2018 marks the return of an iconic London restaurant: Kettner’s Townhouse.
One of the first restaurants to serve French food in London, the restaurant was opened in 1867 by a certain Monsieur Auguste Kettner, said to be chef to Napolean III. Of course, in its 150-year history, it’s welcomed some pretty famous faces, being popular with both historical figures and creatives such as Agatha Christie, Oscar Wilde, Bing Crosby, Margaret Thatcher and Winston Churchill. King Edward VII is even meant to have conducted his affair with actress Lillie Langtry there via a tunnel which ran from the restaurant to The Palace Theatre where she performed.
Having survived 150 years and two world wars it then closed in 2015. Sob.
Now it’s back.
Brought to life again by Soho House, Kettner’s Townhouse is a restaurant and Champagne bar with 33 bedrooms; somewhat smaller than the 2017 offering from Soho House: The Ned with its nine restaurants and 252 rooms!
The restaurant will use locally sourced ingredients to create a menu that is inspired by the history of the building whilst many of its original Grade II listed details, floral plasterwork and heritage mirrors have also been retained. The adjacent Champagne bar, has its original mosaic tiled floor, an early-deco 1920s design, French glass lights, walnut bar with marble top, sofas, armchairs and vintage photos.
Walk up the original 18th century spiral staircase to the bedrooms on the upper floors, each room is individually designed and by the sound of it, once you’re in that room you aren’t going to want to leave it. Think Georgian timber floorboards, fireplaces, 1920s chandeliers, antique sinks, deep button armchairs, rainforest showers, freestanding bathtubs and Cowshed products. We however have our sight set on the Jacobean Suite. An impressive 80sqm room, it has its own private entrance from Greek Street, a large emperor bed, a spacious living area and a freestanding copper bath with a separate rainforest shower. All in all, far better than most London flats.
It’s time to welcome back Soho’s iconic restaurant and quite frankly we can’t wait.
Kettner’s Townhouse: Opens 8th January 2018, 29 Romilly Street, Soho, W1D 5HP, www.kettnerstownhouse.com