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Chuck's Clubhouse with pizza hatch planned for Earlham Street

Way back in the mists of time (aka the Eighties) Hot Dinners recalls Caspars Telephone Exchange, a bar down one of the side streets in Soho where the (pre-mobile phones) gimmick was a phone on every table so you could call up diners on other tables to chat them up. Now that idea's been resurrected in a new bar, Chuck's Clubhouse opening in Covent Garden this October.

Styled like the set of a colle…

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Friday round-up: Gizzi turns Spanish, FEAST is one year old & more

We're bursting to the seams with London food news - so here's an end-of-week run down of more news from the Capital...

Gizzi's Street Fiesta

Gizzi Erskine is taking over Street Feast this weekend at Dalston Yard, and she's got some of the best purveyors of Spanish food in London involved. Serving up small plates on Saturday will be Jose Pizarro, Morito, Salt Yard Group (Salt Yard, Dehesa and…

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Birthday menus for Galvin Bistrot and Cheyne Walk Brasserie

While a lot of what we feature on Hot Dinners celebrates the new - such as our Coming Soon page - it's always nice to talk about restaurants that have stood the test of time as well. And there are two such places in London which are celebrating their birthday by putting on a special menu with prices from the time they opened.

Celebrating their tenth anniversary next month is the Cheyne Walk B…

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Peckham Refreshment Rooms to run pop-up restaurant for London Design Festival

There's usually a few foodie goings-on to tie in with the London Design Festival and this years event is no exception. Design collaboration Wrong for Hay are teaming up with Peckham Refreshment Rooms to create a pop-up bar in St James.

The prohibition-style bar will be at the old St Stephen's Club - formerly a Tory members club in Queen Anne's Gate. They'll be serving up period cocktails, German b…

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Diners Union supperclub with a heart opens in Shoreditch

The bank holiday weekend may be over and there are months stretching out between now and the Christmas hols, so in an effort to make you all feel better, let us bring you the story behind new Shoreditch supperclub Diners Union. Truly it's a story to warm the cockles of your heart. We caught up with team member Cameron and threw a couple of questions his way to find out what distinguishes them from…

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Boulestin reopens in London on St James's Street

[27/8/13 - updated with soft launch details]

If the opening of a French restaurant in a posh part of London has people more than duly interested, it's because there's quite a history behind Boulestin.

The original Boulestin opened in Covent Garden in 1927 and was (yes, we looked it up on Wikipedia so you don't have to) one of the most expensive restaurants in the city at the time. Yet such was Bou…

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Butler's Wharf Blackout sees restaurants embrace candlelight

They all have great riverfront views, but next month four Thameside restaurants by Tower Bridge will go the extra mile to make the most of what diners can see from their tables.

As part of the Thames Festival (6-15th September) D&D’s Butler’s Wharf restaurants - Le Pont de La Tour, Cantina del Ponte, Blueprint Café and Butler’s Wharf Chophouse - will be taking part in a nightly electricity ‘bl…

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The first National Burger Day is imminent

Britain’s obsession with the burger is now official, with Tuesday 27th August being christened the nation’s first National Burger Day. Brainchild of Mr Hyde, the daily men’s lifestyle email, over 160 restaurants across the country are taking part, offering a 20% discount on burgers for one day only. 

As part of the celebrations, ice-cream specialist Sorbitium have created a burger flavoured i…

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Hawksmoor Fish & Chips, Tim Anderson does M1LK and more in our round-up

London's busier than ever and we've so much news about London's restaurants and dining scene that we'll be catching up with them all in our semi-regular Friday round-up. Here's what we discovered this Friday...

Hawksmoor do fish & chips

Hawksmoor are bringing fish & chips to the Air Street lunchtime menu from next week. According to them, we can expect "Dripping-fried Whiting, in batter th…

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Coal Vaults brings cocktail-heavy dining to Soho's Wardour Street

22/10/13 - Updated with lunchtime soft launch offer.

Tucked under the streets of Soho, Coal Vaults opening in September is a basement cocktail bar/restaurant. It's a collaboration between chef James Knox Boothman (previous at Grub at the Bethnal Green Working Men's Club), menu consultant Magnus Reid of Rooftop Café in Borough and owners Martyn ‘Simo’ Simpson and Felix Leuschner.

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