Bankside is building on its historic foodie roots, as no fewer than four new restaurants are set to open in the coming months. While the arrival of a number of new independent retailers adds to the vibrancy of one of London’s most historic and creative quarters.
This July, Terence Conran’s Albion Cafe and Bakery opens within one of NEO Bankside’s new retail units close to Tate Modern, following the success of their original unit in Shoreditch. Whilst not to be left out, the David Beckham-backed Gordon Ramsay offering, the Union Café is due to open on Union Street in September. The neighbourhood will also see two street-food outlets open their doors over the summer months - the Thai-themed Star Anise in a rail arch on Ewer Street and India Est on Flat Iron Square, a public space which has recently been refurbished as part of Bankside Urban Forest.
The flurry of investment in Bankside’s commercial property is not just confined to restaurants. Recent retailers to set up shop in the area include the independent bookstore Woolfson and Tay. Contemporary Applied Arts (CAA) has also relocated to Bankside’s Southwark Street from their Percy Street Gallery. CAA has been the champion of the very best of British craft-making artists for many years.
Peter Williams, CEO of Better Bankside BID said: ‘the quantity and quality of those opening here is in stark contrast to the cloning and hollowing out being experienced in so many places. The combination of the work we and our partners are doing in the public realm, and the wit and imagination of the new occupiers is reinforcing Bankside’s reputation as a unique and special part of London.”
The businesses join other recent additions to Bankside including citizenM Hotel Bankside, Novotel London Blackfriars, IBIS London Blackfriars, aesop and the Embassy Tea Gallery to name just a few.