London Restaurants Opening Soon | 2020 | The Nudge

London Restaurants & Bars Opening Soon

London Restaurants & Bars Opening Soon

London Restaurants Opening Soon | January 2020

There are some things you can always count on.

Your fingers. Abacuses. And London’s restaurant scene delivering a never-ending stream of hot, new, hype-justifying eateries.

So to help sort the wheat from the chaff, we’ve put together a rather handy calendar of the best (and only the best) new London restaurants opening over the coming weeks…

Main image: Session Arts Club | Last Updated: 20th January 2020

Want to read about somewhere that’s actually open, like, now? Check out our pick of the best Recent Openings


Little Kudu & Smokey Kudu | Peckham

The couple behind Kudu are adding another couple of local haunts to the family. They’re launching Little Kudu – a tapas-style eatery – right next door to their critically acclaimed original, and a cocktail bar (Smokey Kudu) by the railway a little further down the road… READ MORE
Opening: Smokey Kudu – 22nd January | Little Kudu – March 2020
Soft launch? None yet announced

Sarap | Brixton

After a few years of blowing socks off around the capital (Evening Standard Magazine restaurant critic Jimi Famurewa used the words “intensely pleasurable”), chef Budgie Montoya is edging his Filipino outfit from pop up towards permanent. He’s just won a competition that’s landed him a six-month residency in Brixton Village, though this one looks like it might be here to stay… READ MORE
Opening: 31st January
Soft launch: 50% off food, 24th-26th January (now fully booked, limited walk-in spots available)

Bar Douro City | Finsbury Square

Bar Douro

Bar Douro is becoming a duo.

The vibrant Portuguese resto in Flat Iron square has announced it’s to open a second branch in The City…READ MORE
Opening: 28th January
Soft launch? None yet announced

Hoppers | King’s Cross

Planting another foot on solid ground, Hoppers – the Sri Lankan restaurant from the team behind Michelin-starred Gymkhana and Trishna – are opening a third branch this year. It’ll settle into that stretch between King’s Cross station and Granary Square, and follows critical acclaim for the Soho and Marylebone originals… READ MORE
Opening: 11th February
Soft launch? Not happening, but booking is open now

Chuku’s | Tottenham

Coming from brother-sister duo Emeka and Ifeyinwa, Chuku’s is hoping to shine a light on Nigerian cuisine through the medium of small plates. They’ve popped up across the capital to great acclaim, and now they’re finally opening a permanent spot of their own… READ MORE
Opening: February
Soft launch? None yet announced

Akoko | Fitzrovia 


Early this year Akoko is coming, and following and treading directly in Ikoyi’s venerable footsteps. It’ll be in Fitzrovia, and headed up by Masterchef: The Professionals finalist William JM Chilila, and he’ll be creating menu of West African classics made with British ingredients… READ MORE
Opening: Early 2020
Soft launch? None announced

BAO | King’s Cross

And following in Hoppers’ footstep, another branch of lauded steamed bun spot BAO will be joining the new slick of eateries up in King’s Cross. Together with the Hoppers site, they’ll make up a grand 6,000 sq ft dining space, including one big feasting table for 12… READ MORE
Opening: Early 2020
Soft launch? None yet announced

Padella Shoreditch | Shoreditch


Love Padella?

Join the queue.

And rejoice in the news that everyone’s favourite “I’ll stand in line until my legs drop off” no-bookings fresh pasta joint is prepping up a second branch in Shoreditch… READ MORE
Opening: Early 2020
Soft launch? None yet announced

Club Mexicana Taqueria | Soho

This all-vegan Mexican street food outfit has gone from strength to strength since its early days as a stall at Dinerama. And now they’re finally opening a bricks and mortar spot in Carnaby’s Kingly Court, where they’ll serve all the cult classics alongside vegan tacos ‘al pastor’ (freshly sliced off the spit); a Mexican-style fondue and palomas on tap… READ MORE
Opening: March
Soft launch? None announced

Sessions Arts Club | Clerkenwell

Opening a restaurant inside a former courthouse is a solid idea.

For one thing, it makes it much easier to order, order.

And for another, it makes for a stunningly atmospheric setting – as the multi-talented creative team behind Sessions Arts Club is about to prove… READ MORE
Opening: March
Soft launch? None yet announced

Louie | Covent Garden

London’s probably about ready for a Chiltern Firehouse 2.0. And this could be it – a raucous townhouse with a two-storey New Orleans-styled restaurant and a rooftop bar with live brass bands, put together by the Firehouse’s Guillame Glipa and Parisian restaurateurs Paris Society… READ MORE
Opening: March
Soft launch? Unlikely, to be honest

Noble Rot Soho | Soho

London has a Rot problem.

There’s not enough of it.

Thankfully however, Noble Rot – one of the best wine bars & restaurants in the city – is finally spreading. After spending 4 years blowing people’s socks off in Bloomsbury, it’s about to land itself in a yet-more central venue down in Soho, in the former home of the Gay Hussar… READ MORE
Opening: Spring 2020
Soft launch? None yet announced

Kol | Marylebone

When Noma’s head chef René Redzepi decided to open a pop up in Mexico back in 2017, he didn’t just choose some rando with a stove to help set it up. He chose Santiago Lastra. And Santiago Lastra did such a fine job, he’s now opening his own super-fancy restaurant in London… READ MORE
Opening: May
Soft launch? None announced (nor likely, to be honest)

Manzi’s | Soho

It seems like anyone who lived in London between the 1950s and early noughties has a story about Manzi’s.

Just off Leicester Square, it was a two-storey seafood restaurant run by the kind of rumbustious Italian family you see in movies. In the midst of red gingham tablecloths and plastic loaves hanging from the ceiling, first dates, children’s birthdays, and silver wedding anniversaries were celebrated over curried halibut and Manzi’s renowned strawberry flan… READ MORE
Opening: Sometime in 2020
Soft launch? None announced

Blacklock Covent Garden | Covent Garden

Blacklock Soho - best restaurants in central London

If the third time’s a charm, then the fourth should be a breeze – at least it will be for Blacklock, the chophouse titans who are opening a fourth branch this year. You’ll find it on Henrietta Street in Covent Garden, and it promises to be just as noteworthy as its predecessors… READ MORE
Opening: Sometime in 2020
Soft launch? None yet announced

Chyna | Canary Wharf

Hakkasan. Yauatcha. Park Chinois.

When Alan Yau announces a new restaurant, people tend to pay attention.

And, well, he’s announced a new restaurant. A big one. Called Chyna, he’s billing it as a “Chinese River Cafe”, and it’ll sit in the huge Wardian development in Canary Wharf where it’ll overlook the South Dock. There’ll be enough room for 120 diners, and there’ll be a nice waterside terrace too… READ MORE
Opening: Sometime in 2020
Soft launch? None announced

Yau Grilling | Canary Wharf

…and what’s that next door, you ask? Oh, that’s just Alan’s other spot that he’s opening. At the same time. No biggie. It’ll be a 45-seater focused on Japanese grill dishes, with a dedicated oyster bar thrown in for good measure… READ MORE
Opening: Sometime in 2020
Soft launch? None announced

Eataly | Bishopsgate 


No, that’s not a phonetic guide to saying the word “Italy” in a vaguely offensive fashion.

It’s a new Italian dining hall coming to London later this year, in what amounts to basically a massive food theme park. They’re packing everything good about Italian food into one grand space, and it’s going to be amazing…READ MORE
Opening: Sometime in 2020
Soft launch? Not yet announced

St. JOHN Borough High Street | Borough

London’s best doughnuts are filling in an important hole.

Despite having a bakery just a hop skip and a jump away in Bermondsey, St. JOHN are bringing a new dough-factory to Borough High Street… READ MORE
Opening: TBC
Soft launch? None announced

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