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London is confirmed as being in tier two post-lockdown

So after much nail-biting - we have confirmation, London will be in tier two from Wednesday 2 December. 

So what does that mean? Well, it's this:

  • The rule of six remains - so bookings of up to six people only
    ...unless you're eating with your household or bubble
  • All pubs and bars will have to serve a "substantial meal" with any bookings
  • Table service only
  • You can only dine inside with member…

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Sourdough Sophia bakery in Crouch End is the culmination of a lockdown dream

Who among us will be able to forget the great sourdough craze of the first Covid Lockdown? How could you call yourself a real foodie if you weren't faffing around with starters and whatnot while confined to your home?

Up in Crouch End, one couple who spent the lockdown supplying sourdough out of their own kitchen to the local area are now parlaying their kitchen table business into a fully-fledge…

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M Restaurants brings in Champagne robots for Christmas

Is this the ultimate in Social distancing? Over the Christmas period, M Restaurants are introducing Champagne robots - yes those are actual robots that will serve Champagne throughout the grill restaurants. The robots - named Bailey and Sage - will take your order, trundle over to the bar and then return with a tray full of Champagne.…

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Paella Shack lands on Highbury's Blackstock Road - with paellas, tapas and more

The streetfood arm of the London Paella School has landed on Highbury's Blackstock Road where they'll be serving up ALL the paellas plus other great tapas.…

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CasaCosta restaurant opens in Fulham from Macellaio RC's Roberto Costa

Already opened as a shop, CasaCosta in Fulham also has a hidden Italian restaurant at the back. …

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The original Covent Garden Dishoom is about to get a lot bigger

26/11/20 - updated with new soft launch details

As it reaches its 10th anniversary, Dishoom is going back to the beginning, with a big change to its original Covent Garden restaurant. The smallest of the group, it's about to get a lot bigger as they've taken over the space left behind by the former Jamie's Italian that was next door.

This will more or less double the size of the restaurant a…

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There’s a rat in the kitchen. Who is The Secret Chef?

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If you've ever wanted to hear what chefs really think about the restaurants they work in, then you may want to take a gander over on the restaurant industry insider website Fine Dining Lovers.…

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Mr Ji on Old Compton Street brings in TĀ TĀ Eatery team for new Taiwanese menu

Inspired by trips to Taipei, Mr Ji's founder has teamed up with the TĀ TĀ Eatery team to level up his Taiwanese fried chicken restaurant on Soho's Old Compton Street.…

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Here are the rules on eating out in London restaurants in tier 2

Thinking of going out to a restaurant, pub or bar but can't keep up with all the changes and restrictions? We're here to help. On this page, you'll find the latest rules and regulations about eating and drinking in London, and we'll update it as soon as things change. Which they most certainly will.…

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First Dates restaurant Paternoster Chophouse has moved to Old Bailey

It's one of the best-known restaurants in the UK, although pretty much everyone knows it as the First Dates restaurant. But over Lockdown Paternoster Chophouse in the City has moved from the space it occupied beside St Paul's for the past seven years into new digs.

It reopens next week, if tier restrictions allow, at 35 Old Bailey where the Union Bar used to be. The new space will also have a bar…

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Chameleon takes over One Marylebone, with food by Tel Aviv chef Elior Balbul

As first reported by Big Hospitality, Chameleon is taking over One Marylebone, which was mainly used as an events space - and one with a pretty impressive interior as you can see above (it's the imposing building right opposite Great Portland Street station on the Euston Road).

Billed as "a multi experiential space"  Chameleon will have a restaurant, club, cafe, market space and more.

The re…

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Tracking the restaurants with new deliveries and takeaways for Lockdown 2.0

With the UK's second lockdown, new restaurant deliveries are popping up all over London. Here, we'll keep track of the new additions. …

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Crudo on Brick Lane will feature a fishmongers, restaurant and a speakeasy bar

This new seafood spot on Brick Lane features a ground floor restaurant and fish shop as well as a secret cocktail bar.…

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Humble Chicken will be Angelo Sato's Soho yakitori bar

Chef Angelo Sato brings a slice of Japan's yakitori style to the heart of Soho with a restaurant focused on using every part of the chicken.…

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Keeping track of the restaurants that are closing in London

Here at Hot Dinners we mainly focus on the hottest restaurants in town, as well as new openings. But the London restaurant scene is ever-changing and that means some restaurants fall to the wayside. With that in mind, we're keeping track of the notable restaurants that London has lost over the past year.…

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