Visit London Blog » rolling stones Enjoy the very best of London Thu, 28 Aug 2014 11:51:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 London Restaurant News: The Electric Diner, Bo London and HKK Wed, 05 Dec 2012 13:13:24 +0000

In the run-up to the festive season there has been a flurry of new restaurant openings in London.

The Electric Diner

The Electric Diner and Electric Donuts have just opened at the Electric Cinema in Portobello Road. The new venues are a collaboration between Soho House owner Nick Jones and renowned chef Brendan Sodikoff of Au Cheval in Chicago. The Electric Diner’s French-American menu features dishes inspired by Au Cheval such as an award-winning cheeseburger, fried bologna sandwich and a range of egg dishes. Electric Donuts serves fresh donuts and coffee throughout the day.

Bo London

Look out Heston Blumenthal, there’s a new experimental chef in town! Chef-patron Alvin Leung of two-Michelin-starred Bo Innovation in Hong Kong opens his first London restaurant this week in Mayfair. Bo London introduces Leung’s “extreme Chinese cuisine” to the capital, breaking down perceptions of traditional Chinese food with concoctions such as Sex on the Beach, which features an edible condom. All proceeds from the dish go to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.


Following the launch of Chrysan in Broadgate West earlier this year, the Hakkasan Group has opened another restaurant nearby. HKK offers a 15-course Chinese and Cantonese tasting menu, as well as an eight-course lunch menu and a vegetarian menu. The kitchen is headed up by Michelin-starred chef Tong Chee Hwee, who has worked at Hakkasan for 11 years. Make sure you dress smartly as the staff certainly will: their uniforms are designed by up-and-coming fashion designer Tim Soar.

More New Restaurants and Foodie Events

Wabi – New Japanese restaurant in Kingsway from former Nobu head chef Scott Hallsworth

Flat Iron – The pop-up steakhouse has found a permanent home in Soho serving reasonably priced steaks and cocktails

Del Mercato – New Italian restaurant, bakery and bar near Borough Market and Vinopolis

Primo – New Italian restaurant on Shaftesbury Avenue displaying art by Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood

Feast – Foodie event in a former Royal Mail sorting office, featuring Mark Hix, Moro, Mishkin’s, York & Albany, Ceviche and more. 6-9 Dec

Look out for more restaurant news soon.

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Photo of the Week: Rock and Roll Afternoon Tea at The Gore Fri, 30 Oct 2009 13:00:48 +0000 Cakes at The Gore hotel

This week’s pic shows what happens when afternoon tea goes rock ‘n’ roll – it is put on a Union Jack plate and served at The Gore hotel!

The Gore was the setting for the 1968 launch party of  The Rolling Stones’  Beggars Banquet album, and favoured hangout of such musicians as Annie Lennox, Paul Weller, and er, Spandau Ballet.

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Afternoon Tea includes the best cheese and ham sandwiches I’ve ever tasted (how did they make a simple sandwich so good?) and delicious chocolate éclairs (which tasted suspiciously boozy.)

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