London’s West End to be transformed into outdoor dining district

London‘s West End is set to be transformed into a ‘continental-style’ outdoor dining district this summer to prevent hundreds of pubs, restaurants and bars from going bust.

Areas most popular with tourists – including Covent Garden, Soho, Mayfair and Marylebone – are among those targeted in the ambitious plans, which will include extensive temporary road closures.

Venues will be given permission to put tables and chairs outside on the pavement and even in the road from July 4, which is the date the government has given for the hospitality sector to reopen. 

Venues will be given permission to put tables and chairs outside on the pavement and even in the road from July 4

Venues will be given permission to put tables and chairs outside on the pavement and even in the road from July 4

Venues will be given permission to put tables and chairs outside on the pavement and even in the road from July 4

Popular areas of London's West End including Covent Garden, Soho and Chinatown are all affected by the new proposals

Popular areas of London's West End including Covent Garden, Soho and Chinatown are all affected by the new proposals

Popular areas of London’s West End including Covent Garden, Soho and Chinatown are all affected by the new proposals

This map shows the roads affected by the proposals. Each of the numbers on the map corresponds to those in the box, below

This map shows the roads affected by the proposals. Each of the numbers on the map corresponds to those in the box, below

This map shows the roads affected by the proposals. Each of the numbers on the map corresponds to those in the box, below 

Frith Street in Soho, which is pictured on March 21 just before the start of lockdown, is among those that will be shut to traffic

Frith Street in Soho, which is pictured on March 21 just before the start of lockdown, is among those that will be shut to traffic

Frith Street in Soho, which is pictured on March 21 just before the start of lockdown, is among those that will be shut to traffic

This restaurant on Gerrard Street in London's Chinatown is among those in an area which will be temporarily closed to traffic

This restaurant on Gerrard Street in London's Chinatown is among those in an area which will be temporarily closed to traffic

This restaurant on Gerrard Street in London’s Chinatown is among those in an area which will be temporarily closed to traffic

Several key routes, including Oxford Street, Dean Street and Old Compton Street in Soho will be closed to traffic altogether for part of the day to allow for proper social distancing.

The closures will be from 11am to 11pm in Covent Garden and 5pm to 11pm in Soho during the week and then from midday to 11pm on Saturdays.

The new normal for Westminster businesses

Here is a summary of what the council is planning:

  • Timed road closures in certain streets and wider pavements to create space needed for restaurants, cafes and pubs to put tables and chairs outside
  • Allowing more tables and chairs, including where roads remain open as long as adequate space exists on the pavement
  • Asking businesses to apply for a licence variation to serve alcohol for customers seated in an outside area
  • Businesses are asked to consolidate deliveries and freight, with delivery hubs identified where safe loading and unloading can take place
  • Council will allow toilet facilities to be used inside licensed premises and does not plan to provide additional facilities at this stage
  • Additional marshalling could take place in areas that begin to open up to ensure people stay within social distancing guidance
  • Landowners and businesses should put in place measures to allow continued access for emergency services
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Westminster Council officials hope the plans will enable more than 3,700 licensed premises to reopen next month, with landlords allowed to apply for a ‘temporary events notice’ to enable them to put chairs outside.

A relaxation of planning laws will also allow pubs to convert car parks and rooftops into drinking areas. Outdoor weddings will be permitted in gazebos as long as at least two sides are open, but not in enclosed marquees.

The news will be a boost to restaurant owners including David Moore, who owns the Michelin-starred Pied à Terre on Charlotte Street. He told the Evening Standard: ‘It looks like they are doing something positive.

‘Of course Westminster have the right to change anything and we’ll see how closely this is policed as they do usually police things strictly. It’s a welcome move for people who can move their dining outside.’

It is unclear whether guests will be allowed to smoke while sitting outside. 

On the point of drinkers being allowed to stand up, a council spokesman said: ‘We are not proposing to ban vertical drinking. Where a licence already allows for customers to stand outside drinking, this will still be permitted and will not change, as long as social distancing rules can be maintained. 

‘However, we are supporting the hospitality industry with plans for additional tables and chairs for such establishments in dozens of streets. This will be possible through closing roads and extending pavements on a temporary basis. 

‘What we are not proposing is any extension into these temporary areas for vertical, standing up, drinking. Where tables and chairs take up the pavement and road pace there will be insufficient room for vertical drinking as well without jeopardising social distancing rules.’

Council leader Rachael Robathan said: ‘The hospitality sector is vital to Westminster’s economy with more than 3,000 bars and restaurants.  

A worker places a sign on a street in Westminster reminding people to maintain two metres for social distancing

A worker places a sign on a street in Westminster reminding people to maintain two metres for social distancing

A worker places a sign on a street in Westminster reminding people to maintain two metres for social distancing

A woman adjusts a window display at a cafe in Westminster which is soon expected to open with restrictions next month

A woman adjusts a window display at a cafe in Westminster which is soon expected to open with restrictions next month

A woman adjusts a window display at a cafe in Westminster which is soon expected to open with restrictions next month

‘They, and our many other attractions, are the reason people fly thousands of miles to enjoy the West End. So we are doing what we can to support our hospitality business through the vital summer months and into the autumn. 

‘The residents’ groups we have spoken to have been very supportive as they know this is a temporary measure for the benefit of all of Westminster.

‘The West End in particular is a unique global draw, and I am confident we can give it and our other famous locations a continental sheen that visitors, residents and regulars alike will enjoy.’ 

It comes after Boris Johnson and his top scientist last night gave the clearest signal yet that the two-metre rule will soon be ditched. Asked at the daily Downing Street press conference, the Prime Minister said: ‘Watch this space.’

Westminster Council provided this advice for businesses enquiring about how the tables and chairs licences will work

Westminster Council provided this advice for businesses enquiring about how the tables and chairs licences will work

Westminster Council provided this advice for businesses enquiring about how the tables and chairs licences will work

And Sir Patrick Vallance, the chief scientific adviser, said the rule was not ‘absolute’ and there were ways it could be changed.

He said the risk of catching coronavirus could be reduced by Britons sitting side by side rather than face to face at work, or by improving ventilation inside. It suggests that if certain other safety measures are put in place, the rule could be reduced to one or 1.5 metres as in other countries.

At the weekend Downing Street announced the creation of a panel to review the two-metre rule. Economists were invited as well as scientists amid frustration that the Sage committee was not considering the impact of continued lockdown on jobs and businesses. 

Downing Street has said the panel would report in time for July 4, the earliest date for the reopening of pubs and restaurants.

Full list of all the roads that will be affected and the council’s plans for them  

COVENT GARDEN

1 – Henrietta Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (11am-11pm)

2 – Maiden Lane Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (11am-11pm)

3 – King Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (11am-11pm)

4 – Floral Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (11am-11pm)

5 – Southampton Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (11am-11pm)

6 – Burleigh Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (11am-11pm)

7 – St Martin’s Lane Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (no times given)

8 – St Martin’s Court Temporary extension of outdoor seating area, with more restaurant and bar seating in pedestrianised street.

9 – Edith Cavell Memorial Temporary extension of outdoor seating area, possible re-purposing of pavement space for restaurant seating.

SOHO 

10 – Greek Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (proposed times: Monday-Friday, 5pm-11pm; Saturday, midday-11pm; Sunday, midday-10.30pm)

11 – Old Compton Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (proposed times: Monday-Friday, 5pm-11pm; Saturday, midday-11pm; Sunday, midday-10.30pm)

12 – Frith Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (proposed times: Monday-Friday, 5pm-11pm; Saturday, midday-11pm; Sunday, midday-10.30pm)

13 – Dean Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (proposed times: Monday-Friday, 5pm-11pm; Saturday, midday-11pm; Sunday, midday-10.30pm)

14 – Bateman Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (proposed times: Monday-Friday, 5pm-11pm; Saturday, midday-11pm; Sunday, midday-10.30pm)

15 – Berwick Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (proposed times: Monday-Friday, 5pm-11pm; Saturday, midday-11pm; Sunday, midday-10.30pm)

16 – Moor Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (proposed times: Monday-Friday, 5pm-11pm; Saturday, midday-11pm; Sunday, midday-10.30pm)

17 – D’Arblay Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (no times given)

18 – Upper James Street, Upper John Street and Golden Square Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (no times given)

19 – Broadwick Street Temporary widening of footway between Marshall Street and Dufour’s Place. Temporary timed closure of road (with restaurant & bar seating in street, no times given) between Carnaby Street and Marshall Street, Berwick Street and Wardour Street.

20 – Marshall Street Temporary widening of footway between Broadwick Street and Ganton Street. Temporary timed closure of road (with restaurant & bar seating in street, no times given) between Broadwick Street and Beak Street.

LEICESTER SQUARE AND CHINATOWN

21 – Lisle Street Temporary extension of outdoor seating area, with more restaurant and bar seating in pedestrianised street.

22 – Gerrard Street Temporary extension of outdoor seating area, with more restaurant and bar seating in pedestrianised street.

23 – Wardour Street Temporary widening of footway, possible repurposing of carriageway and pavement for outdoor seating between Chinatown gateway and Coventry Street.

24 – Cecil Court Temporary extension of outdoor seating area, with more restaurant and bar seating in pedestrianised street.

25 – Irving Street Temporary closure of road (no times given), with restaurant and bar seating outside National Portrait Gallery.

26 – Leicester Square ‘gateway streets’ (Leicester Street, Leicester Place, Leicester Court, Leicester Street, Bear Street and Cranbourn Alley) Temporary extension of outdoor seating area, with more restaurant and bar seating in pedestrianised street.

ST JAMES’S

27 – Panton Street Temporary road closure between Oxenden Street and Haymarket (no times given), more restaurant and bar seating in pedestrianised street.

28 – Jermyn Street Temporary widening of footway, possible repurposing of carriageway and pavement for outdoor seating.

29 – Haymarket Temporary widening of footway, possible repurposing of carriageway and pavement for outdoor seating.

OXFORD CIRCUS DISTRICT

30 – Market Place and Great Castle Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (proposed times: 11am-7pm)

31 – James Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road between Oxford Street and either Barrett Street or Wigmore Street (proposed times: 11am-11pm or 5-11pm)

MARYLEBONE 

32 – New Quebec Street Restaurant and bar seating in street, temporary closure of road (no times given)

33 – Chiltern Street Temporary extension of outdoor seating area. More seating outside empty properties, providing this is supported by local community, landlords and operators.

34 – Portman Mews South Temporary widening of footway up to Portman Street Junction, possible repurposing of carriageway and pavement for outdoor seating.

35 – Dorset Street Temporary widening of footway outside 52-55, possible repurposing of carriageway and pavement for outdoor seating.

36 – Seymour Street Temporary widening of footway outside 8, possible repurposing of carriageway and pavement for outdoor seating.

37 – York Street Temporary widening of footway outside 7 Baker Street, possible repurposing of carriageway and pavement for outdoor seating.

38 – Baker Street Temporary extension of outdoor seating area outside 48-66 and 106. More seating outside empty properties, providing this is supported by local community, landlords and operators.

39 – Blandford Street Temporary widening of footway outside 44, possible repurposing of carriageway and pavement for outdoor seating.

40 – George Street Temporary extension of outdoor seating area outside 19 Baker Street and 19, 58-60, 88-90 George Street. More seating outside empty properties, providing this is supported by local community, landlords and operators.

PADDINGTON 

41 – Kendall Street Temporary widening of footway on north side, around Village Green and round to Titchbourne Street, possible repurposing of carriageway and pavement for outdoor seating.

42 – Connaught Street Temporary widening of footway on south side, possible repurposing of carriageway and pavement for outdoor seating.

43 – Porchester Place Temporary widening of footway, possible repurposing of carriageway and pavement for outdoor seating.

44 – Seymour Place Temporary widening of footway between Seymour Street and Upper Berkeley Street, possible repurposing of carriageway and pavement for outdoor seating.

45 – George Street Temporary widening of footway on south side, possible repurposing of carriageway and pavement for outdoor seating.

46 – Merchant Square Temporary extension of outdoor seating area, with more restaurant and bar seating in pedestrianised street.

47 – West End Quay Temporary extension of outdoor seating area, with more restaurant and bar seating in pedestrianised street.

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