Celebrity Restaurant Owners In London
The celebrity hangout has always been with us- after all, famous people need somewhere to stumble out of in the wee hours as much as the paparatzi waiting for them need a place to hang about outside of. But what happens when the celebrities decide to venture to the other side of the kitchen doors? The Handbook decided to list some of our favourite places owned by celebrities…
What: De Niro's Best Role
Why: The most successful example of celebrity restaurant owners has to be Robert De Niro, who encouraged Nobuyuki Matsuhisa (Nobu) to open the first Nobu in New York in 1994. Having put up the cash to get the restaurant off the ground it was only a matter of time until Nobu became a global empire of 29 restaurants.
London’s Nobu London and Nobu Berkeley Street aren’t the Taxi Driver actor’s only London investments, Robert De Niro is set to open a boutique hotel, The Wellington, in Covent Garden so expect more culinary surprises.
Where: Nobu London, Old Park Lane, London
The Pig's Ear
What: Back of the net for Frank Lampard
Why: Former England and Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard may have left the beautiful game behind him, but if beautiful game is what you’re after it might be worth taking a glance at the specials board at his pub The Pig’s Ear. The Chelsea Gastro Pub is owned by Frank Lampard and his father, himself a former professional footballer.
Where: 35 Old Church St, Chelsea, SW3 5BS
What: A wizard pub from Ian McKellen
Why: From the limelight to Limehouse, Lord of the Rings star Sir Ian McKellen owns The Grapes, the East End boozer-cum-gastropub. The pub’s been serving pints for over 500 years and was once a favourite with Charles Dickens (who mentions it in the opening chapter of Our Mutual Friend). Nowadays the restaurant serves up dishes including Ian McKellen branded dishes like the “Sir Ian Meaty Shepherds Pie”.
Where: 76 Narrow St, Limehouse, E14 8BP
The Royal Oak, Maidenhead
What: Michael Parkinson's restaurant on the edge of London
Why: Parky might have interviewed some of the nation’s most notable restauranteurs, including Jamie Oliver to Gordon Ramsey, but as both restauranteurs have made closures over recent years, it’s his own restaurant that’s pulling in all the punters. Indeed, Theresa May and French President Emanuel Macron were there just the other week. Run alongside his son, Nick, the duo opened in 2008 and have since gained a Michelin Star and have turned this pub within striking distance of London into a destination restaurant.
What: Damien Hirst's Pharmacy
Why: Damien Hirst may be busy pickling cows in formaldehyde, but it’s not stopped him from teaming up with chef Mark Hix to create Pharmacy 2. The chemist-themed restaurant within Newport Street Gallery in Vauxhall is beautiful and endlessly curious, much like the big man himself.
Where: Newport Street, Southwark, SE11 6AJ
What: Ryan Giggs & Co's Cafe Football
Why: Ere we go, ere we go, footballing legends Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Gary Neville have teamed up to create Cafe Football. The concept is simple, need somewhere to go for dinner before or after the big game? Then go to Cafe Football, the restaurant explicitly for football fans. If you hate football, think it’s a pointless game of Ferarri crashing, wife-beating, multi millionaires kicking a ball for 90 miserable minutes, then you probably won’t get that much out of Cafe Football.
Where: Westfield, Straffield, Straftod City, E20 1EN
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