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Dec
Deeney's Cafe - E10
British, Traditional
  London
Traditional British breakfast and brunch fare with a distinctly Scottish twist, including the famous ‘Macbeth’ haggis toastie. They regularly pop up at festivals and street food markets; this is their first permanent place.
Dec
Din Tai Fung - WC2E
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
One of the most hyped openings of the year, DTF is known and loved for its precisely made xiao long baos (dumplings with exactly 18 pleats and a variety of fillings) that are already clogging up most foodies' Insta-feeds. The beef noodle soup and fried rice are also much-mentioned. The second branch will open at Centre Point soon; expect to queue, even with 250 seats available.
Dec
Wild Rice & Mamasan - W1F
Thai
  London
A duo of restaurants has arrived in Soho: Wild Rice is on the ground floor, and focusses on small plates to share (Thai flavours with seasonal British ingredients). Mamasan is the underground basement restaurant, offering street food dishes.
Dec
Sir John Balcombe - NW1
British, Modern
  London
This Marylebone pub has been extensively refurbished and now offers a range of craft beers and food all day from breakfast.
Dec
Bao & Bing - W1U
Taiwanese
  London
Inspired by the street markets of Taiwan, this Marylebone spot doesn't just do bao buns, but also wheelcakes and alcoholic ice lollies.
Nov
Fare - EC1V
Pizza
  London
From the folks behind Sager + Wilde in Hackney and Bethnal Green, comes a new pizza place in Clerkenwell, offering sourdough bases, wine, cocktails and (in their own words) “mind-blowing coffee”.
Nov
Garden Room - WC2H
British, Modern
  London
Bourne & Hollingsworth have opened a roof garden in the West End to complement their Clerkenwell venture; the 10th floor of the Assembly hotel has great view and offers a range of dining options, from a la carte to sharing plates.
Nov
Pasta Remoli - W5
Italian
  Ealing Broadway
The third branch of Pasta Remoli has now opened in Ealing.
Nov
Kutir - SW3
Indian
  London
Rohit Ghai’s solo debut is an Indian fine-dining restaurant on the former site of Vineet Bhatia (RIP). Ghai previously cooked at Gymkhana, Jamavar, and Bombay Bustle; 'Kutir' means cottage in Sanskrit.
Nov
Imperial Treasure - SW1Y
Chinese
  London
With renowned restaurants across Asia, Imperial treasure has ventured into Europe with this London opening (and then France next year). The speciality of the house is Peking Duck carved at the table, which should be the next big thing on Instagram.
Nov
Pucci Mayfair - W1S
Pizza
  London
Fans of the long-gone Pucci Pizza on the King's road will be gald to now that it's back (with a few tweaks). Ex-Noma and Gordon Ramsay chef Tilly Turbett and Pucci’s son Rufus Albanese have teamed up to revive the brand in Mayfair, serving pizzas madeto the family recipe as well as mezze - Turkish and Lebanese small plates.
Nov
Calcutta Canteen by Darjeeling Express - W1F
Indian
  London
Following a successful pop-up at Market Halls Fulham, chef (and Chef’s Table star) Asma Khan's Calcutta Canteen is popping up in Soho, initially for three months. The cafe will serve stuffed pau buns, teas from her ancestral estate and cakes from My Little Cake Tin.
Nov
Roe - SW9
Fish & seafood
  London
Occupying one of Pop Brixton's shipping containers (and with a little terrace, too) Irish chef Simon Whiteside (from Hook in Camden) is serving up fish and seafood cuisine with inspiration from his homeland.
Nov
Soho Wala - W1F
Indian
  London
Designed to capture the spirit of the Indian market place, this new hotel restaurant (with its own entrance) is an ideal spot for a quick street-food pit-stop or one of their spiced cocktails.
Nov
Fortnum & Mason REX - EC3V
British, Modern
  London
In the space vacated by D&D London at The Royal Exchange comes a food hall - complete with gift and hamper selection – from HM’s grocer Fortnum & Mason. There is a dining and bar area in the courtyard (formerly D&D’s Grand Cafe).
Nov
Hicce - N1C
British, Modern
  London
Nov
Brasserie of Light - W1A
British, Modern
  London
New from Caprice Holdings, this elegant Selfridges brasserie features a 24ft crystal-encrusted Pegasus statue created especially by Damien Hirst. With its own entrance on Duke Street, Brasserie of Light will be open all day, serving an "eclectic mix of classic British and internationally inspired dishes".
Nov
Le Petit Citron - W6
French
  London
Lawrence and Emily Hartley ran Mustard on this site for three years, and have now transformed it into Le Petit Citron, featuring a classic French menu with a Provencal twist.
Nov
The White Haus - EC4A
Swiss
  City of London
This new City-fringe pub from Hippo Inns is a three-floor behemoth all decked out in an apres-ski theme, complete with memorabilia from the British Ski Club and a private dining cable car. All-day dining from breakfast to cocktails.
Nov
Cake and Bubbles - W1B
  London
Albert Adria (brother of El Bulli's Ferran, and former pastry chef at the world-famous restaurant) has arrived in London with a dessert and sparkling wine restaurant at Hotel Cafe Royal; he's bringing the famous white chocolate and hazelnut cheesecake from his smash-hit Barcelona joint, Tickets (pictured), along with intriguing-sounding dishes such as airwaffles with caramelised bananas, and chocolate ninoyoyaki cake balls.
Nov
The Falcon - SG9
British, Modern
  Buntingford
Chef Kieren Steinborn-Busse, previously executive chef of Vinoteca, is to open his first restaurant, where he plans to serve “British comfort food and rustic recipes using seasonal, local produce”. His wife Natasha will lead the front of house team in the Grade II-listed Tudor property with just 28 covers.
Nov
Roux at Skindles - SL6
French
  Taplow
A brasserie-style restaurant from Michel and Alain Roux, within a new waterside residential complex in Taplow (on the former site of Skindles hotel). The venture will be overseen by Alain Roux, chef-patron at nearby Bray's “absolutely impeccable” Waterside Inn.
Nov
VQ Euston - NW1
British, Modern
  London
A fifth branch for the expanding VQ group.
Nov
Artisan - W11
Italian
  London
Contemporary Italian cuisine, featuring homemade pasta and wood-fired pizzas.
Nov
Market Halls Victoria - SW1V
International
  London
Following the success of Market Halls Fulham, the company has announced that they have taken over a bigger site, opposite Victoria rail station (formerly Pacha nightclub), for a roll-out of the food court concept. This place will seat 400 people over 3 floors, with a roof terrace opening in 2019. Confirmed traders include Baozilnn, bunshop from The Marksman's team, an udon bar from Koya, and an off-shoot of Euston's Roti King (Gopal's Corner).
Nov
Vapiano Tower Bridge - SE1
Italian
  London
Vapiano has confirmed that it will double its London presence to six sites during 2018, following on from the group's successful launch in Glasgow. This Tower Bridge opening is the first site (others in the pipeline include Centre Point on Tottenham Court Road and Canary Wharf).
Nov
Bowls - W1F
International
  London
Russian TV chef Zarifa Ragimova has launched her first solo restaurant, on the Soho site of Billy & the Chicks (RIP), featuring all-day, global 'bowl' food from South America, the Caribbean and Asia.
Nov
Pachamama East - EC2A
Peruvian
  London
The popular Peruvian-inspired Marylebone restaurant has opened an east London site; Mikkel Gregersen (formerly of Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and AOC in Copenhagen) has been appointed Executive Creative Chef of this new spot and its two sibling restaurants, Pachamama and Chicama.
Nov
Tapas Brindisa - SW11
Spanish
  London
Brindisa opened its sixth branch, at the Battersea Power Station development, in November 2018.
Nov
Grays & Feather - WC2E
British, Modern
  London
Sparkling wine expert Andrew Gray has a wine merchant business at the Southbank Food Market and has now opened in Covent Garden, offering over 30 types of sparkling wine and sharing plates.
Oct
Levan - SE15
British, Modern
  London
All-day Peckham bar and dining space with a strong ‘natural’ wine focus, serving contemporary European cuisine, inspired by the ‘bistronomy’ movement.
Oct
Sushisamba - WC2
Fusion
  London
The second London outpost of this dazzling international chain has finally arrived in Covent Garden Market's Opera Terrace (on the former site of Brasserie Blanc), serving “heavenly” Japanese/South American fusion fare.
Oct
BunCo - EC3R
Fusion
  London
This Istanbul operator has arrived in the City, bringing with it bao buns stuffed with non-traditional fillings like veal kebab with pickled aubergine, tuna corn and capers, and even English breakfasts and falafel.
Oct
Wingstop - WC2H
Chicken
  London
The first of a planned 100-strong UK store roll-out for this American chicken wing chain, which already has over a thousand sites worldwide. The Cambridge Circus flagship, taking over the former home of HSBC, serves wings in 12 different flavours – including Teriyaki, Cajun and Atomic – as well as a range of Camden Town beers.
Oct
Yen Burger - SE1
  London
Asian-influenced burgers, combining unique ingredients such as Kim-chi mayonnaise with Wagyu beef, sustainable cod or veggies (and "nothing frozen" - that's a promise) make this new Borough burger offering a tantalising prospect from Yen Nguyen and her team.
Oct
Omoide - SE1
Japanese
  London
Formerly head chef at Story, Angelo Sato goes solo again (following pop-ups with Mission Sato and at Carousel) with this grab-and-go outlet (part of B Street Deli) serving rice-centred dishes inspired by the rice course in the formal multi-course dining called kaiseki.
Oct
Little Mercies - N8
British, Modern
  London
A trio of mixologists, Alan Sherwood and brothers Max and Noel Venning, who between them have an impressive pedigree that includes Scout, Peg + Patriot and Dalston's Three Sheets, are heading north to bring some hipster cool to Crouch End with this cocktail bar and restaurant; weekend brunch will be a feature.
Oct
Flipside - EC1M
Vegetarian
  London
Veganism continues its march across the city with this latest opening, a 100% plant-based cafe and takeaway by day, and 'proper', meat-free burger joint by night. The 'mac bar' where you can customise your (vegan) mac 'n' cheese is bound to be a hit on social media.
Oct
Yolk - EC4A
British, Modern
  London
Pop-up turned permanent in a shopping container, and now a full restaurant site for Yolk, serving up their famous poached egg pots, plus a range of breakfast baps, with heartier fare at lunch.
Oct
Gridiron - W1K
British, Modern
  London
The room formerly known as the Met Bar is re-opening with a bang at the end of October 2018; a 'live fire' venue with an impressive team at the wheel - food from Richard H Turner (Hawksmoor) and Colin McSherry (Nuala, Clove Club), cocktails from brothers Max and Noel Venning (Three Sheets) and wine choices by Guardian wine writer Fiona Beckett. With a counter for watching the chefs at work, this could become a serious destination.
Oct
Morty & Bob's - N1C
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Modern Iranian cooking from an ex-Noma chef, Leonardo Pereira (until recently at The Greenhouse).
Oct
Barrafina - N1C
Spanish
  London
The Hart Bros unveil the fourth (and largest) of their Barcelona-inspired tapas chain in a new Regent’s Canal-side retail quarter, Coal Drops Yard – developed from a converted Victorian coal store. It vaunts 40 covers with a private dining space for 24. The outside terrace, seating 60, will have a separate name - Parrillan, inspired by the Spanish 'parrilla' or grill - and will open in Spring 2019.
Oct
Casa Pastór & Plaza Pastór - N1C
Mexican/TexMex
  London
The big sister of El Pastor and Tortilleria El Pastor is now open in Coal Drop Yard, promising "tacos, mezcal, music and more"
Oct
Vermuteria - N1C
Spanish
  London
A 'bar with food' (focusing heavily on vermouths) from by Anthony Demetre, the owner of Wild Honey and Arbutus (RIP).
Oct
Berenjak - W1D
Persian
  London
Oct
Rocket & Ruby - L2
British, Modern
  Liverpool
A new, all-day cafe for Liverpool, on the corner of Castle Street and Derby Square. Early signs are impressive - not least because the team behind it are responsible for Bacaro, Salt House tapas and Hanover Street Social. Locals will recognise the name (which belongs to the owners' dogs, we are told) from their residency at Baltic Market, which ended in April 2018.
Oct
Art Yard - SE1
British, Modern
  London
An all-day bar and restaurant with in the Bankside hotel.
Oct
Gamma Gamma - W1D
Pan-Asian
  London
Pan-Asian fusion tapas (with some unusual meat options like kangaroo) that are responsibly sourced (with many gluten and dairy-free options) is the USP at this new Soho restaurant.
Oct
Jollibee - SW5
Chicken
  London
Oct
La Barra - SW9
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Joshua Whiting, one half of the team behind Killa Dilla, has taken over this Market Row unit in Brixton for his first bricks-and-mortar venture. Tacos with slow roasted meats are the key feature on the menu.
Oct
Mikkeller Bar - E2
  London
Danish craft beer company Mikeller and 80s pop icon Rick Astley have teamed up to open this Shoreditch bar; there's even a new Astley's beer being launched.
Oct
Ali Ocakbasi - WC2H
Turkish
  London
A new Turkish restaurant has opened in Leicester Square; originally from Istanbul, there's also a branch in Amsterdam.
Oct
Mana - M4
British, Modern
  Manchester
This restaurant from former Noma chef Simon Martin is described as an 'informal dining experience serving a menu of ten to fifteen plates in quick succession'. The small (just 30-covers) evening-only venture opens in Manchester Life’s Sawmill Court this summer and is one of the city’s most hotly anticipated new openings.
Oct
Cork & Bottle - NW3
British, Traditional
  London
Leicester Square's veteran indy wine bar now has two offshoots, in Paddington and now Hampstead, where there'll be over 300 carefully chosen wines for you to try alongside the popular comfort food or a plate of cheese, in the bar, restaurant or wine garden.
Oct
The Ivy in the Park - E14
British, Modern
  London
Overlooking Canada Square, this latest addition to The Ivy's spin-off family is open all week, including weekend brunch.
Oct
Honest Burgers - SE1
Burgers, etc
  London
A South Bank branch for the growing burger chain; regular specials (some of them plant-based) feature alongside the classics and THOSE rosemary salted fries.
Oct
Tracks & Records - E1
Afro-Caribbean
  London
Jamaican fast food - or at least Jamaican food from Usain Bolt. His company has three restaurants in Jamaica, and they have their sights on this spot in the City. Music, good food and sport will all feature.
Oct
Kinilaw & Buko - N1
Filipino
  London
Filipino goodies from the 100 Hoxton team (next door, using their former event space to give head chef Francis Puyat a place to serve up his native cuisine), Kinilaw serves up traditional Filipino dishes while Buko dishes up artisan ice cream and desserts.
Oct
Da Giua - EC1Y
Italian
  City of London
New Barbican trattoria serving up a range of Italian dishes, inlcuding pizza.
Oct
Koffmann & Mr White's - BA1
British, Modern
  Bath
A collaboration between Pierre Koffmann and Marco Pierre White, located within the Abbey Hotel. Even with six Michelin stars between them, this "casual all day dining English and French Brasserie" serving "affordable classic food" opened with very little national fanfare.
Oct
Harry's Bar - W1U
Italian
  London
Oct
Flat Iron - N1
Steaks & grills
  London
A King's Cross outpost for this ever-popular steak cafe chain; there are already outposts in Covent Garden, Notting Hill, Soho and Shoreditch.
Oct
Blacklock - EC2A
Steaks & grills
  London
A third branch for Gordon Ker's popular chop-house mini-chain, this time in Old Street, in the former Rivington Grill space (RIP); it is the biggest Blacklock restaurant yet, with space for a bar (with dedicated bar snacks menu).
Oct
Macellaio RC - WC1E
Steaks & grills
  London
A fifth branch for this growing steak (and tuna) micro-chain, housed in the Duke of Bedford's former petrol station. There's also a branch in Milan.
Oct
The Coconut Tree - BS6
  Bristol
The latest in a mini chain of Sri Lankan street food restaurants (also in Cheltenham and Oxford), with a second Bristol branch due in late 2018.
Oct
Caractère - W11
Mediterranean
  London
Oct
Oct
1766 Bar & Kitchen - BS1
British, Modern
  Redcliffe
Dating back to 1766, the Bristol Old Vic's original theatre façade (recently revealed during a massive refurbishment) dominates the space here at the theatre's new food and drink offering. Open all day until an hour after the last evening performance, 1766 Bar & Kitchen aims to be a community hub, serving seasonal, local ingredients on a menu devised by head chef Coco Barone (ex-Glassboat and Rosemarino); there's a pre-theatre menu, too, as you'd expect.
Oct
Cecconi's Shoreditch - E2
Italian
  London
The Soho House group continues its creep into the mid-market with the launch of this new Cecconi’s restaurant in Shoreditch, which will, we are told, be more akin to the glamorous Mayfair original (founded in 1971 by Sgr Cecconi) rather than the spin-off Soho pizza spot.
Oct
Zela - WC2R
Pan-Asian
  London
Oct
Sticks 'n' Sushi - SW3
Japanese
  London
A massive, three-storey site - the eighth UK site in total - for this growing Danish chain.
Sep
Beam - N5
Mediterranean
  London
On the former site of Il Bacio in Highbury comes this Mediterranean café with British influences, it also has another outpost in Crouch End.
Sep
Beluga - W11
Persian
  London
From the owners of Mahdi in Hammersmith, a new contemporary Persian that promises luxury - from Roberto Cavalli wallpaper and Versace cutlery to an "elevated take on traditional Persian cuisine", with private dining and an exclusive cocktail bar.
Sep
Marle, Heckfield Place - RG27
British, Modern
  Heckfield
One of two restaurants within the new luxury Hampshire spa hotel, with food - much of it grown on the premises - under the watchful eye of Skye Gyngell. See also the less formal Hearth.
Sep
Hearth, Heckfield Place - RG27
British, Modern
  Heckfield
The less formal of the two dining options (see also Marle) at Heckfield Place, a Georgian former family home that's been converted in to a new luxury hotel and spa. Centred around an open fire, the cooking here is "simple and heartfelt" - overseen by Skye Gyngell.
Sep
Il Sud - W1T
Italian
  London
An "unfussy" southern Italian in Fitzrovia serving fresh pasta, regional Italian wines and decadent desserts. The set menu deals are great value for the area.
Sep
Pergola Olympia - W14
International
  London
The rooftop-crazy people behind Pergola have finally gone properly permanent with this new venue on top of Kensington's Olympia - it's all-weather, too, thanks to floor-to-ceiling glass walls. Pergola's food offerings will come from branches of Patty + Bun, Claw and Passo to fill the 500 seats available.
Sep
Pinion - L34
British, Modern
  Prescot
Gary Usher adds to his stellar group of British bistros (which includes Sticky Walnut in Chester, Burnt Truffle in Heswall on the Wirral, Hispi in Didsbury and Wreckfish in Liverpool) with this crowdfunded venture in Prescot. The chef and restaurateur hopes the restaurant will help regeneration plans for the town's High Street.
Sep
Chick 'n' Sours - N1
Chicken
  London
Sep
Whipped - WC2B
Ice cream
  London
From running a dessert supper club to working on pastry at Le Gavroche, it seems as though Alice Churchill's life has led to this one moment - opening a grab-and-go cheesecake bar in Covent Garden. Saucy jokes aplenty, DIY or menu combos of base, whipped topping and sprinkles and Shot Yard coffee. 10% discount if you re-use your colour-changing spoon next time you visit.
Sep
Pittabun - W1F
Greek
  London
"Modern Greek food", stuffed into a fluffy fat pitta bread, is the USP at this new Soho spot, which looks like the first of a planned roll-out.
Sep
Kricket - W12
Indian
  London
This Mumbai street food inspired restaurant has brought its “profoundly original dishes” to White City with a second venture at the revamped Television Centre (former home of the Beeb).
Sep
St John Bakery - WC2H
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Following successful pop-ups in Bermondsey and Old Street, St John have found a permanent home for their bakery (and those legendary doughnuts), in Covent Garden. There are already plans afoot for a second branch, too.
Sep
Canto - M4
Portuguese
  Manchester
The team behind El Gato Negro have opened a second 110-cover site in the city. Canto is in the Fairbairn building in Ancoats, and the in-part-cork-walled space serves 'modern Portuguese' cuisine inspired by chef/patron Simon Shaw’s travels to Lisbon, as well as head chef Carlos Gomes’ upbringing in Porto.
Sep
The Greene Oak - SL4
British, Modern
  Windsor
Sep
Fat Phil's - SE5
British, Modern
  London
A new addition to Camberwell's restaurant scene, from Phil Cooper, who's background includes training with Michel Roux, Raymond Blanc and Marco Pierre-White.
Sep
Super Tacos - SW6
Mexican/TexMex
  London
A new incumbent at Market Halls Fulham is Super Tacos, a Mexican-only (with Tijuana festival specialities) branch of Breddos Tacos. Margaritas feature, naturally.
Sep
Maison Bab - WC2
Turkish
  London
Sep
Kricket - SW9
Indian
  London
Taking over the former site of Brindisa Food Rooms (RIP) this lauded, modern Indian makes its permanent return to Brixton (it started life with a residency at Pop Brixton). This is the third London site for the growing group, with a restaurant in Soho and a large outlet at the Beeb’s former White City home.
Sep
Two Lights - E2
British, Modern
  London
Sep
Jolene - N16
British, Modern
  London
Sep
Chip Nation - W1D
  London
Single concept restaurants just keep on coming - and now it's the turn of the humble chip. Chip Nation in Soho (the first of a planned proto-chain) claims to offer over 6000 possible flavour combinations to keep punters coming back for more.
Sep
Roots - YO30
British, Modern
  York
'Great British Menu' winner Tommy Banks and family, who run popular restaurant-with-rooms The Black Swan at Oldstead, have opened a new restaurant in central York. The PR info for Roots says: "Make a choice. Order as much as you like, eat, drink and be the creator of your own menu."
Sep
Mamasons - WC2H
Ice cream
  London
Filpino 'dirty' ice cream (as made by the street food stalls of Manila, using a steel drum with ice and salt) is the treat at the new opening in Chinatown's Newport Court (there's also a sibling in Kentish Town).
Sep
Mariage Frères - WC2E
French
  London
Legendary in Paris for over 100 years, Mariage Frères has finally crossed the Channel properly (the tea is available in Selfridges as a concession) to delight us with its tea-based cuisine. Everything served, from breakfast to dinner (and especially afternoon tea) has tea in it - and they have over 1000 varieties and flavours to choose from. The five storey Georgian building in Covent Garden houses a shop, first-floor 'Salon de Thé', tea museum and two floors of private rooms with terraces.
Sep
Milk Beach - NW6
British, Modern
  London
New Queen’s Park café with top sustainability credentials; the owner used to work for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, they carefully source and roast specialty coffees from around the world and seek out organic wines from independent winemakers.
Sep
The Botany - G20
International
  Glasgow
Formerly The Strathmore, this riverside pub in Glasgow's Maryhill area has been taken over and extensively refurbished by local entrepreneurs Alan Tomkins and Calum Lawson. A global menu, using local produce, will be served. The name is inspired by stories of prisoners who were transported down the river to Botany Bay, and the whole concept takes inspiration from Amsterdam's canalside restaurants.
Sep
Genesis - E1
Vegetarian
  London
Sep
Kahani - SW1X
Indian
  London
Sep
Little Kolkata - WC2H
British, Traditional
  London
Single concept restaurants just keep on coming - now its the turn of chips. With the promise of over 6000 flavour combinations, this chip purveyor (the first of a proto-chain) opening in Soho should keep the punters happy.
Sep
Kerridge’s Bar & Grill - SW1A
British, Modern
  London
Sep
Red Farm - WC2B
Chinese
  London
Sep
Goods Office - N4
British, Modern
  London
Neil Gill of Gilly's Fry Bar (RIP) has opened this neighbourhood spot in Crouch Hill while he waits for the perfect West End site to open another fish 'n' chip shop. The globally-inspired food includes snacks, small plates and sharing platters.
Sep
Caccia & Tails - BN7
Italian
  Lewes
Britain's first foccacia bar has opened in Lewes; owner Elisa Furci (of the London Restaurant Festival) grew up in the town, where her parents ran a restaurant called Spaghetti Junction thirty years ago (and later moved to Brighton). Caccia and Tails focuses on Genovese foccacia, which you eat upside down to get the salt on your tongue; open all day with takeaway dinner available (handy for commuters).
Sep
Pizza Pilgrims - EC2N
Pizza
  London
Another branch for the growing pizza chain; this one is at the base of Tower 42.
Sep
Baby Bao - SW1Y
Taiwanese
  London
Londoners just can't get enough of bao, so it's a good thing that this Brighton street food vendor has arrived to keep up with demand (they can also be found in residence at North Laine pub The Pond). Korean Fried Chicken wings, cocktails and loads of beers are also on offer.
Sep
Kaki - N1
Chinese
  London
Aug
Old Compton Brasserie - W1D
British, Modern
  London
From the Maxwell Group (Maxwell’s Bar and Grill, Palm Court Brasserie) comes an all-day British brasserie with 'an industrial-Bohemian feel' and a flexitarian approach, offering a significant number of vegan dishes alongside seasonal fare and cocktails. It has taken over the former Soho site of Muriel’s Kitchen.
Aug
Farmer J - EC4R
Mediterranean
  London
Farmer J, best known to City folk as a quick and healthy stop for breakfast or lunch, has opened a full-blown, grown-up restaurant, adding small plates, evening meals, weekend brunch (including The Shak, an authentic spicy shakshuka) and cocktails to their repertoire.
Aug
Searcys at The Design Museum - W8
British, Modern
  London
Caterer Searcys has taken over the food outlets and event catering at The Design Museum following the June 2018 closure of Parabola (RIP) after the owners, Precott & Conran went into administration. The re-purposed Commonwealth Institute building now houses a ground-floor coffee bar and an upstairs 'casual dining cafe' which focuses on British produce.
Aug
1251 - N1
British, Modern
  London
Aug
Avobar - WC2E
Vegetarian
  London
Just when you thought the single concept restaurant had reached its peak, along comes an all-avocado offering in Covent Garden.
Aug
Tupi - SE17
South American
  London
A sibling for Peckham's Brazilian-inspired cafe, with everything "healthy and indulgent", from cocktails to bottomless brunch.
Aug
Rita's, Redchurch Brewery - E2
International
  London
Since closing the doors on their 'late night fried chicken restaurant above a nightclub' in Hackney's Mare street back in 2016, the Rita's team of chef Gabriel Pryce and cocktail whizz Missy Flynn has been popping up, guest cheffing (and mixing) and collaborating all over the place. But now they are back in what looks to be a permanent residency at Redchurch Brewery in Bethnal Green.
Aug
Alphabet - N1
Mediterranean
  London
Soho's popular Alphabet bar is making a comeback ... in Islington. Five years after closing, the media luvvies hangout has re-opened in Upper Street this autumn, with all-day food (sharing plates, of course), cocktails and brunch.
Aug
Gunpowder - SE1
Indian
  London
Despite the sad closure of both Madame D's and Gul & Sepoy (RIP), the Gunpowder team have opened a second Gunpowder (along with a bakery and wine bar, Custard, coming soon) at One Tower Bridge.
Aug
Barino - W12
Italian
  London
From breakfast time to Prosecco time, this diminutive new Italian inside the Westfield White City is open all day for shoppers to take a break, have a coffee or a full meal. It might not just be shoppers heading there though: head chef Alessandra Bonati spent three years making bread and pastry at Osteria Francescana (voted World's Best Restaurant in 2018), so it might well become a new hotspot for foodies and Instagrammers.
Aug
Stokey Veg Vegan - N16
Vegetarian
  London
London's vegan scene continues to boom, and to move away ever further from notions of hearty, heavy wholesomeness, with this upmarket small plates opening from chef Daniele Aloi, who hopes his "British/Italian experimental and fun menu" will be a hit.
Aug
Camillo Benso - W1S
Italian
  London
One of Milan's top fine dining restaurants has landed in Mayfair (whilst also planning US branches in New York and Miami). Signature pasta dishes, alongside pizzas and breads, made using only ingredients from Campania, feature alongside a cocktail bar for aperitivi, and live music.
Aug
Peter Street Kitchen - M2
Fusion
  Manchester
Japanese and Mexican 'small plates' is the unusual offering from this Deansgate restaurant, which is open all day for a bewildering range of meals, from breakfast and afternoon tea to elegant weekend 'Rikyu' brunches; sake is a particular feature. Sibling to three London 'Kitchens' (Mayfair, Monmouth and Leicester Square).
Aug
Royal China Club - W1
Chinese
  London
Aug
Borealis - SE1
Scandinavian
  London
Soren Jessen can't be accused of resting on his laurels - just as 1 Lombard Street turns 20 and his new Ekte Nordic Kitchen in the Bloomberg Arcade beds in, he's opened another restaurant, part of a Fora business space in Borough. Borealis comprises an all-day cafe space, ground floor restaurant and upstairs private dining room, all serving Scandinavian cuisine.
Aug
Iron Stag - N1
British, Modern
  London
Although primarily a drinking spot (and home to some inventive cocktails including the Scottish Porn Star Martini, made with Irn Bru), the bar snack menu at Adam Handling's new bar concept, next door to the relocated Frog, is more than just your average crisps-and-olives offering.
Aug
BabaBoom - N1
Middle Eastern
  London
Middle Eastern treats - including brunch - are the feature of this slick operation, which started in Battersea.
Aug
Through The Woods - N8
Vegetarian
  London
Plant-focused pop-up Chicken of the Woods has opened a permanent spot in Crouch End, serving up a supper-club style, single seating tasting menu (Thu-Sat only) with an "uber seasonal and sustainable approach to dining".
Aug
The Belrose - NW3
Italian
  London
A new neighbourhood local for Belsize Park, The Belrose - which opened in summer 2018 in a converted former pub - serves Italian-inspired dishes and boasts not only an on-site microbrewery but also a large south-facing garden.
Aug
Amelie Flammekueche - CB1
  Cambridge
Regis Crepy (of The Great House, Lavenham) and his son Alex (who has worked with the Gaucho group) have launched Amélie, a "fast-casual dining venture" in Cambridge. The USP is flammekueche, a sort of fresh pizza from Alsace, and drinks are served from an old Citroen Van.
Aug
Bánh Bánh - SW9
Vietnamese
  London
A sibling to the Peckham hotspot that opened in 2016.
Aug
Tom, Dick & Harry's - IG10
British, Modern
  Loughton
A "grown-up" all-day dining bar and restaurant in Loughton, the brainchild of local media business owner, Lee Newton. TDH offers a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar, live music and the Sunday Roast Club - all this as well as several brand-new words, including Nibblini (small plates) and frosé (rosé wine slushies).
Jul
Parker's Tavern - CB1
British, Modern
  Cambridge
Parker’s Tavern is the destination restaurant in the revamped University Arms Hotel overlooking Parker’s Piece; chef Tristan Welch (previously head chef at Pétrus, he also relaunched Launceston Place then worked on Mustique) heads up the kitchen, representing a return to his East Anglian roots.
Jul
Maple - W12
British, Modern
  London
ETM Group, whose recent ventures include Greenwood at Nova in Victoria as well as City site Broadleaf, adds a 15th venue to its stable with the launch of this 'modern European' brasserie in Westfield White City. The restaurant features sustainable seafood, British heritage beef and botanical cocktails. As well as a 170-cover dining room, the space vaunts a 30-seater terrace and a bar area with rotating guest craft beers served from 500 litre copper tanks.
Jul
Gambas - BS1
Spanish
  Bristol
Taking over the former site of Russell Norman’s Spuntino in Bristol’s Cargo shipping container development (also home to Box-E), a new tapas joint from husband and wife team Kieran and Imogen Waite, who also run the fantastic Bravas in Cotham Hill and Wapping Wharf’s Cargo Cantina.
Jul
Grom - W1J
Ice cream
  London
This Piedmontese gelateria, with 40 stores worldwide, has launched its first London site serving traditional gelati, sorbets, and granita mixed from produce grown on the company’s organic farm, Mura Mura, outside Asti; the company's tagline "Il gelato come una volta" means "ice cream as it once was"...
Jul
Savage Garden, Doubletree by Hilton Tower of London - EC3N
British, Modern
  City of London
On the 12th storey of Hilton's Tower of London hotel, with views across the City and river, Savage Garden is "not for the faint-hearted," apparently; it's an all-day bar and cocktail lounge with a large all-weather terrace, with "small plates and savage feasting" for those wanting to eat.
Jul
Lady of the Grapes - WC2E
British, Modern
  London
With a focus on female winemakers and an all-organic menu of meals and sharing platters, this crowdfunded restaurant, deli and shop looks like it will be an interesting addition to Covent Garden, in the spot that was formerly Encant (RIP).
Jul
Chiringuito - E2
Spanish
  London
A rooftop terrace and al fresco patio are just two of the attractions of this new 'tapas beach bar' by the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. Weekend brunch and weekday pinchos (3pm-6pm) feature.
Jul
Palm Court, The Principal - WC1B
Afternoon tea
  London
Within the new 334-room Principal London hotel – occupying the former Hotel Russell, a dramatic listed building on the eastern flank of Russell Square – an afternoon tea parlour in the grand, restored ballroom. The hotel will also boast neighbourhood restaurant Neptune, Fitz's cocktail bar and Burr & Co coffeehouse.
Jul
Tish - NW3
Kosher
  London
Jul
83 Hanover Street - EH2
South American
  Edinburgh
83 Hanover Street is the first dining project from former Gleneagles restaurant manager Juan Jose Castillo Castro and his partner Vanessa Alfano. Their 'small plates' restaurant will offer a modern menu blending Scottish produce with Chilean flavours.
Jul
Tonkotsu - E20
Japanese
  London
The latest and newest location to feed your Tonkatsu ramen cravings.
Jul
Mr Fogg's House of Botanicals - W1T
British, Modern
  London
Technically more a bar than a restaurant, but an experience not to be missed, Mr Fogg's House of Botanicals promises flora, fauna and botanicals - in the drinks and the decor. Blooming marvellous.
Jul
Beautiful Allotment - E2
British, Modern
  London
A summer pop-up (with a plan to turn permanent, we hope) in the garden of east London's fabulous Geffrye Museum; currently only open 25 July - 26 August 2018.
Jul
The Frog Hoxton - N1
British, Modern
  London
Originally at the Truman Brewery on Brick Lane, The Frog moved in July 2018 to a bigger site in Hoxton Square, alongside a new whisky bar, Iron Stag and a branch of Adam Handling's coffee and beer shop chain, Bean & Wheat.
Jul
Manifesto - SW11
Pizza
  London
A former director of high-end fruit and veg supplier Natoora has opened a pizzeria in Clapham - with this provenance we'd expect top-notch ingredients, but add 48-hour proved dough, seasonal flavours and gourmet specials and this place might just be the hot ticket this summer.
Jul
Beef & Brew - N1
Steaks & grills
  London
Sibling to the Kentish Town craft-beer-and-grass-fed-steaks joint, Dalston has welcomed a new restaurant in July 2018, on the former site of Duke's Brew and Que (RIP).
Jul
Tast Cuina Catalana - M2
Spanish
  Manchester
One of Manchester’s most hotly anticipated newcomers of recent years, this restaurant pays homage to Catalan cuisine with multi-Michelin star chef Paco Perez (of Miramar, in Llançà, Girona) overseeing the (casual) food offering. It is backed by the deep pockets of Man City boss Pep Guardiola, CEO Ferran Soriano and the Fazenda Group.
Jul
Al Dente - W1T
Italian
  London
Another new restaurant for booming foodie hotspot Fitzrovia; this 'pasta lab and wine shop' is inspired by Italian takeaway shops (pastifici), offering fresh pasta and cooked dishes to take home.
Jul
Zuaya - W8
South American
  London
A "modern Latin American restaurant" from Spanish twins Alberto and Arian Zandi, Zuaya has two floors plus an outdoor terrace. Live DJs and valet parking add a touch of class, and the food - from ex-Barrafina chef Francisco Lafee - includes ceviches and robata grilled dishes.
Jul
Palm Court Restaurant, Bar & Piano Lounge - CH4
British, Modern
  Pulford
New from the Nelson family, who own several hotels in the area, a restaurant in the style of a Victorian palm house.
Jul
Petroupoli by The Athenian - SW17
Greek
  London
Named for a district of Athens, this new branch of The Athenian company, landed in Tooting Market in July, serving up authentic Greek street food, souvlaki and gyros. Serious eco-credentials too, as they have recently gone plastic-free.
Jul
7 Saints - W11
British, Modern
  London
With very little fanfare, this new neighbourhood restaurant opened in Notting Hill during the summer of 2018. It's the first restaurant from James Gummer, former front of house at The Wolseley. With that pedigree, we're expecting superb hospitality alongside the "seasonal, homemade food".
Jul
Boxcar Baker & Deli - W1H
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
New from the Marylebone butcher also called Boxcar, a bakery and deli open from breakfast, lunch and (soon) dinner.
Jul
Coach & Horses - E10
British, Modern
  London
Leyton's large corner boozer (once famous for its Blues Jam nights) has had a swanky London makeover. It's all spruced up with a menu of small and sharing plates to match, al fresco dining space and craft beers from Signature Brewery and East London Brewery. Note that the kitchen is closed on Mondays, but the pub is open.
Jul
Amano - ME19
Italian
  West Malling
A new restaurant with rooms for West Malling, sibling to The Swan up the road, and also the Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe in London. Features include an Orangery courtyard dining room, four boutique rooms named after Italian actors and food, including pizzas, from Fabio Moschini.
Jul
Caravan - W1W
British, Modern
  London
The New Zealand trio behind Caravan Restaurants, Miles Kirby, Laura Harper-Hinton and Chris Ammermann, open a new site in Fitzrovia, located in the ex BBC Radio 1 recording headquarters. As well as all-day dining and craft coffee, the restaurant offers 'Caravan-To-Go' and the basement houses a 'record room' accommodating private dining and parties.
Jul
Soane's Kitchen - W5
British, Modern
  London
London catering company Social Pantry are running two venues at the newly renovated Pitzhanger Manor (built in 1804 by acclaimed British architect Sir John Soane as a country retreat): the new eateries include a kiosk in Walpole Park, to be called Pitzhanger Pantry, and Soane's Kitchen, in the former walled kitchen garden - local, seasonal food, with Sunday brunch a speciality. Social Pantry's popular, fundraising Social Suppers will also be held here in future.
Jul
Ichiba - W12
Pan-Asian
  London
West London - more specifically, Westfield - has become home to Europe's largest Asian food hall. From the people behind Japan Centre, Ichiba boasts 200 seats and multiple food stations, including a Japanese bakery, plus a sake bar and Asian supermarket.
Jul
Night Tales - E8
Japanese
  London
After five years as a pop-up, Night Tales has found a semi-permanent home in two converted railway arches in Hackney. A future 'music destination', Night Tales boasts a 300-capacity nightclub, 8m waterfall, dedicated Asahi Dry bar, agave bar, private booths and outside space. Food will be provided in the form of ‘Fat Baby’, a Japanese izakaya-style grill, and NYC-style pizza from Sons of Slice.
Jul
Helix (Searcys at The Gherkin) - EC3A
British, Modern
  London
Jul
50 Kalò di Ciro Salvo - WC2N
Pizza
  London
A third-generation Naples pizzamaker, Ciro Salvo, has brought his world-famous pizza to London in July. In the private 'pizzaiolo' language of Neapolitan pizzamakers, 50 Kalò means 'good dough'.
Jul
Carte Blanche - E8
  London
One of the founders of burger pop-up Le Bun has gone all serious with a permanent site in Hackney, opening in June. The menu is French/American - no burgers, but instead there's sophisticated cuisine and cocktails.
Jul
Kin and Deum - SE1
Thai
  London
An ambitious and stylish new Thai restaurant, just a few minutes' walk from The Shard, serving up "wholesome" dishes.
Jul
Cora Pearl - WC2E
British, Modern
  London
Jul
Casa do Frango - SE1
Portuguese
  London
'Proper' Algarvian cuisine - the grilled, piri-piri seasoned 'chicken frango' familiar to many who holiday in Portugal - has arrived at London Bridge, along with regional charcuterie, octopus rice and pasteis de nata, plus natural Portuguese wines. The first floor dining space is a destination in itself, with vaulted ceilings, huge windows and a skylight.
Jul
Gazelle - W1S
British, Modern
  London
Jul
Laki Kane - N1
International
  London
A tropical, tiki-themed escape in the heart of Islington, with collaboration from an ex-Mahiki bar manager.
Jul
Chakra Riverside - KT1
Indian
  London
An al fresco terrace overlooking the river, vegan specialities and brunch on weekends are just some of the features of the latest addition to Kingston's riverside stretch of eateries. Sibling to Channa in Kensington.
Jul
Xi'an Biang Biang - E1
Chinese
  London
A much bigger sibling for Highbury's Xi'an Impression, this time a canteen-style operation in Spitalfields. Go with friends and enjoy the belt noodles with fiery special sauce.
Jul
Isla Ray - SE8
Australian
  London
Further gentrification for Deptford as a former Subway is replaced by a new indy Aussie café serving brunch, lunch and mezze plates and cocktails in the evening.
Jul
Little Ships - CT11
British, Modern
  Ramsgate
Sibling to the popular Empire Room at the Royal Harbour Hotel (the team of hotelier James Thomas and chef Craig Mather), this all-day, informal space (with harbour views) pays homage to the Dunkirk evacuation, and has even been decorated in the colours of the Dunkirk Veterans' Association. Thanks to the new Harrison charcoal-fuelled free-standing oven, roasted local fish and meats are the order of the day.
Jul
Kitsune no yomieri - EC2R
Japanese
  London
London's latest izakaya opened in Moorgate in July.
Jul
Bottles - E1
Italian
  London
This cosy Spitalfields wine bar focuses on the produce - both wine and food - of Italy. Features include a mozzarella bar.
Jul
Stokey Bears - E8
Burgers, etc
  London
Stoke Newington's Burger Bear pop-up turned permanent has branched out further east; expect the same formula of burgers, beers and music. In homage to the hipster locals, there's also vegan specials.
Jul
Next Door - SE22
Fish & seafood
  London
New from south London fishmonger extraordinaire Robin Moxon comes this Dulwich bistro (next door to the fish shop, hence the name), serving up the finest, simplest fish and seafood (much of it smoked from their own range).
Jul
Kimchee - N1C
Korean
  London
A second branch for the popular Korean in Holborn opened in July 2018.
Jun
Fhior - EH1
Scottish
  Edinburgh
After the “heart-breaking decision” to walk away from their much-lauded Leith restaurant Norn, Scott and Laura Smith launch this new venture in Edinburgh.
Jun
Beso - WC2H
Moroccan
  London
Moroccan chef Khalid Dahbi is bringing a modern take on Moorish-Mediterranean cuisine to London with his first, permanent UK restaurant, which will be open all day and feature a 'firebar' so customers can see and feel the true Moroccan dining experience.
Jun
The Royal Oak - W1H
British, Modern
  London
Ex-Duck & Waffle chef Dan Doherty, along with business partner Andy Ward, have bought this historic Marylebone pub and intend to re-open in late June following a minor revamp.
Jun
Akira at Japan House - W8
Japanese
  London
Jun
ROVI - W1A
Mediterranean
  London
Jun
Lazeez Lebanese Tapas - W1U
Lebanese
  London
Lazeez Tapas offers the tastes and smells of Beirut, with its Lebanese tapas menu (alongside wraps and heartier mains). An outdoor terrace and a cosy basement make it perfect for all weathers.
Jun
Brother Marcus - N1
Mediterranean
  London
Second offshoot of the original brunch-friendly Balham cafe in Islington’s quaint Camden Passage. In N1, there will be an evening menu of Mediterranean small plates designed for sharing and focused on Cretan flavours and "taken from ancient family recipes" [I think that's a selling point, Ed]. Greek wines and ouzo in some cocktails complete the Aegean-inspired scene.
Jun
St John at Hackney Brewery - E8
Greek
  London
A project that began at the nearby St John at Hackney church, this 'food hub' concept, occupying two railway arches (plus outside space) off Bohemia Place, will house the new St John at Hackney Brewery, Cypriot food from Ela's Kebabs, and - once established - hopefully other food and drink operators.
Jun
High Mood Food - E1
British, Modern
  London
Branching off from the original Duke Street branch, High Mood Food in The Kitchens at Spitalfields Market will focus on gut health, using fermented foods and live bacteria to create a veg-centric menu.
Jun
by Chloe - SE1
Vegetarian
  London
After unveiling plans for its first London restaurant last year, we guessed it wouldn't be long before American, plant-based restaurant brand by Chloe started its UK roll-out. Before the first site was even launched in Covent Garden, this second branch was announced, by Tower Bridge.
Jun
Brasserie Prince by Alain Roux at The Balmoral - EH2
French
  Edinburgh
Alain Roux, chef-patron of Bray’s “glorious” Waterside Inn, and his father – the legendary chef and restaurateur Michel Roux – are behind this new brasserie at Edinburgh hotel The Balmoral. The restaurant’s modern French menu uses locally-sourced Scottish ingredients.

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