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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 will serve globally ranging - and daily changing - tasting menus at this Hackney newcomer.
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
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).
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
Mar
Barullo - EC3A
Spanish
  London
Victor Garvey (of Rambla and now-closed Encant) has opened a Spanish restaurant in Aldgate in March, on the former site of James Cochran EC3 (RIP); City workers will be pleased to hear that the tapas, paella and main dishes will be available for delivery and takeaway too.
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
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
  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.
Jan
We Are Vegan Everything - E8
Vegetarian
  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
Vegetarian
  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.
Dec
William IV - NW10
British, Modern
  London
This popular pub has been revamped and has a new chef, Sebastien Lambot and 15 rooms. Sunday lunches will remain a feature.
Dec
Yamagoya - W1D
Japanese
  London
Yamagoya returns to its old Soho stomping grounds, taking over the restaurant at Shuang Shuang where it began as a pop-up.
Dec
Omotesando Koffee - W1T
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
What started as a one-man operation in Omotesando, Japan, has become a global chain of super-stylish coffee houses, serving beautiful food and drink in typically pared-back surroundings. We expect the sandos and custard cubes will be the big Insta hits.
Dec
The Bonnie Badger - EH31
Scottish
  Gullane
Tom Kitchin, the chef behind Leith’s “outstanding” dining destination The Kitchin, has taken over this restaurant-with-rooms in the village of Gullane on Scotland’s East coast. Just a stone’s throw from Muirfield golf course, and a 30-minute drive from Edinburgh, the hotel features 12 bedrooms, a bar and 60-cover dining room serving locally sourced produce.
Dec
Terra Rossa - N1
Italian
  London
Puglian cuisine is the USP at this latest Upper Street newcomer.
Dec
Nathalie - W1S
British, Modern
  London
Juan Santa Cruz has opened his third London restaurant (alongside Casa Cruz and Isabel); Nathalie is hailed as a "revolutionary take-out spot”, right by the Conde Nast publishing house, open all day, and serving food with an "epic art-deco vibe".
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
HOP Vietnamese - EC3V
Vietnamese
  London
The fifth and largest of the HOP Vietnamese mini-chain, on the ground floor of the Cheesegrater building.
Dec
The Corn Stores - RG1
British, Modern
  Reading
A third venture from Rarebreed Dining, the team behind Cobham's The Plough and The Shurlock Inn in Reading; this steak restaurant, bar and members’ lounge is housed in a Victorian listed building and showcases British meats.
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
Farzi Cafe - SW1Y
Indian
  London
Originating in New Delhi in 2014, the Farzi Cafe chain from the House of Massive Restaurants now has nine branches across India and in Dubai. The London opening serves up traditional Indian dishes in a contemporary style - buzzwords from the PR include "post-molecular", "laboratory-style", "playfully inspired" and "sonic homogeniser" (it's used to make cocktails, apparently). The drinks list is called The Vedika Menu, which is apparently Sanskrit for “restoring knowledge” - in our experience, cocktails often do the exact opposite...
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.
Dec
Slim Chickens - CF10
Chicken
  Cardiff
From humble Arkansas beginnings to global domination - with two London branches and this one in Wales, inside St David’s shopping centre in Cardiff.
Nov
The Parrot - WC2B
British, Modern
  London
Idris Elba is one of the names behind this new, tropical-themed cocktail bar at the Waldorf Hilton (serving small plates from Waldorf exec chef Karl Richardson). Live music nightly, secret menus, a chauffeur-driven car, unnanounced shows and "A-List surprises" are all promised.
Nov
Dishoom - M3
Indian
  Manchester
This branch of the growing group of Indian cafés was the fourth dining venue to open in Manchester Hall, a Grade II listed building in the Spinningfields area of Manchester. It opened alongside Masons Restaurant Bar, pan-Asian restaurant Fable and Leeds-based Basque-inspired Pintura.
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
Cérès - N16
Mediterranean
  London
Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Camille Tardieu has transformed her Hackney supper club, Southbound, into bricks and mortar. The seasonally changing menu, inspired by her Sicilian and Provencal grandmothers, is described as 'contemporary southern European gastronomy'; the Brioche Brunch sounds delicious.
Nov
Patri - W13
Indian
  London
New Ealing restaurant from Puneet Wadhwhani, the founder of street food chain, Chai Naasto, serving Indian rail-side snacks; "train food" including dishes from New Delhi Station and Marwar Junction.
Nov
Le Cellar - EC1V
British, Modern
  London
A new, tiny, wine and tapas joint in Clerkenwell from entrepreneur Simon Maniora and wine buyer Anthonin Charlier (formerly at Cellar and Club Gascon); chef Matt Smith previously worked at Cliffords.
Nov
The Ivy Asia - M3
Pan-Asian
  Manchester
In a major departure for The Ivy group, the second floor of the new Ivy Spinningfields complex is an Asian restuarant; opulence is the key word for the decor, which includes a green floor made of semi-precious stone.
Nov
The Ivy Spinningfields - M3
British, Modern
  Manchester
One of the biggest restaurant openings of the year, The Ivy's foray into Manchester has four floors of dining rooms, with a separate pan-Asian restaurant (Ivy Asia), bar, private dining and roof garden.
Nov
The Gallery - E18
British, Modern
  London
On the site that was formerly much-loved restaurant The Woodford, a Ramsay-trained chef, Dave Rann (previously at the Juniper Tree) is now manning the stoves (and Josper grill)
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 glad to know 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 made to 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
Poptata - SW17
International
  London
They only serve one thing – fries – but there’s an extensive array of toppings to choose from at this street food fave in Tooting Market, which also has outlets in the Croydon and Shoreditch Boxparks, and Portobello Market.
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
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.
Nov
Pompette - OX2
French
  Oxford
A charcuterie, wine bar and dining room from Pascal and Laura Wiedemann. Pascal worked with Henry Harris at Racine and also at Terroirs with Ed Wilson.
Nov
Madame Pigg - E8
British, Modern
  London
From chef Adam Hardiman (ex-St John and The Dartmouth Arms), a modern British restaurant featuring seasonal produce and traditional dishes.
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, COMO Metropolitan London - 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
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.

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