Uncharted Waters

Established names, new territory

From the first details of Charlotte Wilde’s (of Sager + Wilde) new solo project to the long-awaited launch of Tart London’s Belgravia photography studio, this week we look at the familiar faces about to make the plunge into uncharted waters.

We know Charlotte Wilde as one of the founding members of beloved Hackney Road wine bar and Paradise Row restaurant Sager + Wilde, but that’s about to change. In autumn, she’ll open Darling, a multi-purpose space in the former Shanghai restaurant on Dalston’s Kingsland Road with business partner Andy Bird (Bad Sports, Happiness Forgets). By day, it will open for private hire for working spaces and shoot locations. Then from 5pm, it’s all change, with seasonal dishes, bar snacks and a 100-strong wine list.

This Friday Le Bun co-founder Andy Taylor steps out onto new terrain with Carte Blanche, celebrating the French-American crossover with a Southwestern U spin on Parisian bistro classics. How does that translate to the dishes? Think fried chicken and caviar, foie gras and escargot tostadas and smoked short rib bourgogne with pomme purée. We’re especially intrigued by the idea of beurre noisette whisky sour to get things started.

And keep your eyes peeled for Eccleston Place, Tart London’s new photography studio, restaurant and homeware store. Having managed to turn fashion shoot catering into something to look forward to when the bell sounds for lunch, Jemima Jones and Lucy Carr-Ellison’s Eccleston Place is about inviting the outside in. “This is more than a restaurant – we want to create that sense of warmth and home in busy central London with a light space that marries food, fashion, lifestyle and photography,” the duo said of the new project. Go catch the tennis in Eccleston Yard and try Tart’s preview menu at their pop-up, before it launches in September.

Forget playing it safe – it’s time to make a splash.



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