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The Connaught's annual Galette des Rois party brings London's restaurant crowd out in force

Given that they're usually the ones providing the hospitality, there's nothing London's restaurant folk like more than a good party themselves. And the annual Galette des Rois hosted by Helene Darroze at The Connaught is hands-down one of the best of the year.

Last night, throngs of chefs, food writers and restaurateurs pitched up at the hotel in Mayfair for the now-traditional January shindig. I…

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Kym's at the Bloomberg Arcade launches a Grab and Go lunch offering

We're already jealous of the city people who work anywhere near Bloomberg Arcade for having all those lovely places to eat on their shiny, office doorsteps. Now we're even more so at the news that Andrew Wong's Kym's is starting a Grab & Go lunch offering.

It sounds really good too. There's a choice of Cantonese Crispy Pork Belly, Soy Poached Chicken or Sichuanese Spiced Aubergine - all of wh…

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We learn pie making with Calum Franklin at Holborn Dining Room

We learn how to make a pork pie from the king of pies himself, Calum Franklin. Find out how we got on... …

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Cutter and Squidge are opening a City bakery in The Royal Exchange

The Soho bakery sister team are bringing their amazing biskies and more to The Royal Exchange - and they'll be offering a delivery service if you have a birthday cake to order or you just need something sweet delivered to your desk.…

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Ex-Harrods chef opens Kuku Riku rotisserie in Camden Market

oining the arrival of The Camden Grocer and Camden Town Roadkill in Camden Market is this new rotisserie chicken restaurant with an executive chef who arrives here via Harrods. …

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Yosma is moving its Turkish tavern from Baker Street to Soho

It's all change for Yosma. The Turkish meyhane, mangal and raki bar (essentially a Turkish tavern) opened in Marylebone in 2016 to acclaim - all inspired by the streets of Istanbul. We were also pretty impressed with the place ourselves. And now we hear that they're shutting up shop on Baker Street - but they'll be opening in central London instead. Once again, it will be led by he…

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Unimini Japanese and Korean bento boxes to-go come to the City from the people behind CheeMC

The same people behind Walworth's popular Korean restaurant CheeMC are coming to The City. This time they're bringing a build-your-own Japanese/Korean lunchbox concept. …

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Ed's Easy Diner owner converts its original Soho spot to Slim Chickens

London's restaurant scene is constantly in churn - with new restaurants replacing old. That's the nature of the beast. But even we admit to being a bit surprised at our emotional reaction to the news yesterday that Soho classic Ed's Easy Diner was no more.

Reported in a tweet by The Guinea's GM Oisin Rogers, it transpires that the American diner on the corner of Old Compton Street and Moor Street…

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Baba Gs are winners in the BBC's My Million Pound Menu

In the second week of My Million Pound Menu, where Fred Sirieix and others are handing out wads of cash to promising restaurant start-ups, London stalwart Baba G's has come out top. At the end of the programme, both Jamie Barber and Atul Kochhar were bidding for them, but Kochhar came up top with his £300k offer. 

What does this mean for Baba G's? There was a mention of up to two restaurants…

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World Restaurant Awards 2019 shortlist announced

The battle of the restaurant awards is fully on. The day after the World's 50 Best announced a major shake-up, the new kid on the block The World Restaurant Awards countered with the release of its shortlist for its inaugural awards.

The UK has a decent enough showing - we merit ten nominations, including Core's Clare Smyth for tattoo-free chef of the year, Otto's on Gray's Inn Road for Trol…

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Test Driving Clifford's - a candlelit spot off Fleet Street

London's legal district has a new subterranean restaurant and bar - we went to check it out.…

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World's 50 Best Restaurants list unveil radical changes for 2019

Big news in from the World's 50 Best Restaurants list today. They're introducing a raft of changes to the voting system and judging panels.

In an announcement today they revealed that anyone who's topped the list before will now no longer be eligible for the list but will enter a Hall of Fame style list - the Best of the Best "which will comprise all those establishments that have been voted No.1…

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Ladies and Gentlemen Bar open their second bar L&G Camden

Kentish Town's award-winning bar Ladies and Gentlemen have opened their second cocktail spot, taking over the former public loos outside Camden Road station. …

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Island Social Club are bringing their Caribbean rotis and rum bar to Haggerston

Island Social Club have been popping up around town with a number of Caribbean-led pop-ups and supperclubs. Now they're setting up shop in Haggerston with a long-term residency, bringing it all together. …

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