Forget Paris, New York or even Rome. When it comes to food and drink, London is the undisputed champion. Last year, National Geographic named London the best city in the world for food and drink. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a seafood restaurant or amazing Sri Lanka cuisine, the restaurants in London have what you need.
But how did London manage to usurp such titans of modern food? It’s the variety available that sets London apart from the rest of the world. From Covent Garden to London Bridge, Oxford Street to Shoreditch, London is alive with culinary delights and exciting experiences — and that wealth of experiences is always growing.
In this blog, Banks Sadler explores the best new restaurants London in 2020 has to offer. Our goal is to help your business find the ultimate location amongst the newest London restaurants for events, parties and other professional gatherings.
The Connaught Grill
The Connaught Grill in the heart of Mayfair is one of the most exciting new restaurants to be opening in London for 2020. A world-class addition to the Connaught Hotel, this high-end location is all about style and sophistication. With decorated chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten at the helm, The Connaught Grill reopens in 2020 to much fanfare and anticipation. A distinct and refined affair, The Connaught Grill is more than accommodating of special occasions, including business events and get-togethers. A quiet, cutaway and exclusive venue, this restaurant presents an opportunity to make a personal impact that leaves a lasting impression.
Chyna, Canary Wharf
Alan Yau, Michelin star head chef and founder of the national Wagamama’s restaurant chain is back in the City and looking to make an impact with an enticing new restaurant for London in 2020. Chyna sits on the ground floor of London’s well-known Canary Wharf district and boasts an open-plan terrace that offers spectacular panoramic views of the South Dock. Inspired by Cantonese cooking with a flair for British seafood, this fusion restaurant claims to be a Chinese version of the famed Italian River Café, known for being one of London’s best restaurants. A formal dining space, it’s the perfect place to impress business guests.
Established by Chef Atul Kochhar, Mathura is a new London restaurant for 2020 set to open in Westminster early this year. Inspired by the Indian city of the same name, Mathura will provide diners with exceptional insight into true Indian cuisine. The restaurant itself has been converted from Westminster’s former fire station, offering vast spaces to seat up to 200 hungry guests. Meanwhile, the head chef of Mathura is a multi-Michelin star success story famed for Indian cooking skills, setting this up to be one of the best places for Indian food in all of London. As with Chef Atul Kochhar’s other London restaurants, there’ll be plenty of options and flexibility for hosting one-of-a-kind events.
Theatre Royal, Drury Lane Restaurant
The brain-child of British theatre legend Andrew Lloyd Webber and his business partner, restaurateur Richard Caring, the as-yet-unnamed restaurant for the Theatre Royal on Drury Lane is guaranteed to pique anyone’s interest. Part of a massive £60 million renovation project, this new lease of life to the centuries-old theatre will bring a spark of creative culinary flair to one of London’s most well-known cultural landmarks. As of January 2020, details about the new launch are scant, other than we’ll likely see this new restaurant for London 2020 open in the autumn. Webber has a track record for success when it comes to the restaurant business, however. His addition of Other Naughty Piglets to his theatre in Brixton went down a storm, so we can only assume this completely original concept will be just as attractive. Expect sophisticated culinary offerings and fine dining experiences to impress during small business gatherings and private corporate occasions.
Le Cordon Bleu
Those familiar with the culinary arts world will know the name, Le Cordon Bleu. The legendary school of cooking has over 100-years of prestige and passion in the world of French food. During its time as a cornerstone of London’s food scene, the school has produced countless high-calibre chefs — but this year, it aims to offer up something a little different in the form of one of the most exciting restaurant openings in London for 2020. The chefs of this restaurant will chop and change with the top-performing members of the culinary school, each having a chance to put their spin on the menu. This arrangement means diners can expect to experience high levels of creativity and experimental food choices — all with a traditional French touch, of course. This is not the first restaurant Le Cordon Bleu has opened, with high-rated venues throughout the world, including Canada, Peru and Japan. With other Le Cordon Bleu restaurants always providing suitable opportunities for private dining and corporate experiences, this will be a fantastic place for business events when it opens in 2020.
Noble Rot Soho
To finish off our list of the best restaurants in London in 2020, we end in what many would consider the hub of the modern British food scene: Soho. Known for its trendsetting ways, this vibrant area of London is famed for attracting the very latest cultural hits and experiences. The Noble Rot, an award-winning restaurant located in Bloomsbury, seeks to be part of the Soho cultural revolution as it joins the scene by opening its second London restaurant this year. The Noble Rot is known for being an exclusive and inclusive London food experience, with attention to detail in its personal touches and making guests feel like they’re members of a first-class dining club. The team goes the extra mile for their guests, which creates the perfect atmosphere for impressive business meetings and private parties. Now, the team behind the Bloomsbury space bring their expertise to Soho, as they take over the historic Gay Hussar on Greek Street. Promising to retain the prestige and charm of the current venue, The Noble Rot will add its spin to the location, bringing new culinary experiences and flavours, while paying homage to the restaurant’s original Hungarian roots.
Want to get involved with these new restaurants in London 2020? Inspired to set up a dinner event or special occasion? Events management company and experts in business event planning, Banks Sadler, can help you arrange everything. Get in touch with our specialist team today and we’ll make sure you are some of the first diners through the door.