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Sep
Gilly's Fry Bar - N4
Fish & chips
  London
The Great British fish n chip shop via a Japanese tempura bar, that's the concept at this Finsbury Park chippy that opened in September 2017. Punters will find battered soft shell crab, aubergine and shiitake mushrooms alongside their old faves, plus donburi rice bowls and even a cocktail menu.
Sep
Peers’ Dining Room - SW1A
British, Traditional
  London
Open for just a few weeks each year during the House of Lords recess, this dining room at the Palace of Westminster serves a seasonal set 3-course menu to members of the public from 18 September-6 October.
Sep
M Bar & Grill Twickenham - TW1
Steaks & grills
  London
Following a £1.8million crowdfunding campaign, the M Restaurants brand is to be rolled out into the 'burbs in July 2017. The Twickenham branch will be more casual than its City siblings but will offer a similar menu (steak) and a range of wines on tap.
Sep
Ella Canta - W1
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Martha Oritz, of Mexico City's Dulce Patria, opens her first London venture alongside Theo Randall as The Intercontinental Park Lane's second restaurant. The new dining room, designed by David Collins Studio, serves the chef's take on Mexican cuisine.
Sep
Voodoo Ray's - SE15
Pizza
  London
London’s NYC-inspired pizza-by-the-slice people launch their fourth restaurant in Peckham. Unlike its Shoreditch, Dalston and Camden sites, the Peckham branch offers weekend brunch and cocktails.
Sep
Japan Centre Food Hall - SW1Y
Japanese
  London
A new flagship Japan Store, with an authentic Japanese food hall, complete with 100-seater courtyard, is planned for September, not far from the Piccadilly original.
Sep
Hoppers - W1U
Indian, Southern
  London
The Sethi siblings' (Gymkhana, Trishna) Sri Lankan street food shack, which stormed into Soho with the “incredible” and “punchy flavours” in 2015, adds a sister restaurant in Marylebone. Good news for fans who don't want to wait outside the no bookings Soho original, the press release says there will be a reservation line for the new site!
Sep
Ceremony - NW5
Vegetarian
  London
Describing itself as a modern British restaurant that 'happens to be vegetarian', this Tufnell Park newcomer promises interesting veggie dishes and a creative list of cocktails.
Sep
Wringer & Mangle Spitalfields - E1
British, Modern
  London
Sister bar and restaurant to the original Hackney hangout, which opened two years ago in London Fields in a disused former laundry. The new project, a stone's throw from Spitalfields Market, is spread over two floors offering dining upstairs, a lunchtime deli counter and cocktails in the bar downstairs. Fans of the original can expect to find their popular, £15 bottomless brunch on the menu.
Sep
Ichi Buns - W1D
Japanese
  London
This playfully named Soho spot (from Nobu and Busaba Eathai founder Robin Leigh) will serve up ramen, Japanese spring rolls and Wagyu beef burgers.
Sep
Waka - EC3M
Japanese
  London
A grab and go-style Nikkei restaurant in the shadow of the Walkie Talkie (perfect for all those busy City bees) offering a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine.
Sep
Cub - N1
British, Modern
  London
Ryan Chetiyawardana is opening his first restaurant, in the former Shoreditch home of White Lyan, along with chef Doug McMaster of Brighton zero-waste restaurant Silo. The pair recently launched a cocktail bar at Silo together.
Sep
Santo Remedio - SE1
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Husband and wife team Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes are back with their trendy Mexican street food spot following a successful Kickstarter campaign. The new restaurant in Bermondsey's Tooley Street features a standalone tequila and mezcal bar, a new charcoal grill and Mexican wine. There will even be reservations! Santo Remedio's original (queue-tastic) Shoreditch site closed in August last year.
Sep
Farm Girl - W1
Australian
  London
Notting Hill's holistic and healthy café branches out with a new site at Sweaty Betty's European flagship store in Soho's Carnaby Street. A third branch is planned for West London later in 2017.
Sep
Serge et Le Phoque - W1T
French
  London
Charles Pelletier and Frédéric Peneau's upmarket yet progressive French cooking has already attracted the attention of the tyre men at their Hong Kong original, now they have imported their venture to Fitzrovia's new Mandrake hotel. Expect tasting menus with a 'savoir faire' philosophy (groan) and a tip top wine list curated by former Clove Club sommelier Bert Blaize.
Sep
Host Coffee - WC2E
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
What started as an Old Street pop-up has landed in 'hot right now' Henrietta Street alongside newcomer The Oystermen and Ollie Dabbous's Henrietta. As the name suggests, it's a coffee place, serving up brews from Alchemy Coffee Roasters, with bread and pastries from Flourish Bakery in Watford.
Sep
Essence Cuisine - EC2A
Vegetarian
  London
A fully plant-based menu is the draw at this new Shoreditch restaurant from music festival entrepreneur Bart Roman. The menu is 100% meat, dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free and has been developed with US chef Matthew Kenney.
Sep
Bateman & Co - CR0
British, Traditional
  London
Inspired by Jack Bateman's wartime Croydon canteen (founded in 1941 it fed factory workers during WWII), this modern reimagining serves classics like Bubble & Squeak and pie and mash from Croydon's trendy Boxpark development.
Sep
The Fat Pony - EH3
British, Modern
  Edinburgh
A sibling for Edinburgh institution The Dogs, this David Ramsden-owned wine (vermouth, sherry, port, and cocktails) bar serves up 'small plates' food, and is open from 4pm daily.
Sep
The Frog - WC2E
British, Modern
  London
MasterChef finalist and Bright Young Thing Adam Handling is set to roll out his Frog brand after just six months in E1; the new restaurant will be in Covent Garden and is sure to open in summer 2017. It will open all day from breakfast and will have an (almost mandatory these days) open-plan kitchen, large private dining room and a speakeasy-style basement bar with its own entrance.
Sep
Not Real Indian (NRI) - B1
Indian
  Birmingham
Chef-entrepreneur Atul Kocchar will open his first UK restaurant under the Not Real Indian (NRI) brand this September, serving cuisine developed by Indian cooks living abroad. The new 180-seat venture in Birmingham’s Mailbox development will serve such dishes as Sri Lankan curry, Malaysian-Indian curried noodles, and British-Indian spiced fish and chips. NRI was launched in Mumbai in 2016.
Sep
The Ivy Marlow Garden - SL7
British, Traditional
  Marlow
The Ivy brand expansion reaches Edinburgh; in the group's first Scottish venture, Eric Garnier (former co-owner London's Racine) will oversee the New Town restaurant, which will open all day and boasts a mezzanine terrace and bar as well as 130-cover dining area.
Sep
The Ivy on the Square - EH2
British, Traditional
  Edinburgh
The Ivy brand expansion reaches Edinburgh; in the group's first Scottish venture, Eric Garnier (former co-owner London's Racine) will oversee front of house at the New Town restaurant, which will open all day and boasts a mezzanine terrace and bar as well as 130-cover dining area.
Sep
Spike & Earl - SE5
British, Modern
  London
The team behind Old Spike Roastery have launched an all-day-till-late venture in Peckham's old Town Hall. Working with London's small food and drink suppliers and social enterprises, the team also supports people out of homelessness, is commited to reducing food waste and provides workspace and community rooms - as well as great coffee.
Aug
Jacob the Angel - WC2H
British, Modern
  London
Zoë and Layo Paskin (the siblings behind The Palomar and The Barbary) are opening a tiny English coffee house in Seven Dials; just 10 covers, the place will serve breakfast, lunch and tea every day, with takeaway options.
Aug
Pickled Fred - E1
Pan-Asian
  London
Asian-inspired dishes and cocktails are on offer at this new Shoreditch spot off Brick Lane. As the name suggests, pickles and ferments will feature strongly on both the food and the cocktail menus.
Aug
Flavour Bastard - W1D
International
  London
Yes, you read that right – this restaurant really is called Flavour Bastard. So what's in a name? Well, it seems that chef-patron Pratap Chahal is keen to use a fusion of flavours – gleaned from his time at Claridge’s, Chez Bruce, Cinnamon Club and Galvin Bistrot – to create an international menu with 'no attempt at authenticity'. Taking over the former site of Arbutus in Soho.
Aug
Hudson's by Craig Atchinson - YO1
British, Modern
  York
Craig Atchinson relaunches his fine dining restaurant as part of York's Grand Hotel & Spa's £15 million refurbishment. The venue has moved from its previous home to a smaller, adjacent room, reducing covers from 60 to 28 to 'allow greater focus on culinary excellence'.
Aug
The Evans & Peel Pharmacy - W4
American
  London
American-style speakeasy where guests need a password to be granted access to the hidden bar via a secret entrance. Expect classic US bar food and cocktails.
Aug
Le Bar - EC1A
French
  London
The little sibling of Smithfield stalwart Club Gascon, next door, relaunches under a new name. Formerly Cellar Gascon, the restaurant won praise among our reporters for its “stand-out regional French wines” and elegant (slightly “tired”?) style last year. One or two reporters feel that “some dishes don’t quite hit the mark”, but it’s overall still well rated.
Aug
Joe Allen - WC2E
American
  London
Aug
Coal Rooms - SE15
Steaks & grills
  London
Meat and fish are grilled in a special coal oven at this new restaurant occupying the beautifully restored former Grade II listed ticket office at Peckham Rye station. From the entrepreneurs behind the Old Spike Roastery, Camberwell's Spike + Earl, Peckham restaurant Aside and coffee-based charity Change Please. Head chef Sam Bryant has worked in the kitchens of Smokehouse, Princess of Shoreditch and Norfolk's Dabbling Duck.
Aug
Brick & Liquor - SW12
American
  London
An NYC-inspired cocktail bar in Clapham serving sharing plates, weekend brunch and a creative array of libations.
Aug
Sakonis - HA5
Indian
  London
The second branch of this east Indian gujarati specialist arrives in Hatch End, the original is in Wembley.
Aug
Golden Dragon - NW9
Chinese
  London
This Chinatown staple opens an enormous (300-seater) flagship restaurant in Colindale, North London, specialising in dim sum by day and Cantonese and Pekinese à la carte in the evening.
Aug
James Cochran N1 - N1
British, Modern
  London
Former Ledbury chef James Cochran follows up his City debut (James Cochran EC3) with a site at Islington shopping arcade Angel Central. The space (once Ed's Diner) will combine a restaurant, wine bar and cocktail bar, serving locally-sourced British produce alongside the chef's renowned jerk chicken.
Aug
Cubé - W1S
Japanese
  London
Japanese bar and restaurant in Mayfair with a ground floor dining room offering Japanese dishes influenced by European ingredients, and a lower-ground Kakurega bar (meaning hideaway) serving cocktails, rare Sake, Japanese whisky and fine wines.
Aug
PF Chang's Asian Table - WC2H
Pan-Asian
  London
Already a household name in the States, this pan-Asian powerhouse brings its own take on brunch to Covent Garden, alongside its popular dumplings and Dynamite shrimp. Fluid Movement (the folks behind Shoreditch's Worship Street Whistling Shop) curate the cocktail list. Ex-Nobu chef Deepak Kotian heads up the kitchen.
Aug
Core by Clare Smyth - W11
British, Modern
  London
Clare Smyth, former chef patron at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay - and the first British woman to hold three Michelin stars - has secured this site (previously Notting Hill Kitchen, RIP, and once the site of the original Leith's) to launch her first solo venture here in July 2017. Tasting menus will be the central offering, showcasing Smyth's attention to detail, which is also evident in the wine list and specially commissioned British-made furniture, cutlery and crockery.
Aug
MEATliquor - WC1X
Burgers, etc
  London
The eighth London branch of this meaty chain will open this summer in a former tramshed in King's Cross.
Aug
Root - BS1
Vegetarian
  Bristol
A vegetable-led restaurant on the former site of Chicken Shed (from the same owner Josh Eggleton) in Bristol's Wapping Wharf.
Aug
Murmur - BN1
British, Modern
  Brighton
Michael Bremner, chef-patron of Brighton's “foodie mecca” 64 Degrees, branches out with a new beach-front restaurant overlooking the old West Pier.
Jul
Jean-Georges at The Connaught - W1K
Pan-Asian
  London
The Connaught welcomes stellar French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten (formerly of Vong at The Berkeley) who brings his love of Asian flavours to the Mayfair hotel.
Jul
Ben's Canteen - SW8
Burgers, etc
  London
A third branch for this South London burger 'n' brunch chain; this time in the 'Circus West Village' at Battersea Power Station.
Jul
Parlez - SE4
British, Modern
  London
This new all-day restaurant is aiming to make Brockley the envy of all of its South London neighbours; with a mantra of 'local is gospel', seasonal menus and local artist involvement, it will be a bonus for the area.
Jul
Fancy Crab - W1U
Fish & seafood
  London
Although the name suggests the opposite, this all-day Marylebone restaurant will offer 'accessibly priced' seafood – with Red King Crab as the star dish. Have this North Pacific Ocean crustacean cold on ice with dipping sauce and pickle; grilled with butter, thyme and hollandaise sauce; tempura-style crab claws; crab salad; Singaporean chilli crab or as a Fancy Crab Burger.
Jul
Island Poke - EC2M
American
  City of London
A City sibling branch for the street-trader-turned-permanent restaurant that serves up super-healthy (and tasty) Hawaiian poke bowls (diced fish and rice), with equally trendy acai bowls on offer at breakfast.
Jul
No 29 Power Station West - SW8
British, Modern
  London
Independent neighbourhood bar group, Darwin & Wallace opens its latest venue inside the iconic Battersea Power Station's 'Circus West Village'. A bar first and foremost, however food (from brunch to dinner) will also be available.
Jul
Suvlaki - E1
Greek
  London
A Shoreditch sibling for Soho's Greek street food joint.
Jul
Magpie - W1B
British, Modern
  London
James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy, co-founders of Hackney's stellar Pidgin, are heading up the West End with their new venture, set to open in June. Magpie will be a fun, British interpretation of dim sum restaurants, with diners choosing plates (and cocktails!) straight off the trolleys that constantly move around.
Jul
VQ - EC3N
British, Modern
  London
VQ is bringing its 24-hour charm (alongside upmarket dim sum vendors Shikumen) to the City, as part of the new Dorsett City London hotel by Aldgate East.
Jul
The Ivy Tower Bridge - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Another spin-off of Caprice Holding's Ivy brand, this time at One Tower Bridge – a new development next to City Hall and Tower Bridge. It is due to open in summer 2017 and will serve a similar all-day menu to the Ivy Chelsea Garden.
Jul
Unico - W11
Italian
  London
Notting Hill scoops up a new Gelateria and deli, serving traditional gelato alongside Italian coffee, cakes, pastries, vegan salads and sandwiches.
Jul
Rola Wala - E1
Indian
  London
After a long residency at Street Feast, Rola Wala (in Leeds since 2014) is growing permanent London roots in Sptialfields, serving up their spicy street food, sodas and craft beers. There will be low-calorie, low-carb and gluten-free options, plus an added feelgood factor thanks to their charitable partnership with One Feeds Two - for every naan roll sold, a school meal is provided to a child living in poverty.
Jul
temper City - EC2R
BBQ
  London
Neil Rankin is to open a second Temper, just months after opening in Soho: he has taken the last slot in Bank's Angel court devlopement. This sibling will be just as meat-focussed as its West End brother, but with Indian/curry influences (rather than Mexican ones, as in Soho). Watch this space for opening dates and details.
Jul
Shikumen - EC3N
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
A City (Aldgate East) branch for growing Chinese mini-chain Shikumen, inside a Dorsett Hotel (as in Shepherd's Bush), and due to open in July 2017
Jul
The Great Chase - EC1V
British, Modern
  London
This alcohol-free restaurant in Clerkenwell serves a series of mocktails, handmade cordials and rare teas alongside its ethically-sourced, seasonal food menu.
Jul
Sushi Atelier - W1W
Japanese
  London
On Great Portland Street, a new sushi venture (complete with sushi counter where diners can watch the chefs at work) from the people behind Chisou.
Jul
Mother - SW11
Pizza
  Battersea Power Station
From Copenhagan’s meatpacking district – first UK venture of this hugely popular concept in Denmark, and one of the first outlets to open in Battersea Power Station’s Circus West Village in July 2017. It offers ‘Italian pizza without all the nonsense’… but still notes its ‘signature sourdough’, ‘seawater’ and ‘manufacturing its own mozzarella’.
Jul
Mint Gun Club - N16
International
  London
A new tea house, bar and delicatessen in trendy Stokey serving up a globally inspired cocktail menu from bartender Richard Hunt (thrice Bartender of the Year) who has previously shaken libations at Milk & Honey, Mahiki and Hawksmoor. The food draws ingredients from Middle Eastern, Asian and Mediterranean larders.
Jul
Tombo Poké & Matcha Bar - W1T
Japanese
  London
A third branch of Soho's on-trend poké and matcha joint has opened in Fitzrovia; there's also a cafe in South Keinsngton.
Jul
Macellaio RC - SW11
Steaks & grills
  London
A fourth UK branch of Roberto Costa's Italian steakhouse chain opened in Battersea in July 2017, combining restaurant and butchery with their renowned Fassona beef, which is butchered and dry-aged on-site. Hand-picked wines match how well you like your steak cooked.
Jul
Flock - EC3N
Burgers, etc
  London
The crux of the menu at this new City spot by Tower Hill is the dry-aged burgers (served with a flight of craft beer if you fancy) but coffee and all-day brunch are also on offer.
Jul
The Wigmore, The Langham - W1B
British, Traditional
  London
Michel Rox Jr is to oversee the traditional English (yes, you read that right) fare at this new bar that opens within The Langham this summer.
Jul
Pascere - BN1
  Brighton
A new Lanes restaurant from the food and drink editor of Platinum Business magazine, Amanda Menahem.
Jul
Minnow - SW4
British, Modern
  London
British food with an International twist is promised at this new Clapham Common dining spot (literally a little fish in a big pond, hence the name); chef Jake Boyce formerly headed up the team at Jason Atherton’s Social Wine and Tapas. The all-day restaurant has a range of tricks to attract the local hipsters - not just brunch and a Robata grill, but also breakfast cocktails, 'pay-as-you-drink' wine by the bottle, a walled garden and an honesty box.
Jul
Neighbour - NW5
British, Modern
  London
A seasonal brasserie menu, everyday brunch and a cosy basement bar should prove popular at this new Kentish Town spot, that's also perfectly placed for a bite or a drink before heading to the Forum.
Jul
Bufle - W1D
Ice cream
  London
Are we on the verge of ice cream wars? Another Hong Kong-style bubble waffle cone joint has opened up in Soho, this time with matched hard shakes and cocktails (and open till midnight).
Jul
Rigo' - SW6
Italian
  London
A new Italian is due to open its doors in Fulham in July; chef Gonzalo Luzarraga and Francesco Ferretti are the owners - Luzarraga trained with Alain DuCasse and has cooked all over the world.
Jul
Ahi Poké - SW1H
International
  London
A second poké joint for the healthy, raw-fish bowl purveyor that opened in Fitzrovia just last year; the newcomer opened in Victoria's Nova development in July 2017.
Jul
Ikoyi - SW1Y
  London
West African-influenced cuisine – a modern take on traditional Nigerian, Ghanaian and Sengalese flavours, without particular reference to native dishes – comes to St James’s, thanks to (Canadian-Chinese) chef Jeremy Chan (who has previously worked at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, Noma and Hibiscus) and native Nigerian, Iré Hassan-Odukale (born in Ikoyi, Lagos’s most affluent suburb). The venture – part of the the extensive redevelopment of St James's Market, and by far London’s swankiest African-inspired venture to-date – follows a successful pop-up career (including at Carousel).
Jul
East 59th - LS2
American
  Leeds
From D&D Group, an NYC-style all-day grill with views over Leeds city centre from its roof terrace, which it will share with another D&D stablemate, Issho.
Jul
Tom Simmons - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Pembrokeshire-born chef Tom Simmons, who appeared on MasterChef – The Professionals, is opening his first restaurant in London this spring, with a focus on the best Welsh ingredients; the restaurant (known as 'cwtch' in the planning stages, for the Welsh for 'hug') will be in the One Tower Bridge development on the south bank of the Thames.
Jul
Tuyo - E2
Mediterranean
  London
Sitting alongside the canal by Hackney's foodie Broadway Market, a new Mediterranean tapas joint serving a selection of “pinchos” and small bites to share. Former Salt Yard Group chef Ricardo Pimentel heads up the kitchen.
Jul
Bang Bang Oriental - NW9
Pan-Asian
  London
A gargantuan Asian food hall in Collindale boasting a restaurant, supermarket and community space with room for 450 diners.
Jul
Cafe Sou, The Ned - EC2R
  City of London
The last of the seven public restaurants at The Ned to open, Cafe Sou is a Parisian-style cafe serving coffee, breakfast, pastries, salads and baguettes, with charcuterie and cheese platters for evening snacking; takeaway available. Celebrity chef Rachel Khoo has consulted on the menu.
Jul
Dartmouth Arms - NW5
British, Modern
  London
The well-liked (and mourned) community pub, was rescued from the teeth of developers by Andy Bird and his London Public House Group (Fanny Nelson’s, The Chesham Arms in Hackney and co-owner of Happiness Forgets in Hoxton). Now restored to its Victorian glory - Parliament Hill dwellers can expect a solid new local offering craft beers and roasts on Sundays.
Jul
Patara - SW19
Thai
  London
Patara has wombled south of the river with this Wimbledon opening in what was formerly Aubaine.
Jul
The Royal Oak - TW1
British, Modern
  London
A new gastropub in Richmond championing British, seasonal ingredients; however its the craft beer that takes centre stage here with two copper beer tanks to dispense Truman's first tank-ready beer. Expect foot long pizzas, bottomless brunches and Sunday roasts too.
Jul
Fress - M4
Mediterranean
  Manchester
In Manchester's Northern Quarter, a new bistro serving Mediterranean-influenced dishes and cocktails by night and brunch by day.
Jul
Urban Tea Rooms - SW1Y
British, Modern
  London
A second branch for the Kingly Court cafe-by-day, British-tapas-by-night joint.
Jul
Gabeto Cantina - NW1
British, Modern
  London
This new Camden Market brasserie promises to be "a mash-up of Camden's cool attitude with the energetic, colourful soul of Latin culture". The multi-level venue includes a weatherproof roof terrace; combined with an ex-Chiltern Firehouse chef, self-confessed 'design swagger' and bespoke cocktails, they might have all the ingredients of a success. Opening July 6.
Jul
The White Horse - PE19
British, Modern
  Eaton Socon
This Grade II listed, 13th Century coaching inn is mentioned in Dickens' 'Nicholas Nickleby' and features a competition-grade petanque court. It has recently (June 2017) been taken over by Mark Poynton, chef-patron of Alimentum in Cambridge and will open from early July under his watchful eye, with Alimentum's Richard Rogerson as head chef.
Jul
Chik'n - W1U
Chicken
  London
From the people who brought us Chick ‘n’ Sours, a new (but very similar) concept; all-day dining, (ethical) fried chicken style. No cocktails, but with breakfasts; the first of an assumed roll-out will appear in Baker Street in July 2017.
Jul
Humble Grape - N1
British, Modern
  London
What started out as a small Battersea wine shop and bar selling mostly unknown wines has grown into a three strong chain with restaurant and wine bars in the City and now in Islington too.
Jul
Sub Cult - EC2M
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Gareth Phillips and Ben Chancellor have been selling their gourmet subs at street food venues from their vintage van, The Soul Roller, for years. Now, they've signed up for an 18-moth residency in the shipping container village in Finsbury Avenue Square, beside Baba G's and Yolk.
Jul
The Oystermen Seafood Kitchen & Bar - WC2E
Fish & seafood
  London
A summer opening for pop-up caterers The Oystermen; their new Covent Garden home will feature shellfish and seafood of all kinds, fresh from the boats, or pickled, smoked and cured by the owners Matt Lovell and Rob Hampton. Craft beers include a bespoke oyster stout - we look forward to sampling the 'Bubbles 'n' Oysters Happy Hour' (3pm-5pm every day; six oysters and a glass of fizz for £10).
Jul
Nobu Shoreditch - EC2A
Japanese
  London
A 240-seat restaurant featuring many of Nobu Matsuhisa's iconic Japanese-South American dishes will sit at the heart of this impressive new Shoreditch hotel opening when it opens its doors on July 1.
Jul
Quay Commons - EH6
British, Modern
  Leith
From the team behind the popular Gardeners Cottage comes this Leith warehouse-conversion, Quay Commons; it's a cafe and wine shop, but also a food prep area, sourdough bakery and test kitchen for Gardeners Cottage, so expect the same quality and some exciting sneak peeks into new menus.
Jul
Marcella - SE8
Mediterranean
  London
Sister to Peckham's Artusi, a new Mediterranean restaurant in Deptford offering late night fun at its downstairs bar.
Jun
Radio Alice - SW4
Pizza
  London
Hot on the heels of their Hoxton original, Rado Alice has ventured south of the river with this sibling by Clapham Picture House. Organic sourdough pizzas (some with cold toppings) and wines from a co-operative set up on land liberated from mafia control should keep the Claphamites chatting.
Jun
Cyprus Avenue - BT4
British, Modern
  Belfast
On the fringe of east Belfast's foodie hub, Ballyhackamore, a sharing plates venture with an ambitiously modern menu. Look out for seafood specials, inventive cocktails and Sunday lunch.
Jun
Cantina Del 74 - E8
Mexican/TexMex
  London
A sibling to Clapton's Del 74, this latest taqueria will make its home in Helgi's Scandinavian cocktail bar on Hackney's Mare Street. New tacos will grace the menu, as will frozen margaritas, to help diners beat the summer heat.
Jun
tibits - SE1
Vegetarian
  London
The formula at Heddon Street's serve-yourself veggie joint proved so popular that a sibling has opened on London's South Bank near the Tate Modern.
Jun
Darjeeling Express - W1B
Indian
  London
From supper club star, to pop-up favourite (at The Sun and 13 Cantons), Asma Khan's Darjeeling Express is making its next stop permanent, at Kingly Court in Soho.
Jun
Bean & Wheat - E1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Adam Handling continues his culinary takeover of London with a new deli-cafe in Spitalfields; sustainability and an aim towards a zero-waste policy are key here, as well as cold-pressed juices (by Adam Handling) and locally produced bread, coffee and teas. Bean and Wheat is open for breakfast, lunch and takeaway.
Jun
The Garden Cafe at the Garden Museum - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Lambeth's Garden Museum cafe has finally re-opened, with a new pavilion building as its home. Chefs Harry Kaufman (St John Bread & Wine) and George Ryle (Padella, Primeur) present a menu full of seasonal British fare.
Jun
Issho - LS27
Japanese
  Leeds
D&D Group's third Leeds venture, a Japanese/Pan-Asian restaurant, with Ben Orpwood (Zuma, Sexy Fish) at the helm; at the top of the new Victoria Gate development, Issho will share a roof terrace with another D&D stablemate, 59th Street.
Jun
Jun
Salt & Pickle - SE19
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Crystal Palace locals Manish Utton-Mishra from The Good Taste deli and designer Ian Haigh have come together to open this celebration of preserving, pickling and curing; beers come from Gypsy Hill Brewery, just up the road.
Jun
Coupette - E2
French
  London
Chris Moore, former head bartender at the Savoy's Beaufort Bar, has taken over the Albion pub on Bethnal Green Road, and has brought together a team of bartenders and chefs to create Coupette, which will focus on regional French drinks and cocktails; food will probably not be the main attraction, but will also be Gallic in nature, with weekend brunch in the pipeline.
Jun
Cottons - EC2A
Afro-Caribbean
  London
This colourful group of Caribbean rhum shacks opens a fourth site in Shoreditch, following a successful residency at Boxpark Shoreditch. Expect BBQ faves like jerk chicken wings, alongside 235 different varieties of rum.
Jun
Smoke & Salt - SW9
British, Modern
  London
With the closure of Kricket (RIP) at Pop Brixton comes the welcome announcement that Smoke & Salt, fresh from their year-long residency at Angel's Chapel Bar, are to take over the space. Preserving, fermenting and smoking are favoured food-prep methods.
Jun
Seafood Shack - CF10
Fish & seafood
  Cardiff
A new proto-chain of American-style seafood restaurants is landing in Cardiff (with eyes on other big cities including Leeds and Manchester); designed to replicate the seafood shacks of Florida and California, the concept has been created by Irish hospitality entrepreneur Darryl Kavanagh. The Cardiff branch will feature a first-floor Champagne and oyster bar.
Jun
Stecca - SW10
Italian
  London
A new Chelsea Italian from Stefano Stecca (Toto's, Baglioni, Zafferano), offering sustainable, local, quality ingredients and light, simple food; a small rear garden adds charm.
Jun
Papillon, Hotel Café Royal - W1B
British, Modern
  London
The airy ground-floor restaurant of this veteran Regent Street hotel has been relaunched as Papillon; offering an all-day, European-influenced cafe menu, with afternoon teas and a range of Champagne cocktails, it will be a handy stop on a central London shopping trip.
Jun
Meraki - W1W
Greek
  London
When the Waney family announce a new opening, it's good news - they are the powerhouse behind Roka, Zuma and the Arts Club. This contemporary Greek restaurant in Fitzrovia sources regional speciality ingredients for both the food and cocktail menus. 'Meraki' is a Greek term that refers to the love and passion that someone puts into their work. The 100-cover restaurant boasts two al fresco terraces.
Jun
Sibarita - WC2E
Spanish
  London
Even with Rambla (opening later this year) still in the pipeline, Encant's Victor Garvey obviously has time on his hands, as he's opening another Spanish restaurant / wine bar almost next door (with his dad!); with only 26 seats, it's sure to get busy.
Jun
Made of Dough - SE15
Pizza
  London
Pop Brixton's buzzing Made of Dough pizzeria has grown permanent roots - in Peckham. 60-hour fermented dough pizzas, gelato shakes and a serious alcohol menu are the main features.
Jun
Mei Ume - EC3N
Japanese
  London
Opening alongside La Dame de Pic inside the City's new Four Seasons hotel is this Chinese and Japanese fusion restaurant. The team of chefs hail from Royal China, Sake no Hana and Yauatcha.
Jun
The Ivy City Garden - EC2M
British, Modern
  London
The Ivy's 'cafe' brand expansion continues apace, with this City opening in Spring 2017, in the picturesque Bishopgate Gardens, by St. Botolph church.
Jun
Bite Me Burger Co - WC2B
Burgers, etc
  London
Bite-sized burgers with vaguely suggestive names (Duck Me – a duck patty, truffle mayo and smoked hoisin; or there's Pluck Me – a buttermilk fried chicken burger) are served up by chef Adam Rawson at this new burger bar on Kingsway. For those who don't know Rawson he's an ex-Pachamama chef with a winning record in London's Slider Decider competition.
Jun
Neo Bistro - W1C
French
  London
Inspired by the 'new-style' bistros of Paris, Alex Harper (formerly head chef at The Harwood Arms) and Mark Jarvis (chef-patron of Anglo) have teamed up to open this Mayfair bistro, just off Oxford Street.
Jun
Pamban - NW1
Pan-Asian
  London
A new all-day chai and coffee house in Camden Market, Pamban is owned by Mayhul Gondhea and Aruna Sellahewa. The food offering includes Asian delights including curry, stuffed pancakes and sweet buns.
Jun
Sticky Mango at RSJ - SE1
Pan-Asian
  London
RSJ – a Southbank stalwart offering “solid French-bourgeois food at fair prices” – is now "Sticky Mango at RSJ" with a south east Asian menu from former head chef, Peter Lloyd. The Loire wine list remains for the time being as do some of the staff. But the main branding now is "Sticky Mango" not "RSJ", and spiritually this seems more like a new venture than a tweaking of the formula.
Jun
Boxcar Butcher & Grill - W1H
Steaks & grills
  London
There's just three options on the menu of this new Marylebone grill - but they do change every day. Your choice is steak, burger or vegetarian; there's also a deli open from 7am for takeaway snacks and a butcher for well-hung meat.
Jun
Tim Hortons - G2
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  Glasgow
This Canadian coffee chain started with just one outlet in 1964 and now has over 4000 globally - they have chosen Glasgow for their first UK outlet (with more to follow); doughnuts (including bite-sized TimBits), burgers, wraps and coffee are what to expect.
Jun
The Fire Stables - SW19
British, Modern
  London
Relaunched in June 2017, this popular local Young's pub has been revamped and transformed in to a "dining destination", just a tennis ball's throw from Centre Court. The PR info promises a "a touch of Parisian cafe charm" and "seasonally sourced ingredients with an emphasis on fresh fish"; brunch, of course will be very popular.
Jun
Chin Chin Club - W1D
Ice cream
  London
Camden's 'instant' ice cream bar (made on-the-spot with nitrogen and seasonal, sometimes bonkers, ingredients) is arriving in Soho this Spring (there's also a stall at Hawker House)
Jun
The Palm at Deane - SN8
Pan-Asian
  Basingstoke
From the restaurateurs behind Winchester's pan-Asian restaurants Palm Pan Asia, The Shapla and Gandhi, comes a new venture.
Jun
Ugly Dumplings - W1F
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
Street food trader Ping Wong is set to open a permanent site in Soho (formerly Little Pitt, RIP) this summer.
Jun
Señor Ceviche - W1T
Peruvian
  London
The formula is clearly successful, as a second branch of the Peruvian seafood restaurant is already set to open in Fitzrovia, on the site of Barnyard (RIP), on 1 June 2017, offering several dishes special to this new venue, brunch and an underground pisco bar.
Jun
The Salutation - CT13
British, Modern
  Sandwich
Sir Edwin Lutyens designed and built The Salutation in 1912; the Grade 1 listed property is now being refurbished and reopened as a 17-room hotel in summer 2017, with Shane Hughes (The Connaught, The Landmark, Ynyshir Hall and Thackeray's) at the stoves.
Jun
Calcutta Street - SW9
Indian
  London
After a successful pop-up run Shrimoyee Chakraborty opened her first permanent venture in Fitzrovia last year. Clearly the place is going great guns because a second outpost has opened in Brixton less than a year later. The SW9 branch will add some new items to the menu and inject a bit of late night fun with Shorbot cocktails served until 1 am every night.
Jun
The Terrace, Swinton Park Hotel & Spa - HG4
British, Modern
  Masham
Chris McPhee, formerly head chef at Three Chimneys on the Isle of Skye, will head up this new restaurant at Swinton Park when it open in Summer 2017; he aims to use as much produce from the estate as possible.
Jun
Baba G's Bhangra Burgers - EC2M
Burgers, etc
  London
Indian spiced burgers and 'naanwiches' - already familiar to Baba G's fans at Pop Brixton and KERB Camden - are coming to the City's latest foodie venue, a shipping-container village in Finsbury Square. Technically, it's a pop-up, as it's in a temporary location, but as it's for at least 14 months (until late 2018), we've included it here.
Jun
Coppi Piccolo - BT4
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  Belfast
A café version of the Cathedral Quarter's Coppi, serving sandwiches, coffee and an unconventional range of cakes (chocolate and olive oil anyone?). Situated in east Belfast's foodie Ballyhackamore, a stone's throw from its sister restaurant Il Pirata.
Jun
Oktopus - L1
British, Modern
  Liverpool
Following a pop-up at Black Lodge Brewery, the Oktopus team have gone permanent in a hidden-away location, serving small plates of 'modern European' fare alongside Black Lodge beers.
May
XU - W1D
Taiwanese
  London
New from JKS Restaurants, who own Gymkhana and Hoppers and back the hugely successful Bao chain; a two-floor venue serving traditional Taiwanese cooking and teas. Xu (named after co-founder and chef Erchen Chang’s late grandfather) will open in between Chinatown and Soho in Spring 2017.
May
MEATLiquor (Group) -
Burgers, etc
  
Another branch for the expanding 'MEAT' family of restaurants, which includes Brixton's CHICKENliquor; this branch is inside Queensway's historic ice rink.
May
Pivaz - CM14
Turkish
  Brentwood
May
Red Rooster - EC2
Chicken
  London
A fried chicken shop like no other. Famed NYC chef Marcus Samuelsson is bringing an outpost of his hugely popular Harlem restaurant to Shoreditch in May. It will be located inside the Curtain Hotel, and will offer punters the authentic taste of American soul food (with his unique Scandi twist), live music five nights a week and also an all-day taqueria and bar called ‘Rooster Taqueria’
May
Duck & Waffle Local - SW1Y
British, Modern
  London
London's highest restaurant (on the 40th floor of 110 Bishopsgate, alongside SushiSamba) has a new sibling, one with its feet firmly on the ground this time, at Haymarket's new St James's Market development.
May
Made in Italy - SW11
Italian
  London
The eighth London site for this growing Italian group, which also includes Luna Rossa and Napulé.
May
Sugar Boat - G84
British, Modern
  Helensburgh
Former Arbutus founder Will Smith drops anchor in the Scottish seaside town of Helensburgh with a new bistro, bar and wine shop.
May
Randall & Aubin - M3
Fish & seafood
  Manchester
A Manchester follow-up to Soho's “cool little haven” Randall & Aubin, whose “proper fruits de mer” have been delighting our reporters for over a decade. The northern outpost opened on the site of a former furniture store in May.
May
Zona - N16
British, Modern
  London
All-day brunch and coffee (with regional Italian evening meals to follow later in the year) is the USP of Stoke Newington's latest opening.
May
Piebury Corner - N1
British, Traditional
  London
Arsenal's pie shop and deli have opened a second permanent branch (they have a stall near the Emirates Stadium on match days) in King's Cross; expect the same old-school tiled décor, all 15 pies on the Holloway Rd original menu, craft beers and a lot more seating.
May
Last Days of Shoreditch - EC1V
International
  London
The trend for open-air street-food venues just keeps getting bigger; this latest seasonal (May-August) opening in Shoreditch features pop-ups from Nanny Bill's and The Belli Fresci (of avocado chips fame), an urban beach and a karaoke toom, plus a small-plates restaurant with food by Ben Spalding.
May
The Vincent - E8
British, Modern
  London
Charles Ross, Richard Temple and Jamie Hempseed (who previously ran Bethnal Green boozer The Sebright Arms together) open this airy all-day Hackney spot in May 2017. Local beers, coffee, Sunday brunches and roasts will make it a popular addition the scene.
May
GBR - SW1A
British, Traditional
  London
Launching simultaneously in Duke's London (Mayfair) and Duke's Dubai (Jumeriah Palm), GBR – Great British Restaurant – is an all-day love affair with British food, open from breakfast time through lunch to afternoon tea and dinner. Head chef Nigel Mendham (South Lodge, Stapleford Park, The Lygon Arms) will oversee the UK venue.
May
Dinings - SW3
Japanese
  London
Marylebone's innovative Japanese restaurant has opened a second branch in South Kensington this May. Chef Tomonari Chiba is properly international these days, with noodle bars in Tokyo and a Dinings outlet in a Tel-Aviv hotel.
May
The Prince of Peckham - SE15
Afro-Caribbean
  London
Formerly The Clayton Arms, this converted old boozer has a new lease of life as a pub 'by South Londoners for South Londoners' - the kitchen is run by Caribbean foodies (and locals) White Men Can’t Jerk. Events, music and art are planned over the two floors.
May
Foxlow - W1F
Steaks & grills
  London
A fourth sibling for the Foxlow group, a Hawksmoor spin-off, this time in Soho.
May
Salt the Radish - N4
Vegetarian
  London
A new 'veg-centric' cafe for Finsbury Park, occupying a former deli.
May
Wing Wing - WC1H
Korean
  London
Korean fried chicken and cold beer - the formula is simple but effective (inspired by the ‘chimaek’ restaurants in Korea and NYC) - at this new brightly-coloured Bloomsbury joint.
May
The Clifton - NW8
British, Modern
  London
This Clifton Hill pub has been empty since 2013, but has been rescued from re-development under the management of brothers Ed and Ben Robson, who previously ran Boopshi’s in Fitzrovia.
May
Pique Nique - SE1
Chicken
  London
A proper, French rotisserie spot from the people who brought us Bermondsey's “genius” little Parisian bistro Casse-Croute. Just across the road from its sister restaurant, this 40-seater café revolves around chicken, specialising in designer breed Poulet de Bresse (which has appellation d'origine contrôlée status).
May
Henrietta - WC2E
French
  London
Ollie Dabbous has opened his third - soon to be only - London restaurant, in partnership with the team behind the Experimental Cocktail Club, in Covent Garden. Barnyard closed earlier this year and Dabbous closes in Summer 2017. The French-inspired restaurant, Henrietta, is inside the new 18-room Henrietta Hotel (sibling to Grand Pigalle in Paris).
May
Bar Termini Centrale - W1U
Italian
  London
Tony Conigliaro’s diminutive, authentic Italian Soho joint now has a Marylebone sibling.
May
The Stoke House - SW1W
BBQ
  London
Will Ricker (of Bodega Negra fame) brings his American BBQ venture to Victoria's new Nova development; customers can choose their cut of meat at the counter and pay according to its weight. Also offering Breakfast, Brunch and Sunday Roasts.
May
Tratra - E2
French
  London
This spacious Conran venue-with-rooms, formerly home to The Boundary restaurant (RIP) now plays host to Tratra, from revered Parisian chef and cookery writer Stéphane Reynaud - his first venture outside France. Reynaud grew up on a pig farm in the Ardèche, and the menu reflects this, with regional classics and lots of pork.
May
Westerns Laundry - N5
British, Modern
  London
Primeur owners David Gingell (chef) and Jérémie Cometto-Lingenheim (manager) have opened a second restaurant, in a 1950s former laundry (hence the name) in the shadow of the Emirates Stadium in Holloway. Expect an educated selection of natural wines to accompany simply prepared seasonal food - mostly fish and seafood - with hints of southern Europe and Asia.
May
Curveball - SW12
Burgers, etc
  London
This new Balham restaurant is dedicated to the humble meatball, from every continent, with every flavour (including meat-free); indeed, all ball-shaped food is included on the menu. There's also a basement cocktail bar.
May
Madame D's - E1
Indian
  London
The founders of Gunpowder, a home-style Indian in Spitalfields, have opened this Himalayan restaurant nearby; it's a cosy, 25-cover "dining den" with communal trestle tables, above the Spirit of 76 bar.
May
Gaucho - M3
Argentinian
  Manchester
Gaucho Group's full Gaucho offering, including 'Electro Brunch', beef and wine masterclasses and a choice of over 200 Argentinian wines, are available.
May
Bourgee - IP33
  Bury St Edmunds
A third branch for the 'affordable luxury' duo of Essex steak-and-lobster restaurants, this time in the historic Suffolk market town in Bury St Edmunds.
May
WOLF II - EC2M
Italian
  London
Sibling to Stoke Newington's WOLF, this new City branch, by Liverpool St Station, offers up the same seasonal Italian fare, with takeaway options for commuters, from breakfast onwards.
May
The Bothy - E14
British, Modern
  London
A stunning waterside location in Canary Wharf (in the same former warehouse buildings as the Docklands Musuem) provides the setting for Drake & Morgan's latest opening; all-day dining, Sunday roasts, cocktails, plenty of outside seating and weekend brunch complete the picture.
May
Walnut - N4
British, Modern
  London
This new neighbourhood restaurant in Finsbury Park's Arts Building opened surprisingly quietly in May 2017 - surprising as chef Emma Duggan is a protégée of none other than Angela Hartnett. Duggan has also worked with Gordon Ramsay and for Oliver Peyton's restaurants. Traceable sourcing and an open-all day offering should make it a success with the locals.
May
Test Kitchen - W1D
International
  London
In a canny move that is sure to be copied, chef Adam Simmonds (Le Gavroche, Le Manoir) has opened up a year-long 'test' (some might say 'pop-up') kitchen/theatre to trial menus in advance of opening a permanent site elsewhere (already confirmed as opening in 2018). Why wait for your decorators to finish? Get cooking somewhere else and build up a following. The seats surround the chef, counter-style, so you can report your thoughts directly back as you eat; there's no set style of cuisine, but expect Scandi influences.
May
Granger & Co - SW1X
Australian
  London
Aussie celebrity chef Bill Granger has opened his fourth London restaurant: a 100-cover site in Chelsea.
May
MEATliquor - W2
Burgers, etc
  London
Another branch for the expanding 'MEAT' family - which includes Brixton's CHICKENliquor; this branch is inside Queensway's historic ice rink complex.
May
Leicester Square Kitchen - WC2H
Fusion
  London
Tucked inside the Radisson Blu Edwardian Hampshire Hotel in Leicester Square is a new Mexican/Peruvian small plates restaurant that might prove useful in an area not well known for decent food.
May
Yolk - EC2M
British, Modern
  London
Poached egg boxes, Ultimate sandwiches and Black Box coffee - City breakfasts and lunches are being transformed by Yolk, a pop-up turned permanent, located in a shipping container by Liverpool Street.
May
Ole & Steen - TW9
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Fresh from launching in St James's Market, this Insta-friendly Danish bakery chain has opened in the suburbs, taking on Richmond in May (to be closely followed by Victoria and Canary Wharf openings).
May
The Tapas Room - SW17
Spanish
  London
Sibling to Pop Brixton's Donostia Social Club, this cosy spot in the heart of Tooting's Broadway Market, specialises in Basque produce (wine, sherries, vermouths and cavas, with tapas, charcuterie and cheese to eat), directly imported by the restaurant's owners.
May
Arthur Hooper's - SE1
International
  London
This stylishly monochrome spot overlooking Borough Market is named after the fruit salesman who once occupied the building. Chef Lale Oztek presents a modern European menu of seasonal fare, much of it sourced from the market and surrounding shops.
May
Pizza Pilgrims - E14
Pizza
  London
Pizza Pilgrims continues its expansion with a Docklands branch at West India Quay. Lots of games, al fresco seating and menu extras at this branch - which you can book at.
May
Coya - EC2N
Peruvian
  London
Mayfair's glamorous Peruvian restaurant now has a City sibling - part of the Angel Court development near Bank - adding to the growing international family (now also in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Miami).
May
Malibu Kitchen, The Ned - EC2R
American
  London
The Ned is a 252-room hotel, spa, gym, hamam and members' club, housed in the old Midland Bank HQ that was designed by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens. It's a joint venture between Soho House and American luxe hotel group Sydell, and is on an impressive scale, with no less then eight restaurants in the former banking hall; definitely one of the biggest openings in the City this year. Malibu Kitchen is a Californian-themed restaurant (with a raw bar, of course), serving superfood salads, juices and smoothies.
May
Millie's Lounge, The Ned - EC2R
Steaks & grills
  London
The Ned is a 252-room hotel, spa, gym, hamam and members' club, housed in the old Midland Bank HQ that was designed by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens. It's a joint venture between Soho House and American luxe hotel group Sydell, and is on an impressive scale, with no less then eight restaurants in the former banking hall; definitely one of the biggest openings in the City this year. Millie's Lounge is a 24-hour restaurant and bar serving up British classics, afternoon tea, craft beers and English wines (the name refers to st Mildred's Church which occupied this site until it was destroyed in the Great Fire of London).
May
Lutyens Grill, The Ned - EC2R
  London
The Ned is a 252-room hotel, spa, gym, hamam and members' club, housed in the old Midland Bank HQ that was designed by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens. It's a joint venture between Soho House and American luxe hotel group Sydell, and is on an impressive scale, with no less than eight restaurants in the former banking hall; definitely one of the biggest openings in the City this year. The Lutyens Grill is an American-style steakhouse - for members and hotel guests only - with traditional trolley service.
May
Cecconi's City of London, The Ned - EC2R
Italian
  London
The Ned is a 252-room hotel, spa, gym, hamam and members' club, housed in the old Midland Bank HQ that was designed by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens. It's a joint venture between Soho House and American luxe hotel group Sydell, and is on an impressive scale, with no less than eight restaurants in the former banking hall; definitely one of the biggest openings in the City this year. Mayfair stalwart Cecconi's has secured a spot in the former banking hall for its first UK off-shoot, adding an Italian offering to the eye-watering range of The Ned's dining options.
May
Zobler's, The Ned - EC2R
American
  London
The Ned is a 252-room hotel, spa, gym, hamam and members' club, housed in the old Midland Bank HQ that was designed by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens. It's a joint venture between Soho House and American luxe hotel group Sydell, and is on an impressive scale, with no less then eight restaurants in the former banking hall; definitely one of the biggest openings in the City this year. Zobler's is an NYC-style Jewish delicatessen, serving up matzo ball soup, Reuben sandwiches and latkes.
May
Kaia, The Ned - EC2R
Pan-Asian
  London
The Ned, a 252-room hotel, spa, gym and members' club (with multiple bars and restaurants open to the public) is one of the City's biggest openings of 2017. The impressively vast building was designed by Sir Edwin 'Ned' Lutyens and was previously HQ for Midland Bank, but has stood empty for a decade. Kaia offers healthy food with Asia-Pacific inspiration, including on-trend poké bowls.
May
Go-Viet - SW7
Vietnamese
  London
New from the owner of Soho's Viet Food, Jeff Tan (formerly at Hakkasan Mayfair), a 60-cover Vietnamese restaurant, on the Old Brompton Road.
May
Sisu - W1
Pan-Asian
  London
A rooftop bar only accessible via a secret entrance between 533 and 535 Oxford Street, it replaces Notch which popped up in the same spot last summer. The menu traverses the globe – from miso aubergine tacos, to crispy squid with shredded kimchee, and Canadian poutine to cheeseburger sliders.
May
Stagolee's - SW6
Chicken
  London
A Southern-American-style 'hot chicken and liquor joint', Stagolee's serves up weekend brunches and evening meals with a dose of Southern hospitality.
May
Little Bird Battersea - SW11
Pan-Asian
  London
Sibling to Chiswick's Little Bird, from the same stable as Rock & Rose and Annie’s, the Battersea outpost serves up fresh Asian-inspired fare with cocktails from guest bartenders.
May
Bistro Vadouvan - SW15
Indian
  London
Chef-patron Durga Misra (Restaurant One-O-One, Eric Chavot) and co-founder Uttam Tripathy both hail from the same town in India (although they only met years later at college). They have realised a long-held dream with the opening of Bistro Vadouvan, which offers French cooking with Asian spicing and an enviable Thames view from Putney Wharf.
May
Cartel - SW11
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Tacos, tequila and live music; what more does Battersea need? This new taqueria, opened in May 2017, is inspired by traditional Mexican street food stalls. Evening opening only (apart from certain summer Sundays, when they host a 'bottomless tequila brunch party' - see website for details.)
May
Dokke - E1W
International
  London
'Luxury private island specialist' chef Neil Wager has cooked for high-end clients all over the world, and now brings those influences to this new (cafe-by-day) small plates restaurant in St Katharine Docks. Healthy, clean eating (charcoal coffee, anyone?) is a focus, with weekend brunches also on the menu.
May
The Mountgrove Bothy - N5
British, Modern
  London
This Finsbury Park restaurant and wine bar (emphasis on the wine) features an extensive range of bottles, many available by the glass, alongside a small plates menu from former Sager + Wilde chef Josh Dalaway.
Apr
Andi's - N16
International
  London
New 'Great British Menu' judge Andi Oliver and her long-term business partner Kelly Miles have opened up their own permanent place, following a successful series of pop-ups and events (Sugar Shack, The Birdcage). Brunchy fare all day is on offer, with some healthier options, and brasserie fare at night.
Apr
Dirty Bones Soho - W1D
American
  London
Hot on the heels of the group's latest opening, a fourth branch of NYC-inspired Dirty Bones has opened in Soho!
Apr
Bokan - E14
International
  London
Located on the 37th floor of the new Novotel Canary Wharf, this 65-cover restaurant features modern European cooking from Aurelie Altemaire, formerly of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. The views are impressive.
Apr
The Cheese Bar - NW1
British, Modern
  London
Fans of the sunny yellow converted ice-cream truck that serves up Instagram-fodder cheese toasties all over London will be thrilled to hear of a permanent site for Mathew Carver's cheesey fare. Serving cheese for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Cheese Bar will be championing urban cheese makers who are producing within the M25.
Apr
Quartieri - NW6
Italian
  London
The owners are a group of four friends who have sourced wines from the foot of Mt Vesuvius and have installed the very best flash flame pizza oven. 100% authentic.
Apr
Guilt Trip - BT5
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  Belfast
This trendy coffee and donut shop in east Belfast attracts queues that would be more at home in east London. A welcome addition to Castlereagh, which is a bit of a dining desert.
Apr
Trawler Trash - N1
Fish & chips
  London
From the company behind Firedog in Fitzrovia Trawler Trash is a new type of fish 'n' chip shop - fittingly on a site that's been serving up Britain's favourite takeaway for over 50 years (Seafish, RIP). The 'trash' part of the name refers to the fact that the restaurant will serve the less popular types of fish - pilchards, coley, sprat and grey mullet, for example - and only ever fish caught that day.
Apr
Monty's Deli - N1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
After many years on Druid St and a £50k crowdfund, Monty’s Deli now has a permanent site in east London, after securing the site of a Hoxton bakery. Founders Mark Ogus and Owen Barratt are serving bagels and overstuffed pastrami sandwiches to their legions of fans from their 'real Jewish deli'.
Apr
Zala - NW1
Turkish
  London
A traditional 'Levantine grill' for Camden Market; this one comes from co-founders and brothers-in-law, Tomer Niv and Alon Shamir. Tomer has worked at The Fat Duck and The Ledbury, as well as R’amas Kitchen in Jerusalem. The menu here features authentic Middle Eastern meze, Levantine pizzas, pitas and grilled meats, and there's an al fresco bar for the warmer months.
Apr
Saucy Chip - W1T
International
  London
Apr
The Ivy Café - TW9
British, Modern
  London
A fourth café-style spin-off of Covent Garden's iconic Ivy (there are sites in Marylebone, St John's Wood and Wimbledon already) has arrived in Richmond offering pretty late-night dining for the area, serving until midnight most days and 1 am at weekends.
Apr
Roof Deck Restaurant, Selfridges & Co - W1A
American
  London
A seventh (hopefully glorious) summer of rooftop drinking and dining at Selfridges: this year the restaurant has a Californian theme. The open-air deck is lined by timber beams and tropical palms – and there is a retractable roof to protect diners in case of rain or cold.
Apr
Patty and Bun - W11
Burgers, etc
  London
A first foray into west London for this ever-so-cool (and ever-so-messy) burger chain.
Apr
Clarette - W1U
French
  London
This new Marylebone wine bar has an impressive pedigree - one of the owners is Alexandra Petit, daughter of Corinne Mentzelopoulos, who owns Château Margaux, one of the four original premier cru wines of Bordeaux.
Apr
Maple & King's - N1C
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Opening alongside Nike and Google, this cafe - big sister to Fitzrova's Maple & Fitz - offers a range of sandwiches, salads, juices and hot lunches, plus weekend brunches. Gluten-free and vegan options are a feature.
Apr
Bower House - CV36
British, Modern
  Shipston-on-Stour
This Georgian townhouse restaurant with rooms has chef Darren Brown (West Stoke House) at the stoves, with Henry Harris, of Racine fame, overseeing.
Apr
Melrose Diner - TW7
American
  London
This 40-cover new Isleworth joint evokes all-American diner classics; brunch on Sundays too.
Apr
Radici - N1
Italian
  London
Francesco Mazzei and D&D London have opened an authentic southern Italian trattoria on this site (formerly Almeida); he will remain as chef-patron at Sartoria too, and has brought in right-hand man Antonio Mazzone as head chef at Radici (which means 'roots' in Italian).
Apr
Tamarind Kitchen - W1F
Indian
  London
The Tamarind Collection has launched a new Soho restaurant: Tamarind Kitchen shares inspiration and menus with its Mayfair sibling, although in a "de-formalised" way, we are told.
Apr
Little José - SE16
Spanish
  London
Tapas master José Pizarro has opened his fourth (and smallest) venue in Canary Wharf; Little José launched on April 6 at Street Feast’s new 'rooftopia' in Crossrail Place, and will be open for lunch and dinner seven days a week
Apr
Tommi's Burger Joint - W1
Burgers, etc
  London
One of London's more petite burger chains (with sites in Marylebone and Chelsea) has now opened a third outpost in Soho. Founder Tommi Tomasson - the 'Viking of Burgers' - opened Iceland's first fast food restaurant with this concept in 1981 and now has 17 sites across Europe.
Apr
Lympstone Manor - EX8
French
  Exmouth
Michael Caines MBE has renovated this once-private home (Courtlands) near Exmouth to create a 21-bedroom country house hotel with 60 covers spread across three individual dining rooms. With a vineyard and landscaped gardens and views over the Exe Estuary; watch out Gidleigh Park?
Apr
Le Roi Fou - EH1
French
  Old Town
A first solo venture for French-Swiss chef Jérôme Henry, previously head chef at Anton Mosimann’s Belgravia dining club; Scottish ingredients and produce are used to create classic French dishes at the New Town venue.
Apr
Comptoir Café & Wine - W1K
British, Modern
  London
Xavier Rousset, of the hugely successful Blandford Comptoir and Cabotte, has opened a third venue, this time in Mayfair. An all-day brasserie, cafe and wine shop that will feature over 1000 wines.
Apr
Lupins - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Chefs Lucy Pedder and Natasha Cooke met working at Medlar and set up a catering collective together; this is their first permanent restaurant venture, in Flat Iron Square food hub, a short walk from Borough Market. The menu is full of "seasonal British produce with a splash of sunshine".
Apr
Machiya - SW1Y
Japanese
  London
Aaron Burgess-Smith and Tony Lam (the duo behind Kanada-Ya on the same Soho street) have teamed up on another Japanese restaurant, named Machiya, after the stacked wooden town houses in Kyoto. Machiya is open all day, with a late-night bar downstairs offering traditional Japanese cocktails.
Apr
Saiphin's Thai Kitchen - E8
Thai
  London
The unstoppable force that is Saiphin and Alex Moore have done it again - their Rosa's Thais Cafe group is now eight strong, with three further openings expected for 2017; Lao Cafe only opened in December 2016, and now a new proto-chain, Saiphin's Thai Kitchen has popped up in London Fields, featuring a similar menu to Rosa's. Lucky east Londoners within 2km can also get delivery.
Apr
Winemakers Deptford - SE8
British, Modern
  London
This Deptford newcomer is an ambitious spin-off (and first foray into food) from Winemakers Club, a Farringdon wine importers. The bijou restaurant features mostly organic and biodynamic wines, with food pairings a speciality.
Apr
Llewelyns - SE24
British, Modern
  London
A welcome newcomer for Herne Hill, an under-served area; in a former Victorian dining room opposite the station, Llewelyn's offers an outdoor dining space overlooking Station Square (known for the Sunday farmers market), and serves breakfasts, lunch and roasts on Sundays.
Apr
Pike + Pine - BN2
British, Modern
  Brighton
This evening-only dining spot from Matt Gillan (formerly at Pass in Horsham) is located within the veteran Kemptown Red Roaster coffee shop and roastery; Gillan is currently aiming for £80k of crowdfunding to transform the coffee shop and add a restaurant and conservatory alongside.
Apr
Zheng - SW3
Chinese
  London
Oxford's popular Malay-Chinese Zheng now has a Chelsea sibling.
Apr
Yoobi Great Castle Street - W1
Japanese
  London
The second London outpost of this Japanese/South American fusion restaurant serves up temaki rolls, maki rolls and sashimi, as well as a selection of new Brazilian-influenced dishes. The original (also in Soho's Lexington Street) was hailed as the city's first temakeria when it opened in 2012.
Apr
Hot Pot - W1F
Pan-Asian
  London
Communal Asian cooking and eating comes to Soho in April, thanks to Taechaubol Group, owners of 148 hot pot or “huo guo” restaurants in Bangkok; the new Wardour Street branch will be a luxury version, using British free-range ingredients where possible.
Apr
Strangers Dining Room, House of Commons - SW1A
British, Traditional
  London
Hardly a 'hot newcomer' when it's been a dining room since 1867, but it's certainly hot news that the House of Commons is opening the Strangers Dining Room to the public twice a week from 25 April 2017. Bookings must be made on the website (max 8) and rigorous security checks are only to be expected, but worth it for the experience of entering and dining within the hallowed halls of Westminster. A set menu only formula will be in place (currently £75pp); dates are available until October 2017, when the 'public engagement programme' will hopefully be reviewed and continued.
Apr
Bubblewrap Waffle - W1D
Ice cream
  London
No longer just for pop-ups and Instagram, the waffle that looks like bubblewrap now has a permanent home, in the exact spot where Chinatown and Soho merge. Load up with ice cream and artistic toppings, and dive in - once you've snapped and shared it for posterity, obviously.
Apr
The General Store - N5
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
This all-day cafe (with American gas station styling) has been carved out of space within The Garage, a veteran Islington music venue that's had a total makeover in recent months; as evening falls, it serves cocktails and craft beers.
Apr
Summers - NW6
Irish
  London
Above the Sir Colin Campbell pub on the Kilburn High Road you'll find an airy, pared-back British/Irish gem from Ruairidh Summers (formerly of St John Bread and Wine). St John influences are much in evidence on the simple menu, which aims to deliver "humble country cooking, elevated" - some of which is also available in the pub downstairs at weekends.
Apr
Plaquemine Lock - N1
Cajun/creole
  London
This very English-looking pub, set on the Regent's Canal, surprisingly serves up authentic Cajun and Creole cooking in a retro, muralled interior. Jacob Kenedy, chef/patron, is also behind Bocca di Lupo, Gelupo and Vico.
Mar
Rabbit in the Moon - M4
Pan-Asian
  Manchester
Chef Micheal O'Hare (of Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds, fame) has teamed up with footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs and opened this restaurant (one of three they are planning together) at the National Football Museum in Manchester. Named after an Asian folk tale, this joint is offering 'space-age Asian food', including an ambitious 17-course tasting menu.
Mar
Vagabond Wines - SW1W
Mediterranean
  London
There's an interesting array of Mediterranean-influenced sharing plates and charcuterie boards on offer here, but this venue in the new Nova development by Victoria station is all about the wine. One of a small chain (there are now five Vagabond Wines city-wide). Punters can try over 140 wines and beers by the glass, dispensed 'on tap' from machines that keep the beverages at the perfect drinking temperature.
Mar
Blacklock - EC3M
BBQ
  London
Blacklock Soho's big brother, in a former electricity substation below a Grade II listed building located on the site of a medieval meat markets, is now open. Fans of the original will be delighted to hear that this chop house will have a bigger bar, starters and reservations - and that cocktails will still only be a fiver.
Mar
Sparrow - SE13
  London
Close to Lewisham station, an exciting new destination for the area; chefs Terry Blake and Yohini Nandakumar met working at St John, and between them have worked both internationally and closer to home (Bao, Merchant’s Tavern, Pollen Street Social, The Square). Locals can look forward to weekday dinners, weekend brunch, seasonal food and Sri Lankan influences.
Mar
Bun House - W1D
Chinese
  London
A new Chinese steamed bun street cafe has opened on the corner of Greek and Old Compton Streets in Soho. Offering an "affordable and quick eating” menu, and focusing on traditional, closed Canton-style bao (buns), from a husband-and-wife team, Alex Peffly and Z He. Below Bun House, Tea Room will operate separately - "a speakeasy-style Chinese drinking den, with a license until 3am".
Mar
Rick Stein - SW14
Fish & seafood
  London
This picturesque riverside spot in Barnes - known for so long as The Depot, RIP - has been taken over and relaunched by the Rick Stein empire.

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