London is arguably (definitely) the best restaurant city in the world right now, but in between getting locked down and being released, keeping up 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 restaurants coming to 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: 5th January 2021

1. Elliot’s

A decade after opening in Borough, natural wine bar, restaurant and cheese puff purveyor Elliot’s is returning to East London. They’re opening a second site in Hackney (right next door to LOTI HQ actually, which is very dangerous) and it’ll serve up signature small plates and slow fermented sourdough pizzas from the wood oven, including Middle White porchetta puccia, ricotta gnocchi with pumpkin, parloude clams & creme fraiche pizza, taleggio & sage brown buter pizza, and winter truffle & pumpkin pizza.

Opens February 2021
121-123 Mare Street, London, E8 3RH

2. Le Bab Old Street

They’ve only just announced that they’re doing the food at new Dalston aparthotel Kingsland Locke, but the Le Bab team is already working on a second East London spot. The new Old Street joint is going to be a late-night kebab shop that’s open until 5am – take that curfew! Le Babs’s signature kebabs, including the pork shawarma with chermoula mayo, the lamb madras adana, and the spiced paneer with curry mayo, will be on the menu along with a new late-night kebab special, only available at Old Street.

Opens February 2021
231 Old St, London, EC1V 9HE

3. Maru

The original Taka in Shepherd’s Market is getting a new year’s makeover and opening as omakase restaurant Maru in 2021. Maru will serve a 20-course farm-to-table tasting menu to just ten diners sat around a counter, so it’ll be a real intimate experience. The menu will change daily according to what ingredients are available but it will feature a blend of British produce and Japanese flavours. Maru will also be the first Japanese restaurant in the UK to specialise in dry ageing fish (it gives the fish a soft, buttery texture) so you’ll be able to see tuna, trout, brill, squid and more ageing in custom-made display fridges in the restaurant.

Opens early 2021
18 Shepherd Market, London, W1J 7QH

4. Hot Stone Fitzrovia

We love Hot Stone in Chapel Market in Islington – it’s one of our fave Japanese restaurants in town and it does an epic omakase menu – so we’re very pleased to hear that a second site is on the way. The new Fitzrovia restaurant will have space for 50 plus a seven-seater sushi bar. The namesake hot stones will also feature at the new spot with sushi, sashimi, homemade tofu, 48-hour black cod, hamachi cheeks and certified Kobe beef also on the menu.

Opens early 2021
3 Windmill St, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2HY

5. The Farrier

The Grade II-listed former horse hospital and stables in Camden Market, previously home to Proud, is being transformed into pub and restaurant The Farrier, the market’s first-ever pub. Ash Finch (who’s worked at The Langham, Wild Honey and Noma) is heading up the kitchen, creating a menu of seasonal, modern rustic dishes like game pie, beef fat cured mackerel, wild smoked pigeon, and salt baked squash, with sharing roasts and bottomless gravy on Sundays. Local beers Camden Hells and Camden Pale Ale will be on tap alongside a rotating range of craft beers. There’ll also be a floor-to-ceiling wine wall stocked with natural, biodynamic and organic wines from around the world.

Opens spring 2021
North Yard, Camden Market, Chalk Farm Road, London NW1 8AH

6. Bellefields

Family-run architects Squire & Partners, who own The Department Store in Brixton (home to their offices and the Upstairs members club), is adding a new workspace to the complex. As well as office space, The Department Store Studios will also be home to new restaurant and bar Bellefields on the ground floor and courtyard. The restaurant will be inspired by the seven seas of the Mediterranean, from the Aegean to the Balearic sea to the Levantine basin, with the menu, created by Head Chef James Mathieson, featuring dishes like linguine vongole, lamb tagine and Turkish manti.

Opens spring 2021
19 Bellefields Rd, London SW9 9UH