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Simon Hulstone launches Mary Poppins popcorn at BA's rooftop Cinema.

Simon Hulstone launches Mary Poppins popcorn at BA's rooftop Cinema.

British Airways is launching its Summer-long rooftop cinema on May 1st and it's brought in regular partner Michelin-starred chef Simon Hulstone to provide the popcorn. 

He'll be producing "Chim Chimney" popcorn which is, of course, based on Mary Poppins. According to Hulstone "I use burnt onion ash to represent soot, which is surprisingly sweet and combined this with cheese extract to ...

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London restaurants crowd shortlist for Best Independent Restaurant at the 2014 Cateys

London restaurants crowd shortlist for Best Independent Restaurant at the 2014 Cateys

The shortlist for this year's Cateys - an industry awards for the hospitality business run by Caterer and Hotelkeeper magazine - has just been announced and several London restaurants and chefs are in the running.

Independent restaurant of the Year

Jason Atherton, Pollen Street Social
Angela Hartnett, Murano
Simon Mullins and Ben Tish, Salt Yard
Karam Sethi, Gymkhana Restaurants

Independent Hotel ...

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Coppa returns to Hackney rooftops for Summer

Coppa returns to Hackney rooftops for Summer

Coppa, the rooftop restaurant by the people behind Lardo was a big hit last summer, so it's great news to hear that it's returning next month.

They'll be housed on the roof of the Hothouse building overlooking London Fields and will be seating 200 people - therefore becoming one of the largest open-air dining rooms in London. It'll serve a southern Italian inspired menu from Head Chef Christian ...

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Rustico pizza and pasta restaurant opens in Stockwell

Rustico pizza and pasta restaurant opens in Stockwell

Much as we might like to give the impression we're omniscient, it's impossible for us to cover every part of town, so we're always grateful when a Hot Dinners reader emails in on a place they think will be of interest. Which is what happened when Harriet got in touch to sing the praises of Rustico in Stockwell.

"Stockwell's mostly fried chicken/kebab shops and 24 hour newsagents," she told us, ...

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Adam Simmonds comes to London with Pavilion in Kensington

Adam Simmonds comes to London with Pavilion in Kensington

A few year back we were lucky to make a trip to Danesfield House when Adam Simmonds was in charge of the kitchen. We had one of our best meals of that year there and realised that the chef was definitely one to watch. And Londoners will now have the chance to try him a little closer to home with Pavilion the restaurant he's overseeing while plans on his first solo venture continue.

Seating 60, ...

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Verden wine bar and deli opening in Hackney

Verden wine bar and deli opening in Hackney

We picked wine bars as one of the top trends of 2013 and that looks set to carry on throughout 2014, the latest being a new addition to Hackney. Verden is coming from long-time friends Ed Wyand, former Senior Maitre d’hotel at Scott’s and Tom Bell who was Head of Public Affairs at Ogilvy Public Relations. In the kitchen, they have Tom Fraser, former Sous Chef at Scott’s.

According to ...

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Creme Egg action in London this Easter

Creme Egg action in London this Easter

For many, you can take your 80% Valrhona Easter egg and shove it - Cadbury's Creme Egg is where all the action is over Easter.

And this year there are a couple of so-wrong-it's-right ways to try it in London's restaurants and bars.

First up are the Pizza Pilgrimswho have come up with the Creme Eggzone - a chocolately, pizza-based twist on the scotch egg – so salty Neapolitan dough and sweet creme ...

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Restaurants open in London over the Easter weekend

Restaurants open in London over the Easter weekend

Staying in London over Easter used to feel like a Danny Boyle zombie flick. Thankfully this is swiftly changing. Eating out over the Easter break is better than ever this year as more restaurants decide to remain open.

Furthermore if you do decide to head to central London in the next few days you'll have a much better chance of snagging a table at many of London's hottest spots - particularly ...

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Opso all day restaurant aims to bring modern Greek cuisine to Marylebone

Opso all day restaurant aims to bring modern Greek cuisine to Marylebone

If there's one Mediterranean cuisine needing a bit of a revival in London it's probably Greek. And the arrival of Opso in Marylebone this summer sounds like it might just be good enough to do that.

This new all day restaurant is taking over the site that used to be Ping Pong on Paddington Street. Over two floors they'll be serving up both traditional and modern Greek dishes. They've got the ...

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MEATliquor takes on Wishbone Brixton

MEATliquor takes on Wishbone Brixton

We know that Scott Collins of MEATliquor has been involved with Wishbone for a while, but now it's more official as MEATliquor formally takes on the reins - including a revamp of the menu.

Alongside the Thai style thighs and Korean wings, Yianni Papoutsis is putting his hand to the menu, adding the MEATliquor buffalo chicken burger (covered in hot pepper sauce and a blue cheese ...

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Rawduck to return to Hackney

Rawduck to return to Hackney

16/4 - Updated with opening date and menu details.

Late last year saw the extremely unexpected closure of Rawduck as nearby excavations made the building they were housed in unsafe (and also delayed the launch of nearby Oslo into the bargain).

However the folks behind Rawduck, Clare Lattin & Rory McCoy, have now finalised plans to return to the area, moving closer to London Fields and taking ...

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Soho Grind to open on Beak Street with basement speakeasy

Soho Grind to open on Beak Street with basement speakeasy

We've been waiting to hear about a date for the opening of Soho Grind - the second coffee spot to follow on from the successful Shoreditch Grind spot. Now we've had confirmation that they'll be opening on Beak Street next month.

The Soho version will, like Shoreditch, be open all day and late night. But with a few new additions. On the coffee front there'll be a special custom blend developed for ...

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Selfridges open their chocolate library

Selfridges open their chocolate library

OK - so this actually opened a few weeks back, but since we've given up sweets for Lent it would have been too hard to write about the opening of Selfridges' spangly new Confectionery Hall any sooner. But now that Easter Sunday is in sight, we can dream about going mad in a trolley dash round the aisles of the 4000 square foot space the store is devoting to all things sweet.

What we like ...

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Hard hat tour of the Shangri La hotel at The Shard

Hard hat tour of the Shangri La hotel at The Shard

Who doesn't like getting a behind-the-scenes look, whether it's a restaurant, bar or hotel? So when Shangri-La asked us whether we'd like to take a hard hat tour of their new hotel at the Shard before it opened, we jumped at the chance.

We started off in the downstairs tea bar Lang which will open during the day serving up pastries and lighter meals but will close at 7pm to become a sort of ...

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Bea Vo of Bea's of Bloomsbury launching Stax Carnaby

Bea Vo of Bea's of Bloomsbury launching Stax Carnaby

(Updated 15/4 with opened dates and location)

She's best known for the cakes and teas she serves up at Bea's of Bloomsbury, and more recently Bea Vo has been running a successful weekend diner at Maltby Street too. Now she's working on opening that diner Stax in a permanent location at Carnaby's Kingly Court.

The all day diner takes its name from Memphis based 1960s record label Stax Records ...

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