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19 April 2014

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London's hot new openings this autumn and winter

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Think we've been spoiled for exciting new restaurants after a year in which Pierre Koffmann, Daniel Boulud, Bruno Loubet and Nuno Mendes have all launched new sites? Well, wait till you see what the next six months has in store:

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Dinner_2010_-_Dinner_by_Heston_Blumenthal_-_scallops_cucumber_ketchup.jpgDinner by Heston Blumental: One of the most anticipated London openings for quite some time, the Fat Duck's Heston Blumenthal will bring his alchemy to the Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park hotel. With England's culinary heritage at the end of his microscope, expect some exquisite reinterprations of historical dishes, such as scallops served with cucumber ketchup & peas (pictured left). Due to open 29 January.

Hakkasan Mayfair: A second site for the ultra-cool Chinese, which will be located on Bruton Street in Mayfair. Due to open 18 November.

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Pollen Street Social: The first solo venture from former Maze chef Jason Atherton (pictured right) promises a more informal vibe, with larger plates of seasonal modern British food replacing the international tapas he has become known for. Due to open February 2011.

Pollen Street: Not to be confused with Jason Atherton's new venture (see above), this new Italian comes courtesty of a partner in the nearby, ultra-trendy Maddox Club, so expect some flashy interiors to complement the north Italian cuisine. Due to open February 2011.

Savoy Grill at The Savoy: The long-awaited return of the Gordon Ramsay-run Grill. Due to reopen on the same day as the hotel, 29 November. Expect grand, classic French food.

St John Hotel: The team behind Smithfield institution St John has taken over a Leicester Square hotel. Details are sketchy, but expect the same first-class, pared-down, offal-based British food. Due to open 1 December.

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