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Fu Manchu dim sum bar coming to Clapham North

If you're after some late night foodie fun, south of the river, sounds like Fu Manchu opening this summer in Clapham North might be for you. This late night dum sum and cocktail bar is taking over a space under the arches on Lendal Terrace. Featuring a long bar and raised seating area, the cocktails are inspired by the Sax Rohmer book titles, so expect The Kiss Of Death and Mancho’s Mind Control m…

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Maple and Fitz healthy eating and juice bar to open in Fitzrovia

Updated 26/2/15 with opening date and soft launch info

It may be too early to call it a trend, but we're definitely seeing an increase in openings with a more healhy bent. The latest of these is Maple and Fitz, a healthy food and juice bar opening in Fitztrovia.…

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Is this London's hottest pizza?

This, my friends is a pizza that ought to come with a health warning. The Hottest Pizza has just launched at the Mayfair Pizza Company. Made with a fresh tomato and The Rib Man's ‘Christ On A Bike’ hot sauce it's topped with ’Nduja Italian sausage and spicy pork rib. On top of that is a generous sprinkle of dried chilli flakes and smoked jalapeño powder along with mozzarella and fresh scotch bonn…

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Granger and Co comes to King's Cross

In the latest of an influx of restaurants that is continuing to change the King's Cross dining scene oh-so-much for the better, Bill Granger is opening his latest Granger & Co there. He's setting up in one of its newest developments at St Pancras Square on the ground floor of the Stanley building.

He's already had success with Granger & co in nearby Clerkenwell, which we recently visited,…

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Bull in a China Shop rotisserie chicken and whisky bar coming to Shoreditch

The Chan brothers, who are behind The Drunken Monkey are opening a second venture that appears to be a distillation of all that is East London right now. Bull in a China Shop will be a rotisserie chicken restaurant and whisky bar alongside breakfast bao buns and savoury congee porridge.

Taking over a pub opposite the Tea Building in the heart of Shoreditch, the all-day restaurant and whisky bar w…

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Chops & cocktails in Soho - we Test Drive Blacklock

Opening in a Soho basement, Blacklock's menu is all based around grilled chops (with some great value cocktails too). We check it out.…

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Martin Morales to bring Ceviche to Old Street

Updated 24/2 with details of the menu and opening date.

Martin Morales Peruvian takeover of London continues as he brings his second outpost of Ceviche to London (following his opening of Andina last year).

This time he's setting up shop on Old Street, just round the corner from Nightjar and the Three Crowns.…


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Chiltern Firehouse launches new oyster cart by Nuno Mendes in its courtyard

There's a new addition to the ever-hot Chiltern Firehouse for those of you lucky enough to score a reservation/opportunity for star spotting.

Nuno Mendes has just set up a new oyster and champagne cart in the front courtyard. They'll be serving three types of oyster a day, two British and one French. At the moment, Maldon and West Mersea Rock oysters from Essex are on the menu at the moment as we…

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Horses for Michelin-starred courses: we Test Drive Royal Ascot 2015's Fine Dining

Royal Ascot isn't just about the style or catching sight of the Queen - the food's pretty darned good too.…

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Bistrò by Shot brings food with a French/Italian twist to Parson's Green

Just opened in Parson's Green (and on soft launch till the end of February) is Bistrò by Shot. Here's what you need to know about it.

There's a local team behind it - the folks behind this all day dining space also own Shot Espresso and Ice&Slice in Fulham.

The chef has form: Chef Fabrice Meier comes here via Trinity, The Wild Game Company and One-O-One Knightsbridge.

Breakfast sounds worth a…

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Crosstown Doughnuts are coming to Broadwick Street, Soho

We're big fans of Crosstown Doughnuts here and so we're very pleased to reveal the news that they are planning a new permanent shop that'll be opening in Soho in Spring.

The new shop will follow the success of their successful Piccadilly Station pop-up that's finishing up in May. As JP from Crosstown puts it, "Piccadilly Circus Station has been a great test for us. I'm proud to say that we have n…

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Queenswood comes to Battersea from the people behind Damson & Co

Updated 23/2/15 with soft launch details:

A new all-day neighbourhood restaurant and bar is coming soon to Battersea Square, as the people behind Soho's Damson & Co get ready to open Queenswood.

Head Chef, Aude Placktor is moving here from Paris, having worked in all manner of high end establishments including Atelier de Joël Robuchon, and is planning a menu which spans the globe:

  • Corn &…

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Marco Pierre White to relaunch Wheeler's as a rib room & oyster bar in the City

Early last year, Marco Pierre White sold the St James site of Wheeler's (which is soon being taken over by Chutney Mary) and he's recently revived the brand with a Wheeler's in Camberley. Now it's back in London - but although retaining the St James name, he's opening in the City on Threadneedle Street.

This time he's joining up with the Marriott Autograph hotel, bringing them a Wheeler's Rib Room…

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London Grind on London Bridge will focus on food as well as coffee

Popular coffee chain Grind & Co are expanding south of the river, London Bridge to be exact. Their fourth site, right by Borough Market, will also be the company's first one to place a real emphasis on food.

Before now, you could get light bites in the evening along with your coffee-based cocktails, but London Grind, which will be at 2, London Bridge will have a working kitchen. They'll serve…

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Bleecker St.Burger to open first permanent place in Old Spitalfields Market

Update 19/2/15 with opening details

We are BIG fans of Bleecker St. Burger and have been ever since we first tried their amazing patties at the London Burger Bash. So we're thrilled that the street food traders are opening up a permanent place inside Old Spitalfields Market where the Micha cafe currently is. 

"Southbank was immense," Bleecker St Burger's Liam told Hot Dinners, "it's really excitin…

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