Quaglino’s, the iconic restaurant and late-night venue in the heart of London’s St James’s, just off Jermyn Street, is set to re-open its doors in October 2014 following a full-scale, multi-million pound renovation, complemented by a contemporary European menu from new Executive Chef Mickael Weiss and a bespoke programme of curated late-night live music performances and events.
The re-launch celebrates 85 years of Quaglino’s iconic heritage; from its opening in 1929 by legendary Giovanni Quaglino – whose love of food and good company created a destination favoured by glamorous society – to Terence Conran’s celebrated remodelling in the 1990s right through to the restaurant’s present day status as one of London’s most cherished celebratory destinations.
A modern interior redesign by Russell Sage Studio 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 Quaglino’s was first established.
Jermyn Street: Quaglino’s comes of age this October
The 240-cover restaurant will feature a contemporary European menu using the highest quality British ingredients. Dishes will fuse traditional European classics with exotic flavours and spices from the extended continent, such as Cheltenham beetroot with goat’s curd, winter leaves, walnuts and dried apricots, Seared hand-dived scallop with sailor’s toast, samphire and Vermouth and Smoked aubergine cannelloni, spices, roast tomato, goat’s curd gratin and shaved truffle, with feature dishes to share including Spiced Romney Marsh lamb shoulder, pousse, apricot, almond, parsley and goat’s curd.
Both bars will serve a variety of drinks referencing Quaglino’s rich 1930’s 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 carefully chosen additions from the New World to provide balance, including selections from California, Chile and New Zealand. Wines will be shown by style rather than country of origin, making the list easy to navigate.
Late into the evening, the restaurant will transform into an entertainment mecca of Jermyn Street, showcasing music icons from the past and present day, renowned DJs and lounge-style live bands. Performances will be representative of the venue’s rich history; once again Quaglino’s will become a place to see and be seen, with free entry open to the public, and late-night Friday and Saturday evenings, letting guests party into the early hours.
Des Gunewardena, CEO D&D London, 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.”
Quaglino’s (16 Bury Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6AJ)