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Eight hot new restaurants opening in London this summer

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Megan Carnegie

London is overloaded with scorching restaurant launches this July. Megan Carnegie works up an appetite for these eight new kids on the block 



What is it... Permanent Soho digs for Foley’s Tasting Kitchen, which first popped up in Shepherd’s Bush earlier this year.

Why go... Grab a seat at the viewing counter to watch former Palomar chef Mitz Vora whip up his experimental gastronomic delights.

Opening: Friday July 1

23 Foley St, W1W 6DU. Tube: Goodge St.


Rok Islington


What is it... A second outpost of Shoreditch’s successful Scandi smokehouse.

Why go... A killer summer menu includes guinea fowl with semi-cured pork belly. Plus concoctions from cocktail guru Matt Whiley.

Opening: Friday July 1

149 Upper St, N1 1RA. Tube: Angel. 


Bao Fitzrovia

What is it... Bao’s second base for mind-blowing Taiwanese eats – this time minus the queues (we hope).

Why go... Even more bitesize Asian buns plus stellar new side plates. Think koji quail and squid noodles in truffle sauce.

Opening: Wednesday July 6 

31 Windmill St, W1T 2JN. Tube: Goodge St.



What is it... All-day dining with a Peruvian twist in Soho. Bites like you’d find in the mercados of Lima.

Why go... Try butifarra, a  bread roll with slow-cooked meat and salsa, and ‘cevushi’, the restaurant’s ceviche-sushi mash-up.

Opening: Friday July 15

24 Rupert St, W1D 6DQ. Tube: Leicester Square.



What is it... Healthy hangout from the guys behind heavily themed drinking dens Bunga Bunga and Mr. Fogg’s, oddly enough.

Why go... Affordable virtuous fare with a sense of humour. Order up the prawn star with a side of Miami rice.

Opening: Monday July 18

11 Harrington Rd, SW7 3ES. Tube: South Kensington.


Belpassi Bros

What is it... First bricks-and-mortar operation from the popular Spitalfields meatball truck.

Why go... The Belpassi boys spent a year touring northern and central Italy to get their hand-rolled meatball recipe spot-on.

Opening: Thursday July 28

70 Tooting High St, SW17 0RN. Tube: Tooting Bec.


Casita Andina

What is it... Ceviche superhero Martin Morales works his magic on the second branch of Andina.

Why go... An entirely gluten-free menu washed down with dangerously drinkable pisco sours. Because balance is always good.

Opening: Thursday July 28

31 Great Windmill St, W1D 7LP. Tube: Piccadilly Circus.


Berber & Q Shawarma Bar

What is it... An Exmouth Market branch from Haggerston’s Levantine grillhouse gods. 

Why go... Slowly spit-roasted lamb and Middle-Eastern rotisserie chicken. Your late-night kebab stop will never taste the same again.

Opening: Mid-July (TBC)

46 Exmouth Market,  EC1R 4QE. Tube: Angel

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