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Supper Tub brings cocktail, canapes and hot tubs canalside in Hackney

We can't begin to tell you how much money we'd need to spend our evening with complete strangers in a hot tub sipping cocktails in our swimming cossies. But, on the offchance that some Hot Dinners readers will think "Hey that sounds right up my street", here's what you need to know about Supper Tub.

As the name suggests, it's a hot tub popup taking place in Hackney. Either book a tub for you and…

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K West launch the alcoholic

It seems that K West are at it again. Not content with producing the Creme Egg burger, their latest is the alcoholic burger - which they're billing as the "Adults Only" burger. 

That burger is: Mozzarella melted over a beef patty topped with celery & horseradish mayo, crunchy lettuce and vodka ketchup - and it comes with Bloody Mary jelly and chips, sprinkled with celery salt. It'll be £12.50…

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Retro styled bar and restaurant Coin Laundry comes to Exmouth Market

A lot's happening in Exmouth Market at the moment and the latest new restaurant heading that way is Coin Laundry, an all-day restaurant with a 70s touch.

There's a big focus on the Chicken Kiev. Their version will be made with hand foraged wild garlic and "a secret bread-crumb blend" with a "Kiev counter" counting down how many are still left in the kitchen. Other dishes n the menu will be a rabb…

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Red's True BBQ prepares for opening with a residency at The Olde Blue Last

There's much anticipation about the arrival of another BBQ joint, Red's, which is coming to Shoreditch in July. But if you can't wait until then to try one of their mammoth creations, then get along to the advance pop-up/residency that's kicking off this week at The Olde Blue Last (also on Great Eastern Street). 

The special menu includes: 

  • 3 meats and a side for £10 (includes pulled pork, brisk…

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Hook brings fish and chips to Pop Brixton

There's another restaurant on the way to the just-opened Pop Brixton, as Hook crosses from north to south with its next opening. Best known for their fish & chips in Camden (via Dublin and Brussels) their Brixton offering will be similar, with tempura style batters and fish crusted in panko crumbs laced with house grinded and roasted spices and with Cuban, Cajun and Jamaican jerk seasoning.…

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Kanada Ya opening second London ramen bar off Haymarket

12/11/15 - updated with soft launch info. 

As anyone who's walked past the original, which only opened last year, Kanada Ya is almost as hard to get into as Bao and Barrafina. Every time we pass by, there's always a significant queue outside (particularly on weekends). 

So it's good news indeed that they're already opening a second branch.  And it's a bit bigger than the original too - with 56 se…

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Lobos meat and tapas bar opening next to Borough Market with lots of Iberico pork on the menu

5/6 - Updated with soft launch details

An upcoming addition to the Borough Market area is new "meat and tapas bar" Lobos, set up by former Brindisa chef Roberto Castro, who's kicking off the project with some more Brindisa alumni too.

There's a big focus on meat - specifically Iberico pork. So expect to see Secreto Iberico, a "hidden" cut between the shoulder and the loin that's been appearing on…

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Taste of the sea - seaweed dishes and drinks on London menus this summer

Beautiful weather driving you mad as you broil slowly in your office? Fed up of seeing everyone else's Instagram feeds full of shots of gorgeous meals being enjoyed by the beach somewhere a million miles from London? At least with London chefs and bartenders' new-found passion for seaweed, you can bring the taste of the seaside to you.

 Tokyo x Delancey - black rye bagel with cream cheese, smoked…

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Blues Kitchen launches Face Melter burger with the Rib Man

Now this looks pretty impressive. It's a new burger that's just gone on the menu at The Blues Kitchen - the appropriately named Face Melter, so called because of its liberal use of The Rib Man's Holy Fuck Sauce and more besides. It's made of a 7oz ground brisket beef patty topped with pulled short beef rib, Mexican chilli cheese, buttermilk fried jalapenos and that limited edition bacon Holy Fuck…

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A second Pizza Union is heading to King's Cross

After a successful launch ai Smithfields, Pizza Union is spreading its wings and opening a second pizza bar - this time at King's Cross (close to the Honest Burgers there). 

They specialise in Roman-style thin & crispy 12” pizzaa which are fire-baked in 3 minutes in their traditional domed stone pizza oven, which is apparently the largest in the UK. Again, the aim is to repeat the idea of the…

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Croft Kitchen pops up at Holloway Road's Vagabond with ex-Mugaritz chef

To add to its burgeoning cafe scene, Holloway Road is about to get a hot new pop-up with some very interesting folk involved. Croft Kitchen describes itself as as a "seasonal British pop-up restaurant and bar". They're taking over Vagabond Coffee in the evenings from Thursday to Sunday from this month.

In the kitchen is Phil Walther, who has previously worked at Mugaritz (No 6 on the World's 50 B…

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MEATliquor adds Singapore dishes to the menu

As you may be aware, the latest MEATliquor has taken the dirty food pioneers a little further afield, having just opened in Singapore. But if you're not able to make it all the way over there for your latest Dead Hippie fix, they're bringing a bit of Singapore home too. Starting today, these two new dishes above will be on the menu at all their UK branches - that's the Sambal Wings and Gunpowder…

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Jason Atherton to launch Social Wine and Tapas on James Street

3/6 updated with pics of the interior

You'll have spotted from our Coming Soon page that Jason Atherton is opening two new restaurants in London in 2015. And now we've got full details of what to expect from the first of them, Social Wine and Tapas. Essentially it's a place where the sommelier takes centre stage. We rather like the idea of it and it brings to mind Aldo Sohm in New York (in a very…

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Megan's Cafe and Grill comes to St John's Wood

Updated 3/6/15 with opening date, menu and soft launch details

They already have a restaurant in Chelsea and now Megan's is about to open a second in St John's Wood. 

The original Megan's has been in Chelsea since 2005. They took over the site from an old antiques store and revamped it into a café. Last year it had something of an overhaul from its new owner Becky Mckevitt, who used to be sommeli…

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Allan Pickett launches residency at The Sanderson

Allan Pickett is certainly busy. He's not just opening his own restaurant, Piquet, in the heart of Fitzrovia with Bodean founder Andre Blais: he's also taken on the first ever summer residency at the Morgan Group's Sanderson Hotel.

Allan - who was previously head chef at D&D restaurants Plateau and Orrery, is launching a seasonal menu which allows him to showcase his cooking: modern, seasonal…

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