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Hattie Lloyd 20/05/24


London's 15 Best NEW Restaurants | May 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 15 hottest bars and restaurants in London right now (that are both new, and genuinely good), including an epic new Greek spot that everyone’s talking about; a date-worthy, candle-lit bistro in the City; a glitzy Japanese grill restaurant; an artsy small plates spot that’s a first for the neighbourhood; and a zero-waste restaurant where you’ll feel like you’re dining beneath a giant mushroom


1) OMA | London Bridge

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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 here

2) 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 here

3) Cloth | Farringdon

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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 here

4) 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 here

5) NIJŪ | Mayfair

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One Star typically isn’t a great review. But when it’s from the people at Michelin, it’s a slightly different matter. And that’s what they gave third generation sushi master Endo Kazutoshi within one year of opening his debut restaurant in London, Endo At The Rotunda. And now, he’s just cut the ribbon on a fantastic new Japanese grill & sushi restaurant in the heart of Mayfair…

NOTE: Nudge Members are getting a five week secret soft launch at NIJŪ, with 50% off food, from 17th April – 31st May – book here.

Details: 20 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, W1J 8EE | Book here

6) Roe | Canary Wharf

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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 here

7) 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 here

8) 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 here

9) Bruno | Victoria Park

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In terms of its size, Michael Sager’s latest wine bar is hardly a magnum… but when it comes to atmosphere & style, it’s the whole cellar. It’s called Bruno, and it’s a teeny little converted stable in Victoria Park Village. And for anyone who doesn’t have their finger on the pulse of the London grape-hooch scene, Michael Sager is pretty much London’s resident wine bar whisperer – his other venues, Sager + Wilde and Equal Parts, are absolutely corking…

Details: 211a Victoria Park Road, London E9 7JN | No bookings – open weekdays 2-11pm, weekends 12-11pm

10) 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 here

11) 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 here

12) Three Sheets | Soho

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Dalston’s Three Sheets is one of the best cocktail joints in London, and according to The World’s 50 Best Bars list, planet earth too. So yes, the fact they’ve just opened a new bar in Soho is just a little bit noteworthy. They’ve put together an all-new menu which includes the Sazzaquack (which besides reinventing the classic with a dose of Chinese five spice, comes in a really cute glass) and a dangerously drinkable Pickled Mango Iced Tea…

Details: 14-15 Manette Street, Soho, W1D 4AP Book here

13) The Devonshire | Soho

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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 here

14) Dalla | Hackney

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Great Italian trios: cacio, pepe & spaghetti. The Three Tenors. And now, the Leone brothers and Mitchell Damota, who have teamed up to revive the old Peg space on Morning Lane as a cosy, ‘not trendy’ Italian spot that draws on Damota’s time at P. Franco and Burro e Salvia. The only problem? It is trendy. It’s one of the hardest restaurants to snag a reservation at right now. But if you can get in – even if it means perching shamelessly at the half-width counter by the door – do it, because the food here is next level…

Details: 120-122 Morning Lane, London E9 6LH Book here

15) Bambi | London Fields

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The past was Bright, the future’s… Bambi. The much-missed London Fields restaurant has now been reincarnated as Bambi, a wine bar, by James Dye (one of the guys behind Frank’s in Peckham). And he’s filled the place with low-intervention wines, stellar small plates from an ex-Peckham Cellars chef, and a shedload of vinyl…

Details: 1 Westgate Street, E8 3RL | Book here

 


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