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Liu Xiaomian - W1B
On the first floor in Kingly Court, Carnaby, the first permanent venue for Chongqing natives Liu Qian and Charlene Liu. Their noodles in hot broth and other specialities from central-western China have been a big hit on the supperclub circuit.
Colina - CT9
Opening in February, the new restaurant in Fort Lane Hotel brings the flavours of southern Europe to Margate with a 'fish-forward' menu from Portuguese chef Luis Freitas. There's also a basement bar decorated with work by artists with local connections, including Tracey Emin.
Hansom Restaurant and Wine Bar - DL8
Taking over the former site of Tom & Nellie's, the debut from rising star chef Ruth Hansom, born in Darlington, trained at the Ritz and head chef last through 2023 at luxury Swinton Park Hotel, nearby. With just 16 seats, diners are promised an 'epicurean adventure'.
Ashlack Hall - LA17
An old-world, family-owned manor house near Kirkby-in-Furness on the edge of the Lake District. Ballymaloe-trained Bobby Keegan and his partner Jenna Freak serve estate-sourced meals family-style, at one big sharing table in the dining room.
The Bell - OX7
Part of Carole Bamford's Daylesford Organic empire, this 17th-century Cotswold pub has 12 bedrooms. Meals are served in the pub or the Barn, designed for weekend 'feasting' with food from the wood-fired grill.
Grasso - W1D
Owned and operated by a family with roots in Sicily-via-New York, on an ex-Wagamama site in Dean Street, Soho, this new venture serves classic Stateside Italian dishes such as spaghetti with meatballs from a family recipe, chicken Parm, penne all vodka and Caesar salad.
The Rectory - SN16
This Georgian-era hotel with 18 rooms near Malmesbury in Wiltshire has a new kitchen which combines the talents of Jake Simpson (ex-Bocca di Lupo) and James Erasmus (ex-Ledbury & Harwood Arms). Its sibling pub, the Potting Shed, is just across the road.
Fallachan Kitchen - G3
This 12-seater chef's table, in the hip post-industrial setting of a railway arch near the Clydeside Expressway, has won a rave review in The Times for its ultra-seasonal and local tasting menus. Presiding genius Craig Grozier is a private chef who only opens it to the public on select evenings each month.
Eggslut - E20
Big Night - E9
Taking over the former Nest site in Hackney's Morning Lane, this informal venue offers communal dining on skewers of grilled meat and other small plates. It's inspired by Japan's izakaya drinking dens, while using British ingredients.
Brooke - SW4
In Clapham's Abbeville Road hotspot, the latest venture from the team behind Fulham favourites The Sands End, Brown Cow and Brook House offers modern British cuisine in both small and large-plate format, at lunch and dinner.
YiQi - WC2H
Modern Pan-Asian venture in Chinatown, featuring Malaysian specialities including rice roasted in bamboo tubes. Chef Lum Wah Cheok is a veteran of upmarket kitchens including Hakkasan and Yauatcha.
Stylish contemporary Indian cuisine close to South Ken tube station, with 30 covers plus a 20-seater private dining room in the basement. This is the first follow-up to highly rated Pure Indian Cooking in Fulham High Street, from chef-owner Shilpa Dandekar (ex-Quilon and Raymond Blanc).
The Harcourt Arms - OX29
  Stanton Harcourt
Rayuela - W5
In Ealing Broadway's new Dickens Yard development, this Spanish venture with South American influences from its Colombian chef was already a hot ticket locally before a rave review from Giles Coren in The Times brought it to wider attention. The name means "hopscotch" in Spanish.
Blue Fig - IP33
  Bury Saint Edmunds
The Black Horse - OX7
  Chipping Norton
Riverine Rabbit - B30
In Pershore Road, Stirchley, a South African-inspired inspired restaurant serving ambitious cooking at accessible prices – chef Ash Valenzuela-Heeger has worked in a number of high-end kitchens, including The Ledbury, Dinner by Heston and Carter's of Moseley. Mon-Fri evenings only, with a prix fixe 4 courses on Mondays.
The Plough - GL7
The Gosling - GU21
Set by Horsell Common just outside Woking, this smartly refurbished former pub has high ambitions for its modern European cuisine, with a kitchen under Mark Wadworth, former head chef at Brighton's acclaimed Salt Room. The same management team have enjoyed great success at The Swan in West Malling, Kent.
Sete - CT9
Freak Scene Sushi and Robata - SW12
High-profile Aussie ex-Nobu head chef Scott Hallsworth's second permanent Freak Scene, near his home in Balham, follows last year's launch in Parson's Green of what was initially a roving pop-up project, delivering his trademark combination of sushi and revved-up pan-Asian cuisine. Expect a fun atmosphere and culinary fireworks.
Kebhouze - W1D
A kebab joint imported from Italy; opened January 2024
Yuki Bar - E8
Donia - W1B
The Stag & Huntsman - RG9
Smart pub with nine guest rooms near Henley-on-Thames from Sika Inns, run by a former Harwood Arms duo. The menu features game from the estate, from a kitchen headed by ex-Claude Bosi exec chef Dom Robinson.
Tabisca - SW1W
Close to Sloane Square in Chelsea, this London offshoot of a restaurant in the Puglia city of Lecce specialises in steaks from around the world, backed up by cold meats, cheeses, and more standard Italian dishes.
Capilungo - WC2E
Cafe by day, wine bar by night, all "inspired by the cafés found along the winding streets of Puglia’s picturesque city, Lecce".
Ottolenghi - NW3
Opening December 2023, the Israeli-born chef and food writer's his sixth deli-cafe in Rosslynn Hill, Hampstead. Expect the same mouthwatering and eye-pleasing combination of salads, pastries and cakes that has been so successful across London for two decades.
Dishoom - SW11
Adjacent to the rebooted Battersea Power Station, the first branch in London south of the Thames has the standard Dishoom all-day menus from breakfast until late at night, plus an exclusive chicken dish in black spices. Walk-ins are encouraged, with evening bookings only available for parties of six or more, and dogs are welcome.
The Butcher's Tap and Grill - SW3
TV chef Tom Kerridge has taken over the former Queen's Head pub in Tryon Street for the Chelsea branch of his Marlow-based concept, whose name is reflected in the meat-heavy menu. It may sound rough and ready, but you can expect a very smooth operation.
Pollini - W10
Occupying the Beaux-Arts lobby of an arts and social hub off Ladbroke Grove, set in a grand former motorcar factory, a chic contemporary take on Italian cuisine by well-travelled chef Emanuele Pollini. He was voted Italian chef of the year by Gambero Rosso magazine in 2020.
Mezcalito - SW5
This new late-night haunt in South Kensington has taken over the former Eclipse nightclub in Old Brompton Road offering cocktails, tapas-style Mexican plates and Latin house/reggaeton DJ sets until 2am Tues-Sat. From the couple behind Mezcalito Chelsea, who promise more than 500 different tequilas and mezcals behind the bar.
Alley Cats - W1U
New York Italian-style pizzeria in Marylebone, on the corner of Paddington and Chiltern Street. Sicilian-born chef Francesco Macri knocks out thin and crispy 14-inch pizzas topped with imported Italian ingredients.
Whyte's - E8
Opening in December 2023 at an undisclosed address in Hackney, the first permanent venue from the 'underground guerrilla pop-up' chef who calls himself Whyte Rushen. Inspect a neat melange of upmarket and mass-market flavours, along with top-class cheffy techniques.
Gaia - W1J
This 'refined Greek taverna' on the corner of Dover Street and Piccadilly is the London outpost of a Dubai-based brand which also has outlets in Doha and Monte Carlo. Expect a mouthwatering display of fish and seafood accompanied by lashings of international glamour.
The Wolseley City - EC4N
British, Modern
The new City outpost of The Wolseley in King William Street opened in autumn 2023. It's much larger than the Piccadilly original, with two private dining rooms and three bars serving the familiar menu featuring power breakfasts, schnitzels and crustacea. This is a vital opening for new owners Minor International, more than a year after taking control from The Wolseley's widely respected founders, Chris Corbin & Jeremy King.
Fenix - M3
A Greek and Mediterranean restaurant from the Tattu group; opened in November 2023.
Jamie Oliver Catherine Street - WC2B
British, Modern
Opened in November 2023 inside the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, the once 'Naked Chef' made his return to the national restaurant scene with a menu devoted to British classics. He promises there will be "something for everyone".
65a - E1
Mambow - E5
Singapore-born Abby Lee makes her bricks-and-mortar debut in Clapton, having established a glowing reputation for her Chinese-Malaysian cooking at pop-ups and a stint in Peckham Market. Expect fiery flavours and a choice of Malasian soft drinks, cocktails and low-intervention wines.
Sune - E2
British, Modern
In Hackney's Broadway Market, a Scandinavian-influenced venture from a couple (Holly Spencer & Charlie Sims) who have both worked in Copenhagen. There's a focus on natural and low-intervention wines, while the dairy cow tartare/croque monsieur combo is an early hit dish.
Linden Stores - WA16
Now landed in Knutsford town centre, this wine-bar restaurant originated in North London before relocating to the village of Audlem, further south in Cheshire, in 2020. Chef Chris cooks with sustainable and sometimes foraged ingredients while his partner, Laura, serves wines from small independent producers.
Ixchel - SW3
Named after the ancient Mayan moon goddess, this King's Road Chelsea restaurant is inspired by the cuisine of Mexico's Yucatan peninsular, with plenty of fish and seafood on the menu. It also boasts a 'hidden' tequila bar with one of the biggest tequila and mezcal collections in Europe.
tashas - SW11
The first European branch of an upscale South African all-day cafe and evening cocktail bar group has landed in the new Battersea Power Station restaurant hub. Specials include a pork schnitzel fried in cornflakes, healthy salads and in-house twists on familiar cocktails.
Notto - WC2E
Dalla - E9
On the former site of wine bar Peg in Hackney's Morning Lane, a neighbourhood restaurant with a focus on home-style Italian cooking presented with modern pizzazz. Co-founder Gennaro Leone also runs a design gallery nearby, so the tiny interior is very classily decked out.
Permit Room - BN1
Brighton's first branch of Dishoom is also the first in the group to have its own name, a reference to the first legal drinking dens in 60s and 70s Bombay. All the Dishoom classics are on the menu, along with some new snacks, curries and cocktails, while the menu is veg-heavy with no red meat at all.
Tintagel Brewery Bar & Bistro - PL34
British, Modern
Chez Rowley - W10
Veteran British chef and writer Rowley Leigh (ex-Kensington Place and Le Café Anglais) is popping-up for a three-month residency at Laylow in Notting HIll's Golborne Road (13 September–22 December). The standout dish on his bistro menu is poulet Antiboise – a whole chicken roasted with anchovies, black olives, garlic, onion, thyme and white wine.
The White Horse - GU28
This former village pub in the South Downs National Park is now a restaurant-with-rooms with an 8-course tasting menu plus a la carte dining from former private chef Grant Jones, who trained at Le Gavroche. Game from the surrounding countryside and fresh fish landed at Chichester harbour are staples of the kitchen.
The Table - SW11
This all-day brunch specialist on Battersea Rise is the first spin-off from a well-established fixture in Southwark. It has an extended cocktail menu and opens in the evenings Thurs-Sat, with a selection of small and larger plates.
Daroco Soho - W1D
With siblings in the 2nd and 16th arrondissements of Paris, this September 2023 newcomer aims to import its brand of ‘offbeat Parisian chic and sunny Italian generosity’ to Soho (on an intriguing cut-through between Greek Street and the Charing Cross Road). It’s a large spot – with 100 covers and a 50-seater terrace – where the focus is on pasta and pizza.
Akara - SE1
West African
The team behind the upscale West African restaurant Akoko launched a new concept in Borough Yards in October 2023. Akara is named after West African black-eye bean fritters.
Kolae - SE1
The Som Saa duo opened this Thai bar and grill in Borough Market, having successfully crowdfunded for a new location pre-pandemic. This spot accommodates 80 guests on three floors of an old coach house, and will focus on grilled dishes including whole fish and marinated half chickens, cooked in the style of southern Thailand.
Montrose House - EH8
This distinctive late-Victorian pub in Abbeyhill opened in autumn 2023 as a wine bar with upstairs dining room from the Radford family, who are behind Timberyard in Fountainbridge. European-inspired small plates are promised alongside a list of natural and biodynamic wines.
A new Japanese restaurant and omakase counter from the team behind Taku Mayfair. Taku's chef-patron Takuya Watanabe has installed his protégé Law Kwok Meng as head chef. INÉ is Japanese for 'rice'.
Brooklands - SW1X
British, Modern
The rooftop restaurant at one of the capital's grandest new openings, the Peninsular London by Hyde Park Corner, a branch of the landmark Hong Kong hotel, is under the culinary direction of Claude Bosi, the Lyonais-born chef behind Bibendum in Chelsea. The menu is described as contemporary European; the name comes from the famous racetrack (and now motor museum) in Surrey.
Solis - SW11
This Uruguayan-inspired grill specialist brings a new take on chicken and steak cooking to the Arcade foodhall in the old Battersea Power Station. Ana Gonçalves and Zijun Meng, the chef couple behind the long-running East-meets-West project TATA Eatery, want to create the atmosphere of informal joints in Montevideo's old market place.
Bébé Bob - W1F
Opened in September 2023 in Soho's Golden Square, this 'junior' offshoot from glamorous Deco-style Bob Bob Ricard will focus on rotisserie chicken – a style that is having a moment in London. As at its senior sibling, there's plenty of caviar, blinis and Champagne on the menu, too.
The Plough Inn at Wigglesworth - BD23
British, Modern
La Palombe - W8
From the family behind long-running Il Portico, a few doors along Kensington High Street, this bistro celebrates the food of the French Basque Country – subtly different from the Spanish Basque cuisine found across the capital. Expect plenty of game, mushrooms and truffles, with cooking over a wood-fire grill.
Baudry Greene - WC2H
This Continental-style café close to the Opera House in Covent Garden is from the team behind 10 Cases wine bar and Parsons fish restaurant in the same street. Breakfast features a Bavarian spread, there are salads and sandwiches for lunch, and in the evening savoury and sweet snacks to accompany wine and cocktails.
Chayote - E1W
This Latin-American venue in St Katharine Docks, with views of Tower Bridge, brings together Mexican fusion dishes with Peruvian-Spanish influences, from former Barrafina head chef Tomasz Baranski. It promises a less flamboyant but more authentic and elegant approach to Mexican cuisine than is the norm in Britain.
Cafe Kitty - W1F
Inside the new Underbelly Boulevard theatre and cabaret venue in Walker's Court, Soho, the latest venture from the team behind Kitty Fisher in Mayfair and Cora Pearl in Covent Garden. The wing rib of beef is strongly tipped, and there are set pre- and post-show meals for Boulevard ticket-holders.
Saltine - N5
This new Highbury spot is the latest from Mat Appleton and Jess Blackstone, who have opened a trio of cafés under the Fink’s name in the area over the past dozen years. There's coffee, pastries and grab-and-go bites by day, with a seasonal dinner menu from chef Phil Wood (ex-St John and Spring) in the evening, along with cocktails and low-intervention wines.
Faber - W6
This seafood restaurant in Hammersmith from the team behind the Victorian seafood pub in Mile End is pitched as the first of a small chain across London if all goes well. The aim it to provide top-quality British fish and seafood at good prices, starting with a 'workers' lunch' of a main course and a drink for £20.
Kink(all)y - W1T
This slick venue in Fitzrovia's foodie Charlotte Street serves traditional Georgian khinkali dumplings and other Caucasian dishes with a modern gloss (and elevated fillings). Head downstairs for cocktails in the techno-pumping Bar Kinky.
The Black Swan - B95
This Grade II-listed, Tudor-fronted hostelry in Shakespeare country has been extensively renovated by Heartwood Inns, and now boasts a new oak-framed extension, and an attractive outdoor space leading to a stream. The menu offers a solid range of pub fare.
Sexy Fish - M3
Fish & seafood
Richard Caring's Caprice Holdings group opened a second Sexy Fish (and neighbour to The Ivy Asia) in Manchester's Spinningfields Square in Autumn 2023.
Bistro Freddie - EC2A
British, Modern
This late-summer 2023 opening in Shoreditch from the team behind Crispin in Spitalfields and Bar Crispin in Soho attracted chef Anna Søgaard, previously of Manchester’s ultra-minimalist restaurant Erst, to showcase her skills in London. It took over the site formerly occupied by Selin Kiazin's Turkish-Cypriot venture, Oklava (RIP)
Bocconcino - W1F
The second branch of Mayfair's glitzy, Russian-owned Italian comfort-food operation opened in September 2023 in Great Marlborough Street, Soho. Expect wood-fired pizza, home-made pasta, cicchetti and some pretty extravagant pricing.
Il Gattopardo - W1S
Scheduled to open in September 2023 in Albermarle Street, Mayfair, this high-end Italian from the group behind Zuma and Roka takes inspiration from 'la dolce vita" and the glamorous 1960s highlife of the Amalfi coast, Sicily and Italy's southern islands. A key feature is the hidden courtyard terrace with a fully retractable roof.
Honey & Co Daily - WC1E
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
The latest in the Honey & Co family opened in September 2023 in Store Street, off Tottenham Court Road, is a deli and takeaway with a dinner room which also hosts supper club dinners on Fridays, Saturdays and holidays. Expect more yummy Middle Eastern baked treats. (If you love this company, pay a visit to Honey & Spice, their grocery store at 52 Warren Street W1T 5NJ)
The Devonshire - W1D
British, Modern
Opened in autumn 2023, this 'dream pub' off Piccadilly Circus in Soho combines the talents of ex-Guinea Grill landlord Oisin Rogers and Flat Iron founder Charlie Carroll. There's a classic bar downstairs and an ambitious dining room upstairs knocking out cuts of dry-aged Scottish beef on a wood-fired grill.
Mauro Colagreco at The OWO - SW1A
A major new hotel for London sees the historic Old War Office being taken over by the Hinduja Group, including a Raffles hotel, no less, and with famed French chef Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur taking three of the nine dining spaces, we'll have plenty of choice about where to eat. This is his flagship, described on the website as an "elevated dining restaurant [that] showcases hyper-local, hyper-seasonal ingredients for a culinary experience of discovery". Opened September 2023 after a six-year, multi-million pound refurbishment.
Pennard Hill Farm - BA4
  Shepton Mallet
L'Atelier Robuchon - W1J
Chishuru - W1W
West African
Opened in mid-September 2023 - Adejoké Bakare has found a new, larger site near Oxford Circus. Good news for her long term fans who have followed her since she won the Brixton Kitchen competition in 2019, and the year after when Adejoké ‘Joké’ Bakare's supperclub Chishuru became a permanent restaurant, featuring West African flavours using British produce.
The Waterman’s Arms - SW13
British, Modern
Opened in September 2023, this mid-Victorian pub in Barnes with a balcony overlooking the Thames is now run by Patty & Bun owner Joe Grossman, who grew up nearby and has hired a top-class chef and management team to deliver something special. Look out for some snazzy snack in the bar downstairs and whole fish and steaks cooked over coals in the dining room upstairs.
It's Bagels - NW1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
Self-taught baker Dan Martensen and Caravan head baker Jack Ponting have worked on perfecting a New York bagel recipe; after a stint at Caravan, Martensen opened this bricks-and-mortar place in September 2023.
Meet Bros - W2
Steaks & grills
The first European venture from one of Malaysia's leading restaurant groups is a steakhouse in Craven Road, Paddington, that takes its name from the meeting of Eastern and Western food cultures. No alcohol is served and the meat is fully halal, with cuts flavoured by infusion in Asian marinades.
Fazenda, Rodizio Bar & Grill - EC2M
South American
The first London venue from this Leeds-based Brazilian rodizio operation has opened in the City of London's new 100 Bishopsgate skyscraper. There's a set price, and waiters bring a succession of grilled meats to the table until they are signalled to stop by a green card being turned over to red.
Thirty One - PL1
Chef Lee Calver makes his debut as patron alongside partner Chloe Lillicrap in the venue formerly occupied by well-known Rock Salt Cafe and Brasserie. The former Navy chef is aiming to provide 'relaxed fine dining'
Lavo - W1U
The first London opening from the US Tao group, which owns Hakkasan, is a branch of its nightclubby high-end Italian brand, Lavo, in Marylebone High Street's new BoTree hotel, opening October 2023. Expect resident DJs and maximalist food, including signature wagyu meatballs and 20-layer chocolate cake.
Now Or Never - LA1
This ambitious restaurant in a listed building in the old town centre takes ingredients from Lancashire and Cumbria and gives them Japanese or Middle Eastern treatment. Chef Jeff Marshall and his wife Nichola are well known locally for their brunch and coffee venue, Journey Social Kitchen.
Sushi by MASA - SW1X
Veteran Japanese sushi master Masayoshi Takayama is the star turn in the October 2023 reopening of Harrods Food Hall, where his team recreates dishes from his three New York restaurants, headed by the three Michelin-starred Masa. The ultimate experience is an omakase meal at £350 a head.
Kinoya - SW1X
Making her London debut in Harrods Food Hall from October 2023, self-taught chef and ramen obsessive Neha Mishra – a New Delhi-born former video producer – showcases the Japanese-inspired creations that have made her famous in Dubai for the supper club she ran from her home, and more recently her restaurant Kinoya.
Civerino's - G3
On the Finnieston site of Le Petit Cochon (RIP) at the southern end of Kelvingrove Park, a branch of the Edinburgh by-the-slice, NYC-style pizzeria opened in 2023.
boca a boca - W1T
This new Hispanic arrival on Fitzrovia's foodie Charlotte Street has taken over the site of modern Greek spot Ampéli, and is in fact Ukrainian-owned, as the London branch of a restaurant launched in war-torn Kyiv last year by entrepreneur Andrii Nokonov. You can expect a classic selection of tapas dishes, paellas and Spanish wines, delivered with Ukrainian warmth.
The 411 - EC1V
Launching in September 2023 moments from Angel tube station, this bar and kitchen is inspired by Manhattan lofts, with plenty of naked concrete, oversized artworks and floor-to-ceiling windows. From the team behind Lost in Brixton and Pergola Paddington, expect street-food style bites, a bar focused on craft beer and cocktails based on American bourbon and whiskey, and a party vibe with resident DJs to provide an NYC soundtrack.
Hiden - N4
On Finsbury Park's Stroud Green Road, this Japanese-style curry specialist (with a sister branch at Coal Drops Yard in King's Cross) offers a choice of three sauces (beef, mild chicken and lentils) with its signature breaded chicken katsu. There's a cafe-style drinks menu, plus pastries and other nibbles.
Bundobust - B2
The Manchester-based Gujarati street food and craft beer specialist headed south to Brum in summer 2023, finding a city centre perch in a Grade II listed building in Bennetts Hill, serving 100% vegetarian food and beer from their own brewery, as well as a wide range of guest ales.
Sticky Mango - SE1
Replacing Cantina del Ponte (RIP), the late Sir Terence Conran's Butlers Wharf venue near Tower Bridge, this new branch of the Waterloo-based Malaysian restaurant features a 70-seat covered terrace with spectacular views of the Thames and the City. Opened August 2023.
The Pearl at Park Hill - S2
  Park Hill
Opened in August 2023, this spacious venue from the duo behind Sheffield bar-restaurant Bench is the latest addition in the renewal of the city's famous Park Hill modernist development, Europe's largest listed building. Cocktails, craft beer and natural wines will be on offer alongside pintxos-style snacks showcasing top-class suppliers.
Pendergast’s Steakhouse & Bar - WA1
Opening autumn 2023 in the town's Cultural Quarter, this steakhouse, grill and bar aims to shake off the macho image of the genre, with a combination of chic interior design and a selection of plant-based and fish dishes alongside prime steaks. If successful, its founders plan to open branches across the northwest.
Azzurra - SW1X
Opening autumn 2023 in Sloane Street, a vibey Italian inspired by the Amalfi coast and Sicily, with resident DJs, from Hong Kong's Aqua group, best known for Hutong in the Shard. Expect prime Scottish and Cornish seafood, served with a glossy flourish.
This Italian 'dining bakery' from Hong Kong's Aqua group, in Covent Garden's Yards development on Long Acre, features an 18-metre counter for all-day bites from the oven, or head upstairs for pizza, pasta and a gelato bar.

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