There's no getting away from the fact that lockdown was hard on London. But, equally, it's fair to say that some businesses coped better than others. Highbury restaurant Top Cuvee didn't let any grass grow under its feet when the city shut down. It pivoted quickly to become a natural wine distributor Shop Cuvee - actually growing its business over lockdown.
Now that owner Brodie and his team have been able to reopen the restaurant,
Hammersmith folk have a hot new deli. Sam's Larder will open officially on Crisp Road tomorrow as an extension of nearby Sam's Riverside restaurant.
The shop will stock all the fresh and store cupboard foods the restaurant's kitchen uses, along with wines from the wine list, and ready meals such as fish, chicken and vegetable pies; seasonal casseroles; and rabbit ragù pasta sauce.
So you'll be able to pick up London's best bread
Over in Notting Hill, there's been an addition to the food shop scene that's a lot more interesting than getting a new Tesco Metro.
The Supermarket of Dreams opened up last month. It's from the same team as the Notting Hill Fish Shop and it's selling all manner of lovely artisan food and - the real usp - meals and DIY kits from restaurants across London.
The launch line-up for those restaurant kits is impressive with items
Yesterday's announcement by the government that restaurants could reopen was welcome news to many. But not all restaurants fit even the 1m plus rule. One such place is Kitchen Table. The two Michelin-starred restaurant in Fitzrovia is all about the counter dining experience - and that's clearly going to take them a little longer to work out how to reopen safely.
So what does one of London's top restaurants do in the meantime?
They were open in Soho for over 75 years before the lockdown hit, but that isn't keeping Lina Stores down. If you've been missing one of London's top Italian delis, the news that they've re-opened as an online-only shop should certainly help.
And it's a very fully-stocked online shop too, kicking off with something they've become best-known for - their pasta. They have fresh pasta
At a time when restaurants are closing across the city and supermarkets have bare shelves, London's local food stores and delis are more important than ever. We show you where to pick up the essentials before/when we go into lockdown.
8/4/20 - Update - after temporarily closing, the Darby's hatch is now up and running again.
Down in Vauxhall, Robin Gill and his team at Darby's are opening their hatch, having turned the restaurant into a baker/butcher/deli and wine shop in response to the Covid crisis.
"We have wonderful ingredients that we do not want to go to waste," Gill wrote on Instagram, "given that the supermarket shelves are
Colette is a traiteur and deli on Fulham Road that's looking to bring a sense of home cooking to Chelsea. With an ex-Ritz chef in charge they'll be serving up a seasonal menu and running a deli for take outs.
A trio with experience in London's top food stores have picked Camden to launch their range of upmarket deli and cafes.
Fresh from their successful pop-up at Browns over the summer, Missy Flynn and Gabriel Pryce - the team behind everyone's favourite Rita's Dining - are opening a tiny deli and sandwich spot on Lower Stable Street in King's Cross.
Only the best for Marylebone's residents and workers - this new deli and cafe will serve up British produce and Swedish pastries making it a very handy addition to the area.
Taking over the space where Encant was, Lady of the Grapes will be a wine bar, shop and restaurant focusing on wines created by female winemakers and will food by restaurateur Victor Garvey.
Petersham Nurseries is making the leap from Richmond to central London and they're not doing things by half. They're launching two restaurants, a lifestyle home and garden shop and a delicatessen with a wine cellar AND a florist.
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You might have come across charcuterie champions Cannon and Cannon at Borough Market or at a number of market stalls across town. Well now they're getting ready to open a big new place in Camberwell called Nape with LOTS of lovely cured meat.
Nape is primarily a cured meat bar - somewhere where you can pitch up, grab a seat and spend the night munching your