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Barbecoa St. Paul's
020 3005 8555

Barbecoa Piccadilly
0203 005 9666

Please note that tables of up to four people will be reserved for two hours and tables of five or more will be reserved for two and a half hours.

INTRODUCING BARBECOA PICCADILLY

The doors to our incredible second restaurant have now opened on London’s Piccadilly. Here’s everything you need to know about our brand new restaurant

The history

Jamie’s newest restaurant sits proudly on two floors of the former Royal Institute of Painters in Water Colours. The building was built between 1881-1883, and opened by the then Prince and Princess of Wales. In later years, two restaurants that inhabited the public gallery took their name from these Royal links; the Princes’ restaurant and, subsequently, the New Princes’ Hotel and Restaurant, in around 1900. The painters remained in the building right up until 1970 when they moved to new premises on the Mall. You can still see the busts of famous watercolour artists on the outside of the building.

In around 1933, the hotel and restaurant were converted into offices and by 1956, Pan American Airways had taken over part of the building, with a booking hall in what is now Barbecoa’s lobby. Part of the building also became the Pigalle Club – a supper club and music venue where artists such as The Beatles and Shirley Bassey performed in its heyday. The club remained open right up until 2012.

Discoveries

Because the building is swathed in history, redeveloping the basement into the glamourous restaurant you see today proved challenging, but never dull!

A major delay was caused when builders stumbled across the skeletons of 64 humans and one huge Great Mastiff dog, dating from the mid 1600s to the mid 1800s. The archaeologists were called in and were able to carefully re-home the remains. We’re fairly confident that there’ll be no ghosts walking through the kitchens at night, but you never know!

The team also discovered remnants of the building's former restaurant-life while unsealing a chimney. Sitting in the wall was a time capsule containing a menu from the New Princes’ Hotel and Restaurant, dated from 15 January 1925, and two table reservation cards – one of which is clearly marked with the name of Austrian aristocrat Baron de Worms for ‘table 49’, for two people.

Design

Our new restaurant draws on its incredible history, with a nod to 1920s glamour of the time capsule’s menu and reservation cards. This is blended with rustic, scorched timber panelling, brass, antique mirror detailing, elegant bespoke leather and mohair furniture to reflect the richness of the food coming out of the kitchen.

The beautiful bar area, which showcases an impressive meat display and shelves loaded with whiskies, leads into the main dining hall via a marble staircase. You’ll be instantly struck by the bespoke jewel-green tiles, chandeliers and art deco wooden floors that lead into the open kitchen and cold bar where you can watch the chefs at work. The Argentinian grill takes pride of place in the front of the kitchen, where we cook larger cuts like Chateaubriand, porterhouse and large-cut rib-eye. The Rose Gray private dining room – a tribute to Jamie’s River Café mentor – is decked out in deep reds with imagery donated to us by Rose’s husband. It’s an ever-evolving space that creates an intimate setting for parties and group-dining events.

In our opinion, the tiles in the dining room are the real showstopper. They started life as a simple 15cm inspiration image on a moodboard and were reproduced and scaled up to the size they are now by Craven Dunnill Jackfield – the only UK company willing to have a go.

We hope you soak up the ambience, whether you’re coming in for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner or just a quick drink in the bar.