The Lord Mayor and the City’s Sheriff visited Square Mile institution 1 Lombard Street yesterday as it reopened after lockdown.
Monday was due to be the first day without Covid-19 restrictions in the UK, but the so-called ‘freedom day’ was pushed back by four weeks.
Nevertheless restaurateur Soren Jessen opened the doors to a newly redecorated brasserie, private dining room and a brand new members-only cocktail bar.
He was joined by Sir William Russell, the Lord Mayor, and Sheriff Christopher Hayward.
The restaurant, which sits opposite the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange, serves seasonal fare from a kitchen led by Mark Hix and Robin Freeman.
City workers are beginning to drift back as working-from-home ennui sets in.
Tube and bus use is approaching 50 per cent of pre-pandemic levels, with many expecting that figure to gradually increase over the summer.
The beginning of September is pencilled in on many firms’ calendars for the start of the so-called new normal.