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CoffeE7, Forest Gate, London E7

Evening everyone!

This week's featured article is for CoffeE7 in Forest Gate, a veggie cafe with mild TARDIS-like properties. It is part of the Suspended Coffees scheme, where you can pay for an extra coffee (or tea, or a sandwich), to be claimed at some point by whoever needs it.

If you're after some quality Caribbean food in Finsbury Park, you could do worse than the subject of our newest page, Lulu's Caribbean Cuisine on Stroud Green Road. The menu has an entire 'Jerk Pit' section! I am fairly sure I saw Jerk Pit supporting my ex's mate's skatepunk band at the Bull & Gate in 1999.

The nearly-alliterative BG Zakuska Bulgarian Breakfast in Barking has had an update, as has the Mute Swan pub near Hampton Court Palace. In Angel, One and One (it's had many names over the years; I will always know it as 'the vegan buffet place') has reopened after a refurb, but is apparently not 100% vegan these days, so do make sure your mock duck is indeed mock. Finally, the Devonshire pub in Balham is also having a refurb, and is due to reopen in November.
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Ezo Bistro, Barking, London IG11

Hello! Our featured article this week is Ezo Bistro, IG11 8TU, a cafe in the concourse of Barking Station. Stations are never usually conducive to good cafes, but RGL feels this one might be an exception. They've made an effort with the decor, and there's a mix-and-match sandwich menu for which you might get bonus spinach side-salad.

Several new articles too! Gurkha's Diner in Balham is a Nepalese restaurant which doesn't go very heavy on the spices (if at all). The Roebuck is a pub in Borough, busy on a Friday as you'd expect. The Blue Eyed Maid is another pub not too far away from that one, on Borough High St, and do Indian food during the day. Finally, Cafe Nomad in Norbury is a halal Mediterranean pizzeria and restaurant.
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Hello and welcome back!

Rasa, Mayfair, W1

Here is Rasa, W1S 1AD. It is our featured article for this week. You may be familiar with it as part of a chain of South Indian vegetarian restaurants (well, most of them are vegetarian). This one is a fine representative of the others, so if you've been to one, why not try the Mayfair branch?

Three new entries for you.

Our SE London representative visits Bob Wines, unrelated to RGL sysadmin and regular contributor of that name. Look for local beers and English wines, if those take your fancy. Plus the usual beers and wines of the world.

There's an article for Mr Chilly in Harrow. This one's North Indian unlike our featured article. The key word in the review is "flavour" so expect flavour in your food. I like flavour in my food, that's for sure. Maybe visit on a cold day, so that the name is appropriate. Shouldn't be hard, eh.

Finally, our SW correspondent posts about Punjab House (another North Indian place) in Balham, which is near Tooting, quite easy to get to from there really. Indian "all day breakfast" sounds intriguing.
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Welcome back! As Kake notes, RGL is becoming increasingly RGSL, which means I need to pull more weight and actually make some North London updates. I can only apologise for this oversight!

Lamberts, Balham, London SW12

Anyway, the featured article is Lambert's, SW12 9AZ, a British restaurant in Balham. Service is efficient and the food is appetising. Plus they have a good value lunch offer, should you find yourself in South West Twelve.

The one new article is for The Gorringe Park, a pub in Tooting with those classic gastropub vibes.
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Evening all, hope your Bank Holiday was pleasant! I spent mine looking at my local supply of anatomically incorrect dinosaurs in Crystal Palace Park.

This week's featured article is for Dexter Burger in Purley, home to interesting veggie burgers with a high rating on the all-important Bun Structural Integrity scale.

We've got new pages for Lamberts in Balham, a restaurant specialising in seasonal British produce, and Tandoori Naan And Chapati, a bakery in Walworth with a seemingly slapdash attitude to food hygiene. I think I'd rather go to Lamberts, myself.

There are Vietnamese food updates in the form of Dat Cang Supermarket and Mama Pho, both in Deptford. Also updated following a visit is vegan-friendly creperie Senzala, over in sunny Brixton.

Closures to report: the Breadroom bakery in Brixton has literally ended up in Valhalla, while the Cineworld Hammersmith is to be demolished. I cannot confirm or deny that the last film to be shown in this (admittedly rather run-down) Art Deco building was Kung Fu Panda 3.
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Wood Green Cineworld, London N22

Hullo all! It's been a busy week for me - I've moved nearer to the Equator! Lots of other stuff has been happening too.

Our featured article this week is for Cineworld Wood Green, which I personally visited a few months ago to see the amazing/terrible Jupiter Ascending (2015) starring Mila Kunis as 'a young woman discovers her destiny as an heiress of intergalactic nobility and must fight to protect the inhabitants of Earth from an ancient and destructive industry.' Don't get it mixed up with the Wood Green Vue which is just by the tube station. I definitely didn't do this. Meanwhile the old Cineworld in the Trocadero is now the Picturehouse Central, and looks much fancier for it.

New to RGL are two veggie cafes in Fitzrovia: the miniscule Kin off Great Portland Street, and Ethos near Oxford Circus, which sells by the slightly pricey 100g. Even more costly however is the loss of Beatroot on the other side of Oxford Street, a fine veggie cafe which has closed due to the redevelopment of the bottom end of Berwick Street. In further sad news for vegetarians, Food For Thought on Neal Street has closed too.

The RGL crew has paid a visit to the Hagen and Hyde, an Antic pub in Balham which does a reasonable food menu, as you'd expect. There's also an update to Manchurian Legends in Chinatown following a dinner visit.

The Grove in Golders Green has closed and is now a mysteriously goth-looking bar called 'Wallace'. Finally, the Melton Mowbray Fuller's pub on Holborn has been done up and rechristened as the Inn of Court. And that's your lot for this week! Even if I hadn't been unpacking boxes I'd be exhausted after all that.
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Mazi, Croydon, London CR0

Hullo all, I hope you had a good break!

This week's featured article is for Mazi, CR0 2RF, a small Turkish restaurant in Croydon. The kebabs and stews definitely come recommended - the yoghurtlu lamb shish sounds delicious.

New to RGL is Chennai Dosa, a laid back South Indian restaurant in Tooting serving dosas and uttappam (aka Indian pizzas). The spice level is variable but the pricing is very reasonable.

A number of pub closures to report: the Star in St John's Wood, the Green Dragon in Winchmore Hill, and the Carlton Tavern in Kilburn - which was demolished without any warning given at all. Outrageous! Less drastically, the Adams Cafe in Croydon is now a pizza restaurant, the Clarence on Balham High Road is now called the Balham Arms, the Charles Dickens in Borough is closed while it's having a spruce-up, and the Kennington Bookshop is set to close at the end of May.
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French Cafe, Balham, London SW17

Bonjour everyone!

This week's featured article is for the French Cafe, just off Balham High Road. It's a modern establishment that does cuisine française, as you might expect. I've been trying to learn French recently, and with a bit of help from Google Translate I can tell you that le pâté there is tres bon although le pain is rather less than génial. C'est la vie!

There's a new article for the Langthorne, a pub in Stratford that's part of the Stonegate chain. It won't charge you over the odds for a lime and soda, but it's a bit loud inside. Mes oreilles!

Veggie-friendly Cafe Crema in New Cross has been sold to a new owner, but we're not sure yet if this has meant drastic changes or business as usual. Qui sait?

Finally, the Pontefract Castle in Marylebone has closed - another pub building seemingly destined for luxury flats. Des vaches maigres!
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Hello again.

As Nature Intended, Balham, London SW12

This week's featured article is not a naturist resort, but in fact an organic supermarket called As Nature Intended, SW12 9BP. Bit of a small chain, but this branch is in Balham. You can get refills of all your household essentials too.

Our new article this week is The French Cafe in South London's Tooting. It's a cafe, and it's French, so expect pate and cheese.

Finally we have one possible closures, Da Vinci, a late-night bar and restaurant near Waterloo which had a fire recently, and the impending closure early next year of Book Warehouse, also nearby.
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King William the Fourth, Leyton, E10

Afternoon RGLers! It's a nice sunny start to the week, and there's a new featured article for you, in the form of Leyton's King William IV (and its on-site brewery, previously known as The Sweet William). As a beer enthusiast it's always a pleasure for me to visit the home pub of Brodies beers, especially during the Bunny Basher Festival that happens every Easter weekend. The beer prices are extremely cheap for London, and the macaroni cheese is enormous (it's not always on the menu, but if it's available I'd absolutely recommend ordering it). Definitely worth the trip out to E10!

There's also a new article for As Nature Intended, an organic supermarket in Balham. It sells a number of goods by weight, so you can bring your own containers and avoid packaging waste. Which is a good opportunity to let you know about Plastic Free July, a challenge to cut down on our consumption of single-use plastic. Our very own [personal profile] kake is blogging about her efforts - it's much harder than you might think!
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Hello and welcome to 2014!

Palace, New Malden, London KT3

This year's inaugural weekly featured article is for Palace, KT3 4BH, a Korean restaurant in exotic and far-flung New Malden. If it helps you any in getting you to travel to furthest south-west London, then why not consider the spicy crab and the chilled glass noodles? They are warmly recommended by your intrepid RGL friends.

The one new article is The Bedford pub in Balham.

Three reported closures are: Jane Gibberd Secondhand Books on Lower Marsh behind Waterloo Station; Two Jays Bookshop in Edgware; and The Windmill pub in Sydenham.

There's also one impending permanent closure: Woolfson and Tay, a bookshop near Southwark station; and one temporary one: Imperial War Museum, which is closing until July 2014.

Finally, Vitao, a vegan cafe, has moved from Wardour St to nearby Oxford St.
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This week's featured article is Uncle Lim's Kitchen, CR0 1UZ, a Malaysian cafe in the Whitgift Centre in Croydon.

Uncle Lim's is well-loved among London's foodbloggers for its excellent Hainan chicken rice, but it also has other Malaysian specialties such as curry laksa, nasi lemak, and char kuey teow. Although it's on the first floor of the shopping centre, there is step-free access via lifts.


Recent additions to RGL include Tuli and Absolutely Starving on Tooley Street near London Bridge, Champor-Champor on Weston Street at the other side of London Bridge Station, Paul A Young in the City, and Viajante in Bethnal Green.

Reported closures are the Jackdaw and Rook in Balham and Cafe Anjou in Palmers Green. In addition, the Knitting Shop near Arsenal Station is no longer open to casual visitors.

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