London’s hottest new restaurants spring/summer 2022

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Dine somewhere different next time you visit the UK Capital and check out our shortlist of London's hottest new restaurants  

There are more than 18,000 restaurants in London, with new ones opening all the time. No one could possibly eat their way through the list, but whether you’re a visitor or a resident looking for somewhere new, we’ve put together a selection of the best new eateries in town.

Yes, the hospitality sector suffered a huge blow during the covid pandemic, but people will always want to eat out and the industry is responding with a flurry of new offerings. A few long-established names are popping up in newer guises – Gordon Ramsay at the Savoy, for example, and Cédric Grolet at The Berkeley – but there are also innovative chefs with great ideas and edgy new menus. 

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Fuji Grill at the Beaverbrook Townhouse / London

1. Fuji Grill at Beaverbrook Town House, Chelsea

This Japanese grill restaurant is set in the opulent Beaverbrook Town House hotel in Chelsea, named after the flamboyant newspaper magnate who was famous for his hospitality. He never lived in this particular building - the hotel owners have a sister hotel in his former Surrey country estate, but the decor is themed to suit Beaverbrook’s personality, with lots of art and artefacts. The Fuji Grill does not take bookings, but offers a Japanese-themed menu from breakfast through to dinner. 
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Cedric Grolet / The Berkeley Hotel / London

2. Cédric Grolet at the Berkeley, Knightsbridge

There are desserts, and then there are desserts taken to a stratospheric level, both in quality and price. Top French pastry chef Cédric Grolet has opened his first pâtisserie outside France within the five-star Berkeley Hotel, selling viennoiserie, cookies, amazing pastries and his signature fruits and flower cakes. Go for exquisite pâtisserie in the café but for the height of luxury nibbling, the tasting menu at £135 per person with just eight seats available per session, has swiftly become a very hot ticket! 
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Bubala Soho / Middle Eastern restaurant / London

3. Bubala, Soho

Fresh from its critical success in Spitalfields, Bubala has brought its Middle-Eastern vegetarian cooking to Soho for its second restaurant, opening this month (April 2022).  Founder Marc Summers and executive chef Helen Summers will offer such signature dishes as confit potato latkes and halloumi with black seed honey, plus a new range of tastes using the restaurant’s yakitori grill. 
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Lisboeta / Portuguese restaurant / London

4. Lisboeta, Fitzrovia

Portuguese chef/patron Nuno Mendes describes his new venture in Charlotte Street as “a love letter to Lisbon”, where he was brought up. Set across three floors, Lisboeta aims to reflect the dining culture of Lisbon life. Guests can share traditional and contemporary ‘Petiscos’ – small plates – alongside larger main dishes of ‘Tachos & Travessas’ (pots and platters). 
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San Carlo Cicchetti / Italian restaurant / London

5. San Carlo Cicchetti, Covent Garden

Carlo Distefano arrived in Britain in 1962 from Sicily with a work permit and very little else. In the intervening decades he has worked his way up to be a major player in the hospitality industry, owning 23 restaurants in the UK and more overseas, with new sites planned in Riyadh, Bahrain and Dubai. This latest offering in his Cicchetti range is in Covent Garden, close to theaters and the West End. The cicchetti, or small plates of food, are cooked to order. Go for breakfast, lunch or dinner and enjoy an authentic Italian experience. 
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Laphet West End / Burmese restaurant / London

6. Lahpet West End, Covent Garden

Fresh from the success of its first branch in Shoreditch, Lahpet West End has arrived in Covent Garden to brighten the restaurant scene as one of the few authentic Burmese restaurants in London. The decor is smart-casual with long tables, but the menu is interesting and original and prices are very reasonable. Fish predominates but there are chicken and veggie options too. 
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The Aubrey at the Mandarin Oriental / Japanese restaurant / London

7. The Aubrey at the Mandarin Oriental, Hyde Park 

New on the Japanese food scene in London, and described as an ‘eccentric Japanese izakaya experience’ the Aubrey, set within the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, offers small plates and set menus in plush oriental-style surroundings. The menu draws on the classical techniques of edomae sushi, tempura and robata. The variety of spaces transform into a lively destination in the evening. 
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The Ledbury / Modern European restaurant / London

8. The Ledbury, Notting Hill

Not exactly an opening but a resurrection. Australian chef Brett Graham closed his restaurant indefinitely in 2020 when covid appeared to have killed the hospitality trade – and its two Michelin stars were lost in consequence. But in 2022 it has made a welcome return with its famed tasting menu and strong support from its loyal band of followers. Tastes such as cornish crab with cultured cream and frozen citrus, or Jerusalem artichoke tart with wild garlic, baked celeriac and smoked bone marrow, should ensure its continued popularity. 
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Sessions Arts Club / Italian Restaurant / London

9. Sessions Arts Club, Farringdon

Set in the lofty former judges’ dining room of this Grade-II listed sessions house, this restaurant helmed by chef Florence Knight offers an Italian-inspired menu of small plates and main dishes that sound simple but are beautifully put together. Linen tablecloths, high ceilings, distressed walls, terraces with fireplaces, a rooftop drinks area and garden, and performance spaces complete the arty vibe. Over-18s only.
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Restaurant 1890 by Gordon Ramsay / French restaurant / London

10. Restaurant 1890 by Gordon Ramsay, Strand

Set within the plush surroundings of the Savoy Hotel in the Strand, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s newest offering at the Savoy is a tribute to the legendary French chef Escoffier, who began working at the hotel in 1890. Open only for dinner and seating just 26 guests, the offering is a 10-course modern French tasting menu with a few European twists. 
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Roketsu / Japanese restaurant / London

11. Roketsu, Marylebone

This kaiseki restaurant, offering a10-course tasting menu, is the first London venture for chef Daisuke Hayashi, who trained at the prestigious Kikunoi Honten in Kyoto. The restaurant’s interior was designed and made in Japan and shipped over. The Marylebone restaurant is small and serves just one one tasting menu, but this is high-end Japanese dining at its best. 
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Ottolenghi Chelsea / Mediterranean restaurant / London

12. Ottolenghi Chelsea

Chef and entrepreneur Yotam Ottolenghi opened this Chelsea arm of his famous brand only in January 2022 and is slightly different to some of its sister branches. It has the signature white counters and displays of signature salads and cakes but is more of a deli than a restaurant. It’s open for morning coffee, pastries and breakfasts and also for lunch. They don’t take reservations, so customers need to walk in and take a punt on there being a seat. 
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The Twenty Two / British restaurant / London

13. The Twenty Two

This new boutique hotel, members’ club and restaurant, located on Grosvenor Square at – unsurprisingly – number 22, is set in an elegant Grade-II listed Edwardian building that was once an elegant family home. The restaurant offers modern British cooking with a Mediterranean touch and a lighter style. 
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Edstedt / Skani, European restaurant / London

14. Ekstedt at The Yard, Westminster

Michelin-starred chef Niklas Ekstedt has recently opened this eponymous restaurant, his first outside Stockholm, which is part of the Great Scotland Yard Hotel in Westminster, a listed building once part of British police history. The cuisine is high-class Scandinavian, much of which is cooked in a wood-fired oven in an open-kitchen setting. 
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Sachi at The Pantechnicon / Japanese restaurant / London

15. Sachi at the Pantechnicon, Knightsbridge

This historic building was built in 1830 as an arts and crafts center and has been a warehouse in its time, but has recently been converted to form a shopping and eating center with multiple shops and restaurants. Sachi is on the lower ground floor and specializes in Japanese food served in an attractive open dining room with a sushi counter and hidden vaults. 
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