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  • julies holland park

    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

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  • 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

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  • 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,

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  • shackcov

    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

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  • Momo redesign

    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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  • Bubbledogs gets a revamp with a bigger Champagne focus and new hotdogs

    Changes are on the way for Bubbledogs, the hot dog and Champagne bar in Fitzrovia by Sandia Chang (which also acts as a way into the 2-Michelin-starred Kitchen Table at the back). They're closing for a revamp and opening again with much more of a focus as a Champagne bar.

    And this change also means a much bigger focus on Grower Champagnes (they're the smaller producers in the Champagne region).

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  • fellowshipextThe pub where Henry Cooper used to train and where Clapton used to play is being given a multi-million pound makeover by Electric Star Group pubs.

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  • bedford1

    Having been shut for five months, the popular live music pub The Bedford in Balham is about to open the doors to show off its multi-million pound new look. The Grade II listed building has had a shed load of money lavished on it and will now have five bars, four private rooms, a ballroom and a live music club as well as 15 bedrooms upstairs.

    Back in the days when a tweet by Ed Sheeran was lucky to get 21 likes, the popstar mentioned his love of the venue. It's said

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  • tamarind mayfair reopens

    So there was us thinking that London's Indian restaurant scene was at peak excitement with the opening this Autumn of Kahani, Kricket White City and the new Gunpowder at Tower Bridge not to mention the imminent openings of Kutir, Farzi Cafe and London Jukebox.

    But then we heard about what was going on at Tamarind Mayfair. The Mayfair spot closed its doors eight months ago for a major refit. When it reopens next month it'll not only have a swish

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  • pembury tavern hackneyWhat better idea for a London brewery to open their own tap room in a pub just down the road from where they're making their beer? That's what Five Points Brewing Company have done with their takeover of this popular Hackney pub.

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  • oystermenbig

    Updated 19/9/18 with reopening date

    Covent Garden restaurant The Oystermen must be doing something right. They've just announced that they've done a bit of a land grab, extending into the next door property to double the size of their seafood bar and kitchen.

    With all that new space they're going to have room for a brand-new all-day oyster and raw bar especially for walk-in visitors - super news for anyone, like us, who

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  • twickeaststandWith four new restaurants (and a few new bars too) the new East Stand at Twickenham is expecting to wow rugby fans when it reopens for the first matches this Autumn.

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  • bosioyster

    Just over a year since he opened his restaurant at Bibendum, Claude Bosi has unveiled a new look Oyster Bar on the building's ground floor.

    The oyster bar was closed earlier this year for a bit of a do-over and the new design sounds tres chic. There's a six-seater oyster bar, as well as open kitchens and the ever-popular florist.

    At the oyster bar they'll be serving nine varieties of oyster from England, Ireland and France - from Dungarvan in Ireland to

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  • barThis hidden St James gem has been around since before World War II, but with a new cocktail list and bar menu it should attract a slew of new fans.

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  • storyint1

    Updated 9/5/18 with images

     

    Tom Seller's Michelin-starred Restaurant Story is have a major makeover. Here's what you need to know about it:

    Menus are off the menu

    That's right - menus are so last year apparently. When Story reopens each table "will be treated individually, creating their own bespoke ‘story’."

    When we say off, you still need to pick which menu you're going

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