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Alcotraz is bringing its prison-themed cocktail bar to Covent Garden

it caused something of a stir when it opened originally in Brick Lane, but the prison-themed Alcotraz must be doing something right - as they've just announced a new three-month pop-up in the West End. 

Coming to Covent Garden, this time it's Alcotraz Penitentiary: Cell Block Six Eight. It's a basement speakeasy where you'll have to smuggle your alcohol past a warden and guards to…

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Emile on Curtain Road will be a residency by the Drapers Arms' Nick Gibson and chef Damian Clisby

Well this is exciting. If you've been wondering who's taking over the site vacated by Rok on Curtain Road, then we have the answer. It's going to be a long term residency Emile - run by Damian Clisby ex Restaurant Director of Petersham Nurseries, and Nick Gibson, landlord of the Drapers Arms.

In an Instagram post, Gibson revealed that he was "Going to do a little thing with @damian_clisby to keep…

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Leyton's Yardarm open their own, permanent restaurant

Following a few years of popups and residencies, Leyton wine bar and deli Yardarm is now making its restaurant space a permanent spot and keeping it in the family when it comes to the chef.…

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Alan Yau is back with Chyna and Yau Grilling in Canary Wharf's Wardian London

  

It's been a little quiet on the Alan Yau front this year, but that's all set to change. The Evening Standard reports that he’s working on three launches for 2020, so expect to see a lot more from him.

The Hong-Kong born restaurateur, founder of the Wagamama chain, as well as Hakkasan in Mayfair and the Yauatcha branches in Soho and Broadgate Circle, intends to open two of the three re…

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Fodder is in residency at Brixton's Shrub and Shutter for a six-month stint

The Brixton-based Shrub & Shutter have announced their next kitchen residency. After Secret Samosa Club winds up, chef Michael Thompson (formerly of Grosvenor House, Pollen Street Social, Claridge’s Fera and Lyan Cub) is bringing in sustainability-focused Fodder for a six-month pop-up from October. Thompson, who until recently was head chef at Ryan Chetiyawardana’s Lyan Cub in Hoxton, has joi…

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Filthy Buns are bringing their burgers to Dalston's Three Compasses

 

Dalston is about to get a new burger bar, setting up shop in The Three Compasses. Filthy Buns, led by exec chef John Gladwell, will be settling down for a residency in the pub following their start on the street food scene this summer.  

Here's what's on offer:

  • Cheesy House (£8) - The ‘house’ cheeseburger. 45-day, dry-aged beef patty, double cheese (red & swiss…

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Test Driving BaoziInn Borough - three floors of Chinese roast meats and dumplings

BaoziInn have just opened their flagship restaurant in Borough with three floors devoted to Chinese dishes. We went along to try it out.…

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Trivet is the London Bridge restaurant from ex Fat Duck head chef and sommelier

The ex-Fat Duck Executive Head Chef's next venture will be in London and that he's also teaming up with another Fat Duck Alumni, Master Sommelier Isa Bal.…

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Bao and Hoppers are heading to King's Cross

We'd been hearing for quite a while that JKS Restaurants (the group behind Gymkhana, Bao, Lyle's and more) were eyeing up sites in King's Cross, but now it's getting closer to reality. As first reported by trade website MCA, planning documents have surfaced on the Camden Council website that confirms the move. According to the docs, they'll both be launching in the Pancras Square development…

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Folie is looking to bring a taste of the Med to Soho's Golden Square

This restaurant on Golden Square is looking to the Riviera and the Mediterranean for its influences and will have a design created by the people behind the look of Chiltern Firehouse. …

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YO! Sushi now has YO! Kitchen at Westfield London

Leaving their conveyor belts behind, this is a "full service" restaurant from the people behind YO! Sushi, with a focus on sharing dishes. …

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Pastaio bring fresh pasta to Westfield London, courtesy of Stevie Parle

This is the second of Stevie Parle's fresh pasta bars, following the original in Soho. Expect affordable fresh pasta and this time they'll also have some cheesy soft serve. …

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Arabica KX sees Borough's Levantine-inspired restaurant expand to King's Cross

This new all day restaurant will open up right next to the Aga Khan Centre in King's Cross and they're promising very special hummus, the best halal steaks and more.…

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Sticks n Sushi are coming to Soho

Sticks n Sushi been a growing success story in London with six restaurants here - and here comes their seventh, right in the heart of Soho. Expect the usual huge range of yakitori, sushi plates and more. …

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The Ivy Asia, St Paul's comes to London, taking over Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa

The latest Ivy is opening in the impressive space that once held Jamie Oliver's Barbecoa. This time they'll be launching an Ivy with an Asian-influenced menu. …

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