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Apr
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
  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.
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.
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.
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 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, the terrace is open from 12 April.
Street Pizza - SW11
Pizza
  London
A fourth branch for Gordon Ramsay's pizza restaurant, which opened after the 2021 lockdown.
Mar
Eggs 'n' Stuff - N7
British, Modern
  London
This first bricks-and-mortar outpost of the popular eggy delivery service from Wing Shack founder Josh Jarvis can be found on Holloway Road from 20 March 2021 for three months.
Hot Stone - W1T
Japanese
  London
Open from March 11 2021 (initially for delivery only), a second, 50-cover, branch of Padam Raj Rai's ishiyaki and sushi restaurant, serving certified Kobe beef, one of only eight restaurants in the UK to do so. Once the restaurant is able to open its doors in May, diners can expect sushi and sashimi alongside maki rolls as well as Hot Stone’s signature Ishiyaki menu – inspired by the ancient Japanese art of cooking on a searing-hot stones; also, 48-hours marinated black cod. The interiors boast traditional wooden panelling, accent tiling and artwork by 18th century Japanese ukiyo-e painter Hokusai Katsushika.
Turul Project - N15
Hungarian
  London
It's not often a new Hungarian restaurant comes along, but we will see one in Turnpike Lane soon - the attached deli is already open. Chef Balazs Berta, who previously worked at Restaurant Story and Aquavit, aims to "make high-end Hungarian gastronomy accessible".
Wing Wing - WC2H
Korean
  London
A third, central branch for the Korean chicken specialists; karaoke is planned for the future.
Feb
Cincinnati Chilibomb - EC2A
American
  London
Tim Brice, aka ‘Captain Chilli’, bravely launched London’s first dedicated Cincinnati-style chilli restaurant in February 2021. It occupies the small (40 seats) former Shoreditch premises of Rök and Emile (RIP). Part of the vogue for Americana-driven menus, Tim has developed a chilli-filled brioche ‘bombshell’ for his new venture. Each batch is three days in the making and – the coup de grâce – you inject your Chilibomb with a syringe of chilli-infused oil to get the level of heat that you desire.
Butcher & Brew - N1
Steaks & grills
  London
This craft beer and butchery shop (sibling to a Streatham spot) has an open rear terrace for outdoor dining; once fully open, it will offer a small plates menu.
Native at Browns - W1K
British, Modern
  London
Having escaped Borough for Osea Island last year, Imogen Davis and Ivan Tisdall-Downes are returning to London to set up a Native restaurant in the new Browns Brook Street store. It will continue to uphold the zero-waste, ethical, sustainable, seasonal cuisine of the original, and is offering dine at home kits until restaurants re-open.
The Red Duck - SW12
Chinese
  London
Opened during Lockdown #3 in Balham, this Cantonese operation comes from an Alan Yau protege, Chi San. Operating initially as takeaway only, it hopes to open as a sit-in restaurant once lockdown restrictions are eased: 2th April for their terrace, 17th May for indoor dining. The menu is focused on Chinese classics, free from flavour enhancers or additives. Also, low intervention and organic wines.
Heritage - SE21
Indian
  London
Fine-dining Indian from executive chef Dayashankar Sharma, who is head chef at Grand Trunk Road and has worked at Tamarind and Zika in his 30-year career. Expect regional small plates and Indian-inspired cocktails; opening Spring 2021.
Panadera Bakery - NW1
Filipino
  London
From the owners of 'dirty' ice cream parlour Mamasans, Florence Mae Magnaloc and Omar Shah, a Filipino bakery. Breads, sandos and dessert-based drinks.
Butta Burger - EH2
Burgers, etc
  Edinburgh
Currently delivery and takeaway only, this new burger joint, which bastes the inside of their burgers with their own seasoned butter, opened mid-lockdown in January 2021.
ELD Pizza - E2
Pizza
  London
Currently only open for takeaway, with delivery (and onsite dining) coming when it can, the British/Swedish team from of extreme smokers from Lagom have opened this wood-fired pizzeria-and-more on the site of Bong Bong's Manila Kanteen (which is itself still operating as a click-and-collect / delivery outlet).
Jan
Cin Cin - W1
Italian
  London
The 25-seat terrace of small this Fitzrovia corner-site – previously Bonnie Gull (RIP) – opened first at this April 2021 newcomer: the first spin-off from the well-known Brighton duo of the same name. The outside is actually a bigger space than the tightly-packed 20-seat interior, open a month or so later. Later the layout may become more like its Brighton stablemates, with more counter seating. The menu – with homemade pasta, small plates and perhaps some emphasis on fish – will also echo its Brighton siblings.
Flower Burger - W1T
Vegan
  London
Taking over from Herman ze German (RIP) is a vegan burger concept that originated in Milan in 2016, known for its colourful buns (see picture!). The interior is reportedly as bright as the buns, and there's a fully heated and covered terrace.
The Fox Inn - DT2
British, Modern
  Corscombe
Mr Ji - W1D
Taiwanese
  London
Taiwanese fried chicken is the order of the day at Mr Ji's, which started a few years ago as a stall in Camden; this bricks and mortar branch opened in January 2021, with a little help from the team behind cult favourite Ta Ta Eatery.
EggRun - EC3R
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Similar to the Eggslut brand, this new City restaurant - opening in March 2021 but already delivering via Deliveroo - offers a range of eggs in buns. The company hope to open over a dozen branches in the next few years.
Dec
Sumi - W11
Japanese
  London
Endo Kazutoshi – the man behind White City’s super-swish sushi mecca, Endo at Rotunda – was to open this Notting Hill sushi haunt in December 2020, before COVID-19 scuppered his plans. At first, he's just opened it for click and collect.
Nadu - BS1
Sri Lankan
  Bristol
Delayed by lockdowns but now open, this Sri Lankan and Tamil restaurant in Stokes (on the former site of Msa + Mezcal) Croft comes from the team behind Clifton's Nutmeg.
Kineya Mugimaru - N1C
Japanese
  London
An udon noodle chain founded in 1967 in Osaka, with 500 stores across Japan, Hong Kong and USA, from the same company that brought us Wasabi; noodles are made fresh daily, with a strong focus on vegan dishes. It's on the concourse at St Pancras, so 'outside' for purposes of Covid restrictions.
Zia Lucia - SW18
Pizza
  London
Locker Hyndland - G12
British, Modern
  Glasgow
Sister to Locker 1012, a new brunch spot for the West End, which opened following an £80,000 investment and four-month refurbishment.
Le Bab at Kraft Dalston - E8
British, Modern
  London
The fourth London aparthotel from Locke sees a restaurant from the Le Bab team in the co-working space downstairs, alongside a microbrewery from Elephant & Castle's German Kraft Brewery and a gin distillery from Jim and Tonic Distillery in SE1 - the three components together make Kraft Dalston.
WC Bloomsbury - WC1N
British, Modern
  London
Sibling to the Clapham WC, this wine bar was also once a Victorian public toilet; the WC stands for Wine and Charcuterie, obviously.
Cafe Bao - N1C
Taiwanese
  London
The people behind the popular Bao chain have finally opened their new all-day dining spot called Cafe Bao, which will be the first branch to serve breakfast (think a bao loaf served with syrup and butter, baked ham hock congee pie and a bacon, egg and cheese spring onion pancake - known as "Yoshoku cuisine, an interpretation of western food, seen through an Asian lens") and also have baked goods to take away.
Casanova - CF10
Italian
  Cardiff
Street Burger - EC4M
Burgers, etc
  London
Gordon Ramsay's new burger chain launched in December 2020, after trials at several pop-ups; all burgers costs £15, including fries and unlimited soft drinks.
Andanza - SE1
Spanish
  London
Tapas and pintxos in a former bookies, from the owners of The Rose across the street; means luck or fate in Spanish.
Golden Gai - W1F
Fusion
  London
Sibling to Dalston's diminutive Angelina; the cocktail bar serves piadine (folded flatbreads) and other Italian / Japanese fusion bar snacks.
Nobu Portman Square - W1H
Japanese
  London
Nobu's second London hotel opened in late 2020, with 249 rooms, a Nobu restaurant, a ballroom and meeting spaces.
Rudie's Jerk Shack - SW9
Afro-Caribbean
  London
Coqbull - W1D
Chicken
  London
This Cork-based casual "chicken and burger concept" with "coqtails" and local craft beers opened days before December 2020's lockdown, but offers delivery.
Da Henrietta - WC2E
Italian
  London
Casacosta - SW6
Italian
  London
On the site of sister company Ardiciocca, another Italian restaurant, which opened as a "Italian kitchen, larder and butcher" and delivery company in October 2020. The restaurant is accessed through a "secret door" in the back of the shop. Owner Roberto Costa is the man behind Macellaio RC.
Tomahawk Steakhouse - N1
Steaks & grills
  London
This small North East branch of steakhouses opened in London in December 2020, on the former site of Hoxton's Fifteen.
Only Food and Courses - SW9
British, Traditional
  London
Serving eighties and nineties dishes, this shipping container restaurant from former Shard and Chelsea FC chef Robbie Lorraine has been modelled on "a classic greasy spoon".
Joan - E1
Mediterranean
  London
In the former Beach Blanket Babylon premises, a new Mediterranean spot from Greek Niko Kontogiannatos, who was previously former head chef at Caravan Fitzrovia.
The Good Plot - W11
British, Modern
  London
An all-day wholefood cafe, restaurant and deli using seasonal ingredients and ethical produce sourced from predominantly British farmers and makers; opened in December 2020 by deep-pocketed Malaysian model and actress Mandy Lieu, who has also bought Ewhurst Park in Hampshire to convert in to a farm to supply produce.
Cocotte - NW6
Chicken
  London
A fourth branch for the farm-to-table chicken rotisserie restaurant concept.
Hideaway - W1K
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
This coffee shop and bar concept from Hide's Ollie Dabbous has found a permanent home after several Mayfair pop-ups
Gordon Ramsay Burger - SW1X
Burgers, etc
  London
A new-to-the-UK concept from Gordon Ramsay, located in Harrods food hall.
Pascor - W8
Mediterranean
  London
Mangal cooking, from the cuisines of the Aegean countries including Bulgaria, Serbia, Greece and Turkey.
Flat Iron Marylebone - W1U
Steaks & grills
  London
The newest (Dec 2020) branch of the steak chain "houses a large heated terrace overlooking James Street and the whole of St Christopher’s Place quarter".
Blue Boar Restaurant - SW1H
British, Modern
  London
Located inside the Conrad St James Hilton, a restaurant (there's also a bar with the same name) serving seasonal and regional food; Sally Abé from Fulham's Harwood Arms is consultant chef.
Bisushima - WC2N
Japanese
  London
Opened just before the winter lockdown in 2020, this modern Japanese restaurant occupies the entire sixth floor of the new Page8 Hotel, and boasts views over Trafalgar Square and two massive roof terraces.
The Last Talisman - SE1
Japanese
  London
Taking the place of Bermondsey's Loyal Tavern (RIP) is this 'Asian grill and drinking house' and a tropical cocktail bar called Mala Madre; the food offering is mostly skewers of meat, fish and veg cooked on a Japanese hibachi grill.
Nov
Dead Rabbits Saloon - N4
Spanish
  London
Paella Shack now has a permanent / pop-up home in Highbury, but it can still be found at markets in London City Island, Beaconsfield, Cobham and Walthamstow. There's also a cookery school, so you can learn to make your own authentic Valencian paella.
Tonkotsu - E17
Japanese
  London
Tonkotsu's 12th branch.
Yard Sale Pizza - SE22
Pizza
  London
A Dulwich branch for the expanding pizza chain that specialises in 48-72 hour fermented dough; there's a few seats inside but this branch will be largely for delivery.
Homestead - E14
British, Modern
  London
Ex-Ritz chef Sven-Hanson Britt has opened this all-day dining spot on London City Island, opposite The O2, with a focus on ethically sourced and high-welfare British ingredients.
Café Deco - WC1E
British, Modern
  London
The team behind 40 Maltby Street have teamed up with chef Anna Tobias (P Franco, Rochelle Canteen) at this site, which takes over a greasy spoon of the same name.
Darjeeling Express - WC2E
Indian
  London
Asma Khan announced before COVID-19 struck that she was looking to move to a bigger space than her Soho site. In August 2020, it was announced that the new opening would be in Covent Garden in the former Carluccio's prominent site.
Thomas Carr 1873 - EX34
British, Modern
  Ilfracombe
Third time lucky for ex-Nathan Outlaw chef Thomas Carr, who has opened (and closed) at two other sites in the town. This one, in the Victorian former police station attracted Michelin's attention (and a star) after just a few months.
The Prince of Wales - W6
  London
In November 2020, this newly opened gastropub (from the Big Smoke Brew Company) on a Hammersmith site formerly known as The Rook’s Nest, followed a 6-month closure and extensive refurbishment. Seating 86, it provides 30 draught beers and ciders on tap. Eats are hearty: smoked meats from the pub’s wood-fired Bertha oven and six burgers on the menu. On the weekend, there's a Bottomless Brunch and Sunday Roast menu. It also boasts a large garden area with seating for 80 and seven bedrooms.
Oct
The King's Arms - TW20
British, Modern
  Egham
Egham's former Loch Fyne has been converted back to a pub and reopened its doors to the public on 31 October 2020. This Grade II listed pub-restaurant with rooms and alfresco terrace will revert to the name of The King’s Arms: the name it traded under 30 years ago. It now also boasts six boutique hotel rooms, a cocktail area, restaurant bar and tap room.
Bondi Green - W2
Australian
  London
New from the Daisy Green chain of Aussie cafes, a flagship canalside restaurant that boasts an in-house bakery, rooftop dining, Sunday roasts and lots of plant-based options; find it right beside the group's two barges Darcie and May Green.
Robin Wylde - DT7
British, Modern
  Lyme Regis
Chef Harriet Mansell (a recent Great British Menu contestant) has run a series of successful pop-ups, but has now made her restaurant a permanent fixture in Lyme Regis, in a former pottery workshop; the set tasting menu costs £60 (wine pairing available for £45) and will change every six weeks.
Alter - E1
Vegan
  London
After a successful residency at Counter Culture, Andy Hogben's Alter has moved across town to Leman Locke in Aldgate for another long-term residency. Sensibly, given the difficult times, they are also on Deliveroo.
Native - CM9
Fish & seafood
  Osea Island
Native is on the move again: from autumn 2020 it is operating from Osea Island on the Essex Coast in a former WW1 torpedo store with 30 covers. Dining times will be dictated by the tide, with access via car over the Roman causeway or boat. Start with a campfire and snacks on the beach, before a tasting menu priced at £75 per person (with £55 per person for the wine pairing). There will also be a seafood shack, specialising in Blackwater and West Mersea oysters.
Kol - WC2B
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Opened in October 2020, a Mexican restaurant from Santiago Lastra, who ran Noma's Mexico pop-up back in 2017.
Badger Badger - SE8
Japanese
  London
Yakitori and board games are the USP at this new Deptford pub, which doubles as a workspace during the day.
Pali Hill - W1W
Indian
  London
Rahul Khanna and Kabir Suri, the duo behind Azure Hospitality, have taken over the veteran Indian restaurant site that was home to Gaylord (RIP); in October 2020 (delayed from May by lockdown) they opened Pali Hill, a Indian seasonal restaurant, and also Bandra Bhai, a basement cocktail bar that's inspired by an illicit smuggling den.
Sycamore - WC2B
Italian
  London
Head chef Paul Robinson (ex-Temper and The Coal Shed) serves food from Northern Italy using British produce at this elegant hotel restaurant.
Heddon Yokocho - W1B
Japanese
  London
On the site formerly known as Sakagura, and still from the Japan Centre team, a "downtown retro-style ramen bar" inspired by the yokocho 'alleyways' of Japan and 1970s Tokyo.

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