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  • Greggs is coming to Leicester Square

    Greggs is coming to Leicester Square

    There's been a lot of development around Leicester Square of late - but this latest addition is the one that really matters. Yes, a flagship Greggs is opening in London's tourist central and it's one of the biggest Greggs yet. 

    So if you're in the middle of town and craving a steak bake you'll know where to come (the hoarding even features the steak bake as a centrepiece). It's not the first

  • Mr Ji head to Camden for their second restaurant, adding a Sunday roast

    Mr Ji heads to Camden for their second restaurant, adding a Sunday roast

    A Hot Dinners Exclusive

    Soho's Mr Ji got a brand new lease of life when the team behind TĀ TĀ Eatery, Zijun Meng and Ana Gonçalves, took over the kitchen. Adding more dishes to the menu, with a little TA TA twist, It's become a big Soho Hit and

  • BoxHall City is a new spin-off food hall at Liverpool Street from Boxpark

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    Saved from demolition during the eighties, the Metropolitan Arcade at Liverpool Street is now being reinvented as a food hall for the 2020s. It's going to be the first of a series of spin-off concepts from Boxpark called BoxHall.

    Scheduled to open next year, we're told it's going to be "an all-day social dining experience under one roof". There are going to be 16 food vendors and two bars with room for hundreds

  • Shoreditch is getting a hot new rooftop bar Laurel's on the Roof

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    Back when it was The Curtain the rooftop bar at the Shoreditch hotel was strictly a members-only space. So we're delighted at the much more egalitarian approach by its successor, The Mondrian. They're opening the rooftop space out to everyone, launching it as Laurel's On The Roof this summer.

    The name reflcts the restaurant's LA-inspiration, being named after Laurel Canyon, and it's going to be an all day-dining and

  • Bird and Tie brings Nashville hot chicken to Clapham

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    Promising a dusting of spices that "are not for the faint hearted" new fried chicken joint Bird and Tie has just launched in Clapham. The folk behind it say they were inspired by trips to the Deep South to visit family to create this homage to Nashville fried chicken back at home in London.

    On the menu you'll find a range of chicken sandwiches and wings - the choice is southern, mild, Nashville Hot and, for the serious heat

  • Frog Bakery opens its doors in Camberwell

    frog bakery camberwell

    Camberwell residents should be hightailing it to Peckham Road where Frog Bakery has just recently opened. Originally run as a popup, before crowdfunding helped them kit out their new site, the bakery is the passion project of two bakers Oliver Costello and Rebecca Spaven. Between them, the duo have an impressive CV having worked for folk like Ottolenghi, Hawksmoor, Bread by Bike and Fortitude Bakehouse, among others.


  • Flat Iron are bringing all their steak to Waterloo


    11/4/22 - Updated with opening date

    Flat Iron are heading south of the river again, this time to Waterloo (taking over the space vacated by Byron). They've only recently opened further along the river close to London Bridge, and this new opening will be their tenth London restaurant (and its opening also happens to coincide with their tenth anniversary). 

    It'll follow the same lines as the nine previous

  • Hammersmith's Cellar opens with an Andrew Clarke menu

    Hammersmith's Cellar opens with an Andrew Clarke menu

    He's only just launched Acme Fire Cult (with Daniel Watkins) and now chef Andrew Clarke is also across the other side of town in Hammersmith with Cellar.

    This is the restaurant that's open on the ground floor of Hammersmith’s private members’ club Kindred. It's just

  • Zia Lucia Pizzeria's next stop is Stoke Newington

    Zia Lucia Pizzeria's next stop is Stoke Newington

    Zia Lucia have been tearing around London, opening pizzerias and their latest is in the adjoining neighbourhood of the original on Holloway Road - they're opening in Stoke Newington. 

    They're taking over the site that was once Il Bacio, so it's not a complete departure for the area. If you're unfamiliar with Zia Lucia, the pizzeria's main feature is their 48-hour fermented dough, available

  • Happy Face pizza expands to Victoria and Brent Cross

    Happy Face pizza expands to Victoria and Brent Cross

    8/4/22 - updated with Brent Cross opening details

    They've proven to be a hit in King's Cross (of which Grace Dent was a fan) and now Happy Face pizza is expanding with two new restaurants - one that has already quietly

  • Pelicana's Korean fried chicken is coming to Islington

    Pelicana's Korean fried chicken is coming to Islington

    7/4/22 - updated with opening date

    Last year, Korean fried chicken giant Pelicana opened its first London store, in Hammersmith. Now they're heading across town, picking Islington for their second branch.

    They're taking over a site that was last Jones & Sons spot in the Angel Central shopping centre. There will be a takeaway outlet on the ground floor (as you enter the centre from Upper

  • Miscusi is opening its next pasta restaurant in Islington

    Miscusi is opening its next pasta restaurant in Islington

    Islington's waited a while for a pasta restaurant and soon there will be two within a few feet of each other. Hot on the heels of Noci opening on Islington Green, Italian chain Miscusi is opening nearby on Upper Street (where Masala Zone used to be). 

    Miscusi opened its first London restaurant earlier this year where it suffered a pretty duff review ...

  • Buns From Home open in Covent Garden and the Royal Exchange

    buns from home covent garden and royal exchange

    It's been a busy old year so far for the folks at Buns From Home. Barely three months after opening their last place, the business which grew out of lockdown has flourished by opening a further two brand new bakeries, in the heart of the West End and the City of London.

    The first to throw open its doors was the Buns From Home in Covent Garden where you'll find their signature cinnamon and cardamon

  • The Lanesborough Grill sees chef Shay Cooper bring trolley theatre to Hyde Park Corner

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    A Hot Dinners exclusive

    Chef Shay Cooper is no stranger to turning old-school hotel dining rooms into places where you feel truly cosseted. Having already done so with a similar role at The Goring, where he won it a Michelin star, he's now turned his attention to the restaurant at The Lanesborough in Belgravia.

    As the luxury hotel's new executive chef, Shay is now getting ready to open the

  • Pophams Bakery opens a new site in Victoria Park Village

    Pophams Bakery to open a new site in Victoria Park Village

    Updated 5/4/22 with opening date

    After expanding to a Hackney restaurant in 2019 that served handmade pasta in the evenings, the exciting news is that a third Pophams site is on the way, this time in Victoria Park Village, announced on Instagram (and initially spotted by Eater).

    London’s Pophams Bakery has had a cult-like following ever since the 2017


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