London restaurants open outdoors after coronavirus lockdown, in pictures

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A portrait of a chef in a mask at Old Town 97 in Chinatown



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After nearly four months of compulsory closure, restaurants, bars and cafes in London have resumed foreign service.

This, the first of the key dates on the government’s reopening “roadmap”, was always going to be some sort of dress rehearsal for May 17, when the indoor dinner is scheduled to return. Still, customers – stranded since before Christmas and emboldened by the safety net of the vaccine rollout – were eager to get out. For both the punter and the restaurateur, it may take a little getting used to the pace of the service, but this week there was continued optimism that the ‘road map’ could change. drives companies and their staff away from uncertainty for a long time to come.

And so, after nearly four months of looking at take-out customers, delivery apps, kits, home-heated meals, and groceries, many businesses have taken advantage of the extended winter lockdown to take stock and think about it. prepare for a reopening which, they hope, will no longer be reduced. .

It has been a week of unusually cool weather, but blue skies and sufficient sunshine have not dissuaded customers willing to return to their favorite places and stay there. Staff could ask customers again this week, “Is this to stay or to go?” »In a gesture towards normality; the continuation of social distancing measures, the wearing of masks and the gatherings of groups of up to six people who will remain in place for the foreseeable future are a reminder that normalcy is still very far away.

Another is that, despite the government’s plea for “evidence,” no formal arrangement between landlord and tenant has been made on the issue of rent, which could make the entire reopening process meaningless. As in December and September and June before that, something has to change, but no one knows if or when that will change.

Nevertheless, London and its restaurants have partially reopened this week. This is what the pockets of the city looked like: more seats outside, more tarpaulin, heaters, blankets, a few queues, masks and a palpable sense of relief.


Old Town 97, a Chinatown staple serving traditional Cantonese cuisine, was able to serve customers away from its premises again this week.


Old Town 97 in Chinatown
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Old Town 97 will be open for delivery.
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A chef in Old Town 97
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Burger and Lobster, the former three-course restaurant chain, is open for alfresco dining in Leicester Square, as well as other locations.

Burger and Lobster is a Leicester Square restaurant serving beef burgers, lobster dishes and drinks


Burger and Lobster is now open for outdoor dining
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Outdoor dining has resumed on Gerrard Street in Chinatown; one of the many streets in the area that has been devastated by the COVID-19 crisis.

Gerrard Street cafes and restaurants in Chinatown are open for outdoor dining


Gerrard Street in Chinatown sees restaurants open for alfresco dining
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Blanc plat, rue Berwick

Flat White, a cafe on Berwick Street in Soho, has opened its take-out doors


Flat White on Berwick Street will function as a takeaway
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Bar Bruno in Wardour Street in Soho.

Bar Bruno in Soho is a restaurant that serves eggs, fries, beans and more.


Soho’s best greasy spoon, Bar Bruno, is open for dining, take-out and delivery
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Chefs inside the Michelin starred tapas restaurant Barrafina on Dean Street in Soho.

Barrafina, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Soho, will be open for dishes like ham croquetas, pig's trotters and shrimp


Michelin-starred Barrafina will resume the service of ham croquetas
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And, on the left, pull the cañas of Estrella Galicia. To the right, a plate of tomato casserole dish being lifted for a customer on the outdoor terrace.

Bartender pulls a pint for a customer in Barrafina


Barrafina
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Preparing food at Barrafina in Soho


Barrafina to Soho
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Next door, the Union Jack hangs above Quo Vadis, the British restaurant run by chef Jeremy Lee.

Customers line up to eat at Quo Vadis restaurant in Soho


Waiting in line at Quo Vadis
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Customers brave the unusual cold outside the Riding House Cafe in Fitzrovia.

Patrons sit toasty on the makeshift terrace outside the Riding House Cafe on Great Titchfield Street in Fitzrovia as alfresco dining has resumed in London after four months of lockdown.


Customers on the makeshift terrace outside the Riding House Cafe on Great Titchfield Street
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Guests enjoy new indoor outdoor dining arrangements on Dean Street in Soho.

Couple decide on their order while dining out in London


Outdoor dining resumed across London from April 12
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A member of the Barrafina front-of-house team.

Barrafina service staff


Al fresco dining comes with public health enforcement – and part of the burden falls on hospitality workers
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Café Monmouth sur Borough Market.

Customers at Monmouth Coffee in Borough Market


Monmouth Coffee is open for take out drinks and pastries at Borough Market, Covent Garden and Spa Terminus stores
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Kaffeine has been open since Christmas, serving the dramatically reduced number of Fitzrovia office workers their daily white dishes and espressos. This week, his benches returned outside for patrons to enjoy these coffees in ceramic mugs, perhaps alongside an Anzac cookie.

Tables and benches outside Kaffeine on the day al fresco dining (and resumption of drinks) under the blue skies of central London


Caffeine on the day al fresco dining (and alcohol consumption resumed) under the blue skies of central London
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Middle Eastern Restaurant Arabica Bar and Kitchen at noon this week.

A shot of the window of the Arabica Bar and Kitchen in Borough Market


Arabica Bar and Kitchen Coffee reopened on April 15
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Arabica Bar and Kitchen at Borough Market is a restaurant that serves Middle Eastern-inspired mezze, wine and wine;  cocktails & nbsp;


Arabica bar and cuisine at Borough Market
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Taiwanese gua bao specialist Bao in Borough Market is open to service and offers alfresco dining as well as take out from its hatch.

Bao at the Borough Market serves baos, fried chicken, sides, bubble tea, and beer


Bao Borough has reopened for outdoor dining at Borough Market in the evenings only
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Outdoor drinkers on Mare Street, Hackney Central, with Otis Wright’s Rainbow Cookout jerk chicken stall in the background. Wright returned to his location outside St Augustine’s Tower in the grounds of St John’s Church this week for the first time since before Christmas.

Outdoor drinkers on Mare Street, Hackney Central, with Otis Wright's Rainbow Cookout jerk chicken stall in the background


Outdoor drinkers on Mare Street, Hackney Central, with Otis Wright’s Rainbow Cookout jerk chicken stall in the background
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Argentinian cafe, bar and restaurant Porteña in Borough Market.

The counter of Porteña Borough Market, an Argentinian restaurant


Porteña at the Borough Market
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Porteña at Borough Market will serve Argentinian steak sandwiches, beer and wine


Argentinian street food vendor Porteña opens at Borough Market
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A leaflet in Borough Market explaining that food purchased from one of the stalls can only be eaten outside the market


Borough Market’s “On The Go” stalls offer take-out food
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The Southwark Tavern at Borough Market.

A couple having a drink at the Southwark Tavern in Borough Market


A couple having a drink at the Southwark Tavern in Borough Market
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Customers seated outside restaurants in Borough Market


Borough Market and its restaurants are open for alfresco dining or take out
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A barista prepares a drink at Kahaila cafe.

A service staff working behind the counter of Kahaila, a cafe


Café Kahaila in Brick Lane
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Vegan fast food restaurant Vurger co. in Shoreditch.

Two diners are seated at a table outside The Vurger co.  in Shoreditch this week, as outdoor dining resumed in London after four months of lockdown


A pair of diners outside The Vurger co. in Shoreditch this week, as outdoor dining resumed in London after four months of lockdown
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A runner awaits his order at The Vurger Co


The Vurger Co is a fully vegan fast food establishment
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