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The Kitty Hawk: Five Culinary Experiences Under One Roof

One of the most interesting restaurant openings SEEN witnessed last year was that of The Kitty Hawk, an elegant cultural mix of bar, restaurant, casual dining and café amid shops near London’s Finsbury Square, right at the heart of the city. Curated with a meticulous attention to detail that spans every aspect, it is a much needed all-day gastro haven, London’s new ‘Department Store of Dining’, founded by food venues firm Wright & Bell, creators of the casual mixed dining format.

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Set over two floors with stunning interiors, each offering a completely different experience, it has been designed by internationally renowned Russell Sage Studio, taking inspiration from the City of London’s vibrant heritage – spiced with a pinch of New York Glamour. The different spaces feature perfectly harmonious bare concrete and timber, copper, marble, blackened steel and stitched-leather seating to provide a casual yet luxurious settings, perfect for every occasion.

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The Bar & Kitchen, located on the ground floor, is the place to have casual, all-day drinks and dining at a beautiful marble kitchen counter, or beside the welcoming open fire. No need to book; you can just walk in at any time and enjoy hearty breakfast, artisan flatbreads, meat and cheese boards, exquisite afternoon teas and delicious cakes… Besides which, Thursday evenings are livened up by The Kitty Hawk’s resident DJ.

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The Coffee Bar & Patisserie serves breakfast and lunch, with artisanal soups, salads and sandwiches (available to go, as well), with lunchtime specials changing daily and a tempting selection of cakes and pastries freshly baked each morning, plus the best blends of teas and coffees. This beautiful space can also be transformed into an elegant wine bar available for private hire.

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The Bar, also on the ground floor, is a sumptuous area to enjoy drinks and small plates. Experienced mixologists and sommeliers are always there to help you choose from an impressively large selection of spirits, beers, craft ales and wines – some available by the glass, pichet (jug) or barrel. The Bar can also be booked for private events.

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Downstairs, hidden beneath the hustle and bustle of the busy streets of the city, the Restaurant offers a luxurious space to have a more refined dining experience. The menu includes interesting proposals, such as West Country award-wining beef, and sustainably sourced seafood, all perfectly paired with the drink of your choice, whether it is a wine from the expertly curated selection of vineyards from all around the world; a cocktail made by the experienced mixologists at the cocktail bar; or authentic craft beers and ciders. The Restaurant also offers cosy private dining areas, ideal for business meetings and special occasions.

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Jayne Baker, The Kitty Hawk’s Managing Director, commented: “Wright & Bell is influenced by the great inventors of our past, Sir Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright Brothers, who dared to dream, and taught the world to fly. We are the creators and architects of ‘The Department Stores of Dining’, bringing together a dynamic mix of drinking, dining, working and retail experiences. Following The Kitty Hawk, we plan to develop six venues across the City of London and West End, to bring a new elegance to the London Market.”

SEEN is looking forward to experiencing The Kitty Hawk, it’s clearly an innovator on the London scene. Stay tuned to learn more about this new dining concept.

www.thekittyhawk.co.uk

The Kitty Hawk
11, 13 & 14 South Place
London
EC2M 7EB

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