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 January 2022
In a nutshell: New ramen joint
Where is it? 38A Wells Terrace, London N4 3FP
Why should you care? As part of the new development around Finsbury Park station, there are all manner of restaurants, cafes and bars opening and the latest to throw their hat into the ring is Tonkotsu, with their signature Tonkotsu ramen and lots more on offer.
In a nutshell: Kerth Gumbs in Bankside
Where is it? 5 Canvey St, London SE1 9AN
Why should you care? New restaurant and bar Boiler and Co at Bankside has a very interesting chef heading up the menu - Kerth Gumbs. Last seen at Ormer Mayfair, he also made a big splash in the final of Great British menu.
In a nutshell: Vegan burgers
Where is it? 17 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9BL
Why should you care? After opening Honest Burger restaurants all over town, they're now looking to try something different with V Honest, their first fully vegan burger restaurant.
In a nutshell: Ottolenghi's latest
Where is it? 84 Park Hall Road, Dulwich, London SE21 8BW
Why should you care? Chelsea's Pavilion Road is now home to one of Yotam Ottolenghi's biggest neighbourhood delis. The all day spot opens from breakfast through to early evening and they're promising some rather special new dishes that are exclusive to Chelsea folk.
In a nutshell: Dumplings in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 30 Rathbone Place, London W1T 1JG
Why should you care? Ugly Dumpling have branched out to Fitzrovia (right next door to Lima). As with the Carnaby original, they're a dumpling restaurant, and their fillings are a mix of traditional fillings and their own creations.
Opened in December 2021
In a nutshell: Top US vegan chef on Oxford Street
Where is it? Selfridges, 400 Oxford St, London W1A 1AB
Why should you care? American chef Matthew Kenney is a pretty big deal, with more than 40 restaurants around the world and a slew of A-list celebrities loving what he does. And what he does is plant food - but he makes it sexy, and now he's brought that to Selfridges.
In a nutshell: Sustainable seafood in Wapping
Where is it? 27 Gauging Square, London E1W 2AE
Why should you care? Run by chef Neil Wagner in collaboration with Shaun Henderson (of sustainable fish-suppliers-to-top-restaurants-for-a-decade Henderson’s fame), Off The Hook is not just a seafood restaurant, but a fishmongers, and also offers takeaway fish and chips.
In a nutshell: Pizzeria head south
Where is it? 65 Balham High Road, London SW12 9AP
Why should you care? This is the latest pizzeria from Zia Lucia, which started in North London, and the restaurant is all centred around their 48-hour slow-fermented doughs. With each pizza, you get a choice of traditional white flour, wholemeal, gluten-free or a vegetable charcoal base.
In a nutshell: Kaiseki in Marylebone
Where is it? 12 New Quebec St, Marylebone, London W1H 7RP
Why should you care? Chef Daisuke Hayashi has opened Roketsu in Marylebone. His new restaurant is all about Japanese Kaiseki dining and is within a beautifully designed restaurant.
In a nutshell: Middle Eastern food via Australia
Where is it? 11 Berkeley Street, London W1J 8DS
Why should you care? He's well known in Australia where having earned his stripes at top Sydney restaurant ARIA he went on to launch many of his own restaurants. Now chef Roy Ner is hoping to win over a London audience with his food. The Israeli-born chef has opened Middle Eastern spot Jeru on Mayfair's Berkeley Street.
In a nutshell: Italian pasta chain in London
Where is it? 23 Slingsby Place, The Yards, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9AB
Why should you care? Back in Italy, it's got a cult following with queues around the block at each restaurant opening. Now the Miscusi pasta chain has arrived in London.
In a nutshell: Cafe/wine bar in The City
Where is it? 7 Frederick’s Place, London EC2R 8AE
Why should you care? A new cafe by day/wine bar by night has opened in The City. Where's Fred's comes from Chelsea Finch, who's also behind the District cafés.
Opened in November 2021
In a nutshell: New restaurant for The Cadogan
Where is it? The Cadogan, 75 Sloane St, London SW1X 9SG
Why should you care? The Cadogan's new restaurant is based around one of the hotel's most famed residents, Lillie Langtry (whose townhouse became part of what's now The Cadogan), and it's pitched as a neighbourhood grand café with a "love of entertaining" at the heart of it - and that means you can expect a fair bit of tableside theatre.
In a nutshell: Berber & Q goes west
Where is it? Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park NW6 6RR
Why should you care? The team behind Berber & Q are coming to Queen's Park. Carmel is both a bit of a departure from what came before, but still with a touch of inspiration from North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean.
In a nutshell: Turkish cuisine in Carnaby
Where is it? 30-32 Foubert's Place, Carnaby, London W1F 7PS
Why should you care? She's worked with Soho House's Nick Jones and Yotam Ottolenghi, now Turkish chef Esra Muslu has opened her first solo London venture. Zahter is being described as a 'love letter' to Turkey.
In a nutshell: Residency restaurant relocates
Where is it? 19-23 Charlotte St, London W1T 1RL
Why should you care? Carousel, the space from brothers Ed and Ollie Templeton that holds rotating chef residencies, has moved to Fitzrovia. They have some brand new spaces too, including an all-day wine bar.
In a nutshell: Fitzrovia pub gets a big revamp
Where is it? 55 Great Portland Street, London W1W 7LQ
Why should you care? The people who brought us The Cadogan Arms - JKS (Gymkhana, Hoppers), James Knappett (Kitchen Table) and publican Dominic Jacobs (The Running Horse) are back with a new pub. It's all about English grub downstairs with a James Knappett restaurant upstairs later on.
In a nutshell: All change at Three Little Birds in Brixton
Where is it? 412 Coldharbour Lane, London SW9 8LF
Why should you care? It's long been a popular spot in Brixton for Jamaican tapas and boozy brunches, but now Three Little Birds is heading in a new direction. Owner April Jackson has turned her Coldharbour Lane bar into a restaurant serving what she calls "modern British food with Jamaican soul".
In a nutshell: Steak and more in Covent Garden
Where is it? 40-42 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DD
Why should you care? The Jones Family Affair takes over the large space that used to be home to Les Deux Salons on William IV Street. If you've been to either their Eccleston Yards space or the old Shoreditch spot you'll know that Jones Family restaurants go big on their steaks from The Ginger Pig, cooked on the Josper.
In a nutshell: From Southall to Somerset House
Where is it? Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA
Why should you care? Dipna Anand is best known for her highly-rated Brilliant Restaurant in Southall as well as her own cookery school. Now she's opened a restaurant at Somerset House. Her eponymous restaurant is focusing on Punjabi and South Indian cuisine, bringing in some of her signature dishes as well as adding a few new dishes too.
In a nutshell: Seafood in Mayfair
Where is it? 6-10 Bruton Street, London W1J 6PU
Why should you care? SeaSons already has a few fishmonger/bistros dotted across town (Fitzrovia, Notting Hill, Bayswater, Kensington) and even has plans for Miami and New York but this is their flagship restaurant in London, taking over the building that used to be The Square.
In a nutshell: A floating steak emporium
Where is it? 1 Water Street, London E14
Why should you care? The Hawksmoor empire is expanding as they get ready to open their seventh restaurant, this time in Canary Wharf. Their latest place will actually be floating in the water. Expect steaks, cocktails, lots of outside seating and one of their biggest bars to date.
In a nutshell: Louisiana chicken in the UK
Where is it? Westfield Stratford City, Montfichet Rd, London E20 1EJ
Why should you care? They're huge in the USA and this is the first UK opening for Popeye's and its Louisiana chicken (not to mention biscuits and gravy). They'll also be launching a vegan burger here before anywhere else in the world.
In a nutshell: Filipino cuisine makes the leap from Brixton to Mayfair
Where is it? 10 Heddon Street, London W1B 4BX
Why should you care? It's been big in Brixton - now Ferdinand "Budgie” Montoya has brought Sarap into central London. Budgie's new Mayfair restaurant is being described as an "evolution" over the more casual Brixton space, but continuing its modern interpretation of Filipino cuisine. (Soft launch until 18 Nov)
In a nutshell: Deep-fried skewers in Soho
Where is it? 16A D'Arblay Street, London W1F 8EA
Why should you care? The people behind Angelina are launching something a bit different in Soho. Dai Chi is all about bringing Osaka's kushikatsu dining to Soho. That's panko-breadcrumbed deep-fried skewers of meat, fish and vegetables.
In a nutshell: Indian street food chain comes to London
Where is it? 5 Charlotte St, London W1T 1RE
Why should you care? Billed as "Indian street food", Mowgli has taken over what used to be the Cote brasserie on Charlotte Street. It's run by former barrister Nisha Katona who has made a big success of it throughout the UK.
In a nutshell: Japanese grill in Soho
Where is it? 22 Wardour Street, London W1D 6QQ
Why should you care? Yatay is a new Japanese robatayaki grill restaurant, inspired by the izakayas and street vendors of Tokyo. In addition to the grilling, pickling and fermenting is a big thing on the menu and they have a separate basement bar too.
In a nutshell: Hanover Square meets new England
Where is it? 6 Medici Court, London W1S 1JY (behind 20 Hanover Square)
Why should you care? This is part of a full redevelopment of an 18th-century Georgian townhouse on the redeveloped Hanover Square. There are three areas - plus a huge terrace - and the menu is influenced by New England with dishes like poutine on the menu.
In a nutshell: Fallow goes permanent
Where is it? 2 St James’s Market, London SW1Y 4RP
Why should you care? Popular restaurant Fallow have finally found a place they can call their permanent home. If you're one of Fallow's loyal customer base, then you'll be pleased to hear that dishes like their corn ribs, mushroom parfait and fallow deer tartare are on offer here. But there are loads of new dishes too.
In a nutshell: Sustainability in Covent Garden
Where is it? The Conduit, 6 Langley Street, London, WC2H 9JA
Why should you care? Ex Silo chef Brendan Eades' new digs are at The Conduit members club in Covent Garden who have launched their first restaurant which is open to the public. Sustainability is at the heart of the menu.
In a nutshell: Italian/British restaurant finds a permanent home
Where is it? 49-51 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3PT
Why should you care? After two residencies in Soho over the past three years, Chris Leach and David Carter's Manteca finally has a permanent restaurant, this time in Shoreditch. With a menu that marries Italian cuisine with British ingredients, expect old favourites and new dishes here.
In a nutshell: High-end Italian in Mayfair
Where is it? 15 Berkeley St, Mayfair, London W1J 8DY
Why should you care? Taking the space on Berkeley Street once held by Nobu, Il Borro Tuscan Bistro is a high-end Italian restaurant with strong links to a Tuscan estate and farm. And they even have their own wines.
In a nutshell: Ramen neat Leicester Square
Where is it? 35a Panton Street, London SW1Y 4EA
Why should you care? This is the second 70s-style ramen bar from the people behind Japan Centre (and it's close to their store too). Expect ramen from all over Japan and they're adding udon and soba here too.
In a nutshell: Fancy offshoot in Chelsea
Where is it? 27 Cale St, London SW3 3QP
Why should you care? Beefbar first opened in Monaco and since then has grown with branches in Saint-Tropez, Milan, Mykonos and Sao Paolo. Here in London, they've landed on Chelsea for their first UK opening, which is a bit of a diffusion line for the group.
In a nutshell: Bringing the countryside to London
Where is it? 15-17 Hill Rise, Richmond TW10 6UQ
Why should you care? The Gladwins, the brothers behind restaurants including The Shed, Nutbourne, Sussex and Rabbit, have added another restaurant to their collection. This time they're heading even further west, to Richmond. (Soft launch until 24 November)
In a nutshell: Plant-based restaurant in London Bridge
Where is it? 1 Cathedral Street, Borough Market, London SE1 9DE
Why should you care? It's been 33 years since Mildreds first opened its doors in Soho, in a flash transforming London's vegetarian restaurant scene. Now they've opened their first brand new restaurant in over three decades.
In a nutshell: "Pro-planet" pub in Clapham
Where is it? 87 Rectory Grove, Clapham Old Town, London SW4 0DR
Why should you care? Taking over what used to be The Rectory, the people behind Smokehouse have opened their fourth pub. This will be taking a different sustainability-led approach for them, hence the "pro-planet" label they're adopting.
In a nutshell: High end Spanish in Mayfair
Where is it? 19-20 Dover Street, London W1S 4LU
Why should you care? The people behind Kensington's Latin American restaurant Zuaya and Como Garden, the Italian restaurant next door, are looking to Spain for inspiration for their next restaurant The restaurant focuses on Spain's northern regions.
In a nutshell: Chelsea pub with an eye on the design
Where is it? 35 Old Church Street, London SW3 5BS
Why should you care? He has stores worldwide from Miami to Moscow, but now interior designer Timothy Oulton has returned back to the UK to open his first pub.
In a nutshell: Wine bar with a riverside view
Where is it? 60 Upper Thames Street, London EC4V 3AD
Why should you care? There's one obvious USP at the wine bar opening up at the new five star Westin London City - the view. Hithe + Seek is right on the river with amazing views across the Thames to the Tate Modern and The Globe. It's one of two eating and drinking spots at this new luxury hotel on the north bank's Queenhithe.
Opened in October 2021
In a nutshell: The Barbary expands with a wine bar
Where is it? 16A Neal's Yard, London WC2H 9DP
Why should you care? After starting as a delivery service, The Barbary Next Door has become a real-life restaurant. It's taken over what was Jacob The Angel, which is of course right next door to The Barbary. As opposed to the previous cafe on the space (Jacob The Angel), it's billed as an all-day neighbourhood-style restaurant and wine bar.
In a nutshell: Atul Kochhar in Wembley
Where is it? 2 Wembley Park Boulevard, Wembley, London HA9 0HP
Why should you care? The second Atul Kochhar restaurant to open in as many weeks. The menu here will be a pan-Indian one, inspired by his trips to provincial markets in the country.
In a nutshell: Filipino bakery and restaurant in Soho
Where is it? 52-53 Poland Street, London W1F 7NQ
Why should you care? The people behind Kensington's Romulo Café & Restaurant have come to Soho for their next opening - Kasa and Kin. This is a combination of all-day restaurant & bar, bakery and patisserie, all centred in Filipino cuisine.
In a nutshell: A classic returns to Mayfair
Where is it? Stratton St, Mayfair, London W1J 8LB
Why should you care? Langan's Brasserie was once one of the true legends of the London dining scene. New owners have given the space a complete refurbishment, bringing the whole restaurant up to date.
In a nutshell: ALL the avocados
Where is it? 6 Princes Street, London W1B 2LG
Why should you care? The Avocado Show has been a huge hit back in Amsterdam since opening there four years ago. Now they're hoping to work their brand of magic on Londoners, opening their first UK restaurant just off Oxford Circus.
In a nutshell: Idris Elba's wine bar
Where is it? Unit A Gasholder 10, 1 Lewis Cubitt Square, London N1C 4BY
Why should you care? Idris Elba is getting back into the bar business with a new launch in King's Cross. Porte Noire is both a bar and restaurant (and a shop too) and the wines naturally will be a big draw, with 800 available.
In a nutshell: New vegan curry house for Leytonstone
Where is it? 686 Leytonstone High Road, London E11 3AA
Why should you care? SpiceBox, the popular vegan curry house, having opened its first outlet in Walthamstow in 2019, has opened a second site, this time in Leytonstone.
In a nutshell: Canalside pub and beer garden
Where is it? Goods Way, Kings Cross, London N1C 4UR
Why should you care? The latest from Barworks, the people behind Mare Street Market, is Gas Station which has taken over a prominent corner of King's Cross with a huge beer garden by the Canal.
In a nutshell: Four Legs pub in Finsbury Park
Where is it? 52 St Thomas’s Road, London N4 2QW
Why should you care? After two years building up a stellar rep for their burger and other dishes at Islington's The Compton Arms, the team at Four Legs have bought their own boozer in Finsbury Park.
In a nutshell: Dive bar below Shaftesbury Ave
Where is it? 136 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 5EZ
Why should you care? Below Stone Nest sees the brothers behind Brunswick House, Orasay and Frank's Cafe in Peckham, take on the bar space underneath arts organisation Stone Nest.
In a nutshell: Mexican in Shoreditch
Where is it? 55 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3HP
Why should you care? This is the second venue for one of London's best Mexican restaurants and it sees them returning to where it all started, in Shoreditch. Expect new dishes on the menu and a takeaway hatch too (Soft launch until 3 November).
In a nutshell: Hanson Britt does it all in Nine Elms
Where is it? 14 New Union Sq., Embassy Gardens SW11 7AX
Why should you care? Chef Sven Hanson Britt (recently seen at Homestead) has opened his restaurant Oxeye to life, which has previously run as a residency at Carousel. It's a multi-function space which combines a restaurant and bar along with a shop and gallery.
In a nutshell: Rita's mk III
Where is it? 49 Lexington Street, Soho W1F 9AP
Why should you care? Rita's is back as a fully-fledged restaurant. Previosuly just serving on the terrace, the main restaurant has now launched. The menu is inspired by Gabriel Pryce and Missy Flynn travels across the Americas.
In a nutshell: Atul Kochhar goes big
Where is it? 4 Greycoat Place, Westminster, London SW1P 1BN
Why should you care? Following up from the opening of Kanishka in Mayfair, Atul Kochhar has taken over a huge space in Westminster for his next restaurant.
In a nutshell: Italian restaurant returns
Where is it? 1 Surrey Street, London WC2R 2ND
Why should you care? This new Mediterranean restaurant has a menu with specifically Italian, French and Spanish influences and, just as important, has a bakery with people who used to be at Little Bread Pedlar in charge.
In a nutshell: Italian restaurant returns
Where is it? 10-11 D'Arblay St, London W1F 8DS
Why should you care? They were forced to close their longstanding Soho restaurant over rent issues, but the classic Umbrian restaurant has made a return in a new Soho location.
In a nutshell: Indian sharing plates, V3
Where is it? 20 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4EF
Why should you care? This is the third restaurant from the Gunpowder team, bringing their Kashmiri lamb chops and venison doughnuts to Soho (and new dishes too).
In a nutshell: Revamped gallery also gets food
Where is it? 1A Nelsons Row, London SW4 7JR
Why should you care? Clapham art gallery Studio Voltaire has reopened after a major £2.8 million redevelopment and as part of that, they've also launched a brand new cafe. It's run by the people behind Italian Supper Club.
In a nutshell: Pasta in the City
Where is it? 19 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR
Why should you care? Lina Stores are expanding fast and their latest takes over the Bloomberg Arcade site that was previously home to Andrew Wong’s Kym’s restaurant. Expect the usual fresh pasta and Italian fare that have made them hugely popular elsewhere.
In a nutshell: Relaunching a restaurant and bar in Belgravia
Where is it? 18-22 Holbein Place, Belgravia, London SW1W 8NL
Why should you care? The man behind Anglo, Mark Jarvis, has opened his next restaurant, 1771 - taking over the space from Liv (which also had a menu by Jarvis). In its new guise, the menu aims to offer "refined, creative cooking using carefully grown locally sourced produce".
In a nutshell: 4-in-1 building in Covent Garden
Where is it? 3 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8LU
Why should you care? This is a Grade II listed building, built in 1780, that's had a big makeover, fitting in two new cafes and two new restaurants, including Pivot from Scottish chef Mark Greenaway.
In a nutshell: White city bar and restaurant
Where is it? 101 Wood Lane, London W12 7FR
Why should you care? The Broadcaster is the next big thing from Open House - the folk behind the massive moneymaker The Lighterman. The ground floor is a casual pub experience while the first floor will be a more formal dining room. At the top, there's going to be a large pergola rooftop bar.
In a nutshell: Luxury Italian restaurant on Pall Mall
Where is it? Kinnaird House, 1 Pall Mall East, 1 Pall Mall East, London, SW1Y 5AU
Why should you care? Bardo is a luxury Italian restaurant in the heart of St James from club owner Luca Maggiora. He's brought in Amalfi-born chef Graziano Bonacina to run the kitchen.
In a nutshell: Gordon takes charge
Where is it? The Savoy, Strand, London WC2R 0EZ
Why should you care? He already runs The Savoy Grill but now Gordon Ramsay has taken over the other main restaurant at The Savoy. Expect a mainly seafood menu.
In a nutshell: Agaveria in Brixton
Where is it? 12-14 Market Row, London SW9 8LD
Why should you care? Their Dalston agaveria's been a storming success, and now the folks at Hacha have gone south for their next place. They've opened an even larger bar, this time in Brixton's Market Row.
In a nutshell: Spanish food goes west
Where is it? Hotham House, 1 Heron Square, Richmond, London TW9 1EJ
Why should you care? Brindisa, London’s beloved Spanish tapas emporium, has opened a new outlet and the lucky locale is Richmond. Expect tapas, plenty of cheese and hams and lots more Spanish food.
In a nutshell: All-day brasserie in Streatham
Where is it? The High Parade, 20-21 Streatham High Rd, Streatham, London, SW16 1EX
Why should you care? A new all-day restaurant bar and workspace has arrived in Streatham, called Carmine's, which happens to be named after The Soprano’s mafia boss Carmine Lupertazzi. It's from the same people who recently relaunched the Elm Park Tavern.
In a nutshell: Kolkata food in Marylebone
Where is it? 3 Old Quebec Street, Marylebone, London W1H 7AF
Why should you care? This Marylebone restaurant focuses on the the food of Kolkata, run by chef-restaurateur Anjan Chatterjee and Indian airline/tech entrepreneur Aditya Ghosh.
In a nutshell: High-end Indian in Holborn
Where is it? Holborn Town Hall, 193-197 High Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
Why should you care? This restaurant is the latest to take over the Holborn Town Hall building. Colonel Saab bills itself as a "progressive Indian restaurant with a bar and private dining rooms".
In a nutshell: Canadian-inspired brunch restaurant and wine bar
Where is it? 175 New Kings Road, London SW6 4SW
Why should you care? Canada’s food scene has come to London, specifically to Parsons Green. West 4th, named after Vancouver's West 4th Avenue, is a brunch restaurant by day and a wine bar by night.
In a nutshell: Tacos in Stokey
Where is it? 92 Stoke Newington High St, Clapton, London N16 7NY
Why should you care? Until now they've been popping up across town but now Tigre Tacos have found a permanent home. They've settled in upstairs at Stoke Newington bar, Doña.
Opened in September 2021
In a nutshell: Russell Norman's comeback
Where is it? 36-37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross St, London EC1M 6BN
Why should you care? Polpo founder Russell Norman has opened his next restaurant in Farringdon (taking over the old Hix space). It's an Italian restaurant with a "Tuscan accent".
In a nutshell: Classic French in Crouch End
Where is it? 143b Crouch Hill, Crouch End, London N8 9QH
Why should you care? Following a successful crowdfunder, this restaurant opened serving "very traditional French food - think cuisine bourgeois but with a twist."
In a nutshell: Pasta in Brixton
Where is it? Unit 7, Market Row, Brixton Village, London SW9 8LB
Why should you care? Having built up a fanbase of South Londoners who love their fresh pasta at Flat Iron Square, La Nonna are sharing the love and have opened a second place south of the river. This time, though, it's a proper bricks and mortar affair in Brixton Village.
In a nutshell: Pastrami in Carnaby
Where is it? 13 Ganton St, London W1F 9PP
Why should you care? Pastrami lovers are going to be in seventh heaven with this new sandwich shop in Carnaby from chef Jay Morjaria, whose food at Jae was a big deal. Expect plenty of sandwiches with Morjaria special cured meats.
In a nutshell: Wine drinkers clubhouse in Haggerston
Where is it? 322-324 Acton Mews, London E8 4EA
Why should you care? Taking over two railway arches in Haggerston, Planque has a wine bar, restaurant (with a menu by Seb Myers), members' club and store, with a key focus on natural and low intervention wines.
In a nutshell: Residencies and incubators at the Hoxton hotel
Where is it? 199-206 High Holborn, Holborn, London WC1V 7BD
Why should you care? Taking over the space where Chicken Shop used to be, in the basement of the Hoxton Holborn hotel, is La Cave. Described as both a wine bar, pop-up space and incubator kitchen it'll see a variety of chefs and restaurants taking over the space.
In a nutshell: Indo-Chinese in Covent Garden
Where is it? 6 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NA
Why should you care? This Indo-Chinese restaurant first opened in Soho two years ago, building up a fanbase for its food inspired by Canton and Guangdong immigrants who settled in Kolkata and Mumbai. Now they've opened a second restaurant, on the old Polpo site.
In a nutshell: Rohit Ghai returns to Mayfair
Where is it? 49 Maddox St, London W1S 2PQ
Why should you care? Following up on his previous successes at Gymkhana and Jamavar, Rohit Ghai is back in Mayfair with his latest restaurant. Expect a menu which draws on both his childhood and career, with a focus on contemporary Indian sharing plates.
In a nutshell: The Galvins in Bloomsbury
Where is it? 1-8 Russell Square, London WC1B 5BE
Why should you care? There's a changing of the guard at the Kimpton Fitzroy hotel on Russell Square as hotel restaurant experts the Galvin Brothers have taken over the space where Neptune was.
In a nutshell: BBQ in Stratford
Where is it? Westfield Stratford, 158 Westfield Avenue, London E20 1EN
Why should you care? Big Easy have opened their fourth London restaurant over at Westfield. As to what you can expect, well it's a formula they're not too keen on tinkering with so there will be barbecue, lobsters, burgers and more.
In a nutshell: Salt Bae comes to London
Where is it? The Park Tower Knightsbridge, 101 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RN
Why should you care? Salt Bae became very famous indeed as his steak salt spreading antics went viral in 2016. Since then, he's become a huge star and now he's brought that steak empire to London.
In a nutshell: Wood-fired Nordic
Where is it? 3-5, Great Scotland Yard, London SW1A 2HN
Why should you care? Famed Niklas Ekstedt has arrived in London with a new restaurant at the Scotland Yard Hotel that will be all about showcasing his wood-fired Nordic cooking style.
In a nutshell: Ramen and dumplings
Where is it? 323 Kentish Town Rd, London NW5 2AA
Why should you care? Tonkotsu is growing again - one of London's most popular ramen restaurants has opened their first North London restaurant since launching nearly 10 years ago.
In a nutshell: Steak at London Bridge (twice)
Where is it? Soho Wharf, Clink St, London SE1 9DG
Why should you care? They already have a restaurant on Tooley Street but now, Flat Iron have opened a second London Bridge restaurant on nearby Clink Street. Expect the usual affordable steak and more.
In a nutshell: Middle Eastern steak house
Where is it? 1 Water Ln, Camden, London NW1 8NZ
Why should you care? This comes from Shiri Kraus (previously Palomar and The Barbary) and Amir Batito (previously Machneyuda) and they say they want to mix an American steakhouse-style grill with Middle Eastern flavours.
In a nutshell: Koya goes east
Where is it? 12 Broadway Market Mews, London E8 4TS
Why should you care? This acts as a more neighbourhood version of Koya. Expect new takes on Koya's udon and donburi dishes, all created for the new restaurant, along with a standing counter.
In a nutshell: Huge restaurant in the Olympic Park
Where is it? Stratford, London
Why should you care? The latest restaurant from D&D has opened in a landmark building in Stratford called The Pavilion. It's all about Alpine food, so expect fondue, tartiflette and more.
In a nutshell: Mayfair Contemporary Indian restaurant
Where is it? 42 North Audley Street, Mayfair, London W1K 6ZR
Why should you care? This is from chef Chet Sharma (Moor Hall and L'Enclume) who has teamed up with JKS (Gymkhana). The food here has influences that range "from roadside cafés from Punjab in the north, to Kerala in the south."
In a nutshell: Super boutique hotel for Leicester Square
Where is it? Whitcomb Street, London WC2H 7DT
Why should you care? Leicester Square's food and drink scene gets an injection of cool with this upcoming hotel promising a rooftop bar with firepits, two Odeon luxe cinemas and a signature all day restaurant.
In a nutshell: Opulent new restaurant in Mayfair
Where is it? Mayfair - 55 Curzon Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8PG
Why should you care? The restaurateur behind Jamavar and Bombay Bustle has opened another Mayfair venture. This one’s called MiMi Mei Fair and evokes the opulent wonders of old-world China.
In a nutshell: "Traditionally inauthentic" ramen
Where is it? Hackney - 499 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AU
Why should you care? Supa Ya Ramen have opened their first permanent restaurant. As with their pop-ups, you can expect what they call "traditionally inauthentic" ramen and new sides too.
In a nutshell: Pop-up goes permanent by the canal
Where is it? Hackney - 1 Corbridge Cres, London E2 9DS
Why should you care? Gabriel Waterhouse's Water House Project started as a supper club, then became a successful pop-up in Hackney and they've now moved to a more permanent space nearby. The basic premise will carry on as before - a monthly-changing tasting menu, with a bit of Nordic influence throughout.
In a nutshell: Top Cuvee goes east
Where is it? Bethnal Green - 250 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 0AA
Why should you care? Underneath Top Cuvee's new Bethnal Green shop is Cave Cuvée, a Paris-inspired underground wine bar. You'll be able to grab a bottle from the shelves in the shop and head downstairs with it.
In a nutshell: South African braai from Kudu
Where is it? Peckham - 57 Nunhead Ln, London SE15 3TR
Why should you care? The latest from Kudu is a South African grill restaurant. Most of the dishes will be coming from the open grill - and they'll be using their nearby allotment as a source for the produce.
In a nutshell: Seafood and fishmonger in Haggerston
Where is it? Haggerston - 337 Acton Mews, London E8 4EA
Why should you care? This is their second restaurant following the success of the Chelsea original. As before it'll be part fishmonger, part restaurant with Leo Carreira once again heading up the menu in an impressive chef's table-only experience.
In a nutshell: Singaporean luxe in The City.
Where is it? The City - 80 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AB
Why should you care? Pan Pacific Hotels Group has arrived in London, taking over a huge new space in the Bishopsgate Plaza development. There are three new bars and restaurants as well as a further two in the adjoining Devonshire House.
In a nutshell: Eggy buns
Where is it? Shoreditch - 94 Leonard Street, London, EC2A 4RH.
Why should you care? They hail from LA but their egg-filled buns are becoming more and more popular in London - this is their third restaurant in the capital.
Opened in August 2021
In a nutshell: Boutique hotel + sushi
Where is it? 115-116 Sloane St, London SW1X 9PJ
Why should you care? Beaverbrook Town House is the London outpost of the luxury Surrey hotel with 15 suites overlooking Cadogan Gardens. The hotel's Fuji Grill and Omakase Sushi Bar is going to be serving up sushi, sashimi, nigiri and more.
In a nutshell: Seafood in Soho
Where is it? 77 Dean Street, London W1D 3SH
Why should you care? This sustainability-focused restaurant first opened in Amsterdam and has found a space in Soho for its London debut (taking over the space that was The Ref Fort). Expect towers of shellfish and lots more.
In a nutshell: Natural wine bar in Battersea
Where is it? 96 Westbridge Road, London SW11 3PH
Why should you care? The people behind the much-loved Diogenes The Dog have opened a new wine bar, with natural wine as the focus.
In a nutshell: NYC style pizza slices for Finsbury Park
Where is it? 266 Seven Sisters Rd, Finsbury Park, London N4 2HY
Why should you care? The brothers who brought us Pizza Pilgrims are behind this Neapolitan/NYC style mash up pizza slice bar.
In a nutshell: Chicken in South Ken
Where is it? 11 Harrington Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 3ES
Why should you care? They've already opened their rotisserie chicken restaurants in Notting Hill, Shoreditch, Parsons Green and Queen's Park and now the latest Cocotte is in South Kensington. As before - it's mainly about their rotisserie chicken. (50% off food until 5 September)
In a nutshell: Gordon in Ealing
Where is it? 8 High Street, Ealing, London W5 5DB
Why should you care? Gordon Ramsay is continuing with his relentless march across London, opening as many restaurants on the way as he can. He's now growing his Bread Street line of restaurants, but this time it'll be a bit different as it's his first Bread Street Cafe.
In a nutshell: Andi Oliver in Hackney
Where is it? Unit 1 Hamlet Industrial Estate, 96 White Post Lane, London E9 5EN
Why should you care? It's popped up before, last seen at the Crooked Billet, but now Andi Oliver's Wadadli Kitchen has its own space for a 12-month run in Hackney - and it's added a roadside diner too.
In a nutshell: Canalside cafe from ex-River Cafe chef
Where is it? Canal Place, 32 Andrews Rd, London E8 4RL
Why should you care? The son of Irish designer John Rocha, ex River Cafe chef Max Rocha has opened his first restaurant - a canalside cafe in Hackney.
In a nutshell: New from Fish, Wings & Tings
Where is it? 67-68 Granville Arcade, Brixton Village, London SW9 8PS
Why should you care? This is the new opening from Brian Danclair, founder of Fish, Wings & Tings one of Brixton's best restaurants. This new restaurant Danclair's is inspired by his grandmother Valentina and takes its inspiration from across the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe.
In a nutshell: Cuban food and cocktails
Where is it? 7 - 8 Market Place, London W1W 8AG
Why should you care? The people who brought London Casa Do Frango have turned their attention to Cuba. Bar La Rampa is dedicated to all things Cuban, aiming for an authentic evocation of the country. In charge of the menu are the people behind TA TA Eatery and, yes, there will be Cuban sandwiches.
In a nutshell: A new rooftop bar for Peckham
Where is it? 120 Peckham Hill Street, London SE15 5JT
Why should you care? Run by the same team who brought us Skylight Tobacco Dock, Skylight Peckham has taken over the rooftop space of the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. The all-day space aims to be as much as a handy work space for freelancers during the day as it does a buzzy cocktail spot by night.
In a nutshell: Monopoly themed restaurant
Where is it? The Court, 213 - 215 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7PS
Why should you care? You might have heard about Monopoly Lifesized where, as you might have guessed, you get to play a huge immersive game of Monopoly. It's launched at The Court, on Tottenham Court Road, and alongside the game is a new bar and restaurant - The Top Hat.
In a nutshell: Nancy Silverton in London
Where is it? Treehouse London, 14-15 Langham Pl, London W1B 2QS
Why should you care? After a few pop-ups to test the water, Nancy Silverton has arrived in London with a permanent restaurant. Pizzeria Mozza is the London offshoot of her Californian pizzerias, and she has her own gelato too.
In a nutshell: Eggs and more
Where is it? 5-7 Tottenham St, London W1T 2AG
Why should you care? This new egg-based restaurant has opened to London, but this has a more unique starting point. It comes from Sohail Ahmad, an Afghan refugee who came to the UK on his own on the back of a lorry at the age of 12. He's launching Eggoland born "from his frustration at never being able to order his eggs just the way he likes them".
In a nutshell: Restored grade II building gets a new bar and restaurant
Where is it? 24 Clerkenwell Green, Farringdon, London EC1R 0NA
Why should you care? This is a restoration of an old Grade II courthouse for a mix of a creative studio and a restaurant with bar. The restaurant hosts the return of Florence Knight, her first new restaurant since Polpetto.
In a nutshell: José Pizarro doubles up at The Royal Academy
Where is it? Royal Academy, Burlington Gardens, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Why should you care? Famed Spanish chef José Pizarro has opened in the centre of London for the first time - with two new restaurants at the Royal Academy. He has a more traditional sit-down Spanish restaurant upstairs while downstairs, Poster Bar is the Royal Academy version of his tapas bar, José.
In a nutshell: Tasting menus in the east
Where is it? 6 Chancellor Passage, London E14 5EA
Why should you care? This is the second Six by Nico restaurant to arrive in London. It's all about their six-course tasting menu, which changes (never to be repeated) every six weeks.
In a nutshell: Amalfi in Leytonstone
Where is it? 781 Leytonstone High Street, London E11 4QS
Why should you care? Local entrepreneur Gianluca Colini, who opened hit coffee shop Unity Café, is the man behind this restaurant which is inspired by the Amalfi coastline, launching with antipasti and pizza, and adding pasta to that later in the summer.
In a nutshell: Dining with Batman
Where is it?77 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9ZN
Why should you care? Taking over the space where Mash restaurant was, this is a huge DC Comics experience - with a big lean towards Batman in particular. Expect a multi-room experience that's inspired by Gotham City.
In a nutshell: Tapas in Shoreditch from a top chef
Where is it? 45 Curtain Rd, Hackney, London EC2A 3PT
Why should you care? The Curtain hotel in Shoreditch has become a new Mondrian. And as part of that they've launched Bibo restaurant, billed as a brasserie and tapas bar from top Spanish chef Dani Garcia.
In a nutshell: Pizzas for Crystal Palace
Where is it? 46 Westow Hill, London SE19 1RU
Why should you care? Crystal Palace folk rejoice - a new Yard Sale has arrived. It's taken over what was Fish Valley, starting with delivery/takeaway and with a few tables for dine-in later.
Opened in July 2021
In a nutshell: Vietnamese in Ealing
Where is it? 17 The Green, Ealing, London W5 5DA
Why should you care? This is an independent, family-run Vietnamese restaurant and cocktail bar. It's a new venture for sisters Erika, Elysia and Eva, but they've grown up around restaurants; their mother opened her first restaurant in London back in 2000.
In a nutshell: The Dusty Knuckle are expanding.
Where is it? 429 Green Lanes, London N4 1HA
Why should you care? One of London's most popular bakeries has grown. Now Dalston bakery The Dusty Knuckle have a new bakery on Green Lanes and it's also an evening pizzeria.
In a nutshell: The Ivy offshoot goes west
Where is it? 201 King’s Road, London, SW3 5ED
Why should you care? One of the most successful Ivys, the Ivy Asia, is opening a second restaurant in London after the wildly successful St Paul's outpost. And yes, this restaurant on the King's Road indeed has the very bright and shiny floor.
In a nutshell: Gino D'Acampo goes upmarket for his new London restaurant
Where is it? 336-337 The Strand, London WC2R 1HA
Why should you care? TV chef Gino D'Acampo has joined forces with his son Luciano, to open this luxe Italian restaurant at the ME London hotel in Aldwych.
In a nutshell: Neapolitan pizzas in Islington
Where is it? 189 Upper Street, London N1 1RQ
Why should you care? Dubbed one of London's very best pizzerias, the Neapolitan pizzas from Santa Maria have found a home on Upper Street.
In a nutshell: Latin American power team open their first London restaurant and bar
Where is it? 47 Great Marlborough Street, London W1F 7JP
Why should you care? One of Latin America's top chefs has teamed up with one of the regions top mixologists for a London restaurant and cocktail bar opening that should be as huge as it sounds.
In a nutshell: The Department store in Brixton gets a new restaurant
Where is it? 19 Bellefields Rd, Ferndale, London SW9 9UH
Why should you care? Bellefields bar and restaurant is serving up a modern menu inspired by Med-adjacent countries from the Aegean and Balearic to the Levantine basin.
In a nutshell: Chelsea pub with a big name chef
Where is it? 298 Kings Road, London SW3 5UG
Why should you care? After a couple of year's worth of renovations, The Cadogan Arms is back - and in charge of the food is Kitchen Table's James Knappett and ex Harwood Arms chef Alex Harper.
In a nutshell: Big Japanese udon restaurant arrives in the UK
Where is it? 1-3 Widegate St, Spitalfields, London E1 7ES
Why should you care? Huge Japanese udon noodle chain Marugame Udon has picked Spitalfields as the location for its first UK restaurant. The restaurant is all about Sanuki Udon and is a big hit worldwide.
In a nutshell: Korea by way of Los Angeles hits Carnaby's Kingly Court
Where is it? Top Floor Kingly Court, Carnaby St, London W1B 5PW
Why should you care? A dream team involving the folks at Senor Ceviche, the TĀTĀ Eatery crew and top mixologist Cyan Wong are behind this new Soho restaurant and bar.
In a nutshell: Theatre Royal Drury Lane revamped
Where is it? Catherine St, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5JF
Why should you care? Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber can put aside his Cinderella opening night woes, with the happy news that his newest venture, a complete restoration of Covent Garden’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane has launched without a hitch. Two years and £60 million in the making, The Lane will host four different drink and dining venues: The Garden, The Rotunda Bar, Cecil Beaton and Grand Saloon.
In a nutshell: Basement Japanese restaurant meets Nordic
Where is it? 19 Motcomb Street, London SW1X 8LB
Why should you care? This is the basement restaurant at Belgravia's Pantechnicon, opening a year after the rest of the building. The produce will be local, where possible, and they say there will also be "Nordic flavours and ingredients interspersed throughout".
In a nutshell: Burgers and beers
Where is it? 40-42 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8BG
Why should you care? Camden’s Chalk Farm Road, home to The Roundhouse, is usually milling with live-music fans in pre-pandemic times. Now it’s slowly coming back to life with the re-opening of what was once known as The Monarch pub under the name of Monarchy. Live music and events are in the works, and North London’s burger heroes Nanny Bill’s are providing the sustenance.
In a nutshell: Sally Abe's new restaurant
Where is it? Conrad London St. James, 22-28 Broadway, Westminster, London SW1H 0BH
Why should you care? After gaining plaudits for her time at The Harwood Arms, Sally Abé arrives in the Conrad St James with her main restaurant - The Pem. It's aiming for an elevated, but fun British dining experience.
In a nutshell: NYC fave comes to Notting Hill
Where is it? 98 Westbourne Grove, London W2 5RU
Why should you care? Sunday in Brooklyn has been a big hit in New York - and they're the latest NYC restaurant to make a splash in Notting Hill. They have dishes from the original restaurant (including the famed pancakes) and a big focus on brunch.
In a nutshell: Beer & Pizza
Where is it? Sambrook’s Brewery, Ram Quarter, Wandsworth High St, London SW18 1TH
Why should you care? Sambrooks Brewery have unveiled their brewery taproom in Wandsworth and they've brought in Crust Bros to be in charge of the food. This is the second location for Crust Bros, and they'll have to up their pizza-making rate as this is a pretty big taproom.
In a nutshell: Car showroom restaurant in Highgate
Where is it? 82-92 Great N Rd, London N2 0NL
Why should you care? This sees a Mediterranean restaurant open inside (and outside) a classic car showroom. In the kitchen are chefs with impressive backgrounds and you can expect a good attention to detail on the wine list too.
In a nutshell: Crispin Mk 2
Where is it? 19 Kingly Street, Soho, London, W1B 5PY
Why should you care? The people behind Crispin in Spitalfields have come to Soho with a new natural wine bar (backed up by a great snacks list).
In a nutshell: BAO does noodles
Where is it? 1 Redchurch Street, London E2 7DJ
Why should you care? The latest BAO has arrived in Shoreditch and it's something of a departure for the team. This time the main focus is on noodle bowls, inspired by Taiwanese beef noodle shops (but there will be bao buns too).
In a nutshell: Hackney brasserie and wine bar from the Lyons crowd
Where is it? 230 Dalston Lane, London E8 1LA
Why should you care? Hackney Coterie sees the man behind Crouch End's super popular neighbourhood spot Lyon's Seafood & Wine Bar teaming up with experience sommelier Kelvin McCabe. This new wine bar is also part bottle shop and deli, and a brasserie.
In a nutshell: Japanese-Middle Eastern fusion restaurant for Islington
Where is it? 6G Esther Anne Place, London N1 1WL
Why should you care? The restaurateur who brought us Sumosan has brought in the former head chef of The Palomar for this new Islington restaurant.
In a nutshell: Mexican Taqueria heads east
Where is it? 8-10 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QA
Why should you care? They've been a hit in Notting Hill for years, but now Taqueria has headed east to open its second restaurant. Expect tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, margaritas and more.
In a nutshell: Ottolenghi brings his deli to the centre of town
Where is it? 63 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2RA
Why should you care? This newest Ottolenghi is in the middle of Marylebone (taking over what used to be Festok) and has an all-day no-reservations dining space alongside the deli. As with the other branches, there are daily-changing salads, pastries, cakes and more.
In a nutshell: Big Mamma's third London restaurant
Where is it? 15 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8QG
Why should you care? The folk responsible for huge London hits Gloria and Circolo Popolare are behind this new Florence-inspired restaurant and bar in the heart of Covent Garden.
In a nutshell: Handroll sushi bar in Brixton Market
Where is it? Unit 12 Market Row, Brixton, London, SW9 8LD
Why should you care? A top Japanese chef is promising to serve up some excellent hand rolls at this tiny Brixton sushi bar.
In a nutshell: Pizza and ice cream in New Cross
Where is it? 318 New Cross Road, London SE14 6AF
Why should you care? This is a bar with a heavy focus on pizza and soft-serve ice cream - and even the ice cream is topped with chicken...
Opened in June 2021
In a nutshell: Pizzas from The North
Where is it? 80 Wardour St, London W1F 0TF
Why should you care? Rudy's Neapolitan Pizza has been mainly serving pizzas in the north but they've now headed south, straight into Soho with pizzas made fresh daily from 24-hour fermented dough with ingredients imported twice weekly from Naples.
In a nutshell: Il Portico's new offshoot
Where is it? 267 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NA
Why should you care? The people behind family-run restaurant Il Portico in Kensington have relaunched their sister restaurant. Previously Pizzicotto, it's been reborn as Pino, based on cuisine from Bologna, Parma and Modena.
In a nutshell: The latest in Italian steak
Where is it? 39-45 Shaftesbury Ave, Soho, London W1D 6LA
Why should you care? Taking over from Cafe Monico, the latest Macellaio RC has a similar vibe to the other restaurants in the group. An Italian grill restaurant with dry-aged steak from the Fassona breed at the heart of the menu, it's very much all about the steak.
In a nutshell: When is a vegan restaurant not a vegan restaurant?
Where is it? Buck Street Market, 198 Camden High St, London NW1 8QP
Why should you care? Tom Kerridge has teamed up with Mark Emms to create Bad Vegan. The "bad" part of the name comes from the fact that although the menu is predominantly vegan - they will actually have non-vegan sides and toppings.
In a nutshell: Sandwiches in Clerkenwell
Where is it? 91 Cowcross Street, London EC1M 6BH
Why should you care? Rita's sandwich offshoot Bodega Rita's is back, this time opening in Clerkenwell with a new menu of American-style subs.
In a nutshell: Yakitori in Marylebone
Where is it? 132 Seymour Place, Marylebone, London W1H 1NS
Why should you care? Junsei is all about yakitori skewers cooked over Binchōtan Japanese Charcoal. There are over 20 skewers available, not to mention charcoal seared Wagyu and more...
In a nutshell: Greek street food turns restaurant
Where is it? 43 Topsfield Parade, Tottenham Lane, London N8 8PT
Why should you care? Moving up from street food truck and market stalls, Kalimera has launched as a restaurant in Couch End. There are modern interpretations of Greek and Mediterranean dishes and plenty of Greek wine. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? 25 June 2021
In a nutshell: Islington wine bar
Where is it? 47-49 Ardleigh Road, N1 4HS
Why should you care? The indie project is a family business and a passion project of former Hill & Szrok partner Jimmy Stephenson and his actress wife Anna Shaffer (Harry Potter, The Witcher). Expect a coffee shop by day and a wine bar by night (shop open now - wine bar soon).
In a nutshell: Rosé and pithiviers
Where is it? Harrods, Basil Street Entrance, Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL
Why should you care? Juliette's comes from Unlocked Brands, the same people who are behind the recently opened Homestead on London City Island. This new addition to Harrods is all about dirnking rose and dining on pithiviers and pattisserie.
In a nutshell: Taka does omakase
Where is it? 18 Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London W1J 7QH
Why should you care? This restaurant has taken over the space from the original Taka. It comes from the same people but will have a very different approach - all centred around a 20-course omakase-style tasting menu.
In a nutshell: Tom Kerridge in Harrods
Where is it? Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Rd, London SW1X 7XL
Why should you care? Tom Kerridge has arrived in the Harrods Dining Hall. The chef has launched Kerridge’s Fish & Chips serving what they're describing as a premium seafood menu (including chips topped with lobster thermidor).
In a nutshell: Pancakes in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 7 - 9 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1RG
Why should you care? After success at London Bridge and with their lockdown deliveries, Where The Pancakes Are has opened a new restaurant in Fitzrovia, filled with all the sweet and savoury pancakes (and Dutch Babies) you could ever want.
In a nutshell: Beer & Theo Randall
Where is it? Wilkin Street Mews, London NW5 3NN
Why should you care? Taking inspiration from Bavaria's beer halls, this is a taproom with 24 taps on the bar. They've teamed up with Theo Randall to prepare the kind of food that matches best with the beer.
In a nutshell: High-end Italian in Knightsbridge.
Where is it? Carlton Tower Jumeriah, 1 Cadogan Pl, London SW1X 9PY
Why should you care? Knightsbridge hotel The Carlton Tower Jumeriah is just emerging after a major revamp - and they're opening a new restaurant alongside. Expect high-end Italian dining and great views over Cadogan Gardens.
In a nutshell: Mexican food meets Japanese food
Where is it? 2 Farmer Street, London W8 7SN
Why should you care? This new Notting Hill restaurant from a Middle East restaurateur is something of a mash-up between Mexican and Japanese cuisines, with plenty of added mezcal and tequila.
In a nutshell: Healthy and light Asian food for the Chelsea crowd
Where is it? 9 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ
Why should you care? A new dessert bar is coming to Wembley Park after making its name around the country first. They say dessert bar, but going by the look, it's more like a dessert palace.
In a nutshell: Mexican taqueria comes to Soho.
Where is it? 66-70 Brewer St, Soho, London W1F 9UP
Why should you care? Taking over the old Hix space, El Pastor's latest Mexican restaurant is landing in Soho. Alongside tacos and tostadas, they have a bar with a "house party vibe" in the basement too.
In a nutshell: Healthy and light Asian food for the Chelsea crowd
Where is it? 9 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ
Why should you care? The ULI team take their brand of Southeast Asian food to Chelsea.
Opened in May 2021
In a nutshell: Shoreditch izakaya
Where is it? 36 Charlotte Rd, London EC2A 3PG
Why should you care? Expect cocktails, sushi and DJ sessions from this Japanese spot in Shoreditch.
In a nutshell: Indoor cricket in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 170 Great Portland Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 5QB
Why should you care? Fancy playing cricket indoors? This bar matches indoor cricket nets with food by the people behind Mac & Wild.
In a nutshell: Pizzas & gelato
Where is it? 16A Ash Avenue, Park Central East, Elephant Park, Elephant & Castle, London SE17 1GQ
Why should you care? 400 Rabbits have settled on Elephant and Castle as their latest pizzeria, bringing both their London sourdough pizzas and a brand new range of gelato made in-house.
In a nutshell: Top NYC hotel comes to London 11 Madison Park chefs
Where is it? 4 Bow St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7AT
Why should you care? This hotel has taken over Bow Street Magistrates Court in Covent Garden, and is the London outpost of a popular NYC hotel.
In a nutshell: South London Spanish restaurant is expanding again.
Where is it? 119 Peckham High St, Peckham, London SE15 5SE
Why should you care? The restaurant has its roots in the successful Donostia Social Club pop-up. They're already in Tooting, Deptford, Battersea and Brixton and this is the group's largest restaurant yet.
In a nutshell: Parisian hot spot expands to London
Where is it? 16 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4HW
Why should you care? Top French chef Cyril Lignac is hoping his brand of Parisian cool will sit well in London with this Mayfair restaurant being his first international opening.
In a nutshell: Third spot for local cafe/wine bar team
Where is it? 58 Peckham Rye, London SE15 4JR
Why should you care? They already have successful cafes and wine bars in Camberwell and Tooting, and now Good Neighbour are coming to Peckham. Expect a strong eine list along with the food and a big focus on weekend brunch too.
In a nutshell: Greek charcoal grilling in Soho
Where is it? 4 Newburgh Street, Carnaby, Soho, London W1F 7RF
Why should you care? OPSO's new restaurant in Soho is all about live-fire grilling over charcoal. Expect plenty of meat and fish grilling, alongside an ever-changing Greek wine list.
In a nutshell: Cheese on the canal
Where is it? Sheldon Square, Paddington Central, London W2 6HY
Why should you care? They mastered the cheese conveyor belt, a cheese bar and a cheese truck. Next up for The Cheese Bar folk is is cheese on water in the shape of The Cheese Barge. They've moored a specially designed barge in Paddington and creating a very cheesy menu for it.
In a nutshell: Wine bar in Chelsea
Where is it? 300 King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 5UH
Why should you care? The next wine bar from 28-50 (the third in the group) will be on the King's Road. Expect European food alongside a strong selection of European wines - many of them available by the glass.
In a nutshell: Patty & Bun chicken spin-off
Where is it? 56 James St, Marylebone, London W1U 1HF
Why should you care? Patty&Bun spin-off Sidechick has opened just a few doors down from the original Patty&Bun. They specialise in chicken - whole or half chickens, seasoned with piri piri, clarified butter or za'atar.
In a nutshell: Rooftop Bar overlooking St Paul's
Where is it? 10 Godliman St, London EC4V 5AJ
Why should you care? Sabine has taken the space from The Sky Bar (at the top of the Leonardo hotel in the City). Iit's having quite the makeover, with a big emphasis on greenery and a stripped back look throughout and views of St Paul's.
In a nutshell: Sandwiches with an East Asian twist
Where is it? 103 Talbot Road, London W11 2AT
Why should you care? Having delivered across London, The Secret Sandwich Shop is opening their real-life sandwich shop. They're putting out sandwiches with an East Asian twist, all based on the Japanese Wanpaku sandwich.
In a nutshell: Syrian pop-up goes permanent
Where is it? Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby London W1B 5PW
Why should you care? His pop-ups have been a huge success and now, with the final stop of a crowdfunding campaign, Imad Alarnab is bringing his Syrian food to Soho.
In a nutshell: Andina mk II
Where is it? 60-62 Commercial St, Spitalfields, London E1 6LN
Why should you care? After losing their space in Shoreditch, Andina have moved to a bigger location in Spitalfields. Expect more South American food - with the addition of a basement bar.
In a nutshell: Italian meets jaw-dropping room
Where is it? 38 Threadneedle St, London EC2R 8AY
Why should you care? This is the first London opening for a restaurant group that started out in Moscow. They'll have high end Italian food in a very impressive location.
In a nutshell: Brighton Italian opens in London
Where is it? 21A Foley St, Fitzrovia, London W1W 6DS
Why should you care? The original Cin Cin Italian restaurant in Brighton has been a hit and also won a Michelin Bib Gourmand. They've now taken over the space that used to be the Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack.
In a nutshell: Restautant for the vegan butcher
Where is it? 206A Upper St Islington, London N1 1RQ
Why should you care? After the launch of their vegan 'butcher' (which has proven to be very popular indeed), Rudy's have brought their vegan diner to Islington right next door.
In a nutshell: Le Bab sized down
Where is it? 231 Old St, London EC1V 9HE
Why should you care? Le Bab have opened a new restaurant in Shoreditch - but this time they're going for a pint-sized classic kebab shop vibe. It'll be open late night too - if you fancy a kebab at 5am.
In a nutshell: Soho House rooftop at The Hoxton
Where is it? The Hoxton Shoreditch, 1 Willow Street, London EC2A 4BH
Why should you care? The Soho House group has teamed up with The Hoxton hotel to launch Mexican rooftop restaurant Maya in Shoreditch. That makes it London's third rooftop Mexican restaurant (there's also Decimo and Madera).
In a nutshell: Anya Hindmarch run cafe in Knightsbridge
Where is it? 9 Pont Street, London SW1X 9EJ
Why should you care? As part of the new Anya Hindmarch The Village in Pont Street, this all-day cafe serves up food inspired by the designer's sense of humour.
In a nutshell: Pizza and co-working in Crouch End
Where is it? 2 Park Road, London N8 8TD
Why should you care? They've had successes across town with Martello Hall and more and now the same group has arrived in Crouch End. As with the other halls, it's part hot-desking, with spaces available until 5pm and part bar and restaurant.
In a nutshell: Ace museum cafe from the Anchor & Hope team
Where is it? 1 Geffrye Street, London, E2 8JH
Why should you care? The Hoxton museum has a new all-day cafe and bistro from the team who brought us the Anchor & Hope and The Clarence Tavern.
In a nutshell: More pizza for Peckham
Where is it? Peckham Levels, F1-F6 Peckham Town Centre Carpark, 95A Rye Ln, London SE15 4ST
Why should you care? This comes from Chef Andrea Ascuiti, one of the people who started Streatham's much-lauded Bravi Razgazzi. Alongsode classics will be pizzas like the Truffle Mushroom and expect some "Neapolitan tapas" too.
In a nutshell: Vegan shop restaurant
Where is it? Fenwick of Bond Street, 63 New Bond Street, London W1S 1RQ
Why should you care? Alexis Gauthier has unveiled a new all-vegan restaurant at Fenwick department store in Mayfair - and it even has an all-vegan sushi counter.
Opened in April 2021
In a nutshell: Italian worldwide phenomenon
Where is it? 135 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD
Why should you care? The Italian food and wine marketplace has opened their first London opening in the heart of the City at Broadgate. Expect a huge space devoted to all things Italian - from delis, to foccaccia, cheese and pizzas through to new bars and restaurants.
In a nutshell: Sushi in Brixton
Where is it? 240 Ferndale Rd, London SW9 8BB
Why should you care? Sushi Revolution comes from two people who have come from Sticks'n'Sushi, Aidan Bryan and Tom Blackshaw, and this is their first venture going it alone.
In a nutshell: Soho yakitori 'comb to tail' joint
Where is it? 54 Frith St, Soho, London W1D 4SL
Why should you care? Chef Angelo Sato brings a slice of Japan's yakitori style to the heart of Soho with a restaurant focused on using every part of the chicken.
In a nutshell: Greenhouses and Tel Aviv food
Where is it? 1 Marylebone Rd, London NW1 4AQ
Why should you care? This is features Israeli chef Elior Balbul and is billed as a "Tel Avivian gastro sharing style restaurant" in purpose-built greenhouses.
In a nutshell: Grill restaurant for Belsize Village
Where is it? 66 Belsize Lane, London NW3 5BJ
Why should you care? This new neighbourhood restaurant by an ex-Ritz chef Jake Finn has a menu devoted to the grill and a lovely outside terrace too.
In a nutshell: Irish pub in Highgate
Where is it? 90 Highgate Hill, Highgate, London N19 5NQ
Why should you care? This Irish pub is taking over the prominent building that used to be The Tourian Lounge, and before that the Old Crown Inn. Their head chef Michael Spurgeon was previously at popular restaurant Nickel in Crouch End and Season Kitchen in Finsbury Park.
In a nutshell: Italian wine bar in Highgate
Where is it? 216 Archway Road, London N6 5AX
Why should you care? Top Italian sommelier Maurizio Titone joins forces with entrepreneur Marco Petrozzi for this boutique wine bar on Archway Road.
In a nutshell: Pentonville Road wine bar
Where is it? 258 Pentonville Rd, London N1 9JY
Why should you care? From the Cotswolds to King's Cross, a coffee and wine duo will be serving up minimal intervention wine at this new wine bar and cafe.
In a nutshell: Irish cocktail bar heads south
Where is it? 6 New Union Square, Embassy Gardens, Nine Elms, London SW11 7DN
Why should you care? Homeboy, the modern Irish cocktail bar run by Aaron Wall and Ciaran Smith in Islington, has expanded to Embassy Gardens (near Darby's and right next to the US Embassy at Nine Elms). Expect their top cocktails and an all-day food menu too, including toasties and curried chips.
In a nutshell: Native returns to town.
Where is it? 39 Brook Street, London W1K 4AH
Why should you care? Native closed in London in 2020 and moved out to the Osea on the Essex Coast but now they've returned to London, taking up a space in the luxury retailer Browns' new store in Mayfair.
In a nutshell: Megan's goes alfresco
Where is it? 10 Rookery Road, Clapham Common, London SW4 9DD
Why should you care? Megan's already have a successful restaurant in Clapham - but they've opened a second. This has one key difference, it's in the middle of Clapham Common and it's an alfresco restaurant.
In a nutshell: Everything breadcrumbed and fried
Where is it? 119 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0UD
Why should you care? Starting life as a delivery-only place during lockdown, this new venture is open as a bricks and mortar restaurant in Stoke Newington.
In a nutshell: Classic building returns in Shoreditch
Where is it? 233 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6PJ
Why should you care? The Light Bar has taken over a listed building in Shoreditch that once held "The Light". Expect a modern British menu in this three-floored affair, with bar, restaurant and a large terrace too.
In a nutshell: Old school pie shop
Where is it? 45 Villiers St, London WC2N 6NE
Why should you care? Top Scottish chef Mark Greenaway has taken advantage of the various lockdowns to expand his empire south of Hadrian's Wall. He's opened a new takeaway pie and mash shop on Villiers Street, next door to Gordon's Wine Bar.
In a nutshell: Classic building reborn as pub in Greenwich
Where is it? 23 Telegraph Avenue, London SE10 0TH
Why should you care? This Young's pub has taken over a historical building, which has been closed to the public for years. Enderby House is a Grade II listed building on the riverfront that is pretty much all that remains of a wharf built back in the 1800s.
When can you try it for yourself? 12 April 2021
In a nutshell: Pizza faves go permanent
Where is it? 71-72 Granville Arcade, Brixton Village, SW9 8PS
Why should you care? The duo, who opened their first place in Flat Iron Square after years working the wedding and festival food circuit, are serving their Italian pizza, served whole or by the slice.
In a nutshell: Crazy pizzas in Knightsbridge
Where is it? 32-34 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, London SW1X
Why should you care? This is the second Crazy Pizza to hit London, coming from ex-Formula One boss, Flavio Briatore. Expect similar pizzas to the original, just around the corner from Harrods.
In a nutshell: Gordon does pizza
Where is it? 4 Arches Ln, Nine Elms, London SW11 8AB
Why should you care? This is the second Street Pizza from Gordon Ramsay (after St Paul's). It's all about bottomless pizza options here.
In a nutshell: London-style pizza for Peckham
Where is it? Unit 4.1 Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Rd, Peckham, London SE15 3SN
Why should you care? This new pizzeria in Peckham's Copeland Park is aiming to serving up what they say is London-style pizza - with no delicious topping taboo.
In a nutshell: Taiwanese fried chicken, innovative sides and strong cocktails
Where is it? 72 Old Compton St, Soho, London, W1D 4UN
Why should you care? Inspired by trips to Taipei, Mr Ji's founder has teamed up with the TĀ TĀ Eatery team to completely relaunch his Taiwanese fried chicken restaurant on Soho's Old Compton Street.
In a nutshell: British seasonal restaurant for Fulham
Where is it? 194 Wandsworth Bridge Road, Fulham, London SW6 2UF
Why should you care? The team behind popular Hackney spot Nest, have expanded to West London with this new seasonal British restaurant on Wandsworth Bridge Road.
In a nutshell: Grade II listed Camden pub and restaurant
Where is it? North Yard, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH
Why should you care? This new neighbourhood pub and restaurant has taken over a Grade II listed building in Camden and has both a big focus on natural wine as well as a very handy heated courtyard. They'll even be serving Sunday roasts that you can carve at your own table.
Opened in March 2021
In a nutshell: Crammed sandwiches.
Where is it? 22 Bevis Marks, London EC3A 7JB
Why should you care? Dom's Subs in Hackney have captured Londoners' hearts over A-grade sarnies, serving up improbably stuffed house-baked semolina rolls. Their second shop sees them coming to The City.
In a nutshell: Korean chicken and beer in Chinatown
Where is it? 47 Charing Cross Rd, London WC2H 0AN
Why should you care? The latest Wing Wing, its flagship restaurant, is in a big new space on the edge of Chinatown - with Korean fried chicken alongside draft beer and eventually karaoke too.
In a nutshell: Hungarian food in North London
Where is it? 1 Turnpike Parade, London N15 3LA
Why should you care? Previously running as pop-ups and supperclubs, Turul Project has now gone permanent. Opening near Turnpike Lane and Green Lanes, the restaurant and wine bar (as well as deli and cafe) will be all about contemporary Hungarian dining.
Opened in February 2021
In a nutshell: Wine bar and shop
Where is it? 97 St Paul's Road, London N1 2NA
Why should you care? This is the Islington outpost of Yield which, like its Newington Green cousin, sells low-intervention wines, cheese, charcuterie and more deli items as well as being a neighbourhood wine bar.
In a nutshell: Butcher, small plates and booze
Where is it? 267 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 2UQ
Why should you care? Butcher & Brew have been established in Streatham for a few years, and now they've also just opened on the opposite side of London on Islington's Upper Street. Beer and meat is the neme of the game here.
In a nutshell: Japanese ishiyaki and sushi restaurant
Where is it? 3 Windmill St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2HY
Why should you care? Exquisite sushi, top-level Kobe beef and ishiyaki cooking is here for Fitzrovia residents.
In a nutshell: Indian restaurant in Dulwich
Where is it? 101 Rosendale Road, London SE21 8EZ
Why should you care? Coming from an ex-Tamarind chef, Heritage aims to cook "nostalgic family-taught dishes and unusual foods from lesser-known Indian regions and communities".
In a nutshell: Plant-based burgers in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 43 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RS
Why should you care? Flower Burger originated in Milan five years ago where its oh-so-Instafriendly colourful vegan burgers were an instant hit. Since then, they've expanded across France and Italy and Fitzrovia is their first London opening.
In a nutshell: Mamasons does baking
Where is it? 87 Kentish Town Road, London NW1 8NY
Why should you care? Mamasons are best known for their Filipino “dirty" ice cream stores but now they've changed gear for their new place, a bakery in Kentish Town.
In a nutshell: Lagom does pizza
Where is it? 460 Hackney Rd, London E2 9EG
Why should you care? The people behind Lagom, the British/Swedish smoking kings, have opened a brand new pizza restaurant in London Fields. Expect pizzas with their own twist and more dishes like pork shoulder.
In a nutshell: Cincinnati-style chilli in Shoreditch.
Where is it? 26 Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3JX
Why should you care? Tim Brice is bringing his own chilli recipe to Shoreditch and serving it in the middle of a brioche bun, before injecting chilli oil into it...
Opened in January 2021
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood Chinese spot in Balham
Where is it? 1 Ramsden Rd, Balham, London SW12 8QX
Why should you care? This Balham Chinese restaurant has a strong focus on sourcing along with celebrating the very best in Chinese cooking (with a view to training more chefs in the techniques too).
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