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The Black Book in Soho sees former members' bar TRADE become a wine bar for all

It used to be known as TRADE, the members' bar for people in the hospitality business, but now it's being replaced by The Black Book, a new wine bar that's open to all of Soho.

The team running things is still the same - Gearoid Devaney and Xavier Rousset (Blandford Comptoir), and will focus "rare and interesting" wines alongside a brasserie-style menu. So wines by the glass will include San…

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Test Driving Sollip - something quite unique in Bermondsey

Sollip in Bermondsey takes some of the European cooking techniques that the owners have great experience in and mixes in their Korean background to offer something quite unique to Londoners. We went down to try it out. …

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Kol is the London restaurant from Noma Mexico's Santiago Lastra

He was the man behind the launch of Noma Mexico and now Santiago Lastra is opening his own restaurant in London called Kol. It'll feature Mexican cuisine with UK ingredients. …

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The Dairy returns - opening up in Bermondsey on Tower Bridge Road

It's been a tumultous few weeks for Robin and Sarah Gill, owners of The Dairy in Clapham. Three weeks ago they made the sad announcement that they were having to close their much loved restaurant. It was a decision that was met with genuine sadness by its legions of fans.

At the time they certainly did hint that it wouldn't be the complete death knell for the restaurant. But even we couldn't have…

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Shake Shack release their Vegan ShackBurger in London

Kicking off this week, vegan Londoners have a new burger to try. Shake Shack are unveiling their first ever vegan burger in the UK on Tuesday and they're hoping it'll hit the sweet spot with those on a plant-based diet..

The Vegan ShackBurger is billed as a twist on the classic ShackBurger. The patty itself is stuffed with vegetables, grains and herbs including kale, quinoa, sweet potatoes. That'…

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Hampton Court gets two new restaurants with Coppernose and 1665 at The Mitre

 

A brand new 5-star hotel, The Mitre, is opening right next to Hampton Court very soon. The building has been there for a few hundred years now but it's just had a boutique hotel overhaul. Ahead of the hotel rooms opening, they've opened the two riverside restaurants there.

In charge of the food is Ronnie Kimbugwe who, after working with Gordon Ramsay in Claridges for six years, launche…

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Mark Jarvis takes charge of the food at Liv in Belgravia

Mark Jarvis, best known for launching Anglo, as well as Stem and Neo Bistro, is getting ready for his next project. He's joined Liv restaurant in Belgravia (which opened last year) as Chef Director and he's bringing along another Anglo alumnus as head chef, Joe Laker (pictured above and who was also sous chef at St Leonards). 

At the new location, we're told to expect "an eclectic mix of sea…

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Pophams Home is the interiors shop that you'll want to blow your paycheck in

They've already caused an Insta storm with their beautiful pastries and perfect pastas, now London bakery Pophams has designs on your interiors.

A week ago they launched Pophams Home - an online store just packed (in a beautiful, Marie Kondo style way of course) with beautiful items for the home. As they explain it, the shop's "a chance to share the artists and creatives, whose styles and st…

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The Windmill in Mayfair gets a touch of The Guinea Grill magic

If you’re a fan of the steaks, the fish and chips, and the Guinness at Mayfair pub The Guinea Grill (take a number) and often struggle to get a table, then its renowned pub manager Oisin Rogers has revealed that he’s about to spread some of the magic around.…

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Test Driving Rondo - Hoxton Holborn's new seasonal spot

The Hoxton hotel in Holborn has a new restaurant which brings together an ex-St John chef and one of the people behind Quality Chop House. We head down for a look. …

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Tayer + Elementary reopens with Kitchen FM doing the food

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One of London's coolest bars reopens tonight with a hot new food offering. Tayēr + Elementary by Alex Kratena and Monica Berg created quite the stir when it first opened (you can read our Test Drive here) with its cutting edge cocktails and an equally innovative food offering by Tata Eatery.

Closed since lockdown, it's opening with new drinks AND a new food partner. From t…

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Tendril are popping up with a plant-based menu at the Sun & 13 Cantons in Soho

Now properly back in business, Soho's Sun and 13 Cantons is continuing its series of very interesting pop-ups (they hosted Darjeeling Express before Asma Khan opened their first restaurant) with its next - Tendril. This was actually due to start in late March but, well we all know what happened then. So now things are ready to properly kick off again.

It comes from Rishim Sachdeva, previously at…

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Gordo's pizzeria arrives in Dalston

Dalston has itself a new pizza parlour and it looks like this might be a bit special. Gordo's comes from Jesse Elias, who has previously been the senior GM at Yard Sale in Clapton before going it alone, so he should have a fair bit of pizza know-how under his belt.

We caught up with him to find out a little bit more. "At Gordo's, we wanted to be a more traditional pizzeria on the menu but mo…

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Fortnum's is selling dishes from Sabrina Ghayour's new book Simply

Sabrina Ghayour's new cookbook, Simply: Easy everyday dishes, is already a bestseller on Amazon even though it's only been out for just over a week. But if you like to try before you buy, then you should head down to Fortnum & Mason in Piccadilly.

For September they're selling a range of ready-made dishes from Sabrina's book in their food hall. It's the first time fans of the author who haven…

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The Berenjak Bazaar adds new kababs, a mazeh box and more...

Their kabab kits are coming in for high praise and now Berenjak is going one step further with the launch of Berenjak Bazaar - designed to be a one-stop-shop for Persian feasting. 

As well as the original kabab kit - they're adding something new, the Kabab e Tond kit which features both poussin and lamb rump. As before, it comes with the metal skewers and lavish bread so you can create the b…

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