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Jun
Antillean - SE1
  London
Opening 15 Jun 2021
Out goes the Polish vodka and in comes the jerk chicken, oxtail curry and flying fish at this Waterloo site. For over a decade, this intriguing former Georgian factory (a coachbuilding works) traded as Baltic (RIP). But it’s now in the hands of Michael Hanbury who is aiming to highlight an evolved form of Jamaican cuisine. A rum library and cocktails too – Whispering Death anyone?
Stem & Glory - CB1
  Cambridge (Central and South)
Opening 15 Jun 2021
Vegan restaurant Stem & Glory (which nowadays also has a London offshoot) is moving from the city-centre to a swish new home in the burgeoning new developments, just seconds from the train station. It’s a swish new unit at the bottom of a large office building, incorporating a WeWork.
The Windmill Theatre - W1D
  London
Opening 15 Jun 2021
'Table Dancing' written in lurid neon are a nostalgic relic of sleazy ’70s sex shows, at this relaunched Soho icon, which has had a £10m revamp (including the neon signs). Now, this 350-seat venue is to become an ambitious multiplex, with shows in the main Theatre, alongside upstairs and basement bars and private dining. At the stoves, Andrew McLeish, whose long CV most notably includes his long stint at Chapter One. A luxurious menu is planned (Dover Sole, Wagyu sliders…)
Jiji - N1
Fusion
  London
Opening 18 Jun 2021
This Israeli-Japanese (it’s OK, you read that right!) sits at the foot of the swanky new Islington Square development (main entrance on Upper Street). It's a mega £435m joint venture creating over 4.5acres of space on the site of north London’s former main sorting office (London Mail Centre built in 1904). This unit will feature an outside terrace and stylish interior, serving the likes of roast cauliflower with jalapeno sauce; egg with truffle polenta; flamed aubergine with tahini jalapeno and a selection of sushi dishes – blow-torched scallop nigiri with crème fraiche and ikura anyone?
Nocturne - SW5
British, Traditional
  London
Opening 18 Jun 2021
A Prohibition-inspired underground cocktail bar with top cheese and charcuterie from Xavier Rousset and Steve Pineau; see also Old Brompton, which sits above it.
Pino - W8
Italian
  London
Opening 19 Jun 2021
Formerly Pizzicotto (RIP) – the Chiavarini family (who have run nearby Il Portico since the '60's) have revamped their six-year-old spin-off and in June 2021 are taking it in a slightly more serious culinary direction. The wood-burning pizza oven is still in operation, but there’s more of an emphasis on trattoria style dishes, cured meats and pasta.
Smashing Plates - SE1
Greek
  London
Opening 20 Jun 2021
An all-day Greek from Neofytos Christodoulou serving up "unorthodox takes on the classic Greek street-food dishes and gyros". Branches in Canary Wharf, Tooting and Wembley are already in the pipeline, as is delivery across London, Reading, Cambridge and Birmingham.
Burnt Orange - BN1
British, Modern
  Brighton
Opening 21 Jun 2021
Coal Shed founder Razak Helalat opens his third Brighton restaurant in The Lanes in June 2021 (there's also The Coal Shed and The Salt Room) serving "wood-fired flavours and well-made drinks", and a specially curated music programme from Fatboy Slim.
Curious Kudu - SE15
South African
  London
Opening 21 Jun 2021
The pandemic has changed plans here - originally called Little Kudu. The space is now branded as "Curious Kudu" and is a boutique with a small private dining room.
Prévost at Haycock - PE8
Mediterranean
  Wansford
Opening 22 Jun 2021
Lee Clarke 's Peterborough restaurant Prévost is moving to this newly refurbished historic hotel on the River Nene, where you might stay in a room once occupied by Queen Victoria. Ex L'enclume chef Sam Nash joins Clarke to run both Prévost and the more casual Haycock Kitchen.
Bao Noodle Shop - E2
Taiwanese
  London
Opening 23 Jun 2021
A sixth location for the Taiwanese mini-chain owned by Erchen Chang and her husband, Shing Tat Chung plus his sister, Wai Ting Chung, on the former site of Andina; as the name suggests, this location will focus on noodles, inspired by the beef noodle shops of Taiwan.
Bad Vegan - NW1
Vegan
  London
Opening 24 Jun 2021
Tom Kerridge is launching this 'mostly vegan" restaurant in Camden's Buck Street market in June 2021. Red packaging for meat products and green packaging for vegan products will help customers choose the right food for them.
Apothecary - EC2
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2021
On the sizeable Shoreditch Site that was Merchant’s Tavern (RIP), this mid 2021 newcomer is nowadays a 130-cover Japanese Izakaya, with more of an emphasis on drinking (and DJs) than of old. It comes complete with open kitchen and robata counter, serving skewers, sushi and steamed buns to soak up the hot or cold sake, beers and cocktails.
Bibo by Dani García - EC2
International
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2021
On the site of Red Rooster (RIP) within the The Curtain Hotel (RIP), comes this summer 2021 newcomer within the newly opened Mondrian Shoreditch. Whether the name chef, Andalusian Dani Garcia, will spend much time here we don’t know, but he already has Bibos in Madrid, Marbella, Cádiz, and Doha, so maybe not. Some of his signature dishes will be on the menu (or example oxtail ravioli) alongside international hotel staples.
Colette - SW19
French
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2021
The Fulham French traiteur and delicatessen is opening a second branch in Wimbledon Village; this one will have a butcher’s counter too. We are told to expect more branches by the end of 2021.
Ottolenghi - W1U
Mediterranean
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2021
First new Ottolenghi in 6 years and the most central yet opens in Marylebone in summer 2021. No reservations - "the space will have a hint of the art gallery aesthetic in mind".
El Pastor Soho - W1F
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2021
Harts Group have announced that a Soho El Pastor will open in June 2021, on the former HIX site; the menu will feature the dishes familiar to fans of the SE1 original, plus "new fiery seafood tostadas and crispy duck tacos" and a Mezcaleria basement bar.
Jul
Flour + Water - SW15
  London
Opening 01 Jul 2021
We learned about this newcomer from the Phil Howard pasta pop-up that's happening there on 5&6 July, so presumably it'll be open by then! Rebecca Mascarenhas of Home SW15 ran this concept as a pop-up in the garden there during lockdowns, and it now has a home of its own; coffee, brunch, pizza, pasta and cocktails are the USP, and there's a canopied garden complete with olive trees.
Marugame Udon - E1
Japanese
  London
Opening 01 Jul 2021
An 800-strong global chain of udon noodle restaurants launches in London - more specifically, a 100+ cover site just off Liverpool Street - in July 2021. The competitively priced Japanese fare will include a substantial number of vegan dishes.
Rico's - EH2
Italian
  Edinburgh
Opening 01 Jul 2021
Taking over the site of Martin Wishart's The Honour is local restaurateur Stefano Pieraccini of The Rocca Group, which also includes The Broughton and The Seafood Ristorante in St Andrews. Italian dishes will be made with locally-sourced Scottish ingredients.
The Pem - SW1H
  London
Opening 01 Jul 2021
With Sally Abé's recent arrival from the Harwood Arms, the Conrad St James's Hotel is clearly aiming to take its offering up a notch. This summer 2021 arrival is to be her main showcase within the hotel, offering an ambitious menu with classic British overtones. Did no-one tell Sally the unwritten rule that good British restaurants are just not allowed in Westminster. Perhaps she will at last break the mould! (See also The Blue Boar.)
The Dartmouth Arms (inc Meat Liquor) - SE23
British, Modern
  London
Opening 01 Jul 2021
This Victorian boozer in Forest Hill pub has been taken over by the MeatLiquor chain and is in process of receiving "a MEAT makeover". According to their Instagram post "It’ll be respectful of the building, area & pub traditions alike. Expect beer, burgers, Sunday Roasts and fish and chips on Fridays. There's even a massive carpark."
Ave Mario - WC2E
Italian
  London
Opening 02 Jul 2021
Brace yourselves Covent Garden! Big Mamma (the group behind hits Gloria and Circolo Popolare) open this huge – 7,000 square feet and 295 covers – newcomer in July 2021. Set over two floors, with two outside terraces, it’s aiming for a ‘cheeky interpretation of the Church’. Apparently that means a bar decorated with 3,500 bottles, and a mirrored basement for events. The cooking – how did we nearly forget?! Expect more Italian dishes (lots of pasta and pizza) featuring loads of cream, with the must-Instagram dishes in this case being a mega stracciatella and chocolate ice cream cake.
Lilac - DT7
British, Modern
  Lyme Regis
Opening 02 Jul 2021
Harriet Mansell will open a second Lyme Regis site in July 2021, just months after successfully launching Robin Wylde during lockdown; this wine bar and tap room is a 40-cover cellar space over 400 years old, just down the road from its big sister, and it will focus on low intervention wines and small plate food.
The Palmerston - EH12
Scottish
  Edinburgh
Opening 02 Jul 2021
Due to open in July, a neighbourhood restaurant near Haymarket, from ex-Harwood Arms GM James Snowdon and ex-Spring chef Lloyd Morse, who will "champion provenance and sustainability" with their St-John-style “whole animal cooking”. The corner site will house a 60-cover restaurant, bar, bakery, coffee shop and butchery.
Kudu Grill - SE15
South African
  London
Opening 31 Jul 2021
Arriving in July 2021 at the old Babette site, the Kudu team are bringing live fire cooking to Peckham, with this braai restaurant.
So-lo - L39
  Aughton
Opening 31 Jul 2021
Aug
Garden House - CB2
British, Modern
  Cambridge
Opening 01 Aug 2021
A grill-focused hotel restaurant opening Summer 2021 with White Rabbit Studio (Lina Stores, Kricket) in charge of the food under chef Adam Wood (ex-Perilla); it's set within the new Graduate hotel on the banks on the Cam (there's also one in Oxford; the group also has a portfolio of hotels in college towns in America).
Callow Hall - DE6
British, Modern
  Ashbourne
Opening 01 Aug 2021
A food-lovers' hotel, opening late Summer 2021, from new hotel group Wildhive; chef David Bukowicki (ex-Barnsdale Lodge) is looking after the Garden Room restaurant.
Ugly Butterfly - TR26
British, Modern
  Saint Ives
Opening 02 Aug 2021
Adam Handling is arriving in Cornwall with this August 2021 newcomer which aims to bring the creativity of his Frog in Covent Garden to this 65-cover all-day dining experience set in a luxury estate on the fringes of St Ives. With floor-to-ceiling windows, it has ocean views to entertain outside and an open kitchen within. There's also a similar capacity bar area with a more-than-incidental menu. Sustainability – for which he has better credentials than most – is key to the undertaking. Jamie Park is Head Chef, having previously been head chef at the Frog.
The Seafood Bar - W1D
  London
Opening 07 Aug 2021
The De Visscher family have imported the model that’s worked for them in Amsterdam to this August 2021 opening in central Soho: their fifth venture and the first outside The Netherlands. And it's big with 190 covers spread over two floor, and decorated with lots of white marble. On the menu – the clue is in the name – fruits de mer, oysters, fish cooked on la planca – and lots of booze too....
Brutto - EC1A
Italian
  London
Opening 10 Aug 2021
Opening in late summer 2021, the new project from Russell Norman, who left the Polpo group last year. Thanks to The Sunday Times critic Marina O'Loughlin for spotting the new Instagram name and truffling this one out; the Smithfield location is conjecture (by her) for now. Norman has confirmed the project and says that the trattoria "has a Tuscan accent" and that the food comes from the heart of Italy "where flavour is more important than favour".
The Garden at The Lane, Theatre Royal - WC2B
British, Modern
  London
Opening 27 Aug 2021
Oversized chandaliers and lush planting? – no surprises then that Richard Caring’s Caprice Holdings is Andrew Lloyd Webber's partner in this major new Covent Garden destination: part of a £60m refurb of the Theatre Royal (nickname ‘The Lane’) started in 2019. It‘s to be finally launched with the Theatre in late summer 2021, with all-day dining incorporating breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, after-work drinks and dinner. In fact, it should probably be called ‘The Ivy Garden at the Lane’...
Sep
The Pig in the South Downs - BN18
British, Modern
  Madehurst
Opening 01 Sep 2021
The newest Pig will open in West Sussex in September 2021 at Grade II-listed Madehurst Lodge, boasting the largest kitchen garden in the Pig group and also the group’s first vineyard.
Terra - EC2M
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening 03 Sep 2021
Due to open in September, the fine dining part of Eataly will feature a "show-stopping artisanal grill". Flame-cooked, seasonal Italian fare and botanical cocktails are the USP here.
Rennaisant - RG20
  Bagnor
Opening 22 Sep 2021
Amethyst - W1J
British, Modern
  London
Opening 30 Sep 2021
Carlo Scotto has left the well-liked Xier (RIP) to launch this small but ambitious new venture. A 24-cover site housed in a former Caffe Nero just by Green Park Station – it will offer a three- and four-course menus at lunch, with six- and 15-course tasting menus at dinner.
Ekstedt at The Yard, Great Scotland Yard Hotel - SW1A
  London
Opening 30 Sep 2021
With the September 2021 arrival of Swedish star chef Nicklas Ekstedt, the five-star Hyatt is continuing its creative, north European theme with this “godfather of wood-fired cooking” stepping into the shoes of The Yard by Robin Gill (RIP). It will feature Ekstedt’s “old Nordic” cuisine, which sees seasonal ingredients cooked over wood-grills in a (very) open kitchen.
Il Borro - W1J
  London
Opening 30 Sep 2021
Originally set to open in Summer 2020, this Tuscany-via-Dubai import – part of an international group – set a new record for rent on its new Mayfair home: the 11,000 square foot, two-floor site vacated by Nobu Berkeley (RIP) with 220 covers. Finally open now from September 2021, It’s one of a number of very high-end Italians to have opened in Mayfair in recent years: here, with produce and wine from the 700-acre Tuscan estate of the same name.
Oct
One Hundred Shoreditch - E1
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2021
Hipster haunt, The Ace Hotel Shoreditch – and its restuarant Hoi Polloi (RIP) – have gone. But this new Lore Group (Sea Containers et cal) property opening in autumn 2021 is stepping into its boots. And it’s aiming to boost its appeal with an expanded rooftop bar and terrace (panoramic views of East London) and a restaurant and wine bar specialising in sustainably sourced seafood. It being EC2, there’s even going to be a take-out hatch! (that’s a sign of groovy sophistication these days, apparently…)
The Audley - W1K
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2022
Ivan and Manuela Wirth (the art world's famous couple behind Hauser + Wirth, and owners of The Fife Arms in Braemar) are re-opening this large tavern in partnership with Fortnum & Mason's CEO Ewan Venters. Architect Luis Laplace, who designed and restored Roth Bar & Grill and Hauser & Wirth Somerset is leading the revamp of the five-storey building, including the restoration of many features lost during WWII. Opening is contemplated in autumn 2022.

Opening Date to be Confirmed
103 Colmore Row (D&D London) - B3
  Birmingham
D&D London are expanding to Brum with this rooftop, 24th-floor restaurant at the top of the new skyscraper on the site of the old NatWest building near the cathedral; opening in Autumn 2021.
Aktar Islam Rooftop Restaurant, Guildhall - NG1
  Nottingham
An as-yet-unnamed restaurant project; it will open in the city's Grade II listed former courtrooms, police and fire stations that are being transformed into a hotel by Ascena, which owned the now-closed Opheem. Work was due to start in late 2020.
Aspen & Meursault - SW11
British, Traditional
  London
Opening in mid-August 2021; cafe and deli by day, natural wine bar by night (sibling to Diogenes the Dog) serving cheese and charcuterie platters.
Babaji Pide - W8
Turkish
  London
The Soho original has closed, but owner Alan Yau announced his intention to revive the brand in west London (and Istanbul); no news since late 2019 on this development.
Bar Crispin - W1B
British, Modern
  London
Opening in Summer 2021, a spin-off of Spitalfields' natural wine bar Crispin, which will serve an all-day snack menu curated by head chef Naz Hassan, who previously cooked at Anglo and Clipstone.
Bar Jaleo - W1D
Spanish
  London
An all-paella menu is planned for this pitstop from Victor Garvey (of Rambla), who seems incapable of opening just one restaurant at a time; he also opened Barullo in Aldgate in March 2019 (although that closed just a few months later). UPDATE: As at April 2021, there's still no news on when this is going to happen - and it may not be at this location when it does.
Bibi - W1K
Indian
  London
Chef Chet Sharma (ex-Ledbury and Moor Hall) is to open a contemporary Indian restaurant in Mayfair, with backing from the JKS Restaurants group, with whom he's worked for several years. ‘Bibi’ translates in Urdu as ‘lady of the house’, and is used as a term of endearment for grandmothers across the Indian subcontinent. Sharma's "playful menu" is "influenced by the street carts and roadside cafés from Punjab in the north, to Kerala in the south"; opening Summer 2021.
Black Friar - M3
British, Modern
  Manchester
This Grade-II listed pub was taken over by ex-Manchester House / MCR chef Aiden Byrne in early 2020, but he has since pulled out of the development. Following a £2m transformation; there was to be a different dining experience on each of the building’s three floors. No opening date yet.
Blacklock - WC2E
Steaks & grills
  London
A fourth branch for the steak chain was due to open in 2020; we'll update this when we have a date.
Bonnie & Wild Scottish Marketplace - EH1
Scottish
  Edinburgh
Opening in June 2021 after five years of development, the largest food hall in Scotland (and the first in Edinburgh) will feature independent Scottish food and drink producers; restaurants signed up so far include Erpingham House and Glasgow's The Gannet. Bonnie & Wild is the brainchild of Mac & Wild
Cafe Cecilia - E8
  London
Hot news from Hot Dinners. Ex-River Cafe and St John Bread & Wine chef Max Rocha is opening this canalside spot in Hackney (part of the new WMe8 development) after running a lockdown delivery venture and supper clubs; opening Summer 2021.
Café Patisserie Glacerie - EX8
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  Exmouth
A new bakery from Micheal Caines, plus Mickey's Beach Bar nearby; no fixed opening date yet.
Caprice Café - W1K
  London
Caprice Holdings is re-branding the Mayfair Garden site it bought in 2016, in order to open the first of a spin-off chain of Le Caprice, which has already worked successfully for The Ivy. As at April 2021, there's no news of an opening date.
Catch at The Old Fish Market - DT4
Fish & seafood
  Weymouth
Opening summer 2021, Catch is based in Weymouth’s historic Old Fish Market, at the heart of the local fishing community. The restaurant with focus on sustainability - see also Hatch on the Harbour.
Celentano's - G4
Italian
  Glasgow
Opening August 2021 in Glasgow's Cathedral House building, from Darby's head chef Dean Parker and his wife Anna; Italian small and sharing plates from a low-waste kitchen.
Chyna - E14
Chinese
  London
Announced in late 2019, Alan Yau’s ambitious Canary Wharf opening has yet to happen, with nothing heard of its development during the pandemic. On paper, it’s big and bold – occupying the ground floor of a large new Docklands development with 120 seats, and a large terrace overlooking the South Dock. Yau has said he wants it to be a ‘Chinese River Café’ with a series of tanks from which you can pick live seafood. In the same building, he was also planning Yau Grilling (see also).
City Corbin & King venture (name tbc) - EC4N
  London
First mentioned on Bloomberg by Richard Vines, reports that Chris Corbin and Jeremy King have agreed to take over the ground floor of the City's elegant former House of Fraser building are coming in thick and fast; we believe that the restaurant will be in the same style as The Wolseley, but, as with Soutine, they are keeping the name and other details close to their chests.
Colonel Saab - WC1V
  London
Will this summer 2021 newcomer finally dispel the curse of Holborn Town Hall? It’s a potentially magnificent site, that’s so far seen off Shanghai Blues, Burger & Lobster and most recently Gezellig (RIP). This ‘progressive Indian Restaurant' is the first London venture of entrepreneur Roop Partap Choudhary, and culinary inspiration will come from his property Hotel Noor Mahal in Karnal (north of Delhi).
Creel Caught - EH1
Scottish
  Edinburgh
MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean will open his first restaurant in June 2021 inside the Bonnie & Wild Marketplace, Edinburgh's first food hall in St James Quarter. The menu will champion Scottish seafood.
Delamere Forest Park Visitor Centre - CW8
British, Modern
  Northwich
The park's visitor centre is being rebuilt, and will include a new cafe when it opens; originally planned for Summer 2020.
Erpingham House - EH1
Vegan
  Edinburgh
A third branch for the Norwich-based vegan restaurant, opening inside the Bonnie & Wild Scottish Marketplace in June 2021.
Flat Iron Clink Street - SE1
Steaks & grills
  London
A second London Bridge branch for the growing steak chain; the other is on Tooley Street. No firm details on the opening date yet.
Giggling Squid - B17
Thai
  Harborne
A new out-of-London branch for the successful Thai chain; opening date as yet unknown.
Giggling Squid - B75
Thai
  Sutton Coldfield
Opening date as yet unknown; a second West Midlands branch for the growing Thai chain.
Gleneagles Townhouse - EH2
Scottish
  Edinburgh
The "iconic sporting and country estate is launching its first ever city outpost" in Autumn 2021, taking over the old Bank of Scotland headquarters in New Town, and offering bedrooms, a private members' club and an all-day restaurant.
Glynn Purnell Charterhouse restaurant - CV1
British, Modern
  Coventry
'Yummy Brummie' Glynn Purnell, in partnership with Historic Coventry Trust, is opening a cafe and pizzeria in the cloisters of this Grade I-listed 14th former Century Carthusian monastery. Once fully restored, Charterhouse will be an interactive heritage and educational visitor attraction; no opening date yet.
Glynn Purnell Knowle restaurant - B93
British, Modern
  Knowle
Local lad Glynn Purnell is opening this as yet unnamed restaurant in Knowle in mid-2021; we know it's smaller than his two Purnell's restaurants in Birmingham and the menu will be a small plates format in a "very eclectic mix" of cuisines.
H.O.M.E. - W1S
International
  London
Pre-lockdown, Jason Atherton announced in an interview with Hot Dinners that he's opening another restaurant next to Pollen Street Social; the name is a working title, and it sounds as though it's going to be a small, globally inspired chef's table affair. No news on whether it's still in the pipeline post-lockdown.
Hackney Coterie - E8
British, Modern
  London
From Anthony Lyon (of Lyon’s in Crouch End) – this “multifaceted dining experience and community hub” (that's what the press release says) comprises a brasserie, wine bar, bottle shop, deli and events space. The eclectic menu is to be seasonally driven and with zero-waste in mind (from pork cheek and smoked ham hock terrine to stone bass tartare with truffle ponzu). All this, plus low-intervention wines, craft beers and a good selection of sake; opening in June 2021.
Hector's - N1
British, Modern
  London
Cafe by day, wine bar and small plates restaurant by night (Thursday to Sunday), this new independent North London spot comes from ex-Hill & Szrok partner Jimmy Stephenson and his wife Anna Shaffer; opening in June.
Heft - LA11
British, Modern
  High Newton
Chef Kevin Tickle and his wife Nicola have restored this historic 17th century inn to open a restaurant with rooms after a successful crowdfund; no opening date yet.
Holm - TA13
British, Modern
  South Petherton
Opening autumn 2021; from the team behind London's Salon, Larry's and Levan. Nicholas Balfe is from Somerset and returns to his roots to open this restaurant and co-working space in the village's old bank
Jolene Bakery - N1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Slated to open in Spring 2021, one of two new satellite bakeries from the Jolene / Big Jo team.
Jolene Bakery - E2
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Due to open in May 2021, one of two new satellite bakeries from the Jolene / Big Jo team.
Kuki - TR3
British, Modern
  Truro
Opening in 2021, although no date has been shared with us, the third restaurant in Jude Kereama's Kota Collective of restaurant using Cornish produce with an Asian twist; this one is in The Valley, a hamlet of holiday cottages near Truro.
Lahpet - WC2E
Burmese
  London
A second spot for the Burmese duo Dan Anton and Zaw Mahesh, in The Yards area of Covent Garden.
M at Newfoundland - E14
Steaks & grills
  London
A fourth branch for the M chain, in Canary Wharf; first announced in 2018 but as yet there's no opening date.
Manzi's - W1D
Fish & seafood
  London
Delayed by lockdowns, an homage to the late, great Manzi's from uber-restaurateurs Corbin & King; it's not on exactly the same site, but will be a fishy paradise all the same, and will be “fun and affordable” like Brasserie Zedel.
Meadowsweet - NR25
British, Modern
  Holt
Ex-Morston Hall couple, chef Greg Anderson and general manager Rebecca Williams, are due to open this restaurant with rooms in Holt later in 2021; the Grade II-listed site was formerly Yetman’s. The 20-cover restaurant will serve an evening tasting menu.
Mercato Metropolitano Ilford - IG1
International
  London
The next food hall from the Mercato team will open in a car park in Ilford; there will be 30 stalls and space 600 people on the ground floor, and a sustainable farm on the roof which will produce salad for the market using hydroponic technology. Originally scheduled to open in October 2020, we don't have a revised date yet.
Mosu - M3
Japanese
  Manchester
Taking inspiration from Japan's backstreet izakaya bars, this 70-cover basement venue in Barton Arcade, Deansgate will have an open kitchen, sushi bar and a robata grill; originally due to open in Spring 2020.
Nama - L1
Japanese
  Liverpool
Opening in the Met Quarter's new GPO Food Hall in May 2021, an izakaya-inspired restaurant from chef Luke French and business director wife Stacey Sherwood, who already run JÖRO and Konjö in Sheffield (a sibling Konjö will join Nama in the GPO Food Hall soon); Nama means 'raw' in Japanese.
New England Colonial fish restaurant (name tbc) - W1S
Fish & seafood
  London
Due to land in Autumn 2021, a high-rolling fish and steak restaurant with three siblings in Dubai. It's as yet un-named but we know it will overlook a new, covered, retail colonnade space called Medici Courtyard, that will connect the square with New Bond Street.
Notting Hill Corbin & King venture - name TBC - W11
  London
Chris Corbin & Jeremy King have revealed that a new restaurant will open in Notting Hill, in the former Royal Bank of Scotland building; opening date to be announced.
Pacific - W1F
Japanese
  London
We were told that Shaun Presland, previously executive chef with Australia's Rockpool group, would open in this former Foxlow Soho site in 2019, but it's now been announced that Bancone 2 is opening there - more details about this venture as we hear them...
Passyunk Avenue - SE1
American
  London
The fourth outlet (one is more of a bar and batting cage than a restaurant) of this growing Philly cheesesteak chain; subject to a successful crowdfund, this one will take over the cavernous, graffiti-ed Leake Sreet railway arches under Waterloo.
Pizzeria da Michele - M2
Pizza
  Manchester
The former Deansgate branch of Zizzi is soon to be home to "the world's best pizza", as made famous by Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love.
Planque - E8
French
  London
Two Haggerston railway arches host this mid 2021 newcomer – a wine bar, restaurant, club and shop for hipsters keen on a glass of vino. At the stoves, Aussie-born Seb Myers who made a name for himself at the not-dissimilar P Franco.
Ready Burger - NW3
Burgers, etc
  London
Opening in July 2021; 100% plant-based fast food, already open in Crouch End.
Restaurant TBC at Admiralty Arch Waldorf Astoria - SW1A
  London
Due to open in 2023, the new hotel in Admiralty Arch will have unparalleled views from two restaurants, including one on the rooftop.
Rioja - G3
Spanish
  Glasgow
Spanish chef Miguel Angel Major, previously of Michelin-starred Sucede in Valencia (and before that, a little-known spot called El Bulli), has been appointed head chef for the relaunch of this newly expanded Finneston tapas restaurant; he will blend Basque and Scottish flavours and ingredients in what their social media calls "an exceptional, unique restaurant concept". Opening in June 2021.
Rita's Soho - W1F
Mexican/TexMex
  London
This spot from the team behind Bodega Rita's (the Coal Drops yard spot that closed in 2020) opened before Christmas 2020 as a bottle shop and deli, and we understand that a full Rita's restaurant is coming in 2021.
Rockfish - TQ8
Fish & seafood
  Salcombe
Due to open in Spring 2022 - subject to planning - a 100-seater seafood restaurant overlooking Batson Creek.
Rudy's - W1
Pizza
  London
Having taken Manchester by storm (and then Leeds, Birmingham and Liverpool), this Ancoats-based chain is to land in Soho in the second half of 2021, on the site of a former Wahaca. The capital has its fair share of Neapolitan pizzerias, so it will be interesting to see how many waves are made by this new arrival from 'up North.
Sabor De Don Pablo - SW2
Spanish
  London
Pop-up entrepreneur Jimmy Garcia has announced plans for his first permanent restaurant, in premises he currently uses for storage by Tulse Hill station; it will be named after his grandfather and focus on tapas and paella. The original plan was to open in October 2019, but as at March 2020 we have no news to share.
San Carlo - W1U
Italian
  London
Due to open in 2021, a new (as yet unnamed) flagship for the San Carlo group on the former St Christopher's Place site of Carluccio's.
Seoul Bird - E14
Korean
  London
Judy Joo is opening a second branch of her Korean chicken restaurant in June 2021, this time in Canary Wharf.
Sessions Arts Club - EC1R
  London
In an old Grade II courthouse in Clerkenwell - from artist Jonny Gent, restaurateur Jon Spiteri (a St John founder) and architect Russell Potter - Sessions Arts Club will be an events space / creative studio with a restaurant run by chef Alex Vines of 40 Maltby Street; opening in 2021.
Stu Deeley restaurant, name tbc - B3
  Birmingham
No further news on when MasterChef: The Professionals 2019 winner Stu Deeley is opening his own Jewellery Quarter restaurant (in direct competition to his former employers at The Wilderness). More details - and a name - when we hear them, but he has already said he'll be serving the "Brummie fusion food" that won him the MasterChef crown.
Sucre London - W1F
Argentinian
  London
In the refurbished 300-year-old former home of the Royal College of Music, Argentine chef Fernando Trocca (and partner Tato Giovannoni) will open a “re-imagining" of the Buenos Aires open-fire restaurant of the same name; opening July 2021.
Sunday in Brooklyn - W2
American
  London
‘Sunday in Bayswater’? Another NYC staple arrives in town. The original was launched in 2016 by chef Jaime Young and, as the name hints, is a hit for brunch and burgers. This summer 2021, London spin-off is on the W2 fringes of Notting Hill aiming to be a weekend magnet for ostentatiously hung-over local Trustafarians.
Sushisamba - EH1
Fusion
  Edinburgh
Due to open in 2021 (or possibly the year after), the UK's third branch of Sushisamba at the second ever W hotel, this one will be part of the vast St James's Quarter redevelopment. The restaurant will be on the rooftop of the distinctive, 'ribboned' building.
Takumi - W1
Japanese
  London
The Birmingham Japanese lands in Soho in September 2021.
The 3rd - BS1
Spanish
  Bristol
Apparently not busy enough with running his new restaurant in London (Decimo), Peter Sanchez-Iglesias is also opening this spot (originally planned for March 2020) on the former site of his Pi Shop (tucked between his other two restaurants, Casamia and Paco Tapas); it will have an all-day café, restaurant (with a chef's table, naturally) and a bar.
The Fox at Oddington - GL56
British, Modern
  Lower Oddington
Due to re-open in early 2022, this 16th century pub has been taken over by Daylesford founder Carole Bamford; she opened her first pub, The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, in 2013. There will be bedrooms and self-catering accommodation, and organic produce throughout, as you'd expect.
The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant - PH7
Scottish
  Crieff
Scotland's oldest working distillery is opening a "destination dining" restaurant in Summer 2021, in association with luxury brand Lalique and with Scottish chef Mark Donald at the helm. There will also be a cafe, lounge and bar.
The GPO Food Hall - L1
International
  Liverpool
Based in a heritage Met Quarter building, The GPO will be Liverpool's biggest food hall, and aims to champion independent vendors by offering support and incubation. The team behind Sheffield's JORO are already signed up with their izakaya-style restaurant Nama. Opening June 2021.
The Lamb Inn - OX7
British, Modern
  Shipton-under-Wychwood
Opening in June 2021, another Cotswolds pub being restored in the very capable hands of chef Tom Noest and manager Peter Creed, who restored and brought the nearby Bell Inn in Langford to notable acclaim.
The Londoner - WC2H
Mediterranean
  London
This impressive new five star right in the heart of central London – off Leicester Square – will feature "a mix of six concept eateries, bars and a tavern", plus two Odeon luxe cinemas and a rooftop bar with fire pits. Opening Summer 2021.
The OWO - SW1A
  London
The Old War Office, the Grade 2 listed building in which Winston Churchill made many of the most important decisions of World War 2, is to be turned into a luxury hotel. It was sold in 2014 and will open in 2022 as a hotel in partnership between Raffles (their first venture in Europe) and the Hinduja Group.
The Queen's Arms - BS40
British, Modern
  Chew Magna
A second Chew Magna site from the Eggleton family, the team behind The Pony & Trap (now known as The Pony Chew Magna); this site is being refurbished to open with rooms.
The Sea, The Sea - E8
Fish & seafood
  London
Eater reports news from a licensing application that a new branch of The Sea, The Sea will open in east London; further details and dates to be confirmed.
The Victoria at Oxshott - KT22
  Oxshott
The first pub for Igniting Hospitality, led by former JKS Ops Director Simon King and former Crown at Bray head chef Matt Larcombe.
Tienda Roosteria - EC2A
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Tienda Roosteria at Shoreditch's ultra-cool Curtain Hotel specialises in "tacos, tequilas and good times". Head there on Triple Taco Tuesdays to snag yourself three tacos and a beer for just £10.
Toklas - WC2R
British, Modern
  London
New grill-focused restaurant, bakery and food shop with a large garden terrace, from Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, founders of Frieze (it's opening next door to the Frieze offices).
Unalome - G3
British, Modern
  Glasgow
Due to open in February 2021, on the former site of Sisters restaurant, chef Graeme Cheevers (previously head chef at Isle of Eriska) is opening his first solo restaurant, hoping to impress the tyre men.
Unimini - EC3M
Pan-Asian
  City of London
The owners of CheeMc in Elephant & Castle and Gogo Pocha in Waterloo are opening a bento box grab-and-go restaurant in the City.
Veda Baby - W1D
Vegetarian
  London
Trailed in early 2020 as "Ayurvedic grab-and-go" restaurant from Jasmine Helmsley, supported by The Pepper Collective. The website is still up, but there's been zero mention of it since… our growing impression is that it's “coming never".
Vergine Maria - W5
Vegan
  London
From the Santa Maria team (and on the original site of the Ealing branch, which has shifted to Bond Street in W5), a vegan pizzeria' no opening date known yet.
Wright Brothers - EC2R
Fish & seafood
  London
A sixth branch for the seafood specialists, opening in Summer 2020.
Yafo - BS3
Middle Eastern
  Bristol
A vegan Middle Eastern spot, opening after lockdown, serving authentic Middle Eastern vegan fare.
Yann Couvreur - W1K
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
They know their way around a bun those Parisians. So the news that social media sensation Yann (who did a short residency at Claridges in 2019) is set to open in Mayfair – complete with his Instagramable pet fox and ‘iconic’ buckwheat version of the Breton pastry cake, the kouign-amann – has tongues wagging. The store was originally to open in late 2019 / early 2020, but its already delayed arrival was pushed back further by the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on restaurants.
Yau Grilling - E14
Japanese
  London
Announced in late 2019, little has since been heard of this Alan Yau opening on the first floor of a big Canary Wharf development near the South Dock. It’s to be a 45-seater, open all day, and serving a Japanese-inspired menu from the, er, grill. On the ground floor, Yau also plans to open Chyna – see also.
Zahter - W1F
Turkish
  London
Istanbul star chef Esra Muslu is opening her own London restaurant; rumours have been circulating since her March 2018 residency at Carousel. She is currently cooking at Ottolenghi in Spitalfields.
Al Mare, Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel - SW1
Mediterranean
  London
Sign of the times – it’s out with the steak of Olde Englande (The Rib Room, RIP, has gone) and in with Med Seafood at this reopened super-lux five star off Sloane Street. Head Chef is Italian native Marco Calenzo who joined the hotel from not-very-Italian Zuma. We are promised "a convivial, gastronomic experience, taking guests on a journey between the French Riviera and Northern Italy and features a theatre kitchen, private dining room and al fresco dining". Opening June 2021.
Acre - NW6
Mediterranean
  London
Thomas Straker (who grew up on a smallholding in Herefordshire) has stints at Elystan Street and Casa Cruz on his CV and – after a stint at Carousel refining his menu – is set to launch this Queens Park newcomer in the second half of 2021. Produce from Britain and inspiration from the Mediterranean are the guiding principles for cooking – from an open kitchen and with much of it wood-fired – that's "more simple than fine dining".
120 Fenchurch Street - EC3M
  City of London
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); no news on opening dates yet.
Caviar Kaspia - W1J
Fish & seafood
  London
Back after almost 20 years, the famous Parisian caviar house is opening on the former site of The Chess Club; exact date to be announced.
Cha Cha x Sister Jane - W10
South American
  London
In collaboration with clothing label Sister Jane (who will be housed above the restaurant in a first-floor showroom and second-floor studio), this Latin American inspired restaurant and bar will have a vintage vibe, a rooftop bar and a menu by head chef Kai Rykowski (ex-Chiltern Firehouse).
Club Mexicana - W1B
Vegan
  London
The first permanent restaurant from the vegan Mexican street food chain, who also launched in KERB at Seven Dials in 2019.
Embr Kitchen - E2
Steaks & grills
  London
Ahead of opening, Embr Kitchen is cannily selling a limited range of dishes via Deliveroo; the "best of British produce with a Brazilian and Scandinavian twist" features high-welfare meat (with a focus on goat), seasonal ingredients, great sustainability credentials and charcoal grilling.
Hai Di Lao - W1D
Chinese
  London
One of China's largest hot pot chains is arriving in London - in no less than Piccadilly Circus - as part of an aggressive global expansion. The name means 'fishing in the bottom of the sea' in Mandarin. More news as we know it...
Mathura - SW1P
Indian
  London
Hot on the heels of Kanishka, Atul Kochhar has announced his next venture, an ambitious takeover of the former Westminster fire station building, with his Kanishka collaborator, restaurateur Tina English.
Pan Pacific London - EC3A
International
  London
Launching in Spring 2021, a new City hotel that promises to be a "new statement of indulgence" that "integrates design with comfort and Asian hospitality". It's the Singapore-based group's "first mixed-use development for the City of London" and will include luxury sky apartments, high-end retail, a plaza, and Devonshire House. Cherish Finden, star of Channel 4’s Bake Off: The Professionals, has been announced as the executive pastry chef.
Roast - W1W
British, Modern
  London
In a former BBC building, the Borough Market restaurant's more casual sibling, over two floors, will open with Paul Shearing (Bread Street Kitchen, Odette's) at the stoves. No news yet on an opening date - it's been over a year since we first heard about the project.
Storey’s Gate Cafe - SW1A
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
With a contract to supply 20 Royal Parks with coffee kiosks and cafes under their belt, we'll be seeing a lot more of family business Colicci over the next few years; they already run kiosks in several London parks and pop up at festivals, too. This kiosk, in St James's Park, will have food developed in collaboration with Theo Randall, and will look stunning too - many of their kiosks are to be built of steam bent wood.
SW7 - SW7
  London
A new brasserie and bar for the Gloucester road area, offering all-day dining; located in the Hotel London Kensington.
The South Downs Pig - BN18
British, Modern
  Arundel
One of three new Pig hotels planned over the next few years (The Pig at Bridge Place and The Pig at Harlyn Bay open 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.
Theo's Italian Kitchen (Group) -
Italian
  GROUP
Chef Theo Randall already runs one Theo's Italian Kitchen in Zurich; three UK branches are to open (we are still waiting for dates to be confirmed over a year later) in Newcastle and London (Battersea and Aldgate). We'll (hopefully) expect the same authentic Italian fare that has kept Theo at the top of his game since his days as head chef at The River Cafe.
Wool Yard - SE18
International
  London
We're told that the land for Wool Yard has been sold; a Street Feast has also now opened in Woolwich so whether the 'shipping-container-community-hub with food stalls' development, from Carl Turner (the man who brought us Pop Brixton) will actually happen now remains to be seen.
Yiu Fat Noodle - WC2H
Chinese
  London
From the team behind Pachamama, a crowdfunded Chinese restaurant, in the new Central Cross development at the eastern end of Chinatown. It was due to open in Summer 2019 but (as of March 2020) no opening date has been released.
Atticus - EC1V
American
  London
No news on when Iqbal Wahhab, founder of Westminster's classy Indian the Cinnamon Club and Borough Market's Roast, will open his Southern US venture in Angel serving chicken, ribs and barbecued meats; it's been in planning for well over a year. 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.
Custard - SE1
Indian
  London
The plan to open a bakery by day, wine bar by night project at One Tower Bridge, from the folks behind Gunpowder (and below the new branch of Gunpowder), is currently on hold while they locate kitchen facilities - the bakery was to share facilities with Gunpowder, but this is proving a problem.
Din Tai Fung - WC1A
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
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 arrived in the UK in 2018 in Covent Garden (amid a publicity storm about the queues); we have been waiting for this other site in the revamped Centrepoint development on Tottenham Court Road ever since. Watch this space for more details...
Kingsway Hall Hotel - WC2
British, Modern
  London
Mamarosa - EC2
Italian
  London
After over a year, there's still no news about when Mamarosa is due to land in Shoreditch... we'll keep you updated when we hear something.
Not Really Indian (NRI) - B1
Indian
  Birmingham
More than a year on, still no news about when chef-entrepreneur Atul Kocchar's first UK restaurant under the Not Really Indian (NRI) brand will open. (When it does, it will be serving cuisine developed by Indian cooks living abroad.) Kochhar pulled out of taking up space in Birmingham’s Mailbox development in 2018, but is apparently looking elsewhere; NRI was launched in Mumbai in 2016.
Pane Vino - NW5
French
  London
Taking over the Kentish Town Beef & Brew site is this company, who have been successfully selling their beef bourguignon buns at pop-ups across London.
Shibui - W1
Japanese
  London
Former head chef at Hackney's “cramped-but-magical” Pidgin, Elizabeth Haigh, ran a pop-up at Carousel in 2017 (and Kaizen House pop-up at Mortimer House in 2019) and is looking for a permanent site for her Japanese-influenced cuisine, featuring refined barbecue dishes with inventive flavour pairings. More news as we know it...
The Bailiwick - TW20
British, Modern
  Englefield Green
The Cadogan Arms - SW3
British, Modern
  London
This venerable pub is to be relaunched in July 2021 with the backing of star investors including the founders of JKS Restaurants; the project is being led by Dominic Jacobs of the Running Horse pub in Mayfair, with James Knappett of the Kitchen Table in London’s Fitzrovia overseeing the menu as culinary director alongside executive chef Alex Harper, who formerly led the kitchen at the Harwood Arms and was executive head chef at Neo Bistro.
The Pompadour - EH1
British, Modern
  Edinburgh
Closed in January 2020 after 95 years, Pompadour is being given a new lease of life, at the hands of Dean Banks, MasterChef: The Professionals finalist and most recently chef at Haar.
The Three Fishes - BB7
British, Traditional
  Whalley
It's a case of Back to the Future at this ancient inn, closed by Brunning & Price in 2019. For the second time in the last 20 years, it's being made over by Nigel Haworth of nearby Northcote Manor fame. Back in 2004 it was as part of Ribble Valley Inns but now it’s in partnership with Martin Aspinall, trustee of the Standen Estate. Launching in October 2021, Nigel is aiming to put back the "original magic of The Three Fishes alongside my drive for sustainability and local sourcing".
Wahaca - W1
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Ganymede - SW1W
British, Modern
  London
Following on from the success of their first opening – The Hunter's Moon – this second venture from the Lunar Pub Company occupies the characterful premises that old-timers may recall as the Ebury Street Wine Bar & Restaurant.
The Gantry - E15
  London
A 17-storey Hilton Curio Hotel, with what's billed as a speakeasy bar in the basement and promising a "destination restaurant" on the first floor with two outdoor terraces; opening in 2021.
Park Row - W1F
  London
Holy Guacamole Batman! Mash Steakhouse (RIP) has been taken over and the evil masterplan is to relaunch it themed with DC Universe characters. But it’s not going to be a themed diner, oh no, it’s going to be a ‘Gastronomic Amusement Park’ with five restaurants, three bars and 330 covers in total. Great Scott! Originally due to open in Summer 2020.
The Peninsula London - SW1
  London
Luxury hotel owned and operated by The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels; due to open in 2021,
MASH Steakhouse -
  London
Brewer Street's quality (but pricey) subterranean steakhouse is to add a second London restaurant in 2016. The Danish owners are said to be looking at sites in both the City and Mayfair. Further address and opening details still TBA.
Crocadon Farm - PL12
British, Modern
  Saltash
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, microbrewery and pottery here; originally slated for 2019, but we don't know an opening date or future plans at the moment.
The Palm at Deane - SN8
Pan-Asian
  Basingstoke
From the restaurateurs behind Winchester's pan-Asian restaurants Palm Pan Asia, The Shapla and Gandhi, comes a new venture.
Vapiano - E14
Italian
  London
Vapiano has confirmed that it will double its London presence to six sites, following on from the group's successful launch in Glasgow. The first of three new restaurants opened in Tower Bridge in 2018, and a third occupies the redeveloped landmark Centre Point on Tottenham Court Road.
Dining Room at Art'otel - SW8
  London
Amsterdam hotel group plans to open new hotel and rooftop dining space in London's iconic Battersea Power Station in 2020 (originally it was promised for 2019). A second hotel in Hoxton is apparently also in the planning stages.

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