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Celebrated German Vegetarian Restaurant Will Pop-Up in London — and More News

Four things to know from the restaurant world in London today

Miso cucumber with veg caviar
Courtesy Cookies Cream

Cookies Cream from Berlin to Hyde Park

Pioneering vegetarian restaurant Cookies Cream from Berlin will come to London for one night only on Thursday 19 October.

Said to be one of Berlin’s best vegetarian restaurants, Cookies Cream is celebrating its tenth birthday this year with a tour of Europe, collaborating with three kitchens: Ibiza Zürich and London — at Zaha Hadid-designed Magazine Restaurant at the Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park.

Owner ‘Cookie’ Heinz Gindulis and chef Stephan Hentschel launched Cookies Cream, a purely vegetarian fine dining restaurant in 2007, "focusing on innovative and experimental cooking, impeccable sourcing and sustainable farming." Most of the vegetables and herbs are grown in Cookies’ garden in Krielow, Brandenburg. Hentschel’s four-course menu for the London dinner will be paired with wines handpicked from the restaurant’s list with emphasis on natural, organic and biodynamic varieties. Thursday 19 October, 7pm cocktails, 7.30pm dinner.

Pergola in Paddington reopens for winter

Fully weatherproofed and ready for winter, Pergola Paddington Central re-opens from 25 October until 23 December, with space for 850 people to enjoy ramen from Tonkotsu, burgers from Patty & Bun, tacos from DF Mexico, pizza from Made of Dough, and bagels from Little Ghost Bagels. There are two jolly bars, and you can book for groups of four and up — very party friendly.

The Watch House open third site

A third Watch House coffee shop is to open on Fetter Lane in Holborn on Monday 25 September, doubling as an after-work cocktail and tapas bar open until 10pm Monday to Friday. From 7am, there will be coffee roasted by Ozone in Shoreditch, handmade sandwiches, baguettes, and salads, as well as hot and brunchy food all day, made with organic and/or locally sourced ingredients wherever possible. Owner Roland Home, whose previous incarnation was in architectural design, was attracted to the site by its “unusual roof curvature”, and has incorporated a suspended garden, grass roof, floor to ceiling windows and bespoke bar into the interior. Home owns two existing Watch House coffee shops on Bermondsey Street and Shad Thames.

Courtesy XU

XU launch two private dining Mahjong games rooms

XU, the Taiwanese restaurant from the trio who own BAO (Shing Tat Ching, Wai Ting Ching and Erchen Chang), will launch two private dining Mahjong games rooms, which will be available to hire for eating, drinking and play, officially from Monday 2nd October. A new dish of lobster with Taiwanese aged white soy and garlic, only available on the Mahjong menu, will be launched at the same time.

The Magazine restaurant at Serpentine Sackler Gallery

West Carriage Drive, Kensington Gardens, London , W2 2AR Visit Website


5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central, , London , W2 6PY Visit Website


83 Rue De La Gauchetière Ouest, Ville-Marie, QC H2Z 1C2 (514) 875-1388

Patty & Bun

19 Borough High Street, , England SE1 9SE 020 7407 7994 Visit Website


30 Rupert Street, , England W1D 6DL 020 3319 8147 Visit Website

The Watch House

92 Fetter Lane , London , EC4A 1EP Visit Website