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Experimental Food Society returns with food weaponry and human cakes

Last year they brought us camel ice cream and exploding cakes - and this November the Experimental Food Society Spectacular is back for more mind-bending tricks with food.

The exhibition will take over the East Wintergarden at Canary Wharf, with plenty of edible art, interactive exhibits and tips on how to recreate some of the experiences at home.

This year among other things, you can expect:…

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The Perkin Reveller opens right next to the Tower of London

For a city that's full of some of the best museums and tourist attractions, it can be surprisingly hard to find good places to eat near London's tourist traps. So, it's always good to hear about ones opening near a big London landmark.

In this case it's The Perkin Reveller, a new restaurant - although in this instance it's billed as a "modern day dining hall" - right next to the Tower of London. U…

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April Bloomfield to join Fergus Henderson for two-day event at St John Hotel

[Updated 31/8 with more booking details and pricing]

There's been a huge amount of speculation as to when British chef April Bloomfield will make a return visit to these shores. Originally from Birmingham, she's had enormous success in New York at the Spotted Pig, The Breslin and the John Dory Oyster Bar. Speculation has been rife that she's considering a return to these shores in some form.

Whil…

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Assiette Anglaise opens on Islington's Liverpool Road

Although a stream of new gastropub openings have recently revitalised eating out in Islington, decent restaurants are still relatively few and far between. Which makes the opening of Assiette Anglaise tomorrow all the more exciting.

This new all-day dining restaurant is taking over the space that used to be Morgan M on Liverpool Road, and they have some serious credentials to recommend them.

The H…

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London restaurant boom as new openings rise by a quarter

If you've been following Hot Dinners since we started (and if you haven't, why not?!) it'll be pretty self-evident that the London restaurant world is going through one hell of a growth spurt.

For example, we've got details on over 50 restaurants of note opening in the next 12 months on our Coming Soon page: 17 of those are due to open their doors in September alone. And you can find details on 16…

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Jose Pizarro menu at Benares Bar in Mayfair for one week

We know his fans are legion, so the news that José Pizarro is heading into town for his first residency in the bar at Atul Kochhar's Benares on Berkeley Square should please plenty of people. He'll be in Mayfair for a week, running from 17-22 September.

Dishes on the bar menu will include some of José's classics - grilled Prawns with Chilli, Manchego Fig & Almond Salad, and Barbecued Lamb Cutl…

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Test driving the Marylebone wine bar and restaurant 28:50

We head down to Marylebone to check out the second 28:50 wine bar to open.…

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Coffee, pizzas and much more - test driving Caravan in King's Cross

We try out the new Caravan in the revamped Granary building in King's Cross and tell you where to eat, what to order and more.…

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Brindisa opening Tramontana Brindisa in Shoreditch

Update - Tramontana Brindisa is having a soft launch with 50% off food on 4/5 September. Call 07591 742045 or email reservations@tramontanabrindisa.com to book.

The Tapas Brindisa group, already behind some of the most successful Spanish restaurants in town, are about to add a fourth restaurant to their staple. Tramontana Brindisa will open in Shoreditch in August, taking over the site where Saf…

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Exclusive 30% discount at Opera Tavern for Hot Dinners readers

Ever since it opened, Opera Tavern's been one of our favourite places to eat in London - those foie gras burgers! And the crispy pigs ears! So we're as pleased as punch to be able to bring you a Hot Dinners exclusive offer on eating there. 

For one week only - Opera Tavern will offer Hot Dinners' readers 30% off their food bill at lunchtime. The offer runs on Wednesday 29 August and Thur…

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Zuma and Aqua owners announce restaurant plans for the Shard

From practically no high-rise restaurants to speak of, London's skyline eating spots have boomed over the past year with two restaurants in the Heron Tower and the Angler at the top of 3 South Place all opening within weeks of each other. And now we've found out what's going to be in The Shard when it opens next year.

We already knew that a Shangri-La hotel was going to be on floors 34 to 52. But…

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Graphic Bar in Soho serves up 3D art and sliders

For punters who like a bit of art with their food and drink, Soho bar Graphic has just launched a 3D art installation. Designed by 1970s artist Jim Sharp, the piece consists of a set of 3D paintings you'll need special specs to fully appreciate.

To tie-in with the art, the bar's also created 3D menus and a 4D cocktail - in practice you get to make your own cocktail for four to share, adding the fo…

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B-Soho pizzeria to open on Poland Street

Soho's really been having something of a restaurant renaissance of late, but not everyone's been able to make a go of it. Sadly, after opening in February this year, 52 North on Poland Street has shut its doors. However, a new restaurant has swept in and plans to open soon.

B-Soho will be a new pizzeria and cocktail bar, taking over the Poland Street location. It'll be a two level restaurant, both…

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Alyn Williams, Hawksmoor, Byron pick up 2012 Olive Magazine Alternative Restaurant Awards

It's the time of year for Olive magazine's Alternative Restaurant Awards - which is always one of our favourite magazine features. This year is once again a boom one for London's eateries, with loads of awards heading to local faves.

  • Alyn Williams at the Westbury picks up the Matthew Kelly Prize for Stars in his Eyes (for a new restaurant most deserving of a Michelin star)
  • Byron picks up the gong…

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Free Company next to take up residency at the Endurance

The Endurance in Soho has been championing a number of chefs in the past few months with Patty & Bun, Blanch & Shock and the Pizza Pilgrims all putting in an appearance. The themed residencies are continuing, with Free Company taking over for September.

Free Company is David Boycott, Billy Stock and Josh Rhode. In charge in the kitchen is David, who currently works at the Opera Tavern - bu…

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