The first restaurant in Stratford for the D&D London group (14 Hills, German Gymnasium etc.) occupies The Pavilion at International Quarter London (IQL), standing right by the entrance to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The striking building is a wooden structure which conjures up images of ski chalets in the Alps. The multi-level venue boasts large windows which flood the space with natural light during the day, while come night time, guests can get cosy in intimate corners thanks to faux fur throws and warm lighting.
The multi-faceted all day restaurant can welcome more than 500 guests at a time and features a ground floor deli with a grab and go counter, a casual ground floor restaurant home to an indoor garden and large terrace, a first-floor dining room and cocktail bar with an outdoor terrace and a rooftop bar with views across Stratford and the Olympic Park (phew!).
Haugen’s menu takes its inspiration from Alpine dining in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France, with guests able to enjoy everything from casual breakfasts and leisurely lunches, through to special occasion dinners. That means you can expect plenty of cheeses and indulgent options, such as Alpine rostis and tartiflettes, alongside some healthier choices for those looking to maintain their Olympian physiques.
If you are wondering about the name, Haugen is named after American Olympic ski medallist Anders Haugen, who won a ski-jumping medal in 1924 (becoming the only American to do so), but didn’t actually receive it until 1974 due to a scoring calculation error, which instead awarded a fellow competitor. Haugen, the restaurant, is named after him as a celebration of unsung Olympic heroes, as well as being a nod to the role Stratford played in the 2012 London Olympics. There are also two private dining rooms available should you be looking for something more exclusive.