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French Restaurant and Wine Bar Edwin’s set to open in Shoreditch

Edwin’s, a restaurant and wine bar serving Lyonnais and regional French dishes alongside a 100% French wine list is set to open next month in the heart of Shoreditch on Phipp Street.

The restaurant takes the name of its proprietor Edwin Chan, a Hong Kong based ‘Adman’ turned restaurateur with a passion for French cuisine and wine. Edwin’s is the second restaurant by Chan, his first (of the same na…

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Sabrina Ghayour teams up with the Modern Pantry for Passage to Persia

Sabrina Ghayour has been having great success running her supperclubs for Persian and Arabesque food in North London. Indeed, Hot Dinners has been and can attest that they are well worth the visit (the slow cooked lamb was wonderful).

Now she's bringing the best of Persian cuisine into Clerkenwell. Sabrina's teaming up with some of London's top chefs for Passage to Persia, a new series of dinners…

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Our Hot Dinners - Sam and Sam Clark of Moro pick their favourite London restaurants

Husband and wife team Sam and Sam Clark opened Moro on London's Exmouth Market back in 1997 and it's since become one of those cornerstone London restaurants, like St John, that everyone loves.

Ever since we started asking foodie folk (and other well-known sorts) to tell us their favourite London restaurants, Moro has been popping up on those lists. Now it's the turn of the Clarks to tell us wher…

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Fay Maschler's Great Taste menu at the Cadogan in Knightsbridge

She's the founder of the London Restaurant Festival as well as the city's best known restaurant critic, so it's particularly apt that Fay Maschler, and her sister Beth Coventry (chef at The Wells in Hampstead) should launch their own menu at The Cadogan Hotel on the opening day of the 2012 London Restaurant Festival.

Fay and Beth's menu is part of a series of dinners the Knightsbridge hotel has be…

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Skymarket roof deli, bar and restaurant opens at London Bridge

It may be getting a little chillier out there, but that hasn't stopped a new rooftop market opening near London Bridge today. Taking up residency in the Skyroom, which Bonnie On Sky and the London Picnic Club called their home during the summer, event organisers Platterform are starting a long-term residency with SkyMarket.

The market will contain a kitchen, bar, deli, art & craft gallery and…

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Masterchef winner Dhruv Baker joins Chef Season at Benares

The chef season at Benares has attracted some big-name chefs over the past few months, with the most recent mash-up between Atul Kochhar and Jose Pizarro proving to be a particularly big hit. Now they're gearing up for the next collaboration which will be with former Masterchef winner Dhruv Baker.

As with past Chef season menus, there will be nine dishes to share - created by the two chefs. So Bak…

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Argentine kitchen Garufin to open on Lambs Conduit Passage

North London steakhouse Garufa in Highbury (recently mentioned in our Best Neighbourhood Restaurants in North London feature) is expanding with a second restaurant, this time in central London. They've brought in a new Executive Chef Ernesto Paiva to head up the kitchen there.

Garufin, which will open in October on Lambs Conduit Passage, will be an "Argentine kitchen" specialising in regional Arge…

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Gordon Ramsay and Mary Portas team up for Channel 4's Hotel Britannia

[Updated 20/9/12 with hotel location details]

Now this is going to be interesting. Channel 4 have just released details of their latest commissions, one of which will see Gordon Ramsay working alongside Mary Portas to open a pop-up hotel.

Hotel GB will follow the pair's attempts to take over a hotel and "turn it into a fund-raising machine and training ground for a range of currently unemployed pe…

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Gallic flair in Islington - we try dinner at Assiette Anglaise

Islington gets a new grown-up French restaurant on the site of the old Morgan M on Liverpool Road.…

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Roti Chai bringing pop-up Chaat Shack & Bar to the South Bank

Another pop up is making its way south of the river for the last gasp of Summer. Roti Chai, the Indian street food restaurant in Mayfair which we rather liked, is coming to the South Bank to take part in the Indian music festival Darbar.

They'll be setting up a "Chaat Shack" outside the Elizabeth Hall, with an accompanying bar inside. A collection of "street chaats" will be served up including Bom…

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My Hot Dinners - Guy Pelly picks his favourite London restaurants

Nightclub owner Guy Pelly first shot to fame with his first club Mahiki which he opened in 2005 and which quickly became the party venue of choice of Britain's young royals. A close friend of Prince William and Kate Middleton, he went on to help run Whisky Mist, Guy Ritchie's Punch Bowl and then opened the Chelsea nighclub Public. HIs latest venture is the Mexican bar Tontoria on Sloane Square -…

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Guy Pelly to open Tonteria Mexican bar on Sloane Square

Guy Pelly, the man behind Mahiki and Chelsea nightclub Public is about to open a huge Mexican bar and restaurant on Sloane Square. Tonteria, which he'll open with fellow nightclub entrepreneur Marc Burton, will feature a Mexican inspired menu and large range of cocktails.

Early evening drinks will be served from a cocktail drinks trolley with the barman making drinks by your table while - as anyon…

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Boundary Rooftop to reopen in Spring as year-round bar and grill

It was one of the first proper rooftop places to eat and drink when Shoreditch took off, now the Boundary Rooftop bar and grill is going to have a fresh look when it reopens in early Spring 2013.

The new-look rooftop will have a new weatherproof area, new garden and new menus. And when it reopens in Spring it'll be open for breakfast, lunch and supper (with a late bar) seven days per week – all ye…

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Cloudy Bay Shack pops up at Canary Wharf

The end of summer is upon us - but there's still time and just enough sun for a few more outdoor pop ups. The first one we have news of today is the welcome reappearance of the Cloudy Bay Shack.

This is a yearly event which sees Cloudy Bay setting up shop in an Airstream and giving punters the opportunity to match their wines with special bespoke dishes. This time they're parking in Canary Wharf,…

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Terroirs and Brawn team to take over the Green Man and French Horn on St Martin's Lane

[Updated 12/9/12 with opening date and more menu details]

Big news from the team behind Terroirs, Brawn and Soif - Hot Dinners hears that their next restaurant will be taking over the Green Man & French Horn pub on St Martin's Lane.

They'll be keeping the name and as per their other spots, there'll be a distinctly French influence on the food and drink, this time focusing on the greater Loire…

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