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Exclusive: Gizzi Erskine and Judy Joo head up Girrls behind the Grills at Meatopia

As if the marvellous festival of meat that is Meatopia isn't enough to lure you to the Docklands this September we've just heard of an all woman-line up that help you decide to fork out for the weekend ticket.

The self-titled ‘Girrls behind the Grills’ consists of Selin Kiazim (ex-Kopapa), Gizzi Erskine (food writer and chef), Judy Joo (author, TV personality and Exec Chef of Jinjuu, opening later…

Read more: Exclusive: Gizzi Erskine and Judy Joo head up Girrls behind the Grills at Meatopia

Giorgio and Plaxy Locatelli to launch Pizza Locadeli pop-up in Marylebone

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He has one of the best Italian restaurants in London with Locanda Locatelli but that's definitely more of a a special occasion place for most folk. So now Giorgio Locatelli is trying his hand with his wife Plaxy Locatelli at more casual dining fare with a three week-long pizza pop-up, Pizza Locadeli, in Marylebone. As the couple used to be patrons of Spiga, one of London’s fi…

Read more: Giorgio and Plaxy Locatelli to launch Pizza Locadeli pop-up in Marylebone

All-day restaurant Eelbrook comes to Fulham

A new all-day restaurant is coming to Fulham. Eelbrook (named after its location on Eel Brook Common).

Chef Brett Barnes will be putting together a menu that mixes British ingredients with European and North African influences.…

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Polo 24 Hour Bar opens new first floor cafe and a private bar

A lot has changed in London in recent years when it comes to places to eat into the wee small hours. One of the oldest kids on the block, Liverpool Street's Polo 24 Hour Bar recently expanded upwards, adding two more floors to its operation.

They've just opened a first floor café/bar (having taken over an old pawnbrokers) where they'll be serving a selection of classic items from the main menu. A…

Read more: Polo 24 Hour Bar opens new first floor cafe and a private bar

Abacus bar reborn as Forge

A new bar and restaurant opened in the City over the weekend as Forge (formerly Abacus near Bank) mixes booze, BBQ and rotisserie. It's a big old space, combining a large bar space with a restaurant too. 

The menu covers

  • Starters inc Tempura soft shell crab with Confit new season potatoes, soy and sesame sauce (£8.50) amd 
  • Mains from "the Pit" inc Coca cola glazed ribs (£15 with ch…

Read more: Abacus bar reborn as Forge

Cafe Kaizen cafe, bar and club opens on Hanover Square

Opening next week on Hanover Square is Cafe Kaizen. Taking over the space formerly occupied by Jalouse nightclub, they're billing it as a new concept for Mayfair, bringing East London's energy into the West End and tying it in with some New York-style cocktail culture and Japanese food.

Open from 3pm to 3am, there's an indoor marketplace for bright young designers, a cafe & juice bar, cocktail…

Read more: Cafe Kaizen cafe, bar and club opens on Hanover Square

Hawksmoor heads to Manchester for their next restaurant

Manchester is about to get another big-name restaurant as one of London's finest, Hawksmoor (who have only just launched Hawksmoor Knightsbridge - pictured), are set to open there next year.

They're opening in the Courthouse in the centre of town and, as Huw Gott says, "We love opening restaurants in heritage buildings, and the Courthouse is a beautiful late Victorian building. I hope we…

Read more: Hawksmoor heads to Manchester for their next restaurant

Byron Burger Club's third night will be a Patty Meltdown

Tickets for the third Byron Burger Club night are going on sale tomorrow for a one day only event in Spitalfields which sounds like a doozy. Byron’s Head Chef Fred Smith will be serving up his own take on the Patty Melt - described as a "mutant offspring of a cheese toastie and a hamburger".

Fred's version will consist of two slices of buttered rye bread with caraway seeds sandwiching a loosely-g…

Read more: Byron Burger Club's third night will be a Patty Meltdown

End of the road for One Leicester Street

The hotel and restaurant formerly known as St John Chinatown, which went into receivership before becoming One Leicester Street when the restaurant was sold to hotelier Loh Lik Peng last year, has now been sold once more.

In a press release issued today, the Unlisted Collection revealed that they have now sold the property to Honky Tonk who run American diner-style restaurants in Clapham and Chels…

Read more: End of the road for One Leicester Street

17 London restaurant wine lists recognised in inaugural World's Best Wine Lists awards

7There's nothing but good news at the moment for Londoners looking for restaurants with great wine lists. Just days after the prestigious Wine Spectator awarded Clos Maggiore its coveted Grand Award, comes news that the city's wine lists have also been recognised by World of Fine magazine.

The magazine has just released the results of its inaugural World's Best Wine Lists. A prestigious panel of j…

Read more: 17 London restaurant wine lists recognised in inaugural World's Best Wine Lists awards

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