From plant-based dishes to traditional small plates and extraordinary dining experiences with a view, these are the best new restaurants in London now
Words Jada De Cinque
The Court, Kingly Street
British iconic music venue opens it’s doors to London’s most attractive opulent private members’ club, The Court, launching in February 2019 on Kingly Street. Dine in a vibrant ambience that flaunts show stopping décor by the internationally renowned artist Bradley Theodore and celebrity florist Nikki Tibbles, a unique restaurant and a lustrous Gatsby-esque basement bar. Bringing together icons from the world of hospitality, food and culture, expect lavish spread of fine food and drink menus that have been created in partnership with Michelin-starred chef Tom Sellers and award-winning mixologist Ryan Chetiyawardana and his team at Mr Lyan Studio.
Once boasted The likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Stones, The Beatles and The Who as regulars both on and off stage, The Court will keep rich musical history alive with a piano stage and evening live entertainment. Inspired by the vision of founder and host Harry Mead, The Court is a renewed exclusive private members’ experience with a stylish twist.
Opening February 2019
Annual membership will start from £600 per year and interest can be registered via the website
W12 Studios White City
W12 Studios in White City is the place to be for a truly creative dining experience. The inspiration for the venue was simple. It’s a space to showcase and enable creativity – with no two days the same. Partnering with Feast-it, there will be an ever-changing line-up of food, drink and music, delivering some of London’s best creative talent to a venue like no other.
Opening February 7; w12studioslondon.com
Stem + Glory Smithfield
There is no better time to be plant-based with vegan restaurants pushing their way to the forefront of London’s culinary scene. So, why not add another one to the list? Award-winning vegan restaurant, Stem + Glory will launch its third restaurant this month at the City’s new Barts Square. On offer will be gourmet plant-based food for breakfast, brunch, lunch, evening dining and special tasting menu events.
Opening January 14; stemandglory.uk
Moio on High Street, Stoke Newington
Moio Restaurant on Stoke Newington High Street is set to be a foodie favourite for a relaxed and refined dining experience. Head Chef João Ferreira Pinto and sommelier Carolina W Seibel have worked hard to deliver traditional tastes from their home countries, Portugal and Sweden. Expect a tantalising array of European plates served with matching wines.
Opening January 10; moiorestaurant.com
Endo at Rotunda, White City
For your fix of high-end sushi, head to White City this February for the launch of this teeny, tiny sushi restaurant from Zuma’s former executive chef. Endo has high hopes of this west London venture attaining a Michelin star and with just 15 seats, expect this to be a restaurant booking to talk about.
Opening February 2019
Yeni on Beak Street in Soho
Leading chef of the Istanbul dining scene has set a destination for his first restaurant in London. Opening on January 21, chef Civan Er’s menu at Yeni on Beak Street in Soho is a bespoke affair – inviting Londoners to taste an array of sharing plates with Istanbul flair. Yeni will be delighting his guests with a modern take on classic Turkish dishes.
Opening January 21; yeni.lonon
Vintry Kitchen at Vintry Mercer Hotel
Rooftop dining fans will be in heaven at The Vintry Kitchen, opening early February. Picture a relaxed ambience serving up a blend of British and Asian style dishes. Think Scottish scallop carpaccio with cucumber, yuzu and caviar, soy-braised beef ribs with smoked bone marrow and Jerusalem artichoke, and sake roasted Chinese cabbage with truffle butter – small plates that will tickle your palate.
Opening February 4; vintryandmercer.com/vintrykitchen
The Crown, Chiswick
Chiswick is set to be a destination favourite for London’s culinary scene. January 2019 see’s The Crown stealing the spotlight on Chiswick High Road. Following successes elsewhere in town, formerly Carvosso’s, under the expert guidance of chef-director Henry, Sicilian born head chef Daniele Zaffora will be showcasing the best of simple, quality ingredients of an alternative Mediterranean menu.
The finest British traditional dish, Sunday roasts are to be a highlight, blending Henry’s signature cooking flair, with the best of British culinary traditions. The Crown offers an inviting indoor dining space featuring floor-to-ceiling windows that look out both onto the street and onto the internal courtyard. An outdoor space with a retractable canopy roof perfectly designed for an outdoor dining space with visible wine cellars occupying historic jail cells, alongside beautiful open dining rooms.
Wine and dine in Italian ambience in the heart of Shoreditch this new year at Gloria. The Big Mamma family from Paris are now transporting their irresistible Italian plates this January to Shoreditch, the corner of Great Eastern Street and Charlotte Road.
Prepare your tastebuds for dishes that are home-made and sourced from Italy. Indulge in most-loved Italian ingredients from regions of Emilia to Puglia – Stefano Borchini and his incredible Parma ham, Emmanuele Cammarrota in south Puglia and his creamy burrata and Vittorio Calla makes the best ‘Nduja we ever tasted. Gloria will offer a dining spot that covers two floors, vividly designed to look and feel like you are dining in Capri in the 1970’s – dine like a true Italian.
Opening February 22
VIVI by rhubarb, Centre Point
Inspired by the 1960’s heritage of Centre Point, the revival of VIVI is one restaurant for those who fancy an all-day dining experience of indulgent British menu choices full of modernised classics. Opening in late February, drop in for an afternoon at VIVI Bar for classic and creative cocktails superbly paired to the VIVI bites menu. Top off your day with stunning views over New Oxford Street at VIVI Liquid Lounge for an array of drinks and light bites or afternoon tea.
Opening February 25
For online bookings vivirestaurant.co.uk