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Nov
The Ivy Asia - EC4M
Pan-Asian
  London
Taking over the site of Barbecoa, another spin-off brand for Richard Caring's Ivy group (the first Ivy Asia opened in Manchester in 2018); opening in November 2019.
Borough Market Kitchen - SE1
  London
Never known to stand still in its 800-year history, Borough Market has expanded again. Hot on the heels of its home delivery service (www.goodsixty.co.uk/borough-market) is this food hall, just off Winchester Walk, which features 13 permanent fitted kitchens and a further 10 pop-up stalls. Elizabeth Haigh is a star at the opening, showcasing her long-awaited Mei Mei Singaporean cafe.
The Bull & Bear - M2
British, Modern
  Manchester
Tom Kerridge opened this restaurant in Manchester's former Stock Exchange, refurbished into a luxury hotel, in November 2019. It features Kerridge’s famed style of cooking, where British classics are refined, yet in a casual sort of fashion. Chef Dan Scott will be at the stoves.
Ugly Butterfly - SW3
British, Modern
  London
A surprise opening from Adam Handling; not content with taking on all the food offering at The Belmond Cadogan, he's opened this upmarket zero-waste, sustainable restaurant in Chelsea, serving offcuts and leftovers from Adam Handling Chelsea, including chicken feet with caviar.
Silo - E9
British, Modern
  London
Brighton's zero-waste restaurant Silo has moved to London after a half-million-pound crowdfund by chef Doug McMaster.
Sussex - W1D
  London
The Gladwin Brothers - behind The Shed, Rabbit and Nutbourne - have opened this new ‘local and wild’ restaurant, on the site of Arbutus (RIP). It won't be focused on sharing plates like the others, there'll a separate bar section at the front and a chef's table downstairs for 20.
VyTA - WC2E
Italian
  London
This new late-night opening has a total of 200 covers, a balcony over the main market square, private dining and a lounge; Italian food and wines are on the menu.
Bong Bong’s Manila Kanteen - E2
  London
The BBQ Dreamz team - Lee Johnson and Sinead Campbell - that won My Million Pound Menu have finally opened their own restaurant, this Hackney spot with dishes inspired by Johnson’s Filipino heritage.
Sam's Riverside - W6
British, Modern
  London
Sam's Riverside opened on soft launch in early November 2019: Harvey Trollope is head chef and Rowley Leigh has been announced as culinary director.
Folie - W1F
French
  London
Frenchman Guillaume Depoix has taken over a corner site in Golden Square (previously a PizzaExpress), with a view to opening the perfect Soho brasserie. He has extensive front-of-house experience, with four years in London under his belt, plus Alain Ducasse’s Plaza Athénée.
Simplicity Burger - E1
Vegan
  London
Neil Rankin, star purveyor of BBQ and all things meaty, is launching a vegan restaurant! This 45-seat, two-storey, no-bookings restaurant (with ground-floor cocktail bar) serves a handful of plant-based (but "satisfying") burgers he has spent months creating from secret ingredients including miso. Sustainability, zero waste, 'ugly' veg and no single-use plastics are also on the menu.
Le Comptoir Robuchon - W1J
French
  London
An evolved, new restaurant concept, reviving Joel Robuchon’s simple and light style; a deli will also be opening in the same development later in November.
Rock Salt - BS6
Pan-Asian
  Bristol
Replacing Bellita (RIP) is this restaurant serving both Chinese and Indian food; early reports say it's a combination that works.
Oct
Wild by Tart - SW1W
Organic
  London
It's been in the works for years now, but this "old electrical plant come car park in central Belgravia" has finally opened to the public - owners Lucy Carr-Ellison and Jemima Jones are also using the space for private events - the space is destined to include a bar, deli, juice and coffee kiosk, retail outlet, and arts studio.
Oren - E8
Mediterranean
  London
Oded Oren has opened his own permanent restaurant in Dalston after a series of well-received pop-ups and residencies; Mediterranean food influenced by his hometown Tel Aviv are on the menu, alongside wine recommendations from Zeren Wilson, and brunch will be a feature.
Lu Ban - L8
Chinese
  Liverpool
Mercato Mayfair - W1K
International
  London
Mercato Metropolitano, the community-centred eco-friendly food hall in Elephant & Castle, has finally opened in the restored St Mark's church in north Mayfair, in a deal with Grosvenor, who recently completed a £5m restoration of Grade I listed building (known to many as the American church). Mercato Mayfair boasts 16,000sq ft. of retail, dining and community space, plus a rooftop terrace and outdoor bar - all a short walk from Oxford Street.
Bleecker Burger - W12
Burgers, etc
  London
The fifth (including the summer South Bank pop-up) - and biggest yet - Bleecker has opened in Westfield White City, with an all-female management team.
Wilder - E2
British, Modern
  London
Sir Terence Conran and chef Richard McLellan (previously at the Typing Room) have opened this restaurant within Boundary London in October; some of the ingredients come from Sir Tel's 145-acre estate.
Legare - SE1
Italian
  London
Jay Patel, previously Barrafina's general manager, and Matt Beardmore, formerly senior sous chef at Trullo, have joined forces to open this Italian in Tower Bridge.
Kolamba - W1B
Sri Lankan
  London
A Sri Lankan restaurant serving dishes drawn from the staff’s family recipes.
Copper Chimney - W12
Indian
  London
Founded by JK Kapur in 1972 in Bombay, Copper Chimney has 15 restaurants in five Indian cities - its first UK branch is to be in Westfield.
Lyon's - N8
Fish & seafood
  London
An independent Crouch End restaurant specialising in seafood.
Decimo - WC1H
Spanish
  London
There's several restaurants within this American hotel chain opening in London in 2019; the ground-floor spot (Isla) has Adam Rawson (once of Pachamama) as chef, and now Bristol's darling, Peter Sanchez-Iglesias (of Casamia and Paco Tapas) has opened the glass rooftop restaurant on the tenth floor.
Emile - EC2A
  London
Damian Clisby, ex-director of Petersham Nurseries, and Nick Gibson of the Drapers Arms are running this long-term residency on the site of Rok (RIP). Special events will run on alternate Sundays.
Horticulture - NE1
British, Modern
  Newcastle
This brunch spot opened in October 2019, replacing long-time favourite Paradiso. At night, it's a bar, with 40 different espresso martinis available.
The Hunter's Moon - SW3
British, Modern
  London
The first pub from new venture The Lunar Pub Company; co-owner and chef director Oliver Marlowe is from The Glasshouse and Chez Bruce, and head chef David Halewood, was previously at The Coach in Clerkenwell.
Henrock - LA23
British, Modern
  Windermere
Chef and restaurateur Simon Rogan has taken over the restaurant at Windermere's Linthwaite Hall (taking over from Stella, RIP); he might not be at the stoves all the time, though - he's also just opened in Hong Kong!
Arma - W1D
Middle Eastern
  London
A new Soho shawarma restaurant, with a takeaway downstairs and eat-in table upstairs.
Gordon Ramsay Bar & Grill - W1K
Steaks & grills
  London
Sep
Church Road - SW13
British, Modern
  London
The owners of Sonny's (formerly on this site, RIP), Rebecca Mascarenhas and Philip Howard, have named the replacement simply Church Road. Elystan Street alumni Sam Astley-Dean (chef) and Alan Parry (front of house) are in charge.
Chakana - B13
Peruvian
  Moseley
Robert Ortiz, former head chef at Lima, has opened this Peruvian restaurant inside a former bank in Moseley.
Mama Fuego - SE10
Australian
  London
The mother-and-daughter team behind Covent Garden's Abuelo have opened a new restaurant, an all-day "drinking and dining" destination near the 02, serving "Antipodean-meets-South American" food and drinks; there's multiple spaces including a 70s style sunken lounge, mils bar, bakery and a garden overlooking the pier and river.
Yardarm - E10
  London
After running a shop and hosting several residencies, Yardarm has opened a restaurant.
Kinneuchar Inn - KY9
Scottish
  Kilconquhar
This historic Scottish pub has reopened (after a two-year refurb). Former Rochelle Canteen staff - chef James Ferguson and front-of-house Alethea Palmer - are in charge.
My Neighbours the Dumplings - E9
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
A new branch for the east London dumpling masters.
Vardo - SW3
International
  London
From the team behind Caravan, Vardo (the name comes from Romany travelling wagons) opened in September 2019 in a purpose-built new building in Duke of York Square, with a public roof garden and the UK’s first fully retractable glass wall. The food is globally-inspired using top British ingredients.
Mowgli - LE1
Indian
  Leicester
Mowgli - which has restaurants across the country, in Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham, Oxford and Sheffield - has launched its latest branch in St Martin's Square in Leicester.
Seabird - SE1
Fish & seafood
  London
The 14th floor rooftop of the new Hoxton hotel in Southwark is home to a fish and seafood restaurant from the team behind Brooklyn's Maison Premiere; expect a raw bar, a wide range of oysters - and "the fresh flavours of southern Europe".
Julie’s - W11
British, Modern
  London
The Betterment - W1K
  London
The new signature restaurant at Hilton's luxury Mayfair hotel has Jason Atherton's Social Company overseeing all the food; former City Social head chef Paul Walsh is heading up the stoves at The Betterment, an "all-day restaurant with brasserie-style food".
Three Little Words - M3
British, Modern
  Trinity
From the people behind Manchester Gin, a restaurant and bar in the arches beneath Manchester Central station.
Burra Khana - NG1
Indian
  Nottingham
Tom Brooke, the man behind Hoxton barbecue restaurant Red Dog Saloon and Louie’s Nashville Hot Chicken, launched in Nottingham in September 2019, offering a fusion between Indian cuisine and charcoal barbecue cooking, with influences from Middle Eastern countries such as Persia, Turkey and Lebanon.
Bistrotheque at Cultureplex - M1
British, Modern
  Manchester
An Industrial Revolution building, London Warehouse (on the edge of the Northern Quarter) was refurbished and relaunched in September 2019 as Cutureplex, a modern community centre with a collective of businesses inside: an aparthotel, trendy gym and Bistrotheque, from Shoreditch pop-up pioneers Pablo Flack & David Waddington. Bistrotheque occupies the entire ground floor, featuring a lounge, restaurant, coffee counter, private dining and outdoor terraces.
Norma - W1T
Italian
  London
Following the success of The Game Bird, The Stafford London and culinary director Ben Tish opened this independent restaurant, in a Fitzrovia townhouse, in late summer 2019. The cooking is "inspired by the food and culture of Sicily, with particular emphasis on the Moorish influences on the island’s cuisine"; a crudo (raw) bar also features.
Sons + Daughters - N1C
  London
A "s+wich, softserve, beer and cocktail" stop from the team behind Pidgin (and formerly Magpie, RIP).
Pick & Cheese - WC2H
British, Traditional
  London
One of the first concessions to be announced for the new Seven Dials Market from KERB, Pick & Cheese is a cheese conveyor belt (yes, you read that right!) restaurant, brought to us by the owners of Camden's Cheese Bar. 25 British cheeses will be delivered by the 40-metre conveyor belt.
Strozzapreti - WC2H
Italian
  London
Franco Manca founders Bridget Hugo and Giuseppe Mascoli have teamed up with pasta chef Andrea Beccaceci to open a pasta restaurant; it will open with KERB's new flagship, indoor, market in autumn 2019.
Charlie’s - W1S
British, Modern
  London
Trinity’s celebrated chef, Adam Byatt, has relaunched this stately panelled dining room of the foyer of one of Mayfair’s most historic hotels, nowadays owned by Rocco Forte.
KERB Seven Dials - WC2H
International
  London
KERB's first indoor market and new, permanent home (in a former banana factory) landed with some impressive opening acts: Monty’s Deli, Club Mexicana, Claw, and newcomer conveyor belt cheese restaurant, Pick & Cheese, and over 20 others.
Loyal Tavern - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Tom Cenci, former executive chef at Duck & Waffle, and Adam White from the Riding House Cafe, opened Loyal Tavern in Bermondsey in September 2019. The duo have taken on the site of former south east London institution Village East, once a textile factory, making use of British produce to create a “relaxed neighbourhood environment”.
Terra Terra - NW3
Italian
  London
A new all-day Italian restaurant and café with an open bakery and outdoor terrace.
Neat Burger - W1B
Burgers, etc
  London
Vegan fast food, global expansion and celebrity backing, what could be more on trend? Lewis Hamilton has launched an international vegan burger chain; the five-time Formula One World Champion Lewis Hamilton collaborated with hospitality organisation The Cream Group and Beyond Meat investor Tommaso Chiabra to launch Neat Burger in London on September 2.
Liv - SW1W
British, Modern
  London
A breakfast, brunch and lunch spot serving coffee and fresh juices at a dedicated stand-up drinks bar from Australian chef Damien Monley, formerly of Flat White Cafe in Sydney. It's due to open for dinners in November.
Bank House Wine Bar & Kitchen - BR7
British, Modern
  Chislehurst
This wine bar in the heart of Chislehurst (occupying a former NatWest bank, hence the name) is notable for its owner: Stuart Gillies is the former CEO of Gordon Ramsay's restaurant group. Previously a chef, Gillies has devised a "European small plates" menu for the two-floor wine bar.
Hemingway's - EH6
British, Modern
  Edinburgh
A library-themed pub and restaurant in Leith.
Aug
Berto - N7
Italian
  London
Inventive pizza company Zia Lucia has opened a pasta restaurant (planned to be the first of five) next door to its Highbury branch.
Mamma Mia! The Party - SE10
Greek
  London
Diehard fans of Mamma Mia! (the musical of Abba's hits that later spawned a film starring Meryl Streep) will be thrilled to hear the franchise now has its own themed restaurant. Abba's Bjorn Ulvaeus has opened a 'dinner theatre' where diners can “spend a magical summer evening with friends in a very special Greek island taverna”. Sadly, it's not in Waterloo, but at The O2.
The Botanical Rooms at The Newt - BA7
British, Modern
  Bruton
Hadspen House, built around 1690, has been bought and refurbished as a luxury hotel by South African billionaire Koos Bekker and his wife, Karen Roos, former Elle Decoration editor. There's gardens to explore here and a cafe as well as this main restaurant.
Tandem - LE1
Indian
  Leicester
Cyrus Todiwala, the chef behind the “excellent” Café Spice Namasté and Goan-Portuguese restaurant Mr Todiwala’s kitchen, has launched his first restaurant outside London. Tandem has five separate areas over two floors, including a bar, casual dining and fine dining.
Officina 00 - EC1V
Italian
  London
Another pasta-only opening, this time from Naples-born Elia Sebregondi and Enzo Mirto who have worked together at Soho House and Kiln; this one incorporates a pasta workshop.
Pastorcito - SE1
Spanish
  London
Harts Group has opened its second Pastorcito site. The restaurant, under the El Pastor banner, has launched in the Mercato Metropolitano food hall in Elephant and Castle.
Marmo - BS1
Italian
  Bristol
Bristol's Bar Buvette has been taken over by (chef) Cosmo and (front of house) Lily Sterck, a couple who have impressive London restaurants on their CVs, including St John and Luca.
Snackbar - E8
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
'Pickled' author Freddie Janssen launched a Kickstarter campaign for her pop-up brand Snackbar's permanent site in Dalston's Farm:Shop urban farm.
Noto - EH2
Indian
  Edinburgh
Stuart Ralston, chef patron of Aizle, has opened a new venture offering a casual dining experience influenced by his time working in New York, and named after Stuart’s late friend and NYC celebrity Bob Noto.
Heritage - RH17
British, Modern
  Slaugham
The new home of chef Matt Gillan, formerly at The Pass; a restaurant with Rooms in rural Sussex with regular masterclasses and top guest chefs.
Bloomsbury Street Kitchen - WC1B
Fusion
  London
Mediterranean-Japanese fusion will be the cuisine at this new restaurant, part of the Radisson Blu Edwardian Bloomsbury Street hotel.
Haya - W11
Mediterranean
  London
A Mediterranean 'small plates' restaurant, with a menu inspired by Tel Aviv (where the chef is from).
Eggslut - W11
British, Modern
  London
A breakfast-loving, egg-based chain, with five branches in America and one in Beirut, expanded into London in 2019; the first branch opened in Notting Hill.
KPH - W10
British, Modern
  London
The Kensington Park Hotel has been taken over by Henry Harris and Harcourt Inns, with chef Ruairidh Summers at the stoves.
El Gato Negro - L2
Spanish
  Liverpool
Sibling to Manchester's excellent tapas joint, overlooking the iconic Liverpool Town Hall.
Albert's Schenke - L1
German
  Liverpool
Sibling to Manchester's Albert's Schloss, this "bohemian bier halle and cook haus" will be a great addition to Liverpool's local bar scene. It replaces The Hub Alehouse.
Forza Wine - SE15
Italian
  London
Peckham’s Forza Win, has opened a new Italian wine bar, on a fifth-floor rooftop with terrace.
Brett - G4
Scottish
  Glasgow
Cail Bruich's new sibling, offering sharing plates of locally-supplied meat, fish, vegetables, shellfish, cheese and charcuterie.
Jul
Nutshell - WC2N
Persian
  London
Modern Iranian cooking from an ex-Noma chef, Leonardo Pereira (until recently at The Greenhouse).
by Chloe - SE10
Vegan
  London
A fourth branch for the plant-based chain, at The O2.
Mowgli - CF10
Indian
  Cardiff
Baozi Inn - SE1
Chinese
  London
Baozi Inn has opened a new, three-storey, 120 cover flagship restaurant near Borough Market.
No.9, Dixie Dean Hotel - L1
  Liverpool
One for Everton fans, this 100-room hotel and restaurant dedicated to Dixie Dean, "Everton and England's greatest goalscorer" - the restaurant is named after his shirt number. It sits "overlooking Signature Living's flagship hotel The Shankly, which was built in tribute to legendary Liverpool Manager Bill Shankly MBE".
Wun's - W1D
Chinese
  London
Bun House changed to Wun's on 24 July 2019, and is now a "1960s-style Hong Kong tea room and late night bar", set across two floors in Soho, mimicing the communal, open-air cafes and restaurants in Hong Kong known as ‘dai pai dong’.
Arcade Food Theatre - WC1A
  London
A new, very grown-up style of food hall for central London; this "food theatre" on the ground floor of Centre Point has seven kitchens, three bars, a coffee shop and bakery, an outdoor terrace and an "incubation-focused space showcasing some of the city’s most exciting and emerging culinary concepts". Brands at the launch were: Lina Stores, Pophams, TU by TA-TA Eatery, Pastorcito, Oklava, Flat Iron Workshop, Casita Do Frango and Chotto by Chotto Matte.
Tommys Banglacafe - EH2
Indian
  Edinburgh
Bangladeshi street-food cafe in Edinburgh's New Town.
10 Heddon Street - W1B
  London
Described online as a "restaurant residency focusing on hand-made pastas and in-house butchery / charcuterie by Chris Leach (Pitt Cue Soho, Sager + Wilde, Kitty Fisher’s) and David Carter (SMOKESTAK)"; there's also Amaro bar.
Six by Nico - M2
International
  Manchester
"A new restaurant every six weeks." This mini-chain from chef Nico Simeone opened in Manchester in Summer 2019 (there are sites also in Belfast, Glasgow and Edinburgh) serves a signature six-course tasting menu, which changes every six weeks in style, cuisine and inspiration, served to 66 diners.
Humble Grape - E14
British, Modern
  London
A fifth branch for the growing wine bar chain, occupying the former Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecote site, with a waterside terrace; it's open all day from breakfast.
Craft Dining Rooms - B1
British, Modern
  Birmingham
New to Birmingham's ICC.
Double Standard - WC1H
British, Modern
  London
This American-style hotel chain opened in summer 2019 with several restaurants, including this ground-floor, street-facing 'neighbourhood' bar that Adam Rawson is in charge of (he will also look after Isla, a garden restaurant). Double Standard promises casual drinking and dining, with draft beers and classic cocktails in a Shawn-Hausman-designed space. The hotel also boasts a striking glass roof extension housing a further restaurant and roof garden from Peter Sanchez-Iglesias of Bristol's Casamia.
Flor - SE1
British, Modern
  London
Although not the most obvious partnership, this "bakery and wine bar" is from the team behind Lyle's, so it should work out just fine; it's also "inspired by the buvettes of Paris and pintxos bars of San Sebastian".
Isla - WC1H
  London
This American-style hotel opened in summer 2019 with several restaurants, including this garden restaurant that Adam Rawson is in charge of "offering an approachable seasonal menu featuring light proteins and a predominantly natural wine list" (he will also be looking after ground-floor, street-facing 'neighbourhood' bar, Double Standard).
Kama by Vineet - SW1X
Indian
  London
Vineet Bhatia brings regional Indian specialities to Harrods newly spruced-up dining halls, including thalis and breakfasts.
Rye by the Water - TW8
British, Modern
  London
A "bakery and grill" from Ben Rand, head chef at The Dairy, and Janine Edwards, former head pastry chef at Little Bread Pedlar.
Shaun Rankin at Grantley Hall - HG4
British, Modern
  Grantley
This newly refurbished luxury hotel and spa in the heart of Yorkshire opens in Summer 2019, with Shaun Rankin in charge of the main restaurant; there will also be an Asian restaurant (EightyEight) and a casual all-day restaurant (Fletchers).
Hoh Sek Noodles - E1W
Chinese
  London
The founders of Rosa's Thai have opened a noodle bar in St Katharine Docks, in the round hut recently vacated by Starbucks - there's 40 seats plus a bar counter inside and more outside seating available in summer. Hoh Sek means “delicious” in Cantonese.
Nandine - SE5
Middle Eastern
  London
Nandine's third branch opened in Camberwell in 2019; they are also in Vestry Road in Peckham and the Peckham Levels food court, all sought after for the Kurdish mezze, brunch and baklava, especially after Jay Rayner's glowing Observer review.
Mahé - PL28
Fish & seafood
  Padstow
From Paul and Emma Ainsworth and John Lambert, a cookery school (by day) and chef's table (by night), right next door to Paul Ainsworth at No. 6; it's named after the island in the Indian Ocean where Paul's parents met. This is the Ainsworth's fourth Padstow venture.
Moncks of Dover Street - W1S
French
  London
An all-day brasserie concept from luxury Mayfair restaurant Park Chinois: the 92-cover venue will launch in July 2019, with chef Gennaro Vitto, who was previously a pastry chef at Park Chinois, at the stoves.
The Hayden - W2
British, Modern
  London
This renovated pub (with boutique rooms opening in September 2019) is part of First Restaurant Group which also runs the Clerk & Well, The One Tun and The Grafton Arms as well as riverside restaurants The Waterway and The Summerhouse in Little Venice.
Fugitive Motel - E2
British, Modern
  London
A "craft bar and kitchen" near some soon-to-be developed railway arches in Bethnal Green.
Café Barletta - CT9
British, Modern
  Margate
Margate's famous amusement park gained a new restaurant in summer 2019, from chef Jackson Berg (formerly at Kettner's) and Natalia Ribbe; it serves local produce and features an eight-foot olive tree.
The Yan - LA22
British, Modern
  Grasmere
Not a restaurant with rooms, but a 'bistro with beds'; a 17th Century former farm nestled in the Central Fells will prove a handy spot for anyone exploring the Lakes. The family-run venture will serve "rustic Cumbrian classics and nostalgic British favourites".
Stampa - W1K
  London
A 'budget' pasta restaurant in Mayfair (words you don't often see in the same sentence!), serving Roman-style dishes inspired by the bars found in the Trastevere district. Open from breakfast time.
The Humble Bee - E1
  London
The community cafe at Stepney City Farm; chefs Matt and Alice met working at Hawksmoor.
Jun
Arros QD - W1W
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.
Circolo Popolare - W1T
Italian
  London
Hot on the heels of opening Gloria, the Big Mamma Group have opened a second venture, a Sicilian joint on Rathbone Square.
Heritage - W1D
Swiss
  London
A new Swiss restaurant landed in Soho in June 2019: the "cuisine is re-imagined by Head Chef Aarik Persaud through an elegant menu designed for sharing. From fondue, raclette and rösti to barbecuing prime cuts of meat and fresh seafood on table-top charbonnade grills".
Harrods Dining Hall - SW1X
International
  London
The multi-million pound revamp of this famous grocer's food halls has now revealed the improved ground floor Dining Hall (redesigned by David Collins Studios), featuring The Grill, The Pasta Bar, The Fish Bar, Kama by Vineet (Bhatia), The Sushi Bar (food by Eddie Lim of The Mango Tree) and The Wine Bar (with food by Caviar House & Prunier and over 100 wines to try by the glass, or 1,200 by the bottle); each restaurant has counter seating so you can watch the chefs, an there's also tables. Booking is highly recommended (see website for phone numbers - online booking will follow).
Lucky Cat - W1K
Pan-Asian
  London
Gordon Ramsay replaced his flagship Maze with this restaurant in the summer of 2019; he recruited former Sexy Fish exec chef Ben Orpwood to head up the kitchen. The restaurant, which cost over £5 million to refurbish, is to emulate “the drinking dens of Thirties Tokyo and the Far East”.
Suzi Tros - W8
Greek
  London
Husband and wife team Adrien Carre and Christina Mouratoglou (of Mazi, just up the road) have launched Suzi Tros; the name is inspired by a character from the cult 1960s Greek film ‘I Parisiana’, and the restaurant focuses on cuisine from the north of Greece.
Fitzroy - PL23
Fish & seafood
  Fowey
A restaurant on the banks of the Fowey estuary, brought to Cornwall by the owners of Jolene, Primeur and Westerns Laundry.
Pavlova's - SW1E
British, Modern
  London
Jason Atherton and The Social Company's Jay Doy have joined with the Victoria Palace Theatre to open this wine bar, which offers "a delicious selection of light bar snacks and even a hidden gin cupboard".
The Orange Buffalo - SW17
Chicken
  London
From Shoreditch and Brick Lane street food stall to permanent site for the spicy chicken purveyors.
by Chloe - W1B
Vegan
  London
A third branch for the growing plant-based mini-chain, this time in Oxford Circus, with 72 indoor seats and a terrace that seats 10.
E&O Chelsea - SW3
Pan-Asian
  London
Replacing Eight Over Eight (RIP), this pan-Asian restaurant, also from Ricker Restaurants, boasts a "chic emerald horseshoe bar".
Siren (Nathan Outlaw at The Goring) - SW1W
Fish & seafood
  London
It was announced just before Christmas 2018 that Nathan Outlaw would be heading up a second, more casual, restaurant at The Goring - the first new restaurant there in over 100 years. Siren will focus on his tried-and-tested, winning formula of fish-centric, Cornish-influenced cooking.
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.
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.
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.
Wild Honey St James - SW1Y
British, Modern
  London
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 has 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.
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).
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.
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).
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.
Chapters - HR3
British, Modern
  Hay on Wye
Replacing St John's Place (RIP), this new restaurant is the work of debutante restaurateurs Charmaine Blatchford and Mark McHugo.
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”.
The Secret Cafe - BS1
Spanish
  Bristol
A Spanish cafe in a church, run by Sevillian husband and wife Antonio Perez and Alicia Amish.
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.
Bob Bob Cité - EC3
French
  London
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.
Tayer + Elementary - EC1V
  London
Celebrated mixologist Alex Kratena has opened this two-part venue with Monica Berg; Tayer is a "progressive bar" with food (including THAT katso sando) by resident chefs TATA Eatery and a 4-seat kitchen counter serving a chef's tasting menu. Elementary is an all-day, no booking bar serving coffee, cocktails and snacks.
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.
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.
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.
Baba G's - NW1
Burgers, etc
  London
The first permanent site with seating for the winners of My Million Pound Menu; there's also stalls in Vinegar Yard, Camden Market and Pop Brixton.
Bundobust - L1
Indian
  Liverpool
A Liverpool branch of the Indian street food chain joins its Manchester and Leeds cousins.
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’.
Coqfighter - W1F
Chicken
  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.
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.
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.
Pescheria Assunta - SW5
Fish & seafood
  London
A fish restaurant from the owners of the fishmonger a few doors down.
Les Platanes - W1J
French
  London
A "contemporary French bistro" from chef Thierry Laborde and Anton Efimov, in an historic Mayfair townhouse.

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