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Simply reading about Britain’s biggest restaurant, Cosmo has made Hot Dinners come over all weary. According to an article in today’s Independent, the eaterie, which opens in November in Croydon’s Valley Leisure Park, will take up 22,000 square feet, serve no fewer than 800 covers and employ around 40-50 chefs.

If all that wasn’t enough to make you give it the widest of berths, let us draw your at…

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Demand for the Gourmet Odyssey Tours at this year's London Restaurant Festival has apparently been so high that the organisers have been inspired to add two entirely new tours to the roster.

The Soho Tour on 9 October will begin with a starter and glass of champagne at Quo Vadis, main course at Arbutus and then finishing at Yauatcha - that will be £85 per person. And the Shoreditch Tour on the 16…

Read more: Soho and Shoreditch gourmet tours for London Restaurant Festival

The revamped Camden Roundhouse will soon have a restaurant to match its updated surroundings. Made In Camden, a new bar and dining room will open in October 2010.

Made In Camden takes the idea of local sourcing to its ultimate conclusion with both chef Josh Katz and designer Michael Sodeau having grown up in the area. There's more than a nod to local produce when it comes to the drinks list too wi…

Read more: Camden Roundhouse opens Made In Camden bar and dining room

Bjorn van der Horst announces Eastside Inn's closure

Hot Dinners were sad to hear the news this week that Bjorn van der Horst had announced the closure of his Clerkenwell restaurant, the Eastside Inn.  Talking to Caterersearch.com, the chef explained; 'We were offered the opportunity to carry on but we didn't want to get ourselves into a hole that we couldn't get out of and end up not being able to pay our staff and suppliers.'

When we interviewed v…

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Ben Greeno's Tudor Road supperclub is London's hottest ticket

The last time chef Ben Greeno turned up at a supper club, there was something of a mini riot amongst London’s fooderati to nab places at the table, and then a slew of disappointed people who hadn’t managed it. Why so popular? A glance at Mr Greeno’s cv might explain it – with training at Sat Baines followed by two stints at World’s Best Restaurant ™ Noma and Manhattan’s Momofuku, who wouldn’t want…

Read more: Ben Greeno's Tudor Road supperclub is London's hottest ticket

The 20th edition of Harden's Guide is published today and from 85,000 reports they've come up with a list of the good, the bad and the overpriced in London.

Favourite: Chez Bruce
Best for Business: The Wolseley
Best for Romance: La Poule au Pot (for the 16th year).
Best breakfast: The Wolseley.
Best Bar/pub: Anchor & Hope.
Best new restaurant: Viajante
Best restaurant: Marcus Wareing at the Berkeley
B…

Read more: Marcus Wareing and Viajante winners in 2010 Harden's Guide

A whole host of top chefs were to be found in the City this morning as Action against Hunger held its charity breakfast at Le Coq D’Argent to launch its Fight Hunger/Eat Out campaign. Hot Dinners spotted Giorgio Locatelli, Marcus Wareing and Oliver Rowe among the chefs giving their support to this good cause.

Head chef of the group was clearly Raymond Blanc who told Hot Dinners he was passionate a…

Read more: Blanc, Wareing and Locatelli show support for Action Against Hunger

Proud Camden has just announced it's launching a New York-inspired restaurant in the bar/live music space's South Gallery in Camden Market this November.

Proud Kitchen opens in Camden on 11 November. Billed as a 'chic alternative to market stalls and chains' it'll offer breakfast, lunch and dinner menus - created by chef Finlay Logan. As this is Camden we're talking about, expect smoked tofu wraps…

Read more: Proud Camden launches new restaurant this November

El Bulli chef opens first branch of Durius River Cafe in LondonHe's described by Wikipedia as a disciple of Ferran Adria. Now Sergi Arola, the El-Bulli trained chef, and owner of two Michelin stars in his own right for his restaurant Gastro in Madrid, has quietly opened a wine restaurant in London.

Situated on the banks of the Thames, opposite the Tate Modern and beside High Timber restaurant, the Durius Cafe is the fifth in a chain of cafes which were first…

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It’s fast becoming known as ‘Currygate’ – the moment at which pop star Lily Allen took on Labour leader candidate David Miliband over his choice of London’s best restaurant. The exchange on Twitter was prompted by Miliband Senior’s decision to pick Camden’s Masala Zone as the best restaurant in London.

Asked about the best meal he’d had in London, Miliband replied; ‘I had a fantastic takeaway from…

Read more: Currygate: what are politicians' favourite London restaurants?

Jason Atherton confirms January opening for Pollen Street Social

Former Maze chef Jason Atherton has confirmed a January opening for his new restaurant Pollen Street Social, which will be just off Hanover Square.

In a release issued today Atherton said he's 'been dreaming about opening my own restaurant for nearly 20 years and am thrilled to have found this great site in the heart of Mayfair, a place that I love being part of.'

Pollen Street Social will feature…

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Wolfgang Puck confirms Cut steakhouse for London

Is London ready for another steakhouse? Coming just after another American company Goodman opened its second UK branch in the City to general acclaim, we hear that Los Angeles chef to the stars, Wolfgang Puck, has confirmed he’s also heading over to London.

In an interview this week, Wolfgang was quoted as saying; ‘We’re opening a Cut steakhouse in London’ which confirms stories earlier this year…

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Top Roman chef to open seafood restaurant in London

Top Italian chef Massimo Riccioli is heading for London to open a branch of his renowned restaurant La Rosetta - which has been serving up top-class seafood to the Romans since it first opened in 1966.

Riccoli will launch a fish and seafood restaurant in new five-star hotel The Corinthia, which is opening up on Whitehall Place in early 2011. He was last in town back in June cooking the welcome mea…

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French Laundry chef opens patisserie at Harvey Nicks

Fresh from the excitement brought on by last night’s Great British Bake Off, Hot Dinners is in a dreamy cake state of mind with the news that patisserie chef Claire Clark, formerly of the French Laundry (widely agreed to be one of the best restaurants in the world) is opening a mini-patisserie on the Fifth Floor at Harvey Nicks for two months.

Showing the utmost restraint, by not referring to it i…

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Nobu Berkeley’s days as London's number one celebrity dinner spot may be numbered now that Hakkasan has announced the opening of its second restaurant in Mayfair, just around the corner in Bruton Street, off Berkeley Square.

Hakkasan Mayfair, which opens this November, will be slightly bigger than its Hanway Street sibling with a 145-seater restaurant in the basement (including a private dining ro…

Read more: Hakkasan Mayfair will open its doors in November

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