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D&D brings huge new restaurant to Nova, Victoria

They still have their huge revamped Gym at King's Cross on the way and now D&D have taken on another huge site at another London Station, Victoria (an area that will really benefit). It's in the big new Nova development. 

It's still early stages, but we know it will be 10,000 sq feet (that certainly seems big) and will be next to the Victoria Palace Theatre, opposite the station. It will have…

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Voodoo Ray's pizza comes to Boxpark Shoreditch

Already popular in Dalston, pizza joint Voodoo Ray's is the latest restaurant to join Boxpark in Shoreditch. 

So, from May, expect massive 22 inch pizzas, served by the slice (or the whole thing if you're particularly hungry) including the King Tubby (fennel & chilli sausage, cavolo nero, marinated tomatoes, caramelised onions), the Rubenesque (salt beef, sauerkraut, emmental, Russian dressin…

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Russell Brand opens the Trew Era Cafe in East London

Russell Brand has opened a cafe in Hoxton. The stand up comic and polemicist today unveiled the Trew Era Cafe on the Whitmore Estate in East London which he's funded through sales of his book Revolution.

The social enterprise cafe will be run by recovering drug addicts - "People in abstinence based recovery and nutters and revolutionaries especially welcome" the cafe's social feed said. As Brand…

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Chicken Town neighbourhood venture plans to open in Tottenham

We love a feelgood story here at Hot Dinners and there's a veritable shedload of goodwill surrounding a new Tottenham venture opening this Autumn. Chicken Town will be a chicken shop with a difference. By day they aim to serve up healthier and better quality chicken meals to young people, matching the price of local fast food outlets. In the evening they'll turn into a neighbourhood restaurant. B…

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Greek restaurant Hungry Donkey heads for the City

It's almost becoming a trend - another Greek restaurant is getting ready to open in London. This time, Hungry Donkey has a focus on Hellenic street food and being environmentally conscious is on the way to the City.

Hungry Donkey is by Markos Tsimikalis who says "I really wanted to create somewhere that is modern and cool without losing the simplicity of classic Greek dishes." The all-day restaura…

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Wilderness 2015 line-up includes Hix, Mendes, Hartnett and Sweden's Niklas Ekstedt

It sounds like a feast for all the senses: nestled in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, a festival dedicated to music, conversation, the arts - and the promise of some amazing food.

In fact we think the line up at the Wilderness Festival this August sounds pretty unmissable: while Bjork is headlining on the music stage, top chefs like Angela Hartnett, Mark Hix and Nuno Mendes will be cook…

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Carousel's spring schedule includes Berlin's Lokal and Bjorn van der Horst

Marylebone rolling popup restaurant Carousel has just announced its spring line-up and it's a doozy, combining emerging talent with some impressive experienced chefs.

Carousel's Spring schedule runs as follows:

  • Until 28 March: Lee Skeet (formerly at Hedone, Marcus Wareing and The Ledbury)
  • 31 March: Gary Hoopengardner and the team from Berlin's locavore pop-up turned restaurant Lokal
  • 14th April:…

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Estiatorio Milos bringing Greek seafood to London's Regent Street

London seems to be seeing a fair few Greek restaurants opening of late. On top of the recent openings of Opso and The Greek Larder we now have Estiatorio Milos to look forward to.

This seafood restaurant is the brainchild of Costas Spiliadis who opened his first restaurant in Montreal back in the 70s and since then has opened branches of Estiatorio Milos in New York City, Las Vegas, Miami and eve…

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Jason Atherton to launch Social Wine and Tapas on James Street

You'll have spotted from our Coming Soon page that Jason Atherton is opening two new restaurants in London in 2015. And now we've got full details of what to expect from the first of them, Social Wine and Tapas. Essentially it's a place where the sommellier takes centre stage. We rather like the idea of it and it brings to mind Aldo Sohm in New York (in a very good way). 

The James Street restaur…

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Fortnums come up with the Chotch Egg for Easter

More than 250 years ago, Fortnum & Mason first scotched an egg. This year, they've come up with a new twist to the pub snack with the invention of the Chotch Egg. It's their mash-up between a Scotch and Easter Egg. So you get a free-range egg, wrapped in venison with 55% Valrhona dark chocolate, infused with Juniper berries and finished with breadcrumbs.

The Chotch Egg will be available from…

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Paradise by way of Kensal Green gets ex Petersham Head Chef

Interesting hire in West London as Paradise By Way of Kensal Green gets an ex-Petersham Nurseries Chef to head up its kitchen. Cat Ashton took over as Head Chef at Petersham for a year following Skye Gyngell's departure. She'll be bringing her take to the menu for the 100-cover newly refurbished dining room here as well as the bar food menu with snacks like hummus with hazelnut dukkah pitta and r…

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Auction Against Hunger is back for 2015 with a great event and online auctions too

It's both one of the best nights in town plus a great online auction that we're always very happy to host - Auction Against Hunger is back again for 2015.

As ever, the auction will be in two parts - a special live event with Street Feast at Dalston Yard on 21 May with some of the best in London food showing off (and auctioning) their wares and an online ebay auction in conjunction with Hot Dinner…

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Head to Shoreditch for the Fry Hard deep-fried Easter pop-up

Ever wondered what a deep-fried hot cross bun tastes like? Or an Easter Sunday roast? Well now, thanks to the folks at Fry Hard you'll get the chance to try just that. Opening at Shoreditch's BOXPARK for the Easter weekend, this mashup between Miss Cakehead and London Mess is a variation on the single dish theme - in that everything on the menu will have been deep-fried.

Dishes they've already te…

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Smith & Wollensky US steakhouse opening in London

Updated 24/3/15 with lots more information, including menu, wines, cocktials and more...

Is London ready for another steakhouse? The US chain Smith & Wollensky think so as they get ready to open in June 2015 in the Adelphi Building on John Adam Street, just off The Strand.

They're leaving nothing to chance, picking the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio to do the look and feel - the brief is to t…

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Brindisa comes to Piccadilly - we Test Drive Morada Brindisa Asador

The Spanish restaurant group arrives in Tourist Central with a new grill-based restaurant. We head down to check it out.…

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