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Jun
Arros QD - W1D
Spanish
  London
Chef Quique Dacosta has been heavily awarded by the tyre men for his two restaurants in Spain (Quique Dacosta in Denia and El Poblet in Valencia), and has been heralded with arriving in the UK since late 2017 with backing from the Iberica chain. Originally called InPaella, the main offering of this project, which finally opened in June 2019, is paella, and it will be anything but ordinary.
Jun
Maremma - SW2
Italian
  London
Brixton locals Alice Staple and Dickie Bielenberg have teamed up with ex-Bruno Loubet chef Dominique Goltinger to create this little Tuscan haven in Brixton.
Jun
Pilgrim - L1
Spanish
  Liverpool
BBC2's 'My Million Pound Menu' winners Dave Bone (chef) Jamie Duffield (front of house), and Anthony Power are opening their restaurant in Duke Street Market (a revamped docklands warehouse) this Spring; their food offering is based on dishes found along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage routes in Spain, France and Portugal.
Jun
Squeg and Bonez - E8
Vegan
  London
Named after the owners' nicknames, this vegan restaurant, natural wine bar and coffee shop is designed to be friendly and not too serious - although the owners have serious form; Holly O’Leary previously worked at Cornerstone, and Alice Harry has spent the last seven years at Monmouth and AllPress.
Jun
Wild Honey St James - SW1Y
British, Modern
  London
Jun
Allegra - E20
British, Modern
  London
Ex-Chiltern Firehouse head chef Patrick Powell's first solo venture, on the seventh floor of Stratford's new Manhattan Loft Gardens building (the new apartment tower that also boasts a hotel and three roof gardens, plus The Stratford Brasserie on the ground floor). It's certainly shaping up to be one of the most impressive openings of 2019. Allegra will have its own roof terrace (or 'sky garden'), a curing room, a Scandinavian stone bar and a glass, walk-in wine room. Powell's dedication to local and sustainable food has extended to buying Kent farmland to provide Allegra with nearby ingredients.
Jun
The Stratford Brasserie - E20
British, Modern
  London
One of two restaurants in the new Stratford Manhattan Lofts hotel, The Stratford Brasserie is overseen by chef Ben Harrington, previously with Soho House Group. See also Allegra (from ex-Chiltern Firehouse chef Patrick Powell).
Jun
MEATLiquor - W1G
Burgers, etc
  London
The orginal MEATLiquor closed its doors in February 2019, after the Brutalist car park it inhabited was approved for demolition (RIP); its reincarnation, just 500m up the road, takes over the former Match bar space.
Jun
Gold - W11
British, Modern
  London
A roof-to-pavement mural on the outside of the building announced the latest Notting Hill newcomer, a four-storey restaurant and bar on the former site of Portobello Gold (RIP) - hence the name. There's a garden room (with retractable roof) and a party room on the second floor. Chef Theo Hill leads a experienced team (from River Cafe and Soho House among others).
Jun
Catch Me - W12
  London
Club Gascon's Pascal Aussignac is bringing a seafood restaurant to Westfield, which aims to "showcase the very best of seafood available in the UK with a twist of the Provence"; we imagine the smoked haddock mini doughnuts and lobster rolls will soon be Instagram hits.
Jun
Sette - SW1X
Italian
  London
Famous NYC restaurant Scarpetta opened its first London sibling in Knightsbridge's Bulgari Hotel in June, serving Italian classics; the seventh location for the group, this one is named Sette for “lucky number seven”.
May
Louie's - N1
Chicken
  London
In the basement of Red Dog Saloon, and from the same owners, comes a Nashville-style spicy fried chicken joint.
May
Bob Bob Cité - EC3
French
  London
May
Chik'n - W1F
Chicken
  London
Two years after landing in Baker Street, this pop-up-turned-permanent purveyor of crispy fried chicken burgers has opened a permanent site in Soho; fans of the "KFC" (Korean Fried Chicken) will be happy.
May
Darby's - SW11
Irish
  London
MasterChef judge and chef Robin Gill (of The Dairy and Sorella) will be running the restaurant and rooftop bar at the Embassy Gardens development (the one with the suspended swimming pool), by the new US Embassy. Irish influences, open-fire cooking and on-site brewed drinks will feature, in decor inspired by 1950s Manhattan.
May
The Swan Inn - OX7
British, Traditional
  Ascott-under-Wychwood
The co-founders of group that owns The Chequers in the Cotswolds, and The Talbot in North Yorkshire have added another historic Cotswolds venue to their collection; The Swan Inn is 16th century and has a 100-cover dining room and seven guest bedrooms.
May
Pitch - BN11
British, Modern
  Worthing
Former bank manager and 2018 MasterChef winner Kenny Tutt has announced his debut restaurant; Pitch will champion local and homegrown produce.
May
Baba G's - NW1
  London
The first permanent site with seating for the winners of My Million Pound Menu; there's also stalls in Vinegar Yard and Pop Brixton.
May
Gezellig - WC1V
International
  London
After a successful residency at Carousel, the trio behind Gezellig have now located their own site in Holborn for their unique offering of 'creative comfort food'. The name is a Dutch word that translates as ‘an atmosphere, which allows good times to happen’.
May
Coqfighter - W1F
  London
After successful stalls at Boxparks in Croydon and east London, the famed purveyor of fried chicken burgers and K-wings has found a permanent home, in Soho.
May
The Great Southern - SE19
  London
A refurbished pub and kitchen for Gipsy Hill, opposite the train station, with a large south-facing garden and aims to be a new community hub.
May
The Buxton - E1
British, Modern
  London
From the team behind The Culpeper in Aldgate, a seven-storey pub-with-rooms (formerly The Archers, and now named for Sir Thomas Fowell Buxton, prison reformer, MP and anti-slavery campaigner); guests will have exclusive access to the rooftop terrace and hot tub.
May
Pescheria Assunta - SW5
Fish & seafood
  London
A fish restaurant from the owners of the fishmonger a few doors down.
May
Les Platanes - W1J
French
  London
A "contemporary French bistro" from chef Thierry Laborde and Anton Efimov, in an historic Mayfair townhouse.
May
Cent Anni - SW19
Italian
  London
Restaurateur Ray de Fazio (Cafe Med and Med Kitchen) has open an Italian restaurant in Wimbledon village, on the former site of Cau (RIP).
May
Bo & Birdy - G2
Scottish
  Glasgow
"From farm to fabulous" is the tagline of this new hotel brasserie, under the watchful eye of Gillian Matthews.
May
The Pig at Bridge Place - CT4
British, Modern
  Bridge
The first of the three new Pig hotels opened in the village of Bridge near Canterbury in Spring 2019, located within a Grade II-listed, 17th-century manor house dating back to 1638. A newly built Coach House features a conservatory restaurant with open kitchen and 12 more bedrooms, while a converted barn houses the Kitchen Larder which offers wood-fired cooking. An additional restored lodge provides two bedrooms. Like the other Pig hotels, the restaurant here serves locally sourced ingredients from the kitchen garden and farms within a 25 mile radius.
May
Parrillan - N1C
Spanish
  London
From the Hart Bros, a terrace and Spanish grill next to Barrafina in Coal Drops Yard.
May
Wahlburgers - WC2E
Burgers, etc
  London
Finally, a date! Mark Wahlberg (with brothers Donnie and Paul) is to officially open his eponymous burger chain in London on May 20, although the press and soft launches are from May 9.
May
Myrtle - SW10
Irish
  London
Former Bob Bob Ricard chef Anna Haugh has opened her own restaurant; Myrtle in Chelsea offers "modern European cooking with an Irish influence, using the finest Irish produce."
May
No. 5 Social - W1S
British, Modern
  London
The reinvention of Little Social (RIP), still under the wings of Jason Atherton; chef Kostas Papathanasiou is running the stoves, serving up food with a seasonal British focus.
May
Bao Borough - SE1
  London
The latest branch of the popular Taiwanese steamed bun company landed in Borough Market in Spring 2019, with a grab-and-go delivery hatch and a karaoke room upstairs.
May
The Mantl - SW3
Turkish
  London
Open grill cooking and Turkish flavours are at the heart of this new Knightsbridge venture.
May
Kala - M2
British, Modern
  Manchester
Never a man to stand still, Gary Usher opened the sixth outpost of his growing, crowd-funded north western empire in the heart of the city-centre; the venue will be open from breakfast onwards, and incorporate a 70-cover restaurant, plus a bar set out 'Barrafina-style' where up to 15 people can eat. Rather than feeling rustic, the site is a massive glass-fronted building with polished floors, with marble and lots of black to suit the glass feel.
May
O'ver - SW1Y
Pizza
  London
A second branch for the pizza restaurant that makes its Neopolitan pizza dough with sea water; the original opened in Borough in 2018.
May
Hello Darling - SE1
British, Modern
  London
A new "playful restaurant and botanical bar" next to The Old Vic serving "killer cocktails" alongside food from Natalie Coleman, winner of MasterChef 2013.
Apr
Herman Ze German - B2
German
  Birmingham
Apr
Harlem Soul - EC1
American
  London
From the Queen of afternoon tea Bea Vo (Bea's of Bloomsbury), a follow-up to her American diner Stax which opened in Carnaby Street's Kingly Court last year. As well as favourites from Stax, her new US-inspired venture near Old Street station riffs on Deep South cooking.
Apr
Wild Flor - BN3
British, Modern
  Hove
Bistro-style restaurant from Robert Maynard, Faye Hudson, and James Thomson, together with chef Oliver Derby - a well-known team from the Brighton restaurant scene.
Apr
The Sea, The Sea - SW3
Fish & seafood
  London
Named for an Iris Murdoch novel, this new fish shop and deli (by day) and fish restaurant (by night) is the new project from Alex Hunter, co-founder of Bonnie Gull; we're told to expect guests chefs and workshops from day 1.
Apr
Hard Rock Cafe Oxford Street, Hard Rock Hotel - W1H
American
  London
Formerly The Cumberland, this Mayfair hotel re-opened under the Hard Rock brand in Spring 2019. The 'cafe' serves the same "classic American cooking" as the original, "with a modern British twist", alongside music memorabilia, live music events and a striking lobby cocktail bar.
Apr
144 on the Hill - TW10
British, Modern
  London
A new neighbourhood venue for Richmond (part of the Richmond Hill Hotel), focusing on 'turf to table' local produce, with afternoon tea a feature. Lovely views and live music will set it apart from the competition.
Apr
Hacha - E8
Mexican/TexMex
  London
On the site that was briefly Sapling (RIP), a tequila and mezcal bar (or 'agaveria') serving Mexican small plate fare; the 'margarita fountain' will no doubt prove popular on social media.
Apr
Soutine - NW8
International
  London
Apr
Emilia - W1K
Italian
  London
The Woodhead Restaurant Group, which operates Portland, Clipstone, and the Quality Chop House, are taking over the quirky space at the back of the famous auctioneers (Bonham's, RIP) and will launch Emilia on April 26 following a soft launch period. The Bonham’s cellar was an impressive one, and the wine-savvy Woodhead Group will also run the space in a vinous vein.
Apr
It's Pleat - W1B
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Fashion house H&M opened their second in-store cafe in April 2019 (the first UK one is in Westfield), serving Scandi-inspired snacks, salads, sandwiches and smoothies.
Apr
Dory's - CT9
Fish & seafood
  Margate
From the owners of Angela's in Margate, a sibling restaurant that's not a carbon copy, but instead a place that's "casual and informal, no reservations, counter-stool seating and open all day"; sustainable fish and seafood will feature highly.
Apr
The Woodsman - CV37
British, Modern
  Stratford-Upon-Avon
Mike Robinson, restaurateur and co-owner of the “terrific” Harwood Arms in Fulham, has opened The Woodsman in Stratford-upon-Avon's Indigo hotel, bringing with him his ‘field to fork’ philosophy, with a focus on sustainability, seasonality and locally-sourced produce.
Apr
Flint House - BN1
British, Modern
  Brighton
A fifth restaurant from Pamela and Ben McKellar, behind The Gingerman group; this new-build site has the 50-cover restaurant at the centre, complete with roof terrace.
Apr
The Hadrian Hotel - NE46
Scandinavian
  Wall
Newly opened to rave reviews, Hjem at The Hadrian Hotel in Wall is a Scandinavian fine dining restaurant showcasing the best local produce, cooked by Swedish chef Alex Nietosvuori.
Apr
Hjem - NE46
Scandinavian
  Wall
A second, fine dining, restaurant for the hotel, run by Swedish chef Alex Nietosvuori, showcasing the best local produce; 'Hjem' means 'home' in both Scandinavian and the local Northumbrian dialect.
Apr
Mao Chow - E8
Vegetarian
  London
This new opening is riding all of the current food trends: it's a tiny (12 seats), no-booking, vegan, pop-up-turned-permanent BYO in east London - literally the epitome of cool, on its way to Insta-stardom, no doubt. The inventive Chinese food can also be taken away.
Apr
Casa Fofó - E8
International
  London
Former Pidgin head chef Adolfo de Cecco serves up globally ranging - and daily changing - tasting menus at this Hackney newcomer.
Apr
The Little Yellow Door - W11
British, Modern
  London
What was a pop-up is now in a permanent Notting Hill venue; we're still not sure whether it's a restaurant, house party, members' bar, supper club or secret cocktail bar, but it'll be fun finding out. WhatsApp the phone number to get in for the party, bottomless brunch or Sunday roast.
Apr
104 Restaurant - W2
British, Modern
  London
With just six tables, this tiny fine dining restaurant (in the space that used to be Marianne's, RIP) opened up quietly in April 2019, than had critics rushing to visit. Chef Richard Wilkins previously had his own place in Buckhurst Hill in Essex, and has also worked at The Waterside Inn and Pétrus.
Apr
The Gate - NW8
Vegetarian
  London
A fourth branch for London's veggie pioneers, in a spacious St John's Wood location. We are told to expect a vegan weekend brunch, kids' meals and a set lunch menu.
Apr
Mimo - SE1
Spanish
  London
Jon and Nicole Warren, the husband and wife team behind San Sebastian's Mimo (and the branches in Seville, Mallorca and The Algarve) have opened a cookery school, "experiential dining" and chefs table to Borough Market; Basque-born Joseba Lasa joins Mimo London as head chef.
Apr
Serata Hall - EC1V
American
  London
Albion & East, the team behind Canova Hall and Martello Hall (they also own Cattivo) are completing a trio of halls with this opening in Old Street; the food is Italian-American, from a bakery and wood-burning oven, and there's also a cocktail bar, hot-desking space, a distillery and events.
Apr
Vanderlyle - CB1
  Cambridge
Alex Rushmer, who closed his Cambridge restaurant Hole in the Wall in 2018, has opened another place in the city centre, with his former sous chef, Lawrence Butler.
Apr
Lucknow 49 - W1S
Indian
  London
Dhruv Mittal and the team behind Dum Biryani are opening this neighbourhood Indian restaurant just a stone's throw from Regent Street; the cuisine (and the name) take inspiration from the 'low and slow' Awadhi cooking of the city of Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, north India.
Apr
No. Fifty Cheyne - SW3
British, Modern
  London
Rising from the ashes of the Cheyne Walk Brasserie, No.Fifty has undergone a complete rebuild under the watchful eye of Sally Greene (Director of The Old Vic and proprietor of Ronnie Scott’s). Chef Iain Smith (formerly head chef at Social Eating House) provides the eats for the 70-seat restaurant (with cocktail bar and drawing room upstairs).
Apr
Champagne + Fromage - L1
French
  Liverpool
A Liverpool outlet for the London-based neighbourhood bistro (and shop).
Apr
Stork Restaurant - W1S
British, Modern
  London
This Mayfair restaurant (and lounge) claims to "bring to you a blend of British Modern cuisine with accents of West African and Eastern European dishes".
Mar
Shola Karachi Kitchen - W12
Pakistani
  London
Former banker Aida Khan has found a permanent home for her passion project in the former Beeb headquarters in White City alongside Kricket and Homeslice. She promises 'Pakistani cuisine with a twist' where diners can 'experience of the traditional flavours of Karachi'.
Mar
Belmond Cadogan Hotel - SW1X
British, Modern
  London
Mar
Bambusa - W1T
Pan-Asian
  London
An all-day Asian cafe lands in Charlotte Street in March, from the team behind Marylebone's Roti Chai, promising good coffee, breakfasts and dishes from across South East Asia.
Mar
The Halal Guys - WC2H
American
  London
A US import, The Halal Guys have been around for 27 years, after starting as a hot dog stand. They now focus on halal street food - hot sandwiches or bowls with meat or falafel - and are planning up to 20 branches in the UK over the next few years.
Mar
Dough - BS1
Pizza
  Bristol
A sibling branch for the Bath pizzeria that lets you choose the dough as well as the topping for your pizza, from over 10 doughs available, including gluten-free and purple corn.
Mar
Flamboree - EC1V
French
  London
Offering a "contemporary spin on the traditional dish from the region of Alsace" (tartes flambée, or 'flams'), this new all-day Old Street restaurant caters for gluten-free diets too.
Mar
Robata - W1D
Japanese
  London
An izakaya-style Japanese eatery from Birmingham restaurateur Sonny Huang.
Mar
Latteria - N1
Italian
  London
Drawing inspiration from Milan's pasticceria, panino shops and pizzerias, everything at Latteria - cakes, pastries, pizza and pasta - is made in-house, with ingredients sourced from Italy; it's open from breakfast to 'aperitivo time'.
Mar
Vinegar Yard - SE1
International
  London
A new "eating, drinking, shopping and art space" from the founders of Flat Iron Square, also London Bridge, with vintage shops, street food stalls and bars in shipping containers and a large garden. Million Pound Menu stars Baba G’s will be selling their naanwiches and Indian burgers.
Mar
Kisama - B2
Japanese
  Birmingham
Chef Alex Claridge (who also owns The Wilderness in the Jewellery Quarter) has taken over the 80s-themed Nocturnal Animals restaurant and bar; he will continue to operate the ground floor bar but the basement restaurant has been re-branded and serves “modern Japanese food with eclectic twists.” (including 'rock and roll sushi', whatever that means, and a "tongue-in-cheek take on afternoon tea")
Mar
Endo at Rotunda - W12
Japanese
  London
Endo Kazutoshi (the director of Ichibuns, and previously sushi chef at Zuma) opens his exclusive (just 16 seats), no-expense-spared dining experience, in the rotunda of the former BBC Television Centre. Giles Coren of The Times ate there pre-opening, and had "the most perfect meal" of his 20 years as a critic, so expect to book months ahead for a seat.
Mar
Master Wei - WC1N
Chinese
  London
The chef behind Xi'an Impression (and its spin-off Biang Biang Noodles), Wei Guirong, has opened her first solo restaurant; the Chinese Shaanxi dishes and noodles will no doubt be much in demand.
Mar
St Martin's Lane Kitchen - WC2N
Pan-Asian
  London
Replacing Asia de Cuba (RIP), this pop-up in St Martin's Lane hotel serves up all-day Asian fare, with a showcase of Malaysian, Thai and Chinese dishes, plus cocktails.
Mar
Farmstand Canary Wharf - E14
Organic
  London
Farmstand Canary Wharf is open daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and coffee, to eat in or take away. Pick up porridge or eggs with full on flavour toppings on your way to work; fuel your lunch break with their signature boxes, with dishes including Chana Masala, Mac & Cheese and Harissa Chicken, along with flatbread, wraps, seasonal soups and salads; or meet up with friends for drinks and dinner.
Mar
Brook House - SW6
British, Modern
  London
Mark Dyer and Eamonn Manson (formerly of The Sands End and The Brown Cow) have taken over this traditional pub overlooking Eel Brook Common.
Mar
Woky Ko Kaiju - BS1
Japanese
  Bristol
MasterChef finalist Larkin Cen opens his third 'Woky Ko' Bristol restaurant (after Kauto and Cargo), in Wapping Wharf. Chef John Watson will oversee this one, serving an izakaya style menu of ramen and yakitori skewer dishes cooked on traditional Japanese robata grills.
Mar
Fatt Pundit - W1F
Indian
  London
Indo-Chinese cuisine, incorporating traditional Chinese cooking techniques with the vibrant spices of India, was invented when the Hakka people migrated to India from the Chinese province of Canton. Spicy Tibetan 'momo' dumplings are the star of the show.
Mar
Masa + Mezcal - BS1
Mexican/TexMex
  Bristol
The menu at this Stokes Croft Mexican restaurant is 100% gluten free.
Mar
Dead Rabbits Saloon - N4
Burgers, etc
  London
Gourmet burgers and whiskey are the late-night fare at this new Highbury venue.
Mar
Longboys - HA9
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Elaborately filled finger doughnuts (#notroundhere) and soft serve ice cream are the focus at this new Boxpark Wembley stall. The credentials of the two owners speak for themselves: Graham Hornigold was group pastry chef for Hakkasan, and Heather Kaniuk was the executive pastry chef at Mandarin Oriental and Shangri-La (in The Shard).
Mar
Xier - W1U
British, Modern
  London
Carlo Scotto was mentored by Angela Hartnett and was most recently head chef at Mayfair's Dabbo. His first solo venture, in Marylebone, is actually two ventures, with a casual ground-floor restaurant (XR) and - on the first-floor - fine dining and tasting menus; Scotto has teamed up with organic farm The Rhug Estate on this project.
Mar
Jolt Coffee - W1W
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
A new caffeine stop for Fitzrovia, imported from Riyadh; pastries and small savoury plates will be on offer.
Mar
Orasay - W11
Scottish
  London
Not content with opening St Leonards this year, Jackson Boxer and Andrew Clarke have already opened a new venture, Orasay, which focuses on the cuisine of the Hebridean islands where Boxer spent childhood summers.
Mar
Za by Pizza Express - EC3M
Pizza
  London
The Fenchurch Street branch of PizzaExpress has been rebranded as Za; a future-proofing experiment by the chain, this pilot venture serves breakfasts, pastries and takeaway pizza slices.
Mar
Restaurant MCR - M3
British, Modern
  Manchester
Mar
Lost Society - SW11
British, Modern
  London
A lavishly-decorated revival of the Wandsworth drinking, dining and dancing venue; brunch and roasts will feature at weekends.
Mar
The Perky Nel - SW4
British, Modern
  London
The second Clapham location for independent pub group Livelyhood, joins sister venue The Clapham North in providing somewhere new for Claphamites to gather and socialise.
Mar
Top Cuvee - N5
British, Modern
  London
A new neighbourhood bistro for Highbury from the team behind Three Sheets Dalston; the open kitchen serves up small plates and platters of charcuterie and cheese.
Mar
Yolo - WC2H
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
An all-dessert venue in Covent Garden, with traditonal, vegan and gluten-free options.
Feb
Slim Chickens - W1D
Chicken
  London
The American fried chicken chain's second branch occupies the triangular Soho site that housed Ed's Easy Diner for many years.
Feb
Adam Handling Chelsea - SW1X
British, Modern
  London
Steeped in history, The Cadogan hotel on Sloane Street had a major refurbishment, from which it rose, phoenix-like, as the Belmond Cadogan. Hot chef du jour Adam Handling is 'handling' the entire food offering, from breakfast and room service to afternoon tea to this eponymous restaurant (with its own entrance on Pont Street); Adam says he wants to "draw on the heritage of the building and reinterpret it in my own way" - with Lillie Langtry and Oscar Wilde as former residents, that could mean almost anything!
Feb
JinLi Chinatown - WC2H
Chinese
  London
One of a series of openings planned for the new Central Cross development in Chinatown, JinLi will be a modern Sichuanese restaurant (they are also on Leicester Street).
Feb
Shanghai Modern - WC2H
Chinese
  London
The new Central Cross development in Chinatown has several food outlets, including this noodle and dumpling joint, a Filipino import. Their signature xiao long bao will be on the menu - watch out Din Tai Fung...
Feb
X-Upper - N1
British, Modern
  London
"Europe’s finest gourmet sausages" are the USP at this new Islington restaurant, which also serves up grab-and-go bangers, bratwurst and kielbasa; the team travelled through 14 European cities to source sausages for the menu.
Feb
Rehmat's - AB25
Pakistani
  Aberdeen
A new Pakistani restaurant for Aberdeen.
Feb
Whiskers - EH4
British, Modern
  Edinburgh
This Stockbridge wine bar serves up a range of small plates and sharing platters, as well as breakfasts and coffee.
Feb
Kanishka - W1S
Indian
  London
Atul Kochhar, in collaboration with Tina English, is opening a new Indian restaurant, which will "showcase the cuisine of territories previously unexplored by London’s restaurants, particularly the Seven Sister States in the most easternmost region of India". It's named after King Kanishka, an emperor of the Kushan dynasty in the second century.
Feb
Cook Love - EC2A
  London
In a break from tradition (but undoubtedly the start of a new 'thing'), a veteran London restaurant has opened up a street food stall in the City: the founder of Pied à Terre Founder, David Moore, and chef Asimakis Chaniotis have launched Cook Love, where the food (including dishes from Pied à Terre) will be cooked in an oil drum barbecue. The name, by the way, comes from the words tattooed across chef Chaniotis' fingers...
Feb
Rosa’s - L3
Thai
  Liverpool
London group of Thai restaurants founded by husband and wife, Alex and Saiphin Moore, has opened its first site outside the capital, in Liverpool’s historic Albert Dock.
Feb
AOK Kitchen - W1U
British, Modern
  London
New Marylebone restaurant (upstairs) and bakery (downstairs) that are both 100% free from gluten, dairy and refined sugar; owner Kelly Landesberg is the daughter of Gary Landesberg, chairman of Mayfair's Arts Club.
Feb
Gloria - EC2A
Italian
  London
The team behind La Felicitá and Pink Mamma in Paris are opening two restaurants in London in 2019 - Gloria is the first, a 'vintage style' Italian trattoria with 160 covers and a passion for authentic sourcing.
Feb
VIVI - WC1A
British, Modern
  London
Feb
OOTY - W1U
Indian, Southern
  London
On the former site of the Galvin Bros' Bistrot de Luxe, Ooty is run by former Vineet Bhatia head chef Manmeet Singh Bali. There's a fine dining restaurant, underground cocktail bar and all-day casual dining area.
Feb
Kindred - W6
British, Modern
  London
Communal tables and the experience of sharing food is what it's all about at this new Hammersmith restaurant, in a co-working and events space.
Feb
Cutter & Squidge - EC3V
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
The Cutter & Squidge baker sisters have opened a second bakery, in the Royal Exchange, selling their trademark Biskies (a sandwiched dessert creation of biscuit, buttercream and cake) to the good people of the City.
Feb
KoolCha - HA9
Indian
  London
Chef Rohit Ghai (of newly opened Kutir) is a busy man - not satisfied with setting up one restaurant, he's also opened up a street food stall at Boxpark Wembley, focusing on Indian flatbreads ('kulcha' - geddit?)
Feb
W12 Studios - W12
International
  London
The former White City BBC studios have been transformed into a 450-seat entertainment space, in partnership with Feast It, that will feature a rotating roster of chefs and pop-ups in the two kitchens; on opening, those spaces were filled with Cue Point (barbecue fusion cuisine from by ex-Smoke Stak head chef Joshua Moroney) and The Piadina Project, (Italian-inspired street food with a taste of Lincolnshire).
Feb
Yopo - W1T
Fusion
  London
The Mandrake Hotel has closed Serge et Le Phoque: in its place comes Yopo, hailed as "modern European with a South American accent".
Feb
Donnelly's at Bermondsey Bar & Kitchen - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Not quite a restaurant, not just a pop-up; chef James Donnelly has completed seriously successful residencies at The Sun and 13 Cantons and Louie Louie, and now he's landed in a Bermondsey pub.
Feb
Vintry Kitchen - EC4V
Pan-Asian
  London
A new City hotel, "inspired by London’s historic trading guilds"; information on the two dining areas has changed, but here the website promises Asian tapas, while the Mercer Roof Terrace will serve modern British cuisine.
Feb
The Talbot Hotel - YO17
British, Modern
  Malton
The Talbot Hotel, a riverside coaching inn, is now run by Sam and Georgie Pearman, previously owners of Cotswold hotel & restaurant group The Lucky Onion; the hotel, which has 26 bedrooms, is being completely refurbished. The restaurant and bar snack menu will be under the watchful eye of head chef Robert Brittain.
Feb
The Glazebury - WA3
British, Modern
  Glazebury
South African-born chef Ernst van Zyl and partner Liz Kellett have taken over (and substantially refurbished) this Warrington pub; the chef was previously at The Lord Clyde in Kerridge, where he served “remarkable food in a village pub”. This new place has 60 covers, 5 rooms and a huge beer garden.
Feb
Emilia’s Crafted Pasta - E1
Italian
  London
A second branch of the pasta-only restaurant from restaurateur Andrew Macleod opened in Aldgate in February 2019.
Feb
Tattu - B3
Chinese
  Birmingham
The Grand hotel has reopened after a major refurbishment; Tattu occupies two floors, including the former boiler room.
Feb
Rotate - EC2A
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
A cafe and cycling shop, with a bar and workspaces; this multitasker in Shoreditch also features guest chef residencies.
Feb
Cutting Room - W1T
British, Modern
  London
A sharing plates restaurant and cocktail bar with a focus on organic, sustainable, seasonal and ethical principles, next to the Woolf Gallery (from whom they borrow their monthly-changing art displays); late night live DJs Thursday to Saturday.
Feb
Near & Far Camden - NW1
Mexican/TexMex
  London
The third instalment of the Near & Far family takes the Palm Springs concept further still, offering a"Californian oasis" in the middle of Camden, set over four floors with a covered roof terrace. The cocktails are accompanied by gluten-free Mexican street food from Elote, the creation of Alex Hutton, formerly head chef of Caravan in Kings Cross.
Feb
Umi - EH4
Japanese
  Edinburgh
Jan
We Are Vegan Everything - E8
Vegan
  London
Replacing Hackney's vegan bakery Dough Society is Caitlyn and Sophie's vegan cafe; the girls have been selling their cupcakes at Camden bakery Cupcakes and Shhht and at pop-ups, but now it's time for something permanent at WAVE.
Jan
Mollie’s Motel & Diner - SN7
American
  Buckland
Soho House are branching out with this new motel concept, now open on the Oxford-Swindon road. A modern take on American diner cuisine (also available to take away), with a general store and affordable rooms for overnight stays.
Jan
Yeni - W1F
Turkish
  London
Turkish chef Civan Er and restaurateur Cem Bilge (the duo behind famed Istanbul restaurant Yeni Lokanta) open in Soho, on the former site of Vinoteca, showcasing "contemporary Anatolian cookery" and ocakbasi culture.
Jan
The Oak SW11 - SW11
British, Modern
  London
Wood-fired pizzas and Italian/Mediterranean-inspired dishes are served up at this sibling to The Oaks in W2 and W12. Breakfast is also served here.
Jan
Miel Bakery - W1T
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Pastries, viennoiseries and breads made with "care, technique and precision" - and all-French ingredients; workshops and cookery classes are available too.
Jan
Pensons at Netherwood Estate - WR15
British, Modern
  Stoke Bliss
Lee Westcott, formerly of The Typing Room in Bethnal Green's converted town hall (RIP), has taken the helm at this new restaurant opening on the Netherwood Estate on the Herefordshire-Worcestershire border.
Jan
The Crown - W4
Mediterranean
  London
Originally announced as The Harlot (formerly Carvosso), The Crown has opened under Henry Harris’ direction, serving all-day Mediterranean food with an Italian accent from Sicilian-born head chef Daniele Zaffora.
Jan
Stem & Glory - EC1A
Vegan
  London
Following a wildly successful crowdfund, Cambridge's popular vegan restaurant is heading down the M11 to open in Old Street to share its plant-based cuisine with eager Londoners; opening in early 2019, in time for Veganuary.
Jan
Vapiano - WC2H
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 branch occupies a massive (280-cover) site at the redeveloped landmark Centre Point on Tottenham Court Road, with the second and third restaurants occupying even bigger venues in Canary Wharf (284-covers) and Tower Bridge (311-covers).
Jan
Kalifornia Kitchen - W1T
Vegetarian
  London
From the founders of Hot Norwich Newcomer, Erpingham House, comes this plant-based, bright pink, fast food restaurant. We're sure the CBD latte will be much-talked about (it's made with cannabidiol, a non-active, naturally occurring constituent of cannabis).
Jan
Glass Room - WC2N
British, Modern
  London
A Tom Dixon designed interior on a boat brings a new dining experience to London. Set price packages for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea are available, with entertainment; check website for sailing and departure times.
Jan
The Farmer's Arms - EX39
British, Modern
  Woolsery
The Farmer's Arms was taken over in 2015 by Michael and Xochi Birch - co-founders of social networking site, Bebo. Their project, to revive the fortunes of this small village include the fish & chip shop (already open), post office and shop, four guest cottages and a hotel set within a Grade II listed Georgian manor house, all due to open by 2021. The pub (which serves light meals and snacks) has a separate restaurant.
Jan
Kuku Riku - NW1
Chicken
  London
Rotisserie chicken (with a secret marinade) from the Josper grill is the key at the new Camden Market outlet, which has room for 70 covers and does takeaway too.
Jan
Pepitos - E8
Mexican/TexMex
  London
A new taqueria and burrito joint for east London, which is aiming to show punters what traditional Mexican cuisine is, without any Tex-Mex stereotypes.
Jan
Ox Barn at Thyme - GL7
British, Modern
  Southrop
A "village within a village", Thyme is a collection of restored historic buildings with a hotel and restaurant (Ox Barn) as well as a cookery school, village pub, events centre in a tithe barn and a spa.
Dec
Provisioners - SE1
British, Modern
  London
From the man who brought us Riding House Cafe, The Garrison and Blixen, Clive Watson, a new all-day restaurant (with adjoining Italian coffee bar) inside The Dixon boutique hotel in the new Tower Bridge development. As you'd expect with his pedigree, the Provisioners will be a hang-out with "uncomplicated and comforting food".
Dec
Ugly Dumpling - HA9
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
Pan-fried dumplings and noodles, with traditional flavours, plus fusion or vegan options, are the draw to this Boxpark Wembley unit; a second permanent spot for founder Ping Wong, who started out on a street stall in 2017 before settling permanently in Carnaby in 2017.
Dec
The Athenian - HA9
Greek
  London
What started as a small street food venture offering freshly made souvlaki in 2014 has spawned five London outposts, a Bristol restaurant, and now, a new site at Boxpark Wembley.
Dec
Sutton and Sons - E8
Fish & chips
  London
A fourth branch for Sutton & Sons, just up the road from their new all-vegan branch.
Dec
Spiritland - SE1
Fusion
  London
Replacing Canteen (RIP), the newest inhabitant of the RFH's biggest eating venue (180 covers) is Spiritland, sibling to the King's Cross café, bar and radio studio. Kiwi chef Karl Calvert previously worked at The Providores & Tapa Room.

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