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Hattie Lloyd 02/12/22


Recently Opened Restaurants & Bars In London

Understatement alert: London has a lot of new restaurants and bars.

So we’ve sifted through them to bring you only the creme de la creme de la creme of recent openings…


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


 

Avora | Hackney

Avora

Welcome to Avora. It’s a bit like Avatar, only the planet’s most precious resource is cocktails. Which explains why the locals aren’t blue. And it’s the setting for the next immersive cocktail bar from the same people who bought us Moonshine Saloon and Alcotraz…
Opened: 2nd December

Studio Frantzén | Knightsbridge

Some people are born to be chefs. Some people are Björn. This man is both. And now he’s taked a break from running the 6th best restaurant in the world to open his first spot in the UK…
Opened: 28th November

Dorothy & Marshall | Bromley

Dorothy & Marshall

Is an old courthouse a good place for a restaurant? You be the judge. At least you can be when Dorothy and Marshall opens in the Grade II listed Bromley Town Hall’s former courthouse this Autumn…
Opened: 29th November

City Arts | Bank

The ‘70s are back. And we’re not just talking about the revival of flares, or terrifying levels of inflation. We’re also talking about bars. Because we’ve just seen the launch of a new late-night lounge bar testament to life in the glammed up, earth-toned, moodily cool disco decade. It’s called City Arts and you’ll find it, shockingly, in The City. The place stays open until an extremely generous 3am from Tuesday to Saturday, and it boasts its fair share of live music, too.
Opened: 25th November

Maria G’s Fulham | Fulham

You’ll find Maria G’s Fulham, like the original Maria G’s in Kensington, in a new housing development. We know, it doesn’t sound particularly sexy. But it’s actually an extremely canny move by restaurateur Robin Gill (who is also responsible for Bottle + Rye, Sorella and several other great restaurants in London), because not only does it give him a totally new, blank canvas from which to design an extremely nice looking restaurant, but he also gets a built-in set of customers, too. Extremely local locals, if you will.
Opened: 22nd November

Hicce Hart | Islington

Hicce Hart

In case you were wondering, it’s pronounced ‘ee-chay’. Not ‘hic’ or ‘hickey’, or ‘hich’ or whatever. And the original Hicce over in Coal Drops Yard was a stellar success, and this gastropub followup is no disappointment…
Opened: 18th November

Club Mexicana | Spitalfields

Club Mexicana

Despite the impressive number of ingredients featuring in the above photo, not one of them was derived from an animal. And it’s the ingenuity of this Mexican outfit that’s taken it from street food stall to opening its second permanent restaurant this autumn…
Opened: November 16th

Officina 00 Fitzrovia | Fitzrovia

Officina 00, which means ‘Office 00’ in reference to the flour they use, is a fresh pasta restaurant in Shoreditch. It’s quite delightful, and now, they’re opening a fresh restaurant in an area which quite a lot of officinas: Fitzrovia. Expect the same fresh pasta roles out daily in the window, then plated up with an array of classic sauces…
Opened: 15th November

Bouchon Racine | Farringdon

For those who knew Racine when it was open, you’ll need no convincing to check out its reincarnation over in Farringdon. And for those who didn’t? Well, frankly the first sentence should give you some clue as to how good chef Henry Harris is behind the wheel of a classic French restaurant…
Opened: 14th November

Bruno’s | Islington

Brunos

Cocktails on a boat? So long as only one of them is on the rocks, it’s a great idea. And it’s an idea that just became a delicious reality in after the Spiteri Brothers (the wonderfully named Fin and Lorcan) opened Bruno’s, a floating bar in a converted barge moored off Regent’s Canal…
Opened: 11th November

 

Notto | St James’s

During lockdown, chef Phil Howard decided to spend his time making fresh pasta, and sending to people in the mail. His delivery concept, Otto, was so successful that he decided to turn it into a real-life restaurant. The only problem? There already is an Otto. So he did the obvious thing, and renamed it Notto…
Opened: 14th November

Velvet Bar | Westminster

They call him “The Maestro”.

Salvatore Calabrese wasn’t just at the tip of the spear during London’s cocktail renaissance, he was the tip. And now The Maestro has opened a new drinking hole. It’s called The Velvet Bar, and you’ll find it in the old spot that used to be the Bassoon Bar in the Corinthia Hotel…
Opened: 7th November

Saltie Girl Seafood Bar | Mayfair

They say a picture says a thousand words. And in this case, about 999 of those words are just noises. This beurre-blanc drizzled lobster roll is from one of the most famous seafood joints in Boston, and it’s just opened right here in London…
Opened: 7th November

25 Paul Street | Shoreditch

House parties are great. House parties in grand, multi-storey Shoreditch townhouses decked out with stunning retro interiors & vintage design that channels the hedonistic heyday of Studio 54 are even better. And 25 Paul Street is basically set to be the dictionary definition of that second camp…
Opened: 5th November

Stem & Glory | Broadgate Circle

Stem & Glory is a vegan restaurant that first laid down roots in Cambridge. People loved it. It won a lot of awards. And when they decided to branch out and crowdfund a London location, it took them a whole six hours to hit their funding goal. And now they’ve opened that restaurant…
Opened: 4th November

Bar Swift Borough | Borough Market

Here’s one to file under ‘wildly exciting’. The cocktail bar-shaped hole in London Bridge has just been skilfully filled by none other than Bar Swift, the critically acclaimed, award-winning joint venture between a quartet of mixology legends…
Opened: 1st November

Straker’s | Notting Hill 

Thomas Straker has worked in the kitchens at Dinner By Heston, The Dorchester and – most famously – his own house. Which is where he makes his crazy popular TikTok vids, of course. And now he’s got his very own restaurant in Notting Hill…
Opened: 1st November

The Libertine | The City

The Libertine dining

The Libertine is a subterranean restaurant from the people behind rooftop hangouts Pergola Paddington & Pergola on the Wharf (who apparently have some deep seated hatred of the ground floor for some reason) and from the outside it looks a bit like a fancy, boutique shop. But inside? It’s an absolute stunner…
Opened: 28th October

Supa Ya Ramen Peckham | Peckham

Supa Ya Peckham

Noods just in: Hackney’s cult ‘traditionally inauthentic’ ramen shop has opened south of the river for its sophomore branch, cutting the ribbon on a second site, this time down in Peckham…
Opened: 26th October

Cycene | Shoreditch

Cycene

It might have seemed that Blue Mountain School had reached its peak with Michelin-starred Mãos. But now the founders have announced its replacement, Cycene, where ex-Portland chef Theo Clench is set to serve up ten-course, seafood-heavy tasting menus…
Opened: 24th October

Mr Ji Camden | Camden

Mr Ji Camden Food

After the highly creative, and highly successful first branch of Mr Ji in Soho, Camden has gotten the next member of the clan. It’s a much larger space, with a bigger menu to boot (still courtesy of the team behind TĀ TĀ Eatery, and still featuring their legendary take on the Sunday roast)…
Opened: 21st October

St John Marylebone | Marylebone 

St John

It’s been seven years since the opening of the last St. John restaurant. So it should come as a spot of very good news that there is, at last, another branch of the pioneering eatery in Marylebone…
Opened: 20th October

Dorian | Notting Hill

Dorian

Dorian is a couple of streets over from Portobello Road, and it’s run by an absolutely stellar team. The chef has worked at places like Kitchen Table (two Michelin Stars) and Frantzén (three Michelin Stars). Hell, even the bartender is fresh from Core by Clare Smyth (three Michelin Stars)…
Opened: 18th October

Kuro Eatery | Notting Hill

Kuro Eatery

Despite only opening in Notting Hill last year, the little cafe Kuro Coffee has already moved onto Phase Two of its mission to keep you up at night… by opening a restaurant right next door. And it’s an absolute gem. Like all the best gems, it’s just a little bit hidden – you can find it by coming out of Notting Hill Gate station and veering away from the throngs heading north to Portobello Market, and instead dipping into the innocuous side street just to the south of the station…
Opened: October 17th

King’s House | Chelsea

Looking for a royally good time in Chelsea? Head down to the newly opened King’s House, which packs a restaurant, bar and leafy back terrace into its plot on the King’s Road. Masterchef winner Dhruv Baker oversees the British-Basque menu here (featuring the likes of 90 day aged Txuleton as well as the staples of brunch and Sunday lunch), while the signature cocktails, French wines and Spanish beers will wet your whistle for the weekend DJ sessions…
Opened: 14th October

Casa do Frango | Mayfair

casa do frango

There’s a lot you can get in Mayfair. Oysters? Check. Steak? You got it. Michelin-starred fare? It’s there by the bucketload. But it’s been sorely lacking in low-key, convivial, well-priced Portuguese chicken spots… until now.
Opened: 14th October

Battersea Power Station | Battersea

Control room b interior

The revamped Battersea Power Station is finally open, revealing a huge shopping mall alongside a couple of new restaurants, bars and experiences, including a new Bounce ping pong bar, a lift inside one of the chimneys leading to panoramic views, a third branch for Where The Pancakes Are (with £1 pancakes on opening day) aaand a 1950s-themed cocktail bar in the old control room where the staff are all wearing overalls…
Opened: 14th October

Elis | Bethnal Green

Rafael Cagali’s got two Michelin stars, and soon he has two restaurants, too – he’s opend Elis, a Brazilian-Italian eatery in the same building as his lauded Da Terra. And to cap it all off, he’s got the Noble Rot team picking out wines…
Opened: 12th October

Restaurant St. Barts | Barbican 

restaurant st barts

The team behind Nest & Fenn have opened a new restaurant with a rather unusual concept. Because you’ll get half your menu in the bar, and the other half in the restaurant. And the menu comes in a sealed envelope…
Opened: 5th October

Eline | Hoxton

Having a former Popham’s staff member is always a good start when you’re opening a new restaurant.

Having two is even better.

So Eline has started with a deck fairly well-stacked in its flavour, because the show runners – messers Alex Reynolds and Maria Viviani – both met while manning pans & filling wine glasses at Hackney’s vaunted carbohydrate paradise…
Opened: 5th October

Fairgame | Canary Wharf

In London’s booming activity bar scene, it seems like any retro, nostalgia-laced experience is fair game. So it’s surprising that it’s taken this long for us to get a cocktail-drenched take on an old-school funfair, now open in Canary Wharf…
Opened: 3rd October

The Den | Soho

The Den

Saying The Den has a rich history is a bit like saying Jeff Bezos has a ‘comfortable’ income.

Since opening in the mid-sixties (when it was known as The Marquee Club) the venue’s seen residencies from everyone who was anyone, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd and David Bowie… and now this piano bar speakeasy has finally reopened.
Opened: 30th September

Speedboat Bar | Chinatown

Speedboat Bar

They say you should quit while you’re ahead.

So we’re very lucky that Luke Farrell doesn’t subscribe to that philosophy.

He’s the chef behind the supremely well-received Plaza Khao Gaeng, the Southern Thai eatery that’s the darling of the new-look Arcade Food Hall – and now he’s paired up with JKS once more for a new venture in Soho, bringing you the dishes of Bangkok’s Chinatown…
Opened: 29th September

Sons + Daughters Borough | Borough Market

The King’s Cross purveyors of gourmet sarnies has doubled up with a second sandwich shop down south. They’ve taken over the old Stoney Street site opposite Borough Market itself, and they’re serving some of the best things between sliced bread…
Opened: 20th September

Brother Marcus South Kensington | South Kensington

brother marcus angel

Hot on the heels of their Borough Yards expansion, the purveyors of one of London’s best brunch menus have struck out in South Kensington. And they’ve brought their all-day menu of Mediterranean mezze with them, too…
Opened: 19th September

Whistle Punks Oxford Circus | Marylebone

Whistle Punks

Competitive axe throwing has reached its apex: Oxford Circus is now home to the largest axe throwing venue in the whole of Europe. And yes, it has a fully licensed bar. And yes, the owners apparently managed to get insurance for this enterprise.
Opened: 10th September

Milk Beach Soho | Soho

Queen’s Park’s Antipodean brunch spot & natural wine bar is shoring up in Central London this summer, headed up by a former Riding House Café chef. The design has been taken care of by the interior gurus behind Kol and Kudu, and best of all, it features a secluded 65-cover terrace…
Opened: 5th September

Alex Dilling at Hotel Cafe Royal | Soho

Alex Dilling

Heard of Alex Dilling? Then you’ll know he’s kind of a big Dill. And now he’s gone solo, opening his first restaurant in Piccadilly’s decadent five-star Hotel Café Royal…
Opened: 1st September

 


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