Our agents complete a vast range of deals every month. Though we have to keep some of our success stories under wraps for our clients, we showcase as many as possible here, together with regular insights into the leisure property sector.
Coming soon to Covent Garden… London’s first Mexican “churreria”. @aguamiel.ldn - a flagship dessert bar majoring on churros doughnuts - launches this month at 24 Wellington Street; a thriving Theatreland destination close to Covent Garden Piazza.
Churros, made fresh in-house, will be served with a choice of sugar or real cinnamon and sugar, along with one of three dips (dulce de leche, condensed milk or chocolate), partnered with quality coffee and specialist Mexican hot and cold drinks, including aguas fresca, horchata and spiced hot chocolate.
@dcl_leisure acted on behalf of Shaftesbury Capital to let the 800 sq ft unit. ...
Set to open in March 2024, chicken lovers favourite, Wingstop, is adding to its growing empire with a dine-in location at former the Bodeans site, 169 Clapham High Street.
@wingstopuk first opened its doors in Texas in 1994. Their outstanding food and superior customer service created a demand that could only be satisfied by more locations. In 1997 they began offering franchises and today they are one of the fastest-growing concepts in North America.
Now, with 26 restaurants and 13 "delivery only" dark kitchens in the UK and over 1,500 restaurants globally; US, Mexico, Colombia, Panama, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, France and the UAE, Wingstop has a huge following.
Paul Tallentyre represented @bodeansbbq for the sale of the lease at a premium.
@westfieldstratfordcity has welcomed Asian bakery @ongongbuns run by husband and wife Icy and Aaron Mo. Pop down to the Great Eastern Market at Westfield Stratford City to grab one of their Chinese pork, chicken curry, Korean Garlic Bread and Spicy Vegan salty ong buns buns or treat yourself to some sweet pandan and coconut cake. The Great Eastern Market is home to a host of specialist and independent food outlets including Karaway Bakery, Ergon Greek deli, Pasta Remoli, Rasa Malaysia and Japan Centre, as well as microbrewery Tap East. Contact us for pop up and longer term opportunities ...
We end the year, and our Season’s Eating’s series, with a tribute and a toast to Russell Norman; one of hospitality’s finest and a truly inspirational figure whose loss is keenly felt.
Russell’s impact on London’s dining scene in London was immense. From the launch of Polpo in 2009 to his most recent project @bru.tto, both he and his restaurants were defined by creativity and flair, attention to detail and genuine warmth and hospitality. Whilst rapturously received and commercially successful, they were underpinned by a sincere and scholarly passion for the source of their inspiration, as was evident in Russell’s award-winning books “POLPO: a Venetian cookbook (of sorts)”, “Spuntino – Comfort Food (New York Style)”, “Venice – Four Seasons of Home Cooking” and “BRUTTO: A Simple Florentine Cookbook”.
We had the privilege of working with Russell and his business partner Richard Beatty on projects from the first Polpo on Beak Street, to Polpetto, Spuntino, Mishkin’s, Ape & Bird and Brutto - the Clerkenwell restaurant that is Russell’s take on a Florentine bistro. The lively neighbourhood trattoria proved an instant hit; a winning combination of simplicity, authenticity and conviviality, with a sprinkling of Russell’s fairy dust. Long may it live on.
News began to emerge earlier in the year that hospitality legend @jeremyrbking would make a very welcome return to the capital’s dining scene with not one, but three major projects.
The first to open in early 2024 will be a reinvention of Le Caprice - the restaurant where Jeremy began his career with business partner Chris Corbin - which will open under the new name of Arlington.
Though originally opened in 1947, Le Caprice took on a new lease of life when it was taken over by King and Corbin in 1981, becoming one of London’s most in-demand dining rooms with a stellar clientele, tended to by “maître d’ without equal” Jesus Adorno, with whom King is re-uniting for the project. Adaptions of old favourites from the menu for 21st century tastes are planned for @arlingtonlondon, by former Le Caprice head chef Will Halsall and team.
The launch will be followed in the spring by the opening of @theparklondon in the new Park Modern building opposite Kensington Palace Gardens, to be followed by a reinvention of institution Simpsons in the Strand.
DCL acted for Jeremy King Restaurants on the off-market acquisition of Le Caprice, as well as brokering the Park Modern and Simpsons in the Strand deals.
Season’s Eatings Day #13: Bunsik, Westfield Stratford City
@westfieldstratfordcity has today welcomed popular Korean street food brand @bunsik_london.
The fast-growing brand’s fifth site is located within the busy lower ground floor food court. Alongside its epic corn dogs, kimbap, ddukbokki and Korean fried chicken, in a first for the group, a range of vegetarian options are on offer, including the debut of its first veggie burger.
The launch marks a milestone in the growth of the ambitious brand, which launched in 2021 on Charing Cross Road.
DCL advises URW on F&B and leisure at Westfield Stratford City and Westfield London.
Despite only opening in November, this newcomer to Broadway Market from hospitality power couple Honey Spencer and Charlie Sims has already been voted one of the Top 10 openings of 2023 by readers of @hotdinners.
@restosune – which takes its name from the Nordic name for son, as well as the name of sommelier Spencer’s wine mentor Sune Rosforth in Copenhagen – is a neighbourhood restaurant with a seasonal menu that champions British produce, served alongside the best seasonal natural wines.
The pair have an outstanding pedigree, with decades of experience between them gained across the globe, including Sims’ role as restaurant manager of Noma.
DCL worked on behalf of the exiting tenant and the landlord in order to negotiate a new lease.
Just in time for festive food shopping, independently hospitality business Artfarm has opened Farm Shop on South Audley Street, across the road from sister operations The Audley Pub and Mount Street Restaurant.
Featuring the same award-winning products as Somerset’s @farmshopuk at the 1,000 acre Durslade Farm in Bruton, the new opening also houses a separate butchery room selling high-welfare meat, including beef and lamb from the farm. Star turns include wine created from grapes grown on the estate; honey from its hives and cider from the orchard, as well as products from emerging and established artisans in the South West. Refuel on Christmas shopping trips with cheese toasties and hearty hot beef sandwiches, generously filled with the farm’s own meat, or high-quality coffee from roastery Mozzo.
A 40-cover eatery and wine cellar will open on the lower ground floor in the new year.
In April, Knightsbridge welcomed Cantinetta Antinori – the first London restaurant for the Antinori family, renowned for producing Italy’s finest wines and their celebrated restaurant in Florence, located in the fifteenth century Palazzo Antinori.
Occupying a characterful three-storey period building, and in distinguished company with neighbours including Gucci and Louis Vuitton on Sloane Street, the vibrant and elegant restaurant offers relaxed, all day Italian dining, with signature dishes highlighting both traditional and contemporary Tuscan recipes, along with Antinori wines -including some exclusive vintages - and live jazz Thursday to Saturday evening.
DCL acted on behalf of landlord Cadogan on the letting of the Harriet Street restaurant.
In June, Piccadilly welcomed @neon194piccadilly – a transformative destination venue encompassing bar, dining and a unique social, events and production space, facilitating the best in live music, showcases, exhibitions, launches and broadcast.
Created by Cymon Eckel, the place-making specialist behind ultramodern live venue XOYO and ‘social workspace’ Forge & Co, in partnership with hospitality entrepreneur Aaron Mellor, Neon boasts a state-of-the-art sound system and lighting. It will kick off 2024 hosting Rehab The Musical.
DCL acted for landlord The Crown Estate on the letting.
2023 has been an important year for Charlene Liu and Linda Liu.
The pair, from Chongqing in the south-west of China, became flatmates in 2014, and launched a street food business in 2017, due to their shared passion for Chonqing Xiaomian – noodles with a unique spicy taste of chilli oil, which they make using their secret recipe.
They are now poised for expansion into a permanent home, following successful residencies at The Aldgate Tap and Marylebone pub The Jackalope – where fans of their “spicy, numbing and addictive noodles” can pick up a jar of their @liu_xiaomian Chilli Oil.
DCL is acting for Liu Xiaomian on the acquisition of their first bricks and mortar site.
A bakery born in the community, @sourdoughsophia is a lockdown business success story that it’s a delight to see grow.
Founders Sophia and Jesse set up a micro-bakery in the dining room of their flat during lockdown, attracting huge queues. Thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign and nearly 600 backers from their local community, just 8 months after baking their first loaf they opened the doors to their Crouch End bakery in 2020, selling sourdough bread, delicious hand-laminated pastries and well-mannered coffee. They are one of the only UK bakeries to only use “wildfarmed” flour- made with regenerative farming practices - across their entire range.
The success story continues, with a number of World Bread and Great Taste Awards under their belt and with a second site soon to be unveiled.
DCL is acting for the landlord of Sourdough Sophia’s next location.
North Mayfair’s Barley Mow is a classic London pub re-imagined by Cubitt House (the London pub group behind Belgravia’s Thomas Cubitt and Notting Hill’s Princess Royal, amongst others). Elements of the pub’s lovingly restored interior, including the back bar, date back to 1809. The lively ground floor bar offers fine ales and sumptuous bar snacks, whilst upstairs in the first floor dining room, a menu of refined classic British food with a touch of French decadence is served, overseen by Cubitt House’s Chef Director Ben Tish. Festive feasting menus make this a perfect choice to eat, drink and be merry.
DCL acts for landlord Grosvenor on its Mayfair estate.
“At the start of pandemic I thought at least I will use the time to reduce the number of sites we owned and tidy the estate up a bit. Paul had other ideas and we have acquired three new locations all looking very positive for the future.”
“Paul is the new Bielsa!”
“I have now instructed Cameron Wright at Davis Coffer Lyons on numerous valuations and have further instructions in course. Cameron is always very helpful, responds quickly and can be relied upon to produce his reports timeously and often ahead of expected timescales. In addition he is always happy to discuss the outcomes and offer valuation advice when required. I look forward to continuing to work with Davis Coffer Lyons on future transactions.”
Richard Henshaw, Head of Healthcare
“I have worked with Paul Tallentyre for many years and he has helped us out hugely in securing a number of deals in that time. Paul never gives up and has been very successful in getting deals over the line”
“We have known Davis Coffer Lyons for a number of years and have found their service, knowledge and expertise of the highest level.
Over the years we have developed many relationships with the valuation team and would recommend them if anyone needs valuation assistance.”
Chandler and Co
“Cameron has done a portfolio of valuations for the Younas family, he is someone who’s very knowledgeable in the care sector and has a great understanding of the values associated with it. I would highly recommend Cameron to all care operators for their valuation requirements.”
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