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Ed's Easy Diner owner converts its original Soho spot to Slim Chickens

London's restaurant scene is constantly in churn - with new restaurants replacing old. That's the nature of the beast. But even we admit to being a bit surprised at our emotional reaction to the news yesterday that Soho classic Ed's Easy Diner was no more.

Reported in a tweet by The Guinea's GM Oisin Rogers, it transpires that the American diner on the corner of Old Compton Street and Moor Street…

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Baba Gs are winners in the BBC's My Million Pound Menu

In the second week of My Million Pound Menu, where Fred Sirieix and others are handing out wads of cash to promising restaurant start-ups, London stalwart Baba G's has come out top. At the end of the programme, both Jamie Barber and Atul Kochhar were bidding for them, but Kochhar came up top with his ¬£300k offer. 

What does this mean for Baba G's? There was a mention of up to two restaurants…

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World Restaurant Awards 2019 shortlist announced

The battle of the restaurant awards is fully on. The day after the World's 50 Best announced a major shake-up, the new kid on the block The World Restaurant Awards countered with the release of its shortlist for its inaugural awards.

The UK has a decent enough showing - we merit ten nominations, including Core's Clare Smyth for tattoo-free chef of the year, Otto's on Gray's Inn Road for Trol…

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Test Driving Clifford's - a candlelit spot off Fleet Street

London's legal district has a new subterranean restaurant and bar - we went to check it out.…

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World's 50 Best Restaurants list unveil radical changes for 2019

Big news in from the World's 50 Best Restaurants list today. They're introducing a raft of changes to the voting system and judging panels.

In an announcement today they revealed that anyone who's topped the list before will now no longer be eligible for the list but will enter a Hall of Fame style list - the Best of the Best "which will comprise all those establishments that have been voted No.1…

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Ladies and Gentlemen Bar open their second bar L&G Camden

Kentish Town's award-winning bar Ladies and Gentlemen have opened their second cocktail spot, taking over the former public loos outside Camden Road station. …

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Island Social Club are bringing their Caribbean rotis and rum bar to Haggerston

Island Social Club have been popping up around town with a number of Caribbean-led pop-ups and supperclubs. Now they're setting up shop in Haggerston with a long-term residency, bringing it all together. …

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Swedish-style cafe Soderberg is opening in Soho's Berwick Street

Popular Scottish chain S√∂derberg is expanding to London, bringing their cardamom buns and open sarnies to Soho's Berwick Street.…

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The Sea, The Sea in Chelsea is fishmonger by day, seafood and Champagne bar by night

This latest addition to Chelsea's Pavilion Road sees the co-founder of Bonnie Gull opening a fishmonger and deli which transforms into a seafood bar in the evening. And he's bringing along a few friends to help too...…

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Henry Harris' latest pub is now The Crown in Chiswick

This is the fourth pub to be launched by famed chef Henry Harris, following successes elsewhere in town. This time the food will have a Mediterranean vibe. …

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Lyaness is the replacement for World's Best Bar Dandelayn 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.

Now he's revealing more about what he has planned for the space's next incarnation. In an exclusive interview with Drinks…

Read more: Lyaness is the replacement for World's Best Bar Dandelayn at Sea Containers

Test Driving Din Tai Fung - the dumpling powerhouse hits London

 

With all the hype over the opening of their first London restaurant, could Din Tai Fung live up to expectations? We went to check out the famous Taiwanese dumpling chain's Covent Garden restaurant.…

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X-Upper is bringing gourmet sausages to Islington's Upper Street

A new restaurant that's specialising in just the one thing is opening in Islington. X-Upper is all about gourmet sausages and they've rustled up some impressive chefs to create them. …

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The Buxton is a pub with rooms on Brick Lane where the guest roof terrace comes with a hot tub

The team responsible for The Culpeper in Aldgate have a new project - they're opening this pub and hotel on Brick Lane where the rooftop terrace features an honesty bar and hot tub.…

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Heston Blumenthal creates chocolate scotch eggs for Easter at Waitrose

Is too early to bring you an Easter story? Well just in case you're the kind of person who likes to do some serious advance planning around your seasonal chocolate consumption, we've just clapped eyes on these creations of Heston Blumenthal.

The Chocolate Scotch Egg is going to be one of two Heston specials planned for his Easter collection at Waitrose. That 'yolk' is actually made from mango and…

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