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The Black Penny coffee house opening on Great Queen Street

There's a new coffee house, The Black Penny, heading to Great Queen Street next week. Billed as "bridging the gap between fast food and gourmet gastronomy" it's a mix between a coffee house and cafe/restaurant. The place is named after 17th coffee houses which were known as Penny Universities - you paid a penny for a cup of coffee and admission.

During the day there's a changing menu of British i…

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The team behind Le Chateaubriand come to London to bring Le Chabanais to Mayfair

Updated 26 May - now you can read our full Test Drive of Le Chabanais

The opening of Le Chabanais is set to be one of the highlights of the London restaurant year and now more details are being revealed about the restaurant coming to Mayfair.

To recap, in case you didn't know, the reason we're excited about it is because it's from the team behind Le Chateaubriand will open a new restaurant on Mou…

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Leicester House opens on One Leicester Street site serving French-Vietnamese food

Formerly St John Chinatown and then One Leicester Street, now the same space has reopened as Leicester House. Owners Elliott Blum and Mark Cutler run a number of American restaurants under the brand Honky Tonk, but their plan for the Leicester Square property seem radically different.

The duo have brought together a team with an impressive pedigree to run the hotel's restaurant. Truffle Hunting's…

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Jason Atherton leads a host of restaurants heading for Nova, Victoria

We've noticed a very clear trend in the London restaurant scene recently and it's all connected with new developments across town. Before, such places often opened with somewhat generic chains, but now we're seeing new restaurant enclaves appear all over town, often led by very big names or extremely popular mini-chains. So we've had Pizarro and more at Broadgate, Big Easy at Canary Wharf and Bon…

Read more: Jason Atherton leads a host of restaurants heading for Nova, Victoria

Shake Shack is coming to Stratford Westfield

It had been rumoured for a couple of days and now the news is out - a second Shake Shack is coming to London, to Stratford's Westfield.

This will see them follow similar Shake Shack set-ups in malls around the world, offering everything that's currently available in Covent Garden - shakes (obviously) and burgers including the ShackBurger, SmokeShack (with bacon) and ‘Shroom Burger and the Shack-c…

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Burger King trials home delivery in London

Perhaps Burger King has been looking at the success of other London burger delivery companies like Chosen Bun and Homeburger. Because it's just announced a trial delivery service in London. Unfortunately for anyone hoping to get a double whopper delivered right now the service is in three London spots only at the moment - Acton, Gants Hill and Hayes. What's more, they appear to have missed out on…

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The Ivy gets ready to re-open after major refurbishment

It's always nice to greet a milestone birthday looking your best, and The Ivy aims to do just that. The celebrity haunt closed its doors in January for a major makeover in preparation for its 100th anniversary.

"The Ivy was the reason why I bought Caprice Holdings in the first place," explains owner Richard Caring. "There is an aura to this restaurant that reaches far beyond the food, service and…

Read more: The Ivy gets ready to re-open after major refurbishment

Lardo to open Lonzo bakery, wine bar and kitchen in London Fields

The Lardo team have certainly been keeping themselves busy of late. Next week Lardo will open their doors to Lonzo, a bakery, wine shop and kitchen on Helmsley Place, London fields (opposite Climpsons Arch). As the original Lardo on Richmond Road approaches its third anniversary, the group also opened Bebe, a neighbourhood pizzeria and takeaway at the end of 2014.

Lonzo is Lardo’s new headquarter…

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London Hop Festival puts hops on the menu at top London restaurants

It's the world's most expensive vegetable - but if you've never tried hop shoots before, then Friday May 8 could be your chance.

What's going on?

The London Hop Shoot festival is getting together a host of the city's top restaurants and challenging them to create dishes using hop shoots. From the high end Fera at Claridges, Gauthier, the Manor and Alyn Williams at the Westbury, to gastropubs like…

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Audi garage in Watford faces £700 bill for Joel Robuchon dinner

You've got to love the brass neck of the woman who racked up a £700 bill on a dinner for two when offered a free meal by her local garage. The story of Siobhan Yap is currently one of the most read stories on the BBC website. In essence, the 27-year-old's car was damaged whilst parked on Watford Audi's forecourt. To say sorry, they offered her a meal out for two. Trouble is, they didn't specify h…

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