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London’s New Restaurant Openings

The new restaurant openings in London you should know about.

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Updated July 30th, 2021

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.


JULY 2021

Marugame Udon

££££ 114 Middlesex St

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

££££ 429 Green Lanes

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.

Bellefields

££££ 19 Bellefields Rd

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.

Elliot’s

££££ 121-123 Mare St

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

££££ 67 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.

The Cadogan Arms

££££ 298 King's Rd

Technically a _re-_opening, this old Chelsea pub on King’s Road has been renovated and is now open for lunch and dinne, 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.

Sucre London

££££ 47B Great Marlborough St

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

££££ 98 Westbourne Grove

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.

Sachi

££££ The Pantechnicon

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.

Korean Dinner Party

££££ Top Floor, Kingly Court

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.

Bar Crispin

££££ 19 Kingly St

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).

The Pem

££££ Conrad London St. James 22-28

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.

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Party Store Pizza

££££ 35 Maltby Street

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.

Morny Bakehouse

££££ 216b Francis Rd

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.

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Hackney Coterie

££££ 230 Dalston Ln

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.

Jiji

££££ 6g Esther Anne Place

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.

Taqueria

££££ 8-10 Exmouth Market

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.

Ottolenghi Marylebone

££££ 63-65 Marylebone Ln

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

££££ 1 Willow St

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.

Bao Noodle Shop

££££ 1 Redchurch Street

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.

Temaki

££££ 12 Market Row

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

££££ 42 Neal Street

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.

JUNE 2021

Ave Mario

££££ 15 Henrietta Street

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.

Junsei

££££ 132 Seymour Pl

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

££££ 16 Albemarle St

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.

Bodega Rita's

££££
££££ 91 Cowcross St

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.

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HUŎ

££££ 9 Park Walk

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.

Bad Vegan

££££ 192 - 298 Camden High St

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.

Coco

££££ 34a Shad Thames

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.

Kalimera

££££ 43 Topsfield Rd

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.

Pino

££££ 267 Kensington High St

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).

Al Mare

££££ The Carlton Tower

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.

Cin Cin

££££ 21 Foley Street London W1W 6DS

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

££££ Harrods

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.

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Where The Pancakes Are

££££ 7 Charlotte Street

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.

Maru

££££ 18 Shepherd Market

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.

Los Mochis

££££ 2 Farmer St

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

££££ 55-59 Wilkin Street Mews

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

££££ 6 Boulevard

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

££££ 66-70 Brewer Street

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.

Chestnut Bakery Belgravia

££££
££££ 17-21 Elizabeth Street

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.

Nic Crilly-Hargrave

Sidechick

££££ 56 James Street

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

££££ Crossrail Place

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.

Turul Project Hungarian Delicatessen & Cafe

££££
££££ 1 Turnpike Parade

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.

MAY 2021

Humble Chicken

££££
Japanese  in  Soho
££££ 54 Frith Street

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.

Imad's Syrian Kitchen

££££
Syrian  in  Soho
££££ Kingly Court, Carnaby Street

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.

Sabine

££££ 10 Godliman Street

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

££££ 103 Talbot Rd

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.

Farina Pizzeria Napoletana

££££ 19-21 Notting Hill Gate

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.

Homeboy

££££ New Union Square, Embassy Gardens

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.

Magenta

££££ 23 Euston Road

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

££££ Ash Avenue

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.

Pasta Evangelists

££££ 87–135 Brompton Road

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.

The Cellar

££££ 258 Pentonville Road

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.

Molly's Cafe

££££
British  in  Hoxton
££££ 1 Geffrye St

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

££££ 45 Villiers St

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.

081 Pizzeria Peckham

££££ 95A Rye Ln

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.

APRIL 2021

Sushi Revolution

££££ 240 Ferndale Rd

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.

Gemma Wood

JERMS

££££ 133 High St

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

££££ 119 Stoke Newington Church St

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.

Native @ Browns Courtyard

££££ 39 Brook Street

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

££££ 90 Highgate Hill

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.

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Cinder

££££ 66 Belsize Lane

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.

Eataly

££££ 135 Bishopsgate

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.

The Light Restaurant And Bar

££££
££££ 233 High St

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.

Chameleon

££££
££££ 1 Marylebone Road

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.

The Farrier

££££ Camden Stables Market, 87/88 North Yard

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

££££ Colechurch House

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

££££ 71-72 Granville Arcade

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.

EggRun

££££ 46 Fish Street Hill

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.

Top Hill

££££ 46-48 Drayton Green Rd

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.

Mike's Peckham

££££ Unit 4.1 Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Rd

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.

Slurp Yard

££££
Wine Bar  in  Dalston
££££ Abbot Street

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.

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La Mia Mamma

££££ 190 Kensington Park Road

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.

Fenn

££££ 194 Wandsworth Bridge Road

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

££££
PizzaBBQ  in  Southwark
££££ 45 Southwark St

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

££££ Arch 65, Queen’s Circus, Nine Elms

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.

Nebula

££££ 455 Hackney Road

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.

MARCH 2021

Birria Taco

££££ Ventures Hotel

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.

Flower Burger

££££ 43 Charlotte St

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.

Flavourtown Bakery

££££ 3 The Quadrant

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.

Hot Stone

££££ 3 Windmill St

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.

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Dom's Subs

££££ 22b Bevis Marks

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.

FEBRUARY 2021

Cinquecento

££££ 115 Notting Hill Gate

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

££££ 15-16 Lendal Terrace

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.

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Panadera

££££
££££ 83 Kentish Town Rd

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.

Yield N1

££££ 97 St Paul's Road

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.

Sumi

££££
££££ 157 Westbourne Grove

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

££££ 25 The Pavement

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

££££ 22 Seven Sisters Road

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.

ELD Pizza

££££ 460 Hackney Rd

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.

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JANUARY 2021

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Bando Belly

££££ Unit 606, Peckham Levels

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.

Arrosto

££££
££££ 5 Clipstone St

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

££££ Southbank Centre

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.

DECEMBER 2020

The Red Duck

££££
Chinese  in  Balham
££££ 1 Ramsden Road

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.

Arôme Bakery

££££ 9 Mercer St

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

££££ 97-113 Curtain Road

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.

Bisushima

££££ 8 St. Martin's Pl

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.

Hiden

££££
££££ Stable St

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.

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Golden Gai

££££ 16A D'Arblay St

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

££££ 135 Fortess Rd

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.

Kineya Mugimaru

££££ The Circle Unit 27B, St Pancras Station

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.

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Nobu

££££ 22 Portman Square

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

££££ Pop Brixton

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

££££ 171-173 Bermondsey St

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.

WC Bloomsbury

££££ Former Public Convenience, Guilford Pl

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.

Republic

££££ 301-303 Chiswick High Rd

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.

Zia Lucia

££££ 356 Old York Road

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

££££ 44 James St,

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.

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Meatliquor Bloomsbury

££££ 15-17 Brunswick Square

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.

Kraft Dalston

££££ 130a Kingsland High Street

A new microbrewery, gin distillery, restaurant, and coffee shop has opened on Kingsland High Street. It’s part of the new Aparthotel there, and you can find beer from German Kraft Brewery, gin from Jim and Tonic, and food from Le Bab, including taco-sized kebabs.

NOVEMBER 2020

Norman's Cafe

££££ 167 Junction Road

Greasy spoon-inspired spot, Norman’s Cafe, is serving British classics like chicken and leek pie, baked beans on toast, and deep fried Mars bars during the day, before turning into a wine bar on Friday and Saturday evenings. Located in Tufnell Park, they are currently offering a takeaway menu with chicken escalope sandwiches, scrambled egg and parmesan muffins, and coffee.

Cafe Bao

££££
££££ 4 Pancras Square

One of London’s best looking, friendliest, and tastiest restaurant juggernauts, Bao, has opened a café in King’s Cross. The menu is inspired by yōshoku cuisine, a European-influenced cooking style in Japan, and features a Taiwanese fried chicken kiev (be still our beating hearts), the bao we know and love, lots of baked goods, and bubble tea. They’re currently open for takeaway where you can pick-up some bakery goods and Rice Error.

RAW - Fish & Cocktails

££££ 120-122 Brick Lane

The chef behind Laboratorio Pizza on Brick Lane, has opened a new restaurant down the road from the first. This new fishmongers, seafood restaurant, and cocktail bar is serving things like Jersey rock oysters, sea bass carpaccio, and miso Cornish monkfish.

Andanza

££££ 66 Weston St

This new tapas bar in London Bridge is by the same people who brought you The Rose opposite. They’re serving everything from pork tenderloin, and aged Basque tartare, to oxtail rice, and a selection of Spanish wines and beer.

Tonkotsu Walthamstow

££££ 202 Hoe St

Popular ramen chain, Tonkotsu, has opened its latest spot in Walthamstow. With three types of noodle being made fresh daily, you can expect the same quality ramen on the menu. Choose from things like their signature pork tonkotsu, chilli chicken, or Japanese mushroom miso. Aside from ramen, there’s katsu curries, gyoza, and some pretty great chicken kara-age. Open for collection.

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JOAN

££££
££££ Bethnal Green Rd

Mediterannean bistro and bar, Joan, has opened at the Shoreditch end of Bethnal Green Road, with a Greek inspired menu including things like pancakes with milk chocolate cream and bananas for brunch, and slow cooked lamb shoulder, braised octopus, and baguette steak tostadas for dinner.

Hideaway

££££
££££ 100 Mount St

The owner of Hide has opened a new cafe in Mayfair. On the menu you’ll find lunch options including a bagel lunch deal for £12, jazzed-up sausage rolls, and gianduja madeleines. Open for takeaway.

OCTOBER 2020

Dimsum & Duck

££££
££££ 124 King's Cross Road

Prawn dumplings in chilli oil? Roast pork cheung fun? Or both, plus a long list of dim sum, Cantonese style roast duck, and beef brisket noodle soup? Whatever the question is, our answer is yes. This new King’s Cross spot is serving Hong Kong specials, and specialises in dim sum and duck, incase you couldn’t tell. And they’re currently open for takeaway and delivery via telephone.

CasaCosta

££££ 461-465 North End Rd

This online food shop has been delivering Italian goods since June 2020, and has been operating as a Fulham shop since October. Now they’ve also opened a small restaurant inside the shop. With options from the chef behind Macellaio RC, you can expect tortellini in brodo, polpette di fassona, and more Italian classics containing many of the great ingredients that can be found in the shop. Until lockdown is lifted, you can get hot food including things like parmigiano, lasagne, and meatballs to takeaway.

Bondi Green

££££ 2 Canalside Walk

The Daisy Green family is continuing to grow with this latest addition on the Paddington canalside. They’re offering things like whole corn-fed rotisserie chickens, scallop dumplings, and Sunday roasts. The restaurant has an outdoor terrace, plenty of foliage, and a bakery, which is open for takeaway coffees, pastries, and more.

Behind

££££ 20 Sidworth Street

This chef’s table restaurant in London Fields is serving up a tasting menu with eight courses including things like a native lobster muffin, crab with jelly, plum, and cardamom, and roasted hake. They also offer six-course lunch menus on Thursdays and Fridays.

The Tartine

££££ 133A Notting Hill Gate

Notting Hill spot, Tartine, serves a selection of tartine, as well as things like penne arrabbiata, cod with girolles and edamame, and poussin with mashed potatoes and chimichurri sauce.

The Silver Birch

££££ 142 Chiswick High Rd

Chiswick High Road is home to this new spot serving seasonal British food. You can expect things like exposed brick walls, marinated courgettes with ricotta, potato cabbage gratin, truffle chicken and dumplings, and an XXL lemon meringue eclair.

Go Falafel

££££ 68 Queen Victoria St

As well as freshly made juices and smoothies, you can get fresh falafel, salads, vine leaves, and hummous platters from this Palestinian grab-and-go spot in the City.

Bar Bolívar

££££

The team behind Casa Do Frango have opened a new cocktail bar in Canary Wharf. They will be serving cocktails, and Venezuelan street food courtesy of Pabellón. Expect arepas, and Venezuelan rice boxes.

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KOL

££££ 9 Seymour St

This spot on Seymour Street has seasonal Mexican tasting menus starting from £55 with things like ceviche, tostadas, and carnitas. The restaurant will have three parts: a ground floor restaurant with an open kitchen, a chef’s table downstairs, and a mezcal bar that will open in November.

Berberè

££££ 67 Venn St

Sourdough pizza, burratas, and tiramisu are three of the things you can find at this new pizzeria in Clapham.

Milk Beach

££££ 19 Lonsdale Road

Australian all-day café/restaurant Milk Beach has reopened in Queen’s Park with double the space and a new covered and heated al fresco dining area. In terms of food, you can expect things like koji-marinated chicken, squid ink tagilatelle, and coffee custard tarts. As well as dinner, they also have a new brunch menu which will be served all-day. Also, FYI, they’re doing buttermilk pancakes.

Black Cowboy Coffee

££££ 50 London Road Elephant Arcade

You can find this new coffee shop in Elephant & Castle’s Elephant Arcade, where you can get things like waffles, bagels, and surprisingly enough, coffee. They also sell coffee beans in case you want to make their organic, fair trade coffee at home.

The Little Bread Pedlar

££££ Moreton street 32

This artisan bakery already has a spot in Bermondsey, and have now opened their second location, this time in Pimlico. You can find pastries, bread, and Coleman Coffee Roaster’s coffee everyday of the week.

Akoko

££££
££££ 21 Berners St

This new West African spot on Berners Street is serving tasting menus for lunch and dinner. Expect things like veal cheeks bofrot, smoked jollof rice and goat, and burnt Luda cream with goat milk ice cream. Plus, they have vegan versions of the tasting menus.

Pali Hill

££££ 79-81 Mortimer St

Indian restaurant, Pali Hill, has opened on Mortimer Street and is serving up plates like pan-fried lamb sweet breads, and girolle and potato stuffed parathas. You can get drinks at the cocktail bar downstairs which is designed to feel like a prohibited smuggling den.

163 Upper Street

££££ 163 Upper Street

163 Upper Street is a new wine bar and kitchen from the people behind The Wine Cellar. As well as a long wine list, they’ll have a menu of small plates and bar snacks including hasselback potatoes, and burrata with black truffle.

Mo Diner

££££ 23 Heddon St

The restaurateur behind Sketch and Momo, has opened a Mediterranean diner on Heddon Street. It’s serving things like Lebanese breakfast, Tunisian fricasse, and grilled octopus, as well as hardshakes and wine by the glass.

Sonora Taquería

££££
££££ 13, 23 Westgate St

Previously known as Pollo Feliz, this spot might not technically be new but the team has rebranded, upgraded their Netil Market stall, and now has a menu focussed solely on tacos. Choose between things like pulled beef in chile verde, carne con chile, and bean quesadillas if you can get there fast enough for lunch on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

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Shaman

££££ 157 Tower Bridge Road

They already have a cafe in Aldgate, and now this all-day coffee spot has opened in Bermondsey. Serving pastries, brunch, and lunch options. You can expect homemade spiced falafel sandwiches, poke bowls, and cheese platters.

SITE

££££ 198 Hackney road

This plant-based café has relocated from Columbia Road to Hackney Road, and is serving up coffee, cocktails, and things like sauerkraut and celeriac fritters and tomato and leek gazpacho all-day.

SEPTEMBER 2020

The Pantechnicon

££££
££££ 19 Motcomb St

A five-storey Japanese and Nordic themed shopping and dining centre has opened in Belgravia. Inside, you will find Café Kitsuné, as well as two restaurants, Eldr and Sachi, and a roof garden where you can drink cocktails on the terrace.

Big Jo Bakery

££££ 318-326 Hornsey Rd

The people behind Jolene, an excellent cafe and bakery in Highbury, have opened a second, bigger bakery on the Hornsey Road, just north of where it crosses Seven Sisters Road. At nights they’re serving a changing menu, but you can expect things like charcuterie plates, pizza fritta, plum and almond tarts, and natural wines, while in the daytime it’s mostly coffee and pastries.

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Taka

££££ 109 Marylebone High Street

Mayfair sushi spot Taka, has opened a second restaurant, this time in Marylebone. They’ll be serving sushi, and hot plates which includes fried chicken wings stuffed with truffle and potatoes, kani croquettes, and mochi flat breads.

Smoke & Salt

££££ 115 Tooting High St

This supper club has been doing pop-ups across London for the past few years, including a semi-permanent one in Brixton which we reviewed back in 2017. And they have now opened a permanent spot in Tooting Broadway. The menu includes things like smoked chalkstream trout, roasted pheasant breast, and savoury pastel de nata with aged cornish gouda and pickled onion.

The Bosporus

££££ 7-9 Leicester Square

The first UK outpost of this popular Turkish restaurant in Dubai has opened on Leicester Square. As well as classics like Ali nazik kebab, you can expect some new dishes that are exclusive to London, including lamb and fasulye, kalamar dolma, and lakerda.

Maison François

££££ 34 Duke Street

This all-day brasserie in St James’s has a menu of French dishes, starting with homemade patisserie for breakfast, an all-day menu that includes ox tongue brochette, ratatouille, and grilled chicken. There’s also a dessert trolley with crème caramel and 32-month comté et pruneaux d’Agen, and a bar and wine room downstairs with a separate menu and an extensive drinks list.

Noble Rot Soho

££££
££££ 2 Greek St

You could say we’re a little bit obsessed with this wine bar and restaurant’s OG spot in Bloomsbury, and that would be totally fair. And now they’ve opened a second spot in Soho with a menu including eggs casino, cabbage stuffed with game and sour cream, a daily goulash, and a whole roast chicken with morels to share. There is also, obviously, a lengthy wine list.

Murger Han

££££ 9 Philpot Lane

A pork murger and hand-pulled biang biang noodles are just two of the dishes you can expect to find at this Xi’an restaurant’s newest spot in Bank. And just like at their first two spots in Mayfair and Euston they’ll be serving more of the same Xi’anese classics at this City location.

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The Dairy Bermondsey

££££ Bermonds Locke

We mourned the closure of this family run British spot in Clapham a few weeks ago. But now they’ve reopened in a new Bermondsey location where you can get things like wood roasted lamb, Willie’s mackerel, and stuffed flatbread with pulled aubergine, and stracciatella. And on Sundays they’ll be serving a set lunch menu for £32 per person.

Cha Cha x Sister Jane

££££ 36 Golborne Rd

Cha Cha has followed up its Maida Vale restaurant and bar with an all-day spot in Notting Hill clothing store Sister Jane. They’re serving breakfast from 9am with things like corn pancakes with pulled short rib and truffle ricotta, and for lunch and dinner you can get tuna tiraditos, poke bowls, and duck skewers, as well as wine and cocktails.

Louie

££££ 13-15 West St

This New Orleans inspired spot is now open in Covent Garden, and they’ve got an oyster bar, an actual bar, and a lounge where there will be a live jazz pianist and DJ.

The Black Book

££££ 23 Frith Street

Did Soho need another wine bar? Maybe not. Are we complaining? Definitely not. This new spot on Frith Street will be open from 5pm to 3am, and is serving things like rock oysters, seabream ceviche, and homemade mushroom and ricotta ravioli.

Beam

££££ 103 Westbourne Grove

This cafe already has branches in Highbury and Crouch End, and now they’ve opened a third spot in Notting Hill where they’re serving breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Expect Middle Eastern inspired breakfast spreads, French toast, and grilled chicken burgers.

Chishuru

££££
££££ Unit 9 Market Row

West African supper club Chishuru has opened its first restaurant in Brixton Village. The food will include things like waina with a squash, tamarind, and peanut sauce, slow cooked goat shoulder in a spicy green sauce, and baobab fruit mousse with peanut butter ice cream.

Bubblewrap

££££ The Market Building

Popular Chinatown dessert spot, Bubblewrap is opening a second spot in Covent Garden. You can get more of their bubble waffles, with flavours like Oreo crunch, rose and strawberry blossom, and banana combo.

Sollip

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So technically this spot in London Bridge opened at the end of March, but that was about the same time 2020 starting acting up, so it has opened once again and is ready to serve its menu of European food with a Korean twist. The menu includes things like braised beef short rib with cured cucumber, spicy beef tartare with gochujang, and daikon tarte tatin.

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Gordo's Pizzeria

££££ 533 Kingsland Rd

We can always use another neighbourhood pizza joint, and this new Dalston spot is serving Neapolitan-style pizzas, wine, and lager.

Truffle

££££ 22 Bateman street

Following their first restaurant in Seven Dials, Truffle have opened a second on Bateman Street. And everything on the menu has truffle in it. Whether it’s truffle mayo, truffle burger sauce, or truffle and parmesan glaze. Basically, if you’re a fan of truffle and burgers, this new Soho spot is for you.

Over Under

££££ Ladbroke Grove

We love the pancakes at this cafe’s Earl’s Court location, so we’re pretty sure we’ll love them at their new spot on Ladbroke Grove. That’s not all they’re serving though. You can expect coffee, reuben toasties, coconut and spinach dhal, and smoked chicken sambos by day, and cocktails with pulled lamb tacos by night.

Kreidel

££££ 227-229 Hoxton St

This new bar-slash-kitchen-slash-events-space in Hoxton has a regularly changing menu with things like wild sea bass with pea bavarois, gooseberries and quail with fermented cherries, as well as events hosted by guest chefs. Coming up they have Manuel Santos Chef’s Table, which you can buy tickets for in advance via the link in their Instagram bio.

Rondo

££££ The Hoxton, Holborn

This all-day restaurant and bistro inside The Hoxton is open from 7am with dishes like nduja scrambled eggs and smashed avocado breakfast buns. And moving onto things like roast chicken and whole baked lemon sole for lunch and dinner. Lighter snacks are available in the lobby where you can get a focaccia sandwich or a cheeseburger and fries (yes, that can be a light snack).

Love Triangle

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Pizza  in  Balham
££££ 16-18 Ritherdon road

Ever been in a love triangle with a wood-fired oven and tomato sauce? Neither have we but it sounds pretty good. This new spot in Balham is serving burrata, pizzas for £11 and under, and craft beer which you can get delivered or enjoy on their outdoor terrace. Plus, they donate a meal to a local food bank for every pizza ordered.

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Club Mexicana

££££ Kingly Court

Club Mexicana have opened a permanent spot in Kingly Court where they’re serving up their vegan Mexican food. Expect things like bbq short ‘rib’ tacos, baja tofish tacos, nachos, and frozen margaritas.

Floral Hall

££££ 132 Crouch Hill

This bar in Crouch Hill is now open and serving a small food menu of things like roasted courgettes and confit duck leg with romesco sauce, alongside a selection of wine, beer, and cocktails.

Wingmans

££££ 29-31 Old Compton St

Kilburn gourmet wing spot has opened a new two-floor restaurant on Old Compton Street, serving more of their usual wings, chicken burgers, plus new flavours exclusive to the Soho branch including Bang Coq, and Matsu Katsu. As well as being a huge space, there are four private caves for anyone after a private dining experience.

Seoul Bird

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Westfield Shepherds Bush is now home to new Korean street food spot Seoul Bird. Choose between Korean fried chicken wings and thighs, burgers, and ‘Seoul bowls’ of Korean fried chicken on rice. They’ve also got a homemade iced tea with flavours like green plum and ginger.

Sugoi JPN

££££ The Long Shop Watermill Way

You’ve heard of nori. You’ve heard of tacos. Add them together and what do you get? A new spot in Wimbledon serving “noritacos”. The crispy seaweed shells are filled with sushi rice and Japanese/Latin inspired fillings such as mango, tuna, salmon, masago, and avocado.

Queens of Mayfair

££££ 17 Queen St

This new café in Mayfair is serving breakfast, lunch, cocktails, and brunch on Saturdays. Expect freshly baked pastries, pancakes, cheese sharing boards, and doughnuts with flavours like raspberry rose lychee and tiramisu. And in the evening it can be hired out for private events where guests can get wine, champagne, and sharing platters.

Party Store Pizza

££££
AmericanPizza  in  Clapham
££££ 15 Lendal Terrace

In the mood for pizza? Of course you are. Well this new pizza joint in Brixton is serving up Detroit-style pizza including a vodka sauce pizza with nduja, pepperoni, honey, and two cheeses, a big mac pizza with ground beef, gherkins, and burger sauce, and sides like fried chicken thighs.

Butchies

££££ 122 Clapham High St

Fried chicken joint Butchies have a new site on Clapham High Street. This grab-and-go spot in SW4 will offer the same fried chicken sandwiches we already love, as well as buffalo wings, buttermilk chicken tenders, and their new popcorn chicken.

Donna Sofia

££££ 36 Highbury Park

Da Mario, a deli in Highbury, has opened a restaurant and pizzeria right next door where they’ll be serving things like swordfish carpaccio, ravioli girasole filled with spinach and ricotta, and a range of pizzas.

The Nook

££££ 220 St Paul's Road

The Nook is a new wine bar and deli near Highbury Corner (where Linden Stores used to be) serving contemporary European food with a Turkish twist. Hot sandwiches and small plates are on the menu, so you can expect things like beef short rib brioche, smoked aubergine, and kohlrabi with celeriac and walnuts in garlic yoghurt, as well as dessert pots, and a selection of wine.

MM Caffé

££££ Brown Hart Gardens

The Mercato Metropolitano group has opened a new al fresco cafe on Brown Hart Gardens just off Oxford Street. You can expect charcuterie and cheese platters and wine, as well as pastries, paninis, and focaccia.

Tandoor Chop

££££ 30 Uxbridge St

North Indian restaurant cum British chophouse Tandoor Chop is opening a new location in Notting Hill. You can expect the same menu as their Covent Garden spot, with things like chickpea chaat, black pepper chicken tikka, nimbu masala fries, and tandoori roti.

Bellanger

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French  in  Islington
££££ 9 Islington Green

Much-loved brasserie Bellanger is returning to Islington after closing its doors a year ago. What’s changed? Not much, although there are lower prices and a more casual set-up where you can expect a two-course set menu for £10.95.

Erev

££££ Borough Market

Market stall Shuk has now opened a Tel Aviv inspired small plates spot in Borough Market. Expect al fresco dining, a selection of hummus, and collaborations with renowned restaurant chefs every Thursday.

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The Treats Club

££££ Netil Market

The Treats Club have opened their first permanent dessert shop in Netil Market where you can get hot donuts, ice cream, and shakes. You can expect things like Nutella and Oreo s’mores hot ring donuts, malted milk shakes, and chocolate ice cream bars. You can find them on the weekends from 12pm.

Larry's

££££ 12-16 Blenheim Grove

Larry’s is from the same team as Salon in Brixton and Levan in Peckham. In fact, this new bar and restaurant is right next door to its Peckham wine bar sibling. The menu reads more fun than fancy, with things like extra sloppy aubergine parmigiana, or potato latkes with fermented chilli mayo. For now it’s open evenings only from Tuesday - Saturday.

Tavolino Bar & Kitchen

££££
££££ 2 More London Riverside

There’s a new Italian bar and restaurant on the Southwark riverside serving things like pizza alla Norma, silk handkerchiefs with walnut butter and confit Burford Brown yolk, or pan-seared hake.

Six By Nico

££££ 41 Charlotte Street

This new spot on Charlotte Street is serving up a 6-course tasting menu with a theme that changes every few weeks. Expect things like ‘fish fingers’ AKA salmon tartare, and ‘duck, duck, goose!’ AKA duck breast with leg bonbon, gnocchi, and pumpkin and black garlic emulsion. Check out their website to find out what their latest theme is.

The Tapas Room

££££ UNIT 52-53 COLDHARBOUR LANE

The Tapas Room is opening a third restaurant, this time in Brixton Village. They’ll be serving the same Spanish wine and tapas dishes, with things like confit fennel with pickled figs and seared scallops with pisto, green chilli sauce and almonds.

Costa del Tottenham

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££££ Ashley Rd

The people behind Tottenham Hale nightclub, The Cause, have opened a new outdoor venue which has street food vendors such as Club Mexicana, People’s Burger, and Mr Ploppys. There’s a terrace, private booths which can be booked, and a craftbeer hall. As well as entertainment in the form of a DJ.

Stanley's

££££ 151 Sydney St

This new British restaurant in Chelsea is serving small plates like whipped smoked cod roe with buttermilk flatbreads, British charcuterie, and beef tartare in it’s alfresco courtyard.

Eggslut

££££ 19 Percy St

Lovers of all things egg, Eggslut, have opened a second London restaurant, this time in Fitzrovia where you can get more of their all-day breakfast sandwiches.

Wildflower Restaurant

££££ Unit 2.17, Buck St Mkt

Wildflower is a new restaurant on Camden High Street that’s serving things like scallop and Alexander root, Jerusalem artichoke velouté, and hay baked celeriac as part of an eight course tasting menu in a revamped shipping container.

Nic Crilly-Hargrave

Kibou Japanese Kitchen and Bar

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Sushi  in  Battersea
££££ 175-177 Northcote Road

New Japanese restaurant Kibou has opened in Battersea and will be serving up popular dishes like ramen, katsu curry, bao buns, and sushi.

Supa Ya Ramen

££££ 276 Hackney Rd

Supa Ya Ramen has opened a permanent restaurant in Hackney, with a weekly changing menu of ramen. Expect things like salt beef with iberico pork fat, and root vegetable olive oil and sea salt with celeriac chashu. For the time being the restaurant will only be open for “bubble bookings”, meaning that groups of six to eight can book out the restaurant for a private dinner. Also, it’s BYOB.

Bobo Social

££££ 23 Sayer St

After leaving their Charlotte Street location, Bobo Social have now opened a new spot in Elephant and Castle where you can get things like their peanut butter burger, fried squid, and braised lamb croquettes.

Eat of Eden

££££ 76 Shepherds Bush Road

Eat Of Eden have opened a third restaurant, in Shepherd’s Bush, where you can get more of their Caribbean patties, curries, and sharing platters.

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