February's new openings feature patisserie works of art, all the chops and the return of one of London's top restaurants to the scene.
Knightsbridge - Wilton Pl, London SW1X 7RL
Taking pride of place on the Knightsbridge side of the hotel, world-renowned pastry chef Cedric Grolet is opening his first patisserie outside of France in The Berkeley. He has a huge following and creates some of the most beautiful looking cakes and pastries you'll ever see (his "fruit" creations are showstoppers). Expect to see this all over Instagram.
Notting Hill - 127 Ledbury Road, London W11 2AQ
At the beginning of the pandemic, there was a worry that the two-Michelin-starred Ledbury was closing forever. However, it's making a triumphant return with a brand new design (meaning a few new seats), a new head chef and a whole new menu. Will it retain its stars - and maybe get another one? We'll have to see.
Shoreditch - 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ
This Shoreditch hotel is taking the place of the Ace, but has a few aces up its own sleeves. As well as seafood restaurant Goddard Gibbs (with massive sculptures as you can see from the photo), there's also a bar from Mr Lyan and the promise of a new rooftop bar opening later in the year.
Covent Garden - 16a Bedford Street, London WC2E 9HE
This will be the fourth Blacklock, opening in Covent Garden, and should be a massive hit from day one. As ever, expect their amazing chops (the "all-in" is a must), proper Sunday lunches and great-value cocktails (as well as the cocktail trolley, of course). This location adds a huge ice cream sundae to the menu.
Mayfair - 172 Piccadilly, St James, London W1J 9EJ
Another restaurant that was feared to be closed forever is Richoux. The 100+ year-old institution has been saved and is opening under new owners Jamie Butler and Lewis Spencer. They have a wealth of top-restaurant experience under their belt and it sounds like their signature "cruffins" will be another big new pastry worth trying in town.
Mayfair - 56b South Molton Street, London W1K 5SH
There have been previews in January, but February sees the full launch of this 10-seater Japanese restaurant from the people behind Chisou. It'll be an intimate experience, featuring seasonal British produce with a focus on sushi, pickling and preserving and charcoal-grilled items.
Knightsbridge - 87–135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
Em Sherif is big in the Middle East and this fine-dining Lebanese restaurant is making its European debut in Harrods (along with a deli). The original restaurants have earned much praise for their 30-course menu of hot and cold mezze, grills and desserts. Expect dishes like Sambousek Lahme (Lebanese meat pies) and more.
West Dulwich - 84 Park Hall Road, Dulwich, London SE21 8BW
This is the next restaurant from The Oystermen, who already have a hit on their hands with their Covent Garden restaurant. The menu here will be focused on British-inspired classics, but there's also a strong seafood offering, including a Bloody Mary crab salad. English wine will also be at the forefront of the menu, with a basement wine cellar being used for tastings.
Also opening in February
- Emilia's Crafted Pasta (Canary Wharf) - The fresh pasta restaurant comes to Canary Wharf with games attached
- Lahpet (Covent Garden) - The second opening for this popular Burmese restaurant
- Itaku (Fitzrovia) - Celeb restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini arrives in London
All London's newly opening (and upcoming) restaurants...
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