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Tate Gallery under pressure to close Rex Whistler restaurant due to racist imagery in its mural

This morning, MP Diane Abbott joined hundreds of people calling on The Tate Gallery to close or move its famous Rex Whistler restaurant.

The restaurant's key selling point is the wrap-around mural by the artist Whistler. Whistler was commissioned to paint the mural by the Tate back in 1927 when the restaurant first opened. Entitled The Expedition in Pursuit of Rare Meats it features scenes i…

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Vas J Morgan and his sister Bianca open The Broadway restaurant and bar in Muswell Hill

Magazine editor, former TOWIE cast member and general man about town Vas J Morgan turned up to open his new Muswell Hill Restaurant.

The Broadway had its opening party over the weekend, bringing in Morgan's former TOWIE mates Chloe Sims and Joey Essex along with model Bobby Brazier, Jade Goody and Jeff Brazier's son.

Vas is a co-owner of the restaurant and his sister Bianca is running the place.…

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Club Tropicana sees By Chloe and Club Cultured team up in Clapham for a vegan pop-up

A new vegan pop-up is on the way for August. it's a team-up between By Chloe (vegan fast food) and Club Cultured who are all about fermentation and tempeh - a traditional Indonesian plant-based protein made from fermented soybeans. 

They'll be popping up in Clapham (in the space which once held Kerbisher & Malt and The Mayfair Chippy) with a completely plant-based menu of brand new dishe…

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Andi Oliver and Fred Sirieix team up for One Love restaurant pop up in Clapton

They made a great team when they co-presented from Marrakech in the BBC show Remarkable Places to Eat. Now Fred Siriex and Andy Oliver are joining forces for a one month pop-up in East London.

One Love will be a combination of Caribbean family cooking and French influences, taking over the Clapton Country Club for a month.

As Fred explains: "I am very excited because Andi and I are opening a pop…

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Wingmans are bringing their gourmet chicken wings to Soho

 

There may be a lot of restaurants reopening at the moment - but we're also seeing brand new additions to the scene. One of them is Wingmans who, as you might guess from the name, specialise in gourmet chicken wings. 

Until now, they've had a restaurant in Kilburn (launched after a series of pop-ups and residencies) and a hatch in Shoreditch but their new opening is a much bigger space…

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James Knappett's two-Michelin starred Kitchen Table starts delivering - and gets ready for a big refurb

Changes are afoot at The Kitchen Table.

The two-Michelin starred restaurant is essentially one big kitchen counter for communal eating. That's been great up until now - but doesn't quite work with the new socially distant age. So the restaurant is not only getting a big refurbishment, but it's also expanding into the Bubbledogs space, where they'll be adding a new lounge and bar while a version o…

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MM Caffe is an alfresco cafe from Mercato Mayfair, just off Oxford Street

They've already achieved a pretty impressive makeover of nearby Grade 1 listed St Mark's and now Mercato Metropolitano have gone outside to Brown Hart Gardens, the raised garden area just in front of the Beaumont Hotel (most recently the Bonnie Gill seafood shack). Their latest opening is called MM Caffé in MMayfair Garden - so if you're on the hunt for an alfresco space after a spot of socially-…

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Corbin & King are going to reopen Bellanger in Islington

28/7/20 - Updated with opening date

Almost a year ago, we reported that Corbin & King's Islington outpost, Bellanger, was to close. At the time we posited that the restaurant's Alsace menu wasn't perhaps right for the area, and now it seems we could have been right.

The site remained almost in aspic since the closure with no other restaurant moving in. A few weekends ago, Jeremy King sent out…

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India's biggest TV chef has just opened The Yellow Chilli in Wembley

India's best-known TV chef has just opened the first of his restaurants here in the UK. Sanjeev Kapoor has his own TV channel in India, has published over 200 cookery books and has a slew of restaurants. It's not an understatement to say he's BIG business.

And it's his Yellow Chilli restaurant group that he's chosen to launch in Wembley. Kapoor put the menu together for the Yellow Chilli fro…

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Cuca, the Cuban supperclub, is popping up in Ealing

 

Cuban supperclub Cuca is getting ready for a series of supperclubs every Thursday in August. Set up by Luís Gonzalez-Castro, it's named after his grandmother in Miami and the menu is filled with dishes from his childhood and his grandmother's recipes. Those recipes were hidden in the family's belongings when they fled Cuba 60 years ago and have now made it to London. 

It's a tapas…

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Sam’s Larder is Hammersmith's hot new deli

Hammersmith folk have a hot new deli. Sam's Larder will open officially on Crisp Road tomorrow as an extension of nearby Sam's Riverside restaurant.

The shop will stock all the fresh and store cupboard foods the restaurant's kitchen uses, along with wines from the wine list, and ready meals such as fish, chicken and vegetable pies; seasonal casseroles; and rabbit ragù pasta sauce.

So you'll be ab…

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All you need to know about Eat Out to Help Out, saving money at London restaurants

 

When does the promotion run?

Every Monday - Wednesday in August.  (So that's actually 3-26 August).

What discount can I get in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme?

It's 50% off food and drink (excluding alcohol) up to a maximum of £10 per person (adult or child). A few restaurants (like Dishoom) are removing the £10 cap, but you'll need to check with them individually.

It's worth knowing th…

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Shake Shack are launching a ShackBurger DIY kit

The latest burger joint to get into the DIY kit game is none other than US import Shake Shack. They've pulled together a kit which lets you recreate a ShackBurger at home - and that means it also contains their amazing potato buns (which we just can't get enough of, to be honest). 

The kit has enough to make four ShackBurgers with the burgers, Shack sauce, American cheese, lettuce and tomato…

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The Nook wine bar and deli opens in Islington, taking over from Linden Stores

With people not heading into the centre of London to work, neighbourhood bars and restaurants are getting a lot more attention - and this new opening in our own local area caught our attention. The Nook has taken over the space that used to be Linden Stores, so we popped down to find out more. 

The owners are Angus and Lale Oztek-Pook. Angus is front of house and Lale the chef. Lale studied…

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