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Feb
Jidori - WC2B
Japanese
  London
Opening 27 Feb 2018
The team behind Dalston's yakitori specialist (Natalie Lee-Joe & Brett Redman) bring their Japanese small plates to Covent Garden in February 2018. Occupying a terraced building on Catherine Street, the 50-cover restaurant also boasts a private dining karaoke room.
Bluebird Café - W12
British, Modern
  London
Opening 28 Feb 2018
D&D London are rolling out the Bluebird Café concept with this first sibling in the former Television Centre at White City, due to open in 2018. An outdoor terrace and deli will feature.
Bocconi - W12
  London
Opening 28 Feb 2018
Taking over the former site of Patio (RIP) a new restaurant from the owner's of next door's family-run sandwich and coffee shop Liz Cafe.
Delamina - W1U
Middle Eastern
  London
Opening 28 Feb 2018
From the husband and wife team behind Shoreditch's turkey-focused Strut & Cluck comes a new Levantine venture in Marylebone. Alongside an on-trend vegetable-led menu is a list of Lebanese wines and cocktails using Middle Eastern spicing.
Popina - W1K
International
  London
Opening 28 Feb 2018
This London farmer's market fave from Isidora Popović – who started trading with help from The Prince's Trust and now supplies the likes of F&M and Harrods – launches its first permanent café in Mayfair. There are savoury options in the form of veggie and meat stews and curries, but the street food offering is all about delicious desserts, and we expect the café to be no different.
Purezza - NW1
Vegetarian
  London
Opening 28 Feb 2018
Brighton's vegan pizzeria branches out to London with a site in Camden.
The Pie Room - WC1V
British, Traditional
  London
Opening 28 Feb 2018
As the name suggests this venture is all about pies. Enjoy Calum Franklin's pastry perfection in the Holborn Dining Room's splendid surroundings, or take it away from the dedicated pie hatch.
The Pantechnicon - SW1
British, Modern
  London
Opening Feb 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.
Ahi Poké - EC2R
International
  London
Opening Feb 2018
A third branch of this chain of casual Hawaiian joints opens in Bloomberg's new City HQ, catering to London’s latest food craving: poké (raw fish).
Avobar - WC2E
Vegetarian
  London
Opening Feb 2018
Just when you thought the single concept restaurant had reached its peak, along comes an all-avocado offering, launching in Covent Garden in early 2018.
Duckroad - SW8
British, Modern
  London
Opening Feb 2018
Sibling to Soho's Ducksoup and Hackney's Rawduck, this new opening has been confirmed as one of the first restaurants that will open in the Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station this summer.
Flat Iron - N1
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening Feb 2018
A King's Cross outpost for this ever-popular steak cafe chain opens on Caledonian Road in early 2018. There are already outposts in Covent Garden, Notting Hill, Soho and Shoreditch.
Gökyüzü - E17
Turkish
  London
Opening Feb 2018
A third outpost of this high quality Turkish grill group is set to open on the former site of BHS in Walthamstow's Mall shopping centre. The Green Lanes original has long found favour among our reporters for its “quality of barbecued meat”, “beautiful succulent sharing platters” and “good value” fare.
Homeslice - W12
Pizza
  London
Opening Feb 2018
A fourth branch of Mark and Alan Wogan's Homeslice will open in the redeveloped Television Centre in 2017.
Mamarosa - EC2
Italian
  London
Opening Feb 2018
A London version of Barcelona's celeb-magnet Italian restaurant is slated to open at the Shoreditch Village development next 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.
Scully - SW1Y
British, Modern
  London
Opening Feb 2018
The first solo venture from former Nopi (of the Ottlenghi stable) head chef Ramael Scully. It is expected to open in the growing restaurant hub of St James's Market in early 2018. Scully plans to use seasonal British produce alongside herbs and spices that reflect his heritage – which is Chinese/Indian/Irish/Balinese!
Shibui - W1
Japanese
  London
Opening Feb 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.
Sushisamba - WC2
Japanese
  London
Opening Feb 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.
The Petersham - WC2E
British, Modern
  London
Opening Feb 2018
The Boglione family, owners of Richmond's Petersham Nurseries, are venturing into central London this year, with an ambitious new development in Covent Garden, which will launch in two phases: the shop, delicatessen, florist and wine cellar will open in June, followed by two restaurants, The Petersham and La Goccia in January 2018, alongside two bars.
VIVI - WC1A
British, Modern
  London
Opening Feb 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. It was slated to open late-2017 but this has been pushed to early-2018.
Mar
Cornerstone - E10
Fish & seafood
  London
Opening 01 Mar 2018
Tom Brown, ex-of The Capital, has branched away from Nathan Outlaw and will open his first restaurant, in Hackney Wick, in Spring 2018; we are told to expect predominantly fishy fare from this native Cornishman.
Linthwaite House - LA23
British, Modern
  Windermere
Opening 01 Mar 2018
20 Stories - M3
British, Modern
  Manchester
Opening 01 Mar 2018
The first Manchester foray for D&D London will sit atop the new No.1 Spinningfields skyscraper. Sitting at 100 metres it is the city's highest restaurant and is expected to open in February 2018. It will also boast a rooftop garden terrace, from which spectacular views are likely a given. Aiden Byrne (previously of Manchester House) will oversee the food offering.
Chokhi Dhani London - SW11
Indian
  London
Opening 01 Mar 2018
Already a household name in India, this group of luxury hotels and resorts expands internationally for the first time with a restaurant and street food offering in Battersea. The venture will showcase the same mix of fine food and vibrant atmosphere as the group's venues in Rajasthan. Heading up the kitchen is Vishnu Natarajan, formerly head chef of Carom in Soho, and Bhagwan Singh, ex of Mint Leaf.
Fortitude Bakehouse - WC1N
Organic
  London
Opening 01 Mar 2018
Opening in March with an impressive pedigree (Dee Rettali founded Patisserie Organic; Jorge Fernandez managed Monmouth Coffee Company and founded Fernandez and Wells) this bakery specialises in slow-ferment craft baking and will be the first in London to offer sourdough cakes, with gluten free and vegan bakes also available.
Swingers - W1C
International
  London
Opening 01 Mar 2018
From the people that brought adults-only crazy golf to the City (The Institute of Competitive Socialising), a new branch of Swingers, occupying the 20,000 sq ft site that was previously BHS' Oxford Street flagship; apparently it will look like a British seaside resort inside, and be packed with street food vendors and bars. No word yet on which brands will be appearing - we'll update you as we know.
The Elephant's Head - E5
British, Modern
  London
Opening 01 Mar 2018
On the former site of The Bonneville, a new Clapton hangout which apparently pays its respects to 'old school Hackney'.
The Hero of Maida - W9
British, Modern
  London
Opening 01 Mar 2018
This Maida Vale gastropub is back with a bang as Henry Harris (formerly of Knightbridge's Racine, RIP) takes over the kitchen. It closed in August last year after a lengthy legal battle over rent increases. It will re-open in March 2018, with the new name Hero of Maida (formerly it was The Truscott Arms).
Andrew Wong (TBC) - EC4N
Chinese
  London
Opening Mar 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 next spring. It will sit alongside 10 other restaurants (including Koya, Caravan and Vinoteca) in the new Bloomberg Arcade.
Brigadiers - EC2R
Indian
  London
Opening Mar 2018
JKS Restaurants (AKA the Sethi siblings), the founders of Gymkhana and Hoppers, are behind this Indian BBQ restaurant inspired by traditional Indian Army mess halls. It is slated to open in the City's Bloomberg Arcade in spring 2018 alongside Ekte Nordic Kitchen and a new project from Andrew Wong. The dining hub already boasts Vinoteca, Koya, Bleecker Burger and more.
Chucs - SW1X
Italian
  London
Opening Mar 2018
What better way to contemplate Cartier or ruminate on Rolex than with a bowl of pasta and a glass of vino. Harrods Fine Watch department adds a Chucs restaurant as part of its refurb, slated to open spring 2018.
Hicce - W1
  London
Opening Mar 2018
Ramsay protégée and former head chef at Angela Hartnett's Murano, Pip Lacey will open her first restaurant, in central London, in Spring 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.
Not Real Indian (NRI) - B1
Indian
  Birmingham
Opening Mar 2018
Chef-entrepreneur Atul Kocchar will open his first UK restaurant under the Not Real Indian (NRI) brand, 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.
The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie - CB2
British, Modern
  Cambridge
Opening Mar 2018
Another 'accessible all-day dining' brasserie offering from The Ivy stable is slated to open in central Cambridge in spring 2018. The dusk till dawn restaurant will serve breakfast, elevenses, weekend brunch, lunch, afternoon tea, light snacks, dinner and cocktails.
The Ivy Castle View - GU1
British, Modern
  Guildford
Opening Mar 2018
Guildford's branch of the ever-expanding Ivy Brasserie brand is expected to open in early 2018.
Ichiba - W12
Pan-Asian
  London
Opening 05 Mar 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.
Mr White's English Chophouse - E1
British, Modern
  London
Opening 05 Mar 2018
Mr. White's English Chophouse will opening in March 2018 on New Road, Whitechapel.
The Vurger Co - E1
Burgers, etc
  London
Opening 12 Mar 2018
London's love affair with plant-based food offerings continues as this vegan burger pop-up goes permanent in Shoreditch thanks to a successful £180k crowdfunding campaign. Alongside aubergine, mushroom and bean burgers there will be non dairy milkshakes and a selection of beers and wines.
Brat - E1
Fusion
  London
Opening 17 Mar 2018
Tomos Parry, formerly of Kitty Fisher's, is opening his first restaurant in Shoreditch in Spring 2018. His Welsh heritage and Basque cooking styles will influence the food, which will be cooked over an open fire. Brat is a colloquial term for turbot, we are told, and not a reference to his celebrity client Brad Pitt...
Leroy - EC2A
British, Modern
  London
Opening 19 Mar 2018
On the former site of Edwin's Wine Bar, a new Parisian-inspired 'cave' from the owners of Hackney's Ellory. Sommeliers Jack Lewens and Ed Thaw closed Ellory on 4 March and chose Shoreditch for their latest venture to take advantage of cheaper rents. Yes! Incredibly Hackney's Broadway Market is now more expensive than Shoreditch.
Authentique Epicerie & Bar - NW5
French
  London
Opening 20 Mar 2018
A wine bar, restaurant, grocery and wine store all rolled into one, featuring a rotating roster of guest chefs and winemakers. Alongside food and wine evenings in the wine bar, the attached grocery store offers French delicacies, cheeses and charcuterie, over 200 different vintages and 75 craft beers.
Restaurant 22 - CB4
British, Modern
  Cambridge
Opening 24 Mar 2018
Shake-up at “Cambridge's best-kept secret” as former Ramsay chef Sam Carter and fiancée Alex Oliver takeover this elegant 22 cover restaurant. The pair plan to refurbish the restaurant which will reopen on 24 March. The diminutive venue, which also vaunts 14 seat private dining room, will offer a lunch time set and evening taster menu alongside an à la carte menu.
Bryn Williams at Somerset House - WC2
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Mar 2018
Welsh chef Bryn Williams (Odette’s, Primrose Hill and Bryn Williams at Porth Eirias) opens his second London restaurant in Somerset House’s south wing. Bang on the flexitarian trend, the venture's modern British menu will put fruits and vegetables front and centre.
by Chloe - SE1
Vegetarian
  London
Opening 31 Mar 2018
After unveiling plans for its first London restaurant last year, we guessed it wouldn't be long before American, plant-based restaurant brand by Chloe started its UK roll-out. Before the first site even launches in Covent Garden a second London branch has been announced by Tower Bridge.
Cinnamon Kitchen Battersea - SW11
Indian
  London
Opening 31 Mar 2018
Vivek Singh (chef-patron of the Cinnamon Club et al) brings his latest restaurant to London's iconic Grade II-listed landmark, Battersea Power Station. Housed in a railway arch, this modern Indian is open for brunch, lunch and dinner as well as cocktails and light bites influenced by spices and delicacies found along the Delhi Jaipur Pink City Express route.
Ham - NW6
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Mar 2018
This new neighbourhood brunch and dinner spot could well prove a compelling reason to take a trip to West Hampstead. Head chef Matt Osborne has a fine pedigree, including The Ledbury, The Other Naughty Piglets and, most recently, head chef at Toasted in East Dulwich. The name is inspired by the old English word for village (rather than a tribute to pork).
Stem - W1J
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Mar 2018
Mark Jarvis, chef-patron of Anglo in Farringdon and Neo Bistro off Oxford Street, launches a new venture in Mayfair, offering tasting and à la carte menus of seasonal British fare created by Jarvis with head chef Sam Ashton-Booth.
Tish - NW3
Kosher
  London
Opening 31 Mar 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.
Bob Bob Cité - EC3
British, Modern
  London
Opening Mar 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, but it is finally slated to appear in January 2018. 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…
Burr & Co. - WC1B
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Opening Mar 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 – a coffeehouse by day, wine bar by night offering. The hotel, opening in early-2018, will also boast neighbourhood restaurant Neptune, Fitz's cocktail bar and Palm Court afternoon tea parlour.
Cora Pearl - WC2E
British, Modern
  London
Opening Mar 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 courtesan (French this time instead of English). 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.
Dishoom - M3
Indian
  Manchester
Opening Mar 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.
Jean-Christophe Novelli at City Quays - BT1
French
  Belfast
Opening Mar 2018
Celebrity chef JC Novelli is adding his name to the hotel restaurant that will open in the Belfast City Quays regeneration in early 2018; the site will feature double-height windows with views across the river and a French-style brasserie menu.
Lina Stores - W1D
Italian
  London
Opening Mar 2018
Soho deli Lina Stores opens its own pasta bar with 12-seater kitchen counter and 50-covers over two floors on the former site of Trattoria Da Aldo. It will serve many of the fresh pasta dishes found at the deli, a Soho landmark for the past 80 years.
Maison Bab - WC2
Turkish
  London
Opening Mar 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.
Mare Street Market - E8
British, Modern
  London
Opening Mar 2018
Neptune - WC1B
British, Modern
  London
Opening Mar 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 – a neighbourhood restaurant created in partnership with Brett Redman (Elliot's, The Richmond), and stylist-turned-restaurateur Margaret Crow, aiming to create a ‘Bloomsbury Salon’ for the 21st century. The hotel, opening in early-2018, will also boast afternoon tea parlour Palm Court, Fitz's cocktail bar and Burr & Co coffeehouse.
Oklava - W1
Turkish
  London
Opening Mar 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.
Ollie Dabbous Mayfair - W1J
British, Modern
  London
Opening Mar 2018
After closing his Fitzrovia flagship Dabbous in summer 2017, as well as nearby Barnyard, Ollie Dabbous is back with a new venture in the very salubrious environs of Mayfair's Piccadilly. The huge, 250-cover restaurant will open in partnership with the chef's mixologist business partner Oskar Kinberg and Hedonism Wines. Ollie Dabbous Mayfair (working title) will be a fine dining offering, set across three floors with views over Green Park.
Ottolenghi - W1A
Mediterranean
  London
Opening Mar 2018
Yotam Ottolenghi opens his biggest venue to date in Fitzrovia with a menu “focused on vegetables and on produce brought directly from selected, outstanding farmers”. The site includes a restaurant and store.
Palm Court - WC1B
Afternoon tea
  London
Opening Mar 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 early-2018, will also boast neighbourhood restaurant Neptune, Fitz's cocktail bar and Burr & Co coffeehouse.
Ruya - W1K
Turkish
  London
Opening Mar 2018
Restaurateur Umut Özkanca and chef Colin Clague bring their Dubai restaurant to London, promising a fine dining take on Middle Eastern food with a nod to Özkanca's native Turkey - which should go down well in its salubrious Mayfair locale. They've teamed up with Conran & Partners on the restaurant's design.
temper Covent Garden - WC2
Pizza
  London
Opening Mar 2018
Neil Rankin reinvents his temper restaurant brand once again as a pizza and vermouth offering in Covent Garden. The Soho original specialises in grilled meats while the City outpost gives things an Indian twist.
Apr
Ekte Nordic Kitchen - EC4N
Scandinavian
  London
Opening 01 Apr 2018
A new venture from Danish-born restaurateur Soren Jessen (of the City's 1 Lombard Street) offering Nordic-inspired cooking, smørrebrød sandwiches and Scandinavian pastries. It is slated to open in April 2018 at Bloomberg HQ's new City dining hub Bloomberg Arcade.
Are Friends Electric - M2
British, Modern
  Manchester
Opening Apr 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.
BrewDog Seven Dials - WC2H
British, Modern
  London
Opening Apr 2018
Hot on the heels of the announcement that crowdfunded craft brewers Brew Dog are opening in Tower Hill this year comes the news of a Cambridge Circus branch, on the site of Polpo's Ale & Bird branch (RIP).
Crocadon Farm - PL12
British, Modern
  Saltash
Opening Apr 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.
Gezellig - W1U
International
  London
Opening Apr 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.
Parker's Tavern - CB1
British, Modern
  Cambridge
Opening Apr 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.
The Man Who Fell to Earth - M2
British, Modern
  Manchester
Opening Apr 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.
Wish Tower Restaurant - BN21
  Eastbourne
Opening Apr 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.
May
The Jones Family Kitchen - SW1W
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 May 2018
A new restaurant from the people behind the Jones Family Project in Shoreditch (“heartily recommended” by our reporters for its “great steaks” and “diverse wine list”), specialising in meats from the North Yorkshire Moors sourced through the Ginger Pig butcher.
Eccleston Place by Tart London - SW1W
Organic
  London
Opening May 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.
The Palm at Deane - SN8
Pan-Asian
  Basingstoke
Opening May 2018
From the restaurateurs behind Winchester's pan-Asian restaurants Palm Pan Asia, The Shapla and Gandhi, comes a new venture.
Jun
Din Tai Fung - WC1A
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
Opening Jun 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, and is arriving in the UK this summer - exact time and place to be confirmed.
Eataly - EC2
Italian
  London
Opening Jun 2018
The Square Mile continues to up its foodie credentials with the arrival of an Italian 'foodie theme park' from Eataly in 2018 (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.
In Paella - W1A
Spanish
  London
Opening Jun 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; date and location will be updated as we know them.
Rök - W1
Scandinavian
  London
Opening Jun 2018
Scandi-inspired smokehouse launches its third site in Soho in mid-2018, address 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.
Shola-Karachi Kitchen - W12
Pakistani
  London
Opening Jun 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'.
Temakinho - SE1
Japanese
  London
Opening Jun 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.
Wellbourne - W12
British, Modern
  London
Opening Jun 2018
After opening a venture of the same name in Bristol in 2017, former Dabbous chefs Ross Gibbens and Michael Kennedy branch out to London, setting up shop alongside several other restaurants (including Kricket, Homeslice and Shola-Karachi Kitchen) in the old Beeb HQ in White City.
Kricket - W12
Indian
  London
Opening Jun 2018
This Mumbai street food inspired Soho restaurant brings its “profoundly original dishes” to White City with a second venture at the revamped Television Centre (former home of the Beeb).
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.
Sep
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.
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.
Dec
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.
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.
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.

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