The Laundry | Brixton Restaurant
Last Updated: 20th August 2019
Brixton’s old Edwardian laundry building is about to reopen as a restaurant.
And it seems like there’s more than a couple of coins in it.
Walton Lodge Laundry traded for almost 120 years as a family-run business, which started out washing locals’ clothes back in the 19th century. As home washing machines became more affordable, the laundry went on to wash the sheets of fancy London hotels and The Orient Express. But in 2014, with profits dwindling, it closed its doors for good.
Beady-eyed locals have been keeping tabs on the building’s progress since, and some aren’t best pleased that it was sold to developers Lexadon, whose director owns large parts of Coldharbour Lane already and has been lambasted for the consistent lack of social housing or affordable units in his developments. There are now luxury flats at the back of the building, but the old front remains, still bearing its historic laundry signage.
It’s this part of the old laundry that will soon be home to a new restaurant, coming to you from Melanie Brown – a wine expert and chef formerly at The Providores and Tapa Room in Marylebone. She’s also behind The New Zealand Cellar in nearby Pop Brixton, and is now combining her love of food and drink at a fully fledged resto for the first time.
The Laundry is set to be an all-day eatery with an emphasis on wine, and a late-night license with which to enjoy it. Brown’ll be keeping the original brick walls of the space, tiling the floors and hunting down one-off and vintage pieces to fill the dining room. Plus, there’ll be two private dining rooms in the basement, and a sprawling outdoor terrace in the laundry’s former delivery courtyard.
Details on the menu are yet to be announced…
…but we’ll be back when they’ve got it ironed out.
NOTE: The Laundry is set to open on 1st November 2019. We’ll be back with more details as they come…
The Laundry | Walton’s Lodge, 374 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8PL
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