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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 are serving their Naples-style pizza from their second London restaurant, in the heart of Soho.
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.
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 are opening their second restaurant. This time in Shoreditch. You can expect more of their popular pastas, creamy burratas, and virtual queues.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 is a new Middle-Eastern cafe in Covent Garden serving specialty coffee as well as aesthetically pleasing brunch choices.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Nami is a new addition to the Nobu Hotel Shoreditch, serving Japanese street food in a bar setting. There are also DJs.
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.
Epic Pies has opened in St. Paul’s with a lunch selection of five pies which all come with mash, greens and gravy or parsley liquor. Expect things like braised pepper steak pie, salt beef and swiss cheese, and ham hock and leeks. They also serve cronuts and ‘croffles’.
A new restaurant has opened on the 14th floor of an office building on Fenchurch Street serving an all-day British menu and a weekend brunch. Look out for winter black truffle omelette, vanilla and cinnamon french toast with passion fruit and vanilla ice cream, and savoury french toast.
Bong Bong’s Manila Kanteen is a new Filipino restaurant near Cambridge Heath serving things like adobo glazed cauliflower, lemongrass ox heart skewers, spiced fried chicken, and roast aubergine kare kare. They’re open for lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and serve lunch and dinner from Thursday to Sunday when the bar stays open until midnight.
Daffodil Mulligan is a new Irish restaurant in Shoreditch serving grilled lamb chops, grilled lobster, and mash with bone marrow crumb. It also has an oyster bar.
Sola is a new restaurant in Soho with a Californian inspired menu. Expect tuna tartare, mussels and clams, spit roast whole chicken to share, and lobster pot pie. There is also a 12-course tasting menu for £97 per person.
The Soho deli has opened their second restaurant, this time in King’s Cross. They’re open for breakfast, with things like truffle scrambled eggs, polenta and roasted mushrooms, and nutella filled breakfast doughnuts. While for lunch and dinner you can expect fresh pasta like pumpkin ravioli and oxtail ragu pappardelle, as well as some meat and fish options like braised beef cheek in barolo, and grilled prawns.
Volta Do Mar is a new Portuguese restaurant in Covent Garden showcasing Portuguese cuisine and its relation to South America, Africa, and Asia. Expect things like Iberico pork vindalho, aubergine Goan curry with cashew yoghurt, and Macanese arroz marisco.
Market Hall West End has opened just north of Oxford Street with 11 different vendors including Baozilnn, Fanny’s Kebabs, and Pastaio. It also has four bars. And a roof terrace.
Bar Douro is a new restaurant in Southwark’s Flat Iron Square serving Portuguese food. Expect options like garlic prawns, grilled quail, red onion cebolada and pine nuts from the à la carte menu, and if you go for lunch on weekdays you can get three courses for £11.50.
This new grab-and-go spot in Kentish Town serves West African and Caribbean bowls and fat rolls with spicy jerk chicken, curry lamb, suya beef, and vegan options like chickpea stew. They also do chicken wings.
The Laundry is an all-day bistro and wine shop next to Brixton Village. As well as serving a menu ranging from oysters to roasted bone marrow, they’re open for coffee from 7am on weekdays. They also have a huge terrace to unwind on at sundown.
Silo at Crate Brewery is a zero-waste restaurant in Hackney Wick. Dinner is a five-course tasting menu with dishes like rainbow radishes with ricotta, kimchi juices and lovage, and quince ice cream with fig leaf oil and animal toffee. They also serve brunch of caramelised oats, or, among other options, a breakfast bun with mushrooms or smoked meat.
A new Eastern Mediterranean-inspired restaurant has opened in Dalston serving sharing plates like sweet aubergines, egg and salad in pita and, ful mudammes for brunch, and dishes like monkfish in traditional Libyan chraime for dinner.
Sussex is a new restaurant in Soho sourcing their ingredients from their own farm or local suppliers. You can expect starters like monkfish carpaccio with aubergine, and mains including pumpkin gnocchi with caramelised quince.
A vegan burger spot has opened on Brick Lane. In keeping with its name, the menu is simple, with four types of burger, three types of fries, and a salad. It also has a late-night ‘plant powered’ cocktail bar downstairs.
Trivet is a new restaurant near London Bridge with a small, high-quality menu. Expect things like chicken with vinegar sauce and squab pigeon, persimmon and kale. And keep an eye out for the ‘hokkaido potato’ which is a baked potato mille-feuille dessert.
This new South American spot has landed on the balcony of Westfield White City, serving arepas with fillings like roast chicken, braised beef, and Venezuelan cheese and avocado. They also have ceviche bowls with salmon or tuna, plus vegan options.
The new restaurant at The Boulevard Theatre in Soho serves both small and large plates, with plant-based options like chermoula baked aubergine and roasted curried baby cauliflower with black dahl and fresh coconut.
If you’re a meat lover, Wilder should be on your radar. This new restaurant in the Boundary Hotel in Shoreditch is serving British products like venison, pork jowl, and hake. They also have a whole page on their menu dedicated to ‘Gin Classics’.
There’s a new, homely vegetarian/vegan bistro in Peckham. The menu includes aubergine fritters, mushroom broth with semolina dumplings, and almond and barley ice cream sandwiches. They also offer a long list of wines, local beer, and a speciality tea menu.
At this Korean BBQ lunch spot in the City you can customise your own bento boxes to grab and go, with options ranging from barbecued meats, fried chicken, and bibimbab bowls. But keep in mind, they close at 4pm.
We use the original Ozone as somewhere to work with a coffee, somewhere to recover with a damn good brunch on a Sunday morning, and somewhere easy to go when we literally can’t think of anywhere else to go. Open from 7.30am during the week, their second location in Bethnal Green has the same all day, all-rounder menu of things like fermented hummus, a yellow bean falafel burger, and big pizzas from noon. They also have a long list of cocktails to choose from in the evening. And coffee throughout, obviously.
We checked out Ozone Coffee Roasters and added it to our breakfast guide.
A popular Indian restaurant chain has come to London, taking over one of the terrace spots at Westfield in White City. Expect a big tandoor oven, handmade naans, 8-hour grilled meats, big biryanis, and a long list of vegetarian options.
Views across London and a manchego quesadilla sounds like a pretty winning combination. The new Spanish meets Mexican restaurant at the top of The Standard Hotel in Kings Cross has everything from floor-to-ceiling windows, vegan paella, pork tacos, and a full chef’s tasting menu. Heads up, this place is open until 3am at the weekend.
There’s a new seafood spot and wine bar up in Crouch End serving a completely casual £69 seafood platter for two, as well as dishes like a delica pumpkin satay, miso hake collars, and buttermilk cod cheeks. You can also just swing by for a glass of wine and some oysters at their bar.
If you like the sound of curries, rotis, and lots of cardamom, then Kolamba should probably be on your radar. This new Sri Lankan spot in Soho looks like the kind of place that’s good for anyone who enjoys plenty of foliage and a strong coconut cocktail.
London Bridge has a new neighbourhood Italian restaurant that’s all about pasta and the kind of nibbles you probably serve on the top deck of your imaginary yacht. As well as a short, changing menu of classic antipasti, you’ll find things like goats curd, saffron, tomato consommé, and fennel sausage in their homemade pastas.
South Kensington has a brand new home county style pub with plenty of oak flooring, leather armchairs, and a fireplace. But if you’re guessing that the menu is 99% pub grub, think again. They’re serving everything from scallop ceviche starters, to a plate of 36-month aged comté for dessert. There’s also a caramelised apple and stuffed pork belly roast on Sundays.
You’re feeling fit. You’re feeling fresh. You’re feeling like someone with an entirely adequate amount of vitamin B12. No? In which case, this new, kind of healthy spot on Old Street might be just the place for you. Open from 7am until 8pm, this place is all about salad bowls, on-tap kombucha, pressed juices, porridge, and even more salad.
If you like the sound of lots of red wine and steak for a tenner, then Haymarket Wine House should probably be on your radar. As well as their affordable flat iron cut, you’ll find classic French sides on the menu here. Also, importantly, there’s a 1am closing time that’s pretty handy if you’re looking for late night post-theatre eats.
Southern fried chicken, waffles, and classic comfort food sides like mac and cheese - that’s what Sweet Chick is all about. They’re already a big deal in the US with sites in New York and LA, but their first UK spot is in Fitzrovia with plenty of seating, a built in DJ deck, and, crucially, a bourbon-packed cocktail called ‘Tiger, Tiger Woods Y’all’.
If you’re into old school Italian restaurants with classics like calamari fritti, spaghetti vongole, and tiramisu on the menu - then Calici, a new little neighbourhood spot near Belsize Park, should probably be on your radar.