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A spot of golf and fine dining - we Test Drive Vinothec Compass at the Greenwich Peninsula Driving Range

Another new addition to North Greenwich, and with easy access to Canary Wharf, this is a new casual fine dining restaurant with a pretty impressive selection of wines. We head along to check it out.

Read more: A spot of golf and fine dining - we Test Drive Vinothec Compass at the Greenwich Peninsula Driving Range

Pizza Pilgrims and Cinnamon Kitchen join forces for a week-long alfresco pop-up

Fresh from getting a Francesco Mazzei seal of approval, Pizza Pilgrims are about to head into the City for a week long pop-up with Vivek Singh's Cinnamon Kitchen.

They'll be setting up shop (or more accurately, van) on Cinnamon Kitchen's terrace from noon to 9pm for some Indian inspired pizzas including:

  • Tandoori chicken, green chilli and cheese
  • Cauliflower and green peas ‘Bhujia’
  • Venison pickle…

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National burger day returns, capped off with burger feast

It's nearly time for National Burger day again, and that means that there will be another of their big burger parties too - this time taking place in Dalston Yard.

Backed by Mr Hyde, this sees some of the best of London's burger scene all gathered together for one night. So that includes Honest Burgers, Burger Bear, Dip & Flip, Lucky Chip, Le Bun, Bleecker St., Smokestak, Breddos and Slider B…

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Rudie's brings real jerk and more Jamaican food to Dalston

Coming to Dalston is a new restaurant billed as a casual dining Jamaican restaurant which is aiming for "traditional Jamaican cooking presented with a contemporary twist."

Their focus will be on "real jerk". These dishes will be marinated for 24 hours in a secret blend of herbs and spices, then smoked using pimento and sweet wood and finally cooked over coals in traditional jerk drums. 

But there…

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New Thai restaurant Pestle kicks things off with pop-ups

There's a new restaurant on the way called Pestle, which boasts of having the ex-Smoking Goat head chef in charge of the kitchen. 

They're planning to focus mainly on Thai curries and Khanom Jeen noodles made from scratch and have interesting backing. First there's Seb Holmes who was sous chef at the Begging Bowl and head chef at the Smoking Goat and joining him is Thom Lawson, former bar manager…

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Breaking Bad style cocktail bar ABQ opens in London

Wanna cook? No, we're not talking about taking over the kitchen. A new pop up in Hackney Wick has brought the cult TV show Breaking Bad to life, with an innovative (and cosy) cocktail-'cooking' experience and we popped along to the launch.

The bar is designed around the famous RV that Walt and his accomplice Jesse used to drive out into the Albuquerque desert to cook crystal meth. Luckily the onl…

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Nordic smokehouse Rök heads to Shoreditch

Updated 24/7 with soft launch details.

We're seeing an interesting trend in smokehouse-based restaurants of late - that's seen various cuisines crossed with traditional smokehouse fare. The most recent and obvious example has been the middle eastern smokehouse of Berber & Q and now there's Rök, which comes with a Nordic twist.

Rök, which literally means "smoke" in Swedish, will be brining, pi…

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Galvin at Windows launches a pay-what-you-like menu

With one of the best views in London, with Fred Sirieix in charge, and with a great value set-lunch, Galvin at Windows is definitely already one of our personal favourites in London. And now they're trying something new with their pay-what-you-like menu.

It's a five course menu with dishes like steak tartare, BBQ Korean pork belly and chocolate fondant all up for inclusion - and it's available fo…

Read more: Galvin at Windows launches a pay-what-you-like menu

Bao Bar returns to Netil Market

Still can't quite muster up the willpower to tackle that queue for Bao in Soho, but are missing their buns? Well from this weekend an alternative is available as the Bao stall returns to Netil Market.

So from Saturday July 25, you can expect (along with some  Taiwan Gold Medal beer):

  • Classic bao with braised pork, peanut powder, fermented greens and coriander
  • Daikon bao with panko-crumbed daikon…

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MEATliquor and The Begging Bowl team up for a new burger

Two powerhouses have combined to create a new limited edition burger at MEATliquor - The Begging Bowl burger. Jane Atly from Peckham's Thai restaurant The Begging Bowl has teamed up with MEATliquor's Yianni Papoutsis for this behemoth.

It's loads of grilled chicken marinated in traditional Thai style sauce infused with sweet pickled cucumbers, coriander leaves, fresh red chilies, topped with srir…

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A rooftop street food market comes to west London with Storeys

West London hasn't exactly been blessed with the best opportunities for street food, but that looks like changing at the end of the month as a new summer pop-up takes hold. Called Storeys, it's taking place on the roof of the old BBC Television Centre car park, every Friday to Sunday over the summer.

The traders will be rotating, but the ones confirmed so far are:

  • Le Bun - burgers and tacos with…

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Duck n Roll brings their duck and foie gras burgers to Baranis

Last weekend there was the bad news about a large part of Shoreditch's Dinerama being badly damaged in a fire. That looks like being back up and running in a few weeks and in the meantime, traders are temporarily popping up elsewhere. One of those is Club Gascon's Duck n Roll with the news that you'll be seeing them in Baranis cocktail bar for three weeks, starting August 1.

On the menu will be:…

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Iberica announces plans to open at Victoria's Zig Zag Building

Popular Spanish restaurant chain Ibérica is opening its sixth restaurant (and fourth permanent London restaurant) this summer. They're opening on the ground floor of the Zig Zag Building which is one element of the huge redevelopment of Victoria (the other big foodie destination is Nova).

It's a large space with room for almost 150 diners on two floors as well as a huge terrace. There'll also be…

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DF Mexico comes to Tottenham Court Road from the people behind Wahaca

A year after opening at the Truman Brewery, Wahaca's Thomasina Myers has another of its ofshoots, DF Mexico, on the way. DF was their version of a modern Mexican diner (which we visited for a Test Drive) offering something of a cross between American and Mexican food. 

This time they're opening in the long-being-revamped area of Tottenham Court road (by the Odeon). 

Confirmed for the new venue is…

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Mussels and beer for Soho as Belgo opens its first new London restaurant in almost 20 years

They're best known in London for the huge subterranean Covent Garden restaurant which has been there for (blimey) over 20 years. But now, nineteen years since their last London opening in Holborn, Belgo are about to open a restaurant right in the heart of Soho on Old Compton Street (where Amalfi used to be).

If you've been to any of their other restaurants (and if you've lived in London as long a…

Read more: Mussels and beer for Soho as Belgo opens its first new London restaurant in almost 20 years

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