January is set to end on a high note with the launch of new lounge and club 100 Wardour Street in what was once the renowned Marquee Club, which, between 1964 and 1988, hosted pop and rock legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones and Fleetwood Mac. Opening on Thursday 28th January 2016, the iconic Soho venue has been given a new lease of life, having previously hosted club Latin American dining room Floridita and Indian restaurant Carom. No doubt many will flock here to pay homage to the late David Bowie, who once performed at the venue and referenced the street in his song “The London Boys”, while others might recall the Rolling Stone’s first ever live performance here back in 1962.
Designed by Russell Stage Studios, whose previous projects include Dishoom and City Social, this proves to be a promising venue for all-day dining and late-night wining. Set over two floors, restaurant and bar 100 Wardour Lounge takes over the ground floor and sets the tone for living rooms citywide. We’re talking a dream playroom fitted with a pool table, colourful furniture and a vintage jukebox, recalling the venue’s roots. Downstairs in the basement, the glamorous 100 Wardour Club will reward guests with live music from up-and-coming artists and special DJ guest performances from 5pm til late. What ever will be our excuse to leave?
Liam Smith-Laing, formerly a chef at the fellow D&D restaurant Skylon, takes centre stage with his mouth-watering Mediterranean-inspired menu featuring simple, fresh and nutritious food. There’ll be healthy cauliflower tabbouleh for those who have managed to stick to their New Year’s resolutions. But fear not those of us who broke them early on; confit duck leg, lentils and Morteau sausage, among other heartier meals, are plentiful. For those partial to a medley of flavours, the restaurant serves up a variety of appetizers while Wardour Club plates up decadent sharing dishes until 2am, so guests can appreciate the site’s musical heritage while feasting on lip-smacking shoulder of suckling pig with orange and grilled endive. And February’s surely close enough to indulge in a nightcap from the eclectic drinks menu, with cocktails curated by none other than bar manager Stuart Finlay, former manager at the MGM Grand Las Vegas.
It’s safe to say that the sophisticated and laid-back 100 Wardour Street will receive a chorus of approval from Londoners, and with a date for Nick Grimshaw’s DJ appearance pencilled in for the 5th February, it’s time to clear the diary. Despite this venue being one of London’s biggest, with 425 covers for dining and 870 for events, tables at 100 Wardour Street are expected to snap up quickly.
Words by Hannah Brandler