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Welcome back to another week where we plunge ourselves into the pubs, restaurants and shops of London.

Woolwich Equitable, Woolwich, London SE18

This week our featured article is a watering hole, The Woolwich Equitable, located in a former building society headquarters (guess which one) and run by the Antic pub company. It tones down on their usual quirk and has some decent food and music which is not too loud in the afternoon.

Three new articles are Shadi Bakery in West Croydon, good for all your naan needs, Coughlan's Bakery in Wallington, good for your lunchtime sarnie needs, and Little Bar in Tooting, which is indeed very little and offers bottled beers, wines and cocktails.

There's a significant update to The Elephant and Castle pub in the lovely Elephant and Castle area, again taken over by Antic.

Finally the reported permanent closure of The Dignity, one of the few pubs near Finchley Central, and pretty decent one too. But gone now. Gone.
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Hello all! I forgot to do my duty this week so apologies for the lateness.

Scone and jam at the Quaker Cafe, Euston, London NW1
[Picture CW: not vegan, although vegan options are available]

This week's featured article is Quaker Cafe, NW1 2BJ, which is a cafe open to the public in the Quaker Friends' House opposite Euston Station. It has hot food, bright white walls (to compensate for lack of natural light) and is child-friendly.

There's a new sandwich shop addition to our articles with No. 5's in sunny Forest Hill.

We also offer significant updates to the articles for The Misty Moon in Northwood which entirely coincidentally I walked past recently. It still looks like an (ex-)Wetherspoons and it still has handpulls. For the 'real deal' go instead to The William Jolle in nearby Northwood Hills. It's what you expect from a JDW.

Finally we report the impending (permanent) closure of Brew Wharf by Borough Market. It was an early adopter of trendy brewing scene but never really gained the cachet of other SE1 operations. Another reported closure (only possible at this stage; it might be a refurb) is Vegetarian's Paradise on Marchmont St.
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Hello all

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 all, bit late this week, sorry.

Kin, Fitzrovia, W1

The featured article is Kin, W1W 6DT. This is a veggie cafe near to where I work in London's Owl Country (it's a long explanation, you can call it Fitzrovia if you prefer). They have a sort of classic real-food wholesome vibe but poshed up a bit for yr modern market, tasty food and plenty that's vegan friendly (clearly marked) if that's your thing.

Our one addition is a sandwich shop in Croydon, Stuffins Unlimited. It's a decent selection for hungry council staff, with great fresh bread.

There's a brief update to The Bull and Gate to note that it's been reopened and it's more gastro than grunge nowadays. Certainly, there's no music unless you count jazz on a Sunday afternoon (NB I don't know if they do jazz on a Sunday afternoon, but it's the kind of thing I'd imagine they'd do).

Two pub renamings are The Black Cat in Catford (formerly the Catford Ram), and The Flying Horse on Oxford Street (formerly The Tottenham).

And then there are the pub closures. There's The Fanny on the Hill in Welling; The Smithfield Tavern by, er, Smithfield; The Noble in Crouch Hill (now The Hopsmiths, run by those Late Knights people); The Skylark and The Tin Goose both in Heathrow Terminal 1; O'Brien's in Brentford (now The Northumberland Arms); and The Lord Wargrave in Marylebone (now the Wargrave Arms, though I'm not convinced about that change of name).
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Akwaah's Kitchen, Tottenham, London N17

This week's featured article is Akwaah's Kitchen, N17 8NS, a small African restaurant in Tottenham with a focus on Ghanaian food in particular and serving up some excellent kenkey (read the review if you don't know what that is!).

There are five new articles. We have Sawadika, a Thai restaurant in Holborn; Peckish Cafe and sandwich bar in Sutton; Japanese Canteen, part of a chain near Liverpool Street station; Itsu, another chain restaurant in the same part of town; and The Imperial Arms, a pub in Chislehurst.

Note that The Duke of Edinburgh in Wanstead has temporarily closed (so go to the nearby Nightingale).

Finally, The Elm Park near the tube station of the same name (at the edge of Hornchurch) has permanently closed.
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Lord John Russell, Bloomsbury, WC1

This week's (and next week's) featured article is another excellent little pub, The Lord John Russell, WC1N 1AL, just up the road from the Brunswick Centre in leafy Bloomsbury. It's quite different from last week's, since it's more of a traditional single-room pub mostly focused on a range of cask ales and so many taps along the bar that you can barely see the staff behind them.

We have one new article: Muncho, a cafe and sandwich shop in Croydon with chewy bread and Turkish breakfast.

There's a significant update to The George in Belsize Park, which has rebranded as a 'premium' Spirit Pub Co pub, completely with blond wood furnishings and "craft beer" on the taps. It's okay.

Also, happily, a reopened and renamed pub! The Chandos Arms replaces the old New Chandos near Colindale tube station.

As implied above, the next update will be in two weeks' time.
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This week's featured article is Dean Swift, SE1 2LX, a good real ale pub near Tower Bridge.


Recent additions to RGL include New Cavendish, a sandwich shop and greasy spoon in Fitzrovia; Marlborough Head, a pub in Mayfair; and Home, a Chinese cafe in Lewisham.

No reported closures! Hurrah! One reported closure: Presto Cafe on Tower Bridge Road.

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This week's featured article is Uncle Lim's Kitchen, CR0 1UZ, a Malaysian cafe in the Whitgift Centre in Croydon.

Uncle Lim's is well-loved among London's foodbloggers for its excellent Hainan chicken rice, but it also has other Malaysian specialties such as curry laksa, nasi lemak, and char kuey teow. Although it's on the first floor of the shopping centre, there is step-free access via lifts.


Recent additions to RGL include Tuli and Absolutely Starving on Tooley Street near London Bridge, Champor-Champor on Weston Street at the other side of London Bridge Station, Paul A Young in the City, and Viajante in Bethnal Green.

Reported closures are the Jackdaw and Rook in Balham and Cafe Anjou in Palmers Green. In addition, the Knitting Shop near Arsenal Station is no longer open to casual visitors.

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