The Standard London is to open its drinking and dining facilities this summer, with executive chef Adam Rawson at the helm.
The hotly-anticipated first UK launch from the Standard brand in Kings Cross is to unveil two new F&B spaces in a few months’ time, with Rawson taking up residence on the ground floor of the ten-storey hotel.
Two new restaurants will launch – Isla and Double Standard – each with separate menus and designed created by Shawn Hausman.
Isla will be a laid-back, elegant dining room and seasonal menu focused on ‘coastal cuisines and light proteins’, with the space integrated into the lobby and spilling out to the garden terrace.
Double Standard will feature a menu inspired by traditional pub classics and NYC dive bar food, and serve craft beers, wine and cocktails with the menu running late into the night.
Double Standard is an introduction to the Standard’s signature mischievousness and will be the ground floor’s most boisterous space.
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 this hotel opening will take place late summer where the remaining rooms will open alongside a stand-alone bar and a restaurant and bar from acclaimed chef Peter Sanchez-Iglesias.
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 launch hotel spaces to other cities around the world in 2020.