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From successful street-food venture to fully-fledged restaurant, Hotbox is a welcome addition to London’s burgeoning barbecue-loving dude-food scene. Delectably seasoned smoked meats are the forte. Try the Hotbox piggy burger with American cheese, pulled pork, BBQ sauce, and pickled red onion for a prime cut of the meat on the menu. Rib fiends might prefer a full serving of the sticky, satisfying pork ribs, or the succulent, fall-off-the-bone beef short rib. Sides range from healthier greens and sweet-potato fries through to a heart-stopping (in both senses) smoked mac & cheese. Finish with the molten chilli chocolate dessert: a gooey plate of untold happiness. There’s a fun and friendly buzz to this enterprise, despite the uncomfortable long wooden benches and tables in the dimly lit room – and it can be difficult to hear your dining partner when the music is cranked up. After a meal, head for the basement cocktail and craft-beer den, 46 & Mercy.