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Akira robatayaki and sushi will be the main restaurant at Japan House on Kensington High Street

Engawa chef Akira Shimizu is opening his own robatayaki and sushi restaurant in Japan's new cultural centre, Japan House on Kensington High Street.

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The 2018 Great Architectural Bake-off's best cakes of London buildings

This weekend, bakers from London's top architectural firms and colleges got together for the annual WATG Great Architectural Bake-off. And if you're a fan of the showstopper section of the Great British Bake Off, then you're in for a treat.

Here are our favourite of this year's entries of London buildings rendered in sponge and buttercream. Enjoy.

The Barbican - Benoy [Winner]. Chocolate fudge, wa…

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Tom Kerridge is opening Kerridge's Bar and Grill at The Corinthia

His Buckinghamshire pub was the first pub to win two Michelin stars. Now Tom Kerridge is bringing some of that magic to London for his first restaurant in the city…

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Marianne Lumb is moving on from Marianne restaurant

Over the past five years, Marianne Lumb's restaurant Marianne has been quietly doing great business in Notting Hill. As David Sexton said in the Standard soon after the opening - "If then your idea of a good time is not seeing and being seen and making a lot of noise, just being unobtrusively extremely well-served, Marianne is a complete treat."

But now things are changing for the restaurant…

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Dan Doherty tells us about his new London pub The Royal Oak in Marylebone

The last three months have been a bit of a whirlwind for chef Dan Doherty. In April he announced he was leaving the restaurant which catapulted him to fame - the open-all-hours Duck & Waffle. Last month his TV show Britain's Best Home Cook launched and news of the restaurant he's opening in New York broke. But that's not enough to keep Dan busy because he's also opening a pub in Marylebone, T…

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Adam Handling's Frog E1 is moving to Hoxton Square and adding a cafe and bar

Adam Handling's empire is expanding still further. Hard on the heels of the news that he'll be running the food side of things at the Belmond Cadogan Hotel, now we hear that his first restaurant Frog E1 is upping sticks and moving to Hoxton. He'll be taking over the old Byron site on Hoxton Square from this summer.

Here's what we know so far:

It'll be a 3-for-1 deal

The new site will have ro…

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Try glow-in-the-dark ice cream and inhale vanilla fog at SCOOP from Bompas & Parr

South London Willy Wonkas Bompas & Parr are at it again, this time with a seasonal ice-cream exhibition in King’s Cross that celebrates the dessert - with more than a few immersive installations.

SCOOP: The Wonderful World of Ice Cream will be settling in for a summer residency at Gasholders London in King’s Cross. Inside, you’ll be able to marvel at all kinds of ice-cream ephemera as you soa…

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Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse is coming to Kings Cross Coal Drops Yard

You might mainly know Alain Ducasse for his three-Michelin-starred restaurant in London (and many more in Paris) but the man also has his own Chocolate enterprise. Until now, the chocs have only been available in Paris or from the Bulgari hotel in Knightsbridge  - as well as the Eurostar departure lounge at Gare du Nord - and now it's coming to London.

It's not straying too far from the…

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Wingmans have chosen Kilburn for their first permanent restaurant

Fans of roving pop-up Wingmans can now get their saucy chicken wing fix in Kilburn where they’ve moved into their first proper home, complete with a fully stocked bar, a late license, and best of all, a brand new, expanded menu.…

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The Hart brothers have smashed their crowdfunding targets for a King's Cross Barrafina

When The Hart Bros Group (the folk behind Barrafina and El Pastor) announced a crowdfunding drive for a King's Cross Barrafina, it seemed like it'd be a sure thing. But it's fair to say that no-one thought it would be this successful.

The funding just opened this morning, had a target of £750,000 and at the time of writing (less than a couple of hours later), it already reached £1.6 million.…

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Test Driving The Duke of Richmond - Tom Oldroyd becomes a publican

Tom Oldroyd has followed up his first restaurant by turning Landlord at the Duke of Richmond. We head along to the pub to find out more...…

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Claude Bosi unveils a new-look oyster bar at Bibendum

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…

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Farmer J is opening a second restaurant for healthy food in The City

If you secretly, or not so secretly just bloody love a good health food fad, then the new Farmer J’s the place for you, with an expanded menu that's as nutritious as it is on-trend.…

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Fat Duck, St John and Hedone all in World's 50 Best Restaurant List 2018 51-100

As the restaurant world prepares for next week's reveal of the World's 50 Best Restaurants list for 2018, the creators of the list have amped up the excitement by releasing in advance the second half of the list from 51 to 100. The reason you want to pay attention to this is it's a good way to work out what may be new to the list that really matters next week.

So, right now there are three UK res…

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St John’s Wood​ ​is getting their own The Gate, and that means vegan brunch

Given they’ve been in business since the 80s, it’s no surprise The Gate know a thing or two about veggie and vegan cooking. Now they’re taking their plant-based knowhow to St John's Wood, with a new restaurant that’ll have brunch, lunch and a newly extended menu.…

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