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Test Driving Mariage Freres - Parisian tea salon lands in Covent Garden

This Paris institution opened fairly under the radar before Christmas. After trying breakfast here - and being dazzled by how fab the whole place looks, we reckon more people need to know about it.

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Test Driving Gloria - a gloriously OTT Italian trattoria in Shoreditch

Parisian restaurant folk Big Mamma Group picked Shoreditch for their first London restaurant opening. We went to see how their upbeat Italian trattoria fits into the London restaurant scene.…

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Test Driving Kutir - Rohit Ghai serves up inventive Indian cuisine in a Chelsea townhouse

Rohit Ghai has had hits with his food at Gymkhana and Jamavar - we head over to Chelsea to see how his first solo restaurant Kutir shapes up.  …

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Test Driving BaoziInn - dim sum and Sichuan dishes in Soho

We try out BaoziInn's Newport Street restaurant for some very colourful dim sum and Sichuan cuisine.  …

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Test Driving Spiritland Royal Festival Hall - music, cocktails and more for the South Bank

A restaurant and bar for music lovers has opened on the South Bank - we went to check it out. …

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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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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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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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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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Test Driving Din Tai Fung - the dumpling powerhouse hits London

 

With all the hype over the opening of their first London restaurant, could Din Tai Fung live up to expectations? We went to check out the famous Taiwanese dumpling chain's Covent Garden restaurant.…

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