For around 4 months, many of us have not been able to see friends or family, visit our favourite restaurants or even grab a coffee, due to lockdown restrictions. But as things have been easing up, restrictions are gradually being lifted.
Last weekend, I had the opportunity to meet with some friends for brunch. We went to Caffe Concerto, on Shaftesbury Avenue (a 3 min walk from Piccadilly Circus). Taking public transport there was fine and I found that London had quite a slowness about it. I’ve lived in London all my life and I have become very much accustomed to the hustle and bustle of the city. But on this particular day, I could roam the streets freely without bumping into anyone, I could get on the tube and still have sufficient personal space and I could even take pictures with my friends without anyone awkwardly walking by and waiting for us to finish. So I must say I am enjoying this slow-placed version of London.
When I arrived at the restaurant, I immediately noticed that all the staff were wearing face shields and all tables were separated with plastic screens. These precautions definitely made me feel at ease and a lot more comfortable to dine-in.
This was my first time dining at Caffe Concerto but I would definitely say it was a great spot because the menu had something for everyone. This is the perfect restaurant if you are yet to try traditional English meals such as a Full English Breakfast (for only £8.95), Fish and Chips (for £17.95) or an Afternoon Tea. They also have a wide range of sweet treats such as pastries, cakes and gelato. I ordered an Eggs Benedict with Smoked Salmon and a soft drink and spent no more than £15. I would definitely say this restaurant is affordable but if you are someone that always likes to have dessert (and/or a starter) then I would recommend budgeting an average £20-25 spend. If you are interested in dining at Caffe Concerto be sure to check out their website for the closest restaurant to you, as they have a number of other branches across London.
As things are gradually easing I guess we can confirm that Summer 2020 is not cancelled! I therefore, plan to do more posts on places to go and things to do, so be on the lookout. Finally, when going out please ensure you adhere to all of the government COVID-19 guidelines and if you’re not ready to eat out just yet, that’s okay. Please don’t rush, let your friends know what you are comfortable with and look for the best way to socialise.
This post was written in late July 2020. Please consult the UK government website for the latest coronavirus guidance.