Julie’s | Iconic A-list magnet in Notting Hill
A short history of Julie’s:
In 1969, interior designer Julie Hodgess bought a builder’s yard in Holland Park and turned it into a rabbit-warren-like restaurant, dolling up the honeycomb of intimate spaces in her uniquely light, verdant style. The combination of privacy & flair made the place like catnip for celebrities, who queued up to dine there: it started with the likes of Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger, and Princess Margaret, before graduating to Princess Diana, Sean Connery, Tina Turner (who famously danced on the tables), and more recently Kate Moss, Nicole Kidman, and, well, you get the idea. The only reason they stopped coming? The place closed in 2015.
Now, it’s coming back with a vengeance for its 50th birthday.
It’s been completely refurbished from top to bottom by Julie herself. She’s keeping the stained glass windows, and the gothic wood carvings, and most importantly: the concealed dining spaces hidden by curtains, mirrors, and well-placed plants.
The kitchen’s getting an upgrade too, with Michelin Star-winning chef Shay Cooper (who ran the dining room at The Goring before Nathan Outlaw took over) serving up the likes of glazed ox cheek and aged sirloin of beef. And to complete the look, the bar will be promoted to a champagne bar. Which is useful…
…because they’ll be popping a few corks when the place reopens.
NOTE: Julie’s is set to reopen in September. We’ll be back when it does with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more at the website right HERE.
Julie’s | 135 Portland Road, W11 4LW
While they’re waiting for it to reopen… London’s celebrities seem to be dining at Gymkhana instead.