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The best new London restaurants of 2024 (so far)

We're over halfway through the year, so that means it's time for our round-up of the best openings of the year to date...

 

June 2024

Henri

Covent Garden - 14-15 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8QH

Chef Jackson Boxer is a busy man, but he’s still found the time to open this gorgeous Parisian-inspired bistro in the heart of Covent Garden. The seaweed canelés bejewelled with trout roe are a must-have and there are numerous dishes on the reasonably-priced menu that make this just as much of a place to pop in for a dish and a drink as for a pre or post-theatre dinner.

 

The River Café Café

Hammersmith - Thames Wharf Studios, Rainville Road, London W6 9HA

Obviously, Ruth Rogers’ first new restaurant opening in thirty years was going to cause quite a stir in London’s foodie circles. Fans of The River Cafe - and they are legion - will want to try anything new they do, but anyone who’s perhaps been put off by trying the OG by the punchy pricing might look to test the waters with this new riverside cafe first. Expect great pasta but also pastries and coffees making this more of an all-day offering.

 

The ParkThe Park

Bayswater - 123 Bayswater Rd, London W2 3JH

Restaurateur Jeremy King’s latest restaurant opening is, he says, his love letter to America. You’ll find it on the edge of Hyde Park taking up the whole ground floor of a multi-million-pound apartment block in Bayswater. And where Jeremy goes, his fans follow in their droves. Business is already booming with the ham hock pie and prawn cocktails being early favourites but it’s a big restaurant so you should still be able to secure a table if you keep trying.

Read our Test Drive of The Park

 

Tollington'sTollington's

Finsbury Park - 172 Tollington Park, London N4 3AJ

With such a huge fanbase it was always going to be interesting to see what the Four Legs team did after their massive success with The Plimsoll. Moving only a little bit further north in Finsbury Park their next opening is Spanish fish bar Tollington’s, which has taken over an old fish and chip shop. The fryers may have remained but that’s all as this part of North London has become a corner of Spain instead. Bookings are going to be hard but the good news is there’s more room free for walk-ins in the front bar.

Read our Test Drive of Tollington's

 

 

May 2024

Julie's

Holland Park - 135 Portland Rd, London W11 4LW

This is the second time in just a few years that there's been a full revamp of Julie's, but this one has clearly been an unqualified success. Bringing in an ex-The Pelican chef (Owen Kenworthy) and the fact that it's now owned by someone who lives in the area has certainly helped to make this a hit again. The French brasserie style is a much more fitting approach for the area and crowd and the terrace is the place to be on a sunny day. We expect a lot of potential star-spotting at this place in the coming months and in the meantime, Giles Coren said "it was all utterly historic".

Read our Test Drive of Julie's

 

Kioku by EndoKioku by Endo

Whitehall - The OWO. 7 Horse Guards Ave, London SW1A 2EX

Nothing restaurant-wise has really taken off at the massive OWO/Raffles development on Whitehall so the stakes were high for this new rooftop spot by Endo Kazutoshi. The sushi, as you might imagine, is on point but there are lots of other interesting dishes to try too. The good news is that it’s already an immediate hit - the arrival of the British summer and the amazing views from the terrace here aren’t hurting any.

Read our Test Drive of Kioku by Endo

 

The Hero

Maida Vale - 55 Shirland Rd, London W9 2JD

Another successful revamp is the revival of what was once The Hero of Maida by the same people who made The Pelican such a big success. Stripping back the decor has created a beautiful-looking pub, while the food takes a new approach to pub classics (with a grill restaurant upstairs to follow soon). It's already become a massive hit with locals, and another local, The Standard's David Ellis also approves: "This might just be the best-looking pub in the world." Meanwhile, Jay Rayner says "they have made the sweetly familiar blissfully new again" while Giles Coren after visiting early said "it’s going to be good. Very good."

Read our Test Drive of The Hero

 

InisInis

Hackney - 13 Rookwood Way, Fish Island, London E3 2XT

Fans of an impeccably fried breakfast may want to make the trek to Fish Island in Hackney Wick to try out the feast that Inis is serving up. Word has spread not only of the morning offering but the interesting mix of British and Irish dishes that this independent restaurant has on its menu. It’s already won quite the following from locals but deserves visitors from further afield too.

 

Cafe BritalyCafe Britaly

Peckham - 191 Rye Lane, London SE15 4TP

Italian purists appear to have calmed down since the appearance of Cafe Britaly’s carbonara dish with cream and a fried egg topping first elevated their blood pressure. Numerous reviewers have enjoyed working their way through the menu at this greasy spoon meets Italian cafe in Peckham. A place that doesn’t take itself too seriously.

Read our Test Drive of Cafe Britaly

 

 

April 2024

Oma and AgoraOma and Agora

Borough Market - 2-4 Bedale St, London SE1 9AL

Coming from David Carter, the man behind Smokestak and Manteca, it was fair to expect big things from his Greek-inspired restaurants in Borough Market, even if they were something of a creative departure for him. But barely weeks after opening, both restaurants are heaving, bringing a taste of Shoreditch vibes to Borough. The walk-in-only Agora channels a busy Greek taverna against live-fire cooking while the upstairs OMA features next-level dishes like their lobster-bisque borek. Breads are baked in-house (the acama is wonderful) and OMA is also blessed with an upstairs terrace that overlooks the market. It's the new party place in the area, for sure. In The Standard, Jimi Famurewa is an early fan, calling it suitably "epic". 

Read our Oma and Agora Test Drive

 

RoeRoe

Canary Wharf - Five Park Drive, Wood Wharf, London E14 9GG

Over the years, Fallow has built a big reputation both for its cooking but also by becoming a master of social media. For their next proper restaurant (outside of spin-off Fowl), the team here have gone a whole lot bigger for their Canary Wharf restaurant Roe. Huge though it is, the style of food that made Fallow such a hit, low waste, with a strong focus on local and sustainable, is very much in evidence here. From excellent skewers to a properly game-changing banana dessert, the food is excellent. At the time of writing, they're yet to serve breakfast but when they do, that'll be perfect for the Canary Wharf workers. 

Read our Test Drive of Roe

 

ClothCloth

City of London - 44 Cloth Fair, London EC1A 7JQ

Tucked away off Smithfield, this cosy little British bistro (with a strong wine offering) has hit the ground running, winning a slew of good reviews. The Guardian’s Grace Dent is a fan saying; “There’s nothing hokey, disappointing or out of a tin at Cloth.” It was also popular with The Financial Times critic Tim Hayward who said; “even though the meal was just short of stellar, I’m determined to return many times.”

Read our Test Drive of Cloth

 

ABC KitchensABC Kitchens

Knightsbridge - Old Barrack Yard, Belgravia, London SW1X 7NP

The Emory is the brand new suites-only hotel from The Maybourne Group that's right next door to another of their hotels, The Berkeley (and connected to it by a door through to Cedric Grolet). Blessed with a hidden courtyard, it also boasts the latest London restaurant from Jean-Georges Vongerichten (he also teamed up with Maybourne at The Connaught). This is essentially an amalgam of the various ABC restaurants he's opened in America, featuring some of his best-known dishes like the spring pea guacamole. It's already a hit with the Knightsbridge folk, and has a brass-hued interior design that really comes to life at night. 

Read our ABC Kitchens Test Drive

 

Los Mochis CityLos Mochis City

City of London - 9th Floor, 100 Liverpool St, London EC2M 2AT

It’s notoriously hard to impress the demanding City crowd but this rooftop spot at 100 Broadgate has clearly done just that. Do diners love the Mexican-Japanese fusion food and the interesting cocktail list or are they here for the amazing-looking roof terrace? It’s buzzy every night of the week and there are more elements still to open here.

 

 

March 2024

Arlington

St James - 20 Arlington St, St. James's, London SW1A 1RJ

In a nutshell: Jeremy King revives Le Caprice

The first of Jeremy King's three new restaurants of 2024 continues to be a massive hit, even without star MD Jesus Adorno. So many A-list celebs have already been through the doors during its testing weeks that it's unquestionably the new place to be seen in right now. Essentially Le Caprice in all but name, it's been a hit with the old and new crowd. Of the former, Giles Coren says "the food is great. Just great." while Jimi Famurewa is a fan of the restaurants which lets you "party like it’s 1989." Yes, it's something of a throwback, but as Grace Dent puts it: "It ain’t broke, and neither is its the clientele, so nobody needs to fix it."

Read our Arlington Test Drive

 

LitaLita

Marylebone - 7 Paddington St, London W1U 5QE

Almost out of nowhere, Lita has quickly become one of the hottest restaurants in town. Crossing over into the space that made Chiltern Firehouse such a big hit, it mixes great cooking with a laid-back-luxe vibe that's proving very popular with the well-heeled Marylebone set. Of course, it helps that the food by chef Luke Ahearne is exceptionally good (the tuna dish pictured is a showstopper) and has already garnered some stellar reviews. In The Standard, Jimi Famurewa called it "a marvel" while Jay Rayner was in "heavenly raptures over the cooking here". 

Read our Test Drive of Lita

 

Josephine BouchonJosephine Bouchon

Chelsea - 315 Fulham Road, London SW10 9QH

It's been a busy 12 months for Claude Bosi with this being the third restaurant he's opened in that time frame; one of them already has two Michelin stars. This restaurant, a team-up with Bosi's wife Lucy, feels like more of a neighbourhood affair and one that's closer to Bosi's heart, being a local bistro that harkens back to his family's roots. It's become a massive hit for both locals and those further afield. Very much an old-school affair, Jay Rayner calls it "a beautifully executed act of remembrance." Make sure to order the rum baba, served tableside.

Read our Josephine Bouchon Test Drive

 

TTTT

Shoreditch - 17b Kingsland Road, London E2 8AA

The rooftop of what was TT Liquor used to host pop-up restaurants but this year they've redesigned it and put a permanent chef in place, ex-Oren chef Sam Lone. He's making ample use of their smoker for an excellent rooftop menu featuring some of the best barbecued meats in town (as well as some amazing croquettes). The roof is fully weatherproofed so it's great even when the rain is pouring down. 

Read our Test Drive of TT

 

The CocochineThe Cocochine

Mayfair - 27 Bruton Place, London W1J 6NQ

This restaurant comes from the team of gallery owner Tim Jefferies and chef Larry Jayasekara. It's set in an absolutely beautiful space, adorned with artwork from Jefferies' galleries. It's a fine dining affair with much of the produce coming from produce from the Rowler Estate in Northamptonshire. Expect intense attention to detail in the cooking and make sure to try one of their pies if they're on the menu. 

Read our Test Drive of The Cocochine

 

Thirty7Thirty7

Covent Garden - 37 Bedford Street, London WC2E 9EN

Thirty7 comes from the Oystermen (Matt Lovell & Rob Hampton) and is just around the corner from their first Covent Garden restaurant. They describe the restaurant as a neighbourhood restaurant and bar which goes beyond the seafood focus of before (although you will find oysters on the menu). Make sure to have the cheddar beignets and also pop down to the very handy bar downstairs.

Read our Test Drive of Thirty7

 

Dream Xi'anDream Xi'an

City of London - Unit 2A, Tower Place, London EC3R 5BU

When chef Guirong Wei (Master Wei) opens a restaurant, she might not tell many people about it but people sit up and take notice. Her latest place here in Tower Hill includes some of the greatest hits of Master Wei, which means those amazing hand-pulled noodles, as well as a focus on dumplings inspired by Wei’s Shaanxi upbringing.

 

Chapel Market KitchenChapel Market Kitchen

Islington - 2 Chapel Market, London N1 9EZ

Tucked down the far end (some might say the wrong end) of Chapel Market, this seafood spot has been turning out superlative dishes since opening quietly early in 2024. Chef Maoz Alonim has swapped the markets of Tel Aviv for North London and in doing so has given Islington this enticing oyster bar and grill.

 

 

February 2024

MorchellaMorchella

Clerkenwell - 84-86 Rosebery Avenue, London EC1R 4Q

After success with Perilla in Stoke Newington, the same team has opened a much bigger restaurant close to Exmouth Market that's quite a different beast. Focusing this time on a modern interpretation of Mediterranean dining, they prove that they're no one-hit-wonder with an extremely assured parade of snacks and sharing dishes, all with their own unique spin. In The Standard, Jimi Famurewa says the restaurant "traffics in the sort of rare brilliance that it’s hard to keep secret for very long." meanwhile, Grace Dent says the kitchen is creating "an intense mix of decadent, surprising, weird and usually utterly triumphant dishes".

Read our Test Drive of Morchella

 

Liu XiaomianLiu Xiaomian

Carnaby - First floor, Kingly Ct, Carnaby, London W1B 5PW

Previously popping up in residencies, Liu Xiaomian's noodles have been very popular, counting none other than Nigella Lawson among their fans. Run by Chongqing expats Liu Qian and Charlene Liu, this sees them finally getting a permanent space in Carnaby's Kingly court. The menu centres around two dishes - Xiaomian wheat noodles in an aromatic and spicy broth and a hot and sour glass noodle dish with new pig's trotter noodles making the menu too. If you're yet to try their noodles - then now's the time. 

 

BrunoBruno

Victoria Park - 211a Victoria Park Road, London E9 7JN

After his success with Sager + Wilde, Michael Sager has concentrated on his own neighbourhood for his latest opening, a small, cosy wine bar just off Victoria Park. Named after his father, the bar is stocked with many wines from his own private collection and those are backed up with a carby menu that's led by huge filled pretzels. This is exactly the kind of wine bar you want to appear in your neighbourhood and will make you jealous of the Victoria Park locals. 

Read our Test Drive of Bruno

 

CamilleCamille

Borough Market - 2-3 Stoney Street, London SE1 9AA

After success both in London with Ducksoup and out of town with Osteria Emilia, Clare Lattin and Tom Hill's latest restaurant sees them pivot to a pretty traditional French bistro. With ex-P Franco chef Elliot Hashtroudi as head chef, the very French menu is already finding its fans. In The Guardian,  Grace Dent "got the sense that this is a truly great little restaurant" while Jimi Famurewa called it one of the year's "most intoxicating openings".

 

SingapulahSingapulah

Chinatown - 53 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6LB

Once a pop-up, Singaporean restaurateur Ellen Chew is relaunching Singapulah, this time teaming up with the Singapore tourism board. Behind a "secret" door, you'll find the restaurant which features classics like Bak Chor Mee, Singapore Laksa, and Mao Shan Wang Durian. It's already fully viral on social and hopefully should be the restaurant to make a success of what recently has been an ill-fated site. 

 

The Shoap by Auld HagThe Shoap by Auld Hag

Islington - 406 St John Street, London EC1V 4ND

In a nutshell: Scottish deli

After years working as a market stall under the Auld Hag title, Gregg Boyd has gone permanent with this deli, cafe and bar in Angel, immediately proving that there was a pent-up need for "Scottish scran". Since opening, there have been queues out the door for their filled morning rolls, tattie scones, cakes and more. Get there as early as you can to make sure you grab some baked goods, but it's also a great place for a late afternooon/early evening drink in Angel. In The Standard, Jimi Famurewa was impressed, saying that when you leave, you'll be "plotting an immediate return".

More about The Shoap

 

 

January 2024

Juno

Notting Hill - 2-4 Farmer St, London W8 7SN

We may have contributed to the buzz around this tiny new restaurant tucked away upstairs in Los Mochis in Notting Hill after our Instagram reel garnered 370k views. But while we're unlikely to ever get a seat here again given that there are only six, we can't be sad if that's because more of you are heading down to try this exceptional omakase spot.

Read our Test Drive of Juno

 

Farm Shop wine barFarm Shop wine bar

Mayfair - 64 South Audley Street, London W1K 2QT

Farm Shop started life out on an actual farm, Durslade Farm in Bruton, and this is their Mayfair location which, as well as being a shop and butcher, has an extensive wine bar below ground. The entry-level wines by the glass are surprisingly affordable for Mayfair and they're backed up with cheese and charcuterie boards, toasties and more. The perfect little hideaway in the middle of Mayfair.

Read our Test Drive of Farm Shop

 

Alley Cats PizzaAlley Cats Pizza

Marylebone - 22 Paddington St, London W1U 5QY

Alley Cats Pizza has been something of a phenomenon. The pizzeria is based on NYC-style pizzerias with huge pizzas on offer and built up an avid following overnight. There are no bookings so queues are likely at peak times and when you get a table expect the classic crisp-based pizzas to fill the whole table. They do offer click & collect if you're queue-phobic and more branches are on the way. 

 

 

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