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Latest openings: Page8, Bancone, Bottles Chelsea and more

07 January 2020 by
Latest openings: Page8, Bancone, Bottles Chelsea and more


Hong Kong-based Chanco Investment Group has opened its first Page-branded hotel in the UK, Page8 in London’s St Martin’s Place, just off Trafalgar Square.

Operated by the company’s hospitality arm, Butterfly Hospitality Group, the London property is the second hotel in the Page boutique brand. The first, Page148, opened with 197 bedrooms in Hong Kong in January 2019.

The five-floor Page8 was developed at a cost of £23.1m within a building that was previously home to the Post Office and Redwood Publishing. Chanco, headed by Henry Chan, bought the property in 2014 for £65m.

The hotel features a café in the lobby and alfresco bar. The hotel’s restaurant partner, which will take over 618 sq m of the top floor of the hotel, will be announced later this month.

Opened 12 December

Bedrooms 138

General manager Matthew Moffatt

Owner Chanco Investment Group

Operator Butterfly Hospitality Group

Starting room rate £220 for a double room

Design Willmott Dixon Interiors



Will Ellner and his team have opened a second Bancone in London’s Soho, serving the brand’s signature pasta dishes. The restaurant has several ‘banconi’ (counters) for 90 diners, and a basement complete with cocktail bar and private dining.

Covers 90

Typical dishes Silk handkerchiefs with walnut butter and confit egg yolk; pappardelle with sautéed chicken livers, brandy and sage butter


Bottles Chelsea

Following its Old Spitalfields Market launch last year, Bottles has opened in London’s Chelsea, focusing on microproducers, natural and fine wines alongside Italian small plates. The bar has a private dining space, wine cellar and American bar serving classic cocktails.

Covers 50

Founders Franco Mancini and Daniele Marano

Typical dish Sicilian chorizo hot dog, sauerkraut and mint mayo


Casa do Frango Shoreditch

Algarvian piri-piri chicken concept Casa do Frango has opened in London’s Shoreditch. The new site has a wine bar on the ground floor, serving Portuguese wines, a petiscos bar (Portuguese tapas) and a pastelaria (bakery).

Operator Collective MJMK

Typical dishes Half chicken brushed with piri piri; sweet potato feijoada; octopus salad with pickled potatoes; bacalhau fritters



Chef Dan Wilson has teamed up with restaurateur and investor Matt Wells to bring his neighbourhood restaurant concept Dandy to London’s Bermondsey. Dinner is served Wednesday to Sunday and an all-day offering is available at weekends.

Head chef Dan Wilson

Typical dishes Fire-roasted ratatouille with green sauce and a sweet egg; whole fried chicken with spiced chilli jam


The Melusine

The Melusine has opened in London’s St Katharine Docks. The neighbourhood seafood restaurant offers a daily menu of British seafood; a raw menu of oysters, sea urchins and clams; and whole fish, poached, grilled or roasted. The site also has an alfresco terrace.

Covers 40; 20 outside

Founders Theodore Kyriakou and Wade Mundford

Typical dish Potted sardines, breakfast radishes, sourdough baguette


Westow House

Following an extensive restoration, the 19th-century Westow House pub in London’s Crystal Palace has added 23 bedrooms, including two family suites, three twin rooms and 18 doubles. The rooms feature Voyager mattresses and vintage furniture from Sunbury and Sandown Antiques Market.

Operator Antic

Bedrooms 23

Starting room rate £98


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