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 August 2019
In a nutshell: Pasta workshop and restaurant for Old Street
Where is it? 152 Old Street, London EC1V 9BW
Why should you care? Here in London they've worked for Kiln and Soho House, but the duo behind this new Italian hail from Naples originally. (Soft launch to 23 August)
In a nutshell: Hunan and Sichuan in Borough
Where is it? 34-36 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TU.
Why should you care? Best known for their intensely coloured dim sum, as well as excellent Hunan and Sichuan streetfood-inspired dishes, BaoziInn have arrived in Borough, and this one will have a cocktail bar. (Soft launch to 1 September)
In a nutshell: New East London cafe is inspired by food from all over the world but using produce grown in the heart of Dalston.
Where is it? 20 Dalston Lane, London E8 3AZ
Why should you care? Freddie Janssen and chef Anais van Manen are bringing their vision to fruition by opening a cafe right next to Dalston Junction station.
In a nutshell: Coffee and dessert in Soho.
Where is it? Warwick Street, Soho London, W1B 5AW
Why should you care? The Bafarat coffee company hails from Jeddah, and is coming to London for its first international cafe. And they're going big on dessert alongside all that caffeine. (Soft launch until 21 August)
In a nutshell: Popular US fast food chain is opening in Earls Court
Where is it? 163-165 Earls Court Road, London SW5 9RF
Why should you care? Hugely popular American street food sensation The Halal Guys are building on their UK base, picking Earls Court as the location for their second London restaurant.
In a nutshell: Eggs in buns from the USA
Where is it? 185 Portobello Road, London W11 2ED
Why should you care? Eggslut are VERY popular in various West Coast of the USA incarnations and now they're opening in London. Expect a variety of eggs in buns all day long.
In a nutshell: Restaurant quality fast food joint in Highbury
Where is it? 65 Highbury Park, Highbury, London N5 1UA
Why should you care? With 14 savoury and 14 sweet sauces to choose from, this Highbury fast food spot hopes you'll keep coming back to work your way through them all.
In a nutshell: Beer and tapas pairings in Tooting Bec
Where is it? 14 Trinity Rd, Tooting Bec, London SW17 7RE
Why should you care? This is a joint venture between The Tapas Room and London Beer Lab, offering ‘pub-style’ tapas, beers, and more.
Opened in July 2019
In a nutshell: Iranian food with British produce in Covent Garden
Where is it? 30 St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2N 4EJ
Why should you care? Ex Palomar chef Jeremy Borrow heads up the kitchen at this restaurant in Covent Garden where he'll be exploring all forms of Iranian cuisine.
In a nutshell: Dumplings in Victoria Park
Where is it? 178 - 180 Victoria Park Rd, London E9 7HD
Why should you care? The original Clapton restaurant has been a big success - so much so that My Neighbours The Dumplings are about to open in Victoria Park. Once again, it's all about the dumplings - and they're very, very good.
In a nutshell: Chinese hotpot restaurant chain hits London
Where is it? The Office Group building, 10 Bloomsbury Way, London WC1A 2SL
Why should you care? Originating in Mongolia, the Happy Lamb Hot Pot company now has branches across America and Canada and they're now aiming their sights at the London restaurant scene.
In a nutshell: Ladbroke Grove pub rises from the ashes
Where is it? 139 Ladbroke Grove, Notting Hill, London W10 6HJ
Why should you care? The KPH (Kensington Park Hotel) has been pretty legendary in Ladbroke Grove for a while, with a big music following and the place of Tom Jones first London gig. Now it's been revived with Henry Harris and ex-St John chef Ruairidh Summers in charge of the food.
In a nutshell: Food hall with big names attached
Where is it? Centre Point
Why should you care? This Centre Point food hall features some very big names, with Oklava, Pophams, TA TA Eatery, El Pastor, Casa Do Frango, Chotto Matte and Flat Iron all taking part.
In a nutshell: Waterside wine bar
Where is it? 18-20 Mackenzie Walk, London E14 4PH
Why should you care? Canary Wharf has a next-level wine bar, open all day with space for meetings and a lovely waterside terrace.
In a nutshell: Late night Cantonese restaurant and bar for Soho
Where is it? 23 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DZ
Why should you care? The duo behind Bun House and Pleasant Lady have turned their original site into a bar and restaurant inspired by the late-night scene of 1960s Hong Kong.
In a nutshell: Top American hotel comes to King's Cross
Where is it? Judd St, London WC1H 9JE
Why should you care? These restaurants are the first to open at the new Standard hotel just opposite St Pancras. Both are from Adam Rawson - one with costal British cuisine and another that includes his amazing burgers.
In a nutshell: The Lyle's team's next big thing
Where is it? 1 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL
Why should you care? The people behind Lyle's (one of the World's 50 Best restaurants) have opened their second restaurant in Borough called Flor. This time it's part wine bar and part bakery.
In a nutshell: Organic pizzas go east.
Where is it? Unit 24, Jubilee Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5NY
Why should you care? After successful restaurants in Hoxton and Clapham, Radio Alice have brought their pizzas out east to Canary Wharf. Expect all the pizzas from the original, all made with organic ingredients.
In a nutshell: Park Chinois does a brasserie
Where is it? 33 Dover Street, Mayfair, London W1S 4NF
Why should you care? This Mayfair brasserie comes from the same people who are behind Park Chinois. Expect a classic European brasserie in plush settings.
In a nutshell: All day brasserie in Stratford
Where is it? Olympic Park, 20-22 International Way, London E20 1GQ
Why should you care? The Stratford Brasserie was second restaurant to be announced in The Stratford, but the first to open. It's an all-day brasserie that has a very impressive look - coupled with an enviable outside space.
In a nutshell: Affordable steak in Spitalfields
Where is it? 88-90 Commercial Street, London E1 6LY
Why should you care? If you're a fan of Flat Iron's steak great value steak, then you'll be very pleased to hear they've opened a new branch in Spitalfields - which will be very handy for city-folk.
In a nutshell: Mayfair pasta joint
Where is it? 61 Davies St, London W1K 5SQ
Why should you care? No more wandering around Mayfair looking for somewhere that won't break the budget to eat at - this Roman-style pasta spot is promising fresh pasta at a less punchy price.
In a nutshell: Middle East coffee shop in Camberwell
Where is it? 45 Camberwell Church St, Camberwell, London SE5 8TR
Why should you care? They describe themselves as "A coffee shop with food from the Middle East" - but the torrent of love and affection for Nandine on social media proves they're more than simply somewhere to grab a coffee and a snack.
In a nutshell: Indian in Twickenham via the Alps
Where is it? 55 Church Street, Twickenham, TW1 3NR
Why should you care? Tsaretta Spice is the second location for this Indian restaurant after it started first in Meribel.
In a nutshell: Former Hawksmoor chef duo take on the cafe at Stepney City Farm
Where is it? Stepney City Farm, Stepney Way, London, E1 3DG
Why should you care? If low food miles are your jam, then this new community cafe, with former Hawksmoor chefs should be on your go-to list.
Opened in June 2019
In a nutshell: Swiss in Soho
Where is it? 18 - 20 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DE
Why should you care? This Soho restaurant has a Swiss-inspired menu that means quite a lot of tableside theatre will be involved - from Raclette dips to fondues and grill-your-own-food charbonnades.
In a nutshell: Bakery and grill in Brentford
Where is it? Catherine Wheel Road, Brentford TW8 8BD
Why should you care? An ex Dairy Head Chef and the Head Pastry Chef at Little Bread Pedlar have teamed up for this bakery and restaurant in Brentford. Right by the canal, you can get pastries and sandwiches by day - and grills, pizzas and more by night.
In a nutshell: A new noodle concept from Rosa’s Thai Cafe founders Saiphin and Alex Moore
Where is it? The Roundhouse with the Green Roof, St. Katharine's Way, St. Katharine Docks, London E1W 1TW
Why should you care? Opening in St Katherine Dock, Hoh Sek has a menu of Chinese-influenced noodle dishes as well as an evening menu of seasonal mains.
In a nutshell: Gordon Ramsay replaces Maze with an Asian Eating House
Where is it? 10 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London W1K 6JP
Why should you care? Gordon Ramsay's first new restaurant for years in London is inspired by 1930s Tokyo drinking dens - it's taken over the spot where Maze was on Grosvenor Square.
In a nutshell: A new modern Greek bistro from the team behind Mazi
Where is it? 8 Hillgate Street, London W8 7SR
Why should you care? An open charcoal grill is at the heart of this new Greek bistro, Suzi Tros, which is focusing on seasonally changing small plates.
In a nutshell: Big Mamma does Sicilian in Fitzrovia
Where is it? Rathbone Square, London W1T 1JN
Why should you care? They've already had a huge success with Gloria in Shoreditch and now the Big Mamma Group have opened their second London restaurant. This time it's Circolo Popolare, where the emphasis is on Sicilian in an over-the-top style.
In a nutshell: Chicken wings in Tooting
Where is it? 46 Mitcham Rd, Tooting, London SW17 9NA
Why should you care? Up until now, chicken wing specialists Orange Buffalo have been serving up their wings as street food - but now they've opened their first restaurant in Tooting Broadway.
In a nutshell: Mount St Deli follow up
Where is it? 162b Sloane St, London SW1X 9BS
Why should you care? This is a brand new venture from Richard Caring's Caprice - the people behind The Ivy, J Sheekey, Sexy Fish and more. They weree also behind (now closed) Mount Street Deli to which this is a successor with classic deli dishes given an Asian inspired twist.
In a nutshell: Hoxton professional/student restaurant
Where is it? 40 Hoxton St, Hackney, London N1 6LR
Why should you care? This Hoxton restaurant is manned by a team of both professional and student chefs, with a view of helping new people into the hospitality business. They're serving up an all-day modern European menu.
In a nutshell: Award-winning sandwiches in the City.
Where is it? 82 Watling Street, London EC4M 9BX
Why should you care? They've been street food legends for five years and now Sub Cult are getting a much-deserved permanent place in the City. With brand new subs along with the classics, this looks like your new City lunch spot.
In a nutshell: Chucs go casual
Where is it? 97 Old Brompton Road, South Kensington, London SW7 3LD
Why should you care? Chucs are back with a new restaurant. They're still running with a modern Mediterranean menu, but this time they're going for a more casual feel.
In a nutshell: Insta-friendly bakery expands to Hackney
Where is it? 197 Richmond Rd, London E8 3NJ
Why should you care? Expect all the carbs at Pophams Bakery's new Richmond Road space - with the open kitchen turning out viennoiserie by day and pasta by night.
In a nutshell: Bowl food in Soho
Where is it? 39 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7JG
Why should you care? SOW is kicking off a new bowl food brand in Soho - and they've a menu from an award-winning chef.
In a nutshell: Nathan Outlaw does seafood at an iconic London hotel
Where is it? 15 Beeston Pl, Westminster, London SW1W 0JW
Why should you care? Nathan Outlaw has opened a new restaurant at The Goring in Belgravia - a more casual seafood-led affair that's the hotel's first new restaurant in over 100 years.
In a nutshell: London's cruiseboat restaurant gets a permanent spot at Paddington
Where is it? Sheldon Square, Paddington, London W2 6EP.
Why should you care? This sister restaurant to the London Shell Co.'s crusing restaurant will be a permanently moored barge by Paddington serving up seafood and sparkling wine.
In a nutshell: Quique Dacosta does London
Where is it? Eastcastle Street, London W1
Why should you care? Multiple Michelin-starred Quique Dacosta has finally arrived in the UK with a restaurant that has a big focus on rice. And maybe a bit of paella.
In a nutshell: Wild Honey mk II
Where is it? 8 Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5NG
Why should you care? After closing the original Wild Honey in Mayfair, Anthony Demetre has relocated to St James, taking over the space that once held The Balcon. It's a larger room that will continue to serve the contemporary French dishes that the restaurant is known for.
In a nutshell: Co-working beer and pizza joint for Bethnal Green
Where is it? 199 Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green Gardens, London E2 0EU
Why should you care? Two former musicians have joined forces to open this East London all day space with a focus on craft beer and sourdough pizzas.
In a nutshell: Tuscan coastal cooking comes to Brixton
Where is it? 36 Brixton Water Lane, London, SW2 1PE
Why should you care? Two Brixton locals, with one foot in Italy and the other in south London, have opened a neighbourhood spot on Brixton Water Lane serving up a range of Tuscan treats.
In a nutshell: A vegan cafe and coffee shop by day and a small plates and wine bar by night.
Where is it? 171 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3RH.
Why should you care? Two friends, Holly and Alice, are behind the new launch, bringing with them experience at Cornerstone and in the coffee world at AllPress and Monmouth.
In a nutshell: Four floors of cooking over fire and late night bars in Notting Hill
Where is it? 95 Portobello Road, London W11 2QB
Why should you care? Notting Hill's food credentials are boosted by a restaurant and bar team that comes via the River Cafe and Soho House to take over this old pub. They'll be serving up sharing plates, and food cooked over fire or in a wood-burning oven.
In a nutshell: Burgers, cocktails and more in W1
Where is it? 37-38 Margaret St, Marylebone, London W1G 0JF
Why should you care? The original MEATliquor relocates to a brand new - and much more permanent - site just 500 metres away from where they first started. Expect the usual dose of burgers, hot-dogs, cocktails and more that have made them such a big hit ever since that first opening.
In a nutshell: Old Street gets its own fresh pasta joint
Where is it? 122 Old Street, London, EC1V 9BD
Why should you care? Two young chefs have brought their passion for pasta to East London, opening up this small plates and pasta restaurant which aims to do a few dishes very well.
In a nutshell: Seasonal cooking in the Sherlock hotel
Where is it? 108 Baker Street, London W1U 6LJ
Why should you care? The restaurant in the Holmes Hotel on Baker Street has seen a bit of an overhaul, led by chef Stefano Motta. The restaurant, dominated by an open kitchen, is serving up seasonal European cuisine. As well as a few cocktails based on a certain detective.
Opened in May 2019
In a nutshell: Top bartender opens his first solo venture in London (with Ta Ta Eatery)
Where is it? 152 Old Street, London, EC1V 9BJ
Why should you care? When the bartender who ran the World's Best Bar for years prepares to open an all-day bar and restaurant in London with fellow top class mixologist Monica Berg, you better believe people are going to sit up and take notice. And when TÁ TÁ Eatery is in charge of the food? Lucky Old Street.
In a nutshell: Bermondsey ramen joint and dive bar
Where is it? 179 Bermondsey St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3UW
Why should you care? Serving up ramen, Japanese small plates and more, this Bermondsey spot aims to be part NYC speakeasy, part Japanese dive bar.
In a nutshell: Classic Milan pastry and bakery comes to London
Where is it? 117 Mount Street, London W1K 3LA
Why should you care? Pasticceria Marchesi is one of Italy's institutions, serving up pastries and more since 1824. Now they're in London with all the favourites from the Milan original intact, including their classic panettone.
In a nutshell: America's Scarpetta Group opens their first London restaurant
Where is it? The Bulgari, Knightsbridge Green, London SW1X 7QL
Why should you care? It's all change at the Bulgari hotel in Knightsbridge where Rivea has been replaced by Sette and the whole restaurant and bar is being turned, literally, upside down.
In a nutshell: Indian-inspired street food in a permanent home
Where is it? 726 - 727 Camden Market’s North Yard, Camden London NW1 8AH
Why should you care? After winning an episode of the BBC's Million Pound Menu, street food legends Baba Gs are finally settling down with their own restaurant in Camden. They have their famed burgers and some brand new dishes too.
In a nutshell: Hot chicken in Hoxton.
Where is it? 37 Hoxton Square, Shoreditch, London N1 6NN
Why should you care? The founder behind Red Dog Saloon has opened a restaurant devoted to fiery southern chicken.
In a nutshell: Holborn's restaurant scene is looking up
Where is it? Holborn Town Hall, 193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
Why should you care? A formidable restaurant team have taken on the space at the Grade II listed Holborn Town Hall with their first venture.
In a nutshell: Proper fried chicken in Soho
Where is it? 187 Wardour St, Soho, London W1F 8ZB
Why should you care? The people behind Chick n' Sours bring their fast food fried chicken spot CHIK'N to Soho's Wardour Street. Expect their usual top class fried chicken sandwiches and some new additions to the menu too.
In a nutshell: Fried chicken street traders take on Soho
Where is it? 75 Beak Street, London W1F 9SS
Why should you care? Having built up a fanbase at the Boxparks in Shoreditch and Croydon, street food traders Coqfighter have the chops to take on central London.
In a nutshell: Robin Gill’s new restaurant in the new Embassy Gardens development
Where is it? New Union Square, 5 Nine Elms Ln, London SW8 5DA
Why should you care? An Irish-influenced menu is on offer at the ground floor at Robin Gill's next restaurant Darby’s – and also at the development’s incredible Sky Pool 10 stories up.
In a nutshell: A taste of Southern France in Mayfair
Where is it? 26-28 Bruton Place, London W1J 6NG
Why should you care? French chef Thierry Laborde is back in London and this time he's bringing a taste of southern France to cobbled Bruton Place.
In a nutshell: US celebrity burger chain
Where is it? James Street, London WC2E
Why should you care? Is London ready for another US burger invasion? The brothers behind Wahlburgers certainly think so as Covent Garden is the first in a probable UK-wide expansion of their burger brand.
In a nutshell: Italian in Wimbledon
Where is it? 33 High Street, Wimbledon Village, London SW19 5BY
Why should you care? This new Italian restaurant in Wimbledon has taken over from the old Cau site, promising a modern Italian menu.
In a nutshell: Cheese toasties in Chalk Farm
Where is it? Adelaide Rd, Chalk Farm, London NW3 2BP
Why should you care? Oliver Peyton's sisters have opened their own cafe in Chalk Farm. It's all about coffee and lots of toasted cheese sandwiches...
In a nutshell: Organic farm canteen opens in London
Where is it? 20 Queensway, London W2 3RX
Why should you care? Organic Somerset dairy company Yeo Valley sets its sights on London opening an all day organic cafe in the new West Walk development in Queensway.
In a nutshell: "Press for Champagne" in the city
Where is it? 122 Leadenhall Street, EC3V
Why should you care? This is the next restaurant from the people behind Bob Bob Ricard and it promises to be just as opulent, with plenty of booths, special private rooms and it even has a mini sushi restaurant inside. Not forgetting those "press for Champagne" buttons on every table. Plus it has Eric Chavot in charge of the food.
In a nutshell: Brick Lane gets a pub with rooms from The Culpeper team
Where is it? 42 Osborn St, London E1 6TD
Why should you care? The team responsible for The Culpeper in Aldgate have a new project - they've opened this pub and hotel on Brick Lane where the rooftop terrace features an honesty bar and hot tub.
In a nutshell: A new fishmonger and restaurant from the FishWorks team.
Where is it? 2-4 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JY
Why should you care? This is FishWorks’ third site - this time in Covent Garden - offering fresh fish to take home and a whole host of dishes to eat in at the restaurant.
In a nutshell: Barrifina does outside grilling
Where is it? Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, London N1C 4AB
Why should you care? This is the first brand new project from the Barrafina team - launched next door to Barrafina King's Cross. We're told "The table-top grilling takes inspiration from Executive Chef Angel Zapata Martin’s favourite Ibicencan restaurant, C’an Pilot, where he used to eat during his time working as a private chef on the island."
In a nutshell: Taiwanese cult favourite hits South London
Where is it? 13 Stoney Street Borough Market London, SE1 9AD
Why should you care? BAO has opened their third restaurant in Borough and this time, they're promising something a little different. LIke karaoke, for one.
In a nutshell: Modern European restaurant using Irish produce for Chelsea
Where is it? 1A Langton St, London SW10 0JL
Why should you care? Chef Anna Haugh uses her Irish connections and London restaurant experience to bring Chelsea a restaurant of very modern European sensibilities.
In a nutshell: Dog-friendly restaurant group opens its fifth cafe, in Battersea
Where is it? 27 Circus West, London SW11 8NN
Why should you care? The newest restaurant to open at the Battersea Power Station development is this all-day cafe from famously dog-friendly restaurant group Megan's.
In a nutshell: Art and food in Peckham
Where is it? 65 - 67 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH
Why should you care? The same people who brought us Soane's Kitchen have taken over the gallery cafe in the South London Gallery in Peckham for their latest opening.
In a nutshell: Turkish kitchen in Knightsbridge
Where is it? 142 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW3 1HY
Why should you care? The Mantl is offering up a modern take on Turkish cuisine in the heart of Knightsbridge.
In a nutshell: Sichuan in Islington
Where is it? 141-142 Upper St, Islington, London N1 1QY
Why should you care? This opening on Islington's Upper Strreet has an authentic Sichuan Chinese offering.
In a nutshell: Plant-based pizzas in Chelsea
Where is it? 342 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UR
Why should you care? Vegan and vegetarian pizzas are the order of the day at this very pink Chelsea plant-based pizza palace.
Opened in April 2019
In a nutshell: Fishmonger and restaurant for Earls Court
Where is it? 314 Earls Court Road, London SW5 9BQ
Why should you care? From Mayfair to Earls Court restaurateur Johnny Micalusi has taken over the old Garnier site to bring his super fresh Mediterranean seafood to west Londoners.
In a nutshell: A new restaurant in Waterloo from 2013 Masterchef winner Natalie Coleman
Where is it? 131 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8UR
Why should you care? Natalie Coleman has teamed up with theatrical set designers Darling and Edge to create a new concept with lavish art-filled interiors and bright, fun food to match.
In a nutshell: Fermenting in Victoria
Where is it? 101 Buckingham Palace Rd, Victoria, London SW1W 0SJ
Why should you care? A new bar and restaurant in Victoria is all about fermenting, soaking, steeping and brining - whether it's for cocktails or food.
In a nutshell: Corbin and King in St John's Wood
Where is it? 60 St Johns Wood High Street, London NW8 7SH
Why should you care? This is the next restaurant from the team behind The Wolseley, Bellanger, The Delaunay and more.
In a nutshell: Fishmonger by day, bar by night in Chelsea.
Where is it? 174 Pavilion Rd, Chelsea, London SW1X 0AW.
Why should you care? This latest addition to Chelsea's Pavilion Road sees the co-founder of Bonnie Gull opening a fishmonger and deli which transforms into a seafood bar in the evening. And he's bringing along a few friends to help too...
In a nutshell: A new restaurant from Woodhead - the team behind Portland, Clipstone, and Quality Chop House.
Where is it? 7 Haunch of Venison Yard, London W1K 5ES
Why should you care? Emilia sees the Quality Chop House team take over the restaurant at Bonhams Auction House. It's inspired by the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna.
In a nutshell: Seawater pizza in St James
Where is it? St. James's Market, 1 Norris Street, London SW1Y 4RJ
Why should you care? They've been a big hit at London Bridge, and now 'O ver are bringing their pizzas to St James's Market.
In a nutshell: Hammersmith wine bar
Where is it? Unit 21a – 22b, Broadway Shopping Centre West, Hammersmith Broadway, London W6 9YD
Why should you care? Heading to the tube at Hammersmith and really fancy a good glass of wine? This could be the place.
In a nutshell: Fast casual restaurant that specialises in the Alsatian dish tarte flambée
Where is it? 154 Old Street, Shoreditch, EC1V 9BP
Why should you care? Neil Witney (previously La Bodega Negra, E&O etc) is behind Old Street’s Flamboree which is putting a contemporary spin on the tarte flambée.
In a nutshell: West London's smallest fine dining restaurant
Where is it? 104a Chepstow Road, Notting Hill, London W2 5QS
Why should you care? Chef Richard Wilkins has moved into West London to open his solo venture, serving up a modern French fine dining menu.
In a nutshell: Steamed Cantonese buns in Chinatown
Where is it? 26 - 27 Lisle Street, London WC2H 7BA
Why should you care? Since 2017, Bun House have built up a reputation in Soho for their steamed buns. Now they're expanding with a much larger restaurant in the heart of Chinatown (with new buns too).
In a nutshell: Boondocks v2
Where is it? 205 City Road, Hoxton, London EC1V 1JN
Why should you care? It's all change for Boondocks near the Old Street roundabout - as it's about to be replaced by a new restaurant - Harlem Soul. The new food-style for the restaurant is being dubbed as "American urban cuisine".
In a nutshell: American food, jazz and more in Soho
Where is it? 56 Wardour St, London W1D 4JG
Why should you care? Taking over the spot once held by Jackson And Rye, this is a retro-styled restaurant with American food and revue acts.
In a nutshell: A permanent spot for vegan Chinese pop-up Mao Chow
Where is it? 159A Mare Street. London E8 3RH
Why should you care? This 12 seat noodle bar in Hackney is serving up meat-free Chinese classics
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood spot by ex-Pidgin Head Chef
Where is it? 158 Sandringham Road, London, E8 2HS
Why should you care? The former Head Chef of Pidgin has moved about half a mile north in Hackney to open this neighbourhood spot with tasting menus, natural wine list and snacks.
In a nutshell: Flatshare themed venue goes permanent
Where is it? 6-8 All Saints Road, London W11 1HH
Why should you care? Imagine landing a fabulous house share in Notting Hill. That's the premise of this pop-up turned permanent bar and restaurant on All Saints Road.
In a nutshell: High end sushi
Where is it? White City House Television Centre, 101 Wood Lane, London, W12 7FR
Why should you care? The former executive sushi chef at Zuma is opening a tiny sushi restaurant in the Television Centre at White City development. With just 15 seats expect this to be a restaurant booking to boast about.
In a nutshell: Local eating and drinking on Richmond Hill
Where is it? 144-150 Richmond Hill, Richmond, TW10 6RW
Why should you care? 144 on the Hill is Richmond Hills' latest swish bar and restaurant, offering a 'turf-to-table' menu featuring local ingredients like honey from Richmond beekeepers, plus vegan and veggie options, and a live music lounge.
In a nutshell: Vegetarian and vegan food in St John's Wood
Where is it? 87 Allitsen Rd, London NW8 7AS
Why should you care? Given they’ve been in business since the 80s, it’s no surprise The Gate know a thing or two about veggie and vegan cooking. Now they’re taking their plant-based knowhow to St John's Wood, with a new restaurant that has brunch, lunch and a newly extended menu.
In a nutshell: More biryani action and slow cooking in Mayfair from the Dum Biryani team
Where is it? 49 Maddox St, London W1S 2PQ
Why should you care? Inspired by the Lucknow region's Awadhi cooking, chef and restaurateur Dhruv Mittal has opened a restaurant with all manner of biryanis, kebabs and lunchtime quick bites.
In a nutshell: Bar, restaurant, working space in Hoxton
Where is it? 207 Old St, London EC1V 9EY
Why should you care? This is the latest Hall from the people who brought you similar affairs in Brixton and London Fields with Martello Hall and more. Like those, it mixes up a main drinking and dining space on the ground floor with plenty of event and co-working space throughout.
In a nutshell: Theo Randall goes to the park.
Where is it? St James's Park, London SW1A 2BJ
Why should you care? A collaboration between Theo Randall, Colicci, and The Royal Parks with an emphasis on healthy and vegan options looks set to put London's royal park cafes on the map.
Opened in March 2019
In a nutshell: Guy Ritchie's Fitzrovia pub
Where is it? 4 Conway Street, London, W1T 6BB
Why should you care? Film director Guy Ritchie's pub empire is expanding. This Fitzrovia pub serves his beer in the pub downstairs and features an upstairs dining room where venison from his Wiltshire estate is on the menu.
In a nutshell: Sutton & Sons do fried chicken
Where is it? 240 Graham Road, London E8 1BP
Why should you care? East London fish & chips family swap out their all vegan joint for fried chicken instead.
In a nutshell: Come dine on Brick Lane
Where is it? 202 Brick Lane, London E1 6SA
Why should you care? Former Come Dine with Me winner Craig McAlpine has set up his own restaurant on Brick Lane. As you might guess from the name, there's a lot of cooking over an ember grill with an ever-changing seasonal menu.
In a nutshell: Halal to-go on Leicester Square
Where is it? 14-15 Irving Street, London WC2H 7AU
Why should you care? They've been around for 27 years to date and expanded across the US. Now America's Halal Guys have brought their gyros and platters to London.
In a nutshell: Victor Garvey expands his Spanish restaurant empire to the City
Where is it? 19 Bevis Marks, London EC3A 7JA
Why should you care? There's a distinct Spanish flavour to restaurateur Victor Garvey's new City gaff Barullo which promises to liven things up in Aldgate.
In a nutshell: Japanese izakaya in Soho
Where is it? 56 Old Compton Street, London, W1D 4UE
Why should you care? This is a Japanese izakaya-style spot from entrepreneur Sonny Huang whose family has two Chinese restaurants in Birmingham. Expect a Japanese pub serving up dishes cooked over the open robata grill.
In a nutshell: A new lease of life for the Cheyne Walk Brasserie
Where is it? 50 Cheyne Walk, London SW3 5LR
Why should you care? A nine-month renovation and a new chef make for an entirely new offering on one of London’s most famous streets as Cheyne Walk Brasserie becomes No. Fifty Cheyne.
In a nutshell: Italian cafe in Islington
Where is it? 56 - 58 Essex Road London, N1 8LR
Why should you care? Latteria is a new Italian cafe on Islington's Essex Road that comes from a seasoned restaurateur and promises an all-day menu based on the cafes of Milan.
In a nutshell: Roti Chai's Fitzrovia cafe.
Where is it? 6 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 2LR
Why should you care? This is from the people behind Roti Chai - this time opening an all-day cafe "offering an eclectic range of breakfast and all-day dishes with global influences, initially focused on flavours from across South East Asia."
In a nutshell: Street food and drinking in London Bridge
Where is it? Vinegar Yard, St Thomas Street, London Bridge, London SE1 3QU
Why should you care? From the people behind the nearby Flat Iron Square, this space is a combination of street food, bars, container pop-up shops and there's a big old garden area for eating and drinking too.
In a nutshell: Pakistani food in White City
Where is it? White City Place, 201 Wood Lane, White City, London W12 7TU
Why should you care? Aida Khan brings the Karachi cooking from her Shola supper club to White City for her first restaurant, celebrating Pakistani food.
In a nutshell: The next from Xi'an Impression
Where is it? 13 Cosmo Pl, London WC1N 3AP
Why should you care? This is the next restaurant from Highbury Fave Xi'an Impression. It features some of the favourites from the original restaurant by Arsenal's Emirates stadium as well as more traditional dishes.
In a nutshell: Insta-fave bakery expands with a new spot in Chelsea
Where is it? 219 King’s Road, Chelsea, London SW3 5EJ
Why should you care? The original Instagram magnet, London bakery Peggy Porschen, has opened its second bakery, nine years after launching in Belgravia. But this one is bigger, will be open later AND is going to have its own cocktail bar.
In a nutshell: Indo-Chinese food in Soho
Where is it? 77 Berwick Street, Soho, London W1F 8TH
Why should you care? Momos take centre stage at Fatt Pundit which is inspired by the Indo-Chinese food found in Kolkata.
In a nutshell: Korean/Japanese grab and go
Where is it? 20 Eastcheap, London EC3M 1EB
Why should you care?The same people behind Walworth's popular Korean restaurant CheeMC are coming to The City. This time they're bringing a build-your-own Japanese/Korean lunchbox concept.
In a nutshell: Gourmet Burgers in Highbury
Where is it? 138 Blackstock Road, Highbury, London N4 2DX
Why should you care? This Highbury burger spot boasts a head chef who's worked in Michelin-starred kitchens and has burgers on the menu which really deserve a gourmet label. Expect BIG burgers, with pork belly, oxtail, bone marrow and more thrown into the mix.
In a nutshell: Ex-Babbo Head Chef goes it alone in Marylebone
Where is it? 13-14 Thayer Street, London W1U 3JR
Why should you care? Carlo Scotto's first solo venture, on Thayer Street, is a two tiered affair with a casual ground floor space XR and then a first floor fine dining experience Xier with a tasting menu.
In a nutshell: 88 Upper Street, London, N1 0NP
Where is it? Sausages in Islington
Why should you care? A new restaurant that's specialising in just the one thing has opened in Islington. X-Upper is all about gourmet sausages and they've rustled up some impressive chefs to create them.
Opened in February 2019
In a nutshell: Adam Handling takes on the food side of things at Belmond's flagship London hotel
Where is it? 75 Sloane Street, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 9SG
Why should you care? From Shoreditch to Sloane Street, Adam Handling's rise has been meteoric. At their English countryside hotel Le Manoir Belmond picked Raymond Blanc, now they're putting all their resources behind Handling at their flagship Knightsbridge hotel.
In a nutshell: Atul Kochhar is back with a new restaurant
Where is it? 17-19 Maddox Street, London W1S 2QH
Why should you care? Atul Kochhar's first new restaurant after Benares is this Mayfair spot focusing on lesser-known Indian dishes.
In a nutshell: Restaurant, bar and art space in Fitzrovia
Where is it?95 Charlotte Street, London W1T 4PZ
Why should you care? Cutting Room sees the food and art world getting closer together. They'll be showcasing different artists monthly - alongside a restaurant and bar that's serving food cooked over charcoal and cocktails served in medicine bottles.
In a nutshell: Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke expand their empire with a Notting Hill seafood restaurant
Where is it? 31 Kensington Park Rd, London W11 2EU
Why should you care? The duo behind Brunswick House and St Leonards are expanding to the west of the city with this new Scottish-inspired seafood restaurant in Notting Hill.
In a nutshell: Italian in Shoreditch via Paris
Where is it? 54-56 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3QR
Why should you care? The Big Mamma group in Paris have had huge hits with their trattorias and now they've come to London with Gloria, taking over a big space in Shoreditch. Expect Italian food in a classic looking space (as well as a hidden 80s-set dining room).
In a nutshell: P Franco team's third restaurant will be an all counter spot where Legs used to be
Where is it? 120 Morning Lane, London E9 6LH
Why should you care? The P Franco team's empire continues to expand. This, their third opening, takes over the former Legs restaurant on Morning Lane with an all-counter dining and drinking space.
In a nutshell: Wine bar and bistro in Highbury
Where is it? 177b Blackstock Road, London N5 2LL
Why should you care? Top Cuvée in Highbury matches cocktails from the people behind Three Sheets with a curated selection of wine.. Expect food from an ex-Naughty Piglets chef, a decent wine list to drink in or take away.
In a nutshell: Healthy kitchen and bakery in Marylebone.
Where is it? 52 - 55 Dorset Street, London, W1U 7NH
Why should you care? Looking for a healthy restaurant in Marylebone that's all gluten and dairy-free. Then it sounds like AOK kitchen may be just the thing. AND there's a gluten-free bakery too.
In a nutshell: Dumplings in Chinatown
Where is it? Central Cross, Newport Ct, London WC2H 7PZ
Why should you care? A new place to try xiaolongbao in London as well as roast duck noodles and a selection of grilled Chinese small plates. And you'll be able to watch them make those dumpligs through their main window.
In a nutshell: New City bar and restaurant for Watling Street
Where is it? 67-69 Watling St, London EC4M 9DD
Why should you care? Expect a punchy cocktail list and all manner of fun, casual dishes at this new two floored bar and restaurant in the City.
In a nutshell: Private members club in Carnaby with top food and drink planned
Where is it? 9 Kingly St, Soho, London W1B 5PN
Why should you care? With a world class mixologist (Mr Lyan) and Michelin-starred chef (Tom Sellers) on the team, this new members club in Carnaby should be of interest to London's foodies.
In a nutshell: Retro dining above Oxford Street
Where is it? Centre Point Bridge Link, 101-103 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1DD
Why should you care? If you've got a soft spot for the good old days, then head to VIVI where you can enjoy your chicken a la king in London landmark Centre Point with Vivi. Just head to the bridge link, and look for the PlayPlax inspired lights...
In a nutshell: An Indian restaurant of three parts on Baker St
Where is it? 66 Baker St, Marylebone, London W1U 7DJ
Why should you care? Taking the space that once held Galvin Bistrot De Luxe is Ooty Indian restaurant. It comes in three parts - a fine dining restaurant led by the ex-head chef of Vineet Bhatia London, an underground cocktail bar and an all-day casual dining restaurant.
In a nutshell: This Dalston restaurant and cocktail bar is a Japanese/Italian mashup
Where is it? 56 Dalston Lane, London E8 3AH
Why should you care? Expect to see a modern take on Japanese and Italian food in this new Dalston restaurant which also sports a tiny Tokyo-style cocktail bar. And no phones are allowed in the bar...
In a nutshell: New Hackney arts space gets an ex-St John chef running things
Where is it? 11-17 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 8BH
Why should you care? It's taken millions to transform the old Savoy Cinema into a modern arts space so it's good news that their restaurant will be every bit as ambitious with former St John executive chef Chris Gillard running things.
In a nutshell: Rohit Ghai goes casual in Wembley
Where is it? Olympic Way, Wembley HA9 0NU
Why should you care? Rohit Ghai has had success with his upmarket Indian restaurant Kutir in Chelsea, and this restaurant makes something of a departure from him. This time he's opening a casual restaurant in Boxpark Wembley - it's the only sit-down restaurant there - with kulchas and lots more on the menu.
In a nutshell: A big new food court/bar for White City.
Where is it? White City Place, 195 Wood Lane, London W12 7TU
Why should you care? The latest addition to the BBC studios redevelopment in White City, W12 studios is bringing a series of rotating kitchens and a big new bar to the area.
In a nutshell: Catford pub gets a 21st century makeover
Where is it? 167 Rushey Green, Catford, London SE6 4BD
Why should you care? The historic Black Horse and Harrow pub is being renamed Ninth Life as it reopens under The Laine Pub Company with a street food market and upstairs escape room experience.
In a nutshell: Yopo takes over from Serge at The Mandrake
Where is it? 20 - 21 Newman Street, London W1T 1PG
Why should you care? There's a brand new restaurant opening at the Mandrake Hotel in Fitzrovia. Yopo will match European cooking with South American influences.
In a nutshell: Med and British dining in an independent hotel
Where is it? 19-20 Garlick Hill, London EC4V 2AU
Why should you care? Those who are fans of South Kensington’s The Ampersand will want to make a note of this one - the City's newest hotel Vintry & Mercer boasts multiple places to eat and drink, including a rooftop restaurant where you can enjoy the view along with your meal.
In a nutshell: Top Istanbul restaurant team open their first London place
Where is it? 55 Beak St, London W1F 9SH
Why should you care? Acclaimed Turkish chef Civan Er is bringing a flavour of his Istanbul restaurant Yeni Lokanta to London's Soho.
In a nutshell: Fresh pasta in Aldgate
Where is it? 77 Alie Street, London E1 8NH
Why should you care? The original Emilia's Crafted Pasta in St Katharine's Docks was among the first of the new breed of simple, fresh, well-made and affordable pasta restaurants in London. Now they're expanding with a new restaurant in Aldgate. Expect a similar menu to the original and some extra specials too.
Opened in January 2019
In a nutshell: Trendy seasonal dining, very photo friendly...
Where is it? 3-4 Eccleston Yard, London SW1W 9AZ
Why should you care? Tart London made a name for themselves catering to huge brands. Now they’re taking things up a notch with their first venue, which on top of having an airy, all-day restaurant with a range of healthy, and not-so-healthy options, will have a photography studio, an event space for 350 and a retail space...
In a nutshell: Temakaria brings Japanese-Brazilian fusion to Tower Bridge
Where is it? 1 Tower Bridge Road, Tower Bridge, London SE1 2AA
Why should you care? A Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurant chain founded in Italy is expanding, opening its second London restaurant at the new One Tower Bridge development.
In a nutshell: Sichuan in Chinatown
Where is it? Central Cross, Newport Ct, London WC2H 7PZ
Why should you care? The team behind this modern Shuchuan restaurant won "Best in England" at the Golden Chopsticks Awards in April for its other JinLi on nearby Leicester Street. Expect modern Sichuan dishes including new dishes like JinLi Fragrant Rabbit.
In a nutshell: More Taiwanese fried chicken for London
Where is it? 12 Macclesfield St, London W1D 5BP
Why should you care? Popular Taiwanese fried chicken chain Monga have chosen London's Chinatown for their first European branch.
In a nutshell: Swedish bakery spot hits Soho (via Edinburgh)
Where is it? 36 Berwick St, London W1F 8RJ
Why should you care? Popular Scottish chain Söderberg is expanding to London, bringing their cardamom buns and open sarnies to Soho's Berwick Street.
In a nutshell: Yes, burgers and beer in King's Cross.
Where is it? 1A Arthouse, 1 York Way, London, N1C 4AS
Why should you care? The third Burger and Beer store has come to King's Cross, so if you like both of those things - this is for you. And vegan burgers are on the menu too.
In a nutshell: Two superstar young chefs join forces at Bethnal Green's Town Hall Hotel
Where is it? Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London E2 9NF
Why should you care? The space that once housed Viajante and The Typing Room will now be a modern Latin American restaurant run by two chefs who arrive here via The Fat Duck, Fera and the Michelin-starred restaurant Amelia San Sebastian.
In a nutshell: Henry Harris in Chiswick
Where is it? 210 Chiswick High Rd, Chiswick, London W4 1PD
Why should you care? This is the fourth pub to be launched by famed chef Henry Harris, following successes elsewhere in town. This time the food will have a Mediterranean vibe.
In a nutshell: An all-vegan curry house in Walthamstow.
Where is it? 58 Hoe St, Walthamstow, London E17 4PG
Why should you care? British curry house favourites are re-imagined in plant-based form by street food favourite SpiceBox.
In a nutshell: Vegan in Barbican
Where is it? 60 Bartholomew’s Close, London EC1A 7BN
Why should you care? The popular Cambridge vegan restaurant Stem + Glory has completed a successful Kickstarter campaign to launch in London. Expect new dishes on the London menu as well as special dinner events.
In a nutshell: Steak for a tenner in London Bridge
Where is it? 112-114 Tooley St, London SE1 2TH
Why should you care? Popular steak chain Flat Iron are opening their sixth steakhouse. The Tooley Street restaurant will have a indoor garden theme.
In a nutshell: Ethical butcher and grill for Camden Market
Where is it? Arch 733, The North Yard, The Stables, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH
Why should you care? If you're in Camden hankering after a burger or steak sarnie then this ethical, sustainable spot in Stables Market could be just the thing for you.
In a nutshell: Wines and modern European food in Stoke Newington
Where is it? 188 Stoke Newington High Street, London N16 7JD
Why should you care? Moio restaurant on Stoke Newington High Street is a collaboration between a chef and sommelier who most recently worked together at Portland restaurant as chef and sommelier. Expect a modern European menu with a big focus on matching wines with it.
In a nutshell: Persian food blogger opens her first restaurant in Chiswick
Where is it? 30 Chiswick High Road London W4 1TE
Why should you care? Popular Persian food blogger and author Maryam Sinaiee has opened the doors of her first restaurant venture - a cafe on Chiswick High Road.
In a nutshell: Bar and gin distillery in King's Cross
Where is it? Goods Way, Kings Cross, London N1C 4UR
Why should you care? Chapel Down - best known as an English vineyard - have come to London with a new focus on their own gin. This bar and restaurant takes up prime position overlooking the canal in King's Cross and there's some great alfresco space planned too.
Opened in December 2018
In a nutshell: South Bank gets a new all day eating and drinking spot
Where is it? Belvedere Road, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX
Why should you care? Spiritland's new Festival Hall digs gives as much importance to what's playing and how it sounds as what's being served up. Oh and it's open very late too.
In a nutshell: Experimental Indian restaurant comes to London
Where is it? 8 Haymarket, London SW1Y 4BP
Why should you care? Fancy a deconstructed shepherd's pie or a masala scotch egg? Then the London outpost of Farzi Cafe is for you. They're already big in India and now the restaurant with its experimental Indian cooking is coming to London.
In a nutshell: All day cafe for Tower Bridge
Where is it? 4 Queen Elizabeth Street, SE1 2LL
Why should you care? Having opened Riding House Cafe and now running Blixen Clive Watson is well able to put together a lovely all day space so hopes for this new Tower Bridge hotel restaurant/cafe are high.
In a nutshell: Vampiric pizza in Camden
Where is it? 245 Eversholt Street, London NW1 1BA
Why should you care? Lost Boys pizza (based on a certain 1980s film) has built up a following in Archway and now they're opening their second place in Camden. Expect black charcoal pizzas and also a basement absinth bar - with absinthe fountains.
In a nutshell: Healthy food on Seven Dials
Where is it? 15 Shorts Gardens / 2 Neal’s Yard, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9AT.
Why should you care? This is the third Redemption Bar to hit London, which focuses on healthy eating, including lots of vegan and gluten-free options. And there's an alcohol-free cocktail bar on top of that.
In a nutshell: Ramen joint returns to Soho
Where is it? 64 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6LU
Why should you care? Yamagoya ramen originally started as a pop-up upstairs at Shuang Shuang. Now they're back, taking over the main restaurant for good and are bringing their famed raindrop cake with them.
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.
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.
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.
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