The biggest London restaurant openings in 2022
London is a city that loves to eat. So we’re looking forward to another year of restaurant openings to try – from foodie pubs helmed by one of the best chefs in town, to a hole-in-the-wall sushi joint and a much-whispered place Portugal Star chef Nuno Mendes.
These are the London dining openings you should know about for 2022. For a comprehensive list of restaurants in the capital, see our round-up of the best places to eat in London.
Restaurant openings in January
Boilers and Co, London Bridge
Kerth Gumbs was one of the top rated chefs in the 2021 edition of Great British Menu and his pudding made it to the show’s grand banquet. This is his first restaurant of his own – after spending five years at the Ormer in Mayfair he opened his joint in London Bridge. It’s truly a cocktail bar meets restaurant, and the tasting menu (crab cakes with scotch bonnet, salted fish with octopus stew, seasoned duck with tamarind) is paired with perfectly matched drinks from whiskey sours to margaritas.
Itaku, Great Portland Street
Impressive CVs abound from the team running the Italian-Japanese Itaku. Naples-born chef Ivan Simeoli got his first experience at Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana, while head mixer Nicholas Medicamento previously worked at the Savoy’s American Bar. Starry Gastronom is the man at the helm Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, and the menu will highlight dishes like miso Cornish monkfish with Tuscan black cabbage and Sicilian red shrimp with black truffle ponzu and shiso.
A tiny 10 seater is exactly what we’re looking for when we go out for sushi. Roji is the latest opening from Tamas Naszai and Tomoko Hasegawa (formerly Tokimeitē) and the team behind Mayfair kingpin Chisou. Expect exquisite sake, Cornish fish and Sussex produce to star in an evening menu that costs around £150 per person – or book in for lunch for a cheaper alternative.