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Aidan McGee is the new Head Chef at Corrigan's Mayfair

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We've been following the career of Irish chef Aidan McGee ever since he first started making waves in the London dining scene back at the Truscott Arms. After a short-ish stint running the kitchen at Fitzrovia pub The George & Dragon, McGee now has a new position, and it's a good 'un.

He's returned to his homeland - figuratively, rather than literally, as the new Head…

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Wanted to book lunch at Barrafina? Here's your chance...

We do love Barrafina - but we're not great fans of queuing/waiting for tables. So if you've wanted to try the restaurant but haven't had the time/patience, then their new monthly bookable Friday lunches - held in the Adelaide Street private dining room - might be just what you need. 

On the first Friday of every month, they'll be running special lunch events, Arroz Friday - where they'll be…

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Quality Chop House is expanding with a new cafe

Not content with a restaurant, bar and deli, Farringdon's Quality Chop House is now adding a cafe too. If you've been to the deli there recently - and we have many times for arguably the best pork pies in London - you'll have seen the wine shop that's next door (previously run by Noble Wines). It's that area that's becoming their new cafe. 

There you'll be able to sit down and work your way…

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Tom Sellers is doing an immersive Robin Hood pop-up with a meat-heavy menu

You’d think if your Michelin-starred restaurant was closed for a renovation, you might be able to afford yourself some time off. Well, not if you’re Tom Sellers, who’s instead decided to make the most of it with a new, three-week Robin Hood-themed ‘immersive’ pop-up.

He’ll be doing a ‘banquet-style’ menu riffing off the Nottingham fairytale - that's the part of the world Tom comes from himself. I…

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Eccleston Place is Tart London's new bricks-and-mortar Belgravia venue

Tart London made a name for themselves catering to huge brands. Now they’re taking things up a notch with their first venue, which on top of having an airy, all-day restaurant with a range of healthy, and not-so-healthy options, will have a photography studio, an event space for 350 and a retail space...…

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Leytonstone pizza fans are getting their own Yard Sale Pizza

Massively popular local pizzeria Yard Sale continue their expansion with a fourth base in Leytonstone.…

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Sourdough cake and slow fermented bakes at Bloomsbury’s Fortitude Bakehouse

Breakfasts, lunches, sourdough cakes and other bakes to go - and a sliver of space to sit in - at Bloomsbury’s new craft baker, and plenty for gluten-free and vegans.…

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Flat Iron are opening their sixth restaurant in Tooley Street

Popular steak chain Flat Iron are opening their sixth steakhouse. The Tooley Street restaurant will have a indoor garden theme.…

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Test Driving Sabor - an essential Spanish restaurant in Mayfair

Barrafina alumni Nieves Barragan and José Etura have just unveiled their Spanish restaurant in Mayfair. It's one of the most anticipated restaurants of the year - we take a look. …

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Passo hosts famous LA chef Nancy Silverton for a one week residency

Old Street’s big all-day Italian Passo is keeping busy since their November opening, with the arrival of huge LA chef Nancy Silverton for a short residency.

The Michelin starred-chef (who Netflix addicts may have caught on Chef’s Table) will be rocking up for one week only to churn out a sizeable seven-course feast, that’ll give you a taste of LA’s Italian food scene without needing to leave Zone…

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Jidori comes to Covent Garden for your fill of sake, yakitori and karaoke

Sake and karaoke is a winning combination, but if you’re not feeling quite brave enough to head to Jidori’s basement karaoke booth, there’ll be plenty of yakitori and other Japanese treats to keep you entertained.…

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Horatio Street Social, a new bar opens on Hackney Road this week

Two ex-CalloohCallay bartenders launch their first venue in the basement of The Nelson’s Head…

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Zoe's Ghana Kitchen moves east to London Fields' Institute of Light with a new menu

You've likely heard of Zoe's Ghana Kitchen by now, be it as a pop-up, a supper club, the cookbook or residences at Pop Brixton or The Sun & 13 Cantons. Now, Zoe Adjonyoh is returning to East London to start her brand new residency at London Fields' arthouse cinema Institute of Light, with a new menu to boot - including snacks to munch during the film.

There will be plenty of West African food…

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As Ellory Closes, the same team open Leroy in Shoreditch

Small plates, sharers and snacks as the team from Michelin-starred Hackney restaurant Ellory up sticks and head to Shoreditch for a new, more laid back venture that will feature their own Vermouth.…

Read more: As Ellory Closes, the same team open Leroy in Shoreditch

Lyles new bar menu brings Michelin starred snacks and small plates to Shoreditch

James Lowe’s restaurant Lyles, in Shoreditch’s Tea Building, is launching a new standalone bar menu. And it's sounding rather good.

It’ll be around 10 to 12 small dishes, alongside a mix of new and old dishes. Based on the first look at a sample menu (like the set menu, the bar menu will change daily) there’ll be plenty of variety on the price front with dishes from £4 for an individual oyster wi…

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