In Paris and St Tropez, they are responsible for a list of hotter than hot restaurants like Loulou and Girafe – now the Loulou Group is heading to London for its first UK opening.
The team has taken over a Grade II listed building in the heart of Mayfair with plans for a gourmet restaurant. 16 Charles Street has quite a history as a place to party. In the 1920s, it belonged to Dame Margaret Greville who threw a ball at it as part of her role as matchmaker for the Queen Mother and then Prince Albert.
Having seen plans for a casino to take over the Mayfair mansion a few years ago, local residents should be much happier that Parisian restaurateurs are in charge. They plan to “restore 16 Charles Street to its former glory and make it accessible to the public for everyone to enjoy.”
To this end, they will open a restaurant on the ground floor and on the first floor. The second floor will be a “living room and dining room”. The third will include a chef’s table and a private dining area, with more private dining areas on the top floor. There will also be outdoor dining in a courtyard at the rear of the building.
To realize their vision, they work with the French designer Joseph Dirand with whom they have already collaborated on Girafe et Loulou. Dirand is also in London to work on The Chancery Rosewood which takes over the former site of the American Embassy. If the photo above sounds familiar to you, it’s because the last designer at 16 Charles Street was also behind the gilded-encrusted dining room at the Ritz in London.
We don’t know much more than that – but we’ll update this story when we have more information.
Find out more about 16, rue Charles
Where is it? 16 Charles Street, London W1J 5BH
When? 2022 to be confirmed
Find out more: Visit their website or follow them on Instagram @loulourestaurants
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