Oscar Farinetti’s Eataly has announced its first London location, after inking a deal with property owner and developer British Land to open at its 135 Bishopsgate development in 2020. Marking the first Eataly in London, and the UK for that matter, Eataly has signed a 42,000 ft2 lease on the ground and first floors of the building, finally bringing Eataly to London after a number of near misses.
With a selection of high quality Italian products, restaurants, bars, quick services, on-site production laboratories and a cooking school, the first Eataly in London will add to the restaurant and bar offering at Broadgate, bringing multiple opportunities to learn about Italian food and culture though courses, guided tastings, demonstrations and special events.
‘Visiting Borough Market before opening our first Eataly in Italy was a source of great inspiration for our concept,’ said Luca Baffigo, CEO, Eataly. ‘This is why opening a place in London where people can buy, eat and learn is a very important and exciting milestone for us. Being able to bring our model into a place that is so significant for us fills us with satisfaction and stimulates us to create in London a wonderful multifunctional experience.’
135 Bishopsgate, located at British Land’s Broadgate site, is currently being refurbished to improve the environment for Broadgate’s workers and visitors and attract businesses from a range of sectors to the campus. The upgraded building will provide office space for occupiers, including a roof terrace with views over London, as well as an in-house catering offer and a café, both provided by Eataly.
Eataly’s marketplace will be accessible from both Bishopsgate and Broadgate’s Exchange Square which is due to be transformed into a new park for the campus.
‘Eataly’s decision to take space at Broadgate is a fantastic endorsement of British Land’s strategy to create a vibrant, world class neighbourhood at the campus,’ concluded Claire Barber, head of Central London Retail and Meadowhall, British Land.
We’re sure that the first Eataly in London is going to cause a stir!