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    4 October 2018
    The restaurant scene in London’s Fitzrovia once consisted of a few trailblazers like Hakkasan, the Charlotte Street Hotel and Caprice's Bam Bou. Otherwise the landscape was dominated by a line-up of Greek and Italian independents that seemed like they’d been there forever.
    In the early Noughties, the area started to benefit from operators seeking refuge from rising rents in Soho and saw new openings for the likes of Roka, Saltyard, and Crazy Bear. The opening of The Riding House Cafe in 2011 brought a new sense of fashion and style to the district, and since then well known chefs such as Ollie Dabbous, Jason Atherton, Jun Tanaka, Monica Galetti and James Knappett have all opened in Fitzrovia.  

    Brands such as Home Slice, Honest Burger, Bao, Iberica, Wahaca, and Vagabond Wines all thrive while the new gastronomic trailblazers are the likes of Will Lander and Daniel Morgenthau with their ground breaking Portland and Clipstone. 

    Most recently, Caravan has recently established its fifth outlet: a beautiful restaurant in the former Radio 1 recording studio while Ross Shonohan has just opened his second Flesh and Buns at 32 Berners Street (with pisco sours at the push of a button). On Newman Street, Rami Fustok’s Mandrake Hotel bar has been a favourite haunt of the A -list and fashion crowds since opening a year ago.  

    We’ve advised Spanish superstar chef Quique Dacosta on a new lease of an immense new site on Eastcastle Street which will open later this year and will specialise in the most authentic paella outside Valencia in what promises to be a truly dramatic setting. 

    Meanwhile, the market is expecting an announcement about a new restaurant at Rathbone Square which should please the masses in the Facebook HQ upstairs!    

    In terms of new opportunities, 87-125 Cleveland Street has planning consent to include new restaurants and bars and there are a scattering of other new builds and planning consents in the area featuring potential new restaurants.

    We’ve just started marketing a phenomenal space on Rathbone Street, behind the Charlotte Street Hotel, which offers 5,000 sq ft of new A3 restaurant space all on the ground floor in a beautiful old building that has been very sensitively converted. The fact that we’re already getting enquiries from as far away as Hong Kong and Mexico (as well as Mayfair and Shoreditch) shows just how firmly Fitzrovia is established on London’s culinary map.

    Author
    Josh Leon
    Head of Central London Restaurants
    Josh.Leon@colliers.com
    +44 (0)7951023263