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More Pedestrianised Roads, A New Outdoor Venue In King’s Cross, & Other Restaurant News

London restaurant news for the week of March 15, 2021.

If you want to stay on top of what’s happening with London restaurants and bars right now, you’ve come to the right place. Every week, we’ll be keeping track of the latest openings, reopenings, takeaway specials, and other exciting or noteworthy updates from around the city.

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Week of March 15

  • Home to some of London’s best sandwiches, Dom’s Subs have opened a second location. Find their deli-style sandwiches filled with everything from mortadella to spicy Thai ground chicken at Bevis Marks in the City.

  • The team behind The Cause and Costa Del Tottenham are opening another huge open-air venue, this time in a former scrapyard in Canning Town. Keep an eye on their Instagram for the latest updates.

  • Restaurants across the land are going to have to recycle their ‘Dinner on Boris’ posters as Rishi Sunak has confirmed that the Treasury will not be financing the return of the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. Since last August, when over 160 million discounted meals were eaten, the scheme has repeatedly been linked to the spike in Coronavirus cases.

  • Following the events surrounding Sarah Everard’s murder and continued experiences of male violence against women, London bars may be patrolled by plainclothes police officers upon reopening. The government’s ‘Project Vigilant’ scheme will be trialed with Thames Valley Police.

  • At the end of last year we named The Dusty Knuckle’s milk float selling freshly baked bread, sandwiches, and pastries as one of the best restaurant pivots to happen during the pandemic. Now, this excellent bakery is expanding, with a second spot on Green Lanes serving their classics and a new selection of pizzas. Coming this spring.

  • London Bakers Against Racism is a charity doing exactly what you’d think they do - sell great baked goods to raise money for organisations fighting racism. Countless London bakers are getting involved in their next bake sale on March 28th, including the people behind The Good Egg, Esters, and Ottolenghi. Find the details here.

  • As well as the pedestrianisation of the West End, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea will also see some road closures to allow restaurants to set up outdoor dining. The council has put 24-hour closures on Pavilion Road, Bute Street, and Elystan Street, as well as continuing to keep Portobello Road closed to vehicles during the day.

  • Lovers of roast chicken will be happy to know that Sidechick - Patty & Bun’s delivery-only chicken kitchen/lockdown baby - will open a permanent dine-in location on James Street this Spring. Much like their delivery menu, and meal kits, they’ll be offering roast chicken and sides. Keep an eye on their Instagram page for more news of their opening in May.

  • Two Tribes Brewery has announced that they are launching Campfire, a new outdoor venue in King’s Cross with food from different London chefs, live music, and beer. The venue is planning to open on April 12th and is kicking off their first residency with the team behind From The Ashes BBQ.

Week of March 8

  • An octopus and piri-piri mayonnaise roll in the park you say? Huge flex. Great little Portuguese restaurant Bar Douro is launching a street food pop-up this weekend called Roulote. From now till April you can get a preview of what they’re up to at London Bridge, and you can also follow them on Instagram for all the latest deets, including the arrival of their Roulote van later this summer.

  • One of London’s best sandwich spots, Max’s Sandwich Shop, has released a cookbook dedicated to the art of picnics. Max’s Picnic Book includes 16 picnic menus, all with different themes, and no doubt, some excellent sandwich recipes.

  • While other restaurants are opening their outdoor spaces and terraces for outdoor dining on April 12th, Le Bab is hosting a bbq party to celebrate the first day of reopening. Keep an eye on their Instagram to get your tickets.

  • Blacklock is finally delivering hot food out of its Shoreditch restaurant. You can order anything from thick cut lamb chops and pigs head nuggets, to a white chocolate cheesecake, and their not-so-secret secret cheeseburger.

  • On the 7th floor of E20 hotel, The Stratford, Allegra is a flashy but warm restaurant that serves somewhat serious dishes like beetroot tartare, Scottish lobster, and fig leaf ice cream. That’s all changing this summer with their ‘Happy Burger’ pop-up and a series of residencies from the chefs behind Perilla, Mangal 2, and AngloThai on their oh-so lovely rooftop terrace.

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Week of March 1

  • The government have announced the budget which details the support being provided for pubs, restaurants, and the hospitality industry as a whole for the next year. You can find all the details here.

  • The Cow, a much-loved Notting Hill gastropub that first opened in the mid 90s, is fighting Westminster City Council to keep its license. The pub is a favourite for anyone who loves a perfectly poured Guinness paired with oysters, but the council say their license is being reviewed “under the grounds of prevention of public nuisance, public safety and the prevention of crime and disorder.” Sounds a bit daft to us. If you think the same, check this Instagram post and send Westminster Council an email in support of The Cow.

  • A confidential report obtained by Sky News has revealed that the £22bn Test and Trace service failed to properly use data collected at hospitality venues to contact people at risk of infection. Justin Madders, the shadow health minister, said it’s “a staggering level of dysfunctionality at the heart of the Test and Trace system”.

  • If you’re thinking ‘goodness, if only I could find somewhere doing a fried chicken taco special for Mother’s Day’ then you’re in luck. Aptly named fried chicken specialists, Mother Clucker, have teamed up with Mexican pop-up Casa Calavera for a limited edition spicy Mother’s Day taco delivery. It’s available throughout March.

  • The head chef of Wander, Alexis Noble, will spend the whole of March celebrating women in the hospitality industry as part of International Women’s Day. There will be meal kits and collaborations with other London restaurants and chefs, including Freddie Janssen of Snackbar, and Mandy Yin of Sambal Shiok. Follow Wander on Instagram to stay in the loop.

  • Peckham residents rejoice: the folks behind The Camberwell Arms and Frank’s - everyone’s favourite summer rooftop - are opening a pizza restaurant. It’s called Mike’s. We don’t know who Mike is, but we look forward to trying his pizzas.

  • Oklava are doing a five-week al fresco pop-up from April 14th, outside their Shoreditch location. Book online here. For more restaurants taking outside reservations for April 12th, check out our guide.

Week of February 22

  • Restaurants are back baby. Well, kind of. The government’s roadmap out of lockdown has tentatively highlighted several dates for the gradual reopening of the hospitality industry. Find all of the intel on when indoor, outdoor, and group dining is set to return here.

  • We’re getting serious flashbacks to last summer, because once again, as of April, selected areas in Westminster will be pedestrianised to allow restaurants to set up al fresco dining. Here’s everything you need to know.

  • From the 6th March, Brook Green Market and Kitchen is moving to a bigger location, a few roads down, at St. Mary’s primary school in Hammersmith. As well as the regular traders, the new location will see a number of new stalls including Pleasant Lady, Bun House, Smallfry, and more. There will be picnic areas, covered outdoor seating, and also a secret garden. Check their website for more details.

  • This weekend, Brat are launching a pop-up shop where you can get your hands on one of their whole baked Basque cheesecakes in celebration of St. David’s Day. They’re selling for £45, with proceeds going to The Wickers Charity, and can be preordered for pickup or delivery from their Redchurch Street location.

  • Berenjak have collaborated with artist Laila Tara H to create a koobideh-shaped ceramic Haft-sin in the lead up to Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Find out more on their Instagram page.

  • Japanese patisserie spot Kova posted on Instagram that their ‘Chinatown boutique was attacked at 3.34am on Sunday’. They’re offering a reward of up to £2000 for information that leads to the arrest of one or more of the assailants or is of significant use to law enforcement.

  • Two of London’s best restaurants have joined in a truly holy union involving rarebit sauerkraut-loaded Reuben baos. Beloved Highbury Corner spot Black Axe Mangal have teamed up with Bao for a meal kit collaboration which includes a limited edition t-shirt with every order.

  • Another week, another meal kit platform. From the people behind the UK’s largest events booking platform, The Deli is the latest online space offering cook-at-home options. Pizza Pilgrims, Cue Point, and Lima are just some of the restaurants that have joined so far.

  • Zero-waste and foliage-filled restaurant Native was one of the many London spots that closed its doors in 2020. Now, they’re back, with a pop-up at high-end fashion store Browns and DIY meal kits involving fermented potato waffles with chicken liver parfait and a gloriously named ‘Mermillionaire’ seaweed infused shortbread. Delivery nationwide.

Week of February 15

  • Jolene, the Newington Green bakery, wine bar, and exposed concrete lifestyle restaurant, is expanding. Firstly to Islington, where they’ll be opening on Colebrooke Row this month, and then to Shoreditch, where they plan to open on Redchurch Street in May.

  • The Times has reported that ministers are drafting fresh legislation to extend the moratorium on commercial evictions beyond March 31st. This will be welcome news for the restaurant sector. However, as things stand, the hospitality industry is looking towards a possible cliff edge, with the only thing standing between them and the end of furlough (not to mention the withdrawal of the sector’s VAT reduction), being Rishi Sunak’s budget on March 3rd.

  • It’s guest chef galore at ASAP Pizza (which is based out of Flor) from February 25th. They’re inviting chefs and friends from all over the world, including Aziz Anzari and chef Matty Matheson, to create their own pizzas. £3 of every pizza and £1 of every slice will then be donated to a charity of the guest chef’s choice at the end of the week. First up it’s Nick Bramham (of Quality Wines) with a white pizza take on a Hawaiian...

  • Local & Independent - a platform for independent UK-based grocers, bakers, fishmongers, butchers, and other ethical producers - has launched. Check out their website to see what you can order.

  • Select restaurants on independent delivery app Big Night are now offering nationwide delivery. Check out their site for details.

  • St. John Bread and Wine are now doing a grab-and-go collection menu on weekends. Expect bacon sandwiches, deep-fried fried rabbit, ox tongue hash, apple and rhubarb crumbles, and whatever else takes their fancy.

Week of February 8

  • With generous support from a whole host of restaurant talent, Curry Club - an initiative to address food insecurity across Islington and beyond - has launched a funding drive. Get all the intel on this excellent new scheme here.

  • A couple of excellent London restaurants have launched nationwide offerings: Soho- and City-based Udon specialists, Koya, have launched their Omiyage Box. It’s a £14 letterbox kit containing enough noodle and dashi for two generous portions and is available for pre-order now. Meanwhile, Oren, are getting ready to launch a range of Eastern Mediterranean-inspired deli provisions from their Stoke Newington spot.

  • Patron, the great little spot in Kentish Town and Highbury, are offering London-wide delivery of their mostly-prepped finish-at-home meals. With an à la carte menu of classic French starters, mains, and desserts, as well as specials, snacks, cheese, charcuterie, wine, and cocktails, Maison Patron are delivering seven days a week or offering click and collect.

  • MrZ, a Chelsea-based ‘luxury’ sandwich service is offering a selection of five sandwiches - containing ingredients ranging from jamón de bellota, black truffle, and Oscietra caviar, to ‘edible gold’ - for delivery around London. Prices start at £25 for a plant-based sourdough creation, and go upwards to £50. Delivery is not included.

Week of February 1

  • A mental health support service for hospitality workers has been launched by the The Burnt Chef Project. It’s anonymous, entirely confidential, and you can get all the details on it here.

  • Samuel Mensah, the CEO of Uncle John’s Bakery - the stalwart Ghanaian bakery based in Tottenham - sadly passed away last week.

  • Gunpowder are launching a dum biryani delivery service called Empire. There will be lamb and mushroom options, plus other bits like beef boti kebab, and paneer butter masala. Follow here for updates.

  • Mao Chow, the all-vegan Chinese-inspired spot in Hackney, has opened up a second location in Nag’s Head Market in Holloway. The dan dan noodles are essential.

  • Classic French spot Otto’s has made its legendary pressed Challans duck available for takeaway. So you can stop watching that 19th century press on eBay, and head over to the Grays Inn Road instead. All profits go towards supporting and feeding NHS workers as well.


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Week of January 25

  • Pinch us, because Supermarket Of Dreams in Notting Hill has started selling new stuff from London restaurants. They’ve got bagels from Papos, sauces from Bubala, and more things that you can find here.

  • The expansion of London’s most stylish and tasty restaurant juggernaut, Bao, continues. Shoreditch will be the latest location for the Taiwanese mini-chain. They’re taking the old Andina site on Redchurch Street. More details when they come.

  • Riding House Cafe has created a new service called Soul Food, delivering Caribbean-inspired meal kits from Fitzrovia. Think salt cod fritters, cajun pepper stew, and jerk chicken burgers.

  • There’s a new delivery kid in town. Restaurant Box, will be delivering meal kits from some of London’s best-known restaurants, including Scully, Barrafina, Dinings, and more. Keep an eye on their Instagram page for news on their launch date.

  • The last week of January has come bearing gifts in the form of brand new meal kits from Borough Market’s Tacos Padre.

  • You can now get Filthy Buns burgers out of the hatch of The Three Compasses in Dalston.

Week of January 11

  • Brat x Climpson’s Arch, the outdoor pop-up which opened in the middle of the pandemic, is here to stay. Head chef, Tomos Parry, took to Instagram to announce that following its success since opening in June 2020, the London Fields spot is now permanent.

  • Borough Market has become the first outdoor space to make wearing a mask compulsory. Among other measures to keep visitors and staff at the market safe, anyone failing to respond to requests from security staff to cover up will face a fine.

  • Lockdown sandwich legends, Dom’s Subs, have announced they’re opening a second location in a converted Subway on Bevis Marks in the City. Keep an eye on their Instagram for updates.

  • In what feels like a late Christmas present, a number of sushi spots are beginning to offer new takeaway and delivery services. Among them Sushi Tetsu, Sushi Atelier, and new Charing Cross spot Bisushima.

  • Following the launch of an online shop during lockdown 1.0, chef Skye Gyngell, is opening a pop-up store in Shoreditch where you can get the same fresh produce, and baked goods in real life.

  • A 90 minute debate took place on Monday 11th January, following a petition to create a Minister for Hospitality, which a number of MPs from both sides of the house spoke in support of. Read here for more details of what went down in the debate, and what it could mean for the hospitality industry.

Week of January 4

  • From midnight on Wednesday, Londoners must follow new restrictions in the form of the government’s National ‘Stay at Home’ Lockdown. While restaurants have been restricted from opening for dine-in service since the December 16th closures, the new rules mean that takeaway and click-and-collect alcohol is no longer permitted. Read more about the latest measures here, and stay safe everyone.

  • Hot on the heels of the lockdown news, Kate Nicholls, Chief Executive of UK Hospitality, a trade body representing the hospitality sector, called on the government to offer the restaurant industry a longer-term plan that would foster confidence and some kind of commercial certainty for the industry. Enforced closures have hit restaurants, pubs, bars, cafés, and other hospitality venues hard, and while admitting that the chancellor’s promise of additional financial support for businesses affected by repeated lockdowns would go some way towards keeping them afloat, Nicholls branded the proposed settlement ‘a sticking plaster for immediate ills’. Check out our feature on four ways you can help the restaurant industry right now to support businesses hit by the latest lockdown.

  • London’s chicken options continue to grow - a very satisfying sentence to write - with the news that the group who owns Quality Chop House will be launching Arrosto, with Quality Wines head chef Nick Bramham at the helm. Replacing the Quality Wines meal kit offerings, the new delivery service will be doing whole and half birds, potatoes roasted in chicken juices, aubergine parmigiana, and more from January 14.

  • Albert Roux - the chef and restauranteur who, along with his brother Michel, introduced Britain to the butter-laden luxuries of French cuisine in the shape of legendary Mayfair spot Le Gavroche, has died aged 85.

Week of December 14

Week of November 30

  • The River Café, London’s most famous(ly expensive) Italian restaurant is opening a sibling spot next door. Sylvia’s will be a dinner-only, set menu affair, and mains will be entirely vegetarian.

  • In other vegetable news, vegetarian Spitalfields restaurant Bubala will launch a new delivery service called Bubie on December 10th. Expect laffa sandwiches filled with falafel or their excellent grilled mushrooms.

  • London’s best looking, friendliest, and tastiest restaurant juggernaut, Bao, is opening a café in King’s Cross on December 9th. The menu will feature an XO chicken kiev (be still our beating hearts) and lots of baked goods.

  • East London ramen pros Supa Ya Ramen are back with another collaboration, this time with Soho Italian spot Manteca. The menu features a bowl of noodles in a pork and parmesan broth, homemade mortadella croutons, a fudgy egg, spring onion, and chilli.

Week of November 23

  • The government has announced that London will be in tier two following the end of the national lockdown on December 2nd. Read about what that means for London restaurants here.

  • Chiltern Firehouse’s chef Nuno Mendes is collaborating with Sweet Thursday Pizza in De Beauvoir Town, and will be offering a new menu of lunchtime pizza sandwiches.

  • Joy at Portobello is teaming up with Spiritland to open Spiritland at Joy, a new venue space that will host talks, cabaret nights, and music events. The food will be provided by Pastaio, and there will be beer, wine, and a cocktail menu from Spiritland and The House of Suntory. Find out more here.

Week of November 16

  • A few weeks ago we were mourning the closure of their King’s Cross branch, but now we’ve learned that Meatliquor will be opening a new restaurant in Brunswick Square next week. Hippie fries for all.

  • Bistrotheque have had a few pivots this year, and their latest one sees them switch their classic delivery to a new delivery service called The Chic Hen. If the name didn’t give it away, there’s a focus on roast chicken, half chickens, whole chickens, and chimichurri-covered chickens. Place an order here.

  • PSA: From Saturday, you can collect Brat’s whole roast turbot from Climpson’s Arch. We repeat: Roast. Turbot. Starting this coming weekend, they’ll be opening for collection from 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays. For the full menu check their Instagram.

Week of November 9

  • South London fried chicken institution Morley’s is expanding its empire north of the river. A new shop has opened on Brick Lane and another is getting ready to open in Finsbury Park. We’ll have to wait and see how Eden’s responds.

  • Restaurant siblings Salon and Larry’s have joined a host of other restaurants - such as 10 Greek Street and Koya Bar - as offerings on the independent delivery app, Big Night. Check out our guide for more exciting orders that aren’t on the usual delivery apps.

  • Lyle’s have launched Lyle’s Provisions. Menu Boxes are priced at £140, and contain high-end produce like scallops from Orkney, cep mushrooms from Norfolk, and red deer from Scotland. There’s enough for two people and it’s all prepped and ready for you to finish at home. They’re also doing a mince pie kit for £54 and you can order all of it here.

  • Ottolenghi has launched a range of ready meals which are being delivered nationwide. Expect packets of chicken soup, tagine, or shakshuka, priced individually at around a tenner. Order here.

  • During the first lockdown, Four Legs’ takeaway was one of the most popular options in north London, and their new offering - which includes delivery for larger orders - should be just as popular. They’re taking payment for their Friday/Saturday set menu via their dedicated website, and you can expect it to include things like XO wings, celeriac remoulade, fried potatoes with aioli, a pudding, and - of course - their excellent cheeseburger, all for £25.

Week of November 2

  • The government have announced that England will enter its second national lockdown, on Thursday November 5th. London’s restaurants, cafés, bars, and pubs will close to dine-in and drink-in customers from 10pm Wednesday, November 4th until at least December 2nd. Read everything we know about Lockdown 2.0.

  • Following news about the new national restrictions, and Smokestak have both resumed the meal kits they debuted during the first lockdown.

  • Meanwhile Flor’s Borough Market-based pizza pivot ASAP have resumed their Wednesday to Sunday local delivery and collection offer.

  • Aulis, the Soho chef’s table and development kitchen from the team behind Roganic in Marylebone and L’Enclume in the Lake District has launched a series of three-course at-home meal kits. They’ll be hand-delivered to addresses in Zones 1-3, and the first starts with beetroot and orange cured salmon with whipped cheese and beetroot salad, followed by beef cheek with bean cassoulet and roasted kale, and finishing with a caramelised apple tart with treacle sauce and pickled blackberries. They’re £45 per person, and you can order for the next few weeks here.

  • River Café have opened an online store shipping everything from books and homewares through to 1.4kg cuts of Tuscan t-bone steak, Scottish langoustine, blocks of Lombardia taleggio, walnut and amaretto cake, and finish-at-home dishes like their Florence fennel parmigiani. Order here.

Week of October 26

  • Cash & Kari is both an excellent pun, and also a new online shop from Hoppers, the Sri Lankan restaurant that started in Soho and now also has branches in Marylebone and King’s Cross. They’ve got snacks, spices, and drinks, as well as meal kits that feed up to four people, and all is available for nationwide delivery on Fridays. Get your orders in for next Friday by Sunday at 11pm.

  • Supa Ya Ramen will be collaborating with Manteca in Soho for one night only on Sunday, November 15. The £35 menu - which includes snacks, small plates, and a bowl of Supa Ya’s trademark ramen - will be available to ticket holders only. Check Instagram for more details about the tickets which are on sale from 11am on Thursday.

  • Snackbar are teaming up with Wander at Home for a Halloween weekend meal kit. The £50 Mexican-inspired meal for two includes a party plate filled with totopos, guac, pickles, and queso, a pumpkin, mushroom, and Ticklemore tamal, pork belly tacos, and a chocolate fondant for dessert. Order the kit alongside Snackbar’s margarita, their ‘Fuck Trump Paloma’, and discounted wine here.

  • Flor’s pizza pivot ASAP Pizza is coming back to Borough Market on Sundays from November 1st. Indoor reservations for households and bubbles of up to six people are available here, while heated and covered outdoor tables can be booked by emailing

  • TĀTĀ Eatery’s collaboration with Mr Ji on Old Compton Street is set to become a bit more permanent with a sit-down menu supplementing the sandos and DIY katsu kits they’ve been serving from Soho throughout the closure of Arcade Food Theatre. Follow Mr Ji on Instagram for more details of the new menu and reopening.

Week of October 19

Week of October 12

Week of October 5

  • Sabor, the Mayfair tapas restaurant that makes a suckling pig so good we once referred to it as ‘Babe: Pig In Our Stomach’ reopened for lunch and dinner on Wednesday the 7th.

  • There’s a new resident chef at P. Franco. His name is Jeff Claudio, he’s from Berlin, and if P. Franco like him, you probably will too.

  • So-so about Sunday roasts? Well, modern Turkish restaurant and all-around lovely place to eat and be, Oklava, is now open on Sundays, so you can swap gravy for a hunk of honey-covered grilled halloumi instead.

  • Supawan, the superb Thai restaurant in King’s Cross, is starting a Monday vegan supper club.

  • King of the London brasserie, Jeremy King (see what we did there?), has reopened The Delaunay in Covent Garden.

  • The Quality Chop House - a restaurant that truly lives up to its name, is now delivering its QCH at home kits nationwide.

Week of September 28

  • In a bid to encourage diners to eat dinner earlier (or later) following news of the new 10pm curfew, some restaurants have decided to offer set menus and discounted meals and we’ve made a guide of them. Check it out here.

  • If you find yourself in and around Bethnal Green on Thursday, you should know that Bistrotheque is doing a kind of happy hour for schnitzel lovers called, brilliantly, Schnitzel Time. Reservations are available from 5.30pm, and the rules are simple, whenever you order your schnitzel, that’s what you pay. Order it at 5:45, pay £5.45. Order it at 9:15, pay £9.15. Check out their Instagram for more details.

  • Calling all kebab lovers, The Palomar is now doing a meal kit that includes British beef, lamb, aubergine cream, fresh pittas, ras el hanout, and pickled chillies.

  • Starting October 5th and lasting a month, Bombay Bustle are hosting a Tandoor Takeover. Chefs from Native, Salon, and Berber & Q, are amongst those who’ll be preparing dishes in the Mayfair restaurant’s traditional tandoor.

  • Tayer and Elementary is one of those slick, cool restaurants where you hope your ex will catch you reading a Murakami novel in the corner. And now, for the first time since lockdown they’re reopening. In our opinion, the martinis here are mandatory.

  • The first rule of eating at excellent Italian spot, La Mia Mamma, is go hungry, or don’t go at all. And now, because of curfew you’ll soon be able to eat London’s best cacio e pepe at lunchtime. Find all the deets on their Instagram.

  • Daytime spritzes are like, so in right now. Soho bar Swift are combating the curfew with drinks for £6 until 7pm daily.

  • During lockdown, Highbury wine bar Top Cuvée became an online store, Shop Cuvée. Then Top Cuvée reopened, and now they’ve also opened a bricks and mortar Shop Cuvée. Are you keeping up? Good. You can find everything from natural wine to fancy bottled cocktails at 189 Blackstock Road.

  • Unsure what to do with that gin you brewed during week 856 of lockdown? Take it to 1251. This Islington restaurant is saying a big thank you to those that continue to support them by offering BYOB every Tuesday to Thursday throughout October.

  • We bring you some sad news this week with the closure of both Chinese spot Kym’s and Rochelle at the ICA - check out this guide for a full running list of London’s restaurant closures.

  • Sabor, the fun and casual Spanish spot in Mayfair will reopen October 7th. Meanwhile Covent Garden brasserie The Delauney will reopen on October 20th.

Week of September 21

  • The government has put new restrictions in place which mean that pubs, restaurants, and bars have a 10pm curfew from Thursday 24th September. Read about all the specifics here.

  • The people behind Circolo Popolare and Gloria have launched a new pizza delivery service. They’ll be delivering their Napoli pizzas from Shoreditch and Kentish Town. Keep an eye on their Instagram for more updates.

  • To celebrate their one year birthday, Bubala is launching a one-off menu each Sunday throughout October. The line-up includes collaborations with Farokh Talati (head chef at St John Bread and Wine), Gunpowder, and Som Saa. Tickets are £40 per person, and you can get them via their website.

Week of September 7

  • The UK Government has clarified the rules regarding social gatherings. The new ‘rule of six’ limits all social groups, indoors or outdoors, to a maximum of six people. The updated measures are a simplification of the previous guidelines and as of next Monday, police will gain powers to disperse, fine, and even arrest anyone in contravention of them. In addition, the responsibilities of hospitality venues to collect contact details for test and trace purposes have been extended. They will now be required by law to collect this information.

  • The Drury Lane outpost of tapas chain Barrafina will be reopening as a seafood specialist on October 8th. Barrafina Mariscos, as it will be known, will serve a daily blackboard menu of seafood from Spanish and British waters. For more, follow them on Instagram.

  • Pollo Feliz, the London Fields taqueria, will reopen as Sonora on September 25th. There’ll be an extended menu and they’ll also move to a new Netil Market spot.

Week of August 31

Week of August 24

  • We already knew that Darjeeling Express have announced that would not be reopening their Kingly Court spot, but this just in: they will be relocating to a much larger space in Covent Garden. The new space will include a deli, and restaurant on Garrick Street. For more information, check out their website.

  • A new Caribbean-influenced pop-up will be taking up residency at the Clapton Country Club for one month. The joint venture by Andi Wadadli and Fred Sirieix will offer a menu of Caribbean dishes with a French twist. There will be a main dining room, a bar area, and a private dining room for groups of 15. Find out more about One Love here.

  • Brat’s summer residency at Climpson’s Arch has been extended until January 2021. You can book a table here.

Week of August 17

  • Tiny Clerkenwell spot Sushi Tetsu has launched a takeaway service. To arrange collection of some of the best sushi you can get in London, email

  • Clapham stalwarts The Dairy and Counter Culture will not reopen. Robin and Sarah Gill made the announcement on Instagram explaining that their other London restaurants - including Sorella, Darby’s, and The Yard - as well as the brand new restaurants they’re overseeing at Birch in Hertfordshire would remain unaffected. We’re keeping a running list of restaurant closures here.

  • Some London restaurants are extending their Eat Out To Help Out deals beyond the original Monday to Wednesday. Farzi Café and Tapas Brindisa have both announced that they’re extending their 50% off up to £10 Eat Out To Help Out deals. Farzi Café will extend the offer from Monday to Wednesday to include dinner on Thursday and Friday, and lunch on Sunday through till September 12th, while Brindisa will continue to offer 50% off from Monday to Thursday throughout September across their entire group. Meanwhile Gymkhana and Brigadiers will both be offering discounts from Thursday to Saturday, and Trishna will be offering it on Saturday and Sunday from 12 - 2.30pm. To claim the discount you need to quote ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ when booking at Gymkhana and Trishna, or ‘Yashpal’ for Brigadiers.

Week of August 10

  • Mao Chow will be popping up at Mortimer House in Fitzrovia from Thursday 20th to 23rd August. They’ll be serving a special menu of Szechuan-inspired dishes, and you can book here.

  • Udon specialist Koya Bar have opened a walk-in only roof terrace at its City location.

  • Chinatown is launching a #LoveChinatown campaign which includes new outdoor seating for Chinatown restaurants, and participating restaurants offering Love Chinatown takeout boxes containing a combination of dishes that best represents their restaurant. Find out more on the Chinatown Instagram page.

  • The day has finally come… Bubala’s long-awaited delivery service is up and running. You can now get their entire Middle Eastern menu delivered around Spitalfields.

  • The team behind Tata Eatery have created a DIY kit so you can make their much-loved Iberian katsu sando at home for £10.50. You can order via their DM’s.

  • As of this week, you can pick up bao, Taiwanese chicken, and rice boxes from Bao Borough’s new collection hatch, which will be open every day of the week.

  • Neighbourhood Italian restaurant, Ida in Queens Park is raising £6000 so that once they’re back open, they can continue to support QPG Hub, by setting up a regular delivery service to send food to vulnerable and elderly residents of the community, and run cookery classes for local children. You can donate here.

  • A number of breweries on Bermondsey’s Beer Mile are calling for weekend road closures to pedestrianise the long stretch of artisanal breweries under the railway arches southeast of London Bridge Station to allow for outdoor seating. They have a petition you can sign here.

  • Normah’s, the Malaysian restaurant in Queensway, has been closed for four months. Now it’s raising money to stay open. Find out more on their Pay It Forward page.

Week of August 3

  • The government’s ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ scheme offers diners a discount of up to £10 per person, excluding booze, when they eat out from Monday to Wednesday begins this week and continues throughout August. We’ve got guides for the five best pasta restaurants taking part in the scheme, as well as the best vegetarian and vegan spots, the best places for outdoor dining, and where you can get a full meal for a tenner._

  • Dishoom has gone one better than the government’s EOTHO and its £10pp discount cap. They’re offering customers who eat in at their restaurants 50% off their entire meal from Monday to Wednesday throughout August.

  • After their busiest Monday night service ever, Smokestak announced that they’ll be open for lunch Monday to Wednesday throughout August so that more BBQ-hungry punters in Shoreditch can take advantage of their Eat Out To Help Out offer. Even if you can’t get a reservation, remember that their brand new 60-cover outdoor seating area is saved for walk-ins.

  • From Wednesday, Krapow will be serving their Thai-inspired street food at the Adam and Eve in Homerton.

  • Just a month after semi-permanently rebranding, 12:51 is returning. The Islington restaurant pivoted to buttermilk Jamaican jerk takeaway and delivery during lockdown and was renamed Around The Cluck back in June. Now, 12:51 and its five-course tasting menu will be making a one-night-a-week reappearance on Upper Street, starting August 25. Book here.

Closures: Oklava Bakery + Wine, Bodega Ritas at Coal Drops Yard, Lucknow 49

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Week of July 27

  • Dominique Ansel Bakery and Dominique Treehouse will be permanently closing at the end of August. They will be selling “The Last Cronut”, as the final flavour of their monthly-changing cronuts which will be a milk chocolate banana and peanut butter number. And they’ll also have some new menu items designed for the London bakery for customers to try in the final weeks.

  • Bellanger, the dog-friendly Islington Green brasserie that closed last year is going to be reopening this summer with a lower prices and a more casual set up.

  • Udon-specialists Koya Bar are reopening both their Soho and City locations. And for the first time ever you can get their heart-warming udon via collection and delivery.

  • British steakhouse Hawksmoor is one of the restaurants taking part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. You can get their 300g rump steak with sauce and chips for £10 from Mondays to Wednesdays.

  • Greenberry Café has a new outdoor set-up with four shacks that can fit up to four people in them each. The shacks are waterproof, intimate, and can be reserved by emailing

  • From July 29th, P. Franco will start a £45 four course summer menu, which will run from Wednesdays to Saturday. Keep an eye on their website for the menu, and book a table here.

  • Chick ‘N’ Sours are now taking pre-orders for their whole fried chicken. DM their Instagram during the week for collection on Sunday.

Week of July 21

  • A day before new regulations come into effect making face coverings mandatory in enclosed public spaces like shops, the UK government has decided that the rule will apply if you’re entering a café, pub, or restaurant to collect takeaway. Read more here.

  • The Scolt Head, De Beauvoir’s much-loved local pub and the reason behind many an Infatuation hangover, is teaming up with Nuno Mendes, the executive chef of Chiltern Firehouse for a weekend brunch series. You can find more info this way.

  • Costa del Tottenham is an exciting bit of news for two reasons. The first is that it’s a great big new outdoor space with cocktails, burgers, and all the usual bits in Tottenham Hale. The second is that it tells us that Del Boy has pivoted to copywriting during lockdown.

  • Dinner, the London restaurant by Heston Blumenthal - the chef who was once thought of as futuristic, but actually just wears glasses that could be in The Matrix - has launched a takeaway menu. It features meat that looks like fruit, and you can book for collection here.

  • Soho pub and restaurant The Duck and Rice has launched a takeaway menu. There’s crispy duck, dim sum, sweet and sour pork, and a load of group set menus. Here’s the full menu.

Week of July 13

  • Several restaurateurs have spoken out about no shows. Tom Kerridge, posting on Instagram, called the behaviour of 27 people who failed to show up for their reservations at Kerridge’s Bar and Grill on Saturday night “disgraceful, shortsighted and down right unhelpful”, and Four Legs, the brains behind the kitchen at The Compton Arms in Islington, told their Instagram audience that people who don’t show up after reserving and confirming a table “should never be allowed to enjoy the pleasure of someone else cooking your dinner again”. The group behind Westerns Laundry, Primeur, and Jolene went further by implementing a reservation deposit of £50 per person to cover themselves against future no shows, pointing out on Instagram that it costs a restaurant around £240 when a table for four fails to show up.

  • La Mia Mamma are opening a temporary pop-up. From July 17th the new spot, on Hollywood Road, also in Chelsea, has two outdoor areas for al fresco dining, and a menu of delicacies from Naples.

  • Nordic restaurant Aquavit, which is yet to reopen for dine-in guests, has launched a delivery and takeaway menu for the first time. Delivery will be available within a 4km radius of the restaurant.

  • Mother Clucker - formerly of Roseberry Avenue in Clerkenwell - have launched D.I.FRY kits for people to recreate their southern-fried chicken strips at home. They’re delivering them nationwide.

  • Patty and Bun have collaborated with Swingers to create a new Date Night Kit Box. Each kit includes two burgers and the recipe and ingredients to make four summer citrus daiquiris, including a mini bottle of rum.

  • The Breakfast Club are launching a new series of sandwiches, called St Elmo’s Late Night Sandwich Specials, starting with The Chicken Kiev which is launching on Thursday.

Week of July 6

  • After being closed for 106 days, London restaurants reopened for indoor and outdoor dining on Saturday. Infatuation London Staff Writers Jake Missing and Heidi Lauth Beasley went to see what eating out is like now. Jake wrote about going to Rochelle Canteen on the first day of reopening, and Heidi wrote about a long-awaited brunch at Juliet’s Quality Foods.

  • We’re continuing to update our guides to London Restaurants That Have Reopened For Dine-In Service, London Restaurants Where You Can Eat Outside Today, and Restaurants Reopening Later, That You Should Book Now on a daily basis, but if you’re not ready to go to restaurants yet you can still check out our delivery and takeaway guides.

  • The Set, a new al fresco dining area at BBC Television Centre on White City, will be opening this weekend. As well as providing outdoor seating areas for on-site restaurants like Homeslice, Kricket, and Patty and Bun, it will also be available to the public.

  • Mangal II are reopening after a major lockdown renovation. This landmark Turkish spot in Dalston will relaunch with a smaller menu, less waste, some new items, plus new beer and wine options.

  • As well as reopening for lunch and dinner service (Wednesday to Saturday for now), Shad Thames Italian spot Legare has launched a ‘Legare-at-Home’ meal kit. It’s a four course dinner for two, delivered. Order here.

  • Notting Hill’s Supermarket of Dreams was already stocking Padella’s pasta meal kits, but now you can pick up DIY kits from Ottolenghi, Patty and Bun, Kricket, HG Walter and more.

Week of June 29

  • On Saturday, restaurants across London are officially allowed to open for indoor and outdoor dining. Here’s a running list of spots that have announced plans to open.

  • Some restaurants have announced their intentions to open later in the summer, which means you can plan ahead.

  • Xu: This Taiwanese restaurant in Soho from the people behind Bao, is being transformed into Chinese takeaway, Call Suzy. It opens Friday, July 10.

  • Andrew Edmunds: This romantic Soho spot will be opening for dine-in in September, but until then it will be a shop, selling hampers filled with products like confit duck leg, and cold roast middle white porchetta.

  • Berenjak: This Soho Persian restaurant is delivering kebab meal kits in time for July 10th. For £25 you get a huge selection of lamb and chicken kebabs, skewers, salad, their excellent bread, and some mast-o-musir. Whether you fire up that new barbie or keep it casual with the oven is up to you, either way you can order here.

  • Brawn: the much-loved small plates restaurant on Columbia Road, is reopening as a corner shop from June 30th. There will be Brawn-made bits, like duck rillettes or a tiramisu, and a curated list of excellent produce and supplies. Order online or head over there.

  • Bacon naan update, repeat, bacon naan update: Dishoom’s DIY kits are now being delivered across the UK. Order here.

  • Anglo Thai is starting a residency at Newcomer Wines in Dalston every Friday and Saturday for the month of July. There will be a limited amount of al fresco tables, as well as delivery and collection options. Check their Insta for updates.

  • 35-day dry-aged Porterhouse steak, bone marrow and Madeira jus, and pre-made dry martinis are just some of the things you’ll get from a Hawksmoor At Home delivery box. FYI, it’s available for delivery across the UK.

  • Rice Error, the delivery service from Bao, is starting an international guest chef series. The first collaboration is a BLT-inspired rice box from ex-Koya chef Junya Yamasaki.

  • Bao has also launched a DIY bun meal-kit. There are two options: braised pork or panko daikon, and you can order for London delivery from here.

  • Throughout July and August, Elliot’s in Borough Market is doing an outdoor pop-up. The three-course menu will be £29pp and features Mangalitza, pizza, and more.

Closures: Freak Scene

Week of June 22

  • Laugh in the face of your oven, and flatly deny your banana bread phase ever happened, because the government has confirmed that restaurants, cafés, and pubs, can reopen for indoor service from July 4th. Read all about it here.

  • Home to London’s best turbot, Brat will be taking residency in Climpson’s Arch, Hackney for the summer. And yes, their whole roasted turbot is coming with them. Book a table here.

  • Sabor En Casa is coming. In case you absolutely flopped at GCSE Spanish, it translates to ‘hooray, we can now eat Sabor’s excellent tapas at home’. Pre-book their signature dishes and batched sangria from 9am on Monday.

  • Name ten restaurants you love in London and chances are one of them will be a Corbin and King spot. The good news is they’re now delivering a medley of signature dishes from their restaurants. If you’re within six miles of Sloane Square you can order everything from The Wolseley’s weiner schnitzel to Brasserie Zédel’s mousse au chocolat.

  • Fitzrovia’ fine dining counter spot, Kitchen Table, has temporarily transformed into a high end deli. Expect Cornish rock crab, hand-dived scallops, truffles, and importantly, their signature bacon jam. Pre-order for collection here.

  • An update that will have the people of Camberwell humming Gabrielle’s Dreams for the foreseeable future, local boozer The Camberwell Arms are now serving Aperol spritz, negronis, and white sangria through their kitchen window. Open until 8pm Thursday to Saturday.

  • Spiced pulled lamb is potentially our favourite phrase in the English language. Islington’s Nopi is now delivering a spiced pulled lamb meal kit for two through the Ottolenghi home delivery site.

  • Smokestak are delivering DIY bun boxes and smoked meats across the UK. You can choose between beef brisket, pulled pork shoulder, and chilli and fennel sausage. Order here from July 3rd.

  • Westerns Laundry are starting a BBQ series on their patio, on the schedule so far they’ve said they’re serving hot dogs on Thursday 25th June, and merguez and squid on the weekend of the 27th. Keep an eye on their Instagram for updates.

  • As of this week, you can get Bistrotheque delivered directly to selected east London parks. For now that includes Victoria Park, London Fields, Haggerston Park, Millfields Park, and Mile End. They’re delivering tarts, pie, and even a whole Scrabble picnic. Which, we can confirm, comes with a Scrabble board.

  • Sidechick have extended their delivery radius. Check their Instagram page to see if they’re now delivering to you.

  • Boisdale have introduced Boisdale At Home, a new delivery service for ‘essential luxuries’. You can get everything from rock oysters to dressed lobsters delivered anywhere across the UK.

  • Peruvian spot Coya has reopened its Angel Court restaurant for collection and delivery. That means you can get their delicious tacos delivered if you’re within two miles.

  • Elliot’s has been offering a menu of small plates, pizzas, and family feasts throughout lockdown, and this week they’re launching a series of guest pizzas. The first will be from their Borough Market neighbours Mei Mei, with Dom’s Subs and Jidori scheduled for the coming weeks.

  • You can now get sandwiches filled with things like rotisserie chicken and duck terrine from Shoreditch spot Leroy.

  • Grilled cheese experts Morty and Bob’s have reopened in Kings Cross to provide takeaway customers with some of the finest grilled cheese sandwiches in London.

  • Berber & Q in Haggerston is delivering family bbq boxes, and veggie boxes. Order them here.

Week of June 15

  • We bring you the biggest news of the year - okay fine, not the biggest, it’s 2020, but still exciting news - much of the West End will be turned into an outdoor dining district this summer to allow many restaurants, bars, and pubs, to re-open. Roads across Covent Garden, Soho, Chinatown, Marylebone, Paddington, and St James’s will be closed to traffic, allowing customers to socially distance safely.

  • The reception area of Brigadiers in the City has been transformed into a Daru shop serving takeaway pints, other booze, and snacks. To-go menu items, served through a hatch, include kathi rolls, masala pork scratchings, and Naanza - that’s a pizza/naan hybrid - served by the slice. Those Naanza have also been added to their delivery menu which is now enlarged from three miles for same-day orders to eight miles if you order for dinner (or Friday lunch) the next day.

  • Eat of Eden’s Brixton branch has followed their Clapham spot in reopening. Their excellent vegan wraps and platters are available for collection and local delivery.

  • 1251’s pandemic pivot to buttermilk chicken burgers and Jamaican jerk will become permanent. The Upper Street restaurant will be renamed Around The Cluck and continue delivering around Islington.

  • The father of all fathers, Daddy Bao, has reopened for collection and delivery. That means that if you live around Tooting, you can finally be reunited with that shiitake mushroom bao.

  • A few weeks ago we mentioned that My Neighbours The Dumplings would be offering click and collect from both their Clapton and Victoria Park restaurants. Well, it’s up and running.

  • Cocotte have three locations across London serving farm-to-table rotisserie chickens, salads, and sandwiches. They’ve now launched an offering called CoCoRiCo which will be delivering an all-new breakfast and brunch menu around Parsons Green between 8am and 3pm daily. Their Notting Hill and Hoxton Square locations are set to come online soon.

  • Lahpet have been shipping salad and noodle making kits for a while. Now they’ve added Dinner Hampers to their online pantry. These full meals for two or four include paratha, yellow peas, a choice of salads, coconut noodles, and a drink each.

  • Just a week after opening for takeaway, Frenchie has launched a delivery service. The £45 three-course meal includes things like smoked ricotta, strawberry and peas salad, and chicken breast stuffed with herbs and brioche. There’s a vegetarian option too. And yes, you can also order a box of nine bacon scones on the side.

  • New dish alert: Gunpowder have added a Parsi lamb cutlace sandwich to their menu, which you can collect or get delivered from their Spitalfields restaurant.

  • Italian spot, Artusi has created a picnic for two, which includes focaccia, mortadella, strawberries, prosecco, and more. It’s available for delivery from their website.

  • Vardo has reopened and is delivering food as well as bottled margaritas and Bloody Mary mix around Chelsea.

  • Padella have reopened their Borough Market restaurant for takeaway pasta on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. And they’ve also partnered up with Supermarket Of Dreams to bring their pasta kits to West London. So you can pick up their beef shin ragu from Holland Park Avenue.

  • Monty’s Deli has launched a Build Your Own sandwich kit, with enough salt beef, pastrami, and mustard for six people.

  • Jamavar has launched a new delivery service ‘The Royal Kitchen’. It’s delivering its upmarket Indian food everyday of the week,

  • Hot4U might sound like a truly terrible dating app, but it’s actually a super-exciting new meal delivery service currently based on Hoxton Market. They’re doing a weekly changing menu including things like snails with bone marrow, turbot, and vesuvius tomato with salted duck egg. DM them on Instagram to order.

  • Fact: Yard Sale makes some of the very best pizza in London. Their latest collaboration is with legendary Turkish spot Mangal 2 in celebration of the return of football. The Mangoal 2 (see what they did there) is covered in lamb köfte and Aleppo pepper spiked tomato sauce. Available for delivery now.

  • The bacon naan breakfast we once described as ‘really, really, really good’ - yes, that’s three reallys - is now available to eat at home. Dishoom are delivering bacon naan roll kits in and around King’s Cross, Kensington, and Shoreditch.

  • Fitzrovia fine dining spot Pied a Terre is now doing a vegan feast for two. You can either collect or opt for delivery, and there are bottles of wine available too.

  • If you’re on your fourth butchered loaf of banana bread, we have good news. Bread Ahead have launched an E-learning platform that includes daily live IGTV sessions, Zoom workshops, and a downloadable e-workbook where you’ll learn to make everything from doughnuts to Italian classics. Baking supplies are also available on their website.

  • Popular Korean spot On The Bab is home to some great fried chicken, bao, and rice bowls. Their Shoreditch branch has re-opened for delivery and collection.

  • Mayfair neighbourhood favourite Ergon Deli has re-opened their cafe for takeaway. They’ve also re-opened their Westfield Stratford spot, and you can expect cakes, pita melts, and their great Greek pies at both locations.

  • Chin Chin, the nitrogen-happy ice cream spot, is now delivering nationwide.

  • Good Neighbour has started delivering burgers, fried chicken, and dougnuts from its Tooting location. Find more details via Instagram.

  • The Dusty Knuckle have invested in a milk float. No, really. They’re selling their famous sourdough, focaccia, pastries, cheese, flowers, and more. Check their location via their Instagram story.

  • Chelsea restaurant Elystan Street is doing delivery and collection dinners every weekend. Book a time slot here.

  • Super-slick fine dining spot Roganic has launched vegetable boxes, set meals from L’Enclume chefs, bakery bits, and more. Find more information here.

  • Frenchie in Covent Garden has reopened for takeaway. It’ll be from 12-7pm every Wednesday to Thursday, and yes, boxes of their bacon scones are available.

  • Zoilo has opened an online shop to make its excellent Argentinian meats available to cook at home.

  • West London sushi spot Dinings is open for delivery and collection. Check out the menus here.

  • Excellent news for Islington locals: Trullo has opened a shop next door to the restaurant. There are freshly baked goods, sauces, wine, and more. It’s open Wednesday to Sunday.

  • Shuk, an Israeli pita spot in Borough Market, is doing DIY babka and pita kits. Delivery is within the M25 only.

  • French wine bar Le Petit Sud has started a delivery and collection service of cocktails, wines, cheeses, and, well, more booze. Check their Insta for the full menu.

  • Closures: Le Caprice, Indian Accent, Sardine

Week of June 8

  • A strong contender for ‘restaurants we’d like to live in’, Quality Chop House is now cooking a full menu every day, from Wednesday to Saturday, both for delivery and collection. It’s got chops of all varieties and those confit potatoes of course. Order here.

  • Bright are setting up a grill on the terrace outside their London Fields restaurant on Saturday afternoon. It’ll be takeaway, it’ll be simple, it’ll start at 2pm, and it’ll finish when they run out of chicken, chips, and salad.

  • Luca is now doing delivery and collection Thursday to Saturday. The menu changes, but a meal for two will cost £80 and there are vegetarian and pescatarian options too. Order here.

  • Dim the lights, stick some Calvin Harris on, and get ready to stick a sparkler where the sun don’t shine, because Sexy Fish is open for delivery and takeaway.

  • Attawa, a Punjabi restaurant originally scheduled to open pre-lockdown, has started offering collection and delivery from its new Dalston home. The menu features tandoor lamb chops, pindhi chole (chickpea curry), and a whole lot more.

  • Fulham’s Harwood Arms are delivering roast at home boxes. Get your order in by Wednesday 4pm for a Saturday delivery, and then come Sunday (if you can wait that long) you stick it all in the oven for a perfect roast. Order here.

  • Burgers may be Patty & Bun’s ride or die, but chicken is now their side chick. Their new rotisserie chicken brand, Sidechick, is delivery-only and pairs marinated roast chicken with sides like smoky aubergine or crispy potatoes. There are plans for a pop-up too.

  • One of Highbury’s favourite neighbourhood cafés, Fink’s Salt and Sweet has reopened for takeaway. Check their Instagram for more details.

  • Soho chippie Golden Union is launching a butty-only menu. Yes, you read that correctly. From June 16, you’ll be able to order a king prawn, panko chicken, or panko tuna butty with various oozing condiments in each.

  • Legendary London oyster bar Bentley’s has launched a new delivery service, Mr. Oyster Boy. You can order for delivery or collection, and the hefty menu includes rock oysters, fish pie, dressed crab, plus other seafood bits and bobs.

  • Lardo in Hackney is now open for collection every day of the week. The Italian spot has antipasto and pizza on the menu, with more coming.

  • Singaporian kopitiam spot Mei Mei has begun collection and delivery from its Borough Market home. Hainanese chicken rice and more is on the menu, check their Instagram for more details.

  • Legendary Punjabi spot Tayaab’s is available to order via app again.

  • Peckham restaurant and wine bar Levan has launched a takeaway service. Dishes are mostly ready to eat although some assembly and reheating might be required. Order here for collection on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

  • Jikoni in Marylebone has launched a delivery and collection service called Comfort and Joy. They’re offering two boxes a week and both will be available either ready to eat or ready to be heated at home. Check out today’s offerings here.

  • Spitalfields sharing plates spot, Bubala, have put together a shakshuka brunch kit including hummus and laffa bread. Order here for delivery on Friday.

  • Westerns Laundry will be hosting impromptu BBQ lunches and dinners in the forecourt of their converted north London garage. Keep an eye on their Instagram for the first date.

  • Bento boxes and three types of ramen are available for delivery from the Goodge Street branch of Japanese restaurant Ippudo. Order here.

  • Peckham spot The Begging Bowl is launching a collection service to eat their Thai dishes at home. You can order from their website as of this week.

  • We had dreams where we could get Endo’s sushi through a drive-thru. But we also had dreams where Timothée Chalamet proposed to us, and that certainly never came to fruition. The former is officially happening in Kensal Green on June 8. Plus, all proceeds go to charity. Swoon.

  • Together with its sister restaurant Lyles, Flor is launching a pizza concept this week. ASAP Pizza is expected on the 10th but you can keep an eye on their website for more details.

  • Closures: The Frog (Hoxton), Ugly Butterfly, Siren at the Goring.

Week of June 1

  • Andi’s Wadadli Kitchen is serving Caribbean home cooking The Crooked Billet in Clapton. Mains like tamarind and smoked chilli BBQ chicken thigh are served either as a sandwich, with green slaw, or on a sweet potato roti. Along with sides like scotch bonnet salt fries and fried plantain, everything is available for collection or local delivery. Order here.

  • Covent Garden and Soho pasta spot Bancone has launched Bancone at Home, delivering within a five mile radius of Golden Square. Order here for two and four person pasta kits, and a selection of antipasti and dolce.

  • Highgate pub The Bull & Last are doing Sunday takeaway. They’re taking orders from 10am on the day for fish and chips, and chicken or beef roasts for two, served with trimmings. Call 020 7267 3641 or check their Instagram for details.

  • Dishoom are delivering for the first time. Order here.

  • Newington Green all-day café and restaurant Jolene has changed its opening hours to 10am to 7pm. On top of the baked things they were already selling, they’re now serving roman pizza, and large plates like pork belly, beans and green sauce. Keep an eye on their Instagram to see their daily menu.

  • Nasi Economy Rice is a sister restaurant to Sambal Shiok and next door to it on the Holloway Road. Their ready-to-eat rice boxes with curries, braises, and stir fries ladled over are available for same-day click-and-collect and delivery. Details here.

  • Lupins near London Bridge is open for orders, and deliveries from Wednesday. They’re doing a couple of set menus priced at £35 (for the vegetarian one) and £45 (for the meat) and they also have a lengthy list of a la carte options including a Cornish crab thermidor and a confit lamb with baby turnips and salsa verde. Order here.

  • My Neighbours The Dumplings have opened a Jianbing Stall in Clapton (on Wednesday) and in Victoria Park (on Friday) with wraps cooked to order from 12pm onwards. They’ll also be offering click-and-collect and delivery on their full menu, starting next week from both Clapton and Victoria Park.

  • Mr Falafel is already on delivery apps, but we hear they’ve bought an electric bike and are trialling super-local delivery around Shepherd’s Bush for free. Call 07307 635548 for details.

  • Covent Garden wine bar Lady of the Grapes has reopened. Place a click-and-collect order from their online shop.

  • As of this week, Shoreditch BBQ spot Smokestak is delivering on Friday nights as well as Saturdays. Order here.

  • Hoppers have added a delivery kitchen in east London, so you can now get their excellent Sri Lankan specialities delivered to you in Whitechapel, Bethnal Green and Hoxton, as well as neighbourhoods surrounding their Soho, Marylebone, and King’s Cross restaurants. Order here.

  • The food is only a small part of what we love about Maggie Jones’s, but short of going back in time to 2019 so we can actually spend an evening, or a long, lazy Sunday lunch there, we’ll take all the British classics we can get from their newly launched takeaway menu.

  • Davies and Brook To Go is a £35 box of fried chicken for one, delivered from the restaurant at Claridge’s. Order here.

  • Padella are delivering pasta kits so you can enjoy the kind of pasta you’d ordinarily queue round-the-block for, at home. Order things like beef shin ragu, and tomato tagliarini here.

Week of May 25

  • Rivington Street Italian restaurant Popolo have launched a collection and delivery service. The menu will change weekly, your meal will require minimal work from you, and they’ve got a bunch of wines to complement your choices.

  • Romantic Columbia Road spot Campania & Jones is serving a small lunch menu of dishes that you can pick up to take home and prepare yourself. And yes, their tiramisu is on the menu.

  • Australian spot Wander has launched Wander At Home Banquet kits which are now available for collection from their Stoke Newington restaurant. Pre-order from their website for things like salmon cakes and tagliatelle with octopus ragu for two.

  • Four Legs, cooking in the kitchen at Islington pub The Compton Arms have added chicken dippers, fried chicken sandwiches, and more to their delivery menu.

  • Kricket and HG Walter have come together to create a Kricket at Home curry kit which you can now order here.

  • Lorne has launched Lorne At Home, a new takeaway service with meals for two like duck cassoulet, and gnocchi with wild garlic pesto.

Week of May 18

  • Gymkhana is London’s best Indian restaurant and the Mayfair spot is now delivering to a decent section of London from Camden to Knightsbridge. Check to see if you’re in the zone here. If you are, make sure you order the lamb chops.

  • If you can eat Meatliquor’s huge Dead Hippie burger without uttering the phrase ‘F me, frying patties in mustard, you clever meaty bastards’ then you’re a better person than us. These savants of all things fun, fried, or boozy, are now delivering across London.

  • Gunpowder, one of the best Indian restaurants in London, has launched a delivery and collection service from their Spitalfields restaurant. Get details here.

  • Inko Nito are not yet delivering their chilli garlic yoghurt by the litre, but you get a decent portion of it with their karaage chicken, which they are now delivering from their Soho restaurant.

  • Royal China is reopening their many of their London branches, meaning you can get their excellent dim sum delivered directly to you home. Details here.

  • Circolo Popolare has reopened for delivery from their Fitzrovia restaurant. There’s a selection of pizzas, pastas, and an entirely ridiculous lemon meringue pie that you have to order.

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