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Primrose Hill gets a new weekend food and drink market

North Londoners are getting a new weekend market and the launch line-up of traders is pretty darned impressive. The Primrose Hill Market will run every Saturday in the grounds of St Paul’s School on Primrose Hill Road. Top butcher Jack O’Shea will have a stall as will Tottenham-based Wildes Cheese, Hook and Son dairy, one of our favorite London charcuterie traders Cannon and Cannon.

The full list…

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The Dorchester adds the Parcafé coffee house

There's a new addition to The Dorchester that's opening in October. Yes, they're getting into the artisan coffee market with a new cafe called Parcafé, just next to their ballroom. They're aiming for a luxury coffee experience, with an emphasis on adding Dorchester style service. 

They'll be serving Alchemy coffee, teas and fresh juices, pastries, sandwiches and salads. Plus there will be cookies…

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Japanese Italian restaurant Aiko launches in Chancery Lane

Slipping under the radar slightly, a new restaurant which is a fusion of Italian and Japanese cuisine has just opened its doors on Chancery Lane. On the menu at Aiko are bento and fresh curries during the day for around £10 (all available to take away too) and then the evening menu showcases the fusion a little more. For that, current dishes include:

  • Robata of Beef with Scamorza, risotto with Sa…

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Gin trolleys and sharing dishes on the menu at the new look Cinnamon Club

MPs heading back to London after the summer recess have a new-look restaurant to check out. The Cinnamon Club has been closed while parliament has been on its holidays and has now repoened after a six week, £1m do-over. Everything from the private dining room to the main dining area has been reworked and they've extended that new brush to the food too.

Executive Chef Vivek Singh and Head Chef Rak…

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D'You Crab king crab seafood launches

There's a new street food kid in town called, D'You Crab, which is all about King Crab in various guises. They're launching at this weekend's Omnivore festival at the Truman Brewery and comes from Stan Dobrovolski (who has a background crab fishing) and Andrey Ryvkine (whose background is restaurants). Starting this weekend, they'll have potted king crab with poached pear and fermented herbs for…

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Margaux owners to open Provencal restaurant Bandol in Chelsea

Back in 2013 a rather interesting wine bar, Margaux opened its doors in Fulham, billing itself as a gastro wine bar. Fast forward two years and Margaux is now the hangout for the likes of Pippa Middleton & Co and the owners are planning a second venture in Chelsea.

Bandol will feature a menu of Nicoise and Provencal sharing dishes. Husband and wife team Sylvia Kontek and Vittorio Monge have b…

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Little Bao from Hong Kong kicks off a week-long London pop-up

Updated 9/9/15 with images and first-hand impressions

Following our original story on Little Bao below, we were invited in to try everything at the Soho Kitchen pop-up - and we did indeed have almost everything. First things first, this seems very full-on for a pop-up, with the whole menu changed. temporary signage and lots more touches outside and inside. Indeed, having seen the effort they've b…

Read more: Little Bao from Hong Kong kicks off a week-long London pop-up

som saa kicks off its plans to go permanent with crowdfunding

Update 9/9/15

And it's reached the crowdfunding goal after only two days - making £700k. Very impressive!

Original article follows...

Climpson's Arch has had plenty of its long-term residents go very big when they opened their own places - the most obvious recent example being Kitty Fishers - and the very successful Som Saa is getting ready to graduate too.

If you're not aware of som saa yet, yo…

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Yoshihiro Murata returns to London with Tokimeitē in Mayfair

He may hold seven Michelin stars across his three Japanese restaurants, but top chef Yoshihiro Murata found the London market slightly harder to break into than he may have expected. His first attempt, in 2012, with Chrysan lasted just six months. But the chef has brushed himself off and returned to these shores for a second venture.

Tokimeitē will open this autumn in Mayfair and is owned by JA Z…

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Former Hakkasan chef to open Vietfood on Wardour Street

Wardour Street is hotting up and the arrival of Vietfood sounds like just the ticket. It's a new restaurant from Michelin-starred chef Jeff Tan who was the Head Chef at Hakkasan Mayfair for its first three years.

The two floor restaurant will focus on the streetfood side of Vietnamese cuisine - so there'll be bowls of Pho or Bun - made from sixteen hour simmered bone marrow stock or chicken broth…

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