Pavilion Road, Byte Street and Elystan Street in Kensington and Chelsea will transform into outdoor dining and shopping hubs next month.
Since the start of the pandemic, al fresco dining has been an actual life saver, both for businesses and customers. More than ever, cafes, bars and restaurants are using pavement licencing to make room for guests to gather safely outside, offering takeaway meals and drinks. With lockdown restrictions easing up on April 12, Kensington and Chelsea’s Pavilion Road, Byte Street and Elystan Street will close off to welcome hungry pedestrians back for some safe outdoor dining and shopping fun.
In addition, the borough’s famous Portobello Road will be closed to traffic on market days from 10am to 4pm, inviting more stallholders and visitors back to Portobello and Golborne market for non-essential shopping. Finally, our weekends will have a purpose again!
“Kensington and Chelsea is home to some of the best places to shop, eat and drink not just in London but around the world. We want to give our businesses the very best chance of recovery when lockdown lifts. Closing roads and getting outdoor licences to business owners as quickly as possible are just some of the practical ways to help our borough get back to the bustling, vibrant destination we have all been missing so much during the coronavirus pandemic”, said Cllr Johnny Thalassites, lead member for environment, planning and place.
Oh, you have no idea just how much we’ve really missed it.