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The best 10 restaurants that opened in the last year

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Restaurants in London are always opening, whether they're pop-ups or new ventures from the biggest chefs on the scene. There are so many that it can be hard to keep track of. But in honour of the London Restaurant Festival going on throughout November, we've taken a look back at the hottest new restaurants in North, South, East, West and Central London that have opened within the past year.

Whether you're looking to splash out and celeb spot at the Chiltern Firehouse, experience some Peruvian cuisine, or just chow down on a hot dog, there's something for everyone, and all budgets here...

Pachamama, Marylebone

Pancha

Where is it? 18 Thayer Street, W1U

What's the story? This Peruvian-inspired restaurant and bar has just finished its soft launch and serves dishes inspired by Peruvian cuisine for a new take sort of sharing dishes found at restaurants like Wahaca, as well as cocktails made with pisco, South America's favourite spirit

What's the food like? There are a lot of seafood dishes, including the famous Peruvian cervice, as well as grilled specialities like anticuchos (barbequed meat)

How much does it cost? Mains start at around £7

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Chiltern Firehouse, Marylebone

Chiltern

Where is it? 1 Chiltern Street, W1U

What's the story? It's hard to believe it's been less than a year since the infamous Chiltern Firehouse opened, but Andre Balazs' restaurant has only been attracting celebrities to its luxurious decor and secret bar since February

What's the food like? French brasserie style dishes and cocktails. But with all that celebrity spotting to do, would that change whether you went or not?

How much does it cost? Mains start around £20

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Dirty Bones, Kensington

Dirty Bones

Where is it? 20 Kensington Church Street, W8

What's the story? Operating as a hotdog vendor during the day with an unassuming hatch, this no-bookings disciple of the fast-food-as-gourmet line of restaurants turns into a burger and hotdog restaurant by night

What's the food like? Meaty. Hotdogs are the speciality, but there's a collection of fried chicken, burgers and greasy sides to tend to your comfort food desires

How much does it cost? Mains start at around £7

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Pond, Dalston

Pond

Where is it? 3 Gillett Street, N16 8JH

What's the story? A Hawaiian restaurant hidden down a lane in Dalston in a Victorian warehouse - this new restaurant possibly could be too cool for school

What's the food like? Thankfully the cheery cocktail menu and delicious seafood dishes mean that the cool exterior is not just a front

How much does it cost? Mains start at around £11

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The Culpeper, Hackney

Culpeper

Where is it? 40, Commercial Street, E1

What's the story? Named after botanist Nicholas Culpeper, this pub focuses on sustainability with its own roof garden where it sources all its vegetables

What's the food like? Changing daily, depending on the availability of vegetables from the roof, it's a hearty, wholesome twist on pub classics

How much does it cost? Varying, but mains start around £13

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Land's End, Royal Victoria Dock

Where is it? Royal Victoria Dock, E16 

What's the story? A restaurant aboard a superyacht, Land's End is in the Sunborn Hotel, moored in London's Royal Victoria Docks

What's the food like? The menu mixes Mediterranean and Asian influences on classic British dishes

How much does it cost? Mains start from around £21

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Q Grill, Camden

Q

Where is it? 29-33 Chalk Farm Road, NW1

What's the story? The second comfort food inspired restaurant from former Ivy head chef Des McDonald, after his hit Fish and Chip Shop in Islington

What's the food like? Q specialises in BBQ and they do it well. Every type of meat imaginable is available, marinated in delicious sauces and served with hearty sides 

How much is it? Main start at around £11

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L’Amorosa, Hammersmith

Where is it? 278 King Street, W6

What's the story? After the success of Argentinian/New Zealand cafe/restaurant Lola and Simon, the cafe has been bought by Andy Needham who has previously headed up Italian restaurants and has revamped the menu

What's the food like? Sophisticated dishes Italian inspired dishes, including chicken, red meat, fish and pastas

How much does it cost? Mains start at around £10

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Spring, Somerset House

 

Somerset

Where is it? The living room area within the hallowed halls of Somerset House on the Strand

What's the story? Spring is the first solo venture from top chef Skye Gyngell, who has worked at Petersham Nurseries in the past

What's the food like? "Inspired by the seasons", Spring's menu will change daily, but are classic bistro dishes including grilled meat, pasta dishes and salads

How much does it cost? Mains start at around £25

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Fields, Clapham Common

Where is it? 2 Rookery Road, Clapham, SW4

What's the story? This is the second restaurant by the owners of the Balham cafe M1LK, located in the centre of Clapham Common

What's the food like? The menu operates as an all-day cafe, with speciality coffee but also wholesome, "creative and irreverant" dishes inspired by the surroundings, including "coal-grilled sausage bao, kewpie, pickled shallot & iceberg, and peat-smoked mutton & beans, garden herb butter & sourdough"

How much does it cost? Mains start around £15

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