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The worst reviews of London restaurants this year, by the UK's top critics.

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Oslo live music venue to open at Hackney Central

Updated 17/12/13 with opening date and menu details.

Taking over the old railway station at Hackney Central this November is Oslo - a food, drink and music hub. Food will be served all day and then in the evenings the place will turn into a venue for live music with a licence till 3am.

The venture is by the team behind DHP Family - a live music promoter behind Nottingham's Rock City and Bristol's…

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Brindisa pop-up shop opens in Brixton pre-Xmas

In advance of opening up their place in Brixton next year Brindisa are running a brief pre-Xmas pop up. For three days only, they are setting up shop in their half-completed railway arch at 41-43 Atlantic Road in Brixton.

They will be selling a selection of ingredients including Jamon Iberico de Bellota, Chorizo, aged Manchego, fantastic tinned fish and more. Sounds like it's going to be a go…

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Vivek Singh Launches Marmite-Infused menu at Cinnamon Soho

Vivek Singh is already well known for his modern Indian cooking style, mixing Indian spices and flavouring with Western ingredients; now he has turned his hand to that most English of food stuffs – Marmite – to produce the world’s first Marmite-infused curry menu. Hot Dinners popped in to Cinnamon Soho the other week to check out the dishes and find out more.

First off, Marmite-haters need not fea…

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Quality Chop House gets bigger - with a new butchers and shop

The return to form of the Quality Chop House has been one of the most welcome additions to Farringdon. Now it's about to get a little bit bigger with the addition of The Quality Chop House Butchers and Shop right next door.

The main focus of the shop will be the butchery which will give you a chance to buy the meat and game from the farms that supply the main restaurant. There will also be cured m…

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Hanbury Street's chocolate coin factory installation for Christmas

If you're still struggling to achieve the correct level of festive spirit in the run up to Christmas, can we suggest that you head post-haste to Shoreditch?

Advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy London has set up a Willy Wonker-esque installation in the window of its office on Hanbury Street which is not only marvellous to look at, but is also raising money for charity.

Thc copper and brass choco…

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Bidding starts for Mince Pie Project - we check out some of the pies on offer

Bidding for the Mince Pie Project starts at midday today. Now in its third year, the annual charity event brings together 100 of the UK's best chefs for a Christmas auction. Each of the participating chefs is asked to create two boxes of their own Christmas mince pies. The first boxes are then auctioned and the others are raffled off. The proceeds from this year's project will be evenly split betw…

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GQ wins Caprice's Christmas window competition

We normally associate Christmas windows with shopping and the unveiling of Selfridges and Harrod's yearly vistas, but this year there's a new culinary offering from Caprice restaurants too. They've pitted a group of lifestyle magazines against each other to come up with special windows for four of their Mayfair restaurants.

So GQ went all neon (by Chris Bracey) at Scott’s, the Sunday Times St…

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Smokey Tails opens permanent restaurant on Dunston Road in Haggerston

DJ Seth Troxler threw one hell of a party this summer with his BBQ popup in Hackney. But now he's put down roots with a permanent restaurant opening officially tonight in Haggerston.

Smokey Tails is on the corner of Dunston Road and features a separate bar, restaurant space with room for 120 and - as you'd expect - a dance floor.

The menu has been developed by Head chef Lyndell Sabine to include a…

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Cafe Football launching at Westfield Stratford by Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville

We're not saying that it'll be everyone's cup of tea (or burger and chips) but there's bound to be a lot of interest from footie fans in the new restaurant opening at Westfield Stratford next week. Café Football is the first restaurant to be launched by Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs.

They've brought in two Michelin star chef Michael Wignall to help create the menu. Dishes will feature their take on…

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