I flew into London yesterday morning, and didn't even get off the plane before a new project literally fell in my lap. (This city is hopping with hospitality!) The man seated fortuitously next to me was Steven Varsano, an owner/investor of SnobFood Ltd., owner of Napket (pictured above), a very cool fashion-forward, fresh-market, qsr concept in London. It's a brilliant idea, and profitable even in a down-economy, thanks to low price points and high-volume lunch crowds. (I saw the line outside one of their locations while driving to my hotel…The Langham…much more on them later.) And with its newest location in Piccadilly opening this week, Varsano and partners are adding something extra to their typically day-time concept: a night-time option, complete with white-tablecloth dining. For photos and more on their newest location, check the August issue of HD.
And here's a quick peek at the recently completed $130 million refurbishment at The Langham. Stay tuned for more to come on that…
The façade of the hotel, which was originally built in 1865.
The Palm Court restaurant by Richmond Associates.
A junior suite.
The Landau restaurant by David Collins.