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Casa Fofo sees ex-Pidgin chef open in Hackney

 

The former Head Chef of Pidgin has moved about half a mile north in Hackney to open this neighbourhood spot with tasting menus, natural wine list and snacks.

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Pret have just unveiled a massive new menu - here's what's on it

With so many Londoners flooding through their doors every day, any change to Pret's menu is kind of a big deal.

Today the chain revealed their biggest new menu in their 33 year history. Driven by what their customers are asking for, the new menu features - as you might expect - more veggie and vegan options. But it's also going to see more products available throughout the day. So when you f…

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BAO Borough has new bao buns, a grab and go hatch AND a karaoke room

BAO will be opening their third restaurant in Borough and this time, they're promising something a little different.…

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Will The Tulip tower host the highest restaurant in London?

Although they can occasionally be a bit hit and miss, at Hot Dinners we do love a bit of high-rise dining from time to time. So we look with interest at the new skyscraper that's coming London's way. In keeping with London's somewhat esoteric approach to high-rise, following the Shard, The Walkie Talkie, The Gherkin and the Cheesegrater - we now have The Tulip. 

The new tower has just been a…

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Caravan teams up with cooks and writers for some rather special pastries

What's better than a lovely, flakey pastry with a proper cup of coffee in the morning? Well how about one given a bit of a spin by three top food writers and cooks?

That's the deal at Caravan Fitzrovia which has just kicked off a three month pastry push. Their first team-up is with blogger and cookbook author Ed Smith, aka Rocket & Squash whose Pain au ‘Nduja - a pain au chocolat made from ‘Nduja…

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Gold on Portobello Road will be a four floor food palace with a late bar

Notting Hill's food credentials are boosted by a restaurant and bar team that comes via the River Cafe and Soho House to take over this old pub. They'll be serving up sharing plates, cooked over fire or in a wood-burning oven. …

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Allegra at Stratford's Manhattan Loft Gardens - 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 new Manhattan Loft Gardens development in Stratford.…

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Harrods unveil their summer Perrier-Jouet Champagne Terrace

There's no surer sign that summer's on its way than when terraces, all across town, begin to be unveiled in their new plumage.

Top of your to-try list has to be the new Perrier-Jouet terrace at Harrods which launched to a celeb crowd last week. The fourth floor terrace (we honestly didn't even know it was there) is apparently a sunny spot facing due south west - perfect to sit and sip Champagne i…

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Let it all hang out with a naked brunch 100 foot up beside the O2

For the past few years, London In The Sky has been thrilling/terrifying diners by hosting a restaurant 100ft up in the air. And they're back for 2019 with a range of fun things planned, including letting it all hang out for charity.

Yes, that's right. If you've been thinking that the one thing you'd like more than dangling up in the sky for a great meal is dangling your bits out in the breeze whi…

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Kantina will be London's first self-service fine dining restaurant

Update: 1/4/19 - anyone waiting for Kantina to soft launch today might be disappointed (sorry to the folks who DMd us on Instagram). This was our April Fool's Day story. And if you want to see the full list our April Fools over the years, head over here.

We've had hot pot and hot stone restaurants where you cook your own food, and bar tables with serve-yourself beer taps on them for quite a while…

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Harlem Soul is replacing Boondocks on Old Street with more Americana

It's all change for Boondocks near the Old Street roundabout - as it's about to be replaced by a new restaurant - Harlem Soul. But it's not a complete change, as it's all still run by Bea Vo's Soul Food Enterprises, which also runs Stax Diner in Carnaby and Butterscotch Bakery (and previously Boondocks).

The new food-style for the restaurant is being dubbed as "American urban cuisine". The m…

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St John’s Wood​ ​is getting their own The Gate, and that means vegan brunch

Given they’ve been in business since the 80s, it’s no surprise The Gate know a thing or two about veggie and vegan cooking. Now they’re taking their plant-based knowhow to St John's Wood, with a new restaurant that’ll have brunch, lunch and a newly extended menu.…

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Lyaness is the replacement for World's Best Bar Dandelyan at Sea Containers

Over the course of two days last October, top London bartender and bar owner Ryan Chetiyawardana caused quite a storm on the London bar scene when he announced the closure of the hugely popular Dandelyan in the same week as it took the No 1 slot in the World's Best Bars list.

The bar finally closed earlier this month - but already they've unveiled the next iteration - Lyaness.

Now there's a…

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Gezellig brings a formidable restaurant team to Holborn Town Hall

A formidable restaurant team are taking on the space at the Grade II listed Holborn Town Hall with their first venture.…

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