New Restaurant Openings and News – January / February 2020

Hoppers opens in King’s Cross, Dominique Ansel opens in Covent Garden, Portuguese restaurant Bar Douro opens in The City and the legendary The Connaught Grill makes a return.

Read our guide to the restaurants opening in London this month (and some from January too).

Dominique Ansel Treehouse

Renowned pastry chef Dominique Ansel will open a new site, The Treehouse, on 10 February on Floral Street in Covent Garden.

Dominique Ansel Treehouse

The new site will also offer a bistro menu with dishes including soups, pies, pasta and other savoury dishes. The famed Cronut will also be on the menu.

The two stories will have a ‘tree trunk’ at its centre and diners will eat under a tree ‘canopy’ upstairs.

Hoppers King’s Cross

Hoppers King’s Cross opens mid February in King’s Cross, the third Hoppers.

Hoppers King’s Cross

The menu will feature lots of exclusive dishes – new bar bites, seafood grills and snacks such as Negombo Crab Kari, Jaffna Isso Vade, Black Pepper Curry Leaf Prawn Skewers .

There will also be a large separate bar area.


Whitechapel Gallery’s new restaurant Townsend opens this month from chef Joe Fox (who was head chef at Petersham Nurseries) and director Nick Gilkinson.

Townsend Whitechapel Gallery

Named after the gallery’s architect, the menu will mix classic and modern dishes.

Dishes in the light, wood panelled dining room will include curried veal sweetbread and roast haunch of venison.

Bar Douro City

Bar Douro is opening in The City serving Portuguese dishes and wines it has become known for at the original London Bridge restaurant.

Bar Douro City

The menu will include regional specialities such as fried eels with bairrada sauce and suckling pig sandwiches.

Smokey Kudu

Smokey Kudu, an intimate cocktail bar opened in January in Peckham.

It is the first standalone bar from couple Amy Corbin and Patrick Williams and a short walk away from their excellent restaurant Kudu.

Smokey Kudu

The 37-cover cocktail bar features a central horseshoe shaped bar topped with pink marble and a giant glass chandelier.

Smokey Kudu is open in the evenings only Wednesday to Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

The Connaught Grill

The Connaught hotel has brought back its legendary restaurant The Connaught Grill.

Located on the ground floor of the hotel, the intimate 44-seat restaurant is under the direction of renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten taking a modern take on grill room classics.


Chef Tom Aikens opened Muse at the start of the year as a 25 cover restaurant in a renovated Belgravia mews property.

Muse Tom Aikens

The dining space is split over two floors, each with an open plan theatre kitchen giving everyone a chance to see Tom and his team at work.

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