The company’s 111 managed pubs in the city centre will close their doors at 9pm on Saturday 21 March until further notice.
Greene King CEO Nick Mackenzie said: “It’s with great sadness for all of us at Greene King, especially our teams in London, that we are closing our pubs in ‘zone one’. At the current time, we believe this is the right thing to do.
“I’d like to thank our team members who have been doing a great job over recent weeks under increasingly challenging circumstances.”
Heart of communities
Mackenzie continued: “We have committed to pay all team members until 5 April and continue to call on the Government to provide much-needed support to protect jobs and the great British pub.
“Pubs are at the heart of communities and we know that, for some people, a visit to the pub is the only contact they will have with others that day.
“We will be continuing with a takeaway service and Deliveroo from some Greene King pubs and all our Metropolitan Pubs, and are looking to expand this service over the coming weeks.
“We don’t know how long we’ll be closed for, but will be ready to reopen and welcome back our customers as soon as we can.”