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Boxcar’s Back with a Bakery in Marylebone

Boxcar is like that friendly neighbour that takes your parcels when you’re out and invites you round for a cuppa. Reliable, part of the neighbourhood and not going anywhere fast. That’s why we’re so glad Boxcar Butcher and Grill was a success, because it means we now get to experience the goods of their new baker and deli opening in Marylebone. Tomorrow, Boxcar’s Baker Store and Deli will throw its doors open to reveal goodies galore. Again, playing to that cosy neighbourhood vibe there will be homemade goods that you’ll not only know, but love (we’re sure). As well as […]

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Check Out The New Aussie Restaurant Coming To Soho

Put another shrimp on the barbie, head down to Ramsey Street and let’s do a bush-tucker challenge while listening to Men At Work. Or let’s forget all the cliches and instead head to Scarlett Green for a real taste of Antipodean living. The restaurant, inspired by Melbourne and Sydney cafe culture, is opening in the centre of Soho next month and looks set to be the perfect place to find healthy food in a relaxed yet buzzing atmosphere. And founder Daisy Green certainly has form, she’s already made a mark on London cafe culture with openings including Timmy Green in […]

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Dip in Brilliant: Chelsea’s New Punjabi Restaurant

The Prince of Wales, Tina Turner and Kevin Costner all walk into a restaurant…it’s Brilliant, the iconic Southall restaurant. The restaurant that opened back in 1975 by culinary star Dipna Anand’s family. Now, 43 years later and it’s Dipna Anand’s turn to open her first solo restaurant, Dip in Brilliant. Opening today in Chelsea, Dip in Brilliant is a relaxed Punjabi café with a menu that gives a nod to the Brilliant brand. Dishes include chicken tikka masala, papri chaat, tandoori mix grill and biryanis There’ll also be original recipes from the first Brilliant restaurant that Dipna’s grandfather, Bishen Dass, […]

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The All-American Bakery Opening in White City

Covent Garden has had its foodie revolution, Tooting has been named by Lonely Planet as one of the top 10 coolest neighbourhoods in the world and now it seems as if White City is going to be the next London hotspot. Soho House has announced that they will be taking over the former BBC Television Centre, Bluebird is opening its second site there this winter and now cake connoisseur, Bea Vo, has chosen White City as the site for her new bakery Butterscotch. You’re more likely to know Bea Vo as the founder of Bea’s of Bloomsbury, the bakery that […]

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Greyhound Cafe: Top Thai Restaurant Lands in Fitzrovia

You’re going to have to Thai us down, we’re that excited about the launch of Greyhound Café in Fitzrovia. Greyhound is coming to the UK from Thailand, via Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore and celebrates the best of Thai cuisine and culture and though it doesn’t open until January, we’re already preparing ourselves. The Bangkok restaurant was originally a Thai fashion house, launched by Bhanu Inkawat in 1980. In 1998 Inkawat launcheed the original Geyhound Café in the upmarket area of Bangkok’s Sukhumvit and the rest is history. Today there are 17 Greyhound Cafés across Asia. Greyhound will be set […]

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The Ultimate Eclair Shop Opens In Soho

If a profiterole’s the way you roll, or if you’re there at the drop of an eclair, then the news that Maître Choux is coming to Soho will set your patisserie-loving tastebuds alight. It’s been 2 years since the world’s first choux pastry specialist opened in South Kensington. Since then it’s become almost normal to see celebrities queuing outside with the locals, patiently waiting for their delicate freshly-made eclairs, choux and chouquettes.  Master Patissier Joakim Prat, the 3 Michelin star-experienced chef and the brains behind Maître Choux has made sure it’s a shop that demands attention. And that’s a good […]

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The Shoreditch Restaurant Heading West

Shoreditch stalwart Rochelle Canteen is about to whackamole at the other end of town, and in a very different venue. Famous for creating their school bike-shed restaurant in the heart of E2, Margot Henderson and Melanie Arnold are bringing their ‘no rules, and everything will be great – we like parties and we like to have fun’ mantra to the Institute of Contemporary Arts. The ICA is currently in a state of creative flux, with a new director in Stefan Kalmár who is anxious to reclaim the organisation as a centre for radical culture and progressive thought, and bringing in […]

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Coal Rooms: A Restaurant in a Ticket Office

A ticket office might not seem like the most usual place for a restaurant, you’d think it’d be better as a ticket office but as we use less ticket offices and eat out more, maybe it isn’t such a bad idea. Peckham-based entrepreneurs, Richard Robinson and Cemal Ezel, certainly think so as next month they are doing just that as they open Coal Rooms. Taking over the beautifully restored former Grade II listed ticket office which was originally part of Peckham Rye’s train station in the 1930s, Coal Rooms will be home to: a 24-seater café which transforms into a […]

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Free Chai as Pamban Opens in Camden

There’s a new chai and coffee house, Pamban, opening in Camden and they’re going to be giving away free chai. Yep, Pamban which opens on Monday 10th July, will be celebrating their opening by giving anyone who heads in there and says, ‘chai there’ free chai. Well chai there to you too. Named after the island that sits between Indian and Sri Lanka, Pamban will serve a menu of chai and coffee drinks that brings together the cultures and tastes of Sri Lanka and India. Chai will be brewed in traditional clay cups, you can choose between the house chai […]

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Brunch Restaurant Opening in Notting Hill

When it comes to brunch, we have to hand it to our Australian friends, they have it sorted.  You know that saying brunch is to Australia, what tea is to England, may have used some artistic license there. Anyway, boutique brand, The Dayrooms are launching The Dayrooms Café next month and it’s going to be a Melbourne inspired brunch and coffee specialist. Created by Head Chef, Andrei Anechitei, the all – day menu is largely healthy, but as life is all about balance there will be a few more indulgent options too, so expect to find the likes of bagel […]

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