Inception Group takes on Soho site


Bureau nightclub in SohoCharlie Gilkes and Duncan Stirling – the team behind London venues Bart’s, Maggie’s and Bunga Bunga – have taken on an iconic site in Soho.

Their company, Inception Group, has acquired the lease of Bureau nightclub (pictured) in Kingly Court, near Carnaby Street, for an undisclosed sum. The site was once home to iconic club Tatty Bogle, originally a hang-out for explorers and servicemen and then popular with musicians and actors before its closure.

In 2008, it was opened as private members’ club Bureau by bar operators Martin and Ros Newton. However, they sold the lease to their neighbouring Kingly Street bar, Red Soho, last year through leisure agent Shelley Sandzer to chef Vivek Singh who transformed it into Cinnamon Soho, sister restaurant to Cinnamon Kitchen and bar Anise in the City.

The sale of Bureau was completed by Shelley Sandzer which again acted on behalf of the Newtons. Nathan Wogman of Shelley Sandzer said: “Bureau is a superb acquisition for Inception Group. The premises are located in the very heart of the West End and I am sure will continue the tradition of being at the centre of a very lively London nightlife scene.”

Charlie and Duncan have not revealed their plans for the Soho site yet but told The Tatler that they were looking to open a tearoom in central London. The pair launched speakeasy bar Bart’s in Sloane Avenue, Chelsea, in 2009 followed by 1980s-themed club Maggie’s in Fulham Road, Chelsea. Last year, they launched kitsch Italian restaurant, bar and club Bunga Bunga in Battersea.

Updated November 4, 2012: Revealing plans for another site in Mayfair, Charlie posted a message on Twitter this weekend saying: “Very excited to have taken possession of a new bar in Mayfair and club in Soho. Major building work starts on Monday – launching early 2013.”

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