Lockdown restrictions are gradually starting to ease but the London restaurant scene is still faced with an uphill battle. Even if venues are allowed to open, the two-metre social distancing rule will make it extremely difficult for small and independent restaurants in places like Soho to survive – in fact John James, the managing director of Soho Estates, predicts that “least a third of existing restaurants would not survive another quarter”.

The solution that he and the Soho Summer Street Festival campaign have come up with – and that has been approved by Westminster City Council – is to pedestrianise 17 streets in the area between 5pm – 11pm for the summer to give bars and restaurants space to trade outside, so they can stay in business whilst keeping customers safe.

You can see the map of street closures and timings here.