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  • The Pate en Croute at Holborn Dining Room: anatomy of a dish

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    We've seen a lot of Christmas specials hitting London restaurants (much of which have made it onto our festive roundup page). But if we had to choose a winner, and for the purposes of this piece we are, it's got to be the amazing Crimbo Pate en Croute devised by Head Chef Calum Franklin at Holborn Dining Rooms.

    Calum has

  • Ollie Dabbous to open Henrietta restaurant at Henrietta Hotel in Covent Garden

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    Hot Dinners exclusive

    It looks like 2017 is starting strong with news that the Experimental Group are going to be opening their first London hotel - oh and they've only gone and got Ollie Dabbous to run the restaurant. Henrietta Hotel will open to guests in early 2017 - the name derives from the Covent Garden street it's situated in. It's the group's second hotel - it'll be a sister venue to their Grand Pigalle in Paris - and their fourth

  • Dorsett Hotel City to house Shikumen and Vingt-Quatre in Aldgate

    Dorsett Hotel City to house Shikumen and Vingt-Quatre in Aldgate

    The Dorsett Hotel’s newest branch will be the home to two East End arrivals in early 2017.

    First up, there’ll be Shikumen, an Asian restaurant providing dim sum and Chinese tea, which first cut its teeth back in 2014 in Dorsett’s Shepherd's Bush. It’s been well reviewed by the Evening Standard, who’ve praised the dim sum as “texturally a delight that keeps on giving.”

    If you’re more of an

  • Anne-Sophie Pic's La Dame de Pic is coming to London's Four Seasons


    Next year, luxury accommodation giant Four Seasons will open another fantastically slick London hotel, and the star of the show will almost certainly be its new French restaurant, La Dame de Pic.

    Operating out of a stunning Grade-II listed building near Tower Hill Street, the restaurant will be the first British foray of the triple-Michelin-starred Anne-Sophie Pic. One of the very few female chefs in existence who’ve been awarded three Michelin stars,

  • Robert De Niro to open the Wellington Hotel in Covent Garden

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    So Robert De Niro has just been given the go-ahead to open his first hotel in London (his third after New York and the Philippines). Here's what you need to know about it.

    • It's in Covent Garden - the new hotel will take over a triangular block between Wellington Street, Tavistock Street, Burleigh Street and Exeter Street. The address will give the hotel its name, the Wellington.
    • Expect it to be pretty darned big - the plans submitted to
  • The Franklin Hotel reopens in Knightsbridge with Michelin-star chef Alfredo Russo restaurant

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    Over in Knightsbridge the multi-million pound renovation of The Franklin Hotel has come to an end with the hotel reopening today. The property was closed for a year while it was done up by new owners the Italian group Starhotels, who brought in Anouska Hempel to oversee the new-look.

    The 35 room hotel overlooking Egerton Gardens now has a restaurant with a well known Italian chef in charge. Alfredo Russo is best known for his Turin restaurant Dolce Stil

  • Trying the El Celler De Can Roca London pop-up at Cafe Royal

    10 rocaThe number two restaurant on the World's 50 Best list has come to the UK for a short pop-up at Cafe Royal. We managed to snag a space at a table to see what they had on offer...

  • Test Driving Galvin at the Athenaeum - The Galvins' latest hotel venture

    05 galvinathThe Galvin Brothers' latest sees them opening a restaurant in the refurbished five-star Athenaeum. We take a look. 

  • Test Driving Cherish Finden's afternoon tea in Palm Court at the Langham

    Cherish Finden has found fame with the BBC's Bake Off Creme de la Creme - we went to The Langham to see what her own cakes are like...

  • Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester - a return visit


    It's all change at Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester where there's a new Executive Chef at the helm. Jean-Philippe Blondet was previously head chef under Jocelyn Herland who has moved to Le Meurice, before taking up his current position. And as it has been four years since we last tried out lunch here at Michelin's most highly starred establishment in the city (along with Restaurant Gordon Ramsay) we figured it was time for another

  • May Fair Kitchen brings in Nobu manager to oversee Mediterranean makeover

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    It's all change once more at the May Fair Kitchen which is closing for a do-over of both the space and the menu. The restaurant at the May Fair hotel, which previously operated as a British grill, has gone all continental. They've brought in Amir Jati, the former head of private dining at Nobu to help switch it over to Mediterranean small plates.

    Looks-wise, the space sounds like it'll be a lot airier with floor to ceilings windows replacing walls

  • The Berkeley launch a special royal Pret a Portea for the Queen's birthday

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    Every season, The Berkeley's Prêt-à-Portea celebrates the most fashionable labels in cake. But for Spring, they've gone in a different direction. To commemorate the Queen's 90th birthday they're launching ‘Prêt-à-Portea – The Royal Collection’.

    The special royal afternoon tea runs for the week of the Queen's actual birthday. They've chosen to create cakes and patisserie in the formof HRH's (and her family's) most memorable hats. So the set includes the Coronation

  • The Savoy launches its Temptation Wheel evening menu at the Thames Foyer


    So this is a bit of fun. The Savoy has introduced a Temptation Wheel - a roulette game where the wheel decides what chocolates, desserts or cocktail you go for. It's to showcase the new evening menu at the hotel's Thames Foyer where they currently do afternoon tea.

    The idea is that you call for the wheel, which rolled to the table on a trolley. It's then spun and depending on where it ends up you choose a dessert matched with a hand-made chocolate and

  • World's best bar snack menu? Trying out SNAX at Artesian

    10 artesianArtesian at The Langham has been named World's Best Bar three years in a row, so clearly they're doing something right when it comes to cocktails. But now this world class cocktail lounge has a bar food menu to match.

    We reported recently on the arrival of the SNAX tapas menu, created by the hotel's Executive Chef Chris King, in

  • Artesian bar at The Langham launches a SNAX tapas menu

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    It's already one of the best bars in London (and currently top of the World's 50 Best Bars list) but now Artesian at The Langham looks like it now has a bar snack menu to match its creative cocktails. Launched this summer, the hotel's Executive Chef Chris King, in consultation with Michel Roux Jr, has brought out SNAX, a new tapas style menu at the hotel bar.

    It's part of a much bigger deal with the Roux family across the hotel, but it was inspired by the


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