When this Belgravia building first opened in 1834, they gave it the name ‘pantechnicon’ to reflect its role as a hub of art, craftwork, and culture.
And two centuries later, it’s fully earned that title.
After years of lying empty, it’s emerged from its grand, columned, Grade II listed chrysalis as a five-storey pantheon of Nordic and Japanese culture, food and design, packed with shops, restaurants, bars, and incredible events. Here’s what you’ll find inside:
These snug subterranean quarters are home to Sachi, an atmospheric Japanese restaurant that was the final part of the building to be unveiled in July 2021. Here, chefs slice sushi behind a dining counter, semi-private dining vaults are carved into the walls, and a low-lit cocktail bar slings Wagyu Boulevardiers and Shochu Manhattans. Read our full review here.
THE GROUND FLOOR
Greeting you as you walk in is Café Kitsune, the only UK spin-off of the Franco-Japanese music label and café brand, serving speciality pastries like caramel miso rice pudding brioche, apple & custard melon pan, and, come lunchtime, chicken katsu sando. The space feels light and airy, with seating on the mezzanine above, or the tables and chairs on the pedestrianised street outside make for a nice spot in good weather.
Up the steps to your right, you’ll find the Edit – a shop crammed with stationery, beauty products, homeware and more, all hand-picked from 150 different Japanese and Nordic brands. Honestly, it’s worth making the trip here for the shopping alone.
Cross the passageway outside, and you’ll spot Sakaya – a tiny bar and bottleshop with an authentic Japanese backstreet feel. You can stop by here for sake, whisky or umeshu; but it’s also where they host intimate masterclasses, from tastings to sake and cheese pairings.
THE FIRST FLOOR
If you managed to hold back downstairs, you can let loose in the Studio – an airy boutique with an even bigger selection of clothing, accessories, and things you never knew you needed (like a duck-shaped candle snuffer). There’s a programme of workshops here, too, with an emphasis on art and culture, like crafting your own Okinawan lion statues or traditional New Year’s wreaths. You can see what’s coming up here.
THE SECOND FLOOR
Here’s where you’ll find the incubation restaurant space, beautifully designed with an open kitchen and cosy, wood-heavy dining rooms spinning off, where globally renowned chefs will be dropping by for residencies and supperclubs.
THE TOP FLOOR
… is home to Pantechnicon’s Nordic-focussed restaurant, Eldr. Built on the roof of the original building, Eldr has the look of a glamorous greenhouse, with a glass roof to peek up at the stars and a heated, covered terrace outside. Drawing on traditional techniques of curing, pickling and live-fire cooking, the menu here offers gems like truffled enoki and reindeer smorrebrod; waffle topped with cured trout, cucumber and caviar; and venison with Jerusalem artichoke and juniper. It’s also easily the best spot in the area for brunch, when you can enjoy dishes like baked eggs with Västerbotten cheese, and miso salted caramel brioche. The atmosphere is buzzy but easy, and you can pop up here just for drinks as well as a sit-down meal.
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NOTE: Pantechnicon’s shops, Eldr and Café Kitsune are open every day, with the bars and Sachi open Tuesday – Sunday. You can find out more, and book tables, right HERE.
Pantechnicon | 19 Motcomb Street, London, SW1X 8LB
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