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More Shake Shack for London, with New Oxford Street planned next

Having just opened in Westfield, Danny Meyer's US burger chain Shake Shack is growing again. One is a little further away in Cardiff, but closer to home is the next London branch, opening on New Oxford Street. It's all part of the makeover that's taking advantage of the huge Crossrail development (and takes over the spot that used to be Argos). 

Expect the same mix of burgers, dogs, shakes and co…

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Sackville's brings a meat and truffle-based menu to Mayfair

Like meat? Like truffles? Then you should probably make a date in your diary to visit Sackville's when it opens in Mayfair next week. This new bar and grill has a menu focusing on meat and black truffles. Chef Wayne Dixon is the former senior sous chef of Gordon Ramsay’s Maze Grill. He'll be sourcing all of the truffles from Istria in Croatia.

There will be five poshed up burgers including George…

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House of Ho launches Ho to Go in Soho

That heading above may have gone a little overbaord on the rhyming - but the latest from House of Ho should be worth checking out from today. They'll be serving a new selection of Banh Mis from a hatch outside the restaurant offering takeaway Banh Mi sandwiches. On offer are chicken, beef, pork and vegetarian and they'll all be at £5 each, But to celebrate the first day - today, July 6th - a limi…

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Tom Oldroyd to open solo restaurant Oldroyd in Islington

6/7/15: Updated with soft launch details and a look at the menu (check out the gallery below). 

Best known for being one of the leading lights of the Polpo group as its Chef Director, Tom Oldroyd has now set out on his own, landing in Islington for his first restaurant, the eponymously titled Oldroyd.

He's setting up in the heart of Islington, close to Camden Passage, taking over what used to be…

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Hoppers is coming to Soho from the Sethis - the people behind Gymkhana

When it was revealed that Koya was closing for good, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth, quickly followed by speculation as to what would take its place. Now that's been revealed as Hoppers, the latest from Karam, Jyotin and Sunaina Sethi - the siblings who are behind Trishna and Gymkhana. As well as those high profile restaurants, they also back Lyle's, Bubbledogs and Bao - so they're…

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Casa Cruz brings a touch of South American design to Notting Hill

There's a new restaurant opening in Notting Hill with a pretty strong pedigree - it comes from South American restaurateur and designer, Juan Santa Cruz.

So with a designer behind it - the design will be worth checking out. Although unfortunately we have nothing to show of the actual place yet. What we do know is that there will be a big oval copper bar as you enter - and as for the rest, it's be…

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Drake and Morgan add a new bar and restaurant to King's Cross

The latest from Drake and Morgan - who also run the Folly, The Anthologist and the Fable - is coming to King's Cross, but this time they're keeping their own name. This new bar and restaurant will simply be called Drake and Morgan at King's Cross.

As for the place itself, it should have that familiar but different approach to their other venues. It'll be a bar and restaurant on two floors (with a…

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Druid Street Market brings even more to the Maltby Street area

There's yet another reason to head down Bermondsey way this week as a pretty impressive-sounding market is kicking off this weekend. Druid Street Market starts on July 4 and will be a fixture every Saturday from then on. It's the brainchild of Miranda York, also behind the lovely looking Toast magazine, and is being designed to complement both Borough and Maltby - each of which are only a short w…

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CanDogs hot dogs coming to Old Street

There's no stopping the march of new hot dog places as one gets ready to open near Old Street station this week. Called CanDogs, it will be all about customising your dog to just how you want it. .

You'll be able to choose the bun (white, glueten free brioche, wrap or lettuce), type of dog (pork, chicken, beef, chorizo, veggie) and as many garnishes as you see fit - they'll include caramelized on…

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Mayfair's Cartizze Bar introduces a Negroni Trolley

What's better than a negroni on a sultry summer's night? Well a whole trolley of negronis of course. Mayfair bar Cartizze has under unveiled its Negroni Trolley - an antique Empire-style drinks trolley filled with everything you need to mix the perfect Negroni at your table.

To that end there are four on offer - a classic (£14) made with Portobello Gin, Antica Formula and Campari; the Cartizze Ne…

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Ibérica unveils new menu featuring signature dishes by chefs from World’s 50 Best Restaurants

As many of you will know all too well, as soon as a restaurant is recognised in the 'World’s 50 Best Restaurants' list, your chance of securing a booking soon evaporates. With the recent release of the 2015 list just a few weeks ago, reservations at top ranked restaurants such as Mugaritz (no.6), Central (no.4) and this year’s winner, El Cellar de Can Roca, are increasingly hard to come by.

Ibéric…

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Byron launches new burger - the Freddar Dawg

The latest to join the growing hot dog craze is best known for its burgers - and Byron say their new addition is "a hamburger that thinks it’s a hot dog."

It's created by their burger supremo Fred Smith, who got inspiration from Father’s Office diner in Santa Monica, where they are famous for hamburger-hot-dog mash-ups. It features "Freddar cheese" - his own take on the American cheese which many…

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Iconic Parisian restaurant Les 110 de Taillevent to open London brasserie

30/6/15 - Updated with opening details.

The iconic Parisian restaurant Taillevent has set its sights on London, opening this summer in Cavendish Square. 

Les 110 de Taillevent is the more relaxed incarnation of the two Michelin-starred restaurant which opened its doors in Paris in the aftermath of the second world war. The Paris branch opened in 2012 and the 110 in its name refers to the number o…

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Test Driving the classics at Hibiscus

Hibiscus is celebrating its 15th anniversary. We went down to see what one of London's rare two Michelin-starred restaurant has to show for that time.…

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Lundenwic food and coffee shop brings Nordic influence to Aldwych

Hot Dinners exclusive.

The duo behind popular scotch egg company Scotchtails are opening a new all day coffee shop on Aldwych.

Dominic Hamdy and Oliver Hiam will open Lundenwic at the end of July, serving up all manner of salads, sandwiches and toasties, alongside specialty coffees, homemade nut milks and cold-pressed juices.

The concept for the cafe was inspired by the pair's trip to Copenhagen…

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