Quaglino’s refurbishment to create new cocktail bar


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D&D London is introducing a new cocktail bar as part of the multimillion-pound restoration and refurbishment of legendary restaurant and late-night venue Quaglino’s.

It is set to re-open the doors of the establishment in St James’s in London’s West End in mid-October after a redesign by leading high-end hospitality designers Russell Sage Studio.

The modern new design will see the signature sweeping staircase, balcony bar, main restaurant and mezzanine private dining rooms elegantly restored along with the addition of a “glamorous” central cocktail bar and a stage for intimate live music performances.

Art Deco touches will remain, with furniture and colour palettes alluding to the era when Quaglino’s was founded by Giovanni Quaglino in 1929.

Both bars will serve a variety of drinks referencing Quaglino’s 1930s heritage, giving guests a taste of the restaurant’s iconic past with a focus on classic and champagne cocktails.

A 300-bin wine list will focus on renowned European regions and additions from the New World, including selections from California, Chile and New Zealand. Wines will be shown by style rather than country of origin, intended to make the list easy to navigate.

The 240-cover restaurant will offer a contemporary European menu from new executive chef Mickael Weiss. Dishes will fuse traditional European classics with exotic flavours and spices from the extended continent, such as slow-cooked Pyrenean lamb shoulder with spiced spinach, Marcona almonds, parsley and goat’s curd, and pan-fried south coast cod with artichoke puree and a vegetable and saffron cassoulet.

Late into the evening, the restaurant will transform into an entertainment destination, featuring renowned DJs and lounge-style live bands as part of a programme of curated late-night live music performances and events. Open late on Fridays and Saturdays, entry will be free. As well as the new stage, there will be a high-quality new sound system.

D&D London chief executive Des Gunewardena said: “It’s remarkable to think that when Quaglino’s first opened, Londoners were dancing the charleston and King George V was on the throne. The place has history, and when we re-launch Quaglino’s this October, I hope that it will be the beginning of a new chapter of fun, excitement and stories for another generation of Londoners.”

David Loewi, managing director of D&D London, said: “Quaglino’s has always been a hugely high-profile and flamboyant restaurant from its inception by Giovanni Quaglino in 1929 to the present day, so this is a very exciting and important project for us.

“The menu will reflect the elegance and glamour of Quaglino’s iconic heritage, with a range of contemporary European dishes to appeal to everyone.”

Russell Sage added: “We are thrilled to have been engaged in this special project, to revisit the rich heritage of London’s Quaglino’s restaurant and breathe new life into it so that the next generation of Quaglino’s devotees can discover its special hospitality magic.”

Des and David led the buyout of Conran Restaurants in 2006. It included Quaglino’s which restaurateur Sir Terence Conran had revamped and revitalised back in the 1980s.

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