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The London Restaurant Openings to Get Excited About in 2021
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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 novel 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 reopen 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.

MAY 2021

Imad’s Syrian Kitchen

Address: Kingly Court, Kingly Street, Soho W1B 5PW

Key people: Imad Alarnab

What to expect: The quality falafel, lamb shoulder, and other Syrian dishes that have made Alarnab’s frequent pop-ups a hit.

Projected opening: 19 May 2021

Humble Chicken

Address: 54 Frith Street, Soho W1D 4SL

Key people: Angelo Sato of Omoide

What to expect: A yakitori-influenced restaurant, framed as “comb to tail” to avoid direct comparisons to yakitori-yas.

Projected opening: 20 May 2021

Bar des Prés

Address: 16 Albemarle Street, Mayfair W1S 4HW

Key people: Cyril Lignac

What to expect: “Playful” French dishes with Asian inflections, running the continent’s gamut from satay steak to miso scallops. Prime Mayfair fodder, this.

Projected opening: 22 May 2021

Nomad London

Address: 28 Bow Street, Covent Garden, WC2E 7AW

Key people: Ashley Abodeely and Leo Robitschek

What to expect: Two restaurants, one, Nomad Restaurant, more smart, and two, Side Hustle, a pub-like environment focussed on Mexican sharing food.
Projected opening: 25 May 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: May 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 Price.

Projected opening: May 2021

Santa Maria

Address: 11 Bond Street, Ealing W5 5AP

Key people: Pasquale Chionchio and Angelo Ambrosio

What to expect: A relocation for the flagship pizzeria from Santa Maria.

Projected opening: May 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: May 2021


Address: 19 Bellefields Road, Ferndale, Brixton SW9 9UH

Key people: The Department Store studios and chef James Mathieson

What to expect: A pan-Mediterranean restaurant and bar with a courtyard for outdoor dining.

Projected opening: May 2021


Address: 80 — 82 Wardour Street, Soho W1F 0TF

Key people: Mission Mars

What to expect: Pizza that’s captivated Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool with fierce devotion to Neapolitan traditions.

Projected opening: May 2021


Address: 67 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch E2 7DJ

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: May 2021


El Pastor Soho

Address: 66 — 70 Brewer St, Soho, W1F 9UP

Key people: Harts Group, the team behind Barrafina and the El Pastor mini-chain

What to expect: A large taqueria, mezcal bar, and club, which nods not just to Mexico City but the 1990s, and a nostalgic brand of partying too.

Projected opening: 2 June 2021

Ave Mario

Address: 15 Henrietta Street, Covent Garden WC2E 8QG

Key people: Big Mamma Group, of maximalist Italian restaurants Gloria and Circolo Popolare

What to expect: A “church” vibe, but the kind of church that has sixty centimetre ice cream cakes.

Projected opening: 25 June 2021

Address: 42 North Audley Street, Mayfair W1K 6ZR

Key people: Chet Sharma, development chef at JKS Restaurants, which is backing the opening

What to expect: A fine-dining restaurant with its top button undone, based on grill cookery and small plates.

Projected opening: June 2021

Ottolenghi Marylebone

Address: 63 Marylebone Lane, Marylebone W1U 2RA

Key people: Yotam Ottolenghi

What to expect: A light, bright deli-restaurant serving colourful dishes speckled with the flavours of pomegranate, za’atar, and more.

Projected opening: June 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: Summer 2021

Bao Shoreditch

Address: 1 Redchurch Street, Shoreditch E2 7DJ

Key people: Erchen Chang, Shing Tat Chung, and Wai Ting Chung

What to expect: A new iteration for London’s slickest restaurant group, with a license for music and cinema promising ... Music and cinema.

Projected opening: Summer 2021

Marugame Udon

Address: 1 — 3 Widegate Street, Spitalfields E1 7ES

Key people: One of the world’s largest udon noodle and tempura specialists.
What to expect: Sanuki udon boiled off to order, in myriad variations.

Projected opening: July 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: Summer 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: Summer 2021

Sunday in Brooklyn

Address: 98 Westbourne Grove, Notting Hill W2 5RU

Key people: The team behind the NYC brunch fave.

What to expect: Some very famous praline pancakes and more breezy all-day fare.

Projected opening: Summer 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

Park Row

Address: 77 Brewer Street, Soho W1F 9ZN

Key people: Wonderland Restaurant Group, run by James Bulmer and Mark Garston, formerly of Heston Blumenthal’s three-Michelin-starred Fat Duck in Bray, and Mike Bagale, former executive chef at three-Michelin-starred Alinea in Chicago.

What to expect: A DC Universe [yes] themed [yup] multiverse [indeed] restaurant.

Projected opening: 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: 135 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD

Key people: Entrepreneur Oscar Farinetti

What to expect: An Italian food “marketplace” comprising three restaurants, produce counters, and a bakery over 42,000 square feet.

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

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