Just because Christmas is over doesn’t mean you can’t still stuff your face. And whilst we’re not advising over-stuffing, we are advising trying out some, if not all, of these restaurants opening across the city. Special occasions are sorted as below lists an eclectic mix of venues offering all sorts of foodie fantasies, from a brand new Bob Bob Ricard that’ll see us pressing for Champagne all night long, to the hotly-anticipated unveiling of The Goring’s latest restaurant. Whatever your amuse-bouche may be on the restaurant front, here’s a few to tickle your fancy:
So Nice They Named It Twice
Russian restaurateur Leonid Shutov is at it again, creating miracles and sprinkling them across London. You may be familiar with Bob Bob Ricard the restaurant so nice they named it twice, with a press for Champagne button that takes a lot of trumping. Now, March will see the opening of its little sister Bob Bob Cité, (we hope anyway, as Shutov’s last opening was 18 months behind schedule!) The restaurant will incoporate many of the same embellishments of the first, boasting excellence in interiors, with the main changing being the draft-in of Eric Chavot to man the kitchen, allowing the cuisine to change to Anglo-Russian from French.
Bob Bob Cité opens on the 25th of March
Where: 122 Leadenhall Street, EC3V 4QT
Covent Garden's New Gem
In a nutshell… sorry, we just had to, when a restaurant is named Nutshell the puns follow, naturally. On a serious note, there’s a new resto gliding into Covent Garden by Leonardo Pereira, previously of Noma, which will champion Iranian food and British produce. Curious diners will experience goat leg with grilled onions, buttermilk and coriander; overnight coal-baked squash with barberries and saffron curds and much more where that came from.
Opening in January
Where: Covent Garden
The Boujee Opening
As Fera at Claridge’s closed its doors towards the end of 2018, we’ve got our hearts and sights set on something else opening up to take its place. The heated discussions and rumours at the helm circulate around the team behind three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park in New York taking over. I guess it’s a case of watch this space!
Where: Mayfair - Brook Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4HR
Oh, So Swanky
No. Fifty Cheyne is set to open in 2019, sitting on Chelsea Embankment. The new space will play the part of a restaurant and swanky cocktail bar from the musical imagination of Sally Green, the Old Vic Theatre’s Founding Director and Proprietor of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club! The menu will boast a British cuisine, brought together by Head Chef Iain Smith, who’s focus is on flavoursome seasonal ingredients. The latest hot-spot will overlook the River Thames and Cheyne Gardens, and sits just a stone’s throw from the Kings Road and Albert Bridge.
Opening in February
Where: 50 Cheyne Walk, SW3 5LR
With Spring comes blossoming flowers, Easter eggs and, it turns out, the opening of a brand spanking new restaurant named Allegra. Located in Stratford on the 7th floor of the new Manhattan Loft Gardens in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, the restaurant will connect Britain with European flavours as Patrick Powell, former head chef of The Chiltern Firehouse, works his culinary magic. When choosing to sit outside, you’ll be surrounded by herbs and vegetables growing away, and the picture worthy London skyline.
Where: Olympic Park, 20-22 International Way, E20 1GQ
A Food Market Inside A Church
There’s something eerily alluring about a restaurant opening in a church, but make sure you keep your dinner chat to a sensible level as those acoustics will be sure to reveal any deep, dark secret! This year, the trusty team behind Mercato Metropolitan are set to open up a new market, Mercato Mayfair, which will sit in the Grade I listed St Mark’s just off Oxford Street! There’ll be four floors to enjoy, featuring a restaurant, cocktail bar, brewery and flower shop, cheese and wine store, coffee and gelato bar and more… if that’s even possible? Either way, we can’t wait.
The Vegan Dream
This is a vegan opening we think is kind of a big dill, as it plants itself in the city! Puns aside, Stem + Glory (whose name we’re totally digging) is an award-winning restaurant in Cambridge that boasts breakfast dishes like scrambled tofu on toast and banana bread to Asian and Middle-Eastern influenced mains for lunch and dinner. Now, it’s set to put down roots in Lonodn and we can’t wait to try it.
Opening in January
Where: 60 Batholomew Close, EC1A 7BF
There’s a new terrace in town, and if there’s something you’ll know about us here at The Handbook it’s that we love a terrace most probably more than the next person! Vintry & Mercer hotel will open on the 4th of February, lying between the architectural triumphs of Sir Christopher Wren and The Shard. The terrace, set to boast the best of modern British cooking, provides Instagrammable backdrops of the city skyline, the dome of St Paul’s and London’s staple, The Shard. You’ll enjoy some serious al-fresco dining without having to travel to hotter climes abroad and soak in an atmosphere positioned in floor-to-ceiling glass doors. Mercer Roof Terrace is an experience and not solely a place to sip a drink, and we suggest whacking it on the to-do list ASAP.
Where: The Vintry & Mercer Hotel, 19-20 Garlick Hill, EC4V 2AU
Oh mamma, this French restaurant group is getting big! Extending their influence to Shoreditch, Big Mamma is opening a new location which is yet to be named. The two-tiered venue will house space for 150 diners with Italian-inspired interiors. Aside from that, we know little else so we’ll leave that up to your imagination!
Opening Feb 22nd
Where: 54-56 Great Eastern Street , EC2A 3QR
Occupying the rotunda of the former BBC headquarters, Endo at the Rotunda will see Endo Kazutoshi extending his culinary prowess with a 15-seat restaurant that he hopes will gift him a Michelin. Despite Kazutoshi being the Director for Ichibuns, this new restaurant promises to offer something a far cry from it.
Opening in January
Where: White City
It's All About White City
For Pakistani food head to Shola, the brainchild of Aida Khan. Khan has been serving up her Pakistani offerings in supperclubs for years, loved by many! Now, she’s decided to open her own restaurant in White City, positioned where the BBC used to be and will be using Karachi cooking to entice one and all.
Opening in February
Where: White City Place
For Your Slice Of Michelin
Rice, rice baby is what Arros QD will be serving up as Quique Dacosta, owner of many a Michelin-starred resto, opens up a new spot in London this year. Dacosta is known for his culinary prowess when it comes to paella and high-end Spanish gastronomy, which this new venue will be sure to reflect.
Opening in April 2019
Where: Eastcastle Street, London W1
Corbin & King’s new St John’s Wood restaurant is set to open this year, named Soutine. Who’s excited? Well we certainly are, as the hotly-anticipated venue boasts a neighbourhood vibe, making it an apt “local” in the place of what use to be Carluccio’s. This will be the ninth restaurant from restaurant giants Christopher Corbin and Jeremy King, the latter of which received an outstanding achievement accolade at last year’s London Restaurant Awards. Suffice to say, we’re expecting great things!
Opening in Spring
Where: St John's Wood - 60 St Johns Wood High Street, NW8 7SH
There's No Place Like...
There’s no place like home, especially when it’s in the form of an intimate 16-seater resto by Jason Atherton. The venue will be located next door to Jason’s Michelin-starred flagship Pollen Street Social, however the news does come following that of the closures of Atherton’s Temple & Sons closing at Tower 42 and Clerkenwell Japanese venture Sosharu, which is said to be relocating. Either way it’s all happening for Atherton and it’s all very exciting!
Where: Mayfair, Pollen Street, Mayfair, W1S 1NQ
Staple hotel The Goring located in Belgravia is expanding its culinary offerings by launching a second restaurant that’ll have you seeing food and eating it! The new seafood restaurant will be quintessentially British much like The Dining Room, but with a Cornish focus that’ll see chef Nathan Outlaw creating simple seafood dishes of understated brilliance.
Opening Spring 2019
Where: 15 Beeston Place, Belgravia, SW1W 0JW
Talking of seafood restaurants, Orasay is the new restaurant from Andrew Clarke and Jackson Boxer that’ll bring a taste of the highlands to our London mouths. The menu will boast an aquanautical theme, and comes after the duo successfully launched Shoreditch-based restaurant St Leonards.
Opening in March
Where: Notting Hill - 31 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU
Mad For Mexican
KoI blimey! This new Mexican joint will have you saying ¡Ay, caramba! as Ben Chapman’s approach to Kiln is set to open its doors this year. Whilst further information is pretty thin on the ground, we do know that chef Santiago Lastra will be at the helm, a chef who worked at Rene Redzepi’s Noma Mexico pop-up in 2017. KoI will be his debut so watch this space!
Opening in September
Where: Location TBC
The winner of World’s Best Bar four years in a row is back with a bang and an all-day bar and restaurant. Alex Kratena is set to open Tayer + Elementary in Spring with a little help from friend, and top class mixologist might we add, Monica Berg. Shaking up the city, this venture will be bursting with seasonal cocktails and food, and we think you really ought to visit!
Opening in Spring
Where: 152 Old Street
Wine bar and bakery Flor is getting ready to throw open its doors as 2019 strikes, the product of Michelin-Starred resto Lyle’s extension into the culinary world. Flor will reside as that perfect place to pop to post-work, serving up an abundance of bread and pastries to grab-and-go.
Opening early this year
Where: 1 Bedale Street
Find all of the restaurant openings coming soon here