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The Sunday Times and Debrett's reveal their most influential food and drink names

It's time for another influentials list, this time from the Sunday Times, who have joined up with Debrett's to pull together the 500 most influential people in the UK today. Nestled among all the categories is one for food and drink, which sees the following able to proclaim how influential they are for the next year. All are clearly deserving of the title and it's not surprising to see AA Gill in…

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Lantana in Shoreditch and Fitzrovia to launch evening Shin Digs

Update 23/01/15 - the Shin Digs are having a mini re-launch with a new group chef Oliver Rowe in charge of the menu. It's from 27th - 29th January (you'll need to book) and they'll have 50% off the menu.  

Lantana currently has two popular cafés run by Shelagh Ryan and Michael Homan -  one in Fitzrovia and another in Shoreditch, the latter specifically based on Melbourne cafés.

Until now, they've been strictly daytime affairs - but now they're both going to open in the evening under a new name "Shin Dig".…


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Hotbox adds a weekend brunch to the menu

Hotbox BBQ in the city is hugely popular at the moment and from this weekend, they're adding brunch to the menu, bringing more life to the City at weekends.

On the menu will be smoked huevos rancheros, skillet smoked meat hash and fried chicken Belgian waffles and truffle egg toast. Plus there will be the usual BBQ available too including pork ribs and beef rib tacos. Plus there will be unlimited…

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Medcalf opens a traiteur come wine bar on Exmouth Market

It opened pretty under the radar in the run up to Christmas, so if you haven't been down to Exmouth Market recently you may not know about Medcalf Traiteur. It's an expansion of Medcalf into the space next door which used to be their gallery.

By day it's a traiteur, focusing on the lunchtime trade. All the food is cooked on a Big Green Egg BBQ, and served with a selection of freshly made salads.

D…

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Kurobuta Chelsea finds a new, bigger home on King's Road

When Scott Hallsworth's extremely popular Kurobuta first started out, it was as a pop-up on the King's Road (while they got the permanent venue underway). That pop-up was so popular that it just kept going, but now it's grown out of its original location and moved a few doors down to a much bigger premises. 

The new Chelsea Kurobuta will be bigger, seating up to 90 with a lounge, bar, private din…

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Scott Hallsworth's latest, Joe's Oriental Diner, comes to King's Road

The original Kurobuta pop-up may be moving to new, spacious, permanent premises, but that doesn't mean there aren't big plans for the original site of the pop-up. Scott Hallsworth is revamping the whole thing with the brand new Joe's Oriental Diner - where they'll be cooking up a pan-Asian menu. 

It'll be a more back to basics approach than both of the Kurobutas with the food will include Fire Cra…

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Craft London brings Stevie Parle to Greenwich Peninsula

21/1/2015 - Updated with more information.

Building on the success of the Dock Kitchen in West London and Rotorino in the East, British Chef Stevie Parle will deliver more simple home-cooked British dishes with the arrival of Craft London, set to open on the Greenwich Peninsula, the urban development site at the Millennium Village.

Teaming up with interior designer Tom Dixon to fashion a site with…

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Bonhams launch their new restaurant with an extraordinary wine list

Bonhams members were the first to try out a new restaurant at the auction house's New Bond Street location, which has just opened to the public. And not only does it have an interesting head chef at the helm, but its wine list is pretty exciting too.

Head Chef Tom Kemble was sous chef at Hedone when it won its Michelin star and has also worked alongside Magnus Nilsson and head chef Johnnie Fredrik…

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The Dolls House comes to Upper Street, Islington

The Dead Dolls Club and Dolls House in Hoxton are already big hits and now they're expanding to Islington, taking over the space that used to be House of Wolf.…

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French burgers cross the channel with Big Fernand London set for Fitzrovia opening

What's this? The French are crossing the channel to bring their burgers to London? Big Fernand opened its first place in Paris back in 2012 and now has eight restaurants in France. But they're heading for rapid expansion and London is their first international outpost.

Their thing is to to take the burger and give it some Frenchie voom. So they have artisan buns, a patty made of Charolais and Abe…

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Top chefs launch Chocs for Chance for Valentine's Day

Fancy buying some bespoke chocolates for Valentines Day created by the likes of Jamie Oliver, Jose Pizarro, Eric Lanlard and Simon Rogan? And all in the name of a great cause? A group of top chefs and food writers, including restaurant critic Grace Dent, have come together to help disadvantaged young people into work - with a special auction in aid of Galvin's Chance.

What's it all about?

Fred Sir…

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Soul restoring - we test drive the supremely cosy Compagnie des Vin Surnaturels

Tucked away in Neal's Yard this French wine bar with food is a perfect place to hide away with some great wines and classic dishes.…

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Blixen grand brasserie to open in Spitalfields

Opening in Spitalfields, Blixen is an all-day restaurant coming from Clive Watson, one of the people responsible for opening the very popular Riding House Cafe.

What you need to know about Blixen

The new restaurant has some interesting people behind it. One is Clive Watson, who has previously opened Village East and Riding House Cafe with Village Group. This new venture sees him going out on his…

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The team behind Le Chateaubriand come to London to bring Le Chabanais to Mayfair

The opening of Le Chabanais is set to be one of the highlights of the London restaurant year and now more details are being revealed about the restaurant coming to Mayfair.

To recap, in case you didn't know, the reason we're excited about it is because it's from the team behind Le Chateaubriand will open a new restaurant on Mount Street in Mayfair. Currently at No 27 in the World's 50 Best Restaur…

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Ways to beat/eat the blues on Blue Monday

Yes it's officially the year's most depressing day, according to a maths formula worked up by UK psychologist Cliff Arnall as part of a seriously successful PR campaign for Sky Travel many moons ago.

Still, the formula and date has passed into legend and so we decided to work up a little list of things you could do in London today to make yourself feel a lot better.…

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