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 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.
Sarap Filipino Bistro
From the same people behind Sarap BAon in Brixton, this second location is serving more Filipino classics like monkfish escabache, and a whole suckling pig to share, on Mayfair’s Heddon Street.
If you’re a fan of Middle Eastern flatbreads and low-intervention wine, then this new all-day restaurant and bar in Queen’s Park might be for you. From the team behind Berber & Q, you’ll find grilled prawns, hummus, challah French toast, and a spacious terrace.
A second central London ramen spot from the Japan Centre has opened near Leicester Square. It’s open from Tuesday to Sunday until 11pm and, like its sister restaurants (Heddon Yokocho in Mayfair, and Ichiba Yokocho at Westfield White City), it’s got a menu of ramen specialities from all over Japan, as well as pumpkin croquette hirata buns, chicken yakitori, and more.
Another new robatayaki restaurant serving yakitori skewers and small plates of things like monkfish karaage, and pork and ginger gyoza has opened its doors on Soho’s Wardour Street. You can find sakes and sharing plates in their restaurant, and a late night bar downstairs, serving cocktails and spirits until 2am.
A nationwide Indian street food has made it to London. This new restaurant on Charlotte Street is focussed on providing Londoners with things like chip butties, gunpowder chicken, and yoghurt chat bombs. And with its mix of meaty curries, vegetarian dahl, a whole gluten-free menu, and bunny chow, this spot is bound to have something for everyone.
Kushikatsu is on the menu at Dai Chai, the new restaurant from the folks behind Japanese-Italian spot Angelina. There’s an intimate dining area and a small counter at their Soho space, and the idea of the perching at a bar with a scallop on a stick sounds thoroughly appealing to us.
Following a stint on Heddon Street, sustainable-first spot Fallow has found a big 150-cover permanent space in St. James’s. The menu is made for sharing, split between snacks, big plates, things from the grill, breads, snacks and raw bar. A lot, right? Everything is sustainably sourced from the British Isles and things like caramelised cauliflower croquetas and cod’s head with sriracha butter sauce stand out from the menu. You’ll need to visit in numbers given its size and variety.
We were big fans of Manteca’s original Soho residency and now they’ve moved their British influenced Italian fare - including deep-fried ciccioli as well as that luscious brown crab cacio e pepe - over to Shoreditch. Their new permanent space is over on Curtain Road and it’s got an open pasta bar for ogling eyes along with a hanging room downstairs for those with an interest in admiring salami.
A new Indonesian-inspired coffee shop from Birmingham has opened up on Dalston Lane. As well as serving popular Indonesian coffees like matcha latte or es kopi susu (iced palm sugar coffee). Ngopi also makes snacks and plates, including superb sounding indomie toastie (fried instant noodle sandwich) and ayam penyet with rice.
The Pig’s Head
The folks behind food-focused pubs like The Pig & Butcher and The Princess of Shoreditch have opened south of the river now, in Clapham. The Pig’s Head is a ‘pro-planet’ pub, which means that all animals will be butchered on site, as much as possible in the pub will be up-cycled, and they’ll even compost on site as well.
From the team behind Mildreds, Mallow is a 100% sustainable, plant-based restaurant that’s just opened in Borough Market. The all-day menu is a combination of big and small plate sharing options which take for their inspiration flavours and traditions from all over the world. Think hispi, tahini and chilli bean oil, beetroot ube borani with heirloom carrots, and pumpkin feta kibbeh served with beluga lentil beetroot ezme and tahini. There’s also a breakfast menu served till 11am on weekdays, and a brunch menu available from 9am to 4pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Santo Remedio has opened a second taqueria over on Great Eastern Street, serving all the classics like pork belly tacos, barbacoa lamb shank, and guacamole that comes with… grasshoppers. There’s also a large selection of margaritas.
Vasco And Piero's Pavilion
After moving out of the Poland Street premises they’d been in since 1971 earlier this year, popular Soho spot Vasco and Piero’s Pavilion has reopened on D’Arblay Street, and is still serving daily menus inspired by the owners’ Umbrian heritage.
The Barbary Next Door
Confirming our theory that the only way to have the perfect neighbours is to buy the place next door, The Barbary have opened a kind-of-casual little wine bar and restaurant next to their beloved original restaurant. An all-day situation with daytime North African-inspired pastries and nighttime frena, oyster, and wine fests, they’re keeping a majority of their seats available for walk-ins so it sounds pretty perfect for your next last-minute date night in Covent Garden.
Kasa And Kin
Kasa And Kin is all about pandesal donuts, BBQ skewers, and the Filipino dessert classic, iskrambol. We’re talking shaved ice sweet treats with a side of candyfloss people. During the day, this Soho spot will first and foremost be a bakery, but come evening expect a full-blown sit-down skewer party.
Whilst we’re busy trying to figure out how to wake up before 10am, chef Atul Kochhar of Tamarind, Benares and Kanishka glory has opened not one, but two, new restaurants. Having just launched Mathura near Westminster Cathedral, he’s now opened Masalchi in Wembley. A more relaxed restaurant, the menu is packed full of hearty dishes like mutton keema aloo, chicken biryani, and plenty of naan.
London has a brand new music venue and it’s a real looker. Despite sounding like it might exclusively cater to fans of Songs Of Praise, it’s actually got a dance floor and a calendar of eclectic music events and DJ nights. Oh, and when it comes to the food, they have a menu of Taiwanese dishes from none other than Best Bao In London legends, Mr Bao. Open Tuesday to Saturday on St Thomas Street in London Bridge, they’ve got you covered until 1am at the weekend.
Put some Cornish Yarg churros with fresh nettles on a menu and we’re officially intrigued. A new tasting menu spot in the Nine Elms development that’s giving us big Native vibes with that whole organic farm to table thing going on. Expect dishes like hand-dived scallops grilled over blackcurrant branches and sheep with fresh seaweed and turnip.
Of course, we’re absolutely loving the permanently grey misery the British weather is serving us daily - not - but if you’re on the hunt for a serious pop of colour to brighten up your day, this new neighbourhood curry house should be on your radar. Like their OG spot in Walthamstow, Spice Box Leytonstone just so happens to be totally vegan with a menu of classic Indian dishes. We’ve also got our eye on their masala chai negroni and their aptly spicy, boozy weekend brunch.
Lina Stores City
Attention pasta lovers everywhere because Lina Stores 4.0 is here. A no-brainer restaurant for carb-heavy date nights, casual catch ups, and family meals, they’ve opened their third restaurant in the City. It sounds like they’re set on some truly glorious world domination, with even more restaurants opening up in the coming months, but finger’s crossed the beef shin ragu stays just as good as it’s always been.
Four Legs, the duo behind London’s best burger ended their residency at Islington boozer the Compton Arms in June and have now opened their own pub in Finsbury Park. The new space means more delicious small plates of things like fried pizza, sea bass crudo, and, obviously, that dexter cheeseburger. The weekends will be focussed on drinking which means the menu will be making an appearance only on weekdays. Plan accordingly.
When was the last time you got served a glass of red by Idris Elba? Never? Realistically that won’t change anytime soon, but your chances might be improved if you head to this new wine bar in King’s Cross. There’ll be slow cooked beef cheek, charcuterie, a lengthy wine menu, and the possibility of seeing the winner of the Sexiest Man Alive title in 2018, in the flesh.
A close second after ‘unprecedented times’, the word ‘pivot’ had a very good year in 2020. And this new Covent Garden spot by chef Mark Greenaway will feature a tasting menu that will change every month. Hence, the name. Expect things like onion stuffed with haggis, and a roast fillet of beef.
After stints in Hackney, Coal Drops Yard, and, more recently, Farringdon, with the recently opened Bodega Ritas, Gabriel Pryce and Missy Flynn have brought Rita’s take on modern American dining to Soho. Expect tear ’n share garlic bread, a Cubano sandwich and lots more food and drink you’ll want to stuff in your face.
Taking some of its inspiration from the street food of Hawaii, El Ta’Koy is a new bar and restaurant on Henrietta Street where you can get a pu pu plates like lamb bbq lumpia, tuna taquitos, and eggplant empanada. There’s also a whole menu section for tacos and a bar.
What used to be called LIV - a British restaurant and cafe in Belgravia - has now been replaced by 1771. A British spot, by the same people, where you can find things like oak grilled langoustine with a caviar topped jacket potato, and poached halibut.
Greek Street is the location for Gunpowder’s third London location and, yes, their famous Kashmiri lamb chops will be there as well. The much-loved modern Indian restaurant now has spots in east, south, but there are some new menu items for their space in Soho. Amongst old favourites like that venison and vermicelli doughnout there’s lobster and mussels pulimunchi with neer dosa, and a doorstop take on prawn toast.
Food and art are intrinsically linked. Think of Andy Warhol and his soup cans, Giuseppe Arcimboldo and his fruits and vegetable, or that ketchup smiley face you make on your plate when you’re hungover. With that in mind, or rather not in mind, the founders of Frieze are opening a restaurant. It’s called Toklas and it’s in 180 The Strand. It’s a restaurant, bar, bakery, and grocery shop (mixed media, if you will) and the menu features things like sardines with salsa rossa, a big green salad and chips.
Originally scheduled for 2020, Mathura, a new spot from Atul Kochhar (Tamarind and Benares) is now open in the Westminster Fire Station. It’s an upmarket affair, serving flavours and culinary traditions from all over South and Central Asia, with not one but two tasting menus on offer, one of which is served only in the Kushan Dynasty Room, and weighs in at £160pp. A la carte options are also available.
London is a big old city and some things are quite simply a schlep. Depending on where you are, Balady falls into this category. The kosher falafel bar has long been all the way up in Temple Fortune, NW11, but, now, they’ve got a second location on Leather Lane, making the same peerless falafel, sabich and hand cut chips that they always have.
How does a caramel and banana paniyaram sound for breakfast? What about a masala omelette and chilli chicken sausage for brunch? It sounds like the kind of things you can find at this new all-day spot on High Holborn. Think dosas, chicken curry, and Indian-made gin in a chandelier-clad dining room.
The man behind Polpo has opened a new trattoria, that literally translates to “ugly restaurant” in Italian. While we personally think it looks lovely, we’re more interested in what the menu has to offer, namely a crostini topped with cannellini, penne con vodka, and, of course, tiramisu. Closed on Sundays and Mondays, this Farringdon spot is open for lunch and dinner for the rest of the week, and the bar is open from 11am to 11pm for anyone craving an early afternoon negroni.
Lilly’s is a new cafe on Henrietta Street serving pretty pastries, and an all-day menu with things like potato waffle sandwiches, grain bowls, and vanilla madeleines.
Ding ding ding, London’s only gone and got itself another wine bar. Actually, technically Planque is a ‘wine drinkers’ clubhouse’ but we’re 99% sure that’s basically the same thing. On Acton Mews in Haggerston, you can either swing by for a glass of something special from their cellar, go all out on a membership, or hit up their restaurant that’s serving a menu of modern French food. FYI the restaurant is being headed up by Seb Meyers, who was previously a chef at Laughing Heart and one of our all-time favourite wine bars, P. Franco.
Katsute 100 Brick Lane
If the thought of masala prawns gives you butterflies, then you’ll be glad to know that a new spot has opened on Maddox Street in Mayfair. The chef behind Indian restaurants Kutir (Chelsea) and Koolcha (Wembley Park), has now opened this latest location where you can expect to find things like beef korma, black pepper fish, and aloo parathas.
The esteemed fishmonger on London Fields has joined the party in Netil Market with its seafood shack Bar Flounder. It’s going to be open Thursday to Sunday for lunch making things like lobster rolls, fritto misto, and turbot tenders with buffalo sauce. It’ll also be open on the weekend for breakfast and brunch serving up bits like an irresistible sounding lobster muffin topped with a fried egg and cheese, or a surf ‘n’ turf classic scallop and bacon butty.
Indo-Chinese restaurant Fatt Pundit has opened a second spot. Taking the former Polpo site on Maiden Lane in Covent Garden, where pasta was once served there will now be dishes like saffron butter prawns or their signature momos. The restaurant also has not one, but two bar areas, so expect cocktails that mix the flavours of India and China as well.
Someone incredibly wise - and with really good hair - once said that Koya does the best udon in London. Yes, that someone was us, so we’re incredibly hyped that they’ve now opened a new udon bar on Broadway Market. Open daily from 8.30 until late, there’s breakfast rice bowls, grab-and-go cold noodle salads, as well as their signature - and entirely unmissable - hand-pulled udon. A full takeaway operation will be coming soon, but in the meantime get involved with their casual sit-down dining and tachi-gui (standing dining) counter.
The Water House Project
The Water House Project is a ‘social dining experience’, which we, as seasoned experts, can translate for you as ‘a casual fine dining restaurant where you’re encouraged to have a nice chat’. A supper club that started back in 2015, they’ve finally found a permanent home near Victoria Park on the canal. Sounds nice, right? As does their menu of seasonal specials like Herdwick lamb, fermented artichoke, and a pork belly doughnut.
Well it’s been a hot minute since we’ve said this, but London has a brand new big hotel. The Londoner in Leicester Square is a swanky boutique hotel that’s home to no fewer than 6 new eateries and bars, including Whitcomb’s. An all-day Mediterranean restaurant of the French persuasion, you can expect dishes like lobster thermidor, poussin au citron, and of course, escargots. Prices are high but there’s also a £34 fin de soirée set menu, as well as pre-theatre and set lunch options.
Prepare yourselves because we’re about to tell you about a new spot from the people who once won something called ‘Battle of the Broth’. Step aside WWE. Anyway, Ramo Ramen’s original spot in Kentish Town is all about Filipino-infused Japanese food, and now they’ve brought their oxtail kare, lamb tantanmen, and spicy tempura shrimp ramens to Soho. Their new ramen house on Brewer Street in Soho will of course have plenty of noodle options available, but look out for bubble teas, katsu surf and turf, and gyoza too.
Ekstedt at the yard
Fire and reindeer make for quite the power couple. If you agree then we’d like to introduce you to Ekstedt, a new slick restaurant in the Great Scotland Yard hotel that’s bringing Scandinavian cooking techniques over from their original restaurant in Stockholm. Truly one for all the pyromaniacs out there, their open kitchen has a fire pit, a wood fired oven, and a wood stove they’ll be putting to good use with their flambadou oysters, ember cooked leeks, and more upmarket takes on Nordic classics.
The original Three Uncles in Liverpool Street is perfect for a tasty char siu pork lunch or a quick solo dinner of roast duck, and we have a sneaking suspicion that their new spot will cover those same needs. You’ll find beef brisket lo mein, curry fishballs, and more on the menu in Camden’s new Hawley Wharf Market. Don’t skip the Hainan chicken.
The Little Lobster Bar
In a shocking plot twist, The Little Lobster Bar is a new little champagne and seafood bar in Borough Market specialising in… lobster. From the people behind Bob’s Lobster, you can swing by for their signature £19 lobster and crayfish roll, crab tacos, lobster mac ‘n’ cheese, and lobster arancini. We’re going to stop saying lobster now and just let you know that they’re open Tuesday to Saturday from 11.30 to 5pm.
It’s ski season, baby. Well, it’s not, but London has a new all-day Alpine-inspired restaurant in the form of Haugen. A huge takeaway café, sit-down restaurant, bar, and rooftop situation overlooking the Olympic Park in Stratford, you can swing by for an apple schnapps cocktail or spend several hours getting involved in schnitzel and friends. And yes, there is a whole lot of fondue on the menu.
The Black Cow
Big news for London carnivores, there’s a new steakhouse in town. The Black Cow is a Middle Eastern-inspired steakhouse spot at Camden Lock, with onglet, Denver steak, and sirloin cooked over fire. Outside of heavy-duty meat items, there are also wraps, harissa wings, and kohlrabi coleslaw.
Mimi Mei Fair
As people who spend an alarming amount of time daydreaming about the perfect duck dish, we’re deeply intrigued by the pictures of glistening apple wood-fired peking ducks this new upmarket Chinese restaurant has been splashing on their Instagram. You’ll find their dim sum, 6-course tasting menu, and pricey cocktails on Curzon Street in Mayfair. FYI there’s also a moody red banquette bar in the basement.
Sound the wine bar klaxon and prepare to politely sip biodynamic wines that you 100% didn’t choose because you liked the funky picture on the bottle, because the people behind Top Cuvée have opened a new not-so-secret secret wine bar. Following the success of their online lockdown venture Shop Cuvée, they turned it into a bricks and mortar spot on Bethnal Green Road, and now it has all gone gloriously full circle with their new basement wine bar hidden beneath the shop. Just keep in mind that for now, it’s only open at the weekend.
This restaurant is named after the cute little affectionate nickname the head chef had for his nans. That’s nice. You know what else is nice? Eating lahori chicken and buffalo milk paneer in a swish Mayfair restaurant. That’s exactly what you can do at this new Indian spot that has an outdoor terrace as well as a 13-person kitchen counter that screams huge date night potential. We’ve also got our eye on the £35 set lunch menu.
Supa Ya Ramen
Like the rest of us, Supa Ya Ramen’s 2020 plans were thrown in the bin thanks to the pandemic. Despite the closure of their Hackney Road site last year, this popular supper club has finally opened their own ramen-loaded BYOB restaurant on Kingsland Road. Expect big affordable bowls of noodles, small plates like roast chicken skin with fermented chilli, and a very intriguing miso and caramel noodle ice cream dessert.
The Sea, The Sea
Following the success of this fishmonger-cum-restaurant’s original Chelsea location, they’ve opened a second spot, except this time it’s a chef’s table in Haggerston. From Wednesday to Saturday you can expect an omakase menu led by chef Leo Carreira, which FYI is already fully booked out for September.
The team behind South African-influenced Kudu Collective have opened a fourth spot, Kudu Grill. And this new Peckham location is all about the open grill with dishes like grilled potato flatbread, fried pigs’ tails, amd whole black bream with zhug butter roti.
Furanxo in Dalston really speaks to the part of us that considers the major perk of adulthood to be drinking nice wine and buying aesthetically pleasing cans of tinned fish. A little grocery shop inspired by Andalucia’s traditional delis, you can either swing by to pick up artisan charcuterie from Spain during the day or utilise all that lowkey charm for your next wine bar date night.
A huge seafood boil, a 1200 sq ft balcony, and a chef you’ve almost definitely seen on the telly. Certified ‘chocolate curry goat loaded fries’ legend Andi Oliver has opened her latest venture in one of those huge spaces on the canal in Hackney Wick. There’s a proper sit-down situation with big Antiguan communal sharing dishes, as well as the Wadali Roadside takeaway diner where you can swing by for Andi Oliver classics like spiced rub spit roast chicken, the mushroom umami curry loaded fries, and plenty of beers to-go too.
The Seafood Bar
An Amsterdam-based restaurant group has opened its first UK outpost on Dean Street, Soho. The Seafood Bar is all about… seafood, shocking we know. With a strong focus on shellfish, you can expect platters of fruits de mer, whole boiled lobsters, and plenty of oysters.
Of all the things to specialise in, French toast specialists are something we need more of. Stat. And this new cafe on James Street gets that. With a menu of sweet and savoury toasts, you can expect your classics like fresh berries, and your not-so-classics like chilli cheese cheeto and shakshuka french toast. They’ve also got a bunch of specialty coffee drinks as well like ube frappes and Freddo lattes.
The man behind Brixton Village stalwart Fish, Wings, & Tings has opened a second spot, also in Brixton, where you can get things like BBQ pork ribs, grilled king prawns, and empanadas.
Aspen & Meursault
From the people behind charming Elephant & Castle wine bar Diogenes The Dog, new bar Aspen & Meursault has just opened in Battersea. A café and deli by day, serving coffee and pastries, and a natural wine bar by night, head here for a fireplace, charcuterie, low intervention wines, and a lot of cheese.
Sky-high views and small plates - with not so small price tags - are what you can find at this new rooftop terrace in Peckham, brought to you by the people behind Skylight. As well as serving their menu of things like roast beef on sourdough toast and cumin spiced lamb skewers, they’ll be hosting events and festivals on the weekends.
When Infatuation LA’s Brant Cox reviewed the original Pizzeria Mozza, he argued that the goats cheese pizza was the one to order, however it’s the Butterscotch Budino we’ve got our eye on. Brant says it’s incredibly simple but also magic. And heaven knows we all need a bit of magic in our lives right now. The London outpost of Nancy Silverton’s much-loved LA spot is now open at the Treehouse Hotel on Langham Place.
Café Cecilia is a daytime-only spot on the Regent’s Canal in Hackney, just opposite Oval Space. Serving breakfast from 9am Wednesday through Sunday, there are scones with butter and apricot jam, black pudding, potato cakes, and kippers. Lunch offerings are served till 3pm and include stuffed tomato and onion, and lemon sole with marinaded peppers.
Bar La Rampa
Following on from recent adventures developing menus at Mr Ji and Korean Dinner Party, the TATA Eatery folks have teamed up with the people behind KOL Restarant & Mezcaleria and Vinegar Yard on a Cuban-themed bar and restaurant on Market Place, near Oxford Circus. With a clutch of rum-forward cocktails, Cuban sandwiches, foot-long chicharrones, an outdoor terrace, and live music from a house band Wednesdays through Saturdays, Bar La Rampa promises to be boozy and fun.
If you’ve spent as much time as we have gazing at the old courthouse on Clerkenwell Green and wondering what goes on in there, then listen up. The artfully distressed space is now home to a bar, some kind of rooftop infinity pool, and the promise of live music. Importantly, it’s also home to a restaurant (and terrace) from chef and newspaper columnist Florence Knight in what is her first appearance in a restaurant kitchen since leaving Polpetto in 2015. Despite the Session Arts Club’s exclusive-sounding name, it is open to all, although you might have to fight off the see-and-be-seen crowd to sample menu options like mackerel, datterini and capers, and lamb sweetbreads, lettuce and lovage, and a wine list put together by the people at Noble Rot.
Antipasti, red, white, and green base pizzas, and homemade tiramisu are on the cards at this new spot from the same people behind recent coffee shop opening Unity Cafe, also in Leytonstone.
Ridley Road in Dalston has a brand new restaurant that’s offering self-proclaimed ‘camp small plates’. Yes Please is the latest venture from the owner of glorious good times queer underground club, Adonis, and it promises to be an inclusive restaurant with a serious sense of humour. Case in point: there’s something called a pornstar tartini on the menu. We can’t tell you exactly what that is, but we’re very much willing to find out. Slide into their DMs to book a table.
The brand new Mondrian Shoreditch is the sixth location for Bibo, an international chain which already has restaurants across Spain’s southern coast, Ibiza, and Doha. Serving Andalucian-inspired cuisine in the kind of foliage-filled setting you’d very much expect of a restaurant in a big budget hotel, you’ll find a menu full of picoteo and tapas - including oxtail brioche and ink croquetas, a selection of heuvos rotos, and a variety meats and seafood including family style sharing plates like a £120 turbot, a whole lobster paella for three, and Roasted Chicken Rice.
Also in the Mondrian, Christina’s is a 7am-to-late situation serving tea and coffee alongside pastries from Chestnut Bakery (one of London’s Best New Bakeries), an all-day menu featuring no fewer than seven separate sandos (including a sweet one with fruit salad and whipped crème fraiche) and, importantly, fried cheese tater tots. There’s also a whole range of classic cocktails.
Another day, another London wine bar has opened. But we’re particularly excited about this one because it’s from the people behind Hill and Szrok and importantly, looks charming af. A daytime café and bottle shop in De Beauvoir Town, this place becomes a full sit-down wine bar and small plates situation come Thursday nights. It’s walk-in only but look out for any and all upcoming wine events on their Instagram.
Two More Years
Taking over the site of the old Stour Space, Two More Years is everything you’d expect of a music, art, food and drink venue in Hackney Wick. Spread across three floors, there’s room enough for 300 people, food from Burger and Beyond, a huge waterside terrace, and a focus on sustainable beers, biodynamic wines, and having a good time.
London could always use more udon, and Marugame Udon get that. This new Japanese restaurant, just a stone’s throw from Liverpool Street station, is all about comforting noodles. The menu includes things like curry udon, kimchi yaki udon, vegan kamaage, and tempura, and they’ve got plenty of vegetarian and vegan options too.
The Dusty Knuckle
Dalston’s Dusty Knuckle is one of the best bakeries in the biz, so we’re very excited about the pizza restaurant setup at their new outpost on Green Lanes in Harringay. It’s only going to be running on weekends for starters, but of course there’s still bread, wondrously-filled focaccia sandwiches, morning buns, and all the other gems they make as well.
Our favourite part about going shopping is sitting down and eating after it. So this new all-day Mediterranean restaurant at The Department Store in Brixton is a very welcome addition. You can expect to see things like kibbeh, grilled octopus, and baklava on the menu.
We’re big fans of Elliot’s original Borough Market restaurant, were even bigger fans of their Ell Fresco setup. Now they’ve opened a new Hackney spot which we have a feeling we’ll like as well. There’s a lot of the same stuff from their first location, like the Isle of Mull cheese puffs and wood fired cheesecake, but the new spot also has new dishes courtesy of the wood-fired grill.
Jolene Bakery Redchurch Street
After opening Big Jo, a big old spot on Hornsey Road last summer, where they mill flour, bake bread, and serve customers a variety of coffees, pastries, pizza slices, and natural wines from morning till night, the people behind Jolene on Newington Green have opened a neighbourhood bakery on Redchurch Street. From 8am-4pm daily, they’ll be selling many of their tasty things to the lucky people of Shoreditch.
Technically a reopening, this old Chelsea pub on King’s Road has been renovated and is now open for lunch and dinner, serving everything from boneless crispy lamb ribs, and brown crab quiche, to Sunday roasts and black garlic chicken kiev. In terms of drinks you can expect s cocktail list on top of the usual pub fare.
A new Soho spot with a Latin American-inspired menu has opened its doors on Marlborough Street. The first location of this Buenos Aries import to make its way to the UK, is serving things like ox cheek quesadilla, scallop tiradito, and chicken with onion fondue, and there’s also a cocktail bar downstairs.
Sunday In Brooklyn
The name of this new spot on Westbourne Grove might be slightly misleading because, despite being called Sunday in Brooklyn, it is in fact open seven days a week, and is very much in London. But as with the original New York branch which is in Brooklyn, this all-day restaurant is serving everything from avocado toast for breakfast, to a whole smoked chicken dinner. There’s a strong focus on brunch though. Think pancakes with hazelnut maple praline and brown butter, shakshuka, biscuits and gravy. And what’s more, they have a dedicated ‘brunch cocktails’ section on their drinks menu.
Last year, this five-storey Nordic Japanese building opened its doors for the first time, with the promise of a Japanese restaurant opening ‘soon’. And finally Sachi, which can be found on the lower ground floor of The Pantechnicon, is open for business. What can you expect? A sushi counter, plenty of sake, and a hint of Nordic influence.
Ever since that katsu sando, we’ve been pretty much obsessed with anything the team behind TATA Eatery does. And Korean Dinner Party is their latest venture. This new spot on the top floor of Kingly Court is all about neon lights inspired by the restaurants in Seoul, and dishes like bacon mochi, slow-cooked 48-hour beef short rib Korean tacos, and corn dogs.
The team behind Crispin have opened a new wine bar and restaurant on Soho’s Kingly Street. You’ll find pastries and coffee in the morning, and things like native oysters, pig’s head slices, beef tartare, and a very lengthy wine list in the evenings. There’s a mix of indoor and outdoor seating with a small terrace and it’s open everyday (and as late as 1am on weekends).
Previously at The Harwood Arms, Sally Abé is now heading this new upmarket spot in St James’s. The new restaurant is located in the high-end Conrad Hotel, so expect high-end price tags on your poached native lobster, rabbit ballotine, and roast John Dory.
Party Store Pizza
Ever since we tried Party Store’s Detroit-style pizzas last year, we’ve been obsessed. Like purposely-taking-a-45-minute-detour-to-Clapham-for-an-OG-margherita-kind-of-obsessed. And now, they’ve opened a sit-down restaurant on Maltby Street, which will be serving the same menu of deep-dish pizzas topped with things like vodka sauce and nduja, pulled ribs and buffalo sauce, and that margherita.
Anywhere that serves peanut butter and jelly doughnuts from 9am, is somewhere that we’d like to get involved in. And this new bakery in Leyton is churning out everything from pina colada cruffins to cardamom buns and croissants.
Restaurant and wine bar, Hackney Coterie, has opened its doors and is serving everything from weekend brunch and takeaway coffee, to dinner and bottles of wine from their wine shop.
A restaurant inspired by cuisine from Japanese and the Middle East, might conjure up thoughts of a wasabi hummus dip, but that’s not what this new Islington spot is about. Instead, think things like smoked aubergine sashimi, crispy sushi rice, and sando schnitzel, as well as a separate sushi menu.
We’ve raved about Taqueria’s original Notting Hill spot since we can remember, and only 16 years later, they’ve opened a second spot, on Exmouth Market. Much like the OG restaurant, you’ll be getting things like al pastor pork quesadillas, sea bass ceviche tostadas, and chicken tacos. And don’t forget the margaritas.
Certified salad king, Yotam Ottolenghi, has opened a new deli on Marylebone Lane. A light and airy spot that’s serving pastries, as well as his signature salads, mains, and cakes. Think roasted aubergine with lemon and lime yoghurt, new potatoes with black garlic, and cinnamon brioche pretzels.
Maya at The Hoxton
We love a rooftop terrace, especially when it opens just in time for Hot Vax Summer. And this new Shoreditch spot is full of baja cod tacos, ceviche, churros, and more Mexican-inspired dishes.
On the corner of Redchurch and Shoreditch High Streets, Bao’s latest restaurant is still serving flawless buns including a few Shoreditch specials including a panko shrimp croquette bao, but the headline here is beef noodle soup. There are two varieties - a classic Taipai-style and a lighter Tainan-style - each featuring wheat noodles made fresh each morning, and there’s also a kelp soup noodle for vegans as well as a variety of dumplings and other starters, including smacked cucumber, cheese rolls, and lu rou fan. For drinks and dessert, there are shaved ice cocktails, two new versions of baobing and Bao’s much-loved Horlicks ice cream.
Brixton Village is home to a new Japanese hand roll bar, appropriately named Temaki. The menu includes a choice of hand rolls, ranging from white and brown crabmeat to unagi, and toro sashimi. As well as that there’s a long drinks list with sake, wine, and Japanese beers.
Manakish And Naanza
Taking the place of an old Starbucks, this new concept restaurant is combining two legendary flatbreads: naans and man’oushe. With a limited menu of eight mains to choose from, you can expect flatbreads topped with things like tandoori chicken, pulled chilli pepper brisket, or smoked aubergine caviar and halloumi. As well as that, there are freshly brewed teas and coffees to go.
The people behind OTT Italian restaurants Circolo Popolare and Gloria, have opened a third, even more OTT restaurant and bar in Covent Garden. Inside you’ll find more of their wine bottle walls, truffle pasta, and a 60cm stracciatella gelato cake brought to your table. Much bigger than its two sister restaurants, this three-storey spot is open for both bookings and walk-ins.
Food on sticks makes us happy. Maybe it’s because it reminds us of being at the funfair, or maybe it’s because new Japanese restaurant Junsei has opened and is serving things like chicken meatball, gizzard, and tenderloin yakitori. As well as that, you can expect grilled scallop, an omakase option, and a selection of sake on the menu too.
Bar des Prés
This is the Mayfair outpost of a Parisian bar/restaurant, serving a mixture of French and east Asian inspired dishes. You’ll find things like scallops with caramelised miso, madras curried crab with avocado and pecan praline millefeuille, massive prices, and unsurprising for a restaurant that has the word bar in its name, a very lengthy wine list and cocktail menu.
It was a solemn day for sandwich lovers when Bodega Rita’s closed the doors of their King’s Cross location, so it’s a pretty great day for us all that they have opened a new spot not too far away in Clerkenwell. These experts of all things between bread are serving up subs filled with hot Italian beef or roast pork belly, as well as tacos filled with things like confit shin of beef.
The team behind Notting Hill’s Uli have opened a new restaurant in Chelsea. Just like at Uli, there’s a menu of east and southeast Asian dishes, with things like stir fried beef fillet with spicy black pepper sauce, wok-fried kam heong prawns, and triple-cooked Dover sole.
You can now find this (mostly) vegan spot in Buck Street Market serving things like cheese and onion taternators - basically a huge tater tot with pickled jalapenos and crispy onions in a wrap - smoky aubergine flatbreads, and a small selection of non-vegan options like beef brisket and smoked bacon fries.
A new Anatolian restaurant has opened near Tower Bridge, with a menu that is completely halal. There are things like asado lamb shank and iskender on the menu, as well as a menu of non-alcoholic wines and spirits from their bar. And they also have plans to serve shisha once government regulations allow.
These Greek street food specialists have already got food trucks in Paris, Lille and Mercato Metrapolitano, and have now opened a permanent restaurant in London. This new spot is serving their souvlaki wraps, mousakka, and fresh salads out of Topsfield Parade in Crouch End.
From the same people who run the Kensington classic Il Portico, Pino is a new restaurant and wine bar - also in Kensington - that’s serving up Italian small plates like gnocco fritto (fried dough), wood-fired pizza, and tortellacio (a tortello filled with poached egg and ricotta).
Along with gold-painted Ferraris and fluffy dogs, you can now find Al Mare - a new Italian spot located inside The Carlton Tower Jumeirah - on the back roads of Knightsbridge. With a menu of dishes like ravioli stuffed with guinea fowl and parmesan, veal milanese, and saffron risotto, you can expect an al fresco terrace and long cocktail list. And obviously a cigar butler service. Because, Knightsbridge.
Italian restaurant group Cin Cin, which already has spots in Hove and Brighton, has opened in Fitzrovia. This latest addition to Foley Street will have plenty of fresh pasta, prosciutto, and al fresco seating.
Kerridge's Fish & Chips
When you hear that a fish and chips spot has opened, your mind doesn’t immediately jump to grilled lobsters and rock oysters. But when you hear Tom Kerridge is opening a fish and chip restaurant inside Harrods, you should know that that’s exactly what you can find on the menu. Think deep-fried scallops, minted peas, caviar with creme fraiche, and some pricey cocktails.
Where The Pancakes Are
If your first thought when you wake up is ‘where are the bloody pancakes?’ Then we’ve got some good news for you. One of our favourite all-day pancake joints has opened a new restaurant in Fitzrovia. Just like the OG Flat Iron Square location, their menu is buttermilk pancake heavy, topped with things like pulled beef pastrami, as well as classics like forest berry compote and cream, and both savoury and sweet Dutch babies.
The team behind sushi restaurant Taka have been busy this past year. From opening a new spot in Marylebone, to closing their Mayfair location and now opening their new restaurant in the same unit in Shepherd Market. This latest spot is all about omakase, specifically a £170 20-course tasting menu where you can expect to be served things like eight-days dry-aged Hampshire Ikejime trout.
Notting Hill is home to new restaurant and bar, Los Mochis. The menu is a mix of Mexican and Japanese influenced dishes, with things like miso black cod and yakiniku steak, as well as tiraditos, quesadillas, and a churro ice cream sando that we wouldn’t mind getting involved with. It’s open every Tuesday to Sunday from 5pm to midnight, so whatever you do, don’t turn up on a Monday.
Camden Town Brewery
Certified beer experts Camden Town Brewery, have opened a new beer hall in Camden (in case that wasn’t obvious from the name). And it’s a place where you can do everything from getting fresh beer and a bite to eat, to taking a brewery tour, or learning all about beer at their beer school.
Haute Dolci Wembley
New dessert places are always welcome in our books, and this Wembley Park spot has everything from hot pouring chocolate taps (yes, that’s right), waffles, and non-alcoholic cocktails.
El Pastor Soho
The fifth taqueria to open in London by the El Pastor team, this latest Soho location will be serving more of their Mexican inspired dishes with things like baja California scallop tostadas, and spiced crispy duck tacos, as well as a long list of margaritas. They also have a private dining room for groups of 10.
Last year the London bakery scene lost a real good’un, but thankfully, Dominique Ansel’s old site in Victoria has been taken over by another bakery. So everyone can just calm down because pastry order is restored. With its clay oven and cutesy terrace, you can expect things like za’atar and Gruyère croissants, pistachio and zucchini loaf cakes, and vanilla millefeuille - as well as all of the bread.
Someone wise once said Sidechick is one of the best takeaways you can get in London. Yes, that someone was us. And knowing this information, you can understand why we are very excited that this excellent lockdown-era delivery service has become a full-on restaurant with seats and everything. Their new spot on James Street will have a menu of roast chicken with your choice of seasoning (choose between za’atar, piri piri, or chimichurri) and tempting sides like crispy potatoes, and courgettes with borlotti beans and anchovy.
Pergola on the Wharf
This long-awaited riverside restaurant has opened in Canary Wharf. What should you expect? Well firstly, foliage, foliage, and - wait for it - more foliage. There’s an all-day restaurant serving everything from a full English to king prawn tacos, food pop-ups, three bars, and rumour of live music performances. And with the floor to ceiling windows, greenery everywhere, and spacious terrace, it looks like a very real Summer mood.
After a series of pop-ups that started in 2018, the team behind this Hungarian restaurant and wine bar have fully opened a permanent location their Turnpike Lane. From Tuesday to Saturday they’re open from noon, serving Hungarian-inspired dishes like beef cheek with pomme puree, lovage, and garlic in the restaurant, as well as charcuterie boards, confit duck croquettes and a selection of Hungarian wines at the bar.
Soho is home to a new nose-to-tail yakitori bar serving small and large plates of things like oysters, crispy chicken leg, and hatata pork belly. The main focus is on their chargrilled skewers, where you’ll find everything from chicken thighs to soft knee and cartilage. Inspired by Tokyo’s izakayas, the seating is centered around a big counter where guests can see the kitchen, and as well as food, customers can expect plenty of sake cocktails and beer on tap.
After hosting a series of pop-ups and supper clubs, Syrian chef Imad Alarnab has opened his first permanent restaurant in Kingly Court. You can expect a sharing menu with twists on Syrian classics, like baba ganouj served in an aubergine, labneh topped with okra and garlic, falafel, and housemade pistachio ice cream to end the meal. The restaurant will be donating £1 from every bill to refugee charity Choose Love.
Private lift? Check. Secret Garden? Check. Hanging foliage? CHECK. This new rooftop bar near St. Paul’s is giving us Big Summer Energy. With two terraces (one with a retractable roof in case the weather is, you know, terrible), and a lengthy cocktail list, Sabine sounds like everything we need after this past year.
Secret Sandwich Shop
Shh. This sandwich shop is a secret. Well not really. We imagine it’d be hard to hide these hench sandwiches. This small operation in Notting Hill began as a delivery-only situation, and is now selling sandwiches out of a little storefront from 12pm to 3pm daily. Based on Japanese Wanpaku sandwiches, you can expect things like honey mustard chicken and red Leicester packed in shokupan bread. With a mix of meaty and vegetarian options - and the choice to add things like a fried egg - these sandwiches look serious.
We loved the original Farina Pizzeria Napoletana in Notting Hill, so it’s great news that they’ve opened a new spot, literally down the road from the old one. They’ll be serving up their tasty no-nonsense Neapolitan-style pizzas, fritti, and natural wines. You should know that they’ve got a selection of vegan pizzas to choose from, as well as some (non-vegan) pastas, and a Nutella pizza, because one slice of tiramisu probably won’t be enough.
Islington’s Irish cocktail bar Homeboy has opened a second bar, this time in Embassy Gardens in Nine Elms. And just like their original spot, this new location will be serving cocktails, Guinness (obviously), and an all-day menu with everything from cheese toasties to ribeye steaks. P.S. They have an outdoor terrace - hello al fresco cocktails.
There’s a new addition to the King’s Cross restaurant scene in the form of Magenta. This Euston Road spot focuses on serving an Italian menu with fresh British ingredients. Meaning things like fried Sardinian spiky artichoke, potato and truffle tortellini, and scallops ravioli in a vermouth and lavender sauce.
Four Hundred Rabbits
South east London’s sourdough pizza and beer providers have opened a new flagship pizza spot in Elephant and Castle. But it won’t just be pizza, you can also expect gelato, coffee, negroni on tap, and of course craft beer.
Fresh pasta delivery experts Pasta Evangelists - yes, we would happily do a PHD in pasta too - have had a stall in Harrods shopping centre for a while, but now they’ve opened a sit-down restaurant in the Dining Hall. They’ll be serving up their tasty fresh pastas, with things like aragosta lobster-filled pasta in a tomato and aubergine sauce, beef ragu pappardelle, and tiramisu from Harrods pastry counter.
A low intervention wine bar that doubles as a specialty coffee shop in the daytime? Fun and practical. This new King’s Cross spot used to be a butcher so you can expect a whole lot of exposed brick, plus a menu that includes charcuterie and cheese boards from Neil’s Yard Dairy, and Brindisa.
The same people behind one of our favourite pubs, Anchor and Hope, have opened a new all-day cafe at the Museum of The Home in Shoreditch. Although the museum isn’t reopening until June, the café opened mid-May. And what you really need to know is that they have a terrace, lager on tap, and will be serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with things like chicken and matzo ball soup, potted shrimp, and creme caramel.
Greenaway's Pie & Mash
This new takeaway pie shop near Embankment station has a load of individual pies like slow-cooked steak and onion, confit duck with lentil and orange, and chicken, mushroom, and tarragon - all of which come topped with mash and gravy or parsley liquor and mushy peas. And for those with a sweet tooth, they’ve even got apple pie with cream and custard.
A Neapolitan pizzeria, with a menu of 12-inch pizzas, as well as things like deep-fried aubergine parmigiana and arancina, and a £5 lunch deal that sounds right up our street, has just opened in Peckham. Actually it’s right up Rye Lane, in Peckham Levels, where it’s now open for collection and delivery until it can open its doors to dine-in customers in May.
A new izakaya has opened up in Brixton with a menu made up of a sushi section where you’ll find things like yellowtail nikkei sashimi and salmon tataki, and a ‘Revolution’ section which offers things like panko popcorn shrimp, scallop kataifi, and Korean fried wings. Although they’re serving as a takeaway and delivery service for now, you can visit for indoor dining as soon as that opens again.
This new east London spot is all about gut health. Yep, you read that right, it’s a cafe made to serve people healthy stuff that’s good for their gut, with a plant-based menu of things like functional granola with blue spirulina and mango, housemade kimchi on toast, and bowls with names like ‘Immunity Boost’ and ‘Fibre Fuel’. It’s currently open, and once the website is launched in June, the café will adopt an AI technology that allows customers to scan a QR code which filters items by their personal dietary restrictions.
Schnitzel Forever - while being a phrase we’d very much like to get tattooed on our bodies - is also the name of this new spot in Stoke Newington that specialises in... schnitzel. The menu has every take on the fried dish, from a traditional Austrian veal schnitzel, to things like Cordon Bleu Schnitzel which comes with emmental cheese, ham, and creamy mash potato. While starting off as a ghost kitchen, they’re now open for outdoor dining, and will open for indoor dining on May 17th.
We rated Native’s Covent Garden spot highly, but then it closed. And then they opened a spot in Southwark which got us in our feels, but then that closed too. Now, they’ve opened a new spot on Mayfair’s Brook Street, in the courtyard of Brown’s new store, which we hope will be around for a while. The menu will have more of the same no-waste, sustainable dining concept with things like fish fillet with seaweed tartar and brown crab rarebit in a brioche, kohlrabi and cucumber ajo blanco, and fried grey oyster mushrooms. They’re open for al fresco dining until they can open for indoor diners on the 17th May.
Brendan The Navigator
A new Irish pub has opened its doors - and Guinness taps - on Highgate Hill. Picture this: black pudding scotch eggs, live folk music, and a spacious pub garden.
This new restaurant in Belsize Village is all about fire. And by that we mean cooking everything over fire, from chargrilled sweet peppers and a whole seabream, to lamb leg skewers and flatbread, most things at this spot will be well-acquainted with the grill. As well as that, you can expect fine wines, apple tarte, and a cute outdoor set-up.
The long-anticipated Italian behemoth food hall has finally opened its doors next to Liverpool Street Station. There’s about 42,000 - incidentally its square footage - different things going on here, from a market, to outdoor dining restaurant La Terrazza Di Eataly, to a number of different takeaway situations, to Via Del Dolce (a dessert-only counter). Once indoor dining opens there will be even more choice, with more restaurants inside, bars, a cookery school and, presumably, a burrata-themed hotel and a vineyard-inspired roller coaster at some point in the future.
Technically a re-opening, this iconic Shoreditch bar inside a former Victorian power station has opened its doors once again, this time under new ownership. Spread over three floors you’ll find a bar and restaurant offering a menu of seasonal British dishes, a cocktail bar, and a dining area and events space up top. It has opened its spacious terrace for outdoor dining, and will be opening for indoor dining on May 17th.
Restaurant, flower market, events space, Chameleon, has opened its doors in Marylebone. The Tel Aviv-style sharing plates spot has a garden, and nine greenhouses - each seating between four and 30 people - where guests can order things like zhug, aubergine carpaccio, and shrimp dumplings. As well as a restaurant and flower market, the space will host events like wellness sessions, cinema nights, and dance classes, with the promise of a private members club later on in the year.
This new neighbourhood pub in Camden is serving a changing seasonal menu of comfort food. Although it does change, you can expect your British classics like fish and chips, and a Sunday roast with all the trimmings which you can order for one, or to share with a group of up to six people. They’re prepared for British weather, with an outdoor heated terrace which you can book a spot at online.
London Bridge Rooftop
Do we need another rooftop bar in London? Hell yes. And this spot, as you may have guessed from the name, can be found at London Bridge, on the sixth floor of an office building. Here for the summer months, you can expect 360° views, cocktails, a DJ on the weekends, and double cheese burgers.
Baz & Fred
The duo behind Baz & Fred have been catering weddings, serving their pizzas in pubs, and even opened a permanent spot in Flat Iron Square. And now, they’ve opened a brand new spot in Brixton Village. Much like their other spot, they’ll be serving classic margheritas as well as toppings like goats cheese and caramelised onion, chorizo and nduja, and truffle mushroom burrata. They have outdoor seating, which is walk-in only.
After their delayed opening, and pivoting to delivery only from their kitchen in Monument, this egg-based grab and go restaurant has finally opened its Fish Street Hill spot for customers. Their all-day menu includes different variations of eggs. Eggs in a burger, eggs in a lettuce taco, eggs in a cup, eggs in a salad, and even vegan eggs in a brioche bun. So if you’re into eggs, you might want to check it out.
Caribbean spot Top Hill has opened on Drayton Green Road, and has an extensive menu with everything from saltfish fritters and chickpea roti, to jerk chicken and a weekend special platter of lobster tails, chicken wings, mac and cheese, corn on the cob, and king prawns for £30. They also have some outdoor seating.
The same excellent team behind Frank’s and The Camberwell Arms have opened a new pizza spot in Peckham. Keeping it local, their new restaurant can be found in Copeland Park, and is serving up Roman-style pizzas with toppings like Turkish figs, aged sheep’s cheese, and homemade ’nduja. All of which you can get by the (rectangular) slice on their outdoor terrace. Bookings are open from April 13th.
Does Dalston need another wine bar? Does a huge outdoor set-up with wine, craft beer, and pizza sound like something you’d be into? Are puppies cute? The answer to all of those, is duh. This 150-cover outdoor wine bar is open for walk-ins only, and will serve The Dusty Knuckle Bakery pizzas on Thursdays to Saturdays, Yard Sale Pizza Sunday to Wednesday, and a long wine list.
La Mia Mamma
Our favourite Italian mammas have opened a new restaurant next door to their Notting Hill deli. You can expect more of the same excellent Italian dishes, yes that means the iconic cacio e pepe, pistachio tiramisu, and more. Like their original Chelsea restaurant, their Kensington Park Road location is serving a changing menu of regional dishes from around Italy. But until indoor seating opens in May, it will be walk-in only.
The trio behind Hackney spot Nest have opened a new British restaurant on Wandsworth Bridge Road. The Fulham spot’s menu consists of things like cheese and truffle dumplings, confit duck egg yolk and wild mushroom, and lamb belly served with mashed potatoes. Opening first with an intimate heated and covered terrace that can seat up to 14 people, the dining room will open in May, in accordance with government guidelines.
St Felix Place
St. Felix Place is a new al fresco space with food, drinks, and fun stuff. In terms of eating and drinking, you’ve got booze (in the shape of a brewery and taproom run by Lagunitas), you’ve got BBQ (by Bermondsey spot Texas Joe’s) and you’ve got pizza (from the Good Slice). There’ll be live music and other normal life stuff too. They’re taking bookings from April 14th, as well as accepting walk-ins.
Detroit Pizza London
Under a railway arch in Battersea, you’ll find this new Detroit-style pizza spot serving 10x14inch rectangular, deep-dish pizzas covered with things like cacio e pepe white sauce and baby potatoes, or dexter brisket, burnt ends, and boar sausage. They’re currently operating as a delivery and takeaway only spot.
Hackney Road is home to new bar and pizza joint, Nebula. This huge east London spot has enough space to seat 150 guests in their outdoor set-up, and as well as the classics, their pizza menu includes toppings like spiced lamb, pickled cabbage, and garlic sauce. As well as that there’s a lengthy cocktail list, craft beers on tap, and more.
A weekend-only click-and-collect kitchen under Ventures Hotel in Sussex Gardens, this Edgware Road spot is serving - as you may have guessed from the name - birria tacos. Customers can order on their website and choose from things like slow cooked lamb birria tacos, birria ramen, and loaded birria totopos. FYI, all of the meat is halal.
Italian plant-based burger chain, Flower Burger, has opened its first London restaurant on Charlotte Street. The colourful vegan burgers include things like lentil and basmati rice patties in a pink beetroot bun, and seitan and red kidney bean patties served in purple buns. They’re currently open for takeaway and delivery.
One of our favourite places for all things sugar, and unicorn-shaped, Flavourtown has opened a second location in southwest London. Their new bakery in Richmond will be serving up more of their excellent sweet treats, so you can get your hands on the best red velvet slices in London, Mars bar brownies, and OTT cupcakes. They’re open for takeaway and delivery for now, but once lockdown is lifted you’ll be able to enjoy a cupcake and coffee inside their brightly coloured cafe.
Islington steak and sushi bar, Hot Stone, is opening another restaurant - this time on Windmill Street in Fitzrovia. The sleek spot has a Japanese menu with things like fatty tuna handrolls, kobe omakase, and Japanese wagyu. While currently unable to serve dine-in customers, the restaurant has opened for delivery, where you can order omakase boxes, sushi rolls, and more.
We want Dom’s Subs to cater our wedding. And our funeral. And every major or minor event in between. Basically, these sandwiches are life-changing, and now that they’ve opened a new second location in Aldgate, they can go on changing more lives, one semolina sub roll at a time. Their menu includes things like meatball subs with nduja mayonnaise, vegan subs filled with roasted aubergine, and ‘The Carhartty Italian’ which is roast beef with garlic butter and pickled vegetables.
This pizzeria already has locations in Chelsea and Portobello Road, and has now opened a third spot in Notting Hill Gate. They’re serving Neapolitan pizzas topped with cured Calabrian ’nduje, fresh burrata, and wild mushrooms in truffle oil. You can pop by for a takeaway pizza or order some online, until they open their doors for outdoor dining on April 12th.
Vegan Store Pizza
Party Store Pizza, which has fast become one of our favourite pizza spots in London since opening last year, has now launched a plant-based version offering their same Detroit-style pizzas suitable for vegans. The toppings at this new spot in Clapham include things like vegan béchamel with courgettes, as well as a vegan version of their cheeseburger pizza.
You’ve probably come across this bilog more than once. And the same people that brought you that great pandesal ice-cream sandwich, have opened this new takeaway-only bakery on Kentish Town Road. Offering pandesal sandos filled with things like corned beef hash, as well as loaves of Spanish bread, sweet ube tarts, Filipino-inspired croissants, and brown sugar taho boba.
The people behind Yield N16 have opened a second location near Highbury Corner. With the same concept as their first spot, this wine shop and deli will be selling natural wines, craft beers, and food from their deli. They will firstly be opening as a shop, and will open as a bar once lockdown’s lifted.
Chef Endo and the team behind Endo At The Rotunda, have opened a new sushi restaurant on Westbourne Grove. The menu is focused on traditional Japanese cuisine, with things like robata grilled salmon, fatty tuna, and hamachi that customers can choose from the à la carte menu. They’re open for lunch and dinner from Thursdays to Saturdays, and are currently collection and delivery only.
Over Under Clapham
This Australian-inspired coffee shop that already has branches in Earls Court, West Brompton, Wandsworth, and Ladbroke Grove, has opened its fifth location. This one’s in Clapham where it’s serving more of the same excellent coffee, pancakes, and cocktails and snacks in the evening.
Mao Chow has opened a second, entirely vegan restaurant. This new location inside Nag’s Head Market in Holloway has a focus on Sichuan-style dishes as well as some of favourites from their OG spot in Hackney. The menu includes sweet water noodles, spicy wanza noodles, and their popular dan dan noodles. They’re currently open for delivery and collection only.
There’s a new pizza spot on Hackney Road, where you can get everything from margheritas and curried cream base pizzas topped with smoked mackerel, red onion, chilli, parmesan, and a soft egg, to rolled pork shoulder specials. They’re open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and are takeaway only for now.
Peckham Levels is home to a new delivery and pick up spot that’s serving up a menu of what they describe as ‘soul food fusion’. Drawing inspiration from the Caribbean, America, and Southeast Asia, they’re serving things like bara tacos ( Trinidadian doubles with a Bando Belly spin), Philly Banh Mi Cheesesteaks, and Korean-inspired fried chicken burgers. They have opened as a delivery and pickup kitchen, but have plans to welcome customers to dine-in, and to host community-led events once restrictions are lifted.
This ice cream shop in Primrose Hill is very much a lockdown baby. It was opened by a local husband and wife team, who converted their unused office space into a ’50s style ice cream bar. They’re serving up artisan, lactose free, ice cream, with classic flavours like mint chocolate chip, hazelnut, and pistachio - as well as hot chocolate ice cream floats, and drip coffee.
The same people who are behind Quality Wines and Quality Chop House have started a lockdown delivery and takeaway service with a menu inspired by Naples’ rosticerrie. You can order things like whole rotisserie-style chickens, chicken dripping potatoes, and Quality Wines focaccia as well as homemade gelato and brioche for delivery if you live near their Fitzrovia kitchen. Otherwise you can order for collection, on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday evenings, and Sundays.
Slice by Pizza Pilgrims
The Neapolitan pizza chain, Pizza Pilgrims, has opened its latest restaurant, Slice in the Southbank Centre. As with other Pizza Pilgrims they’re serving Neapolitan pizza, but with a difference. Here you get pizza by the 12-inch slice. You can choose between a classic margherita or things like double pepperoni and spicy honey, whilst playing on their Pacman machine. Due to restrictions, they’re selling slices of pizza out of a tuk tuk for now, as well as Italian essentials in their deli.
Despite the name, you can get a whole lot more from this new Balham spot than just duck. There are panko prawn balls, braised glass noodles, and char siu pork too. It’s open for outdoor dining for now, but you can expect indoor dining once that returns.
The same people behind Rasa Sayang have teamed up with a French patissier to open a new bakery inside St Martin’s Courtyard in Covent Garden. Picture a spread of honey butter toast, pistachio chocolate escargots, pear and shiso danish pastries, and more. Although currently closed for dine-in, this spot’s takeaway and (local) delivery menu includes all those goodies, as well as whole loaves of shokupan (Japanese milk bread), coffee buns, and croissants.
Oh My Daal
This supper club turned delivery kitchen in Shoreditch is serving up wholesome Indian bowls. Pick between a base of wholegrain rice, cracked wheat with lentils, or broccoli pulao, and top with things like egg masala, chana daal, spicy potatoes, and sprouted moong salad. As well as natural desserts, which include things like honey nut turmeric shrikhand. They’re open for delivery and collection. Tip: don’t look through this spot’s Instagram page if you’re hungry and not within the delivery zone, or you’ll be in for a serious case of food blue balls.
This new rooftop restaurant inside Page8 hotel on St. Martin’s Place is focussed on serving traditional Japanese food. There’s a menu of things like toro nigiri, hosomaki rolls, highland wagyu donburi, and - notably - there are two rooftop terraces overlooking Trafalgar Square. It’s currently open for delivery and collection.
A new spot specialising in Japanese curry has opened its doors in Coal Drops Yard. The menu is made up of three options, beef curry, chicken curry, and vegan curry, all of which are made from scratch by owner and chef Hideaki Yoshiyama. Open for takeaway and delivery, via their website.
The people behind Angelina, the Dalston bar and restaurant serving a menu of Italian and Japanese inspired food, have opened a spin-off bar in Soho. Inspired by a Tokyo district with the same name, this spot has a menu of Italian food with Japanese ingredients. You can expect cheeseboards with miso, chicken karaage, and a long cocktail list.
Not Another Chicken Shop
The people behind East West have created a new delivery kitchen. Working out of their restaurant and delivering around Kentish Town, Not Another Chicken Shop’s focus is on chicken that is dry-brined with a blend of spices, cooked in a water bath, and grilled. You can choose from breast, wings, or thighs, and their sides - inspired by South American comfort food - include mac and cheese, charred sweetcorn, and slaw. Open for delivery.
Founded in Osaka, and with 500 stores across Japan and Hong Kong, udon chain Kineya Mugimaru has opened its first London outpost in St. Pancras Station. You can expect fresh udon from £4.90, prawn laksa, steamed chicken gyoza, and more at this N1 spot.
This international hotel and restaurant chain has opened its latest London spot in Portman Square after the recent closure of its Berkeley Street location. Go for the usual upscale blend of Japanese and Peruvian ingredients with dishes like lobster tacos, black cod miso, and sushi.
Only Food and Courses
Following a bunch of pop-ups around the UK, this new fine-dining spot has opened a permanent restaurant inside a Brixton shipping container. Chef Robbie Lorraine created his menu by putting a twist on some of his childhood favourites, so things like duck eclairs and lobster doughnuts for lunch, and a changing tasting menu for dinner are all on the cards.
The Last Talisman
This latest addition to Bermondsey’s bar scene has a menu inspired by owner Eric Yu’s Hong Kong upbringing. Things like scallop fish cake skewers, prawn tempura, and a long list of imaginative cocktails including a banoffee negroni. They’re also delivering bottled cocktails and kits as well as hosting online mixology classes so you can be your own bartender.
The team behind WC Clapham have opened another Wine and Charcuterie bar, this time in Bloomsbury. And like their Clapham spot, this one is also in a renovated Victorian loo.
This new restaurant on Chiswick High Road is serving Indian street food and small plates including things like paneer stuffed padron pepper bhajiya, cashews and winter veg korma, and tandoori tiger prawns. Don’t want to wait until lockdown is lifted? They have a takeaway menu so you can try Republic@Home.
This pizza chain that started in Islington and now has several spots dotted around London, has opened its latest site in Wandsworth. On the menu you’ll find more of their 48-hour fermented-dough pizza, with toppings like buffalo mozzarella, nduja, and gorgonzola and fresh sausage. They are open for takeaway and delivery.
Flat Iron’s most recent opening sees them on James Street, bringing their beef dripping chips and £12 Flat Iron steak to Marylebone. Expect more steak, wild mushroom sauce, and truffled wagyu shortrib cheeseburgers.
Our favourite place to get unbelievably messy with some buffalo chicken has opened its newest spot in Bloomsbury. That means OTT hot dogs, glorious cheeseburgers, and hippie fries for everyone. It’s currently open for takeaway and delivery only.