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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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Crosstown Doughnuts turn their hand to ice cream

They already have some of the best doughnuts in town, now Crosstown is getting into the ice cream business. Three of their shops (Shoreditch, Canary Wharf, Greenwich) will be launching ice cream scoop bars, either in cones. cups or tubs to take home. Many of the other stores will have mini tubs ready to grab and go (and there will be delivery too, of course). 

The flavours sound pretty great…

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Plate up the perfect at home dinner with The Waterhouse Project's ceramics and tutorials

With so many restaurants in London reopening for deliveries, it's hard to get noticed. But one Hackney spot has, we think, got quite an unusual proposition.

The Waterhouse Project opened its doors for the first time just pre-lockdown. Its owner, chef Gabriel Waterhouse (ex-Galvin La Chapelle) had just moved from a supperclub scenario, to what he was calling 'social fine dining' in a permanent res…

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Test Driving Sabor en Casa - like Nieves Barragan cooking in your home

Nieves Barragan and Jose Etura have pulled together an at-home version of their Michelin-starred restaurant. We see if we can live up to that star at home...…

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EL&N Cafes have just opened a new grab and go cafe in St Pancras. And yes, it's VERY pink.

St Pancras commuters have never had it so... pink. London's newest EL&N cafe, the oh-so-Instagrammable enterprise, opened this week at the station.

This one's a little different to the rest of their cafes, being the group's first self-serve one. You'll be able to get your pink coffee and slice of pink cake to-go, just before you jump on your train (which is handy, because train food trolleys…

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Keeping track of London restaurant reopenings with deliveries, takeaway & more

As London restaurants start to reopen following lockdown, many are also offering delivery to those who aren't ready to dine out just yet. Here's our guide to who's doing delivery and collection services. …

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The Chancellor unveils a VAT cut and a 50% offer to help out restaurants

In parliament today, chancellor Rishi Sunak announced  a series of schemes to support the beleaguered hospitality industry. They are:

  • A VAT cut. That comes down from 20% to 5% on food, accommodation and attractions - it takes effect from next Wednesday, 15 July.
  • A £1000 bonus, payable in January 2021, for every staff member kept on once the furlough period ends in October
  • And an August…

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Elizabeth Haigh launches Bā - a new supper club at Mei Mei

With Mei Mei in Borough Market back up and running (alongside a new delivery venture), Elizabeth Haigh is launching her next big thing. Harking back to her Kaizen House pop-up, she's launching Bā, a new twice-weekly dinner at Mei Mei. 

She'll lead the supper club/chef's table experience, for 16 people across 16 counter seats (and a couple of extra tables). Bā is Chinese for th…

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La Pilarica is a Mexican pop-up taking over nights at Loafing Cafe in Hackney

With Loafing Cafe now back up and running in Hackney, they're already launching their first post-lockdown pop-up. 

La Pilarica is a Mexican pop-up created by Federico Perez Diaz and Michael Kutziola, The pair originally met at Frankie’s Bar and Grill in Selfridges back in 2010 - have worked together since, both in restaurants and street food stalls - although this will be their fir…

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The Tapas Room plans two new openings, bringing tapas and wine to Brixton and Battersea

8/7/20 - updated with the opening date

The lockdown obviously paused many plans to open new restaurants in London and we're still to really see the impact on those places that are currently planning to open in the summer. But some restaurants have managed to open over the past few months, albeit for delivery only (like Attawa) and others are moving full steam ahead with plans to open in our post-…

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Tom Aikens launches Musette delivery service from his Belgravia restaurant

Over in Belgravia, chef and restaurateur Tom Aikens had just started to see amazing reviews come in for his new restaurant Muse, just before lockdown hit. You can read our Test Drive here.

The restaurant is almost entirely counter dining, making it pretty hard to accommodate the new socially distant rules, so it won't reopen until 3 September.  But, in the meantime, he's launched a delivery…

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Hoshi street food finds a permanent home in Spitalfields

 

You may have come across Hoshi before. They've been popping up at Kerb and a number of markets across town, serving up what they dub 'Asian-inspired' street food. Now, as lockdown restrictions are slowly lifted, they're getting ready to open a permanent place in Spitalfields.

The permanent restaurant is billed as fresh fast food and is primarily a takeaway spot. The menu is mainly a cr…

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Test Driving Mr Oyster Boy - Richard Corrigan's Bentleys/Daffodil Mulligan delivery service

 

Richard Corrigan has kicked off a delivery service that features some of the best of the legendary Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill (with a little Daffodil Mulligan thrown in). We take a look. …

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