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Steve Dinneen
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London Restaurant Festival tickets on sale
Bookings opened this week for the 4th annual London Restaurant Festival. More than 800 restaurants have put together special festival menus available for as little as £10, to celebrate the thriving London culinary scene. Log onto for more information.

Keep hold of your Union Jacks
A new restaurant looks set to benefit from the new flag-waving atmosphere fuelled by the Olympics and Paralympics. The GrEAT British (see what they did there?), part owned by George Hammer, will open on North Audley Street in October, next-door to Hammer’s One Mayfair venue (pictured).

New venue to hit Leadenhall
A new subterranean bar and 180-cover restaurant, The Factory House, will open in Leadenhall market on 13 September, promising fine wines, cocktails and “innovative twists on classic British dishes”. Expect lots of steam-punk inspired retro machinery.