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Skyroom bar opens for Christmas on Tooley Street

If you're bored of the usual bars and looking for somewhere extraordinary to take a pre-prandial drink this weekend, you might want to take a wander down Tooley Street. Eagle-eyed denizens of London Bridge may have noticed the Skyroom balancing precariously over the edge of the fifth floor of Magdalen House at 148 Tooley Street.

Magdelen House, it transpires, is the headquarters of the Architecture…

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Burger King opens standalone dessert bar in London's Westfield

At Hot Dinners we are usually more interested by London's finer dining establishments, but we find ourselves strangely drawn to the idea of the new Burger King dessert bar which has just opened in London's Westfield shopping centre.

The Westfield dessert bar is only Europe's second standalone Burger King dessert bar to open (the first was in Benidorm). It will serve up existing products, such as BK…

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A sneak peak at the South Bank Chocolate FestivalNestled among the Christmas markets and party revellers on the South Bank this weekend, the Chocolate Festival will be providing some pre-Christmas indulgence on a grand scale. Some of the best chocolatiers from around the country will be hosting tastings, demonstrations and more as stalls sell hot chocolate, truffles, caramels and all things cacao.

We were lucky enough to be invited along to a pre…

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Sketch pop-up cafe launches at the Royal Academy

Last week, Hot Dinners was invited to the launch of the new GSK Contemporary – Aware: Art Fashion Identity exhibition at the Royal Academy.  What has this to do with food, you might ask?  Well, for the second year, Sketch are providing a pop-up café to coincide with the event. And so, Hot Dinners was able to play its favourite game of chase the canapé, under the pretence of taking in some culture.…

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Updated: 13 January 2012: Gordon's first Las Vegas restaurant will be called Gordon Ramsay Steak and is expected to open in Spring 2012. The steakhouse will have 274 covers and includes a large bar area, chef's table and private dining room in addition to the main room.

It may be situated in the Paris Las Vegas hotel, but the steakhouse will have a solidly British feel, offering dishes such as fis…

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Bougie Macaron launches in Covent Garden's Russell Street

Hot Dinners braved the snow on Wednesday to head down to the launch of the recently-opened Bougie Macaron & Tea at 3 Russell Street in Covent Garden. Run by Frenchman Jean Nedelec, the West End branch is the second of the Parisien-inspired patisseries to open, their flagship store is in Edinburgh.

The menu and location make Bougie good for a spot of brunch, or an afternoon pick-me up, having a…

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We’re liking the sound of the new QV Bar opening on the ground floor of Quo Vadis in January. According to a press release the bar will be run by award-winning mixologist Paul Mant, who’s presided over the bar at the Quo Vadis members’ club for the past few years.

The bar will have its own bar menu featuring such delights as salt cod fritters with tartar sauce and Montgomery Cheddar and smoked Tre…

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Heston’s London restaurant causes booking meltdown

Table bookings for Heston Blumenthal’s new Knightsbridge restaurant almost brought booking lines down today as more than 4000 covers were booked in the first five hours of the telephone lines opening this morning. Dinner by Heston Blumenthal opens at the London Mandarin Oriental Hotel on 31 January 2011, but advance reservations opened for the restaurant this morning at 9am.

‘They’re absolutely sw…

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At 9am this morning (December 1st) the booking lines opened for Heston Blumenthal's eagerly awaited London restaurant - Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.  Given that it's the first London restaurant to be opened by arguably Britain's top chef you can expect enormous interest and a long battle to make a reservation.  As with any hard-to-book restaurant, if you're prepared to try for a mid-week lunch, th…

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It was one of the biggest restaurant stories of the past few weeks, that Jeremy King and Chris Corbin had finally signed a deal to open a sibling restaurant to their massively successful Piccadilly hub The Wolseley.

Now Hot Dinners has learned that the new Wolseley – which will be very similar to the Piccadilly restaurant, but won’t carry its name, should be open in time for Christmas next year. A…

Read more: Wolseley Mark Two will open its doors next November

Trine Hahnemann hosts Danish embassy's Yule party

Hot Dinners is full of the festive spirit following a party over at the Danish embassy last night where cookery writer Trine Hahnemann presided over a splendid spread for the Ambassador’s Nordic Yule do. (We'll forbear from any mention of Ferrero Rocher, we swear!)

‘Nordic cooking has changed completely over the last 20 years,’ she told us, before plying us with canapés including cubes of slow-coo…

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Anyone who's a fan of Ottolenghi, whether it's their restaurants or the cookbook, will be pleased to hear that they're branching out by opening a standalone restaurant called NOPI in Soho next year.

As Ottolenghi's official strategic thinker Noam Bar explained to Hot Dinners: 'We wanted to challenge ourselves, to launch a new concept, to allow ourselves to create a new restaurant from a fresh star…

Read more: Ottolenghi opens Soho venture in February called NOPI

Damn it Janis - restaurant runner banned from posh London postcodesHot Dinners have been following with interest the story of the penniless Latvian filmmaker who embarked on a fortnight of scamming some of London's most expensive restaurants by enjoying lavish meals and then scarpering without paying. This week Janis Nords appeared in court over three charges of making off without payment. He also asked for six other similar offences to be taken into account.

Ove…

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Sushi classes at Holloway's new Sushi Academy

We're always partial to good sushi here at Hot Dinners and on a freezing winter's night, we're not inclined to go too far to find it. So we were happy to take up the offer of a free sushi-making class from Sushi Academy London who are weeks away from launching their new restaurant and academy just off the Holloway Road.

Pained, or as they more eloquently put it 'particularly grieved'  by some of t…

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Visa woes put Hell's Kitchen winner Holli's Savoy Grill job on hold

When single mother Holli Ugalde won Hell's Kitchen USA there was a lot of buzz over the fact that she'd be working for Gordon Ramsay at the much-anticipated reopening of the Savoy Grill. But the dream could remain just that if the American winner doesn't manage to resolve issues over getting hold of a working visa. The Sunday Mirror reports that, as the situation currently stands, Ugalde will not…

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