Coming soon: The best new London restaurants opening in 2022

What's new in 2022? Quite a lot apparently...

Updated on • Written By Ellie Donnell

Coming soon: The best new London restaurants opening in 2022

While new restaurant openings in London show the uplifting side of a hospitality industry awash with talent, it’s a tough world out there for the capital's restaurant scene. Even before Covid-19 led to the enforced closure of all restaurants, and caused many to have to shut their doors permanently as a result, London venues were falling victim to involuntary shut-downs due to epic staff shortages and the soaring cost of food, rent and business rates. We’ve seen massive chains and big-name chefs crumble under the pressures of an oversaturated market. Yet still, everyday brave entrepreneurs, passionate foodies and pro restaurateurs stand up to the challenges of opening a restaurant in the city and force their way onto the scene with new and exciting dining concepts.  

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Sure, opening a restaurant is just the beginning, but we salute them on the bravery of their ambition which is helping to retain London’s position as one of the best cities in the world to eat out. Gone are the days when British food was simply ‘roast beef’ and ‘fish and chips’ – the UK is now renowned for its incredible diversity of cuisines, championing food from across the world and shining a light on cultural staples from every corner of the globe.  

So fortunate are we, living in this diverse city, that sometimes we get cocky. We think we’ve seen it all, then out of nowhere - BOOM – up pops a new concept or cuisine that totally blows our minds.  And it’s not always the new ideas that surprise us. Sometimes it’s the classics: dishes we’ve eaten a hundred times given a new lease of life, executed to perfection or granted a contemporary twist that elevates them to outstanding new levels of brilliance.  

We like to think we’ve got our finger on the pulse when it comes to upcoming ventures, so to whet your appetite we’ve rounded up the new restaurants set to open in London in 2022. Have a scroll (or skip to the best section) and get excited.

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Restaurants opening in spring 2022

Ah, spring. A time for cleaning (famously), lighter days, warmer weather and the long Bank Holiday Easter weekend. We love it, and now there's another reason to get excited for the new season thanks to this lovely lot. 

The Black Sheep, Wimbledon

What: The latest venture from the Gladwin brothers (Oliver and Richard) is set to open on the picturesque high street of Wimbledon village later this year, taking over what was formerly the highly-praised The White Onion. Adding to their five-strong list of London restaurants, including The Shed in Notting Hill, Nutbourne in Battersea, Rabbit in Chelsea, Sussex in Soho and the The Fat Badger in Richmond, The Black Sheep will be a bistro-style venue serving seasonal British produce and sitting 65 covers for lunch and dinner. Similarly to the brothers' other restaurants, the wine list will feature English wines from the Gladwin family's Nutbourne Vineyard in West Sussex. 
When does it open? May 2022
Where: 67 High Street, London, SW19 5EE

Facing Heaven, Hackney

What: Opening in March 2022 in East London, Facing Heaven is set to be Julian Denis' latest venture and an extension of his original vegan Chinese restaurant Mao Chow in 2017. The new 28-seater restaurant will offer a more matured feel, with an elevated and inventive take on regional Chinese food, alongside natural wines, craft beer and baijiu cocktails. Influences will come from a broad range of Chinese cuisines and, yes, everything will be entirely vegan.
When does it open? 11 March 2022 
Where: 1a Bayford Street, E8 3SE

Socca, Mayfair

What: Two-Michelin-starred chef Claude Bosi (Bibendum) and restaurateur Samyukta Nair (Jamavar) have formed a rather epic partnership to launch their Mayfair restaurant Socca, located on South Audley Street. Occupying what was once the home of French-British tea room Richoux, Socca pays homage to the coastal towns of Cannes, Marseille and Nice with an emphasis on French-Mediterranean cuisine and wines by the glass.    
When does it open? Summer 2022 
Where: 41 South Audley Street, London, W1K 2PS 

Ciccheti, Knightsbridge 

What: Cicchetti Knightsbridge is the third Cicchetti opening from the award-winning restaurant group San Carlo, located on Hans Road. A mere stone's throw from Harrod's, this casual but elegant space will be open every day serving an array of Italian plates.  
When does it open? April 2022 
Where: 6 Hans Road, London, SW3 1RX 

Patty & Bun, Clapham and Canary Wharf

What: We know, we know – Patty & Bun has been around for a while now. And the good news is it’s opening not one but two new restaurants this year in Clapham and Canary Wharf, so now it’s even easier for locals to get their favourite burger fix.  
When does it open? March 2022 (Clapham), May 2022 (Canary Wharf)  
Where: Clapham (12 Northcote Road, London, SW11 1NX) and Canary Wharf (TBC) 

Temper, Shoreditch

What: The folks behind whole animal barbecue restaurant Temper are set to launch their fourth site on Great Eastern Street in Shoreditch. The premise is the same though: in-house butchered meat, cooked over coals, then served in an array of tasty dishes. You can imagine the Sunday roast at this place... 
When does it open? Summer 2022 
Where: 78 Great Eastern St, London EC2A 3JL 

Roji, Mayfair 

What: There’s a new Japanese restaurant coming to Mayfair called Roji and it’s a very, very intimate affair. This 10-cover restaurant will host five dinners and four lunches per week, using British ingredients to create its Japanese plates. Not much information has been released yet, but we’re certainly intrigued. What this space.  
When does it open? Spring 2022 
Where: 56b South Molton Street, London W1K 5SH 

The Princess Royal, Notting Hill

What: Cubitt House is set to add another pub to its portfolio with the opening of The Princess Royal in Notting Hill next Spring. Following months of refurbishment and renovation, the property will include an 80-cover restaurant as well as four individually-styled boutique bedrooms. The menu will be created by Chef Director, Ben Tish (formerly Norma), who will draw on both his experience of cooking with Mediterranean flavours, but still in keeping with Cubitt House’s commitment to using the best British produce. Fresh fish and seafood will be displayed on a raw bar and served either crudo-style or expertly cooked on the Josper grill. The Princess Royal will also offer an outdoor terrace and garden available for guests to enjoy as well as plenty of private dining spaces for those looking to host an intimate celebration.    
When does it open? March 2022 
Where: 47 Hereford Road, London W2 5AH

The Lucky Club, Camden 

WhatJoining the original Lucky Club in Mayfair is this second site in Camden, which will serve as its flagship restaurant and specialise in margaritas, mezcal cocktails, contemporary tacos and tostadas. Housed inside a Grade II listed building, the 130-cover rooftop will serve a cocktail menu of no less than seven different twists on a margarita, while food comes in the form of a seasonally-changing taco menu. Look out for a cheeseburger creation made with beef, emmental cheese and diced gherkin, tacos inspired by pulled lamb birria, plus lobster tacos poached in butter and served with truffle mayo. 
When does it open? May 2022 
WhereNorth Stables Yard, Chalk Farm Road, London, NW1 8AH 

Cavita, Marylebone 

What: When it comes to cooking authentic food from any given country, that word ‘authentic’ can often be a little loaded. Does it really have one truly definitive meaning? Adriana Cavita understands this, and that’s exactly why we trust her. The Mexican-born chef will be opening her own restaurant Cavita next year serving dishes inspired by her childhood and family (as well as some of the top kitchens she’s worked in). There will be tacos, there will be margaritas and (we bet) it will be delicious.  
When does it open? April 2022 
Where: 56 Wigmore Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 2RZ 

Apricity, Mayfair

WhatFormer chef owner of Tredwell’s in Covent Garden, cookbook author and sustainability advocate Chantelle Nicholsen has announced plans for her brand-new restaurant Apricity. The site is set to open in March 2022 on Duke’s Street in Mayfair and will function as a continuation of Nicholsen's vegetable-focused approach to cooking and sustainable ethos.    
When does it open? Spring 2022 
Where68 Duke Street, London, W1 

Lisboeta, Fitzrovia

What: Top chef Nuno Mendes is bringing his Portuguese restaurant Lisboeta to London this year on Charlotte Street. The three-storey restaurant will celebrate the spirit of Lisbon ‘'in an informal yet informative dining space, that showcases the young, vibrant food culture, produce, wine and the gastronomic heritage of my home, in a playful and thoughtful way”, says Mendes. Offering lunch and dinner menus, there will be large sharing dishes designed to be taken by the whole table and inspired by the popular Portuguese ‘tasca’ (casual family-run eatery). 
When does it open? Monday 21 March 2022
Where: 30 Charlotte Street, London, W1T 2NG 

Lina Stores, Marylebone 

What: Pasta institution Lina Stores is opening its fifth restaurant in 2022 in the coveted location of Marylebone Village. The two-storey site will launch as an all-day restaurant, deli and bar where you can feast on all your favourite pasta plates, focaccia, fresh fish, meat and desserts.  
When does it open? Spring 2022 
Where: 13-15 Marylebone Lane, London, W1U 2PJ

Raffles, Whitehall

What: Plans are in the pipeline for a new swanky hotel to open at the grade II listed Old War Office: Raffles at The OWO. It’s going to be big, not just in terms of the number of rooms available, but with 11 new restaurants and bars opening within the hotel. The idea is they’ll represent a dynamic culinary hub from across the globe, with three Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco set to open three dining spaces: a brasserie, a fine dining restaurant and an avant-garde chef's table. That's all that's been released for now, but stay tuned for more to be unveiled in 2022. 
When does it open? Late 2022 
Where: Whitehall, London, SW1A 2EU 

Restaurants opening in winter 2022

You don't have to wait long for a large chunk of 2022's new restaurant offering, with many opening up in the first couple of months of the year. 

Th@51, Westminster

What: Launching at Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites & Residences in the heart of Westminster is Th@51 (don’t worry, we’re not totally sure how to pronounce it either) serving a rather exciting-sounding sharing menu of globally-inspired plates: think burrata and kale chaat, hoisin duck Italia and teriyaki salmon risotto. The interiors have been designed by Conran, offering a light and airy feel thanks to its stunning glass dining room, elegant wood cladding and a soft colour palette (pinks and greens). An open kitchen with a theatrical grill and chef’s table takes centre stage, while the striking bar area features intimate booth seating. 
When does it open? January 2022 
Where: 51 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AF 

Walter’s, Dulwich

What: Coming to West Dulwich is this neighbourhood restaurant - Walter's - from the team behind seafood restaurant, The Oysterman. The focus here, though, isn’t on the fruits of the sea, but on gutsy dishes centred around British ingredients. Things like apricot and harissa glazed lamb belly, Jerusalem artichoke orzo risotto, roasted venison loin with parsnip and trout skin with a cod roe dip and truffle arancini. The 50-cover restaurant will provide an intimate setting to drink and dine, while its wine list will feature English wines and sparkling as well as grower Champagnes.  
When does it open? March 2022 
Where: 84 Park Hall Road, London, SE21 8BW 

V Honest, Covent Garden 

What: Honest burgers are launching a fully vegan concept in January 2022, V Honest, that will serve a host of brand new vegan burger options along with plenty of its signature dishes - just veganified. Coming to Covent Garden, look out for the Buffalo Burger which is made of fried chick’n, buffalo sauce, vegan cheese, ranch mayo, lettuce and pickles, and the Teriyaki Burger which comes topped with vegan cheese, pulled shiitake mushrooms, teriyaki sauce, grilled peppers, spring onions, umami mayo and lettuce. 
When does it open? January 2022 
Where: 17 Garrick Street, London, WC2E 9BL 

Neyba, Notting Hill

What: Neyba is a brand-new multi-cuisine kitchen and grocer that sees celebrity chefs come together to create a collaborative menu under one roof. The concept is the brainchild of Burger & Lobster founder Misha Zelman and ex-Harrods and Heston Blumenthal Marketing Lead, Ben Hedley (pictured above). Top chefs include Tony Singh, Miguel Barclay and Yoko Nakada who will be cooking up fully-prepared meals to eat in or takeaway, all-day seven days a week. 
When does it open? January 2022 
Where: 115 Westbourne Grove, London, W2 4UP 

Din Tai Fung at Selfridges, Oxford Street

What: Because it's nice to have the option to feast on last-night dumplings, this hot new spot will stay open until 11.30pm. The Selfridges site will be Din Tai Fung’s second London restaurant, boasting 140 covers and a show kitchen for guests to watch their dinner be made in front of them. Expect plenty of Din Tai Fung classics including Xiao Long Bao (steamed pork soup dumplings) as well as exclusive dishes and cocktails only available at Selfridges.   
When does it open? 22 January 2022 
Where4th Floor, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB 

Adesse at Selfridges, Oxford Street

What: Adesse was actually set to open in December 2021, but due to unforeseen circumstances (we still don’t know what they are) it’s been delayed until January. Perhaps it’s a PR stunt (absence makes the heart grow fonder and all that) but we’re pretty keen to see what the restaurant brings to the table. It's American celebrity chef Matthew Kenney’s first UK venture and will serve an array of out-there global plates, including beetroot carpaccio with yuzu kosho and poppy seed and kelp noodle cacio e pepe with snap peas, pea shoots and dehydrated black olives. 
When does it open? January 2022 
Where: 2nd floor, 400 Oxford Street, London W1A 1AB 

Manzi’s, Soho

What: There are a ton of seafood restaurants in London (The Seafood Bar, Scott's and Seasons to name a few), so does the capital really need another one? If it's offering affordable seafood in the heart of Soho then the anwer is yes - sign us up. Coming to London from hospitality pros Corbin & King (founders of Brasserie Zedel), the restaurant will pay homage to the much-loved fish restaurant Manzi's in Leicester Square, seating 241 diners and offering a relaxed space with a strong nautical theme. 
When does it open? Early 2022 
Where: 1-8 Bateman's Buildings, Soho, London, W1D 3EN 

Yolk, Soho 

What: Why does all fast food have to be burgers and fries? That’s exactly what Yolk founder Nick Philpot was thinking when he set up his fine fast-food restaurant, serving egg pots and salad bowls using ingredients sourced from local suppliers. He’s now launching his third Yolk in January in Soho, which will sit on the corner of Golden Square and offer counter seating for 12, along with additional spots on the terrace. Drop by for sandwiches filled with freshly roasted marinated chicken and dripping in nduja mayonnaise, bacon baps with sweet-cured streaky bacon from Tom Hixson of Smithfield and an illustrious eggs Benedict drenched in a house-made hollandaise. Could this be your new favourite lunch spot?  
When does it open? January 2022 
Where: 19 Golden Square, London, W1F 9JJ 

Off The Hook, Wapping

What: Following on from Netflix’s documentary Seaspiracy this year, which alerted people to the unethical and unsustainable fishing practices perfomed by many suppliers all over the world, people are perhaps a little more switched on when it comes to how their fish and seafood is sourced, compared to at the beginning of 2021. Brand new sustainable seafood restaurant Off The Hook, then, is making its debut at the right time. Opening on 4 January in Wapping, the site will consist of a seafood restaurant, separate fish and chip takeaway and fish butchery. Most importantly, though, is that each fish will be fully traceable back to its individual fishermen, including where it was caught, the boat it was caught on, the method used to catch it, and even the time it arrived in London, with all the information highlighted on its menus. Plus, all its takeaway packaging will be made with seaweed clear wrap, so as to eliminate single-use plastic. Here, here. 
When does it open? January 2022 
Where: 27 Gauging Square, London E1W 2AE 

The Aubrey, Knightsbridge 

What: A new drinking and dining concept set inside Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park, The Aubrey London will replace Bar Boulud as a fully immersive experience where art and design meets food and drink. It's set to be an eccentric Izakaya restaurant that will showcase traditional Japanese cooking techniques with a focus on sustainable, locally sourced produce. The site will serve everything from lunch to afternoon tea, while transforming into a lively destination in the evening. 
When does it open? Early 2022 
Where: 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA   
Book now: The Aubrey

Roxanne, Shoreditch

What: Say hello to the world's first hip hop speakeasy, brought to Shoreditch from the team behind Dirty Bones. The exclusive bar will have its own secret entrance and offer a taste of 1980s New York, offering a dark and cosy lounge, classic cocktails and a soundtrack celebrating Hip Hop’s roots in soul and funk. 
When does it open? February 2022 
Where: Whitby Street, London, E1 6JX (look for the secret doorway above Dirty Bones )

Blacklock, Covent Garden

WhatBlacklock's fourth and biggest restaurant yet will be opening in Covent Garden in February 2022 for Londoners to get their fix of some of the best steak and chops in town. Don’t miss its renowned Sunday roasts which sees its high-calibre meat cooked over hot coals, then served with all the trimmings.  
When does it open? February 2022 
Where16a Bedford Street, London, WC2E 9HE 

Holy Bar, Knightsbridge 

What: In case you missed it, plant-based restaurant Holy Carrot opened at the end of 2021 and is already launching its newest hidden gem, Holy Bar. Guests will be able to indulge in plant-based snacks and spellbinding botanical cocktails in a space filled with antique silver mirrors, crystal chandeliers, a warm fireplace filled with candles and a striking stained glass window. Inspired by the surrealism of Salvador Dali and the wondrous world of Peter Pan’s Neverland, it all sounds pretty mesmerising. Cocktails include The Star (Piper-Heidsieck Essentiel Extra Brut Champagne with homemade blackberry sorbet) and The Magician (dark and white rum, ginger liqueur, Fernet Branca Menta, lime juice and homemade carob soda). 
When does it open? February 2022 
Where: Urban Retreat, 2-4 Hans Crescent, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 0LH   

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