We keep a running list of all the new London restaurants that have opened over the past year.
Here, you'll find the main new restaurant openings that have been creating a buzz in London recently, handily broken down month-by-month so you can see just when they opened.
In a nutshell: Persian in Knightsbridge
Where is it? 9 Knightsbridge Green, London SW1X 7QL
Why should you care? This is the second Kateh, having also opened in Maida Vale. This restaurant will focus on a breadth of Persian cuisine, seven days a week.
In a nutshell: Pricey steak & raw bar
Where is it? 60 Threadneedle St, London EC2R 8HP
Why should you care? This trio of restaurants is from an ex MD of Gaucho and features a mix of a grill, raw bar and your more standard bar. It's not for everyone, though as the costs of steaks will run as high as £139... Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? November 21
In a nutshell: European/Middle East restaurant in Shoreditch
Where is it? 68-80 Hanbury Street, London E1 5JL
Why should you care? Jago is the first restaurant from Louis Solley, who used to head up Ottolenghi in Notting Hill. He's now opening an all-day restaurant in Shoreditch with a focus on European and Middle-Eastern cuisine. Bar open now - full food service to follow in December.
In a nutshell: The Dairy gets a sibling restaurant
Where is it? 148 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6BX
Why should you care? Situated on Clapham Manor Street, the Manor will see the Dairy's Dean Parker heading up the kitchen in this restaurant from the people behind Clapham's hugely popular The Dairy. As the new restaurant is just down the road from The Dairy, they'll still be able to use the produce from the rooftop garden and beehives, while Delicatessen will supply the homemade charcuterie. Soft launch with 25% off food until 24 November.
In a nutshell: "Mostly Chinese" in Dalston
Where is it? 511 Kingsland Road, London E8 4AR
Why should you care? Located close to Dalston Junction Station, the restaurant (its name translates to rice bucket) is serving up mostly Chinese food but, as owner Wai Wan explains "ultimately the menu has no boundaries...
The Grill at the Dorchester (re-launch)
In a nutshell: Ducasse takes over the Grill
Where is it? 153 Park Lane, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA
Why should you care? This is the latest of Alain Ducasse's growing empire across London as his protege takes over the other restaurant at the Dorchester and lays on a brand new menu and look.
In a nutshell: Islington pub
Where is it? 59 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0NY
Why should you care? This is a new pub that's taking over from the recently closed O'Neills on Upper Street (and you'll notice that O Neills pubs all over town are getting a similar "individual" makeover"). Expect food from Ruby Jeans Diner too - an American diner style offering with plenty of burgers, hot dogs, nachos, wings and more.
In a nutshell: Cuban sandwiches, craft beers & more on
Where is it? 125 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0UH
Why should you care? The folk behind Clerkenwell pub the Blacksmith and Toffeemaker are branching out northwards on the site of the former White Rabbit Cocktail Club. This is being billed as a cafe bar and event space. By day it'll serve up coffee and cake but in the evening it "will turn into more of a boozy drinking den".
In a nutshell: Wine family opens standalone restaurant
Where is it? 15 New Burlington Place, London, W1S 2HK
Why should you care? The Frescobaldi family are apparently "one of Italy’s oldest and most respected wine dynasties and now they’re opening a British outpost of their popular Dei Frescobaldi restaurants. The food will "celebrate Tuscany’s rich gastronomic tradition, but with their own contemporary twist".
In a nutshell: Gordon grabs another street
Where is it? 3 - 9 Heddon Street London W1B 4BE
Why should you care? Following the success of Bread Street Kitchen in the City, Gordon's set his sights on Mayfair for a follow-up. Find out more.
In a nutshell: Bombay Café comes to Granary Square
Where is it? Stable Street, London N1C
Why should you care? This is the third Dishoom Bombay Cafe to open after successes in Covent Garden and Shoreditch. Expect a similar all day Indian menu at this restaurant which will be one of the largest in the area. 50% off food and drink soft launch until November 19.
In a nutshell: Organic pub meets organic produce
Where is it? 30 St Peter's Street, Islington, London N1
Why should you care? Riverford, best known for their organic food deliveries, have also previously held London pop-ups as well as running their own Riverford Field Kitchen at their farm in Devon. But now they're settling down as they partner with organic pub, The Duke Of Cambridge in Islington, to run a menu by head chef Benoit Berenger with food from the farm.
108 Brasserie (re-launch)
In a nutshell: Marylebone relaunch
Where is it? 108 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2QE
Why should you care? 108 Brasserie (formerly 108 Bar and Grill) is just coming out from a complete makeover, and with a new name too. The 108 Bar and Grill has been transformed into what they're aiming to be "truly local dining experience".
In a nutshell: Danish in Notting Hill
Where is it? Golborne Road, Notting Hill
Why should you care? This is a combined Danish cafe and deli opening in Notting Hill. Expect a very Danish all-day menu in very Danish surroundings.
In a nutshell: Lobster (not burger)
Where is it? Ground Floor West Front, Aldwych House, 71-91 Aldwych, WC2
Why should you care? Not content with a gradual takeover of London with Burger and Lobster, Goodman restaurants are launching Smack lobster deli which will concentrate on a range of lobster rolls as well as whole prepared lobsters.
In a nutshell: Japanese in Belgravia
Where is it? 21 Grosvenor Gardens, London SW1W 0JW
Why should you care? This new Japanese restaurant features all-Japanese kitchen staff, a Head Chef who was a founding chef at Zuma and also boasts a pretty spectacular setting in a Grade II building.
In a nutshell: All-day Provencal restaurant
Where is it? 8-10 Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, London, EC1R 4QA
Why should you care? This all-day Provencal restaurant will offer "coffees and brunch throughout the day as well as more of a restaurant and bar atmosphere in the evenings." Simon Conboy, the previous executive chef at The Ivy and Rivington Grill in Dubai is Exec chef and it comes from Charlie McLean who used to be at Cau and Gaucho.
In a nutshell: Roka expands again
Where is it? Ground Floor West Front, Aldwych House, 71-91 Aldwych, WC2
Why should you care? Another expansion for Rainer Becker's Roka, the modern Japanese restaurant Roka with its signature focus, the Robata grill. As with the Mayfair opening earlier in 2014, this will add a few dishes unique to the Aldwych location on top of the more familiar elements of the menu.
In a nutshell: Gallery restaurant revamp
Where is it? Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN
Why should you care? This is a complete re-launch of the restaurant in the Wallace collection - in a space that is "as close as possible to al fresco without being outdoors". Expect French inspired cuisine using British produce.
In a nutshell: British restaurant in Soho
Where is it? 148 Clapham Manor Street, London SW4 6BX
Why should you care? Forget No Reservations, a new Soho restaurant opening on Wardour Street is boasting that it's reservations-only and the menu here will consist of small plates with a very British flavour.
In a nutshell: Greek deli and restaurant from Real Greek founder
Where is it? Arthouse, 1 York Way, King’s Cross, London N1C 4AS
Why should you care? This new Greek restaurant and deli comes from the man who founded The Real Greek. Its kitchen will "focus on food from Greek regions and the Eastern Mediterranean basin" while the "food store" will offer a range of Greek cheese, charcuterie, honey and more.
In a nutshell: Lobster every which way
Where is it? 111 Great Russell Street, WC1B 3NQ
Why should you care? There's a completely lobster-focused menu at this Fitzrovia restaurant. Expect lobster mac n’ cheese, lobster tails and deep-fried legs, claws and knuckles served in rolls.
In a nutshell: Thai Barbecue in Soho
Where is it? 7 Denmark Street, London WC2H 8LZ
Why should you care? This Thai barbecue restaurant in Soho features a chef from the Begging Bowl, Zeren Wilson on the wine list, and a short daily menu with a focus on cooking over wood and with traditional pestles & mortars.
In a nutshell: Richard Caring's American restaurant and bar goes west
Where is it? Hotham House, 1 Heron Square TW9 1EJ
Why should you care? This is the latest of Richard Caring's Jackson and Rye restaurants (there's one in Soho and another in Chiswick) which specialise in American cuisine and cocktails. 50% off food soft launch until 4 December.
In a nutshell: Revamped gastropub in St John's Wood
Where is it? 23–24 Aberdeen Place, St John's Wood, London, NW8 8JR.
Why should you care? This revamped pub in St John's Wood will have an ex Pollen Street Social chef in charge, and a mix of British and contemporary Lebanese cuisine.
In a nutshell: Italian beach themed restaurant
Where is it? 461-465 North End Road, Fulham, London SW6 1NZ
Why should you care? This Italian restaurant and bar in Fulham Broadway will feature sunloungers and vintage arcade games to set the scene for the beach-themed restaurant. Expect thin Italian filled flatbreads sharing dishes and beach-themed cocktails.
In a nutshell: Wintery rooftop eating at Selfridges
Where is it? The roof of Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1H 6HB
Why should you care? This is the second rooftop installation on the roof of Selfridges, from the people who brought you Q Grill. This time expect more wintery food but it's the hot chocolate cocktail bar that we'll be making a beeline towards.
Wild Game Co
In a nutshell: Game pop-up goes permanent
Where is it? 65 Charlotte St, London W1T 4PQ
Why should you care? The Wild Game Co are best known for a very popular series of pop-ups and residencies across town. Now they're settling down in their own restaurant. Expect dishes like venison chateaubriand, a highland beef burger, stovies and more.
In a nutshell: Latest from the Quarter Group
Where is it? 11 Barkston Gardens, London
Why should you care? This is the latest cafe, bar and restaurant from the Quarter Group - an all day dining restaurant attached the the Hotel Indigo Kensington. There's a deli with locally sourced artisan produce too.
In a nutshell: Soho trailer heads to Kentish Town
Where is it? 157 Kentish Town Rd, London NW1 8PD
Why should you care? This streetfood trailer from Soho has found its permanent home in Kentish Town, where they'll be serving the same Cantonese food that's gone down so well in Soho. And they;re also planning Chinese-style Sunday roasts.
In a nutshell: Mayfair pub gets a refurb.
Where is it? 20 October 2014 at 41 Farm Street, Mayfair, London W1J 5RP
Why should you care? It's probably best known for having once belonged to Madonna's ex, Guy Ritchie. But now under new management, the Punchbowl in Mayfair is reopening with a new look and menu.
In a nutshell: Very small sushi restaurant with big-name chef
Where is it? 12 New Burlington Street, London W1S 3BH
Why should you care? Mitsuhiro Araki, whose Tokyo restaurant had three Michelin stars is heading to London. That's the good news. The bad news is that the restaurant will accommodate just nine people up at the dining counter and six in a private dining room.
In a nutshell: Ceviche pop-up goes permanent
Where is it? 1st Floor, Kingly Court, Soho, London W1B 5PW
Why should you care? They've been running pop-ups around the capital for a few years, but now Senor Ceviche have moved to a permanent site in Soho. Expect signature ceviches, Peruvian BBQ and plenty of pisco sours.
In a nutshell: Skye Gyngell at Somerset House
Where is it? Somerset House, Lancaster Place, London WC2R 1LA
Why should you care? Spring is Skye Gyngell's first solo venture, who had such a big success at Petersham Nurseries. She'll be setting up shop in the "new" wing of Somerset House which hasn't been open to the public for 150 years and serving fair like Grilled langoustine with seaweed butter and Roasted turbot with porcini and bone marrow.
In a nutshell: Upmarket fish & chips comes to the City
Where is it? Dashwood House, 69 old Broad Street, London EC2M 1QS
Why should you care? Already popular in Islington, this will be the second Fish and Chip Shop. Expect a similar menu to the original in a larger space that includes a terrace too.
In a nutshell: All-day cafe in Islington
Where is it? 290 St Pauls Road, Islington, London N1 2LH
Why should you care? This all-day cafe (with a booze licence for the evening) is just a couple of doors down from LeCoq and promises an evolving menu targeted at Islington locals.
In a nutshell: M1LK opens a cafe on Clapham Common
Where is it? 2 Rookery Road, Clapham Common, SW4 9DD
Why should you care? With room for 30 inside and 80 outdoors on a heated terrace this cafe will serve an all day menu, and have its own roof garden and plant nursery where founder Julian Porter will grow his own produce and micro herbs, to be used in the café. Expect locally sourced food and some special coffee too.
In a nutshell: Footballers become restaurateurs
Where is it? 692-694 Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 8AL
Why should you care? A bunch of big name footballers have clubbed together to bring a swanky Spanish restaurant chain to sunny Chigwell. La Sala, which has a flagship restaurant in Puerto Banus, is being backed by Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the former Birmingham City captain Stephen Carr among others. It's the first restaurant outside Spain for the La Sala group.
In a nutshell: Salmon-based restaurant in Belgravia
Where is it? 1 Pont St, London SW1X 9EJ
Why should you care? This restaurant chain has been established in the Middle East, with restaurants in Lebanon, Jeddah and Dubai, and now they've settled on a London home in Belgravia (taking over from Palm). Expect smoked salmon galore and a lot more on the menu.
In a nutshell: Shopping and ramen
Where is it? Selfridges Food Hall, Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB?
Why should you care? One of London's most popular ramen restaurants sets up shop in Selfridges with this new ramen bar, offering the best of their menu right in the heart of the shopping mecca.
In a nutshell: Japanese Ramen chain comes to London
Where is it? Central St Giles
Why should you care? Originally from Fukokoka, this ramen chain has expanded all over the world, and the first London UK is planned for Central St Giles.
In a nutshell: Classic revamped
Where is it? 16 Bury St, Mayfair, London SW1Y 6AJ
Why should you care? One of Mayfair St James’ finest dining establishments is getting a refresh this autumn – except this is far more than a new lick of paint. Quaglino’s, the iconic restaurant and late-night venue, is undergoing a full-scale renovation under the direction of D&D London and Russell Sage studios.
In a nutshell: Peruvian in Marylebone
Where is it? 18 Thayer St, W1U 3JY, London
Why should you care? Another addition to London's growing Peruvian scene is coming to Marylebone in October with Pachamama. The restaurant is promising "dishes that reflect the spectrum of influences in Peruvian cuisine using the finest of locally-sourced, seasonal British produce." (50% off food until 14 October)
In a nutshell: Caribbean in Ealing
Where is it? 16 High Street, Ealing, London, W5 5DB
Why should you care? This Caribbean restaurant and bar has locations all over the UK, but this is their first in London. Expect plenty of jerk ribs, pulled jerk pork, duck rolls, Jamaican fried bait and lots more - washed down with lots of rum cocktails.
In a nutshell: Great beer plus bar food to soak it up
Where is it? Torrens Street, Angel, London EC1V 1NQ
Why should you care? They'll be brewing their own beer on the premises but also BEER CAN CHICKEN!
In a nutshell: Soho House diner for Holborn
Where is it? 199-206 High Holborn, Camden, London, WC1V 7BD
Why should you care? This is the new American-style restaurant being run by Soho House at the oh-so-trendy Hoxton Hotel in Holborn.
In a nutshell: Dining on a superyacht
Where is it? Sunborn London hotel, Royal Victoria Dock London, E16 1XL
Why should you care? If you like the idea of pretending you're a billionaire whilst watching the boats zip past on the Thames this is for you.
In a nutshell: Hidden rotisserie in Midtown
Where is it? 199-206 High Holborn, Camden, London, WC1V 7BD (but see below for details)
Why should you care? There are a lot of fans of this chicken-only establishment but this is the first one they've opened in central London.
In a nutshell: American shrimp co. comes to London
Where is it? Trocadero, 7-14 Coventry St, Piccadilly Circus, London W1D 7DH
Why should you care? The first UK Bubba Gump restaurant has been on the cards for a long time, but now it looks like it's actually going to happen (signs are up and everything!). This American seafood chain will take over the site that once hosted Planet Hollywood, offering all manner of shrimps and more.
In a nutshell: Stoke Newington Burgers
Where is it? 129 Stoke Newington High St
Why should you care? Burger Bear is another street-food burger joint that has built up a big following and are also the latest to grab a permanent space. This sees them joining up with the Bear Hug Brewery to supply burgers and beer to Stokey locals.
In a nutshell: Revamped pub in Bethnal Greem
Where is it? 441 Bethnal Green Road, London E2 0AN
Why should you care? Fans of the Discount Suit Company on Petticoat Lane Market should look out for The Sun Tavern. Open all day, the pub will serve up pastries and freshly brewed coffees from Bethnal Green’s Square Mile roastery in the morning, as well as bar snacks throughout the day.
In a nutshell: Ecuadorian ceviche
Where is it? 116a St. Annes Court, London W1F 0BG
Why should you care? Eaten Ecuadorian food recently/ever? Us neither, which is why we're mildly intrigued by the idea of Tostado. The restaurant will specialise in ceviche and will also offer their own twist on an English breakfast menu in addition to a selection of soups and stews.
In a nutshell: Irish fish restaurnt from Belgium comes to London
Where is it? 63 Parkway, Camden, London NW1 7PP
Why should you care? This fish restaurant comes from the same people behind Belgium's Bia Mara restaurant and takes over the space that used to hold Ttattoria Lucca (which has been in Camden for over 50 years).
In a nutshell: South Bank Mondrian with NYC chef
Where is it? 20 Upper Ground, London SE1 9PD
Why should you care? The Mondrian Hotel on the South Bank takes over the Sea Containers building and will have a riverside bar and brasserie, as well as a rooftop lounge. Seamus Mullen of New York's highly rated Tertulia is in charge of the restaurant while Ryan Chetiyawardana (AKA Mr. Lyan) is looking after the cocktail bar.
In a nutshell: The Shed's next restaurant
Where is it? 172 Kings Road, London,SW3 4UP
Why should you care? A couple of tears after the successful launch of The Shed in Notting Hill, The Gladwin brothers are back with their follow up, Rabbit. This time it'll be a "celebration of wild British food" in Chelsea.
In a nutshell: Bunnychow comes to Soho
Where is it? 74 Wardour Street, London W1F 0TE
Why should you care? This is Bunnychow's first restaurant (following Boxpark) with plenty more planned, Expect South African food served inside a mini loaf.
In a nutshell: Italian in Covent Garden
Where is it? 1-5 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JZ
Why should you care? This 100 seater Italian restaurant will serve up a daily menu on two floors, split into small plates, pasta dishes, sandwiches and meats from The Rare Breed Meat Company in Colchester.
In a nutshell: Crazy golf in Shoreditch
Where is it? Factory 7, 7-11 Hearn St, London, EC2A 3LS
Why should you care? We've already had boozy/foodie ping pong, so it's time for the next (slightly more sedate) craze - crazy golf. This is taking over a warehouse in East London and sees plenty of street food traders joining in.
In a nutshell: Hoxton comes to Holborn with Soho House in tow.
Where is it? 199-206 High Holborn, Camden, London, WC1V 7BD.
Why should you care? This new Holborn hotel features Hubbard & Bell, described as "top nosh with a French-American twist" and Chicken Shop in the basement - both from Soho House. Plus there will be coffee from Holborn Grind.
In a nutshell: Wine-led restaurant on Peminsula Square
Where is it? Peninsula Square, London SE10 0SQ
Why should you care? Greenwich Kitchen is a new all-day restaurant coming to Greenwich last week with a strong focus on wine. Its general manager is Alice Bernigaud whose background includes both 20:50 and Bistro Du Vin while their master sommelier Gearoid Devaney has earned his wine stripes at Tom Aikens and Pierre Gagnaire in Paris.
In a nutshell: Meat-free ethical food restaurant
Where is it? 48 Eastcastle Street, London W1W 8DX
Why should you care? The self-service, ethical restaurant will have eat in or takeaway options, customers can build their plates with a variety of dishes inspired by different countries. There'll also be space to eat outdoors.
In a nutshell: Marcus Wareing at Seven Dials
Where is it? 4 Upper St Martin’s Lane, London WC2H 9NY
Why should you care? Tredwell's is from Marcus Wareing, but he'll taking the role of restaurateur here, while concentrating on the kitchen at MARCUS. Here, Chantelle Nicholson is taking charge of what will be a "casual but informed restaurant - food you like when you like."
In a nutshell: Corbin & King become hoteliers
Where is it? Brown Hart Gardens, Mayfair, London W1K 6TF
Why should you care? Corbin and King are taking over this art deco building in Mayfair to create a 75 room hotel. The hotel's restaurant will be called The Colony Grill Room. In a recent missive about their plans it seems that the hotel is going to be redolent of the era of Grand Hotel grill rooms.
In a nutshell: Kurobuta meets Whisky Mist
Where is it? 92B Old Brompton Road, London SW7 5LF
Why should you care? Adam (Whisky Mist and Mahiki) has teamed up with Kurobuta's Scott Hallsworth to open Ramusake to bring "the underground speakeasy vibe of New York's East Village" to a basement restaurant and bar on the Old Brompton Road.
In a nutshell: Rita's does an underground bar
Where is it? 175 Mare St, London E8 3RH
Why should you care? Rita's are opening up the space in the basement, previously kept back for private events, as a new bar Night Elm. They're viewing the bar as "a return to our pop-up days" being close in spirit to the original Rita's at Birthdays. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? September 17
In a nutshell: Roka's daytime diner
Where is it? Under Roka Charlotte Street, 37 Charlotte St, London W1T 1RR
Why should you care? Roka Charlotte Street's Shochu Lounge is celebrating its 10th anniversary by transforming during the daytime to a new diner. Open lunchtime Monday - Friday, expect ramen, Hirata buns and more.
In a nutshell: Lantana's evening alter ego.
Where is it? Fitzrovia (13 Charlotte Place, London W1T1SN) and Shoreditch (1 Oliver's Yard, 55 City Rd, London EC1Y 1HQ)
Why should you care? Lantana currently has two popular cafés run by Shelagh Ryan and Michael Homan - one in Fitzrovia and another in Shoreditch, the latter specifically based on Melbourne cafés. Until now, they've been strictly daytime affairs - but now they're both going to open in the evening under a new name "Shin Dig".
In a nutshell: Brighton fave comes to London
Where is it? 52 Cambridge Street, London SW1V 4QQ
Why should you care? The boutique Artists Residence hotel will be in Pimlico, a short walk from Victoria and they'll be bringing Brighton's 64 Degrees with them as the hotel's restaurant. The small plates restaurant has been getting rave reviews down there, so it should get a great reception in London too.
In a nutshell: Stately home meets bar and brasserie
Where is it? 42 Northampton Road, London EC1R 0HU
Why should you care? This all-day brasserie and bar is from the people behind Reverend JW Simpson, Blitz Party and Prohibition and Bourne & Hollingsworth Bar. Their latest aims to combine everything they've done so far under one roof.
In a nutshell: Sager & Wilde's second wine bar
Where is it? 250 Paradise Row, London, E2
Why should you care? Sager & Wilde's Mission will have New Californian wines very much as the focus of the new venue. There will also be a list of classic American cocktails and a greater emphasis on food with James De Jong (previously at Islington's The Drapers Arms) in charge of a Californian influenced menu.
In a nutshell: Soho dessert bar
Where is it? 8 Broadwick Street, London W1F 8HN
Why should you care? Dessert bars are all the rage at the moment and this latest one is from the same person behind Paris cocktail bar Sherry Butt. Expect desseets served till midnight and paired with cocktails.
In a nutshell: Mayan cuisine in Covent Garden
Where is it? 167 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PG
Why should you care? This restaurant specialises in Mayan cuisine with burritos for lunch with steak, ceviche and more in the evening.
In a nutshell: Canvas reborn
Where is it? 1 Wilbraham Place, London SW1X 9AE
Why should you care? Canvas by Michael Riemenschneider opened in January in Marylebone as a "build your own" tasting menu restaurant. Earlier this summer, that restaurant closed - but Canvas is already about to make a return in an even bigger location (which will now seat 60 - up from 20 at the original).
In a nutshell: Hawaiian in Dalston
Where is it? Unit G2, Stamford Works 3 Gillette Street Dalston, East London, N16 8JH
Why should you care? This new Hawaiian restaurant comes from the same person behind Duke's Brew and Que who's now looking to bring Pacific cuisine - particularly Hawaii's "pokes" to London. Expect and eclerctic range of dishes and plenty of non-Tiki cocktails.
In a nutshell: Tartines in Covent Garden
Where is it? Unit 30, The Market Building, Covent Garden
Why should you care? This will specialise in French tartines, which will be inspired by the recipes of the owner Aurelia Delclos' grandmother (that's where the name comes from). Expect a very French look to the establishment.
In a nutshell: Seasonal cocktails in Brixton
Where is it? 336 Cold Harbour Lane, Brixton, London SW9 8QH
Why should you care? The folk behind this bar are Chris Edwards and Dave Tregenza who have worked at the Adam St private members club, the Baltic, Northbank restaurant and drake & Morgan. Fresh cocktails using local, seasonal & homegrown ingredients will live alongside a weekly changing menu of seasonal snacks such as terrines, tartares & carpaccios designed to match with the drinks.
In a nutshell: Japanese ramen bar comes to London
Where is it? 64 St Giles High Street, London WC2H 8LE
Why should you care? Kanada-Ya comes from Yukuhashi, Japan where it was set up by Kanada Kazuhiro in 2009 to produce a new style of ramen and it has a popular outpost in Hong Kong too. This is the first in Europe - and they're also planning some pop-ups around the country soon. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? August 27
In a nutshell: Bar goes south
Where is it? 6 Bevis Marks, London EC3A 7BA
Why should you care? The Alchemist makes a move from Manchester and Leeds into the City. It's an all-day restaurant and bar (big too, with space for over 150). Expect experimental cocktails and an eclectic all-day menu. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? August 26
In a nutshell: Ramen mash-up in Islington
Where is it? 105-106 Upper St, London N1 1QN
Why should you care? The twist for this ramen joint is its mash-ups between traditional ramen and other cuisines. That's been showcased in the recent pop-ups which has had British, Korean or American takes on Ramen (as well as, of course, the traditional Japanese approach).
In a nutshell: Dirty Burger in the east
Where is it? The Tea Building, 13 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA
Why should you care? After successful openings in Kentish Town and Vauxhall (plus a mash-up with Chicken Shop at Whitechapel) this latest opening is in Shoreditch's Tea Building. The usuals will be on offer - The basic Dirty Burger, the Dirty Bacon and the veggie Dirty Cop Out (portobello mushroom based). They'll have "Dirty Doughnuts" too.
In a nutshell: Tom Aikens on the docks
Where is it? Commodity Quay, St Katharine Docks.
Why should you care? This will be Tom Aikens' fourth Tom's Kitchen in London. It's in the new Commodity Quay, overlooking all the posh yachts, with an extra floating pontoon planned for later in the year. Seating 130 (with private dining room and events space too), it'll offer similar fare to the other restaurants.
In a nutshell: Fulham pub expands to Hammersmith
Where is it? 115 Dalling Road, London, W6 0ET.
Why should you care? Already popular in Fulham, the Butcher's Hook is due to open a second venue, this time taking over the space that used to house the Thatched House. It'll also have a chef who used to work at Daphne's and Launceston Place at the helm.
In a nutshell: High-end burgers
Where is it? 95 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 4PZ
Why should you care? This aims to do for burgers what the nearby Bubbledogs did for hot dogs. Expect Wagyu and foie gras on the menu.
In a nutshell: Burgers and pizza for weary shoppers
Where is it? John Lewis, 278-306 Oxford Street, London W1A 1EX.
Why should you care? Rossopomodoro began life in Naples back in 1999 and already has eight sites around the UK while the Ham Holy Burger restaurant will be new to most London foodies. The flagship John Lewis site is Ham Holy Burger's first UK restaurant for the cult Italian burger restaurant with three restaurants in Milan and Rome.
In a nutshell: Chicken and steak goes Bankside
Where is it? Metal Box Factory, Great Guildford Street, Bankside, SE1
Why should you care? Mark Hix's original chicken and steak venture Tramshed has been a big hit in Shoreditch, since spawning a City successor, Hixter. Now he's continuing to roll that out with a new Hixter coming to Bankside, round the corner from Tate Modern, this Summer (and with more Hixters waiting in the wings).
In a nutshell: Pilgrims' progress
Where is it? 11 Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW
Why should you care? After the success of their van, various appeances at festivals and the Soho pizzeria - Pizza Pilgrims have settled on a second home. But this isn't just a second restaurant - as well as their current popular pizzas it'll also have new varieties, monthly specials and seasonal toppings.
In a nutshell: Pies... in Putney
Where is it? 2 Putney High Street, London SW15 1SL
Why should you care? This Putney restaurant offers sweet and savoury pies handmade and served on the premises - along with a range of craft beers and ciders. They'll also be adding a large underground bar which will open on to Waterman’s Green by the River Thames.
In a nutshell: Wahaca residency on Brick Lane
Where is it? Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London, E1 6QL
Why should you care? Mexican restaurant Wahaca is branching out with a new long-term residency that's starting at the Truman Brewery this July. It will be inspired by Mexico City (Distrito Federal) and will serve freshly prepared dishes with a US influence.
In a nutshell: Healthy fast-food sous vide
Where is it? St Paul’s, 5 Deans Court, EC4V 5AA
Why should you care? This new restaurant is launching in St Paul's and already has Farringdon and Aldgate earmarked for expansion. All the main items on the menu are sous-vide cooked and can be matched with sauces and extras in an effort to create a balanced healthy meal.
In a nutshell: Peruvian in Covent Garden
Where is it? 14 Garrick Street, London WC2E 9BJ
Why should you care? This is the second restaurant from Virgilio Martinez whose original in Fitzrovia was a big hit. This Covent Garden restaurant adds a ‘piqueos bar’ - the Peruvian equivalent of a tapas bar.
In a nutshell: All day dining in Fulham
Where is it? Eel Brook Common, New King’s Road, Fulham, London, SW6 4SE
Why should you care? Chef Brett Barnes will be putting together a menu that mixes British ingredients with European and North African influences at this all-day restaurant.
In a nutshell: Bakery turns to the restaurant business.
Where is it? 29 Bedford Street, Covent Garden, London WC2 9ED
Why should you care? Best known for cakes and sandwiches all over town, bakery group PAUL is now going to the next stage with the opening of an all-day brasserie in Covent Garden.
Silk and Grain
In a nutshell: Steak and cocktails
Where is it? 33 Cornhill, London EC3V 3ND
Why should you care? This new city venue combines a ground floor cocktail bar with a first floor steak and grill restaurant.
In a nutshell: East London cocktails in the west.
Where is it? 17 Hanover Square, London W1S 1HU
Why should you care? Open from 3pm to 3am, this has an indoor marketplace for bright young designers, a cafe & juice bar, cocktail lounge, and a night club. It's the new venture by Jin Nilsson - former marketing director at Whisky Mist. Food-wise there'll be a short menu of dim sum, sashimi and gluten-free cakes, macarons and dessert shots.
In a nutshell: Italian single-choice menu.
Where is it? Sandy's Row, London E1 7HW
Why should you care? La Tagliata will focus on a single main course. For the meat eaters there's the signature tagliata - "thinly sliced steak served with Parmesan, cherry tomatoes and rocket, served with rosemary roasted potatoes or patate del pastore (slowly cooked potatoes in garlic and stock)." And if you're after the vegetarian option, there will be baked Scamorza – "an Italian cheese similar to mozzarella".
In a nutshell: Francesco Mazzei adds a caff
Where is it? 1 Snowden Street, EC2A 2DQ
Why should you care? Right next door to the original L'Anima this café will be a more casual affair focusing on quick pizza and pasta for those busy city folk and more regional Italian cooking.
In a nutshell: Beer & spirit den.
Where is it? 208 Tower Bridge Road, London SE1 2UP
Why should you care? Draft House are branching out with their first brand new bar a "dive bar and distillery" right beside the existing Draft House at Tower Bridge. Expect plenty of beers matched with shots (the beer and the bump).
In a nutshell: Loos become bar and restaurant.
Where is it? The Pavement, Clapham Common, Clapham, SW4 7AA
Why should you care? An old public convenience gets a see-what-they-did there rebrand as WC serving up wine and meat to Clapham residents.
In a nutshell: Abacus bar reborn
Where is it? 24 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3ND
Why should you care? This new bar/restaurant takes over the City place that used to house Abacus bar. Expect a mix of drinks and BBQ/rotisserie food.
In a nutshell: All-day Creloe in Camden.
Where is it? 20 Inverness Street, Camden, NW1 7HJ
Why should you care? Expect to find po’ boy sandwiches deep filled with roast beef and debris gravy, smoked chicken wings and Bayou beef croquettes as well as ribs (smoked on-site), crispy buttermilk chicken and crayfish gumbo.
In a nutshell: Tapas expansion
Where is it? 10 Adelaide Street, London WC2N 4HZ
Why should you care? The Hart Brothers (also behind Quo Vadis and Fino) are opening a second venue of Barrafina, the Soho tapas restaurant. While much on the menu will be familiar to diners at their current restaurant with a menu made up of classic and contemporary tapas, chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho is planning some entirely new dishes. Those dishes will probably be inspired by the Josper oven that's being installed here. Find out more
When can you try it for yourself? July 7
In a nutshell: British food with a restaurant based on the look of a traditional railway Pullman Coach.
Where is it? 1-3 Strand, Grand Buildings, London, WC2N
Why should you care? This all-day restaurant, focusing on traditional and contemporary British food, is being launched by Mark Harris who has previously worked at The Capital Hotel, Simon Parker Bowles’ Green’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar, and Searcy’s at The Gherkin. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? July 7
In a nutshell: Beer from a machine via Forzawin
Where is it? Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Road, London, SE15 3SN
Why should you care? Forza Win – the nomadic Italian pop up – have announced details of their new home and this time it's permanent! After running successful projects all around London over the past three years, the team will open Peckham Dispensa (Italian for 'pantry') on the site of a former cash and carry in Peckham with a beer vending machine too.
In a nutshell: Sustainable restaurant in King's Cross.
Where is it? 47-51 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross, London N1 9BU
Why should you care? This new sustainable all-day restaurant comes from the same person behind Acorn House, a popular former sustainable King's Cross restaurant. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? July 4
In a nutshell: All day northern Italian food for the City.
Where is it? The Heron, 5 Moor Lane, London EC2Y 9AP
Why should you care? A new all-day Italian restaurant is coming to Moorgate, specialising in North east Italy's Ligurian cooking.
In a nutshell: Steak goes west
Where is it? 3 Yeoman’s Row, London SW3 2AL
Why should you care? It's the fifth Hawksmoor, who are arguably London's favourite steak providers. This latest restaurant promises "a bit of old school glamour and atmosphere and another menu that revolves around what we do best – amazing steaks from ethically reared British cattle and a few surprise dishes and cocktails which we’re currently perfecting”.
Regent's Park restaurants
In a nutshell: Benugo takes over the park
Where is it? Regent's Park
Why should you care? Benugo takes responsibility for all the Regent's Park restaurants with the Regent’s Bar & Kitchen will take over from The Garden Café and serve up family friendly dishes including wood fired pizzas, salads and healthy takeaways, a BBQ restaurant will open near the zoo and a smoothie and shake bar opening at The Hub and an espresso bar will take over the current Chester Road Kiosk. There will also be a kiosk on Marylebone Green and a Food Truck.
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood bistro
Where is it? 122a Fortess Road NW5 2HL
Why should you care? This is the new space for chef Paul Merrony who won plaudits for his work at The Giaconda Dining Rooms in town. It's an all day cafe/bistro which serves brunch at the weekends and classic French dishes for lunch and dinner.
In a nutshell: Notting Hill restaurant mixes tapas/mezze with French cooking
Where is it? 16 All Saints Road, London W11 1HH
Why should you care? This Notting Hill restaurant is run by chef/patron Rabah Ourrad, an Algerian rapper in Paris who used his time there to hone his culinary skills. He worked at Sketch, the Ledbury and Momo before starting Wormwood with his brother Akli. The menu here "spans the Mediterranean, but stands alone in its conformist refusal" so expect mezze/tapas with a French cooking flair.
In a nutshell: Classic french in Chelsea
Where is it? 4 Sydney Street, London SW3 6PP
Why should you care? This Chelsea brasserie has a lot of respected restaurant folk behind it who have worked at Brasserie St Jacques, The Greenhouse, Brown’s Hotel, The Ritz Hotel, Harry’s Bar and The Arch. Expect classic French brasserie dishes with a lot of trolley service too.
In a nutshell: Alyn Williams teams up with the Cornish Grill.
Where is it? 155 Homerton High St, London E9 6AS
Why should you care? Matt Chatfield of The Cornish Grill has roped in Alyn Williams from The Westbury AND the folk from The Quality Chophouse to lend a hand with the food for this revamped pub in Homerton.
In a nutshell: Steak restaurant expands
Where is it? 9 Denmark St, London WC2 H8LS
Why should you care? The original Flat Iron, offering affordable cuts of steak in the heart of Soho is about to expand. This second venue is the same size as the first and adds a new butcher counter and dessert from Paul A Young.
In a nutshell: Italian in the City.
Where is it? 110 Cannon St, London EC4N 6EU
Why should you care? City workers who fancy the idea of having fresh pasta at lunch should look out for Scarpetta. They're aiming to serve up pasta made with semolina flour which apparently makes the dishes lighter and healthier.
In a nutshell: Gallery kitchen.
Where is it? 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Why should you care? Run by Benugo - the group responsible for food and drink operations at many of London's museums and galleries - the Wellcome Kitchen will feature a daily changing menu of seasonal rustic food.
Dorsett Hotel Shepherd's Bush
In a nutshell: Asia restaurant chain comes to London
Where is it? 58 Shepherd's Bush Green, London W12 8QE
Why should you care? This is the first London hotel from an Asian hotel chain and promises to bring two new restaurants to the area. The first is Pictures, an all-day brasserie with some Asian dishes and there's a fine-dining Chines restaurant on the way too with an "extensive signature Chinese menu" (that's opening later in the year).
In a nutshell: Arabica Food & Spice Company trade in their market stall for a full-on restaurant
Where is it? 3 Rochester Walk, Borough Market, London, SE1.
Why should you care? This is the spiritual home and birthplace of Arabica. They started out at Borough Market, armed with little more than a cool box over 14 years ago and began selling a small range of mezze from an 8ft trestle table. The vibe they're going for at their Borough restaurant will be 1960’s Beirut meets 21st century London.
In a nutshell: Greek in Marylebone
Where is it? 10 Paddington St, London W1U 5QL
Why should you care? This all-day restaurant has the former Head Chef of Princi in the kitchen and Georgianna Hiliadaki and Nikos Roussos, founders of the two-Michelin starred restaurant Funky Gourmet in Athens as Consultant Chefs. Expect Earl Grey infused rice porridge for breakfast and for lunch and dinner dishes like grilled grouper, served in a squid ink bun with a tomato confit sauce. (Breakfast & lunch - dinner from July 3).
In a nutshell: Piri Piri chicken in west London
Where is it? 343 Fulham Road
Why should you care? Regulars of the Earl of Portobello pub may remember their pop-up there last summer. Well now they're back in what was formerly Exquisito in Fulham. The menu is sticking to the chicken theme with juust four choices for starters, mains and desserts. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? June 17
In a nutshell: Forzawin and former Terroirs and Rushmore Group folk open a pub
Where is it? 40 Commercial Street, London E1 6LP
Why should you care? Nico Treguer (rooftop growing entrepreneur) and Gareth Roberts (architect) have joined forces with Bash Redford (of Forza Win) to create a pub on top of which all fruits, vegetables and herbs are grown to supply the restaurant downstairs.. Find out more.
When can you try it for yourself? June 17
Bite Me Pizza
In a nutshell: Create your own pizza in Notting Hill
Where is it? 95 Westbourne Grove, London W2 4UW
Why should you care? This Notting Hill (and eco friendly) pizza restaurant offers 30 toppings to choose from to help you make a bespoke pizza. Toppings include peperoni, tuna, pancetta, Napoli sausage, anchovies, organic artichoke hearts, free range Egg, mushrooms, black olives, sundried tomato, camembert, feta, gruyere, parmesan and gorgonzola.
In a nutshell: Bea (of Bloomsbury)'s American diner
Where is it? 1.7 Kingly Court, Carnaby, W1B 5PW
Why should you care?This all day diner will offer all the things that were a hit at Bea's Diner in Maltby Street - including Bea's new signature ‘Onion Blossom’ - a large onion which is cut to resemble a flower, battered in special spices and deep-fried.
In a nutshell: St John takes root at Maltby Street
Where is it? Arch 42, Maltby Street
Why should you care? The custard doughnuts at St John's bakery shop at Maltby street are much sought after, but now you'll be able to sit down and devour them on the spot which will be offering "breakfast, lunchtime savouries, fresh baked madeleines & hot chocolate, doughnuts". Plus there will be a wine shop too.
In a nutshell: Wine, cheese & meat in Hackney.
Where is it? 181 Clarence Road, London, E5 8EE.
Why should you care? This Hackney wine bar and deli will specifically focus on wines, cheeses and cured meat - with a particularly big focus on wine. Expect a few more dishes on the evening menu and a weekend brunch too.
In a nutshell: Contemporary Mexico in Clapham
Where is it? 32 Abbeville Road, London SW4 9NG
Why should you care? This Abbeville Road spot will specialise in contemporary food from around Mexico so expect enchiladas, ceviche, taquitos and homemade mole and guacamole, as well as a range of regularly changing specials.
In a nutshell: The Gordon's Wine Bar family moves down the road
Where is it? 31a Villiers Street, London WC2N 6ND
Why should you care? The people behind Gordon's Wine Bar are branching out with Villiers, on the same street. It's being billed as an all-day dining room, coming from the younger generation of the Gordon family. It will be open all day, offering coffee and breakfast in the morning and from mid-day there will be an informal, all-day menu of seasonal dishes.
In a nutshell: Heston tackles airport food
Where is it? Heathrow Terminal 2
Why should you care? Heston's first new restaurant since Dinner will be a must visit for many - but you'll only be able to visit if you're flying from Terminal 2. He's aiming for a more casual fare than usual, so expect the Heston treatment on burgers, pizzas and more. So closer to Little Chef than Fat Duck.
The Gorgeous Kitchen
In a nutshell: Decent airport food
Where is it? Heathrow Terminal 2
Why should you care? This airport restaurant comes from Sophie Michell (Pont Street), Jo Pratt, Gee Charman and Caroline Mi Li Artiss. They're aiming to be "a business lounge for non-business travellers" serving "quick, wholesome and seasonal dishes".
In a nutshell: Pizza pop-up goes permanent
Where is it? 105 Lower Clapton Road, E5 ONP
Why should you care? This pizza restaurant offers informal dine-in as well as takeaway and delivery to Hackney and the surrounding area. The Yard Sale team are three friends who ran a series of successful pop ups last summer using a pizza oven they built from scratch in their back garden.
In a nutshell: Corbin & King's next place
Where is it? 50 Marylebone High Street, London, W1U 5HN
Why should you care? Coming from the people behind the Wolseley, Brasserie Zedel and The Delaunay, this new restaurant will "be evocative of early 20th Century Vienna".
In a nutshell: Firmdale's second Soho Hotel
Where is it? Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7LT
Why should you care? This is the latest boutique hotel from Firmdale (also behind the Soho Hotel and Charlotte Street hotel) with a new restaurant and bar attached - as well as an extensive outdoor courtyard.
Ask for Janice
In a nutshell: Coffee bar by day, dive bar by night
Where is it? 50-52 Long Lane, London EC1A 9EJ
Why should you care? Head Chef, Nik Prescot (formerly of Hix) is featuring dishes whipped cow’s curd, rhubarb, kohlrabi, London honey and sourdough and you can enjoy craft beer flights in the bar downstairs.
Polpo Notting Hill
In a nutshell: Russell Norman goes west
Where is it? 126-128 Notting Hill Gate London W11 3QG
Why should you care? Russell Norman is moving further out of town for his fourth Polpo site - opening on what used to be an All Bar One. Expect the usual venetian small plates, wines and cocktails from the other popular venues.
In a nutshell: Ex Danesfield chef Adam Simmonds comes to London
Where is it? 96 Kensington High Street, London W8 4SG
Why should you care? After winning a Michelin star for Danesfield House, Adam Simmonds has moved to London for his next restaurant. The Kensington restaurant will focus on local British produce with the bulk of items, including jams and chutneys all made in-house. It'll have a champagne bar too.
In a nutshell: MasterChef winner goes Spanish
Where is it? 2 Regent Street, London, SW1Y 4PE
Why should you care? MasterChef winner Ash Mair is working with this Spanish Pinxtos restaurant to bring the brand to the UK. it will be a mixture of pinxtos (Basque tapas) and more formal dining with Mair hoping to put his own stamp on it too.
In a nutshell: Portuguese restaurant and wine bar in Covent Garden
Where is it? 33 Earlham Street, London WC2H 9LS
Why should you care? This is a complete revamp of the Canela Cafe, with another room added a new design and lots of Portuguese ‘Petisco’ plates and platters and wine. It'll double as a deli during the day too.
In a nutshell: Combined dirty food.
Where is it? 27 Mile End Road, London E1 4TP
Why should you care? This is the first time that growing dirty food mini-chains Chicken Shop and Dirty Burger have been seen under the same roof. Choose either beef of fowl and have plenty of choice of cocktails, wine and beer to go with them.
In a nutshell: Chefs from Jerusalem's coolest restaurant Machneyuda come to London.
Where is it? 34 Rupert Street, London W1
Why should you care? This sees Layo and Zoe Paskin, the siblings behind The End and AKA teaming up with Machneyuda's Yossi Elad, Uri Navon & Asaf Granit. The menu will specialise in food from Jerusalem with influences from Southern Spain and Italy, North Africa through to the Levant.
In a nutshell: Camden BBQ favourite comes to Bankside.
Where is it? 18 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DR
Why should you care? Already a hit in Camden, where it opened its first restaurant early last year, Porky's BBQ restaurant is getting ready to open its second restaurant in Bankside. Expect BBQ ribs, hot dogs and more.
In a nutshell: Eat 17 opens a second restaurant in Clapton (Eat 9?)
Where is it? 64-66 Brooksbys Walk, London E9 6DA
Why should you care? The family behind the award-winning Walthamstow Spar, neighbouring Eat 17 bistro and cult condiment ‘Eat 17 Bacon Jam’ will be launching a restaurant, burger bar and convenience store in a the former Brooksbys Snooker Hall on Chatsworth Road in Lower Clapton.
In a nutshell: The May Fair gets a new restaurant
Where is it? May Fair Hotel, Stratton St, London W1J 8LT
Why should you care? This replaces the May Fair's former restaurant Quince. A new team will be in place both in the kitchen and front of house and the main focus will be on seafood and meat. We like the sound of the dessert trolley they have planned with certain hot dishes cooked by your table.
In a nutshell: "Honest" cooking and wines in Islington
Where is it? 116 Petherton Road, London N5 2RT
Why should you care? On the borders of Islington and Stoke Newington, Primeur will offer "honest cooking and carefully crafted, low intervention wines in a convivial setting". It's coming from David Gingell (who has worked for Jackson & Frank Boxer, Gabriel Pryce, Will Ricker, Keith McNally) and Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim (Wolseley, The Orrery, Gavin Bistrot Deluxe, L’Escargot, Wright Brothers, Bistrotheque & Shrimpy’s).
In a nutshell: Viajante replacement gets Atherton backing
Where is it? Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, London E2 9NF.
Why should you care? Nuno Mendes may have moved on, but taking his place is chef Lee Westcott who has worked with, and is being backed by, Jason Atherton. The new chef will take over the bar, the Corner Room and the main restaurant - which will all be revamped.
In a nutshell: Revamped Town Hall bar
Where is it? Patriot Square, Bethnal Green, London E2 9NF.
Why should you care? This bar at the Town Hall Hotel is coming from Matt Whiley who's already had success as one half of The Talented Mr Fox at One Leicester Street. His background in cocktails is impressive - having been a founder member of Fluid Movement who were responsible for ground-breaking bars Purl and Worship Street Whistling Shop.
In a nutshell: Camden favourite goes east.
Where is it? 134 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3AR.
Why should you care? Texan BBQ, a truckload of bourbon and plenty of music at the second Blues Kitchen - this time taking over a huge Victorian warehouse in Shoreditch.
In a nutshell: 2nd canteen from Ben
Where is it? 422 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, London, SW18 4HW
Why should you care? Ben's Canteen has been a big hit in Battersea, not least because of its Scotch Eggs and the sausage rolls which recently came top in the 2014 Sausage roll-off. Now they're heading further south.
In a nutshell: Ducasse at the Bulgari
Where is it? Bulgari Hotel & Residences, London at 171 Knightsbridge, London SW7 1DW.
Why should you care? With a three Michelin starred restaurant over at the Dorchester, this will be Alain Ducasse's second London restaurant. It'll be an informal affair and based on Ducasse's existing restaurant of the same name at Hôtel Byblos in St Tropez with a mixture of French and Italian dishes inspired by Mediterranean cuisine.
In a nutshell: Mandarin Oriental does tea and champagne
Where is it? Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7LA, United Kingdom
Why should you care? The hotel already has Dinner by Heston and Bar Boulud and now it's adding on its brand new tea salon, which changes into a champagne bar at night.
In a nutshell: Rogan take over
Where is it? Claridge's Hotel, Mayfair
Why should you care? After many, many months of speculation, Simon Rogan has been announced as the man in charge of the new restaurant at Claridge's. Expect a total overhaul of the restaurant, a brand new bar, a special test table and a whole lot more besides.
In a nutshell: Highest rise dining and drinking
Where is it? The Shard, London Bridge Quarter
Why should you care? The Shangri La hotel is taking up 18 of the upper storeys of what is fast becoming London's most famed skyscraper - and is adding a gourmet deli serving cakes, a destination and a cocktail bar right near the top on the 52nd floor.
In a nutshell: Italian in Knightsbridge
Where is it? Walton House, Walton Street, London SW3 2JH
Why should you care? This new Italian is taking over a classic building in Knightsbridge and is being consulted by the legendary Silvano Giraldin, best known for his exemplary service when he was General Manager at Le Gavroche. Expect classic Italian and there's a separate bar and courtyard too.
In a nutshell: Burger & Lobster do steak & crab
Where is it? 3 Chapel Place, London W1G 0BG
Why should you care?Goodman, the people behind the incredibly successful Burger and Lobster are opening a new restaurant - this time focused purely around steak and king crab. Expect communal tables, sides, a big wine list and a limited spirit list too.
In a nutshell: Sister coffee house to Shoreditch Grind
Where is it? Soho - 19 Beak St, London, W1F 9RP
Why should you care? The Soho of popular coffee house Shoreditch Grind, like Shoreditch, be open all day and late nigh, but with a few new additions. There will be a special custom coffee blend for Soho as well as a 'hidden' speakeasy in the basement which is revealed behind a sliding wall every evening.
In a nutshell: Atherton goes high rise
Where is it? Tower 42, 25 Old Broad St
Why should you care? Jason Atherton continues his conquering of the London restaurant scene with his first City restaurant taking over the area vacated by Gary Rhodes "Rhodes 24" restaurant. Expect a design by Russell Sage and a more high-end experience than previous ventures.
In a nutshell: Ex Young Turk James Lowe's long awaited restaurant.
Where is it? The Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JJ
Why should you care? James Lowe's restaurant at the Tea Building in Shoreditch should be one of the big openings of the year. After big success at the Ten Bells, his all day restaurant will showcase his food and also aims to serve a damn fine coffee too.
Granger & Co Clerkenwell
In a nutshell: Bill goes east
Where is it? The Buckley Building, 49 Clerkenwell Green, EC1
Why should you care? Bill Granger's Notting Hill restaurant has been a rather quiet success and now he's heading to the other side of London with a restaurant in the city.
In a nutshell: Spanish & cocktails
Where is it? 89 Turnmill St, London EC1M 5QU
Why should you care? This version of the popular Spanish mini-chain will feature something slightly different to the other branches - a larger bar complete with cocktail list and bar menu.
In a nutshell: Return of the duck
Where is it? 97 Richmond Rd London E8 3NJ
Why should you care? After being unexpectedly forced to close, Rawduck have found a new location near London Fields. They'll now have a proper kitchen, so expect an expanded menu.
In a nutshell: Japanese pub from ex Wabi chef
Where is it? 17-20 Kendal Street, London, W2 2AW
Why should you care? This is an izakaya or traditional Japanese style pub this September just by Marble Arch, from the former head chef of Nobu and most recently Wabi London. Open all day from early morning to late evening Kurobuta will have room for 80 and also serve up a range of dishes to go. A pop-up in Chelsea has been a big hit, so expect this to be huge too.
In a nutshell: Top burgers come to the City
Where is it? 22-23 Liverpool Street, EC2
Why should you care? Of all the burger joints in London, the one that often gets rated the highest is Patty & Bun. So the coming of their second location is a big thing indeed - particularly as it'll be offering takeaway too.
In a nutshell: Seafood Shack 2
Where is it? 55-57 Exmouth Market, London EC1R 4QL
Why should you care? Following a series on pop-ups, the first full-time Bonnie Gull seafood shack was a big success when it opened in Fitzrovia. The second will follow the same formula in a slightly bigger location and have plenty of takeaway options too.
In a nutshell: The latest Honest in London
Where is it? 4 Market Place, London W1W 8AD
Why should you care? This is the latest of the hugely popular (and growing) Honest chain that originally opened in Brixton.
In a nutshell: Asian fast food chain comes to London
Where is it? Shaftesbury Avenue
Why should you care? The first Noodle House, a fast food restaurant inspired by Southeast Asian street food and teahouses, opened in Dubai in 2002 and now has sites worldwide. This is the first of a roll-out planned for the UK.
Verdi Italian Kitchen
In a nutshell: Italian at the opera
Where is it? Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AP
Why should you care? This is the sixth restaurant in the Royal Albert Hall, which has just had a £1mil refurbishment. It'll be open to the public as well as concert-goers for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Taking into account its location, there will be live music every friday evening and Saturday lunch from up and coming talent.
Soupe du Jour
In a nutshell: Soup restaurant in Soho
Where is it? 34 Lexington Street, Soho
Why should you care? This new Soho restaurant has a clear eye on expanding across London after launching in Soho. It'll focus on serving soups based on recipes from the founders grandmothers and has been set up by chef Maximilan Tegler.
In a nutshell: 300 year old pub returns to serve chops & cocktails
Where is it? 76 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ
Why should you care? This Broarway Market pub is being revamped by the people behind Ruby's in Dalston with food throughout being provided by Licky Chops (who also run fave burger van Lucky Chip).
In a nutshell: Margate pizza comes to London
Where is it? 50 Exmouth Market, London ECR1 4QE
Why should you care? This hugely popular pizzeria from Margate is heading to Exmouth Market serving pizzas that focus on British ingredients alongside organic wines, Gelupo ice cream, Climpsons coffee and more.
Find out more.
In a nutshell: Dock Kitchen chef goes east
Where is it? 432-434 Kingsland Road
Why should you care? The man behind Dock Kitchen is opening his second restaurant in Dalston in Spring. It'll be an Italian restaurant, comprised of local British ingredients and will have a wine bar attached too (from the people behind Milk & Honey).
In a nutshell: Cocktail bar with food.
Where is it? 4 Lancashire Court, New Bond Street, Mayfair, London, W1S 1EY
Why should you care? This cocktail bar takes its name from the Prosecco vineyards of Northern Italywith a list by Richard Woods, UK winner of the Bombay Sapphire ‘World’s Most Imaginative Bartender’ 2014. Cocktails include Truffled Liquorice Sour and Olive Oil Gin Fizz with food including Orkney isle scallops, San Daniele ham wrapped figs, truffle honey & roquette plus parmesan biscuits with poppy seeds.
In a nutshell: BBQ and more in Clapham
Where is it? 27-31 Bedford Road, Clapham, London SW4 7SH
Why should you care? The current Hoxton restaurant, Red Dog Saloon, specialises in American BBQ and the same can be expected from its Clapham cousin.
In a nutshell: Changing restaurant and event space
Where is it? 12 Acklam Road, London, W10 5QZ
Why should you care? This venue plans to have a series of "chapters", each lasting six months and which will mean a complete redesign of the building, starting with "Future Vintage". In charge of the kitchen is Andi Oliver.
In a nutshell: Sharing plates on the top floor of Dolls House
Where is it? 35 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NN
Why should you care? The former pop-up artists Check On set up a permanent kitchen at the top of the Dolls House in Hoxton (which houses the Dead Dolls Club). Expect "an indoor picnic with light, fresh plates to graze on and socialise over."
In a nutshell: Persian casual dining
Where is it? 52 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8LT
Why should you care? This casual diner offers Persian fare and with takeaway as well as room to sit down, the menu here sounds pretty healthy with a range of grilled flatbread wraps with salad and sauce options. There'll also be soups, savoury soufflés, rice dishes and fresh salads.
In a nutshell: Butcher's by day, restaurant by night
Where is it? 60 Broadway Market, London E8 4QJ
Why should you care? This new dual purpose site on Broadway Market will be a butcher's during the day and then switch to a "cookshop" at night where you'll be asking the chef to cook some of the best items on display.
In a nutshell: Brindisa in Brixton
Where is it? 41-43 Atlantic Road, London, SW9
Why should you care? This new opening won't have a fully fledged restaurant attached - it's much more similar to their Borough Market offering. They'll be set up under two railway arches just around the corner from Brixton Market - with one being the bar and the other the shop (where anything offered in the bar can be bought). Limited menu until late April.
In a nutshell: Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley gets a big makeover
Where is it? The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7RL
Why should you care? Marcus Wareing's restaurant is getting a huge makeover for its 10th year at the Berkeley hotel, moving a little away from the fine dining of old and to a more "American" way of service (so that means no tablecloths for a start) although the menu will apparently remain the same.
In a nutshell: All day private club-style restaurant space
Where is it? 1 Kensington High Street, London W8 5NP
Why should you care? A relaunch of Zaika, this is billed as a private club-style space that doesn't require membership. Open all day from breakfast through to dinner, you can eat, or just hangout with friends or have business meetings in a super spot overlooking Kensington Palace Gardens.
In a nutshell: Smokey Pied
Where is it? 291 West End Lane, London NW6 1RD
Why should you care? David Moore (of Pied a Terre) has opened this "smokehouse, cocktail bar and craft beer concept" in North London.
In a nutshell: Fast food Jamaican in Covent Garden
Where is it? 26 New Row, Covent Garden, WC2N 4LA
Why should you care? Theresa Roberts is hoping that her Caribbean fast food will be a winner with Londoners. With executive chef Collin Brown she'll be serving a variety of soups including a punchy pumpkin soup with a spicy kick, chicken and dumpling and gungo pea. As for the patties themselves, which will be baked in store every day, expect to see jerk chicken, prawn, curried goat and saltfish and ackee.
In a nutshell: Star spotting Rome restaurant comes to town.
Where is it? 9-10 Blenheim Street, London W15 1LJ
Why should you care? The original Assunta Madre in Rome is a big hit with the locals and fisiting stars so expect this London outpost of the seafood restaurant to be attracting similar clientele. They'll also be importing some of the fish from Rome's esteemed Terracina auction.
In a nutshell: BBQ in Camden
Where is it? 29 - 33 Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AJ
Why should you care? This new barbeque restaurant and bar is from Des McDonald, who launched Islington success story The Fish & Chip Shop. Expect a menu that takes in charred, smoked and raw meats - plus a whole lot more besides.
In a nutshell: The next from Dabbous
Where is it? 18 Charlotte Street, London W1T 2LZ
Why should you care? After huge success with his first restaurant, Ollie Dabbous is opening a second just down the street. Accourding to Dabbous, ""We wanted to do something fun and upbeat," says Oskar about Barnyard. "It’s not another burger or chicken joint. Just home-cooking, done well and without all the washing-up.”
In a nutshell: Wine bar with a shot of Hedone
Where is it? 12A Newburgh St, London W1F 7RR
Why should you care? Mikael Jonsson wowed many with his first restaurant, Hedone, but being all the way out west in Chiswick it perhaps didn't get the attention it deserved. Now Jonsson's also lending a hand to this wine bar in the middle of Soho. He's overseen the menus and Chris Jones who was formerly his senior sous chef at Hedone is in the kitchen.
In a nutshell: More barbecue
Where is it? 12 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden
Why should you care? The original Big Easy has been a hit on the King's Road and this forms the first part of a rollout for the brand. They're promising "the most authentic, American fresh-smoked Bar.B.Q, seafood, cocktail and drinks offer in the UK." and have attracted NYC chefs over too.
In a nutshell: Burgers go west
Where is it? 342 Kings Road, London SW3 5UR
Why should you care? Following a successful long-term pop up and then a full-time restaurant in Marylebone, Tommi's are heading to Chelsea for their next opening. Expect all the burgers, sides and shakes from the original with a bit more space.
In a nutshell: Modern Italian in Putney
Where is it? 146 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, London SW15 2SW
Why should you care? This Italian restaurant is coming from chef Chris Beverley and restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas and will feature a modern Italian menu. The wine list is from and presented by Zeren Wilson, and will feature an all-Italian list.
In a nutshell: Upstairs neighbourhood Borough restaurant
Where is it? 202 Borough High Street, London SE1
Why should you care? This neighbourhood brasserie is upstairs from the Trinity in Borough, taking over a space that used to be a pub in its own right. It'll will seat 40 and be following a "seasonal approach to English produce".
In a nutshell: St Katharine Spanish
Where is it? St Katharine Docks, London, E1W 1AT
Why should you care? This new Spanish restaurant at St Katharine Dock comes from one of the original investors in Hakkasan and an innovative menu from a chef who's worked at Mugaritz and more.
In a nutshell: Georgian in Mayfair
Where is it? 54 Curzon Street, London W1J 8PG
Why should you care? This is a family run restaurant hoping to introduce Londoners to the joys of Georgian cooking, taking traditional dishes as their inspiration but giving them a lighter touch. It'll also have the largest selection of Georgian wines this side of the Caucasus Mountains.
In a nutshell: All-day neighbourhood restaurant with a focus on steak
Where is it? 157 Waterloo Road, London, SE1 8XA in March 2014
Why should you care? Cyrus Todiwala of Cafe Spice Namaste fame is planning to open a Portuguese restaurant with Indian influences. The 108-seat restaurant Assado will mix ethnic influences and flavours the chef has discovered during his travels and throughout his career.
In a nutshell: 10 Greek Street with a different address
Where is it? 8-9 Hoxton Square, London N1 6NU
Why should you care? This is the second opening from Luke Wilson and Cameron Emirali who previously had such a big hit with 10 Greek Stret in Soho. Expect a very similar approach to the food and wine, but set in Hoxton.
In a nutshell: All-day neighbourhood restaurant with a focus on steak
Where is it? 255 Munster Road, London, SW6 6BW
Why should you care? By day Poppy’s Place, coming from Scarlet Guess, previously at Rowley's (and whose family owns that restaurant), will be a cafe serving up seasonal breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes like hash browns and hot smoked salmon with horseradish. In the evening it'll turn into a candlelit neighbourhood restaurant with a menu focusing on steak.
In a nutshell: A new prison restaurant
Where is it? Brixton
Why should you care? The Clink restaurant at HMP Brixton is the third of its type and will follow The Clink's Five Step Programme, educating prisoners and aiming to equip them with skills and experience to secure employment upon their release. Whilst the menu details and pricing for the Brixton project are still to be confirmed, it is expected that the format will be similar to that of the existing restaurants.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese noodles in Dalston
Where is it? 122 Balls Pond Road N1 4AE
Why should you care? This will be a Vietnamese noodle restaurant offering regional noodle dishes from across Vietnam. The menu will be split evenly between noodle soup dishes and vermicelli noodle salads. There will also be a social option to the menu to encourage sharing which will be their take on Vietnamese street food favourites. Plus there's a wine list curated by Borough wines.
In a nutshell: Cornish food in Battersea
Where is it? 1 Battersea Rise, London SW11 1GH
Why should you care? This Battersea restaurant aims to buy as much of its food as possible from producers in Cornwall and serve a seasonally changing menu. They're pitching it as "between gourmet fine dining and fast casual dining - fine casual dining".
In a nutshell: D&D relaunch
Where is it? 7-9 St James's St, London SW1A 1EE
Why should you care? This St James restaurant from D&D restaurants is getting a big overhaul and a new American style menu. Expect a room designed by Russell Sage (Zetter Town House) with the look of a Manhattan loft gallery. Food includes chowder, steak and sharing dishes from the Josper grill.
In a nutshell: Nuno does NYC meatpacking glam in Marylebone
Where is it? 1 Chiltern Street, London, W1U 7PA
Why should you care? Andre Balazs, whose hotels The Standard and The Mercer are top destinations for NYC's hippest visitors is opening a boutique hotel in Marylebone, taking over a disused fire station and he's elisted Nuno Mendes - fresh out of Viajante - as his Executive Head Chef. Nuno will be delivering a modern American menu with a Mendes twist.
In a nutshell: Jamaican burgers in Notting Hill
Where is it? 272 Portobello Road, London W10 5TY
Why should you care? This Jamaican burger restaurant had a long residency in Notting Hill in 2013 and now they're coming back with their own permanent restaurant. Expect Caribbean style burgers and lots of rum-based cocktails as well as weekend brunches.
In a nutshell: Holborn hotel dining
Where is it? Rosewood London, 252 High Holborn, London WC1V 7EN
Why should you care? Taking over the space that used to be home to Jun Tanaka's Pearl, this is focusing on British Cuisine. It will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week - and will comprise of a restaurant, rock bar, delicatessen and an open terrace which overlooks the hotel courtyard.
In a nutshell: Holborn hotel dining
Where is it? 65 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 8TR
Why should you care? This pub revamp sees it being taken over by the same people behind Waterloo's hugely popular Anchor and Hope and has Mike Davies in the kitchen, a young chef trained up in the Anchor family and also part owner of the achingly hip Franks Cafe pop up in Peckham.
In a nutshell: Roka expands
Where is it? 30 North Audley Street, London W1K 6HP
Why should you care? Replacing the only recently launched (and then closed) Banca, Rainer Becker is expanding his best known brand, the modern Japanese restaurant Roka with its signature focus, the Robata grill. While retaining much of the menu from the original Roka, this will have a few unique dishes of its own too.
In a nutshell: Fairy tale bar and restaurant
Where is it? 52 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FD
Why should you care? This latest opening from Drake and Morgan (behind the Folly and the Anthologist) is "inspired by the fantasy world of fairy tale". It's an all-day bar and restaurant split across three floors and seats a pretty huge number (over 400). Expect a classical feel, a deli and even a wishing well and "sharing cocktails served in bathtubs".
In a nutshell: Florence moves house
Where is it? 11 Berwick Street, London W1F 0PL
Why should you care? Polpetto's time in the French House regrettably came to an end in 2012, but Florence Knight has finally settled on a new London location. The new-look Polpetto will now have room for 70 (the old one had just 23 covers!) and will feature an aperitivo bar and an open kitchen.
In a nutshell: Lobsters in Wandsworth
Where is it? 94 Point Pleasant, London, SW18 1PR
Why should you care? Opening as part of the Point Pleasant development to the east of Wandsworth Park and right by the river Lobster House will (as you could probably guess) focus on seafood as well as a few key meaty dishes. So expect lobster rolls, New England clam chowder, salt beef sandwich, Wagyu burgers and 24-hour slow cooked beef ribs.
In a nutshell: Gordon Ramsay goes to Battersea
Where is it? 4-9 Battersea Square, London SW11
Why should you care? This new restaurant from Ramsay takes over site of the short-lived old Bennett Brasserie and Oyster Bar - looking to take advantage of the upcoming redevelopment of Battersea Power Station. Anna Haugh-Kelly is in charge of the kitchen offering a European menu.
In a nutshell: Rotisserie and more in Dalston
Where is it? 52 Kingsland Road, E2 8DP
Why should you care? This Dalston restaurnt describe themselves as "a modern European restaurant serving savoury rotisserie meats and vegetables alongside tasty brews, organic wines and cocktails". There's an impressive European wine list and some good snacks to be had too.
In a nutshell: NY bowling & food comes to London
Where is it? The O2
Why should you care? Brooklyn Bowl, as the name suggests, is a bowling alley which also has a 500 capacity live music space and a 120 cover restaurant. The original Brooklyn Bowl was launched in 2009 in Williamsburg and the London venue's restaurant will be run by the same people as the New York one, the well-respected Blue Ribbon Restaurants Group who are also behind Manhattan's Blue Ribbon restaurant and its respective bakery and sushi rollouts in New York and beyond.
In a nutshell: Food, drink and music in Hackney
Where is it? 1a Amhurst Road, Hackney, London E8 1LL
Why should you care? Taking over the old railway station at Hackney Central this November is Oslo - a food, drink and music hub. Food is served all day and then in the evenings the place turns into a venue for live music with a licence till 3am. Head Chef Dave Ahern whose work you might know from Burger Breakout has been busy working up a menu featuring modern interpretations of classic East End dishes.
In a nutshell: Park Lane fusion
Where is it? 140 Park Lane
Why should you care? This is the new restaurant for the Marriott Park Lane. It aims to concentrate on the "best of London’s street food" and this is represented by mixing several international cusines that hark from distinct areas of London (those would be the "Lanes" of the title). That means Vietnamese (Kingsland Road) Indian (Brick Lane) British (Portobello Road) and Lebanese (Edgware Road).
In a nutshell: Ex Fat Duck experimental kitchen chef does hot dogs and more
Where is it? 20 Kensington Church Street, W8 4EP
Why should you care? By day, this restaurant will look for the world to be a basic hot dog kiosk serving up one classic Yankee dog (served with yellow mustard, red ketchup and spring onions). At night a hidden door to the restaurant downstairs is opened, where they'll be serving up an extended hot dog list and also the 'bones' part of the menu (Boston ribeye steak and more) plus what looks to be a great cocktail list.
In a nutshell: Hammersmith favourite returns in a new guise
Where is it? 129-131 Brackenbury Rd London W6 0BQ
Why should you care? This old favourite returning is now under the ownership of Ossie Gray, who used to be the General Manager of River Cafe. They're "cooking the food we love based on our experience of regional French & Italian with some other Mediterranean influences as well."
Canvas by Michael Riemenschneider
In a nutshell: Build your own tasting menu
Where is it? 69 Marylebone Lane, London W1U 2P
Why should you care? Michael Riemenschneider, formerly based in Penzance, has opened in London, taking over the space that formerly housed Verru. He's offering a menu that has 16 dishes which can be formed into a tasting menu of 3-15 courses.
In a nutshell: Soho bistro with Salt Yard consulting
Where is it? 9 D'Arblay Street Soho, London W1F 8DR
Why should you care? Blanchette is coming from three brothers Maxime, Yannis and Malik Alary who are launching a "French bistro serving simple, classic and inventive French food". Similar to Salt Yard, it'll be primarily based around sharing "French tapas" plates.
In a nutshell: Vietnamese restaurant from TV celeb chef
Where is it? 55-59 Old Compton Street, Soho, W1
Why should you care? Bobby Chinn has two successful restaurants in Vietnam as well as a pretty successful broadcasting career (hosting the Living Channel’s World Cafe). Now Chinn’s heading for Soho, opening the House of Ho in Old Compton Street. The Vietnamese food at House of Ho promises to be “fun, informal, sexy and moderately priced” and have a very specific “Bobby twist”.
Honest Burgers King's Cross
In a nutshell: Fifth Honest location
Where is it? 251-255 Pentonville Road, King’s Cross, London, N1 9NG
Why should you care? They're some of Londoners favourite burger joints and they've been expanding all over London recently. This latest venture also sees them adding some new sides to the menu too.
In a nutshell: Restaurant devoted to all things piggy
Where is it? Exmouth Market
Why should you care? This new Exmouth Market restaurant will have a strong focus on pork with feasting menus, cocktails and more on the menu. And for the lunchtime Farringdon crowd, their takeaway porchetta sandwiches should be winners.
In a nutshell: Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs get into the restaurant business.
Where is it? The Street, Westfield, Stratford
Why should you care? This is the first restaurant to be launched by Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs. They've brought in two Michelin star chef Michael Wignall to help create the menu. Dishes will feature their take on a pot noodle and a range of family-friendly food.
In a nutshell: American food and cocktails in Soho
Where is it? 56 Wardour Street, London W1D 4JD
Why should you care? Jackson + Rye is from the people behind Grillshack and will offer an all day informal menu from breakfast until 'late' - running to midnight on Friday and Saturday. The vibe will be very much East Coast America with menus inspired by that part of the world.
In a nutshell: Korean on Old Street
Where is it? 305 Old Street, London EC1V 9LA
Why should you care? On the Bab - which translates as served 'on the rice' - will be East London's first anju restaurant (which according to Wikipedia is the traditional Korean cuisine of consuming food with alcohol, so it's got our vote) offering Korean sharing dishes - and a rather lethal-sounding cocktail list. The 30 seater restaurant won't take reservations and wil be open every day for lunch and dinner.
Rum Kitchen Carnaby
In a nutshell: The Rum Kitchen comes into town
Where is it? Kingly Court, Soho
Why should you care? The original Rum Kitchen on All Saints Road was a big hit when it opened, even impressing AA Gill. Now they're bringing the Kitchen into the centre of town, opening in Kingly Court, just off Carnaby Street. Food and drink is expected to be very similar to the original and more are planned for the future.
In a nutshell: Mozzarella bar branches out to Soho
Where is it? 9-20 Poland Street London W1F 8QF
Why should you care? This is the latest branch of the mozzarella bar which will be specialising in the same signature Mozzarella di Bufala from artisan producers of Campania as its sibling restaurants. It'll be served with grilled aubergine parmigiana, rosemary scented beef tagliata and on their stone ground petra flour pizzas.
In a nutshell: Experimental Cocktail Club does wine
Where is it? 8-10 Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden
Why should you care? This new wine bar comes from the same people behind the hugely popular Experimental Cocktail Club and this bars sister site in Paris. Expect the wines to steer clear of the mainstream and the food to be a mix of seasonal British and French cuisine.
In a nutshell: Peruvian goes east
Where is it? 1 Redchurch Street London E2 7DJ
Why should you care? The original Ceviche was a big hit in Soho and this is Martin Morales second restaurant in Shoreditch. The new place takes its influence from Peruvian ‘picanterias’, traditional family run restaurants serving local people from breakfast through to dinner.
In a nutshell: DJ Seth Troxler does BBQ
Where is it? 6-10 Dunston Street, Haggerston
Why should you care? DJ Seth Troxler threw one hell of a party this summer with his BBQ popup in Hackney. But now he's put down roots with a permanent restaurant in Haggerston. Alongside the BBQ meats the menu has been developed by Head chef Lyndell Sabine to include a range of veggie options like smoked half aubergine and cheese stuffed smoked jalapenos.
In a nutshell: Salt Yard does Basque
Where is it? 60/61 Berwick Street, London W1F 88X
Why should you care? This restaurant will seat 90 and take its inspiration from the rural Basque and Italian methods of smoking and grilling over charcoal and will open in November. Chef Director Ben Tish's menu will be almost entirely cooked on a custom built charcoal fired grill which will serve as the centre piece of the open plan kitchen.
In a nutshell: Oysters in Spitalfields
Where is it? 8a Lamb Street, London E1 6EA
Why should you care? This will be the third London opening for the oyster and seafood restaurant, following Soho and Borough Market. Expect a similar offering of seafood and oysters at this Spitalfields location - but with a huge seawater tank into the middle of the restaurant stacked with 10,000 shellfish allowing diners to choose their own live crab, lobster or oysters.
In a nutshell: Tramshed goes to the City
Where is it? 9a Devonshire Square London EC2M 4BA
Why should you care? Mark Hix is opening an enormous 5000 square foot restaurant on the former site of Sushinho in Devonshire Square. Run along the same lines as Tramshed in Shoreditch, it will feature a 100-seat restaurant on the ground floor serving up the same focused chicken and steak menu as Tramshed. It will also feature a basement Mark's Bar, similar to the downstairs bar at Hix Soho.
In a nutshell: Imperial Arms gets a makeover
Where is it? 577 Kings Road, London SW6 2EH
Why should you care? This Chelsea pub is getting a complete makeover from the people who launched the May Fair's Quince restaurant. It'll be an all-day pub and restaurant offering "nutritious dishes with international influences, all made using British ingredients".
In a nutshell: Guilt-free chicken in Hoxton
Where is it? 4 Ravenscroft Street, London E2 7QG
Why should you care? Clutch bills itself as a guilt-free fried chicken restaurant and sources all its produce from a small free-range farm in Withshire, using eggs produced in clutches with all the eggs laid at a single time (hence the name). Expect rotisserie chicken, buttermilk chicken and loads more.
In a nutshell: City champagne restaurant with a late licence
Where is it? Tirage's concept is to offer one of the largest selections of Champagne and sparkling wines by the glass in London alongside an menu of tasting plates, with a late night dinner being served until 12.30am.
In a nutshell: Russell Norman becomes publican
Where is it? 142 Shaftesbury Avenue, WC2N 4HS
Why should you care? The man behind Polpo and his partner Richard Beatty are taking over the site of the old Marquis of Granby on Seven Dials to launch "a proper Victorian purpose-built boozer that we could stamp our mark on". The Ape & Bird will feature four bars over three floors, take reservations for lunch and dinner while also holding some tables for walk-ins. Expect a frequently changing menu will also respond to what's available from the market.
In a nutshell: Musselling in on Dalston
Where is it? 428 Kingsland Road, Dalston
Why should you care? Another food pop-up is finding a semi-permanent home as The Mussel Men land in Dalston. The main event on the menu will, of course, be mussels – heaps of them in various sauces served with fries. They're also teaming up with Islington fish bar Prawn n the Lawn to add more seafood and you can expect plenty of shantys and thumb wars too.
In a nutshell: Rotisserie goes south
Where is it? Ground Floor, 141 Tooting High Street, SW17 0SY
Why should you care? Originally a huge hit when it opened in Kentish Town last year, the second Chicken Shop is heading to the other side of London. Expect marinated rotisserie chicken plus plenty of sides, desserts and takeaway too.
In a nutshell: Scnitzel and spritz in Soho.
Where is it? 31 Windmill Street, London W1T 2JN
Why should you care? The restaurant is a labour of love from brothers Ed and Ben Robson who are basing the concept on recipes handed down to them by their Austrian grandparents. The schnitzels in question will be cooked using the finest British rose veal, free-range chicken and rare breed pork.
In a nutshell: The former Ransome's Dock becomes seasonal all-day restaurant.
Where is it? Unit 29, Ransome’s Dock, 35-37 Parkgate Rd, SW11
Why should you care? This all-day restaurant features head chef James Adams, previously at Kensington Place, Fifteen and the River Café. He'll be taking a seasonal approach to the menu with daily rillettes, seafood chowder, and bourbon bread & butter pudding.
In a nutshell: Prohibition style restaurant and bar
Where is it? 147 Leadenhall Street, London EC3V 4QT
Why should you care? This enormous new bar, restaurant and club comes from the people behind Mahiki who has also teamed up with Kelly Brook. The mad-sounding venture is an American prohibition style affair with the entry area decked out like a replica of Grand Central station.
In a nutshell: All day French cafe
Where is it? 11 & 12 Waterloo Place, London SW1Y 4AU
Why should you care? This is the second London offshoot of the popular Marylebone restaurant/cafe/shop and will offer both casual and high end French dining.
In a nutshell: Covent Garden Baccaro
Where is it? 33 Catherine Street, London WC2B 5JT
Why should you care? This tiny spot is Inspired by the Venetian bacari which were the creative spur behind Polpo too. This bar will feature cicheti displayed on the bar or from a simple menu. Expect crostini such as Crudo di Montagna with goat’s cheese and fig; burrata with pesto and rocket; as well as pancetta, fennel and ricotta salata. Bar snacks will include panzanella salad, salumi and stracciatella cheese.
In a nutshell: Sandwiches, small plates and a secret bar
Where is it? 50 -52 Long Lane, Smithfield, London, EC1A 9EJ
Why should you care? Farringdon and Smithfield continues its foodie resurgence, with news of another opening, this time from the people behind the Evans & Peel Detective Agency. Kench and Bibesy is opening on Long Lane, just by Smithfield Market, (taking the place of the recently departed Morgan M). It'll be open for lunch and dinner - and it's following a strict practice of sustainable sourcing everything from the "British Isles".
In a nutshell: Return of a favourite
Where is it? 175 Mare Street, London E8 3RH.
Why should you care? Originally a big hit when it opened at Birthdays in Dalston, Rita's BAr and Dining has returned, moving to a permanent location in Hackney. Expect more tacos, chicken rolls, margaritas and loads more - and you can book this time too.
In a nutshell: Eastern European restaurant comes to London
Where is it? Putney
Why should you care? This all day brasserie has plenty of locations accross eastern Europe, including Baku, Istanbul and Moscow. Expect Mediterranean cuisine in a bar and cafe that seats 80.
In a nutshell: Grilling in Shoreditch
Where is it? 78 Great Eastern Street, London EC2A 3JL
Why should you care? This new restaurant just opposite the Hoxton Hotel will focus on contemporary grilled dishes with a global twist in terms of the seasoning, ingredients and cooking methods. It'll open from breakfast to midnight, seating over 200 across two floors.
In a nutshell: Cocoa restaurant in Borough Market
Where is it? 2-4 Bedale Street, Borough Market, London, SE1 9AL
Why should you care? Rabot 1745 is the brainchild of the founders of Hotel Chocolat, Angus Thirlwell and Peter Harris who already have another restaurant, Boucan, focusing on all things cocoa in Saint Lucia. The London restaurant aims to take the cocoa bean "from plantation to plate".
In a nutshell: NY style pizzas & cocktails
Where is it? 35 Earlham St, London WC2H 9LD
Why should you care? This new pizza joint in Covent Garden will have an "East Coast beach club" vibe, fitting 160 into the basement venue. They'll have cocktails by Soul Shakers and NY style thin sourdough pizzas will be be sold by the slice, and in 12” and 20” sizes.
In a nutshell: British restaurant from Searcys
Where is it? 61 Upper Berkeley Street, London W1H 7PP
Why should you care? This is a joint venture between Arnaud Stevens (formerly of Maze Grill and City Rhodes) and will be serving seasonal British food in Mayfair. Expect a big wine list and the opportunity to BYO too.
In a nutshell: Hartnett takes over old Petrus site
Where is it? 33 St James's Street
Why should you care? This will be Angela Hartnett's second restaurant in London this year, as she's due to take over this site in St James which used to hold Gordon Ramsay's original Petrus restaurant (and where she was Head Chef). Expect "regionally focussed dishes, at an accessible price-point, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere – the kind of restaurant I would enjoy eating in every day".
In a nutshell: A British institution branches out
Where is it? St Pancras Station
Why should you care? Fortnum and Mason's first new UK store for 307 years has opened. In addition to stocking all manner of teas and preserves and the ability to order hampers here, they have a small sit-in restaurant towards the back of the store with eight tables..
In a nutshell: Novikov comes to Mayfair
Where is it? 13 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4HJ
Why should you care? The next restaurant from Arkady Novikov will seat around 120 and this time the restaurant will specialise in "fish, meat and game dishes with an international flavour".
In a nutshell: Mexican in Mayfair
Where is it? 13-14 Cork Street, Mayfair
Why should you care? Taking the place of Aurelia, this is Arjun Waney's new modern Mexican restauant that he's launching with Tarun Mahrotri.
In a nutshell: Hotel steak bar
Where is it? 18-21 Charterhouse Square, London, Greater London EC1M 6AH
Why should you care? The London Malmaison hotel is getting into the steak business with this new opening.
In a nutshell: Danish Japanese restaurant
Where is it? 11 Henrietta Street, London WC2
Why should you care? Sticks n Sushi was a big hit in Denmark and its first outlet over here - in Wimbledon - was a big hit too. Expect a similar menu of sushi/sashimi/yakitori when they open their second restaurant in Covent Garden.
In a nutshell: Upscale low fat dining in Knightsbridge.
Where is it? 87-135 Brompton Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7XL
Why should you care? In what's arguably London's most famous store, this new restaurant speaks volumes to shoppers who want to avoid the more carb-laden things in life. Expect salads paired with meat and fish from the Robata grill and, of course, plenty of caviar.
In a nutshell: Wahaca does Burritos
Where is it? One New Change Shopping Centre, St Paul's
Why should you care? In addition to a new Wahaca opening at St Paul's, they're also launching a new takeaway restaurant next door offering freshly made burritos, salads and burrito pots.
In a nutshell: Shopping & burgers. And lobster.
Where is it? Fifth Floor Harvey Nichols, 109-125 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RJ
Why should you care? This latest in the franchise will feature the trademark pared down menu with either burger or lobster (and chips) for £20 including - what should prove popular with the fashionistas - the California burger patty between two iceberg lettuce leaves.
In a nutshell: Neighbourhood restaurant next to Kew Gardens.
Where is it? 12 Kew Green, Richmond TW9 3BH
Why should you care? This is a new solo venture Jonas Karlsson, formerly at the Fifth Floor restaurant at Harvey Nichols. He'll be offering a regularly changing modern European seasonal menu.
In a nutshell: Wine bar in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 124 Cleveland Street, London W1T 6PG
Why should you care? This new wine bar comes from two ex-Terroirs people and continues their focus on natural European wines. The food menu includes lardo grissini with wild mushroom cream; gratinated mussels; buttered cod cheeks, saffron and lemon mayonnaise plus loads more including cheese and ham platters.
The Sign of the Don
In a nutshell: The Don and Bleeding Heart get an offshoot
Where is it? 21 St. Swithins Lane, London EC4N 8AD
Why should you care? This is a new restaurant from the people behind Bleeding Heart and The Don. Expect a menu of modern British dishes with an occasional nod to the site's Spanish and Portuguese heritage, with a a big focus on wine which you'll be able to select using fancy LCD screens.
In a nutshell: Aussie canteen
Where is it? 471-473 The Arches, Dereham Place, London EC2A 3HJ
Why should you care? This Aussie inspired cafe will have coffee is opening as part of White Rabbit Studios and will offer "the studios and Shoreditch community and fresh, healthy, exciting and affordable option for breakfast, lunch, and afternoon tea."
In a nutshell: Hawksmoor goes small
Where is it? 69-73 St John St, London EC1M 4AN
Why should you care? This is the next restaurant from Hawksmoor's Will Becket and Huw Gott (taking over the site from the departed North Road). There will be lesser known cuts of meat on the menu such and Executive chef Richard Turner has also been hard at work on the menu coming up with treats such as Six-hour Bacon Ribs and Eight-hour Beef Shortrib.
In a nutshell: Experimental gallery restaurant
Where is it? Serpentine Sackler Gallery, West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, London W2 2AR
Why should you care? This is the restaurant that will be in the new Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Housed under the fancy new part attached to the grade II listed building, this has German chef Oliver Lange in charge who aims to mix Japanese food with European.
In a nutshell: South Bank all-day restaurant
Where is it? 158 Hungerford Bridge, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Why should you care? Named after the Topolski Century art bunker it replaces, the bar and restaurant will pay homage to the artist who was an official war artist during the Second World War. The all day menu wanders all around Europe for inspiration and is the work of Company of Cooks chefs Bruce Wilson and Claire Clark (who worked as a pastry chef for that little known American restaurant The French Laundry).
In a nutshell: Canary Wharf's prime position
Where is it? One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AB
Why should you care? This new opening from Tom and Ed Martin (behind the Botanist and Jugged Hare) will be in prime position with their One Canada Square bar and restaurant, at the foot of Canary Wharf's landmark building. The chef is Jamie Dobbin, who has been head chef at the Club at the Ivy since it opened in 2008.
In a nutshell: Pub and cocktails from Chase
Where is it? 50 Davies Street Mayfair, London W1K 5JE
Why should you care? This pub has been around since 1738 and has had a rather major wash and brush up under new owners James Chase of Chase Distillery and Dominic Jacobs, ex bar director of Sketch. Expect a very British pub with a racehorsey theme, and a Julep based cocktail bar upstairs.
In a nutshell: Small plate Indian sharing in Clapham.
Where is it? 36a Old Town, Clapham, London, SW4 0LB
Why should you care? This 50 seat Clapham restaurant focuses on dishes you'd expect to find in the Purab region of North India. Opening the restaurant looks set to fulfil a dream by co-founder Aamir Ahmad who says he wants to "provide the kind of food I ate when I was growing up, but within a restaurant setting.”.
In a nutshell: 24 hour dining in WC1
Where is it? 111a Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NQ
Why should you care? VQ already has its all-day-and-night restaurant in Chelsea but their new venue is much more handy for a quick post Soho/Fitzrovia session. It'll be attached to the St Giles Hotel, but still be a completely self contained venue.
Olympic Cafe and Dining Room at Olympic Studios
In a nutshell: Barnes gets an Electric Cinema style complex
Where is it? 117 Church Road, Barnes, London SW13 9HL
Why should you care? This former recording studio once played host to everyone from Hendrix to Madonna. Now it's been turned into a cinema/members club/restaurant by Jon Laycock (ex-Soho House) with Swedish-born Andreas Engberg (ex-Racine, The Arts Club and Garnier) as Head Chef.
In a nutshell: Former Chancery Court hotel gets revamped
Where is it? Holborn
Why should you care? Ultra luxe hotel group Rosewood have announced they’re opening a hotel in London – and the restaurant promises to be something quite spectacular. It'll have a new bar and restaurant redesigned by Martin Brudnizki who worked on 34 and Scott’s for Caprice Holdings as well as Dean Street Townhouse and Hix Soho. Plus it will also herald the return of the ex-Eastside Inn's Bjorn Van der Horst in the kitchen.
In a nutshell: Ramen in Hackney
Where is it? Arch 334, 1a Dunston Street, London E8 4EB
Why should you care? The new Tonkotsu will be off Kingsland Road, having taken over an arch that used to house a mechanic's yard near Haggerston station. Tonkotsu ownners Emma and Ken have restored the building back to bare brickwork, with the focus an open kitchen and a bar. They're aiming to mirror the look of Tokyo ramen bars, serving up ramen and booze for hungry Hackney ramen hounds.
In a nutshell: Sicilian on Haverstock Hill
Where is it? 154 Haverstock Hill, London NW3 2AY
Why should you care? This Sicilian restaurant has is by chef Carmelo Carnivale (former Head Chef at Novikov) and front of house will be run by Massimo Pascale (The River Cafe and Tramp). Named after the Palermo food market, the 60 cover restaurant is aiming to serve rustic, seasonal Mediterranean food with an emphasis on fine Sicilian ingredients and dishes.
In a nutshell: New York meets Shoreditch
Where is it? 97-113 Curtain Road, London EC2A 3BS
Why should you care? Far Rockaway bills itself as a place where "New York's compelling urban culture comes to the heart of Shoreditch". In practice that means a 400 capacity space with DJs, a cocktail bar, restaurant, art space - even a comic library at your disposal.
In a nutshell: Long term pop-up from the people behind Pied a Terre
Where is it? 19 Blandford Street, London W1U 3DH
Why should you care? This sees David Moore, who is behind Pied A Terre and L'Autre Pied, taking over the site vacated by Roganic to launch another long-term pop-up. It will be focusing on "simple, straightforward food to share".
In a nutshell: Barnes pub refurb.
Where is it? Riverside, Barnes, London SW13 ONR
Why should you care? The White Hart has had a full blown refurb which includes a new place to eat, The Terrace Kitchen, which has its own smokery. In the kitchen is MasterChef finalit Tom Whitaker.
In a nutshell: All-day Italian in Islington
Where is it? 57-58 Upper Street, Islington
Why should you care? This is planned as a combined bakery and restaurant and is run by two brothers, Will and Ben Thompson, who are aiming for an informal, local neighbourhood restaurant vibe. It'll seat about 50 people as well as having more space on an open-air roof-terrace.
In a nutshell: Angela Hartnett meets Canteen
Where is it? 35-42 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London EC2A 3PE
Why should you care? This is a collaboration between Angela Hartnett and Canteen founders, Dominic Lake and Patrick Clayton-Malone. It's in a revamped Victorian warehouse which used to host Cantaloupe restaurant. Expect a modern European menu plus a separate bar menu featuring British themed drinks.
In a nutshell: Temporary restaurant goes permanent in Covent Garden
Where is it? 15 Exeter Street, London WC2E 7DT
Why should you care? This restaurant was formerly at home in the Citroen Garage in Islington running a very popular kitchen focusing on seasonal food (with produce to take home too). Now they're going permanent right in the heart of Covent Garden.
Champagne & Fromage Brixton
In a nutshell: Fizz & cheese in Brixton
Where is it? Unit 10-11, Brixton Village, London SW9 8PR
Why should you care? The Covent Garden original is branching out to Brixton Village with their latest wine bar which, as with the Covent Garden original, will also sell champagne (with an emphasis on the lesser known "grower champagnes" (like Bubbledogs) and cheese from its deli.
In a nutshell: Sherry in Fitzrovia
Where is it? 3 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2HY
Why should you care? This "sherry tavern" is only a few doors down from Dabbous and will specialise in sherry served straight from the barrell, alongside lots of Spanish food - with a bit of a British influence.
In a nutshell: Wine bar/restaurant goes west
Where is it? 18 Devonshire Road Chiswick London W4 2HD
Why should you care? Vinoteca restaurants and wine bars are popular wherever they open and this latest sees them moving further west and opening in Chiswick. Expect a 50 seater restaurant with a similar offering to the other Vinotecas.
In a nutshell: Burgers go west
Where is it? 189 Portobello Road
Why should you care? This is the fourth Honest Burgers restaurant, already one of the most loved burgers in London. They're opening only a few doors down from the Electric Cinema, offering the burgers and rosemary chips that have earned them plenty of fans.
In a nutshell: Trendy hotel comes to London
Where is it? 100 Shoreditch High Street, London E1 6JQ
Why should you care? The Ace hotels are always huge whereever they open, the New York one has April Bloomfiled in the house, and have a distinct hipsterish/trendy vibe about them. This Shoreditch outpost sees them bringing in the people behind Bistrotheque and Shrimpy's to run the restaurant, which will serve seasonal English food.
In a nutshell: Oliver Peyton at the Royal Academy
Where is it? Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD
Why should you care? This sees Oliver Peyton taking over Keeper's House at the Royal Academy, not previously open to the public.Expect private rooms, a walled garden, a 40-seat restaurant with Chef Ivan Simeoli (ex-Massimo Bottura in Italy) in charge of a seasonal British menu and a cocktail bar (the Shenkman Bar)
In a nutshell: Battersea French restaurant
Where is it? 63 Battersea Bridge Road, Battersea, SW11 3AU
Why should you care? The chef of Covent Garden's Mon Plasir is upping sticks to Battersea Rise to open this new restaurant. Augustine Kitchen, named after the chef's grandmother, will be a 60 cover restaurant serving up classic dishes, with a focus on produce from the Evian region where Franck hails from. The bar will serve up French-style tapas.
In a nutshell: Anthony Demetre pop-up
Where is it? Unit 10-11, Brixton Village, London SW9 8PR
Why should you care? Antony Demetre of Arbutus and Wild Honey has signed up to run a 12 week popup at the high rise restaurant in Tower 42 in the city in the run up to Jason Atherton's new opening next year. It'll be a markedly less formal place to eat than the previous Gary Rhodes restaurant with a daily changing bistro menu.
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