11 New Things Coming to Edinburgh in 2022

04 April 2022

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Never one to rest on its laurels, Edinburgh is constantly evolving and in 2022 you can expect to see new places to wine & dine, new hotels to rest in after a busy day sightseeing and new events to inspire, amaze and enthral you.

So, let’s explore some of the new things coming to Edinburgh this year and start planning what to do first!

Hotels

You want somewhere comfortable to lay your head after a day’s sightseeing and shopping in Edinburgh, and the good news there’s a variety of places to choose from. In 2022 many old buildings are taking on a new lease of life as they open their doors as deluxe hotels – why not book now and be one of their first guests!

1. Gleneagles Townhouse

Gleneagles Townhouse Members Room

For the first time in its 96-year history, iconic sporting & country estate, Gleneagles, is expanding its brand beyond the Perthshire hills to open a vibrant new townhouse hotel in Edinburgh. Gleneagles Townhouse will be opening in spring 2022 and will be home to a 33-bedroom hotel, an all-day restaurant, lively member’s club and rooftop bar.

Located in one of the city’s most historic buildings on St Andrew Square (previously home to the British Linen Bank which later became the Bank of Scotland), guests can expect timeless charm mixed with all of today’s necessities. Original fireplaces and panelling have been reimagined with fresh colours whilst maintaining their authentic features and modern artworks by local Scottish artists complements antique lighting, ornate cornicing, stone columns, ornamental gold details, original vaults and floor tiles.

In the centre of the old banking hall, all-day restaurant, The Spence will feature a locally-sourced menu, serving breakfast, lunch and three-course dinner; while roof terrace bar, Lamplighters will be serving up a seasonally rotating, locally inspired list of cocktails, local whiskies, beers, spirits, and wine.

 

2. The W Edinburgh Hotel

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With stylish guestrooms, stunning suites and an Extreme Wow Suite (the W brand’s interpretation of the Presidential Suite), The W Edinburgh Hotel is due to open in winter 2022.

Situated in the heart of St James Quarter, which opened in the summer of 2021, this 12-storey hotel will offer a vibrant environment for both guests and locals.

The hotel’s rooftop spaces will also feature a lively destination bar, chef’s table and outdoor terrace, offering guests stunning 360-degree panoramic views of the city’s skyline.

And for guests that really want to switch off, AWAY® Spa will offer W Edinburgh’s signature health and lifestyle experiences. Guests will also be treated to the brand’s iconic Whatever/Whenever® service philosophy that promises whatever they want, whenever they want it!

 

3. Virgin Hotel Edinburgh

 Virgin Hotel Edinburgh Commons Club

The first Virgin Hotel in the UK and across Europe opens its doors in Edinburgh in spring 2022.

Housed within India Buildings, a mid 19th century building on the city’s popular Victoria Street, the hotel will retain many of the buildings original features, as well as featuring some stunning new designs.

The hotel will have 222 Chambers and several dining and drinking outlets, including the brand’s flagship space, Commons Club.

 

4. 100 Princes Street Hotel

Its first hotel in Scotland, The Red Carnation Hotel Collection is opening 100 Princes Street in Edinburgh in June 2022.

Paying homage to the buildings rich history (in the 19th century it was Dejay’s Hotel, then later Windsor Hotel, before becoming The Royal Over-Seas League in 1929), the building will have original features alongside modern touches, including a central staircase with hand-painted mural inspired by the adventures of several great Scottish explorers.

This small but perfectly formed hotel will have 30 guest rooms & suites and will focus on service with an "anything, anytime" approach.

 

Dining

Whatever your tastes and budget, there’s somewhere in Edinburgh to suit all appetites. Satisfy your hunger at these new eateries, coming to the city in 2022.

 

5. Duck & Waffle

They already have restaurants in London and Hong Kong, and in 2022 Duck & Waffle are due to open in Edinburgh, their first UK restaurant outside of London.

Located on level 4 of St James Quarter, with a terrace overlooking the entrance, Duck & Waffle are known for their inspired take on traditional British cuisine with broad European influences emphasizing local, rustic, seasonal and sustainable ingredients. With dishes that are designed for sampling and sharing, it’s the perfect place for catching up with family and friends.

6. KORA by Tom Kitchin

The latest restaurant from the team behind the city’s popular venues, The Kitchin and The Scran & Scallie, KORA by Tom Kitchin is due to open in the city's Bruntsfield area in spring 2022. 

Known in Greek mythology as the ‘Goddess of spring, flowers and vegetation’, the name KORA symbolises Chef Tom Kitchin’s deep-rooted passion for working with the seasons and using only the freshest produce available, aligned to his ‘From Nature to Plate’ ethos.

 

7. SUSHISAMBA

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Celebrating the culture and cuisine of Japan, Brazil and Peru, fusion restaurant SUSHISAMBA will open its doors in St James Quarter in 2022.

Occupying the rooftop levels of the centre’s W Edinburgh Hotel, the chain also has restaurants in London, Las Vegas and Dubai.

 

Sport

Muirfield Golf Course

Scotland is widely known as The Home of Golf (the first recorded rules of the game were created by the golfers playing at Edinburgh’s Leith Links in 1744), so it’s no surprise that some of the world’s greatest golfing tournaments take place here.

 

8. AIG Women's Open

One of the sport's most successful Major Championships, and possibly the biggest event in women's golf, The AIG Women's Open is being staged at the iconic Muirfield Golf Club in East Lothian in August 2022.

Stunning images of this historic golf course, 20 miles from Edinburgh, will be beamed to a global audience as golf fans get the chance to watch the world's best female golfers compete for this highly sought-after major title.

 

Theatre

Kings Theatre Montage Credit James Oliver BW And Keith Hunter Colour (Image Credit James Oliver BW And Keith Hunter Colour)

Comedy, ballet, drama, musicals – for a small city, Edinburgh certainly punches above its weight when it comes to staging spectacular shows.

Here’s just a snapshot of some of the stellar shows coming to the city in 2022.

 

9. Disney's The Lion King

Be transported to the majesty of the Serengeti Plains as Disney's The Lion King comes to town in June 2022.

Based on the smash hit 1994 Disney animated film of the same name, Edinburgh is the only Scottish stop on the UK tour, so be sure to book your tickets now.

10. Sunshine On Leith

Set against the upbeat music of The Proclaimers, Sunshine on Leith tells the heart-warming story of Davy and Ally, two soldiers from Edinburgh returning to their hometown and experiencing the joys and heartache that punctuate all relationships.

Featuring the smash hits, I’m On My Way, Letter from America, I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles) and of course the title song, Sunshine on Leith, catch it at the King’s Theatre in June.

11. South Pacific

South Pacific, the dramatic love story set on a South Pacific island during World War II, arrives in Edinburgh in October.

Warming up the start of the winter, the lavish production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s classic features a full orchestra.

From shows and exhibitions to tours and festivals, find more events taking place in Edinburgh in our What’s On Guide >