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London is forever changing, and as long as our favourite bars stay open late, and they keep opening better ones, we’re happy. Check out what we were most looking forward to opening this year! See y’all there…


We can’t wait for this concept bar from industry legend Tony Conigliaro. Using worldwide destinations and cities as inspiration, expect to walk into a world you’ve never seen...READ MORE

Where: TBC
Opening: 2014 TBC

Barrafina Covent Garden

We’ve been hearing murmurs about this one for…. well forever actually! Soho’s legendary Spanish joint Barrafina has finally announced the highly anticipated details of their new Covent Garden venue. Following along...READ MORE

Where: 10 Adelaide St, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4HZ
Opening: 7th July 2014


London’s first Creole bar and restaurant is soon to open in Camden. Open all-day, Bayou takes its inspiration from the Gulf Coast culture, and will serve up a menu of...READ MORE

Where: 20 Inverness Street, Camden, NW1 7HJ
Opening: 10th July 2014

Beaver Lodge

This new kid on the block is from nightlife legends Charlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling (Bunga BungaBartsMr Fogg’sDisco, etc) who are hard...READ MORE

Where: Chelsea, London, SW3
Opening: Mid 2014


A new wine bar from the Russian owner who brought us Bob Bob Ricard (and its handy Champagne call-buttons and clear Bloody Marys) is set to bring vintage wines to...READ MORE

Where: St James’s Street, London
Opening: 2015

Bourne & Hollingsworth Buildings

We’re already big fans of B&H’s bars and Blitz Parties, and now they’re opening a venue that promises to be a mash-up of all their offerings. Prepare for all-day eats,...READ MORE

Where: 42 Northampton Rd, EC1R 0HU
Opening: September 2014


So it seems Ryan Chetiyawardana is the busiest man in town. Mere months after opening his first bar, Hoxton’s innovative and rocking White Lyan, he’s announced...READ MORE

Where: Mondrian Hotel, 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9LH
Opening: September 2014

DF / Mexico

A Mexican diner style restaurant from Wahaca’s Thomasina Miers is set to open for an 18 month residency in the Truman Brewery. With local beers, slushy Margaritas, Dirty Tortas (kinda...READ MORE

Where: Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL
Opening: 24th July 2014

Duck & Rice

Alan Yau, of Hakkasan and Yauatcha, turns his hand to publican with the opening of this innovative, Chinese-style pub in the former Endurance. There’s rumours of Asian street food and...READ MORE

Where: 90 Berwick Street, London, W1F 0QB
Opening: Summer 2014

Fatty Crab London

More from the NYC migrates to London’s files. Fatty Crab started as a BBQ joint in Williamsburg called Fatty Cue, and before long the Malaysian seafood experts opened in Manhattan’s...READ MORE

Where: Somewhere very lucky
Opening: 2014 TBC

Feather and Hide

AKA chicken and cow, get it? This adventurously named Covent Garden joint will have a rotisserie and a grill, and rumour has it there’ll also be a nightclub attached. More...READ MORE

Where: 167 Drury Lane, London, WC2B 5PG
Opening: Early 2014 TBC

Ferran Adria's 41 Degrees

In the running for the best news we’ve heard all month, Ferran Adrià of El Bulli has announced plans to open a progressive cocktail and snack bar in our fair...READ MORE

Where: TBC
Opening: Not soon enough!

Gansevoort Hotel Shoreditch

The rooftop bar at NYC Gansevoort Hotel in the super cool Meatpacking district is all breathtaking views, beautiful people and party cocktails. The good news is they’re planning to recreate...READ MORE

Where: Curtain Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A
Opening: 2014 tbc

Goodman's Lobster Roll Deli

The folks behind Burger & Lobster are simplifying things even further by opening a spot that will just focus on lobster rolls. Your options are eat-in or takeaway, but it...READ MORE

Where: 65 Duke Street, London W1
Opening: TBC 2014

Hawksmoor, Knightsbridge

The unstoppable Hawksmoor brand’s new Knightsbridge location takes inspiration from its owner duo’s recent travels to Asia. In addition to the expected selection of legendary Ginger Pig steaks and killer...READ MORE

Where: 3 Yeoman’s Row, London SW3 2AL
Opening: 3rd July 2014

Hixter Bankside

That busy, busy man Mark Hix is opening yet another restaurant, this time south of the river. Located in the Metal Box Factory development (a 19th century Victorian tin box...READ MORE

Where: 30 Great Guildford Street, London, SE1 0HS
Opening: 30th July 2014

Joseph Perks & Co

A cool new bar from the team at The Cocktail Service. Joseph Perks & Co has been created in homage to the legendary namesake bartender, who went missing in the...READ MORE

Where: St Clements, Oxford
Opening: Summer 2014

Kilburn Ironworks

Get ready Kilburn, the guy who brought us Wax Jambu is opening a multi-level venue and bringing drinking, dining and a damn cosy fireplace to North London. With artisan ales,...READ MORE

Where: 332 Kilburn High Road, London, NW6 2QN
Opening: Early Summer 2014

La Esquina London

Tequila and tacos, if this La Esquina is anywhere near as sexy as the NYC version, you’ll see us there!


Where: TBC
Opening: 2014 TBC

Lima Floral

Lima’s original venue in Fitzrovia is a brightly lit, colourful oasis of Peruvian food and refreshing cocktails. They just announced their second venue, in the building that used...READ MORE

Where: 14 Garrick Street, Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BJ
Opening: 23rd July 2014

London Cocktail Club Shoreditch

Our favourite party boys are at it again, this time doing a ‘Motor City’ theme in a location between Shoreditch High Street and Brick Lane. If their four existing venues are...READ MORE

Where: Near Box Park
Opening: 2014

MEATliquor Leeds

It seems nobody is safe from Yanni and his burgers! Hungry Leeds-ers will be feasting on Dead Hippys, chilli fries and hard shakes by summer.


Where: Near Trinity Shopping Centre, Leeds
Opening: July 2014


The paint has barely dried at Michael Sager’s Hackney wine bar Sager & Wilde, but he and his wife Charlotte are already planning their second venue. Mission will...READ MORE

Where: 250 Paradise Row, London E2
Opening: Late August 2014

Mondrian Hotel

The US boutique hotel chain opens a new London venue early in 2014 in the Sea Containers Building. With a South Beach/Maritime vibe, there’ll also be a shiny rooftop bar....READ MORE

Where: 20 Upper Ground, London, SE1 9LH
Opening: September 2014

New London Bar from Paris' Sherry Butt

The iconic Soho drinking hole The Player has been purchased by the team behind the killer Paris bar, Sherry Butt. It’s early days yet, but we can’t wait to have...READ MORE

Where: 8 Broadwick St, London W1F 8HN
Opening: TBC

Nobu Hotel

Mega sushi chain Nobu is working on the launch of a majorly cool new hotel/restaurant in Shoreditch. Still in the planning stages, the Nobu Hotel will join many other glam...READ MORE

Where: 10 – 50 Willow Street, London, EC2
Opening: 2014

Okku London

Set to open in the old “Just St James” location in Mayfair. Following in the footsteps of its parent restaurant in Dubai, you can expect excellent sushi and cocktails with...READ MORE

Where: 16 St James’s St, London, SW1A 1ER
Opening: 2014 TBC

One Two Five Church Street

An all-day hangout from the guys behind the Blacksmith and Toffeemaker pub in Clerkenwell, One Two Five Church St will serve you your morning coffee and your strong nightcap, along...READ MORE

Where: 125 Church Street, London, United Kingdom
Opening: Late Summer 2014

Pizza Pilgrims Pizzeria & Frigittoria

Everyone’s favourite pizza guys are opening a SECOND brick and mortar shop, off the back of their Berwick St Market stand and corner shop Soho joint. This time they’re mixing...READ MORE

Where: 11 Kingly Court, London W1B 5PW
Opening: 28th July 2014

Polpo Notting Hill

That epic octopus we all know and love can be found all over town; from Soho, to Covent Garden and Smithfield, and he’s now cast his tentacles to...READ MORE

Where: 126-128 Notting Hill Gate, London W11 3QG
Opening: 31st May 2014

Sake & Rum

Piers Adam (Mahiki, Whisky Mist and Bodo’s Schloss) and Scott Hallsworth (ex head chef of Nobu and owner of Kurobuta) have joined forces to open Sake & Rum, and we’re...READ MORE

Where: 92 Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 5LR
Opening: TBC

Silk & Grain

The City gets a new cocktail bar, Silk & Grain will serve up some serious drinks, made with flair, as well as dry-aged steaks, British food and charming service. We...READ MORE

Where: 33 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3ND
Opening: July 2013

Slim's Pork Chop Express

A meaty two storied joint is soon to open with hard shakes, smoked meats and a killer whisky selection. Sip cherrywood-smoked rye Old Fashioneds and rum and coke floats in...READ MORE

Where: 85 Seel Street, Liverpool, L1 4BB
Opening: Late summer 2014

Smith & Wollensky

Your business lunch options are set to increase when New York’s classic green and white coloured steakhouse chain brings their dry-aged, in-house butchered meats and fresh lobsters to our fair...READ MORE

Where: 1 John Adam Street, WC2N 6HT
Opening: 2014

The Key

Enter through an Italian deli’s loo, tweet to get a secret password, use the magic key to enter… you get the idea. A hidden world of 20’s drinks, chandeliers and...READ MORE

Where: Margaret Street, London
Opening: 2014 TBC

The Print House

An industrial styled eating and drinking den is set to open out East serving killer cuts of meat and with a terrace ‘big enough for a herd of cattle’. Stay...READ MORE

Where: 133 High Street, Stratford, E15 2RB
Opening: 31st May

Three Eight Four

Excellent news for all those folks south of the river. The boys behind the winning Seven at Brixton bar and tapas joint are opening another venue, serving small plates, more...READ MORE

Where: 384 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, London, SW9 8LF
Opening: Monday 21st July


With clean, modern design, eclectic wines, small production beers and house matured cheese, Verden looks to be a fresh, interesting addition to the booming Hackney scene. Tom Fraser, a former...READ MORE

Where: 181 Clarence Road, London, E5 8EE
Opening: 9th June 2014

World’s End Market

Bringing the former World’s End Pub back to life, this all-day venue will serve local, market fresh produce and seasonal eats in a 30s canteen-like setting. There’ll be an underground...READ MORE

Where: 495 King’s Road, SW10
Opening: Mid-September 2014