Some are calling it ‘the Summer of Soho’
17 streets are to be closed to traffic starting this weekend, the capital’s papers are reporting.
Both City AM and the Evening Standard have written that Westminster Council has approved plans to pedestrianise the area to allow customers of bars, pubs and restaurants to spill out into the streets.
It is believed that operators will still have to apply for licenses to serve in the street, but that the council has created a fast-track scheme to push applications through.
Streets, including Greek, Frith and Old Compton, will be closed to cars from 5pm but others will be pedestrianised from 11am. The full map is available on the Save Our Soho campaign site.
City AM reports that bars in the area planning to re-open on Saturday include:
- Cafe Boheme & Dean Street Townhouse
- Bar Italia
- 40 Dean Street
- Old Compton St Brasserie
- Comptons of Soho
- Bar Swift
- Bar Termini
- Barrafina Dean Street (from July 9)