Keeping track of London’s new restaurant openings is enough to give any normal person a headache. But we’re not normal. And nor are you. You love getting out there and finding the latest spot that you simply have to tell your friends about before anyone else does. So do we. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to all the new openings that have caught our eye. Just remember, this isn’t an endorsement, as we haven’t been to all of these places. It’s for you to go and find out what’s what for yourself, so fare forward voyagers.
We’ll be regularly updating this post, and we’ll be adding a note whenever we review a spot, or add it to our guide to the best new restaurants in London, the Hit List.
Charlie’s isn’t named after it’s chef, it’s named after Lord Charles Forte, one of the founding members of Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair. All very Downton Abbey, right? Yes, but the food isn’t. The new upmarket restaurant inside Brown’s has a menu full of modern takes on British classics, and the space itself has big booths, lots of wooden panelling, and enough botanical wallpaper to make a gardener blush.
The people behind Hackney fine dining spot, Pidgin, have opened a casual sandwich shop in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross. Open from 8am until 10pm, there are porridges, egg muffins, and Climpson And Sons coffee for breakfast, then sandwiches, salads, and cocktails available for the rest of the day. The main act here though is sandwiches, and you’ll find prawn crackers, tenderstem broccoli, soy-cured parmesan, miso mayo, Mortadello ham, and plenty more ingredients between their bread.
Popular Peckham neighbourhood spot, Forza Win, have opened a new wine bar called - wait for it - Forza Wine. See what they did there? Five floors up with an outdoor terrace, there’s everything from views to a big wine list to negronis. On the food side they’ll be serving things at the bar like chicken milanese, clams, and biscotti soft serve - which are definitely our kind of ‘snacks’.
This new Bermondsey spot serves a seasonal British menu. There are dishes like venison tartare, plenty of by-the-glass wine options, and most importantly, there’s a late night cheese toastie on offer. Heads up, they’re open until 1.30am.
The Hoxton Hotel in Southwark, not Hoxton - keep up - has a new all day European restaurant. Basically, there’s everything from crab linguine to French classics on the menu, as well as vegetable bowls for when you’re trying to keep it kinda healthy.
Fitzrovia has a new Sicilian restaurant serving fresh pasta, large meat dishes, and of course, homemade cannoli. Set over three floors, there’s a private dining space and a slick raw seafood bar serving clams, oysters, prawns, as well as wild sea bream.
If you like the sound of Mediterranean small plates, shakshuka-packed brunches, and Israeli wines, then Haya should probably be on your radar. This upmarket Notting Hill spot looks a lot like a glossy Made showroom, and there’s plenty of mint yoghurt, homemade labneh, and fish on their menu.
Street food market folk KERB, have finally done what London weather demanded. They’ve opened an indoor market inside a huge ex-banana warehouse in Seven Dials, and there are a whole lot of London market favourites involved, from gelato to steamed buns to a conveyor belt of cheese. That’s right, a conveyor belt of cheese.
Mama Shelter is already a big deal, party spot in Paris. And LA. And when we say ‘big deal’, we mean, ‘where you go if you want to look a bit cool and maybe see a member of Two Door Cinema Club get pissed’. Now they’ve opened a hotel in Hackney with a huge restaurant. There are crab doughnuts and pork belly baos on the menu, as well as a big outdoor terrace, karaoke rooms, and table football to keep you entertained.
There’s a new neighbourhood Italian restaurant and café by Finchley Road tube station but you can expect more than your classic pizza and negroni situation here. Open from 7.30am, there’s everything from nduja scrambled eggs and blueberry smoothies for breakfast to clam bigoli and cocktails come the evening.
Given the amount of mess we can make with a bun and some ketchup, ‘neat’ and ‘burger’ are two words we don’t normally associate with each other, but this new spot in Mayfair is all about tidying away the meat. Expect plant-based takes on classic burgers, vegan tater tots, and plenty of people fussing over the fact that Lewis Hamilton is the owner.
Belgravia has a new all-day café and restaurant. Upstairs there are dishes like king prawn omelette, a grilled chicken green bowl, and red lentil fritters, whilst downstairs is all about fresh espresso, guest coffee roasts, as well as wine, and lots of virgin cocktails.
Liverpool Street has a new Cantonese spot where most of the dishes will cost you under a tenner. Three Uncles’ menu is all about roast duck, lo mein noodles, crispy pork belly, and freshly steamed dim sum. Heads up, they’re only open on weekdays.
Dim sum, dan dan noodles, and barbeque roast duck - that’s what Baozi Inn is all about. They already have spots in Soho, Chinatown, and Victoria, but the new London Bridge restaurant is set over three floors with a big open kitchen and a cocktail lounge.
Old Street has a new handmade pasta spot that is focused on regional Italian dishes. Think fresh braised pork genovese occhi, cocktails, and a big open kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare your pasta.
The Stratford Brasserie, in Stratford - duh, is a classic all-day spot on the ground floor of a new hotel complex. It has a huge brasserie-style menu, a huge outdoor terrace, and it’s open from 6.30am till late every day.
A classy artisan coffee shop originally from the Middle East has opened in Soho. Expect speciality Arabic coffee, French patisserie, and the kind of interiors even Patsy Stone would approve of.
Dalston Lane has a new cafe and co-working space that’s serving global-inspired food. If you’re picturing a blue and green cookie inspired by Planet Earth, think again. There’s a changing menu with everything from fried chicken and porchetta rice bowls to a babi guling and pickled watermelon sandwich.
A new Iranian restaurant has opened in Covent Garden. There’s a big open kitchen, lots of counter dining, and a menu full of things like sour cherry beef dumplings, saffron kebabs, and octopus.
Alliteration wins again. This new spot in Tooting Bec is all about pairing craft beer with your classic Spanish dishes. When it comes to the beer, there’s local brews from Brixton on tap, as well as a big range of bottled options. On the tapas side there are dishes like cured meats, Basque burgers, octopus, and chilli king prawns.
Highbury has a brand new fast food spot that’s serving tarted-up versions of classic diner food. Think waffle burgers, chicken wings, and milk shakes, but with added options like soft-shell crab, truffle mayo, and blue cheese. There are also fourteen sauces you can get involved in, from gochujang to minted feta. Although it’s mostly a grab-and-go situation, there is some indoor seating.
The people behind Pergola and The Prince have opened a new rooftop terrace on top of Brixton Village. In keeping with their other spots, there are many, many cocktails, including sixteen different spritzs and £28 summer jugs. You’re also able to order food from spots inside Brixton Village like Mamalan and Fish Wings & Tings straight to your table.
A popular L.A. breakfast chain has opened in Notting Hill. Open daily from 8am, there’s a whole lot of egg on the menu but you’ll also find things like cheeseburgers, seared wagyu tri-tip steak, and cold brew coffee too. Expect a casual sit-down situation and plenty of takeaway options.
We wish our neighbours were dumplings. But then we’d probably eat them, and that wouldn’t be good for anyone. My Neighbours the Dumplings already has a popular spot in Clapton, but their new place near Victoria Park has a new menu of barbecued skewers. Don’t worry, their classics like crispy prawn wontons, lamb potstickers, and chocolate dumplings are still on offer.
We like the opera. Kind of. Depends on how many pints we can sink beforehand really. But we’re definitely into tapas. Opera Tavern is an old school, converted pub spot in Covent Garden that has had a big makeover. There’s also a new team heading up the food and you can expect dishes like squid ink pasta, chorizo picante, and beef bavette.
The people behind Bun House have opened a new two storey Cantonese restaurant and bar on Greek Street. Expect clay pot rice, coal grilled skewers, a big cocktail menu, and late night hours Thursday to Saturday.
Another day, another luxury hotel has opened in London, and with it comes a brand new seasonal restaurant. This sophisticated King’s Cross spot has a garden terrace, natural wines, plenty of foliage, fresh British seafood, and a big, fancy bar aptly called Double Standard.
Mayfair has a new affordable pasta spot that is actually, you know, affordable. Taking inspiration from the Trastevere district of Rome, they’re serving everything from freshly ground coffee, oxtail ragu pappardelle, to antipasti boards.
We’re already very into the cheap and cheerful mezze platters at family-run restaurant Nandine on Vestry Road, but now they’ve opened a second Camberwell spot on Church Street. There’s fresh Kurdish salads, plenty of vegetarian options, and baklava.
Sure, it might sound like a feminist take on The Boat That Rocked, but Radio Alice is actually an organic pizza joint that already has spots in Hoxton and Clapham. Now they’ve opened in Canary Wharf and they’ve brought their pork sausage, ’nduja, and smoked cheddar topped pizzas with them, as well as appetisers like pesto burrata and anchovy crostini.
Not to be misinterpreted as Mayfair’s latest monastery, Moncks Of Dover Street is a brasserie from the people behind Park Chinois. This all-day spot has a classic breakfast menu, weekend brunch options, and a daytime menu that’s all about fresh fish, grilled meat, and a caviar covered lobster roll.
The people behind Shoreditch spot Lyle’s have opened a new wine bar, bakery, and restaurant right on the edge of Borough Market. Dishes like rabbit kidney skewers, oysters in jalaneño mignonette, and cherry blossom cake will change daily.
There are only around 25 seats at this new Indian spot in the revamped Harrods Dining Hall. Options include a whole bunch of sharing plates and bowls, vegetarian and meat thalis, and a £48 lobster Chettinad biryani.
We checked out Kama by Vineet and put it on our Hit List.
Soho’s Rupert Street is home to a new Swiss-inspired spot. At lunch and dinner the restaurant at Heritage is the place for raclette, fondue, rostis, and larger plates of meat and fish from the grill, while from midday till late every day the bar serves wines from an extensive list which includes a section on ‘inquisitive reds’.
Hoh Sek is a walk-in spot at St Katherine’s Dock specialising in noodles. The influences are Asian-wide, but the focus is on Cantonese dishes such as the Hong Kong fish noodles which are only served in the evening. Meanwhile there are six casual grab-and-go or eat in lunch options, all coming in at under a tenner.
The people behind Shoreditch trattoria Gloria, have opened up a second Italian spot - this time in Fitzrovia. At 9000 square feet, Circolo Popolare is what we professionals refer to as ‘fucking massive’. The walls are lined with thousands of bottles of spirits, there are 12-person tables, giant silk handkerchief style pastas, and a signature one litre sundae. So yeah, it’s super lowkey.
Natoora not only have five classy grocery stores in London and provide a whole bunch of chefs with fresh produce, they’re also now serving breakfast and lunch in Notting Hill. They believe in ‘radical seasonality’ - hello, band name - so you can expect light dishes involving whatever vegetables are currently in their prime and a lot of cheese, quinoa, and houmous.
We checked out Natoora Counter and added it to our Notting Hill Guide.
The old BBC Television Centre in White City has a new daytime coffee spot serving freshly roasted coffee, seasonal salads, and sandwiches. Sadly, we can’t confirm whether there’ll actually be any flying horses present.
As students we mastered important culinary skills like ‘the perfect Pot Noodle pour’ and not getting our chin stuck in a family tub of nutella. Meanwhile, a group of student chefs and fully-fledged professionals are serving the food at this new all day Hoxton spot. If you’re expecting beans on toast, think again, they’re serving everything from a roasted chorizo frittata for brunch to a Suffolk bacon chop for dinner. By the way, there’s also a big terrace.
Suzi Tros might sound like the protagonist of a summer special of ITV’s latest murder drama, but it’s actually a new Greek bistro in Notting Hill. Set over two floors, you’ll find small plates, an exclusively Greek wine list, and plenty of ‘grandmama’s tzatziki’.
We checked out Suzi Tros and added it to our Notting Hill Guide.
Another day, another street food Cinderella sandwich story. Or something. The people behind Sub Cult have been serving American deli-style sub sandwiches full of things like oak smoked salmon, seared seitan, bavette steak, truffle mayo, wild garlic aioli, slow cooked pork, and marinated calamari, for five years, and now they’ve opened their first permanent spot in the City. Open from 7am until 6pm, they’ll be serving everything from breakfast rolls to lunch on the go.
Gigi’s Hoxton is a new all day restaurant, bar, and late night live music venue in - dun dun dun - Hoxton. Italian inspired dishes like beef carpaccio, pan fried scallops, bistecca alla fiorentina are on the menu, plus DJ sets, a terrace, and cocktails.
In what we like to call ‘peak Monopoly’, Chucs have restaurants in Mayfair, Westbourne Grove, Harrods, the Serpentine gallery, and now South Kensington. Classy. This time they’ve got a little bit more of a casual all-day situation going on, with a Mediterranean inspired menu of café classics, as well as paninis, salads, and smoothies to go. For London’s annual three days of sunshine, it’s also good to know they’ve got a big wrap-around terrace.
Those of you who read (or watched the film of) Animal Farm and felt permanently scarred by Old Major, will know that ‘four legs are bad’. Well, hopefully that isn’t true as this new meat focused kitchen has opened at Islington spot, The Compton Arms. The pub is rumoured to have been one of George Orwell’s favourites, but that isn’t stopping them from serving seasonal European-meets-Asian dishes such as Asparagus XO and pork belly skewers.
We checked out The Compton Arms and put it on our Hit List.
The second Popham’s bakery has opened in London Fields. This all-day spot is serving coffee, classy pastries, open sandwiches, weekend specials, and a bacon and maple syrup croissant that has been more papped more than Paris Hilton in 2004. Heads up, there might be queues.
We checked out Pophams and added it to our Hackney Guide.
Wild Honey might sound like an indie band’s hit single about the plight of the bees, but it’s actually a new upscale spot in St James’s. The original Wild Honey in Mayfair closed down earlier this year, and they’ve now brought their menu of French-inspired seasonal dishes to a very swish space involving high ceilings and a lot of velvet seating.
First came Mr Bao in Peckham, then came Daddy Bao in Tooting, and now, like the final frontier of a beloved movie franchise, Master Bao has opened in Westfield White City.
Fitzrovia has a new Spanish restaurant that has a six-metre wood fire oven. There are huge two-person paellas, there are six types of aioli on the menu, and there are plenty of seats around the big open kitchen.
If you’re prone to seasickness, this new Paddington restaurant from the people behind London Shell Co. might be one to miss. The Grand Duchess is a cruise boat restaurant that now has a permanent home, or dock, or something, in Paddington. There’s lots of Cornish seafood on offer, a huge surf and turf option, plus some additional outside seating come summer.
Fugitive Motel is the latest all day co-working and craft beer bar with plenty of foliage to open in east London, specifically Bethnal Green. There are sourdough pizzas on offer from lunchtime, shuffleboard aplenty, as well as enough cacti and hanging plants to make The Eden Project jealous.
In another exhilarating round of New Opening’s Geography Facts - Maremma is a coastal area of Tuscany that’s known for its hunting and seafood potential. Don’t you feel smarter already? Now you can get some of classic Tuscan pasta and meat dishes, as well as the region’s wines at a rustic new spot in Brixton.
Five star luxury Belgravia hotel, The Goring, has a new seafood restaurant that will be much more of a casual situation than their other dining options. The space itself is very Sistine Chapel feels and there’s plenty of fresh Cornish produce on the menu, as well as dishes like grilled whole monkfish for two, a marinated tomato and shallot salad, and some pretty hefty price tags.
Apparently, plates are out of fashion for good - flat surfaces, gross right - as another bowl focused spot has opened in Soho. It’s a small restaurant but most of their dishes are available to go, including their vegan buckwheat noodles, natural salads, and fruity breakfast bowls.
The City has got itself a new Brazillian barbecue. Meat wise, there’s everything from Argentine beef to Australian wagyu on offer, as well as sides like black truffle gnocchi, a mushroom trio, and a roasted sweet potato and chorizo pincho.
Squeg And Bonez might sound like a cartoon about a crime-fighting dog duo, but it’s actually a new vegan small plates restaurant and natural wine bar on Mare Street in Hackney. As well as dishes like pea and lemongrass fritters and mushroom dumplings, there’s also a brew bar.
There’s a new container village in Walthamstow that has an on site brewery and plenty of restaurants that will be opening throughout June. Expect a vegan street food spot, an Italian bakery, a burger joint, as well as many other options.
The original Meatliquor - a burger and cocktail spot - has moved up the road to Oxford Circus, with even more cocktails and even more space. As well as their classic dishes like the Dead Hippie burger and their deep-fried mac and cheese, they’re serving food until late and drinks until 3am daily. There’s also a ‘poke for jäger’ button - because we haven’t made enough mistakes already.
The day has finally come. London has a Spandau Ballet themed restaurant. Kidding, Gold is a new three-story restaurant and late night bar on Portobello Road. They’re serving seasonal dishes designed for sharing, like chargrilled squid, nettle and sheep’s ricotta ravioli, and braised rabbit leg tortelloni. Heads up, as well as a pavement terrace, there’s also a patio area out back.
We checked out Gold and added it to our Notting Hill Guide.
Well, they weren’t going to call it Another Sane Pizza Place were they? Nope. This new Marylebone spot is all about thin crust, truffle, big prices, and portraits of celebrities eating pizza. Crazy.
The people behind luxury Marylebone cocktail bar Artesian, have opened a more relaxed spot in Old Street. There’s all-day coffee, light bites, and a work area, and then a more formal cocktail bar and restaurant at the back. Also, popular street food vendor Ta Ta Eatery will be serving food, so you can expect a changing menu of their Portuguese and Chinese hybrid dishes.
We checked out Tayér and Elementary and added it to our sandwich guide.
There’s a new all day restaurant and cocktail bar inside the Bulgari hotel from the people behind New York spot, Scarpetta. The menu features Italian classics with a twist, like duck and foie gras ravioli.
Baba G’s have been serving their Indian inspired burgers at markets for almost a decade. Now they have their first permanent spot in a 50 seater restaurant in Camden where they’re serving everything from their signature ‘pachos’ - poppadom nachos - as well as spiralized celeriac bhajis, chicken tikka nuggets, and spiced rum cocktails.
Rather than letting you play another fun game of ‘what the f does that mean?’ we’re be happy to tell you that Gezellig is Dutch for ‘an atmosphere that allows good things to happen’. Snazzy. This new wine focused spot in Holborn has a modern European menu, with two private dining rooms available, as well as the option of a whole suckling pig. Also snazzy.
Honestly, this could very well have been the name of The Infatuation’s first collection of sonnets, but this new toastie spot in Chalk Farm has beaten us to the punch. Expect pastries, coffee, and lots of different takes on your classic cheese toastie.
Cent Anni is a new spot in Wimbledon with some alfresco dining available and a modern Italian menu. Think beetroot ravioli, tiger prawn linguine, chicken paillard, and a selection of classic Italian cocktails.
Vauxhall has a new oyster bar, bakery. It’s a neighbourhood joint with dishes like highland short rib, turbot, and crispy beef fat potatoes on the menu, as well as the option to get half a dozen oysters and a pint of Guinness for a tenner.
Mayfair has a shiny new French ‘bistrot de luxe’ with a big menu, and an even bigger wine list.
We checked out Les Platanes and added it to our Mayfair Guide.
Fried chicken burgers and fried chicken bao - that’s what Coqfighter is all about. This popular street food trader’s opened their first permanent spot in Soho and their bringing all their classics as well as some new dishes.
The people behind Chick ‘n’ Sours are bringing their fried chicken and craft beers to Soho. This place is big on their ‘sandwich’ (burger) game too, with everything from their ‘Straight Up’ buttermilk, herb mayo, and pickles classic, to their ‘Cali Hot Chick’ that’s full of guacamole, chipotle mayo, cheese, and fried chicken - obviously.
It’s official. London isn’t going to run out of fried chicken spots any time soon. Louie’s in Hoxton specialises in Nashville style hot chicken, but you can also expect alcoholic ice teas, boozy shakes, cocktail bowls, and live DJ sets. Students of London, your prayers have finally been answered.
Fishworks are already serving fresh, sustainable seafood in Mayfair and Marylebone and now they’ve got a new spot in Covent Garden. As well as a whole load of different fish dishes on offer in the restaurant, there’s also a wet fish counter and a fishmonger to help you if you’re looking to take some fish home with you. We’re going to stop saying fish now.
There’s a new fresh pasta spot a couple minutes up the road from Old Street Station and they’re serving a short menu of classics like oxtail ragu pappardelle, gnocchi vongole, and tortello carbonara. It’s also worth noting that this place is open from 8am during the week so you can also swing by for a coffee.
The people behind one of London’s favourite pub roof terraces, The Culpeper, have opened a new pub and hotel near Brick Lane. There are dishes like asparagus with polenta chips, beef and celeriac remoulade, and treacle tart on the menu, but if you’re in it for the roof terrace be warned, it’s only open to guests.
Entirely OTT luxury Soho spot Bob Bob Ricard, have opened their second restaurant on the third floor of the Leadenhall Building in the City. Or if you prefer, the Cité. They’re bringing their iconic press-for-champagne buttons along with them, as well as their menu of dressed up classics.
We checked out Bob Bob Cité and put it on our Hit List.
Sure, the name of this new chicken spot in Hackney central might bring about some traumatic memories if you’ve ever gone toe-to-toe with a seagull over a Mr Whippy, but fear not, the only birds here are fried or flame-grilled and can be covered in peri peri sauce. There are also plenty of sides to choose from, as well as some cheap and cheerful burgers.
Finally, a restaurant named after your great nan. Chelsea has a new modern European restaurant with Irish influences and a whole lot of fresh, Irish produce. The seasonal menu will change day-to-day but expect dishes like pigs beignets, celeriac wellington, and beef with boxty cake - a classic Irish potato dish.
Bao have opened their fourth spot on the edge of Borough Market. You can expect their classic bao, Taiwanese fried chicken, and highball machine cocktails, as well as a karaoke room in the basement.
The team behind one of our Greatest Hits, Barrafina, have opened a new terrace bar and grill restaurant. This outdoor spot in Coal Drops Yard has a partially covered area - because weather - and guests cook fresh meat, fish, and vegetables and toppings to taste, at individual mini parillas on their tables.
Waterloo has a new seasonal sharing dish restaurant next to The Old Vic. Hello Darling has a three course pre-theatre option for £22 and everything from miso glazed carpaccio to confit duck legs with blood orange on the menu.
Food is art. Said no one ever. But, South London Gallery has got a new kitchen serving seasonal classic cafe dishes. Take note, they close everyday at 6pm, apart from on Wednesdays when they’re open until 9pm.
Humble Pizza on the King’s Road, is a vegan and vegetarian spot serving cauliflower base pizzas with toppings like vegan pepperoni, mushroom, and truffle.
The Mantl is a new Turkish spot in Knightsbridge with room for just under 80 guests, a swish cocktail bar, and a big mantl fireplace for cooking all their lamb chops, chicken shish, and vegetable skewers. In case you’re looking for something lighter, there are cold and hot starters as well as traditional Turkish snacks.
This new Mayfair wine bar and restaurant is the younger sibling to excellent British restaurant, Quality Chop House. This time their menu focus, and name inspiration, is the Emilia Romagna region of Italy. There’s a small upstairs dining room and a wine-focused downstairs area reserved for walk-ins, with a shorter menu of sharing plates.
We checked out Emilia and put it on our Hit List.
Sure The Sea, The Sea, might sound like the opening line of a poem about the tortured relationship between an old man and his pet sea cow, but it’s actually a new fishmongers, deli and seafood bar in Chelsea. The menu has everything from light snacks like a Cornish John Dory crudo, to rock oysters, to a £120 lobster seafood extravaganza for two.
’O Ver are all about pizza, and specifically pizza infused with purified seawater. This place in St James’s Market is their second spot.
Here’s a sentence you’ve never heard before. Shoreditch has a new small plates restaurant. This one is on Brick Lane and is serving flavours from all over the Mediterranean. When it comes to the booze, there’ll be single malt whiskies and South African wines.
Tequila, mezcal, and Mexican small plates - that’s what this new spot on Kingsland Road is all about. If none of those are your thing, there are also Mexican craft beers and lots of foliage.
The Soak could very well be the name of your one-man play about the emotional turmoil of living in London and forgetting your umbrella, but it’s actually a new bar and restaurant in Victoria. This place is big on fermenting, so go for dishes like a cider pickled egg chicory salad, wood pigeon with fermented mooli, and a salsify root glazed in coffee kombucha dessert.
104 is a new restaurant in Notting Hill with only six tables, so booking ahead is definitely a good idea. The four course tasting menu is £65 per person with dishes like hand dived scallop ceviche and wild seabass with champagne sauce available at opening.
This new all day spot near Old Street is all about tarte flambee. In case you’re under the impression that’s a dance move, don’t worry, it’s actually a pizza-like dish from Eastern France, set off with toppings like bacon lardons, tahini, and roasted peppers. There are also other dishes like raclette, a Levantine inspired salad, and hummus nibbles.
There’s a new all-day wine bar and cafe inside the Broadway shopping centre in Hammersmith. They’re serving everything from breakfast, lunch to-go, and barista coffee by day, and by night there are tasting events, sharing dishes, and of course, a big wine list.
Like pretending you have the money to live in a house in Notting Hill? Of course you do. Cocktail bar, The Little Yellow Door have set up a permanent home in Notting Hill, with a premise that it’s a trendy flat share you Whatsapp with to make a ‘booking’. If you’re hungry, there’s also the option of homemade fish tacos, pork belly bao, house tartare on toast, and many other dishes.
Originally from Porto Cervo in Italy, this seafood spot in Marylebone has got warm Mediterranean interiors and big prices.
The people behind Pidgin in Hackney have opened Casa Fofo - a neighbourhood, tasting menu restaurant, also in Hackney. They’ve got natural wines, a more low-key snack menu, and an outdoor garden space out back.
Dalston pop-up Mao Chow have found a permanent home at a little hole-in-the-wall spot in London Fields. The menu is all all vegan, with dishes like black charcoal jiaozi, baozi, and liangfen. Also, it’s walk-ins only. And BYOB.
We checked out Mao Chow and put it on our Hit List.
Old Street has a new American diner with a twist. Harlem Soul is serving classics like dirty burgers, waffles, and fried chicken. You’ll also find tacos, vegan dishes, and a braised short rib crumpet here. Expect graffiti covered walls, loud music, and weekly events in their underground venue.
Bun House has made quite the journey. All the way from Soho to… Soho. Their new location on Lisle Street in Chinatown is bigger but they’re still all about Cantonese buns, Hong Kong craft beers, and tea-based cocktails.
The Gate have been serving vegetarian and vegan food since the 80s. Now, they’ve opened a fourth site in St John’s Wood and they’re bringing their menu of plant-based dishes along. Expect mains like wild mushroom risotto cake, their beetroot cheese burger, as well as plant-based breakfasts from 8am.
This tiny 15 seater sushi spot is bringing high-end sushi to the former BBC TV Centre in White City.
This new spot at the top of Richmond Hill is doing a bit of everything. And when we say a bit of everything we mean it. You can find everything from turf-to-table dining, dirty burgers for lunch, vegan dinners, creative cocktails, a sophisticated dining room, as well as a more casual and cosy area. There’s also a big terrace overlooking the hill.
Mayfair has a new casual Indian restaurant - from the founder of Dum Biryani - with a menu focused on regional dishes from the city of Lucknow in northern India. Expect kebabs, gosht barrah lamb chops, biryanis, and a selection of curries.
The people behind cool upmarket Soho tapas spot Rambla, have opened another Spanish restaurant, but this time in the City. Their new spot in Aldgate will have a similar menu of traditional dishes like paella and suckling pig, as well as some new takes on classics, but the same chill feel.
American chain The Halal Guys has come to Leicester Square, and they’ve brought their menu of chicken and beef gyro wraps and platters with them. There are sides like falafel, hummus, and baba ganouj to get involved with too, but be warned, it’s takeaway only.
Pizza, pasta, and daily seasonal plates - that’s what this new daytime Milan-inspired spot in Angel is all about. As well as serving affordable cooked breakfasts, they also do veal, parma ham, and goat’s cheese sandwiches for lunch, and classic Italian dishes daily.
A Pakistani supper club now has a permanent home in White City. Expect specialities from Karachi with dishes like beef bahari kebab, daal, and chicken hara masala.
Soho has a new izakaya spot called Robata, with lots of dishes cooked on a… robata. Think wagyu beef cooked over fresh hay, iberico pluma, and soft shell crab bao. There’s also sashimi, cocktails, and sake pairing.
Fatt Pundit is a new, casual Indo-Chinese spot in Soho. As well as dishes like shredded chilli venison, smoked rabbit wontons, and hakka paneer lettuce cups, you can also expect an all day momo (spicy dumplings) station at the front of the restaurant.
If you know Xi’an Impression then you’ll probably be excited about this new London opening, because the chef behind it has opened another Xi’an region focused restaurant in Bloomsbury. Expect hand-pulled noodles, pot sticker dumplings, signature ‘burgers’, and plenty of other Xi’an traditional classics.
We checked out Master Wei and put it on our Hit List.
Fitzrovia has a new all day modern Asian cafe, serving everything from pastries and omelette buns for breakfast to a build-your-own lunchbox menu with rice, ginger shoyu chicken, raw slaw, and kimchee jackfruit for lunch.
Bugs Bunny and a cowboy walk into a bar… yeah, that’s all we’ve got. Dead Rabbits Saloon is a new casual burger joint on the Finsbury Park side of Highbury, serving things like heritage blue cheese, duck fat caramelized onions, slow cooked pork belly, and gravy inside their burgers. Expect lots of whisky and lamb pepper fries too.
There’s a new Italian spot on Upper Street and it’s focusing on food from the region of Puglia. That means there’s plenty of home-made pasta, stonebaked pizza, cured meats with fig jam, octopus, and classic negronis.
‘A sausage revolution’ is not an uprising of rural pigs, it’s the slogan of this new restaurant on Upper Street. This casual spot on Upper Street is serving different European takes on gourmet sausage dishes, like a Swiss bratwurst served with purple mustard, pickled cabbage, and honey sourdough.
A lowkey fried chicken pop-up Chipuffalo has got its first permanent location on Brixton’s Market Row. Thunderbird is serving all the chicken shop classics like wings, burgers, and fried chicken buckets, as well as some new takes like salted caramel and smoked salt wings and something called ‘awesome sauce’.
This new spot in Marylebone is kind of a two-for-the-price-of-one restaurant. Upstairs there’s a 10 course tasting menu, fine dining, wasabi caviar, and rose-cured salmon with foie gras. Downstairs is a mildly more casual situation called XR with ‘hands only’ bar snacks and an à la carte menu. Expect some pretty big price tags.
Notting Hill’s latest restaurant, Orasay, is offering up a whole lot of seafood in a grown-up, sophisticated space. There’s also a long wine list with plenty of by the glass and carafe options, and a private dining room.
Madame Pigg is a new neighbourhood restaurant on Kingsland Road. They’re all about locally sourced seasonal British food, a daily changing menu, and big roasts on Sundays.
The Belmond Cadogan Hotel in Chelsea has a new restaurant. As well as a new modern, seasonal British menu. There’s also an afternoon tea available involving cookies, cakes, and a whole lot of chocolate.
Cutting Room is a brand new bar, restaurant, and art space in Fitzrovia. You’ll find things like wagyu beef sliders and smoked mackerel pâté sharing plates on the menu, pieces by the monthly artist on the walls, and late night DJ sets on Saturdays.
Wine, sharing plates, and more wine. That’s what this new spot in Highbury is all about. As well as small plates like burrata and smoked duck rillettes, there’s also charcuterie, and the option to take some of the wines home with you.
The French team behind this new all day Italian trattoria in Shoreditch have already had a lot of success in Paris. Confused? French group. Italian restaurant. Keep up. Expect fresh ingredients from Italy, a ten-level lasagne, negronis with truffle foam, and late night eats from Thursday to Saturday.
Baker Street has a new upmarket Indian restaurant and it’s a big’un. There’s a main dining room, a basement cocktail bar, and a more casual grab-and-go area that will be opening later in the year. Expect traditional South Indian cuisine, a wall of foliage, and some pretty hefty prices.
This Dalston spot’s tagline is ‘A nonna and baba walk into a bar… and opened a restaurant in East London’. Basically, it’s a mash-up of Italian and Japanese dishes, with a daily changing menu, and a Tokyo style bar thrown in for good measure.
Evolutionary Arts Hackney isn’t a twelve piece whale noise collective in Shoreditch, it’s actually a new concert and event venue that now has an all day restaurant. The menu changes daily, with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. There’s also talk of regular music nights in the restaurant, although there probably won’t be any whale noises involved though.
We checked out Earth Kitchen and put it on our Hit List.
Kulcha means flatbread in Indian. But clearly the people behind this casual Indian spot at Boxpark Wembley saw the chance for a little word-play and jumped at it. There are eat-in options like chicken popcorn masala, lamb biryani, and cocktails, as well as tikka masala grilled sandwiches to go.
The former BBC television centre is now home to W12 studios, a 450 capacity venue that will showcase emerging artists, acoustic sessions, resident DJs, and importantly, two rotating kitchens and a big bar. The opening food traders will be Cue Point (barbecue) and The Piadina Project (handmade Italian street food).
We’re working on a theory that this place is called The Oak because oak trees are bloody huge, as is the new 3,500 square foot space in Battersea. There’s a bar, lounge, restaurant, private dining area, and a mezzanine overlooking everything else, just for good measure. When it comes to the food expect a long menu of sharing plates like scallops on broccoli pesto, beef shin ragu pappardelle, and a range of fresh pizzettas.
Fun fact: Yopo is a jungle tree found in the forests of South America. Here’s another: the Mandrake Hotel in Fitzrovia has a new all-day restaurant. As well as coffee and takeaway fishes, they’re serving upmarket European dishes with South American influences. Think ceviche of sea bass with gooseberries and a blood orange chocolate mousse.
Emilia’s is a fresh, handmade pasta joint at St Katherine’s Docks that has just opened up a second spot in Aldgate. There is alfresco seating, antipasti, and the pasta ranges from a slow cooked bechamel bolognese to a yellowfin tuna fillet rigatoni. If you’re something of a ravioli enthusiast, or just like feeling like a bit of a voyeur, there’s also a window pasta station.
Da Terra is probably what our friends secretly call us when we’re drunk. It’s also the new restaurant inside Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel. They’re mixing Latin American food with Italian touches, and you can expect the long tasting menu to set you back £90.
Yeni is already a pretty popular restaurant in Istanbul. Now you can also get their traditional Turkish dishes in Soho. Expect floral tiles, lots of fish, sour cherry aplenty, and aubergine manti.
Shockingly, this new spot in Hackney is not a steakhouse. We Are Vegan Everything are serving an all-day menu of breakfast classics, takeaway superfood bowls, and a whole host of soya milkshakes.
JinLi is a new Sichuan restaurant in Chinatown. They’ve got a big menu (seriously, think War And Peace page count) with everything from spicy duck tongue, to sweet and sour fish fillets, to griddle cooked frog. There’s also four set menu options ranging from £11.80 to £25.80.
Fried chicken fans, get excited. Popular Taiwanese fried chicken chain has opened their first European location at a small spot in Chinatown. As well as, yes, fried chicken, there’s also a bao take on the chip butty. Intriguing.
Soho has a new all day Scandinavian cafe. By day there’s open sourdough sandwiches, smorrebrod, and plenty of takeaway options. By night there’s Scandinavian sharing platters, smoked salmon pizza, and lingonberry cosmopolitans.
If you’re something of a Poirot, you might have guessed that Beer and Burger serve beer, and burgers. But, there’s also mac balls, a vegan patty, dipping gravy, and many, many beers. Their new fourth spot is in King’s Cross.
France’s oldest tea emporium has popped over the channel to Covent Garden, with a restaurant on the first floor serving tea inspired dishes throughout the day. Picturing a stray PG Tips in your cheeseburger? Think again, the menu is more along the lines of beef tartare with coriander and Lune Rouge tea. There’s also an afternoon tea.
Vegan spot Stem and Glory started out in Cambridge, but their second site has opened at the Barbican, and they’re not doing things by halves. During the week they’re open from 8am until 11pm, and will be serving everything from a ‘VLT’ for breakfast (see what they did there), to yucca ‘ribs’ for dinner. There are also grab-and-go lunch options.
The team behind The Coach and Hero Of Maida has opened a fourth pub, this time in a converted police station in Chiswick. The menu is a mix of British classics with some Mediterranean touches thrown in for good measure.
This Stoke Newington restaurant offers a modern European menu that changes daily. Expect dishes like razor clam and passion fruit ceviche, veal tartare, and pig trotters with skinny fries. Oh, and a wine pairing option too.
A Persian food blogger and author has opened a cafe on Chiswick High Road. There’s Persian noodle soup, there’s lots of spice, and there’s saffron rice pudding.
The new all-day brasserie inside Selfridges has a 24ft crystal encrusted pegasus designed by Damien Hirst. Honestly, that’s over seven meters of mythical beast, we’re officially impressed.
This new cafe in Hanover Square claims to be the ‘ready to wear’ option for Londoners who need healthy food on the go. We don’t know entirely what that means, but we do know that there’s kombucha, coffee, sandwiches, CBD oil, and vegan options on the menu.
Much like Elton John and the emotional punch of a car advert, Spiritland is all about the music. Their original spot in King’s Cross operates as a listening lounge, bar, cafe, restaurant, and recording studio, and their new spot in Royal Festival Hall will be doing all that, with the addition of an oyster bar. They also have a 2am alcohol license and DJs who play at weekends.
This is where they send the tagliatelle that can’t be tamed. We’re kidding. It’s actually a new vegan spot on Upper Street. There’s already a Wild Food Cafe at Neal’s Yard, and this new one has the same menu but is bigger and takes booking.
This new seasonal British restaurant in Fulham is pretty tiny, with just 26 seats. There’s a monthly changing set menu for £40, and some South African touches, like a biltong carpaccio.