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Sharon's Card Crafts, Swanley, Kent BR8

Evening everyone! Our featured article this week is for "the best thing in Swanley", Sharon's Card Crafts. Behind the humble exterior lies all the papercraft supplies you could ever need. If you need to replenish your glitter stocks before the festive season, and you feel like going on an adventure to Zone 8, then this sounds ideal.

We have a new page for Murger Han in Euston, a cash-only Northern Chinese restaurant serving salty noodles and juicy dumplings, while the page for Khan's Indian restaurant on Westbourne Grove has had an update following a visit. It's reassuring to know they can tell the difference between prawns and king prawns - mollusc knowledge was a tie-breaker on University Challenge the other week, so you never know when you might be called on to identify crustaceans.

Elsewhere, Italian restaurant Enoteca Turi has moved from Putney to Pimlico, while the Ravensbourne Arms in Ladywell has been rather abruptly abandoned by Antic, as they're shortly opening a different pub up the road.
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Welcome back to another week at your Randomness Guide, London edition.

Po Cha, Waterloo, London SE1

The featured article this month is Po Cha, SE1 7RG, a small Korean restaurant out the back of Waterloo station, relocated from St Giles High St. If you can fit in, you'll enjoy the bibimbap.

Four additions are: Melucci's Italian sandwich shop in Bexley; Cafe Spice Nigerian restaurant in Peckham (meat and stew are your meals there); Brazil's Cafe in Chesham (attractive building, not too much meat in their salt beef sandwich, also it's in Chesham); and the Jasmine Thai Kitchen also in furthest-flung Chesham (patchy but efficient).

There's a significant update to The Gamekeepers Lodge pub in Chesham, where sleeping dogs lie.

We've heard that Chimes restaurant/bar in Pimlico has closed.

Finally, note the new address for Mamuska! Polish canteen, which is no longer in the Elephant Shopping Centre.
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Hello, it's that time of year, time for the new Good Beer Guide and all the new pubs it brings. The category page for this book is therefore, of course, the featured article.

Before we get into that, there's one new unrelated article, which is Banh Mi Hoi-An in London's trendy Hackney, which will do you a decent noodle salad.

Now this leaves us with all the new pubs for this year, so brace yourselves:

* The Aeronaut in Acton (also a brewpub!);
* The Argyle in Clerkenwell (Hatton Garden area);
* The Black Horse in High Barnet (also a brewpub!);
* The Clarence in Mayfair;
* The Constitution in Pimlico;
* Craft Beer Co. in Brixton (ell, can't complain about the beer selection I guess);
* The Crooked Billet in Upper Clapton;
* The Crown in St Margaret's, Twickenham;
* The Elephant and Castle in Kensington;
* The Flying Pig in East Dulwich;
* The George in South Woodford;
* The Grapes in Sutton;
* The Grove in Ealing;
* The Hops and Glory in Canonbury (Essex Road);
* The Hour Glass in Brompton;
* The Huntsman and Hounds in Upminster;
* The King's Head in Tooting;
* The Leyton Technical in Leyton;
* The Lighthouse in Battersea;
* London Fields Brewery Tap Room by the park of that name in Hackney (really a brewery);
* The Lord Aberconway by Liverpool Street;
* The Misty Moon in High Barnet (ex-Spoons, obviously);
* Oaka at the Mansion House in Kennington (the Oakham Ales pub);
* The Old Bell on Fleet Street;
* The Old Loyal Britons in Greenwich;
* Old Tom's Bar under the Lamb Tavern in Leadenhall Market;
* The Pig and Whistle in Southfields;
* The Prince of Wales in Clapham;
* The Railway Bell in New Barnet;
* The Royal George by Euston Station;
* The Shortlands Tavern in Bromley;
* The Sporting Page in Chelsea;
* The Station Hotel in Hither Green;
* The White Lion in Warlingham;
* Williams Ale and Cider House in Spitalfields; and
* Woodin's Shades around the corner on Bishopshate, by Liverpool Street Station.

There are also two stub entries which will be filled out by Kake in the next week or two:
* The Door Hinge in Welling (a micro-pub!); and
* The Hare and Billet in Blackheath.
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Wenlock and Essex, Islington, N1

Hello all! Sorry for being a day late, but this week's featured article is Wenlock and Essex, N1 8LN, which is at the foot of a dull office block but is quite a pleasant bar with a good range of drinks. Admittedly I've only visited extremely off-peak, but the burger was top notch.

The new article is a branch of Pizza Express in Clerkenwell, where Goswell and Clerkenwell Roads join.

Two temporary closures are The Ebury sort-of-pub-sort-of-restaurant-maybe-bar in Pimlico (closed for refurb until 2013), and The Catford Bridge Tavern in, well, Catford (closed until we hope the property's owners realise it's quite the best pub in the area, and get sick of forcing all the locals to walk halfway to Forest Hill to enjoy the Blythe Hill Tavern, or halfway to Lewisham to enjoy the Ravensbourne Arms).

There's also one impending closure, which is Ship of Fools, the West Croydon Wetherspoons, which it is planned to return to being a Sainsbury's (having been one far in the past). Because we need more Sainsbury's.
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Chimes, Pimlico, London SW1

Just a short update this week.

The featured article is Chimes, SW1V 2LP, an English restaurant and bar in Pimlico.

There's only one new article, which is Workman's Cafe, a greasy spoon in Lower Clapton.
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North Nineteen, Upper Holloway, N19

This week's featured article is a Good Beer Guide pub in N19 going by the name of North Nineteen, N19 4HZ.

We have three new articles: Mekong, a Vietnamese restaurant in Pimlico; Mosob, an Eritrean restaurant in Maida Vale; and Grand Union, a Fuller's pub near Westbourne Park station overlooking the Grand Union canal (and unrelated to the chain burger bars).

Two reported closures are: Black Cherry Bar in East Dulwich (soon to become the newest outpost of the Draft House chain); and The Prince of Wales in Summerstown (near Wimbledon), one of several Young's pub the company has put up for sale recently.

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