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Jan
Ela & Dhani - SW13
Indian
  London
A trio childhood friends who grew up together in the Punjab have joined forces to launch their first restaurant. Ela & Dhani means cardamom and coriander in Sanskrit.
Em Sherif - SW1X
Middle Eastern
  London
Self-taught Lebanese chef Mireille Hayek is bringing her Beirut-based Em Sherif restaurant concept to London (and Harrods, no less); she opened her first restaurant in 2006 and now has a 12-strong group across the Middle East.
Ugly Dumpling - W1T
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
This new branch of the dumpling specialist is bigger than the Carnaby original and has a small private dining room.
Gallio - E14
Pizza
  London
A new dog-friendly pizza restaurant for Canary Wharf offering Mediterranean flavours and local delivery.
Dec
Popeyes - E15
Chicken
  London
Another globally hyped fast-food chain, this one serving "soul powered" Louisiana-style fried chicken sandwiches, has landed in Westfield Stratford City; expect a roll-out very soon.
Fair Shot Café - W1K
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
A collaboration with West London College and Action on Disability, providing in-work training for adults with learning difficulties.
Adesse - W1C
Vegan
  London
American 'raw food' celeb chef Matthew Kenney opened this plant-based restaurant in Selfridges before Christmas 2021. The name means 'to arrive' in Latin.
Shutters - E14
Fish & seafood
  London
Sibling to a Shutters in Marazion, Cornwall, a Californian-style restaurant from The Happiness Cartel.
Eleanore - EH7
British, Modern
  Edinburgh
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.
Roketsu - W1H
Japanese
  London
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...
Albert's Schloss - B3
German
  Birmingham
Already established in Manchester, the Bavarian beer hall landed in Brum in December 2021.
The George - W1W
British, Modern
  London
Star chef James Knappett has teamed up with his backers JKS (Gymkhana, Hoppers) and publican Dominic Jacobs (The Running Horse, Mayfair) to open their second London pub in the space of six months. The George in Fitzrovia is a beautifully restored grand Victorian Grade II-listed pub with an Italianate corner site frontage; open from late November 2021, with the upstairs dining room opening in February 2022.
Jeru - W1J
Middle Eastern
  London
A "layered" new Mayfair restaurant from Israeli-born Australian chef Roy Ner, comprising of a bakery, wine bar and dining space.
Riley's Fish Shop - NE30
Fish & seafood
  Tynemouth
A bricks-and-mortar spin-off from the famous beachside shack of the same name; a deli and eatery for when the weather is too cold for al fresco eating (which to locals is around -5 degrees)
Haar - KY16
Scottish
  St Andrews
Named for a "cold sea fog on the East coast of Scotland", Haar, from MasterChef finalist Dean Banks, serves British produce, simply prepared.
The 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.
Where's Fred's - EC2R
British, Modern
  The City
A "day-to-night café and wine bar" in the heart of the City.
The Plimsoll - N4
British, Modern
  London
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.
Nov
Hawksmoor - E14
Steaks & grills
  London
Opened in late 2021, Hawksmoor can now be found amongst the scrapers of Canary Wharf. The Wood Wharf branch – their 7th in the capital – is housed in an eco-friendly floating pavilion made from sustainably sourced timber decking and with a green roof planted with wildflowers and grasses. It is their biggest and most ambitious space yet, spread over three levels with a 150-cover restaurant, a 120-cover bar, and outdoor space.
Zahter - W1F
Turkish
  London
Istanbul star chef Esra Muslu has finally opened her own London restaurant; rumours had been circulating since her March 2018 residency at Carousel.
Miscusi - WC2H
Italian
  London
One of Italy's recent hits, a sustainable fast-food pasta chain with 12 branches, arrived in Covent Garden in November 2021.
The Fat Badger - TW10
British, Modern
  Richmond
A fifth site from the Gladwin Bros (Rabbit, Nutbourne, etc).
El Norte - W1S
Spanish
  London
Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi have opened their third London restaurant; this Mayfair site is 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.
Pastan - EC1M
Italian
  London
Moved from Westbourne Park in late 2021.
Wood & Water - SW9
  London
Former Miss Jamaica Universe and BBC Apprentice candidate April Jackson's spot was previously called Three Little Birds, and served Jamaican tapas and bottomless brunches, but - with a new name a revamped menu - it will now serve "Modern British food with Jamaican soul", but retains the bottomless brunches.
Dipna's Restaurant & Bar - WC2R
Indian, Southern
  London
Punjabi and South Indian cuisine from chef Dipna Anand, who co-owns Brilliant in Southall that was set up by her father and uncle.
The Three Fishes - BB7
British, Traditional
  Whalley
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 been 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. Launched in November 2021, Nigel is aiming to put back the "original magic of The Three Fishes alongside my drive for sustainability and local sourcing".
Yatay - W1D
Japanese
  London
A new Japanese robatayaki grill restaurant set over two floors (with a basement bar, Zoku, in the works), inspired by the 'new age' izakayas and street food of Tokyo.
Warehouse - WC2H
British, Modern
  London
On the ground floor of Covent Garden members' club The Conduit is this new sustainability-led restaurant from ex-Silo chef Brendan Eades.
Mowgli - W1
Indian
  London
Nisha Katona has brought 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.
Dai Chi - W1F
Japanese
  London
Angelina founders, Joshua Owens-Baigler and Amar Takhar, have overhauled the Soho bar they launched as Golden Gai last year, and reopened it as this 'kushikatsu' restaurant. Kushikatsu come from Osaka in Japan, and are deep-fried skewers coated in Panko crumbs: here served omakase style. Hokkaido milkbread and soft shell crab is something of a signature dish.
Barnacle - L1
British, Modern
  Liverpool
This new restaurant in Liverpool's Duke Street food market aims to tell the story of the region’s food provenance through meals from a collective of chefs including The Art School’s Paul Askew, Bone and Block’s Harry Marquart.
The LaLee - SW1X
British, Modern
  London
The replacement for Adam Handling's restaurant (RIP) is this 'neighbourhood grand café' gently themed around Lillie Langtry (who lived in a townhouse that became part of The Cadogan; her private railway carriage was called The LaLee). A menu of classic dishes and over 80 wines by the glass are part of the attraction.
Il Borro - W1J
Italian
  London
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.
Panton Yokocho - SW1Y
Japanese
  London
A celebration of regional ramen is promised from this November 2021 Japan Centre opening, similar to Heddon Yokocho.
Le Petit Beefbar - SW3
Steaks & grills
  London
A spin-off from the original Monaco Beefbar (which has other siblings in St Tropez, Milan, Mykonos and Sao Paolo); as the name suggests, the cuisine is steak-based.
Gunpowder Soho - W1D
Indian
  London
A third branch for Harneet Baweja and Devina Seth’s modern Indian mini-chain.
Holm - TA13
British, Modern
  South Petherton
Opened in 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
The Pig's Head - SW4
British, Modern
  London
On the site that was formerly The Rectory - and before that, The Calf - a fourth pub from the team behind Smokehouse, The Pig & Butcher and The Princess of Shoreditch; there's a daily changing menu and a sustainability-led approach here, with upcycled fixtures, an on-site butchery and drinks from small-batch UK producers.
Mallow - SE1
Vegetarian
  London
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.
Tallow - TN4
British, Modern
  Southborough
Rob and Donna Taylor - formerly of The Compasses in nearby Crundale - opened this 26-cover bistro in early November. When Grace Dent of The Guardian heard they were moving on, she wrote “Wherever they go, I will follow”.
Qavali - B1
Persian
  Birmingham
A foliage-covered ceiling is one of the decorative features of this high-end Indo Persian restaurant that has replaced Coast to Coast. The all-halal menu covers covers Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Persia and Turkey.
Mr White's - WC2H
British, Modern
  London
Marco Pierre White's first West End opening in over a decade serves "steaks, gin cocktails and pizzas".
Hithe & Seek - EC4V
British, Modern
  London
Impressive views across the Thames to the Tate Modern and an ex-Aquavit chef are key attractions at this new hotel wine bar.
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 next door to the Frieze offices).
Oct
Gunpowder (Group) -
Indian
  GROUP
A third branch for Harneet Baweja and Devina Seth’s modern Indian mini-chain; opening October 2021.
Terra - EC2M
Steaks & grills
  London
Opened later than the main site, the fine dining part of Eataly features a "show-stopping artisanal grill". Flame-cooked, seasonal Italian fare and botanical cocktails are the USP here.
The Maine Mayfair - W1S
British, Modern
  London
Opened in October 2021, 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”.
1771 Restaurant - SW1W
British, Modern
  London
On the site near Sloane Square that was very briefly Liv (RIP) – and for aeons previously Como Lario (long RIP) – this site was 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.
Langan’s Brasserie - W1
British, Modern
  London
The Barbary Next Door - WC2H
North African
  London
Born from a meal delivery business, the mini-version of The Barbary has a real home right next door in the premises previously occupied by Jacob the Angel (RIP).
Kasa & Kin - W1F
Filipino
  London
Opened in late October 2021, an all-day Filipino restaurant, bar, bakery and patisserie from the team behind Kensington's Romulo Café.
The Chelsea Pig - SW3
British, Modern
  London
Furniture designer Timothy Oulton opened his first pub in October 2021, updating and re-opening this 1890s landmark.
SeaSons - W1J
Fish & seafood
  London
On the former site of The Square (RIP), the high-end, international fishmongers of the same name are opening a Mediterranean fish and seafood restaurant in October 2021.
The Avocado Show - W1B
British, Modern
  London
An avocado-themed hit back in Amsterdam since opening there four years ago, and now landed near Oxford Circus; sustainable avos only are used in the brunch-strong menu.
Porte Noire - N1C
British, Modern
  London
One of the main draws of this new wine bar, restaurant and tasting room in King's Cross is that Idris Elba is one of the owners, along with with founder of Connaught Wine Cellars, David Farber.
SpiceBox - E11
Vegan
  London
A second branch for the vegan curry house from Walthamstow; they are already crowdfunding for #3.
Gas Station - N1C
British, Modern
  London
On a site that was previously a petrol station - but more recently an outlet for Chapel Down's restaurant and distillery - a new bar and restaurant from the team behind Mare Street Market. There's space next to the canal for a large beer garden.
Bob Bob Ricard City - EC3
French
  London
Formerly Bob Bob Cité, Leonid Shutov has rebranded his £25m City creation as Bob Bob Ricard City, and making it similar in style to the Soho original.
Masalchi by Atul Kochhar - HA9
Indian
  London
Atul Kochhar's first London opening since Kanishka (but see also Riwaz in Tunbridge Wells) is an Indian street-food-inspired spot in Wembley.
Carmel - NW6
Middle Eastern
  London
October 2021 opening from the team behind Berber & Q, an "evolved big sister" restaurant in Queen's Park.
Inca - W1F
South American
  London
South American-themed late night restaurant and club from a team (including chef Davide Alberti) who worked together at Sumosan Twiga.
Up A Yard - CH8
Afro-Caribbean
  Holywell
Chef-owner Charlotte Stanley starting selling her traditional Jamaican meals from home during lockdown, and now has a bricks-and-mortar site for dining in.
Santo Remedio Café - EC2A
Mexican/TexMex
  London
A return to Shoreditch for the Mexican cafe that started life in the area before relocating to Bermondsey; this second opening for Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes is "an ode to the bustling taquerias of Mexico".
Le Petit Bois - B13
French
  Birmingham
Restaurateurs Ben Taylor and Zsofia Kisgergely have returned to their former haunt - the site of their Little Blackwood, which closed in 2020 - with a French bistro offering blow-out seafood platters.
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; the full Rita's restaurant followed in October 2021.
Hawker's Kitchen - N1
Middle Eastern
  London
A central London sibling to the High Barnet original; the Jewish-Moroccan fare includes falafel and sabich.
Balady - EC1N
Middle Eastern
  London
Central London sibling to the Barnet original; the Jewish-Moroccan food includes falafel and sabich.
Love Café - CT9
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  Margate
Gizzi Erskine and Libertines' frontman Carl Barât (who also co-owns Margate hotel The Albion Rooms with his Libertines bandmates) opened this seafront cafe in October 2021, featuring the Great British sandwich and ice cream sundaes. They are aiming for it to be a "sandwich bar on steroids", using produce from Kent's local farms and suppliers.
El Ta'koy - WC2E
Pan-Asian
  London
Luis Pous, best known for the now-closed celebrity hangout, Asia de Cuba, opened this basement restaurant within 3 Henrietta Street, in October 2021; the menu spans the Pacific Rim and islands, particularly Kauai Hawaii.
Lilly's - WC2E
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
The ground floor of 3 Henrietta Street (see also Pivot and El Ta'koy) is occupied by a coffee shop and this all-day cafe from pastry chef Kimberley Lin, who previously worked as Dominique Ansel’s development chef, so we can expect epic things in the cakes and pastries department.
Oxeye - SW11
British, Modern
  London
After six years of planning, chef Sven-Hanson Britt has opened his debut restaurant in Embassy Gardens in October 2021; the Masterchef: The Professionals winner's place is a fine-dining restaurant based on tasting menus, with a bar and British wine shop too.
Bardo - SW1Y
Italian
  London
Nightclub owner Luca Maggiora opened his first fine dining restaurant in October 2021; there's also a walk-in wine cellar, whisky room, private dining room and private lounge, plus an ex-Cipriani bartender on cocktails.
Upstairs by Tom Shepherd - WS13
British, Modern
  Lichfield
Tom Shepherd, most recently seen at Adam’s in Birmingham, opened the much-anticipated first restaurant under his own name in October 2021, above his father’s Lichfield jewellery shop.
The Jackdaw - LL32
British, Modern
  Conwy
Sous chef at The Fat Duck for seven years, chef Nick Rudge has embarked on his first solo enterprise, a 30-cover site in Conwy.
Chilli Chutney - SW16
Italian
  London
Named after Carmine Lupertazzi, the Mafia boss and restaurateur in The Sopranos, this 100-cover restaurant and work space has ex-Peckham Cellars chef Ozzy Martin Peer at the stoves; the team also recently took over the Elm Park Tavern in Brixton.
Carmine - SW16
Italian
  London
Named after Carmine Lupertazzi, the Mafia boss and restaurateur in The Sopranos, this 100-cover restaurant and work space has ex-Peckham Cellars chef Ozzy Martin Peer at the stoves; the team also recently took over the Elm Park Tavern in Brixton.
One Star Döner Bar - M1
Middle Eastern
  Manchester
Chef Brad Carter (of Carter's of Moseley in Birmingham) opened this spot after a lockdown kebab project went viral; we wouldn't be surprised to see it expand soon.
West 4th - SW6
Canadian
  London
A Canadian restaurant modelled on Vancouver's West 4th St area; poutine, maple syrup and mac & cheese are staples of the menu.
Birchwood - TN5
British, Modern
  Ticehurst
Exciting news from The Small Holding’s Will Devlin, who has opened a third site set in a "sustainable woodland community" in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the East Sussex countryside.
Chourangi - W1H
Indian
  London
'Flavours of Calcutta'; this restaurant from chef-patron Anjan Chatterjee and tech entrepreneur Aditya Ghosh was due to open in 2020, and eventually appeared in October 2021.
Megan's at the Old Bell - AL1
British, Modern
  St Albans
Opened in October 2020 on the former site of Jamie's Italian.
Osteria at The Barbican - EC2Y
Italian
  London
This handy Barbican pit-stop is run by Searcy's.
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.
Colonel Saab - WC1V
Indian
  London
Will this October 2021 newcomer finally dispel the curse of Holborn Town Hall? It’s a potentially magnificent site, that’s so far seen off Shanghai Blues, Burger & Lobster and most recently Gezellig (RIP). This ‘progressive Indian Restaurant' is the first London venture of entrepreneur Roop Partap Choudhary, and culinary inspiration comes from his property Hotel Noor Mahal in Karnal (north of Delhi).
Hooligan - G3
  Glasgow
Maroush Park Royal - NW10
Lebanese
  London
Sep
Isla - WC1H
British, Modern
  London
Isola by San Carlo - W1U
Italian
  London
Opened in September 2021 – a new flagship for the San Carlo group on the prominent former St Christopher's Place site of Carluccio's. It’s big, with 220 seats and a 50-cover al fresco terrace. Managing Director, Marcello Distefano, describes it as the group’s “most exciting project in years”.
Trattoria Brutto - EC1A
Italian
  London
Opened in September 2021, the new project from Russell Norman, who left the Polpo group last year. Thanks to The Sunday Times critic Marina O'Loughlin for spotting the new Instagram name and truffling this one out. Norman confirmed the project and says that the trattoria "has a Tuscan accent" and that the food comes from the heart of Italy "where flavour is more important than favour".
Manthan - W1S
Indian
  London
Rohit Ghai (of Kutir) returns to Mayfair with this late summer 2021 opening with his eyes on the Michelin star he won in his Jamavar days. Taking over the site near Regent Street of Covid casualty Lucknow 49 (RIP), the offer incorporates traditional-with-a-twist dishes and lots of cocktails (including of the non-alcoholic variety).
Yellowhammer - SK1
Pizza
  Stockport
Truffled out by The Code, this interesting project involves Sam Buckley of Where the Light Gets In; it will be a "community bakery, pottery and deli" by day, and a wine bar / pizzeria in the evenings.
Joshua's Tavern - WC2H
British, Modern
  London
Pub and live music venue attached to the Leicester Square 'super boutique' hotel The Londoner, opened in September 2021; see also Whitcomb's and 8 at The Londoner.
8 at The Londoner - WC2H
Japanese
  London
Part of the 'super boutique' hotel that opened in September 2021, a rooftop izakaya with fire pits.
Upstairs at Landrace - BA1
British, Modern
  Bath
"A restaurant above a bakery." Such a simple description for a restaurant (that started as a series of supper clubs) from Jules Copperman, former GM at Big Jo, and Rob Sachdev, former sous chef at Brawn. Opened in September 2021 above the popular sourdough bakery.
Mamma Pastrama - W1F
American
  London
A Carnaby reboot of the classic American sarnie from Jay Morjaria (from BBC2's Million Pound Menu) and the Vagabond Wines team.
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.
Galvin Bar & Grill - WC1B
British, Modern
  London
The Galvin Brothers and Gary Rhodes-trained chef Adam Gray opened this 100-cover hotel dining room in late September 2021.
Nusr-Et Steakhouse - SW1X
Steaks & grills
  London
Istanbul, Dubai, Doha, New York, Miami… finally – having been first announced in 2017 – as of September 2021, London now has its very own outpost for the globe-trotting brand of Nusret Gökçe’s (aka Salt Bae’s) social media sensation. He is The Park Tower hotel’s answer to breathing life into the formerly deathly dull-looking space that was for many years the accomplished but un-Instagram-friendly One-O-One (RIP). A butcher-turned-chef, this is not first choice for vegans, with a menu extending to every variety of chop, burger and steak.
Rennaisant - RG20
French
  Bagnor
Opened on the site of The Blackbird (RIP) in September 2021, a new fine dining restaurant from the same chef, Dom Robinson, who will continue to cook the classic French cuisine that made the previous incarnation so popular; during lockdown, Robinson ran a pop-up outdoor dining restaurant called Pizza Paloma here, which may continue in some form as well.
Poke House - W11
Salads
  London
On its opening weekend, this US import (which acquired Ahi Poke in April 2021) offered free food for life to anyone willing to get the company's logo tattooed on them.
The Alice, The Randolph Hotel - OX1
British, Modern
  Oxford
At the heart of the Varsity, this famous old Victorian hotel emerged in September 2021 from a major revamp. Not least amongst its reinvented form – this new all-day dining restaurant (78 covers) serving classic British dishes, as interpreted by Chris Emery (ex head chef of Jason Atherton’s The Clocktower in New York, et al). The venture is a collaboration between hotel owners Graduate Hotels® and White Rabbit Projects (Lina Stores, Kricket, Island Poké). Lewis Carroll used to drink nearby – hence it’s named for his famous literary creation – hopefully the afternoon tea will involve flamingoes...
Joe Allen - WC2E
American
  London
Peg - E9
Fusion
  London
A team of owners of P Franco and Bright opened another natural wine bar (on the former site of Hackney's Legs, geddit?) in 2019, with Australian chef Byron Fini at the stoves.
Ekstedt at The Yard, Great Scotland Yard Hotel - SW1A
Scandinavian
  London
With the September 2021 arrival of Swedish star chef Nicklas Ekstedt, the five-star Hyatt is continuing its creative, north European theme with this “godfather of wood-fired cooking” stepping into the shoes of The Yard by Robin Gill (RIP). It features Ekstedt’s “old Nordic” cuisine, which sees seasonal ingredients cooked over wood-grills in a (very) open kitchen.
Poke House - E1
Salads
  London
BiBi - W1K
Indian
  London
Chef Chet Sharma (ex-Ledbury and Moor Hall) has opened a contemporary Indian restaurant in Mayfair, with backing from the JKS Restaurants group, with whom he's worked for several years. ‘Bibi’ translates in Urdu as ‘lady of the house’, and is used as a term of endearment for grandmothers across the Indian subcontinent. Sharma's "playful menu" is "influenced by the street carts and roadside cafés from Punjab in the north, to Kerala in the south".
Bundobust Brewery - M1
Vegetarian
  Manchester
The second site for Manchester, complete with brewery, finally opened in September 2021.
Haugen - E20
Swiss
  London
Part of Stratford’s coming of age as a restaurant destination – and part of East London’s International Quarter development: this D&D Group launch occupies a new, sustainably constructed three-floor landmark – The Pavilion – within the Olympic Park. It has a sizeable 550 covers in all and comprises a ground floor deli plus large restaurant and ‘winter garden’ (sounds a bit llike Bluebird); plus a first floor dining room, also with terrae; and a rooftop bar with views of Stratford and the Queen Elizabeth Stadium. Foodwise, it’s akin to The German Gymnasium – an Alpine theme with references to France, Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
Koya Ko - E8
Japanese
  London
Another little sister for Koya arrived in Broadway Market in September 2021, inspired by the fast-paced dining of the train station noodle bars found in Japan.
Garden House - CB2
British, Modern
  Cambridge
A grill-focused hotel restaurant that opened in September 2021 with White Rabbit Studio (Lina Stores, Kricket) in charge of the food under chef Adam Wood (ex-Perilla); it's set within the new Graduate hotel on the banks on the Cam (there's also one in Oxford; the group also has a portfolio of hotels in college towns in America).
The Pig in the South Downs - BN18
British, Modern
  Madehurst
The newest Pig opened in West Sussex in September 2021 at Grade II-listed Madehurst Lodge, boasting the largest kitchen garden in the Pig group and also the group’s first vineyard.
Bar Flounder - E8
Fish & seafood
  London
Fin and Flounder, one of London’s top fishmongers and supplier to the city’s finest restaurants, launched its own seafood shack at Netil Market in September 2021, just around the corner from their Broadway Market shop.
Prévost at Haycock - PE8
Mediterranean
  Wansford
Lee Clarke's Peterborough restaurant Prévost moved to this newly refurbished historic hotel on the River Nene, where you might stay in a room once occupied by Queen Victoria. Ex-L'Enclume chef Sam Nash joins Clarke to run both Prévost and the more casual Haycock Kitchen.
Straits Kitchen, Pan Pacific London - EC3A
Pan-Asian
  London
This new City hotel promises to be a "new statement of indulgence" that "integrates design with comfort and Asian hospitality". It's the Singapore-based group's "first mixed-use development for the City of London" and will include luxury sky apartments, high-end retail, a plaza, and Devonshire House. This signature Singaporean restaurant is joined by cocktail bar Ginger Lily and The Orchid Lounge, serving Kopi Tiam, Singaporean-inspired afternoon tea.
Supa Ya Ramen - E8
Japanese
  London
The Victoria Oxshott - KT22
British, Modern
  Oxshott
The first pub for Igniting Hospitality, led by former JKS Ops Director Simon King and former Crown at Bray head chef Matt Larcombe.
MiMi Mei Fair - W1J
Chinese
  London
The long-awaited replacement to Matsya (RIP) comes from Jamavar and Bombay Bustle creator Samyukta Nair, and is inspired by 1920s Shanghai; former Hakkasan chef Peter Ho will oversee the high-end, modern Chinese menu.
The Orchid Lounge, Pan Pacific Lounge - EC3A
Afternoon tea
  London
TV's pastry chef, Cherish Finden, will be overseeing the Singaporean afternoon teas on offer at this new hotel.
Luckenbooths - EH1
Scottish
  Edinburgh
New central hotel restaurant offering all-day dining and Scottish cuisine.
La Brasseria - W11
Italian
  London
All-day sibling to La Brasseria Milanese in Marylebone.
Aug
Palais de Luxe at The Windmill Theatre - W1D
International
  London
'Table Dancing' written in lurid neon is a nostalgic relic of sleazy ’70s sex shows, at this relaunched Soho icon, which has had a £10m revamp (including the neon signs). Now, this 350-seat venue is to become an ambitious multiplex, with shows in the main theatre, alongside upstairs and basement bars and private dining. At the stoves, Andrew McLeish, whose long CV most notably includes his long stint at Chapter One. A luxurious menu is planned (Dover sole, Wagyu sliders…)
Kudu Grill - SE15
South African
  London
On the old Babette site, the Kudu team are bringing live fire cooking to Peckham, with this braai restaurant, which opened in August 2021.
Colette - SW19
French
  London
The Fulham French traiteur and delicatessen is opening a second branch in Wimbledon Village; this one will have a butcher’s counter too. A further, and bigger, branch is due to open in Wandsworth by the end of 2021.
Celentano's - G4
Italian
  Glasgow
Opening August 2021 in Glasgow's Cathedral House building, from Darby's head chef Dean Parker and his wife Anna; Italian small and sharing plates from a low-waste kitchen.
Santa Maria - N1
Pizza
  London
A fourth branch of this successful small pizza group arrived in summer 2021.
The Crossing - SW13
British, Modern
  London
After a significant refurb (about £400k), this sweet pub off White Hart Lane – fka The Tree House – is to be relaunched by hospitality operator Christian Arden. There will be a new outside terrace (complete with its own pizza oven), while the main food offering will include a rotisserie. The involvement from afar of the accomplished chef, Anthony Demetre, will likely win coverage.
Ramo Ramen - W1F
Japanese
  London
Opened in August 2021, a second branch of the Filipino-infused noodle restaurant (the original is in Kentish Town)
Mowgli - GL50
Indian
  Cheltenham
Bindas Eatery - W12
Indian
  London
After winning a mentorship in a pop-up competition at Westfield White City Shopping Centre in 2019, Mehak Kansal opened (and subsequently closed, RIP) her first bricks-and-mortar restaurant in swanky Mayfair - but has already opened up again back in Westfield, serving up "epic" Indian street food.
The Seafood Bar - W1D
Fish & seafood
  London
The De Visscher family have imported the model that’s worked for them in Amsterdam to this August 2021 opening in central Soho: their fifth venture and the first outside The Netherlands. And it's big, with 190 covers spread over two floors, and decorated with lots of white marble. On the menu – the clue is in the name – fruits de mer, oysters, fish cooked on la planca – and lots of booze too....
The Garden at The Lane, Theatre Royal - WC2B
British, Modern
  London
Part of a £60m refurb of the Theatre Royal (nickname ‘The Lane’) started in 2019. Very simple all-day dining incorporate breakfast, lunch, and after-work drinks. Afternoon tea will be available later in the year when they open the Grand Saloon.
Aspen & Meursault - SW11
British, Traditional
  London
Opened in mid-August 2021; cafe and deli by day, natural wine bar by night (sibling to Diogenes the Dog) serving cheese and charcuterie platters.
Wadadli - E9
Afro-Caribbean
  London
Celebrity chef Andi Oliver opened this communal dining kitchen (plus Roadside takeaway) in August 2021; the name derives from the old Arawak word for Antigua, and the food is Caribbean and designed for sharing.
Cafe Cecilia - E8
British, Modern
  London
Hot news from Hot Dinners. Ex-River Cafe and St John Bread & Wine chef Max Rocha has opened this canalside spot in Hackney (part of the new WMe8 development) after running a lockdown delivery venture and supper clubs.
Skylight Peckham - SE15
British, Modern
  London
Sibling to Skylight Tobacco Dock, the 250-seat rooftop of Peckham's Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts has been transformed into another site with spectacular panoramic views.
Home - CF64
  Penarth
Bouncing back from the demise of his nearby Michelin-starred seafront restaurant, James Sommerin opened this August 2021 newcomer one year later: an immersive dining experience behind blacked-out windows. Working with his daughter Georgia (who last year represented Wales on Great British Menu), they will serve a four-course lunches and an eight-course taster menu from an open kitchen.
Pizzeria Mozza - W1B
Pizza
  London
The involvement of Netflix star (‘Chef's Table') – LA chef, Nancy Silverton – is the justification for including this new (August 2021) pizzeria, adjacent to the foot of the Treehouse Hotel London (which is just across the road from Broadcasting House). Her pizzas are, apparently, “famed for their unique dough recipe and well-structured crusts" and you can round off with her own-brand ice cream: Nancy's Fancy. The plans for the interior are wild – literally! – "you will be transported to a wild Mediterranean garden upon entry… with lush interior planting and trees, and trailing vines crawling up white plaster walls".
Park Row - W1F
British, Modern
  London
Holy Guacamole, Batman! The basement near Piccadilly Circus that was Mash Steakhouse (RIP) has been taken over. With their evil masterplan it’s been relaunched. But not just as a themed diner. Oh no! But a ‘Gastronomic Amusement Park’ with five restaurants, three bars and 330 covers in total. For the 20-seat Monarch Theatre experience, enjoy 11-courses for… £195 per person. Great Scott!! There are some serious folks in the kitchen here, though. Executive Chef of The Monarch Theatre, Karl O’Dell, was formerly head chef of the sadly now defunct, but superb Texture (RIP).
Sucre London - W1F
Argentinian
  London
In the refurbished 300-year-old former home of the Royal College of Music, Argentine chef Fernando Trocca (and partner Tato Giovannoni) will open a “re-imagining" of the Buenos Aires open-fire restaurant of the same name.
Bar La Rampa - W1W
Cuban
  London
Near Oxford Circus, on a site that briefly saw Sweet Chick (RIP) hatch and go – this summer 2021 newcomer aims to import the style of old Havana to the centre of the West End. A sibling to Kol and Casa do Frango – it features Cuban small plates, and puts a big emphasis on cocktails.
José Pizarro at the RA - W1J
Spanish
  London
One of two new eateries that arrived in late Summer at the Royal Academy from the star Spaniard - see also Poster Bar by José. This one took over the Dorfman Senate Room and is a formal fine-dining affair.
The Palmerston - EH12
Scottish
  Edinburgh
Opened in early August, a neighbourhood restaurant near Haymarket, from ex-Harwood Arms GM James Snowdon and ex-Spring chef Lloyd Morse, who will "champion provenance and sustainability" with their St-John-style “whole animal cooking”. The corner site will house a 60-cover restaurant, bar, bakery, coffee shop and butchery.
The Top Hat - W1T
British, Modern
  London
A Monopoly-inspired restaurant and cocktail bar, on the ground floor of the Monopoly Lifesized immersive experience, owned by Gamepath Entertainment in partnership with Hasbro. If you have never tried the short card-based version, ‘Monopoly Deal’, you can get a quick round in over a propery-themed cocktail (eg Leicester Square red carpet daiquiri). In the 70-cover restaurant, the menu centres on British small plates (mini steak, mash and Yorkshire pudding). Take a Chance or Advance to Go?
Poster Bar at the RA - W1J
Spanish
  London
Joining José Pizarro at the RA is this less formal tapas bar from the star Spaniard slowly taking over London; we expect this one to be more like his Bermondsey tapas joint.
Six by Nico - E14
International
  London
Opened in mid-August, the largest restaurant yet for Nico Simeone, with over 100 covers, plus more in the bar and on the outside terrace.
Ugly Butterfly - TR26
British, Modern
  St Ives
Adam Handling is arriving in Cornwall with this August 2021 newcomer which aims to bring the creativity of his Frog in Covent Garden to this 65-cover all-day dining experience set in a luxury estate on the fringes of St Ives. With floor-to-ceiling windows, it has ocean views to entertain outside and an open kitchen within. There's also a similar capacity bar area with a more-than-incidental menu. Sustainability – for which he has better credentials than most – is key to the undertaking. Jamie Park is Head Chef, having previously been head chef at the Frog.
Joy - W1U
British, Modern
  London
Bibo by Dani García - EC2
Spanish
  London
On the site of Red Rooster (RIP) within the The Curtain Hotel (RIP), comes this summer 2021 newcomer within the newly opened Mondrian Shoreditch. Whether the name chef, Andalusian Dani Garcia, will spend much time here we don’t know, but he already has Bibos in Madrid, Marbella, Cádiz, and Doha, so maybe not. Some of his signature dishes will be on the menu (for example oxtail ravioli) alongside international hotel staples.
People - WA15
British, Modern
  Hale
From the man behind Manchester's Don Giovanni (and also previously Mahiki), Adam Karim, an all-day 'luxury' restaurant and bar.
Mollie’s Motel & Diner - BS10
American
  Bristol
A second location, just outside Bristol, for the budget-but-stylish motel and diner chain from Soho House.
Danclair's - SW9
International
  London
Next door to his Fish, Wings & Tings, Brian Danclair has opened a restaurant to showcase his experiences of cooking in the Caribbean, Latin America, and Europe.
Callow Hall - DE6
British, Modern
  Ashbourne
Opened in late Summer 2021, a food-lovers' hotel from new hotel group Wildhive; chef David Bukowicki (ex-Barnsdale Lodge) is looking after the Garden Room restaurant.
Sessions Arts Club - EC1R
British, Modern
  London
Name-checked in Oliver Twist by Dickens – and until the 1920s one of the largest courthouses in the UK – this Grade II Clerkenwell pile now incorporates an events space and restaurant on its fourth floor. It’s a 60-seater with a 20-seat terrace and rooftop pool. Planned since 2019 and open from July 2021, it’s run with input from various creative studios, St John co-found Jon Spiteri and well-known artist Jonny Gent. Expect lots of artfully distressed Victorian interiors and Med-inspired food from chef Florence Knight (ex head chef of Polpetto, et al).
The Dusty Knuckle - N4
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Cafe and bakery by day, pizza joint (Thu-Sat) by night; this second, 'big sister' Dusty Knuckle opened in Haringey in Summer 2021.
Jul
Hector's - N1
British, Modern
  London
Cafe by day, wine bar and small plates restaurant by night (Thursday to Sunday), this new independent North London spot comes from ex-Hill & Szrok partner Jimmy Stephenson and his wife Anna Shaffer.
Marugame Udon - E1
Japanese
  London
An 800-strong global chain of udon noodle restaurants launched in London - more specifically, a 100+ cover site just off Liverpool Street - in July 2021, with three further branches already in the works. The competitively priced Japanese fare will include a substantial number of vegan dishes.
Luciano - WC2R
Italian
  London
Named for his son, this new, 100-cover, hotel restaurant from Gino D'Acampo will serve "upmarket Italian"; there's a further 100 covers for al fresco dining. (Not to be confused with Luciano's, the South West mini-chain run by the son of Marco Pierre White, which was orginally called Luccio's when it opened in 2020.)
Korean Dinner Party - W1B
Korean
  London
The teams behind Senor Ceviche and TATA Eatery have come together to create this LA Koreatown-inspired Soho restaurant and cocktail bar.
Crust Bros - SW18
Pizza
  London
A second permanent site for the pizza boys from Waterloo, on the Sambrook's Brewery site, with "250 seats of pure pizza and beer joy".
Fiend - W10
British, Modern
  London
Chef Chris Denney, who previously ran the much-loved 108 Garage (RIP), launched this curiously named spot on the former Santo site in July 2021.
Kitchen Table - W1
British, Modern
  London
The Cadogan Arms - SW3
British, Modern
  London
The PR for this newly-relaunched King’s Road pub says it’s a ‘much-loved institution’, but we hadn’t heard of it before its mid-2021 relaunch. Still, it’s got a prime Chelsea location; it’s got the heritage and a fine restored interior (dating from 1838); and it’s got the backing with investors led by Dominic Jacobs of The Running Horse Mayfair, and investors including Jyotin, Karam & Sunaina Sethi, of JKS Restaurants. The culinary team has splendid form too – Kitchen Table’s James Knappett is collaborating with chef Alex Harper who has The Ledbury and The Harwood Arms on his CV.
Heron - EH6
Scottish
  Edinburgh
This Leith restaurant from chefs Tomas Gormley and Sam Yorke was born from the lockdown pop-up success Bad Seeds. Views over the Water of Leith make it a lovely spot.
The Pem - SW1H
British, Modern
  London
With Sally Abé's recent arrival from the Harwood Arms, the Conrad St James's Hotel is clearly aiming to take its offering up a notch. This summer 2021 arrival is to be her main showcase within the hotel, offering an ambitious menu with classic British overtones. Did no-one tell Sally the unwritten rule that good British restaurants are just not allowed in Westminster? Perhaps she will at last break the mould! (See also The Blue Boar.)
Nama - L1
Japanese
  Liverpool
Opened in the Met Quarter's new GPO Food Hall in July 2021, an izakaya-inspired restaurant from chef Luke French and business director wife Stacey Sherwood, who already run JÖRO and Konjö in Sheffield (a sibling Konjö will join Nama in the GPO Food Hall soon); Nama means 'raw' in Japanese.
Giggling Squid - B75
Thai
  Sutton Coldfield
A second West Midlands branch for the growing Thai chain.

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