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Bubblewrap waffles are coming to Covent Garden, all ready for Instagram

Instagram fave Bubblewrap are unveiling a new store, this time in the heart of Covent Garden. Expect all the popular flavours and some special exclusives for the new store too. 

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Brat extends its popup at Climpson's Arch

27/8/20 - updated with details of an extended residency

After being without Tomos Parry's excellent Brat restaurant for a few months - it returned in two different incarnations. 

Over the past month, one of the huge successes of post-lockdown pivoting has been the Brat x Climpson’s Arch residency. It saw Parry going back to his roots as he had previously been in the kitchen there f…

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Taka Mk II comes to Marylebone, with new dishes - including a wagyu sando

They already had a small, popular restaurant in Mayfair and now Japanese restaurant Taka are heading to Marylebone, where The Providores used to be. A much larger space, they'll have lots of new dishes (including a wagyu sando) and some great-sounding cocktails. …

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Test Driving Gunpowder London's DIY kit - the famed Kashmiri lamb chops come home

Gunpowder are known for their excellent Kashmiri chops. Now they have an at-home version of them - we tried it out.…

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What's going on in London over the August Bank Holiday weekend

It's the last big hurrah of the summer - three days for you to eat and drink your way round London. And - don't faint dead away now - it's actually supposed to be sunny as well! Here's what London's restaurants and bars have planned for the August bank holiday weekend.…

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West African restaurant Akoko to launch in Fitzrovia with a MasterChef - The Professionals finalist in charge

Akoko is the first project from last year’s Masterchef: The Professionals finalist William JM Chilila. He'll be opening this West-African influenced restaurant in Fitztovia…

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Beam cafe is coming to Notting Hill

They've already opened successful cafes in Crouch End and Highbury and next up for Beam is a move west to Notting Hill.…

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Ruth Hansom takes over the menu at the refurbished Princess of Shoreditch

Taking proper advantage of the lockdown, The Princess of Shoreditch has had something of a revamp while it's been closed so it'll be returning with a new look next month. It's also coming back with a brand new head chef who you may have seen on Great British Menu - Ruth Hansom.

She'll be taking on the menu in the upstairs restaurant with dishes based on British provenance. That'll include:

  • Surre…

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The Breakfast Club go late night with Saint Elmo's Sandwich Bar

There are two places you can always guarantee queues outside in London - Dishoom and The Breakfast Club. Now the latter, having tied up the breakfast scene, are getting into the late-night market by opening Saint Elmo's (fans of John Hughes movies will get the reference).

Saint Elmo’s Late-Night Sandwich Bar will take over their Berwick Street Cafe every day from 5pm. As the name suggests it'll s…

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Islington's Homeboy adds a new Irish-influenced menu (yes, there are curry chips)

 

Islington's Homeboy bar is getting a new menu - and it's still got an Irish flavour to it. They've brought in chef Michael Williams (ex Chiltern Firehouse) and he's adding new dishes to the menu that include:

  • Homeboy Buffalo ‘Nugs’, made using nuggets of buttermilk fried chicken and served in Homeboy’s own buffalo sauce using Irish whiskey
  • Curry Chips with Ireland’s favourite cla…

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Native restaurant are relocating to the Essex island of Osea

If you read Marina O'Loughlin's evocative review of Vuurtoreneiland (Lighthouse Island) in the Sunday Times earlier this year and wondered, 'why doesn't London have something similar?' - well consider that question answered. From this Autumn, the critically rated Native restaurant is relocating to an island off the Essex coast. They'll be opening a restaurant on Osea Island, 45 minutes outside Lo…

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Jay Morjaria is opening his restaurant JAE as a residency at Dalston's Untitled

His 'plant-forward' food was enough to win him a £500,000 stake on TV's Million Pound Menu. Now chef Jay Morjaria, is going to be showcasing that winning talent at his new Dalston residency, JAE.

Having popped up with JAE at various spots across London over the past year or so, this new weekend slot at Untitled will be a semi-permanent base for Morjaria running every Thursday to Saturday night.&n…

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Test Driving Birch, Zebra Riding Club and Valeries -  a new-style hotel and restaurant to de-stress city folk

Barely 30 minutes away from central London, this new Hertfordshire getaway is aiming to shake up the UK hotel scene, pitching itself as a hotel meets festival experience. And it comes with a restaurant from Robin Gill to boot. …

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Shop Cuvee wine shop and deli is opening on Blackstock Road

There's no getting away from the fact that lockdown was hard on London. But, equally, it's fair to say that some businesses coped better than others. Highbury restaurant Top Cuvee didn't let any grass grow under its feet when the city shut down. It pivoted quickly to become a natural wine distributor Shop Cuvee - actually growing its business over lockdown.

Now that owner Brodie and his team have…

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Darjeeling Express heads to Covent Garden for a larger restaurant and deli

After huge success with the original restaurant in Carnaby, Asma Khan is relocating Darjeeling Express to Covent Garden. As well as a bigger space, there will also be a deli and a new incubator programme.…

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