Balans Soho Society Clapham
What we know: Balans Soho Society are opening a new restaurant and bar on Clapham Common South Side in March. The restaurant will serve their much-loved all-day menu, from breakfast through to dinner. Interior designed by Simon Costin, of Alexander McQueen and Stella McCartney. Opening March, exact date TBC.
Where: 16A Clapham Common South Side, Clapham, SW4 7AB
What we know: Borough Market are launching their very own restaurant; Borough Plates. The pop-up will launch in January and will stick around for 2 months, celebrating the market’s finest produce. Each week the restaurant will welcome a top London chef to collaborate with the market traders; everything from Cannon & Cannon charcuterie to Beaufort cheese from Mons Cheesemongers.
Where: 1 Cathedral Street, Borough Market, Southwark, SE1 9AL
Simmons Bar Camden
What we know: Simmons opens their 8th venue where guests can expect to find all the intriguing creations and funky flavour combinations that have made their other locations such firm favourites. Matching the brilliantly bizarre drinks menu, the mix of skull mirror disco ball, vintage antiques, retro games consoles and cocktails served in teacups.
Where: 7-9 Kentish Town Road, Camden NW1 8NH
When: January 25th
Din Tai Fung
What we know: Popular Chinese restaurant Din Tai Fung is opening in London this year. Adding to the 21 restaurants in Singapore and three in Thailand, we don’t know many details yet apart from that it will serve the signature xiaolongbao – they sell 2.3 million of these a month! Expect queues.
Where: Central London
What we know: Cinnamon Bazaar will be the next restaurant from Vivek Singh. Part of The Cinnamon Collection it will offer all-day dining in a fun, relaxed environment.
Where: 28 Maiden Lane, Covent Garden, WC2N 7JS
When: December 1st 2016
What we know: Following on from the opening of Bel-Air health deli in Shoreditch, a second site is set to open in the City, on the ground floor of an office block. Larger than the Shoreditch site, the venue will have seating space and serve ‘feel good fast food’; sandwiches, nutritious stews, falafel, daal and salads.
Where: 12 New Fetter Lane, City of London, EC4A 1AG
When: January 30th
What we know: Japanese restaurant Matsuri St James is reopening as Onodera, after 23 years of service. A multi million pound refurbishment will take place to transform the restaurant and a new menu will see Japanese classics with a twist, with wine and sake on the drinks menu.
Where: 15 Bury Street, St James's, SW1Y 6AL
What we know: Soho is getting a new bao bun destination. Bun House is a Chinese cafe and tea room inspired by the street food stalls of Hong Kong. It will specialise in the fluffy buns, filled with lamb, pork, fish, chicken or vegetables with sides including duck tongue fries.
Where: 23-24 Greek Street, Soho, W1D 4DZ
Maple and Kings
What we know: Maple and Kings is a new healthy entry in Kings Cross from the people behind Maple and Fitz. Expect juices, smoothies, salads and superfood cocktails as well as gluten-free desserts. At the weekend, brunch will see buckwheat crepes with salted date caramel and sweetcorn and courgette fritters.
Where: Pancras Square, Kings Cross, N1CX 4AG
MEATliquor King’s Cross
What we know: King’s Cross is getting a MEATliquor. Expect the classic meaty feasts including the iconic burgers, hard shakes and cocktails. Opening April 2017, date TBC.
Where: 6 St Chad's Place, Kings Cross, WC1X 9HH
What we know: Jason Atherton is opening Hai Cenato; a 60-cover Italian restaurant in Victoria’s Nova development. Atherton’s first Italian venture, it will see Social Eating House’s Chef Patron Paul Hood and Senior Sous Chef James Brown lead the kitchen, serving pasta, pizza and risotto. The Drunken Oyster will be the restaurant’s first floor bar (70-covers), serving classic Italian cocktails and sparkling ‘taptails’.
Where: 85 Buckingham Palace Road, Victoria, SW1W 0AJ
When: February 7th
Apres Food Co
What we know: Clerkenwell is getting a new healthy cafe. Apres Food Co will serve gluten and sugar-free dishes including lamb curry and fritter muffins, chicken risotto, banana bread and smoothies; healthy comfort food.
Where: 72 St John Street, Clerkenwell, EC1 M4DT