Bob Bob Cité
What we know: The restaurant, in the landmark Leadenhall Building, informally known as the Cheesegrater, will be the City of London sibling to Soho’s iconic Bob Bob Ricard. Bob Bob Cité will accommodate 190 covers across two dining rooms. Three private dining suites, complete with a reception room, dining room and City views, will each seat eighteen guests.
Chef Eric Chavot’s menu will offer classic French country-style cooking using meticulously-sourced produce, mostly from Britain, but travelling further afield for authentic touches such as mineral water from a naturally-carbonated source in his native Arcachon.
Where: The Leadenhall Building, 122 Leadenhall Street, EC3V 4AB
When: March 25th
The Halal Guys
What we know:Foodies will finally get to choose between a sandwich or platter in four equally tasty versions – chicken, beef, chicken & beef or vegan-friendly falafel – served with a selection of toppings and, of course, the iconic, secret recipe white and hot sauces.
Where: Leicester Square
When: March 30th
Thunderbird Fried Chicken
What we know: ‘Fried gold’ chicken now has its own location in South London with the opening of Thunderbird Fried Chicken. The restaurant is the project of Matt Harris, who has recently conquered the street food world at Dinerama and Giant Robot. His newest location will feature highlights from his other locations, such as Habanero Wings and Buttermilk Caraway Slaw.
Where: Market Row, Brixton, SW9 8LB
What we know:In an era when sustainability is key, Embr Kitchen founder and head chef, Dougy Robertson, demonstrates his passion and dedication in using ethically sourced, healthy, fresh ingredients in all his dishes. This new restaurant combines British ingredients and Brazilian flavours with Scandinavian cooking techniques that hungry Londoners on the go will love.
Where: Central London
What we know: Barullo is the newest restaurant from award-winning chef Victor Garvey, who is branching off from his acclaimed Catalan restaurant Rambla. It will feature a Spanish menu and lively atmosphere, which suits its name that references the part of a party where the line between order and chaotic fun is crossed.
Where: 19 Bevis Marks, EC3A 7JA
What we know:JOLT’s minimalist interior will be built around an elegant, central coffee bar. This focal point will offer the ultimate setting for JOLT’s baristas to provide a “shot” of theatre with every cup, mixing and infusing beverages in front of guests. Drinks can be enjoyed alongside a concise menu of pastries and small dishes using refined ingredients and distinctive flavours of dates, pine-nuts, rose harissa and miso.
Where: Bloomsbury and Fitzrovia
What we know: The annual four month winter closure, has gifted Valentino and his kitchen brigade the time to travel, research, develop and refine dishes, working together to create a menu that heralds and celebrates the beginning of spring.
Where: Viale Ammiraglio Morin 67 55042 Forte dei Marmi (Lucca), Italy
What we know:The elegant, North African and Mediterranean brasserie will also offer a downstairs refined 19th Century styled cocktail bar “Kweint” by award-winning bartender Erik Lorincz.
The Gate St. John’s Wood
What we know: Celebrating thirty-years since opening, The Gate is launching its fourth location in St. John’s Wood. The vegetarian and vegan-friendly, plant-based menu will be open for late morning meals, lunch, and dinner.
Where: 87 Allitsen Road, NW8 7AS
What we know: Serata Hall is coming to Old Street and will be bringing an eclectic menu that will service residents all-day. The venue will feature a bar, in-house bakery, and dining space, which will include their famed pizzas, pastries, gin-bar, and much more! The unique space is fit to accommodate any and all of the wishes of its patrons.
Where: 207 Old St, EC1V 9EY
When: April 3rd
What we know: The third permanent site of the London Taiwanese favourite, BAO, is opening this spring and offering a new focus to the Asian cuisine. BAO Borough will be focusing on the grill and drawing its inspiration from the late night grill shops that are found across Asia. They will also be adding a new dimension to their establishment with a karaoke room, which is the perfect place for fun group bookings.
Where: London Bridge
The Sea, The Sea
What we know: Bonnie Gull co-founder Alex Hunter, is set to open a chef-led contemporary fish shop, deli, and seafood bar. The Sea, The Sea will provide an authentic environment for customers, as they will experience fresh fish and seafood, while gaining the skills to cook a delicious meal at home.
Where: 174 Pavilion Road, Chelsea, SW1X 0AW
What we know: Gordon Ramsey’s Restaurants is pleased to announce the opening of this highly anticipated restaurant- ‘Lucky Cat.’ This new restaurant is set to create an authentic Asian Eating House and late-night lounge, inspired by the drinking dens of the 1930’s Tokyo and the Far East. In keeping with the authenticity of the concept, the restaurant’s name takes inspiration from Asian culture where the ‘lucky cat’ is a talisman that is believed to attract good luck and fortune.
What we know: Still under construction and yet to open in Summer of 2019, Magazine London is a new event space that hopes to act as a blank canvas for culture and commerce, boasting 3,205 sq m of versatile interior space for up to 3,000 people.
Where: Magazine London, Greenwich Peninsula, SE10 0QE
What we know: Sam’s Riverside will sit in a prime site adjacent to the newly re-developed Riverside Studios in Hammersmith, with a terrace overlooking the river. “We’ll be a big, all-day brasserie with flair and our own ideas. We’ll be serving dishes inspired by what Rowley and I love – classic, modern European food. There’ll be plenty of seafood and shellfish.” said Sam Harrison. “We want it to be glamorous but informal. I’ve wanted a big west London space for a long time. They’re hard to come by, but this is perfect.”
The Alchemist, Embassy Gardens
What we know: It’s going to be a busy year for premium bar operators The Alchemist, as they announce that they will be opening up a fourth venue at Bevis Marks, St Martin’s Lane. The space will host 78 covers, theatre and immersive experiences in keeping to the theme of The Alchemist and areas for drinking and dining.
Where: Covent Garden
What we know: FAM is a cocktail hangout celebrating London’s drinks scene – now there’s a sentence everyone loves to hear! The venue is tucked behind Selfridges and has renowned Meg Miller shaking and stirring as a resident mixologist. Keeping it in the FAM, the term is short for family, and the bar will offer an eclectic range of food, cocktails and other yummy offerings.
Where: 31 Duke Street, W1U 1LG