an Italian restaurant and pizzeria from the folk next door at Da Mario deli. They're serving up a range of antipasti, pasta, mains and pizzas.
In a nutshell: Chelsea spot with a focus on alfresco.
Where is it? 151 Sydney St, Chelsea, London SW3 6NT
Why should you care? New to Chelsea, Stanley's features a menu with an emphasis on British produce and has the ace-in-its-sleeve of a big outside courtyard for alfresco drinking and dining.
In a nutshell: New Clapham bar from The Little Door Co.
Where is it? 16a Clapham South Side, London SW4 7AB
Why should you care? Clapham Common is about to be the latest in a string of slightly eccentric, ‘fictitious-flatshare’- inspired cocktail bars from The Little Door Co. The aim is to feel like you’ve wandered into someone’s home: to embrace the house-party vibe, try some experimental cocktails, perhaps ad-lib some poetry, and wind up as a regular with a set of keys and your own personalised mug.
In a nutshell: Well sourced Italian restaurant on the Thames
Where is it? Unit 1, Riverside, 2 More London, London SE1 2DA.
Why should you care? Louis Korovilas was head chef of Bancone and has now moved onto his new restaurant Tavolino, on the south bank of the Thames with impressive views of the river. There he'll be bringing ani mpeccably-sourced menu of Italian pasta, pizza and lots more.
In a nutshell: A modern take on Punjabi cooking.
Where is it? 6 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2JP
Why should you care? Attawa has a menu that's been created by Arbinder Duggal, a semi-finalist on Masterchef: The Professionals 2019. It's run by Ravinder and Amar Madhray, a husband and wife team, and the restaurant takes its cues from their origins.
In a nutshell: Spanish tapas & more
Where is it? 52 - 53 Brixton Village, London SW9 8PR
Why should you care? The Tapas Room actually started out in Brixton under the name of the Donostia Social Club in Pop Brixton, and now they're returning with a slightly larger space inside the village.
In a nutshell: Six dishes, changing every six weeks.
Where is it? 33-41 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 1RR
Why should you care? Scottish chef Nico Simeone is heading to London with his concept restaurant, hitting up Fitzrovia with a regularly changing tasting menu.
In a nutshell: Eggs in buns - v2
Where is it? 19 Percy Street, London W1T 1DY
Why should you care? Originally hailing from LA. Eggslut opened their first London restaurant in Notting Hill and it was a huge hit. This sees them expanding to Fitzrovia where they'll be serving up more of their eggy buns to Londoners.
In a nutshell: Top Japanese restaurant hits town
Where is it? 175-177 Northcote Road, Battersea, London SW11 6QF
Why should you care? KIBOU Sushi in Cheltenham have won many accolades for their Japanese cuisine and now they’re bringing an 80-cover restaurant to London’s Battersea, which not only includes their trademark authentic ramen but will come with a standalone whisky and cocktail bar for connoisseurs of Japanese spirits and beers.
In a nutshell: Bobo returns
Where is it? 23 Sayer Street, London SE17 1FY
Why should you care? They were big on Charlotte Street for a while and now Bobo Social is back, this time opening in the Elephant Park development at Elephant and Castle. They'll have their signature burgers and cocktails, steaks and more besides.
In a nutshell: Next-level London ramen
Where is it? Hackney Road, London
Why should you care? Chef Luke Findlay's ramen supperclub puts down permanent roots in Hackney.
In a nutshell: Coffee and bottle shop in Tottenham
Where is it? 10 Vicarage Parade, West Green Road, London N15 3BL
Why should you care? More change for Tottenham with Perkyn's, serving up coffee in the day and over 60 types of beer in the evening.
Opened in March 2020
In a nutshell: Affordable pizza in Camden
Where is it? 180-188 Camden High Street NW1 8QP
Why should you care? Miguel Barclay, who has a huge following for his One Pound Meal book is opening Miguel's Pizza. - a pizza by the slice restaurant that's all about affordable New York Style pizza, made fresh daily and on-site.
In a nutshell: Rotisserie chicken heads to Parson's Green
Where is it? 271 New Kings Road, London SW6 4RD
Why should you care? After launching in Notting Hill and Hoxton, the next outpost for French rotisserie restaurant Cocotte is Parson's Green. Expect the slow-cooked rotisserie chicken to be the centre of the menu - plus a lot of salads too.
In a nutshell: All day NYC-inspired spot in Peckham
Where is it? Unit 5, 12-16 Blenheim Grove, London, SE15 4QL
Why should you care? The team that brought us Salon and Levan are opening a second Peckham spot. Larry's is inspired by the corner restaurants and delis of New York.
In a nutshell: Momo opens a diner next door
Where is it? 23 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BH
Why should you care? Next door to Momo in Mayfair (and referred to as its "playful cousin") Mo Diner takes the American diner concept on a spin through the Med - both with the look and the twist to all the food.
In a nutshell: Japanese curry house MK II
Where is it? 39 James St, Marylebone, London W1U 1DL
Why should you care? Curry and rice are primarily the order of the day at the latest London outpost of this huge Japanese curry chain.
In a nutshell: Teaching (and serving) pizzas in Camden
Where is it? 40-42 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7AH
Why should you care? The next Pizza Pilgrims is something of a departure. Yes, there will be the usual top-notch Neapolitan pizzas, but this Camden opening will also be home to a fully-fledged Pizza Academy.
In a nutshell: Neapolitan pizza for Fitzrovia
Where is it? 10 Great Portland Street, London W1W 6PQ
Why should you care? Trained up under Massimo Bottura, Neapolitan born restaurateur Ivan Simeoli's pizzeria is all about the correct ingredients.
In a nutshell: Stoke Newington Church Street's gastropub game gets a boost
Where is it? 102 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0LA
Why should you care? The people behind the Anchor and Hope are taking over classic Stoke Newington pub, The Clarence Tavern. Food will be as important as the booze and they're bringing an ex-Great Queen Street chef to head up the kitchen.
In a nutshell: Harrods have a huge new family-friendly all-day restaurant
Where is it? Lower Ground Floor, Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
Why should you care?Harrods have kicked their men's shoe department upstairs, creating a large space for their newest offering, an all day restaurant that'll be great for the kids too.
In a nutshell: Takeaway rice boxes in Holloway
Where is it? 169 Holloway Road, London N7 8LX
Why should you care? Sambal Shiok in Holloway has been a huge success, with the warming bowls of laksa being a big draw in Holloway and beyond. Now owner Mandy Yin expands next door with a takeaway serving up affordable Malaysian rice boxes.
In a nutshell: Irish celebrity chef hits London
Where is it? Buck Street Market, Camden High Street, NW1 8QP
Why should you care? Intending to shake up London's fine dining scene, Adrian Martin's new Camden restaurant, Wildflower, will serve a high end menu... in a shipping container.
In a nutshell: Bringing a slice of Paris to North London
Where is it? 158a Blackstock Rd, London N5 1HA
Why should you care? Popular Kentish Town brasserie Patron is expanding - they've picked Blackstock Road for their second site, serving up all manner of classic French wine and dishes.
In a nutshell: Riverside Richmond restaurant gets Masterchef winning chef
Where is it? Bingham Riverhouse, 61-63 Petersham Rd, Richmond TW10 6UT
Why should you care? Popular Hove restaurateur Steven Edwards is expanding to London - he's taken over the restaurant at the Bingham Riverhouse with his seasonal British menu.
In a nutshell: Music, drinks and street food in King's Cross
Where is it? 11 Goods Way, King’s Cross London, N1C 4UR
Why should you care? The team behind Flat Iron Yard are now at King's Cross with their next multi-purpose venue, serving up live music, American drinks and street food. Plus it's the first London location for famed NYC sushi bar Sushi on Jones.
In a nutshell: Plant-based in Marylebone
Where is it? 66 Chiltern Street, London W1U 4EJ
Why should you care? After success with their original plant-based restaurant in Chelsea, Wulf & Lamb have opened a second, this time in the heart of Marylebone.
Opened in February 2020
In a nutshell: Wine bar and restaurant in Tooting
Where is it? 102 Tooting High Street, Tooting Broadway, SW17 0RR
Why should you care? Good Neighbour, a popular Camberwell restaurant, has expended to a second site. Expect sharing plates, great coffee and a big focus on wine (including tastings).
In a nutshell: Thai satay and more in The City
Where is it? 15 Goulston Street, London E1 7TP
Why should you care? After years as a street food stall, Satay Street has found a space of their own, opening the Satay Street Cafe. They'll have all their best satay alongside an extended menu based on Bangkok Street Markets.
In a nutshell: Fish & Chips in Islington
Where is it? 205 Upper Street, London N1 1RQ
Why should you care? This latest restaurant sees an Upper Street fish and chip shop tradition continue - so much so that it sees the restaurant return to the hands of a family that once held it back in the 1980s (the current owner says he remembers peeling potatoes in the back in 1985) and who also own several fish and chip restaurants across town.
In a nutshell: Pizza pub in Clapton
Where is it? 43 Lower Clapton Rd, Lower Clapton, London E5 0NS
Why should you care? A team-up between the founders of Santa Maria and Firezza, this brings pizzas, beer and music under one roof in Clapton - creating a new-style pizza pub in the process.
In a nutshell: Top Neapolitan pizza in Soho
Where is it? 44 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 4TY
Why should you care? L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele has opened their second London restaurant in Soho - and you can expect the same huge (and hugely popular) Neapolitan pizzas from the original. Plus fried pizzas if carbs just aren't enough...
In a nutshell: Michelin-starred Indian restaurant returns
Where is it? 42 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4JH
Why should you care? It closed after a fire, but now one of the best Indian restaurants in town is back. There is a revamped look (particularly downstairs) as well as some new dishes.
In a nutshell: Beefy French pop-up goes permanent
Where is it? 323 Kentish Town Rd, Kentish Town, London NW5 2AA
Why should you care? They've been serving up their beef bourguignon buns across town and now The Patate have settled down with their first permanent restaurant in Kentish Town.
In a nutshell: Contemporary Nigerian tapas in Tottenham
Where is it? 274 High Road, Tottenham, London, N15 4RR
Why should you care? Chuku’s has found a permanent home to serve its signature Nigerian dishes, plus a new drinks menu.
In a nutshell: Italian/Indian fusion pizzeria
Where is it? 135 Fortess Road, London NW5 2HR
Why should you care? Combining Puglian pizza know-how with Indian inspiration, this new Tufnell Park pizzeria is hoping to woo folk with their fusion pizzas.
In a nutshell: The dog-friendly restaurant heads north
Where is it? 6 Esther Anne Place, N1 1WL
Why should you care? After success in south and west London, Megan's have opened in the Islington Square development, just off Upper Street. They'll have their usual Mediterranean menu and, of course, welcome dog owners with open arms.
In a nutshell: London's best pasta doubles up
Where is it?1 Phipp Street, London EC2A 4PS
Why should you care? They're hugely popular in Borough - probably with London's longest queue/wait time - and now Padella is has launched its seccond site in Shoreditch, with all the pasta hits making an appearance.
In a nutshell: Sri Lankan in King's Cross
Where is it? Pancras Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4AG
Why should you care? Hoppers, the Sri Lankan and South Indian street food-influenced restaurant, is opening a third restaurant in London, following the success of its Soho and St Christopher’s Place outlets. Its Pancras Square venue in Kings Cross will be home to a menu exclusive to that site and the biggest bar of its venues.
In a nutshell: Bowls and supperclubs in Spitalfields
Where is it? 75 Commercial Street, Spitalfields, London, E1 6BD
Why should you care? This Spitalfields restaurant is primarily an all-day affair inspired by the owner's upbringing in Singapore and Malaysia. There will be bowl food during the day and supperclubs themed around global cuisine in the evening.
In a nutshell: Plant-based spot for Herne Hill
Where is it? 16 Half Moon Ln, Dulwich, London SE24 9HU
Why should you care? Three childhood friends from South London are behind this new all-day spot serving up plant-based food and inspired by their Italian and British backgrounds.
In a nutshell: Famed pastry chef opens a restaurant
Where is it? Floral Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8JD
Why should you care? The next opening from Dominique Ansel won't be all about the cronut - but there will be a lot of pastry involved (and a more traditional bakery downstairs).
In a nutshell: Popular pizza parlour comes to The City.
Where is it? 12a Piazza Walk, London E1 8ZH
Why should you care? With restaurants in Islington and Hammersmith already, Zia Lucia have won many fans for their pizzas - available in four types of dough from vegetable charcoal to the more traditional. This sees them heading to the City with their third pizza restaurant. (Soft launch to 13 February)
In a nutshell: Alan Yau does sandos
Where is it? 96 Draycott Ave, Chelsea, London SW3 3AD
Why should you care? Alan Yau has teamed up with mozzarella restaurant Obica to launch a new sando shop, Mozzasando in South Kensington (where Obica once was). And for their take on the sando - it's all about the Milanese.
In a nutshell: Mexican in Hatch End
Where is it? 322 Uxbridge Rd, Hatch End, Pinner HA5 4HR
Why should you care? The people behind Hotbox have changed their Hatch End Chuck Burgers site into a Mexican taqueria called Chingon, with tacos, tostadas and more on the menu. We may see this appear in central London too.
Opened in January 2020
In a nutshell: Portuguese wine bar in the City
Where is it? 1 Finsbury Ave, London EC2M 2PF
Why should you care? The original Bar Douro in Flat Iron Square (near London Bridge) has proven such a hit that they've opened a second. This time they'll be bringing their Portuguese wine and food to a big new development near Broadgate.
In a nutshell: New all day restaurant for The Whitechapel Gallery
Where is it? 77-82 Whitechapel High St, Shadwell, London E1 7QX
Why should you care? Taking over the restaurant space at The Whitechapel Gallery is an ex-Garden Cafe and Petersham Nurseries duo with an exciting modern British menu.
In a nutshell: British fine dining meets Asian techniques in Wandsworth
Where is it? 2 Bubbling Well Square, Ram Quarter, London SW18 1UQ
Why should you care? This new Wandsworth restaurant opened quietly, serving up a British/Asian menu in the new Ram Quarter development (where the Youngs Brewery used to be).
In a nutshell: Indian restaurant meets train journey
Where is it? 29 Bond Street, Ealing, London W5 5AS
Why should you care? They're big in Hammersmith and Northfields and now Patri has arrived in Ealing. There will be a mix of home-style Indian meat and veg/vegan dishes, all served up in a mock train setting.
In a nutshell: Burgers and beats in Bethnal Green
Where is it? 252 Paradise Row, London E2 9LE
Why should you care? They've been big in Tooting Market and now Boom Bap Burger have found a permanent home in Bethnal Green for their mix of burgers and hip-hop.
In a nutshell: Vegan burgers in Shoreditch
Where is it? 105 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3JD
Why should you care? Popular plant-based burger bar Halo Burger (currently in Pop Brixton) have opened their second restaurant in Shoreditch and they're the first in the country to be launching with Beyond Meat's 4.0 patty.
In a nutshell: The Connaught looks to its history for its next restaurant opening
Where is it? Carlos Pl, Mayfair, London W1K 2AL
Why should you care? Carving out space on the hotel's ground floor, The Connaught has brought back its legendary restaurant The Connaught Grill with Jean-Georges Vongerichten providing a modern take on grill room classics.
In a nutshell: Pizzeria and cafe in Clerkenwell
Where is it? 84-86 Rosebery Ave, London EC1R 4QY
Why should you care? Firebrand pizza has won a lot of fans in its original Marylebone site - and now they've opened a second pizzeria in Clerkenwell. But that's not all, as they've also opened Diggs, an all-day cafe next door.
In a nutshell: Home-style cooking in Chelsea
Where is it? 315 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QH
Why should you care? Colette is a traiteur and deli on Fulham Road that's looking to bring a sense of home cooking to Chelsea. With an ex-Ritz chef in charge they' re serving up a seasonal menu and running a deli for take outs.
In a nutshell: Indian takeover on Holloway Road
Where is it? 359 Holloway Rd, London N7 0RN
Why should you care? Kensington based restaurant chain heads north of the river to bring their take on classic Indian dishes to Holloway Road.
In a nutshell: Supperclub turns restaurant in Hackney
Where is it? 3 Mare St, London E15 4RP
Why should you care? After running as a supperclub for a few years, The Water House Project is a new restaurant in Hackney. They're serving up tasting menus from an ex Galvin La Chapelle chef.
In a nutshell: Kyseri transforms into a Turkey Cypriot all-day bakery and restaurant
Where is it? 64 Grafton Way, Fitzrovia, London W1T 5DP
Why should you care? Having announced plans to close Kyseri, Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie have relaunched the space as a bakery and wine bar, open from breakfast onwards and which focus on Selin's bread and pastry making skills.
In a nutshell: Pizza group uses original Italian journey to inspire their 12th opening
Where is it? 32-34 Buckingham Palace Road London SW1W 0QP
Why should you care? Brothers James and Thom are drawing on the Italian journey they made before opening their first pizzeria to inspire the design of their 12th restaurant.
In a nutshell: Tom Aikens returns to fine dining
Where is it? 38 Groom Place, London SW1X 7BA
Why should you care? Chef Tom Aikens has been out of the fine dining game for a while, but his new Belgravia restaurant sees him return to that with a tasting menu inspired by his life so far.
In a nutshell: Popular Highbury spot expands their N5 empire
Where is it? 88 Gillespie Road, London N5 1LN
Why should you care? The duo behind neighbourhood favourite Fink's Salt & Sweet are expanding - but they're not going far. Their second place is a coffee shop on nearby Gillespie Road.
In a nutshell: Greek restaurant in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 18 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2LZ
Why should you care? Fitzrovia’s Charlotte Street may have lost the second outlet of Peruvian restaurant Señor Ceviche but will gain a Greek newcomer in its place. Ampéli is a new Eastern Mediterranean inspired restaurant with a strong focus on Greek wines.
In a nutshell: Pasta goes west
Where is it? Unit 1032, Lower Southern Terrace, Westfield White City, London W12 7GF
Why should you care? This is the second of Stevie Parle's fresh pasta bars, following the original in Soho. Expect affordable fresh pasta and this time they also have some cheesy soft serve.
In a nutshell: Middle-eastern inspired cakes, coffee and food in Covent Garden
Where is it? 32-34 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9HA
Why should you care? This new all-day cafe in Covent Garden aims to be an "east meets west fusion café".
In a nutshell: Turkish cooking in The City
Where is it? 1 Finsbury Avenue, Unit 4, London EC2M 2PF
Why should you care? Baraka is an all-day restaurant cooking Anatolian cuisine in their stone oven or as open-flame Mangal cooking. There will be mezza, tagine, kebabs and their own baklava. Plus a handy terrace.
Opened in December 2019
In a nutshell: Paris burger chain returns to London
Where is it? 39 Thurloe Place, South Kensington, SW7 2HP
Why should you care? After an initial attempt at cracking the London market in 2015, French burger chain Big Fernand is back, attempting to woo Francophiles in South Kensington and hoping to replicate their successful business in France and also the UAE.
In a nutshell: The brunch masters come to Barbican
Where is it? 2 London Wall Place, Barbican, London EC2Y 5AU
Why should you care? This restaurant is the latest from the Daisy Green group, with an excellent location just outside Barbican. And yes, they do have the all-day Aussie brunch.
In a nutshell: Pasta bar mark II
Where is it? 10 Lower James St, Soho, London W1F 9EL
Why should you care? After a big success with the original in Covent Garden, fresh pasta bar Bancone is growing with a second restaurant in Soho. Expect classic pasta dishes, a new cocktail bar and more.
In a nutshell: Piri Piri chicken goes east
Where is it? 3 King John Court, Shoreditch Village, EC2A 3EZ
Why should you care? One of our readers' favourite restaurants in town has arrived Shoreditch. Head over there for their amazing piri piri chicken, brand new Portuguese dishes and piri piri beer too.
In a nutshell: Hugely influential NYC chef comes to iconic London hotel
Where is it? Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
Why should you care? Daniel Humm has taken over the main restaurant at Claridge's. With his Eleven Madison Park regularly touted as one of the very best restaurants in New York (not to mention topping the World's 50 Best list), this sees him bringing some of that magic to one of London's iconic hotels.
In a nutshell: Burgers in Carnaby
Where is it? 26 Kingly St, Soho, London W1B 5QD
Why should you care? This is the latest burger joint from Patty&Bun, known as serving up some of the best burgers in town. Expect all your usual favourites here.
In a nutshell: The Dairy go to the Yard
Where is it? 3-5 Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HW
Why should you care? This is from Robin Gill and The Dairy team is the new Great Scotland Yard hotel in Mayfair. He and the team are in charge of the food, cocktails, bakery and more.
In a nutshell: Gaucho reborn
Where is it? 60A Charlotte Street, London W1T 2NU
Why should you care? The Gaucho group is back with a new CEO and a new concept (including a beef bar), starting with a reinvention of its Charlotte Street site.
In a nutshell: Korean barbecue in Covent Garden
Where is it? 15 Catherine St, London WC2B 5JZ
Why should you care? It’s farewell to the Covent Garden outlet of Jidori and in its place is the third branch of Korean barbecue restaurant Yori.
In a nutshell: Seafood in St Katharine Docks
Where is it? Unit K, Ivory House, East Smithfield, St. Katherine Docks, London E1W 1AT
Why should you care? This seafood restaurant in the docks is all about serving up sustainably caught seafood from around the British Isles. There'll be ever-changing sharing plates as well as grilled, poached or fried whole fish on the menu. (Soft launch to 8 December)
In a nutshell: Curry puffs in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 56 Goodge St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4NB
Why should you care? After success in Covent Garden, a new Old Chang Kee is opening up in Fitzrovia. It's bigger than the original and all the much-loved curry puffs will be there.
In a nutshell: Street food burger duo land in Brixton for a permanent spot
Where is it? 11-13 Market Row, London SW9 8LB
Why should you care?They've been slowly growing a loyal fan base for their grass-fed and dry aged beef burgers - now the duo behind Black Bear Burger are opening a permanent spot in Brixton Village. (Soft launch to 8 December)
In a nutshell: South London pizzeria takes over swimming pool restaurant
Where is it? Brockwell Lido, Brockwell Park, Dulwich Rd, London SE24 0PA
Why should you care? Popular South London pizzeria 400 Hundred Rabbits has taken on the art deco cafe at Brockwell Lido and they're starting with a strong brunch menu.
In a nutshell: Fried chicken in Brixton
Where is it? Unit 14, Atlantic Road, London SW9 8HX
Why should you care? They started serving up fried chicken in Brixton five years ago and now Other Side Fried are back with a permanent restaurant under the arches.
In a nutshell: Levantine in Shoreditch
Where is it? 61-67 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3HU
Why should you care? The people behind Hovarda in Soho are opening a new restaurant in Shoreditch that's all about Levantine cooking over fire. It'll have a deli onsite too.
In a nutshell: First permanent London restaurant for the Kansas City style pit masters
Where is it? Arch 88-89, Wood Lane Arches, London W12 7LH
Why should you care? The first restaurant to open up in the new Wood Lane railway arches development by White City, Prairie Fire are bringing their low and slow ethos of barbecued foods to West Londoners.
In a nutshell: Feasting Italian spot from the folk behind Goodmans and Beast
Where is it? 2 Elystan Street, London, SW3 3NS
Why should you care? Chelsea folk are about to get a new neighbourhood spot with a distinct Mediterranean focus from the same group that gave us Goodmans, Beast and Burger & Lobster.
In a nutshell: Covent Garden wine bar
Where is it? 10 Upper St Martin's Ln, London WC2H 9FB
Why should you care? The Covent Garden 28:50 is an offshoot of the marylebone original, bringing plenty of wines by the glass to a much larger location.
In a nutshell: Chelsea wine bar
Where is it? 100 Draycott Avenue, Chelsea, London SW3 3AD
Why should you care? Wine bar Bottles goes west. There will still be the selection of Italian dishes matched with their large wine selection - and a hidden private dining room too.
In a nutshell: Nordic in Islington
Where is it? 149 Upper Street, London N1 1RA
Why should you care? Rok may be gone, but Nordic dining in Islington is back with the opening of Skal. They've quietly taken over the space left by Rok on Islington's Upper Street promising traditional Nordic recipes but with a modern, seasonal twist.
Opened in November 2019
In a nutshell: Sri Lankan in Soho
Where is it? 61 Rupert St, Soho, London W1D 7PW
Why should you care? A brand new Sri Lankan restaurant is coming to Soho with Paradise, taking over the space from Spuntino. Expect British and Sri Lankan ingredients in a menu that's inspired by the owner's childhood trips to Sri Lanka.
In a nutshell: A third location for Cafe Murano
Where is it? 184 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ
Why should you care? Bermondsey is the next location for Angela Hartnett's Murano spinoff, with classic Italian dishes and cocktails on the menu.
In a nutshell: Chinese-inspired pop-up goes permanent,
Where is it? 95 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0NP
Why should you care? After pop-ups and residencies across town, Lucky and Joy are settling down in Clapton. Expect the usual Chinese-inspired food and drink in a restaurant with a kitsch feel.
In a nutshell: An Australian restaurant from two TV cooking show winners lands in London
Where is it? Peninsula Square, London SE10 0DX
Why should you care? Steve Flood and Will Stewart's restaurant is coming from Australia, all the way to the O2. The restaurant is a ‘farm-to-table’ concept and will be focused on sharing dishes.
In a nutshell: Eastern-Med in Spitalfields
Where is it? 2 Crispin Place, Spitalfields, London E1 6DW
Why should you care? They've already had success with their restaurants in Balham and Islington and now Brother Marcus are heading to the City with their largest restaurant yet. Expect a similar Eastern-med approach to the cooking with some new dishes on the menu.
In a nutshell: Japanese bar in Covent Garden
Where is it? 7 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA
Why should you care? Moto will be focusing strongly around sake and other Japanese spirits, aiming to bring lesser-known varieties to London - all paired with bar snacks too.
In a nutshell: Hit residency goes permanent
Where is it? 58 Great Marlborough Street, Soho W1F 7JY
Why should you care? After winning plaudits galore with their 10 Heddon Street residency, Chris Leach and David Carter are back with a permanent restaurant, Manteca. Expect a combination of nose to tail eating with some amazing pasta dishes.
In a nutshell: Taiwanese fried chicken pop-up settles down in Soho
Where is it? Old Compton St, London
Why should you care? Inspired by trips to Taipei, Mr Ji's founder is now hoping to bring all the delights of the night time Taiwanese fried chicken scene to Soho's Old Compton Street.
In a nutshell: 26 Grains comes to Borough Market
Where is it? 2-3 Stoney Street, London SE1 9AA
Why should you care? They made their name with porridge, but the team behind 26 Grains has a much more varied menu at its Borough Market opening, Stoney Street. There is a seasonal menu that adapts from breakfast through to dinner and a handy hatch too.
In a nutshell: Third time lucky for seasonal restaurant
Where is it? Bermondsey Arch 4 Discovery Estate, St James's Rd, London SE16 4RA
Why should you care? Dandy Cafe is back! Now Dandy Cafe and restaurant, they've opened following a successful crowdfunding campaign with a new permanent place on Maltby Street. And they have their own brewery too...
In a nutshell: Bargain pizza for Brick Lane
Where is it? 224 Brick lane, London E1 6SA
Why should you care? The Made of Dough crowd are behind this new pizzeria on Brick Lane serving up thin Roman-style pizzas for just a fiver. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? 21 November 2019
In a nutshell: Wiltons does a wine bar
Where is it? 23-27 St James's St, St. James's, London SW1A 1HA
Why should you care? It's been 70 years since the Wiltons group has opened a new restaurant - but they've launched something brand new in St James. Locket's is a brand new cafe and wine bar in the old "Economist Plaza" now redeveloped and renamed Smithson Plaza.
In a nutshell: Italian seafood and wine for Bermondsey
Where is it? Unit B3, 194-204 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ
Why should you care? Two Italian friends are behind this new seafood restaurant and wine bar on Bermonsey Street where the Italian wine selection is every bit as important as the fresh and raw fish being served up.
In a nutshell: Bakery, restaurant. school and doughnuts in Wembley.
Where is it? Olympic Way, London, HA9 0FU
Why should you care? Bread Ahead have opened a huge new location in Wembley. Their new place has a huge all-day restaurant, bakery and school. And yes, you will be able to get their doughnuts there too...
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood kitchen, wine bar and shop
Where is it? 125 Queens Road, Peckham, London SE15 2ND
Why should you care? Three Peckham locals are behind this new opening which hopes to be a cool place to drop in and enjoy wine and food.
In a nutshell: The Ivy does Asian food
Where is it? 20 New Change Passage, London, EC4M 9AG
Why should you care? The latest Ivy has opened in the impressive space that once held Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa. This time they've launched an Ivy with an Asian-influenced menu.
In a nutshell: New communal dining space and traders at Borough Market
Where is it? Borough Market, 8 Southwark St, London SE1 1TL
Why should you care? Up to 25 food traders feature in a new communal dining space, The Borough Market Kitchen, which acts as an open-air food court for Borough Market. .
In a nutshell: Chucs’ fifth site in London will be its flagship in Belgravia.
Where is it? 25 Eccleston Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9NP
Why should you care? The Chucs Restaurant & Cafe collection, specialising in modern European cuisine, has opened its fifth site in Belgravia (its largest), which is also its flagship store.
In a nutshell: Ibiza comes to Mayfair
Where is it? 28-29 Dover Street, London W1S 4LX
Why should you care? Dinner, aperitivo, art and Balearic DJs arrive on the ever-changing Mayfair restaurant scene from Ibiza.
In a nutshell: Food Court replaces BHS
Where is it? 9 Holles Street, London, W1G 0BN
Why should you care? The march of the food court continues with the latest Market Hall arriving just off Oxford Street. A huge site, this features 11 food traders, 4 bars and a roof terrace too.
In a nutshell: Pasta legend arrives at King's Cross
Where is it? 20-21 Stable Street, King’s Cross N1C 4DR
Why should you care? As the original Soho deli marks 75 years in London, Lina Stores has opened a new pasta restaurant and deli in King's Cross. Their largest yet, expect some of their best pasta dishes plus a lot of new additions too.
In a nutshell: Adam Handling's no waste restaurant
Where is it? 55 King’s Road, London SW3 4ND
Why should you care? Adam Handling has been a supporter of no waste efforts for a while now, and Ugly Butterfly sees him opening a fully no-waste restaurant. It takes some of the non-used products from nearby Adam Handling Chelsea and creates an entirely new restaurant and menu from them.
In a nutshell: Zero-waste pioneer opens in London
Where is it? The White Building, Unit 7, Queens Yard, Hackney Wick, London E9 5EN
Why should you care? One of the pioneers of the zero-waste Douglas McMaster has moved his Silo restaurant from Brighton to the first floor of the CRATE Brewery White Building. He's put that zero-waste ethos into everything in the new restaurant with an ever-changing menu. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? 13 November 2019
In a nutshell: Bakery by day (Arôme) and restaurant by night (Singapulah)
Where is it? 15 Frith Street, London W1D 4RF
Why should you care? Soho has a new restaurant and bakery concept on Frith Street – Singapulah & Arôme – which they're claiming to be the UK’s only dedicated Singaporean site. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? 13 November 2019
In a nutshell: Rooftop Mexican with an amazing view over London
Where is it? Langham Place, Regent Street, London W1B 2QS
Why should you care? Taking over the old Saint George's Hotel by the BBC's Broadcasting House, on Langham Place is the American Treehouse hotel group and they've brought in the high-end Mexican restaurant group Toca Madera to run the rooftop restaurant. Find out more
When can you try it for yourself? 14 November 2019
In a nutshell: Caprice Holdings expand to Victoria
Where is it? 66 Victoria St, London SW1E 6SQ
Why should you care? The Ivy Collection's latest addition to its 36-strong restaurant emporium is a 292-seater restaurant and bar called The Ivy Victoria.
In a nutshell: Food, cocktails, restaurants and more in Mayfair
Where is it? 13A N Audley St, Mayfair, London W1K 6ZA
Why should you care? If you're a fan of Mercato Metropolitano in Elephant and Castle, you'll be very pleased indeed to learn that they've opened a second market - Mercato Mayfair.
In a nutshell: Med food and cocktails on Golden Square
Where is it? 37 Golden Square, Soho, London W1F 9LB
Why should you care? This restaurant on Golden Square is looking to the Riviera and the Mediterranean for its influences and will have a design created by the people behind the look of Chiltern Firehouse.
In a nutshell: Chick ‘n’ Sours comes to Spitalfields with a new menu
Where is it? 14 Artillery Passage, London E1 7LJ
Why should you care? Quirky fried-chicken outlet with a cult following, Chick ‘n’ Sours has opened a fourth site. The 50-cover location in Spitalfields also features a new menu with plant-based offerings and a take-away option.
In a nutshell: Portuguese food and wine for Covent Garden
Where is it? 13-15 Tavistock Street, London WC2E 7PS
Why should you care? The ex-Salt Yard Group founder returns to the fray with a Portuguese restaurant that'll start with custard tarts in the morning and move through to larger dishes in the evening.
In a nutshell: High rise co-dining in Canary Wharf
Where is it? 20 Crossharbour Plaza, London E14 9YF
Why should you care? This Canary Wharf restaurant is on the 20th Floor of The Collective Canary Wharf, a huge "co-living" space. Open to everyone, they're aiming for an at-home vibe.
In a nutshell: Richard Corrigan at Old Street.
Where is it? 70-74 City Rd, Old Street, London EC1Y 2BJ
Why should you care? Richard Corrigan had taken over the lease of the Irish restaurant Nuala, together with John Nugent for the endeavour, a fellow Irishman who founded Kings Place over in King's Cross.
In a nutshell: Rainforest restaurant via Madrid
Where is it? Berkeley Square House, 4-19 Berkeley Square, Mayfair, London W1J 6BR
Why should you care? Amazonico is best described as a luxe rainforest-themed restaurant - with a menu that takes in European, Asian and South American cuisines. It's been a big hit in Madrid and is now opening in London.
In a nutshell: 1940s themed cafe and bar
Where is it? 5 Kingly Street, Carnaby, London W1B 5PF
Why should you care? They already have a hidden 1940s immersive cocktail bar in a tube carriage - now Cahoots is about to grow. They're opening up two new spaces in Soho, keeping the 1940s theme - with a ground floor cafe and a hidden cocktail bar below.
In a nutshell: BBQ Dreamz permanent Bethnal Green home
Where is it? 460 Hackney Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9EG
Why should you care? They started as street food, won TV's Million Pound Menu, popped up all over London and now BBQ Dreamz are settling down in Bethnal Green. This restaurant will bring together the best of their Filipino dishes a well as a very special Sunday feast.
In a nutshell: Rambla becomes SO|LA
Where is it? 64 Dean Street, London W1D 4QQ
Why should you care? Rambla is no more - SO|LA is rising from its ashes. Victor Garvey replaced his Soho restaurant with a brand new place focusing on West Coast USA cuisine. (Soft launch to 7 November)
In a nutshell: British patisserie specialising in - you guessed it - pies.
Where is it? 53-55 Carter Lane, London EC4V 5EF
Why should you care? From street food to permanent digs, a mother/son duo are opening up this 'Britisserie' by St Paul's Cathedral, where pies are the main star but you can also get a Brunch Wellington at the weekend.
In a nutshell: The Gladwins come to Soho
Where is it? 63-64 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 3JW
Why should you care? They have success with The Shed, Rabbit and Nutbourne and now The Gladwin Brothers hasve opened their fourth restaurant, Sussex, in the space that used to be Arbutus.
In a nutshell: Thameside restaurant in the new Riverside Studios development
Where is it? 101 Queen Caroline Street, London W6 9BN
Why should you care? West London restaurateur Sam Harrison is back with a destination riverfront restaurant by Hammersmith Bridge which is part of the multimillion Riverside Studios redevelopment.
In a nutshell: Nobu does street food
Where is it?10-50 Willow St, Hackney, London EC2A 4BH
Why should you care?The bar at Nobu Hotel Shoreditch has been converted to Nami, a new "supper bar" that combines their cocktails with Japanese street food.
In a nutshell: High rise dining in the City
Where is it? 120 Fenchurch St, London EC3M 5BA
Why should you care? The prolific D&D restaurant group (who own Blueprint Cafe, German Gymnasium, Quaglinos and more) are back with their next opening. The restaurant is near the top of a big new building on Fenchurch St. (See our reader offer)
In a nutshell: Joel Robuchon's Legacy
Where is it? 6 Clarges Street, London W1J 8AE (with the Deli entrance on Bolton Street).
Why should you care? Following the death of Joël Robuchon, his famed London restaurant L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon also shut its doors this year. Now it's back in Mayfair - and it's launching with two distinct parts.
In a nutshell: This new bistro and bar hopes to clean up on Coldharbour Lane
Where is it? 374 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8PL
Why should you care? Taking over an Iconic building in Brixton is local entrepreneur Melanie Brown who also runs the New Zealand Wine Cellar in Pop Brixton. Brown has turned the old laundry into a two-floored all-day restaurant and bar.
In a nutshell: Neil Rankin brings plant-based burgers to East London
Where is it? 202 Brick Lane, London E1 6SA
Why should you care? Acclaimed chef Neil Rankin has spent eight months working on the secret ingredients for a unique plant-based burger, features on the menu at his new environmentally-friendly restaurant, Simplicity Burger on Brick Lane.
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