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Hi there welcome back to another week of interesting things to drink, eat and do south of the river (and maybe like one or two things to the north -- though that lack is entirely my fault by the way).

Senzala, Brixton, London SW9

So the featured article this week is Senzala, SW9 8PS, which is a creperie in Brixton Village Market, that burgeoning community of little foodie units. There are sweet and savourity galettes and crepes served up by Brazilian chefs, and if you're vegan you'd usually steer clear of this kind of thing, but fear not for they do some vegan options too that sound great.

The new articles are: We Brought Beer, a branch of a craft beer shop/stall in Tooting, where you can drink on the premises as well; Frydays, a fish and chip restaurant in Norbury (do you see what they did with the name eh?); and Som Saa, a well-reviewed Thai place in Whitechapel/Spitalfields, so do go read Kake's review, as it sounds great.

There's an update to The Old Dispensary pub in Camberwell.

The Shooting Star near Liverpool Street is now temporarily closed for refurbishment and will reopen under a new name.

Finally, one reported permanent closure is Maotai Kitchen in Chinatown.
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Evening all! A quick update tonight: our featured article is for Affogato, a cafe in Norbury that does all-day breakfasts, waffles and a range of loose leaf teas.

New to RGL is the first combination craft beer/hot sauce establishment I've ever heard of, Hop Burns & Black in East Dulwich. My workplace has an entire fridge shelf dedicated to sauce bottles with skulls and crossbones on them - I will be informing my boss about HB&B ASAP.

There are also updates for the efficient Roti Masters Caribbean takeaway in Croydon, and the newly-refurbished Bear in Camberwell, which seems to have emerged from its makeover unscathed (although it no longer has a quiz night).
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Willoughby Arms, Kingston, London KT2

Welcome back! This week's featured article is The Willoughby Arms, KT2 6LN, a pub on the north side of Kingston. Of course, you knew that from the postcode, so I need hardly say. It's a handsome building from the photo, though what were once separate rooms seem to have been knocked through somewhat (as is the style). Go to drink Twickenham ales and watch cricket on the TV, still lovely despite a musty smell.

Two new articles are Sun Luen Snack Bar in Chinatown, with eggy egg tart; and House of Bottles, an off licence in Brixton.

There are big updates to veggie favourite The Gate (their Angel Islington branch), and post-work vertical drinking favourite The Hope Fitzrovia, which used to be a nice pub once upon a time. Still, sounds like it might just be fine on a weekday afternoon if you're ever there at such a time.

Finally, just to mark the reopening of Camberwell's The Bear pub, for which our write-up is sadly rather out of date.
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Hello all!

This week's featured article is for Osterley Bookshop, a second-hand bookshop which makes up half of the old Osterley & Spring Park Piccadilly line station (closed in 1934 - the Station Master blog has a great old photo of the station 'in action').

Two new pages: firstly Dexter Burger in Purley, a small burger joint that offers outdoor-reared/free-range meat, local beers and interesting gluten-free/veggie options. Secondly Lahore Karahi in Tooting is a Pakistani curry house, with corkage-free BYOB and low prices.

Finally, the Bear in Camberwell has temporarily closed for a refit. Unfortunately I cannot confirm whether or not they have used the phrase 'Bear with us' anywhere on their website, because my browser tells me it's chock full of malware. I wonder if fixing that is part of their refurb plan?
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It's a short update this week after last week's blizzard of closures, and my forgetfulness the previous week.

Bunga Raya, Thornton Heath, London CR7

The featured article is Bunga Raya, CR7 6AW. It's a Malaysian restaurant (and takeaway) in glamorous Thornton Heath. The food all sounds very nice from Kake's write-up, so you might want to venture an order if you live in their delivery area (or visit!).

We have one new article, which is Les Delices de Tresor, an Ivorian restaurant at the Deptford End of New Cross Rd, and confusingly located at the front part of a completely separate pub. It's a small space with somewhat variable opening hours.

Finally, a note on the closure in 2014 of The Corrib Bar in Camberwell.
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Hello from your belated RGL updates team!

If you're like me, you may be thinking that the featured article this week is some kind of Scandinavian design consultancy (my mind goes straight to "ergonomic", which sort of suggests that kind of thing, but maybe that's just me). Well, fear not, for Ergon, W1U 1BP is a Greek restaurant and deli in Marylebone. It's pretty good value according to my fellow correspondent, but keep an eye on what you're being served.

We have two (albeit related) new articles: one for the Broca cafe in Brockley, home of perky jazz, good service and tasty thick-cut sandwiches; the other for Broca Food Market, a hippy food shop on the other side of the tracks (literally), but run by the same people.

Following refurbishment, the Imperial War Museum in Lambeth has reopened.

Finally, Nivla Restaurant in Camberwell has now closed, so you will need to do further research for your Sierra Leonean eating options in London.
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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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Kennington Bookshop, London SE11

This week's featured article is The Kennington Bookshop. If I need to explain what or where that might be, I shall despair. However, bookshops are lovely and so you should visit it and buy things there, either new or second-hand.

Reported closures are Pappadom Indian takeaway in Camberwell, Peninsula Chinese restaurant in North Greenwich, and Ministry of Spice Indian takeaway on Greenwich-Lewisham borders.

Finally, in long-awaited happy news, The Ivy House pub in Nunhead is now community-owned and open again, after a battle with developers.
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Spotted Horse, Putney, London SW15

Afternoon RGLers! Lots to report today:

This week's featured article is the Spotted Horse, SW15 1RG, a Young's pub on Putney High Street. It's quite food-focused and has table-service in the dining room area. There is an actual spotted horse above the door (see picture above) which makes me very pleased.

We have new articles for the Stormbird, a Camberwell drinking establishment with plenty of nice beer on the handpumps (e.g. lovely lovely Thornbridge Jaipur) and the Star of Kings (formerly the Cross Kings) on York Way, which is sadly not so great on the beer front.

The articles for the Jolly Gardeners in Putney and Asadal in Holborn have both been updated with the latest accessibility information, plus what our team of intrepid researchers ate on their recent visits -- spiced lentils, gnocchi, pig's ears and kidneys (not all at once).

The descriptively-named Sichuan Restaurant in Acton has now closed, as has the Farringdon Station branch of Yo Sushi (soon to become a Pret).

There's also a new category on the site, 'Needs Checking'. Places in this category may no longer exist - if you are likely to walk past any of them, do let us know if they are still there! Of course, if by the act of measurement the nature of their reality changes then they may well exist and not exist at the same time if the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics holds. Thankfully the practicalities of wave function collapse probably means we won't have to create a new category 'Unobservable'.
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Star and Garter, Soho, W1

This week's featured article is The Star and Garter, W1F 7NX. It's not trendy and it doesn't have a huge range of beers, but it's a comforting and cosy single room pub in Soho which has been very useful on many occasions.

Permanent closures reported this past week have been The City Retreat, a pub in Holborn, and Tadim Cafe in Camberwell.

Finally, the old Wargrave Arms at the edge of Marylebone has been renamed as The Lord Wargrave.
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Lucky Seven, Stoke Newington, London N16

Happy New Year! This week's featured article is Lucky Seven, a second-hand bookshop and (mostly) record shop in Stoke Newington. I went there for the first time the other week having not even registered its existence before and it was filled with things from floor to ceiling, often precariously piled and stacked.

One temporary closure is Imperial War Museum, for six months.

Three reported permanent closures are, very sadly, Hoopers Bar, an excellent real ale-loving local in between Camberwell and East Dulwich; the Camberwell branch of Wing Tai; and the N1 Centre branch of Yo! Sushi (in Islington, that is). The last is the least sad, as I've ranked them on a sliding scale. Feel free to disagree with my ranking (unimportant as it is) in comments.

Also, Foote's Music has moved from Soho to Bloomsbury, so take note, music instrument fans.

In more positive news, a pub has reopened! In this case, The Wheatsheaf by Borough Market (no, not that one), meaning there are now two competing Wheatsheafs within a few steps of one another, ostensibly the SAME PUB (the first was opened when this pub closed for the Thameslink work and the management went around the corner to the Hop Exchange).
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Tap East, Stratford, E20

This week's featured article is Tap East, E20 1EE, a brewpub in the Stratford Westfield shopping centre.

Three additions are: Joshua's Tea Room, a cafe in the Allders department store, Croydon; Manus Palm Grove, a South Indian restaurant in Stratford; and Hua Run, a Chinese supermarket also in Stratford.

Reported closures are: S&M Cafe, sausage and mash purveyors in Spitalfields and last of that chain; Black Sheep pub on Camberwell/Kennington borders (now called The Kennington); and Alfie's Kitchen and Bar in Bermondsey (now called Gregg's Table).
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Bourne and Hollingsworth, Fitzrovia, W1

This week's featured article is a cocktail bar down some steps in Fitzrovia, Bourne and Hollingsworth, W1T 1JF, which goes for an American Prohibition era style.

We have only additions this week, no closures: The Queen's Head, a pub in Soho; Spring Cafe, a greasy spoon in Camberwell; Sichuan, a Sichuanese restaurant in North Greenwich; and Edibles, a cafe/deli in Banstead.
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Bar Boulud, Knightsbridge, SW1

Apologies for the delay this week!

The featured article is Bar Boulud, SW1X 7LA, a fancy bar and brasserie in the basement of the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge. Does a good burger by all accounts.

Two reported closures, both in Camberwell, are a greasy spoon, Bill's Cafe, and an African restaurant, D'Eclipse. The Chiswick branch of Brasserie Chez Gerard has also closed.

With any luck we'll have more for you next week.
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This week's featured article is Shu Castle, SE1 5TY, a Sichuan restaurant on the Walworth edge of the Old Kent Road.

New additions are: The Oracle's Juice Bar, a vegan cafe in Brixton Market; and two pubs in Penge, one upmarket (The Bridge House) and the other aimed more at locals (Hollywood East).

Updated entries are Nincomsoup, a soup-based cafe by Old Street; The Angel, a nearby pub; and The George, a pub in Belsize Park.

Reported closures are: La Grolla, an Italian in Upminster; The King's Arms, a fine pub near Chancery Lane, now a gastropub called The Lady Ottoline; The Sun and Doves, another excellent pub, in Camberwell; and Ruby Grand, a bar in Hammersmith (but also replaced by another pub).
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This week's featured article is Silk Road, SE5 8TR, a Chinese restaurant in Camberwell offering food from Xinjiang, a province in the far northwest of China.

One of the characteristic dishes of Xinjiang is big-plate chicken (大盤雞), a stew of chicken and potatoes in a rich, savoury gravy. Silk Road's rendition is pretty good, but huge, so take lots of friends with you!


Recent additions to RGL include Bibimbap Soho, a Korean restaurant on Greek Street; and the Hoop and Grapes, a Nicholson's pub in Aldgate.

We've also updated several older pub writeups: the Old Wheatsheaf and Moon Under Water in Enfield; the King's Head and King's Ford in Chingford, and the Green Dragon in Croydon.

One reported closure: Noodle Oodle (previously Inn Noodle) on Oxford Street. Their Queensway branch remains open.

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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 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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This week's featured article is Hazev, E14 9RT, a Turkish restaurant on the Isle of Dogs near South Quay Station.

Opened fairly recently, it's a collaboration between London's two main Turkish restaurant chains, Haz and Tas. It includes a cafe/deli, a restaurant, and a bar, all located in a large open-plan room on the ground floor of a waterside residential block to the south of Canary Wharf.

It's step-free to get in, and step-free through to the ladies' toilet at least, though the cubicles are a bit of a squeeze to get into.

Recent additions to RGL include Nivla Restaurant in Camberwell and Bombay By Night in Hampton.

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