London Restaurants & Bars Opening Soon


London Restaurants & Bars Opening Soon

The good news: Some of London’s top restaurants have finally reopened their doors.

The other good news: Some are opening their doors for the very first time – because, in spite of everything 2020’s had to throw at them, London’s chefs and restaurateurs are doing everything they can to bring the city back to life and open the restaurants they’ve been planning for years.

From the highly anticipated openings that had to be postponed, to brand new announcements – here are the best new restaurants set to open in London over the next few months…

Noble Rot Soho | Soho

noble rot 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: 18th September, book here
Soft launch? None announced

Big Jo | Holloway

The fellas behind mini North London restaurant empire Westerns Laundry, Primeur, and Jolene are opening a new, large-scale bakery and 60-seater restaurant in Holloway. READ MORE
Opening: 22nd September, book here
Soft Launch? None announced

Smoke & Salt | Tooting

Smoke and Salt

After three highly successful years at Pop Brixton, the Smoke & Salt duo – famed for their Modern European small plates, crafted using ancient preservation techniques – have just announced plans to open their first bricks and mortar site in Tooting… READ MORE.
Opening: 22nd September, book here
Soft launch? 50% off the bill 22nd-24th, then EOTHO-style £10pp off until end of September

Akoko | Fitzrovia

Akoko restaurant opening soon

In a few months Akoko is coming, and following in Ikoyi’s venerable footsteps. It’ll be in Fitzrovia, serving an elegant menu of West African classics made with British ingredients… READ MORE
Opening: 8th October, book here
Soft launch? None 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: 20th October, sign up for priority booking here
Soft launch? None announced

Cafe Deco | Bloomsbury

Cafe Deco opening soon

Chef du jour Anna Tobias – whose CV is adorned with everywhere from The River Cafe to Rochelle Canteen – has joined forces with the team behind 40 Maltby Street to help her open her debut restaurant (and wine bar), in Bloomsbury this autumn. READ MORE
Opening: October
Soft Launch? None announced

The Cheese Barge | Paddington

Originally mooted to open this spring, The Cheese Barge has been slowly maturing over in Somerset for the past six months, and is finally ready to sail into Paddington’s canals, loaded up with artisan British cheese… READ MORE
Opening: Early November
Soft launch? None announced

Cafe BAO | King’s Cross

Cafe Bao Kings Cross opening soon

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

Claro | Soho

If you’re going to choose a name for a new Modern Portuguese joint in Soho, the choice is clear…

…a word which in Portuguese translates as ‘claro’.

It comes to us from Leandro Carreira (Executive Chef, formerly of Londrino) and Alex Hunter (founder) of the critically-lavished seafood restaurant The Sea The SeaREAD MORE
Opening: TBC
Soft launch? None announced

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 – and now the restaurant kings behind The Wolseley and The Delaunay are hoping to revive it. READ MORE
Opening: TBC
Soft launch? None announced

Camden Town Brewery | Camden

After ten years, Camden Town Brewery is finally getting la(r)ger. They’re currently operating as a pop up beer garden (with BBQ grub from Prairie Fire) while they’re busy transforming the place to include a bigger taproom, outside seating, and a 50-seater restaurant… READ MORE
Opening: Late 2020
Soft launch? None yet 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 planning to open a fourth branch. You’ll find it on Henrietta Street in Covent Garden, and it promises to be just as noteworthy as its predecessors… READ MORE
Opening: TBC
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: TBC
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: TBC
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: TBC
Soft launch? None yet 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 next 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 2021
Soft launch? Not yet announced


Last updated: 14th September 2020

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