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SHOCK for EastEnders fans as Albert Square set gets THIS unexpected makeover

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The Queen Vic is going alfresco...

Albert Square will look a little different when EastEnders returns to our screens in the autumn, because The Queen Vic pub is adding a beer garden.

The Walford pub has been at the centre of life in Albert Square since EastEnders began 35 years ago.

However, this is the first time it will have an outside seating area.

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The Vic has always been at the heart of drama in Walford (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC / Kieron McCarron)

According to Mail Online the pub, which has always been an indoor set, now has benches and parasols in the middle of the Square for their customers to enjoy.

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The makeover to the iconic set has come as the soap puts social distancing measures into place.

Walford gets a makeover 

With pubs now re-open since lockdown restrictions were lifted in the real world, it seems Walford wants to keep up with the times and make social distancing easier with outside drinking areas.

The new addition, which will utilise the grass in the middle of the Square where Walford residents usually sit on Arthur's bench, is just a short walk from the entrance to the pub.

Max and the Queen Vic bust get on the bus in EastEnders.

Now trouble in The Vic can be taken outside... (Picture: BBC)

According to the newspaper, there is even going to be the addition of a banner outside the pub, advertising the new beer garden.

Returning in the autumn

While filming has begun back on the EastEnders set, it will be a while before the soap is back on our screens.

To fill in the gap in scheduling, BBC One has been showing classic episodes of the soap on a Tuesday evening.

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New tables and parasols will be put in the middle of the Square (Picture: BBC) (Image credit: BBC/Kieron McCarron/Jack Barnes)

Meanwhile Secrets from the Square on a Monday night sees Stacey Dooley chatting to cast members about what goes on behind the scenes while filming The BBC soap.

BBC One airs EastEnders: Secrets from the Square, hosted by Stacey Dooley, at 8pm on Mondays.

Classic episodes of the soap will air at 7.30pm on Tuesdays.

Claire Crick
Claire Crick

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 


After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and whattowatch.com writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off


She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 


As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.