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Ikoyi West African restaurant to open in St James's Market

Previously showcased at Carousel, this is the latest restaurant to hit St James's Market. It's inspired by West African cuisine, adding a fine dining twist.

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Zala Levantine Grill opens in Camden Market

Opening today is a new spot in Camden Market, taking up on e of the units beside Kerb. Called Zala, it comes from Tomer Niv, formerly head chef at R’amas Kitchen in Jerusalem and who's also done stints at The Fat Duck and The Ledbury.

He's teamed up with his brother for the restaurant that will feature meze, Levantine pizzas (including Beef and Lamb Matbucha, pitas and grilled meats - all baked i…

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Llewelyn's brings Jamie's Fifteen alumnus to Herne Hill

A stellar front and back of house crew make this new Herne Hill neighbourhood restaurant worth checking out.…

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MEATliquor are opening in Queens Skate, Dine and Bowl

MEATliquor are coming to West London as they get ready to take over the kitchens at the recently revamped Queens Skate, Dine and Bowl. So if you fancy some burgers and cocktail to fuel that strike, they're the people to provide them. It's a huge old spot too - they'll seat 80 for dining, but the bar fits a huge 200. That's plenty of space to knock down a house grog or two. 

Otherwise expect the u…

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Trash Tiki's Iain Griffiths & Kelsey Ramage take charge of the drinks at The Curtain

It's not long now until big new Shoreditch hotel, The Curtain opens, bringing with it Marcus Samuelsson’s Red Rooster. And now we've news that the drinks should be just as special, led by Iain Griffiths and Kelsey Ramage.

Most recently in charge of the drinks at wastED this year, with their anti-waste Trash Tiki and both part of the Mr Lyan empire, they'll be in charge of drinks at the main resta…

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Model Market reopens in Lewisham with Nanban among new traders

And it's back. Good news for South London foodies as Model Market returns for the summer season, opening next weekend over the bank holiday.

On the trader front, there'll be the Lewisham stalwarts Mama’s Jerk, Mother Flipper and SE Cakery, alongside Street Feast regulars such as Up In My Grill, Mother Clucker, You Doughnut, Petare and INK.

But the best news is that there'll be two new traders thi…

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Prawn on the Lawn gets a lot bigger at its new Islington location

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Big news for lovers of Islington's Prawn on the Lawn, they're about to move into a much bigger spot - and it's just a short hop away from the original, taking over the spot where LeCoq used to be. 

If you're not familiar with Prawn on the Lawn, it's half fishmongers and half wine bar serving up cold bar seafood dishes. So, up until now. that means plenty of prawns, ceviche…

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A new Japan Centre with a huge food court is coming to London

Good news for fans of Japan Centre on Shaftesbury Avenue as they have a big new flagship store planned for Haymarket. Here's what we know about the place so far:

They'll have a Japanese food hall with a 100 seater courtyard. This will be evoking the feel of Japanese basement food halls - we've been to a couple in Tokyo and they are amazing - with lots of specialist food rooms as a part of that.

T…

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The Tapas Room hits Tooting from the Donostia Social Club

Specialist Basque sherries, vermouths and more with tapas-style nibbles on the side…

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Chin Chin Club brings nitrogen ice cream and cakes to Soho

If you've been to the original Chin Chin Lab in Camden, you'll already be very familiar with the made-in-front-of-you-with-nitrogen ice-crem delights that they have to offer. So you'll be VERY happy to know that they're expanding to Soho with a cake and ice-cream emporium.

While you'll still be able to watch them create your ice-cream from scratch (the flavours change every month), the new spot h…

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Carnaby Street Eat festival will be first time to try Darjeeling Express food

If you like being the first to try any new restaurant, you should make a date for the Carnaby Street Eat food festival this summer. The one day event has all manner of great food offerings planned, but it'll also be the first opportunity for Londoners to try dishes by Asma Khan’s Darjeeling Express, whose first permanent restaurant will open shortly afterwards in Carnaby’s Kingly Court, as well a…

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Sandia Chang's Chow Chow Chinese takeover of bubbledogs

Normally she's the one responsible for serving up the wonderful grower champagne at bubbledogs, but for a special one night event Sandia Chang is transforming the hot dog spot with a Chow Chow Chinese takeover.

Chang has come up with a 12 plate feasting menu of her favourite Chinese dishes, paired with a selection of grower Champagnes and sparkling wines. The blowout menu includes Taiwanese salt…

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Little Ghost is the latest residency to pop up at Birthdays in Dalston

The run of interesting residencies over at Birthdays in Dalston continues. If you were out of town over Easter you may have missed the opening of their latest one by Little Ghost. This street food turned pop up spot serves up Asian-inspired bagels, loaded fries and squid ink fried chicken. It's all very dark, in the best of ways.

The bagels come in two varieties, using charcoal or beetroot to tur…

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