Because nothing gets Londoners more excited than the clitter-clatter of a new restaurant opening its doors

Report image

Beef: it's what's for dinner. And lunch …

If you're hankering after a big slab of meat right now, it's a good time to be living in London.


The US premier steakhouse, Smith & Wollensky, has recently opened its first overseas outpost on John Adam Street, off the Strand, in central London. 


The steakhouse's specialty? USDA prime dry-aged steaks, as well as British and Irish cuts and top-notch seafood, which you can enjoy while relaxing in smart green leather chairs against dark timber panelling and 1920s Art Deco-inspired artwork.


Expect that favourite of all American imports – brunch – with menu offerings like a lobster BLT roll, sirloin steak with two free-range hen eggs or bottomless Sunday roast (two or three courses and unlimited wine). Sold.


Getting hungry? Check out some of the new restaurants that have opened their doors in London in 2015 …



Social Wine & Tapas

​The Michelin-starred chef Jason Atherton is back with another winning recipe.


Where: James Street, Marylebone

Go if: You love your wine – and your tapas – with a twist. Norfolk suckling pig with roasted pineapple, sherry caramel and slow-cooked egg with oxtail dashi, and creamed potato are just a couple of the tempting menu offerings. The ground floor wine shop ensures you can take home your favourite bottles.

Report image


​This all-day brasserie has a meal for every appetite.


Where: Brushfield Street, Spitalfields

Go if: You need a pick-me-up anytime of day. The cool-yet-comfy ambience and appetising food and drinks (both hard and soft) are sure to work their magic.

Report image

Photo: Blixen

The Duck & Rice

Pub meets chop suey, courtesy of Alan Yau (the man behind Hakkasan, Yauatcha and Wagamama).

Where: Berwick Street, Soho 

Go if: You love your Chinese comfort food (chicken chow mein, Cantonese roast duck) washed down with a beer or three.

Report image

The Ivy

A London favourite gets a glam revamp.


Where: West Street, Covent Garden

Go if: You love a celebrity spot with your meal. Don't miss out on classics like the bang bang chicken with peanuts and chilli or dressed Cornish crab.

Report image
The Ivy

Photo: The Ivy/Paul Winch-Furness

The Fourteenth Colonie

​A craft beer bar hailing from Brooklyn, US, lands in Clerkenwell.


Where: Clerkenwell Street

Go if: You love that cool Brooklyn vibe. Expect US craft beers, NY-style cocktails and US-style dishes sourced locally, like buttermilk chicken caesar salad and the drunken piglett burger (grass-fed beef, pulled pork, Monterey Jack cheese and barbecue sauce).

Report image


​East-meets-west Korean cuisine


Where: Kingly Street, Soho

Go if: You want to try Anju – dining while you drink. Think tacos, slider buns and the restaurant's signature dish, the Jin Chick, which is Korean fried chicken with pickled white radish on the side.

Report image

Photo: Jinjuu

Le Chabanais

​An all-brass dining room and French "bistronomy" cuisine from the team behind Paris's Le Chateaubriand.

Where: Mount Street, Mayfair

Go if: You like the sound of deconstructed French fare made with fresh British produce. Dishes include chicken liver ravioli in a fennel broth and guinea fowl with crushed vitalotte and ground ivy.

Report image

Pennethorne's Cafe Bar

​Because all that Somerset House was missing was a smart cocktail bar.

Where: Somerset House, The Strand

Go if: Inspired by English architect Sir James Pennethorne's 19th-century Grand Tour, the decor and dishes have a British-meets-European feel. The perfect destination for a cocktail on a balmy summer's night.

Report image

Which of these new London restaurants are you most keen to try? Leave a comment and let us know or tweet us @Homemade