New Restaurant & Bar Openings in London | October 2017

If you’re looking for the newest places in town to grab a bite to eat, look no further. As always there are some amazing new restaurant and bar openings in the Capital but we are particularly impressed by the wide variety of cuisines on offer this month. From a Bahrain inspired restaurant in Chelsea to a specialist ramen eatery in Southwark, you’ll find it hard not to try something new.

Villa Mama’s
Bahrain restaurant in Chelsea

Japanese restaurant in Mayfair

Vietnamese restaurant in Notting Hill

Gul and Sepoy
Food inspired by the Royal Courts of North India

Catalan restaurant in Soho

Casual dining French restaurant in Fitzrovia

Fodder at Platform 1
Restaurant in residence, serving wild, seasonal British food

Il Tetto
Italian restaurant on the roof of Selfridges

Mexican restaurant in Soho

Specialist ramen restaurant in Southwark

Orange Buffalo
Buffalo wing street food trader in residency in Hoxton

Oded Oren
Oded Oren in residence at Borough Wines & Beers in Islington

Modern British restaurant and bar in Battersea that’s had a recent spruce

The Kitchens
Collection of restaurants serving street food in Old Spitalfields Market

Hand roll sushi kiosk in Soho

Bleecker Bloomberg
A third site for burger restaurant

Killer Tomato
Taco and burrito restaurant in Portobello Road

The Ethicurean
Modern British restaurant in residence at The Gardening Society on the rooftop of John Lewis

A burger maker in residence in Marylebone

Smoking Goat
Thai restaurant Smoking Goat in Shoreditch

If you are interested in working for some of London’s finest new restaurant and bar openings, get in touch with us as we have some amazing job opportunities available.

Whether you are looking for a permanent job or some temporary work to earn extra cash before Christmas, we can help you find the right role. Submit your CV or call us on 02079236021 to discuss our available hospitality jobs in London.

New Year Predictions for the Hospitality Industry

Although we don’t have a crystal ball to help us see what the year ahead has install for us, we like to think that our ties within the hospitality industry gives us some kind of insight. Here is what we think you can expect.



The UK has so far successfully weathered the Brexit blast and shown continued growth. We predict that this is likely to continue into 2017. There are likely to be many surprises as Britain enters the New Year, not only in terms of Brexit but also as the global economy adjusts with both a new direction in leadership from the US and other European countries anticipating potential fundamental changes in leadership.

From a recruitment perspective, we anticipate that the market will remain positive but difficult, with a shortage of talent in many key roles such as head chef jobs. While this would become much harder if there is to be a hard Brexit our prediction is that the government will steer a more moderate course, and that we will continue to see a strong influx of employees from the EU.

While 2017 will be governed by uncertainty, and there are many economic factors working against the hospitality sector, there are also several positive factors which will enable the industry overall to thrive.

Hospitality Recruitment Tips for The New Year

We don’t need to tell you that there is a huge shortage of talent within the hospitality industry, pretty much every publication you open these days will have some shocking statistic that showcases this shortfall. A common trend within the hospitality recruitment industry is to leave hiring needs to later in the year just before things really pick up for the spring and summer months. However this can be a tricky business, as for obvious reasons, the demand for staff in general increases and good talent then becomes in short supply.

To get ahead of the hiring curve in 2017 and ensure you secure the best talent, we encourage clients to think about hiring earlier in the year. Yes, it may mean you have to pay an extra month or two of wages but it will also mean you have an established team in place by the time things really get busy. It will also ensure that you have more candidates to choose from and are able to hire the right fit for your business ahead of your competitors. Of course this mainly applies to senior hires such as Head Chef jobs or General Manager jobs, as it is this level of talent that is very difficult to come by.

Another tip we’d like to offer those looking to hire hospitality staff in 2017 is to create a recruitment framework and share this with your chosen hospitality recruitment agency. This enables us to line up relevant talent for the months you plan to secure staff and ensure you get “first choice”.

We’d like to wish everyone a huge amount of success in 2017, may it be a very busy and exciting year for you all and we very much look forward to working with many of you again soon.

Interested in hiring hospitality staff in 2017?

For more information about hospitality recruitment in London or abroad, feel free to give us a call on 0044 (0)207 923 6021 or email us on We will happily pop down to meet with you and your team and discuss your recruitment requirements for the New Year.

5 things to do for Halloween

As the scariest holiday of the year approaches, we’ve rustled up a list of the best things to do in London this Halloween. Whether you’re a tricker or a treater there’s sure to be something that’ll tickle your fancy.

Or perhaps you can’t be asked to do anything this Halloween and instead you want to spend the weekend updating your CV and looking for a new job? If this is the case, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Change hospitality recruitment agency in London, we are always looking to speak to talented people who are looking for Hospitality jobs or jobs in the Luxury sector.

101 restaurants in London you HAVE to try

For all the foodies out there, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite restaurants in London. We’ve included everything from Michelin Star restaurants, chef tables and fine dining to our favourite local bistros and corner cafes.

If you’re sitting there scratching your head pondering why we made a list of 101 restaurants rather than a nice round number, don’t over-think it! The truth is we battled to cap it at 101 because let’s be fair, London’s culinary offering is so vastly exceptional. But hey, we had to draw the line somewhere so we’ve settled on the list below. Perhaps in a few months’ time we’ll compile a new list to keep you updated, as there are new restaurant openings popping up all over the Capital every month.

For those who love to try new places, prepare to be wowed by those in chef jobs at these amazing eateries. And if you’re anything like us, you’ll be copying and pasting this list onto your notes app, ready for the next time you need dining inspiration.

So without further ado and in alphabetical order (we couldn’t possibly pick a favourite)…

  1. 10 Greek Street
  2. 40 Maltby Street
  3. A Wong
  4. Amaya
  5. Ametsa by Arzak Instruction
  6. Antico Restaurant
  7. Antidote
  8. Balls & Company
  9. Bao
  10. Bar Boulud
  11. Barrafina
  12. Marcus at the Berkeley Hotel
  13. Berners Tavern
  14. Brawn
  15. Ceviche
  16. Chiltern Firehouse
  17. Chutney Mary
  18. City Social
  19. Clarke’s
  20. Copita
  21. Coya
  22. Dabbous
  23. Dean Street Townhouse
  24. Dinings
  25. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
  26. Dishoom King’s Cross
  27. Duck & Waffle
  28. Dysart Arms
  29. Elliot’s
  30. Ember Yard
  31. Fera at Claridge’s
  32. Fischer’s
  33. Five Fields
  34. Galvin at Windows
  35. Grainstore
  36. Gymkhana
  37. Hakkasan Mayfair
  38. Harwood Arms
  39. Hawksmoor Air Street
  40. Hedone
  41. Hibiscus
  42. Honey & Co
  43. J Sheekey
  44. Kitchen Table at Bubbledogs
  45. Kitty Fisher’s
  46. Koffmanns
  47. La Trompette
  48. Lardo
  49. Le Gavroche
  50. Little Social
  51. Lyle’s
  52. Mac & Wild
  53. Marianne
  54. MEATLiquor
  55. Medlar
  56. Momo
  57. Murano
  58. Naughty Piglets
  59. Oldroyd
  60. Ottolenghi
  61. Otto’s
  62. Palomar
  63. Pidgin
  64. Pitt Cue
  65. Pizarro
  66. Pollen Street Social
  67. Polpo
  68. Portland
  69. Providores and the Tapa Room
  70. Quo Vadis
  71. Restaurant Gordon Ramsay
  72. Restaurant Story
  73. Rochelle Canteen
  74. Roka
  75. Scott’s
  76. Shoe Shop
  77. Sketch
  78. Snaps & Rye
  79. Social Eating House
  80. St John
  81. Sushi Tetsu
  82. Taberna Do Mercado
  83. Terroirs
  84. Texture
  85. The Dairy
  86. The Ledbury
  87. The Manor
  88. The Modern Pantry
  89. The Orange
  90. The Palomar
  91. The Quality Chop House
  92. The Richmond
  93. The River Café
  94. The Shed
  95. The Square
  96. The Typing Room
  97. The Wolseley
  98. Wild Honey
  99. Yashin Sushi
  100. Yauatcha
  101. Zucca

What’s your number? Tweet us @Changehsp and tell us how many of the restaurants on our list you’ve been too?

Equally, if you think there’s a particularly special restaurant we’ve left off the list, please let us know!

The Change Group is a luxury support and hospitality recruitment agency in London. If you are currently looking for a chef job or a front of house job in London, get in touch with us. We have a number of fantastic hospitality jobs available, many of which are working at restaurants like the ones listed.

New Openings June 2015

If there’s one thing London offers us, its choice when it comes to eating out. Each month we see countless new restaurants and bars opening up and we thought you might like some help deciphering which are “must tries”.


LOBOS Meat & Tapas Bar
Who holds the Head Chef job: Roberto Castro
What to except: Lobos, the Spanish word for wolves, will leave you howling with delight from the prime cuts of Iberico pig on offer.
Vibe: A moody cave offering casual dining and fresh produce thanks to its proximity to Borough Market.

Camino Tapas Bankside
Who holds the Executive Chef job: Nacho Del Campo
What to expect: Authentic Spanish tapas washed down with equally Spanish craft beers, largers or a glass of cava.
Vibe: Casual bar style tapas with a south-facing terrace for the sunnier days.


Who holds the Head Chef job: JP Tanti
What to except: Any type of egg served any kind of way, and if eggs aren’t your thing, their experimental chicken wings are sure to tantalize your taste buds.
Vibe: Many a joke about what came first, the chicken or the egg.

British Fair

Balans Kensington High Street
What to except: Indulgence is the name of the game.
Vibe: Quirky décor (there’s a tree in the middle of the back dining room) with brasserie style British dishes.


Balls & Company
Who hold the Head Chef job: Bonny Porter
What to expect: Meatballs, meatballs and more meatballs!
Vibe: Sharing plates in Soho made from only the very best ingredients.


Who holds the Executive Chef job: Jordan Sclare
What to except: Exceptional seafood with a focus on sustainability.
Vibe: Seafood tanks and a menu full of coastal charm.


Egg Break
Who holds the Executive Chef job: we’re not entirely sure just yet
What to except: details are few and far between but we hear eggs and baps will be a main feature on the menu.
Vibe: We presume it’ll reflect a similar style to Hubbard & Bell and Chicken Shop in the Holborn Hoxton Hotel as Ennismore and Soho House have once again joined forces.


Café Murano
Who holds the Head Chef job: Richard Lloyd
What to except: An all Italian restaurant, food, wine and décor!
Vibe: Based in Covent Garden, this will be a popular spot for theatre-goers and tourists passing by, as well as, London foodies.

What makes a great restaurant? Some say the décor, the ambiance or the location but for us it’s all about those in hospitality jobs. With so much choice of places to eat out in London, finding the right people to fill your restaurant’s chef jobs could be the difference between being a good restaurant and being a great one.

If you are interested in speaking to Change about Hospitality Recruitment in London, please get in touch. We cover the following hospitality jobs in London:

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