Hattie Lloyd 28/05/23

London Restaurants & Bars Opening Soon

Want to know which restaurants are opening soon in London?

Well allow us to whet your appetite because this city has dozens of fine eateries clamouring to get in the door of the city’s dining scene, and these are the best amongst them…


Want to go somewhere that’s actually open, like, now? Check out our pick of London’s Best Recently Opened Restaurants.


Empire Empire | Notting Hill

Empire Empire

Joining the Notting Hill restaurant revival is Harneet Baweja, the brains behind Bib Gourmand restaurant Gunpowder and now this 1970’s disco-inspired Indian joint, where dining will turn to dancing until late.
Opening: 15th June
Soft launch? Nudge Member preview nights (with 50% off your food bill) 8th-14th June – find out more here

Little Kudu | Peckham

little kudu restaurant opening soon

Smokey Kudu, the beloved cocktail bar from the Kudu collective, has upped sticks and moved to Chelsea. But in its place we’re getting Little Kudu, the team’s long-mooted South African ‘tapas bar’ serving small plates in the revamped railway arch…
Opening: 21st June
Soft launch? Nope

KIMA | Marylebone


Zero waste restaurants have wasted precisely zero time in becoming industry game-changers, and Marylebone’s about to get the latest standard-bearer: Kima is going to be a ‘fin-to-grill’ seafood restaurant from the people behind INO Gastrobar
Opening: 28th June
Soft launch? Nope.

Lina Stores Clapham | Clapham

After months of excited whispers across South London, the legendary Soho deli & restaurant Lina Stores is bringing its fresh pasta to South London. It’s taking over a corner spot overlooking the common, and it’ll be serving breakfast on weekends, too…
Opening: 30th June
Soft launch? 
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The Butter Club | Notting Hill

The Butter Club - square croissants

There’s news concerning a place called The Butter Club. And we aim to spread it around. TBC’s opening in Notting Hill’s ever-improving Golborne Road (which is now home to Straker’s and Caia), and it comes to us from a pair of young Dutch chefs called Gabriël Verheij and Alexandre Scour…
Opening: TBC. Ironically.
Soft launch: None yet announced

Lino | Queen’s Park


Barbican’s sustainability-focussed restaurant is getting reused and recycled after having to close last year. It’ll be getting a new lease of life in a striking building on the increasingly trendy restaurant nucleus that is Lonsdale Road in Queen’s Park. They’re currently experiencing a building hiccup, but they’ll be open as soon as possible…
Opening: TBC
Soft launch? None yet announced

Sonora Taqueria | Stoke Newington

Sonora Taqueria food

After Sonora said sayanora to their taco stall in Netil Market, it wasn’t immediately clear when we’d be blessed with their sublimely delicious Mexican treats again. Well, basically it wasn’t long. They almost immediately secured themselves a prime spot within Arcade Food Hall, and they’ve now about to open their very own brick-and-mortar restaurant. We can all rejoice.
Opening: “June-ish”
Soft launch? None yet announced

Mountain | Soho

Brat Soho

Spoiler alert: the Brat team is coming to Soho. For anyone who’s been to the original East London restaurant, that’s a piece of splendid news. For anyone who hasn’t been to the original East London restaurant, that’s a piece of splendid news that requires a little bit of explanation…
Opening: June 2023
Soft launch? None yet announced

Counter 71 | Shoreditch

Sadly, Fulham’s Fenn closed its doors at the end of April. But head chef Joe Laker’s counter move is… to open a counter dining restaurant. Seating just 16, it’ll be an intimate gastronomic adventure, with creative dishes prepared using the best British produce served directly to you by the chefs…
Opening: June 2023
Soft launch? Highly unlikely.

Pavyllon London | Mayfair

Yannick Alléno

There are only a handful of chefs who have more Michelin Stars than Yannick Alléno. He’s got ten currently, scattered around his various eateries including Alléno Paris (three Stars) and L’Abysse (two Stars). And now he’s coming to London – specifically the Park Lane Four Seasons – in order to expand on that collection…
Opening: 1st July
Soft launch? Very, very unlikely.

Akira Back | Mayfair

Akira Back was born in South Korea, became a baseball player in Japan, then a pro-snowboarder in the US, and finally decided to put athletics away and settle for a Michelin Starred career running a portfolio of 24 acclaimed restaurants across the globe. And now, finally, he’s making his way to London, to open up the flagship restaurant in the all-new Mandarin oriental in Mayfair…
Opening: Spring 2023
Soft launch? Not yet announced.

Nok | Borough

Som Saa

While details are still in the earliest stage (strong emphasis on earliest), the important thing is that it’s out there – like a teaser for a movie trailer – that the highly-lauded duo of Andy Oliver & Mark Dobbie (former chefs at Som Saa) are working on a new restaurant, near Borough Market, in Park Street, under the name Nok, and it’s very exciting news.
Opening: Early 2023
Soft launch? None yet announced

AngloThai | Fitzrovia


AngloThai is one of those popups that seems to sell out completely every single time they put on a residency, no matter how long for, and who seem to attract the kind of rave reviews that other eateries can only dream of. And now, if you can believe it, someone’s had the utterly insane idea of giving them their own restaurant.
Opening: Early 2023
Soft launch? None yet announced

64 Goodge Street | Fitzrovia

Stating the obvious: this new French bistro will be in Fitzrovia. Stating the less obvious: it’s going to be helmed by Stuart Andrew and the Woodhead Group, whose other restaurants include neighbours Portland and Clipstone
Opening: Summer 2023
Soft launch? None yet announced

Manzi’s Soho

Manzi's - oysters from Brasserie Zedel

You’ve probably heard a story or two about dining at Manzi’s. While we’ve waved goodbye to this iconic family-run restaurant, the guys behind Brasserie Zédel, Bellanger and The Wolseley have stepped in to pay homage to this London classic. You can expect evocative, old-school vibes, crisp tablecloths, and a whole lot of seafood inspired by the OG Manzi’s.
Opening: Early summer 2023
Soft launch? Maybe…

Dovetale | Mayfair

Tom Sellers, who became a chef while still in the womb, worked at Noma & Per Se before the age of 21, opened his own restaurant at 26, and won a Michelin Star the same year… is now opening a new spot. It’s going to be called Dovetale, and it’ll be in 1 Hotel Mayfair. Expect a simple, a la carte menu, a raw bar, a grill, and a Knickerbocker Glory trolley.
Opening: Summer 2023
Soft launch? Hahaha, no.


Daroco Paris interior

Daroco, a French-designed Italian hype magnet in Paris, is coming to London. The restaurant has two locations in Paris known for their lavish & impressive design and their classic Italian dishes (including squid ink spaghetti, pappardelle with beef ragu, truffle pizza, etc.). And this international outpost is going to have its own operate cocktail bar below it..
Opening: September 2023
Soft launch? None yet announced…

Raffles London at the OWO | Westminster

So, here’s one to file under ‘quite ambitious’. The Old War Office (so-called because it’s the old war office) over on Whitehall is being refurbed & reimagined as a hotel with eleven bars and restaurants inside it. Yes, eleven. Whatever happens, the odds are at least one of them will be good…
Opening: Summer 2023

Mott 32 | Not Mayfair

Mott 32 Hong Kong

It’s hard to stand out amongst the many amazing Chinese restaurants in London. However, it’s even harder to stand out as a Chinese restaurant in Asia. And Mott 32 has consistently been voted one of Asia’s Top 100 restaurants, as well as being awarded Best Chinese Restaurant in many of its other locations around the world. So we’re pretty happy to hear that Mott32 – which is run by the folks behind The Aubrey – will be coming to town. As for where it is? Well, the one thing we know is that Mayfair is too expenssive for even them…
Opening: 2023
Soft launch? Technically TBC, but probably no way in hell.

Long Chim | TBC

Long Chim

Long Chim has been a long time coming. It’s David Thompson’s first London restaurant since opening Nahm back in 2001, which not only won a Michelin star within six months, but was the first Thai restaurant in Europe to be awarded one full-stop. And having won dozens of other accolades since, and opening his legendary Long Chim restaurants in Singapore, Perth and Sydney, one is finally opening in London…
Opening: 2023

Fin: Fish & Spice | TBC

Chef Sameer Taneja grew up in Delhi, which is over 500 miles away from the nearest drop of ocean. So he’s the first to admit that he wouldn’t have predicted that he’d be opening a seafood restaurant. But he is, and although the details aren’t yet ironed out, the fact that he has a Michelin Star at his current restaurant, Benares, means it’ll probably be good no matter what…
Opening: 2023
Soft launch? TBC

Alkebulan | TBC

After a barnstorming debut in Dubai, chef Alexander Smalls is launching his African food hall both in London and in his local neighbourhood, Harlem. It’ll showcase around ten up-and-coming chefs of African heritage, each working with a different regional speciality or culinary tradition, and it’ll all be complemented by artwork and live music, too…
Opening: 2023

Arcade Food Hall Battersea | Battersea

Arcade Battersea

Battersea Power Station has finally emerged from its £9b (yes, billion) renovation. And after the announcement that the food & drink offering here would include… drum roll… a Joe & The Juice, it seems that the people behind it all have realised it was a little underpowered. So it’s a relief to hear that London resto heavyweights JKS are going to be opening a follow-up to their food market Arcade there this Spring, with a load of excellent new vendors in tow…
Opening: 2023
Soft launch? Possibly

Little Cellars | Peckham

Little Cellars

The team behind the wonderful Peckham Cellars are opening a new sibling, Little Cellars. It’ll also be a wine bar, and it’ll also have some lovely small plates. Of course only one of them will get to be the best Cellar.
Opening: 2023
Soft launch? Watch this space

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