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Our job as restaurant goers is to actually turn up

For those of us who love restaurants - either eating in them or working there - reopening today after so many months closed is a big deal. 

For many restaurants, big or small, this could make the difference between them staying in business or having to shut their doors for good. As a city, London's hospitality industry is a large part of why people want to live and work here. Eating out in L…

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Tracking London restaurants reopening for dine-in customers in July

As London restaurants reopen for customers dining-in, we're tracking who's reopening and when.…

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The Ned is reopening, but the legendary feasts are on pause

Joining the list of places opening their doors tomorrow for the first time in months is The Ned. The huge City establishment with 10 restaurants, bars, a private club and a hotel will start off by opening just two of its restaurants this weekend.

The first to reopen will be Kaia - their Asian-Pacific restaurant and also their British brasserie Millie's Lounge, with the others opening in due cours…

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KIBOU sees the Japanese restaurant from Cheltenham come to Battersea

KIBOUSushi in Cheltenham have won many accolades for their Japanese cuisine and now they’re bringing an 80-cover restaurant to London’s Battersea, which not only includes their trademark authentic ramen but will come with a standalone whisky and cocktail bar for connoisseurs of Japanese spirits and beers.…

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The Truman Social Club in Walthamstow and The Terrace at Alexandra Palace are two huge new beer gardens

As the reopening of London's restaurants, pubs and bars looms (we're definitely not calling it "super Saturday" though) we've already seen many ways in which restaurants are shifting the way they work, from removing tables, adding more screening and capitalising on outside space. But there are also two huge new additions to the scene that are really making the most of the increased demand for alfresco dining and drinking. …

Read more: The Truman Social Club in Walthamstow and The Terrace at Alexandra Palace are two huge new beer gardens

Pret is trialling a new evening delivery menu

When many of us were working in London offices, Pret was often invaluable come lunchtime. Now that many (or most) of us are working from home, Pret's looking for new ways to get our attention and their upcoming evening delivery menu is a way of doing just that. 

It'll be available from 5pm (from 7 July) with a few new dishes available. 

On the menu will be salad bowls, including the&nbs…

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The Supermarket of Dreams brings restaurant DIY kits and more to Notting Hill

Over in Notting Hill, there's been an addition to the food shop scene that's a lot more interesting than getting a new Tesco Metro.

The Supermarket of Dreams opened up last month. It's from the same team as the Notting Hill Fish Shop and it's selling all manner of lovely artisan food and - the real usp - meals and DIY kits from restaurants across London.

The launch line-up for those restaurant ki…

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BAO is transforming XU into Call Suzy, a new Chinese takeaway and delivery restaurant

BAO already completely rebranded their main Bao restaurants into Rice Error over the lockdown (you can read our Test Drive here) and now they're also changing things up for their Chinatown restaurant Xu. That's going to be launching Call Suzy, a new Chinese takeout and delivery service.

The food is based on contemporary versions of the dishes Shing Tat Chung, Wai Ting Chung and Erchen Chang…

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The Berkeley unveil The Garden restaurant - an alfresco haven in Knightsbridge

There's no doubt that restaurants with access to an outside area are going to have a better time of it than others as places reopen for business this weekend. So props to The Berkeley who not registered, 'ooh we have quite a decent outside space at the back of the hotel' but also 'why don't we do something brand new with it?'

To that end, they'll be opening an entirely new alfresco restaurant on…

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Bar Swift is coming to Shoreditch

Their Soho venue has been closed throughout the lockdown but now that Bar Swift (ranked 41 on the 50 Best Bars in the World list last year) are back, they're already getting ready to open a second bar in Shoreditch (where Floripa used to be). 

This venue will be an all-day affair, opening at 8am on weekdays. Of course, you won't be able to pick up a cocktail then, so they'll shift to coffee…

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Tonight's

In past years we've had some pretty special auctions to support Action Against Hunger and other charities - both online and off. This year, obviously everything is online, with the main food and drink-related event being Today's Special, taking place this week. 

Supporting both Action Against Hunger and Hospitality Action, there are some pretty amazing lots on offer, including, from the onli…

Read more: Tonight's "Today's Special" auction is filled with amazing, unique food & drink lots

Mark Hix is back - taking on the food and drink at 1 Lombard Street

Early on in the lockdown, Mark Hix announced that all his restaurants were to close. And while we may well still see a Hix-owned restaurant make a return in the future, the chef himself isn't sitting around. He's just joined Soren Jessen's 1 Lombard Street, overseeing all the food and beverage at the City restaurant. 

He'll be joining Exec Chef Chef Robin Freeman and they will be focusi…

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Marugame Udon has its sights set on London for noodle expansion

It seems the coronavirus isn't necessarily stopping some plans for big new openings in London. News reaches us via Big Hospitality that huge Japanese udon noodle chain Marugame Udon has its sights set on London. 

The restaurant is all about Sanuki Udon, popular in the Kagawa Prefecture of Japan (and the name Sanaki was what Kagawa was called in the past). Using a wheat that was onc…

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Allegra in Stratford has a massive terrace which is where you want to be this summer

Over in Stratford, one of the biggest selling points of the new Allegra restaurant at The Stratford was its beautiful seventh floor terrace. But the restaurant, which opened at the end of last summer, hasn't properly had a chance to showcase this space to guests yet.

Thankfully, come 10 July, that's all about to change. That's when they're opening their large terraced area and - best of all - the…

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Tavolino sees ex Bancone chef Louis Korovilas head Thameside

Louis Korovilas was head chef of Bancone and has now moved onto his new restaurant Tavolino, on the south bank of the Thames with impressive views of the river. There he'll be bringing an impeccably-sourced menu of Italian pasta, pizza and lots more.…

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