I was first introduced to both concerns when I was a student in the late 1970s (in both cases by the love of my life. She was sophisticated from cosmopolitan Hertfordshire, I was an innocent from rustic Somerset).
Firstly I hear that Patisserie Valerie is in huge trouble. I remember going to the, at that time only, branch in Old Compton Street for breakfast. And I encountered quite glorious croissants.
In contrast to the delicacy of French pastry, but very close by in the Charing Cross Road is, for the moment, Gaby's Deli, a fabulous, very down to earth cafe serving all sorts of levantine cuisine. For non-Londoners https://www.standard.co.uk/comment/comment/gaby-s-deli-closure-will-be-hard-to-swallow-a3959501.html
These closures mean two of my most favoured places to eat will disappear.
The emotional tear is significant