The restaurant, which went into administration as St John Chinatownin October 2012, was taken over by Unlisted Collection, a brand known for their fresh, dynamic and unconventional approach to boutique hotels and restaurants and who are behind the Town Hall Hotel and Nuno Mendes’ Michelin-starred restaurant Viajante. Unlisted Collection’s Founder and Managing Director Loh Lik Peng confirmed in January that he was committed to continuing the work started by chef Ferguson Henderson and business partner Trevor Gulliver who originally launched the venue as part of the legendary St John Group. News of the opening sparks fresh intrigue on the outcome of the restaurants refurbishment.
With Chef Tom Harris at its helm, who was previously Head Chef of St John Chinatown, where in 2012 he gained a Michelin star, and with branding by A Practice for Everyday Life and interiors by Universal Design Studio, One Leicester Street will offer guests an intimate 15 room hotel with a bar and restaurant. The lobby, an inside source tells FOUR, boasts warm timber desk and soft grey walls, which creates a welcome transition from the bright lights and buzz of Chinatown outside.
One Leicester Street will serve breakfast and brunch every day, featuring the some of the very best of British produce. Harris’ daily changing lunch and dinner menu will be presented in such a way as to allow guests to share smaller and larger dishes and step outside the more traditional starter, main course and dessert format.
The new hotel will join six boutique hotels and six restaurants located in Singapore, Shanghai, London and soon to be launched in 2014, Sydney.
Commenting on the launch, Loh Lik Peng told us, ‘I’m pleased to be bringing the Unlisted Collection to Soho and Chinatown. One Leicester Street will offer guests exceptional quality within a relaxed environment. We want the bar and restaurant to become a local hub for the neighbourhood as well as our guests, and look forward to welcoming everyone down to see the new space.’
For more information visit the One Leicester Streetwebsite.