Bloomberg announces restaurant line-up in new HQ

Bloomberg has announced the independent restaurants to occupy Bloomberg Arcade, its new HQ in the City of London.

The restaurants in the covered pedestrian arcade will include Brigadiers, a new concept by JKS Restaurants, the team behind Trishna, Gymkhana, Hoppers and Motu Indian Kitchen. It will serve classic Indian barbecue cuisine in a space inspired by a traditional Indian Army mess. 

Other restaurants will include Caravan, Homeslice and Vinoteca, as well as the Tokyo-style noodle café Koya and new permanent locations for Bleecker Burger and Hawaiian poke specialist Ahi Poke.

Three further restaurants will be announced in the coming weeks. Designed in collaboration with Foster + Partners, Bloomberg’s new European headquarters occupies 3.2 acres between St Paul’s Cathedral and the Bank of England and will provide approximately 1.1m sq ft of office and retail space.

Bloomberg founder Michael Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said: “Bloomberg Arcade reflects London’s incredible diversity and our commitment both to our employees and the City. It will be a culinary destination unlike any other in the City, and it will bring new jobs and life to the area.”

Fresh approaches to food

The restaurants were curated by Bloomberg’s chief food critic Richard Vines and fellow critic Nicholas Lander.

Richard Vines, restaurant curator, Bloomberg Arcade, said: “In selecting restaurants for Bloomberg Arcade we wanted to do two things: First, we wanted people doing something creative. We didn’t want another sandwich shop, another coffee bar; we wanted something original, people with new ideas and fresh approaches to food. Second, we wanted diversity: Cuisines from different parts of the world and different styles of service. Choosing the restaurants was like playing a food version of fantasy football and we’ve got some of the biggest names in the business.”

Two nine-storey buildings clad in sandstone are divided by Bloomberg Arcade and flanked by public squares featuring artworks that pay homage to the river Walbrook.

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