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As the spread of coronavirus continues, I think like a lot of people, we're attempting to balance doing the right thing with continuing to go about our lives as normally as we possibly can.

Like most Friday afternoons, conversations in the office have turned to what plans we all have for the weekend. And of course, to how so many of our friends and peers in hospitality must be gravely concerned about their businesses.

We're not suggesting for one moment that anyone does anything less than follow the latest government advice on minimising the spread of coronavirus, but if you are feeling well and heading out this weekend, we've pulled together a short list of our favourite independents in London right now. I know they'd love to see you.

Have a safe, sanitised and healthy weekend,

Ed and team Rebel.

Sussex Restaurant, Frith Street, Soho

We can't get enough of Sussex. Their "what grows together, goes together" approach brings some of the finest British produce to central London from their family farm in... you guessed it... Sussex.

Order a glass of Nutty Wild sparkling at the bar along with a couple of their addictive Mushroom Marmite Eclairs, before sitting down to plates of Venison Ragu with home made pappardelle; and Fallow Dear with Faggot, Parsley Root, Brassicas, Button Onions and Red Wine Jus.

sussex-restaurant.com | 020 3923 7770

Kanishka, Maddox Street, Mayfair

Kanishka is the latest restaurant from the talented team led by Atul Kochhar and explores the lesser-known cuisines of north-east India.

London is awash with brilliant Indian restaurants these days, but if pushing the boat out and forgetting about the current unprecedented reality of the world outside is on your agenda, we can't recommend a table here highly enough.

kanishkarestaurant.co.uk | 020 3978 0978

Jolene, Newington Green

If brunch is your thing, and let's face it, it's everyone's thing, Jolene is almost unbeatable for relaxed north London vibes, the best bread and amazing eggs.

Fried eggs, Jamon and potatoes is our go-to, and there's plenty for vegetarians and vegans too.

jolenen16.com | 020 3887 2309

Silo, Hackney Wick

Respect due to Silo for their unfaltering commitment to Zero waste and it's a pretty beautiful room to be in, too.

Perched on the River Lee, it's a great spot for lunch and dinner with plenty of options to walk the calories off afterwards. Or, Crate Brewery is close by, should your favoured approach be to settle in to a few lazy beers.

silolondon.com | 020 7993 8155

Duck Soup, Dean Street, Soho

Duck Soup has been around for a while but we still can't get enough of their super ingredient-focused, simple food and commitment to selling brilliant wines that are just on the right side of funky.

If the sun's out, their single table on the footpath is possibly our favourite place to perch in Soho and watch the world go by.

And if you're staying in or having people over, they offer 40% off their list prices for wines to go. More people need to know about this.

ducksoupsoho.co.uk | 020 7287 4599