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Hackney’s got a new smallest wine bar, thanks to the Pidgin duo

Barbershop by day, and Hackney’s tiniest wine bar by night - newly opened Enfant Terrible couldn’t be more suited to its East London location.

Headed up by the owners of the nearby set-menu-only Michelin-starred restaurant Pidgin, Enfant Terrible is “a gonzo take on the tiny wine bars of Paris” where you can “eat a tin of smoked oysters and some epoisses while drinking a bunch of wine” they say,…

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‘Best steak in the world’ is now available in Chelsea

 

Meat-lovers pay attention: the best steak in the world has arrived in London, or at least according to Spanish meat master José Gordón, who’s spent his whole life in the quest for the perfect cut.

Following his stint at Meatopia last year, where he brought his renowned beef steaks to the UK for the first time, José Gordón will be now be serving his legendary carpaccio, flank steak and more in Ch…

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Hoppers heads to The City for a spot of crazy golf at Swingers

One of last year's biggest success stories was the opening of Hoppers in Soho - the Sri Lankan restaurant is still a huge hit today with queues to match. But from January, there will be another place to get your Hoppers fix as they head east to Swingers in Shoreditch. 

As one of the street food highlights of the crazy golf spot, Hoppers will be joining Patty&Bun and Pizza Pilgrims with some o…

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Test Driving Dum Biryani House - focused Indian cooking in Soho

We head to Soho to try out this one-dish restaurant - so can they cook a mean Biryani?…

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The Other Naughty Piglet is coming to Victoria's St James Theatre

Brixton neighbourhood restaurant Naughty Piglets is set to open a second restaurant in Victoria, and they’ll be co-running it with none other than Andrew Lloyd Webber, with former The Clove Club's Joe Knowlden as head chef.

As the story goes, musical theatre impresario had dinner at Naughty Piglets, and was so impressed with the whole affair that he suggested they take over St James Theatre’s in…

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Beat the queue - you can now reserve a table at BAO Fitzrovia

Huge, BAO-related news - if you’ve been desperate to visit the insanely popular Taiwanese steamed bun seller, but put off by the constant, looming queue that goes hand in hand with the place, you’ll now be able to book a table.

After a siege of requests for reservations, parties of four or more will now be able to reserve a spot in BAO’s Fitzrovia branch from today. Those who do so will find them…

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Bar Boulud pop-up brings French dining to Harrods’ Food Hall

Now we're big fans of Bar Boulud - and are curious to see what will emerge from its upcoming revamp at the Mandarin Oriental. But if you're worried on missing out on a Bar Boulud burger while it's closed, worry not. Harrods will be housing a Bar Boulud pop-up this January, who’ll be serving up their traditional French food and burgers while its original venue undergoes the facelift.

Normally foun…

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Gin fans rejoice: Portobello Road Gin to open four-storey bar The Distillery

Gin fans will have plenty of reasons to celebrate: Portobello Road Gin’s four-storey gin bar and restaurant paradise The Distillery will finally open this December.

Die hard gin fans will feel like they’ve finally come home - not only will there be two bars, or three if you include the one in the private dining room, but also a distillery (hence the name), a museum, an off-license shop, a hotel a…

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Test Driving Luca in Clerkenwell - an Italian from The Clove Club team

Luca is the latest restaurant from the people behind The Clove Club. We head down to Clerkenwell to take a look.…

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The Game Bird with James Durrant brings upmarket British dining to The Stafford

There’s big change afoot in The Stafford London Hotel: the restaurant is set to close, undergo a hefty redesign and reopen in early 2017 as The Game Bird, with James Durrant at the helm.

The menu is set to be an ultra-British affair, with no chance to praise the provenance of each ingredient left untaken - there'll be Clarence Court eggs and Lincolnshire smoked eels, while the scallops hail from…

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The Cheese Truck becomes the Cheese Bar in Camden Stables Market

Of the many food trucks going permanent in London that we’ve witnessed lately, we must confess we’re extra glad to find out one of will be The Cheese Bar, purveyor of intensely comforting grilled cheese sandwiches - perfect for single-digit weather.

After three years selling out of an old ice-cream van, The Cheese Truck will be reborn as The Cheese Bar, dishing out gooey grilled toasties aplenty…

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Hopscotch brings feel good vibes, buns and cocktails to Brick Lane

Hopscotch, a playful new bar and restaurant that’s all about the atmosphere, has landed in Brick Lane. They’re serving up buns, ‘bombs’ and cocktails, in a venue with a 1am license that’s full of cool little touches that make it perfectly suited to its East London location. The man behind it all is Jonathan Cowley, who’s got an impressive list of names under his belt, including Milk & Honey,…

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The Trellis skyscraper will have London's highest restaurant

There's more high-rise dining on the way as permission has just been given for a new 73 storey building at 1 Undershaft (in The City) which has already been given the nickname of The Trellis (and as we've seen, these names tend to stick). That will make the building the second highest in western Europe, being only a shade shorter than the Shard.

While it will also have a free viewing gallery at t…

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London in the Sky returns or a third year of dining 100 feet up

Those who like their meal with a serious view may rejoice, for London in the Sky is back once more, in July next year.

Hanging from 100 feet in the air, the 22-seater restaurant will be offering breakfast, lunch, dinner cooked by a series of guest chefs, who’ll also be up in the air with you, chopping and frying merrily away as if they weren’t suspended from a mobile crane in Chelsea Embankment.…

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Pizza Toscana is coming to Wardour Street

There do seem to be rather a lot of pizza restaurants opening at the moment - and the latest is coming to Wardour Street, called Pizza Toscana. This one comes with proper Italian heritage by Italian restaurateur Stefano Cresci, owner of Florence's La Bussola, which has been going since 1960. He's now come to London and taken over La Scala. 

Here, they'll use exclusively Tuscan ingredients - inclu…

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