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‘World of Zing’, the UK’s first contemporary food and drink emporium launches

‘World of Zing’, the UK’s first contemporary food and drink emporium launches

The World of Zing, the UK's first contemporary food and drink emporium launches this week. The project aims to bring exceptional produce to consumers through both an online and retail emporium experience. We popped down to their launch party to take a look at what's coming.

Housed in a capacious 5000sq ft warehouse in Mile End, the indoor market is set to become a small scale food and drink ...

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Basement Sate, a new dessert bar is on the way to Soho

Basement Sate, a new dessert bar is on the way to Soho

If it's not ramen (and there's been a LOT of ramen), we've noticed another clearly emerging trend among London's new openings - the dessert bar. We've recently had The Pudding Bar, there's the great dessert bar at Pollen Street Social among others and now they're joined by basement dessert/cocktail bar basement Sate.


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Javier Rodriguez kicks things off at Carousel

Javier Rodriguez kicks things off at Carousel

New pop-up/residency venue Carousel kicks off this week with Javier Rodriguez starting things off. The Argentine chef has previously worked at Noma, Tetsuyas in Sydney, Restaurant Andre in Singapore,  La Gloria in Lima and London's own Viajante. His two week residency will feature:

Silk & Grain brings aged cocktails to the Square Mile

Silk & Grain brings aged cocktails to the Square Mile

It's no secret that here at Hot Dinners we're definitely partial to a cocktail or two on a night out. Thus the arrival of Silk & Grain, a new cocktail bar and restaurant in the Square Mile is right up our street. 

Situated on Cornhill near Bank station, this City bar and restaurant is also not far from Jason Atherton’s recent opening, City Social. Silk & Grain prides itself on serving an ...

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Polpo's Ape and Bird gets a minor refurb and a new menu

Polpo's Ape and Bird gets a minor refurb and a new menu

Just relaunched today is the new look Ape and Bird, having undergone a minor revamp (inside and out) and a new menu, courtesy of chef Alex Windebank. The new look is event more stripped back than before - they're calling the revamp a "defurbish" according to Chris Pople(who provided the photo above). We also note that the "by Polpo" makes the association to Russell Norman's other restaurants ...

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Quaglino's undergoes major refurbishment

Quaglino's undergoes major refurbishment

One of Mayfair St James’ finest dining establishments is getting a refresh this autumn – except this is far more than a new lick of paint.

Quaglino’s, the iconic restaurant and late-night venue, is undergoing a full-scale renovation under the direction of D&D London.


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Get a drink by the pool at the top of the Shard and Shangri-La's Skypool

Get a drink by the pool at the top of the Shard and Shangri-La's Skypool

Another high rise drinking destination has just opened at the very top of the Shard, as the Shangri La has opened their new Skypool bar to the public. From 8.30 pm, you can now book a seat poolside (it seats 30) with drinks and snacks from the neighbouring Gong bar.  

The only catch is, you'll only be able to lounge beside the pool, not in the pool as that's reserved for guests earlier in the ...

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Clotted cream and salted caramel scones - we try out Paul A Young's new afternoon tea

Clotted cream and salted caramel scones - we try out Paul A Young's new afternoon tea

Is there much better than scones and clotted cream? Maybe scones, clotted cream and a massive dollop of salted caramel. That's the thinking behind master chocolatier Paul A Young's new cream tea - now available daily at his flagship shop in Heal's, on Tottenham Court Road. We popped along to take a look. 

The scones, Paul explains, are made to a traditional Victorian recipe before cutters came on ...

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

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

Update 18/8/14 - full details of soft launch offer as the truck hits Spitalfields.

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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 to be the first to tell you that the street food traders are opening up a permanent place.

They've got a site in Old Spitalfields Market where the ...

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Ex Real Greek founder bringing The Greek Larder to King's Cross

Ex Real Greek founder bringing The Greek Larder to King's Cross

The next year promises to be a big one for King's Cross. Many new office blocks are about to open there and alongside those, plenty of space for brand new restaurants. And one of those will be the new Greek Larder coming from Real Greek founder Theodore Kyriakou.


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Barrafina's private dining room is nearly ready

Barrafina's private dining room is nearly ready

If the idea of queuing for Barrafina has always been a mite off-putting, then you'll be happy to know there's now another option - as long as you can round up a few friends too. The private dining room at the new Barrafina Adelaide Street is nearly open and will be taking lunch/dinner bookings for 8-32 people (or a standing party of 60). Plus you can also book the "chef's table" on the lower ...

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The Scotch Egg Challenge 2014 returns to the Ship

The Scotch Egg Challenge 2014 returns to the Ship

Forget Michelin stars, one of the most sought after accolades in the restaurant business is to come top the heap at the Scotch Egg Challenge. Held every year at The Ship in Wandsworth, it sees London's top chefs compete to see who can come up with the best eggy/meaty (and sometimes - somewhat inadvisedly - fishy) concoction.

Last year's event was won by The British Larderwith a smoked venison ...

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Meat and BBQ fest Meatopia coming back to London in September 2014

Meat and BBQ fest Meatopia coming back to London in September 2014

coming back Updated 15/8/14 with the full line-up and signature dishes.

It was our favourite food event of 2013, so we're very happy to hear that BBQ and all round meat fest Meatopia is returning to London this September. An American event that was brought to the UK by Hawksmoor's Richard Turner, it easily featured some our favourite dishes of the year.

We've just received loads more info about ...

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Ippudo ramen coming to London at Central St Giles

Ippudo ramen coming to London at Central St Giles

It really IS all about ramen at the moment as we've just received more details about another ramen joint to hit London. This time it's the very highly regarded Ippudo Ramen, who currently have over 100 restaurants across Japan, New York, Sydney, Hong Kong and Singapore, and are now making the jump to London.

On the menu, they'll have:

Keu bring their banh mis to Soho

Keu bring their banh mis to Soho

Part of the same group that runs Cay Tre and Viet Grill, Keu on Old Street has been a hit ever since it opened, selling some of the best banh mis in town (a Vietnamese baguette sandwich). But if you haven't had the chance to visit it there, it's now following its sibling restaurant Cay Tre into Soho.

Once they've settled into Poland Street, they'll have Banh Mi, Noodle Bowls & Buns to eat ...

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