• The Chelsea Pig will be furniture designer Timothy Oulton's first pub

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    Updated 14/10/21 with opening date

    He has stores worldwide from Miami to Moscow, but now interior designer Timothy Oulton has returned back to the UK to open his first pub.

    The Chelsea Pig is a bit of an SW3 landmark, having been around since the 1890s. Now for the 2020s it's getting a new lease of life. Obviously, design is to the fore with a moonstone bar, vintage furniture from Timothy's own collection and

  • The Beaumont (and Colony Grill) is coming back with a new look

    beaumont magritte bar london 

    11/8/21 - Updated with photos

    It's been closed ever since the first lockdown, but now The Beaumont hotel in Mayfair is finally reopening - and there are a fair few changes as it re-emerges. 

    The hotel, once run by Corbin & King, is just a few steps from Oxford Street. Both the bar and restaurant have always been pretty handy for escaping the shopping masses (who

  • New China rises from the ashes to reopen in Chinatown

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    Well before Covid decimated trade in London's Chinatown, longstanding New China restaurant on Gerrard Street suffered its own catastrophe. A fire ripped through the well known restaurant back in September 2019, leaving most of the restaurant seriously damaged.

    But now, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the restasurant has finally reopened its doors. Over the last 20 months it's had a full refurb

  • Test Driving J Sheekey - a London institution celebrating its 125th birthday

    j sheekey restaurant covent garden review

    Truly a London institution, Sheekey's celebrates a landmark birthday this year. We revisted the Covent Garden restaurant to see how they're looking at 125 years young.

  • Selfridges' alto rooftop restaurant gets a Dior makeover for summer

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    If the alto rooftop restaurant at Selfridges wasn't already enough of a draw in this summer months, its latest design iteration should make it practically impossible to get a table there anytime soon.

    For the summer, it's been taken over by Dior and given a summery makeover by the fashion house. So the roof has been draped with Dior's toile de Jouy, with new summer seating, parasols and deckchairs.

    That's not all

  • The Perry Hill Pub gets a new lease of life in Catford

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    Back before Christmas, there was a distinct frisson of excitement in South London when it was revealed that local pub the Perry Hill was being taken over by new company, Doghouse Pubs. The pub's been closed for quite a while, so this was great news for locals. Even more so when it turned out that Doghouse Pubs was run by Phil Sutton (previously at the Florence in Herne Hill) and his wife Oonagh McCormack.

    Now, in

  • Highgate's The Bull and Last reopens after a major makeover

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    Eighteen months ago, popular North London gastropub, The Bull and Last, closed for what would be the mother of all makeovers. The whole pub was getting a fresh look and they were adding six new bedrooms for bed and breakfast.

    Well now the wait for Highgate pub, which regularly featured on the top 50 gastropubs list, is over. It reopens tonight.

    "We’ll be dinner only," they told Hot Dinners, "with lunch services starting

  • Big changes are coming to Camden Town Brewery including a new restaurant

    Camden Town Brewery revamp plansCelebrating a decade since they opened in 2010, Camden Town Brewery will re-open under the railway arches with a revamped space that houses not just their award-winning beers, but their first restaurant, an extended taproom and immersive brewery tours.

  • The Duke of York in Haggerston is reopening - and this time it's all about the booze

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    Updated 17/10/19 with menu and images

    If you've been wondering what's going on at the Duke of York on Downham Street (where the old Beef & Brew was) then let us enlighten you.

    It's expected to reopen today under new management. Running the show now is Barworks - the folk behind Mare Street Market, The Well & Bucket and more. Hot Dinners spoke to the company's co-owner Marc Francis-Baum who told us that while in previous

  • First look: Hélène Darroze at The Connaught reopens after 10th birthday makeover

    Bel-Air brings wholesome LA-fare to Farringdon with their second branch

    Two months after closing for a major refurbishment to coincide with the restaurant's 10th birthday, Hélène Darroze at The Connaught has now reopened with quite the new look.

    Hot Dinners popped down for a preview dinner at the weekend to check out the work of Parisian design team Pierre Yovanovitch Architecture d’Intérieur and to try out Helene's new menu for the restaurant.

  • Julie's Restaurant in Holland Park is reopening with Shay Cooper as chef

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    12/9/19 - updated with pics of the interior and the opening date

    Martin Amis wrote about it, Kate Moss had parties there and Tina Turner danced on the tables - ever since it opened back in 1969 Julie's Restaurant in Holland Park has had A-list glitter sprinkled all over it. It was the kind of place you'd find Princess Diana having lunch with her besties or Mick Jagger having dinner a deux with Princess Margaret.

    The name came from

  • The Opera Tavern relaunches, going back to basics

    The Opera Tavern relaunches, going back to basics

    22/7/19 - updated with soft launch details.

    Originally opened back in 2011, The Opera Tavern was an instant hit. Back in the day when Covent Garden wasn't exactly blessed with decent places to eat, an actually-good restaurant was welcomed with open arms. Now, it's about to get a whole new look. Run by Salt Yard (who itself was recently bought by Urban Pubs and Bars) the revamp kicks off outside, with the

  • The Prince's summer line-up features Jefferies - a new chicken concept from Patty and Bun

    The Prince's summer line-up features Jefferies - a new chicken concept from Patty and Bun

    Over in West London, The Prince is gearing up for its summer season and they're going BIG. Not content with managing to install a retractable electric roof over London's biggest pub garden making it - at a click of a button - British weatherproof, they're also the first to showcase an entirely new concept from the folks at Patty & Bun.

    The summer season kicks off on 25 April and,

  • Shake Shack Covent Garden is relaunching with a new look and dishes


    Six years after it first opened its doors, the original UK Shake Shack in Covent Garden is about to reopen with a new look.

    The revamped branch looks quite different inside and there's also going to be a outside area with heating for chillier days.

    As for the menu, there'll be two new items on the menu - a Caramel Bourbon Shake, vanilla frozen custard blended with caramel and bourbon as well as a Pie Oh My! Concrete which blends that vanilla frozen custard

  • Momo gets a big revamp for its 23rd year - and a destination cocktail bar

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    We may be seeing a slowdown in restaurant openings in London at the moment, but there are also some classic restaurants that are still going very strong indeed. And one of them is Momo in Mayfair, which is celebrating its 23rd year serving up Moroccan cuisine with a huge makeover. They've had Mourad Mazouz in (sketch) to spruce the place up with a brand new interior (pictured above) as well as an extended terrace (with heaters when needed, of


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