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The London Restaurant Openings to Get Excited About in 2021

A constantly updated record of the key restaurant openings in the capital

Ramo Ramen [Official Photo]

London — and its hospitality industry — is some way from a return to its pre-pandemic order. But one sign of a semblance of normality having resumed is the steady flow of new opening announcements, many of which were on course to arrive in 2020 but whose timelines were interrupted by the coronavirus crisis. With the caveat that these dates are subject to change, here’s the definitive list of notable upcoming openings in 2021, in order of anticipated launch. This list will be updated constantly.

London’s restaurants, pubs, cafes, and bars reopened for indoor service from 17 May, with the rule of six in place. Customers can check with individual venues to determine their availability and Covid-secure measures before deciding to visit.


Ramo Ramen

Address: 28 Brewer Street, Soho W1F 0SR
Key people: Omar Shah and Florence Mae Maglanoc of Maginhawa Group
What to expect: A continuation of the winning Filipino-Japanese ramen hailing from Kentish Town.
Projected opening: 15 September 2021

Ekstedt at the Yard

Address: Great Scotland Yard Hotel, 3-5 Great Scotland Yard, Westminster SW1A 2HN
Key people: Niklas Ekstedt of Michelin-starred Ekstedt in Stockholm, Sweden.
What to expect: Faintly anachronistic old-Nordic cooking over fire.
Projected opening: 17 September 2021


Address: 36 — 37 Greenhill Rents, Cowcross Street, Farringdon EC1M 6BN
Key people: Russell Norman, formerly of Polpo
What to expect: A loosely Tuscan restaurant from the small plates pioneer, intending to function as a canteen by day and a dolled up restaurant by night.
Projected opening: 23 September 2021

Balady Leather Lane

Address: 39-41 Leather Lane, Holborn EC1N 7TJ
Key people: The Sabbo brothers, behind Balady and Balady Alaesh in Temple Fortune.
What to expect: Some of the outright best falafel, sabich, and chips in the city.
Projected opening: September 2021


Address: 49 Maddox Street, Mayfair W1S 2PQ
Key people: Rohit Ghai, of Kutir
What to expect: A big-ticket iteration of the food of Madhya Pradesh, split between sharing plates and tasting menus.
Projected opening: September 2021

Nusr-Et Steakhouse

Address: The Park Tower Knightsbridge, 101 Knightsbridge, SW1X 7RN
Key people: Nusret Gökçe aka Salt Bae
What to expect: Theatrically-served food, Instagrammable experiences and expensive cuts of meat.
Projected opening: September 2021


Address: 49 Lexington Street, Soho W1F 9AP
Key people: Missy Flynn and Gabe Pryce
What to expect: The next iteration of Rita’s, the much-loved, irreverent, and peripatetic restaurant and wine bar from Flynn and Pryce.
Projected opening: September 2021

Vergine Maria

Address: 15 St. Mary’s Road, Ealing W5 5RA
Key people: Pasquale Chionchio and Angelo Ambrosio
What to expect: Vegan pizza and other dishes from the founders of Santa Maria, taking over its original restaurant.
Projected opening: September 2021


Address: 16 Essex Road, The Angel N1 8LN
Key people: Jeremie Cometto-Lingenheim and David Gingell of Jolene, Westerns Laundry, et al
What to expect: A satellite bakery from the Newington Green hit.
Projected opening: September 2021


Address: 323 Acton Mews, Haggerston E8 4DN
Key people: Chef Seb Myers (formerly Snackbar and P. Franco), club manager Sarah Papadimitriou (formerly Laughing Heart and Mãos) and Jonathan Alphandery, wine collector and Planque owner.
What to expect: “A wine drinker’s clubhouse,” with a focus on natural and low-intervention styles with a 40-cover modern French-leaning restaurant.
Projected opening: September 2021

Santo Remedio Shoreditch

Address: 55 Great Eastern Street, Shoreditch EC2A 3HP
Key people: Edson and Natalie Diaz-Fuentes
What to expect: A return to Shoreditch for this modern Mexican restaurant, focussed on tacos and larger sharing dishes like barbacoa.
Projected opening: September 2021



Address: 20 Greek Street, Soho W1D 4DU
Key people: Harneet Baweja and Devina Seth
What to expect: A third modern Indian restaurant for the buzzy group.
Projected opening: 8 October 2021


Address: 1 Surrey Street, Temple WC2R 2ND
Key people: Frieze co-founders Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover
What to expect: An “expansive garden terrace,” with a menu centred around delicate grill cookery.
Projected opening: October 2021


Address: 21 - 25 Lonsdale Road, Queen’s Park NW6 6RA
Key people: The team behind popular Levantine restaurant Berber and Q
What to expect: A more “grown-up” restaurant than Berber and Q with similar influences, according to the founders.
Projected opening: October 2021


Address: 5 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia W1T 1RE
Key people: Founder Nisha Katona.
What to expect: A wide-ranging menu of Indian “street food” which has proved popular across several U.K. cities.
Projected opening: October 2021

Arcade Food Hall

Address: 103 — 105 New Oxford Street, WC2H 8LH
Key people: JKS Restaurants, the group behind Gymkhana, Trishna, Hoppers, Bao, Lyle’s, and many of the capital’s most successful restaurants.
What to expect: An entirely new suite of restaurants and kitchens for the site formerly known as Arcade Food Theatre.
Projected opening: November 2021

Ombra Pastificio & Forno

Address: Vyner Street, Hackney E2 9DG
Key people: Mitshel Ibrahim, chef-owner of the original Ombra.
What to expect: A pasta and charcuterie production site that will be open to the public for pastries, soups, and Roman pizza, in the vein of London Fields favourite E5 Bakehouse.
Projected opening: November 2021


Address: 12 New Quebec Street, Marylebone W1H 7RP
Key people: Daisuke Hayashi, of two decades’ training at one of the world’s foremost kaiseki restaurants, Kikunoi Honten in Kyoto.
What to expect: Kaiseki mastery from one of its most expert practitioners.
Projected opening: Autumn 2021


Address: Henrietta Street, Covent Garden WC2E 8QH
Key people: Gordon Ker’s group
What to expect: Incredible steak, brilliant Sunday roasts, accompanied by the crispiest dripping-fried chips.
Projected opening: 2021


Address: 1 Bateman’s Buildings, Soho W1D 3EN
Key people: Jeremy King and Chris Corbin of The Wolseley, The Delaunay, et alia
What to expect: A huge seafood restaurant in the heart of Soho, in the affordable luxury guise that the duo do so well.
Projected opening: 2021


Address: 8-10 Pollen St, Mayfair, W1S 1NQ
Key people: Restaurateur Jason Atherton
What to expect: Next door to Atherton’s flagship site, Pollen Street Social, this 16-seater restaurant will not open with ambitions for Michelin stars, according to him.
Projected opening: 2021

The Delaunay

55 Aldwych, London , WC2B 4BB Visit Website


4 Redchurch Street, , England E1 6JL Visit Website

Pollen Street Social

8-10 Pollen Street, , England W1S 1NQ 020 7290 7600 Visit Website


101-103 Oxford Street, , England WC1A 1DB Visit Website


Chalk Farm Road, , England NW1 8AH 07398 682956

Borough Market

8 Southwark Street, , England SE1 1TL 020 7407 1002 Visit Website

TĀTĀ Eatery

152 Old Street, , England EC1V 9BW Visit Website

Din Tai Fung

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

Santa Maria

11 Bond Street, , England W5 5AP 020 8840 4998 Visit Website

The Wolseley

160 Piccadilly, , England W1J 9EB 020 7499 6996 Visit Website

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