October Restaurant News Roundup

Where does the time go? Here we are, looking back on yet another month of glorious consumption, our belt notches one higher in number. So, what happened during October? The month of spider webs, pumpkins and… well, a lot of goings-on in the London restaurant industry, actually.

October’s Top 5 Most Important Openings

Let’s start with the most important openings of the month, which we’ve collected together into a handy roundup. There’s street food, Sri Lankan, and the best of British food, served in an art gallery.

October’s Restaurant Closures


Robin Gill (The Dairy, The Manor, Counter Culture) has quietly closed Paradise Garage. A statement on their website reads:

‘Dear customer,

We are sorry to report that Paradise Garage is now closed. We would like to sincerely thank all our loyal customers who dined with us during our time in Bethnal Green and for so much positivity during our time there.

If we can help with any future booking enquiries we would love to welcome you to our restaurants in Clapham; The Dairy, The Manor or Counter Culture so please get in touch.’

It’s understood that Gill decided to cut his losses in East London and close the restaurant, with the aim of focusing fully on a new city centre opening next year.

Nape, Cannon & Cannon’s charcuterie and wine bar in Camberwell, has also closed, to the dismay of local residents. The British charcuterie company tweeted on 19th October confirming the closure:

Headline News from the London Restaurant Scene


The opening of the Bloomberg Arcade was a major bit of news for the restaurant scene this month, with a staggered announcement and opening of restaurants which have been chosen by Bloomberg’s critic, Richard Vines. See our article for details of those that are opened and those still to come.

Whatever you think about the Michelin system these days, those stars mean a lot to chefs and the bibs are, well, actually pretty useful. See which London restaurants were awarded accolades for the 2018 guide.

The Kitchens opened at Spitalfields market; a major new street food hub for London. See our guide to what’s on offer.

One of the UK’s top chefs, Simon Rogan, announced that he’s bringing back his plant-based restaurant Roganic, which was groundbreaking when it ran as a two-year pop-up back in 2011. It will run alongside his development kitchen, Aulis, and will use ingredients brought down from his farm at L’Enclume in Cumbria. Just Opened London enjoyed a tour of the farm recently so we can tell you that Londoners are in for some treats — we tried fruits and other produce there that we’d not seen anywhere else in the UK, like the ugni fruit.

Just Opened London’s favourite restaurant critic (apart from our own, of course) Marina O‘Loughlin wrote her final review for The Guardian, visiting one of our all-time favourite London restaurants, Quality Chop House. She went on to set up camp at The Sunday Times, sadly behind a paywall but no less brilliant. Her first review was a tribute to her predecessor, the late AA Gill, and a review of Le Colombier in Chelsea. Last week? Wetherspoons in Ramsgate.