The Henrietta Hotel is turning the street in front of it into an alfresco eating area from April.
On February 22, Prime Minister Johnson outlined a roadmap towards ending the lockdown that has been in place in the U.K. since late December. Although hotels won’t open up until later in the spring for leisure travel (there are some hotels still open for essential business travel), outdoor eating is set to be permitted from April 12.
The hospitality industry has always thrived on flexibility. (The bride and groom don’t like the way the light will be shining onto their face during the ceremony but there’s only an hour to go? Sure, all the chairs can be set in the opposite direction. You want to stay an extra few nights even when the hotel is fully booked? A good hotel will magic up space somehow.)
The Standard Hotel in London’s Kings Cross will open its ground floor terrace restaurant from April. … [+]
Self-catering accommodation is also set to open before blanket permission for hotels, so some hotels are making sure anything suitable can be let. London’s Locke hotels, both Bermonds and the new Kinglsand, which have an apartment ethos, are in a good position but for most hotels, it will be the restaurants that will be aiming to kick start the recovery.
Precautions will be in place but 11 Cadogan Gardens hotel will have al fresco dining along Pavillion … [+]
At Kings Cross, the Standard Hotel will be opening its ground floor Double Standard again on April 11, thanks to its large heated terrace at the back of this 1970s building on Euston Road. With crowd-pleasing, dirtied up American food, their weekend bottomless brunches are likely to be back for a grateful, thirsty clientele.
Firmdale’s Ham Yard Hotel is blessed with tables at the front of its hotel and also an expansive roof terrace; it has been open for essential travel so will be able to adapt easily to open air dining from April 12. The Hoxton in Southwark has added outdoor seating to Albie with Eggbreak and Pecking Order roosting in the kitchens while Seabird the rooftop bar will be able open its outdoor terrace on April 12.
Dalloway Terrace is categorised as outdoor seating.
During lockdown Le Meridian on Piccadilly may have transformed itself into The Dilly but its 2nd floor terrace, overlooking one of London’s most famous streets, remains the same and will have cocktails plus afternoon tea.
Dalloway Terrace, the absurdly pretty outdoor dining area of the Bloomsbury Hotel, will also be open from April 12 and nearby Montague on the Gardens lives up to its name with an outdoor dining area overlooking a small park.
Ham Yard Hotel has plenty of outdoor seating (Photo by Keith Mayhew/SOPA Images/LightRocket via … [+]
In Chelsea, 11 Cadogan Gardens, part of the Iconic group that operates Cliveden House will have an al fresco terrace along Pavillion Road, a pedestrianised street set back from Sloane Square, with a menu that runs through from breakfast to dinner.
Hotels that lack outdoor space, have also managed to adapt. The Henrietta Hotel from the Experimental Group is heading into the pavement in Covent Garden with a firmly Italian menu.
Da Henrietta’s food will be firmly Italian this spring.
A month later, all going well, hotel rooms and their indoor spaces are also due to open. In London, that should see the long-awaited NoMad in Covent Garden and the Londoner in Leicester Square finally open their doors. The latter has an eighth floor roof bar; a city deprived of a social life will surely search it out to celebrate safely.
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