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Nov
Mortimer House Kitchen - W1T
Mediterranean
  London
New all-day restaurant on the ground floor of soon-to-be-opened private workspace and wellbeing destination Mortimer House in Fitzrovia. The menu from ex-Cecconi's chef Luca Unali is Mediterranean with a flavour of the Middle East.
Nov
Zelman Meats - EC4M
Steaks & grills
  London
Goodman's “cool and interesting” little sister dishing up “wonderful, well-cooked meat”, with sites in Soho and Knightsbridge, comes to the City with an outpost on the former site of Burger & Lobster near St Paul's.
Nov
Dirty South - SE13
Burgers, etc
  London
After being destroyed during the London riots in 2011, this Lewisham restaurant and bar reopens offering a selection of craft beers, wines and cocktails alongside food from a rotating roster of street food stars.
Nov
The Square - W1
French
  London
This Mayfair stalwart reopened in November 2017 after a major refurbishment of its dining room and kitchen, with a new chef as well as a new look. The Square was purchased by the Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation in March 2016 from Philip Howard, who ran operations for almost 20 years.
Nov
Passo - EC1Y
Italian
  London
From the team behind Foleys, a new all-day Italian in Old Street, with extensive outside seating.
Nov
Dynamo - SW17
Pizza
  London
Putney's cycle-themed cafe branches out to Balham bringing its “excellent sourdough pizza”, breakfasts and brunches and proper coffee.
Nov
Horvada - W1D
Turkish
  London
From the folks behind Marylebone's Yosma comes a new Chinatown restaurant serving a mixture of Turkish and Greek dishes, as well as a signature Horvada with Yeni Raki, cinnamon, yoghurt, brown sugar, Turkish honey, cardamom and espresso.
Nov
Bombay Bustle - W1S
Indian
  London
Samyukta Nair and Chef Rohit Ghai, the duo behind Mayfair's Jamavar (voted Best Newcomer at Harden's London Restaurant Awards 2017) have launched a second London venture. Inspired by Dabbawalas – the institution of men who use Mumbai's railways to deliver home-cooked meals across the city – Rohit's menu will recreate the family recipes within two dining rooms which reflect the bygone railways of Bombay and the Art Deco buildings which surrounded them.
Nov
The Butcher’s Tap - SL7
British, Modern
  Marlow
Chef Tom Kerridge – of the renowned Hand & Flowers gastropub – opens his ‘butcher-pub’ in Marlow, where people can meet for a drink, a bite to eat, and buy well-sourced quality meat to take home. Tom and butcher Andy Cook are working with trusted meat suppliers from across the country, including beef from Smithfield market’s Longcroft and Old, sourced from Stoddart’s Farm in Scotland; venison and game from Hampshire Game; pork and chicken from Packington Free Range, Creedy Carver ducks and Copas Turkeys.
Nov
Nov
Rascals - EC2A
British, Modern
  London
There's rather a lot going on at this Shoreditch restaurant, which the website says is made for 'audacious chit chat, steam release and mega indulgence'. There's a waterproof room with half off on Champagne, a retro dessert trolley offering tableside flambéing, comedy game show meal packages, cocktails and bottomless pizza.
Nov
The Prince - SW6
International
  London
Near Earl's Court, a new project from the Pergola team, incorporating two bars, four restaurants and outdoor space dedicated to a roster of street food vendors. Names include Peckham's famous Thai the Begging Bowl, Patty & Bun and Vietnamese BBQ joint MAM (from the folks behind Salvation in Noodles).
Nov
The Begging Bowl - SW6
Thai
  London
Second outpost of Peckham's renowned Thai restaurant joins the ranks of The Prince near Earl's Court, a new project from the Pergola team, incorporating two bars, four restaurants and outdoor space dedicated to a roster of street food vendors. Other names include Patty & Bun and Vietnamese BBQ joint MAM (from the folks behind Salvation in Noodles).
Nov
The Ivy Harrogate - HG1
British, Modern
  Harrogate
The Ivy brand rolls-out to the popular spa town of Harrogate with a brasserie serving modern British and international Ivy-inspired classics from dawn until dusk, seven days a week, just a stone's throw from Montpellier Quarter shops and Turkish baths..
Nov
The Blackbird - RG20
British, Traditional
  Bagnor
Chef Dom Robinson (who has worked alongside Tom Aikens and Adam Byatt) has taken ownership of this traditional country pub in Bagnor, a hamlet near Newbury in Berkshire. The pub retains many of its original features and serves a menu of traditional, British cuisine using ingredients sourced from local suppliers.
Nov
The Habit - SE5
British, Modern
  London
The Habit Nunhead takes up residency in South London Gallery’s café bringing their seasonal menus to Peckham. Alongside on-site roasted coffee, handmade cakes and treats, a brunch and lunch menu will be available.
Nov
The Listing - EC4R
British, Modern
  London
A second 2017 opening for Drake & Morgan, who bought Corney & Barrow Wine Bars in 2016.
Nov
Fiume - SW8
Italian
  London
Hot on the heels of opening Radici, Francesco Mazzei and D&D London have announced another collaboration, Fiume, which will open in the revamped Battersea Power Station site in late 2017.
Nov
Wander - N16
Australian
  London
A casual new Antipodean restaurant in trendy Stokey from Australian-born chef Alexis Noble. The menu is mostly Aussie with some Asian-influences.
Nov
Pickle & Toast - W1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Soho recently witnessed the arrival of grilled cheese sandwich café Melt Room; now W1 is about to gain another venue on the junction of Wardour Street and Peter Street, specialising in sourdough bread, vintage cheddar and dill pickle. Open for Breakfast, lunch, evening beers and late bites "from dawn till dark"
Nov
Terroirs - SE22
British, Modern
  London
The Covent Garden wine bar has rebranded its East Dulwich offshoot ToastED as a sibling branch of Terroirs.
Nov
The Ivy Royal Tunbridge Wells - TN1
British, Modern
  Royal Tunbridge Wells
Just a few minute’s walk from the idyllic Pantiles Georgian colonnade in Royal Tunbridge Wells, another 'accessible all-day dining' brasserie offering from The Ivy stable.
Nov
Over Under Coffee - W1D
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
The Earl's court coffee and brunch stop has sprouted a sibling in the centre of Soho; within the calm of Ham Yard courtyard.
Nov
Southam Street - W10
Japanese
  London
Luca Longobardi and Chris Denney, co-founders of Notting-Hill's 108 Garage, launch a second venture on the former site of Victorian boozer West Thirty Six (RIP). The sprawling building covers three storeys with a Japanese robata grill on the ground floor, and a private BBQ area in the lower ground garden. The first floor Raw Bar serves Nikkei (a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines) while the second floor houses a private member’s Tequila and Mezcal bar.
Nov
Pufferfish - W8
Pan-Asian
  London
A restaurant in a nightclub? Always a dubious combination. However this is the sister club to Mayfair's Mahiki – domain of celebs, young royals and most of the Made in Chelsea crowd – so perhaps its 'luxury pan-Asian cuisine' will show some star quality? Expect sushi, raw bar delicacies, tropical cocktails and bottomless brunch at weekends.
Nov
La Tagliata - W1T
Italian
  London
Italian wine bar and restaurant in Fitzrovia, sister to the City's La Tagliata (just south of Spitalfields market).
Nov
Hodge Podge - N4
British, Modern
  London
From chef Simon Hodge (owner of the London Charcutier in London Fields) a new neighbourhood restaurant on the Crouch End/Stroud Green border.
Oct
Princess Victoria - W12
British, Modern
  London
Oct
Pastaio - W1F
Italian
  London
The latest venture from chef/restaurateur Stevie Parle (Dock Kitchen, Rotorino, Craft, Palatino), a freshly made pasta spot, on the former site of Alan Yau's Cha Cha Moon in Soho's Kingly Court.
Oct
Doughnut Time - W1D
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
The first London branch of a popular Aussie chain of doughnut shops arrives in Shaftesbury Avenue, serving calorific treats with colourful names - e.g. the Donutella Versace, Pump Up the Jam and the Melon Degeneres - with vegan and gluten free options.
Oct
Smoking Goat - E1
Thai
  London
'Smoking Goat 2.0' will open in Shoreditch in mid-October. The PR info (well, a lengthy Insta-post) says that, while the new place will be bigger, the menu will focus on serving just a couple of signature Thai dishes each day, to maintain quality and value.
Oct
The Perception - W1D
British, Modern
  London
Soho hotel W London has relaunched its bar and lounge with a changing roster of long chef residencies starting with Magnus Reid from Hackney wine bar Legs. Reid will be resident from 27 October 2017-March 2018.
Oct
Pentonbridge Inn - CA6
British, Modern
  Penton
An ambitious new venture in the wilds of Cumbria from husband-and-wife team Jake and Cassie White – formerly head chef and pastry chef at Marcus Wareing's eponymous London restaurant Marcus, The Berkeley. The pair have taken over the old Bridge Inn pub, which will reopen later this year after major refurbishment with a 45-cover dining room serving five or seven course tasting menus, plus rooms and a nearby kitchen garden providing much of the fare.
Oct
Veeno - KT1
Italian
  London
This growing chain of Italian wine bar/cafés arrives in Kingston-upon-Thames, taking over the site of a former Strada in The Griffin Centre.
Oct
Megan's by the Green - SW6
British, Modern
  London
One of Fulham's fave brunching spots, Megan's Deli on the King's Road, opens a Parsons Green outpost just opposite the tube station. Expect all-day brunch fare (with bottomless prosecco options at weekends) alongside sourdough pizzas and 'deconstructed pan kebabs' (whatever those may be!).
Oct
The Barn - L39
British, Modern
  Aughton
Simon Rogan's one-time right-hand man Mark Birchall (former exec chef at L'Enclume) opens a second dining room at his Lancashire restaurant-with-rooms, Moor Hall. The new restaurant, in a refurbished barn, features original beams and rustic brickwork with an open kitchen. Over the next few months a small dairy, bakery, meat-aging and curing room and mini brewery will open on the ground floor.
Oct
The Barn at Moor Hall - L39
British, Modern
  Aughton
Despite having won recognition from the tyre men in his first year at Moor Hall, Mark Birchall isn't resting on his laurels - the end of 2017 saw the opening of the 65-seat Barn, on the first floor of a structure that will house a dairy, bakery, a meat-aging and curing room and a mini brewery downstairs. Aaron Harris, previously at Sixty One, has been appointed head chef.
Oct
Cinnamon Kitchen Oxford - OX1
Indian
  Oxford
The Cinnamon Collection (Vivek Singh's Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen et al) opens its first venture outside of the Big Smoke at Oxford's city centre Westgate mall. The site vaunts a rooftop terrace for al-fresco dining as well as a cocktail bar, private pagoda and an ice block centrepiece in the dining room serving seafood and ceviche.
Oct
Wreckfish - L1
British, Modern
  Liverpool city centre
After the UK's largest restaurant crowdfund (over £200,000 raised in just 28 days), Gary Usher - of Burnt Truffle, Sticky Walnut and Hispi - will be opening this new Liverpool bistro in October 2017. An astonishing start to what promises to be another successful venture from Usher; a fundraising launch-night meal from Tom Kerridge sold out in 15 minutes.
Oct
Clasico Argentino - W1B
Argentinian
  London
Paying homage to the humble empanada (with helados - ice cream - for dessert), this new venture from Gaucho Group (whose Piccadilly branch it is next door to), with restaurateur Enrique Zanoni and head chef Gaston Stivelmaher, is set to bring Argentinian street food to the capital. There are already several Clasico Argentinos in Paris, and a food truck will serve the City (again, outside the Broadgate Gaucho).
Oct
Flour & Grape - SE1
Italian
  London
Antico has rebranded its Bermondsey sibling as a pasta-only site (including a to-go counter), opening in late 2017; an all-Italian wine list features.
Oct
Cut + Grind - N1C
Burgers, etc
  London
New King's Cross burger joint with a former Zelman Meats chef in the kitchen. As well as freshly ground beef patties there's breakfast items like shakshouka eggs and smoked salmon bagels. They also have their own-brand Cut + Grind pilsner available on tap, alongside bottles of local ale from Shoreditch brewery Redchurch and cider from Cornish Orchards.
Oct
Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini - EH8
Scottish
  Edinburgh
Former chef director at Martin Wishart’s Honours brasserie, Paul Tamburrini steps out of his boss's shadow to launch his first standalone venture at the Macdonald Holyrood hotel in Edinburgh's historic Old Town. The menu will fuse classic French techniques with Scottish produce.
Oct
Indian Streatery - B2
Indian
  Birmingham
On the original site of Adam's (it moved to Waterloo St last year), an Indian street food restaurant offering grab-and-go grub by day and dining and cocktails by night. Its founders have already made a name for themselves in the city as Indian Rasoi with a number of street food events and pop-ups across Birmingham.
Oct
Toast - WA14
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  Altrincham
The best thing since sliced bread? This Altrincham café will serve toast in all its varieties – from classic baked beans on toast to sesame chilli prawn toasts and even dessert on toast. Founded by Justin Orange (twin brother of Take That's Jason) and chef Ed Carr, who previously worked alongside Mary-Ellen Mctague at Aumbry after they met at The Fat Duck.
Oct
The Drunken Butler - EC1R
French
  London
French cuisine with Persian and Korean influences? That's what's on offer at this Clerkenwell restaurant, the first solo effort from chef Yuma Hashemi (previously of The Chancery). Expect coffee and pastries in the morning, and sharing plates by day and night, with a focus on ferments, pickles, salting and smoking.
Oct
The Pilgrm Hotel - W2
British, Modern
  London
A new 'pared-back' hotel designed for modern travellers will open in Paddington this summer. From a former Zetter Group partner and the founder of myhotels, this spot will have 73 rooms, a lounge bar and 30-cover dining room. And yes, we believe it IS spelled like that.
Oct
The Allegory - EC2A
British, Modern
  London
This new Drake & Morgan bar/restaurant (they bought Corney & Barrow in 2016 and are developing a new brand with the sites and further acquisitions) will open in the 'UnSquare Mile' Principal Place development (along with the new Amazon HQ) in autumn 2017.
Oct
Killer Tomato - W11
Mexican/TexMex
  London
A second branch of west London's quirky Mexican street food joint is in the pipeline for autumn 2017.
Oct
Flank - E1
BBQ
  London
Nose-to-tail eating comes to Spitalfields from Brighton pop-up Flank, under chef Tom Griffiths.
Oct
Caravan - EC2R
British, Modern
  London
A City outpost of this small chain of bustling haunts with eclectic menus and “phenomenal” coffee. Slated to open this autumn alongside nine other eateries in the new Bloomberg City HQ.
Oct
Mc & Sons - SE1
Thai
  London
The fifth pub from Windmill Taverns Ltd, a traditional Irish pub in the heart of Southwark with an authentic Thai twist.
Oct
The Royal Oak - CV36
British, Modern
  Shipston-on-Stour
Husband and wife team Richard and Solanche Craven have taken over the running of this 800-year-old country pub in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Whatcote. The recently refurbished pub will serve produce sourced from within 10 miles of the restaurant and game on the menu is ‘shot to order’.
Oct
The Coal Shed - SE1
Steaks & grills
  London
Overlooking the recently completed public piazza at the centre of the new One Tower Bridge development, Brighton's favourite steak joint is heading up to the Smoke in autumn 2017.
Oct
Powderkeg - SW11
Spanish
  London
The folks behind Clapham's WC Wine & Charcuterie and Joe Public Pizza relaunch Powder Keg Diplomacy as Powderkeg in Battersea with a new Spanish and Italian-influenced menu from former Opera Tavern chef Ben Mulock.
Oct
Home SW15 - SW15
British, Modern
  London
Three friends, Craig Gordon, Freddie Fallon & Fredi Viaud, who met while working at Charlotte's Group have opened a café, bar and restaurant on the former site of BIBO (RIP) in Putney.
Oct
The Dragon Inn Club - SW1V
Chinese
  London
Adding to the ever-increasing restaurant scene in Victoria (once a dining desert) is a new Chinese venture offering a modern take on Sichuan food and Far East-influenced cocktails.
Oct
Sorrel - RH4
British, Modern
  Dorking
On the site of Little Dudley House, the third solo venture from well-known local chef and Roux scholar Steve Drake (of Drake’s on the Pond and Drake’s).
Oct
The Ivy Bath Brasserie - BA1
British, Traditional
  Bath
The Ivy's 'accessible all-day dining' formula is popping up brasseries in all of England's most picturesque towns and cities, and now it's Bath's turn. Opening in Autumn 2017 in the heart of the city, this spot will feature a large outdoor terrace and a private dining room. Planning applications have also been lodged for sites in Exeter, Harrogate, Cheltenham and Manchester as of June 2017.
Oct
Inigo - W1D
Japanese
  London
A new grab and go kiosk created by Australian entrepreneur Jeremy Bliss and Charlie Hall, of CODE Hospitality, bringing the Japanese-inspired sushi hand roll to the streets of Soho.
Oct
Rochelle Canteen at the ICA - SW1
British, Modern
  London
Chef Margot Henderson and business partner Melanie Arnold bring their east London favourite to St James's as the pair takeover the café offering at the ICA.
Oct
St John at The Bridge Theatre - SE1
British, Modern
  London
London's newest theatre - The Bridge, opening in October 2017 - will not only boast seats for 900 people, but what will arguably the finest interval snacks around - thanks to a partnership with St John. The foyer cafe will be open to the public, too, from breakfast to post-theatre, serving up goodies from St John's bakery, and offering a selection from their impressive wine list.
Oct
Yamagoya - SE1
Japanese
  London
Following several months of pop-ups and a successful residency on Shaftesbury Avenue, this traditional ramen bar takes up its first permanent London home on Southwark's restaurant row The Cut. Alongside noodles, diners can sample the restaurant's famous 'raindrop cake' - a completely clear dessert in the shape of a water droplet.
Oct
Breddos Tacos - W1B
Mexican/TexMex
  London
On the former site of Brad MacDonald's BBQ joint Shotgun (RIP) comes a second outpost of this mega-popular taqueria that started life as a street food vendor.
Oct
Bleecker Burger - EC4N
Burgers, etc
  London
A third site for the purveyors of “the best burger in London, if not the UK and/or the world!”. Slated to open this autumn alongside nine other eateries in the new Bloomberg City HQ.
Oct
Il Tetto - W1A
Italian
  London
Not quite a pop-up, but not permanent either - this new all-day Italian, atop Selfridges, with views over Oxford Street, is to remain in place for just a year. Negroni fans will be glad to hear of an extensive selection.
Oct
Noizé - W1T
French
  London
On the former site of Ollie Dabbous's “loft-style”, industrial-chic restaurant, Dabbous, comes a rustic French bistro (quite a departure!) from former co-owner and manager of Pied à Terre, Mathieu Germond. David Moore has advised on the project.
Oct
Rambla - W1D
Spanish
  London
Encant chef-patron Victor Garvey opens a second Catalan restaurant in the capital.
Oct
Gul and Sepoy - E1
Indian
  London
The latest Indian restaurant from Harneet and Devina Baweja, the duo behind the flavoursome Gunpowder and Madame D's (also located on Commercial Street), arrives in the City.
Oct
Vinoteca City - EC2R
British, Modern
  London
This small chain of “appealing” modern wine bars adds another branch. Slated to open this autumn alongside nine other eateries in the new Bloomberg City HQ.
Oct
The Hope - W1T
British, Traditional
  London
This 200-year-old Fitzrovia boozer reopens serving a range of Pieminster pies and guest ales.
Oct
Sep
Wulf & Lamb - SW1X
Vegetarian
  London
A new vegan restaurant in the well-heeled environs of Sloane Square with a former Vanilla Black chef in the kitchen.
Sep
Olle - W1D
Korean
  London
A Korean BBQ joint from restaurateur Charles Seo where diners get to cook the meat at their table. Spread over two floors on the Chinatown side of Shaftesbury Avenue, the restaurant vaunts an upstairs dining room, shared table downstairs and private dining rooms.
Sep
Yamabahçe - W1U
Turkish
  London
Another Turkish pide (flatbread) offering from restaurateur Alan Yau, similar to his Soho venture Babaji Pide which was initially well-rated in our 2016 guide but has since seen its ratings slide a bit.
Sep
The Lampery - EC3N
British, Modern
  London
A new restaurant and cocktail bar within the Apex Hotel City of London serving a 'best of British' seasonal menu, named for famous Seething Lane resident Samuel Pepys and his fondness for Lampery Pye.
Sep
Cottons - SW8
Afro-Caribbean
  London
The fifth outpost of this group of colourful Caribbean restaurant and rum shacks takes up riverside residency in Vauxhall's St George Wharf. Expect the usuals like jerk chicken and curried mutton, but there's a few surprises unique to the Vauxhall menu too: Caribbean pizza anyone? And of course there will be over 300 varieties of rum to choose from.
Sep
Butterscotch Bakery - W12
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Bea Vo, the Virginia-born driving force behind Stax, Boondocks and Famous Flames launched this bakery in late 2017, in the former BBC White City development; American sweet treats such as layer cakes, pies, cobblers, brownies and cupcakes feature, as well as an all-day porridge bar with over 60 toppings to help yourself to. If you can't get there, it's also available to buy online.
Sep
La Fromagerie Bloomsbury - WC1N
International
  London
Highbury's legendary Fromagerie has already spawned a sibling cafe, and now there's to be another, in Bloomsbury, from summer 2017
Sep
MAM - W11
Vietnamese
  London
Colin Tu, owner of Salvation in Noodles, is bringing a Vietnemese BBQ restaurant to London, inspired by the street food stalls found all over Vietnam; expect skewers cooked on a robata grill, pho and the popular fish sauce chicken wings. MAM is pronounced "mum" and means fermentation in Vietnamese.
Sep
Bar + Block - BA1
Steaks & grills
  Bath
The fourth outpost of this small chain of steak and burger joints arrives in Bath. There are already branches in King's Cross, Birmingham and Fareham.
Sep
The Trafalgar Dining Rooms - SW1A
Mediterranean
  London
A new Mediterranean-influenced restaurant and cocktail bar at the Trafalgar St. James Hotel. Alongside classic cocktails there are non-alcoholic 'teatails'.
Sep
Villa Mamas - SW3
Middle Eastern
  London
This London outpost of an already successful venture in the Saar district of Bahrain, hopes to bring a taste of traditional Bahraini cooking to Chelsea. There's an al-fresco dining terrace from which to enjoy their homemade yogurt, flatbreads and mezzeh.
Sep
Rosa's - WC2H
Thai
  London
Seven Dials outpost of this casual Thai chain serving an exclusive Northern Thai menu, bringing diners an authentic flavour of Thailand’s lesser-known dishes, particularly from the mountainous province of Petchabun, the hometown of Rosa’s head chef and co-owner, Saiphin Moore.
Sep
The Watch House - EC4A
British, Modern
  London
An all-day restaurant and cocktail bar a stone's throw from Chancery Lane station, serving a menu of tapas style dishes and daily baked goods. There are also two coffee shop versions south of the river in Bermondsey Street and Tower Bridge.
Sep
Canova Hall - SW9
Italian
  London
From hippest Hackney to bustling Brixton, the Albion & East Group definitely know their audience. After opening Martello Hall in Mare Street serving wood fired pizza and gin distilled on-site in January, a second site arrives in Brixton in September.
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
Duke of Clarence - SW5
British, Modern
  London
This heart-of-Kensington gastropub reopened in September 2017 after an extensive renovation with a new bar, refurbished dining room and a focus on small plates.
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
Frog by Adam Handling - 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
In the summer of 2017, Joe Allen moved lock, stock and wood panelling; the restaurant and all its fixtures and fittings took up a new home (just 25 metres down the road) in Burleigh Street, Covent Garden.
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
The Star Inn The Harbour - YO21
British, Modern
  Whitby
Andrew Pern (of The Star Inn at Harome) fulfils his wish of having a restaurant in his hometown Whitby. The harbour-side venture features Catch-of-the-Day fish specials and game from the North Yorkshire Moors.
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
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 Hotel & Restaurant - CT13
British, Modern
  Sandwich
Sir Edwin Lutyens designed and built The Salutation in 1912; following an extensive refurbishment in 2016, this Grade 1 listed boutique hotel and restaurant now boasts 17 individually designed bedrooms and three restaurant spaces, 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.

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