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Oct
Mana - M4
British, Modern
  Manchester
Opening Oct 2018
This restaurant from former Noma chef Simon Martin is described as an 'informal dining experience serving a menu of ten to fifteen plates in quick succession'. The small (just 30-covers) evening-only venture opens in Manchester Life’s Sawmill Court this summer and is one of the city’s most hotly anticipated new openings.
Stem & Glory - EC1V
Vegetarian
  London
Opening 19 Oct 2018
Following a wildly successful crowdfund, Cambridge's popular vegan restaurant is heading down the M11 to open in Old Street to share its plant-based cuisine with eager Londoners.
Jollibee - SW5
Chicken
  London
Opening 20 Oct 2018
Fried chicken and spaghetti with sweet hot dog sauce may not sound that interesting, but when the first European branch of Filipino fast food chain Jollibee opened in Milan in early 2018, people queued for HOURS to try it. Jollibee has been 'bringing chicken joy' for over 40 years in over 750 locations - and now it's our turn. Opening in October on the former Earl's Court Wagamama site.
Art Yard - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Opening 22 Oct 2018
An all-day bar and restaurant with in the Bankside hotel.
EartH Kitchen - N16
British, Modern
  London
Opening 22 Oct 2018
The old Savoy Cinema and Hackney Arts Centre space has had a multi-million pound refurbishment as EartH (Evolutionary Arts Hackney) arts space, and has now announced that Chris Gillard, formerly exec chef at the St John group is to head up the food section. Seasonal modern British dishes, old-school puddings and live music are all on the menu - and the community-focused endeavour will be hiring apprentices from Hackney City College, too.
Gamma Gamma - W1D
Pan-Asian
  London
Opening 22 Oct 2018
Pan-Asian fusion tapas that's responsibly sourced, with many gluten and dairy-free options, is the USP at this new Soho restaurant.
Berenjak - W1D
Persian
  London
Opening 23 Oct 2018
Iranian chef Kian Samyani, in conjunction with the JKS restaurant empire, will open this Persian restaurant in Soho in October 2018; named for the toasted rice snack eaten at fairs in Iran, the restaurant will replicate the street food and hole-in-the-wall kebab shop cuisine of the chef's homeland.
Rocket & Ruby - L2
British, Modern
  Liverpool
Opening 25 Oct 2018
A new, all-day cafe for Liverpool, on the corner of Castle Street and Derby Square. Early signs are impressive - not least because the team behind it are responsible for Bacaro, Salt House tapas and Hanover Street Social. Locals will recognise the name (which belongs to the owners' dogs, we are told) from their residency at Baltic Market, which ended in April 2018.
Morty & Bob's - N1C
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Opening 26 Oct 2018
A third branch for the grilled cheese purveyors, this time alongside the Hart Bros installations in Kings Cross' Coal Drops Yard.
Vermuteria - N1C
Spanish
  London
Opening 26 Oct 2018
Anthony Demetre (Wild Honey and formerly Arbutus) has been announced as the latest incumbent of the Coal Drops Yard development in King's Cross. His bar and cafe will be an all-day take on the vermouth bars of Spain and Italy (vermuterias); over 50 different vermouths will be available.
Barrafina - N1C
Spanish
  London
Opening 26 Oct 2018
The Hart Bros unveil the fourth (and largest) of their Barcelona-inspired tapas chain in a new Regent’s Canal-side retail quarter, Coal Drops Yard – developed from a converted Victorian coal store. It vaunts 40 covers with a private dining space for 24. The outside terrace, seating 60, will have a separate name - Parrillan, inspired by the Spanish 'parrilla' or grill - and will open in Spring 2019.
Casa Pastór & Plaza Pastór - N1C
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Opening Oct 2018
A larger sister restaurant to the Hart Bros’ Borough Market taqueria El Pastór arrives at new canal-side retail development Coal Drops Yard (a converted Victorian coal store) in King’s Cross this autumn. It will be joined by a fourth Barrafina outlet and a new wine bar The Drop. Each site will boast a generous outdoor terrace, with separate names and menus - the one here will be called Plaza Pastor.
The Drop - N1C
British, Modern
  London
Opening Oct 2018
A new wine bar from the Hart Bros arrives at canal-side retail development Coal Drops Yard (a converted Victorian coal store) in King’s Cross this autumn. It will be joined by a fourth Barrafina outlet and Casa Pastór – a larger sister restaurant to the Hart Group’s Borough Market taqueria El Pastór. Each site will boast a generous outdoor terrace. A crowd-funding campaign will launch via CrowdCube for those interested in investing in the brothers latest project.
Nathalie - W1S
British, Modern
  London
Opening 29 Oct 2018
Juan Santa Cruz has announced that he will open his third London restaurant (alongside Casa Cruz and Isabel); Nathalie will be “a revolutionary take-out spot” right by the Conde Nast publishing house, open all day, and will serve food with an "epic art-deco vibe".
Gridiron - W1K
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening 30 Oct 2018
The room formerly known as the Met Bar is re-opening with a bang at the end of October 2018; a 'live fire' venue with an impressive team at the wheel - food from Richard H Turner (Hawksmoor) and Colin McSherry (Nuala, Clove Club), cocktails from brothers Max and Noel Venning (Three Sheets) and wine choices by Guardian wine writer Fiona Beckett. With a counter for watching the chefs at work, this could become a serious destination.
Flipside - EC1M
Vegetarian
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
Veganism continues its march across the city with this latest opening, a 100% plant-based cafe and takeaway by day, and 'proper', meat-free burger joint by night. The 'mac bar' where you can customise your (vegan) mac 'n' cheese is bound to be a hit on social media.
Hai Di Lao - SHAF
Chinese
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
One of China's largest hot pot chains is arriving in London - in no less than Piccadilly Circus - this year, 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.
Levan - SE15
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
New from the team behind Salon, an all-day restaurant and bar in Peckham, featuring contemorary European cuisine in a casual bistro style.
Little Mercies - N8
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
A trio of mixologists, Alan Sherwood and brothers Max and Noel Venning, who between them have an impressive pedigree that includes Scout, Peg + Patriot and Dalston's Three Sheets, are heading north to bring some hipster cool to Crouch End with this cocktail bar and restaurant; weekend brunch will be a feature.
Omoide - SE1
Japanese
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
Formerly head chef at Story, Angelo Sato goes solo again (following pop-ups with Mission Sato and at Carousel) with this grab-and-go outlet (part of B Street Deli) serving rice-centred dishes inspired by the rice course in the formal multi-course dining called kaiseki.
Omotesando Koffee - W1T
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
What started as a one-man operation in Omotesando, Japan, has become a global chain of super-stylish coffee houses, serving beautiful food and drink in typically pared-back surroundings. We expect the sandos and custard cubes to be the next big Insta hits.
POTUS - SE1
American
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
Intriguingly named, this restaurant is named after the abbreviation that 1890s telegraph operators used for the President of the United States. As it's pretty close to the new US Embassy, is opening on Hallowe'en 2018 and is run by a Mexican-born chef, Pablo Peñalosa Najera, we're wondering what political message they are trying to convey? Dishes span the continental US, from San Franciscan fish stew to NY strip steak and New Orleans dessert Bananas Foster.
The Gate - NW8
Vegetarian
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
A fourth branch for London's veggie pioneers, in a spacious St John's Wood location. We are told to expect a vegan weekend brunch, kids' meals and a set lunch menu.
The Parrot - WC2B
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
Idris Elba is one of the names behind this new, tropical-themed cocktail bar at the Waldorf Hilton (serving small plates from Waldorf exec chef Karl Richardson). Live music nightly, secret menus, a chauffeur-driven car, unnanounced shows and "A-List surprises" are all promised.
Theo's Italian Kitchen (Group) -
  GROUP
Opening 31 Oct 2018
Chef Theo Randall already runs one Theo's Italian Kitchen in Zurich; three UK branches are to open in 2018 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.
Yen Burger - SE1
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
Asian-influenced burgers, combining unique ingredients such as Kim-chi mayonnaise with Wagyu beef, sustainable cod or veggies (and "nothing frozen" - that's a promise) make this new Borough burger offering a tantalising prospect from Yen Nguyen and her team.
Yolk - EC4A
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
Pop-up turned permanent in a shopping container, and now a full restaurant site for Yolk, serving up their famous poached egg pots, plus a range of breakfast baps, with heartier fare at lunch.
BunCo - EC3R
Fusion
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
This Istanbul operator arrives in the City of London in late 2018, bringing with it bao buns stuffed with non-traditional fillings like veal kebab with pickled aubergine, tuna corn and capers, and even falafel.
Not Really Indian (NRI) - B1
Indian
  Birmingham
Opening 31 Oct 2018
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. 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 Gate (Group) - -
Vegetarian
  GROUP
Opening 31 Oct 2018
Custard - SE1
Indian
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
The latest restaurant to join the One Tower Bridge development is a bakery by day, wine bar by night project from the folks behind Gunpowder (and below the new branch of Gunpowder). Expect Bombay sandwiches and soft serve custard.
VIVI - WC1A
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
As part of the renovation of the entire, iconic Centre Point building, London restaurateurs rhubarb (Sky Garden, Saatchi Gallery, Royal Albert Hall) will open a 'new culinary destination' on the bridge link overlooking the new square, featuring four separate dining areas. It was slated to open late-2017 but this has been pushed back several times, and is now aiming for a September opening.
Fortnum & Mason REX - EC3V
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
In the space vacated by D&D London at The Royal Exchange comes a food hall - complete with gift and hamper selection – from HM’s grocer Fortnum & Mason. There will be a dining and bar area in the courtyard (formerly D&D’s Grand Cafe).
Gezellig - W1U
International
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
After a successful residency at Carousel, the trio behind Gezellig are looking for their own site in London for their unique offering of 'creative comfort food' - watch this space for more details.
Wahlburgers - WC2E
Burgers, etc
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2018
US burger chain founded in Boston by the Wahlberg brothers (Mark, Donnie and Paul) chooses London as the site of its first European restaurant.
Crocadon Farm - PL12
British, Modern
  Saltash
Opening Oct 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, microbrewery and pottery here soon.
InPaella - W1D
Spanish
  London
Opening Oct 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 has been heralded with arriving in the UK since late 2017 with backing from the Iberica chain. The main offering, when InPaella finally opens, will be paella (hence the name), and it will be anything but ordinary; the opening date will be updated as we know more.
Sushisamba - WC2
Japanese
  London
Opening Oct 2018
Still coming soon... the second London outpost of this dazzling international chain, serving “heavenly” Japanese/South American fusion fare, was due to arrive in Covent Garden Market's Opera Terrace in early 2018 on the former site of Brasserie Blanc. No date has yet been released, apart from 'Fall 2018'... watch this space.
The Bonnie Badger - EH31
Scottish
  Gullane
Opening Oct 2018
Tom Kitchin, the chef behind Leith’s “outstanding” dining destination The Kitchin, takes over this restaurant-with-rooms in the village of Gullane on Scotland’s East coast. Just a stone’s throw from Muirfield golf course, and a 30-minute drive from Edinburgh, the hotel features 12 bedrooms, a bar and 60-cover dining room serving locally sourced produce.
The Palm at Deane - SN8
Pan-Asian
  Basingstoke
Opening Oct 2018
From the restaurateurs behind Winchester's pan-Asian restaurants Palm Pan Asia, The Shapla and Gandhi, comes a new venture.
Vapiano - WC1A
Italian
  London
Opening Oct 2018
Vapiano has confirmed that it will double its London presence to six sites during 2018, following on from the group's successful launch in Glasgow. The first of three new restaurants will occupy a massive (280-cover) site at the redeveloped landmark Centre Point on Tottenham Court Road, with the second and third restaurants occupying even bigger venues in Canary Wharf (284-covers) and Tower Bridge (311-covers).
Vapiano - E14
Italian
  London
Opening Oct 2018
Vapiano has confirmed that it will double its London presence to six sites during 2018, following on from the group's successful launch in Glasgow. The first of three new restaurants will occupy a massive (280-cover) site at the redeveloped landmark Centre Point on Tottenham Court Road, with the second and third restaurants occupying even bigger venues in Canary Wharf (284-covers) and Tower Bridge (311-covers).
Vapiano Tower Bridge - SE1
Italian
  London
Opening Oct 2018
Vapiano has confirmed that it will double its London presence to six sites during 2018, following on from the group's successful launch in Glasgow. The first of three new restaurants will occupy a massive (280-cover) site at the redeveloped landmark Centre Point on Tottenham Court Road, with the second and third restaurants occupying even bigger venues in Canary Wharf (284-covers) and Tower Bridge (311-covers).
Wingstop - WC2H
Chicken
  London
Opening Oct 2018
The first of a planned 100-strong UK store roll-out for this American chicken wing chain, which already has over a thousand sites worldwide. The Cambridge Circus flagship, taking over the former home of HSBC, will serve wings in 12 different flavours – including Teriyaki, Cajun and Atomic – as well as a range of Camden Town beers.
Nov
Kalifornia Kitchen - W1T
Vegetarian
  London
Opening 01 Nov 2018
From the founders of Hot Norwich Newcomer, Erpingham House, comes this plant-based fast food restaurant. No details on opening yet, watch this space...
Pachamama East - EC2A
Peruvian
  London
Opening 01 Nov 2018
The popular Peruvian-inspired Marylebone restaurant has secured an east London site, which will open in November. Mikkel Gregersen (formerly of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and AOC in Copenhagen) has been appointed Executive Creative Chef of this new spot and its two sibling restaurants, Pachamama and Chicama/
Tapas Brindisa - SW11
Spanish
  London
Opening 01 Nov 2018
Brindisa is to open its sixth branch, at the Battersea Power Station development, in November 2018.
The Lore of the Land - W1T
  London
Opening 01 Nov 2018
Director and former Mr Madonna Guy Ritchie has taken over Fitzrovia pub The Lukin, and will re-open it under a new name soon. Ritchie owns his own micro-brewery, Gritchie, so expect to find his own beers here.
Fare - EC1V
Pizza
  London
Opening 02 Nov 2018
From the folks behind Sager + Wilde in Hackney and Bethnal Green, comes a new pizza place in Clerkenwell, offering sourdough bases, wine, cocktails and (in their own words) “mind-blowing coffee”.
Cake and Bubbles - W1B
  London
Opening 05 Nov 2018
Albert Adria (brother of El Bulli's Ferran, and former pastry chef at the world-famous restaurant) is arriving in London this November with a dessert and sparkling wine restaurant at Hotel Cafe Royal; he's bringing the famous white chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake from his smash-hit Barcelona joint, Tickets (pictured), along with intruiging-sounding dishes such as airwaffles with caramelised bananas, and chocolate ninoyoyaki cake balls.
Imperial Treasure - SW1Y
Chinese
  London
Opening 05 Nov 2018
With renowned restaurants across Asia, Imperial treasure is venturing into Europe with this London opening, and France next year. The speciality of the house is Peking Duck carved at the table, which should be the next big thing on Instagram.
Kutir - SW3
Indian
  London
Opening 05 Nov 2018
Ex Jamavar chef Rohit Ghai is to launch his first solo site in November 2018, on the elegant Chelsea townhouse site that for many years housed Vineet Bhatia’s excellent nouvelle Indian. As well as an à la carte option, the cuisine here will feature a tasting menu inspired by Indian hunting expeditions.
Market Halls Victoria - SW1V
International
  London
Opening 05 Nov 2018
Following the success of Market Halls Fulham, the company has announced that they have taken over a bigger site, opposite Victoria rail station (formerly Pacha nightclub), for a roll-out of the food court concept. This place will seat 400 people over 3 floors, with a roof terrace opening in 2019. Confirmed traders include Baozilnn, bunshop from The Marksman's team, an udon bar from Koya, and an off-shoot of Euston's Roti King (Gopal's Corner).
Pasta Remoli - W5
Italian
  Ealing Broadway
Opening 05 Nov 2018
A third branch of Pasta Remoli is due to open in November 2018.
Provisioners - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Opening 05 Nov 2018
From the man who brought us Riding House Cafe, The Garrison and Blixen, Clive Watson, a new all-day restaurant (with adjoining Italian coffee bar) inside The Dixon boutique hotel in the new Tower Bridge development. As you'd expect with his pedigree, the Provisioners will be a hang-out with "uncomplicated and comforting food".
The Harlot - W4
British, Modern
  London
Opening 05 Nov 2018
Henry Harris and James McCulloch (trading as Harcourt Inns) are on a roll with their pub-conversion concept; it's just been announced that a fourth venue is being developed (to join The Coach, The Hero of Maida and Three Cranes), this time in Chiswick. We expect a similar style to the other pubs - all day food with French influences and top British bar snacks.
Chimichanga - E18
Lebanese
  London
Opening 05 Nov 2018
From the owners of Lazeez Lebanese Tapas in central London comes this South Woodford sibling.
Roux at Skindles - SL6
French
  Taplow
Opening Nov 2018
A brasserie-style restaurant from Michel and Alain Roux slated to open within a new waterside 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.
The Falcon - SG9
British, Modern
  Buntingford
Opening 08 Nov 2018
Chef Kieren Steinborn-Busse, previously executive chef of Vinoteca, is to open his first restaurant, where he plans to serve “British comfort food and rustic recipes using seasonal, local produce”. His wife Natasha will lead the front of house team in the Grade II-listed Tudor property with just 28 covers.
Lino - EC1A
British, Modern
  London
Opening 09 Nov 2018
A former linoleum factory near St Bart's has been turned into a restaurant by the team behind Kitty Hawk; former head chef at The Dairy, Richard Falk, is to be behind the stoves. Everything will be made in house, from bread to spirits.
The White Haus - EC4A
Swiss
  City of London
Opening 09 Nov 2018
Opening in November 2018, this new City-fringe pub from Hippo Inns is a three-floor behemoth that's apparently going to be all decked out in an apres-ski theme, complete with memorabilia from the British Ski Club and a private dining cable car. All-day dining from breakfast to cocktails.
Brasserie of Light - W1A
British, Modern
  London
Opening 12 Nov 2018
New from Caprice Holdings, this elegant Selfridges brasserie features a 24ft crystal-encrusted Pegasus statue created especially by Damien Hirst. With its own entrance on Duke Street, Brasserie of Light will be open all day, serving an "eclectic mix of classic British and internationally inspired dishes".
Hicce - N1C
British, Modern
  London
Opening Nov 2018
Ramsay protégée and former head chef at Angela Hartnett's Murano, Pip Lacey will open her first restaurant, in King’s Cross’s ever-more-unbearably-achingly-hip Coal Drops Yard development in late 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.
Farzi Cafe - SW1Y
Indian
  London
Opening 26 Nov 2018
Originating in New Delhi in 2014, the Farzi Cafe chain from the House of Massive Restaurants now has nine branches across India and in Dubai. The London opening will serve up traditional Indian dishes in a contemporary style - buzzwords from the PR include "post-molecular", "laboratory-style", "playfully inspired" and "sonic homogeniser" (it's used to make cocktails, apparently). The drinks list is called The Vedika Menu, which is apparently Sanskrit for “restoring knowledge” - in our experience, cocktails often do the exact opposite...
Bowls - W1F
International
  London
Opening 30 Nov 2018
Russian TV chef Zarifa Ragimova is to launch her first solo restaurant, on the Soho site of Billy & the Chicks (RIP), featuring all-day, global 'bowl' food from South America, the Caribbean and Asia.
Cérès - N16
Mediterranean
  London
Opening 30 Nov 2018
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Camille Tardieu has transformed her Hackney supper club, Southbound, into bricks and mortar. The seasonally changing menu, inspired by her Sicilian and Provencal grandmothers, is described as 'contemporary southern European gastronomy'; the Brioche Brunch sounds delicious.
Mezemiso - SE1
  London
Opening 30 Nov 2018
A second restaurant for the new Crowne Plaza hotel on Albert Embankment; this one is located on the 15th floor, complete with panoramic views of the river. The food (as you can deduce from the name) is Lebanese-Japanese fusion. See also POTUS.
St Johns Church Fish & Chips (as yet unnamed) - EH1
Fish & chips
  Edinburgh
Opening 30 Nov 2018
Edinburgh restaurateur Tony Crolla is set to open a £3 million fish and chip restaurant in a former Old Town church; the as-yet-unnamed “contemporary”, 270-cover restaurant will spread across three floors at St John’s church in Victoria Street.
Sutton and Sons - E8
Fish & chips
  London
Opening 30 Nov 2018
A new branch for Sutton & Sons, just up the road from their new all-vegan branch.
Dishoom - M3
Indian
  Manchester
Opening 30 Nov 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.
Honest Burgers - M3
Burgers, etc
  Manchester
Opening Nov 2018
With 23 branches already in London and the South East 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 year.
Mamarosa - EC2
Italian
  London
Opening Nov 2018
A London version of Barcelona's celeb-magnet Italian restaurant is slated to open at the Shoreditch Village development this year. It will open adjacent to the citizenM boutique hotel just off Shoreditch High Street, the original is part of Barcelona's 5-star W hotel.
Nusr-Et Steakhouse - SW1X
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening Nov 2018
Still no date for when Turkish-butcher-turned-Instagram-sensation and restaurateur Nusret Gökçe – aka Salt Bae (due to his theatrical salt sprinkling techniques) – will open a branch of his international steakhouse in London, at The Park Tower Knightsbridge Hotel. He recently launched outposts in Miami and New York.
Patrick Powell Project (TBC) - E20
  London
Opening Nov 2018
Still no new on when ex-Chiltern Firehouse head chef Patrick Powell will open his own solo venture, to be located on the seventh floor of Stratford's new Manhattan Loft Gardens (a new apartment tower boasting a hotel and three roof gardens). Other details are still a little thin on the ground, too – watch this space.
Rosa’s - L3
Thai
  Liverpool
Opening Nov 2018
London group of Thai restaurants founded by husband and wife, Alex and Saiphin Moore, is to opens its first site outside the capital, in Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock.
Shola Karachi Kitchen - W12
Pakistani
  London
Opening Nov 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 Nov 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.
Dec
Onima - W1K
  London
Opening 01 Dec 2018
Bringing "the spirit of Mykonos to London", Onima is an ambitious new bar, Asian-Mediterranean fusion restaurant and private members’ club with a glass-enclosed rooftop terrace, in a five-storey Mayfair townhouse that previously belonged to Cartier. The passion project of Alexandros Andrianopoulos, Onima promises "a complete luxury lifestyle experience designed to captivate and deeply satisfy all five senses".
Din Tai Fung - WC2E
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
Opening Dec 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, with over 150 outlets worldwide. Its inaugural foray into the UK market was announced as opening in the revamped Centrepoint development, but it will actually be preceeded by this 'second' branch in Covent Garden in December 2018. The signature dish, a precisely folded Xiao Long Bao (steamed pork dumpling), is a work of art, and will no doubt be a feature on many an Instagram feed come Christmas.
IT Ibiza - W1S
Mediterranean
  London
Opening 10 Dec 2018
Following in the footsteps of Zela, IT Ibiza is heading to London. Housed in a former Mayfair art gallery, it will still feature emerging artists on the walls, and will dish up "food, aperitivo and world-class DJs" - the former from top Naples chef Gennaro Esposito.
Adam Handling Chelsea - SW1X
British, Modern
  London
Opening 17 Dec 2018
Steeped in history, The Cadogan hotel on Sloane Street is having a major refurbishment, from which it will rise, phoenix-like, in December 2018 as the Belmond Cadogan. Hot chef du jour Adam Handling will be 'handling' the entire food offering, from breakfast and room service to afternoon tea to this eponymous restaurant (with its own entrance on Pont Street). No details on the menu yet, although Adam says he wants to "draw on the heritage of the building and reinterpret it in my own way" - with Lillie Langtry and Oscar Wilde as former residents, that could mean almost anything!
The Tea Lounge, Belmond Cadogan Hotel - SW1X
British, Modern
  London
Opening Dec 2018
Steeped in history, the Cadogan hotel is undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment, and will open at the end of 2018 as the Belmond Cadogan, with celeb chef Adm Handling 'handling' the entire food offering, from room service and afternoon tea (The Tea Lounge) to the Terrace Cafe and this eponymous restaurant. No food details yet, but Adam says he wants to "draw on the heritage of the building and reinterpret it in my own way" - with former residents including Lillie Langtry and Oscar Wilde, who knows what that could mean?
Roast - W1W
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Dec 2018
In a former BBC building, the Borough Market restaurant's more casual sibling, over two floors, will open in late 2018, with Paul Shearing (Bread Street Kitchen, Odette's) at the stoves.
Vintry Kitchen - EC4V
Pan-Asian
  London
Opening 31 Dec 2018
A new City hotel, "inspired by London’s historic trading guilds"; information on the two dining areas has changed, but here the website promises Asian tapas, while the Mercer Roof Terrace will serve modern British cuisine.
Atticus - EC1V
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.
Poptata - HA9
International
  London
Opening Dec 2018
They only serve one thing – fries – but there’s an extensive array of toppings to choose from at this street food fave, which will open a stall at Boxpark Wembley when it opens later this year.
Shibui - W1
Japanese
  London
Opening Dec 2018
Former head chef at Hackney's “cramped-but-magical” Pidgin, Elizabeth Haigh, is behind this Japanese-influenced restaurant offering refined barbecue dishes with inventive flavour pairings.
Shippon by Mark Ellis - LL13
British, Modern
  Bangor-on-Dee
Opening Dec 2018
Just one year on from transforming a former Tattenhall village shop into an ambitious restaurant-with-rooms, chef and restaurateur Mark Ellis has announced a new venture near Wrexham. The restaurant and wine bar at Plassey holiday village will incorporate a central bar, lounge and wine tasting room. An opening date is yet to be confirmed.
The Athenian - HA9
Greek
  London
Opening Dec 2018
What started as a small street food venture offering freshly made souvlaki in 2014 has spawned five London outposts, a Bristol restaurant, and now, a new site at Boxpark Wembley when it opens in late-2018.
Ugly Dumpling - HA9
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
Opening Dec 2018
Wingstop - HA9
Chicken
  London
Opening Dec 2018
The second of a planned 100-strong UK store roll-out for this American chicken wing chain, which already has over a thousand sites worldwide, will launch at Boxpark Wembley later this year. It serves wings in 12 different flavours – including Teriyaki, Cajun and Atomic – as well as a range of Camden Town beers. The UK flagship will launch in Cambridge Circus in mid-2018.
Jan
Amazonico - W1J
International
  London
Opening 01 Jan 2019
It's very early days, but we hear that Spanish celeb-haunt Amazonico (famous for its lushly forested interior - think Rainforest Cafe without the animals or kids) is planning to open in the former Allied Irish Bank building in Berkeley Square; more details as we hear them.
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.
Serata Hall - EC1V
  London
Opening 07 Jan 2019
Albion & East, the team behind Canova Hall and Martello Hall are completing a trio of halls with this opening, slated for early 2019 in Old Street.
Bob Bob Cité - EC3
British, Modern
  London
Opening 07 Jan 2019
Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow; we’ve been billing the arrival of BBC – sibling to Soho’s glam Bob Bob Ricard – for nearly two years now as its opening is pushed back and back. Set to occupy the entire third floor of ‘The Cheesegrater’ more ‘press for champagne’ buttons are promised, alongside cooking provided by well-known chef, Eric Chavot. When it finally arrives (current estimate is Jan 2019), one thing is certain: it won’t be subtle!
Wild by Tart, Eccleston Place - SW1W
Organic
  London
Opening Jan 2019
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. NB the working name of this venture was Ecclestone Place by Tart London, which is how it was listed in our print guide for 2019.
Soutine - NW8
International
  London
Opening Jan 2019
Corbin & King’s latest opening takes over the prime St John’s Wood site vacated as part of the retrenchment of the Carluccio’s chain. An opening some time in 2019 is expected, with such details as are available – for example Jeremy King’s comment that it will be “Colbert meets Fischer’s” – suggesting a grand continental grand café style reminiscent of the group’s other ventures.
Pensons - WR15
British, Modern
  Stoke Bliss
Opening 31 Jan 2019
Lee Westcott, formerly of The Typing Room in Bethnal Green's converted town hall (RIP), has taken the helm at this new restaurant opening on the Netherwood Estate on the Herefordshire-Worcestershire border.
Wool Yard - SE18
International
  London
Opening 31 Jan 2019
Still in the planning stages, but we are excited about this project - it's a new 'shipping-container-community-hub with food stalls' development for Woolwich, from the man who brought us Pop Brixton, Carl Turner. More news and details of stallholders as we hear it.
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.
Barbecoa, Nova - SW1
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening Jan 2019
Din Tai Fung - WC1A
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
Opening Jan 2019
Since opening in Taipei in 1972 to make ends meet when the retail oil prices plummeted, this soup, dumpling and noodle shop has gone global, and is arriving in the UK in 2019 at the revamped Centrepoint development on Tottenham Court Road. Before this one even opened, a second London site was confirmed for Covent Garden late in 2018. Watch this space for more details...
Feb
Sam's Riverside - W6
British, Modern
  London
Opening 01 Feb 2019
Restaurateur Sam Harrison - who owned Sam’s Brasserie in Chiswick and Harrison’s in Balham, until both sites were sold to Foxlow in 2015 - has announced plans to open a new restaurant and bar in February 2019 as part of the major rejuvenation project of Riverside Studios in Hammersmith. Facing the Thames with views of Hammersmith Bridge, the all-day 90-cover brasserie will have an outdoor terrace and private dining room.
The Standard - WC1H
  London
Opening 04 Feb 2019
American style hotel chain opening in London in early 2019; there's to be several restaurants, including a ground-floor spot that Adam Rawson has been named as chef for, plus a striking glass roof extension housing a further restaurant and roof garden.
Mar
120 Fenchurch Street - EC3M
  City of London
Opening 01 Mar 2019
Despite closing four sites in the Royal Exchange in August 2018, D&D are still expanding with this new 14th floor site with “public sky garden” by Leadenhall Market (as well as opening Bluebird in NYC) - we expect it to open in Spring 2019.
Mercato Metopolitano Mayfair - W1K
International
  London
Opening 01 Mar 2019
Mercato Metropolitano, the community-centred eco-friendly food hall in Elephant & Castle, is to open in the restored St Mark's church in north Mayfair, in a deal with Grosvenor, who recently completed a £5m restoration of Grade I listed building (known to many as the American church). Once open, Mercato Mayfair will boast 16,000sq ft. of retail, dining and community space, plus a rooftop terrace and outdoor bar - all a short walk from Oxford Street.
The Pantechnicon - SW1
British, Modern
  London
Opening Mar 2019
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, with an opening date currently estimated as Spring 2019.
Allegra - E20
  London
Opening 31 Mar 2019
One of two restaurants to open in the new Stratford hotel at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Allegra will be overseen by chef Patrick Powell (formerly head chef at Chiltern Firehouse). See also The Stratford Brasserie.
Darby's - SW8
Irish
  London
Opening 31 Mar 2019
MasterChef judge and chef Robin Gill (of The Dairy and Sorella) will be running the restaurant and rooftop bar at the Embassy Gardens development (the one with the suspended swimming pool), by the new US Embassy. Irish influences, open-fire cooking and on-site brewed drinks will feature.
The South Downs Pig - BN18
British, Modern
  Arundel
Opening 31 Mar 2019
One of three new Pig hotels planned over the next 12 months (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.
The Stratford Brasserie - E20
  London
Opening 31 Mar 2019
One of two restaurants to open in the new Stratford hotel at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, The Stratford Brasserie will be overseen by chef Ben Harrington, previously with Soho House Group. See also Allegra.
The Pig at Bridge Place - CT4
British, Modern
  Bridge
Opening Mar 2019
The first of the three new Pig hotels is slated to open in the village of Bridge near Canterbury in Spring 2019, 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.
Wish Tower Restaurant - BN21
French
  Eastbourne
Opening Mar 2019
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.
Apr
Rooftop Restaurant, The Standard - WC1H
  London
Opening 01 Apr 2019
There's to be several restaurants within this American hotel chain opening in London in early 2019; the ground-floor spot has named Adam Rawson (once of Pachamama) as chef, and now Bristol's darling, Peter Sanchez-Iglesias (of Casamia and Paco Tapas) has been announced as the chef for the glass rooftop restaurant.
Storey’s Gate Cafe - SW1A
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Opening 01 Apr 2019
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.
Jun
The Pig at Harlyn Bay - PL28
British, Modern
  Harlyn
Opening 30 Jun 2019
The Pig Hotel company have snapped up the Grade II-listed Harlyn House near Padstow to add to their growing collection of hotels. Harlyn House was on the market for only the third time since the 15th century, and has 38 rooms and stunning sea views. The company are hoping to have it ready for Summer 2019.
Jul
Folie - W1F
French
  London
Opening 01 Jul 2019
Frenchman Guillaume Depoix has taken over a corner site in Golden Square (previously a PizzaExpress), with a view to opening the perfect Soho brasserie in the summer of 2019 (a brave post-Brexit move, we think). He has extensive front-of-house experience, with four years in London under his belt, plus Alain Ducasse’s Plaza Athénée.
Jan
Eataly - EC2
Italian
  London
Opening Jan 2020
The Square Mile continues to up its foodie credentials with the arrival of an Italian 'foodie theme park' from Eataly in 2020 (date still TBC) boasting stores, restaurants, market stalls and coffee shops. It is the latest dining hub to hit the city following in the footsteps of Broadgate Circle in 2015, The Ned last year, and the launch of Bloomberg Arcade in late 2017. Eataly was founded in 2004 by entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti and now has 35 megastores worldwide, including in Tokyo and New York. A London location has been touted in the past but has not materialised until now. The new 'theme park' is thought to be taking over 135 Bishopsgate previously occupied by Royal Bank of Scotland.

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