New Restaurants at the Bloomberg Arcade
Everyone is talking about London’s new dining destination: The Bloomberg Arcade. There are ten independent restaurants inside, chosen by Bloomberg’s food critic, Richard Vines, and writer and restaurant consultant Nicholas Lander.
The restaurants were chosen with creativity and diversity in mind, so they’re interesting, independent outfits, serving food from all over the world, rather than bland high street chains.
The Lord Foster-designed arcade is a covered pedestrian walkway that links the two Bloomberg buildings. So, which restaurants have made their way into the arcade?
Bleecker Bloomberg: The new, biggest-yet branch of Bleecker is open to serve you one of London’s finest arrangements of meat in a bun.
Bleecker Bloomberg, 16 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
Ahi Poké: Poké became a thing in 2016. Miss the memo? It’s a Hawaiian dish of marinated raw fish, originating in Hawaii. The flavours are pure Pacific Rim, so think soy, sesame and seaweed. Of course, there are plenty of perfectly fanned avocados, too. Get yer iPhone ready.
Ahi Poké, 14 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
Caravan: This reliable all-day restaurant has opened a branch in the arcade, serving their usual globally influenced menu and brunch.
Caravan, 22 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
Homeslice City: Pizza comes from Homeslice, who make large, 20-inch pizzas with creative toppings, like mushroom with ricotta, pumpkin and chilli, and kimchi with porcini cream and basil.
Homeslice, 69–71 Queen Street, EC4R 1EE
Vinoteca: The established wine bar and shop mini-chain has opened its sixth branch in the arcade, with loads of wines to drink in or take home, and a dedicated restaurant area open for breakfast through dinner.
Vinoteca, 21 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
Brigadiers: This is a new restaurant from the JKS group, who are behind Gymkhana, Trishna, and the delivery restaurants, Motu, currently rolling out across London. Inspired by a traditional army mess, the Indian restaurant serves lots of barbecue and booze (it is described as a ‘drinking tavern’) – we’re especially excited about this one.
Brigadiers, 1–5 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
Koya: Another hugely exciting opening here — a second site for Koya (currently there’s just the tiny Koya Bar in Soho). Their udon noodles are the best in London and are made fresh on site, daily.
Koya, Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
A Wong: Andrew Wong has opened a second outpost of a Wong inside the arcade – his restaurant in Victoria was recently awarded a Michelin star and we are huge fans of his dumplings, which are some of the best in London.
A Wong, Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR
Ekte Nordic Kitchen: Restaurateur Soren Jessen, the man behind 1 Lombard Street, has brought a new Nordic restaurant to the arcade, with all-day Nordic cuisine and Scandinavian pastries. Dishes include mustard-marinated herring with caramelised apple, seared pepper venison with preserved plums, apple pistachio and almonds, and Danish apple cake with cinnamon ice cream. Also on the menu is a selection of Smørrebrød (open-faced sandwiches on rye bread).
Ekte Nordic Kitchen, 2–8 Bloomberg Arcade, EC4N 8AR