We keep a running list of all the new London restaurants that have opened over the past year.
Here, you'll find the main new restaurant openings that have been creating a buzz in London recently, handily broken down month-by-month so you can see just when they opened.
What to find out all about the hottest new restaurants coming to London soon? Then check out our exhaustive list of upcoming restaurants.
In a nutshell: BBQ in Wandsworth
Where is it? 350 Old York Road, Wandsworth Town, London SW18 1SS
Why should you care? This BBQ grill spot is promising British premium aged steaks, chargrilled lobster and shellfish on the menu, along with ribs, "killer burgers" and superfood salads. (soft launch until 3 July)
In a nutshell: Hotbox do burgers
Where is it? 4 Commercial Street, London, E1 7PT
Why should you care? Hotbox have been serving up Chuck Burger at Hawker House and this is now their first standalone, permanent spot. Expect the same burgers, loaded fries and more. (soft launch until 30 June)
In a nutshell: Workspace and restaurant and more from Grand Union.
Where is it? Thomas More Square, London E1
Why should you care? The latest Grand Union is part workspace, part restaurant, part cocktail bar - as well as featuring a coffee shop by Vagabond AND a barber.
In a nutshell: Ex Palomar chef in Fitzrovia
Where is it? Fitzrovia - location TBC
Why should you care? Foley's Tasting Kitchen in Fitzrovia is headed up by Head Chef Mitz Vora - who's been Sous Chef at the ever-hot The Palomar. He's the sole creator of the menu at Foleys, which is "experimenting with food from around the world with trade route twists and influences".
Find out more. (Soft launch until June 30)
In a nutshell: Poke in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 3 Percy Street, London W1T 1DF
Why should you care? This LA inspiired poke bar features make-your-own poke bowls to eat in or take away and will have its own soft-serve ice cream machine too.
In a nutshell: Gravy dipped burgers in Brixton
Where is it? 64-68 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8PY
Why should you care? This is the latest in the very popular burger chain which specialises in serving gravy for dipping its burgers in (as well as more meat sarnies).
In a nutshell: Steak and spits in Shoreditch
Where is it? 77 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BS
Why should you care? Flat Iron originally started life as a residency in Shoreditch and now they're coming back. This time they've brought a huge spit roaster too, with lots of new specials.(Free steak on June 20)
In a nutshell: Ramen for Old Street
Where is it? The Bower, Old Street
Why should you care? This will be the third Bone Daddies in London, and will be a combo of bar counter and 60 seats. As with the others, it will be a no reservations place. Expect lots of the usual Bone Daddies favourites.
In a nutshell: Gallery restaurant with a view
Where is it? Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Why should you care? There's a big new gallery building coming to Tate Modern and that means a new restaurant and bar too. Expect the usual supporting of small local producers to be a big feature of the new menu.
In a nutshell: A riceatery in Haggerston
Where is it? 258 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4DG
Why should you care? This is the first permanent Ta Ta restaurant, best known for their residencies and stint in Druid Street Market. They're joining Curio Cabal to set up CURIO + TA TA in the Haggerston coffee shop. Expect a focus on dishes to pair with rice.
In a nutshell: French bistro in Hoxton
Where is it? 258 Kingsland Rd, London E8 4DG
Why should you care? This is and all-day French bistro from the people behind bars Happiness Forgets and Original Sin, Alastair Burgess and Chris Smith. It's aiming to bring the feel of a "cosy French bistro" to Hoxton and to make it affordable too.
In a nutshell: Beer and meatballs in Hackney
Where is it? 7 Canalside, Here East, Hackney Wick, E20 3BS
Why should you care? This is a collaboration between the founder of Five Points Bewery and street food vendors Capish. Expect lots of beers matched with plenty of Italian food - including Capish's signature subs.
In a nutshell: Steak in Fulham
Where is it? 461 North End Road, London SW6 1NZ
Why should you care? This is a self-styled "steak and liquor bar" that will have affordable steak for a tenner on its top floor and all manner of cocktails downstairs (with an emphasis on Sipsmith gin).
In a nutshell: Next from The Palomar
Where is it? 6 Neal’s Yard, Seven Dials, London WC2H 9DP
Why should you care? The hugely popular Palomar restaurant is getting a sibling. Their next restaurant is opening in Seven Dials and will feature food from the Barbary Coast of North Africa to Jerusalem.
In a nutshell: Turkey restaurant in Shoreditch
Where is it? 151-153 Commercial Street, London E1 6BJ
Why should you care? This restaurant originally came to life as a pop-up and now a permanent turkey-based restaurant is on the way. Sandwiches, drumsticks, pulled turkey - basically turkey every which way.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese in Greenwich
Where is it? 17 King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9JH
Why should you care? This is a new Vietnamese restaurant for Greenwich from the same people behind Noodle Street in Docklands. Expect pho (including lobster pho), bao buns, banh mi and more. Soft launch from June 12-17.
In a nutshell: Pizza in Finsbury Park
Where is it? 54 Blackstock Road, London N4 2DW
Why should you care? They're very popular in Clapton and now the second Yard Sale Pizza is coming to Finsbury Park. Expect the same five staple pizzas they are known and loved for with regularly changing specials.
In a nutshell: Holloway Road pizza
Where is it? 157 Holloway Road, London N7 8LX
Why should you care? Using a huge wood-fired oven that was hand crafted in Naples, this new pizza place for Holloway promises authentic pizzas with some great sounding toppings like pecorino cheese, truffle honey, asparagus, spicy orange sauce and toasted almonds. Soft launch until June 16..
In a nutshell: Healthy food in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 3 Tottenham Street, London W1T 2AF
Why should you care? This latest addition to the healthy food scene in London is a gluten and meat-free restaurant and has everything to take away too. Features the infamous massaged kale on the menu. Check out our reader offer.
In a nutshell: Adam Handling in Shoreditch
Where is it? 2 Ely's Yard, Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury Street E1 6QR
Why should you care? Adam Handling had huge success in Westminster and has now moved on to set up his own restaurant and this, a more casual spot in Shoreditch.
In a nutshell: Restaurant, bar, shop and more in Clerkenwell
Where is it? 63 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1M 5NP
Why should you care? This is latest of Terence Conran's Albions to come to London. This one features a very British restaurant (complete with a pie room) as well as a cocktail bar, shop, cheese room, raw bar and more.
In a nutshell: Hawaiian poke and matcha in Soho
Where is it? 28 D'Arblay St, Soho, London W1F 8EW
Why should you care? This is all part of a Japanese cafe being launched by Tombo, who also have a cafe in Kensington and are tea specialists. Expect lots of varieties of Hawaiian poke as well as Tombo Matcha Lattes, and Matcha brownies, cakes, sundaes and Matcha Soft Serve.
In a nutshell: Puglian in Highgate
Where is it? 1 Hampstead Ln, London N6 4RS
Why should you care? This is the second Ostuni for London - it's a restaurant that specialises in food from the Puglian region of Southern Italy.
In a nutshell: Kashmiri cuisine in Putney
Where is it? 18-20 Lacy Road, London SW15 1NL
Why should you care? This restaurant is from a husband and wife team who originally opened it in Singapore. The Putney restaurant features lots of traditional Kashmir dishes and more.
In a nutshell: Ex Michelin starreed chef opens a bakery
Where is it? Arch 373, Hemsley Place, London Fields, London E8 3SB
Why should you care? The Bread Station is billed as a Traditional Danish bakery and particularly noteworthy is that it's coming from Christoffer Hruskova. He's best known for being the Michelin-starred chef behind the late lamented North Road.
In a nutshell: A new chippy for Hackney
Where is it? 240 Graham Road, Hackney, London E8 1BP
Why should you care? Sutton and Sons are a fish and chip restaurnt best known for their original in Stoke Newington - with gish from their own Fishmongers. This is their third restaurant.
In a nutshell: Ivy Cafe goes south
Where is it? 75 High Street, Wimbledon Village, London SW19 5EQ
Why should you care? The latest of the Ivy Cafes to come to London. This one has the usual menu and a small terrace at the back too.
In a nutshell: Workspace and more with a view.
Where is it? 1 Blandford Street, London W1U 3DA.
Why should you care? This is a new Mediterranean restaurant from the person behind 28:50. Expect a big focus on wine here too.
In a nutshell: Coffee, wine, food and more in Hackney.
Where is it? 177-179 Morning Lane, London E9 6LH
Why should you care? This a new wine bar and restaurant run by Luke Ramsden whose CV includes time spent at the Arts Club and Home House and it's setting out to reinvent the local. Expect wines, craft beer and food from E5 Smokehouse.
In a nutshell: Workspace and more with a view.
Where is it? 29 All Saints Road, Notting Hill, London W11 1HE
Why should you care? This is a new riverside working space - a restaurant, bar, coffee shop and a work space all under one roof and all overlooking the Thames. It's the first London opening of the Coppa Club, with more on the way.
In a nutshell: Fish and chips in Notting Hill
Where is it? 29 All Saints Road, Notting Hill, London W11 1HE
Why should you care? The Chipping Forecast (we do like a good restaurant pun) is opening a permanent restaurant after being a stall on Berwick Street Market. Expect very fresh fish, triple cooked chips and more.
In a nutshell: Crazy golf in The City
Where is it? Brown’s Buildings – between St Mary Axe and Bury Street, London EC3A 4AF
Why should you care? This was a big hit in its Shoreditch incarnation and now it'll be back permanently in the City. Expect crazy golf, cocktails and street food all in one.
In a nutshell: Ex Dorchester chef's Hoxton cafe
Where is it? 16-18 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1EW
Why should you care? Christian Honor gave up The Dorchester to run his own Muswell Hill cafe and now he's ready to expand and is opening a new restaurant in Hoxton. The all-day restaurant will follow the current trend of cooking on an open fire grill and will have a daily changing menu.
In a nutshell: Dulwich restaurant expands
Where is it? 72 Westow Hill, London SE19 1SB
Why should you care? Popular South London neighbourhood spot The French House East Dulwich is expanding. The brainchild of local woman Audrey Michel who's originally from Alsace, the concept is simple - think 60s/70s French restaurant/bar à vin.
In a nutshell: Ice cream in King's Cross
Where is it? 3 Wharf Road, London N1C 4BZ
Why should you care? This is the second ice cream parlour from the popular Ruby Violet (the original is in Tufnell Park). Expect an ice-cream cafe with regularly changing flavours with a bit of a train theme too (givent the location).
In a nutshell: Buffalo wings in Hackney
Where is it? 3 Wharf Road, London N1C 4BZ
Why should you care? They were previously a stall in the Berwick Street Market and now they're the latest street food to go permanent. Expect many flavours of wings alongside chicken burgers too.
In a nutshell: Tom Sellers in Kensington
Where is it? 264 Brompton Road, London SW3 2AS
Why should you care? This is the next restaurant from Tom Sellers, who's behind the very popular Restaurant Story. He's joined up with Daniel Phippard for this restaurant which will have classic and contemporary influences.
In a nutshell: Wine bar and restaurant in Hackney
Where is it? 120-122 Morning Lane, London E9 6LH
Why should you care? This restaurant is from Magnus Reid, best known for the Rooftop Cafe near London Bridge. He's opening this wine bar and restaurant which features a seasonal menu and an ever changing wine list from small producers.
In a nutshell: Beer and more in the Bower
Where is it? The Bower, Old Street
Why should you care? This latest Draft House is split across two floors and they say it'll have a "utilitarian aesthetic" and is inspired by the "British brutalist architecture of the nearby Barbican." Expect all your usual Draft house favourites.
In a nutshell: Mele e Pere in Hackney
Where is it? Canalside, Here East, London E20 3BS
Why should you care? The people behind Soho's Mele e Pere are opening a new Italian trattoria in Hackney. Expect a regularly changing Italian menu, vermouth on tap and plenty of home-made goods to take away.
In a nutshell: Neapolitan pizza for Covent Garden
Where is it? 23 Garrick St, London WC2E 9BN
Why should you care? There's more pizza for Covent Garden as the Pizza Pilgrims boys open their fourth place. Expect the usual Neapolitan pizzas to eat in or take away.
In a nutshell: All-day breakfasts by the canal
Where is it? Here East, Unit 3 Canalside, London E15
Why should you care? They're hugely successful wherever they open so expect a few more queues when the latest Breakfast Club comes to the old Olympic Park.
In a nutshell: Moro goes east
Where is it? 195 Hackney Road, London E2 8JL
Why should you care? This latest expansion for Moro sees them head outside of Exmouth Market with a new all-day kitchen. Expect food from Spain, Morocco, Turkey and Crete - with a focus on dishes new to London.
In a nutshell: Italian by the Baglioni in Knightbridge.
Where is it? 60 Hyde Park Gate, London SW7 5BB
Why should you care? This restaurant is opening right next door to the Baglioni hotel in Knightsbridge. Expect a menu of Italian dishes made with the best of British ingredients.
In a nutshell: Healthy food for the City
Where is it? 107 Leadenhall Street, London EC3A 4AA
Why should you care? Farmer J are a healthy food spot in the City promising "wholesome, balanced, but above all tasty, fast food".
Burger Shack and Bar
In a nutshell: Standalone burger chack for Young's
Where is it? 27-29 Church Road, London SW19 5DQ
Why should you care? Youngs already have a number of Burger Shacks set up in their pubs - but this will be the first standalone site.
In a nutshell: Mexican in Exmouth Market
Where is it? 55-57 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QL
Why should you care? This Mexican restaurant first opened in Leeds back in 2013 and this will be their first London site. Inspired by the barbacoa markets of Oaxaca you'll find speciality sharing boards on offer alongside and feast menus.
In a nutshell: Meatballs and Champagne
Where is it? One New Change, Cheapside, London EC4M 9AF
Why should you care? In the first of a planned roll-out, Searcy's Champagne Bar is revamping into a meatballs and Champagne bar. Expect meatballs with pasta or ciabatta and more besides.
In a nutshell: Burgershack v2 in Fitzrovia
Where is it? The Social at 5 Little Portland St, London W1W 7JD
Why should you care? Top burger blogger Burgerac turned his obsession into reality by opening the first Burgershack and now he's bringing the follow-up to Fitzrovia.
In a nutshell: Caribbean in Notting Hill
Where is it? 157-159 Notting Hill Gate, London, W11
Why should you care? The latest Cottons (they're in Shoreditch and Camden) will bring Caribbean food to Notting Hill. It'll be a similar style to the others, with LOTS of rum behind the bar - over 300 types available and steel drum music in the evenings too.
In a nutshell: Wine bar on Fleet Steet
Where is it? St. Bride's Passage, London EC4Y 8EJ.
Why should you care? This latest wine bar is tucked away in the vaults of St Bride's church. Expect LOTS of wine to suit all tastes and small plates to match.
In a nutshell: Italian food in Old Street
Where is it? The Bower, 207C Old Street, London EC1V 9NR
Why should you care? This is the fourth Enoteca and Max Sali is incharge of front of house. He comes here via Locanda Locatelli and In the kitchen is Head Chef Claudio Illuminati, who hails from Tom Aikens and Zafferano. He's promising a menu featuring fish Carbonara with grated egg and ginger and an orange infused rabbit ragu.
In a nutshell: Indian dive bar on Shaftesbury Avenue
Where is it? 152-156 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8HL
Why should you care? This is aiming for an Indian dive bar feel - which means plenty of Indian dishes (aka "half plates") and lots of Indian inspired cocktails too.
In a nutshell: Chiswick pub from the people behind 11 Pimlico Road
Where is it? 97-199 Chiswick High Street, London W4 2DR
Why should you care? This Chiswick bar and restaurant will have plenty of space for alfresco dining come the summer as they've opened up a courtyard space at the back. On the food front expect "Antipodean-influenced food" - paired with a cocktail menu featuring house made syrups and sherbets.
In a nutshell: Plant led menu in Westbourne Grove
Where is it? 74-76 Westbourne Grove, London, W2
Why should you care? An all-day restaurant with healthy food as its main drive (very much roots-to-stem dining), Farmacy is planned as the first of many with more "grab and go" outlets coming later.
In a nutshell: Permanent residence for DJ Seth Troxler's BBQ
Where is it? Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, 2-4 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
Why should you care? This is the permanent residency of DJ and BBQ obsessive Seth Troxler. Expect lots of BBQ from lunch onwards (and brunch at the weekends - we like the sound of the house selection of French Toast & corn meal pancake) and they'll be serving a snack menu in the bar area of Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen.
In a nutshell: Cider and pizza in Whitechapel
Where is it? 16-18 Whitechapel Rd, London E1 1EW
Why should you care? The Stable has branches all over the UK but this is their first in London. All their restaurants feature locally inspired pizzas paired with a LOT of cider.
In a nutshell: All things lasagna in Soho
Where is it? 53 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D 7PG
Why should you care? This restaurant is another which focuses on just one thing - and in this case it's lasagna, with 21 types of lasagna on offer. All to eat-in or takeaway.
In a nutshell: German food and beer in Victoria
Where is it? 61-71 Victoria Street, London
Why should you care? This is a modern German bierkeller - which, yes, means beer cellar - and as such you can expect plenty of German beer and food. So expect lots of schnitzel, sausages and more.
In a nutshell: Truffles and Prosecco in Camden
Where is it? 11 Camden High Street, London NW1 7JE
Why should you care? This is a a Prosecco and truffles bar. Dishes on the menu include ??crostino? with truffle sauce and gnocco fritto with ?mozzarella? and ??mortadella? and plenty of truffled goodies to take away too.
In a nutshell: Hix moves department store
Where is it? Fenwick, 63 New Bond St, London W1A 1RQ
Why should you care? Having closed at Selfridges, Mark Hix's Mark’s at Fenwick of Bond Street takes over the old Bond and Brook restaurant on the department store's second floor. Expect an all-day restaurant in the usual Mark Hix style.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese in Peckham
Where is it? 46 Peckham Rye, London SE15 4JR
Why should you care? Banh Banh were previously in residence at the Bussey Building and this is their permanent location. A family run, they'll use recipes inspired by their grandmother who put together her own cookbook from her time as a chef in Saigon in the 40s.
In a nutshell: Charcoal meatfest in The City
Where is it? 6 Bury Court, London EC3A 8EP
Why should you care? This is the latest pop-up and residency to find permanent digs - offering up all manner of meat and fish cooked over charcoal with Eastern flavours. Expect your own beer on tap at your table too.
In a nutshell: Barbecue mini-chain comes to Covent Garden
Where is it? 25 Catherine St, London WC2B 5JS
Why should you care? Bodean's are opening their seventh place, in Covent Garden. They'll be taking over the space previously occupied by Russell Norman's Mishkin's serving up their up the usual BBQ fare.
In a nutshell: Italian in Putney
Where is it? 4 Chelverton Road, London SW15 1RH
Why should you care? Totide London is a partnership between three Italians - Marco, Mattia and Christian (who also has a restaurant back in Italy. Everything comes from the Emilia Romagna area of Italy with a lot of produce being flown in every week.
In a nutshell: Highly anticipated Thai restaurant.
Where is it? 43A Commercial Street, London E1 6BD
Why should you care? Headed by Andy Oliver, an ex-Nahm Chef and Tom George, a manager at Goodman Mayfair, Som Saa will aim to serve "great Thai food which uses a combination of quality British and Asian produce". Their temporary restaurant at Climpsons Arch was a big hit and this should be one of the biggest openings of 2016.
In a nutshell: Robata grill in Paddington.
Where is it? 34 Norfolk Place, London W2 1QW
Why should you care? This Paddington restaurant gets its name from the Robata grill which will be doing much of the work in the kitchen. Roba's chef, Andrea Secchi has plenty of Michelin experience, having worked with Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley
In a nutshell: Pizza in Chelsea
Where is it? 92-94 Waterford Road, London SW6 2HA
Why should you care? One of London's most highly rated pizzerias is opening in Chelsea. Nestling between between the King’s Road, Fulham Road, and Stamford Bridge the new restaurant will have room for 60 and will serve up the same pizzas and daily specials as the original.
In a nutshell: Nitro ice cream for west London
Where is it? 103 Gloucester Road, London SW7 4RH
Why should you care? Four Winters is a liquid nitrogen ice cream parlour with its roots in Jordan. They're bringing their high tech take on ice-cream to Gloucester Road.
In a nutshell: A new bar by The Dairy
Where is it? 15 The Pavement, London, Clapham SW4 0HY
Why should you care? This is next door to the Dairy, and taking the space formerly held by The Deli in an entirely new direction. Billed as "The Dairy's evil little brother", Counter Culture sees them aiming for the vibe of a San Sebastián pintxos bar - but with the Dairy's signature style.
In a nutshell: Soho House and Rowley Leigh
Where is it? 39-45 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6LA
Why should you care? This is the next restaurant from the Soho House group and they've enlisted Rowley Leigh for the menu (so expect parmesan custard with anchovy toast on the menu). It's an all-day affair serving Mediterranean food.
In a nutshell: Scandic food in Marylebone
Where is it? 32 Harcourt Street, London W1H 4HX
Why should you care? The Harcourt from Andrew Endean (from Hotel du Vin and Malmaison) will be a new European restaurant with more than a nod towards Nordic Cuisine. And that's a nod to its past in the guise of the Harcourt Arms.
In a nutshell: Russian street food in a Soho basement
Where is it? 45 Frith St, London W1D 4SD.
Why should you care? It's being added to the basement of Jean Jacques (itself a French restaurant from Russia) with a look that aims for a Soviet-era ryumochnaya (vodka bar) with food by Russian chef Alexei Zimin.
In a nutshell: Kurt Zdesar does fish and meat
Where is it? 4 Mill Street, Mayfair London W1S 2AX
Why should you care? This is from Kurt Zdesar and it's taking over the space once held by Bouillabaisse. Expect a raw fish bar by the entrance of the restaurant where the special is - yes - poke. As for the grill part, that will be based around meats cooked on a Kiawe wood grill.
In a nutshell: High rise Japanese pub
Where is it? 225 Edgware Road, London, W1T 1QQ
Why should you care? This sees Bjorn Van Der Horst (Eastside Inn) and Omar Romero (Rhodes Twenty Four, Rosewood) taking over the dining room on the 23rd floor of the Hilton Metropole. Expect amodernist Japanese pub with food to match. Plus Kirin beer K-slurpys and clay barrel aged cocktails served on airline trolleys.
In a nutshell: Trullo comes to Borough Market
Where is it? 6 Southwark Street London SE1 1TQ
Why should you care? Trullo is an enormously successful Islington Italian restaurant - and now they're heading south of the river for their next, the pasta bar Padella. Expect a range of Trullo classics, cocktails, Prosecco and more.
In a nutshell: Ex Terroirs alumni come to Notting Hill
Where is it? 6 Portland Rd, London W11 4LA
Why should you care? Six Portland Road and comes from Oli Barker (who used to head up Terroirs alongside Ed Wilson), with Head Chef Pascal Wiedermann who also worked at Terroirs. It's a small 40 seater restaurant with an ever-changing menu.
In a nutshell: Huge King's Cross bar and restaurant.
Where is it? 3 Granary Square, London N1C 4BH
Why should you care? This is a large three storey bar and restaurant from Cubitt House, taking pride of place on Granary Square, King's Cross, overlooking the canal.
In a nutshell: Cafe, deli and more for Marylebone
Where is it? 68-74 Wigmore Street, London W1U 2SD
Why should you care? If you've been to St Pancras you'll be familiar with the Sourced deli counter there - and now it's coming to Marylebone with a cafe and big wine shop too.
In a nutshell: Pizza in an ex Clapham loo
Where is it? Former Public Convenience, The Pavement, Clapham Common, London, SW4 7AA
Why should you care? This pizza joint is all about pizza by the slice, coming from 20” pizzas with regularly changing seasonal toppings and they’ll be open in the morning with butties and and coffee too. And it's all housed in an old Victorian public loo.
In a nutshell: South American cocktails in Brixton.
Where is it? 30 Acre Lane, London SW2 5SG
Why should you care? Barrio Brixton will be the fourth restaurant in the chain and they'll be serving up all manner of tequilas and mezcals, to piscos and cachacas and will be open 7 days a week and until 2am at the weekends.
In a nutshell: Modern British from Bingham and Sat Bains chefs
Where is it? 30 Cross Street, London EC1 N8UH
Why should you care? This is from Mark Jarvis (previously head chef at the Bingham in Richmond) and in the kitchen is Jack Cashmore (Sat Baines & In De Wulf). The menu is being billed as accessible modern British fine dining (aka bistronomy) with ever-changing menus that update weekly.
In a nutshell: Kensington Raj-inspired Indian restaurant
Where is it? 1 Abingdon Road, London W8 6AH
Why should you care? This new Indian restaurant coming to Kensington is all inspired by British Raj India. With that inspiration in mind, they have dishes that include Ajwani Jingha (Tandoori style jumbo prawns) a dish that originated in Jaipur, and Achari Hiran, a venison dish created in Bhopal. If you live locally, they'll have takeaway too (and delivery later).
In a nutshell: Theo Randall's next
Where is it? Hotel Indigo London Kensington – Earl’s Court, 34–44 Barkston Gardens, London SW5 0EW
Why should you care? Having just revamped his main restaurant, Theo Randall is opening Theo’s Simple Italian - a new casual spot, opening at the Hotel Indigo London Kensington – Earl’s Court. The dishes will be familiar to anyone who's had a look at Randall's recent cookery book, My Simple Italian.
In a nutshell: Healthy food in St Paul's
Where is it? 23/23A Bride Lane, St. Paul’s, London, EC4Y 8DT
Why should you care? This is the latest restaurant in the ongoing healthy eating food trend to hit London. Expect all food to sit within their strict healthy guidelines and they're aiming to educate on healthy eating too.
In a nutshell: Boatside restaurant and bar
Where is it? HMS Belfast, The Queen’s Walk, London, SE1 2JH
Why should you care? The latest Tom's Kitchen is opening somewhere a little different - right outside HMS Belfast parked on the South Bank. The new place even includes a rooftop bar, part covered - part opened, and an inside deli too so it's a new spot to head to if you fancy a bid of a riverside view (and of a big ship).
In a nutshell: French boulangerie and kitchen in Fulham
Where is it? 275 – 277 Fulham Road, London, SW10 9NY
Why should you care? Orée will have all manner of freshly baked viennoiserie, artisan bread and fine patisserie to serve up - either to eat in or take away.
In a nutshell: Whistling Shop does whisky
Where is it? 9 Christopher Street, London EC2A 2BS
Why should you care? The same people behind the Worship Street Whistling Shop are opening Black Rock, a whisky bar in Shoreditch. Expect cocktails aged on-site, LOTS of whisky and more.
In a nutshell: Jason Atherton does Japanese
Where is it? Turnmill Building, 63 Clerkenwell Road, London EC1M 5NP
Why should you care? The next restaurant from the unstoppable Jason Atherton. This time the theme is Japanese with Teppanyaki, robatayaki, and sashimi on the menu plus "an innovative izakaya".
In a nutshell: Tapas from the chef behind Bravas Tapas
Where is it? 16 Maiden Lane, London WC2E 7NJ
Why should you care? When it opened, Bravas Tapas was adorned with many plaudits, even if it wasn't in the most central of locations. But now the chef, Victor Garvey is opening this new tapas restaurant in Covent Garden.
In a nutshell: BBQ in Chelsea
Where is it? 343 Fulham Road, London SW10 9TW
Why should you care? If you've been to Porky's before, you'll have an idea of what to expect - lots of "ribs and tips", 18 hour smoked pulled pork, burgers and they'll be serving hot-dogs for the first time too. And expect a spot of beer pong.
In a nutshell: Sarah Barber does evening desserts
Where is it? Cafe Royal, 68 Regent Street, London W1B 4DY
Why should you care? Cafe Royal's patisserie chef is extending the cafe (where there's also a new menu) into the evening with a restaurant that has a main focus on multiple desserts. Expect something kind of like an Evening Tea affair (although with wine instead of tea...).
In a nutshell: Healthy food in Belgravia
Where is it? 20 Motcomb Street, Belgravia, London SW1X 8LB
Why should you care? This is the third Good Life Eatery and they'll be following their usual, successful menu of energy-boosting breakfasts and lunches, snacks, shakes, juices and desserts.
In a nutshell: Koffmann protege in South Woodford
Where is it? 159 High Road, South Woodford, London E18 2PA
Why should you care? The Woodford is the dream project of a former Young National Chef of the Year, 25 year old Ben Murphy - previously at Koffmann's and The Greenhouse. It's his first restaurant and he's being backed by Essex restaurateur Steve Andrews.
In a nutshell: Chicken in Spitalfields
Where is it? 54 Commercial Street, London E1 6LT
Why should you care? Absurd Bird is essentially chicken combined with American deep south cooking. And they've teamed up with Fosse Meadows Farm and bought every single one of their chickens whilst still in the egg. On the menu you'll find jalapeno cheese biscuits, Hurricane popcorn or orange honey coleslaw as well as chicken both deep fried on a waffle.
In a nutshell: Proper Mexican restaurant in Shoreditch
Where is it? 22 Rivington Street, London, EC2A 3DY
Why should you care? This is a small two storey restaurant with a modern take on traditional Mexican from food husband and wife team Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes. Expect a menu which mixes what you know about Mexican cooking with more unfamiliar dishes.
In a nutshell: Cafe and menswear in Westbourne Grove
Where is it? 226 Westbourne Grove, London W11 2RH
Why should you care? This is the second Chucs, following the one that opened in Dover Street (and AA Gill raved about). As well as menswear upstairs, there will be a "healthy Italian" cafe - with favourites from the Mayfair branch putting in an appearance.
In a nutshell: The Cue boys relocate
Where is it? 1 The Avenue, Devonshire Square, London EC2M
Why should you care? The original BBQ boys, Pitt Cue Co, have outgrown their Soho spot and have relocated to much bigger premises in the City. Expect a step-up on the menu (more cuts, for example) but this means no more pulled pork, alas. This time they'll be taking bookings too.
In a nutshell: Damien Hirst's restaurant returns with Mark Hix doing the food
Where is it? Newport St, London SE11 6AJ
Why should you care? One of the biggest restaurants of the 90s - albeit for a very short time - is returning as Damien Hirst is working to bring Pharmacy restaurant to his gallery space in his Newport Street gallery. And Mark Hix will be in charge of the menu.
In a nutshell: Burgermeisters take over the Stockpot site .
Where is it? 18 Old Compton St, London W1D 4TN
Why should you care? This is the latest from the hugely successful P&B with new dishes on the menu that have been previewed at London Fields, including the Patty Melt. Plus they'll have a bar with a late licence too.
In a nutshell: BBQ and much more in Soho.
Where is it? 10 D’arblay Street, London W1F 8DS
Why should you care? This is the third Bukowski - and their biggest one yet and one with an all-day menu too. The food comes from chef/owner Robin Freeman who used to work down the road at Blacks. Expect a weekend brunch too.
In a nutshell: Pacific-style food in Fitzrovia.
Where is it? 48 Newman St, London W1T 1QQ
Why should you care? The Newman Street Tavern is no more - Dickie Fitz is taking its place, from the same people behind the former Tavern and who also run the Lady Ottoline. It will continue to be an all-day affair and this time the menu will be inspired by dishes of the Pacific - as well as having a weekend brunch that's Australian inspired.
In a nutshell: Dumplings in Covent Garden
Where is it? 63-66 St Martin’s Lane Covent Garden London WC2N 4JS
Why should you care? This Covent Garden restaurant specialises in all types of Gyoza. But that's not all as you'll find bao buns and ramen on the menu too.
In a nutshell: All-day café from the people behind Percy & Founders
Where is it? 8 Pearson Square, London W1W 7EY
Why should you care? This is an all-day cafe from the same people behind Percy and Founders and the Lighterman in King's Cross. Their ex-Murano Exec Chef is heading up the menu there and they'll have a shop on-site too.
In a nutshell: BBQ in Victoria
Where is it? 1 Abbey Orchard St, London SW1P 2LU
Why should you care? This barbecue joint is a combo cocktail bar and barbecue restaurant, taking over the space that used to be The Abbey Pub, a huge lower ground area on Abbey Orchard Street. Food-wise, they'll have St. Louis slab ribs, beef brisket, beef ribs and honey & BBQ glaze (all smoked in-house) and burgers too.
In a nutshell: Anthony Demetre in the Barbican
Where is it? Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS
Why should you care? The latest from Anthony Demetre (also behind Arbutus) is opening Osteria in the Barbican Centre and it'll focus on bistro cooking much like his other restaurants. Leading things will be Head Chef Patrick Leano, (who comes from Arbutus).
In a nutshell: Wild food in Covent Garden
Where is it? 3 Neals Yard, Covent Garden, WC2H
Why should you care? This restaurant will be focusing on wild food - both in its meat (game and rare breeds) and in the veg with a big focus on the new trend of roots-to-stem eating.
In a nutshell: Post shopping Venetian
Where is it? 109-125 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RJ
Why should you care? The latest Polpo is landing on the fifth floor of the Knightsbridge Harvey Nichols (as well as the Leeds store) and sees them bringing the usual menu of Venetian small plates and Campari cocktails.
In a nutshell: Ramen for west London
Where is it? 7 Blenheim Crescent, W11 2EE
Why should you care? This is the latest Tonkotsu which will have the usual array of ramen, gyoza and more - plus a few dishes that you'll only get at this branch.
In a nutshell: Work and play at the Clerkenwell hotel
Where is it? 86-88 Clerkenwell Rd, London EC1M 5RJ
Why should you care? Bistrot Bruno Loubet is, alas, no more. Instead the Zetter has converted its restaurant into a work space during the day and a wine bar at night.
In a nutshell: Sushi in Soho
Where is it? 33 Dean Street, London W1D 4PP
Why should you care? Oliver Maki currently have four restaurants in Kuwait and one in Bahrain with contemporary sushi dishes rather than ultra traditional. They've enlisted the services of Executive Head Chef Louis Kenji Huang (formerly Head Sushi Chef at Nobu Las Vegas) and their main dish is the Oliver Maki Roll described as an eight course tasting menu on one plate.
In a nutshell: Restaurant with a seafood twist in Islington
Where is it? 105-106 Upper Street, Islington N1 1QN
Why should you care? This is a venture by brother and sister team Oriona Robb and Marcel Grzyb. Marcel's been Head Chef at Soho’s Randall & Aubin for a decade and, as you might expect given his background, he's put together a menu with a strong focus on seafood.
In a nutshell: French Cafe comes to Covent Garden
Where is it? 16 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8QH
Why should you care? This sees the very popular French neighbourhood restaurant Frenchie open a second venue in London with a French/British twist to many of the dishes - all with British sourced ingredients.
In a nutshell: Healthy eating for Gatwick travellers
Where is it? North Terminal, Gatwick Airport
Why should you care? This sees Bruno Loubet and the Zetter bringing a new Grain Store to Gatwick, offering the same vegetable based cooking as well as some cocktails to imbibe before jetting off.
In a nutshell: Old Street pub for meat lovers
Where is it? 8 East Road, Old Street, London N1 6AD
Why should you care? The people behind Hill and Szrok in Broadway market are opening a pub near Old Street. Expect it to be a beer/meat lover's paradise with butchery on-site and plenty of nose-tail eating.
In a nutshell: Healthy food in Covent Garden
Where is it? 42 Drury Lane, Covent Garden, London WC2B 5AJ
Why should you care? This restaurant has a big focus on healthy food - either available to eat in or take away - with much of it wheat, gluten, dairy and refined sugar-free.
In a nutshell: Sustainable fast food in London Fields
Where is it? 381 Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH
Why should you care? The latest Street Kitchen hits the same street as Patty&Bun and E5 bakehouse and is an all-day affair with a big focus on sustainable food done fast. Lots to eat in or take away..
In a nutshell: Latest outlet for the burger joint
Where is it? 33 Southampton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7HE
Why should you care? This is the latest place that Honest are planting their flag, with their signature burgers and rosemary fries (and regular specials too).
In a nutshell: Burger joint goes permanent
Where is it? 23-25 Ridley Road, London E8 2NP
Why should you care? Lucky Chip have had some hugely popular residencies but now they're finally settling down in Dalston with a place that has a big focus on pairing their burgers with wine. But expect much more besides the burgers too.
In a nutshell: D&D's latest incarnation
Where is it? 100 Wardour Street, London W1F 0TN
Why should you care? 100 Wardour Street will be the third restaurant to open on this site by D&D. First it was Meza, then Carom and Floridita. The ground floor will be an all-day restaurant, lounge and cocktail bar while a further restaurant space downstairs will open in the evenings and feature live music performances and guest DJs.
In a nutshell: Galvin opens a pub
Where is it? 35 Spital Square, London E1 6DY
Why should you care? This sees Galvin's Cafe a Vin converted into their new Galvin pub called Hop. Expect plenty of beers, snacks and premium hot dogs too.
In a nutshell: Bao buns for Peckham
Where is it? 293 Rye Lane, London SE15 4UA
Why should you care? Peckham is getting its very own bao buns specialist with plenty of the pillowy buns on the menu alongside Taiwanese cocktails and weekend brunch too.
In a nutshell: Ruby's grows
Where is it? 72-76 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7XB
Why should you care? Ruby's in Dalston are opening a second place next door which will have a bigger focus on wine, entertainment and rotating food residencies. And cocktails, of course.
In a nutshell: Udon from Shoryu owner
Where is it? 84 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1HB
Why should you care? This is to be a sushi and udon restaurant, coming from the person who runs Japan Centre and Shoryu Ramen.
In a nutshell: Fera's inner sanctum
Where is it? Fera at Claridge's - Brook St, London W1K 4HR
Why should you care? The long-awaited development kitchen at Simon Rogan's Fera is finally upon us. Like the original at L'Enclume, this is a separate experience from the main restaurant and you'll get to preview dishes too.
In a nutshell: Interactive Asian cuisine
Where is it? 11-14 Hanover Place London, London WC2E 9JP
Why should you care? As with the previous Soho restaurant, this will have the same interactive menu that lets you both order and rate the pan-Asian food right on the table itself.
In a nutshell: Salads and more in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 10 Mortimer Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3JJ
Why should you care? This is planned to be the flagship deli for Detox Kitchen, so lots of salads to take away, but they're also adding a new sharing menu. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? January 4
In a nutshell: Chinese hot-pots in Chinatown
Where is it? 64 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6LU
Why should you care? This Chinatown restaurant will specialist in hot-pots, with boiling broth pots sunk into tables and the ingredients to throw in snaking around you on conveyor belts.
In a nutshell: Gourmet kebabs in Carnaby
Where is it? 2nd Floor, Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW
Why should you care? Le Bab is aiming for a "kebab renaissance" with a seasonal kebab menu at the heart of things. Expect deer, pigs head and more in the mix and chefs with lots of high-end experience.
In a nutshell: Ivy expands to Kensington
Where is it? 96 Kensington High Street, London W8 4SG
Why should you care? This is the latest in a concerted roll-out of all things Ivy. If you've been to any of the other openings, you'll find much the same here - an all day Modern British menu, special cocktails, plush surroundings.
In a nutshell: A third burgers & shakes bar for London
Where is it? 80 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1HB
Why should you care? This is the third of Danny Meyer's Shake Shacks to open in London. Expect the usual burgers, shakes, hot dogs and concretes from the American import.
In a nutshell: Cafe and cocktails in Herne Hill
Where is it? 119 Dulwich Road, Herne Hill, London SE24 0NG
Why should you care? This is a new all day cafe and cocktail bar for Herne Hill and comes from the people behind The Shrub And Shutter. Expect lots of food and cocktails with a nutritional focus (yes, even the cocktails).
In a nutshell: Corbin & King come to Islington
Where is it? 9 Islington Green, London N1 2XH
Why should you care? Chris Corbin and Jeremy King have had a pretty good run of late, with both the Colony Grill Room and Fischers coming in for a lot of praise. Now they're opening in Islington for a neighbourhood restaurant with Alsace cuisine taking over the prime position on Islington Green from Browns.
In a nutshell: Francesco Mazzei goes to Mayfair
Where is it? 20 Savile Row, London W1S 3PR
Why should you care? Francesco Mazzei, previously best known for L'Anima, has taken over as chef patron of Sartoria restaurant on Savile Row in Mayfair. When it re-opens, he'll be serving dishes from his native Calabria as well as dishes from other regions in Italy.
In a nutshell: Steak, sushi and more for Victoria
Where is it? 10-50 Willow Street, EC2
Why should you care? This is the next from the M group which is launching a second M restaurants in the revamped Victoria area, featuring a grill, raw bar and wine shop.
In a nutshell: Late night (and early morning) tapas in Dalston
Where is it? 232 Kingsland Road, London E2 8AX
Why should you care? This new basement tapas spot will serve a full tapas menu until 5am. With room for 50 diners, you'll find the entrance at the back of the phone booth on Kingsland Road and the menu's been put together by Javier Vincente of Tooting’s Little Taperia (via Rules).
In a nutshell: Yakitori in Dalston
Where is it? 89 Kingsland High Street, London E8 2PB
Why should you care? Chef Brett Redman (from Elliot's and The Richmond) is set to open a new Japanese yakitori restaurant in Dalston. The restaurant, which opens this Autumn draws upon the rich tradition of Tokyo yakitori joints, bringing this hugely popular variety of Japanese street food to east London.
In a nutshell: Fried chicken in Soho
Where is it? 27-28 St Anne’s Court, London W1F 0BN
Why should you care? This latest fried chicken joint has impressive people behind the scenes - as the founder has St Johns and Salt Yard on his CV. Expect burgers and more with a big focus on special suppliers and ingredients.
In a nutshell: Retro diner in Exmouth Market
Where is it? 70 Exmouth Market, London EX1R 4QP
Why should you care? This retro diner will have 70s styling and a menu with retro treats like Chicken Kiev and 70s cocktails on the menu.
In a nutshell: Pizza in Shoreditch
Where is it? 374-378 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
Why should you care? This is the latest Homeslice (already in Covent Garden and Fitzrovia). Expect wood-fired pizzas available whole and by the slice alongside locally sourced beer, frizzante prosecco on tap and organic wine by the magnum.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 1 Percy Street, London W1T 1DB
Why should you care? Ian Pengelley is moving the flagship House of Ho restaurant to Fitzrovia (and rebranding the original too).
In a nutshell: Steak and more
Where is it? 17-18 Henrietta Street, London WC2E 8QH
Why should you care? The new restaurant will have the core, good value steak though with the restaurant group's own herd from Flat Iron Farm and there's a working butchery too.
In a nutshell: Ramen bar take-two
Where is it? 3 Panton Street, London, SW1Y 4DL
Why should you care? This will be the second Kanada Ya ramen bar in London after the wildly successful original. Expect the same ramen plus some new dishes - and if there are six of you, booking in advance too.
In a nutshell: Michelin starred Japanese chef has another go at London
Where is it? 23 Conduit St, London W1S 2XS
Why should you care? This is top Japanese chef Yoshihiro Murata's second stab at a London restaurant. Expect modern Japanese dining with plenty of Wagyu beef cooked on their robata grill.
In a nutshell: Bistro in London Fields
Where is it? 1 Westgate Street, London E8 3R
Why should you care? Ellory will be a bistro on the ground floor of Netil House and will be a 50-seater restaurant with separate bar. It's a joint venture by chef Matthew Young (ex-Mayfields) and sommelier Jack Lewens (ex- Spring and River Cafe).
In a nutshell: Berber & Q & Beer
Where is it? Queen’s Yard, London E9 5EN.
Why should you care? This sees Crate Brewery expanding next door and they've brought in the people behind Berber & Q to provide the food.
In a nutshell: Nightjar in Smithfield
Where is it? East Poultry Avenue, London Central Markets, London EC1A 9LH
Why should you care? Nightjar cocktail bar (no 3 on the World's 50 Best Bars list) is bringing their next bar to Smithfield Market. It'll be styled after an old-school nightclub, with a stage for live music - swing, jazz and blues are all on the agenda - and the bar will be themed using elements from the "Old World, New World and the Orient.".
In a nutshell: All day cafe, bar, restaurant in Stoke Newington
Where is it? 182 Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7UY
Why should you care? This is an all-day restaurant, cafe and bar and the menu has some interesting sharing dishes. On top of the food and drink in the kitchen, the downstairs bar seats over 100 and will be the new place to go for DJ gigs - plus more pursuits during the day.
In a nutshell: Jun Tanaka in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 22 Charlotte St, London W1T 2NB
Why should you care? Jun Tanaka is best known for both his restaurant Pearl and a few stints on Saturday Kitchen too. Now he's opening his own restaurant in Fitzrovia - a French/Mediterranean neighbourhood style restaurant which uses fine dining cheffing techniques but with a more casual feel.
In a nutshell: Pizza & soup for Exmouth Market
Where is it? 15 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QD
Why should you care? This sees some of Soho's finest pizzas make their way over to Exmouth Market. And this time they're adding what is essentially liquid pizza to the menu too.
In a nutshell: BBQ in Soho
Where is it? 20 Berwick Street, London W1F OPY
Why should you care? This is the latest Red Dog to hit London. Expect a combination of BBQ and burgers - plus lots of tequilas and margaritas too.
In a nutshell: Steak and chips for £20 + more in Chelsea
Where is it? 351 Fulham Road, London SW10 9TW
Why should you care? This steak restaurant is mainly a "one choice" restaurant - that choice being steak and chips for £20. However, you can also get huge tomahawk steaks and more if that's not enough.
In a nutshell: Kebabs from the Camden Town Brewery
Where is it? 289-291 Kentish Town Road, London NW5 2JS
Why should you care? This is a new sister venue to the Camden Town Brewery and this time they'll be adding kebabs to the selection of beer.
In a nutshell: Old Gym becomes a restaurant
Where is it? Granary Square, King's Cross
Why should you care? The D&D restaurant group is to take over a site that used to be the first ever gym in London. They're replacing it with what is pretty much the opposite, a huge restaurant and bar space. Expect plenty of german food and booze on the menu too.
In a nutshell: Steak & more for Balham
Where is it? 5-19 Bedford Hill, London SW12 9EX.
Why should you care? Another expansion from the people behind Hawksmoor, this is the latest of their offshoot brand Foxlow, taking the space from Sam's Brasserie.
In a nutshell: Fried chicken in Tottenham
Where is it? The Old Fire Station, Town Hall Approach Rd London N15 4RX
Why should you care? By day they aim to serve up healthier and better quality chicken meals to young people, matching the price of local fast food outlets. In the evening they'll turn into a neighbourhood restaurant. Better still every bit of profit from the restaurant is being put into funding Chicken Town's £2 Junior Specials, helping local young people get a better lunch and after school meal.
In a nutshell: A wine bar with food from people behind the Sportsman
Where is it? 51 Lamb's Conduit St, London WC1N 3NB
Why should you care? The people behind Noble Rot magazine are opening a wine bar - but not any old wine bar. They've enlisted not only an ex-Sportsman chef but the Sportsman's Exec Chef Stephen Harris is advising on the menu too.
In a nutshell: Ex Kopapa chef Selin Kiazim's own restaurant
Where is it? 74 Luke Street, London EC2A 4PY
Why should you care? Selin Kiazim's restaurant focus on the Turkish cooking that has been so popular at her events and is being designed to reflect her "bustling eating times as a child."
In a nutshell: High end Alan Yau
Where is it? 17 Berkeley Street, London, W1S 4NF
Why should you care? This is yet another Alan Yau restaurant who seems to be very busy indeed at the moment. This is a revival of a brand that he first launched in New York some years ago. Expect a chinese restaurant with a 1920s feel to it. There will be a focus on music too, ranging from piano to string quartets to evening jazz. Plus Peking duck with caviar.
In a nutshell: Korean chicken for The City
Where is it? 9 Ludgate Broadway, London, EC4V 6DU
Why should you care? Popular Korean restaurant group On The Bab are opening right by St Paul's, but this place will be essentially a takeaway site with a few tables for eat-in. Expect plenty of KFC (Korean fried chicken) and steamed buns, rice, and soup noodles with your choice of barbecue meat.
In a nutshell: Indian tapas in The City
Where is it? 11 Whites Row, London E1 7NF
Why should you care? This City restaurant serving new Indian tapas just around the corner from Spitalfields Market. It's run by Harneet Baweja, an Indian entrepreneur who wanted to bring something different to the scene.
In a nutshell: Cocktails and charcuterie in Hackney
Where is it? 271 Well Street, London E9 6RG
Why should you care? The 70-seater bar is from the folk behind The Three Compasses in Dalston and will be cocktail-focused, and alongside those they'll be serving locally sourced cheese boards and charcuterie.
In a nutshell: US wing chain's first UK restaurant
Where is it? 4a Clifton Terrace, London N4 3JP
Why should you care? This is a fast food joint devoted to things chicken and the first UK restaurant for an American chain begun by two students at the University of Florida in their frat house. The main focus of the menu are the chicken wings which come in a variety of flavours.
In a nutshell: The latest meatfest from the people behind Goodman
Where is it? 2 St Anne's Court, London W1F 0AZ
Why should you care? Taking over the spot from the much loved but hopefully relocating Rex and Mariano, this is a new restaurant from the people behind Goodman. They'll be experimenting with all types of meats and expect a great steak sarnie for a fiver too.
Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Lobstershack Canary Wharf
In a nutshell: BBQ and seafood at Crossrail
Where is it? Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf
Why should you care? This is the latest BBQ and Lobster Shack to open in London and will offer a similar menu to the Covent Garden restaurant adding in some private rooms and an impressive terrace overlooking Canary Wharf.
In a nutshell: Ex Cinnamon Club chef does banquets
Where is it? 1 Snowden Street, Broadgate West, London, EC2A 2DQ
Why should you care? Abdul Yaseen, who worked at the Cinnamon Club and Cinnamon Kitchen for a decade is going it alone with this new restaurant based on the Indian Royal Court banquets.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese street food
Where is it? 76 Shaftesbury Avenue, London W1D 6ND
Why should you care? Pho & Bun is the brainchild of Holborn restaurant Viet Eat's owner Andy Le. The new Vietnamese spot will focus on Pho and their steamed milky bun burger.
In a nutshell: All-day Ivy
Where is it? 96 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone, London W1U 2QA
Why should you care? This is the latest mini-Ivy following recent openings in Covent Garden and Chelsea. Except a similar menu and more trio-cocktails too.
In a nutshell: Grab and go Asian food for The City.
Where is it? Leadenhall Court, 1-6 Leadenhall Street, London, EC3V 1PP
Why should you care? Yum Som is from Ed Martin, also behind the nearby (and VERY popular) Botanist. Expect Asian salads, rice paper rolls, glass noodle salads, small pots, subs and soups - all available to take away.
In a nutshell: The Laundry revamped
Where is it? The Laundry Building, 2-18 Warburton Road, London E8 3FN
Why should you care? This restaurant is from the people behind the Hoxton Pony and this sees them taking over the Laundry Building in London Fields. It'll have an East London afternoon tea too.
In a nutshell: Scottish tapas in Stoke Newington
Where is it? 67 Stoke Newington Church St, London N16 0AR
Why should you care? This is described as "hi-jacking some of the best Scottish seafood on its way to Spain and serving it along side some of the best Spanish produce, wines and sherries." Sound good to us.
In a nutshell: Potatoes in Soho
Where is it? 27 Noel Street, London W1F 8GZ
Why should you care? This has been opened by Ksenia Karpenko who used to be Head Sommelier at Four to Eight in Covent Garden and it's bringing a twist to the classic baked potato. So expect to see toppings like smoked ham hock, cheddar & piccalilli, prawn & bourbon Marie Rose sauce and borlotti bean, tomato & gallybagger cheese on the menu.
In a nutshell: Pan Asian bar in Kensington
Where is it? 1 Kensington High Street, London W8 5NP
Why should you care? This is a new Pan Asian bar with some pretty good sounding small plates including sea bass with gold flake steamed dumplings, mixed 'bubbling and smoking' sashimi and a shimmering gold cocktail to boot.
In a nutshell: Pan Asian restaurant for Debenhams
Where is it? 334-348 Oxford Street, London W1C 1JG
Why should you care? This is a new restaurant for Debenhams - it's Pan Asian, planning to pull together Thai, Chinese, Malaysian, Japanese, Vietnamese and Korean cuisine.
In a nutshell: Egg market stall goes permanent in Stoke Newington
Where is it? Church Street, Stoke Newington.
Why should you care? This sees the market stall go to the next level. They'll be serving bagels, stuffed pitas, fried chicken, short-rib pastrami and lots more. And expect a good brunch offering too.
In a nutshell: Sri Lankan food in Soho from the people behind Gymkhana
Where is it? 49 Frith Street, Soho, London W1D 4SG
Why should you care? Coming from the Sethi siblings, best known for Gymkhana but also behind Bao, Lyle's and more, this is inspired by roadside shacks (boutiques) of Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka. These shacks focus on hoppers and dosas which will be the same with Hoppers.
In a nutshell: Bar, restaurant and night club in the City
Where is it? 8-22 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7LP
Why should you care? This is the third Zebrano for London taking over a huge space on Houndstitch. It combines a bar, night club and a restaurant serving a mix of European and Asian food.
In a nutshell: A new restaurant for Fortnums
Where is it? 181 Piccadilly, London W1A 1ER (and also 45 Jermyn Street...)
Why should you care? This is a new restaurant from Fortnum & Mason and it's taking the place of the Fountain brasserie that's been open for 60 years. It will be rechristened as 45 Jermyn Street and they're apparently going for a restaurant that recaptures "a golden age of glamour".
In a nutshell: Darts and cocktails for the City
Where is it? Alphabeta Building, 2A Worship Street, London EC2A 2AH
Why should you care? This bar features a high-tech darts set-up with a design by Russell Sage - and promises to level the playing field for all players too.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese food you can fold in Brick Lane
Where is it? 204 Brick Lane, London E1 6SA
Why should you care? A new Vietnamese restaurant - aptly titled FOLD - opens in Brick Lane later this month, based all around food you can fold. Traditionally known as the summer roll, the gluten free rice paper can be folded round a variety of fillings before being steamed, grilled or fried.
In a nutshell: Burgers & booze in North London
Where is it? 133b Upper St London UK N1 1QP
Why should you care? The leaders of the dirty food pack are showing no signs of stopping as the latest MEATliquor is planning to land in Islington at the old Citroen garage space.
In a nutshell: Steak & more for Chiswick
Where is it? Barley Mow Centre, 11 Barley Mow Passage, W4 4PH
Why should you care? Another expansion from the people behind Hawksmoor, this is the latest of their offshoot brand Foxlow, taking the space from Sam's Brasserie.
In a nutshell: Famous Parisian restaurant lands in London
Where is it? 16 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London W1G 9DD
Why should you care? The people behind Parisian restaurant Taillevent are bringing its spin-off Les 110 de Taillevent to London - which focuses on food and wine pairings, named after the 110 wines available by the glass. Each of the 30 dishes is matched by one of four selected glasses.
In a nutshell: Rooftop restaurant for Winter
Where is it? Selfridges, Oxford Street
Why should you care? This is the latest rooftop restaurant for Selfridges, this time with a forest and foraging theme. Expect plenty of seasonal food plus an outdoor terrace with hot chocolate cocktails.
In a nutshell: The people behind the Ivy do seafood
Where is it? 1-4 Berkeley Square, London W1J 6BR
Why should you care? This is the latest restaurant from Richard Caring's Caprice Group, who are also behind the Ivy. This will be an upmarket seafood restaurant (with some buns and dumplings too) in Mayfair and we expect the vibe to have much in common with the original Ivy, right down to the use of known artists to decorate the place.
In a nutshell: Famous charcoal grill and kebab joint comes to Shoreditch
Where is it? 68 Rivington St, London EC2A 3AY
Why should you care? The original Mangal Ocakbasi is a 25 year old charcoal grill hit in Dalston and is now coming to Shoreditch. Expect lamb chops, their kebabs straight off the charcoal grill, fresh Mediterranean salads and vegetarian meze dishes too.
In a nutshell: Night Tales goes permanent at London Fields
Where is it? 1 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL
Why should you care? After two years on the street food and festival scene, Night Tales has found a new home in the heart of London Fields with a new cocktail bar, NT's, nestled between the North Eastern railway arches and Netil House. Expect seasonal drinks and grilled cheese sarnie focused snacks.
In a nutshell: New chippy for Islington
Where is it? 356 Essex Road, London N1
Why should you care? Already very popular in Stoke Newington and with their pop-up in Boxpark, this sees Sutton and Sons come to Islington with fish supplied from their own fishmongers.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese barbecue in King's Cross
Where is it? 244 York Way, London N7 9AG
Why should you care? CôBa is the brainchild of Vietnamese-Australian Damon Bui who has run supperclub Table for 10. This new restaurant will serve Vietnamese barbecue meats, cooked on a charcoal grill served with a noodle salad, soup noodles and more.
In a nutshell: A new bar for Arbutus in Soho
Where is it? 1 Westgate Street, London E8 3RL
Why should you care? A bar that is literally "The dogs bollocks". Arbutus in Soho is already known for its keenly priced contemporary food and huge range of wines available by the carafe, under the direction of chef patron Anthony Demetre. Now, the new bar will offer a chance to enjoy a far more informal experience which, they say, will be in keeping with its "luxurious, yet unpretentious and affordable" ethic.
In a nutshell: Provencal food in Chelsea
Where is it? 6 Hollywood Road, London SW10 9HY
Why should you care? Margaux is now the hangout for the likes of Pippa Middleton & Co and the owners are planning a second venture in Chelsea. Bandol will feature a menu of Nicoise and Provencal sharing dishes.
In a nutshell: Pasta to go near Piccadilly Circus
Where is it? 5 Air Street London W1J 0AB
Why should you care? Just off Piccadilly Circus, Pasta Sereni will be doing fast hand-made pasta to eat there or take away - so if you fancy an escape from the hordes of shoppers, this could be the place.
In a nutshell: Clapham restaurant gets an overhaul
Where is it? 4 The Polygon, London SW4 0JG
Why should you care? Adam Byatt's Trinity has had a huge overhaul, completely transforming the restaurant and adding more outside space. Plus he's changed the restaurant upstairs into Upstairs - for more casual dining.
In a nutshell: Anthony Demetre in Old Street
Where is it? 151-157 City Rd, London EC1V 1JH
Why should you care? Urban Coterie is the latest offering from Anthony Demetre, previously best known for Arbutus in Soho. He's joined up with Head Chef Martin Zahumensky for a seasonal British menu at the top of the M by Montcalm at Old Street.
In a nutshell: Classic Chinese food in Islington
Where is it? 107 Upper Street, Islington N1 1QN
Why should you care? This new Chinese restaurant in Islington will be based on 80s style Chinese food (but authentic - not the English equivalent).
In a nutshell: Lockhart mark II
Where is it? 26 Kingly Street, London W1B 5QD
Why should you care? This is next restaurant from the people behind The Lockhart, including the chef Brad McDonald. Expect lots of low-and-slow barbecue alongside a Southern USA style cocktail bar.
In a nutshell: Meatballs in Covent Garden
Where is it? 1 Monmouth Street, London WC2H 6DA
Why should you care? The Bowler is the latest street food van to land a full-time restaurant, coming to Covent Garden. Expect an all day restaurant with meatballs in boxes or pitta.
In a nutshell: Tim Anderson's izakaya and ramen shop in Brixton
Where is it? 426 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LF
Why should you care? Very, VERY, long awaited, this is MasterChef winner Tim Anderson's much anticipated restaurant. It will be a combination izakaya and ramen shop. You can stop in for a quick bowl of noodles, or stay a little longer to enjoy a range of dishes to share, along with plenty of good Japanese beer and shochu.
In a nutshell: Jamaican food in Dalston
Where is it? Address TBC
Why should you care? Rudie's is billed as a casual dining Jamaican restaurant which is aiming for "traditional Jamaican cooking presented with a contemporary twist."
In a nutshell: Flagship for the bar group
Where is it? Hilton London Bankside, 2-8 Great Suffolk Street, London SE1 0UG
Why should you care? OXBO at the new Hilton will be an all-day restaurant that (unsurprisingly given its proximity to Borough Market) will focus on Borough's British food while The Distillery will focus on artisan gins and locally crafted beers.
In a nutshell: Texan BBQ, music & bourbon in Brixton
Where is it? 40 Acre Lane, London SW2 5SP
Why should you care? Following the Camden original and the huge Shoreditch restaurant, the third Blues Kitchen is going south of the river. Expect Texan BBQ, lots of live music and a huge bourbon selection.
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood Japanese in King's Cross
Where is it? 2 Acton Street, London WC1X 9NA
Why should you care? This minimalist spot says it's going to be serving up food "you won’t find anywhere else in London" - so expect some great sashimi, tempura, sushi rolls plus lots of sake.
In a nutshell: Indian "street food" in the West End
Where is it? 22 Kingly Street, London W1B 5QB
Why should you care? This is the fourth Dishoom, returning to central London in a space just off Carnaby. Expect similar dishes to the others in a huge space.
In a nutshell: Chicken, waffles and doughnuts in Islington
Where is it? 81 Holloway Road, London N7 8LT
Why should you care? This is the second Bird restaurant, following on from the original in Shoreditch. Expect plenty of chicken of all types plus some mean doughnuts too.
In a nutshell: Artisan coffee in a very high-end hotel
Where is it? 53 Park Ln, London W1K 1QA
Why should you care? The Dorchester are getting into the artisan coffee market with a new cafe called Parcafé, just next to their ballroom. They're aiming for a luxury coffee experience, with an emphasis on adding Dorchester style service.
In a nutshell: Pizza by the slice on Charing Cross Road.
Where is it? 21 Charing Cross Road, London WC2H 0ET
Why should you care? This London pizzeria is a pizza al tranchio kinda place - which is to say it serves up pizza by the slice. It's a labour of love by Alessio Chong Zheng Dong who took an apprenticeship with Roman pizza master Angelo Iezzi, currently presidente dell'API Associazione Pizzerie Italiane, which sounds pretty proper.
In a nutshell: A bar that focuses on the perfect martini
Where is it? Meliá White House Hotel, Albany St, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 3UP
Why should you care? Barcelona's Dry Martini By Javier de las Muelas has consistently sat within the World’s 50 Best Bars list for the past six years. This is their London outpost and there's a bar snacks menu to do with your cocktails too.
Also opened in October
- Bella Cosa came to Canary Wharf, featuring southern Italian cuisine and some pretty great views across the river too.
The Fat Duck Re-launch
In a nutshell: Heston reborn
Where is it? High St, Bray, West Berkshire SL6 2AQ
Why should you care? After almost a year's worth or refurbishment, The Fat Duck is getting ready to open with a new menu and lots of added extras, including a robotic sweetshop.
In a nutshell: Dirty food for Carnaby Court
Where is it? Top Floor, Kingly Court, Carnaby Street, London W1B 5PW
Why should you care? Dirty Bones has been open in Kensington for a year and a half and at the end of the summer, they're opening in Carnaby and bringing their dirty food menu (aka American "comfort food") with them.
In a nutshell: Flagship for the bar group
Where is it? 6 Pancras Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AJ
Why should you care? This is the latest from Drake and Morgan - who also run the Folly, The Anthologist and the Fable and this time they're keeping their own name. It'll be a bar and restaurant on two floors (with an outside terrace too) and they'll have one of their gourmet delis too.
In a nutshell: Lombardy bar and restaurant in Hackney
Where is it? Arch 358, Westgate St, London E8 3RL
Why should you care? This is a all day new bar, restaurant and deli dedicated to the Lombardy region of Italy, with dishes inspired by the region and wine and food from the deli to take away.
In a nutshell: Turkish Mangal, Ocakbasi and cocktails
Where is it? 156 Canonbury Rd, Islington, London N1 2UP
Why should you care? Lee Tiernan's Black Axe Mangal project first started in Copenhagen as a series of pop ups where it quickly reached cult status amongst both locals and travelling chefs .His take on the kebab is 'an unauthentic, bastardised take of Turkish Mangal and Ocakbasi, with global influences.'
In a nutshell: Laid-back French
Where is it? 92-94 Newman Street, London. W1T 3EZ
Why should you care? Allan Pickett (from Plateau) and Andre Blais (founder of Bodeans BBQ) are joining up for this laid-back French restaurant in Fitzrovia, with a few British flourishes too.
Le Pont de la Tour Re-launch
In a nutshell: Riverside revamp
Where is it? 36 Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE
Why should you care? It has one of the best views south of the river and now it's getting a big revamp, with a new chef in charge too. The new menu will focus on French cuisine using local British ingredients and the inside will be re-designed by Russell Sage. Special Hot Dinners pre-opening offer until Sep 27.
In a nutshell: Pizza for King''s Cross
Where is it? King's Place, 90 York Way, London N1 9AG
Why should you care? There's a new pizza place coming to King's Cross, and this one's inside the big King's Place building, as part of the Green and Fortune Café (so it's very handy for Guardian workers).
In a nutshell: Italian for The City
Where is it? 21 Artillery Lane, London
Why should you care? Canto Corvino comes from people behind the popular Manicomio restaurants. Expect a modern Italian restaurant. an extensive Italian wine list, weekend brunches and more.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese streetfood in Soho
Where is it? 34 – 36 Wardour Street, W1D 6QT
Why should you care? This Vietnamese street food restaurant in Soho has a very impressive pedigree as it comes from Michelin-starred chef Jeff Tan who was the Head Chef at Hakkasan Mayfair for three years. Expect pho, snacks and more.
In a nutshell: Steak and booze in Kentish Town
323 Kentish Town Rd, London NW5 2TJ
Why should you care? This has a focus on beef, but this isn't a high end steakhouse, think more Flat Iron with an emphasis on cheaper cuts such as rump, onglet and the good old flat iron.
In a nutshell: Italian near Marble Arch
Where is it? 62 Seymour Street, London W1H 5BN
Why should you care? Set over two levels this Italian restaurant will serve up lunch, cicchetti, dinner and evening cocktails with a breakfast/brunch offering planned for weekends.
In a nutshell: Wahaca offshoot comes to central London
Where is it? 28-29 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 1BU
Why should you care? DF Mexico is Wahaca's version of a modern Mexican diner (the original of which we visited for a Test Drive) offering something of a cross between American and Mexican food.
In a nutshell: Pub from Brompton Food Market duo
Where is it? 279-283 Brompton Road, London SW3 2DY
Why should you care? The Hour Glass pub is getting two new owners - Luke Mackay and David Turcan, who currently run Brompton Food Market. Expect a regularly changing menu with lots of products from artisan producers.
In a nutshell: Anna Hansen's second Pantry
Where is it? Alphabeta Building, 14-18 Finsbury Square, EC2A 1BR
Why should you care? This is the follow up to Anna Hansen's popular Clerkenwell restaurant, The Modern Pantry. The new restaurant will feature a tapas bar, restaurant and private dining room taking over the ground floor of a large Georgian building on the corner of Finsbury Square.
In a nutshell: Bristol tapas on Broadway Market
Where is it? 129A Prichards Road, London E2 9AP
Why should you care? This is from Tom Hunt - better known to some as the author of The Natural Cook - bringing the successful tapas restaurant from Bristol to London. Expect tapas based on organic and seasonal British produce.
In a nutshell: Wine bar in Belsize Park
Where is it? 240 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 2AE
Why should you care? The folk behind the award-winning gastopub The Truscott Arms are branching out, opening a wine bar in Belsize Park. The Truscott Cellar, which opens in June, will be a modern wine bar with food by their chef at The Truscott Arms Aidan McGee.
In a nutshell: Beer based cooking in Fulham
Where is it? 18 Farm Lane Fulham, London SW6 1PP
Why should you care? Dave Ahern - aka CorkGourmetGuy aka BurgerBreakout - is opening his first restaurant called Wahleeah following a series of successful residencies. There's a strong focus on cooking with beer and plenty of made to order ingredients.
In a nutshell: Hot dogs in Camden
Where is it? 21a Camden High Street, London NW1 7JE
Why should you care? There's no stopping the march of hot dog restaurants and this latest is landing in Camden, with all manner of ways to customise your dog.
In a nutshell: Donostia moves across the road
Where is it? 9 Seymour Place, London W1H 5BA
Why should you care? This is a new restaurant from the people behind Donostia. And they're not moving far either, just across the road where the new place will have an emphasis on grilled meat and fish and a private courtyard too.
In a nutshell: Seafood in South Kensington
Where is it? 56 Old Brompton Road, London SW7 3DY
Why should you care? This is the latest from the very popular Wright Bros, this time adding on a standalone bar serving up wines and cocktails alongside ‘pound a pop’ oysters, from Wright Bros' own Duchy Oyster Farm, during happy hour.
In a nutshell: Old Vic restaurant in Waterloo
Where is it? Next to The Old Vic at The Cut, London SE1 8NB
Why should you care? This is an all-day affair with a focus on local produce and will be run by Julian Porter and Lauren Johns - who are behind the very popular Milk.
Also opened in September
- Ma Petitie Jamaica opened in Camden, a Carribbean diner serving jerk chicken, curried goat and plenty of rum cocktails.
In a nutshell: Bocca two
Where is it? One Cambridge Circus, London WC2H 8HD
Why should you care? Jacob Kenedy and Victor Hugo of Bocca di Lupo are going to be opening up a new restaurant beside the Ape & Bird gastropub. The new restaurant will focus on affordable Italian street food, and the menu and look of the place will aim to make you feel as though you're wandering in an Italian piazza (albeit indoors and just off Shaftesbury Avenue).
In a nutshell: Pizza in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 52 Wells Street, London, W1T 3PR
Why should you care? This is the second Homeslice Pizza, this time opening in Fitzrovia and in a much larger location too. Expect seasonal pizzas, cocktails, prosecco on tap and more.
In a nutshell: All-day cafe in Pimlico
Where is it? 1 Regent Street St James's, London SW1Y 4NR
Why should you care? The Cambridge Street Café inside the 10 bedroom Artist Residence hotel has brought in chef Radek Nitkowski, previously of Dean Street Townhouse to run the kitchen of this all-day cafe and there'll also be a flower stall inside run by Okishima & Simmonds.
In a nutshell: High end Greek seafood in Mayfair
Where is it? 1 Regent Street St James's, London SW1Y 4NR
Why should you care? This seafood restaurant is the brainchild of Costas Spiliadis who opened his first restaurant in Montreal back in the 70s and since then has opened branches of Estiatorio Milos in New York City, Las Vegas, Miami and even Athens. Expect a strong focus on seafood in a huge building.
In a nutshell: Pizza and craft beer in Crystal Palace
Where is it? 30-32 Westow Street, London, SE19 3AH
Why should you care? Four Hundred Rabbits will serve up sourdough pizzas featuring Fior de Latte Mozzarella, San Marzano Tomatoes and topped with all manner of UK artisanal produce.
In a nutshell: Lobsters for Hackney
Where is it? Unit 2, 205 Richmond Road, E8 3NJ
Why should you care? This a new restaurant serving - you guessed it - lobster. They're promising more than just lobster, though. The menu will feature all sorts of seafood, including oysters with cucumber and ginger pickle, fishcakes and truffle fries on the side.
In a nutshell: Spanish food for Victoria
Where is it? Unit 5-6 Zig Zag Building, 68 Victoria Street, London SW1E 6AQ
Why should you care? This is the latest Iberica for London. Expect the usual range of tapas, cured hams and Spanish cheese platters and there'll be a deli selling a range of Spanish goodies to take away.
In a nutshell: Boutique hotel and bar
Where is it? 28-30 Seymour Street, London W1H 7JB
Why should you care? This is the second Zetter Townhouse after the Clerkenwell original and will once again feature cocktails from Tony Conigliaro and bar snacks from Bruno Loubet.
In a nutshell: Tacos in Marylebone
Where is it? 16 Picton Place, London W1U 1BP
Why should you care? This is a "boutique Mexican restaurant and taco bar" coming to Picton Place, right beside Selfridges. Run by the team behind nearby Cocochan the 50-seater restaurant is going to serve up modern Mexican/South American cooking (and cocktails).
In a nutshell: French brasserie in Soho
Where is it? 45 Frith St, London W1D 4SD
Why should you care? Jean-Jacques is a wine bar an brasserie that has originally had a home in Russia and St Petersburg and is now opening its latest outpost in London (taking over the spot from El Cantera).
In a nutshell: Nordic food in Aldwych
Where is it? 45 Aldwych, London WC2B 4DW
Why should you care? The duo behind popular scotch egg company Scotchtails are opening a new all day coffee shop, serving up all manner of salads, sandwiches and toasties, alongside specialty coffees, homemade nut milks and cold-pressed juices.
In a nutshell: Gelato prelude
Where is it? One Cambridge Circus, London WC2H 8HD
Why should you care? Before Vico opens (from the people behind Bocca Di Lupo) their Gelupo counter will be serving up gelato and other iced desserts along with cakes and fried desserts. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? August 3
In a nutshell: Nordic smokehouse
Where is it? 26 Curtain Rd, London EC2A 3NY
Why should you care? Rök, which literally means "smoke" in Swedish, will be brining, pickling and smoking various British ingredients - with a focus on delivering the kinds of smoked meat dishes, cures, pickles and vegetable dishes that you'd see on tables across Northern Europe. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? August 3
Also opened in August:
- The people behind Wild Game Co opened a permanent restaurant Mac and Wild
In a nutshell: Restaurant from the people behind Manuka Kitchen
Where is it? 28 Sussex Place, London W2 2TH
Why should you care? This 50 seater restaurant is from the same people who launched Manuka Kitchen, with a menu that will "concentrate on British ingredients with occasional forays into Europe and Australasia."
In a nutshell: Legendary Chicago sandwiches come To London
Where is it? Westfield Stratford, Stratford Avenue, London E20 1EJ
Why should you care? It's the first European opening of the hugely popular US sandwich shop, specialising in hot, toasted sandwiches deep-filled with a host of all-American flavours.
In a nutshell: Extreme BBQ with donut burgers and more
Where is it? 52-54 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3EP
Why should you care? This is the first London outpost of a popular BBQ group from the North. Expect the usual BBQ staples plus some that are more extreme, like a donut burger, ox cheek luge and more...
In a nutshell: Moules frites for Soho
Where is it? 29-31 Old Compton Street London W1D 5JR
Why should you care? This belgian restaurant has been a mainstay of Covent garden for over 20 years and now they're finally expanding down the road in Soho. Expect the usual mix of lots of moules frites and Belgian beers.
In a nutshell: New York Hotel comes to the UK.
Where is it? 23 Orchard Street, London W1H 6HL
Why should you care? This American import (with a celeb following in the States) has a menu which combines new American and fun French. They describe it as molecular gastronomy meets both comfort food and haute cuisine.
In a nutshell: Pizzas in Broadgate
Where is it? 2 Worship Street, London EC2A 2AH
Why should you care? From the same group that own The Portman and The Only Running Footman PizzaBuzz will be an all day affair serving - you guessed it - pizzas.
In a nutshell: Golf, wine and fine dining
Where is it? Peninsular Golf Range, Tunnel Avenue, London SE10 0QE
Why should you care? This sees the combination of a huge golfing range, only one stop from Canary Wharf, and a "casual fine dining" restaurant alongside each other. Plus there's a really great wine list to get stuck into once you've hit a few balls.
In a nutshell: Third time for the Spanish restaurant
Where is it? 43 Drury Lane Covent Garden London WC2B 5AJ
Why should you care? The ever-popular Barrafina is getting a third outlet, which should help to relieve the queues on the rest. Best known for high-end Spanish tapas, this will be an instant hit.
In a nutshell: The Dairy comes to Bethnal Green
Where is it? 254 Paradise Row, London E2 9LE
Why should you care? This is the latest restaurant from Robin Gill, who's behind Clapham's very successful The Dairy and The Manor. Apparently, we can "expect Dairy/Manor style in feel of service and approach to cooking and music...but this will be a new thing entirely."
In a nutshell: French restaurant at revamped Lanesborought Hotel
Where is it? The Lanesborough, Hyde Park Corner, London SW1X 7TA
Why should you care? The Lanesborought has just had a big refit and brought with it a new French restaurant with a three Michelin starred chef at the helm. It stil has the amazing dining room.
In a nutshell: Battersea Wine Bar
Where is it? 2 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1ED
Why should you care? This is the first wine bar from wine importer Humble Grape. Filled with wines it's on two floors and also has a menu of small plates and sharing platters.
In a nutshell: Truffles and burgers
Where is it? 8a Sackville Street London W1S 3DF
Why should you care? This Mayfair restaurant concentrates on both good meat and truffle - with the two mixing in a burger range. Plus there's a top mixologist on the scene too.
In a nutshell: Noodle bar in Finsbury Park
Where is it? 2 Blackstock Road, London N4 2DL
Why should you care? The original Salvation in Noodles has been a big hit over in Dalston and this sees them opening the second restaurant in nearby Finsbury Park. Expect new dishes and a cocktail bar too.
In a nutshell: Ramen for City Folk
Where is it? 1 Crossrail Place, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AR
Why should you care? This is the second outing for Ippudo in London. Expect a similar menu to the original, with a big focus on ramen, of course.
In a nutshell: South American in Notting Hill
Where is it? 123 Clarendon Road, London W11 4JG
Why should you care? This comes from South American restaurateur and designer, Juan Santa Cruz, who already has Casa Cruz open in Buenos Aires. Expect a mix of South American and European cuisine.
In a nutshell: Tom Oldroyd comes to Islington
Where is it? 344 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0PD
Why should you care? So far he's been best known for having a hand in most of the Polpo launches but this sees him launch his own neighbourhood restaurant in Islington. Expect a walk-in cafe downstairs and a bistro upstairs.
In a nutshell: James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy make their supperclub permanent.
Where is it? 52 Wilton Way, London E8
Why should you care? Until last Summer, James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy ran a supper club called The Secret Larder. But now they're heading over to Hackney to open a restaurant called Pidgin.
In a nutshell: Make your own hot dogs on Oxford Street
Where is it? 235b Old Street, London EC1V 9HE
Why should you care? In this new fast-food joint you'll able to choose the bun, type of dog and as many garnishes as you see fit.
In a nutshell: Athenian grill in Soho
Where is it? 21 Bateman Street, London W1D 3AL
Why should you care? This Greek restaurant will primarily be focused on souvlaki - grilled meat from a skewer, ate either as-is or in a wrap. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? July 6
In a nutshell: Top NYC pizza chef launches in the UK
Where is it? 103 Charing Cross Road, London, WC2H 0DT
Why should you care? NYC's Bruno DiFabio is a six world pizza championship title holder and has 10 pizzerias across America. And now he's coming to London.
In a nutshell: Upstairs at 10 Bells chefs take over this rooftop space for the summer
Where is it? Brooksby's Walk, Homerton, London E9 6DA
Why should you care? The main focus is around Italian sharing plates. The plan is to feature some of their top dishes from the Ten Bells alongside new additions. AND there's a weekend BBQ.
In a nutshell: Soho House does eggs
Where is it? 30 Uxbridge Street, London, W8 7TA
Why should you care? This is the latest from Soho House, who also own Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger. This time the restaurant is all based around eggs.
In a nutshell: Waterloo watering hole revamped
Where is it? 150 Waterloo Road, London SE1 8SB
Why should you care? It's a longstanding bar in Waterloo that has just undergone a major revamp. Expect a new "contemporary industrial feel" and a menu with burgers and wood-fired pizzas.
Also opened in July:
- American-style food from Boneyard in Shoreditch
- The new Picturehouse Central opened and it has a pretty decent Martin Brudnizki-designed restaurant attached too.
- David Moore (of Pied a Terre) has opened a second 160 Smokehouse in the more central location of Stoney Lane, near Aldgate.
- Single dish chicken restaurant Ma' Plucker opened in Soho
- A new gourmet sandwich shop called Cafe Mish opened in Mayfair, with salt beef sarnies as the lead, alongside lamb, pastrami, porchetta and more
In a nutshell: Prep kitchen and burgers in Hackney
Where is it? 97 Mentmore Terrace, London E8 3PH
Why should you care? The main reason for this space in Hackney is to support the Patty & Bun restaurants and vans but you'll be able to get your burger fix there too.
In a nutshell: Meatballs in Soho
Where is it? 58 Greek Street Soho London W1D 3DY
Why should you care? It's the latest single item restaurant to hit town, this time concentrating on the humble meatball - although there will be a wagyu variety among others.
In a nutshell: Crab in every which way
Where is it? Unit 7, Broadgate Circle, London EC2M 2QS
Why should you care? This is being billed as an all-day seafood restaurant and bar with a distinct NYC focus for the menu (and lots of crab, naturally).
In a nutshell: Angela Hartnett's second cafe
Where is it? 34-36 Tavistock Street, London WC2E 7PB
Why should you care? This is second of Angela Hartnett's Cafe Muranos and there will be many new dishes on the menu too - as well as a shop selling fresh pastas and sauces.
In a nutshell: Cheese and fizz
Where is it? 34 Church Street, Greenwich London, SE10 9BL
Why should you care? On the menu at this latest outpost for the deli/restaurant will be a variety of French food, including fresh tartines and the deli will stock over 50 soft and hard French cheeses, plus terrines, rillettes, cassoulets, confits, soups and saucisses.
In a nutshell: Peruvian in Clapham
Where is it? 44 Clapham High Street London SW4 7UR
Why should you care? The 85-seater restaurant at Mommi is from the team behind Camden's KOKO, who already run Bison & Bird in Clapham. They're going to be putting on a mixture of raw and robata grill dishes with Peruvian influences.
In a nutshell: Kentish Town pub goes back to its roots
Where is it? 166 Malden Road, London NW5 4BS
Why should you care? This Kentish Town pub is reverting back to its classic name along with its new owners, who are also behind the nearby Grafton.
In a nutshell: Bone broth in Notting Hill
Where is it? 209 Westbourne Park Road, London W11 1EA
Why should you care? Planned as a long term pop-up, this is a new restaurant that's picking up a stateside health phenomenon - uplifting stock into more gourmet "broth".
In a nutshell: Le Chateaubriand comes to London
Where is it? 8 Mount Street, Mayfair
Why should you care? The people behind the famed Le Chateaubriand have come to London with their Head Chef Paul Boudier looking after the kitchen.
In a nutshell: Sustainable seafood in Mayfair
Where is it? 4 Mill Street, London W1S 2AX
Why should you care? This is the latest restaurant from Kurt Zdesar, who last opened Chotto Matte in Soho. This venture is all centred around sustainable seafood and coastal cooking.
In a nutshell: New York steakhouse comes to town
Where is it? 1 John Adam Street, London WC2N 6HT
Why should you care? This popular small steak chain has nine steak restaurants across the US and now they're looking to open in the UK - their first outside the US. Expect imported USDA Prime beef to be served alongside British and Irish cuts. There'll also be the usual signature seafood dishes, so think shellfish platters, crabcakes, whole Maine lobster - that kind of thing.
In a nutshell: Bar and members club goes south
Where is it? 1 Clayton Road, Peckham, London SE15 5JA
Why should you care? The latest Dolls House follows hot on the heels of the recent Islington opening. Expect a similar menu and split between bar, restaurant and late night private members' club, This Dolls House will also have outside seating too.
In a nutshell: Korean chicken for Exmouth Market
Where is it? 50 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QE
Why should you care? Jubo have had a home on Rivington Street as a pop-up for a while now, but this will be a more permanent home. Expect their signature Korean chicken alongside beer and "drinking food" as well as plenty of soju.
In a nutshell: Brunch & more in King's Cross
Where is it? 7 Pancras Square, London N1C 4AG
Why should you care? Bill Granger already had success with Granger & co in nearby Clerkenwell as well as the very popular Notting Hill original. Expect a similar approach this time around, with an all-day menu and a big focus on brunch at the weekends.
In a nutshell: Mark Sargeant's Soho brasserie
Where is it? 17 Wardour Street, London W1D 6PJ
Why should you care? This is the latest from Mark Sargeant who is opening his first Soho restaurant. Downstairs is for walk-ins for snacks, small plates and charcuterie while upstairs will be an affordable brasserie.
In a nutshell: Sandwiches by the inch at Broadgate
Where is it? Kiosk 2 – 42 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS
Why should you care? This is the first permanent venture from Street Kitchen, best known for working out of their airstream at Broadgate. The main event will be sandwiches cut by the inch, with the same focus on sustainability throughout.
In a nutshell: Meat and tapas in Borough
Where is it? 14 Borough High Street, SE1 9QG
Why should you care? This new meat and tapas bar near Borough Market has been set up by an ex Brindisa chef and has a big focus on Iberico pork.
In a nutshell: Tapas & more on the South Bank
Where is it? 5 Canvey Street, The Blue Fin Building, London, SE1 9NA
Why should you care? Already popular in King's Cross and Blackfriars, Camino are about to open south of the river in Bankside. As with the original Camino, the menu will have tapas and sharing platters and dishes prepared on a plancha grill.
In a nutshell: Jason Atherton does a wine bar in Marylebone
Where is it? 39 James Street, London W1U 1EB
Why should you care? This is the next thing from Jason Atherton, who is not letting opening in New York distract him from his home town. This sees him embracing one of London's trends, the return of the wine bar. Expect a wine bar where all the waiters are somelliers as well as tapas dishes and a wine shop.
In a nutshell: Fish & Chips in Brixton
Where is it? 53 Brixton Station Road, London SW9 8PQ
Why should you care? This is the second Hook fish and chips restaurant in London after the successful Camden original. Expect tempura battered fish, seaweed salted chips and their own ice cream alongside a lot more..
Les Deux Salons (Re-launch)
In a nutshell: French restaurant revamped
Where is it? 40-42 William IV Street, London WC2N 4DD
Why should you care? This restaurant has been bought and completely revamped by Prescott & Conran. While the French food remains intact (with a new menu) they've now added a new first floor dining experience that's a bit more upmarket than the rest of the restaurant. There's a cafe too and it's also a spot for late night dining as it's open until 12.30am.
In a nutshell: Indian food start-up
Where is it? 53 Station Road, London SW9 8PQ
Why should you care? This new Indian restaurant is opening as part of Pop Brixton. It's all about small plate dishes, cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks too.
The Ivy (Re-launch)
In a nutshell: Famed restaurant gets a major overhaul
Where is it? 9 West Street, London WC2H 9NE
Why should you care? It's the 100th anniversary of the Ivy and to celebrate they're literally selling off the silver (in an auction) and completely refitting the restaurant and adding new dishes in the process.
In a nutshell: Classic Indian moved to St James
Where is it? 73 St James Street, London SW1A 1PH
Why should you care? Chutney Mary is closing its doors on the King's Road and relocate to 73 St James’s Street, opening in April on the site that used to be Wheeler’s. It's a new location for the restaurant which has been around since 1990 and owner Namita Panjabi and her sister Camellia will be introducing various new dishes to the restaurant's menu.
In a nutshell: Australian café with a healthy kick
Where is it? 59a Portobello Road, London W11 3DB
Why should you care? This all-day café has an Australian influence and a healthy focus. It has a menu from a private chef to the stars and plenty of healthy drinks too.
In a nutshell: Pub and restaurant in the City
Where is it? 91 Gresham Street, London EC2V 7NQ
Why should you care? The Trading House is taking over what used to be the Bank of New Zealand. It'll feature what's being described as a 'striking' central bar, a restaurant seating just under 100 and a mezzanine area for private parties.
In a nutshell: Chelsea cafe opens a second in St John's Wood
Where is it? 120 St John’s Wood High Street, St John’s Wood, London NW8 7SG
Why should you care? The original Megan's in Chelsea has proven to be a draw for many a local celeb and now they're opening a second in St John's Wood. This will have an all-day menu and lobster specials at the weekend.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese in Smithfield
Where is it? 12 Smithfield Street London EC1A 9LA
Why should you care? This is a new restaurant for Smithfield, but it's one that's moved there from Bermondsey. Expect pho (of course) as well as steamed buns, rice dishes and more on the menu.
Also opened in June:
- Barbecue mini-chain Bodeans just opened a brand new place near Old St station on City Road.
- Frozen yoghurt parlour The Sloane Bros, with a very British feel, featuring Jammie Dodger and Bourbon cream flavours, opened on Brick Lane.
- Modern British restaurant Mimosa opened a second site in Chelsea
- Valentina Fine Foods opened its flagship store in Shad Thames, near Tower Bridge - a combined delicatessen, restaurant, caffé, and enoteca.
- On Highbury Corner, the former Tramshed has been transformed into the Highbury Brewhouse and Kitchen
In a nutshell: Roti Chai comes to Canary Wharf
Where is it? 1 Crossrail Place, London E14 5AR
Why should you care? This is the latest from Roti Chai and is part "Toddy Shop" and part dining room. They'll be an all-day affair here too, so there's a big emphasis on breakfast for nearby City workers.
In a nutshell: Revamped pub in Hackney
Where is it? 254 Hackney Road, London E2 7SJ
Why should you care? This is a revamped pub from two St John veterans, Tom Harris and Jon Rotheram. It will focus on the best of British food and drinks, with a menu inspired by the history of London.
In a nutshell: Hot dogs in Soho
Where is it? 48 Frith Street, London W1D 4SF
Why should you care? This hot dog restaurant promises to have a "US rebel biker culture of the 1950s" feel to it.
As for the food, there's the influence a healthier eating regime throughout. So you'll be able to choose your 'dog' - from classic veal & pork, beef or chicken (with vegetarian options too) as well as a bun - a choice of three - with approximately 9 hotdog choices on the menu.
In a nutshell: A new US chain for London
Where is it? Unit 3, 10 Jamestown Road, Camden Town, NEW1 7BY
Why should you care? This will be the first of 20 new Fatburgers in the UK, which is a Californian burger chain. Expect some huge customisable burgers on the menu and what they call "hand scooped" shakes.
In a nutshell: Lobster rolls for a tenner in Soho
Where is it? 58 Dean Street, London W1D 6AL
Why should you care? This is the latest from the people behind Burger & Lobster and the second Smack Lobster in London. They specialise in very affordable lobster, starting from £10 for rolls, lobsters, salads and more.
In a nutshell: Burger dipping in Wimbledon
Where is it? 62 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1RQ
Why should you care? This is the second Dip & Flip after the original in Clapham. They specialise in the French dip - essentially sandwiches (and burgers) served with bowls of gravy for dipping.
The Canonbury Re-launch
In a nutshell: Islington pub with a top landlord
Where is it? 21 Canonbury Place, London N1 2NS
Why should you care? When top pub landlord Oisin Rogers left The Ship, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth. But now he's returned to take the help of Islington pub, The Canonbury. Expect a completely re-designed pub by Youngs and an overhauled menu too
In a nutshell: Burgers go to the mall
Where is it? Westfield Stratford
Why should you care? After becoming a huge success in Covent Garden, Danny Meyer's US burger import heads west to conquer Westfield shopping mall.
In a nutshell: Yauatcha goes to the city
Where is it? Broadgate Circle
Why should you care? The popular Soho high-end din sum joint has been around for 10 years and they're finally opening a second restaurant in the City (this time without Yau) from the people behind Hakkasan. It comes with a standalone patisserie too.
In a nutshell: Farm shop and cafe in Marylebone
Where is it? 6-8 Blandford Street, Marylebone, London W1U 4AU
Why should you care? This is the latest from Daylesford Organic, combining a shop selling produce from their farm and an all-day café.
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
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