The 12 Best Newly Opened Restaurants In London

Are you looking for cool new places to eat in London? From luxury restaurants to Instagrammable cafes and traditional bistros, there are many great London eateries that you should not miss. Here are some of the best newly opened restaurants in London. You’ll also find recommendations for established bars and eating places that have recently launched a new dining concept.

Newly Opened Restaurants in London

These are our top recommendations for restaurants that have just opened in London, who have a new menu or have recently undergone a revamp.

Brasserie of Light

A department store might seem like a surprising location for the new restaurant from Caprice Holdings, yet it works. This all day brasserie has been a resounding success from the moment it opened.

Brasserie of Light features Art Deco inspired interiors by Martin Brudnizki and the largest Damien Hirst artwork in London. The gigantic Pegasus horse towers over diners tucking into favourites such as chicken milanese and spaghettini lobster.

We particularly like the King crab with avocado and watermelon, the tuna carpaccio with citrus ponzu dressing and wasabi mayo, the popcorn shrimp and the blackened cod with broccoli and truffle wafu dressing.

Duke Street, Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB

Circolo Popolare

The second UK restaurant from the hugely popular Big Mamma group, Circolo Popolare is nestled in a quiet courtyard in Fitzrovia. The huge dining room is decorated in an exuberant style that will make you feel like you’re on holiday rather than in the centre of London.

Following on from the success of Gloria, their Shoreditch outpost, Circolo Popolare is equally buzzing. Tuck into dishes such as Carmina Burrata linguine or John Malkofish pizza.

40-41 Rathbone Pl, Fitzrovia, London W1T 1HX

Heritage Modern Swiss Restaurant

As you’ve probably guessed from the name, this new Soho restaurant specializes in Swiss cuisine. Head Chef Aarik Persaud has devised a great menu that’s well suited to sharing.

Heritage has a good range of  small plates such as dry aged steak tartare, as well as beloved Swiss dishes such as fondue and raclette. Lovers of rösti will be spoilt for choice with four different types to choose from.

A Trenchmore Wagyu Burger with melted Raclette, truffle and bacon jam, sweet onion and pickles is tender and extremely tasty. However, the red mullet in a lobster sauce with a samphire garnish is our favourite main course and is bursting with flavour.

The wine list features many great Alpine wines together with French and New World options. The cocktails feature ice hand-carved at the bar. Try a Heritage Signature Negroni or a Gateway to Happiness, both are delicious.

To finish, we recommend the chocolate and cherry kirsch dessert or an unusual Kaltbach cheese, truffle and peach dish which actually works really well.

18-20 Rupert St, London W1D 6DF

Les Platanes

This contemporary French bistro is located in a beautiful townhouse on Bruton Place, one of the most charming mews streets in Mayfair. From the moment you step inside, you’ll be impressed by the friendly staff and cosy interior at Les Platanes.

Thierry Laborde and Anton Efimov have created a convivial space that works as well for group dining as it does for romantic dinners. The focus is on unfussy, seasonal food from the South of France.

The starters are ideal for sharing, if you can bear to do so! Try the delicious bluefin tuna with pickled young carrots and the flavourful duck liver pate with Comte cheese puffs.

Known as Gougeres, they’re cheese choux pastries that originate from the Burgundy region of France. The snails in parsley butter are also a customer favourite.

Les Platanes has a fantastic wine list and the helpful sommelier can recommend champagne or wines to accompany your meal. We enjoyed a healthy grilled Cornish turbot with artichoke barigoule and a hearty roast grouse with seasonal vegetables and truffled game chips. The chips taste like crisps and are extrmeley moreish.

Finish your meal in style with a classic homemade Paris Brest cake. This choux pastry and praline dessert was originally created in 1910 to celebrate the Paris-Brest cycling race. 

We also recommend the Pommes Papillon Comme une Tatin dessert. This tarte tatin has a unique presentation, with the caramelized apple slices being cut in a butterfly shape.  

Les Platanes is a great addition to the Mayfair dining scene.

26-28 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London W1J 6NG

Muse by Tom Aikens

Nestled discreetly in a quiet mews street in Belgravia, Muse London is the stylish new restaurant by Tom Aikens. One of the most renowned British chefs, Tom takes inspiration from Norfolk, where he was raised.

He was the youngest British chef ever to receive 2 Michelin stars, aged just 26. Tom’s new London restaurant has quirky interiors designed by Rebecca Korner.

From the opulent wood and marble tabletops to the artisanal ceramic crockery, everything is beautiful yet unfussy. Spread over 2 floors of a former Georgian mews house, the restaurant has open kitchens on both floors.

With only 25 covers, diners have a fantastic view of the food prep and can ask the chefs questions. A selection of delicious snacks including smoked venison tartare are beautifully presented and open the appetite for the delights to come. Try one of the fabulous house cocktails in the ground floor bar before heading up to the first floor dining room.

We tried the six course tasting menu at £95, which leaves you feeling pleasantly full but not overwhelmed. There’s also a three course lunch menu and a ten course tasting menu, priced at £145.

It’s actually very reasonable, considering that you’re getting an experience akin to private dining, with Tom and his colleagues cooking right in front of you. The printed menu opens to reveal a pop up mews house identical to the Muse restaurant.

Each dish is skillfully executed and a feast for the eyes as well as your taste buds. They have cryptic names such as Conquering the Beech Tree and Playing with Fire, inspired by Tom’s childhood.

One of the stand out dishes is Sea Lavender, served in a handmade ceramic bowl, with mackerel, daikon, sesame purée and kombu. As a child, Tom often accompanied his father on fishing trips and this course feels very authentic.

My personal favourite is The Essence,which focuses on one ingredient in different forms, sourced from a Norfolk farm. The humble beetroot has star quality when prepared with blood orange, nasturtium leaves and fermented cucumber.

The dishes are served with homemade bread and two types of butter, including a moreish chicken and cep one. Just down the Road is a successful combination of ricotta cheese, made from Norfolk milk, Winter truffle and burnt leek purée. Leek crisps add texture while honey jelly gives a welcome sweetness.

The dessert course, Wait and See, uses cornflakes to great effect, while petits fours finish the meal in style. Dining here is a very special experience that you won’t forget in a hurry.

38 Groom Place, Belgravia, London SW1X 7BA, United Kingdom

Pacific London

This great new pop up restaurant by acclaimed Australian chef Shaun Presland is conveniently located on Heddon Street, a pedestrianized road just off Regent Street.

Outside, there’s an attractive terrace while inside it feels very cosy, with sheepskin throws and low lighting.


The motto of Pacific London is Australian attitude, Japanese technique and that sums up the philosophy of this all-day restaurant very well. There are some fantastic Japanese dishes with a contemporary twist, such as spicy wagyu gyoza with pear and apple salad, crunchy wafer and spicy ponzu.

For the festive season, they’ve dreamed up kimchi brussels sprouts. If you hate sprouts, as we do, prepare to be pleasantly surprised by this dish of crispy sprouts with edamame beans in a spicy Korean inspired vinaigrette with lime.

The fish and meat at Pacific are equally impressive. The Chirashi salad of sashimi slices, soba noodles, lettuce and tempura crunch with yuzu dressing is super fresh.

Standout dishes include the sustainably caught miso toothfish with a delicious Kyoto Saikyo miso marinade and the robata grilled Wagyu steak with ponzu, BBQ dressing and wasabi chimi-churi.

To accompany your meal, try the NV Brut Elite by Arras from Tasmania. This sparkling wine scooped Best Australian Sparkling Wine and Best In Class Australian Brut NV at the 2019 Champagne & Sparkling Wine World Championships.

Pacific, 10 Heddon St, Mayfair, London W1B 4BX

 

Parrillan

Nestled in the heart of the new Coal Drops Yard development, Parrillan has a large outdoor terrace. One of the best newly opened restaurants in London, it’s right next door to Barrafina, and part of the same group.

Diners can cook their meals on table-top grills and savour dry-aged picanha and Iberico pork.

Coal Drops Yard, Stable Street, Kings Cross, London N1C 4PW

The Lampery

With a handy location close to the Tower of London in the City, this vibrant all day eatery is popular with both workers and tourists. Specializing in seasonal British food, The Lampery has cosy teal banquettes and stylish mood lighting.

They have great value dinner menus, at £21 for two courses or £25 for three courses. Start with a whole burrata cheese with a delicious pistachio crumb and sundried tomato pesto, or tasty courgette fritters with avocado puree and beetroot mayonnaise. 

We recommend The Lampery Pie for your main course. It’s a winning combination of free-range chicken, wild mushrooms, pea puree and tarragon. The stone bass with candied lemon, spinach and turmeric foam is also a great option.

Finish in style with vanilla, strawberry and white chocolate cheesecake or a tangy lemon tart served with raspberry sorbet.

1 Seething Lane, London EC3N 4AX

Vintry Kitchen

The Ampersand hotel in South Kensington is known for its stylish decor and tasty food, and now they’ve opened a City outpost, Vintry & Mercer.

The Vintry Kitchen is just one of the three new places to eat within the hotel. There’s also the charming Mercer Roof Terrace and an atmospheric basement speakeasy cocktail bar called Do Not Disturb.

Specializing in Asian tapas, Vintry Kitchen has some tasty small plates such as tea smoked baby back ribs and cod grilled with yuzu koysu and fennel dashi. We particularly like the padron peppers with miso and sesame to start.

Meat eaters will also love the beef tartare with crispy shallots, truffle, soy egg yolk and miso. Don’t miss the wagyu katsu sando, the teriyaki sea trout and the sweet and spicy fried peanut chicken with pickled daikon. 

To finish, we recommend the matcha green tea opera cake with berry sorbet and the lychee and sake koi fish. These aren’t actually fish but they’re shaped just like them!

19-20 Garlick Hill, London EC4V 2AU

Volta do Mar

Portugese cuisine is increasingly popular, so new restaurant Volta do Mar is sure to be a hit. Located in a historic townhouse on Tavistock Street, this Covent Garden restaurant specializes in Portugese cuisine with an international twist.

Volta do Mar is the brainchild of husband and wife Simon Mullins and Isabel Almeida Da Silva, who was born in Portugal. Chef George Tannock has created dishes with Portugese, Goan and Asian influences.

There’s a spacious bar and dining room on the ground floor, with two additional dining rooms on the first floor. The friendly staff will talk you through the menu and can recommend Portugese wines too.

We really enjoyed the 850 Vinho Tinto Douro, a balanced red wine from the iconic Douro wine region. It worked well with all the dishes that we sampled.

There’s a good selection of snacks and small plates which are actually pretty filling. Try the ovos com tomate with Dorset crab, a tasty blend of eggs, tomato and crab or the choriço naan with Requeijão cheese. Tuna tiborna with sourdough is a simple yet delicious snack of tuna on roasted bread with garlic and olive oil.

From the main courses, we recommend the fish and tiger prawn moqueca, a warming fish stew or the arroz de marisco seafood rice. 

     

Finish with a succulent pudim casa de Santo Amaro with orange and Madeira or a white chocolate serradura and raspberry, a specialty of Macau. 

13-15 Tavistock St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7PS

VyTA

For authentic Italian cuisine in Covent Garden, head to VyTA. With a fantastic location on Covent Garden Piazza, VyTA has a spacious ground floor terrace and two first floor terraces.

The decor is extremely stylish, from the orange velvet seating to the dark green walls and gold accents. This attention to detail is carried through into the food.

Executive Chef, Dino De Bellis, has devised a menu that is true to his Roman roots. Dishes such as seasonal mixed mushroom risotto and boneless lamb rack with Winter roasted vegetables are perfectly seasoned and beautifully presented.

For dessert, the Gianduja chocolate, caramelized hazlenut, red berry and vanilla lussuria tartelette is a real delight. 

 

21 The Market, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8RD

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Written by __site.author__ on 05 February 2021