The best new restaurants in London to visit right now

London's best new restaurants, all in one handy list for your perusal...

Updated on • Written By Ellie Donnell

The best new restaurants in London to visit right now

It's a long-established truth that London is home to some of the best restaurants in the world, with the capital’s dining scene growing exponentially over the last decade, and pretty much every cuisine imaginable being accounted for. With so many restaurants to choose from though, heading out to dinner can become somewhat overwhelming. New restaurants open in London every day, but how do you separate the great from the good? Well, we've done the hard yards for you, heading out to every new opening to see what's what, then rounding up all of London's best new restaurants into a handy list. 

If you want to visit the new London restaurant that’s on everybody’s lips, guaranteed to leave you satisfied and right at the centre of the capital’s cultural zeitgeist, this is the only list you’ll ever need. You can expect the most talked-about chefs, the biggest comebacks, white-hot pop-ups-gone-permanent, or just brand-new restaurants that are knocking it out of the park. Scroll this way for London’s hottest new restaurants and be prepared to block out your diary for the foreseeable future. 

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Every one of the London restaurants featured in SquareMeal’s list of the hottest new openings have been tried and tested by our team of critics, so check out the full reviews by clicking through. Each SquareMeal listing features an independent review, as well as reviews from diners who have visited, together with unique special offers such as limited edition menus and discounts. 

Double Dragon, Clerkenwell

What: Scott Hallsworth has a strong background when it comes to Japanese cooking, having worked as head chef at Michelin-starred Nobu for six years before opening Japanese restaurant Kurobuta, which is why it feels like a natural progression for him to open this izakaya-style, pop-up concept in Clerkenwell. It's more casual than his previous ventures, and far better value, but the quality of food is still very much there and we're rather hoping it sticks around for longer than its been billed for. Watch this space, but we're already big fans. 
Where: 84 Rosebery Avenue, Clerkenwell, EC1R 4QY
Opened: February 2022
Book now: Double Dragon

Acme Fire Cult, Dalston

What: Launched by chefs Andrew Clarke and Daniel Watkins after a successful residency in London Fields Courtyard, this live-fire concept in Dalston one-ups a regular BBQ. Housed inside 40FT Brewery, the low-waste menu shuns burgers and hotdogs for vegetables, while utilising preservation techniques such as pickling and fermenting to enhance flavour but also to ensure that as little is wasted as possible. It's certainly one of the best places we've eaten in 2022. 
Where: Abbot Street, Dalston, E8 3DP
Opened: April 2022
Book now: Acme Fire Cult

The Lanesborough Grill, Belgravia

What: The Lanesborough Grill pulled off a canny move in rebranding the flagship restaurant (previously Celeste) and bringing in a star chef in Shay Cooper to get their house back in order. The result is predictably fantastic - big, bold, modern British cooking in an absolute stunner of a dining room, complete with domed glass ceiling, floor-to-ceiling columns and Bridgerton-esque decor.
Where: The Lanesborough, Belgravia, SW1X 7TA
Opened: April, 2022
Book now: The Lanesborough Grill

Caravel, Islington

What: Fin and Lorcan Spiteri’s converted grain barge is now one of London’s loveliest restaurants - where else can you enjoy asparagus with gribiche, a rose negroni and a bowl of jelly, honeycomb and creme diplomat whilst floating on a canal? The brothers’ time around the likes of Quo Vadis, Rochelle Canteen and St John is evident, and the whole experience is utterly charming.
Where: 172 Shepherdess Walk, Islington, N1 7JL
Opened: March 2022
Book now: Caravel

Lisboeta, Fitzrovia

What: Lisboeta looks dinky from the front, but it goes back a hell of a long way - past a long counter, past an open kitchen, up the stairs and then all the way back. Good thing there’s plenty of room - Nuno Mendes’ restaurant reintroduces us all to a country we thought we knew, with dazzling dishes like red prawn rice, Goan pork pies, and a pork fat custard in port caramel dessert that’s an early contender for dish of the year.
Where: 30 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2NG
Opened: March 2022
Book now: Lisboeta

Plaza Khao Gaeng, Tottenham Court Road

What: The latest big opening from JKS Restaurants delivers authentic Thai vibes to the brand new Arcade Food Hall on Tottenham Court Road. Be prepared, that can sometimes result in unyielding heat levels and some rather cheap-and-cheerful decor, but if you want somewhere with a nice buzz and dishes that’ll wake your palate from a modern European slumber, this is the place to go.
Where: 103-105 New Oxford Street, Oxford Street, WC1A 1DB
Opened: April 2022
Book now: Plaza Khao Gaeng at Arcade Food Hall

Carmel, Queen’s Park

What: Josh Katz’s latest addition to his rapidly growing NW6 empire, Carmel is a little gem on Lonsdale Road - a fairy light-strewn alley that has a burgeoning reputation for great food. Flatbreads are the order of the day here, followed by a stupendous, succulent pomegranate glazed, grilled chicken that is one of the best things we’ve eaten this year.
Where: 23-25 Lonsdale Road, Queen's Park, NW6 6RA
Opened: November 2021
Book now: Carmel

Roketsu, Marylebone

What: From the moment you step through the sliding wooden door into the dining room, it’s clear that Roketsu is something special and unique. This multi-course kaiseki experience comes from renowned Japanese chef Daisuke Hayashi, who guides his team through dishes with ultimate precision. Kaiseki meals are a reflection of the seasons, so expect beautiful, authentic Japanese cooking, plenty of sake and a serene dining room to match.
Where: 12 New Quebec Street, Marylebone, W1H 7RF
Opened: February 2022
Book now: Roketsu

The Princess Royal, Notting Hill

What: Ben Tish's generous and rustic style is a good fit for The Princess Royal, which boasts a considerable raw bar of fish and seafood, as well as generous gastropub-style mains. The Med-inspired tiling of the conservatory is a particular highlight, especially when the sun is beaming through the windows. No doubt - this is a wonderful place to spend an evening.
Where: 47 Hereford Road, Notting Hill, W2 5AH
Opened: March 2022
Book now: The Princess Royal

Brutto, Farringdon

What: Ex-Polpo mastermind Russell Norman has another hit on his hands with Brutto - everything about this old-school Italian spot is perfectly-executed, from the red and white checkerboard tablecloths and dinky wine glasses to £5 negronis (surprisingly good, by the way). The dishes aren’t lookers, but everything is fresh, homemade, playfully authentic and delicious. We’re already planning another visit.
Where: 35-37 Greenhill Rents, Farringdon, EC1M 6BN
Opened: September 2021
Book now: Brutto

Lahpet West End, Covent Garden

What: Lahpet’s second site is larger than the first, and it’s a world away from the ramshackle Climpson’s Arch spot that was Lahpet’s first. More covers and a shiny new Covent Garden space means more people introduced to the delights of Burmese cuisine - tea leaf salad, chickpea tofu, fritters, mohinga and all. On the strength of this, that has to be a good thing.
Where: 21 Slingsby Place, Covent Garden, WC2E 9AB
Opened: February 2022
Book now: Lahpet West End

Sucre, Soho

What: Throwing itself straight into the conversation as one of London’s most striking, Instagrammable dining rooms, Sucre is an awe-inspiring mix of open-fire cooking and cavernous ceilings, with a series of chandeliers made from upturned crystal decanters. The food matches the interiors - bold, zingy, pull-no-punches dishes, and a fantastic wine list to match. The cocktail bar downstairs is also one of the best in the city.
Where: 47 Great Marlborough Street, Soho, W1F 7JP
Opened: July 2021
Book now: Sucre

Dai Chi, Soho

What: We weren’t sure about the idea of Dai Chi at first. Kushikatsu (where food is skewered and deep-fried) excels as street food, but stretching it to a six-course tasting menu seemed ambitious. Boy were we wrong though - one impressive skewer follows another at this surprising and wholly underappreciated restaurant. Plump for the six course omakase menu and enjoy.
Where: 16A D'Arblay Street, Soho, W1F 8EA
Opened: November 2021
Book now: Dai Chi

RAI, Fitzrovia

What: Spend an evening at RAI and you’ll realise that this restaurant specialises in surprises. The tasting menu at RAI can run up to 10 courses, and it doesn’t let up in quality, from a single oyster with five-year aged soy sauce and fresh wasabi, to salmon tartare which mixes yuzu miso, crispy leek, British pear and 60 month aged organic Parmigiano Reggiano with mind-bending brilliance.
Where: 3 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, W1T 2HY
Opened: January 2022
Book now: RAI

Mathura, Westminster

What: Atul Kochhar’s latest restaurant sure is plush - set in a former fire station, the space combines beautiful banquettes and chic upholstery with white-tiled walls and a fireman’s pole which remain from the building’s previous life. As for the food, well, Kochhar still has the touch - get stuck into the kebab platters, saffron and yoghurt chicken and a quite lovely cod macher curry.
Where: 4 Greycoat Place, Westminster, SW1P 1SB
Opened: October 2021
Book now: Mathura

Walter's, Dulwich

What: The leafy suburb of Dulwich has been begging for a neighbourhood restaurant; finally it has one, and a good one at that in Walter’s. The simple things are done well here - crisp arancini, cod’s roe mousse and a fabulous braised ox cheek are must orders if you find them on the menu.
Where: 84 Park Hall Road, Dulwich, SE21 8BW
Opened: January 2022
Book now: Walter's

Boiler & Co, Southwark

What: With the kitchen headed up by Great British Menu finalist Kerth Gumbs, this bar has a lot to offer in the food department. Expect traditional flavours from the Caribbean turned on their heads in tasting menus, aa la carte format or in boozy brunches. Cocktails here are a must, with the likes of oregano blossom margaritas coming from behind the bar. 
Where: 5 Canvey Street, Southwark, SE1 9AN
Opened: January 2022
Book now: Boiler & Co

Ganymede, Belgravia

What: Indulge in three courses of modern British cooking packed with gutsy and indulgent flavours at this restaurant in Belgravia. It artfully combines a welcoming and unfussy vibe with lick-your-lips good plates - think slow-cooked beef cheeks with buttery mash, chestnuts and glossy gravy. We're reliving it now...
Where: 139 Ebury Street, Belgravia, SW1W 9QU
Opened: September 2021
Book now: Ganymede

Mallow, London Bridge

What: The team behind plant-based institution Mildreds have recently launched 100% vegan restaurant Mallow in Borough Market, an all-day haunt serving fresh, globally-inspired plant-based cuisine. The sharing menu transports you all over the world with its flavours, although we urge you to save room for dessert. The carrot cake sticky toffee pudding with ‘cream cheese’ mousse is pretty special. 
Where: 1 Cathedral Street, London Bridge, SE1 9DE
Opened: November 2021
Book now: Mallow

Zahter, Soho

What: Rearrange your restaurant hit list and put Zahter at the top of it, mostly because you need to try its life-affirming baklava. Yes, it's that good. In fact, the rest of the menu at this Turkish-inspired venture is far greater than your average Middle Eastern restaurant, where sharing dishes can be shovelled down while you watch the chefs scoop endless balls of fresh dough into a flickering charcoal oven. It's very good indeed. Find it on a quiet corner of Carnaby Street. 
Where: 30-32 Foubert’s Place, Soho, W1F 7PS
Opened: November 2021
Book now: Zahter

If that’s whetted your appetite, check out our pick of London restaurants that are opening soon, or for a slightly different vibe, check out our carefully curated list of London's coolest, trendiest restaurants.