best new restaurants in london

London is arguably (definitely) the best restaurant city in the world right now, but with so many new openings each week, keeping up to date with the best new restaurants in London is a full time job. Which is why we’re here of course. Make sure you’re always in the know with our guide to the best new restaurant openings in London and you’ll be leading your mates and dates around the coolest new places around town in no time. Our guide is constantly updated with our curated selection of only the best new restaurant openings you need to know about, so you can always be sure that this little lot will be well worth checking out.

Updated: 2nd December 2019

lucky & joy
1. Lucky & Joy

Ellen Parr and Pete Kelly have been popping up across town for the past few years with Lucky & Joy and now the duo are taking it permanent with a new home in Clapton. As well as the same retro, kitsch aesthetic, you can expect similar Chinese-inspired dishes to those served up at the pop-ups, so things like crispy chilli squid, shiitake turnip cake, Xi’an lamb burger with pickles and chilli, sesame noodles and Yunnan cucumber salad.

Opened November 2019
95 Lower Clapton Road, London E5 0NP

2. Paradise

Italian-American Spuntino is out and Sri Lankan Paradise is in. Founded by Dom Fernando and inspired by his childhood trips to Sri Lanka, Paradise has been out on the supper club circuit earlier in the year and now it’s ready for a permanent home. Charith Priyadarshana is heading up the kitchen, where he’s using both British and Sri Lankan ingredients to create dishes like hoppers and kothu roti, mutton rolls with curry powder, slow-roasted pork cheek curry, aubergine moju, and jackfruit biryani.

the grill at the dorchester
3. The Grill at The Dorchester

The Grill at The Dorchester has now re-launched, with chef Tom Booton in charge. At 26 years old, he’s the youngest chef in the restaurant’s history and has also staffed the restaurant with a kitchen brigade who are all under 30. Looking to inject some youthful energy into the swanky 5 star hotel, the new Grill has a more relaxed approach, with new interiors and a ‘pudding bar’, a 6 seat counter where guests can finish their meals and chat to chefs at the pass – we are loving the sound of Tom’s take on the Double Decker. Elsewhere there’s a prawn Scotch egg; Lobster thermidor tart, and some epic sounding Sunday roasts.

Opened November 2019
53 Park Ln, Mayfair, London W1K 1QA

Lina Stores KX
4. Lina Stores King’s Cross

Lina Stores has been a Soho institution for 75 years and now the classic Italian store is expanding to King’s Cross, combining a deli and restaurant under one roof. Taking over an old Victorian transit shed and featuring the signature green and white stripes, the KX branch of Lina Stores stocked with the best Italian ingredients, from salumi and cheeses to fresh pasta and sandwiches.

The restaurant part has a mix of counter and banquette seating, and like at both the Brewer St and Greek St sites, fresh pasta is the star of the show. As well as faves from Soho, there are new dishes like osso bucco ravioli with bone marrow butter, duck egg yolk tagliolini with fresh truffles, and beef cheeks in barolo to try, and they’ll also be wheeling out a traditional Italian dessert trolley.

Opened November 2019
21 Stable Street, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4DR

Daffodil Mulligan
5. Daffodil Mulligan

Richard Corrigan has opened a new restaurant Daffodil Mulligan where modern Irish restaurant Nuala used to be just off Old Street. The new joint keeps that Irish connection – not only is it named after the daughter of legendary Irish street seller Biddy Mulligan but Richard Corrigan has drafted in a host of Irish talent for the team, including founder of Kings Place John Nugent and Tony Gibney, from the pub Gibney’s of Malahide, with the man himself working the fire pit. The 60-cover restaurant will include a 10-seater oyster bar and a basement saloon bar which will have live music nights. Food wise there’ll be seafood and steaks on the grill, as well as an insanely good sounding mash with bone marrow crumb.

Opened November
70-74 City Rd, London EC1Y 2BJ

6. Oren

He’s spent time at Louie Louie and running his own residency at Borough wines in Kensal Rise and now Israeli chef Oded Oren is opening his first restaurant in Dalston this autumn. The menu will feature dishes like ox cheek and hummus – which Jay Rayner praised as ‘verging on genius’ in his review of Oded’s Louie Louie residency – plus a Jerusalem mixed grill with tahini and turmeric pickled mango; monkfish ‘chraime’ and hand rolled cous cous; chargrilled hake kebabs and sheep’s yoghurt; and freekeh- smoked green wheat with Westcombe dairy ricotta and fresh herbs.

Oded Oren’s weekend brunch includes the likes of chopped liver with crisp onions; ‘Sabich,’ sweet aubergines, egg and salad in a pita; and ‘Ful mudammes’, slow cooked British fava beans, tahini and pita: and challah French toast with seasonal compote. Zeren Wilson of is taking charge of the wine list.

Opened November 2019
89 Shacklewell Lane London E8 2EB

Le Comptoir Robuchon
7. Le Comptoir Robuchon

L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon closed last year after the passing of Joël Robuchon but now two new Robuchon sites are opening in Mayfair. The first is Le Comptoir Robuchon on Clarges Street, headed up by Jeremy Page (Executive chef from L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Paris) in the kitchen, and the second is Le Deli Robuchon on Piccadilly, which is opening later in the month.

The menu at Le Comptoir will have two parts – La Saison (modern seasonal dishes) and Les Eternels (Robuchon classics) – meaning there’ll be dishes like scallop with potates and sage, Iberico pluma with padron peppers, native lobster with romesco sauce, stuffed quail with foie gras and that famous mashed potato on offer. Le Deli will be more casual, offering pastries, porridge, sandwiches like jambon beurre, salads, and cheese and charcuterie boards, with a selection of products available to buy too.

Opened November 2019 (deli opens later this month)
6 Clarges Street, London W1J 8AE