All good things come to an end and, with 2017 about to become history, here are our 25 favourite restaurant launches from the past year to keep on your to-do list for 2018

Core by Clare Smyth chef London restaurant

1 Core by Clare Smyth, Notting Hill

Why go: Ex-Gordon Ramsay Royal Hospital Road head chef Clare Smyth has succeeded spectacularly with her first solo restaurant

Must order: The lamb-braised carrot studded with salt-and-vinegar crisps is destined for signature dish status for sheer chutzpah alone

92 Kensington Park Road, W11 2PN

2 Neo Bistro, Mayfair

Why go: High-end cooking combined with good-value pricing from Anglo’s Mark Jarvis and former Harwood Arms head chef Alex Harper

Must order: Pray that the veal sweetbreads with pied de bleu mushrooms are on the menu

11 Woodstock Street, W1C 2AE

3 Isabel, Mayfair

Why go: One of the most beautiful-looking dining rooms in London, filled with some of the most beautiful people

Must order: Tuna tartare with avocado, wasabi and lime fits the low carb, high protein ethos

26 Albemarle Street, W1S 4HY

4 108 Garage, Notting Hill

Why go: For cooking that balances rich satisfaction with startling sharpness, served up with a laid-back vibe

Must order: Sour dough served with a chicken liver parfait so soft it functions as butter

108 Golborne Road, W10 5PS

A booth at the Mere restaurant

5 Mere, Fitzrovia

Why go: Monica Galetti’s Samoan and Kiwi heritage blends seamlessly with Gavroche-style haute cuisine for a contemporary take on high-end dining

Must order: Octopus with tomato reduction, caper condiment and parsley oil, sticky from searing on the plancha

74 Charlotte Street, W1T 4QH

6 Claude Bosi at Bibendum, Chelsea

Why go: Ex-Hibiscus chef Claude Bosi is cooking in a more relaxed mood in one of London’s legendary dining rooms 

Must order: Tripe and cuttlefish gratin: funky-tasting ingredients, fine-dining execution

Michelin House, 81 Fulham Road, SW3 6RD

7 Rigo, Parsons Green

Why go: Ambitious, exceptional cooking inspired by the Piedmont childhood of Italian chef Gonzalo Luzarraga

Must order: The tasting menu is an extravaganza of flavour and texture

227 New Kings Road, SW6 4RD

8 Indian Accent, Mayfair

Why go: India’s best restaurant brings glossy interiors, contemporary cooking and eye-opening wine pairing to Albermarle Street

Must order: Smoked bacon kulcha bread, dipped into the deeply flavoured dal

16 Albemarle Street, W1S 4HW

9 Serge et Le Phoque, Fitzrovia

Why go: Ambitious but affordable modern French cuisine with seasonal and eclectic overtones served in a refined-looking dining room

Must order: A truly indulgent chocolate tart – thick, jelly-like filling on a crispy chocolate wafer with a hint of salted cherry blossom 

The Mandrake Hotel, 20-21 Newman Street, W1T 1PG


10 Xu, Soho

Why go: Eye-opening, exciting Taiwanese cuisine from the Bao team served in a gorgeously-evoked 1930s setting

Must order: Char sui iberico pork, meltingly tender in the middle and crisped around the edges

30 Rupert Street, W1D 6DL

11 Bistro Vadouvan, Putney

Why go: Classic French dishes masterfully elevated with Middle-Eastern and Asian spice, plus riverside alfresco

Must order: Steak tartare with smoked aubergine – one of the most original versions we’ve ever had

30 Brewhouse Lane, SW15 2JX

12 Westerns Laundry, Highbury

Why go: The Primeur team strike gold again with an open kitchen, stark interiors and delicious, fishy small plates

Must order: Fideuà, an Andalucian one-pot dish of short pasta baked with seafood

34 Drayton Park, N5 1PB

13 Darjeeling Express, Soho

Why go: Rising star chef Asma Khan’s all-female team delivers a fascinating menu of north Indian and Bengali specialities   

Must order: The spice-laden venison meatballs bathed in a creamy tomato and green chilli gravy

2nd Floor, 6-8 Kingly Street, W1B 5PW

14 Cubé, Mayfair

Why go: Inventive Asian tapas and beautifully crafted sushi, prepared with personality and served with warmth

Must order: ‘Mentai renkon cheese’, a cheese, cod roe and lotus root sandwich, is a delirious umami wallop of deep savouriness

4 Blenheim Street, W1S 1LB

Jean-Georges at The Connaught

15 Jean-Georges at The Connaught, Mayfair

Why go: Playful luxury from one of the world’s most famous chefs in one of London’s loveliest hotels

Must order: The truffle and Fontina pizza is comfort food par excellence

The Connaught Hotel, Carlos Place, W1K 2AL

16 Lorne, Pimlico

Why go: An ex-River Café sommelier and a former chef from The Square have created a truly relaxed modern Brit

Must order: An unashamedly rich starter of cuttlefish with fennel, pickled onions and romesco sauce

76 Wilton Road, SW1V 1DE

17 Noizé, Fitzrovia

Why go: Former Pied à Terre manager opens his first solo restaurant with a former Pied à Terre chef cooking classic French bistro food

Must order: A superb plateful of meltingly soft suckling pig belly with crisp crackling and silky, tarragon-infused pomme purée

39 Whitfield Street, W1T 2SF

18 Cecconi’s at The Ned, City

Why go: All of the buzz of the Mayfair original housed within the glamourama of Soho House’s Ned Hotel

Must order: Puffy-battered calamari dipped in tangy tartar sauce

The Ned, 27 Poultry, EC2R 8AJ

19 Perilla, Newington Green

Why go: A hip setting for food that’s adventurous but genuine, with bags of imagination applied to good ingredients

Must order: Sparassis mushrooms teamed with salted plums, ricotta and lustrous lardo

1-3 Green Lanes N16 9BS

Sparrow London restaurant bar

20 Sparrow, Lewisham

Why go: An accomplished small-plates venue from an ex-St John husband and wife team that takes inspiration from around the world

Must order: Punchy but tender bang-bang beef ribs with anchovy-miso aubergine

2 Rennell Street, SE13 7HD

21 La Dame de Pic, City

Why go: Three-Michelin-starred French chef Anne-Sophie Pic has found a suitably grand London home in the Four Seasons

Must order: Mackerel with matcha dashi and sherry vinegar is a beautifully balance of fish with tart flavours

Four Seasons Hotel London at Ten Trinity Square, EC3N 4AJ

22 Hai Cenato, Victoria

Why go: Pasta, risottos and sour-dough pizzas inspired by Jason Atherton’s favourite New York Italians

Must order: Salted caramel ice-cream sandwiched in a brioche burger bun

2 Sir Simon Milton Square, SW1E 5DJ

23 Nobu, Shoreditch

Why go: The international mega brand has brought its global glamour to the City/Shoreditch borders: heaven for sushi-loving expense-accounters

Must order: Tear yourself away from the black cod den miso with excellent pork belly with a beautifully balanced spicy miso caramel sauce

10-50 Willow Street, EC2A 4BH

24 Red Rooster, Shoreditch

Why go: A celebration of America’s southern soul food, carried off with panache, in the oh-so-cool Curtain hotel

Must order: Stay on theme and order a bird royale feast for two to share

45 Curtain Road, EC2A 4PJ

The Game Bird at The Stafford Hotel St James's London restaurant hotel British James Durrant Squaremeal Square Meal

25 The Game Bird, St James’s

Why go: For something that very few London five-star hotels offer any more: a dining room serving traditional British food

Must order: Sweet and savoury puddings: steak with rich gravy in a suet crust, and a Lyle’s golden syrup sponge doused in custard

The Stafford London, 16-18 St James’s Place, SW1A 1NJ

Still hungry for more newcomers? Check out our lists of all the recent openings and the restaurants launching soon