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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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We Test Drive Marcus Wareing's new Marcus at the Berkeley

We Test Drive Marcus Wareing's new Marcus at the BerkeleyWe try out Marcus Wareing's recently revamped flagship at the Berkeley. 
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Dalston grows up - we try out Stevie Parle's Rotorino

Dalston grows up - we try out Stevie Parle's RotorinoWe check out the new restaurant from Dock Kitchen's Stevie Parle and see what it brings to the Dalston dining scene. 
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Test Driving a piggy brunch at Blackfoot

Test Driving a piggy brunch at Blackfoot

Watch out Caravan - Exmouth Market has a new brunch offering and it's a seriously piggy one. Blackfoot's built up a solid lunch and dinner trade, but as of the weekend they started opening for brunch. We popped down to try it out and it pretty much set us up for the rest of the day.

There are a few lunch time dishes on there, but the ones you're really going to want to try are the new brunch ...

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Crab and chips for St George's Day at Aqua Shard

Crab and chips for St George's Day at Aqua Shard


This fishy dish happens to be the main attraction at Aqua Shard's St George's Day offering. Available at both lunchtime and dinner on Wednesday 23rd April it's chef Anthony Garlando's take on fish and chips, using John Dory and Cornish crab in English beer batter parcels, with a caper, pickle and lemon salad and green pea ice cream.

And - if you're wondering - the crab couldn't be more ...

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Fairground mixes food, drink, music & more from the people behind Street Feast

Fairground mixes food, drink, music & more from the people behind Street Feast

Launching this weekend is Fairground, the new project from Street Feast founder Dom Cools-Lartigue. Taking over a three floor disused office space in Haggerston, Fairground will not only be hosting some of London's best street food traders but will also feature live music, talks, and masterclasses over its 10 week residence.

Kicking off the food offering on the opening weekend will be ...

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London Wine Week planned for June by organisers of London Cocktail week

London Wine Week planned for June by organisers of London Cocktail week

Connoisseurs, wine lovers and novices alike are being invited to take part in London Wine Week, the capital’s first dedicated week-long consumer event. The seven day celebration of London's restaurants, bars and wine merchants will run for a week from the 2nd til the 8th of June 2014.

The initiative has been launched by The London Wine Fair in partnership with the team behind London Cocktail Week ...

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Polo Bar launches an Easter Scotch emu egg challenge

Polo Bar launches an Easter Scotch emu egg challenge

For Easter there are all manner of eggs going on the menu at Polo 24 hour bar in Bishopsgate. There's ostrich egg omelette, goose and duck eggs in the full English. But this magnificent beast, dwarfing the plate below, is the one you'll be really interested in.

 

This my friends is their emu scotch egg. It's currently available as a slice along with Branston pickle, baby leaf salad and ...

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