Bankside hotel is being developed as part of the One Blackfriars development and is close to the Tate Modern and Borough Market. It features the 80-cover Art Yard Bar & Kitchen, alfresco dining space, bar, lounge, gym and function space for 120 guests.
The six-storey glass building, designed by architect Ian Simpson of Simpson, Haugh and Partners, features a mid-20th century aesthetic from film set producer turned interiors architect Dayna Lee.
The hotel features the Art Yard Bar & Kitchen, an all-day dining space overseen by the former head chef of 45 Jermyn Street, Lee Streeton. The menu focuses on seasonal, British produce and makes use of a wood-fired oven, offering light breakfasts, hearty British classics and sharing cuts of oven-roasted meats. As suggested by the name, it will also feature artworks from local and UK artists.
Management US-based Amerimar Enterprises
Owner Amerimar Enterprises and Canadian property investment company Realstar
General manager Douglas McHugh, who will also continue to manage the four-AA-star, 331-bedroom St Ermins hotel, Westminster, London
Head chef Lee Streeton
Design Dayna Lee of Los Angeles’ Powerstrip Studio
Restaurant Art Yard
Fat Baby at Night Tales
Japanese-style izakaya grill concept Fat Baby has launched at nightclub Night Tales Bohemia Place in London’s Hackney. Headed by ex-Umu and Pitt Cue chef de partie Greg Round, the menu features a selection of Japanese favourites, including yakitori, gyoza and katsu sandos.
Typical dishes Crab monaka; pork gyoza; quail karaage with honey mustard glaze; and oxtail koshihikari rice
Self-taught butcher Charlie Carroll has opened his steak brand in London’s King’s Cross, specialising in the underused feather blade. Flat Iron King’s Cross serves other cuts, such as the underblade fillet, tri tip and rump cap from Flat Iron’s own Yorkshire herd of rare- and native-breed cattle. DIY Bloody Mary boxes can also be ordered to tables.
Founder Charlie Carroll
Fine dining Indian restaurant Kuti’s Brasserie has opened at Southampton’s Royal Pier. The brasserie was formerly located on the city’s Oxford Street until it was closed by fire in April. Ravi Rao, former sous chef of Michelin-starred Vineet Bhatia in London, oversees the menu.
Owner Kuti Miah
Executive chef Ravi Rao
Covers Ground floor: 110; first floor: 60; Chandelier cocktail bar: 30; rooftop terrace: 60
Motley restaurant has opened at the Qbic London City hotel in Whitechapel, focusing on sustainability. A selection of ‘waste not’ dishes will use produce that would otherwise have been discarded, such as leftover potato hash as well as potato peel and leek ends soup. The restaurant uses local suppliers, and the menu is described as ‘veggie forward’.
Design Finch Interiors
Queen Victoria Arts Club
The Queen Victoria Arts Club has opened in Leicester within a formerly derelict Grade II-listed Victorian Baroque property. An exclusive members’ restaurant is to be developed later this year. Owner Cassie Soulsby previously owned the Entropy restaurants on Hinkley Road and Dover Street.
Covers 80, with 50 downstairs
Owner Cassie Soulsby
Head chef Steve Durham
The Lost & Found
Revere, the premium arm of Marston’s, is set to open a sixth Lost & Found bar on Ecclesall Road in Sheffield. Taking inspiration from the Sheffield Botanical Gardens as well as its industrial past, the venue will feature plants and floral features as well as raw, industrial materials.
Design Concorde BGW