Kym’s cements Bloomberg Arcade as the new dining destination in the City
Bloomberg Arcade has opened one after the other great restaurants, overshadowing the existing offering in the City and creating a new dining destination. Devised to meet the needs of the 3,500 Bloomberg staff and the immediate office catchment, whilst simultaneously attracting a new audience to the neighbourhood, the outcome has been a diverse line up of new names and concepts in the City. Operators include Ekte, Brigadiers, Vinoteca, Ahi Poké, Caravan, Homeslice, Bleeker St Burger and Koya.
The newest opening is the brainchild of Michelin star chef Andrew Wong, backed by White Rabbit Fund; Kym’s. Drawing contrast to his eponymous restaurant in Pimlico which is inspired by the 14 boarders in China, Kym’s is based on a 2,500 year old etching found on an ancient Chinese wall, depicting people roasting meats. The restaurant’s name pays homage to his grandmother Kym, his family and his original restaurant (A.Wong), when it was formerly owned by his parents under that name.
The new restaurant has received quite a reception, only yesterday it was given a 5 star rating by the Evening Standard’s Fay Maschler, a highly respected food critic and renowned for awarding very few the same distinction in the 45 years she has held the role. This may be an indication that Kym’s is in line to hold its own Michelin star.
In the same day, Bloomberg HQ won the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building. Contributing factors include it being the world’s most sustainable office, the largest stone building in the City of London and the creation of 3 new public spaces, achieving a unanimous decision that Bloomberg's new European HQ is a ‘monumental achievement’.
Bruce Gillingham Pollard were sole leasing agents for the restaurant units in Bloomberg Arcade.