The legendary Gay Hussar restaurant of SoHo, which featured authentic Hungarian dishes, closed in , 65 years after its opening. The place reopened this fall, with a new name and an updated menu. The restaurant was actually founded by a British man, a child of a Swiss sailor and a Welsh mother. However, he studied Hungarian cuisine for seven years, after he was sent by the Association of British Restaurants to intern at a Budapest restaurant, the Gundel in , reported. After returning to London, he opened his very first restaurant, called Budapest, when he was just
Originally a fashionable district for the aristocracy, it has been one of the main entertainment districts in the capital since the 19th century. It became a parish in its own right in the late 17th century, when buildings started to be developed for the upper class, including the laying out of Soho Square in the s. The aristocracy had mostly moved away by the midth century, when Soho was particularly badly hit by an outbreak of cholera in For much of the 20th century Soho had a reputation as a base for the sex industry in addition to its night life and its location for the headquarters of leading film companies.
Some offerings, such as DJ sets and club nights, have been put on hold and dedicated nightclubs are currently closed. You must also wear a face covering in these venues, unless you're seated. Reopened bars and pubs have various safety measures in place, including socially distanced tables, reduced capacity, ordering by app, pre-booking and hand sanitising stations.