• Atul Kochhar is opening Mathura, a huge restaurant in a former Westminster fire station

    Atul Kochhar is opening Mathura, a huge restaurant in a former Westminster fire station

    Following up from the opening of Kanishka in Mayfair, Atul Kochhar has taken over a huge space in Westminster for his next restaurant, Mathura.

  • Ex-Harwood Arms chef takes on Westminster's Blue Boar Pub

    blue boar pub westminster sally abe chef

    As former Head Chef of London's only Michelin-starred pub, it's fair to say that Sally Abé knows how to construct a winning pub menu. So it's perhaps no surprise that she's been brought into the Conrad London St James to work her magic there with the hotel's pub (with more to come).

    In the past, The Blue Boar had gone down the American smokehouse route and then the trad British one. And it's the British

  • Will the Admiralty Arch Waldorf Astoria have London's best restaurant with a view?

    the view from admiralty arch waldorf astoria's restaurant

    There are plenty of restaurants with lovely vistas in London. In the City the Ivy Asia St Paul's has jaw dropping views across to St Paul's Cathedral. Over at King's Cross, the rooftop restaurant Decimo has customers gawping at the view of the lovely St Pancras clocktower.

    But the new Admiralty Arch Waldorf Astoria has an ace up its sleeve. The iconic London building, which is currently

  • Harwood Arms chef Sally Abé joins Conrad London St James as Consultant Chef

    conrad london st james sally abe

    She's made a name for herself at Fulham's Harwood Arms, where she won it a Michelin star - making it London's only Michelin-starred pub. Now chef Sally Abé has added another job to her roster - she has signed on as Consultant Chef at the Conrad London St. James hotel in Westminster. She'll be looking after four new openings at the hotel over the next six months - which should shake its food and drink operation up.

    The hotel is splashing

  • Parliament's bar closing time exemption is overturned - updated

    MPs can drink past 10pm as Parliament's bars are exempt from new rules

    Updated 11.50am - well that was quick. Sky is now reporting that the huge backlash to this story has led to Parliament u-turning and closing down its bars at 10pm from today like the rest of the country.

    This definitely isn't

  • Copper Chimney Indian restaurant is the latest addition to Westfield

    Copper Chimney is the latest addition to WestfieldCopper Chimney have several popular restaurants in India and this will be their first in the UK - opening at Westfield London in White City. Expect all of the dishes that have been popular in India, all cooked with the same techniques from the very first Copper Chimney in 1972.  

  • Parliament's prorogation means the Peers' dining room is opening to the public again

    how to eat at the house of lords dining room


    Whether you think it's perfectly legitimate or a gross affront to democracy, the proroguing of Parliament has one side benefit - it heralds the reopening of the Peers Dining Room to the public.

    The Pugin-wallpapered dining room is impressive, but make sure you arrive in time to have a pre-lunch drink in the bar with its views over the Thames.

    The menu this year is extremely British, with the kitchen doing

  • Robin Gill's Dairy team opening Great Scotland Yard Hotel restaurant, cocktail bar, tea room and more

    Robin Gill's Dairy team open The Yard at Great Scotland Yard HotelNext up from Robin Gill and The Dairy team is the new Great Scotland Yard hotel in Mayfair. He and the team will be in charge of the food, cocktails, bakery and more. 

  • House of Lords to open the Peers' Dining Room to the public again


    Updated 15/3/18 with new dates and prices

    When it first started, Hot Dinners were among the first to enjoy eating in the House of Lords dining room when it opened to the public. And since then, it's become such a success that it's a regular event (and we've been back again ourselves).

    For just a few days during the recess, you can enjoy a weekday lunch at the Peers’ Dining Room. Chefs there have put together a seasonal 3-course menu

  • House of Commons Members' Dining Room pop-up returns


    Update 22/10/20 This story is from 2018. But yes, the House of Commons and House of Lords' dining rooms do open to the public on a regular basis during holidays. Sadly, the prices aren't as subsidised for the public, as they are for MPs so no £3 Michelin-level meals here. If today's news has made you mad as hell and you're in a position to be able to help out some of the charities looking out for children - here are some useful fundraising

  • Michel Roux Jr unveils new look Roux at Parliament Square


    Hot Dinners was in Westminster last night for the relaunch party of Roux at Parliament Square. The party was a chance to showcase the restaurant's major revamp and Michel Roux Jr was on hand to oversee the celebrations. "I've been told it looks like Le Gavroche," he told guests, "but with a more contemporary feel, which I think is a huge compliment."

    The evening was a bit of a get together for MasterChef folk - the restaurant's head chef Steve Groves won MasterChef

  • House of Commons Strangers Dining Room opens to the public for dinner for the first time


    Every time we put a story up about the chance to dine at one of the Houses of Parliament dining rooms, the rare slots go like a shot. So it's welcome news that as part of a programme to increase public engagement with Parliament the House of Commons are now opening their Strangers Dining Room on a twice-weekly basis and, for the first time, you'll be able to go for dinner.

    From 25 April they'll be taking bookings every Tuesdays and Wednesday until the

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

    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 Rakesh Ravindran Nair have all manner of interesting new dishes