Terence Conran is hoping to lure journalists back to Fleet Street with the opening of his latest venture with Prescott & Partners - a French restaurant and bar called Lutyens.
The 130-cover restaurant in the former Reuters building in Fleet Street has been created by the same team behind Boundary & Albion in Shoreditch and includes a large bar with charcuterie counter, crustacea and sushi bar, members club and four private dining and meeting rooms.
Former Pont de la Tour chef David Burke will oversee the kitchen while front-of-house will be managed by Graham Williams of Le Cafe Anglais. Head sommelier is Andrew Connor, formerly of the Lanesborough and Le Pont de la Tour.
Conran said: "I have always admired David Burke’s enthusiasm and the way he combines his Irish style with classic French cooking. Together with Graham’s efficient and charming service, I think we have created a restaurant that might tempt a few journalists back to Fleet Street and get the bankers out of their bunkers and spending again."
BigHospitality reported plans for the new restaurant, named after the building`s architect Sir Edwin Lutyens, in January when Prescott & Partners first secured the site through Shelley Sandzer.
The restaurant, designed by Conran and the Conran & Partners team, will open on June 29.