London Restaurant Openings and News

October 2018

It’s a bumper month of new openings in London – Cecconi’s comes to Shoreditch, Harry’s Bar opens near Selfridge’s, an affordable black cod and Wagyu beef residency, a new restaurant from Andrew Wong and much more.

Read our guide to the restaurant openings and news in London this October.

It’s a bumper month of new openings in London – Cecconi’s comes to Shoreditch, Harry’s Bar opens near Selfridge’s, an affordable black cod and Wagyu beef residency, a new restaurant from Andrew Wong and much more.

Read our guide to the restaurant openings and news in London this October.

Cecconi’s Shoreditch

Cecconi’s is moving east with the opening of Cecconi’s Shoreditch, sister restaurant to the original in Mayfair and the outpost at The Ned.

Cecconi’s Shoreditch

Cecconi’s Shoreditch will be a relaxed version of the Mayfair original, with pasta, pizza, Cicchetti and classic Italian cocktails.

For futher information, visit the website here.

POLPO and Sipsmith – Spirit of Dining series

Venetian restaurant POLPO has teamed up with Sipsmith for a series of food and drink matching events and menus until the end of October.

Polpo Chelsea

Each POLPO site will offer a new Sipsmith cocktail menu, including the Sipsmith Negroni and The Sipsmith Sloe & Amaretto Sour.

From 9pm, when purchasing two of these cocktails, guests will receive a complimentary cicchetti.

Barrafina Coal Drops Yard

Barrafina opens its fourth restaurant this month at the new Coal Drops Yard development. This will be the biggest one yet with 40 covers and a private dining room seating up to 24.

Barrafina Coal Drops Yard will feature authentic Spanish tapas dishes and daily changing specials.

The menu will have a new ‘Mar y Montaña’ (sea and mountain) section with dishes such as Arroz negro with Iberian pork ribs and artichokes; Esparadenyes (sea cucumber) with chicken oysters and picada; and a Cazuela of pig’s trotter and prawns.

Barrafina Coal Drops Yard will also have a covered and heated terrace, due to open in Spring.


BLACK COD & WAGYU, a new residency promising to make black cod and wagyu beef more affordable, will open on Monday 1st October in Soho.


Taking over the bar area of Zelman Meats in St Anne’s Court, BLACK COD & WAGYU’s menu will feature black cod cooked in miso and 200g Wagyu steaks for just £15 each at lunch and £20 at dinner.

Accommodating just 30 covers, bookings can be made via Instagram and on their website.


Martin Morales from Peruvian restaurant Ceviche will open Amazonia on the 12th October at Ceviche Old Street.

Amazonia is a two month festival celebrating the food and art of the Amazon region.

Ceviche Old Street will welcome Peruvian chef Pedro Miguel Schiaffino who will create dishes using exotic ingredients such as fermented cassava, memeeba, macamba nut, dende oil, and smoked pork ice-cream.

Francis Mallmann at CUT at 45 Park Lane 

South American chef Francis Mallmann will be coming to Wolfgang Puck’s CUT at 45 Park Lane for a six course tasting menu from 3-5 October 2018.

CUT at 45 Park Lane

Mallmann’s menu will include signature dishes such as ‘smashed crusty Andean potato with smoked butter and caviar’, ‘corn Humita with basil’, and ‘plancha avocado with salmon confit’.

The six course tasting menu is priced at £280, excluding drinks.


Caractère is the new restaurant from Emily Roux and Diego Ferrari, which will open in Notting Hill on October 4th.

Caractère restaurant London

Emily is the daughter of Michel Roux Jr, and Italian born Diego has been Head Chef at Le Gavroche for the past three years, therefore there is real pedigree in the kitchen.

The menu is divided into six ‘character traits’ with up to three dishes to choose from in each section:

Curious – small plates/starters

Subtle – Vegetable-focussed small plates/starters

Delicate – Fish – main courses

Robust – Meat – main courses

Strong – Cheese

Greedy – Dessert

Sticks’n’Sushi King’s Road

Scandinavian sushi group Sticks’n’Sushi have opened their latest restaurant on the King’s Road in Chelsea

Sticks’n’Sushi specialises in sushi and yakitori sticks offering excellent quality food and good value.

Sticks’n’Sushi Kings Road

Sticks’n’Sushi King’s Road will accommodate 220 guests over three floors, each floor having its own identity.

This site will have a private dining room with its own kitchen, cocktail bar and dedicated team.

KYM’S by Andrew Wong

Kym’s, the new restaurant from Michelin-starred Chef Andrew Wong, opens on 2 October in the Bloomberg Arcade in the City.

The 120 seat restaurant will be spread over two floors and will include a circular entrance bar, takeaway area and private dining area.

KYM'S by Andrew Wong

The food at Kym’s will centre around the chef’s interpretation of classic Chinese dishes with a nod to London’s Chinatown.

The menus will feature a selection of small dishes, including Yunnanese lemongrass salad, peanuts, lettuce, chilli, lime; sharing platters of crispy duck, pancakes, plum sauce and classics such as slow poached soy chicken.

Art Yard

Located near Blackfriars Bridge, Art Yard will be a modern space for all-day dining, with a menu developed by head chef Lee Streeton (formerly of 45 Jermyn Street).

Art Yard Restaurant

Ingredients will be sourced as locally as possible including honey from their own beehives and ingredients delivered direct from London markets.

Signature dishes will include ‘Chargrilled Cuttlefish with Black Rice and Chorizo’, ‘Baked Bone Marrow with Curry Sauce’ and a ‘Cataplana of Monkfish, Shellfish, Saffron and Potatowhich will be cooked in the restaurant’s wood fire oven.

Casa Pastor and Plaza Pastor

Casa Pastor and Plaza Pastor, a new Mexican restaurant and terrace, will open at Coal Drops Yard on 28 October.

Casa Pastor is the new Mexican big sister to Borough’s El Pastor.

The 80 cover restaurant will focus on tacos with a new Baja California influenced Mariscos section, serving Oysters with worm salt and mezcal; Cherrystone clams with lime; and a selection of tostadas, cocteles and aguachiles.

Plaza Pastor is a 100-seater covered and heated outdoor dining terrace just outside Casa Pastor.

Harry’s Bar

Harry’s Bar will open on James Street with 1950s style surroundings and a menu of classic Italian favourites.

Located close to Oxford Street, the restaurant and outdoor terrace can seat up to 150 guests.

Harry’s Bar

Highlights from the all-day menu include Antipasti such as ‘Insalata Caprese’, ‘Carpaccio di Manzo’, and ‘Calamari Fritti’ and a selection of Pizze and Cicchetti.

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