Curtains drawn at the Galvin bros’ Windows

Brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin have announced that Galvin at Windows, their restaurant on the 28th floor of the Park Lane Hilton, is to close down next week.

The brothers released the news in an Instagram post which read: “It’s with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of Galvin at Windows. We’ve cherished every moment of our highly successful 18 years on Park Lane from being awarded our Michelin Star to the ongoing success of both the restaurant and our award-winning team. The memories we’ve created will remain close to our hearts forever.”

Run by the Galvins since 2006 in London’s first skyscraper hotel (built in 1963), the restaurant is best known for its spectacular views over Hyde Park – and for its general manager-turned-TV-heart-throb, Fred Sirieix, who presided over the floor for 14 years until 2019.

In recent years the annual Harden’s survey has consistently rated the cooking at Galvin La Chapelle in Spitalfields more highly than at Windows. The brothers also run Galvin Bistrot & Bar next door to La Chapelle, and the Green Man country pub near Chelmsford in Essex.

The spate of recent restaurant closures also includes Turnips at Borough Market, the highly rated ‘veg-centric’ venue from chef Tomas Lidakevicius attached to a long-running greengrocer’s stall.

Tomas said the four-year-old venture, which he founded as a pop-up during the pandemic in collaboration with Charlie Foster of Turnips, was closing because the Borough Market trustees had revoked its licence to trade as a restaurant.

Hailed as “a unique experience … everything is good” in the 2024 Harden’s guide, Turnips has been championed by French uber-chef Alain Ducasse and the Observer’s Jay Rayner, among others.

Both Galvin at Windows and Turnips will close next Thursday, 25 April.

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