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The London Restaurant Openings to Get Excited About in 2022

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

Pasta making at Ombra, soon to open a second site.
| Michaël Protin/Eater London

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 (and beyond), in order of anticipated launch. This list will be updated constantly.


JANUARY 2022

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: January 2022

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: January 2022

FEBRUARY 2022

Blacklock

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: 7 February 2022

Lahpet Covent Garden

Address: 21 Slingsby Place, Covent Garden WC2E 9AB
Key people: Dan Anton and Zaw Mahesh.
What to expect: Expansion for the Burmese group, with a mixture of confirmed favourites from its Shoreditch location and new dishes, too.
Projected opening: 7 February 2022

Cedric Grolet at the Berkeley

Address: Wilton Place, Knightsbridge SW1X 7RL
Key people: Cedric Grolet, of eponymous patisserie boutiques in Paris.
What to expect: Trompe l’œil fruits and elegant flowers, and a whole load of influencers.
Projected opening: 14 February 2022

The Ledbury

Address: 127 Ledbury Road, Notting Hill W11 2AQ
Key people: Brett Graham
What to expect: A revamp and redesign for the legendary, formerly two-Michelin-starred restaurant. This will definitely extend to the dining room and building, but Graham’s tasting menu will endure.
Projected opening: February 2022

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: February 2022

SPRING 2022

Tatale

Address: 66 Great Suffolk Street, Southwark SE1 0BL
Key people: Akwasi Brenya-Mensa.
What to expect: A self-consciously pan-African restaurant, designed to provoke conversation and cross-pollination between different cultural disciplines.
Projected opening: Spring 2022

Apricity

Address: 68 Duke Street, Mayfair, W1K 6JU
Key people: Chef Chantelle Nicholson, formerly of Tredwell’s and All’s Well.
What to expect: A restaurant focused on sustainability — both from the point of view of food waste and conscious sourcing and the mental health and wellbeing of its employees.
Projected opening: March 2022

Sichuan Fry and Dumpling Shack

Address: 2 Westgate Street, London Fields E8 3RN
Key people: John and Yee Li.
What to expect: A first full restaurant for one of London’s most queued-for street food hits, with Sichuan fried chicken on the ground floor and crisp, soupy shengjianbao in the basement.
Projected opening: April 2022

Lisboeta

Address: 30 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia WC1B 4AF
Key people: Chef Nuno Mendes and backers MJMK, also behind Casa do Frango and Kol.
What to expect: A two-level “love letter to Lisbon.” which will entail an inventive downstairs kitchen and more of an homage to Portugal in the main restaurant.
Projected opening: Spring 2022

Holloway Model Bakery

Address: 66 George’s Road, Holloway N7 8HX
Key people: Michelle Eshkeri, founder of Margot Bakery in East Finchley.
What to expect: A bakery focussed on sweet, leavened breads particularly in the Jewish tradition — best expressed by its formidable sourdough babka.
Projected opening: Spring 2022

AngloThai

Address: TBD
Key people: John and Desiree Chantarasak.
What to expect: A central London home for one of the most exciting exponents of uncynical “fusion” cooking out there, whose push-pull between the language of Thai cooking and its traditions and British ingredients resolves its tensions in thrilling dishes.
Projected opening: Spring 2022

LATER

Aragawa

Address: 38 Clarges Street, Mayfair W1J 7EN
Key people: Mitsuya Yamada.
What to expect: A laser-like focus on high quality Kobe beef, with an austere supporting cast of luxury ingredient sides.
Projected opening: 2022

Lina Stores

Address: 68 Wigmore Street, Marylebone W1U 2SD
Key people: Backer White Rabbit Projects, alongside the storied brand.
What to expect: More green-hued designs and fresh pasta.
Projected opening: 2022

Socca

Address: 41A South Audley Street, Mayfair W1K 2PS
Key people: Claude Bosi and Samyukta Nair
What to expect: Breezy French Riviera cuisine from the esteemed French chef.
Projected opening: Summer 2022

Manzi’s

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: 2022

Frantzen

Address: Harrods, 87 — 135 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge SW1X 7XL
Key people: Björn Frantzén, of the three-Michelin-starred Stockholm restaurant that bears his surname.
What to expect: A shrine to international gastrotourism.
Projected opening: Autumn 2022

Mauro Colagreco at Raffles London

Address: The Old War Office, Whitehall SW1A 2EU
Key people: Mauro Colagreco, of three-Michelin-starred Mirazur.
What to expect: A trio of restaurants overseen by the garlanded chef, including a brasserie, a fine dining restaurant, and a chef’s table.
Projected opening: 2022

BRAT

4 Redchurch Street, , England E1 6JL Visit Website

Pollen Street Social

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

The Delaunay

55 Aldwych, , England WC2B 4BB 020 7499 8558 Visit Website

TŌU

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

Ji

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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