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Boustead & Bidois pops-up in Islington from an Opera Tavern and Ten Bells chef

What: Boustead & Bidois

In a nutshell: Chris Boustead teams up with Tim Bidois to bring classic British fare to Highbury Corner.

Summing it all up: Former Opera Tavern chef will bring his considerable experience to a new collaboration with Tim Bidois, a chef from New Zealand. The pop-up will see dishes like potted rabbit and pig, or rolled spring lamb appearing in Islington’s Nanna's.

Read more: Boustead & Bidois pops-up in Islington from an Opera Tavern and Ten Bells chef

Patty & Bun burgers are coming to Notting Hill

What: Patty & Bun 

In a nutshell: The popular burger spot comes to Notting Hill

Summing it all up: They've been launching burger joints across town, but this is the first time that Patty & Bun have headed out west. Expect the usual fave burgers, a bar and more.…

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Mind officially blown - we check out Dan Barber's wastED popup at Selfridges

Blue Hill at Stone Barns chef Dan Barber brings his food waste pop-up to London. We went to check it out.…

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Stoke House comes to Victoria, a self-service carvery with upmarket twist

A Hot Dinners exclusive

What: Stoke House

In a nutshell: Pick and mix locally-sourced meat and seasonal sides.

Summing it all up: Nova Victoria’s latest announcement is Stoke House, an upmarket carvery where meat is cooked in the wood fire smoker, there’s an in-house salad wall and you pay for your food according to weight.…

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Nanny Bill's at The Shop in brings mac and cheese croquettes, burgers and more to Kensal Rise

What: Nanny Bill’s at The Shop

In a nutshell: Hand-pressed burgers, sides and croquettes galore from the food truck’s first kitchen takeover.

Summing it all up: After successful stints in Brixton, Hackney and Shepherd’s Bush, Nanny Bill’s is heading northwest to The Shop in Kensal Rise, bringing with them loads of croquettes, burgers and croquette-topped burgers - as well as a vegan burger.…

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Nobu Hotel Shoreditch (plus restaurant) is opening in London

What: Nobu Hotel Shoreditch

In a nutshell: Nobu gets a third London restaurant. Oh, and there's a hotel attached. 

Summing it all up: Nobu have opened hotels across the globe, but this is their first European one, right in the heart of Shoreditch. And, of course, that means Shoreditch is getting a Nobu restaurant too.…

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Dabbous is closing, but they have plans brewing for a new restaurant

Once billed as one of the hardest restaurants to get into in London, Dabbous is closing in June as they get ready to open a new restaurant elsewhere. 

What it does mean, however, is that Ollie Dabbous has a new restaurant on the way - and this is in addition to the restaurant at Henrietta. At the moment, little has been revealed about the new spot, other than it will open in late 2017 or early 20…

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The Cheese Bar is opening at Camden Stables Market

27/2/17 - updated with launch details

Of the many food trucks going permanent in London that we’ve witnessed lately, we must confess we’re extra glad to find out one of will be The Cheese Bar, purveyor of intensely comforting grilled cheese sandwiches.

After three years selling out of an old ice-cream van, The Cheese Truck will be reborn as The Cheese Bar, dishing out gooey grilled toasties aplen…

Read more: The Cheese Bar is opening at Camden Stables Market

DIY dessert calzones and BYOB at Pizza Pilgrims Shoreditch

27/2/17 - updated with launch details.

What: Pizza Pilgrims Shoreditch

In a nutshell: BYOB + pizza

Summing it all up: Pizza Pilgrims are opening another branch, this time in East London. Diners will also be able to bring chocolate bars to be turned into dessert calzones, and the local offy will have a fridge of Italian wine so you can BYOB in style.…

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Taking a tour of Victoria's Nova

After years of languishing in the tourist thoroughfare to Buckingham Palace and the coach station, Victoria is finally having its moment in the sun as a food destination, thanks to Nova. We take a look at a few of the new restaurants in one night.…

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Claude Bosi is opening Claude Bosi at Bibendum in South Kensington

27/2/17 - Updated with more news about the opening

Late last year, we had been hearing two rumours - one that Claude Bosi of the recently closed Hibiscus was re-opening in South Kensington, and the second that Bibendum was about to land a big name chef. Then we discovered that the two stories were actually related, as Claude Bosi at Bibendum is on the way.

Bibendum is, of course, the impressive M…

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Hawksmoor bring back the three martini lunch

The very idea of a three martini lunch these days may be very rare indeed - but Hawksmoor are having none of that. Determined to bring back the boozy lunch they're adding three martinis to the lunchtime menu, teaming up with Hepple Gin and Valentine Warner. So if you fancy three stiffeners before lurching back to the office, here's what they're offering:

  • Walter Riddell (Hepple Gin, Cocchi Americ…

Read more: Hawksmoor bring back the three martini lunch

Urban Food Fest moves indoors to Selfridge’s Food Hall with a new deli

What: Urban Food Fest

In a nutshell: Pizza, wafflewiches and other street food find a new permanent indoor home

Summing it all up: Selfridges’ Food Hall is about to become home to Urban Food Fest, the deli for the street food market usually found in more the more bracing outdoor climes of Shoreditch. There’ll be jam jar cocktails, foccacia pizza and lots more, with a rotating menu, and it’s open ‘til 9 most nights.…

Read more: Urban Food Fest moves indoors to Selfridge’s Food Hall with a new deli

TT Liquor cocktail bar, shop and tasting room opens on Kingsland Road

TT Liquor, a cocktail bar, spirits shop and tasting room on Kingsland Road, Shoreditch is the latest establishment set to join the burgeoning East London bar scene. A veritable theme park of booze now open to the public. 

Named after founders Alastair Tatton and Stephen Thompson (the brains behind Discount Suit Company and The Sun Tavern), TT Liquor promises visitors an entire cocktail experience…

Read more: TT Liquor cocktail bar, shop and tasting room opens on Kingsland Road

Piebury Corner is opening a pie deli in King's Cross

A Hot Dinners exclusive. 

What: Piebury Corner King's Cross

In a nutshell: Top notch pie and mash in King's Cross.

Summing it all up: Famed pie sellers Piebury Corner are opening a new pie shop and deli to serve up some of the best pies in town, alongside mash and roast potatoes and all washed down with craft beer. It's a much bigger spot than the original too.…

Read more: Piebury Corner is opening a pie deli in King's Cross

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