We keep a running list of all the new London restaurants that have opened over the past year.
Here, you'll find the main new restaurant openings that have been creating a buzz in London recently, handily broken down month-by-month so you can see just when they opened.
What to find out all about the hottest new restaurants coming to London soon? Then check out our exhaustive list of upcoming restaurants.
251 restaurants have opened in London in 2015 so far.
In a nutshell: Steak and more
Where is it? 17-18 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8QH
Why should you care? The new restaurant will have the core, good value steak though with the restaurant group's own herd from Flat Iron Farm and there's a working butchery too. (Soft launch until December 2)
In a nutshell: Ramen bar take-two
Where is it? 3 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DL
Why should you care? This will be the second Kanada Ya ramen bar in London after the wildly successful original. Expect the same ramen plus some new dishes - and if there are six of you, booking in advance too. (Soft launch until December 4)
In a nutshell: Michelin starred Japanese chef has another go at London
Where is it? 23 Conduit St, London W1S 2XS
Why should you care? This is top Japanese chef Yoshihiro Murata's second stab at a London restaurant. Expect modern Japanese dining with plenty of Wagyu beef cooked on their robata grill.
In a nutshell: Bistro in London Fields
Where is it? 1 Westgate Street, London E8 3R
Why should you care? Ellory will be a bistro on the ground floor of Netil House and will be a 50-seater restaurant with separate bar. It's a joint venture by chef Matthew Young (ex-Mayfields) and sommelier Jack Lewens (ex- Spring and River Cafe).
In a nutshell: Berber & Q & Beer
Where is it? Queen’s Yard, London E9 5EN.
Why should you care? This sees Crate Breery expanding next door and they've brought in the people behind Berber & Q to provide the food.
In a nutshell: Nightjar in Smithfield
Where is it? East Poultry Avenue, London Central Markets, London EC1A 9LH
Why should you care? Nightjar cocktail bar (no 3 on the World's 50 Best Bars list) is bringing their next bar to Smithfield Market. It'll be styled after an old-school nightclub, with a stage for live music - swing, jazz and blues are all on the agenda - and the bar will be themed using elements from the "Old World, New World and the Orient.".
In a nutshell: All day cafe, bar, restaurant in Stoke Newington
Where is it? 182 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7UY
Why should you care? This is an all-day restaurant, cafe and bar and the menu has some interesting sharing dishes. On top of the food and drink in the kitchen, the downstairs bar seats over 100 and will be the new place to go for DJ gigs - plus more pursuits during the day.
In a nutshell: Jun Tanaka in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 22 Charlotte St, London W1T 2NB
Why should you care? Jun Tanaka is best known for both his restaurant Pearl and a few stints on Saturday Kitchen too. Now he's opening his own restaurant in Fitzrovia - a French/Mediterranean neighbourhood style restaurant which uses fine dining cheffing techniques but with a more casual feel. (Soft launch until October 23)
In a nutshell: Pizza & soup for Exmouth Market
Where is it? 15 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QD
Why should you care? This sees some of Soho's finest pizzas make their way over to Exmouth Market. And this time they're adding what is essentially liquid pizza to the menu too.
In a nutshell: BBQ in Soho
Where is it? 20 Berwick Street, London W1F OPY
Why should you care? This is the latest Red Dog to hit London. Expect a combination of BBQ and burgers - plus lots of tequilas and margaritas too. (soft launch until November 18)
In a nutshell: Steak and chips for £20 + more in Chelsea
Where is it? 351 Fulham Road, London SW10 9TW
Why should you care? This steak restaurant is mainly a "one choice" restaurant - that choice being steak and chips for £20. However, you can also get huge tomahawk steaks and more if that's not enough.
In a nutshell: Kebabs from the Camden Town Brewery
Where is it? 289-291 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2JS
Why should you care? This is a new sister venue to the Camden Town Brewery and this time they'll be adding kebabs to the selection of beer.
In a nutshell: Old Gym becomes a restaurant
Where is it? Granary Square, King's Cross
Why should you care? The D&D restaurant group is to take over a site that used to be the first ever gym in London. They're replacing it with what is pretty much the opposite, a huge restaurant and bar space. Expect plenty of german food and booze on the menu too.
In a nutshell: Steak & more for Balham
Where is it? 5-19 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9EX.
Why should you care? Another expansion from the people behind Hawksmoor, this is the latest of their ofsoot brand Foxlow, taking the space from Sam's Brasserie.
In a nutshell: Fried chicken in Tottenham
Where is it? The Old Fire Station, Town Hall Approach Rd London N15 4RX
Why should you care? By day they aim to serve up healthier and better quality chicken meals to young people, matching the price of local fast food outlets. In the evening they'll turn into a neighbourhood restaurant. Better still every bit of profit from the restaurant is being put into funding Chicken Town's £2 Junior Specials, helping local young people get a better lunch and after school meal.
In a nutshell: A wine bar with food from people behind the Sportsman
Where is it? 51 Lamb's Conduit St, London WC1N 3NB
Why should you care? The people behind Noble Rot magazine are opening a wine bar - but not any old wine bar. They've enlisted not only an ex-Sportsman chef but the Sportsman's Exec Chef Stephen Harris is advising on the menu too. (Soft launch until 11th and open fully on 13th)
In a nutshell: Ex Kopapa chef Selin Kiazim's own restaurant
Where is it? 74 Luke Street, London EC2A 4PY
Why should you care? Selin Kiazim's restaurant focus on the Turkish cooking that has been so popular at her events and is beins designed to reflect her "bustling eating times as a child." (Soft launch until 15th and open fully on 17th)
In a nutshell: High end Alan Yau
Where is it? 17 Berkeley Street, London, W1S 4NF
Why should you care? This is yet another Alan Yau restaurant who seems to be very busy indeed at the moment. This is a revival of a brand that he first launched in New York some years ago. Expect a chinese restaurant with a 1920s feel to it. There will be a focus on music too, ranging from piano to string quartets to evening jazz. Plus Peking duck with caviar.
In a nutshell: Korean chicken for The City
Where is it? 9 Ludgate Broadway, London, EC4V 6DU
Why should you care? Popular Korean restaurant group On The Bab are opening right by St Paul's, but this place will be essentially a takeaway site with a few tables for eat-in. Expect plenty of KFC (Korean fried chicken) and steamed buns, rice, and soup noodles with your choice of barbecue meat.
In a nutshell: Indian tapas in The City
Where is it? 11 Whites Row, London E1 7NF
Why should you care? This City restaurant serving new Indian tapas just around the corner from Spitalfields Market. It's run by Harneet Baweja, an Indian entrepeneur who wanted to bring something different to the scene.
In a nutshell: Cocktails and charcuterie in Hackney
Where is it? 271 Well Street, London E9 6RG
Why should you care? The 70-seater bar is from the folk behind The Three Compasses in Dalston and will be cocktail-focused, and alongside those they'll be serving locally sourced cheese boards and charcuterie.
In a nutshell: US wing chain's first UK restaurant
Where is it? 4a Clifton Terrace, London N4 3JP
Why should you care? This is a fast food joint devoted to things chicken and the first UK restaurant for an American chain begun by two students at the University of Florida in their frat house. The main focus of the menu are the chicken wings which come in a variety of flavours.
In a nutshell: The latest meatfest from the people behind Goodman
Where is it? 2 St Anne's Court, London W1F 0AZ
Why should you care? Taking over the spot from the much loved but hopefully relocating Rex and Mariano, this is a new restaurant from the people behind Goodman. They'll be experimenting with all types of meats and expect a great steak sarnie for a fiver too. Soft launch with 50% off until 8/11.
Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Lobstershack Canary Wharf
In a nutshell: BBQ and seafood at Crossrail
Where is it? Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf
Why should you care? This is the latest BBQ and Lobster Shack to open in London and will offer a similar menu to the Covent Garden restaurant adding in some private rooms and an impressive terrace overlooking Canary Wharf.
In a nutshell: Ex Cinnamon Club chef does banquets
Where is it? 1 Snowden Street, Broadgate West, London, EC2A 2DQ
Why should you care? Abdul Yaseen, who worked at the Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen for a decade is going it alone with this new restaurant based on the Indian Royal Court banquets.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese street food
Where is it? 76 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6ND
Why should you care? Pho & Bun is the brainchild of Holborn restaurant Viet Eat's owner Andy Le. The new Vietnamese spot will focus on Pho and their steamed milky bun burger.
In a nutshell: All-day Ivy
Where is it? 96 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London W1U 2QA
Why should you care? This is the latest mini-Ivy following recent openings in Covent Garden and Chelsea. Except a similar menu and more trio-cocktails too.
In a nutshell: Grab and go Asian food for The City.
Where is it? Leadenhall Court, 1-6 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3V 1PP
Why should you care? Yum Som is from Ed Martin, also behind the nearby (and VERY popular) Botanist. Expect Asian salads, rice paper rolls, glass noodle salads, small pots, subs and soups - all available to take away.
In a nutshell: The Laundry revamped
Where is it? The Laundry Building, 2-18 Warburton Road, London E8 3FN
Why should you care? This restaurant is from the people behind the Hoxton Pony and this sees them taking over the Laundry Building in London Fields. It'll have an East London afternoon tea too.
In a nutshell: Scottish tapas in Stoke Newington
Where is it? 67 Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 0AR
Why should you care? This is described as "hi-jacking some of the best Scottish seafood on its way to Spain and serving it along side some of the best Spanish produce, wines and sherries." Sound good to us.
In a nutshell: Potatoes in Soho
Where is it? 27 Noel Street, London W1F 8GZ
Why should you care? This has been opened by Ksenia Karpenko who used to be Head Sommelier at Four to Eight in Covent Garden and it's bringing a twist to the classic baked potato. So expect to see toppings like smoked ham hock, cheddar & piccalilli, prawn & bourbon Marie Rose sauce and borlotti bean, tomato & gallybagger cheese on the menu.
In a nutshell: Pan Asian bar in Kensington
Where is it? 1 Kensington High Street, London W8 5NP
Why should you care? This is a new Pan Asian bar with some pretty good sounding small plates including sea bass with gold flake steamed dumplings, mixed 'bubbling and smoking' sashimi and a shimmering gold cocktail to boot.
In a nutshell: Pan Asian restaurant for Debenhams
Where is it? 334-348 Oxford Street, London W1C 1JG
Why should you care? This is a new restaurant for Debenhams - it's Pan Asian, planning to pull together Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean cuisine.
In a nutshell: Egg market stall goes permanent in Stoke Newington
Where is it? Church Street, Stoke Newington.
Why should you care? This sees the market stall go to the next level. They'll be serving bagels, stuffed pitas, fried chicken, short-rib pastrami and lots more. And expect a good brunch offering too. (Soft launch, fully open Nov 3).
In a nutshell: Sri Lankan food in Soho from the people behind Gymkhana
Where is it? 49 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 4SG
Why should you care? Coming from the Sethi siblings, best known for Gymkhana but also behind Bao, Lyle's and more, this is inspired by roadside shacks (boutiques) of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. These shacks focus on hoppers and dosas which will be the same with Hoppers.
In a nutshell: Bar, restaurant and night club in the City
Where is it? 8-22 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7LP
Why should you care? This is the third Zebrano for London taking over a huge space on Houndstitch. It combines a bar, night club and a restaurant serving a mix of European and Asian food.
In a nutshell: A new restaurant for Fortnums
Where is it? 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER (and also 45 Jermyn Street...)
Why should you care? This is a new restaurant from Fortnum & Mason and it's taking the place of the Fountain brasserie that's been open for 60 years. It will be rechristened as 45 Jermyn Street and they're apparently going for a restaurant that recaptures "a golden age of glamour".
In a nutshell: Darts and cocktails for the City
Where is it? Alphabeta Building, 2A Worship Street, London EC2A 2AH
Why should you care? This bar features a high-tech darts set-up with a design by Russell Sage - and promieses to level the playing field for all players too.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese food you can fold in Brick Lane
Where is it? 204 Brick Lane, London E1 6SA
Why should you care? A new Vietnamese restaurant - aptly titled FOLD - opens in Brick Lane later this month, based all around food you can fold. Traditionally known as the summer roll, the gluten free rice paper can be folded round a variety of fillings before being steamed, grilled or fried.
In a nutshell: Burgers & booze in North London
Where is it? 133b Upper St London UK N1 1QP
Why should you care? The leaders of the dirty food pack are showing no signs of stopping as the latest MEATliquor is planning to land in Islington at the old Citroen garage space.
In a nutshell: Steak & more for Chiswick
Where is it? Barley Mow Centre, 11 Barley Mow Passage, W4 4PH
Why should you care? Another expansion from the people behind Hawksmoor, this is the latest of their ofsoot brand Foxlow, taking the space from Sam's Brasserie.
In a nutshell: Famous Parisian restaurant lands in London
Where is it? 16 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London W1G 9DD
Why should you care? The people behind Parisian restaurant Taillevent are bringing its spin-off Les 110 de Taillevent to London - which focuses on food and wine pairings, named after the 110 wines available by the glass. Each of the 30 dishes is matched by one of four selected glasses.
In a nutshell: Rooftop restaurant for Winter
Where is it? Selfridges, Oxford Street
Why should you care? This is the latest rooftop restaurant for Selfridges, this time with a forest and foraging theme. Expect plenty of seasonal food plus an outdoor terrace with hot chocolate cocktails.
In a nutshell: The people behind the Ivy do seafood
Where is it? 1-4 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR
Why should you care? This is the latest restaurant from Richard Caring's Caprice Group, who are also behind the Ivy. This will be an upmarket seafood restaurant (with some buns and dumplings too) in Mayfair and we expect the vibe to have much in common with the original Ivy, right down to the use of known artists to decorate the place.
In a nutshell: Famous charcoal grill and kebab joint comes to Shoreditch
Where is it? 68 Rivington St, London EC2A 3AY
Why should you care? The original Mangal Ocakbasi is a 25 year old charcoal grill hit in Dalston and is now coming to Shoreditch. Expect lamb chops, their kebabs straight off the charcoal grill, fresh Mediterranean salads and vegetarian meze dishes too.
In a nutshell: Night Tales goes permanent at London Fields
Where is it? 1 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL
Why should you care? After two years on the street food and festival scene, Night Tales has found a new home in the heart of London Fields with a new cocktail bar, NT's, nestled between the North Eastern railway arches and Netil House. Expect seasonal drinks and grilled cheese sarnie focused snacks.
In a nutshell: New chippy for Islington
Where is it? 356 Essex Road, London N1
Why should you care? Already very popular in Stoke Newington and with their pop-up in Boxpark, this sees Sutton and Sons come to Islington with fish supplied from their own fishmongers.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese barbecue in King's Cross
Where is it? 244 York Way, London N7 9AG
Why should you care? CôBa is the brainchild of Vietnamese-Australian Damon Bui who has run supperclub Table for 10. This new restaurant will serve Vietnamese barbecue meats, cooked on a charcoal grill served with a noodle salad, soup noodles and more.
In a nutshell: A new bar for Arbutus in Soho
Where is it? 1 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL
Why should you care? A bar that is literally "The dogs bollocks". Arbutus in Soho is already known for its keenly priced contemporary food and huge range of wines available by the carafe, under the direction of chef patron Anthony Demetre. Now, the new bar will offer a chance to enjoy a far more informal experience which, they say, will be in keeping with its "luxurious, yet unpretentious and affordable" ethic.
In a nutshell: Provencal food in Chelsea
Where is it? 6 Hollywood Road, London SW10 9HY
Why should you care? Margaux is now the hangout for the likes of Pippa Middleton & Co and the owners are planning a second venture in Chelsea. Bandol will feature a menu of Nicoise and Provencal sharing dishes.
In a nutshell: Pasta to go near Piccadilly Circus
Where is it? 5 Air Street London W1J 0AB
Why should you care? Just off Piccadilly Circus, Pasta Sereni will be doing fast hand-made pasta to eat there or take away - so if you fancy an escape from the hordes of shoppers, this could be the place.
In a nutshell: Clapham restaurant gets an overhaul
Where is it? 4 The Polygon, London SW4 0JG
Why should you care? Adam Byatt's Trinity has had a huge overhaul, completely transforming the restaurant and adding more outside space. Plus he's changed the restaurant upstars into Upstairs - for more casual dining.
In a nutshell: Anthony Demetre in Old Street
Where is it? 151-157 City Rd, London EC1V 1JH
Why should you care? Urban Coterie is the latest offering from Anthony Demetre, previously best known for Arbutus in Soho. He's joined up with Head Chef Martin Zahumensky for a seasonal British menu at the top of the M by Montcalm at Old Street.
In a nutshell: Classic Chinese food in Islington
Where is it? 107 Upper Street, Islington N1 1QN
Why should you care? This new Chinese restaurant in Islington will be based on 80s style Chinese food (but authentic - not the English equivalent).
In a nutshell: Lockhart mark II
Where is it? 26 Kingly Street, London W1B 5QD
Why should you care? This is next restaurant from the people behind The Lockhart, including the chef Brad McDonald. Expect lots of low-and-slow barbecue alongside a Southern USA style cocktail bar.
In a nutshell: Meatballs in Covent Garden
Where is it? 1 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 6DA
Why should you care? The Bowler is the latest street food van to land a full-time restaurant, coming to Covent Garden. Expect an all day restaurant with meatballs in boxes or pitta.
In a nutshell: Tim Anderson's izakaya and ramen shop in Brixton
Where is it? 426 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF
Why should you care? Very, VERY, long awaited, this is MasterChef winner Tim Anderson's much anticipated restaurant. It will be a combination izakaya and ramen shop. You can stop in for a quick bowl of noodles, or stay a little longer to enjoy a range of dishes to share, along with plenty of good Japanese beer and shochu.
In a nutshell: Jamaican food in Dalston
Where is it? Address TBC
Why should you care? Rudie's is billed as a casual dining Jamaican restaurant which is aiming for "traditional Jamaican cooking presented with a contemporary twist."
In a nutshell: Flagship for the bar group
Where is it? Hilton London Bankside, 2-8 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0UG
Why should you care? OXBO at the new Hilton will be an all-day restaurant that (unsurprisingly given its proximity to Borough Market) will focus on Borough's British food while The Distillery will focus on artisan gins and locally crafted beers.
In a nutshell: Texan BBQ, music & bourbon in Brixton
Where is it? 40 Acre Lane, London SW2 5SP
Why should you care? Following the Camden original and the huge Shoreditch restaurant, the third Blues Kitchen is going south of the river. Expect Texan BBQ, lots of live music and a huge bourbon selection.
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood Japanese in King's Cross
Where is it? 2 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NA
Why should you care? This minimalist spot says it's going to be serving up food "you won’t find anywhere else in London" - so expect some great sashimi, tempura, sushi rolls plus lots of sake.
In a nutshell: Indian "street food" in the West End
Where is it? 22 Kingly Street, London W1B 5QB
Why should you care? This is the fourth Dishoom, returning to central London in a space just off Carnaby. Expect similar dishes to the others in a huge space.
In a nutshell: Chicken, waffles and doughnuts in Islington
Where is it? 81 Holloway Road, London N7 8LT
Why should you care? This is the second Bird restaurant, following on from the original in Shoreditch. Expect plenty of chicken of all types plus some mean doughnuts too.
In a nutshell: Artisan coffee in a very high-end hotel
Where is it? 53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA
Why should you care? The Dorchester are getting into the artisan coffee market with a new cafe called Parcafé, just next to their ballroom. They're aiming for a luxury coffee experience, with an emphasis on adding Dorchester style service.
In a nutshell: Pizza by the slice on Charing Cross Road.
Where is it? 21 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0ET
Why should you care? This London pizzeria is a pizza al tranchio kinda place - which is to say it serves up pizza by the slice. It's a labour of love by Alessio Chong Zheng Dong who took an apprenticeship with Roman pizza master Angelo Iezzi, currently presidente dell'API Associazione Pizzerie Italiane, which sounds pretty proper.
In a nutshell: A bar that focuses on the perfect martini
Where is it? Meliá White House Hotel, Albany St, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 3UP
Why should you care? Barcelona's Dry Martini By Javier de las Muelas has consistently sat within the World’s 50 Best Bars list for the past six years. This is their London outpost and there's a bar snacks menu to do with your cocktails too.
Also opened in October
- Bella Cosa came to Canary Wharf, featuring southern Italian cuisine and some pretty great views across the river too.
The Fat Duck Re-launch
In a nutshell: Heston reborn
Where is it? High St, Bray, West Berkshire SL6 2AQ
Why should you care? After almost a year's worth or refurbishment, The Fat Duck is getting ready to open with a new menu and lots of added extras, including a robotic sweetshop.
In a nutshell: Dirty food for Carnaby Court
Where is it? Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London W1B 5PW
Why should you care? Dirty Bones has been open in Kensington for a year and a half and at the end of the summer, they're opening in Carnaby and bringing their dirty food menu (aka American "comfort food") with them.
In a nutshell: Flagship for the bar group
Where is it? 6 Pancras Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AJ
Why should you care? This is the latest from Drake and Morgan - who also run the Folly, The Anthologist and the Fable and this time they're keeping their own name. It'll be a bar and restaurant on two floors (with an outside terrace too) and they'll have one of their gourmet delis too.
In a nutshell: Lombardy bar and restaurant in Hackney
Where is it? Arch 358, Westgate St, London E8 3RL
Why should you care? This is a all day new bar, restaurant and deli dedicated to the Lombardy region of Italy, with dishes inspired by the region and wine and food from the deli to take away.
In a nutshell: Turkish Mangal, Ocakbasi and cocktails
Where is it? 156 Canonbury Rd, Islington, London N1 2UP
Why should you care? Lee Tiernan's Black Axe Mangal project first started in Copenhagen as a series of popups where it quickly reached cult status amongst both locals and travelling chefs .His take on the kebab is 'an unauthentic, bastardised take of Turkish Mangal and Ocakbasi, with global influences.'
In a nutshell: Laid-back French
Where is it? 92-94 Newman Street, London. W1T 3EZ
Why should you care? Allan Pickett (from Plateau) and Andre Blais (founder of Bodeans BBQ) are joining up for this laid-back French restaurant in Fitzrovia, with a few British flourishes too.
Le Pont de la Tour Re-launch
In a nutshell: Riverside revamp
Where is it? 36 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE
Why should you care? It has one of the best views south of the river and now it's getting a big revamp, with a new chef in charge too. The new menu will focus on French cuisine using local British ingredients and the inside will be re-designed by Russell Sage. Special Hot Dinners pre-opening offer until Sep 27.
In a nutshell: Pizza for King''s Cross
Where is it? King's Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Why should you care? There's a new pizza place coming to King's Cross, and this one's inside the big King's Place building, as part of the Green and Fortune Café (so it's very handy for Guardian workers).
In a nutshell: Italian for The City
Where is it? 21 Artillery Lane, London
Why should you care? Canto Corvino comes from people behind the popular Manicomio restaurants. Expect a modern Italian restaurant. an extensive Italian wine list, weekend brunches and more.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese streetfood in Soho
Where is it? 34 – 36 Wardour Street, W1D 6QT
Why should you care? This Vietnamese street food restaurant in Soho has a very impressive pedigree as it comes from Michelin-starred chef Jeff Tan who was the Head Chef at Hakkasan Mayfair for three years. Expect pho, snacks and more.
In a nutshell: Steak and booze in Kentish Town
323 Kentish Town Rd, London NW5 2TJ
Why should you care? This has a focus on beef, but this isn't a high end steakhouse, think more Flat Iron with an emphasis on cheaper cuts such as rump, onglet and the good old flat iron.
In a nutshell: Italian near Marble Arch
Where is it? 62 Seymour Street, London W1H 5BN
Why should you care? Set over two levels this Italian restaurant will serve up lunch, cicchetti, dinner and evening cocktails with a breakfast/brunch offering planned for weekends.
In a nutshell: Wahaca offshoot comes to central London
Where is it? 28-29 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 1BU
Why should you care? DF Mexico is Wahaca's version of a modern Mexican diner (the original of which we visited for a Test Drive) offering something of a cross between American and Mexican food.
In a nutshell: Pub from Brompton Food Market duo
Where is it? 279-283 Brompton Road, London SW3 2DY
Why should you care? The Hour Glass pub is getting two new owners - Luke Mackay and David Turcan, who currently run Brompton Food Market. Expect a regularly changing menu with lots of products from artisan producers.
In a nutshell: Anna Hansen's second Pantry
Where is it? Alphabeta Building, 14-18 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1BR
Why should you care? This is the follow up to Anna Hansen's popular Clerkenwell restaurant, The Modern Pantry. The new restaurant will feature a tapas bar, restaurant and private dining room taking over the ground floor of a large Georgian building on the corner of Finsbury Square.
In a nutshell: Bristol tapas on Broadway Market
Where is it? 129A Prichards Road, London E2 9AP
Why should you care? This is from Tom Hunt - better known to some as the author of The Natural Cook - bringing the successful tapas restaurant from Bristol to London. Expect tapas based on organic and seasonal British produce.
In a nutshell: Wine bar in Belsize Park
Where is it? 240 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 2AE
Why should you care? The folk behind the award-winning gastopub The Truscott Arms are branching out, opening a wine bar in Belsize Park. The Truscott Cellar, which opens in June, will be a modern wine bar with food by their chef at The Truscott Arms Aidan McGee.
In a nutshell: Beer based cooking in Fulham
Where is it? 18 Farm Lane Fulham, London SW6 1PP
Why should you care? Dave Ahern - aka CorkGourmetGuy aka BurgerBreakout - is opening his first restaurant called Wahleeah following a series of successful residencies. There's a strong focus on cooking with beer and plenty of made to order ingredients.
In a nutshell: Hot dogs in Camden
Where is it? 21a Camden High Street, London NW1 7JE
Why should you care? There's no stopping the march of hot dog restaurants and this latest is landing in Camden, with all manner of ways to customise your dog.
In a nutshell: Donostia moves across the road
Where is it? 9 Seymour Place, London W1H 5BA
Why should you care? This is a new restaurant from the people behind Donostia. And they're not moving far either, just across the road where the new place will have an emphasis on grilled meat and fish and a private courtyard too.
In a nutshell: Seafood in South Kensington
Where is it? 56 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3DY
Why should you care? This is the latest from the very popular Wright Bros, this time adding on a standalone bar serving up wines and cocktails alongside ‘pound a pop’ oysters, from Wright Bros' own Duchy Oyster Farm, during happy hour.
In a nutshell: Old Vic restaurant in Waterloo
Where is it? Next to The Old Vic at The Cut, London SE1 8NB
Why should you care? This is an all-day affair with a focus on local produce and will be run by Julian Porter and Lauren Johns - who are behind the very popular Milk.
Also opened in September
- Ma Petitie Jamaica opened in Camden, a Carribean diner serving jerk chicken, curried goat and plenty of rum cocktails.
In a nutshell: Bocca two
Where is it? One Cambridge Circus, London WC2H 8HD
Why should you care? Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo of Bocca di Lupo are going to be opening up a new restaurant beside the Ape & Bird gastropub. The new restaurant will focus on affordable Italian street food, and the menu and look of the place will aim to make you feel as though you're wandering in an Italian piazza (albeit indoors and just off Shaftesbury Avenue).
In a nutshell: Pizza in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 52 Wells Street, London, W1T 3PR
Why should you care? This is the second Homeslice Pizza, this time opening in Fitzrovia and in a much larger location too. Expect seasonal pizzas, cocktails, prosecco on tap and more.
In a nutshell: All-day cafe in Pimlico
Where is it? 1 Regent Street St James's, London SW1Y 4NR
Why should you care? The Cambridge Street Café inside the 10 bedroom Artist Residence hotel has brought in chef Radek Nitkowski, previously of Dean Street Townhouse to run the kitchen of this all-day cafe and there'll also be a flower stall inside run by Okishima & Simmonds.
In a nutshell: High end Greek seafood in Mayfair
Where is it? 1 Regent Street St James's, London SW1Y 4NR
Why should you care? This seafood restaurant is the brainchild of Costas Spiliadis who opened his first restaurant in Montreal back in the 70s and since then has opened branches of Estiatorio Milos in New York City, Las Vegas, Miami and even Athens. Expect a strong focus on seafood in a huge building.
In a nutshell: Pizza and craft beer in Crystal Palace
Where is it? 30-32 Westow Street, London, SE19 3AH
Why should you care? Four Hundred Rabbits will serve up sourdough pizzas featuring Fior de Latte Mozzarella, San Marzano Tomatoes and topped with all manner of UK artisanal produce.
In a nutshell: Lobsters for Hackney
Where is it? Unit 2, 205 Richmond Road, E8 3NJ
Why should you care? This a new restaurant serving - you guessed it - lobster. They're promising more than just lobster, though. The menu will feature all sorts of seafood, including oysters with cucumber and ginger pickle, fishcakes and truffle fries on the side.
In a nutshell: Spanish food for Victoria
Where is it? Unit 5-6 Zig Zag Building, 68 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6AQ
Why should you care? This is the latest Iberica for London. Expect the usual range of tapas, cured hams and Spanish cheese platters and there'll be a deli selling a range of Spanish goodies to take away.
In a nutshell: Boutique hotel and bar
Where is it? 28-30 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JB
Why should you care? This is the second Zetter Townhouse after the Clerkenwell original and will once again feature cocktails from Tony Conigliaro and bar snacks from Bruno Loubet.
In a nutshell: Tacos in Marylebone
Where is it? 16 Picton Place, London W1U 1BP
Why should you care? This is a "boutique Mexican restaurant and taco bar" coming to Picton Place, right beside Selfridges. Run by the team behind nearby Cocochan the 50-seater restaurant is going to serve up modern Mexican/South American cooking (and cocktails).
In a nutshell: French brasserie in Soho
Where is it? 45 Frith St, London W1D 4SD
Why should you care? Jean-Jacques is a wine bar an brasserie that has originally had a home in Russia and St Petersburg and is now opening its latest outpost in London (taking over the spot from El Cantera).
In a nutshell: Nordic food in Aldwych
Where is it? 45 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DW
Why should you care? The duo behind popular scotch egg company Scotchtails are opening a new all day coffee shop, serving up all manner of salads, sandwiches and toasties, alongside specialty coffees, homemade nut milks and cold-pressed juices.
In a nutshell: Gelato prelude
Where is it? One Cambridge Circus, London WC2H 8HD
Why should you care? Before Vico opens (from the people behind Bocca Di Lupo) their Gelupo counter will be serving up gelato and other iced desserts along with cakes and fried desserts. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? August 3
In a nutshell: Nordic smokehouse
Where is it? 26 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3NY
Why should you care? Rök, which literally means "smoke" in Swedish, will be brining, pickling and smoking various British ingredients - with a focus on delivering the kinds of smoked meat dishes, cures, pickles and vegetable dishes that you'd see on tables across Northern Europe. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? August 3
Also opened in August:
- The people behind Wild Game Co opened a permanent restaurant Mac and Wild
In a nutshell: Restaurant from the people behind Manuka Kitchen
Where is it? 28 Sussex Place, London W2 2TH
Why should you care? This 50 seater restaurant is from the same people who launched Manuka Kitchen, with a menu that will "concentrate on British ingredients with occasional forays into Europe and Australasia."
In a nutshell: Legendary Chicago sandwiches come To London
Where is it? Westfield Stratford, Stratford Avenue, London E20 1EJ
Why should you care? It's the first European opening of the hugely popular US sandwich shop, specialising in hot, toasted sandwiches deep-filled with a host of all-American flavours.
In a nutshell: Extreme BBQ with donut burgers and more
Where is it? 52-54 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EP
Why should you care? This is the first London outpost of a popular BBQ group from the North. Expect the usual BBQ staples plus some that are more extreme, like a donut burger, ox cheek luge and more...
In a nutshell: Moules frites for Soho
Where is it? 29-31 Old Compton Street London W1D 5JR
Why should you care? This belgian restaurant has been a mainstay of Covent garden for over 20 years and now they're finally expanding down the road in Soho. Expect the usual mix of lots of moules frites and Belgian beers.
In a nutshell: New York Hotel comes to the UK.
Where is it? 23 Orchard Street, London W1H 6HL
Why should you care? This American import (with a celeb following in the States) has a menu which combines new American and fun French. They describe it as molecular gastronomy meets both comfort food and haute cuisine.
In a nutshell: Pizzas in Broadgate
Where is it? 2 Worship Street, London EC2A 2AH
Why should you care? From the same group that own The Portman and The Only Running Footman PizzaBuzz will be an all day affair serving - you guessed it - pizzas.
In a nutshell: Golf, wine and fine dining
Where is it? Peninsular Golf Range, Tunnel Avenue, London SE10 0QE
Why should you care? This sees the combination of a huge golfing range, only one stop from Canary Wharf, and a "casual fine dining" restaurant alongside each other. Plus there's a really great wine list to get stuck into once you've hit a few balls.
In a nutshell: Third time for the Spanish restaurant
Where is it? 43 Drury Lane Covent Garden London WC2B 5AJ
Why should you care? The ever-popular Barrafina is getting a third outlet, which should help to relieve the queues on the rest. Best known for high-end Spanish tapas, this will be an instant hit.
In a nutshell: The Dairy comes to Bethnal Green
Where is it? 254 Paradise Row, London E2 9LE
Why should you care? This is the latest restaurant from Robin Gill, who's behind Clapham's very successful The Dairy and The Manor. Apparently, we can "expect Dairy/Manor style in feel of service and approach to cooking and music...but this will be a new thing entirely."
In a nutshell: French restaurant at revamped Lanesborought Hotel
Where is it? The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
Why should you care? The Lanesborought has just had a big refit and brought with it a new French restaurant with a three Michelin starred chef at the helm. It stil has the amazing dining room.
In a nutshell: Battersea Wine Bar
Where is it? 2 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1ED
Why should you care? This is the first wine bar from wine importer Humble Grape. Filled with wines it's on two floors and also has a menu of small plates and sharing platters.
In a nutshell: Truffles and burgers
Where is it? 8a Sackville Street London W1S 3DF
Why should you care? This Mayfair restaurant concentrates on both good meat and truffle - with the two mixing in a burger range. Plus there's a top mixologist on the scene too.
In a nutshell: Noodle bar in Finsbury Park
Where is it? 2 Blackstock Road, London N4 2DL
Why should you care? The original Salvation in Noodles has been a big hit over in Dalston and this sees them opening the second restaurant in nearby Finsbury Park. Expect new dishes and a cocktail bar too.
In a nutshell: Ramen for City Folk
Where is it? 1 Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AR
Why should you care? This is the second outing for Ippudo in London. Expect a similar menu to the original, with a big focus on ramen, of course.
In a nutshell: South American in Notting Hill
Where is it? 123 Clarendon Road, London W11 4JG
Why should you care? This comes from South American restaurateur and designer, Juan Santa Cruz, who already has Casa Cruz open in Buenos Aires. Expect a mix of South American and European cuisine.
In a nutshell: Tom Oldroyd comes to Islington
Where is it? 344 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0PD
Why should you care? So far he's been best known for having a hand in most of the Polpo launches but this sees him launch his own neighbourhood restaurant in Islington. Expect a walk-in cafe downstairs and a bistro upstairs.
In a nutshell: James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy make their supperclub permanent.
Where is it? 52 Wilton Way, London E8
Why should you care? Until last Summer, James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy ran a supper club called The Secret Larder. But now they're heading over to Hackney to open a restaurant called Pidgin.
In a nutshell: Make your own hot dogs on Oxford Street
Where is it? 235b Old Street, London EC1V 9HE
Why should you care? In this new fast-food joint you'll able to choose the bun, type of dog and as many garnishes as you see fit.
In a nutshell: Athenian grill in Soho
Where is it? 21 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AL
Why should you care? This Greek restaurant will primarily be focused on souvlaki - grilled meat from a skewer, ate either as-is or in a wrap. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? July 6
In a nutshell: Top NYC pizza chef launches in the UK
Where is it? 103 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT
Why should you care? NYC's Bruno DiFabio is a six world pizza championship title holder and has 10 pizzerias across America. And now he's coming to London.
In a nutshell: Upstairs at 10 Bells chefs take over this rooftop space for the summer
Where is it? Brooksby's Walk, Homerton, London E9 6DA
Why should you care? The main focus is around Italian sharing plates. The plan is to feature some of their top dishes from the Ten Bells alongside new additions. AND there's a weekend BBQ.
In a nutshell: Soho House does eggs
Where is it? 30 Uxbridge Street, London, W8 7TA
Why should you care? This is the latest from Soho House, who also own Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger. This time the restaurant is all based around eggs.
In a nutshell: Waterloo watering hole revamped
Where is it? 150 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8SB
Why should you care? It's a longstanding bar in Waterloo that has just undergone a major revamp. Expect a new "contemporary industrial feel" and a menu with burgers and wood-fired pizzas.
Also opened in July:
- American-style food from Boneyard in Shoreditch
- The new Picturehouse Central opened and it has a pretty decent Martin Brudnizki-designed restaurant attached too.
- David Moore (of Pied a Terre) has opened a second 160 Smokehouse in the more central location of Stoney Lane, near Aldgate.
- Single dish chicken restaurant Ma' Plucker opened in Soho
- A new gourmet sandwich shop called Cafe Mish opened in Mayfair, with salt beef sarnies as the lead, alongside lamb, pastrami, porchetta and more
In a nutshell: Prep kitchen and burgers in Hackney
Where is it? 97 Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH
Why should you care? The main reason for this space in Hackney is to support the Patty & Bun restaurants and vans but you'll be able to get your burger fix there too.
In a nutshell: Meatballs in Soho
Where is it? 58 Greek Street Soho London W1D 3DY
Why should you care? It's the latest single item restaurant to hit town, this time concentrating on the humble meatball - although there will be a wagyu variety among others.
In a nutshell: Crab in every which way
Where is it? Unit 7, Broadgate Circle, London EC2M 2QS
Why should you care? This is being billed as an all-day seafood restaurant and bar with a distinct NYC focus for the menu (and lots of crab, naturally).
In a nutshell: Angela Hartnett's second cafe
Where is it? 34-36 Tavistock Street, London WC2E 7PB
Why should you care? This is second of Angela Hartnett's Cafe Muranos and there will be many new dishes on the menu too - as well as a shop selling fresh pastas and sauces.
In a nutshell: Cheese and fizz
Where is it? 34 Church Street, Greenwich London, SE10 9BL
Why should you care? On the menu at this latest outpost for the deli/restaurant will be a variety of French food, including fresh tartines and the deli will stock over 50 soft and hard French cheeses, plus terrines, rillettes, cassoulets, confits, soups and saucisses.
In a nutshell: Peruvian in Clapham
Where is it? 44 Clapham High Street London SW4 7UR
Why should you care? The 85-seater restaurant at Mommi is from the team behind Camden's KOKO, who already run Bison & Bird in Clapham. They're going to be putting on a mixture of raw and robata grill dishes with Peruvian influences.
In a nutshell: Kentish Town pub goes back to its roots
Where is it? 166 Malden Road, London NW5 4BS
Why should you care? This Kentish Town pub is reverting back to its classic name along with its new owners, who are also behind the nearby Grafton.
In a nutshell: Bone broth in Notting Hill
Where is it? 209 Westbourne Park Road, London W11 1EA
Why should you care? Planned as a long term pop-up, this is a new restaurant that's picking up a stateside health phenomenon - uplifting stock into more gourmet "broth".
In a nutshell: Le Chateaubriand comes to London
Where is it? 8 Mount Street, Mayfair
Why should you care? The people behind the famed Le Chateaubriand have come to London with their Head Chef Paul Boudier looking after the kitchen.
In a nutshell: Sustainable seafood in Mayfair
Where is it? 4 Mill Street, London W1S 2AX
Why should you care? This is the latest restaurant from Kurt Zdesar, who last opened Chotto Matte in Soho. This venture is all centred around sustainable seafood and coastal cooking.
In a nutshell: New York steakhouse comes to town
Where is it? 1 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HT
Why should you care? This popular small steak chain has nine steak restaurants across the US and now they're looking to open in the UK - their first outside the US. Expect imported USDA Prime beef to be served alongside British and Irish cuts. There'll also be the usual signature seafood dishes, so think shellfish platters, crabcakes, whole Maine lobster - that kind of thing.
In a nutshell: Bar and members club goes south
Where is it? 1 Clayton Road, Peckham, London SE15 5JA
Why should you care? The latest Dolls House follows hot on the heels of the recent Islington opening. Expect a similar menu and split between bar, restaurant and late night private members' club, This Dolls House will also have outside seating too.
In a nutshell: Korean chicken for Exmouth Market
Where is it? 50 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE
Why should you care? Jubo have had a home on Rivington Street as a pop-up for a while now, but this will be a more permanent home. Expect their signature Korean chicken alongside beer and "drinking food" as well as plenty of soju.
In a nutshell: Brunch & more in King's Cross
Where is it? 7 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG
Why should you care? Bill Granger already had success with Granger & co in nearby Clerkenwell as well as the very popular Notting Hill original. Expect a similar approach this time around, with an all-day menu and a big focus on brunch at the weekends.
In a nutshell: Mark Sargeant's Soho brasserie
Where is it? 17 Wardour Street, London W1D 6PJ
Why should you care? This is the latest from Mark Sargeant who is opening his first Soho restaurant. Downstairs is for walk-ins for snacks, small plates and charcuterie while upstairs will be an affordable brasserie.
In a nutshell: Sandwiches by the inch at Broadgate
Where is it? Kiosk 2 – 42 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS
Why should you care? This is the first permanent venture from Street Kitchen, best known for working out of their airstream at Broadgate. The main event will be sandwiches cut by the inch, with the same focus on sustainability throughout.
In a nutshell: Meat and tapas in Borough
Where is it? 14 Borough High Street, SE1 9QG
Why should you care? This new meat and tapas bar near Borough Market has been set up by an ex Brindisa chef and has a big focus on Iberico pork.
In a nutshell: Tapas & more on the South Bank
Where is it? 5 Canvey Street, The Blue Fin Building, London, SE1 9NA
Why should you care? Already popular in King's Cross and Blackfriars, Camino are about to open south of the river in Bankside. As with the original Camino, the menu will have tapas and sharing platters and dishes prepared on a plancha grill.
In a nutshell: Jason Atherton does a wine bar in Marylebone
Where is it? 39 James Street, London W1U 1EB
Why should you care? This is the next thing from Jason Atherton, who is not letting opening in New York distract him from his home town. This sees him embracing one of London's trends, the return of the wine bar. Expect a wine bar where all the waiters are somelliers as well as tapas dishes and a wine shop.
In a nutshell: Fish & Chips in Brixton
Where is it? 53 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ
Why should you care? This is the second Hook fish and chips restaurant in London after the successful Camden original. Expect tempura battered fish, seaweed salted chips and their own ice cream alongside a lot more..
Les Deux Salons (Re-launch)
In a nutshell: French restaurant revamped
Where is it? 40-42 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DD
Why should you care? This restaurant has been bought and completely revamped by Prescott & Conran. While the French food remains intact (with a new menu) they've now added a new first floor dining experience that's a bit more upmarket than the rest of the restaurant. There's a cafe too and it's also a spot for late night dining as it's open until 12.30am.
In a nutshell: Indian food start-up
Where is it? 53 Station Road, London SW9 8PQ
Why should you care? This new Indian restaurant is opening as part of Pop Brixton. It's all about small plate dishes, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks too.
The Ivy (Re-launch)
In a nutshell: Famed restaurant gets a major overhaul
Where is it? 9 West Street, London WC2H 9NE
Why should you care? It's the 100th anniversary of the Ivy and to celebrate they're literally selling off the silver (in an auction) and completely refitting the restaurant and adding new dishes in the process.
In a nutshell: Classic Indian moved to St James
Where is it? 73 St James Street, London SW1A 1PH
Why should you care? Chutney Mary is closing its doors on the King's Road and relocate to 73 St James’s Street, opening in April on the site that used to be Wheeler’s. It's a new location for the restaurant which has been around since 1990 and owner Namita Panjabi and her sister Camellia will be introducing various new dishes to the restaurant's menu.
In a nutshell: Australian café with a healthy kick
Where is it? 59a Portobello Road, London W11 3DB
Why should you care? This all-day café has an Australian influence and a healthy focus. It has a menu from a private chef to the stars and plenty of healthy drinks too.
In a nutshell: Pub and restaurant in the City
Where is it? 91 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7NQ
Why should you care? The Trading House is taking over what used to be the Bank of New Zealand. It'll feature what's being described as a 'striking' central bar, a restaurant seating just under 100 and a mezzanine area for private parties.
In a nutshell: Chelsea cafe opens a second in St John's Wood
Where is it? 120 St John’s Wood High Street, St John’s Wood, London NW8 7SG
Why should you care? The original Megan's in Chelsea has proven to be a draw for many a local celeb and now they're opening a second in St John's Wood. This will have an all-day menu and lobster specials at the weekend.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese in Smithfield
Where is it? 12 Smithfield Street London EC1A 9LA
Why should you care? This is a new restaurant for Smithfield, but it's one that's moved there from Bermondsey. Expect pho (of course) as well as steamed buns, rice dishes and more on the menu.
Also opened in June:
- Barbecue mini-chain Bodeans just opened a brand new place near Old St station on City Road.
- Frozen yoghurt parlour The Sloane Bros, with a very British feel, featuring Jammie Dodger and Bourbon cream flavours, opened on Brick Lane.
- Modern British restaurant Mimosa opened a second site in Chelsea
- Valentina Fine Foods opened its flagship store in Shad Thames, near Tower Bridge - a combined delicatessen, restaurant, caffé, and enoteca.
- On Highbury Corner, the former Tramshed has been transformed into the Highbury Brewhouse and Kitchen
In a nutshell: Roti Chai comes to Canary Wharf
Where is it? 1 Crossrail Place, London E14 5AR
Why should you care? This is the latest from Roti Chai and is part "Toddy Shop" and part dining room. They'll be an all-day affair here too, so there's a big emphasis on breakfast for nearby City workers.
In a nutshell: Revamped pub in Hackney
Where is it? 254 Hackney Road, London E2 7SJ
Why should you care? This is a revamped pub from two St John veterans, Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram. It will focus on the best of British food and drinks, with a menu inspired by the history of London.
In a nutshell: Hot dogs in Soho
Where is it? 48 Frith Street, London W1D 4SF
Why should you care? This hot dog restaurant promises to have a "US rebel biker culture of the 1950s" feel to it.
As for the food, there's the influence a healthier eating regime throughout. So you'll be able to choose your 'dog' - from classic veal & pork, beef or chicken (with vegetarian options too) as well as a bun - a choice of three - with approximately 9 hotdog choices on the menu.
In a nutshell: A new US chain for London
Where is it? Unit 3, 10 Jamestown Road, Camden Town, NEW1 7BY
Why should you care? This will be the first of 20 new Fatburgers in the UK, which is a Californian burger chain. Expect some huge customisable burgers on the menu and what they call "hand scooped" shakes.
In a nutshell: Lobster rolls for a tenner in Soho
Where is it? 58 Dean Street, London W1D 6AL
Why should you care? This is the latest from the people behind Burger & Lobster and the second Smack Lobster in London. They specialise in very affordable lobster, starting from £10 for rolls, lobsters, salads and more.
In a nutshell: Burger dipping in Wimbledon
Where is it? 62 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1RQ
Why should you care? This is the second Dip & Flip after the original in Clapham. They specialise in the French dip - essentially sandwiches (and burgers) served with bowls of gravy for dipping.
The Canonbury Re-launch
In a nutshell: Islington pub with a top landlord
Where is it? 21 Canonbury Place, London N1 2NS
Why should you care? When top pub landlord Oisin Rogers left The Ship, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. But now he's returned to take the help of Islington pub, The Canonbury. Expect a completely re-designed pub by Youngs and an overhauled menu too
In a nutshell: Burgers go to the mall
Where is it? Westfield Stratford
Why should you care? After becoming a huge success in Covent Garden, Danny Meyer's US burger import heads west to conquer Westfield shopping mall.
In a nutshell: Yauatcha goes to the city
Where is it? Broadgate Circle
Why should you care? The popular Soho high-end din sum joint has been around for 10 years and they're finally opening a second restaurant in the City (this time without Yau) from the people behind Hakkasan. It comes with a standalone patisserie too.
In a nutshell: Farm shop and cafe in Marylebone
Where is it? 6-8 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London W1U 4AU
Why should you care? This is the latest from Daylesford Organic, combining a shop selling produce from their farm and an all-day café.
When can you try it for yourself? May 19
In a nutshell: Ottolenghi director gets his own cafe
Where is it? 23 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9RY
Why should you care? Noam Bar, one of the founders of Ottolenghi, has taken inspiration from the market stalls and smoking grill street food of the Middle East for his Covent Garden opening.
In a nutshell: Polpo in the west
Where is it? 81 Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY
Why should you care? The latest Venetian restaurant from Russell Norman and Richard Beatty promises a big alfresco space.
In a nutshell: Cereal comes to Camden
Where is it? The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH
Why should you care? The original may have had its detractors but there's no denying how popular this cafe selling all varieties of cereal has been. This sees them take the same to Camden.
In a nutshell: Coffee and more at Covent Garden
Where is it? 34 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AA
Why should you care? Billed as "bridging the gap between fast food and gourmet gastronomy" this is a mix between a coffee house and cafe/restaurant.
In a nutshell: Latest from the people behind Lardo
Where is it? 5 Helmsley Place, London Fields, E8 3SB
Why should you care? Lonzo is Lardo’s new headquarters and prep kitchen. During the day it will produce all the bread, pasta and dough and other key essentials for Lardo, Lardo bebe and Coppa, their summer rooftop popup.
In a nutshell: Foxtrot Oscar becomes a Maze Grill
Where is it? 79 Royal Hospital Road London SW3 4HN
Why should you care? The latest of Gordon Ramsay's properties to get a Maze Grill makeover is on Royal Hospital Road, taking over the space held by Foxtrot Oscar and very near his flagship three Michelin starred restaurant. Expect a similar style American grill room here.
In a nutshell: Greek cuisine in the City
Where is it? 56 Wentworth Street, London, E1 7AL
Why should you care? This is a Greek restaurant that is specialising in Hellenic street food in Aldgate. Expect a hefty selection of Greek drinks too.
In a nutshell: Jose Pizarro's third restaurant - this time in the City
Where is it? Unit T6 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS
Why should you care? This will be Jose Pizarro's first restaurant north of the river, in the revamped Broadgate Circle in the City.
In a nutshell: Nuno Mendes comes to Spitalfields
Where is it? Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EW
Why should you care? This is the latest from Nuno Mendes, best known for the combination of the Loft Project and Chiltern Firehouse. It's an all day restaurant serving Portuguese tapas.
In a nutshell: Truffles in Harrods
Where is it? Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL
Why should you care? Harrods have a real thing about truffles at the moment. Not only have they recently opened a truffle shop, they're now expanding their truffle focus to a new restaurant. Everything on the menu will have the option of being either with fresh black or white truffles (with the white version pushing up the prices considerably (including a £75 truffle burger!).
In a nutshell: French-Vietnamese off Leicester Square
Where is it? 1 Leicester Street, London, WC2H 7BL
Why should you care? This 50-cover restaurant will be open all day, starting with breakfast from 7am and - good news - they'll have a bar that's open till 2am with a 30 cover terrace. The food will be French-Vietnamese and there'll be shellfish dishes, steaks and ribs, cooked on the Robata charcoal grill.
In a nutshell: Chutney Mary's cousin
Where is it? 535 Kings Road, London, SW10 0SZ
Why should you care? This is a laid-back with a range of grills, street food, seafood and curries on the menu, from the people behind Chutney Mary (and on the spot previously held by that restaurant).
In a nutshell: Grilled cheese sarnies in Soho
Where is it? 26 Noel Street, Soho, London W1F 8GY
Why should you care? This is a short-order grilled cheese sandwich shop. They'll be adding beef and slow cooked lamb to the mix too plus there will be soups available and special breakfast offers.
In a nutshell: Pizza at Boxpark
Where is it? Boxpark Shoreditch, 2 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY
Why should you care? Already popular in Dalston, pizza joint Voodoo Ray's is the latest restaurant to join Boxpark in Shoreditch. Expect massive 22 inch pizzas, served by the slice.
In a nutshell: Asian food from Copenhagen in Canary Wharf
Where is it? 1 Crossrail Place, London E14 5AR
Why should you care? This is the latest outlet for the popular Copenhagen import, serving sushi and yakitori.
Also opened in May:
- Vietnamese Bun Cha cuisine arrived in Hoxton from BunBunBun
In a nutshell: Dim Sum in Clapham
Where is it? 15-16 Lendal Terrace London SW4 7UX
Why should you care? This late night dim sum and cocktail bar is taking over a space under the arches on Lendal Terrace with an extensive steamed dumpling menu.
In a nutshell: Fresh doughnuts in Soho
Where is it? 4 Broadwick Street, London W1F 8HJ
Why should you care? After a very successful pop-up in Piccadilly Circus, the first permanent Crosstown shop is appearing in Soho. Expect new doughnuts, exclusive coffee and much more.
In a nutshell: North African grillhouse in Haggerston
Where is it? Arch 338, Acton Mews, London E8 4EA
Why should you care? This is a joint venture between Josh Katz (Galvin Bistrot de Luxe and Ottolenghi) and Mattia Bianchi (Ottolenghi and Ben Spalding). It'll take inspiration from Turkey's Mangal restaurants, the grill & kebab houses of Istanbul, the food stalls of Jmaa al Fna in Marrakesh and the Shipudim in Tel Aviv. Essentially expect a lot of grilled meat and veg.
In a nutshell: Fried Chicken and sour cocktails from Carl Clarke in Dalston
Where is it? 390 Kingsland Road, London E8 2AA
Why should you care? He's been popping up all over the place with Disco Bistro but now Carl Clarke is settling down in Dalston with a brand new fried chicken (and sour cocktails) restaurant.
In a nutshell: Apothecary inspired food
Where is it? 151-157, City Rd, London EC1V 1JT
Why should you care? This is a new restaurant at the M By Montcalm which is inspired by the apothecary history of Shoreditch. It's being being run by Great British Menu chef Paul Welburn who was the Head Chef at Rhodes W1.
In a nutshell: Gordon Ramsay returns to Aubergine with Maze
Where is it? 11 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ
Why should you care? Gordon Ramsay has returned to the place where he made his name with Aubergine. He's bought up the restaurant and is replacing it with the first stage of a roll out of Maze Grill. Find out more
When can you try it for yourself? April 18
In a nutshell: Rotisserie chicken, breakfast buns and whisky in Shoreditch
Where is it? 196 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE
Why should you care? Bull in a China Shop will be a rotisserie chicken restaurant and whisky bar alongside breakfast bao buns and savoury congee porridge, all from the same people behind the Drunken Monkey.
Les Gourmets des Ternes
In a nutshell: Parisian restaurant in London
Where is it? 9 Knightsbridge Green, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7QL
Why should you care? This is the flagship London restaurant of Les Gourmet des Ternes, which has also opened in Maida Vale. It's a Parisian bistro with an identical menu to the Paris original. A unique feature to the London restaurant is Rendez Vous Knightsbridge - this is a champagne and foie gras bar, no less.
In a nutshell: The Cornish Grill takes over famous London pub
Where is it? 23 Rathbone Street London W1T 1NG
Why should you care? This is the latest pub to be taken over by the Cornish Grill, and the first in central London. Bar snacks will be available until June 1 when the full Cornish produce inspired menu is available. Hopefully the pies will still be on the menu.
In a nutshell: Popular gastropub comes to the city
Where is it? Broadgate Circle
Why should you care? The original Botanist is a huge hit and this is the first time the owners, ETM group, have opened a second branch of the same place. It'll feature a basement bar with a 2am licence too.
In a nutshell: Pizza on Hoxton Square
Where is it? 2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
Why should you care? This new pizza restaurant comes to Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen for a permanent residency with an award-winning pizza chef in tow too.
In a nutshell: Coffee and more in Broadgate
Where is it? 41 Broadgate Circle
Why should you care? This will be the flagship Beany Green, who have kiosks all over London. Alongside the coffee, there will be a new healthy all-day food menu with a big focus on brunch-style food.
In a nutshell: Stevie Parle's Greenwich restaurant
Where is it? Peninsula Square, Greenwich, London, SE10 0SQ
Why should you care? The cafe has already opened, but this will mark the opening of Stevie Parle's next fully fledged restaurant. Expect the menu to reflect the food that he loves: simple home-cooking and experiments with every day ingredients but with a focus on fresh, more locally-sourced British food.
In a nutshell: Alan Yau's pub.
Where is it? 90 Berwick Street London W1F 0QB
Why should you care? This is the latest from Alan Yau, who has taken over the site of the old Endurance pub, right next door to his old restaurant Yauatcha, and plans to reinvent it as a Chinese gastropub.
In a nutshell: Revamped pub in Kentish Town
Where is it? 389 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2TJ
Why should you care? This classic Kentish Town pub is getting a huge overhaul, with a brand new menu. They're also transforming upstairs into the Boulogne Bar, "a decadent cocktail bar with authentic artisan cocktails".
In a nutshell: Korean in Covent Garden
Where is it? 36 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7BD
Why should you care? This is the second On The Bab restaurant following the launch of the Korean Anju restaurant (basically food with beer) in Shoreditch. Expect plenty of Korean chicken and a lot more besides.
In a nutshell: Salads, GREAT cakes, an a lot more for the CIty
Where is it? 50 Artillery Lane London E1 7LS
Why should you care? City fans of Ottolenghi will now have a new all-day restaurant right on their doorstep. Expect cakes and salads for takeaway in the day (plus a grab and go option) as well as cocktails and more in the evening.
In a nutshell: Southern US kitchen heads north to Kentish Town
Where is it? 300 Kentish Town Road, London, NW5 2TG
Why should you care? This sees the Southern Kitchen, which is currently in Covent Garden too, open in Kentish Town. And while the menu at Joe’s Kentish Town will feature many of the favourites from the original. they'll be focusing attention on a new recipe, Sweet Tea Brined Fried Chicken with Lemon Salt & Tabasco Honey. Plus there's a basement bar called Jailbird too.
In a nutshell: Steamed buns in Soho
Where is it? 53 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AS
Why should you care? These popular street food vendors are settling down in Soho with steamed milk buns at the heart of the menu.
In a nutshell: Banh mi in Soho
Where is it? 40 Great Windmill Street on 30 March 2015
Why should you care? They'll be specialising in those Vietnamese sandwiches (which are made to be lighter than french bread equivalents).
In a nutshell: Japanese, Korean and a touch of Scandinavian in Holland Park
Where is it? 120- 122 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UA
Why should you care?. Flat Three will apparently have "a new approach to Japanese-inspired food." but will also be influenced by Korean and Scandinavian food. They'll be serving á la carte and tasting menus - and we like the sound of the non-alcoholic pairings (alongside the usual wine pairings).
In a nutshell: Hawksmoor spin-off comes to Stoke Newington
Where is it? 71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AS
Why should you care? The original Foxlow in Farringdon was a big hit but they've taken their time in finding a space for a second - settling on very up and coming Stoke Newington. Expect ribs, steaks, soft serve and more.
In a nutshell: Italian restaurant in Mayfair from Novikov
Where is it? 71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AS
Why should you care? This is the latest Mayfair restaurant with backing from Arkady Novikov. It's promising "home-cooked Italian food six days a week to hungry locals and regulars" with pasta hand-rolled every day.
In a nutshell: The Ivy grows outdoors
Where is it? 197 King’s Road, London SW3 5ED
Why should you care? Following the opening of Ivy Market Grill, the Ivy brand continues to expand, this time in Chelsea where it's taken over a building with an extensive outside space.
In a nutshell: East London Peruvian
Where is it? Baldwin Street (off City Road), Old Street, London EC1V
Why should you care? This is the latest Peruvian restaurant from Martin Morales, who previously brought us the original Soho Ceviche and also Shoreditch's Andina. This latest restaurant features Peruvian, BBQ, customisable ceviches, rotisserie chicken and plenty of pisco.
In a nutshell: Wine bar and grill in Brixton
Where is it? 28 Brixton Water Lane, London SW2 1PE
Why should you care? This wine bar and charcoal grill is a new venture by husband and wife team Margaux Aubry and Joe Sharratt. Sharratt you might know from his previous incarnation as Head Chef at Trinity - his wife Margaux comes here from Terroirs.
In a nutshell: Russell Brand serves up coffee in Hoxton
Where is it? 30 Whitmore Road, London N1 5QA
Why should you care? This is stand up comic and polemicist Russell Brand's cafe on the Whitmore Estate in East London which he's funded through sales of his book Revolution.
In a nutshell: Barbecue continued
Where is it? 12 Sutton Lane North, Chiswick, London, W4 4LD
Why should you care? This will be the second Smokehouse (following the original in Islington) and sees the group take over the former Hole in the Wall in Chiswick. Expect a similar menu to the original with plenty of barbecue on the menu and a large selection of beers - plus a whisky room.
In a nutshell: Huge Fitzrovia restaurant
Where is it? Fitzroy Place, Fitzrovia
Why should you care? This is the latest from the Open House who are opening a huge restaurant seating 200 people in the newly revamped Fitzroy Square in Fitzrovia. It'll also have three separate bar areas and serve food with "locally, sustainably sourced and artisan-prepared ingredients and will be run by Diego Cardoso, the former Head Chef of Murano.
In a nutshell: All day Battersea restaurant
Where is it? 15 Battersea Square, London, SW11 3RA
Why should you care? A new all-day neighbourhood restaurant and bar is coming soon to Battersea Square, as the people behind Soho's Damson & Co get ready to open Queenswood. Expect a strong focus on healthy food too.
In a nutshell: Elliot's Brett Redman opens a pub
Where is it? 316 Queensbridge Road, E8 3NH
Why should you care? This is a new restaurant and bar jointly owned and operated by Brett Redman and Margaret Crow. Brett you'll know for his popular place Elliot's on Borough Market. Margaret is a stylist and fashion consultant who's worked on i-D, Love and Vogue Russia. Expect a menu based on snacks, comfort food, and raw dishes.
In a nutshell: Cave a Manger in Kentish Town
Where is it? 26 Fortess Road, London NW5 2HB
Why should you care? This is a new wine bar and French restaurant from a French/English couple who live in Kentish Town, so expect a restaurant with firm sights set on pleasing the locals.
In a nutshell: British food in Covent Garden
Where is it? 176 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5QF
Why should you care? This Covent Garden restaurant is an all-day affair running until just after theatre time. Expect a British menu from an ex Dinner by Heston chef and they're looking to create as much as possible from scratch, with a plan to start smoking meat once later.
In a nutshell: Japanese pub off Oxford Street
Where is it? 11 Woodstock Street, London, W1C 2AE
Why should you care? This new Japanese restaurant will serve weary shoppers a Japanese led drinks menu alongside freshly grilled Kushiyaki skewers. And it's handily situated in a street opposite Debenhams for a bit of light after-shopping drinking and eating.
In a nutshell: Burger delivery service to North London
Where is it? 169 Holloway Road, London N7 8LX
Why should you care? If you're in North London (like us) and really fancy a burger, but just don't fancy heading outside then new burger take-away and delivery service Homeburger could be just what you need.
In a nutshell: French hamburgers
Where is it? 19 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1DY
Why should you care? This is the first time French burger restaurant, which has several outlets in France, has come to the UK. Expect French cheeses and sauces to be a focus as well as lamb, veal, chicken and vegetarian options besides the usual beef. A ‘build-your-own’ option apparently allows for over 3,854 possibilities (they’ve counted).
In a nutshell: Wine bar and restaurant
Where is it? 1 Pancras Square, King's Cross.
Why should you care? This is the fifth Vinoteca, opening in a prime place at the new King's Cross development at 1 Pancras Square. Expect a large wine bar and all-day restaurant as well as a sizable wine shop.
In a nutshell: Coffee and more in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 15 Eastcastle Street, London W1T 3AY
Why should you care? Popular Fitzrovia coffee shop Kaffeine has always turned out some cracking food to go with its drinks, so news that they're opening a second branch can only be a good thing. They'll be taking over a site, not too far from their first cafe, at Eastcastle Street between Wells Street and Berners Street.
In a nutshell: Drake and Morgan bar in Regent's Place
Where is it? 5 Brock Street, Regent's Place London, NW1 3FG
Why should you care? This is a Drake and Morgan bar and restaurant. If you've already been to one of their existing seven venues, you'll know the score when it comes to food and drink. Open all day there'll be flatbreads, seasonal salads, a 10oz t-bone steak and whole Scottish lobster, an extensive cocktail list and more than 40 wines by the glass.
In a nutshell: Marco Pierre White in the City
Where is it? 5 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AY
Why should you care? This sees Marco Pierre White bringing back the Wheeler's brand to central London, this time to the City. Expect as much focus on meat as fish this time around.
In a nutshell: Italian eat-in deli
Where is it? Stoney Street, near Borough Market, London, SE1
Why should you care? An Italian deli, which already has sites in Milan, Venice, Torino and Florence has set Borough Market as the target for its next opening. As the name suggests, it will specialise in produce from Puglia in the south of Italy.
In a nutshell: Chelsea pub gets a big makeover
Where is it? 1 Lawrence Street London SW3 5NB
Why should you care? It's known as the oldest pub in Chelsea (it's been there for 300 years since 1708 but had been empty for a while). But now the Cross Keys is getting a brush-up and a new chef and menu too from their new owners Mark Dyer and Eamonn Manson of The DM Group (who also own Fulham favourite, The Sand's End.
In a nutshell: Gastropub expands upwards
Where is it? 40 Commercial Street, London E1 6LP
Why should you care? After opening the ground floor pub, East London pub the Culpeper is now getting ready to open its main restaurant on its first floor. As with the food already on offer in the pub, it's been run under their head chef Sandy Jarvis (who was previously at Terroirs). He's promising a seasonal menu as well as some large sharing plates for two or more. (Official opening March 10)
In a nutshell: Brindisa comes to Soho
Where is it? 18-20 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DE
Why should you care? Bringing the finest Spanish food to London's West End, the ever popular Brindisa Tapas Kitchen are opening their latest London restaurant.
In a nutshell: Healthy food & juice in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 36A Berners Street, London W1T 3LY
Why should you care? This is a mix of restaurant and cold pressed juice bar with food will be available to eat in or take away from Canadian chef Adria Wu. Even heallthy desserts are on the menu.
In a nutshell: Roaming burger van settles down
Where is it? Unit B in the Pavilion Building, Spitalfields Market
Why should you care? The Bleecker Street burger truck has been a huge success over the years, winning many accolades and fans alike. Now they're finally getting their own restaurant right in the middle of Spitalfields Market.
In a nutshell: Craft beer and more in Hammersmith
Where is it? 238 Shepherd’s Bush Road London, W6 7NL
Why should you care? Charlie McVeigh is going west for the latest Draft House opening in Hammersmith. Expect craft beers, optic cocktails and plenty of food including a pie menu. Expect a big garden space too.
In a nutshell: Kurobuta's grungier cousin
Where is it? 251 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EL
Why should you care? This is from Scott Hallsworth and is taking over the space vacated by his Kurobuta pop-up. Expect pan-Asian cuisine and as Hallsworth says. "If Kurobuta at 251 was a good house party then Joe's is gonna be a mosh pit". (official launch March 6)
In a nutshell: NYC style bar in Clerkenwell
Where is it? 45 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5RS
Why should you care? This New York style bar and restaurant has taken over the space that used to hold Giant Robot. Expect brunch style dishes mixed with plenty of craft beer and cocktails.
In a nutshell: The Revolution comes to Shoreditch
Where is it? 32-42 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6HZ
Why should you care? You may have previously come across Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy's highly rated food while shopping at Westfield London or Bluewater. Well now you don't have to brave the fresh hell of a mall to try his tapas as his third restaurant is a standalone tapas bar.
In a nutshell: Antipodean-style cafe in Hoxton
Where is it? 62 Pitfield St, London N1
Why should you care? This Antipodean style Hoxton cafe will open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and brunch.
In a nutshell: Bar, dining room, members area and lots more
Where is it? 181 Upper Street, London N1 1RQ
Why should you care? The Dolls House, already hugely popular in Hoxton, is now coming to Islington too, taking over the place that used to hold House of Wolf. Expect a downstairs bar, a dining area, espresso bar and members' area too.
In a nutshell: Relaunched Whisky shop and cocktail bar in Soho
Where is it? 3 Greek Street, London W1D 4NX
Why should you care? Taken over by the people behind Coal Vaults, this revamped whisky shop also has a 55 seater cocktail bar downstairs serving up seasonal and traditional cocktails. Thankfully they're also planning on offering cheese and meat boards to make sure you survive the experience.
In a nutshell: Modern British in Streatham
Where is it? 67 Streatham Hill, London SW2
Why should you care? Brother and sister team Robin and Melanie Frean (pictured) have taken over what was the Raj Poot on Streatham Hill and will be serving Modern British food.
In a nutshell: Coffee & more at London Bridge
Where is it? 2 London Bridge, London SE1
Why should you care? Popular coffee chain Grind & Co are expanding south of the river, London Bridge to be exact. Their fourth site, right by Borough Market, will also be the company's first one to place a real emphasis on food.
Busaba Eathai Shoreditch
In a nutshell: Largest Busaba yet
Where is it? 36 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6HT
Why should you care? As Alan Yau's Busaba reaches its 15th birthday, they're opening their largest branch yet (seating over 160) in Shoreditch. Expect the usual Busaba food, two large terraces and a new Thai Kinnaree Bar which will feature new cocktails exclusive to the Shoreditch Busaba.
In a nutshell: Sicilian Cafe and restaurant in South Kensington
Where is it? 44 Harrington Road, London SW7
Why should you care? A new neighbourhood cafe and wine bar, specilaising in all things Sicilian, is coming to South Kensington, from the same people who are behind The South Kensington Club.
In a nutshell: Bone Daddies long-term pop-up
Where is it? 14a Old Compton Street, London W1D 4TH
Why should you care? The latest from Bone Daddies will be a year-long pop up in Soho that will focus around an ever-changing central dish on the menu.
In a nutshell: Teppanyaki restaurant specialising in Kobe beef.
Where is it? 2 Ham Yard London W1D 7DT
Why should you care? This is part of the Firmdale Hotels Ham Yard Hotel and is a combined sushi and Wagyu Teppanyaki restaurant.
In a nutshell: West London craft beer gastropub
Where is it? 13 Devonshire Road, London W4 2EU
Why should you care? Chiswick beer fans are in for a bit of a treat with this Italian craft beer gastropub which is taking over the old Pickwick’s Wine Bar in Devonshire Road beside La Trompette. Expect lots of craft beer, burgers and more.
In a nutshell: East Asian BBQ
Where is it? 6 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DE
Why should you care? This 50 seater restaurant (with a terrace too) is opening on Greek Street (taking the place of Disiac) and will be combining British seasonal produce with an emphasis on smoked cooking methods, as well as the more traditional sweet and pickled influences from South-East Asia.
In a nutshell: Skinny chops in Soho
Where is it? 25 Great Windmill Street, Soho
Why should you care? This basement location with a colourful history promises lots of charcoal grilled chops plus cocktails for a fiver too.
National Portrait Gallery restaurant (Re-launch)
In a nutshell: Gallery restaurant with a view
Where is it? Floor 3, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE
Why should you care? The National Portrait Gallery restaurant is reopening after a month long closure with a lovely view over the rooftops of London and new culinary director Helena Puolakka (ex-Aubergine, La Tante Claire, Pierre Gagnaire and Skylon).
In a nutshell: Brasserie in Vauxhall
Where is it? Arch, 50, 7-11 South Lambeth Place, London SW8 1SP
Why should you care? Coming from owner (and local resident Philip Reicherstorfer), the new COUNTER all-day brasserie takes up the entire length of an arch under Vauxhall station, over 200 feet long. Plus there's a separate bar at the back too.
In a nutshell: Grand brasserie in Spitalfields
Where is it? 65A Brushfield Street, London E1 6AA
Why should you care? This restaurant and bar is from Clive Watson, who has previously opened Riding House Cafe, Village East and more. It's billed as "an informal take on a grand European brasserie".
In a nutshell: Basement bar and snacks in Mayfair
Where is it? 40 North Audley Street, London, W1K 6ZP
Why should you care? The people behind North Audley Cantine are converting their downstairs space into a separate cocktail bar called Chez Chow. There will be new bar snacks, a brand new cocktail menu and it'll all be themed around the owner's dog.
In a nutshell: The pop-up becomes permanent
Where is it? 312 King's Road, London SW3 5UH
Why should you care? The original Kurobuta started life as a pop-up on the King's Road but it's remained so popular that it's moving a few doors down to become the second permanent Kurobuta. Expect a larger space, private dining area and a bigger sushi and sashimi selection too.
In a nutshell: Sister restaurant to Beach Blanket Babylon in Notting Hill
Where is it? 36 Golborne Road, Westbourne Park, London, W10 5PR
Why should you care? This restaurant is from the same people who brought us Beach Blanket Babylon, with very British food and decor as well as a terrace with a flame pit.
Sticks n Sushi
In a nutshell: Yakitori/sushi in Greenwich
Where is it? Nelson Road, Greenwich
Why should you care? Following the two previous openings (Covent Garden and Wimbledon) this sees the sushi/yakitori mash-up from Denmark coming to Greenwich.
In a nutshell: Fish & Chips on Rosebery Ave
Where is it? 59-61 Rosebery Ave, London, EC1R 4SD
Why should you care? Popular fish and chip chain Kerbisher & Malt's latest, Kerbisher EC1, is going to be part of a offshoot of the brand - it's smaller and more about takeaway than the existing places and is going to be the first in a roll-out.
In a nutshell: Chinese restaurant in Harrods
Where is it? Fifth Floor at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
Why should you care? Chai Wu is described as a new modern Chinese restaurant in Harrods. In charge of the food is Chef Bihu Xie who comes here via Grand Imperial London and the whole thing will be overseen by Ian Pengelley who was the chef who launched E&O, runs Gilgamesh and has already opened two restaurants - Mango Tree and Pan Chai in the Harrods Food Halls.
In a nutshell: Healthy deli in Parson's Green
Where is it? 267 New King’s Road, London, SW6 4RB
Why should you care? From the same people who run Hally's restaurant (opposite) this all-day cafe and deli promises to be more on the healthy side, influenced by Californian delis.
In a nutshell: Ramen in the East
Where is it? 382 Mare Street, Dalston
Why should you care? The very successful Tonkotsu adds another restaurant to its growing empire, bringing ramen, chicken karaage and more to Mare Street, Dalston.
In a nutshell: Fulham gastropub with a Michelin touch
Where is it? 22 Waterford Road, Fulham, London SW6 2DR
Why should you care? This is a new pub for Fulham from the people behind the very popular restaurant Claude's Kitchen and Amuse Bouche champagne bar. Expect them to be "bridging flavoursome street food pizazz with Claude’s Michelin kitchen experience".
In a nutshell: Judy Joo's own restaurant in Soho
Where is it? 16 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PS
Why should you care? Judy Joo, who worked at Gordon Ramsay's restaurants before earning fame on Iron Chef previously ran the restaurant at the Playboy Club. This will be her first London restaurant.
In a nutshell: All day restaurant from Quality Chop House and 10 Greek St alumni
Where is it? 113 Great Portland Street, W1W 6QQ
Why should you care? This restaurant is from Will Lander (Quality Chop House) and Daniel Morgenthau (formerly 10 Greek Street) who are teaming up for an all-day restaurant on Great Portland Street.
Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? January 10
In a nutshell: Korean in Islington
Where is it? 407 St John Street, London EC1V 4RW.
Why should you care? This is the second Bibigo, serving Korean food to Islington. There'll be a bar serving up soju cocktails and Korean street food-style bar snacks. The restaurant itself will be dominated by a Korean grill barbecue.
In a nutshell: Nikkei in St Katharine Docks from the people behind Bravas Tapas
Where is it? Ivory House, St Katherine Docks, East Smithfield, London E1W 1AT
Why should you care? Amaru is going to be a Nikkei eatery and takeout joint serving up Japanese food with a Peruvian twist. Located in St Katharine Docks, it's from the people who brought us the highly rated Bravas Tapas.
In a nutshell: More high rise London
Where is it? 20 Fenchurch St, EC1
Why should you care? This 37 storey building includes a pretty impressive looking (from the designs) indoor garden space called the Sky Garden and will have three food areas including a a seafood and grill, an all-day brasserie and a cocktail bar called Sky Pod.
In a nutshell: Japanese restaurant on St Martin's Lane
Where is it? 63-66 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4JS
Why should you care? Murakami is a contemporary Japanese restaurant that is set to open on St Martin's Lane this January. Taking over what used to be Jamie's Wine Bar, Murakami will specialise in sushi, sashimi and dishes from the robata grill.
In a nutshell: Islington cafe and pantry
Where is it? 274 St Paul's Road, London N1 2LJ
Why should you care? This local cafe has a strong feature on local produce and will start out with coffee and cakes before offering salads, soups and stews in the afternoons, and in the evenings snacks and charcuterie boards will be offered alongside wines, bottled beers and spirits.
In a nutshell: Alan Yau does Turkish pizza
Where is it? 73 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6EX
Why should you care? Coming from Alan Yau, this restaurant will be serving pide - essentially Turkish pizza - filled with Asian ingredients.
In a nutshell: Japanese fusion in Fulham
Where is it? 86 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6HR
Why should you care? This new Japanese fusion restaurant offers sushi and bento boxes for lunch & robata grilled food in the evening.
In a nutshell: Neil Rankin's next
Where is it? The City
Why should you care? Created by Neil Rankin from Smokehouse, this bar/restaurant is essentially serving egg dishes every which way it can (but not desserts). Expect burgers, hash, tacos and more.
In a nutshell: Udon for King's Cross
Where is it? 2 Acton Street, King’s Cross, London, WC1X 9NA
Why should you care? Udon is the next step from London's current Ramen craze, and this new restaurant will be making everything in-house - from the noodles to their dashi broth. There will also be other dishes like Red Wine Stewed Pork Belly and Miso-marinated Grilled Salmon.
In a nutshell: Ramen in Whole Foods
Where is it? First Floor of Whole Foods Market, 63-97 Kensington High Street, The Barkers Building, London, W8 5SE
Why should you care? Bone Daddies is expanding. The ramen restaurants are adding a third site to their portfolio, opening in Whole Foods Kensington in November. Following on from Bone Daddies and Flesh & Buns, Bone Daddies Kensington will bring the two menus together offering their signature ramen and hirata buns will appear on the same menu.
In a nutshell: Mini Lardo in Hackney
Where is it? 158 Sandringham Rd, Hackney Downs, London E8 2HS
Why should you care? This smaller version of the Lardo original focuses mostly on pizza and pasta and also offers take away and delivery.
In a nutshell: Pizza in Wanstead
Where is it? 34-38 High Street, Wanstead, London E11 2RJ
Why should you care? From the folk behind the Lauriston in Victoria Park, comes Luppolo, a neighbourhood pizzeria with a focus on craft beer. Luppolo, which means hops in Italian, will serve up stone baked pizza with toppings either made in house or sourced from Italy.
In a nutshell: All-day breakfast
Where is it? 139 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB
Why should you care? Ever wish you could just eat breakfast cereal all day long - then this cafe is just what you need. They'll have 100 different cereals, 12 different varieties of milk and 20 different toppings on offer.
In a nutshell: Acciuga does a wine bar.
Where is it? 62-63 Long Lane, London EC1A 9EJ
Why should you care? The man behind Acciuga is opening a wine bar in the City which will showcase all kinds of Italian food and drink. On the wine list will be almost 150 Italian red and white wines, sparkling wines, champagne and spirits as well as cocktails. There'll also be pasta and chocolate for sale.
In a nutshell: Tapas in Spitalfields
Where is it? 60 Wentworth St, London E1 7TF
Why should you care? The original Soho Copita was a huge hit and this Spitalfields follow-up promises to be even bigger as well as adding an outside terrace. Expect slightly larger dishes, a big Spanish wine list, plenty of sherry and more.
In a nutshell: Fresh fish and more cooked to order on King's Road
Where is it? 495 King’s Road London SW10
Why should you care? This all-day restaurant and underground bar will be taking over the space which was once the World's End Pub - and they're looking to design it in a way that makes the most of its heritage. The main focus is going to be on locally sourced "market fresh" produce with a regularly changing menu to reflect the seasonality of the food.
In a nutshell: BBQ in the City
Where is it? 46 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT
Why should you care? This popular street food spot is getting a permanent home with short ribs, wagyu brisket, tacos, smoked mac n' cheese and more on the menu. Plus there's another bar downstairs, 46 and Mercy, serving cocktails.
In a nutshell: Recycled Theatre restaurant
Where is it? 101 Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PP
Why should you care? As part of its complete refurbishment (and following the recent "House" restaurant opening) this is billed as a "neighbourhood restaurant".
In a nutshell: Bar and dining room in Mayfair
Where is it? 10 Shepherd Market, Mayfair
Why should you care? This small restaurant in Mayfair is in the newly refurbished Shepherd Market and features Tomos Parry - former head chef at Climpson's Yard and YBF winner for best chef of the year - in the kitchen.
In a nutshell: London's first paleolithic and specialist 'free-from' restaurant
Where is it? 115 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UP
Why should you care? If you don't know what the paleo diet is, that means only ingesting ingredients available to early humans so no dairy products, grains, legumes, processed oils or refined sugars. This restaurant specialises in that and lots more.
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood kitchen and bar from Borough Wines
Where is it? 52 Wilton Way, London E8 1BG
Why should you care? This latest opening from Borough Wines takes the place over from Mayfields. Head chef Millie Wilson is creating sharing plates including raclette toastie with chicory and truffle oil, pork scratchings with borlotti beans and fried shrimps with basil aioli. There's also a bar if you just want to pop in for a drink.
In a nutshell: Affordable high-end seafood in Soho
Where is it? St. Anne's Court, London, W1F
Why should you care? Goodman restaurants, the people behind the VERY successful Burger and Lobster are on a mission to make high-end seafood more affordable to Londoners. Expect Sicilian red prawns, oysters, whole sole and lots more at rock bottom prices as well as wine on draft.
In a nutshell: Chelsea burgers
Where is it? 127 King’s Road London SW3 4PW
Why should you care? A big success when it came to Soho late in 2012, this is the second restaurant for the fledgling Beirut burger joint. It'll seat 100 across two floors offering a similar burger menu to Soho as well as a brunch menu - and there will be takeaway too.
In a nutshell: Lobster in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 55 Goodge Street, London W1W 1TQ
Why should you care? Fraq's is a small (30-seater) eat in and takeout restaurant with a brief menu featuring East Coast American specials and focusing on lobster and seafood.
In a nutshell: Italian pizza by Russians in London
Where is it? 19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8ED
Why should you care? Following on from Novikov's very successful Mayfair restaurant, another Russian export is joining them. Bocconcino is a chain of pizza/ pasta restaurants from Moscow.
In a nutshell: Premium kebabs in Clerkenwell
Where is it? 45-47 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5RS
Why should you care? Chifafa is a new restaurant offfering "kebabs made good" in Clerkenwell. According to the owner "We have had enough of the perception of the kebab as drinking man's turkey twizzler and intend to make the kebab respected rather than ridiculed."
In a nutshell: Draft House in the East end
Where is it? 80 Columbia Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 7QB.
Why should you care? The latest from Charlie Mc Veigh's Draft House group is another departure from the norm, much like their recent Bump Caves. This takes a bit of that and a bit of the Draft House to create Birdcage, as well as adding pie and mash to fit in with their east end location.
In a nutshell: Late night sarnies in Crouch Hill
Where is it? 19 Crouch Hill, London N4 4AP
Why should you care? Described as a hot sandwich shop, with seats and booze, that’s open really late, this is the new venue from Max Halley (previously Salt Yard and LeCoq) and the business idea was based on enabling customers to "do my four favourite things: Drinking booze, eating sandwiches, staying up late and not getting ripped off."
In a nutshell: Pub/hotel with ex River Cottage chef
Where is it? 150 Norwood Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 9AY
Why should you care? This revamped pub and hotel sees chef Daniel Stevens, of River Cottage, and L’atelier des Chefs, heading up the kitchen.
In a nutshell: Ivy expands
Where is it? 1 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8PS
Why should you care? This restaurant is being referred to as the "little sister of The Ivy but with its own distinct character" so expect to find versions of famous Ivy dishes on offer.
In a nutshell: Breakfast in bed
Where is it? 62-164 Lower Richmond road Putney SW15 1LY
Why should you care? The Brew chain (Wandsworth, Battersea and Wimbledon) is expanding with a huge new HQ in Richmond. You can even book their Bedouin inspired beds for Bollinger Champagne and a waiter to serve you your personalised “breakfast in bed” menu.
In a nutshell: NYC Deli in Shoreditch
Where is it? 28 Scrutton Street, Shoredtich, London, EC2A 4RP
Why should you care? This is a New York inspired deli in Shoreditch, serving breakfasts, sandwiches, salt beef, pulled port, short ribs and more.
In a nutshell: NYC deli/Café specialising in salt beef/ Smoked Salmon
Where is it? Goodge Street, W1
Why should you care? This bar is based on NYC delis/bars like Katz and will focus on salt beef and smoked salmon alongside a lot more Jewish-deli inspired fair.
In a nutshell: Persian in Knightsbridge
Where is it? 9 Knightsbridge Green, London SW1X 7QL
Why should you care? This is the second Kateh, having also opened in Maida Vale. This restaurant will focus on a breadth of Persian cuisine, seven days a week.
In a nutshell: Pricey steak & raw bar
Where is it? 60 Threadneedle St, London EC2R 8HP
Why should you care? This trio of restaurants is from an ex MD of Gaucho and features a mix of a grill, raw bar and your more standard bar. It's not for everyone, though as the costs of steaks will run as high as £139... Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? November 21
In a nutshell: European/Middle East restaurant in Shoreditch
Where is it? 68-80 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL
Why should you care? Jago is the first restaurant from Louis Solley, who used to head up Ottolenghi in Notting Hill. He's now opening an all-day restaurant in Shoreditch with a focus on European and Ashkenazi inspired cuisine.
In a nutshell: The Dairy gets a sibling restaurant
Where is it? 148 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6BX
Why should you care? Situated on Clapham Manor Street, the Manor will see the Dairy's Dean Parker heading up the kitchen in this restaurant from the people behind Clapham's hugely popular The Dairy. As the new restaurant is just down the road from The Dairy, they'll still be able to use the produce from the rooftop garden and beehives, while Delicatessen will supply the homemade charcuterie.
In a nutshell: "Mostly Chinese" in Dalston
Where is it? 511 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AR
Why should you care? Located close to Dalston Junction Station, the restaurant (its name translates to rice bucket) is serving up mostly Chinese food but, as owner Wai Wan explains "ultimately the menu has no boundaries...
The Grill at the Dorchester (re-launch)
In a nutshell: Ducasse takes over the Grill
Where is it? 153 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA
Why should you care? This is the latest of Alain Ducasse's growing empire across London as his protege takes over the other restaurant at the Dorchester and lays on a brand new menu and look.
In a nutshell: Islington pub
Where is it? 59 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0NY
Why should you care? This is a new pub that's taking over from the recently closed O'Neills on Upper Street (and you'll notice that O Neills pubs all over town are getting a similar "individual" makeover"). Expect food from Ruby Jeans Diner too - an American diner style offering with plenty of burgers, hot dogs, nachos, wings and more.
In a nutshell: Cuban sandwiches, craft beers & more on
Where is it? 125 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0UH
Why should you care? The folk behind Clerkenwell pub the Blacksmith and Toffeemaker are branching out northwards on the site of the former White Rabbit Cocktail Club. This is being billed as a cafe bar and event space. By day it'll serve up coffee and cake but in the evening it "will turn into more of a boozy drinking den".
In a nutshell: Wine family opens standalone restaurant
Where is it? 15 New Burlington Place, London, W1S 2HX
Why should you care? The Frescobaldi family are apparently "one of Italy’s oldest and most respected wine dynasties and now they’re opening a British outpost of their popular Dei Frescobaldi restaurants. The food will "celebrate Tuscany’s rich gastronomic tradition, but with their own contemporary twist".
In a nutshell: Gordon grabs another street
Where is it? 3 - 9 Heddon Street London W1B 4BE
Why should you care? Following the success of Bread Street Kitchen in the City, Gordon's set his sights on Mayfair for a follow-up. Find out more.
In a nutshell: Bombay Café comes to Granary Square
Where is it? Stable Street, London N1C
Why should you care? This is the third Dishoom Bombay Cafe to open after successes in Covent Garden and Shoreditch. Expect a similar all day Indian menu at this restaurant which will be one of the largest in the area.
In a nutshell: Organic pub meets organic produce
Where is it? 30 St Peter's Street, Islington, London N1
Why should you care? Riverford, best known for their organic food deliveries, have also previously held London pop-ups as well as running their own Riverford Field Kitchen at their farm in Devon. But now they're settling down as they partner with organic pub, The Duke Of Cambridge in Islington, to run a menu by head chef Benoit Berenger with food from the farm.
108 Brasserie (re-launch)
In a nutshell: Marylebone relaunch
Where is it? 108 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2QE
Why should you care? 108 Brasserie (formerly 108 Bar and Grill) is just coming out from a complete makeover, and with a new name too. The 108 Bar and Grill has been transformed into what they're aiming to be "truly local dining experience".
In a nutshell: Danish in Notting Hill
Where is it? Golborne Road, Notting Hill
Why should you care? This is a combined Danish cafe and deli opening in Notting Hill. Expect a very Danish all-day menu in very Danish surroundings.
In a nutshell: Lobster (not burger)
Where is it? 26-28 Binney Street, London W1K 5BN
Why should you care? Not content with a gradual takeover of London with Burger and Lobster, Goodman restaurants are launching Smack lobster deli which will concentrate on a range of lobster rolls as well as whole prepared lobsters.
In a nutshell: Japanese in Belgravia
Where is it? 21 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0JW
Why should you care? This new Japanese restaurant features all-Japanese kitchen staff, a Head Chef who was a founding chef at Zuma and also boasts a pretty spectacular setting in a Grade II building.
In a nutshell: All-day Provencal restaurant
Where is it? 8-10 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4QA
Why should you care? This all-day Provencal restaurant will offer "coffees and brunch throughout the day as well as more of a restaurant and bar atmosphere in the evenings." Simon Conboy, the previous executive chef at The Ivy and Rivington Grill in Dubai is Exec chef and it comes from Charlie McLean who used to be at Cau and Gaucho.
In a nutshell: Roka expands again
Where is it? Ground Floor West Front, Aldwych House, 71-91 Aldwych, WC2
Why should you care? Another expansion for Rainer Becker's Roka, the modern Japanese restaurant Roka with its signature focus, the Robata grill. As with the Mayfair opening earlier in 2014, this will add a few dishes unique to the Aldwych location on top of the more familiar elements of the menu.
In a nutshell: Gallery restaurant revamp
Where is it? Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN
Why should you care? This is a complete re-launch of the restaurant in the Wallace collection - in a space that is "as close as possible to al fresco without being outdoors". Expect French inspired cuisine using British produce.
In a nutshell: Marylebone restaurant with El Bulli trained chef
Where is it? 35 New Cavendish St, London W1G 9TR
Why should you care? This Matylebone fine dining restaurant has El Bulli trained chef Alfonso Lillo Fas running the kitchen and features a mix of fish from the raw bar as well as grilled meats and fish.
In a nutshell: British restaurant in Soho
Where is it? 187b Wardour Street, W1F 8ZB
Why should you care? Forget No Reservations, a new Soho restaurant opening on Wardour Street is boasting that it's reservations-only and the menu here will consist of small plates with a very British flavour.
In a nutshell: Greek deli and restaurant from Real Greek founder
Where is it? Arthouse, 1 York Way, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AS
Why should you care? This new Greek restaurant and deli comes from the man who founded The Real Greek. Its kitchen will "focus on food from Greek regions and the Eastern Mediterranean basin" while the "food store" will offer a range of Greek cheese, charcuterie, honey and more.
In a nutshell: Lobster every which way
Where is it? 111 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NQ
Why should you care? There's a completely lobster-focused menu at this Fitzrovia restaurant. Expect lobster mac n’ cheese, lobster tails and deep-fried legs, claws and knuckles served in rolls.
In a nutshell: Thai Barbecue in Soho
Where is it? 7 Denmark Street, London WC2H 8LZ
Why should you care? This Thai barbecue restaurant in Soho features a chef from the Begging Bowl, Zeren Wilson on the wine list, and a short daily menu with a focus on cooking over wood and with traditional pestles & mortars.
In a nutshell: Richard Caring's American restaurant and bar goes west
Where is it? Hotham House, 1 Heron Square TW9 1EJ
Why should you care? This is the latest of Richard Caring's Jackson and Rye restaurants (there's one in Soho and another in Chiswick) which specialise in American cuisine and cocktails.
In a nutshell: Revamped gastropub in St John's Wood
Where is it? 23–24 Aberdeen Place, St John's Wood, London, NW8 8JR.
Why should you care? This revamped pub in St John's Wood will have an ex Pollen Street Social chef in charge, and a mix of British and contemporary Lebanese cuisine.
In a nutshell: Italian beach themed restaurant
Where is it? 461-465 North End Road, Fulham, London SW6 1NZ
Why should you care? This Italian restaurant and bar in Fulham Broadway will feature sunloungers and vintage arcade games to set the scene for the beach-themed restaurant. Expect thin Italian filled flatbreads sharing dishes and beach-themed cocktails.
In a nutshell: Wintery rooftop eating at Selfridges
Where is it? The roof of Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1H 6HB
Why should you care? This is the second rooftop installation on the roof of Selfridges, from the people who brought you Q Grill. This time expect more wintery food but it's the hot chocolate cocktail bar that we'll be making a beeline towards.
Wild Game Co
In a nutshell: Game pop-up goes permanent
Where is it? 65 Charlotte St, London W1T 4PQ
Why should you care? The Wild Game Co are best known for a very popular series of pop-ups and residencies across town. Now they're settling down in their own restaurant. Expect dishes like venison chateaubriand, a highland beef burger, stovies and more.
In a nutshell: Latest from the Quarter Group
Where is it? 11 Barkston Gardens, London
Why should you care? This is the latest cafe, bar and restaurant from the Quarter Group - an all day dining restaurant attached the the Hotel Indigo Kensington. There's a deli with locally sourced artisan produce too.
In a nutshell: Soho trailer heads to Kentish Town
Where is it? 157 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 8PD
Why should you care? This streetfood trailer from Soho has found its permanent home in Kentish Town, where they'll be serving the same Cantonese food that's gone down so well in Soho. And they;re also planning Chinese-style Sunday roasts.
In a nutshell: Mayfair pub gets a refurb.
Where is it? 20 October 2014 at 41 Farm Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5RP
Why should you care? It's probably best known for having once belonged to Madonna's ex, Guy Ritchie. But now under new management, the Punchbowl in Mayfair is reopening with a new look and menu.
In a nutshell: Very small sushi restaurant with big-name chef
Where is it? 12 New Burlington Street, London W1S 3BH
Why should you care? Mitsuhiro Araki, whose Tokyo restaurant had three Michelin stars is heading to London. That's the good news. The bad news is that the restaurant will accommodate just nine people up at the dining counter and six in a private dining room.
In a nutshell: Ceviche pop-up goes permanent
Where is it? 1st Floor, Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B 5PW
Why should you care? They've been running pop-ups around the capital for a few years, but now Senor Ceviche have moved to a permanent site in Soho. Expect signature ceviches, Peruvian BBQ and plenty of pisco sours.
In a nutshell: Skye Gyngell at Somerset House
Where is it? Somerset House, Lancaster Place, London WC2R 1LA
Why should you care? Spring is Skye Gyngell's first solo venture, who had such a big success at Petersham Nurseries. She'll be setting up shop in the "new" wing of Somerset House which hasn't been open to the public for 150 years and serving fair like Grilled langoustine with seaweed butter and Roasted turbot with porcini and bone marrow.
In a nutshell: Upmarket fish & chips comes to the City
Where is it? Dashwood House, 69 old Broad Street, London EC2M 1QS
Why should you care? Already popular in Islington, this will be the second Fish and Chip Shop. Expect a similar menu to the original in a larger space that includes a terrace too.
In a nutshell: All-day cafe in Islington
Where is it? 290 St Pauls Road, Islington, London N1 2LH
Why should you care? This all-day cafe (with a booze licence for the evening) is just a couple of doors down from LeCoq and promises an evolving menu targeted at Islington locals.
In a nutshell: M1LK opens a cafe on Clapham Common
Where is it? 2 Rookery Road, Clapham Common, SW4 9DD
Why should you care? With room for 30 inside and 80 outdoors on a heated terrace this cafe will serve an all day menu, and have its own roof garden and plant nursery where founder Julian Porter will grow his own produce and micro herbs, to be used in the café. Expect locally sourced food and some special coffee too.
In a nutshell: Footballers become restaurateurs
Where is it? 692-694 Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 8AL
Why should you care? A bunch of big name footballers have clubbed together to bring a swanky Spanish restaurant chain to sunny Chigwell. La Sala, which has a flagship restaurant in Puerto Banus, is being backed by Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the former Birmingham City captain Stephen Carr among others. It's the first restaurant outside Spain for the La Sala group.
In a nutshell: Salmon-based restaurant in Belgravia
Where is it? 1 Pont St, London SW1X 9EJ
Why should you care? This restaurant chain has been established in the Middle East, with restaurants in Lebanon, Jeddah and Dubai, and now they've settled on a London home in Belgravia (taking over from Palm). Expect smoked salmon galore and a lot more on the menu.
In a nutshell: Shopping and ramen
Where is it? Selfridges Food Hall, Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB?
Why should you care? One of London's most popular ramen restaurants sets up shop in Selfridges with this new ramen bar, offering the best of their menu right in the heart of the shopping mecca.
In a nutshell: Japanese Ramen chain comes to London
Where is it? Central St Giles
Why should you care? Originally from Fukokoka, this ramen chain has expanded all over the world, and the first London UK is planned for Central St Giles.
In a nutshell: Classic revamped
Where is it? 16 Bury St, Mayfair, London SW1Y 6AJ
Why should you care? One of Mayfair St James’ finest dining establishments is getting a refresh this autumn – except this is far more than a new lick of paint. Quaglino’s, the iconic restaurant and late-night venue, is undergoing a full-scale renovation under the direction of D&D London and Russell Sage studios.
In a nutshell: Peruvian in Marylebone
Where is it? 18 Thayer St, W1U 3JY, London
Why should you care? Another addition to London's growing Peruvian scene is coming to Marylebone in October with Pachamama. The restaurant is promising "dishes that reflect the spectrum of influences in Peruvian cuisine using the finest of locally-sourced, seasonal British produce." (50% off food until 14 October)
In a nutshell: Caribbean in Ealing
Where is it? 16 High Street, Ealing, London, W5 5DB
Why should you care? This Caribbean restaurant and bar has locations all over the UK, but this is their first in London. Expect plenty of jerk ribs, pulled jerk pork, duck rolls, Jamaican fried bait and lots more - washed down with lots of rum cocktails.
In a nutshell: Great beer plus bar food to soak it up
Where is it? Torrens Street, Angel, London EC1V 1NQ
Why should you care? They'll be brewing their own beer on the premises but also BEER CAN CHICKEN!
In a nutshell: Soho House diner for Holborn
Where is it? 199-206 High Holborn, Camden, London, WC1V 7BD
Why should you care? This is the new American-style restaurant being run by Soho House at the oh-so-trendy Hoxton Hotel in Holborn.
In a nutshell: Dining on a superyacht
Where is it? Sunborn London hotel, Royal Victoria Dock London, E16 1XL
Why should you care? If you like the idea of pretending you're a billionaire whilst watching the boats zip past on the Thames this is for you.
In a nutshell: Hidden rotisserie in Midtown
Where is it? 199-206 High Holborn, Camden, London, WC1V 7BD (but see below for details)
Why should you care? There are a lot of fans of this chicken-only establishment but this is the first one they've opened in central London.
In a nutshell: American shrimp co. comes to London
Where is it? Trocadero, 7-14 Coventry St, Piccadilly Circus, London W1D 7DH
Why should you care? The first UK Bubba Gump restaurant has been on the cards for a long time, but now it looks like it's actually going to happen (signs are up and everything!). This American seafood chain will take over the site that once hosted Planet Hollywood, offering all manner of shrimps and more.
In a nutshell: Stoke Newington Burgers
Where is it? 129 Stoke Newington High St
Why should you care? Burger Bear is another street-food burger joint that has built up a big following and are also the latest to grab a permanent space. This sees them joining up with the Bear Hug Brewery to supply burgers and beer to Stokey locals.
In a nutshell: Revamped pub in Bethnal Greem
Where is it? 441 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AN
Why should you care? Fans of the Discount Suit Company on Petticoat Lane Market should look out for The Sun Tavern. Open all day, the pub will serve up pastries and freshly brewed coffees from Bethnal Green’s Square Mile roastery in the morning, as well as bar snacks throughout the day.
In a nutshell: Ecuadorian ceviche
Where is it? 116a St. Annes Court, London W1F 0BG
Why should you care? Eaten Ecuadorian food recently/ever? Us neither, which is why we're mildly intrigued by the idea of Tostado. The restaurant will specialise in ceviche and will also offer their own twist on an English breakfast menu in addition to a selection of soups and stews.
To find out what restaurants are coming soon to London, check out our upcoming restaurants page.
For all the latest critic reviews of the newest London restaurants, check out our reviews page.