Hotels in London are poised to get some remarkable new restaurants in 2017. Here are just a few in the pipeline...
Two-Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge is set to make his London debut with a restaurant on the site of the Rib Room Bar and Restaurant in the Jumeirah Carlton Tower. The Rib Room Bar and Restaurant will close early next year for a complete renovation and will re-open as a restaurant under the direction of Kerridge and his team. No details have been announced yet regarding the new restaurant's cuisine, size or name.
In Covent Garden, meanwhile, Ollie Dabbous will open his third London restaurant as part of a hotel development from the team behind Chinatown’s Experimental Cocktail Club. The restaurant, to be called Henrietta, will be part of the Henrietta Hotel on Henrietta Street (we sense a pattern, here). The restaurant will be on the ground and first floors of the hotel and will seat 80 diners.
Nobu Hospitality will make its European debut in London next year. The 150-room Nobu Hotel Shoreditch London, which is currently under construction and projected to open in the first quarter of 2017, is under a long-term management agreement between Nobu Hospitality and owner Willow Corp Sàrl. It is being developed by Meir Abutbul, the London-based boutique hotel developer, and the interior design will combine the work of Ben Adams Architects, Studio Mica and Studio PCH. As with all of the Nobu hotels, the Shoreditch property will have food and beverage menus developed by Chef Nobu Matsuhisa.
London's former Midland Bank will become a new hotel courtesy of a joint partnership by Soho House Group and Sydell. The historic building, made famous in the James Bond film Goldfinger, is expected to have 252 guestrooms...and nine distinct restaurants. According to reports, the property will have an American cafe called The Penny, a French restaurant called Café Sou, a 24-hour restaurant that will serve British and American comfort food, a Grill Room, a Cecconi's, a Japanese Grill and a New-York style Jewish deli.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten will open a new restaurant at the Connaught, repoprtedly a "casual counterpoint" to Hélène Darroze’s two-star destination at the Mayfair hotel. The hotel will reportedly be located at the front of the hotel, and will serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.
Anne Sophie Pic—the only female French chef with three Michelin stars—will open La Dame de Pic at the new Four Seasons Hotel at Ten Trinity Square. The restaurant, designed by Bruno Moinard of Paris-based architects 4BI, will evoke historical Parisian brasseries with natural wood flooring, carved woodwork, curved leather banquettes and columns covered with bevelled mirrors. A private wine cellar and private dining room will sit alongside the main dining room.
Mexican chef Martha Ortiz will open a restaurant at the InterContinental London Park Lane. Ortiz is the head chef at Mexico City's Dulce Patria, which serves modern Mexican cuisine. (That eatery, in fact, is located in the Las Alcobas hotel—so Ortiz is familiar with preparing food for a hotel restaurant.) The new InterContinental restaurant will be designed by David Collins Studio, which has worked at the Berkeley hotel and on the Wolseley restaurant.