It’s hard to keep up with all that’s opening in this great city of ours so keep this page bookmarked for regular updates of what to add to your list next!
Opened January 2017
Soho Square, W1D
Potentially one of the best openings of the year. As the name suggests, this is a 6 storey townhouse in Soho Square with various bars and restaurants as well as private spaces available for hire. With Afternoon Tea arriving soon, this place will be a winner.
The Baluchi at the Lalit
The Lalit Hotel, Tooley Street, SE1
Behind City Hall on the Southbank is the new Lalit Hotel. This new hotel will be something special but The Baluchi will be its best restaurant. They’ve served some of the best food in the high-end hotel market in India and this is their first foray in London. Expect fine dining and incredible flavour.
Victoria Street, Victoria, W1J
The famous Bleecker guys have now opened their first permanent indoor site. These guys have been serving up some of the tastiest burgers for a few years now so expect the Bleecker Black and always pair it with some Angry Fries!
Bel Air Farringdon
New Fetter Lane, Farringdon, EC4A
Food from LA means healthy, colourful and most importantly; tasty! They excelled in Shoreditch with their array of amazing salads and falafels. Now they move to Farringdon with the same ethic in a more accessible spot for City folk.
Shepherd Market, London, W1J
We’ve been to the one in Paris and can safely say it’ll be at home in Mayfair. A-listers frequent the French version so expect the same here with Parisian comfort food and excellent decor.
Denman Street, Soho, W1D
The first restaurant in Brixton was a massive hit and the small plates style of dining with Indian food proved wonderful. They’ve now opened in Soho so they will be harder to get a booking but don’t fret as they have a bigger restaurant than before!
La Dame de Pic
Four Seasons Hotel, Trinity Square, EC3N
As the name shows, this is a Paris stalwart coming with a triple-Michelin starred chef. Her name is Anne-Sophie Pic and she’ll be running the flagship restaurant at the new Four Seasons Hotel in the City. Expect fancy and expect some of the best food in the city.
Union Street, Southwark, SE1
A Tel Aviv–style eatery serving authentic Israeli dishes from an ex-Ottolenghi chef. SE1 is getting some fine restaurants this year and Bala Baya is earning some rave reviews!
Ralph’s Coffee & Bar
Regent Street, London, W1B
The first of its kind in London after successful bar openings around the world, this venture see’s Ralph Lauren combine elements of New York, Manhattan and Paris. An all day menu will be on hand as well as excellent cocktails into the night.
Central Street, Clerkenwell, EC1V
A new Italian in the Clerkenwell area that is focusing on Roman cuisine. Like Rotarino in Dalston, Stevie Parle is using upscale British Produced cooked in an authentic Italian way. So expect a lot of pasta, pizza and carpaccio.
Opened Late 2016
Stoney Street, London, SE1
Barrafina’s owners have decided to take on the humble taco. If our favourite tapas restaurant can do what they do to Spanish food can hit the same heights with Mexican (and we know they can), then we’re in for a treat!
Bonnie Gull Soho
Bateman Street, London, W1D
If you ever tried Bonnie Gull in Exmouth Market you’ll have tasted some of the tastiest seafood in London. The guys behind Bonnie Gull pride themselves in sourcing the best catches and then producing some excellent plates of food.
Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R
One of the best looking pubs around is The Culpeper near Spitalfields. Great food, decor and ambience made it a big hit. Now they’re about to open another restaurant in Clerkenwell which is renowned for having some of the best selection of pubs in the city.
Goswell Rd, London EC1V
The best tacos we’ve eaten have found their first home in Clerkenwell. Much like Smokestak, they have graced Street Feast with ease and you’ll never forget eating their food. Another great name to hit Clerkenwell and we can’t wait to go!
The Gate Marylebone
Seymour Place, Marylebone, W1H,
Perhaps one of the best vegetarian restaurants in the city is opening at another location in Marylebone. Expect the same great food in a great space.
Mount Street, Mayfair, W1K
Jamavar London is the latest outpost for the upmarket restaurant chain who own the Leela Palace Hotel in India. They’ll be in Mayfair serving up some very high-end dishes now that they have an ex-Gymkhana chef in the kitchen. This place will definitely do well and we’re sure it’ll be hard to get a booking soon.
Wardour Street London W1D
Pizza from Florence hits the city of London and comes with a serious amount of heritage. The owners have a restaurant in Florence that has been going for over 60 years. Expect the best ingredients and some excellent pizza.
Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N
Cinnamon Cafe and Cinnamon Soho have a new sibling; Cinnamon Bazaar in Covent Garden. When you have a winning formula, it makes sense to have another restaurant. There will be great Indian food and a new menu to show.
St John Street, Clerkenwell, EC1M
Italian food from the guys behind one of our favourite restaurants – The Clove Club. They’re focusing on British produce and excellent ingredients with two menus. One for the bar which will be more casual dining and one for the restaurant. We can’t wait to go to this one.
Tandoor Chop House
Adelaide Street, Covent Garden, WC2N
English chops cooked one of the best ways – Indian. We tend to judge an Indian restaurant on its chops so to have it in the name means we’re excited. Expect great snacks, a series of mains and lots of naans and sides.
Poland Street, Soho, W1F
More tacos to grace the city. This time you’ll be able to see them being made freshly in front of you with lots of tequila, margaritas and authentic Mexican food.
Sloane Street, London, SW1X
Remember Sumosan? It’s moving to a new spot and extending its name. This time they aim to wow the crowds with specific chefs for the excellent Italian and Japanese food they serve. Our two favourite cuisines all under one roof!
Emilia’s Crafted Pasta
St Katharine Docks, London, E1W
Fresh pasta fan? You’re in luck! This place wants to be the best in London and we love a restaurant with lofty expectations. Think along the lines of Padella in Borough Market but in a very exclusive setting.
Dean Street, Soho, W1D
Our favourite meal of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 sees Barrafina move home. If you’ve been to the Michelin starred Frith Street establishment, they’ve now moved to where Quo Vadis used to be on Dean Street. Love your tapas? Then come here for the best in town.
Temple and Sons
Tower 42, Old Broad Street, EC2N
Jason Atherton’s next place to grace the city after the Michelin starred City Social. Expect a menu focusing on British meat and fish.
St James’s Market, Victoria, SW1Y
Famed high-end Nordic restaurant from New York comes to London and another to join a plethora of great names to inhabit St James’s Square. Expect the very best in Nordic cuisine and flavour combinations plus the backing of 2 Michelin stars across the pond.
Compton Street, Soho, W1D
Nothing more to say here than a place specialising in crisps and dips. What’s not to like?!
Heddon Street, London, W1B
A new restaurant from the guys behind Shiori in Notting Hill. They’re one of the first to specialise in Washoku dining which incorporates rice, fish and lots of miso. Love your sake too? Here’s the place to get it with its own dedicated bar.
Old Street, London, EC1V
Various cafes all over London and they’re a big hit with us. Great coffee, cool meeting spot or lovely work area. This time they’re going all-day dining and late-night drinking!
Broadwick Street, Soho W1F
Meat is the name of the game and Neil Rankin could be the best in the business. Following Smokehouse and Bad Egg (lovely breakfast spot in Moorgate) comes Temper. Expect meat of all varieties on in-house bread much like tacos. The beef fat variety is off the charts!
Lobos Meat and Tapas
Frith Street, Soho, W1D
As the name suggests, this Borough stalwart specialises in Iberian meats and tapas. Moving to Soho in a prime location can only enhance how good the food here is!
James Cochran EC3
Bevis Marks, Aldgate, EC3A
BYOC is one of the most fun restaurants in London. You bring the bottle, they make the drinks for you and the menu is pretty special too. To make matters even better, James Cochran is an ex-Ledbury chef and this is his first restaurant in the City.
St James’s Market, Victoria, SW1Y
Another restaurant to head to the new development in St James’s Market (it will be the new destination this year!). Have you been to Tonkotsu to sample their ramen? Here they go upmarket and are concentrating on set lunches.
Exmouth Market, London, EC1R
A newcomer to the pizza game. Panzo take the Neapolitan pizza and make it lighter and double fry the dough. The panuozzo sandwich makes a debut here too. It’ll give Pizza Pilgrims a run but we can’t choose who would win!
Sclater Street, Shoreditch, E1
The best smoked/BBQ food in London finds their first permanent spot in London after thrilling customers at Street Feast for a few years now.
Bleecker Street Burger
If you know burgers then you’ve heard of Bleecker Street Burger. Their burger van has been in various spots in London and they’ve finally found a home in Spitalfields Market. The Black Burger is one of the best around and pair it with their Angry Fries and you won’t look back.
Joe’s Oriental Diner
King’s Road, SW3
From Kurobuta’s Scott Hallsworth comes a new restaurant to fill the void left by the Kurobuta pop-up. There will be a myriad of Asian flavours and according to Scott they will be trying a lot of new things here.
The Fourteenth Colonie
Clerkenwell Road, EC1
Taking over the space that Giant Robot inhabited is a New York style restaurant that will be serving brunch as well as a very decent drinks menu. If it can build on what Giant Robot had then it’s a winner in our eyes.
Dolls House Islington
Upper Street, N1
Hailing from Hoxton, the Dolls House has now moved to Islington. This was a popular restaurant serving up great dishes with British ingredients. If you remember the House of Wolf, then your standards will still be high.
Greek Street, Soho, W1D
Coal Vaults is one of our favourite eateries in Soho so it made us happy to learn they will be taking over Millroy’s. Primarily a whisky shop with a cocktail bar in the basement, this won’t have a massive restaurant menu but it will have meat and cheese.
Ham Yard, W1D
Part of the Ham Yard Hotel group, this restaurant will specialise in Kobe beef in a Teppanyaki setting. If you love that combination (who wouldn’t?) then head over that way soon.
Greek Street, Soho, W1D
A restaurant that specialises in smoked food always piques our interest. Great food coupled with South-East Asian influences will draw a large crowd.
Bone Daddies Shackfuyu
Old Compton Street, W1D
A long-term pop-up from Bone Daddies. This will have some similar food items to the busy Bone Daddies that’s not far away. Only open until roughly the end of the year so don’t miss out.
Great Windmill Street, Soho
Some of the best chops in town with cheap cocktails in a basement location: ingredients for success!
King’s Road, SW3
Kurobuta in Marble Arch is excellent but it started life off as a pop-up in Chelsea. It’s doing very well that they’ve now acquired a permanent site so expect an excellent menu with plenty of sake.
Great Portland Street, W1W
Headed up by one guy from Quality Chop House and one from 10 Greek Street, this combination is on to a winner. It will be an all day restaurant serving up great British ingredients in a brightly lit setting.
20 Fenchurch Street
The top few floors of the ‘Walkie Talkie’ building in the city has been inhabited by the Sky Garden. There will be an all day brasserie, a seafood restaurant and a cocktail bar. The views will be stunning and the food will be great. Bookings are full until March but you can walk in from 6pm, first come first served.
City Point, EC2
Anything by Neil Rankin is something to look out for. Pitt Cue Co, Smokehouse and now Bad Egg. It’s an all day diner with a speciality for eggs. Think breakfast, brunches, lunches and dinners with burgers, ribs, tacos, ‘bad eggs’ and awesome combinations.
St Martin’s Lane, WC2N
Contemporary Japanese food set to open near Covent Garden/Leicester Square. There will be excellent sushi and food from the robata grill. Sake will be present so expect some Izakaya dining.
Copita Del Mercado
The follow up to Copita in Soho. For starters, that’s a recipe for success. There’s now a terrace to accompany the excellent food and wine so be sure to get there as soon as Spring comes.
Rex and Mariano
St. Anne’s Court, Soho, W1F
When the people behind Burger & Lobster and Goodman come together to make a seafood restaurant, it’s one to make sure you go to. The ingredients will be high end, simple but most importantly, affordable. You can also only imagine how good the wine list will be!
Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J
Hailing from Moscow, Bocconcino is a successful chain of pizza and pasta restaurants coming to London. A prime location and following in the footsteps of Novikov it may be pricey but it will be worth it.
The Ivy Market Grill
Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, WC2E
If you know The Ivy then you know there’s great food. It’s being called a smaller sibling however it exists to create its own identity. We’ve seen the menu and be sure to get yourselves there soon.
Delancey & Co.
Goodge Street, W1
An New York deli specialising in salt beef and salmon. The sandwiches here will be monster and blow torched. A recipe for success.
Bubba Gump Shrimp
Tried and trusted shrimp restaurant from across the pond. If you’ve never been you will be in for a treat. This place has been on the cards for a while now and it’s getting closer to opening. Wait until you order buckets of shrimp with their signature sauce!
Pizza Pilgrims & Friggitoria
Opening July 24th
Kingly Court (Just off Carnaby Street)
There’s always something special about a restaurant that started from a little van (could be seen around Soho). They were at many food festivals and still are! After opening their first restaurant in Soho, they are about to embark on their second in Kingly Court. This will be slightly different from the Soho branch with more specials and dishes unique to this restaurant only. Opening this week so get ready!
Opening July 2014
The famous chicken and steak restaurant heads down to Bankside. After successful launches in Shoreditch (Tramshed) and Liverpool street (Hixter), it’s now time for the third installment. Mark Hix’s take on chicken and steak is fantastic and this is going to be the third of many we think!
Duck & Rice
Opening summer 2014
Berwick Street, Soho
Alan Yau of Hakkasan, Wagamamma, Yauatcha and Cha Cha Moon fame is to open his first pub. This is going to be a Chinese gastropub and is right next to his old place Yauatcha. This is going to be fantastic so keep your calendar free for the inevitable soft launch.
Opening September 2014
Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H
Marcus Wareing is a restauranteur this time and leaving the cooking to Chantelle Nicholson (chef at the Savoy Grill, one of Marcus’s haunts). This has been labelled as a causal but informed restaurant, serving food you like and when you like.
Dishoom Kings Cross
Opening Autumn 2014
Stable Street, N1C
After successes in Covent Garden and Shoreditch (this one we go to a lot!), Dishoom are opening their third restaurant in Kings Cross. This will not only be their largest, but also one of the largest in the area. You can expect the trusty Dishoom menu here and another place to eat their signature Lamb Raan is one of many reasons to go.
Smack Deli – Goodman Lobster Roll deli
Opening Late 2014
Binney Street, W1K
This one is simple, the people behind Burger & Lobster are opening up a deli focussing on lobster rolls. Think of Bob’s Lobster but in a more upmarket area (Mayfair). This will be a takeaway restaurant as well and there are to be a few other dishes on the menu but there’s not much to go on yet. Keep you posted!
Opening Autumn 2014
Aldwych House, WC2
The famous Roka is expanding and it will be much the same as before: impressively modern Japanese food and the signature robata grill. There will be unique dishes served at this branch but you can still get your fix of your Roka favourites here so don’t fret.
Opening Late 2014
Probably Jamie Oliver’s best restaurant is gaining another site on Piccaddilly. Expect very much the same BBQ menu but in a larger space and a bar.
Berkeley Street, W1J
Another one from Alan Yau. The restauranteur is taking over the old Automat and will serve Chinese dishes that were famous in Shanghai during the 50s.
Opening 2nd quarter of 2015
St James’s Street, SW1A
This is on this list just due to the lavishness of it. Biblioteka is going to cost £15m and comes from the owners of Bob Bob Ricard in Soho. The space is going to be vast (17,000 square foot) and the menu will be very much the same as in Soho: English and Russian specialities.