And while that’s great and all, we couldn’t help but notice that with all the effort that takes, you’re left with very little time to stay completely on top of London’s latest openings.
Which is why we’ve taken the time to assemble this list of only the very best openings of the last few months, so you can continue crushing it. Whatever it is.
Find London’s latest soft launches
Flour & Grape | Bermondsey
Sadly, Antico has officially become antico, closing down last month.
The good news, however, is that the very same team are occupying the space with a more relaxed venture by the name of Flour & Grape.
Designed to keep the team together despite rising running costs, it sees their menu streamlined to a range of eight homemade pasta dishes, available to eat in or takeaway – including the bucatini (tomato, capers, olives and basil), and the reginette, with tiger prawn and prawn bisque – all washed down with a well-picked bunch of wines… READ MORE
Opened: 17th October
Soft launch: 50% off food 17th – 22nd October. Reserve on 020 7407 4682
Caravan City | Bank
Caravans tend to be more of a country thing.
But planting itself firmly in the City, is the next branch of all-day eatery and caffeine pitstop, Caravan (after the success of their King’s Cross, Bankside and Exmouth Market spots). And they’ve brought an entirely new brunch menu, a new set of fermented dishes, and coffee negronis with them… READ MORE
Opened: 15th October
Soft launch? Free mini coffee Crosstown doughnut with every coffee, 10.30-11.30am
Breddos Kingly Street | Carnaby
You can never have just one taco. And you can never have just one stunningly good taco joint, as apparently the folks behind Breddos in Clerkenwell have discovered… READ MORE
Opened: 7th October
Rochelle Canteen at the ICA | St. James
Margot Henderson and Melanie Arnold have opened a second Rochelle Canteen. The follow up to their secluded (and decidedly delicious) Shoreditch gem, this branch is much more central, and won’t require you to find a doorbell hidden in a sort of hedge. Instead, it’s made its home in the extremely accessible Institute of Contemporary Arts, in a lofty, skylit space with an indoor garden, overlooking St. James… READ MORE
Opened: 4th October
Rambla | Soho
Victor Garvey’s going on a little Rambla.
It’s a journey that started with his work at Bravas Tapas, led to his first solo opening at Encant, and, via a recently-opened traditional wine and tapas bar just a few doors down, has now led to his second venture, Rambla – a much larger restaurant serving up Catalonian cuisine with a twist in Soho… READ MORE
Opened: 4th October
Gul and Sepoy | Spitalfields
The team behind Gunpowder have opened a new place.
And it’s dynamite.
Because in the three years since culinary couple Harneet & Devina Baweja first opened the acclaimed Spitalfields restaurant, they’ve gone on to open the equally barnstorming Madame D’s, and now, Gul and Sepoy.
Taking inspiration from the length and breadth of India, it combines the rich flavours of Raj palace feasts with the rustic cuisine of the soldiers (sepoy) in colonial south-west India… READ MORE
Opened: 3rd October
Yamagoya | Southwark
These folks make some of the best ramen in Japan.
And now they’d like to shoyu.
Because after a barnstorming residency in Chinatown earlier this year, they’re at last ready to settle down in their first London bricks-and-mortar home in Southwark… READ MORE
Opened: 2nd October
La Fromagerie | Bloomsbury
A wonderful thing has a curd.
It’s called La Fromagerie, and, having gone strong for 26 years, they’ve opened a new spot in Bloomsbury. They already supply some of London’s top restos, including The River Café and The Ledbury, and now they’re having a go at it themselves, as they’ve opened a fully-fledged restaurant along with their third deli and walk-in cheese room… READ MORE
Opened: 2nd October
Mam | Notting Hill
Would you like to hear about a new Vietnamese place in Notting Hill?
Then hear ye, hear ye, because Colin Tu, the mastermind behind the restaurants Salvation in Noodles, has just announced a new Vietnamese BBQ restaurant in Notting Hill. Pronounced ‘mum’, the title refers to the technique of fermentation, and they’re serving up robata-grilled skewers with fermented sauce, pho, and plenty of cocktails to boot…READ MORE
Opening: 29th September
Villa Mama’s | Chelsea
Taking culinary inspiration from an archipelago can be a Scilly idea.
Villa Mama’s however have thankfully avoided that, by bringing the traditional cuisine of Bahrain to Chelsea. It’s the first outpost of the restaurant outside of the country, and comes to you from well-travelled Bahraini native and chef, Roaya Saleh… READ MORE
Opened: 24th September
Olle | Chinatown
If someone points behind you and shouts “Olé!”, it means one of two things:
1) There’s a bull behind you; or
2) You’ve stumbled on the latest Korean BBQ spot to open in Chinatown, Olle, offering everything from traditional stews to Iberico pork…READ MORE
Opened: 20th September
Courtesan | Brixton
Brixton’s Courtesan has had a makeover.
And now, after some significant replastering, carpentry and upholstery, the restaurant’s ready to fling open the doors and flaunt its brand new menu of reinvented dim sum, exotic cocktails and late night entertainment in the intimate basement cabaret bar…READ MORE
Opened: 13th September
Serge et Le Phoque | Fitzrovia
A new Michelin-starred restaurant has come to London – and we know what you’re thinking.
What, le Phoque?
And you’d be right – because the Mandrake Hotel in Fitzrovia now boasts the first London outpost of Hong Kong success story (and World 50 Best Restaurant) Serge et Le Phoque… READ MORE
Opened: 15th September
Hoppers | Marylebone
Hoppers have put a second leg firmly on the ground.
That is to say, they’ve just opened a second venue – a larger, more expansive, two floor followup to their Soho Sri Lankan blockbuster. This one will be in Marylebone (St Christopher’s Place, if you can believe it), and will make the very un-Soho-esque move of taking reservations… READ MORE
Opened: 12th September
Ceremony | Tufnell Park
There’s no need to stand on ceremony here.
Mainly because they’ll have plenty of chairs for you, but also because this Tufnell Park restaurant plans to blow all the usual expectations of a vegetarian eatery straight out the water, serving dishes that just happen not to feature meat – oh, and it comes from a former Milk & Honey barkeep, so expect good things from the bar, too…READ MORE
Opened: 12th September
Ichibuns | Chinatown
Robin Leigh wants to give you Ichibuns.
But don’t be alarmed, because that’s merely the name of the latest Japanese ‘luxury fast-food’ spot in Chinatown, from the man behind Nobu. He’s dishing out Hokkaido-inspired wagyu burgers, sushi and ramen – plus takeaway cocktails…READ MORE
Opened: 8th September
Soft launch? Exclusive to Nudge Members
Santo Remedio | London Bridge
Santo Remedio translates as ‘holy remedy’.
Which is apt, because they serve some seriously holy mole.
But don’t take our word for it; because the authentic Mexican spot is finally back after their first spot closed unexpectedly. With a little help from kickstarter, they’ve scored themselves a second, bigger spot in London Bridge – and they’re taking reservations… READ MORE
Pickled Fred | Brick Lane
This new pan-Asian spot is apparently named in honour of a monkey who was intent on stealing pickles.
He took it as a condiment.
And now you too can enjoy their fermented wares, because it’s just opened off Brick Lane. It comes to you from friends Ben Lusty (Som Saa) and Can Turker (Berber & Q), and they’re serving up Asian-inspired street food and cocktails with ingredients like butter-washed tequila…READ MORE
Opened: 6th September
Frog By Adam Handling | Covent Garden
The Frog has spawned. Joining its wildly successful first outpost in Spitalfields is Frog by Adam Handling, a more formal version of the urban fine-dining restaurant settling down in Covent Garden. It’s the second in a planned empire of Frogs from critically acclaimed, and ludicrously talented young chef Adam Handling – so you’d better hop to it… READ MORE
Opened: 4th September
Salon | Brixton
They’re usually where you go when you fancy a change.
But this Salon’s getting a change itself, because the Brixton restaurant – which originally began life as a young, whippersnapping pop up back in 2013 – is undergoing a complete overhaul. They’re fixing up both the menu and the interiors, and adding a low-intervention wine shop next door to boot… READ MORE
Opened: 1st September
Jacob the Angel | Covent Garden
The siblings behind The Palomar and The Barbary have had a flash of divine inspiration for their next joint, opening an intimate coffee shop in Neal’s Yard. They’re serving a daily changing menu for breakfast, lunch and tea, all following traditional café culture, including freshly baked cakes and pastries, sandwiches, seasonal salads and pies…READ MORE
Opened: 30th August
Mildreds | Dalston
Mildreds has sprouted up in East London.
It’s the burgeoning veggie empire’s fourth restaurant, and you can expect the same internationally inspired vegetarian food taking centre stage, with specific influence from Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine, set in a cozy, warm and welcoming space… READ MORE
Opened: 29th August
Coal Rooms | Peckham Rye
If you’re bad, Santa gives you coal. But if you’re very, very good, he’ll give you Coal Rooms – a restaurant with an on-site butchery tucked into the former ticket office of the listed Peckham Rye station. It’s the brainchild of chef Sam Bryant (ex-Smokehouse) and the folks behind the Old Spike Roastery, so expect coffee, meat, and sometimes coffee and meat (like the coffee-cured bacon sandwich)…READ MORE
Opened: 26th August
Soft launch: Now fully booked, but Nudge Members still have an exclusive month-long soft launch. Sign in to find out more.
Evans and Peel Pharmacy | Chiswick
Serving up both gin and tonics is the second bar from the team behind the Evans and Peel Detective Agency. This time, it’s trussed up as a 1920’s pharmacy, disguising an American speakeasy out the back accessible only with the correct password. There, they’ll be serving up pharmacy-inspired concoctions, alongside Japanese whiskies and American snacks, including grilled cheese sandwiches that arrive in a cigar box filled with smoke…READ MORE
Opened: 21st August
James Cochran N1 | Islington
There’s a new eatery opening that’s got your name all over it.
That is, if you’re called James Cochran. If you’re called something else, then it doesn’t.
Because after his barnstorming collaboration with BYOC, BYOC feat. James Cochran, and his first solo joint, James Cochran EC3, he’s opening a second restaurant… and it’s called James Cochran N1. Unsurprisingly it’s in N1, and it’ll sport a cocktail bar, a DJ booth, and a menu of British cuisine made with local and foraged ingredients, plus a few dishes harking back to his Caribbean heritage (yes, that jerk chicken will feature)…READ MORE
Opened: 11th August
Cubé | Mayfair
It’s the perfect place to get a square meal.
Now open in Mayfair, the team behind it have a veritable all-star team of Japanese restaurants stacking their CVs – The head chef has spent time in the kitchens at Nobu and Sake no Hana, the bar manager has poured drinks at Kouzu and Tokimeite, and the general manager has run restaurants like Kanada-Ya and Eat Tokyo… READ MORE
Opened: 11th August
Sushi Atelier | Fitzrovia
It’s easy to get a raw deal on sushi. So it’s good that this new joint from the team behind Chisou are serving up omakase platters of sashimi, butterfish carpaccio with blowtorched foie gras, and razor clam ceviche with whiskey jelly…READ MORE
Opened: 24th July
Core By Clare Smyth | Notting Hill
It almost seems strange to realise that Clare Smyth – Chef Patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, and the first female British chef to hold and retain three Michelin stars – doesn’t have her own restaurant. Not yet, at least. Because soon, she’ll be the proud owner of her own buzzing Notting Hill eatery, Core by Clare Smyth. READ MORE
Opened: 1st August
Ugly Dumpling | Carnaby
The Ugly Dumplings has grown up, and blossomed into a beautiful permanent restaurant.
Or at least, it will. Trust us.
Because after running the popup circuit for years now, the Anglo-Chinese restaurant have finally made the step to securing a brick-and-mortar site… READ MORE
Opened: 29th July
No. 29 Power Station West | Battersea
Power stations can give rise to a lot of rumours.
And if they’ve taught us anything, it’s that there’s no smoke without fire.
So we can confirm that anything you might have heard about No. 29 Power Station West – a vast, achingly stylish all-day eating and drinking space that’s popped up in the new Battersea Power Station development – is completely true… READ MORE
Opened: 28th July
Suvlaki | Brick Lane
If you’ve long been hoping for a Greek restaurant to open in Shoreditch…
Today’s suvlaki day.
Or at least, the 27th of July will be your Lucky Day. Because Brick Lane’s food offering is diversifying with the arrival of an Athenian food joint on that particular day. A dinky 45-seater designed by the interiors team behind Sketch and Dishoom, it’s a sophomore restaurant to their original Soho spot – still boasting a menu led by suvlaki meat skewers…READ MORE
Opened: 27th July
Parlez | Brockley
Parlez. It’s worth chatting about. Springing up in Brockley this summer, it aims to become one of the neighbourhood’s next best local restaurants… READ MORE
Opened: 26th July
Magpie | Mayfair
According to superstition, you generally need two magpies for joy. But this Magpie manages it in one – because it’s the next venture from the duo behind Michelin-starred Hackney bistro, Pidgin – and this time they’re offering a British take on dim sum washed down with a slick of on-point cocktails, in a more central location just off Regent Street… READ MORE
Opened: 25th July
Temper City | Moorgate
It sounds like the most violent place on earth.
But as it turns out, it’s going to be one of the most delicious: a sophomore followup to Soho’s Temper, it’ll focus on gin, New World wines and curry cooked over an open fire pit… READ MORE
Opened: 24th July
The Wigmore | Marylebone
Described as a social ‘tavern’ for the neighbouring Langham Hotel, The Wigmore’s just your typical local boozer. If typical locals had extravagant green walls, food by Michel Roux Jr. and drinks from the (actual) best bar in the world…READ MORE
Opened: 20th July
Minnow | Clapham
If anyone can come up with a decent pun about this restaurant …let minnow. Otherwise, we’ll just tell you about the plans for this all-day diner in Clapham Common. It comes to us from Chris Frinchot (who literally grew up in a Michelin Starred restaurant/hotel owned by his parents) and his fiancée Saba Tsegaye… READ MORE
Opened: 19th July
Tuyo | London Fields
Tuyo. Or not Tuyo. If that is the question, then the answer is absolutely Tuyo, because it’s a strikingly cool new resto opening on Broadway Market this week. It has an ex-Salt Yard chef at the helm, who’ll be cooking up Mediterranean dishes in a bright, airy space parked right on the edge of the canal. READ MORE
Opened: 17th July
Meraki | Fitzrovia
‘Meraki’ is a Greek term referring to the love and soul that someone puts into their work. Which, according to Google Translate literally means ‘taste’. Either way, it sounds like a good name for a restaurant. Especially a Greek one in Fitzrovia. So it’s a good thing that the people behind Roka, Zuma, and The Arts Club are going to open one. READ MORE
Opened: 17th July
Long Arm Pub & Brewery | Old Street
The Long Arm Brewing Co. are reaching out.
In fact, they’re stretching all the way over to Shoreditch, where they’re setting up a pub and microbrewery to accompany their main brewery site in Ealing – and considering they’re serving pints straight from the brewing tank, it promises to be a bit of a gamechanger… READ MORE
Opened: 12th July
Main image: Breddos Tacos Kingly Street
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