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Aug
Beam - N5
Mediterranean
  London
Opening Aug 2018
On the former site of Il Bacio in Highbury comes this Mediterranean café with British influences, it also has another outpost in Crouch End.
Camillo Benso - W1S
Italian
  London
Opening 13 Aug 2018
One of Milan's top fine dining restaurants is landing in Mayfair (whilst planning US branches in New York and Miami) this summer. Signature pasta dishes, alongside pizzas and breads, made using only ingredients from Campania, will feature alongside a cocktail bar for aperitivi, and live music.
Little Kolkata - WC2H
Indian
  London
Opening 13 Aug 2018
From a successful supper club to a permanent location in Covent Garden, opening this summer; Bengali and Calcuttan dishes from natives Prabir Kumar Chattopadhyay and Biswajit Deb Das will bring a taste of East India to central London.
Yen Burger - SE1
  London
Opening 13 Aug 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.
Mana - M4
British, Modern
  Manchester
Opening Aug 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.
Alphabet - N1
Mediterranean
  London
Opening 15 Aug 2018
Soho's popular Alphabet bar is making a comeback ... in Islington. Five years after closing, the media luvvies hangout is re-opening in Upper Street this autumn, with all-day food (sharing plates, of course), cocktails and brunch.
Gunpowder - SE1
Indian
  London
Opening 15 Aug 2018
Despite the sad closure of both Madame D's and Gul & Sepoy (RIP), the Gunpowder team are opening a second Gunpowder (along with a bakery and wine bar, Custard) at One Tower Bridge in August 2018.
Custard - SE1
Indian
  London
Opening 15 Aug 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.
Fare - EC1V
Pizza
  London
Opening 20 Aug 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”.
Avobar - WC2E
Vegetarian
  London
Opening 24 Aug 2018
Just when you thought the single concept restaurant had reached its peak, along comes an all-avocado offering in Covent Garden.
Searcys at The Design Museum - W8
British, Modern
  London
Opening 27 Aug 2018
Caterer Searcys has taken over the food outlets and event catering at The Desighn Museum following the June 2018 closure of Parabola (RIP) after the owners, Precott & Conran went into administration. The re-purposed Commonwealth Institute building already houses a ground-floor coffee bar and an upstairs 'casual dining cafe' which will focus on British produce opens in late August.
1251 - N1
British, Modern
  London
Opening 28 Aug 2018
James Cochran is launching again in Islington, on the site of Chinese Laundry (RIP), just months after his James Cochran N1 closed (it has been retrospectively called a pop-up). He is also no longer cooking at the EC1 restaurant that bears his name. The food here will be “modern British, taking inspiration from James’ Scottish and Vicentian roots” and will also feature “Asian influences” .
Granario Cafe - W1J
  London
Opening 31 Aug 2018
Formerly Savini, this lavishly decorated space within The Criterion closed unexpectedly in early July 2018, and was scheduled to re-open within the month, but we've heard nothing yet. Details on who will be running it are vague, more as we know it...
Dishoom - M3
Indian
  Manchester
Opening 31 Aug 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.
Farzi Cafe - SW1Y
Indian
  London
Opening 31 Aug 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 startlingly contemporary style.
Flat Iron - N1
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening 31 Aug 2018
A King's Cross outpost for this ever-popular steak cafe chain opens on Caledonian Road in 2018. There are already outposts in Covent Garden, Notting Hill, Soho and Shoreditch.
Not Real Indian (NRI) - B1
Indian
  Birmingham
Opening 31 Aug 2018
We've had no recent news about when chef-entrepreneur Atul Kocchar's first UK restaurant under the Not Real 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.
Corbin & King (TBC) - NW8
International
  London
Opening Aug 2018
Dynamic duo Chris Corbin & Jeremy King (the Wolseley et al) unveil their ninth London restaurant, a brasserie which borrows inspiration from Colbert and Fischer’s but will have “its own identity”.
Crocadon Farm - PL12
British, Modern
  Saltash
Opening Aug 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.
Eccleston Place by Tart London - SW1W
Organic
  London
Opening Aug 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.
In Paella - W1D
Spanish
  London
Opening Aug 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; the opening date will be updated as we know more.
Maison Bab - WC2
Turkish
  London
Opening Aug 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.
Mamarosa - EC2
Italian
  London
Opening Aug 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.
Rosa’s - L3
Thai
  Liverpool
Opening Aug 2018
London group of Thai restaurants founded by husband and wife, Alex and Saiphin Moore, opens its first site outside the capital in Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock.
Rök - W1
Scandinavian
  London
Opening Aug 2018
The Scandi-inspired smokehouse announced a third site in Soho in 2018; the latest news is that the project is on hold indefinitely.
Shola Karachi Kitchen - W12
Pakistani
  London
Opening Aug 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'.
Sushisamba - WC2
Japanese
  London
Opening Aug 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... watch this space.
Temakinho - SE1
Japanese
  London
Opening Aug 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.
The Palm at Deane - SN8
Pan-Asian
  Basingstoke
Opening Aug 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 Aug 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 Aug 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 Aug 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 Aug 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.
Wish Tower Restaurant - BN21
French
  Eastbourne
Opening Aug 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.
Sep
Roots - YO30
British, Modern
  York
Opening 01 Sep 2018
'Great British Menu' winner Tommy Banks and family, who run popular restaurant-with-rooms The Black Swan at Oldstead, are opening a new restaurant in central York this autumn. The PR info for Roots says: "Make a choice. Order as much as you like, eat, drink and be the creator of your own menu."
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.
Farmer J - EC4R
Mediterranean
  London
Opening 03 Sep 2018
Farmer J, best known to City folk as a quick and healthy stop for breakfast or lunch, is opening a full-blown, grown-up restaurant in August, adding small plates, evening meals, weekend brunch (including The Shak, an authentic spicy shakshuka) and cocktails to their repertoire.
Genesis - E1
Vegetarian
  London
Opening 03 Sep 2018
When you turn your back on the family business, you have to do it in style - in this case, the Santoro brothers moved on from their century-old family meat business and have announced they are they are to open Genesis this September, a vegan restaurant with a globetrotting menu - what they call "vegan alchemy"... It's GMO-free and organic too - so much so that it's certified by The Soil Association.
Theo's Italian Kitchen (Group) -
  GROUP
Opening 03 Sep 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.
Two Lights - E2
  London
Opening 03 Sep 2018
Big news from The Clove Club: the team are setting up former head chef Chase Lovecky in his own restaurant, opening in September 2018 just up the road from The Clove Club. We're to expect "a neighbourhood spot, serving modern American food", and with his track record (at momofuko in NYC and Jean Georges) it'll be anything but boring.
VIVI - WC1A
British, Modern
  London
Opening 03 Sep 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.
Kricket - W12
Indian
  London
Opening Sep 2018
This Mumbai street food inspired Soho restaurant is to bring its “profoundly original dishes” to White City with a second venture at the revamped Television Centre (former home of the Beeb), sometime in the Summer of 2018.
Kym's by Andrew Wong - EC4N
Chinese
  London
Opening Sep 2018
We now know (finally!) that the previously unnamed venture from chef Andrew Wong is to be called Kym's, and is slated to open at Bloomberg's new European HQ in the City in September. (For restaurant history buffs, Kym's was the name of Andrew's parents' Pimlico restaurant of almost three decades' standing, which he renamed A Wong in 2012.) It will sit alongside 10 other restaurants (including Koya, Caravan and Vinoteca) in the new Bloomberg Arcade.
Old Compton Brasserie - W1D
British, Modern
  London
Opening Sep 2018
From the Maxwell Group (Maxwell’s Bar and Grill, Palm Court Brasserie) comes an all-day British brasserie with 'an industrial-Bohemian feel' and a flexitarian approach, offering a significant number of vegan dishes alongside seasonal fare and cocktails. It takes over the former Soho site of Muriel’s Kitchen.
Kerridge’s Bar & Grill - SW1A
  London
Opening 10 Sep 2018
After a false start earlier in the year, Tom Kerridge's long-awaited London home - an all-day brasserie and bar at The Corinithia - will open this September.
Kahani - SW1X
Indian
  London
Opening Sep 2018
A new modern Indian with British influences from chef Peter Joseph (previously head chef of Mayfair’s Tamarind for 10 years) takes over the former site of Canvas (RIP), opposite Cadogan Hall.
Flesh and Buns Fitzrovia - W1T
Japanese
  London
Opening 21 Sep 2018
Ross Shonhan adds to his portfolio of rock ‘n’ roll ramen bars and izakayas (which includes Bone Daddies and Shackfuyu) with an (impressively large - 170 covers) offshoot of Flesh and Buns, this time in Fitzrovia, offering Peruvian-Nikkei fusion cuisine as well as Japanese faves. The original opened in Covent Garden in 2013 and has won consistent praise among our reporters for food that’s “a taste sensation” and its “party vibe”.
Pergola Olympia - W14
International
  London
Opening 27 Sep 2018
The rooftop-crazy people behind Pergola have finally gone properly permanent with this new venue on top of Kensington's Olympia - it'll be all-weather thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Pergola's food offerings will come from branches of Patty + Bun, Claw and Passo to fill the 500 seats available.
Beluga - W11
Persian
  London
Opening 30 Sep 2018
From the owners of Mahdi in Hammersmith, a new contemporary Persian that promises luxury - from Roberto Cavalli wallpaper and Versace cutlery to an "elevated take on traditional Persian cuisine", with private dining and an exclusive cocktail bar. No opening date yet - watch this space...
Levan - SE15
British, Modern
  London
Opening 30 Sep 2018
New from the team behind Salon, an all-day restaurant and bar in Peckham, featuring contemorary European cuisine in a casual bistro style.
Barrafina - N1C
Spanish
  London
Opening 30 Sep 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 34-covers, a 60-seater outside terrace and private dining for up to 20. The restaurateurs’ Hart Group has also announced Casa Pastór (a larger sister restaurant to El Pastór in Borough Market), and new wine bar The Drop, are headed for the King’s Cross development. A crowd-funding campaign will launch via CrowdCube for those interested in investing in the brothers latest project.
Gezellig - W1U
International
  London
Opening 30 Sep 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 30 Sep 2018
US burger chain founded in Boston by the Wahlberg brothers (Mark, Donnie and Paul) chooses London as the site of its first UK restaurant.
Casa Pastór - N1C
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Opening Sep 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. A crowd-funding campaign will launch via CrowdCube for those interested in investing in the brothers latest project.
Hicce - W1
British, Modern
  London
Opening Sep 2018
Ramsay protégée and former head chef at Angela Hartnett's Murano, Pip Lacey will open her first restaurant, in central London, in 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.
Honest Burgers - M3
Burgers, etc
  Manchester
Opening Sep 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.
Kricket - SW9
Indian
  London
Opening Sep 2018
Taking over the former site of Brindisa Food Rooms (RIP) this lauded, modern Indian makes its permanent return to Brixton (it started life with a residency at Pop Brixton). This is the third London site for the growing group, with a restaurant in Soho and a large outlet opening at the Beeb’s former White City home this summer.
Nusr-Et Steakhouse - SW1X
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening Sep 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 Sep 2018
Ex-Chiltern Firehouse head chef Patrick Powell sets up his own solo venture on the seventh floor of Stratford's new Manhattan Loft Gardens – a new apartment tower boasting a hotel and three roof gardens. Details are still a little thin on the ground – watch this space.
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.
The Bonnie Badger - EH31
Scottish
  Gullane
Opening Sep 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.
Oct
Berenjak - W1D
Persian
  London
Opening 01 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.
Caractère - W11
  London
Opening 01 Oct 2018
The Notting Hill site that was formerly Bumpkin has had a change of fortune: Emily Roux (yes, that family) and her husband Diego Ferrari (currently head chef at Le Gavroche) have taken it over with a view to creating a restaurant with its own character (hence the name) - a blend of French and Italian cuisines. One to look forward to...
Cattivo - SW4
Italian
  London
Opening 01 Oct 2018
A new Italian cafe and late-night cocktail bar from the team behind Canova Hall and Martello Hall (Albion & East) will open in Brixton in October 2018. The small plates formula will no doubt be in evidence, as well as cabaret-style entertainment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Din Tai Fung - WC2E
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
Opening Oct 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. It’s inaugural foray into the UK market launches at the revamped Centrepoint development on TCR this summer, followed by this outpost in Covent Garden later in the year. Exact opening dates still TBA.
Nov
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.
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.
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".
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.
Dec
Pinion - L34
British, Modern
  Prescot
Opening Dec 2018
Gary Usher adds to his stellar group of British bistros (which includes Sticky Walnut in Chester, Burnt Truffle in Heswall on the Wirral, Hispi in Didsbury and Wreckfish in Liverpool) with a new venture in Prescot. The chef and restaurateur hopes the restaurant will help regeneration plans for the town's High Street. More details TBA.
Are Friends Electric - M2
British, Modern
  Manchester
Opening Dec 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.
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.
Belmond Cadogan Hotel London - SW1X
  London
Opening Dec 2018
Luxury hotel group Belmond (as in Belmont Le Manoir) take on The Cadogan Hotel, Knightsbridge. A multi-million pound refurb' is in the works. When it reopens in late-2018 the 54 room hotel will also boast a restaurant with views of Cadogan Place Gardens. Adam Handling (of The Frog) has been announced as consultant chef.
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.
The Man Who Fell to Earth - M2
British, Modern
  Manchester
Opening Dec 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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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