If you want to get there before anyone else, our guide to the coolest new openings in 2014 will tell you what’s coming, where it is and when it opens so that you get to claim your table at some of the most exclusive, unusual and top of the to-do list eateries in the capital before anyone else you know has managed to Instagram their main course.

Q Grill

Opening in mid-March, the easy to remember Q Grill is a treat for anyone who loves good old fashioned soul food – a Deep South themed barbecue style restaurant which doesn’t stand too much on ceremony.  It’s opening in Camden with a menu that covers old style dishes such as battered shrimp, as well as burnt-end meat balls and pecan wood-roasted chicken. If you’re a fan of all things meaty, charred, smoked or raw, you’ll love it.

The 150 seat restaurant has been designed by Alexander Waterworth Interiors who worked on Kerbisher and Malt and is expected to resemble a distinctive Southern American bar.

The Clink

Make as many jokes as you like about prison food, but the Clink is one of three restaurants set up by HMP Brixton, following The Clink’s Five Step Programme which aims to educate prisoners and give them the skills they need to find work once they leave prison. HMP Brixton was featured in the Gordon Ramsay’s ‘Gordon Behind Bars’ TV programme.

brixton prison clink restaurant

The three-story, 100 seat training restaurant will be open for business at the end of February 2014, and will also cater for business meetings and working lunches. The menu is likely to feature a seasonal selection of British dishes.

Barrafina Covent Garden

Tapas lovers are waiting for the second Barrafina to open in Covent Garden with baited breath and a hungry look. The menu of classic and contemporary tapas should be enough to tempt anyone – and the word is that the two storey restaurant will be serving up some completely new dishes (inspired by the new Josper oven installed in the kitchen?) as well as some of the favourites from Barrafina in Soho.

There will be a first come, first serve, no reservations policy, a selection of drinks and nibbles to choose from while you wait, and a fashionable open kitchen. Look out for news of the opening, which is currently scheduled for April 2014.


Coming to Marylebone High Street this springand inspired by 20th century Vienna, Chris Corbin and Jeremy King of Rex Restaurant Associates are launching another intriguing another eatery. Details have been kept to a minimum, deliberately, we expect, to create interest…and we’re certainly interested.

The duo, which were also behind The Wolesely and The Delaney are promising, “an informal, neighbourhood café and konditorei” which will be open early for breakfast and will serve food and drinks until late in the evening.

20 Fenchurch Street

Dinner with a fabulous 360-degree view will be on offer from mid-2014 over three storeys of this impressive 37 storey building. Along with the three food areas, including a champagne and canapé bar on the 35th floor, a brasserie on floor 36 and a seafood bar and grill the next floor up, the plans also include an indoor room called the Sky Garden.

Heston Blumethal is said to be involved with the project, and the catering is overseen by catering company rhubarb, who also look after the food for the Royal Albert Hall, and Bond & Brook in Fenwicks. Look forward to an April 2014 opening and some ‘events’ too.

Written by Barry James,. who works for commercial catering repairs company Carlton Services.