Seats at many top restaurants in exclusive eateries across the capital have already been snapped up during prime dinner slots, with booking site OpenTable and restaurants’ online booking systems showing limited or no availability left.
Some popular spots have already seen their diaries fill for prime dinner times over the weekend and into next week.
Several restaurants do not have availability beyond 5.30pm on Thursday, with a similar picture into the weekend.
The hospitality industry was boosted by the news earlier this week that restaurants will be able to reopen when restrictions are eased on December 3.
Gymkhana, Mayfair: No tables after 17.30 on Thursday or beyond 4pm on Friday December 4 at the popular Indian restaurant
Tables for prime dinner slots have filled up at Gymkhana in Mayfair, their website shows
Coya, Mayfair: No tables from 5.30pm onwards on Thursday, December 3 at this exclusive London eatery
Their online booking service shows no tables other than one slot on Thursday ar 5.30pm
Business leaders warn capital can’t survive Tier Three that will trigger ‘atomic bomb’ of job cuts and High Street devastation and leave economy in ruins
London’s top restaurateurs and hoteliers warned placing the capital in Tier 3 would wipe out half the hospitality industry.
Richard Caring, who owns The Ivy, Annabel’s, Bill’s and Soho House, said Boris Johnson’s rules to suppress Covid-19 were actually a ‘killer’ for businesses.
While hotelier Mark Fuller, who owns the popular celebrity haunt Karma Sanctum in Soho, said putting the capital in Tier 3 will see 50 per cent of hospitality businesses go to the wall.
It came as London’s Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan wants the city to be placed in Tier 2 claiming that tier 3 would be a hammer blow that bars, restaurants, and clubs ‘might not recover from’.
Restaurant and club mogul Mr Caring, 72, has predicted a ‘big explosion’ of job losses in January unless Covid restrictions on hospitality end in the run-up to Christmas.
Pubs, bars and cafes will also be allowed to reopen when England comes out of the national lockdown.
But as Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to carve the nation into a tiered system once again, the restrictions in higher tiers are set to remain tight.
London’s top restaurateurs and hoteliers warned that placing the capital in Tier 3 would wipe out half the hospitality industry and trigger an ‘atomic bomb’ of job losses after Christmas.
Labour Mayor Sadiq Khan also wants the city to be placed in Tier 2 claiming that tier 3 would be a hammer blow that bars, restaurants, and clubs ‘might not recover from’.
The Conservative candidate for mayor, Shaun Bailey, also sent the Prime Minister a clear warning after it emerged officials could place the metropolis into the top Tier 3 after December 2 and said: ‘It would be a disaster for London if we were in Tier 3’
But before the tiers were announced, optomistic diners snapped up top tables in preparation for the end of lockdown.
At the Michelin starred Gymkhana restaurant in Mayfair, tables were booked up from 5.30pm on Thursday and well into next week with only limited tables for dinner from 6pm onwards.
The Indian restaurant draws its theme from the colonial British-Indian ‘gymkhana’ clubs and specialises in tandoori and chatpatta sharing dishes.
The Duck and Waffle restaurant in Bishopsgate, famed for its dish of the same name and for its traditional British food, has also been booked up in prime slots on Friday evening with no tables from 6.45pm.
Mayfair restaurants Coya, Bagatelle and Goodman were in a similar situation with little or no tables available for people to book.
Peruvian restaurant Coya’s online booking system also showed tables have been filled by keen foodies for much of the weekend, with very few remaining slots left to book.
On Thursday the online reservations system the restaurant, which serves Peruvian sharing plates, char-grill dishes and ceviche, shows no tables from 5.30pm onwards.
Bagatelle, Mayfair: No tables from 6.30pm on Thursday are available in the famed celebrity haunt
Bagatelle’s online booking system shows very few slots for dinner on Thursday, with reservations already being made over a week in advance for December 10
Goodman, Mayfair: No tables available between 5.45 and 9pm on Thursday, with prime dinner slots also booked up at the popular steakhouse restaurant into the weekend
The steakhouse’s online booking system shows no availability between 5.45pm and 9pm on Thursday night
Sexy Fish, Mayfair: No tables from 5.30pm on Thursday December 3 – another restaurant that saw a surge in demand
Tables are not available from 5.30pm onwards on Thursday after diners rushed to book tables to celebrate lockdown being lifted
Carlyne Leffondre, General Manager at the restaurant’s Mayfair branch, said: ‘It means so much to all of us at COYA Mayfair that we can reopen for the second time this year with a healthy book; for this we have only our incredibly supportive guests and members to thank.
‘It’s not just us that owes the public so much, but the entire hospitality industry owes them thanks for their continued show of support throughout this challenging year.’
Goodman steakhouse in Mayfair also had no tables available between 5.45 and 9pm on Thursday, with the prime dinner slots also booked up at the weekend.
Popular celebrity haunt Bagatelle, which offers French and Mediterranean dishes, also has no tables from 6.30pm on Thursday, their website shows, while sushi restaurant Sexy Fish in Berkeley Square had no availability from 5.30pm.
The website of the popular Sushisamba restaurant also shows tables at prime evening hours on Friday and Saturday have quickly been snapped up at their Covent Garden site.
Sushisamba, Covent Garden: Their website show tables at prime evening hours on Friday and Saturday