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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: May 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: Late June 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

Blues Kitchen Shoreditch

Looking for somewhere with over 100 bourbons, Crate Brewery Beers on tap and Texan BBQ? We’ve got you covered with the opening of the second Blues Kitchen on the horizon....READ MORE

Where: 143 Curtain Road, London, EC2A 3AR
Opening: May 2014

Bonnie Gull Seafood Café

What started as a fishy pop-up in Hackney has now evolved into a two restaurant group. Bonnie Gull’s upcoming second venue will have the same great seafood shack vibe as...READ MORE

Where: 55-57 Exmouth Market, London, EC1R 4QL
Opening: 22nd April 2014

Brindisa Food Rooms

Housed under the railway arches around the corner from foodie paradise Brixton Market, Brindisa Food Rooms will consist of a bar under one arch and a shop under the other....READ MORE

Where: 41 – 43 Atlantic Road, Brixton, London, SW9 8JL
Opening: March 2014

City Social

Jason Atherton continues his winning streak with the opening of City Social in the Tower 42 Building. Hot on the tail of his Berners Tavern and READ MORE

Where: Tower 42, Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1HQ
Opening: 1st May 2014


Those Inception boys are unstoppable, and mental! Maggies, Bunga Bunga, DISCO and Mr Foggs are all BarChick favourites, they’ve got Beaver Lodge opening any day and now they’re onto the...READ MORE

Where: TBC Battersea, London, SW11
Opening: End of April 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: Early 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: Early 2014

East London Liquor Company

East London’s first distillery since the early 20th century is set to open near Victoria Park this spring, with local master distiller Jamie Baxter at the helm. The East London...READ MORE

Where: 221 Grove Road, Bow Wharf, London, E3 5SN
Opening: April 2014

El Nivel

The space above Covent Garden’s La Perla is being transformed into a laid-back, intimate tequila den, complete with a collection of rare and unique agave spirits, innovative Mexican tasting plates...READ MORE

Where: 28 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7JS
Opening: 22nd April 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

Fera, Simon Rogan's Claridge's Restaurant

The mystery of who would take over Ramsay’s space in the dream that is Claridge’s  is finally solved! British talent Rogan’s Kitchen will be ‘trailblazing’ in its use of fresh...READ MORE

Where: Claridge’s Hotel, Brook Street, London, W1K 4HR
Opening: 6th May 2014

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


Finally opening in the top 18 floors of The Shard, The Shangri-la is set to bring its next level swankiness to London’s hotel scene. With a cake shop, artisan deli...READ MORE

Where: 52nd Floor, The Shard, 96 Tooley Street, London, SE1
Opening: 6th May 2014

Ham Yard Hotel

The newby from the Firmdale Group (Soho Hotel, Charlotte St Hotel and NY’s Crosby St Hotel) is soon to open on Great Windmill Street, Soho. The hotel will house a...READ MORE

Where: Ham Yard, Soho, London W1D 7LT
Opening: 1st June 2014

Hawksmoor, Knightsbridge

The unstoppable Hawksmoor brand is expanding again, this time bringing their perfect steaks, naughty burgers and killer cocktails to a glam, basement restaurant in the former Frankies space in Knightsbridge.


Where: 3 Yeoman’s Row, London SW3 2AL
Opening: June 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: 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
Opening: 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


Taking over a former gallery on the ground floor of the Tea Building, Lyle’s will serve unpretentious food, with baked goods in the morning, rotating house coffee suppliers and well-priced...READ MORE

Where: Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JJ
Opening: 29th April 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: June 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: Early 2014

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 Sixty

Craft beer, cocktails and smokehouse eats. Hell yes! Stay tuned for more info.


Where: 291 West End Lane, London, NW6 1RD
Opening: 30th March 2014

Peg & Patriot

Marmite Vodka Martinis and Salt Beef Sazeracs will be the order of the day at Matt Whiley’s new Peg & Patriot at Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel. They’ll be making...READ MORE

Where: Town Hall Hotel, Patriot Square, London, E2 9NF
Opening: Mid May 2014


Rawduck returns! The quirky Hackney wine and panini joint closed down after just a few months open, due to construction issues from a nearby building, but we rejoice, as they will be...READ MORE

Where: Richmond Road, London Fields, Hackney E8
Opening: 14th April 2014

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: April 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 Rosebery Room

The Mandarin Hotel already has two wonderful drinking spots, Bar Boulud and their own namesake bar, but this April they open a third venue, in what was originally...READ MORE

Where: Mandarin Oriental, 66 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LA
Opening: April 2014

The Strand Dining Rooms

The Strand seems to be moving on up in the world with another buzzing sounding venue set to open this year. The Strand Dining Rooms is the brainchild of an established restaurant...READ MORE

Where: 1-3 Strand, Grand Buildings, London, WC2N
Opening: May 2014

Villiers Coffee Company and Dining Room

We’re huge fans of Gordon’s Wine bar, the cave-like den underneath Villiers St, and now the family behind Gordon’s is opening another venue on the same street. This all-day...READ MORE

Where: 31a Villiers Street, London WC2N 6ND
Opening: May 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: June 2014