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Following hard on the heels of Street Kitchen which has been wooing diners with its innovative lunch dishes over on Finsbury Avenue Square, we now hear that Cinnamon Square is taking to the streets of the City with its own pop-up restaurant.

Cinammon Square alfresco will be on the terrace at Devonshire Square by Liverpool Street from now until the end of September. It's tucked under the glass roof…

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The cost of eating out in some parts of London, if you're the type who likes to drive rather than take London transport, has risen significantly after Westminster Council voted last week to change their parking restrictions. Whereas previously diners could drive in and park in places such as Mayfair, Soho or parts of Covent Garden for free on a weekday evening or a Sunday afternoon, they'll now ha…

Read more: New parking laws in central London to add to cost of dinner out

Sloane Square oyster bar pop-up with Chapel Down

There's nothing worse than arriving back in London after a lovely summer holiday and realisation dawning that nothing good stands between here and Christmas. Thankfully, Chelsea restaurant The Botanist has announced plans for an oyster and fizz pop-up bar in the middle of Sloane Square this September which should perk things up a bit.

The pop-up oyster and crustacea bar will be in Sloane Square be…

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Brett Redman, the man behind new opening Elliot’s Cafe, Borough Market’s new unofficial market restaurant

Brett moved to London from Australia on a whim in 2005 and has been here ever since. He first opened a cafe Elliot’s on Bethnal Green Road where he met Rob Green, his business partner who he then opened the Pavilion cafe on Victoria Park in 2007. Their new restaurant on Stoney Street by Borough Market is called Elliot’s which he says ‘is an evolution of all our previous ideas’.

So what’s the premi…

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Jamie Oliver's latest restaurant chain, Union Jacks, has been confirmed as launching at Central St Giles this Autumn. 

He'll be joining Zizzi, Byron and Peyton & Byrne among others at the new development just south of New Oxford Street (nestled behind Centre Point).

Jamie's had good form with his previous chain, Jamie's Italian, which opens its biggest restaurant in Islington very soon.&n…

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French Launderette supper club sets out to challenge Keller

Yesterday's announcement about Thomas Keller's Harrod's installation was long-rumoured, but what came as a big shock was the price.  At £250 a head, the pop-up suddenly went way over the budget of most Londoners. It's also a lot more than the price of a meal at Keller's French Laundry restaurant in California which at today's exchange rates comes in at a slightly more palatable £165.

In an ef…

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Italian pasta maker Giovanni Rana to open first UK restaurant in NW1

In Italy, Giovanni Rana is the face of fresh pasta, a chef who made a name for himself with a groundbreaking ad campaign in the 1980s. He has 24 restaurants in Italy including spots in Rome and Milan and now he's coming to London.

According to a note on the website, Da Giovanni was supposed to open on Triton Street, just off the Euston Road, in July, but we now hear that's going to be closer to Se…

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Summer pop-up at The Banqueting House in Whitehall

If you think the look of where you eat is just as important as what you eat, you'll be wanting to pop down to Westminster where, over the next few weeks, Pop up at the Palace takes over the Great Hall at the Banqueting House in the Palace of Westminster.

The main event is The King's Tea - which includes finger sandwiches, scones and clotted cream, brownies, fruit tartlets and tea and coffee for £2…

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Thomas Keller planning London pop-up restaurant at Harrods

Update: Keller has now confirmed the pop-up which will be at Harrods for ten days from 1 October 2011. The French Laundry at Harrods will offer a £250 nine-course meal for lunch and dinner. There will be space for 70 diners at each sitting. Booking opens on 1 September. More details here.

The original story from January:

If you thought the Pierre Koffmann at Selfridges pop-up was a hard ticket to…

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Le Caprice closes this summer for a revamp

Le Caprice is 30 years old and as befits a restaurant entering its middle years, it's going for the catering equivalent of a nip and tuck. The restaurant will close for just over three weeks this summer while they get the decorators in.

Apparently the classic black and white look will stay the same, but they will be putting in a new black marble floor and a larger cloakroom and reception area. The…

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Hazraj opens in Kentish town for tiffin and chaat

As anyone who lives or works in Kentish Town will tell you, it's a bit of a wasteland when it comes to decent places to eat out, so Hot Dinners was pleased to spot a promising new opening in the triangle between Highgate and Fortress roads.

Hazraj bills itself as a Chai Latte house and juice bar, but once inside the tardis-like interior it's obvious that there's quite a bit more to it than that. O…

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Test driving the Devonshire Arms in Chiswick

What can you tell us about the Devonshire Arms?

As an ex-Gordon Ramsay location ‘at the wrong end’ of a leafy Chiswick street, new gastropub The Devonshire Arms may have some cynics to convince.

Stocking the kitchen with a heavyweight in the form of David Philpot, previously of Le Caprice and Dean Street Townhouse, was the first step to impressing West Londoners – and we at Hot Dinners were lucky…

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Start sustainable pop-up launches at Lancaster House

Approaching the grand, imposing entrance to Lancaster House, you don't immediately sense that you're entering a pop-up restaurant, least of all one that is focused on sustainability. However, this is indeed the setting for the latest venture by eco-restaurateur Jamie Grainger-Smith. In conjunction with HRH Prince of Wales’ Start initiative, Jamie is launching a pop-up restaurant with the focus bei…

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Win Heston Blumenthal as a mentor and have your food served on BA

There's just one more day for entries into British Airways Great Britons competition which offers mere mortals the chance to create dishes that will be served up on BA's flights from economy to first class.

Your job over the next 24 hours is to come up with a menu which 'captures the essence of London 2012 in Britain' and do a quick 2 minute video about yourself. All food entries will be judged by…

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A viewer who contacted Ofcom to complain about Gordon's Ramsay's effing and blinding on the TV programme Hell's Kitchen USA has had their complaint upheld. The viewer apparently contacted the broadcast authority after El Gordo used the word "fuck" a terrible/incredible (delete as you feel apropriate) 47 times in one programme - and 18 times in the first eleven minutes of the show.

We can't quite b…

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