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.
Like pretending you have the money to live in a house in Notting Hill? Of course you do. Cocktail bar, The Little Yellow Door have set up a permanent home in Notting Hill, with a premise that it’s a trendy flat share you Whatsapp with to make a ‘booking’. If you’re hungry, there’s also the option of homemade fish tacos, pork belly bao, house tartare on toast, and many other dishes.
Originally from Porto Cervo in Italy, this seafood spot in Marylebone has got warm Mediterranean interiors and big prices.
The people behind Pidgin in Hackney have opened Casa Fofo - a neighbourhood, tasting menu restaurant, also in Hackney. They’ve got natural wines, a more low-key snack menu, and an outdoor garden space out back.
Dalston pop-up Mao Chow have found a permanent home at a little hole-in-the-wall spot in London Fields. The menu is all all vegan, with dishes like black charcoal jiaozi, baozi, and liangfen. Also, it’s walk-ins only. And BYOB.
Old Street has a new American diner with a twist. Harlem Soul is serving classics like dirty burgers, waffles, and fried chicken. You’ll also find tacos, vegan dishes, and a braised short rib crumpet here. Expect graffiti covered walls, loud music, and weekly events in their underground venue.
Bun House has made quite the journey. All the way from Soho to… Soho. Their new location on Lisle Street in Chinatown is bigger but they’re still all about Cantonese buns, Hong Kong craft beers, and tea-based cocktails.
The Gate have been serving vegetarian and vegan food since the 80s. Now, they’ve opened a fourth site in St John’s Wood and they’re bringing their menu of plant-based dishes along. Expect mains like wild mushroom risotto cake, their beetroot cheese burger, as well as plant-based breakfasts from 8am.
This tiny 15 seater sushi spot is bringing high-end sushi to the former BBC TV Centre in White City.
This new spot at the top of Richmond Hill is doing a bit of everything. And when we say a bit of everything we mean it. You can find everything from turf-to-table dining, dirty burgers for lunch, vegan dinners, creative cocktails, a sophisticated dining room, as well as a more casual and cosy area. There’s also a big terrace overlooking the hill.
Mayfair has a new casual Indian restaurant - from the founder of Dum Biryani - with a menu focused on regional dishes from the city of Lucknow in northern India. Expect kebabs, gosht barrah lamb chops, biryanis, and a selection of curries.
The people behind cool upmarket Soho tapas spot Rambla, have opened another Spanish restaurant, but this time in the City. Their new spot in Aldgate will have a similar menu of traditional dishes like paella and suckling pig, as well as some new takes on classics, but the same chill feel.
American chain The Halal Guys has come to Leicester Square, and they’ve brought their menu of chicken and beef gyro wraps and platters with them. There are sides like falafel, hummus, and baba ganouj to get involved with too, but be warned, it’s takeaway only.
Pizza, pasta, and daily seasonal plates - that’s what this new daytime Milan-inspired spot in Angel is all about. As well as serving affordable cooked breakfasts, they also do veal, parma ham, and goat’s cheese sandwiches for lunch, and classic Italian dishes daily.
A Pakistani supper club now has a permanent home in White City. Expect specialities from Karachi with dishes like beef bahari kebab, daal, and chicken hara masala.
Soho has a new izakaya spot called Robata, with lots of dishes cooked on a… robata. Think wagyu beef cooked over fresh hay, iberico pluma, and soft shell crab bao. There’s also sashimi, cocktails, and sake pairing.
Fatt Pundit is a new, casual Indo-Chinese spot in Soho. As well as dishes like shredded chilli venison, smoked rabbit wontons, and hakka paneer lettuce cups, you can also expect an all day momo (spicy dumplings) station at the front of the restaurant.
If you know Xi’an Impression then you’ll probably be excited about this new London opening, because the chef behind it has opened another Xi’an region focused restaurant in Bloomsbury. Expect hand-pulled noodles, pot sticker dumplings, signature ‘burgers’, and plenty of other Xi’an traditional classics.
Fitzrovia has a new all day modern Asian cafe, serving everything from pastries and omelette buns for breakfast to a build-your-own lunchbox menu with rice, ginger shoyu chicken, raw slaw, and kimchee jackfruit for lunch.
Bugs Bunny and a cowboy walk into a bar… yeah, that’s all we’ve got. Dead Rabbits Saloon is a new casual burger joint on the Finsbury Park side of Highbury, serving things like heritage blue cheese, duck fat caramelized onions, slow cooked pork belly, and gravy inside their burgers. Expect lots of whisky and lamb pepper fries too.
There’s a new Italian spot on Upper Street and it’s focusing on food from the region of Puglia. That means there’s plenty of home-made pasta, stonebaked pizza, cured meats with fig jam, octopus, and classic negronis.
‘A sausage revolution’ is not an uprising of rural pigs, it’s the slogan of this new restaurant on Upper Street. This casual spot on Upper Street is serving different European takes on gourmet sausage dishes, like a Swiss bratwurst served with purple mustard, pickled cabbage, and honey sourdough.
A lowkey fried chicken pop-up Chipuffalo has got its first permanent location on Brixton’s Market Row. Thunderbird is serving all the chicken shop classics like wings, burgers, and fried chicken buckets, as well as some new takes like salted caramel and smoked salt wings and something called ‘awesome sauce’.
This new spot in Marylebone is kind of a two-for-the-price-of-one restaurant. Upstairs there’s a 10 course tasting menu, fine dining, wasabi caviar, and rose-cured salmon with foie gras. Downstairs is a mildly more casual situation called XR with ‘hands only’ bar snacks and an à la carte menu. Expect some pretty big price tags.
Notting Hill’s latest restaurant, Orasay, is offering up a whole lot of seafood in a grown-up, sophisticated space. There’s also a long wine list with plenty of by the glass and carafe options, and a private dining room.
Madame Pigg is a new neighbourhood restaurant on Kingsland Road. They’re all about locally sourced seasonal British food, a daily changing menu, and big roasts on Sundays.
The Belmond Cadogan Hotel in Chelsea has a new restaurant. As well as a new modern, seasonal British menu. There’s also an afternoon tea available involving cookies, cakes, and a whole lot of chocolate.
Cutting Room is a brand new bar, restaurant, and art space in Fitzrovia. You’ll find things like wagyu beef sliders and smoked mackerel pâté sharing plates on the menu, pieces by the monthly artist on the walls, and late night DJ sets on Saturdays.
Wine, sharing plates, and more wine. That’s what this new spot in Highbury is all about. As well as small plates like burrata and smoked duck rillettes, there’s also charcuterie, and the option to take some of the wines home with you.
The French team behind this new all day Italian trattoria in Shoreditch have already had a lot of success in Paris. Confused? French group. Italian restaurant. Keep up. Expect fresh ingredients from Italy, a ten-level lasagne, negronis with truffle foam, and late night eats from Thursday to Saturday.
Baker Street has a new upmarket Indian restaurant and it’s a big’un. There’s a main dining room, a basement cocktail bar, and a more casual grab-and-go area that will be opening later in the year. Expect traditional South Indian cuisine, a wall of foliage, and some pretty hefty prices.
This Dalston spot’s tagline is ‘A nonna and baba walk into a bar… and opened a restaurant in East London’. Basically, it’s a mash-up of Italian and Japanese dishes, with a daily changing menu, and a Tokyo style bar thrown in for good measure.
Vivi is vintage baby, vintage. This 60s inspired restaurant in Centre Point will be serving modern takes on retro classics like the arctic roll, cauliflower cheese and jelly.
Evolutionary Arts Hackney isn’t a twelve piece whale noise collective in Shoreditch, it’s actually a new concert and event venue that now has an all day restaurant. The menu changes daily, with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. There’s also talk of regular music nights in the restaurant, although there probably won’t be any whale noises involved though.
We checked out Earth Kitchen and put it on our Hit List.
Kulcha means flatbread in Indian. But clearly the people behind this casual Indian spot at Boxpark Wembley saw the chance for a little word-play and jumped at it. There are eat-in options like chicken popcorn masala, lamb biryani, and cocktails, as well as tikka masala grilled sandwiches to go.
The former BBC television centre is now home to W12 studios, a 450 capacity venue that will showcase emerging artists, acoustic sessions, resident DJs, and importantly, two rotating kitchens and a big bar. The opening food traders will be Cue Point (barbecue) and The Piadina Project (handmade Italian street food).
We’re working on a theory that this place is called The Oak because oak trees are bloody huge, as is the new 3,500 square foot space in Battersea. There’s a bar, lounge, restaurant, private dining area, and a mezzanine overlooking everything else, just for good measure. When it comes to the food expect a long menu of sharing plates like scallops on broccoli pesto, beef shin ragu pappardelle, and a range of fresh pizzettas.
Fun fact: Yopo is a jungle tree found in the forests of South America. Here’s another: the Mandrake Hotel in Fitzrovia has a new all-day restaurant. As well as coffee and takeaway fishes, they’re serving upmarket European dishes with South American influences. Think ceviche of sea bass with gooseberries and a blood orange chocolate mousse.
Emilia’s is a fresh, handmade pasta joint at St Katherine’s Docks that has just opened up a second spot in Aldgate. There is alfresco seating, antipasti, and the pasta ranges from a slow cooked bechamel bolognese to a yellowfin tuna fillet rigatoni. If you’re something of a ravioli enthusiast, or just like feeling like a bit of a voyeur, there’s also a window pasta station.
Da Terra is probably what our friends secretly call us when we’re drunk. It’s also the new restaurant inside Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel. They’re mixing Latin American food with Italian touches, and you can expect the long tasting menu to set you back £90.
Yeni is already a pretty popular restaurant in Istanbul. Now you can also get their traditional Turkish dishes in Soho. Expect floral tiles, lots of fish, sour cherry aplenty, and aubergine manti.
Shockingly, this new spot in Hackney is not a steakhouse. We Are Vegan Everything are serving an all-day menu of breakfast classics, takeaway superfood bowls, and a whole host of soya milkshakes.
JinLi is a new Sichuan restaurant in Chinatown. They’ve got a big menu (seriously, think War And Peace page count) with everything from spicy duck tongue, to sweet and sour fish fillets, to griddle cooked frog. There’s also four set menu options ranging from £11.80 to £25.80.
Fried chicken fans, get excited. Popular Taiwanese fried chicken chain has opened their first European location at a small spot in Chinatown. As well as, yes, fried chicken, there’s also a bao take on the chip butty. Intriguing.
Soho has a new all day Scandinavian cafe. By day there’s open sourdough sandwiches, smorrebrod, and plenty of takeaway options. By night there’s Scandinavian sharing platters, smoked salmon pizza, and lingonberry cosmopolitans.
If you’re something of a Poirot, you might have guessed that Beer and Burger serve beer, and burgers. But, there’s also mac balls, a vegan patty, dipping gravy, and many, many beers. Their new fourth spot is in King’s Cross.
France’s oldest tea emporium has popped over the channel to Covent Garden, with a restaurant on the first floor serving tea inspired dishes throughout the day. Picturing a stray PG Tips in your cheeseburger? Think again, the menu is more along the lines of beef tartare with coriander and Lune Rouge tea. There’s also an afternoon tea.
Vegan spot Stem and Glory started out in Cambridge, but their second site has opened at the Barbican, and they’re not doing things by halves. During the week they’re open from 8am until 11pm, and will be serving everything from a ‘VLT’ for breakfast (see what they did there), to yucca ‘ribs’ for dinner. There are also grab-and-go lunch options.
The team behind The Coach and Hero Of Maida has opened a fourth pub, this time in a converted police station in Chiswick. The menu is a mix of British classics with some Mediterranean touches thrown in for good measure.
This Stoke Newington restaurant offers a modern European menu that changes daily. Expect dishes like razor clam and passion fruit ceviche, veal tartare, and pig trotters with skinny fries. Oh, and a wine pairing option too.
A Persian food blogger and author has opened a cafe on Chiswick High Road. There’s Persian noodle soup, there’s lots of spice, and there’s saffron rice pudding.
The new all-day brasserie inside Selfridges has a 24ft crystal encrusted pegasus designed by Damien Hirst. Honestly, that’s over seven meters of mythical beast, we’re officially impressed.
This new cafe in Hanover Square claims to be the ‘ready to wear’ option for Londoners who need healthy food on the go. We don’t know entirely what that means, but we do know that there’s kombucha, coffee, sandwiches, CBD oil, and vegan options on the menu.
Much like Elton John and the emotional punch of a car advert, Spiritland is all about the music. Their original spot in King’s Cross operates as a listening lounge, bar, cafe, restaurant, and recording studio, and their new spot in Royal Festival Hall will be doing all that, with the addition of an oyster bar. They also have a 2am alcohol license and DJs who play at weekends.
This is where they send the tagliatelle that can’t be tamed. We’re kidding. It’s actually a new vegan spot on Upper Street. There’s already a Wild Food Cafe at Neal’s Yard, and this new one has the same menu but is bigger and takes booking.
This new seasonal British restaurant in Fulham is pretty tiny, with just 26 seats. There’s a monthly changing set menu for £40, and some South African touches, like a biltong carpaccio.
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.
We checked out Bao and Bing and put it on our Hit List.
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.