The best new restaurants in London to visit right now

These are the hottest places to eat in the capital

Updated on 17 December 2021 • Written By Ellie Donnell

The best new restaurants in London to visit right now

It is 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 been accounted for. With so many restaurants to choose from though, heading out to dinner can often become somewhat of an overwhelming affair. It is true that new restaurants open in London every day, but how do you separate the great from the good? We have done the hard work for you, with our pick of the best new restaurants London has to offer. 

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 simply 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 those who have visited, together with unique special offers such as special menus and discounts. 

Bob Bob Ricard City

What: Following its original site in Soho, Bob Bob Ricard has arrived in City after a rocky start (it remained closed for 19 months after restrictions lifted to undergo a major refurb). Apparently, though, it was worth the wait with the French-Russian restaurant offering the same ostentatios glitz and glamour that made it so famous in the first place. As for its iconic 'press for Champagne' button, they're still very much part of the equation and you bet we gave it a test drive.
Where: 122 Leadenhall Street, City of London, London, EC3V 4AB
Book now: Bob Bob Ricard City

Langan's Brasserie

What: After shutting its doors in November 2020 due to the pandemic, the neon signs outside Langan's Brasserie have finally flickered back to life and - yes - it's just as glamourous as ever. Initially set up by co-founders Peter Langan and Michael Caine in the 70s, the revamped restaurant oozes retro nostalgia from every corner, from a playlist of groovy 80s tracks to its 20th-century décor and old French-style menu. We recommend the fish pie for two, the apple tarte tatin with calvados cream and a couple of glasses of Champagne to wash it all down. 
Where: Stratton Street, London, W1J 8LB
Book now: Langan's Brasserie

The Barbary Next Door

What: From the team behind The Palomar and The Barbary, The Barbary Next Door is the sibling site to an already established duo. Food-wise the menu takes its cues from Moorish and North African cuisines: think Moroccan olives and candied peanuts, chicken filo pie and a ton of warm tagines. But, is it as good as The Barbary? Maybe, but you didn't hear it from us.
Where: 16A Neal's Yard, London, WC2H 9DP
Book now: The Barbary Next Door

Mimi Mei Fair

 

What:  A step beyond a really good chicken chow mein, this high-end Chinese restaurant is situated in a Georgian townhouse and is quickly gaining a reputation for its signature peking duck.   
Where: 55 Curzon Street , London, W1J 8PG 
Book nowMimi Mei Fair 

BiBi 

What: A fine dining Indian restaurant from the folks at JKS (Gymkhana and Hoppers), this cutting-edge spot delivers vibrant food using British ingredients just off London’s Oxford Street.  
Where: 42 North Audley Street, London, W1K 6ZR 
Book nowBibi 

Akoko 

What: The West African-inspired restaurant in Fitzrovia heroes fresh fish and seafood, big, warming spices and modern techniques to create dishes that are truly unique. It's a cuisine that is still underrepresented in central London, so it’s great to see it finally getting recognition. 
Where21 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LP 
Book online: Akoko 

Fenn 

What: Fenn is the sister restaurant to Nest in Hackney, serving modern British food just off the Wandsworth Bridge Road in Fulham. The covered terrace at the front of the restaurant is adorned with trailing foliage and wooden benches, a bit like a posh potting shed, while the plates are all seasonal, well-presented and blooming delicious.  
Where194 Wandsworth Bridge Road, London, SW62UF 
Book online: Fenn 

Darjeeling Express 

What: The second iteration of Asma Khan’s restaurant sees a new location and menu. You can still expect the same homey atmosphere, alongside fresh tasting menus and a daytime deli where you’ll find staples of Indian cuisine. 
Where2a Garrick Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 9BH 
Book online: Darjeeling Express  

Chourangi 

What: London certainly isn’t short of Indian restaurants, but when it comes to a really, really good one, Chourangi can be counted amongst the list. Explore a menu inspired by the food of Calcutta at this Marble Arch gem. 
Where3 Old Quebec Street, Marble Arch, London, W1H 7DL 
Book online: Chourangi 

Café Bao 

What: The Bao brand can do no wrong and its success continues with this all-day operation in King’s Cross. Head to the bakery counter for curious sweet treats including a white chocolate and red bean bao. 
Where4 Pancras Square ,King's Cross, London, NIC 4AG 
Book online: Café Bao 

Golden Gai 

What: Looking for drinks and snacks in central London? Head to Golden Gai, a bar from the team behind Dalston’s cult Japanese-cum-Italian restaurant Angelina. Quaff unique cocktails while munching on flatbreads filled with caviar and more. 
Where16A D'Arblay Street, Soho, London, W1F8EA 
Book online: Golden Gai 

Hot Stone Fitzrovia 

What: Serene leafy terraces in bustling Mayfair are hard to come by, so thank heavens for Cafe Biltmore from chef Jason Atherton. Expect a casual offering (for this postcode at least) full of globally inspired dishes. 
Where3 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 2HY 
Book online: Hot Stone Fitzrovia 

KOL 

What: Unlike anywhere else in London, KOL offers a slice of diner’s paradise - think Mexican-style dishes offering both style and substance, a stylish, lively dining room and staff who can’t do enough for you. Muy bueno. 
Where9 Seymour Street, London, W1H 7BA 
Book online: KOL 

Nusr-et Steakhouse 

What: Whether the London debut of Salt Bae’s expensive celeb-magnet steak house chain will charm the city’s discerning foodies is yet to be seen, but one thing is for sure - everyone will be talking about it. 
WhereThe Park Tower hotel, 101 Knightsbridge, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RN 
Book online: Nusr-et Steakhouse 

Gordan Ramsay burger  

What: A burger restaurant might be the last thing you’d expect to find in Harrods, but these are no ordinary buns. Fronted by Gordon Ramsay, options include a Wagyu burger that clocks in at £80. 
Where87-135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7XL 
Book online: Gordan Ramsay burger 

Behind 

What: This 18-seat chef’s table restaurant had traded for less than 100 days before earning its first Michelin star. Expect a seasonally changing menu of sustainable British produce so good it will blow your socks off. 
Where20 Sidworth Street, Hackney, London, E8 3SD 
Book online: Behind 

The Princess of Shoreditch 

What: Pub grub this certainly is not. Chef-to-watch Ruth Hansom heads up the kitchen at this East London gastropub and we encountered not a single dud dish on our visit. All incredibly reasonably priced too. 
Where76-78 Paul Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4NE 
Book online: The Princess of Shoreditch 

Nobu Portman Square 

What: Taking up the mantle from Nobu Berkeley Street, this newest iteration of the world-famous Nobu restaurant finds itself in Marylebone and promises the signature black cod miso, alongside a bar complete with an outdoor terrace. 
Where: 22 Portman Square, London W1H 7BG
Book online: Nobu Portman Square 

Sumi 

What: A more casual little sister to sushi master Endo Kazutoshi’s White City flagship, Sumi offers calming interiors and a chef’s table where guests can watch the action. Don’t miss the Wagyu striploin in onion sauce. 
Where157 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill, London, W11 2RS 
Book online: Sumi 

Taka Marylebone 

What: London is not short of Japanese restaurants, but Taka manages to still feel fresh, thanks to its charmingly playful dishes such as mochi flatbread and decadent fries which arrive topped with caviar, cheese and truffle. 
Where109 Marylebone High Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 4RX 
Book online: Taka Marylebone 

Café Biltmore 

What: Serene leafy terraces in bustling Mayfair are hard to come by, so thank heavens for Cafe Biltmore from chef Jason Atherton. Expect a casual offering (for this postcode at least) full of globally inspired dishes. 
Where44 Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, London, W1K 2HP 
Book online: Café Biltmore 

Wildflower  

What: Fine dining in a shipping container might sound like an oxymoron, but that’s exactly the concept at Wildflower. Once you get past the setting, expect an intriguing, exciting tasting menu which focuses on foraged ingredients. 
WhereCamden (Buck Street) Market, Camden High Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 8QP 
Book online: Wildflower 

Casa Fofo 

What: It may have a Michelin star to its name, but at its heart Casa Fofo is simply an unpretentious neighbourhood restaurant. Guests are served a daily-changing tasting menu which draws influences from across the globe. 
WhereCasa Fofó 158 Sandringham Road, London, E8 2HS 
Book online: Casa Fofo 

Chameleon 

What: Surely among the capital’s most unique venues, Chameleon offers up nine private dining greenhouses serving Tel Aviv inspired small plates, alongside a floral courtyard for drinks, art installations, a cinema and a makeshift fitness studio. 
Where1 Marylebone Road, Marylebone, London, NW1 4AQ 
Book online: Chameleon 

Six by Nico London 

What: Making fine dining accessible, chef Nico Simeone offers six-course themed tasting menus, which change ever six weeks. Plenty of fun and full of tableside theatrics including fun cocktails and dishes which aren’t what they seem. 
Where33-41 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1RR 
Book online: Six by Nico London 

Manteca 

What: Manteca started out life as a pop up, but its menu of fresh pasta dishes and meats cooked over flames proved so popular that it’s now got a permanent London home - we couldn’t be happier. 
Where: 49-51 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3PT
Book online: Manteca 

Eldr at Pantechnicon 

What: Serving unpretentious Nordic dishes in a relaxed setting, Eldr is a unique and exciting addition to London’s restaurant scene. Dishes change seasonally, but you can always count on friendly service and an attractive dining space. 
Where19 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8LB 
Book online: Eldr at Pantechnicon 

Maison Francois 

What: This French brasserie from Francois O’Neill and MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Matthew Ryle is a purely joyous dining experience from start to finish. Don’t miss the decadent trolley of Parisian puddings which steals the show. 
Where34 Duke Street, St. James's, London, SW1Y 6DF 
Book online:  Maison Francois 
 

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