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Catch Up on Everything in the London Restaurant World Last Week

Dining rooms reopened, the city’s restaurants wonder what is coming next

Punters sit inside Bar Italia on Frith Street in Soho
Punters sit inside Bar Italia on Frith Street in Soho
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London restaurants reopened their dining rooms for the first time in 152 days on 17 May. Here’s how the first five days panned out, with all the top stories.


  • On the reopening day, restaurants were both hopeful and uncertain; relieved to be allowed to open but mindful of attendant risk to workers and diners, with vaccination not yet reaching age groups that make up the majority of hospitality staff. But most of all, London’s restaurants dared to hope that they would not have to close again. They dared to hope that, finally, this is it.







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