It's not been a good week for Soho and Old Compton Street in particular. Five days ago, we heard that Ed's Easy Diner (on Old Compton Street since 1987) had closed its doors. And now it's the turn of Patisserie Valerie.
It's all sounding very familiar. A company starts with a bit of gentle growth in the 80s. It's then taken over
London's restaurant scene is constantly in churn - with new restaurants replacing old. That's the nature of the beast. But even we admit to being a bit surprised at our emotional reaction to the news yesterday that Soho classic Ed's Easy Diner was no more.
Reported in a tweet by The Guinea's GM Oisin Rogers, it transpires that the American diner on the corner of Old Compton Street and Moor Street has been taken over by another American import -
Well this really is the end of an era. The original burger boys that started this whole crazy thing, MEATliquor, are being turfed out of their original restaurant site. In a tweet today they revealed that a developer plans to level the carpark building they're in and encouraged customers to find them a new home, adding a serious sweetener of £20k for the person who gets them into the right central London site.
Ever since opening in 2016, Hackney restaurant Legs has been building a loyal fanbase. But now it seems they're on the move.
Posting on Instagram today the restaurant said:
"News flash! Legs is closing its doors on the 6th of October (last service being dinner of the 6th). A huge thanks to all of our suppliers, customers, and staff over the years for
"Arthur’s has never closed, not even when bombs rained all around. Every weekday on the dot of 7am, the doors open and the faithful flood in."
Sadly, the words that the then-Guardian restaurant reviewer Marina O'Loughlin wrote in her love letter to Dalston cafe Arthur's will seem pretty poignant next
We're always sad to hear of a London restaurant closing, particularly any that have managed to survive their first year, let alone three more. But these things happen and yesterday Bethnal Green's The Typing Room sent out an email to its customers saying that they'd be doing their last service at the end of June.
According to the mailout the head chef Lee Westcott "has decided to pursue new culinary ambitions and will focus on other future
We're really sorry to hear this morning of the imminent closure of Galvin Brothers Bistrot de Luxe on Baker Street. The announcement came today as Chris and Jeff Galvin said; "It’s time to move on...in the world’s great cities things do not stand still. Tastes change and also, as creative chefs, we are restless and now want to do new things not just endlessly repeat the same style of cooking.”
The 12-year-old restaurant really was a game-changer when it
Tragic news for fans of the much-loved Smoking Goat. After three and a half years of churning out top Thai barbecue in Soho, the immensely popular restaurant will close on 14 January, bowing out to allow for Denmark Street's redevelopment.
The restaurant, which has been called by critics "
They say all good things come to an end, so Stevie Parle must be feeling bittersweet about announcing the imminent closure of his first restaurant The Dock Kitchen.
In a newsletter emailed out to the restaurant's clientele, Parle says: "I’m writing to let you know that Dock Kitchen will be closing for good after lunch on the 23rd of December. Our lease is coming to an end and unfortunately we have to move out. I’ve been holding off letting everyone know that we’re
James Cochran's Islington restaurant has closed within four months of opening. The restaurant, which was upstairs at the Angel Shopping Centre in Islington, quietly closed its doors a few weeks ago. But following various enquiries on and off social it seems the restaurant has finally put up a notice confirming its closure.
Odd thing though. When you look for information on his website, there's simply a notice that "This popup location has now
Sad news as the traditional English pie and eel shop which has been trading as Manze since 1902 blames business rates for decision
So this is sad news. The super popular Kricket is closing its original spot in POP Brixton. Seems they're decided to focus their efforts on finding a second permanent site - either in Brixton or beyond.
“We couldn't have asked for a better place to open our first restaurant," said co-owners Rik Campbell & Will Bowlby, "and whilst we will be focusing our attention on our restaurant in Soho for the time being, we hope to return to Brixton one day
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