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Hattie Lloyd 27/06/24


The Best New Restaurants in London | July 2024 Edition

Opening a new restaurant in London requires grit, dedication, courage and seemingly bottomless funds.

Just as it does to visit all of those new restaurants.

So to save you from the twin demons of expense and disappointment, we’ve whittled down the year’s newcomers to only the best new openings: the little gems you might otherwise miss, the big-hitters that live up to the hype, and everything good in between.

This list highlights what we consider to be the 17 hottest bars and restaurants in London right now (that are both new, and genuinely good), including a pair of epic new Greek spots that everyone’s talking about; a date-worthy, candle-lit bistro in the City; a rooftop restaurant from a third-generation sushi master; a stunning new steakhouse in an old factory; a quietly opened Korean spot that’s suddenly gone stratospheric; and a zero-waste restaurant where you’ll feel like you’re dining beneath a giant mushroom


1) Ibai | Barbican

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The team behind top-quality meat suppliers Txuleta (it’s pronounced ‘choo-leh-tah’) have joined forces with chef-of-the-moment Richard Foster (it’s pronounced ‘Richard Foster’) on a brand new restaurant. And they’ve really raised the steaks. The menu centres on the eponymous txuleton, the uniquely flavourful meat of Galician ex-dairy cows. Add in a cool, ex-factory setting, and a little open-fire alchemy from the former Chiltern Firehouse chef, and you’ve got yourself a recipe for one of London’s hottest new restaurants…

Details: 90 Bartholomew Close, London, EC1 7BN Book a table at Ibai

2) OMA | London Bridge

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Gilles Draps

A new contender has just boldly swaggered into the pantheon of London’s great Greek restaurants.

OMA has now flung its doors open in Borough Market, and it might just be the hottest spot in London right now – something that doesn’t come as a particularly big surprise, given that it comes to us from restaurateur David Carter. He’s the founder of SMOKESTAK and co-founder of manteca, both of which have a Bib Gourmand from the people at Michelin – meaning that they’re both good quality and good value. And OMA has the same DNA…

Details: 2-4 Bedale St, SE1 9AL | Book a table at OMA

3) AGORA | London Bridge

Agora

We can only assume that David Carter had an inkling of just how popular OMA was going to be… because he’s very considerately opened a second, more casual restaurant downstairs. AGORA’s specialist subject is skewers charred over a wood grill – but honestly, if you’re not in the market for a full meal, this is the ultimate place to drop in for a couple of unreal flatbreads, dips, and frozen margaritas. Best enjoyed at the dining counter behind the bifold windows, which open onto the bustle of Borough Market.

Details: 2-4 Bedale St, SE1 9AL No bookings

4) Paradise | Soho

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Ok, so as the proud bearer of a Michelin Bib Gourmand and one of the most perpetually popular restaurants in Soho, Paradise isn’t technically a new restaurant. After a couple of weeks’ closure, however, it has undergone a fairly heavenly reincarnation. Founder Dom Fernando and head chef Alfie Bahnan have pivoted to a tasting menu format for their acclaimed Sri Lankan cooking, taking you on a six-course journey that makes the recipes feel amazingly comforting and nostalgic (even for someone who’s never set foot on the island). Coupled with a stellar wine pairing, or a cocktail or two, it’s one of the most special dining experiences to be had in London right now.

Details: 61 Rupert Street, Soho, London W1D 7PW | Book a table at Paradise

5) Henri | Covent Garden

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Ever since the exceptionally stylish Henrietta Hotel opened its doors in Covent Garden, it’s fair to say it’s had a hard time drawing in punters in an area so spoilt for good restaurants. So if you need a good hook? You get in Jackson Boxer. He’s one of the city’s most celebrated chefs, having launched illustrious places like Brunswick House and Orasay. And now he’s put together his own take on a Parisian bistro, serving classic French dishes with a creative twist.

Details: 14 – 15 Henrietta Street, WC2E 8QH Book a table at Henri


6) Cloth | Farringdon

Cloth new restaurant date spot

Wine. Candlelight. French cuisine. Some recipes don’t need tweaking, and Cloth is about as perfect a rendition of this date-worthy combo as you could ever hope to find. It sits on an old Dickensian-looking corner of Farringdon’s old market streets, with little café curtains shielding the throng of merry diners from view. Inside, it’s atmosphere incarnate – and really, how could it fail to be, with dishes from an ex-Brawn and The Marksman chef…

Details: 44 Cloth Fair, London EC1A 7JQ Book a table at Cloth

7) Miga | Hackney

Miga

Miga opened quietly, without fanfare or a PR team working through the night to drum up hype. So it speaks to the quality of the cooking here that this family-run Korean spot has gone stratospheric in the last few weeks. It’s a modest spot on a corner of Hackney, with a no-frills interior where the atmosphere is instead provided by a soundtrack of happy chatter and a steamy cloud of bone broth lingering in the air. That bone broth is a generations-old recipe that saw the family’s grandma become one of the top 3 chefs in Seoul, and her descendants are doing her very proud here…

Details: 3 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 4RP Book a table at Miga

8) Lita | Marylebone

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Lita is getting a lot of people fired up. It’s a gorgeously put-together spot in a quiet pocket of Marylebone, where chef Luke Ahearne (ex-Corrigan’s Mayfair) is performing actual magic over an open flame. Some of the highlights on his Mediterranean menu include smoked Basque sardines, langoustine baked rice and fire-scorched Galician beef rib. And sure, it’ll clear out your overdraft to dine here. But if you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy a blow-out meal, you might as well go down in a blaze of glory…

Details: 7-9 Paddington Street, W1U 5QH Book a table at Lita

9) Crispin at Studio Voltaire | Clapham

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Clapham locals will already know this – and they might even prefer everyone else didn’t – but the Crispin team have another stone-cold hit on their hands. Their first southern foray is housed in a fairly challenging industrial nook of the brilliant Studio Voltaire gallery, which they’ve managed to mould into an exceptionally atmospheric bistro with shades of St John. Add in zippy small plates, tender steak and a carafe of low-intervention wine, and you’ve got the world’s classiest pre-drinks for Infernos.

Details: 1A Nelsons Row, London SW4 7JR Book a table at Crispin

10) Kioku by Endo | Westminster

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Kioku is a Japanese word meaning memory… and when you’ve dined here, at third generation sushi master Endo Kazutoshi‘s new restaurant, you’ll be left with the hazy memories of a roaming tuna sashimi trolley; an eight course tasting menu of inventive dishes fusing Japanese and Spanish influences; and panoramic rooftop views of the London Eye, Whitehall and St James’s Park…

Details: The OWO, 7 Horse Guards Avenue, SW1A 2EX | Book a table at Kioku

11) Roe | Canary Wharf

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Lisa Tse

Fallow is one of the best zero-waste restaurants in the city, and the team behind it have wasted zero time in teeing up their next project. They’ve just cut the ribbon on a three-storey spot overlooking the canal in Canary Wharf, and like its older sibling, Roe follows a nose-to-tail and root-to-stem philosophy, with highly impressive results. They’ve even 3D printed the striking mushroom-inspired interiors…

Details: Five Park Drive, Wood Wharf, E14 9GG | Book a table at Roe

12) Camille | London Bridge

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The team behind Ducksoup and Little Duck – The Picklery have gotten all their ducks in a row for a new restaurant, facing right onto Borough Market. Former St John and 107 Wine Bar resident chef Elliot Hashtroudi plunders that market for all its best bounty, which he then rustles into fantastic French dishes with a nod to the nose-to-tail philosophy: trotter & parsley terrine; smoked eel devilled eggs and whole gurnard with snail butter feature alongside more familiar onglet steaks and onion tarts. But even if you’re not feeling adventurous, don’t miss the burnt milk tart – it really is something.

Details: 2-3 Stoney Street, London SE1 9AA | Book a table at Camille

13) Sune | Broadway Market

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Wine guru Honey Spencer has a new project… opening Sune. It’s a new all-day restaurant – and killer date spot – perched on the canal at the end of Broadway Market, and she’s running the place with her partner Charlie Sims (ex-restaurant manager at Noma). On the pans? Only industry old hand Michael Robins, who’s previously spent two years as head chef at Pidgin, and is serving a menu of exquisite dishes like grilled calçots with goat’s cheese & verjus; chalk stream trout with smoked butter sauce; and saucisson with curried pickles.

Details: 129A Pritchard’s Road, London E2 9AP | Book a table at Sune

14) Mambow | Clapton

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After the success of her temporary Peckham site, chef Abby Lee has brought Mambow number four to Clapton. Her take on warming Malaysian comfort food has made her one of London’s most talked-about chefs right now, and since you’re in Clapton, you can pair them all with a lovely bottle of natural wine.

Details: 78 Lower Clapton Road, London, E5 0RN | Book a table at Mambow

15) The Devonshire | Soho

The Devonshire hot new restaurants

You know that wedge-shaped building opposite the Moulin Rouge theatre by Piccadilly Circus, that you’ve probably ignored for the past 5 years while it was a Jamie’s Italian, then totally empty? Well, you’re going to want to pay it some attention now – because former Fat Duck exec chef Ashley Palmer-Watts is on the founding team of new pub & grill room The Devonshire, and it’s had crowds spilling onto the pavements ever since it opened…

Details: 17 Denman Street, Soho, W1D 7HW | Book a table at The Devonshire

16) Julie’s | Notting Hill

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They say the third time’s a charm… though of course it helps when the first and second times were a charm, too. Julie’s has been a bastion of Notting Hill’s restaurant scene for more than half a century, and it’s just been saved from closure for a third time. New owner Tara MacBain is both a local and a Cordon Bleu-trained chef, and she’s given the place the revival it deserves, with gorgeously revamped interiors, cosy basement booths, live pianists, table-side martini trolleys and The Pelican chef Owen Kenworthy in the kitchen…

Details: 135 Portland Road, Holland Park, W11 4LW | Book a table at Julie’s

17) Morchella | Exmouth Market

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Something new’s grown from Perilla. The Newington Green gem now finally has a sibling in Morchella, a Mediterranean spot just off Exmouth Market. The founders have brought in The Square’s former chef Daniel Fletcher to head up the kitchen, and we’re happy to report that he’s doing the legacies of both his alma mater, and Perilla, justice…

Details: 84 Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4QY | Book a table at Morchella

 


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