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Two fish and chip stories in as many days? Who'd have thought the chippy would be a 2016 trend for London? Following hard on the heels of yesterday's story about new Notting Hill opening The Chipping Forecast comes news that Poppie's Fish and Chips is opening in Soho. They'll be taking over where The House of Ho was and which used to be the old 2i’s Coffee Bar, the birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Owner 74-year-old Pat ‘Pop’ Newland sounds pretty chipper (sorry) about the idea of moving into central London, explaining that it's a bit of a return for him as he had a jellied eel stall on Rupert Street in the 60s.

Plans for the Soho spot include a stage, mirroring their Camden branch which also has music and dancing.

As for food, the usual cod or haddock will be on offer, as well as battered or classic sausages, fishcakes, saveloy, jellied eels, bottled wine and beer, and of course their chips.

Poppie's Fish and Chips will open in June 2016 at 55-59 Old Compton Street, London W1T 1DB. Opening hours will be 11am to 12.30pm, daily. Keep up with their news on Twitter @popsfishnchips

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