The Netflix and chill generation has rocked the restaurant industry, but London is adapting to our changing dining preferences by incorporating our favourite restaurants into new housing developments. Fiona Brandhorst investigates the new way to ‘dine at home’
Dining at home is taking on a new meaning, as London’s top foodie destinations could be literally at your door. Culinary experiences are becoming as important as travel connections with the trend for leading restaurants to open within or very close to new developments grows.
Celebrity favourite, The Ivy, has now taken root south of the river at the Berkeley Homes One Tower Bridge flagship riverside scheme, where prices start from £3.65m. Residents can also choose from a growing collection of new restaurants in this once culinary desert including Japanese-fusion eaterie Temakinho, Brighton-based The Coal Shed and the first London venture for acclaimed Welsh chef Tom Simmons.
Tucked away in an oasis of calm in Fitzrovia is Fitzroy Place, where residents can pop down to The Larder or Percy & Founders for breakfast, brunch or dinner. Head for the most popular table that looks directly into the adjoining Grade II Fitzrovia Chapel, which is now an intimate wedding venue.
The final property to be launched at Fitzroy Place by Aviva Investors and Ashby Capital is the area’s largest penthouse, on the market for £12.75m with CBRE. Spanning the seventh and eighth floors, the vast 4,469 sq ft, three-bed apartment has a terrace running the length of the living space on the lower level and another alongside the master bedroom suite on the upper floor offering impressive skyline views east and west across the capital. Direct lift access whisks residents from the car park straight into the property’s secure private lobby.
Also perfectly located to take advantage of the wealth of restaurants in wider Fitzrovia is Dukelease’s Artisan collection of penthouses priced from £3.4m. Lima, the Peruvian Michelin Star restaurant, Hakkasan, London’s original high-end Chinese restaurant, and The Riding House Café are on its doorstep.
The buyer of 14 West Halkin Street in Belgravia need never entertain at home with Mosimann’s, one of the most prestigious private dining clubs in the world, right next door
The buyer of 14 West Halkin Street in Belgravia need never entertain at home with Mosimann’s, one of the most prestigious private dining clubs in the world, right next door. The elegantly refurbished two bedroom apartment with sought-after outside terrace to the rear, resident caretaker and lift access, is on the market with Humberts for £3.65m.
It’s just a short sprint from a four bedroom duplex penthouse within Marathon House in Marylebone to the celebrity-favoured Chiltern Firehouse. At over 4,000 sq ft it has underground parking for five cars and a guide price of £6.95m, available through United Kingdom Sotheby’s International Realty.
Straddling the city and Shoreditch, the roll call of eateries around Principal Tower, the first residential tower in London that is fully designed by Foster + Partners, includes world-acclaimed Nobu and La Chapelle, run by the Michelin-starred Galvin brothers. The Ivy Garden City and New York hotelier Michael Achenbaum’s The Curtain Club are also nearby. Prices in the curvaceous 50-storey tower right next to Amazon’s new London HQ start from £960,000.
Residents at St George’s Fulham Reach can enjoy Raymond Blanc’s on-site restaurant Brasserie Blanc, as well as Ruth Rogers’ Michelin-starred restaurant the River Café, just along the Thames Pathway. Prices start from £2.225m. A stone’s throw on, Palace Wharf is a collection of 16 riverside rental apartments inside a former marble warehouse for rent from £600 per week.
Residents at St George’s Fulham Reach can enjoy Raymond Blanc’s on-site restaurant Brasserie Blanc, as well as Ruth Rogers’ Michelin-starred restaurant the River Café, just along the Thames Pathway
Royal Docks West offers more than waterside living with two floating foodie venues – the Lands End restaurant at the Sunborn and The Good Hotel London’s first social business hotel – as top local hangouts. Two bedroom, two bathroom apartments at Royal Docks West start from £575,000.
Lillie Square in Earls Court is less than half a mile from London’s only Michelin-starred pub, The Harwood Arms. And right on its doorstep is the capital’s only pop-up high street, West Brompton Crossing, where The Prince pub has reopened to share a huge secret-style garden with trendy eateries Patty & Bun, The Begging Bowl, MAM and Rabbit.
Apartments at Lillie Square start from £775,000. Mike Hood, Group Development Director, Capco, adds: ‘We’re offering a one-stop experience for eating, drinking and shopping, in an area that has long been part of London’s fabric as well as supporting local entrepreneurs and creatives by offering a free space to showcase their ideas and products.’