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Lockdown has shown a new side of London—and why our restaurants matter more than ever

Even in a huge city, sometimes you don’t need to go searching for anything—the best things are close to home

People eat and drink oudoors in Soho, London, as coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased across England. Many streets in Soho were pedestrianised for the night, and bars and restaurants added extra outdoor seating. Picture date: Sunday July 5, 2020. Photo credit should read: Matt Crossick/Empics

I was born in London at the tail end of the 1980s and I’ve never seriously considered living anywhere else. While friends contemplate using the pandemic as an excuse to finally escape, something about the city’s vast anonymity will always appeal to me. But during the lockdown, suddenly the raison d’être of living in a sprawling city got turned upside down.

For many of us, these past…

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