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Feb
G'rilla - SW1V
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Grilled cheese kiosk outside Victoria's new Nova development with an imaginative range of fillings for its San Franciscan sourdough sandwiches, including Korean BBQ pork and lobster and sweetcorn.
Feb
Dip in Brilliant - SW6
Indian
  London
Dipna Anand, the chef behind “Southall institution” Brilliant – a bustling 'burbs restaurant in Solihull that “never disappoints” – launches a Punjabi café in Fulham on the former site of Kishmish (RIP). Expect thalis, sharing platters and tandoori chops. The fast-casual concept (diners can 'dip in and out' in 30 minutes) is poised for further roll-out.
Feb
Imperial Arms - SW6
British, Modern
  London
This Victorian boozer on the King's Road has reopened as a community pub and events space offering modern British cooking alongside pub classics like beer-battered cod and chips and Hereford beef burgers. As well as beers and wines there's a cocktail (and even a mocktail) list available.
Feb
Tonkotsu Battersea - SW8
Japanese
  London
This growing mini-chain of ramen restaurants add another noodle bar in Battersea's regenerated power station. As well as traditional tonkotsu expect gyoza and chilli chicken wings.
Feb
The Quality Chop House Café - EC1R
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Clerkenwell's “excellent” (even if the seats are bum-numbing!) Quality Chop House adds a café next door serving breakfast, a range of sandwiches for lunch and charcuterie and cheeses in the evening, plus cookbooks and wines to take home.
Feb
Which Wich - WC2H
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
The first UK branch of this US sandwich chain touches down in Central St Giles Plazza. Visitors can build their own or choose a signature 'wich like the Philly Cheesesteak, Ultimate BLT, or the Reuben.
Feb
Randy's Wing Bar - EC3N
Chicken
  London
Olympic Park's chicken spot – doling out a variety of catchily-named burgers and wings with funky flavourings and lashings of fun attitude – opens a sister site in the City. Their Aldgate venue has an extended menu featuring cocktails and a takeaway counter for those busy City workers having lunch al-desko.
Feb
Petare - SW9
South American
  London
Replacing Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen, which is moving on to bigger things, as so many of Pop Brxton's residents have done before, Petare is bringing the heat to Brixton with Venezuelan arepas, following pop-ups and residencies in markets across London.
Feb
BAYGO - EC3M
Afro-Caribbean
  London
Traditional dishes from the islands of the Caribbean are reinvented for a fast-paced City lifestyle to bring London workers a fresh, fast and healthy pitstop.
Feb
The Lost & Found, Leeds Club - LS1
International
  Leeds
A second "Victorian botanical hideaway" serving inventive cocktails alongside an international menu is set to open in Leeds. The sister venue to Lost & Found in Greek Street launches in the city's Grade II listed building, the Leeds Club on Albion Place. It vaunts a bar, restaurant, private boardroom and a secret den. Lost & Found also has a cocktail den in Knutsford, Cheshire.
Feb
Forest Bar & Kitchen - E17
Mediterranean
  London
The husband and wife team behind Walthamstow's Forest Wines launch a neighbourhood restaurant and wine bar just a few doors down. Nico Salzano's seasonal, modern European menu is complemented by a list of mostly organic and biodynamic vino.
Feb
Pi Artisan Pizza - SW11
Pizza
  London
Winchester's artisan pizzeria heads to the Big Smoke with an outpost in Battersea offering pies made with their signature dough which involves a 72 hour fermentation process.
Feb
River Cottage Kitchen and Deli - LU6
British, Modern
  Whipsnade
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage brand makes its den at Whipsnade Zoo. This latest outpost will focus on showcasing seasonal ingredients.
Feb
Iron Bloom - EC2A
British, Modern
  London
In an old Shoreditch iron works (could the location be any hipper?) a new drinking and eating den from the folks behind Hoxton's Alice in Wonderland-inspired Looking Glass Cocktail Club.
Feb
Patty and Bun - BN1
Burgers, etc
  Brighton
One of capital's favourite patty purveyors, this small but growing group of burger bars has chosen Brighton as the location for its first non-London site. The restaurant will open in The Lanes later in February 2018. Patty & Bun joins MEATliquor which also boasts a Brighton branch and Honest Burgers are on the lookout for a site in London-on-Sea.
Feb
by Chloe - WC2B
Vegetarian
  London
The first overseas site from this American, plant-based restaurant brand arrives in Covent Garden. Its London flagship (a roll-out no doubt is on its way) will seat 70 and offers a grab and go service too.
Feb
Butterscotch Tea Room - W1U
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Restaurateur and doyenne of desserts Bea Vo launches a second London home for her Butterscotch Bakery brand in Marylebone. The original opened in Hammersmith in 2017.
Feb
Farm Girl - SW10
Australian
  London
Notting Hill's healthy, Aussie-inspired café opens its first all-day restaurant and bar in Chelsea, offering dinner and cocktail menus for the first time alongside signature brunch dishes. Farm Girl also opened a concession within the Sweaty Betty Carnaby Street flagship store last year.
Feb
31 Below - W1U
Mediterranean
  London
In Marylebone Village, a new neighbourhood café with basement bar offering Mediterranean/Spanish cuisine and tapas, Grind coffee, cold-pressed juices and brunch.
Feb
United Chip - EC1M
Fish & chips
  London
New Clerkenwell sit-in chippy offering classic fish n chips and battered Dingley Dell sausages alongside more modern dishes like Bangkok prawn burgers. There's also a short wine list.
Feb
Prosecco House - SE1
Italian
  London
A bar dedicated to serving prosecco by the glass and bottle, to sip in or takeaway, as well as small selection of cocktails and cicchetti in the form of Italian cured meats and cheeses. Fizz fanatics will be excited to hear the bar will stock exclusive bottles from family-owned vineyards found nowhere else in London.
Feb
Zia Lucia - W14
Pizza
  London
Holloway Road's popular pizzeria, which makes its pizzas with 48-hour fermented dough, adds a second location in Brook Green.
Feb
On the Dak - WC2H
Korean
  London
London's queen of Korean cuisine Linda Lee (of On the Bab and Mee Market) launches her seventh restaurant in Covent Garden. Dak is Korean for chicken so expect plenty of poultry with soups, noodles and rice, as well as fried chicken and dumplings.
Feb
Shu Xiangge Chinatown - W1D
Chinese
  London
On Chinatown's main drag, a traditional Sichuan hot pot specialist offering over 80 ingredients to allow diners to build their own hot pot – from tripe and aorta to Wagyu beef and seafood.
Feb
Sabor - W1B
Spanish
  London
Nieves Barragán Mohacho and José Etura, who met working at Barrafina, launch this – unsurprisingly Spanish – restaurant, with additional bar and asador (wood-fired oven) in Heddon Street. The ground-floor will feature a fresh seafood counter and an open kitchen producing regional dishes from across Spain, while the upstairs restaurant will focus on the cuisine of Galicia and Castile.
Feb
Dough Society - E8
Vegetarian
  London
London's first vegan doughnuts are now available at Lauren Watts' new permanent venture in a cute corner cafe in Hackney, following appearances in several vegan markets across London.
Feb
Humble Grape - EC2M
British, Modern
  London
The fourth outpost of this small group of wine bars, offering a “great selection of interesting small-batch wines” by the glass, bottle or case, opens near Liverpool Street station. The original wine bar opened in Battersea, followed up by a site in the lovely crypt of St Bride’s, Fleet Street, and a new Islington branch opened in summer 2017.
Feb
Santa Maria - W1W
Pizza
  London
A Fitzrovia branch of this growing mini-chain of pizzerias.
Jan
The Ivy Café - SE3
British, Modern
  London
The fifth café-style spin-off of Richard Caring's Ivy brand arrives in Blackheath. There are already sites in Marylebone, Wimbledon, St John's Wood and most recently, Richmond. Thirty Ivy-inspired restaurants are expected to open nationwide by the end of 2018.
Jan
Daddy Bao - SW17
Taiwanese
  London
The popular Peckham Taiwanese Mr Bao has a spin-off opening in Tooting in January 2018, named for the owner's father; bao buns and parental wisdom are on the menu.
Jan
Amber - E1
Middle Eastern
  London
Taking the ancient amber trade route as inspiration, this new Middle Eastern restaurant in Whitechapel offers diners an authentic, yet modern and refined take on Moorish cuisine.
Jan
184 Green and Grill - W11
British, Modern
  London
One of a growing number of 'flexitarian' restaurants (where plant based menu items are not merely an afterthought) arrives in London's spiritual home of healthy eating, Notting Hill. This all- day, neighbourhood restaurant and bar also specialises in wood-fire grilled fish and meat.
Jan
Sorella - SW4
Italian
  London
Chef and restaurateur Robin Gill relaunches his much-loved “buzzy, bare and loud” Clapham venture The Manor as this neighbourhood Italian, taking culinary inspiration from the Amalfi Coast, with chef Dean Parker at the helm.
Jan
Shoryu Ramen - OX1
Japanese
  Oxford
Joining London exports like Dirty Bones and Cinnamon Kitchen at Oxford's Westgate shopping centre is noodle purveyor Shoryu Ramen, bringing authentic Hakata tonkotsu ramen to the city's students, tourists and locals alike. It is the group's second foray into the restaurant scene outside of the Big Smoke (the first being Manchester).
Jan
Lady Abercorn’s Pub & Kitchen - EC2M
British, Modern
  London
Ever fancied a roast dinner on a day other than Sunday? Well, Liverpool Street's Andaz hotel has got the answer – a new pub serving up roasts every day of the week alongside home brewed beers.
Jan
Crosstown Doughnuts - W1T
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
This purveyor of designer doughnuts – “the best ’nuts in town”, with great fillings according to our reporters – opens a new location in Fitzrovia.
Jan
Cin Cin - BN3
Italian
  Hove
Brighton Italian – which Harden's reporters hail as providing “simple and delicious rustic food” – branches out with a second site in Hove.
Jan
39 Steps Coffee Haus - W1F
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
New Soho coffeehouse specialising in cold brew coffee, in-house roasting and cold press juices. As well as drinks there's a selection of soups, sandwiches, salads and cakes.
Jan
Hankies Marble Arch - W1H
Indian
  London
Anirudh Arora's North Indian street food café on Soho's ever-bustling Shaftesbury Avenue branches out with a new outpost in Marble Arch. Expect more classic Roomali Roti hand spun, cooked and folded into 'hankies'.
Jan
The Spread Eagle - E9
Vegetarian
  London
The people behind Club Mexicana have joined up with Luke McLoughlin and Sherri-lee Estabrook to launch London’s first 100% vegan pub. The kitchen is open Thursday to Sunday serving up Mexican fare - even the drinks and cocktails are vegan.
Jan
Beer + Burger - E8
Burgers, etc
  London
Willesden burger bar branches out to Dalston with a second burger and craft beer joint.
Jan
Kettners - W1
British, Modern
  London
Jan
Bone Daddies, Nova - SW1
Japanese
  London
Bringing some street cred to Victoria's new residential and restaurant development, Nova, is Ross Shonhan (the daddy of Bone Daddies). He plans to open a ramen bar serving noodles, filled buns and a take on Osaka-style Okonomiyaki. It sounds like it could be Shonhan’s largest venue to date with two floors and outside space.
Jan
L'Ami Malo - E1
French
  London
A modern interpretation of a classic French crêperie comes to the byways just south of Old Spitalfield Market. there's also a 'speakeasy-style' bar at the back, Le Moulin, serving calvados-based cocktails and craft cidres.
Jan
The Coach - EC1R
British, Modern
  London
One of several gastropub collaborations between chef Henry Harris (formerly of Racine) and James McCulloch (The Three Cranes, The Harcourt). The duo has revived this landmark public house in Clerkenwell (est. 1790) showcasing Harris's blend of British and French cuisine.
Jan
Platzki - M3
Polish
  Manchester
Following a successful pop-up at The Kitchens in Spinningfields, the duo behind Polish street food stall Platzki have launched a permanent restaurant at the Great Northern Warehouse complex.
Jan
Rudie's - E1
Afro-Caribbean
  London
Dalston's Jamaican restaurant arrives in Shoreditch's Boxpark catering to the City's lunch crowd with a 'grab and go' menu and tapas versions of some of their classic dishes.
Jan
Llerena - N1
Spanish
  London
New tapas bar on Islington's Upper Street specialising in freshly sliced jamón Ibérico alongside cheeses, croquetas and a range of Spanish sherries and wines.
Jan
Feast Canteen - W6
International
  London
Before Hammersmith's Feast Canteen has even opened its doors, the company behind it has announced its next venture, in the former BBC behemoth at White City. 350 seats will be served by a bar and two independent street food kiosks, kicking off with Montys (grilled cheese toasties and Bloody Marys) and Del 74 (tacos).
Jan
Ippudo London - WC2N
Japanese
  London
A third London outpost for this global, Japan-based noodle outfit arrives on the Embankment. There are already sites in Covent Garden and Canary Wharf. The E14 branch in particular gets positive feedback from our reporters for its “decent ramen”.
Jan
Roganic - W1U
British, Modern
  London
Simon Rogan's 2011 pop-up returns to Marylebone this winter as a permanent fixture on the former site of L'Autre Pied (RIP).
Jan
Mrs Le's Bánh Mì and Grill - SW11
Vietnamese
  London
New from the people behind Mien Tay (next door on Lavender Hill) come this Vietnamese grill and sandwich joint. Expect fiery flavours and unusual ingredients. No alcohol - but the Vietnamese iced coffee will keep you up all night.
Jan
Kudu - SE15
South African
  London
South African influences will feature at this Peckham neighbourhood bistro (named after a species of antelope) opening in early 2018. The couple running it have a promising pedigree - Patrick Williams worked at The Manor and Paradise Garage, and Amy Corbin's father Chris should be able to provide the odd bit of advice on the London restaurant scene..
Jan
Ahi Poké - E1
International
  London
A fourth branch of this mushrooming chain of casual Hawaiian joints opens in Old Spitalfields Market, catering to London’s latest food craving: poké (raw fish).
Jan
Bread Ahead - W1F
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Borough Market bakers head to Soho with a new café serving their famous doughnuts, as well as sourdough loaves and breakfast.
Jan
Stockwell Continental - SW8
Italian
  London
From the people behind Waterloo's Anchor and Hope and Lambeth's Canton Arms comes a new spot in Stockwell offering all-day dining from coffee and pastries in the morning, to pasta and focaccia at lunch and sourdough pizzas in the evening.
Jan
San Pietro - W8
Italian
  London
A new Italian ristorante from the team behind Notting Hill's Portobello Pizzeria comes to Kensington, taking over the former site of charming but cheeky French bistro Chez Patrick (RIP).
Jan
Bergen House - N16
British, Modern
  London
Joining a growing number of restaurants opening in Newington Green (just south of Stokey proper) like Andi's and The Lady Mildmay, a modern British spot serving sharing plates and Sunday Roasts.
Jan
Studio 88 - WC2H
Pan-Asian
  London
Live music venue just off Leicester Square from the people behind Farringdon's The Piano Works serving cocktails and Asian-inspired food.
Jan
Harringay Arms - N8
British, Modern
  London
This Crouch End boozer reopens after a complete refurb serving a selection of craft beers in the Tap Room alongside a range of stone-baked pizzas.
Dec
Bistro Mirey - SW6
Fusion
  London
This pop-up, founded chefs Gerald Mirey and Ko Ito, puts down permanent roots in Fulham offering a fusion dining experience underpinned by classic French cuisine with Japanese flair. Alongside the inventive food menu is a list of French wines and Japanese sake (as well as London craft sake Kanpai).
Dec
Tapas Revolution Newcastle - NE1
Spanish
  Newcastle
Chef Omar Allibhoy's tapas restaurant chain opens its first Lounge and Sangria Bar in Newcastle's intu Eldon Square shopping centre. Guests can enjoy an extensive Sangria menu, gin and tonics, Spanish craft beer and a wide selection of Spanish wines.
Dec
Claw Carnaby - W1B
Fish & seafood
  London
The sustainable seafood pop-up, food truck and City takeaway outlet finally opens a permanent, eat-in site in late 2017, after securing a site in Carnaby's Kingly Street.
Dec
Kazu - W1T
Japanese
  London
With a head chef formerly of Chisou (Dham Kodituwakku), we'd expect 'contemporary Japanese' restaurant Kazu in Fitzrovia to be a serious contender.
Dec
Nuala - EC1
BBQ
  London
The pedigree at this City-fringe bistro (opening December 2017) is pretty impressive: owner Niall Davidson has worked at Chiltern Firehouse and St John Bread and Wine, chef Colin McSherry hails from The Fat Duck, and Honey Spencer, previously at Noma Mexico, will be in charge of the wine. Expect open flames and grilled flesh.
Dec
St Paul - N1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
New all-day café near Highbury Corner (next to Prawn on the Lawn) offering coffee, sandwiches and cakes by day and small plates alongside a compact wine list in the evening.
Dec
The Greyhound Cafe - W1T
Thai
  London
A London outpost of this popular Thai cafe chain, which has more than a dozen branches across south east Asia, arrives in Fitzrovia. It is the first European site for the group.
Dec
Hippy Fish - W1U
International
  London
Another month, another poké restaurant; this one, starting up in Marylebone in December 2017, is playing with the original Hawaiian concept by adding ingredients from around the globe.
Dec
Indian Accent - W1S
Indian
  London
On the former site of Chor Bizarre (and from the same owner, Old World Hospitality) a nouvelle Indian restaurant with sibling venues in New York and New Delhi. The New Delhi original is on the World's 50 Best List.
Dec
The Ivy St Helen's Square - YO1
British, Modern
  York
Caprice Holdings announces yet another site for its Ivy Brasserie brand, this time in York's St Helen's Square.
Dec
Three Cranes - EC4V
Steaks & grills
  London
A collaboration between Henry Harris (formerly chef-patron of Racine) and founder of Harcourt Inns, James McCulloch, sees the relaunch of this ancient pub (circa 1562) beside Mansion House station. The venue vaunts a Grill Room, ground floor bar and accommodation in the form of two serviced apartments.
Dec
The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie - GL50
British, Modern
  Cheltenham
Yes, it's yet another Ivy Brasserie. Occupying Cheltenham's Grade I listed Montpellier Rotunda, the restaurant offers all-day dining with a menu of modern British dishes alongside Ivy classics.
Dec
Wright Brothers - SW11
Fish & seafood
  London
The Wright brothers open their fifth branch in the 'Circus West Village' section of the Battersea Power Station redevelopment.
Dec
Antipodea Richmond - TW9
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
A third branch, hot on the heels of the second, of the all-day Down Under cafe chain that started in Kew; sibling to the Brew Cafe chain.
Dec
Sticks'n'Sushi - SW1E
Japanese
  London
“A strange but pleasant mix of Denmark and Japan” – this “fun and buzzy” chain of restaurants comes to Victoria's Nova development.
Dec
The Athenian - SW1W
Greek
  London
Founded in 2014 as a small street food stall in Shoreditch, this growing chain of Greek restaurants launches a branch in Belgravia's Elizabeth Street. The brand also has sites in White City, Elephant & Castle, Shoreditch and Bristol.
Dec
Flavourtown Bakery - SW6
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
This purveyor of award-winning cupcakes, brownies and cakes (previously only available at markets and department stores such as Harrods and Selfridges) sets up a permanent home in Fulham, offering takeaway coffee and sweet treats, as well as cakes made to order.
Dec
Jack Solomons Club - W1D
Fish & seafood
  London
A new Soho subterranean speakeasy bar in the basement of 41 Great Windmill Street serving an extensive list of cocktails alongside a menu of seafood-inspired bar snacks and small plates.
Dec
Peckham Levels - SE15
International
  London
This temporary, grassroots project was created to provide affordable space for independent businesses and artists. For the next six years it will be occupying Peckham's multi storey carpark. Levels five and six are home to street food traders such as Nadine (Kurdish mezze), Canard (confit duck as street food), Drum & Flats (chicken wings), Other Side Fried (fried chicken) and more.
Dec
Dirty Bones - OX1
BBQ
  Oxford
London's four-strong NYC-style BBQ chain is heading west, opening on the roof terrace of Westgate Oxford in early December.
Dec
Feast Bar & Kitchen - W12
International
  London
Before Hammersmith's Feast Canteen has even opened its doors, the company behind it has announced another venture, in the former BBC behemoth at White City. 350 seats will be served by a bar and two independent street food kiosks, kicking off with Morty & Bob's (grilled cheese toasties and Bloody Marys) and Del 74 (tacos).
Dec
Enoteca Rosso - W8
Italian
  London
Regional Italian dishes, homemade pasta and 'obscure' Italian charcuterie are promised at this Kensington newcomer, which also boasts a wine list of rare bottles. Head chef Flavio Militello hails from Milan’s Michelin-starred Felix Lo Basso.
Dec
Granary Square Brasserie - N1C
British, Modern
  London
On the former site of Bruno Loubet's Grain Store (RIP), a new restaurant brand from the ever-expanding Ivy Collection. The huge (250-cover) venue on Granary Square, King's Cross, boasts a dining room, lounge, bar and an al-fresco dining terrace overlooking Regent's Canal.
Dec
Linden Stores - N1
British, Modern
  London
A new restaurant and wine shop in Highbury from Laura Christie (one half of Shoreditch Turkish Oklava) and Chris Boustead (one half of Boustead & Bidois).
Dec
Osteria Romana - SW1X
Italian
  London
Tucked in the lanes of Knightsbridge, between the Bulgari Hotel and Hyde Park, an Italian osteria celebrating Rome's produce, culinary history and passion for food.
Dec
Harry’s Dolce Vita - SW3
Italian
  London
Named (partially) after Harry’s Bar in Mayfair, this Italian restaurant and bar from Caprice Holdings will bring a slice of la dolce vita to the heart of Knightsbridge. A menu of antipasti and pasta classics is overseen by chef director Diego Cardoso.
Dec
The Blue Posts - W1D
International
  London
Zoë and Layo Paskin – owners of smash-hits The Palomar and The Barbary – have taken-over this Grade-II listed, 275-year-old Chinatown pub. The ground floor will remain a pub while the first floor becomes The Mulwray cocktail bar. A kitchen counter with just 11-covers (Evelyn's Table) will serve a modern European menu in the basement beer cellar.
Dec
Koya - EC2R
Japanese
  London
A sibling to the “cramped” but “cool” Soho Japanese “famous for udon noodles” opening in Bloomberg's new City HQ this autumn.
Dec
The Folkestone Wine Company - CT20
French
  Folkestone
Chef and restaurateur David Hart, formerly of Frog And Scot in Deal and Sportsman at Seasalter, launches a wine bar, shop and restaurant in Folkestone, serving mostly French and Italian bottles as well as some local Kent wines (the majority of which will be available to take home at a “generous discount”).
Dec
Mee Market - W1D
Korean
  London
Restaurateur Linda Lee (Koba, On The Bab) is opening a new Korean venture on a two-floor Soho site; with dine-in, takeaway and retail sections, it will be based on the table-and-market concept found in Seoul, South Korea.
Dec
Sophie's Steakhouse - W1D
Steaks & grills
  London
A Soho branch of Sophie's Steakhouse opens in the former Moulin cinema, the venue also featured a late-night cocktail bar.
Dec
The Coach Makers Arms - W1U
British, Modern
  London
The fifth venue from Cubitt House (Thomas Cubitt, Grazing Goat etc) is a three floor, 140-year-old Marylebone pub with upstairs dining room and basement cocktail bar.
Dec
Homeslice - EC4N
Pizza
  London
This growing group of perpetually “rammed” pizza-by-the-slice parlours adds a City branch. Slated to open this autumn alongside nine other eateries in the new Bloomberg City HQ.
Dec
Röski - L1
British, Modern
  Liverpool
Former Treby Arms exec chef Anton Piotrowski secures a site in Liverpool with plans to open a 35-cover restaurant in late 2017. The premises will undergo a £150,000 refurb with £50,000 coming from a crowd-funding campaign. The venture will serve seasonal British tasting menus with a nod to Piotrowski's Polish roots.
Dec
The Fordwich Arms - CT2
British, Modern
  Fordwich
Ex-Clove Club chef Dan Smith and sommelier Guy Palmer-Brown have teamed up (with Smith's partner Tash Norton) to re-open this large Kent pub, with a great beer garden, in December 2017. Expect the foodies to descend - it's already been rated very highly in the national press.
Nov
The Good Egg - W1B
Fusion
  London
The chef's behind Stokey's mega popular brunch spot The Good Egg (just check out that weekend perma-queue) bring their unique mix of Middle Eastern cooking and spicing with British ingredients to Soho's Kingly Court. The follow-up draws on the distinctive Jewish café-culture of Montreal and Tel-Aviv's vibrant street-food scene for an all-day restaurant, bakery and bar.
Nov
Londrino - SE1
Portuguese
  London
Leandro Carreira (Viajante, Koya, Lyle's) opens his own restaurant, with a culinary nod to his native Portugal, in November 2017.
Nov
Butchies - EC2A
Chicken
  London
Garrett and Emer FitzGerald launch their first permanent restaurant on the former site of Santo Remedio in Rivington Street, Shoreditch, serving premium fried chicken sandwiches to dine-in and takeaway.
Nov
Chimis - SE1
Argentinian
  London
New parilla serving up grilled meats and fish with influences from Argentina and Chile, brought to us by Nicolas Modad (previously head chef at Brindisa) and Federico Fugazza (founder of Porteña at Borough Market).
Nov
Chilly Katz - W6
International
  London
Chef Phil Harrison and fashion designer Vera Thordardottir, the team behind Goldhawk Road's 'Bears Ice Cream', launch a new Icelandic hot dog joint on Hammersmith's Lyric Square. A range of sauces and salads are available to dress up your dog, or keep it simple with onions, ketchup and mustard.
Nov
Parsons - WC2H
Fish & seafood
  London
From the folks behind The 10 Cases, a seafood restaurant located just across the road from their innovative Covent Garden wine bar.
Nov
Duddell's - SE1
Chinese, Dim sum
  London
Hong Kong comes to London this autumn when this authentic Cantonese / dim sum chain (with 10 sites across HK) opens its first UK branch, in St Thomas Church in London Bridge. Chef Daren Liew was, until recently, executive sous chef with the Hakkasan Group.
Nov
Yen - WC2R
Japanese
  London
From the St Germain de Prés area of Paris, this soba specialist is opening its first London restaurant just off the Strand. Expect traditional Japanese noodles, tempura and a sushi counter.
Nov
Dishoom - W8
Indian
  London
Dishoom's popular 'Bombay Cafe' formula is arriving 'out West' in late 2017, when they open a new (and very big) branch in Barker's Arcade off Kensington High Street.
Nov
Broadleaf - EC2
British, Modern
  London
From pub and restaurant group ETM (The Botanist, The Jugged Hare et al) comes a new City bar and restaurant in the shadow of Tower 42. The huge, 200-cover venue features a ground floor bar, first floor lounge and al-fresco terrace.
Nov
Cojean - W1J
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
A second outpost of this Parisian healthy fast food chain opens in Mayfair. There is already a branch near St Paul's in the City.
Nov
Wahaca Test Kitchen - EC2A
Mexican/TexMex
  London
There's definitely a new 'thing' in town - and it's a test kitchen. Following in the footsteps of concepts like pop-ups and guest chefs, the more innovative chains are getting in on the act by dedicating branches to test out new menu ideas on the eager public. It's genius - after all, if a dish 'doesn't work', it was only ever a trial anyway, and diners get the X-Factor style satisfaction of voting a dish into obscurity. Wahaca's test kitchen opens in Shoreditch and will feature some of their classic dishes and drinks alongside the new ones.
Nov
Rola Wala - OX1
Indian
  Oxford
This street-food truck turned permanent venture (in Leeds and now London) has been confirmed as one of the food venues launching with the re-opening of Oxford's refurbished Westgate Centre in November 2017.
Nov
Del 74 Dalston - E8
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Clapton's trendy taqueria branches out for a second time in 2017 (there's also a cantina in Hackney's Mare Street) with a restaurant in Dalston. The new site features an extended menu including brunch and sharing mezcal bottles.
Nov
Darcie Green - W2
Australian
  London
Two barges (Darcie, with 45 covers, and sister 'drinking' boat May Green) that once transported visitors to the London Olympics, have been given a colourful makeover by Sir Peter Blake (of Yellow Submarine album cover fame) and will now serve Paddington commuters and locals with Australasian staples from early morning. The boats are part of the Daisy Green collection of restaurants.
Nov
Be-bop-a-lula - N16
American
  London
50s rock n roll inspired pub in Stoke Newington serving US diner food like hotdogs, ribs and burgers alongside American and British brewed beers.
Nov
Zelman Meats - EC4M
Steaks & grills
  London
Goodman's “cool and interesting” little sister dishing up “wonderful, well-cooked meat”, with sites in Soho and Knightsbridge, comes to the City with an outpost on the former site of Burger & Lobster near St Paul's.
Nov
Dirty South - SE13
Burgers, etc
  London
After being destroyed during the London riots in 2011, this Lewisham restaurant and bar reopens offering a selection of craft beers, wines and cocktails alongside food from a rotating roster of street food stars.
Nov
The Square - W1
French
  London
This Mayfair stalwart reopened in November 2017 after a major refurbishment of its dining room and kitchen, with a new chef as well as a new look. The Square was purchased by the Marlon Abela Restaurant Corporation in March 2016 from Philip Howard, who ran operations for almost 20 years.
Nov
Mortimer House Kitchen - W1T
Mediterranean
  London
New all-day restaurant on the ground floor of soon-to-be-opened private workspace and wellbeing destination Mortimer House in Fitzrovia. The menu from ex-Cecconi's chef Luca Unali is Mediterranean with a flavour of the Middle East.
Nov
Passo - EC1Y
Italian
  London
From the team behind Foleys, a new all-day Italian in Old Street with extensive outside seating.
Nov
Here - N8
International
  London
Berkhamsted restaurant company Here opens an outpost in north London's well-heeled Crouch End. Expect local, sustainable ingredients with globally-influenced flavours, as well as vegetarian and gluten free options.
Nov
Dynamo - SW17
Pizza
  London
Putney's cycle-themed cafe branches out to Balham bringing its “excellent sourdough pizza”, breakfasts and brunches and proper coffee.
Nov
Hovarda - W1D
Turkish
  London
Greek and Turkish grill venture focused on dishes (particularly seafood) originating from the Aegean coast; the third restaurant from the owners of Frescobaldi and Yosma.
Nov
Saucy - W1T
Italian
  London
Fresh pasta is made daily at this little Italian eat-in/take-away bar on Tottenham Court Road, brought to us by an Irish chef and her British business partner. Like Borough Market's pasta bar Padella there will be no bookings, so expect to queue at peak times.
Nov
TAKA - W1J
Japanese
  London
High end Japanese food at affordable prices. In Mayfair's Shepherd Market?! That's the ethos behind this split level restaurant and sake bar from restaurateur Andrey Datsenko and his sister Anastasi.
Nov
Horvada - W1D
Turkish
  London
From the folks behind Marylebone's Yosma comes a new Chinatown restaurant serving a mixture of Turkish and Greek dishes, as well as a signature Horvada with Yeni Raki, cinnamon, yoghurt, brown sugar, Turkish honey, cardamom and espresso.
Nov
Bombay Bustle - W1S
Indian
  London
Samyukta Nair and Chef Rohit Ghai, the duo behind Mayfair's Jamavar (voted Best Newcomer at Harden's London Restaurant Awards 2017) have launched a second London venture. Inspired by Dabbawalas – the institution of men who use Mumbai's railways to deliver home-cooked meals across the city – Rohit's menu will recreate the family recipes within two dining rooms which reflect the bygone railways of Bombay and the Art Deco buildings which surrounded them.
Nov
The Butcher’s Tap - SL7
British, Modern
  Marlow
Chef Tom Kerridge – of the renowned Hand & Flowers gastropub – opens his ‘butcher-pub’ in Marlow, where people can meet for a drink, a bite to eat, and buy well-sourced quality meat to take home. Tom and butcher Andy Cook are working with trusted meat suppliers from across the country, including beef from Smithfield market’s Longcroft and Old, sourced from Stoddart’s Farm in Scotland; venison and game from Hampshire Game; pork and chicken from Packington Free Range, Creedy Carver ducks and Copas Turkeys.
Nov
Black Bear Burger - E1
Burgers, etc
  London
Following successful pop-up stints in Broadway Market and Hawker House, husband-and-wife team Stew and Liz Down have given up the days jobs and gone full time into cooking and serving their signature, overstuffed burgers at Shoreditch's Boxpark.
Nov
Nov
Rascals - EC2A
British, Modern
  London
There's rather a lot going on at this Shoreditch restaurant, which the website says is made for 'audacious chit chat, steam release and mega indulgence'. There's a waterproof room with half off on Champagne, a retro dessert trolley offering tableside flambéing, comedy game show meal packages, cocktails and bottomless pizza.
Nov
The Prince - SW6
International
  London
Near Earl's Court, a new project from the Pergola team, incorporating two bars, four restaurants and outdoor space dedicated to a roster of street food vendors. Names include Peckham's famous Thai the Begging Bowl, Patty & Bun and Vietnamese BBQ joint MAM (from the folks behind Salvation in Noodles).
Nov
The Begging Bowl - SW6
Thai
  London
Second outpost of Peckham's renowned Thai restaurant joins the ranks of The Prince near Earl's Court, a new project from the Pergola team, incorporating two bars, four restaurants and outdoor space dedicated to a roster of street food vendors. Other names include Patty & Bun and Vietnamese BBQ joint MAM (from the folks behind Salvation in Noodles).
Nov
The Ivy Harrogate - HG1
British, Modern
  Harrogate
The Ivy brand rolls-out to the popular spa town of Harrogate with a brasserie serving modern British and international Ivy-inspired classics from dawn until dusk, seven days a week, just a stone's throw from Montpellier Quarter shops and Turkish baths..
Nov
The Blackbird - RG20
British, Traditional
  Bagnor
Chef Dom Robinson (who has worked alongside Tom Aikens and Adam Byatt) has taken ownership of this traditional country pub in Bagnor, a hamlet near Newbury in Berkshire. The pub retains many of its original features and serves a menu of traditional, British cuisine using ingredients sourced from local suppliers.
Nov
The Habit - SE5
British, Modern
  London
The Habit Nunhead takes up residency in South London Gallery’s café bringing their seasonal menus to Peckham. Alongside on-site roasted coffee, handmade cakes and treats, a brunch and lunch menu will be available.
Nov
The Listing - EC4R
British, Modern
  London
A second 2017 opening for Drake & Morgan, who bought Corney & Barrow Wine Bars in 2016.
Nov
Fiume - SW8
Italian
  London
Hot on the heels of opening Radici, Francesco Mazzei and D&D London have announced another collaboration, Fiume, which will open in the revamped Battersea Power Station site in late 2017.
Nov
Wander - N16
Australian
  London
A casual new Antipodean restaurant in trendy Stokey from Australian-born chef Alexis Noble. The menu is mostly Aussie with some Asian-influences.
Nov
Pickle & Toast - W1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Soho recently witnessed the arrival of grilled cheese sandwich café Melt Room; now W1 is about to gain another venue on the junction of Wardour Street and Peter Street, specialising in sourdough bread, vintage cheddar and dill pickle. Open for Breakfast, lunch, evening beers and late bites "from dawn till dark"
Nov
Terroirs - SE22
British, Modern
  London
The Covent Garden wine bar has rebranded its East Dulwich offshoot ToastED as a sibling branch of Terroirs.
Nov
The Ivy Royal Tunbridge Wells - TN1
British, Modern
  Royal Tunbridge Wells
Just a few minute’s walk from the idyllic Pantiles Georgian colonnade in Royal Tunbridge Wells, another 'accessible all-day dining' brasserie offering from The Ivy stable.
Nov
Over Under Coffee - W1D
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
The Earl's court coffee and brunch stop has sprouted a sibling in the centre of Soho; within the calm of Ham Yard courtyard.
Nov
Southam Street - W10
Japanese
  London
Luca Longobardi and Chris Denney, co-founders of Notting-Hill's 108 Garage, launch a second venture on the former site of Victorian boozer West Thirty Six (RIP). The sprawling building covers three storeys with a Japanese robata grill on the ground floor, and a private BBQ area in the lower ground garden. The first floor Raw Bar serves Nikkei (a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisines) while the second floor houses a private member’s Tequila and Mezcal bar.
Nov
Pufferfish - W8
Pan-Asian
  London
A restaurant in a nightclub? Always a dubious combination. However this is the sister club to Mayfair's Mahiki – domain of celebs, young royals and most of the Made in Chelsea crowd – so perhaps its 'luxury pan-Asian cuisine' will show some star quality? Expect sushi, raw bar delicacies, tropical cocktails and bottomless brunch at weekends.
Nov
La Tagliata - W1T
Italian
  London
Italian wine bar and restaurant in Fitzrovia, sister to the City's La Tagliata (just south of Spitalfields market).
Nov
Hodge Podge - N4
British, Modern
  London
From chef Simon Hodge (owner of the London Charcutier in London Fields) a new neighbourhood restaurant on the Crouch End/Stroud Green border.
Nov
Thames Lido - RG1
British, Modern
  Reading
Restaurant and tapas bar alongside a stylishly revamped Victorian lido
Oct
Princess Victoria - W12
British, Modern
  London
Oct
Pastaio - W1F
Italian
  London
The latest venture from chef/restaurateur Stevie Parle (Dock Kitchen, Rotorino, Craft, Palatino), a freshly made pasta spot, on the former site of Alan Yau's Cha Cha Moon in Soho's Kingly Court.
Oct
Doughnut Time - W1D
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
The first London branch of a popular Aussie chain of doughnut shops arrives in Shaftesbury Avenue, serving calorific treats with colourful names - e.g. the Donutella Versace, Pump Up the Jam and the Melon Degeneres - with vegan and gluten free options.
Oct
Smoking Goat - E1
Thai
  London
'Smoking Goat 2.0' will open in Shoreditch in mid-October. The PR info (well, a lengthy Insta-post) says that, while the new place will be bigger, the menu will focus on serving just a couple of signature Thai dishes each day, to maintain quality and value.
Oct
The Perception - W1D
British, Modern
  London
Soho hotel W London has relaunched its bar and lounge with a changing roster of long chef residencies starting with Magnus Reid from Hackney wine bar Legs. Reid will be resident from 27 October 2017-March 2018.
Oct
Pentonbridge Inn - CA6
British, Modern
  Penton
An ambitious new venture in the wilds of Cumbria from husband-and-wife team Jake and Cassie White – formerly head chef and pastry chef at Marcus Wareing's eponymous London restaurant Marcus, The Berkeley. The pair have taken over the old Bridge Inn pub, which will reopen later this year after major refurbishment with a 45-cover dining room serving five or seven course tasting menus, plus rooms and a nearby kitchen garden providing much of the fare.
Oct
Veeno - KT1
Italian
  London
This growing chain of Italian wine bar/cafés arrives in Kingston-upon-Thames, taking over the site of a former Strada in The Griffin Centre.
Oct
Megan's by the Green - SW6
British, Modern
  London
One of Fulham's fave brunching spots, Megan's Deli on the King's Road, opens a Parsons Green outpost just opposite the tube station. Expect all-day brunch fare (with bottomless prosecco options at weekends) alongside sourdough pizzas and 'deconstructed pan kebabs' (whatever those may be!).
Oct
The Barn at Moor Hall - L39
British, Modern
  Aughton
Despite having won recognition from the tyre men in his first year at Moor Hall, Mark Birchall isn't resting on his laurels - the end of 2017 saw the opening of the 65-seat Barn, on the first floor of a structure that will house a dairy, bakery, a meat-aging and curing room and a mini brewery downstairs. Aaron Harris, previously at Sixty One, has been appointed head chef.
Oct
Cinnamon Kitchen Oxford - OX1
Indian
  Oxford
The Cinnamon Collection (Vivek Singh's Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Kitchen et al) opens its first venture outside of the Big Smoke at Oxford's city centre Westgate mall. The site vaunts a rooftop terrace for al-fresco dining as well as a cocktail bar, private pagoda and an ice block centrepiece in the dining room serving seafood and ceviche.
Oct
Wreckfish - L1
British, Modern
  Liverpool city centre
After the UK's largest restaurant crowdfund (over £200,000 raised in just 28 days), Gary Usher - of Burnt Truffle, Sticky Walnut and Hispi - will be opening this new Liverpool bistro in October 2017. An astonishing start to what promises to be another successful venture from Usher; a fundraising launch-night meal from Tom Kerridge sold out in 15 minutes.
Oct
Clasico Argentino - W1B
Argentinian
  London
Paying homage to the humble empanada (with helados - ice cream - for dessert), this new venture from Gaucho Group (whose Piccadilly branch it is next door to), with restaurateur Enrique Zanoni and head chef Gaston Stivelmaher, is set to bring Argentinian street food to the capital. There are already several Clasico Argentinos in Paris, and a food truck will serve the City (again, outside the Broadgate Gaucho).
Oct
Flour & Grape - SE1
Italian
  London
Antico has rebranded its Bermondsey sibling as a pasta-only site (including a to-go counter), opening in late 2017; an all-Italian wine list features.
Oct
Cut + Grind - N1C
Burgers, etc
  London
New King's Cross burger joint with a former Zelman Meats chef in the kitchen. As well as freshly ground beef patties there's breakfast items like shakshouka eggs and smoked salmon bagels. They also have their own-brand Cut + Grind pilsner available on tap, alongside bottles of local ale from Shoreditch brewery Redchurch and cider from Cornish Orchards.
Oct
Bistro Deluxe by Paul Tamburrini - EH8
Scottish
  Edinburgh
Former chef director at Martin Wishart’s Honours brasserie, Paul Tamburrini steps out of his boss's shadow to launch his first standalone venture at the Macdonald Holyrood hotel in Edinburgh's historic Old Town. The menu will fuse classic French techniques with Scottish produce.
Oct
Indian Streatery - B2
Indian
  Birmingham
On the original site of Adam's (it moved to Waterloo St last year), an Indian street food restaurant offering grab-and-go grub by day and dining and cocktails by night. Its founders have already made a name for themselves in the city as Indian Rasoi with a number of street food events and pop-ups across Birmingham.
Oct
Toast - WA14
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  Altrincham
The best thing since sliced bread? This Altrincham café will serve toast in all its varieties – from classic baked beans on toast to sesame chilli prawn toasts and even dessert on toast. Founded by Justin Orange (twin brother of Take That's Jason) and chef Ed Carr, who previously worked alongside Mary-Ellen Mctague at Aumbry after they met at The Fat Duck.
Oct
The Drunken Butler - EC1R
French
  London
French cuisine with Persian and Korean influences? That's what's on offer at this Clerkenwell restaurant, the first solo effort from chef Yuma Hashemi (previously of The Chancery). Expect coffee and pastries in the morning, and sharing plates by day and night, with a focus on ferments, pickles, salting and smoking.
Oct
The Pilgrm Hotel - W2
British, Modern
  London
A new 'pared-back' hotel designed for modern travellers will open in Paddington this summer. From a former Zetter Group partner and the founder of myhotels, this spot will have 73 rooms, a lounge bar and 30-cover dining room. And yes, we believe it IS spelled like that.
Oct
The Allegory - EC2A
British, Modern
  London
This new Drake & Morgan bar/restaurant (they bought Corney & Barrow in 2016 and are developing a new brand with the sites and further acquisitions) will open in the 'UnSquare Mile' Principal Place development (along with the new Amazon HQ) in autumn 2017.
Oct
Killer Tomato - W11
Mexican/TexMex
  London
A second branch of west London's quirky Mexican street food joint is in the pipeline for autumn 2017.
Oct
Flank - E1
BBQ
  London
Nose-to-tail eating comes to Spitalfields from Brighton pop-up Flank, under chef Tom Griffiths.
Oct
Caravan - EC2R
British, Modern
  London
A City outpost of this small chain of bustling haunts with eclectic menus and “phenomenal” coffee. Slated to open this autumn alongside nine other eateries in the new Bloomberg City HQ.
Oct
Mc & Sons - SE1
Thai
  London
The fifth pub from Windmill Taverns Ltd, a traditional Irish pub in the heart of Southwark with an authentic Thai twist.
Oct
The Royal Oak - CV36
British, Modern
  Shipston-on-Stour
Husband and wife team Richard and Solanche Craven have taken over the running of this 800-year-old country pub in the picturesque Cotswolds village of Whatcote. The recently refurbished pub will serve produce sourced from within 10 miles of the restaurant and game on the menu is ‘shot to order’.
Oct
The Coal Shed - SE1
Steaks & grills
  London
Overlooking the recently completed public piazza at the centre of the new One Tower Bridge development, Brighton's favourite steak joint is heading up to the Smoke in autumn 2017.
Oct
Powderkeg - SW11
Spanish
  London
The folks behind Clapham's WC Wine & Charcuterie and Joe Public Pizza relaunch Powder Keg Diplomacy as Powderkeg in Battersea with a new Spanish and Italian-influenced menu from former Opera Tavern chef Ben Mulock.
Oct
Home SW15 - SW15
British, Modern
  London
Three friends, Craig Gordon, Freddie Fallon & Fredi Viaud, who met while working at Charlotte's Group have opened a café, bar and restaurant on the former site of BIBO (RIP) in Putney.
Oct
The Dragon Inn Club - SW1V
Chinese
  London
Adding to the ever-increasing restaurant scene in Victoria (once a dining desert) is a new Chinese venture offering a modern take on Sichuan food and Far East-influenced cocktails.
Oct
Sorrel - RH4
British, Modern
  Dorking
On the site of Little Dudley House, the third solo venture from well-known local chef and Roux scholar Steve Drake (of Drake’s on the Pond and Drake’s).
Oct
The Ivy Bath Brasserie - BA1
British, Traditional
  Bath
The Ivy's 'accessible all-day dining' formula is popping up brasseries in all of England's most picturesque towns and cities, and now it's Bath's turn. Opening in Autumn 2017 in the heart of the city, this spot will feature a large outdoor terrace and a private dining room. Planning applications have also been lodged for sites in Exeter, Harrogate, Cheltenham and Manchester as of June 2017.
Oct
Inigo - W1D
Japanese
  London
A new grab and go kiosk created by Australian entrepreneur Jeremy Bliss and Charlie Hall, of CODE Hospitality, bringing the Japanese-inspired sushi hand roll to the streets of Soho.
Oct
Rochelle Canteen at the ICA - SW1
British, Modern
  London
Chef Margot Henderson and business partner Melanie Arnold bring their east London favourite to St James's as the pair takeover the café offering at the ICA.
Oct
St John at The Bridge Theatre - SE1
British, Modern
  London
London's newest theatre - The Bridge, opening in October 2017 - will not only boast seats for 900 people, but what will arguably the finest interval snacks around - thanks to a partnership with St John. The foyer cafe will be open to the public, too, from breakfast to post-theatre, serving up goodies from St John's bakery, and offering a selection from their impressive wine list.
Oct
Yamagoya - SE1
Japanese
  London
Following several months of pop-ups and a successful residency on Shaftesbury Avenue, this traditional ramen bar takes up its first permanent London home on Southwark's restaurant row The Cut. Alongside noodles, diners can sample the restaurant's famous 'raindrop cake' - a completely clear dessert in the shape of a water droplet.
Oct
Breddos Tacos - W1B
Mexican/TexMex
  London
On the former site of Brad MacDonald's BBQ joint Shotgun (RIP) comes a second outpost of this mega-popular taqueria that started life as a street food vendor.
Oct
Bleecker Burger - EC4N
Burgers, etc
  London
A third site for the purveyors of “the best burger in London, if not the UK and/or the world!”. Slated to open this autumn alongside nine other eateries in the new Bloomberg City HQ.
Oct
Il Tetto - W1A
Italian
  London
Not quite a pop-up, but not permanent either - this new all-day Italian, atop Selfridges, with views over Oxford Street, is to remain in place for just a year. Negroni fans will be glad to hear of an extensive selection.
Oct
Noizé - W1T
French
  London
On the former site of Ollie Dabbous's “loft-style”, industrial-chic restaurant, Dabbous, comes a rustic French bistro (quite a departure!) from former co-owner and manager of Pied à Terre, Mathieu Germond. David Moore has advised on the project.
Oct
Rambla - W1D
Spanish
  London
Encant chef-patron Victor Garvey opens a second Catalan restaurant in the capital.
Oct
Gul and Sepoy - E1
Indian
  London
The latest Indian restaurant from Harneet and Devina Baweja, the duo behind the flavoursome Gunpowder and Madame D's (also located on Commercial Street), arrives in the City.
Oct
Edo - BT1
Spanish
  Belfast
Much of Edo's menu centres around the wood-fired Bertha oven, roasting meats and fish to smokey perfection; other dishes on the 'European' menu tend toward the Spanish, with tapas, jamon and croquetas, with the odd visit to Italy and British pub classics (many are designed for sharing).
Oct
Vinoteca City - EC2R
British, Modern
  London
This small chain of “appealing” modern wine bars adds another branch. Slated to open this autumn alongside nine other eateries in the new Bloomberg City HQ.
Oct
The Hope - W1T
British, Traditional
  London
This 200-year-old Fitzrovia boozer reopens serving a range of Pieminster pies and guest ales.
Oct
Sep
Wulf & Lamb - SW1X
Vegetarian
  London
A new vegan restaurant in the well-heeled environs of Sloane Square with a former Vanilla Black chef in the kitchen.
Sep
Olle - W1D
Korean
  London
A Korean BBQ joint from restaurateur Charles Seo where diners get to cook the meat at their table. Spread over two floors on the Chinatown side of Shaftesbury Avenue, the restaurant vaunts an upstairs dining room, shared table downstairs and private dining rooms.
Sep
Yamabahçe - W1U
Turkish
  London
Another Turkish pide (flatbread) offering from restaurateur Alan Yau, similar to his Soho venture Babaji Pide which was initially well-rated in our 2016 guide but has since seen its ratings slide a bit.
Sep
The Lampery - EC3N
British, Modern
  London
A new restaurant and cocktail bar within the Apex Hotel City of London serving a 'best of British' seasonal menu, named for famous Seething Lane resident Samuel Pepys and his fondness for Lampery Pye.
Sep
Cottons - SW8
Afro-Caribbean
  London
The fifth outpost of this group of colourful Caribbean restaurant and rum shacks takes up riverside residency in Vauxhall's St George Wharf. Expect the usuals like jerk chicken and curried mutton, but there's a few surprises unique to the Vauxhall menu too: Caribbean pizza anyone? And of course there will be over 300 varieties of rum to choose from.
Sep
Butterscotch Bakery - W12
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
Restaurateur and doyenne of desserts Bea Vo launches a second London home for her Butterscotch Bakery brand in Marylebone. The original opened in the former BBC White City development last year.
Sep
La Fromagerie Bloomsbury - WC1N
International
  London
Highbury's legendary Fromagerie has already spawned a sibling cafe, and now there's to be another, in Bloomsbury, from summer 2017
Sep
MAM - W11
Vietnamese
  London
Colin Tu, owner of Salvation in Noodles, is bringing a Vietnemese BBQ restaurant to London, inspired by the street food stalls found all over Vietnam; expect skewers cooked on a robata grill, pho and the popular fish sauce chicken wings. MAM is pronounced "mum" and means fermentation in Vietnamese.
Sep
Bar + Block - BA1
Steaks & grills
  Bath
The fourth outpost of this small chain of steak and burger joints arrives in Bath. There are already branches in King's Cross, Birmingham and Fareham.
Sep
The Trafalgar Dining Rooms - SW1A
Mediterranean
  London
A new Mediterranean-influenced restaurant and cocktail bar at the Trafalgar St. James Hotel. Alongside classic cocktails there are non-alcoholic 'teatails'.
Sep
Villa Mamas - SW3
Middle Eastern
  London
This London outpost of an already successful venture in the Saar district of Bahrain, hopes to bring a taste of traditional Bahraini cooking to Chelsea. There's an al-fresco dining terrace from which to enjoy their homemade yogurt, flatbreads and mezzeh.
Sep
Rosa's - WC2H
Thai
  London
Seven Dials outpost of this casual Thai chain serving an exclusive Northern Thai menu, bringing diners an authentic flavour of Thailand’s lesser-known dishes, particularly from the mountainous province of Petchabun, the hometown of Rosa’s head chef and co-owner, Saiphin Moore.
Sep
The Watch House - EC4A
British, Modern
  London
An all-day restaurant and cocktail bar a stone's throw from Chancery Lane station, serving a menu of tapas style dishes and daily baked goods. There are also two coffee shop versions south of the river in Bermondsey Street and Tower Bridge.
Sep
Canova Hall - SW9
Italian
  London
From hippest Hackney to bustling Brixton, the Albion & East Group definitely know their audience. After opening Martello Hall in Mare Street serving wood fired pizza and gin distilled on-site in January, a second site arrives in Brixton in September.
Sep
Gilly's Fry Bar - N4
Fish & chips
  London
The Great British fish n chip shop via a Japanese tempura bar, that's the concept at this Finsbury Park chippy that opened in September 2017. Punters will find battered soft shell crab, aubergine and shiitake mushrooms alongside their old faves, plus donburi rice bowls and even a cocktail menu.
Sep
Peers’ Dining Room - SW1A
British, Traditional
  London
Open for just a few weeks each year during the House of Lords recess, this dining room at the Palace of Westminster serves a seasonal set 3-course menu to members of the public from 18 September-6 October.
Sep
M Bar & Grill Twickenham - TW1
Steaks & grills
  London
Following a £1.8million crowdfunding campaign, the M Restaurants brand was rolled out into the 'burbs in July 2017. The Twickenham branch is more casual than its City siblings but offers a similar menu (steak) and a range of wines on tap.
Sep
Ella Canta - W1
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Martha Oritz, of Mexico City's Dulce Patria, opens her first London venture alongside Theo Randall as The Intercontinental Park Lane's second restaurant. The new dining room, designed by David Collins Studio, serves the chef's take on Mexican cuisine.
Sep
Voodoo Ray's - SE15
Pizza
  London
London’s NYC-inspired pizza-by-the-slice people launch their fourth restaurant in Peckham. Unlike its Shoreditch, Dalston and Camden sites, the Peckham branch offers weekend brunch and cocktails.
Sep
Japan Centre Food Hall - SW1Y
Japanese
  London
A new flagship Japan Store, with an authentic Japanese food hall, complete with 100-seater courtyard, is planned for September, not far from the Piccadilly original.
Sep
Hoppers - W1U
Indian, Southern
  London
The Sethi siblings' (Gymkhana, Trishna) Sri Lankan street food shack, which stormed into Soho with the “incredible” and “punchy flavours” in 2015, adds a sister restaurant in Marylebone. Good news for fans who don't want to wait outside the no bookings Soho original, the press release says there will be a reservation line for the new site!
Sep
Ceremony - NW5
Vegetarian
  London
Describing itself as a modern British restaurant that 'happens to be vegetarian', this Tufnell Park newcomer promises interesting veggie dishes and a creative list of cocktails.
Sep
Wringer & Mangle Spitalfields - E1
British, Modern
  London
Sister bar and restaurant to the original Hackney hangout, which opened two years ago in London Fields in a disused former laundry. The new project, a stone's throw from Spitalfields Market, is spread over two floors offering dining upstairs, a lunchtime deli counter and cocktails in the bar downstairs. Fans of the original can expect to find their popular, £15 bottomless brunch on the menu.
Sep
Ichi Buns - W1D
Japanese
  London
This playfully named Soho spot (from Nobu and Busaba Eathai founder Robin Leigh) will serve up ramen, Japanese spring rolls and Wagyu beef burgers.
Sep
Waka - EC3M
Japanese
  London
A grab and go-style Nikkei restaurant in the shadow of the Walkie Talkie (perfect for all those busy City bees) offering a fusion of Peruvian and Japanese cuisine.
Sep
Cub - N1
British, Modern
  London
Ryan Chetiyawardana is opening his first restaurant, in the former Shoreditch home of White Lyan, along with chef Doug McMaster of Brighton zero-waste restaurant Silo. The pair recently launched a cocktail bar at Silo together.
Sep
Santo Remedio - SE1
Mexican/TexMex
  London
Husband and wife team Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes are back with their trendy Mexican street food spot following a successful Kickstarter campaign. The new restaurant in Bermondsey's Tooley Street features a standalone tequila and mezcal bar, a new charcoal grill and Mexican wine. There will even be reservations! Santo Remedio's original (queue-tastic) Shoreditch site closed in August last year.
Sep
Farm Girl - W1
Australian
  London
Notting Hill's holistic and healthy café branches out with a new site at Sweaty Betty's European flagship store in Soho's Carnaby Street. A third branch is planned for West London later in 2017.
Sep
Serge et Le Phoque - W1T
French
  London
Charles Pelletier and Frédéric Peneau's upmarket yet progressive French cooking has already attracted the attention of the tyre men at their Hong Kong original, now they have imported their venture to Fitzrovia's new Mandrake hotel. Expect tasting menus with a 'savoir faire' philosophy (groan) and a tip top wine list curated by former Clove Club sommelier Bert Blaize.
Sep
Host Coffee - WC2E
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
What started as an Old Street pop-up has landed in 'hot right now' Henrietta Street alongside newcomer The Oystermen and Ollie Dabbous's Henrietta. As the name suggests, it's a coffee place, serving up brews from Alchemy Coffee Roasters, with bread and pastries from Flourish Bakery in Watford.
Sep
Essence Cuisine - EC2A
Vegetarian
  London
A fully plant-based menu is the draw at this new Shoreditch restaurant from music festival entrepreneur Bart Roman. The menu is 100% meat, dairy, gluten, and refined sugar free and has been developed with US chef Matthew Kenney.
Sep
Bateman & Co - CR0
British, Traditional
  London
Inspired by Jack Bateman's wartime Croydon canteen (founded in 1941 it fed factory workers during WWII), this modern reimagining serves classics like Bubble & Squeak and pie and mash from Croydon's trendy Boxpark development.
Sep
Duke of Clarence - SW5
British, Modern
  London
This heart-of-Kensington gastropub reopened in September 2017 after an extensive renovation with a new bar, refurbished dining room and a focus on small plates.
Sep
The Fat Pony - EH3
British, Modern
  Edinburgh
A sibling for Edinburgh institution The Dogs, this David Ramsden-owned wine (vermouth, sherry, port, and cocktails) bar serves up 'small plates' food, and is open from 4pm daily.
Sep
Frog by Adam Handling - WC2E
British, Modern
  London
MasterChef finalist and Bright Young Thing Adam Handling is set to roll out his Frog brand after just six months in E1; the new restaurant will be in Covent Garden and is sure to open in summer 2017. It will open all day from breakfast and will have an (almost mandatory these days) open-plan kitchen, large private dining room and a speakeasy-style basement bar with its own entrance.
Sep
The Ivy Marlow Garden - SL7
British, Traditional
  Marlow
The Ivy brand expansion reaches Edinburgh; in the group's first Scottish venture, Eric Garnier (former co-owner London's Racine) will oversee the New Town restaurant, which will open all day and boasts a mezzanine terrace and bar as well as 130-cover dining area.
Sep
The Ivy on the Square - EH2
British, Traditional
  Edinburgh
The Ivy brand expansion reaches Edinburgh; in the group's first Scottish venture, Eric Garnier (former co-owner London's Racine) will oversee front of house at the New Town restaurant, which will open all day and boasts a mezzanine terrace and bar as well as 130-cover dining area.
Sep
Spike & Earl - SE5
British, Modern
  London
The team behind Old Spike Roastery have launched an all-day-till-late venture in Peckham's old Town Hall. Working with London's small food and drink suppliers and social enterprises, the team also supports people out of homelessness, is commited to reducing food waste and provides workspace and community rooms - as well as great coffee.
Aug
Jacob the Angel - WC2H
British, Modern
  London
Zoë and Layo Paskin (the siblings behind The Palomar and The Barbary) are opening a tiny English coffee house in Seven Dials; just 10 covers, the place will serve breakfast, lunch and tea every day, with takeaway options.
Aug
Pickled Fred - E1
Pan-Asian
  London
Asian-inspired dishes and cocktails are on offer at this new Shoreditch spot off Brick Lane. As the name suggests, pickles and ferments will feature strongly on both the food and the cocktail menus.
Aug
Flavour Bastard - W1D
International
  London
Yes, you read that right – this restaurant really is called Flavour Bastard. So what's in a name? Well, it seems that chef-patron Pratap Chahal is keen to use a fusion of flavours – gleaned from his time at Claridge’s, Chez Bruce, Cinnamon Club and Galvin Bistrot – to create an international menu with 'no attempt at authenticity'. Taking over the former site of Arbutus in Soho.

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