This September will see the opening of 3 Henrietta Street, a restored five floor building on Henrietta Street in the heart of Covent Garden.
It will house three restaurants from chefs Mark Greenaway, Luis Pous, and Kimberly Lin along with a new flagship coffee house from The Gentlemen Baristas.
Built in 1780, 3 Henrietta Street is steeped in history; the townhouse has homed many different occupants over the years. From bakers, lace-makers and drapers to accomplished surgeons, stockbrokers and then providing a residence for the nobility. Fast forward to 2021, and 3 Henrietta Street will once again provide a home for talented entrepreneurs at the top of their game, bringing together the best chefs, bakers, bartenders and baristas to take up residence and make the space their own. Each floor of the townhouse has been carefully restored and designed to give its distinct character, whilst also preserving the original features and quirks that make the Grade II listed building so special.
On the first floor of the building with views over the piazza will be Pivot, a modern British restaurant from Chef Mark Greenaway with a focus on following the seasons and using the very best produce available. Having established himself as one of Scotland’s most revered chefs, Mark will be bringing his imaginative cooking style and passion for using the best in British and Scottish produce to London. Pivot will be centred around showcasing these ingredients and creating an unforgettable experience for diners, with a beautiful dining space focused around an open kitchen with a chefs-counter being a prime spot for guests, giving a real sense of the action. Following the seasons and reflecting the availability of produce, Mark’s menu will change in its entirety each month and will offer the option of either a four or six-course set menu. The wine list and cocktail list will be carefully chosen and continuously adapted to reflect each menu.
Taking up residence in the basement of the building will be El Ta’Koy, the first UK opening of the much-loved restaurant from critically acclaimed Cuban chef Luis Pous. Already an established restaurant in Miami with a pop-up at The Dominick Hotel in New York, El Ta’Koy takes inspiration from the Tiki bars of Hawaii with an eclectic menu of dishes from Asia to Latin America, reflecting Hawaii’s reputation as a melting pot of food and culture. The high energy restaurant will seat 30 guests, with a terrace space for a further 44 diners to enjoy on the piazza across the street. As well as its selection of small bites, tacos, and poke bowls, El Ta’Koy will serve up a selection of decadent, tiki-inspired cocktails and a playlist to match, providing a place for guests to enjoy themselves well into the night.
Heading back to the ground floor, and housed within the terracotta-hued conservatory space, is Lilly’s, a forward-thinking cafe headed up by world-class pastry chef Kimberly Lin, who brings with her a wealth of experience from her roles as Executive Pastry Chef at The Corinthia and Claridges along with having been development chef for Dominique Ansel for the past three years. Named after the 17th century astrologer William Lilly, Lilly’s will seamlessly blend wellness and fun with the menu and interiors taking inspiration from the attributes of the elements, gems and signs of the zodiac. Open all-day, the cafe will showcase a range of Kimberly’s clever takes on traditional cakes and pastries as well as an all-day brunch menu with dishes containing mood-boosting, natural and seasonal ingredients. Lilly’s will also have space for up to 50 guests to enjoy the menu al fresco on the piazza terrace.
Finally, joining Lilly’s on the ground floor will be The Gentlemen Baristas with their new flagship Covent Garden coffee house. Founders Henry Ayers and Edward Parkes have been serving up their ‘well-mannered coffee’ since 2014 providing exceptional coffee in a warm environment with knowledgeable baristas and their latest site will be no different. Split into two rooms across the ground floor of the building, the space will have a relaxed style in the elegant townhouse setting with a focal bar in the centre of the room. The back-room space will provide more seating that continues in the informal style and will provide an ideal meeting point and thinking space for London’s modern-day visionaries, perfectly in line with the ethos of 3 Hen. Alongside their signature coffee there will be a selection of British breakfast and lunch dishes, pastries and snacks.
Speaking of the opening, Mark Greenaway says “Opening a restaurant in the heart of London is something I have wanted to do for a long time, and 3 Henrietta Street feels like the perfect home for Pivot. The menu will be an expression of the seasons, and we will only be using the best of what is available at any time – hence why the menu ‘pivots’ every month. I really can’t wait to welcome people into the restaurant and get going!”
“3 Henrietta Street is more than just a townhouse, it’s a collective, a hub for the local community, and a place to enjoy and celebrate food, drink and the hospitality industry, especially after what has been a challenging time for all. We have brought together some of the most talented individuals to create a destination like no other; whether you are a visitor to the area, a local, or looking for a quiet place to work – there really will be something for everybody” says Simon Wright, Founder of 3 Henrietta St.