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The London Evening Standard last night held a glitzy party in town to celebrate the release of its annual list of movers and shakers - London's 1000 most influential people.

Naturally, there were more than a few restaurant-related people attending last night as well as on the list. Here are the 43 who made it on to the Foodies part of the list. You can read the list in more detail on the Evening S…

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Wolseley to have sister restaurant at No 1 Kingsway

Jeremy King and Chris Corbin have just signed on the dotted line to open a sister restaurant to The Wolseley in Aldwych. The new 'European-style brasserie' will be in the No 1 Kingsway building, where Kingsway meets the Aldwych and will take up 13,000 square foot. It's where the former Bank restaurant used to be.

David Collins is already on board to design the restaurant which will open in Autumn 2…

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Yesterday we reported on the story of the couple who took Michelin-starred restaurant L'Autre Pied for £572 after they skipped paying the bill through a combination of making a booking under a false name and number and then leaving whilst ostensibly nipping out for a cigarette. Astonishingly, given the amount of publicity the case received, the duo were apparently nabbed last night whilst trying t…

Read more: Galloping gourmets arrested after trying to scam another restaurant

Con couple cheat L'Autre Pied out of £572 billThe hunt is on for a couple of champagne-guzzling con artists who cheated London restaurant L'Autre Pied out of £572 worth of food and drink.

According to the article in today's Standard, the couple in their twenties drank their way through two bottles of champagne, a Larmandier pink champagne at £124 followed by a £285 bottle of 1997 Bollinger as they had their starters and mains. They then order…

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Some interesting restaurant deals and menu promotions on offer in London this week:

Bar snacks
Palm restaurant wouldn't perhaps spring to mind as a place for a cut-price meal, but their new Prime Time menu is a great idea if you're looking for a better-than-average bar snack to go with your post-work drink.  Prime Time runs all week between 5-7pm with all the dishes on the Prime Time menu costing £…

Read more: Free meals, prime time snacks and menus at Millennium prices

Dragon's Den film edition of Come Dine With Me for Children in NeedFans of Come Dine With Me - and we know they are legion - will be thrilled to learn there's going to be a Dragon's Den special of CDWM for Children in Need.

The show, which was filmed yesterday, will air as part of the Children in Need telethon this coming Friday 19 November.

As we understand, four of the dragons are taking part, Peter Jones, Theo Paphitis, Duncan Bannatyne and Deborah Meaden. The…

Read more: Dragon's Den film edition of Come Dine With Me for Children in Need

We wouldn't like it to be said that here at Hot Dinners we're all about what's going on north of the river, so here's news of a soft-opening launch down in Putney next week for our readers south of the Thames.

Cantinetta is a new Italian wine-bar and restaurant in Putney. Its owner, Rebecca Mascarenhas - who opened Kitchen W8 with Philip Howard - has a lot of form in South London with Sonny's in B…

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Porsche on a plate: the launch of the new restaurant at Silverstone

When fast expensive cars and Michelin-starred food meet under the same roof, all is officially right with the world. This week, Hot Dinners was invited to check out the launch of the newest program at auto and dining hybrid The Porsche Restaurant at Silverstone, and we didn’t hesitate to put pedal to the metal (you'll have to excuse the motoring puns - there's going to be a few of them).

The Porsch…

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Gastronaut Stefan Gates hosts dinner at the Draper's Arms

Fans of Gastronaut TV presenter Stefan Gates should head for Islington gastropub The Draper's Arms next month where the TV chef will be hosting an out of the ordinary dinner.

Gates, whose new publication The Extraordinary Cookbook is just being published, will preside over a three-course dinner, some of which you'll have to cook yourself. Recipes in the new book, subtitled 'Make meals your friends…

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The astonishingly public spat between Gordon Ramsay and his father-in-law and former CEO Chris Hutcheson has taken an even stranger turn today with the chef issuing a public letter to Hutcheson's wife and his mother-in-law Greta.

In it, Ramsay explains that 'removing my father in law, from my business has been the hardest and most imporant decision in my entire life' as he pleads with Greta to cont…

Read more: Gordon Ramsay issues public letter on father-in-law spat

Marcus Wareing to open The Gilbert Scott brasserie at St Pancras

Update - see our preview of the Gilbert Scott here.

There's still no word yet on who will take on the main restaurant at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel at King's Cross, but Marcus Wareing today announced he'll be opening a 120-cover brasserie called The Gilbert Scott there in February 2011.

Wareing said of the venue; 'The minute I set foot in St Pancras I just knew it was for me; the building i…

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Hot Dinners tries out the Waitrose Cookery School

Hot Dinners' baking efforts have, in the past, been varied to say the least. We may be able to bake a mean brownie - but could always do with some decent training. So we were particularly pleased to be invited to be among the first to try out the new Waitrose Cookery School on the Finchley Road.

Situated above an enormous Waitrose, we were immediately struck with how brand-spanking-new everything…

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Back for good? The return of Pierre Koffmann

Hot Dinners talks to one of the most celebrated chefs in London from his new London base, Koffmann's at The Berkeley...…

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Fastest pop-up in the West as Franny's opens on Frith StreetAnother day, another pop-up. But we quite like the 'let's do the show right here'-style approach of the team behind Franny's in Soho. Almost overnight (well a week actually), a bunch of do-fooders have taken over the old Bertorelli's site on the corner of Frith Street and Bateman Street.

Their Twitter page promises 'freshly homemade pizza, pasta and grills' as well as some killer martinis. They ha…

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Jason Atherton launches posh chocolate range exclusively for FortnumsIt's no secret that here at Hot Dinners we've got a bit of a sweet tooth - we're not the kind of people who would ever turn down a dessert course. So we were interested to hear that former Maze chef Jason Atherton has just launched an exclusive range of chocolates for London's Fortnum & Mason.

The signature range includes Dark Chocolate Bonbon with Italian Lime and Vodka as well as Milk Chocol…

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