Last weekend, for the first time in months, we ate out in a restaurant. Not indoors, of course – that’s still not allowed – but on a day with clear skies, bright sunshine, and almost no wind, who’d want to sit indoors anyway?

Covent Garden is usually busy with tourists, but with international travel still heavily restricted, the crowds were much smaller, the queues shorter, and the atmosphere a little less frantic. We strolled around Soho and Covent Garden, doing a little light shopping before wandering along the south bank to catch the bus home.

London is nowhere near back to normal, but at least we can imagine that the end might be in sight and all our previous freedoms will, hopefully, be restored soon.

And when that happens, one of the first things I’m hoping to do is meet up with friends at the London Craft Beer Festival in August. I’m still deeply sceptical that the UK will still to the published schedule for reopening, but if it does, this event will be at the top of my list. Fingers crossed.

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