The original Dishoom in Covent Garden is finally reopening with a swish new look

Ten years back, the first Dishoom restaurant opened in Covent Garden. Modelled on the post-colonial ‘Irani cafés’ of Bombay, Dishoom became fast known for its bacon naan rolls and black dal – oh, and its queues – as its restaurant numbers grew in London and beyond. 

To mark its tenth birthday, the restaurant went in for a refurb, closing its doors to the public at the start of the year – little did it know its other branches would soon be doing the same thing. It was due to reopen bang on its birthday in the summer, but obviously this year got a little in the way. But now it has been announced that the very grand reopening will take place in ‘late autumn’ this year. 

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The new look still pays homage to Irani café heritage, but is also said to make reference to Bombay’s theatres and how they transformed to ‘Talkie’ cinemas in the 1940s. The design is said to reflect the faded elegance of the era – with Art Deco features and design remnants from earlier epochs – plus the ‘modernity, glamour and freedom’ that was expressed in early Bombay Talkie movies. We just like the chandeliers, tbh. 

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Photograph: Dishoom

Expect the same all-day dishes, plus drinks in the Permit Room bar below. If it ain’t broke… 

Dishoom Covent Garden reopens in ‘late autumn’ at 12 Upper St Martin’s Lane, WC2H 9FB.

Get ready for another new look at Pergola, which is getting decked with a winter forest of 200 trees.  

Can’t wait? Grab a Dishoom bacon naan roll kit for making at home.   

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Laura Anderson looks chic as she heads for dinner in Covent Garden



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She recently announced her shock split from boyfriend Tom Brazier.

But Laura Anderson showed she could more than hold her own going solo, as she stepped out for dinner at popular celebrity eatery The Ivy in London’s Covent Garden on Saturday. 

Having travelled back down from Scotland for the night, the 2018 Love Island star, 31, looked effortlessly chic in a pale violet trench coat.



a woman standing in front of a building: Dazzling: Laura Anderson showed she could more than hold her own going solo, as she stepped out for dinner at The Ivy in London's Covent Garden on Saturday


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Dazzling: Laura Anderson showed she could more than hold her own going solo, as she stepped out for dinner at The Ivy in London’s Covent Garden on Saturday

Always one with an eye for an ensemble, Laura matched her coat with an oversized cream cricket jumper with an orange and burgundy trim. 

She marched along the pavement in heeled cream boots, while her loose caramel tresses flowed along in the breeze.  

The reality star accessorised with an elegant gold chain, while she kept her makeup to a minimum with just a slick of gloss and a dash of bronzer to highlight her summer glow.   

Laura’s latest elegant appearance comes just a couple of weeks after her split from her fitness coach boyfriend Tom, which happened soon after she moved back to Scotland.

The split appears to have been sudden, as Laura last posted a picture with the trainer just days before she announced they had separated.

Stirling born Laura, 31, told fans on an Instagram story: ”Unfortunately it hasn’t worked out between us. In respect of Tom’s privacy I won’t be discussing this further. All my love to him and you all for continued support.’

Although the pair never revealed exactly when they met, the couple went public with their romance in May and spent lockdown together at Laura’s London flat.



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Back again: Laura was snapped in London as she enjoyed a night out in the capital shortly after moving back home to Glasgow

The two even went on holiday to Dubai together and hit the headlines when they were mugged in Barcelona, before Laura also introduced Tom to her family in Scotland. 

Back in April, Laura revealed she would be moving back to Scotland permanently after lockdown is over, due to feeling lonely in the English capital. 

Speaking to Vas J Morgan for his I AM ENOUGH podcast in August, Laura said

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Italian salon Patrizia Manias hair pins its debut central London site to Covent Garden

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Today, the Mercers’ Company has announced that the Milan inspired hair salon, Patrizia Manias, has opened its debut central London store in Covent Garden, following its current shop in Battersea.

Located at 20-22 Shelton Street in the heart of the West End, Patrizia Manias’ latest salon spans nearly 1,000 sq ft and pays homage to its bespoke Italian style; showcasing an elegant interior featuring highly polished floors, mirrored worktops and full grain orange leather massage chairs. Complete with a secret door leading to an inner beauty sanctum, the salon also offers exclusive T-Shape treatment for body remodelling and facial skin rejuvenation.

Continually recognised for dictating trends and cutting-edge hair treatments, Patrizia Manias originated from the heart of the fashion world, Milan, where it opened its first store back in 2002.

Stefano Gambatesa, Creative Director, Patrizia Manias, commented: “Covent Garden remains a key area for us to open our debut store in the capital. This a great opportunity for us to build our consumer following by offering Italian inspired services to dynamic Londoners looking for that extra level of luxury treatments. Opening a salon in the nation’s capital had always been a dream for us at Patrizia Manias, and we are excited to welcome visitors to experience our store; our ultimate goal is that we want all our guests to leave feeling good as well as looking good.”

Simon Taylor, Property Director at the Mercers’ Company, added: “We are always looking for brands that can bring something unique to our destination. As an established Italian brand, Patrizia Manias is a brilliant addition to Covent Garden and the array of international brands already on offer here. The salon will provide the ideal ‘retreat’ for those looking for that bit of luxury post-lockdown and we are confident the business will appeal to the capital’s Londoner base.”

Patrizia Manias joins an array of cosmetic and premium retailers in Covent Garden, including Blow Ltd, Boots, Russell & Bromley, Calvin Klein and Levi’s. Hanover Green acted on behalf of the Mercers’ Company and Patrizia Manias represented themselves.

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Homeslice in Covent Garden is giving away 500 pizza slices TODAY

If you’re still deciding what to have for lunch today, may we suggest pizza? Even better, free pizza. In some great news, Homeslice, one of the city’s finest pizza purveyors, is reopening its Neal’s Yard branch today – and it’s giving away free slices to celebrate.

Between noon and 1pm, there will be 500 slices up for grabs. That’s a lot of pizza. You can take your pick from three toppings: margherita; salami, rocket and parmesan; and mushroom, ricotta, pumpkin seeds, chilli flakes, chives and soy truffle (which can also be made vegan).

The giveaway applies to takeaway only and it’s strictly one slice per person (all you ‘can I get one for me friend?’ types). The slices come from Home Slice’s 20-inch pizzas, so they are properly massive and definitely qualify as ‘lunch’ just on their own. Obviously you’ll need to follow social-distancing guidelines too, so no shoving to get your slice of the pie, okay? See you in the queue!

Looking for places to eat out? Hackney’s Towpath Café has reopened (and it’s doing dinner).

Get ready for the heatwave on Monday with these park-friendly tipples.

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Homeslice in Covent Garden is giving away 500 pizza slices

If there’s one thing that’ll perk up a Monday lunchtime, it’s pizza. Even better, free pizza. It’s great news, then, that Homeslice, one of the city’s finest pizza purveyors, is reopening its Neal’s Yard branch this Monday (September 14) – and giving away free slices to celebrate.

Between noon and 1pm, there will be 500 slices up for grabs. You can take your pick from three toppings: margherita; salami, rocket and parmesan; and mushroom, ricotta, pumpkin seeds, chilli flakes, chives and soy truffle (which can also be made vegan).

The giveaway applies to takeaway only and it’s one slice per person. The slices come from the restaurant’s 20-inch pizzas, so they are massive and definitely qualify as ‘lunch’. Obviously you’ll need to follow social distancing guidelines too, so no shoving to get your slice, okay? See you in the queue!

Looking for places to eat out? Hackney’s Towpath Café has reopened (and it’s doing dinner).

Get ready for the heatwave on Monday with these park-friendly tipples.

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