Dear god - is it autumn already? it has been a very strange year, for sure. But there is a small element of normality slowly returning to London - and we are starting to see brand new restaurants appearing. So with that in mind - here are some of those new openings to look forward to this autumn.
2 Greek St, Soho, London W1D 4NB
Following on from their much-loved Holborn original, Dan Keeling & Mark Andrew have taken over what used to be The Gay Hussar for the Soho outpost of Noble Rot. We're promised a restaurant that will showcase the best of the 18th-century building and maybe the odd dish that hints back to its Hungarian past. Of course, there's going to be an amazing wine list.
Opening: September 2020
2a Garrick St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BH
Ever since appearing on Netflix's Chef's Table, Asma Khan's Darjeeling Express has been hugely and deservedly popular. So much so that post-lockdown, they're moving to a much bigger restaurant in Covent Garden. That move brings with it three new tasting menus and a new all-day deli with lunchtime specials (which will make it much easier to try if the restaurant waiting list is too long).
Opening: September 2020
13-15 West St, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9NE
Louie has taken over the space that used to be L'atelier de Joel Robuchon and has given it a complete makeover from the restaurateur behind Girafe and Loulou in Paris. It's run by Guillaume Glipa and Paris Society and in the kitchen is US chef Slade Rushing, who is launching a menu that takes its influences from New Orleans - BBQ lobster and banana foster rum baba are planned. And if you turn up to the (very ornate) bar late at night you should be able to grab a New York-style pizza slice alongside your cocktail.
Opening: 8 September 2020
318-326, Hornsey Road, London, N7 7HE
The Hot Dinners team are lucky to live in areas that are already well-served by Jolene, Primeur and Western's Laundry - all by the same team. Now we're feeling even more spoiled because they're gearing up to open their next space, just down the road. Big Jo is closer to Jolene than anything and will be a bakery first and foremost - but they're also planning some great pizzas too.
Opening: September 2020
21 Berners Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 3LP
Akoko is from Masterchef: The Professionals finalist William JM Chilila and is the next restaurant to turn its focus on to West African cuisine, something that London is really benefiting from at the moment. This promises a fine dining style approach with dishes like quali yassa (above) on the menu. The wine list by Sommelier Honey Spencer (Nuala and Bastarda) should also be top notch.
Opening: 25 September 2020
9 Seymour Street, London W1H 5BT
Kol has been delayed a few times - but we're hoping that Autumn will finally see the opening of this very promising Mexican restaurant. We had a chance to try Santiago Lastra's cooking late last year and we think that the chef, who was the man behind Noma Mexico's launch, will definitely be one to watch. Expect Mexican cuisine with a focus on British ingredients.
Opening: Autumn 2020
109 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 4RX
Taka's original (much smaller) restaurant in Mayfair has been something of a sleeper hit, slowly garnering raves over the past few years. This bigger space, taking over from The Providores in Marylebone, promises much from the Japanese restaurant group. Well sourced and seasonal produce is at the heart of the menu - and we definitely have our eye on their wagyu sandos (pictured above).
Opening: 24 September 2020
1 Bateman's Buildings, Soho, London W1D 3EN
The latest place from London restaurant royalty, Corbin and King, is something that's closest to Brasserie Zedel in that it's a huge restaurant that aims to be, as they say, "fun and affordable." it's named after a classic Soho seafood restaurant and like that it'll focus on fish and shellfish. Could this fill the void left by Rex and Mariano after all these years? Note that this restaurant opening, more than some of the others, may well slip into 2021 - we'll have to wait and see.
Opening: 2020 (poss 2021)
Also keep an eye out for...
We're still waiting for 100% confirmation that these will open in Autumn - but they're worth keepiing an eye on.
- Rondo - soft-launched at the end of August, this Hoxton hotel opening is from the people behind Quality Chop House
- Cafe Deco - Anna Tobias and 40 Maltby Street team up in Bloomsbury
- NoMad - This new hotel is a follow-up to the original in New York and the food promises to be by 11 Madison Park (Daniel Humm's restaurant) alumni. Est December 2020
- Nobu Hotel Marylebone - Nobu Berkeley may be closed, but they're moving close by to launch a brand new Nobu hotel
- Chishuru - supperclub goes permanent in Brixton with West African cuisine as its speciality.
- Maison Francois - A new French brasserie and wine bar taking over the prime ex-Greens space.
And let's not forget...
Park Tower Knightsbridge, 101 Knightsbridge, Belgravia, London SW1X 7RN
We've been promising the arrival of Salt Bae in London for quite some time now. Will he make an appearance before the year is out or wait until 2021 to grace us with his saline flourishes? All we know is that there is at least a hoarding in Knightsbridge (pictured above) that is promising his arrival...
Opening: Maybe 2020? Who knows.
Finally - for even more upcoming restaurants - you'll want to bookmark our ever-updated Coming Soon page.
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