Urban Leisure Group to open 1970s-inspired bar and restaurant


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Urban Leisure Group is to launch a new bar and restaurant in London in September, inspired by British home décor and other trends of the 1970s.

Coin Laundry in Exmouth Market, Clerkenwell, promises to offer “home-from-home” comforts in its food, music and atmosphere within a “laid-back, cool and fun space”.

Spread over two floors, the design of Coin Laundry takes inspiration from 70s British home decor trends but without being a themed venue. Wooden floors and tiling, comfortable couches and simple homely designs will be combined with playful touches such as kitsch tableware and a vintage 80s pinball machine.

The signature dish at Coin Laundry will be 1970s favourite, the Chicken Kiev, made modern with foraged wild garlic and a secret bread-crumb blend (pictured). A “Kiev Counter” will count down the number of breaded cutlets left in the kitchen.

Snacks will include homemade crisps served with little parcels of seasoning for adding yourself – a nod to crisp packs of the past.

The cocktail list features retro classics such as the Grasshopper and the Snowball, which will be “redesigned and rejuvenated”. A SodaStream will create a selection of bubbly cocktails and fizzy soft drinks.

Coin Laundry will be open all day, with a basement space designed to emulate the feel of a common room with a selection of board games. It will also host a regular programme of events from book clubs to club nights and pop-up shops.

Due to launch at the start of September, it will mark further growth for Urban Leisure Group whose other venues around London include Ask for Janice in Clerkenwell, Central & Co in Soho and Alice House in Queen’s Park.

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