10 Must Visit Restaurants in 2016 (the London edition)

10 Must Visit Restaurants in 2016 (the London edition)

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10 Must Visit Restaurants

Hot London Restaurants in 2016

Ever since moving to London I’ve been preoccupied with trying out the best eateries that the capital has to offer. Sometimes this means trying a neighbourhood family-run Italian restaurant, sometimes it means fine dining in the West End, and it often means checking out a street food stand or two.

Today I’m sharing my list of 10 restaurants I hope to visit over the course of the next 12 months. Some have been open for a few years, others have been open just a few months, and then there are those hotly anticipated restaurants that aren’t even open yet! Read on to find out the hottest restaurants in London in 2016.


1. Margot, opening April 2016

Brown’s Buildings, EC3A 4AF    |   @Paulodetarso24

Margot is the latest venture from Paulo De Tarso, Maitre d’ of Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental and restaurateur Nicolas Jaouën. The food is set to be rustic Italian in the heart of Covent Garden. Rumour has it the restaurant will seat 100 people and will “celebrate the glamour and rustic charm of Italian food, wine, and design”. Best to get here before all the tourists do! Keep an eye out for more information on social media.


2. Chick’n’Sours, opened April 2015

80 Kingsland Road, E8 4AA    |    www.chicknsours.co.uk    |    @Chicknsours

One hour till whole fry time! #hangoverfood #epicfeed #e8

A photo posted by @chicknsours on

Chick’n’Sours hasn’t been open long but already has the name of The Best Fried Chicken in town, winning various rewards! It’s a local fried chicken shop but not as you know it serving banging sour cocktails alongside their deep fried food. They’ve seriously lured me in with their phenomenal Instagram feed. This is without a doubt a must visit in 2016.

Don’t have time to stop in? You can get grab and go too…


3. German Gymnasium, opened November 2015

1 Pancras Square N1C 4BU    |    GermanGymnasium.co.uk

German Gymnasium is the latest venture from D&D London in the recently renovated area next to Kings Cross St Pancras Station. This is fast becoming a hot spot for quality restaurants and German Gymnasium is no exception. Serving Mittel-European inspired food its carving out a niche for itself. If you want to try something new in 2016 this is the restaurant for you.


4. The Lighterman, opening early 2016

3 Granary Square, Kings Cross, N1C 4BH    |    @TheLightermanKX    |    thelighterman.co.uk

The Lighterman is set to open early this year in a 3 storey building by Kings Cross, overlooking the canal as part of the redevelopment of the area. The Lighterman will offer a relaxed pub, dining room and bar that is open all day every day for food and drinks!

Not too far from the likes of The Grain Store, Caravan and newly opened German Gymnasium, The Lighterman looks to be another exciting addition to the area.


5. Shuang Shuang, opened January 1016

64 Shaftsbury Avenue, W1D 6LU    |    @hotpotshuang    |    ShuanShuang.co.uk

I adore Chinese food. Seriously can’t get enough of the stuff – so I was super excited to hear about authentic Chinese hot pots coming to China Town at the start of this year. There hasn’t been anything quite like Shuang Shuang in China Town for years so I don’t doubt that this new restaurant is going to become a hit, FAST!

I’ll be ordering the Bird Berry made from a rare breed of black-fleshed chicken with jujubes and Chinese Wolfberries.


6. Sketch, opened in 2003

9 Conduit Street, W1s 2XG    |    sketch.london    |    @sketchlondon

sketch has been popular since it’s opening in 2003. As well as serving up delicious food, the Gallery is an art installation in itself. The puffy pink decor with sketches lining the wall makes a fantastic setting for a romantic meal. We started off our 2016 well with dinner here on the 1st of January. I can’t recommend this place enough. If you haven’t already visited, get yourself down here for dinner in 2016.

Strike the harp and join the chorus… from sketch on Vimeo.


7. Draft House, Old Street, opening spring 2016

The Bower, Old Street    |    @drafthouseUK    |    drafthouse.co.uk

Draft House is a small group of pubs serving food matched to the beers on tap. They already have branches in Hammersmith, Northcote, Tower Bridge and more. Now they are opening a branch in Old Street making it a fantastic after work venue for food and drink. They have already proved that they know their stuff when it comes to both beer and gastro pub food. I’m hopefully that the Old Street branch will be even better than the rest!

The decor is set to be utilitarian, British brutalist architecture inspired by nearby Barbican. The food includes items like foot long scratchings and pig and hay chorizo scotch eggs. Am I making you hungry?


8. Pharmacy 2, TBC

Newport Street, SE11 6AJ    |    NewportStreetGallery.com

Those of you who were familiar with the restaurant scene in the 90’s may be having de ja vu right now, as Pharmacy 2 is the second attempt at a restaurant by Damien Hirst. The first Pharmacy didn’t have a lot of luck opening in the 90’s and subsequently closing in 2003. This latest attempt is set to be a real hot spot on its opening – all the cool kids will be there!


9. Ichiryu, opening January 2016

84 New Oxford St London WC1A 1HB    |    Ichiryuudon.com    |    @IchiryuUdon

Opening this month is Ichiryu, a ramen restaurant from the team who brought you Japan Centre and Shoryu Ramen. Ichiryu Udon will specialise in delicious, handmade noodles served fresh using quality ingredients from Japan.

Hot udon noodles will be served in your choice of style, including Kake, Niku Beef, Kakiage, Prawn Tempura, Curry, Nabeyaki, Maruten, all with a bonito tsuyu broth base. Tonkotsu udon, and Kimchi Chige udon varieties will also be available. Or why not try cold udon noodles, add tempura toppings or go for a donburi rice bowl?


10. Fatty Crab, TBC

TBC    |    @FattyCrab

For those of you that haven’t already heard the hype, Fatty Crab serves up Malaysian inspired seafood. The only problem is it isn’t open yet! Fatty Crab is the brainchild of the US restauranters behind Fatty Cue on the other side of the pond.

There were rumblings of the restaurant opening in 2015 but nothing materialised. Keep your eyes peeled on social media for the opening of this long awaited hot spot!


So there you have it. 10 hot restaurants you must visit in London this year.

Have you visited any of them already? Or perhaps you think I’ve missed something off of the list. Let me know in the comments below!


13 thoughts on “10 Must Visit Restaurants in 2016 (the London edition)”

  • What a great guide to London restaurants, ideal for people from out of town who can find it confusing to know where to start. Sadly I’m not likely to be visiting London in the near future, but will come back and check if I do get the chance to do so.

    • Thanks Janice! Here’s hoping you make a trip soon enough 🙂 perhaps then you can try one or two of them! X

    • Thanks Nayna 🙂 hopefully it has something for everyone here! I wanted the post to be as varied as the restaurant scene in London!

  • Wow! I’ve never even heard of, let alone been to, any of these restaurants. I really will have to give them a go when I visit the big city. I plan to visit London much more frequently this year so I’ve bookmarked this for dining ideas!

    • Woohoo! Let me know when you do Kevin would love to hear what you think 🙂 Chick’n’Sours is next on my list!

  • London is one of my favourite city’s to visit so I love posts like these!!! Makes me want to be there now. Hehe.

    • You should plan a trip Sarah! No better excuse then to try out some of London’s best restaurants 🙂

  • I love the sound of these restaurants! I go to London a lot and it’d definitely be nice to be able to go to some different restaurants rather than the same old every time! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Hi Sian thanks for stopping by! I am slowly working down the list myself, now having been to Sketch (awesome) and Shuang Shuang (SO much fun but messy…) you should definitely pay a couple of them a visit. Would love to hear what you think of them if you do 🙂

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