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The 15 Most Anticipated Restaurants in London This Autumn

Din Tai Fung is coming to London, The Clove Club team will open its third restaurant, and Andrew Wong will open his much-anticipated follow-up at the Bloomberg Arcade

A selection of dishes from Andrew Wong’s forthcoming restaurant, Kym’s in the Bloomberg Arcade
| Kym’s [Official Photo]

Autumn is often when the restaurant industry, following a summer lull, kicks into gear and enjoys a renewed interest. Whether or not by coincidence, it is also the time in which a number of the year’s most anticipated restaurant openings are set to launch. In London this year, there are planned expansions and new moves from some of the city’s most established and celebrated operators, a number of very notable debuts, and one fascinating international import with a cult following. Given it’s the restaurant business, many of these dates might slide, but in order of when they are expected to open, here are the 15 most anticipated openings in London this autumn.


Kerridge’s Bar and Grill

Location: Whitehall Place, SW1A 2BD
Key people: Tom Kerridge, of course, and Nick Beardshaw as head chef
Opened: 10 September 2018

What to expect: U.K. star chef Tom Kerridge is making his London debut. His London first London restaurant will sit in five-star The Corinthia hotel, near Trafalgar Square, where cleverly crafted modern British cooking will make use of a rotisserie, which is set to take centre stage. The meat will come from Kerridge’s butchers, The Butcher’s Tap in Marlow. Kerridge runs the U.K.’s only two-Michelin-starred pub, The Hand and Flowers, also in Marlow.

Chef Tom Kerridge and Nick Beardshaw, who will open Kerridge’s Bar and Grill at the Corinthia Hotel in September
Nick Beardshaw and Tom Kerridge will open Kerridge’s Bar and Grill at the Corinthia Hotel in September
Cristian Barnett/Kerridge’s Bar and Grill

Jolene

Location: 20 Newington Green, N16 9PU
Key people: David Gingell, Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim, Andy Cato
Opened: 18 September 2018

What to expect: A bakery, restaurant, and natural wine bar from the team at Westerns Laundry and Primeur, focussed on ancient and heritage grains. Flours will be milled on site for breads and sweet and savoury pastries.

Chef David Gingell and restaurateur Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim
Patricia Niven/for Jolene

Omoide

Location: 88 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3UB
Key people: Chef Angelo Sato, formerly head chef at Story and founder of Mission Sato
Opened: 1 October 2018

What to expect: Sato will follow up his bento box operation, Mission Sato, with another grab-and-go brand. Omoide is rooted in the tradition of chirashi sushi, derived from the rice course in Japanese kaiseki (multi-course) format of service.

Angelo Sato, who will open Yatai at Market Halls West End
Chef Angelo Sato will open Omoide on Bermondsey Street in mid-September
Carousel [Official Photo]

Blacklock Shoreditch

Location: 28-30 Rivington Street, EC2A 3DZ
Key people: Gordon Kerr of Blacklock
Opened: 8 October 2018

What to expect: More of the competitively priced and conscientiously sourced barbecued meats, sides, and plentiful roasts that have made Blacklock’s Soho and City sites such a hit. It takes the site formerly occupied by The Rivington Bar and Grill, itself perhaps modern-day Shoreditch’s first properly ‘cool’ and ambitious modern British cocktail bar and brasserie-style restaurant.

London’s best Sunday roasts: Blacklock steakhouse’s spread of steaks, lamb chops and pork chops
A Blacklock meat feast will soon be available in Shoreditch
Blacklock [Official Photo]

Kym’s

Location: Bloomberg Arcade, 3 Queen Street, EC4N 8BN
Key people: Andrew Wong, Eater London Chef of the Year 2017
Opened: 2 October 2018

What to expect: The name of Andrew Wong’s second restaurant has finally been confirmed: Kym’s, which is named after his parent’s Pimlico restaurant where A. Wong is now located, will offer small dishes such as Yunnanese lemongrass salad, peanuts, lettuce, chilli, and lime; sharing platters of crispy duck and pancakes; and slow-poached soy chicken with ginger relish, and rice. Desserts will include ‘Chinatown’ pineapple bun with custard. Significantly, for a chef who has become synonymous with distinctive, distinguished dumplings, no dim sum. Some of the flavours will be instantly recognisable and even hark back to the nostalgia of the original Kym’s menus, with sweet and sour elements and more rice-based dishes. Like so much of Chinese gastronomy, it’ll be deceptively simple food with a big emphasis on the ancient craft of Chinese ‘roasting’ meats — and that includes poaching,” Wong said.

Chef Andrew Wong
Andrew Leitch/Eater London

St. John Bakery

Location: 3 Neal’s Yard, WC2H 9DP
Key people: Nose-to-tail pioneers, Fergus Henderson, Trevor Gulliver of the St John group
Opened: 21 September 2018

What to expect: A permanent, stand-alone bakery site for St. John’s lauded doughnuts, Eccles cakes, madeleines, and breads. With Neal’s Yard dairy in attendance, the Eccles cake / Lancashire cheese pro move will be easier than ever.

The dining room at Fergus Henderson’s St. John Bread and Wine, the classic, modern British restaurant that forms part of the best 24 hour restaurant travel itinerary for London — where to eat with one day in the city
The St John bakery in at Bread and Wine in Spitalfields
Ola Smit/Eater London

Two Lights

Location: 28-30 Kingsland Rd, E2 8DA
Key people: Chase Lovecky, Johnny Smith, Isaac McHale, Daniel Willis
Opened: 2 October 2018

What to expect: A third restaurant from the team behind Michelin-starred The Clove Club and Luca, headed up by chef Lovecky and taking the Shoreditch site formerly occupied by the Italian restaurant, Amici Mei. There will be a focus on “modern American cuisine” — dishes such as Hereford beef tartare with togarashi; grilled mackerel, cherries, and black olives; and lemon sole, charred tomatoes, and seaweed — aiming to be more of a neighbourhood restaurant than The Clove Club and Luca’s destination dining rooms.

Modern American Cuisine: Chef Chase Lovecky’s Hereford beef tartare and togarashi at Two Lights 
Hereford beef tartare and togarashi at Two Lights
David Oldham/for Two Lights

Hicce

Location: Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4AB
Key people: Pip Lacey, Gordy McIntyre, Angela Hartnett
Projected opening: 12 November 2018

What to expect: Even more wood-fire cooking. Great British Menu winner and former head chef of Angela Hartnett’s Michelin-starred Murano, Lacey has been cooking around London in the run-up to Hicce’s launch; wood will be the fuel for the fire which will smoke and steam as well as grilling. Yakitori could be a star.

Chef Pip Lacey, who will open Hicce in Coal Drops Yard after winning Great British Menu 2017
Chef Pip Lacey, formerly of Michelin-starred Murano in Mayfair, will open Hicce in Coal Drops Yard, King’s Cross
Murano [Official Photo]

Barrafina, Casa Pastor, The Drop

Location: Coal Drops Yard, N1C 4AB
Key people: The Hart Brothers and Crispin Somerville
Opened: 26 October 2018

What to expect: The holy triumvirate of the new Coal Drops Yard development — the brothers behind Barrafina, and their business partner from El Pastor, are opening three new venues there this year. A new Barrafina, plus Casa Pastor — a new “big sister” to Borough’s El Pastor — and The Drop, a wine bar featuring (largely) British plates and an oyster cart.

Barrafina’s famous molten tortilla
Greg Funnell/for Barrafina

Caractère

Location: 209 Westbourne Park Rd, W11 1EA
Key people: Emily Roux (yes, those Roux) and Diego Ferrari
Opened: 5 October 2018

What to expect: A characterful interplay of classical French and Italian cookery from two chefs with extensive Michelin-approved experience. Roux’s partner Ferrari was formerly the head chef at Michelin-starred Le Gavroche, the Roux family’s famous Mayfair restaurant.

Emily Roux with her father Michel Roux Jr
emily_roux_london/Instagram

Levan

Location: 12-16 Blenheim Grove, SE15 4QL
Key people: Nicholas Balfe, Mark Gurney, and the team behind Salon Brixton
Opened: 31 October 2018

What to expect: A bistronomy restaurant influenced by Paris, London, and Copenhagen, with the same low waste, low intervention, meat, fish, and vegetable-focused approach to cooking that defines Salon’s place in the current modern British cuisine school.

Cod crudo, at Levan in Peckham, the upcoming London restaurant opening from Nicholas Balfe of Salon, Brixton
Cod crudo, at Levan in Peckham
Matt Russell/Levan

Berenjak

Location: 27 Romilly Street, W1D 5AL
Key people: Chef Kian Samyani and JKS Restaurants
Projected opening: 23 October 2018

What to expect: The food at Berenjak will depart somewhat from Brigadiers’ Indian mess hall dining, leaning into Persian tradition: kababs, khoresht, and sharing plates — called mazeh. Iranian chef Kian Samyani has cooked at both Bloomberg’s Brigadiers and Mayfair’s Gymkhana: this is the first time the Sethis have backed a chef from their own restaurants in a solo venture.

Former Gymkhana and Brigadiers chef Kian Samyani, who will open Berenjak in Soho, London with JKS Restaurants
Former Gymkhana and Brigadiers chef Kian Samyani will open Berenjak in Soho this October
Marcus Cobden/Berenjak

Din Tai Fung

Location: 5-6 Henrietta St, WC2E 8PT
Key people: Taiwanese dim sum specialists Din Tai Fung
Projected opening: 6 December 2018

What to expect: Two prospective venues for Din Tai Fung, which is bringing its signature xiao long bao (steamed soup pork dumplings) and dim sum range to Europe for the first time. The brand is expected to open its second London site inside the newly redeveloped Centre Point building on Tottenham Court Road in early 2019.

Din Tai Fung’s wildly popular dim sum are coming to London
Zomato/zomato.com

St. John

26 Saint John Street, , England EC1M 4AY 020 7251 0848 Visit Website

Story

199 Tooley Street, , England SE1 2JX 020 7183 2117 Visit Website

The Clove Club

380 Old Street, , England EC1V 9LT 020 7729 6496 Visit Website

Salon

18 Market Row, , England SW9 8LD 020 7501 9152 Visit Website

Luca

88 Saint John Street, , England EC1M 4EH 020 3859 3000 Visit Website

Westerns Laundry

34 Drayton Park, , England N5 1PB 020 7700 3700 Visit Website

Gymkhana

42 Albemarle Street, , England W1S 4JH 020 3011 5900 Visit Website

Blacklock

24 Great Windmill St, London, Greater London W1D 7LG +44 7841 754858 Visit Website

Henrietta

14 - 15 Henrietta St, London WC2E 8QH, UK, London, +44 20 3794 5314 Visit Website

Barrafina

43 Drury Lane, , England WC2B 5AJ Visit Website

hicce

, , England N1C 4DQ 020 3869 8200 Visit Website

BAO

590 Valencia Street, , CA 94110 (415) 658-7453 Visit Website

El Pastor

6-7A Stoney Street, , England SE1 9AA Visit Website

Murano

Queen Street, , England W1J 5PP 020 7495 1127 Visit Website

Mission Sato

6 Saint Agnes Well, , England EC1Y 1BE 07738 490387 Visit Website

Salon Brixton

18 Market Row, , England SW9 8LD 020 7501 9152 Visit Website

Brigadiers

1-5 Bloomberg Arcade, , England EC4N 8AR 020 3319 8140 Visit Website

A. Wong

70 Wilton Road, , England SW1V 1DE 020 7828 8931 Visit Website

Primeur

116 Petherton Road, , England N5 2RT 020 7226 5271 Visit Website

Berenjak

27 Romilly Street, , England W1D 5AL Visit Website

Jolene

54 Great Jones Street, Manhattan, NY 10012 (646) 429-8383 Visit Website

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