Published 1 April 2021
by Harriet Prior
April 12 looks like a big day not only for restaurants reopening, but also for many new restaurants getting ready to launch. In the past week we have shared the news of BloomsYard in Broadgate, Adam Handling’s pub in Berkshire and the world’s largest udon restaurant heading to the capital. It’s good news for Shoreditch locals today, as The Light Bar is the latest opening.
The restaurant/bar has been in the works for two years, and The Light Bar will finally be able to launch on Shoreditch High Street in April for outdoor dining, with the dining room and mezzanine bar opening in May. The site – previously a power station and later a popular nightlife venue – has been closed since 2014 and was saved from demolition by the #savethelight campaign.
The venue will be split into three parts: ‘The Engine Hall’ is the ground floor bar and restaurant, a mezzanine cocktail bar known as ‘The Copper’ and finally events space ‘The Timber Loft’. Interiors are inspired by late nineties New York City and industrial London lofts, so expect exposed lamps, copper light fixtures and mid-century furniture.
With the aim of creating “a modern British bar and restaurant focused on local produce, seasonal drinks and three floors of good times,” the kitchen will be headed up by Johnnie Collins – previously of Nathalie and Casa Cruz. He’ll create a modern British menu, with dishes including grilled asparagus with leaves from Stepney City farm, roasted Swaledale chicken and a short rib beef bun.