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22 of the buzziest new London restaurants to book a table at this summer

From River Café’s first opening in 37 years to the return of Michel Roux, these are the foodie spots in the capital everyone will be talking about this season

The arrival of summer brings with it a flurry of new London restaurants, ushering in the warmer days and longer evenings (we hope). From cutting-edge vegan restaurants to Thai imports from Paris; from Italian institutions to picture-perfect pubs and theatrical dining rooms, there’s no shortage of places to eat, drink and enjoy the best the city has to offer this season. Here we’ve rounded up the finest new restaurants in London to book this summer. 

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New Summer restaurants in London

The River Café Café
Open now

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Leave it to the River Café to open the doors to their first new restaurant since 1987 – surely one of the most exciting new London restaurants – at the peak of the Italian growing season. There will be peaches, melons, tomatoes, cherries and zucchini galore on the menu of the River Café Café this summer, now open on the banks of the Thames next door to the River Café itself. We’re looking ahead to winter too, when we picture ourselves wrapped up warm and strolling over for a freshly baked cornetto and a cappuccino or a soothing plate of roasted pumpkin and borlotti beans with a glass of Nebbiolo. Open Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 10pm; Sundays from 9am to 4pm. No reservations.

Thames Wharf Studios, Rainville Road, Hammersmith, London W6 9HA
rivercafe.co.uk

Akira Back London
Open now

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Akira Back isn’t yet a household name in the UK but the Korean-born, Aspen-raised chef’s vibey restaurants are the talk of Dubai, Las Vegas, Istanbul, Paris, and Beverly Hills. So much so, Back can count the Olsen twins, Taylor Swift and the Dalai Lama among his celebrity clientele. Take one bite of his signature ‘AB Tuna Pizza’ topped with tuna sashimi, micro shiso and white truffle oil, and you’ll see why: his contemporary Japanese cuisine is witty, elevated and original. See for yourself at his place at the new Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, a sight to behold with its triple height skylit ceiling and curvilinear marble staircase.

Mandarin Oriental Mayfair, 22 Hanover Square, Mayfair, London W1S 1JP
mandarinoriental.com

 

Plates
Opens 3 July

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Kirk Haworth, co-founder with his sister Keeley, of Plates in Shoreditch was crowned ‘Champion of Champions’ on this year’s Great British Menu. A remarkable achievement for any young chef, made all the more so for the fact that Haworth cooks entirely plant-based food. Haworth started young at Northcote in Lancashire (where his father Nigel won a Michelin star), going on to work at The French Laundry, Pied à Terre, and Restaurant Sat Bains before a diagnosis of Lyme disease saw him transform the way he ate – and cooked. Following a triumphant run in Dalston last year, Haworth’s first bricks and mortar site will see him serve a complex tasting menu involving such dishes as smoked carrot, leek top kimchi, crispy wild rice and spirulina powder, and charcoal pasta ravioli with mung bean ragu and tomato. 

320 Old Street, Shoreditch, London EC1V 9DR
plates-london.com

 

The Hero, Maida Vale
Open end of July

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Not content with creating two of the most photogenic pubs in the country (The Pelican, Portobello; The Bull, Charlbury), 21st-century publicans Phil Winser and James Gummer have done it again.This time in Maida Vale, with their four-storey doozy, The Hero. “This might just be the best-looking pub in the world,” declares the Evening Standard. As you might imagine, it’s already a scene, with le tout West London piling in at the weekend for toasties, oysters, and pints in the candlelit downstairs bar. The first-floor grill room, meanwhile – picture stripped wood panels, raw plaster, and gorgeous hand painted tiles – opens fully at the end of July with a menu by ex-Kitty Fisher’s chef Ed Baillieu. 

55 Shirland Road, Maida Vale, London W9 2JD
theherow9.com

Ibai
Opens 20 June

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You might well wonder if the City of London really needs another steak restaurant. But let’s be clear, if Basque newcomer Ibai, opening near St Paul’s, is even half as good as its lineage suggests, it will set a new benchmark for beef in the Square Mile. Ibai is a co-production between Nemanja Borjanoviç, aka Mr Txuleta, supplier of best Basque beef to London’s best restaurants (including his own: Lurra and Donostia); wine importer William Sheard; and former Chiltern Firehouse head chef Richard Foster. Look forward to impeccable French Basque produce such as guisante lagrama (teardrop peas), boudin blanc, and tuna T-bone, accompanied by fine wines by cult producers López de Heredia and Vega Sicilia.

90 Bartholomew Close, City of London, London EC1 7BN
ibai.london

The Dining Room at The Goring
Now Open

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Here’s to The Goring, one of the last remaining family-owned five-star luxury hotels in London. The grande dame’s Michelin star Dining Room reopened in May after a top-to-toe refurbishment by Russell Sage Studio and is looking more fabulously theatrical than ever. Think twinkling chandeliers, Fromental wallpaper, plush carpets and a fleet of trolleys dispensing Champagne cocktails and flambéed rum baba. Behind the scenes, chef Graham Squire has a state-of-the-art new kitchen in which to prepare Goring signatures – of lobster omelette and the late Queen Mother’s favourite eggs Drumkilbo – and cook up new ones such as roast Orkney scallop with lemon verbena and brown butter, and Rhug Estate lamb, hot pot pie, lamb fat carrot and BBQ gem relish.

15 Beeston Place, Belgravia, London SW1W 0JW
thegoring.com

Kolamba East
Opens July

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Husband and wife team Eroshan and Aushi Meewella won awards for the design of their first restaurant Kolamba in Soho. It would be no surprise if the sequel Kolomba East with its tropical modernism-inspired interiors, all exposed brick, emerald marble paving, and batik fabrics, repeated the feat. We can’t wait to admire it, curry leaf gimlet in hand, when it opens in July in a new development near historic Spitalfields. The menu pays tribute to Colombo, a great melting pot city, pulling influence from Sinhalese, Tamil, Moor, Burgher, and Malay cultures. Highlights will include a king prawn string hopper biryani, roasted pineapple fry and red mullet in coconut.

12 Blossom Street, Norton Folgate, Spitalfields, London E1 6PL
kolamba.co.uk

Henri
Opens 17 June

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The Parisian hospitality darlings at the Experimental Group have found a kindred spirit in Jackson Boxer, the British talent behind Brunswick House and Orasay, with whom they collaborated on Cowley Manor Experimental in the Cotswolds. Such was its success, they’re working together again, this time on Henri, a Parisian-inspired restaurant on the ground floor of the Henrietta Hotel in Covent Garden. Boxer’s written an opening menu to make a Francophile weep: fried pied de cochon with Agen prune and beer mustard; globe artichoke with boiled egg and anchovy; grilled snails with green garlic and veal rice; and Grand Marnier soufflé. Lunchtime ‘plats’ will include steak frites and fried eggs with morels.

14-15 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 8QH
henriettahotel.com

Undercroft
Opens 15 July

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Chef Brad Carter won a Michelin star for his cutting-edge Birmingham restaurant Carters of Moseley. Now it’s London’s turn to see what Carter’s all about as he opens an intriguing new restaurant in the crypt of the Grade I-listed St George’s Church in Mayfair. The project’s the brainchild of music industry maven Martin Priestnall, who sees the subterranean space – Sotheby’s used to store artworks here – as a haven for creatives from the worlds of food, art and music. Carter’s a natural fit, then, with his bold British menu of sea tripe and seaweed soup, BBQ aged duck with offal’d oats; and strawberry and woodruff layer cake.

2a Mill Street, Mayfair, London W1S 1FX
@undercroftldn

Chez Roux
Now open

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Michel Roux may have shuttered his family’s legendary restaurant Le Gavroche at the start of the year but don’t think he’s stepped away from the restaurant world, not for one minute. Not only does he have his sold out Le Gavroche pop-up to look forward to at Wimbledon in July, but he’s also keeping busy with a brand-new concept, Chez Roux at The Langham, London. Open evenings only in the hotel’s palm court, Chez Roux specialises in the nostalgic French dishes the chef knows and loves. Among them, lamb chops ‘Reform’; grilled lobster with garlic butter, fries and béarnaise; and a classic mousse au chocolat.

The Langham, 1c Portland Place, Regent Street, London W1B 1JA
langhamhotels.com

Kioku by Endo
Now open

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Kioku by Endo, the new restaurant at The OWO from third generation sushi master Endo Kazutoshi, arrives just when we need it most: while Endo-san’s original London restaurant, the Michelin-starred Endo at the Rotunda, is temporarily closed for refurbishment. At The OWO, Endo-san takes memory (‘kioku’) as his starting point for a menu inspired by his time and travels in Yokohama (his birthplace), Tokyo, and Spain. If it proves too difficult to choose between exquisite dishes on the à la carte like otoro sashimi; lobster with fregola, shiso oil and sansho pepper; or duck breast with barley miso and hispi cabbage, go for the £130 tasting menu and let the chefs take care of you. 

2 Whitehall Place, The OWO, Whitehall, London SW1A 2BD
kiokubyendo.com

Koyn Thai
Opens 16 June

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Inspired by their travels across Thailand, London restaurateur Samyukta Nair and Thai chef Rose Chalalai Singh, are together reinventing the space beneath Nair’s Mayfair restaurant Koyn Japanese as Koyn Thai. Bangkok-born Chalalai Singh, a star in Paris already for her Thai café Rose Kitchen in the 11th arrondissement, is at the pass, cooking home-style dishes reminiscent of those her grandmother would cook for her when she was a child. On the menu: toasted coconut pomelo salad; Southern Thai crab curry; wild garlic, green chilli and Thai basil escargots; and spicy homemade pork sausage, with capsicum nam prik, sticky rice and crackling pork skin. An exciting new spot in Mayfair.

38 Grosvenor Street, Mayfair, London W1K 4QA
koynrestaurants.com

Arlington
Open Now

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You’ll know of Arlington already, of course, the new restaurant in London from legendary restaurateur Jeremy King (formerly of The Wolseley, Le Caprice, The Ivy and more), so consider this your reminder to book a table if you haven’t already. The restaurant’s diary is open for May and June now with best availability après théâtre. Arlington, in brief, is King’s revival of Le Caprice, the iconic 1980s restaurant once so beloved of Princess Diana, Mick Jagger, Joan Collins and more. You’ll find many of its most famous dishes back on the menu, including salmon fish cake with sorrel sauce, bang bang chicken and Scandinavian iced berries. Arlington’s clientele looks set to be starry; Zendaya, Nigella and Sir Michael Caine have all been, even if you haven’t.

20 Arlington Street, Mayfair, London SW1A 1RJ
arlington.london

The Cocochine
Open Now

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Six months, it’s been delayed, but at last The Cocochine on Bruton Place is ready to open its doors. To recap: the Cocochine is the intimate new mews house restaurant from gallerist Tim Jefferies and former Pétrus head chef Larry Jayasekara. It heralds a return to old-school hospitality, with touch points including reservations by telephone only, no turning of tables – the table is yours for the night – and a fully à la carte menu. In the kitchen, Jayasekara sources much of his produce, including fruit and flowers, from a regenerative farm in Northamptonshire.

27 Bruton Place, Mayfair, London W1J 6NQ
thecocochine.com

Mimosa
Open Now

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Now that we’ve finally waved goodbye to that interminably long winter, Mimosa at The Langham London delivers just the dose of Vitamin D we need. It hails from Paris – the original is at the Hotel de la Marine – but its heart is in the French Riviera, whose warm sun, fragrant air, and sparkling seas it seeks to convey with beguiling Mediterranean dishes such as spit-roast coquelet with thyme and confit lemon, salt-baked sea bass, and gnocchi with tomato, courgette and pine nuts. Mimosa, which moves into the former Roux at the Landau space, is the second London opening for The Moma Group, the first being Café Lapérouse at The OWO.

The Langham, 1C Portland Place, Mayfair, London W1B 1JA
mimosa-rivieracuisine.com

Niju
Open Now

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His Michelin star restaurant Endo at the Rotunda closed for refurbishment until summer, sushi chef Endo Kazutoshi is keeping himself busy. Not only does he have his new rooftop restaurant Kioku at The OWO to open this spring, he’s also, as culinary director of the Creative Restaurant Group, transforming what was 20 Berkeley in Mayfair. Now reimagined as Niju (Japanese for twenty), it offers katei ryori, or ‘home cooking’, as well as high end sushi.

20 Berkeley Street, Mayfair, London W1J 8EE
nijulondon.com

Oma and Agora
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If this duo of Greek restaurants from David Carter, founder of Smokestak and co-founder of Manteca, are anything like as good as they sound, we are in for a treat. Oma, upstairs, will have a live fire kitchen, raw bar and heated terrace, and will serve Greek island dishes, traditional and modern, such as brown crab borek; turbot collar youvetsi baked in a clay pot, and hung sheep’s yoghurt with salt cod XO. Downstairs, meanwhile, at casual, faster-paced Agora, from the Greek word for market, there will be flatbreads, spit-roast meat and coffee and pastries to go, just like you’d find in Athens.

2 – 4 Bedale Street, Southwark, London SE1 9AL
oma.london

abc kitchens at The Emory
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We’ve been looking forward to the opening of Maybourne’s new Knightsbridge property The Emory, London’s first all-suite hotel, for a very long time. As always with Maybourne (the group behind Claridge’s, The Connaught and the Berkeley), you know the bars and restaurants are going to be destinations in their own right. At The Emory, they’re collaborating with French star chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten once again, this time on a trio of restaurants, collectively known as abc kitchens, and incorporating his New York concepts abc kitchen, abcV, and abc cocina (which are farm-to-table, plant-based and Latin American, respectively).

Old Barrack Yard, Knightsbridge, London SW1X 7NP
the-emory.co.uk

Carmel
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Josh Katz of Berber & Q has enjoyed great success in Queen’s Park with his buzzy neighbourhood restaurant Carmel. Now he’s bringing the concept to Market Place, just north of Oxford Street, where his vibrant and original Eastern Mediterranean flavours are sure to find a receptive audience. His flatbreads are coming with him; look out for new versions with lamb prosciutto and guindilla, and cod’s roe with potatoes, spring onions and bottarga. There’ll also be incredible-sounding new dishes like whole sea bream with Calabrian hot honey, lemon butter, fennel and Kalamata olives, and tahini and honey tart with black sesame. Brunch is set to be a scene.

7 – 8 Market Place, Fitzrovia, London W1W 8AG
carmelrestaurant.co.uk

Josephine
Open now

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French chef Claude Bosi is on a tear, with two freshly minted new Michelin stars earned this year at Brooklands at The Peninsula to add to the two he already holds for Bibendum. And if that weren’t enough, following the success of 2023’s Socca Bistro in Mayfair, he’s now opened Josephine in Chelsea with his wife Lucy. This new launch, inspired by and named after his grandmother, is from his heart. It sees him look back to the bouchons of his hometown Lyon, and to the nostalgic dishes he grew up with, like oeuf en gelée, rabbit in mustard sauce and nougat glacé. A £29.50 set menu and all-Rhône wine list are all the more reason to go.

315 Fulham Road, Chelsea, London SW10 9QH
josephinebouchon.com

The Park
Open Now

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Restaurateurs’ restaurateur Jeremy King has three new projects on the go. Two revivals: Arlington (see above) and Simpson’s in the Strand (opening date tbc). And one he’s building entirely from scratch: The Park in the new Park Modern building overlooking Hyde Park. King is summoning his inner ‘Danny Meyer’ for this one to conjure a 21st century American-accented brasserie worthy of New York City. It’s going to be an all-day affair, serving brunch, grills, salads and seafood with a breezy glamour. I can’t wait. N.B. Follow @theparklondon now to be first to know about reservations; if Arlington is anything to go by, The Park will fill up fast.

123 Bayswater Road, Notting Hill, London W2 3JH
jeremykingrestaurants.com

Lita
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Lita, short for ‘abuelita’ (‘granny’), in Marylebone is the new one from George Bukhov and Ilya Demichev, the owners of Wild Tavern, Beast and The Belvedere. Their West London restaurants are low-key some of the most luxurious neighbourhood restaurants in town, with produce and wine like you wouldn’t believe. For Lita, they’ve brought in former Corrigan’s Mayfair head chef Luke Ahearne to cook Southern Mediterranean food over live fire in a grand open kitchen. They haven’t posted a full menu yet, but a little nose around on Stories reveals ruby steaks, whole turbot, anchovy toasts and plates of tuna carpaccio, all very much in keeping with their style. 

7 – 9 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London W1U 5QH
litamarylebone.com

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