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Is it all over for Pizza Express, the British institution that will leave so many magical memories?

Is it all over for Pizza Express, the British institution that will leave so many magical memories?


The UK's first Pizza Express restaurant, on Wardour Street in central London
The UK’s first Pizza Express restaurant, on Wardour Street in central London

Credit:
 Rii Schroer

The news this week that Pizza Express faces closure as it sinks yet further into the financial mire with debts of £665m has been met with genuine grief in the UK. Those of us that are sad that Pizza Express may soon disappear are so because Pizza Express isn’t just a clean place to sit where someone will bring you mid-priced carbohydrate, alcohol and ice cream later if you’ve been good: it’s a British institution. It’s a well of memories. It is so instilled in my husband’s consciousness, for example, that he once had an entire dream about going into a Pizza Express, ordering a pizza, eating it, then paying and leaving.

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