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We’re waving hello to February with nine exceptional new restaurants opening up across the city so you eager foodies can dive right in. The name that’s on everyone’s lips this month is the arrival of London’s top fresh pasta resto, Padella and their brand new site in Shoreditch, eek! But we’ve found eight other restaurants sure to make a name for themselves too. Here’s everywhere you should be eating this month:


London has gone hopping crazy over the news that Hoppers will be making a beeline for King’s Cross. The resto inspired by the traditional home cooking and street food of Sri Lanka and southern India, Hoppers will be bringing its legendary family feasting menu to its brand new site. Expect to be munching your way through seafood grills including black pepper curry leaf prawn skewers and Negombo crab kari. Hop along and find out for yourself.

Where: 4 Pancras Square, King's Cross, N1C 4AG


Dog lovers, this entry is just for you…

South west Londoner’s favourite spot, Megan’s is opening up a brand new branch in the beating heart of Islington and to put it lightly, you can expect to see a plethora of furry friends at this little brunch number. By day, you’ll find executive chef Sercan serving up brunch delights and avocado on toast a’plenty, but by night, the resto spot becomes a haven for sharing plate lovers and posh kebabs. It’s blooming marvellous.

Where: 6 Esther Anne Place, N1 1WL

Dominique Ansel Treehouse

If there’s one man we have to thank in the food industry, it’s Dominique Ansel and his creation of the ‘cronut’. News of his latest endeavour has spread like wildfire, with eager cronut fans hoping for another spot to nab up his devilishly delicious creations. And, of course, we don’t want to be the bearers of bad news but there’s said to be no cronuts on the menu…

But, what you will find is a plethora of new experimental concepts just waiting to come alive. Tucked on Floral Street in Covent Garden, Ansel’s new concept champions the artistic expression of pastry cooking and techniques. With interiors inspired by treehouses, the two-storey venue will see you revive your inner child as you enjoy a bite to eat on the ‘treetop canopy’. Downstairs, you’ll find a bakery, while upstairs you’ll find a cosy bistro awaiting your arrival.

Where: 24 Floral Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9DP


My, oh my, is it hard to nab yourself a table at London’s finest pasta resto Padella. To ease your carb craving pain, Padella are opening up a brand new branch over in Shoreditch. Known across the city for boasting London’s longest queues, the fresh pasta restaurant is both effortlessly delicious and incredibly affordable. Will you be able to get yourself a table to try it out? We can’t guarantee but boy, is it worth the punt!

Where: 1 Phipp Street, Shoreditch, EC2A 4PS


Bringing a splash of Nigerian spice to the city is Chuku’s and their newest endeavour in Tottenham. Championing authentic Nigerian flavours and hospitality, Chuku’s is run by brother-sister duo Emeka and Ifeyinwa, and offers exceptional mini tapas plates, perfecting for sharing and socialising.

Where: 274 High Road, Tottenham, N15 4RR

Zia Lucia

Get a pizza this because there really isn’t anything like a cheesy slice o’pizza. This February will see independent pizzeria Zia Lucia make pizzawaves with its fourth permanent site opening in Aldgate East. With all the charms of a traditional Italian pizzeria, expect to be munching through hand-crafted pizzas, chomping through strings of creamy mozzarella and guzzling down locally sourced wines too. Bellissimo!

Where: 12A Piazza Walk, Aldgate, E1 8ZH

Patron Cave À Manger

Channeling traditional French cooking is Patron Cave À Manger who’ll be opening up their second site in the heart of Highbury and Islington later this month. If it’s anything like it’s older sibling, you can expect to be munching your way through a selection of small plates bursting with authentic French ingredients including steak tartare, French onion soup and the all important frogs legs.

Where: 158A Blackstock Road, Highbury & Islington, N5 1HA


Guess who’s back…

Gymkhana is making a return after an extensive refurbishment and we couldn’t be more excited! With interiors designed by JKS Design Director, Samual Hosker, Gymkhana draws inspiration from the elite clubs of India, whilst combining interior inspo from residential mansions dotted around India. As for food, you can expect the chef’s to be serving up wow-worthy Michelin star chapatta Indian food.

Where: 42 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S4JH

Giannino Dal 1899

Another restaurant that’ll be bringing a splash of Italian cuisine to London is Giannino Dal 1899.

Following its 120 year reign in Milan, Giannino Dal 1899 is launching a brand new site in the heart of Mayfair, bringing with it refined traditional Italian classics, including the loved favourite babà di lasagne al ragù na-poletano, a brilliant fusion of both Southern and Northern Italian cultures.

Where: Blenheim Street, Mayfair, W1S 1LQ

Love a restaurant opening? Check out our favourite restaurants that opened in January and 2019.