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Mar
Laboratorio Pizza - W1W
Pizza
  London
A second branch for Naples-born Ivan Simeoli's pizzeria opened in March 2020; the original opened in Brick Lane two years ago.
Harrods Brasserie - SW1X
International
  London
The Lower Ground Floor at Harrods has been transformed into a new all-day, family-friendly brasserie, serving "joy-giving comfort food from around the world".
The Clarence Tavern - N16
  London
Great news for Stoke Newington: the Anchor & Hope team have taken over this Grade II listed boozer (once known as The Daniel Defoe but now reverting back to the older name that's literally written in stone on the walls), complete with "seedy" basement wine bar. Chef Harry Kaufman (formerly of Great Queen Street, RIP) will be at the stoves, so we fully expect this place to be as popular as its siblings.
Rosa - BL5
Italian
  Bolton
Opened by two local lads, Rosa aims to be the 'high-end' Italian that they were always searching the area for. It's housed in a former police station.
Mo Diner - W1
Moroccan
  London
Originally known as Mô in planning, Mo Diner is a casual, all-day sibling to Momo; the PR invites you to "kick back, relax and sip the spirit of the Mediterranean". The interior is classic 'American diner' style, with Moroccan touches.
NASI Economy Rice - N7
Malaysian
  London
New from Sambal Shiok's Mandy Yin (and handily just next door), a takeaway aiming to do for rice what Sambal Shiok did for laksa, selling rice (or salad) dishes with flavours from Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes.
Sambal Shiok - N7
Malaysian
  London
New from Sambal Shiok's owner Mandy Yin (and handily just next door), doing for rice what she's already done for laksa. Rice dishes with flavours from Malaysian, Chinese and Indian dishes are available to takeaway.
Gibney's London - EC1Y
Irish
  London
Opening in the basement below Richard Corrigan's Daffodil Mulligan is a branch of popular Irish pub Gibney's of Malahide; the bar snack menu has been developed by Mr Corrigan himself.
Fallow at 10 Heddon Street - W1B
International
  London
Club Mexicana Taqueria - WC2H
Vegan
  London
After a series of successful pop-ups, the vegan Mexican restaurant has found a permanent home in Seven Dials Market; also at Dinerama in Shoreditch and The Spread Eagle in Hackney.
Wildflower - NW1
Irish
  London
Irish chef Adrian Martin is opening his first London restaurant in March 2020; Wildflower will focus on seasonality, foraged food, and Irish traditions and will be housed in a shipping container in Camden’s new eco market on Buck Street.
Bobo Social - SE17
Burgers, etc
  London
Former Charlotte Street fixture Bobo Social has found a new home in Southwark, and will be serving up burgers and cocktails in Elephant Park from March 2020.
Sushi on Jones - N1C
Japanese
  London
An NYC sushi restaurant famous for delivering a 12-course lunch in 30 minutes; inside Goods Way which opened in March 2020.
Bar El Rincon - N1
Spanish
  London
New from the Camino group, a new Spanish bar with wines on tap and tapas dishes to feast on.
Goods Way - N1C
  London
In March 2020, the team behind Flat Iron Yard in Borough opened a new (yet old-style) street food hall, bar and live music venue. Stallholders include familiar faces (Breddos Tacos, Temple of Seitan and Duck Truck) and some new ones including New York's hugely respected Sushi On Jones (see also) and Pomelo (see also) from the Lupins team.
Eggslut - W1T
British, Modern
  London
Taking over the space that recently housed Big Fernand and Kalifornia Kitchen (both RIP) is the second branch of the LA-based eggy chain.
Doner Haus - M4
German
  Manchester
"Authentic Berlin kebabs" in Manchester's Corn Exchange, sibling to the Glasgow original.
Satay Street Cafe - E1
Thai
  London
The Satay Street team have secured a permanent home after experience with pop-ups and street food stalls all over London.
Pulperia - B1
Argentinian
  Birmingham
A new Argentinian asado concept from chef Aktar Islam; a second branch is also planned for Edgbaston in September 2020.
Wulf & Lamb - W1U
Vegan
  London
A second branch for the plant-based chain.
Tavernaki - W11
Greek
  London
Greek restaurant (plus Mykonos Bar downstairs) from chef Harris Mavropoulos.
CORD - EC4Y
British, Modern
  London
Celebrating 125 years of Le Cordon Bleu Institute, a 90-cover restaurant and 30-cover cafe opened in the City in March 2020; the culinary institute will also be offering courses and training on-site.
McLaren's on the Corner - EH10
British, Modern
  Edinburgh
Housed in a former Bank of Scotland building, McLaren's has three floors: the all-day, family-and dog-friendly ground floor Bar, the first-floor, elegant Parlour & Tellers’ Room (steaks and fish, open only for D Wed-Fri, L&D Sat) and a cosy loft, from where punters can ring down for drinks.
Eggslut - W11
British, Modern
  London
Taking over the space that recently housed Big Fernand and Kalifornia Kitchen (both RIP) is the second branch of LA's eggy chain with the 'unusual' name.
Tavla - EC2A
Turkish
  London
Tavla, which means 'backgammon' in Turkish, opened in March 2020 inside Shoreditch's Hart hotel. It's a glamorous cocktail bar serving Turkish coffees, pastries and snacks (flatbreads, etc).
Feb
Zia Lucia Aldgate - E1
Pizza
  London
A third branch for the North London pizzeria mini-chain, on the edge of the City; there's also an outlet at Boxpark Wembley.
Rudys - LS3
Pizza
  Leeds
The Leeds branch opened at the end of February 2020.
Nick's on Henderson Street - FK9
Scottish
  Bridge of Allan
Celebrity chef Nick Nairn has taken over the Jam Jar restaurant up the road from his house and is back behind the stoves alongside head chef Leon McIntrye (who has joined from Edinburgh restaurant Baba) at his new all-day, family-friendly, bistro / cafe.
Good Neighbour - SW17
British, Modern
  London
A sibling for the Camberwell restaurant.
Rosa's Thai Cafe - M3
Thai
  Manchester
A Manchester branch for the London-based chain.
The Elephant's Head - E5
Pizza
  London
A 'pizza pub' on the former pub site of The Elephant's Head, with pizzas from Santa Maria, DJs and music.
A Slice of Blue - E5
Pizza
  London
A 'pizza pub' on the former site of The Elephant's Head, serving pizza from Santa Maria and beats from DJs.
The Curlew - TN32
British, Modern
  Bodiam
The Patate - NW5
Burgers, etc
  London
Opened in February 2020 (on the site that was previously Beef & Brew, RIP) the French burger guys who you might know from Camden Markets and KERB locations around London.
Victorian House Hotel - LA22
British, Modern
  Grasmere
Formerly known as Oak Bank Hotel, this Victorian Lake District hotel has been relaunched, with dog-friendly rooms, a shepherd's hut and a restaurant, The Garden Room, that serves breakfast, coffee and cakes, Cumbrian tapas and evening meals; sibling to the Georgian House Hotel in Pimlico.
Thomas by Tom Simmons - CF11
British, Modern
  Cardiff
Pembrokeshire native Tom Simmons has added another string to his bow; as well as his restaurant at London's One Tower Bridge, he and his partner Lois have opened this site in Cardiff, serving British and French cuisine "with a Welsh twist".
Hannah - SE1
Japanese
  London
Japanese chef Daisuke Shimoyama, who spent six years at UMU in Mayfair, has opened his own restaurant, in County Hall; bento boxes are available at lunch, with fine dining and omakase tasting menus in the evenings.
Tiffany Blue Box Café - SW1X
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
How has it taken so long? Okay, so the NYC branch has been open for a bit longer, but from Valentine's Day 2020 it's possible to have (drum roll) breakfast at Tiffany's. More specifically, at this new cafe within Harrods, decked out in Tiffany blue and offering all the glitz a wannabe Holly Golightly could want. Afternoon tea a speciality.
Kysty - LA22
British, Modern
  Ambleside
The sister restaurant to The Old Stamp House reopened in February 2020 with a new look, new "casual dining" menu and new chef, Dan Hopkins, formerly sous chef at the Old Stamp House.
Chuku's - N15
West African
  London
After a series of pop-ups, most recently at the Roundhouse, brother and sister team Emeka and Ifeyinwa Frederick opened a permanent Chuku’s in Seven Sister in February 2020, serving up their modern Nigerian tapas, now with drinks and their own brand of "chop-chat-chill".
Megan's at the Sorting Office - N1
British, Modern
  London
North London dog lovers will be thrilled to hear that Megan's, the South London dog-friendly restaurant chain famous for its bottomless brunches, has opened in the new Islington Square development, just off Upper Street.
Padella Shoreditch - EC2A
Italian
  London
As famous for the queues as well as the pasta, Borough Market's Padella opened a second branch in February 2020.
Peachy Goat - SE24
Vegan
  London
New plant-based bistro for Herne Hill from brothers Oliver and Luca who used to run the Bean & Bowl stall in Herne Hill Market.
East West - NW5
Pizza
  London
Italian pizzas with Indian spices.
Lost Society - SW15
British, Modern
  London
Formerly Lost & Co; refurbished and relaunched as Lost Society in early 2020.
Hoppers - NIC
Indian
  London
A third branch of Hoppers opened in February 2020; the menu is much the same as the first two, but takes culinary inspiration from the coastal journey from Colombo, the island’s capital, to the historical Dutch town of Galle.
Caffè Rojano - PL28
Italian
  Padstow
Still owned by the Ainsworths, the former Rojano's in the Square site has been relaunched as an NYC-style Italian cafe.
Figo - E20
Italian
  London
An all-day Italian restaurant and cafe in the heart of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Village.
Gron Kafé - YO1
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  York
Sibling to the Leeds original, a Scandi-inspired healthy, 'clean' and sustainable restaurant (Grön means 'green' in Swedish) from MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Matt Healy. Many of the dishes are vegan, some have fish, but all are meat-free.
Dominique Ansel Treehouse - WC2E
French
  London
Dominique Ansel, famous for inventing the cronut, has opened a bistro (with bakery) in Covent Garden. No cronuts here, just lots of pastry and bread; the name comes from the rope treehouse that dominates the two-storey site.
Wing Shack - EC1R
Chicken
  London
The Loughton-based chicken specialists have opened a pop-up in Clerkenwell.
Mei Mei - SE1
Pan-Asian
  London
Elizabeth Haigh (of Pidgin and Kaizen House) has opened her Singaporean cafe in Borough Market's new kitchen showcase. Authentic Hainanese chicken rice is a feature.
The Fat Pheasant - EH52
British, Modern
  Newton
Recently reopened as a gastropub by local entrepreneur Karina Bowlby, to prevent its closure.
London Stock - SW18
British, Modern
  London
Modern British cuisine with an Asian twist; the first restaurant from Assem Abdel Hady and Andres Bernal. The kitchen team have a strong background, which includes Umu, Dinner by Heston, Nobu, Pollen Street, and Hind’s Head.
Oklava Bakery + Wine - W1T
Turkish
  London
A wine bar and Turkish bakery from Selin Kiazim and Laura Christie on the former site of their restaurant Kyseri. Note: they are cashless.
Happy - W1D
British, Modern
  London
A restaurant with an incredible back story: 25 years ago, on this very site, a father and son ate a meal in TGI Friday's, and were so inspired by the experience that they began opening restaurants in Europe, and are now back in London to open a branch of their chain. The ‘Happy Broken Burger’ and ethically sourced roast chicken are two of their signature dishes, thanks to the Josper grill.
Jan
Sarap - SW9
Filipino
  London
After a number of successful residencies, Sarap has found itself a standalone restaurant in Brixton - by winning six months there in a Brixton Kitchen competition! Expect sharing plates based around their take on the Cebu lechon (a herb-stuffed, rolled roasted pork belly dish).
The Drumming Snipe - GU22
British, Modern
  Mayford
The second opening from Brucan Pubs, owned by ex-ETM Ops Director James Lyon-Shaw and ex-Ivy Head Chef Jamie Dobbin. The Drumming Snipe, formerly known as The Mayford Arms can be found between Guildford and Woking.
L'Antica Pizzeria da Michele - W1D
Pizza
  London
Taking over the former Soho site of Patisserie Valerie is the second branch of the popular pizzeria.
Bar Douro City - EC2M
Portuguese
  City of London
The popular London Bridge Portuguese launched a City spin-off, in Broadgate, in early 2020.
Townsend @ Whitechapel Gallery - E1
  London
The latest in a series of impressive residencies at grade-II listed Whitechapel Gallery sees Nick Gilkinson (ex-Anglo and the Lambeth's Garden Museum café) and Joe Fox (ex-head chef at Petersham Nurseries) planning "a modern British dining room"; the name references the gallery's architect, Charles Harrison Townsend.
Patri Ealing - W5
Indian
  London
A third branch for the home-style Indian mini-chain opened in January 2020; the mock train setting adds a quirky touch.
Black Bear Burger - SW9
Burgers, etc
  London
Boxpark Shoreditch's Black Bear (also in Giant Robot in Canary Wharf) has opened a permanent site in Brixton.
Boom Bap Burger - E2
Burgers, etc
  London
Burgers with a side of hip-hop, soul and funk - also in Tooting Market.
Halo Burger - EC2A
Burgers, etc
  London
Plant-based burgers from the team with a site in Pop Brixton.
The Connaught Grill - W1K
British, Modern
  London
The famous Grill, which ran from 1955-2000, has been re-opened by Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Mozzasando - SW3
Italian
  London
Alan Yau and mozzarella specialist Obica have partnered up to open this temple to the katsu sando in Kensington. Inspired by the veal Milanese, the cutlet will be veal or chicken, and the espresso martinis will be on tap when it opens in January 2020.
Firebrand - EC1R
Pizza
  London
A sister site for the Marylebone pizzeria, with an outside terrace and an adjacent all-day coffee shop and deli, Diggs.
Tamarind Tiger - W1U
Indian
  London
A fast-food takeaway Indian - the second London restaurant from the Kapur family, who opened Copper Chimney in Westfield London in 2019.
The Water House Project - E15
British, Modern
  London
After four years of running a supper club, ex-Galvin La Chapelle chef Gabriel Waterhouse has opened his own restaurant. The format will be similar, with two sharing tables, and only one option: a 9-course tasting menu (with paired wines optional).
Showaken Tokyo Shitamachi Ramen - SW1Y
Japanese
  London
A new ramen bar in the Piccadilly Japan Centre, serving up "a tasty nostalgia tour back in time to the Showa era of Tokyo".
Big Fernand - SW7
Burgers, etc
  London
The famous Parisian ‘hamburgé’ brand with over 55 branches in France and the Middle East has quietly opened a London site, serving nine flavours of burger and frites. The brand aims to combine "finest quality French cheeses with sustainably sourced British meats".
Pomo - EH3
Pizza
  Edinburgh
From the owners of La Casa Tapas and Mia Italian.
Craft English Garden - B1
British, Traditional
  Birmingham
This nostalgic British restaurant opened alongside Craft Dining Rooms at The ICC; a collaboration with Aktar Islam of Opheem. Private 'dining pods' are available.
Fink's Gillespie - N5
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
A coffee shop from the team behind Fink's Salt & Sweet, serving "a short but top notch breakfast and lunch menu".
Muse - SW1X
British, Modern
  London
Opened in early 2020, this new venture from Tom Aikens features a seasonal tasting menu; each floor of the two-floor restaurant on Groom Place will have an open kitchen.
Ampéli - W1T
Greek
  London
This restaurant, which bravely opened in early January 2020, is influenced by the modern wine-focused restaurants of Athens, and will feature dishes inspired by Greek and Eastern Mediterranean cultures.
Baraka - EC2M
Turkish
  London
A new all-day Turkish restaurant (with outside seating) for the City, serving all-day authentic Anatolian cuisine and open-flame Mangal cooking.
Àclèaf at Boringdon Hall - PL7
British, Modern
  Plympton
Colette - SW10
French
  London
A traiteur and deli in Chelsea from Chris Hill, who most recently worked for John Williams at The Ritz.
Apple Butter Cafe - WC2H
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
A Middle-Eastern inspired cafe in Seven Dials.
Brindisa Kitchen - SE1
Spanish
  London
Brindisa, already a long-term fixture of Borough Market, has launched a new restaurant in the newest part of the foodie market; Brindisa Kitchen's food will be sourced from farms dotted along a Spanish pilgrimage route (and Roman trade route), La Ruta de la Plata. There's a marble counter, open kitchen and seafood bar.
Raj of Islington - N7
Indian
  London
From the team behind Raj of Kensington.
28 Market Place - TA11
  Somerton
Open since early 2020, a new West Country restaurant from ex-Soho House director Ben Crofton, with Great British Menu finalist Dan Fletcher as head chef; Fletcher previously worked at London’s Sky Garden, The Kitchen in Edinburgh and under Tommy Banks at the Black Swan, Oldstead.
Tila - SE8
British, Modern
  London
After leaving The Royal Oak in Marylebone in 2019 (in a high-profile case involving accusations of sexual misconduct), Dan Doherty has quietly opened this spot in Deptford. Tila is open all day (with some evenings), serving "breakfast, lunch, dinner and epic Sunday roasts".
Cafe Murano - SE1
Italian
  London
A fourth branch of the Murano chain.
Madera - W1B
Mexican/TexMex
  London
The little sister to Los Angeles-based Toca Madera; Mexican food and cocktails served across breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch.
Crown & Anchor Inn - SN8
  Ham
The building has been around since 1840, but there's a new team in place at this dog-friendly Wiltshire village pub, which has undergone an extensive, three-year refurbishment. In the kitchen is Phil Bayliss, former head chef at The River Cottage, food and beers are sourced locally, and there are five rooms should you wish to make your stay longer.
Dec
Mio Yatai - E2
Japanese
  London
Japanese street food restaurant; opened December 2019.
Amazonico - W1J
International
  London
Spanish celeb-haunt Amazonico (famous for its lushly forested interior - think Rainforest Cafe without the animals or kids) has now opened in the former Allied Irish Bank building in Berkeley Square.
Volta do Mar - WC2E
Portuguese
  London
Opened in November 2019, from the founder of Salt Yard, Simon Mullins and his Portuguese-born wife Isabel Almeida Da Silva; a restaurant "celebrating the diversity of Portuguese cuisine" and its global influences, from South America to Africa and Asia.
Casa do Frango - EC2A
Portuguese
  London
Borough's Portuguese chicken restaurant has opened a second branch in Shoreditch.
Barbie Green - EC2Y
Australian
  London
A City outpost, tucked into a garden by the Barbican and the Museum of London, for the Aussie-inspired Daisy Green Collection; at weekends, this branch also serves the "famous all-day brunch/ bottomless brunch".
Davies and Brook, Claridge's Hotel - W1K
British, Modern
  London
NYC restaurateur Daniel Humm has finally opened his restaurant at Claridge's, replacing Fera, which closed at the end of 2018 (RIP). The restaurant is named, NYC-style, after the two streets that Claridge's sits on.
The Yard, Great Scotland Yard Hotel - SW1A
British, Modern
  London
Restaurateur Robin Gill (The Dairy) is overseeing this signature restaurant at the new luxury hotel in the former Met Police buildings at Great Scotland Yard, operated by Hyatt’s ‘Unbound Collection’. See also The Parlour.
The Hyde - W2
British, Modern
  London
A 12-seat restaurant, with cooking from executive chef Christos Siomodis, who has worked for the Galvins and at Skylon and The George Club.
Bottles - SW3
Italian
  London
A sister branch for the Spitalfields Italian wine bar.
Yori - WC2B
Korean
  London
Replacing a branch of Jidori (RIP) is the third branch of Korean barbeque mini-chain Yori.
The Melusine - E1W
Fish & seafood
  London
Sustainably caught seafood from around the British Isles.
The Greyhound - HP9
British, Modern
  Beaconsfield
This 18th century pub has been taken over and refurbished by Daniel Crump and Margriet Vandezande-Crump who have worked together fine-dining restaurants including Petrus, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, Trinity, and also The Oxford Blue in Old Windsor.
Bread Ahead - HA9
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
The doughnut specialists have opened a 220-seat, all-day restaurant, bakery and school in a purpose-built building in Wembley.
The Laundry - SW9
Australian
  London
Opened in late 2019, at Walton Lodge in Brixton, an all-day neighbourhood café, restaurant and wine shop from Melanie Brown, who launched The New Zealand Cellar and Australian Cellar.
Bancone - W1F
Italian
  London
A second branch for Bancone, in Golden Square.
Barboun - EC2A
Turkish
  London
The name means red mullet in Turkish; this 100-seat restaurant (from the team and chef Hus Vedat behind Yosma and Hovarda) has a menu inspired by the flavours of Levantine coastal towns, where food is cooked over open flames.
Old Chang Kee - W1T
Pan-Asian
  London
A sibling branch for the Covent Garden purveyor of Singaporean curry puffs - the company sells over 1.5 million a month worldwide.
400 Rabbits at The Lido - SE24
British, Modern
  London
South London pizza flingers 400 Rabbits have taken over the food offering at Brockwell Lido's famous Art Deco cafe.
Glass House Brick Lane - E2
Sandwiches, cakes, etc
  London
From the team behind Wun's Tea Room and Pleasant Lady, a coffee shop, bar and workspace on Brick Lane.
The Real Greek - SE1
Greek
  London
Kindling - BN1
British, Modern
  Brighton
Opened just before Christmas 2019, a sustainable, seasonal, local, ethical restaurant cooking everything over open fire; from the Food for Friends team with chefs Holly Taylor and Toby Geneen.
Other Side Fried - SW9
Chicken
  London
The first permanent site (in the Atlantic Road arches) for the team who also deliver their dirty chicken burgers in Pop Brixton, KERB Camden and Peckham Levels.
Prairie Fire - W12
BBQ
  London
Trading since 2013, this is the first permanent site for Kansas-born chef and "Pit Master" Michael Gratz; located next to Westfield, head right across from John Lewis for proper Kansas smoked brisket.

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