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Banh Mi 108, Feltham, London TW13

This week's featured article is Banh Mi 108, TW13 4HE. It's a Vietnamese cafe in Feltham. That first part may be clear from the name, and indeed they do banh mi baguettes, including a vegetarian one. I'm not sure what the 108 refers to though. Why not visit and figure it out? It doesn't appear to be the address though.

There are three new articles. One is Curzon Aldgate, a branch of the boutique cinema chain which opened earlier this year in... wait for it... Aldgate! It's quite a nice place (if pricy obviously). A second cinema is at the Close-Up Film Centre in Shoreditch, and yes I added both these entries because I went to my first film at Close-Up just this past week. Anyway, it's also a video rental library (those still exist!) and a cafe, and I'm a member.

Finally for the new entries, there's Hubbub, a cafe/bar on the Isle of Dogs. It's in a lovely looking building.

There's a significant update to the Ferry House entry, also on the Isle of Dogs, a very old pub given a light makeover.

Reported permanent closures are Shu Castle, a Sichuan restaurant on the Old Kent Road, and The Albion pub in Bethnal Green.

Finally, one pub to reopen is The Marquis of Wellington, once a dowdy-looking backstreets Bermondsey local which now finds itself adjacent to all the coolest new breweries and food vendors along Druid St, so it's been given a makeover befitting that location.
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Mr Chilly, North Harrow, London HA1

Evening RGLers! After last week's Good Beer Guide pub deluge, here's what's been happening everywhere else.

Our featured article is for Mr Chilly, who is neither an underprepared arctic explorer nor an anthropomorphised ice cream but a small North Indian restaurant near North Harrow station. Try the biryani!

We've got lots of new articles. Let's kick things off in Morden, with a branch of Wimpy and the Morden Hall Bookshop, which sells second hand books from an old National Trust building in the park. Up the Northern line a few stops is Vijaya Krishna, a South Indian restaurant in Tooting, while back down in the other direction there's Bamboo Basket, a Chinese/Malay tea shop and cafe in Epsom. Ram's in Kenton is a veggie (and Jain-friendly) Indian restaurant that has a buffet with unlimited puri (mmm, delicious carbs), while all the way over in Eltham, the Yak and Yeti does a reasonable lunch deal.

Of course there are some pub updates too: the Duke of York in Surbiton and the Albert Tavern in South Norwood (both owned by Greene King), the Cape bar in Wapping, the Cricketers pub in Croydon (great for tram watching), the Barley Mow in Epsom, the Villiers Arms in Oxhey (as confirmed last week, Oxhey is indeed a real place) and the Railway Tavern in Bexley. I judge it would be quite a challenge to create a (theoretical, even!) pub crawl to visit all seven of those in one day, even though you would be unaffected by the temporary closure of the Gospel Oak to Barking line (it's shut until next February).

Finally, some closures to report: Italian restaurant Tentazoni has moved from Bermondsey to Notting Hill, while the Charlotte in Crayford, the Dover Castle (a Sam Smith's) in Marylebone and the branch of Spirited Wines in Putney have all closed.
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Fee & Brown, Beckenham, London BR3

Kicking off a bumper round-up this week, our featured article is for Fee and Brown, a modern cafe in Beckenham specialising in fancy teas - worth a trip down for tea enthusiasts.

Lots happening in Hammersmith! We have new pages for Somali restaurant Village, veggie/vegan shop Bushwacker Wholefoods, and the Thai Smile supermarket. There’s an update for the Distillers Fuller’s pub following a visit; the Cineworld is closing in April; Thai restaurant Noodles Magic has closed, and Books For Amnesty has reopened a couple of doors down from its old home on King Street. Phew - W6 in flux!

Elsewhere, Pitt Cue Co has moved from Soho to larger premises in Liverpool Street (I wonder if that’ll make the queues any shorter). There's a brand new article for We Brought Beer, a craft beer and brewing supplies shop in Balham. In Bermondsey, Lou Farrow’s Pie & Mash Shop has shut, as has Mirch Masala in Croydon and the Harry Ramsden’s kiosk in Euston station.

Last but not least, my favourite new article name in RGL history has to go to Croydon’s Juicy Squeeze. I’ll leave you to find out what exactly Juicy Squeeze has to offer by clicking on the link.
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Bubbles & Tea, Stratford, London E15

Evening everyone! This week's featured article is for Bubbles and Tea, a small vegan bubble tea cafe in the Stratford Centre. If you're not sure what bubble tea is, there's a helpful sign on the front of the premises!

Freshly written up on RGL are articles for the Japanese Canteen in Holborn (serviceable greasy noodles) and the newly opened Everyman Cinema in Canary Wharf. There's also an update to the page for Ravi Shankar, one of the better Indian restaurants on Euston's Drummond Street, following a recent lunch visit.

There's some to-ing and fro-ing around Tottenham Court Road and Waterloo: Book Warehouse has moved a few minutes down the road on Lower Marsh, and now occupies the top floor of Gramex Music Shop. Also on the move are Korean restaurants Woo Jung and Po Cha, both having moved from the shadow of Centrepoint due to the Crossrail works. Woo Jung is now on New Oxford Street while Po Cha find itself opposite Gramex on Lower Marsh, in the old premises of Marsh Ruby (now closed). Their former Centrepoint neighbour Assa has closed for good, however, as has the Old Justice in Bermondsey.
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As our RGL administrator will be away on HOLIDAY next week, there won't be another update until the week after, so that is of course the reason I've waited until Wednesday to post this update. There is no other reason, and anyone saying I've been LAZY will be Quite Wrong.

Xi'An Restaurant, Deptford, London SE8

This week's featured article is Xi'An Restaurant, SE8 4PQ, a Chinese in Deptford, specialising in the food of the Shaanxi province, but look we've been over this before in a previous update. Some excellent pulled-style pork, and lots of numbing peppercorns.

Three new articles are: Sabor Peruano, a Peruvian restaurant by the Elephant; Vijay's Chawalla, Indian vegetarian in Upton Park; and Bubbles and Tea in sunny Stratford, for all yr E London bubble tea needs.

There's an update to the entry for Prince of Wales pub in South Wimbledon.

Finally we've heard this week of the closure of Cafe Crema in New Cross, and Pizza Lupa takeaway in Bermondsey (now a Firezza).
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Welcome back, another week another delayed Tuesday update for you. I was on holiday is my excuse.

Simplicity, London SE16

This week's featured article is Simplicity, SE16 4JJ, one recently updated following a visit from a prominent RGL administrator. It's a British restaurant by Rotherhithe station. It may not be worth a special trip, but for the area it's pretty decent.

There's a new article for Xi'An Restaurant, a Chinese restaurant in Deptford which features a special menu of food from Xi'an, capital of the Shaanxi province. (I'm sure you know where that is, but if like me you drew a momentary blank, it's in NW China.) Kake's been getting through a fair bit of the food there, and it sounds like a nice place for some interesting dishes. Go for the cold-skin noodles, which you can't get anywhere else in London that we know about.

There's also a reported closure for The Great Wall restaurant near London Bridge, soon to be a Chilango.
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Calthorpe Arms, St Pancras, WC1

The featured article is the Calthorpe Arms, WC1X 8JR, a proper old school traditional pub with carpet and locals and tasty unchallenging beer with a friendly atmosphere. I'm not sure I'd call it Bloomsbury, but who has a better name for the area? Is it Holborn?

There are two new articles, again for pubs. There's The Monarch, which is on the Chalk Farm end of Camden Town, and often has gigs on, but certainly could be a lot worse than that suggests. And then there's the new BrewDog outpost in Shepherd's Bush, which is great if you like that kind of bar (industrial look and feel), and that kind of beer (there's nothing on cask, but there's an interesting range of both BrewDog and guest beers in the hoppier vein of "craft").

Finally, the St James Tavern in Bermondsey has closed in its guise as an old-fashioned locals' boozer and has reopened as St James of Bermondsey (website link here for those who want to judge what kind of market it's going for now).
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Shortwave, Bermondsey, SE1

This week's featured article is Shortwave Cinema in the Bermondsey Square development. It opened a few years ago and is a small single-room cinema with a similarly-sized cafe/bar area out the front. All very pleasant, and it shows some decent films.

Our one addition is Mama Lan, a Beijing street food cafe in "Brixton Village" market. The chicken wings come with bob's special recommendation.

Two reported closures are Puji Puji on Balls Pond Road, and Eurasia grocery in Croydon.
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Eastbrook, Dagenham, RM10

Afternoon RGL crew!

This week's featured article is for the Eastbrook in Dagenham, a big old Good Beer Guide pub that has one of those ever-harder-to-find elements: a pub carpet! The whole building is rather lovely, as you can see from the photo above.

Also out Eastwards we have a new article for the Widow's Son in Bow, which seems like it's in need of a bit of TLC. There is no pub carpet here, unfortunately.

My co-blogger Ewan has been hard at work revamping our cinema articles! Shortwave in Bermondsey, the Mile End Genesis, and the Cineworlds in Shaftesbury Avenue, West India Quay and the Haymarket all have updates. The Genesis in particular has gone through a big revamp since I last went there in 2006, to see the timeless Samuel L. Jackson classic Snakes On A Plane. What a film! I can't believe Ewan hasn't reviewed it on his film blog?

Finally for this week, Tai Pan in Limehouse has closed, as has Mirch Masala on Commerical Road.
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Hello! And sorry for the slight delay posting this update; all my fault.

Addis, King's Cross, London N1

This week's featured article is Addis, N1 9DT. It's an Ethiopian restaurant at the bottom of Caledonian Road, with plenty of options for veggies and vegans. Looks like everything was excellent, though you might want to think carefully about ordering falafel.

There are three new entries: a Turkish bakery and cafe called Tuana near Archway; Mi Rancho, a Colombian eatery in Nag's Head Market, Holloway, offering tasty street food in an unpretentious setting; and Black Cat Cafe, a vegan cooperative cafe in Lower Clapton.

Reported permanent closures are La Fermata on Tower Bridge Road, and Verru in Marylebone.

Finally, happier news, the old Duke of Edinburgh pub in Wanstead has been rebranded as The Duke and reopened. Looks promising.
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Chandos, Covent Garden, WC2

This week's featured article is The Chandos, a Sam Smith's pub at the corner of Trafalgar Square that anyone who has ever had a drink in central London will probably be familiar with. You may already have an opinion of Sam Smith's pubs, but at least their beer tends to be dependable.

The new entry is The Smithfield Tavern, which you may have guessed is a tavern just off Smithfield Market, central London's major meat market. Given this fact, you'll be surprised to hear it's totally vegetarian, and the food sounds pretty good to me.

Reported closures are Delfina on Bermondsey Street (probably permanent), and Mizgin Restaurant on Green Lanes, Harringay (definitely permanent; it's been replaced another Turkish restaurant). We also have a reported temporary closure for Hoxton's Wenlock Arms, but this is promised to be just for a refurbishment.

Finally Just Deli in SE1 has been renamed as London's Kitchen Cafe.
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Dan dan mian @ crystal china

Hello all!

Apologies for this week's delay as we quest to find you new things to feature. This week's featured article is Crystal China, SE1 4TP, a Chinese restaurant on Tower Bridge Road, which our intrepid correspondents have enjoyed on a number of visits.

There are two new pages! We have Chipotle, a Baker Street branch of the growing American burrito and taco chain which is also found in a few other London locations and is perfectly decent (I enjoyed the tacos I had at the Covent Garden branch more than at other Mexican places, but the burritos are about par for the course).

There's also Oriental Chinese Shop, which is near Surrey Quays station in Rotherhithe and as you may have gathered from the title is a shop selling Chinese food.

No reported closures.
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Hello! Plenty of pub updates this week, as Kake's been out in Sutton. Do please note that the many Sutton updates not constitute new pubs to the Good Beer Guide 2013. Those will be updated on the website on 13 September (the book's release date), so look out for them!

Shane's on Chatsworth, Lower Clapton, E5

In the meantime, the featured article this week is Shane's on Chatsworth, a newish restaurant on up-and-coming Chatsworth Road, Clapton, which was much enjoyed by Kat. (It is very much open for business unless you walk by to take your photo on a Monday.)

New entries this past week have been: Aces and Eights, an American-style saloon bar in Tufnell Park which does very tasty pizza; and The Ravensbury in Mitcham.

Significant updates to: The Sekforde Arms, good old-fashioned pub in Clerkenwell; The Marquis of Granby and The Jolly Coopers in Epsom (which is only marginally London); and many pubs in Sutton (The Old Bank, The Little Windsor, The Cock and Bull and The Lord Nelson).

Finally confirmation of three permanent closures: Tas-Ty Snacks greasy spoon in Bermondsey; Spa Fish Bar, a fish and chip shop in the same area; and Bella Italia, a chain Italian restaurant in Epsom.
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Green Dragon, Croydon, CR0

Morning RGLers! I hope you all had productive/lazy/ridiculous holiday weekends according to your preference!

This week's featured article is the Green Dragon, CR0 1NA, a child-friendly Good Beer Guide Pub in Croydon. While it may not contain an Actual Dragon, there are six handpulls and an upstairs function room for hire in which you can fit several fictional fire-breathing lizards.

One new addition: the Snooty Fox, a cracking real ale pub in Canonbury which is not snooty in any way.

Closed forever: the Spa Bakery in Bermondsey, the Walpole pub in New Cross and Good Companions, a huge pub in Hamsey Green which is being demolished to make way for a shiny new Lidl.

We also have some rumoured closures: the bizarrely-hyphenated Tas-Ty Snacks greasy spoon and the Spa Fish Bar, both in Bermondsey. Our intrepid crew of editors will try and find out whether these are permanent or not, and let you know.
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Red Lion, Leytonstone, E11

This week's featured article is an excellent pub in Leytonstone, The Red Lion, E11 3AA. Lots of good ales and beers, and tasty food. Heartily recommended.

Three new articles are: The Crown and Anchor, a new "craft beer" pub in north Brixton from the people behind The Jolly Butchers in Stoke Newington; The Hatchet, a Greene King pub by Mansion House station largely catering to vertical-drinking City workers; and Store Street Espresso, a well-regarded coffee shop in Bloomsbury.

Three reported permanent closures are: The Ivy House pub in Nunhead; The Northumberland Arms pub on Goodge Street (set to become a Draft House pub in July); and Amano, a cafe not far from London Bridge.
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Tap East, Stratford, E20

This week's featured article is Tap East, E20 1EE, a brewpub in the Stratford Westfield shopping centre.

Three additions are: Joshua's Tea Room, a cafe in the Allders department store, Croydon; Manus Palm Grove, a South Indian restaurant in Stratford; and Hua Run, a Chinese supermarket also in Stratford.

Reported closures are: S&M Cafe, sausage and mash purveyors in Spitalfields and last of that chain; Black Sheep pub on Camberwell/Kennington borders (now called The Kennington); and Alfie's Kitchen and Bar in Bermondsey (now called Gregg's Table).
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Hello! [personal profile] ewan is on holiday so I'm back doing the featured article post this week.

This week's featured article is Builders Arms, CR0 6TP, a Fuller's pub in Croydon serving pretty good pub (not gastropub!) food.


Recent additions to RGL are Kings Tun, a Wetherspoons pub in Kingston, and Gate, a bar/club/restaurant in Notting Hill. We also have an update to the Canbury Arms, a gastropub in Kingston.

A hopefully-temporary closure to report is Bermondsey Farmers' Market. In addition, Blue Elephant Thai in Fulham has moved from Fulham Broadway to Imperial Wharf, with the new location due to open on 15 January.

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Duke of Wellington, De Beauvoir Town, N1

This week's featured article is The Duke of Wellington, N1 4BL, an excellent real ale pub with food at the edges of De Beauvoir Town, a short walk from the Dalston stations.

New additions are: Best Kebab, a good kebab shop in Walworth; and Bar Boulud, an American celebrity chef's brasserie in a Knightsbridge hotel.

There's an update to the stub entry for The Ship, a Good Beer Guide pub around the back of Fenchurch Street station.

Temporary closures reported are: The Rye, a gastropub on the southern tip of Peckham Rye Common, which is being refurbished following its summer residency by the Meatwagon (who are taking up a permanent restaurant site in Marylebone W1); and The Shaftesbury Arms, a Young's pub in Richmond, also closed for refurbishment.

Reopening after temporary closure is La Fermata, an Italian trattoria on Tower Bridge Road in Bermondsey.

Permanent closures are: Moshi Moshi, the sushi bar in the Canary Wharf Waitrose; and Sea Breeze Fish Bar, a fish and chip shop in Walworth.
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This week's featured article is Princess Louise, WC1V 7EP, a Sam Smith's pub in Holborn.

It has an interesting interior, including panelling that creates multiple separate compartments around the bar for extra privacy (and extra difficulty of getting in at peak times). Apparently the gents' toilets are quite a dramatic sight too, though I haven't seen them due to not being allowed in there.


Recent additions to RGL include Mai Sushi, a small Japanese restaurant near the British Library, and the Bun House, a locals' pub on Peckham High Street.

Reported closures are Hog In The Pound just off Oxford Street (probably being turned into shops), Bermondsey Kitchen (turned into José Pizarro's new restaurant, Pizarro), and the Brook in Hammersmith (been taken over by the people behind the Bree Louise, will be reopening this autumn as the Duchess of Cambridge).

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Sorry for not posting last week! [personal profile] bob and I have been moving house, and had a lot to do. I did get the featured article up on RGL itself, just didn't post about it here — it was Dial Arch, SE18 6GH, a Young's gastropub in Woolwich.

This week's featured article is Bermondsey Brazilian Shop, SE16 4BD, a small cafe on the Bermondsey/Rotherhithe borders. They serve drinks and desserts during the week, and a buffet of hot food on weekend lunchtimes. They also sell various Brazilian groceries.

Recent additions to RGL include Princess Garden, an upmarket Cantonese restaurant in Mayfair; and the Melbourne, a Stonegate pub in Wallington.

Reported permanent closures are Hiba on Borough High Street, Himalaya Palace Cinema in Southall, and Ochre Lounge in Chiswick. Temporary closures are the New World in Chinatown and the George on Borough High Street.

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