The London food scene is growing bigger and better every day, with new restaurants popping up left right and centre. Keen to stay in the know? Keep your finger on the pulse with our regularly updated guide to the most exciting restaurants opening soon in the capital.
The team behind Levan in Peckham are working their magic again with a new eatery, titled Larry’s – both being named after 1970s dance music pioneer and DJ Larry Levan. Inspired by the Italian-American delis of New York, Larry’s will be open all day, keeping guests entertained late into the night with its vintage Celestion Ditton sound system. ‘Larry’s is somewhere we’d expect Larry Levan to go to after playing one of his sets’, says Nicholas Balfe, one of the founders. ‘We’ve cherry-picked everything we love about eating in New York, and combined them into the kind of place we would want in our neighbourhood.’ Opening 19 March.
Through KOL, Santiago Lastra (former project manager at Noma Mexico) aims to showcase the history and diversity of Mexican culture using predominantly British produce – he’s spent the past couple of years discovering the best ingredients from small-scale and independent producers from across the country. So what dishes can we look forward to? So far: langoustine tacos with sea buckthorn; lamb leg tostada; and tortillas handmade in-house. We’re sold already. Opening May 2020. kolrestaurant.com
Louie is the latest venture from Guillaume Glipa, the mastermind behind a number London’s top restaurants, including the iconic Chiltern Firehouse. A collaboration with Laurent de Gourcuff’s hospitality group ‘Paris Society’, Louie will be housed in a multi-floored townhouse in Covent Garden, which previously played home to Joel Robuchon at 15 West Street. The dining space will occupy the bottom two floors, with an oyster bar, an old jukebox and velvet banquettes, alongside a bar above, complete with a glamorous roof terrace. Mississippi-born Slade Rushing – formerly at Brennan’s Restaurant in New Orleans – will be heading up the kitchen with a French-Creole menu. louie-london.com
CORD by Le Cordon Bleu
The world’s most famous cookery school, Le Cordon Bleu, will open a new outpost this year – this one complete with its own restaurant. Located in a Grade II-listed two-storey site in Fleet Street, the multi-purpose dining complex will be home to a cooking school, café and fine-dining restaurant, CORD, where guests will be served food cooked by Le Cordon Bleu students. Opening 30 March 2020. cordonbleu.edu
Six by Nico
An innovative dining concept first born in Glasgow, Six By Nico refreshes its six-course tasting menu every six weeks, with each centred around a core idea – previous themes have included childhood, Catalonia and guilty pleasures. This spring Scottish-Italian founder Nico Simeone will launch a London outpost in the heart of Fitzrovia, kicking things off with ‘The Chippie’, a nod to the Glasgow chip shop his grandparents owned. It’s fine dining, but affordable: six courses will set you back a wallet-friendly £35, with the option to add wine pairing for £33 extra. Opening spring 2020. sixbynico.co.uk
The Cheese Barge
Mathew Carver – the man behind Pick & Cheese and Camden’s The Cheese Bar – is launching The Cheese Barge, a double decker floating restaurant, permanently moored on the Grand Union Canal in Paddington. Designed by Adam Richards Architects, the custom-built boat is said to be inspired by the nautically themed Electa Bookshop in Venice. The vessel is currently under construction in Somerset, but you don’t have to wait too long to experience its joys, as the launch date is scheduled for April. Chef Reagan Ellenbroek will head up the kitchen, which we’re told will serve ‘a refined menu of honest British dishes using small producer cheese’. Think Windrush Goats’ Curd with lamb scrumpets and pickled walnuts; Cropwell Bishop Stilton ‘Devils on Horseback’ (medjool dates stuffed with Stilton and wrapped in bacon); and Maida Vale, a washed rind cheese from Village Maid, served on treacle soda bread with smoked mackerel and green sauce. Opening April 2020. thecheesebar.com
With a portfolio that includes The Wolseley, Colbert and The Delauney, it’s safe to say Chris Corbin and Jeremy King know a thing or two about launching a good restaurant. Their next venture is Manzi’s, inspired by the legendary seafood restaurant in Leicester Square which closed in 2006. We’re told it’ll be similar to the ‘fun and affordable’ vibe seen at Brasserie Zedel – another Corbin and King number – with nautical-inspired interiors and fish-focused menu.