Quaglino’s, the iconic restaurant and late-night venue in the heart of London’s Mayfair St James’s, is set to re-open its doors in October 2014 following a full-scale, multi-million pound renovation, complemented by a contemporary European menu from new Executive Chef Mickael Weiss and a bespoke programme of curated late-night live music performances and events.
The re-launch celebrates 85 years of Quaglino’s iconic heritage; from its opening in 1929 by legendary Giovanni Quaglino – whose love of food and good company created a destination favoured by glamorous society – to Terence Conran’s celebrated remodelling in the 1980s right through to the restaurant’s present day status as one of London’s most cherished celebratory destinations.
A modern interior redesign by Russell Sage Studio will see the signature sweeping staircase, balcony bar, main restaurant and mezzanine private dining rooms elegantly restored, along with the addition of a glamorous central cocktail bar and a stage for intimate live music performances. Art deco touches will remain, with furniture and colour palettes alluding to the era Quaglino’s was first established.
Late into the evening, the restaurant will transform into an entertainment mecca, showcasing music icons from the past and present day, renowned DJs and lounge-style live bands. Performances will be representative of the venue’s rich history; once again Quaglino’s will become a place to see and be seen, with free entry open to the public, and late-night Friday and Saturday evenings, letting guests party into the early hours.
“It’s remarkable to think that when Quaglino’s first opened, Londoners were dancing the charleston and King George V was on the throne,” says Des Gunewardena, CEO D&D London. “The place has history, and when we re-launch Quaglino’s this October, I hope that it will be the beginning of a new chapter of fun, excitement and stories for another generation of Londoners.”
Russell Sage, owner of Russell Sage Studios, says: “We are thrilled to have been engaged in this special project, to revisit the rich heritage of London’s Quaglino’s restaurant and breathe new life into it so that the next generation of Quaglino’s devotees can discover it’s special hospitality magic.”