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Chabrot

Calling all Francophiles! Launching this week in the bijoux Knightsbridge Green is Chabrot, an authentic ‘bistro du coin’ in the heart of London. The venture is the brainchild of operations director Yann Chevris (Nahm, Nobu London and L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon), Michelin starred chef Thierry Laborde, wine expert Philippe Messy and celebrity florist Pascal Lavorel who have been friends for over a decade. The intimate 65 cover restaurant is set over two floors with interiors featuring the signature lighting of the traditional bistro and monochrome photography depicting scenes of rural France. Head chef Thierry Laborde (L’Oranger, Le Gavroche and Le […]

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The Waterloo Bar & Grill

The Waterloo Brasserie on Southbank hub, Waterloo Road has just reopened with a brand new state-of-the-art refurb, brand new head chef Kane Planken and brand new menu under the brand new (ish) name of Waterloo Bar and Grill. Planken’s background spans both the UK and Australia and he promises to dish up quality, fuss-free and accessibly priced British produce. Starters include Ham hock salad; Brioche with grape purée and Goats cheese and thyme soufflé with more substantial sustenance in the shape of Slow grilled pork shoulder served with apple pureé and mustard glaze; Fillet of red snapper with hazelnut and […]

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The Penny Black

Harking back to the days of the eponymous postage stamp, this new Fulham restaurant will be taking its culinary style cues from traditional British favourites from Cottage pie, Toad-in-the-hole and Lancashire hotpot to Beef Wellington, Roasted turbot and Braised oxtail. Oh yes, and don’t forget the Bubble and Squeak! Conceived as a ‘home away from home’, Sunday roasts of the finest Longhorn beef will be a real family affair, with huge sharing dishes of potatoes and vegetables, perfect for family and extended family to enjoy the camaraderie of en masse dining without the hassle of actually cooking! Head chef is […]

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The Goring Hotel – Royal Wedding

According to various recent reports if you're hoping to catch a glimpse of the princess-to-be before she becomes royalty, we know where you can find her. Kate Middleton and Prince William's family and friends will be staying at London's Goring Hotel near Buckingham Palace for four days for the royal wedding and have hired out 80 rooms for close friends and guest.  It has also been reported that Kate could be spending her final night as an unmarried woman there as well. The couple reportedly chose the haunt – a favourite of the Queen's and Baroness Thatcher's – and of […]

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Mushu

There’s been a whole lot of Eastern promise in the West End of late: the brilliant Inamo sequel with its Wii generation cuisine on Lower Regent Street; the ultra fashionable Ora on Little Portland Street and this month’s star opening, Cocochan on James’ Street. However, for a more ‘January-wallet’ friendly Oriental fix that doesn’t involve a conveyor belt, a chain or dingy doorway in Chinatown, there’s a Fitzrovia newcomer called Mushu that’s looking like a real winner. Admittedly the name Mushu doesn’t bode particularly well but the little Izakaya style bar-restaurant is proving both a daytime draw for the local […]

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Opera Tavern

Whereas once Covent Garden was more about the tourists and theatre diners, it’s now giving Soho a run for its money with its quirky new eateries like the Caring backed Bill’s Cafe in new dining destination St Martin’s Courtyard. A further treat opening at the end of this month, is Opera Tavern in Catherine Street. The new venue comes from the people behind award winning tapas gems of W1, Salt Yard and Dehesa, Sanja and Simon Mullins. The menu is overseen by executive chef, Ben Tish in collaboration with head chef, Jamie Thickett and diners can expect a similar focus […]

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The Restaurant

  This month Oliver Peyton’s restaurant group, Peyton and Byrne, is launching at the Royal Academy of Arts. Created by Design Research Studio under the direction of Tom Dixon, the new restaurant and bar will be the fourth dining space at the Academy from the group. Says Peyton, “The Royal Academy of Arts is one of London’s oldest and best regarded cultural sites. It is a unique place and to work with living artists is an extraordinary opportunity, which brings a new dimension to what we do. We look forward to bringing high quality British food to all visitors, whether […]

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The Gilbert Scott

Hot on the heels of his eponymous two Michelin starred restaurant, Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley, comes The Gilbert Scott at the brand new St Pancras Renaissance Hotel London. Previously named The Midland Grand, the 138 year old Gothic building has been rechristened after its Victorian architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott. The venue has undergone an extensive restoration by Manhattan Loft Corporation and The Gilbert Scott will occupy the original entrance hall and coffee room and feature seating for 120 in the restaurant and a further 52 seats in the bar. The interior has been designed by David Collins. The […]

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MORI

Amirkhan Mori and Dan Levine started MORI in St John’s Wood just a year ago and quickly followed with a site on Marylebone High Street but the duo aren’t ones to rest on their laurels and have plans for a chain of 10 across the UK and abroad over the next two years. They are kicking off 2011 the way they intend to continue with a new outlet on London’s King’s Road. “We’re delighted that London customers have taken so quickly to our concept of offering quality, healthy food, and see us as a real alternative to expensive Japanese restaurants,” […]

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Poppies Fish & Chips

Spitalfields Market has certainly cleaned up its act but forgive us for finding the sea of restaurant chains shiny but a little soulless. How we long for the good old days of spit and sawdust pubs (as long as they serve a decent gin and tonic…) and traditional fish and chip shops. But wait, what’s this we’re hearing about a new fish and chip shop opening on Hanbury Street? Yes, from later this month we can expect to smell that delicious vinegary aroma wafting on the breeze as the 50 seater Poppies Fish and Chips opens up for business. This […]

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Ora

If you’re not heading off to the sunnier climes of Thailand this Christmas, we’ve got the next best thing. Ora is a gem of a new and super stylish Thai restaurant on Little Portland Street tucked away from the throng of festive shoppers of Oxford Street. The restaurant’s 90 covers are spread over both banquettes and a central communal table seating 20 for the more sociably minded. The interior is all about sleek clean lines in a suitably zen-like shade of dove grey with flashes of hot pink and glass light installations running the length of the space. There’s also […]

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Inamo

Food is certainly an interactive experience at Inamo. Since it opened a couple of years ago, the Wardour Street restaurant and bar has been delighting punters with both its Pan-Asian cuisine and virtual menus alike. And now entrepreneurs Danny Potter and Noel Hunwick who originally met as undergraduates at Oxford University, have opened a second branch in Lower Regent Street named Inamo St James on the site formerly occupied by Christopher Corbin and Jeremy King’s St Alban. Just like the sister venue, menus are navigated via innovative table top projections and there are also games and changeable wallpapers to keep […]

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