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Rawduck to return to Hackney

16/4 - Updated with opening date and menu details.

Late last year saw the extremely unexpected closure of Rawduck as nearby excavations made the building they were housed in unsafe (and also delayed the launch of nearby Oslo into the bargain).

However the folks behind Rawduck, Clare Lattin & Rory McCoy, have now finalised plans to return to the area, moving closer to London Fields and taking…

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Soho Grind to open on Beak Street with basement speakeasy

We've been waiting to hear about a date for the opening of Soho Grind - the second coffee spot to follow on from the successful Shoreditch Grind spot. Now we've had confirmation that they'll be opening on Beak Street next month.

The Soho version will, like Shoreditch, be open all day and late night. But with a few new additions. On the coffee front there'll be a special custom blend developed for…

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Selfridges open their chocolate library

OK - so this actually opened a few weeks back, but since we've given up sweets for Lent it would have been too hard to write about the opening of Selfridges' spangly new Confectionery Hall any sooner. But now that Easter Sunday is in sight, we can dream about going mad in a trolley dash round the aisles of the 4000 square foot space the store is devoting to all things sweet.

What we like particul…

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Hard hat tour of the Shangri La hotel at The Shard

Who doesn't like getting a behind-the-scenes look, whether it's a restaurant, bar or hotel? So when Shangri-La asked us whether we'd like to take a hard hat tour of their new hotel at the Shard before it opened, we jumped at the chance.

We started off in the downstairs tea bar Lang which will open during the day serving up pastries and lighter meals but will close at 7pm to become a sort of holdi…

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Crab and chips for St George's Day at Aqua Shard


This fishy dish happens to be the main attraction at Aqua Shard's St George's Day offering. Available at both lunchtime and dinner on Wednesday 23rd April it's chef Anthony Garlando's take on fish and chips, using John Dory and Cornish crab in English beer batter parcels, with a caper, pickle and lemon salad and green pea ice cream.

And - if you're wondering - the crab couldn't be more impeccably…

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Fairground mixes food, drink, music & more from the people behind Street Feast

Launching this weekend is Fairground, the new project from Street Feast founder Dom Cools-Lartigue. Taking over a three floor disused office space in Haggerston, Fairground will not only be hosting some of London's best street food traders but will also feature live music, talks, and masterclasses over its 10 week residence.

Kicking off the food offering on the opening weekend will be Yu…

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London Wine Week planned for June by organisers of London Cocktail week

Connoisseurs, wine lovers and novices alike are being invited to take part in London Wine Week, the capital’s first dedicated week-long consumer event. The seven day celebration of London's restaurants, bars and wine merchants will run for a week from the 2nd til the 8th of June 2014.

The initiative has been launched by The London Wine Fair in partnership with the team behind London Cocktail Week…

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Polo Bar launches an Easter Scotch emu egg challenge

For Easter there are all manner of eggs going on the menu at Polo 24 hour bar in Bishopsgate. There's ostrich egg omelette, goose and duck eggs in the full English. But this magnificent beast, dwarfing the plate below, is the one you'll be really interested in.

 

This my friends is their emu scotch egg. It's currently available as a slice along with Branston pickle, baby leaf salad and sweet…

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Balcony dining and tarte tatin competition at this year's Galvin Festival of Food and Wine

Details for the second annual Galvin Festival of Food and Drink have just been released and Hot Dinners has had a sneak preview of what's being planned for this year's festivities.

The seven-day celebration runs across the company's seven restaurants, covering both London and Edinburgh and here's what this year's line-up looks like.

Monday 19 May

Mid-20th Century inspired dinner at Galvin at Windo…

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Bonnie Gull Seafood Cafe opening in Exmouth Market

Updated 9/4/13 with booking line info

We've had a lot more details come in about Bonnie Gull's second venture at Exmouth Market - now named Bonnie Gull Seafood Cafe. Their previous "seafood shack" has proven a hit in Fitzrovia, after making a name for itself with some successful popups and this second restaurant will be making its debut in April.

The Seafood Cafe is really embracing the idea of be…

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