Reopening of restaurants and bars in Westminster

The City of Westminster has published proposals of reopening of restaurants and bars in Westminster in July. This is exciting news. All restaurants and bars were temporarily closed for business due to the COVID19 outbreak. It is nice to be able to enjoy delicious food at restaurants again.

Broadly, the proposals will involve closure of some streets for restaurants and bars offering more table and chairs outside in Westminster. The proposals listed 47 street will be used to facilitate the safe reopening of restaurants and bars in Westminster. The main objective of these proposals is to facilitate the social distancing rules while eating out.

Westminster council welcomes your views and feedback on these proposals. Please send your comments to movementstrategy@westminster.gov.uk by midnight Sunday 21 June 2020.

Covent Garden Area

Map refStreetPropose closure (Temporary)
1Henrietta streetClose between 11am–11pm
2Maiden LaneClose between 11am–11pm
3King StreetTo Close between 11am–11pm
4Floral StreetClose between 11am–11pm
5Southampton StreetClose between 11am–11pm
6Burleigh Streetto Close between 11am–11pm
7St Martin’s LaneRoad close
8St Martin’s Courtextension of outdoor seating area (extend private licences) – more restaurant & bar seating in the pedestrianised street.
9Edith Cavell MemorialExtension of outdoor seating area – opportunities for spatial re-purposing
of pavement space to accommodate outside seating and tables associated with cafes or restaurants

Soho Area

Map refStreetPropose closure (Temporary)
10Greek StreetRoad closure :
Monday to Thursday between 5–11 pm
Fridays 5–11 pm
Saturdays midday–11pm
Sunday midday–10.30pm
11Old Compton StreetRoad closure :
Monday to Thursday between 5–11 pm
Fridays 5–11 pm
Saturdays midday–11pm
Sunday midday–10.30pm
12Frith StreetRoad closure :
Monday to Thursday between 5–11 pm
Fridays 5–11 pm
Saturdays midday–11pm
Sunday midday–10.30pm
13Dean StreetRoad closure :
Monday to Thursday between 5–11 pm
Fridays 5–11 pm
Saturdays midday–11pm
Sunday midday–10.30pm
14Bateman StreetRoad closure :
Monday to Thursday between 5–11 pm
Fridays 5–11 pm
Saturdays midday–11pm
Sunday midday–10.30pm
15Berwick StreetRoad closure :
Monday to Thursday between 5–11 pm
Fridays 5–11 pm
Saturdays midday–11pm
Sunday midday–10.30pm
16Moor StreetRoad closure :
Monday to Thursday between 5–11 pm
Fridays 5–11 pm
Saturdays midday–11pm
Sunday midday–10.30pm
17D’Arblay StreetRoad closure :
Monday to Thursday between 5–11 pm
Fridays 5–11 pm
Saturdays midday–11pm
Sunday midday–10.30pm
18Upper James Street, Upper John Street
and Golden Square
Road closure :
Monday to Thursday between 5–11 pm
Fridays 5–11 pm
Saturdays midday–11pm
Sunday midday–10.30pm
19Broadwick StreetRoad closure :
Monday to Thursday between 5–11 pm
Fridays 5–11 pm
Saturdays midday–11pm
Sunday midday–10.30pm
20Marshall StreetRoad closure :
Monday to Thursday between 5–11 pm
Fridays 5–11 pm
Saturdays midday–11pm
Sunday midday–10.30pm

Leicester Square / Chinatown

Map refStreetPropose closure (Temporary)
21Lisle StreetExtension of outdoor seating area (extend private licences) – more restaurant
& bar seating in the pedestrianised street.
22Gerrard Streetextension of outdoor seating area (extend private licences) – more restaurant
& bar seating in the pedestrianised street.
23Newport Placeoutdoor seating area extension (extend private licences) – more restaurant
& bar seating in the pedestrianised street.
24Wardour StreetTemporary widening of footway – opportunities for spatial re-purposing of part of carriageway or pavement space to accommodate outside seating and tables associated with cafes or restaurants between Chinatown gateway and Coventry Street.
25Cecil CourtExtension of outdoor seating area (extend private licences) – more restaurant & bar seating in the pedestrianised street.
26Irving Streetclosure of road – with restaurant & bar seating in street outside the
National Portrait Gallery
27Leicester Square (‘gateway streets’
– Leicester Street, Leicester Place,
Leicester Court, Leicester Street,
Bear Street and Cranbourn Alley)
Extension of outdoor seating area (extend private licences) – more restaurant
& bar seating in the pedestrianised streets.

St James’s

Map refStreetPropose closure (Temporary)
28Panton Streetclosure of road – between Oxenden Street to Haymarket for more
restaurant & bar seating in the pedestrianised street
29Jermyn Streetwidening of footway – opportunities for spatial re-purposing of part of
carriageway or pavement space to accommodate outside seating and tables associated
with cafes or restaurants
30Haymarketwidening of footway – opportunities for spatial re-purposing of part of
carriageway or pavement space to accommodate outside seating and tables associated
with cafes or restaurants.

Oxford Circus District

Map refStreetPropose closure (Temporary)
31Market Place and Great Castle StreetRoad closure between 11 am and 7 pm.
29James StreetRoad closure between Oxford Street and Barrett Street or Wigmore Street – with restaurant & bar seating in street. Proposed closure
11 am–11 pm or 5–11 pm.

Marylebone

Map refStreetPropose closure (Temporary)
33New Quebec StreetRoad closure
34Chiltern Streetextension of outdoor seating area (extend private licences) – more restaurant & bar
seating across empty units or inactive frontages provided this is clearly supported by the local
community, including owners/operators of premise with affected frontages.
35Portman Mews Southwidening of footway up to Portman Street Junction – opportunities for spatial
re-purposing of part of carriageway or pavement space to accommodate outside seating
and tables associated with cafes or restaurants.
36Dorset Streetwidening of footway outside 52–55 Dorset Street – opportunities for spatial
re-purposing of part of carriageway or pavement space to accommodate outside seating
and tables associated with cafes or restaurants.
37Seymour Streetfootway widening outside 8 Seymour Street – opportunities for spatial re-purposing of part of carriageway or pavement space to accommodate outside seating and tables associated with cafes or restaurants.
38York Streetwidening of footway outside 7 Baker Street (York Street frontage) – opportunities for spatial re-purposing of part of carriageway or pavement space to accommodate outside seating and tables associated with cafes or restaurants.
39Baker Streetextension of outdoor seating area (extend private licences) outside 48–66 and 106 Baker Street – more restaurant & bar seating across empty units or inactive frontages provided this is clearly supported by the local community, including owners/ operators of premise with affected frontages.
40Blandford Streetwidening of footway outside 44 Blandford Street – opportunities for spatial re-purposing of part of carriageway or pavement space to accommodate outside seating and tables associated with cafes or restaurants.
41George Street (extended)widening of footway outside 19 Baker Street (George Street frontage), 17 George Street, 58–60 George Street and 88–90 George Street – opportunities for spatial re-purposing of part of carriageway or pavement space to accommodate outside seating and tables associated with cafes or restaurants.

Paddington

Map refStreetPropose closure (Temporary)
42Kendall StreetWidening of footway on the north side of Kendall Street around Village Green
and round into Titchbourne Street – opportunities for spatial re-purposing of part of carriageway or pavement space to accommodate outside seating and tables associated with cafes or restaurants.
Connaught StreetWidening of footway on the south side of Connaught Street – opportunities
for spatial re-purposing of part of carriageway or pavement space to accommodate outside seating and tables associated with cafes or restaurants.
Porchester PlaceFootway widening – opportunities for spatial re-purposing of part of
carriageway or pavement space to accommodate outside seating and tables associated with cafes or restaurants
43Seymour PlaceWidening of footway between Seymour Street and Upper Berkeley Street
– opportunities for spatial re-purposing of part of carriageway or pavement space
to accommodate outside seating and tables associated with cafes or restaurants.
44George StreetWidening of footway – opportunities for spatial re-purposing of part of
carriageway or pavement space to accommodate outside seating and tables associated with cafes or restaurants
45Merchant SquareExtension of outdoor seating area (extend private licences) – more restaurant
& bar seating in the pedestrianised street.
46West End QuayOutdoor seating area to be extended (extend private licences) – more restaurant
& bar seating in the pedestrianised street.
47Paddington Centralextension of outdoor seating area (extend private licences) – more restaurant & bar seating in the pedestrianised street. Area covering Kingdom Square, space below the Westway and eastern/northern rim of the amphitheatre.
Source: Westminster.gov.uk

Restaurants and bars can now start planning to reopen in July and provide feedback on proposed streets closure for outdoor seating. Some restaurants and bars may require to apply for a licence for increased use of outside space for tables and chairs for their customers. This includes serving alcohol outside. Contact Westminster Council if you require further information at 0207 641 4141.

Companies House online business

Companies House also helping businesses to comply with their legal filings requirements during this pandemic. You can submit the following documents online to Companies House.

  • Confirmation statement
  • Company accounts. If you file your accounts late, you will incur late filing penalty even just by one day.
  • Changes to your details such as director resigned or appointed a new director.

All you need is your company’s authentication code issued by Companies House. The authentication code is the electronic equivalent of your company’s director(s) signatures. Keep safe your authentication code.

If you are unable to complete your company accounts due to the interruption from this COVID-19 outbreak, you can apply to Companies House to extend your company accounts filing deadline without incurring a late filing penalty.

Companies House also created an interim paperless filing service to accept documents which would normally require a live signature.

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