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Oct
Gunpowder (Group) -
Indian
  GROUP
A third branch for Harneet Baweja and Devina Seth’s modern Indian mini-chain; opening October 2021.
Sep
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".
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.
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.
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
  Saint 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
  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.
Bar Crispin - W1B
British, Modern
  London
Opened in Summer 2021, a spin-off of Spitalfields' natural wine bar Crispin, which serves an all-day snack menu curated by head chef Naz Hassan, who previously cooked at Anglo and Clipstone.
Antillean - SE1
Afro-Caribbean
  London
Out goes the Polish vodka and in comes the jerk chicken, oxtail curry and flying fish at this Waterloo site. For over a decade, this intriguing former Georgian factory (a coachbuilding works) traded as Baltic (RIP). But it’s now in the hands of Michael Hanbury who is aiming to highlight an evolved form of Jamaican cuisine. A rum library and cocktails too – Whispering Death anyone?
Erpingham House - EH1
Vegan
  Edinburgh
A third branch for the Norwich-based vegan restaurant, which opened inside the Bonnie & Wild Scottish Marketplace in June 2021.
Bonnie & Wild Scottish Marketplace - EH1
Scottish
  Edinburgh
Opening in July 2021 after five years of development, the largest food hall in Scotland (and the first in Edinburgh) will feature independent Scottish food and drink producers; restaurants signed up so far include Erpingham House and Glasgow's The Gannet. Bonnie & Wild is the brainchild of Mac & Wild
Camden Social - NW1
British, Modern
  London
All-day 'modern European' dining tucked away in a Camden side street; from The Rhumshack Group, who won Cottons and several other restaurant brands. The listing of their TikTok page on their website might give you an idea of the crowd they hope to attract?
Chucs - NW8
Italian
  London
The sixth branch of this chain – with its glam, retro Italian inspirations – opened in July 2021 in the heart of St John's Wood (on the site of a former Côte). With 84 covers, it's the largest outlet to-date and open all day from breakfast to dinner.
Lilac - DT7
British, Modern
  Lyme Regis
Harriet Mansell opened a second Lyme Regis site in July 2021, just months after successfully launching Robin Wylde during lockdown; this wine bar and tap room is a 40-cover cellar space over 400 years old, just down the road from its big sister, and focuses on low intervention wines and small plate food.
Rico's - EH2
Italian
  Edinburgh
Taking over the site of Martin Wishart's The Honour is local restaurateur Stefano Pieraccini of The Rocca Group, which also includes The Broughton and The Seafood Ristorante in St Andrews. Italian dishes are made with locally-sourced Scottish ingredients.
Bao Noodle Shop - E2
Taiwanese
  London
A sixth location for the Taiwanese mini-chain owned by Erchen Chang and her husband, Shing Tat Chung plus his sister, Wai Ting Chung, on the former site of Andina; as the name suggests, this location focuses on noodles, inspired by the beef noodle shops of Taiwan.
The Dartmouth Arms (inc Meat Liquor) - SE23
Burgers, etc
  London
This Victorian boozer in Forest Hill pub has been taken over by the MeatLiquor chain and is in process of receiving "a MEAT makeover". According to their Instagram post, "it’ll be respectful of the building, area and pub traditions alike. Expect beer, burgers, Sunday roasts and fish and chips on Fridays. There's even a massive car park."
The Engine Rooms - N2
Mediterranean
  London
In a former classic car dealership at Hexagon Classics, this restaurant also features a specialty wine cellar, bar, and event space, from ex-Taka chef James Harrison; inspiration for the food comes from the countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea.
Ave Mario - WC2E
Italian
  London
Brace yourselves Covent Garden! Big Mamma (the group behind hits Gloria and Circolo Popolare) open this huge – 7,000 square feet and 295 covers – newcomer in July 2021. Set over two floors, with two outside terraces, it’s aiming for a ‘cheeky interpretation of the Church’. Apparently that means a bar decorated with 3,500 bottles, and a mirrored basement for events. The cooking – how did we nearly forget?! Expect more Italian dishes (lots of pasta and pizza) featuring loads of cream, with the must-Instagram dishes in this case being a mega stracciatella and chocolate ice cream cake.
Ottolenghi - W1U
Mediterranean
  London
The first new Ottolenghi in 6 years and the most central yet opened in Marylebone in summer 2021. No reservations - "the space will have a hint of the art gallery aesthetic in mind".
Magenta - NW1
Italian
  London
Flour + Water - SW15
Pizza
  London
We learned about this newcomer from the Phil Howard / Otto pasta pop-up that's happening there on 5&6 July, so presumably it'll be open by then! Rebecca Mascarenhas of Home SW15 ran this concept as a pop-up in the garden there during lockdowns, and it now has a home of its own; coffee, brunch, pizza, pasta and cocktails are the USP, and there's a canopied garden complete with olive trees.
The Phoenix - W12
Pizza
  London
Promising to be Westfield Shepherd’s Bush’s largest eating operation – this 650-seat capacity operation is a new venture from Bird House, who run the nearby Hawk’s Nest by Goldhawk Road Tube. Opened in July 2021, on the prominent site at the top of the escalators to the South Terrace that was formerly Jamie’s Italian (RIP), it offers sourdough pizza, steak frites and salads plus drinks and DJs. Most seating (400) is on a huge outside terrace.
Street Burger - N1
Burgers, etc
  London
Street Burger - SE10
Burgers, etc
  London
Camden Beer Hall - NW5
British, Modern
  London
Bavarian-style beer hall in the arches of (and owned by) The Camden Town Brewery; the food menu is "curated by chef Theo Randall" (which presumably means he's not doing the cooking).
Luciano's - EX1
Italian
  Exeter
A second branch for Luciano "son of Marco" Pierre White; after opening in Dorchester in 2020 (and re-branding from Luccios'), he is creating a mini-chain of South-West Italians.
Tofu Vegan - N1
Chinese
  London
Vegan Chinese joint from the people behind Xi’an Impression.
Jun
Apothecary - EC2
Japanese
  London
On the sizeable Shoreditch site that was Merchant’s Tavern (RIP), this mid-2021 newcomer is nowadays a 130-cover Japanese izakaya, with more of an emphasis on drinking (and DJs) than of old. It comes complete with open kitchen and robata counter, serving skewers, sushi and steamed buns to soak up the hot or cold sake, beers and cocktails.
El Pastor Soho - W1F
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Harts Group have announced that a Soho El Pastor will open in June 2021, on the former HIX site; the menu will feature the dishes familiar to fans of the SE1 original, plus "new fiery seafood tostadas and crispy duck tacos" and a Mezcaleria basement bar.
Pino - W8
Italian
  London
Formerly Pizzicotto (RIP) – the Chiavarini family (who have run nearby Il Portico since the '60's) have revamped their six-year-old spin-off and in June 2021 are taking it in a slightly more serious culinary direction. The wood-burning pizza oven is still in operation, but there’s more of an emphasis on trattoria style dishes, cured meats and pasta.
Junsei - W1H
Japanese
  London
Eight skewers and sides for £48 is the blow-out omakase option at this Japanese June 2021 newcomer in Marylebone. But you can also order individually and there are sharing plates available too. The PR tells us that the name means ‘pure’ – apparently a reference to the white wood used to fuel the robata.
Bad Vegan - NW1
Vegan
  London
Tom Kerridge launched this 'mostly vegan" restaurant in Camden's Buck Street market in June 2021. Red packaging for meat products and green packaging for vegan products will help customers choose the right food for them.
Catch at The Old Fish Market - DT4
Fish & seafood
  Weymouth
Opened in summer 2021, Catch is based in Weymouth’s historic Old Fish Market, at the heart of the local fishing community. The restaurant focuses on sustainability - see also Hatch on the Harbour.
Creel Caught - EH1
Scottish
  Edinburgh
MasterChef: The Professionals winner Gary Maclean opened his first restaurant in June 2021 inside the Bonnie & Wild Marketplace, Edinburgh's first food hall in St James Quarter. Unsurprisingly, given the name, the menu champions Scottish seafood.
Seoul Bird - E14
Korean
  London
Judy Joo has opened a second branch of her Korean chicken restaurant, this time in Canary Wharf.
Bodega Rita's - EC1M
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
At the same time as planning for a full Rita's restaurant in Soho, this epic sandwich and taco shop is also rising from the ashes (the Coal Drops Yard branch closed in 2020, RIP); this time there will also be American-style subs on the menu.
Curious Kudu - SE15
South African
  London
The pandemic has changed plans here - originally called Little Kudu, the space is now branded as "Curious Kudu" and is a boutique gallery with a small private dining room.
Burnt Orange - BN1
British, Modern
  Brighton
Coal Shed founder Razak Helalat opens his third Brighton restaurant in The Lanes in June 2021 (there's also The Coal Shed and The Salt Room) serving "wood-fired flavours and well-made drinks", and a specially curated music programme from Fatboy Slim.
Nocturne - SW5
British, Traditional
  London
A Prohibition-inspired underground cocktail bar with top cheese and charcuterie from Xavier Rousset and Steve Pineau; see also Old Brompton, which sits above it.
Stem & Glory - CB1
Vegan
  Cambridge
Vegan restaurant Stem & Glory (which nowadays also has a London offshoot) is moving from the city-centre to a swish new home in the burgeoning new developments, just seconds from the train station. It’s a swish new unit at the bottom of a large office building, incorporating a WeWork.
The Star - BN26
British, Modern
  Alfriston
Hoteliers Olga and Alex Polizzi have acquired this historic inn to add to their portfolio (which includes Hotel Endsleigh and Hotel Tresanton in the south west); it opened in June 2021 with Edward Johnson (formerly of The Berkeley) as general manager and chef Tim Kensett (previously of The Fife Arms and River Cafe) in charge of the all-day food offering.
The Saxon - SW4
British, Modern
  London
From the East London Pub Co (also behind Ten Bells in Spitalfields and Coqbull), the refubished Kazbar is now a four-story behemoth with a rooftop terrace and private room.
Italian Greyhound - W1
Italian
  London
On the former site as Bernardi's (RIP) and relaunched as a more casual place - inspired by Italian neighbourhood bars - by the same team; the Italian small plates menu comes from from ex-Dinings SW3 and Petersham Nurseries chef Yohei Furuhashi.
Street Burger - WC2E
Burgers, etc
  London
The White Horse - W1
  London
On the cute Shepherd Market site of Hatchetts (RIP), this June 2021 newcomer is the first "pub" from swanky wine merchants, Hedonism Wines, and you can order any of their 6,000 bins here. Soak up your purchases with cheese from La Fromagerie, charcuterie and other simple small plates.
atis - SW1W
British, Modern
  London
A second branch for the build-your-own salad bowl store, also in Shoreditch.
Habas - M2
Middle Eastern
  Manchester
Simon Shaw and the team behind El Gato Negro are opening this Middle Eastern in a subterranean spot (previously occupied by Panama Hatty's) underneath a Grade II-listed heritage site; opening Spring 2021.
Limetree Kitchen - BN7
British, Modern
  Lewes
From Richard Falk, ex-chef at The Dairy, a neighbourhood restaurant just off Lewes High Street.
Royale at East London Liquor Company - E3
French
  London
Born of necessity but now here to stay – this pandemic pop-up from the team behind Leroy turned permanent in June 2021. Within Bow Wharf’s East London Liquor Co – and with a large outside terrace – it aims to bring some easygoing Provençal good times to E3, in the form of rotisserie chicken and other ‘comforting’ dishes, plus gluggable wines.
Huo - SW10
Pan-Asian
  London
The Lamb Inn - OX7
British, Modern
  Shipton-under-Wychwood
Opened in June 2021, another Cotswolds pub restored in the very capable hands of chef Tom Noest and manager Peter Creed, who restored and brought the nearby Bell Inn in Langford to notable acclaim.
Base Face Pizza - W6
Pizza
  London
What a backstory! Jazz musician, Tim Thornton, lost his income in the pandemic and, with the help of his wife, sold pizza to bring in cash. Being in West London, it was (naturally!) from a special, low GI mix for the bases, alongside some upscale toppings (Stichelton blue cheese, crispy cured pig cheek, etc). And now he’s opened his own pizza caff: it’s on the site, opposite King Street W6’s Tesco Metro, that was formerly Piate (RIP), a cheery small Greek: itself, a victim of the pandemic. So, something lost, something gained on this site.
Parlour, The Ned - EC2R
  City of London
Yet another option for eating at The Ned! This time, this colossal hipster hotel near Bank has added a new basement bar and entertainment space, complete with regular live music. The food is more than just bar bites though – Lobster Thermidor anyone?
The Table - CT10
British, Modern
  Broadstairs
Chef Joe Hill has an impressive London-based CV, then shifted to Margate and cooked at Wyatt & Jones before opening his own tiny space here; creative small plates and cocktails are the order of the day.
Sargasso - CT9
British, Modern
  Margate
Another 'escape to the country', this time from the team behind east London’s Brawn.
Fork - BN7
British, Modern
  Lewes
From ex-Dairy chef Richard Falk, a neighbourhood restaurant just of Lewes High Street.
Sylvan - G3
Vegetarian
  Glasgow
Tempest on Tithebarn - L2
British, Modern
  Liverpool
New mega-venue for the city centre, with open-plan restaurant, rooftop views, bar and basement club.
May
The Shed by James Sommerin - CF62
British, Modern
  Barry
A converted, red-brick Victorian railway building is the new (May 2021) home for one of Wales’s best-known chefs, who closed his former Penarth HQ in July last year. It’s an attractive contemporary setting with 30 covers for a menu that’s not as chefy and expensive as his former, Michelin starred one – more affordable and in a style you might describe as ‘brasserie plus’. A range of steaks is a feature.
400 Rabbits - SE19
Pizza
  London
South London's bunny-themed pizza chain is opening a flagship store at Elephant Park, next to elephant & Castle station.
Pergola on the Wharf - E14
International
  London
Soft launching from 28 May, this new 'entertainment space' from the team behind Pergola Paddington, The Prince and Lost in Brixton with three bars and a dance floor will host food pop-ups throughout the year.
Pizza Toscana - W1D
Chinese
  London
A Chinatown sibling for the famous Queensway Chinese.
Imad's Syrian Kitchen - W1B
Syrian
  London
Forced to flee Damascus in 2015 after his restaurant businesses were destroyed, chef Imad Alarnab has cooked for refugees in Calais and provided free falafel for those in need during lockdown at his pop-ups in London; this crowdfunded venture will be his first permanent, restaurant. Due to open in December 2020, but delayed by London entering Tier 3 restrictions and further lockdown.
Wilding - OX1
British, Modern
  Oxford
A 'hyper environmental' seasonal restaurant, wine bar and wine shop in the upmarket Jericho area.
NoMad London - WC2E
American
  London
The London outpost of a NYC hotel arrives in London in 2021 (delayed by lockdown), located inside the historic, grade II-listed building known as The Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station. The main restaurant sits inside a stunning three-storey, glass-ceilinged atrium, and there's also Side Hustle - NoMad's take on a British pub - a cocktail bar and a guests-only library bar. NYC chef Daniel Humm was originally linked with the project but is no longer mentioned on the website.
Due South - BN1
British, Modern
  Brighton
It’s a case of "Back to the Future" at this beautifully situated site on the front, which operated here under the Due South name from 2004-2011 before becoming Riddle & Finns on the Beach. Now owner Rob Shenton has decided to return to its former branding having moved Riddle & Finns on the Beach to a new location nearby.
The Coconut Tree - BA1
Sri Lankan
  Bath
Sri Lankan street food.
INO - W1F
Greek
  London
From the team behind OPSO (and the predecessor on this site, PittaBun), a Greek grill restaurant with an outdoor terrace, live fire cooking and an all-Greek wine list.
Boujee - M3
  Manchester
An all-pink, Insta-friendly palace from Real Housewives of Cheshire star Lystra Adams and her silent business partners.
Ready Burger - N8
Burgers, etc
  London
100% plant-based fast food; a second branch opens in Finchley Road in summer 2021, and crowdfunding is underway to finance expansion plans.
Bar des Prés - W1S
French
  London
On the former Indian Accent site, French TV chef Cyril Lignac has opened his Saint Germain bar and restaurant in Mayfair this; patisserie and cocktails feature heavily.
Mamasan - L1
Pan-Asian
  Liverpool
Hospitality entrepreneur Brad Stevens opened this second branch (the original is in Glasgow) in Spring 2021.
The Cheese Barge - W2
British, Traditional
  London
Not satisfied with opening a cheese bar and the world's first cheese conveyor belt, Matthew Carver is taking his theme one step further; The Cheese Barge - hand-crafted in Somerset - hosts a two-storey, 40-cover restaurant. Executive chef Ross Keeling and head chef Reagan Ellenbroek have created a menu of “honest British dishes using small producer cheese”. The opening has been twice delayed due to lockdowns.
Jollibee - WC2H
Chicken
  London
A second, flagship, London branch for the global 'chickenjoy' chain; other branches can be found in Liverpool and Leicester, with up to 50 more planned by the end of 2021.
Humble Chicken - W1D
Japanese
  London
Japanese-born Angelo Sato worked under Clare Smyth and Adam Byatt before becoming head chef at Restaurant Story. His opening of an izakaya-style yakitori spot in the heart of Soho - on the original site of Barrafina - is exciting news for Soho.
The Blues Kitchen - M3
American
  Manchester
The three-strong American restaurant group from London branched out to Manchester in Spring 2021.
Cucina del Mercato - EC2M
Italian
  London
This counter-to-table concept features produce from all of the fresh food counters at Eataly.
The Forge - CH1
British, Modern
  Chester
Harwood Arms owner Mike Robinson opened this 70-seater restaurant in Chester's Hotel Indigo in May 2021; the kitchens cook over open flame using only British ingredients, with an emphasis on wild produce and sustainability. Chester local Curtis Tonge is head chef.
The Pony - BS3
British, Modern
  Bristol
The team from the Pony & Trap in Chew Magna have launched this new bistro next door to Bristol Beer Factory's tap room. The website claims it will be "full of all the charm, passion and deliciousness from of the original".
Open Kitchen Cafe & Bar - M3
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  Manchester
The new cafe at the People's Museum is zero-waste, mostly vegetarian and vegan, and will "celebrate sustainable and ethical produce with an all-day menu".
Fern - NE2
British, Modern
  Jesmond
An "upmarket neighbourhood dining room" from ex-House of Tides chef Danny Parker, now open in the venerable Jesmond Dene location once part-owned by Terry Laybourne. In addition to dinner service and Sunday lunch, there's afternoon tea available Wed-Sun 1pm-4pm.
Anexo - SG14
Spanish
  Hertford
Part of the new Hertford House hotel collection (and just up the road from it), a tapas and pintxos bar that features wood-fired cooking.
Rosa's Thai Cafe - B3
Thai
  Birmingham
A west of England branch for the popular Thai chain.
Maru - W1J
Japanese
  London
On the former site of TAKA Mayfair, and under the same ownership, this June 2021 newcomer is led by chef Taiji Maruyama, a former sushi chef at Nobu London and head chef at Surrey hotel Beaverbrook. Just 6 guests at a time are served (from behind a custom-made counter created by Chef Maruyama himself!) for a "20-course farm-to-table, daily changing tasting menu, presented omakase-style". MARU is the first Japanese restaurant in the UK to specialise in the Japanese culinary technique of dry ageing fish, which features prominently across the menu.
Emily Scott at Watergate Bay - TR8
British, Modern
  Watergate Bay
After a successful 2020 pop-up, Emily Scott (of St Tudy Inn) has opened a more permanent site at the Watergate Bay hotel, serving seafood and plant-based fare.
Holy Carrot - SW1X
Vegan
  London
Elegant all-day vegan dining near Harrods, at Urban Retreat.
Allora Hall - N8
International
  London
From the same group as Canova Hall, Martello Hall et al, a new hot-desking space; the restaurant serves pizza, pasta and chicken, plus breakfasts, weekend brunch and plenty of choice for vegans.
Coppernose - KT8
British, Modern
  London
Riverside views from a new boutique hotel will make this all-day restaurant (including afternoon tea), named after Henry VIII, a popular spot. Ronnie Kimbugwe, who worked with Gordon Ramsay at Claridges and also ran the food at the Bel and the Dragon inn group, is in charge of the food here and at 1665 (see also).
Hertford House - SG14
British, Modern
  Hertford
Chef Andrew Clarke, formerly of St Leonards and Tramshed is in charge of this new hotel restaurant in Hertfordshire; the hotel also boasts The Store House deli and a pop-up takeaway The Hole in the Wall, as well as Anexo a few doors away.
Moss & Moor - LS29
International
  Ilkley
A garden centre with a difference; not least a 230-cover restaurant from London restaurateur Zak Jones.
Sycamore Vino Cucina, Middle Eight Hotel - WC2B
Italian
  London
If it hadn’t originally launched on 28 October 2020, this expensively designed Covent Garden hotel would have attracted more attention. In its all-day bar and restaurant occupying much of the ground floor (there’s also a mezzanine), executive chef Paul Robinson (ex-Temper and The Coal Shed) serves food from Northern Italy using British produce. Pizza and cicchetti feature alongside small plates, pasta and secondi.
The Double Red Duke - OX18
British, Modern
  Clanfield
In this Cotswold village, this 17th century coaching inn has received a major makeover as a 19-bedroom hotel and contemporary restaurant, centred around open-fire cooking. A kitchen-counter overlooks rotisseries and a wood-fired grill, alongside a 40-seater garden room. Alongside conventional main dishes, you can enjoy large cuts of meat and whole fish to share. It’s part of Sam and Georgie Pearman’s Country Creatures family of pubs and inns and has been created in collaboration with Hawksmoor ex-exec chef and Meatopia founder Richard Turner, and head chef, Richard Sandiford. A treatment room will be added soon.
Rudy's Vegan Diner - N1
Vegan
  London
The second branch of the all-vegan diner, next door to their Islington butcher.
Los Mochis - W8
Fusion
  London
On the site that was for over half a century Geales (RIP) – this new urban-grunge, Mexican/Japanese hang out is the antithesis of the traditional English fish ’n’ chips restaurant that preceded it.
Koocha - BS6
Vegan
  Bristol
Already an established name in Bristol, this vegan mezze restaurant took over bigger and better premises in May 2021.
RAW - Fish & Cocktails - W1W
Fish & seafood
  London
On a Fitzrovia site that was Laboratorio Pizza – owner Ivan Simeoli has reformatted it as a second branch of his new seafood concept: cocktails, oysters, ceviche… and you can buy fish for your supper too.
SeaSons - W1J
Fish & seafood
  London
On the former site of The Square (RIP), the high-end, international fishmongers of the same name opened a Mediterranean fish and seafood restaurant in May 2021.
At Feast - NW8
British, Modern
  London
Wholesome family fare with an eco-friendly twist is the promise of this new all-day arrival on St John’s Wood High Street – open from breakfast onwards and incorporating a child-friendly cookery school. The menu leans heavily on its plant-based associations.
The Loch & The Tyne - SL4
British, Modern
  Old Windsor
This new pub / restaurant-with-rooms from Adam Handling is aiming to be the most sustainable in the UK, with an eco-garden and orchard, solar panels and composting. "Sustainable British luxury" is the tagline; it will be run by his two chefs, Steven Kerr and Jonny McNeil, and is named after the two locations he met them in.
Powerplant - NW1
Vegan
  London
A vegan restaurant from Selina, the "experience-led hospitality group" ; future openings in the pipeline include Washington DC and Lisbon
Street Pizza - NW1
Pizza
  London
Gordon Ramsay's pizza chain; this branch is based at his York & Albany pub.
Street Pizza - SE1
Pizza
  London
Gordon Ramsay's pizza chain; this branch opened in May 2021.
The Cellar - N1
British, Modern
  London
From the team behind the Cotswolds restaurant of the same name,
Tigre Tacos - EC1R
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Known for their food stand in Bermondsey's Nine Lives Alley, this Mexican taco specialist opened a bricks-and-mortar branch at The Gunmakers in Clerkenwell in May 2021.
Glebe House - EX24
British, Modern
  Colyton
Formerly run as a B&B by Hugo Guest's parents, this Georgian vicarage opened as a restaurant-with-rooms in May 2021, serving a 4-course dinner (Thu-Sun) and Sunday lunch; Hugo worked at The Marksman and Sorella, and will run the kitchen with chef Sam Lomas (formerly of River Cottage and Tide Llanw), using local ingredients served with an Italian flavour. Guests can also take cookery classes in the on-site bakery and charcuterie room, and there's also 'The Kitchen', a casual, open-all-week, dining option.
Il Teatro della Carne - W1
Steaks & grills
  London
In the beating heart of Theatreland, this latest (sixth) branch of the popular Italian steakhouse chain Macellaio RC steps into the shoes of the now-defunct Café Monico (RIP).
The Tapas Room - SE15
Spanish
  London
A fifth branch for the growing south London tapas chain, in an atmospheric corner site in Peckham.
Sabich - L1
Middle Eastern
  Liverpool
From the Maray restaurant group, a casual Middle Eastern joint that serves baguette sandwiches and rotisserie chicken; a sabich is a pitta filled with aubergine, eggs and tahini.
Maya - EC2A
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Breezing in from West Hollywood, Soho House’s latest opening is a groovy looking 80-seater plus loungey terrace, which sits on the glam rooftop (lots of steel, glass and greenery) of the Hoxton Hotel. Executive chef Giacomo Pettinari has created a menu of Baja-Mexican dishes and a roving guacamole cart is all part of the fun. Cocktails a-gogo too, of course.
First Street Bar & Kitchen - M15
Mediterranean
  Manchester
In the hotel space that was briefly the Hideout Bar & Grill, Gino D'Acampo has launched this new space with large terrace immediately after the 2021 lockdown. The new all-day restaurant is his third in town. There's no shortage of space – it has 200 seats with another 120 on the terrace. The menu leans on its Mediterranean theming. For those looking for a lighter bite, sharing plates and salads are also available.
Bong Bong’s Manila Kanteen - WC2H
Filipino
  London
After closing their Hackney restaurant, it's great news that the BBC My Million Pound Menu winners Lee Johnson and Sinead Campbell have found a new home for their Filipino street-food concept, in the Seven Dials home of KERB.
Coqbull Spitalfields - E1
Chicken
  London
Madhu's at The Dilly - W1J
Indian
  London
Many moons ago home to Marco Pierre White's Oak Room restaurant, this fine hotel dining room now plays host to Madhu's, which serves Punjabi cuisine with a Kenyan twist. The landmark Edwardian hotel, previously known as Le Meridien Piccadilly, is now being run as an independent hotel, whimsically called The Dilly.
Hatch - KY16
British, Modern
  St Andrews
Chef-patron Julie Dalton offers up a constantly changing, seasonal small plates menu.
Nonna Said - G1
Pizza
  Glasgow
Pizza joint that started off in lockdown as a delivery service.
28-50 Chelsea - SW3
British, Modern
  London
This third branch of the wine-focused mini-chain opened in Spring 2021.
Sushi Revolution - SW9
Japanese
  London
Two ex-Sticks'n'Sushi employees have opened this 'sushi and more' spot in Brixton; expect a "rebellious twist" to the classics.
081 Pizzeria - SE15
Pizza
  London
From the team behind Streatham's Bravi Ragazzi, this new spot in Peckham Levels offers Neapolitan pizza and tapas.
Rooftop at The Standard - WC1H
American
  London
Great views over London are the main attraction of this new rooftop venue one floor above Decimo, which serves bottled cocktails and hot dogs from an NYC-style cart.
Apr
Eataly - EC2M
Italian
  London
The Square Mile continues to up its foodie credentials with the arrival of an Italian 'foodie theme park' from Eataly in April 2021 boasting stores, restaurants, market stalls and coffee shops. Eataly was founded in 2004 by entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti and now has 35 megastores worldwide, including in Tokyo and New York. A London location has been touted in the past but has not materialised until now. Separate restaurants within the complex include La Terrazza, Pasta e Pizza and Cucine del Mercato.
La Terrazza di Eataly - EC2M
Italian
  London
One of several restaurants within the new City Italian food emporium (see also Eataly, Pasta e Pizza, Terra and Cucina del Mercato, plus several bars); this spot focuses on sharing plates of seasonal fare, plus Aperol-based cocktails.
Pasta e Pizza - EC2M
Pizza
  London
One of several restaurants within the new City Italian food emporium (see also Eataly, La Terrazza di Eataly, Terra and Cucina del Mercato, plus several bars); this spot focuses on pasta and pizza, much as the name suggests, that the website promised will be "deliciously unforgettable". The pizza dough is leavened for 50 hours.
Chameleon - NW1
Israeli
  London
Grade I listed ‘One Marylebone’ – an Event Space run by One Events which occupies what was formerly Holy Trinity Church, designed by Sir John Soane – is morphing for the time being into more of a conventional restaurant operation (with the events business more on-the-side than previously). The starting point comes in May 2021 with a "Tel Avivian sharing-style outdoor restaurant" from Isreali chef (and ex-NYC's Alenbi) Elior Balbur, set in nine individual greenhouses. On the menu, yellowtail sashimi, chargrilled romanesco steak and Spanish octopus. Other features will include a tented garden lounge, silent cinema, "magical wellness sessions", weekend market, a fitness centre, dance classes, and a gallery. A private members club will follow in the autumn.
The Coach House Kitchen - AL9
  Hatfield
The restaurant at the Jacobean country pile Hatfield House is now being run by Restaurant Associates; there's a courtyard garden for al fresco dining. Open from breakfast and brunch, through to lunch and afternoon teas
Street Burger - GU21
Burgers, etc
  Woking
The third branch of Gordon Ramsay's £15 burger chain opened out of London on 17 April 2021.
Pumproom Restaurant at Copper Rivet Distillery - ME4
  Chatham
An April 2021 newcomer – an 80 seat restaurant housed in a Victorian Pumphouse beside the Medway river. Initially it is just open under the arches and on the wood decking overlooking the River Medway, with views of Queen Elizabeth 1st’ gunpowder store, the grey stone castle of Upnor on the opposite shore. As well as the ability to sample the distillery’s cocktails, the Pumproom will present a fine-dining experience and its riverside windows offer great views. A meal might start with Bone marrow, chicken crackling, smoked eel, cockles, radish & toast; followed by Ash rolled 40day aged fillet, beef shin ragout, with Granny Smith tart, toffee popcorn, and Masthouse Whisky custard to finish.
The Farrier - NW1
British, Traditional
  London
The first pub ever in Camden Market (yes really!), this April 2021 newcomer occupies a Grade II listed space that were once stables (lots of vaulted brick ceilings and bare brick walls). Not only does it have the handy post-Covid feature of a hidden courtyard with fire pit, but also locally brewed beers and rustic British fare from Ash Finch (ex-The Langham and Wild Honey).
No. 3 Restaurants - GL50
British, Modern
  Cheltenham
Rugby World Cup AND Celebrity MasterChef winner Phil Vickery has opened his own restaurant, with his wife Jules and chef Tom Rains, after a year of running a delivery service, No.3 at Home.
Cinder - NW3
BBQ
  London
Small Belsize Park newcomer from chef Jake Finn, whose 16 seats inside are matched by a similar number outside. Dishes are cooked on a Josper grill, with influences from lots of sunny countries all over the world (including Peru, Japan, Italy, France and Greece). Options will include seared tuna and sharing dishes for two such as whole sea bream. Finn's CV includes La Petite Maison, Coya and The Ritz.
Campfire - N7
  London
New from the Two Tribes beer company is this outdoor firepit and tap room in King's Cross next to its HQ; much like Carousel, the venue will feature guest chefs and residencies to showcase open-fire cooking.
Spring in the Courtyard / Hackney Bridge Kitchen - E15
International
  London
Trading as Spring in the Courtyard during al fresco-only dining, and while the main building is being refurbished (opening August 2021), this new street food space comes from the team behind Pop Brixton and Peckham Levels, so we're expecting big things from the space and the stalls that will begin here.
Pelicana - W6
Korean
  London
With over 3000 branches worldwide, it's no surprise that this Korean fried chicken company is launching in the UK with plans for four sites at once. Following this Hammersmith trial, they plan to open in Angel, Clapham and Wimbledon by September.
St Felix Place - SE1
International
  London
A new outdoor dining and entertainment space for Borough, tucked into railway arches; food comes from street food stalls Texas Joe's Adobe and The Good Slice.
Sussex Pass - TN5
British, Modern
  Wadhurst
Sam Maynard, who previously worked at Hotel Du Vin, Gallivant and The Beacon, along with local chef Adam Sear, have opened this pub restaurant that aims to showcase the finest produce in Sussex and Kent.
Mike's Peckham - SE15
Pizza
  London
Opened post-lockdown in the funky site that used to house Forza Win (RIP, but looking for a new home), a new pizza restaurant in Peckham. There’s a new 80-seater outdoor space initially, with the indoor 40-covers available as soon as indoor restrictions are lifted. Michael ‘Mike’ Davies is the chef director of the Camberwell Arms and Frank’s Café and the same team are behind the launch. On the menu: Roman-style pizza (and other small plates).
FENN - SW6
British, Modern
  London
Replacing the Harlequin (RIP) is this seasonal British restaurant from the team behind Hackney's NEST (we're not sure about all the capitals either), including chefs Johnnie Crowe and Joe Laker.
The Light Bar - E1
British, Modern
  London
This iconic Shoreditch venue has risen once more from the ashes. Originally it was set to reopen in Spring 2020 with a bar and restaurant (ground floor Engine Hall / mezzanine Copper Bar); open for al fresco dining from April 2021. The Timber Loft, an "epic" top floor bar & restaurant will open from 21 June.
Indian Alley - NW1
Indian
  London
From the team behind Benares, a street-food concept that opened in the Stables building in Spring 2021.
The Ringlestone Inn - ME17
British, Modern
  Ringlestone
This pub, dating back to 1533, has been recently taken over and renovated, with the lofty aim of creating a 'food-led destination pub and country restaurant'; there's an onsite butchery and outside asado grill to help the dream come true.
Bosporus - WC2H
Turkish
  London
An ambitious newcomer, Bosporus comes from a Dubai-based restaurant group with eight other Bosporus locations around the world. They are aiming to bring Turkish food and culture to the heart of London - and it doesn't come more central than the site next to the Empire!
1665 - KT8
British, Modern
  London
There are fine riverside views from this newly refurbished boutique hotel; Ronnie Kimbugwe, who worked with Gordon Ramsay at Claridges and also ran the food at the Bel and the Dragon inn group, is in charge of the brasserie food here and the all day and afternoon tea offer at Coppernose (see also).
Greenaway's - WC2N
British, Traditional
  London
Scottish chef Mark Greenaway announced this traditional pie 'n' mash shop in early 2021, ahead of opening a signature restaurant in London.
Osma - M25
Scandinavian
  Prestwich
Chef Danielle Heron, who has worked at L'Enclume and Maaemo in Oslo, opened her first solo venture, serving "Scandinavian-style open sandwiches and hearty salads", with evening meals served four nights a week. The name comes from Osla and Manchester, the home cities of Danielle and co-owner Sofie Stoermann-Naess.
Buvette - W11
French
  London
NYC bistro launched a site here in late 2020 (takeaway only until April 2021) to join outposts in Paris and Tokyo; like the original there's French-inspired décor and menu, plus a shop and natural wines.
Megan's at the Post Office - KT6
British, Modern
  London
Another former post office branch for the dog-friendly restaurant chain, this time in Surbiton.
Mickey's Beach Bar - EX8
British, Modern
  Exmouth
Micheal Caines and long-term business partner Sylvain Peltier have opened this new seafront venture, with a downstairs bar and first-floor restaurant with a retracting glass roof and sea views; there is also a bakery, Cafe Patisserie Glacerie.
Bellefields - SW9
Mediterranean
  London
Ex-Bonnie Gull chef James Mathieson heads up this new restaurant, located inside and on the ground floor of Brixton's Design Store, owned by family architect firm Squire & Partners; opened in April 2021, there's a cobblestone courtyard for alfresco dining.
The Garden, Corinthia Hotel - WC2N
  London
The inner courtyard at Corinthia has been furnished with retractable covers for al fresco dining, whatever the weather. Food comes under the management of André Garrett (there's a terrace upstairs that's being used by Kerridge's until 17 May.
Crazy Pizza - SW3
Pizza
  London
Due to open in January 2021 but delayed by lockdown, a second branch - in the exclusive Hans Crescent near Harrods - for the glitzy pizza restaurant (also in Monte Carlo and coming soon to Doha and Riyadh).
Andina Spitalfields - E1
Peruvian
  London
Originally in Shoreditch, the celebrated Peruvian restaurant Andina has moved to a bigger location on the City fringe, which also has a basement bar; officially relaunching in May, but already open for delivery and takeaway.
The Bridge Arms - CT4
British, Modern
  Bridge
A new village pub from the team behind the uber-successful Fordwich Arms. Formerly known as The White Horse Inn.
Enderby House - SE10
British, Modern
  London
Young's have revived this Grade II listed building on the Greenwich riverfront that has been closed for years. The pub has three floors and two riverside terraces; open for outside dining from April 12.
Street Burger - WC2H
Burgers, etc
  London
The second branch of Gordon Ramsay's £15 burger chain, on the former site of a Byron burger shop; there's a small outdoor area for al fresco dining from 12 April.
Dorchester Rooftop - W1K
British, Modern
  London
The Dorchester has launched a rooftop bar and restaurant with views over Hyde Park and the City; open "throughout spring and summer for live music and a series of al fresco culinary pop-ups".
123V - W1S
Vegan
  London
Plant-based global restaurant from Alexis Gauthier; based inside Fenwick.
Street Pizza - SW11
Pizza
  London
A fourth branch for Gordon Ramsay's pizza restaurant, which opened after the 2021 lockdown.
Keff - NW1
Middle Eastern
  London
The company that delivered Middle Eastern dips and snacks across London during lockdown has opened a bricks-and-mortar site in Camden's Stables Market.
Brendan the Navigator - N19
Irish
  London
A new Irish pub on the site previously known as The Tourian Lounge, and before that as The Old Crown Inn; live music will be a focus, and there'll be food from chef Michael Spurgeon who previously cooked at Nickel and Season Kitchen.
The Perry Hill - SE6
British, Modern
  London
This south London pub has been taken over by Doghouse Pubs; chef Jamie Young who also owns the Begging Bowl in Peckham has been brought in to create the menu.
Sen - EH8
Vietnamese
  Edinburgh
Southside Vietnamese which opened at the end of 2021's lockdown.
Old Brompton - SW5
British, Traditional
  London
Cheese and charcuterie bar with Prohibition-style drinks and styling; see also Nocturne downstairs.
Bunsik - WC2H
Korean
  London
Korean street food - with Korean-style corn dogs in six flavours - is the USP at this Soho fast food joint.
Mar
Le Bab - EC1V
Middle Eastern
  London
On the former site of the Turkish Delight old-school kebab shop, the team behind Le Bab have opened a "brand new, very naughty kebab shop" in Old Street that will stay open until the small hours.
Laila - EH1
Middle Eastern
  Edinburgh
Old Town Middle Eastern brunch spot from the owners of Hanam’s, Pomegranate, Souq and the capital’s only 100% halal fish 'n' chips shop, Deep Sea.

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