Londoners are inundated with restaurant and bar openings. It’s tough, but together we pull through as best we can. As we settle in to 2018, we’ve rounded up the launches that we’re most excited about for the next 12 months. Make it your new year’s resolution to eat in all of them.

Bob Bob Cité, City

When does it open: January

Why we’re excited: Soho’s Bob Bob Ricard is loved by Londoners – and for good reason. Who wouldn’t love somewhere with a press for Champagne button? So we’re very excited by this Cityside opening in the Leadenhall Building – especially as the kitchen will be overseen by top chef Eric Chavot (above), formerly of Brasserie Chavot and The Capital.

Brat, City

When does it open: Spring

Why we’re excited: This restaurant-in-a-restaurant is the brainchild of ex-Kitty Fisher’s head chef Tomos Parry and can be found above Smoking Goat Shoreditch. Brat will serve a Basque-inspired menu, with almost all dishes under £25. Expect sea trout cooked over cedar wood with Jersey cream, washed down with sherries and Spanish wine.     

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Brigadiers, City

When does it open: Spring

Why we’re excited: The new Bloomberg Arcade is already home to several big names, but this newbie from JKS restaurants (who are behind London favourites Gymkhana and Trishna) is one of the most exciting. The restaurant will serve up classic Indian barbecue cuisine in a setting inspired by an Indian Army mess tavern.

Cornerstone, Hackney

When does it open: Spring

Why we’re excited: This debut comes from Tom Brown, who recently left his post as head chef at Outlaws at The Capital, with Nathan Outlaw’s blessing: “Tom is something special,” he said. With Brown’s history of fish-heavy restaurants, including Rick Stein’s Seafood Bar, we wouldn’t be surprised to see at least a few seafood dishes on the menu.

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Din Tai Fung, Centre Point

When does it open: Summer

Why we’re excited: If you trace Taiwanese restaurant royalty Din Tai Fung back to its roots, you’ll find it was doing the one-item menu trick decades before London caught on. With branches across Asia, Australia, the US and Dubai, it will soon boast a London address at 60s landmark Centre Point. Steamed pork buns and chicken soup will appear alongside those famous dumplings.

Hicce, Soho

When does it open: March

Why we’re excited: Pip Lacey, former head chef at Angela Hartnett’s Murano, has moved on to her first solo venture. Hicce (pronounced ‘ee-che’) will be a wood-fired dining experience, which places emphasis on home-style cooking with curing, smoking and pickling all conducted in-house. British cuisine combined with Nordic and Japanese influences should keep things nice and healthy.

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Madame Wong, City

When does it open: Spring

Why we’re excited: Andrew Wong (of A.Wong) is another big name opening in the Bloomberg Arcade. Rumoured to be called Madame Wong, the new restaurant will offer all-day dining based on interpretations of classic Chinese dishes in a restaurant that will be much larger than A. Wong.

Market Market, South Bank

When does it open: Spring

Why we’re excited: The rapid expansion of the Gunpowder restaurant group continues apace with this fourth site at the One Tower Bridge development. The Calcutta-inspired restaurant will feature a bakery area turning out the likes of Goan sausage rolls in the daytime; come evening, the space will convert into the restaurant’s wine bar, dishing out cheese toasties.

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Roganic, Marylebone

When does it open: 9 January

Why we’re excited: Simon Rogan’s Roganic pop up was a hit when it ran for two years in 2011, and now it’s back in Marylebone with this permanent venue. The menu has not yet been revealed, but Rogan is chuffed to be back in the capital, commenting: “We had so much fun the last time Roganic was in London and I’m sure the second time will be no different.”

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Ruya, Mayfair

When does it open: Spring 2018

Why we're excited: It wouldn’t be a push to suggest that Mayfair and Dubai share a similar well-moneyed dining clientele. So it’s no surprise that this Dubai export, inspired by the Anatolian region of Turkey, has chosen Grosvenor Street for its second location. Restaurateur Umut Özkanca is behind the project and the menu will cover Turkey and beyond.

Sabor, Mayfair

When does it open: Late January

Why we’re excited: Ex-Barrafina chef Nieves Barragán Mohacho and former general manager José Etura have teamed up for this independent project off Regent Street. The regional Spanish dishes will include octopus cooked in olive oil and paprika, and roast suckling pig cooked in a wood-fired oven. A separate bar will serve up sherries, txakoli, vermouths, beers and wines.

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Sorella, Clapham

When does it open: January

Why we’re excited: Robin Gill closed his Clapham restaurant The Manor on New Year’s Day to open up this new Italian on the same site. According to Gill, Sorella “hones in on all that I love about the Italian attitude to cooking.” The menu will see snacks of fried olives and truffle arancini, before moving on to the likes of pappardelle with venison ragu.  

For a more extensive list of 2018 openings, take a look at our coming soon list here.