9 New Restaurants Opening This April, From Rooftop Hideouts To Michelin-Star Chefs

By Lottie Woodrow | 20th April 2023
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Want a seat at the hottest table in the capital? This month we’ve taken a look at the best new restaurants opening in London. 

From swanky new rooftop restaurants to the Michelin-starred chef opening everyone’s talking about, here’s where to find the best new restaurants in London.

The best new restaurants in London to book right now

Savoy Grill by Gordon Ramsay

In February, Savoy Grill closed its doors to undergo a momentous renaissance, making the restaurant an even more iconic destination. Since then, the team has been working around the clock to bring guests an incredible dining experience with an elegant new look, unforgettable dishes, out-of-this-world cocktails and an impressive wine menu. Book your table now and be among the first to dine in the new Savoy Grill, opening on Monday 24th April.

Reopening date: 24.04.2023

Where: 100 Strand, WC2R 0EZ

Website: www.gordonramsayrestaurants.com


The brand new opening from Emerald Hospitality Group, Riviera is London’s newest high-end restaurant inspired by the South of France. Set to open in Mayfair this April, the restaurant will comprise three main areas – the dining room, an outdoor terrace and a ground-floor bar and lounge. 

The menu will be inspired by this region of France, centred around sharing-style dishes – think grapefruit king crab salad; lemongrass marinated scallops; veal chops marinated in dijon mustard; lobster with yuzu butter; sea bass papillote; and tarte tatin for a classic French dessert.

Opening Date: 21.04.2023

Where: 23 St James’s Street, St James’s, SW1A 1HA

Website: www.riviera-london.co.uk

Birch Selsdon

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South Croydon will welcome Birch Selsdon this April, a brand new opening from the expanding Birch community. The hotel will be just as dreamy as its Cheshunt sister, complete with 181 bedrooms and suites, a co-working space, a well-being space and lido, and farm-to-fork restaurants. 

Two restaurants and three bars await you. Both the signature restaurant Elodie and the all-day dining affair Vervain will be led by Michelin-starred chef Lee Westcott. For a special occasion, book in for Elodie, the airy restaurant complete with earthy yellow tones and intimate booths perfect for date nights. In the summer, the space will make way for an alfresco terrace overlooking the lawn. While Vervain will be the hotel’s all-day dining British brasserie located in the heart of the house.

Opening Date: April TBC

Where: 126 Addington Road, South Croydon, CR2 8YA

Website: www.birchcommunity.com


This month sees hospitality duo Matt Harris and Tommy Kempton open up their latest venture in Battersea Rise. Ploussard will offer up a seasonal menu featuring dishes such as smoked cods roe and squid ink cracker; lamb and anchovy crumpet; BBQ scallop with Jerusalem artichoke and back fat; squash, housemate ricotta and lovage pesto; and a dreamy Amalfi lemon tart topped with crème fraîche. 

The space will be filled with cosy carved-out wooden booths, oat-coloured table tops and notes of burgundy and light pink filling the restaurant throughout.


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Opening Date: 01.04.2023

Where: 97 St Johns Road, SW11 1QY

Website: www.ploussardlondon.co.uk

The Gurkhas

Inspired by the heritage of the Himalayas, The Gurkhas is the brainchild of Nepal-born Shrabaneswor Rai. He’s teamed up with head chef Joe Allen, whose wife is Nepalese and whose father-in-law is a Gurkha, the restaurant hopes to bring to life modern iterations of Nepali cuisine. 

Look forward to dishes such as kukhura ko jhol momo (chicken dumplings with a tomato-based sauce); spicy lamb kachila, karela (marinated lamb tartare with Nepali herbs and spiced, crispy bitter gourd); duck breast dhule achar and taro roots (pan-fried duck breast with pickle butter); and monkfish choila, kaakro ko achar, chiura (grilled monkfish with cucumber salad and beaten rice).

Opening Date: 04.04.2023

Where: 110 Great Portland Street, W1W 6PQ

Website: www.thegurkhasrestaurant.com

Story Cellar

Two Michelin star chef Tom Sellers is set to open up a Parisian-inspired rotisserie style restaurant this month, complete with counter dining and small plate dishes. 

The main focus of the menu will be rotisserie chicken, served alongside a small menu of house-cured charcuterie and classic dishes including house terrine, a daily changing house grill and fish of the day. Set in the heart of Neal’s Yard, this is set to become the new pre-theatre stop-off.


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Opening Date: 01.04.2023 

Where: 17 Neals Yard, Seven Dials, WC2H 9DP

Website: www.storycellar.co.uk

The Don

A city institution has reopened its doors. Swithins Lane’s The Don has returned in full force following a four-year closure. 

Now under new ownership, the space has been completely refurbished and will be led by head chef Toby Lever (formerly Lutyens). Look forward to a modern European menu centred around seasonal ingredients and a diverse wine featuring over 600 bottles selected by head sommelier Max Cohn and David Gleave MW (chairman and founder of Liberty Wines).

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Opening Date: 01.04.2023

Where: 19-23 Swithins Lane, EC4N 8AD

Website: www.sandemanquarter.com


Heading to Spitalfields is Maene, a new restaurant taking over the first floor of an old clothing warehouse. Teaming up with the founders of Mission, the restaurant is set to become a space where people come together, from breakfast meetings to dinner dates and drinks on the terrace. 

The menu will celebrate seasonal British produce, with the cocktail list making “use of waste from the restaurant and cafe”.

Opening Date: 03.04.2023

Where: 7-9 Fashion Street, Spitalfields, E1 

Website: www.maenerestaurant.co.uk


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Having just opened its doors in Tottenham Court Road, Mediterranean restaurant CAVO will be expanding their space with an additional outdoor terrace this April. Whether you fancy a cold glass of champagne or a menu of small plates, the terrace will be the perfect spot to sit back and relax- with a stellar view of London’s west end.

CAVO is a celebration of everything the sea and the middle of the earth have to offer, taking over the 4th floor of The New Outernet building. Standout dishes include lasagna crocante, the Mediterranean seafood celebration; and Zuppa Di Cozze.

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Opening Date: April 2023 

Where: The Now Building Outernet, Denmark Street, WC2H 0LA

Website: www.cavorestaurant.com 

Want more? Check out March’s best new restaurants in London list

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