While the next few months might look a little uncertain, we’re eagerly looking ahead at all of the wonderful new restaurant arrivals landing in London in 2022. And there are some big names rumoured to be arriving too, from a new Blacklock location to The Berkeley’s new bakery…

Of course this isn’t a definitive list but rather a hand selection of the one’s we’re most looking forward to arriving. So without further ado, here are the best restaurant openings rumoured to be landing in 2022. 

 

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Blacklock Covent Garden

London is bursting with restaurants serving roast dinners but the restaurant at the top of every Londoners list? Blacklock. This February will see the famed chophouse open up its fourth restaurant in the heart of Covent Garden.

Renowned for their high quality and dry-aged meats, the restaurant will be keeping sustainability at the forefront of the new venue’s ethos, focusing on lesser known cuts of meats and a pip-to-peel approach. They’ll be working with Cornish farmer and butcher, Philip Warren to ensure the quality is excellent and to cut down on waste by using the whole animal across a variety of dishes. And yes, you can expect their award-winning Sunday roasts to be back with a bang – yay. 

Opening Date: February 2022
Where: 16A Bedford Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 9HE
Website: www.theblacklock.com

 

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Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley 

Knightbridge’s The Berkeley will be adding another addition to its ever-growing roster of foodie offerings, with the arrival of a new patisserie from one of the world’s best pastry chefs, Cedric Grolet. Opening in early 2022, this will be Cedric’s first patisserie outside of France, and he’s excited to bring his artistry and creations across the Channel. 

Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley will see two iconic patisserie signatures brought together for the first time – Grolet’s famous Fruit creations, and his exquisite Flowers. Creating quite the impression on Instagram, Grolet is famed for his culinary ‘trompe-l’œil’ where pâtisserie genius is used to create optical illusions. Visitors will be able to enjoy Grolet’s creations at The Berkeley Cafe or take them away to devour at home. 

Opening Date: Early 2022
Where: The Berkeley, Wilton Place, Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RL
Website: www.the-berkeley.co.uk

The Timber Loft 

Launching above The Light Bar is The Timber Loft, a new 80-cover, modern European restaurant. Having previously worked with Stevie Parle, Tristan Downes will be taking the lead as head chef, offering an array of delicious, refined dishes. 

Feature dishes include celeriac and winter tomato terrine; brioche crostini; squash ravioli, fried sage and chestnut; and confit duck leg with roscoff onion and red cabbage. 

Opening up in January, the restaurant will also offer a special Veganuary tasting menu, featuring dishes such as Jerusalem artichoke gnocchi with artichoke crisps and nasturtium; roast squash with fregola, porcini, calvo and salsa verde; and passito granita, muscatel grape and roasted pear panna cotta with caramel and basil. 

Interiors wise, expect original exposed beams and skylights that frame the ‘loft’ feel. There’ll be a range of teal and green accent colours too, marble bar counters and copper finishes.

Opening Date: January 2022
Where: The Light Bar, 233 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6PJ
Website: www.lightbarlondon.com

Itaku

Itaku is a brand new restaurant from the founder of Cannes pop-up Cosy Box, Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini and chef Ivan Simeoli. Arriving on Great Portland Street in January 2022, the restaurant will specialise in serving Italian cuisine, while mixing in Japanese flavours and techniques. 

A unique mix of the two countries and their cuisines, expect dishes such as soya milk poached pork belly with baked Umbrian beans; miso Cornish monkfish with flamed pumpkin and Tusan black cabbage; and Sicilian red prawns with black truffle ponzu and shiso. There’ll also be staples such as truffle carbonara and seafood linguine, or sashimi and vegetables from the ‘raw bar’.

Opening date: January 2022
Where: 110 Great Portland Street, W1W 6PQ
Website: www.itaku.co.uk

The Coach Makers Arms

Cubitt House has announced the appointment of a new team who will be developing its existing portfolio of pubs, with the first being The Coach Makers Arms in Marylebone. Scheduled to reopen in January 2022, celebrated chef and cookbook author Ben Tish joins Cubitt House as chef director, and will ensure each pub has a distinctive identity, some nodding to his Mediterranean background, while others serving traditional pub fare. 

The Coach Makers Arms will continue operating as a traditional pub on the ground floor with a 60-cover classical British restaurant on the first floor, offering a chophouse-style menu. Meanwhile downstairs on the lower ground floor, there’ll be a cocktail bar, holding space for up to 50 guests for intimate drinks.

Opening Date: January 2022
Where: 88 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2PY
Website: www.thecoachmakersarms.co.uk

The Princess Royal

2022 is the year of Cubitt House and they are adding yet another pub to their portfolio, with the opening of The Princess Royal in Notting Hill next March. 

Following months of refurbishment and renovation, the property will house an 80-cover restaurant, as well as four boutique bedrooms for those wanting to spend the night. 

Once again, chef director Ben Tish has developed a menu that draws on his experience cooking with Mediterranean flavours, but in keeping with the Cubitt House ethos, will feature only the best British produce. Expect seasonal fish and shellfish to feature on the raw bar, both which can be served crudo-style or expertly cooked on the Josper grill. There’ll also be outdoor dining spaces with a terrace and a garden.

Opening Date: March 2022
Where: TBC
Website: www.cubitthouse.co.uk

Yolk

Nothing quite beats a humble sandwich for lunch, but for days when you can’t be bothered to make your own, Yolk is the perfect place to indulge in the great culinary creation. Founder of the fine fast food outlet, Nick Philpot, is launching a third site in Soho’s Golden Square this January, bringing with him the brand’s famous sandwiches and egg pots. 

Expect to see sandwiches filled with freshly roasted marinated chicken and dripping in nduja mayonnaise; bacon baps with sweet-cured streaky bacon from Tom Hixson of Smithfield; and eggs Benedict using Clarence Court’s finest drenched in house-made hollandaise.

Opening Date: January 2022
Where: 19 Golden Square, W1F 9JJ
Website: www.yolklondon.com

LISBOETA

Expect the style, design, food and culture of Lisbon to be captured between four walls by London-based Portuguese chef, Nuno Mendes and his new restaurant, LISBOETA. Opening on Charlotte Street in Spring 2022, the restaurant will shine a light on Lisbon’s vibrant food and drink scene. 

Lisboeta – which literally means ‘a person from Lisbon’ will offer guests the chance to dine like a true Lisboeta, delighting in traditional and non-traditional ‘petiscos’ (little plates of this and that) and Portuguese wine. 

Set across three floors, the ground floor will be inspired by cafe culture, featuring a long, seated bar built from repurposed tram wood and limestone sourced from Lisbon, while upstairs will be a dining room with banquette seating. Launching later in the year will be The Adega, a unique space overlooking the glass fronted kitchen and extensive wine cellar in the basement.

Opening Date: Spring 2022
Where: 30 Charlotte Street, WC1B 4AF
Website: ​​www.lisboeta.co.uk

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Gaia London

Another Dubai restaurant hoping to take London’s culinary scene to the next level is Gaia. With flagship restaurants in Dubai and Monte-Carlo, Gaia is hoping to bring the aromatic flavours of Mediterranean and Greek dishes and elevate them to Mayfair fine dining standard in 2022. 

Dates are yet to be confirmed but Gaia will help to craft a bridge between the fine-dining and casual dining scene, offering high quality Mediterranean inspired dishes. We took a little look at Gaia’s Dubai menu to see what to expect and it’s brimming with mezze dishes, salads, seafood and Greek mains.

Opening Date: TBC
Website: www.gaia-restaurants.com

The Aubrey London, Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park

Joining Dinner by Heston Blumenthal at the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is The Aubrey, a brand new dining experience and the first UK venture from Maximal Concepts. The new restaurant will be taking over the space left behind by Bar Boulud. 

There are little details revealed so far about this new restaurant but the Mandarin Oriental has leaked on its website that it’ll be ‘an eccentric Japanese Izakaya experience’. 

More details when we have them… 

Opening Date: Early 2022
Where: 66 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7LA
Website: www.mandarinoriental.com

Manzi’s by Corbin & King 

Another restaurant that was originally in the pipeline to open in 2020 is Corbin & King’s newest venture, Manzi’s, but it’s been reported that it’s opening dates have been pushed back once again until 2022.

Corbin & King, the restaurant brand known for creating some of London’s most iconic restaurants from The Wolseley to Brasserie Zédel, announced that they had plans to take over the former Bateman’s Buildings in Soho in Spring 2019, but plans had been rejigged due to COVID restrictions, but it is thought that Manzi’s will finally open up at some point in 2022.

Hoping to bring the same spirit and atmosphere as Brasserie Zédel, Manzi’s will boast ‘nautical’ elements into the interiors, with a menu focusing on seafood and fish.

OPENING: TBC
Website: www.corbinandking.com

 

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Adesse at Selfridges

Premium plant based dining is set to be hot in 2022, so Adesse Restaurant is expected to be only the first fine dining vegan restaurant that we’ll be reporting on over the next twelve months. 

Selfridges will be making way for Adesse Restaurant in January 2022, a new dining destination from renowned American chef Matthew Kenney. The menu will focus on recipes from all over the world, all using locally sourced and seasonal ingredients, alongside a few of Kenney’s signature dishes. 

Expect dishes such as avocado tikka with grilled potato bread, curry leaf yogurt, coriander leaves and flowers; celeriac rosti, apple, fennel and sour cream; raw courgette and tomato lasagne with pesto, pistachio and ricotta; and kelp noodle cacio e pepe with snap peas, pea shoots and dehydrated black olives. 

Opening Date: January 2022
Where: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB
Website: www.selfridges.com

 

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Nammos London

They might not be able to promise you sandy beach views and warm weather, but Nammos London will be able to bring its signature style and Greek cuisine. Since launching in 2003, the restaurant-cum-beach-bar quickly became the trendy place to head amongst the A-listers, now famed for its party vibes and stunning traditional Greek cuisine. 

News about this opening is thin on the ground but it’s rumoured to be part of an international expansion project. More details on this exciting celebrity hotspot when we have them…

Opening Date: TBC
Website: www.nammos.gr


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