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The 10 Most Anticipated Restaurants in London This Autumn

The London debut from a former head chef at The Fat Duck, a very promising Italian restaurant by the Thames, world-famous rapper Nas’s fried chicken spot — and more

Jamie Orlando Smith

Hot girl summer. Hot item summer. Hot, hot, cold soup summer is over. The world, and the restaurant industry, now turns to autumn: Less al fresco dining, more mushrooms, more game, and plenty of broth; but no less chill. Yes, restaurants open all-year round, and it so happens there were one or two beauties that appeared over the summer. But autumn is the season when things tend to intensify — as the capital, in 2019, is expected to welcome some big-name, world-famous Michelin-starred arrivals, some promising debuts, and a dose of celebrity backed fried chicken. Given it’s the restaurant business, many of these dates will almost certainly move, but in no particular, here are the 10 most anticipated openings in London in the next three months.


Location: 36 Snowsfields, Bermondsey, London SE1 3SU
Key people: Chef Jonny Lake and master sommelier Isa Bal
Opening: Autumn 2019

What to expect: One of the most anticipated restaurants of the past two years, as two key members of Heston Blumenthal’s three-Michelin-starred Fat Duck will open their first restaurant in London. It is described as “an informal, high-quality dining restaurant utilising the finest ingredients and wines and will aim to deliver an unrivalled taste experience.” It will function as a restaurant, wine bar and wine cellar on the site of Londrino in Bermondsey.

Owners: Chef Jonny Lake and sommelier Isa Bal at Trivet, a new restaurant in London Bridge with a number of staff members having moved from the three-Michelin-starred Fat Duck, Heston Blumenthal’s restaurant in Bray, Berkshire
Chef Jonny Lake and sommelier Isa Bal
Trivet [Official Photo]


Location: Cardamom Building, 31 Shad Thames, Tower Bridge, London SE1 2YR
Key people: Jay Patel, formerly GM Barrafina and Koya City; and chef Matt Beardmore, a chef from Trullo
Opening: October 2019

What to expect: A very promising “broadly Italian” 35-cover debut from operators with pedigree. Expect seasonal salads and proper pasta dishes comprised of ingredients from some of Britain’s and the Mediterranean’s top suppliers.

A summer dish of peas, broad beans, and strawberries at Legare, which will open at Shad Thames, London Bridge later this year
Peas, broad beans, and strawberries at Legare
Jamie Orlando Smith

Davies and Brook

Location: Claridge’s Hotel, Brook Street W1K 4HR
Key people: Daniel Humm (and not Will Guidara) of Eleven Madison Park in New York City
Opening: November 2019

What to expect: Hyper-intuitive, obsessive attention to detail on both food and service from one of the world’s most famous restaurateurs. Possibly the biggest opening in London this year.

Eleven Madison Park New York City chef Daniel Humm outside the Claridge’s hotel where he’ll open Davies and Brook in London this autumn
Chef Daniel Humm outside Claridge’s in London

Sweet Chick

Address: 8 Market Place, Fitzrovia W1W 8AG
Key people: New York restaurateur John Seymour and rapper Nas
Opening: 26 September 2019

What to expect: “New American comfort food”: a key dish is fried chicken and waffles. And plenty of hype for starters.

John Seymour and rapper Nas will open Sweet Chick on the former site of Carluccio’s in Market Place, off Oxford Circus in central London
Chicken and waffles at Sweet Chick
Sweet Chick [Official Photo]


Location: 37 Golden Square, Soho
Key people: Guillaume Depoix, who worked with the Costes brothers in Paris, and at Boundary Hotel, and Casa Cruz in London
Opening: Autumn 2019

What to expect: An all-day brasserie in the centre of Soho. One inspired by 1960s and ‘70s St Germain in Paris: somewhere between Chiltern Firehouse, Brasserie Zedel, and Granger and Co, servicing the breakfast crowd with coffee, through business lunches, special occasion dinners, and cocktail drinkers and DJs late into the night

Parisian restaurateur Guillaume Depoix will open Folie, a brasserie on Golden Square in Soho
Guillaume Depoix will open Folie, a brasserie on Golden Square in Soho
Folie [Official Photo]


Location: The White Building, Hackney Wick, E9 5EN
Key people: Doug McMaster
Opening: November 2019

What to expect: One of the U.K.’s most acclaimed contemporary restaurants brings its pioneering, genuinely zero-waste ethos to London’s Hackney Wick from Brighton.

Silo zero waste restaurant in Brighton will open in east London, subject to a successful crowdfund
A broccoli dish at Silo
Silo [Official Photo]


Location: 184A Kensington Park Road, W11 2ES
Key people: Victoria Paltina, Oren King
Opening: 9 September 2019

What to expect: Tel Aviv-inspired all-day dining, with a broad spectrum of bright, sunny dishes under Sephardic Jewish traditions in Notting Hill.

Founder Victoria Paltina and head chef Oren King at Haya in Notting Hill, a new restaurant inspired by Tel Aviv
Founder of Haya, Victoria Paltina and head chef Oren King
Haya [Official Photo]


Location: 65 Commercial Street, E1 6BD
Key people: Helen Graham, Marc Summers
Projected opening: 12 September 2019

What to expect: Vegetarian, Sephardic Jewish / Tel Aviv-inspired cooking from chefs whose previous experience is at restaurants excelling in exactly that. Namely Berber & Q and Barbary.

Chef Helen Graham, formerly of the Barbary will lead the kitchen at Bubala in Spitalfields, east London
Chef Helen Graham
Helen Graham/Instagram

Daffodil Mulligan

Address: 70 - 74 City Road, EC1Y 2BJ
Key people: Chef Richard Corrigan
Projected opening: November 2019

What to expect: Richard Corrigan moves to east London. A restaurant in Shoreditch based on produce from Corrigan’s farm in Ireland, with a less of a focus on seafood than Bentley’s or Corrigan’s Mayfair.

Richard Corrigan adds new London restaurant to Corrigan’s Mayfair and Bentley’s Oyster Bar and Grill Richard Corrigan [Official Photo]

The Betterment

Address: 39-44 Grosvenor Square, W1K 2HP
Key people: London empire builder Jason Atherton
Projected opening: 19 September 2019

What to expect: Atherton’s brand of modern British cuisine, probably — some intrigue here, as Atherton opens across from his former mentor, Gordon Ramsay’s Lucky Cat, in a very specific restaurant face off in the heart of Mayfair.

Crab at Jason Atherton’s Michelin-starred Pollen Street Social
Pollen Street Social [Official Photo]


, London,

Mission Sato

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

A. Wong

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

St. John

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


1 Westgate Street, , England E8 3RL 020 3095 9407 Visit Website

El Pastor

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


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

Coal Drops Yard

Stable Street, , England N1C 4DQ 020 3883 2087 Visit Website


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Salon Brixton

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


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

Koya City

10-12 Bloomberg Arcade, , England EC4N 8AR Visit Website


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


27 Romilly Street, , England W1D 5AL 020 3319 8120 Visit Website

Casa Cruz

123 Clarendon St, London, Greater London W11 4JG +44 20 3321 5400 Visit Website


White's Row, , England E1 7NF Visit Website


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


83 Rue De La Gauchetière Ouest, Ville-Marie, QC H2Z 1C2 (514) 875-1388


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

Le Gavroche

43 Upper Brook Street, , England W1K 7QR 020 7408 0881 Visit Website


, , England N1C 4DQ 020 3869 8200 Visit Website


54 Great Jones Street, Manhattan, NY 10012 Visit Website

Din Tai Fung

5 Henrietta Street, , England WC2E 8PT 020 3034 3888 Visit Website


Saint Paul's Road, , England N1 2LH 020 7226 2733 Visit Website

Westerns Laundry

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


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

Chiltern Firehouse

1 Chiltern Street, , England W1U 7PA 020 7073 7676 Visit Website

Berber & Q

338 Acton Mews, London, E8 4EA Visit Website

Two Lights

28-30 Kingsland Road, , England E2 8AA 020 3976 0076 Visit Website


209 Westbourne Park Road, , England W11 1EA 020 8181 3850 Visit Website


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