It’s no secret that London is home to some of the best restaurants anywhere in the world. Ok, we might be biased, but our city’s award-winning dining scene is wonderfully diverse and ever-expanding, with new restaurants arriving nearly every week. From vegan restaurants and Korean restaurants to even pop-up Brussels sprouts restaurants!
So whether you’re looking for a revamped classic, a pub overhaul or a high-end restaurant to add to your foodie bucket list, there’s always something new to be discovered in our beloved city. From ramen restaurants to fine dining and fast food, we’ve rounded up ten of the best new restaurants opening in London during 2022.
1. Cicchetti (Knightsbridge)
The first entry on this list of the best new restaurants is fine-dining with a real difference. Swinging open its doors in April, the multi-award-winning restaurant group San Carlo will bring its critically acclaimed and much-loved Italian brand, Cicchetti, to Knightsbridge’s Hans Road. Expected to open for seven days a week, the chefs here will be rustling up freshly-prepared and regionally-inspired plates, mostly using ingredients sourced directly from artisan producers in Italy. Gorge yourself silly on decadent black truffle ravioli, burrata with smoked aubergine and toasted hazelnuts, and black salt sea bass with herb and olive oil salmoriglio. Wash it all down with a Bellini Veneziana with white peach juice or a bottle of exclusively-sourced prosecco. When in Italy…
2. Flat Iron (Waterloo)
Beloved restaurant brand Flat Iron – who feature on our list of the best Covent Garden restaurants – are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, and as a result are opening their newest site on The Cut in Waterloo. It will be the 10th branch in London and will be their first ever design-led restaurant, with architectural designers Clare Nash and Applied Studio’s founder Patrick Abrams brought on to transform the space using reclaimed oak floors, Victorian tiles, antique furniture and timber panelling. Of course, their beloved steaks are back, served alongside classic Flat Iron sides such as beef dripping chips, creamed spinach and roast aubergine with tomato, basil and mozzarella. There will also be a large terrace outside the front – perfect for sipping the restaurant’s homemade house fizzes and cocktails during the warmer (let’s hope) summer months.
Flat Iron will open during the spring at 41-45 The Cut, London, SE1 8LF. The nearest station is Southwark.
3. Lisboeta (Fitzrovia)
The newest instalment from celebrated Portuguese chef Nuno Mendes – who also has pleased the crowds at the famous Chiltern Firehouse and at Viajante in Bethnal Green – this one is pretty damn exciting. Scheduled to open at some point in the spring, Lisboeta – which literally translates as ‘native of Lisbon’ – is destined to bring the best of the Portuguese capital’s unique culinary scene all the way to London Town. The emphasis here will be on dining like a local, with large sharing plates, deep-fried snacks and exquisite seafood dishes all the order of the day. Expect a fantastic (and extensive) wine list to wash down all those delicious flavours and a friendly, homely atmosphere throughout the three-storey venue, which is situated in a repurposed townhouse on Fitzrovia’s Charlotte Street. A definite contender for being one of the best Portuguese restaurants in London – we’re calling it!
Lisboeta will be opening at 30 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London, WC1B 4AF. The nearest station is Goodge Street.
4. TH@51 at the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences (St James’ Park)
This was a must on this list of the best new restaurants in London. Focusing on global food with a creative spin, TH@51 has been designed to reflect London’s myriad of culinary influences, from steamed bao buns and Moroccan poke to paneer wellingtons and Korean roast chicken. Bringing the outside in, the restaurant – designed by interior designers Conran & Partners – carries a light airy feel throughout with a stunning glass dining room, elegant wood cladding and a soft colour palette across all the walls and modcons. An open kitchen with a theatrical grill and a chef’s table takes centre stage, and the bar features intimate booth seating and an experiential cocktail menu. Don’t miss ‘Genghis’ Yurt’ – a delicious concoction of Hennessy VS, leather, stout, beer, chocolate, kefir and yolk. It’s also just down the road from St James’ Park.
TH@51 will be opening at the end of January and can be found at the Taj 51 Buckingham Gate Suites and Residences, 51 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6AF. The nearest stations are St James’ Park and Victoria.
5. Tatale at The Africa Centre (Southwark)
Already well-established due to his famous supper clubs, Tatale sees celebrated chef Akwasi Brenya-Mensa open his first permanent restaurant in Southwark’s The Africa Centre – a registered charity designed to create and promote authentic African cultural experiences. Opening later this month, it hopes to capture the spirit of traditional Ghanaian ‘chop bars’ – an integral part of West African cuisine. In terms of the food, you’re in for a real treat here, with jollof couscous served with mushrooms, shito and a red stew and cassavas bravas both taking centre stage. Those with a sweet tooth can tuck into tasty plantain cheesecake and pineapple tequila sorbet. You can’t say that this doesn’t belong on this list of the best new restaurants opening in London for 2022, right?!
Tatale will be opening later this month at The Africa Centre, 66 Great Suffolk Street, London, SE1 0BL. The nearest station is Southwark.
6. Din Tai Fung at Selfridges (Bond Street)
Founded more than 60 years ago, Din Tai Fung has become a pioneer of authentic Taiwanese food in restaurants all around the globe. Originally opening their first restaurant in Covent Garden back in 2018, they’re now launching their second branch in Selfridges, just off Oxford Street. Not compromising on true Taiwanese flavours, the menu’s star attraction will be its world-famous steamed pork dumplings, wrapped in a delicate dough skin, pleated, twisted at the top and steamed by expert chefs. Key ingredients such as rice, flour and Din Tai Fung’s own brand of soya sauce are imported all the way from Taiwan to maintain, whilst fresh ingredients are all sourced locally. Perhaps the most unique part of this new spot in town is the fact that you can also do all your shopping before or after eating – now that’s a turnout for the books!
Din Tai Fung is opening later this month in Selfridges at 400 Oxford Street, London, W1A 1AB. The nearest stations are Bond Street and Marble Arch.
7. Cavita (Marylebone)
This one had to feature on our list of the best new restaurants opening in London for 2022. Born and raised in Mexico City, head chef Adriana Cavita has spent the last 15 or so years honing her craft in some of the best Michelin-starred restaurants in the world. This is her first solo outing, and it has been designed to honour and celebrate local Mexican culture through its extensive array of dreamy food. The restaurant – opening in April – will be based in Marylebone and will be a rustic spot, with traditional Mexican decor, colourful textiles and plenty of greenery adorning the walls. The Mexican food will predominantly focus on a street food style, with classic tacos filled with bajos fish and smoky chargrilled chicken both featuring on the menu. Don’t miss trying out the mezcal bar downstairs either…
Cavita opens in April and can be found at 56 Wigmore Street, London, W1U 2RZ. The nearest station is Bond Street.
8. Walter’s (West Dulwich)
From the team behind The Oystermen Seafood Bar & Kitchen in Covent Garden, Walter’s – scheduled to open at the end of this month – is all about British-inspired classics and excellent, succulent seafood. Proposed dishes include pan roasted venison with smoked parsnip purée, roasted baby parsnips, parsnip crisps, fresh blackberries and venison jus and beetroot and dill cured sea trout. Heading up the kitchen will be Khalid Hassan, who previously worked at the Social Eating House and Murano – Angela Hartnett’s Michelin-starred spot in Shepherd Market. Definitely a reason to get yourself south of the river and down to West Dulwich pronto we say.
Walter’s will be opening soon at 84 Park Hall Road, London, SE21 8SW. The nearest stations are West Dulwich and Sydenham Hill.
9. Aragawa (Mayfair)
A contender for one of the best new restaurants to open in 2022 – it’s also going to be one of the most expensive. Landing in London on Clarges Street – just a stone’s throw from Green Park tube station – this prestigious brand was born in Tokyo in the late sixties, and has since built a reputation for melt-in-the-mouth Kobe beef, which they source directly from Tajima Wagyu cattle. It certainly ain’t cheap – a set meal costs upwards of £400 in their Tokyo counterpart so you can expect something similar here – but you’re paying for the premium ingredients and skills of head chef Kazuo Imayosh. They also serve up a whole smoked salmon which has been slowly smoked in a kiln. One for a special occasion or posh date perhaps?!
Aragawa will open in May and you’ll be able to find it at 38 Clarges Street, London, W1J 7EN. The nearest station is Green Park.
10. Apricity (Mayfair)
To round-up this list of London’s best new restaurants opening in 2022, we’ve got Apricity, another new addition to Mayfair. Run by the award-winning Chantelle Nicholson – previous owner of the now-closed Tredwells – the emphasis here is on sustainability and environmentally-friendly practices. The menu is, as Nicholson herself says, ‘hyper-seasonal’ and will consist of ingredients sourced directly from local suppliers and small farms. Dishes will include the likes of crispy brussels sprouts with vinegar and roasted Kuri squash with chillies and miso aioli. But it’s not all vegetarian – mackerel, venison and Shetland mussels are also all on the menu.
Apricity will be opening in March at 68 Duke Street, London, W1K 6JU. The nearest station is Bond Street.