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Test Driving Le Comptoir Robuchon - the legacy of Joel Robuchon lives on in Mayfair

Le Comptoir Robuchon in Mayfair aims to keep the legacy of Joel Robuchon alive. We head down to try it out (and their amazing pureed potato). 

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Tombo goes all out with a Hello Kitty anniversary pop-up

Typical, you wait all year for a Hello Kitty popup and then two come along at once. In addition to the one over at Westfield London at Japan Centre Ichiba, Tombo Japanese Café and Matcha Bar in Fitzrovia, has just launched a four-month Sanrio pop-up experience featuring Hello Kitty and friends. Both are celebrating the character's 45th Anniversary this month.

Starting the day at Tombo there will…

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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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Corbin and King are coming to Notting Hill

While Corbin and King may have closed their Islington restaurant Bellanger, they're also getting ready to open a brand new restaurant in Notting Hill.…

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Gaucho's redesigned Charlotte Street restaurant will have a beef bar for counter dining

The Gaucho group is back from administration woes with a new CEO and a new concept, starting with a reinvention of its Charlotte Street site.…

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Byron are relaunching with a new menu, including their first-ever brunch

Twelve years is a long time in the burger business, so it’s understandable that Byron have decided to freshen things up a little. After welcoming celebrity chef and author Sophie Michell as their Food & Drink Director in June, there’s now firm plans to shake up the menu.

Starting at the first ever Byron site in High Street Kensington, then rolling out in other branches across 2020, there’ll f…

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Test Driving the Laundry in Brixton -  a classic building gets an impressive makeover

 The old Walton Lodge laundry building in Brixton finally has a new inhabitant, from the same people behind The New Zealand Wine Cellar in Pop Brixton. We head to Coldharbour Lane to visit The Laundry. …

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Singaporean restaurant Singapulah & Arôme has opened in Soho

Soho has a new restaurant and bakery concept on Frith Street – Singapulah & Arôme – which they're claiming to be the UK’s only dedicated Singaporean site.…

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The Providores’ replacement in Marylebone will be a second Taka restaurant

A replacement has been announced for chef Peter Gordon’s popular Marylebone restaurant The Providores, following its closure after 18 years. Japanese restaurant Taka will open its second site there.…

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Market Hall West End on Oxford Street is London's biggest food court yet

The march of the food court continues with the latest Market Hall coming to Oxford Street. A huge site, this features 11 food traders, 4 bars and a roof terrace too. …

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Mercato Mayfair brings the vibe of Mercato Metropolitano into the heart of the West End

 

Update: See our Test Drive of Mercato Mayfair here

We'll be honest with you, it's been over a year since we first announced details of Mercato Mayfair - the second market from the folk behind Mercato Metropolitano. Since then things had gone so quiet that we honestly thought the deal had fallen through. But it turns out they've just been working quietly on their makeover of the Gr…

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Now you can dine in  the House of Commons during recess too

We've already talked about how one of the few benefits of yet another general election is the opportunity to have lunch in the House of Lords. Now, if you've already done that, there's also a chance to dine in the House of Commons. 

They're launching a "pop up restaurant" in the Members' Dining Room, which they describe like this:

At one time intended as a conference room and known as the ‘P…

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Dessert parlour Hans and Gretel has opened in Camden Market

Dessert fairy tale dreams have arrived in Camden Market with the opening of Hans & Gretel, a chain already popular across Greece, Cyprus and Turkey for its Instagram-popular creations.…

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Winemakers Deptford are the new permanent home for Klose & Soan

After a tumultuous couple of years, Winemakers Deptford will once again have a fully operating restaurant in partnership with chefs Klose & Soan.…

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Richard Corrigan is opening Daffodil Mulligan restaurant at Old Street

Update - read our full Test Drive of Daffodil Mulligan here

So the news is finally out. We've known for a while that Richard Corrigan had taken over the lease of the Irish restaurant Nuala, which closed at the end of last year. And today he's been on social media confirming the story.

"There is a great team being assembled," the chef tweeted. He seems to have gone into business with John N…

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