New restaurant openings in 2014
Aside from being bursting with historic sites and exciting attractions, London is also famous for its world-class culinary offerings, with a huge range of top restaurants to be found across the city.
Award-winning chefs from across the world are continually relocating to the British capital to set up new eateries, and this year will be no different. A large number of restaurants are set to open their doors across the city over the coming 12 months, so there's certainly no danger of going hungry next time you're in town.
January, for example, will see the grand opening of Brooklyn Bowl at the O2 in North Greenwich, with this exciting new addition to the hugely popular leisure complex providing yet another reason to visit. Run by New York-based Blue Ribbon Restaurants Group, the eatery will form part of a chain that has taken the US by storm, and will be accompanied by a bowling alley.
The O2 is already home to a number of excellent attractions including cinemas, concert arenas and a variety of shops, and Brooklyn Bowl is sure to enhance the centre's appeal even further.
Iberian food, meanwhile, has been rising in popularity across the world at a meteoric rate over the past couple of years, and London's collection of top-class tapas restaurants is increasing all the time. This year will see a number of new Spanish establishments open their doors, with the likes of Barrafina in Covent Garden among those to be setting up shop in the capital.
One branch of the restaurant already exists in Soho, and this second venue is due to start welcoming diners in April.
In the same month, the UK's first Bubba Gump restaurant will be opening in the Trocadero. Based on the fictional shrimping company from the Oscar-winning movie Forest Gump, this seafood chain has become hugely popular across the pond since the film came out in 1994, and there have been calls for a London branch to be opened for several years.