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Artesian at the Langham is the World's Best Bar 2012

Fresh from nabbing 61 out of 100 places in this year's National Restaurant Awards earlier this week, London's also played a blinder when it comes to the international bar scene.

At the World's 50 Best Bars announcements last night, London picked up 13 out out of 50 slots including the much-coveted No 1 position.

Pick of the bars was Artesian at the Langham, run by mixologist Alex Kratena (whose wo…

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Swedish Ambassador hosts Faviken book launch

Food writers and chefs flocked to Portland Place last night for the launch of Phaidon's beautiful Faviken book, hosted by the Ambassador of Sweden at her residence.

Hot Dinners spotted Observer Food Monthly editor Allan Jenkins and food writers Thane Prince and Xanthe Clay, as well as chefs Gizzie Erskine and James Lowe in the throng, all drawn to meet the chef and author of the book, Magnus Nilss…

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Paul A Young launches his pop-up chocolate shop at The Folly

October is upon us. The weather is set to ‘grey’, you can’t leave the house without a brolly, and it’s still dark when you have to drag yourself out of bed in the morning. All in all, there’s not much to be happy about - that is until you realise that the start of October also signals the arrival of National Chocolate Week.

After all, how many more reasons to be cheerful do you need than a wide va…

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Ledbury is National Restaurant Awards No 1 restaurant third year running

Last night's National Restaurant Awards saw Brett Graham's The Ledbury pick up the top slot in their 100 Best Restaurants for the third year in a row. The awards are decided by the 150-strong membership of the National Restaurant Awards Academy, which includes chefs, restaurateurs and critics.

In fact, London did pretty well all told, with 61 restaurants in the Top 100 list. High new entries were…

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Bar Tozino Spanish bodega opens at Maltby Street Market

His jamon stall's already one of the key draws at Maltby Street Market and now Chuse Valero of Tozino is expanding with the opening of Bar Tozino in one of the arches there. Hot Dinners grabbed some time with him to find out what you can expect.

So what's the deal with Bar Tozino?

"We want to be a unique place in UK - with Hams from spain, especially Iberico and also we want to be quite simple, we…

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Gourmet hot-dogs and champagne - we try Bubbledogs

It's one half of the most-discussed restaurant openings in London this Autumn - we take a look at James Knappett and Sandia Chang's upmarket hot-dog joint.…

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Test Driving Kitchen Table in Fitzrovia

It's the second, more refined half of James Knappett and Sandia Chang's space on Charlotte Street with a daily changing menu which reflects what's good right now.…

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Street Feast night market gets permanent venue at Hackney Down Studios

London night market Street Feast has ceased its nocturnal wanderings and found a permanent spot to trade from. They'll be opening up at Hackney Down Studios from Friday 21 September.

Roughly 16 traders will pitch up each week, from longstanding favourites like Big Apple Hot Dogs, Kimchi Cult and The Ribman, to newbies such as Vanduke noodles, and Yum Jungle. Launch night on the 21st will feature a…

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Byron launches MO burger for this year's Movember

It's that time of the year when men's minds turn to wondering what manner of fanciful facial appendage they'll be growing next month. That's right - it's nearly Movember. This global movement held every year to raise funds (and awareness) for men's health issues has had a lot of support from London's food world, none moreso than burger joint Byron.

2012 will be the third year Byron have come up wi…

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Dancers bring food to your table with the Waldorf Project

Do you sometimes feel that waiters don't make enough of a song and dance when they deliver food to your table? Then a new five day installation at Netil House may be just the thing for you.

The Waldorf Project is the brainchild of Sean Rogg and is being designed to bring together "visual art, choreography, theatre, design, electronic music and gastronomy" into an immersive dining experience. Kicki…

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Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley to open for lunch on Saturdays

Looks like business is booming in Knightsbridge as Marcus Wareing prepares to open the doors of his restaurant at the Berkeley hotel for lunch on Saturday for the first time in four years.

Wareing will be offering a five course lunch menu at £58 or the Tasting Menu at £98 (with matching wines for £85 or fine wines for £195) for lunch every Saturday, 12pm – 3pm, from 20 October 2012.

And - if you'…

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Corbin and King to launch Colbert, their third restaurant in a year

[Updated 3/10/12 with soft launch and reservations line details]

The last twelve months must have been the busiest ever for Corbin and King - the uber-restaurant players responsible for London’s ultra-luxe cafes The Wolseley and The Delaunay. Just before Christmas 2011 they opened the doors on The Delaunay on Aldwych and barely  six months later they’d opened Brasserie Zedel - their massive e…

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Last minute tickets left for the Fine Wine Auction and Dinner

If you're really quick off the mark (and have some dosh to spend on a good cause) there are still a few tickets left for this Saturday's Action Against Hunger Fine Wine Auction and Dinner.

The do, held this weekend at City restaurant 1 Lombard Street sees top chefs Claude Bosi (Hibiscus), Andrew Fairlie (Andrew Fairlie at Gleneagles), Phil Howard (The Square) and Tom Kerridge (The Hand and Flowers…

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Dishoom Shoreditch to open on Boundary Street

[Updated 2/10/12 with menu and soft launch offer details]

It's already a hot spot in Covent Garden and now Dishoom is opening a second place in East London. Dishoom Shoreditch will open in October 2012 on Boundary Street. They'll have a bar, café, kitchen dining room and courtyard.

It's bound to look amazing if the appointment of top designers Russell Sage Studio is anything to go by.

For good wea…

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Chocolate safari takes in the wilds of Park Lane

If you're a chocolate fanatic - you'd better put a few dates in your diary over the next few weeks. On two afternoons - Wednesday, 10 October and Saturday, 13 October - food writer Sudi Pigott will be leading an Original Beans chocolate safari through the 'wilds' of Park Lane.

The tour covers savoury and sweet dishes using Original Beans Cru Virunga at three of Mayfair's leading restaurants inters…

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