Bar/restaurant operator Drake & Morgan has announced plans to expand in London next year, with the launch of a third site near St. Paul’s Cathedral in April 2010.
The Anthologist, a 450-cover ‘bar, kitchen, wine store and deli’ situated over two floors of the former City of London Police Commissioners office on Gresham Street, will join The Refinery in Southwark and The Parlour in Canary Wharf in Drake & Morgan’s portfolio.
Designed by Fusion Design and Architecture, The Anthologist will be a contemporary, urban space featuring exposed brickwork, raised ‘cabana-style’ tables overlooking the kitchen, leather banquette seating and low stools situated near an open fireplace, and a moveable bookcase to separate the space in two for private functions.
The menu, derived from produced sourced locally from Borough Market, will predominantly feature sharing plates such as flatbreads and salads, alongside a range of fresh fish dishes. During the day, a deli counter offering fresh breads, cured hams, cheeses and condiments will operate, transforming into a mixology bar in the evening.
Drake & Morgan expands in London
Jillian Maclean, managing director of Drake & Morgan, said while the company’s main focus was the launch of The Anthologist, talks were already underway to secure a fourth site in the City, for launch in 2010.
“I’m excited to be launching our third site,” she said. “Since the successful launch of The Refinery and The Parlour we continually look for new and innovative ways to differentiate from the competition and offer our customers that little bit more. We hope to open a few more sites in London next year, each of which will be individual in style.”
Drake & Morgan’s latest venue, The Parlour, joined a host of new hospitality operators, including Roka, Jamie’s Italian, Wahaca and Canteen, when it launched in London’s Canary Wharf in October.