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Apr
Linthwaite House - LA23
British, Modern
  Windermere
Opening 30 Apr 2018
Bisque and Beyond - M20
British, Modern
  Manchester
Opening 30 Apr 2018
In Didsbury Village, an independent art café offering locally sourced food and (non-alcoholic) drinks, as well as the chance to try your hand at pottery and painting. Baby, toddler and kid-friendly.
by Chloe - SE1
Vegetarian
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2018
After unveiling plans for its first London restaurant last year, we guessed it wouldn't be long before American, plant-based restaurant brand by Chloe started its UK roll-out. Before the first site even launches in Covent Garden a second London branch has been announced by Tower Bridge.
Chucs - W2
Italian
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2018
A fourth location for this group of Italian restaurants, owned by luxury lifestyle brand Chucs, opens in Hyde Park’s Serpentine Sackler Gallery. Set within The Magazine extension of the gallery, the restaurant is open for breakfast and brunch through to lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. Take-away options are also available for those picnicking in the park.
Ekte Nordic Kitchen - EC4N
Scandinavian
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2018
A new venture from Danish-born restaurateur Soren Jessen (of the City's 1 Lombard Street) offering Nordic-inspired cooking, smørrebrød sandwiches and Scandinavian pastries. It is slated to open in April 2018 at Bloomberg HQ's new City dining hub Bloomberg Arcade.
Five Guys - SW3
Burgers, etc
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2018
Jean-Christophe Novelli at City Quays - BT1
French
  Belfast
Opening 30 Apr 2018
Celebrity chef JC Novelli is adding his name to the hotel restaurant that will open in the Belfast City Quays regeneration in April 2018; the site will feature double-height windows with views across the river and a French-style brasserie menu.
Palm Court, The Principal - WC1B
Afternoon tea
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2018
Within the new 334-room Principal London hotel – occupying the former Hotel Russell, a dramatic listed building on the eastern flank of Russell Square – an afternoon tea parlour in the grand, restored ballroom. The hotel, opening in spring 2018, will also boast neighbourhood restaurant Neptune, Fitz's cocktail bar and Burr & Co coffeehouse.
Stem - W1J
British, Modern
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2018
Mark Jarvis, chef-patron of Anglo in Farringdon and Neo Bistro off Oxford Street, launches a new venture in Mayfair, offering tasting and à la carte menus of seasonal British fare created by Jarvis with head chef Sam Ashton-Booth.
The Tapas Room - SE8
Spanish
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2018
From Donostia Social Club, the folks behind The Tapas Room in Tooting's Broadway Market, launch their second site in Deptford Market Yard. This larger space serves a range of tapas and wine, sherries and cavas, as well as Spanish wine and produce to take away.
Tish - NW3
Kosher
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2018
Restaurateur Des McDonald (who's previous hits include Vintage Salt, RIP) announces his latest venture – described as London's 'largest and finest' Kosher restaurant. Opening in Belsize Park in spring 2018.
Tonica by The Distillery - EC1R
Spanish
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2018
Exmouth Market bar and restaurant serving Spanish-inspired food. But, as one might expect from the Portobello Road Gin company, this place is all about the gin y tonica, which comes with a dizzying array of tinctures, bitters, tonics, herbs, garnishes and juices.
The Hero of Maida - W9
British, Modern
  London
Opening 30 Apr 2018
This Maida Vale gastropub is back with a bang as Henry Harris (formerly of Knightbridge's Racine, RIP) takes over the kitchen. It closed in August 2016 after a lengthy legal battle over rent increases. It will re-open in April 2018, with the new name Hero of Maida (formerly it was The Truscott Arms).
The Pantechnicon - SW1
British, Modern
  London
Opening Apr 2018
Yet another Belgravia acquisition for the Cubitt House group as it agrees a deal with The Grosvenor Estate to let the Pantechnicon building; Barry Hirst and Stefan Turnbull will create a food and retail emporium in the Grade II listed property.
Andrew Wong (TBC) - EC4N
Chinese
  London
Opening Apr 2018
An as yet unnamed venture from chef Andrew Wong (of Pimlico's A Wong) is slated to open at Bloomberg's new European HQ in the City next spring. It will sit alongside 10 other restaurants (including Koya, Caravan and Vinoteca) in the new Bloomberg Arcade.
Avobar - WC2E
Vegetarian
  London
Opening Apr 2018
Just when you thought the single concept restaurant had reached its peak, along comes an all-avocado offering, launching in Covent Garden in early 2018.
Bagatelle - W1S
International
  London
Opening Apr 2018
An international club-restaurant chain – founded in New York but now with 'clubstaurants' from Dubai to Rio de Janeiro – arrives in Mayfair on the former site of Quattro Passi (RIP).
Baptist Bar, L'Oscar Hotel - WC1B
British, Modern
  London
Opening Apr 2018
Occupying a once derelict Grade II-listed building by Holborn station, this new 39-bedroom luxury hotel boasts this mezzanine restaurant and bar, as well as a main dining room (The Baptist Grill) and cafe (Café Oscar), overseen by former Angler chef Tony Fleming.
Bob Bob Cité - EC3
British, Modern
  London
Opening Apr 2018
Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow; we’ve been billing the arrival of BBC – sibling to Soho’s glam Bob Bob Ricard – for over a year now as its opening is pushed back and back, but it is finally slated to appear in spring 2018. Set to occupy the entire third floor of ‘The Cheesegrater’ more ‘press for champagne’ buttons are promised, alongside cooking provided by well-known chef, Eric Chavot. When it finally arrives, one thing is certain: it won’t be subtle!
BunCo - EC3R
Fusion
  London
Opening Apr 2018
This Istanbul operator arrives in the City of London, bringing with it bao buns stuffed with untraditional fillings like veal kebab with pickled aubergine, tuna corn and capers, and even falafel.
Café Oscar, L'Oscar Hotel - WC1B
British, Modern
  London
Opening Apr 2018
Occupying a once derelict Grade II-listed building by Holborn station, this new 39-bedroom luxury hotel boasts this café – offering breakfast, afternoon tea, lunch and dinner – as well as a main dining room (The Baptist Grill) and a mezzanine restaurant and bar (Baptist Bar), overseen by former Angler chef Tony Fleming.
Crocadon Farm - PL12
British, Modern
  Saltash
Opening Apr 2018
Dan Cox, previously head chef at Fera, has taken over this former sawmill and organic farm on the Devon/Cornwall border and will open a restaurant here soon.
Dishoom - M3
Indian
  Manchester
Opening Apr 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.
Duckroad - SW8
British, Modern
  London
Opening Apr 2018
Sibling to Soho's Ducksoup and Hackney's Rawduck, this new opening has been confirmed as one of the first restaurants that will open in the Circus West Village at Battersea Power Station this summer.
Fare - EC1
Pizza
  London
Opening Apr 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”.
Flat Iron - N1
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening Apr 2018
A King's Cross outpost for this ever-popular steak cafe chain opens on Caledonian Road in early 2018. There are already outposts in Covent Garden, Notting Hill, Soho and Shoreditch.
Gezellig - W1U
International
  London
Opening Apr 2018
After a successful residency at Carousel, the trio behind Gezellig are looking for their own site in London for their unique offering of 'creative comfort food' - watch this space for more details.
Hans’ Bar & Gril - SW1X
British, Modern
  London
Opening Apr 2018
Nestled among the artisanal shops and food suppliers of Chelsea’s Pavilion Road, this bar and grill is attached to the 11 Cadogan Gardens hotel. From the team behind Cliveden House and Chewton Glen, it is named after Sir Hans Sloane and offers an all-day seasonal menu rooted in British produce.
Hicce - W1
  London
Opening Apr 2018
Ramsay protégée and former head chef at Angela Hartnett's Murano, Pip Lacey will open her first restaurant, in central London, in Spring 2018, with friend and business partner (who will be front-of-house) Gordy McIntyre. They have been talking about running a restaurant together for 17 years! The focus will be on traditional techniques like marinating, curing and pickling, and there will (of course) be an open wood fire for cooking. Hicce is pronounced ee-che, by the way.
Homeslice - W12
Pizza
  London
Opening Apr 2018
A fourth branch of Mark and Alan Wogan's Homeslice will open in the redeveloped Television Centre in 2017.
Maison Bab - WC2
Turkish
  London
Opening Apr 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.
Ottolenghi - W1A
Mediterranean
  London
Opening Apr 2018
Yotam Ottolenghi opens his biggest venue to date in Fitzrovia with a menu “focused on vegetables and on produce brought directly from selected, outstanding farmers”. The site includes a restaurant and store.
San Carlo - SW1Y
Italian
  London
Opening Apr 2018
The Baptist Grill, L’Oscar Hotel - WC1B
British, Modern
  London
Opening Apr 2018
Occupying a once derelict Grade II-listed building by Holborn station, this new 39-bedroom luxury hotel boasts a main restaurant, mezzanine restaurant and bar (Baptist Bar) and cafe (Café Oscar), overseen by former Angler chef Tony Fleming.
Tuk Shop - W1D
Thai
  London
Opening Apr 2018
Healthy fast food chain Leon launch this Thai fast food pop-up in an existing Leon outlet on Shaftesbury Avenue as a joint venture with Bangkok-based food group Aylmer Aaharn.
Vapiano - WC1A
Italian
  London
Opening Apr 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).
VIVI - WC1A
British, Modern
  London
Opening Apr 2018
As part of the renovation of the entire, iconic Centre Point building, London restaurateurs rhubarb (Sky Garden, Saatchi Gallery, Royal Albert Hall) will open a 'new culinary destination' on the bridge link overlooking the new square. It was slated to open late-2017 but this has been pushed to early-2018.
Wish Tower Restaurant - BN21
French
  Eastbourne
Opening Apr 2018
A £2m government-funded scheme to regenerate Eastbourne's shorefront after fire devastated its 146-year-old pier will include a £1.2m restaurant housed within the town's Wish Tower. Rick Stein's company was at one point rumoured to be favourite to head up the new venture, however a petition to award the restaurant contract to a local caterer was launched in July 2016.
May
Gambas - BS1
Spanish
  Bristol
Opening 06 May 2018
Taking over the former site of Russell Norman’s Spuntino in Bristol’s Cargo shipping container development (also home to Box-E), a new tapas joint from husband and wife team Kieran and Imogen Waite, who also run the fantastic Bravas in Cotham Hill and Wapping Wharf’s Cargo Cantina.
Bancone - WC2N
Italian
  London
Opening 07 May 2018
London’s appetite for fresh pasta specialists remains undimmed (Pastaio, Padella, Pastifico all spring to mind). The latest addition is this Covent Garden-fringe venture from William Ellner (of Joanna’s in Crystal Palace) and David Ramsey with ex-Locanda Locatelli chef Louis Korovilas in the kitchen whipping up the likes of pappardelle with kid goat and rosemary ragù. There’s also an aperiviti and cicchetti bar.
Andina Panderia - W11
Peruvian
  London
Opening 08 May 2018
Peruvian food pioneer Martin Morales (Ceviche, Andina) launches what he describes as London’s first Peruvian bakery in Notting Hill’s Westbourne Grove. The panderia is situated next door to Andina Picanteria, a new venture inspired by roadside restaurants (picanterias) that form the culinary hub of the community across the eleven regions of the Peruvian Andes.
Andina Picanteria - W11
Peruvian
  London
Opening 08 May 2018
Peruvian food pioneer Martin Morales (Ceviche, Andina) launches a new venture inspired by roadside restaurants (picanterias) that form the culinary hub of the community across the eleven regions of the Peruvian Andes. It is situated next door to what he describes as London’s first Peruvian bakery in Notting Hill’s Westbourne Grove, Andina Panderia.
temper Covent Garden - WC2
Pizza
  London
Opening 14 May 2018
Neil Rankin reinvents his temper restaurant brand once again as a pizza and vermouth offering in Covent Garden. The Soho original specialises in grilled meats while the City outpost gives things an Indian twist.
Patty and Bun - SE1
Burgers, etc
  London
Opening 19 May 2018
New outpost for the growing burger chain arrives near Borough Market with an exclusive breakfast menu.
BOB’s Lobster Wine Bar & Kitchen - SE1
Fish & seafood
  London
Opening 22 May 2018
This street food fave takes itself from the city's food markets to a permanent site in the revamped railway arches of London Bridge station. Alongside their lobster and crab rolls expect a list of wines curated by Bedales of Borough.
The Bluecoats - N17
Burgers, etc
  London
Opening 23 May 2018
This historic 18th century building, which was once The Blue Coats School For Girls, and then the Pride of Tottenham pub, has been taken over by a team behind Ruby’s in Dalston, with food from Lucky Chip.
Babel House - W1J
International
  London
Opening 31 May 2018
New Mayfair haunt inspired by the countries that enjoy a shoreline on the Black Sea, with a particular focus on the food of Odessa, and named after the city’s famous novelist and playwright Isaac Babel. As one might expect, seafood is a cornerstone of the menu here, with fresh fish flown in from Odessa’s Pryvoz market.
Brigadiers - EC2R
Indian
  London
Opening 31 May 2018
JKS Restaurants (AKA the Sethi siblings), the founders of Gymkhana and Hoppers, are behind this Indian BBQ restaurant inspired by traditional Indian Army mess halls. It is slated to open in the City's Bloomberg Arcade in spring 2018 alongside Ekte Nordic Kitchen and a new project from Andrew Wong. The dining hub already boasts Vinoteca, Koya, Bleecker Burger and more.
Bright - E8
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 May 2018
Clapton’s in-the-know wine shop and communal dining spot, P Franco, which serves up “wonderful, innovative food” is to open a fully fledged restaurant on the former site of Ellory in Hackney’s Neil House, in May. William Gleave, whose CV includes 40 Maltby Street and Brawn, heads up the kitchen. The wine, from the people behind Noble Fine Liquor on Broadway Market, is not your standard plonk, either. The Clapton original continues as usual with its rotating roster of chefs.
Eat 17 Hammersmith - W6
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 May 2018
The folks behind Walthamstow and Hackney’s Eat 17 food store/restaurant combos heads west with a new food hall in Hammersmith. The huge site features a supermarket (with their famous Bacon Jam on sale), dine-in area and a mezzanine. The group also has plans for a Leytonstone food hall (details still TBA).
Gazelle - W1S
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 May 2018
Mixologist Tony Conigliaro (who started out life at Zetter before moving on to 69 Colebrook Row and Untitled in Hackney) teams up with Scottish chef Rob Roy Cameron (who commenced his career as a pastry chef at the legendary El Bulli) to launch massive Mayfair haunt. Set over two floors, the restaurant will be open from breakfast to dinner and late-night bar snacks.
Kyseri - W1T
Turkish
  London
Opening 31 May 2018
From Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie, the talented duo behind Shoreditch’s “superb” Turkish restaurant Oklava, comes a new project showcasing the cuisine of Turkey’s Kayseri region. Turkish pasta will be made daily, with house-cured pastirma (air dried beef) and Middle Eastern wines also on the menu.
Laurent Tourondel Project (TBC) - W1B
International
  London
Opening 31 May 2018
Renowned French chef Laurent Tourondel (perhaps best known in the States where he has ventures in Miami, North Carolina and New York) announces his first foray into the London restaurant scene with a dining room at Hotel Café Royal. The room incorporates an open kitchen, grill and sushi bar, serving an internationally-influenced menu.
Roux Project (TBC) - EH2
French
  Edinburgh
Opening 31 May 2018
Alain Roux, chef-patron of Bray’s “glorious” Waterside Inn, and his father – the legendary chef and restaurateur Michel Roux – are behind this (as yet unnamed) new brasserie at Edinburgh hotel The Balmoral. The restaurant’s modern French menu will use locally-sourced Scottish ingredients.
Scarlett Green - W1F
Australian
  London
Opening 31 May 2018
A new brunch spot from The Daisy Green Collection (Daisy Green, Timmy Green, Beans Green) on the former site of Timberyard in Soho, serving bottomless brunch and an extensive Aussie wine list.
St Leonard’s - EC2A
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 May 2018
Formerly the site of Eyre Brothers (then very briefly 70 Leonard St) now this Shoreditch venue has been taken over by Jackson Boxer (of Brunswick House) and his chef and partner Andrew Clarke. The pair haven’t released too many details on the restaurant yet but it will feature an ice bar for raw fish and shellfish and open hearth cooking for meat and vegetables.
The Faber Fox - SE19
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 May 2018
New gastropub in Crystal Palace from independent pub group Livelyhood, which has also revived The Clapham North, The Regent (Balham), The Old Frizzle (Wimbledon) and the recently-opened Mere Scribbler (Streatham).
The Jones Family Kitchen - SW1W
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 May 2018
A new restaurant from the people behind the Jones Family Project in Shoreditch (“heartily recommended” by our reporters for its “great steaks” and “diverse wine list”), specialising in meats from the North Yorkshire Moors sourced through the Ginger Pig butcher.
The Lebanese Bakery - WC2B
Lebanese
  London
Opening 31 May 2018
This Beirut bakery specialising in Manousheh (Lebanese flatbreads) launches its second site in London’s Covent Garden.
Vins - N5
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 May 2018
In Canonbury, yet another wine-shop-cum-wine-bar serving a rotating selection of vintages (plus up to a dozen cuvées by the glass) alongside bottles to take-away. In a similar vein to recently opened Sapling in Dalston, Good Neighbour in Camberwell and Authentique in Tufnell Park.
Eccleston Place by Tart London - SW1W
Organic
  London
Opening May 2018
Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison – the duo behind Tart London (the catering company favoured by London’s top fashion brands) – open their first permanent venture in Belgravia this summer. The multipurpose venue incorporates a restaurant, retail space, and fashion photography studio, and events space in partnership with Tom Warren, founder of Lock Studios.
Folk & Soul - M4
Vegetarian
  Manchester
Opening May 2018
This new 'unassumingly vegan' spot is brought to us by Matt Nickson (of Manchester’s Matt & Phred's) and Adam Regan, the man behind Stage & Radio and the newly opened Pioneer Coffee.
Inko Nito - W1F
Japanese
  London
Opening May 2018
From the folks behind Knightsbridge's expensive but “exceptional” Zuma, comes an ‘unconventional Japanese Robatayaki’ restaurant in Soho showcasing Japanese charcoal grill cooking with Korean influences. By all accounts is will be a more casual offering than its well-heeled (if occasionally Euro-trashy) sister.
Lina Stores - W1D
Italian
  London
Opening May 2018
Soho deli Lina Stores opens its own pasta bar with 12-seater kitchen counter and 50-covers over two floors on the former site of Trattoria Da Aldo. It will serve many of the fresh pasta dishes found at the deli, a Soho landmark for the past 80 years.
Market Hall Fulham - SW6
International
  London
Opening May 2018
This first in a series of food halls pitches up in Fulham Broadway's old ticket hall, transforming the space into a street food mecca with nine different kitchens offering Thai spicing from Thima by Farang; bread and charcuterie from Claude’s Deli (from the folks behind nearby Claude’s Kitchen); sourdough pizzas from Yard Sale, Butchies free range fried chicken and hot drinks from Press Coffee. Food halls to follow in Victoria (summer 18) and London’s West End (TBC). And it was announced in April 2018 that Calcutta Canteen (from Asma Khan, the woman behind Soho’s Darjeeling Express) will join the market’s ranks. The Market Hall brand is brought to us by Andy Lewis-Pratt and Simon Anderson (the restaurateur behind Pitt Cue Co.)
Not Real Indian (NRI) - B1
Indian
  Birmingham
Opening May 2018
Chef-entrepreneur Atul Kocchar will open his first UK restaurant under the Not Real Indian (NRI) brand, serving cuisine developed by Indian cooks living abroad. The new 180-seat venture in Birmingham’s Mailbox development will serve such dishes as Sri Lankan curry, Malaysian-Indian curried noodles, and British-Indian spiced fish and chips. NRI was launched in Mumbai in 2016.
Patrick Powell Project (TBC) - E20
  London
Opening May 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.
The Palm at Deane - SN8
Pan-Asian
  Basingstoke
Opening May 2018
From the restaurateurs behind Winchester's pan-Asian restaurants Palm Pan Asia, The Shapla and Gandhi, comes a new venture.
Wingstop - WC2H
Chicken
  London
Opening May 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.
Jun
Din Tai Fung - WC1A
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
Opening Jun 2018
Since opening in Taipei in 1972 to make ends meet when the retail oil prices plummeted, this soup dumpling and noodle shop has gone global, and is arriving in the UK this summer at the revamped Centrepoint development on Tottenham Court Road. Before this one opened, a second London site was confirmed for Covent Garden later in 2018.
In Paella - W1A
Spanish
  London
Opening Jun 2018
Chef Quique Dacosta has been heavily awarded by the tyre men for his two restaurants in Spain (Quique Dacosta in Denia and El Poblet in Valencia), and is arriving in the UK soon with backing from the Iberica chain. The main offering will be paella (hence the name), and it will be anything but ordinary; date and location will be updated as we know them.
Rök - W1
Scandinavian
  London
Opening Jun 2018
Scandi-inspired smokehouse launches its third site in Soho in mid-2018, address still to be confirmed. The latest outpost will offer a veggie-focused menu rather than the usual smoked meat and fish available at its Shoreditch and Islington sites.
Shola-Karachi Kitchen - W12
Pakistani
  London
Opening Jun 2018
Former banker Aida Khan finds a permanent home for her passion project in the former Beeb headquarters in White City alongside Kricket, Homeslice and Wellbourne. It promises 'Pakistani cuisine with a twist' where diners can 'experience of the traditional flavours of Karachi'.
Temakinho - SE1
Japanese
  London
Opening Jun 2018
Brazilian-Japanese fusion restaurant chain – with sites in Italy and Ibiza as well as Soho's Old Compton Street – expands within the capital with a new branch at the One Tower Bridge development, it will sit alongside The Ivy Tower Bridge and Tom Simmons's eponymous restaurant.
Cora Pearl - WC2E
British, Modern
  London
Opening 18 Jun 2018
The trio behind Shepherd Market's “gorgeous quirky restaurant” Kitty Fisher's (Tom Mullion, Tim Steel and Oliver Milburn) back up their Mayfair success with a new Covent Garden venture. Cora Pearl, like its sister, takes its name from a well known British-born courtesan. The new restaurant joins the likes of Frenchie, The Oystermen and Ollie Dabbous's Henrietta on Henrietta Street, taking over the former site of Bella Italia.
Flesh and Buns Fitzrovia - W1T
Japanese
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2018
Ross Shonhan adds to his portfolio of rock ‘n’ roll ramen bars and izakayas (which includes Bone Daddies and Shackfuyu) with an offshoot of Flesh and Buns in Fitzrovia offering Peruvian fusion Nikkei 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”.
Isla Ray - SE8
Australian
  London
Opening 30 Jun 2018
Further gentrification for Deptford as a former Subway is replaced by a new indy Aussie café serving brunch, lunch and mezze plates and cocktails in the evening.
Tast Cuina Catalana - M2
Spanish
  Manchester
Opening 30 Jun 2018
One of Manchester’s most hotly anticipated newcomers of recent years, this restaurant pays homage to Catalan cuisine with multi-Michelin star chef Paco Perez (of Miramar, in Llançà, Girona) overseeing the (casual) food offering. It is backed by the deep pockets of Man City boss Pep Guardiola, CEO Ferran Soriano and the Fazenda Group.
Ichiba - W12
Pan-Asian
  London
Opening Jun 2018
West London - more specifically, Westfield - will become home to Europe's largest Asian food hall when Ichiba opens in March 2018. From the people behind Japan Centre, Ichiba will boast 200 seats and multiple food stations, including a Japanese bakery, plus a sake bar and Asian supermarket.
Kricket - W12
Indian
  London
Opening Jun 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.
Mamarosa - EC2
Italian
  London
Opening Jun 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.
Mana - M4
British, Modern
  Manchester
Opening Jun 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.
Parker's Tavern - CB1
British, Modern
  Cambridge
Opening Jun 2018
Parker’s Tavern will be the destination restaurant in the revamped University Arms Hotel overlooking Parker’s Piece; chef Tristan Welch (previously head chef at Pétrus, he also relaunched Launceston Place then worked on Mustique) will be heading up the kitchen, representing a return to his East Anglian roots.
Rosa’s - L3
Thai
  Liverpool
Opening Jun 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.
Ruya - W1K
Turkish
  London
Opening Jun 2018
Restaurateur Umut Özkanca and chef Colin Clague bring their Dubai restaurant to London, promising a fine dining take on Middle Eastern food with a nod to Özkanca's native Turkey – which should go down well in its salubrious Mayfair locale. They've teamed up with Conran & Partners on the restaurant's design.
Vapiano - E14
Italian
  London
Opening Jun 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 Jun 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).
Jul
Honest Burgers - M3
Burgers, etc
  Manchester
Opening Jul 2018
With 23 branches already in London this popular patty purveyor – “the best and most distinctive of the upmarket burger chains” – heads to the country's second city, opening a new site at Manchester Hall this summer.
Nusr-Et Steakhouse - SW1X
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening Jul 2018
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.
The Duke of Richmond Public House & Dining Room - E8
British, Modern
  London
Opening Jul 2018
Chef and restaurateur Tom Oldroyd follows up his diminutive debut restaurant, Oldroyd in Islington, with a much larger venue near London Fields. The pub and dining rooms offers a French twist on seasonal British produce, as well as Sunday roast and rotisserie and a selection of locally sourced beers and ciders. Ex-Canton Arms and Winemakers Deptford chef Rory Shannon takes charge of the open fire cooking in the semi-open kitchen.
Beam - N5
Mediterranean
  London
Opening Jul 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.
Kahani - SW1X
Indian
  London
Opening Jul 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).
Maple - W12
British, Modern
  London
Opening Jul 2018
ETM Group, who’s recent ventures include Greenwood at Nova in Victoria as well as City site Broadleaf, adds a 15th venue to its stable with the launch of this 'modern European' brasserie in Westfield White City this summer. The restaurant will feature sustainable seafood, British heritage beef and botanical cocktails. As well as a 170-cover dining room, the space vaunts a 30-seater terrace and a bar area with rotating guest craft beers served from 500 litre copper tanks.
Old Compton Brasserie - W1D
British, Modern
  London
Opening Jul 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.
Sushisamba - WC2
Japanese
  London
Opening Jul 2018
A second London outpost of this dazzling international chain, serving “heavenly” Japanese/South American fusion fare, will arrive in Covent Garden Market's Opera Terrace in early 2018 on the former site of Brasserie Blanc. The City original occupies the 39th floor of Heron Tower and incorporates one of the capital's best rooftop terraces.
Sep
Roots - YO1
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Drop - N1C
British, Modern
  London
Opening Sep 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.
Oct
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.
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. A chef-patron has not yet been announced.
Oklava - W1
Turkish
  London
Opening Dec 2018
Selin Kiazim brings her “superb, generous, tasty and thought-through Turkish food” to central London with a second venue in Fitzrovia. Her Shoreditch original opened in 2015 in collaboration with business partner Laura Kristie, former operations manager at Salt Yard Group.
Sargeant’s Mess - EC3N
British, Modern
  London
Opening Dec 2018
Restaurateur Mark Sargeant, whose hits include Rocksalt in Folkestone and Wife of Bath in Wye, teams up with Ampersand catering to launch a new restaurant in London’s historic seat of monarchy the Tower of London. No launch date or name as yet – watch this space.
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 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.
Jan
The Wellington Hotel - WC2E
  London
Opening 01 Jan 2019
Robert de Niro is planning a third hotel (he already owns hotels in NYC and the Phillippines) for Covent Garden; it will no doubt have a restaurant (most likely with a 'name' chef), and be quite fabulous when it opens, which sadly isn't currently due until 2019.
Dining Room at Art'otel, Art'otel - SW8
  London
Opening Jan 2019
Amsterdam hotel group plans to open new hotel and rooftop dining space in London's iconic Battersea Power Station in 2019. A second hotel in Hoxton is expected to follow.
South Downs Pig - BN18
British, Modern
  Arundel
Opening 31 Jan 2019
One of three new Pig hotels planned over the next 12 months (Pig at Bridge Place opens in autumn 2018, while the Pig at Harlyn Bay opens in 2019). The West Sussex hotel will be situated in Grade II-listed Madehurst Lodge. As with previous Pig properties the restaurant will be supplied with locally sourced ingredients by farms within a 25 mile radius.
Pig at Harlyn Bay - PL28
British, Modern
  Harlyn Bay
Opening 31 Jan 2019
One of three new Pig hotels planned over the next 12 months (Pig at Bridge Place opens in autumn 2018, while the South Downs Pig opens in 2019). The seaside hotel will be situated in Grade II-listed Harlyn House near Padstow. As with previous Pig properties the restaurant will be supplied with locally sourced ingredients by farms within a 25 mile radius.
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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