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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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Where you've been dining out in London's reopened restaurants (31 July)

With London restaurants back up and running. we've pulled together the best of your dining-of Instagram shots.  …

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Donna Sofia sees Highbury's Da Mario deli opening its first restaurant

Over the many, boring weeks of lockdown, we spent a lot of time on our daily prescribed walk going past the old Dear Pizza spot on Highbury Barn, wondering what new restaurant was opening there.

Now we know - it's Donna Sofia - an Italian restaurant and pizzeria from the folk next door at Da Mario deli. They're serving up a range of antipasti, pasta, mains and pizzas.

On the menu you'll find:

  • To…

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Dominique Ansel is closing both his bakery and Treehouse in London

Another big name restaurant closure hits London today. We'd already been hearing rumblings, and today trade title Big Hospitality this morning revealed that Dominique Ansel will be closing both his London places. So that's the end of both the Belgravia patisserie that opened back in 2016 plus the big new opening in Covent Garden, Dominique Ansel Treehouse, that we Test Drove just before lockdown.…

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Mao Chow is coming to Mortimer House for a vegan Chinese pop-up

Before the lockdown, Mortimer House was already the host of a number of highly rated pop-ups and supperclubs. Now, as things inch back to normality, they're starting their residencies again, kicking off with Mao Chow.

Mao Chow had previously found fame at a Dalston pop-up before settling down permanently in London Fields. They were also apparently looking at a second site - but have paused that f…

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Test Driving Giz & Green - Gizzi Erskine and Professor Green's deep-pan pizza pop-up

Gizzi Erskine and Professor Green unite post lockdown for this deep pan pizza takeover of Passo in Old Street. We head down for the cheesy, carby goodness.  …

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Bleecker team with Neil Rankin for a Symplicity veggie burger

Bleecker, still one of our favourite burgers in town, have been pretty busy over the past few weeks. After opening their stores, they then kicked off a home delivery service of cheeseburger kits which, we can attest, to work very well indeed

And now they've just teamed up with someone else who's been very bust with his own business - Neil Rankin and Symplicity Burger. We've already said ho…

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Yotel is opening a new affordable hotel (and restaurant) in Clerkenwell

The past few months haven't been the greatest for the hotel business, but that isn't stopping new hotels from opening. Sure, quite a few have put their opening dates back a bit - but here's one that's just about to open in Clerkenwell.

Yotel already has hotels in both Heathrow and Gatwick - now they're moving into central London for the first time. If you're unfamiliar with them, they're bes…

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AngloThai with Friends kicks off a second series of special chef team-up dinners

AngloThai (John and Desiree Chantarasak) are currently in the midst of a popular residency at Newcomer Wines in Dalston (the menu looks great - it's well worth a look). But now it's about to get even better. Following on from a similar collaboration series at The Dairy, they're about to relaunch their AngloThai with Friends in Dalston. 

There's a pretty impressive line-up:

  • 2nd August - Tom…

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Test Driving Ell-Fresco - Elliot's goes alfresco for the summer

 

Elliot's expands into Borough Market with a summer pop-up alfresco restaurant. We head down to try it out.…

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Balans is back in business

Earlier this summer, it looked as though a longstanding part of Soho society was about to become another victim of the lockdown. Balans - a part of Soho since 1987, and a particular favourite of the area's LGBT community, put all of its restaurant sites on the market.

The announcement was met with horror by its fans, many of which counted on somewhere like Balans to be open in the wee small hours…

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Dishoom launches new kitchens to deliver across London

As restaurants re-open, there's always the possibility that some of the delivery services we've come to enjoy will actually start to close. That's because running a full restaurant and a delivery service concurrently is quite the effort - particularly when a lot of focus needs to be on the people dining-in.

But if you've been worried that Dishoom's new deliveries will stop then worry no more. The…

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Indian Alley is coming to Camden Market, courtesy of Benares

 

We've already had Italian Alley as well as Asian Alley and now Camden Market is launching the next in the series - Indian Alley. 

This time it's from the same people behind Mayfair's Benares (see our recent Benares delivery Test Drive), but other than the name, little is known about the project at this point. We do know that the menu will be a street-food concept and led by B…

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Shuk are launching Erev - their evening supperclub at Borough Market

Joining a range of restaurants finding new ways back to reopening in Borough Market is Shuk. Their market stall first opened as part of the Borough Market Kitchen section last year. Now they're about to start doing dinners at the weekends.

Erev (it means evening in Hebrew) will be all about small sharing plates and some off-the-hook hummus. Dishes include:

  • Rare beef, smoked pickled mushrooms, za…

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Where you've been dining out in London's reopened restaurants (24 July)

With London restaurants back up and running. we've pulled together the best of your dining-of Instagram shots.  …

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