D&D London has signed an agreement with Generali Real Estate to launch an 860 sq m restaurant on the 14th floor of new development, 120 Fenchurch Street. Set to open in Spring 2019, the restaurant will operate on the floor below a public sky garden and will boast stunning views of the capital including the River Thames, Tower Bridge, Tower
of London and The Shard.
The building, which is adjacent to Leadenhall Market, was designed by Eric Parry Architects and will in addition provide 39,019 sq m of new Grade A office accommodation over 13 storeys, and around 2,508 sq m of retail space at ground level.
'After a series of regional UK openings, including our recently launched rooftop restaurant 20 Stories in Manchester, and the announcement of our international expansion with Bluebird opening in New York later this year, 120 Fenchurch Street represents a return to London for what will be our largest new venture here since Aster in Victoria. London continues to be a significant part of D&D’s growth strategy and the project also reflects our continuing commitment to the City. 120 Fenchurch is a remarkable building and I hope that we can create a restaurant to match,' says Des Gunewardena, chairman and CEO of D&D London.
'From the outset, our focus as a long-term real estate investor has been to carefully curate the retail and restaurant offer within our development at 120 Fenchurch Street, to create a vibrant hub for this part of the City. We are confident that D&D is the perfect fit for our building and look forward to them creating one of London’s most exciting rooftop restaurants,' says Tina Paillet, head of projects & technology at Generali Real Estate.
Ted Schama, joint managing partner at Shelley Sandzer, who advised landlords Generali, adds: 'Our experience working on other projects of similar significance for London, such as securing Sushisamba at the Heron Tower, informed our search for the type of unique restaurant operator needed. There was a lot of competition within the market from renowned names but D&D’s proposal stood out from the crowd. Designed from the ground up with the 14th floor restaurant experience in mind, 120 Fenchurch is an essential addition to the City’s outstanding reputation for places to eat, drink and socialise, and D&D are the perfect company to take this forward.'