New Restaurants Opening In London In March
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New Restaurants Opening In London In March

The culinary openings to have on your radar

Spring is on its way, bringing with it a whole host of new London restaurants. From a brand-new rooftop eatery in the centre of town to a pizza spot in Hackney and a relaunch of one of the capital’s most iconic hotel dining rooms, there’s plenty to be excited about this month. Here are the new restaurants opening in London this March – get your table bookings in early to try the capital’s buzziest new hotspots before everyone else.

London Restaurant Openings: March 2024

Food at Josephine restaurant in London

Josephine

Last year was a big one for chef Claude Bosi, who has helmed two big restaurant openings recently: Socca in Mayfair, and Brooklands at The Peninsula London. And it looks like 2024 will be just as busy, with yet another new opening on the cards: a French bistro called Josephine, opening its doors this March. A joint project with his wife Lucy, Josephine is said to be the couple’s most personal venture yet, inspired by Bosi’s Lyonnaise roots and named after his grandmother. The menu will feature a mix of French bistro classics, from French onion soup to rabbit in mustard sauce, and bavette in shallot sauce, alongside a set menu, Menu Des Canut, offering two courses for £24.50.

Opening 2 March 2024, josephinebouchon.com

Rucola

Rucola

Eco-minded members’ club The Conduit is welcoming a new rooftop restaurant this March: Rucola. Hailing from Brooklyn in New York, the new London outpost will continue the club’s focus on sustainability, spotlighting zero-waste cooking and carefully sourced ingredients. On the menu you’ll find plant-focused dishes like roasted cauliflower panzanella, purple aubergine with oat milk ricotta, and artichoke pansotti, alongside meat and fish dishes including fisherman’s stew and Barolo-braised pork cheeks. This can be enjoyed alongside natural wines, all while soaking up the impressive city views. And don’t worry: although Rucola will be located within the club, it will be open to non-members too. 

6 Langley St, London WC2H 9JA, theconduit.com

Pasta at Carmel

Carmel

Josh Katz and Mattia Bianchi’s Carmel is already a favourite in Queen’s Park, but now it’s making its way to central, with a second outpost set to open this month. Launching in Fitzrovia, Carmel’s new site will continue to focus on Eastern Mediterranean fare, open for lunch and dinner, plus brunch on weekends. Dishes will include monkfish crudo with sheep’s yoghurt, whole sea bream with Calabrian honey, and an array of fresh pastas, including sweet potato gnocchi and seafood pappardelle. The beloved flatbread will also return, with toppings on offer including lamb prosciutto with guindilla, anchovy and chilli butter, and cod’s roe with potato, rosemary, spring onion and bottarga. Interiors will be sleek and sophisticated, with an open kitchen plus a private dining room decked out with greenery.

carmelrestaurant.co.uk

Steak and chips at Franklin & Baines restaurant

Franklin & Baines

Clapham local? There’s a new neighbourhood eatery coming to the high street this March. Franklin & Baines is a steakhouse inspired by well-known former Clapham residents, US founding father Benjamin Franklin and Sir Frank Baines, architect of the MI5 building. Spearheaded by restaurateur Olivier Cohen, the focus will be on steak (naturally), alongside signature veggie dishes like BBQ corn ribs and roasted spiced cauliflower. Cocktails will be a big part too, with DJs and live music on weekends, and a roof terrace set to open later in the spring.

franklinandbaines.co.uk

The Goring

The Dining Room at The Goring

The Goring’s Dining Room is one of the capital’s most elegant eateries, offering Michelin-starred dining in a beautiful setting. But it’s set to get even better this spring, thanks to a multi-million pound refurbishment from Russell Sage Studio. It will be sporting a fresh look designed to honour the hotel’s history, with a new kitchen installed alongside a chef’s table, which will fit up to six guests and offer a front-row seat to the action.

15 Beeston Pl, London SW1W 0JW, thegoring.com

Endo Kazutoshia

NIJU – Japanese Grill & Sushi Bar

Just nine months since opening, 20 Berkeley is rebranding as NIJU, fronted by third-generation sushi master Endo Kazutoshi. This will see the restaurant move to a style that’s more similar to Endo Kazutoshi’s other restaurants, focusing on ‘Katei Ryori’ cooking, which translates as ‘home cooked food’ in Japanese. Diners can expect ‘informal yet decadent’ dining run by head chef Chris Golding, alongside a new sushi bar and a cocktail hideaway, Nipperkin. 

Bookings live from 4 March 2024, 20 Berkeley St, London W1J 8EE

Los Mochis City

Los Mochis London City

Japanese-Mexican restaurant Los Mochis has been a hit in Notting Hill since opening in 2021– and no doubt its new sister restaurant will have similar success. Opening in the City next spring is a larger flagship branch, which will set up camp on the rooftop of 100 Liverpool Street. It will feature a 3,000 sq. ft terrace offering panoramic views of the city, and the same unique fusion concept as the original, with new menu additions helmed by ex-Nobu chef Leonard Tanyag. The build-your-own tacos are sure to be a highlight, paired with ceviches, sashimi and tostaditos aplenty.

9th Floor, 100 Liverpool St, London EC2M 2AT, losmochis.co.uk

Unlock

The brainchild of Napoli-born siblings Arianna and Giovanni Izzo, we’ve got high hopes for new pizzeria Unlock, opening this March in Hackney Wick. Pizzas will be made using 30-hour fermented dough, with a mix of classic and artisanal options – from Margheritas topped with fresh basil to unique creations including a truffle cream, hazelnut crumb and burrata number. There will also be a special set menu which pairs these pizzas with cocktails. The space is set to be a feast for the eyes too, with an array of rotating artworks from both Italian and local Hackney artists, plus eclectic furniture inspired by the 60s and 70s.

1 Monkwood Way, London E3 2EG