Nathan Lowry, who also owns easyCoffee (licensed from Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, owner of easyGroup), will start by opening Pavilion Wine, the first retailer to open in an area described as “a brand new gourmet quarter” in London’s Sloane Square area.
The fine wine shop, which will be fully open in mid July, boasts an upstairs tasting room, while its shop floor houses an “adventurous” range of wines alongside original art, which is also for sale. The store is fully licensed and while it has no formal food offer it does have cheese plates. A door-to-door wine delivery service will also be offered via vintage vehicles in central London.
The store’s wine list, which is predominantly French, has been created by group sommelier Ben Van de Meutter, who was formerly the sommelier at Butler’s Wharf Chop House.
Pavilion Fine Wine will join other hospitality businesses run by Lowry including Pall Mall Fine Wine, Shepherd Market Wine House and The London Beer House.
In addition to Pavilion Fine Wine, Lowry has also announced plans to open three more venues in prime London locations this year to offer a combination of take-home or drink-in menus and food.
He said: “We are creating a family of unusual, individual wine retailers, plus opportunistic wine and craft-beer pop-up’s in the true sense of the word. Each has its own personality and an interesting location that’s handy for stopping in at for just a glass, or to while away more leisurely hours. At the same time, they will be destinations in their own right. The wine venues will regularly offer new wines and recommendations of the day for wine and food combinations. We have found vibrant locations and have exciting plans for these venues to bring quality, convivial experiences to these areas.”
Later this year, Lowry will open Traders at St Katherine Docks, which comprises a shop and tasting bar featuring an “innovative wine-tap service” and barista coffee. There will be 50 covers and prime terrace seating overlooking the dock.
Southwark Wine in SE1 will also have wine taps, as well as craft beer and pizza, while the final newcomer is the pop-up Takeover bar & club on Soho’s Greek Street, which will offer ‘take over partners’ to offer craft beers, boutique spirits and limited edition brews on a short-term basis.