Restaurant and bar group D&D London has signed to launch its latest dining concept within the Pavilion at the International Quarter London (IQL) in Stratford.
The Pavilion is currently under construction and will stand at the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Designed by architectural firm ACME, the 17,000 sq ft space is made almost entirely from sustainable timber and split over three floors. The space will incorporate a ground floor café and brasserie, first floor restaurant, and a rooftop bar.
The building includes a 3,000 sq ft roof terrace with views across the Olympic Park and what will become East Bank, the future home to Sadler’s Wells East and the V&A East.
IQL is a £2.4b joint venture between Lendlease and regeneration specialist LCR, a 22-acre neighbourhood which will include new homes, offices, shops and restaurants.
Des Gunewardena, chairman and chief executive of D&D London, said: “D&D has an established reputation for being at the forefront of restaurant development within emerging areas of cities both in the UK and oversees. We see Stratford as an exciting new cultural and leisure quarter of London, particularly following the 2012 Olympics, and we are admirers of Lendlease’s bold vision for IQL’s development.
“We look forward to occupying what will be some beautiful spaces and hope to develop restaurant, café and bar concepts to do justice to a building which is sure to become an iconic landmark for Stratford and for London.”
Guy Thomas, head of retail at Lendlease, said: “The Pavilion will be the beating heart of IQL and our goal was to sign up a tenant with enough gravitas and vision to establish a concept that would complement the thriving and diverse community we are building and nurturing. D&D London will make the Pavilion a focal point for IQL and Stratford, and they will offer something for everyone.”
Peter Hawthorne, chief executive of LCR, said: “The Pavilion is the focal point of IQL, providing a dedicated social space for all those who visit, live and work there. D&D is a natural fit for this unique space, complementing our wider placemaking strategy of making this one of the most diverse, inclusive and exciting neighbourhoods in the capital, with facilities and experiences that can be enjoyed by all.”
Shelley Sandzer represented IQL; D&D London represented itself.
D&D London’s portfolio includes 40 restaurants and bars globally, with London sites including Bluebird Chelsea, Launceston Place in Kensington, German Gymnasium in King’s Cross, Fiume in Battersea Power Station and the recently opened 14 Hills in Fenchurch Street.