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.
In a nutshell: 300 year old pub returns to serve chops & cocktails
Where is it? 76 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ
Why should you care? This Broarway Market pub is being revamped by the people behind Ruby's in Dalston with food throughout being provided by Licky Chops (who also run fave burger van Lucky Chip).
In a nutshell: Margate pizza comes to London
Where is it? 50 Exmouth Market, London ECR1 4QE
Why should you care? This hugely popular pizzeria from Margate is heading to Exmouth Market serving pizzas that focus on British ingredients alongside organic wines, Gelupo ice cream, Climpsons coffee and more. Soft launch 12/13 April with 50% off pizzas.
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In a nutshell: Dock Kitchen chef goes east
Where is it? 432-434 Kingsland Road
Why should you care? The man behind Dock Kitchen is opening his second restaurant in Dalston in Spring. It'll be an Italian restaurant, comprised of local British ingredients and will have a wine bar attached too (from the people behind Milk & Honey).
In a nutshell: Cocktail bar with food.
Where is it? 27-31 Bedford Road, Clapham, London SW4 7SH
Why should you care? This cocktail bar takes its name from the Prosecco vineyards of Northern Italywith a list by Richard Woods, UK winner of the Bombay Sapphire ‘World’s Most Imaginative Bartender’ 2014. Cocktails include Truffled Liquorice Sour and Olive Oil Gin Fizz with food including Orkney isle scallops, San Daniele ham wrapped figs, truffle honey & roquette plus parmesan biscuits with poppy seeds.
In a nutshell: BBQ and more in Clapham
Where is it? 27-31 Bedford Road, Clapham, London SW4 7SH
Why should you care? The current Hoxton restaurant, Red Dog Saloon, specialises in American BBQ and the same can be expected from its Clapham cousin.
In a nutshell: Changing restaurant and event space
Where is it? 35 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN
Why should you care? This venue plans to have a series of "chapters", each lasting six months and which will mean a complete redesign of the building, starting with "Future Vintage". In charge of the kitchen is Andi Oliver.
In a nutshell: Sharing plates on the top floor of Dolls House
Where is it? 35 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN
Why should you care? The former pop-up artists Check On set up a permanent kitchen at the top of the Dolls House in Hoxton (which houses the Dead Dolls Club). Expect "an indoor picnic with light, fresh plates to graze on and socialise over."
In a nutshell: Persian casual dining
Where is it? 52 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8LT
Why should you care? This casual diner offers Persian fare and with takeaway as well as room to sit down, the menu here sounds pretty healthy with a range of grilled flatbread wraps with salad and sauce options. There'll also be soups, savoury soufflés, rice dishes and fresh salads.
In a nutshell: Butcher's by day, restaurant by night
Where is it? 60 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ
Why should you care? This new dual purpose site on Broadway Market will be a butcher's during the day and then switch to a "cookshop" at night where you'll be asking the chef to cook some of the best items on display.
In a nutshell: Brindisa in Brixton
Where is it? 41-43 Atlantic Road, London, SW9
Why should you care? This new opening won't have a fully fledged restaurant attached - it's much more similar to their Borough Market offering. They'll be set up under two railway arches just around the corner from Brixton Market - with one being the bar and the other the shop (where anything offered in the bar can be bought). Limited menu until late April.
In a nutshell: Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley gets a big makeover
Where is it? The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL
Why should you care? Marcus Wareing's restaurant is getting a huge makeover for its 10th year at the Berkeley hotel, moving a little away from the fine dining of old and to a more "American" way of service (so that means no tablecloths for a start) although the menu will apparently remain the same.
In a nutshell: All day private club-style restaurant space
Where is it? 1 Kensington High Street, London W8 5NP
Why should you care? A relaunch of Zaika, this is billed as a private club-style space that doesn't require membership. Open all day from breakfast through to dinner, you can eat, or just hangout with friends or have business meetings in a super spot overlooking Kensington Palace Gardens.
In a nutshell: Smokey Pied
Where is it? 291 West End Lane, London NW6 1RD
Why should you care? David Moore (of Pied a Terre) has opened this "smokehouse, cocktail bar and craft beer concept" in North London.
In a nutshell: Fast food Jamaican in Covent Garden
Where is it? 26 New Row, Covent Garden, WC2N 4LA
Why should you care? Theresa Roberts is hoping that her Caribbean fast food will be a winner with Londoners. With executive chef Collin Brown she'll be serving a variety of soups including a punchy pumpkin soup with a spicy kick, chicken and dumpling and gungo pea. As for the patties themselves, which will be baked in store every day, expect to see jerk chicken, prawn, curried goat and saltfish and ackee.
In a nutshell: Star spotting Rome restaurant comes to town.
Where is it? 9-10 Blenheim Street, London W15 1LJ
Why should you care? The original Assunta Madre in Rome is a big hit with the locals and fisiting stars so expect this London outpost of the seafood restaurant to be attracting similar clientele. They'll also be importing some of the fish from Rome's esteemed Terracina auction.
In a nutshell: BBQ in Camden
Where is it? 29 - 33 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AJ
Why should you care? This new barbeque restaurant and bar is from Des McDonald, who launched Islington success story The Fish & Chip Shop. Expect a menu that takes in charred, smoked and raw meats - plus a whole lot more besides.
In a nutshell: The next from Dabbous
Where is it? 18 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2LZ
Why should you care? After huge success with his first restaurant, Ollie Dabbous is opening a second just down the street. Accourding to Dabbous, ""We wanted to do something fun and upbeat," says Oskar about Barnyard. "It’s not another burger or chicken joint. Just home-cooking, done well and without all the washing-up.”
In a nutshell: Wine bar with a shot of Hedone
Where is it? 12A Newburgh St, London W1F 7RR
Why should you care? Mikael Jonsson wowed many with his first restaurant, Hedone, but being all the way out west in Chiswick it perhaps didn't get the attention it deserved. Now Jonsson's also lending a hand to this wine bar in the middle of Soho. He's overseen the menus and Chris Jones who was formerly his senior sous chef at Hedone is in the kitchen.
In a nutshell: More barbecue
Where is it? 12 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden
Why should you care? The original Big Easy has been a hit on the King's Road and this forms the first part of a rollout for the brand. They're promising "the most authentic, American fresh-smoked Bar.B.Q, seafood, cocktail and drinks offer in the UK." and have attracted NYC chefs over too.
Tommi's Burger Joint
In a nutshell: Burgers go west
Where is it? 342 Kings Road, London SW3 5UR
Why should you care? Following a successful long-term pop up and then a full-time restaurant in Marylebone, Tommi's are heading to Chelsea for their next opening. Expect all the burgers, sides and shakes from the original with a bit more space.
In a nutshell: Modern Italian in Putney
Where is it? 146 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, London SW15 2SW
Why should you care? This Italian restaurant is coming from chef Chris Beverley and restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas and will feature a modern Italian menu. The wine list is from and presented by Zeren Wilson, and will feature an all-Italian list.
In a nutshell: Upstairs neighbourhood Borough restaurant
Where is it? 202 Borough High Street, London SE1
Why should you care? This neighbourhood brasserie is upstairs from the Trinity in Borough, taking over a space that used to be a pub in its own right. It'll will seat 40 and be following a "seasonal approach to English produce".
In a nutshell: St Katharine Spanish
Where is it? St Katharine Docks, London, E1W 1AT
Why should you care? This new Spanish restaurant at St Katharine Dock comes from one of the original investors in Hakkasan and an innovative menu from a chef who's worked at Mugaritz and more.
In a nutshell: Georgian in Mayfair
Where is it? 54 Curzon Street, London W1J 8PG
Why should you care? This is a family run restaurant hoping to introduce Londoners to the joys of Georgian cooking, taking traditional dishes as their inspiration but giving them a lighter touch. It'll also have the largest selection of Georgian wines this side of the Caucasus Mountains.
In a nutshell: All-day neighbourhood restaurant with a focus on steak
Where is it? 157 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8XA in March 2014
Why should you care? Cyrus Todiwala of Cafe Spice Namaste fame is planning to open a Portuguese restaurant with Indian influences. The 108-seat restaurant Assado will mix ethnic influences and flavours the chef has discovered during his travels and throughout his career.
In a nutshell: 10 Greek Street with a different address
Where is it? 8-9 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
Why should you care? This is the second opening from Luke Wilson and Cameron Emirali who previously had such a big hit with 10 Greek Stret in Soho. Expect a very similar approach to the food and wine, but set in Hoxton.
In a nutshell: All-day neighbourhood restaurant with a focus on steak
Where is it? 255 Munster Road, London, SW6 6BW
Why should you care? By day Poppy’s Place, coming from Scarlet Guess, previously at Rowley's (and whose family owns that restaurant), will be a cafe serving up seasonal breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes like hash browns and hot smoked salmon with horseradish. In the evening it'll turn into a candlelit neighbourhood restaurant with a menu focusing on steak.
In a nutshell: A new prison restaurant
Where is it? Brixton
Why should you care? The Clink restaurant at HMP Brixton is the third of its type and will follow The Clink's Five Step Programme, educating prisoners and aiming to equip them with skills and experience to secure employment upon their release. Whilst the menu details and pricing for the Brixton project are still to be confirmed, it is expected that the format will be similar to that of the existing restaurants.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese noodles in Dalston
Where is it? 122 Balls Pond Road N1 4AE
Why should you care? This will be a Vietnamese noodle restaurant offering regional noodle dishes from across Vietnam. The menu will be split evenly between noodle soup dishes and vermicelli noodle salads. There will also be a social option to the menu to encourage sharing which will be their take on Vietnamese street food favourites. Plus there's a wine list curated by Borough wines.
In a nutshell: Cornish food in Battersea
Where is it? 1 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1GH
Why should you care? This Battersea restaurant aims to buy as much of its food as possible from producers in Cornwall and serve a seasonally changing menu. They're pitching it as "between gourmet fine dining and fast casual dining - fine casual dining".
In a nutshell: D&D relaunch
Where is it? 7-9 St James's St, London SW1A 1EE
Why should you care? This St James restaurant from D&D restaurants is getting a big overhaul and a new American style menu. Expect a room designed by Russell Sage (Zetter Town House) with the look of a Manhattan loft gallery. Food includes chowder, steak and sharing dishes from the Josper grill.
In a nutshell: Nuno does NYC meatpacking glam in Marylebone
Where is it? 1 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7PA
Why should you care? Andre Balazs, whose hotels The Standard and The Mercer are top destinations for NYC's hippest visitors is opening a boutique hotel in Marylebone, taking over a disused fire station and he's elisted Nuno Mendes - fresh out of Viajante - as his Executive Head Chef. Nuno will be delivering a modern American menu with a Mendes twist.
In a nutshell: Jamaican burgers in Notting Hill
Where is it? 272 Portobello Road, London W10 5TY
Why should you care? This Jamaican burger restaurant had a long residency in Notting Hill in 2013 and now they're coming back with their own permanent restaurant. Expect Caribbean style burgers and lots of rum-based cocktails as well as weekend brunches.
In a nutshell: Holborn hotel dining
Where is it? Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
Why should you care? Taking over the space that used to be home to Jun Tanaka's Pearl, this is focusing on British Cuisine. It will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week - and will comprise of a restaurant, rock bar, delicatessen and an open terrace which overlooks the hotel courtyard.
In a nutshell: Holborn hotel dining
Where is it? 65 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8TR
Why should you care? This pub revamp sees it being taken over by the same people behind Waterloo's hugely popular Anchor and Hope and has Mike Davies in the kitchen, a young chef trained up in the Anchor family and also part owner of the achingly hip Franks Cafe pop up in Peckham.
In a nutshell: Roka expands
Where is it? 30 North Audley Street, London W1K 6HP
Why should you care? Replacing the only recently launched (and then closed) Banca, Rainer Becker is expanding his best known brand, the modern Japanese restaurant Roka with its signature focus, the Robata grill. While retaining much of the menu from the original Roka, this will have a few unique dishes of its own too.
In a nutshell: Fairy tale bar and restaurant
Where is it? 52 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FD
Why should you care? This latest opening from Drake and Morgan (behind the Folly and the Anthologist) is "inspired by the fantasy world of fairy tale". It's an all-day bar and restaurant split across three floors and seats a pretty huge number (over 400). Expect a classical feel, a deli and even a wishing well and "sharing cocktails served in bathtubs".
In a nutshell: Florence moves house
Where is it? 11 Berwick Street, London W1F 0PL
Why should you care? Polpetto's time in the French House regrettably came to an end in 2012, but Florence Knight has finally settled on a new London location. The new-look Polpetto will now have room for 70 (the old one had just 23 covers!) and will feature an aperitivo bar and an open kitchen.
In a nutshell: Lobsters in Wandsworth
Where is it? 94 Point Pleasant, London, SW18 1PR
Why should you care? Opening as part of the Point Pleasant development to the east of Wandsworth Park and right by the river Lobster House will (as you could probably guess) focus on seafood as well as a few key meaty dishes. So expect lobster rolls, New England clam chowder, salt beef sandwich, Wagyu burgers and 24-hour slow cooked beef ribs.
In a nutshell: Gordon Ramsay goes to Battersea
Where is it? 4-9 Battersea Square, London SW11
Why should you care? This new restaurant from Ramsay takes over site of the short-lived old Bennett Brasserie and Oyster Bar - looking to take advantage of the upcoming redevelopment of Battersea Power Station. Anna Haugh-Kelly is in charge of the kitchen offering a European menu.
In a nutshell: Rotisserie and more in Dalston
Where is it? 52 Kingsland Road, E2 8DP
Why should you care? This Dalston restaurnt describe themselves as "a modern European restaurant serving savoury rotisserie meats and vegetables alongside tasty brews, organic wines and cocktails". There's an impressive European wine list and some good snacks to be had too.
In a nutshell: NY bowling & food comes to London
Where is it? The O2
Why should you care? Brooklyn Bowl, as the name suggests, is a bowling alley which also has a 500 capacity live music space and a 120 cover restaurant. The original Brooklyn Bowl was launched in 2009 in Williamsburg and the London venue's restaurant will be run by the same people as the New York one, the well-respected Blue Ribbon Restaurants Group who are also behind Manhattan's Blue Ribbon restaurant and its respective bakery and sushi rollouts in New York and beyond.
In a nutshell: Food, drink and music in Hackney
Where is it? 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London E8 1LL
Why should you care? Taking over the old railway station at Hackney Central this November is Oslo - a food, drink and music hub. Food is served all day and then in the evenings the place turns into a venue for live music with a licence till 3am. Head Chef Dave Ahern whose work you might know from Burger Breakout has been busy working up a menu featuring modern interpretations of classic East End dishes.
In a nutshell: Park Lane fusion
Where is it? 140 Park Lane
Why should you care? This is the new restaurant for the Marriott Park Lane. It aims to concentrate on the "best of London’s street food" and this is represented by mixing several international cusines that hark from distinct areas of London (those would be the "Lanes" of the title). That means Vietnamese (Kingsland Road) Indian (Brick Lane) British (Portobello Road) and Lebanese (Edgware Road).
In a nutshell: Ex Fat Duck experimental kitchen chef does hot dogs and more
Where is it? 20 Kensington Church Street, W8 4EP
Why should you care? By day, this restaurant will look for the world to be a basic hot dog kiosk serving up one classic Yankee dog (served with yellow mustard, red ketchup and spring onions). At night a hidden door to the restaurant downstairs is opened, where they'll be serving up an extended hot dog list and also the 'bones' part of the menu (Boston ribeye steak and more) plus what looks to be a great cocktail list.
In a nutshell: Hammersmith favourite returns in a new guise
Where is it? 129-131 Brackenbury Rd London W6 0BQ
Why should you care? This old favourite returning is now under the ownership of Ossie Gray, who used to be the General Manager of River Cafe. They're "cooking the food we love based on our experience of regional French & Italian with some other Mediterranean influences as well."
Canvas by Michael Riemenschneider
In a nutshell: Build your own tasting menu
Where is it? 69 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2P
Why should you care? Michael Riemenschneider, formerly based in Penzance, has opened in London, taking over the space that formerly housed Verru. He's offering a menu that has 16 dishes which can be formed into a tasting menu of 3-15 courses.
In a nutshell: Soho bistro with Salt Yard consulting
Where is it? 9 D'Arblay Street Soho, London W1F 8DR
Why should you care? Blanchette is coming from three brothers Maxime, Yannis and Malik Alary who are launching a "French bistro serving simple, classic and inventive French food". Similar to Salt Yard, it'll be primarily based around sharing "French tapas" plates.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese restaurant from TV celeb chef
Where is it? 55-59 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1
Why should you care? Bobby Chinn has two successful restaurants in Vietnam as well as a pretty successful broadcasting career (hosting the Living Channel’s World Cafe). Now Chinn’s heading for Soho, opening the House of Ho in Old Compton Street. The Vietnamese food at House of Ho promises to be “fun, informal, sexy and moderately priced” and have a very specific “Bobby twist”.
Honest Burgers King's Cross
In a nutshell: Fifth Honest location
Where is it? 251-255 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9NG
Why should you care? They're some of Londoners favourite burger joints and they've been expanding all over London recently. This latest venture also sees them adding some new sides to the menu too.
In a nutshell: Restaurant devoted to all things piggy
Where is it? Exmouth Market
Why should you care? This new Exmouth Market restaurant will have a strong focus on pork with feasting menus, cocktails and more on the menu. And for the lunchtime Farringdon crowd, their takeaway porchetta sandwiches should be winners.
In a nutshell: Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs get into the restaurant business.
Where is it? The Street, Westfield, Stratford
Why should you care? This is the first restaurant to be launched by Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. They've brought in two Michelin star chef Michael Wignall to help create the menu. Dishes will feature their take on a pot noodle and a range of family-friendly food.
In a nutshell: American food and cocktails in Soho
Where is it? 56 Wardour Street, London W1D 4JD
Why should you care? Jackson + Rye is from the people behind Grillshack and will offer an all day informal menu from breakfast until 'late' - running to midnight on Friday and Saturday. The vibe will be very much East Coast America with menus inspired by that part of the world.
In a nutshell: Korean on Old Street
Where is it? 305 Old Street, London EC1V 9LA
Why should you care? On the Bab - which translates as served 'on the rice' - will be East London's first anju restaurant (which according to Wikipedia is the traditional Korean cuisine of consuming food with alcohol, so it's got our vote) offering Korean sharing dishes - and a rather lethal-sounding cocktail list. The 30 seater restaurant won't take reservations and wil be open every day for lunch and dinner.
Rum Kitchen Carnaby
In a nutshell: The Rum Kitchen comes into town
Where is it? Kingly Court, Soho
Why should you care? The original Rum Kitchen on All Saints Road was a big hit when it opened, even impressing AA Gill. Now they're bringing the Kitchen into the centre of town, opening in Kingly Court, just off Carnaby Street. Food and drink is expected to be very similar to the original and more are planned for the future.
In a nutshell: Mozzarella bar branches out to Soho
Where is it? 9-20 Poland Street London W1F 8QF
Why should you care? This is the latest branch of the mozzarella bar which will be specialising in the same signature Mozzarella di Bufala from artisan producers of Campania as its sibling restaurants. It'll be served with grilled aubergine parmigiana, rosemary scented beef tagliata and on their stone ground petra flour pizzas.
In a nutshell: Experimental Cocktail Club does wine
Where is it? 8-10 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden
Why should you care? This new wine bar comes from the same people behind the hugely popular Experimental Cocktail Club and this bars sister site in Paris. Expect the wines to steer clear of the mainstream and the food to be a mix of seasonal British and French cuisine.
In a nutshell: Peruvian goes east
Where is it? 1 Redchurch Street London E2 7DJ
Why should you care? The original Ceviche was a big hit in Soho and this is Martin Morales second restaurant in Shoreditch. The new place takes its influence from Peruvian ‘picanterias’, traditional family run restaurants serving local people from breakfast through to dinner.
In a nutshell: DJ Seth Troxler does BBQ
Where is it? 6-10 Dunston Street, Haggerston
Why should you care? DJ Seth Troxler threw one hell of a party this summer with his BBQ popup in Hackney. But now he's put down roots with a permanent restaurant in Haggerston. Alongside the BBQ meats the menu has been developed by Head chef Lyndell Sabine to include a range of veggie options like smoked half aubergine and cheese stuffed smoked jalapenos.
In a nutshell: Salt Yard does Basque
Where is it? 60/61 Berwick Street, London W1F 88X
Why should you care? This restaurant will seat 90 and take its inspiration from the rural Basque and Italian methods of smoking and grilling over charcoal and will open in November. Chef Director Ben Tish's menu will be almost entirely cooked on a custom built charcoal fired grill which will serve as the centre piece of the open plan kitchen.
In a nutshell: Oysters in Spitalfields
Where is it? 8a Lamb Street, London E1 6EA
Why should you care? This will be the third London opening for the oyster and seafood restaurant, following Soho and Borough Market. Expect a similar offering of seafood and oysters at this Spitalfields location - but with a huge seawater tank into the middle of the restaurant stacked with 10,000 shellfish allowing diners to choose their own live crab, lobster or oysters.
In a nutshell: Tramshed goes to the City
Where is it? 9a Devonshire Square London EC2M 4BA
Why should you care? Mark Hix is opening an enormous 5000 square foot restaurant on the former site of Sushinho in Devonshire Square. Run along the same lines as Tramshed in Shoreditch, it will feature a 100-seat restaurant on the ground floor serving up the same focused chicken and steak menu as Tramshed. It will also feature a basement Mark's Bar, similar to the downstairs bar at Hix Soho.
In a nutshell: Imperial Arms gets a makeover
Where is it? 577 Kings Road, London SW6 2EH
Why should you care? This Chelsea pub is getting a complete makeover from the people who launched the May Fair's Quince restaurant. It'll be an all-day pub and restaurant offering "nutritious dishes with international influences, all made using British ingredients".
In a nutshell: Guilt-free chicken in Hoxton
Where is it? 4 Ravenscroft Street, London E2 7QG
Why should you care? Clutch bills itself as a guilt-free fried chicken restaurant and sources all its produce from a small free-range farm in Withshire, using eggs produced in clutches with all the eggs laid at a single time (hence the name). Expect rotisserie chicken, buttermilk chicken and loads more.
In a nutshell: City champagne restaurant with a late licence
Where is it? Tirage's concept is to offer one of the largest selections of Champagne and sparkling wines by the glass in London alongside an menu of tasting plates, with a late night dinner being served until 12.30am.
In a nutshell: Russell Norman becomes publican
Where is it? 142 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2N 4HS
Why should you care? The man behind Polpo and his partner Richard Beatty are taking over the site of the old Marquis of Granby on Seven Dials to launch "a proper Victorian purpose-built boozer that we could stamp our mark on". The Ape & Bird will feature four bars over three floors, take reservations for lunch and dinner while also holding some tables for walk-ins. Expect a frequently changing menu will also respond to what's available from the market.
In a nutshell: Musselling in on Dalston
Where is it? 428 Kingsland Road, Dalston
Why should you care? Another food pop-up is finding a semi-permanent home as The Mussel Men land in Dalston. The main event on the menu will, of course, be mussels – heaps of them in various sauces served with fries. They're also teaming up with Islington fish bar Prawn n the Lawn to add more seafood and you can expect plenty of shantys and thumb wars too.
In a nutshell: Rotisserie goes south
Where is it? Ground Floor, 141 Tooting High Street, SW17 0SY
Why should you care? Originally a huge hit when it opened in Kentish Town last year, the second Chicken Shop is heading to the other side of London. Expect marinated rotisserie chicken plus plenty of sides, desserts and takeaway too.
In a nutshell: Scnitzel and spritz in Soho.
Where is it? 31 Windmill Street, London W1T 2JN
Why should you care? The restaurant is a labour of love from brothers Ed and Ben Robson who are basing the concept on recipes handed down to them by their Austrian grandparents. The schnitzels in question will be cooked using the finest British rose veal, free-range chicken and rare breed pork.
In a nutshell: The former Ransome's Dock becomes seasonal all-day restaurant.
Where is it? Unit 29, Ransome’s Dock, 35-37 Parkgate Rd, SW11
Why should you care? This all-day restaurant features head chef James Adams, previously at Kensington Place, Fifteen and the River Café. He'll be taking a seasonal approach to the menu with daily rillettes, seafood chowder, and bourbon bread & butter pudding.
In a nutshell: Prohibition style restaurant and bar
Where is it? 147 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4QT
Why should you care? This enormous new bar, restaurant and club comes from the people behind Mahiki who has also teamed up with Kelly Brook. The mad-sounding venture is an American prohibition style affair with the entry area decked out like a replica of Grand Central station.
In a nutshell: All day French cafe
Where is it? 11 & 12 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AU
Why should you care? This is the second London offshoot of the popular Marylebone restaurant/cafe/shop and will offer both casual and high end French dining.
In a nutshell: Covent Garden Baccaro
Where is it? 33 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JT
Why should you care? This tiny spot is Inspired by the Venetian bacari which were the creative spur behind Polpo too. This bar will feature cicheti displayed on the bar or from a simple menu. Expect crostini such as Crudo di Montagna with goat’s cheese and fig; burrata with pesto and rocket; as well as pancetta, fennel and ricotta salata. Bar snacks will include panzanella salad, salumi and stracciatella cheese.
In a nutshell: Sandwiches, small plates and a secret bar
Where is it? 50 -52 Long Lane, Smithfield, London, EC1A 9EJ
Why should you care? Farringdon and Smithfield continues its foodie resurgence, with news of another opening, this time from the people behind the Evans & Peel Detective Agency. Kench and Bibesy is opening on Long Lane, just by Smithfield Market, (taking the place of the recently departed Morgan M). It'll be open for lunch and dinner - and it's following a strict practice of sustainable sourcing everything from the "British Isles".
In a nutshell: Return of a favourite
Where is it? 175 Mare Street, London E8 3RH.
Why should you care? Originally a big hit when it opened at Birthdays in Dalston, Rita's BAr and Dining has returned, moving to a permanent location in Hackney. Expect more tacos, chicken rolls, margaritas and loads more - and you can book this time too.
In a nutshell: Eastern European restaurant comes to London
Where is it? Putney
Why should you care? This all day brasserie has plenty of locations accross eastern Europe, including Baku, Istanbul and Moscow. Expect Mediterranean cuisine in a bar and cafe that seats 80.
In a nutshell: Grilling in Shoreditch
Where is it? 78 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3JL
Why should you care? This new restaurant just opposite the Hoxton Hotel will focus on contemporary grilled dishes with a global twist in terms of the seasoning, ingredients and cooking methods. It'll open from breakfast to midnight, seating over 200 across two floors.
In a nutshell: Cocoa restaurant in Borough Market
Where is it? 2-4 Bedale Street, Borough Market, London, SE1 9AL
Why should you care? Rabot 1745 is the brainchild of the founders of Hotel Chocolat, Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris who already have another restaurant, Boucan, focusing on all things cocoa in Saint Lucia. The London restaurant aims to take the cocoa bean "from plantation to plate".
In a nutshell: NY style pizzas & cocktails
Where is it? 35 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LD
Why should you care? This new pizza joint in Covent Garden will have an "East Coast beach club" vibe, fitting 160 into the basement venue. They'll have cocktails by Soul Shakers and NY style thin sourdough pizzas will be be sold by the slice, and in 12” and 20” sizes.
In a nutshell: British restaurant from Searcys
Where is it? 61 Upper Berkeley Street, London W1H 7PP
Why should you care? This is a joint venture between Arnaud Stevens (formerly of Maze Grill and City Rhodes) and will be serving seasonal British food in Mayfair. Expect a big wine list and the opportunity to BYO too.
In a nutshell: Hartnett takes over old Petrus site
Where is it? 33 St James's Street
Why should you care? This will be Angela Hartnett's second restaurant in London this year, as she's due to take over this site in St James which used to hold Gordon Ramsay's original Petrus restaurant (and where she was Head Chef). Expect "regionally focussed dishes, at an accessible price-point, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere – the kind of restaurant I would enjoy eating in every day".
In a nutshell: A British institution branches out
Where is it? St Pancras Station
Why should you care? Fortnum and Mason's first new UK store for 307 years has opened. In addition to stocking all manner of teas and preserves and the ability to order hampers here, they have a small sit-in restaurant towards the back of the store with eight tables..
In a nutshell: Novikov comes to Mayfair
Where is it? 13 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4HJ
Why should you care? The next restaurant from Arkady Novikov will seat around 120 and this time the restaurant will specialise in "fish, meat and game dishes with an international flavour".
In a nutshell: Mexican in Mayfair
Where is it? 13-14 Cork Street, Mayfair
Why should you care? Taking the place of Aurelia, this is Arjun Waney's new modern Mexican restauant that he's launching with Tarun Mahrotri.
In a nutshell: Hotel steak bar
Where is it? 18-21 Charterhouse Square, London, Greater London EC1M 6AH
Why should you care? The London Malmaison hotel is getting into the steak business with this new opening.
In a nutshell: Danish Japanese restaurant
Where is it? 11 Henrietta Street, London WC2
Why should you care? Sticks n Sushi was a big hit in Denmark and its first outlet over here - in Wimbledon - was a big hit too. Expect a similar menu of sushi/sashimi/yakitori when they open their second restaurant in Covent Garden.
In a nutshell: Upscale low fat dining in Knightsbridge.
Where is it? 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
Why should you care? In what's arguably London's most famous store, this new restaurant speaks volumes to shoppers who want to avoid the more carb-laden things in life. Expect salads paired with meat and fish from the Robata grill and, of course, plenty of caviar.
In a nutshell: Wahaca does Burritos
Where is it? One New Change Shopping Centre, St Paul's
Why should you care? In addition to a new Wahaca opening at St Paul's, they're also launching a new takeaway restaurant next door offering freshly made burritos, salads and burrito pots.
In a nutshell: Shopping & burgers. And lobster.
Where is it? Fifth Floor Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
Why should you care? This latest in the franchise will feature the trademark pared down menu with either burger or lobster (and chips) for £20 including - what should prove popular with the fashionistas - the California burger patty between two iceberg lettuce leaves.
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood restaurant next to Kew Gardens.
Where is it? 12 Kew Green, Richmond TW9 3BH
Why should you care? This is a new solo venture Jonas Karlsson, formerly at the Fifth Floor restaurant at Harvey Nichols. He'll be offering a regularly changing modern European seasonal menu.
In a nutshell: Wine bar in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 124 Cleveland Street, London W1T 6PG
Why should you care? This new wine bar comes from two ex-Terroirs people and continues their focus on natural European wines. The food menu includes lardo grissini with wild mushroom cream; gratinated mussels; buttered cod cheeks, saffron and lemon mayonnaise plus loads more including cheese and ham platters.
The Sign of the Don
In a nutshell: The Don and Bleeding Heart get an offshoot
Where is it? 21 St. Swithins Lane, London EC4N 8AD
Why should you care? This is a new restaurant from the people behind Bleeding Heart and The Don. Expect a menu of modern British dishes with an occasional nod to the site's Spanish and Portuguese heritage, with a a big focus on wine which you'll be able to select using fancy LCD screens.
In a nutshell: Aussie canteen
Where is it? 471-473 The Arches, Dereham Place, London EC2A 3HJ
Why should you care? This Aussie inspired cafe will have coffee is opening as part of White Rabbit Studios and will offer "the studios and Shoreditch community and fresh, healthy, exciting and affordable option for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea."
In a nutshell: Hawksmoor goes small
Where is it? 69-73 St John St, London EC1M 4AN
Why should you care? This is the next restaurant from Hawksmoor's Will Becket and Huw Gott (taking over the site from the departed North Road). There will be lesser known cuts of meat on the menu such and Executive chef Richard Turner has also been hard at work on the menu coming up with treats such as Six-hour Bacon Ribs and Eight-hour Beef Shortrib.
In a nutshell: Experimental gallery restaurant
Where is it? Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, London W2 2AR
Why should you care? This is the restaurant that will be in the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Housed under the fancy new part attached to the grade II listed building, this has German chef Oliver Lange in charge who aims to mix Japanese food with European.
In a nutshell: South Bank all-day restaurant
Where is it? 158 Hungerford Bridge, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Why should you care? Named after the Topolski Century art bunker it replaces, the bar and restaurant will pay homage to the artist who was an official war artist during the Second World War. The all day menu wanders all around Europe for inspiration and is the work of Company of Cooks chefs Bruce Wilson and Claire Clark (who worked as a pastry chef for that little known American restaurant The French Laundry).
In a nutshell: Canary Wharf's prime position
Where is it? One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB
Why should you care? This new opening from Tom and Ed Martin (behind the Botanist and Jugged Hare) will be in prime position with their One Canada Square bar and restaurant, at the foot of Canary Wharf's landmark building. The chef is Jamie Dobbin, who has been head chef at the Club at the Ivy since it opened in 2008.
In a nutshell: Pub and cocktails from Chase
Where is it? 50 Davies Street Mayfair, London W1K 5JE
Why should you care? This pub has been around since 1738 and has had a rather major wash and brush up under new owners James Chase of Chase Distillery and Dominic Jacobs, ex bar director of Sketch. Expect a very British pub with a racehorsey theme, and a Julep based cocktail bar upstairs.
In a nutshell: Small plate Indian sharing in Clapham.
Where is it? 36a Old Town, Clapham, London, SW4 0LB
Why should you care? This 50 seat Clapham restaurant focuses on dishes you'd expect to find in the Purab region of North India. Opening the restaurant looks set to fulfil a dream by co-founder Aamir Ahmad who says he wants to "provide the kind of food I ate when I was growing up, but within a restaurant setting.”.
In a nutshell: 24 hour dining in WC1
Where is it? 111a Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NQ
Why should you care? VQ already has its all-day-and-night restaurant in Chelsea but their new venue is much more handy for a quick post Soho/Fitzrovia session. It'll be attached to the St Giles Hotel, but still be a completely self contained venue.
Olympic Cafe and Dining Room at Olympic Studios
In a nutshell: Barnes gets an Electric Cinema style complex
Where is it? 117 Church Road, Barnes, London SW13 9HL
Why should you care? This former recording studio once played host to everyone from Hendrix to Madonna. Now it's been turned into a cinema/members club/restaurant by Jon Laycock (ex-Soho House) with Swedish-born Andreas Engberg (ex-Racine, The Arts Club and Garnier) as Head Chef.
In a nutshell: Former Chancery Court hotel gets revamped
Where is it? Holborn
Why should you care? Ultra luxe hotel group Rosewood have announced they’re opening a hotel in London – and the restaurant promises to be something quite spectacular. It'll have a new bar and restaurant redesigned by Martin Brudnizki who worked on 34 and Scott’s for Caprice Holdings as well as Dean Street Townhouse and Hix Soho. Plus it will also herald the return of the ex-Eastside Inn's Bjorn Van der Horst in the kitchen.
In a nutshell: Ramen in Hackney
Where is it? Arch 334, 1a Dunston Street, London E8 4EB
Why should you care? The new Tonkotsu will be off Kingsland Road, having taken over an arch that used to house a mechanic's yard near Haggerston station. Tonkotsu ownners Emma and Ken have restored the building back to bare brickwork, with the focus an open kitchen and a bar. They're aiming to mirror the look of Tokyo ramen bars, serving up ramen and booze for hungry Hackney ramen hounds.
In a nutshell: Sicilian on Haverstock Hill
Where is it? 154 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 2AY
Why should you care? This Sicilian restaurant has is by chef Carmelo Carnivale (former Head Chef at Novikov) and front of house will be run by Massimo Pascale (The River Cafe and Tramp). Named after the Palermo food market, the 60 cover restaurant is aiming to serve rustic, seasonal Mediterranean food with an emphasis on fine Sicilian ingredients and dishes.
In a nutshell: New York meets Shoreditch
Where is it? 97-113 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BS
Why should you care? Far Rockaway bills itself as a place where "New York's compelling urban culture comes to the heart of Shoreditch". In practice that means a 400 capacity space with DJs, a cocktail bar, restaurant, art space - even a comic library at your disposal.
In a nutshell: Long term pop-up from the people behind Pied a Terre
Where is it? 19 Blandford Street, London W1U 3DH
Why should you care? This sees David Moore, who is behind Pied A Terre and L'Autre Pied, taking over the site vacated by Roganic to launch another long-term pop-up. It will be focusing on "simple, straightforward food to share".
In a nutshell: Barnes pub refurb.
Where is it? Riverside, Barnes, London SW13 ONR
Why should you care? The White Hart has had a full blown refurb which includes a new place to eat, The Terrace Kitchen, which has its own smokery. In the kitchen is MasterChef finalit Tom Whitaker.
In a nutshell: All-day Italian in Islington
Where is it? 57-58 Upper Street, Islington
Why should you care? This is planned as a combined bakery and restaurant and is run by two brothers, Will and Ben Thompson, who are aiming for an informal, local neighbourhood restaurant vibe. It'll seat about 50 people as well as having more space on an open-air roof-terrace.
In a nutshell: Angela Hartnett meets Canteen
Where is it? 35-42 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PE
Why should you care? This is a collaboration between Angela Hartnett and Canteen founders, Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton-Malone. It's in a revamped Victorian warehouse which used to host Cantaloupe restaurant. Expect a modern European menu plus a separate bar menu featuring British themed drinks.
In a nutshell: Temporary restaurant goes permanent in Covent Garden
Where is it? 15 Exeter Street, London WC2E 7DT
Why should you care? This restaurant was formerly at home in the Citroen Garage in Islington running a very popular kitchen focusing on seasonal food (with produce to take home too). Now they're going permanent right in the heart of Covent Garden.
Champagne & Fromage Brixton
In a nutshell: Fizz & cheese in Brixton
Where is it? Unit 10-11, Brixton Village, London SW9 8PR
Why should you care? The Covent Garden original is branching out to Brixton Village with their latest wine bar which, as with the Covent Garden original, will also sell champagne (with an emphasis on the lesser known "grower champagnes" (like Bubbledogs) and cheese from its deli.
In a nutshell: Sherry in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 3 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2HY
Why should you care? This "sherry tavern" is only a few doors down from Dabbous and will specialise in sherry served straight from the barrell, alongside lots of Spanish food - with a bit of a British influence.
In a nutshell: Wine bar/restaurant goes west
Where is it? 18 Devonshire Road Chiswick London W4 2HD
Why should you care? Vinoteca restaurants and wine bars are popular wherever they open and this latest sees them moving further west and opening in Chiswick. Expect a 50 seater restaurant with a similar offering to the other Vinotecas.
In a nutshell: Burgers go west
Where is it? 189 Portobello Road
Why should you care? This is the fourth Honest Burgers restaurant, already one of the most loved burgers in London. They're opening only a few doors down from the Electric Cinema, offering the burgers and rosemary chips that have earned them plenty of fans.
In a nutshell: Trendy hotel comes to London
Where is it? 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ
Why should you care? The Ace hotels are always huge whereever they open, the New York one has April Bloomfiled in the house, and have a distinct hipsterish/trendy vibe about them. This Shoreditch outpost sees them bringing in the people behind Bistrotheque and Shrimpy's to run the restaurant, which will serve seasonal English food.
In a nutshell: Oliver Peyton at the Royal Academy
Where is it? Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Why should you care? This sees Oliver Peyton taking over Keeper's House at the Royal Academy, not previously open to the public.Expect private rooms, a walled garden, a 40-seat restaurant with Chef Ivan Simeoli (ex-Massimo Bottura in Italy) in charge of a seasonal British menu and a cocktail bar (the Shenkman Bar)
In a nutshell: Battersea French restaurant
Where is it? 63 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, SW11 3AU
Why should you care? The chef of Covent Garden's Mon Plasir is upping sticks to Battersea Rise to open this new restaurant. Augustine Kitchen, named after the chef's grandmother, will be a 60 cover restaurant serving up classic dishes, with a focus on produce from the Evian region where Franck hails from. The bar will serve up French-style tapas.
In a nutshell: Anthony Demetre pop-up
Where is it? Unit 10-11, Brixton Village, London SW9 8PR
Why should you care? Antony Demetre of Arbutus and Wild Honey has signed up to run a 12 week popup at the high rise restaurant in Tower 42 in the city in the run up to Jason Atherton's new opening next year. It'll be a markedly less formal place to eat than the previous Gary Rhodes restaurant with a daily changing bistro menu.
In a nutshell: Caviar and cocktails in Kensington
Where is it? 1 Kensington High St, London W8 5NP
Why should you care? This Russian inspired cocktail and caviar bar is from Antoin Commane and Diego Bivero-Volpe, previously behind Bodo Schloss and The Brompton Club. Expect a faux Russian bar based in the Cold War era that probably won't be cheap - and a strong focus on vodka and caviar.
In a nutshell: Kurt Zdesar takes over ex Giraffe spot
Where is it? 11-13 Frith Street, London
Why should you care? The man behind Ping Pong has taken over this large ex-Giraffe site and is creating a high-end Japanese restaurant here (the name means "please wait a moment" or something similar, apparently). it will be spread across three floors with a restaurant, sushi bar and cocktail bar with a menu by Jordan Sclare. Expect this to be much more affordable than Nobu.
In a nutshell: Takeaway Vegetarian
Where is it? 6 Laystall Street, London EC1R 0PA
Why should you care? This new takeaway is from the people behind popular vegetarian restaurants Vanilla Black and Orchard. This smalled venue is focued on tateaway (with just a few seats indoors), with a weekly changing menu.
Casa Di Fiori
In a nutshell: Italian in Mayfair
Where is it? 22 Woodstock Street, London W1C 2AR
Why should you care? This new all-day Italian in Mayfair offers an "intimate dining experience and authentic Italian dishes with a contemporary twist."
In a nutshell: Italian restaurant and chichetti in Blackfriars
Where is it? Crowne Plaza London – The City, 19 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6DB
Why should you care? This is a complete redesign of the restaurant at the Crowne Plaza in Blackfriars - as Refettorio is replaced by Italian restaurant, deli and cicchetti bar Diciannove. The Italian dishes will be alongside a drinks list heavy on a range of aperitivo Campari and Aperol cocktails. There will also be sharing dishes available throughout the day and for Aperitivo hour.
In a nutshell: Gordon Ramsay heads south of the river
Where is it? 47-51 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0BS
Why should you care? This informal restaurant from Gordon Ramsay will be his first venture south of the river. The restaurant will focus on Mediterranean seasonal ingredients with an emphasis on Italian artisan producers. They'll be complementing this with whatever is on hand from popular local foodie markets at Borough and Maltby Street. All of this will be in a large space designed by Russell Sage.
In a nutshell: Chinese dim sum in Kensington
Where is it? 100 Draycott Avenue, London SW3 3AD
Why should you care? The team at Bo lang include Head Chef and Dim Sum Master Kai Wang, who has over 10 years experience as a dim sum chef with his previous London places of employment including Novikov and Grand Imperial at Grosvenor House. The menu will feature a mix of traditional and modern dim sum such as snow crab, coriander and water chestnut with balsamic pearls; sea bass, prawn and Chinese celery; and lobster with goji berry.
Ocean House by Yashin
In a nutshell: Yashin Sushi branches out
Where is it? 117-119 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3RN
Why should you care? This is the second restaurant from Yashin Sushi. This is expected to be a seafood restaurant - steering away from the sushi of the original.
In a nutshell: Jason Atherton provides the food at this Ian Schrager/ Marriott luxury hotel
Where is it? 10 Berners Street, W1
Why should you care? This new hotel will be taking over the site formerly occupied by the Berners Hotel in Fitzrovia with a design by Ian Schrager. In charge of the restaurant is Jason Atherton who will be basing the menu around sharing, similar to the menu he introduced at Maze. Atherton's Phil Carmichael, formerly Head Chef at Pollen Street Social, will be in the kitchen.
In a nutshell: French dip in Clapham
Where is it? 87 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1HW
Why should you care? This restaurant in Battersea Rise is a new restaurant specialising in one of our favourite foods - the French Dip, a meat sandwich that you dip in gravy. There are lamb or beef sandwiches and a range of burgers including the dip n flip - a cheeseburger with dipped roast beef on top.
In a nutshell: Trishna's Karam Sethi come to Mayfair.
Where is it? 42 Albemarle Street Mayfair, London W1S 4JH
Why should you care? This restaurant is from Karam Sethi, the chef behind Michelin starred Trishna and he's taking the concept of colonial gymkhana clubs as a running theme, serving modern Indian food combined with British ingredients, with a focus on the tandoor oven and sigri charcoal grill.
In a nutshell: Belgraves seafood
Where is it? 20 Chesham Place London, SW1X 8HQ
Why should you care? The boutique hotel Belgraves has a new chef. Sophie Michell, who will be executive chef of Pont St has previously worked for The Greenhouse and The Lanesborough. Pont St will be a seafood restaurant with an emphasis on lighter, healthier dishes.
In a nutshell: Mini restaurant from MasterChef finalist
Where is it? 104 Chepstow Road, London W2 5QS
Why should you care? This restaurant from MasterChef , the Professionals finalist Marianne Lumb will have just 14 covers, and five tables, allowing the chef to concentrate on producing perfect plates of seasonal food. There will be a daily changing menu from £30 at lunch and from £48 at dinner.
In a nutshell: Hotel cafe and bar in Bayswater
Where is it? 150 Bayswater, Bayswater, London W2 4RT
Why should you care? This is a new cafe and bar opening at the Doubletree Hilton in Hyde Park. It's an all-day restaurant offering British fare and sharing platters.
In a nutshell: All-day counter order grill
Where is it? 61-63 Beak St, London
Why should you care? This is the latest venture of Richard Caring (also behind Pizza East and Chicken Shop) and is designed to be a fast casual grill offering breakfasts, burgers, steaks, salad and chicken. It'll offer eat in and take out, open 7 days a week, 8 till late.
In a nutshell: Luxe changes into its sibling
Where is it? 109 Commercial St, London E1 6BG
Why should you care? This former John Torode restaurant is changing its name to Smiths - in line with its Smithfield sibling - which will be a new all-day restaurant with a focus around beef.
Honky Tonk Clapham
In a nutshell: Chelsea bar/restaurant comes to Clapham
Where is it? 16a Clapham Common Southside, Clapham, London SW4 7AB
Why should you care? This is the second Honky Tonk bar and restaurant following the recently opened Chelsea original. Expect live jazz & soul music alongside American inspired diner food and cocktails from the Bourbon bar.
In a nutshell: London fave gets revived
Where is it? 5 St James's Street, SW1A
Why should you care? This popular restaurant closed in 1994 (after opening in 1927) and is now being revived by Joel Kissin - who used to be Terence Conran's partner at Conran restaurants. It will be a luxury French bistro with a separate cafe called Café Marcel, offering "lighter fare".
In a nutshell: Victorian cocktails and dining in Islington
Where is it? 153 Upper Street, London N1 1RA
Why should you care? This cocktail bar and restaurant with a distinctly old-school British air is taking over from the old Grand Union on Upper Street Islington. Expect a restaurant serving British food and a cocktail bar with some special drinks including one with an "edible scorpion".
In a nutshell: Noodle bar expands next door
Where is it? 50 Frith Street, Soho
Why should you care? Ever since it opened, Koya has been a firm favourite in London, selling Japanese Udon noodles that are pretty much unrivalled in London (and great value too). Now they're opening a second bar - only next door! It'll be even more stripped back than Koya, seating only 25.
In a nutshell: Mozzarella in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 11-13 Charlotte Street, London W1T 1RH
Why should you care? This is the third opening for the upmarket Italian chain in London. It will feature a bar and seating area on the ground floor with room for 35 and a Mozzarella Bar downstairs with seating for 65, where the mozzarella will be displayed, prepared and served.
In a nutshell: Thai cafe in Carnaby
Where is it? 23 Ganton Street, London W1F 9BW
Why should you care? This is is the fourth Rosa's and is planned as their flagship restaurant, just off Carnaby Street. There will be a ground floor bar and a basement dining area - and they'll continue their contemporary take on Thai cuisine.
In a nutshell: Latest incarnation of the "wine workshop & kitchen"
Where is it? 15 Maddox Street, London, W1S 2QQ
Why should you care? Following successful openings on Fetter Lane and Marylebone, their latest opening will be more in the heart of Mayfair, close to Goodman, Pollen Street, Hibiscus and others. This restaurant will be spread over two floors and offer a similar French bistro menu to the others.
In a nutshell: Pop up wine bar goes permanent
Where is it? 193 Hackney Road, E2 8JL
Why should you care? Following a successful pop-up on City Road in 2012, this sees the husband and wife duo set up shop in Hackney, taking over an old pub. Expect a great selection of wines, as well as charcuterie and grilled toasted cheese sandwiches.
In a nutshell: Gin bar and retaurant in Barbican
Where is it? Level 2, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Why should you care? Gin Joint will be a brasserie and bar - with the latter having a specific focus on "mother's ruin" aiming to have one of the biggest selection of gins in the capital including one on tap. Looking after the British-inspired menu will be executive Chef Oliver Tobias (who was previously at the Royal Opera House and Maze).
In a nutshell: Basement cocktail bar/restaurant in Soho
Where is it? 187b Wardour Street, London W1F 8ZB
Why should you care? This basement cocktail bar/restaurant features chef James Knox Boothman (previous at Grub at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club) and menu consultant Magnus Reid of Rooftop Café in Borough. There will be cocktails matched to dishes like 5 hour’ shoulder of lamb cooked in hay & lavender in five vaults that can be booked in advance.
In a nutshell: Fishmonger and fish bar in Islington
Where is it? 220 St Paul's Road, London N1 2LL
Why should you care? Prawn on the Lawn will be a fishmonger and seafood bar. There's a wet fish counter as well as a dining counter with just eight covers. Expect the usual fruits de mer platters and whole crab as well as some more tapas-style dishes like scallops ceviche and their signature dish - the prawn on the lawn which is toasted soda bread with avocado and prawns.
In a nutshell: Rotisserie in Islington
Where is it? 292-294 St Paul's Road, N1
Why should you care? This new opening in Islington is right next door to the still heaving Trullo, and is billed as a simple neighbourhood rotisserie, offering a weekly changing, two or three course set menu. Starters might be anything from charred whole broad bean pods with dill crème fraiche to jasmine tea-cured char with beetroot remoulad followed by rotisserie free-range chicken with a seasonal side dish like braised fennel or rainbow chard with pancetta. And there'll also be triple-cooked chips too and changing desserts too.
In a nutshell: Burger goes south
Where is it? Arch 54, 6 South Lambeth Road, SW8 1SP
Why should you care? Dirty Burger was a big hit when it opened away from the centre of London, setting up shop in Kentish Town. Now they're heading south to Vauxhall. The food menu will be the same as Kentish Town, but with some different drinks.
In a nutshell: Neil Rankin joins Pig and Butcher
Where is it? 63-69 Canonbury Road, Islington, N1 2DG
Why should you care? Following on from his huge success at John Salt, Neil Rankin has teamed up with the people behind the Pig & Butcher, overhauling Islington's The House with Rankin's menu. Expect plenty of meat, loads of craft beers and a large outside drinking area. Find out more
In a nutshell: Rotisserie chicken in Balham
Where is it? 7 Chestnut Grove, Balham, SW12 8JA
Why should you care? Poulet Rouge is from the same people behind the Cattle Grid steakhouse chain. They're offering whole rotisserie chicken and chips in a "family friendly" setting with with dauphinoise, salads, crêpes and galettes on the menu too.
In a nutshell: Korean in Shoreditch
Where is it? Bedroom Bar, Rivington St London, Greater London EC2A 3AY
Why should you care? Jubo has opened at the Bedroom Bar in Shoreditch, specialising in crunchy Korean fried chicken wings and strips- coated in either soy garlic or hot sauce.
In a nutshell: Bone Daddies does buns
Where is it? 41 Earlham Street, WC2H 9LX
Why should you care? The people behind hugely successful Ramen bar Bone Daddies have opened a new basement restaurant selling steamed hirata buns with DIY fillings including slow roasted shoulder of lamb with Korean flavours and robata grilled seabass with coriander miso.
In a nutshell: Butcher themed restaurant in Haymarket
Where is it? 66 Haymarket, London SW1Y
Why should you care? This restaurant is from the people behind NYC's Ai Fiori and London's 101 Pimlico Road. It's a casual restaurant and is aiming for a neighbourhood vibe, despite its very West End location. The menu is divided into sections called "jars", "planks" and "crocks". Alongside this, there will be "steaks and chops" and the Chop Shop short rib steak sandwich as well as their special burger.
In a nutshell: Icelandic burger joint reborn
Where is it? 30 Thayer Street, Marylebone
Why should you care? The first of Tommi's Burger Joints in London was a short-lived but huge success. Their original (always intended to be temporary) venue has closed, but they've opened in a new location nearby, adding milkshakes to the mix.
In a nutshell: Pizza boys go permanent in Soho
Where is it? 11-12 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 3RP
Why should you care? The Pizza Pilgrims' van is a huge hit wherever it appears, whether it's the central Soho market or at all the food festivals around town. Now they've set up shop on Dean Street with a permanent restaurant featuring pizzas, cocktails, very special desserts and more.
Herman Ze German
In a nutshell: Soho sausages
Where is it? 33 Old Compton Street, Soho, London W1
Why should you care? The German sausage purveyors currently on Villiers St have opened a second location in Soho. Expect German sausages from local farms in the Black Forest, air fried chips and freshly made salads.
In a nutshell: Portuguese/Spanish mash-up in Notting Hill
Where is it? 92 Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, W11 2PN
Why should you care? Luis Baena, a famed Portuguese chef who has worked with Paul Bocuse has taken over the space once occupied by Notting Hill Brasserie and replacing it with Notting Hill Kitchen. The new restaurant will be focus on a mix of seasonal Portuguese and Spanish food, such as pork cheek confit with truffled bread & bacon crumble.
In a nutshell: Revamped restaurant adds a conveyor belt
Where is it? 190-192 Kensington Park Road, London W11 2ES
Why should you care? This is the latest place from the Made in Italy restaurant group and the relaunch has a rather special feature. It will feature a conveyor belt concept (as you'll have seen in certain sushi restaurants) but here it'll serve ‘sfizi’ (small plates) of authentic southern Italian food direct to its diners.
In a nutshell: Small French restaurant in Bermondsey
Where is it? 109 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3XB
Why should you care? Casse-Croûte is a 20 seater French bistro and is the brainchild of Herve Durochat (GM at Pizarro) + Alexandre Bonnefoy (ex-Arts Cub) and brings in Sylvain Soulard - former head chef at Morgan M. Expect tete de veau, rillettes, boudin noir, macarons, tarte aux fraises and clafoutis.
Damson & Co
In a nutshell: Deli / coffee bar in Soho
Where is it? 21 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 0RL
Why should you care? Damson and Co is a "British-influenced" coffee shop, deli bar, cafe. There are charcuterie boards, ceviche and fresh oysters various eggy breakfast options and plenty of pastries. Alongside this is coffee from Ozone, tea from Tregothnan's British tea farm and a number of cocktails - think gin & tonic and plenty of Pimms for the summer.
In a nutshell: Pop-up goes permanent and grows in the process
Where is it? 3 Denman Street, London W1D 7HA
Why should you care? For a few months, Shoryu Ramen has had a pop up taking over half this site while the restaurant was competed. This sees the full site opening up with a similar menu to the Regent Street original as well as 120 different sakes on the menu too.
The Lunch Club
In a nutshell: PipsDish comes to Hoxton
Where is it? 2 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4PX
Why should you care? From the people behind Pipsdish in Islington comes a new concept for Hoxton in collaboration with kitchen designers Plain English. There's no menu - dishes depend on what's available each day - Lunch Club runs from Wednesday to Friday for £20 with wine and supper-club style dinners are £55 with wine.
In a nutshell: Benugo takes over the Terrace
Where is it? Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2
Why should you care? This is being opened on the site of the former Terrace restaurant by the Benugo group who also run the Serpentine Bar & Kitchen in Hyde Park and The Riverfront at BFI Southbank. The new all day restaurant will feature a brand new dining room where you can opt for table service or serve yourself - plus there's plenty of outdoors space for Summer.
In a nutshell: Chicken/egg based restaurant
Where is it? Soho.
Why should you care? This all-day restaurant showcases every imaginable way you could cook a British, free-range chicken. As you’d expect there’s burgers, soups, casseroles and pies but also some more unusual creations such as ‘chicken crisps’ (crispy chicken skins), Vietnamese minced chicken salad, a pulled chicken bap, and harissa hot wings with caramelised orange.
In a nutshell: Jamie's latest Italian
Where is it? Richmond.
Why should you care? Jamie's Italian Trattoria is smaller than his Italian restaurants, serving up antipasti and pasta (made fresh every day in the restaurant) as well as grills and pizza planks - plus there's also the Trattoria Bar with an extensive list of wines, beers and cocktails.
In a nutshell: Carl Clarke goes clubbing
Where is it? 1 Dover Street Mayfair London W1S 4LD.
Why should you care? Carl Clarke of Disco Bistro fame has brought his former pop-up Rock Lobsta to Mayfair club Mahiki as their first restaurant. This time Rock Lobsta's planned as a permanent addition to Mahiki, seating 60 on the club's first floor serving lobster rolls, steaks, burgers and more.
In a nutshell: NYC's famous burger comes to London
Where is it? Market Building, Covent Garden
Why should you care? Shake Shack is the famed US burger chain from one of New York's big name chefs, Danny Meyer. The Madison Square Park version is the most famous single burger joint in New York (arguably the world) and is a must-visit for any NYC-headed burger fans. The London outpost features the same mix of burgers, hot-dogs, shakes and ice-cream that made it such a success in the States.
In a nutshell: Italian late nighter in Exmouth Market
Where is it? 2 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4PX
Why should you care? This Italian restaurant right on the corner of Exmouth Market is concentrating on "cucina povera", the tradition of using simple ingredients to prepare honest and flavoursome food" with a design from the people behind Bubbledogs.
In a nutshell: US Burger chain starts up here too
Where is it? 1-3 Long Acre, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9AD
Why should you care? Following on from Shake Shack, another hugely popular US chain is starting up here too. The Covent Garden site is just the start - expect a rollout across London and the UK to follow with at least five more venues planned for 2013-2014 (including one in Islington).
In a nutshell: Electric Diner comes into town
Where is it? 19-21 Old Compton Street, London W1D 5JJ
Why should you care? Soho House's revamp of the restaurant at the Electric was such a big hit that they've brought it into the centre of town with this new restaurant, also backed by Electric Diner's Brendan Sodikoff. Expect plenty of dirty food as well as cocktails on tap and a very late licence.
Joe’s Southern Kitchen and Bar
In a nutshell: Navajo Joe reborn
Where is it? 34 King St, London WC2E 8JD
Why should you care? This is a revamp of Navajo Joe in Covent Garden by the Maxwell Group. Expect beer can chicken, beef brisket, soft shell crab, ribs catfish and more in this three floor South American restaurant.
In a nutshell: Burgers march north
Where is it? 34a Camden Lock Market, Camden Lock Place, NW1 8AF
Why should you care? The third Honest Burgers is in Camden Lock market, taking them back to their market roots. The food is the same as the Soho and Brixton branches, with regular specials such as the recent 'Honest American Cheeseburger' served across all restaurants, plus they are also developing an extended menu of sides to accompany their trademark rosemary fries.
In a nutshell: Aqua gets an even clearer view of London
Where is it? The Shard, London Bridge Quarter
Why should you care? This is Aqua's brand new concept for London, with a focus on comtemporary British cuisine from exec chef Anthony Garlando, who has created a menu which combines British ingredients with "Garlando’s innovative international cooking techniques". Expect the cocktails to reflect the British focus too.
Jones & Sons
In a nutshell: British cafe and restaurant in Dalston
Where is it? 23 - 27 Arcola Street, London E8 2DJ
Why should you care? This is a "classic British café and restaurant” that's opened up in the site of the old Arcola Theatre.
Tom's Kitchen Canary Wharf
In a nutshell: Tom Aikens feeds City boys
Where is it? Units 1 & 2 11 Westferry Circus, London E14
Why should you care? This is the third location for Tom Aikens' British brasserie (with more planned).The original was launched as an informal counterpart to the Michelin starred Tom Aikens restaurant and this will carry on that theme.
In a nutshell: Aqua's sister restaurant gets a clearer view of London
Where is it? The Shard, London Bridge Quarter
Why should you care? Aqua already has some enviable terraces at its Oxford Circus location, but this new venture at the Shard will definitely rival the very impressive views from the Hong Kong Aqua, particularly the bar which will be against the glass wall of the three storey Atrium. This is the first European branch of Hutong - Yeo's Hong-Kong based restaurant which is known for serving up fiery Northern Chinese food.
In a nutshell: Choice wine bar in East Dulwich
Where is it? 38 Lordship Lane, East Dulwich, London SE22 8HJ
Why should you care? This is from chef Michael Hazlewood who worked at Attica in Melbourne, Australia, and more recently at both Soif and The Green Man & French Horn in London and and Manager Alex Thorp.Hazlewood from at Fifteen and Vinoteca. It has a daily changing, ingredients-focused menu with a wood-fired oven which they'll be using to bake bread, as well as cooking fish and meat. There's a large wine list - but perhaps a more interesting feature of the dining room are the four 300-litre stainless steel tanks, filled with natural wine direct from the winemakers.
In a nutshell: Duck Soup goes east
Where is it? 5 Amhurst Road, London E8 1LL
Why should you care? This is an offshoot of Soho's Ducksoup and the new venture will be a wine shop-come-bar with coffee and breakfast (and a mean weekend brunch menu), lunch and cake, small plates and wine.
In a nutshell: Chelsea Cafe moves to Victoria
Where is it? Wellington House, 70 Buckingham Gate
Why should you care? This new restaurant is the Victoria outpost of the Chelsea Quarter Cafe (plus outposts in Fitzrovia and Battersea), taking over a large spot in the recently redeveloped area. Expect a similar menu to the Chelsea equivalent - so cooked breakfasts all day, plenty of pastries and sandwiches for lunch.
In a nutshell: Craft beer and food in the city
Where is it? Cannon Street, EC2
Why should you care? This new pub in the city has a focus on craft ale, alongside cold meats and pizza from the people behind Bloomsbury Lanes and the Holborn Whippet.
In a nutshell: Bar and deli overlooking St Paul's
Where is it? One St Paul’s, London EC4M 8AJ
Why should you care? This new bar from Drake and Morgan (behind The Parlour and more) is right next door to St Paul's (with great views of the Cathedral thanks to huge windows) and brings together a bar and deli - and even adds a mixology table in the evenings.
In a nutshell: Ex lawyer opens an Italian
Where is it? 343 Kensington High Street, London W8 6NW
Why should you care? Ex-lawyer turned chef Guglielmo Arnulfo is opening this new Italian restaurant specialising in dishes from Liguria. The menu inclides stuffed courgette blossoms, Troffie al Pesto – a Ligurian speciality pasta with just flour and water, and Cuttlefish in Zimino – Tuscan cuttlefish stew. There will also be a luxury wine cellar with private dining on the lower ground floor, seating up to 15.
In a nutshell: Punch house adds a grill
Where is it? Varnisher's Yard, King's Cross
Why should you care? This bar from Fluid Movement (who are also behind Purl) is adding a new grill next door, which will specialise in grilled meats "presented with quirky and unusual combinations". They'll be doing their own VOC burger too.
In a nutshell: Bruno Loubet in King's Cross
Where is it? Granary Square, King's Cross
Why should you care? This is the second London restaurant from one of Hot Dinners' faves, Bruno Loubet. It's taking pride of place in the newly revamped Granary Square in King's Cross and will be a more informal restaurant than Bistrot Bruno Loubet. Expect a more worldly feel to the menu, plenty of guest chefs and an enormous outside dining area.
In a nutshell: Sister restaurant to Mexican La Bodega Negra
Where is it? 54-56 Great Eastern Street London, EC2A
Why should you care? This is the sister restaurant to Soho's La Bodega Negra, which will also be designed by NYC's Serge Becker, taking over the former Great Easter Dining Rooms in Shoreditch. This time, the interior is being modeled after a traditional English house in which " some Mexicans moved in and opened a “pop up” restaurant."
In a nutshell: Ex Arbutus Chef goes solo
Where is it? 110 Great Portland Street, London W1W 6PQ
Why should you care? This "informal" restaurant features former head chefs from both Arbutus and Wild Honey as Alan Christie and Colin Kelly go it alone. It'll be on Great Portland Street (an area always in need of a good restaurant) and divided into a bar area at the front and more traditional dining down the back.
In a nutshell: Shepherd's bush neighbourhood restaurant
Where is it? 310 Uxbridge Rd, London W12 7LJ
Why should you care? Bush Hall Dining Rooms is described as "a true neighborhood restaurant". The 70 cover spot will be an all day diner, open seven days a week. Family-style dishes will be available at breakfast and for Sunday lunch when they'll serve up roasts with all the trimmings for the head of the table to carve themselves.
In a nutshell: Texan food in Marylebone
Where is it? 24 Seymour Place, London W1H 7NL
Why should you care? This is the brainchild of two Texan couples. Dishes on a sample menu include lobster nachose, crayfish etouffee and crab hush puppies with cajun dipping sauce. The drinks list has been curated by American mixologist Eddie Lucky Campbell and includes a maple old fashioned - with cherry wood bourbon and house maple syrup.
In a nutshell: Brazilian in Soho
Where is it? 33 Dean Street, Soho
Why should you care? Galeto isserving up Brazilian street food in Soho - with steaks, burgers and their signature dish the "galeto" - a 24 hour marinated half chicken. Expect South American wine, beer and cocktails too.
In a nutshell: Posh chippie in Islington
Where is it? Upper Street, Islington
Why should you care? This new "posh" fish and chip restaurant is from Des McDonald, ex CEO of Caprice, together with Lee Bull, ex Head Chef of Caprice. They're offering a mix of take away and eat in options including a range of butties (including crab and in-house saveloys), lobster rolls and a changing range of seasonal sustainable fish.
In a nutshell: Popular Covent Garden bistro expands
Where is it? Endell Street, Covent Garden
Why should you care? The 10 Cases has been a Covent Garden hit since it opened and is now expanding next door to open a few more cases for selling. Alongside wines which can be taken into the restaurant for a corkage fee, they will serve food all day - a selection of charcuterie, cheeses, pâtés and terrines designed to match with wine as well as a takeaway selection of tartines and salads.
In a nutshell: Retro British in Bermondsey
Where is it? 50 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3UD
Why should you care? This restaurant on the very foodie Bermondsey Street has a particularly retro styled menu, right down to the carvery trolley that will be wheeled between tables. Expect an all day menu (including Sunday brunch) in an environment that is "gym inspired".
In a nutshell: All star Chelsea restaurant
Where is it? 8-9 Blacklands Terrace, SW3 2SP
Why should you care? This fine dining restaurant in Chelsea will be run by a team with a very impressive background. The head chef is from Marcus Wareing, the pastry chef and sommelier were both at Tom Aikens and the chef patron/owner was at NYC's two Michelin starred Corton. Expect modern seasonal cooking which will pay "particular attention to Britain’s finest artisanal produce".
In a nutshell: BBQ in Camden
Where is it? Chalk Farm Road, Camden Town
Why should you care? Camden Town is getting itself a BBQ joint. Porky's - an all-American smokehouse. The people behind it are husband and wife team Joy and Simon Brigg who also own Fogg's on the same part of the road. Dishes will include dry rub Memphis-style beef ribs, 16-hour-smoked pulled pork, traditional spiced catfish and more.
In a nutshell: Burgers & seafood
Where is it? 19 New Cavendish Street, London W1G 9TZ
Why should you care? This new restaurant in New Cavendish Street offers a mix of burgers, including a wagyu beef burger with roasted shiitake mushrooms, and seafood (including a lobster sandwich). The centerpieces of the menu are their slabs - a selection of meat and fish mains served on marble slabs. The slabs include slow braised pork belly, soft shell crab, lobster and more. And if you need to bling up your meal, you could always add a side of seared foie gras.
In a nutshell: Soho Joe does chicken
Where is it? 55 Berwick Street, W1
Why should you care? Soho Joe, currently best known for pizzas, have expanded with this rotisserie chicken restaurant. It has a rotisserie big enough to take on 90 chickens at a time to serve two floors of hungry customers. The chickens themselves are promised to have a Lebanese twist to them and there's more planned too, with lamb and falafel burgers also on the menu. And if you turn up first thing, they'll be offering a full English breakfast.
In a nutshell: The Club goes south of the river
Where is it? 5-9 Battersea Rise, Clapham
Why should you care? The Breakfast Clubs are always huge successes wherever they go, and this is the first time the all-day brunch purveyors have gone south of the river (although a Borough Market venue is planned). This also has a seventies themed bar, The King of Ladies Man, attached.
In a nutshell: Caribbean in Shoreditch
Where is it? Unit 48-49 Boxpark, 2-4 Bethnal Green Rd, London
Why should you care? This 'shack' aims to "bring the energy and vibes of the West Indies to Shoreditch". An extensive drinks list includes Caribbean Yellow Bird, Sorrel Sling and the Jamaican Mule cocktails starting at £7.50. On the food front there'll be a Caribbean buffet at lunch and tapas in the evening, with traditional dishes and grilled meats from the jerk pit.
In a nutshell: Modern European off Sloane Square
Where is it? 11 Cadogan Gardens, SW3 2RJ
Why should you care? This modern European restaurant boasts a chef, Manuel Oliveri, who has worked at Gauthier as sous chef and management who have worked at Galvin at Windows, Le Gavroche and Rousillon among other places and promises and affordable menu for the area (three courses £30, four courses £40). Dishes include a side of spotted pig, plenty of truffle, and neck of lamb with asparagus, fennel and courgette. All this is supported with its own on-site wine cellar.
In a nutshell: Pizza pop-up goes permanent
Where is it? Neal's Yard, Covent Garden
Why should you care? Most recently spotted down at The Filling Station in King's Cross, the new permanent Homeslice seats fifty people and make things very simple indeed - with pretty much everything (initially) priced at £4 from a slice of pizza to a pint to a glass of wine.
In a nutshell: Zuma owners do high rise dining
Where is it? The Shard, London Bridge Quarter
Why should you care? This restaurant from Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney is on the 32nd floor of The Shard, and is split into a rotisserie and grill (with a lounge bar attached). It'll have British and European ingredients and influences, but is mainly be inspired by New York grills, as well as serving slow roasting joints and wood-fired breads and pizzas. And it has a damned fine view.
In a nutshell: Broadway market brunch & cocktails
Where is it? 30 - 32 Broadway Market, E8 4QJ
Why should you care? From the people behind The Book Club and Queen of Hoxton, comes this new bar, kitchen and gallery taking over the space from the Market House pub. It's pitching itself as a space for local freelancers to meet during the day (there will be plenty of plug sockets) that turns into an evening "bolt-hole". It has an all-day bar menu including a prawn cocktail burger and a beef and chorizo burger. There are plenty of juices and smoothies available all day and a short wine list and cocktails for lunch & into the evening.
In a nutshell: Ivy chef comes to Smithfield
Where is it? Smithfield, TBC
Why should you care? Alan Bird, former Executive Chef at the Ivy has opened this eponymous restaurant and bar in Smithfield, seating 150 people across five floors (with a roof terrace too). There is an all-day restaurant, bar and a few private dining areas serving traditional British food and the bar is being created by the people behind Purl.
Chabrot Bistro Des Halles
In a nutshell: French bistro in Smithfield
Where is it? 62 - 63 Long Lane, London EC1A 9EJ
Why should you care? The original Chabrot in Knightsbridge opened quietly, but quickly gained a healthy following and decent reviews. This follows the same French bistro style.
In a nutshell: River Room gets an overhaul
Where is it? Savoy Hotel, the Strand
Why should you care? The Savoy's River Room has closed and is undergoing a complete revamp - to be reopened as Kaspar's. The Canadian chef stays the same, but he's completely revamping the menu to include delights like smoked salmon sausages. The design is also getting an overhaul from the same person who worked on Limewood and The Wolseley.
In a nutshell: British food in an old style club
Where is it? 42-44 Pollard Row, London E2 6NB
Why should you care? This British-themed restaurant is situated in the upstairs dining room of The Bethnal Green’s Working Men’s Club. Ex French House chef, James Knox Boothman is proudly waving the patriotic banner, serving up his seasonal and weekly-changing menu packed full of comforting, timeless British classics with an East End twist.
In a nutshell: A neighbourhood dining room in Hackney
Where is it? Wilton Way, just at the top of London Fields
Why should you care? This recent opening in Hackney Central is a joint venture between Claire Roberson (founder of Shacklewell Nights) and Borough Wines. Mayfields is influenced by the new wave of neighbourhood bistros currently taking Paris by storm. Expect a daily-changing menu from Head Chef, Matthew Young (ex Anchor & Hope & Gramercy Tavern in New York) is made up of simple and innovative dishes using the best ingredients possibly sourced. Find out more
Brompton Asian Brasserie by Novikov
In a nutshell: Novikov round 2
Where is it? 223-225 Brompton Road, SW3 2EJ
Why should you care? He had a hit with the original Asian/Italian restaurant Novikov, modelled after many successful restaurants in Russia, and now he's branching out in the UK too. Over two floors, this will feature European food at breakfast and Asian cuisine at lunch and dinner, with small plates and sharing dishes alongside more traditional a la carte.
In a nutshell: Dirty food and more Canary Wharf
Where is it? 16-19 Canada Square, in Canary Wharf.
Why should you care? This restaurant and bar overlooks Canada Square, but features the kind of food that you don't usually find offered in the area. So that means burgers, buttermilk fried chicken, tacos, lobster mac n' cheese and loads more besides.
In a nutshell: NYC chef who co-founded the Waverly Inn comes to London
Where is it? 2 Elystan Street, Chelsea
Why should you care? Chef John DeLucie is best known for being one of the founding chefs of NYC's famous Waverly Inn, which he left to start up The Crown and also The Lion - both in NYC. He has now come to London with a New York style bistro with some English influences.
In a nutshell: St John Chinatown under a new name
Where is it? 1 Leicester St. London WC2H 7BL
Why should you care? St John Chinatown has risen from the ashes with this new boutique hotel and restaurant from the same people behind the Town Hall hotel and Nuno Mendes' Viajante in Bethnal Green. The same chef as before, Tom Harris, remains in charge but there are plenty of changes to the surroundings.
In a nutshell: Chichetti in Victoria
Where is it? 8 Gillingham Street, London SW1V 1HJ
Why should you care? The 80 seat restaurant will focus on cicchetti and dishes will include Buffalo Ricotta Ravioli with Black Truffle, Gnocchi with Duck Ragù and Baccala “Mantecato” with Polenta Bramata. There will be cocktails, prosecco on tap and plenty of sharing tables around an open kitchen.
In a nutshell: 19th Century hotel returns with a destination restaurant
Where is it? King’s Cross, London, N1C 4TB
Why should you care? The restored King's Cross hotel features a 90-cover restaurant, Plum + Spilt Milk which has views over the King’s Cross piazza, and St Pancras International. The dining room features 17, three-metre floor to ceiling sash windows and 120 hand blown pendant lights. The all day dining menu starts with breakfast and brunch through to dinner. The menu will soon have dishes from Mark Sargeant who is taking over the food for the hotel from May.
In a nutshell: Jason Atherton's follow-up to Pollen St Social
Where is it? 58-59 Poland Street, Soho, W1
Why should you care? It's the second Jason Atherton's restaurant to open within a month, following the recent Little Social and the hugely successful Pollen St Social. This restaurant is in Soho with Pollen Street Head Chef Paul Hood taking the reins over three floors that include a bar, restaurant and dining counter.
In a nutshell: Book themed restaurant
Where is it? Near Tower Bridge
Why should you care? He's worked with the likes of Rene Redzepi at Noma, and previously with Tom Aikens, Adam Byatt and Thomas Keller. Now Tom Sellers is has launched his own restaurant in London called Story. Expect "humble ingredients but throws them together in a creative, inspired way" including beef dripping candles that you can eat.
In a nutshell: Popular Milan sarnie spot comes to the UK
Where is it? 1-3 Royal Exchange Buildings
Why should you care? Milanese restaurant, Panino Giusto has been serving up paninos in Milan for the past 34 years has already opened some stores in Japan, but this is its first UK site. It'll be open all day long and after work they have aperitivo tasting platters to go alongside an extensive wine list.
In a nutshell: Top publisher opens a London cafe
Where is it? 18 Chiltern Street, London W1U 7QA
Why should you care? Monocle, the global affairs magazine and media brand founded by Tyler Brûlé, has opened its first London café at 18 Chiltern Street, Marylebone. The 15-seater café follows the success of the Monocle café in Tokyo, which opened in October 2011 in the Hankyu Men’s department stores. The Monocle Café serves a selection of snacks, with an emphasis on freshly roasted coffee from the New Zealand-Australian team at Allpress Espresso.
In a nutshell: Spud themed restaurant and grocer
Where is it? Exmouth Market, EC1
Why should you care? This restaurant in Exmouth Market is devoted to some of the lesser known potato varieties out there, delivered to your table all day long. The menu even includes potato pizza and sweet potato brownies.
In a nutshell: Rochelle Canteen chef opens in Hoxton
Where is it? 397 - 399 Geffrye Street, E2 8HZ
Why should you care? This restaurant, bar and coffee shop has taken over three renovated railway arches right next door to Hoxton Station and has chef James Ferguson in charge (former Head Chef at the much-loved Rochelle Canteen). The food will be seasonal, produce led British cooking - what else? - and menus will change daily. Expect plenty of grilled dishes as the kitchen will feature a traditional wood grill.
In a nutshell: Rochelle Canteen chef opens in Hoxton
Where is it? 27c Floral Street, Garrick Street, London WC2E 9BJ
Why should you care? This is the latest venture from restaurateur Robert Siegler, who also owns the nearby Le Deuxieme and The Market Café on Broadway Market. It features a 1960s-inspired Mad Men-style cocktail bar downstairs and a seasonal menu, with a weekend brunch menu and Sunday roasts also on offer.
In a nutshell: Fish and chips in Camden
Where is it? 30 Hawley Crescent, London NW1 8NFL
Why should you care? Popular Spitalfields fish and chipper Poppies has opened their second restaurant. This is a 110 seater spot on Camden's Hawley Crescent, The new restaurant - on the site of what used to be fish and chip place Pier 1 - has been given a post war London makeover. On the food front, as well as the usual fish and chips, they are sourcing food from local London suppliers such as Marine Ices in Chalk Farm, ales from the Camden Brewery, Nude Coffee in Brick Lane and more.
In a nutshell: Fulham's goat loses its boots
Where is it? 333 Fulham Road, SW10 9QL
Why should you care? Chelsea pub the Goat in Boots is going through a major refurb and will emerge as just The Goat, by the people behind Eclipse and Cocoon. The three floors will be concerted into a mix of restaurant, cocktail bar and all day lounge with a New York Italian style menu including pizzas, steak, and more.
In a nutshell: Maida Vale pub, restaurant, gallery
Where is it? 55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, W9
Why should you care? This restored Victorian building in Maida Vale has an ex Galvin at Windows chef in charge of the menu and is split across three floors in a pub, restaurant and exhibition space.
In a nutshell: Steak & Chips in a glam setting
Where is it? 3 Cromwell Road, South Kensington
Why should you care? Formerly the Dorsia, this South Kensington venue is being revamped into a bar, club and restaurant and the latter will only be serving the one dish of steak frites.
In a nutshell: MasterChef winner goes shopping
Where is it? 2nd Floor Selfridges, W1
Why should you care? She only recently became one of the joint winners in the 2012 MasterChef - The Professionals series, and now Keri Moss is heading up her own restaurant in Selfridges. She'll be offering a seasonal British menu, as well as afternoon tea and a Sunday Brunch.
In a nutshell: Pollen Street Social 1.5
Where is it? 5 Pollen Street
Why should you care? As well as the Social Eating House, Atherton has unveiled another planned restaurant - this time just across the road from Pollen Street Social. It'll be an affordable bistro style restaurant.
In a nutshell: Eric returns to London
Where is it? Westbury Hotel, Mayfair
Why should you care? Eric Chavot held two Michelin stars at the Capital Hotel when he left London, and now he's returning to be part of the Westbury Hotel (which already has Alyn Williams's restaurant too). The restaurant is going to be a 70-75 seater with a small bar as you enter for pre-dinner drinks, banquette seating and then at the back of the room will be a seafood bar with five seats for counter dining. Food wise, the dishes will be 'classic modern' and range from around France, but this won't be Michelin-style dining and "very reasonably priced for Mayfair".
In a nutshell: Street food goes permanent-ish
Where is it? 70 City Road, EC1Y 2BJ
Why should you care? Right next door to Rotary, and joined by a door is the first Yum Bun shop. There will be the usual soft steamed buns to take away that have made them such a huge hit on the street food scene.
In a nutshell: The Ebury has a makeover
Where is it? 11 Pimlico Road, London, SW1W 8NA
Why should you care? Old gastropub The Ebury has had a major makeover and is reopening as No. 11 Pimlico Road. Over in one corner will be a marble cold-counter from which freshly baked morning pastries, crostini (crushed cannellini beans, garlic oil and herbs or bresaola with rocket and parmesan) and charcuterie will be served up during the day. A zinc top bar will dominate the room. Along with a new look, the menu's been given a similar overhaul, offering everything from morning coffees and breakfast to dinner and nightcaps.
In a nutshell: Michelin starred Basque restaurant arrives in the UK
Where is it? Halkin Hotel, 5-6 Halkin Street, SW1X
Why should you care? The original in Spain is feted as one of the best restaurants in the world and holds three Michelin stars. This new restaurant (taking over the place of Nahm) will be 'rooted in the traditions of ‘New Basque Cuisine’ which in practice means combining flavours you'd expect from that region with modern, surprising twists.
In a nutshell: Michelin starred Basque restaurant arrives in the UK
Where is it? 48 Kennington Park Rd, London SE11 4RS.
Why should you care? The popular concept of small sharing plates (cf tapas and cichetti) is getting an Asian makeover at Kennington pub The Mansion House. Gap Glam, rather than being a fashionable mode of attire for your year abroad, actually translates as 'beer food'. It's the brainchild of chef head chef Siam Pukaokeaw who has relaunched the South London pub as Oaka at The Mansion House.
In a nutshell: Everyone's favourite riverside pub gets a big refurb
Where is it? 1 Jew's Row, Wandsworth, London. SW18 1TB
Why should you care? Popular food pub The Ship in Wandsworth is getting a bit of a swanky reburb. They're completely rebuilding their outside bar area, which fronts on the Thames, creating lots more seating outside. There's also going to be a new BBQ and a new menu.
In a nutshell: Ex St John chef and Depeche Mode fan in Hoxton
Where is it? 8-9 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NH
Why should you care? Master & Servant is the first solo venture by Matt Edwards, a former Masterchef finalist who's worked for both St John Hotel and Hix Soho. He's joined in the kitchen by Head Chef Luke Cleghorn (ex-St John Bread & Wine, St John Hotel) for this upmarket Hoxton restaurant.
In a nutshell: Ten Bells boys branch out
Where is it? Shoreditch Town Hall
Why should you care? They've had a huge success at the Ten Bells, first with James Lowe as the Young Turks and then under their new name "St Vibes". Now Isaac, Daniel & Johnny have set up this new restaurant as part of the Shoreditch Town hall renovation which features both a bar and restaurant, while food will be focused on the style of menu that did so well at the Ten Bells.
In a nutshell: Long term pop-up
Where is it? 70 City Road, EC1Y 2BJ
Why should you care? This bar and diner sees Milk & Honey's Jonathan Downey team up for a ten month pop up with Disco Bistro's Carl Clarke serving a mixture of dirty food, steaks, BBQ and much more. There is also be a special wine room downstairs with an area reserved for members of Downey's other establishments.
Hache Burgers Shoreditch
In a nutshell: Burger fave goes east
Where is it? 147 Curtain Rd, Shoreditch, EC2A 3EQ.
Why should you care? Hache was somewhat ahead of the curve when they started selling their highly rated burgers in Camden, Clapham and Chelsea. Now this independent burger joint is expanding further as they open a fourth venue in Shoreditch. Expect beef, chicken, lamb, fish and duck burgers on the menu.
In a nutshell: French bistro in Hackney
Where is it? 171 Mare St, London E8 3RH
Why should you care? Bouchon Fourchette is a small French bistro (seating around 50) on Mare Street. Its chef Jeremy Huguet has worked for Alain Ducasse at and Pierre Gagnaire and he'll be specialising in "fresh and rustique" French recipes at the new bistro.
In a nutshell: NY Village destination gets a lot closer
Where is it? Covent Garden
Why should you care? Keith McNally, an English ex-pat, has done particularly well to make his mark on the New York restaurant scene. Balthazar is a go-to place for most tourists and locals in the Village, while recent success New York Pulino's has proved that he's still a force to be reckoned with. McNally is now back in the UK with London branch of Balthazar which may well be one of the biggest openings of 2013. Expect brasserie style food in a spectacular room with great service and a master bartender on the cocktails too. Plus thee's a takeaway bakery next door.
In a nutshell: Brazilian/Japanese fusion moves east
Where is it? Devonshire Square, near Liverpool Street
Why should you care? They already have a Sushinho on the King's Road and this sees them opening a second venue on Devonshire Square in the City with a similar mix of Brazilian/Japanese fusion food - plus a basement bar.
In a nutshell: Pancakes in Shoreditch
Where is it? Shoreditch
Why should you care? East London spot Shutterbug, has been exquisitely described (for those who love a bit of marketing speak) as an "experimental creperie come intimate cocktail speakeasy". They'll be serving up pancakes, coffee, cocktails, wines and artisan beers from their spot in Rivington Place.
In a nutshell: Lucky Chip does Lucky Fried Chicken
Where is it? Grafton Pub in Kentish Town at 20 Prince of Wales Road, London, NW5 3LG
Why should you care? Lucky Chip has started a long-term residency at the revamped Grafton pub on Prince of Wales Road. But this time they're swapping burgers for fried chicken to launch "Lucky Fried Chicken". It's the first of many menus by Lucky Chip at the Grafton - with a possibility of burgers coming later.
In a nutshell: Claude Bosi's Fulham pub
Where is it? 17 Vanston Place London SW6 1AY
Why should you care? Claude Bosi and his brother already have a pub in Wimbledon (the Fox and Grapes) and now they've opened their second in Fulham. This time, they'll be aiming for "modern British pub food" but Fulhamites can expect a stamp of quality as Bosi has enlisted Marcus McGuinness, the former Head Chef of Hibiscus (Bosi's two Michelin starred restaurant in Mayfair), to take over the revamped pub.
In a nutshell: Islington pub changes direction
Where is it? 131 Upper Street, Islington, N1
Why should you care? Ben Spalding made a pretty fast exit from this Islington pub, but they quickly lined up a new chef who everyone was just as excited about. Neil Rankin is ex head-chef of Pitt Cue Co and told us to expect "lots of great seafood and meat, smoke and coal and a little bit of filth thrown in for good measure".
Burger and Lobster
In a nutshell: The B&L chain expands
Where is it? 1 Bread Street, London, EC4M
Why should you care? The successful chain - where burger & chips, lobster & chips or lobster roll and chips are all only £20 each - gets a City outpost that's bound to be a massive hit, right next to the One New Change complex.
In a nutshell: Italian with New York influences
Where is it? ME London, 336-337 Strand, WC2
Why should you care? This is the second restaurant (after STK) to open at the ME by Melia hotel on the Strand, and is based on its sister restaurant in New York. It'll be serving Italian food, focusing on flatbreads like Wild Mushroom Flatbread with Fontina cheese and pasta like Saffron Strozzapreti pasta with shrimp, zucchini and brandy sauce. Plus it'll be open till 12.30 for late night dining.
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