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Death by Burrito Mexican food and Tequila bar opens in Shoreditch

Keeping the trend in London set firmly towards Latin America - Death by Burrito is going to create quite a storm when it opens up in Shoreditch next month. Billed as a contemporary Mexican grill and cocktail bar, it's the brainchild of Shay Ola - who's behind the Rebel Dining Society.

Death by Burrito will be at Catch bar and the drinks are going to be a seriously important part of the experi…

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Victorian style underground restaurant The Factory House to open in Leadenhall Market

We've had plenty of speakeasy style restaurants in London and now restaurants are looking back further for their inspiration. The latest is the Factory House, opening in Leadenhall Market, which is taking Victorian industrialisation as its theme (recently made popular by a certain sporting opening ceremony).

The subterranean restaurant, which will seat 180, is an all-day affair and will "celebrate…

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Ten Bells crew

Earlier this year, the Young Turks had huge success at the Ten Bells, which gave chefs Isaac McHale and James Lowe some of their best raves yet. When their run finished, Isaac and the boys from the Clove Club (Daniel Willis & Johnny Smith who manage the front of house) stayed on to run Upstairs at the Ten Bells under their new name of "St Vibes". Now Isaac, Daniel and Johnny are looking forwar…

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Santa Maria Pizza to open Sacro Cuore Pizza in Kensal Rise

The original Santa Maria Pizza has been topping London's best pizza lists since it opened over two years ago. The small Ealing restaurant has a large and devoted following, topping many a "best pizza" list by serving up some of the best woodfired pizzas in London. And now they're about to open a second pizza restaurant, Sacro Cuore Pizza in Kensal Rise. We caught up with one of Santa Maria's owner…

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Superette brings a hot dog pop-up to Broadway Market

Hot dogs really do seem to be the next big trend in London after burgers (all eyes are on the upcoming Bubbledogs) and now another Hot Dog event has thrown its hat into the ring. Superette are launching a new hot dog pop-up at F. Cooke Pie & Mash on Broadway market for four Saturdays from August 11.

Hot dogs on offer - all priced at £6 - will be:

  • Chicago dog (beef sausage, pepperoncini, tomat…

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Vinoteca launches bag-in-a-box wine tasting

It's a much maligned method of serving wine (although at Hot Dinners we're quite fond of them) but now Vinoteca's championing the wine box with a BYOEB deal (bring your own empty bottle). Every Monday night, for the next three months, you can either bring a bottle from home or pick a recycled Vinoteca bottle and have it filled with the wine of your choice from their wine boxes - saving around 60%.…

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Birthdays is behind White Rabbit on Dalston's Bradbury Street

Hard on the heels of Rita's Dining which has taken over their bar to become one of the hottest spots in East London, Birthdays in Dalston has spawned another local restaurant that's already creating a storm. White Rabbit opened a month ago on Bradbury Street. "We've had a very warm reception from the public and our neighbours alike," chef Danny Cheetham told Hot Dinners. "It seems people like what…

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Iceland burger chain Tommi's burger joint to open in Marylebone

Looks like there's mileage in the burger craze yet as Icelandic burger joint Hamborgara Bullan opens its first UK place in Marylebone next week. We were first alerted to their imminent arrival by London blog Londonontheinside and got in touch with them to find out what Londoners can expect when they open.

[For burger fans - Hamborgara Tómasar aka Tommi's Hamburger Joint opened in 2003 in Reykjavik…

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The UK's top chefs join up with Jamie Oliver to serve dinner at Fifteen

It's graduation time soon at Jamie Oliver's Fifteen, where the apprentice chefs are into their last month. And to celebrate there's a special run of dinners planned for the end of August before the schooled chefs are released into the wild. But this year, being Fifteen's 10th anniversary, they're upping the ante a bit.

For one week, the professional chefs at Fifteen will be handing things over to…

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Yaki Japanese bakery offers healthy takeaway food on Goodge Street

As more and more Londoners end up eating lunch al desko we're seeing a similar rise in new openings targeting people who want to eat well, but on the hoof. In addition to the whole street food scene, there's Kêu! over on Old Street with its banh mi and yoobi in Soho - London's first temakaria.

The newest addition to this bunch is yaki - a Japanese bakery due to open officially in August…

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 South American and Japanese fusion with a view - we scale the heights of Sushisamba

We head to the top of one of London's newest high rises to check out the food and take in the view at Sushisamba..…

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Bibigo Bar & Dining opens with soft launch throughout August

Bibigo is a popular restaurant chain in South Korea which originally set out to reinvent the national dish bibimbap (mixed rice with vegetables) as a fast-food meal. They've restaurants in Singapore, Beijing and Los Angeles and also sell sauces across the US. Now Bibigo Bar and Dining has just opened their first UK restaurant - and with a pretty cracking soft launch offer too.

From today, they'll…

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Black's Soho throws doors open for summer specials

If you have the bad luck to be stuck in London over the summer you'll be wanting something to make up for it. That's where private members club Black's on Dean Street in Soho comes in. They'll be opening their doors to non-members on Saturdays throughout August.

Lunch and dinner will take place in Black’s famous panelled dining room, complete with rare Hogarth prints. The room will be lit by candl…

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House of Wolf bringing experimental dining to Upper Street

A few days ago, the arrival of a new Twitter account for House of Wolf created a bit of a stir with London's foodies wondering what exactly 'experimental dining' in Islington would entail. Well now we can reveal all.

House of Wolf will be taking over the building formerly occuped by Albert and Pearl (and before them the Medicine Bar) on Upper Street. It's a lovely old listed building and a former…

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Zetter Townhouse and Connaught bar are Best In World

Hooray for London. Not only are we a frankly amazing Olympic city - we're also home to some of the best cocktail bars in the world. But don't take our word for it - we stormed the Spirited Awards in America last night. London bars and bartenders picked up six awards in total. The awards are the culmination of the annual Tales of the Cocktail festival held in New Orleans, now in its tenth year.

The…

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