London's hottest new restaurant openings for 2020

As one of Europe’s leading culinary capitals, the city’s dining scene is constantly evolving and when it comes to eating out in 2020, globetrotting gourmands are spoilt for choice


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Staying at our luxurious Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living or Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel means you are never far away from a delicious dining experience. Here are the restaurant openings to have on your radar – whether it’s for a business lunch or romantic dinner date. 

Food hall heaven

A handful of recently opened food halls have taken grab-and-go food to the next level. Situated on Tottenham Court Road, Arcade Food Theatre is a design-led dining hall that invites visitors to linger over their lunch. The glittering central bar gets the after-hours party started, while pasta from Lina Stores, pide from Oklava and pastries from Pophams are among delicious food options. Just a short stroll away, Mercato Mayfair offers a mouth-watering sanctuary for shoppers and sightseers alike. Set in a former church just off Oxford Street, and close to the jewellers and luxury labels of New Bond Street, it’s home to a craft beer brewery and champagne bar, while the kitchens serve up Japanese-style robata, fluffy bao buns and Neapolitan pizza. Later in the year, Londoners will be feasting on more Italian ingredients with the opening of Eataly in the business district of Bishopsgate.

Arcade Food Theatre in London

World flavours 

The city might have a reputation for serving traditional roasts and fish and chips, but there’s plenty of international cuisines to sample, too. West African food is coming to Fitzrovia’s Berners Street courtesy of Akoko, which will serve a refined take on traditional dishes such as jollof rice, spicy beef suya skewers and curried goat.

A new opening from Santiago Lastra, the former project manager for Noma Mexico, is also hotly anticipated – and for good reason. Scheduled to open in Fitzrovia in the next few months, Kol will serve up ‘Mexican soul using British ingredients’. That means chocolate tamales, langoustine tacos and lamb tostada. Serious attention to detail means the tortillas are handmade in-house and cooked on a traditional comal grill. 

Meanwhile in King’s Cross at the beautiful Coal Drops Yard development – where old train sheds have been transformed into a vibrant fashion and restaurant hub – Hoppers serves up Sri Lankan dishes in some seriously stylish surrounds. Securing a table at its Soho and Marylebone venues has always been tricky, so this larger space overlooking Regent’s Canal is already a big hit with the locals.

Hoppers in King's Cross

Superstar chefs

London is gearing up to welcome some very big-name openings this year. Sitting pretty in a converted Georgian townhouse in Belgravia, Tom Aiken’s Muse is an intimate fine-dining space that only seats 25 diners. Every dish on the carefully crafted six or 10-course tasting menus has been inspired by a memory or a person from the British chef’s life. Meanwhile, a new offering from Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar comes to Westminster – just months after he opened Mayfair’s Kanishka. His latest venture – Mathura – will serve Indian dishes in a stunningly refurbished Grade II listed fire station.

Then for dessert, make a beeline to Dominique Ansel Treehouse in Covent Garden. Having satisfied the city’s craving for cronuts (a delicious blend of croissant and doughnut), the award-winning pastry chef is now showcasing his talents at this all-day café and bakery. Split over two storeys, its leafy interior is already popping up on Instagram feeds across the capital.

Sometimes, however, it’s nice to eat in and the 24-hour in-residence dining service offered by Grosvenor House Suites by Jumeirah Living allows you to do just that. Soak up the sumptuous surrounds of one or our suites while browsing the international menu. It features tasty comfort foods as well as everything you might need to host to family and friends or fuel a business meeting.