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, together with 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 or undergone a revamp.
The American Bar at The Stafford
The American Bar at The Stafford London is an iconic St James hotspot. Known for its collection of memorabilia donated by visitors, it’s been successfully redesigned to give a fresh new look. Thankfully the unique collection of flags, ties and other quirky items still has pride of place. There’s a lovely courtyard with parasols for outdoor dining and the tables are well spaced apart. It’s definitely a London hidden gem.
The food menu created by Culinary Director Ben Tish has some great Mediterranean small plates such as chorizo and piquillo skewer and burrata with spiced, roasted cauliflower, lemon oil and flat bread. We like the savoury crab and chilli stuffed doughnuts and the healthy Chicken Milanese with borlotti beans, anchovies and salsa verde.
The cocktail list is inspired by the local area and include drinks such as The White Mouse, a delicious combination of champagne, saffron gin, lemon juice, rosemary syrup and egg white. It’s a tribute to Nancy Wake, the most highly decorated servicewoman by the Allies in WWII, codenamed The White Mouse by the Gestapo for her ability to evade capture by them.
16-18 St James’s Place, St. James’s, London SW1A 1NJ
Bluebird Cafe White City
This outpost of the original Bluebird Chelsea has a prime location in the redeveloped Television Centre in White City. This all day eatery has a lovely outdoor heated terrace. It will be a prime spot from which to watch Wimbledon on the screen in the Television Centre forecourt while tucking into strawberries and cream.
Television Centre, Wood Lane, White City, London W12 7FR
From the people behind famed Indian restaurant Gymkhana, Brigadiers is a contemporary Asian restaurant based in the new Bloomberg Arcade. In the heart of the City, it’s already proving popular with workers and visitors alike. The focus is on Indian barbecue food, using charcoal grills, rotisseries, smokers, tandoors and wood ovens. Enjoy a tandoor chicken club sandwich or smoked lamb ribs and try the innovative self-serve beer taps. It’s a prime spot in which to watch the FIFA World Cup 2018, either in The Pool Room, Blighters bar and restaurant or in one of the bookable 3 private rooms.
Bloomberg Arcade, 3 Queen Street, London, EC4N 8BN
Champagne Laurent-Perrier Midsummer Terrace at Mondrian at Sea Containers
One of our favourite riverside London restaurants is the new Champagne Laurent-Perrier Midsummer Terrace at Sea Containers. Part of the Mondrian Hotel on the Southbank, it has great views of the Thames. The menu has been specially designed to celebrate 50 years of Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé. Diners can feast on a selection of Summer dishes including strawberry and champagne ceviche of
seabass, Dorset crab, clay-oven baked lobster and peppered rib eye beef.
Accompany your meal with a bottle of Champagne Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé or a champagne flight with Laurent-Perrier Brut, Laurent-Perrier Cuvée Rosé and Laurent-Perrier Vintage.
The bar will be open until late September and is also available for private hire.20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9PD
Ekte Nordic Kitchen
The brainchild of Soren Jessen who also runs 1 Lombard Street, Ekte Nordic Kitchen is an all day Scandinavian restaurant. It’s situated in the new Bloomberg Arcade near Bank station and has a minimalist design. You can try Nordic specialties such as raggmunk, a Swedish potato pancake, smørrebrød open rye-bread sandwiches and kladdkaka, a sticky chocolate cake.
2-8 Bloomberg Arcade, London EC4N 8AR
A haven away from bustling Oxford Street, Feya is a cool new London cafe on St Christopher’s Place. It could well be one of the most Instagrammable places in London. Founder Zahra Khan has a keen eye for design and there are marble tables, pink banquettes and a floral ceiling. Finnish Instagrammer Vanelja has created a particularly photogenic breakfast menu.
23 James St, London W1U 1DT
Jones Family Kitchen Belgravia
The new venture from renowned Shoreditch restaurant The Jones Family Project has a fantastic location in Eccleston Yards near Victoria. Jones Family Kitchen Belgravia has a large terrace that’s perfect for al fresco dining. There’ll be a large screen from which to watch Summer events. Try the La Vie En Rose cocktail, made with the Jones Family’s very own rosé vodka with Absolut, rosé wine, lemon juice and soda. Another refreshing choice is Don’t Get in a Muddle, withHendrick’s gin rose liqueur, cucumber, lime and Prosecco.
We also recommend the whipped goats’ cheese with proscuitto, fresh peas, parsley and citrus and the seared scallops with cauliflower, wild garlic and gremolata to start. There are some delicious main courses including an unusual pork rib eye from The Ginger Pig butchers. To finish, we can’t resist the sticky toffee pudding or the Amalfi lemon tart.
Eccleston Yards is a great new hub for co-working and independent retail, which will play host to a free outdoor spa from 7-15 September. Paradise Now, created by Bompas & Parr, is inspired by the latest wellness trends and will feature a pink waterfall, a perpetual sunset and much more!
7-8 Eccleston Yards, London SW1W 9NF
We’re fans of Kricket Soho, so it’s good news that they’ve just opened another outpost in the capital, under the railway arches in Brixton. It’s a casual place that does some good modern Indian small plates. A third branch of Kricket is coming soon to Televison Centre White City.
41-43 Atlantic Road, London SW9 8JL
This contemporary Greek restaurant is located on an elegant street in Fitzrovia. Meraki is the baby of the Waney family, known for Coya, La Petite Maison, Roka and Zuma. Together with Chef Athinagoras Kostakos and team, they’re bringing the best of Greek cooking to London.
There are two terraces for dining al fresco, decorated with olive and eucalptus trees. The stylish interior design is by Sagrada
studios with Meher Waney and features comfy banquette seating and floor to ceiling windows.
The lunch set lunches at Meraki are particularly good value at 2 courses for £19.50 and 3 courses for £24.50. They include tasty dishes such as baby chicken with a lemon and mustard sauce, and keftedes which are grilled meatballs, served with a lemon tahini sauce. For a starter, we recommend the rösti Greek style, with sunny side-up eggs, cruncy potato, truffle oil and Cretan butter. The contrasting textures of the soft egg and crisp fried potato work perfectly. A Mykonian Greek salad of fresh tomatoes, cucumber, feta cheese and olives is something special here. It’s served with a Greek herb called kritamo, also known as rock or sea samphire, that has a delicate yet aromatic flavour. You shouldn’t miss the orange agave syrup cake for dessert, a lovely combination of crisp filo pastry and white chocolate namelaka served with clementine sorbet.
80-82 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, London W1W 7QT
Focusing on food that’s only available in the UK and foraged ingredients, Native is definitely one of the top newly opened restaurants in London. Rather confusingly, the full name of the restaurant is Native Flat Iron Square, however it’s not located on Flat Iron Square but on Southwark Street. It’s worth seeking out though, as the food is fantastic and varies depending on the season. One of the most popular drinks on the menu is the Sea Buckthorn Negroni. It goes well with the Chef’s Wasting Snacks – a variety of zero waste snacks.
32 Southwark Street, London SE1 1TU
Petersham Nurseries in Covent Garden
Petersham Nurseries has long been a favourite of those living in Richmond upon Thames. Now they have come to central London to a prime spot in Covent Garden. Petersham Nurseries has opened not one but two restaurants on King Street. La Goccia is an informal Italian restaurant with a wood fired oven and open kitchen, serving up cicchetti and aperitivo. The Petersham is a fine dining restaurant inspired by the Slow Food philosophy. Both restaurants have outdoor seating in the lovely Floral Court, perfect for Summertime. After dining, browse in the swoon worthy shop and florist, housed in a Grade II listed building.
27-31 King Street, London WC2E 8JB
This new restaurant by well known chef Arnaud Stevens is located in vibrant Shoreditch, East London. Plate specializes in English/French fusion food and fine eating at very reasonable prices.
Located on the first floor of the stylish M By Montcalm hotel, Plate boasts floor to ceiling windows and fantastic views over the city streets. On the ground floor, there’s an artisanal bakery on the ground floor which transforms into a cocktail bar at night.
Arnaud Stevens has worked with many top chefs such as Gordon Ramsay and Pierre Koffmann. He’s designed a delicious a la carte menu and a tempting 2 course set menu at just £15 per head. We recommend the smoked Nutbourne heritage tomato salad with lemon ricotta and a basil dressing. The crispy pork skin with tartar sauce is another good choice. For the main course, try the roasted chicken breast with wild garlic pesto and spring greens, with a side of agata potatoes with crème fraiche, dill and chervil. Desserts here are very moreish, including a coffee brulee with chocolate ganache, amaretto and espresso ice cream.
151-157 City Rd, Hoxton, London EC1V 1JH
The latest opening from the Daisy Green group, Scarlett Green is already a fixture on the Soho dining scene. The Antipodean inspired menu features the largest Australian wine list in London, daily DJ sets from 4 pm and regular live acoustic music sessions.
The all day eatery is already a hit with diners who appreciate its fresh take on Australian classics. The stylish restaurant features colourful artworks and comfy seating. Service can be on the slow side but the food makes up for it. From healthy brunch dishes such as aubergine fritters with guacamole to a tasty beef burger in a charcoal brioche bun or halloumi fries with pomegranate yogurt, there’s something for all tastes. We recommend finishing with a Melbourne Mars Bar cheesecake ball and a flat white coffee or matcha latte.
4 Noel Street, London W1F 8JB
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