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Jun
Joe's Cafe - SW1X
British, Modern
  London
Opening 25 Jun 2018
The all-day 'light bites' cafe inside fashion emporium Joseph is to open once again, with head chef Anupam Som, formerly of Quilon, at the stoves.
The Royal Oak - W1H
British, Modern
  London
Opening 25 Jun 2018
Ex-Duck & Waffle chef Dan Doherty, along with business partner Andy Ward, have bought this historic Marylebone pub and intend to re-open in late June following a minor revamp.
Savage Garden, Doubletree by Hilton Tower of London - EC3N
  City of London
Opening 29 Jun 2018
Opening on 29 June on the 12th storey of Hilton's Tower of London hotel, with views across the City and river, Savage Garden is "not for the faint-hearted," apparently; it's an all-day bar and cocktail lounge with a large all-weather terrace, with "small plates and savage feasting" for those wanting to eat/
Café Oscar, L'Oscar Hotel - WC1B
British, Modern
  London
Opening 29 Jun 2018
Occupying a once derelict Grade II-listed building by Holborn station, this new 39-bedroom luxury hotel boasts this café – offering breakfast, afternoon tea, lunch and dinner – as well as a main dining room (The Baptist Grill) and a mezzanine restaurant and bar (Baptist Bar), overseen by former Angler chef Tony Fleming.
The Baptist Grill, L’Oscar Hotel - WC1B
British, Modern
  London
Opening 29 Jun 2018
Occupying a once derelict Grade II-listed building by Holborn station, this new 39-bedroom luxury hotel boasts a main restaurant, mezzanine restaurant and bar (Baptist Bar) and cafe (Café Oscar), overseen by former Angler chef Tony Fleming.
Beso - WC2H
Moroccan
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2018
Moroccan chef Khalid Dahbi is bringing a modern take on Moorish-Mediterranean cuisine to London with his first, permanent UK restaurant, which will be open all day and feature a 'firebar' so customers can see and feel the true Moroccan dining experience.
Little Kolkata - WC2H
Indian
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2018
From a successful supper club to a permanent location in Covent Garden, opening in June; Bengali and Calcuttan dishes from natives Prabir Kumar Chattopadhyay and Biswajit Deb Das will bring a taste of East India to central London.
Flesh and Buns Fitzrovia - W1T
Japanese
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2018
Ross Shonhan adds to his portfolio of rock ‘n’ roll ramen bars and izakayas (which includes Bone Daddies and Shackfuyu) with an offshoot of Flesh and Buns in Fitzrovia offering Peruvian fusion Nikkei as well as Japanese faves. The original opened in Covent Garden in 2013 and has won consistent praise among our reporters for food that’s “a taste sensation” and its “party vibe”.
Isla Ray - SE8
Australian
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2018
Further gentrification for Deptford as a former Subway is replaced by a new indy Aussie café serving brunch, lunch and mezze plates and cocktails in the evening.
Megan’s on the Hill - SW12
British, Modern
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2018
The third venture from Megan’s (also available in Parsons Green and King’s Road) is a cafe by day, restaurant by night spot in Balham offering bottomless brunch at weekends and welcoming dog walkers and their canine companions.
Palm Court, The Principal - WC1B
Afternoon tea
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2018
Within the new 334-room Principal London hotel – occupying the former Hotel Russell, a dramatic listed building on the eastern flank of Russell Square – an afternoon tea parlour in the grand, restored ballroom. The hotel, opening in spring 2018, will also boast neighbourhood restaurant Neptune, Fitz's cocktail bar and Burr & Co coffeehouse.
Tast Cuina Catalana - M2
Spanish
  Manchester
Opening 30 Jun 2018
One of Manchester’s most hotly anticipated newcomers of recent years, this restaurant pays homage to Catalan cuisine with multi-Michelin star chef Paco Perez (of Miramar, in Llançà, Girona) overseeing the (casual) food offering. It is backed by the deep pockets of Man City boss Pep Guardiola, CEO Ferran Soriano and the Fazenda Group.
Farzi Cafe - SW1Y
Indian
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2018
Originating in New Delhi in 2014, the Farzi Cafe chain from the House of Massive Restaurants now has nine branches across India and in Dubai. The London opening will serve up traditional Indian dishes in a startlingly contemporary style.
Gambas - BS1
Spanish
  Bristol
Opening 30 Jun 2018
Taking over the former site of Russell Norman’s Spuntino in Bristol’s Cargo shipping container development (also home to Box-E), a new tapas joint from husband and wife team Kieran and Imogen Waite, who also run the fantastic Bravas in Cotham Hill and Wapping Wharf’s Cargo Cantina.
The Pantechnicon - SW1
British, Modern
  London
Opening Jun 2018
Yet another Belgravia acquisition for the Cubitt House group as it agrees a deal with The Grosvenor Estate to let the Pantechnicon building; Barry Hirst and Stefan Turnbull will create a food and retail emporium in the Grade II listed property.
Bob Bob Cité - EC3
British, Modern
  London
Opening Jun 2018
Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow; we’ve been billing the arrival of BBC – sibling to Soho’s glam Bob Bob Ricard – for over a year now as its opening is pushed back and back. Set to occupy the entire third floor of ‘The Cheesegrater’ more ‘press for champagne’ buttons are promised, alongside cooking provided by well-known chef, Eric Chavot. When it finally arrives, one thing is certain: it won’t be subtle!
Ichiba - W12
Pan-Asian
  London
Opening Jun 2018
West London - more specifically, Westfield - will become home to Europe's largest Asian food hall when Ichiba opens in March 2018. From the people behind Japan Centre, Ichiba will boast 200 seats and multiple food stations, including a Japanese bakery, plus a sake bar and Asian supermarket.
Kricket - W12
Indian
  London
Opening Jun 2018
This Mumbai street food inspired Soho restaurant is to bring its “profoundly original dishes” to White City with a second venture at the revamped Television Centre (former home of the Beeb), sometime in the Summer of 2018.
Maison Bab - WC2
Turkish
  London
Opening Jun 2018
Sister restaurant to Soho's modern take on the traditional Turkish kebab house, Le Bab, arrives in Covent Garden (just opposite Neil Rankin's latest temper outpost). The new site has a hidden away chef's table for 10 and a rotating list of six seasonal kebabs.
Mamarosa - EC2
Italian
  London
Opening Jun 2018
A London version of Barcelona's celeb-magnet Italian restaurant is slated to open at the Shoreditch Village development this year. It will open adjacent to the citizenM boutique hotel just off Shoreditch High Street, the original is part of Barcelona's 5-star W hotel.
Mana - M4
British, Modern
  Manchester
Opening Jun 2018
This restaurant from former Noma chef Simon Martin is described as an 'informal dining experience serving a menu of ten to fifteen plates in quick succession'. The small (just 30-covers) evening-only venture opens in Manchester Life’s Sawmill Court this summer and is one of the city’s most hotly anticipated new openings.
Parker's Tavern - CB1
British, Modern
  Cambridge
Opening Jun 2018
Parker’s Tavern will be the destination restaurant in the revamped University Arms Hotel overlooking Parker’s Piece; chef Tristan Welch (previously head chef at Pétrus, he also relaunched Launceston Place then worked on Mustique) will be heading up the kitchen, representing a return to his East Anglian roots.
Rosa’s - L3
Thai
  Liverpool
Opening Jun 2018
London group of Thai restaurants founded by husband and wife, Alex and Saiphin Moore, opens its first site outside the capital in Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock.
Shake Shack - EC4M
Burgers, etc
  London
Opening Jun 2018
The first City outpost of this US-born burger chain launches at the Square Mile’s new 45 Cannon Street development.
Tish - NW3
Kosher
  London
Opening Jun 2018
Restaurateur Des McDonald (who's previous hits include Vintage Salt, RIP) announces his latest venture - described as London's 'largest and finest' Kosher restaurant. Opening in Belsize Park in spring 2018.
Vapiano - E14
Italian
  London
Opening Jun 2018
Vapiano has confirmed that it will double its London presence to six sites during 2018, following on from the group's successful launch in Glasgow. The first of three new restaurants will occupy a massive (280-cover) site at the redeveloped landmark Centre Point on Tottenham Court Road, with the second and third restaurants occupying even bigger venues in Canary Wharf (284-covers) and Tower Bridge (311-covers).
Vapiano Tower Bridge - SE1
Italian
  London
Opening Jun 2018
Vapiano has confirmed that it will double its London presence to six sites during 2018, following on from the group's successful launch in Glasgow. The first of three new restaurants will occupy a massive (280-cover) site at the redeveloped landmark Centre Point on Tottenham Court Road, with the second and third restaurants occupying even bigger venues in Canary Wharf (284-covers) and Tower Bridge (311-covers).
Jul
Honest Burgers - M3
Burgers, etc
  Manchester
Opening Jul 2018
With 23 branches already in London this popular patty purveyor - “the best and most distinctive of the upmarket burger chains” - heads to the country's second city, opening a new site at Manchester Hall this summer.
Nusr-Et Steakhouse - SW1X
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening Jul 2018
Turkish-butcher-turned-instagram-sensation and restaurateur Nusret Gökçe – aka Salt Bae (due to his theatrical salt sprinkling techniques) – will open a branch of his international steakhouse in London at The Park Tower Knightsbridge Hotel. He recently launched outposts in Miami and New York.
83 Hanover Street - EH2
South American
  Edinburgh
Opening 02 Jul 2018
83 Hanover Street is the first dining project from former Gleneagles restaurant manager Juan Jose Castillo Castro and his partner Vanessa Alfano. Their 'small plates' restaurant will offer a modern menu blending Scottish produce with Chilean flavours.
Kitsune no yomieri - EC2R
Japanese
  London
Opening 02 Jul 2018
London's latest izakaya opens in Moorgate in July.
Soane's Kitchen - W5
British, Modern
  London
Opening 02 Jul 2018
London catering company Social Pantry has announced that they are to run two venues at the newly renovated Pitzhanger Manor (built in 1804 by acclaimed British architect Sir John Soane as a country retreat): the new eateries include a kiosk in Walpole Park, to be called Pitzhanger Pantry, and Soane's Kitchen, in the former walled kitchen garden - expect local, seasonal food, with Sunday brunch a speciality. Social Pantry's popular, fundraising Social Suppers will also be held here in future.
The Belrose - NW3
Italian
  London
Opening 09 Jul 2018
A new neighbourhood local for Belsize Park, The Belrose - opening in July 2018 in a converted former pub - will serve Italian-inspired dishes and boasts not only an on-site microbrewery but also a large south-facing garden.
Gazelle - W1S
British, Modern
  London
Opening 09 Jul 2018
Mixologist Tony Conigliaro (who started out life at Zetter before moving on to 69 Colebrook Row and Untitled in Hackney) teams up with Scottish chef Rob Roy Cameron (who commenced his career as a pastry chef at the legendary El Bulli) to launch massive Mayfair haunt. Set over two floors, the restaurant will be open from breakfast to dinner and late-night bar snacks.
Cora Pearl - WC2E
British, Modern
  London
Opening 11 Jul 2018
The trio behind Shepherd Market's “gorgeous quirky restaurant” Kitty Fisher's (Tom Mullion, Tim Steel and Oliver Milburn) back up their Mayfair success with a new Covent Garden venture. Cora Pearl, like its sister, takes its name from a well known British-born courtesan. The new restaurant joins the likes of Frenchie, The Oystermen and Ollie Dabbous's Henrietta on Henrietta Street, taking over the former site of Bella Italia.
50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo - WC2N
Pizza
  London
Opening 12 Jul 2018
A third-generation Naples pizzamaker, Ciro Salvo, is bringing his world-famous pizza to London in July. In the private 'pizzaiolo' language of Neapolitan pizzamakers, 50 Kalò means 'good dough'.
Beef & Brew - N1
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening 25 Jul 2018
Sibling to the Kentish Town craft-beer-and-grass-fed-steaks joint, Dalston welcomes a new restaurant in July, on the former site of Duke's Brew and Que (RIP)
Dishoom - M3
Indian
  Manchester
Opening 31 Jul 2018
This growing group of Indian cafés will be the fourth dining venue to open in Manchester Hall, a Grade II listed building in the Spinningfields area of Manchester. It will open alongside Masons Restaurant Bar, pan-Asian restaurant Fable and Leeds-based Basque-inspired Pintura.
Fare - EC1V
Pizza
  London
Opening 31 Jul 2018
From the folks behind Sager + Wilde in Hackney and Bethnal Green, comes a new pizza place in Clerkenwell, offering sourdough bases, wine, cocktails and (in their own words) “mind-blowing coffee”.
Flat Iron - N1
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening 31 Jul 2018
A King's Cross outpost for this ever-popular steak cafe chain opens on Caledonian Road in 2018. There are already outposts in Covent Garden, Notting Hill, Soho and Shoreditch.
Caravan - W1W
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Jul 2018
The New Zealand trio behind Caravan Restaurants, Miles Kirby, Laura Harper-Hinton and Chris Ammermann, open a new site in Fitzrovia, located in the ex BBC Radio 1 recording headquarters. As well as all-day dining and craft coffee, the restaurant offers 'Caravan-To-Go' and the basement houses a 'record room' accommodating private dining and parties.
Coal Office - N1C
Mediterranean
  London
Opening 31 Jul 2018
Assaf Granit, chef and co-owner of The Palomar and The Barbary, is behind this new Mediterranean/Middle Eastern-inspired, 160-cover restaurant split over three floors, with a rooftop terrace and al fresco dining area with panoramic views over Granary Square.
Custard - SE1
Indian
  London
Opening 31 Jul 2018
The latest restaurant to join the One Tower Bridge development is a bakery by day, wine bar by night project from the folks behind Gunpowder. Expect Bombay sandwiches and soft serve custard.
VIVI - WC1A
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Jul 2018
As part of the renovation of the entire, iconic Centre Point building, London restaurateurs rhubarb (Sky Garden, Saatchi Gallery, Royal Albert Hall) will open a 'new culinary destination' on the bridge link overlooking the new square, featuring four separate dining areas. It was slated to open late-2017 but this has been pushed to July-2018.
Beam - N5
Mediterranean
  London
Opening Jul 2018
On the former site of Il Bacio in Highbury comes this Mediterranean café with British influences, it also has another outpost in Crouch End.
Grom - W1D
Ice cream
  London
Opening Jul 2018
Piedmontese gelateria, with 40 stores worldwide, launches its first London site serving traditional gelati, sorbets, and granite mixed from produce grown on the company’s organic farm, Mura Mura, outside Asti.
Kahani - SW1X
Indian
  London
Opening Jul 2018
A new modern Indian with British influences from chef Peter Joseph (previously head chef of Mayfair’s Tamarind for 10 years) takes over the former site of Canvas (RIP).
Maple - W12
British, Modern
  London
Opening Jul 2018
ETM Group, who’s recent ventures include Greenwood at Nova in Victoria as well as City site Broadleaf, adds a 15th venue to its stable with the launch of this 'modern European' brasserie in Westfield White City this summer. The restaurant will feature sustainable seafood, British heritage beef and botanical cocktails. As well as a 170-cover dining room, the space vaunts a 30-seater terrace and a bar area with rotating guest craft beers served from 500 litre copper tanks.
Old Compton Brasserie - W1D
British, Modern
  London
Opening Jul 2018
From the Maxwell Group (Maxwell’s Bar and Grill, Palm Court Brasserie) comes an all-day British brasserie with 'an industrial-Bohemian feel' and a flexitarian approach, offering a significant number of vegan dishes alongside seasonal fare and cocktails. It takes over the former Soho site of Muriel’s Kitchen.
Patrick Powell Project (TBC) - E20
  London
Opening Jul 2018
Ex-Chiltern Firehouse head chef Patrick Powell sets up his own solo venture on the seventh floor of Stratford's new Manhattan Loft Gardens – a new apartment tower boasting a hotel and three roof gardens. Details are still a little thin on the ground – watch this space.
Shola-Karachi Kitchen - W12
Pakistani
  London
Opening Jul 2018
Former banker Aida Khan finds a permanent home for her passion project in the former Beeb headquarters in White City alongside Kricket, Homeslice and Wellbourne. It promises 'Pakistani cuisine with a twist' where diners can 'experience of the traditional flavours of Karachi'.
Sushisamba - WC2
Japanese
  London
Opening Jul 2018
A second London outpost of this dazzling international chain, serving “heavenly” Japanese/South American fusion fare, will arrive in Covent Garden Market's Opera Terrace in early 2018 on the former site of Brasserie Blanc. The City original occupies the 39th floor of Heron Tower and incorporates one of the capital's best rooftop terraces.
Temakinho - SE1
Japanese
  London
Opening Jul 2018
Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurant chain - with sites in Italy and Ibiza as well as Soho's Old Compton Street - expands within the capital with a new branch at the One Tower Bridge development, it will sit alongside The Ivy Tower Bridge and Tom Simmons's eponymous restaurant.
Wingstop - WC2H
Chicken
  London
Opening Jul 2018
The first of a planned 100-strong UK store roll-out for this American chicken wing chain, which already has over a thousand sites worldwide. The Cambridge Circus flagship, taking over the former home of HSBC, will serve wings in 12 different flavours – including Teriyaki, Cajun and Atomic – as well as a range of Camden Town beers.
Aug
Beluga - W11
Persian
  London
Opening 01 Aug 2018
From the owners of Mahdi in Hammersmith, a new contemporary Persian that promises luxury - from Roberto Cavalli wallpaper and Versace cutlery to an "elevated take on traditional Persian cuisine", with private dining and an exclusive cocktail bar. No opening date yet - watch this space...
Not Real Indian (NRI) - B1
Indian
  Birmingham
Opening 31 Aug 2018
We've had no recent news about when chef-entrepreneur Atul Kocchar's first UK restaurant under the Not Real Indian (NRI) brand will open. When it does, it will be 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.
Andrew Wong (TBC) - EC4N
Chinese
  London
Opening Aug 2018
An as yet unnamed venture from chef Andrew Wong (of Pimlico's A Wong) is slated to open at Bloomberg's new European HQ in the City. It will sit alongside 10 other restaurants (including Koya, Caravan and Vinoteca) in the new Bloomberg Arcade, and is currently due to open at the end of August.
Corbin & King (TBC) - NW8
International
  London
Opening Aug 2018
Dynamic duo Chris Corbin & Jeremy King (the Wolseley et al) unveil their ninth London restaurant, a brasserie which borrows inspiration from Colbert and Fischer’s but will have “its own identity”.
Crocadon Farm - PL12
British, Modern
  Saltash
Opening Aug 2018
Dan Cox, previously head chef at Fera, has taken over this former sawmill and organic farm on the Devon/Cornwall border and will open a restaurant here soon.
Eccleston Place by Tart London - SW1W
Organic
  London
Opening Aug 2018
Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison - the duo behind Tart London (the catering company favoured by London’s top fashion brands) - open their first permanent venture in Belgravia this summer. The multipurpose venue incorporates a restaurant, retail space, and fashion photography studio, and events space in partnership with Tom Warren, founder of Lock Studios.
In Paella - W1D
Spanish
  London
Opening Aug 2018
Chef Quique Dacosta has been heavily awarded by the tyre men for his two restaurants in Spain (Quique Dacosta in Denia and El Poblet in Valencia), and is arriving in the UK soon with backing from the Iberica chain. The main offering will be paella (hence the name), and it will be anything but ordinary; the opening date will be updated as we know more.
Rök - W1
Scandinavian
  London
Opening Aug 2018
Scandi-inspired smokehouse launches its third site in Soho in mid-2018, address and opening date still to be confirmed. The latest outpost will offer a veggie-focused menu rather than the usual smoked meat and fish available at its Shoreditch and Islington sites.
The Palm at Deane - SN8
Pan-Asian
  Basingstoke
Opening Aug 2018
From the restaurateurs behind Winchester's pan-Asian restaurants Palm Pan Asia, The Shapla and Gandhi, comes a new venture.
Vapiano - WC1A
Italian
  London
Opening Aug 2018
Vapiano has confirmed that it will double its London presence to six sites during 2018, following on from the group's successful launch in Glasgow. The first of three new restaurants will occupy a massive (280-cover) site at the redeveloped landmark Centre Point on Tottenham Court Road, with the second and third restaurants occupying even bigger venues in Canary Wharf (284-covers) and Tower Bridge (311-covers).
Wish Tower Restaurant - BN21
French
  Eastbourne
Opening Aug 2018
A £2m government-funded scheme to regenerate Eastbourne's shorefront after fire devastated its 146-year-old pier will include a £1.2m restaurant housed within the town's Wish Tower. Rick Stein's company was at one point rumoured to be favourite to head up the new venture, however a petition to award the restaurant contract to a local caterer was launched in July 2016.
Sep
Roots - YO1
British, Modern
  York
Opening 01 Sep 2018
'Great British Menu' winner Tommy Banks and family, who run popular restaurant-with-rooms The Black Swan at Oldstead, are opening a new restaurant in central York this autumn. The PR info for Roots says: "Make a choice. Order as much as you like, eat, drink and be the creator of your own menu."
Roux at Skindles - SL6
French
  Taplow
Opening Sep 2018
A brasserie-style restaurant from Michel and Alain Roux slated to open within a new residential complex in Taplow (on the former site of Skindles hotel) in 2018. The venture will be overseen by Alain Roux, chef-patron at nearby Bray's “absolutely impeccable” Waterside Inn.
Kerridge’s Bar & Grill - SW1A
  London
Opening 03 Sep 2018
After a false start earlier in the year, Tom Kerridge's long-awaited London home - an all-day brasserie and bar at The Corinithia - will open this September.
Barrafina - N1C
Spanish
  London
Opening 30 Sep 2018
The Hart Bros unveil the fourth (and largest) of their Barcelona-inspired tapas chain in a new Regent’s Canal-side retail quarter, Coal Drops Yard – developed from a converted Victorian coal store. It vaunts 34-covers, a 60-seater outside terrace and private dining for up to 20. The restaurateurs’ Hart Group has also announced Casa Pastór (a larger sister restaurant to El Pastór in Borough Market), and new wine bar The Drop, are headed for the King’s Cross development. A crowd-funding campaign will launch via CrowdCube for those interested in investing in the brothers latest project.
Gezellig - W1U
International
  London
Opening 30 Sep 2018
After a successful residency at Carousel, the trio behind Gezellig are looking for their own site in London for their unique offering of 'creative comfort food' - watch this space for more details.
Wahlburgers - WC2E
Burgers, etc
  London
Opening 30 Sep 2018
US burger chain founded in Boston by the Wahlberg brothers (Mark, Donnie and Paul) chooses London as the site of its first UK restaurant.
Casa Pastór - N1C
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Opening Sep 2018
A larger sister restaurant to the Hart Bros’ Borough Market taqueria El Pastór arrives at new canal-side retail development Coal Drops Yard (a converted Victorian coal store) in King’s Cross this autumn. It will be joined by a fourth Barrafina outlet and a new wine bar The Drop. Each site will boast a generous outdoor terrace. A crowd-funding campaign will launch via CrowdCube for those interested in investing in the brothers latest project.
Hicce - W1
British, Modern
  London
Opening Sep 2018
Ramsay protégée and former head chef at Angela Hartnett's Murano, Pip Lacey will open her first restaurant, in central London, in 2018, with friend and business partner (who will be front-of-house) Gordy McIntyre. They have been talking about running a restaurant together for 17 years! The focus will be on traditional techniques like marinating, curing and pickling, and there will (of course) be an open wood fire for cooking. Hicce is pronounced ee-che, by the way.
Kricket - SW9
Indian
  London
Opening Sep 2018
Taking over the former site of Brindisa Food Rooms (RIP) this lauded, modern Indian makes its permanent return to Brixton (it started life with a residency at Pop Brixton). This is the third London site for the growing group, with a restaurant in Soho and a large outlet opening at the Beeb’s former White City home this summer.
Pig at Bridge Place - CT4
British, Modern
  Bridge
Opening Sep 2018
The first of the three new Pig hotels is slated to open in the village of Bridge near Canterbury in autumn 2018, located within a Grade II-listed, 17th-century manor house dating back to 1638. A newly built Coach House will feature a conservatory restaurant with open kitchen and 12 more bedrooms, while a converted barn houses the Kitchen Larder which offers wood fired cooking. An additional restored lodge will provide two bedrooms. Like the other Pig hotels, the restaurant here will serve locally sourced ingredients from the kitchen garden and farms within a 25 mile radius.
The Bonnie Badger - EH31
Scottish
  Gullane
Opening Sep 2018
Tom Kitchin, the chef behind Leith’s “outstanding” dining destination The Kitchin, takes over this restaurant-with-rooms in the village of Gullane on Scotland’s East coast. Just a stone’s throw from Muirfield golf course, and a 30-minute drive from Edinburgh, the hotel features 12 bedrooms, a bar and 60-cover dining room serving locally sourced produce.
The Drop - N1C
British, Modern
  London
Opening Sep 2018
A new wine bar from the Hart Bros arrives at canal-side retail development Coal Drops Yard (a converted Victorian coal store) in King’s Cross this autumn. It will be joined by a fourth Barrafina outlet and Casa Pastór – a larger sister restaurant to the Hart Group’s Borough Market taqueria El Pastór. Each site will boast a generous outdoor terrace. A crowd-funding campaign will launch via CrowdCube for those interested in investing in the brothers latest project.
Oct
BunCo - EC3R
Fusion
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
This Istanbul operator arrives in the City of London in late 2018, bringing with it bao buns stuffed with non-traditional fillings like veal kebab with pickled aubergine, tuna corn and capers, and even falafel.
Fortnum & Mason REX - EC3V
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
In the space vacated by D&D London at The Royal Exchange comes a food hall - complete with gift and hamper selection – from HM’s grocer Fortnum & Mason. There will be a dining and bar area in the courtyard (formerly D&D’s Grand Cafe).
Din Tai Fung - WC2E
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
Opening Oct 2018
Since opening in Taipei in 1972 to make ends meet when the retail oil prices plummeted, this soup dumpling and noodle shop has gone global. It’s inaugural foray into the UK market launches at the revamped Centrepoint development on TCR this summer, followed by this outpost in Covent Garden later in the year. Exact opening dates still TBA.
Nov
Pasta Remoli - W5
Italian
  Ealing Broadway
Opening 05 Nov 2018
A third branch of Pasta Remoli is due to open in November 2018.
Dec
Pinion - L34
British, Modern
  Prescot
Opening Dec 2018
Gary Usher adds to his stellar group of British bistros (which includes Sticky Walnut in Chester, Burnt Truffle in Heswall on the Wirral, Hispi in Didsbury and Wreckfish in Liverpool) with a new venture in Prescot. The chef and restaurateur hopes the restaurant will help regeneration plans for the town's High Street. More details TBA.
Are Friends Electric - M2
British, Modern
  Manchester
Opening Dec 2018
Chef Micheal O'Hare (of Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds, fame) has teamed up with footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs to open this restaurant (one of three they are planning together), on the rooftop of the former Stock Exchange building that they are converting into a boutique hotel. See also the Man Who Fell to Earth.
Atticus - N1
American
  London
Opening Dec 2018
Founder of Westminster's classy Indian the Cinnamon Club and Borough Market's Roast, Iqbal Wahhab, will broaden his palate further with a Southern US venture in Angel serving chicken, ribs and barbecued meats. Named after Atticus Finch, the magnanimous father in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, the restaurant will be rolled-out as a chain if the concept proves successful. Much like its namesake, this restaurant has noble goals and will employee disadvantaged people and help rehabilitate ex-offenders through employment.
Belmond Cadogan Hotel London - SW1X
  London
Opening Dec 2018
Luxury hotel group Belmond (as in Belmont Le Manoir) take on The Cadogan Hotel, Knightsbridge. A multi-million pound refurb' is in the works. When it reopens in late-2018 the 54 room hotel will also boast a restaurant with views of Cadogan Place Gardens. A chef-patron has not yet been announced.
Oklava - W1
Turkish
  London
Opening Dec 2018
Selin Kiazim brings her “superb, generous, tasty and thought-through Turkish food” to central London with a second venue in Fitzrovia. Her Shoreditch original opened in 2015 in collaboration with business partner Laura Kristie, former operations manager at Salt Yard Group.
Poptata - HA9
International
  London
Opening Dec 2018
They only serve one thing – fries – but there’s an extensive array of toppings to choose from at this street food fave, which will open a stall at Boxpark Wembley when it opens later this year.
Shibui - W1
Japanese
  London
Opening Dec 2018
Former head chef at Hackney's “cramped-but-magical” Pidgin, Elizabeth Haigh, is behind this Japanese-influenced restaurant offering refined barbecue dishes with inventive flavour pairings.
Shippon by Mark Ellis - LL13
British, Modern
  Bangor-on-Dee
Opening Dec 2018
Just one year on from transforming a former Tattenhall village shop into an ambitious restaurant-with-rooms, chef and restaurateur Mark Ellis has announced a new venture near Wrexham. The restaurant and wine bar at Plassey holiday village will incorporate a central bar, lounge and wine tasting room. An opening date is yet to be confirmed.
The Athenian - HA9
Greek
  London
Opening Dec 2018
What started as a small street food venture offering freshly made souvlaki in 2014 has spawned five London outposts, a Bristol restaurant, and now, a new site at Boxpark Wembley when it opens in late-2018.
The Man Who Fell to Earth - M2
British, Modern
  Manchester
Opening Dec 2018
Chef Micheal O'Hare (of Man Behind the Curtain, Leeds, fame) has teamed up with footballers Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs to open this restaurant (one of three they are planning together) in the former Stock Exchange building, which they will re-open as a boutique hotel in 2018. It will be a 'Parisian ballroom-style' affair. See also Are Friends Electric, the rooftop restaurant.
Ugly Dumpling - HA9
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
Opening Dec 2018
Wingstop - HA9
Chicken
  London
Opening Dec 2018
The second of a planned 100-strong UK store roll-out for this American chicken wing chain, which already has over a thousand sites worldwide, will launch at Boxpark Wembley later this year. It serves wings in 12 different flavours – including Teriyaki, Cajun and Atomic – as well as a range of Camden Town beers. The UK flagship will launch in Cambridge Circus in mid-2018.
Jan
The Wellington Hotel - WC2E
  London
Opening 01 Jan 2019
Robert de Niro is planning a third hotel (he already owns hotels in NYC and the Phillippines) for Covent Garden; it will no doubt have a restaurant (most likely with a 'name' chef), and be quite fabulous when it opens, which sadly isn't currently due until 2019.
Dining Room at Art'otel, Art'otel - SW8
  London
Opening Jan 2019
Amsterdam hotel group plans to open new hotel and rooftop dining space in London's iconic Battersea Power Station in 2019. A second hotel in Hoxton is expected to follow.
South Downs Pig - BN18
British, Modern
  Arundel
Opening 31 Jan 2019
One of three new Pig hotels planned over the next 12 months (Pig at Bridge Place opens in autumn 2018, while the Pig at Harlyn Bay opens in 2019). The West Sussex hotel will be situated in Grade II-listed Madehurst Lodge. As with previous Pig properties the restaurant will be supplied with locally sourced ingredients by farms within a 25 mile radius.
Pig at Harlyn Bay - PL28
British, Modern
  Harlyn Bay
Opening 31 Jan 2019
One of three new Pig hotels planned over the next 12 months (Pig at Bridge Place opens in autumn 2018, while the South Downs Pig opens in 2019). The seaside hotel will be situated in Grade II-listed Harlyn House near Padstow. As with previous Pig properties the restaurant will be supplied with locally sourced ingredients by farms within a 25 mile radius.
Din Tai Fung - WC1A
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
Opening Jan 2019
Since opening in Taipei in 1972 to make ends meet when the retail oil prices plummeted, this soup, dumpling and noodle shop has gone global, and is arriving in the UK in 2019 at the revamped Centrepoint development on Tottenham Court Road. Before this one even opened, a second London site was confirmed for Covent Garden late in 2018. Watch this space for more details...
Feb
Sam’s Riverside - W6
British, Modern
  London
Opening 01 Feb 2019
Restaurateur Sam Harrison - who owned Sam’s Brasserie in Chiswick and Harrison’s in Balham, until both sites were sold to Foxlow in 2015 - has announced plans to open a new restaurant and bar in February 2019 as part of the major rejuvenation project of Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. Facing the Thames with views of Hammersmith Bridge, the all-day 90-cover brasserie will have an outdoor terrace and private dining room.
Mar
120 Fenchurch Street - EC3M
  City of London
Opening 01 Mar 2019
Despite closing four sites in the Royal Exchange in August 2018, D&D are still expanding with this new 14th floor site with “public sky garden” by Leadenhall Market (as well as opening Bluebird in NYC) - we expect it to open in Spring 2019.
Jan
Eataly - EC2
Italian
  London
Opening Jan 2020
The Square Mile continues to up its foodie credentials with the arrival of an Italian 'foodie theme park' from Eataly in 2020 (date still TBC) boasting stores, restaurants, market stalls and coffee shops. It is the latest dining hub to hit the city following in the footsteps of Broadgate Circle in 2015, The Ned last year, and the launch of Bloomberg Arcade in late 2017. Eataly was founded in 2004 by entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti and now has 35 megastores worldwide, including in Tokyo and New York. A London location has been touted in the past but has not materialised until now. The new 'theme park' is thought to be taking over 135 Bishopsgate previously occupied by Royal Bank of Scotland.

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