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Galvin Bistrot de Luxe on Baker Street is to close

We're really sorry to hear this morning of the imminent closure of Galvin Brothers Bistrot de Luxe on Baker Street. The announcement came today as Chris and Jeff Galvin said; "It’s time to move on...in the world’s great cities things do not stand still. Tastes change and also, as creative chefs, we are restless and now want to do new things not just endlessly repeat the same style of cooking…

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Test Driving Koya City: udon bar expands its repertoire for the City

Soho's perenially popular udon noodle bar Koya has expanded to the City. We went along to see how the newer, bigger restaurant was doing.…

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Cadbury’s new Old Street pop-up is all about the Creme Eggs

If you’re the kind of person quietly rejoices when that time of year finally comes around where it’s socially acceptable to scoff one Creme Egg (minimum) after your lunch, then you’ll definitely be wanting to get down to Old Street’s Creme Egg Camp pop-up.

Inside, you’ll be able to get your sticky hands on sugary concoctions like a Creme Egg Toastie, Creme Egg cookies, a Creme Egg ‘Fongoo’ with s…

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Changes afoot at Ikoyi which moves to a West African seafood menu

Change has come to recently opened Ikoyi, the West African restaurant that opened in St James's Market last year. It's had some rave reviews - and we loved it too - but they've just made the decision to move to a mainly seafood menu, while keeping those West African flavours. 

What does that mean for the food? Here's what you can expect: 

  • Octopus, Ndolé & Calçot
  • Scallop, Ehuru, Bur…

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House of Commons Members' Dining Room pop-up returns for spring break

Fancy dining at the House of Commons over the Spring half term? Better be quick. Parliament has just release three dates that they'll be opening the Members' Dining Room to the public and bookings are already going fast.

The dining room will be open for lunch and dinner from 13-15 February. The room itself was designated as a dining room for members of parliament and their guests back in 1871. Yo…

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Bone Daddies are bringing their ramen to Victoria's Nova

Ramen comes to Victoria's Nova in the shape of Bone Daddies. Expect all the favourites as well as a katsu curry section and new maki rolls. …

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Hackney's The Spread Eagle is going completely vegan with Club Mexicana

There's no stopping the vegan train as more and more places are adding vegan dishes to the menu. And one pub is going one step further and becoming totally vegan. Hackney's The Spread Eagle is teaming up with Club Mexicana for a fully vegan menu. 

And on that menu is:

  • Sopa de tortilla, Corn esquites and pan seared ‘scallops’
  • Deep fried cheeze with Valentina hot sauce
  • Loaded cheezy nachos an…

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Pasta Evangelists backed by Coren, Leigh and Sitwell in their pasta delivery business

With the rise in popularity of fresh pasta joints like Padella, Pastaio and Flour & Grape, it's not surprising someone's cottoned on to Londoners' passion for pasta and come up with a home delivery service.

Pasta Evangelists have won the backing of food folk like Giles Coren, Prue Leith and Waitrose magazine editor William Sitwell to support their new business.

The premise is simple, but geni…

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Authentique Epicerie & Bar to open on Fortess Road

All-French team join forces to open this wine bar on Fortess Road, which will also sell French food and serve as a wine store too.…

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Bob Bob Ricard is getting cheaper with an off-peak menu

From this week, that legendary "press for Champagne" establishment Bob Bob Ricard is bringing in what they're calling "off peak" pricing. Put simply it means you'll get a cheaper menu as long as you're not travelling - sorry, eating - at peak periods. Here's what that means:

  • Monday all day circa 25% off ("off-peak") 
  • Tuesday lunch 25% off, Dinner circa 15% off ("mid-peak")
  • Wednesday lunch 2…

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Try top Swedish cocktails at Linje Tio’s pop-up at 100 Wardour Street

Top Swedish bar Linje Tio knows a thing or two about making the most of long, dark winters: it’s booze, and lots of it. Now you’ll be able to get a taste of their unique cocktails when the acclaimed bar - which made it to number 44 on The World's 50 Best Bars’ top 50 list last year - temporarily pops up at 100 Wardour Street.

Cocktails will be full of warming, Scandi flavours perfect for staving…

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Bea Vo is bringing Butterscotch to Marylebone (and afternoon tea too)

This is from Bea Vo (who originally set up Bea's of Bloomsbury) and it's the second Butterscotch in London after the successful opening at White City. Expect all kinds of afternoon tea, a porridge bar and more sweet treats. …

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Via Emilia on Hoxton Square is all about the pasta

If you want the best egg pasta in Italy, so they say, you have to go to the Emilia Romagna region where it was created. But if you can’t *quite* justify getting on a plane yet then Hoxton Square’s new Italian Via Emilia looks like the next best thing, and in traditional Italian style, they’re keeping it ultra simple with eight pastas, one pudding and a wine list that’s short but sweet.…

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Evans and Blanc brings Champagne and sharers to House of Fraser

Been up to the third floor of House of Fraser recently? If you have, you might have noticed a new addition in the form of Evans & Blanc, an art deco-themed Champagne bar and restaurant kitted out with plenty of gins, fizz and cocktails, plus seasonal dining.

Here’s some of the food you can expect:

  • Chicken mac and cheese with smoked cheddar
  • E&B Reuben Sandwich with Russian sauce and skinn…

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Test Driving Nuala: a serious City Road restaurant that delights

Nuala on City Road has something of a dream team working there. We went to see what the results are like when a longheld plan finally comes together. …

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