Keeping track of London’s new restaurant openings is enough to give any normal person a headache. But we’re not normal. And nor are you. You love getting out there and finding the latest spot that you simply have to tell your friends about before anyone else does. So do we. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to all the new openings that have caught our eye. Just remember, this isn’t an endorsement, as we haven’t been to all of these places. It’s for you to go and find out what’s what for yourself, so fare forward voyagers.
We’ll be regularly updating this post, and we’ll be adding a note whenever we review a spot, or add it to our guide to the best new restaurants in London, the Hit List.
This Stoke Newington restaurant offers a modern European menu that changes daily. Expect dishes like razor clam and passion fruit ceviche, veal tartare, and pig trotters with skinny fries. Oh, and a wine pairing option too.
A Persian food blogger and author has opened a cafe on Chiswick High Road. There’s Persian noodle soup, there’s lots of spice, and there’s saffron rice pudding.
This new cafe in Hanover Square claims to be the ‘ready to wear’ option for Londoners who need healthy food on the go. We don’t know entirely what that means, but we do know that there’s kombucha, coffee, sandwiches, CBD oil, and vegan options on the menu.
Much like Elton John and the emotional punch of a car advert, Spiritland is all about the music. Their original spot in King’s Cross operates as a listening lounge, bar, cafe, restaurant, and recording studio, and their new spot in Royal Festival Hall will be doing all that, with the addition of an oyster bar. They also have a 2am alcohol license and DJs who play at weekends.
This is where they send the tagliatelle that can’t be tamed. We’re kidding. It’s actually a new vegan spot on Upper Street. There's already a Wild Food Cafe at Neal's Yard, and this new one has the same menu but is bigger and takes booking.
This new seasonal British restaurant in Fulham is pretty tiny, with just 26 seats. There’s a monthly changing set menu for £40, and some South African touches, like a biltong carpaccio.
We’ll give you three guesses as to what’s on offer at this new market-inspired spot in Marylebone. Yes, bao is one. And yes, dan bing (traditional Taiwanese egg crepe) is the other. There are also soup noodles, sharing starters, and - in a bold and dramatic plot twist for a cold, soggy island like Britain - boozy ice lollies.
Provisioners might sound like an 80s Brit boy band, but it’s actually a new all-day cafe and restaurant inside The Dixon hotel in Tower Bridge. Expect upmarket comfort food by day, and modern European food and charcuterie by night.
Ealing has a new restaurant inspired by Indian train journeys. From snacks traditionally served on the platforms like ‘girlfriend chaat’ (wheat balls with namkeen mix, tomato, and chilli) to dishes served daily from New Delhi station.
Have you ever gone to a gallery and thought ‘Klimt you’re great, but a nitro cold brew martini would make this whole art thing so much better’? The people behind this new all day spot inside the Bankside Hotel, Blackfriars, have heard your cries. As well as a whole lot of modern artwork, a wood-fire oven, and a menu of seasonal modern European food.
If Din Tai Fung had a catchphrase it would probably be ‘Dumplings, and World Domination’. Originally from Taipai, they already have over 150 restaurants around the world, and now Londoners can get their signature soup dumplings in Covent Garden.
If you’re into having someone carve up your duck for you (we’re lazy too, we understand) then get excited, because St James’s latest restaurant is an upmarket Chinese spot with a focus on barbecued duck. There’s also assorted daytime dim sum, live seafood, and three private dining rooms.
Much like a phoenix rising from the ashes (technically in the industry they call it a ‘refurb’) Tamarind in Mayfair is back. After being closed for eight months they’ve re-opened with the same upmarket Indian food, but a more polished look, an additional first floor dining room, and a private dining area.
This vampire themed pizza joint have opened their second spot in Camden. This is great news if you’re into black charcoal pizza, seasonal ingredients, or are on a mission to impress the world’s last remaining Twi-hard. There’s also an absinthe bar downstairs.
Farzi Cafe is a modern Indian bistro in St. James’s that’s already a hit in its native India. There’s a tapas-style menu with dishes like Sicilian arancini balls made with dal and chawal, and a deconstructed shepherd’s pie made with tawa aloo and seared wagyu.
Bowls in Soho serves food you can eat, wait for it… from a bowl. Think, ceviche, barbecue stews, and curry. There are also dishes like bao and dumplings, which you could, potentially, eat off of a plate, but then they’d have to call it Bowls and Other Crockery, which really isn’t as catchy.
Le Cellar is a new wine bar and tapas restaurant in Clerkenwell serving charcuterie, cheese, bar snacks, and what they call ‘comfort food’. Expect plenty of exposed brick, split wine bottles as plates, and plenty of wines to choose from.
Old-school Leicester Square wine bar Cork And Bottle have opened their third location, this time in Hampstead. It’s in a re-vamped boozer, and they’re serving a traditional menu of charcuterie, ham and cheese pie, and some classic French dishes.
Gridiron is the new upmarket grill restaurant inside the Como Metropolitan in Mayfair. There’s prime rib to share, a long wine list, and hefty Park Lane prices.
One of the many spots opening as part of the new Coal Drops Yard development in King’s Cross, Vermuteria is an all day cafe with a pretty impressive collection of vermouth on offer. If that’s not your thing, there are also breakfast classics, and dishes like crab croquettes, or slow cooked beef cheek, all available for lunch or dinner.
Bodega Rita’s is a small (okay, tiny) spot in the new Coal Drops Yard at King’s Cross, serving globally-inspired take out sandwiches by day, and small plates by night.
Canteens scare us (we just don’t talk about our school years, okay?), but this new spot in Old Street is not only a canteen. It’s a restaurant and a bar. It’s from the team behind Sager and Wilde and there’s vegetable based small plates, grilled skewers, larger sharing dishes, and a coffee corner.
Cérès on Newington Green is a small spot serving seasonal southern European food and matching wines.
Fun fact: ‘kutir’ means ‘hut’ in Sanskrit. Alas, there aren’t really any huts in Chelsea, but this new upmarket Indian restaurant isn’t in a skyscraper, so it sort of counts. As well as serving classics like chicken tikka masala, there are also dishes like sea bass with coconut, guinea fowl biryani, and a tasting menu where you can get six courses for £60.
If you’re generally pretty excited about unusual combinations, then this new restaurant on Portobello Road should probably be on your radar. They’re serving modern Italian food with international twists. Think yuzu mustard baby chicken, chitarra spaghetti with clams, and saffron risotto with roasted bone marrow.
The last time we heard ‘five-storey’ and ‘Mykonos’ in a sentence our mate was confessing to the worst club-related sins of their ‘gap yah’. This swish five floor restaurant in Mayfair is serving Mediterranean and Asian food, but don’t worry there’s still a lot of drinking involved at Onima. The bar takes up the whole first floor, and there’s also a rooftop terrace. And a private club.
The Courthouse Hotel sounds a lot like the setting of a pistol standoff in a Clint Eastwood film, or a paternity special of Jeremy Kyle, but the point is, this hotel in Soho has now got an Indian restaurant. Soho Wala are serving Indian sharing plates like tandoori roti, chicken chettinad curry, and a kebab fresh from their clay oven.
Elephant And Castle has got a new independent wine bar. It’s focused on ‘undiscovered wines’ from lesser-known regions, but is keeping things traditional when it comes to the food. There’s charcuterie, cheese boards, and bread. And during the day, they’ll be serving coffee and fresh pastries from a local bakery.
This new all day restaurant near St Paul’s is housed in a big former carpet warehouse and they’re doing dressed up British classics, freshly baked bread, and botanical infusions at their cocktail bar.
Fancy some ink and Guinness soda bread with seaweed butter and whipped smoked cod’s roe? You bet you do. Although the menu at Pop Brixton’s latest restaurant will change regularly, this is the kind of dish you can expect from sustainable seafood spot Roe. There’s also a daily whole fish special, cocktails like a honey and pear margarita, and a small terrace for when it’s not raining, freezing, or both.
The menu at this big new King’s Cross spot is a bit all over the place, which is no bad thing, most of the time we are too. They’re serving modern dishes cooked over an open wood fire, like chicken thigh with shiitake and miso, as well as ‘hot sticks’ (think yakitori), and charcuterie. Lunch is a whole other story with build-your-own sandwiches added to the options. There are lots of cocktails too, of course.
This new, family-run, neighbourhood bistro in Hammersmith is all about that southern French feel. Think onglet steak, gratin dauphinois, soupe du jour, independent wines, and a whole lot of check tablecloths.
Indian spot Kricket started life at Pop Brixton. This new spot in Television Centre at White City is their third permanent restaurant. They’re bringing their menu of modern, seasonal Indian dishes along, but this time it’ll be a bigger all day spot, with a terrace, reservations, and breakfast options too.
We checked out Kricket and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Looking for some lobster spaghetti in Shoreditch? The people behind Soho House have opened another Cecconi’s, this time on Redchurch Street. Expect wood oven pizzas, sharing pasta bowls for the table, and £25 Sunday feasts.
We checked out Cecconi’s and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Jollibee is a very big deal in the US, and its original home, the Philippines. They’ll be serving fast food, like hot dogs, extra cheesy spaghetti, and fried chicken with gravy, in Earl’s Court.
Hoxton Street has got itself a new spot serving kinilaw (Filipino style ceviche) and buko (non-dairy, homemade ice cream). And they’re making all big kids’ dreams come true with a selection of cocktails you can pair with ice cream flavours.
Blacklock is all about meat, and they’ve opened their biggest restaurant yet for the carnivores of Shoreditch. There’s quality meat in the form of steak, chops, and big meaty Sunday roasts. And there are sides like a ten-hour-roasted sweet potato to pair with your meat. Anyway, we’ll stop saying meat now, but you should know that there’s also a dedicated bar at this Blacklock, and cocktails are a fiver.
We checked out Blacklock and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
This is the fourth restaurant for these Spanish tapas folks, this time in the new Coal Drops Yard area of King’s Cross. It’ll be their biggest one yet, with a private dining area for 20, and an outdoor terrace, but the menu will still be all about croquetas, jamon iberico, gambas, and chargrilled fish of the day.
Your dreams of smearing hoisin with a traditional calligraphy paint brush are about to come true. You have those, right? Anyway, this modern Chinese spot on Bloomberg Arcade is spread over two-floors, has a big, shiny 30 person bar, and a five metre high cherry blossom tree in the middle of the staircase. When it comes to the menu, there’s everything from pork and shrimp bao, to tiger prawn skewers, and roasted meats.
We checked out Kym’s and put it on our Hit List.
If, like most humans with a pulse, you love kebabs and nice booze, then get excited. This new kebab house is serving traditional Persian food to the people of Soho in a rustic Tehran-esque space. Think beef short-rib, aubergine stew, and crispy potato all wrapped up inside a kebab.
We checked out Berenjak and put it on our Hit List.
Like the sound of an eight-hour pork shoulder taco with burnt pineapples? Well then, this new Brixton spot should be on your radar. It’s a small restaurant, but there’s tacos, there’s margaritas, and there’s homemade salsa.
This Italian cafe and basement bar in Brixton will be serving up small plates of meatballs, ragus, pastas, and snacks like fried olives with goat’s cheese by day, and pretty much every cocktail you can think of come nighttime. At the weekends they’re open till 2am, and there’s a ‘showtime brunch’ every Saturday where £50 will get you a hearty brunch and, er, a show. Intriguing.
In keeping with the restaurant name, the menu at this upmarket Italian-French spot in Notting Hill is divided into character traits. Starters like crispy veal sweetbread are ‘curious’, the meat dishes are ‘robust’, desserts such as a salted caramel chocolate cake are ‘greedy’, and the cheese platter falls under ‘strong’. Obviously. If you’re not quite sure whether your character is more ‘subtle’ or ‘delicate’ then they have a tasting menu for £78.
We checked out Charactere and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Just off of Oxford Street is a new all day brasserie, that looks like the set of a Cold War classic, or in the best possible way, where the Godfather goes for brunch. There’s lots of gold detailing, mahogany walls, and tan leather booths, and there’s also seafood spaghetti, grown-up pizza, and negronis.
Fancy some pisco? Of course you do. This new restaurant on Great Eastern Street, is bringing Peruvian classics with an Asian twist to Shoreditch. As well as dishes like sea bass ceviche with wasabi tiger’s milk, there are also some fairly affordable tasting menus for lunch (£35), brunch (£25), and dinner (£45). Oh, and lots of cocktails involving pisco too.
We checked out Pachamama and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
We’re pretty into the original Pergola Paddington and their other outdoor spot, The Prince. Now they’ve brought their market-esque street food fun to Olympia. This time there’s even better views, room for a casual five hundred people, and enough foliage to think you’ve died and gone to Eden. Patty And Bun (burgers), Claw (modern seafood), and Passo (pizza) will be taking care of all things food related.
Why just have a collection of gold medals, when you can have gold medals and your own Jamaican restaurant? Usain Bolt is running (mind the pun guys) this restaurant in Shoreditch, and there’s a whole lot of food on offer, from jerk chicken, to steamed fish, to lentil salads. There’s also an entirely awe-inspiring selection of rum, and plenty of cocktails at the bar.
Two Lights is a cosy, little neighbourhood spot in Shoreditch serving up seasonal small plates. There’s things like sardine katsu sandwich, mussels, and grilled short rib on the menu.
We checked out Two Lights and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Milk Beach is a cafe and wine bar in Queen’s Park. It’s got a daily brunch until 4pm, and small plates like beef cheek pappardelle and cheeky chicken rice after 6. There’s also a wine bar where you can drink in or take a bottle home with you.
Jolene is a coffee place, bakery, and all-day restaurant on Newington Green from the people behind local restaurant scene stalwarts, Westerns Laundry and Primeur. The focus is on simple ingredients, natural wine, and baked goods.
We checked out Jolene and put it on our Hit List.
Chelsea has got itself a brand new upmarket Indian spot, focused on grilled fish, meat, and vegetables. Expect everything from an octopus and tandoori calamari starter, to duck breast with coriander, chutney and jaitooni naan. There’s also a cocktail list inspired by Hindu philosophy, and dessert options like a chilli chocolate mousse bomb.
Tupi opened their first restaurant in Peckham last year. Now they’ve opened up a second all day cafe in Elephant & Castle. The menu changes regularly, but if you imagine eggy bottomless brunches, Brazilian mains, and plenty of cachaca cocktails, you’ll be thinking in the right direction.
Fried chicken experts Chick ‘n’ Sours have opened a third spot on Upper Street in Islington. There’ll be some of their menu classics like the chicken toast (prawn toast, but you know, with chicken), and some new dishes, like the entirely pun-tastic Seoul Destroyer Sandwich, which is a beast of a burger full of fried thigh, nacho cheese and Korean schmaltz). As the name implies there are also those sour cocktails.
We checked out Chick ‘N’ Sours and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Kaki is a big Chinese spot at the Kings Cross end of Caledonian Road. The space itself looks pretty minimalistic, but the menu definitely isn’t, with everything from spicy frog legs, braised trotters in brown sauce, to steamed scallops with glass noodles. Also, if you like to think of yourself as a chef (but have zero talent and a pathological fear of chopping onions), then there’s also the excitement of having your own hotplates on the larger tables for the wok-style dishes.
Fish and chippie, The Chipping Forecast (wahey) of Notting Hill has opened a second spot on Greek Street in Soho. As well as the classics they’re also serving up some modern takes, like crab mac ‘n’ cheese and beer battered Cornish fish. There’s also a pretty good selection of wines, beer, and classic cocktails.
We checked out The Chipping Forecast and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
The new brasserie in the Corinthia Hotel in Westminster is all about the classics, like fish and chips with pease pudding, lobster thermidor, and a crab vol-au-vent with a crab bisque. There’s also a big rotisserie bar for roasting large joints of meat, and a stand-alone bar for getting drunk on cocktails.
We checked out Kerridge's and put it on our Hit List.
If you love chips more than your own mother, then get excited. This new spot in Soho is serving chips and only chips, but it’s serving them in pretty much every conceivable way there is to eat this humble side. There’s potato or sweet potato, a choice of 10 different toppings, over 40 sauces, and several vegan options. It’s mostly a takeaway situation, but there is some seating.
Chinatown has got itself a brand new Filipino ice cream spot. There’s 20 flavours to choose from, including their speciality ube (a purple filipino yam) flavour. Be prepared to ooh and ahh over everything from the pink interiors to the ube spilling doughnuts. There’s also bilogs, an ice cream stuffed milk bun that basically cries out for its own Pinterest worship group.
Ever dreamed of a ‘press for pisco’ button? Well, the people behind Bone Daddies heard your dream, and have opened up a second, much bigger Flesh and Bones in Fitzrovia. There’s still their izakaya favourites (the crispy piglet belly), and also some new dishes with Peruvian touches (hello, shellfish ceviche).
We checked out Flesh & Buns and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
The kebab pros behind Le Bab (in Soho) have opened up in Covent Garden, but this time, all of the kebabs are under a tenner. Nice. Maison Bab will be serving their modern take on classic kebabs from a ten-seater chef’s table, where you can watch them slice and dice the seasonal ingredients. There’s also the option for takeaway and delivery.
We checked out Maison Bab and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Sell-out supper club Little Kolkata have made things permanent in Covent Garden. The menu features a lot of Calcuttan classics at affordable prices, starting at £6.50 per dish. The cocktail list is also inspired by Bengali flavours, including a Saffron Spritz.
We checked out Little Kolkata and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Ever fancied drinking a cocktail out of a camera lens? Of course you have, you’re an artiste. Luckily, that’s exactly what you can get at this large all-day brasserie on Old Compton Street. They’re serving up modern British food, like pressed pork belly and truffle roast chicken, and cocktails inspired by Soho legends. Expect a pop-art painting or two as well.
We checked out Old Compton Brasserie and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
This New York dim sum institution has brought its dumplings over to Covent Garden, including their ‘pac-man’ prawn shrimp dumplings, and larger dishes like yellow vegetable curry. It’s walk-ins only, but there are two floors, a couple of large sharing tables, and plenty of booths.
We checked out Red Farm and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Genesis are serving international takes on classic American diner food. They’ve got banh mi hot dogs, fried avocado tacos, milkshakes, and soft serve. But, plot twist, everything at this new spot on Commercial Road is vegan and completely organic, and the restaurant itself is all pink booths, neon lighting, and cute cacti.
The Goods Office is a cosy neighbourhood spot with exposed brick aplenty, offering the folk of Stroud Green everything from coffee, to craft beer, to snacks. As well as light bites like beef shin croquetas, they’re also serving sharing boards and affordable small plates, like buttermilk fried chicken with paprika mayo.
1251 is a new modern British spot on Upper Street, with some Scottish and West Indies influences thrown in. Think pork, but with blood pudding and turnip kimchi. The menu has everything from a huge goat sharing board to mid-afternoon snacks, like confit cauliflower or a smoked kipper toastie. There’s also a small terrace and a very tidy five course tasting menu for £40.
We checked out 1251 and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Alphabet was a Soho institution for fifteen years before they closed five years ago. They’ve moved to Islington for take two, with a suave 150 seater on Upper Street. There’s a casual 33 cocktail options, Mediterranean sharing plates, and at the weekend they’re open from 9am (serving some seriously eggy brunch options) until 1am (yup, booze, booze and more booze).
We checked out Alphabet and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Crispin are serving reinvented British classics from morning to night, from a space in Spitalfields that looks like a Scandinavian spaceship with a kite inspired geometric pointed roof. Their seasonal menu currently lists a cheddar, n’duja and jalapeno toastie for lunch, and pork belly and natural wines for dinner.
We checked out Crispin and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
BabaBoom are bringing their cooked over coal kebabs to Upper Street and they’ve got you covered whether you want meaty 24-hour marinated mutton shoulder or, the vegan coal fired cauliflower and sweet potato hummus. If for some reason, entirely unknown to us, you’re not into kebabs there’s also nibbles like crispy squid, sticky sumac wings, or ‘BoomBox’ salad options.
This new Italian spot in Mayfair first opened its doors in Milan three years ago. There’s cocktails, a pizza oven, upscale pasta (see, paccheri al ragu), and fresh ingredients delivered from Italy daily.
Borealis is a new Nordic inspired restaurant in Borough. Expect modern Scandi interiors, and plenty of smorrebrod.
We checked out Borealis and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
We can only presume that the team behind this new Dalston restaurant and cocktail bar named it Screwdriver because ‘We Grill Everything, Absolutely Everything’ was already taken. They’re serving tapas dishes inspired by the Basque country, grilling everything from lamb chops to potato bravas. On Sundays there’s a surf ‘n’ turf plancha for £16 a head, including a carafe of wine, grilled prawns, and all the trimmings.
Through The Woods is a supper club turned permanent restaurant in Crouch End. It’s all very intimate with only 16 seats, a small changing menu and dinner served at 8pm sharp.
Chiringuito are bringing that salt-air beach feel to a building that was once a public toilet. It’s right next to Bethnal Green station, it has a roof terrace, and the menu is full of all the Spanish specials you know and love, as well as pizzas, and a long cocktail list. There’s also a breakfast menu offered from 7am on weekdays.
The Belrose is a classic pub in Belsize Park. Not content with being a proper boozer, it’s also an Italian restaurant. As you’d expect there’s plenty of drink choices, including their own IPA. There’s also a large south-facing beer garden.
We checked out The Belrose and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Tish is a 160-seater all-day kosher restaurant in Belsize Park with 15-foot ceilings, chandeliers, a terrace, and a marble clad bar. It’s open 7am till late, with specialities ranging from European classics (such as confit duck) to Jewish family favourites. There’s also a children’s menu, and plenty of drink options. And every Friday night there’s a prix fixe shabbat menu.
Kensington has got itself a brand new, two-floor modern restaurant. Think robata grilled octopus and slow cooked lamb tacos, cocktails, lots of marble, botanical artwork, and enough velvet seating to make Lawrence Llewlyn-Bowen jealous.
We checked out Zuaya and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
The 19th century Pitzhanger Manor and Gallery in Walpole Park in Ealing has got a new cafe and restaurant. They’re growing as many of their own ingredients as possible for their modern European menu, and also serving up breakfasts like summer pea on toast with feta.
This Kentish Town spot have headed east to open their second steakhouse. The menu isn’t just your usual slap, bang steak situation, they serve everything from a half pint of fried oysters to a spiced sweet potato with coconut yoghurt side. They have weeknight offers for a cheap hit of quality steak, and, predictably, pretty extensive beer options.
We checked out Beef And Brew and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Earlier this year the team behind Lady Of The Grapes started a crowdfunding campaign to bring about an organic wine bar that focuses on female winemakers. Now, they’ve opened with an 80 bottle strong wine list and a menu of southern French classics. Their small Covent Garden space will also be home to takeaway wines and French cheeses.
We checked out Lady Of The Grapes and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
The original Frog, a casual fine dining spot that we were quite big fans of, has moved from an alley near Brick Lane to Hoxton Square. Everything’s getting capital B-Big, with a three-entrance, 60 seater restaurant and 100 seater bar. The dishes are getting bigger too, with more of a focus on large sharing plates.
We checked out The Frog and put it on our Hit List.
Boxcar is a bakery, store, deli, independent butchers, grill joint and seasonal British restaurant in Marylebone. Weekdays they’re open 8am - 10pm, the lunch menu is affordable (for the area), and they do a £19 roast on Sundays.
We checked out Boxcar and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Salt beef sandwich spot Tongue And Brisket are opening their third location on Goodge Street. They’re serving soups, salads, pecan pie, and their sandwiches, to eat in or takeaway.
This swanky, multi-level 170-seater in Westfield London is serving everything from goji berry granola and flat whites for breakfast, to confit duck leg and maple syrup old fashioneds in the evening. There are booths, bar dining, a large alfresco terrace, resident DJs at the weekend, a statement bar, and cocktails.
We checked out Maple and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Three siblings have completely gutted and revamped their father’s Thai restaurant in London Bridge. They’ve got a long dinner menu with dishes like curry pork belly, traditional green curry, king prawn pad thai for £12.50, and they’re also open for lunch.
We checked out Kin+Deum and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Akira is a high-end robatayaki and sushi restaurant on the first floor of the new cultural centre, Japan House on Kensington High Street. Expect beautiful bento boxes, an open kitchen with a rotata grill, rice cooked in donabe clay pots and pricy sushi, like wagyu beef with truffle and cheese or sea urchin with tosa jelly. There’s also a sleek bar with a big old drinks menu, including a rare sake that’s a casual £180 per bottle.
We checked out Akira and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
The team behind Kitty Fisher’s are bringing their particular breed of sophistication to Covent Garden, with another courtesan inspired restaurant. It’s slightly cheaper than its sister restaurant in Mayfair and the menu of British classics will be served over two floors.
We checked out Cora Pearl and put it on our Hit List.
The third branch of Megan’s, has the same home-county, rustic feel as their previous locations. The menu stretches from all-day eggy brunch and super smoothies, to open kebabs and espresso martinis. Expect a lot of flowers, fairy lights, and plaid tablecloths.
This London Bridge spot has an open kitchen with a wood fired grill to cook the ‘frango’. That’s piri piri chicken in Portuguese. You’re welcome. With a rustic setting and lots of foliage, you can sit at the bar or at communal tables. There’s also talk of a secret candlelit bar, but we couldn’t possibly speculate.
We checked out Casa Do Frango and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Westfield London has got itself a Japanese foodhall. And, boy is it a big one. There’s 200 seats, and a vast array of Japanese street food.
We checked out Ichiba and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Yolk Breaker could very well be your dad’s signature dance move. Alas, it’s actually the first permanent home to a former street food stall. As you might have guessed, this place is all about eggs. Their small Camden spot serves made to order egg sandwiches, including their signature Yolk Breaker sandwich with scrambled eggs, caramelised onions, Sriracha mayo, and Red Leicester cheese, for £8.
The Sood Family - who up until June occupied a spot in the Spitalfields Kitchens - have teamed up with Bottles and Battles, to bring a quality 50 seater wine bar to Old Spitalfields Market. The dishes match up to specific wines from different regions, including octopus tortellini and beef carpaccio. There’s also a small terrace at the market entrance.
We checked out Bottles and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
French brasserie or American diner for dinner? Carte Blanche in Hackney doesn’t make you choose. Think oysters with maple bacon, deep fried duck with foie gras, and truffle cheeseburgers.
Another proper pizzeria from Naples has set up shop in London, this time just off of Trafalgar Square. There’s a huge pizza oven. There’s a lot of marble. There’s wine from the Campania region. There’s a whole host of delicious pizza toppings to choose from. And, there’s a lot of high-hydration dough. Whatever that means.
This casual spot on Deptford High Street has a Cuban-themed courtyard to drink local brews in. By day, they’re serving brunch favourites like overnight oats and open sandwiches. By night, it’s all about the meze, local cured meats, and cocktails.
Gazelle is all about sophistication. It is in Mayfair after all. The downstairs serves locally sourced modern European sharing plates. The upstairs serves modern takes on classic cocktails, including a rhubarb negroni.
Sarona is serving modern middle-eastern cuisine from a minimalistic space in Clerkenwell. Their seasonal menu has everything from a Moroccan English breakfast, to prawn kebabs, hummus masabacha, as well as Israeli wines. Be warned, they’re closed at the weekend.
If you’ve resolved to sample every handmade pasta in London for ‘scientific purposes’, then this is one to add to your list. Bancone are serving affordable fresh pasta in Covent Garden, with dishes like a slow cooked 10-hour oxtail ragu with pappardelle for £9. There’s a few leather booths and some intimate (small) tables, but there’s also plenty of counter dining at the open kitchen.
We checked out Bancone and put it on our Hit List.
This suave new Chelsea restaurant’s M.O. is bar and grill. We’re talking confit salmon with goats curd, and Welsh Rarebit on the brunch menu. They can seat over 100 diners and take bookings for groups of 20 and over.
Morso is a new spot in St John’s Wood serving a whole bunch of grappa cocktails, as well as handmade fresh pasta starting at six quid and small Italian sharing plates, like beef carpaccio and seared tuna.
We checked out Morso and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
This French restaurant hailing from New York has branches around the world, and now a spot in Mayfair too. It’s a large space with blue velvet sofas, chandeliers, and art aplenty. Perfect if you’re looking for material to debate over a £34 truffle oil pizza.
The Field is all about ‘casual plant based dining’. There’s a tiny dinner menu of five dishes, including their dessert offering, but, if you’re based in Hackney, the £6 lunch menu has a lot more to choose from. There’s also outdoor seating.
The Lebanese Bakery are casually popping across a continent to bring their Beirut dishes to Covent Garden. The small seating area is all about monochrome and marble. Their flatbreads start at £4.50 and there’s both sweet or savoury to choose from.
We checked out The Lebanese Bakery and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Boutique Covent Garden hotel, Henrietta, was previously home to a restaurant we loved. That’s gone now. But a more informal restaurant with a focus on Southern France and Northern Spain has popped up in its place.
We checked out Henrietta and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Rovi is a new spot in Fitzrovia from the masterminds behind Nopi and the Ottolenghi empire. As with their other restaurants they’re serving items from a vegetable-focussed menu.
We checked out Rovi and put it on our Hit List.
Kricket started off as an Indian small plates spot at POP Brixton before opening in Soho. Now they’re back in Brixton with another permanent address beneath the railway arches.
Bob’s Lobster Wine Bar and Kitchen does what it says on the tin, at their new 55-seater London Bridge spot.
New York-import, By Chloe has opened another branch at One Tower Bridge. The vegan menu continues to take on classic British dishes, fast food style.
Modern Turkish dining comes to Fitzrovia from the the people behind Oklava in Shoreditch.
We checked out Kyseri and put it on our Hit List.
Street food specialists The Donostia Social Club, opened their first restaurant in Tooting last year. Now they have another in Deptford serving wines, sherries, cheese, ham, and a small selection of other tapas.
This Victoria Park spot features British staples ordered by the number of people in your group.
Ruya is serving a contemporary take on Anatolian cuisine in their new Mayfair restaurant.
We checked out Ruya and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Singapore curry puff specialist Old Chang Kee have set up shop in Covent Garden.
We were big fans of the original Native over in Covent Garden. That site has closed down, and now they’re serving their best of British foraged foods and homegrown produce in a bigger and brighter space in Southwark.
We checked out Native and put it on our Hit List.
Crepes and Cones is a Croydon diner created by rap duo Krept and Konan.
Pop up laksa bar, Sambal Shiok, have set up a permanent 40-seater restaurant on the Holloway Road.
We checked out Sambal Shiok and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
New City spot Brigadiers is the latest restaurant from the people behind Gymkhana and Hoppers. There’s a decadent dining room, a bar, the other bar, an alfresco terrace, and a pool room. Inspired by the army mess bars of India, the food focuses on differing methods of Indian BBQ.
We checked out Brigadiers and put it on our Hit List.
New Shoreditch spot, St. Leonard’s, is a spacious restaurant with a casual bar area. They have an ice bar serving clams, a fire hearth serving pork jowl, and a 200-strong wine list that includes 50 bottles for under £50.
We checked out St Leonards and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
This Canonbury bar is a one stop shop for all things wine, and a small menu of ‘eat-me-with-wine’ dishes.
We checked out Vins and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
This new family-owned spot in Aldgate is all about charcoal grilled Argentinian beef. Whether you’re after rump, rib-eye, sirloin, or fillet, you can watch the chefs cook up your food at their rustic open kitchen. There’s also a lunch menu with steak sandwiches.
Following on from branches in Shoreditch and Piccadilly, Andina Notting Hill is twofer. There’s a picanteria (the restaurant) and, next-door, a panaderia (a bakery). The restaurant is a big open space that can seat 40, with lots of Peruvian touches. The menu is a combo of small plates, like the purple corn tamales with sweet kale pesto, to more hearty options like the Hereford Sirloin steak.
We checked out Andina Notting Hill and put in on our Hit List.
Mother Clucker has been serving fried chicken out of a converted wartime ambulance for a while, but now they finally have a permanent home in Exmouth Market. The menu still revolves around their classic recipe of tea brined, buttermilk soaked, twice-battered fried chicken.
We checked out Mother Clucker and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Bucket’s concept is simple. A laidback Notting Hill diner serving sustainably sourced seafood, by the bucketful. They also serve smaller dishes.
We checked out Bucket and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Soho has a new sophisticated pizza bar serving classic pasta dishes and thin-crust pizzas, all available until 3am from Thursday to Saturday.
We checked out Cecconi’s Pizza Bar and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
This is the third restaurant in the Temper family. It shifts the mini-chain’s focus from the BBQ and curries on offer in their Soho and City spots, to wood fired pizzas, ragu, and charcuterie.
We checked out Temper Covent Garden and put it on our Hit List.
Inko Nito is a robatayaki specialising in a kind of Japanese/Korean fusion. The large Broadwick Street space is set up for casual countertop dining, and the menu offers salads, hot sharing plates, and meat, fish, and vegetables cooked on the robata grill.
We checked out Inko Nito and put it on our Hit List.
Neptune is a seafood and low-intervention wine focussed restaurant attached to the newly renovated Principal hotel in Bloomsbury. There’s also an oyster bar.
The Duke of Richmond is a restored pub in Hackney with a modest space for 30 diners, serving French bistro inspired food. There’s noi sharing plates here, it’s a starter-mains-dessert kind of place, although there is also bar menu featuring, among other things, a cheese burger for under a tenner, crispy pig’s ears, and Toulouse sausages.
We checked out The Duke of Richmond and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Jones Family Kitchen at the new Eccleston Yards looks similar to the Shoreditch spot, but it’s a bit more Belgravia. The centrepiece of their menu is still steak, and there’s also cocktails, a separate brunch menu, and a large courtyard.
Stem is a new restaurant in Mayfair, just off Regent Street, offering a seasonal British menu which is available both a la carte, and as a £60, five course taster menu. The taster menu is available for both lunch and dinner, and so is the 100+ bottle wine list.
The Hero of Maida is a newly refurbished pub in Maida Vale, offering a bar menu combining British favourite such as sausage rolls and ham hock, with the best of classic French bistro food. Think fish soup, or sausage with aligot.
We checked out The Hero of Maida and put in on our Hit List.
Lina Stores is one of London’s best known Italian delicatessens. They’ve been selling Italian produce and freshly made pasta from their Soho store since 1944, and they’ve finally opened a restaurant over on Greek Street. There’s a good variety of antipasti and pasta on the menu, and diners can sit at a classy looking counter that looks like it belongs in a 50s ice cream parlour.
We checked out Lina Stores and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Alpes is a new spot at Pop Brixton specialising in molten cheese. There’s raclette, fondue, and all the things you’re going to want to smother with or dip in that cheese - namely, potatoes.
Sargeant’s Mess is the new restaurant at the Tower of London. This means it has a terrace with views towards the river, Tower Bridge, and the Tower itself. The all-day menu is a tour of the UK, from London smoked salmon to Haggis Scotch eggs. Also, Yorkshire pudding is a feature of their snacks and small plates menu. Get your head around that.
The Coal Office might sound like the kind of place you visited on a particularly rubbish school trip to find out about the industrial revolution, but it’s actually a mediterranean/middle-eastern inspired restaurant from the people behind The Palomar. This 160 seater in King’s Cross, is serving small plates, including something called ‘plate for the brave’ (no idea), and big plates like sea bass fillet with Israeli couscous.
We checked out The Coal Office and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden has opened two new restaurants. The Petersham is a formal kind of situation in peaceful surroundings.
We checked out The Petersham and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
La Goccia is the second of Petersham Nurseries two new restaurants. It’s a sharing plates sort of place, so far more casual than The Petersham, and the small plates each weigh in around the £8 mark.
We checked out La Goccia and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Cornerstone is a new restaurant in Hackney Wick serving dishes made for sharing in a clean, minimal setting. The focus is on British produce with a leaning toward seafood and simplicity.
We checked out Cornerstone and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Tortilleria Pastor is a new tacos spot from the people behind El Pastor in the Borough. This one’s in Bermondsey - just adjacent to Maltby Street - and, as well as doing tacos to eat in (at around £6 for two), there’s a shop where you can buy everything you need to make your own when you get home.
Brown’s is a posh hotel on Albemarle Street in Mayfair. Beck is the chef running its new restaurant. That’s why they’ve named it Beck at Brown’s, and despite being in a setting that’s oh-so-English, the food looks to be classic Italian.
Maos is a fourteen seater chef’s table in Shoreditch where the meal will take three hours and the price of entry for the tasting menu is £150.
The people behind Ellory (now closed) have opened a wine bar and restaurant in Shoreditch. There are small plates ranging in price from £7 to £17, and a selection of cheese, charcuterie, and snacks. This seems like a wine bar first and restaurant second.
We checked out Leroy and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Hide is a three floor restaurant in St James’s. The three separate areas are ‘Ground’, an all-day restaurant with a vast menu ranging from oysters and flatbreads to spiced quail and date syrup, ‘Above’ where the lunch set menu costs £42 or - if you really want to linger - there’s a nine course tasting menu. Finally, downstairs - or, to call it by its true name ‘Below’ - there’s a cocktail bar and a walk-in wine cellar.
We checked out Hide and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Passyunk Avenue used to be a food truck at Spitalfields specialising in Philly Chesesteaks, but now it’s a permanent fixture in Fitzrovia with a full menu of American favourites like hoagies and Buffalo wings.
London doesn’t have many Burmese restaurants, but after a successful popup in a warehouse last year and a counter at the Kitchens at Spitalfields, Lahpet now has a permanent bricks and mortar restaurant on Bethnal Green Road in Shoreditch. Lahpet is Burmese for pickled and fermented tea, a national speciality, which is available as a main with lamb. There’s also a selection of small plates, bowls, and salads ranging from £5 to £15, and cocktails, beer, and wine to wash it all down.
We checked out Lahpet and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
In case you failed GCSE French, Authentique translates as ‘authentic’. This Kentish Town bar/ shop stocks over 250 wines, and a menu which changes monthly.
We checked out Authentique and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
From the people behind The Cinnamon Club in Westminster, Cinnamon Kitchen is a spin off concept serving contemporary Indian food. This new location joins existing branches in Oxford and in the City. Neither of those has a small terrace overlooking the Thames though.
Mare Street Market is a new food market in a converted warehouse in the heart of Hackney, offering a few sit-down dining and take-away options, including a deli and a bread station.
Freak Scene is a rollercoaster of a song by 90s noise rock darlings, Dinosaur Jr. It’s also a new spot in Soho serving Japanese inspired small plates like miso-grilled black cod taco, chips served with brown butter ponzu, and something called ‘chicken-fried chicken’.
We checked out Freak Scene and put it on our Hit List.
London’s penchant for wine bars and food shows no sign of slowing with Good Neighbour in Camberwell. It’s serving sharing plates, snacks, adorable sounding pizzettes, and a well priced array of cheese and charcuterie boards.
The first restaurant in the UK for the Istanbul based group is situated between Leicester and Trafalgar squares. It serves inexpensive Anatolian specialties like pide, alongside mezze, and meats and fishes from the grill.
Sapling is a neighbourhood wine bar and restaurant in Dalston with a wide selection of wines, all available by the glass. Food options include cured meats, fish and cheeses from the ‘larder’ section of the menu, plus an ever changing offering of seasonal small plates. They’ll also be serving coffee in the afternoons from May.
We checked out Sapling and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
The Venezuelan specialists from Haggerston have opened a second branch on Paradise Row in Bethnal Green. They’re serving an extended menu, and nothing is priced over a tenner, from the arepas and cachapas, to Venezuelan classics like pabellon.
Abd El Wahab is a Lebanese restaurant in Belgravia, with a menu designed for sharing.
We checked out Abd El Wahab and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Welsh food plays a big part in Brat, a new restaurant from the former head chef of Mayfair’s Kitty Fisher’s. The wood panelled spot in Shoreditch is dominated by a charcoal grill which is used to cook whole turbots and huge 1kg+ cuts of steak.
We checked out Brat and put it on our Hit List.
We’d assumed Ham was named after the ‘ham’ in West Hampstead, but apparently it’s ye olde English for home. It serves modern British cuisine - things like pumpkin and buttermilk tart with basil and yuzu, which is not the sort of thing we often eat in our home.
Somerset House is best known for housing art gallery, the Courtauld Institute, and sometimes an ice rink. Now it’s also home to Welsh chef Bryn Williams, whose new restaurant puts British produce - particularly fruit and veg - centre stage.
This Upper Street spot makes the third London location for tonktosu ramen specialist Kanada-Ya, which has been serving their 18 hour pork bone broth in Piccadilly and Covent Garden for a while now.
Purezza says that their Brighton spot was the first vegan pizza joint in the UK. They’re now serving their animal-free pizzas in Camden. Pizzas such as ‘cheesus’ - topped with four non-dairy cheeses - are available on gluten free bases, as well as those of sour dough and hemp flour varieties.
Scully is a new place in St James’s from the former head chef at Nopi. There’s plenty on the menu to keep your vegetarian and vegan friends nourished, and cocktails and natural wines complete the offering.
We checked out Scully and put in on our Hit List.
Randy’s started life as a pop-up and then took over a permanent spot in the former Press Centre at the Olympic Park in Stratford. The Aldgate branch serves wings in a variety of styles, from the usual - like Kansas, Buffalo and Gangham - to Moroccan to Vietnamese, as well as burgers and loaded fries.
We checked out Randy’s Wing Bar and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Zia Lucia is a restaurant on the Holloway Road (kind of near the Arsenal stadium) offering four wood fired pizzas made of four different types of dough.
Forest Bar and Kitchen does exactly what it says on the tin. It’s a wine bar and small plates restaurant in Walthamstow, from the people behind the bottle shop down the road.
Dalston yakitori specialists Jidori have moved into a Covent Garden townhouse where they’re serving their Japanese skewers as well as a broader selection of large and small plates. There’s also a private karaoke room downstairs for when you feel like singing.
Dip in Brilliant is a new restaurant in Fulham serving Punjabi food in a casual café setting.
The plant-based comfort food specialist from New York is now in Covent Garden serving vegan takes on British favourites. Think about shepherds pie, fish and chips, and sticky toffee pudding - all animal free.
From the same people as Korean mini-chain On The Bab, On The Dak is a fried chicken specialist in Covent Garden.
Sabor is a new Spanish spot in Mayfair with a counter restaurant and bar serving tapas downstairs, and El Asador upstairs, a separate area with specialities from Galicia and Castile prepared on a wood fired oven.
We checked out Sabor and put it on our Hit List.
Neapolitan Pizza specialists Santa Maria are spreading way east of their original Ealing branch with this new spot on New Cavendish Street.
We checked out Santa Maria and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
A Tooting location for the Taiwanese bao specialists behind Mr Bao in Peckham. They’re also serving cocktails and a bottomless brunch.
Taking the spot formerly occupied by The Manor, Sorella is an Italian restaurant in Clapham serving dishes inspired by the Amalfi coast.
The Spread Eagle claims to be London’s first totally vegan pub. From Thursday to Sunday they’re serving plant-based tacos and things by Club Mexicana.
Claw is a seafood specialist in Soho’s Kingly Court serving an all day menu, as well as a 12-5pm street food menu. Items like crab fries and fish ringer rolls are available to eat in or take away.
We checked out Claw and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Kudu is a sophisticated-looking but inexpensive restaurant in Peckham making South African inflected snacks, small plates, and medium plates - all made for sharing.
We checked out Kudu and put it on our Hit List.
Kettner’s used to be the most decadently o.t.t. Pizza Express in Soho, but now it’s been taken over by the Soho House group which is serving traditional French food in its traditional dining room. They’re also serving champagne in the champagne bar.
A French bistro menu is being served at this elegant refurbishment of a traditional 18th century pub in Farringdon. They’ve retained the public bar, but made two distinct dining areas - one upstairs, one in a nice looking conservatory at the back. There’s also a small garden.
We checked out The Coach and put it on our Hit List.
Downstairs at The Palomar’s refurbished pub The Blue Posts, Evelyn’s Table is an intimate kitchen counter for 14 people serving southern European food in a casual setting.
We checked out Evelyn’s Table and put it on our Hit List.
Chimichurris (or Chimis) is a new Argentinian grill in Southwark serving lots of meat and lots of fish.
We checked out Chimichurris and wrote about it in our Ride-Along Report
Llerena is a new tapas bar in Islington. Specialising in products and dishes from the west of Spain, there’s a particular focus on jamon.
We checked out Llerena and put it on our Hit List.
A second location for Dalston Jamaican restaurant Rudie’s. Tapas style portions of Caribbean favourites like jerk chicken, curry goat and roti wraps are served, and there’s plenty of seating up on Boxpark’s first floor.
By day, Stockwell Continental is a café from the people behind nearby Anchor and Hope. At meal times it specialises in Roman style pizza.
Roganic is a Marylebone restaurant serving a seasonal menu sourced from the chef’s Cumbria farm. The fine-dining menu is available in three sizes, with the kind of wine pairings you’d expect of a restaurant like this.
We checked out Roganic and wrote a review.
The Soho location of Stoke Newington brunch specialist The Good Egg is its second branch. It serves a middle-eastern influenced all-day menu alongside drinks inspired by Tel-Aviv.
At the base of Old Street roundabout’s White Collar Factory, Nuala is a sleek dining room with a wood fire, an Anglo-Irish menu, and a cosy downstairs bar.
The people behind The Palomar have renovated a pub a few doors down on Rupert Street, turning it into three distinct venues. The upstairs Mulwray is a tiny lounge bar while the pub is even tinier, serving bar food like sausage rolls and sandwiches.
We checked out The Blue Posts and put it on our Hit List.
Indian Accent is a new restaurant in Mayfair, serving modern reinterpretations of traditional Indian food and flavours. You can do the chef’s tasting menu for £80, although there are less involving options, including £25/30 two and three course set lunches.
Duddell’s is a high-end Cantonese and dim sum restaurant. This London Bridge spot is their first outside of Hong Kong, and is located in a spectacularly converted church.
A second branch for the people behind the always popular udon specialist in Soho. This one’s in the new Bloomberg building, and serves breakfast as well as lunch and dinner.
We checked out Koya Bar City and put it on our Hit List.
Londrino is a large and airy restaurant on Snowfields near London Bridge specialising in Portuguese inspired seafood dishes. It also has separate bar menu.
We checked out Londrino and wrote a review.
Parsons in Covent Garden is an 18-seater restaurant from the people behind popular Endell Street wine bar The Ten Cases. The focus is on seafood, with potted shrimp croquettes and lobster mash amongst the many eye-catching menu items. As you’d expect, there is a large selection of wines available by the glass and carafe.