Name-checked in Oliver Twist by Dickens – and until the 1920s one of the largest courthouses in the UK – this Grade II Clerkenwell pile now incorporates an events space and restaurant on its fourth floor. It’s a 60-seater with a 20-seat terrace and rooftop pool. Planned since 2019 and open from July 2021, it’s run with input from various creative studios, St John co-found Jon Spiteri and well-known artist Jonny Gent. Expect lots of artfully distressed Victorian interiors and Med-inspired food from chef Florence Knight (ex head chef of Polpetto, et al).
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“Believe the gushy reviews!” This “stunning” dining room – part of “a glorious Georgian building” in Clerkenwell which features in Dickens’s ‘Oliver Twist’ – is London’s highest profile opening of the year and “worth the hype!”: “it’s a restaurant that has everything!”. “From the moment you start looking for the inconspicuous entrance, to the concierge and the lift, then the big reveal into the dining room upstairs: it’s the perfect place to surprise someone”. And “what an interior!” – like “a faded palazzo” – “there’s something about the high ceilings and the ambient lighting and the rugs on the floor that makes it the ultimate in shabby chic glamour”. Chef Florence Knight “can somehow combine ingredients that appear unpromising and end up with the most delicious, adventurous and unusual dishes”: “delectable small plates for sharing, with some meat but mainly fishy/veggie options”. “It’s just a shame it’s almost impossible to get a table now… it’s so hot!” Top Menu Tip – “the smoked eel and potato sandwich is unmissable, crisp outside and meltingly smoky and fishy within”.
Name-checked in Oliver Twist by Dickens – and until the 1920s one of the largest courthouses in the UK – this Grade-II listed Clerkenwell pile now incorporates an events space and a restaurant on the fourth floor; a 60-seater with a 20-seat terrace and rooftop pool. Planned since 2019 and open from September 2021, both the lofty, distressed Victorian interior and the Med-inspired food from chef Florence Knight (ex-head chef of Polpetto, et al) have delighted early press reviewers.
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|Wine per bottle||£27.00|
24 Clerkenwell Green, London, EC1R 0NA
|Tuesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Friday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm‑2:30 pm, 5:30 pm‑10 pm|