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Modern Indian with a British influence - test driving Cinnamon Soho

Cinnamon Soho sees chef Vivek Singh bring his brand to Kingly Street in Soho. We popped along to try it out.

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Fred Smith's Double Cheese Stack burger at the Admiral Codrington

When sloaney Chelsea favourite, the Admiral Codrington got a makeover and a new Head Chef to boot last year, Hot Dinners was right in there in the first few weeks to check out this new gastropub restaurant. So far so good. Until it transpired over the intervening months, that we'd made a huge tactical error in not trying chef Fred Smith's burgers when we went. As word spread on Twitter about the l…

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British Airways pop-up restaurant BA2012 launches in Shoreditch

Shoreditch was buzzing last night for one of the first nights of the British Airways pop-up dining lounge Flight BA2012 which fuses art, cinema and food. Open until April 17, the gallery, cinema and dining lounge features the work of three competition winners who've been mentored by Heston Blumenthal, Tracey Emin and Richard E Grant.

While anyone can come in and drink at the bar or view the specia…

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Burning the hay - we take a cooking lesson at North Road

Michelin starred Danish restaurant North Road has just started cooking lessons.  We popped along to try our hand in its kitchen.…

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Down the apples and pears - we try out Mele e Pere in Soho

Mele & Pere has Andrea Mantovani as its chef, who has worked in Arbutus, Wild Honey and Les Deux Salons. We went along to see how he fares in his own restaurant in Brewer Street.…

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L'Etranger expands - we try out Meursault in South Kensington

Popular South Kensington restaurant L'Etranger is expanding downstairs with the opening of its new lounge bar and fusion restaurant, Meursault. We head along to see how it compares to the original.…

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Posh Indian dining in South Kensington - we test drive Bombay Brasserie

As Quilon's Sriram Aylur has taken over Bombay Brasserie in South Kensington, we popped along to see what the really posh Indian restaurant could pull off.…

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A diner in King's Cross - we test drive Karpo

We try out a new all-day diner in King's Cross, to see if its American influences are enough to impress the throngs of commuters..…

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Retro vegetarian fare - we test drive Orchard in Holborn

We try out the new vegetarian restaurant from the people behind Vanilla Black, Orchard in Holborn, and see what the team can do when they step away from their fine dining original.…

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Luxury cinema with Rowley Leigh food - we test drive the Lounge

We head to the Odeon at Whiteleys in Bayswater to check out their brand new luxury cinema, with food created by Rowley Leigh.  Can fine dining and film watching go well together?…

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