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.
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Opened in December 2018
In a nutshell: Ultra cool Japanese coffee shop for Rathbone Square
Where is it? Rathbone Square, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1PB
Why should you care? London's Rathbone Square is the first European opening for this cool coffee chain which originated as a one man spot in Tokyo.
In a nutshell: A second site for the popular vegan restaurant
Where is it? 269-270 Upper Street, London, N1 2UQ
Why should you care? Plant-based menus and vegan pizzas feature at this new Islington outpost.
In a nutshell: Seasonal British fare in Fulham for an ex-Harwood Arms and Ledbury chef
Where is it? 194 Wandsworth Bridge Road, London, SW62UF
Why should you care? James Erasmus - who comes via the Harwood Arms and the Ledbury - is offering a monthly-changing set menu drawing on his South African heritage and seasonal British produce.
In a nutshell: Trendy Soho small plates in an airport.
Where is it? Heathrow Airport, Terminal 3
Why should you care? From humble beginnings in 2011 to a Soho institution, Spuntino charmed Londoners with their American-inspired small plates and counter dining. Now, they’re taking things in a slightly different direction, with a second restaurant with a new brunch and takeaway menu - in Heathrow Terminal 3.
In a nutshell: Blackfriars' restaurant scene gets a boost from this all day opening
Where is it? 2 Blackfriars Road, London, SE1 9JU
Why should you care? Bringing in chef Lee Streeton from 45 Jermyn Street shows this new Blackfriars all day spot means business. Tucked into the Bankside Hotel it features modern art everywhere and a menu that shows similar creativity.
In a nutshell: LOTS of dining in Wembley
Where is it? Olympic Way, Wembley
Why should you care? They're already well established in Shoreditch and Croydon and now they've headed north-west as the latest Boxpark is at Wembley Park. You can expect 27 food and drink outlets, transforming the food scene in the area.
In a nutshell: Taiwanese steamed bun powerhouse comes to London
Where is it? Covent Garden and Centre Point
Why should you care? The hugely popular Taiwanese dumpling restaurant has finally arrived in London with steamed soup dumplings and lots more...
In a nutshell: Top Chinese restaurant group comes to St James
Where is it? 9-10 Waterloo Pl, St. James's, London SW1Y 4BE
Why should you care? Imperial Treasure restaurants have been winning Michelin stars and more awards across Asia and now they've opened in London. Expect a Chinese fine dining experience in a luxe restaurant (soft launch to 17 December).
In a nutshell: Previously Michelin-starred restaurant reopens after a huge revamp
Where is it? 20 Queen St, Mayfair, London W1J 5PR
Why should you care? They closed for eight months for a big revamp, so you can be sure the brand new Tamarind is something to watch. With chefs brought in from Amaya and Chutney Mary as well as a completely new design, they'll be looking to get that star back.
In a nutshell: Taiwanese street-market inspired food in Marylebone
Where is it? 22 Paddington Street, London W1U 5QY
Why should you care? This addition to Marylebone is inspired by the street-markets of Taiwan, and there's quite a lot more to it than bao buns (but they appear too). Expect waffle-like wheelcakes made to order and alcoholic ice lollies in the downstairs bar.
In a nutshell: Two Thai restaurants with different personalities in the same Soho spot
Where is it? 28 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 0SR
Why should you care? London's love affair with Thai food continues as a young Thai pair open a pair of new restaurants serving up different takes on Thai food in the same building on Brewer Street. (Soft launch to 14 December)
In a nutshell: Ramen joy for W5
Where is it? 14 New Broadway, London W5 2XA
Why should you care? The ramen group's 10th opening sees them taking over two floors of the Dickens Yard development in Ealing.
Opened in November 2018
In a nutshell: Asma Khan sets up a Bengali-inspired cafe
Where is it? 74 Broadwick Street, London W1B 5PW
Why should you care? As Darjeeling Express goes from strength to strength, Asma Khan has a new venture ready. Calcutta Canteen is an all-day North Indian/Bengali-inspired cafe in Carnaby and the big focus will be on filled bread buns called Pau buns.
In a nutshell: Wine bar and tapas for Clerkenwell
Where is it? 130 St John Road, London EC1V 4JS
Why should you care? The former wine buyer at Club and Cellar Gascon has come back to the area to open a wine and tapas bar on St John Street.
In a nutshell: Bleeding vegan burgers in Brixton
Where is it? Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8PQ
Why should you care? The bleeding plant burger - aka the Beyond Burger - is getting a place all to itself in Brixton. The Beyond Burger is meant to be as close to looking at tasting like a real beef burger as possible - even with beetroot juice to represent, let's say a "rare" beef burger's look. (Soft launch to 6 December)
In a nutshell: Burgers in Shoreditch
Where is it? 147 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JE
Why should you care? You'll have seen Burger and Beyond at street food markets all over town, and now they're settling down in Shoreditch. Expect all your favourite burgers and a lot more new additions too. (Soft launch to 2 December)
In a nutshell: Mediterranean fare in Mayfair
Where is it? 39 Maddox St, London W1S 1FX
Why should you care? Tilly Turbett (ex-Gordon Ramsay group) will lead the kitchen at Pucci, cooking small plates and pizza at this new spot on Maddox Street.
In a nutshell: All day cafe and bar for Camden folk
Where is it? 40 Parkway, Camden, London, NW1 7AH
Why should you care? Given a grime-style makeover, this former Strada now aims to serve everything from morning coffee to late night espresso martinis.
In a nutshell: Bowl food in Soho
Where is it? 27 Saint Anne’s Court, Soho, London W1F 0BN
Why should you care? This restaurant does what it says on the tin - it serves up bowl food. Those bowls will be inspired by worldwide cuisine, including the Caribbean, South America and South East Asia.
In a nutshell: Vegan food, ‘Kalifornia’-style
Where is it? 19 Percy Street, London W1T 1DY
Why should you care? An all-day vegan cafe in Fitzrovia, eschewing junk food in favour of healthy, nutritious dishes.
In a nutshell: Pizza upstairs, cocktails and music downstairs in King's Cross
Where is it? 14-18 Handyside St, London N1C 4DN
Why should you care? The team behind Spiritland are opening their second King's Cross venue over on Handyside Street, featuring a ground level pizza restaurant and basement late night licence cocktail bar.
In a nutshell: Ex-Dairy head chef opens all day restaurant by St Barts
Where is it? 90 Bartholomew Close, EC1A 7EB
Why should you care? With the former head chef of The Dairy heading up the kitchen team, this new all day restaurant and cocktail bar in the City looks worth checking out.
In a nutshell: High rise bar and restaurant on Charing Cross Road with a view
Where is it? 10th Floor, Assembly Hotel, 27-31 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0LS
Why should you care? The Bourne & Hollingsworth group are behind London's latest high rise opening. Garden Room at the Assembly Hotel promises amazing views over London with plants involved in the decor, food and even the cocktails.
In a nutshell: The Rita's Dining team are doing a Coal Drops Yard deli and sandwich store
Where is it? Unit 114, Lower Stable Street, London N1C 4DR
Why should you care? Fresh from their successful pop-up at Browns over the summer, Missy Flynn and Gabriel Pryce - the team behind everyone's favourite Rita's Dining - are opening a tiny deli and sandwich spot on Lower Stable Street in King's Cross.
In a nutshell: Gymkhana chef goes solo in Chelsea
Where is it? 10 Lincoln St, London SW3 2TS
Why should you care? The chef and GM who headed up London's top Indian restaurants including Gymkhana and Jamavar are opening their first solo venture in Chelsea.
In a nutshell: Caprice does Selfridges
Where is it? 400 Oxford St, Marylebone, London W1A 1AB
Why should you care? The latest big new restaurant to open at Selfridges is the Brasserie of Light - their team-up with Caprice - the people behind The Ivy restaurants, Sexy Fish and lots more. And like Sexy Fish, this has a big old Damen Hirst installation front and centre.
In a nutshell: US bread-themed restaurant is coming to Covent Gard
Where is it? 5 North Hall, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RA
Why should you care? Miami restaurateur Alex Zibi brings his ‘gastro-fast’ concept to London with a menu featuring bao, lobster rolls and more.
In a nutshell: Seafood in Pop Brixton
Where is it? Unit S38, Pop Brixton, 29 Brixton Station Road, SW9 8PQ.
Why should you care? Simon Whiteside originally opened Hook in Camden and now he's bringing his seafood expertise to Pop Brixton with his own restaurant, Roe. Expect sustainable seafood on an ever-changing menu that showcases his Irish influences.
In a nutshell: Indian sharing plates in Soho
Where is it? 21 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7HL
Why should you care? The Courthouse Hotel in Soho is getting its own Indian restaurant from a chef with a background in Dinner by Heston and Nobu.
In a nutshell: King's Cross gets its first martini bar
Where is it? 1st Floor, Great Northern Hotel, King's Cross Station, Pancras Road, London, N1C 4TB
Why should you care? Opening up at The Great Northern Hotel is this three roomed martini bar with fabulous views over the area and everything to entice martini lovers to King's Cross.
In a nutshell: Asian-style burgers with a health slant
Where is it? 1B Southwark Street, London SE1 1RQ
Why should you care? Yen Nguyen is bringing her East-meets-West burger chain idea to life, featuring ingredients like shiso, edamame and kimchi on gluten-free buns from Bread Ahead.
In a nutshell: Iconic food store expands to the City
Where is it? The Royal Exchange, Bank, London EC3V 3LR
Why should you care? London's iconic food store, Fortnum & Mason has opened two spots in The Royal Exchange in the City - a food hall and a restaurant and bar space.
In a nutshell: Next level food court in Victoria
Where is it? Terminus Pl, Victoria, London
Why should you care? After the success of Market Halls Fulham, the same people hasve opened their next big food hall. This time it's in Victoria, where they're taking over a big Victorian building right in front of the station. The Marksman, Roti King and more are involved...
In a nutshell: Alpine-themed pub in Farringdon
Where is it? 17 Farringdon Street, London EC4A 4AB
Why should you care? Hippo Inns are turning three floors of Farringdon pub into an après ski fest of schnitzels, Alpine beer and hot toddies.
In a nutshell: Desserts from the world’s best pastry chef
Where is it? Hotel Cafe Royal, 10 Air St, Soho, London W1B 4DY
Why should you care? After a successful pop-up a few years ago, Albert Adrià has returned to London for good with an all-dessert restaurant in the swanky Hotel Cafe Royal.
In a nutshell: Sparkling wines in Covent Garden
Where is it? 26 Wellington St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7DD
Why should you care? With a wine merchants business and a stall on the South Bank under their belt, Grays and Feather are opening their first wine bar. And it's all devoted to sparkling wines.
In a nutshell: Popup turns permanent as Kickstarter funds Stoke Newington restaurant
Where is it? 74 Green Lanes, London N16 9EJ
Why should you care? Inspired by her Sicilian and Provencal grandmothers, the chef behind this Newington Green restaurant has used Kickstarter to move from pop up to permanent.
In a nutshell: Wood-fired food from a former Murano chef
Where is it? Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross
Why should you care? Pip Lacey, the former head chef at Murano (and who you may also know from 2017’s Great British Menu) is the brains behind Hicce, a new restaurant with wood-fired food that's brimming with British flavours via Norway and Japan.
In a nutshell: The Sager and Wilde team mix it up
Where is it? Morelands Building, 5-23 Old St, London EC1V 9HL
Why should you care? They've one of the highest rated wine bars in London, launched a new-look bar at the Corinthia, and now the team behind Sager and Wilde are coming to Old Street. Expect a canteen, bar and restaurant all-in-one.
In a nutshell: A new wine bar and shop for Elephant & Castle
Where is it? 96 Rodney Road, London SE17 1BG
Why should you care? Lesser-known wines and regions are the focus at this new venture from Sonny Hodge.
In a nutshell: Mykonos comes to Mayfair
Where is it? 1-3 Avery Row, Mayfair, London W1K 4AJ
Why should you care? This Mykonos-inspired restaurant is a five-storey affair in Mayfair, mixing restaurant, bar and private club. And it has what sounds like a pretty great roof terrace too.
In a nutshell: A Shoreditch location for the popular Peruvian joint.
Where is it? 73 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3DT
Why should you care? The team behind the original Pachamama in Marylebone and Chicama in Chelsea are bringing Pachamama to Shoreditch, with some Asian influences as well as Peruvian.
In a nutshell: A sixth branch of the popular tapas chain with views over the river Thames
Where is it? Unit 25, Battersea Power Station, 25 Circus Road West, SW11 8NN
Why should you care? Marking the 30th anniversary of Brindisa, the latest outpost is part of the Battersea Power Station development. Aside from the spectacular setting and views, we can expect the usual impeccably-sourced Spanish produce, plus a dedicated cheese and charcuterie bar.
In a nutshell: Asian fusion on the balcony
Where is it? The Opera Terrace Covent Garden, The Piazza, London WC2E 8RF
Why should you care? Sushisamba are taking over the Opera Terrace at Covent Garden- expect the same mix of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian food as the original (and a big bar too).
In a nutshell: Modern Italian in the heart of Notting Hill
Where is it? 271 Portobello Rd, London W11 1LR
Why should you care? The team behind nearby Japanese restaurant UKAI are behind this new Italian spot which incorporates a few Asian flavours too.
Opened in October 2018
In a nutshell: Grill room takes over the Met Bar on Old Park Lane
Where is it? Old Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1LB
Why should you care? There's a wealth of talent behind this modern grill room opening up on Park Lane - with Hawksmoor's Richard Turner and wine writer Fiona Beckett on the dream team.
In a nutshell: The people behind Brixton's Salon open a restaurant in Peckham
Where is it? 3-4, 12-16 Blenheim Grove, London SE15 4QL
Why should you care? After five years of success with Brixton's Salon, Nicholas Balfe is following it up with an all-day restaurant in Peckham, Levan. Expect a bistronomy approach to the food, with low-waste and natural wines a big thing too.
In a nutshell: US chicken wing chain launches in London
Where is it? 138-140 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 7EA
Why should you care? With 1000 restaurants all over the world it was only a matter of time before chicken wing specialists Wingstop set their sights on London.
In a nutshell: All day cafe - with a LOT of vermouth
Where is it? Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AB
Why should you care? Respected restaurateur and chef Anthony Demetre is bringing his vision of a Spanish/Italian vermuteria to the new Coal Drops Yard part of King's Cross.
In a nutshell: Top tapas in King's Cross
Where is it? Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross
Why should you care? They're viewed as being some of the best Spanish restaurants in London and now Barrafina are coming to the new Coal Drops Yard area in King's Cross.
In a nutshell: Wine bar from the people behind Barrafina
Where is it? Coal Drops Yard, King's Cross
Why should you care? Part of the Hart Bros trio of places opening in King's Cross, this sees them open their first wine bar. Expect food to be produced from two induction hobs - so there will be some ingenuity in the kitchen.
In a nutshell: Tacos in King’s Cross from El Pastor
Where is it? Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, London N1C 4AB
Why should you care? The Coal Drops Yard is increasingly looking like the place to be with Casa & Plaza Pastor arriving, courtesy of the ever-expanding Hart Bros empire. Expect tacos and more Mexican food from the people who brought you El Pastor.
In a nutshell: Serve yourself Italian
Where is it? Centre Point, One Tower Bridge and Cabot Square
Why should you care? This popular Italian casual chain is expanding with three key openings set for the west end, riverside and Canary Wharf areas. This is the first to open.
In a nutshell: Smart but traditional Persian-style kebabs and more
Where is it? 27 Romilly St, Soho, London W1D 5AL
Why should you care? If you love nothing more than getting stuck into a kebab then prepare to have your horizons widened by Berenjak, who’ll be focusing on recreating proper Persian-style kebabs, stews, sides, with a Soho twist.
In a nutshell: Old wine bar takes over Hampstead boozer
Where is it? 154 Fleet Road, London NW3 2QX
Why should you care? An old Hampstead pub is getting a new lease of life, being reborn as a modern wine bar courtesy of the folk behind the longstanding Leicester Square wine bar the Cork & Bottle.
In a nutshell: Egg pots and more for New Street Square
Where is it? 3 New Street Square, London EC4A 3BF
Why should you care? The team behind pop-up turned residency Yolk are bringing their Clarence Court egg pots and new salad boxes to the legal district of New Street Square.
In a nutshell: Plant-based cafe by day, hip burger joint by night in Farringdon
Where is it? 88 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6BP
Why should you care? Right around the corner from the meat traders at Smithfield Market is this new plant-based all day spot, serving up smoothies and juices in the morning, salads and soups at lunch and then turning into a fully-fledged burger spot in the evening.
In a nutshell: Filipino fast food sensation
Where is it? 180-182 Earls Court Road, London SW5 9QG
Why should you care? Viewed by many as serving up some of the best fried chicken in the world, Filipino chain Jollibee are bringing that and their famed spaghetti to London.
In a nutshell: Tacos and cocktails for Brixton
Where is it? 14E Market Row, Brixton, London SW9 8LD
Why should you care? This Market Row spot is the first bricks and mortar space for Joshua Whiting - one half of popular quesadilla team Killa Dilla - and he's planning slow roast meat tacos and pre-batched cocktails for the Brixton crowd.
In a nutshell: World music and Indian food in Islington
Where is it? 206 Upper Street, London, N1 1RQ
Why should you care? The London Jukebox runs world music concerts in London and now they're settling on Upper Street. Expect small music events paired with Indian sharing plates.
In a nutshell: Hoxton gets a Filipino restaurant and cocktail bar
Where is it? 104 Hoxton St, London, N1 6SG
Why should you care? It's a two for one at this new Hoxton restaurant where you can try the Filipino take on ceviche and a menu of artisan ice-creams served in young coconut shells.
In a nutshell: Canary Wharf gets its first Ivy
Where is it? 50 Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, E14 5FW
Why should you care? Caprice Holdings' nonstop expansion gathers pace as it announces its next City branch of The Ivy will be overlooking the green on Canada Square.
In a nutshell: Luxury tea house comes to London
Where is it? 38 King St, London WC2E 8JS
Why should you care? France's oldest tea emporium has been operating in Paris since 1854. Now legendary tea company Mariage Frères is coming to London. They'll be offering up five storeys of tea-based wonder in Covent Garden.
In a nutshell: Lifestyle organic brand opens huge London store with its own restaurant
Where is it? 76-82 Sloane Avenue, London SW3 3DZ.
Why should you care? If you sometimes like to pretend that you live in bucolic Oxfordshire rather than a studio in Peckham or semi in Southgate, then the opening of this huge new Daylesford farmshop with an all day restaurant is going to be your new go-to place to hang out.
In a nutshell: Laid back cafe from Canova Hall folks
Where is it? 207 Ferndale Road, Brixton, London SW9 8BE
Why should you care? Albion & East, who are known for their cavernous, shabby-chic halls, scale things back a bit with Cattivo, a new Italian-style cafe with a basement cocktail bar in Brixton.
In a nutshell: Usain Bolt is running a restaurant
Where is it? 94 Middlesex St, London E1 7EZ
Why should you care? Usain Bolt may have retired from professional athletics, but that means he's spending more time on his businesses. And one of them is his own restaurant Tracks and Records. He's launching the first one outside of Jamaica in London - expect lots of Jamaican food on the menu (and a lot of rum too).
In a nutshell: Michel Roux Jr's daughter, Emily Roux's restaurant with her husband Diego Ferrari.
Where is it? 209 Westbourne Park Road, London W11 1EA
Why should you care? Emily Roux is teaming up with her husband, Diego Ferrari - former Head Chef at Le Gavroche. They'll be running CaracteEre, a restaurant that's part French, part Italian in Notting Hill.
In a nutshell: Mayfair club offshoot opens by Oxford Street
Where is it? 30-34 James Street, London W1U 1EU
Why should you care? From weekend brunches to shopping lunches and ciccheti on the terrace, Richard Caring's hoping to bring a bit of La Dolce Vita to just off Oxford Street.
In a nutshell: Steak in Bloomsbury
Where is it? 6 Store St, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 7DQ
Why should you care? This is the fifth Macellaio RC to launch in London - which is essentially an Italian steakhouse - with a bit of offal on the side if that takes your fancy.
In a nutshell: Popular burger chain heads to Northcote Road
Where is it? 74 Northcote Rd, London SW11 6QL
Why should you care? Opening up right next door to Franco Manca, the burger chain that brought you the Dead Hippie and introduced Londoners to the delights of the Jagermiester ripple ice-cream is bringing its burgers to South London.
In a nutshell: Soho House bring Cecconi's to Shoreditch
Where is it? 1 Whitby St, London E1 6JU
Why should you care? Expect lobster spaghetti and more as Soho House open their Redchurch Townhouse hotel complete with Cecconi's Shoreditch restaurant on the ground floor, just a street away from Shoreditch House.
In a nutshell: Chops and cocktails for Rivington Street
Where is it? 28-30 Rivington Street, London EC2A 3DZ
Why should you care? Expect chops,steaks and that amazing cheesecake at Blacklock's new Shoreditch opening, but the big news here is that there'll be a dedicated bar area that they're teaming up with top NYC bar owners on.
In a nutshell: A Wong's City restaurant
Where is it? Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR
Why should you care? For his second restaurant Wong is planning his own take on classic Chinese dishes. The city space will seat over 120, with a separate bar and private event space but we're particularly excited about the Chinese Sunday roast that's coming.
In a nutshell: Affordable steak in King's Cross
Where is it? 47-51 Caledonian Rd, Kings Cross, London N1 9BU
Why should you care? Flat Iron have an avid following around town, with their signature flat iron steaks being one of the best deals in town. This sees them opening in King's Cross.
In a nutshell: The pizza brothers come to Tower 42.
Where is it? Tower 42, Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ
Why should you care? Pizza Pilgrims fans are about to get a new place to try their favourite pizzas as they arrive in The City. Plus they're bringing new pizzas with them and the "Bread Zeppelin".
In a nutshell: Celebrity-owned fusion restaurant at the ME London in Aldwych
Where is it? ME London, The Strand, London WC2R 1HA
Why should you care? Backed by A-list sports people and entertainers, this new restaurant opening at the ME London hotel in Aldwych fuses Mediterranean and Japanese influences.
In a nutshell: Scandi sushi chain open their biggest restaurant yet on the King's Road in Chelsea
Where is it? 113-115 King's Road, London SW3 4PA
Why should you care? Taking over three storeys on the King's Road, the Danish company's new sushi and yakitori sticks spot will feature a private dining room with a difference - you get your own chef, staff, music and even lift!
Opened in September 2018
In a nutshell: Clove Club's head chef opens an American restaurant
Where is it? 28-30 Kingsland Rd, London E2 8DA
Why should you care? The team behind The Clove Club have a new restaurant on the way - but it's a bit of a departure for them. This time they're helping American chef Chase Lovecky open his own restaurant in Dalston.
In a nutshell: Shokuji rice bowls in Bermondsey
Where is it? 126 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3HS
Why should you care? He used to be the head chef at Restaurant Story and now Angelo Sato's gone in a very different direction with his own place Omoide. Expect the very best Japanese rice bowls to go.
In a nutshell: NYC-inspired bar comes to town
Where is it? 6 Rathbone Place, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HL
Why should you care? Fancy making your own cocktails by jamming a miniature into a soft drink can? Then GENUINE Liquorette, inspired by an NYC bar, is just what you've been looking for...
In a nutshell: Fried chicken and more in Islington
Where is it? 62 Upper St, London N1 0NY
Why should you care? The masters of fried chicken are back with their "third album". This time they're on Islington's Upper Street with new dishes, an outside space and all the fried favourites from the original (yes, the Szechuan Aubergine). All that and their signature sour cocktails too.
In a nutshell: Blackstock Road gets a Mediterranean cafe with British influences
Where is it? 178 - 184 Blackstock Rd, Highbury, London N5 1HA
Why should you care? Three times Time Out neighbourhood cafe winner Beam is coming to Blackstock Road with its quality weekend brunches and a dedicated evening menu.
In a nutshell: Soft serve cheesecake dessert bar in Covent Garden
Where is it? 160 Drury Lane, London WC2B 5PN
Why should you care? Less BDSM and more coronary in a cup - this new dessert bar on Covent Garden's Drury Lane deconstructs cheesecake and turns it into a variety of chilled and frozen soft serve delights.
In a nutshell: Rooftop drinks and communal dining in West London
Where is it? Level Five Rooftop, Olympia Car Park, Olympia Way, Kensington, W14 8UX
Why should you care? The Pergola crowd know a thing or two about rooftops - now they've taken the next step by opening up a greenery-laden year-round spot on the roof of Olympia, and will be keeping punters warm and dry, without having to forgo the view, thanks to glass walls.
In a nutshell: Pitta bread restaurant hits Carnaby
Where is it? 4 Newburgh St, Carnaby, London W1F 7RF
Why should you care? Promising a new take on the kebab, this pitta restaurant will feature sweet and savoury filled pitta breads as well as serving up Greek beers and wines.
In a nutshell: Classically trained chef opens comfort food spot in Camberwell
Where is it? 45 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8TR
Why should you care? He trained under Roux, Blanc and Pierre-White, now chef Phil Cooper has opened a simpler kind of place on Camberwell Church Street.
In a nutshell: Popular izakaya supersized
Where is it? 32 Berners Street, London W1T 3LR
Why should you care? Covent Garden's Flesh & Buns is opening a second restaurant just north of Oxford Street and this one's going to be huge with more of a Peruvian Nikkei vibe going on as well as the old izakaya favourites.
In a nutshell: Indian small plates go west
Where is it? Television Centre, 89 Wood Lane, W12 8FA
Why should you care? They may have finished in Brixton but the people behind Soho's Kricket are going west to White City with their latest Indian small plates restaurant.
In a nutshell: Thai chain serving tapas, curries and more
Where is it? 19 High Street, Kingston-Upon-Thames, London, KT1 1LL
Why should you care? There'll be space for 120 and a similarly large menu packed with curries, salads, rice, noodles and plenty of little tapas plates for you to sample at Giggling Squid's 28th branch (and their second in London).
In a nutshell: Newington Green bakery and restaurant from the Westerns Laundry team
Where is it? 21 Newington Green, London N16 9PU
Why should you care? Let's hope it's third time lucky for the team behind Westerns Laundry and Primeur as they take on the old Dandy site on Newington Green turning it into a rare grain bakery and restaurant.
In a nutshell: Michelin-starred Indian chef goes solo
Where is it? 1 Wilbraham Place, London, SW1X 9AE
Why should you care? Chef Peter Joseph has run the kitchen at Michelin-starred Tamarind for a decade. Now he's going it alone with a restaurant where he'll be using British seasonal ingredients and serving up progressive Indian food.
In a nutshell: Le Bab team take kebabs to the next level
Where is it? Mercers Walk, Covent Garden
Why should you care? Featuring a hidden away chef's table for 10, the new restaurant from the team behind Le Bab promises to be quite the experience.
In a nutshell: Just chips in Soho
Where is it? 40 Great Windmill Street, London W1D 7LY
Why should you care? Ever wanted a place that would just concentrate on getting its chips right? Where that's all you could order without being bothered by any of that fish or burger nonsense? Well, here's your chance as Chipnation is opening on Soho. Yes, it just serves up chips.
In a nutshell: Fish and chips restaurant returns to Soho.
Where is it? 58 Greek Street, London W1D 3DY
Why should you care? The fish and chips restaurant with the great name used to be on the market at Berwick Street. Now they're coming back to Soho for good.
In a nutshell: Filipino “dirty" ice cream in Chinatown
Where is it? 32 Newport Court, London WC2H 7PQ
Why should you care? This will be the second site for Mamasons, with the previous one opening in Kentish Town in 2017. If you’ve not been or are unfamiliar with the concept of Filipino “dirty" ice cream, it’s basically the nickname used to describe ice cream made in a steel drum with ice and salt in the hawker markets of Manila.
In a nutshell: Instagram heaven with coffee and cakes
Where is it? 9/10 Market Place, London W1W 8AQ
Why should you care? It's London's most instagrammable cafe by a floral pink country mile - and now Elan Café is planning on two more openings on Oxford Street. They're taking over the old Coppa Club site by Oxford Circus on Market Place AND they're opening up at Selfridges too.
In a nutshell: Tom Kerridge does London
Where is it? Whitehall Pl, Westminster, London SW1A 2BD
Why should you care? His Buckinghamshire pub was the first pub to win two Michelin stars. Now Tom Kerridge is bringing some of that magic to London for his first restaurant in the city.
In a nutshell: International vegan food
Where is it? 144 Commercial Street, Shoreditch, London E1 6NU
Why should you care? A new two-storey vegan spot in East London with a lengthy drinks menu, lots of international food and an ingredients list that's so organic, it's certified by the Soil Association.
In a nutshell: NYC dumplings in London.
Where is it? 9 Russell Street, London WC2B 5HZ
Why should you care? The people behind Pac Man dumplings are coming to London. Expect a modern take on Chinese dim sum with a few NYC influences too.
In a nutshell: Calcutta supperclub goes permanent.
Where is it? 51-53 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9JU
Why should you care? Little Kolkata has been a successful supperclub specialising in Bengali cuisine. Now they're settling down with a permanent restaurant in Covent Garden with a bigger menu, new dishes and more. (See our reader offer).
Opened in August 2018
In a nutshell: Neil Gill (ex-Season and Gilly's) pops up in Stroud Green
Where is it? 3 Ferme Park Rd, Stroud Green, London N4 4DS
Why should you care? While we wait for Neil Gill to reopen Gilly's Fry Bar in central London he's gone and opened up a neighbourhood restaurant in Stroud Green
In a nutshell: Tom Dixon's HQ gets a restaurant from the chef behind The Palomar
Where is it? 2 Bagley Walk, London N1C 4PQ
Why should you care? With eyepopping interiors by Tom Dixon and food by Palomar chef and restaurateur Assaf Granit, the first restaurant to open at Coal Drops Yard, The Coal Office, sets the bar for the new development sky high.
In a nutshell: Chinese restaurant in King's Cross
Where is it? 125 Caledonian Rd, London N1 9RG
Why should you care? Taking over the space left by Canal 125 is this large Chinese restaurant with a menu full of authentic Chinese dishes.
In a nutshell: Brazil meets London in this all day cafe for Elephant & Castle
Where is it? 2 Castle Square, Elephant Road, London SE17 1EN
Why should you care? Sure to appeal to Elephant & Castle's large South American population, new all day cafe TUPI is bringing bottomless brunches, cacacha cocktails and more to SE17.
In a nutshell: All day brasserie in the heart of Soho
Where is it? 36-38 Old Compton Street London W1D 4TT
Why should you care? With a cocktail list by Matt Whiley and a breakfast menu that includes a special breakfast pot pie, we're intrigued by the arrival of this large new all day brasserie.
In a nutshell: Clapham pizzeria with impeccable sourcing
Where is it? 148 Northcote Road, London, SW11 6RD
Why should you care? When a former Natoora director opens his own south London pizzeria, you'd better expect every ingredient to have been impeccably sourced.
In a nutshell: Modern British from an ex-Ledbury chef
Where is it? 107 Upper Street, London, N1 1QN
Why should you care? Michelin-starred James Cochran is going back to his roots with 1251, his new Islington spot where he'll be serving sharing menus, tasting menus and snacks, featuring modern British food, made with Kentish produce (and several nods to his West Indian heritage).
In a nutshell: Healthy, wholesome grub for City folk
Where is it? 24-32 King William Street, London EC4R 9AT
Why should you care? If you secretly, or not so secretly just bloody love a good health food fad, then the new Farmer J’s the place for you, with an expanded menu that's as nutritious as it is on-trend.
In a nutshell: Simple, seasonal dining from the people behind Lundenwic and Scotchtails
Where is it? Duval Row, Spitalfields, E1 6EN
Why should you care? The duo behind the Lundenwic coffee shop and Borough Market’s Scotchtails take things to the next level with their latest project, an all-day eatery housed in an East London ‘zinc and glass kite’, with low intervention wines, local produce and even a ‘listening bar’.
In a nutshell: The popular Indian goes south of the river
Where is it? One Tower Bridge, 4 Crown Square, London SE1 2SE
Why should you care? The team behind Gunpowder bring their latest Indian restaurant to Tower Bridge. And there will be a bakery/wine bar too.
In a nutshell: The Soho favourite returns in Islington
Where is it? 56 Upper St, London N1 0NY
Why should you care? It's been closed in Soho for five years, but now Alphabet bar is on the way back to London. This time it's setting up shop in Islington matching cocktails with a Mediterranean menu.
In a nutshell: Small plates get the veggie and vegan treatment in N16
Where is it? 215 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 0LH
Why should you care? Expect a British/Italian small-plates menu from this new vegetarian and vegan restaurant opening up on Stoke Newington Church Street.
In a nutshell: Nordic food for Borough
Where is it? 180 Borough High St, London SE1 1LB
Why should you care? Workspace pioneers FORA who've worked with Stevie Parle at Palatino in Clerkenwell, have teamed up with restaurateur Soren Jessen for their next opening in Borough. Expect plenty of Nordic food.
In a nutshell: Kebabs in Islington
Where is it? 189 Upper St, London N1 1RQ
Why should you care? They already have a kebab restaurant in Battersea, and now they've arrived on Islington's Upper Street. BabaBoom are serving up all their favourite kebabs with meat and vegetables cooked over coal and some cracking Middle Eastern sides too.
In a nutshell: All-grill restaurant in Dalston
Where is it? 23 Ridley Road, London, E8 2NP
Why should you care? What can’t you cook on a grill? Nothing, according to Alexis and Emmanuel Ross, who are taking inspiration from the tapas and pintxos bars of northern Spain for Screwdriver, where just about everything will be cooked 'a la plancha'.
In a nutshell: Crouch End supper club goes permanent.
Where is it? 212 Middle Lane, London, N8 7LA
Why should you care? Ex-Pig and Butcher chef Chris Slaughter is reviving his Crouch End supper club by transplanting it into a restaurant. He’s keeping all the hallmarks, with just 16 seats, a small set menu and a single meal a day.
In a nutshell: Hammersmith's food market hall scene hots up
Where is it? Unit A 77. Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith W6 8JA
Why should you care? Hard on the heels of Feast Canteen opening up at Kings Mall, Hammersmith is getting another food hall with a difference. E17 is part artisan food store, part convenience store and also a dining in experience under one roof.
In a nutshell: Ex Loo turns Spanish restaurant in Bethnal Green.
Where is it? Museum Gardens, Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA
Why should you care? Expect Spanish beach-bar vibes as well as an impressive rooftop space from Chiringuito in Bethnal Green. And big Gin Tonics too, of course. All in what used to be a public loo.
In a nutshell: Beer and pizza, Belsize Park-style
Where is it? 94 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 2BD
Why should you care? Whether you’re after brunch, lunch, pizza or charcuterie, the Belrose should have you covered. And while you wait for your food, you may as well quaff a pint of their homemade IPA in their south-facing beer garden…
In a nutshell: High-end Italian dining
Where is it? 8-10 Blenheim Street, London W1S 1LJ
Why should you care? From Milan to Mayfair, this new upmarket Italian restaurant features all the primi, secondi, pasta and pizza you need for a taste of la dolce vita.
Opened in July 2018
In a nutshell: Kosher all day grand cafe for Belsize Park
Where is it? 196 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 2AG
Why should you care? Featuring the former Head Chef of Bob Bob Ricard in the kitchen, North London's new Kosher restaurant is aiming for a European grand cafe style of dining in leafy Belsize Park.
In a nutshell: Next generation Thai in London Bridge
Where is it? 2 Crucifix Lane, London SE1 3JW
Why should you care? A trio of siblings have taken over their dad's restaurant by London Bridge station and given the space and menu a more modern makeover.
In a nutshell: 22 Monument Street, London EC3R 8AJ
Where is it? 112-114 Tooley St, London SE1 2TH
Why should you care? Istanbul bao purveyors BunCo are bringing their take on the bao craze to London, promising non-traditional fillings.
In a nutshell: Covent Garden wine bar focusing on female winemakers
Where is it? 16 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7NJ
Why should you care? Taking over the space where Encant was, Lady of the Grapes is a wine bar, shop and restaurant focusing on wines created by female winemakers and with food by Rambla restaurateur Victor Garvey.
In a nutshell: Westfield London bar from the Botanist crowd
Where is it? Aerial Way, London W12 7GF
Why should you care? A big new bar from the people behind The Botanist, The Jugged Hare and Greenwood opens at Westfield London in Shepherd's Bush.
In a nutshell: Ramen and gyoza in Stratford
Where is it? Unit 1, Endevour Square, International Quarter, Stratford, London, E20 1JN
Why should you care? The ever-popular Tonkotsu are expanding again, with their eighth London site open in Stratford. Expect the usual signature homemade noodle ramen, gyoza and Japanese sides, alongside a selection of craft beer, sake and cocktails.
In a nutshell: Adam Handling's East London restaurant moves
Where is it? 45-47 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
Why should you care? Adam Handling's empire is expanding still further. Hard on the heels of the news that he'll be running the food side of things at the Belmond Cadogan Hotel, his first restaurant Frog E1 has upped sticks and moved to Hoxton.
In a nutshell: Kentish Town steakhouse sets up shop in Shoreditch
Where is it? 33 Downham Rd, De Beauvoir Town, London N1 5AA
Why should you care? Popular neighbourhood steakhouse Beef & Brew have expanded- taking their well-priced steaks and wide range of beers to Haggerston.
In a nutshell: Modern Greek street food in Tooting Market
Where is it? 21-23 Tooting High St, London SW17 0SN
Why should you care? The Athenian has been quietly expanding across London and this is its sixth site in the capital. It’s all about simple, fresh Greek food made with quality ingredients, with a particular focus on souvlaki.
In a nutshell: Plant-based Brick Lane diner
Where is it? 63 Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Why should you care? London's booming veggie and vegan scene throws up another East End opening as Buffalo diner offers a casual, entirely plant-based dining experience.
In a nutshell: Caravan goes central
Where is it? 152–156 Great Portland St Fitzrovia, London W1W 6AJ
Why should you care? A brand new Caravan has arrived - this time on Great Portland Street. Expect coffee and brunch aplenty.
In a nutshell: Light comfort food and brunch from the Social Pantry chef
Where is it? Pitzhanger Manor, Walpole Park, Ealing, London, W5 5EQ.
Why should you care? With bottomless brunches, guest chefs, and a light, summery menu served from within a walled garden, there’s about to be a whole heap of new reasons for you to make the trek out west to Walpole Park and Soane's Kitchen.
In a nutshell: Modern Indian dishes with a riverside location
Where is it? 1 Riverside Walk, Bishops Palace House, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1QN
Why should you care? This will be the second site from Chakra, with the original being located in Kensington. The new site will be perched on the banks of the Thames in Kingston and will offer a contemporary fine-dining take on Indian cuisine.
In a nutshell: Japanese food and drink on a department store level
Where is it? Westfield London, Ariel Way, London W12 7GF
Why should you care? There is space for 200 to dine in at Ichiba, the enormous new Japanese food hall that’s springing up as part of Westfield’s regeneration. It’s providing hefty amounts of traditional Japanese cuisine, plus sakes, baked foods, ingredients to take home and cooking demos.
In a nutshell: Top Naples pizzeria comes to London
Where is it? 7 Northumberland Ave, London SW1A 2DR
Why should you care? Another one of Naples' top pizza restaurants has arrived in London. This time it's the turn of iconic pizzeria 50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo, and it's all about the dough...
In a nutshell: Eggy buns in Camden
Where is it? Unit 701, Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town, London NW1 8AH
Why should you care? You may have seen Yolkbreaker serving up their egg buns in various food markets. Now they're setting up their first permanent location in Camden Market.
In a nutshell: French/American cuisine in Hackney
Where is it? 175 Mare St, London E8 3RH
Why should you care? One of the co-founders of Le Bun is carrying on the French/American theme with his latest restaurant, Carte Blanche, in Hackney. Expect southern American comfort cooking with a touch of French cuisine too.
In a nutshell: Portugese piri piri chicken in Southwark
Where is it? 32 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TU
Why should you care? Hoping to lure Londoners away from Nando's, this Algarvian restaurant is cooking its chicken on a wood fired grill. Oh and there's also a secret bar worth checking out.
In a nutshell: Kitty Fisher's team open a second restaurant
Where is it? 30 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8NA
Why should you care? Following on the success of their Shepherd Market restaurant the team behind Kitty Fisher's have opened their second restaurant on Covent Garden's Henrietta Street, with George Barson in charge of the menu.
In a nutshell: Swanky all day restaurant and cocktail bar in Mayfair
Where is it? 48 Albermarle Street, London W1S 4DH
Why should you care? Top mixologist Tony Conigliaro is teaming up once more with chef Rob Roy Cameron, opening a two floor restaurant and bar on Albermarle Street.
In a nutshell: Dog-friendly Balham restaurant
Where is it? 41-43 Bedford Hill, SW12 9EY
Why should you care? Megan's have already opened two successful restaurants on King's Road and Parson's Green and this is their third. As before, expect cafe by day, restaurant at night and for dogs to be very welcome at any time.
In a nutshell: Italian wine bar for Spitalfields
Where is it? Old Spitalfields Market, 67 Brushfield Street, London E1 6AA
Why should you care? Moving from one market to another Bottles & Battles from Mercato Metropolitano are opening their second site in Old Spitalfields Market and this time they're teaming up with pop-up SOOD Family for the food.
In a nutshell: Modern Latin-American in Kensington
Where is it? 35 High Street Kensington, London W8 5EB
Why should you care? Zuaya's head-chef Francisco Lafee has experience in places such as London's Barrafina, and El Celler de Can Roca (No.2 on the World’s 50 Best). The menu here draws on Mexico, Argentina, and Peru to create a range of creative sharing dishes.
In a nutshell: Cafe culture for Deptford's High Street
Where is it? 37 Deptford High Street, London SE8 4AD
Why should you care? Returning Londoner Rachael Dalton-Loveland has come back from Oz inspired by their cafe culture to open this all day spot which serves up sharing plates and cocktails in the evening to Deptford denizens.
Opened in June 2018
In a nutshell: Balham's banging brunch merchants head for Islington
Where is it? 37-39 Camden Passage, London N1 8EA
Why should you care? Having built up a loyal following in Balham for their combo of top brunches, Brother Marcus are hoping that formula together with a new menu of Mediterranean small plates and cocktails does equally well in North London.
In a nutshell: Odessan food in Mayfair
Where is it? 26- 28 Bruton Place, Mayfair, W1J 6NG
Why should you care? This Mayfair restaurant takes its inspiration from the countries that surround the Black Sea, with a particular focus on Odessa - so expect a lot of seafood delivered from the market there.
In a nutshell: Little bites to eat in or takeaway in Kensington
Where is it? Holland Street, London, W8 4NA
Why should you care? Whether you’re two people heading to the Hyde Park, or a bigger group eating in, catering firm Platter are setting up a permanent spot in Knightsbridge to suit.
In a nutshell: Italian small plates, pasta, and loads of grappa
Where is it? NW8 (Address TBC)
Why should you care? The team behind Morso have been biding their time at their Bloomsbury and Holloway Road pop-ups, but now they’ve finally secured a permanent location in NW8 from which to dish out sharing plates, pastas, and cocktails made with their beloved grappa.
In a nutshell: Dan Doherty's London home
Where is it? 74-76 York St, Marylebone, London W1H 1QN
Why should you care? Dan Doherty has left the sky-high Duck and Waffle and has bought his own pub. It'll be his main home in London, where he'll be serving up booze and food.
In a nutshell: Ottolenghi does fire and fermentation
Where is it? 55 Wells Street London W1A 3AE
Why should you care? Yotam Ottolenghi's new restaurant in Fitzrovia will be a bit of a departure. Veg will still be at the heart, but this place with an ex-Grain Store chef will see them using fire and fermentation more.
In a nutshell: Japan House London's main restaurant
Where is it? 101-111 Kensington High Street, London W8 5SA
Why should you care? Former Engawa chef Akira Shimizu is opening his own robatayaki and sushi restaurant in Japan's new cultural centre, Japan House on Kensington High Street.
In a nutshell: Fresh pasta in Covent Garden
Where is it? 39 William IV Street, London, WC2N 4DD
Why should you care? The latest promising pasta spot heads to Covent Garden. Bancone features a chef who trained in Locanda Locatelli and plenty of 10-hour cooked ragus.
In a nutshell: Burgers and beer in Deptford
Where is it? Unit R7, 35 Parkfield Street, Islington, London N1 0PS
Why should you care? They've been a staple of the Deptford street food scene for some time, and now Hank's are launching their first permanent site in an arch at Deptford Market Yard, with their Burgers and Beer restaurant.
In a nutshell: Dalston fave comes to Angel
Where is it? Unit R7, 35 Parkfield Street, Islington, London N1 0PS
Why should you care? With five years of success in Dalston under their belt, it's now time for Jones and Sons to expand. They're coming to Angel - you can expect a damned good Sunday lunch and more...
In a nutshell: Buffalo wing food stall goes permanent.
Where is it? 332 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 2QN
Why should you care? Fans of roving pop-up Wingmans can now get their saucy chicken wing fix in Kilburn where they’ve moved into their first proper home, complete with a fully stocked bar, a late license, and best of all, a brand new, expanded menu.
In a nutshell: A rotating residency of Italian chefs
Where is it? 257 King’s Road, London SW3 5EL
Why should you care? La Mia Mamma is trying something different from your traditional Italian restaurant. They'll be focusing on specific regions of Italy at a time - and to help with that, they're importing Italians "Mammas" from the regions to create the menus.
In a nutshell: Brewery and kitchen in Hackney Central Arches
Where is it? 16 - 17 Bohemia Place, Hackney, London E8 1DU
Why should you care? Hackney Central's railway arches are getting a bit of a revamp, adding a new space for food and drink in the area. And first on the scene will be St John at Hackney Brewery, who will be serving up their own beer and starting with a menu of Cypriot kebabs.
In a nutshell: Popular Italian comes to London
Where is it? 2 Regent Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 4LR
Why should you care? They've already opened around the country and internationally too, and now San Carlo are bringing their main Italian restaurant to London. And id sounds like they've spared no expense.
In a nutshell: Lobster shack goes permanent.
Where is it? Unit Su 59, London Bridge Station, St Thomas Street, London SE1 3QX
Why should you care? Bob's Lobster are the latest to graduate from street food markets to a place they can call their own. They're setting up shop in the arches of the fully revamped London Bridge station. And yes, there will be lobster.
In a nutshell: Holloway laksa bar
Where is it? 171 Holloway Rd, London N7 8LX
Why should you care? Malaysian laksa specialists Sambal Shiok have finally found a permanent spot for their critically-acclaimed dishes. Opening up on Holloway Road they're planning some epic weekend brunches and the Riesling wine list sounds good too.
In a nutshell: Vegan US import goes south of the river
Where is it? Duchess Walk, London SE1 2SD
Why should you care? The popular US vegan chain is following up its first opening in Covent Garden with it's second at One Tower Bridge. Expect vegan fast food aplenty.
In a nutshell: Deptford gets a wine shop, tapas bar and delicatessen
Where is it? Unit 8, Deptford Market Yard, SE8 4BX
Why should you care? The folk behind Donostia Social Club are opening their second tapas room, this time in the growing Deptford Market Yard. They'll be offering tapas and wine to have their as well as all manner of Spanish produce to take home too.
In a nutshell: Barbecued Indian food from the Gymkhana folks
Where is it? Bloomberg Arcade, 3 Queen Street, London, EC4N 8BN
Why should you care? Charred, smoked and grilled is the name of the game at Brigadiers, which will be cooking up all manner of kebabs, chops, tikka and feasting options for hungry City sorts at the Bloomberg Arcade, with a huge selection of beer to wash it all down.
In a nutshell: Holborn gets a new luxury hotel complete with restaurant, bar and cafe
Where is it? 2 Southampton Row, London WC1B 4AA
Why should you care? Holborn's credentials as a dining destination just got a boost with the news that L'Oscar hotel is opening with a Michelin-starred chef in the restaurant and an all day cafe planned too.
In a nutshell: Covent Garden restaurant heads south
Where is it? 32 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TU
Why should you care? They had issues with planning in Covent Garden, but there's still life in Native as they're moving south of the river to Flat Iron Square, into a bigger space too. Expect an ever changing menu produced only with food available in the UK.
In a nutshell: Singapore curry puff specialist
Where is it?15a New Row, London WC2N 4PD
Why should you care? Singapore's famous curry puff house is opening its first UK restaurant in Covent Garden serving up the signature puffs alongside curry and laksa.
In a nutshell: Jackson Boxer's Shoreditch restaurant
Where is it? 70 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4QX
Why should you care? The Brunswick House restaurateur and his chef and partner Andrew Clarke have a fire and ice focus for their new Shoreditch restaurant with an ice bar for raw fish and shellfish and open hearth cooking for meat and vegetables.
In a nutshell: Swish hotel restaurant gets a name chef
Where is it? 68 Regent St, Soho, London W1B 4DY
Why should you care? The Hotel Cafe Royal has created a brand new first-floor restaurant - and has recruited French chef Laurent Tourondel (who's big in the States) to look after it.
In a nutshell: Chelsea all-day restaurant
Where is it? 164 Pavilion Road, London, SW1X 0BP
Why should you care? New to Chelsea's Pavilion Road, from the team behind iconic hotels Cliveden and Chewton Glen this all day restaurant and bar aims to be a stylish neighbourhood spot for SW1 folk.
In a nutshell: Covent Garden hotel opens an informal restaurant to replace Ollie Dabbous' place
Where is it? 14-15 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8QG
Why should you care? As Ollie Dabbous focuses his attention on his new restaurant Hide, the boutique hotel where he ran Henrietta will now be opening a more informal restaurant with the former Head Chef of Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels at the helm.
Opened in May 2018
In a nutshell: Fishmonger turns restaurateur.
Where is it? 151 Lordship Lane London, SE22 8HX
Why should you care? Best known for their fishmongers in Islington, South Kensington and East Dulwich, this is a restaurant adjacent to their East Dulwich operation. Expect a seafood menu that makes the most of that location.
In a nutshell: Burgers plus an extensive vegan menu at the new Haggerston branch of Stokey Bears.
Where is it? 480 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AE
Why should you care? The new Stokey Bears site, just down the road from the original, has a casual bar vibe, with counter service, a menu of vegan burgers and shakes, and an outdoor beer garden.
In a nutshell: Burgers (and breakfast) for Borough
Where is it? 19 Borough High Street, SE1 9SE
Why should you care? There's a big new Patty & Bun planned for Borough High Street and this one is going to launch with an exclusive breakfast menu. The space is big too with a floor devoted to groups and parties.
In a nutshell: Middle Eastern fine dining in Mayfair
Where is it? The Grosvenor House Hotel, 86-90 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 7TN
Why should you care? Fresh from Dubai comes Ruya and chef Colin Clague, bringing some of the region’s finest traditional food given a contemporary, sophisticated twist that's well suited to the restaurant’s ritzy location.
In a nutshell: Instagrammable cafe chain
Where is it? 23 James St, London W1U 1DT
Why should you care? Just around the corner from Selfridges and St Christopher's Place, chef Zahra Khan is getting ready to open an all day cafe with a special breakfast menu by popular Finnish Instagrammer Vanelja.
In a nutshell: Street food collection in Paddington
Where is it? 4 Kingdom St, London W2 6BD
Why should you care? Paddington Central's latest new offering is a collection of brand new street food all under one NYC 80's inspired roof. And there's a karaoke bar too.
In a nutshell: French dining pub in Hackney by Tom Oldroyd
Where is it? 316 Queensbridge Road, Hackney, London E8 3NH
Why should you care? Tom Oldroyd's follow-up project to his neighbourhood restaurant in Islington is a Hackney pub serving up French dishes created with British seasonal produce and he has serious plans for a Sunday roast too.
In a nutshell: Diffusion line for classic Italian restaurant
Where is it? 19-21 Old Compton St, Soho, London W1D 5JJ
Why should you care? Soho House are taking the classic Italian restaurant and going for a more laid-back experience, serving up pizzas and cocktails.
In a nutshell: International party scene restaurant hits Mayfair
Where is it? 34 Dover Street, London W1S 4NG
Why should you care? With restaurants in all the key globetrotting hotspots - NYC, Miami, Dubai etc - a London branch was way overdue for this upscale international chain.
In a nutshell: Tottenham pub makeover with Lucky Chip burgers
Where is it? 614 High Road, London N17 9TA
Why should you care? A top bar team and food by Lucky Chip are turning this Tottenham landmark into a pub worth travelling to. It'll also be bloody handy for match days.
In a nutshell: Fitzrovia follow-up to Oklava
Where is it? 64 Grafton Way, London W1T 5DN
Why should you care? The duo behind Shoreditch's popular Oklava restaurant,Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie, are opening another restaurant, this time in Fitzrovia, where they'll be making Turkish pasta in the window and serving up an eclectic selection of wines.
In a nutshell: Popular Indian-inspired restaurant returns to where it all began
Where is it? 41-43 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8JL
Why should you care? Having begun life in a container at Pop Brixton, the return of the restaurant to a more permanent spot under the arches on Atlantic Road is good news.
In a nutshell: Plant-based food on London Fields
Where is it? 358-360 Westgate St, London E8 3RN
Why should you care? The Field put plants and veg first in London Fields. Se up by the man behind The Porridge Cafe, expect a very veg menu but with the option to pimp up with meat or fish, if you want.
In a nutshell: The next from the Jones Family Project
Where is it? 7-8 Eccleston Yards, London SW1W 9NF
Why should you care? Following on from their original Shoreditch opening, this is the latest from The Jones Family, this time a Kitchen more than a Project, with a big emphasis on grilled meat.
In a nutshell: Aussie cafe scenesters open a huge new Soho restaurant
Where is it? 4 Noel Street, London W1F 8JB
Why should you care? If you're after a bottomless brunch, vegemite doughnuts or simply a glass or two from the biggest Aussie wine list in London, you'll have come to the right place when Scarlett Green opens up in Soho.
In a nutshell: Zuma's new robotayaki for Soho
Where is it? 55 Broadwick Street, Broadwick Street, W1F 9QS
Why should you care? London is getting a new robata grill restaurant from the team at Zuma. Inko Nito on Soho's Broadwick Street will feature Japanese charcoal grilled cooking with a Korean influence.
In a nutshell: Seafood shack on Westbourne Grove
Where is it? 107 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UW
Why should you care? An ex-Gaucho team are taking over the American diner Shack on Westbourne Grove and taking it in a decidedly seaside direction with sustainable seafood served in buckets and on boards.
In a nutshell: Upscale hotel gets Elliot's chef
Where is it? 8 Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE
Why should you care? Described as "a neighbourhood restaurant created in partnership with three-time Bib Gourmand winner Brett Redman, and stylist-turned-restaurateur Margaret Crow" they're aiming for a Bloomsbury salon for the 21st century vibe.
In a nutshell: Peruvian bakery and restaurant for Notting Hill
Where is it? 155-157 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RS
Why should you care? This is the latest from Martin Morales, the man behind Andina and Ceviche. It sees him bringing not only another Andina restaurant to Notting Hill but is bringing London's first Peruvian bakery to the area.
In a nutshell: Fried chicken in Exmouth Market
Where is it? 49-51 Rosebery Avenue, Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London EC1R 4SD
Why should you care? They've been mainstays of the street food scene for a while, and now fried chicken purveyors Mother Clucker are settling down with a permanent Exmouth Market restaurant.
In a nutshell: Pizza, meet fire and vermouth
Where is it? Mercers Walk, Covent Garden, London
Why should you care? Neil Rankin's temper restaurant once again reinvents itself, this time the fire-based chain will focus on pizzas with an extensive list of vermouths too.
In a nutshell: Lebanese flatbreads in Covent Garden
Where is it? Drury House, Russell St, London WC2B 5HA
Why should you care? Originally a hit in Beirut, the Lebanese Bakery is coming a long way for its second restaurant - to Covent Garden. Set up by two brothers, expect Lebanese flatbreads to be the main draw.
In a nutshell: UK rappers open a restaurant in Croydon
Where is it? 24-26 South End, Croydon, London CR0 1DN
Why should you care? South London duo Krept and Konan are teaming up with J2K to open their own restaurant serving everything from fried chicken to waffles and, of course, crepes.
In a nutshell: Deli from the people behind Hook
Where is it? 63 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7PP
Why should you care? Camden gets a new healthy daytime spot to pep up lunches with salads, gluten-free wraps and more from the folk who run Hook on Parkway.
In a nutshell: Victoria Park restaurant features all sharing dishes
Where is it? 178-180 Victoria Park Road, London E9 7HD
Why should you care? If your idea of a great time out is breaking bread with your mates or family, then new restaurant Fayre Share in Victoria Park Village will be right up your street. Every dish here can be ordered in sharing sizes making this a great place for groups.
In a nutshell: P Franco open their first restaurant
Where is it? 1 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL
Why should you care? The much-loved Clapton wine bar always did well when it came to food and now they're going one step further opening their first full restaurant in Netil House where Ellory used to be.
In a nutshell: Bacon buttie street traders go permanent
Where is it? Lamb St, London E1 6EA
Why should you care? City breakfasts just got a whole load more fun with the arrival of Le Swine in Spitalfields - the first permanent spot for the popular bacon buttie street food traders.
In a nutshell: Gastropub roasts with a French influence
Where is it? 55 Shirland Rd, London W9 2JD
Why should you care? It was a tragic day when The Truscott Arms was forced to close, and not just for lovers of its famous roasts. Now, the upmarket boozer is back to great fanfare (albeit with a new name), and not least of all because the former head chef of top Kensington French restaurant Racine, Henry Harris, is behind the menu.
In a nutshell: Fulham Broadway's old ticket hall turns into a palace of food and drink
Where is it? 472 Fulham Rd, London SW6 1BY
Why should you care? The first of a series of next-level market halls for London kicks off in Fulham, transforming the tube station's old Edwardian ticket hall with a series of kitchens, shops and eating and drinking spaces.
In a nutshell: Soho deli opens own pasta restaurant
Where is it? 51 Greek Street, London W1D 4EH
Why should you care? The original deli has been open for over 75 years in Soho, giving them plenty of time to get things right before opening this, their first restaurant.
In a nutshell: Mark Sargeant's riverside restaurant at the Tower of London
Where is it? Tower of London, The Wharf, St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB
Why should you care? The ex-Claridges Head Chef returns to London to open a riverside restaurant and cafe at the Tower of London with a terrace and bar overlooking the Thames.
In a nutshell: Modern British in Mayfair
Where is it? 5 Princes Street, London W1B 2LF
Why should you care? Mark Jarvis is expanding his modern British empire by opening a new Mayfair restaurant - the third in the group that also includes Anglo and Neo Bistro.
In a nutshell: Celeb owned vegan restaurant
Where is it? 175 New Kings Road, London SW6 4SW
Why should you care? Reality TV stars Lucy and Tiffany Watson from Made in Chelsea are expanding their brand with a vegan restaurant for Parsons Green where they're hoping dishes like vegan "chicken" bites will attract a wide clientele.
Opened in April 2018
In a nutshell: British small plates movement hits The Oval
Where is it? 24 Clapham Road, London SW9 0JG
Why should you care? Super handy for the cricket ground, this new British restaurant has a serious team behind it, chock full of ex-Paradise Garage and The Dairy chefs.
In a nutshell: Alpine cheesefest in Brixton
Where is it? Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ
Why should you care? Street traders the Raclette Brothers are opening a restaurant at Pop Brixton with Alpine-inspired food. So if fondue, raclette and tartiflette are your thing, then you know where to come.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese in Waterloo
Where is it? 20 Leake Street Tunnel, Unit 6, London SE17NN
Why should you care? One of the first openings in the redeveloped Leake Street tunnels by Waterloo will be this Vietnamese restaurant and cocktail bar serving up noodles and Banh baos - their take on the traditional breakfast bun.
In a nutshell: Seasonal dining in Hackney
Where is it? 61 Wallis Road, Hackney Wick, London, E10 5GS
Why should you care? Ex Outlaw's chef Tom Brown is going it alone in Hackney with his new restaurant Cornerstone. Expect a seasonal menu, plenty of seafood and counter dining too.
In a nutshell: Soho House's White House cafe that's open to the public
Where is it? 101 Wood Ln, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 7FA
Why should you care? As part of their White City House complex over at Television Centre, Soho House have opened all day eatery and bar The Allis to the public serving up a loosely international brasserie menu with a few US highlights.
In a nutshell: Selfridges gets a new Italian rooftop restaurant
Where is it? 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB
Why should you care? Building on their partnership in other locations, Selfridges' Oxford Street store is the latest to get into bed with the San Carlo restaurant group who'll be launching Alto in the store's iconic rooftop space.
In a nutshell: The famed floral restaurant comes to the centre of town.
Where is it? 27 King Street, London WC2E 8JD
Why should you care? These are the two new restaurants that are opening as part of the big Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden. La Goccia focuses on Italian aperitivo while the main restaurant is The Petersham, with the same approach to slow food cooking as the original.
In a nutshell: Nordic all-day cuisine in the City
Where is it? 2-8 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR
Why should you care? This new Nordic restaurant comes from Soren Jessen, the man behind 1 Lombard Street. Here, it's all about all-day Nordic cooking and Scandinavian pastries.
In a nutshell: French rotisserie chicken, sauces and sides
Where is it? 8 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
Why should you care? After a good start in Notting Hill, Parisian restaurant Cocotte is moving East to trendy Hoxton Square, where they’ll be serving up ethically sourced chickens by quarter, half or whole, plus healthy salads, sides, and a selection of rather nice-sounding homemade sauces…
In a nutshell: Soho House group take on Television Centre
Where is it? 101 Wood Ln, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 7FA
Why should you care? With a rooftop pool overlooking London for members and a cinema and all day restaurant for locals, Soho House's new West London opening is pulling all the stops out.
In a nutshell: Heinz Beck does casual in Mayfair
Where is it? Brown’s Hotel, Albemarle Street, London W1S 4BP
Why should you care? He may have a three Michelin-starred restaurant in Rome, but chef Heinz Beck's plans for his new Mayfair restaurant at Brown's Hotel are more casual - with British produce supplying the additional wow factor.
In a nutshell: Dabbous mk II
Where is it? 85 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NB
Why should you care? Ollie Dabbous is back with his latest restaurant called Hide. This time he's at Piccadilly and it's promising some impressive views and two restaurants in one (plus a new bar).
In a nutshell: All-day brasserie in White City
Where is it? Unit 2 Westworks Building, 195 Wood Lane, London W12 7FQ
Why should you care? They have restaurants in Bristol and Spain, and now Wellbourne are coming to London. It's an all-day brasserie affair by chefs with an impressive pedigree and a pretty great sounding menu too.
In a nutshell: Fine, pricey cuts of meat from celeb chef Marco-Pierre White
Where is it? 103-107 New Rd, Whitechapel, London E1 1HJ
Why should you care? Whitechapel is set to get a trendy new hotel by the name of the New Road Hotel that’s going to have a flash new restaurant built in which will have chef/entrepreneur/TV star Marco-Pierre White looking after the food.
In a nutshell: Healthy Fulham restaurant from the team behind Macellaio RC steakhouses
Where is it? 461-465 North End Road, Fulham, London SW6 1NZ
Why should you care? The team behind Macellaio RC have become known for their amazing steak, but for their new Fulham restaurant they've taken a different approach with a gluten, dairy and sugar free menu.
In a nutshell: Tacos in Bermondsey
Where is it? 106 Druid Street, London SE1 2HH
Why should you care? The team behind Borough's El Pastor are opening their own tortilla factor and taco bar down the road beside Maltby Street Market.
In a nutshell: Bethnal Green spotlight on Burmese food
Where is it? 58 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6JW
Why should you care? From their simple start on a Maltby Street stall to their new permanent digs on Bethnal Green Road, Lahpet are hoping to introduce Londoners to the delights of Burmese food.
In a nutshell: 20 year old Bluebird flies to White City
Where is it? 89 Wood Lane, London W12 7FA
Why should you care? Bluebird has been a big hit on the King's Road for 20 years and now they're looking to finally open elsewhere. The first new Bluebird will be in the former home of the BBC in White City.
In a nutshell: Music, beer and street food space in King's Cross
Where is it? Tileyard Studios, Tileyard Road, London N7 9AH
Why should you care? Two Tribes in King's Cross will epitomise multi-tasking with its brewery, recording studios, events space and alfresco spot for street food and parties.
In a nutshell: Italian classics in an iconic location
Where is it? Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, London W2 2AR
Why should you care? Chucs have chosen the Serpentine Sacker Galleries to open their fourth all day restaurant and this one will be the first to offer takeaway too - perfect for park picnics.
In a nutshell: Next level supperclub
Where is it? 3 Chance Street, London E2 7JB
Why should you care? Nuno Mendes' next project will be an intimate restaurant seating diners around one table in a space in Shoreditch.
Opened in March 2018
In a nutshell: Med Tapas in Pimlico
Where is it? 13 Cambridge Street, London SW1V 4PR
Why should you care? Mallorcan-born Vincente Fortea leads the kitchen where he has created a menu made up of contemporary tapas selected form the coastal towns of the Mediterranean.
In a nutshell: US fast food chicken chain eyes up the UK
Where is it? 35 James Street, London W1U 1EA
Why should you care? From Fayetteville Arkansas a chicken tenders chain has decided that London is the next city it wants to conquer with its southern fried chicken.
In a nutshell: Contemporary Indian food in Battersea
Where is it? Riverside Walk, Battersea
Why should you care? A five-star luxury hotel makes the leap to London for its first overseas restaurant, with street food downstairs, upmarket dining upstairs, and lots of art - including a giant, 14ft bronze elephant.
In a nutshell: Vegan pizza joint
Where is it? 43 Parkway, London NW1 7PN
Why should you care? Brighton vegan pizza restaurant Purezza is expanding to London and opening its second restaurant in Camden.
In a nutshell: Venezuelan in Bethnal Green
Where is it? 254 Paradise Row, London E2 9LE.
Why should you care? It's the second restaurant from people behind the Original Arepa & Co, this time in Bethnal Green. Expect lots of Venezuelan style sandwiches and lots more.
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood wine bar and restaurant in Camberwell
Where is it? 21 Camberwell Church St, London SE5 8TR
Why should you care? Expect a strong charcuterie and cheese offering in this new Camberwell wine bar and dining room with plenty of plates for sharing and pizzette as well.
In a nutshell: Shoreditch-style vegan junk food.
Where is it? Unit 9, Avant Garde, Richmix Square, E1 6LD
Why should you care? Burgers, mac’n’cheese and milkshakes, and not an animal product in sight as vegan junk food vendors The Vurger Co bring their plant-based approach to Shoreditch for their first permanent venue.
In a nutshell: Roman-style pizzeria
Where is it? 58 Baker Street, London W1U 7DD
Why should you care? Pizzaiola and Rome native Marco Montuori is hoping his lighter pizzas will go down a storm with Londoners and tourists alike.
In a nutshell: Shepherd Market gyoza bar
Where is it? 1A Shepherd St, Mayfair, London W1J 7HJ
Why should you care? Mayfair's Shepherd Market now has a dinky all day Japanese bar, with an ex-Novikov Head Chef in charge, serving up gyoza, soft shell crab salads and green pancakes for breakfast.
In a nutshell: Wine bar, grocery and shop for Kentish Town
Where is it? 114-116 Fortess Road, London NW5 5HL
Why should you care? All-French team join forces to open this wine bar and deli on Fortess Road, which will also sell French food and serve as a wine store too.
In a nutshell: Casual dining from the Ellory folks
Where is it? 18 Phipp Street, London EC2A 4NU
Why should you care? Small plates, sharers and snacks as the team from Michelin-starred Hackney restaurant Ellory up sticks and head to Shoreditch for a new, more laid back venture that will feature their own Vermouth.
In a nutshell: Sandwiches, American-style
Where is it? 80 Cleveland Street, Fitzrovia
Why should you care? From humble beginnings as a Spitalfields food truck to a full blown sandwich restaurant and dive bar in Fitzrovia, Passyunk Avenue has arrived in its new bricks-and-mortar form to ply us with cheesesteaks, meatball sandwiches and scrapple - a type of pork meatloaf.
In a nutshell: Street food and crazy golf on Oxford Street
Where is it? 15 John Prince’s Street, London W1G 0AB
Why should you care? If you do like to be beside the seaside, head down to the newest Swingers, which will be opening up in the former BHS flagship building off Oxford Street to bring you cocktails, crazy golf, and loads of street food vendors, including one famously Instagrammable dessert seller.
In a nutshell: Tomos Parry goes it alone
Where is it? Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E1 6JJ
Why should you care? The ex Kitty Fishers chef is opening his own place in Shoreditch with a mix of cooking on fire, Welsh and Basque cuisine.
In a nutshell: The third venue from the hugely popular ramen joint
Where is it? 35 Upper Street, London N1 0PN
Why should you care? Fans of Kanada-Ya will already know the deal: big, soupy bowls of rich broth, served with springy noodles cooked to your preferred level of firmness, likely preceded by a lengthy, but worthwhile session spent queuing outside.
In a nutshell: Korean fried chicken and beer
Where is it? 18 Hammersmith Broadway, London, W6 7AB
Why should you care? Hammersmith is getting a huge new palace to Korean fried chicken wings and beer and this branch of Wing Wing has two private karaoke dining rooms too.
In a nutshell: Wine-driven neighbourhood restaurant in Dalston
Where is it? 378 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AA
Why should you care? Driven by a regularly-changing wine list and with a wonderful sounding menu, this Kingsland Road wine bar meets restaurant and larder is right on the money.
In a nutshell: City poké spot
Where is it? 4-6 New London Street, London. EC3R 7NA
Why should you care? Fenchurch Street is the latest part of the City to get its own poké restaurant and Honi Poké is open from breakfast through to post work sustenance.
In a nutshell: Award-winning pizza
Where is it? 622 High Road, Leytonstone, London E11 3DA
Why should you care? Massively popular local pizzeria Yard Sale continue their expansion with a fourth base in Leytonstone.
In a nutshell: Cinnamon heads south
Where is it? Arch 758, Railway Arches, Battersea Power Station, London SW8
Why should you care? Battersea Power Station's gradual transformation into a nightlife hub continues with the arrival of a Cinnamon Kitchen from the Cinnamon Collection. Head down for laid-back Indian food and drink within the building's iconic arches, and try to nab one of their covetable outdoor Thameside seats.
In a nutshell: Central Asian Knightsbridge hotspot
Where is it? 14-15 Beauchamp Place, London SW3 1NQ
Why should you care? Taking over three floors of a townhouse on Beauchamp Place, Osh will mix in traditional Uzbek food with more international dishes and there'll be a top floor cocktail lounge too.
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood spot in West Hampstead
Where is it? 238 West End Lane, London NW6 1LG
Why should you care? An ex Ledbury and ToastED chef is in the kitchen for this new West Hampstead opening which has a strong brunch offering and will offer a regularly changing menu.
In a nutshell: Vegan kebabs go permanent
Where is it? 89-91 Bayham St, Camden Town, London NW1 0AG
Why should you care? Boxpark vegan favourites What The Pitta are putting down roots and opening their first restaurant in Camden so North Londoners can get their grill on.
In a nutshell: Levantine spot on Marylebone Lane
Where is it? 56-58 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2NX
Why should you care? The couple who opened turkey restaurant Strut & Cluck in Shoreditch are behind this new Eastern Mediterranean kitchen on Marylebone Lane and they've been inspired by their family heritage.
In a nutshell: Fourth year-round site for Street Feast crowd
Where is it? 14 Plumstead Rd, Woolwich, London SE18
Why should you care? Taking over the Plumstead Road Covered Market for two year prior to the area's redevelopment, the latest Street Feast market will feature 8 street food traders, three bars and seating for up to 300.
In a nutshell: Welsh food but not a Welsh restaurant
Where is it? Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Why should you care? Odette's chef Bryn Williams is set to open a fruit and veg focused restaurant overlooking the river at Somerset House.
In a nutshell: Ex-Nopi chef's first solo venture
Where is it? 4 St James's Market St. James’s London SW1Y 4QU
Why should you care? The former Head Chef of Nopi breaks out on his own with his first solo venture in the St James Market development in central London.
In a nutshell: Artisanal baked goods in Bloomsbury
Where is it? 35 Colonnade, London WC1N 1JA
Why should you care? Breakfasts, lunches, sourdough cakes and other bakes to go - and a sliver of space to sit in - at Bloomsbury’s new craft baker, and plenty for gluten-free and vegans.
In a nutshell: Popular Middle East restaurant comes to London.
Where is it? 1-3 Pont St, Belgravia, London SW1X 9EJ
Why should you care? Abd el Wahab is a popular group of Middle Eastern restaurants and has come to London - bringing along a mix of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cooking with it.
In a nutshell: All-avocado restaurant hits Covent Garden
Where is it? 18 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9DS
Why should you care? Wondering if we've gone peak London? Wonder no further as Covent Garden prepares to welcome the city's first permanent avocado all day restaurant.
Opened in February 2018
In a nutshell: Steak and sushi bar with DIY hot stone cooking
Where is it? 9 Chapel Market, London N1 9EZ
Why should you care? If you enjoy an interactive dining experience this new steak and sushi spot delivers main courses to you ready to cook over a hot stone.
In a nutshell: Late night Stroud Green sarnies
Where is it? 20 Stroud Green Road, London N4 3EA
Why should you care? Finsbury Park gets a tiny hole in the wall sandwich shop aimed at chefs coming off shift and other late ngiht stop outs.
In a nutshell: Latin American cuisine in Lambeth
Where is it? 4-5 London Road, London SE1 6JZ
Why should you care? Paladar is aiming to bring the best of Latin America to Lambeth, drawing from areas as wide as Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico and Peru.Expect a varied menu as well as a bodega where you can stock up, and a courtyard garden for warmer weather.
In a nutshell: Market trader turns Mayfair cafe owner
Where is it? 83 Duke Street, London W1K 5PF
Why should you care? Farmers' market stalwart Popina are moving into bricks and mortar with their first cafe and deli just south of Oxford Street.
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood food & wine spot in Walthamstow
Where is it? 149 Forest Road, London E17 6HE
Why should you care? The folk behind Walthamstow's Forest Wines have opened up their first restaurant, just down the road from their wine store.
In a nutshell: Yakitori, izakaya and karaoke in Covent Garden
Where is it? 15 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JZ
Why should you care? Sake and karaoke is a winning combination, but if you’re not feeling quite brave enough to head to Jidori’s basement karaoke booth, there’ll be plenty of yakitori and other Japanese treats to keep you entertained.
In a nutshell: Grilled cheese sarnies to go
Where is it? 170 Victoria Street, London SW1V 2NE
Why should you care? Nova Victoria is getting a new grilled cheese sarnie kiosk where the fillings include lobster and Korean BBQ pork.
In a nutshell: Build your own sandwiches with this US chain
Where is it? Central St Giles Piazza, St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8AB
Why should you care? Another US chain is looking to make a splash in London with the arrival of Which Wich. It's a build your own sandwich place with all manner of options available to you.
In a nutshell: Harrods gets a new in-store restaurant
Where is it? Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
Why should you care? As part of Harrods overhaul of its Fine Watch department the store is opening up a Chucs so you can contemplate your most recent timepiece purchase over a plate of pasta or a negroni.
In a nutshell: Top rotating restaurants in a new food hall
Where is it? 122 Leadenhall Street, EC3V
Why should you care? Hammersmith shopping complex Kings Mall gets a lot more exciting with the arrival of Feast Canteen, a serious new food court from the Pergola crew that’ll be hosting popular names from the London restaurant world, doing sit in, take out and yes, even Deliveroo.
In a nutshell: Top coffee served and brewed every which way
Where is it? 8 D’Arblay Street, Soho, London W1F 8DP
Why should you care? Bored of watery flat whites and uninspiring lattes? We don't blame you. But now those who know their nitro from their cold brew can head to the new 39 Steps coffeeshop on Soho's happening D'Arblay Street, where head roaster Jens will be deploying his caffeine-based knowhow with beans from all over the world, plus cold press juices and a food menu that looks very promising.
In a nutshell: Chicken wings and cocktails in the city
Where is it? 30 - 33 Minories, London EC3N 1DD
Why should you care? The duo behind Randy’s Wing Bar love chicken wings, so much so they even once drove across the US in the hunt for the best sauce. Now they’re branching out from their original Hackney Wick base to bring all that saucey, chickeny goodness to hungry folk in the City.
In a nutshell: Contemporary pizza in Battersea
Where is it? 6a-4, Battersea Rise, London SW1 1ED
Why should you care? A new pizzeria is coming to Battersea with a creative list of toppings, starter plates, and cocktails - including a smoked chocolate Manhattan…
In a nutshell: Taiwanese in Tooting.
Where is it? 113 Mitcham Road, Tooting, London SW17 9PE
Why should you care? From the people behind Taiwanese Peckham success, Mr Bao, comes the next restaurant Daddy Bao - with bao buns aplenty.
In a nutshell: Ramen in Battersea.
Where is it? Arch 755, Battersea Power Station Arches, SW8 5BN
Why should you care? Tonkotsu are opening their latest ramen restaurant at Battersea Power Station. Expect all your favourite ramen, gyoza and lots more.
In a nutshell: 11 seater restaurant from the Palomar folk
Where is it? 28 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DJ
Why should you care? Downstairs from their pub The Blue Posts is the latest restaurant by the people behind The Palomar. It's a small counter dining affair with only 11 seats at the counter.
In a nutshell: Cakes and treats in Marylebone
Where is it? 56 James St, Marylebone, London W1U 1HF
Why should you care? This is from Bea Vo (who originally set up Bea's of Bloomsbury) and it's the second Butterscotch in London after the successful opening at White City. Expect all kinds of afternoon tea, a porridge bar and more sweet treats.
In a nutshell: Trendy vegan food from across the pond
Where is it? 34-43 Russel Street, London WC2B 5HA
Why should you care? Everything about By Chloe. screams NYC cool, from the full stop in its name to its determination to call itself ‘plant-based’ instead of just plain vegan. But aside from that, there’s more than enough to draw in animal-loving punters - from its super central Covent Garden location to its vegan mac and cheese and quinoa taco salad.
In a nutshell: Contemporary fish and chips
Where is it? 5 Clerkenwell Road, London, EC1M 5PA
Why should you care? Forget your greasy local frier - Clerkenwell’s new fish and chip restaurant United Chip’s all about the millennial pink, Bangkok prawn burgers and complimentary aioli.
In a nutshell: Prosecco, cicchetti and bellinis
Where is it? 1 Crown Square, One Tower Bridge, London, SE1 2SE
Why should you care? Nestled amid one of One Tower Bridge's high-spec luxury apartment developments comes Prosecco House, a new bar that'll serve nothing but bottles of spumante, frizzante, and tranquillo Prosecco, and a few cichetti to tide you over. But don't be put off by the surroundings - prices look very reasonable indeed, and bottles will be available to takeaway too.
In a nutshell: Wood-fired pizzas with some special doughs.
Where is it? 61 Blythe Road, London W14 0HP
Why should you care? After a successful first restaurant on Holloway Road, this is the follow-up from Zia Lucia. Expect the same 48 hour fermented doughs (including charcoal) and toppings that include truffled honey.
In a nutshell: All day Med-themed dining and drinking
Where is it? 31 Marylebone High St, Marylebone, London W1U 4PP, UK
Why should you care? Marylebone’s new spot is a cafe by day, bar by night, and comes with a sunshine-soaked Mediterranean-themed menu, plus an indoor garden for you to enjoy.
In a nutshell: Korean chicken from the On the Bab folks.
Where is it? 1 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 9DA
Why should you care? Sweet soy fried chicken, barbecue chicken, chicken noodle soup… Linda Lee’s newest Korean restaurant is based in Covent Garden and is all about the poultry.
In a nutshell: Health-conscious Aussie food and boozy superfood smoothies.
Where is it? 9 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ
Why should you care? After a well-matched first-floor takeover of Oxford Street’s hip Sweaty Betty gym shop, Farm Girl are on the move again to Chelsea, where they’ll be opening their third cafe and their first ever dinner menu.
In a nutshell: A new wine bar for the City
Where is it? 8 Devonshire Row, London EC2M 4RH
Why should you care? This will be the fourth Humble Grape in London, with a huge amount of wine to drink there or take away. And a seasonal menu on top of that too.
In a nutshell: Ex Barrafina chef Nieves Barragan opens her own restaurant.
Where is it? 35 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BR
Why should you care? They've both been driving forces behind Barrafina's success and now Nieves Barragan and José Etura are opening Sabor, their own restaurant.
In a nutshell: Top pizza joint goes central
Where is it? 160 New Cavendish St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6YR
Why should you care? “Quality and quantity at honest prices” is Santa Maria’s motto, something they apply to all their affordable, authentic and outright delicious pizzas, which have earned them plenty of accolades and awards since opening in Ealing in 2010, and later in Chelsea. Now they’re finally making the move to Central London, and boy are we ever excited…
In a nutshell: Traditional Sichuan hot pots
Where is it? 10 Gerrard Street, Chinatown, W1D 5PD
Why should you care? There are 80 ingredients for you to build your ideal hotpot from at this sizable new Chinatown restaurant, from traditional tripe and aorta to Wagyu beef and seafood.
Opened in January 2018
In a nutshell: Middle Eastern food with a modern twist
Where is it? 21 Piazza Walk, London E1 8QH
Why should you care? Murat Kilic and Pierre Apri have taken some hefty inspiration from the region, but given it a European flavour, meaning Amber's menu is Middle Eastern food, but not as you know it, making it a perfect fit for its high end Piazza Square address.
In a nutshell: Contemporary all-day British food
Where is it? 16-18 Montpelier Vale, Blackheath, London SE3 0TA
Why should you care? Another smart-yet-relaxed cafe from London’s famously exclusive upmarket The Ivy. Expect a lavish menu of classic British food, a gorgeous interior and covetable terrace seating overlooking Greenwich Park.
In a nutshell: Grilled meat, fish and veggie food
Where is it? 184 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2ES
Why should you care? In the 80’s, Alex Giri opened West London’s Canal Brasserie. Now, 30 years later, she’s back with her son Oscar in tow to bring flexitarian food to Notting Hill’s Kensington Park Road, with a separate cocktail bar featuring sharing plates.
In a nutshell: Doughnuts and coffee
Where is it? 13 Newman Street London W1T 1PB
Why should you care? Fitzrovia is the latest London location to see a Crosstown doughnut and coffee bar open up. And this one will be entirely cash-free.
In a nutshell: Classic coastal Italian food from The Dairy crowd
Where is it? 148 Clapham Manor St, London SW4 6BX
Why should you care? It's farewell to The Manor and hello to Sorella, a new Italian restaurant from The Dairy group that'll be springing up in its place. Inside, expect loads of food inspired by the sun drenched Amalfi coast, where chef Robin Gill spent considerable time learning the culinary ropes.
In a nutshell: French food, Champagne and a Soho boutique hotel
Where is it? 29 Romilly St, London W1D 5HP
Why should you care? Nearly 150 years ago, Auguste Kettner opened Kettner’s, which was one of the first restaurants in London to serve French food. Now after a brief lull, it’s reopening with more French food, bath loads of Champagne and looking more gorgeous than ever. Eyes peeled for the stunning 18th century spiral staircase...
In a nutshell: Lots of beers, shortlist of burgers
Where is it? 464 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AE
Why should you care? Expect a lot of craft beer and a shortlist of burgers on the menu at this new tap room and burger joint opening on Dalston's Kingsland Road.
In a nutshell: The ramen restaurant comes to Nova
Where is it? Nova, 9 Sir Simon Milton Square, London SW1E 5DJ
Why should you care? Ramen comes to Victoria's Nova in the shape of Bone Daddies. Expect all the favourites as well as a katsu curry section and new maki rolls.
In a nutshell: Crepes and galettes from northern France
Where is it? 14 Artillery Passage, London E1 7LJ
Why should you care? A modern crêperie is coming to Spitalfields, and you’ll be able to take your pick of toppings, or head to the Le Moulin speakeasy in the back where staff will be on hand to mix you up calvados cocktails...
In a nutshell: Authentic Thai cafe grub from Bangkok
Where is it? 37 Berners Street, London W1T 3NB
Why should you care? South East Asia's beloved The Greyhound Cafe springs up in London with a menu packed with modern Thai-style cooking imported all the way from Bangkok.
In a nutshell: Indie spot in an area of chains
Where is it? 48 Rosslyn Hill, London NW3 1NH
Why should you care? This new independent all day restaurant and bar hopes to bring a little of the buzz of Tel Aviv style cafes to this part of Hampstead.
In a nutshell: International ramen chain’s third London restaurant
Where is it? 31A Villiers Street, London WC2N 6ND
Why should you care? With more than 240 restaurants in 13 countries around the world, including Japan, slick ramen chain Ippudo is no stranger to new openings. Now they're opening the doors on their third London branch in Charing Cross, where they'll also be providing takeaway until the evening.
In a nutshell: Jamaican food in Shoreditch
Where is it? Boxpark Units 44 & 45 , 2-10 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY
Why should you care? Two years ago, Rudie's opened up in Dalston. Now, they’re heading down the road to Shoreditch’s Boxpark where they’ll be catering for the lunch crowd with their new “grab-and-go” Boxfood, as well as reinventing some of their classic menu options as smaller, tapas version.
In a nutshell: Simon Rogan in London
Where is it? 5-7 Blandford St, Marylebone, London W1U 3DB
Why should you care? Simon Rogan's Roganic returns to the same street as the original, but this time as a permanent fixture.
In a nutshell: Peckham gets a South Afrian inspired eatery
Where is it? 119 Queens Road, Peckham, London SE15 2EZ
Why should you care? South African-inspired dishes with locally foraged ingredients make the arrival of Kudu in Peckham one to put on the to-try list.
In a nutshell: Crab and a lot more in Carnaby
Where is it? 21 Kingly St, Soho, London W1B 5QA
Why should you care? They've been popping up around town for the past few years, but now shellfish specialists Claw have found their own spot. Expect lots of crab and plenty of surf and turf options too.
In a nutshell: Baked goods galore
Where is it? 21 Beak Street, London, W1F 9RR
Why should you care? There’s no stopping Borough Market bakers Bread Ahead, who continue to pop up all over London with their sourdoughs, doughnuts and hot, comforting breakfasts.
Opened in December 2017
In a nutshell: All day dining in Stockwell
Where is it? 169 South Lambeth Road, London SW8 1XW
Why should you care? A new all-day destination is coming to Stockwell with the impressive pedigree of the people behind Waterloo's Anchor and Hope in charge.
In a nutshell: Authentic egg pasta in Hoxton
Where is it? 37A Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN
Why should you care? If you want the best egg pasta in Italy, so they say, you have to go to the Emilia Romagna region where it was created. But if you can’t *quite* justify getting on a plane yet then Hoxton Square’s new Italian Via Emilia looks like the next best thing, and in traditional Italian style, they’re keeping it ultra simple with eight pastas, one pudding and a wine list that’s short but sweet.
In a nutshell: Modern British grub on Newington Green
Where is it? 47 Newington Green, London, N16 9PX
Why should you care? Joining the flurry of openings in N16 comes Bergen House, with a menu laden with choices, from grazing plates to sharers for two, Sunday roasts, specials, affordable wines and a classic English pudding selection.
In a nutshell: French cuisine with a Japanese twist
Where is it? 98 Lillie Road, London SW6 7SR
Why should you care? After a stint roving around London, Gerald and Ko of Bistro’s Mirey have decided to settle in Fulham, where they’ll be continuing to whip up seasonal dishes from a short menu that's big on French and Japanese flavours.
In a nutshell: Sushi and sashimi for Fitzrovia
Where is it? 64 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 4QD
Why should you care? Ex-Chisou Head Chef Kodi heads up the team behind this new sushi restaurant on Charlotte Street, so there are high expectations here.
In a nutshell: Casual bistro dining from a promising chef
Where is it? 70-74 City Road, London EC1
Why should you care? Well done Silicon Roundabout. Not only has the area lured Foley’s to open the new Italian Passo on City Road, but now the same little corner is set to be the home of Niall Davidson’s first restaurant, Nuala, a cosy-sounding sounding affair with lots of inventive riffs on classic countryside cuisine, a central firepit and trad Irish music to see you through the evening.
In a nutshell: World's 50 Best Indian restaurant comes to London
Where is it? 16 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4HW
Why should you care? It's opened in New Delhi and New York and now Indian Accent's coming to London - taking over from Chor Bizarre (owned by the same restaurant group). AND the original is on the World's 50 Best List.
In a nutshell: Local Islington all-day cafe
Where is it? 274B St Paul's Rd, Highbury East, London N1 2LJ
Why should you care? Replacing Nanna's in Islington is St Paul, a new all-day cafe. Expect cakes, pastries, small plates and more.
In a nutshell: Seafood, oysters and more at the Power station.
Where is it? Unit 26, Circus West Village, Battersea Power Station, 188 Kirtling Street, London, SW11 8EZ
Why should you care? Wright Brothers have some very highly rated seafood restaurants dotted across town and this sees them opening in the area around the iconic Battersea Power Station.
In a nutshell: French food, Leicester Square style
Where is it? Victory House Hotel, 14 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BZ
Why should you care? The folk behind Randall and Aubin are behind a new bistro that's just opened on Leicester Square, covering all the French-inspired bases a visitor to Central could need, from pancakes to fish and chips and steak.
In a nutshell: Premium poke in Marylebone
Where is it? 5 Thayer St, Marylebone, London W1U 3JG
Why should you care? Hippy Fish will let you create your perfect poke bowl from a selection of upmarket ingredients, or select a pre-made bowl like their premium lobster and black caviar.
In a nutshell: City pub with a Henry Harris menu
Where is it? 28 Garlick Hill, London EC4V 2BA
Why should you care? This is one of three London pubs that will have new menus from much-loved chef Henry Harris.
In a nutshell: Global flavours with an Aussie brasserie twist
Where is it? 30 Hill Street, Richmond, TW9 1TW
Why should you care? Turkish brunch (with optional vegemite) in the morning or Korean chicken cooked in a wood-fired oven in the evening, and steaks and lobsters too - if you’re after seriously global flavours then Antipodea's latest spot will be just the job.
In a nutshell: Peckham's car park gets a lot more food and drink
Where is it? 95a Rye Lane, London SE15 4TG
Why should you care? Peckham’s multi-storey car park is about to get a massive facelift when it becomes Peckham Levels, a new local hub that’ll be using two of its 10 storeys as a new home for seven vendors serving up local street food, a cafe, and two new bars like Made of Dough’s Lady Godiva.
In a nutshell: Yakitori, sushi and creative Japanese cuisine from this Danish import
Where is it? 3 Sir Simon Milton Square, London SW1E 5EB
Why should you care? Danish-Japanese brothers Jens and Kim Rahbek bring their creative take on traditional Japanese food to Victoria’s Nova development. It’ll be spread across two floors, have a separate bar and a special Wagyu beef tartare sushi - just in case you’re not in the mood for fish.
In a nutshell: White City gets the Pergola treatment
Where is it? White City Place, 201 Wood Lane, London, W12 7TU
Why should you care? There's really no stopping the Pergola team it seems, who are launching yet another all-in-one, behemoth food and drink complex. This time, they'll be overhauling the BBC's former HQ into a 5,000 sq ft restaurant hub with rotating vendors. First up - Del 74, and Morty & Bob's...
In a nutshell: Regional Italian food in Kensington
Where is it? 276-280 Kensington High Street, London W8 6ND
Why should you care? Enoteca Rosso is trying to do things a little differently from your average Italian restaurant by focusing on accessible vintage wines, attempting a ravioli inspired by a full English, promising obscure charcuterie and offering everything in a size of your preference.
In a nutshell: All day contemporary British dining from the people behind The Ivy
Where is it? Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AB
Why should you care? This new Granary Square opening (taking the space from Grain Store) from the team behind the Ivy Collection is aiming to cater for everyone.
In a nutshell: Harry's Bar goes Italian
Where is it? 27-31 Basil St, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1BB
Why should you care? Caprice Holdings are at it again with another new opening in London. This time around, it's a loosely 50's/60's Italian themed bar and restaurant with its own terrace.
In a nutshell: The next restaurant from the people behind The Ten Cases.
Where is it? 39 Endell St, London WC2H 9BA
Why should you care? The Ten Cases is growing again - this time across the road, where they're opening a restaurant that's all about seafood.
In a nutshell: The latest pub from Cubitt House, this time in Marylebone.
Where is it? 88 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2PY
Why should you care? The people behind pubs like The Thomas Cubitt have taken over this 140-year-old pub for a full renovation. Expect a new British menu, an underground cocktail bar and more.
In a nutshell: The Palomar pub
Where is it? 28 Rupert St, London W1D 6DJ
Why should you care? The people behind The Palomar and The Barbary are opening a pub in Chinatown. It'll be a three-floor affair including a basement kitchen counter and a cocktail bar.
In a nutshell: Korean in Soho from Koba and On the Bab chef
Where is it? 9a Archer Street, London, W1D 7AX
Why should you care? A new, two-storey Korean food hub arrives in Soho from the chef behind Koba and On the Bab, who'll not only be bringing several signature dishes from her other restaurants, but a retail section for all your home cooking needs, a separate salad bar with Korean poke rice, and a very interesting sounding rice dispenser...
In a nutshell: Popular udon noodles in Bloomberg Arcade
Where is it? 10-12 Bloomberg Arcade, London, EC4N 8AR
Why should you care? Koya is legendary for its affordable, authentic approach to Japanese udon noodles. Now, they're heading to the City, with new dishes, breakfast, and a bar filled with sake.
In a nutshell: Leandro Carreira's solo venture
Where is it? 36 Snowsfields Yard, London SE1 3QQ
Why should you care? One of London's most prolific and popular pop-up chefs is finally settling down and opening a permanent restaurant in the Snowsfields Yard development in London Bridge.
In a nutshell: Steak, fish and veg in an iconic Soho cinema.
Where is it? 42-44 Great Windmill Street, Soho W1D 7NB
Why should you care? It’s been 15 years since Sophie Bathgate and Rupert Power set up their Chelsea steakhouse inspired by the steakhouses of New York. Now they’ve moved to Soho’s iconic Moulin Cinema for a huge new project, where there’ll be an onsite butchery to dry age the beef, a 2.5m tall infiernillo grill and "American-sized" martinis.
In a nutshell: A mix of French, Persian and Korean cuisine.
Where is it? 20 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4SX
Why should you care? Yuma Hashemi has been all over, from Portugal to San Francisco. Now he’s opened his first ever solo restaurant in London. It’ll be loosely French themed, with a Persian and Korean twist, and you can expect to see more than a bit of preserving and fermenting...
In a nutshell: Popular Stokie brunch spot heads up West
Where is it? Unit G9, Kingly Court, Carnaby St, Carnaby, W1B 5PW
Why should you care? Expect great brunches and a whole lot of babka as the boys behind N16's Israeli/Canadian cafe expand to the melting pot of Kingly Court.
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