• Mezcalito Mexican bar and restaurant comes to Newington Green

    Mezcalito Mexican bar and restaurant comes to Islington

    They've been popular in Chelsea (they even got a visit from Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston) and now Mexican restaurant and bar Mezcalito is heading to Newington Green.

    Food-wise, it'll be the same as the original - a mix of tacos, quesadillas, burritos and small plates. That includes: 

    • Mexican Bao - Mexicanised Bao Bun, choose from Chicken Tinga OR Pulled Pork
  • Noci is a new pasta Islington restaurant from ex-Bancone chef Louis Korovilas

    Noci is a new pasta restaurant from ex-Bancone chef Louis Korovilas

    A Hot Dinners exclusive

    He had a big hit with his dishes at Bancone, before moving onto Tavolino, and now Louis Korovilas is opening an Italian pasta restaurant in Islington (taking over from the Cote on Islington Green).

    At this new restaurant, you can expect a combination of Italian street food and pasta dishes. Of the former, the fritti are the main

  • Pelicana's Korean fried chicken is coming to Islington

    Pelicana's Korean fried chicken is coming to Islington

    Earlier this year, Korean fried chicken giant Pelicana opened its first London store, in Hammersmith. Now they're heading across town, picking Islington for their second branch.

    They're taking over a site that was last Jones & Sons spot in the Angel Central shopping centre. There will be a takeaway outlet on the ground floor (as you enter the centre from Upper Street, beside Accessorize) and the main

  • The best restaurants in Islington, Angel and Holloway

    Prawn on the Lawn

    Islington has a huge amount of restaurants, with the majority of them along Upper Street. But which are the ones you should be paying attention to? Here's our list of the best in the area...

  • Must & Lees wine shop, tasting room and school opens in Barnsbury

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    If you're hoping to broaden your view on wine and maybe break a little bit of out your comfort zone, then the arrival of new Islington wine bar and shop Must & Lees is for you.

    Newly-opened on Liverpool Road, this is the passion project of drinks expert Chris Cassell. Having worked in the booze industry for 15 years, doing everything from managing cocktail bars to working in the English wine industry, he

  • Check out the brand-new Island Poké in Islington (plus save with our reader offer)

    island poke islington london

    Try this new Island Poké with its taste of the Pacific on Islington's buzzy Upper Street.  

  • Jolene neighbourhood bakeries to open in Angel, Shoreditch and Hackney

    Jolene Bakery expands to Islington, Shoreditch and Hackney

    Updated 4/10/21 with opening dates

    Jolene Bakery and its offshoot Big Jo have been a huge success story of the past few years - you only have to see the queues snaking down from both during lockdown to know that.

    They have three new openings planned for this year, two of which they have now opened. The first was in the summer, opening in Shoreditch on Redchurch Street and

  • Black Axe Mangal is returning with a new name... FKABAM


    17/9/21 - updated with the reopening date

    It's been closed since the very first lockdown, but the time is nearly upon us for the return of Black Axe Mangal - in a new form.

    Lee Tiernan's Islington restaurant has been a big hit since day one and has been lauded by many (including us) as one of London's very best places to eat. Their squid-ink flatbread is among one of our favourite dishes in London and we also think that

  • Santa Maria pizza comes to Islington

    Santa Maria pizza is coming to Islington

    Updated 30/7/21 with opening date

    Santa Maria have been hailed by some as serving up London's best pizza, so news of a new opening by them is definitely welcome. We already knw tew that they were gearing up for their first vegan pizzeria, but they're also going to be opening in the ever-shifting

  • Test Driving Jiji - a buzzy new sushi and shawarma spot for Islington

    sushi at jiji islington

    Top rate sushi and plenty of buzz in this glamorous new addition to Islington's dining scene.

  • Jiji is a Japanese-Middle Eastern restaurant in Islington Square from the founder of Sumosan

    jiji restaurant islington sushi

    The restaurateur who brought us Sumosan has brought in the former head chef of The Palomar for this new Islington restaurant.

  • The Boutique Grocer opens its luxury store and food hall in Islington Square

    raw boys at islington grocer

    Firefighter turned food entrepreneur Nick Scallan is behind new Islington high end grocery store and food hall, The Boutique Grocer which has just opened in the Islington Square development off Upper Street.

    The luxury food retailer will serve up everything from shrub mixers and coffee from The Roasting Shed to organic fruit and veg and other products.

    But it's also going to be somewhere to dine in, launching with

  • Hector's has ex-Hill & Szrok partner and Harry Potter actress opening a wine bar in De Beauvoir

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    Updated 14/6/21 with opening date

    If you, like us, have been missing spending your weekends doing bar crawls of the cave à mangers in Paris or San Sebastian's drinking holes, then this new North London wine bar opening should be right up your street.

    The indie project is a family business and a passion project of former Hill & Szrok partner Jimmy Stephenson and his actress wife Anna Shaffer

  • Bar Liber wine bar arrives in Islington, along with a £100 cocktail

    Bar Liber wine bar arrives in Islington, along with a £100 cocktail

    Last week, we had spotted signs going up for Bar Liber on St Paul's Road in Islington in the cafe/wine bar that we knew as St Paul and were intrigued. Now that it's actually opened its doors, we have a lot more info about this latest addition to Islington. 

    It turns out that it's from Stuart Hudson, who's previously worked at Milk & Honey as Head Bartender, Sake No

  • Tofu Vegan plant-based Chinese restaurant opens in Islington

    Tofu Vegan plant-based Chinese restaurant opens in Islington

    Plant-based restaurants and vegan are starting to hit the next level of late. No longer simply "vegan restaurants", they're becoming focused on the style of food first, which is seeing a broader range of vegan options available. Islington has recently seen the arrival of Rudy's Vegan Diner on Upper Street (as well as the long queues for their Vegan Butcher) and now, just up the road, Tofu Vegan


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