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Test Driving Sussex - The Gladwin Brothers move into Soho

The Gladwin Brothers have already had hits with The Shed, Nutbourne and others - this sees them opening their latest restaurant in Soho. We head down for a look.  

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A Friends themed cafe has opened in Hornsey and it's playing the show on a loop

We're not too sure how long this Friends themed wine bar/cafe is going to be around, once Warner Bros gets wind of their existence (although maybe they do have permission, who knows?). So if you fancy combining watching your favourite TV show along with enjoying brunch, then you'd best get down here sharpish.

The Hornsey cafe, which promises to play episodes of the show on a loop, certainly does…

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Dan Doherty is returning with a new London restaurant Tila in Deptford

Around this time last year, after an HR investigation found him guilty of sexual misconduct, high profile chef Dan Doherty left his position at The Royal Oak in Marylebone. Following an expose in the Sunday Times, the story was (and remains) the highest-profile example of the Me Too movement hitting the UK restaurant industry. From the fallout, Doherty also lost both a TV show and his role at a h…

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Pidgin comes to Sons + Daughters King's Cross with their latest special

Back at work and in real need of a proper sandwich for lunch? Well, Sons + Daughters are bringing a little taste of their sibling restaurant Pidgin to King's Cross this month.

For January, Pidgin chefs Michael Robins and Hamish Pearce present their take on a Tuna Melt. It's sustainably sourced pole-caught tuna, horseradish aioli, smoked applewood cheddar, spiced onion relish, mango chutney, icebe…

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The cheese room at Le Pont de la Tour this January is serving up fondue feasts

Riverside restaurant Le Pont de la Tour certainly understands how to deal with January. They've reworked part of their alpine terrace to incorporate a cheese room where they're offering a three-course fondue feast all this month.

So if your idea of the best way to conquer January blues is by ingesting cheese, cheese and more cheese, then you've come to the right place. The room - which may be tec…

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Sarap is opening its first standalone Filipino residency in Brixton

They've already had successful residencies across town and now Filipino restaurant Sarap is about to open in Brixton Village with its first standalone restaurant. Its residencies have been heaped with praise, with a rave from Jimi Famurewa in the Standard, who called it "big-hearted food that mostly speaks for itself, naturally nudging you towards an intensely pleasurable, unprissy way…

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Patron Cave à Manger are bringing their Parisian brasserie to Blackstock Road

Popular Kentish Town brasserie Patron is expanding - they've picked Blackstock Road for their second site, serving up all manner of classic French wine and dishes.…

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The Gantry London at Stratford will feature a 17 floor sky bar and destination restaurant

With Allegra at The Stratford getting such good reviews, the owners of new Stratford spot The Gantry London will be hoping for similar success.

They're planning on opening their new hotel, complete with sky bar, later this year. The 17 storey building, which was built by Ardmore who also did The Ned and Corinthia London, will feature a basement speakeasy bar, as well as what they're calling a "de…

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Test Driving Barboun - a classy Levantine spot on Great Eastern Street

From the group that brought us Yosma and Hovarda comes Barboun - an all day spot in Shoreditch with food inspired by all things Levantine.…

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Caravan open a cafe at The Savoy hotel on the Strand

Caravan coffee are starting 2020 strong with a big new tie-in with The Savoy. Not only will they be supplying their coffee throughout the five star hotel, but they've also taken over the hotel's Melba coffee store on The Strand.

The new coffee shop, which opened today, can be found on the corner of Savoy Court and The Strand and will be open from very early in the morning for anyone dashing to wo…

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Zia Lucia are bringing their pizzas to Aldgate East

With restaurants in Islington and Hammersmith already, Zia Lucia have won many fans for their pizzas - available in four types of dough from vegetable charcoal to the more traditional. This sees them heading to the City with their third pizza restaurant. …

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Palm Greens plant-based residency pops up in King's Cross Square

If you're full of good intentions over the food you're going to put in your body in 2020, then new King's Cross residency Palm Greens is looking for your business. Having roamed around the markets of East London since summer and with a residency at Netil House, this plant-based breakfast and lunch spot is now landing in King's Cross.

They'll be taking over a space on King's Cross Square for three…

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Daisuke Hayashi to preview Roketsu restaurant at Brown's Hotel

It seems that a high-profile residency is becoming a key thing to do before you open your own restaurant these days. The residencies at 10 Heddon Street are the best examples and now chef Daisuke Hayashi is getting ready to preview his new Mayfair restaurant Roketsu with a residency at Brown's.

Hayashi came to London after training at the Kikunoi Ryotei restaurant in Kyoto and has…

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Guy Ritchie's new Fitzrovia pub The Lore of the Land serves beer and venison from his country estate

Film director Guy Ritchie's pub empire is expanding. This Fitzrovia pub serves his beer in the pub downstairs and features an upstairs dining room where venison from his Wiltshire estate is on the menu.…

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Clapham's Counter culture gets a new vegan residency with Alter

It's time for a change at Counter Culture, the small restaurant next to The Dairy (and by the same people) which runs regularly changing residencies. This time it's the turn of Alter, for an all-vegan takeover. Alter is founded by Andy Hogben, who has previously worked at Dabbous, Som Saa and Kym’s and offers vegan food with street-food influences. 

The menu will change over the pe…

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