The City of London Corporation has agreed to lighten the burden of the hospitality industry by offering free pavement licenses for one additional year.
Amid restrictions on the number of tables and households, the UK hotel industry has used sidewalks for additional Al Fresco seating.
“We expect the city buzz to return quickly and these free sidewalk licenses mean visitors to many of our dining establishments will be able to enjoy the great British weather while soaking up the vibrant atmosphere of the Square. Mile, “chairman of the City of London Corporation’s planning and transport committee, Alastair Moss, said.
The Planning and Transport Committee accepted custom pavement licenses in July last year, to ensure that every use of public space is safe.
Now restaurants and bars will be able to expand their outdoor seating offerings until the end of September next year.
However, the permits may need to be revised as the number of pedestrians increases, the City Corporation said.
The pandemic-era style of seating has been adopted heavily by Square Mile townspeople, with 87 licenses issued to establishments in the area.