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Oct
Le Petit Bois - B13
French
  Birmingham
Opening 20 Oct 2021
Restaurateurs Ben Taylor and Zsofia Kisgergely return to their former haunt - the site of their Little Blackwood, which closed in 2020 - with a French bistro offering blow-out seafood platters.
Kasa and Kin - W1F
Filipino
  London
Opening 21 Oct 2021
Opening in October 2021, an all-day Filipino restaurant, bar, bakery and patisserie from the team behind Kensington's Romulo Café.
Carmel - NW6
Middle Eastern
  London
Opening 22 Oct 2021
Coming in October 2021 from the team behind Berber & Q, an evolved big sister restaurant in Queen's Park.
Bob Bob Ricard City - EC3
  London
Opening 26 Oct 2021
Formerly Bob Bob Cité, Leonid Shutov is rebranding his £25m City creation as Bob Bob Ricard City, and making it similar in style to the Soho original.
The Chelsea Pig - SW3
British, Modern
  London
Opening 30 Oct 2021
Furniture designer Timothy Oulton is to open his first pub in October 2021, updating and re-opening this 1890s landmark.
The Jackdaw - LL32
British, Modern
  Conwy
Opening 30 Oct 2021
Sous chef at The Fat Duck for seven years, chef Nick Rudge is embarking on his first solo enterprise, a 30-cover site in Conwy later in 2021.
1771 Restaurant Chelsea - SW1W
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2021
On the site near Sloane Square that was very briefly Liv (RIP) – and for aeons previously Como Lario (long RIP) – this site is to be relaunched in October 2021 by Anglo chef, Mark Jarvis, who took over as chef-director at Liv in late 2020. Now it looks like it’s going to be his show, which – on his past record – should be good news.
Amethyst - W1J
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2021
Carlo Scotto has left the well-liked Xier (RIP) to launch this small but ambitious new venture. A 24-cover site housed in a former Caffe Nero just by Green Park Station – it will offer a three- and four-course menus at lunch, with six- and 15-course tasting menus at dinner.
Eleanore - EH7
British, Modern
  Edinburgh
Opening 31 Oct 2021
On the site of the original Little Chartroom, and still owned by chef-owner Roberta Hall-McCarron, this place will be a wine bar and small plates spot.
Lahpet - WC2E
Burmese
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2021
A second spot for the Burmese duo Dan Anton and Zaw Mahesh, in The Yards area of Covent Garden.
Mallow - SE1
Vegetarian
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2021
In the shadow of Southwark Cathedral, a plant-based restaurant with a pedigree - it's from the team behind Mildred's. International cuisines and local, sustainable ingredients will make up the dishes.
Panton Yokocho - SW1Y
Japanese
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2021
A celebration of regional ramen is promised from this new Japan Centre opening, similar to Heddon Yokocho; coming in the autumn.
Terra - EC2M
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2021
Due to open in autumn, the fine dining part of Eataly will feature a "show-stopping artisanal grill". Flame-cooked, seasonal Italian fare and botanical cocktails are the USP here.
The Maine Mayfair - W1S
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2021
Opening in October, an enormous, American-style, 350-cover brasserie, split over three levels, residing in one of Mayfair’s only surviving Georgian ‘Grade II’ listed buildings, which dates back to 1720 and is the former home of the Duke of Montrose. The PR announcement said it will be a “blend of old-world British elegance, New England extravagance, and subterranean decadence”.
Vergine Maria - W5
Vegan
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2021
From the Santa Maria team (and on the original site of the Ealing branch, which has shifted to Bond Street in W5), a vegan pizzeria scheduled to open in October.
The Three Fishes - BB7
British, Traditional
  Whalley
Opening 31 Oct 2021
It's a case of Back to the Future at this ancient inn, closed by Brunning & Price in 2019. For the second time in the last 20 years, it's being made over by Nigel Haworth of nearby Northcote Manor fame. Back in 2004 it was part of Ribble Valley Inns but now it’s in partnership with Martin Aspinall, trustee of the Standen Estate. Launching in October 2021, Nigel is aiming to put back the "original magic of The Three Fishes alongside my drive for sustainability and local sourcing".
One Hundred Shoreditch - E1
Fish & seafood
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2021
Hipster haunt, The Ace Hotel Shoreditch – and its restuarant Hoi Polloi (RIP) – have gone. But this new Lore Group (Sea Containers et cal) property opening in autumn 2021 is stepping into its boots. And it’s aiming to boost its appeal with an expanded rooftop bar and terrace (panoramic views of East London) and a restaurant and wine bar specialising in sustainably sourced seafood. It being EC2, there’s even going to be a take-out hatch! (that’s a sign of groovy sophistication these days, apparently…)
Il Borro - W1J
Italian
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2021
Originally set to open in Summer 2020, this Tuscany-via-Dubai import – part of an international group – set a new record for rent on its new Mayfair home: the 11,000 square foot, two-floor site vacated by Nobu Berkeley (RIP) with 220 covers. It’s one of a number of very high-end Italians to open in Mayfair in recent years: here, with produce and wine from the 700-acre Tuscan estate of the same name.
Hawksmoor - E14
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2021
Open late 2021, Hawksmoor are arriving amongst the scrapers of Canary Wharf. The Wood Wharf branch – their 7th in the capital – will be housed in an eco-friendly floating pavilion made from sustainably sourced timber decking and with a green roof planted with wildflowers and grasses. It will be their biggest and most ambitious space yet, spread over three levels with a 150-cover restaurant, a 120-cover bar and, and outdoor space.
Nov
Arcade at Centre Point - WC1A
International
  London
Opening 01 Nov 2021
JKS Restaurants and the innovative Sethi family have announced the exciting news that they have taken over Arcade Food Theatre and will relaunch it in November. The new food hall will feature eight new kitchens, an independent restaurant on the mezzanine level, a counter dining experience as well as a standalone bar and outdoor dining.
Cavita - W1U
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Opening 01 Nov 2021
Mexico star chef Adriana Cavita completes her pop-up at the Dorchester Rooftop, to open her first London venture in November 2021: a 70-cover site with an open fire kitchen, communal dining (hosted by Adriana herself) and a chef’s table (plus a basement mezcaleria with its own street entrance). The cuisine is Mexican (obvs).
Mr White's - WC2H
British, Modern
  London
Opening 01 Nov 2021
Marco Pierre White's first West End opening in over a decade will serve "steaks, gin cocktails and pizzas".
Qavali - B1
Persian
  Birmingham
Opening 03 Nov 2021
A foliage-covered ceiling is one of the decorative features of this high-end Indo Persian restaurant that has replaced Coast to Coast; opening in November 2021. The all-halal menu covers covers Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Persia and Turkey.
Holm - TA13
British, Modern
  South Petherton
Opening 10 Nov 2021
Opening November 2021; from the team behind London's Salon, Larry's and Levan. Nicholas Balfe is from Somerset and returns to his roots to open this restaurant and co-working space in the village's old bank
Mowgli - W1
Indian
  London
Opening 15 Nov 2021
Nisha Katona has confirmed she is bringing her dozen-strong Indian restaurant group to London, launching in Fitzrovia in November 2021; expansion plans continue with a branch in Cheltenham also in the works for 2021, and Glasgow, Edinburgh, Bristol and Brighton in 2022.
El Norte - W1S
Spanish
  London
Opening 30 Nov 2021
Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi have announced details of their third London restaurant; this Mayfair site will be a Spanish restaurant, joining their pan-Latin American debut, Zuaya in Kensington High Street, which launched in 2018, and Como Garden, which opened next door to Zuaya in 2020.
Gleneagles Townhouse - EH2
Scottish
  Edinburgh
Opening 30 Nov 2021
The "iconic sporting and country estate is launching its first ever city outpost" in Winter 2021, taking over the old Bank of Scotland headquarters in New Town, and offering bedrooms, a private members' club and an all-day restaurant.
Miscusi - WC2H
Italian
  London
Opening 30 Nov 2021
One of Italy's recent hits, a fast-food pasta chain with 12 branches, arrives in London in November.
The Fat Badger - TW10
British, Modern
  Richmond
Opening 30 Nov 2021
A fifth site from the Gladwin Bros (Rabbit, Nutbourne, etc).
Dec
The Ivy Asia - W1K
Pan-Asian
  London
Opening 01 Dec 2021
On the Mayfair site acquired by Richard Caring in 2016 – and initially planned as a ‘Caprice Café’ – this late 2021/2022 newcomer is the third London branch of the growing Ivy Asia concept.
Adesse - W1C
Vegan
  London
Opening 02 Dec 2021
American 'raw food' celeb chef Matthew Kenney is to open this plant-based restaurant in Selfridges before Christmas. The name means 'to arrive' in Latin.
Benihana - WC2
  London
Opening 31 Dec 2021
The glossy US-based teppanyaki chain adds a third London branch on the Covent Garden site that was Fire & Stone (RIP) – its first new one in London in 20 years (to join those in Chelsea and Mayfair). Nowadays, the group is owned by Minor International who acquired a 75% stake in 2018.
Kanada-Ya - W5
Japanese
  London
Opening 31 Dec 2021
Roketsu - W1H
Japanese
  London
Opening 31 Dec 2021
One of 2021’s more ambitious openings – chef Daisuke Hayashi’s new kaiseki restaurant in Marylebone will draw on his 20 years under Yoshihiro Murata at the three-Michelin-starred Kikunoi Honten in Kyoto (his London CV includes Tokemeite and Chrysan near Broadgate). It offers a kaiseki-only menu, so the presumption is that you will need to melt your credit card to go...
The Plimsoll - N4
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Dec 2021
Arriving some time in autumn 2021, the new home for Four Legs (previously seen at the Compton Arms in Islington). Jamie Allan and Ed McIlroy have moved on after two years in N1 and converted the former Auld Triangle pub in St Thomas’ Road – with a little help from a Kickstarter campaign – to relaunch it as The Plimsoll.
Jan
Tatale - SE1
West African
  London
Opening 15 Jan 2022
African cuisine has come a long way in London since Calabash – the capital’s first African restaurant in the basement of the former Africa Centre in Covent Garden – opened in 1964. On the site of the new Africa Centre, in a repurposed Southwark office block, this January 2022 50-seater will be run by Ghanaian-British restaurateur Akwasi Brenya-Mensa. Named after a form of plantain pancake, Tatale aims to reflect the spirit of busy African roadside ‘chop bars’. On the menu: omo tuo nkatekwan sesame (mashed rice with groundnut, peanut soup); and buttermilk chicken burger topped with shito chilli, citrus yogurt and basil oil.
Tattu London - WC2H
Chinese
  London
Opening 31 Jan 2022
Due to open in early 2022, the fifth site from the contemporary Chinese restaurant group will have 220 covers and panoramic views from The Now Building.
Mar
103 Colmore Row (D&D London) - B3
  Birmingham
Opening 31 Mar 2022
D&D London are expanding to Brum with this rooftop, 24th-floor restaurant at the top of the new skyscraper on the site of the old NatWest building near the cathedral; the opening has been pushed back from Autumn 2021 to Spring 2022.
M Restaurant Canary Wharf - E14
Steaks & grills
  London
Opening 31 Mar 2022
At the foot of The Diamond Building – a 58 storey tower in Canary Wharf – this new flagship for the M chain occupies the ground floor of this new landmark. Open in late 2021 or early 2022, it will be 10,000 square feet space serving a menu of surf ’n’ turf, split into four distinct areas; ‘Smoke’, ‘Coal’, ‘Wood’ and ‘Ice’.
Oct
The Audley - W1K
British, Modern
  London
Opening 31 Oct 2022
Ivan and Manuela Wirth (the art world's famous couple behind Hauser + Wirth, and owners of The Fife Arms in Braemar) are re-opening this large tavern in partnership with Fortnum & Mason's CEO Ewan Venters. Architect Luis Laplace, who designed and restored Roth Bar & Grill and Hauser & Wirth Somerset is leading the revamp of the five-storey building, including the restoration of many features lost during WWII. Opening is contemplated in autumn 2022.

Opening Date to be Confirmed
Aktar Islam Rooftop Restaurant, Guildhall - NG1
  Nottingham
An as-yet-unnamed restaurant project; it will open in the city's Grade II listed former courtrooms, police and fire stations that are being transformed into a hotel by Ascena, which owned the now-closed Opheem. Work was due to start in late 2020.
Babaji Pide - W8
Turkish
  London
The Soho original has closed, but owner Alan Yau announced his intention to revive the brand in west London (and Istanbul); no news since late 2019 on this development.
Bar Jaleo - W1D
Spanish
  London
An all-paella menu is planned for this pitstop from Victor Garvey (of Rambla), who seems incapable of opening just one restaurant at a time; he also opened Barullo in Aldgate in March 2019 (although that closed just a few months later). UPDATE: As at April 2021, there's still no news on when this is going to happen - and it may not be at this location when it does.
Black Friar - M3
British, Modern
  Manchester
This Grade-II listed pub was taken over by ex-Manchester House / MCR chef Aiden Byrne in early 2020, but he has since pulled out of the development. Following a £2m transformation; there was to be a different dining experience on each of the building’s three floors. No opening date yet.
Blacklock - WC2E
Steaks & grills
  London
A fourth branch for the steak chain was due to open in 2020; we'll update this when we have a date.
Café Patisserie Glacerie - EX8
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  Exmouth
A new bakery from Micheal Caines, plus Mickey's Beach Bar nearby; no fixed opening date yet.
Canal Turn - NG2
  Nottingham
Former MasterChef: The Professionals winner, Laurence Henry, is to be chef patron at this new restaurant space at The Island Quarter in central Nottingham.
Chyna - E14
Chinese
  London
Announced in late 2019, Alan Yau’s ambitious Canary Wharf opening has yet to happen, with nothing heard of its development during the pandemic. On paper, it’s big and bold – occupying the ground floor of a large new Docklands development with 120 seats, and a large terrace overlooking the South Dock. Yau has said he wants it to be a ‘Chinese River Café’ with a series of tanks from which you can pick live seafood. In the same building, he was also planning Yau Grilling (see also).
City Corbin & King venture (name tbc) - EC4N
  London
First mentioned on Bloomberg by Richard Vines, reports that Chris Corbin and Jeremy King have agreed to take over the ground floor of the City's elegant former House of Fraser building are coming in thick and fast; we believe that the restaurant will be in the same style as The Wolseley, but, as with Soutine, they are keeping the name and other details close to their chests.
Flat Iron Clink Street - SE1
Steaks & grills
  London
A second London Bridge branch for the growing steak chain; the other is on Tooley Street. No firm details on the opening date yet.
Glynn Purnell Charterhouse restaurant - CV1
British, Modern
  Coventry
'Yummy Brummie' Glynn Purnell, in partnership with Historic Coventry Trust, is opening a cafe and pizzeria in the cloisters of this Grade I-listed 14th former Century Carthusian monastery. Once fully restored, Charterhouse will be an interactive heritage and educational visitor attraction; no opening date yet.
Glynn Purnell Knowle restaurant - B93
British, Modern
  Knowle
Local lad Glynn Purnell is opening this as yet unnamed restaurant in Knowle in mid-2021; we know it's smaller than his two Purnell's restaurants in Birmingham and the menu will be a small plates format in a "very eclectic mix" of cuisines.
Gunpowder - W1D
Indian
  London
A third branch for Harneet Baweja and Devina Seth’s modern Indian mini-chain.
H.O.M.E. - W1S
International
  London
Pre-lockdown, Jason Atherton announced in an interview with Hot Dinners that he's opening another restaurant next to Pollen Street Social; the name is a working title, and it sounds as though it's going to be a small, globally inspired chef's table affair. No news on whether it's still in the pipeline post-lockdown.
Hackney Coterie - E8
British, Modern
  London
From Anthony Lyon (of Lyon’s in Crouch End) – this “multifaceted dining experience and community hub” (that's what the press release says) comprises a brasserie, wine bar, bottle shop, deli and events space. The eclectic menu is to be seasonally driven and with zero-waste in mind (from pork cheek and smoked ham hock terrine to stone bass tartare with truffle ponzu). All this, plus low-intervention wines, craft beers and a good selection of sake; opening in June 2021.
Heft - LA11
British, Modern
  Newton in Cartmel
Chef Kevin Tickle and his wife Nicola have restored this historic 17th century inn to open a restaurant with rooms after a successful crowdfund; no opening date yet.
Jolene Bakery - E2
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
One of two new satellite bakeries from the Jolene / Big Jo team.
Kibou Bristol - BS8
Japanese
  Bristol
Opening in October 2021, a Clifton sibling for the Japanese restaurant already in Cheltenham and Clapham.
Kuki - TR3
British, Modern
  Truro
Opening in 2021, although no date has been shared with us, the third restaurant in Jude Kereama's Kota Collective of restaurant using Cornish produce with an Asian twist; this one is in The Valley, a hamlet of holiday cottages near Truro.
Manzi's - W1D
Fish & seafood
  London
Delayed by lockdowns, an homage to the late, great Manzi's from uber-restaurateurs Corbin & King; it's not on exactly the same site, but will be a fishy paradise all the same, and will be “fun and affordable” like Brasserie Zedel.
Masalchi - HA9
Indian
  London
Atul Kochhar's first London opening since Kanishka (but see also Riwaz in Tunbridge Wells) will be an Indian street-food-inspired spot in Wembley.
Meadowsweet - NR25
British, Modern
  Holt
Ex-Morston Hall couple, chef Greg Anderson and general manager Rebecca Williams, are due to open this restaurant with rooms in Holt later in 2021; the Grade II-listed site was formerly Yetman’s. The 20-cover restaurant will serve an evening tasting menu.
Mercato Metropolitano Ilford - IG1
International
  London
The next food hall from the Mercato team will open in a car park in Ilford; there will be 30 stalls and space 600 people on the ground floor, and a sustainable farm on the roof which will produce salad for the market using hydroponic technology. Originally scheduled to open in October 2020, we don't have a revised date yet.
Mister Nice - W1K
French
  London
Still in the development stages, this two-storey French/Mediterranean restaurant takes over the former Kallos Gallery; it's the project of French businessman Jean Philippe Kley, who already part-owns a local members' club. Due to open in 2021.
Mowgli - BS1
Indian
  Bristol
Opening in 2022, date as yet unknown.
New England Colonial fish restaurant (name tbc) - W1S
Fish & seafood
  London
Due to land in Autumn 2021, a high-rolling fish and steak restaurant with three siblings in Dubai. It's as yet un-named but we know it will overlook a new, covered, retail colonnade space called Medici Courtyard, that will connect the square with New Bond Street.
Notting Hill Corbin & King venture - name TBC - W11
  London
Chris Corbin & Jeremy King have revealed that a new restaurant will open in Notting Hill, in the former Royal Bank of Scotland building; opening date to be announced.
Pacific - W1F
Japanese
  London
We were told that Shaun Presland, previously executive chef with Australia's Rockpool group, would open in this former Foxlow Soho site in 2019, but it's now been announced that Bancone 2 is opening there - more details about this venture as we hear them...
Pizzeria da Michele - M2
Pizza
  Manchester
The former Deansgate branch of Zizzi is soon to be home to "the world's best pizza", as made famous by Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love.
Planque - E8
French
  London
Two Haggerston railway arches host this mid 2021 newcomer – a wine bar, restaurant, club and shop for hipsters keen on a glass of vino. At the stoves, Aussie-born Seb Myers who made a name for himself at the not-dissimilar P Franco.
Ready Burger - NW3
Burgers, etc
  London
Opening in July 2021; 100% plant-based fast food, already open in Crouch End.
Restaurant TBC at Admiralty Arch Waldorf Astoria - SW1A
  London
Due to open in 2023, the new hotel in Admiralty Arch will have unparalleled views from two restaurants, including one on the rooftop.
Rioja - G3
Spanish
  Glasgow
Spanish chef Miguel Angel Major, previously of Michelin-starred Sucede in Valencia (and before that, a little-known spot called El Bulli), has been appointed head chef for the relaunch of this newly expanded Finneston tapas restaurant; he will blend Basque and Scottish flavours and ingredients in what their social media calls "an exceptional, unique restaurant concept". Opening in June 2021.
Rita's Soho - W1F
Mexican/TexMex
  London
This spot from the team behind Bodega Rita's (the Coal Drops Yard spot that closed in 2020) opened before Christmas 2020 as a bottle shop and deli, and we understand that a full Rita's restaurant is coming in 2021.
Riwaz by Atul Kochhar - TN2
Indian
  Royal Tunbridge Wells
We don't have many details about this forthcoming opening from Atul Kochhar; he dropped the name on Instagram during the Pub in the Park festival in July 2021.
Riwaz by Atul Kochhar - HP9
Indian
  Beaconsfield
Opening before or possibly at the same time as the restaurant of the same name planned in Royal Tunbridge Wells, this marks a busy time for Kochhar, who is also opening Masalchi in Wembley this year.
Rockfish - TQ8
Fish & seafood
  Salcombe
Due to open in Spring 2022 - subject to planning - a 100-seater seafood restaurant overlooking Batson Creek.
Sabor De Don Pablo - SW2
Spanish
  London
Pop-up entrepreneur Jimmy Garcia has announced plans for his first permanent restaurant, in premises he currently uses for storage by Tulse Hill station; it will be named after his grandfather and focus on tapas and paella. The original plan was to open in October 2019, but as at March 2020 we have no news to share.
Scott's on the River - TW9
Fish & seafood
  Richmond
Richard Caring has acquired this site (previously a Revolution Bar) under Caprice Holdings, and plans to introduce a Scott's-meets-Sexy-Fish hybrid to Richmond; opening date as yet unknown.
SOMA - W1D
Indian
  London
Due to open in September, a new concept from the team behind Kricket; named after the Hindi moon god, SOMA is a "take on a speakeasy", serving Indian-inspired cocktails and snacks right next door to Kricket Soho.
Stu Deeley restaurant, name tbc - B3
  Birmingham
No further news on when MasterChef: The Professionals 2019 winner Stu Deeley is opening his own Jewellery Quarter restaurant (in direct competition to his former employers at The Wilderness). More details - and a name - when we hear them, but he has already said he'll be serving the "Brummie fusion food" that won him the MasterChef crown.
Sushisamba - EH1
Fusion
  Edinburgh
Due to open in 2021 (or possibly the year after), the UK's third branch of Sushisamba at the second ever W hotel, this one will be part of the vast St James's Quarter redevelopment. The restaurant will be on the rooftop of the distinctive, 'ribboned' building.
Takumi - W1
Japanese
  London
The Birmingham Japanese lands in Soho in September 2021.
Tapas Brindisa Richmond - TW9
Spanish
  London
Opening in October, the first suburban branch of Brindisa's tapas mini-chain; this site benefits from riverside views from the 60-cover terrace.
The 3rd - BS1
Spanish
  Bristol
Apparently not busy enough with running his new restaurant in London (Decimo), Peter Sanchez-Iglesias is also opening this spot (originally planned for March 2020) on the former site of his Pi Shop (tucked between his other two restaurants, Casamia and Paco Tapas); it will have an all-day café, restaurant (with a chef's table, naturally) and a bar.
The Fox at Oddington - GL56
British, Modern
  Lower Oddington
Due to re-open in early 2022, this 16th century pub has been taken over by Daylesford founder Carole Bamford; she opened her first pub, The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, in 2013. There will be bedrooms and self-catering accommodation, and organic produce throughout, as you'd expect.
The Glenturret Lalique Restaurant - PH7
Scottish
  Crieff
Scotland's oldest working distillery is opening a "destination dining" restaurant in Summer 2021, in association with luxury brand Lalique and with Scottish chef Mark Donald at the helm. There will also be a cafe, lounge and bar.
The OWO - SW1A
International
  London
The Old War Office, the Grade 2 listed building in which Winston Churchill made many of the most important decisions of World War 2, is to be turned into a luxury hotel. It was sold in 2014 and will open in 2022 as a hotel in partnership between Raffles (their first venture in Europe) and the Hinduja Group.
The Plough at Shiplake - RG9
British, Modern
  Shiplake
The team behind Orwells in Henley have rescued this village pub (previously called The Plowden Arms) that dates back to 1774. It will reopen as an "informal all day dining affair open seven days a week".
The Queen's Arms - BS40
British, Modern
  Chew Magna
A second Chew Magna site from the Eggleton family, the team behind The Pony & Trap (now known as The Pony Chew Magna); this site is being refurbished to open with rooms.
The Sea, The Sea - E8
Fish & seafood
  London
Eater reports news from a licensing application that a new branch of The Sea, The Sea will open in east London; further details and dates to be confirmed.
Tienda Roosteria - EC2A
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Tienda Roosteria at Shoreditch's ultra-cool Curtain Hotel specialises in "tacos, tequilas and good times". Head there on Triple Taco Tuesdays to snag yourself three tacos and a beer for just £10.
Toklas - WC2R
British, Modern
  London
New grill-focused restaurant, bakery and food shop with a large garden terrace, from Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, founders of Frieze (it's opening next door to the Frieze offices).
Unalome - G3
British, Modern
  Glasgow
Due to open in February 2021, on the former site of Sisters restaurant, chef Graeme Cheevers (previously head chef at Isle of Eriska) is opening his first solo restaurant, hoping to impress the tyre men.
Unimini - EC3M
Pan-Asian
  City of London
The owners of CheeMc in Elephant & Castle and Gogo Pocha in Waterloo are opening a bento box grab-and-go restaurant in the City.
Veda Baby - W1D
Vegetarian
  London
Trailed in early 2020 as "Ayurvedic grab-and-go" restaurant from Jasmine Helmsley, supported by The Pepper Collective. The website is still up, but there's been zero mention of it since… our growing impression is that it's “coming never".
Whitcomb's at The Londoner - WC2H
Mediterranean
  London
The signature restaurant of the impressive new five-star "super boutique" hotel right in the heart of central London – off Leicester Square – which also features two Odeon Luxe cinemas and a whisky club. Opening September 2021 serving an all-day European menu; see also Joshua's Tavern (a pub) and 8 at The Londoner (rooftop izakaya with fire pits).
Wright Brothers - EC2R
Fish & seafood
  London
This branch of the seafood specialists was due to open in Summer 2020; the Kingly and Lamb Street branches have now closed, and we have no news about what is happening here.
Yafo - BS3
Middle Eastern
  Bristol
A vegan Middle Eastern spot, opening after lockdown, serving authentic Middle Eastern vegan fare.
Yann Couvreur - W1K
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
They know their way around a bun those Parisians. So the news that social media sensation Yann (who did a short residency at Claridges in 2019) is set to open in Mayfair – complete with his Instagramable pet fox and ‘iconic’ buckwheat version of the Breton pastry cake, the kouign-amann – has tongues wagging. The store was originally to open in late 2019 / early 2020, but its already delayed arrival was pushed back further by the Covid-19 pandemic’s impact on restaurants.
Yau Grilling - E14
Japanese
  London
Announced in late 2019, little has since been heard of this Alan Yau opening on the first floor of a big Canary Wharf development near the South Dock. It’s to be a 45-seater, open all day, and serving a Japanese-inspired menu from the, er, grill. On the ground floor, Yau also plans to open Chyna – see also.
Zahter - W1F
Turkish
  London
Istanbul star chef Esra Muslu is opening her own London restaurant; rumours have been circulating since her March 2018 residency at Carousel. She is currently cooking at Ottolenghi in Spitalfields.
Al Mare, Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel - SW1
Mediterranean
  London
Sign of the times – it’s out with the steak of Olde Englande (The Rib Room, RIP, has gone) and in with Med Seafood at this reopened super-lux five star off Sloane Street. Head Chef is Italian native Marco Calenzo who joined the hotel from not-very-Italian Zuma. We are promised "a convivial, gastronomic experience, taking guests on a journey between the French Riviera and Northern Italy and features a theatre kitchen, private dining room and al fresco dining". Opening June 2021.
Acre - NW6
Mediterranean
  London
Thomas Straker (who grew up on a smallholding in Herefordshire) has stints at Elystan Street and Casa Cruz on his CV and – after a stint at Carousel refining his menu – is set to launch this Queens Park newcomer in the second half of 2021. Produce from Britain and inspiration from the Mediterranean are the guiding principles for cooking – from an open kitchen and with much of it wood-fired – that's "more simple than fine dining".
120 Fenchurch Street - EC3M
  City of London
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); no news on opening dates yet.
Caviar Kaspia - W1J
Fish & seafood
  London
Back after almost 20 years, the famous Parisian caviar house is opening on the former site of The Chess Club; exact date to be announced.
Cha Cha x Sister Jane - W10
South American
  London
In collaboration with clothing label Sister Jane (who will be housed above the restaurant in a first-floor showroom and second-floor studio), this Latin American inspired restaurant and bar will have a vintage vibe, a rooftop bar and a menu by head chef Kai Rykowski (ex-Chiltern Firehouse).
Club Mexicana - W1B
Vegan
  London
The first permanent restaurant from the vegan Mexican street food chain, who also launched in KERB at Seven Dials in 2019.
Embr Kitchen - E2
Steaks & grills
  London
Ahead of opening, Embr Kitchen is cannily selling a limited range of dishes via Deliveroo; the "best of British produce with a Brazilian and Scandinavian twist" features high-welfare meat (with a focus on goat), seasonal ingredients, great sustainability credentials and charcoal grilling.
Hai Di Lao - W1D
Chinese
  London
One of China's largest hot pot chains is arriving in London - in no less than Piccadilly Circus - 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...
Jiji - N1
Fusion
  London
This Israeli-Japanese (it’s OK, you read that right!) sits at the foot of the swanky new Islington Square development (main entrance on Upper Street). It's a mega £435m joint venture creating over 4.5acres of space on the site of north London’s former main sorting office (London Mail Centre built in 1904). This unit will feature an outside terrace and stylish interior, serving the likes of roast cauliflower with jalapeno sauce; egg with truffle polenta; flamed aubergine with tahini jalapeno and a selection of sushi dishes – blow-torched scallop nigiri with crème fraiche and ikura anyone?
Mathura - SW1P
Indian
  London
Hot on the heels of Kanishka, Atul Kochhar has announced his next venture, an ambitious takeover of the former Westminster fire station building, with his Kanishka collaborator, restaurateur Tina English.
Roast - W1W
British, Modern
  London
In a former BBC building, the Borough Market restaurant's more casual sibling, over two floors, will open with Paul Shearing (Bread Street Kitchen, Odette's) at the stoves. No news yet on an opening date - it's been over a year since we first heard about the project.
Smashing Plates - SE1
Greek
  London
An all-day Greek from Neofytos Christodoulou serving up "unorthodox takes on the classic Greek street-food dishes and gyros". Branches in Canary Wharf, Tooting and Wembley are already in the pipeline, as is delivery across London, Reading, Cambridge and Birmingham.
So-lo - L39
British, Modern
  Aughton
Tim Allen is a chef with a fine CV and the name (if strangely spelt) hints at the intention of his new 40-seater on the site of The Seafood Pub Company’s Wine Bar (RIP). It’s another reason to visit this increasingly foodie corner of Lancashire, which has Moor Hall just down the road.
Storey’s Gate Cafe - SW1A
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
With a contract to supply 20 Royal Parks with coffee kiosks and cafes under their belt, we'll be seeing a lot more of family business Colicci over the next few years; they already run kiosks in several London parks and pop up at festivals, too. This kiosk, in St James's Park, will have food developed in collaboration with Theo Randall, and will look stunning too - many of their kiosks are to be built of steam bent wood.
SW7 - SW7
  London
A new brasserie and bar for the Gloucester road area, offering all-day dining; located in the Hotel London Kensington.
The South Downs Pig - BN18
British, Modern
  Arundel
One of three new Pig hotels planned over the next few years (The Pig at Bridge Place and The Pig at Harlyn Bay open in 2019). The West Sussex hotel will be situated in Grade II-listed Madehurst Lodge. As with previous Pig properties, the restaurant will be supplied with locally sourced ingredients by farms within a 25 mile radius.
Theo's Italian Kitchen (Group) -
Italian
  GROUP
Chef Theo Randall already runs one Theo's Italian Kitchen in Zurich; three UK branches are to open (we are still waiting for dates to be confirmed over a year later) 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.
Wool Yard - SE18
International
  London
We're told that the land for Wool Yard has been sold; a Street Feast has also now opened in Woolwich so whether the 'shipping-container-community-hub with food stalls' development, from Carl Turner (the man who brought us Pop Brixton) will actually happen now remains to be seen.
Yiu Fat Noodle - WC2H
Chinese
  London
From the team behind Pachamama, a crowdfunded Chinese restaurant, in the new Central Cross development at the eastern end of Chinatown. It was due to open in Summer 2019 but (as of March 2020) no opening date has been released.
Atticus - EC1V
American
  London
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 well 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.
Custard - SE1
Indian
  London
The plan to open a bakery by day, wine bar by night project at One Tower Bridge, from the folks behind Gunpowder (and below the new branch of Gunpowder), is currently on hold while they locate kitchen facilities - the bakery was to share facilities with Gunpowder, but this is proving a problem.
Din Tai Fung - WC1A
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
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 arrived in the UK in 2018 in Covent Garden (amid a publicity storm about the queues); we have been waiting for this other site in the revamped Centrepoint development on Tottenham Court Road ever since. Watch this space for more details...
Kingsway Hall Hotel - WC2
British, Modern
  London
Mamarosa - EC2
Italian
  London
After over a year, there's still no news about when Mamarosa is due to land in Shoreditch... we'll keep you updated when we hear something.
Muriel's Kitchen - WC2
British, Traditional
  London
Not Really Indian (NRI) - B1
Indian
  Birmingham
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.
Pane Vino - NW5
French
  London
Taking over the Kentish Town Beef & Brew site is this company, who have been successfully selling their beef bourguignon buns at pop-ups across London.
Shibui - W1
Japanese
  London
Former head chef at Hackney's “cramped-but-magical” Pidgin, Elizabeth Haigh, ran a pop-up at Carousel in 2017 (and Kaizen House pop-up at Mortimer House in 2019) 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...
The Bailiwick - TW20
British, Modern
  Englefield Green
The Pompadour - EH1
British, Modern
  Edinburgh
Closed in January 2020 after 95 years, Pompadour is being given a new lease of life, at the hands of Dean Banks, MasterChef: The Professionals finalist and most recently chef at Haar.
Wahaca - W1
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Ganymede - SW1W
British, Modern
  London
Following on from the success of their first opening – The Hunter's Moon – this second venture from the Lunar Pub Company occupies the characterful premises that old-timers may recall as the Ebury Street Wine Bar & Restaurant.
The Gantry - E15
  London
A 17-storey Hilton Curio Hotel, with what's billed as a speakeasy bar in the basement and promising a "destination restaurant" on the first floor with two outdoor terraces; opening in 2021.
The Peninsula London - SW1
  London
Luxury hotel owned and operated by The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels; due to open in 2021,
MASH Steakhouse -
  London
Brewer Street's quality (but pricey) subterranean steakhouse is to add a second London restaurant in 2016. The Danish owners are said to be looking at sites in both the City and Mayfair. Further address and opening details still TBA.
Crocadon Farm - PL12
British, Modern
  Saltash
Dan Cox, previously head chef at Fera, has taken over this former sawmill and organic farm on the Devon/Cornwall border and will open a restaurant, microbrewery and pottery here; originally slated for 2019, but we don't know an opening date or future plans at the moment.
The Palm at Deane - SN8
Pan-Asian
  Basingstoke
From the restaurateurs behind Winchester's pan-Asian restaurants Palm Pan Asia, The Shapla and Gandhi, comes a new venture.
Vapiano - E14
Italian
  London
Vapiano has confirmed that it will double its London presence to six sites, following on from the group's successful launch in Glasgow. The first of three new restaurants opened in Tower Bridge in 2018, and a third occupies the redeveloped landmark Centre Point on Tottenham Court Road.
Dining Room at Art'otel - SW8
  London
Amsterdam hotel group plans to open new hotel and rooftop dining space in London's iconic Battersea Power Station in 2020 (originally it was promised for 2019). A second hotel in Hoxton is apparently also in the planning stages.

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