Internationally acclaimed Nordic restaurant, Aquavit, to open in St James’s Market

The leading Michelin-two-starred Nordic restaurant, Aquavit, based in New York, is to open its first European offering in The Crown Estate and Oxford Properties’ £400m St James’s Market redevelopment later this year.


18 March 2016

St James's Market CGI
CGI of St James's Market
  • Aquavit’s new restaurant will be offering a more informal and contemporary Nordic cuisine for all-day dining.  The menu will be overseen by Michelin two Starred Executive Chef, Emma Bengtsson, and it will offer distinctly Nordic flavours. The food will be light and modern with a focus on high quality presentation, matched with the very best in modern Scandinavian interior design.

Located in a city already famous for its restaurants, St James’s Market captured our imagination with its blend of cutting edge architecture, revitalised public spaces and historic surroundings to create an exciting new address to match our restaurant.””

Philip Hamilton, CEO, Aquavit London
  • In addition to being the first restaurant announced for St James’s Market, it will also be largest at 9,000 sq ft with double-height ceilings, creating a flagship destination restaurant for this landmark scheme.
  • Aquavit joins leading fashion and lifestyle retail brands confirmed earlier this year for St James’s Market, including premier Swedish cycling brand Assos and iconic design and lifestyle brand SMEG. Global private equity firm, the Carlyle Group, will also be occupying new offices at the scheme for their London HQ.  
  • St James’s Market is creating 210,000 sq ft of new, modern office accommodation, five flagship stores for best in class lifestyle and fashion brands and seven new restaurants all set within over half an acre of revitalised public spaces, including a new public square.
  • Through the redevelopment of two historic blocks, St James’s Market is kick-starting The Crown Estate’s long term vision to re-create Regent Street St James’s as a world class destination for high quality office, retail and leisure space in the 21st century.
  • The Crown Estate’s wider investment strategy for the St James’s portfolio will continue to focus attracting the best in international cuisine, such as Chutney Mary, Cicchetti and Café Murano, as well as regenerating Regent Street St James’s to attract world class brands.

Anthea Harries, on behalf of the St James’s Market Partnership, said: “We are thrilled the internationally acclaimed Aquavit has chosen St James’s Market for its first European offering, which will deliver a beautifully designed flagship restaurant at the heart of our new premier business address for London.

Aquavit’s arrival builds upon the success of our wider vision to rejuvenate St James’s, not just as world-leading business and retail destination, but also offering the best in international cuisine - from Chutney Mary and Cicchetti, through to Café Murano, to re-establish this iconic part of London.”

Philip Hamilton, CEO, Aquavit London, said: “We are delighted to be opening Aquavit’s first restaurant outside of New York, offering the very best in Nordic cuisine and stand-out Scandinavian design, with a contemporary all-day dining menu. Located in a city already famous for its restaurants, St James’s Market captured our imagination with its blend of cutting edge architecture, revitalised public spaces and historic surroundings to create an exciting new address to match our restaurant.”

St James’s Market forms part of our investment in the St James’s portfolio, which incorporates around 50% of the real estate in the area.