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Uzbekistan Cuisine Arrives

London has always been a melting pot of cultures, but Uzbek cuisine was something missing, until now. Samarkand will open in Fitzrovia on the former site of Fino, serving traditional cuisine.

Big Easy Bar.B.Q & Lobstershack

Big Easy is preparing to expand beyond London. Currently there are three stores in London, with another opening in Edinburgh and plans for more in the North.

Clare Smyth to set up in Notting Hill?

Clare Smyth, head chef at Restaurant Gordon Ramsay and holder of three Michelin stars ever since, is believed to be in advanced talks on a site for her own restaurants in Notting Hill. She is the first female chef in England to hold three stars, and has been continuing as a consultant at Ramsay’s flagship restaurant while looking for a suitable solo opportunity since announcing her intention to leave last year.

via Big Hospitality

Shoryu Ramen and two-star The Araki bring affordable Japanese to Mayfair

The owners of Shoryu Ramen and The Araki are partnering to open Sakagura, serving authentic Japanese on Heddon Street. The restaurant will serve sake-based cocktails and Hakata yakitori – skewer based dishes – which will be made in the open kitchen. Little else is known about the menu other than that it will be authentic and affordably priced to appeal to a younger audience.

via Big Hospitality

Fund Launched to Save the Elizabeth I Armada Portrait for the Nation

The Art Fund and the Royal Museum Greenwich have come together in an attempt to raise £10 million to save the famous portrait of Elizabeth I depicting the defeat of the Spanish Armada in the background. This painting was owned by Francis Drake, and has been in private hands for its 425 year history. £8.6 million is needed after the Art Fund and Royal Museum Greenwich’s contributions are taken into account, and donations will be matched pound for pound. If the money is not raised, the painting will not become part of the national collection and will be sold on the open market, meaning it will likely go abroad.

Donations can be made at artfund.org/armada or by calling 0844 415 4100.

via The Art Fund