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The Weekly London Restaurant Update

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If you want to stay on top of what’s happening with London restaurants and bars right now, you’ve come to the right place. Every week, we’ll be keeping track of the latest openings, reopenings, takeaway specials, and other exciting or noteworthy updates from around the city.

For the full list of 100+ restaurants offering new and unique takeaway options, check out our guide here. And if you have any tips or questions, send us an email at london@theinfatuation.com.

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week of july 13

  • Several restaurateurs have spoken out about no shows. Tom Kerridge, posting on Instagram, called the behaviour of 27 people who failed to show up for their reservation at Kerridge’s Bar and Grill on Saturday night “disgraceful, shortsighted and down right unhelpful”, and Four Legs, the brains behind the kitchen at The Compton Arms in Islington, told their Instagram audience that people who don’t show up after reserving and confirming a table “should never be allowed to enjoy the pleasure of someone else cooking your dinner again”. The group behind Westerns Laundry, Primeur, and Jolene went further by implementing a reservation deposit of £50 per person to cover themselves against future no shows, pointing out on Instagram that a table for four failing to show up costs a restaurant around £240.

Week of july 6

  • After being closed for 106 days, London restaurants reopened for indoor and outdoor dining on Saturday. Infatuation London Staff Writers Jake Missing and Heidi Lauth Beasley went to see what eating out is like now. Jake wrote about going to Rochelle Canteen on the first day of reopening, and Heidi wrote about a long-awaited brunch at Juliet’s Quality Foods.

  • We’re continuing to update our guides to London Restaurants That Have Reopened For Dine-In Service, London Restaurants Where You Can Eat Outside Today, and Restaurants Reopening Later, That You Should Book Now on a daily basis, but if you’re not ready to go to restaurants yet you can still check out our delivery and takeaway guides.

  • The Set, a new al fresco dining area at BBC Television Centre on White City, will be opening this weekend. As well as providing outdoor seating areas for on-site restaurants like Homeslice, Kricket, and Patty and Bun, it will also be available to the public.

  • Mangal II are reopening after a major lockdown renovation. This landmark Turkish spot in Dalston will relaunch with a smaller menu, less waste, some new items, plus new beer and wine options.

  • As well as reopening for lunch and dinner service (Wednesday to Saturday for now), Shad Thames Italian spot Legare has launched a ‘Legare-at-Home’ meal kit. It’s a four course dinner for two, delivered. Order here.

  • Notting Hill’s Supermarket of Dreams was already stocking Padella’s pasta meal kits, but now you can pick up DIY kits from Ottolenghi, Patty and Bun, Kricket, HG Walter and more.

WEEK OF JUNE 29

  • On Saturday, restaurants across London are officially allowed to open for indoor and outdoor dining. Here’s a running list of spots that have announced plans to open.

  • Some restaurants have announced their intentions to open later in the summer, which means you can plan ahead.

  • Xu: This Taiwanese restaurant in Soho from the people behind Bao, is being transformed into Chinese takeaway, Call Suzy. It opens Friday, July 10.

  • Andrew Edmunds: This romantic Soho spot will be opening for dine-in in September, but until then it will be a shop, selling hampers filled with products like confit duck leg, and cold roast middle white porchetta.

  • Berenjak: This Soho Persian restaurant is delivering kebab meal kits in time for July 10th. For £25 you get a huge selection of lamb and chicken kebabs, skewers, salad, their excellent bread, and some mast-o-musir. Whether you fire up that new barbie or keep it casual with the oven is up to you, either way you can order here.

  • Brawn: the much-loved small plates restaurant on Columbia Road, is reopening as a corner shop from June 30th. There will be Brawn-made bits, like duck rillettes or a tiramisu, and a curated list of excellent produce and supplies. Order online or head over there.

  • Bacon naan update, repeat, bacon naan update: Dishoom’s DIY kits are now being delivered across the UK. Order here.

  • Anglo Thai is starting a residency at Newcomer Wines in Dalston every Friday and Saturday for the month of July. There will be a limited amount of al fresco tables, as well as delivery and collection options. Check their Insta for updates.

  • 35-day dry-aged Porterhouse steak, bone marrow and Madeira jus, and pre-made dry martinis are just some of the things you’ll get from a Hawksmoor At Home delivery box. FYI, it’s available for delivery across the UK.

  • Rice Error, the delivery service from Bao, is starting an international guest chef series. The first collaboration is a BLT-inspired rice box from ex-Koya chef Junya Yamasaki.

  • Bao has also launched a DIY bun meal-kit. There are two options: braised pork or panko daikon, and you can order for London delivery from here.

  • Throughout July and August, Elliot’s in Borough Market is doing an outdoor pop-up. The three-course menu will be £29pp and features Mangalitza, pizza, and more.

Closures: Freak Scene

week of JUNE 22

  • Laugh in the face of your oven, and flatly deny your banana bread phase ever happened, because the government has confirmed that restaurants, cafés, and pubs, can reopen for indoor service from July 4th. Read all about it here.

  • Home to London’s best turbot, Brat will be taking residency in Climpson’s Arch, Hackney for the summer. And yes, their whole roasted turbot is coming with them. Book a table here.

  • Sabor En Casa is coming. In case you absolutely flopped at GCSE Spanish, it translates to ‘hooray, we can now eat Sabor’s excellent tapas at home’. Pre-book their signature dishes and batched sangria from 9am on Monday.

  • Name ten restaurants you love in London and chances are one of them will be a Corbin and King spot. The good news is they’re now delivering a medley of signature dishes from their restaurants. If you’re within six miles of Sloane Square you can order everything from The Wolseley’s weiner schnitzel to Brasserie Zédel’s mousse au chocolat.

  • Fitzrovia’ fine dining counter spot, Kitchen Table, has temporarily transformed into a high end deli. Expect Cornish rock crab, hand-dived scallops, truffles, and importantly, their signature bacon jam. Pre-order for collection here.

  • An update that will have the people of Camberwell humming Gabrielle’s Dreams for the foreseeable future, local boozer The Camberwell Arms are now serving Aperol spritz, negronis, and white sangria through their kitchen window. Open until 8pm Thursday to Saturday.

  • Spiced pulled lamb is potentially our favourite phrase in the English language. Islington’s Nopi is now delivering a spiced pulled lamb meal kit for two through the Ottolenghi home delivery site.

  • Smokestak are delivering DIY bun boxes and smoked meats across the UK. You can choose between beef brisket, pulled pork shoulder, and chilli and fennel sausage. Order here from July 3rd.

  • Westerns Laundry are starting a BBQ series on their patio, on the schedule so far they’ve said they’re serving hot dogs on Thursday 25th June, and merguez and squid on the weekend of the 27th. Keep an eye on their Instagram for updates.

  • As of this week, you can get Bistrotheque delivered directly to selected east London parks. For now that includes Victoria Park, London Fields, Haggerston Park, Millfields Park, and Mile End. They’re delivering tarts, pie, and even a whole Scrabble picnic. Which, we can confirm, comes with a Scrabble board.

  • Sidechick have extended their delivery radius. Check their Instagram page to see if they’re now delivering to you.

  • Boisdale have introduced Boisdale At Home, a new delivery service for ‘essential luxuries’. You can get everything from rock oysters to dressed lobsters delivered anywhere across the UK.

  • Peruvian spot Coya has reopened its Angel Court restaurant for collection and delivery. That means you can get their delicious tacos delivered if you’re within two miles.

  • Elliot’s has been offering a menu of small plates, pizzas, and family feasts throughout lockdown, and this week they’re launching a series of guest pizzas. The first will be from their Borough Market neighbours Mei Mei, with Dom’s Subs and Jidori scheduled for the coming weeks.

  • You can now get sandwiches filled with things like rotisserie chicken and duck terrine from Shoreditch spot Leroy.

  • Grilled cheese experts Morty and Bob’s have reopened in Kings Cross to provide takeaway customers with some of the finest grilled cheese sandwiches in London.

  • Berber & Q in Haggerston is delivering family bbq boxes, and veggie boxes. Order them here.

WEEK OF JUNE 15

  • We bring you the biggest news of the year - okay fine, not the biggest, it’s 2020, but still exciting news - much of the West End will be turned into an outdoor dining district this summer to allow many restaurants, bars, and pubs, to re-open. Roads across Covent Garden, Soho, Chinatown, Marylebone, Paddington, and St James’s will be closed to traffic, allowing customers to socially distance safely.

  • The reception area of Brigadiers in the City has been transformed into a Daru shop serving takeaway pints, other booze, and snacks. To-go menu items, served through a hatch, include kathi rolls, masala pork scratchings, and Naanza - that’s a pizza/naan hybrid - served by the slice. Those Naanza have also been added to their delivery menu which is now enlarged from three miles for same-day orders to eight miles if you order for dinner (or Friday lunch) the next day.

  • Eat of Eden’s Brixton branch has followed their Clapham spot in reopening. Their excellent vegan wraps and platters are available for collection and local delivery.

  • 1251’s pandemic pivot to buttermilk chicken burgers and Jamaican jerk will become permanent. The Upper Street restaurant will be renamed Around The Cluck and continue delivering around Islington.

  • The father of all fathers, Daddy Bao, has reopened for collection and delivery. That means that if you live around Tooting, you can finally be reunited with that shiitake mushroom bao.

  • A few weeks ago we mentioned that My Neighbours The Dumplings would be offering click and collect from both their Clapton and Victoria Park restaurants. Well, it’s up and running.

  • Cocotte have three locations across London serving farm-to-table rotisserie chickens, salads, and sandwiches. They’ve now launched an offering called CoCoRiCo which will be delivering an all-new breakfast and brunch menu around Parsons Green between 8am and 3pm daily. Their Notting Hill and Hoxton Square locations are set to come online soon.

  • Lahpet have been shipping salad and noodle making kits for a while. Now they’ve added Dinner Hampers to their online pantry. These full meals for two or four include paratha, yellow peas, a choice of salads, coconut noodles, and a drink each.

  • Just a week after opening for takeaway, Frenchie has launched a delivery service. The £45 three-course meal includes things like smoked ricotta, strawberry and peas salad, and chicken breast stuffed with herbs and brioche. There’s a vegetarian option too. And yes, you can also order a box of nine bacon scones on the side.

  • New dish alert: Gunpowder have added a Parsi lamb cutlace sandwich to their menu, which you can collect or get delivered from their Spitalfields restaurant.

  • Italian spot, Artusi has created a picnic for two, which includes focaccia, mortadella, strawberries, prosecco, and more. It’s available for delivery from their website.

  • Vardo has reopened and is delivering food as well as bottled margaritas and Bloody Mary mix around Chelsea.

  • Padella have reopened their Borough Market restaurant for takeaway pasta on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. And they’ve also partnered up with Supermarket Of Dreams to bring their pasta kits to West London. So you can pick up their beef shin ragu from Holland Park Avenue.

  • Monty’s Deli has launched a Build Your Own sandwich kit, with enough salt beef, pastrami, and mustard for six people.

  • Jamavar has launched a new delivery service ‘The Royal Kitchen’. It’s delivering its upmarket Indian food everyday of the week,

  • Hot4U might sound like a truly terrible dating app, but it’s actually a super-exciting new meal delivery service currently based on Hoxton Market. They’re doing a weekly changing menu including things like snails with bone marrow, turbot, and vesuvius tomato with salted duck egg. DM them on Instagram to order.

  • Fact: Yard Sale makes some of the very best pizza in London. Their latest collaboration is with legendary Turkish spot Mangal 2 in celebration of the return of football. The Mangoal 2 (see what they did there) is covered in lamb köfte and Aleppo pepper spiked tomato sauce. Available for delivery now.

  • The bacon naan breakfast we once described as ‘really, really, really good’ - yes, that’s three reallys - is now available to eat at home. Dishoom are delivering bacon naan roll kits in and around King’s Cross, Kensington, and Shoreditch.

  • Fitzrovia fine dining spot Pied a Terre is now doing a vegan feast for two. You can either collect or opt for delivery, and there are bottles of wine available too.

  • If you’re on your fourth butchered loaf of banana bread, we have good news. Bread Ahead have launched an E-learning platform that includes daily live IGTV sessions, Zoom workshops, and a downloadable e-workbook where you’ll learn to make everything from doughnuts to Italian classics. Baking supplies are also available on their website.

  • Popular Korean spot On The Bab is home to some great fried chicken, bao, and rice bowls. Their Shoreditch branch has re-opened for delivery and collection.

  • Mayfair neighbourhood favourite Ergon Deli has re-opened their cafe for takeaway. They’ve also re-opened their Westfield Stratford spot, and you can expect cakes, pita melts, and their great Greek pies at both locations.

  • Chin Chin, the nitrogen-happy ice cream spot, is now delivering nationwide.

  • Good Neighbour has started delivering burgers, fried chicken, and dougnuts from its Tooting location. Find more details via Instagram.

  • The Dusty Knuckle have invested in a milk float. No, really. They’re selling their famous sourdough, focaccia, pastries, cheese, flowers, and more. Check their location via their Instagram story.

  • Chelsea restaurant Elystan Street is doing delivery and collection dinners every weekend. Book a time slot here.

  • Super-slick fine dining spot Roganic has launched vegetable boxes, set meals from L’Enclume chefs, bakery bits, and more. Find more information here.

  • Frenchie in Covent Garden has reopened for takeaway. It’ll be from 12-7pm every Wednesday to Thursday, and yes, boxes of their bacon scones are available.

  • Zoilo has opened an online shop to make its excellent Argentinian meats available to cook at home.

  • West London sushi spot Dinings is open for delivery and collection. Check out the menus here.

  • Excellent news for Islington locals: Trullo has opened a shop next door to the restaurant. There are freshly baked goods, sauces, wine, and more. It’s open Wednesday to Sunday.

  • Shuk, an Israeli pita spot in Borough Market, is doing DIY babka and pita kits. Delivery is within the M25 only.

  • French wine bar Le Petit Sud has started a delivery and collection service of cocktails, wines, cheeses, and, well, more booze. Check their Insta for the full menu.

  • Closures: Le Caprice, Indian Accent, Sardine

week of june 8

  • A strong contender for ‘restaurants we’d like to live in’, Quality Chop House is now cooking a full menu every day, from Wednesday to Saturday, both for delivery and collection. It’s got chops of all varieties and those confit potatoes of course. Order here.

  • Bright are setting up a grill on the terrace outside their London Fields restaurant on Saturday afternoon. It’ll be takeaway, it’ll be simple, it’ll start at 2pm, and it’ll finish when they run out of chicken, chips, and salad.

  • Luca is now doing delivery and collection Thursday to Saturday. The menu changes, but a meal for two will cost £80 and there are vegetarian and pescatarian options too. Order here.

  • Dim the lights, stick some Calvin Harris on, and get ready to stick a sparkler where the sun don’t shine, because Sexy Fish is open for delivery and takeaway.

  • Attawa, a Punjabi restaurant originally scheduled to open pre-lockdown, has started offering collection and delivery from its new Dalston home. The menu features tandoor lamb chops, pindhi chole (chickpea curry), and a whole lot more.

  • Fulham’s Harwood Arms are delivering roast at home boxes. Get your order in by Wednesday 4pm for a Saturday delivery, and then come Sunday (if you can wait that long) you stick it all in the oven for a perfect roast. Order here.

  • Burgers may be Patty & Bun’s ride or die, but chicken is now their side chick. Their new rotisserie chicken brand, Sidechick, is delivery-only and pairs marinated roast chicken with sides like smoky aubergine or crispy potatoes. There are plans for a pop-up too.

  • One of Highbury’s favourite neighbourhood cafés, Fink’s Salt and Sweet has reopened for takeaway. Check their Instagram for more details.

  • Soho chippie Golden Union is launching a butty-only menu. Yes, you read that correctly. From June 16, you’ll be able to order a king prawn, panko chicken, or panko tuna butty with various oozing condiments in each.

  • Legendary London oyster bar Bentley’s has launched a new delivery service, Mr. Oyster Boy. You can order for delivery or collection, and the hefty menu includes rock oysters, fish pie, dressed crab, plus other seafood bits and bobs.

  • Lardo in Hackney is now open for collection every day of the week. The Italian spot has antipasto and pizza on the menu, with more coming.

  • Singaporian kopitiam spot Mei Mei has begun collection and delivery from its Borough Market home. Hainanese chicken rice and more is on the menu, check their Instagram for more details.

  • Legendary Punjabi spot Tayaab’s is available to order via app again.

  • Peckham restaurant and wine bar Levan has launched a takeaway service. Dishes are mostly ready to eat although some assembly and reheating might be required. Order here for collection on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

  • Jikoni in Marylebone has launched a delivery and collection service called Comfort and Joy. They’re offering two boxes a week and both will be available either ready to eat or ready to be heated at home. Check out today’s offerings here.

  • Spitalfields sharing plates spot, Bubala, have put together a shakshuka brunch kit including hummus and laffa bread. Order here for delivery on Friday.

  • Westerns Laundry will be hosting impromptu BBQ lunches and dinners in the forecourt of their converted north London garage. Keep an eye on their Instagram for the first date.

  • Bento boxes and three types of ramen are available for delivery from the Goodge Street branch of Japanese restaurant Ippudo. Order here.

  • Peckham spot The Begging Bowl is launching a collection service to eat their Thai dishes at home. You can order from their website as of this week.

  • We had dreams where we could get Endo’s sushi through a drive-thru. But we also had dreams where Timothée Chalamet proposed to us, and that certainly never came to fruition. The former is officially happening in Kensal Green on June 8. Plus, all proceeds go to charity. Swoon.

  • Together with its sister restaurant Lyles, Flor is launching a pizza concept this week. ASAP Pizza is expected on the 10th but you can keep an eye on their website for more details.

  • Closures: The Frog (Hoxton), Ugly Butterfly, Siren at the Goring.

week of june 1

  • Andi’s Wadadli Kitchen is serving Caribbean home cooking The Crooked Billet in Clapton. Mains like tamarind and smoked chilli BBQ chicken thigh are served either as a sandwich, with green slaw, or on a sweet potato roti. Along with sides like scotch bonnet salt fries and fried plantain, everything is available for collection or local delivery. Order here.

  • Covent Garden and Soho pasta spot Bancone has launched Bancone at Home, delivering within a five mile radius of Golden Square. Order here for two and four person pasta kits, and a selection of antipasti and dolce.

  • Highgate pub The Bull & Last are doing Sunday takeaway. They’re taking orders from 10am on the day for fish and chips, and chicken or beef roasts for two, served with trimmings. Call 020 7267 3641 or check their Instagram for details.

  • Dishoom are delivering for the first time. Order here.

  • Newington Green all-day café and restaurant Jolene has changed its opening hours to 10am to 7pm. On top of the baked things they were already selling, they’re now serving roman pizza, and large plates like pork belly, beans and green sauce. Keep an eye on their Instagram to see their daily menu.

  • Nasi Economy Rice is a sister restaurant to Sambal Shiok and next door to it on the Holloway Road. Their ready-to-eat rice boxes with curries, braises, and stir fries ladled over are available for same-day click-and-collect and delivery. Details here.

  • Lupins near London Bridge is open for orders, and deliveries from Wednesday. They’re doing a couple of set menus priced at £35 (for the vegetarian one) and £45 (for the meat) and they also have a lengthy list of a la carte options including a Cornish crab thermidor and a confit lamb with baby turnips and salsa verde. Order here.

  • My Neighbours The Dumplings have opened a Jianbing Stall in Clapton (on Wednesday) and in Victoria Park (on Friday) with wraps cooked to order from 12pm onwards. They’ll also be offering click-and-collect and delivery on their full menu, starting next week from both Clapton and Victoria Park.

  • Mr Falafel is already on delivery apps, but we hear they’ve bought an electric bike and are trialling super-local delivery around Shepherd’s Bush for free. Call 07307 635548 for details.

  • Covent Garden wine bar Lady of the Grapes has reopened. Place a click-and-collect order from their online shop.

  • As of this week, Shoreditch BBQ spot Smokestak is delivering on Friday nights as well as Saturdays. Order here.

  • Hoppers have added a delivery kitchen in east London, so you can now get their excellent Sri Lankan specialities delivered to you in Whitechapel, Bethnal Green and Hoxton, as well as neighbourhoods surrounding their Soho, Marylebone, and King’s Cross restaurants. Order here.

  • The food is only a small part of what we love about Maggie Jones’s, but short of going back in time to 2019 so we can actually spend an evening, or a long, lazy Sunday lunch there, we’ll take all the British classics we can get from their newly launched takeaway menu.

  • Davies and Brook To Go is a £35 box of fried chicken for one, delivered from the restaurant at Claridge’s. Order here.

  • Padella are delivering pasta kits so you can enjoy the kind of pasta you’d ordinarily queue round-the-block for, at home. Order things like beef shin ragu, and tomato tagliarini here.

week of may 25

  • Rivington Street Italian restaurant Popolo have launched a collection and delivery service. The menu will change weekly, your meal will require minimal work from you, and they’ve got a bunch of wines to complement your choices.

  • Romantic Columbia Road spot Campania & Jones is serving a small lunch menu of dishes that you can pick up to take home and prepare yourself. And yes, their tiramisu is on the menu.

  • Australian spot Wander has launched Wander At Home Banquet kits which are now available for collection from their Stoke Newington restaurant. Pre-order from their website for things like salmon cakes and tagliatelle with octopus ragu for two.

  • Four Legs, cooking in the kitchen at Islington pub The Compton Arms have added chicken dippers, fried chicken sandwiches, and more to their delivery menu.

  • Kricket and HG Walter have come together to create a Kricket at Home curry kit which you can now order here.

  • Lorne has launched Lorne At Home, a new takeaway service with meals for two like duck cassoulet, and gnocchi with wild garlic pesto.

week of may 18

  • Gymkhana is London’s best Indian restaurant and the Mayfair spot is now delivering to a decent section of London from Camden to Knightsbridge. Check to see if you’re in the zone here. If you are, make sure you order the lamb chops.

  • If you can eat Meatliquor’s huge Dead Hippie burger without uttering the phrase ‘F me, frying patties in mustard, you clever meaty bastards’ then you’re a better person than us. These savants of all things fun, fried, or boozy, are now delivering across London.

  • Gunpowder, one of the best Indian restaurants in London, has launched a delivery and collection service from their Spitalfields restaurant. Get details here.

  • Inko Nito are not yet delivering their chilli garlic yoghurt by the litre, but you get a decent portion of it with their karaage chicken, which they are now delivering from their Soho restaurant.

  • Royal China is reopening their many of their London branches, meaning you can get their excellent dim sum delivered directly to you home. Details here.

  • Circolo Popolare has reopened for delivery from their Fitzrovia restaurant. There’s a selection of pizzas, pastas, and an entirely ridiculous lemon meringue pie that you have to order.

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