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It was reported in the press last week that Airbnb now has 200,000 properties listed across the UK, of which 80,000 are in London. The pioneering home-rentals platform is often referred to as a global hospitality business. But is it?

There’s little denying that the business founded in 2008 in San Francisco has been a major disruptor to hotels, but is it offering hospitality? Isn’t there a distinct difference why someone chooses a hotel – the concierge, the F&B, room service, that sense of being in safe hands and all the special little touches – over a private apartment? In essence, the hospitality.

As well as Airbnb often offering a more feasible option for travellers, there’s been a lot of research as to why people opt for staying in a stranger’s home over a hotel. Most notably it was the desire to feel part of a local community. We’re all familiar with the notion of the much-lauded neighbourhood restaurant – perhaps it’s now time for the neighbourhood hotel?

A final reminder that entries to the S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2019-2020 competition close tomorrow.

Have a good week.


Isla/Double Standard

When The Standard hotel opens in King's Cross this summer, it will have two restaurants under the guidance of executive chef Adam Rawson. Isla is an all-day space off the lobby with a seasonal menu inspired by Britain’s coastline and natural wines on its list, while Double Standard is all about British pub and New York dive-bar food. Later in summer, a further restaurant fronted by the celebrated Peter Sanchez-Iglesias will launch.


The Bulgari hotel, between Knightsbridge and Kensington High Street and facing the park, has a great location and it used to have Rivea as its restaurant. Now it has a new famous name behind its food offering. The arrival of Sette, from the team behind New York’s popular Scarpetta will also see the existing bar and restaurant spaces swap, so the Italian-inspired menu will be on the ground floor when it opens in June.

Stratford Brasserie

Next month sees the launch of the Stratford Brasserie, on the ground floor of the Manhattan Loft Gardens development in Stratford. Ben Harrington, late of Soho House Group, will head the all-day kitchen and serve casual classics such as pizzas and roast chicken. The brasserie will be in the triple-height lobby of the Harry Handelsman project.


Trafalgar Square itself doesn’t have much of a culinary scene, which The Trafalgar St James hotel hopes to change with the launch of Rockwell, its new bar. The decor takes travel from the 18th century as its theme, with exotic flora and fauna in mural and plant form. The cocktail list also has botanical notes, and there will be a bar menu with global inspiration when Rockwell opens next month.


The long wait for the launch of Bob Bob Cité is over, as it opens its doors on 10 May - complete, of course, with a ‘push for Champagne’ button… On the same date, across town in Tooting, a new cocktail bar called Top of the Pop will start mixing and pouring… Tapas 44, a modern interpretation of the Spanish institution, is now open on Windmill Street…

... and launching

StreetCube is launching in Wandsworth, with a kitchen that will allow start-ups and operators without facilities to work in a sustainable way to provide food for their communities… Turner and George has announced that it will sell the much-sought-after ex-dairy cow beef from Txuleta through its online store…

Hélène Darroze

The busy chef Hélène Darroze is to change her Michelin-starred eponymous Parisian restaurant. It will become Marsan by Hélène Darroze when it reopens in May, named for the region in south west France where she was born and whose produce she champions. The restaurant, on Rue d’Assas will, she says, bring her closer to her roots.

Soho House

In addition to planned Houses in LA, Hong Kong, London’s Strand, Tel Aviv, Nashville, Austin, Brighton, Paris, Rome and Milan, creator Nick Jones has announced that Soho House will have a presence on the Greek island of Mykonos from this summer by incorporating Scorpios beach club and the 40-bedroom San Giorgio hotel into the global private members' club group.

Daniela Soto-Innes

Congratulations to Daniela Soto-Innes, who was named last week as World’s Best Female Chef by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants judges. The award, which was held last year by our own Clare Smyth, divides opinion for separating out women. However the restaurant at which Soto-Innes is chef/partner is Cosme, a fixture on the main list already, which makes more sense than Core’s omission last year.

John Chantarasak

Since he left som saa last year, the chef John Chantarasak has been building up his AngloThai concept and has now announced a residency at Counter Culture. He and wife Desiree West will take over Robin Gill’s Clapham restaurant for May and June and, in addition, will run an ‘AngoThai with Friends’, a series of collaboration Sunday suppers at The Dairy, starting with Henry Harris and Bibendum’s Christina Schneider on 12 May.

Head Chef, The Hoxton

We are looking for Head Chefs to be part of our team for the brand new The Hoxton, Southwark, set to open this summer. The Hoxton, Southwark will be our latest addition to The Hoxton family, and our third in London. The Head Chef will be leading a large, dynamic kitchen team in one of the most exciting hotel openings of 2019. Ideally you will have 2+ years experience in a similar Head Chef role and have a passion for hospitality – you’re all about creating memorable experiences for others, be they guests or colleagues.

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Sous Chef, Lantana

We are looking for an experienced Sous Chef to join our well-established Shoreditch site: a busy 80 seat restaurant. Lantana's menu is inspired by Australia’s melting pot of culinary cultures and has a fresh, healthy focus using best quality seasonal ingredients. We have busy breakfasts, lunch and weekday dinners. We are looking for someone who has experience in a busy kitchen and wants to support and work as part of a close-knit team. We are open 7 days a week for breakfast and lunch and 5 weekdays for dinner.

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Membership Manager, h Club

We are looking for a Membership Manager with strong networks in the creative industries to proactively acquire new memberships, whilst building and maintaining existing member relationships. The ideal candidate will be knowledgeable about both the creative and hospitality industries, as well as being sociable and passionate about people, being able to talk to anyone confidently and professionally at all  levels. Ideally you will have experience working within a membership organisation or strong account management experience.

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The Dumbwaiter loves Marianne Lumb’s blog about being a private chef that she’s just posted. When you go from an award-winning restaurant to private catering, the brigade gets smaller (to just one!). She says she survives with a Thermomix, endless serums and plenty of espresso.
Pierre Koffmann is living his best life, it seems, since he stopped cooking. The Dumbwaiter gets hungry just watching his Instagram page – last week he was pictured in front of the most dreamy cheeseboard on a jaunt to Paris.
Fans will have to wait till the next CODE Quarterly (subscribe here) to read the full story of when Tom Kerridge got a lesson in tortilla making from Nieves Barragan, but the Dumbwaiter was there to witness one Michelin-starred chef bossing the other one. A return match is definitely on the cards.
From Momo to Mayfair. Here are the Dumbwaiter's Best Bites of the Week.

restaurant of the week
Little Mercies
bar of the week
Nine Lives

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