7 London Restaurants Openings You May Have Missed This Summer

By Malika Dalamal  |  August 20, 2014

You may have spent the summer sitting on a beach doing nothing, but back in London there was no break for restaurants, with new spots opening almost every week. Here's what you missed while you were away. 

  • Wormwood

    What: This new Notting Hill restaurant is run by Algerian chef-patron (and ex-rapper) Rabah Ourrad, who previously worked at Momo, The Ledbury and Sketch.

    Why: Despite the slightly unfortunate name, this newcomer has been well received for its North African-Spanish fusion cuisine. Think pork belly tagine, lobster couscous, lamb tartare and squid-ink croquettas.

    16a All Saints Rd., W11 1HH; 0207 854 1808

  • Hawksmoor Knightsbridge

    What: The newest location of the popular steakhouse chainlet opened in Knightsbridge on the former site of Marco Pierre White and Frankie Dettori’s Frankie’s flagship.

    Why: This chain's down-to-earth British fare had a glamorous Knightsbridge makeover, with new additions to the menu including a caviar section, more fish and seafood and some Asian-influenced options. 

    3 Yeoman's Row, SW3 2AL; 020 7590 9290

  • Bayou

    What: This lively, all-day Creole restaurant in Camden hosts live music in the evenings. 

    Why: Southern American comfort food (Louisiana crab cakes, fried calamari with hushpuppies, BBQ shrimp and biscuits) served till late.

    20 Inverness St., NW1 7HJ; 020 7284 0989

  • Lima Floral

    What: Virgilio Martinez opened a second, more casual branch of his Peruvian restaurant in a former monastery in Covent Garden.

    Why: The new restaurant has a Peruvian tapas bar, and offers new dishes including quinoa tiradito, Amazonian fish and scallops with chia ceviche.

    14 Garrick St., WC2E 9BJ; 020 7240 5778

  • DF/Mexico

    What: Thomasina Miers has opened this fast-casual Mexican diner on Brick Lane, her first new venture since Wahaca.

    Why: Expect American-influenced dishes like "NYC tortas" served in a toasted brioche bun and the "Bad Boy" burrito stuffed with corn chips and guacamole. And don't miss the ice cream with popping candy for dessert. ​

    Old Truman Brewery, Hanbury St., E1 6QR; 020 7361 6639

  • Hixter Bankside

    What: Housed in an old Victorian tin printing factory, this Southwark cousin of Mark Hix's Tramshed serves the limited menu of whole roasted chickens (with feet!) and steak-and-chips combos, and is decorated with works by big players in the contemporary art world.

    Why: It's conveniently located around the corner from the Tate Modern, and if you're just looking for a drink, Mark's Bar is located in the basement.

    16 Guildford St., SE1 OHS; 020 7921 9508

  • Barrafina Covent Garden

    What: Sam and Eddie Hart opened a second branch of their buzzing Soho tapas bar in Covent Garden.

    Why: New dishes like carpaccio of Mediterranean prawns with bonito and chargrilled lamb kidneys have been added to the menu, but more importantly you can now book tables downstairs for parties of eight or more.

    10 Adelaide St., WC2N 4HZ