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10 Most Anticipated London Restaurant Openings for Spring

By Malika Dalamal  |  March 23, 2015

As the weather gets warmer, the London restaurant scene is heating up with plenty of new arrivals to get excited about. Here are 10 of the most anticipated openings in London this spring.

Ivy Chelsea Garden 
Located in the former Henry J Bean space, the second London outpost of the famous theatreland venue will be a bar, lounge, cafe and restaurant (pictured above) with a beautiful terrace and garden in the back for alfresco dining. It will be open all day, with half of its covers reserved for walk-ins. 
Anticipated Opening: March 30
197 King's Rd., SW3 5ED; 020 3301 0300

Percy & Founders 
The Cubitt House group (The Pantechnicon Rooms, The Orange, Thomas Cubitt) are opening one of London's largest dining spaces, with over 200 covers, in Fitzrovia this week. The all-day restaurant and bar will serve British classics and modern European dishes such as lobster and prawn Scotch eggs and chicken Wellington. 
Anticipated Opening: April 2
1 Pearson Sq., Fitzroy Pl., W1T 3BF

Bao
The popular Taiwanese-inspired market stall in Netil Market is coming off the streets and into a permanent home in Soho later this spring. Handmade bao — steamed milk buns — will be the main focus, filled with braised pork, lamb shoulder and a deep-fried version filled with ice cream for dessert. 
Anticipated Opening: April 7
53 Lexington St., W1F 9AS

Foxlow Stoke Newington
The Hawksmoor team are planning a second branch of their popular spin-off (the original is in Farringdon). Expect more of the same hearty meat dishes, fried chicken and popular brunch dishes like Moroccan eggs or the all-day breakfast burger.
Anticipated Opening: April 8
71-73 Stoke Newington Church St., N16 0AS

Le Chabanais
The first overseas outpost for the well-known Paris bistro Le Chateaubriand is opening in Mayfair with an accessibly priced à la carte menu that highlights local produce. The informal dining room will seat roughly 90 people on the ground floor, with a downstairs bar offering a different menu.
Anticipated Opening: April 10
8 Mount St., W1K 3NF

Jose Pizarro 
Bermondsey-based Spanish chef Jose Pizarro is opening a new restaurant (after Jose and Pizarro) near Liverpool Street Station. New dishes to look forward to include broad bean stew with jamón, poached egg and mint sauce, and olive oil mash with pimenton and toasted almonds. He will also serve breakfast with options like grilled chorizo accompanied by fried egg and patatas fritas.
Anticipated Opening: April 17
Unit T6 Broadgate Circle, EC2M 2QS

Top Dog 
Matt Hermer (Bumpkin) and his American wife, Marissa, are behind a new U.S. hot dog joint opening in Soho with a healthy(ish) twist. Think all-natural, British-sourced hot dogs (veal and pork, chicken or beef) with Stateside favourites like ice cream milkshakes and homemade relish.
Anticipated Opening: May
48 Frith St., W1D 4SF

Sesame 
Noam Bar — one of the founders of Ottolenghi — is planning a new restaurant in Covent Garden that takes inspiration from Middle Eastern and Mediterranean market stalls and street food. Expect lots of flatbreads filled with grilled meats and vegetables as well as exotic salads. 
Anticipated Opening: April
23 Garrick St., WC2E 9RY

The Melt Room 
London's first cheese toastie cafe will serve everything from a classic cheddar melt to lamb shoulder with melted Swiss, or rare roast beef with Sparkenhoe and Red Leicester. The small 12-seater space will be open for breakfast — with items like a Benedict melt and a full English grilled cheese sandwich — lunch and dinner, and will also offer takeout and, eventually, local delivery.
26 Noel St., W1F 8GY

Duck & Rice 
Alan Yau (founder of Hakkasan and Wagamama) is said to be finally opening his Chinese gastropub in Soho in the next few months. Details are scarce, but we hear it will be a casual spot serving Asian street food and Chinese-inspired cocktails. 
Anticipated Opening: May
90 Berwick St., W1F 0QB