Eight restaurants (all open to the public) sit amidst The Ned’s historic 3,000 square metre former banking hall, serving food from around the world. Each of the restaurants (in this £200m flagship hotel by Soho House group) have their own distinct space within the banking hall, separated by 92 verdite columns and rows of Grade I-listed walnut banking counters. The jazzed-up food court-esque space (seating up to 850 diners) includes: Malibu Kitchen, a healthy Californian-inspired eatery; British and American Millie’s which offers up classics 24 hours-a-day and Zobler’s (pictured), a Jewish-style deli and Kaia - an Asian-Pacific-inspired restaurant and also the Lutyens Gill (which was previously only available to members) - a classic steak restaurant with gueridon [trolley] service and clubby atmosphere. Expect nightly jazz performances, which can be seen and heard from most of the restaurants. Only the panoramic rooftop space (complete with a City outpost of Cecconi's) and access to an intimate lounge housed in the old Midland Bank vaults and spa is out of bounds.
The restaurant and champagne bar, founded in 1867 by Auguste Kettner, a former chef to Napoleon III, has been restored to its former glory by the Soho House group. Kettner's Townhouse is a 33-bedroom hotel, restaurant and (late night) Champagne bar - in an historic Georgian building in London's Soho and all are fully open to the public. The project has involved the meticulous restoration of this historic site including the restoration of Soho’s iconic dining spot to its former grandeur, adding a contemporary architectural pavilion in the site’s central courtyard. Kettner's is one of London's oldest restaurants. It was opened in 1867 and was, in its time, frequented by many of the great and the good, including Oscar Wilde, Edward VII, Winston Churchill and Agatha Christie. Thought to be one of London’s original French restaurants, expect the restored dining rooms to serve up classic French cuisine using locally sourced ingredients from the UK and feature dishes made using site-specific historical recipes. The bedrooms have been individually designed and feature original Georgian timber floorboards, antique fireplaces and a mix of new furniture and vintage pieces including Art Nouveau chandeliers.
Dean Street Townhouse is a 39-bedroom hotel and an all-day dining room in a pair of historic Georgian residences in the heart of Soho. Dean Street also houses an all-day, buzzy dining room serving a weekly changing menu of British food, sourced locally from producers within the UK and Ireland. Expect plenty of modern British staples such as watercress soup, Scotch egg, Dover sole, fish and chips and mince and boiled potatoes. There is a terrace on Dean Street and a bar serving classic rocks, highballs and house tonics until late. As the former home of Hogarth and the meeting place of the Gargoyle Club (whose members included Francis Bacon and Fred Astaire), the property's character offers history-book heritage with a private members' club atmosphere and a hip, but homely vibe. The bedrooms are all individually-designed in sumptuous tones and range from 'Small' to 'Medium'.
Chef Rowley Leigh (of Le Café Anglais, Kensington Place, Le Poulbot, and prominent food writer) has worked in conjunction with Soho House Group to revive Café Monico, which originally opened in 1877 (although Bar Avalon was the most recent occupant), bringing their successful brand's touch to the elegant if seemingly independent venue. The cosy 180 seater all-day restaurant takes "inspiration from the Mediterranean sea and serves rustic Italian and French favourites" for the menu, plus it has a separate grill selection (think chicken paillard, pork chops, lamb cutlets, dover sole), as well as plenty of pasta, eggs, shellfish and salumi dishes alongside daily specials and a dish of the day (think Coq au vin on a Monday and Sunday roast beef). There's also a seasonal afternoon tea with some British favourites (such as treacle tart & blood orange cheesecake). The place is decked out in signature Soho House style with wood panels and studded leather chairs. There is also Cecconi's in Mayfair - a modern day classic Italian restaurant open to the public for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.
Television Centre is a new neighbourhood comprising prime office, residential and leisure space together with a new Soho House members club and hotel in White City. The 1.45 million sq ft project centres on the reinvention of the iconic Grade II listed BBC Television Centre building which retains its instantly recognisable rotunda and the creation of new outdoor landscaped spaces. Soho House is set to open a new 47-bedroom hotel in their distinctive style with views over the famous Television Centre forecourt as well as a new multi-level private members club with terrace and swimming pool on the roof. Information is still scarce so check back for further information and opening details.
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