A wave of innovative and diverse restaurants is set to grace the capital, promising an exciting year for food enthusiasts. From the revival of classic favorites to the introduction of international flavors, London’s dining scene is evolving like never before. Join us on a journey to explore the 10 restaurants that will redefine the way Londoners and visitors experience food and dining this year. Each establishment has a unique story to tell, offering a tantalizing array of cuisines and dining experiences. Get ready to indulge your senses and embark on a gastronomic adventure across the city.
1. Restaurant Story, Southwark
- Opening Date: January 12
Restaurant Story in Southwark, after its impressive £2.5 million renovation, is set to dazzle diners with its exceptional offerings. Under the creative genius of Chef Tom Sellers, who also launched Dovetale at 1 Hotel Mayfair, this restaurant showcases a luxurious nine-course tasting menu. The dining experience begins with a “candle” course, featuring beef extract and Parker House rolls, followed by barbecued langoustine tails and roasted crown of duck with barrel-aged vinegar. The expanded wine list, boasting 500 bottles from around the world, can be enjoyed around a brand-new fire pit for pre- or post-dinner drinks.
2. Julie’s, Holland Park
- Opening Date: Spring
Julie’s, a legendary French brasserie in Holland Park, returns with a glamorous twist under the new ownership of Tara MacBain. Overseen by Chef Owen Kenworthy, a veteran of Brawn and the Pelican, the all-day French brasserie menu promises delights like seafood towers from the raw fish counter and a roving martini trolley. With 160 seats, including a two-level dining room and a terrace for alfresco dining, Julie’s embraces its storied history, where the melodies of live piano music will resonate once again.
3. Gilgamesh, Covent Garden
- Opened: January 2
Gilgamesh, known for its extravagant design, has been reintroduced in central London with a more intimate setting, accommodating 160 guests. The pan-Asian menu offers a diverse range of flavors, from small plates of popcorn shrimp with miso mayo to Japanese pizza with truffled tuna and an array of dumplings. Entrees include robata grilled lamb chops and cauliflower steaks. Sip on ubiquitous pornstar martinis or sake-infused drinks while a DJ takes over the late lounge at 10 p.m.
4. Simpson’s in the Strand, Covent Garden
- Opening Date: Autumn
Simpson’s in the Strand, steeped in history and dating back almost 200 years, is making a grand return under the guidance of renowned restaurateur Jeremy King. Collaborating with architecture and design studio BradyWilliams, the updated Savoy hotel restaurant will feature a design that pays homage to its traditional roots, with a touch of chess motifs. Expect classic British dishes, such as steak-and-kidney pie and roasted beef rib, as part of the revitalized menu.
5. Josephine, Chelsea
- Opening Date: January
Josephine in Chelsea offers a charming culinary experience with a mix of Lyonnaise specialties and bistro classics. Led by Chef Claude Bosi and his wife, Lucy, the restaurant serves dishes inspired by Claude’s grandmother, Josephine. Highlights include sausages cooked in brioche with a Beaujolais sauce, French onion soup, and rabbit in mustard sauce. The inviting blue facade and cafe seating on Fulham Road evoke the ambiance of a local Burgundian spot.
6. Morchella, Clerkenwell
- Opening Date: February
Morchella, from the team behind the popular Perilla in North London, brings its natural wine and Mediterranean-inspired cuisine to the Exmouth Market neighborhood. Chef Daniel Fletcher showcases dishes like Santa Lucia-style octopus, salt-baked poussin, and hake with sobrasada sauce. The restaurant, set in a former bank, offers nearly 70 seats arranged around an open kitchen, along with a lively wine bar that spotlights small, unique wine producers.
7. Camille, Borough Market
- Opening Date: February
Camille is set to join the ranks of Borough Market’s destination restaurants, offering a taste of French cuisine. Clare Lattin and Tom Hill, known for Ducksoup, are behind this 40-seat French wine bar and restaurant. The menu features inspired bistro dishes made with locally sourced produce from Borough Market, including tete de veau schnitzel, fennel-brown butter custard tart, and a daily pasta special. The wine list is curated with a focus on small French labels.
8. Singapulah, Soho
- Opening Date: February
Ellen Chew’s long-standing Singapulah pop-up concept finally finds a permanent home on Shaftesbury Avenue in Soho. This four-floor concept will showcase rotating food-and-design purveyors, retail spaces, and a 100-seat dining area, offering a taste of Singaporean cuisine in the heart of London. Supported by the Singaporean government, this culinary endeavor is poised to introduce Londoners to the diverse flavors of Singapore.
9. Arlington, Mayfair
- Opening Date: Early March
Arlington, located in Mayfair and formerly known as Le Caprice, is set to be reborn under the vision of restaurateur Jeremy King. While retaining a familiar look, Arlington promises a fresh perspective on classic dishes. Patrons can savor renowned favorites like salmon fishcakes, the shrimp burger, and chicken alla Milanese, all expertly reimagined by the restaurant’s former chef, Will Halsall. The legendary maitre d’, Jesus Adorno, also returns to enhance the dining experience.
10. Los Mochis City, The City
- Opening Date: March
Following the success of its Notting Hill flagship, Los Mochis City is expanding to The City, offering a tantalizing fusion of Mexican and Japanese cuisines. Founded by Markus Thesleff and helmed by chef Leonard Tanyag, a Nobu veteran, this 14,000-square-foot restaurant boasts impressive dishes like Trailer Park chicken tacos and DIY tacos with Wagyu Tomahawk chops and king crab legs. The venue also features a sushi bar, robata grill, agave bar, and an outdoor terrace with breathtaking views. With breakfast served in the morning and drinks until 3 a.m., Los Mochis City caters to the diverse palate of the City crowd.
These 10 restaurants are set to redefine the culinary landscape of London in 2024, offering a diverse range of flavors and experiences for food enthusiasts to savor. Whether you’re a fan of French, Mediterranean, or fusion cuisine, London’s dining scene has something extraordinary in store for you this year.