London Opening: Bird of Smithfield

Oh, those English…even their restaurants have poetic names. The mellifluous-sounding Bird of Smithfield comes by way of namesake chef Alan Bird, and it conveniently looks right out onto the very famous and vegetarian-repellant Smithfield Market. One of London’s most high-profile spring openings, Bird himself has lorded over the kitchens at such celeb-magnets as The Ivy and Soho House–so expect many of his glittering followers to be popping down to Smithfield Street.

Spread over five floors of a Georgian Townhouse, the concept here is to offer a very Brit (lots of Holland & Sherry tweed and herringbone fabrics) epicurean playland, with a unique feel in each space. Ground floor is a relaxed bar-lounge area; the basement houses the Birdcage bar, complete with performance stage; the first floor main restaurant serves a meat and fish focused modern take on classic British cooking (Bird is credited with making shepherd’s pie chic), with private dining one floor up; and the roof terrace, with its striking views of the Market’s majestic, Italianate towers, is for for drinks, snacks (BoS is the exclusive destination for North Devon’s Shah Caviar) and a carefully chosen selection of stogies from Sautter of Mount Street. We think it will…fly.

[Related: BlackBook London Guide; Listings for Bird of Smithfield, The Ivy, Soho House; More by Ken Scrudato; Follow Ken on Twitter]

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