The developers of Television Centre — the former BBC television headquarters in White City, west London — have confirmed that many of the restaurants confirmed to have taken sites at the location will open over the course of the next three months.
Here’s a full list of those confirmed, together with their projected opening dates, for what is being billed as the new “premier dining destination in west London.”
- Pizza place Homeslice, the pizza chain owned by the late broadcaster Terry Wogan’s sons Mark and Alan. Homeslice offers 20 inch NYC-slice-like pizzas whole (£20) or by the slice (£4). It will be the group’s fifth location in London — adding to Soho, Fitzrovia, Shoreditch and Bloomberg Arcade. Alan said: “I can remember being driven through those gates to the ‘doughnut’ building with Dad as kids. This brings things full circle. It would have been nice if he’d known we were going to open a restaurant where he spent so much of his career. He would have been thrilled.” Opening: week commencing 26 March.
- Burger chain Patty & Bun, founded by Joe Grossman and chef Fred Trussell, will open its 12th site at Television Centre. It was founded, as a street food outfit, in 2010; it opened its first permanent site on James Street in Marylebone in 2012. Opening: Mid April.
- Bluebird Café Restaurant group D&D’s most famous brand, which has been open on the King’s Road in Chelsea for 20 years. Ex-Hoi Polloi chef and Gordon Ramsay alumnus, Simon Gregory, who is now in charge of the kitchen at Bluebird said, “I’m incredibly excited to be a part of such an iconic redevelopment — the Television Centre couldn’t be a better home for the first Bluebird Café. We can’t wait to bring the very best of Bluebird’s all-day dining to the West London community.” Opening: 11 April.
- White City House, Soho House Group’s new members’ club. Within the new club will be a restaurant and cocktail bar called The Allis as well as a gym, swimming pool, yoga and dance studios, a screening room, an event space, plus an Electric Cinema and an adjoining hotel with 45 bedrooms. Founder Nick Jones said: “It’s a brilliant area; it’s very well positioned. And I believe strongly that White City will pop and will change dramatically over the next couple of years.” Opening: 23 April.
- Endo at Rotunda. As revealed last month, Endo Kazutoshi, master sushi chef and director of Ichibuns, the Japanese ramen and burger restaurant which launched in London last year, has confirmed he will open a new high-end 15-cover restaurant in the rotunda at the top of the former BBC headquarters. He has restated an ambition to win a Michelin star. The third-generation sushi chef arrives with vast experience, having worked at El Bulli in Spain and as Zuma’s executive chef in London, New York, Miami, Dubai, Hong Kong and Istanbul. Opening: July.
- Kricket, the modern Indian restaurant founded by chef Will Bowlby and Rik Campbell inside at Pop Brixton’s shipping containers, opened a first permanent restaurant to critical-acclaim, in Soho in January 2017. The duo will open their second, much larger 140-cover site at with a cocktail bar and terrace this summer. Campbell said: “We are really excited to be moving into the Television Centre, an iconic building in the heart of west London and accompanied by some great names in the industry.” Opening: July.
Meanwhile, New-York style pizza at Pizza Street, Greek restaurant The Athenian, Bee Vo’s American bakery, Butterscotch, fast-casual Italian at Coco di Mama and Feast Bar & Kitchen by the same operators as Pergola on the Roof, next door to Television Centre, are part of the wider White City Place development — and are all already open.
More restaurants which have also been announced as “on the way” include with Karachi Kitchen Shola, Nikkei restaurant Waka and wine bar and restaurant Wellbourne, which are scheduled to opening at White City Place in April.