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Ledbury chef goes it alone to open Bubbledogs and Kitchen Table

[Updated 23/8/12 with opening date details]

James Knappett - former Sous Chef at The Ledbury - is on the verge of opening his own restaurant with wife Sandia Chang, (who's currently sommelier at Roganic) on Charlotte Street. Bubbledogs will open on August 29.

The new place on Charlotte Street will be a restaurant of two halves - there'll be Bubbledogs at the front - serving up brilliant hot dogs a…

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Gory Gourmet zombie street food hits London's markets

Word of an enterprising movie/food promotion has just come our way. To tie in with the release of zombie thriller series The Walking Dead Season 2 there's a new street food pop up - The Gory Gourmet.

The Gory Gourmet's menu is made up entirely of brains and offal and is the brainchild (sorry!) of Street Kitchen's Mark Jankel. The menu features a Big Brain Burger with smoked mustard mayo, lettuce…

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Media City Gastro Boozer - we test drive Draft House on Goodge Street

We pop down for a pint and some pork scratchings at the first Draft House to open north of the river.…

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Sliders, cocktails and more - we try out Sliderbar in Soho

Famed burger vendors Lucky Chip come to the Player Club Soho, so we head down to feast on sliders and burger ice creams.…

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Michael Nadra opening second restaurant in Primrose Hill

[Updated with menu details and opening date 7/9/12]

His original restaurant in Chiswick has been a big success and now Michael Nadra is moving across town to Primrose Hill. The chef, who's previously worked at Petrus, Chez Bruce and La Trompette will be opening a restaurant and martini bar there this September.

The new restaurant will have Nadra in the kitchen (his current Sous Chef, Peter Harbrec…

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Two huge new bars planned for the City, The Happenstance and Haberdashery

Drake and Morgan, the company behind such city bars as The Parlour and The Folly have announced plans to open two more massive bars in the City next year.

The first is The Happenstance - an 8000 square foot spot at No 1 St Paul's Churchyard. There'll be room for 238 people to eat and drink and an open kitchen, deli, mixology table, florist, bar and private dining room. 

Just around the corner…

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Make a date for the Scotch Egg Challenge 2012 at the Ship Wandsworth

[Updated 28/8/12 with finalists]

It's going to be one of the hardest-fought contest in London's foodie world - yes, the competition for the 2012 Scotch Egg Challenge is now on.

This is the contest's second year - its inaugural year created a storm of buzz with Best Overall Scotch going to The Devonshire Arms, Best Non-Retail Scotch egg to The Friday Food Club and the Forever Eggsploring Award for…

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Soho House set to open 'Dirty Burger' popup in Kentish Town

Soho House has been keeping a dirty little secret. The global members club, hotel and restaurant group has recently unveiled 'Dirty Burger, a new venture aimed at serving simple, high quality burgers which Hot Dinners can exclusively reveal will open to the public in Kentish Town next week.

A departure from the contemporary, well-dressed image synonymous with the Soho House brand, Dirty Burger is…

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Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack to launch in Fitzrovia

They've already run a number of pop-up projects around London and now the people behind Bonnie Gull (Seafood Shack, Bonnie & Wild and Bonnie-on-sky) are opening their first permanent restaurant. The Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack will open on Fitzrovia's Foley Street in October.

As per their previous projects, the Seafood Shack will be featuring only responsibly sourced and 100% British produce. Th…

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Ben Spalding to start six month restaurant residency at John Salt in Islington

Ben Spalding has been a busy man since he left Roganic, after making a huge splash there last year. He's been appearing at some of the best events in town and his Stripped Back stall at Broadway Market every Saturday has been a big success. We've been waiting for some time to hear his long term plans, and now they've finally been revealed.

Keston Lodge on Upper Street Islington is being revamped a…

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Burnt Enz and Homeslice team up for a London pizza party

If your idea of a good time consists of pizza, good music and some decent grog then you'll need to head to Hackney next Saturday. Two of London's top pizza teams Homeslice and Burnt Enz have joined forces to throw the mother and father of all pizza parties. They've invited nine other pizza peddlers, plus three guest chefs to the Climpson & sons Roastery for a day of slices and fun.

On the rost…

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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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