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Nordic all day dining

Welcome to Aquavit London, a new contemporary all day dining inspired by the highly acclaimed two Michelin star restaurant in New York.

Aquavit London offers morning-to-midnight dining experience showcasing exquisite Nordic cuisine.

 

Breakfast – Lunch – Afternoon Tea – Dinner

Date
Time
People
Aquavit London now opens every Saturday and Sunday for brunch 11am – 3.30pm. Come and enjoy a delicious Nordic brunch with a glass of bubbly or why not an aquavit snaps together with friends and family.

Food
& Drinks

Contemporary Nordic Dining is a concept inspired by the Scandinavian nature; the land surrounded by water, providing an abundance of seafood, and the forests rich in game, berries, mushrooms and other wild foods.

Team

Design

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.

Our
story

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.

Our directors

The food
at Aquavit

Contemporary Nordic Dining is a concept inspired by the Scandinavian nature; the land surrounded by water, providing an abundance of seafood, and the forests rich in game, berries, mushrooms and other wild foods. Dishes at Aquavit London honours fresh, seasonal ingredients and delivers a contemporary take on authentic Nordic cuisine.

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 embraced the opportunity to work with Emma Bengtsson, developing menus that honour fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, and Nordic-inspired dishes.

Emma
Bengtsson

Emma Bengtsson grew up in a small town on the west coast of Sweden and became interested in the culinary arts at a very young age, thanks to her grandmother, who was an avid home cook. The baking and cooking of Emma’s youth grew into professional aspirations when she enrolled in Stockholm’s Hotel and Restaurant School, from there she worked at some of the most acclaimed restaurants in Sweden.

Emma joined the team at Aquavit New York as Executive Pastry Chef in 2010, and quickly became known for her creative interpretations of classic Scandinavian desserts, as well as establishing a new bread programme.

In 2014, Emma became Executive Chef of Aquavit New York, and since then has injected the critically acclaimed menu with her personal style and experience. In October, her work garnered a second Michelin Star for Aquavit, making her the second female chef in the U.S. to run a two-star kitchen and the first ever Swedish female chef to do so.

Emma will oversee the menus at Aquavit London, bringing her great experience, skill and influence to the new location.

Our
Partners

Aquavit London has been inspired by Gunnar Asplund’s design of Gothenburg City Hall in Sweden, and the restaurant will showcase celebrated Nordic designers in a laid-back yet sophisticated environment. An exquisite wall-mounted textile, The Green Glass Carpet by Olafur Eliasson, will take centre stage and sit alongside silverware from Georg Jensen, artwork from Andrea Hamilton, and furnishings by Svenskt Tenn, with every detail coming together to exude a contemporary Nordic aesthetic.

MARTIN BRUDNIZKI DESIGN STUDIO (MBDS)

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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GEORG JENSEN

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.

 

OLAFUR ELIASSON / MÄRTA MÅÅS-FJETTERSTRÖM

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.

Märta Måås-Fjetterstöm: Visit site

Olafur Eliasson: Visit site

 

BANG & OLUFSEN

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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SVENSKT TENN

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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IDA SJÖSTEDT

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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McQUEENS

Kally Ellis is the founder and managing director of McQueens. Began with a small shop in Schoreditch and a last minute phone call in 1994 from Vanity Fair to furnish the Gala dinner in London Serpentine Galery, the famous dinner where princess Diana was one of the attendees. It catapulted McQueens in to the stratosphere and since then Kally has built a multi- faceted flower business with international reputation for quality, style and innovation. Kally will be decorating Aquavit London with flower arrangements as well as Christmas Tree.

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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

Date
Time
People
Aquavit London now opens every Saturday and Sunday for brunch 11am – 3.30pm. Come and enjoy a delicious Nordic brunch with a glass of bubbly or why not an aquavit snaps together with friends and family.