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New London Restaurants Opening in 2021

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Culinary openings to look forward to this year

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It’s been a turbulent year for the restaurant world, to say the least. Yet despite everything, we’re seeing brave chefs and restaurateurs standing up to the challenges and launching new ventures. London’s food scene is back – with a whole host of fresh talent. These are the best new restaurant openings of 2021.

New London Restaurants Opening in 2021

Magenta

Magenta

A feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds, new Kings Cross restaurant Magenta features vivid interiors in its titular colour. Designed by British designer Henry Chebaane, the striking spot echoes the 19th century heritage of the building in which it is housed, with rich fabrics and thousands of pink and silver butterflies fluttering overhead. From here, enjoy a northern Italian-inspired menu courtesy of head chef Manuele Bazzoni, who brings with him 15 years of experience in the culinary world. magentarestaurant.co.uk

Bellefields

Bellefields

Joining the buzzing Brixton food scene this July is Bellefields, a family-run eatery focused on modern Mediterranean cuisine. Located on the ground floor of the Department Store Studios workspace, the restaurant spills out onto a cobbled courtyard, serving sunny dishes like linguine vongole, grilled octopus and Sicilian anchovies alongside a selection of Mediterranean wines and a dedicated gin menu. Opening 26 July, bellefields.com

Manthan

Manthan

Kutir chef Rohit Ghai returns to the neighbourhood where he made his name this summer with Manthan, a new small plates-style Indian restaurant. Opening on Maddox Street this summer, the eatery is inspired by Ghai’s international career, with dishes reflecting his culinary experience from all corners of the globe. Traditional flavours will be given a contemporary twist, with a focus on vegetarian dishes and a concise cocktail menu put together by Trishna alumni Abhi Sangwan. manthanmayfair.co.uk

Pizzeria Mozza

Pizzeria Mozza

LA import Pizzeria Mozza is making its way to London this July, opening within the uber-cool Treehouse Hotel in Marylebone. Spearheaded by Nancy Silverton, the restaurant will bring a number of Pizzeria Mozza’s much-loved pizzas over from the US – famed for their unique dough recipe – alongside a selection of meat and fish dishes, plus some exciting desserts including Nancy’s own brand of ice cream. treehousehotels.com

The Café Biltmore Restaurant & Terrace

Cafe Biltmore

Mayfair hotel The Biltmore Mayfair welcomes a new restaurant this summer, spearheaded by superchef and restaurateur Jason Atherton – who runs another of the hotel’s eateries, The Betterment. The Café Biltmore Restaurant & Terrace will be a more relaxed affair, focusing on comfort classics like buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches and wood-fired pizzas, alongside fish dishes including steamed mussels and Dorset crab on toast. On summer evenings the newly expanded 70-seat terrace is the place to be, a tropical-inspired space surrounded by foliage covered walls. thebettermentmayfair.com

Bar des Prés

Bar Des Pres

Top French chef Cyril Lignac brings his brand of Parisian cool to UK shores this spring, with an outpost of his restaurant Le Bar des Prés just opened on Mayfair’s Albermarle Street. While the Parisian site only served cold food, the London iteration offer a mix of hot and cold dishes, including scallops with caramelised miso, crab galette and satay fillet steak, alongside an exclusively French wine list. Read our full review here. bardespres.com

Ave Mario

Ave Mario

Jean Baptiste Strub

Big Mamma, the group behind flamboyant Italian eateries Gloria and Circolo Poplare, is launching a new venture in Covent Garden. Spanning 7,000 square feet, Ave Mario is the set to be the largest and most extravagant of the lot, with rooms spread over three different ‘ambiences’. Think Duomo-striped walls, religious iconography and a whole host of new dishes, including carbonara ravioli, a gigantic breaded veal cutlet and a dedicated menu of Venetian caviar. Opening 2 July, bigmammagroup.com

The NoMad Restaurant

NoMad London

Set to cause a stir in Bow is the first London outpost from New York’s buzzy NoMad Hotels group, located in a former Magistrates Court. Its piece de resistance? The soaring three-story glass-roofed atrium, which serves as the hotel’s restaurant, and will no doubt be popping up on many an Instagram feed this summer. Luckily it’s not all style over substance though, with an eclectic menu that blends comfort with decadence. thenomadhotel.com

Eataly

Eataly

Italian food market and dining concept Eataly has opened its first UK site at London’s Broadgate. In line with the brand’s ‘Eat, Shop, Learn’ mantra, the huge food emporium hosts a market, three restaurants, a winery and a zero-waste store, as well as Eataly’s renowned cookery school, where chefs and experts will host in-house and online classes. eataly.co.uk

Cin Cin

Cin Cin

Brighton favourite Cin Cin has launched its first London outpost. The Italian bar and kitchen first opened in Brighton’s North Laine in 2016, founded by ex-lawyer David Toscano alongside head chef Jamie Halsall, whose CV includes the likes of Launceston Place and Roux Parliament Square. A second site followed in Hove in 2018. The new London branch will follow the same ethos of seasonal, inventive Italian food, with a stylish dining room and buzzy south-facing terrace. cincin.co.uk

The Farrier

The Farrier

Neighbourhood pub with Michelin-starred food? We’re sold. The Farrier is Camden Market’s first ever pub, headed by up three Michelin star trained chef Ash Finch, who hails from The Langham and Wild Honey. Sharing roasts are the focus, with meat from British butcher HG Walter, alongside biodynamic and organic wines from small producers. Cosy up in the hidden courtyard, which features a firepit and al fresco seating. thefarriercamden.com

Chameleon

The Grade I listed One Marylebone welcomes a new restaurant and multi-experiential space this summer, focused on Tel Aviv-inspired food. Guests will have the chance to dine in private greenhouses – which fit between eight and 30 people – with food from critically-acclaimed Israeli chef, Elior Balbul. Begin with yellowtail sashimi and aubergine carpaccio before getting stuck into the mains: Spanish octopus is on the cards, alongside shrimp dumplings and cabbage stuffed with baby leeks and black garlic. The greenhouses will change with the seasons, kicking off with a floral spring garden theme before transforming into tropical beach clubs for summer. chameleon.london

FENN

Fenn

The team behind Hackney restaurant NEST has launched FENN on Wandsworth Bridge Road in Fulham. Inspired by the area’s proximity to the Thames, the new venture takes its name from the old English word for ‘low-lying wetland’ – a nod to the restaurant’s commitment to locally sourced, seasonal dishes. The initial menu will feature dishes like truffle dumplings, Scottish scallops and nutmeg custard tart, alongside sustainably produced wines and seasonal cocktails. The restaurant will initially invite diners to its terrace before opening the indoor section in May, which features a single 30-seater wooden table as well as a cosy private dining room. fennrestaurant.co.uk

Imad’s Syrian Kitchen

Imad's Syrian Kitchen

Syrian chef Imad Alarnab has an interesting and inspirational story. He started off his food career working as a restaurateur in Damascus, where he ran two restaurants alongside a number of juice bars and cafes. During the Battle of Damascus, however, he lost his entire business, forcing him to flee the city in 2015. He travelled through Europe, cooking for refugees along the way, before reaching the UK where he raised thousands of pounds for charity Choose Love. And now, Imad is opening his own bricks and mortar restaurant in London’s Kingly Court. He spent last year crowdfunding for the project, and the restaurant was set to open in late December – but the launch was pushed back for obvious reasons. imadssyriankitchen.co.uk

La Serre London

Dubai-based restaurant La Serre is going international this year, with new outposts in both London and New York on the cards. Spread across two levels on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in downtown Dubai, La Serre is made up of a bistro, a boulangerie and a high-end restaurant offering a sophisticated French menu. We’re expecting big things from its London branch, which is rumoured to be opening in Knightsbridge. laserre.com

Los Mochis

Los Mochis

The spirit of Mexico meets Japanese elegance at Los Mochis, a new Pan-Pacific restaurant in Notting Hill. Sure to be a foodie highlight, the 22-strong Gangster Taco Menu sees the classic Mexican dish elevated to gourmet level with luxurious ingredients, such as miso black cod. These sit alongside an array of ceviches, tostadas, tiraditos and maki rolls – fusion dining at its best. But the menu’s not the only exciting part: the restaurant’s façade hosts a new mural from Mexican artist Jorge Tellaeche, renowned for his dreamlike landscapes. losmochis.co.uk

Manzi’s

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. The launch is currently on pause, with King writing in his newsletter: “Manzi’s is still on hold ­– it requires a considerable amount of investment to finish so we are awaiting to see what happens in the next few months before we commit.”

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