NewsTop restaurants that are re-opening in July and beyond

July 2, 20200
Many restaurants in England re-opened on 4 July, with more opening each day. These restaurants are among the most popular with tourists, says Sarah Riches



This Michelin-starred Indian in Belgravia is in the same dining group as Chutney Mary and Veeraswamy.


This Latin American restaurant on Berkley Square re-opened on 4 July with a nightly resident DJ – and 1,000 hopefuls on its reservation list.

Covid-19 measures include digital menus, masks and gloves for staff and hand sanitiser everywhere you look.


This regional Italian known for its pasta re-opened its Golden Square branch on 28 July. Bancone Covent Garden is currently closed. Groups of up to four are welcome.


Make a reservation at this Spanish tapas restaurant in Coal Drops Yard behind King’s Cross. The Soho branch is also open again.


Indian fans can head to this restaurant in Mayfair, which is Halal-certified.

Bentley’s Seafood and Oyster Bar

Richard Corrigan’s Mayfair restaurant is planning to renovate and re-open on 1 October.


Now you can sit in the large garden terrace at the back of this modern European restaurant.

New safety measures are in place. These include: wellness checks, new shift patterns and personal protective equipment for staff; fewer staff; a new, more spacious restaurant layout; electronic menus and contactless payments.


This Italian in Mayfair benefits from being spacious.

Boisdale of Belgravia

This Scottish restaurant has re-opened with live music. Strict measures are in place. There will no singing, dancing or wind instruments, the music will be quiet enough for conversation, musicians will have their temperature checked and be 1.5 metres apart from themselves, diners and staff.

Bombay Palace

This Indian near Hyde Park is asking guests to answer a short questionnaire on arrival, and staff wear face masks and wash their hands every 20 minutes.

The restaurant is also sanitising cutlery with a UV-C germicidal lamp, while crockery is washed at high temperatures in an automated machine.

Bone Daddies

All branches of this Japanese ramen chain are re-opening.

The Botanist Sloane Square

This bar and restaurant has a pavement for drinkers.

Brasserie of Light

This restaurant inside Selfridges & Co is employing thermal cameras to check the temperature of staff. It has also fitted air filtration unit which kill 99 per cent of MRSA and H1N1 viruses which are related to the coronavirus.

Brasserie of Light
Brasserie Zedel

Oh la la! This Parisian-style brasserie re-opened on 4 July. It has some pavement seating.

Brasserie Zedel

This restaurant by Bank is going for a phased return. The Terrace is already open for dining and taking same-day bookings from 9am. Book now for Blighters bar, which re-opens on 15 July.

Brunswick House

Jackson Boxer’s restaurant in Vauxhall is taking private dinner bookings now and provisional bookings for private events from August. It is operating with reduced seating.


This Middle Eastern restaurant in Spitalfields is re-opening with a set menu only.


The Bankside and King’s Cross branches of this Spanish restaurant are opening with new seasonal additions to the menu.


As an old grain store in Granary Square behind King’s Cross, this venue benefits from being spacious inside and out.

Casa do Frango

The London Bridge and Shoreditch branches of this Portuguese tapas restaurant have all re-opened. The Shoreditch branch benefits from a large outdoor terrace.

Casa Pastor

…Is serving Mexican food again in Coal Drops Yard, behind King’s Cross.

Casse Croute and Pique Nique

Call ahead to pre-book Hervé Durochat’s two French restaurants in Bermondsey.

Cecconi’s Mayfair

Order handmade pasta or seafood at this restaurant, which has some pavement seating.

Champagne & Oyster Bar

Caviar, oysters and Champagne are back on the menu at this restaurant by Caviar House and Prunier inside Selfridges & Co.

The Cheese Bar

The Camden branch of this restaurant is operating with reduced capacity. Staff wear face coverings.


Both the Mayfair and Knightsbridge branches of this Japanese restaurant have re-opened.

Chutney Mary

This Indian restaurant in Mayfair is accepting reservations.

Chutney Mary
Cinnamon Kitchen

This Battersea restaurant is the first of Vivek Singh’s venues to reopen. The others will soon follow: Cinnamon Club (10 Jul); Cinnamon Kitchen City (17 Jul) and Cinnamon Bazaar (24 Jul).

Circolo Popolare

The outdoor terrace at this Italian in Fitzrovia is its main draw.


Just like the cafes in Paris, this French café in Chelsea has some pavement seating. It re-opened on 4 July.

Coq d’Argent

There are new opening hours at this French restaurant in the City. It re-opened the restaurant, grill, bar and terrace on 4 July. Terrace tables can’t be booked.

New safety measures include: wellness checks, new shift patterns and personal protective equipment for staff; fewer staff; a new, more spacious restaurant layout; electronic menus and contactless payments.

Coq d’Argent
Core by Clare Smyth

The UK’s only female chef with three Michelin stars heads up this Notting Hill restaurant.


Try Peruvian cuisine in Mayfair. Coya has re-opened with a new look.

Dalloway Terrace

A retractable roof means fresh air for guests in this Bloomsbury conservatory.

Dalloway Terrace

Daphne’s in Kensington has introduced air filtration units and thermal cameras for temperature checks.


The people behind The Dairy have expanded the outside terrace of this oyster bar and grill in Vauxhall.

Delamina and Delamina East

The husband and wife team Limor and Amir Chen are behind these Middle Eastern restaurants in Marylebone and Shoreditch.

Safety measures include reducing capacity, recording the temperature of staff and providing them with face coverings, and increasing times between sittings to allow for more vigorous cleaning.

Diners must provide contact details which will be stored for 21 days, use single-use menus and cutlery and pay with a contactless method.

Dinings SW3

This Japanese restaurant in Chelsea re-opened on 4 July.


Contemporary Indian cuisine returns to Shoreditch, King’s Cross and Carnaby on 10 July.

The Drapers Arms

This gastropub in Islington has revamped its seating plans, reduced its menu and will be doing a deep clean each day. Contactless cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay are encouraged.

Duck & Waffle

This European restaurant on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower has re-opened with new dishes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a weekend brunch.

Staff wear face masks and new gloves for every guest interaction. They also have their temperatures checked daily.

Tables, booths, chairs, menus and card machines are sanitised between each use, and tables are only set once guests have sat down.

The lift is limited to four guests at a time, and diners must pay without using cash.

Duck Soup

Enjoy European dishes and natural wine at this venue in Soho, which has a new socially distanced bar area.

E L& N London

This bubblegum pink café has re-opened on the fourth floor of Selfridge’s & Co.


This grand Viennese café has re-opened.

Safety measures include reducing capacity, recording the temperature of staff and providing them with face coverings, and increasing times between sittings to allow for more vigorous cleaning. Diners are encouraged to pay with a contactless method.


Make the most of Folie’s new summer terrace by Golden Square in Soho.

Fortnum & Mason

The grand Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon has re-opened in this department store. To celebrate, order one classic afternoon tea and another member of your group will be served one for free.

A traditional Scotch egg from Fortnum & Mason
The Fortnum’s Bar & Restaurant

This venue re-opened with a reduced menu on 6 July in the courtyard of The Royal Exchange in the City. Tables are one metre apart.

From 13 July, diners within a 4km radius can also order through a Supper London app.

Frog by Adam Handling

The dry ice and petals have been ordered because Adam Handling’s flagship restaurant is re-opening in Covent Garden on 1 August.

Galvin at Windows

This French restaurant, on the 28th floor of London Hilton on Park Lane in Mayfair, re-opens on 1 August. Its 10 Degrees bar has already re-opened.


This Argentinian steakhouse is re-opening branches in Broadgate, Canary Wharf, Hampstead, Piccadilly, Richmond, Sloane Avenue and Tower Bridge.

The German Gymnasium

New changes at this German-Austrian restaurant behind King’s Cross include: wellness checks, new shift patterns and personal protective equipment for staff; fewer staff; a new, more spacious restaurant layout; electronic menus and contactless payments.

The Gilbert Scott 

Good news! Walk-ins are welcome at Marcus Wareing’s British restaurant inside St Pancras Renaissance Hotel, once it re-opens on 1 August. it will initially be open for dinner on Wednesdays, lunch and dinner Thursday to Saturday and throughout Sunday.

Safety measures include temperature checks for staff, a one-way system, digital menus and contactless payments. The cloakroom will not be open, and cutlery will be served with your meal.


This 70s’ style Italian restaurant and wine bar in Shoreditch has re-opened with reduced capacity.


This steakhouse in Mayfair has re-opened.

The Grand Duchess and The Prince Regent

London Shell Co’s permanently moored seafood restaurant, The Grand Duchess, re-opened on 4 July. The Prince Regent meanwhile begins cruises on 10 July. Both are in Paddington.

The Grand Duchess

This Indian restaurant closed earlier in 2020 because of a fire, re-opened, then closed again because of Covid-19. It re-opens on 28 July, with a new cocktail menu.

Its ground and lower ground floor are open for reservations, while its private dining vaults are available on request. 

Diners are asked to leave contact details so they can be traced in the event on an outbreak.

Other safety measures include staggered shift times for staff, new layouts, single-use or digital menus and a preference for contactless payments.


Steak fans can visit the Borough now, Seven Dials in Covent Garden on 21 July, Spitalfields on 24 July, Air Street by Piccadilly Circus on 28 July, Knightsbridge on 31 July and Guildhall on 1 September.

Helene Darroze at the Connaught

This hotel restaurant in Mayfair, with two Michelin stars, opens its doors again on 14 July.


Ollie Dabbous’ Above and Ground restaurants in Mayfair have re-opened.


The Wogan brothers’ pizza joint re-opened branches in Marylebone, Shoreditch, White City and the City. Pre-book, as seats are limited.


Sri Lankan hoppers are back on the table at the King’s Cross branch of Hoppers. The Marylebone branch is due to re-open on 22 July.


The courtyard of this brasserie in Mayfair has been transformed into an English country garden for the summer.

Its comeback plan is among the most thorough in London – its objectives run to 11 pages on its website. The measures include staff completing a health questionnaire each day and washing their hands and surfaces every 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, diners are requested to leave their contact details and pay with a contactless card or Apple Pay. Condiments and cutlery are brought to the table only when the food is served and menus with reduced items are single-use.

The Ivy

The Ivy Soho, The Ivy Asia – City and The Ivy Chelsea Garden, which does indeed have a large garden, have all re-opened.  

The Ivy – Cornish lamb © David Griffen

This luxury Indian near Berkeley Square in Mayfair is re-opening on 11 July.

Jean-Georges at The Connaught

This hotel restaurant by Jean-Georges Vongerichten has re-opened.


Atul Kochhar’s fine dining Indian restaurant has re-opened.

Kitty Fisher’s

This Mayfair restaurant returns with a new menu, outside space, some tables on the ground floor and takeaway options.


This Sri Lankan restaurant in Soho has alfresco seating.


Kricket’s Brixton and White City branches have re-opened, serving Indian-inspired small plates.


Rohit Ghai’s luxury Indian menu is back for sit-down meals in a townhouse in Chelsea.

La Poule au Pot

This rustic French restaurant opened in the 1960s in Belgravia. La Poule au Pot is now re-open and it has pavement seating.

Outside La Poule au Pot
The Laughing Heart

Head chef Tom Anglesea has created a fixed menu at this contemporary British restaurant in Hackney. No late-night offering is available.

Le Pont de la Tour

This riverside restaurant benefits from terrace seating with views of Tower Bridge.

Thorough Covid-19 measures include: wellness checks, new shift patterns and personal protective equipment for staff; fewer staff; a new, more spacious restaurant layout; electronic menus and contactless payments.

Le Pont de la Tour
The Lighterman

This three-storey British restaurant behind King’s Cross benefits from a large outdoor area overlooking the canal.

Lina Stores

The Soho and King’s Cross branches of this Italian restaurant have both re-opened. The latter features a new terrace.

Locanda Locatelli

Giorgio Locatelli’s Michelin-starred hotel restaurant has re-opened. The Italian in Marylebone feature two metre social distancing, screens, disposable or online menus and staff in masks or visors.


Also known as La Petite Maison, this French restaurant in Mayfair benefits from a terrace.

Lucky Cat

Gordon Ramsay’s has re-opened his Asian restaurant in Mayfair. The chef’s table can be booked for up to six guests.

M Restaurants

The steak and raw bar restaurants M Threadneedle St and M Victoria have both re-opened. The latter opens for outdoor drinks only.


This Soho Italian champions nose-to-tail cooking, so nothing is wasted. It serves regional cuisine, particularly from around Rome and Naples. Sample dishes might include pig head fritti or chicken liver parfait. It re-opened on 23 July (Thur-Sat).

Masala Zone

The Soho, Covent Garden, Islington, Camden and Earl’s Court branches of this Indian restaurant have re-opened with reduced seating, menus and opening hours. Staff have their temperatures checked daily. Meanwhile, the branch inside Selfridges & Co will open at a later date.

String hopper seafood biryani at Masala Zone Soho

Angela Hartnett’s Michelin-star Italian restaurant will re-open its doors in Mayfair on 4 August.


This French restaurant and wine bar in Fitzrovia has new opening hours (dinner Wed; lunch and dinner Thur-Sun).


There are two restaurants, one Asian, one Italian, at this Mayfair venue. It also has a bar. Reservations are encouraged.

Nutshell London

Nutshell in Soho continues to put a modern spin on Iranian cuisine.


Jackson Boxer’s seafood restaurant in Notting Hill has reduced capacity and is taking bookings.

Ormer Mayfair

TV’s Great British Menu 2020 finalist Kerth Gumbs has re-opened this British restaurant.


Pachamama Central in Marylebone re-opened on 4 July, while Pachamama East in Shoreditch re-open on 8 July. Both serve Peruvian cuisine.


Padella’s Shoreditch and Borough Market branches are both now serving pasta. The latter has an extra 40 seats.


This Spanish restaurant benefits from an outdoor terrace in Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross.


British chef Stevie Parle is making pasta again for the Soho and Westfield branches.

Petersham Nurseries

The Richmond branch has extended its hours and is re-open already. The Covent Garden branch meanwhile re-opens on 9 July.

Petersham Nurseries – Richmond
Plaza Pastor

Go for Mexican at this restaurant in Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross. It has more space between tables and a reduced menu. Nervous diners can sit on the covered, heated terrace.

Pollen Street Social and Social Eating House 

The celebrity chef Jason Atherton is re-opening his Michelin-star British restaurant Pollen Street Social in Mayfair on 1 August.

The chef’s Michelin-star Social Eating House will re-open on the same date in Soho. Social Eating House will participate in the Government’s Eat Out to Help Out scheme, meaning you can enjoy £10 off per person when dining there every Tuesday or Wednesday throughout August.

It also means you can enjoy the restaurant’s prix fixe menu during lunch and 6pm-6.30pm for £18 per person for three courses or £12 for two courses.

Staff will have their temperatures checked on each shift and will cover their faces, while contactless payments are encouraged.

Atherton’s City Social is scheduled to re-open in September.


The team behind The Quality Chop House is re-opening this Michelin-starred British restaurant in Fitzrovia on 29 July.


This Michelin star restaurant, inside St James’ Court, London, is re-opening on 9 July. It serves dishes influenced by India’s south west coast in a spacious dining area.

Curry and rice at Quilon
The Ritz

John Williams returns to the kitchen in this Michelin-starred hotel restaurant from 27 July.

Rochelle Canteen

Margot Henderson and Melanie Arnold’s restaurant in Hackney is back. It is currently only taking reservations for its terrace. Tables of two to four get 90 minutes, while groups of four to six have two hours.


Yotam Ottolenghi’s Rovi in Soho has re-opened.


Dine on seafood on Scott’s pavement terrace.

Sea Containers London

This hotel restaurant will re-open on August 1 (Wed-Sun). Its riverside terrace will serve Laurent-Perrier Champagne.

Meanwhile, Sea Containers London’s bedrooms will re-open on 15 August.

Staff will wear personal protective equipment and will welcome guests from behind glass screens. Other new measures include: digital menus, contactless payments only and limited capacity throughout, including in the lift.

Sexy Fish

Groups of up to six are encouraged to make reservations at this sushi restaurant in Mayfair.

Sexy Fish © Mark Brumell

This Shoreditch joint re-opens with a barbecue menu only – no grill, stove or oven dishes. There will be no seats at the bar and no communal seating, although the terrace will be in use. It will continue to be closed Mon-Tue for the time being.


Victor Garvey’s Californian restaurant in Soho has also re-opened.

Sophie’s Chelsea

…Is all set. It’s been deep cleaned, there is hand sanitiser everywhere, capacity has been reduced by 30 per cent and booking times will be staggered. Staff are encouraged to cycle to work. They will also have their temperatures checked daily.

St John

This British restaurant in Clerkenwell and its sister venue St John Bread & Wine in Shoreditch will both re-open on 29 July. You must leave your credit card details when booking. Your card will be charged £20 per head in the event of a no-show.


The Covent Garden branch has already re-opened; however, the Heron Tower branch remains closed.


Only the Selfridges & Co, Stratford and Haggerston branches have re-opened, serving the usual ramen and gyoza.


This Italian in Islington – the sister restaurant to Padella – is open. Capacity is reduced on both floors. Pre-book.


Close to the Saatchi Gallery, this restaurant in Chelsea is making the most of its terrace.


Dating back to 1926, this Indian restaurant survived World War II and it is surviving Covid-19, too. It’s taking reservations.

Vinegar Yard

This street food market and beer garden by London Bridge has re-opened with bookings and table service.

Vinegar Yard © Haydon Perrior

The King’s Cross and Chiswick branches re-opened first, and now Marylebone, City and Farringdon have joined them.

The Wolseley

This grand brasserie has re-opened.

Patisserie trolley at The Wolseley

The Mandrake hotel has re-opened its South American restaurant, Yopo, as well as the adjoining leafy terrace, Jumera.


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