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Million Pound Menu runners up XX/VI become KityCow and get a London residency at Hush

Updated 30/2/19 with the menu

We've just passed week two of My Million Pound Menu, where London stalwart Baba Gs came top (and you can visit them right now at Pop Brixton or Camden Market). 

But that's not all that came out of the programme. One of the runners up was XX/VI who were serving up Nepalese cuisine on the show. Now two of the judges on the show, Jamie Barber and Atul Kochhar,…

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M Victoria hosts Not For Sale anti-slavery pop-up restaurant

Returning for a second year, M restaurant in Victoria is turning itself into a pop-up restaurant to raise funds to end sex trafficking and modern day slavery. M Is Not For Sale will run for a month raising both funds and awareness to support Professor David Batstone's ‘Not for Sale’ enterprises. 100% of the profits from sales of the special menu will go to the charity.

If you're thinking, 'well t…

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Gloria sees Big Mamma bring their Italian trattoria to London (via Paris)

The Big Mamma group in Paris have had huge hits with their trattorias and now they're coming to London with Gloria, taking over a big space in Shoreditch. Expect Italian food in a classic looking space (as well as a hidden 80s-set dining room). …

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Test Driving L'Escargot - the Soho institution still has it

This classic French restaurant is a Soho stalwart and is still getting raves. We popped along to see why L'Escargot is still a Soho hit.  …

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Dan Doherty found guilty of misconduct at The Royal Oak - updated

 

Updated 28/1/19 with responses from Dan and The Royal Oak

Was it really only yesterday that the restaurant scene on Twitter was wondering when the Me Too movement would finally touch down in London?

Seems like we didn't have too long to wait. Th…

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Milan's renowned Pasticceria Marchesi comes to London (and they're bringing the panettone)

Pasticceria Marchesi is one of Italy's institutions, serving up pastries and more since 1824. Now they're coming to London with all the favourites from the Milan original intact, including their classic panettone. …

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Cut and Grind launch London's first keto burger

Sure we've had bunless burgers before now. But if you're after the full burger experience without piling on the carbs, they're not really the same. So a new burger that's just launched in London may be the answer.

The Keto burger from Cut + Grind in King’s Cross and Boxpark Wembley is the brainchild of chef Sammy Aykak (previously at Zelman Meats and Burger & Lobster). He's put together an ag…

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We Are Vegan Everything vegan cafe opens in Hackney

Comfortably riding the vegan wave, We Are Vegan Everything is a vegan cafe in Hackney from the same people behind Camden Market vegan bakery, Cupcakes and Shhht.…

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Beer and Burger Store opens in King's Cross

The third Burger and Beer store has come to King's Cross, so if you like both of those things - this is for you. And vegan burgers are on the menu too.…

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Test Driving Gizzi Erskine's Filth popup in Shoreditch - fast but guilt-free food

Gizzi Erskine and Rosemary Ferguson have taken their dream to open plant-based burger shop Filth a step further with a three-month popup in Shoreditch. We went to check it out. …

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Butchies are hitting up royal hotspot Mahiki for a three month residency

We've been fans of Butchies' amazing chicken sandwiches since we first tried them years ago at Taste of London. Since then they've done popups and residencies and opened their first standalone restaurant in Shoreditch and a stall at Market Hall Fulham. But now, they're after the posh pound.

From the end of this month they'll be running a three month residency at royal hotspot Mahiki. And they've…

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Iconic Soho cafe Patisserie Valerie closes its doors on Old Compton Street

 It's not been a good week for Soho and Old Compton Street in particular. Five days ago, we heard that Ed's Easy Diner (on Old Compton Street since 1987) had closed its doors. And now it's the turn of Patisserie Valerie.

It's all sounding very familiar. A company starts with a bit of gentle growth in the 80s. It's then taken over and pushed to become a huge brand and chain - from eight branc…

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Eleven Madison Park's Daniel Humm is taking over at Claridge's with Davies and Brook

Updated 23/1/19 with confirmation

What: Davies and Brook

In a nutshell: Hugely influential NYC chef comes to iconic London hotel

Summing it all up: This sees Daniel Humm take over the main restaurant at Claridge's. With his Eleven Madison Park regularly touted as one of the very best restaurants in New York (not to mention topping the World's 50 Best list), the expectations for this London o…

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