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  • Upstairs at The George sees James Knappett take pub dining to the next level in Fitzrovia

    The George in Fitzrovia is the next JKS & James Knappett pub

    Back in November, we first reported on the second project by dream team JKS (Gymkhana, Hoppers), James Knappett (Kitchen Table) and publican Dominic Jacobs (The Running Horse) - a makeover of The George in Fitzrovia. That followed their successful opening of The Cadogan on the King's Road in Chelsea.

    The Fitzrovia pub opened its ground floor offering before Christmas. That

  • Chaiiwala are coming to Dalston Junction

    chaiiwala opening in dalston

    Last month they opened their 50th store, in Knightsbridge, with fans including Konan and boxer Amir Khan. Now the UK-based South East Indian cafe chain Chaiiwala have set their sights on Dalston.

    The company was founded in Leicester by a family whose great grandfather was indeed a chai wallah in Delhi back in the 1920s. Since then they've been opening places like crazy across the UK and London.

    In addition to

  • Kerb Counter brings pop-ups and residencies to Shoreditch, starting with From The Ashes

    Kerb Counter brings pop-ups and residencies to Shoreditch, starting with From The Ashes

    After the success of Seven Dials Market, Kerb are branching out further from the street food scene with a new venture in Shoreditch - Kerb Counter. It's both relocating from its previous home in Camden, to new digs just off Old Street roundabout, and evolving in the process. 

    It'll be a test kitchen, designed to host a number of pop-ups and residencies

  • New Islington cafe TRAMPOLINE serves up hope to refugees

    trampoline cafe camden passage islington

    If you prefer your morning coffee to come with a side order of goodwill, then a new cafe opening in Angel next week sounds like just the place for you.

    TRAMPOLINE is a new social enterprise cafe by Founder Pranav Chopra on Camden Passage which is all about helping refugees to the UK enter the workforce. How they do that is by working with Groundwork London and Hotel School a hospitality training

  • Madhu's Brasserie choose Richmond for their second Indian restaurant

    Madhu's Brasserie chooses Richmond for its second Indian restaurant

    They've been big on the 5th floor of Harvey Nichols and now Madhu's Brasserie are getting a second place all to themselves in Richmond. 

    If you're unfamiliar with them, Madhu's started out as caterers (with the royal family among their customers) before getting into the restaurant business in Knightsbridge. Their second restaurant in Richmond will carry on with a menu of what

  • Cantinetta Antinori comes to London with Florentine T-bones and fine wines

    Cantinetta Antinori opening in London

    The Antinori family are arguably the most famous name in Italian wines, so it's fair to expect that their upcoming London restaurant will have a pretty decent wine list. Cantinetta Antinori will be an interesting team-up in Knightsbridge between the Italian winemakers and the Monaco family - the Giraudis - who opened Le Petit Beefbar in London last year.

    The restaurant, just off Sloane Street, will be the

  • Blacklock's fourth restaurant will be in Covent Garden - bring on the chops

    blacklock to open on henrietta street in Covent Garden

    07/02/22 - Updated with imagery

    Originally revealed at the end of 2019 and planned to open the following year (but we all know what happened then), the plans for the fourth iteration of chops purveyors Blacklock are back on. 

    Their next restaurant will open in Covent Garden and will actually be their biggest yet, taking over one of the old Patisserie Valerie spots

  • Shiro from Aqua brings crystal sushi to Broadgate Circle

    shiro sushi broadgate london

    A Hot Dinners exclusive

    As sure a sign as we know that the City is back on the front foot, is news of a swanky new sushi spot opening in that part of town this summer.

    Shiro will be the Aqua Group's fifth place in London - they already have high rise restaurants Aqua Shard, Hutong, Aqua Kyoto and Aqua Nueva.

    The London outpost will be in the newly redone development at 100 Liverpool Street. The

  • David Thompson is bringing Long Chim to London with Thai street food on the menu

    long chim david thompson london

    It's been 12 years since renowned chef David Thompson last cooked his amazing Thai food in London. Back in 2010 he closed his restaurant Nahm - the first Thai restaurant to get a Michelin star - before moving to Bangkok where he reopened and quickly hit the World's 50 Best List.

    Having made a name for himself with high end Thai food, Thompson's most recent restaurant forays have been for his casual street food group

  • Itaku is Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini's first London restaurant


    3/2/22 - updated with launch info

    Celeb restaurateur Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini (who also happens to be Cheryl Cole's ex), is gearing up to open his first London restaurant Itaku. 

    He's talked about opening in London twice before, but this time it looks like it's actually going to happen. He's bringing on chef Ivan Simeoli and also taking over what used to be the chef's previous restaurant, RAW in

  • London is getting its own Guinness Storehouse, in Covent Garden's Old Brewer's Yaard

    guinness old brewers yard covent garden london

    Following in the footsteps of Dublin and Edinburgh, London is the next capital city to get its own huge city-centre brewery/distillery. Guinness this week announced they're spending £73 million building Guinness at Old Brewer’s Yard in Covent Garden.

    As the name suggests, the arrival of a brewery on this particular spot sees history coming full circle, as the space was once home to a brewery back

  • Bubala head to Soho for their second restaurant

    Bubala head to Soho for their second restaurant

    It's been a hit in Spitalfields and now Marc Summers and chef Helen Graham's restaurant Bubala is getting ready to double up with a second restaurant, this time in Soho. 

    They pair have taken over the space that used to be Vasco & Piero (which has since reopened

  • Punk Pasta brings vibrant plant-based pasta to Bloomsbury's Brunswick Centre

    Punk Pasta brings vibrant plant-based pasta to Bloomsbury's Brunswick Centre

    There's a lot of change afoot at Bloomsbury's Brunswick centre at the moment, we've had new openings like Tian Tian supermarket and now they're about to get a new plant-based pasta restaurant, Punk Pasta. 

    It comes from Erich Ribeiro, best known for

  • Caravan hits Canary Wharf for business breakfast and weekend brunches

    caravan opening canary wharf

    London's restaurant world seems pretty confident about the return to work, judging by the number of places opening in Canary Wharf recently. The latest to join their ranks is Caravan who are getting ready to open in Reuters Plaza.

    For this, their sixth restaurant (not counting Vardo in Chelsea) they'll be rolling out their popular all-day dining offering. So that means opening

  • Delicious Pho comes to Spitalfields via Canada

    Delicious Pho comes to Spitalfields via Canada 

    31/1/22 - updated with opening details

    We've seen a lot of US restaurant imports over the past few years (like Eggslut) but not many (if any) from their northern neighbour Canada (at least until they decide to open a Tim Hortons in London). But that's changing with the launch of Delicious Pho. They're opening in Spitalfields, taking over an old Byron site. 

    The pho


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