Cora Pearl will open in the former Bella Italia site on 30 Henrietta Street in spring 2018.
Named after ‘one of the 19th Century’s most garlanded and celebrated courtesans’, the 60-cover restaurant will take up the ground and lower-ground floors of the site.
It comes three years after friends Oliver Milburn, Tim Steel and Tom Mullion opened Kitty Fisher’s in Mayfair in December 2014, with chef Tomos Parry heading up the kitchen.
The restaurant received glowing reviews from A.A Gill in The Sunday Times and Fay Maschler in The Evening Standard, and was named the 16th best restaurant in the UK at the 2015 National Restaurant Awards.
Davis Coffer Lyons’ development leasing team acted on the Cora Pearl deal on behalf of Capital & Counties Properties PLC (Capco).
“[This restaurant] will be the second restaurant from the team behind Kitty Fisher’s in Mayfair after a search spanning over two years for the right site that suited their style,” says Lottie Newman, senior surveyor at Davis Coffer Lyons.
“Cora Pearl will join our other lettings including Ollie Dabbous’ Henrietta, Frenchie, Balthazar, and The Oystermen on the Covent Garden estate. SushiSamba, Petersham Nurseries restaurants and Red Farm are all also opening soon, so there is lots to look forward to in Covent Garden in 2018.”