Outside the Sugarloaf on Cannon Street a queue is forming. It’s Friday night and thirsty Londoners, grey from another week of virtual meetings, stilted communication and long hours in front of a screen, are seeking the comfort of a pint.
But the pub is dark and quiet, its windows and doors shuttered. The queue is for the off licence next door, which is giving plastic pint cups to those buying beer so that they can stand on the pavement outside and drink and chat and relax. London’s office workers might be thin in number, but their desire for a pint will not be dampened by government restrictions, lack of toilets or the cold.
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