Eating Out: Taste of things to come

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Babe Ruth's (0171 372 3500), Radio Cafe (0171 435 9685) and Old Orleans (0171 431 9800) have all opened at O2, Finchley Road's brand-new shopping and leisure complex. Customers at the sports-themed Babe Ruth's can play computer games while they tuck into blackened swordfish and baby back ribs. The Radio Cafe serves up music and gossip (via an in-house DJ) and American-style burgers and grills. The jazz-themed Old Orleans offers Cajun and Creole specialities, including jambalaya and alligator steaks.

In imitation of the soup outlets currently much in vogue in New York, the cafe and take-away Soup Works (0171 439 7687) on Soho's D'Arblay Street offers 12 home-made soups and stews daily, alongside speciality breads, cakes and desserts - all organic. Bicycle couriers will also dispatch all orders.

The British Pullman (0171 805 5100), sister train of the Orient Express, will be offering select gourmet journeys (sumptuous brunch and afternoon tea included) between January and March next year; the trips will cost pounds 99 per person.

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