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All change at the NoMad hotel

Swedish-born wine guru Bella Babbit, erstwhile wine director of the NoMad hotel, Marylebone, has left the  business for pastures new. However, the hotel has appointed Alessia Ferrarello in her place; Ferrarello has an impressive résumé which includes Fera at Claridge’s and Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham. Armed with her passion for Nebbiolo, and broad experience, Ferrarello is poised to take the NoMad's expansive list to exciting new heights.


L'Ortolan welcomes new head chef

On June 4, Jamie Pearce will join the team at the fine dining restaurant L'Ortolan, replacing James Greatorex as head chef. Formerly of the two-Michelin-starred Moor Hall in Aughton and the Dining Room at Whatley Manor in Malmesbury, Pearce will undoubtedly want to recover L'Ortolan's single Michelin star, which was lost (after 18 years) in 2022. Watch this space.


Le Caprice poised for Mayfair relaunch

Darling of the 1980s celebrity circuit and second home for London's infamous paparazzi,  Le Caprice is set to reopen on the site of the former US Embassy building in Grosvenor Square. According to restaurateur Richard Caring, the restaurant will occupy a space in the £1bn Chancery Rosewood hotel development, due to open in 2025. Fans, both old and new, can expect a two-level, 120-cover main restaurant and glamorous bar, serving food around the clock, seven days a week.


Gordon Ramsay sets his sights on 22 Bishopsgate

The city's tallest skyscraper, 22 Bishopsgate, is poised to welcome two new restaurants and a cookery school in February 2025, overseen by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay. Situated on floors 58M, 59, 60, and 61 respectively, Lucky Cat and Bread Street Kitchen will serve an eclectic mix of pan-Asian and brassiere classics, with unrivalled views of London's skyline. The gastronomic academy, meanwhile, will give masterclasses in rolling out pappardelle, and mixing the perfect Manhattan.