All the restaurant and hotel openings from this week’s issue
White City House
Soho House’s White City House has opened in the former BBC headquarters in west London. White City House has two floors of club space, a rooftop pool and bar, cinema, screening room, a 24,000 sq ft gym, and 45 bedrooms within the building’s original Grade II-listed central ring.
The design has been inspired by the history of the building. The rooftop pool and bar feature a Terrazzo tile floor, curved bar and 60s-inspired sun loungers and parasols.
The open kitchen serves an East-meets-West menu, including dim sum and roast duck, as well as healthy and plant-based dishes. The main eating space overlooks White City, with mid-century-style tables and chairs and a bar with furniture and fabrics by Tibor, which designed patterns for the BBC.
Bedrooms range from tiny to large over the second and third floor of the Helios building. Each room has George Nelson lamps, mid-century Terrazzo tables and reading lights, fluted timber wardrobes and modernist wooden minibars, with original exposed concrete support beams on the ceilings.
The ground floor restaurant of White City House, the Allis, is open to the public.
Opened 11 April
Operator Soho House
General manager James South
Starting room rate £120
Beck at Brown’s
Michelin-starred chef Heinz Beck has opened a restaurant at Brown’s hotel in London’s Mayfair, offering a casual-dining menu of classic Italian dishes. The restaurant’s colour palette is bright and botanical and features the original 1900s oak panelling.
Design Olga Polizzi
Typical dishes Tagliolini with lobster, smoked aubergine cream and chilli; grilled black cod with ‘nduja crust, red peppers and cucumber
D&D London has opened Bluebird Café in London’s White City Television Centre development. The venue serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and afternoon tea during the day, and in the evening evolves into a restaurant and bar.
Executive chef Simon Gregory
Design David d’Almada’s Sagrada
Typical dishes ‘Nduja-crusted yellowfin tuna and green sauce; spiced king prawns, yogurt, pistachio
Tortilleria El Pastor
El Pastor’s first Tortilleria tortilla factory and taco bar has opened in London’s Bermondsey. The taco bar serves a short menu of tacos, as well as the EP bounty bar for dessert, Mexican beers and El Pastor’s first batch of its own mezcal. The design of the new site is utilitarian and pared back.
Covers Tables: 20; high stools: six
Founders Sam and James Hart and Crispin Somerville
New Road hotel
New Road hotel has opened in London’s Whitechapel, owned by three first-time hotelier brothers and built on an old textile factory site where their father worked. The hotel houses London’s first Mr White’s English Chophouse, the Marco Pierre White franchise specialising in steaks, grills and chops.
Owners Monsur, Masrur and Moksud Malik
Operator Black and White Hospitality
The Ivy Temple Row
The Ivy Temple Row in Birmingham serves an all-day menu of modern British classics, brunch options and afternoon tea. The Ivy Collection’s green colour palette is contrasted with burnt orange banquettes and polished marble floors.
Covers 135; bar: 10; private dining room: 20
General manager Liz Burton
Executive chef Sean Burbidge
Typical dishes Shepherd’s pie; truffle chicken sandwich; seasonal grilled fish; steak tartare
The Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, part of the Cairn Collection, has relaunched its restaurant. Previously called Steak on Sea, Wardroom is the name for an officers’ mess on board a warship. With contemporary new look, the restaurant serves modern British cuisine.
Head chef Phil Mesquita
Typical dishes Wood pigeon, rainbow chard and sweetcorn; torched mackerel with potato salad; dukkah-spiced halloumi, courgette and avocado