With new places to work, sleep and play, London openings in 2017 have the wow factor (and ‘press for champagne’ buttons in some cases).
The latest offering by the people behind Soho House is their most ambitious project to date. With a whopping 252 bedrooms, nine restaurants, basement and rooftop swimming pools, this is clearly a place to see and be seen in 2017. It’s found in the Grade I listed Midland Bank Building and is named after Sir Edwin ‘Ned’ Lutyens who designed it.
Website: The Ned
2.The Other Naughty Piglet
The brains behind Brixton wine bar Naughty Piglets have teamed up with Andrew Lloyd Webber to open a new branch at The Other Palace (St James Theatre) in Victoria. With small plates, natural wines and communal dining, this will be a cool place to hang out, whether you’re going to the theatre or not.
Website: The Other Naughty Piglet
This restaurant started life in a 20-seater shipping container in Brixton. Now it has opened a permanent site in Soho, serving its classic South Indian small plates and cocktails. With an open kitchen and counter dining, the restaurant looks set to bring the sociable buzz of Mumbai to the centre of Soho.
4. Work.Life Verizon co-working space
US telecommunications giant Verizon is teaming up with co-working provider Work.Life to create a co-working space for London start-ups. Opening in Clerkenwell in the spring, start-ups will be encouraged to set up home there and bridge the gap between the established corporate and start-up worlds. Co-workers will have access to the innovation and venture teams at Verizon, with opportunities for collaboration. The modern-industrial design is pretty inspiring too, with a variety of desk areas, social spaces and kitchen facilities.
Website: Work.Life Verizon
5. Bob Bob Exchange
A new sister for Bob Bob Ricard in Soho is Bob Bob Exchange in the Leadenhall Building (‘the Cheesegrater’ skyscraper). Fans will be pleased to know the new branch will have the brand’s signature tableside ‘Press for champagne’ buttons. As well as a 180-cover restaurant, there will also be an intimate 9-seater sushi restaurant.
Website: Bob Bob Exchange
6. Clare Smyth Restaurant
Fine dining fans can’t wait for the hugely anticipated opening of Chef Clare Smyth MBE’s restaurant. Having been Head Chef and Chef Patron of Restaurant Gordon Ramsay for almost ten years, Smyth also has three Michelin stars (the first British female chef to do so). Her new Notting Hill restaurant will open in the summer.
Website: to be announced
7. Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
The first European hotel by Nobu will be opening in London early this year. The 150-room hotel will have a huge communal lounge area (big enough to seat 80 people) and of course, a Nobu restaurant (with a massive 240 covers). Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has created menus specifically for the hotel. The design is a creative collaboration between Ben Adams Architects, Studio Mica and Studio PCH.
Website: Nobu Hotel Shoreditch
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