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Squires, Canning Town, London E16

Evening RGL crew!

This week's featured article is for Squires, a Nigerian restaurant in Canning Town serving at least two different types of pounded yam! I couldn't say if this is a 'typical Naija restaurant' as stated in the window but there are branches dotted around East and South London if you want to find out for yourself. If your prefer a cup of tea in Forest Hill instead, we have a new page for the Teapot cafe, which does a decent panini too.

Pub news! Famed Fitzrovia pie-haunt the Newman Arms is shut for a refurb, as is the Duke of Argyll (a Sam Smiths) in Soho. The Dartmouth Arms in Tufnell Park, the Widow's Son in Bow, the Lucky Rover in Chessington and the Great Northern Railway Tavern in Hornsey have all recently reopened - the latter is now owned by Fuller's, so expect the beer selection to be a little different.

However: the great pub deity giveth, and it taketh away again. The Taylor Walker-owned Devereux has shut, as has the Three Horseshoes in Southall. Also closed for good is Canal 125 on the Caledonian Road, once home to various club nights run by denizens of Livejournal. As small venues go it was pretty terrible, and I'm amazed it kept going that long. Let's hope whatever replaces it is better!
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Sorry for the late entry this week! I hope it hasn't thrown out your planning for all the places you want to check out...

Murger Han, Euston, London NW1

This week's featured article is Murger Han, NW1 1DA. It's a Northern Chinese restaurant in Euston, and although I've never really been sold on 'Euston' as a descriptor of the area, I recognise most people probably know where you mean (this is really Somers Town, surely). Anyway, I'm getting distracted from the important thing, which is that for all its utilitarian decor, you can get some interesting porky fatty burger-type things (these it seems are the "murgers" of the name), and a nicely-balanced vinegary soup. Don't try and pay with Scottish currency, mind.

One addition is a Nigerian restaurant in Canning Town, Squires, with decent thoroughly-cooked fish stew.

There's an update to Napura, a Portuguese restaurant in Nunhead, from which you can also order takeaway.

Two temporary pub closures are the Aeronaut pub in Acton, and the Great Northern Railway Tavern in Hornsey.

Finally the reported permanent closure of East Dulwich tea shop Le Chandelier. Now a restaurant called Spinach, the idea of which isn't really thrilling me tbqh but I don't live in East Dulwich.
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Bushwacker Wholefoods, Hammersmith, London W6

Evening all! A bumper week to catch up after the Bank Holiday.

This week's featured article is for Bushwacker Wholefoods in Hammersmith, which stocks a whole range of vegetarian groceries including Taifun tofu (I wonder if they have curry and pineapple flavour?

New new new! Craft Tooting is a small craft beer shop by Tooting Broadway station. Further up towards Wimbledon Park we have more beer at the By The Horns Brewery Tap, while the Pear Tree pub in Purley has little jars of beer in front of the pumps so you can see what colour it is (I love it when pubs do this). Not quite so new but existing under a different name: The Aleksander in St Margaret's is now The Alba.

The page for Lion Inn in Thornton Heath has had an update, as have ones for the Sugahill cafe in Sydenham and Imperial China on Chinatown's Lisle Street (which seems to be *the* place to meet your blind date?). Places *not* to meet your blind date, unless you want to hang around outside a now-closed pub: the Red Herring pub near St Paul's, and the Devonshire House Wetherspoons in Crouch End.

Finally, pre-gig Brixton favourite the Trinity Arms is temporarily shut for a refurb. It's planned to reopen in August, hopefully in plenty of time for any attendees of 'Progress Wrestling: Chapter 36 - We're Gonna Need a Bigger Room Again' wanting a pre-bout pint of Ordinary.
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Olympic Studios, Barnes, SW13

Welcome back! This week's featured article is boutique cinema Olympic Studios in leafy Barnes. It's quite pricy, and the snacks are all artisanal, but it's very comfortable in the Everyman Cinemas sort of way. There's also a cafe attached, but I didn't visit that.

We've got an update to Three Compasses pub in Hornsey, where Kake enjoyed a selection of brown bitters and the company of half a dozen people on a Friday afternoon.

Finally, the reported closure last month of Fino "tapas bar" in Fitzrovia. According to the news article announcing this, the owners believe London dining preferences have moved on to a more informal style of eating (i.e. like actual tapas bars).
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Essex Roti Hut, Rainham, London RM13

Evening all!

This week's featured article is for the Essex Roti Hut in Rainham, serving Caribbean food for both locals and hungry travellers to sunny Rainham. (The average July rainfall in Rainham is just 40.7mm, well below the UK average of around 78mm, so I can legitimately call it sunny.) Be warned: the veggie ackee isn't veggie!

There are two new articles this week. The first is for the Blue Tree Kitchen, just off the South Bank near the Oxo Tower. I got my lunch there today - a sort of shredded courgette, roasted sweet potato and feta bake thing. It was ok, if a bit salty, but had enough veg in it to convince me I was eating something healthy. I can confirm this is par for the course. Secondly we have Xhauri, an Albanian restaurant in Walthamstow with an informal atmosphere and traditional dishes I would seek advice on how to pronounce.

There's an update to the article for the Great Northern Railway Tavern in Hornsey following a visit. The beer selection sounds great and there's free wifi. And the average July rainfall is a tiny 34.8mm! Let's all go to Hornsey for our summer hols!
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Big update this week, mainly thanks to Oddbins. Anyway, here we go...

Tram Stop, Addiscombe, London CR0

Our featured article is Tram Stop, CR0 6RD, which is not in fact a tram stop but is right next to one (Addiscombe tram stop that is). It's a small coffee shop and cafe. It's child-friendly, and offers newspapers and bookswap books. The food is seasonal and good too!

Two new articles are: Magma, a small Ghanaian restaurant in Thornton Heath with a fine palaver sauce; and Gojo, doing Ethiopian food in a North Kensington basement, better than it sounds.

Four reported closures we've caught up with are: the Marylebone High St branch of Nicolas wine shop; the Barnes branch of Spirited Wines; Just Falafel in Covent Garden; and Japanese restaurant Kibou in sunny Wimbledon.

Those Oddbins renamings (generally from Spirited Wines or Nicolas) are:

* the Oddbins Beer Shop in Blackheath;
* the Notting Hill branch;
* the Wimbledon branch;
* the Kew branch;
* the Baker Street branch;
* the the Crouch End branch; and
* the East Dulwich branch.
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Cineworld Haymarket, St James's, SW1

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This week's featured article is Cineworld Haymarket, which is a cinema I find myself visiting quite often (for membership related reasons). It's an actual old cinema building, which feels rare enough in the centre of town, and screen 1 is excellent. I'd be wary of the smaller basement screens, though.

A new (stub) article is another new cinema, ArtHouse in leafy Crouch End. The other new entry is a write-up of vegan stalwart the Bonnington Cafe in Vauxhall. Depending on when you visit, there will be a different chef, but the food should all be fresh and tasty.

Finally, we've marked the Windmill in Sydenham as permanently closed.
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Jai Shri Krishna, Turnpike Lane, London N8

This week's featured article is vegetarian Indian restaurant Jai Shri Krishna, N8 0PT up by Turnpike Lane at the edge of Hornsey. It's cheap, it's friendly, it's BYO (and they didn't even charge corkage): I can recommend it.

Two new articles are The Crown and Shuttle, a nicely refurbished former strip bar which has got some nice beers and a big garden, albeit at a price, and Palace, a Korean restaurant in New Malden. Look out for some lovely crab and some surprise non-vegetarianness.

We have an update to report to previous news of the closure of Topolski Century Gallery, one of the odder little galleries in London. It's now a bar, apparently. This reminds me that I heard one of the other spaces near there was to become a Waterloo Tap (like the one at Euston), so I'm quite looking forward to that.

Reported closures are: The Union Tavern in Camberwell, which split some years ago into a bar and restaurant; and The Duke of Edinburgh in Wanstead, rather more recently.
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Railway, Streatham, London SW16

The featured article is The Railway, SW16 5SD. You'll have guessed two things about this pub: it's near a railway station and it's in Streatham. The station is Streatham Common in fact. It had only London ales on tap on our RGL correspondent's visit, and did an excellent salad.

Loads of additions this week too. There's Bruce Castle Museum (and local history archive) in Tottenham. We now have Cafe Royal, a cafe (!) in Park Royal (!), and on a similarly straightforward naming strategy, Burgers and Coctkails in Marylebone, which serves... oh I think you can guess; it used to be called Guerilla Burgers and garnered some pretty bad reviews, so I guess they tried rebranding. There's also The Toll Gate, a very Wetherspoony Wetherspoon's in Turnpike Lane, Lituanica grocery store in Walthamstow, Venerdi Italian restaurant in Lower Clapton (the old Thang Long House), and Mirch Masala's Goodmayes branch.

There are updates to The Anerley Arms, Yas Iranian restaurant near Olympia, and The Bull Inn in far-flung St Paul's Cray (where? why not look at the article to find out!).

Finally, we have been told that The Old Duke of Cambridge, a pub in Bow, may have closed so any further information confirming/denying this would be gratefully received.
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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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Great Northern Railway Tavern, Hornsey, N8

This week's featured article is the refurbished and reopened Great Northern Railway Tavern, N8 7QB on Hornsey High Street.

New articles are: Deli Spice, an Indian takeaway in Lower Clapton; Cakey Muto, a cake shop and licensed cafe on the same street; The Manor Arms, a gastropub in Streatham; and Red Sea, a restaurant in Shepherd's Bush offering food from countries located around that stretch of water.

There's an update to The Old Red Lion, now an Antic pub near Kennington station.

Finally The Rye in Peckham has reopened after a significant refurbishment.
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Venetia's Coffee Shop, Lower Clapton, E5

Sorry for no update last week, as I was on holiday. Last week's featured article was The Parcel Yard, N1C 4AH, Fuller's excellent new flagship pub in King's Cross station.

This week's featured article is Venetia's Coffee Shop, E5 0LH, a coffee shop on Chatsworth Road in Lower Clapton.

Additions are: The Havelock Tavern, a gastropub in West Kensington; and Hardy's Brasserie in Marylebone.

Reported closures are: The New Chandos, a pub in Colindale; So Asia, an Asian buffet in Acton; and Muna's, an Eritrean/Sudanese restaurant in Harringay.
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This week's featured article is Canton Arms, SW8 1XP, a gastropub near Stockwell Station in South Lambeth.

It's a cut above your standard gastropub, with a head chef whose CV includes the Eagle in Clerkenwell (London's original gastropub) and the Anchor and Hope in Borough.


Recent additions to RGL include BonVelo in Herne Hill, Books For Cooks on Portobello Road, Beanery at Loughborough Junction, and Devonshire House in Crouch End. Also, the East London Line extension to Highbury & Islington opened today. Hurrah!

Reported closures are Cove in Covent Garden, Fat Badger on Portobello Road, Gaff on Holloway Road, Squat & Gobble in Fitzrovia, and Wabi Shebele on New Kent Road.

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