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Turner Prize artist to take over Sketch restaurant

Turner Prize winning artist Martin Creed will be joining forces with Mayfair's Sketch to take over the Gallery restaurant in an artwork that blurs the boundaries between art and food. Creed's Work no 1347 will apparently consist of 90 different types of marble so every table, chair and piece of cutlery will be different.

Sketch's chef Pierre Gagnaire will then create a menu "in unison with the art…

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Léon De Bruxelles moules frites to open on Cambridge Circus

Update - Léon de Bruxelles is having a soft launch from 17-20 Jan with 50% off food.

Belgian restaurant chain Chez Léon have just announced they'll be opening a Léon De Bruxelles moules frites joint on London's Cambridge Circus in January. The spot (opposite The Palace theatre where All Bar One/Med Kitchen used to be) will have 220 covers and can seat 12 at the bar. There'll also be 39 seats on t…

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Test driving Aurelia in Mayfair

What can you tell us about Aurelia?

In 312 BC, as part of the ongoing Roman expansion, the construction of the Via Aurelia road began. Over the following few centuries, what started out as a road that ran along a portion of the northern coast of Italy, was extended and now stretches as far as northern France and Spain. We imagine this historic road that brings Italy, France and Spain together may…

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Something for the weekend: The Bell at Ticehurst

What can you tell me about the Bell?

Having just spent a night at the newly spruced up Bell at Ticehurst, we have to confess to feeling pretty jealous of the locals and their spanking new inn.

The sign outside points one way to a 14th century church and the other way (towards the Bell) to 21st century ding-dong, but the origins of the Bell are more than 200 years old. It's just that the new owner…

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We try out the first of Bar Boulud London's new wine tastings

Bar Boulud at the Mandarin Oriental has one of the most engaging wine lists, and experienced sommeliers, within any London hotel. With hotel restaurant wine lists so often a source of painful mark-ups and joyless selections, it's a pleasure to see Bar Boulud embrace the universe of Lyon born Daniel Boulud, and focus on the wines of Burgundy and the Rhône in particular.

A scintillating list of magn…

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Young Turks at The Ten Bells conquers Shoreditch

We've been to a few speakeasy spots in New York and it's always great fun walking through noodle shops to find hidden cocktail bars - it's an easy way to feel like you have the run of the city. That's clearly the vibe that Young Turks chefs Isaac Mchale and James Lowe are after with their new Shoreditch spot at The Ten Bells. On a Friday night we literally had to fight our way through the madding…

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Tsuru launches ramen nights in the City

Fans of the humble ramen soup throughout London, get ready to rejoice. This criminally underepresented comfort food is about to gain a new foothold as sushi mini-chain Tsuru introduces a dedicated ramen night. Hot Dinners were lucky enough to gain a seat at the table to check out the first in the series.

Tsuru creators Emma Reynolds and Ken Yamada are hosting several ramen pop-up events over the n…

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Jeremy Lee to join Soho's Quo Vadis in January

UPDATE - Quo Vadis re-opens to the public on January 10.

Interesting news reached Hot Dinners with the announcement that Jeremy Lee of Blueprint Cafe (aka the friendliest chef Hot Dinners has had the pleasure of meeting) is moving across the river to take up residency at Quo Vadis.

Lee has been at the Blueprint for an absolute age - since 1995 - and before then was also responsible for launching…

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An NYC style neighbourhood bar in Clapham - test driving The Rookery

So what can you tell me about The Rookery?

Recently opened on the South Side of Clapham Common - and just within view of the grassy stretch where virtuous Londoners sweat it out at military-style bootcamps - The Rookery is the new kid in SW London. Modelled after "a great NYC neighbourhood bar in Brooklyn or the Lower East Side", it's a bold venture in the land of cosy fireside pubs and al fresco…

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Christmas market at The Dock Kitchen launches with free champagne and chestnuts

It's definitely the season to be jolly and the idea of the Christmas market at Stevie Parle's The Dock Kitchen sounds particularly full of comfort and joy (no, we can't help ourselves).

Launching on Thursday 8th December and running until Sunday 11th December Christmas at The Dock will play host to a variety of great stalls offering everything from stylish books, handmade jewellery and food and dr…

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Pizarro launches with four days soft opening

It's been a long time coming (the original opening date was set for October) but José Pizarro's second Bermondsey Street restaurant is about to open its doors.

Hot Dinners got a sneak preview of what to expect when we were the first diners to try the restaurant at this week's Dine With Dos Hermanos at Pizarro. Having taken over the space once occuped by the Bermondsey Kitchen, José has turned it i…

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Reservations for the Delaunay on Aldwych are now open

We've been spotting the odd tweet over the last few days indicating that Delaunay, the new restaurant from Wolseley creators Jeremy King and Chris Corbin has quietly started serving up to family and friends. Now it's official. The restaurant will open its doors on Monday 5 December and reservations are now open. 

To get a table at what's going to be the hottest restaurant in town, for at leas…

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A 1500 strong crowd, including London's mayor Boris Johnson, turned up in Battersea Park last night to crown this year's British Curry Awards champions.

Three South East curry restaurants picked up Curry 'Oscars' at the awards. Tamarind in Mayfair won Best in Central London, Shampan 3 in Welling, Kent was chosen as Best in London Suburbs while Vivek Singh's new city launch Cinnamon Kitchen & A…

Read more: Tamarind and Cinnamon Kitchen win at British Curry Awards 2011

French Bubbles pop-up opening on Covent Garden's Wellington Street

Just in case anyone's minds over the festive period weren't already on champagne, a Covent Garden pop-up devoted to French champagne is opening between now and the end of January.

French Bubbles, a collective of boutique champagne houses, will run from Thursday 1 December 2011 until 31 January 2012 at 22 Wellington Street, WC2. Visitors will be able to work their way through their twenty award-win…

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Action Against Hunger's Dream Team dinner at Hawksmoor Guildhall

It's always nice to tuck into a great meal, secure in the knowledge that in addition to adding to your own inexorable weight gain, you're giving something back to society. And happily this weekend's Dream Team dinner, given in aid of Action Against Hunger, scored on all counts.

Held at Hawkmoor's newly opened restaurant, Hawksmoor Guildhall, the Dream Team in question consisted of TV chef Valentin…

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