Despite the name, when it opens later this year, The Patio won’t actually have a patio.
But it will have 5,340 sq ft of restaurant spread out over a five storey building with its own roof terrace.
So, it evens out.
It’s the highly ambitious London debut from chef Brandi Akpobome, who already has a restaurant in her native Lagos called The Patio which, it should be noted, actually does have a patio. Here, she’s hoping to bring the same West African vibes, with a modern Nigerian menu.
And as for what she’s planning to do with all that absolutely vast amount of space? Well, going floor by floor, we start with the basement where there’ll be a cocktail bar. Above that on the ground floor will be a casual dining area for small plates. Then, on the first floor there’s a larger, more informal dining space, while above that is the private dining are on the second floor. And finally, the third floor (and fifth level in total) is going to be the roof terrace.
Lastly, just to keep the atmosphere heady, there are going to be regular DJ sets, and events playing soul, funk, neo-soul, jazz, R&B and “alté music”, which is a modern fusion genre of from Nigeria.
Perfect, to get The Patio started.
NOTE: The Patio is set to open sometime in 2022. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. The header image is where The Patio is set to appear.
The Patio | 26 Smithfield Street, EC1A 9LB
Header image: Ewan Munro
Looking for somewhere to eat in Farringdon in the meantime? Head to Sessions Arts Club…