Third shipping container pile opens in Wembley this December
Boxpark will open its third London site, to go with Shoreditch and Croydon. Coming in at 20,000 square feet — and being entirely under cover — notable restaurants include neighbourhood favourite pizzeria and Eater recommendation Zia Lucia. Chief executive Roger Wade says that “Boxpark Wembley will create the ultimate fan experience for anyone watching a match or seeing a concert in one of the world-renowned venues we’ll have on our doorstep.”
Bryn Williams celebrates 10 years in Primrose Hill
Given the frequency of London restaurant closings, any restaurant reaching 10 years in the city must be doing several things right. Bryn Williams — who also has a restaurant at Somerset House — has run Odette’s in Primrose Hill since 2008; the restaurant itself has been open since 1978.
New Zealand doughnut group opens eighth site in the City
Crosstown Doughnuts has opened its first City doughnut shop on Cannon Street. The coffee and doughnut chain, backed by celebrated New Zealand restaurateur Peter Gordon, now has eight permanent sites and six market pitches in London.
Londoners are invited to whip themselves for cheesecake
Chilled and/or frozen soft-serve cheesecake and “a striking pink cow called Davina, just waiting for customers’ signatures” are coming to Covent Garden. Whipped — launched by former Le Gavroche pastry chef Alice Churchill — invites customers to “let us whip you,” with an “I like to whip myself” option for the independent-minded of Drury Lane. 85 toppings, vegan cheesecake, and that pink cow. Per the press release, “oh my goodness!”
A restaurant called Bowls serving food in bowls will open in Soho
Bowls (BOWLS) has taken the former Billy and the Chicks site at St. Anne’s Court in Soho. In another win for nominative determinism in London restaurants, all the bowls will be served in bowls; in another win for gap year menu writing, açai bowls, poke bowls, burrito bowls, and ‘buddha’ bowls will sit alongside each other. The “pan-global concept” is sure to be an Instagram win.