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 September 2021
In a nutshell: Steak at London Bridge (twice)
Where is it? Soho Wharf, Clink St, London SE1 9DG
Why should you care? They already have a restaurant on Tooley Street but now, Flat Iron have opened a second London Bridge restaurant on nearby Clink Street. Expect the usual affordable steak and more. Find out more
When can you try it for yourself? September 2021
In a nutshell: Middle Eastern steak house
Where is it? 1 Water Ln, Camden, London NW1 8NZ
Why should you care? This comes from Shiri Kraus (previously Palomar and The Barbary) and Amir Batito (previously Machneyuda) and they say they want to mix an American steakhouse-style grill with Middle Eastern flavours. Find out more
When can you try it for yourself? September 2021
In a nutshell: Koya goes east
Where is it? 12 Broadway Market Mews, London E8 4TS
Why should you care? This acts as a more neighbourhood version of Koya. Expect new takes on Koya's udon and donburi dishes, all created for the new restaurant, along with a standing counter.
In a nutshell: Huge restaurant in the Olympic Park
Where is it? Stratford, London
Why should you care? The latest restaurant from D&D has opened in a landmark building in Stratford called The Pavilion. It's all about Alpine food, so expect fondue, tartiflette and more.
In a nutshell: Mayfair Contemporary Indian restaurant
Where is it? 42 North Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 6ZR
Why should you care? This is from chef Chet Sharma (Moor Hall and L'Enclume) who has teamed up with JKS (Gymkhana). The food here has influences that range "from roadside cafés from Punjab in the north, to Kerala in the south."
In a nutshell: Super boutique hotel for Leicester Square
Where is it? Whitcomb Street, London WC2H 7DT
Why should you care? Leicester Square's food and drink scene gets an injection of cool with this upcoming hotel promising a rooftop bar with firepits, two Odeon luxe cinemas and a signature all day restaurant.
In a nutshell: Opulent new restaurant in Mayfair
Where is it? Mayfair - 55 Curzon Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8PG
Why should you care? The restaurateur behind Jamavar and Bombay Bustle has opened another Mayfair venture. This one’s called MiMi Mei Fair and evokes the opulent wonders of old-world China.
In a nutshell: "Traditionally inauthentic" ramen
Where is it? Hackney - 499 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AU
Why should you care? Supa Ya Ramen have opened their first permanent restaurant. As with their pop-ups, you can expect what they call "traditionally inauthentic" ramen and new sides too.
In a nutshell: Pop-up goes permanent by the canal
Where is it? Hackney - 1 Corbridge Cres, London E2 9DS
Why should you care? Gabriel Waterhouse's Water House Project started as a supper club, then became a successful pop-up in Hackney and they've now moved to a more permanent space nearby. The basic premise will carry on as before - a monthly-changing tasting menu, with a bit of Nordic influence throughout.
In a nutshell: Top Cuvee goes east
Where is it? Bethnal Green - 250 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AA
Why should you care? Underneath Top Cuvee's new Bethnal Green shop is Cave Cuvée, a Paris-inspired underground wine bar. You'll be able to grab a bottle from the shelves in the shop and head downstairs with it.
In a nutshell: South African braai from Kudu
Where is it? Peckham - 57 Nunhead Ln, London SE15 3TR
Why should you care? The latest from Kudu is a South African grill restaurant. Most of the dishes will be coming from the open grill - and they'll be using their nearby allotment as a source for the produce.
In a nutshell: Seafood and fishmonger in Haggerston
Where is it? Haggerston - 337 Acton Mews, London E8 4EA
Why should you care? This is their second restaurant following the success of the Chelsea original. As before it'll be part fishmonger, part restaurant with Leo Carreira once again heading up the menu in an impressive chef's table-only experience.
In a nutshell: Singaporean luxe in The City.
Where is it? The City - 80 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AB
Why should you care? Pan Pacific Hotels Group has arrived in London, taking over a huge new space in the Bishopsgate Plaza development. There are three new bars and restaurants as well as a further two in the adjoining Devonshire House.
In a nutshell: Eggy buns
Where is it? Shoreditch - 94 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH.
Why should you care? They hail from LA but their egg-filled buns are becoming more and more popular in London - this is their third restaurant in the capital.
Opened in August 2021
In a nutshell: Boutique hotel + sushi
Where is it? 115-116 Sloane St, London SW1X 9PJ
Why should you care? Beaverbrook Town House is the London outpost of the luxury Surrey hotel with 15 suites overlooking Cadogan Gardens. The hotel's Fuji Grill and Omakase Sushi Bar is going to be serving up sushi, sashimi, nigiri and more.
In a nutshell: Seafood in Soho
Where is it? 77 Dean Street, London W1D 3SH
Why should you care? This sustainability-focused restaurant first opened in Amsterdam and has found a space in Soho for its London debut (taking over the space that was The Ref Fort). Expect towers of shellfish and lots more.
In a nutshell: Natural wine bar in Battersea
Where is it? 96 Westbridge Road, London SW11 3PH
Why should you care? The people behind the much-loved Diogenes The Dog have opened a new wine bar, with natural wine as the focus.
In a nutshell: NYC style pizza slices for Finsbury Park
Where is it? 266 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2HY
Why should you care? The brothers who brought us Pizza Pilgrims are behind this Neapolitan/NYC style mash up pizza slice bar.
In a nutshell: Chicken in South Ken
Where is it? 11 Harrington Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 3ES
Why should you care? They've already opened their rotisserie chicken restaurants in Notting Hill, Shoreditch, Parsons Green and Queen's Park and now the latest Cocotte is in South Kensington. As before - it's mainly about their rotisserie chicken. (50% off food until 5 September)
In a nutshell: Gordon in Ealing
Where is it? 8 High Street, Ealing, London W5 5DB
Why should you care? Gordon Ramsay is continuing with his relentless march across London, opening as many restaurants on the way as he can. He's now growing his Bread Street line of restaurants, but this time it'll be a bit different as it's his first Bread Street Cafe.
In a nutshell: Andi Oliver in Hackney
Where is it? Unit 1 Hamlet Industrial Estate, 96 White Post Lane, London E9 5EN
Why should you care? It's popped up before, last seen at the Crooked Billet, but now Andi Oliver's Wadadli Kitchen has its own space for a 12-month run in Hackney - and it's added a roadside diner too.
In a nutshell: Canalside cafe from ex-River Cafe chef
Where is it? Canal Place, 32 Andrews Rd, London E8 4RL
Why should you care? The son of Irish designer John Rocha, ex River Cafe chef Max Rocha has opened his first restaurant - a canalside cafe in Hackney.
In a nutshell: New from Fish, Wings & Tings
Where is it? 67-68 Granville Arcade, Brixton Village, London SW9 8PS
Why should you care? This is the new opening from Brian Danclair, founder of Fish, Wings & Tings one of Brixton's best restaurants. This new restaurant Danclair's is inspired by his grandmother Valentina and takes its inspiration from across the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe.
In a nutshell: Cuban food and cocktails
Where is it? 7 - 8 Market Place, London W1W 8AG
Why should you care? The people who brought London Casa Do Frango have turned their attention to Cuba. Bar La Rampa is dedicated to all things Cuban, aiming for an authentic evocation of the country. In charge of the menu are the people behind TA TA Eatery and, yes, there will be Cuban sandwiches.
In a nutshell: A new rooftop bar for Peckham
Where is it? 120 Peckham Hill Street, London SE15 5JT
Why should you care? Run by the same team who brought us Skylight Tobacco Dock, Skylight Peckham has taken over the rooftop space of the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. The all-day space aims to be as much as a handy work space for freelancers during the day as it does a buzzy cocktail spot by night.
In a nutshell: Monopoly themed restaurant
Where is it? The Court, 213 - 215 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7PS
Why should you care? You might have heard about Monopoly Lifesized where, as you might have guessed, you get to play a huge immersive game of Monopoly. It's launched at The Court, on Tottenham Court Road, and alongside the game is a new bar and restaurant - The Top Hat.
In a nutshell: Nancy Silverton in London
Where is it? Treehouse London, 14-15 Langham Pl, London W1B 2QS
Why should you care? After a few pop-ups to test the water, Nancy Silverton has arrived in London with a permanent restaurant. Pizzeria Mozza is the London offshoot of her Californian pizzerias, and she has her own gelato too.
In a nutshell: Eggs and more
Where is it? 5-7 Tottenham St, London W1T 2AG
Why should you care? This new egg-based restaurant has opened to London, but this has a more unique starting point. It comes from Sohail Ahmad, an Afghan refugee who came to the UK on his own on the back of a lorry at the age of 12. He's launching Eggoland born "from his frustration at never being able to order his eggs just the way he likes them".
In a nutshell: Restored grade II building gets a new bar and restaurant
Where is it? 24 Clerkenwell Green, Farringdon, London EC1R 0NA
Why should you care? This is a restoration of an old Grade II courthouse for a mix of a creative studio and a restaurant with bar. The restaurant hosts the return of Florence Knight, her first new restaurant since Polpetto.
In a nutshell: José Pizarro doubles up at The Royal Academy
Where is it? Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Why should you care? Famed Spanish chef José Pizarro has opened in the centre of London for the first time - with two new restaurants at the Royal Academy. He has a more traditional sit-down Spanish restaurant upstairs while downstairs, Poster Bar is the Royal Academy version of his tapas bar, José.
In a nutshell: Tasting menus in the east
Where is it? 6 Chancellor Passage, London E14 5EA
Why should you care? This is the second Six by Nico restaurant to arrive in London. It's all about their six-course tasting menu, which changes (never to be repeated) every six weeks.
In a nutshell: Amalfi in Leytonstone
Where is it? 781 Leytonstone High Street, London E11 4QS
Why should you care? Local entrepreneur Gianluca Colini, who opened hit coffee shop Unity Café, is the man behind this restaurant which is inspired by the Amalfi coastline, launching with antipasti and pizza, and adding pasta to that later in the summer.
In a nutshell: Dining with Batman
Where is it?77 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9ZN
Why should you care? Taking over the space where Mash restaurant was, this is a huge DC Comics experience - with a big lean towards Batman in particular. Expect a multi-room experience that's inspired by Gotham City.
In a nutshell: Tapas in Shoreditch from a top chef
Where is it? 45 Curtain Rd, Hackney, London EC2A 3PT
Why should you care? The Curtain hotel in Shoreditch has become a new Mondrian. And as part of that they've launched Bibo restaurant, billed as a brasserie and tapas bar from top Spanish chef Dani Garcia.
In a nutshell: Pizzas for Crystal Palace
Where is it? 46 Westow Hill, London SE19 1RU
Why should you care? Crystal Palace folk rejoice - a new Yard Sale has arrived. It's taken over what was Fish Valley, starting with delivery/takeaway and with a few tables for dine-in later.
Opened in July 2021
In a nutshell: Vietnamese in Ealing
Where is it? 17 The Green, Ealing, London W5 5DA
Why should you care? This is an independent, family-run Vietnamese restaurant and cocktail bar. It's a new venture for sisters Erika, Elysia and Eva, but they've grown up around restaurants; their mother opened her first restaurant in London back in 2000.
In a nutshell: The Dusty Knuckle are expanding.
Where is it? 429 Green Lanes, London N4 1HA
Why should you care? One of London's most popular bakeries has grown. Now Dalston bakery The Dusty Knuckle have a new bakery on Green Lanes and it's also an evening pizzeria.
In a nutshell: The Ivy offshoot goes west
Where is it? 201 King’s Road, London, SW3 5ED
Why should you care? One of the most successful Ivys, the Ivy Asia, is opening a second restaurant in London after the wildly successful St Paul's outpost. And yes, this restaurant on the King's Road indeed has the very bright and shiny floor.
In a nutshell: Gino D'Acampo goes upmarket for his new London restaurant
Where is it? 336-337 The Strand, London WC2R 1HA
Why should you care? TV chef Gino D'Acampo has joined forces with his son Luciano, to open this luxe Italian restaurant at the ME London hotel in Aldwych.
In a nutshell: Neapolitan pizzas in Islington
Where is it? 189 Upper Street, London N1 1RQ
Why should you care? Dubbed one of London's very best pizzerias, the Neapolitan pizzas from Santa Maria have found a home on Upper Street.
In a nutshell: Latin American power team open their first London restaurant and bar
Where is it? 47 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7JP
Why should you care? One of Latin America's top chefs has teamed up with one of the regions top mixologists for a London restaurant and cocktail bar opening that should be as huge as it sounds.
In a nutshell: The Department store in Brixton gets a new restaurant
Where is it? 19 Bellefields Rd, Ferndale, London SW9 9UH
Why should you care? Bellefields bar and restaurant is serving up a modern menu inspired by Med-adjacent countries from the Aegean and Balearic to the Levantine basin.
In a nutshell: Chelsea pub with a big name chef
Where is it? 298 Kings Road, London SW3 5UG
Why should you care? After a couple of year's worth of renovations, The Cadogan Arms is back - and in charge of the food is Kitchen Table's James Knappett and ex Harwood Arms chef Alex Harper.
In a nutshell: Big Japanese udon restaurant arrives in the UK
Where is it? 1-3 Widegate St, Spitalfields, London E1 7ES
Why should you care? Huge Japanese udon noodle chain Marugame Udon has picked Spitalfields as the location for its first UK restaurant. The restaurant is all about Sanuki Udon and is a big hit worldwide.
In a nutshell: Korea by way of Los Angeles hits Carnaby's Kingly Court
Where is it? Top Floor Kingly Court, Carnaby St, London W1B 5PW
Why should you care? A dream team involving the folks at Senor Ceviche, the TĀTĀ Eatery crew and top mixologist Cyan Wong are behind this new Soho restaurant and bar.
In a nutshell: Theatre Royal Drury Lane revamped
Where is it? Catherine St, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF
Why should you care? Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber can put aside his Cinderella opening night woes, with the happy news that his newest venture, a complete restoration of Covent Garden’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane has launched without a hitch. Two years and £60 million in the making, The Lane will host four different drink and dining venues: The Garden, The Rotunda Bar, Cecil Beaton and Grand Saloon.
In a nutshell: Basement Japanese restaurant meets Nordic
Where is it? 19 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8LB
Why should you care? This is the basement restaurant at Belgravia's Pantechnicon, opening a year after the rest of the building. The produce will be local, where possible, and they say there will also be "Nordic flavours and ingredients interspersed throughout".
In a nutshell: Burgers and beers
Where is it? 40-42 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8BG
Why should you care? Camden’s Chalk Farm Road, home to The Roundhouse, is usually milling with live-music fans in pre-pandemic times. Now it’s slowly coming back to life with the re-opening of what was once known as The Monarch pub under the name of Monarchy. Live music and events are in the works, and North London’s burger heroes Nanny Bill’s are providing the sustenance.
In a nutshell: Sally Abe's new restaurant
Where is it? Conrad London St. James, 22-28 Broadway, Westminster, London SW1H 0BH
Why should you care? After gaining plaudits for her time at The Harwood Arms, Sally Abé arrives in the Conrad St James with her main restaurant - The Pem. It's aiming for an elevated, but fun British dining experience.
In a nutshell: NYC fave comes to Notting Hill
Where is it? 98 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5RU
Why should you care? Sunday in Brooklyn has been a big hit in New York - and they're the latest NYC restaurant to make a splash in Notting Hill. They have dishes from the original restaurant (including the famed pancakes) and a big focus on brunch.
In a nutshell: Beer & Pizza
Where is it? Sambrook’s Brewery, Ram Quarter, Wandsworth High St, London SW18 1TH
Why should you care? Sambrooks Brewery have unveiled their brewery taproom in Wandsworth and they've brought in Crust Bros to be in charge of the food. This is the second location for Crust Bros, and they'll have to up their pizza-making rate as this is a pretty big taproom.
In a nutshell: Car showroom restaurant in Highgate
Where is it? 82-92 Great N Rd, London N2 0NL
Why should you care? This sees a Mediterranean restaurant open inside (and outside) a classic car showroom. In the kitchen are chefs with impressive backgrounds and you can expect a good attention to detail on the wine list too.
In a nutshell: Crispin Mk 2
Where is it? 19 Kingly Street, Soho, London, W1B 5PY
Why should you care? The people behind Crispin in Spitalfields have come to Soho with a new natural wine bar (backed up by a great snacks list).
In a nutshell: BAO does noodles
Where is it? 1 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ
Why should you care? The latest BAO has arrived in Shoreditch and it's something of a departure for the team. This time the main focus is on noodle bowls, inspired by Taiwanese beef noodle shops (but there will be bao buns too).
In a nutshell: Hackney brasserie and wine bar from the Lyons crowd
Where is it? 230 Dalston Lane, London E8 1LA
Why should you care? Hackney Coterie sees the man behind Crouch End's super popular neighbourhood spot Lyon's Seafood & Wine Bar teaming up with experience sommelier Kelvin McCabe. This new wine bar is also part bottle shop and deli, and a brasserie.
In a nutshell: Japanese-Middle Eastern fusion restaurant for Islington
Where is it? 6G Esther Anne Place, London N1 1WL
Why should you care? The restaurateur who brought us Sumosan has brought in the former head chef of The Palomar for this new Islington restaurant.
In a nutshell: Mexican Taqueria heads east
Where is it? 8-10 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QA
Why should you care? They've been a hit in Notting Hill for years, but now Taqueria has headed east to open its second restaurant. Expect tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, margaritas and more.
In a nutshell: Ottolenghi brings his deli to the centre of town
Where is it? 63 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2RA
Why should you care? This newest Ottolenghi is in the middle of Marylebone (taking over what used to be Festok) and has an all-day no-reservations dining space alongside the deli. As with the other branches, there are daily-changing salads, pastries, cakes and more.
In a nutshell: Big Mamma's third London restaurant
Where is it? 15 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8QG
Why should you care? The folk responsible for huge London hits Gloria and Circolo Popolare are behind this new Florence-inspired restaurant and bar in the heart of Covent Garden.
In a nutshell: Handroll sushi bar in Brixton Market
Where is it? Unit 12 Market Row, Brixton, London, SW9 8LD
Why should you care? A top Japanese chef is promising to serve up some excellent hand rolls at this tiny Brixton sushi bar.
In a nutshell: Pizza and ice cream in New Cross
Where is it? 318 New Cross Road, London SE14 6AF
Why should you care? This is a bar with a heavy focus on pizza and soft-serve ice cream - and even the ice cream is topped with chicken...
Opened in June 2021
In a nutshell: Pizzas from The North
Where is it? 80 Wardour St, London W1F 0TF
Why should you care? Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza has been mainly serving pizzas in the north but they've now headed south, straight into Soho with pizzas made fresh daily from 24-hour fermented dough with ingredients imported twice weekly from Naples.
In a nutshell: Il Portico's new offshoot
Where is it? 267 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA
Why should you care? The people behind family-run restaurant Il Portico in Kensington have relaunched their sister restaurant. Previously Pizzicotto, it's been reborn as Pino, based on cuisine from Bologna, Parma and Modena.
In a nutshell: The latest in Italian steak
Where is it? 39-45 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 6LA
Why should you care? Taking over from Cafe Monico, the latest Macellaio RC has a similar vibe to the other restaurants in the group. An Italian grill restaurant with dry-aged steak from the Fassona breed at the heart of the menu, it's very much all about the steak.
In a nutshell: When is a vegan restaurant not a vegan restaurant?
Where is it? Buck Street Market, 198 Camden High St, London NW1 8QP
Why should you care? Tom Kerridge has teamed up with Mark Emms to create Bad Vegan. The "bad" part of the name comes from the fact that although the menu is predominantly vegan - they will actually have non-vegan sides and toppings.
In a nutshell: Sandwiches in Clerkenwell
Where is it? 91 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6BH
Why should you care? Rita's sandwich offshoot Bodega Rita's is back, this time opening in Clerkenwell with a new menu of American-style subs.
In a nutshell: Yakitori in Marylebone
Where is it? 132 Seymour Place, Marylebone, London W1H 1NS
Why should you care? Junsei is all about yakitori skewers cooked over Binchōtan Japanese Charcoal. There are over 20 skewers available, not to mention charcoal seared Wagyu and more...
In a nutshell: Greek street food turns restaurant
Where is it? 43 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, London N8 8PT
Why should you care? Moving up from street food truck and market stalls, Kalimera has launched as a restaurant in Couch End. There are modern interpretations of Greek and Mediterranean dishes and plenty of Greek wine. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? 25 June 2021
In a nutshell: Islington wine bar
Where is it? 47-49 Ardleigh Road, N1 4HS
Why should you care? The indie project is a family business and a passion project of former Hill & Szrok partner Jimmy Stephenson and his actress wife Anna Shaffer (Harry Potter, The Witcher). Expect a coffee shop by day and a wine bar by night (shop open now - wine bar soon).
In a nutshell: Rosé and pithiviers
Where is it? Harrods, Basil Street Entrance, Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL
Why should you care? Juliette's comes from Unlocked Brands, the same people who are behind the recently opened Homestead on London City Island. This new addition to Harrods is all about dirnking rose and dining on pithiviers and pattisserie.
In a nutshell: Taka does omakase
Where is it? 18 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7QH
Why should you care? This restaurant has taken over the space from the original Taka. It comes from the same people but will have a very different approach - all centred around a 20-course omakase-style tasting menu.
In a nutshell: Tom Kerridge in Harrods
Where is it? Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL
Why should you care? Tom Kerridge has arrived in the Harrods Dining Hall. The chef has launched Kerridge’s Fish & Chips serving what they're describing as a premium seafood menu (including chips topped with lobster thermidor).
In a nutshell: Pancakes in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 7 - 9 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1RG
Why should you care? After success at London Bridge and with their lockdown deliveries, Where The Pancakes Are has opened a new restaurant in Fitzrovia, filled with all the sweet and savoury pancakes (and Dutch Babies) you could ever want.
In a nutshell: Beer & Theo Randall
Where is it? Wilkin Street Mews, London NW5 3NN
Why should you care? Taking inspiration from Bavaria's beer halls, this is a taproom with 24 taps on the bar. They've teamed up with Theo Randall to prepare the kind of food that matches best with the beer.
In a nutshell: High-end Italian in Knightsbridge.
Where is it? Carlton Tower Jumeriah, 1 Cadogan Pl, London SW1X 9PY
Why should you care? Knightsbridge hotel The Carlton Tower Jumeriah is just emerging after a major revamp - and they're opening a new restaurant alongside. Expect high-end Italian dining and great views over Cadogan Gardens.
In a nutshell: Mexican food meets Japanese food
Where is it? 2 Farmer Street, London W8 7SN
Why should you care? This new Notting Hill restaurant from a Middle East restaurateur is something of a mash-up between Mexican and Japanese cuisines, with plenty of added mezcal and tequila.
In a nutshell: Healthy and light Asian food for the Chelsea crowd
Where is it? 9 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ
Why should you care? A new dessert bar is coming to Wembley Park after making its name around the country first. They say dessert bar, but going by the look, it's more like a dessert palace.
In a nutshell: Mexican taqueria comes to Soho.
Where is it? 66-70 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9UP
Why should you care? Taking over the old Hix space, El Pastor's latest Mexican restaurant is landing in Soho. Alongside tacos and tostadas, they have a bar with a "house party vibe" in the basement too.
In a nutshell: Healthy and light Asian food for the Chelsea crowd
Where is it? 9 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ
Why should you care? The ULI team take their brand of Southeast Asian food to Chelsea.
Opened in May 2021
In a nutshell: Shoreditch izakaya
Where is it? 36 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3PG
Why should you care? Expect cocktails, sushi and DJ sessions from this Japanese spot in Shoreditch.
In a nutshell: Indoor cricket in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 170 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 5QB
Why should you care? Fancy playing cricket indoors? This bar matches indoor cricket nets with food by the people behind Mac & Wild.
In a nutshell: Pizzas & gelato
Where is it? 16A Ash Avenue, Park Central East, Elephant Park, Elephant & Castle, London SE17 1GQ
Why should you care? 400 Rabbits have settled on Elephant and Castle as their latest pizzeria, bringing both their London sourdough pizzas and a brand new range of gelato made in-house.
In a nutshell: Top NYC hotel comes to London 11 Madison Park chefs
Where is it? 4 Bow St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7AT
Why should you care? This hotel has taken over Bow Street Magistrates Court in Covent Garden, and is the London outpost of a popular NYC hotel.
In a nutshell: South London Spanish restaurant is expanding again.
Where is it? 119 Peckham High St, Peckham, London SE15 5SE
Why should you care? The restaurant has its roots in the successful Donostia Social Club pop-up. They're already in Tooting, Deptford, Battersea and Brixton and this is the group's largest restaurant yet.
In a nutshell: Parisian hot spot expands to London
Where is it? 16 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4HW
Why should you care? Top French chef Cyril Lignac is hoping his brand of Parisian cool will sit well in London with this Mayfair restaurant being his first international opening.
In a nutshell: Third spot for local cafe/wine bar team
Where is it? 58 Peckham Rye, London SE15 4JR
Why should you care? They already have successful cafes and wine bars in Camberwell and Tooting, and now Good Neighbour are coming to Peckham. Expect a strong eine list along with the food and a big focus on weekend brunch too.
In a nutshell: Greek charcoal grilling in Soho
Where is it? 4 Newburgh Street, Carnaby, Soho, London W1F 7RF
Why should you care? OPSO's new restaurant in Soho is all about live-fire grilling over charcoal. Expect plenty of meat and fish grilling, alongside an ever-changing Greek wine list.
In a nutshell: Cheese on the canal
Where is it? Sheldon Square, Paddington Central, London W2 6HY
Why should you care? They mastered the cheese conveyor belt, a cheese bar and a cheese truck. Next up for The Cheese Bar folk is is cheese on water in the shape of The Cheese Barge. They've moored a specially designed barge in Paddington and creating a very cheesy menu for it.
In a nutshell: Wine bar in Chelsea
Where is it? 300 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UH
Why should you care? The next wine bar from 28-50 (the third in the group) will be on the King's Road. Expect European food alongside a strong selection of European wines - many of them available by the glass.
In a nutshell: Patty & Bun chicken spin-off
Where is it? 56 James St, Marylebone, London W1U 1HF
Why should you care? Patty&Bun spin-off Sidechick has opened just a few doors down from the original Patty&Bun. They specialise in chicken - whole or half chickens, seasoned with piri piri, clarified butter or za'atar.
In a nutshell: Rooftop Bar overlooking St Paul's
Where is it? 10 Godliman St, London EC4V 5AJ
Why should you care? Sabine has taken the space from The Sky Bar (at the top of the Leonardo hotel in the City). Iit's having quite the makeover, with a big emphasis on greenery and a stripped back look throughout and views of St Paul's.
In a nutshell: Sandwiches with an East Asian twist
Where is it? 103 Talbot Road, London W11 2AT
Why should you care? Having delivered across London, The Secret Sandwich Shop is opening their real-life sandwich shop. They're putting out sandwiches with an East Asian twist, all based on the Japanese Wanpaku sandwich.
In a nutshell: Syrian pop-up goes permanent
Where is it? Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby London W1B 5PW
Why should you care? His pop-ups have been a huge success and now, with the final stop of a crowdfunding campaign, Imad Alarnab is bringing his Syrian food to Soho.
In a nutshell: Andina mk II
Where is it? 60-62 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6LN
Why should you care? After losing their space in Shoreditch, Andina have moved to a bigger location in Spitalfields. Expect more South American food - with the addition of a basement bar.
In a nutshell: Italian meets jaw-dropping room
Where is it? 38 Threadneedle St, London EC2R 8AY
Why should you care? This is the first London opening for a restaurant group that started out in Moscow. They'll have high end Italian food in a very impressive location.
In a nutshell: Brighton Italian opens in London
Where is it? 21A Foley St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DS
Why should you care? The original Cin Cin Italian restaurant in Brighton has been a hit and also won a Michelin Bib Gourmand. They've now taken over the space that used to be the Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack.
In a nutshell: Restautant for the vegan butcher
Where is it? 206A Upper St Islington, London N1 1RQ
Why should you care? After the launch of their vegan 'butcher' (which has proven to be very popular indeed), Rudy's have brought their vegan diner to Islington right next door.
In a nutshell: Le Bab sized down
Where is it? 231 Old St, London EC1V 9HE
Why should you care? Le Bab have opened a new restaurant in Shoreditch - but this time they're going for a pint-sized classic kebab shop vibe. It'll be open late night too - if you fancy a kebab at 5am.
In a nutshell: Soho House rooftop at The Hoxton
Where is it? The Hoxton Shoreditch, 1 Willow Street, London EC2A 4BH
Why should you care? The Soho House group has teamed up with The Hoxton hotel to launch Mexican rooftop restaurant Maya in Shoreditch. That makes it London's third rooftop Mexican restaurant (there's also Decimo and Madera).
In a nutshell: Anya Hindmarch run cafe in Knightsbridge
Where is it? 9 Pont Street, London SW1X 9EJ
Why should you care? As part of the new Anya Hindmarch The Village in Pont Street, this all-day cafe serves up food inspired by the designer's sense of humour.
In a nutshell: Pizza and co-working in Crouch End
Where is it? 2 Park Road, London N8 8TD
Why should you care? They've had successes across town with Martello Hall and more and now the same group has arrived in Crouch End. As with the other halls, it's part hot-desking, with spaces available until 5pm and part bar and restaurant.
In a nutshell: Ace museum cafe from the Anchor & Hope team
Where is it? 1 Geffrye Street, London, E2 8JH
Why should you care? The Hoxton museum has a new all-day cafe and bistro from the team who brought us the Anchor & Hope and The Clarence Tavern.
In a nutshell: More pizza for Peckham
Where is it? Peckham Levels, F1-F6 Peckham Town Centre Carpark, 95A Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST
Why should you care? This comes from Chef Andrea Ascuiti, one of the people who started Streatham's much-lauded Bravi Razgazzi. Alongsode classics will be pizzas like the Truffle Mushroom and expect some "Neapolitan tapas" too.
In a nutshell: Vegan shop restaurant
Where is it? Fenwick of Bond Street, 63 New Bond Street, London W1S 1RQ
Why should you care? Alexis Gauthier has unveiled a new all-vegan restaurant at Fenwick department store in Mayfair - and it even has an all-vegan sushi counter.
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 has opened their first London opening in the heart of the City at Broadgate. Expect a huge space devoted to all things Italian - from delis, to foccaccia, cheese and pizzas through to new bars and restaurants.
In a nutshell: Sushi in Brixton
Where is it? 240 Ferndale Rd, London SW9 8BB
Why should you care? Sushi Revolution comes from two people who have come from Sticks'n'Sushi, Aidan Bryan and Tom Blackshaw, and this is their first venture going it alone.
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.
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