London restaurants reopen after nationwide coronavirus lockdown

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After four weeks of mandatory closure and with the second coronavirus lockdown in England now over, restaurants in London were allowed to reopen their dining rooms for customers yesterday, December 2.

They do so with a now familiar, yet deep, sense of uncertainty. After a month of relying on take-out, delivery, meal kits and groceries, businesses must tackle what is normally the busiest time of the year under a series of public health restrictions that will protect both staff and diners, but prevent restaurants from going the direct route for the festive profit that many badly need. In addition to social distancing measures, only customers from the same household or the same supportive bubble can dine together indoors; outside, guests cannot gather in groups of more than six people. Last orders should be 10 p.m., with everyone out by 11 p.m.

Restaurants should also approach this period with the knowledge that a COVID-19 vaccine – touted as a sign of a return to normal – could be rolled out too late, unless all interested parties reach a satisfactory agreement on the matter. rents. Because in the current state of things, from January, tenants who could not pay their owners during the pandemic will suddenly be exposed to eviction, without any legal protection. Something has to change, but no one knows if or when that will change.

And yet, for many, there is no choice but to reopen. Again. And so they have to wait. Again.

This is what London looked like the day restaurants reopened their dining rooms: more outdoor seating, more tarp, new signage, heaters, queues, masks and lots of familiar food.


Ed and Josie Wilson’s Brawn has been working as a caterer and supplier for the past month. Yesterday afternoon he reopened his dining room to guests.

Brawn, sur Columbia Road, Hackney

Chef Sirichai Kularbwong’s Singburi, whose chalkboard menu makes it London’s outstanding Thai restaurant, will only be open for take-out in Leytonstone for the foreseeable future.


Singburi – London’s Great Thai Restaurant – in Leytonstone


Hill and Szrok on Broadway Market, one of the East End’s best butchers, stalwart lockdown, reopens once again as a wine bar and ‘cookshop’ for counter meals.


Hill and Szrok Butcher and cookshop, Brodway Market, east London

Hill and Szrok Butcher and cookshop, Broadway Market, east London


Leila’s Cafe on Calvert Avenue offers take-out and ingredients from the cupboards.


Leila's store on Calvert Avenue in Shoreditch

Leila’s store on Calvert Avenue in Shoreditch


Smoking Goat on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch has reopened with a covered outdoor seating area, increasing its capacity and allowing patrons who are not from the same household or supportive bubble to meet and eat at the restaurant. Right, new coronavirus safety sign posted next to today’s menu.


Smoking Goat on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, with a new covered outdoor seating area - one of London's best Thai restaurants

Smoking Goat on Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, with a new covered outdoor seating area


Smoking Goat menu and security notice in restaurant window - & nbsp;  one of the best Thai restaurants in London during the Covid-19 pandemic

Smoking Goat menu and security notice in the restaurant window


One of London’s great wine bars has remained alert to changes in focus throughout the pandemic, offering fresh fruits and vegetables, cold cuts, groceries and more recently sandwiches to go. It’s now open to customers with a set menu, plus plenty of wine and merchandise to boot.


Wine and merch available at 40 Maltby Street, one of the best wine bars in town

Wine and merch available at 40 Maltby Street


Algeria’s El Marsem coffee shop opened on Old Kent Road during the first lockout and has remained open for take out throughout the pandemic. Yesterday, the guests were able to return.


El Marsem on Old Kent Road, a sandwich bar that opened during the Covid-19 pandemic

El Marsem sur Old Kent Road


Guests inside El Marsem sandwich bar, on Old Kent Road, a restaurant that opened during the first lockdown of the COVID-19 pandemic

Customers inside the El Marsem sandwich bar, on Old Kent Road


Chef Thuy Nguyen prepares noodles in the kitchen of Pho Thuy Tay, one of London’s top Vietnamese restaurants, which reopened to customers yesterday.


Chef Thuy Nguyen, of Pho Thuy Tay on Old Kent Road, the best Vietnamese restaurant in London

Chef Thuy Nguyen, de Pho Thuy Tay sur Old Kent Road


Little Ochie, which serves fresh grilled, fried or steamed seafood, reopened to Camberwell patrons last night.


Little Ochie seafood restaurant, Camberwell, one of South London's best fish restaurants has reopened after the coronavirus lockdown in England

Fruit Restaurant from Little Ochie, Camberwell


La Barra, the Colombian restaurant of Maria-Luisa Riascos Solis in Elephant and Castle, which is known for serving exceptional Dominican fried chicken.


La Barra, a Colombian restaurant in Elephant and Castle, which serves excellent Domincan fried chicken

La Barra, Colombian restaurant in Elephant and Castle


One of London’s big Japanese noodle bars is open to customers in the City, an area of ​​London with far fewer office workers than at the start of March. It reopens with an enlarged outdoor seating area.


Koya, inside the city's Bloomberg Arcade with a new and expanded outdoor seating area - & nbsp;  one of the best Japanese restaurants (udon noodles)

Koya, inside the city’s Bloomberg Arcade with a new and expanded outdoor seating area


Another Bloomberg Arcade restaurant (and sports bar) is reopening after keeping customers fed and watered via delivery and meal kits thanks to the lockdown.


JKS Restaurants' Grill restaurant and Brigadiers sports bar in the Bloomberg Arcade in the City of London

Restaurant-grill et bar sportif JKS Restaurants Brigadiers in the Bloomberg Arcade


One of the best cafes in town gets used to being open in the heart of the city with fewer commuters and fewer office workers.


Rosslyn Coffee, among the best coffee shops in London - & nbsp;  reopens yesterday in the city

Rosslyn Coffee, among the best cafes in London


Quality wines at Clerkenwell come back to dining inside (and out). Awnings and radiators keep guests warm and sheltered on the makeshift terrace.


Quality wines in Clerkenwell at dusk - & nbsp;  one of London's best restaurants and wine bars by chef Nick Bramham

Quality wines in Clerkenwell at dusk


Hala, one of Green Lanes’ catering establishments, reopened to customers in North London yesterday at noon.


Turkish restaurant Hala on the Greenways in North London

Turkish restaurant Hala on the Greenways in North London


Noble Rot, which closed completely during the two lockouts, welcomes guests to its dining room and wine bar on Lamb’s Conduit Street.


Noble Rot Restaurant and Wine Bar, on Lambs Conduit Street in Bloomsbury

Noble Rot Restaurant and Wine Bar in Bloomsbury


Modern Japanese restaurant Roka reopens its dining room for Fitzrovia customers.


Roka, on Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia in central London

Roka, on Charlotte Street in Fitzrovia in central London


Under the joint management of brothers Ferhat and Sertaç Dirik, Mangal 2, the famous Turkish ocakbasi in Dalston, has reinvented itself after the lockout 1 this summer. Remained open to take out and delivery for the past four weeks, it reopened to customers last night.


Mangal 2 ocakbasi in Dalston, one of the best and most famous Turkish restaurants in East London

Mangal 2 ocakbasi à Dalston


Customer walks into Mangal 2 in Dalston after nationwide coronavirus lockdown in England

A customer enters Mangal 2 in Dalston


Bright restaurant, partner of East London favorites P. Franco and Peg, with a new covered outdoor space – which looks anything but bright in the drizzle.


Bright, under Netil House in Hackney, with a new covered outdoor seating area - & nbsp;  one of the best wine bars and restaurants in east London

Bright, under Netil House in Hackney, with a new covered outdoor seating area


Chef Mitshel Ibrahim’s Ombra, one of the pandemic’s most agile and innovative restaurant success stories, reopened last night.


Ombra, near Mare Street, reopens after lockdown in England

Ombra, near Mare Street, reopen after lockdown



Kerala Thattukada restaurant in East Ham reopens after month of lockdown

Kerala Thattukada restaurant in East Ham reopens after month of lockdown

Inside Biju and Preeti Gopinath’s Thattukada in East Ham, one of Kerala’s best restaurants in the area – after four weeks we welcomed customers to its dining room.


Inside Thattukada in East Ham - & nbsp;  for the first time to welcome guests in its dining room

Thattukada à East Ham

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