New London Bar And Restaurant Openings – Updated Monthly!

Each month there are tonnes of new restaurant openings in and around London, and just as many lists to tell us about them all. To make it easier we cut through all the noise to bring you what we think are the most interesting, and most anticipated restaurant openings, soft launches and cocktail bar openings happening in London right now.

London Restaurant Openings February 2020


Padella’s hand-rolled, sauced up pasta dishes have been drawing long queues of cheap-pasta-hunters for a few years now. The queue often bends around into the side entrance to Borough Market such is the draw of their decadent cacio e pepe. 

Now a second site is to open in mid-February on Phipp Street in Shoreditch, rumoured to be twice as large as the original, but catering for roughly the same number of covers. 

Opening 13th February, 2020.

1 Phipp Street, EC2A 4PS

Big Fernand

The French have really dived into burgers over the last 10 years with chains and boutique burger-joints popping up all over the country from little Alpine towns like Annecy to Paris and Bordeaux — and Big Fernand is one the country’s best. 

Expect burgers created with exceptionally good quality beef, French cheeses such as Tomme de Savoie and beautiful Reblochon, potatoes, and sun-dried tomatoes. There’s gooey fries dripping with Raclette and a full continental breakfast menu too. 

37 Thurloe Place, South Kensington SW7 2HP


The Soho iteration of Hoppers serves some of the best Sri Lankan /South Indian street food in London — and the new King’s Cross location promises the same delicious menu of grills, sambals, Hoppers and cocktails.

Opening 11 February, 2020

Unit 3, 4 Pancras Square, King’s Cross N1C 4AG

London Restaurant Openings January 2020

Ampélie Fitzrovia

Ex-Nopi chef Oren Goldfeld along with founder Jenny Pagoni, are set to bring a taste of the Greek islands and the Eastern Med to a lavish art-filled 3-floor venue in Fitzrovia this January.

Expect dishes like feta saganaki with tomato jam; smoked cod’s roe with lavash crisps; herb and sheep’s cheese manti; braised cuttlefish with orzo and red pepper; Jerusalem-spiced pan-fried lamb sweetbreads with almond sauce; short rib stew with quince; poppy seed loukoumades; and chocolate mahlab mousse.

The wine list looks set to be sourced entirely from Greece, and native spirits like ouzo, raki, mastica and tsipouro, will be featuring strongly on the drinks menu. 

The soft launch is running between the 10th – 14th January with 50% off the food bill.

18 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2LZ

The Cheese Room at Le Pont de la Tour, London Bridge

Celebrating with cheese is always a good idea, and this new albeit temporary venture from Le Pont de la Tour promises just that, with an alpine hut pop-up on the restaurant’s scenic Thameside terrace. It opens on the 8th of January and is taking reservations for groups of 2-4 for its 3-course fondue set menu through to the 31st of January. All in celebration of the new decade.

36D Shad Thames, London SE1 2YE

Muse by Tom Aikens, Belgravia

Tom Aikens’ cosy new 25-seater restaurant is located in a charming mews house in Belgravia, was due to open in December but will now open on 11 January 2020.

The venture promises a personal and well considered approached where each guest will enjoy a kitchen table experience from either the kitchen counter or table side. And the seasonal menu takes inspiration from the chef’s childhood memories. Signature dishes will spotlight one key ingredient or element per dish,  telling a story through minimal thoughtfully prepared produce. The chic dining space will be split over two floors – each with its own fully open plan theatre kitchen.

38 Groom Place, Belgravia SW1X 7BA

Silo, Hackney Wick

Silo promises to “provide quality through purity” and professes to offer a “pre-industrial food system” using techniques “both modern and ancient”. Dishes such as grilled jigg squid with white kimchi and douglas fir; smoked sand carrots with egg yolk fudge; and dairy cow with buttermilk garum and pineapple sage are the result of a highly considered sustainable food project. The restaurant utilises a zero waste “closed loop” policy which includes an onsite composting machine.

The white building, Queen’s Yard, Hackney Wick London E9 5EN, UK

2019 Archives

New London Restaurant Openings December 2019

Bottles, Chelsea

After a successful launch in Old Spitalfields Market, BOTTLES is venturing to Draycott Avenue in west London on Monday 9 December. BOTTLES Chelsea will focus on micro-producers, natural and fine wines and a relaxed food offering, including Italian staples arancino, black cod and slightly more experiemental offerings like espresso-glazed ribeye steak.

The glass-fronted wine bar will feature a bespoke timber wine wall, while the white and blue tiled dining area is set beneath a skylight with heaps of natural light. 

100 Draycott Avenue, Chelsea SW3 3AD

Eastcheap Records, Billingsgate

The team behind Old Street Records, Northcote Records and Venn St. Records is set to open its fourth live music and cocktail bar — Eastcheap Records — this December. Close to  Monument tube – on the corner of Eastcheap and Lovatt Lane – the bar will feature live music on two stages with 2-4-1 cocktails from two bars, and a menu full of sharing plates featuring black eyed chilli fritters, enoki mushroom tempura and mac and cheese nuggets.. 

Intriguingly, the bar has partnered with numerous London  labelsto sell a collection of over 5,000 vinyl records. 

20 Eastcheap, Billingsgate EC3M 1EB

New London Restaurant Openings November 2019

Cafe Murano, Bermondsey

After the recent launches of the Loyal Tavern and Hakata Ramen Bar, you’d think there would be little room for more new openings and yet we have another new restaurant this month (and there’s more to come this year!) on the Bermondsey end of Bermonsey Street – soon to be culinary capital of South London! This time it’s Angela Hartnett’s Cafe Murano chain taking over what, many moons ago, used to be Zucca… just a few doors along from Flour & Grape. The pasta wars are coming.

The menu will be made up of Cafe Murano’s current signature dishes such as Ossobuco alla Milanese, plus some new Bermondsey exclusives that will be announced closer to opening. Expect classics such as anolini in brodo, Chicken Milanese, Risotto Osso buco Culatello Zibello, made from rare pig breed Nero di Parma, served with Gnocco Fritto, a puffed fried dough Pork cutlet, Agrodolce grapes Tiramisu parfait Pistachio cake…

And alongside Italian wines, there’ll be a cocktail menu — but  let’s hope for a Bermondsey special that isn’t yet another Bermondsey G&T.

Cafe Murano opens on the 28th of November and is now taking booking on their website.

184 Bermondsey Street London SE1 3TQ

Le Comptoir Robuchon

Culinary legend, the late Joël Robuchon held the highest number of concurrent Michelin stars (32) by any chef, ever. Now, a pair of new openings under the Robuchon moniker – Le Comptoir Robuchon and Le Deli, in Mayfair and Piccadilly respectively are set to open this November, showcasing Robuchon classics such as scallops with potato and sage; Iberico pluma with padron peppers and garlic; and the classic 1:1 ratio butter-to-potato pommes purée.

The deli will be a casual all-day café with handpicked products, while Le Comptoir will be a touch more formal, and centred around Robuchon’s take on small plate dining. Jeremy Page – who worked with Robuchon for 13 years at the original L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Paris – will be heading up the kitchen.

Le Comptoir is opening on the 1st November, while Le Deli is set to open on the 25th November

6 Clarges Street, London W1J 8AE (The Deli will have an entrance on Bolton Street).

Seoul Bird

After departing the fantastic JinJuu earlier this year, Judy Joo, the renowned Korean-American chef and former pastry chef at the three-Michelin-starred Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, is set to open her second London restaurant: Seoul Bird, which promises more delicous Korean fried chicken. But this time from Westfield (White City).

Joo closely guards here secret recipe for her Korean Fried Chicken, which includes brining chicken pieces for 24 hours before being double fried for extra crunch, and served with an Asian slaw of red cabbage, daikon, onion and carrot, tossed in a citrus soy dressing — which begs the question: will JinJuu‘s legendary fried chicken still be the same now she’s gone?

Alongside her signature chicken,  there’ll be Joo’s beautiful sounding “Signature Seoul Burger”: a toasted bun with crispy Korean fried chicken, soy and gochujang glaze, and kewpie mayo, red onion, and iceberg lettuce.

Seoul Bird is currently scheduled for a late November opening.

Food Hall, Westfield Shepherd’s Bush, Shepherd’s Bush, London, W12 7GF

The Grill At The Dorchester (relaunch)

Less of an opening and more of a slew of new appointments. The Grill at Dorchester will relaunch on the 12th November when Tom Booton (fresh from Michelin-starred Alyn Williams at The Westbury) will “unveil his own interpretation of a modern-day British grill at The Grill at The Dorchester”.

In an interesting move, Tom has appointed a entire team of under 30’s…. to help the young (Tom is just 26 years old) chef in his efforts to revitalise the restaurant, creating a “more relaxed atmosphere for guests”.

Nothing much is changing inside apart from the new ‘Pudding Bar’, which will see guests seated at a ‘chef’s table’ for their final course, where they can watch the pastry chefs at work.

The Grill at The Dorchester relaunches on the 12th November.

53 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA

New London Restaurant Openings October 2019


Wilder is a bar and restaurant collaboration between former Typing Room chef Richard McLellan and renowned designer and restaurateur, Sir Terence Conran.

Seasonality and sustainability are at the forefront with a range of dishes crafted from ‘simple British ingredients’, with many even sourced from Conran’s own countryside estate. The sample menu includes things like fresh scallops with green plums and broth, hake served with cockles, gutweed and cavelo nero, and pork jowl with celeriac and mead… and their instagram page is currently filled with fresh seasonal ingredients, surpring amounts of butchery and some beautiful looking dishes like this one.

In keeping with the sustainable theme, Alan Sherwood of Crouch End’s Little Mercies has put together cocktails with a wild edge…. including the Foraged Sour, Fig Americano and Champagne Rhubarb Gimlet.

Opens October 16th.

2-4, Boundary Street, E2 7DD


The Bermondsey and London Bridge area continues to blossom into one of London’s best foodie hotspots with openings on an almost monthly basis.. and this one promises to be special. Chef Jonny Lake and master sommelier Isa Bal previously worked at Heston Blumenthal’s legendary three-Michelin-starred Fat Duck and this will be  their first restaurant in London. They describe it as:

“An informal, high-quality dining restaurant utilising the finest ingredients and wines..” 

Opening at the Snowsfields Yard development at London Bridge, on 29 October, Trivit will take the site formerly occupied by Londrino. As well as the restaurant there will also be a wine bar (with an impressive 300 bottles including Amerenian and Georgian wines… which we look forward to), serving smaller plates. In the restaurant, expect dishes like Red mullet with pici pasta and artichokes, Chicken with a vinegar sauce, mashed potato, glazed turnips, and trompette mushroom, and baked potato mille-feuille, with sake and white chocolate mousse.

 36 Snowsfields, Bermondsey, London SE1 3SU


Gabriel and Jose-Luis Gonzalez of former michelin-starred Peruvian restaurant LIMA are set to bring their take on Venezuelan cuisine to Westfield London’s new balcony court. Sabroso will serve classic Venezuelan arepas alongside “ceviche bowls” in a laidback setting.

There’s a soft launch offering 50% off between the 24th, October and the 31st, October.

The Balcony, Westfield Shopping Centre London, W12 7GE

New London Restaurant Openings September 2019

Loyal Tavern

Opens on Monday 16 September with a soft launch offer running from 6-15 September where you can get 50% off your dinner bill. This one’s from R=restaurateur Adam White and Chef Patron Tom Cenci, who was previously Executive Chef at Duck & Waffle.

It opens on the former Village East site and has barely changd a thing inside, with the side bar remaining and most of the interiors just touched up and renewed a little. Loyal Tavern will showcase inventive small plates with local sustainable ingredients.

173 Bermondsey Street SE1 3UW


A 7th floor restaurant offering staggering views of the London skyline, Allegra promises authentic old-school hospitality propped up by modern European cuisine influenced by seasonal produce from their own organic farm.

The Stratford Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 20 International Way

New London Restaurant Openings August 2019


Delayed again! Supposedly set to open in July, BaoiziInn opened for a soft launch, closed, and then opened for another soft launch before closing again for an extended private party or some such. The restaurant is now open for an extended soft launch, presuably to make up for the charade that’s the been their opening thus far.

From July: “The same BaoziInn (Soho) that gave London baskets full of colourful dim sum and dan dan noodles is now coming to Borough with an all new flagship restaurant. They promise to bring a cocktail lounge (which Borough badly needs) with them too, as well as what we hope will be gigantic servings of those beautiful parcels of technicolour dimsum.”

*Update: BaoziInn have rescheduled their soft launch due “technical issues” -and it’s now scheduled for the 7th to the 9th of August with a 30% discount on the bill (walk-in only).

*Update: *New soft launch dates* The BaoziInn soft launch is now scheduled from Thurdays 15th August to Sunday 1st September, with 30% off food only at lunch & dinner. No reservations.

34-36 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TU


From a husband and wife team (Mohammad Paknejad and Marwa Alkhalaf ) who are keen to showcase modern Iranian cuisine in London, and ex Palomar chef Jeremy Borrow in the kitchen, this new Covent Garden restaurant promises to be interesting.

Expect classic Iranian sharing plates with a modern twist, as well as a heavy focus on breads and dips, cocktails and plenty of fermnetation, brining, pickling and the like.

Nutshell will be hosting a soft launch, with 30% off dishes until it opens on the August 12th. 

Take a look at our review of the Nutshell soft launch here

30 St Martin’s Lane, WC2N 4ER

Golden Gai at Angleina

When we visited the very good Angelina for their soft launch, one of the most disspointing points of the night was the promised Golden Gai Shinjuku-like cocktail bar, which was basically a fancy queue for a toilet … But apparently all that’s about to change as they’ve brought in artist and filmmaker Mark James to redesign the bar with a flurry of neon.

Apparently, on entering the bar one will be instantly transported from east London to west Shinjuku with a mix of eclectic Japnese-inspired artworks – and apparently the *no phone* rule still applies. The cocktail list is but palatable – if I remember correctly there was one for every seat (so 6) and a decent list of wines. Though I’m hoping the cocktail list has had an update since launch.

No reservations are available. You can however reserve for the restaurant, so perhaps you’d better see if there’s a seat when you next visit the lav?

56 Dalston Lane, London, E8 3AH


Hailing from the Middle-East, Bafarat is bringing its Arabic coffee concept to Soho. They’ll have a selection of their own coffee and teas, propped up by a decadent selection of pastires from French pastry chef Thomas Alphonsine (previously Callebaut). Expect pistachio éclairs, raspberry tarts, lemon tarts and cheesecakes.

Bafarat will host a soft launch from the 14th till the 21st of August, with 50% off your bill.

Warwick Street, Soho London, W1B 5AW

New London Restaurant Openings July 2019


The same BaoziInn (Soho) that gave London baskets full of colourful dim sum and dan dan noodles is now coming to Borough with an all new flagship restaurant. They promise to bring a cocktail lounge (which Borough badly needs) with them too, as well as what we hope will be gigantic servings of those beautiful parcels of technicolour dimsum.

*Update: BaoziInn have rescheduled their soft launch due “technical issues” -and it’s now scheduled for the 7th to the 9th of August with a 30% discount on the bill (walk-in only).

34-36 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TU

The Standard Hotel London

The newly opening Standard Hotel in King’s Cross will bring 3 new bars and restaurants to the borough in 2019. The most exciting of which is Chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias’ 10th floor restaurant (with 360-degree views) which will showcase live fire cooking that flirts between Mexican and Spanish cuisine. To reach the 10th floor there’s going to be a big red lift that you board from the street and take directly up to the restaurant, though sadly, we’ll need to wait until the end of the summer for this one to launch.

The two other restaurants are opening in July and are both from Adam Rawson. The Double Standard will serve “hearty fare”, draught beer and classic cocktails, while Isla will serve a seasonal menu alongside natural wines, and the promises of a “serene garden” away from the bustle of King’s Cross.

18-20 Rupert Street London W1D 6DF


Soft launching at the end of June (50% off between 27th and 30th)  and then opening for real at the beggining of July, Heritage promises gooey raclette served over everything from charcuterie to heritage tomatoes, and sharing fondues with lobster, sausage or roast potatoes. Heritage also promises a charcoal grill serving Wagyu beef burgers topped with raclette as well as an Absinthe bar and seperate cocktail bar.

18-20 Rupert Street London W1D 6DF


Another wine bar is coming to Borough Market – signalling a good future for foodies around SE1. But this one is from the owners of Michelin-starred Lyle’s in Shoreditch – one of the world’s 50 best restaurants. As you’d expect when competing in Borough Market, all breads and pastries will be made on site and from flour milled at Lyle’s, no less.

1 Bedale Street, SE1 9AL

The Art of Travel by Searcys Summer Pop-Up

The Art of Travel pop up will take residence in St Pancras Station from the 15th of July – 9th September and will transform Europe’s longest Champagne Bar into a “stylish pre-holiday destination”. The bar hopes to pay homage some of the most loves holiday spots, with 12 private booths transformed into a different European city destination. There’ll be a “press for Champagne” button (read about frustration with the “Press for Pisco” button at Flesh & Buns here) and there will be an Art of Travel afternoon tea (£26) featuring distinctly international fare such as French Opera gâteau, Belgian white chocolate mousse, Burford Brown’s egg mayonnaise bun and smoked salmon crumpet, served in a stylish travel suitcase (of course). 

Grand Terrace, Upper Concourse, St Pancras International Station N1C 4QL;

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Nick Nomi

Nick is a writer, photographer and musician, who, after working for years in the fashion and creative industries as an editor and writer, gave up the office life to travel long term and write about it. He started Europe Is Our Playground to showcase unique experiences in Europe through story driven narratives & candid photography. Currently writing in London.

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