Introducing all of London’s best pop ups in one package, regularly updated, for your pleasure. Read on for a bonkers beach, some crabby patties and the Wild Wild West (without Will Smith)
Squaremeal takes a look back at some of July's biggest restaurant openings
You can enjoy a free portion of beetroot tortelli at L'Anima
Pop on your helmet and lycra, as it’s time for Ride London 2016. Whether it’s post-race, or post-watching, we’ve got your meals covered
Thankfully for London’s foodies, new restaurants open almost every day in the capital. Three highly anticipated restaurant sequels are all opening their doors this week, so we instigated a quick-fire question session with the people behind them all
We’ve teamed up with The Kensington Hotel's Town House restaurant for our latest Twitter prize: it’s a corker worth £500, so don’t miss out
Thanks to the likes of Berber & Q, The Palomar and Black Axe Mangal, Middle Eastern cuisine is well and truly on the London food map
There are some hugely anticipated openings coming your way this week, from gourmet kebabs to Portland's successor
With a bursting CV including Pitt Cue Co, two Smokehouses and Bad Egg, Neil Rankin’s about to go solo in Soho. We gave him a call to find out more
Who came out on top? Who made the top ten? Will you ever be able to get a table? Questions, questions… click this way for all the answers
Grab your sunglasses, dig out your binoculars and gaze upon London in all its sun-soaked glory, with our list of the best restaurants for views in the capital
We’ve rounded up all of our latest reviews of London’s newest bars: nobody gets parched on our watch
This Mayfair newcomer opened on 4 July, serving modern Brit food by a chef in possession of a rather impressive CV. We were straight in there...
The news is out: our BMW Best UK Restaurant 2016 is The Fat Duck. As for the other 99, we’ve been doing some number-crunching to discover how Great Britain shapes up
We look back at where you’ve been eating in London over the past month. Join in to win Lavazza coffee machines, restaurant dinners and more
When the weather’s fine, Londoners love nothing more than getting high. Here’s our pick of the capital’s best skyline soaking spaces on offer
When you think of French peasants parading around Paris with the Marquis de Launay’s head on a stick, do you get hungry? If the answer if yes, you’ll love this feature
Allow us to guide you through a Bastille Day dinner London-style, from aperitif to digestif and every French dish in-between
We’ve gathered everything you need to know about our new star rating system in one handy place – as well as listing all of our two, three and four-star restaurants for easy browsing
We’re officially halfway through the year, so we’ve decided to look ahead to the restaurants we can’t wait to meet in the second half of 2016. Prepare thy stomachs.
Pop Brixton’s star resident Kricket has announced its second site and first restaurant proper on Denman Street, Soho, due to open later this year
Love football? Wish to stab all the balls out of sheer boredom? Either way, allow us to guide you across London for the final week of Euro 2016
Michelin-starred brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin have just added to their empire with this Mayfair newcomer – here’s our new review
If the sun has got its hat on, check out our list of London’s best waterside restaurants. If it suddenly tips it down, don’t worry: most of these have glorious views from indoors too…
Eneko Atxa’s hotly anticipated Basque restaurant, Eneko at One Aldwych, will launch in Covent Garden on 1 August, with 50% off food all month – find out more here
Alastair Burgess (founder of world-famous bar Happiness Forgets) teams up with chef Chris Smith at this new French bistro in Hoxton Square – do they have a winner on their hands?
Balls akimbo: Wimbledon is back. Read on for our guide to making the most of it, whether you have a ticket and need a great restaurant in the area, or a big screen in Central London
Counter dining is bang on-trend: these days, a table for two simply doesn’t cut it darling. Find out London’s best places to perch pretty right here
Hurrah, let’s celebrate the Fourth of July, when the US escaped from, um, this country. Oh well. Here’s our pick of the best all-American eats in London...
Mele e Pere’s sister restaurant is now open in Hackney Wick. But is it a success? Find out here
A forecast of 25 degrees Celsius on Sunday? That’s practically desert conditions for London, so you’d better wring every last drop of sunshine out of this weekend’s (fingers crossed) amazing weather
Dreaming about summer music festivals already? Re-fuel in style with our pick of the best festivals not just for their music line-ups, but the big-name chefs and cool pop ups in attendance too
This weekend’s forecast is abysmal, so if you’re considering a visit to the Tate Modern’s new Switch House wing, here’s our pick of the South Bank area’s best restaurants
Don’t get the Pride blues if it rains this weekend – restaurants have roofs you know. Take a look at our fabulous lists of the best restaurants in Covent Garden and Soho
When we discovered one of our three-star favorites was opening in Neal’s Yard, we were just a wee bit excited. We review The Palomar’s tiny brother, The Barbary
As the curtain rises on the most dazzling time of the year for the world of show business, we guide you through London’s best pre- and post-theatre dining spots and the best shows around this season; it’s time to get booking…
With the Royal Academy hosting its annual Summer Exhibition until 21 August, here is your guide to Mayfair’s non-budget-busting, post art pit stops
13-19 June marks seven days solely dedicated to (arguably) the best whisky cocktail there is. Find out more here
The annual Regent’s Park summer food festival returns 15-19 June, with cookery masterclasses, live demos and London’s biggest restaurant names
When’s Father’s Day again? How many times do you reckon you’ll hear that this week? Well it’s SUNDAY 19 JUNE people but don’t worry, we’ve got it covered
When food and the great outdoors combine to create a gastronomic playground in a field, it can only be a good thing (weather permitting). Here’s our guide to the best UK food festivals this summer
The Bunyadi... now why does that sound familiar? We'll tell you why, you filthy lot: it's that new naked pop-up restaurant in Elephant and Castle. Catch up on the nude news here
Upsets, tussles and one big leap up the table: find out who moved, shaked and totally disappeared from the list at this year’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards in NYC
File away your passport and get gastro-global with Broadgate Circle, the City food hub which turns one this week. Find out how you can join the festivities with our competition
Xavier Rousset is a hot name on the London wine scene, with a string of successful, wine-leaning restaurants behind him. Has he struck gold again?
With World Gin Day fast approaching on 11 June, we didn’t really need another excuse to round up some of London’s best gin cocktails. Pick (and mix) your favourites with our ginspired list
We want to know what you love, what you hate and what makes you salivate in London. If you take part in our annual survey before 13 June, you could win prizes including a £250 meal at The Square…
We’ve launched the first annual Squaremeal London Hot 100: the definitive list of the restaurants that are pushing Londoners’ buttons right now. Who made it to the top? Find out here…
We scope out the capital hotspots you’ve been rating and hating this month. Get your fingers typing to win shiny Lavazza coffee machines, Champagne, delicious dinners and more
The weather doesn’t seem to agree, but it is in fact National BBQ Week. Here’s our (optimistic) guide to the best parks for a DIY BBQ in London, as well as London’s greatest barbecue restaurants
Fay Maschler certainly won’t agree with this, but that’s the joy of restaurants: everyone has a different opinion. We divulge our (definitely-not-one-star) thoughts on the high-profile newcomer from Tom Sellers
We’re thrilled to be first to reveal the opening date for the follow-up to one of 2015’s hottest new openings, Berber & Q in Hackney. Click this way for new food shots too
Three glorious days off. Ahhh. We say soak it up, have a lie-in and then skip off to brunch. Check out our update of the best brunches we’ve recently enjoyed, across the capital
Forget chef school and long stages in sweaty, sweary kitchens. London’s booming street food movement is now the breeding ground for the hottest restaurants around – and these guys and girls are the ones to watch
Basque recipes from José Pizarro, homemade Byron burgers, Jinjuu-style Korean junkfood… These reviews will have you drooling in the bookshop
For our latest video, we travelled to The Fat Duck to meet head chef Jonny Lake, Heston Blumenthal and… a massive crab. Watch it all unfold here
Chelsea Flower Show is one of summer’s signposts. What we’re most interested in, however, is how we can incorporate this floral fancy into our dining plans. Fortunately, many of London’s best restaurants appear to be on the same wavelength, offering plenty of flowery fare. Here are our favourites.
In anticipation of S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2016, we caught up with two of the competition’s leading mentors, Ollie Dabbous and Claude Bosi, to talk young talent, kitchen nightmares and the ones to watch…
Animal kingdom, rejoice: it’s National Vegetarian Week, which should distract us from the butcher’s knife for at least a day or two. Check out London’s best restaurants for vegetarians here
The new season is filling us with joy, but when it rains, more reliable pleasure can be found in London’s latest restaurant and bar menus…
In honour of Coeliac Awareness Week, we’ve put together a selection of London restaurants that are hot – even when gluten's not
Swarms of celebrities, Rudimental on the decks and indoor trees: Restaurant Ours has caused quite the stir. We pulled up with our film crew to meet founder and Michelin-star brandisher, Tom Sellers
Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexican army’s victory over those pushy French (colonialists, so rude) in 1862. Therefore it’s important that you peruse our pick of London Tequila bars, for history’s sake
There’s no denying that some of London’s best restaurants will smash your wallet into oblivion, but we’ve found another way in: here are London’s best value, gourmet three-course lunch menus
Drum roll, everybody! We are delighted to announce that our BMW Squaremeal Award for Best New Restaurant for spring 2016 goes to Hoppers, which joins restaurant royalty in our BMW Squaremeal Award Hall of Fame
HotBox fans rejoice: its burger brother arrives on the same patch in Spitalfields this June, promising more of the same burger and wings wizardry which made them a Hawker House success
23 floors above Edgware Road, Korean-Japanese-Taiwanese hybrid Kojawan opened in the Hilton London Metropole hotel at the end of March. It’s kooky to say the least, with sexy manga characters and sci-fi stylings, but is it worth a visit? Find out here…
What’s better than one bank holiday? TWO. We’ve been scouring the UK for the best minibreak ideas, so you can make the most of those glorious days off. Read on for our top tip-offs in Gloucestershire, Manchester, Cornwall and Cumbria
Moving the mercury with everything from chicken-salt chips to deep-fried Creme Egg burgers (yes, really), here’s what we’re rating and hating this spring
We take a look at where you have been eating in London this month – join the conversation to win Champagne, Lavazza coffee machines, top restaurant dinners and more
It’s HRH The Queen’s 90th birthday today, so in celebration we’ve drawn up a list of places with royal connections so that you can play at being royalty, too...
If you're supporting a runner on Sunday, we’ve got bar, pub and restaurant suggestions for when your 10 seconds of cheering are over
Does the rise of high-end restaurant chains with financial clout spell the end for individuality in Mayfair and St James’s?
Celebrate Thai new year this week with our pick of the best restaurants for a slice of Siam in London
From humble beginnings as a Thai residency at Hackney’s Climpson’s Arch, to one of the most anticipated London openings this year: read all about som saa here
A UK road trip is in order as The Astor Grill at Cliveden House, Berkshire, opens today. André Garrett will head up the all-day dining concept, alongside his namesake restaurant at this quintessential country house hotel
We exclusively reveal the first details of new Soho Indian Talli Joe, due to open at the end of April on the former site of Mela on Shaftesbury Avenue
Prices are as high as the mosaic ceiling at this old-school, sumptuous Italian, but did Savini at Criterion impress? Read on to find out….
Eating out as a parent needn’t condemn you to a decade of Nando’s. Food writer and mum Nicky Evans recommends 10 stylish London treats to visit for both parents and kids
Ahead of health and wellbeing joint SHOT (‘Simple Healthy Organic Tasty’) opening off Fleet Street in April, we reveal its opening offer
A truly multinational newcomer, this Shaftesbury Avenue Japanese joint is the work of a Londoner who first launched it in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Did all that globetrotting pay off? Find out here…
What’s that deafening cacophony? Is it the apocalypse? No, it’s the Easter holidays. If you need assistance, here is our selection of London’s best child-friendly restaurants. Slap us on the back and call us Mary Poppins
We’ve got the first pictures of Kojawan, the new Korean-cum-Japanese-cum-Taiwanese restaurant at the top of the Hilton London Metropole
From Friday 1 April, Haggerston pop-up restaurant Decatur will become a permanent, chargrilled-oyster-brandishing fixture following its three-month residency
Replacing the former Newman Street Tavern, Dickie Fitz aims to shine rays of Australian sunshine on to Fitzrovia’s hungry diners. Did we get sunburnt? Find out here
Spring has most certainly sprung – and with it a whole host of pop ups. Boozy supper clubs from Berlin, Breaking Bad cocktail bars and naughty 90s kids throwing pick ‘n’ mix-fuelled parties await. If they’re the top of pop ups, they’re here
Did Victor Garvey’s new Covent Garden restaurant, Duende, leave us on tapa the world?
We’ve been looking back at the last twelve months of Square Meal Diner Reviews to crown our Amateur Critic of the Year. Read on to find out who came out on top and how you can become a gourmet groupie too
Eating in is the new eating out. High-class restaurant delivery has taken off and taken to the road, bringing Michelin-starred excellence to your home. Here are the best
It’s that time of the year again: the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race is on Sunday. Even if water sports aren’t entirely your thing, you’ll no doubt be in search of a watering hole… Check out our guide to the best pubs for catching the riverside action from start to finish
We’ve plotted out your Bank Holiday weekend for you, with five of the best things to eat and drink across the capital this Easter
23 March means one thing to us: a Holi good excuse to pelt each other with coloured powder and eat incredible Indian food. But where? Check out our pick of London’s best Indian restaurants
With Whisky Live London kicking off this weekend, we’re here to enable you, oh sorry, we mean advise you on London’s best whisky bars
We got the exclusive scoop on The Escapologist, a party bar opening in Covent Garden later this month
You’ve watched our video, you’ve inhaled the hype and you’ve bought a Damien Hirst piece in a crazed episode (that’s what credit cards are for), but is Pharmacy 2 actually any good? Find out here
In the absence of any leprechaun-themed restaurants (London, you’ve let us down) we’ve rounded up five of the best things to do in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Whether you’re Irish, wish you were Irish, or (like us) are just jumping on St Patz’s party wagon, make sure you do more than down a pint of Guinness this Thursday
We’re going meat mad for National Butchers’ Week. Need some guidance? Check out our lists of the best places to satisfy your carnivore cravings, whether it’s steak, burgers or chicken that gets your juices flowing…
BMW and Square Meal are treated to a sneak preview of Sosharu, Jason Atherton’s hotly anticipated Japanese restaurant
We got a sneak preview of Sosharu before the official opening and Jason Atherton was in the hot seat. Hold tight for a full review of the restaurant coming next week, but in the mean time check out our SquareReel interview
London’s Japanese restaurant scene is set to heat up with the arrival of Jason Atherton’s Sosharu in Clerkenwell on 7 March. So here are some scorching competitors
We're on tapa the world today with these exclusive first-look pictures of Duende, the Spanish tapas restaurant from Victor Garvey opening in Covent Garden this Friday
Clear the diary, whisky fans: Glenmorangie is popping up in Soho once again, offering an intimate tasting journey at the Beyond The Cask Bar from 3 to 15 March
Vauxhall is getting delirious and it’s all Damien Hirst’s fault. We take the temperature of his new Pharmacy 2 restaurant and interview menu maestro Dr Mark Hix – medicine never tasted so good
Given up something for Lent? Vowed to renounce meat for the duration? Well, we’ve a netful of flipping fresh ideas to bolster your willpower, tantalise your taste buds, and keep you in the swim – so why not feast on a fish for Friday?
Our bar reviewer extraordinaire Keith Barker Main has truly trotted all over London in the last few weeks. If you’re in need of a new favourite bar, you’ve come to the right place
I just wanna thank my Mum, my Dad, my eyelash technician and my hamster. Oh, and my chef. Here we divulge our list of London’s starriest restaurants – where the glitterati sparkle and the odd supernova ignites
It’s never too soon to book a restaurant for Mother’s Day. But where to take her this year? Last year’s afternoon tea met with a frosty reception (personally, you don’t see a problem with serving Prosecco rather than Champagne but some will always complain). Thankfully, we’ve picked a selection of restaurants to suit every mother
After much anticipation, Frenchie opened in Covent Garden on 28 January, while Islington’s Galley caught us by surprise with an out-of-the-blue launch a day later – read our new reviews here
This week we trek intrepidly into the depths of Covent Garden to film mountains of gyoza. Hit play to find out precisely where these pleasurable parcels can be spotted…
London Beer Week is back, which means £3 speciality beers across the city with a £10 wristband. Read on for our pick of the bars taking part
What do you get when you cross a falconer, an ex-River Cottage chef and a former surfing shop in Covent Garden? Find out here as we review Neal’s Yard’s newest tenant
We slip in to Japanese newcomer Oliver Maki, Soho, to discover if its sushi rolls are set to rock London. Below is an interview with founder Oliver Zeitoun and our restaurant review
We’re back with our weekly video, filmed at Galley, Islington’s new surf and turf restaurant. We find out more (translation: we eat all the food) and reveal London’s latest restaurant and bar news
We look back on where our ravenous readers have been eating this month, revealing where’s hot and where’s lingering at lukewarm and a bit limp. Get involved and you could win big…
Rising from the (quite literal) ashes of Floridita and once home to Soho’s famed Marquee Club, this D&D London address oozes history – but is its latest incarnation groupie-worthy? Find out here
We cherry-pick London’s best pop ups for February 2016, including the Wild West via east London and an illicit underworld of gangsters and gambling in a secret location
Tell us about your local dining scene with our Neighbourhood Favourites Survey, and you could win a case of Pommery Brut Royal Champagne or a £75 Square Meal Restaurant Gift Voucher
If a box of choccies and some last-minute flowers won’t quite cut it this year (when did it ever?), why not board the love train to one of our 100 Best UK Restaurants? Make a weekend out of celebrating your everlasting love, with a romantic countryside stroll, followed by a romantic dinner, and finished with a, err, romantic hotel stay. You’ll get brownie points, and probably much more…
Monday 8 February will see China’s lunisolar calendar begin a new phase and unleash monkeys upon us all. Or something. Of course, we’re using it as an excuse to eat ALL of the dim sum – find out where to get the best Chinese food right here
Galvin HOP has launched in Spitalfields with some seriously good hotdogs and beer; we were there with our cameras to ensure you don’t miss any of the action…
Yep, it’s less than a month until D-Day, sorry, we mean V-Day. Whether you’re in the dating game, half of a smug couple or fancy some fun with your pals, you’re in the right place…
Our resident lounge lizard, Keith Barker-Main, has continued to splash about in various watering holes across the capital this month, in his noble quest to bring you London's most comprehensive bars knowledge. Here’s where to re-saturate this month…
It’s been a predictably slow start this January, but this week we bring news of a smattering of new London openings, including a whopping great new restaurant, bar, nightclub and lounge in Soho and free burgers in Covent Garden
For our first video voyage of 2016, India and Neil are huddling round the kebab grill at Soho newcomer Le Bab. But these aren’t just any old kebabs…
These just-released digital renderings of Newman Street Tavern replacement, Dickie Fitz, provide the first glimpse of what to expect from Affinity Bars & Restaurants' fourth venture – dandelion clock chandeliers and all...
Chris Galvin reveals more about the first Galvin Pub Deluxe, Galvin HOP, due to open on the former Galvin Café a Vin site in Spitalfields next week – prepare for Galvinisation
Sunday 17 January is apparently the day that we are most likely to break our New Year’s resolutions. With that in mind, we thought we’d give you a helping hand along the glorious path to destruction, by pointing you in the direction of the capital’s dirtiest dining establishments – ‘dirty’ being a very, very
good word, of course
Delivering steaming hotpots and conveyor belt morsels to the Shaftesbury Avenue masses, this Chinatown newcomer opened on New Year’s Day. We visited last night to see what the hot fuss is about
The long, cold days of January continue to drip by, the city ringing with the sound of a few spare pennies being mournfully rubbed together. Yes, we feel your pain. Allow us to guide you to London’s greatest bargain bites
This week’s wholesome Twitter competition could bag you a meal worth £150, with a menu that loves carnivores just as much as vegans. It’s dinner democracy in action people
It’s back to work and time to reattach your business head. With this in mind, we’ve pulled together a list of the very best restaurants for sealing that
deal over a meal
Gagging on your kale and spirulina super duper Nutribullet smoothie from green-tinged hell? Take it slightly easier with our gentle nudge in a healthy direction: our pick of London’s vegetarian-friendly restaurants
Our waistlines have grown but our wallets have shrunk. Bummer. But we’ve rounded up the capital’s best diner deals – stick with us and we’ll get you a meal at a steal
Need some dinner inspiration? Find out where our diner reviewers rated and slated in December, as well as how to get involved yourself
Currently on a detox? Or is further toxification on your mind? Vote with your fingers via this week’s Twitter competition: you could win a dirty dinner or a fresh feast, both in Shoreditch
There’s a stack of private dining spaces to choose from in this town – just make sure you’ve ticked all the boxes before you book. Let Squaremeal show you how...
You’re not entirely sure how it happened, but somehow responsibility for organising that annual family get-together, birthday dinner or hen party has landed in your lap. Whoosh. But there's no need to panic as Squaremeal has got your back
We’re here to forecast the (foodie) year ahead in London and guess what? It looks set to be a scorcher
We sit down with the Bravas Tapas co-founder to find out more about his debut solo restaurant, Duende, opening in Covent Garden this February
While Christmas is all about food and family, New Year’s Eve is where the real party is. We’ve hand-picked the best bashes in town, so you can get sozzled without the search-a-thon
Yes, it’s Christmas, but ‘tis also the season to be truffle-y. Here are the best places for truffles in London, along with our bluffer’s guide to truffles
Beware: the SM thermom-eater has arrived. But what does it rate and what does it hate? Evaluating everything from Taiwanese bao to overflowing burgers, no bun is safe… Read on to find out what else made the cut this month
Paying over the odds in a restaurant, whether for cornflakes or fried squid, is a personal choice and it certainly shouldn’t invoke the riot police, says Square Meal’s editor
We get reel pumped for smoked Wagyu as we film at the new M Victoria Street, as well as giving you the latest on what’s opening across the capital this week
We were guinea pigs at the ‘tech rehearsal’ of Bellanger on Friday lunchtime, the new Islington restaurant from Corbin & King. Read on for what to expect at this weekend’s soft launch
The last of 2015’s big hitters are choosing this week to swing the doors open, with new openings from the mastermind teams behind The Ivy and
Need a restaurant booking for Christmas Day? We’ve rung around London’s top restaurants so you don’t have to, and this is where you can still snap up tables
Restaurant reviews are like diving into a tin of Christmas choccies – an assorted bunch, where one man's dud is another man's diamond. This week it’s chicken Kievs, Turkish grill and a metropolitan menu in the sky…
We look back on November to see which London restaurants got you talking – if you need some dinner inspiration, this is where you belong
We film at Italian heavyweight Sartoria on Savile Row, D&D London’s big relaunch opening today. With L’Anima founder Francesco Mazzei now at the stoves, this is not to be missed
Jun Tanaka's Mediterranean restaurant is now open on Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia. It's Jun's first outing as a restaurateur, but is it his first success? Find out here
We’re whisked into a Vietnamese frenzy at the new House of Ho in Fitzrovia, with chef Ian Pengelley running us through the menu – while we run through the best new openings this week
As supporters of Streetsmart, Square Meal is proud to present the charity’s new, hard-hitting video to raise awareness of how you can help reduce homelessness when dining out this season
We are set to decide our BMW Restaurant of the Year, just in time for the publication of the 2016 Square Meal Guide to London’s best restaurants and bars – and we need your help
In the run-up to the Christmas boom, restaurants and bars are opening at a frenetic pace to join in. No surprise then that this week is a true stocking-burster, so click right this way for opening discounts galore
We’ve got our hands on the new time-lapse video of Sexy Fish’s rather spectacular Coral Reef private room, going from unsexy grey box to gleaming fishy paradise in 68 seconds flat
Ben McCormack, all-round epicurean and editor of Square Meal, presents My Taste with Bibendum Wine and Jazz FM. This month, Ben talks to Tapas Revolution owner and executive chef Omar Allibhoy about his passions and experiences, and tastes Estrella Galicia from Spain
D&D’s cavernous mega-restaurant is finally serving up its Central European goods to the King’s Cross masses. As it enters its third week, we stick our fork in to test it all out…
Got a craving for an Indian? Then London is the city for you, even during a bad month. However, November has been a frankly stupendous month, with Indian restaurants popping up all over the place. We’ve devoured the menus in each, so read on for our verdicts
This week we rocked up at The Ninth in Fitzrovia, the debut restaurant from TV’s Jun Tanaka. Click play for Mediterranean foodporn and Jun’s insider diner tips, as well as our pick of the capital’s latest openings
It’s a motley crew we’ve got for you this week, and we mean that in the nicest possible way. From ramen in Soho to Japanese in Mayfair, it’s all there. Will you be?
It’s Thanksgiving on Thursday and we think there’s rather a lot to be thankful for. Cat videos, for example. So, whether you’re American or not, dust off those Stars and Stripes and go chow down on some US-style fare
This week, epicurean editors Ben and India are at German Gymnasium, the new behemoth of a restaurant from D&D in King’s Cross, chatting to head chef Bjoern Wassmuth
Storms have been a-brewing this month – as has a shedload of booze in the many new bars opening up around town (mainly in east London’s old laundrettes), beckoning us to take refuge within…
Tired of turkey and trimmings? Couldn’t care less for Christmas cake? Well good, because we’ve updated our selection of deliciously different London Christmas menus
Dedicated followers of food fashion have turned restaurants into a serious hobby. Does anyone ever dine out to simply enjoy themselves?
Father Christmas? Pffft. Forgo all that chimney-watching malarkey and get your presents sorted with our boozy gift guide instead
Clerkenwell takes the spotlight this week, with pizzas in reverse and a bar we’ve been wetting
ourselves in anticipation of coming to EC1. If it’s hot, it’s here… Read on for the lowdown
The team behind London’s Gymkhana and Trishna restaurants continue their Indian odyssey with Hoppers, just opened in Soho. We were straight in there to sample the menu -- but will we be hopping back for seconds? Find out here
This week, Square Meal’s India and Neil dig in at Darbaar in the City – why? Because they serve naan pizzas, that’s why. We talk to head chef Abdul Yaseen and reveal the hottest restaurants opening this week in London
Today provides a mighty fine excuse to inhale an Indian dish or two, but where to do it? Ladies and gentleman, follow us right this way for London's finest...
As the curtain rises on Theatreland’s most glittering time of the year, we guide you to London’s best pre- and post-theatre dining menus, each paired with a nearby show: it’s time to get booking…
We’re particularly excited this week as Alan Yau’s eagerly anticipated Mayfair restaurant, Park Chinois, finally opens its doors...
It’s official: Vietnamese food has taken over London, with more newcomers and planned launches than you can shake a noodle at. The latest is CôBa, in Barnsbury – but is it any good?
Planning an explosive weekend? We round up a selection of flamin’ hot restaurants located near major London firework displays, so you can have a dynamite dinner on Thursday, Friday or Saturday
We look back at where you lot have been eating over the last month in London; read on for a fresh batch of hot-off-the-press restaurant recommendations
Homelessness charity StreetSmart’s annual fundraising campaign kicks off this week, with hundreds of restaurants across the UK participating in the scheme
The saying goes: ‘Remember, remember the fifth of November.’ But we think you’d do well to remember the whole month because we’ve got a brand spanking new roll call of pop ups for you
We’ve got a full-on festive reader offer for you: enjoy 15% off tickets to a glittering shop-a-thon this November, The Spirit of Christmas Fair at Olympia London
Need to know where’s new to eat and drink in London this week? Well you’re in luck, because everything you need to know is right here, soft launches and all
In honour of Halloween, we recount some of London’s best ghost stories. Why the best? Because they all involve a great place to eat and drink, as well as scaring you witless
Get set for some top hat action as we visit the new Mr Fogg’s Tavern, Covent Garden. We also talk foldable food, dirty dining, the Queen Mum’s favourites, Sri Lankan hoppers and a very dark horse…
For the gourmet gastronomes among you, get a taste of Japan’s finest this November as hidagyu premium Wagyu beef arrives in the capital for a limited time only
We catch up with the TV chef on his forthcoming Fitzrovia restaurant, The Ninth, and share some brand new food pictures
You know the drill by now: this is the place to be to discover everything that’s opening this week. We’ve scoured the capital to present you with a bite-sized rundown for easy consumption – you’re welcome
ALERT: the clocks go back one hour this Sunday. We celebrate darker evenings and lighter mornings in the best way we know…
Dishoom founders Shamil and Kavi Thakrar have just opened another branch in Carnaby Street, but they still found the time to talk to us about everything from jukeboxes to wayward naval commanders. Here’s the lowdown
We reveal the opening date of ETM Group’s new Asian pit stop on Leadenhall Street, as well as some great giveaways for its November launch
As the popularity of fancy kebabs booms in London, we bring you all the details of Le Bab, coming to Soho (via Le Gavroche) next year
We’re back. This week we’re at southern BBQ joint Shotgun, with news of a Victorian Tavern, 110 types of wine in Marylebone and a restaurant sprinkled with gold dust
Square Meal editor Ben McCormack presents My Taste, a series of programmes interviewing renowned chefs and restaurateurs streamed live on Jazz FM. This month, Ben talks to Sushisamba executive chef Cláudio Cardoso about his passions and experiences, and tastes Tenzan Yuzushu saké from Japan
With construction beginning today on Goodman’s Rex & Mariano replacement Zelman Meats, we exclusively reveal details of its Meat Raffle concept. Yup, 3 kilos of beef up for grabs every week
If sitting inside playing Scrabble won’t quite cut the mustard this week, here’s what’s opening around town. See. You. There.
Less than a year ago, this Kings Cross site launched as upmarket noodle joint Den Udon. Just relaunched as Wazen, we went along to check out the transformed Japanese menu
South Bank restaurant, Baltic, from Jan Woroniecki (of South Kensington’s Ognisko) has undergone a refurb with vodka at the forefront of the new bar, in line with newly appointed head chef Piotr Fortuna’s Polish menu
This week, we pay a visit to hotly anticipated Nanban in Brixton, the new Japanese restaurant from Masterchef winner Tim Anderson. Cue some master-ful food porn…
Clapham cuisine kingpin Adam Byatt has just reopened Trinity and we’ve got our mitts on the first pictures, as well as details on the new menus
It’s National Chocolate Week, so we thought it was about time to shine a light on the cheese – we’re nothing if not inclusive here
Autumn has arrived and along with those golden leaves sprinkling to earth, comes this flurry of new London bars
The London dining scene is apparently unstoppable, with no less than five openings this week. Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to
We head to the new Dirty Bones in Soho to witness filthy burgers, chat London Cocktail Week and reveal what’s opening in London this week
Don’t miss Square Meal’s legendary annual tasting, in association with BMW, on Wednesday 18 November at The Honourable Artillery Company in the heart of the City. Make sure to grab those tickets before it's too late
Vietnamese is having a moment. Here’s what’s coming soon and the inside info from chef Damon Bui, who’s opening CôBa in Islington next week
Congratulations to the team at Chutney Mary, which has won the BMW Square Meal Award for Best New Restaurant Autumn 2015
Discover the latest news on where our diner reviewers have been eating, how you can get involved online and, oh, did we mention prizes? We’ll reward you handsomely for your comments…
Blue Monday? We’re here to give your day a rosy tint with news of the top new food and drink venues to open their doors this week… You’re welcome.
London Cocktail week is running all week until Sunday, which means one £10 wristband gets you a £5 signature cocktail in a bucket load of London bars. We’re here to guide you to the very best
The latest pop up restaurants and bars to launch in London this month, now with brand new openings from Benihana, House of Crab and Hawker House
The first restaurant from Allan Pickett (formerly of Plateau) arrived in Fitzrovia this week. Did it pique our interest? Read on to find out…
Feathers are flying across the UK thanks to the latest clutch of new restaurants, and we meet Allan Pickett at his new Fitzrovia restaurant, Piquet
As The Cinnamon Club protégé Abdul Yaseen prepares his first restaurant we give you an exclusive preview, along with the first images of South Ken newcomer The Hour Glass
Global fusion via New Zealand, or Vietnamese street food? Decisions, decisions… We review new restaurant openings in the City and Soho
Our preview of the week’s forthcoming restaurant openings, including the Dirty Bones Soho and BIRD Islington soft launches, and the return of a rather overweight bird
This week, Square Meal’s video news team head to Theatreland newcomer Vico. We talk deep-fried lasagne balls with chef Jacob Kenedy and reveal five new restaurants all opening before the week is over
Check out these exclusive pictures of new French restaurant Bandol, opening in Chelsea this October…
What do an hour glass, a raven’s song, a massive Morgan, Vietnamese food, Allan Pickett and a delayed Nan all have in common? They’re all introducing extra flavour to London from this week – read on for the latest
Square Meal editor Ben McCormack presents My Taste, a series of programmes interviewing renowned chefs and restaurateurs streamed live on Jazz FM. This month, Ben talks to Duck & Waffle executive chef Daniel Doherty about his passions and experiences, and tastes Catena wine from Argentina.
Both the weekend and bar beckon, and with the UK’s annual Tequila & Mezcal Fest taking place in Spitalfields, we’ve got the jazziest bars and coolest cocktail recipes to heat things up
Due to a leak the Michelin Guide 2016 was announced unexpectedly this afternoon. Check out our round up of everything you need to know (most importantly, the places you need to book into pronto)
This Cambridge Circus newcomer comes from the brains behind Soho Italian Bocca di Lupo – in other words, expectations are high. We were there last night for a test drive…
Aiden McGee has been head chef at Dinner by Heston in his time, and now he’s behind the stoves at this Hampstead wine bar. Fully open last week, we snuck down for a sip or two – read all about it here
If you thought London was already saturated with restaurants, think again: there’s a torrent heading for the capital, with no less than four landing this week. Read all about them here – and what’s coming up next
With the shows in full swing, we've strutted around London discovering the capital's most star-studded restaurants
Amid a swirl of rumours circulating the capital, we reveal the details of the legendary Barcelona bar’s London sister, arriving at Meliá White House Hotel next month
Yearning for an Indian summer? We went one better last night and visited the newly refurbished Cinnamon Club: now with feasting platters and a gin trolley. Read all about it here.
Brought to you this week from newly refurbished The Cinnamon Club (yes, of course we had a poke around the kitchen) with special guest Vivek Singh, plus a truckload of restaurant openings
Click play and kick back with our bite-sized serving of delicious, nutritious restaurant news. London is awash with soft-launch discounts as we speak – the capital could be your oyster. Or your bao.
For a bite-sized serving of nutritious (and rather delicious) restaurant news, click play and kick back with our latest video. London is awash with soft-launch discounts and brand new dishes as we speak – the capital could be your oyster. Or your bao.
Are you totally into Tinder? Going out with a Guardian Soulmate? Flirting at the photocopier? Then you need a bar and boy, do we know bars. Here’s our list of great dating dens
A City institution, Gatti’s Italian in Broadgate has been serving up pasta just like mamma makes for nearly 15 years; we sneak into the new Ropemaker Street site to survey the spag bol
As you may have heard, the Rugby World Cup starts on Friday 18 September and our fair nation is hosting. Bask in six weeks of glory with this scrum of London big screens
Seven years after opening The Modern Pantry in Clerkenwell (and one MBE later), its founder is launching a second on Finsbury Square this week – but not before a quick chat with us
Bad news: some of September’s pop ups have popped off already. Good news: yet more have arrived. Temporary tastes via Vauxhall, Borough Market, Shoreditch and Regent’s Canal await
Your little darlings are back to school. What are you going to do? Dine at these places where you (probably) and everyone else (definitely) would have a much nicer time if it remained an adult affair…
The new season continues apace but we’re not complaining – London’s latest menus are downright delectable. Feast your eyes on our updated pick of new dishes
The aphrodisiac qualities of oysters are legendary – why else are so many babies born nine months after the height of their season? Here are the very best places to shell out on those sexy bivalves
This week, it’s a fishy affair with the start of oyster season, Covent Garden gets some Italian street food, and we get a taste of Spain with tapas in Hackney and Basque cooking in Marylebone. Just click play…
They’re back, this time bringing Thai curries and Khanom Jeen noodles to Holloway’s Vagabond N7…
It’s the end of August and it’s raining, which can only mean one thing: Carnival time. But have no fear as we’re here to guide you through every scintillating minute of west London’s wild weekend
We got our sticky paws on some foodie pics of the Chinese hotpot restaurant coming to Shaftesbury Avenue in November
With more restaurants asking for pre-payment, is it a win-win for owners and diners or does it remove the romance?
South Kensington is to get an Anglo-Indian botanical restaurant and bar this October…
We’ve rounded up who said what last month and why. Turns out you’re a mouthy lot, and we love it. Fancy getting some restaurant opinions off your chest? Share them and we’ll reward you handsomely…
Want to bring the flavours of London's top restaurants into your home? Then check out the Square Meal team's verdict on the newest cookbooks to hit the shelves
Welcome to this week’s video round-up of news, featuring the last of the summer pop-ups, feasting at Fringe and a beer-based restaurant…
Hackney’s Arthaus Building officially welcomes its latest (and reddest) residents today, so we’ve got our claws on the latest images before anyone else. Read all about it here
Our freshest batch of London drinkspiration, courtesy of our very own sip soldier and bar botherer extraordinaire, Keith Barker-Main
Small may be beautiful, but not when you’re talking about the size of restaurant tables too tiny to do the job…
Here you have it. The who’s who of UK foodie festivals. Send us some tasty tokens in the post
We’ve taken the temperature on London’s restaurant and bar scene (which is always pretty smoking hot) to discover what’s scorching…and what’s in need of a blanket. Read on to find out
Welcome to this week’s video round-up of London restaurants news, including a special visit from Santa (sort of), a room shaped like a barrel and debutante lobsters
The last bank holiday of the summer approaches and we’ve got a clutch of great new UK hotels with your name written all over them. Get booking – and salivating…
The Edinburgh Festival Fringe has landed, sending drama and diners northward all month. Here are the restaurants that will have you crying for an encore, rather than no more
Keep it steamy and sweet all week with our pick of the capital’s high-tea highlights
Deep South soul-food joint The Lockhart launched its rebranded basement bar, Showdown, on Wednesday. Never ones to skip a subterranean Sazerac, we descended for drinks – here’s our verdict
A French restaurant from a Russian group which is in Soho and inspired by an 18th century philosopher. Is Jean-Jacques any good? Read on for enlightenment
You shall have a fishy on a little dishy (and then some) at this recently opened Mayfair bistro, where we relished one of the most enjoyable seafood meals we’ve had in a long time…
The second restaurant from the team behind Manuka Kitchen will have the well-heeled set of restaurant sparse Connaught Village breathing a sigh of relief. Read on to find out why…
A new Shoreditch venture from Robert Newmarket (of Beach Blanket Babylon) was announced this week. We’ve got the exclusive pictures… Take a look here.
If you love Italian food, you’re in luck today: a modern Italian restaurant from the Manicomio team, Canto Corvino, has been announced for Spitalfields
New restaurants from the big players has been the name of the game in London so far this summer. And, like an Olympics judging panel, the critics have been lining up to cast their votes – here’s our digest of the verdicts
A new Italian-inspired aperitivo bar has quietly opened at 37 Old Compton Street, by a team with Soho history. Curiosity piqued, we’ve stuck our beak in for a closer look…
Square Meal's video round-up of what’s happening next week: if it’s worth knowing about, it’s here. Just press play…
We’re only halfway through August and already a whole new batch of pop-ups have, um, popped up. Here’s our update, including where to eat noodles like a boss and brunch like a Berliner
Square Meal's video round-up of what’s happening next week: if it’s worth knowing about, it’s here. Just press play…
Tom Oldroyd has had a busy summer: he’s simultaneously opened his first restaurant in Islington and a lifestyle shop in Hoxton, is preparing to get married and now, he has us badgering him with questions. We sit down with Tom and deliver our verdict on Oldroyd
Our freshest batch of London drinkspiration, courtesy of our very own sip soldier and bar botherer extraordinaire, Keith Barker-Main
Do you love to rank a restaurant? Hate it when you book a howler? Read on to find out what our readers have been rating and slating this month, as well as how to get involved. There are prizes you know…
Working from home? Shake off the PJs and get out into the world with our selection of London’s best restaurants, bars and cafés to work from. Don’t pour yourself a cup of ambition – get someone else to do it
Northern barbecue beast Red’s True BBQ opens its first London restaurant today, so we’re marking this carnivorevent by guiding you to the city’s barbecue restaurants, as well as the best places to fire up the barbie
Square Meal's round-up of the openings you need to know about
The brand new restaurant in The Lanesborough opened last week. But did it rock our boat or is it going to be more of a case of the Mary Celeste?
From the Scottish Highlands to the beaches of Cornwall (and every plate in-between), here are 2015’s best restaurants outside London, voted for by a combination of readers, bloggers and our nationwide team of reviewers
Salt & Honey, the sweet and savoury Bayswater sibling of Fulham’s Manuka Kitchen, opens on soft launch today
If you love food, beer and Borough Market, get stuck in to this weekend’s food pairing festival with our Twitter competition
Swooping into Soho today with chicken three ways. We’ve got exclusive pictures and our gourmet guides to the best chicken in the capital
Pizzerias are opening up all over town at the moment, so we polled the Square Meal office to deliver our ultimate top ten London pizzas. Find out who has earned our crusty crown
Square Meal's round-up of the openings you need to know about
One of the most hotly-anticipated openings is the arrival of a third Barrafina in Covent Garden, which opens its doors today. Tapas is in. Read on to find out where else you can eat it
Robin Gill already has the much-lauded The Dairy and The Manor under his belt in Clapham, but he’s since set his sights eastwards. We catch up with him ahead of Paradise Garage’s launch tomorrow
You probably don’t need reminding, but today is Wednesday. We’re on hand to detonate your midweek slump with a list of great happy hours across London
We test drive Soho’s new meatball restaurant from Australian Masterchef finalist Bonny Porter. But was it golden balls or a balls-up? Read on to find out...
The Hand & Flowers wins our UK Restaurant of the Year 2015. Read on to find out who else bagged a spot in our top 10
For coeliac diners and gluten dodgers, eating out can be a tricky business. Here’s our guide to where’s hot when gluten’s not
The team behind Paris’s Le Chateaubriand – officially the world’s 21st best restaurant – have just opened Le Chabanais in Mayfair. But does it cut la moutarde
? Here’s our verdict
The thermometer hit a solid 30 degrees last week and we spied you perching on every teeny tiny patch of grass for those rays. Here are London’s best alfresco hangouts, so you can stop sitting roadside
The 4th July is the perfect historical excuse to celebrate America’s escape from, um, this country and nosh like you’re in Nashville. Here’s how to spend a day in London doing just that
The Lanesborough on Hyde Park corner has reopened today following a full refurbishment, with new restaurant Céleste to follow on 15 July. Expect Michelin-starred backing and a mighty fine dining room…
If you love your cocktails, Balthazar’s head barman Brian Silva should be your London libation hero. We talk Bloody Marys, drinks trends and Independence Day with the Boston native
As you may have noticed, Wimbledon is upon us. Read on for our guide to having a ball (if you think that’s bad, just you wait…), whether you have a ticket, need a big screen, or actually couldn’t care less
Ahead of its 15th birthday next year, The Cinnamon Club will close next month for a six-week refurbishment. Find out the details here first, including what to expect from the new menu: there’s a feast coming…
The cream of London restaurant talent turned out in force for the launch of Taste of London last night, including Francesco Mazzei, Theo Randall, Nuno Mendes and Anna Hansen. We were there to catch all the action (and eat all the food, obviously)
Touristy James Street near Selfridges is the unlikely setting for the latest destination addition to Jason Atherton’s portfolio, but will the hungry throngs warm to this Social Spanish? Find out here
Wracking your brain for Father’s Day? How about a slap-up London lunch at a gourmet restaurant which doesn’t obliterate your bank account? If that sounds too good to be true, read on.
We’ll be releasing our July round-up soon, but so much is popping up that we couldn’t wait ‘til then. Most excitingly, the ballot for the BT Tower Restaurant opens today.
Keep your fingers crossed
We pick though ex-Plateau chef Allan Pickett’s latest movements, including our verdict on his Sanderson Hotel residency and more on the forthcoming Piquet
Les Deux Salons has undergone a huge refurb overseen by Terence Conran. Here's the insider scoop.
Two years on from its Spitalfields debut, Pizza Union will open its second restaurant on 16 June.
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards took place last night and we were there to watch it unfold. Read on to find out which two London restaurants made it onto the list
Gordon Ramsay's third Maze Grill follows the successful formula established by the Mayfair original, serving up signature rare-breed steak alongside fish and poultry.
Square Meal would be a far duller place without the comments we collect from you, our readers out in the field. Read on to find out who’s been where this month and how to join the conversation
Pubs, clubs, boho boutiques and a great beach (if you don’t mind pebbles) – Brighton has all the ingredients for a perfect (dirty) weekend away
Think you already know about all the pop-ups this month? Think again. Even more has popped up, so take a look at our revised guide
In conjunction with Food Safety Week we’re celebrating the nation’s love of roast chicken. Here’s where to go for a winner, winner, chicken dinner…
Read our selection of the best vinous events coming up this week, as well as our favourite venues taking part across the city – you’ll be quaffing like a pro in no time
Our favourite food festival returns to Regent's Park 17-21 June, boasting a dizzying variety of restaurant talent in one place. Read on for Square Meal-exclusive ticket discounts…
This week is National Vegetarian Week. Whether you’re wholeheartedly veggie or just veg-curious, check out our guides to the best of meat-free London…
With next week’s Food Safety Week focusing on chicken, we asked our favourite food bloggers to pick the UK’s best restaurant dishes featuring our tasty feathered friend
Menus across the capital are coming up roses for Chelsea Flower Show, 19-23 May. Read on for our hitlist of places to be a greedy gardener
The Real Indian Food Company's Masala Grill arrived on the King's Road at the weekend, but will it spice up your life? Find out in our review
Find out what’s hot and what’s not among recent London openings, including Gordon Ramsay’s new Maze Grill Park Walk in Chelsea
Keep your finger on the foodie pulse with our round-up of new restaurant announcements
Take our quiz to discover who to vote for in the general election, based on your dining decisions
Tell us about your recent restaurant adventures and you could win a £250 meal for two or a swanky coffee machine
Haggerston's latest meaty hangout gets the Square Meal once-over
Square Meal would be nothing without the comments we collect from you, our readers out in the field. Read on to find out who’s been where this month and how to join the conversation
It’s St. George’s Day today. So dust off your chainmail and red-crossed banners and fly the flag for England by visiting one of these quintessentially English establishments
The Square Mile has been a hive of activity this week as Broadgate Circle blossoms into a food mecca – but what’s still under wraps? Find out here
As the capital buzzes with news of restaurants launching, we deliver verdicts on newcomers Bao, The Duck and Rice and Percy & Founders
We took a trip up north to check out Manchester's bevy of recent restaurant and bar openings
Three London restaurant heavyweights open new ventures in London for spring
Gordon Ramsay announces plans for London’s third Maze Grill in Chelsea, on the former site of his Foxtrot Oscar restaurant
Even more has popped up since last week. Here's an expanded guide to London's best pop ups this April, from riverside dining to cocktail masterclasses
We never need an excuse to celebrate eating, but Easter is a chance to devour with even more ambition. Allow us to enable you too with a mountain of special menus for this weekend
A second Foxlow restaurant in Stoke Newington and the Japanese-inspired Flat Three in Holland Park have both opened, with special offers to celebrate
With a second, larger Ceviche in Old Street now fully open, we catch up with the man behind the menu: owner Martin Morales
A new offshoot of legendary Seven Dials restaurant The Ivy is now open on King’s Road, Chelsea
Our rundown of restaurants and bars with the best views of London - exactly what you need to toast the longer evenings
The new all-day venue from the Cubitt House group begins its soft launch, with 50% off food until 1 April
It has been confirmed that Francesco Mazzei is set to leave his current post as chef patron of L’Anima, his award-winning Italian restaurant on Snowden Street, City
The bar and restaurant, in the former Jewel Covent Garden space, is open for brunch, lunch and dinner with drinks in the Den until 1am
A new vegan- and vegetarian-friendly restaurant has opened in Battersea Square, with 50% off food until the end of March
Dalston restaurant The Richmond opens this weekend, from the chef behind Elliot’s in Borough. Read on to discover what Brett Redman has in store for the former pub
Following its launch on 9 March, we visit Wheeler’s Rib Room & Oyster Bar to find out if Marco Pierre White can still cause a stir in the City
We've asked our resident lounge lizard Keith Barker-Main for his tips on London's latest bars - brace yourself for the weekend
The first signs of spring seem to have retreated, as temperatures drop in London and weather grumbles increase. Let us guide you to the perfect gastropub to see out the cold snap
We bravely try out London's latest burger outlets - Big Fernand and Bleecker St Burger - to establish if they are worth your cash
Inspired by Japanese Izakaya bars, the Oxford St newcomer is offering 50% off food until 19 March
Following November’s gas explosion in the basement of the hotel that houses Locanda Locatelli, we talk to chef-patron Locatelli ahead of its reopening on 14 March
Free hamburgers on offer 10-12 March to launch the burger joint from France
The London restaurant scene has swelled again with three venues launching at locations across the city
Our hit list of pop-ups and food and drink events this month in London, including Christoffer Hruskova’s two-week kitchen takeover at Verden (above)
Eamonn Manson and Mark Dyer (above) have resurrected Chelsea grand dame The Cross Keys, now open on Lawrence Street
Taiwanese restaurant Bao will open this April on Lexington Street, backed by the family team behind success stories Gymkhana and Trishna
To celebrate British Pie Week, the Square Meal team has tirelessly gorged on pies to bring you their favourites
To celebrate the release of The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
, we have asked a crack team of bloggers to recommend their favourite Indian restaurants. Read to the end to be in with a chance of winning a special prize...
The River Cottage star is among those recognised for environmental efforts at the Sustainable Restaurants Awards 2015, held in east London
The team behind Shoreditch institution The Drunken Monkey annouce an Asian-inspired all-day restaurant and whisky bar, Bull in a China Shop, due this April on Shoreditch High Street
Following its official launch last week, we visit Soho's Blacklock to find out if banging choons and smokin' chops are a recipe for success
The Square Meal team picks the best chips in the capital
Here’s our pick of restaurant respite close to London’s top shopping spots to help you refuel while braving the bustle
Street food barbecue specialist HotBox is set to officially open its first permanent restaurant on 9 December but soft launch begins today – with 50% off until 8 December.
Two Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge has opened no-bookings sibling venue The Coach
As the Paddington movie arrives in cinemas, we take a look at how to eat and drink around London like the marmalade-loving bear himself
Don't fancy the traditional? We've picked a selection of London's quirkiest alternative Thanksgiving dinners
We are set to decide our BMW Restaurant of the Year, just in time for the publication of the 2015 Square Meal Guide to London’s best restaurants and bars – and we need your help
The highlights of our latest tasting, including some spectacular food and wine combos that sent our taste buds spinning
We meet Henrietta Lovell, aka the Rare Tea Lady, who blends bespoke teas for top chefs and restaurants
We catch up with Roka’s executive chef, Hamish Brown, just a couple of weeks after the Japanese robatayaki restaurant has opened in Aldwych
The sun has got his woolly hat on and it’s time to come out and play at London’s best winter pop-ups. This year, the tried-and-tested ski chalet is given a run for its money by some Scandi invaders…
The season for seafood is well and truly upon us, here’s our pick of the best places to indulge in lobsters, oysters and scallops
Three Michelin-starred Italian chef Massimo Bottura will be swapping elaborate platefuls at his Modena-based restaurant Osteria Francescana for burgers in Covent Garden this weekend
The StreetSmart initiative raises thousands of pounds for homeless charities, simply by encouraging diners to add £1 to their bill
With every restaurant booking you make on SquareMeal.co.uk, we treat you to Rewards points to spend on luxury gifts and experiences. Take a look at some of our favourite gift picks for autumn
The sky may be full of fireworks, but there’s no need to leave the smoke in parks and commons this Bonfire Night. Take a look at our pick of the best smoked dishes and drinks in London’s restaurants and bars
November sees some tantalising new openings, intriguing developments and fascinating changes of chef in restaurants around the UK
In the UK Day of the Dead is little celebrated in comparison to Halloween, but several Mexican restaurants and bars across London are embracing the festival spirit
A city as old as London has its fair share of ghosts and horror stories, which of course means there are few places better for being utterly terrified at Halloween. It is Square Meal’s duty to point out however, that being scared out of your wits is hungry and thirsty work...
Recently we’ve seen an outing for an underrated and often overlooked Mediterranean cuisine: London is getting its Greek on
London boasts a fantastic range of great Thai restaurants to suit every pocket. To make the right choice, look for the Thai select logo
Hennessy X.O preserves its unique character and perfect taste, while offering a totally new experience to savour
We talk to Marcus Wareing's right-hand woman about launchingTredwell's, working with Marcus and bad reviews
Our pick of London’s best Indian restaurants offering special menus to celebrate Diwali, as well as a few other favourites.
Our round-up of recent restaurant reviews, bringing together what the critics and Square Meal had to say about the latest and hottest openings
Whisky is known for being brilliant at the end of a meal, but there’s one dram in particular that is perfect with desserts. Enjoy a drop of Glenmorangie Signet with some chocolate and spice and all things nice…
London's Artesian has been crowned at the World's 50 Best Bars
Jason Atherton’s City Social has won the BMW Square Meal Award for Best New Restaurant autumn 2014
Chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton is set to open two new restaurants in 2015
A leading light in five-star luxury, Swiss Deluxe Hotels is celebrating its 80th anniversary
After the expected summer lull, autumn is proving to be particularly strong for new restaurant openings outside London
Following last year’s sell-out, the annual Square Meal Tasting returns on 19 November, bigger and better than ever before
Swingers has launched in Shoreditch, combining crazy golf with food and drink for the first time in London
Which restaurants have gained, maintained or lost stars this time around?
Enjoy complimentary Diplomatico rum
Cocktails and cabaret at Rosewood London
Fancy a three night city break with flights from London?
Do you know your gochujang from your guk? Follow our simple guide to Korean food lingo to up your ordering prowess
Today sees the return of the legendary Square Meal Venues & Events Live show, unmissable for anyone who organises any kind of event.
Champagne Louis Roederer and Kaspar’s at The Savoy are offering one lucky Square Meal reader the chance to win a £150 dinner tab at Kaspar’s and a bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier.
Clos Maggiore and Rex Whistler Restaurant have both won Wine List of the Year and Texture has scooped Champagne List of the Year.
A special five-course Dom Pérignon Rosé 2003 dinner will be available for fizz fans to enjoy a Magazine throughout September.
We’re witnessing a clutch of eye-catching pubby acquisitions by high-profile chefs: for some it’s simply an added string to their bow, for others it’s a complete change of pace.
Enjoy top Chilean wines with food to match for just £60
It’s the go-to seaside destination for those with London fatigue. Here’s Square Meal’s pick of Brighton restaurants
Burgers, small plates and offbeat cocktails in Fitzrovia
Embrace the unusual this Afternoon Tea Week, with a selection of alternative afternoon delights
Square Meal took seven food bloggers to Boyds Brasserie at 8 Northumberland Avenue to indulge in its new afternoon tea offering
Marlow is to get another pub from the chef-proprietor of two-Michelin-starred Hand & Flowers
Creating a great burger for a good cause
With the Glorious Twelfth upon us, here’s where to get your taste of grouse and more in the capital. Are you game?
As the dust settles after the launch of Pizza Pilgrims' second West End restaurant, we discover if an expanded choice upstages the pizza
As the dust settles on Pizza Pilgrims' second restaurant, we discover if an expanded choice upstages the pizza
A global jamboree demands global food, so it’s fitting that Edinburgh is jam-packed with eateries from every corner of the gastronomic planet
Clapping, laughing, cheering and jeering at comedy shows, live music gigs, cabaret and leftfield artistes is thirsty work...
Our round-up of recent restaurant reviews, bringing together what the critics and Square Meal had to say about the latest and hottest openings
Our round-up of the UK's newest culinary arrivals and latest chef shuffles
Belvedere Vodka has launched a Martini exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Legends of the Martini includes an exhibition around the famous drink, as well as a bar area and tasting experience.
Belvedere Vodka has launched a Martini exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts. Legends of the Martini includes an exhibition around the famous drink, as well as a bar area and tasting experience.
Check out the city’s great food and drink offering while taking in the Festival, with our pick of Edinburgh’s best restaurants
Mark Hix is set to launch his second Hixter restaurant tomorrow, with plans to open more sites from 2015
When looking to escape the strains of everyday living, only the best will do. Here, the Square Meal team chooses its lucky seven boltholes to do just that
Three-Michelin-starred Japanese sushi chef Mitsuhiro Araki will open a restaurant in London this autumn
We talk to Wahaca founder Thomasina Miers about her new Mexico-meets-US venture
Street food stars turned restaurateurs James and Thom Elliott will open near Carnaby Street tomorrow
Today sees Japanese Wagyu, the world’s most expensive beef, go on sale in London for the first time since 2001
With the 20th Commonwealth Games kicking off in Glasgow, here’s our run-down of the Scottish city's gastronomic greats
After more than 2,400 votes, the results are in. Click through to see Square Meal's hundred best restaurants outside London
One of Brighton’s most popular restaurants will arrive in Pimlico next month
London will gain another sky-high dining venue, as a restaurant opens at the top of The Gherkin
A restaurant offering just one main course has opened in Spitalfields
Delancey & Co will open in Autumn, bringing a taste of the famous Jewish deli bars of Lower East Side New York to London
Steak restaurant group Hawksmoor will launch its first site outside of London in Manchester’s Spinningfields area
Madame St-Germain is on hand to guide us through the chicest Bastille Day cocktails in London and you could win a top prize when you show us where you have been enjoying the elderflower liqueur
Barrafina’s Covent Garden branch launches today, boasting a larger dining space than the Soho original, with some bookable tables.
Mozart liqueurs has teamed up with Penkul & Banks to create the ultimate chocolate tea party
Visit the historic region of Parma to discover the area’s unique contribution to global gastronomy
Where to eat along the route of the final stage of the Tour de France on 7 July, from Cambridge to London
Hawksmoor goes west, as founders Will Beckett and Huw Gott open its fifth branch in Knightsbridge
Phase 2 begins on Sunday 6 July in York and takes in Knaresborough, Harrogate and Hebden Bridge, finishing in Sheffield
Karam and Jyotin Sethi's Mayfair Indian took the top spot at last night's restaurant awards
Phase one of the Tour de France kicks off on Saturday 5 July, running from Leeds to Harrogate. Here's where to eat and drink in the vicinity
Soho Italian Mele e Pere will launch a month-long pop-up in nearby pub Sun & 13 Cantons on Monday
Popular Italian pop-up Forza Win will open Dispensa in a former cash and carry on 4 July
Let dedicated concierge service Essence take care of business. From flights to hotels and unique gifts, Essence can handle the details
Head to the Greek Cyclades islands for a holiday of mythical proportions and discover your perfect island getaway
Italian restaurant La Tagliata will offer just one main course option when it launches in Spitalfields next month
Tennis time is upon us once again. But Wimbledon has plenty more than strawberries and cream to offer
As Hawksmoor prepares to open its fifth restaurant in Knightsbridge, we caught up with the founders to talk popularity, plans for the future and proud moments
Our pick of restaurants close to the Ascot racecourse action
This month, Madame St-Germain is on hand to guide us through the chicest hotel bars in London and you could win a top prize when you show us where you have been enjoying the elderflower liqueur
The team behind pizza pop-up Forzawin is to open the Culpeper pub in Spitalfields today, complete with rooftop vegetable garden
It’s the summer of rewards here at Square Meal: we’re giving you the chance to collect a whopping 200 points just for dining out at selected restaurants.
Algarve-inspired piri-piri chicken is the mainstay of this new no-reservations restaurant in Fulham
Taste of London returns to Regent’s Park this 18–22 June, and we have an exclusive offer for Square Meal readers
As a summer of sport kicks off with the World Cup, London’s restaurants, bars and pubs celebrate with big screens, beer and Brazilian feasts
Fergus Henderson’s third restaurant, St John Bakery Rooms, will launch at Maltby Street market this Saturday
The Chelsea restaurant re-opens today with a brand new design, four months after being forced to close due a fire in the kitchen
The bacon jam-making Walthamstow bistro gets a burger bar sibling in E9
A new bar in Clapton dedicated to wine, cheese and meat, with the emphasis on lesser-known tipples
Gordon Ramsay is to open a new restaurant on Heddon Street, close to Piccadilly Circus, this autumn
As the festival season approaches, we put music to one side and round-up the best festivals to get a foodie fix
Thomasina Miers and Mark Selby launch a new restaurant concept
Our round-up of the past month’s restaurant reviews, bringing together what the critics and Square Meal had to say about the latest and hottest openings
Heathrow Airport’s all-new Terminal 2 has launched, including Heston Blumenthal’s latest venture
Keen on sampling the creations of some of the UK’s most talented chefs? This month’s crop of new and upcoming launches has something for everyone
Michelin-starred chef Adam Simmonds opens his new restaurant, Champagne bar and deli on High Street Kensington
We talk to Russell Norman as he prepares to open his fourth Polpo restaurant this Saturday
All Star Lanes and Mozart have teamed up with Square Meal to offer readers the chance to win a night on the town at one of the All Star branches in return for coming up with a new recipe for a
milkshake made with Mozart chocolate liqueur
MasterChef: The Professionals winner Ash Mair has launched a pintxos and tapas bar on Regent Street
Forget breakfast. Weekends are all about long, lazy brunches
The UK’s finest chefs will join forces to cook up a storm at an event in aid of humanitarian charity Action Against Hunger
Chefs from Jerusalem's hip Machneyuda restaurant are behind this new Soho venture with Middle Eastern, North African and Spanish influences
Our pick of the best restaurants close to the Chelsea Flower Show
As brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin get ready to compete during their Festival, we test how similarly they think when it comes to food
Find what looks like a cupboard door to the left of the restaurant’s entrance and ask the sentinel to admit you to La Perla's very different sister bar...
Expect BBQ meats, fried alligator, bourbon and live music
We review the highly anticipated Fera during its opening week
We head to the West End to review the newly opened Noodle House
With a host of dedicated bars opening around the capital, juice is running free in London
Alain Ducasse launches the new Rivea London at the Bulgari Hotel, Knightsbridge
Beefeater gin distillery will open an interactive visitor centre this month, telling the story of gin and London’s long-running fascination with it
Square Meal talks to Lee Westcott ahead of the launch of Atherton-backed Typing Room in Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel.
Glenmorangie - the Spirit of The Open - has teamed up with luxury gent’s tailor Thomas Pink to create an extraordinary golf experience and selection of gifts for one Square Meal reader to enjoy
with their dad this Father's Day.
Enjoy pristine central European high culture with added mediterranean charm in Ticino, Switzerland.
Does age matter? Wine lovers now have a unique opportunity to find out by tasting rare bottles of Sandeman vintage port at The Sign of The Don.
Simon Rogan's much-anticipated new restaurant Fera has launched in Claridge's.
Exciting additions to the UK restaurant scene this month.
Jason Atherton's latest restaurant opens tonight in the City, at level 24 of Tower 42.
Top food and drink blogs recognised at national awards
Austria’s reputation as a world-class skiing destination is well known, but this beautiful country has so much more to offer.
Discover the Origin is a campaign designed to raise awareness about five tried-and-tested products that all bear Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) status.
Noma regained its crown last night as chefs and leaders of the gastronomic world gathered in London’s Guildhall for The World’s 50 Best Restaurants awards.
The third restaurant from Spanish food importers and tapas specialists Ibérica opens today on Turnmill Street.
We talk to big-name bartender Matt Whiley ahead of the launch of Peg & Patriot in Bethnal Green's Town Hall Hotel.
Providing music for restaurants across the world, we bend the ear of Music Concierge founder Rob Wood
Rawduck relaunches near London Fields five months after a structurally unsound building forced the original's closure.
Hide Bar on Bermondsey Street have partnered with the Dutch crafted spirit Ketel One Vodka to run a series of events, masterclasses and menus which celebrate the food, drink and culture of Holland
throughout the week.
John Burton-Race is set to open his first London restaurant for 12 years this evening. Square Meal caught up with the chef to find out what to expect.
Why not make a long weekend of it? Our pick of the UK's best country house restaurants.
According to local reports, Albert Roux has submitted plans to turn a former Post Office on Brentwood High Street into a restaurant.
Square Meal catches up with the Pollen Street chef ahead of the launch of his latest restaurant, City Social.
Congratulations to chef Nuno Mendes and the team at Chiltern Firehouse for becoming this season’s BMW Square Meal Best New Restaurant.
This weekend Thailand celebrates Songkran, their New Year festival. Here are some foodie ways to get involved in the capital.
Tony Conigliaro's 69 Colebrooke Row has launched a bar food menu for the first time in its five year history. Square Meal gets a taste...
This evening sees Dock Kitchen chef Stevie Parle open his Italian restaurant Rotorino in Dalston.
John Burton-Race is to open his first London restaurant for 12 years, with The New Angel in Notting Hill set to open on 7 May.
We catch up with Mark Hix ahead of his new Hixter restaurant launch to find out what to expect and what's next for the chef.
The group behind the Goodman and Burger & Lobster chains is to open a new restaurant on May 6 serving only king crab and steak.
Our round-up of the past month’s hottest new restaurant openings, and what the critics had to say about them.
Dock Kitchen chef Stevie Parle tells Square Meal all about his upcoming Dalston restaurant, Rotorino.
The past month has seen a stack of new openings across the country. Here’s our pick of the top new UK dining destinations.
Heston Blumenthal will close his three-Michelin-starred restaurant The Fat Duck in Bray for six months this December and pop-up in Melbourne.
Mum's the word at these top London restaurants and bars that are laying out the red carpet this Mother's Day.
This new Broadway Market launch (with 50% off food until tomorrow) operates as a butcher by day and restaurant by night.
Skye Gyngell will launch her new restaurant Spring at Somerset House in September, with an ‘indoor garden’ focal point.
Brazilian-born Helena Rizzo has been named the 2014 Veuve Clicquot World’s Best Female Chef. Here’s our lowdown on a name to watch...
The team behind Mayfair's Tamarind restaurant has launched this dining space described as a members' club, but without the membership.
Marcus Wareing has relaunched his restaurant at The Berkeley hotel, with the new name MARCUS and a more casual approach to service.
Caribbean dishes, including the namesake patties, are order of the day at this latest Covent Garden opening.
To celebrate Mother's Day, we're giving you the chance to win a voucher for a fantastic afternoon tea for two at Soho’s luxury Sanctum hotel.
Camden BBQ restaurant Q Grill opens on soft-launch today, with 50% off food until 27 March.
When new restaurant, bar and nightclub Mode opens in Notting Hill, it will be the first to change its style and theme every six months.
Mikael Jonsson, of Michelin-starred Chiswick restaurant Hedone, has taken on a consultant role at Soho wine bar Antidote.
Hennessy are giving Square Meal readers the exclusive chance to win a lunch for two at Helene Dorroze at The Connaught and a bottle of travel retail limited edition Hennessy Privé.
Casual British restaurant Tredwell’s will open on Upper St Martin’s Lane in July.
Marble Arch izakaya Kurobuta is set to be one of spring's most anticipated launches. We talked to chef Scott Hallsworth about his plans
The Big Easy Bar.B.Q and Crabshack is in soft launch period at Covent Garden’s Maiden Lane, serving surf and turf galore
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! There's no better craic to be had than in these top Irish pubs.
Heston Blumenthal announces plans for The Perfectionists’ Café, set to launch at Heathrow’s Terminal 2 in June 2014
Check out at a glance which London areas are topping the charts with new restaurant and bar openings.
Burgers with some Icelandic extras on the side come to Chelsea, as Tommi’s launches a sibling of its Marylebone restaurant.
Iberian tuna tartare topped with caviar and ponzu sauce is among the modern tapas dishes at this new venue.
This month's round-up of new openings and restaurant news from outside the M25.
Our guide to excellent dining options with a socially-conscious twist, for National Apprenticeship Week
When it comes to pancakes, we only want the flipping best. So here’s our selection of the hottest pre-Lent pancake action around town.
Experience an exclusive whisky and food matching evening with Highland Park whisky at Duck & Waffle, exclusive to Square Meal readers.
You might not have the whole Hollywood lifestyle, but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink like the stars.
Vietnamese noodle bar Salvation In Noodles is now open on Balls Pond Road, serving hot and cold noodles and sharing plates of street-food.
Indian and Portuguese influences are merged at Cyrus Todiwala's latest opening on Waterloo Road.
The team behind Soho's 10 Greek Street have opened their second restaurant - which has an equally imaginative name.
The Clink restaurant launches in Brixton Prison today, giving Londoners the opportunity to dine behind bars.
Big Apple Hot Dogs creator Abiye Cole takes street food off the streets at Cole & Sons deli on Caledonian Road.
Ollie Couillaud has left Wimbledon’s Lawn Bistro and taken on the role of executive chef at The Royal Academy.
Avenue restaurant in St James’s has relaunched with a new look, a new chef and a new American-inspired menu.
Craft Beer Rising is back and it’s bigger and better than ever with more than 400 beers on offer from over 75 breweries, running until Sunday.
The new restaurant from ex-Viajante chef Nuno Mendes is now open in Marylebone.
Inject a little Spanish sunshine into your winter with our pick of London's best tapas bars and restaurants.
Rebecca Mascarenhas is to launch Italian restaurant Bibo in Putney, adding to her credentials as one of London’s leading neighbourhood restaurateurs.
An all-day, casual British brasserie opens in London's latest swanky hotel, with 50% off food until 28 Feb.
Michel Roux Jnr's Le Gavroche has re-opened after a refurb that sees the addition of a six-person private dining room.
Jason Atherton is backing a new restaurant in Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel, with Lee Westcott heading up the kitchen.
Arjun Waney has launched his third Roka outlet, bringing the brand's signature robata grill, sushi and cocktails to Mayfair.
This Valentine's Day, we talk to the team behind Clos Maggiore to find out what makes a restaurant so romantic that it gets three proposals a week.
Former Young Turk James Lowe will launch his first restaurant, Lyle's in the Tea Building on Shoreditch High Street this May.
Our selection of special menus and bespoke cocktails around London this Fashion Week.
We caught up with international super-chef Joël Robuchon to talk Michelin stars, his love of London and what he’s got coming up in 2014.
Get inventive this Valentine's Day, with events ranging from special film screenings to balloon send-offs and Georgian banquets.
Whether you’re looking to meet someone or simply have a night out with your mates, Valentine's isn't just for the couples.
Pink Champagne and Valentine’s Day go together like Posh ‘n’ Becks; this year is no exception, with an array of glitzy releases.
Nuno Mendes is to leave Bethnal Green’s Town Hall Hotel and open Chiltern Firehouse in Marylebone.
Heston Blumenthal closes his Knightsbridge restaurant Dinner for a week due to an outbreak of norovirus, five years after the same problem at The Fat Duck.
This first in our Valentine's series is all about classic fine dining with your loved one.
Our picks of the top places to celebrate the Year of the Horse in London this weekend, including Yauatcha pictured above.
Having just opened his 27th restaurant, the legendary chef speaks to Square Meal about his influences, film roles and the proposed Nobu hotel in London.
Square Meal’s Guide to London’s Best Restaurants & Bars is out now – and our BMW Restaurant of the Year award goes to The Five Fields in Chelsea.
Spanish chef David Muñoz, who holds three Michelin stars at his restaurant DiverXo in Madrid, has announced plans to open a Mayfair restaurant in June.
The Dock Kitchen chef has announced that his new Dalston restaurant will be called Sardine and serve southern Italian dishes.
Broadway Market is to gain a butcher and a restaurant in one, with the launch of Hill & Szrok in mid-March, appropriately set in a former slaughterhouse.
Another all-day dining option is due to arrive in the West End in May when The Strand Dining Rooms opens slap-bang in the centre of town near Trafalgar Square.
Booking lines are now open for Gordon Ramsay’s London House, in Battersea. Click through for the phone number, and the chance to win a free lunch for two.
We talk to the Lancashire chef as he enters his fourth decade at Michelin-starred restaurant, Northcote.
The team behind The Grocery bring a new rotisserie and small plates joint to Kingsland Road.
Salvation in Noodles is bringing Vietnamese noodles and street food-style small plates to Dalston.
Hot dogs and on-the-bone food (from fried chicken to rib-eye steaks) by ex-Fat Duck chef Ross Clarke.
Stevie Parle, the chef behind Dock Kitchen in Ladbroke Grove and presenter of Channel 4’s Spice Trip has announced that he is to open a new restaurant in Dalston in March.
The whole concept is based around tasting menus at this first London outing for Swiss chef Michael Riemenschneider.
Our selection of the best restaurants for fish and seafood in the capital, from long-standing institutions to great new openings.
Our selection of some of the finest new bars to arrive in London last year.
Eat out without feeling the guilt at these 10 London restaurants with special detox menus for a naturally healthy outlook.
Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley will close throughout January and February for major refurbishment, and reopen in March under the shortened name of Marcus.
Our pick of the most exciting new restaurant openings of the past year.
The owners of Salt Yard have consulted on this new venture run by three French brothers, one of whom was previously general manager at Dehesa.
Iconic fish restaurant Kensington Place will launch a pop-up offering ‘unique fish and seafood spin on the gourmet fast-food trend’
Following on from the Marylebone original, the second Tommi's Burger Joint site is to open in January 2014 on King's Road. The new site will also serve a special Icelandic beer, Viking, in a
reference to the Icelandic heritage of founder Tomas Tómasson.
Despite being such a busy month, we saw December ushering in some tantalising new openings.
This celebration of all things porcine from Tom Ward and TV chef Allegra McEvedy (the team behind Leon) is now open in Exmouth Market.
The group behind Mayfair’s Michelin-starred Indian restaurant Tamarind are to launch an all-day restaurant, bar and social space which is similar in style to London’s private members’ clubs, but
require no membership.
A polenta-based restaurant is set to open in Soho later this month, serving a menu of dishes inspired by the grain.
Chef and restaurateur Cyrus Todiwala will open a new restaurant in Waterloo early next year. Named Assado and described as a ‘journey through Portuguese cuisine’, it is a new direction for the
Mumbai-born chef, who is known in London for his Indian food.
The founder of Fitzrovia’s Koba and Nizuni has launched a new eatery in the City that will feed London’s appetite for Korean street food.
Soho gets calypso cocktails, a beach-shack bar and Caribbean classics including jerk-chicken wings and salt-fish fritters, as The Rum Kitchen opens.
The fourth branch of Craft Beer Co opens in the capital today, close to Clapham High Street. There are 20+ beers on tap, and more than double that in bottle.
Martin Morales, the man who brought Ceviche to Soho, has opened a Peruvian eatery in Shoreditch. The restaurant features a BBQ, pisco bar and a games room.
Honest, unshowy Gallic cooking from Franck Raymond, who was head chef at Covent Garden’s Mon Plaisir for 10 years.
King's Road boozer The Imperial Arms has swung open its doors with a shortened name and a seasonal, responsibly sourced menu.
Mark Hix's latest restaurant throws open its doors today in Devonshire Square, replicating the chicken-and-steak combo of Tramshed.
To celebrate Thanksgiving today, we spoke to two big-name America-based chefs who have each made a piece of London their home: Wolfgang Puck and Daniel Boulud.
Green’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar in St James’s has put caviar back on the menu, due to increased demand, three years after it was taken off because the credit crunch and a struggling economy had
driven down sales.
The latest restaurant from Simon Mullins and Ben Tish, the force behind Salt yard, Dehesa and Opera Tavern will open in Soho on 3 December. As the name hints, the menu will draw inspiration from
Spanish and Italian methods of cooking over charcoal, and will feature on-site smoking.
London’s first 'schnitzel and spritz bar' arrives in Fitzrovia, featuring an Austrian menu that majors in pork, chicken and rose-veal schnitzels.
The latest opening from serial restaurateur Mark Hix is a portable bar he describes as ‘the smallest cocktail bar in the largest men's shoe-wear department in the world’. The bar is Hix’s second
venture in Oxford Street department store, Selfridges; it joins his existing restaurant and Champagne bar on the ground floor.
Rainer Becker’s modern Japanese restaurant group Roka will open two new sites in London next year, doubling the number of branches in the capital.
Following the success of their original Chicken Shop in Kentish Town, the guys from Soho House have launched another one-choice eatery.
Booking lines opened this morning for Russell Norman’s latest venture, located in the former Marquis of Granby pub on Cambridge Circus.
Raymond Blanc has announced plans to open three new gastropubs in London next year, in yet-to-be-announced locations. Blanc’s White Brasserie company has located the sites – all currently running
as pubs – and is currently in negotiations to exchange licenses.
The Christmas lights are on, trees are going up - the Mince Pie Project is back. Now in its third year, the charity has become a foodie Christmas tradition, raising £30,000 last year alone by
getting top chefs to make mince pies.
Following a run in London Fields this summer, beer tasting and education company The Craft Beer Social Club will launch its next pop-up on Wednesday 27 November in Shoreditch, running until
Saturday 21 December.
Selin Kiazim, former head chef at Peter Gordon’s Kopapa restaurant in Covent Garden, has opened a year-long pop-up restaurant and bar at TripSpace studio in a railway arch close to Haggerston
station. Trip Kitchen & Bar has a strong Turkish influence, melding Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavours.
A new Big Easy is set to bring the good-time feel and Deep South food that’s made the Kings Road original so popular into the heart of Covent Garden.
The Pig Idea, a campaign focused on reversing the EU ban on feeding catering waste to pigs, is hosting a feast for 5,000 in Trafalgar Square today.
Clutch will become the latest in a line of chicken-related openings when it hatches in Hoxton before Christmas. The big idea is to take ethically sourced, happy hens from a free-range farm in
Wiltshire and give them the deep-fried treatment, using groundnut oil to make things a touch healthier.
The third Wright Brothers restaurant, due to open before the end of November, is the most ambitious yet.
November is shaping up to be another terrific month for grand openings and top chefs setting up shop outside London.
Goodman is to open a new lobster roll deli-style restaurant, to add to its popular steakhouse and Burger & Lobster chains. Although other menu items will be available, it is the rolls which
will be the main draw. The restaurant will form part of a new development at 65 Duke Street in Mayfair due to open early next year.
It’s all about cocoa beans at this market venue inspired by the original Boucan in the Rabot Estate cocoa plantation on Saint Lucia.
The Clove Club is leading an appeal for aid to support victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which struck the Philippines last Friday.
Loved the restaurant? Now you can give the recipes a whirl. The Square Meal team road-test the best new cookery books from Britain’s top chefs.
Jason Atherton tells us about his first Covent Garden venture – a restaurant in the former Bow Street Magistrates’ Court building, due to launch in 2015.
Not content with launching a third branch of its Spanish mini-chain in Victoria, the team behind Iberica is also looking at sites in Manchester.
Square Meal catches up with one of London’s busiest restaurateurs to talk about his upcoming projects.
Square Meal's editor Ben McCormack pays tribute to Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, who has died aged 54.
The rumours that Simon Rogan will take over the dining room at Claridge’s have been confirmed today, with the new restaurant launching next spring.
Homelessness charity StreetSmart’s annual fundraising campaign has launched, with more than 550 London and UK restaurants taking part.
Claridge’s is gearing up to announce Gordon Ramsay's successor. Square Meal examines the odds on the potential heirs to Ramsay’s throne.
Aqua Shard, Retro Feasts, Pizza Pilgrims and more: Square Meal readers dish the dirt on the London dining scene…
We invited 10 of the country’s top chefs and restaurateurs to wax nostalgic about treasured restaurants that have now closed.
Angela Hartnett has been busy this year, adding Hampshire hotel restaurant Hartnett Holder & Co and Shoreditch collaboration Merchant’s Tavern to her portfolio, as well as continuing to run her
flagship restaurant, Murano.
We reveal who has won autumn’s coveted Nespresso Critic of the Quarter title and other fantastic prizes.
Restaurateur David Moore has taken over the old Roganic site on Blandford Street for a pop-up running until April.
Aurelia’s two-floor site will be transformed into a swish Mexican offering by owner Arjun Waney. The as-yet-unnamed restaurant, which will launch on 21 October, will feature a counter serving
freshly made tacos and a buzzy but luxurious vibe.
This November, Mark Hix will launch a second version of Tramshed in the City’s Devonshire Square.
With Michelin poised to announce its 2014 stars, Square Meal introduces five young chefs making their mark on the UK dining scene.
This October, Arbutus chef-patron Anthony Demetre will launch a 12-week pop-up in the City’s Tower 42.
Find out why the Manchester dining scene is red-hot right now; plus get the latest restaurant news from elsewhere in the UK.
This October, the owners of City stalwart The Don (pictured) will launch a larger, more informal sibling to the restaurant right next door.
Trinity chef Adam Byatt has been scouring south London in search of suitable premises for a second branch of Bistro Union – but so far, the ‘right’ site has proved elusive.
Gordon Ramsay’s Union Street Café – one of September’s most anticipated new openings – has lost its celebrity stardust after international superstar and erstwhile backer David Beckham pulled out of
the partnership at the 11th hour.
Street-food taco star Breddo’s – a fixture at some of the capital’s most popular markets and pop-up events – has taken over from Lucky Chip Slider Bar at The Player.
Odette’s chef Bryn Williams will open a new restaurant in his native north Wales this November.
Restaurateurs Robert and Robyn Wilson reminisce about the London dining scene since the 1980s, and share their future plans.
This year, we have given away a clutch of fantastic prizes to readers leaving online reviews – and there are still plenty up for grabs.
Swiss chef Bjorn van der Horst is returning to London to head up the kitchens at Rosewood London, formerly the Chancery Court hotel.
September means back to school for the nation’s pupils, undergraduates and teachers, a return to Parliament for MPs, and an end to the silly season for the nation’s newspapers. With the country
returning to the capital with its sleeves rolled up, this month is also a busy time for new restaurant openings in London. This September is no exception, with 30 restaurants – one for every day of
the month – launching in London.
Restaurateur Alan Yau is to relaunch his company’s latest acquisition – The Endurance pub on Soho’s Berwick Street – as a ‘Chinese gastropub’.
Barrafina’s Covent Garden branch launches today, boasting a larger dining space than the Soho original, with some bookable tables.
Ceviche’s owner, Martin Morales (pictured), has revealed that he is finalising plans for his second as-yet-unnamed London venture – and Shoreditch diners can expect much more than a carbon copy of
the Soho original.
Grillshack – Richard Caring’s all-day grill, which is due to open in Soho this September – is planning a few technological tricks to wow diners.
David Collins – undoubtedly the biggest name in the restaurant design world – has died after a short illness.
Chef Tom Aikens (pictured) will launch a new restaurant in Putney later this year, called Kitchenette.
You’ve dined at and dissected newcomers including Oblix, Balthazar and Restaurant Story (pictured) – now find out what others made of the London newcomers…
Manchester United footballers Ryan Giggs (pictured holding trophy) and Gary Neville will launch the first of a chain of hotels and cafés this autumn.
It’s been more than a year since Polpetto closed its doors above The French House pub on Soho’s Dean Street. After keeping Londoners waiting while they searched for the perfect site, Russell Norman
and his team have finally revealed that Polpetto 2.0 will relaunch on nearby Berwick Street this November.
Don’t know your beef-dripping fries from your cock scratchings? With our primer, you’ll soon be smashin’ burgers and picklebacks with London's hipsters.
Congratulations to Raymond Blanc and his team at Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, which has been named BMW Square Meal Best UK Restaurant for 2013.
Michelin-starred chef Shaun Rankin opens up a standalone restaurant in St Helier, showcasing his highly innovative cooking and love of Jersey produce.
Jamie Oliver is at it again. This time he's popped up in Piccadilly with a new diner dishing out American treats from burgers, dogs and fro-yo milkshakes.
Named after Bermondsey's old tanneries, leather-clad Tanner & Co serves nostalgic British grub, from crispy Spam fritters to roast joints from the carving trolley.
From floating boats and paddling pools to funky rooftops and deckchairs in the garden, dive into some of the capital’s quirkier alfresco watering holes.
Let Square Meal take the stress out of finding the perfect Father’s Day present this year with our selection of gifts that he’s sure to love
Chelsea's quiet new arrival, The Five Fields, promises playful and ambitious modern British cooking from top-notch, NY-trained chef Taylor Bonnyman.
The Marylebone site of Simon Rogan’s London restaurant Roganic will close this month as planned – and for the time being, the chef is focusing his energies on his two new Manchester ventures, both
located in the city’s Midland Hotel, and his two-Michelin-starred Cumbrian flagship L’Enclume.
Although no one has signed on the dotted line, it seems almost certain that Jason Atherton will take over the restaurant in Tower 42 when Gary Rhodes packs his bags in September after 10 years at
Rhodes Twenty Four.
You’ve debated the merits of Balthazar, salivated over Brasserie Chavot and marvelled at Jason Atherton’s two new ventures – as well as giving us the low-down on hundreds of other restaurants in
the capital and around the UK. Now it’s time for us to dish out some prizes.
Word has it that Desperate Housewives star Eva Longoria is considering a London spin-off of her Las Vegas steakhouse SHe.
Former Quince chef Silvena Rowe is rumoured to be planning to launch a chain of restaurants in Dubai.
Three top chefs and restaurateurs – Russell Norman, Simon Rogan (pictured) and Aiden Byrne – will be filming two new series to be broadcast next year.
Tom Kerridge, chef/owner of The Hand & Flowers in Marlow, plans to expand the bar area of his two-Michelin-starred gastropub later this year.
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Sophisticated cocktail, beer bomb or retro spirit – what does your choice of tipple reveal about you? Find out if you’re acting true to type…
Last night, homeless charity StreetSmart announced it raised £805,000 last winter – a record-breaking sum that brings its total figure to £6.3m.
Square Meal readers dish the dirt on the London dining scene.
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Former Gordon Ramsay chef Mark Sargeant has announced he will oversee the food offering at the refurbished Great Northern Hotel when it opens this month.
With the World's 50 Best Awards taking place in London tonight, Square Meal looks at what's hot in the world’s other major food cities.
The German chef turned restaurateur talks to Square Meal about Zuma, his love of Japanese cuisine, and Oblix – his dream ticket in the Shard.
Jason Atherton’s third solo venture (opening tomorrow) is even more laid-back than Pollen Street Social, with decor, vibe and menu tweaked for a Soho crowd.
25-year-old British chef Tom Sellers has worked at Noma and Per Se, so big things are expected from his first solo venture.
Simon Rogan has announced that Roganic will close in June as planned – and will not reopen elsewhere in the capital.
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Fulham's old Goat in Boots boozer has a stylish new look and offering as an informal restaurant, cocktail bar and all-day lounge spread over three floors.
Chrysan, the high-end Japanese restaurant and sibling to international success story Hakkasan, has ceased trading after just seven months.
Russell Norman has acquired the lease of theatreland pub the Marquis of Granby, on Shaftesbury Avenue. When the news was announced, rumours spread that Norman would turn the pub into a pizzeria –
but this is not what the restaurateur has up his sleeve, he assured Square Meal.
Ollie Dabbous has revealed he is planning a follow-up to his self-titled Fitzrovia smash hit, the current BMW Square Meal Restaurant of the Year.
It’s out with the old and in with the new for Gordon Ramsay: his 11-year relationship with five-star Mayfair hotel Claridge’s will come to an end this June. No matter – Ramsay has other irons in
the fire, including a restaurant with his BFF David Beckham.
London restaurants are now so beautifully decked out that it was only a matter of time before things started disappearing. We look at the lengths restaurants are going to to protect their assets.
Next month, former Bohemia chef Shaun Rankin will open his own venture in the centre of Jersey’s capital St Helier, called Ormer.
Last night, at charity event Who's Cooking Dinner, a group of London diners bid a record-breaking £36K for dinner at Oblix when it opens in spring.
The renowned chef reveals more information on the food diners can expect at Brasserie Chavot.
Next Tuesday, Pearl's former executive will launch a permanent version of his food truck Street Kitchen in Shoreditch's Hackney House.
As the regeneration of King’s Cross gathers pace, so Rotunda has upped its game with a new chef and new menus.
Reservations for chef Tom Sellers’ highly anticipated first solo restaurant are not yet being taken, but that hasn’t stopped diners calling the restaurant to try to secure a sought-after table.
Since making details of its booking line public, the restaurant, which opens on 9 April, has been inundated with calls from restaurant-obsessed Londoners.
After much anticipation, the London version of New York hotspot Balthazar has officially launched in Covent Garden – and is already booked up until March.
They started their business on the streets, now restaurateur duo Yianni Papoutsis and Scott Collins – the brains behind Meatliquor, Meatmission and Meatmarket – have broken records for homeless
charity StreetSmart, raising a staggering £14,000 in December alone – the largest amount of money ever raised in a one-month period by a UK restaurant.
We are delighted that our competition has a new sponsor in Lavazza, meaning this year will see even more prizes up for grabs.
For the annual Square Meal Restaurants & Bars guide, we asked London's chefs and restaurateurs to tell us where they eat, drink and shop when off duty.
Michael Winner, who was best known as a film-maker and restaurant critic, died yesterday aged 77.
Chef Mark Greenaway has relaunched his Edinburgh restaurant in a new location.
Restaurateurs Rainer Becker and Arjun Waney have revealed more details about their forthcoming venture in The Shard.
Restaurant group D&D London will launch two new ventures in Leeds this spring, including Angelica (pictured).
Spanish-restaurant chain La Tasca will launch an individually branded cava-and-tapas bar in Brighton at the end of this month.
Congratulations to Ollie Dabbous, whose self-named Fitzrovia restaurant has beaten off stiff competition to be crowned BMW Restaurant of the Year 2012.
Despite the January gloom, Square Meal has 10 reasons to be cheerful in the form of exciting restaurants opening this year.
Claude Bosi’s Michelin-starred Mayfair establishment Hibiscus is seeing in the New Year with a smart facelift.
A trip to Hong Kong is a must for food lovers everywhere, with its fantastic restaurants, cool bars and great nightlife. But for a Hong Kong experience closer to home, try scintillating special
menus at some of London’s best Chinese restaurants.
Where do you go on the night of the year when everyone comes out to play? Square Meal narrows down the choice to the best 10 parties in town.
It’s time to acknowledge the best reader comments on SquareMeal.co.uk – and announce the Amateur Critic of the Year.
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The Cabinet Office has announced it will match every £1 donation to StreetSmart from participating restaurants throughout December, giving an extra boost to the homeless charity’s 2012 campaign.
L’Enclume’s Simon Rogan has announced he will open two restaurants in Manchester next year – both in the city’s Midland hotel.
On 18 December, more than 200 artworks from legendary restaurants Langan’s Brasserie and Odin’s will go under the hammer.
The Halkin is preparing for the launch of the first international venture from the feted father-and-daughter team behind Basque legend Arzak.
Hibiscus chef Claude Bosi and his brother Cedric, who jointly run The Fox & Grapes on Wimbledon Common, are planning to launch their second gastropub venture in February 2013 – this time in
Square Meal is preparing to crown its Amateur Critic of 2012. Leave comments and you could win a gourmet weekend for two at South Lodge Hotel (pictured).
The team behind 2011 hit Upstairs at the Ten Bells has revealed the name of their new venture, which will open as the flagship restaurant in the revamped Shoreditch Town Hall next February. Chef
about town Isaac McHale (one half of the Young Turks chef collective) and Daniel Willis and Johnny Smith (who ran private dining club The Clove Club), are to open a two-room restaurant and bar,
also to be called The Clove Club.
Two senior Fat Duck chefs were killed in Hong Kong last Monday morning in a collision involving two buses. The men – British chef Ivan Aranto Herrera Jorge, 34, and Carl Magnus Lindgren, 30, from
Sweden – had gone to Hong Kong to take part in a private event with Heston Blumenthal.
Square Meal has pledged to donate £1 to homeless charity Streetsmart for every online booking made via squaremeal.co.uk. Watch our video to find out more.
Pollen Street Social owner Jason Atherton will open a second London restaurant, called The Social Eating House, in March 2013 – this time in Soho.
French restaurant Chabrot Bistrot d’Amis, in Knightsbridge, is to open a second branch next year, this time in Smithfield, east London.
The team behind Honest Burgers plans to launch a third branch of its popular burger joint next year, this time outside London.
The French chef, best known for his success as head chef at Knightsbridge’s The Capital, will return to London in January with Brasserie Chavot.
Unstoppable restaurateurs Ed and Tom Martin (pictured) are preparing to open the 11th site in their restaurant-and-pub empire – this time in the heart of Canary Wharf.
Jun Tanaka, executive chef at Pearl since 2005, has left the restaurant with a view to opening his own central-London venue next summer.
Last month, London’s chefs, waiters, sommeliers and food writers went toe to toe in a series of charity boxing matches. Square Meal goes access all areas.
Naamyaa Café, the latest offering from Alan Yau (of Wagamama and Hakkasan fame), is set to open in Islington on 22 October.
How was it for you? That’s what canny London diners really want to know from fellow foodies – especially now they’re faced with more choice than ever before. Nicky Evans invites you to join Square
Meal’s critical community, where you can have your say and win incredible prizes.
The Square Meal team road-tests the best new cookbooks from top UK chefs. Whip up signature restaurant dishes over the Christmas break.
The Marylebone restaurant will continue trading elsewhere after the lease on the two-year 'extended pop-up' ends next summer.
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J Sheekey Oyster Bar, the younger sibling of celeb haunt and stalwart of the London scene J Sheekey, is undergoing a refurbishment that will almost double the restaurant’s capacity.
Join Viajante's Nuno Mendes at the Krug Institute of Happiness this December.
14 SEPTEMBER 2012: Following a hugely successful three-month residency atop the Royal Festival Hall, pop-up restaurant The Cube by Electrolux has extended its run to 1 January 2013 – and chefs
including Tom Aikens and Nigel Haworth and Lisa Allen (chef-proprietor and head chef of Lancashire’s Northcote restaurant) are preparing to do stints in the kitchen.
In October, chefs including Marcus Wareing slugged it out in charity boxing matches.
23 AUGUST 2012: New-York based British chef April Bloomfield (pictured) will return to the UK this October for a two-day residency at St John Hotel.
1 SEPTEMBER 2012: Following the success of Novikov, which opened in November last year, Russian restaurateur Arkady Novikov is to open a second London venture – this time in Knightsbridge. The new
restaurant – pitched on the former site of the Brompton Quarter Brasserie (pictured) – will be launched in partnership with London-based restaurateur Valeria Zilkha, and it will be an all-day
neighbourhood offering serving contemporary European and Asian cuisine.
Three restaurant and two bars – all backed by high-profile restaurant groups – are set to open in The Shard next spring.
10 AUGUST 2012: Isaac McHale (pictured), one of chef collective the Young Turks, is preparing a permanent solo project that will open in Shoreditch’s historic Town Hall this November. The
as-yet-unnamed restaurant will be the flagship restaurant of Shoreditch Town Hall, which is currently undergoing extensive renovation. The restaurant will be funded through public investment,
otherwise known as ‘crowdfunding’: by the end of August, McHale and his business partners hope to raise £250,000 from investors, who will receive a 25% stake in their new company, St Vibes, in
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13 AUGUST 2012: The Hakkasan Group is getting ready to launch two new restaurants this autumn – both in the City. The first, Chrysan (pictured), will be a high-end Japanese restaurant overseen by
multi-Michelin-starred Japanese chef Yoshihiro Murata and due to open in September; the second, HKK, will be an evolution of the Hakkasan brand – a high-end kitchen that the company hopes will
become a ‘centre of excellence’ for Chinese cuisine. Its launch is planned for later in the year. Square Meal caught up with Niall Howard, CEO of Hakkasan Group, to find out more.
Two-Michelin-starred chef Nathan Outlaw will launch his first London venture at The Capital Hotel in Knightsbridge this October.
Top British chef Jamie Oliver has reiterated his anger at budget cuts made by the coalition government to school dinners as part of its spending review. Speaking at a press conference for
international journalists covering the cultural side of London during the Olympics, Oliver told Square Meal editor Ben McCormack: ‘The government has relaxed the rules around the food served in
academies, which in my mind is unforgiveable,’ adding, ‘I know we’re in a recession, but this was a cash-neutral decision.’
This chic ramen bar comes courtesy of the brains behind City Japanese Tsuru Sushi and is as authentic as they get. Expect communal tables and the plainest of menus, which deals in the very Japanese
idea of doing one thing really well – in this case, three variations of slurp-worthy noodles. With more ramen bars planned for later this year – including Bone Daddies, from ex-Zuma chef Ross
Shonhan – check out Tonkotsu to get ahead of the curve
High-end hotel restaurant Brunello at the Baglioni is to be replaced this autumn with a new concept headed by two-Michelin-starred Italian chef Moreno Cedroni (pictured).
9 JULY 2012: London chef-restaurateurs the Galvin brothers will open two restaurants in Scotland this summer, both at The Caledonian Hilton Hotel, on Edinburgh’s Princes Street.
28 JUNE 2012: Last year's red-hot gastronomic destination, originally set up by cooks' collectives Young Turks & The Clove Club, has been reopened by a clutch of its original founders with a
new head chef in the shape of Ledbury alumnus Giorgio Ravelli. Playful modern-British dishes are the kitchen's forte, but the real genius of
this outfit is the way it successfully combines a casual atmosphere with smart food. Young Turks have more projects in the pipeline for 2012, so watch this space.
25 JUNE 2012: Chef Ben Spalding hasn’t let the grass grow under his feet since leaving Simon Rogan’s two-year pop-up, Roganic, at the end of March. ‘I’m hoping to open my own restaurant early next
year,’ he revealed to Square Meal. ‘Plans are in the early stages, but it will be a 60-cover restaurant in central London. My aim is to create something that’s world class but fun and accessible,
with an informal style at lunch and 20-course menus at dinner.’
20 JUNE 2012: Rule-bending chef Alvin Leung is bringing his self-branded style of cooking, ‘X-treme Chinese’, to our shores. Bo London is coming to Mayfair in September and will be the celebrated
Hong Kong chef’s first overseas venture. Expect big things.
28 JUNE 2012: Ilia, Bennett Oyster Bar and Brasserie, Senkai, Assemblage (pictured)… 2012 has seen high-profile closures of short-lived ventures. Find out what the experts have to say about the
29 JUNE 2012: The results are in. After counting up the votes of our readers and of our 25 regional reviewers, here are the top 50 restaurants outside London
27 JUNE 2012: More than 47,000 people headed to Regent’s Park last week for the 2012 Taste of London festival – and Square Meal was there, sharing the experience.
27 JUNE 2012: Congratulations to Glynn Purnell, whose self-titled restaurant has won the BMW Square Meal Best UK Restaurant Award 2012. Square Meal’s editor Ben McCormack presented the BMW award to
Purnell and his team at the West Midlands restaurant. ‘Glynn Purnell more than anyone has put Birmingham on the culinary map,’ he said in a speech. ‘He thoroughly deserves this award.’
28 JUNE 2012: Hakkasan is poised to launch two restaurants in the capital this year. First up is Chrysan – a fine-dining sibling to the group’s other Japanese venture, Sake No Hana – due to open in
September. Then in October, Hakkasan will launch HKK, a modern Chinese restaurant. Though separate, both venues will be located at Broadgate – this being the City, expect plenty of private dining
room and chef’s table action, plus expense-account prices.
24 JUNE 2012: We all need a little help from our friends when choosing a restaurant. Get your grumbles off your chest or give credit where it’s due by leaving a comment on squaremeal.co.uk.
14 JUNE 2012: Michelin-starred Angela Hartnett is set to launch a new restaurant in the New Forest’s Lime Wood Hotel early next year. The celebrated London chef will be collaborating with Luke
Holder, currently head chef at the Hotel’s flagship Dining Room, to create an entirely new restaurant within the original space.
11 JUNE 2012: The team behind the Disappearing Dining Club – which started life as a dinner party-style pop-up held in unusual spaces across the capital – is launching a permanent restaurant on
Brick Lane, called Back in 5 Minutes.
22 MAY 2012: Burger & Lobster, the recession-busting offshoot of Goodman steakhouse, has announced its purchase of the capital’s two Bistro du Vin sites, in Clerkenwell and Soho. Goodman hopes
to turn its Soho acquisition around in time for the Olympics, while the Clerkenwell venue will be launched later this year. What’s more, it is understood that both venues are considering taking
16 MAY 2012: Wahaca will open its eighth venture at London’s Southbank Centre this June to coincide with the Festival of the World, which will see the venue transformed into a bustling port city
filled with street art and installations. The two-storey, temporary restaurant will be built from recycled shipping containers, with a 130-seater dining room, plus a bar and terrace.
8 MAY 2012: Following successful outings in Brussels and Milan, The Cube by Electrolux concept is preparing for a four-month residency atop the Royal Festival Hall from 1 June. Six of the UK’s top
chefs, including Sat Bains, Claude Bosi, and Tom Kitchin, will cook a minimum of five courses for 18 guests, who will see them at work in the open-plan kitchen. Expect fantastic views and
mind-blowing food at another London event that’s bound to sell out quickly.
1 MAY 2012: Noma was last night crowned the World’s Best Restaurant for a third year in a row at the S. Pellegrino 50 Best Awards. The judges praised the Copenhagen restaurant, saying: 'Noma has
changed diners’ perceptions of Nordic cuisine and created a maelstrom in the culinary world. It’s a restaurant of extraordinary pedigree, where passion and honesty are reflected in every mouthful.’
23 APRIL 2012: Heavyweight chefs Thomas Keller (The French Laundry, Per Se) and Elena Arzák (Arzák; pictured) will receive prestigious gongs at the S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best awards on 30 April.
26 APRIL 2012: Homelessness charity StreetSmart broke its own record on Monday night when it announced that its 2011 campaign raised a total of £760,000. The record-breaking sum was celebrated by
the charity’s supporters and trustees at a star-studded bash at London’s Groucho Club.
24 APRIL 2012: It’s set to be the hottest gastronomic event of 2012: Claridge’s have announced that it will be playing host to world-beating chef René Redzepi (pictured) for 10 days during the
Our pick of ten of London's best English restaurants, ideal for some patriotic eating this St. George's Day.
Diners with a taste for Michelin-starred menus can now indulge in food by master chef Michel Roux Sr without breaking the bank.
APRIL 2012: Long-standing London chain Spaghetti House has launched a ‘boutique’ version of its family-friendly Italian restaurants in Kensington, to update its offering for diners’ changing
APRIL 2012: In March, fearless chefs Tom Aikens and Jason Atherton joined 1,200 other contenders for the fourth annual Vertical Rush, a tower run in aid of housing charity Shelter.
APRIL 2012: Street-food sensation Lucky Chip, whose burgers (named after the Hollywood glitterati) have proved a hit both at Hackney’s Netil Market and nearby boozer The Sebright Arms, is opening a
permanent restaurant, called Slider Bar, in Soho very soon.
APRIL 2012: Although it seems unlikely that there are any restaurateurs out there who haven’t yet had their 15 minutes of fame on programmes from Raymond Blanc’s The Restaurant and
MasterChef: The Professionals to Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, Marco Pierre White has gone and got himself some volunteers for a new show that aims to find the UK’s best specimens.
This year, Square Meal is pulling out all the stops to encourage our readers to leave their comments. If you’ve been to a restaurant, tell people about it on squaremeal.co.uk and you could win
fabulous prizes, including a Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition tablet, worth £329.99.
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Move over frippery and fanciness – good, honest beef is back. Chris Harding considers what’s driving the resurgence in London’s steak and burger restaurants.
MARCH 2012: Sushi chain Feng Sushi has won the award for Sustainable Food at the 2012 Sustainable City Awards. This year, the Sustainable Food category focused on fish and was judged by pioneering
Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons chef-patron Raymond Blanc, who is passionate about the issue. Feng Sushi’s managing director Silla Bjerrum (pictured) accepted the ‘green gong’ on behalf of the chain at
the awards ceremony, held in the City.
MARCH 2012: The Square’s Philip Howard has teamed up with restaurateur Rebecca Mascarenhas for a second time to launch a restaurant in Barnes – their local patch. The duo’s first professional
venture together was with smart neighbourhood locale Kitchen W8, which they opened in Kensington in 2009 and which won a Michelin star last year. Now, the pair are relaunching Sonny’s, which
Mascarenhas has owned for 26 years. Howard is a long-standing regular at the Church Road restaurant; when the new-look version – to be called Sonny’s Kitchen – opens in May, he will oversee the
kitchen and menus.
MARCH 2012: Serial small-plates restaurateurs Ed Wilson and Oli Barker (pictured, left and right) – the brains behind Terroirs, Brawn and Soif – are launching a fourth site later this year. The
Covent Garden venue, called the Green Man & French Horn will open in September and will offer food and wine of France’s Loire region, with an emphasis on fish and seafood.
MARCH 2012: On Monday 5 March, 20 chefs from London’s hottest restaurants, including Pollen Street Social, Zuma and Dinner by Heston Blumenthal, cooked at an
exclusive dinner that raised £330,000 for Leuka, a charity that funds scientists working towards a cure for leukaemia and other blood cancers.
MARCH 2012: The Fat Duck has launched an animated online experience to whet the appetite of people who manage to secure a booking at the world-renowned restaurant in the three months leading up to
MARCH 2012: TV chefs Jonathon Davies (winner of ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish 2010) and John Burton-Race (best known for his appearances on the BBC’s Ready Steady Cook) are launching the world’s first
‘interactive’ restaurant – a restaurant funded and ‘run’ by the public.
FEBRUARY 2012: Turner Prize-winning artist Martin Creed, who is known for his acclaimed installations, sculpture, music, dance and film, will transform Sketch’s Gallery restaurant as part of a
year-long artistic project for the venue that coincides with its 10th anniversary.
FEBRUARY 2012: Vinoteca, which has branches in Clerkenwell and Marylebone, is launching a third site this April, on Soho’s Beak Street.
FEBRUARY 2012: David Eyre, executive chef of Eyre Brothers, has been interviewed by the British Library as part of its archive of recordings to document the changing nature of food production,
manufacture and consumption in 20th-century Britain. Eyre’s interview is one of 300 that have been conducted over a 10-year period. Other high-profile chefs who have contributed to the project
include Albert Roux, Prue Leith, Fergus Henderson and Antonio Carluccio.
JANUARY 2012: Nearly half of all London diners’ gripes about the restaurant experience relate to service – or lack of it – according to Square Meal’s annual survey of complaints. Nicky Evans
reveals the gory details…
FEBRUARY 2012: Harveys Cellars – of Harveys Bristol Cream fame – has relaunched as a bar-restaurant serving a range of sherry options, including Harveys’ VORS collection and sherry flights, with
FEBRUARY 2012: Long waits to order drinks might be a thing of the past if the concept behind The Thirsty Bear, London’s first self-service pub, takes off. The Blackfriars pub, formerly the Stamford
Arms, opened at the end of January and boasts beer taps on every table – all controlled by iPads.
JANUARY 2012: Nearly a decade after opening in Clerkenwell, Medcalf has treated itself to a swish refurbishment. The beige colour scheme, battered leather armchairs and rustic woods have been
replaced by smart violet banquettes and slate-grey walls – although the low-hanging filament bulbs and eclectic abstract artwork remain. The restaurant has also launched two new menus in addition
to their signature daily offerings of refined but gutsy British dishes. Saturday brunch (available 10am-4pm) includes no-nonsense plates such as Arbroath smokie with lemon butter and brown bread,
or roast Blythburgh ham with fried eggs and chips, while the bar menu boasts Trealy Farm charcuterie platters and Welsh rarebit.
JUNE 2011: On 7 October, Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens will take to the kitchen of Kensington Olympia’s Grand Hall for the annual British Olympic Ball, a dinner attended by sporting celebrities,
forthcoming Olympic competitors and royalty. After the meal, diners will be entertained by singer Tom Jones, before bidding for prizes at an auction to raise funds for Team GB.
NOVEMBER 2011: Gold-fingered chef and restaurateur Mark Hix is to work with another hotel – this time American group Thompson – when it launches its first UK venture in January. The hotel will
offer a Belgravian branch of Hix’s eponymous restaurant in Soho, with a fun menu that’s more ‘off-piste’ than the chef’s usual true-Brit cooking style. A second version of super-cool cocktail
destination Mark’s Bar is also in the pipeline, with a cigar garden thrown in for good measure. With words like ‘edgy’ and ‘bohemian’ being bandied about, Hix #2 looks set to be anything but a
staid hotel dining room.
OCTOBER 2011: A pop-up version of basement mixology den Bourne & Hollingsworth, in Fitzrovia, The Fourth Wall is a new bar that pitches up at a different, secret location every weekend. The
interiors replicate the 1920s’ living-room feel of its older sibling, with flowered wallpaper and tablecloths and mismatched, wartime furniture – but, like a stage set, this bar is dismantled at
the end of the weekend, to reappear elsewhere. Contact The Fourth Wall to find out about its next location: as the weeks progress, finding it promises to be increasingly challenging.
FEBRUARY 2011: After a 30-year absence, the Playboy Club – once a destination of choice in the Swinging Sixties – returns to London on Saturday 4 June. The private members’ club will include a
casino, a nightclub called the Cottontail Lounge, a cocktail bar from mixologist Salvatore Calabrese and a restaurant. In preparation for the launch, we caught up with executive chef, and star of
Iron Chef UK, Judy Joo to talk about the food, the feel and those 'demure' Playboy bunnies.
AUGUST 2011: Russell Norman will launch the fifth version of his hugely successful small-plates empire in November. Mishkin’s – which will take its inspiration from Jewish delis of New York’s Lower
East Side, with a pinch of Brick Lane thrown in for good measure – is to be located on Catherine Street, and will continue the restaurateur’s move into Covent Garden, which started with da Polpo.
There’s more good news for those put off by the no-bookings policy operated at Mishkins’ older siblings Polpo and Sputino: this joint will take bookings.
JULY 2011: Bulgari, purveyor of luxury goods to the luxuriously wealthy, will open one of its five-star hotels in Knightsbridge in April 2012. This latest offering (Bulgari also own hotels in Milan
and Bali) will be located opposite Zuma on Knightsbridge Green; as well as the usual spas and suites, the hotel will also offer guests and locals a modern-Italian restaurant . It won’t be the only
designer-restaurant collaboration in Knightsbridge: the Armani Caffe on Old Brompton Road already mixes trendy tailoring with fashionable plates. However, the hotel and restaurant should see this
most flagrantly fashionable of areas raise its game even further.
MAY 2011: This autumn, St Martin’s Courtyard will welcome Thai newcomer Suda to its coterie of dining destinations. The restaurant will feature all-day dining options and a bar ‘dedicated’ to som
tam – a salad of green papaya, peanuts, eye-popping birds’-eye chillies, tomatoes and green beans that’s just one of the country’s many delicacies. Perhaps unsurprisingly, it’s the first of its
kind in London.
JUNE 2011: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall will launch a new branch of his River Cottage restaurant in Plymouth later this year. The restaurant will be located in the city’s Brewhouse development, a
converted Grade-I listed building containing restaurants, shops, and apartments. The TV chef plans to source 90% of the kitchen’s ingredients from within 50 miles of Plymouth, and to make the most
of the city’s natural resources, including sustainable fish from the Devon coast.
JANUARY 2012: Square Meal is predicting big things for 2012, from a South American invasion to headline-grabbing openings from Corbin & King (of The Wolseley and The Delaunay fame) and Richard
Caring’s Caprice Holdings. Plus, trends that were starting to emerge at the tail-end of 2011 are really establishing themselves in 2012 – expect to see increasing numbers of iPad wine lists, plus
budget-tastic gourmet lunches with wine included. Want to be in the loop when it comes to developments on the London dining scene? Read on for the low-down.
JANUARY 2012 Congratulations to Seniors, in Lancashire, which was named Best British Fish and Chip Shop 2012 at the 24th annual National Fish and Chip Awards, held in London. Richard Corrigan
presented owners Alastair and Dominic Horabin (pictured) with the title. Alastair Horabin (far left) said: ‘This is an honour beyond our wildest dreams. I'm overjoyed for the whole team and I'm
proud to be their boss.’ Second place went to Hanbury’s in Devon, while Quayside, in Whitby, came third. The finalist for London and the South-East was Seafare, in Guildford.
SEPTEMBER 2011: September means back to school, and not just for pupils: restaurant launches will be back in full swing from tomorrow, with the opening of Wolfgang Puck’s Cut at 45 Park Lane
(pictured). After that, hold onto your hats, as big-ticket restaurants will be coming to London thick and fast. Here’s a selection of the biggest upcoming openings in London this autumn.
OCTOBER 2011: Having spent the summer pounding London’s pavements in order to update our restaurant reviews, we couldn’t help noticing exciting changes afoot at some of the city’s restaurants, many
of which have closed their doors in order to re-emerge in autumn with a shiny new look, such as Odette's (pictured). Here’s a list of ones to watch.
AUGUST 2011: American chef Thomas Keller’s three-Michelin-starred restaurant The French Laundry is to pop up in Harrods this autumn. The Napa Valley institution – which was named World’s Best
Restaurant in 2003 and again in 2004 – will be recreated in the store from 1 October for 10 days only, in the Georgian Restaurant on the fourth floor.
JUNE 2011: José Pizarro’s dashing tapas and sherry bar fits assuredly among the hip eateries of Bermondsey Street, displaying the same easy charm as its owner. Pizarro’s food is the real deal:
quality ingredients with few surprises. Daily market specials are displayed in glass cabinets, while Spain’s greatest hits, including top-notch charcuterie and tortilla, are chalked up on the board
above the bar. The menu proper boasts rich ham croquetas, lamb meatballs with thick tomato sauce, and ever-popular Padrón peppers.
MAY 2011: With the sunny weather set to continue through May, the Courtyard at 51 Buckingham Gate has chosen a perfect time to open its doors.
APRIL 2011: René Redzepi’s Noma has been crowned the World’s Best Restaurant for the second year running. The Copenhagen restaurant, whose team of foraging chefs steadfastly uses only ingredients
native to Scandinavia, was praised by the judges for its ‘meticulous attention to detail, fastidious approach to service, wicked sense of humour and unrivalled creativity’, all of which results in
an ‘emotive, intense, liberating way of eating, unlike any other’.
JANUARY 2011: The hugely anticipated launch of Dinner at The Mandarin Oriental has now opened. Check out the funky interior, from which guests will be able to see into the state-of-the-art kitchen
and watch the 45-strong team of chefs at work.
JANUARY 2011: Spanish chef José Pizarro, co-founder and former executive chef of Tapas Brindisa, is preparing to launch his first solo venture on nearby Bermondsey Street in April. Called José, the
newcomer will be inspired by the tapas joints of Barcelona’s bustling Boquería market in style and decor, with limited, informal seating and a focus on the freshest ingredients. The menu will
change daily but will stick to simple and traditional tapas, with sherry a speciality of the wine list.
JANUARY 2011: Heston Blumenthal’s hotly anticipated Mayfair restaurant, Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental, will feature a Victorian-style ice cream
trolley that makes ice cream for diners on the spot, the chef’s right-hand man has revealed. Ashley Palmer-Watts, who has developed Dinner’s concept and menus with Heston for the past two years,
and who will head up the kitchen when it opens its doors on 31 January, expects the machine to be a ‘real showstopper’.
JANUARY 2011: William Hill has given even-money odds on Restaurant Gordon Ramsay losing one of its three Michelin stars when the 2011 Great Britain & Ireland guide is published on January 18.
Keep up your Dry January promise with this list of top booze-free tipples and where to enjoy them
Fancy yourself as a smooth-talking 00? In anticipation of Daniel Craig’s latest Bond movie, Spectre, we have rounded up the best places in London to drink his signature cocktail: the Martini.
Global football superstar David Beckham talks food, whisky and brand Beckham, as he launches Haig Club whisky
Tuck into truffles and go cocoa crazy this National Chocolate Week. Here's how to get involved...
French wines offer something to suit every style: cool and laid back, fun-loving and quirky, glamorous and chic, or authentic and natural. What’s yours?
Apparently this summer’s hottest festivals have musicians attending them or something – we’ll just be there for the food. Here’s our hitlist of the best traders this year at Glasto, Bestival, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness and more
Here’s what we thought about Wimbledon Village’s new modern French restaurant…
Jason Atherton’s fifth London outpost has its very own wine shop. Drink wine, eat tapas, and buy a bottle (or two) to take home…
London hotels can cause just as much fuss as standalone restaurants and bars. Just in time for the weekend, allow us to remind you of some of our favourites.
Reopened to the public on Monday after an extensive refurbishment and nearly 100 years in the business, The Ivy is once again gunning for gastronomic gold. Read on for our take on the restaurant’s new era.
We’ve been excited about this one for a while and were straight in there when the doors opened. But did Mayfair’s new Indian live up to expectations? Was it hot or not? Read on to find out…
Mark Sargeant (currently of The Strand Dining Rooms and previously of Claridge’s) is set to officially launch his new Soho brasserie on Monday, but we snuck inside this week for an early-doors dinner.
Gone are the days of sandy sausage rolls and party rings. The posh picnic has landed, just in time for Ascot and Wimbledon. Here’s our guide to the very best (although we’ll be pretending we made it ourselves, obviously)
Don’t waste your precious evenings in a desiccated watering hole; here’s a round-up of bars that have recently rocked our boat so you can avoid those likely to sink without a trace…
What does it take to stay abreast of the very best restaurants in London? A small army, that's what. Read on to find out what the readers have been rating and slating this month, as well as how to get involved. There are prizes you know…
Royal Ascot starts today, and while we’re fans of all the pomp and parade, what we’re really interested in is the food. We caught up with Michael Caines (heading up the Grandstand’s On 5 restaurant this year) to talk lobsters, The Ledbury and London
We’ve swooped and scanned the skyline to scout out the very best places to drink vodka and get vertigo, so all you have to do is take the lift then sit back and slurp
It’s sunny outside, which in our (one-track) mind directly translates to ‘aperitif season’. Check out our guide to London’s best aperitif bars.
Bringing a taste of sunny Spain to Borough Market is Lobos Meat & Tapas Bar which throws open its doors to carnivorous diners today.
A round-up of where lounge lizard Keith Barker-Main has been going and what he’s been drinking recently, from Brasilian booze-holes to clandestine cocktail bars…
We've put together your very own bank holiday guide: whether it's sitting in the sun or bolting to Brighton, if it's worth doing it's in here...
With the Easter break out of the way, new London restaurants are opening their shiny doors and beckoning you inside across town this week
Kurobuta has won the BMW Square Meal Award for Best New Restaurant
The street food craze shows no sign of abating, so here's our round-up of the best food markets in London
It’s the go-to seaside destination for those with London fatigue. Here’s Square Meal’s pick of Brighton restaurants
Head chef at Mayfair's latest new restaurant Kitty Fisher's gives us the low-down on what to expect.
From rooftop bars with spectacular views to leafy courtyards, sun-trap gardens and terraces by the river, here's your guide to going alfresco...
In the restaurant world it is a Big Day. Two of this year’s most hotly anticipated restaurants are gearing up for business. Don't miss this.
Cocktail virtuoso Tony C opens Italian café Bar Termini on Soho’s Old Compton Street
It’s the most wonderful time of the year: supermarkets are brimming with port and cheese packages and it’s easy to understand why.
We bid a temporary farewell to The Fat duck while the UK scene continues to excite, with Michelin star-chasing chefs, tweedy gastropubs and chic boutique hotels leading the way
We get the inside scoop on the The Little Taperia, Tooting. Read our thoughts, close your eyes and think of Spain...
Ethical chicken restaurant H.en has just opened in Brighton. Owner Philip Ilic is former operations manager at London’s Le Mercury
Need to find out where to drink and where to ditch in the capital? Read on for Keith Barker-Main’s latest bar verdicts.
You could never accuse the London restaurant scene of standing still. Today sees the opening of Hackney neighbourhood hotspot Pidgin (we visited during its pre-launch last weekend) and the South American Casa Cruz making its UK debut in Notting Hill
BOINNG! Ahh yes, the sweet sound of this month's pop-ups bursting into blink-and-you'll-miss-them brilliance. Hot tub feasts to canal-side parties, it looks like it's going to be a long, hot summer... Fill yours wisely
Check out our mother-load of Mother's Day suggestions and get booking
Square Meal's pie-lights of British Pie Week, from pork pies to rhubarb pies and beyond...
Chef Angela Hartnett is set to open a second Café Murano this June
Spring is in the air and with it we are anticipating a raft of new openings. Here’s a closer look at those expected in early March, with some great soft-launch deals…
Marco Pierre White is to open a Wheeler’s restaurant in the City, following a 20-year hiatus for the seafood brand in the Square Mile.
Our restaurant insider Molly Monroe rounds up the very latest openings and closures from across the UK
Following a soft-launch, the 'informal take on a grand European brasserie' is open
Chinatown will be the focus of the celebrations, with most restaurants marking Chinese New Year on Thursday 19 February, but there's plenty more happening across London
Originally the site of Ramsay’s Aubergine restaurant, 11 Park Walk is where the chef’s career took off more than 20 years ago.
Blacklock, Bó Drake and Portrait are all open
If you're looking for a little eye-popping food and drink inspiration this month, check out our list of awesome London pop-ups
Whether you chose to mark 17 February 2015 with a trad Shrove Tuesday pancake effort or do it Rio style with feathers and hot pants, Square Meal can help
Giles Fallowfield lines up his top picks for pink fizz this Valentine's Day.
Joe's Oriental Diner opens on King's Road and Bleecker St Burger opens in Spitalfields Market