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Simpson's Tavern, Cornhill, London EC3

Evening RGLers! This week's featured article is for Simpson's, a venerable old pub in the City which is even older than Jonathan the tortoise. It's closed on weekends but makes up for it by opening early for breakfast during the week - worth a visit if you're after a fry-up in EC3.

A trio of new pages to report: Maria and Aldo's Coffee Bar in Beckenham, a pleasant local cafe with a vintage feel; De-Lites, a small Bengali cafe/takeaway near Shadwell station, and Crystal Palace Market, which is not a market at all, but a busy gastropub-style restaurant and bar. Apparently they do oysters! (I did not try the oysters.)

Finally, in lift refurbishment news, the lifts have now been refurbished at Lambeth North tube, and it's fully reopened.

The blog is taking a short break next week - we'll be back in a fortnight!
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Beer Rebellion, Sydenham, London SE26

Evening RGL crew!

This week's featured article is for the Sydenham branch of Beer Rebellion, a micropub run by the Late Knights brewery dudes. It's a bit more spacious than the Gipsy Hill Beer Rebellion, which we've also visited recently and thus have a brand new page for. The Sydenham branch has a revolving menu with different popups taking over their kitchen each week (this weekend for example, it was tapas). The Gipsy Hill branch meanwhile has a more stable menu: half burgers, half 'not burgers'.

It's not all about the beers and binary burgers this week though! There are new pages for Saffron, a decent Nepalese/Indian takeaway in Tulse Hill, and for Ponchokhana, a small Bangladeshi cafe in Whitechapel which sounds like a handy place to stop for a 'not burgers' lunch.
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Welcome back! The update this week will have to last you for the next two. (Also there's no image for the featured article, as the original photo doesn't seem to allow embedding as an option, but imagine a green facade, maybe turquoise... or don't imagine it, click on the link!)

Osterley Bookshop

So the featured article this week is Four Hundred Rabbits, SE19 3AH, which is a pizza restaurant in delightful Crystal Palace (or maybe Upper Norwood if you're historically so inclined). It's a top place for all your sourdough pizza, gelato and craft beer needs.

We also have a new entry for Osterley Bookshop, in that bit of West London known as Osterley, housed in a former rail station building! It's arranged in classic second-hand bookshop style, which is to say haphazardly. Don't take any book-murdering dogs, though the regular book-friendly variety are fine!

There's an update for Dartmouth Park boozer The Lord Palmerston.

There are also two closures. The first is possibly only temporary, Shanghai Blues in Holborn. The other is definitely permanent, Moti Mahal in Covent Garden.
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Wych Elm, Kingston, London KT2

Evening RGL crew!

This week’s featured article is for the Wych Elm, an inviting-looking pub in Kingston, serving good food and Fuller’s range of ales. Speaking of which, I do wish Fuller’s would bring Discovery back, it’s not even listed anywhere on their website these days. Unless the point is to ‘discover’ it ourselves somehow? Let us know in the comments if you've seen it in the wild recently!

There’s a couple of new articles: Rabot is a cacao/chocolate-themed restaurant overlooking Borough Market, where unsurprisingly the puddings are the highlight. Over in Clerkenwell, Foxlow does a very good steak, as one might expect from the dudes behind the Hawksmoor.

Finally, an update to Domali in Crystal Palace, which has turned into a regular brunch haunt for one happy RGL contributor! The vegan BLT definitely sounds worth a try…
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Amber Tree Cafe, Deptford, London SE8

This week's featured article is the Amber Tree Cafe, SE8 4AD, a cafe in a former pub building on Deptford High St. Sadly there's not much of historical pub interest inside. Still it's a friendly (and child-friendly) place which does a fine banana cake.

Two new articles this week. First off is Food House, an uninspiringly-named Northern Chinese and Sichuanese restaurant in Chinatown, cash only and with some interesting menu items. The other is Four Hundred Rabbits, going in a quite opposite direction re name, but offering good size sourdough pizza portions, craft beer and lots of gelato.

There's an update to the entry for one of Wetherspoons' finest pubs, The Knights Templar in Holborn.

The four reported closures relate to Chinatown restaurants we've just caught up on: Jade Garden; Red N Hot; New Aroma; and Harbour City.
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Central Restaurant, Finchley, London N3

Afternoon everyone, and Happy New Year!

This week's featured article is for Central Restaurant in Finchley, serving Romanian and Eastern European food, including sheep pastrami and tripe soup! I know you've all been wondering how to get your 2015 off to a tripey start - where better than Finchley?

There's also a new article for Domali, a veggie-friendly cafe in Crystal Palace. They have vegan bacon, decent chips and feature work by local artists on the walls. You are unlikely to find tripe here.
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Abuja Connection, Crystal Palace, London SE19

Evening all!

After last week's flurry of Good Beer Guide updates, it's a brief post today. Our featured article is for Abuja Connection, a friendly Nigerian restaurant in Crystal Palace. It's down the hill from the station, although of course this means you have to walk back up the hill on your way home, full of tasty afang stew.

We also have one new article - regular readers will be amazed to learn that it's a restaurant in Marylebone! Aubaine is part of a small chain doing reasonably-priced if unremarkable French cuisine. Do try one of the pastries though.
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Finger Licking, Croydon, London CR0

Hello all!

This week's featured article is for Finger Licking, CR0 2RB, a small Ghanaian restaurant close to West Croydon Station. They do takeaway boxes that may or may not include tripe, according to your tripe preference!

Three new articles this week, all for restaurants: Panda in Leytonstone specialises in dim sum with some Sichuan dishes too, while Abuja Connection in Crystal Palace does some interesting-sounding traditional Nigerian food, including fried plantain, egusi stew and - yes, you've guessed it - tripe! Although on their last visit our intrepid reporters preferred the chicken instead. Fischer's in Marylebone is a shiny new Viennese 'cafe' that would love you to believe it was still the 1930s. It's certainly a pleasant environment in which to tuck into your schnitzel*, and most importantly, my Mum likes it a lot.

There are a few pub updates following recent visits: the Postal Order Wetherspoons in Crystal Palace, the Trafalgar in South Wimbledon (which has had a revamp for the better) and Birkbeck Tavern in Leyton.

Finally, the Capitol Wetherspoons in Forest Hill is set to close, although exactly when this will happen is still a mystery.

*I spent at least ten minutes trying to find a pun here and failed - jokes about Austrian food are the würst.
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Côte d'Azur, South Croydon, London CR2

Hullo all!

A quick update this week: our featured article is for Cote d'Azur in Croydon, a restaurant fusing French and Mauritian cuisine. Mauritius may only be 8 million years old (compared to France's ~325 million years) but by all accounts it can still drum up a decent crab soup.

The Grape and Grain in Crystal Palace has been bought by the Wetherspoons chain, though it remains to be seen what changes this will incur. Also, the Doric Arch in Euston has reopened after being briefly closed for redecoration, but again, I've not yet been in to see how drastically (I hope the railway signs are still there).

Finally, the Breffni Arms pub in New Cross has closed. One less pub on the Old Kent Road! Or should that be 'one fewer'?
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Ashburnham Arms, Greenwich, London SE10

The featured article this week is The Ashburnham Arms, SE10 8UH, a small Shepherd Neame pub in Greenwich with good fresh beer. However, it does seem as if the locals prefer wine. None of that craft beer guff here.

There are fully four new pages this week: Cote d'Azur, a French-Mauritian fusion restaurant in southern Croydon (try the crab soup); Squires, a Nigerian restaurant in Dagenham (look out for some pounded yam); Upney Cafe, a greasy spoon in Barking (you know what to expect); and The Royal Albert in Crystal Palace. This last one is another traditional locals' pub, though there are increasing numbers of locals who probably want something more gastro, so hopefully it will hold out for a bit yet.

Finally, the David Lean Cinema in Croydon has reopened in its original location of the Clocktower.
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Bookseller Crow on the Hill, Crystal Palace, London SE19

This week's featured article is the squawkingly independent Bookseller Crow On The Hill, a family-run bookshop in Crystal Palace. Their website features a variety of ridiculously unreadable fonts! The owners appear to be very fond of the local Crystal Palace dinosaurs - as am I.

A slew of new additions this week! First of all is the Marylebone branch of Natural Kitchen, a grocery and cafe that specialises in seasonal/healthy/hippy food (i.e. plenty of vegetarian/vegan options). We also have the Angel branch of the Craft Beer Co, which has a) lovely curtains and b) a lovely carpet, meaning you can actually hear yourself think on a Friday night.

The Little Squiggles Cafe is a child-friendly caff on Sutton High Street, which has a 'buggy park' for pushchairs and pet dinosaurs. Finally, there's Vinoteca, the busy (but friendly) Soho branch of the wine bar and restaurant chain, that does a decent fried iguanodon steak and chips.

The name change didn't do Zeitgeist Coffee Bar much good it seems, as it's now closed down. Instead, Lambeth North now has a Crave Kitchen & Bakery. The Vietnamese restaurant next door, Ha-Noi, has also closed. Perhaps that corner of Westminster Bridge Road is just going through a bad patch, not unlike the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event?
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Good Taste

Afternoon, RGL crew!

This week's featured article is Good Taste, SE19 1RX, a deli in Crystal Palace that stocks interesting booze and plenty of cheese. The staff seem to know their stuff, too!

We have a new page for the Bedford Tavern, a convenient but civilised locals' pub in Croydon that does pork scratchings. Rumours of a secret tunnel leading to Bedford in the gents are unconfirmed.

Dramatic scenes over in Brockley, where the Jam Circus pub has had a fire - but don't worry, nobody was hurt and the Antic dudes say it should be back open for business ASAP. Maybe they will install a trapeze made of chutney while they're at it?

Alas it's not a particularly happy new year for the Castle pub in Battersea, Sitaaray on Drury Lane, the Jacobs camera shops on New Oxford Street and Cannon Street (the whole chain has been 'pulled', as it were), and the Platform restaurant on Tooley Street - all of them are closed permanently.

However the saddest news of all is that Lituanica has stopped selling the cheese and onion peanuts! Your RGL admins are having therapy as we speak.
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Fish and Grill, Croydon, CR0

This week's featured article is Fish and Grill, CR0 1DP. It is a fish and meat restaurant in Croydon, related to some upmarket ones in Chiswick and Sutton. It does good fish, you'll be pleased to hear.

New entries are: Sutton and Sons, a fish & chips shop in Stoke Newington; the Bookseller Crow on the Hill, a book shop in Crystal Palace; and Good Taste, a deli also in Crystal Palace.

Following the closure of the inner South London loop from London Victoria to London Bridge via Peckham Rye, and its replacement with an extension to the London Overground's East London Line, taking it from Surrey Quays to Clapham Junction, there are updates to the South London Line and East London Line entries.

The one reported closure is Maggie's Bar in Stoke Newington, which closed years ago.

Finally, The Catford Bridge Tavern has reopened after a brief period of closure, and we may be thankful, though I heard today that Mr Lawrence off licence in nearby Brockley is going to close in the New Year. It is a rollercoaster ride of alcohol-related emotions in south London.

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