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  • The Light Bar arrives in Shoreditch, reviving a classic building

    The Light Bar arrives in Shoreditch, reviving a classic building

    The Light Bar is taking over a listed building in Shoreditch that once held "The Light". Expect a modern British menu in this three-floored affair, with bar, restaurant and a large terrace too.

  • New York restaurant Sunday in Brooklyn is coming to Notting Hill

    New York restaurant Sunday in Brooklyn is coming to Notting Hill

    Americans really like Notting Hill, it seems. Is it because of the movie? It's hard to say but what we do know is that another well known New York restaurant is making its way to London and landing in Notting Hill, Sunday in Brooklyn. 


  • Buvette London gets ready to showcase its terrace in Notting Hill

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    Hugely popular not only in its original West Village location, but also in Paris and Tokyo, hip New York bistro Buvette has landed in London.

  • Homeboy brings its second modern Irish cocktail bar to Embassy Gardens

    Homeboy brings its second Modern Irish cocktail bar to Embassy Gardens

    Homeboy, the modern Irish cocktail bar run by Aaron Wall and Ciaran Smith in Islington, is expanding. We've been hearing for a while that they were searching for a second site and now they've settled on Embassy Gardens. If that sounds familiar, it's in the same area where you'll find Darby's, right next to the US Embassy at Nine Elms.

    If you're unfamiliar with

  • The De Beauvoir Deli is expanding this summer

    The De Beauvoir Deli's new cafe space

    The confluence of various Covid restrictions last year had one unfortunate consequence for popular East London grocers, the De Beauvoir Deli. Restricting the number of customers inside the deli during the pandemic, as well as the associated queuing outside, meant they lost both their indoor and outdoor seating.

    But when one door closes, another opens - and in this case that door was literally opposite

  • Cin Cin Italian restaurant makes the leap from Brighton to London

    Cin Cin Italian restaurant makes the leap from Brighton to London

    A new Italian restaurant is coming to Fitzrovia, via Brighton. The original Cin Cin has been a hit and also won a Michelin Bib Gourmand. They've now announced that they're taking over the space that used to be the Bonnie Gull Seafood Shack. 

    Looking at the Brighton menu, expect a combination of a small a la carte menu, or a five-course set Italian dinner. Here's an example of

  • The Dorchester unveils plans for a new roof terrace restaurant

    dorchester terrace

    The Dorchester has unveiled its alfresco plans for London's grand reopening next month and they include the arrival of a brand new roof garden. It's the first time the hotel has expanded its outdoor plans to its roof and the space will play host to a variety of pop-ups hosted by the hotel's various chefs, from executive chef Mario Perera to The Grill at The Dorchester's Tom Booton and Jean-Philippe Blondet

  • New York's NoMad hotel is coming to London, landing in Covent Garden

    New York's NoMAd is coming to London, landing in Covent Garden

    Updated 26/3/21 with the opening date

    Boutique hotel chain NoMad are taking over the Bow Street Magistrates Court in Covent Garden, a 19th Century listed building that should look pretty damned impressive once kitted out. 

    If you're unfamiliar with the original hotel, one of the best reasons to visit the NoMad in New York is the restaurant that was originated by Daniel Humm

  • Popeye's chicken is coming to London

    Popeye's chicken is coming to London

    Given Five Guys' fairly massive rollout across the UK. it was only a matter of time before more US chains started heading this way. We already have the impending return of Wendy's, and joining them soon will be American chicken juggernaut Popeye's. 


  • Native returns to London - opening at Browns along with a courtyard alfresco option

    Native returns to London - setting up shop in the Browns shop

    They closed in London in 2020 and moved out to the Osea on the Essex Coast but now Native are returning to London, taking up a space in the luxury retailer Browns' new store in Mayfair.

    The restaurant will be in the flagship Browns on Brook Street, with

  • Marugame Udon picks Spitalfields for its London noodle expansion

    marugame udon liverpool street

    Updated 24/3/21 with opening date and more info

    It seems the pandemic isn't stopping plans for big new openings in London. Among them will be the huge Japanese udon noodle chain Marugame Udon which has taken a site just opposite Liverpool Street. 

    The restaurant is all about Sanuki Udon, popular in the Kagawa Prefecture of Japan (and the name Sanaki was what Kagawa was called in the

  • New Irish pub Brendan the Navigator to open in Highgate

    Highgate gets a new Irish pub with Brendan the Navigator

    Highgate is about to get a new Irish pub and the people behind it have an interesting background. Called Brendan the Navigator, it's going to open on Highgate Hill, taking over the prominent building that used to be The Tourian Lounge, and before that the Old Crown Inn.

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  • The Wine Artist is a new Italian wine bar for Highgate

    the wine artist wine bar highgate

     Top Italian sommelier Maurizio Titone joins forces with entrepreneur Marco Petrozzi for this boutique wine bar on Archway Road.

  • Flat Iron are bringing a second restaurant to London Bridge at Clink Street

     Flat Iron are bringing a second restaurant to London Bridge at Clink Street

    They already have a restaurant on Tooley Street but now, according to submitted planning documents, Flat Iron are hoping to open a new site on nearby Clink Street (taking over from the old Gourmet Burger, just by The Clink museum). 

    It's early days yet, in the planning process, but we're going to assume this will be something pretty similar to the existing

  • The next Amazon Fresh store might be coming to Islington's The Mall building

    Amazon Fresh

    Amazon Fresh opened its first UK store just weeks ago in Ealing, attracting huge queues. Since then, another has just opened in Wembley Park and we're just getting wind of yet another new opening in Islington too.

    We've heard that they're taking over the large ex-tram depot building on Upper Street in Islington, The Mall, last used by and a whole slew of other operators before it. It's one of the most prominent buildings in


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