HOTTEST OPENINGS OF SUMMER 2014

2014 had a hell of long summer and there were tonnes of openings that came with it. But the stand-out winner of this term was the 'Meat Eatery'! If you love all things meaty, Summer 2014 was the most fruitful in yonks. Our list contains no fewer than 13 restaurants dedicated to either steak, burgers or anything that used to have a pulse. Aside from that, it was a bit of a 'Sister-Act', with at least 12 new sister sites openings. And to top it all off, two restaurants were awarded Michelin Stars (Fera at Claridges and CIty Social) which is just bonkers considering their infancy on the food scene. 

THE HACKNEY PEARL

11 Prince Edward Rd, Hackney Wick E9 5LX

The Hackney Pearl is a beautiful and cosy café and bar located in the creative heart of Hackney Wick. An easy place to pass the time, The Pearl has a comfortably familiar feel, even on a first…

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Opening Timings
Monday - Sunday 10:00 - 23:00

Nearest Station : Hackney Wick

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BOBO SOCIAL

95 Charlotte St, Fitzrovia W1T 4PZ

BOBO Social is the first solo project from talented operators Michael Benson and Jacinta Maddison. Michael has over twenty years experience in the restaurant industry with previous credits including Sticky Fingers,…

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Tuesday - Friday 12:00 - 22:30
Saturday 18:00 - 22:30

Nearest Station : Goodge Street

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TOM'S KITCHEN

1 Commodity Quay, London E1W 1AZ

Located just moments away from Tower Bridge and the Tower of London, Tom’s Kitchen, Bar and Deli in St Katharine Docks is the go-to locale for dining with a view. Set…

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Monday - Friday 08:30 - 22:30
Saturday - Sunday 10:00 - 22:00

Nearest Station : Tower Hill

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CANVAS CHELSEA

1 Wilbraham Place, Chelsea SW1X 9AE

CANVAS by Michael Riemenschneider has just re-opened its doors at our new site in the heart of Chelsea. Situated a stone's throw away from Sloane Square, we are hidden away…

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Tues - Wed 17:30 - 00:30
Thurs - Fri 12:30 - 00:30
Sat 11:30 - 00:30

Nearest Station : Sloane Square

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BRASSERIE GUSTAVE

4 Sydney Street, Chelsea SW3 6PP

Named after the famed architect of the iconic Eiffel Tower, Brasserie Gustave serves exceptional French cuisine in the heart of Chelsea. A fresh take on the traditional brasseries of Paris,…

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Tuesday 18:00 - 22:30
Wed - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
Sunday 11:00 - 22:30

Nearest Station : South Kensington

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BARRAFINA ADELAIDE STREET

10 Adelaide St, Covent Garden WC2N 4HZ

Barrafina is a modern Spanish tapas bar owned and operated by restaurateurs Sam & Eddie Hart. There is another site on Soho's Frith Street. Barrafina opened in July 2014. It is…

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Monday - Saturday 12:00 - 23:00

Nearest Station : Charing Cross

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SILK AND GRAIN

33 Cornhill, City of London EC3V 3ND

At Silk and Grain we have decided to ramp up much loved classics using the best our fellow countrymen have to offer, whether it be succulent scallops from the Isle…

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Monday - Tuesday 12:00pm – 12:00am
Wednesday - Thursday 12:00pm – 1:00am
Friday 12:00pm – 12:00am

Nearest Station : Bank

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LIMA FLORAL

14 Garrick St, Covent Garden WC2E 9BJ

LIMA Floral was created with the aim of presenting Peru as a country full of diversity: ecologically, culturally and historically, sharing an authentic and native culinary offering along with the latest findings…

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Monday - Thursday 12:00 - 23:45
Friday - Saturday 12:30 - 00:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

Nearest Station : Piccadilly Circus

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HIXTER BANKSIDE

16 Great Guildford St, Bankside, SE1 0HS

Once a metal box factory, 16 Great Guildford Street now plays home to Hixter Bankside – the little sister to Tramshed in Shoreditch, and successor to Hixter City which opened…

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Monday - Saturday 11:30 - 00:00
Sunday 11:30 - 23:00

Nearest Station : Borough

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WINE & CHARCUTERIE

Clapham Common South Side, SW4 7AJ

Wine & Charcuterie in a 100 year old former public water closet underneath Clapham Common tube. Two local gents have spent nearly two years renovating this derelict, 100 year old listed…

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Monday - Friday 18:00 - 00:00
Saturday - Sunday 12:00 - 00:00

Nearest Station : Clapham Common

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THE BAYOU

20 Inverness Street, Camden NW1 7HJ

The Bayou is an all-day Creole bar and kitchen celebrating the very best of Southern American food, drink and music. 

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Monday - Thursday 17:00 - 01:00
Friday - Saturday 12:00 - 02:00
Sunday 12:00 - 00:00

Nearest Station : Camden Town

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FLAT IRON DENMARK ST

9 Denmark St, Soho WC2H 8LS

Second site of craft butchery. Remarkable steak.

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Monday - Saturday 12:00 - 23:00 Sunday 12:00 - 22:30

Nearest Station : Piccadilly Circus

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PAVILION LONDON

96 Kensington High Street, W8 4SG

Adam’s sophisticated seasonal menu combines intense flavours that work perfectly on the plate without being complicated. Whether you choose to dine at Pavilion for breakfast, lunch or dinner we are…

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Monday - Friday 07:00 - 22:00
Saturday 08:00 22:00
Sunday 09:00 - 18:00

Nearest Station : High Street Kensington

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HAM YARD

1 Ham Yard, Soho W1D 7DT

Ham Yard restaurant and bar has a frequently changing menu revolving around the freshest seasonal ingredients and showcasing the best of British produce. Offerings range from house-glazed Ham Yard ham and hand…

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Monday - Saturday 07:00 - 23:00
Sunday 07:30 - 22:30

Nearest Station : Piccadilly Circus

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STAX DINER

1st Floor 1.7 Kingly Court, Soho W1B 5PW

Stax Diner is American food at its finest. Stax is the realisation of the long-held ambition of acclaimed chef and Virginia-born Bea Vo (of London’s celebrated cake shop and tearoom…

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Monday - Thursday 11:30 - 23:00
Friday - Saturday 09:30 - 00:00
Sunday 09:30 - 21:30

Nearest Station : Piccadilly Circus

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OPSO

10 Paddington St, Marylebone W1U 5QL

Named after the ancient Greek word for ‘delicacy’, OPSO celebrates the tastes, produce, and social-style dining of Greece. Focusing on both traditional and modern flavours, we select the very best…

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Monday - Tuesday 08:00 - 15:00
Wednesday - Friday 08:00 22:30
Saturday 10:00 - 22:30
Sunday 09:00 16:00

Nearest Station : Baker Street

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ARABICA BAR & KITCHEN

3 Rochester Walk, Borough SE1 9AF

A Convivial restaurant inspired by 1960’s Beirut and 21st century London, located in Borough Market. Arabica Food & Spice Company trade in their market stall, for bricks and mortar to launch…

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Monday - Saturday 11:00 - 23:30

Nearest Station : London Bridge

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CHICKEN SHOP & DIRTY BURGER

27A Mile End Road, Whitechapel E1 4TP

A bun’s throw from Whitechapel station, Dirty Burger serves sinful breakfast burgers and cheeseburgers with crinkle cut and onion fries. Bird fans are in luck, too: there’s a Chicken Shop…

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Monday - Friday 8:00 - 23:00
Saturday 09:00 - 23:00
Sunday 09:00 - 22:00

Nearest Station : Whitechapel

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BILBAO BERRIA

2 Lower Regent Street, Mayfair SW1Y 4LR

Bilbao Berria Pintxo Bar and Restaurant introduces the vibrant flavours of Northern Spain to central London. Bilbao Berria began in La plaza de la catedral, Barcelona in 1999 and since then…

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Monday - Sunday 12:00 - 00:00

Nearest Station : Piccadilly Circus

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MAY FAIR KITCHEN

Stratton Street, Mayfair W1J 8LT

Imagine a restaurant in the centre of London where the chefs have sourced every ingredient from the farmer, fisherman or grower who originally produced it. Even the salt. All part…

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Monday - Friday 06:30 - 22:30
Saturday - Sunday 07:30 - 22:30

Nearest Station : Green Park

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BLUES KITCHEN SHOREDITCH

134 Curtain Rd, Shoreditch EC2A 3AR

Our restaurant in Shoreditch serves up tasty Texan BBQ, from lunch through to late night dining & delicious brunch on the weekends. 

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Monday - Thursday 12:00 - 01:00
Friday - Saturday 12:00 - 03:00
Sunday 10:00 - 01:00

Nearest Station : Shoreditch High Street

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FERA AT CLARIDGES

49 Brook St, Mayfair W1K 4HR

Inspired by the constant changing of the seasons, Michelin-starred Fera at Claridge’s is a creative and natural take on modern British cuisine. Our name, the Latin word for ‘wild’, reflects…

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Monday - Sunday 12:00 - 22:00

Nearest Station : Bond Street

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PATTY & BUN CITY

22/23 Liverpool Street, City EC2M 7PD

Welcome to Patty & Bun. Passionate about the uktimate comfort food we aim to deliver a unique and truly memorable burger experience. Provenance of ingredients is essential - we use the…

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Mon - Wed 11.30 - 22:00
Thursday - Friday 11.30 - 23:00
Saturday 11.30 - 21:00
Sunday 11.30 - 18.30

Nearest Station : Liverpool Street

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KUROBUTA MARBLE ARCH

17-20 Kendal Street, Marble Arch W2 2AW

A modern Japanese restaurant from Asian Cuisine maestro, Scott Hallsworth. Photos By Paul Clarke Photography - facebook.com/paulclarkephoto

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Monday - Sunday 12:00 - 22:30

Nearest Station : Marble Arch

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TING

The Shard, Thomas Street, SE1 9RY

Ting, derived from the Chinese word for “living room”, is the collective name for the restaurant and lounge on level 35. Situated 128 metres above ground level, both areas offer…

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Monday - Sunday 06:30 - 23:30

Nearest Station : London Bridge

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BEAST

3 Chapel Place, London W1G 0BG

Come and learn the legend of The Beast, London's latest and most exclusive King Crab & Steak Restaurant. A unique fine dining experience. We serve a 3 course set menu for £75 per head &…

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Mon - Wed 17:30 - 22:00
Thursday - Friday 12:00 - 22:00
Saturday 17:30 - 22:00

Nearest Station : Bond Street

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TOTO'S

Walton House, Knightsbridge SW3 2JH

Toto's, a sophisticated Italian restaurant and bar in Knightsbridge, is set to open in a striking listed building on Walton Street. Named after the legendary Italian clown ‘Totò’, the restaurant…

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Monday - Sunday 12:00 - 23:00

Nearest Station : Knightsbridge

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TYPING ROOM

Patriot Square, Bethnal Green E2 9NF

Typing Room is located in East London’s Town Hall Hotel, built in 1910, and is named after the building’s original typing room in which all communications from the mayoral, council…

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Wed - Sat 12:00 - 22:30
Sunday 12:00 - 15:00

Nearest Station : Bethnal Green

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FISCHER'S

50 Marylebone High Street, W1U 5HN

Evocative of Vienna in the early twentieth century, Fischer’s is an informal, neighbourhood café and konditorei. It opens early for breakfast and continue. The classic Viennese café menu runs from breakfast…

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Monday - Saturday 08:00 - 23:00
Sunday 08:00 - 22:30

Nearest Station : Bond Street

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RIVEA

Bulgari Hotel, 171 Knightsbridge SW7 1DW

Inspired by the vibrant food markets in Italy and Provence, Rivea London offers French and Italian cuisine in a chic, convivial and relaxed setting. Head Chef Damien Leroux has spent more than 10…

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Monday -Sunday 12:00 - 22:30

Nearest Station : Knightsbridge

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PORKY'S BBQ BANKSIDE

18 New Globe Walk, Bankside SE1 9DR

Joy and Simon Brigg have always loved America. After years of road trips and excellent food, they decided to bring a taste of what they’d tried on their travels – in diners,…

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Monday - Thursday 12:00 - 22:00
Friday 12:00 - 23:00
Saturday 11:30 - 23:00
Sunday 11:30 - 22:00

Nearest Station : London Bridge

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HAWKSMOOR KNIGHTSBRIDGE

3 Yoeman's Row, Knightsbridge SW3 2AL

The newest addition to the fold, Hawksmoor Knightsbridge – with its glamorous Art Deco interior, is on Yeoman’s Row, just off Brompton Road between Knightsbridge’s iconic department stores, Harrods and…

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Monday - Thursday 12:00 - 23:30
Friday - Saturday 12:00 - 00:30
Sunday 12:00 - 23:30

Nearest Station : Knightsbridge

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CITY SOCIAL

Tower 42, City of London EC2N 1HQ

The City Social menu has been carefully crafted to complement the stunning views from Tower 42. Some seasonal signature dishes available include; English asparagus salad, pecorino cream cheese, soft poached…

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Monday - Saturday 12:00 - 22:30

Nearest Station : Liverpool Street

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CHICAGO RIB SHACK

Arch 642 Voltaire Road, Clapham SW4 6DH

Chicago Rib Shack, the iconic BBQ restaurant brand, has just opened its latest outlet in Clapham. This is the first venture as part of its new neighbourhood format which will see…

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Mon - Wed 08:00 - 00:00
Thursday - Friday 08:00 - 02:00
Saturday 09:00 - 02:00
Sunday 09:00 - 22:30

Nearest Station : Clapham North

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RED DOG SOUTH

27 - 31 Bedford Road, Clapham SW4 7SH

Barbeque grew up in the South of the USA where cooks learned to slow roast cuts of meat over fire pits to make them tender. Exposure to the smoke of…

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Monday - Saturday 12:00 - 23:00
Sunday 17:00 - 22:30

Nearest Station : Clapham North

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Explore London

BEAST OF BRIXTON

89B Acre Lane, Brixton SW2 5TN

TOM'S KITCHEN

1 Commodity Quay, London E1W 1AZ

PENNETHORNE'S

Somerset House - Strand, WC2R 1LA

MOTI MAHAL

45 Great Queen Street, Covent Garden WC2B 5AA

HOMESLICE FITZROVIA

52 Wells Street, Fitzrovia W1T 3PR

BARRAFINA

54 Frith Street, Soho W1D 4SL

ENGAWA

2 Ham Yard, Soho W1D 7DT

HO MODERN VIETNAMESE

55-59 Old Compton Street, Soho W1D 6HP