• Government confirms aim for full lockdown lifting on 19 July

    Reopening plans on hold for London

    Updated 28/6/21 with confirmation of the date. 

    With new Health Secretary Sajid Javid in charge, the government has now confirmed that the 19 July date for full reopening remains the main target and they won't be bringing that date forward. 

    When questioned if that means lifting all restrictions, he replied "It is absolutely our intention to have step four commence on 19 July and

  • London's best food shops making home deliveries

    London’s food delivery services during lockdown

    Whether you're avoiding the supermarket scrums or self-isolating, we've gathered together some of the best grocery stores in and around London making home deliveries. 

  • Curry Club are bringing chefs together to cook for London's vulnerable

    curry club charity cooking london

    This is a lovely idea, guaranteed to warm the cockles of even the most frozen heart. A whole bunch of restaurant and food folk are coming together to cook food for vulnerable Londoners.

    Curry Club was set up by Matt from Holloway shop Provisions along with Lizzie Parle and her team from Railroad in Hackney. They've brought together some impressive names who are aiming to send out 2000 free meals. Chefs

  • Parliament's bar closing time exemption is overturned - updated

    MPs can drink past 10pm as Parliament's bars are exempt from new rules

    Updated 11.50am - well that was quick. Sky is now reporting that the huge backlash to this story has led to Parliament u-turning and closing down its bars at 10pm from today like the rest of the country.

    This definitely isn't

  • How restaurants across the world (and London) are working with social distancing

    How restaurants are dealing with social distancing

    As London's restaurants reopen after the lockdown, we take a look here and around the world at some of the industry's more creative solutions to the new normal of social distancing. 

  • 22 June may be the reopening date for pub gardens and restaurant terraces

    barrafina outside terrace

    Are we within weeks of seeing the UK's restaurants and pubs reopening? That's the considered opinion of The Financial Times which, over the weekend, reported that Ministers have identified June 22 as a potential date to reopen them and 'save the summer'.

    Key to that would be the existence of some sort of alfresco element with

  • Soho street festival campaign wants to pedestrianise Soho for the summer

    save soho campaign

    How will London's restaurant scene survive Covid? Actually, will it survive Covid? That's the question being asked by more and more restaurant, bar and pub operators, as the prospect of opening with a potential 2m social distancing rule looms.

    But rather than buckle under the weight of such restrictions, one London area has decided to fight for its future. The Soho Summer Street Festival campaign aims to pedestrianise Soho for the summer, allowing

  • Darby's in Nine Elms is opening its hatch as a bakery and deli

    darbys in nine elms opens its hatch for business

    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

  • Mark Hix's restaurants go into administration

    mark hix restaurants administration

    We all know how tough it is in the restaurant business right now, so we're sad to be reporting the demise of Mark Hix's restaurant empire.

    The news was broken by The Telegraph over the weekend, which revealed that all of Hix's London restaurants would be closing, along with

  • Claridge's hotel reopens to put up NHS workers during the Covid-19 crisis

    claridges opens for nhs workers

    It's sad to witness any businesses closing their doors during the London lockdown. But seeing landmark hotels, which had remained open throughout both world wars, battening the hatches seemed somehow worse.

    So we were thoroughly cheered to see the story in today's Standard about the reopening of Claridge's hotel to NHS workers. The folks at the Maybourne Hotel Group told Hot Dinners they'd "asked the teams across Claridge’s, The

  • Cyber Fest - a virtual beer fest - is coming

    A virtual beer fest is coming

    Obviously, there aren't and festivals happening right now - particularly beer festivals. But that isn't stopping beer delivery service Beer 52. They're launching a virtual beer festival, Cyber Fest, where you can drink along at home. 

    You'll be able to order the beers in advance (12 of them) and the virtual festival takes place between 6 and 10pm on 17 April, live-streamed online. There will be virtual, back-to-back tastings and

  • Patty & Bun are selling Ari Gold and Smokey Robinson burger kits at HG Walter

    patty & bun hg walter lockdown patty kit

    In a crisis like this we all have to work together, which is just what Patty & Bun and top butcher HG Walter are doing. They've launched The Lockdown DIY Patty Kit to enable you to make Patty & Bun burgers at home.

    There are three boxes available with the ingredients to make two classic P&B burgers - the Ari Gold and the Smokey Robinson. All you'll need to do is provide the lettuce and tomato.

    For £25 you'll

  • The country's on lockdown, and food delivery is the answer

    uk on lockdown

    So, we're on lockdown. We knew it was coming and, last night, Boris finally delivered.

    What does this mean for London's restaurants and cafes? In the immediate aftermath of the latest government announcement, many of the restaurants that were in the process of moving to delivery decided to close their doors for the foreseeable future. In many cases, they were worried about further changes and also for their staff.

    But the one thing that the prime