Cozy and covered dining

Book now for May 3rd bank holiday

Despite the easing of coronavirus rules on April 12th, pubs and restaurants are still not able to serve people inside. Between this and given the unusual weather lately, cozy and covered al fresco dining will be at a premium for the upcoming May bank holiday. Six weatherproof options in London and Surrey:

Chiltern Firehouse (London) — Chiltern Firehouse operates on a walk-in only basis and features an outdoor fireplace. To beat the crowd, head in for a reasonably-priced breakfast early (7 am on weekdays and 9 am on weekends). 2070 737676
1 Chiltern Street, Marylebone, W1U 7PAG

Coq d’Argent (London) — This popular French restaurant features panoramic views of London complete with heaters. Ala carte menu available Monday to Friday noon to 4 pm for lunch and 5 – 9 pm for dinner and Saturday 5 – 9 pm. 2073 955000
No. 1 Poultry, City of London, EC2R 8EJ

The Ivy Cobham Brasserie (Cobham) — The upmarket brasserie has a beautiful covered garden terrace with heaters. Their all-day seasonal menu (ala carte, vegetarian and vegan) includes light snacks and starters. 1932 901777
48 High St, Cobham KT11 3EF

The Mitre (Hampton Court) — Located on the banks of the River Thames, the riverside terrace is covered by a stretched tent, including blankets, fire pits and heated lamps. 2089 799988
Hampton Court Road, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9BN

Radio Rooftop (London) — Situated ten floors up within ME
London, Radio Rooftop offers iconic views of London's skyline. The open air rooftop can be cleverly covered and heated when the weather doesn't cooperate. Avoid the crowds and minimum spend in the evenings by making a daytime booking. 2073 953440
ME London, 336-337 Strand, London WC2R

The Wheatsheaf
(Esher) — A family-friendly (four-legged ones too!) 200 year-old pub close to Esher Green offers array of ales, daily specials and pub classics. 1372 464014
40 Esher Green, Esher KT10 8AG

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Fit for a Prince

Of the 800 Royal Warrant Holders, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh has granted 35 of them. A Royal Warrant of Appointment can be made to businesses who have supplied highly quality goods or services for at least five years. Once an application is accepted, royal warrants are issued for five years. Those granted a warrant are responsible for displaying the relevant coat of arms of the Royal Family member.

Among them include Jaguar Land Rover
— the company that collaborated with the Duke over the past 18 years to customize the vehicle that transported the Duke of Edinburgh's coffin at his funeral.

If a Land Rover or custom suit by a Saville Row
tailor are beyond your reach, here are a few more affordable options:

Boots Opticians
— Commonly located on High Streets, Boots Opticians has 600 locations throughout the UK.
Hunters Boot 
— Established in 1856, Hunter is known for their popular classic boot originally introduced in 1956.

— Founded in 1860s by William Henry Penhaligon, a barber and perfumer to Queen Victoria.

With Prince Philip’s passing, his Royal Warrants are now void and the company has two years to discontinue the Royal Arms.  However, since many are also favored by other royals, there is a good chance the affiliations will endure.

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