THR's Power Lunch Issue: London's 5 Hottest Industry Eateries
Brits prefer evening eating and nighttime shop talk to power lunching, but when Ricky Gervais, Russell Brand, Ralph Fiennes and others do "do lunch," they do it here.
This story first appeared in the Feb. 1 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine.
1. Shoreditch House
Ebor Street, Shoreditch.
The renovated warehouse in London's East End is a fave with younger power-lunchers. Opened in 2007 by Soho House Group, the members-only club has hosted Rihanna, Archie Panjabi, Russell Brand, Andrew Garfield and Jennifer Aniston, along with music, film and TV execs keen to mingle and sample the steak and frites. "You are bound to bump into someone you know on one of the many floors and areas," says TBWA broadcast head Jason Ayers.
2. Dean Street Townhouse
69-71 Dean St., Soho.
Also part of the Soho House empire (but open to the public), this townhouse conversion was an instant hit with the neighboring TV and film industries upon opening in 2009. Chef Stephen Tonkin mixes twice-baked smoked haddock souffle with British signature dishes like mince and potatoes for directors, producers and actors such as Sean Bean, Gwyneth Paltrow and Ralph Fiennes. Window seats are great for people-watching.
20 Mount St.
In a discreet corner of upscale Mayfair, this pricey eatery draws CEOs and such actors as Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt and Guy Pearce. Acquired by Caprice Holdings in 2005, the fish-oriented restaurant is famed for its Dover sole and the chef's favorite: roasted cod with mixed beans, chorizo and padron peppers.
4. The Wolseley
Chris Corbin and Jeremy King's grand restaurant attracts an industry crowd: Stephen Fry, Roger Moore, Joan Collins, Bob Geldof. TV execs table-hop over chef Lawrence Keogh's steak and frites or chopped chicken salad. A newly opened room allows 14 power-lunchers to plot in private.
5. The Ivy
1-5 West St.
After 96 years and many owners (now Caprice Holdings), The Ivy still is known among power players for discretion, classy service and its classic menu (try the shepherd's pie). "The Ivy is my first choice for an important lunch," says Will Waters, managing director at Tantrum Productions. Recent visitors: Clint Eastwood, James Murdoch and Ricky Gervais, seen parking his Bentley outside.