Where To Eat: Are There Restaurants Open in London?

As of January 6th of 2021, London entered its third national lockdown. And all establishments, especially those in the food industry are hoping that it will be the last one. 

You might remember that London underwent its 2nd lockdown last November and then went back to the tiered system in December 2020. But due to the public health crisis, the UK government had to make decisions and had to put the country on lockdown. Again. 

But of course, us, Londoners, one way to ease anxiety caused by the pandemic, is to eat our stress away. And London, being famous for its plethora of best restaurants to choose from, you must be wondering which ones are open. Well, you are about to find out.

Are There Any Restaurants Open in London Now?

All non-essentials – pubs, bars, and restaurants in London (and across most of the UK) should be closed as per the English Government Guidance

However, there are a few exceptions so you can still order your favourite food from your favourite restaurant! 

So according to the list of exemptions found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, while restaurants can’t cater for dine-in customers, they can offer food and non-alcoholic drinks only on a takeaway basis between 5 am and 11 pm. This means that you can enter the premises to place and collect your order. 

You can also opt for click-and-collect wherein your goods are pre-ordered by phone, online, via a mobile app or post, and collected without entering the premises. Getting your food and non-alcoholic drinks via drive-thru is permitted as well. 

For all food, including alcoholic beverages, those restaurants open in London can serve these via delivery. However, restaurants offering delivery services must not include alcoholic drinks if their licence does not already permit.

a photo of crowded people in a restaurant in London

When Will Restaurants In London Can Reopen?

There is no exact date yet for the normal reopening of restaurants in London. While March 2021 is the current timeframe of the UK government, that could still change depending on the coronavirus situation. 

The idea is that lockdown will halt the spread of the virus so establishments can reopen soon. But, the unknown is whether or not it will be enough to actually stop the virus from spreading and limit the number of cases infected with covid-19. If London returns to tier four, restaurants will remain closed.

The public health, social, and economic situation in London is in a tough spot. And while there are no assurances on when the crisis might ease, restaurants in London are surely surviving and adapting. 

Let Us Give You A Safe and Convenient Ride

While public transport in London is still available, your risk of getting covid-19, or worse, the new variant of the coronavirus will be high since you’ll be exposed to people outside your bubble.

If you decide you want to get your goodies on a takeaway basis or through drive-thru, what we recommend is to hire a chauffeur to accommodate you when looking for restaurants open in London.

If you decide to hire a chauffeur service, our professional chauffeurs here in My London Chauffeurs will act as your personal assistant and make sure you have a comfortable, convenient, and most importantly, a safe ride in one of our luxury cars.

We assure you that your safety is our priority. We are following all the government recommendations for transport providers to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our professional chauffeurs are fully trained to ensure that they follow correct safety procedures, such as wearing face masks at all times and sterilising the inside of the car before and after use, for both our clients and themselves. You may contact us here for more information. 

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My London Chauffeurs is a well-established company which has been providing luxury cars and chauffeurs for many years. Our drivers are very well trained and have expert knowledge of the London area. You can hire our services for longer periods or even for your whole stay in the UK. We offer a premium service which is flexible, reliable, and discreet, and our representatives speak many different languages to ensure that each client is comfortable with their service.