Historic London mansion could become caviar bar with rooftop terrace

Historic London mansion could become caviar bar with rooftop terrace

A luxury restaurant could be built at 7 Burlington Gardens, previously home to an Abercrombie & Fitch store An historic mansion in one of London’s most exclusive postcodes could be transformed into a swanky restaurant, “caviar and champagne bar” and roof terrace. An American developer plans to transform a 300-year-old building in Mayfair into a luxury hotspot for eating, drinking and shopping.

The development site consists of three buildings opposite the Royal Academy of Arts , just off Savile Row – an exclusive area in the city, famous for luxury tailoring. RH, which specialises in luxury home furnishings, has applied to Westminster City Council for planning permission to revamp the property.

If the project goes ahead, it is expected to create around 150 retail and hospitality jobs . The plans include a wine bar, a barista bar, a 44-person “champagne and caviar bar” in the basement, a ground floor restaurant with 100 covers, and a 64-person second-floor roof terrace lined with hedges and trees overlooking Savile Row.

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Various ‘galleries’ would also be built throughout the site showcasing RH’s products. The site is in the heart of the West End, a short walk from Piccadilly Circus Station, Regent Street and New Bond Street. The local area is mostly high-end shops, art galleries, restaurants and offices with some residential properties. The development includes 7 Burlington Gardens – a Grade II* listed building.

It was built in 1723 as a mansion for the Duke of Queensberry and remodelled in the late-eighteenth century. It is also made up of 1 and 2 Old Burlington Street, a Grade II listed spot built in the early 1800s. Retailers Abercrombie and Fitch occupied part of the site from 2006 till 2021 and there is a large penthouse stretching across the top floor of all three buildings.

A planning report says: “The site provides a rare opportunity for regeneration… Mayfair is the jewel in the crown of the City of Westminster… The site is exceptionally well placed to deliver a luxury gallery concept that marries luxury retail with public display and engagement.”

The developer plans to maintain many of the historic features of the buildings, including high, ornate ceilings and 250-year-old staircases with a new slate roof built at 7 Burlington Gardens. The roof terrace would be open from 9am to 8pm on Sunday to Wednesday and 9am to 11pm on Thursday to Saturday.

A report by Savills real estate agents on behalf of RH says: “Given the age and listing of the buildings, the proposed physical works are relatively minor and look to protect and celebrate the key heritage features of the individual buildings and floorspace at the site… the broad scope of the works have been discussed and agreed in principle with both heritage and design officers at the Council and Historic England.” Westminster City Council will make a decision on the plans in due course.

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