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Autism Awareness in the Restaurant Industry

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The world is a very different place when you have autism. The simple pleasure of dining out in a nice restaurant can become fraught with stress and anxiety, and this is particularly true for children with autism who find any changes to their routine unnerving. To them, a restaurant poses an unfamiliar setting, bustling with strangers. What is the leisure and hospitality industry doing to… Read more

Noize Restaurant

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Mathieu Germond, previously General Manager and Head Sommelier at Michelin-starred restaurant Pied a Terre, has taken over the former Dabbous site in order to launch his first solo restaurant. Noize, located on Whitfield Street in Fitzrovia, is named after the village in Loire Valley, France where Mathieu’s grandparents owned a farm. Noize is where he discovered all the conviviality and relaxed atmosphere, with great tasting… Read more

Infographic: London’s Restaurant Landscape

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London’s restaurant property market is an exciting, continually evolving nucleus of creativity and competition. As an often volatile and reactive industry, food hospitality is one that demands restaurateurs to always keep an eye on the market to ensure the best possible chances of success. From the latest food trends such as flexitarianism and vegan cuisine to the hottest new restaurants and politics, we take a… Read more

Will UK Hotel Performance Slow Down in 2018?

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“Hotels’ good fortune continues but as uncertainty weighs in, is this as good as it gets?” – PwC The UK hotel industry has seen record trading figures for 2017. Hotels in London saw a growth of 5.8% over 2016 results, whilst hotels in the provinces had a growth of 2.4% over 2016.  But forecasts for 2018 are not quite so positive. Accountancy firm PwC made… Read more

Our Partners and the Services They Offer

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As leading specialists in all things to do with the restaurant and leisure business, we’d like to think we know a great service when we see it. This is one of the reasons why we are proud to have some truly impressive partners who are experts in their field. From a world renowned champagne through to a charity and leading hospitality recruiters, we’d like to… Read more

Are Restaurants Too Noisy?

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Restaurant patrons across the world are joining in unison on a much talked about topic – noisy restaurants. Dining out is an occasion to enjoy delicious food, a nice ambience and share the experience with friends and partners. This image is often shattered with excessively loud dins at some restaurants. Charity Action on Hearing Loss has heard diners’ complaints of the intrusive and painful levels… Read more

Little Restaurant Brands Outgrow The Large

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New research shows that small but fast-growing casual dining brands are growing at around six times faster than bigger names, according to a recent edition of AlixPartners and CGA’s Market Growth Monitor. Despite the market for new openings and sales remaining rather flat, Market Growth Monitor found that smaller restaurant brands (classified as those with less than 25 sites) achieved an increase in premises of… Read more

FROG BY ADAM HANDLING

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Beautifully located in London’s Covent Garden on Southampton Street, Frog by Adam Handling is Adam Handling’s flagship restaurant site for the group. Frog by Adam Handling stays loyal to the roots of The Frog E1 but has its own distinct and more formal style, with its own dishes and a fortnightly changing menu. The restaurant holds 40 covers, along with an additional 20 covers in… Read more

Restaurant Property Continues to Take Action Against Hunger

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With food literally being our bread and butter, we have always wanted to take an active part in helping people around the world, which is why we are an enthusiastic supporter of Action Against Hunger. Founded in 1979, Action Against Hunger is a global humanitarian organisation committed to ending world hunger. Through hard work and an inspiring dedication to some of the most in-need people,… Read more

Hyper-Convenience and The Need for ‘Now’

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In the not too distant past, long lunches and sociable mealtimes around a table were the order of the day. Nowadays, the ways we eat have changed drastically. People in 2017 are busier than they ever have been, and consumers demand instant gratification. Hyper-Convenience A report by OnePoll (in partnership with Nestlé Professional) entitled ‘Hyper-Convenience: Breaking Boundaries to Meet the Needs of 24/7 Consumer’ looked… Read more

Food with Thought: How Restaurateurs Are Going Sustainable

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Sustainability is nothing new in the food and drinks industry. From Fairtrade coffee through to organic, locally sourced vegetables, there is a smorgasbord of sustainable products for both the general public and the savvy restaurateur. Sustainability has progressed from a buzzword often mentioned at trendy local farmers’ markets to an actual business model. The restaurant business can be ruthless, so for a restaurant to project… Read more

Is London Still the Place for Operators and New Concepts?

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With Harden’s 2016 survey recording “off-the-charts” growth in new restaurants opening in the capital, those in the industry naturally ask “is this likely to continue this year?”. We think so. The restaurant property market has been short of stock for the last 5 years, so now even with the number of buyers down by 25%, the demand still far outstrips the supply. You only ever… Read more

CORE by Clare Smyth

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Clare Smyth, who previously earned three Michelin stars with her team at Royal Hospital Road, has taken over the space once occupied by the Notting Hill Brasserie, for her first solo venture Core. The site opened its doors in August 2017 and was acquired by Restaurant Property. Core offers an elegant and informal fine dining experience with a tasting menu of 10 to 12 regularly… Read more

Is Brexit Eating the Hospitality Sector?

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It’s summertime in the UK, usually a key money-spinning time for the hospitality sector, but despite the influx of big-spending tourists, all is not well beneath the surface. Post-Brexit turbulence is exerting financial pressures on hoteliers, publicans and restaurateurs. And there are regulatory changes to contend with too. These factors combined have all the makings of a ‘perfect storm’, experts believe. Here’s a breakdown of… Read more

Magpie

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James Ramsden and Sam Herlihy, creators of Michelin star restaurant Pidgin, are launching a new concept that takes on a British interpretation of traditional dim sum restaurants. Their new British/Asian fusion restaurant Magpie, on Heddon Street in Mayfair, is set to take influences from across the entirety of Asia, and will offer unusual ingredients including; fennel pollen, Norwegian cheese and miso custard. A different concept… Read more

The Standard Terms for Any Commercial Lease

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When you’re about to sign a lease it’s highly recommended that you read through the commercial agreement thoroughly and carefully. If there is anything you’re even slightly unsure of, it’s always worth talking to a lawyer or an impartial person who is well-informed of such proceedings to clarify anything. Go on a walk-through of the property Before signing the lease, it’s highly advisable to go… Read more

Why London’s Top Chefs Are Moving out to the Neighbourhoods

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London’s restaurant market has seen a steady rise in the number of fine eateries, giving discerning capital city diners a veritable smorgasbord of options to choose from when dining out. So, it may be surprising to hear that many top chefs are now moving away from the heart of London’s restaurant scene in W1. According to Harden’s London Restaurants, only one of the “most significant”… Read more

Meraki

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There’s a new Greek restaurant arriving in 80-82 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia this month and it comes from the renowned Waney family (behind Roka, Zuma and The Arts Club) so expectations are high. Meraki is set to be a contemporary Greek restaurant with a cosmopolitan flare that uses quality ingredients. The concept behind Meraki stemmed from the Waney family’s special affinity for Greece, which developed… Read more

Brasserie Blanc Opens Its Very First Restaurant in a Hotel in Bournemouth

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In today’s climate, opening a new restaurant can be a bit of a gamble. But with some background market research and innovative thinking you could be backing a winning venture. This is precisely what happened with Raymond Blanc’s French restaurant group Brasserie Blanc. This month sees the group open its first venue that’s within a four-star hotel in Bournemouth. The deal, facilitated by Restaurant Property… Read more

Why Soho Is Still a Viable Acquisition Spot in 2017

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Soho has gone from being the seedy underbelly of central London to the trendy, restaurant-laden stomping ground of media sophisticates – and its star just keeps on rising. In fact, there seems to be an insatiable appetite for the vice-turned-nice aesthetic. La Bodega Negra continues to cash in on the subterranean sex-shop novelty while restaurants like Wright Brothers Soho and The Ivy Café still book… Read more

Oystermen

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After a 10 month residency in South Kensington, the oyster experts have found a permanent home in Covent Garden. The Seafood Bar & Kitchen has opened on Henrietta Street with fresh oysters and seafood from all corners of the British Isles. Nothing quite screams the good life like tucking into champagne and oysters for a tenner, which you’ll now be able to do. Smart seafood… Read more

Immigration Cap Could Stall Growth for Restaurants

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If the Conservatives win the election on 8th June and get the chance to implement their manifesto, the UK might see their plans to reduce immigration ‘to the tens of thousands’ come to fruition. According to the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR), this could have series implications for the restaurant industry. The trade body whose members include Wagamamma, Casual Dining Group and Wahacca has… Read more

How Brexit Has and Will Continue to Affect the Restaurant Business

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Since the people of the UK voted to leave the European Union last year there has been talk within the restaurant and hospitality industry about what the impact of this will be for them. Concerns about foreign food and wine imports have been a cause of concern with 29% of British food (both household and restaurants) coming from the EU. Another related issue are reports… Read more

TEST KITCHEN

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Adam Simmonds has launched The Test Kitchen, taking over the old Barrafina site on Frith Street. Test Kitchen is a year-long pop-up in Soho, that will give Adam the opportunity to explore and trial new flavours, practise cooking techniques as well as evaluate service and presentation ahead of opening a permanent spot in early 2018. The Test Kitchen will have no set genre, instead it… Read more

Chancellor’s U-turn on NIC for Self-Employed and the Impact on Hospitality Industry

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Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond announced his plans to raise National Insurance contributions from self-employed workers. Mr Philip Hammond announced in his Spring Budget on 8th March that the rate paid by the self-employed would rise from 9% to 10% in April 2018 and then rise again to 11% in 2019. Around five million of the UK’s workforce is self-employed. Since then, Mr Hammond’s… Read more

Mayfair Property Continues to Attract Foreign Investment

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Restaurant Property are specialists in selling Mayfair property to international clients from all corners of the globe. Restaurant Property have sold 80% of the property in Mayfair in the last five years, making them experts in trading with overseas property investors. In recent years, many prime locations in London have been snapped up by foreign investors. Since the EU referendum in April 2016 and the… Read more

Mere

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Former senior sous chef at Le Gavroche and Masterchef judge, Monica Galetti is now offering herself up for public judgement with her first solo restaurant. Mere – pronounced Mary – comes from the French for ‘mother’ and the Samoan for Mary, Galetti’s mother’s name and is a joint production between Monica and her sommelier husband David Galetti. The premises itself is a two-level affair, with… Read more

How to Decide What Hours Your Café Should Open

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The key to a successful café business is planning and research. Deciding what hours your café should open form an essential part of your overall business plan. Do you open your café early in the morning to target labourers and professionals? Perhaps you want to open late to attract post shoppers and students, or weekends for the yummy mummies and family groups. Before you go… Read more

L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele

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L’Antica Pizzeria da Michele, the original family-run restaurant opened in Naples in 1870 and is famous for serving up the best pizza in Naples – the pizza capital of the world! So there has been much call for celebration among London’s pizza fans when it was announced last autumn that the Naples’ favourite was heading for our capital. In all its 147 years, the restaurant… Read more

How to Cater to Different Customers’ Dietary Requirements

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Never has there been such a wide range of different dietary requirements, and as restaurateurs we need to know about them and cater to them with relative ease without make the customer feel awkward or embarrassed. Many big chains (such as Pizza Hut and Prezzo) and top restaurants have become more conscious is offering additional or alternative meal options for various dietary needs. Offering a… Read more

How to Make Your Restaurant Marketable in the Social Generation

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According to a 2016 survey by Sprout Social, 75% of people interviewed have purchased something because they saw it on social. This information is pertinent because there are over 200 million posts tagged #food and over 23 million with #drinks. Putting these two bits of information together, if you’re a restaurateur, you should be paying attention to the minutia of how your restaurants are designed,… Read more

Should I Try a Pop-up Restaurant? The Pros and Cons

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Pop-up restaurants are staying true to their name and are popping up everywhere. From boutiques, craft stalls and restaurants, all ventures are branching out into the pop-up market. A brief look on Google Trends shows the term “pop up restaurant” wasn’t really searched before 2009. It was in May 2014 that saw the trend explode. Since then we have seen restaurants, both new and established, taking the… Read more

Kricket

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Following the success of the original at Pop Brixton, Chef Will Bowlby and front of house Rik Campbell, the founders, have brought Kricket to the heart of Soho with their new opening on Denmark Street. Kricket Soho is a much larger site than the original, fitting in 70 people across two floors. Dining takes place on communal tables on the lower level, or at a… Read more

How to Hire the Perfect Head Chef

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Opening a new restaurant may rely on finding the right premises – that’s why Restaurant Property is here of course – but finding a great chef to run it is just as important. Your vision for your new restaurant is only going to be enacted by the right personnel who share your ideas for how to create a compelling, popular and thriving place to eat…. Read more

Ways to Ensure You’re Fully Booked on Valentine’s Day

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February 14th, Valentine’s Day, is fast approaching and soon amorous couples will be looking for somewhere to have a special romantic meal to celebrate their relationship. 1 in 3 UK adults are planning to celebrate the day this year and in 2015, two-thirds of people said they would be going for a meal for Valentine’s Day. In total, £557 million will be spent going out… Read more

Trends in Plates and China for 2017

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There was a flurry of media interest last year at the news that bowls were beginning to replace plates in British households. The low-sided coupe bowl, sometimes called a pasta dish, has become a staple for consumers who are more and more likely to eat from their laps on a sofa rather than a table in the kitchen or dining room. For restaurateurs, this was… Read more

Could the Growing Trend towards Zero Tipping Benefit Your Restaurant Business?

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While often required by many restaurants in London and the wider UK hospitality scene, tipping can sometimes be a customer pain point, who wonder how much to give. It can also be difficult for serving staff, who wonder how much they’ll get, and a headache for restaurateurs if they act as the troncmaster – dividing up pooled tips, known as ‘the tronc’, and then doing… Read more

Can High-end Independent Concepts Learn from Fast Food Service?

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The average UK restaurant has a lifespan of about five years. That figure hides all kinds of stories of course, from pop-ups and short-lived experiments to stalwarts of the restaurant trade. But there’s no doubt that building long-term success is tricky, and requires hard work and planning. So, what is the secret of longevity for restaurants? You might not think that high end or independent… Read more

How Burgers Came to Dominate the London ‘Fast Casual’ Market

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Burger restaurants are nothing new in London. Wimpy first opened in 1954 at the Lyon’s Corner House in Coventry Street and on November 13th 1974, the first McDonald’s in the UK opened in Woolwich. Burger King followed in 1977 on Coventry Street, the same street as the first Wimpy. Since then the UK burger market has gone on to be worth an estimated £3.28b in 2016… Read more

SAKAGURA

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A new Japanese restaurant has arrived in Mayfair. Planting itself on Heddon Street, this concept comes from the man who brought you Shoryu Ramen, Tak Tokumine and is the latest London restaurant from The Japan Centre Group. Partnering with two-Michelin-starred sushi haven The Araki (the home of sushi master Mitsuhiro Araki) means it’ll be a much more high-end venture for them than before. Sakagura offers… Read more

Exploring Concepts with Giuliano Lotto

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One thing that we are well aware of at Restaurant Property is that all successful hospitality outlets have a strong sense of concept. The concept a restaurant follows is usually something personal to the owner of the restaurant, and here, you can hear restaurateur Giuliano Lotto of Il Baretto explain just what his restaurant means to him: high quality, traditional Italian cuisine for everybody to… Read more

How to Create a Seasonal Pop up

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Five years ago, pop-up restaurants were a curiosity reserved for hard-core food enthusiasts. Now, the phenomenon is well and truly in the mainstream, with the number of pop-up restaurants rising by 82 percent in the last year, according to EventBrite. The format is ideal for younger chefs looking to start up on a budget or for established restaurateurs who want to experiment without loading up… Read more

Should you Buy a Pub?

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If you are looking to buy a pub, there are a number of different questions you need to ask yourself. At Restaurant Property, our highly experienced team have a wealth of knowledge in this area – and have been instructed on plenty of pub properties across London – from large chains to independents. If you are considering pub ownership, there are a number of core… Read more

Lease, Tenancy or Freehold: What’s Best for Commercial Ownership?

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Whichever sector you operate in, leisure property choices are a balance between cost and control: the cost of obtaining your property versus the control you have over it. Owning a property outright allows you to set up your restaurant, bar or pub however you like, but the cost can be prohibitive. And a first-timer operating on a shoestring, or a pop-up restaurateur will have different… Read more

Veneta

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It’s always exciting when you hear about a new Salt Yard Group restaurant opening. Their most recent restaurant is called Veneta and will draw its inspiration from the ancient Italian city of Venice, with the aim to bring the vibes of St Mark’s Square to St James’s Market. The inspiration is evident in its design, but of course tempered with an element of modern glamour… Read more

Autumn 2016: Hospitality Sector in Flux

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As we have previously reported, 2016 has been an interesting year so far for the leisure and hospitality industry. With Brexit, a new Prime Minister and Chancellor with different ideas, and an Autumn Statement coming on 23rd November, the next few months – and years – will be critical for workers, restaurateurs, suppliers, customers and investors working in the sector. And it looks like it… Read more

Why You Should Buy Your Restaurant Before 2017

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This month sees a whole range of new openings across the Capital.  And it’s fantastic to see the breadth of experiences on offer: from a third location for New York-inspired group Dirty Bones in Shoreditch, housed in a Grade II-listed heritage building, to the exquisite pan-Asian restaurant group Tootoomoo opening its fourth site in Islington. If you are thinking of expanding your group to a… Read more

How to Prepare Your Building for a Viewing

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In 2014, the worth of the UK’s stock of commercial property rose to £787 billion – a 15% increase year on year. This was driven by the willingness of investors to pay more for a given rent following the return of economic confidence. For landlords looking to capitalise on this and sell their property, first impressions really count. At Restaurant Property, we know exactly what… Read more

Jikoni

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Opened 20th September Last week, Ravinder Bhogal who is probably best known for her articles, books and TV appearances – as well as a series of successful residencies launched her debut restaurant on Marylebone’s Blandford Street. Jikoni, meaning ‘kitchen’ in Swahili, will draw on Ravinder’s mixed heritage and travels, with flavours and culinary traditions from Britain, East Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. As Chef… Read more

6 Key Questions to Ask Before Taking out a Restaurant Lease

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According to the Business Outlook 2016 report, the restaurant sector is predicted to grow by about 10 per cent this year. This all stems from a stimulated restaurant buying market where operators are feeling confident enough to expand – albeit with the turbulence of Brexit. Taking out a lease for a new restaurant is where it all begins, and our restaurant property agents are the… Read more

How Social Media Has Changed the Restaurant Industry

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Compare London’s culinary scene in 2016 to 10 years ago and one thing is clear: social media has had a huge impact on restaurant concept design, restaurant and retail marketing and even the menu. With 47% of millennials now saying that they text, tweet and Instagram while they eat, it’s clear that those with the highest spending power are those most fully involved in social…. Read more

The State of London’s Pubs in 2016

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In March 2015, we wrote a piece about the pub sector, claiming that new innovations, the rise of craft beer and a firm move towards gastro pubs had reversed the trajectory of a great British establishment. Now, a year and a half later, we return to the subject to see how the area has developed. In a year that has brought more pub closures and… Read more

Night Tube Delivers Boost for Leisure & Hospitality Sector

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100,000 people boarded a Night Tube train on the 18th and 19th August, marking a successful start to the service’s opening weekend. The Night Tube, which sees London Underground services running through Friday and Saturday nights on the Central and Victoria lines (soon to be expanded to the Northern and Jubilee lines), has been widely predicted to give London’s night-time economy a shot in the… Read more

44% of London Businesses Worried for Business Rates Revaluation

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According to a new survey by the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry, 44% of businesses based in London are worried about the forthcoming revaluation of business rates. The figure extends to 55% among those who employ more than 10 employees. A third of businesses said they did not know how they felt. So what should London’s restaurant and pub owners expect from the revaluation?… Read more

Yosma

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A Meyhane has arrived in Marylebone. Apparently, a Meyhane is a Turkish tavern – which is what Yosma, a new mangal and raki bar in Marylebone is basing itself on and it’s got some rather interesting folk involved. The founders of the Good Food Society, Levent Buyukugur and Sanjay Nandi are behind this Turkish-style restaurant on the former site of Indali Lounge. Yosma is headed… Read more

7 Fantastic Alternative Restaurant Booking Platforms

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OpenTable launched way back in 1999, initially as a restaurant management system and later as OpenTable.com, a website for making restaurant reservations online. With 31,000 restaurants around the world using its booking engine, and 15 million diners booking tables every month, it has become the standard bearer for all restaurant booking platforms. But there are other great tools out there that are worth your consideration…. Read more

How to Future-Proof Your Restaurant for 2020

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Food and dining scenes are rapidly changing. How we eat, what we eat, how it is sourced, prepared, served and ordered are all undergoing a sea-change. New technology, heightened consumer expectations and emergent food trends are all creating a demand for a new type of restaurant and a new type of dining experience. How can your restaurant capitalise on these new trends, entice a changing… Read more

5 Food Trends Affecting Your Restaurant Right Now

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As a restaurateur, you operate in a trend-heavy industry. Keeping in touch with what’s in vogue is a great way to stay in the spotlight, attract new customers and cash in on new concepts. Here are five trends that are sure to influence the UK’s restaurants over the next year. 1. The demise of ‘dude food’ The most recent Menu Trends survey from Horizons has… Read more

How to Make an Incredible Website for Your Restaurant

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These days, a great website is as important an asset to a restaurant as a garden or a famous signature dish. All three are great ways to project your brand, draw people in and make more sales. Unlike the other two, a great website is something that is attainable for every restaurateur. This is just as well. As we will see, the online aspect is… Read more

Why Peruvian Cuisine Has Taken London by Storm

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So many global influences exist in London’s restaurant scene that most can claim to be represented in some shape or form. But every now and then, one cuisine lights up menus like wildfire. If we told you a mere five years ago that a Peruvian craze was just around the corner; that soon you’d be feasting on tuna ceviches and drinking pisco sours, you might… Read more

Casita Andina

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Opens 28th July 2016 Casita Andina, a new restaurant from Ceviche founder and chef Martin Morales, is to open in Soho on 28th July, Peruvian Independence Day. Located at 31 Great Windmill Street, Casita Andina will have a different menu and style than Martin’s other restaurants, offering a unique insight into the Peruvian Andes through its food, art and, traditions.  Casita Andina is inspired by… Read more

Will the Night Tube Save London’s Night Time Economy?

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After more than a year of delays and industry action, you could forgive Londoners for being sceptical about the August 2016 start-date for the Night Tube. But with TFL adamant the scheme will launch next month, surely nothing should derail the Night Tube now? It’s time then to look at how, from restaurants to nightclubs, the Night Tube might be a huge boost for London’s… Read more

The Frog

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Chef Adam Handling has left Adam Handling at Caxton in London’s St Ermin’s hotel to launch his own restaurants, starting with the Frog in the City of London. The experienced competition chef and current holder of the Scottish Chef of the Year title told The Caterer: “The Frog in Spitalfields will be the first of a number of restaurants to be opened under my new… Read more

Brexit Decision to Force Hand of Leisure Property Industry

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The UK has voted to leave the European Union. Before the EU referendum, commentators were trying to predict what the effect might be on the UK’s property market. With its current high level of investment and development, the fate of London’s property market was of special interest, with house prices expected to fall. But how might Brexit affect London leisure property? A complex market Modern… Read more

How Can Restaurants Appeal to Generation Z

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Generation Y – children of the Babyboomers – are reaching the peak of their powers. By 2020, they will make up three quarters of the UK’s workforce, representing a huge demographic for UK restaurateurs. Last year we wrote about how important it was for the leisure industry, from operators to landlords, to cater for this millennial generation, as their spending power eclipses that of their… Read more

5 Qualities of Great Leisure Property Agents

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Over the past 15 years, Restaurant Property has become the leading specialist agency for London’s leisure sector. 1. Confidentiality Confidentiality and an informed, professional approach are absolutely key in the leisure property market. If a party’s interest in a property becomes public knowledge, this can affect prices, and a business’s management may want to shield staff from the sales process. It is clear that a… Read more

Big Chains Benefitting from Bold Disposals Strategy

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In the restaurant industry, opening new stores is often seen as a success in itself. More often than not, it is the expansion of an exciting new brand rather than the efficient management of an estate that grabs the industry headlines. But for big national operators, disposing of properties within a portfolio can be part of a bold strategy, securing success for the future. Here,… Read more

Why Your Next Restaurant Property Needs Pavement Space

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In a vibrant city like London, the first sunny weekends of April and May see diners explode out of cafes, bars and restaurants, onto the streets and pavements of the capital’s thoroughfares. It’s one of the most exciting and, potentially, lucrative times of the year for the restaurant business, as customers rush to make plans to enjoy the first of the summer. It is now… Read more

Belpassi Bros

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Livio and Lorenzo Belpassi, famed for their meatball truck (parked at Spitalfields Market) will be swapping the streets of Shoreditch for South London with a 40-cover restaurant and car in Tooting. Following a culinary crusade across Northern & Central Italy in search of the perfect meatball recipe, Livio and Lorenzo conceived of Belpassi Bros meatball company. A series of creative collaborations followed including a month-long… Read more

A3 License: The Usage License Your Restaurant Needs?

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Away from the glamour of opening night or the dramatic, fiery toil of a busy kitchen, the logistics of opening a new restaurant location rarely come to mind. All commercial use property in the UK falls into a category such as A1 or D2. But this is just the beginning! Here is a guide to the licensing your restaurant property and business will need in… Read more

The Best Brunch in London

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The brunch time trade is a growing market in London and one whose norms are still being defined. From Japanese steamed buns to gourmet eggs, and prosecco to coffee, the brunch menu is arguably the most exciting, evolving meal of the day in London. Here are five cafe and restaurant pioneers striking exciting new ground between 10am and 2pm. Pedler A snug little restaurant on… Read more

The National Living Wage Makes Its Mark in UK’s Restaurant Sector

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Only a month after the new National Living Wage (NLW) has come into force, it is already causing a storm in the UK restaurant industry, with big high street chains modifying their operations to respond to higher payroll costs. In February, we discussed how the new measures might affect business, raising concerns that restaurants will end up having to cover expenses by reducing staff benefits…. Read more

The UK’s Most Important Food Festivals

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Far from a mere excuse to indulge in fresh local produce, the UK’s food festivals are an increasingly important part of the restaurant industry.  From keeping up with rising culinary stars to monitoring whether British wine has finally made it to the top table, attending food festivals is becoming a must for serious restaurateurs. Festivals are becoming key to exhibiting restaurants business strategy, too. Ruth… Read more

UK Hospitality Industry: The Birds, the Bees and the Budget

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The Chancellor’s 2016 Spring Budget on the 16th March held a number of important revelations that will impact bars, restaurants, pubs and others in the leisure and hospitality sector in 2016 going forward. Working with restaurateurs and others professionals in the sector it’s vital that our consultants stay on top of hospitality industry news and are able to report on all of the latest industry… Read more

May New Opening – Som Saa

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From a pop-up in Peckham to a yearlong residency at Climpson’s Arch, the team at Som Saa comprising of Andy Oliver, Mark Dobbie and Tom George are finally settling down with a permanent new home near Spitalfields. Opening in an old fabric warehouse off Commercial Street, they will be bringing a menu of lesser known dishes from regional Thailand. Famed for their Bangkok HOT som… Read more

Crossrail: Exciting Impact on London’s Hospitality Industry

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Crossrail, soon to be known as the ‘Elizabeth line’, is set for an operational launch of 2018. Stretching over 60 miles from Reading and Heathrow in the west across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, the Elizabeth line will stop at 40 stations – 10 newly built and 30 newly upgraded – Crossrail will serve approximately 200 million people each year. According to… Read more

Why Your Restaurant Should Launch a Pop-Up

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Starting out as a pop-up is an increasingly popular way to launch a restaurant operation. But pop-ups aren’t just for new-starters. Launching a pop-up concept or location can offer great benefits for big restaurant chains and high-profile industry operators alike. Benefits for Established Brands For big restaurant chains, pop-ups are a fantastic tool to drive business innovation and success. 1. A place to experiment The… Read more

Most Exciting New Bars Open in London in 2016

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Earlier this year, we wrote about the 2016 restaurant openings we were most excited about. From Nuno Mendes to David Muñoz, there is a lot to get excited about. And the world of bars and pubs is no different, with some eye-catching new concepts launching in 2016. First Aid Box It appears there is a new care-giving theme to food and drink in South London…. Read more

Sky-High Premiums in Central London Prompt Zones 2 & 3 Restaurant Boom

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A noticeable trend of the restaurant property market over the past twelve months has been big brands moving their attention away from London’s saturated restaurant hotspots and towards more peripheral areas. This is a trend we noted early last year when writing about the London’s restaurant villages. Clusters of high-quality restaurants in the centre of more residential areas began a cycle of positive feedback where… Read more

April New Opening – Sosharu

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Jason Atherton – the man behind Berners Tavern, City Social and many other great London restaurants is expanding his empire with Sosharu, a new Japanese joint opening in Clerkenwell in March. Executive Head Chef Alex Craciun has made the move from Pollen Street Social, via a stint in Japan where he has spent the past year training at the Kyoto Culinary School just for this… Read more

67 Pall Mall

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67 Pall Mall is the first new private members club in Pall Mall for almost a century, it is a retreat where wine buffs can enjoy a £1,000 bottle of claret and the 1,200 members will be able to store some of their own wine in the stronghold. The club, stocks £5 million of wine in a former bank, some so valuable it will be… Read more

Fashionable Places to Eat in London

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Photo courtesy of Fox & Anchor Across the world, fashion shows are capturing the attention of discerning audiences. London, then Milan, then Paris and New York, are capturing the hearts and minds of fashionistas across the world. That makes now the perfect time for us to discuss the most fashionable restaurants in London. Where are the world’s most fashionable people dining in the capital? Social… Read more

Most Exciting Restaurant Openings 2016

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We’ve been writing recently about London’s restaurant boom. This expansive time for the industry means practically every month there’s a big new restaurant opening to get excited about. Here, our London restaurant property experts share the restaurant openings they’re getting excited about in 2016. Viajante Nuno Mendes’ current project is the Chiltern Firehouse, where he is Executive Chef. If this isn’t enough to get you… Read more

How Will the National Living Wage Affect the Hospitality Industry?

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The new National Living Wage will come into effect in the UK from April 2016. This government legislation should not be confused with the Living Wage, which is an independently calculated wage scheme which companies can sign up to voluntarily. After April of this year, employers will be able to pay their employees no less than £7.20 if they are over 25 years of age…. Read more

Can Restaurants Cash in on Fad Diets?

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In summer of 2015, a W2 restaurant called Pure Taste closed down. It has been open less than a year. Nothing new here – many restaurants open and close within the space of a year. It’s a competitive industry. So why write about Pure Taste? There are two things that make Pure Taste stand out. Diet Trends Shaping Restaurant Menus Firstly, it had an intriguing… Read more

M Victoria

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Former Gaucho managing director Martin Williams has opened his second M restaurant, in London Victoria. The restaurant, members’ club and wine store will be located in the Zig Zag Building alongside a sixth site from tapas group Iberica. M will include two restaurants – M Grill and M Raw. M Grill will specialise in steak, while M Raw will feature tartares, sushi and sashimi. Plus… Read more

London’s Best Gastropubs

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As the Gastropub Awards panel makes its decision for 2016’s best gastropubs, our London leisure property experts share their favourite gastropubs in the capital. Last year, we wrote about how old fashioned British boozers had to change in order to survive. Here, we celebrate those pubs that have pulled off that transformation best. Not only do each of these pubs serve excellent food, they are… Read more

The Latest Mixed-use Developments in London

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London is a complete melting pot of people from all economic, social and class backgrounds, and this diversity is represented perfectly in the retail, leisure and hospitality property found throughout the city. Here, we’ll go into depth on some of the developments across the capital that marry these experiences – existing and in the planning stages – providing amazing retail, leisure and hospitality concepts for… Read more

Why Is London’s West End Still So Relevant for Restaurants?

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London’s West End is a historic, thriving area of Central London that has been popular with top scoring chefs, property landlords and big developers from around the world for decades. 2016 looks set to follow this trend, so what makes this area so diverse, distinct and vibrant? A Diverse Property Mix Attracts a Diverse Crowd As a district, London’s West End is thick with some… Read more

Bellanger

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Corbin and King have opened a new restaurant in London’s Islington called Bellanger. The new venue, occupies a former Browns at 9 Islington Green and is led by Head chef Lee Ward . It takes its name from Corbin and King’s tradition of linking restaurant names to cars, with this one inspired by Société des Automobiles Bellanger Frères, a French car manufacturer from 1912 to… Read more

New Restaurant Trends for 2016

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(Photo courtesy of Andina) At the start of the 2016, the UK restaurant industry is in an especially exciting place. As landlords with restaurants for sale become more willing than ever to take risks on bold new restaurant concepts, get ready for a wave of exciting new restaurant trends in 2016. Chains That Deliver From Grub Hub to Deliveroo and Just Eat to UberEATS, food… Read more

Trendy Restaurants London Will Love in 2016

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Like any brand, the hype around a London restaurant will ebb and flow over time. The trendy London restaurants on this list are ones that have gained serious momentum over the past few months, and who we expect will continue to grow and kick on in the new year. 1. Shotgun 2015 had to wait until mid-October to get its hands on a meal at Shotgun,… Read more

Restaurant Trends: Success with Seasonal Menus

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Seasonal menus are among the most enduring restaurant trends of recent years. From Starbucks’ Gingerbread Latte and Greggs’ festive pasty, to Porky’s Thanksgiving Menu and Costa’s summer Ice Menu, restaurant operations everywhere are cashing in on the demand for seasonal menus. Away from the big chains and household high street brands, fine restaurants often boast seasonal menus, but how does their success differ from Pret’s… Read more

German Gymnasium

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On 12th November, D&D London opened German Gymnasium within the newly renovated Grade II listed former gymnasium in King’s Cross. German-born Executive Chef, Bjoern Wassmuth, previously kitchen director at Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten in Hamburg, has created broad-ranging menus featuring some classic Mittel-European dishes as a nod to the site’s German heritage. The dining areas encompass one of Kings Cross’ largest al fresco terraces, a… Read more

The Three Types of Restaurant Property

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Restaurants and bars for sale in London can be divided into three categories. Everyone in the leisure property industry will recognise these categories as essential to the prospects and potential of those properties. As a landlord looking for business success, it’s imperative to know how your properties fit into them. Doing so is essential to finding the right restaurant operation for your property. Primary Restaurant… Read more

Why Hotels Are Homes of Restaurant Excellence

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London has 80 Michelin Stars. An incredible number of these are won by restaurants affiliated to a luxury hotel. Could this be why, when a restaurant to let in a luxury hotel enters the market, it triggers a frenzy of interest? Here our London restaurant property experts examine why restaurants within luxury hospitality properties so often achieve culinary excellence. To the benefit of restaurant landlords… Read more

Four Up and Coming Chefs to Watch Out For

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In the restaurant world, everyone from critics to suppliers want to know which chefs will step up to become the big names of tomorrow. We at Restaurant Property are no different. We are always looking for strong, new restaurant concepts to introduce to landlords with restaurants to let in London. Here are four names that we think will be achieving big things in 2016. Niall… Read more

London’s Specialist Pairing Concepts

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One of the biggest restaurant trends in London’s restaurant market is the rejection of a wide-ranging menu in favour of narrow range of dishes. Whereas previously, restaurants competed to offer variety, selling dishes covering numerous styles and cuisines, now many operators are now narrowing down their menus: narrowing not merely to one style, but often to one key dish or even ingredient. Here we explain… Read more

Sexy Fish, Mayfair

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Opens October 19th 2015 London’s newest opening is the Asian-inspired fish and seafood restaurant, entitled ‘Sexy Fish’. The chef behind the menu is young Brit Ben Orpwood who has previous experience of working at Zuma Istanbul and Dubai. His debut dishes will include; Isle of Man Queenie scallops with ponzu and yuzu ‘snow’, as well as ‘Japrese’ salads of tomato, marinated tofu, shiso and sherry… Read more

Key Ingredients for Restaurant Marketing Success

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How best to market your restaurant is a question of utmost importance in the competitive London leisure property industry. With competition more intense than ever before, our London restaurant property experts give a deep analysis of the key ingredients for restaurant marketing success. How Competitive Is the Capital? So just how competitive has London become? In a word, extremely. Cuisines from all corners of the… Read more

A New Vision for Angel

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A New Vision for Angel Angel is a very special area bursting with investment potential. This Islington district is packed full of industry-leading establishments yet presents them in a modest and idiosyncratically classy manner. From the Business Design Centre to the Screen on the Green, Angel combines renowned quality with an open-doors policy. When it comes to restaurants, there is no exception. There are dozens… Read more

The Hottest Young Restaurant Brands

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(Photo courtesy of Andina) We work very closely with restaurant property landlords to help them find the right operators to work with. Our restaurant property agents are experts in recognising successful operations and finding them premier locations with trusted landlords. This means being able to see what makes a good restaurant a good business. Here we will share three hot restaurant brands, examining just what… Read more

Is Angel Oversaturated with Restaurant Property?

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Angel, from Pentonville Road up to Highbury Square, is packed full of restaurants of all shapes and sizes. With the prospect of new developments in Angel Central on the horizon, Restaurant Property sets its sights firmly on this thriving restaurant and leisure village. Here, from take-aways to artisanal cafes, our Restaurant Property experts ask whether Angel restaurant property has reached full capacity.

Dishoom- Kingly Street

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Hot on the heels of its enormous 250-cover Mumbai-style cafe in King’s Cross, which opened in November last year, Dishoom has announced plans for a fourth London outpost. The “cool” and “different” chain has chosen shopping hub Carnaby Street for its next venture, just a few doors down from Cinnamon Soho on Kingly Street. Over the last 12 months Carnaby Street has become something of… Read more

Across the Zones: The UK’s Culinary Hotspots

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We’ve worked our way from the premium restaurant property locations of Zone 1 all the way out to the outstanding restaurant villages on the capital’s outskirts. To catch up, choose from: • Zone 1 • Zone 2 • Zone 3 • Restaurant Villages Now we’re leaving London behind to explore the culinary hotspots across the rest of the UK, from big metropolitan centres to small… Read more

Video: Partners share their experience of Restaurant Property

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  Our partners and top industry players Giuliano Lotto, Tom Knight and David Moore share their experience working with Restaurant Property. Giuliano Lotto’s most recent project is Il Baretto, a fine Italian restaurant in Marylebone. He worked with Gordon Ramsay at Aubergine and has been director of A-Z Restaurants. Like Restaurant Property, Giuliano has worked closely with the Waney family. Tom Knight is Commercial Director… Read more

Across the Zones: London’s Restaurant Villages

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This is our final entry in the Across the Zones series to cover London. We have looked at the bold operators moving into Zone 1’s hot properties, examined the up-and-coming restaurants of Zone 2 and the property hubs around Zone 3 that serve commuter communities on evenings and weekends. In our final London-focussed piece, we cover those self-contained property clusters focussed around historic cultural centres: the… Read more

Developers’ Independent Vision for White City Redevelopment

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In this post, we’ll summarise some of the key stories coming out of London leisure property landlords. Here, we’ll explore the redevelopment taking place in West London following the news that the former BBC HQ is to become the heart of London’s next hotspot: White City. With housing, offices, mixed retail and leisure property comprising this new community, White City will be a high-end destination… Read more

Estiatorio Milos “Milos”

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The launch of Estiatorio Milos on Regent Street St James’s this month shines a spotlight on Greek cuisine, and in particular its focus on fish and seafood. Owned by Greek restaurateur Costas Spiliadis, the restaurant has just opened booking lines for dates after July 30, and expectations are high. Spiliadis’s reputation for creating elegant, vibrant Mediterranean cuisine dates back to 1979, when he opened his… Read more

Defining London’s Biggest Restaurant Property Estates

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Our dedicated team of London restaurant property experts always have their fingers on the city’s pulse. This means having outstanding relationships with some of the UK’s biggest leisure property estates. But it also means understanding their ambitions, preferences and the visions they have of the villages they want to build. Here we look at three of London’s most important property estates. Grosvenor Group The Grosvenor… Read more

Are Michelin Stars a blessing or a curse?

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Our founding Director, David Rawlinson was asked to speak to Bloomberg Business about how Michelin Stars impact restaurants. With over 15 years’ experience working with high-end restaurant owners, David shared his views on whether these ultimate rewards were a blessing, curse or distraction for the modern restaurateur. When asked about the relevance of the Michelin Star to the restaurants and their customers, David praised the… Read more

Korean influence growing in UK

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  Over the last 12 months, the capital has seen a great influx of Korean food. A swathe of new Korean operators have popped up all over the city, snapping up much restaurant property. Simultaneously, established restaurants have increasingly been opening up to Korean cuisine trends and ideas.

Millennial Dining Trends to Watch Out for

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Millennial Dining Trends to Watch Out for Demographics change with time, and keeping in tune with generational trends is an important part of staying ahead in the London restaurant property agency industry, for both landlords and operators. Here, we examine a generation growing in purchasing power and confidence, looking at what Millennials want from their dining experience.   Who are the Millennials? Roughly 20% of… Read more

Across the Zones: The Exciting Food Frontiers of Zone Three

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London is a hive of interconnected food villages, each with its own distinct aesthetic, clientele and values. In the first part of this series, our London restaurant agents explored some of the best leisure and hospitality properties in Zone One areas like Soho, Shoreditch and Mayfair. In our next piece, we extended our analysis to the trendly new independent operators and fashionable, fast-casual chains taking… Read more

Barrafina – Drury Lane

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One of the most hotly-anticipated openings of late is the arrival of a third Barrafina in Covent Garden. This latest outpost is located on a plum corner site with beautiful arched windows, sand-coloured brickwork. The new Barrafina Drury Lane will have 23 stools – exactly the same as the original on Frith Street – but like Adelaide Street will also have a private dining room… Read more

Fast-casual diversity in London’s restaurant property market

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Fast-casual restaurant operators in the UK work in one of the most diverse markets in the world. Food from hundreds of cultures is sourced, cooked and served in the UK, in endlessly novel and innovative ways, providing restaurateurs with new ways to enter the market. Consumers are endlessly told about the next big thing: that hot dogs are the new burgers or that Canadian food… Read more

The new premium appeal of south London

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South London’s leisure property appeal has grown substantially over the last ten years. Here, our London restaurant property specialists will examine just what is making South London an attractive prospect for top-end luxury investments as well as more informal, through decidedly upmarket, leisure concepts. Nine Elms London leisure loves nothing more than a landmark. Battersea Power Station is onto Phase 4A of its redevelopment project,… Read more

How restaurant interior concepts are driving London’s leisure industry

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Thanks to strong relationships with cutting-edge London leisure operators, we have been exposed to some of the most diverse and attractive restaurant concepts in the world. Today, restaurants with fresh and unique concepts are driving heightened customer interest in London. Hotshot brands, such as Tramshed, Burger and Lobster and Wahaca, all have distinct themes and disruptive ideas that customers buy into. They are fantastically memorable…. Read more

Across the Zones: Zone 2 – the up and comers

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In the first of our ‘Across the zones’ series, we focussed on the London restaurant openings located at the heart of the capital, driven by top-down investment by larges estates. Here, we’ll expand our analysis to areas situated in London’s Zone 2. We will see how independent operators are clustering to transform the identity of an area. In turn, this generates a social buzz and… Read more

Five indicators that tell you it’s time to sell

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Leasehold and freehold sales are a core part of our business, and we pride ourselves on complete exposure to current leisure sales trends in London. As a result, we have identified that right now is a great time to start looking at your options in the market, as London leisure is hotting-up to boiling point this summer. Here are some signs to look out for…… Read more

Smith & Wollensky – The Strand

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Smith & Wollensky is honored to bring the classic steakhouse brand into London, opening June 2015, just off The Strand. The London restaurant will be located on the ground floor of the Adelphi building on John Adam Street. Featuring 300 seats in 15,000 square feet, its two floors will showcase two full dining bars, two main dining areas, several private event rooms, a scratch kitchen… Read more

How high-end independence is dominating the London leisure scene

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The London restaurant scene is thriving, with diners now happy to frequent restaurants at lunch-time and on weekday evenings. According to the 400-person survey commissioned by Camden restaurant Gilgamesh, over half of those surveyed said they believed that London has a more vibrant restaurant scene than other cities they had visited. Our London leisure property specialists would argue that this is because of the surge… Read more

The magic of leisure property clustering

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Of the many trends in the restaurant and leisure property industry that have surfaced recently, our London leisure property experts would highlight the incredible rise of ‘premiumised informality’ in food, something that is catalysed by commercial clustering. So what is commercial clustering, and how has it impacted the world of street food in London and the rest of Britain? Commercial clustering The effect this has… Read more

Leicester House

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Leicester House is a new boutique hotel offering French Vietnamese dining. This transformed Georgian townhouse offers a 50 cover restaurant and fifteen newly decorated bedrooms with two additional suites. This summer, Leicester House opened its doors to the public, offering a cosy atmosphere that draws on its quintessential Georgian charm and a French Vietnamese menu, more in keeping with its position in Chinatown. With many… Read more

London leisure property: The Soho revolution

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Our London leisure property agents have been engaged in discussion in recent months about the future of Soho. Historically, Soho has always been the home of the creative industries, with 20% of London’s new creative jobs based in the area. Alongside those creative spaces, the Soho restaurant scene is famed for its vibrancy. But are things changing? Some, such as actor and broadcaster Stephen Fry, are… Read more

Across the zones: Zone 1 restaurant openings you have to visit

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In this new monthly series, ‘Across the zones’, our London leisure agents spend some time looking at some of the best leisure and hospitality properties opening along each of London’s transport zones, beginning with zone 1. Zone 1 is crowded with popular eating destinations, with some of the most expensive square-footage in the UK for property: £1,400 in the Covent Garden and Soho area, compared… Read more

LE CHABANAIS

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May 2015 As restaurant enthusiasts here at Restaurant Property, we are constantly keeping our eyes open for exciting new venues to try out. This month we have chosen: Le Chabanais 8 Mount Street, Mayfair London W1K 3NF http://www.lechabanaislondon.com/ After a life-changing trip to World’s-Top-50-Restaurants mainstay Le Chateaubriand in Paris, ex-Bollywood star and now restaurateur Varun Talreja has set his sights on London’s Mayfair with the… Read more

The fantastic, innovative technology driving London’s restaurants forward

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Whether you’re buying leisure property in London for the first time, or you’re a seasoned restaurateur looking to make your next purchase, it’s essential that you consider how to differentiate yourselves from the competition. One clear way to do this is to equip your unit with the latest, sophisticated restaurant technology. Here are some of the restaurants our London restaurant property agents consider to be… Read more

The questions to ask your leisure property agent in London

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When you are buying or selling your leisure property in London, it is vital that your agent offers you absolute clarity in the market. To ensure that you get the optimum choice and value throughout the process, we have assembled this list of questions to ask your leisure property agent. What is their market exposure? Perhaps the agent that you are talking to is aware… Read more

How the General Election will change the leisure property landscape in London

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The General Election will have been and gone by the close of the week. This means that next week, one – or probably a group – of parties will find themselves in power, enabling them to influence the future of leisure property and hospitality in London and the UK. In this article, we analyse the offerings of each of the main parties. We have ordered… Read more

Selling your business in London

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While the economy is stronger than it was at the last General Election, selling your business in London will still be a challenge. Here, we provide expert analysis of some of the factors that will influence the sale. A stronger UK economy Timing is one of the most important factors when you’re looking at selling your business. The economy is recovering at a relatively strong… Read more

The proliferation of pop ups in London

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In 2015, a restaurant landscape without pop ups in London would be inconceivable. Now, pop ups mean big business, generating £2.1 billion in 2014, and consumer spending in pop ups in the UK set to double, increasing by 8.4% in 2015. Pop ups, then, are exploding across the UK, and successful restaurateurs will benefit from investing in them. Here are some of the most successful… Read more

Five practical restaurant promotion strategies

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Restaurant marketing is a science. Every London restaurateur understands that if their restaurant or leisure property is to be a success in such a vibrant market, they will need to differentiate themselves from their competition. With that in mind, here are five unique and practical restaurant marketing strategies that really push the boundaries. 1 Big Fernand: soft launch Between the 10th -12th March, French burger… Read more

The triumphant return of the great British Pub

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Ask any Londoner about the state of pubs in the capital, and they will likely tell you the same thing: The great British pub is on its way out. While the number of pubs is clearly decreasing, there is a new trend amongst the British public the pub’s resurgence, albeit in a slightly different form. If you are a restaurateur or leisure industry investor, 2015… Read more

Morada Brindisa Asador

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March 2015 As restaurant enthusiasts here at Restaurant Property, we are constantly keeping our eyes open for exciting new venues to try out. This month we have chosen: Brindisa 18-20 Rupert Street, Soho London W1D 6DE http://www.brindisatapaskitchens.com/ With successful restaurants in London Bridge, Broadwick Street, South Kensington and Shoreditch, Brindisa Tapas Kitchen has now brought it’s extremely successful concept to Rupert Street. The 3,445 sq… Read more

Blixen

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February 2015 As restaurant enthusiasts here at Restaurant Property, we are constantly keeping our eyes open for exciting new venues to try out. In December we chose: Blixen 65A Brushfield Street London E1 6AA http://www.blixen.co.uk/ 020 7101 0093 Located in Old Spitalfields Market, Blixen is a new all-day food brasserie ranging from pancakes and banana bread for breakfast to pan-fried frog’s legs for dinner, with… Read more

The capital’s upcoming culinary hotspots

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All around the capital, regeneration and population redistribution are helping local restaurant and bar scenes to flourish. If you’re looking for UK restaurant property, or you’re looking to sell your current property with the view to relocating, these areas should be on your radar. Brixton Brixton is in the middle of a serious amount of change. With the rental market driving up prices, now is… Read more

Russian hospitality group to make debut in Soho as part of UK expansion

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Russian-based hospitality group Table Talk has targeted the UK for its first venture outside Moscow and St Petersburg and is to open a French-style cafe wine bar in Soho. It plans to launch its Jean-Jacques format in the 3,554 sq ft former Spanish and Moroccan restaurant El Cantara split over three levels at 45 Frith Street, W1. Currently, Table Talk Group has 15 Jean-Jacques cafes… Read more

How Japanese food became ubiquitous in London

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The popularity of Japanese restaurants in London was at one time limited to the London Japanese population. The first Japanese restaurant opened in 1967, when Akiko Kuzusaka founded Hiroko. It’s now relatively difficult to find somebody who has not experienced Japanese food in a restaurant, bar or pop-up setting, and pop ups like Mr Musubi and My Neighbours the Dumplings are packed full every evening…. Read more

Rex & Mariano

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January 2015 As restaurant enthusiasts here at Restaurant Property, we are constantly keeping our eyes open for exciting new venues to try out. This month we have chosen: Rex & Mariano 2 Saint Anne’s Court, Soho London W1F 0AZ http://rexandmariano.com/ 0207 437 0566 Rex & Mariano is the latest creation from the Goodman Restaurant company located in the heart of Soho and set to make… Read more

From rags to riches: the rise of fried chicken

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‘Premiumising informality’ is a phrase that is well known in the UK restaurant industry. It summarises a common trend over the last half-decade to take a humble food and raise it up to make it a better, more exciting and desirable version of itself. We’ve seen beer and ales get the Brewdog treatment, and even burgers and lobsters have paired up in an unlikely –… Read more

Jinjuu

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January 2015 As restaurant enthusiasts here at Restaurant Property, we are constantly keeping our eyes open for exciting new venues to try out. In January we chose: Jinjuu 15 Kingly Street, Soho London W1B 5PS http://jinjuu.com/ 0208 181 8887 Situated in Kingly Street, Judy Joo’s Korean small-plates restaurant Jinjuu is the celebrity chef’s first restaurant and is already proving to be a huge success. Joo… Read more

The top restaurant trends of 2014

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At Restaurant Property, we understand that the UK restaurant and leisure industry is dynamic and chaotic. If you’re looking to buy or sell a restaurant, it’s therefore vital that you are mindful of the trends that are picking up steam across London. In this article, we summarise what our experts see as being the most popular restaurant trends, enabling you to capitalise on them while… Read more

Restaurant Property 2014 Review

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2014 has been an amazing year for the Restaurant Industry in terms of the slew of fantastic new restaurant openings and innovative concepts launched. In what is clearly a very conservative estimate, Harden’s 2015 London Restaurants guide, which analyses 65,000 reports of the capital’s dining scene, says a total of 148 new restaurants were opened in the capital this year. It records 47 closures, which… Read more

Brindisa Tapas Kitchens to open fifth site

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Brindisa Tapas Kitchens is set to open its fifth London restaurant, having secured a site in Soho. The business has struck a deal to take on a 3,445 sq ft site at 18-20 Rupert Street. The new venue, which sits close to Chinatown, will open in February 2015. Monika Linton and finance director Ratnesh Bagdai founded Brindisa Tapas Kitchens in 2004 when they opened Tapas… Read more

Japanese ramen restaurant Muga to open in West End

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A new Japanese ramen noodle restaurant is to launch its first site in London’s West End. Muga is to replace English restaurant The West End Kitchen, when it opens at 5 Panton Street. Muga plans a new open dining style Japanese theme dining bar and restaurant, in the ground floor and basement 1,657 sq ft property. It has taken an assignment of a 20-year lease… Read more

The best places in London for a winter work night out

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If you own or manage a venue in London, this post showcases the competition over the coming weeks. If you’re a professional looking to impress with a winter work night out, this is your check list. We wish everyone a great run up to Xmas and all the luck to London’s restauranteurs during this busy period. 1. Queen of Hoxton This stalwart of the Shoreditch… Read more

Cutting through the red tape of business rates

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As we speak, many are calling for reform of the dysfunctional business rates system as many high street assets are left empty. It’s more of a concern if you have a restaurant for sale. In this article, we’ll reveal that the clout to change the system sits with local councils, and that only the most proactive, savvy restaurant landlords will cut through the red tape…. Read more

How to sell your restaurant in 5 steps

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We consider ourselves the authority when it comes to selling restaurants. That’s why we’ve written a short guide to help. Whether you’re just curious or looking to push forward with a sale, the thought of selling is a more attractive proposition when you have the knowledge to do so. We’re confident the five steps below will help. When it’s time to sell, it’s time to… Read more

Carousel

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From the four cousins behind the quirky and exciting Shuttlecock Inc. comes the latest venture in pop up restaurants. Set across 3 floors in the heart of Marylebone, Carousel features a basement restaurant where guest chefs are presented each month, a ground floor to host launches, fashion shows and parties, and a top floor ideal for events, exhibitions and screenings . It’s cool, stylish and… Read more

Second Acciuga to open in Smithfield

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Former lawyer and professional rugby player Guglielmo Arnulfo is to open a second Acciuga restaurant in London’s Smithfield. The chef and restaurateur has secured the site of the former Chabrot Bistrot des Halles restaurant at 62-63 Long Lane in a deal negotiated by Restaurant Property. The 100 sq ft restaurant is located directly opposite the site for the new Farringdon Crossrail station and will offer… Read more

Burger & Lobster gets claws into Cardiff

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Casual dining concept Burger & Lobster is to open a restaurant in the Welsh capital. The business, run by schoolfriends George Bukhov, Ilya Demichev and Mikhail Zelman was  born out of the Goodman restaurant group. It currently has six sites in London and is due to open a new restaurant in New York in November. Its first Welsh restaurant will be in Castlebrook Holdings The… Read more

Porky’s BBQ to open new site in Boxpark Shoreditch

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Barbecue restaurant Porky’s is set to open a third site in east London next month (October), as part of the brand’s overall expansion plans. The 50-cover, 1,200 sq ft Boxpark Shoreditch site will be the brand’s third, after its original Camden venue and recently-launched Bankside location. Co-founded by husband-and-wife team Simon and Joy Brigg after they travelled around America, the London-based business is in a… Read more

Canvas Chelsea

Openings Canvas Chelsea, acquired by Restaurant Property on behalf of Michael Riemenschneider

Following the success of their 20 cover restaurant in Marylebone, CANVAS has now relocated to larger premises in the heart of Chelsea. At CANVAS Michael and his team invites you to indulge in a variety of flavours and textures while you construct your very own tasting menu. You choose the number of courses and your preferred dishes and we adapt them to size depending on how many… Read more

M Restaurants – City of London, Former Gaucho boss secures first London restaurant for new concept

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Former Gaucho boss secures first London restaurant for new concept A new restaurant format launched by the former managing director of Gaucho Restaurants has secured its first London site. M Restaurants, the brainchild of Martin Williams, has taken a 20-year lease on a circa 12,000 sq ft unit at 60 Threadneedle Street, EC2, from St Martin’s Property Group. Having joined Gaucho in 2005, Martin Williams… Read more

Fischer’s Restaurant

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Fischer’s is the latest project from Chris Corbin and Jeremy King who have developed, owned and managed some of London’s most respected, revered and successful restaurants. Fischer’s provides an informal , neighbourhood café and konditorei evocative of Vienna in the early 20th century on Marylebone High Street. A classic Viennese café menu running from breakfast to morning coffee through to lunch, mid-afternoon snacks and a… Read more

Chef Michael Riemenschneider secures former Le Cercle site for new Canvas

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Chef and restaurateur Michael Riemenschneider has secured the former site of Le Cercle as the new location for his Canvas restaurant. The new 60-80 cover site at 1 Wilbraham Place off Sloane Street is expected to open within the next three weeks, following the relocation from a smaller 20-cover site in Marylebone, which opened in January this year. Pascal Aussignac and business partner Vincent Labeyrie… Read more

Gordon Ramsay to open Heddon Street Kitchen in London

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Gordon Ramsay is to open a new restaurant at 7 Heddon Street in London’s West End – his first in the area. The Heddon Street Kitchen is expected to be an all-day dining concept with interiors designed by Russell Sage. The move comes following the success of Bread Street Kitchen in London’s One New Change, which also runs on a more relaxed, all-day format, unlike… Read more

Italian restaurant to replace Gulshan near Liverpool Street

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A start-up Italian restaurant is to replace the Gulshan Indian restaurant close to Liverpool St station in London. The 1,088 sq ft ground floor restaurant and basement at 11 Sandy’s Row, E1 which previously served contemporary Indian food and was popular with City workers. The new Italian restaurant, backed by a syndicate of private investors, will open on 14 July. It has taken an assignment… Read more

Beast

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From the owners of Goodman Restaurant Group comes a uniquely experiential restaurant, featuring Hand Selected Angus Beef and Norwegian Red King Crab. The focus is on communication and experience, with 116 covers on communal tables and gothic luxury in a Nordic inspired interior. An impressive interior matches the quality of the food, featuring live crab tank, visible meat fridge and a striking bar space lined by… Read more

David Moore hires Restaurant Property to find more One Sixty sites

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Restaurateur David Moore has engaged Restaurant Property to secure further sites for his US-style smokehouse restaurant One Sixty and a new home for former pop-up Pieds Nus. In April, Moore, who owns Michelin-starred London restaurants Pied à Terre and L’Autre Pied, opened One Sixty in West Hampstead with Sean Martin, the former owner of the Northumberland Arms in Fitzrovia and the Barley Mow, in Marylebone…. Read more

Barnyard

Openings Barnyard

Barnyard is the latest project from Oskar Kinberg and Ollie Dabbous, providing a more casual, yet equally appetizing, concept from Ollie’s first restaurant, Dabbous. Oskar Kinberg said: “We wanted to do something fun and upbeat. It’s not another burger or chicken joint. Just home-cooking, done well and without all the washing-up.” The menu features wholesome and reasonably priced dishes including the likes of homemade sausage… Read more

Porky’s BBQ opens on Bankside

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Following the success of its original Camden site, the second Porky’s BBQ restaurant opens just over a year later this June on Bankside. Porky’s BBQ offers Memphis-style barbecue dishes, Americana-inspired cocktails and a wide selection of bourbons and rye whiskies, as well as craft beers. The 3,330 sq ft site – 104-cover restaurant – will feature an open plan kitchen and a holding bar. The… Read more

Hakkasan markets City restaurant

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Hakkasan Group has appointed Restaurant Property to market its 100-cover fine-dining Japanese Chrysan restaurant in the City. Chrysan, at Broadgate West, 1 Snowdon Street, EC2, was opened in partnership with Michelin-starred Japanese chef Yoshihiro Murata, chef patron of Kyoto’s Kikunoi restaurant but closed last year. The venue was Hakkasan’s second Japanese restaurant in the capital following its purchase of Sake No Hana in 2012. Restaurant… Read more

Chiltern Firehouse

Openings Chiltern-Firehouse

Situated in the heart of Marylebone, The Firehouse is the first international site in Andre Balazs’ collection of bespoke, luxury hotels, forming the restoration of one of the first purpose built fire stations in London. The restaurant with large open kitchen is at the heart of Chiltern Firehouse. Michelin starred Chef, Nuno Mendes, draws upon his formative years cooking in the US to create a… Read more

Roka, Mayfair

Openings ROKA-Mayfair

Creator and founder Rainer Becker fashioned Roka Mayfair to be a relaxed yet elegant dining destination. Located on North Audley Street, between Marble Arch and Bond Street, Roka bring its unique style of contemporary Japanese Robatayaki cuisine and its sophisticated urban design to this exclusive London neighbourhood. The heart of the restaurant is the robata grill, which is an integral design element of the room and the… Read more

Bunnychow set for London expansion

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South African street food vendor Bunnychow is set for an aggressive rollout across London, with a target of opening 19 permanent sites over the next five years. Bunnychow’s 270 sq.ft Boxpark site can seat up to 12 customers indoors and up to 50 outside The concept, which made its UK debut last year with a site at Shoreditch’s semi-permanent Boxpark development, recently secured a unit… Read more

Roka set for Aldwych House

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Roka, Rainer Becker’s contemporary Japanese robatayaki restaurant brand, has secured a site in Aldwych House for its second opening in London this year. The group, which announced last year that it would open two new London locations in 2014, will open in North Audley Street later this month, with Roka Aldwych to follow this summer. The Mayfair site will open on North Audley Street and… Read more

Sale Of Mandarin Star Reflects Strong Demand For Neighbourhood Bistro Sites

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Restaurant Property has advised the owner on  the sale of the freehold of The Mandarin Star Peking and Cantonese restaurant off Fulham Road SW6. The circa 1650 sq ft building consisting of 780 sq ft ground floor restaurant and two upper residential stories was bought by developer Irwell (TR) Limited for £850,000. Restaurant Property’s head of sales Mark Calder said: “This is a great neighbourhood… Read more

Holborn Dining Room

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Renowned restaurateur, Des McDonald is set to shake up the London dining scene once again with his latest venture, Holborn Dining Room & Delicatessen. The restaurant is now open for previews, ahead of its official opening on Monday 24 February at Rosewood London. The eagerly anticipated brasserie and delicatessen will offer classic British cuisine in a refined, historic setting. The lunch and dinner menu, comprised… Read more

Canvas by Michael Riemenschneider

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This January, chef Michael Riemenschneider will open CANVAS by Michael Riemenschneider, London’s first ‘create your own’ tasting menu restaurant located in Marylebone Lane. Spearheading the evolution of the tasting menu, the Swiss chef will merge creativity, efficiency and technology to modernise fine-dining and incite a more immersive dining experience. Guests will be invited to construct a tasting menu – a minimum of three courses up… Read more

Consent granted for Urban Villa Whitechapel hotel

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Union Hanover Securities and Southern Grove have been granted consent for a 217-bed hotel in Whitechapel. The Grzywinski + Pons scheme will see the conversion of a 75,000 sq ft office building at 45 Whitechapel Road. The Urban Villa brand will have “two distinct design-led identities: edgy Manhattan loft-style common areas and spacious four star luxury hotel rooms”. Work will begin in the summer next… Read more

Berners Tavern

Openings Berners-Tavern

Situated in Ian Schrager’s latest hotel venture, The London Edition Hotel on Berners Street, chef and restaurateur Jason Atherton has just launched his latest restaurant Berners Tavern. With the kitchen headed by Phil Carmichael, who has worked with Jason for over ten years, the contemporary British menu features the very best British produce catering for breakfast, lunch, dinner, tea and late supper. Sample dishes include… Read more

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Pied Nus

Openings Pied-Nus-Pop-Up

From the mastermind behind Michelin starred restaurants Pied a Terre and L’autre Pied, Pied Nus (literally meaning ‘Bare Foot’) is a new, more simplistic pop-up concept from David Moore which  strips back traditional dishes to create fresh and simple smaller plates, designed to be shared. Located just a few doors from L’autre Pied on Blandford Street in Marylebone, Pied Nus, represented by Restaurant’s Property’s David… Read more

LandSecs signs Curzon and restaurants in Victoria

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Land Securities has signed Curzon to open a five-screen cinema in London’s Victoria, as three new restaurants agree deals. The boutique cinema company will open in the basement of 62 Buckingham Gate in spring 2014, and will be the seventh London site. Café concepts Benugo and Leon will also open units of 1,450 sq ft and 1,250 sq ft respectively on the ground floor of… Read more

Tirage set to fizz in the City

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Michelin-starred restaurateur David Moore is advising businessman Elio Machillanda and his wife Claudia on their new Champagne and informal dining concept, Tirage, which is launching in the City. Tirage is set to open in Hasilwood House, 64 Bishopsgate, London EC4 in November. It will serve Champagne, and sparkling wine, along with a menu of tasting plates. The 4,201 sq foot site, will seat 154 covers… Read more

28-50 Maddox Street

Openings 28-50-Maddox-Street

From the 28-50 Wine Workshop & Kitchen family comes a new addition, located in the heart of Mayfair on Maddox Street. The restaurant features 28-50’s first seafood and champagne bar with menus from Executive Chef Paul Walsh changing daily. The menu consists of French Bistro style food and charcuterie main courses including Cod, braised leeks, peas, broad beans and bacon lardons or Rib eye 28… Read more

Be At One to open late-night West End venue

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Steve Locke, Rhys Oldfield and Leigh Miller’s Be At One Group is to open its first late-night venue in the West End, in Russell Street, Covent Garden. The Piper-backed cocktail bar chain has taken an assignment of the existing lease from upbeat Tex-Mex concept Los Locos, right on the edge of the world-famous piazza. The 1,869 sq ft new venue at 24-26 Russell Street, WC2,… Read more

David Moore takes former Roganic site to trial new concept

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David Moore, the man behind Michelin-starred London restaurants L’Autre Pied and Pied à Terre, is to open a pop-up restaurant on the former site of Simon Rogan’s Roganic in Marylebone. The two-year lease on Simon Rogan’s London pop-up came to an end in June The 49-year-old restaurateur has signed a one-year lease with the Portman Estate on the restaurant, which he will re-open as ‘Pied… Read more

New restaurant concept Proper to open in London’s Covent Garden

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A former geophysicist and a former head of music have set up a new restaurant concept called Proper, which is set to open in London’s Covent Garden soon. Proper will be part coffee bar, part take-away and part restaurant, and is set to occupy the former Manorom Thai restaurant at 16 Maiden Lane, WC2. It is the brainchild of foodies Maureen Fulton and Dominic Peel… Read more

Flesh & Buns

Openings Flesh&Buns

This second installment from Ross Shonhan, the former Zuma and Nobu chef behind Bone Daddies, is located within the bustling Seven Dials area in Covent Garden. Flesh & Buns is be the first restaurant in London to specialise in hirata buns (DIY filled steamed buns). Dishes from the four sections of the menu include sashimi and oysters served with Japanese flavours as well as a… Read more

Restaurant Property Ride High

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Restaurant Property, nationwide leisure specialists, cycled in true British spirit from Brighton to London. With Team GB reaping success at the Olympics and winning Tour de France for the last two years, Restaurant Property decided it was time to be a part of the legacy that athletes like Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton have created for our Nation. Yesterday, Thursday 29th August, a team of… Read more

Blacks Burgers welcomes London’s burger boom as it prepares to double up

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The manager of an expanding burger business in Greater London says he welcomes the wave of burger joints flooding the capital in recent months, claiming there are still gaps in the market which can be exploited. Blacks Burgers offers more than 18 different premium handmade burgers. Phillip Herodotu, who is overseeing the opening of the second Blacks Burgers’ restaurant in Epsom later this month, believes… Read more

Whyte & Brown

Openings Whyte&Brown

Launched by creative director Fiona Gale and head chef Paul Fletcher, Whyte & Brown, is an entirely new breed of restaurant that stands alone in its two hero ingredients: free-range chicken and eggs. From breakfast to dinner, inspiring interpretations of the humble chicken and its delicate, spherical counterpart are prepared in more ways that anyone’s ever done before: from soups, wings, salads, burgers and patés… Read more

A New York restaurateur claiming to be a descendant of Vlad the Impaler is set to open a £4million restaurant in London’s Mayfair.

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Nello Balan plans to open a branch of Nello, his Italian restaurant on Manhattan’s Madison Avenue known for its outrageously expensive food. Mr Balan famously does not disclose the prices of his specials at his already expensive restaurant, and recently charged an unsuspecting diner £175 for a portion of truffle pasta. He has signed a £2million lease for a venue on exclusive Mount Street in… Read more

Winners of BBC show The Restaurant to open third London Cocktail Club

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JJ Goodman and James Hopkins, the winners of BBC TV show The Restaurant, with Raymond Blanc, are set to open their third cocktail bar in central London. The pair, who won the final series of the show in 2009, have taken a 15-year least on the 3,000 sq ft ground floor at Portland House, 4 Great Portland Street, London W1. The London Cocktail Club is… Read more

The Lockhart

Openings The-Lockhart

Launched by four Texans that have a passion for their hometown flavours alongside Head Chef Andrew Justice, a quarter finalist of Master Chef the professionals 2010, the team at The Lockhart have created their twist on southwestern dishes by using iconic flavours from Louisiana, Texas and New Mexico whilst cooking with the best of UK’s local and seasonal ingredients. Co-owner, Gwen Wren comments: “While attending… Read more

Oblix

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Located on the 32nd floor of the Shard, with stunning views across the London skyline, Oblix is the newest creation from Rainer Becker, founder of Zuma, Roka and the Shochu Lounge. Oblix offers a dual dining experience, featuring Oblix restaurant and Oblix bar and lounge; using the inspiration of a New York Grill as the backdrop, the menu – under the direction of Exec Chef… Read more

Exclusive Georgian restaurant planned for Curzon Street site

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A Georgian investor who plans an upmarket Georgian concept has acquired Tempo Restaurant & Bar at 54-55 Curzon Street in Mayfair, W1. The Georgian investor paid a substantial premium to acquire the 20-year lease which runs from January 2005. The rent is £90,000 per year for the 60-cover restaurant and 25-cover bar. Tempo consists of 787 sq ft on the ground floor, 799 sq ft… Read more

Richoux Group extends revamped Zippers brand to second site

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Restaurant operator Richoux Group is to open a new Zippers restaurant in Port Solent. The American restaurant, bar and grill, which is set to open in August will be the second Zippers restaurant. The first, located at Chatham, Kent, has been open for three years. Commenting on the brand expansion, Richoux managing director Ed Standring said: “We spotted an opportunity in the market now to… Read more

Leela Group Acquires Serafinos

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Leela Group, the operator of luxury hotels in India, is understood to have acquired Serafinos in Mayfair for a significant premium with plans to open a modern European concept at the site. The group, which operates eight luxury hotels across India, is though t to have invested around £2m in acquiring the restaurant. It currently operates the Le Cirque European restaurant at its New Delhi… Read more

Trishna London founder Karam Sethi to open second site in Mayfair

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Karam Sethi, founder and chef patron of Michelin-starred Trishna London, has revealed plans to open his second London venture in Mayfair this summer. Gymkhana, inspired by the Colonial Indian social and sports clubs of the same name, will open in a two floor site at 42 Albemarle Street in late July or early August. The space, which was previously home to 2,865 sq ft Korean… Read more

Roger Sharpley at DE & J Levy has been elected as chairman of the Restaurant Property Advisors Society.

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Sharpley, who has over 30 years’ experience in the sector, has previously chaired the body which provides specialist advice on restaurants and licensed leisure property. Jason Grant, outgoing chairman of the RPAS, said: “I very much enjoyed my tenure as chairman. It’s been a fantastic year with four great dinners and a special 20th anniversary of the RPAS event held at Davis Coffer Lyons. There… Read more

Former Arbutus team to open Picture restaurant in London’s West End

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Three former Arbutus Group employees have teamed up to launch Picture, modern European restaurant situated opposite the BBC’s Broadcasting House on Great Portland Street. Picture’s manager Tom Slegg says naming the restaurant was ‘the hardest decision we had’ Opening in the beginning of June, the 65-cover restaurant is the first solo project for chefs Alan Christie and Colin Kelly – who headed up the Michelin-starred… Read more

Cutler secures second Honky Tonk

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Supperclub London founder Mark Cutler has secured a second site in London for his New York-inspired restaurant and bar brand, Honky Tonk. Cutler, which is believed to have backing from a number of investors for the rollout of the brand, has taken an assignment of a 25-year lease on the 2,000sq ft The Underdog Bar in Clapham Common Southside, on a rent of £100k per… Read more

New restaurant brands for Manor Walks

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Hammerson has signed restaurant brands Prezzo and Frankie & Benny’s for its 65,000 sq ft redevelopment of Manor Walks shopping centre in Cramlington, which opens later this summer. The arrival of a 3,500 sq ft Prezzo at Manor Walks will see the national chain open its first restaurant in the North East of England and the new 4,000 sq ft Frankie & Benny’s, which includes… Read more

Iberica La Terraza

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The newest edition to the ever growing Iberica group, La Terraza, is a welcome edition to to Canary Wharf’s Cabot Square – just in time for summer! This authentic feeling terrace allows diners to experience the pleasure of Spain with an exceptional menu from exceutive chef Nacho Manzano in the centre of Canary Wharf. Jason Grant, acquiring agent for Iberica, says,’I had to pinch myself!… Read more

Markets Group confirms launch of The World’s End Market

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Markets Group, the new British restaurant group co-founded by managing director Sergey Men and Anatoly Parkhomchu, has confirmed it has secured its first two sites in the UK. As revealed by M&C Report earlier this month, the group secured a lease on the World’s End pub in Kings Road from the First Restaurant Group (FRG) for an opening this summer. The company is currently converting… Read more

Crafthouse & Angelica – Leeds

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Crafthouse & Angelica, the latest addition to D&D London Group, occupy the fifth and sixth floors of the luxury shopping and lifestyle development Trinity Leeds, which opened its doors on March 21st. The two venues are the group’s first opening in the UK, outside of London. CRAFTHOUSE Located on the fifth floor of the new Trinity Leeds shopping centre Crafthouse is accessed directly via a… Read more

Restaurant Property advises on a tasty Newmarket investment

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Tasty Plc has announced that it has acquired 4,420 sq ft Anne Furbank fashion store on Newmarket’s high street which it is converting to its Wildwood Italian restaurant chain format. The Grade II listed building was acquired as a freehold from the The Trustees of the Anne Furbank Group Ltd Retirement Fund. The terms were not disclosed. Restaurant Property founder David Rawlinson said: “This restaurant… Read more

Aubaine confirmed for Hampstead

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Aubaine, the French restaurant and patisserie concept, has secured its ninth site, after acquiring the Goldfish site in London’s Hampstead. As revealed by M&C Report last year, the brand will occupy the former 1,727sq ft premises of the Restaurant Privilege Group’s modern Chinese Dim Sum restaurant after taking a 25-year lease at a rent understood to be close to £150kper year. It is thought to… Read more

K10 Broadgate

Openings K10-Broadgate

Like its illustrious Copthall Avenue sibling – which has been consistently acknowledged as London’s best ‘kaiten’ (conveyor belt) restaurant since it first opened 12 years ago – the new outpost will offer more of the ultra successful formula: traditional Japanese cooking with a contemporary twist. In a buzzy yet inviting environment, diners can take their pick from an amazing variety of both traditional and modern… Read more

Portman tucks in with Tex-Mex restaurant

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The Portman Estate has signed chef Gwen Wren to launch a new restaurant at 24 Seymour Place, W1. Wren has signed a new 15 year lease for the 2,400 sq ft restaurant. The restaurant, named The Lockhart, will open in late April. The menu will feature a combination of flavours from Mexico and the south-west US. Mark Calder, head of sales at Restaurant Property, which… Read more

Be At One expands into EC1

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London-based cocktail bar chain Be At One has secured the former FluidBar at 40/42 Charterhouse Street, EC1, as it ramps up its expansion programmer. Be At One has taken an assignment of the ground floor and basement from Springdene, trading as FluidBar, which totals 2,000 sq ft. The chain will pay rent of £50,000 sq ft pa. The lease on the property was extended in… Read more

Four agents tuned in for BBC Television centre makeover.

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Stanhope and the BBC have appointed four agents to advise on bringing forward and marketing their major redevelopment of the famous Television Centre in London’s White City, CoStar News can reveal. The scheme takes in offices and studio space for the BBC, complementary entertainment and leisure facilities, public open space, offices, housing and a hotel, and is one of the largest and valuable projects to… Read more

Clockjack Oven

Openings Clockjack-Oven

Clockjack Oven have officially launched in Soho offering herb marinated free range chicken expertly cooked in a rotisserie oven and served with Clockjack Oven’s own special sauces. Clockjack Oven founders Jerry Goldberg and Fraser Duncan have meticulously researched cooking methods and sourced a rotisserie oven that is the first of its kind in the UK.  A chance visit to a rotisserie chicken restaurant in Spain,… Read more

Pied a Terre plans casual dining format.

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The owners of Pied a Terre, the two Michelin star restaurant in London’s Fitzrovia, are looking to rollout a more casual dining version of the award-winning venue across the capital, M&C Report understand. The restaurant, which was established in 1991, operating under the guidance of David Moore, is seeking sites between 600sq ft and 5,000sq ft in locations such as Soho, Covernt Garden, Shoreditch and… Read more

STK

Openings STK

New York based The ONE Group has returned to its British roots to launch the first international outpost of the popular U.S. steakhouse, STK – located in London’s new ME Hotel. The STK concept is renowned for offering guests a holistic evening experience; from early evening cocktails to dinner, through to late night drinks. Across the United States, STK  restaurants are strategically located in vibrant… Read more

Hawksmoor Air Street

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Hawksmoor Air Street is now open, just off Piccadilly. Situated on the first floor and overlooking Regent Street, Hawksmoor Air Street is a 235-cover restaurant and 55-cover cocktail bar with interiors inspired by the Piccadilly location – the heart of Art Deco London. It is not only the biggest opening to date for owners Will Beckett and Huw Gott but also an exciting new challenge,… Read more

Bubbledogs

Openings Bubbledogs

Bubbledogs is now open, run by husband and wife team James Knappett and Sandia Chang. There are two distinct elements: Bubbledogs serves grower champagne, sparkling  wine and hot dogs. Meanwhile, hidden from sight at Kitchen Table, Knappett and his team will host intimate lunches and dinners with a maximum of 19 guests, seated directly around his kitchen. Kitchen Table opens today. “We are very excited to… Read more

Banca

Openings Banca

Mayfair has bid benvenuto to Banca, the latest fine dining venue from Arjun and Peter Waney (co-founders of Zuma and Roka) and entrepreneur Giuliano Lotto (Aurelia and Il Baretto). Set to be London’s most glamorous Italian restaurant, Banca fuses the affluence and luxury of classic interiors with Northern Cucina Italiana, bringing timeless style to the capital. Banca’s menu celebrates Northern Italian dishes using fresh, local… Read more

Burger & Lobster Soho

Openings Burger&Lobster

This second installment of the Burger and Lobster concept from Goodman steakhouse group offers more of the same simple but effective cooking as it’s Clarges Street sister. Taking over the old Bistro Du Vin site on Dean Street, the interiors of bare brick walls, exposed light bulbsand red leather seats provide the perfect backdrop for this unique dining experience. As before, the menu runs to… Read more

28°-50° Marylebone

Openings 28-50Marylebone

Xavier Rousset and Agnar Sverrisson, the restaurateurs behind the Michelin-starred Texture restaurant have launched a second 28-50. Like its sister on Fetter Lane, 28-50 Marylebone is a relaxed, wine-focused bar and restaurant offering over thirty wines by the glass, carafe and bottle at exceptional prices and a French bistro-style menu. 28-50’s head chef, Paul Walsh, will oversee the kitchen along with Sverrisson. The menu on… Read more

Donostia

Openings Donostia

DONOSTIA will open on Wednesday 6 June and is the brainchild of Nemanja Borjanovic and Melody Adams who run the acclaimed wine merchant, Mountain Valley Wines. Since discovering the town of San Sebastian while on a wine sourcing trip, it has long been a joint passion to open a restaurant inspired by the gastronomy of the Basque region. DONOSTIA is a celebration of Basque cuisine… Read more

La Bodegra Negra

Openings La-Bodegra-Negra

With a team combining Will Ricker’s restaurant knowledge alongside New York nightclub operator and designer Serge Becker and entrepreneur Ed Spencer Churchill’s expertise, this Mexican cafe and restaurant combo is the newest hot spot for Soho’s trendiest diners. The restaurant serves dishes ranging from BBQ octopus ‘El Negro’ to seared steak or veal tongue tacos alongside seabass, steak and rock oysters, and the Cafe keeps… Read more

Cinnamon Soho

Openings Cinnamon-Soho

The Cinnamon Club opened in Westminster to much foodie fanfare in 2001; Cinnamon Kitchen followed in 2009 and caused a similar stir in the City; and 2012 welcomes Cinnamon Soho, the third restaurant from executive chef Vivek Singh. This latest venture is the chef’s first foray into the West End and is just a stone’s throw from the cobbles of Carnaby Street, sealing Soho’s growing… Read more

Ceviche

Openings Ceviche

Making ceviche is a serious business in Peru and Martin Morales has brought it to Soho. Ceviche made in front of you at their Ceviche Bar, fresh as you like. Super salads and a side of hot Peruvian giant corn choclos. Beef heart anticuchos a-sizzling, lomo saltados and a pisco sour or three, with a lucuma ice cream to finish. “Ceviche, Pisco and Peruvian culture… Read more

The London Cocktail Club

Openings TheLondonCocktailClub

Not even 12 months after the launch of their award winning Goodge St Cocktail Club, the boys are back at it again! This time though the team of JJ Goodman, James Hopkins, Raymond Blanc, Sarah Willingham and David Moore are mixing it up. Expect to see traditional Soggy Dollar Painkillers, Trader Vics Mai Tai’s, and Beachcomber Zombies amongst Grogs, Swizzles and Nelsons Bloods. So, as… Read more

The Delauney

Openings The-Delauney

From the team that brought us The Wolseley, Corbin & King introduce The Delaunay, a similar brasserie style restaurant with hints of European flavour with an all day menu  inspired by the grand cafés of Europe. The menu has a wide choice of dishes from platters of crustacea, to salads, café classics such as choucroute à l’Alsacienne, moules frites and steaks, as well as their… Read more

Aurelia

Openings Aurelia

Owner, Giuliano Lotto says, “I am delighted to announce the opening f our new restaurant venture, Aurelia on Cork Street, which follows the success of our sister restaurants La Petite Maison and Il Baretto.” Giuliano opened Aurelia with The Waney family who also own award winning restaurants Zuma and Roka. He continues, “The menu at Aurelia reflects the journey from Rome to Valencia, taking inspiration… Read more

Iberica, Canary Wharf

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Award-winning Spanish tapas restaurant Iberica opened its second London restaurant on 21 November at Cabot Square. At the helm of this Canary Wharf newcomer is Executive Chef Nacho Manzano, chef patron of 2 Michelin starred Casa Marcial in Asturias. The day-to-day running of the restaurant is done by Manzano’s protégé and his former development chef, Cesar Garcia. The menu features Spanish classics like Croquetas de… Read more

Bread Street Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay

Openings Gordon Ramsay

Opening on the 26th September, this long awaited new addition to Gordon Ramsay’s restaurant empire has caused quite a stir. The restaurant is an all-day casual dining concept open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, set in a large and dramatic warehouse space with reclaimed furniture and vintage armchairs. It also includes a wine balcony stretching along the wall above the kitchen and a wood burning… Read more

The 10 Cases

Openings The-10-Cases

University pals, chef Will Palmer and restaurant manager Ian Campbell are opening their first venture in the centre of Covent Garden on September 12th. After university, Ian went on to become an accomplished chef with experience as a pastry chef at the Michelin star La Riebaudiere in France and more recently as a Sommelier for The Conran Group whereas Will managed the boutique Berkeley Square… Read more

The Devonshire Arms

Openings The-Devonshire-Arms-Chiswick

Nick Gibson, of the Drapers Arms, has teamed up with David Philpot, formerly of Le Caprice and the Dean Street Townhouse, and set up home in Gordon Ramsay’s former pub on Devonshire Road in Chiswick. They have given the derelict public house a shiny new overhaul with dark wooden flooring and retro wallpaper, with a fantastic rear beer garden. The focus of the pub is… Read more

Roganic

Openings Roganic-Marylebone

Roganic is Simon Rogan’s new restaurant on Blandford Street, Marylebone. After the huge success of his outstanding L’Enclume restaurant in Cumbria which has held a Michelin star since 2005, five rosettes from the AA Restaurant Guide, 8/10 in the Good Food Guide and has been described as “destination dining at its very best” by Square Meal (who presented it the BMW Square Meal Award for… Read more

Dinner by Heston Blumenthal

Openings Dinner-By-Heston-Blumenthal

This month we have chosen Dinner by Heston Blumenthal Dinner is Heston’s first restaurant since the opening of The Fat Duck in 1995 and, much like The Fat Duck, it has an experimental menu with dishes ranging from meat fruit, spiced pigeon and malted barley ice cream. Flocks of foodies have been left waiting months for a table since its opening in February… including us!… Read more

Pollen Street Social

Openings Pollen-Street-Social

Pollen Street Social is the first independent restaurant from Jason Atherton, who left Maze restaurant in May 2010 to fulfil his long held ambition. As the name suggests, the restaurant is located on Pollen Street, close to Hanover Square. It represents a new, more informal restaurant style for Jason, where his much acclaimed cuisine will be served in a stylish and unstuffy environment. Jason says:… Read more

Spuntino

Openings Spuntino

Russell Norman and Richard Beatty, the pair behind the permanently packed Polpo and Polpetto, will launch Spuntino, their third restaurant, in March 2011. Spuntino (which means ‘snack’ in Italian) follows the small plates theme of their first two restaurants but takes its influences from down-town New York. Think classic mac & cheese, truffled egg toast, shoestring fries, soft-shell crab with Tabasco aioli and meatball sliders…. Read more

Opera Tavern

Openings Opera-Tavern

The team behind the ever-popular Salt Yard and Dehesa tapas bars have unveiled a new sister site in Covent Garden. Set over two floors in a former pub, the new venue serves charcuterie, cheese and Italian and Spanish tapas, as well as a wide range of wines and sherries. A charcoal grill in the bar allows locals and theatre-goers to pop in for mini Iberico… Read more

Cocochan

Openings Cocochan

Located on James Street, within the St Christopher’s Place state just north of Oxford Street, Cocochan which opened in February has already made its mark on this established restaurant quarter. Cocochan is a Pan-Asian concept that draws upon the best of Thai, Chinese, Japanese and Indian cuisines to provide an eclectic menu that enables diners to eat in a family or sharing style Tapas or,… Read more

Les Deux Salon

Openings Les-Deux-Salons

Situated in Covent Garden on William IV Street, Les Deux Salons is a spacious, traditional French brasserie open lunch and dinner. We offer delicious, simple food in comfortable surroundings , just like Arbutus and Wild Honey. “We love this restaurant and had our Christmas party here when it had just opened. Excellent service, delicious food and good value, what more could you want!” Les Deux… Read more

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