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London’s New Restaurant Openings

The new restaurant openings in London you should know about.

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223 Spots
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Updated May 7th, 2021

Keeping track of London’s new restaurant openings is enough to give any normal person a headache. But we’re not normal. And nor are you. You love finding the latest spot that you simply have to tell your friends about before anyone else does. So do we. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to all the new openings that have caught our eye. Just remember, this isn’t an endorsement, as we haven’t been to all of these places. It’s for you to go and find out what’s what for yourself, so fare forward voyagers.

We’ll be regularly updating this post, and we’ll be adding a note whenever we review a spot, or add it to our guide to the best new restaurants in London, the Hit List.

MAY 2021

081 Pizzeria Peckham

££££ 95A Rye Ln

A Neapolitan pizzeria, with a menu of 12-inch pizzas, as well as things like deep-fried aubergine parmigiana and arancina, and a £5 lunch deal that sounds right up our street, has just opened in Peckham. Actually it’s right up Rye Lane, in Peckham Levels, where it’s now open for collection and delivery until it can open its doors to dine-in customers in May.

APRIL 2021

Schnitzel Forever

££££ 119 Stoke Newington Church St

Schnitzel Forever - while being a phrase we’d very much like to get tattooed on our bodies - is also the name of this new spot in Stoke Newington that specialises in... schnitzel. The menu has every take on the fried dish, from a traditional Austrian veal schnitzel, to things like Cordon Bleu Schnitzel which comes with emmental cheese, ham, and creamy mash potato. While starting off as a ghost kitchen, they’re now open for outdoor dining, and will open for indoor dining on May 17th.

Native @ Browns Courtyard

££££ 39 Brook Street

We rated Native’s Covent Garden spot highly, but then it closed. And then they opened a spot in Southwark which got us in our feels, but then that closed too. Now, they’ve opened a new spot on Mayfair’s Brook Street, in the courtyard of Brown’s new store, which we hope will be around for a while. The menu will have more of the same no-waste, sustainable dining concept with things like fish fillet with seaweed tartar and brown crab rarebit in a brioche, kohlrabi and cucumber ajo blanco, and fried grey oyster mushrooms. They’re open for al fresco dining until they can open for indoor diners on the 17th May.

Brendan The Navigator

££££ 90 Highgate Hill

A new Irish pub has opened its doors - and Guinness taps - on Highgate Hill. Picture this: black pudding scotch eggs, live folk music, and a spacious pub garden.

Hannah Norris


££££ 66 Belsize Lane

This new restaurant in Belsize Village is all about fire. And by that we mean cooking everything over fire, from chargrilled sweet peppers and a whole seabream, to lamb leg skewers and flatbread, most things at this spot will be well-acquainted with the grill. As well as that, you can expect fine wines, apple tarte, and a cute outdoor set-up.


££££ 135 Bishopsgate

The long-anticipated Italian behemoth food hall has finally opened its doors next to Liverpool Street Station. There’s about 42,000 - incidentally its square footage - different things going on here, from a market, to outdoor dining restaurant La Terrazza Di Eataly, to a number of different takeaway situations, to Via Del Dolce (a dessert-only counter). Once indoor dining opens there will be even more choice, with more restaurants inside, bars, a cookery school and, presumably, a burrata-themed hotel and a vineyard-inspired roller coaster at some point in the future.

The Light Restaurant And Bar

££££ 233 High St

Technically a re-opening, this iconic Shoreditch bar inside a former Victorian power station has opened its doors once again, this time under new ownership. Spread over three floors you’ll find a bar and restaurant offering a menu of seasonal British dishes, a cocktail bar, and a dining area and events space up top. It has opened its spacious terrace for outdoor dining, and will be opening for indoor dining on May 17th.


££££ 1 Marylebone Road

Restaurant, flower market, events space, Chameleon, has opened its doors in Marylebone. The Tel Aviv-style sharing plates spot has a garden, and nine greenhouses - each seating between four and 30 people - where guests can order things like zhug, aubergine carpaccio, and shrimp dumplings. As well as a restaurant and flower market, the space will host events like wellness sessions, cinema nights, and dance classes, with the promise of a private members club later on in the year.

The Farrier

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

This new neighbourhood pub in Camden is serving a changing seasonal menu of comfort food. Although it does change, you can expect your British classics like fish and chips, and a Sunday roast with all the trimmings which you can order for one, or to share with a group of up to six people. They’re prepared for British weather, with an outdoor heated terrace which you can book a spot at online.

London Bridge Rooftop

££££ Colechurch House

Do we need another rooftop bar in London? Hell yes. And this spot, as you may have guessed from the name, can be found at London Bridge, on the sixth floor of an office building. Here for the summer months, you can expect 360° views, cocktails, a DJ on the weekends, and double cheese burgers.

Baz & Fred

££££ 71-72 Granville Arcade

The duo behind Baz & Fred have been catering weddings, serving their pizzas in pubs, and even opened a permanent spot in Flat Iron Square. And now, they’ve opened a brand new spot in Brixton Village. Much like their other spot, they’ll be serving classic margheritas as well as toppings like goats cheese and caramelised onion, chorizo and nduja, and truffle mushroom burrata. They have outdoor seating, which is walk-in only.


££££ 46 Fish Street Hill

After their delayed opening, and pivoting to delivery only from their kitchen in Monument, this egg-based grab and go restaurant has finally opened its Fish Street Hill spot for customers. Their all-day menu includes different variations of eggs. Eggs in a burger, eggs in a lettuce taco, eggs in a cup, eggs in a salad, and even vegan eggs in a brioche bun. So if you’re into eggs, you might want to check it out.

Top Hill

££££ 46-48 Drayton Green Rd

Caribbean spot Top Hill has opened on Drayton Green Road, and has an extensive menu with everything from saltfish fritters and chickpea roti, to jerk chicken and a weekend special platter of lobster tails, chicken wings, mac and cheese, corn on the cob, and king prawns for £30. They also have some outdoor seating.

Mike's Peckham

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

The same excellent team behind Frank’s and The Camberwell Arms have opened a new pizza spot in Peckham. Keeping it local, their new restaurant can be found in Copeland Park, and is serving up Roman-style pizzas with toppings like Turkish figs, aged sheep’s cheese, and homemade ’nduja. All of which you can get by the (rectangular) slice on their outdoor terrace. Bookings are open from April 13th.

Slurp Yard

££££ Abbot Street

Does Dalston need another wine bar? Does a huge outdoor set-up with wine, craft beer, and pizza sound like something you’d be into? Are puppies cute? The answer to all of those, is duh. This 150-cover outdoor wine bar is open for walk-ins only, and will serve The Dusty Knuckle Bakery pizzas on Thursdays to Saturdays, Yard Sale Pizza Sunday to Wednesday, and a long wine list.

Giulia Verdinelli

La Mia Mamma

££££ 190 Kensington Park Road

Our favourite Italian mammas have opened a new restaurant next door to their Notting Hill deli. You can expect more of the same excellent Italian dishes, yes that means the iconic cacio e pepe, pistachio tiramisu, and more. Like their original Chelsea restaurant, their Kensington Park Road location is serving a changing menu of regional dishes from around Italy. But until indoor seating opens in May, it will be walk-in only.


££££ 194 Wandsworth Bridge Road

The trio behind Hackney spot Nest have opened a new British restaurant on Wandsworth Bridge Road. The Fulham spot’s menu consists of things like cheese and truffle dumplings, confit duck egg yolk and wild mushroom, and lamb belly served with mashed potatoes. Opening first with an intimate heated and covered terrace that can seat up to 14 people, the dining room will open in May, in accordance with government guidelines.

St. Felix Place

££££ 45 Southwark St

St. Felix Place is a new al fresco space with food, drinks, and fun stuff. In terms of eating and drinking, you’ve got booze (in the shape of a brewery and taproom run by Lagunitas), you’ve got BBQ (by Bermondsey spot Texas Joe’s) and you’ve got pizza (from the Good Slice). There’ll be live music and other normal life stuff too. They’re taking bookings from April 14th, as well as accepting walk-ins.

Detroit Pizza London

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

Under a railway arch in Battersea, you’ll find this new Detroit-style pizza spot serving 10x14inch rectangular, deep-dish pizzas covered with things like cacio e pepe white sauce and baby potatoes, or dexter brisket, burnt ends, and boar sausage. They’re currently operating as a delivery and takeaway only spot.


££££ 455 Hackney Road

Hackney Road is home to new bar and pizza joint, Nebula. This huge east London spot has enough space to seat 150 guests in their outdoor set-up, and as well as the classics, their pizza menu includes toppings like spiced lamb, pickled cabbage, and garlic sauce. As well as that there’s a lengthy cocktail list, craft beers on tap, and more.

MARCH 2021

Birria Taco

££££ Ventures Hotel

A weekend-only click-and-collect kitchen under Ventures Hotel in Sussex Gardens, this Edgware Road spot is serving - as you may have guessed from the name - birria tacos. Customers can order on their website and choose from things like slow cooked lamb birria tacos, birria ramen, and loaded birria totopos. FYI, all of the meat is halal.

Flower Burger

££££ 43 Charlotte St

Italian plant-based burger chain, Flower Burger, has opened its first London restaurant on Charlotte Street. The colourful vegan burgers include things like lentil and basmati rice patties in a pink beetroot bun, and seitan and red kidney bean patties served in purple buns. They’re currently open for takeaway and delivery.

Flavourtown Bakery

££££ 3 The Quadrant

One of our favourite places for all things sugar, and unicorn-shaped, Flavourtown has opened a second location in southwest London. Their new bakery in Richmond will be serving up more of their excellent sweet treats, so you can get your hands on the best red velvet slices in London, Mars bar brownies, and OTT cupcakes. They’re open for takeaway and delivery for now, but once lockdown is lifted you’ll be able to enjoy a cupcake and coffee inside their brightly coloured cafe.

Hot Stone

££££ 3 Windmill St

Islington steak and sushi bar, Hot Stone, is opening another restaurant - this time on Windmill Street in Fitzrovia. The sleek spot has a Japanese menu with things like fatty tuna handrolls, kobe omakase, and Japanese wagyu. While currently unable to serve dine-in customers, the restaurant has opened for delivery, where you can order omakase boxes, sushi rolls, and more.

Giulia Verdinelli

Dom's Subs

££££ 22b Bevis Marks

We want Dom’s Subs to cater our wedding. And our funeral. And every major or minor event in between. Basically, these sandwiches are life-changing, and now that they’ve opened a new second location in Aldgate, they can go on changing more lives, one semolina sub roll at a time. Their menu includes things like meatball subs with nduja mayonnaise, vegan subs filled with roasted aubergine, and ‘The Carhartty Italian’ which is roast beef with garlic butter and pickled vegetables.



££££ 115 Notting Hill Gate

This pizzeria already has locations in Chelsea and Portobello Road, and has now opened a third spot in Notting Hill Gate. They’re serving Neapolitan pizzas topped with cured Calabrian ’nduje, fresh burrata, and wild mushrooms in truffle oil. You can pop by for a takeaway pizza or order some online, until they open their doors for outdoor dining on April 12th.

Vegan Store Pizza

££££ 15-16 Lendal Terrace

Party Store Pizza, which has fast become one of our favourite pizza spots in London since opening last year, has now launched a plant-based version offering their same Detroit-style pizzas suitable for vegans. The toppings at this new spot in Clapham include things like vegan béchamel with courgettes, as well as a vegan version of their cheeseburger pizza.



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££££ 83 Kentish Town Rd

You’ve probably come across this bilog more than once. And the same people that brought you that great pandesal ice-cream sandwich, have opened this new takeaway-only bakery on Kentish Town Road. Offering pandesal sandos filled with things like corned beef hash, as well as loaves of Spanish bread, sweet ube tarts, Filipino-inspired croissants, and brown sugar taho boba.

Yield N1

££££ 97 St Paul's Road

The people behind Yield N16 have opened a second location near Highbury Corner. With the same concept as their first spot, this wine shop and deli will be selling natural wines, craft beers, and food from their deli. They will firstly be opening as a shop, and will open as a bar once lockdown’s lifted.


££££ 157 Westbourne Grove

Chef Endo and the team behind Endo At The Rotunda, have opened a new sushi restaurant on Westbourne Grove. The menu is focused on traditional Japanese cuisine, with things like robata grilled salmon, fatty tuna, and hamachi that customers can choose from the à la carte menu. They’re open for lunch and dinner from Thursdays to Saturdays, and are currently collection and delivery only.

Over Under Clapham

££££ 25 The Pavement

This Australian-inspired coffee shop that already has branches in Earls Court, West Brompton, Wandsworth, and Ladbroke Grove, has opened its fifth location. This one’s in Clapham where it’s serving more of the same excellent coffee, pancakes, and cocktails and snacks in the evening.

Mao Chow

££££ 22 Seven Sisters Road

Mao Chow has opened a second, entirely vegan restaurant. This new location inside Nag’s Head Market in Holloway has a focus on Sichuan-style dishes as well as some of favourites from their OG spot in Hackney. The menu includes sweet water noodles, spicy wanza noodles, and their popular dan dan noodles. They’re currently open for delivery and collection only.

ELD Pizza

££££ 460 Hackney Rd

There’s a new pizza spot on Hackney Road, where you can get everything from margheritas and curried cream base pizzas topped with smoked mackerel, red onion, chilli, parmesan, and a soft egg, to rolled pork shoulder specials. They’re open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and are takeaway only for now.



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Bando Belly

££££ Unit 606, Peckham Levels

Peckham Levels is home to a new delivery and pick up spot that’s serving up a menu of what they describe as ‘soul food fusion’. Drawing inspiration from the Caribbean, America, and Southeast Asia, they’re serving things like bara tacos ( Trinidadian doubles with a Bando Belly spin), Philly Banh Mi Cheesesteaks, and Korean-inspired fried chicken burgers. They have opened as a delivery and pickup kitchen, but have plans to welcome customers to dine-in, and to host community-led events once restrictions are lifted.

This ice cream shop in Primrose Hill is very much a lockdown baby. It was opened by a local husband and wife team, who converted their unused office space into a ’50s style ice cream bar. They’re serving up artisan, lactose free, ice cream, with classic flavours like mint chocolate chip, hazelnut, and pistachio - as well as hot chocolate ice cream floats, and drip coffee.


££££ 5 Clipstone St

The same people who are behind Quality Wines and Quality Chop House have started a lockdown delivery and takeaway service with a menu inspired by Naples’ rosticerrie. You can order things like whole rotisserie-style chickens, chicken dripping potatoes, and Quality Wines focaccia as well as homemade gelato and brioche for delivery if you live near their Fitzrovia kitchen. Otherwise you can order for collection, on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturday evenings, and Sundays.

Slice by Pizza Pilgrims

££££ Southbank Centre

The Neapolitan pizza chain, Pizza Pilgrims, has opened its latest restaurant, Slice in the Southbank Centre. As with other Pizza Pilgrims they’re serving Neapolitan pizza, but with a difference. Here you get pizza by the 12-inch slice. You can choose between a classic margherita or things like double pepperoni and spicy honey, whilst playing on their Pacman machine. Due to restrictions, they’re selling slices of pizza out of a tuk tuk for now, as well as Italian essentials in their deli.


Arôme Bakery

££££ 9 Mercer St

The same people behind Rasa Sayang have teamed up with a French patissier to open a new bakery inside St Martin’s Courtyard in Covent Garden. Picture a spread of honey butter toast, pistachio chocolate escargots, pear and shiso danish pastries, and more. Although currently closed for dine-in, this spot’s takeaway and (local) delivery menu includes all those goodies, as well as whole loaves of shokupan (Japanese milk bread), coffee buns, and croissants.

Oh My Daal

££££ 97-113 Curtain Road

This supper club turned delivery kitchen in Shoreditch is serving up wholesome Indian bowls. Pick between a base of wholegrain rice, cracked wheat with lentils, or broccoli pulao, and top with things like egg masala, chana daal, spicy potatoes, and sprouted moong salad. As well as natural desserts, which include things like honey nut turmeric shrikhand. They’re open for delivery and collection. Tip: don’t look through this spot’s Instagram page if you’re hungry and not within the delivery zone, or you’ll be in for a serious case of food blue balls.


££££ 8 St. Martin's Pl

This new rooftop restaurant inside Page8 hotel on St. Martin’s Place is focussed on serving traditional Japanese food. There’s a menu of things like toro nigiri, hosomaki rolls, highland wagyu donburi, and - notably - there are two rooftop terraces overlooking Trafalgar Square. It’s currently open for delivery and collection.


££££ Stable St

A new spot specialising in Japanese curry has opened its doors in Coal Drops Yard. The menu is made up of three options, beef curry, chicken curry, and vegan curry, all of which are made from scratch by owner and chef Hideaki Yoshiyama. Open for takeaway and delivery, via their website.

Anton Rodriguez

Golden Gai

££££ 16A D'Arblay St

The people behind Angelina, the Dalston bar and restaurant serving a menu of Italian and Japanese inspired food, have opened a spin-off bar in Soho. Inspired by a Tokyo district with the same name, this spot has a menu of Italian food with Japanese ingredients. You can expect cheeseboards with miso, chicken karaage, and a long cocktail list.

Not Another Chicken Shop

££££ 135 Fortess Rd

The people behind East West have created a new delivery kitchen. Working out of their restaurant and delivering around Kentish Town, Not Another Chicken Shop’s focus is on chicken that is dry-brined with a blend of spices, cooked in a water bath, and grilled. You can choose from breast, wings, or thighs, and their sides - inspired by South American comfort food - include mac and cheese, charred sweetcorn, and slaw. Open for delivery.

Kineya Mugimaru

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

Founded in Osaka, and with 500 stores across Japan and Hong Kong, udon chain Kineya Mugimaru has opened its first London outpost in St. Pancras Station. You can expect fresh udon from £4.90, prawn laksa, steamed chicken gyoza, and more at this N1 spot.

Jack Hardy


££££ 22 Portman Square

This international hotel and restaurant chain has opened its latest London spot in Portman Square after the recent closure of its Berkeley Street location. Go for the usual upscale blend of Japanese and Peruvian ingredients with dishes like lobster tacos, black cod miso, and sushi.

Only Food and Courses

££££ Pop Brixton

Following a bunch of pop-ups around the UK, this new fine-dining spot has opened a permanent restaurant inside a Brixton shipping container. Chef Robbie Lorraine created his menu by putting a twist on some of his childhood favourites, so things like duck eclairs and lobster doughnuts for lunch, and a changing tasting menu for dinner are all on the cards.

The Last Talisman

££££ 171-173 Bermondsey St

This latest addition to Bermondsey’s bar scene has a menu inspired by owner Eric Yu’s Hong Kong upbringing. Things like scallop fish cake skewers, prawn tempura, and a long list of imaginative cocktails including a banoffee negroni. They’re also delivering bottled cocktails and kits as well as hosting online mixology classes so you can be your own bartender.

WC Bloomsbury

££££ Former Public Convenience, Guilford Pl

The team behind WC Clapham have opened another Wine and Charcuterie bar, this time in Bloomsbury. And like their Clapham spot, this one is also in a renovated Victorian loo.


££££ 301-303 Chiswick High Rd

This new restaurant on Chiswick High Road is serving Indian street food and small plates including things like paneer stuffed padron pepper bhajiya, cashews and winter veg korma, and tandoori tiger prawns. Don’t want to wait until lockdown is lifted? They have a takeaway menu so you can try Republic@Home.

Zia Lucia

££££ 356 Old York Road

This pizza chain that started in Islington and now has several spots dotted around London, has opened its latest site in Wandsworth. On the menu you’ll find more of their 48-hour fermented-dough pizza, with toppings like buffalo mozzarella, nduja, and gorgonzola and fresh sausage. They are open for takeaway and delivery.

Flat Iron

££££ 44 James St,

Flat Iron’s most recent opening sees them on James Street, bringing their beef dripping chips and £12 Flat Iron steak to Marylebone. Expect more steak, wild mushroom sauce, and truffled wagyu shortrib cheeseburgers.

Giulia Verdinelli

Meatliquor Bloomsbury

££££ 15-17 Brunswick Square

Our favourite place to get unbelievably messy with some buffalo chicken has opened its newest spot in Bloomsbury. That means OTT hot dogs, glorious cheeseburgers, and hippie fries for everyone. It’s currently open for takeaway and delivery only.

Kraft Dalston

££££ 130a Kingsland High Street

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


Norman's Cafe

££££ 167 Junction Road

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

Cafe Bao

££££ 4 Pancras Square

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

RAW - Fish & Cocktails

££££ 120-122 Brick Lane

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


££££ 66 Weston St

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

Tonkotsu Walthamstow

££££ 202 Hoe St

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

Jack Lewis Williams


££££ Bethnal Green Rd

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


££££ 100 Mount St

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


Dimsum & Duck

££££ 124 King's Cross Road

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


££££ 461-465 North End Rd

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

Bondi Green

££££ 2 Canalside Walk

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


££££ 20 Sidworth Street

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

The Tartine

££££ 133A Notting Hill Gate

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

The Silver Birch

££££ 142 Chiswick High Rd

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

Go Falafel

££££ 68 Queen Victoria St

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

Bar Bolívar


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

Charlie Mckay


££££ 9 Seymour St

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


££££ 67 Venn St

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

Milk Beach

££££ 19 Lonsdale Road

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

Black Cowboy Coffee

££££ 50 London Road Elephant Arcade

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

The Little Bread Pedlar

££££ Moreton street 32

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


££££ 21 Berners St

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

Pali Hill

££££ 79-81 Mortimer St

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

163 Upper Street

££££ 163 Upper Street

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

Mo Diner

££££ 23 Heddon St

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

Sonora Taquería

££££ 13, 23 Westgate St

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

Taylah Roberts


££££ 157 Tower Bridge Road

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


££££ 198 Hackney road

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


The Pantechnicon

££££ Motcomb street

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

Big Jo Bakery

££££ 318-326 Hornsey Rd

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

Tom Bird


££££ 109 Marylebone High Street

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

Smoke & Salt

££££ 115 Tooting High St

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

The Bosporus

££££ 7-9 Leicester Square

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

Maison François

££££ 34 Duke Street

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

Noble Rot Soho

££££ 2 Greek St

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

Murger Han

££££ 9 Philpot Lane

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

Edmund Dabney

The Dairy Bermondsey

££££ Bermonds Locke

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

Cha Cha x Sister Jane

££££ 36 Golborne Rd

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


££££ 13-15 West St

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

The Black Book

££££ 23 Frith Street

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


££££ 103 Westbourne Grove

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


££££ Unit 9 Market Row

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


££££ The Market Building

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



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



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Gordo's Pizzeria

££££ 533 Kingsland Rd

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


££££ 22 Bateman street

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

Over Under

££££ Ladbroke Grove

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


££££ 227-229 Hoxton St

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


££££ The Hoxton, Holborn

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

Love Triangle

££££ 16-18 Ritherdon road

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

Nic Crilly-Hargrave

Club Mexicana

££££ Kingly Court

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

Floral Hall

££££ 132 Crouch Hill

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


££££ 29-31 Old Compton St

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

Seoul Bird


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

Sugoi JPN

££££ The Long Shop Watermill Way

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

Queens of Mayfair

££££ 17 Queen St

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

Party Store Pizza

AmericanPizza  in  Brixton
££££ 443 Coldharbour Ln

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


££££ 122 Clapham High St

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

Donna Sofia

££££ 36 Highbury Park

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

The Nook

££££ 220 St Paul's Road

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

MM Caffé

££££ Brown Hart Gardens

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

Tandoor Chop

££££ 30 Uxbridge St

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


French  in  Islington
££££ 9 Islington Green

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


££££ Borough Market

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

july 2020

The Treats Club

££££ Netil Market

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


££££ 12-16 Blenheim Grove

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

Tavolino Bar & Kitchen

££££ 2 More London Riverside

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

Six By Nico

££££ 41 Charlotte Street

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

The Tapas Room


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

Costa del Tottenham

££££ Ashley Rd

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


££££ 151 Sydney St

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


££££ 19 Percy St

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

Wildflower Restaurant

££££ Unit 2.17, Buck St Mkt

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

Nic Crilly-Hargrave

Kibou Japanese Kitchen and Bar

££££ 175-177 Northcote Road

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

Supa Ya Ramen

££££ 276 Hackney Rd

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

Bobo Social

££££ 23 Sayer St

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

Eat of Eden

££££ 76 Shepherds Bush Road

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

june 2020

Nasi Economy Rice

££££ 169 Holloway Road

The people behind Sambal Shiok have opened a Malaysian takeaway deli next door. For now they’re offering chilled ready meals, with things like fried rice vermicelli with omelette, spiced potato cakes, and vegan set meals for two.


££££ 6 Kingsland Road

A new Punjabi restaurant has opened on Kingsland High Street, and will be delivering tandoor lamb chops, Punjabi chicken kari, dhaal makani, and more around Dalston. They’re also open for collection.

Bears At The Pavilion

££££ 15 Brook Green

Ice-cream spot Bears Parlour has opened a second site, this time in Hammersmith. They’re offering socially distant collections of their soft serve, as well as delivering tubs of ice-cream with flavours like blueberry, lavender jam meringue swirl or passion fruit and double dark chocolate freckles.

MARCH 2020

Steven Edwards At Bingham Riverhouse

££££ 61-63 Petersham Road

The Bingham Riverhouse in Richmond is now home to a new restaurant serving seasonal British food beside the Thames. The menu features items like duck liver pate, mushroom risotto, and salt baked pork rump. And on Sundays they serve a five-course tasting menu.

The Clarence Tavern

££££ 102 Stoke Newington Church St

The Clarence Tavern has re-opened in Stoke Newington. It’s been taken over by the team behind the Canton Arms and Anchor and Hope, and is serving a seasonal menu including things like Turkish-style onion salad, confit duck leg with lentils and green sauce, and chicken and bacon pie.

Goods Way

££££ 11 Goods Way

Goods Way is a new venue with street food, bars, and live music in King’s Cross. There’s a range of food from Duck Truck, Breddos Tacos, Temple of Seitan, and Sushi on Jones. Heads up, it’s open until 5am on Friday and Saturday.


Satay Street Café

££££ 15 Goulston Street

Thai street food stall Satay Street have opened their first permanent spot. Satay Street Café, in Whitechapel is serving summer rolls, buns, and different types of satay. They’re also serving some lunchboxes for under a tenner.

Good Neighbour

££££ 102 Tooting High St

Camberwell wine bar Good Neighbour have opened a second spot in Tooting. During the week they’re serving snacks, charcuterie, as well as sharing plates in the evening. While from Friday to Sunday they also offer brunch.

East West

££££ 135 Fortess Rd

East West is a restaurant in Tufnell Park putting Indian-inspired toppings and sauces on pizza and pasta. You can expect things like butter chicken pappardelle, tandoori chicken arancini, and paneer butter masala pizza. They also have a ‘west’ pizza section, with classic Italian toppings.

A Slice Of Blue

££££ 43 Lower Clapton Rd

A Slice of Blue is a new Pizza bar in Clapton. You can expect pizzas (duh) with toppings like cotto ham, mushrooms and parmesan, and smoked mozzarella, rare breed Yorkshire sausage, and wild broccoli. There’s also live music in the form of musicians, rappers, street poets, and DJs.

Peachy Goat

££££ 16 Half Moon Lane

Peachy Goat is a dog-friendly, plant-based bistro in Herne Hill serving things like warm asparagus broad bean and pea salad, cacio e pepe, and plant-based sausage and mash.

The Patate

££££ 323 Kentish Town Rd

The Patate is a French burger spot in Kentish Town specialising in beef bourguignon burgers. There’s also a choice between different types of cheeses to be put in your burgers.

L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele

££££ 44 Old Compton Street

L’Antica Pizzeria Da Michele are serving their Naples-style pizza from their second London restaurant, in the heart of Soho.


££££ 274 High Road

Chuku’s is a new restaurant in Tottenham serving Nigerian tapas. You can expect things like caramel kuli kuli chicken, jollof quinoa, and plantain waffles.


££££ 75 Commercial Street

Short for mama bowls, Mambow is an all-day restaurant near Spitalfields serving bowls like chick flick which has black rice, za’ataar sprouts, roasted beets, spicy green chicken, salsa verde, and leftover pickles. They also serve brunch on weekends, with things like Malaysian fried chicken, coconut Pandan rice, and kimchi and taleggio toasties. But keep in mind, they close at 4pm.

Padella Shoreditch

££££ 1 Phipp Street

Padella are opening their second restaurant. This time in Shoreditch. You can expect more of their popular pastas, creamy burratas, and virtual queues.


££££ 4 Pancras Square

Sri Lankan and South Indian restaurant Hoppers has opened its third location. The King’s Cross spot is serving more of the bone marrow varuval, egg hoppers, and burianis that we loved from their original in Soho.

Zia Lucia

££££ 12 Piazza Walk

Pizza spot Zia Lucia have opened their fourth restaurant, this time in Aldgate East. If you’re bad at making decisions, be warned, because you’re not only offered a choice between 16 varieties of topping, but also between vegetable charcoal, wholemeal, gluten free, and traditional bases.

Ed Schofield

Dominique Ansel Treehouse

££££ 24 Floral Street

Dominique Ansel Treehouse is a new all-day café in Covent Garden, with a small menu made up of small plates, larger plates, and desserts to share. You can expect things like chicken liver mousse mille-feuille, camembert fondue with croissant chips, and steamed brioche pudding with lamb. And for the sharing desserts you’ve got sticky toffee pudding, profiterole ‘building blocks’, and cascade tiramisu.

january 2020


££££ 77-82 Whitechapel High St

Townsend is a new all-day British restaurant in the Whitechapel Gallery. They’re serving a seasonal menu where you can expect things like curried veal sweetbread, roast haunch of venison, and mayan gold potato with egg yolk, berkswell, and winter truffle.

Halo Burger

££££ 105 Great Eastern St

Halo Burger is a new plant-based burger spot in Shoreditch with smoky Carolina bbq burgers, cheese burgers, hot dogs, and plant-based chicken nuggets on the menu.

Patri Ealing Broadway

££££ 29 Bond Street, Ealing

Patri is opening a third spot, this time in Ealing, serving a wide selection of Indian food such as seekh kebab tariwala, pantry chicken curry, and a whole section for vegan street food.

Lateef Okunnu


££££ 14D Market Row

Sarap is a new Filipino restaurant in Brixton serving dinner through the week, as well as lunch at weekends. The menu is divided between small plates and larger plates for sharing, with options like red chillies spring rolls stuffed with mushrooms, fried chicken in a banana ketchup, and stuffed pork belly available from around a fiver a plate.

Boom Bap Burger

££££ 252 Paradise Row

Boom Bap Burger is a new restaurant in Bethnal Green serving burgers like The Notorious P.I.G., Drop It Like It’s Hot, and a vegan burger called Mushrooms With Attitude. They also have a DJ performing on some weekends.

Bar Douro

Portuguese  in  City
££££ Finsbury Avenue Square

Bar Douro have opened a new spot in the City. It’s a casual tapas-style place with plenty of wine and port on offer to go with plates of ham, cheese, croquettes, a suckling pig in a sweet potato sandwich, gambas, and salt cod hash.

Steven Joyce


££££ 18 Charlotte Street

Ampeli is a new Greek restaurant in Fitzrovia with options like roasted beetroot with labneh, spiced potato burik with runny egg yolk, brown shrimp and harissa mayo, and braised short ribs with date molasses.

James McDonald


££££ 38 Groom Pl

Muse is a new fine-dining restaurant in Belgravia. It serves lunch and dinner, with tasting menus for each. The menu only gives away a few ingredients, but you can expect things like langoustine with pork fat and burnt apple, turbot with duck confit and pomme puree, and beef with Norfolk grains.

Noodle & Beer

££££ 31 Bell Ln

Noodle and Beer is a new Chinese restaurant in Spitalfields. The menu focuses around Chongqing Xiaomian noodles, both with or without soup. They also serve handmade thick udon noodles, handmade taro balls, and sweetcorn pancakes.

Firebrand Pizza

££££ 84 Rosebery Ave

Firebrand have opened a second pizzeria in Clerkenwell. They have 13 pizzas on the menu, some topped with things like sweet potatoes, goat cheese, and Italian cured beef. They also offer a range of pasta options and other mains including ribeye steak and milanese chicken.

Fink’s Gillespie

££££ 88 Gillespie Rd

Finks Gillespie is the second spot from the people behind Fink’s Salt & Sweet in Highbury. As well as serving coffee, breakfast and lunch is also on offer. Expect things like roast chicken with burnt onion mayo and leeks, and baharat spiced aubergine with egg, fresh pickle and tahini, plus the usual pastries and cakes.


££££ 315 Fulham Road

Colette is a new delicatessen and deli in Chelsea. The focus is on home-style cooking, and no, that doesn’t mean pot noodles. Expect things like veal blanquette with chestnut gnocchi, truffle tortellini with celeriac, and confit duck with quinoa.

Lateef Okunnu


££££ Lower Southern Terrace

Pastaio have opened their third spot, this time in Westfield White City. They’re serving things like spinach pasta, squash ravioli, and wild mushroom pappardelle.


££££ Unit 4 Finsbury Avenue

Baraka is a slick new Turkish all-day restaurant in the City. Expect humus kavurma, grilled sucuk, and kofte with tomato sauce and yoghurt.

The Water House Project

££££ 3 Mare Street

The Water House Project in Hackney is an eight-course tasting menu situation inspired by local produce. Chestnut and balsamic risotto, pheasant and plum chutney doughnut, and dill cured chalk stream trout are all on their winter menu.

Raj Of Islington

££££ 359 Holloway Road

Raj of Islington is a new Indian restaurant on Holloway Road. They focus on home-cooked authentic Indian food, so you can expect things like the railway lamb curry, murg salli zardaloo, and murg tikka.

Haydon Perrior

Palm Greens

££££ Unit S2 King's Cross Square

Palm Greens is a new spot in Kings Cross that serves all day breakfast and lunch. For breakfast they are serving cinnamon apple with tahini maple toast, and avocado toast with salsa. For lunch the focus is on salads and bowls likes Mexican tostada, miso mushroom, and kale caesar. You can also build your own.

Stephanie De Goeijen

Oklava Bakery + Wine

££££ 64 Grafton Way

Kyseri in Fitzrovia has become Oklava Bakery and Wine. As well as serving Turkish breakfast, and sandwiches and other baked things to take away, there are also grill options and daily specials like their beef and sour cherry manti.


££££ 149A Upper Street

Skal is a Nordic restaurant in Islington. They’re open for lunch and dinner with set menu options at £26.50 and £32.50. You can expect things like smoked sea trout mousse, lightly smoked mackerel, and lamb meatballs.

Lateef Okunnu

Big Fernand

££££ 39 Thurloe Place

Big Fernand, a popular burger chain in Paris, has opened a spot in South Kensington. They serve eight different burgers including a raclette burger, a veal burger, and a panko-crusted chicken burger, and they also have a vegetarian portobello mushroom burger for non-meat eaters.

Apple Butter Cafe

££££ 32-34 Monmouth Street

Apple Butter Cafe is a new Middle-Eastern cafe in Covent Garden serving specialty coffee as well as aesthetically pleasing brunch choices.

Tokyo Pizza

Pizza  in  Maida Vale
££££ 47 Maida Vale

Japanese and pizza in the same sentence might be an unexpected combo, but that’s what you get at Tokyo Pizza in Maida Vale. You’ll also get sake, and wagyu harumaki.


Saffron Circle

££££ New College Parade

Saffron Circle is a US-based Indian restaurant group that has now opened a spot in Swiss Cottage. You can expect things like masala chips, lamb chops, and Calcutta fish curry.

Lateef Okunnu

Casa Do Frango

££££ 2 King John Court

Casa Do Frango have opened another spot, this time in Shoreditch. Expect piri piri garlic prawns, half chicken brushed with piri piri, and sweet potato feijoada. Just don’t expect to be able to reserve a table, because it’s walk-in only.

Barbie Green

££££ 2 London Wall Place

Barbie Green is a new all-day Aussie brunch spot near the Barbican. You can expect things like banana bread sandwich, shakshouka, and blueberry pancakes for brunch. For lunch they serve things like fire-roasted aubergine, pizza, and chicken parmigiana.


Italian  in  Soho
££££ Golden Square 8-10 Lower James Street

Bancone already have a popular Covent Garden spot that we like, and now they’ve have opened a second spot in Soho serving their handmade pasta.

Haydon Perrior


££££ 100 Draycott Avenue

Bottles is a new restaurant in Chelsea that’s all about pairing Italian food with Italian wine. Expect things like Sicilian chorizo hot dog, espresso-glazed ribeye steak, and aglio, olio e peperoncino.

Davies and Brook

££££ 49 Brook St

There’s a new restaurant at luxury Mayfair hotel, Claridge’s. Davies and Brook serves seasonal British food with global inspiration, things like duck glazed with honey and lavender, buttermilk fried chicken, and grilled short rib of beef with fermented mint. There’s also a tasting menu for £145 per person.


££££ 15 Catherine Street

Yori is a new Korean restaurant in Covent Garden specialising in Korean BBQ and small plates. They also serve a £7.90 set lunch with choices ranging from vegetable hot stone bibimbap and jap chae, through to barbecued meat options - all served with a bowl of rice and three sides.

The Melusine

££££ St Katharine Docks

The Melusine is a new seafood restaurant in St Katharine Docks. The menu changes daily, but you can expect things like clams with wild mushroom and dry ricotta, grilled cuttlefish with chickpea fricassee, and native oysters.

Mio Yatai

Japanese  in  Hackney
££££ 129a Pritchard's Road

Mio Yatai is a new restaurant at the end of Broadway Market, serving Japanese Street Food. Ramen, chicken karaage with wasabi mayo, and soft shell crab tacos with chilli avocado and mango are all on offer, as well as sake and a selection of wines.


££££ 7 Maiden Lane

Moto is a new Japanese bar in Covent Garden serving a range of sake, craft beer, and - from 4pm - otsumami platter and other bar food like simmered aubergine and miso salmon.

Num Num

££££ 81 Scoresby St

Num Num is a southern Chinese restaurant in Southwark. For lunch, expect dishes like a kung pao chicken rice bowl, wonton noodle soup, and pork and cabbage dumplings. For dinner they serve things like twice cooked pork belly with fermented broad bean paste and crispy roasted chicken with Polish barbeque spices.

Mike Tsang


££££ 61-67 Great Eastern Street

Barboun is a new Eastern Mediterranean restaurant in Shoreditch serving sun-dried aubergine dolma, girolle flatbread, and hay-smoked short rib with iskender sauce.

Other Side Fried

££££ 3 Atlantic Road

Other Side Fried have got a new permanent spot in Brixton serving three variations of chicken burger: honey butter, buffalo, and one with parmesan and garlic. They also have dirty fries with bacon, parmesan, and ranch sauce, as well as regular fries.


££££ 61 Rupert Street

Paradise is a new Sri Lankan restaurant in Soho. Expect things like coconut flatbread roti, caramelised onion sambal, roasted chicken curry, and yellow cod curry.

Four Hundred Rabbits

££££ Dulwich Road

400 Rabbits has taken over the restaurant at Brockwell Lido. They’re open for brunch from 8am - 3pm serving things like green shakshuka with sourdough, black pudding on sourdough, and toasted banana bread, which - as far as we know - is not served on sourdough.

Cafe Murano

££££ 184 Bermondsey Street

Cafe Murano has opened their third spot in Bermondsey, serving Italian food like gnocchi, plaice with mussels and samphire, and lamb neck stew. As well as tiramisu, and buttermilk panna cotta for dessert.

Wild Tavern

££££ 2 Elystan Street

Wild Tavern is a new Italian restaurant just off the King’s Road in Chelsea. You can expect shellfish sharing platters like lobster and whole Norwegian crab, tartare of Spanish tuna loin from the raw bar, pastas like taglioni with truffle, and a £32 filet steak for mains.

Steven Joyce

Prairie Fire

££££ Wood Lane Arches

Prairie Fire is a new Kansas City-style barbecue restaurant in Wood Lane Arches serving beef brisket, pulled pork, and chilli cheese dogs. They also serve local craft beer in their taproom, and stay open till 11pm on weekdays, and 12am on Fridays and Saturdays.

Old Chang Kee

££££ 56 Goodge Street

Singaporean curry puff experts Old Chang Kee have opened a second spot, this time on Goodge Street. The curry puffs have fillings such as beef rendang, creamy chicken and mushroom, and chilli crab stick, and you can also expect chicken curry, laksa noodles, and nasi lemak.

Black Bear Burger

££££ Unit 61 Boxpark

Black Bear Burger have opened a second location in Boxpark Shoreditch. The menu consists of three choices of burgers, black bear, classic, and brisket. You can also get buttermilk chicken nuggets or wings on the side.


££££ 35 Maltby Street

Dandy is a new restaurant on Maltby Street, serving seasonal comfort food. Expect lamb belly with potatoes and collard greens, ox cheek ragu, and fried chicken with chilli jam. For dessert, think French toast with whipped ricotta and honey. Plus, on the weekends they’re open for brunch.

Mr Ji

££££ 72 Old Compton Street

Mr Ji is a new spot in Soho specialising in Taiwanese fried chicken which they also serve as bao. On the side you can get things like fries and black cabbage, and they also serve sweet potato and ginger doughnuts.

Steven Joyce

Borough Market Kitchen

££££ Southwark Street

Borough Market Kitchen has opened in, wait for it, Borough Market. They serve food from 25 traders including Mei Mei, Applebees Fish, and Rudie’s Jerk Shack.

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Lucky & Joy

Chinese  in  ClaptonHackney
££££ 95 Lower Clapton Road

Lucky and Joy is a new Chinese restaurant in Lower Clapton. Expect things like tiger salad, fried kidney beans with fennel, and Xinjiang lamb chops with onion and pomegranate.


££££ 143 Mare Street

Caldera is a new Mexican restaurant in Hackney Central. You can expect nachos with guacamole, baja-style battered cod tacos, and ground beef enchiladas, as well as cactus and papaya salad and lamb cutlets marinated in hand-ground mole mixed with miso.

Roma Pizza

££££ 224 Brick Lane

Roma has opened a permanent spot on Brick Lane. They’re serving fast and thin 12-inch pizzas for £5, with toppings like aubergine, spicy lamb sausage, and obviously the classic margherita.

Brother Marcus

££££ 2 Crispin Place

Brother Marcus is a new all-day restaurant in Spitalfields serving eastern-Mediterranean dishes like flatbreads, pides, spiced-chicken shawarma, and lahmucun. There are a variety of vegetarian options like sweet potato dumplings and burnt aubergine with tahini and fermented mango, and they also serve things like cinnamon and chai overnight oats for brunch.

Stoney Street

££££ 2-3 Stoney Street

26 grains have opened a new restaurant next to Borough Market. It’s on Stoney Street and it’s called, wait for it, Stoney Street. Expect things like peacock kale, poached chicken, and pheasant with bread sauce. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and serve brunch until 2.30pm at the weekend.


££££ 194 Bermondsey Street

This new Italian spot in Bermondsey is all about seafood and wine. Expect things like salted cod brandade with crispy chicory sprouts, roasted octopus with colonnata lard, stone bass with baked fennel, and deep fried squid.

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Peckham Cellars

££££ 125 Queens Road

Peckham Cellars is a new wine bar and kitchen in Peckham. They serve British and Mediterannean food, so you can expect things like pumpkin mascarpone rotolo with sage butter, farmed eel with nduja and pickled green tomatoes, and smashed potatoes with harrisa and aioli.

Bread Ahead Bakery

££££ 26 - 28 Olympic Way

Bread Ahead have opened an all-day restaurant, bakery, and baking school in Wembley. They’re serving rotisserie and pizza in the restaurant, and in the bakery you can expect fresh pastries and sandwiches, as well as pizza by the slice.


Italian  in  Soho
££££ 58-59 Great Marlborough Street

Manteca is a new restaurant in Soho serving handmade pasta like tonnarelli with brown crab cacio e pepe, as well as meat dishes like pig head fritti with pilacca.

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Mei Mei

££££ Borough Market Kitchen

Mei Mei is a Borough Market stall taking its inspiration from Singaporean kopitiams. There’s counter seating around an open kitchen, and you can expect dishes like Hainese chicken rice and nasi lemak, as well as Nanyang coffee.

Ugly Butterfly

££££ 55 King's Road

Ugly Butterfly is a new zero-waste restaurant on Kings Road that uses the leftovers from Adam Handling Chelsea up the road. Expect things like fried chicken feet, beef and bone marrow cottage pie, and banana bread with butter chicken.


££££ 37 Golden Square

Folie is a big new restaurant in Soho with a Mediterranean inspired menu. Expect things like charcoal roasted octopus and butternut squash, tuna tartare, brussels sprouts and pistachio, and gnocchi with wild mushrooms and sage pistou. You can also expect a long list of cocktails and European wines from the bar.


££££ 10-50 Willow Street

Nami is a new addition to the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, serving Japanese street food in a bar setting. There are also DJs.


££££ 10 Berkeley Sq

Madrid’s Amazonica has opened in Mayfair. And yes, it’s basically an adult version of The Rainforest Cafe serving a menu of things like hamachi tiradito (yellowtail with passion fruit and shiso leaves dressing), tequenos (clay oven chicken rolls), and Brazilian-style grilled rump steak.

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