Al Fresco Dining In Marylebone
17 August 2021
There’s still time to enjoy our al fresco dining scheme on New Quebec Street and Seymour Place, run in partnership with Portman Marylebone, with road closures and extended pavement dining remaining in place until 28 August. After that, despite the roads reopening, you’ll be able to continue dining outside there and at many of the Quarter’s other restaurants and cafes in their usual outdoor spaces – a full directory of local eateries is available here and those with outdoor seating can be found here.
The road closures were introduced in response to coronavirus, with the aim of supporting local cafes and restaurants. By providing additional outdoor dining space they could welcome customers back as restrictions lifted and they were able to reopen. The programme has been very successful, attracting many local residents, visitors and workers, and this has helped to maintain the area’s offer and vibrancy so that it continues to be an attractive and enjoyable place to spend time.
A recent study undertaken by PwC revealed the success of al fresco dining during lockdown, with local councils across the country approving requests for more than 2,000 pavement licences for pubs, bars, cafes and other hospitality venues, and more than a third of these were processed by Westminster City Council. One seat at a restaurant can generate around £6,800 per year and with outdoor space popular and indoor space unusable during restrictions, for many businesses this would be vital for their survival.