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Jake's Vegan Steaks bring their Philly Cheezesteak to a permanent spot on Holloway Road

Having grown a huge fan base for their vegan Philly cheezesteaks, this plant-based street food trader has opened its first permanent spot on Holloway Road.

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Allegra at The Stratford - all you need to know about the Patrick Powell restaurant

The former head chef of Chiltern Firehouse is moving up in the world, literally. He's opening this seventh-floor restaurant with sky garden in The Stratford in, yes, Stratford. …

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Journey is a globe-trotting immersive restaurant from the people behind the Breaking Bad bar (complete with Champagne puking unicorn)

 

The people behind ABQ (the Breaking Bad-style cocktail pop-up) are gearing up for their next immersive experience, taking over the World's End Distillery in Chelsea for a travel-themed pop-up, with something of a twist of course. 

It's all based around travelling - you choose the "route" you want to take and you'll get a two-hour 4-course and 4-drinks tasting menu (each one has a…

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Ukrainian restaurant Pampushka is popping up at Soho's Sun and 13 Cantons

The Sun and 13 Cantons in Soho is gearing up for its next residency - this time it's the turn of Pampushka, serving up Ukrainian dishes from the pub in a six-month pop-up. 

The Anglo/Ukrainian family - Maksym Shpachynskyi, his wife Elisha Shpachynska and their brother-in-law, chef Rob Neale, are aiming to serve up Ukranian dishes with a British twist. Planned for the menu are dishe…

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Former Noble Rot sommelier is opening atis in the Atlas Building on City Road

If you're living or working near Old Street roundabout, then a new lifestyle spot opening up on City Road might be for you.

atis is going to be serving up salad bowls, juices and more in the ground floor of the newly-opened Atlas Building on City Road. The duo behind it are husband and wife team who want to serve up food that's "a bowl of food that will be full of flavour, healthy and nutritious"…

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Parliament's prorogation means the Peers' dining room is opening to the public again

 

Whether you think it's perfectly legitimate or a gross affront to democracy, the proroguing of Parliament has one side benefit - it heralds the reopening of the Peers Dining Room to the public.

The Pugin-wallpapered dining room is impressive, but make sure you arrive in time to have a pre-lunch drink in the bar with its views over the Thames.

The menu this year is extremely British, with t…

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Julie's Restaurant  in Holland Park is reopening with Shay Cooper as chef

12/9/19 - updated with pics of the interior and the opening date

Martin Amis wrote about it, Kate Moss had parties there and Tina Turner danced on the tables - ever since it opened back in 1969 Julie's Restaurant in Holland Park has had A-list glitter sprinkled all over it. It was the kind of place you'd find Princess Diana having lunch with her besties or Mick Jagger having dinner a deux with Pr…

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Eat Like a Girl Niamh Shields takes over the kitchen at Islington's Homeboy

A Hot Dinners exclusive

Regular readers of Hot Dinners will know that we're keen supporters of the Irish in London. As second-generation Irish ourselves we're always delighted to be able to bring Londoners a taste of Ireland here in this city.

But we couldn't be more thrilled to break the news that one of our favourite food bloggers and authors Niamh Shields - better known to some of you as Eat L…

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Church Road in Barnes sees Sonny's taken over by an ex-Elystan Street team

Rebecca Mascarenhas and Phil Howard's Sonny's gets a new name, look and team. And the menu at this neighbourhood Barnes spot sounds very good indeed.…

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Crudo is a grab and go cevicheria opening on Riding House Street

If raw food bowls are your thing, but you're after something a bit punchier - then this new South American and Latin American inspired grab and go joint will be right up your street.…

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Pret's autumn menu includes salt beef sarnies and the return of their mushroom risotto

How do you know that it's autumn? No not by looking at the calendar, silly. Obviously it's the arrival of the Pumpkin Spice Latte back at Pret. Duh.

Even better than squash-flavoured hot drinks, is the news that they've got a load more new menu items. Things you're going to want to know about include:

The new toasted foccacias

Using an olive oil and rosemary focaccia choose from - Brie & Baco…

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Le Deli Robuchon and Le Comptoir Robuchon are opening in Mayfair

Following the death of Joël Robuchon last year, his famed London restaurant L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon also shut its doors this year. At the time, however, there was talk that the restaurant would appear in another guise in Mayfair, and that's definitely the case - but it appears that it's launching with two distinct parts.

Both will be part of the new 7 Clarges Street development, a new bui…

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L'Enclume takes the top spot again in the 2020 Good Food Guide

Waitrose has unleashed its latest Good Food Guide, and that means that it's time for another restaurant run-down as it comes with their top 50 restaurants in the country. And this year sees L'Enclume taking the top spot, just pipping London's Core by Clare Smyth, which was no 3 last year, to the top. In fact, the top three is just a light reshuffling, as last year's no 1, Nathan Outlaw, is now no…

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Test Driving Da Terra at the Town Hall - an exemplary restaurant hiding in plain sight

The Town Hall has done it again with Da Terra, an excellent restaurant that has its influences in Latin America and Italy. We went to check it out.  …

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