Adding to their ever-burgeoning portfolio, the renowned restaurant and bar group D&D London is expanding its list of restaurants in the capital with a site positioned at the entrance to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford.
D&D is renowned for its west London and City restaurants including Bluebird Chelsea, Launceston Place, German Gymnasium, Le Pont de la Tour and, most recently, 14 Hills in Fenchurch Street, but the Pavilion will be its first east London venue.
The restaurant will be housed in a huge three-storey wooden flying saucer-style building within the International Quarter London designed by Shoreditch architects ACME, and constructed almost exclusively out of sustainable timber.
The space will include an informal brasserie café on the ground floor, a large modern restaurant above and a 3,000 sq foot rooftop bar offering panoramic views over the park. The Pavilion aims to be the social hub of a new vibrant 22-acre neighbourhood in Stratford, an area which is growing as a cultural attraction with the imminent arrival of world-class institutions including Sadler’s Wells and the V&A.
In true D&D style, the venue is expected to be an inclusive and inviting place to eat, drink and socialise but without the prices associated with its West End and City restaurants.
Commenting on the launch, Des Gunewardena, Chairman and CEO of D&D London, said: “D&D has an established reputation for being at the forefront of restaurant development within emerging areas of cities both in the UK and overseas. We see Stratford as an exciting new cultural and leisure quarter of London, particularly following the 2012 Olympics, and we are admirers of Lendlease’s bold vision for IQL’s development. We look forward to occupying what will be some beautiful spaces and hope to develop restaurant, café and bar concepts to do justice to a building which is sure to become an iconic landmark for Stratford and for London.”