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This story has been updated – see latest news (5 October)

It is now confirmed that Sake no Hana is to be the name of Alan Yau’s long-awaited new restaurant, to be located on the former St James’s site of Shumi.

Yau was originally the man behind Wagamama, and his subsequent ventures have included Hakkasan W1, Busaba Eathai, and Yauatcha W1.

His forthcoming restaurant is the most ‘serious’ yet.

This is to be a ‘purist’ venture, we’re told, and the architect of the conversion of the building – part of ‘Economist Plaza’ – is a leading Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma.

Look out for a September opening.

Sake no Hana, 23 St James’s Street SW1

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