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

Restaurants enter lockdown again, with more plans in place but no less uncertainty

Gymkhana, the Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in Mayfair, preparing to close on Wednesday night before a four-week lockdown in England to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Gymkhana, the Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in Mayfair, on Wednesday night
Michaël Protin/Eater London

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Saturday 31 October that England would move into lockdown from Thursday 5 November. It means restaurants, pubs, bars, and cafes are again closed in England, moving into takeaway, delivery, grocery sales, merch, and meal kits for at least another month.

  • The week began with restaurants across the city anticipating closure on Thursday; bookings piled in and diners did too. Unlike the first lockdown, the vibe was more “last supper,” with buoyant meals documented on Instagram showing a difference in attitude to March.

  • As America elects its next president, its future food relationship with the U.K. remains in the balance. The government made its strongest pledge yet on keeping U.K. food standards by disallowing American products that do not meet them, but, it has yet to enshrine this in law and has backslid on food standards pledges all year.

Fresh restaurant guides on where to eat in London during lockdown...

Until next week, eat well and be safe.

The Wolseley

160 Piccadilly, , England W1J 9EB 020 7499 6996 Visit Website


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