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Welcome to Aquavit London,
-starred all-day dining restaurant,
showcasing exquisite Nordic cuisine and design.


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Aquavit’s take on authentic Nordic-inspired cuisine with a contemporary twist honours high-quality, fresh, seasonal ingredients. Developed by Executive Chef Henrik Ritzén, the menu celebrates the Nordic region’s traditional seafood and meat dishes as well as the art of pastry and breadmaking.



Celebrated Nordic designers in a welcoming, informal environment. Overseen by the design studio of Swedish-born Martin Brudnizki.

Notable designs are silverware from Georg Jensen, wall-mounted textile designed by Olafur Eliasson, furnishings by Svensk Tenn as well as the stunning uniforms by Ida Sjöstedt.


Back In November 1987 Restaurant Aquavit opened to immediate success in midtown Manhattan and more than two decades later continues to be one of New York’s most popular and highly esteemed dining destinations.

Aquavit represents Modern Nordic Cuisine, crafted and honed by two-times Michelin starred Chef, Emma Bengtsson.

We are now happy to bring this success forward to the city of London.

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The food
at Aquavit

Guests at Aquavit London can enjoy a smörgåsbord of small sharing plates that celebrates the Nordic region’s traditional seafood dishes, including Shrimp Skagen, Herrings, Gravlax, and Vendace roe. The menu will also offer starters such as Venison tartare with wild blueberries, lingonberries and juniper as well as main courses including Turbot and Swedish meatballs.

Furthermore, Aquavit London offer guests to indulge in the Swedish tradition of fika throughout the day with coffee from Johan & Nyström and freshly-baked cinnamon rolls. The restaurant also serves a wonderful array of both contemporary and traditional Nordic breakfast dishes.

Nordic beverages

Aquavit London offers an exclusive selection of aquavit snaps, a flavoured spirit that is principally produced in Scandinavia since the 15th century.

The aquavit gets its distinctive flavour from spices and herbs such as cumin and dill. In Scandinavian countries it is traditionally associated with celebrations, particularly Christmas, Easter or crayfish dinners. It is usually paired with food and you drink it as a shot during meals, especially during the appetizer course.

At Aquavit London you also find a cocktail list, celebrating classic recipes that all have their very own Nordic twist, such as Scandi Mule, Bergen Bitter, Nordfjord and Kalhygge.

Henrik Ritzén

Henrik Ritzén grew up on the northwest coast of Sweden and was passionate about becoming a chef from a young age, having always been surrounded by traditional home cooking. He attended culinary school in Gothenburg aged just 16, before working at some of the city’s finest restaurants, such as Fiskekrogen.

In 1998, Henrik moved to London to pursue his culinary career, gaining invaluable experience working with some of London’s top chefs, such as Jeremy Lee now at Quo Vadis, and Phil Howard then at The Square. Following a short stint working back in Sweden, during which time he was a finalist in The Swedish Chef of the Year competition, Henrik could not resist the culinary excellence and opportunities he had experienced in London, and returned to the UK in 2003. He has since held the position of Head Chef at The Anglesea Arms W6, Racine in Knightsbridge, Boundary in Shoreditch, and The Dover Street Arts Club, and most recently worked as Executive Chef of the highly-acclaimed Lutyens restaurant.

In joining the team at Aquavit London, Henrik has developed menus that honour fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, and Nordic-inspired dishes.


Martin Brudnizki has been described as ‘one of the top restaurant and hotel designers’ of his generation. Known for bringing a lived-in-luxurious feel to high-glamour projects. Martin founded his design studio, MBDS, back in year 2000 and has since then designed some of the world’s most celebrated restaurant interiors, including The Ivy, Soho House, The Sexy Fish, Le Caprice and now Aquavit London.

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Olafur Eliasson is a Danish-Icelandic artist known for sculptures and large-scale art installations. Olafur employs elemental materials such as light, water, and air temperature to enhance the viewer’s experience. In a collaboration with the iconic Swedish weaving studio dating back to 1919, Märta Måås-Fjetterström AB, Olafur has designed the impressive bespoke carpet “The green glass carpet” that are now beautifully displayed on our wall as the restaurants centrepiece

It took about 3000 hours took to make the green glass carpet. The three weavers were engaged in the project for almost a year.

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Ostindia, voted “Service of the Century” in Sweden, owes its existence to hidden treasure. After a ship returning from China sank off Gothenburg in 1746 a fragment of china from the cargo somehow ended up in a cupboard at the Rörstrand factory. Many years later in 1932 factory manager Knut Almström’s wife spotted it and uttered the famous words, “Knut, I think it might be worth making something out of this…”. And so a shard of Chinese porcelain became the model for an iconic Rörstrand design.

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Andrea Hamilton was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in America and in the UK. Her career in mining inspired her love of landscape and desire to protect the environment. Her mother, an artist and an interior designer, inspired and encouraged Hamilton to follow her footsteps. She has exhibited in several galleries in London and in America. In addition, Hamilton has been awarded with numerous photographic awards. You can find Hamilton’s intriguing photography displayed at Aquavit London.

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Was a Danish silversmith and founder of Georg Jensen A/S. During his lifetime, Jensen’s work was collected by museums including the Danish Museum for Decorative Art and the Museum Folkwang. Striking, ornate pieces that reflect the detailed craftsmanship, strong free lines and passion for art that is so characteristic on one of the greatest silversmiths of all time. As a guest at Aquavit London you will have the honour to be dining with Georg Jensen’s silver cutlery; ‘Vivviana, matte steel’

If you wish to have your own set of Vivvana to make your dinner guests jealous or further explore Georg Jensen’s collection, please visit the shop.

Svenskt Tenn was founded in 1924 by Estrid Ericson, who recruited Josef Frank to the company 10 years later. Together they created the elegant and boldly patterned personal interior design style that continues to pervade the collection to this day. The Swedish design and interior decoration firm has been located at the same address, Strandvägen 5, in Stockholm since 1927.

You can find the iconic patterns from Svenskt Tenn in Aquavit London’s private dining room, from the wallpaper, armchairs to the pillows.

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Bang & Olufsen was founded in 1925 in Struer, a small town in the north western part of Denmark, by two enterprising young engineers, Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen. They created the business that was to become an international design icon and a global symbol of audio-visual excellence. Today Bang & Olufsen is world renowned for its distinctive range of quality televisions, music systems and high-performance loudspeakers. Products that are born out the special duality at the core of the brand defined by the founders more than 90 years ago; the encounter between artists and scientists, and between design and engineering excellence.

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Carl August Anderson launched O.P. Anderson in Gothenburg in 1891 as a tribute to his father Olaf Peter Anderson. Made from selected organic ingredients O.P. Anderson original flavour is Sweden’s oldest, celebrated and most sold Aquavit, spiced with caraway, anise and fennel. Today you can find a large selection of infused flavours under the brand O.P. Anderson from dill, apple, orange to elderflower and all can be found behind the bar at Aquavit London or served from our own Aquavit trolley at the table.

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Mora in Sweden has a long tradition of knife making. For over 400 years, have Mora created sharp knives to the rest of the world. The journey for the knife begins 1891 when Frost-Erik Erson returned home to the village of Östnor in Mora after four years in North America. When he started his åkdons factory was the beginning of what would eventually become the company and brand knife as we know it today. Try out the Mora Knife at Aquavit.

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Johan & Nyström was founded by a group of coffee-loving friends with the vision of a better coffee world. Their mission is to promote the craft by roasting tastier, more fun and more sustainable coffee. It’s not a job, it is a lifestyle and a passion. They innovate, improve and challenge the coffee industry´s misconceptions about quality. They roast their beans according to an artisanal process called “slow roast” where the coffee develops all the good flavors and aromas inherent to the carefully selected beans. Come to Aquavit London and enjoy their coffee just as much as we do.

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Tea enthusiast Tina Gloggengieser from Aarhus in Denmark launched ‘Hoogly Tea’ in April 2016. Now living in Brighton, Tina is still passionate about her homeland and regularly visits to enjoy ‘Hygge,’ a Danish way of life. Hygge is an experience; a year-round feeling of warmth, wellbeing and cosiness. ‘Hoogly Tea’ combines Tina’s love of tea with this mindful Danish concept to create a unique and healthy range of blends, made with luxury ingredients and Nordic inspired flavours. You can find a large selection of Hoogly tea at Aquavit London, come in for a cup of cosiness.

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K.Lundqvist Stockholm is a personal trademark with key words where elegant collections embrace designer brand. Since the first release date, 2014, has the brand grown into a strong player in the market known for its plain design with personal fragrances. Kristoffer Lundqvist who run the company works out its own design with a personal touch. When a collection is complete do K.Lundqvist work with a fragrance House in Australia as they together create new unique ingredients for new fragrances. You can smell the K.Lundqvist different fragrances at Aquavit.

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L:A Bruket co-founder Monica Kylén began exploring skincare out of necessity. As a trained ceramic artist, Monica was creating a line of homeware products and needed a wholesome, natural soap to demonstrate the functionality of her design. Unable to find any that met her philosophy for design and quality, she set out making some for herself. This is how L:a Bruket started and still operates today. You can find L:a Brukets soap and handcream in the restrooms at Aquavit.

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Swedish fashion designer Ida Sjöstedt graduated from London’s University of Westminster in the year 2000, and set up her own label in Stockholm the following year. Since then she has become one of Sweden’s most popular designers, combining ready to wear collections with couture dresses for private clients, and with an ever growing following crowd who love her signature style of tasteful kitsch.

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Of vast silent landscapes and raw seasons, of cosy shared moments and quiet sophistication.

Skandinavisk was created by two English gentlemen, Shaun and Gerry, who fell in love with two blonde Scandinavian girls 15 years ago and never left Scandinavia. After living in Copenhagen and Stockholm they gradually also fell in love with the Scandinavian way of life and they believe that the absolute essence of Scandinavian living is in the colour, scent, light and warmth of a flickering candle flame and a glow that not only burrows deep through the wax, but one which nourishes the soul too. You can see and smell the Skandinavisk fragrance sticks and candles at Aquavit.

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About Aquavit

Restaurant Aquavit opened to immediate success in midtown Manhattan in November 1987. More than two decades later, Aquavit continues to be one of New York’s most popular and highly esteemed dining destinations and honoured with two stars in The Michelin Guide. We are now happy to bring this success forward to the city of London.

Philip Hamilton, CEO of Aquavit London, who speaking of the opening said: “Since living in London I have been struck by how much Britain has embraced Nordic culture, and with the opening of Aquavit I am excited to be part of the creation of a place where Londoners and Scandinavians alike can come together to enjoy the very best of this region”.

Philip Hamilton

Philip Hamilton is a Swedish luxury lifestyle entrepreneur who has owned and managed several successful premium restaurants and nightclubs in New York, Stockholm and now London.

Philip has over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry including 10 years at the helm of top dining hot spots in NYC, including those owned by the well respected McNally brothers, Keith and Brian. Philip returned to his native Sweden in 1994 to open his own first restaurant Snaps Bar & Bistro and following its success, opened Il Tempo, another highly successful venture. His unrequited passion for seafood, took him on to his next step of opening a wholesale fish business in 2003.

Prior to current venture, Aquavit, Philip was Vice President of Hotel Reviews at Hotel Insider Ltd. During this time he built solid relationships at executive level with General Managers and owners of the world’s finest hotels. This opportunity afforded him the privilege to dine at many of the very best restaurants across Europe, North America and the Middle East, and to build his profile and network with the most regarded hoteliers and restaurateurs in the industry.

In 2015 Philip started to work on his vision of a contemporary Nordic dining experience in London, launching Aquavit Restaurant in late 2016.


“Throughout the world, I have been struck by the number of people and friends who have embraced the Nordic culture.The aim with Aquavit is to deliver a distinctly northern European flavour profile, with a relaxed, morning-to-midnight dining experience, amongst the best of contemporary Nordic design, service and food” – Philip Hamilton

Patrick Tsang

Deal maker, seasoned angel and venture capital investor and experienced corporate financier. Patrick sits on various boards on private and public companies worldwide.

Patrick has also worked on numerous international IPOs and M&A transactions and has made numerous investments in technology, media, telecom, e-commerce, gaming and entertainment globally. He founded Global Angels, an Asian based start-up incubator and has served as a director and advisor to a number of listed companies. He is also currently Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer of GNet Group Plc, a China based group operating a revolutionary ecommerce network platform offering O2O (online to offline) solutions to suppliers, distributors, retailers and consumers in Greater China and Asia.

Patrick won one of the awards for China Economic Person of the Year at the China Economic Development Forum in 2014. Patrick is a Young Fellow of The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award World Fellowship since 2014.

Patrick is a qualified solicitor in England, Wales and Hong Kong.


“Our vision is to make a new Nordic concept and dominate the space. We are building a modern Nordic restaurant concept into a business powerhouse globally.  We picked the most international and cosmopolitan city to begin with.  Next we are looking to expand in North America, Middle East and Asia.  We demand excellence and attention in detail in food, drink, decor, music and service.  No exceptions.” – Patrick Tsang

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