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Jan
Humo - W1S
Japanese
  London
Opening 18 Jan 2023
On the former site of Wild Honey, a wood-fired concept restaurant from chef Miller Prada who worked with Endo Kazutoshi at Endo at the Rotunda; expect Japanese flavours from the four-metre long grill - no electricity or gas will utilised as fuel.
Bossa - W1G
Brazilian
  London
Opening 31 Jan 2023
Alberto Landgraf, chef patron of Oteque in Rio de Janeiro, is bringing his contemporary Brazilian flavours to London in early 2023; it will be on the former site of Maroush (RIP) beneath the Brazilian consulate.
Darjeeling Express - W1B
Indian
  London
Opening 31 Jan 2023
Back almost where it all started, Asma Khan's all-female team will be once again cooking their family recipes in Kingly Street from January 2023.
EDIT - E8
Vegan
  London
Opening 31 Jan 2023
From Elly Ward and the team behind plant-based pioneer Super Nature, this vegan spot in Hackney will focus on seasonal ingredients and a low-waste philosophy.
Juke and Loe - S3
British, Modern
  Sheffield
Opening 31 Jan 2023
Lino Queen's Park - NW6
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Jan 2023
Though well-received, the original Lino near St Barts never properly got off the ground before Covid struck and closed during the pandemic. This (now) January 2023 (was September 2022) newcomer adds to the expanding Queen’s Park scene, a two-floor site plus outside dining too.
Long Chim - W1D
Thai
  London
Opening 31 Jan 2023
We don't know exactly when, but it's exciting news that renowned Thai chef David Thompson (of Nahm at The Halkin, 2001-2010, RIP) is returning to London with his Long Chim brand (open in Sydney, Perth and Dubai but recently closed in Melbourne and Korea). More news as we hear it...
Mister Nice - W1K
French
  London
Opening 31 Jan 2023
Still no news on an opening date at this two-storey French/Mediterranean restaurant takes over the former Kallos Gallery; it's the project of French businessman Jean Philippe Kley, who already part-owns a local members' club. Originally due to open in 2021, it will feature a secret tunnel for members to access the club.
Nessa - W1B
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Jan 2023
1 Warwick is a members’ house belonging to the Maslow’s family (Mortimer House); the ground-floor "neighbourhood restaurant" will be run by executive chef Tom Cenci.
Rambutan - SE1
Sri Lankan
  London
Opening 31 Jan 2023
On the former site of a Konditor bakery, this spot will host the debut restaurant of Coventry-born Sri Lankan chef Cynthia Shanmugalingam. No news on an opening date, but there was an ice cream pop-up over the summer of 2022.
Riviera - SW1
French
  London
Opening 31 Jan 2023
Due to open in Autumn 2022, we've heard little more news on when twin brother restaurateurs Alberto and Arian Zandi will open this restaurant – inspired by the cuisine of the South of France – in St James’s. It will be the Zandi’s fourth restaurant and their most prominent, occupying the striking Modernist building next to The Economist magazine that was formerly occupied by Sake no Hana (RIP).
Socca - W1K
French
  London
Opening 31 Jan 2023
Originally due to open in late 2022, a collaboration between Claude Bosi and Samyukta Nair that will "pay homage to the coastal towns of Cannes, Marseille and Nice, with an emphasis on French-Mediterranean style dishes and wines".
The White Horse - CH3
British, Modern
  Churton
Opening 31 Jan 2023
March 2022: Gary Usher of Elite Bistros is in the final stages of completing on this community pub; his plans for the place "are pretty simple, we want to serve great drinks, delicious unpretentious food by a team that love what they do".
X by Harry Guy - CH1
British, Modern
  Chester
Opening 31 Jan 2023
Chef Harry Guy (ex-Savoy Grill and Mallory Court Hotel) will open his debut restaurant in Wildes Group’s new Chester boutique hotel in 2023.
Yuca - W1S
Fusion
  London
Opening 31 Jan 2023
No news on when the duo behind Mayfair's Brazilian-Japanese fusion spot Mano, Alexis Colletta and Romain Fargette, are opening another fusion restaurant in the neighbourhood, first announced in early 2022. This one will be Japanese-Mexican, sited where Mews of Mayfair (RIP) was, and will feature a 300-cover restaurant and a club in the basement.
Feb
Treehouse Hotel - M3
  Manchester
Opening 01 Feb 2023
The UK's second Treehouse hotel will open in Manchester in early 2023.
Crocadon Farm - PL12
British, Modern
  Saltash
Opening Feb 2023
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.
JOIA - SW8
Portuguese
  London
Opening 28 Feb 2023
Star Portuguese chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, who trained in London almost 30 years ago, makes his return to the capital later this year with the opening of a new high-rise restaurant in the Battersea Power Station development; his15th-floor Iberian restaurant "with its own bar on the floor below as well as a rooftop bar with an infinity pool), will be part of the new art’otel design by Foster + Partners; opening February 2023.
The Three Horseshoes - BA4
British, Modern
  Batcombe
Opening 28 Feb 2023
Margot Henderson of Rochelle Canteen in Shoreditch has taken over this restored 17th-Century Somerset inn with rooms, which is scheduled to reopen after refurbishment in "early 2023".
Mar
Cantinetta Antinori - SW1X
Italian
  London
Opening 31 Mar 2023
A new spin-off from a famous Florence-based, international group (founded in the 1950s, whose HQ is the 15th-century Palazzo Antinori) – this delayed (now March 2023) newcomer is the brand’s first UK venture. It occupies a three-storey site, just off Sloane Street, from which it will offer all-day dining featuring Tuscan food and wine in a fairly old-school vein.
Empire Empire - W11
Indian
  London
Opening 31 Mar 2023
Due to open in March 2023, a "disco-themed Indian" from the owners of the Gunpowder group.
Freak Scene - SW6
Pan-Asian
  London
Opening 31 Mar 2023
Ace Aussie chef Scott Hallsworth is reviving his raved-about Freak Scene pan-Asian restaurant once again – this time off Parson’s Green in Fulham. The new venture follows his Double Dragon pop-up, which ran for several months in 2022 in Clerkenwell and also generated much enthusiasm. Freak Scene itself started out as a pop-up in Farringdon, and was followed by mark II in Soho
Gwen - SY20
British, Modern
  Machynlleth
Opening 31 Mar 2023
Ynyshir chef Gareth Ward is opening this wine bar / restaurant, named after his mother, to offer a more affordable taste of Ynyshir; head chef Corrin Harrison will be cooking 10-course meals for just eight diners. There are also plans to open a pizzeria next door, using a pizza oven bought from fellow-chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias following the closure of his Pi Shop in Bristol. Expected to open in 2023; exact date to follow.
Maene - E1
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Mar 2023
Townsend at the Whitechapel Gallery and former Anglo chef Nick Gilkinson is set to open this all-day bistro, at the top of a four-storey Victorian warehouse in Spitalifields; due to open in March 2023. The name is "an old English word meaning public or universal, but which also translates to a sense of community".
Mauro Colagreco at Raffles London at The OWO - SW1A
French
  London
Opening 31 Mar 2023
A major new hotel for London sees the Old War Office being taken over by Raffles, no less, and with famed French chef Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur taking three of the 11 dining spaces, we'll have plenty of choice about where to eat. More information (and restaurant names) as we know them, but there'll be a "a brasserie with a twist, a fine dining restaurant, and an avant-garde private Chef’s Table". Opening now planned for Spring 2023.
The Gurkhas - WC2A
Pan-Asian
  London
Opening 31 Mar 2023
From the team behind Hot Stone comes a spot (location and opening date as yet unknown) serving authentic Nepalese cuisine.
Apr
Arcade Food Hall at Battersea Power Station - SW8
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2023
Just a few months after reviving Arcade Food Hall at Centre Point, JKS Restaurants has announced that they will be launching a second, opening at Battersea Power Station in 2023, with different (but no doubt exceptional) food offerings.
The Campaner - SW1W
Spanish
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2023
José Parrado is bringing his Martinez restaurant and sister tapas restaurant Bar Canete to London in April 2023, in the purpose-built space at Chelsea Barracks; the name means 'bell ringer' in Spanish.
Mar
Chotto Matte - M2
Fusion
  Manchester
Opening 31 Mar 2024
There's a while to wait for Mancunian fans of the Japanese-Peruvian food - the St Micheal's development, where this rooftop terrace restaurant will open, isn't due to be finished until 2024.

Opening Date to be Confirmed
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 owns Birmingham's Opheem. Work was due to start in late 2020.
Al Dente - EC3R
  City of London
Pasta, freshly made on the premises and served with a dozen different sauces, is the promise at this City restaurant near Monument, with siblings in Fitzrovia and South Kensington.
Alkebulan Dining Hall - WC2N
Pan-African
  London
Coming in 2022 - date and address as yet unknown - an African dining hall, the first of its kind in the UK, from TGP International, the company behind 3 Henrietta Street in Covent Garden, in partnership with New York restaurateur Alexander Smalls. The concept was launched at Expo 2020 in Dubai.
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.
Banca Di Roma - G1
  None of these
Brothers Antonio, Pasquale and Simone Cozzolino bring a taste of Mount Vesuvius to the Glasgow Royal Exchange Building, having frown up on the family's tomato farm in the shadow of the volcano on the Bay of Naples. They have big-city finesse, too, having worked for Francesco Mazzei at Sartoria in London's Mayfair.
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.
Barrafina - SE1
Spanish
  London
Brooklands - SW1X
  London
The rooftop restaurant at one of the capital's grandest new openings, the Peninsular London by Hyde Park Corner, a branch of the landmark Hong Kong hotel, is under the culinary direction of Claude Bosi, the Lyonais-born chef behind Bibendum in Chelsea. The menu is described as contemporary European.
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.
Casa do Frango - W1B
  London
The West End flagship of this small group serves charcoal-grilled dishes from the Algarve accompanied by Portuguese wine. Downstairs there's a speakeasy cocktail bar, the Green Room.
Cavo - WC2H
  London
This huge new Mediterranean restaurant in the Now Building, part of the new Outernet entertainment complex adjacent to Tottenham Court Road tube station, can accommodate 240 diners inside and many more in its roof gardens. It has a raw fish and carpaccio bar, and a wine list stretching from Spain to the Middle East.
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).
Cleaver and Wake at Canal Turn - NG2
British, Modern
  Nottingham
Former MasterChef: The Professionals winner, Laurence Henry, is to be chef patron at this new restaurant space at The Island Quarter in central Nottingham; opening Spring 2022.
Cycene - E2
Fusion
  London
Emmanuelle - EC1R
  London
Flamboyant chef Yuma Hashemi's latest venture is a Seventies-styled wine bar (complete with a peacock rattan chair, famous from 1974's X-rated film Emmanuelle) directly opposite The Drunken Butler, his Persian restaurant in Clerkenwell. The wine list is modern, with natural and biodynamic options, and is backed up by French and Iranian snacks and small plates.
Fat Hippo - CF10
Burgers, etc
  Cardiff
A Welsh branch for the growing Newcastle-based burger chain.
Fat Hippo - EH2
Burgers, etc
  Edinburgh
Fat Hippo - G2
Burgers, etc
  Glasgow
Fazenda, - EC2M
  City of London
The first London venue from this Leeds-based Brazilian rodizio operation is opening in the City of London's new 100 Bishopsgate skyscraper. There's a set price, and waiters bring a succession of grilled meats to the table until they are signalled to stop by a green card being turned over to red.
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.
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.
Gouqi - SW1Y
  None of these
The culinary genius behind the rise to global fame of the Hakkasan group, where he was executive chef for the best part of two decades, Tong Chee Hwee is opening his first solo restaurant on the site of the former Garfunkel's off Trafalgar Square. We can expect Chinese cuisine of superlative quality.
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.
Harvest - NW10
  London
Chef Jesse Dunwood Green has returned to Kensal Green for his third restaurant (after nearby Parlour and Six Portland Road in Notting Hill), with a focus on ingredients sourced directly from the grower, farmer or fisherman.
Hicce Hart - N1
  London
High-profile chef Pip Lacey has taken over an Islington pub (formerly the Day & Night) in this spin-off from Hicce in nearby King's Cross, with a focus on cooking over wood fire.
Jaego's House - W10
  London
The all-day restaurant at this new 'family club' is open to non-members and tailored to parents with young children, with kids' play areas and a menu of simple dishes that can be eaten one-handed while feeding toddlers (plus a full bar serving both alcohol and wellness shots).
Jolene Bakery - E2
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
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.
La Gamba - SE1
  London
Overlooking the Thames in the South Bank Arts Centre, this new Gallician-inspired tapas spot from Jack, Harry and Matthew Applebee has a strong focus on fish – as expected from a family whose fish stall has developed over the past 25 years into a prominent Borough Market fixture.
Mayha - W1U
  London
High-end Japanese omakase dining in a stylish setting is promised at this Marylebone offshoot of a Beirut original from the Nothing But Love Group.
Mercato Metropolitano Ilford - IG1
International
  Ilford
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.
Mowgli - BS1
Indian
  Bristol
Opening in 2022, date as yet unknown.
Muriel's Kitchen - WC2
British, Modern
  London
FKA "Portrait" (now RIP) – this gallery restaurant with marvellous rooftop views of Nelson's Column and Westminster is no longer run by Peyton & Byrne and is being rebranded as Muriel's Kitchen. The new formula will follow that of the brand's original location in South Kensington. NB The gallery itself is under refurbishment until Spring 2023, so no opening date yet.
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.
Noble Palace - SW1H
Chinese
  London
New Chinese fine-dining restaurant near St James’s Park; opening end of May 2022 with a luxury menu representing all eight of China’s culinary regions. On the same site will be Mi Bar, where you'll be served a cocktail based on how you are feeling.
Noble Rot - W1J
  London
The wine-led restaurant group is to open its third venue this spring, in the picturesque Shepherd Market, on the former site of Boudin Blanc (RIP).
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...
Papi - E8
  London
Rising star chef Matthew Scott laid down a marker with creative zero-waste cooking for his HOT4U meal delivery service during the pandemic. He is now moving into a permanent venue in London Fields that looks sure to draw a crowd.
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.
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.
Richard Corrigan at Hawley Wharf - NW1
Irish
  London
We don't even have a name for the famed Irish chef's new restaurant, but he's been talking about it in the press, so it's definitely happening sometime in 2022; all we know at the moment is that it's in a new development in Camden Basin and will feature "bakery, smokery, craft beers" and has a large rooftop dining area.
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.
Rockfish - TQ8
Fish & seafood
  Salcombe
Due to open in Spring 2022 - subject to planning - a 100-seater seafood restaurant overlooking Batson Creek.
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.
Sam's Waterside - TW8
  London
Restaurateur Sam Harrison's smart neighbourhood restaurant and bar is designed to anchor the new Brentford Project, a mixed-used development beside the River Brent, when it opens in July 2023. It follows the success of Sam's Riverside at the reopened Riverside Studios by Hammersmith Bridge. There will also be a Sam's Larder opposite.
Sheesh - W1S
  London
Dylan Hunt brings his celeb-magnet brand to Mayfair, serving wagyu beef and truffles alongside more standard kebab staples. The Chigwell original entertains Essex royalty from Harry Kane to Rod Stewart, and visitors including the Gypsy King himself, Tyson Fury.
Soderberg - SE22
  London
Opening in early 2023, this East Dulwich branch of an Edinburgh-based Swedish cafe group (also with a branch in Soho) will offer a range of home-baked Scandi classics including open sandwiches and cardamom buns along with sourdough pizzas.
SOMA - W1D
Indian
  London
Due to open in September, a new concept from the team behind Kricket; named after the Hindi moon god, SOMA is a "take on a speakeasy", serving Indian-inspired cocktails and snacks right next door to Kricket Soho.
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.
Supa Ya Ramen - SE15
  London
Chef Luke Findlay brings his 'traditionally inauthentic' cult ramen (using ingredients such as Parmesan cheese or Cumberland sausages) to this functionally kitted-out Peckham venue. He started it out as a supper club before opening his original restaurant in Dalston.
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.
Tapas Brindisa Richmond - TW9
Spanish
  London
Opening in October, the first suburban branch of Brindisa's tapas mini-chain; this site benefits from riverside views from the 60-cover terrace.
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 OWO - SW1A
International
  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. Acclaimed French chef, Mauro Colagreco (who runs France’s three-Michelin-starred Mirazur in Menton) will help create a brasserie, a chef's table and a fine dining restaurant at this 125 bedroom property.
The Plough at Shiplake - RG9
British, Modern
  Shiplake
The team behind Orwells in Henley have rescued this village pub (previously called The Plowden Arms) that dates back to 1774. It will reopen as an "informal all day dining affair open seven days a week".
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 York Minister Refectory Restaurant - YO1
British, Modern
  York
Just a month after the tragic fire at his Star Inn at Harome, chef Andrew Pern received the good news that his application to convert the closed York Minster School into a restaurant, along with chef Bex Toppin and her partner Will Pearce, of Robinsons Cafe.
Tienda Roosteria - EC2A
Mexican
  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.
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".
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.
Yannick Alleno at The Four Seasons - W1J
  London
Parisian uber-chef Yannick Alléno, who holds a total of six Michelin stars at three separate restaurants under one roof at the Pavillon Ledoyen on the Champs-Elysées, makes his London debut this year at this swish Mayfair hotel, with an anticipated summer launch.
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.
Nakanojo - W1U
  London
A second branch of this Nikkei specialist is opening in Marylebone, with a menu running from sushi and robata grills to tacos and ceviche and a drinks list that also combines Japan and Peru, with pisco sours, sakes and cocktails. The original is on the King's Road in Chelsea.
Nammos - SW7
  London
High-end Mediterranean seafood and beef top the menu at this chichi outfit from a group based in Mykonos, with offshoots in Cannes and Dubai. It's reservations-only, to minimise disturbance in tranquil 'Knightsbridge village'.
The Beckford Canteen - BA1
  Bath
Set in a Georgian former greenhouse close to Bath city centre, this restaurant and bottle shop from an upmarket West Country pub group features modern British cooking from accomplished chef George Barson, who ran the kitchens at Kitty Fisher's and Cora Pearl in London.
Flat Iron - W8
  London
This good-value steakhouse group is opening its 12th site in Kensington, serving its usual small menu headed by the signature flat iron steak, costing much the same as a posh burger.
Archway - SW8
  London
Contigo - WC2N
  London
Occupying the site of the former Strand Dining Rooms, this high-end Nikkei operation has a sushi counter and bar called Lima, a main open kitchen called Osaka, and an outdoor terrace with views across Trafalgar Square – so Nelson can look down on you from his column while you dine.
AngloThai - SW1Y
Thai
  London
Benihana - WC2
Japanese, Teppan-yaki
  London
The glossy US-based teppanyaki chain is to add a third London branch on the Covent Garden site that was Fire & Stone (RIP) – its first new one in London in 20 years (to join those in Chelsea and Mayfair). Nowadays, the group is owned by Minor International who acquired a 75% stake in 2018.
Caviar Kaspia - W1J
Fish & seafood
  London
Back after almost 20 years, the famous Parisian caviar house announced it was opening on the former site of The Chess Club back in 2018; exact date yet to be announced.
Embr Kitchen - E2
Steaks & grills
  London
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; no news (at Jan 2022) on an opening date - it's been a while...
Flesh and Buns - W8
Japanese
  London
F&B's third restaurant is to be located in West London on the old Sticky Fingers site.
Kanada-Ya - W5
Japanese
  London
A fifth UK branch for the ramen specialists; opening date as yet unknown.
Manzi's - W1D
Fish & seafood
  London
There's no news on what will happens to the plans for a homage to the late, great Manzi's now that uber-restaurateurs Corbin & King have been removed from their own company.
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. Still no news yet on an opening date at Jan 2022...
Sexy Fish - M3
Fish & seafood
  Manchester
Richard Caring's Caprice Holdings group is rumoured to be opening a second Sexy Fish (and neighbour to The Ivy Asia) in Manchester's Spinningfields Square in 2022.
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.
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 which was scheduled to open in late 2021, but there's been no news for a while now...
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 Jan 2022) 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.
Belvedere - W8
Mediterranean
  London
September 2021: both Google and OpenTable say this restaurant is "Permanently Closed". The builders are in, we understand, so we presume at some point some new venture will be announced here.
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.
Kingsway Hall Hotel - WC2
British, Modern
  London
Mamarosa - EC2
Italian
  London
After several years, there's still no news about when Barcelona's Mamarosa is due to land in Shoreditch... we'll keep you updated when we hear something.
Muriel's Kitchen - WC2
British, Traditional
  London
No news on the proposed sibling to South Ken's neighbourhood bistro.
Not Really Indian (NRI) - B1
Indian
  Birmingham
Since being announced in 2018, there's been 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.
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 Peninsula London - SW1
  London
Luxury hotel owned and operated by The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels; due to open in 2023.
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 late 2022 (originally it was promised for 2019). A second hotel in Hoxton is due to open in 2023.

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