2019 saw the birth of many popular and new favourite restaurants. 2020 promises to deliver more of the same—here's our list of most-anticipated openings in the coming year.
The Connaught Grill
The Connaught, Carlos Place W1K 2AL
The Connaught Grill, once one of London's most celebrated restaurants (1955 - 2000) and home to the original power players of the capital, will make a return to the iconic Mayfair hotel early 2020. With a respectful nod to its distinguished heritage, the new Connaught Grill is redesigned in a contemporary style; Jean-Georges Vongerichten will helm the kitchen. The menu will focus on British produce and game, alongside classics such as langoustines and Dover sole. The exceptional wine list draws from The Connaught's esteemed wine cellar.
No. 1 High Street, Bruton, Somerset
A delayed opening has heightened the anticipation for this tiny farm-to-table restaurant in Somerset, from the world's youngest Michelin-starred chef, Merlin Labron-Johnson. The set menus, which include Lunch, Dinner, and Sunday, will spotlight homegrown and organic local vegetables. Created in partnership with a soon-to-open boutique hotel, Number One Bruton, guests are encouraged to stay and explore newly-buzzing Somerset. The crisp but warm environment, by Bill Amberg Studio, features custom ceramics by Kana London, is the perfect backdrop for the beautifully-plated dishes.
1 Bateman's Buildings W1D 3EN
From Corbin & King, the team behind Brasserie Zedel and The Wolseley, this new Soho restaurant will pay homage to the legendary Manzi's fish restaurant. An old neighbourhood favourite, Manzi's was popular, and family-run, for nearly 50 years. Coming this spring, the new location—inside a former 1950s office building—will be a loving tribute to the original, with old school style and friendly warmth. The seafood-heavy menu will be served in a dark wood interior, with banquette seating and a subtle nautical theme. The expansive two-storey space will feature casual and more formal dining rooms, as well as an outdoor terrace.
Central London location, TBC
A Mexican restaurant, courtesy of Santiago Lastra—formerly of Noma, Tulum—is coming to London. Using UK-sourced ingredients in traditional Mexican cuisine, the restaurant will also feature natural wines and a mezcal bar. The young chef, from a small town outside Mexico City, has experimented and tested the waters with a series of pop-ups across London, including residencies at the Tate and Borough Market. The restaurant cuisine will be a sampling of specialities from across Mexico. Guests can expect sunny service and a warm atmosphere, alongside the inventive dishes for which Lastra has become known.
22 Portman Square W1H 7BG
Not long after the opening of Nobu Shoreditch comes news of another new Nobu hotel and restaurant due to open in the spring, this time in Marylebone just north of Selfridges. The large hotel will feature the third Nobu restaurant in the Mayfair area, joining the locations at Park Lane and Berkeley Street. Guests can expect Nobu's signature dishes, such as the Miso Black Cod, along with select dishes exclusive to Marylebone. The hotel above the restaurant and lounge will be their largest yet—should you want to make a full night of it, you will be able to simply head upstairs to bed after your meal.
The Greyhound Beaconsfield
33 Windsor End, Beaconsfield HP9 2JN
Former Gordon Ramsay alums, husband and wife duo Daniel Crump and Margriet Vandezande-Crump plan to open a gastropub in Buckinghamshire. They plan to serve modern British cuisine by Sean Norton, with dishes such as roast partridge and slow-cooked pork belly, and local ales. They aim to create a neighbourhood day-to-night environment in the cosy, refurbished coaching inn, growing and enhancing the area's strong sense of community. A thoughtful and extensive menu, plus a wine list at several price points, aim to make the dining experience appealing to all.
28 Bow Street WC2E 7AW
Summer 2020 will welcome the NoMad Hotel group's first location outside the United States. In the heart of Covent Garden, their new hotel will bring signature hospitality and understated elegance to London. The onsite restaurant will come courtesy of Chef Daniel Humm from NYC's three Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park, a Swiss-native who began his career in the kitchen in London at age 16. His triumphant return (he also helms the kitchen at new Claridge's restaurant, Davies and Brook) will bring his signature beautifully plated dishes to the capital. Also, the first NoMad Lounge—a nighttime venue for drinks following dinner—will open in the hotel.
Contact your luxury lifestyle manager for further information about any of the openings of these properties, or to book a table at one of their sister restaurants.
Photography by NoMad Bar & Lounge