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

With time running out on extending financial support, it’s crunch time

Two customers in masks wait for pizza inside a restaurant, with the pizza oven visible to the right Michaël Protin/Eater London

Seven more days of lockdown have slipped away, with restaurants, pubs, cafes, and bars still waiting for news of financial support extensions and, longer term, a plan for reopening. Here’s what’s been happening in the London restaurant world this week.

  • It feels like crunch time because London’s restaurants are in a threefold lockdown waiting game. They don’t know when they’re going to reopen, because pandemics are fundamentally uncertain; and they don’t know whether they’ll get the chance to reopen, because they don’t know whether the government is going to extend the coronavirus financial support schemes that are keeping bills off the ledger and staff on the payroll.

Dining guides for staying in this weekend...

Until next week, eat well and be safe.

Core by Clare Smyth

92 Kensington Park Road, , England W11 2PN 020 3937 5086 Visit Website

Hélène Darroze at the Connaught

16 Carlos Pl, London, Greater London W1K 2AL +44 20 7499 7070 Visit Website