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.
Bright is a new restaurant in London Fields from the people behind Clapton wine-bar and part-time restaurant P. Franco.
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.
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.
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.
Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden has opened two new restaurants. The Petersham is a formal kind of situation in peaceful surroundings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in 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.
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.
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 in 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.
Delamina is a new spot in Marylebone from the team behind Strut & Cluck in Shoreditch. It’s a similar looking menu, full of Middle Eastern influences and ingredients.
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.
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.
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 in 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.
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.
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 in 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 in 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 in on our Hit List.
Chimichurris (or Chimis) is a new Argentinian grill in Southwark serving lots of meat and lots of fish.
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 in 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.
Stockwell Continental is a café by day from the people behind nearby Anchor and Hope. At meal times it specialises in Roman style pizza.
A new neighbourhood restaurant for Notting Hill, 184 Green and Grill offers a plant based all-day menu embellished with meats and fishes prepared on their robata grill.
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 in 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 in 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.