The London Restaurants Now Taking Bookings
Lockdown has taken its toll on the hospitality industry, as London restaurants remained empty of the joy, bustle and plates that have made it one of the finest cities in the world for food... until now. With plans of a 17th May opening date available to those with social distancing measures in place, we want to share the London restaurants soon to be open and taking bookings.
*please note, opening scenarios will be dictated by both government and venue, so please stay safe, stay in contact with the restaurant you've been requested a table for and be conscious of the impact you have on people around you when leaving home for these bookings.
Located in Shepherd's Bush Market, The Hawk's Nest is a gorgeous outdoor bar and restaurant now taking booking from April onwards. Not only is it serving up swoon-worthy decor, but it's also keeping you watered and fed on cocktails, craft beer and gourmet pizzas.
This gorgeous wine bar can be found in the heart of South London, serving an innovative range of bottles that are just waiting to be sampled. Open from 17th May onwards, Diogenes The Dog will be pairing its unique finds with an assortment of small plates for the ultimate experience.
Near & Far is a cool and quirky Camden bar that's now taking bookings for May. Whether you're swinging by for bottomless brunch or dinner and drinks, this place has bold tropical interiors, summer cocktails and delicious Mexican street food that'll keep you sticking around for hours.
Searching for outdoor restaurants to book around Waterloo? Situated just behind the National Theatre, The Green Room is your go-to for pizza and small plates in a stunning setting. There's also a great cocktail menu if you fancy an afternoon aperitif in the sustainable garden.
Looking for restaurants to book in King's Cross? Drake and Morgan is a stylish choice, offering a quiet terrace, away from all the hustle and bustle, as well as a great menu of signature cocktail and European dishes.
Whether you're after a leisurely weekend brunch, a delicious dinner or a couple of after-work cocktails, The Exhibit has got you covered. The neighbourhood bar and restaurant is opening its terrace to guests from April onwards.
Located just a short walk away from Shoreditch, The Grapevine is an Italian restaurant serving up homemade pasta, hearty brunch dishes and a selection of fine wines. Head here early doors to enjoy freshly-brewed coffee and flakey pastries or stop by late at night for one of their acoustic evenings.
Get back to business is the most stylish manner and book yourself a spot at Regent Street's oh so swish Aqua Kyoto. The rooftop sushi restaurant is now taking bookings for both their outdoor terrace in April and their gorgeous indoor dining room for May.
From wild brunches to a sun-soaked summer terrace, the flatmates at Little Blue Door are back in business from 17th May, bringing you safe spaces alongside must-try cocktails, delicious bites and one hell of an atmosphere.
Looking for some of London's best brunch plates? The Daisy Green Collection are now taking bookings, serving up delicious Aussie plates and cocktails across the city. Head to this Heddon Street staple (or its Soho sister) to see what all the fuss is about.
The Piano Works Farringdon will be back in business this spring with yet more incredible live music, gourmet cuisine and free-flowing drinks. Call in for a boozy brunch or head here in the evening, with the soundtrack being dedicated by guests throughout.
Looking for chilled out places to eat after lockdown? Head to Belgravia where The Thomas Cubitt is bringing its farm to fork ethos to life through stuffed courgette flower, beer-marinated aubergine burgers and White Park beef tartare paired with bone marrow.
Located in the heart of Covent Garden, Monmouth Kitchen will be reopening its doors just in time for September. Head here to tuck into a fusion of Italian and Peruvian cuisine, with plates such as Pan-fried Salmon with Calabrian Chilli Salsa and Sea Bass Ceviche.
Rotunda is a stylish Kings Cross restaurant with an outdoor dining space that's literally on the canal. Soak up the first few rays of summer as you delve into a meat-filled menu of succulent steaks, Sunday roasts and plenty more, all washed down with signature cocktails.
London's best boat bar is back to bring a much-needed slice of summer to Hackney Wick. Head over to their canalside mooring for the chance to sun yourself in their newly-refurbished garden space, or take to the deck for Sunday roasts and espresso martinis.
Specialists in all things chicken, this Kingly Court gem is a great shout for your first meal back. Sourcing all its ingredients from ethical suppliers, Whyte & Brown is dishing up everything from burgers and goujons to wings and brunch bites, making for some seriously delicious comfort food.
Looking to book into a restaurant near London Bridge? Tanner and Co are rolling up drinks, dinner and events into one vibrant space. Head to the Bermondsey spot for the chance to tuck into classic burgers, Sunday roasts and bottomless brunches in a unique setting.
Overlooking the Grand Union canal, Smith's Bar & Grill is a buzzing restaurant now taking bookings in West London. Hunker down beside the water in the sprawling outdoor space and check out their signature European dishes in a quirky, flower-filled setting.
Boasting some of the best views in London, Aviary is bound to be in high demand when things open up again. Book a table on this rooftop restaurant and prepare for a memorable evening of botanical cocktails and delicious food.
Your first date night back? Make it special with an evening at Vagabond. An enchanting wine bar, and one of the most romantic places to eat and drink outside in London, this stunner is serving up 100 different bottles and a number of delicious small plates.
100 Wardour Street has a reputation for its buzzing bottomless brunches, epic live music and mouth-watering menu of modern European cuisine. Located in the heart of Soho it's the perfect place to kick off a night in the West End or dance 'til the early hours.
Looking for places to book now for drinks in South London? Tequila Mockingbird is a Tooting gem that's renowned for its signature sips and intimate party vibe. Pull up a chair under the glowing neon signs and dive into their menu, with daily happy hours from 5pm until 8pm.
One of Covent Garden's most iconic restaurants, Tuttons is back open for business this summer. Head down to their market-adjacent plot for the chance to tuck into a delicious menu of classic European fare while taking in the sights of Central London.
Back with more of their mouthwatering pan-Asian eats this season, Inamo is whipping up a world of good stuff again, served in style and washed down with refreshing cocktails. Head over to their Covent Garden location for all your dining out needs, from family dinners to fun date nights.
Taking pride of place opposite the Thames on London's Bankside, The Swan Restaurant & Bar is part of Shakespeare's Globe theatre with a menu of classic British food and drink. Book yourself into this Central London eatery and make the most of all it has to offer this summer.
One of the best restaurants in London to book now, The Southbank BBQ Club is back for another season of DIY cooking and riverside views. Head over to the outdoor eatery for the chance to grill up your very own dinner with tips and tricks from the pros.
You can get your fix of tortillas, burritos and frozen margaritas sooner than you thought as DF Tacos is now taking bookings. The Shoreditch restaurant is chomping at the bit to welcome you back to its stylish Mexican haunt for a truly delicious night that's worth the wait.
Make your first meal out after lockdown a return to all things British with The Ship. Sat alongside the water with their own traditional pub restaurant, enjoy classic dishes as the venue re-opens to diners this coming spring and summer.
Remember what it felt like to chow down on egg-topped cachapas, delicious arepas and tres leches with mojitos and Venezuelan-style sours to wash it all down? Arepa & Co is turning that memory into a reality as the Haggerston hangout returns this month.
Located in the heart of Angel, The Chapel Bar is a characterful bar and restaurant, boasting bags of charm and one of North London's best value bottomless brunches. Enjoy two gourmet courses of Italian cuisine accompanied by two hours of booze, all for less than £40.
A restaurant London knows all too well for its stunning interiors, potted cacti and gorgeous outdoor dining scenario, No.197 Chiswick Fire Station are back taking bookings from May, so don't miss out on your chance to join them on their return.