Hello RGL crew! This is the last update of 2013, and there's plenty to report.
Our featured article for the next three weeks is the Black Cat Cafe
, a vegan co-operative on the site of the old Pogo Cafe, which sounds like a very pleasant place to spend an afternoon chatting over tea and cake.
Our sources tell us that banh mi and other Vietnamese dishes will soon be back on the menu at Panda Panda
in Deptford. New year, new noodles!
Unfortunately the following won't be around in 2014: the Old Duke of Cambridge
in Bow is likely to be turned into flats, as will the Whitesmiths Arms
in Borough (shame - they had a great jukebox) and the Victoria Cross
in Thornton Heath. London is certainly short of decent, affordable flats, but at this rate it will be short of decent, affordable pubs too...
The Lamb Brewery
pub in Chiswick has changed its name to simply 'The Lamb'. It's no longer a brewery, so fair enough! This follows its takeover by the Mitchell & Butlers chain (along with other former Convivial London Pubs outlets The Botanist
, the Crown and Anchor
and the Clifton
, the latter of which may not yet have reopened after its sale).
Finally, the Pilot Inn
in Greenwich has reopened after a refurb. We have no idea what it's like now! There could be a cross-dimensional portal in the ladies' for all we know. If you're in SE10 over the festive period, why not pop in and check it out for us?
Thanks again to everyone who's contributed to RGL over the last year, especially kake
(and of course my co-blogger ewan
!) for keeping everything running smoothly. See you in the new year!