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Nov
Market Hall Victoria - SW1V
International
  London
Opening 05 Nov 2018
The third Market Hall (and biggest yet) lands in the West end in Summer 2019; like its Fulham and Victoria siblings it will host independent food vendors (twelve of them), but this 800 cover behemoth will also have four bars, a children’s play area, an events space and a demo kitchen.
Apr
Caviar Kaspia - W1J
Fish & seafood
  London
Opening 08 Apr 2019
Back once again after almost 20 years, the famous Parisian caviar house is opening on the former site of The Chess Club in Spring 2019.
The Little Yellow Door - W11
British, Modern
  London
Opening 10 Apr 2019
What was a pop-up is now in a permanent Notting Hill venue; we're still not sure whether it's a restaurant, house party, members' bar, supper club or secret cocktail bar, but it'll be fun finding out. WhatsApp the phone number to get in for the party, bottomless brunch or Sunday roast.
Dory's - CT9
Fish & seafood
  Margate
Opening 15 Apr 2019
From the owners of Angela's in Margate, a sibling restaurant that's not a carbon copy, but instead a place that's "casual and informal, no reservations, counter-stool seating and open all day"; sustainable fish and seafood will feature highly.
Flint House - BN1
British, Modern
  Brighton
Opening 15 Apr 2019
A fifth restaurant from Pamela and Ben McKellar, behind The Gingerman group; this new-build site has the 50-cover restaurant at the centre, complete with roof terrace.
Martha's - W1D
American
  London
Opening 15 Apr 2019
Opening in the former Jackson & Rye building, this vintage-styled spot will bring "American food, jazz and drag" to Soho.
The Sea, The Sea - SW3
Fish & seafood
  London
Opening 15 Apr 2019
Named for an Iris Murdoch novel, this new fish shop and deli (by day) and fish restaurant (by night) is the new project from Alex Hunter, co-founder of Bonnie Gull; we're told to expect guests chefs and workshops from day 1.
The Woodsman - CV37
British, Modern
  Stratford-Upon-Avon
Opening 18 Apr 2019
Mike Robinson, restaurateur and co-owner of the “terrific” Harwood Arms in Fulham, will open The Woodsman in Stratford-upon-Avon's Indigo hotel, bringing with him his ‘field to fork’ philosophy, with a focus on sustainability, seasonality and locally-sourced produce.
Emilia - W1K
Italian
  London
Opening 26 Apr 2019
The Woodhead Restaurant Group, which operates Portland, Clipstone, and the Quality Chop House, are taking over the quirky space at the back of the famous auctioneers (Bonham's, RIP) and will launch Emilia on April 26. The Bonham’s cellar was an impressive one, and the wine-savvy Woodhead Group will also run the space in a vinous vein.
It's Pleat - W1B
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Opening 26 Apr 2019
Fashion house H&M open their second in-store cafe in April 2019 (the first UK one is in Westfield), serving Scandi-inspired snacks, salads, sandwiches and smoothies.
144 on the Hill - TW10
British, Modern
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2019
A new neighbourhood venue for Richmond (part of the Richmond Hill Hotel), focusing on 'turf to table' local produce, with afternoon tea a feature. Lovely views and live music will set it apart from the competition.
Hacha - E8
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2019
On the site that was briefly Sapling (RIP), a tequila and mezcal bar (or 'agaveria') serving Mexican small plate fare; the 'margarita fountain' will no doubt prove popular on social media.
Hard Rock Hotel - W1H
American
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2019
Formerly The Cumberland, this Mayfair hotel re-opens under the Hard Rock brand in Spring 2019.
Herman Ze German - B2
German
  Birmingham
Opening 30 Apr 2019
Myrtle - SW10
Irish
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2019
Former Bob Bob Ricard chef Anna Haugh is opening her own restaurant; Myrtle in Chelsea will offer "modern European cooking with an Irish influence, using the finest Irish produce."
Nathan Outlaw at The Goring - SW1W
Fish & seafood
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2019
It was announced just before Christmas 2018 that Nathan Outlaw would be heading up a second, more casual, restaurant at The Goring - the first new restaurant there in over 100 years. The as-yet un-named venue will focus on his tried-and-tested, winning formula of fish-centric, Cornish-influenced cooking.
Nutshell - WC2N
Persian
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2019
Modern Iranian cooking from an ex-Noma chef, Leonardo Pereira (until recently at The Greenhouse)
Pasticceria Marchesi 1824 - W1K
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2019
The historic (est. 1824) Milanese bakery that's partly owned by Prada will open a glitzy branch in Mayfair soon.
The Brasserie - E20
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2019
One of two restaurants to open in the new Stratford Manhattan Lofts hotel, The Stratford Brasserie will be overseen by chef Ben Harrington, previously with Soho House Group. See also Allegra (from ex-Chiltern Firehouse chef Patrick Powell).
Vanderlyle - CB1
  Cambridge
Opening 30 Apr 2019
Alex Rushmer, who closed his Cambridge restaurant Hole in the Wall in 2018, is to open another place in the city centre, with his former sous chef, Lawrence Butler.
Wild Flor - BN3
British, Modern
  Hove
Opening 30 Apr 2019
Bistro-style restaurant from Robert Maynard, Faye Hudson, and James Thomson, together with chef Oliver Derby - a well-known team from the Brighton restaurant scene.
Arros QD - W1D
Spanish
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2019
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. Originally called InPaella, the main offering of this project, when it finally opens, will be paella, and it will be anything but ordinary; the opening date will be updated as we know more (currently April 2019).
Atticus - EC1V
American
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2019
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 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.
Bob Bob Cité - EC3
British, Modern
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2019
An opening date for BBC was announced as 25 March 2019. Good thing we didn't hold our breath... the website now says April 2019. We've waited two years, what's another few weeks?
Harlem Soul - EC1
American
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2019
From the Queen of afternoon tea Bea Vo (Bea's of Bloomsbury), a follow-up to her American diner Stax which opened in Carnaby Street's Kingly Court last year. As well as favourites from Stax, her new US-inspired venture near Old Street station will riff on Deep South cooking.
Honest Burgers - M3
Burgers, etc
  Manchester
Opening 30 Apr 2019
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 (although the date has not yet been confirmed, and it's been several months...)
Not Really Indian (NRI) - B1
Indian
  Birmingham
Opening 30 Apr 2019
More than a year on, still no news about when chef-entrepreneur Atul Kocchar's first UK restaurant under the Not Really Indian (NRI) brand will open. (When it does, it will be serving cuisine developed by Indian cooks living abroad.) Kochhar pulled out of taking up space in Birmingham’s Mailbox development in 2018, but is apparently looking elsewhere; NRI was launched in Mumbai in 2016.
Shibui - W1
Japanese
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2019
Former head chef at Hackney's “cramped-but-magical” Pidgin, Elizabeth Haigh, ran a pop-up at Carousel in 2017 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...
Sapling - E8
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2019
On the site that was briefly Sapling (RIP), a tequila and mezcal bar (or 'agaveria') serving Mexican small plates; the 'margarita fountain' will no doubt prove popular on social media.
Soutine - NW8
International
  London
Opening Apr 2019
Wild by Tart, Eccleston Place - SW1W
Organic
  London
Opening Apr 2019
May
O'ver - SW1Y
  London
Opening 01 May 2019
A second branch for the pizza restaurant that makes its Neopolitan pizza dough with sea water; the original opened in Borough in 2018.
Pitch - BN11
British, Modern
  Worthing
Opening 01 May 2019
Former bank manager and 2018 MasterChef winner Kenny Tutt has announced his debut restaurant; Pitch will open in May, and will champion local and homegrown produce.
Bao - SE1
  London
Opening 06 May 2019
The latest branch of the popular Taiwanese steamed bun company will land in Borough Market this Spring; it will have a grab-and-go delivery hatch and a karaoke room upstairs.
No. 5 Social - W1S
British, Modern
  London
Opening 08 May 2019
The reinvention of Little Social (RIP), still under the wings of Jason Atherton; chef Kostas Papathanasiou will be running the stoves, serving up food with a seasonal British focus.
Parrillan - N1C
Spanish
  London
Opening 10 May 2019
From the Hart Bros, a terrace and Spanish grill next to Barrafina in Coal Drops Yard.
The Pig at Bridge Place - CT4
British, Modern
  Bridge
Opening 13 May 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.
Mahé - PL28
Fish & seafood
  Padstow
Opening 15 May 2019
From Paul and Emma Ainsworth and John Lambert, a cookery school (by day) and chef's table (by night), right next door to Paul Ainsworth at No. 6; it's named after the island in the Indian Ocean where Paul's parents met. This is the Ainsworth's fourth Padstow venture.
The Buxton - E1
British, Modern
  London
Opening 20 May 2019
From the team behind The Culpeper in Aldgate, a seven-storey pub-with-rooms (formerly The Archers, and now named for Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, prison reformer, MP and anti-slavery campaigner); guests will have exclusive access to the rooftop terrace and hot tub.
Gezellig - WC1V
International
  London
Opening 23 May 2019
After a successful residency at Carousel, the trio behind Gezellig have now located their own site in Holborn for their unique offering of 'creative comfort food'; opening mid-May. The name is a Dutch word that translates as ‘an atmosphere, which allows good times to happen’.
Darby's - SW11
Irish
  London
Opening 27 May 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, in decor inspired by 1950s Manhattan.
Amazonico - W1J
International
  London
Opening 31 May 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.
Chik'n - W1F
Chicken
  London
Opening 31 May 2019
Two years after landing in Baker Street, this pop-up-turned-permanent purveyor of crispy fried chicken burgers will open in Soho this summer; fans of the "KFC" (Korean Fried Chicken) will be happy.
Gold - W11
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 May 2019
A roof-to-pavement mural on the outside of the building announces the latest Notting Hill newcomer, a four-storey restaurant and bar on the former site of Portobello Gold (RIP) - hence the name. There'll also be a garden room (with retractable roof) and a party room on the second floor. Chef Theo Hill leads a experienced team (from River Cafe and Soho House among others).
IT Ibiza - W1S
Mediterranean
  London
Opening 31 May 2019
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.
Louie's - N1
Chicken
  London
Opening 31 May 2019
In the basement of Red Dog Saloon, and from the same owners, comes a Nashville-style spicy fried chicken joint.
Suzi Tros - W8
Greek
  London
Opening 31 May 2019
Husband and wife team Adrien Carre and Christina Mouratoglou (of Mazi, just up the road) are set to launch Suzi Tros; the name is inspired by a character from the cult 1960s Greek film ‘I Parisiana’, and the restaurant will focus on cuisine from the north of Greece.
The Hovingham Inn - YO62
British, Modern
  Hovingam
Opening 31 May 2019
Richard and Lindsey Johns, the powerhouse team of two behind Rascills in Raskelf (RIP), have bought this village inn (formerly known as The Malt Shovel); they aim to open the pub and restaurant in May, with guest rooms following within a year. "Modern British classics" with Sunday roasts will be on the menu.
Jun
MEATLiquor - W1G
Burgers, etc
  London
Opening 03 Jun 2019
The orginal MEATLiquor closed its doors in February 2019, after the Brutalist car park it inhabited was approved for demolition (RIP); its reincarnation, just 500m up the road, takes over the former Match bar space.
Allegra - E20
British, Modern
  London
Opening 03 Jun 2019
Information is slowly filtering through to us on ex-Chiltern Firehouse head chef Patrick Powell's first solo venture, on the seventh floor of Stratford's new Manhattan Loft Gardens building (the new apartment tower that also boasts a hotel and three roof gardens, plus The Brasserie on the ground floor). It's certainly shaping up to be one of the most impressive openings of 2019. Allegra will have its own roof terrace (or 'sky garden'), a curing room, a Scandinavian stone bar and a glass, walk-in wine room. Powell's dedication to local and sustainable food has extended to buying Kent farmland to provide Allegra with nearby ingredients.
Darling - E8
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2019
Opening in the much-loved, green-tiled Dalston location that was originally F Cooke's pie ’n’ mash shop, and then Shanghai Chinese restaurant for over 30 years (RIP), is a new concept in clever space usage. Creative space (photoshoot location, hotdesks, etc) by day and restuarant by night, with food from Charlotte Wilde, founder of wine bar Sager + Wilde.
Davies and Brook, Claridge's Hotel - W1K
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2019
The rumours have been confirmed: NYC restaurateurs Daniel Humm and Will Guidara are opening a restaurant at Claridge's this year, replacing Fera, which closed at the end of 2018 (RIP). The restaurant is named, NYC-style, after the two streets that Claridge's sits on.
The Bull Inn - TQ9
  Totnes
Opening 30 Jun 2019
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.
Lucky Cat - W1K
Pan-Asian
  London
Opening 01 Jul 2019
Gordon Ramsay is replacing his flagship Maze with this restaurant in the summer of 2019; he has recruited former Sexy Fish exec chef Ben Orpwood. The restaurant, which is costing over £5 million to refurbish, is to emulate “the drinking dens of Thirties Tokyo and the Far East”.
Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall - HG4
British, Modern
  Grantley
Opening 01 Jul 2019
This newly refurbished luxury hotel and spa in the heart of Yorkshire opens in Summer 2019, with Shaun Rankin in charge of the main restaurant; there will also be an Asian restaurant (EightyEight) and a casual all-day restaurant (Fletchers).
Yiu Fat Noodle - WC2H
Chinese
  London
Opening 01 Jul 2019
From the team behind Pachamama, a crowdfunded Chinese restaurant, due to open in Spring 2019 in the new Central Cross development at the eastern end of Chinatown.
Bistrotheque at Cultureplex - M1
British, Modern
  Manchester
Opening 31 Jul 2019
An Industrial Revolution building, London Warehouse (on the edge of the Northern Quarter) has been refurbished and will relaunch in Summer 2019 as Cutureplex, a modern community centre with a collective of businesses inside: an aparthotel, trendy gym and Bistrotheque, from Shoreditch pop-up pioneers Pablo Flack & David Waddington. Bistrotheque will occupy the entire ground floor, featuring a lounge, restaurant, coffee counter, mini cinema, bar and meeting rooms. private dining and outdoor terraces.
Sep
Bread Ahead - HA9
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Opening 30 Sep 2019
The doughnut specialists are opening a 220-seat, all-day restaurant, bakery and school in a purpose-built building in Wembley.
The Wellington Hotel - WC2E
  London
Opening 30 Sep 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.
Pig at Harlyn Bay - PL28
British, Modern
  Harlyn Bay
Opening 30 Sep 2019
One of three new Pig hotels planned over the next year (Pig at Bridge Place opens soon, while the South Downs Pig opens in 2020). 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.
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.
Dining Room at Art'otel, Art'otel - SW8
  London
Opening Jan 2020
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 also in the planning stages.

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