26/10/16 - Updated with evening guest chef info
If you didn't already know, big things are happening with the Design Museum this year. It's moving from its current Thames-side location to a MUCH bigger space on Kensington High Street (that's the spot that used to hold the Commonwealth Institute). And that means a new restaurant. Given Sir Terence Conran's design background, it's very fitting that the new restaurant is from the Prescott and Conran group, who also run Albion.
The new restaurant is called Parabola - and here's what we know about it...
- The restaurant will have some great views. On one side it overlooks the atrium of the museum, and on the other side, Holland Park. As for the name of the restaurant - that comes from the distinctive mid-century modern roof of the building.
- The Head Chef is Graham Blower. He's spent the past few years working with Hix, opening Tramshed and Pharmacy 2 and he was at Petrus and Murano before that. They say he'll be putting on "informal all-day dining from brunch through to lunch and afternoon tea."
- There's an all-day cocktail bar too. That will have a regular set of 10 cocktails and another 10 that regularly change. Expect a big influence from Kyoto Garden in Holland Park with plenty of foraged shrubs in the cocktails.In charge of things is Head bartender Olly Hornby-Smith (previously of Milk & Honey, Hakkasan and Soho House).
- And a coffee stop - if you're just visiting the museum. That'll also have sandwiches and cakes to eat there or takeaway.
And most importantly - they've some big name chefs coming to helm the evening services. First off, Rowley Leigh is helming things from 28 November to 28 January. He'll be preparing some of the signature dishes from Le Cafe Anglais and will be hosting special events throughout his spot too.
He's followed by Valentine Warner from 6 February to 31 March. And the names planned for future events sound pretty impressive too, including James Ramsden (Pidgin), Jeremy Lee (Quo Vadis), Martin Morales (Ceviche), Marianne Lumb (Marianne) and more.
Parabola at the Design Museum opens on 24 November at 224-238 Kensington High Street, London, W8 6AG. Parabola and the bar will be open until 11pm Mon-Sat and until 9pm Sunday. For more, follow them on Twitter @DesignMuseum.