On Friday March 20, all bars, restaurants and hospitality venues were ordered to close their doors to the public. Months on from that (we hate to use the word) ‘unprecedented’ announcement, many of London’s best-loved establishments still have their shutters down. And for some of them, it’s for good.
Although lots of London’s bars and restaurants have flung open their socially distanced doors again or kept the kitchens going with takeaways and deliveries, in many cases a comeback hasn’t happened. For numerous venues, operating under current restrictions – from running a small restaurant floor under social distancing to working around the all-new 10pm curfew – is an impossibility.
Here, we bid adieu to the London restaurants and bars that have so far confirmed they won’t be reopening.