If one of your resolutions is to travel more over the course of the coming year, you’re in the right place. Find out the spots to put on your must-dine list the next time you visit the capital of the U.K.
London has had scores of top restaurants open in the last year, not least the new branches of existing franchises: Hawksmoor’s new gaff ’round the back of Borough Market, Blacklock’s follow-up chop house in the City, Margot Henderson’s second Rochelle Canteen on The Mall, and Smoking Goat’s hot new outpost in Shoreditch.
Looking over recent expansions such as these for the moment – with the exception of one or two doing something notably different to their sister joints – here are fifteen restaurants which came and conquered Londoner’s hearts, minds, and stomachs this year. So, how many will you be going to?
XU – Food as delicate and beautiful as this is almost unheard of outside the circles of fine dining. But here it is, served up in a vintage Taipei tea room-inspired restaurant tucked away in Soho.
L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele – The so-called best pizza in the world landed straight from Naples, in Stoke Newington of all places. Londoners quickly realized the true allure of these queue-worthy pizzas, in their soft, voluptuous, and minimalist Neapolitan form.
Farang – Unapologetically inauthentic Thai cuisine is one way to describe Farang, who capitalized on their pop-up success to open up a restaurant in Highbury.
Santo Remedio – Many a prayer was answered when Natalie and Edson Diaz-Fuentes announced they’d be resurrecting their neighborhood restaurant which unexpectedly closed last year. In the summer, they made their move from Shoreditch to south of the river in Bermondsey.
Coal Rooms – Grilled, smoky, umami-rich fare served in a former train station ticket office in Peckham? You bet.
Radici – Francesco Mazzei’s knack for brilliant Italian fare is well known among Londoners. But at an affordable price point? Not so much. This, you’ll be pleased to know, is where Radici comes in.Continue Reading