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This cookbook raising funds for BAME Covid victims is a must-buy

Great food can be an enormous source of comfort, and the author of a new cookbook hopes not only to provide the people who buy it with great dishes to cook, but also raise funds for those in need.

Community Comfort, is the brainchild of Caribbean food expert and activist Riaz Phillips. He's roped in the services of an incredibly impressive group of friends - all People of Colour - in the food wor…

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Selfridges are launching Market on the Mews street market off Oxford Street

It was one of the first big London stores to reopen its food department, and now Selfridges is getting in on the street market act. They're taking over the mews behind the Oxford Street store at weekends to create Market on the Mews.

The market will be what they're calling "a rotating edit of food, drink, magazines, plants, flowers bikes and furniture." It'll see the store take over Edwards Mews…

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Where you've been dining out in London's restaurants (Jul 16)

With London restaurants back up and running. we've pulled together the best of your dining-of Instagram shots.  …

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Ikea launch Plant Balls - the vegan equivalent to their legendary meatballs

 

We're among many, many people who have a not-so-secret love of the Ikea meatballs. A trip to the store isn't the same without a plate of meatballs and chips and then taking home even more for the freezer. Just writing this is making us crave them right now. God, we love them. 

But if you're vegan or vegetarian - the meatballs have been out of reach - until now. Because Ikea is about to…

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Mãos returns with a new room, a solo dining space and a provisions box

Last year, Mãos in Shoreditch won a coveted Michelin star, but just a few months later one of its founders Nuno Mendes, announced that he was leaving. Since then, even more has changed with the very notion of close communal dining around a single table (a signature of Maos) knocked to the kerb in the era of social distancing.

Now there's a maximum of eight diners allowed, with four tables of two…

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The Ned is reopening, and the legendary Sunday feast is coming back

Updated 16/7/20

The huge City establishment with 10 restaurants, bars, a private club and a hotel has slowly begun reopening its restaurants - with both Kaia - their Asian-Pacific restaurant and also their British brasserie Millie's Lounge, being the first back.

To begin with current climate meant that their popular range of limitless buffets - in particularly the Ned's Sunday Feast were on…

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Test Driving NASI Economy Rice - Sambal Shiok's neighbour makes for an excellent lunch

 

NASI Economy Rice is the next-door spin-off of Sambal Shiok. We take it for a Test Drive takeaway and find it makes for a pretty perfect lunch. …

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Test Driving The Garden at The Berkeley - an alfresco Mediterranean feast

The Berkeley in Knightsbridge has created a brand new alfresco restaurant at the back of the hotel. We went down for a lunchtime Med-inspired feast. …

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Buck Street Market container village has Camden's largest rooftop space

 

Updated 15 July 2020 with reopening date

It's all happening in Camden, which has been getting its fair share of redevelopments of late. There was Italian Alley in Stables Market, not to mention the whole Hawley Wharf redevelopment. And now the people behind Hawley Wharf, Labtech, have opened a new project Buck Street Market. 

This is Camden's very own container village (much…

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Gallio pizza brings in Norma's Ben Tish for a mould-breaking delivery menu

A new pizza company about to hit London are claiming that their pizzas are devised specifically to relieve that bloated post-pizza feeling. Gallio are using only ancient grains to make their pizza bases. Apparently those olde grains are high in protein and antioxidants and more easily digestible than newer flours. 

Just as interesting as the pizza dough itself is the pizzeria's decision to b…

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Turnips transforms into a veg-led supper club in Borough Market

Turnips fruit and vegetable stall has been a Borough Market mainstay for over 30 years and now - post lockdown - they're going to try something new. They're teaming up with Tomas Lidakevicius, former executive chef of Jason Atherton's City Social, to launch a new vegetable-led supper club in the arches. 

The menu will be based on what Turnip has in at the time (excellent, high-quality v…

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Gizzi Erskine and Professor Green pop up in real life at Passo for Giz & Green

During the lockdown, Gizzi Erskine and Professor Green had been teaming up for "‘Giz & Green’s Monday Night Fakeaway" where they recreated their favourite takeaways from McDonald's to Wagamama. Now they're teaming up in real life, kicking off a pop-up at Passo. 

It's all based around one of the most popular dishes from the series - their take on the deep dish pizza. Pizzas, made from rye…

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Test Driving Dinings SW3's luxury bento box - almost too pretty to eat

If you're looking for something rather special in the home delivery market - then this ultra luxe bento box is just the thing.…

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Our job as restaurant goers is to actually turn up

For those of us who love restaurants - either eating in them or working there - having them reopen after so many months closed is a big deal. 

For many restaurants, big or small, this could make the difference between them staying in business or having to shut their doors for good. As a city, London's hospitality industry is a large part of why people want to live and work here. Eating out i…

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The Black Cow Vodka bar pops up at the Coal Office in King's Cross

If the words "alfresco espresso martini bar" don't immediately pique your interest, then move along to the next news story. Personally, the idea of being able to sip a really good cocktail in the summer sunshine will always be something we're into.

So we'll have to check out the new Black Cow Espresso Martini Bar that's just opened at Tom Dixon’s Coal Office restaurant in King's Cross. The summer…

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