Bar group seeks second site for ‘one-stop lifestyle destination’

Trade Union Wapping

The owners of leading bar group Grand Union are on the look-out for a second site for their new concept, Trade Union, which debuted in London in June.

Like the first, they want the new site to bring together different experiences such as a barber shop, a florist and a coffee house, under one roof alongside a destination for drinks and dining.

The first Trade Union (pictured) opened in Thomas More Square in Wapping near Tower Bridge in a partnership with three other “lifestyle” brands: coffee specialist Vagabond, male grooming experts Drakes of London and florist Maua. They share space with a cocktail bar and Bushwick Pizza Co kitchen.

For the new site, which is set to be in London, the operators will be teaming up again with Vagabond and Drakes of London along with Orca Silt Flowers.

The partners will also offer a range of interactive packages, including traditional pizza-rolling showcases, coffee workshops and gin cocktail tasting masterclasses.

Grand Union chairman Adam Marshall and his team see Trade Union as a “grown up-playground for discerning Londoners who want more from their eating and drinking experience – a one-stop lifestyle destination”. The Wapping bar even has a 17ft slide down from its VIP mezzanine level.

Adam said: “The feedback we’ve received about Trade Union has been interesting and almost all positive. People like the idea of combining a bar experience alongside other day-to-day activities like grabbing a great coffee or getting their beard trimmed.

“I was nervous that people would find it hard to get their heads around the idea – however, that’s not the case. What we have found is that people who want to experience to a greater level than ever before are accepting of new concepts and want to be wowed.”

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