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Best New London Restaurants Opening in 2022

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It’s been a turbulent couple of years for the restaurant world, to say the least. Yet despite everything, we’re seeing brave chefs and restaurateurs standing up to the challenges and launching new ventures. London’s food scene is back – with a whole host of fresh talent. These are the new restaurants opening in 2022 that you need on your radar.

Best New Restaurants in London 2022

Revolve

Revolve French restaurant steak tartare with egg, bread, bottle of red wine and wine glass

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Enjoy mouth-watering French cuisine amongst an impressive dining atmosphere at newly opened Revolve, inspired by those grand dining institutions found in Paris and New York. Emulating a traditional brasserie, this 115-cover spot features Versailles parquet flooring, artwork from Damien Hurst and John Hoyland, and a large Parisian-style terrace. And with Head chef Arran Smith at the helm, guests can expect Michelin-starred standard French dishes with a modern twist. Think Dorset escargots with roasted bone marrow, Beef tartare with marmite egg and Worcester sauce and the desert classic: the Tart tatin. revolve.london

The Walmer Castle

The Walmer Castle

This April, Notting Hill institution The Walmer Castle will reopen as a Scottish restaurant and whisky bar, in collaboration with Scotland’s oldest whisky hotel, Craigellachie Hotel. It’s been designed to bring the Speyside spirit to west London, with open fires, Orkney chairs and dining tables crafted with recycled cask timber in collaboration with Johnstons of Elgin. An impressive food menu will be a celebration of Scottish produce: think Highland smoked salmon, haggis bon bons and Kellas Estate venison carpaccio starters followed by steaks, lobster truffled mac and cheese, and wagyu beef sliders. The Spey Bar, meanwhile, will offer more than 400 different whiskies, available both by the glass and mixed into cocktails. Whisky aficionados can go the extra mile by securing a personal cask to be stored in The Walmer’s cellar, to be enjoyed each time they visit. walmercastlenottinghill.co.uk

Design Restaurant by Social Pantry

Vegetable dishes at Design Restaurant by Social Pantry

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Coinciding with the launch of London Design Week, Design Restaurant by Social Pantry was created in partnership with the Design Centre to celebrate innovative creativity. Nestled in Chelsea Harbour’s renowned interior design hub, the restaurant boasts airy rooms flooded with natural light and an all-day dining menu offering fresh, seasonal ingredients. Just mere steps away from 120 international showrooms in the Design Centre, Design Restaurant by Social Pantry is an ideal hotspot for professional designers, architects and design enthusiasts. Social Pantry is known for its commitment to making a meaningful impact through food, with the new restaurant placing emphasis on simple cuisine with British and Mediterranean influences, seasonal organic vegetables and fruits, minimal use of red meat and conscious consumption. Working with small-scale and local farmers, Design Restaurant by Social Pantry will uphold the an ethos of sustainable farming, eating and zero waste. dcch.co.uk

Pink Tea Café

Cup of tea and box of baklava

Head over to Mayfair for a taste of authentic chai culture in the newly opened Pink Tea Café, located in Mercato Mayfair. A symbol of hospitality, chai is a customary divine drink said to break down barriers and bring people together, making it the drink of choice for relaxed social gatherings. Tabassum Awan, founder of Pink Tea Café, first discovered pink tea (or Kashmiri Chai) on a trip to the Himalayas. Promising herself that she would bring the drink to London, Tabassum left behind a career in investment banking to start her new business. Featuring a selection of aromatic teas, parathas and classic cakes (think cardamom scones with clotted cream – delicious), Pink Tea Café promises a culinary experience celebrating the best of South Asian culture in Britain’s multicultural capital. pinkteacafe.com

Walter’s

@Greg Funnel - Tempura Cauliflower at Walter's

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Positioned in the heart of West Dulwich, Walter’s is a rustic and friendly neighbourhood restaurant and bar, and it’s set to become a regular dining/ spot for locals and visitors alike. Established by Rob Hampton and Matt Lovell, the pair behind Covent Garden’s much-loved seafood bar and eatery Oystermen, diners can enjoy British inspired classics alongside an impressive selection of wines and cocktails. Expect mouth-watering dishes like the Cod Roe mousse with dustings of Espelette and crostini, Tempura Cauliflower with curry sauce and lime yoghurt, and a rich braised ox cheek with buttered mash and balsamic shallots. It’s a perfect spot to head for a long lunch, cosy supper or a special occasion – and the real piece de resistance is its private dining room in its wine cellar. Set amongst an array of champagne and wine bottles sits a gorgeous wooden table; an intimate setting, it’s perfect for a celebratory dinner or a business lunch. There’s also a garden out the back, so you can eat alfresco as the days get warmer and the evenings longer. waltersdulwich.co.uk

Caia

Caia

Goldborne Road will welcome a new wine bar, restaurant and music venue this March, Caia. Founded by locals Rishabh Vir and Tim Lang, the space will serve up a seasonally changing menu of wine-friendly fare cooked on an open-fire grill. The basement, meanwhile, will feature a Kuzma R record player and Auditorium R-25 A speakers, with a curated vinyl collection for guests to enjoy. Opening 14 July

Restaurant 1890 by Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay’s third restaurant at The Savoy is a tribute to esteemed chef Auguste Escoffier, who worked at the esteemed hotel back in 1890 – hence the name. The small restaurant will open only for dinner, offering a tasting menu featuring seasonal French dishes with European influences. Think native lobster vol-au-vent, Aberdeen shortrib, and blood orange parfait with chocolate and cardamom. gordonramsayrestaurants.com

Cédric Grolet at The Berkeley

Cedric Grolet at The Berkeley

As if we needed another reason to go to The Berkeley, the Knightsbridge hotel is opening a bakery from one of the world’s top pastry chefs, Cédric Grolet. His first patisserie outside France, it’s set to be a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds, designed by Remi Tessier with a pastry theatre and immersive seats overlooking the kitchen. Grolet is famous for his culinary ‘trompe-l’œil’ where patisserie wizardry is used to create optical illusions, and at The Berkeley, he’ll be bringing together two of his signatures: fruits and flowers. the-berkeley.co.uk

Bubala

Bubala

Vegetarian Middle Eastern restaurant Bubala has been a huge hit since it first opened in Spitalfields in 2019, following a string of pop-ups and supper clubs. This spring, a second branch is launching on Soho’s Poland Street. Overseen by founder Marc Summers and executive chef Helen Graham, it will offer a similar menu to its east London sibling – with signature dishes like the potato latkes and halloumi with black seed honey set to feature. But there will be new dishes too, like hispi cabbage with ponzu sauce, and Yemeni malawach with stracciatella, kalamata olives & smoked aubergine honey. Opening April 2022, bubala.co.uk

Socca

Claude Bosi and Samyukta Nair

Two-Michelin starred chef Claude Bosi has teamed up with restaurateur Samyukta Nair for his latest venture, Socca. Set to launch on the former Richoux site in Mayfair this summer, the bistro-style restaurant will channel the French Riviera, with a dining room inspired by whimsical interiors of Villa Santo Sospir – the Côte d’Azur house where socialite Francine Weisweiller would host the likes of Picasso and Yves Saint Laurent. The menu will focus on simplicity and seasonality, with hearty sharing-style dishes and wines by the glass. Opening summer 2022, soccabistro.com

En Root

En Root

A second branch of Indian-inspired vegan street food spot En Root has launched in Peckham, following the success of its Clapham location. During the day it stands as a friendly café, transforming into a lively restaurant in the evening with music and cocktails. Hearty, home-cooked meals are the focus here, with an emphasis on nutrition and the power of plants. Instead of heavy curries, expect gluten-free pancakes filled with saag aloo, chickpea and patra leaf patties, crispy cassava chips and an Indian-inspired take on the buddha bowl. If you’re big on spice, En Root’s famously fiery Raja Bonnet Sauce is sure to get your tastebuds tingling – now with three flavours to choose from – cooled down with a revitalising cacao chai CBD-infused tea. enrootldn.co.uk

Adesse

Cheese plate, Adesse, Selfridges

With Leonardo DiCaprio and Miley Cyrus among his US fanbase, no doubt plant-based chef Matthew Kenney will be a hit with Londoners too. His new restaurant, Adesse, has opened on the second floor of Selfridges, focusing on innovative dishes made using local, seasonal produce. Think jackfruit crab cakes, kimchi dumplings and kelp noodle cacio e pepe, alongside organic and biodynamic wines and carefully crafted elixirs. The launch ties in with Selfridges’ ongoing sustainability initiative Project Earth, which aims to change the way we shop; in the food sphere that’s based around the ‘less meat, better meat’ ethos. matthewkenneycuisine.com/adesse

Lisboeta

Nuno Mendes

From Chiltern Firehouse to Viajante, Portugese chef Nuno Mendes is the name behind some of the most renowned London restaurants of the past decade. His new launch, though, will transport us to his hometown of Lisbon. The name, Lisboeta, means ‘a person from Lisbon’ – and that’s what Mendes hopes you’ll feel like while dining there. Located in a townhouse on Fitzrovia’s Charlotte Street, the eatery will feature a seated bar built from repurposed tram wood alongside a first-floor dining room. Dishes are yet to be revealed, but the menu will encourage relaxed dining with a mix of small plate ‘petiscos’ and larger sharing-style dishes. Opening spring 2022, lisboeta.co.uk

Noci

Noci

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Islington residents, say hello to your new local. Noci – which translates as walnut in Italian – is the new pasta restaurant from Louis Korovilas of Locatelli and Bancone fame, drawing inspiration from his travels across Italy. All savvy diners know the key to great Italian food is fresh ingredients, so no surprise this is the focus here, with seasonal produce delivered daily from local suppliers. Pasta highlights include a traditional Neapolitan Genovese ragu, an open herbed lamb shoulder ravioli and a gnocchetti dish served with smoked ricotta. All this alongside a selection of Sicilian-style small plates like parcels of fried leek, gorgonzola and walnut, and Louis’ take on a classic fritto misto. Dine on the central communal table or be the envy of passers-by in a cosy window seat. Opening March 2022, nocirestaurant.co.uk

Itaku

Itaku

Italian and Japanese cuisines might not be the most natural pairing – but this fusion can work well in the right hands, showcased in spots like Angelina in Shoreditch. It’s looking likely that Itaku, the new launch from celebrity restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, will get it right too. Arriving on Great Portland Street this January, Itaku’s kitchen will be spearheaded by Naples-born Ivan Simeoli, whose CV includes Massimo Bottura’s three Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana. He’ll be merging authentic Italian cooking with the techniques and flavours of Japan, resulting in dishes like Sicilian prawns with black truffle ponzu, and monkfish with pumpkin and miso. Cocktails are set to be a highlight, with a special menu curated by ex-Savoy bartender Nicholas Medicamento. Opening January 2022, itaku.co.uk

Ottolenghi Chelsea

Ottolenghi food

Brand-new concepts aren’t the only thing to be excited about. This year will also see new branches of established favourites popping up around the city, such as an Ottolenghi deli on Pavilion Road. Pop in for a coffee and pastry in the morning, or tuck into one of the signature hot breakfast dishes, like scrambled eggs with focaccia and salmon. Come lunchtime, the deli’s counter will be piled high with colourful salads – that could be spiced vermicelli rice with pickled mango, roasted sweet potato with cardamom sauce or cashew nut fritters with red hummus – alongside an array of fresh sweet treats. Alex Meitlis is interior designer behind all the Ottolenghi delis, and he’s worked his magic on this one too – this time wrapping the room in recycled bricks, with a bold terrazzo floor created by Ivo Bisagno. Opening January 2022, ottolenghi.co.uk

The Aubrey

Mandarin Oriental London

The London outpost of Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel closed its doors recently after a ten-year stint – but its replacement sounds equally exciting. Burgers will be swapped for high-end sushi with The Aubrey, the first UK venture from Hong Kong-based group Maximal Concepts, known for creating high-end dining experiences with a fun twist. Like its sister restaurant in Hong Kong, The Aubrey London will focus on eccentric izakaya-style cooking and innovative cocktails, with two bars and an afternoon tea experience. mandarinoriental.com

Cicchetti

Cichetti

Following the success of San Carlo’s branches in Piccadilly and Covent Garden, the restaurant group will be opening a new venue in Knightsbridge this April. Spread across two floors, Cicchetti will feature classical Venetian architecture, with design details to reflect the water taxis and luxury yachts synonymous with the region. A suitably chic menu will feature the group’s signature dishes such as black truffle ravioli and black salt sea bass, alongside some new additions. Opening April 2022, sancarlocichetti.co.uk

Björn Frantzén at Harrods

Aside from the endless shopping opportunities, you’ll have another reason to visit Harrods this year. One of the world’s most acclaimed chefs, three Michelin-star Swedish-born Björn Frantzén is opening a restaurant there. Not many details have been revealed yet, but if his eponymous flagship restaurant in Stockholm – which was recently named sixth in The World’s 50 Best Restaurants – is anything to go by, it’s sure to be something special.

Off the Hook

Off The Hook, restaurant

Chef Neil Wager has joined forces with Shaun Henderson, founder of one of the UK’s most popular sustainable fish suppliers Henderson’s, to launch a new fish restaurant. Opening this month in Wapping, Off the Hook will feature three different elements: a seafood restaurant, fish and chip takeaway and fish butchery. The focus will be on sustainably-sourced fish from the Jurassic coast, caught using low impact methods from trusted fishermen. Traceability will also be a key component: for each dish on the menu, diners will be able to see exactly where the fish came from and the fishermen who caught it, with restaurant highlights including dry-aged monkfish with kimchi, halibut with wild chanterelles and squash, and wild seabass sashimi with wasabi and pickles. Opening January 2022, oth.fish

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