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There's a new pub in Angel with the Islington Townhouse

Taking over the old spot left by Round Midnight, there's a new pub in Angel - The Islington Townhouse, launched by Hippo Inns. They're the people behind the Lillie Langtree, Duke of Sussex in Waterloo and the Signal in Forest Hill, among others. So what can we expect from this recovered pub?

It's on three floors - including an upstairs dining area for 26 that can be hired - and there's a hideaway…

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Quilombero is coming to East India Dock from Rita's Missy Flynn and Gabriel Pryce

Rita's may be gone (for now) but two of its alumni are already preparing their next venture. Missy Flynn, one of Rita's founders and chef Gabriel Pryce, who has also worked in the Marksman, are setting up their next temporary project - Quilombero. It'll be a canteen style restaurant at the workspace campus Republic, over at East India Dock, and sounds very promising.

It's influenced by Italian mi…

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Lao Cafe is the next new restaurant from Rosa's Thai Cafe

Rosa's Thai Cafés have been expanding all over town, and now the people behind it are about to launch their next place. It's based on a pop-up called Laos Cafe they ran last year that they're taking permanent in Covent Garden. 

Rosa's Saiphin Moore comes from a Lao family in Thailand’s Phetchabun Province and the new restaurant will be featuring traditional Lao salads, curries and char-grilled di…

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Popolo Italian restaurant is opening in Shoreditch

There's a new Italian restaurant coming to Shoreditch called Popolo (yes, you did read that right). It comes from Jonathan Lawson, who has worked with Theo Randall for five years and is now opening his own place, joining up with his business partner, Munur Shah. 

It's a small restaurant at 32 seats and the menu at Popolo is being described as Italian with a touch of Moorish and Spanish - and in p…

Read more: Popolo Italian restaurant is opening in Shoreditch

Adam Rawson is popping up in Soho with his award-winning burgers

After winning the Slider Decider two years in a row, Adam Rawson is bringing those burgers along to his next week-long pop-up. He's appearing at the Sun & 13 Cantons with the winning burgers AND a Seven Wonders of the Culinary World menu.

The ex-Pachamama chef's evening menu will be seven courses, each from a different place that he's visited in the past few months. So that's a VERY enticing…

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Fancy Funkin Chicken set to open on Coldharbour Lane

23/9/16 - updated with soft launch details. 

A late night chicken shop and bar is coming to Brixton this September. Opening on Coldharbour Lane, Fancy Funkin Chicken (yes, it really is called that) will serve a range of southern American fried chicken dishes along with a dedicated cocktail menu and will host a range of DJs every weekend. 

It's got some pretty impressive backers too. The new ventu…

Read more: Fancy Funkin Chicken set to open on Coldharbour Lane

Where The Pancakes Are open first restaurant in London Bridge

23/9/16 - Updated with opening date.

Popular pop-up and street food trader Where The Pancakes Are is moving off the street and into their first permanent restaurant. The brainchild of Dutch woman Patricia Trijbits, it'll be opening at Flat Iron Square in London Bridge this autumn.

All manner of sweet and savoury batter treats will be on offer from breakfast buttermilk stacks to buckwheat blinis,…

Read more: Where The Pancakes Are open first restaurant in London Bridge

The London Shell Co are opening a floating restaurant at Paddington

If you've been to any of London Shell's pop-ups, you'll know that it's good news that this enthusiastic bunch of foodies have signed a deal to open a permanent restaurant in London. However, it's not bricks and mortar - more wood and steel. They'll be launching a floating restaurant on the Regent’s Canal at Paddington with dinner either moored up or on the move.

As you might expect from such a wa…

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David Muñoz brings StreetXo to London in Mayfair

It's been a LONG time coming, but it seems the promised Street XO from Michelin-starred David Munoz is FINALLY coming to town. Originally announced at the beginning of 2014 - it's finally landing at the end of the year. 

It's a return of sorts for the chef who worked here at Nobu and Hakkasaan among others before going back to Spain to open his own restaurant. And the StreetXO in Madrid is very p…

Read more: David Muñoz brings StreetXo to London in Mayfair

Roma restaurant in the City opens on the site of an old Roman fort

It's all change in the City where trad British restaurant Harper's has been entirely transformed into Roma, an Italian restaurant focusing on all things Roman. The site itself on New London Street has a rather lovely connection with the new approach to food - it's where an actual Roman fort used to stand back in the day.

​The wine list has a Roman Empire theme - so every wine is traced back to…

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Hawaiian poke for Kingly street with Island Poke

Hawaiian poke continues to be a BIG THING in London with news that another poke stop is coming to London. It's Island Poke, coming from the people behind the Hawaiian Fish Company - so they've considerable experience already.

Setting up shop on Kingly Street, it'll be a takeaway place starting with Hawaiian Kona Coffee and Acai breakfast bowls. Those will be blended Acai berries with coconut milk…

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Test driving the Basque cuisine at Sagardi in Shoreditch

 We take a look at Sagardi, the Spanish import that's settled into Shoreditch and tuck into some Basque goodness.…

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Timmy Green is bringing Aussie brunch and more to Nova Victoria

A Hot Dinners exclusive

The good luck of those who work or live in the Victora area continues with news of the latest opening at the Nova development. Timmy Green is the latest from the Aussie indie chain and it sounds like it's going to be a go-to place for brunch. Hot on our list of dishes to try is the bacon roll with The Ribman's Holy F*ck hollandaise sauce and banana bread sandwich with masc…

Read more: Timmy Green is bringing Aussie brunch and more to Nova Victoria

See the line-up of chefs taking part in Hawksmoor's Action Against Hunger Dinner 2016

There aren't many guarantees in life, but if there's one thing that's certain it's that the line-up at Hawksmoor's annual Action Against Hunger's dinner will be top-notch. And the 2016 group of chefs taking part for the 2016 charity dinner certainly doesn't disappoint.

Guest chefs this year will work alongside Group Executive Chef Richard H Turner, each taking on particular course. So there'll be…

Read more: See the line-up of chefs taking part in Hawksmoor's Action Against Hunger Dinner 2016

The best of the Lockhart has arrived at Soho's Shotgun

Earlier this year, there was the sad news that The Lockhart was closing, but if you lived in fear at never getting that cornbread again - then worry no more. Some of the best dishes of the Lockhart are finding their way over to a new menu at Brad McDonald's Soho restaurant Lockhart. 

Finding themselves on the menu are: 

  • Cornbread with Honey Butter - ordered fresh to the table, it's one of London…

Read more: The best of the Lockhart has arrived at Soho's Shotgun

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