If you’re not already following us on Twitter, here’s a handy round up of the week’s main news stories.
• Tom Aikens's Tom’s Kitchen to open at Somerset House, in place of Admiralty
• The Wolseley team (Messrs Corbin and King) aim to open hotel in ’30s ‘Avis Building’, near Selfridges, with restaurant, by 2012… but it seems that their Covent Garden/Theatre Museum project is not to come to pass
• Tough Up North? NW-based Individual Restaurant Co (Piccolino, Zinc etc) to look for richer pickings by concentrating Down South
• Papillon (Brompton Cross) has fluttered its last. The same owners apparently plan an Italian venture on the same site.
• London Restaurant Festival announces its plans for 2010
• Is Giorgio Locatelli to open a number two restaurant at a new St Pancras Hotel? Well, it has been officially denied…
• Manchester Confidential hails Thomas – a new restaurant in the trendy Northern Quarter – as a 'winner'… something that doesn’t happen very often in that city
• Why people are excited about Pierre Koffmann’s return to Knightsbridge… and why success is no foregone conclusion
In the media.....
• The Indie considers the state of British cheese More contentious than you might think.
• Why women find it harder to lose weight by exercise than men (NYT)
• Does world-famous wine authority Robert Parker really taste 'blind', as he claims? (Seems to us that the key rule of criticism is to do what you say you do.)
• We review Vicino in Parson’s Green Still a good place, just like when it was called De Cecco…
• We review two places in Soho where you can lunch for a tenner… for two.