In a nutshell: Italian worldwide phenomenon
Summing it all up: The Italian food and wine marketplace confirms their first London opening will be in the heart of the City at Broadgate.
After much speculation pre-Christmas, the Italian food giant Eataly have confirmed their London opening. There had long been rumours that Eataly was looking at opening in London and, for a period, we heard that they were looking at the site of the old Selfridges hotel. But now, we've had full confirmation that they'll be opening a huge new Italian marketplace at 185 Bishopsgatge. The only trouble is - you'll have to wait until 2020 for it to open.
And it's going to be HUGE. Eataly will take up 42,000 sq ft over the ground and first floors of the building and you'll be able to enter it both from Bishopsgate and Broadgate’s Exchange Square.
There's not much more detail about what the space itself will feature, but looking at all their other sites you can expect a huge shopping area to pick up top Italian produce, several restaurants and bars and they're also talking about on-site production laboratories (no idea) and a cooking school on site.
Lucky old office workers who take up space in the building as not only will they have a roof terrace with views over London, but their work canteen and in-house catering will both be run by Eataly.
It seems that London's Borough Market has always been a source of inspiration for the company with CEO Luca Baffigo saying that a visit there before they even opened the first Eataly in Italy helped inform their own offering. "This is why opening a place in London where people can buy, eat and learn is a very important and exciting milestone for us. Being able to bring our model into a place that is so significant for us fills us with satisfaction and stimulates us to create in London a wonderful multifunctional experience.”
If you haven't had the opportunity to check an Eataly out - they're a mixture of food store and restaurant. We've only been to the New York one which combines multiple restaurants and wine bars with places to buy fresh pasta, Italian bread and every Italian foodstuff you could ever imagine. Let's face it - it'll probably do very well here.
More about Eataly London
When does it open? 2020
Where: 135 Bishopsgate, London EC2M 3YD
Find out more: Visit their website
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