Updated on 16 December 2019
There’s no denying it’s tough times out there for the restaurant and hospitality industry. Every day in London more venues fall victim to forced closure as a result of epic staff shortages, and the soaring costs of food, rent and business rates. We’ve seen massive chains and big name chefs crumble under the pressures of an oversaturated market…and yet…still everyday brave entrepreneurs, passionate foodies and pro restaurateurs stand up to the challenges this tough environment presents, and force their way onto the scene with new and exciting dining concepts. Sure, opening a restaurant is just the beginning, but even so we salute them on the bravery of their ambition which is helping retain London’s position as one of the best cities in the world to eat out.
Gone are the days when British food was just ‘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 mind. However, it’s not always the new ideas that really surprise us, sometimes it’s the classics; dishes we’ve eaten a hundred times before given a new lease of life, executed to perfection or granted a contemporary twist that elevates them to whole 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 all the new openings forecast for the year to come. So have a scroll and let your stomach rumble – if this list is anything to go by then we think there’s good reason to get excited!
1 Finsbury Avenue, London, EC2M 2PA
OPENS JANUARY 2020
Following the success of the first site in Flat Iron Square, the second site in the new Broadgate development, promises more modern Portuguese cuisine alongside a knockout wine list of regional specialities.
11 St Giles Passage, Oxford Street, London, WC2H 8AP
This Centre Point site is set to be the brand's second London location, following the flagship restaurant in Covent Garden. Get exited for a menu featuring Din Tai Fung classics – and near hysteria from its cult fan base.
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Not much is known about this first solo restaurant from chef Santiago Lastra, but we do know that the focus will be on Mexican food and that the restaurant will be found at a central London location.
84 Rosebery Avenue, London, EC1R 4QY
Romana-style pizza restaurant Firebrand is launching a spin-off concept called Digg's in Clerkenwell serving pastries and coffees at breakfast, followed by salads at lunchtime and pizzas, pastas, steak and more in the evening.
39 James Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 1DL
The latest outpost of this Japanese chain will focus on curry and rice. The toppings are where the quirkiness creeps in, with unconventional options including frankfurter sausages, scrambled eggs and hamburger patties.
2 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4NB
OPENS SPRING 2020
Head Chef Paul Weaver has been wooing diners with his Anglo-French menu at the original Bloomsbury site since 2015. He now hopes to do the same at the famous site formerly occupied by The Gay Hussar
274 High Road, Tottenham, London, N15 4RR
OPENS FEBRUARY 2020
The Nigerian pop-up has found a permanent residence on Tottenham Court Road where it hopes to showcase the best of Nigerian culture complete with West African décor, beers, cocktails and sharing dishes.
Pancras Square, King's Cross, London, N1C 4AG
Known for putting Sri Lankan cuisine well & truly on the map, the third site will be bigger than its counterparts with additional dishes on the menu including black pepper curry leaf prawn skewers and Negombo crab kari.
21 Berners Street, London, W1T 3LP
This modern West African restaurant is the brainchild of chef William JM Chilila, runner-up of MasterChef: The Professionals 2018. Akoko will serve a run of contemporary interpretations of classic West African dishes.
1-8 Bateman's Buildings, London, W1D 3EN
Hospitality royalty Corbin & King are planning to launch their eighth location in the capital – a large seafood restaurant with a lively and casual vibe not dissimilar to that of Brasserie Zedel.
Kingly Court, Soho, London, W1B 5PW
Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station, London, WC2E 7AH
OPENS SUMMER 2020
Opening in the grand building that was once Bow Street Magistrates’ Court, this first non-U.S. branch of NoMad promises all the elegance its New York hotel is known for, with a restaurant menu to match.
Newfoundland development, Westferry Road, London, E14 4JB
This restaurant & bar, launching in the Newfoundland development in Canary Wharf, is the fourth location for the M Restaurants group. It will feature a restaurant & grill, wine store, tasting room, cocktail bar & member’s lounge.
1 Phipp Street, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 4PS
The news was met with huge excitement when it was announced that this popular Borough market joint - known for its amazing value and quality fresh pasta - will be opening a second site in Shoreditch in early 2020.
The Park Tower hotel, 101 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RN
One of a string of international restaurants, launched by internet sensation chef Nusret Gökçe aka 'Salt Bae'As well as his signature steak, you’ll find a selection of tartares and some light salads.
8-10 Pollen Street, London, London, W1S 1NQ
This intimate operation from Jason Atherton next to his Michelin-starred restaurant Pollen Street Social will act as a creative outlet for the chef with a multi-course set menu inspired by the his travels around the world
23 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BH
Mo Diner will be located on Mayfair’s Heddon Street, next door to its sibling Momo. It’s been billed as Momo’s ‘playful cousin’ offering some novel twists on the American diner, with full-on 1930s decor.
The Old Sessions House, Farringdon, London, EC1R 0NA
85 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1AE
The world-famous French cookery school is set to launch a brand new second site on Fleet Street, which will house a restaurant, cafe and cooking school in the building that once housed Reuters and, more recently Lutyens.
8-10 North Audley Street, London, W1K 6ZD
Caprice Holdings is finally set to re-brand the Mayfair Garden site it purchased a few years ago. Caprice Café, a casual spin-off of the existing Le Caprice restaurant in St James’s, will debut on the site in 2020.
Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL
With the hotels renowned French chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the helm guests can rest assured that this revival of The Grill will be in safe hands, promising dishes that celebrates quality, carefully-sourced produce.
Westfield, Upper Southern Terrace, London, W12 7GB
Opening its second restaurant in Westfield shopping centre, cheap and cheerful pasta place Pastaio is the perfect spot to carb load after hitting the shops with freshly made pasta dishes served all day long.
Wardian London, Isle of Dogs, London, E14 9TP
This new venture from Alan Yau, will offer intimate Japanese-inspired counter dining. Little more is known, bar its location: the swanky new high-rise on the Isle of Dogs.
Marsh Wall, London, E14 9TP
Restaurateur Alan Yau, who helped launch iconic restaurants such as Hakkasan and Yauatcha will be opening Chyna in a luxury apartment building in Canary Wharf, serving Cantonese classics made using British seafood ingredients.
96 Draycott Avenue, Chelsea, London, SW3 3AD
24 Floral Street, Covent Garden, London, WC2E 8JD
8-10 Lower James Street, London, W1F 9EL
Top Australian chef Shaun Presland is bringing his acclaimed Japanese-style cooking to London. Following a residency at 10 Heddon Street he will be opening his own place, Pacific, in Soho.
Now you're ready for what's to come, its time to check out all the capital's hottest new openings