The Handbook
The Handbook

From dining under the Northern Lights in a Michelin-starred restaurant to Nordic themed pop-ups and weekends devoted to hygge, London is fully embracing all things Nordic. Maybe it’s something to do with staying cosy, spending time with friends, getting active but also eating pastries.

So, we predict that the latest restaurant to open in St James’s Market is going to do rather well. Coming from across the pond (you’ll find one in NYC which has a rather cool two Michelin-stars) Aquavit is going to be serving up locally-sourced Nordic dishes in an equally Nordic setting.

Created by Executive Chef Emma Bengtsson and executed by Head Chef Henrik Ritzen, the menu will revolve around the changing Nordic seasons. Dishes will include the likes of butter-poached cod with fennel aioli and salt baked celeriac root; toast skage and seared duck breast with pickled quince and buckwheat porridge.

More relaxed than its New York counterpart, the interior is the work of several celebrated Nordic designers. Swedish-born Martin Brudnizki will be overseeing the design (his portfolio includes The Ivy, Scott’s and Sexy Fish); silverware will come from Georg Jensen; Swedish clothing company Filippa K has designed the uniforms; Svensk Tenn is looking after the furnishings and Olafur Eliasson has made an original wall-mounted textile design.

It opens today, add it to your restaurant bucket list.

Aquavit: Opens 28th November 2016, St James’s Market, 1 Carlton Street, SW1Y 4QQ