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Coal City, Edmonton, London N18

Evening everyone! We head to the far frozen North for this week's featured article: Coal City is not a colliery in Yorkshire, but a small Nigerian restaurant in Upper Edmonton. The edikang ikong (a hearty veg soup) was just the right level of spiciness to thaw out our intrepid reviewer.

New to RGL this week is Cafe Rosh in Shadwell, serving an all-too-rare combo of fried breakfasts and biryanis (and chicken themed sandwiches) for a very reasonable price.

Elsewhere, The Melbourne in Wallington has closed for a quick refurb, while in Chinatown, RGL favourite Leong's Legend has moved around the corner to Gerrard Street. I'm sure we'll get round to paying a visit to the new location soon!
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Bongo East, Barking, London IG11

Welcome back, and for this week's update your featured article is the wonderfully named Bongo East, IG11 8RW. It's an unflashy Ghanaian bar and restaurant in Barking, with a nice line in spicy fufu and a tempting kelewele. Seems like it might need a few more customers, so why not pop in next time you visit Barking?

My colleague Kat has added an article about Back on Track Coffee in Marylebone which is a coffee shop with a model train twist and a punning name to match. We also have a Chinese restaurant in Bloomsbury, China City, but you might be better off avoiding it for dimsum.

I've also added a bunch of pubs: The Hack and Hop, near Blackfriars; The Draft House on Goodge Street (or "Draft House Charlotte" as the website calls it); and Mother Kelly's "tap room and bottle shop" in Bethnal Green. All three do great beers, in slightly different ways.

There's an update to Hampstead Heath Station (it's accessible!), and a temporary closure at The Half Moon in Herne Hill. Closed more permanently is The Prince of Wales in Battersea, which I certainly have memories of. Finally, a possible closure is Manus Palm Grove in Stratford, pending further information, but it hasn't been open for a while it seems.
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Atari-Ya, Hendon, London NW4

Afternoon RGLers! I hope you had an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend.

This week's featured article is Atari-Ya, NW4 3UX in sunny Hendon, which will sell you sashimi and quality tofu (and plenty of tea) for a very reasonable price.

There's a new article for Bright Courtyard, a dim sum restaurant on Baker Street that does great prawn and chive dumplings but disappointing xiao long bao. They also offer private dining rooms if you wish to compare the quality of your dumplings in near-secrecy!

To ensure your Surrey boozer knowledge is bang up-to-date, three pubs around the Kingswood/Tadworth area have updates to their articles: the Inn On The Green (very food-orientated), the Duke's Head (large but friendly, several handpumps) and the Kingswood Arms (a Fuller's pub with an open fire in winter).

Zeen and Royal Sweets on Drummond Street have shut, and the building now houses a restaurant called Taste Of India. However the Royal Sweets website indicates that their Tooting and Streatham* branches are still open if you fancy some mithai.

*Apparently the Streatham branch is closed too (see comments)!
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Yi-Ban, London Regatta Centre, Royal Docks, London E16

Afternoon, RGL Crew!

This week's featured article is for Yi-Ban, E16 2QT, a child-friendly Chinese restaurant overlooking the Royal Docks. Don't be fooled by the harsh exterior pictured above - from the rear of the building you can watch planes taking off and landing at City Airport while you eat your dim sum!

We have a few new articles for you. Picture on Great Portland Street is a newly-opened restaurant that does modern British food and excellent puddings - your intrepid RGL blogging team thoroughly enjoyed their visit. There's also Jai Shri Krishna, a reasonably-priced vegetarian Indian restaurant on Turnpike Lane, where you write down your order yourself on a pad of paper. Finally on Lordship Lane in Tottenham there's Akwaah's Kitchen, a small, friendly restaurant serving mainly Ghanaian food.

There are several updates to existing pub articles following recent visits: up the far end of the Metropolitan line we have the Rose and Crown on Chorleywood Common and the Sportsman in Croxley Green. Slightly closer to civilisation Charing Cross (as the crow flies) is the ancient White Horse, just north of Heathrow Airport (where very few crows would actually fly, if they had any sense). Right over on the other side of London is the Victoria Tavern in Loughton, and finally the John Baird in Muswell Hill, where lime and soda costs a triumphant 65p.

As Martin Luther King Jr said, 'Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle'. As such, the Whistle and Flute Fuller's pub on Putney High Street is now a bar called The Swift, while Mum's House Burmese grocery in Wood Green has moved from its old home in the Plaza N22 centre, to a side street a few minutes' walk away.
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Somers Town Coffee House, Somers Town, NW1

This week's featured article is the Somers Town Coffee House, NW1 1HS, which despite its name is a gastropub near Euston station. It's been refurbished since it was a French-themed pub.

There are four additions this week: The Clapton Hart pub in Lower Clapton, another fine Antic outpost; Shane's on Chatsworth, a restaurant not too far away; The North Pole, a self-described craft beer pub in Islington; and Tramlink Route 4, a new tram route on the Tramlink in south London using some extra double-tracking (but no new stations).

There's been an update to the stub entry for The Lord Palmerston, a Geronimo Inns gastropub in Dartmouth Park.

Five permanent closures have been reported: Ping Pong's branch on Goodge Street; the Texas Embassy Cantina by Trafalgar Square; Melati, a Malaysian restaurant in Soho; The Compass, a gastropub in Pentonville, at the end of Chapel Market (reopening as another gastropub called Hundred Crows Rising); and Langton's Bookshop in Twickenham.

Finally, confirmation that Morgan M has fully moved from its site in Holloway to Smithfield.
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This week's featured article is Leong's Legend, W1D 6AX, a small Taiwanese restaurant in Chinatown offering some rather good dim sum. Their xiao long bao are among the best I've had in London.


Recent additions to RGL include the Horseshoe, a craft beer gastropub in Hampstead; the Duke of Edinburgh, a locals' pub in Wood Green; the Pembroke Castle, a pub in Primrose Hill; and the Man of Kent, a locals' pub in Nunhead. It's been quite a pubby week; we also updated our writeup of the Ivy House in Nunhead.

Reported closures are Long Time Cafe in Brockley, Tadim Cafe in Camberwell, and Himalayan Spice in Chiswick.

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This week's featured article is Champor-Champor, SE1 3QJ, a "modern Malaysian fusion restaurant" in Borough, just south of London Bridge Station.

The decor is somewhat idiosyncratic, the air is scented with incense smoke, and the food tends to have quite a lot going on on the plate, but I quite like it.


Recent additions to RGL include Amurg, a Romanian and Moldovan restaurant in Leytonstone; Shanghai Village, a dim sum restaurant in Twickenham; Langton's Bookshop in Twickenham; and the Cheapside branch of Daunt Books. We've also updated the writeups for four of Twickenham's pubs: the Fox, the Prince Albert, the Prince of Wales, and the Rifleman.

One reported closure: Only Fools and Falafels just off Tower Bridge Road.

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This week's featured article is Angel, SE16 4NB, a Samuel Smith's pub on the river, on the border of Bermondsey/Rotherhithe.

Were it not that they don't serve real ale, this would be a fantastic pub; as it is, it is merely a very good one. The upstairs lounge has a great view over the river, and the downstairs is divided into small, characterful areas. Service has always been friendly on our visits.


Recent additions to RGL include Sorabol in New Malden and Ping Pong in St Paul's. We've also updated our writeup of the Queen's Head in King's Cross.

Reported closures are Marie Lloyd Bar in Hackney (now a cafe), Dastarkhan in Lower Holloway (now a different central Asian restaurant), East & West Chinese Supermarket in New Cross, Harem on Brick Lane (now a different Turkish restaurant), and Thai Tiger also on Brick Lane (now an Indian restaurant).

Also, several branches of Oddbins have closed, including the Bromley branch — we're not sure which others have closed and which remain open, so do let us know if you have any up-to-date information.

In more cheerful news, the Rifleman in Twickenham has reopened.

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This week's featured article is Joy King Lau, WC2H 7BL, a Chinese (specifically, Cantonese) restaurant in a side street just off Leicester Square.

They offer decent dim sum until 5pm, as well as a full menu of Cantonese specialties. Service is brisk and efficient.


Recent additions to RGL include Wuli Wuli in Camberwell and Taqueria in Notting Hill. One reported closure: Itsu on Wardour Street.

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