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Tracking when London restaurants are reopening for dine-in customers

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

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The White Building Market is Hackney Wick's new sustainable shopping hub

If you're minded to find somewhere that gives more than lip service to sustainability and would prefer to give the supermarkets a swerve, then this new Hackney shopping spot might be of interest.

CRATE Brewery along with its neighbour's Silo is gearing up to launch a weekly market, selling everything from freshly milled flour for sourdough making to natural wines and refillable washing up liquids…

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Knoops bring their chocolate drink knowhow to Kensington

We feel that Chocolate is definitely a perfectly acceptable way of coping with the current climate, so are happy to bring you news of a hot chocolate shop coming to Kensington High Street. Knoops already has a popular shop at Clapham Junction and Rye - now they're moving into Kensington. 

Both hot and cold chocolate drinks are at the heart of the menu and you can create a bespoke drink using…

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Satsu is the new residency to watch at Homerton's The Gun

A promising new residency has launched at The Gun in Homerton (sister pub to The Compton Arms) and yes, you can still visit even though Tier 2 status is imminent. 

Called Satsu (that means ‘murder’ or ‘kill’ in Japanese - a play on The Gun's name), it's from Reece Moore (Four Legs, Dabbous, Texture and Bao), Jenny Phung (pop up Ling Ling’s) and James Shepherd (ran Haggerston cocktail ba…

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The Silver Birch brings British cuisine and an chef with an impressive CV to Chiswick

This neighbourhood Chiswick restaurant is focussing on British cuisine in a menu led by Kimberley Hernandez, previously head chef at both Xu and Kym's. …

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The three-tier coronavirus restrictions and how they affect restaurants, bars and pubs in London

Updated 19/10/20

Another day, another shifting of the eating and drinking landscape for the pandemic age. This week, the government has just revealed three new tier levels that will cover England - and as such may have an impact on the capital's eating and drinking habits. And from today (15 October) the news is that this weekend, London will go up to Tier 2. 

But first the good news - resta…

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Luke Selby and his brothers take over at Evelyn's Table

14/10/20 - Updated with full opening details

Over on the edges of Chinatown, Evelyn's Table is gearing up for a reopening with a changeover of chefs that sounds very promising indeed.

The diminutive restaurant, tucked away in the basement of The Blue Posts won a slew of awards when it first opened two years ago (and we were among its fans). But now they've brought in a brand new team to run…

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Patty & Bun launches more affordable SMASH! burgers in Soho

They redefined the delivery burger market at the beginning of lockdown, being first to get a DIY kit out of the door - and now Patty & Bun are trying something new at their restaurants. They're starting with their Carnaby store which is being reinvented to focus on their new SMASH! burgers.

Those are Patty & Bun's spin on smashed burgers (where HG Walter balls of burger mince will be "sma…

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Tredwells' Chantelle Nicholson pops up in Hackney with All's Well

On top of being chef-owner of Tredwells, Chantelle Nicholson is getting ready to open a three-month pop-up in Hackney called All's Well (where Squeg + Bonez was most recently). 

Hyper seasonal, sustainable plates will be at the heart of the menu which will celebrate produce from across the UK. Organic and biodynamic fruit and vegetables will be delivered bi-weekly from Kent and Sussex w…

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Bar Notes: Kwant

Where is it? On Heddon Street, underneath Momo

Who's in charge? Running things here is Eric Lorincz who previously headed up the American Bar at The Savoy which he took to the top slot in the World's Best Bars list.

What's the vibe? Think subtle tropical meets clubby drawing room - so the chairs are studded Chesterfields while the plants and decor are a bit tiki.

Why is it worth trying? Well, not…

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Test Driving Napoli Gang - the new delivery service from the Big Mamma Group

We take the new delivery-only restaurant from Big Mamma Group for a spin with its pizza, antipasta, towering desserts and more. …

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Truman's Social Club in Walthamstow gets ready to open its indoor section

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. …

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St John Bakery comes to Borough with Eccles cakes, doughnuts & wine

The great St John Bakery continues to very slowly expand across London, amazing doughnuts in tow. 

The latest bakery of theirs is coming to London Bridge and will be supplied with baked goods from their main bakery in Bermondsey, just down the road. So you'll find the doughnuts there (and you can bulk order in advance) as well as their legendary Eccles cakes, chocolate brownies, pastries and…

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Los Mochis brings a Mexican/Japanese mash-up to Notting Hill

This new Notting hill restaurant from a Middle East restaurateur is something of a mash-up between Mexican and Japanese cuisines with plenty of added mezcal and tequila. …

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The Connaught unveils a brand new Patisserie (with a River Cafe dessert)

While you may not be able to have a martini at the Connaught Bar after 10pm, the hotel has just unveiled something new for the daytime - a brand new patisserie. It's on the side of the building on Mount Street with its own entrance, meaning you can pop in and pick up Connaught cakes and patisseries all day long.

It's both eat-in and takeaway and they'll be featuring 10 seasonal patisseries, inclu…

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