A chain of popular, modern tapas joints opened its sixth site a stone’s throw from London’s Victoria station this week. Ibérica has taken up residence in the Zig Zag Building alongside Martin William’s new M Restaurants venue – a restaurant, members’ club and wine store.
It seems as though Belgravia will soon be rivalling the City’s Broadgate Circle when it comes to new restaurants. As well as the Zig Zag building development, Nova is also on its way which will garnish the restaurant wasteland around Victoria station with 18 dining spots in 2016. And we’re not talking about any old chains either.
Among the distinguished residents of this new development are: Jason Atherton, Bone Daddies, Will Ricker and Village London. For his next trick the irrepressible Atherton will turn his hand to Italian cuisine with the restaurateur’s Nova restaurant featuring a pasta room where diners can see the food being made.
Adam White, the man behind Village London (The Riding House Café, Village East and The Garrison), plans to open an all-day dining affair with 150 covers, outdoor terrace, upstairs bar and a private dining room.
Meanwhile Will Ricker (of Bodega Negra fame) will bring his American BBQ spot The Stoke House to Nova. He will also launch a second organic cold-press juice and food store, Juice Well.
Bringing some street cred to the whole operation is Ross Shonhan (the daddy of Bone Daddies). He plans to open a ramen bar at Nova serving noodles, filled buns and a take on Osaka-style Okonomiyaki. It sounds like it could be Shonhan’s largest venue to date with two floors and outside space.
D&D London have also snapped up a space but are yet to announce the name, however we do know the new venue will feature two floors, café, bar, terrace and food store.
And Sourced Market, which opened the first produce market in St Pancras station in 2009, opens its third site at Nova in 2016, offering everything from artisan coffee to craft beer and charcuterie to croissants.
The purpose of Nova is to ‘create a vibrant new link between Victoria Station and Buckingham Palace’, which in turn leads onto the Royal Parks. At an enormous 897,000 sq ft the development will include office space and apartments.