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If all the recent glorious weather has you hankering for a trip to the seaside, let restaurateur and chef Mark Hix bring the beach to you with his Lyme Regis restaurant pop-up at Selfridges next month.

It's all part of the store's Project Ocean, aimed at raising shoppers' awareness of the issue of over-fishing. 'The views from the restaurant might not be the same as Lyme Regis,' says Mark, 'but we…

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Testing Gordon Ramsay's Petrus Masterclass

Backseat Batalis rejoice! A new chef masterclass series - otherwise known as culinary bootcamp for beginners - has been launched at Gordon Ramsay’s plush Belgravia eatierie Petrus. Diners are taken straight into the heat of the kitchen in full lunch service swing in a class designed to take the chef’s table experience up a notch.

Hot Dinners was invited along to learn a few tricks of the trade.

Wh…

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Royal Wedding Cake shop pops-up in Shoreditch today only

You can swim against the tide of royal wedding related brouhaha or you can do as Hot Dinners is doing, buy some bunting and embrace the monarchist madness that's enveloping the city.

To that mind, we'll be trying to swing by the one day only royal wedding cake shop, Will & Cake, popping up for one day only on Shoreditch High Street today.

The shop promises a wealth of nuptial yummies including…

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Purl owners launch Worship Street Whistling Shop bar in ShoreditchIt may not have a name that trips easily off the tongue, but the soon-to-be-launched Worship Street Whistling Shop is pretty much guaranteed to be a new Shoreditch hot spot. The bar's owners are Fluid Movement, who are also the collective of molecular mixologists and drinks enthusiasts behind the renowned Purl in Marylebone.

According to the press blurb, WSWS will be 'a twenty-first century update…

Read more: Purl owners launch Worship Street Whistling Shop bar in Shoreditch

With a new expansion, da Polpo, annouced this week, that's not all from the Russell Norman empire.  Next week, Polpo's Eno Club run by Wine Chap returns with more dates running up until October.  There's also another date for the Not Your Usual Curry Night at Trishna on 22nd May, also run by Wine Chap.  Hot Dinners have been to both and would highly recommend them.  You can fin…

Read more: News round-up: Clove and Eno Clubs return, Barbecoa refurb and more

Rock Lobsta pop-up lobster bar to open in Shoreditch in June

Update - Rock Lobsta runs from 23 - 26 June.  For more details, visit their site

Londoners who've been to New York, sampled that city's very fine lobster rolls and then come home hankering after it and unable to find the real deal, will be decidedly happy to hear of a pop-up lobster roll bar opening in Shoreditch next month.

Rock Lobsta will open at Luna & Curious on 24-26 Calver…

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Update - Da Polpo is now open at 6 Maiden Lane WC2E 7NW.  Lunch reservations are taken on 020 7836 8448 but, as usual, there's a no reservation policy for dinner.

It's a busy old year for Polpo owner Russell Norman who's just announced today details of his next restaurant. Da Polpo will open on 6 Maiden Lane (close to Rules) in Covent Garden on 2nd June. It's Norman's (and partner Richard Bea…

Read more: Russell Norman opening fourth restaurant Da Polpo in Covent Garden in June

Taste of London has pulled off quite a coup in getting René Redzepi from The World's Best RestaurantTM Noma to appear at this year's festival at Regent's Park.

Redzepi will be holding a special Q&A in the VIP Secret Garden section of Taste where you'll be able to quiz the chef first hand about his style of cooking. Unfortunately you'll also have to fork out £95 (£125 on the door) for the privi…

Read more: Noma's René Redzepi to run masterclass at Taste of London

Hot Dinners test drives the Riding House Cafe

Hot Dinners tries out the New York inspired restaurant in Fitzrovia.…

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Noma tops World’s 50 Best Restaurants List for second year

World's 50 Best Restaurants Awards has become a key international fixture in chef's calendars (we tell you why here). Just as you shouldn't expect to see chefs in their kitchens when Le Bocuse d'Or is going on in Lyons, similarly many of the best chefs in the world have been trawling the streets of London over the past few days.

The night before the awards, this posse of world class cooking talent…

Read more: Noma tops World’s 50 Best Restaurants List for second year

Tickets go on sale for Harvey Nichols chefs' lunch at Surrey's Gatton Park


We've already written about the American dining movement Outstanding in the Field which is due to make a pitstop in the UK this Autumn, now we hear that chefs from Harvey Nichols restaurants across the country are leaving their urban kitchens to cook for diners in the countryside.

There are a number of events planned all over the country, but the one that will probably interest Londoners most is t…

Read more: Tickets go on sale for Harvey Nichols chefs' lunch at Surrey's Gatton Park

Marcus Wareing's The Gilbert Scott - a sneak preview

Hot Dinners has a special preview of what to expect from Marcus Wareing's The Gilbert Scott in the St Pancras Hotel.…

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Battle of the tattoos between Hawksmoor and Spuntino

If you’ve been down to restaurant of the moment Spuntino, you can’t have failed to notice the body art of waitress Rachel Day – well it seems her work has attracted the attention of the staff at Hawskmoor who have thrown down a tattoo challenge.

The challenge, accepted by Spuntino and Hawskmoor owners Russell Norman and Will Beckett, will take place on Twitter for five days from 18 April and will…

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Cliveden Hotel launches world's most expensive afternoon tea

It's the kind of story that would have Britain's anarchists boarding the next train to Berkshire - standing in tall defiance of the 'we're all in this together' ethos, is the latest wheeze from Cliveden Hotel, which has just launched an afternoon tea so expensive and extravagant that they've applied to the Guinness Book of Records to have their chef's efforts recognised.

The tea for two in questio…

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Michel Roux Jnr and Bruno Loubet turn out for Bistro du Vin's opening night

It's not often you find yourself sharing elbow space at a buffet bar with Michel Roux Jnr, but that's the happy position Hot Dinners found ourselves in last night at the opening bash for Bistro du Vin in Clerkenwell. Roux was there to offer support to his protegee Danielle Meenagh, winner of the sommelier scholarship from his TV show Michel Roux's Service and now Assistant Sommelier at the Bistro.…

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