First Friday beers since lockdown go to drinkers’ heads as fights break out over table reservations

Scuffles broke out over table reservations this evening as Britons packed their local outdoor pubs and bars on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased.

Some five million pints are set to be pulled tonight as revellers hit the town for beer garden drinking and al fresco dining at the start of what is expected to be a warm and sunny weekend.

But tensions boiled over in some areas, with police having to intervene amid violent scenes in London’s Soho at the start of the night as drinkers clashed, with some detained from officers.

It was the first opportunity for people to wine and dine with friends and family in six months, with November being the last time revellers could enjoy outdoor hospitality.

Experts predicted earlier today that as well as five million pints, around 500,000 bottles of wine will be drunk by an estimated 1.5 million people across 20,000 restaurants nationwide.

It means alcohol sales are likely to be double those on a normal Friday night as Britons celebrate their newfound freedom.

Scuffles broke out over table reservations this evening as Britons packed their local outdoor pubs and bars on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

Scuffles broke out over table reservations this evening as Britons packed their local outdoor pubs and bars on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

Scuffles broke out over table reservations this evening as Britons packed their local outdoor pubs and bars on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers out in Newcastle city centre this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers out in Newcastle city centre this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers out in Newcastle city centre this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

A group of young women enjoying their night out in Manchester city centre, on the first Friday since restrictions were eased

A group of young women enjoying their night out in Manchester city centre, on the first Friday since restrictions were eased

A group of young women enjoying their night out in Manchester city centre, on the first Friday since restrictions were eased

One reveller loses her footing in Leeds city centre on the first Friday night out for drinkers since restrictions were eased

One reveller loses her footing in Leeds city centre on the first Friday night out for drinkers since restrictions were eased

One reveller loses her footing in Leeds city centre on the first Friday night out for drinkers since restrictions were eased

Police detain a man after an argument, as people party in London's Soho district as lockdown restrictions are eased

Police detain a man after an argument, as people party in London's Soho district as lockdown restrictions are eased

Police detain a man after an argument, as people party in London’s Soho district as lockdown restrictions are eased

Revellers squared up to each other in London's Soho this evening as a row broke out over table reservations at some venues

Revellers squared up to each other in London's Soho this evening as a row broke out over table reservations at some venues

Revellers squared up to each other in London’s Soho this evening as a row broke out over table reservations at some venues

Several police officers crowd around a man and detain him following an argument in London's Soho earlier this evening

Several police officers crowd around a man and detain him following an argument in London's Soho earlier this evening

Several police officers crowd around a man and detain him following an argument in London’s Soho earlier this evening

Police intervened as tempers flared on the first Friday night out in town following the easing of lockdown restrictions

Police intervened as tempers flared on the first Friday night out in town following the easing of lockdown restrictions

Police intervened as tempers flared on the first Friday night out in town following the easing of lockdown restrictions

People look on as police detain a man following an argument at the Soho district on a busy Friday night in London's Soho

People look on as police detain a man following an argument at the Soho district on a busy Friday night in London's Soho

People look on as police detain a man following an argument at the Soho district on a busy Friday night in London’s Soho

Officers wearing masks make their way through the crowd on a busy night in London's Soho as restrictions are lifted

Officers wearing masks make their way through the crowd on a busy night in London's Soho as restrictions are lifted

Officers wearing masks make their way through the crowd on a busy night in London’s Soho as restrictions are lifted

People walk along a street at the Soho district, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London

People walk along a street at the Soho district, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London

People walk along a street at the Soho district, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London

A group of revellers pose as they enjoy drinks in London's Soho on the first Friday night pubs have been able to serve customers this year

A group of revellers pose as they enjoy drinks in London's Soho on the first Friday night pubs have been able to serve customers this year

A group of revellers pose as they enjoy drinks in London’s Soho on the first Friday night pubs have been able to serve customers this year

Crowds gathered outside Bar Soho as revellers enjoyed the first Friday night after the easing of lockdown restrictions

Crowds gathered outside Bar Soho as revellers enjoyed the first Friday night after the easing of lockdown restrictions

Crowds gathered outside Bar Soho as revellers enjoyed the first Friday night after the easing of lockdown restrictions

People party at the Soho district, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London earlier this evening

People party at the Soho district, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London earlier this evening

People party at the Soho district, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London earlier this evening

Two young revellers enjoy themselves on a busy Friday night in London's Soho - the first of the year since pubs reopened

Two young revellers enjoy themselves on a busy Friday night in London's Soho - the first of the year since pubs reopened

Two young revellers enjoy themselves on a busy Friday night in London’s Soho – the first of the year since pubs reopened 

Hundreds of people pack onto tables in Soho, cnetral London, on the first Friday since the rules were relaxed in England

Hundreds of people pack onto tables in Soho, cnetral London, on the first Friday since the rules were relaxed in England

Hundreds of people pack onto tables in Soho, cnetral London, on the first Friday since the rules were relaxed in England

Tensions boiled over in some areas, with police having to intervene amid violent scenes in London's Soho at the start of the night as drinkers clashed

Tensions boiled over in some areas, with police having to intervene amid violent scenes in London's Soho at the start of the night as drinkers clashed

Tensions boiled over in some areas, with police having to intervene amid violent scenes in London’s Soho at the start of the night as drinkers clashed

Revellers out in Brindley Place, Birmingham this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers out in Brindley Place, Birmingham this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers out in Brindley Place, Birmingham this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

A girl drinks on the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in Soho, London

A girl drinks on the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in Soho, London

A girl drinks on the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in Soho, London

A group of people sing Happy Birthday while enjoying drinks on Old Compton Street in London's Soho this evening

A group of people sing Happy Birthday while enjoying drinks on Old Compton Street in London's Soho this evening

A group of people sing Happy Birthday while enjoying drinks on Old Compton Street in London’s Soho this evening

Revellers out in Newcastle city centre this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers out in Newcastle city centre this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers out in Newcastle city centre this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

People drink in dining pods at Craft, Birmingham, as people celebrate the easing of lockdown restrictions across the country

People drink in dining pods at Craft, Birmingham, as people celebrate the easing of lockdown restrictions across the country

People drink in dining pods at Craft, Birmingham, as people celebrate the easing of lockdown restrictions across the country

Revellers out in Leeds city centre this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers out in Leeds city centre this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers out in Leeds city centre this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers out in Birmingham city centre this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers out in Birmingham city centre this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers out in Birmingham city centre this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers out at the Canal House, Birmingham this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers out at the Canal House, Birmingham this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers out at the Canal House, Birmingham this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers at the Pitcher and Piano in Birmingham this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers at the Pitcher and Piano in Birmingham this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers at the Pitcher and Piano in Birmingham this evening on the first Friday night since lockdown restrictions were eased

Two friends enjoy a chilled bottle of wine together on a warm, sunny evening in Birmingham city centre tonight as lockdown restrictions ease

Two friends enjoy a chilled bottle of wine together on a warm, sunny evening in Birmingham city centre tonight as lockdown restrictions ease

Two friends enjoy a chilled bottle of wine together on a warm, sunny evening in Birmingham city centre tonight as lockdown restrictions ease

A group of girls enjoy some drinks in Newcastle this evening on the first Friday night out since restrictions were eased

A group of girls enjoy some drinks in Newcastle this evening on the first Friday night out since restrictions were eased

A group of girls enjoy some drinks in Newcastle this evening on the first Friday night out since restrictions were eased

Drinkers sit outside in Nottingham, on the first Friday night since Pubs and bars re-opened after lockdown restrictions

Drinkers sit outside in Nottingham, on the first Friday night since Pubs and bars re-opened after lockdown restrictions

Drinkers sit outside in Nottingham, on the first Friday night since Pubs and bars re-opened after lockdown restrictions

Revellers in London's Soho drinking in the afternoon sun on the first Friday since pubs were allowed to reopen outdoors

Revellers in London's Soho drinking in the afternoon sun on the first Friday since pubs were allowed to reopen outdoors

Revellers in London’s Soho drinking in the afternoon sun on the first Friday since pubs were allowed to reopen outdoors

A sign outside a pub near Covent Garden which reads "BEER IS BACK" ahead of what is expected to be a busy night

A sign outside a pub near Covent Garden which reads "BEER IS BACK" ahead of what is expected to be a busy night

A sign outside a pub near Covent Garden which reads “BEER IS BACK” ahead of what is expected to be a busy night

People flock to Soho to enjoy the first Friday night drinking since covid restrictions were lifted

People flock to Soho to enjoy the first Friday night drinking since covid restrictions were lifted

People flock to Soho to enjoy the first Friday night drinking since covid restrictions were lifted

Drinkers sit outside in Nottingham, on the first Friday night since Pubs and bars re-opened after lockdown restrictions

Drinkers sit outside in Nottingham, on the first Friday night since Pubs and bars re-opened after lockdown restrictions

Drinkers sit outside in Nottingham, on the first Friday night since Pubs and bars re-opened after lockdown restrictions

Friday Night revellers enjoy Osborne Road in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne on the first weekend since lockdown was eased

Friday Night revellers enjoy Osborne Road in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne on the first weekend since lockdown was eased

Friday Night revellers enjoy Osborne Road in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne on the first weekend since lockdown was eased

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in Leeds on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in Leeds on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in Leeds on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased 

Revellers in London's Soho drinking in the afternoon sun on the first Friday since Pubs were allowed to reopen outdoors

Revellers in London's Soho drinking in the afternoon sun on the first Friday since Pubs were allowed to reopen outdoors

Revellers in London’s Soho drinking in the afternoon sun on the first Friday since Pubs were allowed to reopen outdoors

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in Leeds on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in Leeds on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in Leeds on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A drinker in Leeds enjoys two pints on the first Friday night out in the city since lockdown restrictions were eased

A drinker in Leeds enjoys two pints on the first Friday night out in the city since lockdown restrictions were eased

A drinker in Leeds enjoys two pints on the first Friday night out in the city since lockdown restrictions were eased

People flock to Soho to enjoy the first Friday night drinking since covid restrictions were lifted

People flock to Soho to enjoy the first Friday night drinking since covid restrictions were lifted

People flock to Soho to enjoy the first Friday night drinking since covid restrictions were lifted

Police officers stand on the street next to people sitting at the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease

Police officers stand on the street next to people sitting at the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease

Police officers stand on the street next to people sitting at the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in Leeds on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in Leeds on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in Leeds on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

People flock to Soho to enjoy the first Friday night drinking since covid restrictions were lifted

People flock to Soho to enjoy the first Friday night drinking since covid restrictions were lifted

People flock to Soho to enjoy the first Friday night drinking since covid restrictions were lifted

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in Newcastle on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in Newcastle on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in Newcastle on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

Revellers enjoy food and drink under outdoor heaters at a venue in London's Soho earlier this evening

Revellers enjoy food and drink under outdoor heaters at a venue in London's Soho earlier this evening

Revellers enjoy food and drink under outdoor heaters at a venue in London’s Soho earlier this evening

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in Leeds on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in Leeds on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in Leeds on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

Friday Night revellers enjoy Osborne Road in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne on the first weekend since lockdown was eased

Friday Night revellers enjoy Osborne Road in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne on the first weekend since lockdown was eased

Friday Night revellers enjoy Osborne Road in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne on the first weekend since lockdown was eased

People flock to Soho to enjoy the first Friday night drinking since covid restrictions were lifted

People flock to Soho to enjoy the first Friday night drinking since covid restrictions were lifted

People flock to Soho to enjoy the first Friday night drinking since covid restrictions were lifted

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in the capital on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in the capital on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in the capital on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

People sit at and walk past the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in Chinatown, London

People sit at and walk past the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in Chinatown, London

People sit at and walk past the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in Chinatown, London

Friday night revellers enjoy Osborne Road in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne on the first weekend since lockdown was eased

Friday night revellers enjoy Osborne Road in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne on the first weekend since lockdown was eased

Friday night revellers enjoy Osborne Road in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne on the first weekend since lockdown was eased

People flock to Soho to enjoy the first Friday night drinking since covid restrictions were lifted

People flock to Soho to enjoy the first Friday night drinking since covid restrictions were lifted

People flock to Soho to enjoy the first Friday night drinking since covid restrictions were lifted

Police in Soho watch on as revellers take to the streets for a night of drinking following the easing of lockdown restrictions

Police in Soho watch on as revellers take to the streets for a night of drinking following the easing of lockdown restrictions

Police in Soho watch on as revellers take to the streets for a night of drinking following the easing of lockdown restrictions

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in London on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in London on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A group of young revellers enjoy drinks in London on the first Friday night out since lockdown restrictions were eased

A reveller juggles multiple pints on a busy night of drinking in London after lockdown restrictions were finally eased

A reveller juggles multiple pints on a busy night of drinking in London after lockdown restrictions were finally eased

A reveller juggles multiple pints on a busy night of drinking in London after lockdown restrictions were finally eased

People sit at the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in Chinatown, London

People sit at the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in Chinatown, London

People sit at the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in Chinatown, London

It comes as the Met Office is forecasting sunny spells and highs in England of 57F (14C) tomorrow for Prince Philip’s funeral at Windsor, and 61F (16C) on Sunday, with the mercury possibly even higher in parts of Scotland on what is expected to be a dry weekend for much of the UK.  

But there will still be overnight frosts – and temperatures will be nowhere near the highs seen during the mini-heatwave a fortnight ago which brought the hottest March day in 53 years with 76.1F (24.5C) recorded in London and caused many to flout lockdown laws.

This weekend will be the first of 2021 that people in England have been able to enjoy outdoor hospitality and non-essential retail, after the Government continued to implement its roadmap out of the gruelling national shutdown imposed by Boris Johnson in early January. 

The Friday night spending spree is set to fill the tills of the depleted hospitality industry to the tune of £100million. 

Despite Covid rules still being in place, revellers were expected to hit the towns in their thousands tonight, when pubs open for the first weekend night since lockdown began in January.

Some areas have been forced to wait even longer – six months – due to the previous local tier system.

Friday will be the first weekend night were pubs and bars across England have been allowed to open – albeit only for outdoor drinking – since October last year.

But revellers will have to wrap-up in more than just a beer jacket when they hit the pubs and bars this weekend, as they’ll have to remain in outdoor areas under current Covid rules. And with night time temperatures in London set to drop to 5C in the evening, it will be more than just the beer that will be chilled.

Britons have already been busy cramming into streets and outdoor seating areas this week after the Government eased restrictions on the hospitality industry on Monday.

Pubs and bars in England can now open outdoor seating areas to welcome back groups of up to six people, or two households. Indoor seating will not be allowed until at least May 17 under the Government’s current roadmap out of lockdown.

Wales will keep its pubs shut until April 27, much to the frustration of the country’s hospitality chiefs, as will Scotland. 

Meanwhile, pubs and cafes can reopen in Northern Ireland for outdoor service on April 30, and indoors from May 24. 

People enjoy the warm weather as they sit outside bars and restaurants in Manchester's Northern Quarter today

People enjoy the warm weather as they sit outside bars and restaurants in Manchester's Northern Quarter today

People enjoy the warm weather as they sit outside bars and restaurants in Manchester’s Northern Quarter today

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon in Borough Market in London

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon in Borough Market in London

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon in Borough Market in London

Revellers in London's Soho drinking in the afternoon sun on the first Friday since pubs were allowed to reopen outdoors

Revellers in London's Soho drinking in the afternoon sun on the first Friday since pubs were allowed to reopen outdoors

Revellers in London’s Soho drinking in the afternoon sun on the first Friday since pubs were allowed to reopen outdoors

People in Manchester enjoy the warm weather as they sit outside bars and restaurants on Edge Street

People in Manchester enjoy the warm weather as they sit outside bars and restaurants on Edge Street

People in Manchester enjoy the warm weather as they sit outside bars and restaurants on Edge Street

People in Manchester enjoy the warm weather as they sit outside bars and restaurants on Thomas Street this afternoon

People in Manchester enjoy the warm weather as they sit outside bars and restaurants on Thomas Street this afternoon

People in Manchester enjoy the warm weather as they sit outside bars and restaurants on Thomas Street this afternoon

Warmer weather encourages people to eat their lunch outside in Manchester's Northern Quarter this afternoon

Warmer weather encourages people to eat their lunch outside in Manchester's Northern Quarter this afternoon

Warmer weather encourages people to eat their lunch outside in Manchester’s Northern Quarter this afternoon

People in Manchester sit outside bars and restaurants on Edge Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter this afternoon

People in Manchester sit outside bars and restaurants on Edge Street in Manchester's Northern Quarter this afternoon

People in Manchester sit outside bars and restaurants on Edge Street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter this afternoon

The warm weather brings people out in Manchester as they sit outside bars and restaurants on Thomas Street this afternoon

The warm weather brings people out in Manchester as they sit outside bars and restaurants on Thomas Street this afternoon

The warm weather brings people out in Manchester as they sit outside bars and restaurants on Thomas Street this afternoon

People enjoying a late lunch in Soho this afternoon as outdoor hospitality resumes for the first time in four months

People enjoying a late lunch in Soho this afternoon as outdoor hospitality resumes for the first time in four months

People enjoying a late lunch in Soho this afternoon as outdoor hospitality resumes for the first time in four months

People enjoying a late lunch in Soho this afternoon as outdoor hospitality resumes for the first time in four months

People enjoying a late lunch in Soho this afternoon as outdoor hospitality resumes for the first time in four months

People enjoying a late lunch in Soho this afternoon as outdoor hospitality resumes for the first time in four months

People enjoying a late lunch in Soho this afternoon as outdoor hospitality resumes for the first time in four months

People enjoying a late lunch in Soho this afternoon as outdoor hospitality resumes for the first time in four months

People enjoying a late lunch in Soho this afternoon as outdoor hospitality resumes for the first time in four months

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon in Borough Market in London

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon in Borough Market in London

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon in Borough Market in London

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon in Borough Market in London

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon in Borough Market in London

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon in Borough Market in London

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon in Borough Market in London

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon in Borough Market in London

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon in Borough Market in London

Families and visitors flock to the beach in the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today on a day of warm and sunny spells

Families and visitors flock to the beach in the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today on a day of warm and sunny spells

Families and visitors flock to the beach in the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today on a day of warm and sunny spells

People gather to eat in Manchester this afternon as they enjoy the first Friday of outdoor hospitality being open this year

People gather to eat in Manchester this afternon as they enjoy the first Friday of outdoor hospitality being open this year

People gather to eat in Manchester this afternon as they enjoy the first Friday of outdoor hospitality being open this year

People flock to the beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset today, with the area busy with people enjoying the warm spring sunshine

People flock to the beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset today, with the area busy with people enjoying the warm spring sunshine

People flock to the beach at Lyme Regis in Dorset today, with the area busy with people enjoying the warm spring sunshine

People drink in the afternoon sun in London's Soho today on the first Friday since outdoor hospitality was allowed to reopen

People drink in the afternoon sun in London's Soho today on the first Friday since outdoor hospitality was allowed to reopen

People drink in the afternoon sun in London’s Soho today on the first Friday since outdoor hospitality was allowed to reopen

Friends (L-R) Phillipa Jackson, Kamila Musialik, Bethan Young, Mark Woodbine-Jones, Sylvia Dimova and Yulian Vasilev enjoy the sun at Portobello Beach near Edinburgh today

Friends (L-R) Phillipa Jackson, Kamila Musialik, Bethan Young, Mark Woodbine-Jones, Sylvia Dimova and Yulian Vasilev enjoy the sun at Portobello Beach near Edinburgh today

Friends (L-R) Phillipa Jackson, Kamila Musialik, Bethan Young, Mark Woodbine-Jones, Sylvia Dimova and Yulian Vasilev enjoy the sun at Portobello Beach near Edinburgh today

Crowds gather to eat in Manchester's Northern Quarter today as people make the most of being able to dine outside

Crowds gather to eat in Manchester's Northern Quarter today as people make the most of being able to dine outside

Crowds gather to eat in Manchester’s Northern Quarter today as people make the most of being able to dine outside

In a bid to stop late-night parties in London, police opted to shut north London beauty spot Primrose Hill after 10pm tonight, tomorrow and Sunday. 

It will be temporarily closed and will then reopen again the following morning with officers breaking up groups after ‘recent incidents of anti-social behaviour’, police said.

Scores of maskless ravers defied social distancing measures and attended an illegal party at the park in Camden on April 3. No arrests were made but police continued to patrol the area over the Bank Holiday.

Litter was also left strewn across the green space – known for its awe-inspiring view across central London – with pickers clearing up empty beer cans, food cartons and laughing gas canisters on April 5 despite repeated calls for people to take home their mess.

Elsewhere in the capital city, officers are stepping up their patrols in busy areas such as Soho and Mayfair, vowing to take action against those who ‘dangerously flout the rules’ and urging business owners to ‘act responsibly’.  

Revellers in London's Soho drinking in the afternoon sun on the first Friday since Pubs were allowed to reopen outdoors

Revellers in London's Soho drinking in the afternoon sun on the first Friday since Pubs were allowed to reopen outdoors

Revellers in London’s Soho drinking in the afternoon sun on the first Friday since Pubs were allowed to reopen outdoors

The Soho revellers were spotted with pints of beer in hand as they gathered outside pubs and bars to enjoy the autumn sun

The Soho revellers were spotted with pints of beer in hand as they gathered outside pubs and bars to enjoy the autumn sun

The Soho revellers were spotted with pints of beer in hand as they gathered outside pubs and bars to enjoy the autumn sun

These two women were pictured enjoying a glass of beer and a chat whilst they sat at a table in Soho on Friday afternoon

These two women were pictured enjoying a glass of beer and a chat whilst they sat at a table in Soho on Friday afternoon

These two women were pictured enjoying a glass of beer and a chat whilst they sat at a table in Soho on Friday afternoon

These women enjoyed both champagne and a cocktail as they sat outside a bar to take advantage of the relaxation in coronavirus restrictions

These women enjoyed both champagne and a cocktail as they sat outside a bar to take advantage of the relaxation in coronavirus restrictions

These women enjoyed both champagne and a cocktail as they sat outside a bar to take advantage of the relaxation in coronavirus restrictions

This pair clinked their beer bottles together as they were snapped whilst making the most of their new freedom on Friday

This pair clinked their beer bottles together as they were snapped whilst making the most of their new freedom on Friday

This pair clinked their beer bottles together as they were snapped whilst making the most of their new freedom on Friday

This man enjoyed a pint of beer whilst his companion opted for a glass of champagne on what was their first Friday at a bar since January

This man enjoyed a pint of beer whilst his companion opted for a glass of champagne on what was their first Friday at a bar since January

This man enjoyed a pint of beer whilst his companion opted for a glass of champagne on what was their first Friday at a bar since January

Revellers were pictured sitting at tables in Soho as they enjoyed food and drinks outside bars and restaurants on Friday

Revellers were pictured sitting at tables in Soho as they enjoyed food and drinks outside bars and restaurants on Friday

Revellers were pictured sitting at tables in Soho as they enjoyed food and drinks outside bars and restaurants on Friday

People sit at the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London

People sit at the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London

People sit at the terrace of a bar, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) restrictions ease, in London

In Soho, scuffles broke out between drinkers as people queued to sit down and others enjoyed meals and beverages around them

In Soho, scuffles broke out between drinkers as people queued to sit down and others enjoyed meals and beverages around them

In Soho, scuffles broke out between drinkers as people queued to sit down and others enjoyed meals and beverages around them

Police were pictured talking to revellers after tempers flared on the first Friday night since pubs and bars were allowed to re-open

Police were pictured talking to revellers after tempers flared on the first Friday night since pubs and bars were allowed to re-open

Police were pictured talking to revellers after tempers flared on the first Friday night since pubs and bars were allowed to re-open

Drinkers were seen trying to break up an altercation as things became heated in Soho on Friday whilst others enjoyed their new freedom

Drinkers were seen trying to break up an altercation as things became heated in Soho on Friday whilst others enjoyed their new freedom

Drinkers were seen trying to break up an altercation as things became heated in Soho on Friday whilst others enjoyed their new freedom

Meanwhile, Boris Johnson was accused of scrapping plans to introduce vaccine passports to go to the pub after it emerged the measure was missing from a list of high-profile events including the FA Cup final. 

The football season-ending showpiece next month, its two preceding semi-finals and the League Cup Final are on the Events Research Programme which will examine ways of reopening mass-attendance venues safely.

But under guidance released by the Department of Digital, Culture Media and Sport today, Covid ‘certificates’ will not be used.

Instead fans travelling to Wembley for the final on May 15 – which will take place with 21,000 spectators – will have to provide evidence of a recent negative Covid test and take tests afterwards.

The announcement prompted speculation that the Prime Minister has caved in to rebel Tory backbenchers, who had threatened to join Labour to vote down any law governing their introduction, on civil liberties grounds.

One rebel Tory MP told MailOnline today: ‘I think we’ve managed to take the wheels off this plan.’

In England, thousands of people headed out across the country on Monday night to enjoy a first taste of freedom from lockdown when the bars reopened for the first time since early January.

A group of women make the most of the sunshine by relaxing outdoors at Old Eldon Square in Newcastle city centre today

A group of women make the most of the sunshine by relaxing outdoors at Old Eldon Square in Newcastle city centre today

A group of women make the most of the sunshine by relaxing outdoors at Old Eldon Square in Newcastle city centre today

People enjoy an afternoon drink in the sunshine in London's Soho today as outdoor hospitality reopens

People enjoy an afternoon drink in the sunshine in London's Soho today as outdoor hospitality reopens

People enjoy an afternoon drink in the sunshine in London’s Soho today as outdoor hospitality reopens

Three men enjoy sitting outside a coffee shop in London's Soho this afternoon in the warmer weather

Three men enjoy sitting outside a coffee shop in London's Soho this afternoon in the warmer weather

Three men enjoy sitting outside a coffee shop in London’s Soho this afternoon in the warmer weather

People enjoying a late lunch in Soho this afternoon as London's West End welcomes people back this week

People enjoying a late lunch in Soho this afternoon as London's West End welcomes people back this week

People enjoying a late lunch in Soho this afternoon as London’s West End welcomes people back this week

People eat outdoors in London's Soho this afternoon as they make the most of the warmer weather

People eat outdoors in London's Soho this afternoon as they make the most of the warmer weather

People eat outdoors in London’s Soho this afternoon as they make the most of the warmer weather

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon at Borough Market in London today

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon at Borough Market in London today

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon at Borough Market in London today

Families and visitors flock to the seafront at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset this afternoon

Families and visitors flock to the seafront at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset this afternoon

Families and visitors flock to the seafront at the seaside resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset this afternoon

People enjoy eating lunch outside in Manchester today on the first Friday of outdoor hospitality so far this year

People enjoy eating lunch outside in Manchester today on the first Friday of outdoor hospitality so far this year

People enjoy eating lunch outside in Manchester today on the first Friday of outdoor hospitality so far this year

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon as others go for a walk at Borough Market in London today

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon as others go for a walk at Borough Market in London today

People enjoying food and drink on a sunny afternoon as others go for a walk at Borough Market in London today

Families go for a paddle at Lyme Regis in Dorset this afternoon as they make the most of the pleasant weather

Families go for a paddle at Lyme Regis in Dorset this afternoon as they make the most of the pleasant weather

Families go for a paddle at Lyme Regis in Dorset this afternoon as they make the most of the pleasant weather

People sit outside a bar in London's Soho as outdoor hospitality reopens this week across England

People sit outside a bar in London's Soho as outdoor hospitality reopens this week across England

People sit outside a bar in London’s Soho as outdoor hospitality reopens this week across England

A man appears to take a photograph on his phone as visitors flock to the seafront in the resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

A man appears to take a photograph on his phone as visitors flock to the seafront in the resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

A man appears to take a photograph on his phone as visitors flock to the seafront in the resort of Lyme Regis in Dorset today

A group of people enjoy a drink while sat outside at a table in London's Soho this afternoon

A group of people enjoy a drink while sat outside at a table in London's Soho this afternoon

A group of people enjoy a drink while sat outside at a table in London’s Soho this afternoon

People walk along the promenade at Lyme Regis in Dorset this afternoon on a day of warm and sunny spells

People walk along the promenade at Lyme Regis in Dorset this afternoon on a day of warm and sunny spells

People walk along the promenade at Lyme Regis in Dorset this afternoon on a day of warm and sunny spells

The car park at Cairn Gorm mountain is packed today as hillwalkers take advantage of the lifting of restrictions in Scotland

The car park at Cairn Gorm mountain is packed today as hillwalkers take advantage of the lifting of restrictions in Scotland

The car park at Cairn Gorm mountain is packed today as hillwalkers take advantage of the lifting of restrictions in Scotland

Members of the public enjoy the sun at Portobello Beach near Edinburgh today as temperatures get warmer

Members of the public enjoy the sun at Portobello Beach near Edinburgh today as temperatures get warmer

Members of the public enjoy the sun at Portobello Beach near Edinburgh today as temperatures get warmer

Customers enjoy a drink at a pub in the shadow of Windsor Castle this afternoon, one day before Prince Philip's funeral

Customers enjoy a drink at a pub in the shadow of Windsor Castle this afternoon, one day before Prince Philip's funeral

Customers enjoy a drink at a pub in the shadow of Windsor Castle this afternoon, one day before Prince Philip’s funeral

People make their way along the Long Walk at Windsor Castle today, one day before Prince Philip's funeral tomorrow

People make their way along the Long Walk at Windsor Castle today, one day before Prince Philip's funeral tomorrow

People make their way along the Long Walk at Windsor Castle today, one day before Prince Philip’s funeral tomorrow

People enjoy the sun at Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire, this afternoon on a pleasant day in the town

People enjoy the sun at Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire, this afternoon on a pleasant day in the town

People enjoy the sun at Piece Hall in Halifax, West Yorkshire, this afternoon on a pleasant day in the town

Revellers were seen packing into the streets around Soho in London, as well as in Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle. 

But police were seen keeping a watchful eye over proceedings in popular drinking hotspots in London earlier this week.

Officers were seen attempting to break-up big crowds as people cheered, sang and raised their drinks to a first night of freedom.

Ahead of this weekend, Kate Nicholls, boss of UK Hospitality, told the Sun that Britons were eager for a return to pubs and bars. 

She said: ‘Bookings are very strong for the first few weeks of outdoor reopening. People are eager to socialise again.’

According to a study by VoucherCodes.co.uk and the Centre for Retail Research, people in England are expected to splash out £100million on drinks this weekend.

A further £1.5billion is expected to be spent in shops, which will also welcome back customers for the first weekend of trading since Christmas.

Some high street chains are offering bumper discounts, including tech giant Currys, which is offering 70 per cent off, and Superdrug, which is offering 50 per cent off.

The warmer weather comes after very low April temperatures in some parts of the UK last weekend, with 15F (-9.4C) recorded at Tulloch Bridge in Scotland and 7cm (2.7in) of snow falling at Lake Vyrnwy in Wales.   

Paddle boarders takie in the glorious sunrise this morning off the coast of Tynemouth beach in North Tyneside

Paddle boarders takie in the glorious sunrise this morning off the coast of Tynemouth beach in North Tyneside

Paddle boarders takie in the glorious sunrise this morning off the coast of Tynemouth beach in North Tyneside

Runners make their way along Tynemouth Longsands in North Tyneside before sunrise this morning

Runners make their way along Tynemouth Longsands in North Tyneside before sunrise this morning

Runners make their way along Tynemouth Longsands in North Tyneside before sunrise this morning

The sun rises this morning above the Thames Estuary near Gravesend in Kent following a frosty night

The sun rises this morning above the Thames Estuary near Gravesend in Kent following a frosty night

The sun rises this morning above the Thames Estuary near Gravesend in Kent following a frosty night

Runners make their way along Tynemouth Longsands in North Tyneside before sunrise this morning

Runners make their way along Tynemouth Longsands in North Tyneside before sunrise this morning

Runners make their way along Tynemouth Longsands in North Tyneside before sunrise this morning

The sun rises above the Thames Estuary near Gravesend in Kent this morning

The sun rises above the Thames Estuary near Gravesend in Kent this morning

The sun rises above the Thames Estuary near Gravesend in Kent this morning

 

Today began dry with early mist and fog soon lifting and clearing, with spells of sunshine following for most areas – although some cloud cover developed during the day and it will turn breezier across the North West.

It will then be a mostly dry evening with bright spells but with some cloud cover. The North West could see thick cloud and spots of drizzle, but most areas will be dry overnight with lengthy clear spells and patches of mist.

Met Office meteorologist Aiden McGiven said that the weather will be dry for many places this weekend with sunshine but it will turn damp in the North West on Sunday.

There will be a widespread frost early tomorrow morning with 30F (-1C) to 27F (-3C) quite widely, and even lower in sheltered rural areas, but the day is looking dry and bright with sunny spells for most areas.

He said: ‘With light winds in any sunny spells it will feel warm, 13C (55F) to 14C (57F) across a good part of the country. 15C (59F) through central Scotland and we could even get a 16C (61F) or 17C (63F) in the far north of Scotland, but around coasts it will continue to feel cool, 9C (48F) to 11C (52F) on the North Sea coast.’

‘High pressure is then pulling away through tomorrow night, drawing up slightly warmer air, but weather fronts will arrive into the North West and bring some outbreaks of rain, especially in Northern Ireland and northern Scotland.’

Mr McGivern continued: ‘A frost free start to the day on Sunday across Scotland and Northern Ireland. Elsewhere another widespread frost for much of England and Wales.

‘After a bright start we will see the cloud thicken from the West through the day, mainly medium and high levels of cloud, so the sunshine turning more hazy across Wales and northern England, but the further South East you are, the more likely it is to stay brighter with some sunny spells into the afternoon.

‘Temperatures up a few degrees compared to the last couple of days, 14C to 16C fairly widely across England and Wales away from the east coast, but for Scotland and Northern Ireland given the additional cloud and those outbreaks of rain, those temperatures will be held back a bit more.’

It will be another cloudy and wet day for Scotland and Northern Ireland on Monday, with sunny spells further south but cloud spreading south-eastwards. 

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