London’s Best Restaurants Discuss Reopening After Coronavirus Lockdown

Today, 12 April, restaurants, pubs, cafes, and bars begin their phased re-opening, allowed by law to serve customers on terraces, roadsides, and in beer gardens. It’s mid-April and the sun is shining in London, but this is England and it is cold — at lunchtime, just eight degrees celsius. Customers, for now, appear defiant; chomping at the bit to get out and into restaurants after months of lockdown.

Restaurant dining rooms have been closed for four months; the longest they’ve been empty since the Covid-19 pandemic first turned the industry on its head over a year ago. In those four

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The best restaurant meal kits that will continue after lockdown ends

When the pandemic struck, restaurant owners were forced to close to the public and faced a colossal challenge to stay afloat. With takeaway and delivery permitted, many of them continued to serve their locals, but the geographical range was limited.

And so, the meal kit was born – precooked and neatly packaged dishes that could be dispatched nationwide and, usually, finished off by the customer simply in a pan, oven or microwave at home. A trickle of them quickly turned into a stream that has, one year on, become a fast-flowing river. 

One of the earliest adopters was chef Tommy

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