March 2018 Restaurant News Roundup

Take a deep breath and grab a cuppa, because a lot happened in the world of London restaurants this March…

March’s Top 5 Most Important Openings

Grilled brill, street food and wine driven dining make the grade this month. Check out the top 5 most exciting openings in March.

Significant Bar and Restaurant Closures

Chinese Laundry: This cult favourite shut its doors reluctantly after failing to recover from two major incidents: first a fire, and then squatters occupying the space.

Foxlow Chiswick: This branch of the neighbourhood restaurants owned by the Hawksmoor group has closed, although the other three remain open.

Taberno do Mercado: Nuno Mendes’ Portuguese restaurant in Spitalfields Market has closed but don’t worry, he’s reopened it as a part of The Kitchens.

L’Anima: Francesco Mazzei opened this Italian in 2008 and it closed a decade later. It’s due to be incorporated into L’Anima Cafe next door.

Headline News From the London Restaurant Scene

Claire Ptak of Violet Bakery will make Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cake in May. The flavour will be lemon and elderflower.

Oprah went to spectacular Mayfair Indian restaurant Gymkhana, reported Eater London. What do you mean you don’t care? It’s Oprah!

Critic Grace Dent launched a one-day food festival in Deptford. Happening on 7th April, it coincides with a new weekly market in the same location.

London went mad for Singaporean street food. Hawker Chan, the world’s only Michelin-starred street food stall, served soy chicken and rice boxes for three days at KERB King’s Cross and diners queued for hours to get a taste.