The Most Exciting London Restaurants Opening Soon

We already bring you the most up to date information on London’s hottest openings but what about those that are in the pipeline? These are the restaurants set to open in the next few weeks and months that we’re really excited about…

Abd El Wahab

Another day, another swanky Lebanese in Mayfair. Or is it? We’ve been to the original Abd El Wahab in Beirut and so we know this is the real deal. Their meze is some of the best in the business and we spent a fantastic hour in their beautiful conservatory (ok, it was several) slowly working through it all.

We hear the Mayfair branch will be just as elegant, with lots of lush greenery and of course, tables groaning with food – this is Lebanese hospitality after all.

When will it open? February 27th.


Ramael Scully, former head chef at Ottolenghi’s slick Soho restaurant Nopi has flown the nest to set up this first solo venture. The menu will feature dishes influenced by his Chinese, Indian, Balinese and Irish descent, and will include lots of pickling and preserving. The menu sounds very intriguing, with creative dishes such as crispy pork hock with brussels sprout sambal and lime and beer mustard on the menu. Or how about baby beetroot jerky with green cardamom cream?

Apparently, the food is going to be so vibrant they’ve had to think ‘calm’ with the decor – all cool blue upholstery and grey marble. Sounds dreamy.

When will it open? March 1st.

Sabor Asador

We’ve already told you about the bar and restaurant at Sabor, and now they’re opening grand finale – the asador. Accessed via a spiral staircase and overlooking the main bar area, the asador area is dominated by the asador oven itself at one end, with large sharing tables running the length of the room. Here, the team will be roasting suckling pigs and other dishes from the Galician and Castilian regions. Bookings will also be taken, unlike the bar and restaurant downstairs.

When will it open? March 1st.

Gizzi Erskine

Gizzi Erskine at Mare Street Market

Gizzi Erskine has been doing pop-ups like the recent (and hugely successful) Pure Filth at Tate for years but now she’s putting her name to something more permanent. It’s going to be at the new Mare Street Market in Hackney and will combine her two loves: food and music.

There will be a restaurant serving dishes like roasted buffalo cauliflower with Gorgonzola sauce and pickled celery, and a rotisserie chicken with chicken schmaltz bearnaise. There will also be a smoker and a grill, so lots of cooking over live fire and, importantly, a market selling locally produced food and drink.

Where does the music come in? There’s a podcast station, record shop and events space. So yeah, it’s ambitious but Gizzi is sure to make a success of it.

When will it open? March 2018.

Petersham Nurseries Covent Garden

This is a second, central London site for the original destination restaurant in Richmond, and the home shop, garden shop/florist and delicatessen is already open. Soon, there will be two restaurants.

The Petersham will serve British-Italian food while La Goccia’s menu will focus on food cooked on the grill or in a wood-burning oven. Both restaurants open onto a courtyard, and you can expect laid-back glamour and plenty of floral influences.

When will it open? Deli is open now, restaurants open March 2018.

 Tortilleria el Pastor

Sam and James Hart and Crispin Somerville, the guys behind Tacos el Pastor (who make some of London’s best tacos) are opening a ‘tortilleria’ near Maltby Street Market. It’s basically going to be a big ol’ taco factory, stamping out a variety of corn tacos to buy and take away, along with fresh salsas, cheeses from Gringa Dairy, Mexican beers and basically everything you need to make real Mexican food at home.

There will also be a small, eat-in taco bar seating 26, where you can eat your fill of their fantastic namesake al pastor tacos – that’s marinated pork shoulder, caramelised pineapple and guacamole. Yum.

When will it open? March 2018.

Din Tai Fung

The hugely popular dim sum chain is opening in London and this is very exciting because, well, dumplings are brilliant. This is a chain, with branches in the US, Australia, Singapore and more but don’t let that put you off because it’s excellent.

The London branch will open in the Centre Point redevelopment this spring.

When will it open? April 2018.

A Wong

Andrew Wong Bloomberg

A Wong almost single-handedly changed the image of Victoria from a place you wanted to pass through as quickly as possible to a place you visit for lunch. The dumplings are world class and among the classics are some really fun, creative flourishes like his famous custard buns shaped like white peaches.

Soon, we won’t have to cram into one branch because a second is opening in The Bloomberg Arcade, which already has some fabulous restaurants. We see a food crawl on the cards…

When will it open? April 2018.