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Aquavit T


he special relationship we Brits have with America is partly attributed to our cultural sameness. Tis is best illustrated in our love of theatre and food. Broadway and the West End


regularly stage the same plays and musicals and new food fads that kick off in the States soon find their way here and vice versa. Some take a little longer to arrive but they tend to be the ones worth waiting for. Aquavit is an example of this. Te original Aquavit was launched in downtown Manhattan in 1987 and is now widely considered America’s best Scandinavian style restaurant. It is still going strong, adored by New Yorkers and critics alike - it currently has two Michelin stars.


Te timing of Aquavit’s arrival here couldn’t


be better - we are already developing a taste for Nordic cuisine in the capital with the likes of Fika, Harcourt, Scandinavian Kitchen and Belgo - and Aquavit’s first European outpost has just opened in the impressive St James’s Market development that runs between Regent Street and Haymarket, off Piccadilly. Overseen by the design studio of Swedish-


born Martin Brudnizki , Aquavit London has been inspired by Gunnar Asplund’s design of Gothenburg City Hall in Sweden, and the restaurant showcases celebrated Nordic designers in a laid-back yet sophisticated environment. An exquisite wall-mounted textile, Te Green Glass Carpet by Olafur Eliasson, takes


centre stage and sits alongside silverware from Georg Jensen, artwork from Carole Hamilton, and furnishings by Svensk Tenn, with every detail coming together to exude a contemporary Nordic aesthetic. Te expansive dining space is flooded with natural light from the building’s glass façade, and the restaurant encompasses two generous private dining rooms, and a handsome marble bar serving an extensive list of aquavits and Nordic-inspired cocktails. Aquavit, St James’s Market, 1 Carlton Street, London SW1 Tel: +44 (0)20 7024 9848 www.aquavitrestaurants.com


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