Restaurants to Watch in 2024

The new openings in London and Surrey that should be on your radar for this year

Josephine, Fulham

Claude and Lucy Bosi are set to bring a taste of Lyon to south west London with their new brasserie, Josephine, due to open early this year. The venture is inspired by Claude’s formative years in Lyon. It will feature all the charm of a traditional bouchon, with regional specialities and bistro classics.

Freak Scene Sushi and Grill, Balham

Australian Scott Hallsworth (former head chef of Nobu), has an exciting new restaurant in Balham opening 1 February (soft launch from 18 Jan). Freak Scene started as a pop-up in Farringdon before moving to Soho, where it thrived until the pandemic hit. It found a new home in Parson’s Green last year. The Balham menu will focus on sushi and robata grills.

Scott Hallsworth (c) David Loftus

Butcher’s Tap And Grill, Chelsea

Tom Kerridge’s new opening aims to combine the convivial appeal of the classic boozer with a meat-focussed menu, offering prime cuts from top suppliers. It’s open now and we can’t wait to head there to try one of the fabulous steaks.

Read our interview with Tom about the project here.

Butcher’s Tap And Grill, Chelsea

Botanica Hall, Clapham Junction

Recently opened in Grade-II listed former department store Arding & Hobbs, Botanica Hall offers coal-fired pizzas and sharing plates. There’s a vodka and gin distillery, too.

Botanica Hall - photo MariellLindHansen
Botanica Hall – photo Mariell Lind Hansen

Akira Back, Mandarin Oriental

One of London’s most anticipated openings this year, Akira Back at the Mandarin Oriental is the first UK outpost for the acclaimed chef. His food brings together Japanese and Korean influences and you can expect a range of creative and beautiful dishes in a dramatic setting.

Akira Back, Mandarin Oriental

Dishoom, Battersea

The success story that is Dishoom has opened in south west London with an outpost at Battersea Power Station offering cool ‘retro-futuristic’ design. Dishoom, inspired by the Irani cafes of Bombay, offers everything from breakfast right through to late night tipples.

Sam’s Waterside, TW8

Restaurateur Sam Harrison continues his expansion across West London with the opening late last year of Sam’s Waterside at The Brentford Project. Sam’s other ventures include Michelin-listed Sam’s Riverside in Hammersmith. Sam’s Waterside features his popular take on a modern British menu with a focus on artisan suppliers.

Sam’s Waterside

The OWO: Endo and Langosteria

The transformation of the landmark Old War Office building has seen the opening of Raffles hotel, luxury private residences, and a host of restaurants and bars. Causing much excitement is the promise of Endo Kazutoshi’s new rooftop restaurant this year. There will also be a ground floor sake bar.

Langosteria is set to join The OWO later this year, offering Italian fine dining.

The Garden, Cobham

Ashley Palmer-Watts is transforming an historic walled garden in Surrey into a lifestyle destination. Ashley, who worked for the Fat Duck Group for over 20 years and won two Michelin stars at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, will create a restaurant, wine bar and café on the site, with rooms to follow. The restaurant is set to open in the spring.

Brooke, Clapham

Head to Abbeville Road for elevated British dining at newcomer Brooke from Eamonn Manson, the restaurateur behind Brooke House, The Brown Cow and The Sands End. It’s a relaxed yet elegant spot where you can enjoy the likes of roast duck or loin of venison.

Read our review of Brooke.

Brooke, Clapham

The Brown Dog, Barnes

Dating back to 1898, The Brown Dog still retains some of its original features. It is a welcoming spot and has just had a big refurb courtesy of its new owners – which include F1 driver David Coulthard. It aims to be inclusive to all, is dog and child friendly, and there are traditional roasts on Sundays.

The Brown Dog

bobochacha, Wimbledon

The popular pan-Asian joint bobochacha in Tooting has opened in Wimbledon, and you can pop in for anything from tempura and dim sum to sushi and curries.

The Waterman’s Arms, Barnes

Opening last September, The Waterman’s Arms has caused quite a stir and is set to be a hot table for this year. Expect a seasonal menu of elevated British classics in a convivial atmosphere with a glorious view of the Thames.

The Waterman’s Arms

tashas, Battersea

South African cafe group tashas has come to the UK with a location in Battersea Power Station. There’s a host of top breakfast dishes and some dinner-time nibbles to enjoy in a very pretty interior.