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Rita's Soho is coming - and Bodega Rita's is popping up there right now

While they unfortunately closed in King's Cross earlier this year, Bodega Rita's (Missy Flynn and Gabriel Pryce) have resurfaced in a much more prominent place, right in the middle of Soho.

First off, they'll be there as a Bodega Rita's bottle shop and deli - but a full Rita's restaurant is incoming early in 2021. We'll have lots more news on the restaurant later, but in the meantime - here'…

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Test Driving Darjeeling Express - Asma Khan moves onward and upward to Covent Garden

Asma Khan's restaurant finally gets to open the doors of its much larger new space - we went along to try one of their tasting menus. …

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Bala Baya in Southwark is bossing the winter alfresco game with its umbrella terrace

Given the Tier 2 rules mean that all socialising is pretty much outdoors for the foreseeable, London's restaurants and bars have been busy weatherproofing their terraces and outside spaces. All of which makes it hard to stand out from the crowd, but Southwark restaurant Bala Baya seems to have succeeded.

They've just opened their Discarded Umbrella Winter Garden. It's a tie in with Discarded Spir…

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Bubala are launching Bubie - a new delivery service with laffa sandwiches

Last year it topped the list in our readers' vote as their favourite restaurant of the year. Now, the folk at Spitalfields veggie spot Bubala are about to open a brand-new delivery arm.

Bubie is a pared-down spin on the restaurant's Middle Eastern, plant-focused food. So yes, their amazing Iraqi laffa bread will be on the menu in the form of Laffa sandwiches like Yemeni Falafel with crispy auberg…

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Andanza tapas bar opens in Bermondsey from the people behind The Rose

This new tapas bar in London Bridge comes from the people behind popular local pub The Rose - and is right opposite it too. Expect Basque-style pintxos along with tapas and larger plates alongside a selection of Spanish wines. …

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Yorkshire group Tomahawk Steakhouse have taken over Jamie Oliver's Fifteen

Taking over Jamie Oliver's first and best-known restaurant in Hoxton is Yorkshire steakhouse group Tomahawk with a straightforward offering of steak and cocktails. …

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Haute Dolci dessert restaurant comes to London, landing at Wembley Park

A new dessert bar is coming to Wembley Park after making its name around the country first. Haute Dolci has opened in Birmingham, Leeds and Leicester among others - and this is their first London launch, part of the development around the arena at Wembley Park. They say dessert bar, but if the sketches of the interior are anything to go by it looks more like a dessert palace. 

Looking at the…

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Black Axe Mangal returns to team up with Willy's Pies for a special pie delivery

Like many Londoners we've been bereft since one of our favourite restaurants, Black Axe Mangal, closed its doors back at the start of Lockdown 1.0 and hasn't yet reopened. But, offering light at the end of a long tunnel, BAM's chef Lee Tiernan has joined forces with chef Will Lewis from Willy’s Pies and Tabasco for a one-off special pie kit.

The Match Day Special has been created to celebrate fan…

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Floozie Cookie pops up in Covent Garden from ex-Claridge's pastry chef

If there's one thing we know makes 2020 better, it's baked goods. So news of a three-month cookie popup in Covent Garden is already making up happy.

Floozie Cookie is a passion project by pastry chef Kimberly Lin who's worked everywhere from Claridge’s and The Savoy to Dominique Ansel Bakery. "The way you hold a cookie before that first bite, the variety of texture, the temperature, it can bring…

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The Last Talisman Asian grill takes over from Loyal Tavern in Bermondsey

This takes over the space that until recently held Loyal Tavern, Inside is a new Asian grill - with a focus on skewers - as well as a tropical cocktail bar called Mala Madre.…

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Tacos El Rey sees Breddos launch a delivery-only restaurant

If you haven't been able to make it to Breddos either pre or post lockdown but still crave their tacos - then this is for you. The Breddos founders, Nud Dudhia and Chris Whitney, have just teamed up with Kitchen Venture to launch Tacos El Rey - a delivery-only tacos restaurant. 

Currently serving East and West from Bethnal Green and Hammersmith (with Shoreditch on the way), there's a mix of…

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You can now order Clodagh McKenna table settings from Deliveroo

This is a bit of a departure for Deliveroo. Not content with merely supplying Londoners with their takeaway of choice, now they're helping customers create the perfect table look at home.

This week they announced a team-up with Irish chef and author Clodagh Mckenna. Clodagh McKenna at Home in partnership with Deliveroo will be available to order on demand if you suddenly decide your Instagram fee…

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Test Driving Brat's brunch in Shoreditch

Tomos Parry's Shoreditch restaurant started doing brunch just before London locked down for a second time. We managed to get in just before that to try it out. …

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Only Food and Courses is a 80s/90s-inspired new opening at Pop Brixton

The latest addition to Pop Brixton is something of a throwback, with a restaurant that's harking back to the 80s, both in food and name.  

The puntastic Only Food and Courses is the latest from chefs Robbie Lorraine and Martyn Barrett who have been popping up in Kent, and it has its roots in greasy spoon cafes but is very much taken to the next level. The eclectic menu features dis…

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Gordon Ramsay launches Street Burger in St Paul's and plots Street Pizza roll out in Southwark and Battersea

It's now clear what Gordon Ramsay has spent Lockdown 2.0 doing. In addition to messing around on TikTok, he's been planning world domination. And he's starting with London, where he's opening five new 'street food' restaurants, three of those before the end of 2020.

Launching a new Gordon Ramsay brand will be Street Burger. That's opening at One New Change, presumably as part of Ramsay's sprawlin…

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