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Here’s What Happened in the London Restaurant World Last Week

With Eat Out to Help Out coming in from Monday, rent is still the unresolved difficulty for restaurants

Masked staff behind a terrazzo countertop putting in an order on a till at Homeslice
Masked staff at Homeslice Pizza
Ejatu Shaw

London restaurants have been allowed to reopen for dine-in service for nearly one month. In that time, some have returned with new safety measures in place, serving a clientele which is growing accustomed to a new reality in hospitality. From Monday, the government’s “Eat Out to Help Out” discount scheme arrives, with a range of London’s essential, best-value, and even Michelin-starred restaurants signing up.

Whether this will bring diners through the doors, time will tell.

  • Not content with having a truly incomprehensible quantity of money, Jeff Bezos’ Amazon wants more money, and it wants it from the supermarkets. Intending to beat them where they can’t win by offering short delivery times, Amazon Fresh’s expansion into the U.K. supermarket ... market is just another sign that being rich and in charge of logistics is a pretty good combination for getting richer.

  • Pizza Hut U.K. almost certainly won’t be history, but something that is history? The Paul Hollywood handshake. With Great British Bake Off resuming filming in quarantine, the rules have put paid to the judge fixing his blue eyes on some poor soul, extending an arm, and proffering the dubious reward of grasping his sweaty palm.

  • Staying with food TV, Celebrity Masterchef has a new champion, and is over for another year. Who knows what it might look like in 2021. Truly, a new era, which might show that cooking actually can get tougher than this.

Don’t forget, in spite of reopened dining rooms, takeaway has not gone away:

Until next week, eat well and be safe.

Bleecker burger

41 Grosvenor Gardens, , England SW1W 0BP

Coal Drops Yard

Stable Street, , England N1C 4DQ 020 3883 2087 Visit Website

Borough Market

8 Southwark Street, , England SE1 1TL 020 7407 1002 Visit Website

Bread Ahead

249 Pavilion Road, , England SW1X 0BP 020 7403 5444 Visit Website


9 Islington Green, , England N1 2XH 020 7226 2555 Visit Website


205 Victoria Street, , England SW1E 5NE 020 7828 8016 Visit Website