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The best new restaurants in London

Where’s hot? Where’s great? Err, this lot: London’s best new restaurants and cafés to have opened up in the last 12 months

By Tania Ballantine and Time Out London Food & Drink

Every week, a frankly stupid amount of brilliant new restaurants, cafés and street food joints arrive in London. Which makes whittling a shortlist of best newbies down to manageable size one helluva challenge. But here it is. The very best London restaurants of the last 12 months. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: eating out in London kicks ass.

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The best new restaurants in London


Restaurants Contemporary European Stratford

What is it: A fine-dining restaurant on the seventh floor of The Stratford hotel.

Why go: The savoury choux bun. Just £3 a pop and so very good.   

Bloomsbury Street Kitchen

Restaurants Mediterranean Bloomsbury

What is it: A Japanese-Mediterranean small-plates restaurant in Bloomsbury.

Why go: For those lamb gyros. Late-night kebabs at their best. 

Venue says We have unfortunately had to close for now, but you can buy vouchers for our Afternoon Tea, Masterclasses and experiences on our website


Bob Bob Cité

Restaurants Contemporary European City of London

What is it: A City sibling to Soho’s Bob Bob Ricard, styled like an Edwardian train.

Why go: Don’t worry – the champagne button’s still here.


Restaurants Middle Eastern Spitalfields

What is it: A Middle Eastern veggie small plates joint in Spitalfields.

Why go: The halloumi. Chewy, crunchy, salty, sweet. 


Casa Fofò

Restaurants British Hackney

What is it: A tasting-menu neighbourhood restaurant from an ex-Pidgin chef. 

Why go: For a home-from-home vibe, but without the washing up. 


Restaurants British Nine Elms

What is it: An all-day Manhattan-style brasserie with a menu from The Dairy's Robin Gill.

Why go: Pastries by day. Cocktails by night. And truffled Baron Bigod in between. 



Restaurants British Borough Market

What is it: A more casual sibling to Shoreditch's Lyle's, this time in Borough Market.

Why go: For anchovy toast under a little cured pork fat blanket. 

Endo at the Rotunda

Restaurants Japanese White City

What is it: An eighth-floor omakase (tasting menu) restaurant in White City.

Why go: It's the best omakase experience in London. 



Restaurants British Portobello Road

What is it: A fashionable restaurant on Portobello Road. 

Why go: To see and be seen. 

Hello Darling

Restaurants Contemporary European Waterloo

What is it: A boho restaurant, close to The Old Vic, serving small and sharing plates.

Why go: For the swede tartare. Yes, really.


Kebab Queen

Restaurants Middle Eastern Covent Garden

What is it: A hidden restaurant serving a kebab-based tasting menu.

Why go: The cabbage 'kebab'. With monkfish bone marrow and crisp chicken skin. Sigh. 

Kerb Seven Dials Market

Restaurants Food court Seven Dials

What is it: A two-floor food hall and produce market in Covent Garden.

Why go: For the food. All of it. And, the lovably laidback vibe. 


Lucknow 49

Restaurants Indian Mayfair

What is it: A homely Indian restaurant in Mayfair, from the chef behind Dum Biryani in Soho. 

Why go: The goat biryani. Royally good rice. 

Mao Chow

Restaurants Vegan Hackney

What is it: A vegan, cash-only, Sichuan street food joint in Hackney.

Why go: The smacked cucumber. The dry-fried beans. The dan dan noodles. 


Master Wei

Restaurants Chinese Bloomsbury

What is it: A Bloomsbury restaurant serving food from China's Shaanxi province. 

Why go: For the traditional liangpi noodles. Chilly but brilli(ant). 

Venue says 20% off for collection customers!!!

No. Fifty Cheyne

Restaurants British Chelsea

What is it: A stylish brasserie on Chelsea's posh Cheyne Walk.

Why go: For chargrilled, melt-in-the-mouth rib-eye steak. 

Venue says At its heart is a Chelsea neighbourhood restaurant with intimate dining spaces complete with a cosy upstairs drawing room and cocktail bar.



Restaurants Middle Eastern Covent Garden

What is it: A modern Iranian small-plates restaurant in Covent Garden.

Why go: The quince tarte tatin. You'll never go back to apple. 


Restaurants Chinese Southwark

What is it: A trendy Southwark joint serving southern Chinese cooking.

Why go: The kung pao chicken: as tender as tender gets. 



Restaurants Spanish King’s Cross

What is it: An outdoor terrace restaurant from Barrafina, offering tabletop grilling.

(NOTE: this restaurant is only open during summer months.)

Why go: The pork collar. The milk-fed lambs’ kidneys. That £5 baby gem salad.


Restaurants Italian Knightsbridge

What is it: A high-end pasta joint in Knightsbridge's Bulgari hotel. 

Why go: The signature spaghetti. It arrives under a glass cloche. 



Restaurants British Hackney Wick

What is it: A stylish zero-waste restaurant in Hackney.

Why go: It's actual food for thought. 


Restaurants French St John’s Wood

What is it: A neighbourhood bistro from the duo behind The Wolseley.

Why go: It's like a Parisian bistro, only, well, better. 


Suzi Tros

Restaurants Greek Notting Hill

What is it: A Greek bistro and casual spin-off to Mazi, next door.

Why go: The savoury feta cheesecake. It's dakos, but not as you know it. 

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