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Feb
Nick's on Henderson Street - FK9
Scottish
  Bridge of Allan
Celebrity chef Nick Nairn has taken over the Jam Jar restaurant up the road from his house and is back behind the stoves alongside head chef Leon McIntrye (who has joined from Edinburgh restaurant Baba) at his new all-day, family-friendly, bistro / cafe.
Good Neighbour - SW17
British, Modern
  London
A sibling for the Camberwell restaurant.
Rosa's Thai Cafe - M3
Thai
  Manchester
A Manchester branch for the London-based chain.
The Patate - NW5
Burgers, etc
  London
Opened in February 2020 (on the site that was previously Beef & Brew, RIP) the French burger guys who you might know from Camden Markets and KERB locations around London.
Thomas by Tom Simmons - CF11
British, Modern
  Cardiff
Pembrokeshire native Tom Simmons has added another string to his bow; as well as his restaurant at London's One Tower Bridge, he and his partner Lois have opened this site in Cardiff, serving British and French cuisine "with a Welsh twist".
Hannah - SE1
Japanese
  London
Japanese chef Daisuke Shimoyama, who spent six years at UMU in Mayfair, has opened his own restaurant, in County Hall; bento boxes are available at lunch, with fine dining and omakase tasting menus in the evenings.
Tiffany Blue Box Café - SW1X
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
How has it taken so long? Okay, so the NYC branch has been open for a bit longer, but from Valentine's Day 2020 it's possible to have (drum roll) breakfast at Tiffany's. More specifically, at this new cafe within Harrods, decked out in Tiffany blue and offering all the glitz a wannabe Holly Golightly could want. Afternoon tea a speciality.
Kysty - LA22
British, Modern
  Ambleside
The sister restaurant to The Old Stamp House reopened in February 2020 with a new look, new "casual dining" menu and new chef, Dan Hopkins, formerly sous chef at the Old Stamp House.
Chuku's - N15
West African
  London
After a series of pop-ups, most recently at the Roundhouse, brother and sister team Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederick opened a permanent Chuku’s in Seven Sister in February 2020, serving up their modern Nigerian tapas, now with drinks and their own brand of "chop-chat-chill".
Megan's at the Sorting Office - N1
British, Modern
  London
North London dog lovers will be thrilled to hear that Megan's, the South London dog-friendly restaurant chain famous for its bottomless brunches, has opened in the new Islington Square development, just off Upper Street.
Padella Shoreditch - EC2A
Italian
  London
As famous for the queues as well as the pasta, Borough Market's Padella opened a second branch in February 2020.
East West - NW5
Pizza
  London
Italian pizzas with Indian spices.
Lost Society - SW15
British, Modern
  London
Formerly Lost & Co; refurbished and relaunched as Lost Society in early 2020.
Hoppers - NIC
Indian
  London
A third branch of Hoppers opened in February 2020; the menu is much the same as the first two, but takes culinary inspiration from the coastal journey from Colombo, the island’s capital, to the historical Dutch town of Galle.
Caffè Rojano - PL28
Italian
  Padstow
Still owned by the Ainsworths, the former Rojano's in the Square site has been relaunched as an NYC-style Italian cafe.
Figo - E20
Italian
  London
An all-day Italian restaurant and cafe in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Village.
Gron Kafé - YO1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  York
Sibling to the Leeds original, a Scandi-inspired healthy, 'clean' and sustainable restaurant (Grön means 'green' in Swedish) from MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Matt Healy. Many of the dishes are vegan, some have fish, but all are meat-free.
Dominique Ansel Treehouse - WC2E
French
  London
Dominique Ansel, famous for inventing the cronut, has opened a bistro (with bakery) in Covent Garden. No cronuts here, just lots of pastry and bread; the name comes from the rope treehouse that dominates the two-storey site.
Wing Shack - EC1R
Chicken
  London
The Loughton-based chicken specialists have opened a pop-up in Clerkenwell.
Mei Mei - SE1
Pan-Asian
  London
Elizabeth Haigh (of Pidgin and Kaizen House) has opened her Singaporean cafe in Borough Market's new kitchen showcase. Authentic Hainanese chicken rice is a feature.
London Stock - SW18
British, Modern
  London
Modern British cuisine with an Asian twist; the first restaurant from Assem Abdel Hady and Andres Bernal. The kitchen team have a strong background, which includes Umu, Dinner by Heston, Nobu, Pollen Street, and Hind’s Head.
Oklava Bakery + Wine - W1T
Turkish
  London
A wine bar and Turkish bakery from Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie on the former site of their restaurant Kyseri. Note: they are cashless.
Jan
Sarap - SW9
Filipino
  London
After a number of successful residencies, Sarap has found itself a standalone restaurant in Brixton - by winning six months there in a Brixton Kitchen competition! Expect sharing plates based around their take on the Cebu lechon (a herb-stuffed, rolled roasted pork belly dish).
The Drumming Snipe - GU22
British, Modern
  Mayford
The second opening from Brucan Pubs, owned by ex-ETM Ops Director James Lyon-Shaw and ex-Ivy Head Chef Jamie Dobbin. The Drumming Snipe, formerly known as The Mayford Arms can be found between Guildford and Woking.
L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele - W1D
Pizza
  London
Taking over the former Soho site of Patisserie Valerie is the second branch of the popular pizzeria.
Bar Douro City - EC2M
Portuguese
  City of London
The popular London Bridge Portuguese launched a City spin-off, in Broadgate, in early 2020.
Townsend @ Whitechapel Gallery - E1
  London
The latest in a series of impressive residencies at grade-II listed Whitechapel Gallery sees Nick Gilkinson (ex-Anglo and the Lambeth's Garden Museum café) and Joe Fox (ex-head chef at Petersham Nurseries) planning "a modern British dining room"; the name references the gallery's architect, Charles Harrison Townsend.
Patri Ealing - W5
Indian
  London
A third branch for the home-style Indian mini-chain opened in January 2020; the mock train setting adds a quirky touch.
Boom Bap Burger - E2
Burgers, etc
  London
Burgers with a side of hip-hop, soul and funk - also in Tooting Market.
Halo Burger - EC2A
Burgers, etc
  London
Plant-based burgers from the team with a site in Pop Brixton.
The Connaught Grill - W1K
British, Modern
  London
The famous Grill, which ran from 1955-2000, has been re-opened by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Mozzasando - SW3
Italian
  London
Alan Yau and mozzarella specialist Obica have partnered up to open this temple to the katsu sando in Kensington. Inspired by the veal Milanese, the cutlet will be veal or chicken, and the espresso martinis will be on tap when it opens in January 2020.
Firebrand - EC1R
Pizza
  London
A sister site for the Marylebone pizzeria, with an outside terrace and an adjacent all-day coffee shop and deli, Diggs.
Tamarind Tiger - W1U
Indian
  London
A fast-food takeaway Indian - the second London restaurant from the Kapur family, who opened Copper Chimney in Westfield London in 2019.
The Water House Project - E15
British, Modern
  London
After four years of running a supper club, ex-Galvin La Chapelle chef Gabriel Waterhouse has opened his own restaurant. The format will be similar, with two sharing tables, and only one option: a 9-course tasting menu (with paired wines optional).
Big Fernand - SW7
Burgers, etc
  London
The famous Parisian ‘hamburgé’ brand with over 55 branches in France and the Middle East has quietly opened a London site, serving nine flavours of burger and frites. The brand aims to combine "finest quality French cheeses with sustainably sourced British meats".
Craft English Garden - B1
British, Traditional
  Birmingham
This nostalgic British restaurant opened alongside Craft Dining Rooms at The ICC; a collaboration with Aktar Islam of Opheem. Private 'dining pods' are available.
Fink's Gillespie - N5
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
A coffee shop from the team behind Fink's Salt & Sweet, serving "a short but top notch breakfast and lunch menu".
Muse - SW1X
British, Modern
  London
Opened in early 2020, this new venture from Tom Aikens features a seasonal tasting menu; each floor of the two-floor restaurant on Groom Place will have an open kitchen.
Ampéli - W1T
Greek
  London
This restaurant, which bravely opened in early January 2020, is influenced by the modern wine-focused restaurants of Athens, and will feature dishes inspired by Greek and Eastern Mediterranean cultures.
Baraka - EC2M
Turkish
  London
A new all-day Turkish restaurant (with outside seating) for the City, serving all-day authentic Anatolian cuisine and open-flame Mangal cooking.
Colette - SW10
French
  London
A traiteur and deli in Chelsea from Chris Hill, who most recently worked for John Williams at The Ritz.
Apple Butter Cafe - WC2H
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
A Middle-Eastern inspired cafe in Seven Dials.
Brindisa Kitchen - SE1
Spanish
  London
Brindisa, already a long-term fixture of Borough Market, has launched a new restaurant in the newest part of the foodie market; Brindisa Kitchen's food will be sourced from farms dotted along a Spanish pilgrimage route (and Roman trade route), La Ruta de la Plata. There's a marble counter, open kitchen and seafood bar.
Raj of Islington - N7
Indian
  London
From the team behind Raj of Kensington.
28 Market Place - TA11
  Somerton
Open since early 2020, a new West Country restaurant from ex-Soho House director Ben Crofton, with Great British Menu finalist Dan Fletcher as head chef; Fletcher previously worked at London’s Sky Garden, The Kitchen in Edinburgh and under Tommy Banks at the Black Swan, Oldstead.
Tila - SE8
British, Modern
  London
After leaving The Royal Oak in Marylebone in 2019 (in a high-profile case involving accusations of sexual misconduct), Dan Doherty has quietly opened this spot in Deptford. Tila is open all day (with some evenings), serving "breakfast, lunch, dinner and epic Sunday roasts".
Cafe Murano - SE1
Italian
  London
A fourth branch of the Murano chain.
Madera - W1B
Mexican/TexMex
  London
The little sister to Los Angeles-based Toca Madera; Mexican food and cocktails served across breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
Crown & Anchor Inn - SN8
  Ham
The building has been around since 1840, but there's a new team in place at this dog-friendly Wiltshire village pub, which has undergone an extensive, three-year refurbishment. In the kitchen is Phil Bayliss, former head chef at The River Cottage, food and beers are sourced locally, and there are five rooms should you wish to make your stay longer.
Dec
Mio Yatai - E2
Japanese
  London
Japanese street food restaurant; opened December 2019.
Amazonico - W1J
International
  London
Spanish celeb-haunt Amazonico (famous for its lushly forested interior - think Rainforest Cafe without the animals or kids) has now opened in the former Allied Irish Bank building in Berkeley Square.
Volta do Mar - WC2E
Portuguese
  London
Opened in November 2019, from the founder of Salt Yard, Simon Mullins and his Portuguese-born wife Isabel Almeida Da Silva; a restaurant "celebrating the diversity of Portuguese cuisine" and its global influences, from South America to Africa and Asia.
Casa do Frango - EC2A
Portuguese
  London
Borough's Portuguese chicken restaurant has opened a second branch in Shoreditch.
Barbie Green - EC2Y
Australian
  London
A City outpost, tucked into a garden by the Barbican and the Museum of London, for the Aussie-inspired Daisy Green Collection; at weekends, this branch also serves the "famous all-day brunch/ bottomless brunch".
Davies and Brook, Claridge's Hotel - W1K
British, Modern
  London
NYC restaurateur Daniel Humm has finally opened his restaurant at Claridge's, replacing Fera, which closed at the end of 2018 (RIP). The restaurant is named, NYC-style, after the two streets that Claridge's sits on.
The Yard, Great Scotland Yard Hotel - SW1A
British, Modern
  London
Restaurateur Robin Gill (The Dairy) is overseeing this signature restaurant at the new luxury hotel in the former Met Police buildings at Great Scotland Yard, operated by Hyatt’s ‘Unbound Collection’. See also The Parlour.
The Hyde - W2
British, Modern
  London
A 12-seat restaurant, with cooking from executive chef Christos Siomodis, who has worked for the Galvins and at Skylon and The George Club.
Bottles - SW3
Italian
  London
A sister branch for the Spitalfields Italian wine bar.
Yori - WC2B
Korean
  London
Replacing a branch of Jidori (RIP) is the third branch of Korean barbeque mini-chain Yori.
The Melusine - E1W
Fish & seafood
  London
Sustainably caught seafood from around the British Isles.
The Greyhound - HP9
British, Modern
  Beaconsfield
This 18th century pub has been taken over and refurbished by Daniel Crump and Margriet Vandezande-Crump who have worked together fine-dining restaurants including Petrus, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, Trinity, and also The Oxford Blue in Old Windsor.
Bread Ahead - HA9
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
The doughnut specialists have opened a 220-seat, all-day restaurant, bakery and school in a purpose-built building in Wembley.
The Laundry - SW9
Australian
  London
Opened in late 2019, at Walton Lodge in Brixton, an all-day neighbourhood café, restaurant and wine shop from Melanie Brown, who launched The New Zealand Cellar and Australian Cellar.
Bancone - W1F
Italian
  London
A second branch for Bancone, in Golden Square.
Barboun - EC2A
Turkish
  London
The name means red mullet in Turkish; this 100-seat restaurant (from the team and chef Hus Vedat behind Yosma and Hovarda) has a menu inspired by the flavours of Levantine coastal towns, where food is cooked over open flames.
Old Chang Kee - W1T
Pan-Asian
  London
A sibling branch for the Covent Garden purveyor of Singaporean curry puffs - the company sells over 1.5 million a month worldwide.
400 Rabbits at The Lido - SE24
British, Modern
  London
South London pizza flingers 400 Rabbits have taken over the food offering at Brockwell Lido's famous Art Deco cafe.
Glass House Brick Lane - E2
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
From the team behind Wun's Tea Room and Pleasant Lady, a coffee shop, bar and workspace on Brick Lane.
The Real Greek - SE1
Greek
  London
Kindling - BN1
British, Modern
  Brighton
Opened just before Christmas 2019, a sustainable, seasonal, local, ethical restaurant cooking everything over open fire; from the Food for Friends team with chefs Holly Taylor and Toby Geneen.
Other Side Fried - SW9
Chicken
  London
The first permanent site (in the Atlantic Road arches) for the team who also deliver their dirty chicken burgers in Pop Brixton, KERB Camden and Peckham Levels.
Prairie Fire - W12
BBQ
  London
Trading since 2013, this is the first permanent site for Kansas-born chef and "Pit Master" Michael Gratz; located next to Westfield, head right across from John Lewis for proper Kansas smoked brisket.
Daffodil Mulligan - EC1Y
Irish
  London
Taking over the site of the short-lived Nuala (RIP) is Richard Corrigan, with a revival of the name of his first London venture, Mulligan's; it will be a “social co-op of like-minded people” based on produce from the chef's Irish farm.
Wild Tavern - SW3
Italian
  London
From the team behind Goodmans and Burger & Lobster, a quiet opening in Chelsea (not something we say often); on the former corner site of Kiru (RIP), a neighbourhood Italian with Mediterranean slant and focus on seafood.
Sugo - G1
Italian
  Glasgow
Sibling to Paesano, the mega-popular pizza place, Sugo serves authentic Italian pastas with the proper regional sauces.
Patty and Bun - W1B
Burgers, etc
  London
33 - HR8
  Ledbury
After the success of The Butchers Arms in Eldersfield, James and Elizabeth Winter have opened a new restaurant in an 18th Century Grade 2 listed building in the heart of Ledbury, with two small dining rooms.
The Edinburgh Castle - M4
British, Modern
  Manchester
Ancoats boozer (est.1811), revamped and reopened as a gastropub, with a restaurant upstairs; early local press reviews have been raves.
Nov
Paradise - W1D
Sri Lankan
  London
Replacing Spuntino (RIP) is a Sri Lankan restaurant from Dom Fernando, with chef Charith Priyadarshana at the stoves; Paradise has been popping up around London recently, so has a ready-made fan club.
Lucky & Joy - E2
Chinese
  London
After pop-ups comes the permanent restaurant: Ellen Parr (chef at Rochelle Canteen and Moro) and Pete Kelly (Morito) have opened in Clopton, serving Chinese sharing plates and spicy cocktails.
Indico - B1
Indian
  Birmingham
A second branch for the Shirley street food restaurant.
Le Deli Robuchon - W1J
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
One of two new spaces in London that will continue the legacy of the late chef Joel (see also Le Comptoir), offering eat-in and takeaway dishes.
Mr Ji - W1D
Taiwanese
  London
Taiwanese fried chicken is the order of the day at Mr Ji's, which started a few years ago as a stall in Camden.
Manteca - W1F
Italian
  London
Chris Leach and David Carter’s 2019 hit residency at 10 Heddon Street has gone permanent. Manteca's menu "revolves around nose-to-tail cooking, hand-rolled pastas, and fire-cooked cuts to share".
Brother Marcus - E1
British, Modern
  London
A third branch for the mini-chain of brunch favourites.
Stoney Street - SE1
British, Modern
  London
New from the team behind 26 Grains, a big sister restaurant in Borough Market.
Locket's - SW1A
British, Modern
  London
The owners of Wilton's and Franco's have opened a third restaurant (bringing their average opening rate up to almost one restaurant a century!) in the former Economist building; it's a casual, all-day cafe and evening wine bar.
Roma - E1
Pizza
  London
From the team behind Peckham's Made of Dough, a new Roman-style pizzeria in Brick Lane serving sourdough thin-crust 12" pizzas for £5.
The Watermans - TW9
British, Modern
  London
Refurbished and re-opened in November 2019 by the Ram Pub Co (part of Young's), this old Richmond pub is open al day from 10am, and has a private room upstairs and outdoor seating going down to the Thames.
Dandy - SE1
British, Modern
  London
From a shipping container in London Fields to a short-lived restaurant on Newington Green, and now in the former home of Monmouth Coffee on Maltby Street, Dandy has already had several lives. This latest, crowdfunded incarnation also has Matt Wells (co-founder of The Dairy) as partner.
Gunmakers - W1U
British, Modern
  London
Renowned sommelier Xavier Rousset and Anglo and Stem chef Mark Jarvis have joined forces and taken up the reins at Gunmakers, reopening the local favourite (and former haunt of Winston Churchill) to the public, with rooms and plans for Sunday roasts.
Peckham Cellars - SE15
British, Modern
  London
Three Peckham locals (each with impressive restaurant pedigrees) have opened this "neighbourhood kitchen, wine bar and shop".
Trivet - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Former Fat Duck duo - head chef Jonny Lake and sommelier Isa Bal, who worked together for 12 years - opened this restaurant and wine bar in Bermondsey, in the new Snowfields Yard development in November 2019. Bal said of the opening, "The design and experience of the restaurant will also be inspired from our travels, juxtaposing Nordic functionality with the warmth of the Mediterranean and a dose of fun."
The Ivy Asia - EC4M
Pan-Asian
  London
Taking over the site of Barbecoa, another spin-off brand for Richard Caring's Ivy group (the first Ivy Asia opened in Manchester in 2018).
Borough Market Kitchen - SE1
  London
Never known to stand still in its 800-year history, Borough Market has expanded again. Hot on the heels of its home delivery service (www.goodsixty.co.uk/borough-market) is this food hall, just off Winchester Walk, which features 13 permanent fitted kitchens and a further 10 pop-up stalls. Elizabeth Haigh is a star at the opening, showcasing her long-awaited Mei Mei Singaporean cafe (see also).
Chucs Belgravia - SW1W
  London
The biggest Chucs yet opened in Belgravia in November 2019.
IT London - W1S
Mediterranean
  London
Following in the footsteps of Zela, IT Ibiza has opened London. Housed in a former Mayfair art gallery, it still features emerging artists on the walls, and dishes up "food, aperitivo and world-class DJs" - the former from top Naples chef Gennaro Esposito.
Market Hall West End - W1G
  London
The third Market Hall (and biggest yet) landed in the West End, just off Oxford Street in Summer 2019; like its Fulham and Victoria siblings it hosts independent food vendors (twelve of them), but this 800-cover behemoth also has four bars, a children’s play area, an events space and a demo kitchen.
The Bull & Bear - M2
British, Modern
  Manchester
Tom Kerridge opened this restaurant in Manchester's former Stock Exchange, refurbished into a luxury hotel, in November 2019. It features Kerridge’s famed style of cooking, where British classics are refined, yet in a casual sort of fashion. Chef Dan Scott will be at the stoves.
Lina Stores - N1C
Italian
  London
The legendary Soho deli (which marked 75 years in London in 2019) has opened a new pasta restaurant and deli in King's Cross.
Kubarn - GL54
British, Modern
  Bourton-on-the-Water
Chef Kuba Winkowski of The Feathered Nest has opened this unusual restaurant in a barn (hence the name), and runs ticketed themed dinners using produce sourced from his beloved Cotswolds.
Ugly Butterfly - SW3
British, Modern
  London
A surprise opening from Adam Handling; not content with taking on all the food offering at The Belmond Cadogan, he's opened this upmarket zero-waste, sustainable restaurant in Chelsea, serving offcuts and leftovers from Adam Handling Chelsea, including chicken feet with caviar.
Silo - E9
British, Modern
  London
Brighton's zero-waste restaurant Silo has moved to London after a half-million-pound crowdfund by chef Doug McMaster.
The Ivy Victoria - SW1E
British, Modern
  London
With space for almost 300 guests over two floors, this is a vast new member of The Ivy's spin off family.
Mthr - E14
  London
A new co-living space for Canary Wharf, The Collective, complete with this 20th floor restaurant (and takeaway) that's designed to have an 'at home' feel; it's open to the public as well as the people living there.
Sussex - W1D
  London
The Gladwin Brothers - behind The Shed, Rabbit and Nutbourne - have opened this new ‘local and wild’ restaurant, on the site of Arbutus (RIP). It won't be focused on sharing plates like the others, there'll a separate bar section at the front and a chef's table downstairs for 20.
Chick 'n' Sours - E1
Chicken
  London
Chick ‘n’ Sours opened a fourth site in November 2019, near Liverpool Street. The 50-cover spot features vegan offerings and take-away. Lovers of the legendary (and Sunday only) ‘Whole Fry’ will be delighted to know it is available every day here.
VyTA - WC2E
Italian
  London
This new late-night opening has a total of 200 covers, a balcony over the main market square, private dining and a lounge; Italian food and wines are on the menu.
So LA - W1D
American
  London
Replacing Victor Garvey's Spanish restaurant Rambla is Victor Garvey's Californian restaurant Sola.
Bong Bong’s Manila Kanteen - E2
  London
The BBQ Dreamz team - Lee Johnson and Sinead Campbell - that won My Million Pound Menu have finally opened their own restaurant, this Hackney spot with dishes inspired by Johnson’s Filipino heritage.
Sam's Riverside - W6
British, Modern
  London
Sam's Riverside opened on soft launch in early November 2019: Harvey Trollope is head chef and Rowley Leigh has been announced as culinary director.
Folie - W1F
French
  London
Frenchman Guillaume Depoix has taken over a corner site in Golden Square (previously a PizzaExpress), with a view to opening the perfect Soho brasserie. He has extensive front-of-house experience, with four years in London under his belt, plus Alain Ducasse’s Plaza Athénée.
Nudi - PL28
Fish & seafood
  Padstow
After a successful pop-up on Broad Street, Nudi has moved into a permanent Padstow restaurant.
Simplicity Burger - E1
Vegan
  London
Neil Rankin, star purveyor of BBQ and all things meaty, is launching a vegan restaurant! This 45-seat, two-storey, no-bookings restaurant (with ground-floor cocktail bar) serves a handful of plant-based (but "satisfying") burgers he has spent months creating from secret ingredients including miso. Sustainability, zero waste, 'ugly' veg and no single-use plastics are also on the menu.
14 Hills - EC3M
  London
D&D London's latest opening is on the 14th floor at 120 Fenchurch Street, just below a public roof garden; it's a modern British restaurant that serves "an all-day menu created by Executive Chef Thomas Piat" (ex-Bar Bouloud and Mandarin Oriental).
Megan’s in the Village - SW19
British, Modern
  London
Megan's "in the village" - their sixth branch - opened in late 2019.
Le Comptoir Robuchon - W1J
French
  London
An evolved, new restaurant concept, reviving Joel Robuchon’s simple and light style; a deli will also be opening in the same development later in November.
Rock Salt - BS6
Pan-Asian
  Bristol
Replacing Bellita (RIP) is this restaurant serving both Chinese and Indian food; early reports say it's a combination that works.
Chez Antoinette - SW1H
French
  London
Covent Garden's Chez Antoinette has opened a second branch in Victoria.
The Owl - LS2
British, Modern
  Leeds
Smoke & Dough - L1
BBQ
  Liverpool
With specially designed lava coal pits on every table, guests cook their own meals.
Oct
Wild by Tart - SW1W
Organic
  London
It's been in the works for years now, but this "old electrical plant come car park in central Belgravia" has finally opened to the public - owners Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones are also using the space for private events - the space is destined to include a bar, deli, juice and coffee kiosk, retail outlet, and arts studio.
Oren - E8
Mediterranean
  London
Oded Oren has opened his own permanent restaurant in Dalston after a series of well-received pop-ups and residencies; Mediterranean food influenced by his hometown Tel Aviv are on the menu, alongside wine recommendations from Zeren Wilson, and brunch will be a feature.
Lu Ban - L8
Chinese
  Liverpool
No 35 Mackenzie Walk - E14
British, Modern
  London
An all-day independent "neighbourhood" bar and restaurant in Canary Wharf, with a south facing waterfront terrace.
Mercato Mayfair - W1K
International
  London
Mercato Metropolitano, the community-centred eco-friendly food hall in Elephant & Castle, has finally opened in the restored St Mark's church in north Mayfair, in a deal with Grosvenor, who recently completed a £5m restoration of Grade I listed building (known to many as the American church). Mercato Mayfair boasts 16,000sq ft. of retail, dining and community space, plus a rooftop terrace and outdoor bar - all a short walk from Oxford Street.
PLU - NW8
French
  London
Named after the past tense of the French verb 'plaisir', Plu is the first solo restaurant from former (ten years ago) Gavroche chef Elliot Moss, who will be serving up a single tasting menu to the small room of 22 covers each night.
Bleecker Burger - W12
Burgers, etc
  London
The fifth (including the summer South Bank pop-up) - and biggest yet - Bleecker has opened in Westfield White City, with an all-female management team.
Dan's at The Crown - SN8
British, Modern
  Marlborough
Not exactly a newcomer, but relocated from London Road in October 2019 to bigger premises at The Crown.
Sabroso! - W12
South American
  London
Gabriel and Jose-Luis Gonzalez, two brothers from Venezuela have opened a South American 'soul food' restaurant in Westfield in West London, serving arepas, ceviche bowls, rice bowls, traditional snacks and tropical juices.
Wilder - E2
British, Modern
  London
Sir Terence Conran and chef Richard McLellan (previously at the Typing Room) have opened this restaurant within Boundary London in October; some of the ingredients come from Sir Tel's 145-acre estate.
Legare - SE1
Italian
  London
Jay Patel, previously Barrafina's general manager, and Matt Beardmore, formerly senior sous chef at Trullo, have joined forces to open this Italian in Tower Bridge.
Kolamba - W1B
Sri Lankan
  London
A Sri Lankan restaurant serving dishes drawn from the staff’s family recipes.
Copper Chimney - W12
Indian
  London
Founded by JK Kapur in 1972 in Bombay, Copper Chimney has 15 restaurants in five Indian cities - its first UK branch is to be in Westfield.
Lyon's - N8
Fish & seafood
  London
An independent Crouch End restaurant specialising in seafood.
Decimo - WC1H
Spanish
  London
There's several restaurants within this American hotel chain opening in London in 2019; the ground-floor spot (Isla) has Adam Rawson (once of Pachamama) as chef, and now Bristol's darling, Peter Sanchez-Iglesias (of Casamia and Paco Tapas) has opened the glass rooftop restaurant on the tenth floor.
Emile - EC2A
  London
Damian Clisby, ex-director of Petersham Nurseries, and Nick Gibson of the Drapers Arms are running this long-term residency on the site of Rok (RIP). Special events will run on alternate Sundays.
Horticulture - NE1
British, Modern
  Newcastle
This brunch spot opened in October 2019, replacing long-time favourite Paradiso. At night, it's a bar, with 40 different espresso martinis available.
H Café - RG9
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  Henley-on-Thames
Harrods has opened its first cafe outside London, a branch of its in-store cafe.
The Hunter's Moon - SW3
British, Modern
  London
The first pub from new venture The Lunar Pub Company; co-owner and chef director Oliver Marlowe is from The Glasshouse and Chez Bruce, and head chef David Halewood, was previously at The Coach in Clerkenwell.
Henrock - LA23
British, Modern
  Windermere
With sweeping views across Lake Windermere, Henrock by Simon Rogan showcases natural, perfectly seasonal ingredients in a relaxed, informal setting. The name derives from a rocky outcrop on the lake, known as Hen Rock, which is often visible from the terrace of Linthwaite House.
Arma - W1D
Middle Eastern
  London
A new Soho shawarma restaurant, with a takeaway downstairs and eat-in table upstairs.
Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill - W1K
Steaks & grills
  London
Hilliers - SN8
British, Modern
  Marlborough
"Hilliers Small Plates & Wine" to give the place its full name.
Bund - N2
Pan-Asian
  London
Spoke & Stringer - BS8
Spanish
  Bristol
The popular Harbourside restaurant and deli added a Clifton branch in late 2019; now also open in the evening.
Sarto - LS9
Italian
  Leeds
Pasta is made fresh by hand daily at this restaurant from Dave Olejnik (from Laynes Espresso) and the team behind The Brunswick.
Woo Tan Scran - L17
Vegan
  Liverpool
"Plant-based Chinese chippy on Lark Lane"; Liverpool's first vegan chippy.
Sep
Church Road - SW13
British, Modern
  London
The owners of Sonny's (formerly on this site, RIP), Rebecca Mascarenhas and Philip Howard, have named the replacement simply Church Road. Elystan Street alumni Sam Astley-Dean (chef) and Alan Parry (front of house) are in charge.
Bertie Blossoms - W10
British, Modern
  London
This Ladbroke Grove pub quietly opened in late summer 2019 - when we added it to the website it already had over 20k followers on Instagram - which can be explained by the names of the co-founders: manager Stuart Camp and a musician called Ed Sheeran.
Chakana - B13
Peruvian
  Birmingham
Robert Ortiz, former head chef at Lima, has opened this Peruvian restaurant inside a former bank in Moseley.
Sweet Chick - W1W
Chicken
  London
The first UK branch of this US-based chain, opened just off Oxford Street in late 2019; the cuisine is All-American Southern comfort food (waffles and fried chicken, biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits, mac'n'cheese, cornbread and chicken wings) and the chain is backed by rapper Nas.
Kiss the Hippo - W1W
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
A second branch for the Richmond-based coffee roaster, on the site that was previously Curators Coffee (RIP).
Mama Fuego - SE10
Australian
  London
The mother-and-daughter team behind Covent Garden's Abuelo have opened a new restaurant, an all-day "drinking and dining" destination near the 02, serving "Antipodean-meets-South American" food and drinks; there's multiple spaces including a 70s style sunken lounge, mils bar, bakery and a garden overlooking the pier and river.
Yardarm - E10
  London
After running a shop and hosting several residencies, Yardarm has opened a restaurant.
Kinneuchar Inn - KY9
Scottish
  Kilconquhar
This historic Scottish pub has reopened (after a two-year refurb). Former Rochelle Canteen staff - chef James Ferguson and front-of-house Alethea Palmer - are in charge.
My Neighbours the Dumplings - E9
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
A new branch for the east London dumpling masters.
Vardo - SW3
International
  London
From the team behind Caravan, Vardo (the name comes from Romany travelling wagons) opened in September 2019 in a purpose-built new building in Duke of York Square, with a public roof garden and the UK’s first fully retractable glass wall. The food is globally-inspired using top British ingredients.
Mowgli - LE1
Indian
  Leicester
Mowgli - which has restaurants across the country, in Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Oxford and Sheffield - has launched its latest branch in St Martin's Square in Leicester.
Seabird - SE1
Fish & seafood
  London
The 14th floor rooftop of the new Hoxton hotel in Southwark is home to a fish and seafood restaurant from the team behind Brooklyn's Maison Premiere; expect a raw bar, a wide range of oysters - and "the fresh flavours of southern Europe".
Julie’s - W11
British, Modern
  London
The Betterment - W1K
  London
The new signature restaurant at Hilton's luxury Mayfair hotel has Jason Atherton's Social Company overseeing all the food; former City Social head chef Paul Walsh is heading up the stoves at The Betterment, an "all-day restaurant with brasserie-style food".
Three Little Words - M3
British, Modern
  Manchester
From the people behind Manchester Gin, a restaurant and bar in the arches beneath Manchester Central station.
Burra Khana - NG1
Indian
  Nottingham
Tom Brooke, the man behind Hoxton barbecue restaurant Red Dog Saloon and Louie’s Nashville Hot Chicken, launched in Nottingham in September 2019, offering a fusion between Indian cuisine and charcoal barbecue cooking, with influences from Middle Eastern countries such as Persia, Turkey and Lebanon.
Cultureplex - M1
British, Modern
  Manchester
An Industrial Revolution building, London Warehouse (on the edge of the Northern Quarter) was refurbished and relaunched in September 2019 as Cutureplex, a modern community centre with a collective of businesses inside: an aparthotel, trendy gym and restaurants.
Norma - W1T
Italian
  London
Following the success of The Game Bird, The Stafford London and culinary director Ben Tish opened this independent restaurant, in a Fitzrovia townhouse, in late summer 2019. The cooking is "inspired by the food and culture of Sicily, with particular emphasis on the Moorish influences on the island’s cuisine"; a crudo (raw) bar also features.
Sons + Daughters - N1C
  London
A "s+wich, softserve, beer and cocktail" stop from the team behind Pidgin (and formerly Magpie, RIP).
Pick & Cheese - WC2H
British, Traditional
  London
One of the first concessions to be announced for the new Seven Dials Market from KERB, Pick & Cheese is a cheese conveyor belt (yes, you read that right!) restaurant, brought to us by the owners of Camden's Cheese Bar. 25 British cheeses will be delivered by the 40-metre conveyor belt.
Strozzapreti - WC2H
Italian
  London
Franco Manca founders Bridget Hugo and Giuseppe Mascoli have teamed up with pasta chef Andrea Beccaceci to open a pasta restaurant; it will open with KERB's new flagship, indoor, market in autumn 2019.
Charlie’s - W1S
British, Modern
  London
Trinity’s celebrated chef, Adam Byatt, has relaunched this stately panelled dining room of the foyer of one of Mayfair’s most historic hotels, nowadays owned by Rocco Forte.
KERB Seven Dials - WC2H
International
  London
KERB's first indoor market and new, permanent home (in a former banana factory) landed with some impressive opening acts: Monty’s Deli, Club Mexicana, Claw, and newcomer conveyor belt cheese restaurant, Pick & Cheese, and over 20 others.
Crudo - W1W
  London
"London’s first grab-and-go cevicheria", serving ceviche bowls and other Latin American food.
Loyal Tavern - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Tom Cenci, former executive chef at Duck & Waffle, and Adam White from the Riding House Cafe, opened Loyal Tavern in Bermondsey in September 2019. The duo have taken on the site of former south east London institution Village East, once a textile factory, making use of British produce to create a “relaxed neighbourhood environment”.
Terra Terra - NW3
Italian
  London
A new all-day Italian restaurant and café with an open bakery and outdoor terrace.
Neat Burger - W1B
Burgers, etc
  London
Vegan fast food, global expansion and celebrity backing, what could be more on trend? Lewis Hamilton has launched an international vegan burger chain; the five-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton collaborated with hospitality organisation The Cream Group and Beyond Meat investor Tommaso Chiabra to launch Neat Burger in London on September 2.
Liv - SW1W
British, Modern
  London
A breakfast, brunch and lunch spot serving coffee and fresh juices at a dedicated stand-up drinks bar from Australian chef Damien Monley, formerly of Flat White Cafe in Sydney. It's due to open for dinners in November.
1947 London - W1T
Indian
  London
Chef Krishna Negi, protege of Vineet Bhatia, has opened a modern Indian restaurant in Fitzrovia; he first made his name when he launched Tangawizi in Richmond in 2004. His menu here features nano plates, small plates and sharing bowls, with recipes inspired by the movement of peoples and cultures during the 1947 partition.
L'Uva Vino e Cucina - YO1
Italian
  York
Independent wine bar and restaurant in York's city centre, specialising in traditional Italian dishes and wines imported directly from Italy.
Bank House Wine Bar & Kitchen - BR7
British, Modern
  Chislehurst
This wine bar in the heart of Chislehurst (occupying a former NatWest bank, hence the name) is notable for its owner: Stuart Gillies is the former CEO of Gordon Ramsay's restaurant group. Previously a chef, Gillies has devised a "European small plates" menu for the two-floor wine bar.
Hemingway's - EH6
British, Modern
  Edinburgh
A library-themed pub and restaurant in Leith.
Aug
Berto - N7
Italian
  London
Inventive pizza company Zia Lucia has opened a pasta restaurant (planned to be the first of five) next door to its Highbury branch.
Mamma Mia! The Party - SE10
Greek
  London
Diehard fans of Mamma Mia! (the musical of Abba's hits that later spawned a film starring Meryl Streep) will be thrilled to hear the franchise now has its own themed restaurant. Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus has opened a 'dinner theatre' where diners can “spend a magical summer evening with friends in a very special Greek island taverna”. Sadly, it's not in Waterloo, but at The O2.
The Botanical Rooms at The Newt - BA7
British, Modern
  Bruton
Hadspen House, built around 1690, has been bought and refurbished as a luxury hotel by South African billionaire Koos Bekker and his wife, Karen Roos, former Elle Decoration editor. There's gardens to explore here and a cafe as well as this main restaurant.

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