The family behind Jamavar, the new upmarket Indian in Mayfair, has taken the lease on Claude Bosi’s former restaurant Hibiscus in Maddox and plans to open an as-yet unnamed “casual Indian concept” there later this year. Dinesh Nair, co-chairman and managing director of India’s uber-luxurious Leela Palace group, has joined forces with his daughter Samyukta (pictured) for […]

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Ben Murphy, a protégé of Pierre Koffmann, has been appointed chef at Launceston Place, the South Kensington restaurant most famous as Princess Di’s local. Murphy, 26, made an immediate impact with his first restaurant, the Woodford, in northeast London last year, but quit after only 10 months. His predecessor at Launceston Place, the highly regarded […]

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Waterloo’s “beautiful and airy” Baltic restaurant will launch a new bar later this month to coincide the arrival of new head chef Piotr Fortuna. Restaurateur Jan Woroniecki (also owner of South Ken’s Ognisko) will open the bar on Wednesday 28 October. Unsurprisingly vodka will lead the drinks list, with signature cocktails including: Spiced Pear Mojito (house infused […]

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