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05/04/22


Recently Opened Restaurants In London

Understatement alert: London has a lot of new openings.

In fact, even during the lockdown years, we still got throngs of new eateries, bars, pop ups, and innocent political work events.

It can be tough to keep up.

So we’ve done the legwork for you, and narrowed them all down to the best best places to open over the last few months, including a new Portuguese spot from one of the world’s most highly esteemed chefs; a glitzy palace of kababs overlooking Borough Market; the debut restaurant from an exceptional Mexican chef; a lush new Californian-styled rooftop bar in Shoreditch and a sustainability-focussed fine diner in Mayfair…

 

Last updated: 29th June 2022


Want to know what’s coming up? Well, luckily there’s a guide to London restaurants opening soon, too.


 

Maria G’s | Kensington

Robin Gill, the man behind The Dairy (and Darby’s…and Bermondsey Larder, and Sorella, and Rye By The Water), has brought a taste of his lauded cooking to West London. He’s serving up a seasonal menu running the length of Italy’s regions, alongside ferments he’s making in-house…
Opened: 28th June
Soft launch?
50% off food, 28th – 30th June

Roxanne | Shoreditch

Roxanne

Who is Roxanne? Well, there’s about 100 hip hop tracks from the ’80s that’ll answer that one, all stemming from one of the biggest rivalries in the genre. And now she’s being honoured with her own ‘hip-hop speakeasy’ from the Dirty Bones team, hiding out somewhere in Shoreditch…
Opened: 21st June 2022

The Little Scarlet Door | Soho

Little Scarlet Door

As with all the other little door venues (in Clapham, Notting Hill, and Fulham) there’s little to no signage or clues as to the Little Scarlet Door’s presence on Soho’s Greek Street. It look just like a flat. One with a little scarlet door. And a bouncer. And on the inside, it’ll be a full-on house party every night complete with a kitchen dressed like a bar, and a living room filled with sofas…
Opened: 20th June
Soft launch? 50% off food and drink 20th – 26th June

Pascor | Kensington 

Pascor

When you hear the phrase “run by the former head chef at the Palomar” in relation to a new restaurant, it tends to be a good sign. A very good sign. And Pascor happens to be headed up by the erstwhile kitchen commander at Soho’s best Middle Eastern restaurant…
Opened: 20th June

Bar Daskal | Borough

Bar Daskal

BarrafinaParrillanTacos El PastorQuo Vadis. It seems that when it comes to bars & restaurants, The Harts Brothers truly have the Midas touch. But, you know, without any of the cruel irony that risks their loved ones tragically turning into a café or something. And the trend seems to be continuing for their latest cocktail joint, Bar Daskal, now open in the shiny new Borough Yards development…
Opened: 15th June

Firebird | Soho

Firebird

Coming to Poland Street early this summer, Firebird is the first UK restaurant for the St. Petersburg-based culinary duo Madina Kazhimova & Anna Dolgushina. And you’ll be not entirely surprised to hear that it’s all going to focus on dishes that have been ‘touched by flames’ in some form or another…
Opened: 7th June

Honey & Co | Bloomsbury

Honey & Co is a sweet little cafe-style Middle Eastern spot in Fitzrovia…

…that’s just become a sweet little cafe-style Middle Eastern spot in Bloomsbury. Because after a few creative differences with their landlord, they’ve upped sticks, and moved their entire operation to bigger & better digs…
Opened: 7th June 2022

The Black Sheep | Wimbledon

The Black Sheep

The Gladwin brothers are finally introducing The Black Sheep to their family of restaurants (which already includes Nutbourne, Sussex and The Shed). Taking over the old White Onion space in Wimbledon Village, it’ll be a cosy neighbourhood spot dedicated to showcasing seasonal ingredients alongside wine from their own English vineyard…
Opened: 1st June

NQ64 | Soho

Soho’s activity bar scene has levelled up – because a brand new, neon-soaked arcade bar has just opened its doors. Expect DJs spinning hip-hop, themed cocktails, and over 30 token-operated vintage arcade games to play…
Opened: 27th May

Riding House Bloomsbury | Bloomsbury

riding house bloomsbury

Now that it’s celebrating its 10th year of being open, if there’s one you can say about The Riding House Café it’s that it’s stable. And yet it’s just made a move, spawning a new sister venue over in Bloomsbury…
Opened: 25th May

Berenjak Borough | Borough

Berenjak Borough

Soho’s Iranian hole-in-the-wall-inspired joint has expanded. Berenjak has taken over the old Flor site by Borough Market, branching out to a wider range of Persian home cooking dishes alongside the original’s popular mazeh small plates and charcoal-grilled kababs…
Opened: May 25th

Cavita | Marylebone

Adriana Cavita was born & raised in Mexico City, and has spent the last decade & a half honing her craft at some of the best restaurants on earth, including El Bulli (three Michelin Stars), Pujol (currently 12th on the World’s 50 Best list), and Aska (two Michelin Stars). This is her first solo outing, and it captures both her incredible cooking skill, and her rich culinary heritage…
Opened: 20th May

Palazzo | Crystal Palace

palazzo crystal palace

Crystal Palace has a palace again. Well, technically it’s a Palazzo; a spin-off Italian restaurant from the Made of Dough team, still specialising in pizzas but also specialising in something else flat and round: records.
Opened: 15th May

Amethyst | Mayfair

amethyst mayfair

Amethyst is the name of uber-talented chef Carlo Scotto’s new restaurant. And yes, that is indeed the same Carlo Scotto who helmed the excellent Xier in Marylebone. This time around, he’s headed to Mayfair, with three- and five-course tasting menus…
Opened: 12th May

Parrillan Borough Yards | Borough Market

Parrillan

Somehow, a sliver of undeveloped land has still been identified in London Bridge, and this year it’s going to be unveiled as a kind of Coal Drops Yard 2.0, cramming in a slew of new shops and restaurants to the patch surrounding the revived railway arches. A new Brother Marcus has already opened, and now Parrillan has joined the mix, with a sherry-slinging Spanish bar from the same team coming soon…
Opened: 6th May

Laurels on the Roof | Shoreditch

Remember this suave rooftop bar on top of the Curtain Hotel in Shoreditch? Probably not, because it used to be members-only. But now that the hotel’s been taken over by Mondrian, it’s reopened to the public as a laidback cocktail bar inspired by 70s California…
Opened: 5th May

Audrey’s | London Bridge

A cute all-day café in a converted Victorian public loo has come to Flat Iron Square, with a whole load of outdoor seating to kick back on and enjoy their sustainably produced menu, natural wines and cocktails…
Opened: 5th May

KOKO | Camden

Camden’s legendary live music venue has back to life, and besides the stage (which has been graced by Charlie Chaplin, Madonna, and pretty much everyone in between), they’re also packing in a cocktail bar, a pizzeria, a mini live music bar aaaand a pretty swanky rooftop…
Opened: 28th April

The Sourcing Table | Peckham

Hoping to fill the hole left by the much-missed Terroirs, The Sourcing Table is a new wine bar and bottle shop in Peckham. Focussing on approachable natural wines, they have over 400 bottles in stock – which are available to drink in for a flat corkage fee – as well as a rotating selection available by the glass. For ballast, there’s cheese and charcuterie boards put together with independent producers, and a whole programme of tastings and events lined up for the future, too…
Opened: 23rd April

Arcade | Bloomsbury

The JKS restaurant group already have restaurants like Gymkhana, Hoppers, and BAO under their belts, which is enough to know that they have a knack for this sort of thing. So it’s definitely good news that they’ve taken over the space formerly known at Arcade Food Theatre, and filled it with nine new vendors including a jelly emporium from mad scientists, Bompas & Parr…
Opened: 22nd April

Apricity | Mayfair

Chantelle Nicholson is one of those chefs who’s done so much, opened so many places, and won so many awards, she has her own Wikipedia page. In fact, the one thing she didn’t have was her own restaurant. Well, that’s all changed with the opening of Apricity, a Mayfair restaurant which is set to “pioneer the principles of a circular economy”. What does that mean? Well, in short, it’s a sustainable, zero-waste spot with a super-seasonal menu…
Opened: 12th April

Cellar | Hammersmith

Andrew Clarke’s going from strength to strength. Fresh off the back of launching Acme Fire Cult, he’s also put together the menu at the new restaurant in Hammersmith members’ club Kindred. Thankfully open to all, it showcases some of his most mouthwatering ingredient combos in a cool, modern industrial space…
Opened: 12th April

Flat Earth Pizza | Bethnal Green

Hyper-veggie, hyper-sustainable, hyper-popular pizza spot Flat Earth clearly has plenty of believers – because after years of popping up, it’s finally put down roots in a permanent spot.
Opened: 12th April

Nightjar Carnaby | Soho

When Nightjar first opened ten years ago, their way of looking to the future of the London bar scene was by looking to its past. The cocktail bar took pains to recreate the thoroughly old fashioned, prohibition-era vibes of live music, vintage cocktails, and moody ’30s decor, and in doing so, basically invented the modern speakeasy. And now, at long last, they’re looking to the future – by opening a second branch.
Opened: 8th April

Tattu | Soho

Known for its strikingly opulent interiors and inventive Chinese menu, the mini-empire that is Tattu has made its London debut. And it’s not just turning up anywhere – it’s crowning a brand new building with views across the city, and different rooms surrounding a central rooftop courtyard…
Opened: 8th April

Mu | Dalston

Brilliant Corners have got a new project round the er, corner. Right next to the flagship, it’s a bar stocked up with cocktails and natural wines, a little live fire cooking, and a lot of live music…
Opened: 6th April

Market Halls | Canary Wharf

London’s family of covered street food markets has headed east, bringing stalls from the likes of BaoziInn, Pasta Evangelists, DF Mexico and Gopals to Canary Wharf…
Opened: 6th April

The Corin | Tooting

Tooting.

It’s the one area of London that actually sounds like it’s blowing its own trumpet.

And, with places like The Corin around, it’s not entirely unjustified. Because apart from the fact that this South London bar has its own rooftop, it also has frequent live musicians who literally do blow their own trumpets…
Opened: 1st April

ACME Fire Cult | Dalston

After starting out as a pop up cooking over live fire in London Fields last year, led by chefs Andrew Clarke (Brunswick House) and Daniel Watkins (St Leonards), ACME Fire Cult has gone permanent in dedicated space opposite the 40ft Brewery in Dalston.
Opened: 1st April

The Princess Royal | Notting Hill

Ben Tish is the man behind the excellent Norma, as well as the culinary driving force behind places like The Stafford and The Salt Yard. And now he’s put together a Sicilian-influenced menu at the beautifully refurbished & reimagined gastropub The Princess Royal in Notting Hill…
Opened: 1st April

Beetle Juice | Brixton

Having hauled their cocktail-shaking camper van the length and breadth of the country to festivals, weddings, and everything in between, Beetle Juice have finally parked up, sliced the thing in half and set up a very permanent library of booze bottles behind it…
Opened: 24th March

Rogues | Hackney

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Rogues is the kind of operation that inspires people to get into hospitality.

From its intimate atmosphere, to the warmth of the team, to the clear passion that goes into every dish, it’s clear that this is an operation born out of the sheer love of restaurants. And with two former chefs of the Michelin-starred Galvin La Chapelle at the helm, you’re going to love it too.
Opened: 22nd March

Lisboeta | Fitzrovia

Nuno Mendes has done a lot for the London dining scene.

From the highly innovative Loft Project, to the Michelin Starred Viajante, to the celebrity magnet Chiltern Firehouse, to the also Michelin Starred Mãos, his kitchens have been the training grounds for half of the great chefs working in half the great restaurants in the city today. And now he’s back with another project…
Opened: 21st March

Thin White Duke | Soho

Yes, Soho’s just snagged itself a David Bowie themed bar. No, they don’t serve Gin Genies. But they do serve drinks from the highly talented mixologist Dav Eames…
Opened: 15th March

Upstairs at The George | Fitzrovia

Upstairs At The George

Last year, the people behind some of London’s finest institutions – Gymkhana, BAO, Lyle’s, etc. – opened a pub. And now, above that pub, they’ve unveiled a suite of jaw-droppingly elegant rooms including a private room, a cocktail snug, and a dining room where James Knappett – founder of the double Michelin-starred Kitchen Table – is cooking up a storm.
Opened: 15th March

 


Want to know what’s coming up? Well, luckily there’s a guide to London restaurants opening soon, too.




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