Discover London’s seven thrilling new eating places – The Upcoming

Discover London’s seven thrilling new eating places – The Upcoming

Summer in the city: Explore London’s seven exciting new restaurants

6 June 2023

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In the gentle embrace of London’s early summer, new dining venues debut, with novel menus and al fresco spaces taking centre stage. We have curated a selection of seven buzzworthy restaurant openings, from the fiery passion of Brazilian Bossa in sophisticated Mayfair (the brainchild of Alberto Landgraf) to the intimate charm of Harvest in Kensal Rise. We navigate through the intriguing transformation of Tendril, a vegan pop-up blossoming into a permanent Mayfair presence, not forgetting the historic allure of the Midland Grand at St Pancras Renaissance Hotel. Last, but by no means least, is the pinnacle of fine dining, which arrives courtesy of Yannick Alleno, the chef who stands alone in holding three Michelin stars in two separate French establishments. The British capital, in all its summer glory, has never tasted so good.

Bossa: Brazilian brilliance from Alberto Landgraf

The vibrant rhythm of Brazil resonates in the heart of London as celebrated chef Alberto Landgraf opens his much-anticipated restaurant, Bossa. Nestled between Mayfair and Marylebone, Bossa presents an amalgamation of Landgraf’s meticulous cooking techniques and his reverence for the finest produce. His passion for precise cooking, forged through early career experiences with the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Tom Aikens, manifests in dishes like Skewered Duck Hearts with Farofa and Roasted Scallops with Leeks. The inviting open-plan kitchen provides a front-row seat to the gastronomical performance, encapsulating Landgraf’s colourful Brazilian cuisine in a warm, contemporary setting.

To book a table at Bossa, 4 Vere Street London W1G 0DH, visit their website here.

Pavyllon London: Yannick Alléno’s tribute to innovative French cuisine on Park Lane

Yannick Alléno, one of the world’s most Michelin-decorated chefs, ushers in a new era for London’s dining scene with Pavyllon London, opening its doors on 1st July. Located in the Four Seasons Hotel at Park Lane, the restaurant is the chef’s homage to the elegance of French cuisine, interwoven with the seasonal bounty of British produce. Every plate, from the Badaboum Organic Egg with Osciètre Caviar to the creamy Pounded Langoustine showcases Alléno’s revolutionary extraction method, offering flavours as rich and refined as they are mindful of guests’ wellbeing. With an ambience that combines the familiarity of a British club with the chic conviviality of a Parisian residence, Pavyllon is a testament to Alléno’s commitment to excellence and innovation. “Pavyllon London is an embodiment of my lifelong dream to redefine French dining,” says the chef. “It combines my family’s bistro-running legacy with my passion for culinary innovation.”

To book a table at Pavyllon London, Four Seasons Hotel London W1J 7DR, visit their website here.

Aulis: Simon Rogan reinvents his popular Soho restaurant

Ok, this is may not be a brand-new opening, but Aulis comes with a reimagined look and menu. Simon Rogan’s intimate chef’s table in Soho now accommodates more diners and offers a lounge for pre or post-dinner drinks. The multi-course tasting menu, curated using predominantly home-grown ingredients from Rogan’s Lake District farm, provides a unique and memorable dining experience. With the extended space, Aulis also plans to host special events throughout the year, including collaborations, tastings and supplier dinners.

To book a table at Aulis London,16 St Anne’s Court London W1F 0BF, visit their website here.

Harvest: A contemporary British-led concept from Jesse Dunford Wood

Chef Jesse Dunford Wood has expanded his culinary empire with the launch of Harvest, a modern British restaurant in Kensal Rise, north-west London. Following the success of Parlour and 6 Portland Road, Harvest is set to become a favourite amongst locals, offering an evolving British-led menu from breakfast through to dinner. Highlights include coastal fish, direct-from-farm meat and contemporary plant-led dishes. The new venue occupies the site of the former local curry house, Bawarchi, and promises an approachable, neighbourhood dining experience. Guests can enjoy their meals indoors or in the “secret” garden towards the back.

To book a table Harvest, 68 Chamberlayne Road London NW10 3JJ, visit their website here.

Bistro Freddie: The latest launch from the Bar Crispin group 

Dominic Hamdy, the founder of Crispin and Bar Crispin, introduces a new dining concept in Shoreditch: Bistro Freddie. Inhabiting the space formerly occupied by Turkish restaurant Oklava, Bistro Freddie offers a unique blend of classic, unpretentious bistro-style dishes that follow the seasons, under the direction of Anna Søgaard. With a focus on small, independent producers and growers, this new 45-cover restaurant is set to serve familiar and surprising, yet seriously satisfying comfort food.

To book a table at Bistro Freddie, 74 Luke Street London EC2A 4PY, visit their website here.

Tendril: Richim Sachdeva’s vegan popup puts down permanent roots in Mayfair

Plant-based cuisine finds a permanent home in Mayfair as chef Rishim Sachdeva announces the launch of Tendril, a testament to the power of vegan dining. This summer, the venture evolves from its successful pop-up roots (including a memorable stint at Soho favourite The Sun and 13 Cantons) to a fully fledged restaurant. The menu features innovative creations such as Summer Squash with White Polenta and Rishim’s famous vegan no-dairy tiramisu, accompanied by a (mostly) vegan wine list and a selection of creatively crafted cocktails. Housed in a space that exudes a relaxed yet premium vibe, Tendril is set to redefine the vegan dining scene in London.

To book a table at Tendril, 5 Princes Street London W1B 2LQ, visit their website here.

Midland Grand Dining Room: Where culinary excellence meets architectural splendour

The Midland Grand Dining Room and Gothic Bar in King’s Cross have finally opened their doors. After an extensive renovation, the restaurant now serves a menu rooted in French cuisine and the Gothic Bar provides a unique late-night destination. The dining room’s design draws from Parisian influences, while the bar embodies a Venetian spirit, echoing the eclectic history of King’s Cross as the gateway to Europe. Chef Patrick Powell will oversee the menu, which will focus on British fish and meat with a French touch. Signature dishes encompass the likes of Comte Gougeres, Chicken Liver Parfait with a Truffle and Madeira Jelly and Snails Bourguignon. These sit alongside broader, more familiar menu items such as White Asparagus with Seaweed Beurre Blanc, Hake en Papillote with Ratatouille and Roasted Lamb with Pommes Anna, as well as Epping Honey Madeleines.

To book a table at The Midland Grand Dining Room and Gothic Bar, St Pancras Renaissance Hotel Euston Road London NW1 2AR, visit their website here.

More to keep an eye on

There’s more to come with fabulous new venues opening all over the city. Here are a few top picks to get on the list for.

Empire Empire

Notting Hill will soon be home to this new disco-inspired venture from Harneet Baweja, the founder of Gunpowder. Expect a culinary experience that reflects Baweja’s innovative approach and expertise, and a 70s vibe that pays homage to an era Baweja fondly refers to as the “golden age of Indian music”. Get a sneak peak here.


Elephant Park will welcome Kachori, founded by Mango’s Sorowar Khan and with a kitchen helmed by Brinder Narula, formerly of Gymkhana and Benares. Get ready to indulge in the flavours of exquisite Indian cuisine, with a menu encompassing everything from street food to sharing platters, and intriguing new inventions like the BC Chicken Burger and Dal Chilla Taco. Whet your appetite here.

Endo at The OWO

Located at the brand new Old War Office hotel on White Hall, this Japanese sushi bar promises to deliver an authentic and immersive dining experience under the guidance of expert sushi chef Endo Kazutoshi, in a similar fashion to his celebrated Endo at the Rotunda. Get a taste here.

Mountain Beak Street

Tomos Parry, the acclaimed chef behind Brat, is venturing into Soho with this exciting new culinary venture. The spot, which was once the site of a Byron Burger, will soon be serving up dishes that combine the chef’s Welsh heritage with a splash of Spanish flavour. Work up some cravings here.

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