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

As the lockdown rumour mill starts to roll, restaurants look to broaden their delivery horizons

Mangal 2 ocakbasi in Dalston, one of east London’s best and most famous Turkish restaurants

The latest coronavirus lockdown’s end date in England is not going to be set for some time, and London’s restaurants remain closed. It’s still a waiting game — but with the need for timelines on financial support and lockdown getting more jittery, things are slowly changing in the city.

  • Lockdown dates are one thing; there are more pressing milestones ahead. On 31 March, the holiday on business rates, the cut in VAT from 20 percent to 5 percent, and rent eviction protections all run out. Rishi Sunak is yet to set out whether or not they will be extended, and the longer that goes on, more restaurants will have to take decisions on staffing and even operations based on the fact that no relief is forthcoming. If it turns out it is, there could be job losses and closures that were avoidable. There is an expectation, however, that the furlough scheme will be extended into summer.

Dining guides for staying in this weekend...

Until next week, eat well and be safe.

Quality Wines

88 Farringdon Road, , England EC1R 3EA Visit Website

Le Gavroche

43 Upper Brook Street, , England W1K 7QR 020 7408 0881 Visit Website

Mangal 2

4 Stoke Newington Rd, London, Greater London N16 7XN +44 20 7254 7888 Visit Website