Best London Restaurant Openings of 2011

These guys have had a year to perfect their food; now's the time to try them


2011 was a great year for London food enthusiasts with an extraordinary number of new restaurants, a large proportion of which have been of excellent quality.

Click here for our guide to the best new London restaurants of 2011.

The last few weeks of 2011 saw a flurry of new restaurants that could be the ones to watch for 2012, but we thought it was too early to include them in the "best of 2011" list as they have not had enough time to establish themselves properly. The Delaunay, sister restaurant to The Wolseley from restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, has recently opened on the corner of Drury Lane and Aldwych. The restaurant is open seven days a week — until midnight from Monday to Saturday and 11 p.m. on Sunday — serving breakfast, afternoon tea, and à la carte lunch and dinner menus "inspired by the grand cafés of Europe."

Caprice Holdings has launched 34, a restaurant located just off Grosvenor Square in Mayfair. 34 is the group’s first restaurant launch and will add to its portfolio, which includes The Ivy, J Sheekey’s and Scott’s, one of Bon Vivant’s London favorites. The restaurant specializes in meats and seasonal game but also offers "lighter dishes, fish, and shellfish."

Kitchen Joel Antunes, a 95-seat restaurant with a 40-seat terrace, has opened at Embassy Mayfair, offering a Provençal-based menu from chef Joel Antunes, with a late license until 1:30 am.

— Emyr Thomas, JustLuxe

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