With a spate of openings pushed back from 2020, as well as other newcomers raring to go, 2021 is set to be an exciting year for new restaurants in London – when we’re allowed to dine out again, of course.
From Atul Kochhar turning Westminster’s former fire station into a new dining destination, to Corbin & King unveiling a new seafood restaurant and New York’s famed NoMad Hotel setting up shop on this side of the Atlantic, London’s restaurant scene is set to be buzzing again post lockdown. Highly anticipated, these new restaurants will be in high demand, and with limited seating available, it’s more important than ever to reserve your table well in advance.
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Hot off the press – new opening from Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge
Exciting news – we have it on very good authority that Tom Kerridge will be opening a brand-new restaurant in London as soon as restrictions have been lifted. Following the success of Kerridge’s two-Michelin-starred The Hand and Flowers and The Coach in Marlow, as well as Kerridge’s Bar & Grill in London, and The Bull & Bear in Manchester, all eyes are on his next move. We can’t tell you more than that for now as it’s still a closely guarded secret, but subscribe to our newsletter below if you’d like us to keep you in the loop on what will no doubt be one of the most exciting London openings of the year.
1-8 Bateman’s Buildings, Soho
Spread across two floors, this Corbin & King seafood destination promises an airy and spacious dining experience. The highly anticipated restaurant will offer casual dining in a contemporary, nautical-themed space with a name that’s a hat tip to the beloved Leicester Square fish shop.
The Park Tower Knightsbridge, 101 Knightsbridge, Belgravia
More than three years since the announcement of Nusret Gökçe’s first venture on to the London dining scene, the chef known as Salt Bae is finally ready to open up shop in 2021 at The Park Tower in Knightsbridge. The upmarket steakhouse is set to feature signature dishes such as roasted asado short rib alongside classic favourites such as tartare.
28 Bow Street, Covent Garden
Long in the making, New York’s famed NoMad Hotel is finally coming to British shores, taking over the Bow Street Magistrates’ Court in Covent Garden. A lushly landscaped, high-ceilinged glass atrium will offer a suitably impressive setting for the restaurant, which will be headed up by executive chef Ian Coogan – who joins from Jean-Georges’ James Beard Award-winning ABC Kitchen in New York.
Il Borro London
15 Berkeley Street, Mayfair
Filling the Berkeley Square spot formerly occupied by Nobu, Il Borro will offer a taste of Tuscany in Mayfair. It takes its name from the sprawling 700ha Relais & Châteaux organic winery in Tuscany, from which they’ll source produce. The voluminous dining room will be spread across two floors.
H.O.M.E by Jason Atherton
8-10 Pollen Street, Mayfair
Our members are frequent visitors to Jason Atherton’s Pollen Street Social, so it stands to reason that this new 16-seater launch is set to be another fast favourite. The space, which is right next door to his Michelin-starred flagship, will be host to a thoroughly creative dining experience with a set menu.
38 Leicester Square, West End
This ambitious 16-storey “urban resort” in the middle of Leicester Square will feature a signature restaurant serving contemporary Mediterranean cuisine, as well as a laid-back gastro tavern and, perhaps most intriguingly, a Japanese lounge bar with a rooftop terrace and al fresco firepit.
Blacklock Covent Garden
Henrietta Street, Covent Garden
Gordon Ker is gearing up to open his fourth Blacklock outpost this year. Tipped to be in the area of Henrietta Street amid popular haunts such as Frenchie, Cora Pearl and Da Henrietta, the upmarket chophouse will be serving the top-quality meat it has become synonymous with.
4 Greycoat Place, Westminster
Following the success of his restaurant Kanishka in Mayfair, one of London’s first Indian Michelin-starred chefs, Atul Kochhar, is turning Westminster’s former fire station into an impressive 5,000sq ft restaurant space – able to accommodate up to 200 diners. While menu details are still under wraps, we expect dishes to feature Kochhar’s signature Indian flair.
85 Fleet Street, City of London
Famed Parisian hospitality school Le Cordon Bleu celebrates its 125th anniversary with the opening of an all-in-one concept in London, in what used to be Lutyens. Comprising a fine-dining restaurant, café and cooking school, budding chefs will be able to partake in various short courses, including food and wine pairings, worldwide cuisine and patisserie.
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