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: South American in Notting Hill
Where is it? 123 Clarendon Road, London W11 4JG
Why should you care? This comes from South American restaurateur and designer, Juan Santa Cruz, who already has Casa Cruz open in Buenos Aires. Expect a mix of South American and European cuisine.
In a nutshell: Tom Oldroyd comes to Islington
Where is it? 344 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0PD
Why should you care? So far he's been best known for having a hand in most of the Polpo launches but this sees him launch his own neighbourhood restaurant in Islington. Exapct a walk-in cafe downstairs and a bistro upstairs.
In a nutshell: James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy make their supperclub permanent.
Where is it? 52 Wilton Way, London E8
Why should you care? Until last Summer, James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy ran a supper club called The Secret Larder. But now they're heading over to Hackney to open a restaurant called Pidgin.
In a nutshell: Athenian grill in Soho
Where is it? 21 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AL
Why should you care? This Greek restaurant will primarily be focused on souvlaki - grilled meat from a skewer, ate either as-is or in a wrap. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? July 6
In a nutshell: Top NYC pizza chef launches in the UK
Where is it? 103 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT
Why should you care? NYC's Bruno DiFabio is a six world pizza championship title holder and has 10 pizzerias across America. And now he's coming to London.
In a nutshell: Upstairs at 10 Bells chefs take over this rooftop space for the summer
Where is it? Brooksby's Walk, Homerton, London E9 6DA
Why should you care? The main focus is around Italian sharing plates. The plan is to feature some of their top dishes from the Ten Bells alongside new additions. AND there's a weekend BBQ.
In a nutshell: Soho House does eggs
Where is it? 30 Uxbridge Street, London, W8 7TA
Why should you care? This is the latest from Soho House, who also own Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger. This time the restaurant is all based around eggs.
In a nutshell: Prep kitchen and burgers in Hackney
Where is it? 97 Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH
Why should you care? The main reason for this space in Hackney is to support the Patty & Bun restaurants and vans but you'll be able to get your burger fix there too.
In a nutshell: Meatballs in Soho
Where is it? 58 Greek Street Soho London W1D 3DY
Why should you care? It's the lastest single item restaurant to hit town, this time concetrating on the humble meatball - although there will be a wagyu variety among others.
In a nutshell: Crab in every which way
Where is it? Unit 7, Broadgate Circle, London EC2M 2QS
Why should you care? This is being billed as an all-day seafood restaurant and bar with a distinct NYC focus for the menu (and lots of crab, naturally).
In a nutshell: Angela Hartnett's second cafe
Where is it? 34-36 Tavistock Street, London WC2E 7PB
Why should you care? This is second of Angela Hartnett's Cafe Muranos and there will be many new dishes on the menu too - as well as a shop selling fresh pastas and sauces.
In a nutshell: Cheese and fizz
Where is it? 34 Church Street, Greenwich London, SE10 9BL
Why should you care? On the menu at this latest outpost for the deli/restaurant will be a variety of French food, including fresh tartines and the deli will stock over 50 soft and hard French cheeses, plus terrines, rillettes, cassoulets, confits, soups and saucisses.
In a nutshell: Peruvian in Clapham
Where is it? 44 Clapham High Street London SW4 7UR
Why should you care? The 85-seater restaurant at Mommi is from the team behind Camden's KOKO, who already run Bison & Bird in Clapham. They're going to be putting on a mixture of raw and robata grill dishes with Peruvian influences.
In a nutshell: Kentish Town pub goes back to its roots
Where is it? 166 Malden Road, London NW5 4BS
Why should you care? This Kentish Town pub is reverting back to its classic name along with its new owners, who are also behind the nearby Grafton.
In a nutshell: Bone broth in Notting Hill
Where is it? 209 Westbourne Park Road, London W11 1EA
Why should you care? Planned as a long term pop-up, this is a new restaurant that's picking up a stateside health phenomenon - uplifting stock into more gourmet "broth".
In a nutshell: Le Chateaubriand comes to London
Where is it? 8 Mount Street, Mayfair
Why should you care? The people behind the famed Le Chateaubriand have come to London with their Head Chef Paul Boudier looking after the kitchen.
In a nutshell: Sustainable seafood in Mayfair
Where is it? 4 Mill Street, London W1S 2AX
Why should you care? This is the latest restaurant from Kurt Zdesar, who last opened Chotto Matte in Soho. This venture is all centred around sustainable seafood and coastal cooking.
In a nutshell: New York steakhouse comes to town
Where is it? 1 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HT
Why should you care? This popular small steak chain has nine steak restaurants across the US and now they're looking to open in the UK - their first outside the US. Expect imported USDA Prime beef to be served alongside British and Irish cuts. There'll also be the usual signature seafood dishes, so think shellfish platters, crabcakes, whole Maine lobster - that kind of thing.
In a nutshell: Bar and members club goes south
Where is it? 1 Clayton Road, Peckham, London SE15 5JA
Why should you care? The latest Dolls House follows hot on the heels of the recent Islington opening. Expect a similar menu and split between bar, restaurant and late night private members' club, This Dolls House will also have outside seating too.
In a nutshell: Korean chicken for Exmouth Market
Where is it? 50 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE
Why should you care? Jubo have had a home on Rivington Street as a pop-up for a while now, but this will be a more permanent home. Expect their signature Korean chicken alongside beer and "drinking food" as well as plenty of soju. Soft launch with 50% off food.
In a nutshell: Brunch & more in King's Cross
Where is it? 7 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG
Why should you care? Bill Granger already had success with Granger & co in nearby Clerkenwell as well as the very popular Notting Hill original. Expect a similar approach this time around, with an all-day menu and a big focus on brunch at the weekends.
In a nutshell: Mark Sargeant's Soho brasserie
Where is it? 17 Wardour Street, London W1D 6PJ
Why should you care? This is the latest from Mark Sargeant who is opening his first Soho restaurant. Downstairs is for walk-ins for snacks, small plates and charcuterie while upstairs will be an affordable brasserie.
In a nutshell: Sandwiches by the inch at Broadgate
Where is it? Kiosk 2 – 42 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS
Why should you care? This is the first permanent venture from Street Kitchen, best known for working out of their airstream at Broadgate. The main event will be sandwiches cut by the inch, with the same focus on sustainability throughout.
In a nutshell: Meat and tapas in Borough
Where is it? 14 Borough High Street, SE1 9QG
Why should you care? This new meat and tapas bar near Borough Market has been set up by an ex Brindisa chef and has a big focus on Iberico pork.
In a nutshell: Tapas & more on the South Bank
Where is it? 5 Canvey Street, The Blue Fin Building, London, SE1 9NA
Why should you care? Already popular in King's Cross and Blackfriars, Camino are about to open south of the river in Bankside. As with the original Camino, the menu will have tapas and sharing platters and dishes prepared on a plancha grill.
In a nutshell: Jason Atherton does a wine bar in Marylebone
Where is it? 39 James Street, London W1U 1EB
Why should you care? This is the next thing from Jason Atherton, who is not letting opening in New York distract him from his home town. This sees him embracing one of London's trends, the return of the wine bar. Expect a wine bar where all the waiters are somelliers as well as tapas dishes and a wine shop.
In a nutshell: Fish & Chips in Brixton
Where is it? 53 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ
Why should you care? This is the second Hook fish and chips restaurant in London after the successful Camden original. Expect tempura battered fish, seaweed salted chips and their own ice cream alongside a lot more..
Les Deux Salons (Re-launch)
In a nutshell: French restaurant revamped
Where is it? 40-42 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DD
Why should you care? This restaurant has been bought and compleltey revamped by Prescott & Conran. While the French food reamins incatc (with a new menu) they've now added a new first floor dining experience that's a bit more upmarket than the rest of the restaurant. There's a cafe too and it's also a spot for late night dining as it's open until 12.30am.
In a nutshell: Indian food start-up
Where is it? 53 Station Road, London SW9 8PQ
Why should you care? This new Indian restaurant is opening as part of Pop Brixton. It's all about small plate dishes, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks too.
The Ivy (Re-launch)
In a nutshell: Famed restaurant gets a major overhaul
Where is it? 9 West Street, London WC2H 9NE
Why should you care? It's the 100th anniversary of the Ivy and to celebrate they're literally selling off the silver (in an auction) and completely refitting the restaurant and adding new dishes in the process.
In a nutshell: Classic Indian moved to St James
Where is it? 73 St James Street, London SW1A 1PH
Why should you care? Chutney Mary is closing its doors on the King's Road and relocate to 73 St James’s Street, opening in April on the site that used to be Wheeler’s. It's a new location for the restaurant which has been around since 1990 and owner Namita Panjabi and her sister Camellia will be introducing various new dishes to the restaurant's menu.
In a nutshell: Australian café with a healthy kick
Where is it? 59a Portobello Road, London W11 3DB
Why should you care? This all-day café has an Australian influence and a healthy focus. It has a menu from a private chef to the stars and plenty of healhty drinks too.
In a nutshell: Pub and restaurant in the City
Where is it? 91 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7NQ
Why should you care? The Trading House is taking over what used to be the Bank of New Zealand. It'll feature what's being described as a 'striking' central bar, a restaurant seating just under 100 and a mezzanine area for private parties.
In a nutshell: Chelsea cafe opens a second in St John's Wood
Where is it? 120 St John’s Wood High Street, St John’s Wood, London NW8 7SG
Why should you care? The original Megan's in Chelsea has proven to be a draw for many a local celeb and now they're opening a second in St John's Wood. This will have an all-day menu and lobster specials at the weekend.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese in Smithfield
Where is it? 12 Smithfield Street London EC1A 9LA
Why should you care? This is a new restaurant for Smithfield, but it's one that's moved there from Bermondsey. Expect pho (of course) as well as steamed buns, rice dishes and more on the menu.
Also opened in June:
- Barbecue mini-chain Bodeans just opened a brand new place near Old St station on City Road.
- Frozen yoghurt parlour The Sloane Bros, with a very British feel, featuring Jammie Dodger and Bourbon cream flavours, opened on Brick Lane.
- Modern British restaurant Mimosa opened a second site in Chelsea
- Valentina Fine Foods opened its flagship store in Shad Thames, near Tower Bridge - a combined delicatessen, restaurant, caffé, and enoteca.
- On Highbury Corner, the former Tramshed has been transformed into the Highbury Brewhouse and Kitchen
In a nutshell: Roti Chai comes to Canary Wharf
Where is it? 1 Crossrail Place, London E14 5AR
Why should you care? This is the latest from Roti Chai and is part "Toddy Shop" and part dining room. They'll be an all-day affair here too, so there's a big emphasis on breakfast for nearby City workers.
In a nutshell: Revamped pub in Hackney
Where is it? 254 Hackney Road, London E2 7SJ
Why should you care? This is a revamped pub from two St John veterans, Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram. It will focus on the best of British food and drinks, with a menu inspired by the history of London.
In a nutshell: Hot dogs in Soho
Where is it? 48 Frith Street, London W1D 4SF
Why should you care? This hot dog restaurant promises to have a "US rebel biker culture of the 1950s" feel to it.
As for the food, there's the influence a healthier eating regime throughout. So you'll be able to choose your 'dog' - from classic veal & pork, beef or chicken (with vegetarian options too) as well as a bun - a choice of three - with approximately 9 hotdog choices on the menu.
In a nutshell: A new US chain for London
Where is it? Unit 3, 10 Jamestown Road, Camden Town, NEW1 7BY
Why should you care? This will be the first of 20 new Fatburgers in the UK, which is a Californian burger chain. Expect some huge customisable burgers on the menu and what they call "hand scooped" shakes.
In a nutshell: Lobster rolls for a tenner in Soho
Where is it? 58 Dean Street, London W1D 6AL
Why should you care? This is the latest from the people behind Burger & Lobster and the second Smack Lobster in London. They specialise in very affordable lobster, starting from £10 for rolls, lobsters, salads and more.
In a nutshell: Burger dipping in Wimbledon
Where is it? 62 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1RQ
Why should you care? This is the second Dip & Flip after the original in Clapham. They specialise in the French dip - essentially sandwiches (and burgers) served with bowls of gravy for dipping.
The Canonbury Re-launch
In a nutshell: Islington pub with a top landlord
Where is it? 21 Canonbury Place, London N1 2NS
Why should you care? When top pub landlord Oisin Rogers left The Ship, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. But now he's returned to take the help of Islington pub, The Canonbury. Expect a completely re-designed pub by Youngs and an overhauled menu too
In a nutshell: Burgers go to the mall
Where is it? Westfield Stratford
Why should you care? After becoming a huge success in Covent Garden, Danny Meyer's US burger import heads west to conquer Westfield shopping mall.
In a nutshell: Yauatcha goes to the city
Where is it? Broadgate Circle
Why should you care? The popular Soho high-end din sum joint has been around for 10 years and they're finally opening a second restaurant in the City (this time without Yau) from the people behind Hakkasan. It comes with a standalone patisserie too.
In a nutshell: Farm shop and cafe in Marylebone
Where is it? 6-8 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London W1U 4AU
Why should you care? This is the latest from Daylesford Organic, combining a shop selling produce from their farm and an all-day café.
When can you try it for yourself? May 19
In a nutshell: Ottolenghi director gets his own cafe
Where is it? 23 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9RY
Why should you care? Noam Bar, one of the founders of Ottolenghi, has taken inspiration from the market stalls and smoking grill street food of the Middle East for his Covent Garden opening.
In a nutshell: Polpo in the west
Where is it? 81 Duke of York Square, London SW3 4LY
Why should you care? The latest Venetian restaurant from Russell Norman and Richard Beatty promises a big alfresco space.
In a nutshell: Cereal comes to Camden
Where is it? The Stables Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH
Why should you care? The original may have had its detractors but there's no denying how popular this cafe selling all varieties of cereal has been. This sees them take the same to Camden.
In a nutshell: Coffee and more at Covent Garden
Where is it? 34 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AA
Why should you care? Billed as "bridging the gap between fast food and gourmet gastronomy" this is a mix between a coffee house and cafe/restaurant.
In a nutshell: Latest from the people behind Lardo
Where is it? 5 Helmsley Place, London Fields, E8 3SB
Why should you care? Lonzo is Lardo’s new headquarters and prep kitchen. During the day it will produce all the bread, pasta and dough and other key essentials for Lardo, Lardo bebe and Coppa, their summer rooftop popup.
In a nutshell: Foxtrot Oscar becomes a Maze Grill
Where is it? 79 Royal Hospital Road London SW3 4HN
Why should you care? The latest of Gordon Ramsay's properties to get a Maze Grill makeover is on Royal Hospital Road, taking over the space held by Foxtrot Oscar and very near his flagship three Michelin starred restaurant. Expect a similar style American grill room here.
In a nutshell: Greek cuisine in the City
Where is it? 56 Wentworth Street, London, E1 7AL
Why should you care? This is a Greek restaurant that is specialising in Hellenic street food in Aldgate. Expect a hefty selection of Greek drinks too.
In a nutshell: Jose Pizarro's third restaurant - this time in the City
Where is it? Unit T6 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS
Why should you care? This will be Jose Pizarro's first restaurant north of the river, in the revamped Broadgate Circle in the City.
In a nutshell: Nuno Mendes comes to Spitalfields
Where is it? Old Spitalfields Market, London E1 6EW
Why should you care? This is the latest from Nuno Mendes, best known for the combination of the Loft Project and Chiltern Firehouse. It's an all day restaurant serving Portuguese tapas.
In a nutshell: Truffles in Harrods
Where is it? Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, London SW1X 7XL
Why should you care? Harrods have a real thing about truffles at the moment. Not only have they recently opened a truffle shop, they're now expanding their truffle focus to a new restaurant. Everything on the menu will have the option of being either with fresh black or white truffles (with the white version pushing up the prices considerably (including a £75 truffle burger!).
In a nutshell: French-Vietnamese off Leicester Square
Where is it? 1 Leicester Street, London, WC2H 7BL
Why should you care? This 50-cover restaurant will be open all day, starting with breakfast from 7am and - good news - they'll have a bar that's open till 2am with a 30 cover terrace. The food will be French-Vietnamese and there'll be shellfish dishes, steaks and ribs, cooked on the Robata charcoal grill.
In a nutshell: Chutney Mary's cousin
Where is it? 535 Kings Road, London, SW10 0SZ
Why should you care? This is a laid-back with a range of grills, street food, seafood and curries on the menu, from the people behind Chutney Mary (and on the spot previously held by that restaurant).
In a nutshell: Grilled cheese sarnies in Soho
Where is it? 26 Noel Street, Soho, London W1F 8GY
Why should you care? This is a short-order grilled cheese sandwich shop. They'll be adding beef and slow cooked lamb to the mix too plus there will be soups available and special breakfast offers.
In a nutshell: Pizza at Boxpark
Where is it? Boxpark Shoreditch, 2 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6GY
Why should you care? Already popular in Dalston, pizza joint Voodoo Ray's is the latest restaurant to join Boxpark in Shoreditch. Expect massive 22 inch pizzas, served by the slice.
In a nutshell: Asian food from Copenhagen in Canary Wharf
Where is it? 1 Crossrail Place, London E14 5AR
Why should you care? This is the latest outlet for the popular Copenhagen import, serving sushi and yakitori.
Also opened in May:
- Vietnamese Bun Cha cuisine arrived in Hoxton from BunBunBun
In a nutshell: Dim Sum in Clapham
Where is it? 15-16 Lendal Terrace London SW4 7UX
Why should you care? This late night dum sum and cocktail bar is taking over a space under the arches on Lendal Terrace with an extensive steamed dumpling menu.
In a nutshell: Fresh doughnuts in Soho
Where is it? 4 Broadwick Street, London W1F 8HJ
Why should you care? After a very successful pop-up in Piccadilly Circus, the first permanent Crosstown shop is appearing in Soho. Expect new doughnuts, exclusive coffee and much more.
In a nutshell: North African grillhouse in Haggerston
Where is it? Arch 338, Acton Mews, London E8 4EA
Why should you care? This is a joint venture between Josh Katz (Galvin Bistrot de Luxe and Ottolenghi) and Mattia Bianchi (Ottolenghi and Ben Spalding). It'll take inspiration from Turkey's Mangal restaurants, the grill & kebab houses of Istanbul, the food stalls of Jmaa al Fna in Marrakesh and the Shipudim in Tel Aviv. Essentially expect a lot of grilled meat and veg.
In a nutshell: Fried Chicken and sour cocktails from Carl Calrke in Dalston
Where is it? 390 Kingsland Road, London E8 2AA
Why should you care? He's been popping up all over the place with Disco Bistro but now Carl Clarke is settling down in Dalston with a brand new fried chicken (and sour cocktails) restaurant.
In a nutshell: Apothecary inspired food
Where is it? 151-157, City Rd, London EC1V 1JT
Why should you care? This is a new restaurant at the M By Montcalm which is inspired by the apothecary history of Shoreditch. It's being being run by Great British Menu chef Paul Welburn who was the Head Chef at Rhodes W1.
In a nutshell: Gordon Ramsay returns to Aubergine with Maze
Where is it? 11 Park Walk, London SW10 0AJ
Why should you care? Gordon Ramsay has returned to the place where he made his name with Aubergine. He's bought up the restaurant and is replacing it with the first stage of a roll out of Maze Grill. Find out more
When can you try it for yourself? April 18
In a nutshell: Rotisserie chicken, breakfast buns and whisky in Shoreditch
Where is it? 196 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JE
Why should you care? Bull in a China Shop will be a rotisserie chicken restaurant and whisky bar alongside breakfast bao buns and savoury congee porridge, all from the same people behind the Drunken Monkey.
Les Gourmets des Ternes
In a nutshell: Parisian restaurant in London
Where is it? 9 Knightsbridge Green, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7QL
Why should you care? This is the flagship London restaurant of Les Gourmet des Ternes, which has also opened in Maida Vale. It's a Parisian bistro with an identical menu to the Paris original. A unique feature to the London restaurant is Rendez Vous Knightsbridge - this is a champagne and foie gras bar, no less.
In a nutshell: The Cornish Grill takes over famous London pub
Where is it? 23 Rathbone Street London W1T 1NG
Why should you care? This is the latest pub to be taken over by the Cornish Grill, and the first in central London. Bar snacks will be available until June 1 when the full Cornish produce inspired menu is available. Hopefully the pies will still be on the menu.
In a nutshell: Popular gastropub comes to the city
Where is it? Broadgate Circle
Why should you care? The original Botanist is a huge hit and this is the first time the owners, ETM group, have opened a second branch of the same place. It'll feature a basement bar with a 2am licence too.
In a nutshell: Pizza on Hoxton Square
Where is it? 2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
Why should you care? This new pizza restaurant comes to Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen for a permanent residency with an award-winning pizza chef in tow too.
In a nutshell: Coffee and more in Broadgate
Where is it? 41 Broadgate Circle
Why should you care? This will be the flagship Beany Green, who have kiosks all over London. Alongside the coffee, there will be a new healthy all-day food menu with a big focus on brunch-style food.
In a nutshell: Stevie Parle's Greenwich restaurant
Where is it? Peninsula Square, Greenwich, London, SE10 0SQ
Why should you care? The cafe has already opened, but this will mark the opening of Stevie Parle's next fully fledged restaurant. Expect the menu to reflect the food that he loves: simple home-cooking and experiments with every day ingredients but with a focus on fresh, more locally-sourced British food.
In a nutshell: Alan Yau's pub.
Where is it? 90 Berwick Street London W1F 0QB
Why should you care? This is the latest from Alan Yau, who has taken over the site of the old Endurance pub, right next door to his old restaurant Yauatcha, and plans to reinvent it as a Chinese gastropub.
In a nutshell: Revamped pub in Kentish Town
Where is it? 389 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2TJ
Why should you care? This classic Kentish Town pub is getting a huge overhaul, with a brand new menu. They're also transforming upstairs into the Boulogne Bar, "a decadent cocktail bar with authentic artisan cocktails".
In a nutshell: Korean in Covent Garden
Where is it? 36 Wellington Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7BD
Why should you care? This is the second On The Bab restaurant following the launch of the Korean Anju restaurant (basically food with beer) in Shoreditch. Expect plenty of Korean chicken and a lot more besides.
In a nutshell: Salads, GREAT cakes, an a lot more for the CIty
Where is it? 50 Artillery Lane London E1 7LS
Why should you care? City fans of Ottolenghi will now have a new all-day restaurant right on their doorstep. Expect cakes and salads for takeaway in the day (plus a grab and go option) as well as cocktails and more in the evening.
In a nutshell: Southern US kitchen heads north to Kentish Town
Where is it? 300 Kentish Town Road, London, NW5 2TG
Why should you care? This sees the Southern Kitchen, which is currently in Covent Garden too, open in Kentish Town. And while the menu at Joe’s Kentish Town will feature many of the favourites from the original. they'll be focusing attention on a new recipe, Sweet Tea Brined Fried Chicken with Lemon Salt & Tabasco Honey. Plus there's a basement bar called Jailbird too.
In a nutshell: Steamed buns in Soho
Where is it? 53 Lexington Street, London W1F 9AS
Why should you care? These popular street food vendors are settling down in Soho with steamed milk buns at the heart of the menu.
In a nutshell: Banh mi in Soho
Where is it? 40 Great Windmill Street on 30 March 2015
Why should you care? They'll be specialising in those Vietnamese sandwiches (which are made to be lighter than french bread equivalents).
In a nutshell: Japenese, Korean and a touck of Scandinavian in Holland Park
Where is it? 120- 122 Holland Park Avenue, London W11 4UA
Why should you care?. Flat Three will apparently have "a new approach to Japanese-inspired food." but will also be influenced by Korean and Scandinavian food. They'll be serving á la carte and tasting menus - and we like the sound of the non-alcoholic pairings (alongside the usual wine pairings).
In a nutshell: Hawksmoor spin-off comes to Stoke Newington
Where is it? 71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AS
Why should you care? The original Foxlow in Farringdon was a big hit but they've taken their time in finding a space for a second - settling on very up and coming Stoke Newington. Expect ribs, steaks, soft serve and more.
In a nutshell: Italian restaurant in Mayfair from Novikov
Where is it? 71-73 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0AS
Why should you care? This is the latest Mayfair restaurant with backing from Arkady Novikov. It's promising "home-cooked Italian food six days a week to hungry locals and regulars" with pasta hand-rolled every day.
In a nutshell: The Ivy grows outdoors
Where is it? 197 King’s Road, London SW3 5ED
Why should you care? Following the opening of Ivy Market Grill, the Ivy brand continues to expand, this time in Chelsea where it's taken over a building with an extensive outside space.
In a nutshell: East London Peruvian
Where is it? Baldwin Street (off City Road), Old Street, London EC1V
Why should you care? This is the latest Peruvian restaurant from Martin Morales, who previously brought us the original Soho Ceviche and also Shoreditch's Andina. This latest restaurant features Peruvian, BBQ, customisable ceviches, rotisserie chicken and plenty of pisco.
In a nutshell: Wine bar and grill in Brixton
Where is it? 28 Brixton Water Lane, London SW2 1PE
Why should you care? This wine bar and charcoal grill is a new venture by husband and wife team Margaux Aubry and Joe Sharratt. Sharratt you might know from his previous incarnation as Head Chef at Trinity - his wife Margaux comes here from Terroirs.
In a nutshell: Russell Brand serves up coffee in Hoxton
Where is it? 30 Whitmore Road, London N1 5QA
Why should you care? This is stand up comic and polemicist Russell Brand's cafe on the Whitmore Estate in East London which he's funded through sales of his book Revolution.
In a nutshell: Barbecue continued
Where is it? 12 Sutton Lane North, Chiswick, London, W4 4LD
Why should you care? This will be the second Smokehouse (following the original in Islington) and sees the group take over the former Hole in the Wall in Chiswick. Expect a similar menu to the original with plenty of barbecue on the menu and a large selection of beers - plus a whisky room.
In a nutshell: Huge Fitzrovia restaurant
Where is it? Fitzroy Place, Fitzrovia
Why should you care? This is the latest from the Open House who are opening a huge restaurant seating 200 people in the newly revamped Fitzroy Square in Fitzrovia. It'll also have three separate bar areas and serve food with "locally, sustainably sourced and artisan-prepared ingredients and will be run by Diego Cardoso, the former Head Chef of Murano.
In a nutshell: All day Battersea restaurant
Where is it? 15 Battersea Square, London, SW11 3RA
Why should you care? A new all-day neighbourhood restaurant and bar is coming soon to Battersea Square, as the people behind Soho's Damson & Co get ready to open Queenswood. Expect a strong focus on healthy food too.
In a nutshell: Elliot's Brett Redman opens a pub
Where is it? 316 Queensbridge Road, E8 3NH
Why should you care? This is a new restaurant and bar jointly owned and operated by Brett Redman and Margaret Crow. Brett you'll know for his popular place Elliot's on Borough Market. Margaret is a stylist and fashion consultant who's worked on i-D, Love and Vogue Russia. Expect a menu based on snacks, comfort food, and raw dishes.
In a nutshell: Cave a Manger in Kentish Town
Where is it? 26 Fortess Road, London NW5 2HB
Why should you care? This is a new wine bar and French restaurant from a French/English couple who live in Kentish Town, so expect a restaurant with firm sights set on pleasing the locals.
In a nutshell: British food in Covent Garden
Where is it? 176 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5QF
Why should you care? This Covent Garden restaurant is an all-day affair running until just after theatre time. Expect a British menu from an ex Dinner by Heston chef and they're looking to create as much as possible from scratch, with a plan to start smoking meat once later.
In a nutshell: Japanese pub off Oxford Street
Where is it? 11 Woodstock Street, London, W1C 2AE
Why should you care? This new Japanese restaurant will serve weary shoppers a Japanese led drinks menu alongside freshly grilled Kushiyaki skewers. And it's handily situated in a street opposite Debenhams for a bit of light after-shopping drinking and eating.
In a nutshell: Burger delivery service to North London
Where is it? 169 Holloway Road, London N7 8LX
Why should you care? If you're in North London (like us) and really fancy a burger, but just don't fancy heading outside then new burger take-away and delivery service Homeburger could be just what you need.
In a nutshell: French hamburgers
Where is it? 19 Percy Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1DY
Why should you care? This is the first time French burger restaurant, which has several outlets in France, has come to the UK. Expect French cheeses and sauces to be a focus as well as lamb, veal, chicken and vegetarian options besides the usual beef. A ‘build-your-own’ option apparently allows for over 3,854 possibilities (they’ve counted).
In a nutshell: Wine bar and restaurant
Where is it? 1 Pancras Square, King's Cross.
Why should you care? This is the fifth Vinoteca, opening in a prime place at the new King's Cross development at 1 Pancras Square. Expect a large wine bar and all-day restaurant as well as a sizable wine shop.
In a nutshell: Coffee and more in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 15 Eastcastle Street, London W1T 3AY
Why should you care? Popular Fitzrovia coffee shop Kaffeine has always turned out some cracking food to go with its drinks, so news that they're opening a second branch can only be a good thing. They'll be taking over a site, not too far from their first cafe, at Eastcastle Street between Wells Street and Berners Street.
In a nutshell: Drake and Morgan bar in Regent's Place
Where is it? 5 Brock Street, Regent's Place London, NW1 3FG
Why should you care? This is a Drake and Morgan bar and restaurant. If you've already been to one of their existing seven venues, you'll know the score when it comes to food and drink. Open all day there'll be flatbreads, seasonal salads, a 10oz t-bone steak and whole Scottish lobster, an extensive cocktail list and more than 40 wines by the glass.
In a nutshell: Marco Pierre White in the City
Where is it? 5 Threadneedle Street, London EC2R 8AY
Why should you care? This sees Marco Pierre White bringing back the Wheeler's brand to central London, this time to the City. Expect as much focus on meat as fish this time around.
In a nutshell: Italian eat-in deli
Where is it? Stoney Street, near Borough Market, London, SE1
Why should you care? An Italian deli, which already has sites in Milan, Venice, Torino and Florence has set Borough Market as the target for its next opening. As the name suggests, it will specialise in produce from Puglia in the south of Italy.
In a nutshell: Chelsea pub gets a big makeover
Where is it? 1 Lawrence Street London SW3 5NB
Why should you care? It's known as the oldest pub in Chelsea (it's been there for 300 years since 1708 but had been empty for a while). But now the Cross Keys is getting a brush-up and a new chef and menu too from their new owners Mark Dyer and Eamonn Manson of The DM Group (who also own Fulham favourite, The Sand's End.
In a nutshell: Gastropub expands upwards
Where is it? 40 Commercial Street, London E1 6LP
Why should you care? After opening the ground floor pub, East London pub the Culpeper is now getting ready to open its main restaurant on its first floor. As with the food already on offer in the pub, it's been run under their head chef Sandy Jarvis (who was previously at Terroirs). He's promising a seasonal menu as well as some large sharing plates for two or more. (Official opening March 10)
In a nutshell: Brindisa comes to Soho
Where is it? 18-20 Rupert Street, London W1D 6DE
Why should you care? Bringing the finest Spanish food to London's West End, the ever popular Brindisa Tapas Kitchen are opening their latest London restaurant.
In a nutshell: Healthy food & juice in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 36A Berners Street, London W1T 3LY
Why should you care? This is a mix of restaurant and cold pressed juice bar with food will be available to eat in or take away from Canadian chef Adria Wu. Even heallthy desserts are on the menu.
In a nutshell: Roaming burger van settles down
Where is it? Unit B in the Pavilion Building, Spitalfields Market
Why should you care? The Bleecker Street burger truck has been a huge success over the years, winning many accolades and fans alike. Now they're finally getting their own restaurant right in the middle of Spitalfields Market.
In a nutshell: Craft beer and more in Hammersmith
Where is it? 238 Shepherd’s Bush Road London, W6 7NL
Why should you care? Charlie McVeigh is going west for the latest Draft House opening in Hammersmith. Expect craft beers, optic cocktails and plenty of food including a pie menu. Expect a big garden space too.
In a nutshell: Kurobuta's grungier cousin
Where is it? 251 King's Road, Chelsea, SW3 5EL
Why should you care? This is from Scott Hallsworth and is taking over the space vacated by his Kurobuta pop-up. Expect pan-Asian cuisine and as Hallsworth says. "If Kurobuta at 251 was a good house party then Joe's is gonna be a mosh pit". (official launch March 6)
In a nutshell: NYC style bar in Clerkenwell
Where is it? 45 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5RS
Why should you care? This New York style bar and restaurant has taken over the space that used to hold Giant Robot. Expect brunch style dishes mixed with plenty of craft beer and cocktails.
In a nutshell: The Revolution comes to Shoreditch
Where is it? 32-42 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6HZ
Why should you care? You may have previously come across Spanish chef Omar Allibhoy's highly rated food while shopping at Westfield London or Bluewater. Well now you don't have to brave the fresh hell of a mall to try his tapas as his third restaurant is a standalone tapas bar.
In a nutshell: Antipodean-style cafe in Hoxton
Where is it? 62 Pitfield St, London N1
Why should you care? This Antipodean style Hoxton cafe will open seven days a week serving breakfast, lunch and brunch.
In a nutshell: Bar, dining room, members area and lots more
Where is it? 181 Upper Street, London N1 1RQ
Why should you care? The Dolls House, already hugely popular in Hoxton, is now coming to Islington too, taking over the place that used to hold House of Wolf. Expect a downstairs bar, a dining area, espresso bar and members' area too.
In a nutshell: Relaunched Whisky shop and cocktail bar in Soho
Where is it? 3 Greek Street, London W1D 4NX
Why should you care? Taken over by the people behind Coal Vaults, this revamped whisky shop also has a 55 seater cocktail bar downstairs serving up seasonal and traditional cocktails. Thankfully they're also planning on offering cheese and meat boards to make sure you survive the experience.
In a nutshell: Modern British in Streatham
Where is it? 67 Streatham Hill, London SW2
Why should you care? Brother and sister team Robin and Melanie Frean (pictured) have taken over what was the Raj Poot on Streatham Hill and will be serving Modern British food.
In a nutshell: Coffee & more at London Bridge
Where is it? 2 London Bridge, London SE1
Why should you care? Popular coffee chain Grind & Co are expanding south of the river, London Bridge to be exact. Their fourth site, right by Borough Market, will also be the company's first one to place a real emphasis on food.
Busaba Eathai Shoreditch
In a nutshell: Largest Busaba yet
Where is it? 36 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6HT
Why should you care? As Alan Yau's Busaba reaches its 15th birthday, they're opening their largest branch yet (seating over 160) in Shoreditch. Expect the usual Busaba food, two large terraces and a new Thai Kinnaree Bar which will feature new cocktails exclusive to the Shoreditch Busaba.
In a nutshell: Sicilian Cafe and restaurant in South Kensington
Where is it? 44 Harrington Road, London SW7
Why should you care? A new neighbourhood cafe and wine bar, specilaising in all things Sicilian, is coming to South Kensington, from the same people who are behind The South Kensington Club.
In a nutshell: Bone Daddies long-term pop-up
Where is it? 14a Old Compton Street, London W1D 4TH
Why should you care? The latest from Bone Daddies will be a year-long pop up in Soho that will focus around an ever-changing central dish on the menu.
In a nutshell: Teppanyaki restaurant specialising in Kobe beef.
Where is it? 2 Ham Yard London W1D 7DT
Why should you care? This is part of the Firmdale Hotels Ham Yard Hotel and is a combined sushi and Wagyu Teppanyaki restaurant.
In a nutshell: West London craft beer gastropub
Where is it? 13 Devonshire Road, London W4 2EU
Why should you care? Chiswick beer fans are in for a bit of a treat with this Italian craft beer gastropub which is taking over the old Pickwick’s Wine Bar in Devonshire Road beside La Trompette. Expect lots of craft beer, burgers and more.
In a nutshell: East Asian BBQ
Where is it? 6 Greek Street, Soho, London W1D 4DE
Why should you care? This 50 seater restaurant (with a terrace too) is opening on Greek Street (taking the place of Disiac) and will be combining British seasonal produce with an emphasis on smoked cooking methods, as well as the more traditional sweet and pickled influences from South-East Asia.
In a nutshell: Skinny chops in Soho
Where is it? 25 Great Windmill Street, Soho
Why should you care? This basement location with a colourful history promises lots of charcoal grilled chops plus cocktails for a fiver too.
National Portrait Gallery restaurant (Re-launch)
In a nutshell: Gallery restaurant with a view
Where is it? Floor 3, National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE
Why should you care? The National Portrait Gallery restaurant is reopening after a month long closure with a lovely view over the rooftops of London and new culinary director Helena Puolakka (ex-Aubergine, La Tante Claire, Pierre Gagnaire and Skylon).
In a nutshell: Brasserie in Vauxhall
Where is it? Arch, 50, 7-11 South Lambeth Place, London SW8 1SP
Why should you care? Coming from owner (and local resident Philip Reicherstorfer), the new COUNTER all-day brasserie takes up the entire length of an arch under Vauxhall station, over 200 feet long. Plus there's a separate bar at the back too.
In a nutshell: Grand brasserie in Spitalfields
Where is it? 65A Brushfield Street, London E1 6AA
Why should you care? This restaurant and bar is from Clive Watson, who has previously opened Riding House Cafe, Village East and more. It's billed as "an informal take on a grand European brasserie".
In a nutshell: Basement bar and snacks in Mayfair
Where is it? 40 North Audley Street, London, W1K 6ZP
Why should you care? The people behind North Audley Cantine are converting their downstairs space into a separate cocktail bar called Chez Chow. There will be new bar snacks, a brand new cocktail menu and it'll all be themed around the owner's dog.
In a nutshell: The pop-up becomes permanent
Where is it? 312 King's Road, London SW3 5UH
Why should you care? The original Kurobuta started life as a pop-up on the King's Road but it's remained so popular that it's moving a few doors down to become the second permanent Kurobuta. Expect a larger space, private dining area and a bigger sushi and sashimi selection too.
In a nutshell: Sister restaurant to Beach Blanket Babylon in Notting Hill
Where is it? 36 Golborne Road, Westbourne Park, London, W10 5PR
Why should you care? This restaurant is from the same people who brought us Beach Blanket Babylon, with very British food and decor as well as a terrace with a flame pit.
Sticks n Sushi
In a nutshell: Yakitori/sushi in Greenwich
Where is it? Nelson Road, Greenwich
Why should you care? Following the two previous openings (Covent Garden and Wimbledon) this sees the sushi/yakitori mash-up from Denmark coming to Greenwich.
In a nutshell: Fish & Chips on Rosebery Ave
Where is it? 59-61 Rosebery Ave, London, EC1R 4SD
Why should you care? Popular fish and chip chain Kerbisher & Malt's latest, Kerbisher EC1, is going to be part of a offshoot of the brand - it's smaller and more about takeaway than the existing places and is going to be the first in a roll-out.
In a nutshell: Chinese restaurant in Harrods
Where is it? Fifth Floor at Harrods, 87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
Why should you care? Chai Wu is described as a new modern Chinese restaurant in Harrods. In charge of the food is Chef Bihu Xie who comes here via Grand Imperial London and the whole thing will be overseen by Ian Pengelley who was the chef who launched E&O, runs Gilgamesh and has already opened two restaurants - Mango Tree and Pan Chai in the Harrods Food Halls.
In a nutshell: Healthy deli in Parson's Green
Where is it? 267 New King’s Road, London, SW6 4RB
Why should you care? From the same people who run Hally's restaurant (opposite) this all-day cafe and deli promises to be more on the healthy side, influenced by Californian delis.
In a nutshell: Ramen in the East
Where is it? 382 Mare Street, Dalston
Why should you care? The very successful Tonkotsu adds another restaurant to its growing empire, bringing ramen, chicken karaage and more to Mare Street, Dalston.
In a nutshell: Fulham gastropub with a Michelin touch
Where is it? 22 Waterford Road, Fulham, London SW6 2DR
Why should you care? This is a new pub for Fulham from the people behind the very popular restaurant Claude's Kitchen and Amuse Bouche champagne bar. Expect them to be "bridging flavoursome street food pizazz with Claude’s Michelin kitchen experience".
In a nutshell: Judy Joo's own restaurant in Soho
Where is it? 16 Kingly Street, London W1B 5PS
Why should you care? Judy Joo, who worked at Gordon Ramsay's restaurants before earning fame on Iron Chef previously ran the restaurant at the Playboy Club. This will be her first London restaurant.
In a nutshell: All day restaurant from Quality Chop House and 10 Greek St alumni
Where is it? 113 Great Portland Street, W1W 6QQ
Why should you care? This restaurant is from Will Lander (Quality Chop House) and Daniel Morgenthau (formerly 10 Greek Street) who are teaming up for an all-day restaurant on Great Portland Street.
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When can you try it for yourself? January 10
In a nutshell: Korean in Islington
Where is it? 407 St John Street, London EC1V 4RW.
Why should you care? This is the second Bibigo, serving Korean food to Islington. There'll be a bar serving up soju cocktails and Korean street food-style bar snacks. The restaurant itself will be dominated by a Korean grill barbecue.
In a nutshell: Nikkei in St Katharine Docks from the people behind Bravas Tapas
Where is it? Ivory House, St Katherine Docks, East Smithfield, London E1W 1AT
Why should you care? Amaru is going to be a Nikkei eatery and takeout joint serving up Japanese food with a Peruvian twist. Located in St Katharine Docks, it's from the people who brought us the highly rated Bravas Tapas.
In a nutshell: More high rise London
Where is it? 20 Fenchurch St, EC1
Why should you care? This 37 storey building includes a pretty impressive looking (from the designs) indoor garden space called the Sky Garden and will have three food areas including a a seafood and grill, an all-day brasserie and a cocktail bar called Sky Pod.
In a nutshell: Japanese restaurant on St Martin's Lane
Where is it? 63-66 St Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4JS
Why should you care? Murakami is a contemporary Japanese restaurant that is set to open on St Martin's Lane this January. Taking over what used to be Jamie's Wine Bar, Murakami will specialise in sushi, sashimi and dishes from the robata grill.
In a nutshell: Islington cafe and pantry
Where is it? 274 St Paul's Road, London N1 2LJ
Why should you care? This local cafe has a strong feature on local produce and will start out with coffee and cakes before offering salads, soups and stews in the afternoons, and in the evenings snacks and charcuterie boards will be offered alongside wines, bottled beers and spirits.
In a nutshell: Alan Yau does Turkish pizza
Where is it? 73 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, W1D 6EX
Why should you care? Coming from Alan Yau, this restaurant will be serving pide - essentially Turkish pizza - filled with Asian ingredients.
In a nutshell: Japanese fusion in Fulham
Where is it? 86 Fulham Road, London, SW3 6HR
Why should you care? This new Japanese fusion restaurant offers sushi and bento boxes for lunch & robata grilled food in the evening.
In a nutshell: Neil Rankin's next
Where is it? The City
Why should you care? Created by Neil Rankin from Smokehouse, this bar/restaurant is essentially serving egg dishes every which way it can (but not desserts). Expect burgers, hash, tacos and more.
In a nutshell: Udon for King's Cross
Where is it? 2 Acton Street, King’s Cross, London, WC1X 9NA
Why should you care? Udon is the next step from London's current Ramen craze, and this new restaurant will be making everything in-house - from the noodles to their dashi broth. There will also be other dishes like Red Wine Stewed Pork Belly and Miso-marinated Grilled Salmon.
In a nutshell: Ramen in Whole Foods
Where is it? First Floor of Whole Foods Market, 63-97 Kensington High Street, The Barkers Building, London, W8 5SE
Why should you care? Bone Daddies is expanding. The ramen restaurants are adding a third site to their portfolio, opening in Whole Foods Kensington in November. Following on from Bone Daddies and Flesh & Buns, Bone Daddies Kensington will bring the two menus together offering their signature ramen and hirata buns will appear on the same menu.
In a nutshell: Mini Lardo in Hackney
Where is it? 158 Sandringham Rd, Hackney Downs, London E8 2HS
Why should you care? This smaller version of the Lardo original focuses mostly on pizza and pasta and also offers take away and delivery.
In a nutshell: Pizza in Wanstead
Where is it? 34-38 High Street, Wanstead, London E11 2RJ
Why should you care? From the folk behind the Lauriston in Victoria Park, comes Luppolo, a neighbourhood pizzeria with a focus on craft beer. Luppolo, which means hops in Italian, will serve up stone baked pizza with toppings either made in house or sourced from Italy.
In a nutshell: All-day breakfast
Where is it? 139 Brick Lane, London E1 6SB
Why should you care? Ever wish you could just eat breakfast cereal all day long - then this cafe is just what you need. They'll have 100 different cereals, 12 different varieties of milk and 20 different toppings on offer.
In a nutshell: Acciuga does a wine bar.
Where is it? 62-63 Long Lane, London EC1A 9EJ
Why should you care? The man behind Acciuga is opening a wine bar in the City which will showcase all kinds of Italian food and drink. On the wine list will be almost 150 Italian red and white wines, sparkling wines, champagne and spirits as well as cocktails. There'll also be pasta and chocolate for sale.
In a nutshell: Tapas in Spitalfields
Where is it? 60 Wentworth St, London E1 7TF
Why should you care? The original Soho Copita was a huge hit and this Spitalfields follow-up promises to be even bigger as well as adding an outside terrace. Expect slightly larger dishes, a big Spanish wine list, plenty of sherry and more.
In a nutshell: Fresh fish and more cooked to order on King's Road
Where is it? 495 King’s Road London SW10
Why should you care? This all-day restaurant and underground bar will be taking over the space which was once the World's End Pub - and they're looking to design it in a way that makes the most of its heritage. The main focus is going to be on locally sourced "market fresh" produce with a regularly changing menu to reflect the seasonality of the food.
In a nutshell: BBQ in the City
Where is it? 46 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT
Why should you care? This popular street food spot is getting a permanent home with short ribs, wagyu brisket, tacos, smoked mac n' cheese and more on the menu. Plus there's another bar downstairs, 46 and Mercy, serving cocktails.
In a nutshell: Recycled Theatre restaurant
Where is it? 101 Upper Ground, South Bank, London, SE1 9PP
Why should you care? As part of its complete refurbishment (and following the recent "House" restaurant opening) this is billed as a "neighbourhood restaurant".
In a nutshell: Bar and dining room in Mayfair
Where is it? 10 Shepherd Market, Mayfair
Why should you care? This small restaurant in Mayfair is in the newly refurbished Shepherd Market and features Tomos Parry - former head chef at Climpson's Yard and YBF winner for best chef of the year - in the kitchen.
In a nutshell: London's first paleolithic and specialist 'free-from' restaurant
Where is it? 115 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UP
Why should you care? If you don't know what the paleo diet is, that means only ingesting ingredients available to early humans so no dairy products, grains, legumes, processed oils or refined sugars. This restaurant specialises in that and lots more.
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood kitchen and bar from Borough Wines
Where is it? 52 Wilton Way, London E8 1BG
Why should you care? This latest opening from Borough Wines takes the place over from Mayfields. Head chef Millie Wilson is creating sharing plates including raclette toastie with chicory and truffle oil, pork scratchings with borlotti beans and fried shrimps with basil aioli. There's also a bar if you just want to pop in for a drink.
In a nutshell: Affordable high-end seafood in Soho
Where is it? St. Anne's Court, London, W1F
Why should you care? Goodman restaurants, the people behind the VERY successful Burger and Lobster are on a mission to make high-end seafood more affordable to Londoners. Expect Sicilian red prawns, oysters, whole sole and lots more at rock bottom prices as well as wine on draft.
In a nutshell: Chelsea burgers
Where is it? 127 King’s Road London SW3 4PW
Why should you care? A big success when it came to Soho late in 2012, this is the second restaurant for the fledgling Beirut burger joint. It'll seat 100 across two floors offering a similar burger menu to Soho as well as a brunch menu - and there will be takeaway too.
In a nutshell: Lobster in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 55 Goodge Street, London W1W 1TQ
Why should you care? Fraq's is a small (30-seater) eat in and takeout restaurant with a brief menu featuring East Coast American specials and focusing on lobster and seafood.
In a nutshell: Italian pizza by Russians in London
Where is it? 19 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8ED
Why should you care? Following on from Novikov's very successful Mayfair restaurant, another Russian export is joining them. Bocconcino is a chain of pizza/ pasta restaurants from Moscow.
In a nutshell: Premium kebabs in Clerkenwell
Where is it? 45-47 Clerkenwell Road EC1M 5RS
Why should you care? Chifafa is a new restaurant offfering "kebabs made good" in Clerkenwell. According to the owner "We have had enough of the perception of the kebab as drinking man's turkey twizzler and intend to make the kebab respected rather than ridiculed."
In a nutshell: Draft House in the East end
Where is it? 80 Columbia Road, Bethnal Green, London E2 7QB.
Why should you care? The latest from Charlie Mc Veigh's Draft House group is another departure from the norm, much like their recent Bump Caves. This takes a bit of that and a bit of the Draft House to create Birdcage, as well as adding pie and mash to fit in with their east end location.
In a nutshell: Late night sarnies in Crouch Hill
Where is it? 19 Crouch Hill, London N4 4AP
Why should you care? Described as a hot sandwich shop, with seats and booze, that’s open really late, this is the new venue from Max Halley (previously Salt Yard and LeCoq) and the business idea was based on enabling customers to "do my four favourite things: Drinking booze, eating sandwiches, staying up late and not getting ripped off."
In a nutshell: Pub/hotel with ex River Cottage chef
Where is it? 150 Norwood Rd, Herne Hill, London SE24 9AY
Why should you care? This revamped pub and hotel sees chef Daniel Stevens, of River Cottage, and L’atelier des Chefs, heading up the kitchen.
In a nutshell: Ivy expands
Where is it? 1 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8PS
Why should you care? This restaurant is being referred to as the "little sister of The Ivy but with its own distinct character" so expect to find versions of famous Ivy dishes on offer.
In a nutshell: Breakfast in bed
Where is it? 62-164 Lower Richmond road Putney SW15 1LY
Why should you care? The Brew chain (Wandsworth, Battersea and Wimbledon) is expanding with a huge new HQ in Richmond. You can even book their Bedouin inspired beds for Bollinger Champagne and a waiter to serve you your personalised “breakfast in bed” menu.
In a nutshell: NYC Deli in Shoreditch
Where is it? 28 Scrutton Street, Shoredtich, London, EC2A 4RP
Why should you care? This is a New York inspired deli in Shoreditch, serving breakfasts, sandwiches, salt beef, pulled port, short ribs and more.
In a nutshell: NYC deli/Café specialising in salt beef/ Smoked Salmon
Where is it? Goodge Street, W1
Why should you care? This bar is based on NYC delis/bars like Katz and will focus on salt beef and smoked salmon alongside a lot more Jewish-deli inspired fair.
In a nutshell: Persian in Knightsbridge
Where is it? 9 Knightsbridge Green, London SW1X 7QL
Why should you care? This is the second Kateh, having also opened in Maida Vale. This restaurant will focus on a breadth of Persian cuisine, seven days a week.
In a nutshell: Pricey steak & raw bar
Where is it? 60 Threadneedle St, London EC2R 8HP
Why should you care? This trio of restaurants is from an ex MD of Gaucho and features a mix of a grill, raw bar and your more standard bar. It's not for everyone, though as the costs of steaks will run as high as £139... Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? November 21
In a nutshell: European/Middle East restaurant in Shoreditch
Where is it? 68-80 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL
Why should you care? Jago is the first restaurant from Louis Solley, who used to head up Ottolenghi in Notting Hill. He's now opening an all-day restaurant in Shoreditch with a focus on European and Ashkenazi inspired cuisine.
In a nutshell: The Dairy gets a sibling restaurant
Where is it? 148 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6BX
Why should you care? Situated on Clapham Manor Street, the Manor will see the Dairy's Dean Parker heading up the kitchen in this restaurant from the people behind Clapham's hugely popular The Dairy. As the new restaurant is just down the road from The Dairy, they'll still be able to use the produce from the rooftop garden and beehives, while Delicatessen will supply the homemade charcuterie.
In a nutshell: "Mostly Chinese" in Dalston
Where is it? 511 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AR
Why should you care? Located close to Dalston Junction Station, the restaurant (its name translates to rice bucket) is serving up mostly Chinese food but, as owner Wai Wan explains "ultimately the menu has no boundaries...
The Grill at the Dorchester (re-launch)
In a nutshell: Ducasse takes over the Grill
Where is it? 153 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA
Why should you care? This is the latest of Alain Ducasse's growing empire across London as his protege takes over the other restaurant at the Dorchester and lays on a brand new menu and look.
In a nutshell: Islington pub
Where is it? 59 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0NY
Why should you care? This is a new pub that's taking over from the recently closed O'Neills on Upper Street (and you'll notice that O Neills pubs all over town are getting a similar "individual" makeover"). Expect food from Ruby Jeans Diner too - an American diner style offering with plenty of burgers, hot dogs, nachos, wings and more.
In a nutshell: Cuban sandwiches, craft beers & more on
Where is it? 125 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0UH
Why should you care? The folk behind Clerkenwell pub the Blacksmith and Toffeemaker are branching out northwards on the site of the former White Rabbit Cocktail Club. This is being billed as a cafe bar and event space. By day it'll serve up coffee and cake but in the evening it "will turn into more of a boozy drinking den".
In a nutshell: Wine family opens standalone restaurant
Where is it? 15 New Burlington Place, London, W1S 2HX
Why should you care? The Frescobaldi family are apparently "one of Italy’s oldest and most respected wine dynasties and now they’re opening a British outpost of their popular Dei Frescobaldi restaurants. The food will "celebrate Tuscany’s rich gastronomic tradition, but with their own contemporary twist".
In a nutshell: Gordon grabs another street
Where is it? 3 - 9 Heddon Street London W1B 4BE
Why should you care? Following the success of Bread Street Kitchen in the City, Gordon's set his sights on Mayfair for a follow-up. Find out more.
In a nutshell: Bombay Café comes to Granary Square
Where is it? Stable Street, London N1C
Why should you care? This is the third Dishoom Bombay Cafe to open after successes in Covent Garden and Shoreditch. Expect a similar all day Indian menu at this restaurant which will be one of the largest in the area.
In a nutshell: Organic pub meets organic produce
Where is it? 30 St Peter's Street, Islington, London N1
Why should you care? Riverford, best known for their organic food deliveries, have also previously held London pop-ups as well as running their own Riverford Field Kitchen at their farm in Devon. But now they're settling down as they partner with organic pub, The Duke Of Cambridge in Islington, to run a menu by head chef Benoit Berenger with food from the farm.
108 Brasserie (re-launch)
In a nutshell: Marylebone relaunch
Where is it? 108 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2QE
Why should you care? 108 Brasserie (formerly 108 Bar and Grill) is just coming out from a complete makeover, and with a new name too. The 108 Bar and Grill has been transformed into what they're aiming to be "truly local dining experience".
In a nutshell: Danish in Notting Hill
Where is it? Golborne Road, Notting Hill
Why should you care? This is a combined Danish cafe and deli opening in Notting Hill. Expect a very Danish all-day menu in very Danish surroundings.
In a nutshell: Lobster (not burger)
Where is it? 26-28 Binney Street, London W1K 5BN
Why should you care? Not content with a gradual takeover of London with Burger and Lobster, Goodman restaurants are launching Smack lobster deli which will concentrate on a range of lobster rolls as well as whole prepared lobsters.
In a nutshell: Japanese in Belgravia
Where is it? 21 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0JW
Why should you care? This new Japanese restaurant features all-Japanese kitchen staff, a Head Chef who was a founding chef at Zuma and also boasts a pretty spectacular setting in a Grade II building.
In a nutshell: All-day Provencal restaurant
Where is it? 8-10 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4QA
Why should you care? This all-day Provencal restaurant will offer "coffees and brunch throughout the day as well as more of a restaurant and bar atmosphere in the evenings." Simon Conboy, the previous executive chef at The Ivy and Rivington Grill in Dubai is Exec chef and it comes from Charlie McLean who used to be at Cau and Gaucho.
In a nutshell: Roka expands again
Where is it? Ground Floor West Front, Aldwych House, 71-91 Aldwych, WC2
Why should you care? Another expansion for Rainer Becker's Roka, the modern Japanese restaurant Roka with its signature focus, the Robata grill. As with the Mayfair opening earlier in 2014, this will add a few dishes unique to the Aldwych location on top of the more familiar elements of the menu.
In a nutshell: Gallery restaurant revamp
Where is it? Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN
Why should you care? This is a complete re-launch of the restaurant in the Wallace collection - in a space that is "as close as possible to al fresco without being outdoors". Expect French inspired cuisine using British produce.
In a nutshell: Marylebone restaurant with El Bulli trained chef
Where is it? 35 New Cavendish St, London W1G 9TR
Why should you care? This Matylebone fine dining restaurant has El Bulli trained chef Alfonso Lillo Fas running the kitchen and features a mix of fish from the raw bar as well as grilled meats and fish.
In a nutshell: British restaurant in Soho
Where is it? 187b Wardour Street, W1F 8ZB
Why should you care? Forget No Reservations, a new Soho restaurant opening on Wardour Street is boasting that it's reservations-only and the menu here will consist of small plates with a very British flavour.
In a nutshell: Greek deli and restaurant from Real Greek founder
Where is it? Arthouse, 1 York Way, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AS
Why should you care? This new Greek restaurant and deli comes from the man who founded The Real Greek. Its kitchen will "focus on food from Greek regions and the Eastern Mediterranean basin" while the "food store" will offer a range of Greek cheese, charcuterie, honey and more.
In a nutshell: Lobster every which way
Where is it? 111 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NQ
Why should you care? There's a completely lobster-focused menu at this Fitzrovia restaurant. Expect lobster mac n’ cheese, lobster tails and deep-fried legs, claws and knuckles served in rolls.
In a nutshell: Thai Barbecue in Soho
Where is it? 7 Denmark Street, London WC2H 8LZ
Why should you care? This Thai barbecue restaurant in Soho features a chef from the Begging Bowl, Zeren Wilson on the wine list, and a short daily menu with a focus on cooking over wood and with traditional pestles & mortars.
In a nutshell: Richard Caring's American restaurant and bar goes west
Where is it? Hotham House, 1 Heron Square TW9 1EJ
Why should you care? This is the latest of Richard Caring's Jackson and Rye restaurants (there's one in Soho and another in Chiswick) which specialise in American cuisine and cocktails.
In a nutshell: Revamped gastropub in St John's Wood
Where is it? 23–24 Aberdeen Place, St John's Wood, London, NW8 8JR.
Why should you care? This revamped pub in St John's Wood will have an ex Pollen Street Social chef in charge, and a mix of British and contemporary Lebanese cuisine.
In a nutshell: Italian beach themed restaurant
Where is it? 461-465 North End Road, Fulham, London SW6 1NZ
Why should you care? This Italian restaurant and bar in Fulham Broadway will feature sunloungers and vintage arcade games to set the scene for the beach-themed restaurant. Expect thin Italian filled flatbreads sharing dishes and beach-themed cocktails.
In a nutshell: Wintery rooftop eating at Selfridges
Where is it? The roof of Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1H 6HB
Why should you care? This is the second rooftop installation on the roof of Selfridges, from the people who brought you Q Grill. This time expect more wintery food but it's the hot chocolate cocktail bar that we'll be making a beeline towards.
Wild Game Co
In a nutshell: Game pop-up goes permanent
Where is it? 65 Charlotte St, London W1T 4PQ
Why should you care? The Wild Game Co are best known for a very popular series of pop-ups and residencies across town. Now they're settling down in their own restaurant. Expect dishes like venison chateaubriand, a highland beef burger, stovies and more.
In a nutshell: Latest from the Quarter Group
Where is it? 11 Barkston Gardens, London
Why should you care? This is the latest cafe, bar and restaurant from the Quarter Group - an all day dining restaurant attached the the Hotel Indigo Kensington. There's a deli with locally sourced artisan produce too.
In a nutshell: Soho trailer heads to Kentish Town
Where is it? 157 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 8PD
Why should you care? This streetfood trailer from Soho has found its permanent home in Kentish Town, where they'll be serving the same Cantonese food that's gone down so well in Soho. And they;re also planning Chinese-style Sunday roasts.
In a nutshell: Mayfair pub gets a refurb.
Where is it? 20 October 2014 at 41 Farm Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5RP
Why should you care? It's probably best known for having once belonged to Madonna's ex, Guy Ritchie. But now under new management, the Punchbowl in Mayfair is reopening with a new look and menu.
In a nutshell: Very small sushi restaurant with big-name chef
Where is it? 12 New Burlington Street, London W1S 3BH
Why should you care? Mitsuhiro Araki, whose Tokyo restaurant had three Michelin stars is heading to London. That's the good news. The bad news is that the restaurant will accommodate just nine people up at the dining counter and six in a private dining room.
In a nutshell: Ceviche pop-up goes permanent
Where is it? 1st Floor, Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B 5PW
Why should you care? They've been running pop-ups around the capital for a few years, but now Senor Ceviche have moved to a permanent site in Soho. Expect signature ceviches, Peruvian BBQ and plenty of pisco sours.
In a nutshell: Skye Gyngell at Somerset House
Where is it? Somerset House, Lancaster Place, London WC2R 1LA
Why should you care? Spring is Skye Gyngell's first solo venture, who had such a big success at Petersham Nurseries. She'll be setting up shop in the "new" wing of Somerset House which hasn't been open to the public for 150 years and serving fair like Grilled langoustine with seaweed butter and Roasted turbot with porcini and bone marrow.
In a nutshell: Upmarket fish & chips comes to the City
Where is it? Dashwood House, 69 old Broad Street, London EC2M 1QS
Why should you care? Already popular in Islington, this will be the second Fish and Chip Shop. Expect a similar menu to the original in a larger space that includes a terrace too.
In a nutshell: All-day cafe in Islington
Where is it? 290 St Pauls Road, Islington, London N1 2LH
Why should you care? This all-day cafe (with a booze licence for the evening) is just a couple of doors down from LeCoq and promises an evolving menu targeted at Islington locals.
In a nutshell: M1LK opens a cafe on Clapham Common
Where is it? 2 Rookery Road, Clapham Common, SW4 9DD
Why should you care? With room for 30 inside and 80 outdoors on a heated terrace this cafe will serve an all day menu, and have its own roof garden and plant nursery where founder Julian Porter will grow his own produce and micro herbs, to be used in the café. Expect locally sourced food and some special coffee too.
In a nutshell: Footballers become restaurateurs
Where is it? 692-694 Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 8AL
Why should you care? A bunch of big name footballers have clubbed together to bring a swanky Spanish restaurant chain to sunny Chigwell. La Sala, which has a flagship restaurant in Puerto Banus, is being backed by Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the former Birmingham City captain Stephen Carr among others. It's the first restaurant outside Spain for the La Sala group.
In a nutshell: Salmon-based restaurant in Belgravia
Where is it? 1 Pont St, London SW1X 9EJ
Why should you care? This restaurant chain has been established in the Middle East, with restaurants in Lebanon, Jeddah and Dubai, and now they've settled on a London home in Belgravia (taking over from Palm). Expect smoked salmon galore and a lot more on the menu.
In a nutshell: Shopping and ramen
Where is it? Selfridges Food Hall, Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB?
Why should you care? One of London's most popular ramen restaurants sets up shop in Selfridges with this new ramen bar, offering the best of their menu right in the heart of the shopping mecca.
In a nutshell: Japanese Ramen chain comes to London
Where is it? Central St Giles
Why should you care? Originally from Fukokoka, this ramen chain has expanded all over the world, and the first London UK is planned for Central St Giles.
In a nutshell: Classic revamped
Where is it? 16 Bury St, Mayfair, London SW1Y 6AJ
Why should you care? One of Mayfair St James’ finest dining establishments is getting a refresh this autumn – except this is far more than a new lick of paint. Quaglino’s, the iconic restaurant and late-night venue, is undergoing a full-scale renovation under the direction of D&D London and Russell Sage studios.
In a nutshell: Peruvian in Marylebone
Where is it? 18 Thayer St, W1U 3JY, London
Why should you care? Another addition to London's growing Peruvian scene is coming to Marylebone in October with Pachamama. The restaurant is promising "dishes that reflect the spectrum of influences in Peruvian cuisine using the finest of locally-sourced, seasonal British produce." (50% off food until 14 October)
In a nutshell: Caribbean in Ealing
Where is it? 16 High Street, Ealing, London, W5 5DB
Why should you care? This Caribbean restaurant and bar has locations all over the UK, but this is their first in London. Expect plenty of jerk ribs, pulled jerk pork, duck rolls, Jamaican fried bait and lots more - washed down with lots of rum cocktails.
In a nutshell: Great beer plus bar food to soak it up
Where is it? Torrens Street, Angel, London EC1V 1NQ
Why should you care? They'll be brewing their own beer on the premises but also BEER CAN CHICKEN!
In a nutshell: Soho House diner for Holborn
Where is it? 199-206 High Holborn, Camden, London, WC1V 7BD
Why should you care? This is the new American-style restaurant being run by Soho House at the oh-so-trendy Hoxton Hotel in Holborn.
In a nutshell: Dining on a superyacht
Where is it? Sunborn London hotel, Royal Victoria Dock London, E16 1XL
Why should you care? If you like the idea of pretending you're a billionaire whilst watching the boats zip past on the Thames this is for you.
In a nutshell: Hidden rotisserie in Midtown
Where is it? 199-206 High Holborn, Camden, London, WC1V 7BD (but see below for details)
Why should you care? There are a lot of fans of this chicken-only establishment but this is the first one they've opened in central London.
In a nutshell: American shrimp co. comes to London
Where is it? Trocadero, 7-14 Coventry St, Piccadilly Circus, London W1D 7DH
Why should you care? The first UK Bubba Gump restaurant has been on the cards for a long time, but now it looks like it's actually going to happen (signs are up and everything!). This American seafood chain will take over the site that once hosted Planet Hollywood, offering all manner of shrimps and more.
In a nutshell: Stoke Newington Burgers
Where is it? 129 Stoke Newington High St
Why should you care? Burger Bear is another street-food burger joint that has built up a big following and are also the latest to grab a permanent space. This sees them joining up with the Bear Hug Brewery to supply burgers and beer to Stokey locals.
In a nutshell: Revamped pub in Bethnal Greem
Where is it? 441 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AN
Why should you care? Fans of the Discount Suit Company on Petticoat Lane Market should look out for The Sun Tavern. Open all day, the pub will serve up pastries and freshly brewed coffees from Bethnal Green’s Square Mile roastery in the morning, as well as bar snacks throughout the day.
In a nutshell: Ecuadorian ceviche
Where is it? 116a St. Annes Court, London W1F 0BG
Why should you care? Eaten Ecuadorian food recently/ever? Us neither, which is why we're mildly intrigued by the idea of Tostado. The restaurant will specialise in ceviche and will also offer their own twist on an English breakfast menu in addition to a selection of soups and stews.
In a nutshell: Irish fish restaurnt from Belgium comes to London
Where is it? 63 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7PP
Why should you care? This fish restaurant comes from the same people behind Belgium's Bia Mara restaurant and takes over the space that used to hold Ttattoria Lucca (which has been in Camden for over 50 years).
In a nutshell: South Bank Mondrian with NYC chef
Where is it? 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD
Why should you care? The Mondrian Hotel on the South Bank takes over the Sea Containers building and will have a riverside bar and brasserie, as well as a rooftop lounge. Seamus Mullen of New York's highly rated Tertulia is in charge of the restaurant while Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr. Lyan) is looking after the cocktail bar.
In a nutshell: The Shed's next restaurant
Where is it? 172 Kings Road, London,SW3 4UP
Why should you care? A couple of years after the successful launch of The Shed in Notting Hill, The Gladwin brothers are back with their follow up, Rabbit. This time it'll be a "celebration of wild British food" in Chelsea.
In a nutshell: Bunnychow comes to Soho
Where is it? 74 Wardour Street, London W1F 0TE
Why should you care? This is Bunnychow's first restaurant (following Boxpark) with plenty more planned, Expect South African food served inside a mini loaf.
In a nutshell: Italian in Covent Garden
Where is it? 1-5 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JZ
Why should you care? This 100 seater Italian restaurant will serve up a daily menu on two floors, split into small plates, pasta dishes, sandwiches and meats from The Rare Breed Meat Company in Colchester.
In a nutshell: Crazy golf in Shoreditch
Where is it? Factory 7, 7-11 Hearn St, London, EC2A 3LS
Why should you care? We've already had boozy/foodie ping pong, so it's time for the next (slightly more sedate) craze - crazy golf. This is taking over a warehouse in East London and sees plenty of street food traders joining in.
In a nutshell: Hoxton comes to Holborn with Soho House in tow.
Where is it? 199-206 High Holborn, Camden, London, WC1V 7BD.
Why should you care? This new Holborn hotel features Hubbard & Bell, described as "top nosh with a French-American twist" and Chicken Shop in the basement - both from Soho House. Plus there will be coffee from Holborn Grind.
In a nutshell: Wine-led restaurant on Peminsula Square
Where is it? Peninsula Square, London SE10 0SQ
Why should you care? Greenwich Kitchen is a new all-day restaurant coming to Greenwich last week with a strong focus on wine. Its general manager is Alice Bernigaud whose background includes both 20:50 and Bistro Du Vin while their master sommelier Gearoid Devaney has earned his wine stripes at Tom Aikens and Pierre Gagnaire in Paris.
In a nutshell: Meat-free ethical food restaurant
Where is it? 48 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8DX
Why should you care? The self-service, ethical restaurant will have eat in or takeaway options, customers can build their plates with a variety of dishes inspired by different countries. There'll also be space to eat outdoors.
In a nutshell: Marcus Wareing at Seven Dials
Where is it? 4 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9NY
Why should you care? Tredwell's is from Marcus Wareing, but he'll taking the role of restaurateur here, while concentrating on the kitchen at MARCUS. Here, Chantelle Nicholson is taking charge of what will be a "casual but informed restaurant - food you like when you like."
In a nutshell: Corbin & King become hoteliers
Where is it? Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair, London W1K 6TF
Why should you care? Corbin and King are taking over this art deco building in Mayfair to create a 75 room hotel. The hotel's restaurant will be called The Colony Grill Room. In a recent missive about their plans it seems that the hotel is going to be redolent of the era of Grand Hotel grill rooms.
In a nutshell: Kurobuta meets Whisky Mist
Where is it? 92B Old Brompton Road, London SW7 5LF
Why should you care? Adam (Whisky Mist and Mahiki) has teamed up with Kurobuta's Scott Hallsworth to open Ramusake to bring "the underground speakeasy vibe of New York's East Village" to a basement restaurant and bar on the Old Brompton Road.
In a nutshell: Rita's does an underground bar
Where is it? 175 Mare St, London E8 3RH
Why should you care? Rita's are opening up the space in the basement, previously kept back for private events, as a new bar Night Elm. They're viewing the bar as "a return to our pop-up days" being close in spirit to the original Rita's at Birthdays. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? September 17
In a nutshell: Roka's daytime diner
Where is it? Under Roka Charlotte Street, 37 Charlotte St, London W1T 1RR
Why should you care? Roka Charlotte Street's Shochu Lounge is celebrating its 10th anniversary by transforming during the daytime to a new diner. Open lunchtime Monday - Friday, expect ramen, Hirata buns and more.
In a nutshell: Lantana's evening alter ego.
Where is it? Fitzrovia (13 Charlotte Place, London W1T1SN) and Shoreditch (1 Oliver's Yard, 55 City Rd, London EC1Y 1HQ)
Why should you care? Lantana currently has two popular cafés run by Shelagh Ryan and Michael Homan - one in Fitzrovia and another in Shoreditch, the latter specifically based on Melbourne cafés. Until now, they've been strictly daytime affairs - but now they're both going to open in the evening under a new name "Shin Dig".
In a nutshell: Brighton fave comes to London
Where is it? 52 Cambridge Street, London SW1V 4QQ
Why should you care? The boutique Artists Residence hotel will be in Pimlico, a short walk from Victoria and they'll be bringing Brighton's 64 Degrees with them as the hotel's restaurant. The small plates restaurant has been getting rave reviews down there, so it should get a great reception in London too.
In a nutshell: Stately home meets bar and brasserie
Where is it? 42 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HU
Why should you care? This all-day brasserie and bar is from the people behind Reverend JW Simpson, Blitz Party and Prohibition and Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar. Their latest aims to combine everything they've done so far under one roof.
In a nutshell: Sager & Wilde's second wine bar
Where is it? 250 Paradise Row, London, E2
Why should you care? Sager & Wilde's Mission will have New Californian wines very much as the focus of the new venue. There will also be a list of classic American cocktails and a greater emphasis on food with James De Jong (previously at Islington's The Drapers Arms) in charge of a Californian influenced menu.
In a nutshell: Soho dessert bar
Where is it? 8 Broadwick Street, London W1F 8HN
Why should you care? Dessert bars are all the rage at the moment and this latest one is from the same person behind Paris cocktail bar Sherry Butt. Expect desseets served till midnight and paired with cocktails.
In a nutshell: Mayan cuisine in Covent Garden
Where is it? 167 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PG
Why should you care? This restaurant specialises in Mayan cuisine with burritos for lunch with steak, ceviche and more in the evening.
In a nutshell: Canvas reborn
Where is it? 1 Wilbraham Place, London SW1X 9AE
Why should you care? Canvas by Michael Riemenschneider opened in January in Marylebone as a "build your own" tasting menu restaurant. Earlier this summer, that restaurant closed - but Canvas is already about to make a return in an even bigger location (which will now seat 60 - up from 20 at the original).
In a nutshell: Hawaiian in Dalston
Where is it? Unit G2, Stamford Works 3 Gillette Street Dalston, East London, N16 8JH
Why should you care? This new Hawaiian restaurant comes from the same person behind Duke's Brew and Que who's now looking to bring Pacific cuisine - particularly Hawaii's "pokes" to London. Expect and eclerctic range of dishes and plenty of non-Tiki cocktails.
In a nutshell: Tartines in Covent Garden
Where is it? Unit 30, The Market Building, Covent Garden
Why should you care? This will specialise in French tartines, which will be inspired by the recipes of the owner Aurelia Delclos' grandmother (that's where the name comes from). Expect a very French look to the establishment.
In a nutshell: Seasonal cocktails in Brixton
Where is it? 336 Cold Harbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8QH
Why should you care? The folk behind this bar are Chris Edwards and Dave Tregenza who have worked at the Adam St private members club, the Baltic, Northbank restaurant and drake & Morgan. Fresh cocktails using local, seasonal & homegrown ingredients will live alongside a weekly changing menu of seasonal snacks such as terrines, tartares & carpaccios designed to match with the drinks.
In a nutshell: Japanese ramen bar comes to London
Where is it? 64 St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8LE
Why should you care? Kanada-Ya comes from Yukuhashi, Japan where it was set up by Kanada Kazuhiro in 2009 to produce a new style of ramen and it has a popular outpost in Hong Kong too. This is the first in Europe - and they're also planning some pop-ups around the country soon. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? August 27
In a nutshell: Bar goes south
Where is it? 6 Bevis Marks, London EC3A 7BA
Why should you care? The Alchemist makes a move from Manchester and Leeds into the City. It's an all-day restaurant and bar (big too, with space for over 150). Expect experimental cocktails and an eclectic all-day menu. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? August 26
In a nutshell: Ramen mash-up in Islington
Where is it? 105-106 Upper St, London N1 1QN
Why should you care? The twist for this ramen joint is its mash-ups between traditional ramen and other cuisines. That's been showcased in the recent pop-ups which has had British, Korean or American takes on Ramen (as well as, of course, the traditional Japanese approach).
In a nutshell: Dirty Burger in the east
Where is it? The Tea Building, 13 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
Why should you care? After successful openings in Kentish Town and Vauxhall (plus a mash-up with Chicken Shop at Whitechapel) this latest opening is in Shoreditch's Tea Building. The usuals will be on offer - The basic Dirty Burger, the Dirty Bacon and the veggie Dirty Cop Out (portobello mushroom based). They'll have "Dirty Doughnuts" too.
In a nutshell: Tom Aikens on the docks
Where is it? Commodity Quay, St Katharine Docks.
Why should you care? This will be Tom Aikens' fourth Tom's Kitchen in London. It's in the new Commodity Quay, overlooking all the posh yachts, with an extra floating pontoon planned for later in the year. Seating 130 (with private dining room and events space too), it'll offer similar fare to the other restaurants.
In a nutshell: Fulham pub expands to Hammersmith
Where is it? 115 Dalling Road, London, W6 0ET.
Why should you care? Already popular in Fulham, the Butcher's Hook is due to open a second venue, this time taking over the space that used to house the Thatched House. It'll also have a chef who used to work at Daphne's and Launceston Place at the helm.
In a nutshell: High-end burgers
Where is it? 95 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4PZ
Why should you care? This aims to do for burgers what the nearby Bubbledogs did for hot dogs. Expect Wagyu and foie gras on the menu.
In a nutshell: Burgers and pizza for weary shoppers
Where is it? John Lewis, 278-306 Oxford Street, London W1A 1EX.
Why should you care? Rossopomodoro began life in Naples back in 1999 and already has eight sites around the UK while the Ham Holy Burger restaurant will be new to most London foodies. The flagship John Lewis site is Ham Holy Burger's first UK restaurant for the cult Italian burger restaurant with three restaurants in Milan and Rome.
In a nutshell: Chicken and steak goes Bankside
Where is it? Metal Box Factory, Great Guildford Street, Bankside, SE1
Why should you care? Mark Hix's original chicken and steak venture Tramshed has been a big hit in Shoreditch, since spawning a City successor, Hixter. Now he's continuing to roll that out with a new Hixter coming to Bankside, round the corner from Tate Modern, this Summer (and with more Hixters waiting in the wings).
In a nutshell: Pilgrims' progress
Where is it? 11 Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW
Why should you care? After the success of their van, various appeances at festivals and the Soho pizzeria - Pizza Pilgrims have settled on a second home. But this isn't just a second restaurant - as well as their current popular pizzas it'll also have new varieties, monthly specials and seasonal toppings.
In a nutshell: Pies... in Putney
Where is it? 2 Putney High Street, London SW15 1SL
Why should you care? This Putney restaurant offers sweet and savoury pies handmade and served on the premises - along with a range of craft beers and ciders. They'll also be adding a large underground bar which will open on to Waterman’s Green by the River Thames.
In a nutshell: Wahaca residency on Brick Lane
Where is it? Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Why should you care? Mexican restaurant Wahaca is branching out with a new long-term residency that's starting at the Truman Brewery this July. It will be inspired by Mexico City (Distrito Federal) and will serve freshly prepared dishes with a US influence.
In a nutshell: Healthy fast-food sous vide
Where is it? St Paul’s, 5 Deans Court, EC4V 5AA
Why should you care? This new restaurant is launching in St Paul's and already has Farringdon and Aldgate earmarked for expansion. All the main items on the menu are sous-vide cooked and can be matched with sauces and extras in an effort to create a balanced healthy meal.
In a nutshell: Peruvian in Covent Garden
Where is it? 14 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9BJ
Why should you care? This is the second restaurant from Virgilio Martinez whose original in Fitzrovia was a big hit. This Covent Garden restaurant adds a ‘piqueos bar’ - the Peruvian equivalent of a tapas bar.
In a nutshell: All day dining in Fulham
Where is it? Eel Brook Common, New King’s Road, Fulham, London, SW6 4SE
Why should you care? Chef Brett Barnes will be putting together a menu that mixes British ingredients with European and North African influences at this all-day restaurant.
In a nutshell: Bakery turns to the restaurant business.
Where is it? 29 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2 9ED
Why should you care? Best known for cakes and sandwiches all over town, bakery group PAUL is now going to the next stage with the opening of an all-day brasserie in Covent Garden.
Silk and Grain
In a nutshell: Steak and cocktails
Where is it? 33 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND
Why should you care? This new city venue combines a ground floor cocktail bar with a first floor steak and grill restaurant.
In a nutshell: East London cocktails in the west.
Where is it? 17 Hanover Square, London W1S 1HU
Why should you care? Open from 3pm to 3am, this has an indoor marketplace for bright young designers, a cafe & juice bar, cocktail lounge, and a night club. It's the new venture by Jin Nilsson - former marketing director at Whisky Mist. Food-wise there'll be a short menu of dim sum, sashimi and gluten-free cakes, macarons and dessert shots.
In a nutshell: Italian single-choice menu.
Where is it? Sandy's Row, London E1 7HW
Why should you care? La Tagliata will focus on a single main course. For the meat eaters there's the signature tagliata - "thinly sliced steak served with Parmesan, cherry tomatoes and rocket, served with rosemary roasted potatoes or patate del pastore (slowly cooked potatoes in garlic and stock)." And if you're after the vegetarian option, there will be baked Scamorza – "an Italian cheese similar to mozzarella".
In a nutshell: Francesco Mazzei adds a caff
Where is it? 1 Snowden Street, EC2A 2DQ
Why should you care? Right next door to the original L'Anima this café will be a more casual affair focusing on quick pizza and pasta for those busy city folk and more regional Italian cooking.
In a nutshell: Beer & spirit den.
Where is it? 208 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2UP
Why should you care? Draft House are branching out with their first brand new bar a "dive bar and distillery" right beside the existing Draft House at Tower Bridge. Expect plenty of beers matched with shots (the beer and the bump).
In a nutshell: Loos become bar and restaurant.
Where is it? The Pavement, Clapham Common, Clapham, SW4 7AA
Why should you care? An old public convenience gets a see-what-they-did there rebrand as WC serving up wine and meat to Clapham residents.
In a nutshell: Abacus bar reborn
Where is it? 24 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3ND
Why should you care? This new bar/restaurant takes over the City place that used to house Abacus bar. Expect a mix of drinks and BBQ/rotisserie food.
In a nutshell: All-day Creloe in Camden.
Where is it? 20 Inverness Street, Camden, NW1 7HJ
Why should you care? Expect to find po’ boy sandwiches deep filled with roast beef and debris gravy, smoked chicken wings and Bayou beef croquettes as well as ribs (smoked on-site), crispy buttermilk chicken and crayfish gumbo.
In a nutshell: Tapas expansion
Where is it? 10 Adelaide Street, London WC2N 4HZ
Why should you care? The Hart Brothers (also behind Quo Vadis and Fino) are opening a second venue of Barrafina, the Soho tapas restaurant. While much on the menu will be familiar to diners at their current restaurant with a menu made up of classic and contemporary tapas, chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho is planning some entirely new dishes. Those dishes will probably be inspired by the Josper oven that's being installed here. Find out more
When can you try it for yourself? July 7
In a nutshell: British food with a restaurant based on the look of a traditional railway Pullman Coach.
Where is it? 1-3 Strand, Grand Buildings, London, WC2N
Why should you care? This all-day restaurant, focusing on traditional and contemporary British food, is being launched by Mark Harris who has previously worked at The Capital Hotel, Simon Parker Bowles’ Green’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, and Searcy’s at The Gherkin. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? July 7
In a nutshell: Beer from a machine via Forzawin
Where is it? Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Road, London, SE15 3SN
Why should you care? Forza Win – the nomadic Italian pop up – have announced details of their new home and this time it's permanent! After running successful projects all around London over the past three years, the team will open Peckham Dispensa (Italian for 'pantry') on the site of a former cash and carry in Peckham with a beer vending machine too.
In a nutshell: Sustainable restaurant in King's Cross.
Where is it? 47-51 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9BU
Why should you care? This new sustainable all-day restaurant comes from the same person behind Acorn House, a popular former sustainable King's Cross restaurant. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? July 4
In a nutshell: All day northern Italian food for the City.
Where is it? The Heron, 5 Moor Lane, London EC2Y 9AP
Why should you care? A new all-day Italian restaurant is coming to Moorgate, specialising in North east Italy's Ligurian cooking.
In a nutshell: Steak goes west
Where is it? 3 Yeoman’s Row, London SW3 2AL
Why should you care? It's the fifth Hawksmoor, who are arguably London's favourite steak providers. This latest restaurant promises "a bit of old school glamour and atmosphere and another menu that revolves around what we do best – amazing steaks from ethically reared British cattle and a few surprise dishes and cocktails which we’re currently perfecting”.
Regent's Park restaurants
In a nutshell: Benugo takes over the park
Where is it? Regent's Park
Why should you care? Benugo takes responsibility for all the Regent's Park restaurants with the Regent’s Bar & Kitchen will take over from The Garden Café and serve up family friendly dishes including wood fired pizzas, salads and healthy takeaways, a BBQ restaurant will open near the zoo and a smoothie and shake bar opening at The Hub and an espresso bar will take over the current Chester Road Kiosk. There will also be a kiosk on Marylebone Green and a Food Truck.
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood bistro
Where is it? 122a Fortess Road NW5 2HL
Why should you care? This is the new space for chef Paul Merrony who won plaudits for his work at The Giaconda Dining Rooms in town. It's an all day cafe/bistro which serves brunch at the weekends and classic French dishes for lunch and dinner.
In a nutshell: Notting Hill restaurant mixes tapas/mezze with French cooking
Where is it? 16 All Saints Road, London W11 1HH
Why should you care? This Notting Hill restaurant is run by chef/patron Rabah Ourrad, an Algerian rapper in Paris who used his time there to hone his culinary skills. He worked at Sketch, the Ledbury and Momo before starting Wormwood with his brother Akli. The menu here "spans the Mediterranean, but stands alone in its conformist refusal" so expect mezze/tapas with a French cooking flair.
In a nutshell: Classic french in Chelsea
Where is it? 4 Sydney Street, London SW3 6PP
Why should you care? This Chelsea brasserie has a lot of respected restaurant folk behind it who have worked at Brasserie St Jacques, The Greenhouse, Brown’s Hotel, The Ritz Hotel, Harry’s Bar and The Arch. Expect classic French brasserie dishes with a lot of trolley service too.
In a nutshell: Alyn Williams teams up with the Cornish Grill.
Where is it? 155 Homerton High St, London E9 6AS
Why should you care? Matt Chatfield of The Cornish Grill has roped in Alyn Williams from The Westbury AND the folk from The Quality Chophouse to lend a hand with the food for this revamped pub in Homerton.
In a nutshell: Steak restaurant expands
Where is it? 9 Denmark St, London WC2 H8LS
Why should you care? The original Flat Iron, offering affordable cuts of steak in the heart of Soho is about to expand. This second venue is the same size as the first and adds a new butcher counter and dessert from Paul A Young.
In a nutshell: Italian in the City.
Where is it? 110 Cannon St, London EC4N 6EU
Why should you care? City workers who fancy the idea of having fresh pasta at lunch should look out for Scarpetta. They're aiming to serve up pasta made with semolina flour which apparently makes the dishes lighter and healthier.
In a nutshell: Gallery kitchen.
Where is it? 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Why should you care? Run by Benugo - the group responsible for food and drink operations at many of London's museums and galleries - the Wellcome Kitchen will feature a daily changing menu of seasonal rustic food.
Dorsett Hotel Shepherd's Bush
In a nutshell: Asia restaurant chain comes to London
Where is it? 58 Shepherd's Bush Green, London W12 8QE
Why should you care? This is the first London hotel from an Asian hotel chain and promises to bring two new restaurants to the area. The first is Pictures, an all-day brasserie with some Asian dishes and there's a fine-dining Chines restaurant on the way too with an "extensive signature Chinese menu" (that's opening later in the year).
In a nutshell: Arabica Food & Spice Company trade in their market stall for a full-on restaurant
Where is it? 3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London, SE1.
Why should you care? This is the spiritual home and birthplace of Arabica. They started out at Borough Market, armed with little more than a cool box over 14 years ago and began selling a small range of mezze from an 8ft trestle table. The vibe they're going for at their Borough restaurant will be 1960’s Beirut meets 21st century London.
In a nutshell: Greek in Marylebone
Where is it? 10 Paddington St, London W1U 5QL
Why should you care? This all-day restaurant has the former Head Chef of Princi in the kitchen and Georgianna Hiliadaki and Nikos Roussos, founders of the two-Michelin starred restaurant Funky Gourmet in Athens as Consultant Chefs. Expect Earl Grey infused rice porridge for breakfast and for lunch and dinner dishes like grilled grouper, served in a squid ink bun with a tomato confit sauce. (Breakfast & lunch - dinner from July 3).
In a nutshell: Piri Piri chicken in west London
Where is it? 343 Fulham Road
Why should you care? Regulars of the Earl of Portobello pub may remember their pop-up there last summer. Well now they're back in what was formerly Exquisito in Fulham. The menu is sticking to the chicken theme with juust four choices for starters, mains and desserts. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? June 17
In a nutshell: Forzawin and former Terroirs and Rushmore Group folk open a pub
Where is it? 40 Commercial Street, London E1 6LP
Why should you care? Nico Treguer (rooftop growing entrepreneur) and Gareth Roberts (architect) have joined forces with Bash Redford (of Forza Win) to create a pub on top of which all fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown to supply the restaurant downstairs.. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? June 17
Bite Me Pizza
In a nutshell: Create your own pizza in Notting Hill
Where is it? 95 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UW
Why should you care? This Notting Hill (and eco friendly) pizza restaurant offers 30 toppings to choose from to help you make a bespoke pizza. Toppings include peperoni, tuna, pancetta, Napoli sausage, anchovies, organic artichoke hearts, free range Egg, mushrooms, black olives, sundried tomato, camembert, feta, gruyere, parmesan and gorgonzola.
In a nutshell: Bea (of Bloomsbury)'s American diner
Where is it? 1.7 Kingly Court, Carnaby, W1B 5PW
Why should you care?This all day diner will offer all the things that were a hit at Bea's Diner in Maltby Street - including Bea's new signature ‘Onion Blossom’ - a large onion which is cut to resemble a flower, battered in special spices and deep-fried.
In a nutshell: St John takes root at Maltby Street
Where is it? Arch 42, Maltby Street
Why should you care? The custard doughnuts at St John's bakery shop at Maltby street are much sought after, but now you'll be able to sit down and devour them on the spot which will be offering "breakfast, lunchtime savouries, fresh baked madeleines & hot chocolate, doughnuts". Plus there will be a wine shop too.
In a nutshell: Wine, cheese & meat in Hackney.
Where is it? 181 Clarence Road, London, E5 8EE.
Why should you care? This Hackney wine bar and deli will specifically focus on wines, cheeses and cured meat - with a particularly big focus on wine. Expect a few more dishes on the evening menu and a weekend brunch too.
In a nutshell: Contemporary Mexico in Clapham
Where is it? 32 Abbeville Road, London SW4 9NG
Why should you care? This Abbeville Road spot will specialise in contemporary food from around Mexico so expect enchiladas, ceviche, taquitos and homemade mole and guacamole, as well as a range of regularly changing specials.
In a nutshell: The Gordon's Wine Bar family moves down the road
Where is it? 31a Villiers Street, London WC2N 6ND
Why should you care? The people behind Gordon's Wine Bar are branching out with Villiers, on the same street. It's being billed as an all-day dining room, coming from the younger generation of the Gordon family. It will be open all day, offering coffee and breakfast in the morning and from mid-day there will be an informal, all-day menu of seasonal dishes.
In a nutshell: Heston tackles airport food
Where is it? Heathrow Terminal 2
Why should you care? Heston's first new restaurant since Dinner will be a must visit for many - but you'll only be able to visit if you're flying from Terminal 2. He's aiming for a more casual fare than usual, so expect the Heston treatment on burgers, pizzas and more. So closer to Little Chef than Fat Duck.
The Gorgeous Kitchen
In a nutshell: Decent airport food
Where is it? Heathrow Terminal 2
Why should you care? This airport restaurant comes from Sophie Michell (Pont Street), Jo Pratt, Gee Charman and Caroline Mi Li Artiss. They're aiming to be "a business lounge for non-business travellers" serving "quick, wholesome and seasonal dishes".
In a nutshell: Pizza pop-up goes permanent
Where is it? 105 Lower Clapton Road, E5 ONP
Why should you care? This pizza restaurant offers informal dine-in as well as takeaway and delivery to Hackney and the surrounding area. The Yard Sale team are three friends who ran a series of successful pop ups last summer using a pizza oven they built from scratch in their back garden.
In a nutshell: Corbin & King's next place
Where is it? 50 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HN
Why should you care? Coming from the people behind the Wolseley, Brasserie Zedel and The Delaunay, this new restaurant will "be evocative of early 20th Century Vienna".
In a nutshell: Firmdale's second Soho Hotel
Where is it? Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7LT
Why should you care? This is the latest boutique hotel from Firmdale (also behind the Soho Hotel and Charlotte Street hotel) with a new restaurant and bar attached - as well as an extensive outdoor courtyard.
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