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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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.
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
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.
The Dairy Bermondsey
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
We can always use another neighbourhood pizza joint, and this new Dalston spot is serving Neapolitan-style pizzas, wine, and lager.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Treats Club
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.
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
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
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
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.
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.
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 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.
Kibou Japanese Kitchen and Bar
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
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.
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
Eat Of Eden have opened a third restaurant, in Shepherd’s Bush, where you can get more of their Ethiopian patties, curries, and sharing platters.
Nasi Economy Rice
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.
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
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.
Steven Edwards At Bingham Riverhouse
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
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
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
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
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
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 Ealing Broadway
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
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 & Beer
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
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
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.
Oklava Bakery + Wine
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
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
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.
Davies and Brook
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
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.
Four Hundred Rabbits
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.
Old Chang Kee
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
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
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 Bakery
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
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
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.
Moi Moi Island
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 Boulevard Theatre Restaurant
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.
Wilder Restaurant And Bar
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.
The Hunter's Moon
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.
Haymarket Wine House
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.
Yard Sale Pizza
We’re pretty into Yard Sale’s 18-inch pizzas, and now they’re available on Hackney Road too. As well as their classic pizzas like the courgette covered Cour Blimey, New Porker, and Texas vegan special, they’ve added several calzones to the menu.
A popular Finnish filled-pita chain has opened an all-day spot in Covent Garden. Although there is some seating it’s mostly a grab-and-go situation, but if you’re not in the mood for takeaway pita there are also things like falafel mezze, sweet potato fries, and big salads available.
The people behind Caravan have opened a laid back all day restaurant in Chelsea. The menu is full of things like green baked eggs, shiitake donburi, lime pickle yoghurt, za’atar baked cod, and lots of other things you’re likely to shell out on when you go tipsy shopping in Waitrose whilst on a health kick. All of this is happening inside a three-storey stone and glass pavilion that looks part giant’s tooth, part Edna from The Incredibles’ retirement home.
Kiss The Hippo
This place might sound like the latest Pixar sponsored nursery rhyme, but it’s actually a coffee spot in Fitzrovia. They close at 6.30, and the feel is very laid back Scandi. There’s a brunch menu with dishes like black olive tapenade with mushrooms on sourdough toast, and you can also grab freshly baked cinnamon rolls to go.
Arabica King's Cross
Borough Market’s Levantine spot Arabica has opened up a second, bigger restaurant in the Aga Khan Centre in King’s Cross. Open all day, expect big breakfasts like avocado on manousheh, fresh pides from the clay oven, and an outdoor terrace.
Allegra is a restaurant and terrace bar on the 7th floor of The Stratford hotels serving dishes like hand-dived scallops with strawberries, squash risotto, and a £70 sake steamed turbot.. Heads up, there’s also a glass walk-in wine room.
Greenwich has a new riverside all day and night drinking and dining spot that mixes Australian speciality coffee and South American food. It’s a big space with a cafe, open plan bakery, bar, lounge area, riverside terrace, and a more formal restaurant area. It also has a big menu serving things like sriracha bloody mary baked eggs, green pea pancakes, kingfish ceviche salad, and Argentinian sirloin steak.
Tokii is a Japanese inspired all-day restaurant inside the luxury Prince Akatoki hotel in Marylebone. It specialises in sushi, sashimi, and robata grilled fishes and meats, but the menu also offers a whole bunch of yakitori, tempura, and cold and hot dishes like yellowtail carpaccio in green pepper dressing, and ox cheek croquettes served with wasabi mayo.
Crudo is a new ceviche spot in Fitzrovia. The concept is simple. You build your own ceviche bowl by selecting a protein, you choice of leche de tigre, a base, and whatever add-ons you want. There are also three ready built bowls if you’re incapable of making a decision, and they’re all available to eat-in or takeaway for under a tenner.
We’ve never trusted seabirds since that seagull went all Artful Dodger with our Cornetto back in ’96. But we won’t hold that against this new rooftop restaurant in Southwark’s Hoxton Hotel. This place is all about city views, jazzed up cocktails, grilled meats, Mediterranean small plates, and lots of British seafood. You’ll also find a long list of oysters at their raw bar.
Spitalfields has a new Middle Eastern lunch and dinner spot. Everything here is vegetarian and you can expect dishes like confit potato latkes, aubergine with date syrup, and pumpkin tirshy dip.
Charlie’s isn’t named after it’s chef, it’s named after Lord Charles Forte, one of the founding members of Brown’s Hotel in Mayfair. All very Downton Abbey, right? Yes, but the food isn’t. The new upmarket restaurant inside Brown’s has a menu full of modern takes on British classics, and the space itself has big booths, lots of wooden panelling, and enough botanical wallpaper to make a gardener blush.
The people behind Hackney fine dining spot, Pidgin, have opened a casual sandwich shop in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross. Open from 8am until 10pm, there are porridges, egg muffins, and Climpson And Sons coffee for breakfast, then sandwiches, salads, and cocktails available for the rest of the day. The main act here though is sandwiches, and you’ll find prawn crackers, tenderstem broccoli, soy-cured parmesan, miso mayo, Mortadello ham, and plenty more ingredients between their bread.
Popular Peckham neighbourhood spot, Forza Win, have opened a new wine bar called - wait for it - Forza Wine. See what they did there? Five floors up with an outdoor terrace, there’s everything from views to a big wine list to negronis. On the food side they’ll be serving things at the bar like chicken milanese, clams, and biscotti soft serve - which are definitely our kind of ‘snacks’.
This new Bermondsey spot serves a seasonal British menu. There are dishes like venison tartare, plenty of by-the-glass wine options, and most importantly, there’s a late night cheese toastie on offer. Heads up, they’re open until 1.30am.
The Hoxton Hotel in Southwark, not Hoxton - keep up - has a new all day European restaurant. Basically, there’s everything from crab linguine to French classics on the menu, as well as vegetable bowls for when you’re trying to keep it kinda healthy.
Fitzrovia has a new Sicilian restaurant serving fresh pasta, large meat dishes, and of course, homemade cannoli. Set over three floors, there’s a private dining space and a slick raw seafood bar serving clams, oysters, prawns, as well as wild sea bream.
If you like the sound of Mediterranean small plates, shakshuka-packed brunches, and Israeli wines, then Haya should probably be on your radar. This upmarket Notting Hill spot looks a lot like a glossy Made showroom, and there’s plenty of mint yoghurt, homemade labneh, and fish on their menu.
Street food market folk KERB, have finally done what London weather demanded. They’ve opened an indoor market inside a huge ex-banana warehouse in Seven Dials, and there are a whole lot of London market favourites involved, from gelato to steamed buns to a conveyor belt of cheese. That’s right, a conveyor belt of cheese.
Mama Shelter London
Mama Shelter is already a big deal, party spot in Paris. And LA. And when we say ‘big deal’, we mean, ‘where you go if you want to look a bit cool and maybe see a member of Two Door Cinema Club get pissed’. Now they’ve opened a hotel in Hackney with a huge restaurant. There are crab doughnuts and pork belly baos on the menu, as well as a big outdoor terrace, karaoke rooms, and table football to keep you entertained.
There’s a new neighbourhood Italian restaurant and café by Finchley Road tube station but you can expect more than your classic pizza and negroni situation here. Open from 7.30am, there’s everything from nduja scrambled eggs and blueberry smoothies for breakfast to clam bigoli and cocktails come the evening.
Given the amount of mess we can make with a bun and some ketchup, ‘neat’ and ‘burger’ are two words we don’t normally associate with each other, but this new spot in Mayfair is all about tidying away the meat. Expect plant-based takes on classic burgers, vegan tater tots, and plenty of people fussing over the fact that Lewis Hamilton is the owner.
Belgravia has a new all-day café and restaurant. Upstairs there are dishes like king prawn omelette, a grilled chicken green bowl, and red lentil fritters, whilst downstairs is all about fresh espresso, guest coffee roasts, as well as wine, and lots of virgin cocktails.
Liverpool Street has a new Cantonese spot where most of the dishes will cost you under a tenner. Three Uncles’ menu is all about roast duck, lo mein noodles, crispy pork belly, and freshly steamed dim sum. Heads up, they’re only open on weekdays.
Baozi Inn London Bridge
Dim sum, dan dan noodles, and barbeque roast duck - that’s what Baozi Inn is all about. They already have spots in Soho, Chinatown, and Victoria, but the new London Bridge restaurant is set over three floors with a big open kitchen and a cocktail lounge.
Old Street has a new handmade pasta spot that is focused on regional Italian dishes. Think fresh braised pork genovese occhi, cocktails, and a big open kitchen where you can watch the chefs prepare your pasta.
We checked out Officina 00 and put it on our Hit List.
The Stratford Brasserie
The Stratford Brasserie, in Stratford - duh, is a classic all-day spot on the ground floor of a new hotel complex. It has a huge brasserie-style menu, a huge outdoor terrace, and it’s open from 6.30am till late every day.
A classy artisan coffee shop originally from the Middle East has opened in Soho. Expect speciality Arabic coffee, French patisserie, and the kind of interiors even Patsy Stone would approve of.
Dalston Lane has a new cafe and co-working space that’s serving global-inspired food. If you’re picturing a blue and green cookie inspired by Planet Earth, think again. There’s a changing menu with everything from fried chicken and porchetta rice bowls to a babi guling and pickled watermelon sandwich.
A new Iranian restaurant has opened in Covent Garden. There’s a big open kitchen, lots of counter dining, and a menu full of things like sour cherry beef dumplings, saffron kebabs, and octopus.