Save the date for the hottest openings in London this November. We pick our favourites, and throw in a few exclusive interviews to keep an eye out for…

Breddos Tacos Taqueria: Best for Tacos and Mexican and Pocho Cuisine

Breddos Tacos

Breddos Tacos Taqueria

After four years in the London street food scene, Breddos Tacos is opening its first permanent Taqueria this November, with a menu focusing on regional Mexican and Pocho (Mexican-American) cuisine using the best of British produce.

What to Try: Some of the highlights on the menu are larger sharing dishes including beef Rib Birria, and Kung Pao Pork Belly Quesadillas. Look out for a continuation of the street food menus, with dishes like Sea Urchin Tostadas. Breddos Tacos open breakfast through to dinner, with daily changing lunch specials, so there’ll be lots to try!

Breddos Tacos | Sign up online to be first to hear about the soft launch | Read our interview with founders Nud and Chris here | Opening date TBC

SMOKESTAK: Best for Barbecue Feasting


Devour SMOKESTAK buns

The wood burning smoker is here to stay and will feature in the centre of SMOKESTAKS‘s new restaurant. Think meats, meats and more banging dishes on the menu.

What to Try: The classics will be on the menu including THAT USDA Brisket Bun and pickled red chilli and the Thick-cut Ribs and pickled cucumber. New dishes will include Smoked Girolles and beef dripping toast and Crispy Beef Shin and anchovy mayo. Smoked Cauliflower Cheese and Burnt End Beans and Brisket Ends will feature on the menu as sides. And to end it all? There will be a Pickled Blackberry Crumble served in cast iron dishes straight from the fire, or Toasted Oak Ice Cream, with butterscotch and smoked sea salt. This is one menu to look out for.

SMOKESTAK | Opens 1 November | Read more here

Lao Café: Best for Laotian food

Lao Café

Lao Café

Saiphin Moore and the team behind Rosa’s Thai Cafe will be launching Lao Café near Covent Garden, a permanent spot after their previous successful pop up at Gillingham Street. Born to a native Lao family in Thailand’s Phetchabun province, Saiphin will visit her roots and upbringing with traditional Lao salads, curries and chargrilled dishes.

What to Try: The Spicy Chicken Soup with Toasted Black Sesame is the perfect winter soup. Saiphin’s favourite is the Mixed Mushrooms Curry with Ant’s Eggs, great for the adventurous!

Lao Café | 60 Chandos Place, London WC2N 4HG | Opening date TBC | Read more here

London Shell Co.: Best for a Floating Restaurant Cruise

London Shell Co.

London Shell Co.

Seafood enthusiasts London Shell Co. are launching their first permanent, floating restaurant on the Regent’s Canal. Get ready for a menu packed with seasonal dishes, bespoke wine, cocktails all on the beautiful and intimate Prince Regent canal. London Shell Co. will be residing in Paddington and offering lunches and cruising dinners as part of a fun dining experience.

What to Eat: Celebrate seasonal produce with a focus primarily on seafood, partnered with a range of wines and cocktails. London Shell Co.’s autumnal menu will showcase the restaurant’s culinary ethos – expect locally and ethically sourced ingredients. From Morecambe Bay Oysters, Smoked Cod’s Roe and Burnt Leaks on Toast, to Home Cured Scottish Salmon with grapefruit, lime and orange and Bacon, Cockles and Laver Bread; there’s a lot to get excited about here. And dessert, who can say no to Baked Apple with toasted pecan?

London Shell Co. |

Little Feast: Best for a Magical English Winter Garden

Little Feast's English Garden

Little Feast’s English Garden

Little Feast are back for with a brand new, magical English Winter Garden theme, plus five new street food kitchens. Think Christmas trees, fairy lights and cosy vibes.

What to Eat: This English Winter Garden will host brand new street food kitchens, as well as some returning friends from last year’s Scandinavian winter wonderland. From La Bao, with their menu of five Gua Baos; to Claw’s famous crab burgers. Then there’s Cheeky Burger with their tasty burgers; Nanny Bills with their signature slow cooked beef and ale or pea, mint & feta croquettes; and Bull and Rancher with a churrasco BBQ feast.

Little Feast | Shepherd’s Bush Yard, Goldhawk Road, London, W12 8HA | Opens 4 November

Perilla: Best for Seasonal Dining



Ben Marks and Matt Emmerson are to open Perilla in Newington Green. Following two acclaimed residencies at Palm 2 in Clapton and Platform 1 in Dulwich last year, Perilla will combine refined, thoughtful cooking with relaxed, unpretentious surroundings.

What to Try: Drawing on his experiences working at Claridge’s, The Square, and Noma, Ben has devised a menu of seasonal dishes that reveals his modern interpretation of classic European ingredients including dishes such as Seaweed Bread brushed with Roasted Lamb Fat; Roast Kale with Cod Roe; Fried Duck Egg with Chopped Mussels and Parsley; and Cuttlefish Bolognese.

Perilla | 1-3 Green Lanes, Newington Green, N16 9BS | Opening 8 November

Temple & Sons: Best for British Produce and Classics

Temple & Sons

Temple & Sons

Jason Atherton and The Social Company will open the doors to Temple & Sons with a more casual approach to its neighbouring sister restaurant, City Social. Temple & Sons will champion British produce throughout.

What to Try: The restaurant will serve comforting and nostalgic dishes with a focus on innovation and flavour: dishes will include Wood-fired Pork Chop, with collar and crackling with sage and pine nut crumb and Whole Grilled Newlyn line-caught Turbot with pickled Cornish cockle and pork vinaigrette. On the ground floor you’ll find a deli and bar, with a menu inspired by a traditional British grocery store, complete with canned goods of smoked sardines in tomato, and snacks including game sausage roll, creamy mash and HP gravy. 

At night the deli transforms into a cocktail bar, with cocktails served in card milk cartons and sardine cans taking inspiration from traditional British provisions, such as Gentleman’s Relish – Bloody Mary with a bespoke Portobello Road gin distillate with Gentleman’s Relish and Worcestershire Sauce, and Golden Lyle – Lyle’s golden syrup, yellow chartreuse, Monkey Shoulder, cacao.

Don’t Miss: For dessert, the menu plays on British puddings including Vanilla Rice Pudding with homemade jams.

Temple & Sons | Tower 42, International Financial Centre, 22 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1HQ |
Opening 21 November

Pergola on the Roof: Best for a Nordic Winter Forest


Pergola on the Roof returns

From 3 November for seven weeks, Pergola on the Roof will transform the top of the Television Centre into an enchanting Nordic winter forest. Don’t worry, you won’t freeze as the venue will be redesigned as a warm and cosy spot with a clear-walled, weatherproof dome, so you’ll be protected from the elements.

What to Eat: Returning after a successful summer run, hot burger favourites Patty & Bun will take up their spot again, joined by three of London’s top foodie favourites. Head to Danish Restaurant Snaps & Rye, Spitalfields’ home-style, Indian kitchen Gunpowder, and creators of Middle-Eastern and Asian gourmet kebabs Le Bab.

Pergola on the Roof | Television Centre – Multi-storey Car Park, Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ | Opens 3 November Queen’s Ice & Bowl: Best for Festive Entertainment

Queen's ice and bowl

Re-opening its doors this November, Queen’s pay homage to ice skaters and bowling lovers of decades gone by. This is set to be a popular spot for ice skating, bowling and food. Did we mention there’s an ice rink as well as retro games including Pac-Man, Asteroids, Point Blank and Space Invaders for a touch of nostalgia? Get competitive over air hockey and table football.

What to Eat: Partnering with renowned chef Jimmy Garcia, Queen’s is set to open a quintessentially British diner. Feast on Parliamentary Pulled Pork – 18 hour slow roast braised BBQ pork shoulder, as well as a ‘build your own burger’ concept, Sticky Bangers, honey and mustard glazed Old Spot pork and apple sausages and Wing It, crispy chicken wings with mild green peppercorn, hot or super-hot sauce.

Queen’s Ice & Bowl | 17 Queensway, London, W2 4PQ | Opens 16 November

Cinnamon Bazaar: Best for Indian Discovery and Fusion


This is the brand new restaurant from Vivek Singh, Executive Chef of The Cinnamon Club, opening on Maiden Lane. This will feature an all-day dining concept mixing Indian heritage with urban London. Guests will feel be able to relax at any time of the day: eating, drinking or just meeting up with friends for a chat over a chai.

What to Eat: Dishes will draw inspiration and show how ‘global’ and ‘fusion-cooking’ isn’t something that only happens now; it’s happened for centuries. Try the chicken haleem connecting India to Iran, Kabuli kefta with tomato makhani sauce and Lahori chicken kadhai.

Cinnamon Bazaar | 28 Maiden Lane, London, WC2E 7JS | Don’t miss the Soft launch at the end of November. Sign up on their website for more information. 

The Otherist: Best for Cocktails

© Giles Christopher - Media Wisdom Photography Ltd - 2016

© Giles Christopher – Media Wisdom Photography Ltd – 2016

Corney & Barrow on Old Broad Street is about to get a makeover. The wine bar is being transformed into a stunning new bar and restaurant by experts Drake & Morgan – if you love The Anthologist, The Folly and The Fable, then this is your spot.

What to Try: Cocktails and hearty dishes and platters for sharing! The Otherist will bring a touch of glamour to the City´s drinking and dining scene with quirky design details, luxury finishes and pops of colour throughout the venue.

The Otherist | 111 Old Broad Street, London, EC2N 1AP | Opening TBC

Pilpel: Best for Falafel


This new spot in Aldgate is great for hungry city workers. These falafels are made to a secret recipe handed down to Pilpel founder and owner Uri Dinay by his grandfather who ran a falafel and houmous kiosk in Tel Aviv for over 60 years. Think crisp, fluffy falafels!

What to Eat: Choose from falafel in a warmed pita or salad box, both filled with shredded carrots, red cabbage, pickled cucumbers, jalapeños and crunchy onions plus a swish of homemade houmous. Next, add that little something extra in the form of aubergine, guacamole, feta, hard-boiled eggs and sundried tomatoes. Each delicious meal will be served drizzled with homemade tahini sauce and a smoky chilli sauce.

Pilpel | 60 Alie Street, London, E1 8PX

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