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Green’s Closes

Green’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar closed last Saturday, April 23rd. Founded in 1982 by Simon Parker Bowles, brother of Andrew Parker Bowles, former husband of the Duchess of Cornwall, and uncle to food writer Tom Parker Bowles, the restaurant, famous for its oysters, has been forced to shut its doors and find new premises after landlord Crow Estates decided to demolish the building where it has been based.

via The Daily Telegraph

Fergus Henderson’s Brain Burger

MEATliquor and Fergus Henderson have teamed up to raise money for Parkinson’s research (Henderson was diagnosed with the disease in 1998). For £30 diners will get a burger consisting of a slice of calf’s brain fried in panko breadcrumbs with sauce gribiche, homemade mayo, and cabbage, on a St John Bakery potato and onion roll, along with a portion of fries and a butchers apron designed by Henderson. All profits go to Parkinson’s UK and tickets can be booked via the Eventbrite page here.

via Big Hospitality

Martin Morales of Ceviche to Open New Soho Restaurant

Called Casita Andina, the restaurant will open on 28th July, which is, uncoincidentally, Peruvian Independence Day. Located on Great Windmill Street, it’s inspired by Peruvian picanterias – traditional, family-run restaurants specialising in serving the local community and travellers. The menu will incorporate traditional Andean dishes and snacks featuring Peruvian ingredients alongside those sourced from British farms.

via The Caterer

Kopapa to Close May 1st

The fusion restaurant on Seven Dials, popular with many for a New Zealand brunch, is to close on 1st May to allow the owners to focus on other projects such as Crosstown Doughnuts.

via Big Hospitality

Cronut Creator to Open Belgravia Store

Dominique Ansel, the New York based, Michelin-starred pastry chef who invented the Cronut in 2013 is to open a store on Elizabeth Street, Belgravia in late summer/autumn.

via Big Hospitality

Supply Chain Crisis to Hit London

The Feeding London in 2030 report by Andrew Morgan, CEO of supply chain advisers Global 78, argues that by 2030 London’s supply chain, already under strain, won’t be fit for purpose and will break down. The changes in London’s population and eating habits have put the current systems under stress, and their reactive nature means they will not be able to survive much longer as-is. Instead, he writes that the food and drink industry should look to take the lead in shaping food and drink habits and consumer patterns, and invest in developing a system fit for the changed capital of the near future. The report will be released on 15th May.

via The Caterer


Cadbury Chocolate Spa for One Day Only

First there was the Creme Egg pop-up, and now, to mark the launch of the new Cadbury Dairy Milk Medley bar, for one day only they are opening a spa. The Soho spa unfortunately won’t be replacing mud treatments with chocolate; they will, however, be offering massages and manicures alongside tasters of the new chocolate bar. The event will be on 5th May.

via Secret London

Pret’s Vegetarian Pop-up

June will see Pret run a month long vegetarian pop-up in Soho. The store is designed to trial more vegetarian offerings as part of the company’s “Not Just for Veggies” campaign. It also comes in the wake of the company’s announcement that sales last year rose to £676m, with non-meat items seeing double-digit growth.

via Big Hospitality

London’s Naked Restaurant

Lollipop, the team behind London’s Breaking Bad-inspired bar, ABQ, is opening Bunyadi this June. The 42-cover pop-up is billed as London’s first naked restaurant. The concept is to strip back everything to a more natural state, with electricity replaced by candlelight, wood fires for cooking, edible cutlery, and a varied selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes alongside grilled meats. Thankfully, for modesty’s sake, phones and cameras will be banned, nudity is optional, and according to the restaurant layout each table is surrounded by a screen of bamboo for privacy. Who would want to dine naked in public you ask? Well, plenty of people, it seems: over 11,000 applied in the first 24 hours after registration opened.

via The Daily Dot

The Fork Awakens

The immersive dining company Barrel and Forks are brining a galaxy far, far away to London on 7 dates from 23rd June with their Star Wars themed pop-up The Fork Awakens. After a Jedi lightsaber drink you’ll be treated to a four-course menu while surrounded by galactic travellers and rebels. What will happen? Who knows, but organisers promise an captivating experience transporting you to the aforementioned distant galaxy. Register online to get your fork alliance ID number before receiving details of the event a month in advance, and the location of the venue 48 hours before. Tickets are £55pp.

via Londonist

Hello Kitty Comes to London Bakery

The Soho bakery Cutter & Squidge is teaming up with SanRio, the creators of Hello Kitty, to host a Hello Kitty Secret Garden pop-up within its walls for three months this summer. It will offer £40pp themed afternoon teas from 1st June to 31st August.

via Big Hospitality

Holborn’s 14,035 G&Ts to Choose From

Holborn Dining Room has opened a new gin bar offering a choice of 400 gins ranging from £9 up to £52, for a rare 1950s Taplows London Dry; one hundred will be UK distilled. On top of this, they are offering 27 choices of tonic, including their own home-made offering, resulting in a choice of 14,035 combinations.

via Londonist

World’s Largest Negroni Bar Popping Up in London

11th-21st May will see the world’s largest Negroni bar open in East London, with an offering of some 30 different versions of the classic Italian cocktail. The bar at the Red Gallery will feature classic Campari artwork, and 15 other bars across London will be serving their own twist on the bittersweet beverage for the duration of the pop-up.

via Londonist

BrewDog to Open Hotel

Despite missing its £25 million crowdfunding target by £6 million, the donations from 42,000 punters raised enough that they can still move ahead with plans to expand their bar estate, build a new brewhouse, and even a beer-themed hotel in Aberdeen, appropriately to be named The Kennel.

via Big Hospitality

10 Unauthenticated Francis Bacon Works For Sale

The Herrick Gallery is selling two large pastels and eight drawings they believe to be genuine works by Bacon despite them not being included in the new catalogue raisonné. Despite this, they are selling the ten pieces for a combined total of £2.79million. The show runs until 21st May.

via The Art Newspaper

Queer Art at the Tate

Between 5th April and 1st October 2017, Tate Britain will hold the first major show of Queer British art to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality. The exhibit will feature works and personal items and photographs of artists dating back to 1861 when the death penalty for buggery was abolished. Artists will include Francis Bacon, John Singer Sargent, and David Hockney, who will also be the subject of a dedicated retrospective in 2017 at Tate Britain; Tate promises it will be the largest such exhibition of his work in London ever. 2017 will also see Tate Modern hold Giacometti and Modigliani exhibits.

via The Art Newspaper

Palmyra Comes to Trafalgar Square

A replica of the triumphal arch from the Roman ruins of Palmyra in Syria stood in Trafalgar Square for three days last week. Made using marble and 3D printing, the scale model of the real arch, destroyed by ISIS, has been designed to draw attention to Syria’s plight and the effect of such wars on antiquities. The Arch is now heading to New York, then Dubai.

via The Art Newspaper

National Theatre’s Temporary Theatre to Close

13th May will see the National’s Temporary Theatre close for good, with the newly refurbished Dorfman taking over its mantle as the experimental stage, thus allowing the National to continue taking the risks required to bring new talent and ideas to both theatre and audiences alike. Over the three years it operated, the Temporary Theatre had a 91% occupancy, of which 35% were under 35 years old. The National’s overall average for that demographic is only 22%.

via The Stage

Kelsey Grammer and Britney Spears to Make West End Debuts?

A number of news outlets are reporting that this Christmas’s production of the pantomime Cinderella at the London Palladium will see Britney Spears in the lead role. It’s also rumoured that Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner turned down the £500,000 part. Meanwhile, the Daily Mail reports that Kelsey Grammer may be reprising his Broadway role of Captain Hook in the upcoming January 2017 West End production of Finding Neverland.

via LondonTheatre.co.uk