Hattie Lloyd 02/01/22

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.


Vesper Bar | Mayfair

Vesper Bar The Dorchester

After decades of confusing bartenders by ordering a vodka martini, shaken not stirred (who the hell stirs a martini?) James Bond switched things up in Casino Royale by inventing (as he ordered it) a rather complex little number called the Vesper. Not only did the other characters enjoy it, but so did half the drinking world. And now it’s inspired an entire, real life bar in the Dorchester Hotel…
Opening: 23rd January
Soft launch? No. Dr. No.


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…
Opening: 27th January 2023
Soft launch? None yet announced

Darjeeling Express | Soho

Despite only opening in 2017, Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express has almost become a legend already. Celebrity fans, documentaries, all-female staff, reasonable prices, incredible flavours, and impossible-to-get-tables have all conspired to create a huge legacy, and they need a huge space to match. So at the end of January, the restaurant will be moving back to its old digs in Kingly Court, only this time it’ll be considerably larger, and will have a nice open kitchen…
Opening: 30th January
Soft Launch? It’s not crazy to think they might announce one, though it’ll book up in femto-seconds.

Socca | Mayfair 

Chef Claude Bosi has won two Michelin Stars at every restaurant he’s ever run. And now he’s opening another one. It’s going to be called Socca, and it’ll be landing in Mayfair this summer. Expect a Southern French, Mediterranean-style bistro with plenty of good wine…
Opening: Late January 2023
Soft launch? Probably not.

Rambutan | Borough Market 


Rambutan is a restaurant from chef Cynthia Shanmugalingam, who was born in the UK to Sri Lankan parents. Here she’ll be exploring her roots with a Sri Lankan restaurant that, in classic British style, plucks bits and bobs from other national cuisines, too.
Opening: Late January 2023
Soft launch? None announced

JOIA | Battersea


The next restaurant to open at Battersea Power Station is generating a lot of hype. And it’s understandable, because the man behind it – Henrique Sá Pessoa – is coming over from his double Michelin-starred restaurant in Lisbon to run the show…
Opening: 21st February
Soft launch? Possibly, watch this space


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: May 2023
Soft launch? Might be

Nessa | Soho


Tom Cenci left his position overseeing the menu at Stoney Street in April, and the city wept. Well, a few die-hard foodies did. But the good news is that he’s opening his own Modern British bistro in Soho in Spring 2023…
Opening: March 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: Sometime in May 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 Mayfair’s 1 Holel. Expect a simple, a la carte menu, a raw bar, a grill, and a Knickerbocker Glory trolley.
Opening: May 2023
Soft launch? Hahaha, no.

Funkidory 2.0 | Camberwell


Good news for anyone who lives south of the river, and likes both cocktails & cool portmanteau names: Funkidory is getting a sibling. The excellent Peckham bar had the enviable distinction of combining both a casual, neighbourhood-y feel with a high-tone, serious approach to their drinks. It managed to be both a destination bar, and an easygoing drop-in. And now it’s coming to Camberwell.
Opening: Spring 2023
Soft launch? None yet announced

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.

Yannick Alléno | 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: Spring 2023
Soft launch? Not yet announced.

Big Mamma Marylebone | Marylebone

Big lemon meringue pie - Big Mamma Marylebone

The Big Mamma Group are soon to the the Even Bigger Mamma Group, thanks to a new location in Marylebone, in the former home of the Natural Kitchen. The space itself is a suitably sizeable two-floor affair, which currently has a nice skylighted dining area at the back. Expect all of that to change, however, and be amped up with the kind of decadence that would make Caligula blush…
Opening: Early 2023
Soft launch? None 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

Harvest | Kensal Rise

Jesse Dunford Wood Harvest

Chef Jesse Dunford Wood appears to be singlehandedly turning Northwest London into his own personal restaurant fiefdom. After opening Parlour in Kensal Green, and Six Portland Road in Notting Hill, he’s now headed back to Kensal Green to cut the ribbon on Harvest early next year.
Opening: Early 2023
Soft launch? None yet announced

Papi | London Fields


HOT4U are about to get their very own restaurant and, frankly, we shall all be hot 4 it. Because the food that they produce manages to be both highly inventive, and highly comforting at the same time. And sure, you may claim that’s impossible, but when this place opens, you’ll be eating a lot more than just your words…
Opening: Early 2023
Soft launch? None yet announced

Brat Soho | Soho

Brat Soho

Spoiler alert: Brat 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: Early 2023
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: Early 2023
Soft launch? None yet announced

Bossa | Marylebone

Brazilian super-chef Alberto Landgraf – the man behind one of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World – has announced his anticipated next move: a restaurant just off Oxford Street called Bossa. Sounds like he’ll be taking charge of London’s food scene…
Opening: Early 2023
Soft launch? Unlikely…

Eric’s Bakery | Dulwich 

As Alexander Graham Bell once said ‘When one Flor closes, another door opens…’ And that door is to Eric’s Bakery, the new incoming East Dulwich eatery from flour-jockey extraordinaire Helen Evans…
Opening: 2023 (hopefully)
Soft launch? Yes, almost certainly

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: 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 is almost ready to emerge 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 next year, 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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