Chelsea is about to see an al fresco revolution thanks to fast-track permission granted by the council to allow restaurants more room for outdoor dining, with flexibility for pavement widening, using parking spaces and neighbouring shop frontages for extra tables and chairs.
Excitingly, picnickers will be able to lay their blankets down on the Running Track outside the Saatchi Gallery, just around the corner from the South end of Sloane Street. White circles will be painted on the grass to help maintain social distancing.
So head to the artisan food stores on nearby Pavilion Road, which has been pedestrianised since June, to stock your basket with cheese from London Cheesemongers, loaves from Bread Ahead, and a bottle of something from Pavilion Wine.
Additionally, the weekly fine food market at Duke of York Square is returning on Saturdays for further picnic treats and, for the time being, is being held on the Running Track to allow for extra seating and social distancing. Meanwhile, Polpo and Manicomio have both been given extra space to accommodate guests and there are dozens of extra tables dotted around the square for takeaway diners to use as they enjoy their orders.
All of this is on top of the social distancing measures being employed throughout restaurants to ensure the health and safety of all, so you can confidently enjoy your return to dining out, assured that your wellbeing is has been thoroughly considered.