Standard International has announced that it will open its first hotel outside the US this July in Kings Cross, with the launch of restaurant Isla and bar Double Standard from executive chef Adam Rawson.
Isla will be an all-day restaurant with a ‘laid-back’ seasonal menu, intergrated with the lobby and library and will be the ‘cornerstone’ of Rawson’s offering at The Standard.
Double Standard will be the hotel’s ground floor’s bar, with a menu inspired by traditional pub classics and NYC dive bar food, serving craft beers and cocktails late into the night.
Rawson trained under Nuno Mendes before going on to launch Lucky Chip and then Pachamama where he was awarded YBF Chef of the Year.
Rawson has been working closely with Standard International’s creative director of Food and Culture, Angela Dimayuga, on concept and menu design for the ground floor of the brutalist building.
Rawson said: “I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of creating menus which reflect the distinct personalities of Double Standard and Isla. Double Standard is going to be a more raucous, convivial space, so I’ve come up with a selection of elevated snacks perfect for sharing (or soaking up a few pints). Isla’s menu will be more delicate and much lighter – perfect for enjoying in the summer sunshine.”
The second phase of The Standard opening will take place in the late summer where a stand-alone bar, and a restaurant and bar from acclaimed chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias will launch on the 10th (and top) floor. This will be Sanchez-Iglesias’ first opening in the capital.
The Michelin-starred, award-winning Chef is currently Bristol-based, where he runs family-owned Casamia and Paco Tapas.
The London opening is Standard International’s first outside the US and the sixth from the group. The group will open The Standard, Maldives later this year, with further plans to bring industry leading cultural, art and music hotel spaces to other cities around the world in 2020.