New restaurants opening in London in 2020

Make sure you're up to speed with new restaurant openings in London in 2020 with SquareMeal's comprehensive list of restaurants coming soon. We've done the hard work so you don't have to...

Updated on 24 March 2020

There’s no denying that times are tough out there for the restaurant and hospitality industry. The recent Coronavirus outbreak has led to the enforced closure of all restaurants in the capital and there are lots of ongoing conversations surrounding the lasting impact this crisis will have on London’s dining scene. 

Even before Covid-19 became the hot topic on everyone’s lips, London venues were falling 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 minds. 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 restaurants set to open in London in 2020. Restaurants might be closed for now, but they will open again and London’s restaurant scene will get all of its glory back – we're sure of it. 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 still be excited for the future of London restaurants. 

Kol

Kol

TBC, London , London,

OPENS 2020

Not much is known about this first solo restaurant from Santiago Lastra, but we do know that Mexican food will be the focus and that the restaurant will be found in central London.

£50 - £79
Mexican
Mo Diner

Mo Diner

23 Heddon Street, London, W1B 4BH

OPENS 2020

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 1930s decor.

£30 - £49
Mediterranean
Tavolino

Tavolino

Unit 1, Riverside, London Bridge, London, SE1 2DA

OPENS 2020

From the former head chef of wildly popular fresh pasta restaurant Bancone comes this simple Italian restaurant, complete with riverside views, bread baked in house and ingredients sourced from artisan producers where possible.

£30 - £49
Italian
Cocotte Parsons Green

Cocotte Parsons Green

271 New Kings Road, Parsons Green, London, SW6 4RD

OPENS 2020

Following the success of its two existing London restaurants in Notting Hill and Hoxton, the folk behind casual roast chicken restaurant Cocotte are planning to open a third, this time in Parsons Green. 

£30 - £49
French
Wright Brothers City

Wright Brothers City

1 Frederick's Place, City of London, London, EC2R 8AB

OPENS 2020

The sixth London site for seafood specialists Wright Brothers finds its home on buzzy Frederick’s Place, a short walk from Bank tube station. Expect daily-changing specials and ultra-fresh seafood platters made to order.

£30 - £49
Fish
Maison Francois

Maison Francois

6 Duke Street, St. James's, London, SW1Y 6DF

OPENS 2020

MasterChef: The Professionals 2018 finalist Matthew Ryle will be the man in charge of the kitchen at Francois O’Neill's new restaurant in St. James's. Expect traditional French dishes and plenty of Gallic flare.

French
NoMad London

NoMad London

Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station, London, WC2E 7AH

OPENS 2020

Opening in the building that once housed Bow Street Magistrates’ Court, this first UK branch of NoMad promises all the elegance its New York hotel is known for, with a restaurant menu to match.

Yau Grilling

Yau Grilling

Wardian London, Isle of Dogs, London, E14 9TP

OPENS 2020

This new venture from serial restaurateur and founder of Wagamama Alan Yau, will offer intimate Japanese-inspired counter dining. Little more is known, bar its location: a swanky new high-rise on the Isle of Dogs. 

Japanese
Noble Rot Soho

Noble Rot Soho

2 Greek Street, Soho, London, W1D 4NB

OPENS 2020

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 site formerly occupied by The Gay Hussar.

£30 - £49
British
French
Nobu Portman Square

Nobu Portman Square

Portman Square, Marylebone, London, W1H 6LT

OPENS 2020

Following a 15-year run on Mayfair’s Berkeley Street, the luxury lifestyle brand Nobu has shut up shop at its original London location. It's moving to Marylebone, where a Nobu hotel will open.

£50 - £79
Peruvian
Sushi
Japanese
Coco Ichibanya Marylebone

Coco Ichibanya Marylebone

39 James Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 1DL

OPENS 2020

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 beef hamburger patties. 

Under £30
Japanese
International
Club Mexicana

Club Mexicana

Kingly Court, Soho, London, W1B 5PW

OPENS 2020

Having been a fixture of London’s food scene for several years, Club Mexicana is finally setting up a permanent site in Soho’s foodie hub Kingly Court. Expect Mexican staples, given a plant-based makeover. 

Under £30
Mexican
Vegan
Chyna

Chyna

Marsh Wall, London, E14 9TP

OPENS 2020

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.

£30 - £49
Chinese
Miguel

Miguel's Pizza

180-188 Camden High Street, Camden Town, London, NW1 8QP

OPENS 2020

This cut-price pizzeria is the brainchild of Miguel Barclay, of One Pound Meals fame. It will serve New York style pizzas by the slice, which are affordable and cooked inside a stone baked oven.

Under £30
Pizza
Smoke & Salt Tooting

Smoke & Salt Tooting

115 Tooting High Street, Tooting, London, SW17 0SY

OPENS 2020

The popular small plates restaurant is leaving the shipping containers of POP Brixton after a two year residency and into permanent digs in Tooting, though the address has yet to be confirmed.

Under £30
British
The Cheese Barge

The Cheese Barge

Sheldon Square, Paddington Central, London, W2 6HY

OPENS 2020

This new venture from the founder of Pick & Cheese involves a double-decker boat taking up a permanent mooring on the Grand Union Canal at Paddington Central. Dishes oozing with cheese come as standard.

Cheese
British
Six By Nico London

Six By Nico London

33-41 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1T 1RR

OPENS 2020

The debut London site for this concept, which already has five locations, sees a new themed tasting menu served every six weeks. The first menu is themed on British chippies – we can't wait. 

£30 - £49
Modern European
Scottish
British
Nusr-Et Steakhouse

Nusr-Et Steakhouse

The Park Tower hotel, 101 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7RN

OPENS 2020

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.

Over £80
Steak
Manzi

Manzi's

1-8 Bateman's Buildings, Soho, London, W1D 3EN

OPENS 2020

Hospitality royalty Corbin & King are planning to launch their eighth location in the capital – a large seafood focused restaurant with a lively and casual vibe, not dissimilar to that of their Brasserie Zedel.

£30 - £49
Fish
Din Tai Fung at Centre Point

Din Tai Fung at Centre Point

11 St Giles Passage, Oxford Street, London, WC2H 8AP

OPENS 2020

This Centre Point site is set to be Din Tai Fung's second London location, following the flagship Covent Garden site. Get excited for the signature xiaolongbao and hysteria from its cult fan base.

£30 - £49
Taiwanese
Le Cordon Bleu

Le Cordon Bleu

85 Fleet Street, City of London, London, EC4Y 1AE

OPENS 2020

The world-famous French cookery school is set to launch a second site on Fleet Street, which will comprise of a restaurant, cafe and cooking school in the building that once housed Lutyens restaurant.

International
Cafe Bao

Cafe Bao

4 Pancras Square, King's Cross, London, NIC 4AG

OPENS 2020

The team responsible for putting Taiwanese steamed buns on the map in the capital are launching their first all-day dining concept. At Cafe Bao, expect Taiwanese-style breakfasts and a tempting baked goods range.

£30 - £49
Taiwanese
Claro

Claro

22 Bateman Street, Soho, London, W1D 3AN

OPENS 2020

Former Londrino chef Leandro Carreira is the man behind this Portuguese taberna on Bateman Street, which serves calssic Portuguese dishes alongside native wines and a selection of beers on tap. 

£30 - £49
Portuguese
Caprice Café

Caprice Café

8-10 North Audley Street, London, W1K 6ZD

OPENS 2020

Caprice Holdings is finally set to re-brand the Mayfair Garden site it purchased a few years ago. Caprice Café will be a casual spin-off of the existing Le Caprice restaurant in St James’s.

Sessions Art Club

Sessions Art Club

The Old Sessions House, Farringdon, London, EC1R 0NA

OPENS 2020

Celebrating the harmony between good food and art, this Clerkenwell restaurant with chef Alex Vines at the helm will be supporting the creative industry thanks to a regular schedule of exhibitions and events.

£30 - £49
Modern European
Park Row

Park Row

77 Brewer Street, Soho, London, W1F 9ZN

OPENS 2020

Describing itself as a fully immersive gastronomic experience, Park Row is the first London restaurant to be themed around DC comics. It will open on Soho’s Brewer Street and we're already geeking out.

International

Now you're ready for what's to come, its time to check out all the capital's hottest new openings