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

Time keeps ticking away for restaurants, pubs, cafes, and bars in London, while Lunar New Year celebrations take on new meaning at home

Chinese Lunar New Year Celebrations Amid Covid-19 Restrictions in London Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty Images

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.

  • Restaurants, pubs, and cafes end the week with the clearest indication yet that they will not learn of the status of the financial support they so badly need until chancellor Rishi Sunak delivers the Budget on 3 March, in just under three weeks’ time. The question for Sunak remains: Why wait, when the future of the U.K.’s third largest employer is at stake?

  • The lockdown rumour mill’s been spinning for months, and this week’s new grist was some of the strangest yet: Pubs and restaurants could reopen in April, but without alcohol. While the policy itself is unlikely, the act of suggesting it as a conciliation to lockdown sceptics in the Conservative party still put pubs in a spin.

  • High street chains continue to navigate stormy territory, as Italian effort Prezzo closes 22 restaurants in a bid to keep going — with the help of some private equity investment.

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Until next week, eat well and be safe.

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